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Last call for entries! – 11th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

30 August 2019

11th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $6

Deadline: August 31, 2019

Maximum length: 1,000 words

All six finalists will be published online in the October 2019 issue of Gemini.

Surprise us, shock us, make us fall in love in a complete story of 1,000 words or less! We are open to any subject, writing style or genre. No themes or prompts. Simply send your best, most original short-short story. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible.

All entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance.

Click to read any of the five dozen previous winners and finalists and see the diverse material we have published. We look forward to reading your work!

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The eighth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards

12 August 2019

The eighth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards is now accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2020 competitions.

Deadline: October 31, 2019.

First-place winners in each category will receive $1,000. Second-place winners receive $500, and third-place winners $250. All winners will be awarded scholarships to the 2020 Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop in March, on the University of Arizona campus, following the Tucson Festival of Books (

The top 50 entrants will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300), the faculty for which is drawn from the Festival’s presenters. Past faculty include Ann Hood, Marilyn Chin, Andre Dubus III, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

For information on the literary awards and the workshop, contact Meg Files at


  • Submit five poems of any length, a short story or novel chapter, or a nonfiction piece or book chapter per submission.
  • Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words per submission.
  • Label each submission’s genre with the title: fiction, nonfiction, poetry.
  • $20 entry fee per submission
  • No limit to number of entries ($20 fee per entry)
  • Categories NOT accepted: stories for children or young adults, academic or how-to nonfiction.
  • Double space prose submissions.
  • Submit poems in a single document with appropriate page breaks (up to five poems per submission).
  • Submissions must be in English and unpublished at the time of submission (self-published allowed).
  • Writers must be age 18 or older.
  • The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript or the subject heading or the title of the attachment. Include name and contact information in the “Cover Letter” box only. Manuscripts with the author’s name anywhere on them will be disqualified.
  • Authors retain all rights to submitted work.
  • Winning entries may be published in an anthology of winners.
  • Deadline: October 31, 2019
  • Winners and the top 50 will be notified by December 22, 2019.
  • First-, second-, and third-place winners in each category receive scholarships to the Masters Workshop, March, 2020. The top 50 finalists will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300 fee).

For more information contact Meg Files at

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Click here to make your submission!


11 August 2019

The Jake Adam York Prize for a first or second poetry collection is a collaboration between Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions.

Book-length manuscripts can be Submitted via Submittable until the

DEADLINE: October 15, 2019.

(See the Guidelines. See information about the 2018-19 winner.)

The prize-winning poet receives $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions.

Initial screening for the prize will be facilitated by the poetry editors of Copper Nickel. (All screeners for the prize will have published at least one book of poetry.) The winner is announced in early March.

Our goal in instituting the Jake Adam York Prize is to honor Jake’s name and legacy with a top-tier, ethical book prize that will offer not just publication but also high-quality designmarketing, and strong national distribution­. Milkweed Editions—which has an excellent marketing team and national distribution through Publishers Group West (PGW)—can offer these things. We at Copper Nickel are grateful and excited for their partnership.


GUIDELINES for 2019-20

For the 2019-20 prize we will begin accepting online submissions of book-length (i.e., more than 48 pages) poetry manuscripts on July 1, 2019. The final due date for submission will be October 15, 2019. The prize winner will be announced in early March, 2020.

Unfortunately, Gregory Pardlo has become overwhelmed by additional commitments in early 2020 and has asked to pull out of judging the Jake Adam York Prize.

Our new judge is FRANCINE J. HARRIS, author of play dead (Alice James, 2016)—which won the Lambda Literary Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the Audre Lorde Award, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award—and allegiance (Wayne State UP, 2012), which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. Harris has won the Boston Review Poetry Contest and has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the NEA. She teaches at the University of Houston.

To be eligible for the prize, poets cannot have published more than one full-length book of poetry. (Chapbooks of less than 48 pages and individual poems in magazines are OK.)

Self-published books count as previous book publications if they are at least 48 pages and saw any real distribution whatsoever. (I.e., if your self-published book has an ISBN, and/or has been distributed through Amazon, and/or has had a web presence—even a very limited one—that counts as a previously published book.)

Previously self-published books are ineligible for submission for the prize, as are co-authored books.

Poets must be US Citizens (living abroad is fine) or must live in the US and be writing in English.

Poets who are family, current colleagues, close friends, or recent students (within the past three years) of the judge are not eligible to enterFormer student editors and interns of Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions are also ineligible.

Entrants to the Jake Adam York Prize are welcome to submit to other Milkweed Editions prizes (the Ballard Spahr Prize, the Max Ritvo Prize, and the National Poetry Series). All these prizes are facilitated differently and, each year, have different judges.

Manuscripts can—but don’t have to—include work previously published in literary periodicals and/or chapbooks. If your manuscript includes previously published work, please include an acknowledgments page.

Final judging for the prize is anonymous. For this reason, please do not include your name or other identifying marks on the manuscript itself. (We will be able to obtain that information from Submittable, and the information will not be forwarded to the final judge.)

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Copper Nickel (worth $20) in exchange for a $25 reading fee, and all money raised beyond production costs for the prize will go toward paying Copper Nickel contributors.

Please note that when you submit your work to the Jake Adam York Prize you’re adding yourself to our contact list and, thus, consenting to receiving infrequent emails about our book prize, subscriptions drives, etc. We send no more than 2-3 of these emails per year.

Here’s the link one more time: SUBMIT.

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Enter the Poetry SuperHighway 2019 Poetry Contest

11 August 2019

Deadline: October 5, 2019

Entry Guidelines

  • The Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest is open to all human beings on planet Earth. (except for the three judges)
  • Enter as many poems as you like.
  • Poems may be of any style, length, or subject matter.
  • Previously published poems are accepted. However, because the contest is judged blindly (with names removed from the poems) if a judge recognizes a poem from somewhere, they have the right to mark it as ineligible.
  • This contest is separate from weekly Poet of the Week consideration. Submissions for Poet of the week consideration must be separate from Contest Submissions and the same poems may not be submitted for both.
  • There is a One Dollar Per Poem (US Funds Only) entry fee.
  • Poems are sent to the three contest judges with your name removed. The judges score each poem from 0-5 using quarter point intervals. (0, .25, .5, .75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, etc…)
  • Poems are sent to judges only after you fill out the Contest Entry Form and we have received your payment.

There are three easy steps to entering the contest:

    1. Fill out the entry form
    2. E-mail your poems
      Guidelines on how and where to email poems will be displayed once you submit the contest entry form.
    3. Pay the Entry Fee
      Guidelines on how and where to submit your $1 per poem entry fee will be displayed once you submit the contest entry form.

Click here to go to the entry form.

Deadlines Etcetera

  • Deadline for postmarking entry fees (or paying them via PayPal or Venmo) is Saturday, October 5, 2019.
  • Regardless of when you postmark, your entry fees must be received by Wednesday, October 9, so if you’re mailing your entry fee, please account for the amount of time it will take for your it to travel between your home and Los Angeles.
  • This is a not for profit contest. All of the collected entry fees will be divided between the top three scoring poems (minus postage for mailing out additional prizes. See Prize List below)
  • Once your entry fee is received, your poems will be sent with your name removed to the three judges who will score them 0 – 5 (5 being best).
  • Your poems will not be forwarded to the judges until your entry fee is received.
  • If you have any questions or need any of the contest details clarified, please e-mail

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First Prize: 50% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH

Second Prize: 30% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.

Third Prize: 20% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.

In addition, thanks to sponsor Cindy Tebo ($25) and Jayanta Bhaumik($30), an additional $55 will be added to the entry fees collected and divided with the above percentages among the top three scoring poets.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to supplement the cash prizes with an impressive array of prizes which would be of interest to poets and writers.

