Archive for July 24th, 2009

Northwestern Magazine’s 2010 Short Fiction Contest

24 July 2009

Northwestern University’s alumni magazine, Northwestern, invites submissions of short fiction for its 2010 writing contest from Northwestern alumni and current students.

JUDGE: Stuart Dybek
Dybek, the first Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern, is an award-winning author of fiction and poetry, including the books I Sailed with Magellan and The Coast of Chicago. He received a MacArthur Fellows “genius” grant in 2007.

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000 and publication in Northwestern magazine’s print edition and online; second prize: $500 and publication in Northwestern magazine online; third prize: $250 and publication in Northwestern magazine online.

SUBMISSIONS should not exceed 3,000 words of prose and must be postmarked by July 31, 2009. One entry per person.

MANUSCRIPTS should be original, unpublished, typed, printed on one side and double-spaced. Work should include the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, graduating year and school at Northwestern. Manuscripts will not be returned, so please save a copy before sending.

NOTIFICATION of the status of your submission will be sent by e-mail only on or before Nov. 1, 2009. We cannot take phone calls or respond to questions about submissions.


Short Fiction Contest
Northwestern magazine
John Evans
Alumni Center
1800 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-1800

The Julia Peterkin Award

24 July 2009


The 2010 Julia Peterkin Award is open to all poets writing original works in English. Previously published works are eligible for inclusion in the submission.

Manuscript Format Guidelines

Entries must be typed on quality paper, 8 1/2 by 11. Photocopies or copies from letter-quality printers are acceptable. To enter send up to 10 pages of poetry. In addition, include a cover page with the writer’s name, address, daytime phone number, and title of submission. Also include a one-page biography. Author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.

Entry Requirements

An entry fee of $15 made payable to: Converse College English Department.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2010.

Results will be posted on the award web page. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like direct notification of contest results. Results will be mailed in June of 2010. No manuscripts can be returned.

Send one copy of the manuscript prepared according to format guidelines.

The winner will receive $1000 and travel expenses for a reading at Converse College. Winner must be willing to read in the Fall 2010 Visiting Writers Series.

Send entries to:
The Julia Peterkin Award
Creative Writing Program
Converse College
580 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize

24 July 2009

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize (formerly the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize) is a collaboration between Persea Books and The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. It sponsors the annual publication of a poetry collection by an American woman poet who has yet to publish a full-length book of poems. The winner receives an advance of $1,000.00 and publication of her collection by Persea.

In addition, beginning this year, the winner receives the option of an all-expenses-paid residency at theCivitella Ranieri Center, a renowned artists retreat housed in a fifteenth-century castle in Umbertide, Italy.

Submission Guidelines:
• Submitted manuscripts should include two title pages: one containing the author’s name, the author’s contact information, and the title of the collection; and another containing only the title of the collection.
• It is recommended that submitted manuscripts be between 48 and 96 pages. They should be paginated, with the title of the collection included on each page as a header or footer, and fastened with a clip. Please do not staple or permanently bind submissions.
• Submissions may include a page of publication credits. However, they should not include other sorts of acknowledgments, thank-yous, or dedications.
• Submissions must be primarily in English to be considered. Translations are not accepted.
• Submissions must be received (not postmarked) between September 1 and November 1 (or the first weekday thereafter if November 1 falls on a weekend). They should be sent to The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize, c/o Persea Books, PO Box 1388, Columbia, MO 65201, and should include a check (in U.S. funds) in the amount of $25.00, made payable to the order of The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. Please do not send submissions to Persea’s New York City office.

The winner is chosen by an anonymous selection committee and announced on Persea’s web site in January. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned.

Seventeenth Annual Boston Review Short Story Contest

24 July 2009

Deadline: October 1, 2009
Judge: Chang-Rae Lee
First Prize: $1,500

Complete guidelines:
The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, the summer of 2010. Stories should not exceed 4,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Manuscripts should be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, and phone number; names should not appear on the stories themselves. Note that simultaneous submissions are not eligible. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, or close personal friend of the judge. A $20 entry fee ($30 for international submissions), payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order, must accompany each story entered. Entrants will receive a one-year print subscription to the Review beginning with the summer 2010 issue. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2009. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner will be announced no later than May/June, 2010, on the Boston Review Web site. Send submissions to:

Short-Story Contest, Boston Review,
35 Medford St., Suite 302,
Somerville, MA 02143

Doug Fir Fiction Award

24 July 2009

Every Story Begins Somewhere

At The Bear Deluxe Magazine, the Pacific Northwest’s leading environmental arts publication, many short fiction stories and their authors find their first recognition through the Doug Fir Fiction Award. Now in its third year, this annual contest celebrates writing related to the natural world, sense of place or environmental issues.

Deadline: September 8, 2009 (postmark)

Prize: $1,000 and publication

Judge: Jon Raymond, The Half-Life, Livability, (Bloomsbury), and the movies Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy

Word limit: 5,000

$15 reading fee

Mail formatted submissions and entry fee (check or money order in U.S. dollars) to Orlo/The Bear Deluxe Magazine, P.O. Box 10342, Portland, Oregon 97296 USA

Publication reach: 44,000

Open to all writers in English

Complete submission guidelines:

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest

24 July 2009

Grand Prize
* $1,500
* Staged reading at the 24th annual Festival: March 24-28, 2010
* Full production at the 25th annual Festival: March 30-April 3, 2011
* VIP All Access Pass to attend both the 2010 and the 2011 Festival ($1,000 value)
* Publication in the University of New Orleans’ literary magazine Bayou

Top Ten Finalists
* Names and play titles are published on
* Complimentary panel pass to attend the 2010 Festival ($60 value)

Guidelines The University of New Orleans produces the winning entry. Plays should run no more than one hour in length and must not have been previously produced, published or performed, including in a formal staged reading. “Workshopped” readings are accepted provided that the audience was limited to participants of that workshop. Production criteria include scripts requiring minimal technical support for a 100-seat theater. Casts of characters must be small, and it is suggested that characters range in age from approximately 20 through 40 years old. Play content is NOT limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes. The playwright’s name should not appear in the script. Send two title pages with the text: one affixed to the script with the play’s title only, another unattached with play title and name, address, phone number, and email of playwright.


Plays must be typed. Entries are judged anonymously. Please do not append professional resumes or biographies to your entry; the judges only consider manuscript quality.


Unlimited entries per person. Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans’ FTCA and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible. Plays that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work. Plays submitted to this contest in previous years that did not win are eligible. Plays that have won any other playwriting contest are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your play is accepted elsewhere.

Entry Fee: $25

Deadline: November 1, 2009 (postmark). Finalists will be published on by March 1, 2010.
To enter the One-Act Play Contest by mail

Send your script(s) with separate title pages and your check or money order to:

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
One-Act Play Contest
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

To enter the One-Act Play Contest online:

Complete Guidelines: