Archive for March 5th, 2011

River Styx Poetry and Fiction Contests

5 March 2011

River Styx Founders Award
High School Poetry Contest

$150 First Prize

  • No entry fee!
  • Must be a high school student in the St. Louis bi-state metro area.
  • Include student’s name, address, and name of school on cover letter only.
  • Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope—we will use it to notify you of results.
  • Send up to five poems, each on a separate page.
  • Winner invited to read at May River Styx Lit Feast.
  • Entries must be postmarked by April 22.
  • Judged by the River Styx editors.
  • Send poems, postmarked no later than April 22, to:

    River Styx Founders Award
    3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
    St. Louis, MO 63103-1014

River Styx
2011 International Poetry Contest

$1500 First Prize

Send up to three poems, not more than 14 pages.
All entrants will be notified by S.A.S.E.
$20 reading fee includes a one-year subscription (3 issues).
Include name and address on cover letter only.

2011 judge: B. H. Fairchild.
Winner published in Fall issue.
All poems will be considered for publication.

Postmark poems by May 31st to:

River Styx Poetry Contest
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis, MO 63103-1014

River Styx
2012 Schlafly Beer Micro-Fiction Contest

$1500 First Prize plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer

500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry.
$20 reading fee includes a one-year subscription
(3 issues).
Include name and address on cover letter only.
Entrants will be notified by S.A.S.E.
Winner published in Spring issue.
All stories will be considered for publication.

Postmark entries by December 31, 2011 to:

River Styx’s Schlafly Beer Micro-Fiction Contest
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis MO 63103

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Spire Annual Spring Chapbook Contest – Now Open!

5 March 2011

$500 + 20 copies and publishing contract.
Blind-judging. 21-30 pages, one poem per page. Name on cover page only with address & title.

Send w/SASE and $20 fee:
Spire Press, 217 Thompson St., Ste 298, NY, NY 10012.

Deadline April 30, 2011

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The Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize

5 March 2011

One winning poem will be awarded $1000 and two runners-up will be awarded $100 each. Winning poem, runners-up, and honorable mentions will be published in the 2010 fall issue. This year’s judge will be announced after judging is completed.

Guidelines: Submit two copies of three unpublished poems, maximum of ten pages total. Name, address, and phone number of poet should appear on each page of one copy only. Entries must be unpublished and will not be returned.

Entry Fee: Each $16 entry fee entitles entrant to a one-year subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and include current address for each subscription or gift subscription. Include SASE for notification of results.

Mail Submissions to:

The Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize
4241 Dept. of English
Publications Unit
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4241

Entries cannot be received by FAX or e-mail

Deadline: Postmarked by April 15, 2011

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The Frost Farm Prize

5 March 2011

$1,000 Prize for a single metrical poem. Includes an invitation (with honorarium) to read for The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire in the summer of 2011. 
Sponsored by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm and The Hyla Brook Poets
Judge: William Baer
Deadline: Postmarked by April 1, 2011
Entry Fee: $5 per poem

Complete Guidelines:
Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). No translations. There is no limit to the number of poems entered by an individual, but an entry fee of $5 US per poem must accompany the submission (entry fees from outside the United States must be paid in cash or by check drawn on a U.S. bank). Make checks payable to the “Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm.” Please type the author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address on the back of each entry. Entries will be submitted to the judge anonymously.

Send entries to:
The Frost Farm Prize
26 Pond Rd
Derry, NH  03038
Enclose a SASE for notification of the contest results.
These are the complete guidelines.
For questions, please email Robert Crawford at

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Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest: Anger & Revenge

5 March 2011

CONTEST: Anger & Revenge
postmark deadline March 16, 2011

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about anger and revenge, true tales of frustration and retribution, long-buried memories of outrage and reprisal–or the absence of either. We’re looking for stories that explore the lost art of the thoughtful diatribe, illustrate the beauty of the lyrical barb, invent elaborate secret plots, and generally don’t play well with others.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1000 for Best Essay and $500 for runner-up.

Guidelines: Essays must be unpublished, 4,000 words maximum, postmarked by March 16, 2011, and clearly marked “Anger & Revenge” on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue CNF subscription–U.S. submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S. (though due to shipping costs, the subscription deal is not valid). Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay, SASE and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Anger & Revenge
5501 Walnut Street, Suite

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Pocataligo Poetry Contest

5 March 2011

Cash prize: $500 for the winner
Two $100 prizes will be awarded to runners-up
10 additional finalists will be listed on our website
All entries will be considered for publication 

Featuring Guest Judge:

Ray McManus

Entering the contest

You may submit groups of 3-5 poems along with a $10 entry fee per submission. Make sure to include your name, contact information, and title only on a separate cover letter. Include the title of the work on every page of the manuscript. Your name or any other personal information must not appear on the manuscript. NO MANUSCRIPTS WILL BE RETURNED.

Deadline for submissions March 31st, and winners will be announced on our website.

Entries can be submitted either online at or mailed to
Pocataligo Poetry Contest
Department of English
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC. 29208

Check must be made payable to: Educational Foundation/English Literary Magazine Fund.

