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Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize

4 July 2009

The 2009 contest will be open from August 15 – November 1.


The Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any writer of English who is a citizen of the United States and who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously self-published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, former or current students or close friends of the final judge for 2009, to be announced, are ineligible to win the contest. Employees and Board members of FC2 are not eligible to enter.


Finalists for the Prize will be chosen by the following members of the FC2 Board of Directors: Kate Bernheimer, R.M. Berry, Noy Holland, Lance Olsen (Chair), Susan Steinberg, and Michael Martone.

The winning manuscript in 2009 was chosen from the finalists by Lidia Yuknavitch, a member of the FC2 Board of Directors.

Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2’s stated mission to publish “fiction considered by America’s largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for the commercial milieu,” including works of “high quality and exceptional ambition whose style, subject matter, or form pushes the limits of American publishing and reshapes our literary culture.”

For contest updates and full information on FC2’s mission, history, aesthetic commitments, authors, events, and books, please visit the website at:


Contest entries will be accepted beginning 15 August 2009. All entries must be postmarked no later than 1 November 2009. The winner will be announced May 2010.


The Prize includes $1,000 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. In the unlikely event that no suitable manuscript is found among entries in a given year, FC2 reserves the right not to award a prize.

Manuscript Format

Please submit either TWO hardcopies of the manuscript, or ONE hardcopy and one Word file of the manuscript on a labeled CD.

The manuscript must be:
— anonymous: the author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript (the title page should contain the title only); include a separate cover page with your name and contact information;
— typed on standard white paper, one side of the page only; paginated consecutively; bound with a spring clip or rubber bands; no paper clips or staples, please.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification that manuscript has been received, and a self-addressed, stamped, regular business-sized envelope for contest results.

We strongly advise that you send your manuscript first class.

Please retain a copy of your manuscript; FC2 cannot return manuscripts. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is accompanied by a $25 reading fee. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered; the winner will be given the opportunity to make changes before publication. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but FC2 must be notified immediately if manuscript is accepted elsewhere. FC2 will consider all finalists for publication.

Submission Address

Full manuscripts, accompanied by a check made out to the American Book Review for the mandatory reading fee of $25, should be sent to:

Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize
American Book Review
School of Arts and Sciences
University of Houston-Victoria
3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901-5731

2009 SPC Poetry Contest

4 July 2009

Entry fee: $3 per poem

Prizes: First, second and third prizes will be awarded — $100, $50, $25. 10 honorable mentions will receive $10 gift certificates.

Poem Requirements: Please send two copies of each poem, one with your name and contact info, another without any identifying information on it. No restrictions on length, subject or style.

Judges: to be announced

Deadline: July 15th, 2009

Send poems to:
Sacramento Poetry Center Poetry Contest
The Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

Narrative Magazine Poetry Contest

4 July 2009

Deadline: July 15, 2009

Entry Fee:$15

Web site:

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative Magazine will be given annually for a poem or group of poems. All entries will be considered for publication. The poetry editors will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $15 entry fee by July 15. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Narrative Magazine, Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 29272, San Francisco, CA 94129.
Tom Jenks, Editor.

Bright Lights Big Verse Contest

4 July 2009

Four Winners will receive $750 each, plus a trip to New York City to read their winning poems at an event in Times Square on September 17th, 2009.

Submission period: June 15 – July 15, 2009

The Poetry Society of America and the Times Square Alliance

Help celebrate Times Square, and the qualities that Times Square represents—diversity, desire, dynamism and the marriage of commerce and culture—through poetry.

For rules and entry information, visit

About the PSA: The Poetry Society of America was founded in 1910 for the purpose of creating a public forum for the advancement, enjoyment, dissemination, and understanding of poetry. PSA programs foster our mission “to place poetry at the crossroads of American life” by raising public awareness of poetry, deepening the understanding of it, and encouraging more people to become readers and writers of poetry. The PSA continues to bring diverse poetry programming that is accessible, engaging, vital in concept and broad in scope to myriad audiences.

About the TSA: The Times Square Alliance, founded in 1992, works to improve and promote Times Square—cultivating the creativity, energy and edge that have made the area an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life for over a century. In addition to providing core neighborhood services with its Public Safety Officers and Sanitation Associates, the Alliance promotes local businesses; encourages economic development and public improvements; co-coordinates numerous major events in Times Square (including the annual New Year’s Eve and Broadway on Broadway celebrations); manages the Times Square Information Center; and advocates on behalf of its constituents with respect to a host of public policy, planning and quality-of-life issues.