The following prizes will be used to bolster first through third prize as well as distributed to other contest entrants.

Our goal is to be able to send every single person who enters the contest something.

Additional Prizes:

Alan Britt
2 copies of the poetry book “Lost Among the Hours” by Alan Britt

Alexandra Umlas
2 copies of the book “At the Table of the Unknown” by Alexandra Umlas

Alice Pero
5 copies of the book “Thawed Stars” by Alice Pero

Angélique Jamail, Author
3 copies of the book “FINIS.” by Angélique Jamail

Blue Lyra Press
1 copy of the book “The Floating Door” (poems) by M. E. Silverman
4 copies of Blue Lyra Press’ latest Delphi Chapbook volume

Charlie Brice
1 copy of the book “An Accident of Blood” by Charlie Brice

Cindy Tebo
$25.00 Cash Donation Added to the Prize Pot Shared by the Contest Winners

Clint Hirschfield
2 copies of the Pendle War Poetry Anthology “Selected Poems 2018: Under 18 & Overseas”

David C. Kopaska-Merkel
2 one-year digital subscriptions to Dreams and Nightmares magazine (3 issues)

David Flynn
2 copies of the book “Selected Poems” by David Flynn

Diana Raab
2 copies of the book “Lust” by Diana Raab

Ed Werstein
1 copy of the book “A Tar Pit to Dye In” by Ed Werstein

Elizabeth Marchitti
1 copy of the chapbook “Let Winter Come: by Elizabeth Marchitti

Ellaraine Lockie
1 copy of the chapbook “Sex & Other Slapsticks” by Ellaraine Lockie

Emily Vieweg
1 11×13 Broadside Print of your choice from Emily Vieweg’s store. 3 poems available to choose from.

Jayanta Bhaumik
$30 Cash Donation Added to the Prize Pot Shared by the Contest Winners

Jerry Garcia
1 copy of the chapbook “Hitchhiking With the Guilty” by Jerry Garcia
1 copy of the book “On Summer Solstice Road” by Jerry Garcia

Jim D. Babwe
1 copy of the book “Kite String Theory” by Jim D. Babwe

John FitzGerald
2 copies of the book “The Mind” by John FitzGerald

Judith R. Robinson
2 copies of the book “Carousel” by Judith R. Robinson

Katherine L. Gordon
1 copy of prize-winning book “Caution: Deep Water” by Katherine L. Gordon

Kaye Abikhaled
3 copies of the book “Club des Poètes”, by Kaye Voigt Abikhaled

Ken Allan Dronsfield
1 copy of the book ” Zephyr’s Whisper” by Ken Allan Dronsfield

Kimberly Burnham
5 two hour consultation on setting up an Amazon Authors Page via phone, skype, or email.

Larry O. Bubar
1 copy of the book “Breathe 2” by Larry Bubar

Lawrence R. Berger
1 copy of the book “Entitlement: Instant Poetry (Just add words!) volume 2” by Lawrence R. Berger

LB Sedlacek
1 copy of the book “Hey Astro!” poetry chapbook by LB Sedlacek

LONE STARS Poetry Magazine
1 Copy of “LONE STARS Poetry Magazine”, 30 pgs Contemporary Poets and Poetry.

M. J. Arcangelini
2 copies of the book “What the Night Keeps” by M. J. Arcangelini

Magdalena Ball
1 month advertisement on Compulsive Reader including newsletter ad ($40 value)

Margaret King
1 copy of the book “Isthmus” by Margaret King

Marie C Lecrivain
1 copy of the book “The Virtual Tablet of Irma Tre” (c) 2014 Edgar and Lemore’s Publishing House

Mary Eastham’s 30 IN 30 Workshop
2 copies of Mary Eastham’s 30 in 30 Workshop – Write a Poem A Day For A Month

Nancy Shiffrin
1 copy of the book “Game With Variations” by Nancy Shiffrin

Neil Leadbeater
2 copies of the book “River Hoard” by Neil Leadbeater

Nine Muses Poetry
2 copies of the poetry chapbook “Surfacing” by Annest Gwilym.

