Archive for July 28th, 2009

Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

28 July 2009

No more than 50,000 word novella or 200 page manuscript of short stories will be accepted. Any well written manuscript on any topic will be considered. Previously published works may be entered. An entry fee of $25 must accompany the submission. $1,000 award and publication

Deadline: July 30, 2009

Mailing Address:
Snake Nation Press
2920 North Oak Street
Valdosta, Georgia 31602

Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Competition 2009

28 July 2009

Winner receives $1,000
and 50 copies of chapbook
Each entrant also receives a copy of the winning chapbook.

Entry Fee is $25 per Chapbook

Deadline: Postmark September 30, 2009
Contest 2009 Final Judge: Kathleen Bryce Niles
All chapbooks are screened by the editors of The Comstock Review

Submit Manuscripts only between August 1 & September 30 to:

Chapbook Contest, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215.


1. Submissions must be unpublished as a collection, but individual poems may have been previously published in journals. We will consider simultaneous submissions as long as the poet notifies us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
2. Submit 25-34 pages of poetry, one single-spaced page equals 38 lines maximum, including spacing between lines. Poems may run longer than 1 page.
3. Do not count title page, acknowledgments, dedication, or bio in the page count Manuscripts either too short or too long will be disqualified.
4. Do not send illustrations, photos, or any other graphics attached to the poems. You may submit a table of contents, which may list the manuscript name only, not the poet’s name (not counted in page total for manuscript). Manuscripts should be paginated and secured with a binder clip; no staples or plastic covers.
5. Include 2 cover pages: 1 with manuscript title, poet’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; second with title only.
6. List acknowledgments on a separate, removable page with same identifying information. Acknowledgement page is not sent to screening editors.
7. Poet’s name should not appear on poems.
8. Include #10 SASE for results only. NO manuscripts will be returned.


*Words of Explanation have been added due to numerous e-mail requests. We don’t mean to be confusing!

* PAGE LENGTH: Poems may be more than one page but each page should not contain more than 38 lines & spaces. Title of poem is not counted in poem’s length on a page. Poems should not be double spaced. Total amount of pages of poetry should be between 25 and 34 pages.
(Do not count title page, acknowledgements, dedication or bio in the page length. Do not send illustrations, photos or any other graphics attached to the poems.)

Initial and final judging will be “blind.” The manuscript is judged on its own merits, not publication credits or name of author.
Identifying cover sheet and acknowledgement page will be removed before submission to any of the judges. However, it is important that previously published poems are credited on the removable acknowledgement sheet.
(*None of these pages will be counted in manuscript length)
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as the poet notifies us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere so his or her manuscript does not keep another from the finalists sent to the judge.
You may choose to list the TITLE ONLY of the chapbook on all pages of your submission. (*This does not count in 38 lines of “poetry.”)
You may submit a Table of Contents, which can list the manuscript name only — not the poet’s name. (*Again, not counted in length of manuscript.)
We request a binder clip for ease of separation. No staples or plastic covers please.
Be sure to keep your address current until after publication so you can be notified or receive a copy of the winning chapbook.
Winner notified by end of December 2009.
Results, including winner and top finalists, will be listed on web site by date of notification of winner.
We will consult with winner before publication about details of publication.
Chapbook will be 5 1/2 x 8″, professionally printed and saddled-stitched.
Publication in Spring of 2010 will meet standards of The Comstock Review and Editor Emerita, Kathleen Bryce Niles

Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred

28 July 2009

What is poetry of the sacred?

Poetry that expresses, directly or indirectly, a sense of the holy or that, by its mode of expression, evokes the sacred. The tone may be religious, prophetic, or contemplative.

Contest Guidelines
Deadline for submissions: Received by December 31, 2009.
First Prize, $500; Three Honorable Mention Prizes, $100 each.
Winning Poems will be published in The Merton Seasonal, a publication of scholarly articles about noted spiritual leader Thomas Merton and will be posted on the Merton Institute web site:
Only ONE unpublished poem type written in English may be submitted.
Please limit the poem to no more than 100 lines.
Type your name, address, phone number, FAX number, email address, and the title of your poem on a cover page. Attach (1) one copy of your titled poem to the cover page.
Submit your poem on a page with no identifying information. All identifying information should be on your cover page.
Submit poem to: Merton Institute, 2117 Payne Street, Louisville, KY 40206 or email to: as a Word 2003 document attachment.
No Faxed entries will be accepted.
No poems will be returned.
Poems will be judged on literary excellence, spiritual tenor, and human authenticity.
Winners will be announced by April 1, 2010. Please visit the Institute website for contest results.
All contestants will be notified via email of the contest results.

The Paumanok Poetry Award

28 July 2009

The Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State College is pleased to announce the nineteenth annual competition for The Paumanok Poetry Award

One First Prize $1500 and expenses for a reading in our 2010 – 2011 series
Two Second Prizes $750 and expenses for a reading in our series

Interested writers should send the following items to Margery L. Brown, English Department, Knapp Hall, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New York 11735:

a cover letter
a one-paragraph bio
3-5 of their best poems (no more than 10 pages, total)
the required $25 entry fee
Poems may be published or unpublished, and there are no restrictions on style, subject matter, or length of poems submitted: quality is the single criterion. Please note that the writer’s name, address, and phone number should be clearly indicated on the cover page. Multiple entries will not be accepted. Entries from previous winners will not be considered.