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Burner Magazine Issue 04: The Revolutionaries Issue Call for Submissions, deadline April 20, 2011

5 March 2011

Burner Magazine Issue 04: The Revolutionaries Issue Call for Submissions, deadline April 20, 2011

Burner is that girl. She’s witty, pretty, and doesn’t dumb herself down. By day, she’s a kindergarten teacher and by night, dances gogo. Inspired by fellow revolutionaries from John Lennon to Virginia Woolf, she’s a muse and amusing, compelling and never complacent. The Burner girl gets hot and bothered by the Marquis de Lafayette, aspires to redefine the zeitgeist like Nietzsche, and provokes thought like Margaret Atwood.

Burner contributors’ work gets your blood pumping, heart racing, and induces literary, musical, visual crushes. You don’t need to be of the fairer sex to contribute, nor should your submission necessarily have anything to do with women’s interests or issues. We’re not ruling that out; we’re not ruling anything out. The Burner woman, after all, could just as well be a man. (An angel-faced, Rimbaud-spouting, great haircut kind of man, but a man all the same.)

Issue 04, launching on June 1, 2011, is The Revolutionaries Issue. We’re interested in science, art, truth, conspiracies, naturalism, cyborgs, music, beauty, sex, and everything in between, as long as it involves change, revolt, transformation, enlightenment, revolution. We will, however, toss your submission into the proverbial wastebasket faster than you can say ‘Exile on Main Street’ if it remotely resembles the uninspired and pretentious academia that so bored us to death we had to create a magazine.

It’s pretty simple, really: send us your guts on a page (not always literally, please and thank you) and you’ll probably hear back from us. Send us something that you’d give a professor and you probably won’t.
For our fourth Revolutionaries Issue, we’re looking for you crazy, beautiful Burner babes to send the following to us at by no later than April 20, 2011.

Poetry: 3-5 poems that you feel fit the Burner revolutionary ethos. Please attach all poems in a single document with full formatting, and include the word “POETRY” in the subject line.

Short fiction/non-fiction: Submissions of short fiction and non-fiction should be no more than 1000 words and attached in a single document. Include the words “FICTION” or “NON-FICTION” in the subject line.

Photography/Visual Art: We need your most incendiary and revolutionary visual works to bring our fourth issue to life. Please send us high-resolution images and include the word “PHOTO” in the subject line.

Music: We’d love to hear from all you bands, producers and music lovers with revolutionary tendencies! Please ensure the word “MUSIC” is included in the subject line.

Gak: Have you been working on something that you feel is right up Burner’s alley but doesn’t fit into any of the above categories? Send it anyways! Include the word “GAK” in the subject line.

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The fine print: We can’t pay you (yet)! All selected artists will be asked to sign an agreement that specifies 90 days of exclusive, world-wide, English language rights of first publication. After 90 days, the rights are non-exclusive and you’re free to do what you wish with your work. Please number your pages, include your name, and only send the following file types: DOC, RTF, PDF, JPG, TIF. We don’t love multiple submissions, but go ahead. Just let us know immediately if you’re accepted elsewhere.

Call for Submissions: The L Magazine Wants Your Short Fiction

5 March 2011

The L Magazine has issued a call for entries to the seventh annual Literary Upstart, The Search for Pocket Fiction competition.

Writers are encouraged to submit their previously unpublished short fiction (a maximum of 1,500 words).

Semi-finalists, fifteen in total, will be invited to participate in one of three readings in Williamsburg, in front of a live, lively audience, and a panel of judges comprised of members of the local literati—including a distinguished spokesjudge, the New Yorker’s Ben Greenman.

The three semi-final winners will advance to our final reading, on June 9th at Galapagos, where they’ll vie for a $500 prize, and publication in The L Magazine’s annual Summer Fiction Issue.

Submission deadlines are on a rolling basis for the three semifinal readings, which are scheduled for late March, April and May.

Submission Guidelines
Kindly email submissions as an attached Word document in a standard, 12-point font to:  literaryupstart [at] thelmagazine [dot] com

While curlicues and bubble fonts make us blush, they also make our poor eyes bleed, so please keep it simple and please double space. Please include your name, the title of your story, and your email address, at least on the first page your story and perhaps even on subsequent pages.

Last, but not least, please remember that the live readings are a major component of this competition, so if you’re not living in the NYC area or cannot arrange to be here for a reading or two between March and June, you may wish to reconsider submitting your work.

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Alimentum Submissions

5 March 2011

We want your menupoems!

Alimentum invites you to submit menupoems now through March 15, 2011.

Selected menupoems will be posted in a special online menupoems Celebration for National Poetry Month, April 2011!

Send to
-3 poem limit
-12 line limit per poem
-pasted into email; no attachments please.

What’s a menupoem? See our 2010 menupoems broadside and 2010 videos from our Youtube channel.

Our general reading period is OPEN
from October 1, 2010 to March 15, 2011.

Writers Guidelines

Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction
Reading period for submissions is currently October 1, 2010 to March 15, 2011.

We seek poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction around the subject of food.

Five poem limit on poetry submissions.

Contributors are encouraged to become familiar with Alimentum before submitting. See our Subscribe page to join our readership.

Submissions accepted via snail mail (no response without SASE). We do not consider previously published work. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please allow one to three months for response.

Address your submissions to Poetry, Fiction or Nonfiction Editor:
P.O. Box 210028
Nashville, TN 37221

Book Reviews (online only)
Writers interested in proposing book reviews—or authors/publishers/publicists with books they would like reviewed—may send an inquiry to Links to writing samples are welcome.

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