Archive for August 23rd, 2009


23 August 2009

7th year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,350. Top prize $2,000. Submit poems in any style or genre. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Winning entries published online. Entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: September 30. Judges: J.H. Reid, D.C. Konrad. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Winning Writers is proud to be one of “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest, 2005-2009).

More information:

The Eclectic Journal Short Story Contest

23 August 2009

prize: $35 for first place
reading fee: $5
deadline: october 1st 2009

* The theme for the short story contest is “animal.”
* no more than one short story per email, please.
* top three winners will be published online, with chance of publication in our end-of-year printed journal.
* check out our contest guidelines on the submissions page to begin submitting your work!
* there will be a Paypal button at the bottom of the website. simply follow the instructions from there.

contest guidelines.

fee: $5
after paying your fee through paypal button on the website, please send emails to please title the email “CONTEST SUBMISSION,” with your name, and include in the body contact info such as email, phone number, and address so that we may send you a check should you win the contest.

Three Candles Press First Book Award

23 August 2009

three candles press is pleased to announce the third Three Candles Press First Book Award for a best first book of poems. The contest will be judged by Alexander Long, whose books include Light Here, Light There, Vigil and A Condition of the Spirit.

Award: Winner receives $500.00 and 25 copies of the winning book. Deadline Oct. 15th (post-mark date). The winner will be notified at the end of December. Runners up and two alternates will be posted on the website by January 15th, 2010. The book will be available through Small Press Distribution, online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and at fine booksellers in America and Europe. The winner will receive a standard royalty contract.

Guidelines: Manuscripts of 60 – 95 pages should have one cover page containing the poet’s name, address, phone number, email address and title of manuscript, and another with only the name of the manuscript. Please include only one acknowledgements page.

How the Contest Works: Publisher Steve Mueske will read all submitted manuscripts and forward the finalists to the judge (around 12 manuscripts). The final round of materials will be judged anonymously (without coversheet or acknowledgements page). To avoid conflicts of interest, the following manuscripts will be ineligible: those from former students of the judge or from family members or friends of the judge; those who have workshopped with Steve Mueske or received comments from any poems contained in the manuscript; and those who have worked with the editor in a business capacity (an exchange of money for goods or services) prior to the opening of the competition.

Manuscripts should be printed on one side only and bound with a sturdy clip. Contest entry fee is $22.00. Make checks payable to “three candles press”.

Send materials to:

three candles press
open book award
PO Box 1817
Burnsville MN 55337