Make checks payable to Farmingdale State College, VWP.

Poems will not be returned, but writers who want to know the results of the competition via snail mail should enclose a business-size SASE for results (notification by late December). Results are also published on this website.

Deadline: Postmark no later than September 15, 2009.

The Ledge 2009 Poetry Chapbook Competition

28 July 2009

PRIZE: Winning poet will receive a $1,000 cash award and 25 copies of the published chapbook.

SUBMIT: 16-28 pages of original poetry with title page, biographical note and acknowledgements, if any. Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number (optional). Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Poets may enter more than one manuscript.

ENTRY FEE: $18. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning chapbook upon its publication in the fall of 2010.

NO RESTRICTIONS on form or content. The Ledge Press is open to all styles and forms of poetry. Excellence is the only criterion.

PLEASE include a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return. The winner will be announced in March 2010.

POSTMARK DEADLINE: October 31, 2009.

The Ledge 2009 Poetry Chapbook Competition,
40 Maple Ave.,
Bellport, NY 11713

Oregon Writers Colony Annual Contests

28 July 2009

Go to for full details.

Deadline for submissions for both contests is August 15, 2009.

Short Stories Both True and Imagined (fiction and non-fiction)

Awards: 1st place-$200, 2nd place-$100, 3rd place-$50, 1st Honorable Mention-Certificate of Achievement, Additional Honorable Mention credited in “Colonygram” and on the website

First place winners of both fiction and non-fiction are feature on the cover of “Colonygram.” All winners are listed in” Colonygram” and on our website.

All winners are invited to read from their winning entry at the awards ceremony at OWC Presents in October, 2009.

The Elizabeth Bolton Poetry Contest.

Awards: 1st place-$100, 2nd place-$50, 3rd place $25. First, second and third prize poems will be published in “Colonygram.” All winners will be listed inside “Colonygram” and on the website

All winners are invited to read their winning entry at the awards ceremony at “OWC Presents!” in October, 2009

Postmarked deadline is August 15, 2009 Please see our website for complete details:

St. Lawrence Book Award

28 July 2009

Deadline for the St. Lawrence Book Award is August 31

About the St. Lawrence Book Award

Each year Black Lawrence Press awards The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded on publication.

How to Submit

In order to reduce the costs of printing and postage and in the spirit of being a bit greener, Black Lawrence Press now accepts electronic submissions rather than hard copies for our contests.

Please include the following in your electronic submission:

-A cover letter with brief bio and contact information including your e-mail address(es)
-A .rtf, .doc, or .pdf attachment including a title page, an acknowledgments page, a table of contents, and your manuscript with numbered pages.

Email your submission to

Please submit your $25 entry fee via Paypal. You can submit your payment via our website by going to this link and scrolling half way down the page where you will find a Paypal button:

Make sure to submit both your entry and your entry fee by August 31.

For more information about the prize, refer to our website.

6 Women Playwriting Festival ten-minute playwriting contest

28 July 2009

The 6 Women Playwriting Festival proudly announces a ten-minute playwriting contest exploring the theme “MIXED EMOTIONS.”

This fourth annual women’s playwriting festival is sponsored by The Pikes Peak Arts Council, The Pikes Peak Library District and Manitou Arts Theatre (MAT). The festival will be held April 15-18 2010, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1. Any woman 16 or older can enter. Collaborations are accepted.
2. Play must be unpublished and not previously produced. Original works only.
3. Play content must focus on the theme of “MIXED EMOTIONS” and be appropriate for our community and theatre. The reading committee and producing theatre are seeking scripts with the potential for “dynamic staging of richly established characters in original dramatic and comedic relationships”. Please no “ television sitcom situations” or “talking heads”.

Authors of the six chosen plays agree their plays will be produced by The 6 Women Playwriting Festival during April 15-18, 2010.

Cast will be chosen by six community directors and performed by local actors chosen through an audition process.

The six winning playwrights will receive an honorarium of $100.00, accommodations at the festival and a travel stipend to attend the festival.

4. Play scripts must not exceed ten pages.
5. Scripts should be typewritten on standard paper size, bound with staple only. Pages numbered.
6. Submit three copies with title only. Include one unbound sheet which includes title of play, a one –line play description, author’s name, address, email, and phone number. Playwright’s name will not be known to the play-reading panel.
7. Scripts and comments will not be returned to the playwright unless a SASE is provided.
8. Authors may submit no more than two plays.
9. No musicals or children’s plays.
10. Entries are accepted from July 1 to October 31, 2009. Entries postmarked later than October 31, 2009, will not be considered.

Send your submission to:
6 Women Playwriting Festival
Pikes Peak Arts Council
PO Box 1073
Colorado Springs, CO 80901