4 July 2009


PO Box 2018, Cordova, TN 38088

PHONE: 901-309-3692; E-mail:

Work can be unpublished or published. Money award entries (and selected finalists if permission is given) will be published in Grandmother Earth XIV. Rights to previously published work must belong to the author. No profanity or new age material will be accepted.

Poetry Awards

Any subject, any form, 50-line limit

$100 First Prize
$75 Second Prize
$50 Third Prize
$25 Fifth Prize

Prose Awards

Any subject, fiction or non-fiction, 2000-word limit

$100 First Prize
$75 Second Prize
$35 Third Prize

Additional Awards: $50, 1st Place; $35, second place; $25, third place
1. Best Haiku, Senryu, or up to 6 lines short form
2. Best use of Humor, Poetry or Prose
3. Environmental theme, Poetry or Prose


1. To enter general awards, submit one typed copy (standard font) of each poem (single space) or prose piece (double space) with no identification.
2. Send one copy with name and address in upper right corner. Both poetry and prose should be single spaced on this identified copy. Staple and number multiple pages.
3. Enclose an entry page with your name, address, phone number, email address, if applicable, and title of all entries and amount of fees enclosed. Include 25-30 words of biographical data. Indicate whether any or all entries are to be considered for publication if a non-money winner. All rights are returned to the author after publication. Send SASE for return of art or photo or for winners’ list.
4. In upper left corner of an extra copy indicate if your work is to be considered for a specific additional award—if entering same work for both general and additional awards there is no extra fee.
5. Place all entries with no identification in one stack and all with names in another stack. Staple multiple pages of prose and poetry and put the page number in the upper right hand corner of each copy.
6. Fees are $10 for 1-3 entries and $2 for each additional entry. (Make checks payable to Grandmother Earth and mail by July 15.) All entrants will receive one copy of Grandmother Earth .XVI–Retail: $9.95. All whose work is published will receive one extra copy. See Student Rules on website for new guidelines. Work previously published in any Grandmother Earth publication is not eligible for awards. There is no fee for art or photography and payment is a contributor’s copy. See our website for Christian Writers’ Conference and Poetry Society of TN’s Festival Contests (June) Notify us of any change in address after mailing entries.
7. Mail entries postmarked by July 15, 2008 to GEC NATIONAL CONTEST, PO Box 2018, Cordova, TN 38088.

Nirala Publications CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for Chicago Anthology

4 July 2009

Nirala Publications (New Delhi/Kathmandu) has announced the forthcoming publication of Chicagoland Poets, the latest poetry anthology in a distinguished series that includes the poets of London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin.

The 300-page anthology, edited by Illinois poets Robin Metz and Nina Corwin, will be launched in Chicago, New York, London, New Delhi, and Kathmandu for worldwide distribution. The series editor is Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma.

Poets born or currently living in Chicago may submit up to five poems of any length on any subject (including, especially, poems about Chicago and environs or southeast Asia).

While unpublished poems are preferred, previously published poems are welcomed. A statement indicating that the poet retains reprint rights (as well as where the poem appeared) should accompany each submission of previously published poems.

A brief biographical statement (100 words) including the poet’s ties to Chicago area should also accompany the submission as well as complete contact info. Poets not born or currently living in Chicago may also submit up to five poems (as above, with accompanying rights/biographical statement(s)) on any subject related to Chicago.

Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2009 and should be emailed to: Nina at [email corrected 7/12/09.] in a SINGLE .doc or .rtf file or sent snail-mail addressed to: Chicagoland Poets c/o Nina Corwin 523 S Plymouth Ct. Chicago, IL 60605.

Please include SASE for reply only. MSS will not be returned. Poets included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy.

Scripped Budget Crisis Script Contest

4 July 2009

Scripped Inc. is hosting its first annual “Write for a Cause” competition, and we want you to submit your short script! Write a 5-10 page script about the global financial crisis and the political complexities surrounding it. Be funny, be clever, and be relevant to the problems we face today. The winning script will be easy to produce, accessible to a broad audience, and say something original about the global recession. Financial crises can be comedic, dramatic, horrific, or even romantic. Make this topic yours!

Prize: $500 for exclusive rights to your script, an email to our 20,000 users, a message to our 2,000+ Twitter followers, and an email to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with your script attached from our co-founder (and HKS alum) Ryan Buckley publicizing your work to HKS alums and current students

Deadline: August 1, 2009

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