Sunday, March 29, 2009

Call for Poems: The Los Angeles Review

The Los Angeles Review is looking for poetry that really kicks. If you just
happen to have some you'd like to share in the 2009 issue, please send it to

lareview.poetry(at) (replace (at) with @)

For more information and full guidelines, go here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Free New Yorker Podcasts

For anyone who reads or writes short fiction, this is a treat not to be missed. And it's FREE!

Every month The New Yorker posts free podcasts of famous writers reading their favorite works of fiction from The New Yorker archives. This month, Joyce Carol Oates is reading Eudora Welty.

Go here to listen to the podcast online or to download it.

Monday, March 23, 2009

New literary journal: Tammy

A new print journal, Tammy, arising from the Midwest, has begun its second reading period and is currently taking open submissions up until until June 15th, 2009.

A little about Tammy: Tammy is a print journal of poetry and prose published biannually. Tammy's editors write and work out of Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Saint Louis. Stemming from the urgency to create a physical home, Tammy features writing from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters.

Although not exclusively, Tammy especially looks forward to reading the work of writers who have continued honing their craft within MFA programs throughout the states.

For poems, please send only one attachment, entitled with your last name (ex. Joyce.doc) and no more than five poems to:
tammypoetryeditor(at) (Replace at with @)

For prose, please send no more than two stories or essays to: tammyproseeditor(at) (Replace at with @)

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please inform us as soon as possible upon acceptance elsewhere.


For ordering information, please query tammyquery(at) (Replace at with @)
Thank you.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Call for Submissions: Life Bytes...Real Stories of Online Dating

LifeBytes...Real Stories of Online Dating seeks non-fiction stories for an anthology of true stories about the online search for Prince (or Princess) Charming.

They ask for submissions of "evocative stories that can be funny, poignant, provocative, scary, weird, edgy, sexy or happy" with a unique voice and point of view.

Payment: US$50-100

Deadline: June 15 2009

Full submission guidelines

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Writing Competition--The Writer's Travel Scholarship

The Writer’s Travel Scholarship -- Win a Round Trip Ticket to Anywhere

Sponsored by Jonathan Stray

This is is a short-form writing contest where the winner gets a
round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world. Really.

This is the fifth year of the contest. Previously, I've written the
contest announcement from the edge of the Sahara desert in Mali, or
the coast of Sri Lanka. This year, I am at home in San Francisco, but
my gaze is always elsewhere. I'm lucky to have seen a lot of the
world, and I'm writing about it.

Are you writing too? Not about the remote places in the world,
perhaps, but about something that matters to you? If so, please enter
the 2009 Writer’s Travel Scholarship. As usual, the prize is a
round-trip ticket anywhere in the world. As usual, the basic rationale
for the contest remains:

I think travel is good. I think writing is good. I think it is
important that writers travel.

Naturally, I do see a lot of travel writing submissions, but I’d like
to reiterate that this is not about travel writing: it’s about writers

Prose of any kind, including fiction, nonfiction, or memoir
Less than 10,000 words
No poetry

Applications are open until midnight April 30th, 2009. The winner will be announced May 15th.

Changes from last year:

I am now requiring a $5 application fee for each entry. The contest is getting big, and this will help cover the costs of promotion, my time reading through all your submissions, and (part of) the cost of the ticket prize. And, sorry, no more poetry. Poetry just seemed too
different to compare fairly to prose.

How To Enter:

* Applicants must submit a short prose piece, 10,000 words maximum.
Fiction, non-fiction, whatever, on any topic.

* Also tell me a little about yourself, where you would go with your
free ticket, for how long, and why. You can’t ever have been to that
country before — I impose this restriction to encourage people to go
somewhere new, rather than using the ticket to visit their overseas
girlfriend. Also, you don’t have to write about your destination. I
just want to know why you want to go there.

* Email entries as an attached document in text or Word format to wts
(at) by April 30th 2008. They will be judged by
myself and my writer friends, the winner to be announced on May 15th

* Send the $5 USD entry fee via PayPal to wts(at)
(replace (at) with @)

* To keep things fair, I will not consider pieces I know to be written
by friends or acquaintances.

* Entries must be previously unpublished

* Limit of one entry per author

* Ticket is limited to $2000 US. I will work with you to book the cheapest available round-trip ticket, based on departure and return dates given to me by the winner. I will try to accommodate these dates and other preferences as much as possible, but I reserve the right to shift each date plus or minus up to a week, and to make other choices such as routing and airline, in order to find the best fare. Other travel requirements, such as additional destinations or an open return date, may be accommodated if the winner wishes to make up the difference in cost.

