Archive for July 13th, 2009

2009 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award

13 July 2009


RopeWalk Press will award a prize of $1000 and 20 complimentary copies for a poetry chapbook written in English submitted under the following guidelines.

Each submission must:

Be available for exclusive book-length publication by RopeWalk Press. Poems published individually in journals or magazines may be included. Previously self-published chapbooks and translations are not eligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the manuscript is published/accepted by another press while under consideration, the author must promptly notify RWP in writing to withdraw the entry.

Include an entry fee of $15 ($5 for each additional manuscript submitted). This non-refundable fee includes a copy of the winning chapbook. Make check or money order payable to RopeWalk Press.

List the author’s name, street address, phone number, email address (if applicable), title of manuscript(s), and individual poem titles (table of contents) on a cover page. Acknowledgements are not required (but will, of course, be addressed once the winning chapbook is selected).

List only the title of manuscript and poem on each page thereafter.

Consist of no more than 35 manuscript pages (no more than one poem per page) per each individual submission.
Be addressed to Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, RopeWalk Press, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, 47712.

Be postmarked by July 15, 2009.

Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will also be posted on the RWP web site.

All submissions will be considered for publication. All themes and/or subject matters are eligible. All rights revert to the writer upon publication.

For more information, email or phone 812/461-5202.

Call for Submissions: Rougarou

13 July 2009

Rougarou is the online literary magazine edited by graduate students of the Department of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. We seek submissions of fiction,poetry, nonfiction and book reviews. We are interested in original, resonant, well-crafted work. Check out our first two issues to get a sense of what we like.

We accept submissions year-round. Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you will notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work. For our full guidelines, please visit our website at:

E-mail all work as a Word document or RTF attachment, with the appropriate genre as the subject line of the e-mail.

Send fiction to:
Send poetry to:
Send nonfiction to:
Send book reviews and all other queries to:

Tilt Press Chapbook Call for Submissions

13 July 2009

Tilt Press is proud to announce its second open reading period for poetry chapbook manuscripts by emerging poets only – poets who have not yet published a chapbook or full length collection of work.

If you are an emerging poet looking to publish your first chapbook manuscript, please read our guidelines.

Open Reading Period: July 13th, 2009—September 1st, 2009

Submission Guidelines:

We only take electronic submissions. Please email your manuscript as a .doc attachment to

Include your full name in the subject line followed by the title of your manuscript, e.g. – Jill Smith—Bridges Under Water
¨ Send between 15-27 pages of poetry, numbered.
¨ Include two title pages: One with the title of your manuscript, full name, and contact information. One with only the title of your manuscript.
¨ Include a table of contents and an acknowledgements page. We do accept individual poems within the manuscript that have been previously published in journals, but please acknowledge those publications.
¨ In the body of your email, please include a cover letter and biography.
¨ Simultaneous submissions are welcome, as long as we are notified immediately if your manuscript has been selected for publication elsewhere.
¨ Response time will vary. We intend to inform our shortlist of 10 that their manuscripts
are under consider for the three spots. We estimate a final decision by mid-October of 2009.
¨ We do not have a reading fee!

2009 Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize

13 July 2009

$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press
Final Judge: Garrett Hongo
Postmark Deadline: 9/30/09

Previous Winners: Shane Seely, Neil Aitken, Lynn Chandhok, Roxane Beth Johnson, Steve Gehrke, Fleda Brown.

2009 Guidelines

Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere.

All poets are eligible except: faculty, current students and graduates of the MFA Program at California State University, Fresno and close friends, family or recent students of the judge.

Entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “CSU Fresno Levine Prize.” Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee.

Mail submissions to:
Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize
c/o MFA Program in Creative Writing
California State University, Fresno
5245 North Backer Avenue M/S PB 98
Fresno CA, 93740-8001


Sponsored by: MFA Program at California State University, Fresno

Newport Review Flash Fiction Contest

13 July 2009

NEWPORT REVIEW, established online journal of writing and photography, announces its 2009 Flash Fiction Contest, with prizes of $150, $100, $50 and publication. 2009 guest judge is fiction writer Hester Kaplan. Contest fee: $7 per story, 3/$20. Postmark deadline: September 1. Send stories of up to 1,000 words to: Newport Review Flash Fiction Contest, P.O. Box 65, Warren, RI 02885. For complete guidelines, 2008 winners, and updates,

The Lakeview Review’s Fall 2009 Writing Competition

13 July 2009

* All manuscripts for the competition must be submitted online.
* Manuscripts are due September 30, 2009 for the Spring 2009 Writing Competition. Make sure you register for an account to make the submission.
* Manuscripts must be double spaced and include your name on each page.
* Due to security only word, text and PDF documents will be accepted.
* We limit manuscripts to 5,000 words maximum.
* We buy First North American Publication rights.
* There will be a $20 reading fee for each manuscript submitted to the competition.
* The First Place Winner will receive $500, publication, and three (3) copies of the journal.
* The Second Place Winner will receive $250, publication, and three (3) copies of the journal.
* Four honorable mentions will be chosen to receive publication and a leather bound journal.
* No mysteries, children’s stories, or romances.
* Additional copies of the journal are at a 25% discount for winners.
* A sample Author Contract is available here to view.

2009 Quick Lit Challenge

13 July 2009

Abbey Hill Literary invites entries for its 3rd Quarter 2009 Quick Lit Challenge. Visit for details, review the writing challenges posted there, and write a story incorporating those challenges. Prize List ($US): 1st-$250, 2nd-$100, 3rd-$50, and Evolving Talent-$25. Electronic entries preferred, current deadline August 31, 2009. Entry fee: $10 OR $20 for entry fee PLUS critique to be returned within 30 days of contest close. Most genres accepted. Contest open to both published and unpublished authors. Winners notified late September; winning entries will be posted for up to 180 days beginning first week of October. Questions? Contact