Notes and Letters
3 copies of the latest edition of “Notes and Letters”, the chapbook associated with the collaboration between poet Bill Cushing and musician Chuck Corbisiero

Paula Weld-Cary
2 copies of the book “Maddie Mulligan and the Monarch Butterfly” by Paula Weld-Cary

R. Bremner
1 copy of the book “Pencil Sketches” (Clare Songbirds Publications) by R. Bremner

Rick Lupert
1 copy of the book “Hunka Hunka Howdee!” by Rick Lupert

Rochelle Potkar
1 copy of the poetry book “Four Degrees of Separation” by Rochelle Potkar
1 copy of the haibun book “Paper Asylum” by Rochelle Potkar

Rohini Sunderam
1 copy of the book “Five Lives One Day in Bahrain” by Rohini Sunderam
1 copy of the book “The Meating Room by TF Muir”

Ron Kolm
2 copies of the book “Welcome to the Barbecue” by Ron Kolm

Sandra Soli
1 copy of the poetry chapbook book “What Trees Know” (winner of Oklahoma Book Award) by Sandra Soli

Stanley Barkan
1 copy of the poetry and art book “Freya’s Tears” by Mia Barkan Clarke

Susan Beth Furst
1 copy of the chapbook “Souvenir Shop: Memories of the Highland Park Zoo” by Susan Beth Furst with 1 copy of the picutre book “Electric Pink: A Christmas Haubun” by Susan Beth Furst
1 copy of the chapbook “Midwinter Moon: A Collection of Christmas Haiku” by Susan Beth Furst with 1 copy of the picutre book “Electric Pink: A Christmas Haubun” by Susan Beth Furst

Tebot Bach
5 copies of Spillway Magazine
1 two-issue subscription to Spillway beginning with issue 27
2 books of choice from the Tebot Bach Bookstore
2 sets of two books of the winner’s choice from the Tebot Bach Bookstore

TerryLee, Poet
2 copies of the book “Penny Pages of Poetry” by TerryLee sold on street corners.

Texture Press
1 copy of the book “Bilateral Asymmetry” by Don Riggs
1 copy of the book “Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets Second Edition” by Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin

The Blue Nib
1 Three month subscription to The Blue Nib website and the current issue of The Blue Nib magazine (print or eBook version – winner’s choice of format).

The New Short Fiction Series
2 tickets to the November 10, 2019 performance of The New Short Fiction Series’ 23rd season at The Federal NoHo

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association
2 one-year digital subscriptions to Star*Line the SFPA’s quarterly journal

The Song Is
5 copies of the book “I Dream of Empathy” by Marianne Szlyk
5 copies of the book “On the Other Side of the Window” by Marianne Szlyk

Tresha Faye Haefner
1 registration to the E-Course “How to Think Like a Poet”
1 copy of the book “Method and Mystery: A Research-Based Guide to Teaching (and Writing) Poetry” by Tresha Faye Haefner

Trish Lindsey Jaggers
2 copies of the book “Holonym: a collection of poems” by Trish Lindsey Jaggers
1 signed copy of the chapbook “Footnote” by Trish Hopkinson

Unlikely Books
1 copy of the book “Left Hand Dharma: New and Selected Poems” by Belinda Subraman
1 copy of the book “The Mercy of Traffic” by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
1 copy of the book “ASHES AND SEEDS” by Michelle Greenblatt
2 copies of the book “a ship on the line” by Vincent A. Cellucci & Christopher Shipman
2 copies of the book “#specialcharacters” by Larissa Shmailo
1 copies of the book “Apocalyptics” by C. Derick Varn
1 copy of the book “Ghazals 1-59 and Other Poems” by Sheila E. Murphy & Michelle Greenblatt
1 copy of the book “Citizen Relent” by Jeff Weddle