* By submitting a piece, you grant me (Jonathan Stray) limited
web-publishing rights, specifically the right to display it on and any other sites of I may have editorial control
over. I reserve no other rights. If someone sees your work here and
wants to publish it, fantastic.

* All decisions are final, and by submitting a piece you agree that I
am under no obligation to award any prize at all. I have no funding,
no committees, no mandate. I’m doing this just because I think it’s a
good idea, so let’s keep it simple.

Good Luck!

Full details

Friday, March 13, 2009

Call for Submissions: Umbrella (poetry and poetry-related prose)

Umbrella, the "supremely rereadable electronic journal," is now reading for our summer issue, online June 1st, 2009.

This time around we are reading poems (and poetry-related prose) of a general nature with no special themes. We are also reading for the Bumbershoot annual; for the 'shoot we are seeking light verse, "seriously funny" verse, poems about (or by) animals, and verse riddles. Please see the submit page for complete guidelines and specific needs and preferences.

Deadline: May 15, 2009

To submit: send to umbrellajournal(at) (replace (at) with @)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Poetry Book Contest: Elixir Press

Elixir Press is sponsoring a contest for a first or second book of poetry. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000. The winning manuscript will be published by Elixir Press. All entries will be considered for publication.

Manuscripts should be typed on one side of the page only and on standard paper. No dot matrix unless letter quality.

Send a business size SASE for reply only; manuscripts cannot be returned. An SAS postcard for receipt of the manuscript is optional.

Please use a 12 to 14 point font.

Do not send the only copy of your manuscript.

Do not send biographical material, photographs, CDs, videos, or illustrations.

Enclose a cover sheet stating the name of the manuscript and the author's name, address, and telephone number and a cover sheet with the title alone.

Manuscripts must be paginated and include a table of contents and an acknowledgments page if appropriate.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, so long as Elixir is notified immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages in length.

Please secure your manuscript with either a binder clip or file folder. Do not otherwise bind your manuscript.

Contest entry fee is $25.

The postmark deadline for the contest is March 31, 2009.

Submit entries to:

Antivenom Poetry Prize
Elixir Press
PO Box 27029
Denver, CO 80227

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

American Fiction Prize


Judge: The Member-Guest and The Weatherman author and two-time American Fiction Prize winner Clint McCown

First Prize: $1,000

Second Prize: $500

Third Prize: $250

Entry fee: $12

American Fiction will revive this year with its American Fiction Prize contest, a competition whose past judges include Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Beattie, Raymond Carver, Anne Tyler, Louise Erdrich, Tim O'Brien, and Tobias Wolff.

This year's judge, Clint McCown, teaches in the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a recipient of the Associated Press Award for Documentary Excellence for his investigations of organized crime and corruption in Alabama politics, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. His novel, War Memorials, was designated for Outstanding Achievement in Literature by the Wisconsin Library Association. McCown's short stories and poems have appeared widely, and he has published two books of verse. He has worked as a screenwriter for Warner Bros. and as an actor with the National Shakespeare Company. He has edited several literary journals, including the Beloit Fiction Journal, which he founded in 1984.

Contest winners and finalists will be published by New Rivers Press in Fall 2010 and distributed nationally by The Consortium.

Entries must be postmarked by May 1, 2009. Winners and finalists will be announced by September 2009.

Contest Guidelines:

We accept all genres of unpublished literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 7500 words or l
ess; postmarked by March 15, 2009; clearly marked "American Fiction Prize" on both the story and the outside of the envelope; accompanied by a $12 entry fee per story (make checks payable to American Fiction). Please include a cover page with your name, story title, mailing address, and email address. Do not include your name on the pages of the story. Please ensure all stories are typed, double-spaced, and that the title and page number appear on each page. In lieu of an email address, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

We welcome multiple entries ($12/story). For entries outside the U.S.: please send entry fee in U.S. currency or money order. While we cannot return manuscripts, we will forward a list of the winning stories to any entrant who includes an SASE; as well, we will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories.

Mail entries to:

American Fiction Prize
5712 Briarwick Court
Hermitage, TN 37076

Please e-mail any questions to (replace (at) with @). Thank you for your interest, and good luck!