Vincent O’Connor
1 copy of the book “”Wishbones”” by Ben-Moeller-Gaa
1 copy of the book “”Distant Noise”” by Jean Fremon

Voices Israel
1 copy of the Voices Israel 2015 Anthology
1 copy of “A Second Decade of Poems from Voices Israel”

Walking Press
The 1st Place PSH Contest Winner will be a Featured Writer/Poet/Artist in our bi-monthly Boom Songs publication – a small-run, chapbook handmade using recycled coffee cup sleeves as covers. The profits of the chapbook are split with the featured poet.

Winning Writers
2 copies of the book “Our Last Six Months” by Emily Bracale, Grand Prize Winner, North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

Zvi A. Sesling
1 poetry book from Zvi A. Sesling’s personal collection

Meet Your Judges

Alexandra Umlas (Huntington Beach, California)
Alexandra Umlas is author of At the Table of the Unknown (Moon Tide Press). She won first place in the 2018 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest, and serves as a reader for Palette Poetry. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from California State University, Long Beach and an M.Ed. in Cross-cultural Education. Born in Long Beach, CA she currently lives in Huntington Beach, CA with her husband and two daughters. Visit her on the web at

Angele Ellis (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Angele Ellis won third place in the 2018 Poetry Super Highway Contest with her poem “Bloodchild”. She is author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press), whose poems earned a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Spared, (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), and Under the Kaufmann’s Clock (Six Gallery), a hybrid poetry-fiction tribute to her adopted city of Pittsburgh, with photographs by Rebecca Clever.

Debbie Hall (Escondido, California)
Debbie Hall is a psychologist and writer whose poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including the San Diego Poetry Annual, Serving House Journal, Sixfold, Poets Reading the News, Poetry24, Bird’s Thumb, Califragile, Gyroscope Review and Hawaii Pacific Review. She received an honorable mention in the 2016 Steve Kowit Poetry Prize and won second place in the 2018 Poetry Super Highway contest. Debbie is the author of the poetry collection, What Light I Have (2018, Main Street Rag Books). Her chapbook, Falling Into The River, won third place in The 2019 Poetry Box Chapbook Prize and will be published this upcoming winter.

The Poetry SuperHighway Contest Calendar

  • July 18: Contest begins
  • July 22 – 28: Judges featured as Poets of the Week
  • July 28, 2:00 pm (pacific): PSH Live Judges Event: Live broadcast where Judges will have the chance to read poems and discuss the contest and you can call in live and ask them questions. Click here for more info and to tune in.
  • October 5: Final deadline for contest entries. (Entry fees must be received by PayPal or postmarked by October 5 or they’ll be returned.)
  • October 11: Judges deadline for returning scored poems.
  • October 18 Second round scoring deadline (in the event of tied scores.)
  • October 20: 2pm (pacific) PSH Live Event: “Winners Announced” in a special broadcast. Listen to it live and if any of the winners happen to be listening, they’ll be invited to call in and read their winning entries live on the air..
  • October 21 – 27: Contest Winners featured as Poets of the Week.

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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

11 August 2019

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

Now in its 19th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes.

Please submit once during August 15, 2019-April 1, 2020.


  • First Prize: $1,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each
  • Top 12 entries published online
  • Enter via Submittable

No fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux. Length limit: 250 lines maximum. No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). When the contest is open, click the Submittable button below for full details. Read the winning poems from our 17th contest. The results of our 18th contest will be announced on August 15, 2019. The results of our 19th contest will be announced on August 15, 2020.

How to enter, visit:

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest

9 August 2019

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest 

$9.95 ENTRY FEE. 

Deadline: November 29, 2019. 

One grand prize winner will receive $1,500, and exposure on the website, 

which receives millions of readers per month. Two runner-ups will receive $150. 

The short stories can be of any topic. Contest judge is author Ann Everett.  

How to enter: