Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Writing Residency: Carl Sandburg Home

Carl Sandburg Writing Residency

Download application packet for this residency here.

Mrs. Paula Sandburg first generated the idea of a writer-in-resident at Connemara when her family's North Carolina home became a unit of the National Park Service shortly after her husband's death in 1968. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is pleased to host its first Writer-in-Residence Program in March 2010.

This program offers poets an opportunity to live and work at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The three-week residency is scheduled for March 2010. Housing is offered in an historic cottage near the Sandburg Home, with a studio and stipend provided.

As part of the program, writers will be required to do two public programs, the first a short fifteen-minute presentation describing their work during a welcome reception. The second will be an outreach program to an audience of the writer's choice. Writers must also donate one original piece of their work to the park’s permanent museum collection, copyrights will remain with the writer.

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2009. Selection for the 2010 residency will be announced during the second week of December 2009.

This program is made possible through support from the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara.

Interested writers should review the application packet. For more information, contact the Education Coordinator at 828-693-4178.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Call for Submissions--The Bitter End: Tales of Nautical Terror

The Bitter End: Tales of Nautical Terror

Edited by Jessy Marie Roberts

Send submissions to:
pillhillpress(at) (replace (at) with @)

Please put SUBMISSION: THE BITTER END in the subject line of your email,
followed by the title of the story. Thanks!

We are looking for scary stories that take place on ships, boats, rafts, anything - as long as the setting is on or in or under the ocean (or land-locked bodies of water or lakes). Traditional monsters (werewolves, vampires, witches, mummies, ghosts, etc.) are welcome if presented in a new and interesting way. The setting (at sea) must be integral to plot development.

Stories can be realistic or fantastical. They can take place at any time - past, present, future, alternate. We are looking for a good variety of unique and terrifying sea stories.


We are looking for short stories 500-5,000 words in length.

Please do not send stories with a strong religious theme. Also, please do not send rape/torture stories, anything 'x' rated or pornographic, pet mutilation tales, fiction about child abuse and/or pedophilia, or submissions that denigrate any race, gender or sexual orientation.

Submissions will be accepted until Saturday, October 31, 2009. We will not make final selections until the end of the submission period.

Responses will be sent by November 30, 2009. Please do not query about the status of your submission until December 1, 2009. We will send notification that we received your story within one week of submission. If you do not receive acknowledgement of your
submission, please resend to pillhillpress(at) (replace (at) with @)

This book is scheduled to be released April, 2010.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Call for Submissions: Crab Orchard Review

Special Issue: Land of Lincoln ~
Writing from and about Illinois

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is seeking work for our Summer/Fall 2010 issue focusing on writing by Illinois writers and writing from writers outside Illinois about the people, places, past and present of Illinois.

All submissions should be original, unpublished poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction in English or unpublished translations in English (we do run bilingual, facing-page translations whenever possible). Please query before submitting any interview.

Check our Web site for general submission requirements.

Mail submissions to:

Land of Lincoln issue
Faner 2380, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

The submission period for this issue is August 1, 2009 through October 31, 2009. We will be reading submissions throughout this period and hope to complete the editorial work on the issue by the end of February 2010.

Writers whose work is selected will receive $25 (US) per magazine page ($50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) and two copies of the issue.

Include SASE for reply or for manuscript return.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Call for Submissions: Interrobang?! Zine

Interrobang?! Zine, a small and independent arts magazine based in Providence, RI seeks poetry, prose and photography submissions for its second print edition, as well as multimedia (art, video, music) for its online edition. Simultaneous and previously published submissions welcome.

Send up to five poems and/or 3000 words of prose to (replace (at) with @); unlimited multimedia submissions accepted.

Deadline: September 1, 2009

Submit online with the genre of your piece in the subject line (for example, POETRY, if you're submitting poetry). Please put your name, address, and preferred email address in the message body so we can contact you to let know that we've received your piece, and for follow-up if your work is accepted. All photography and art should be submitted digitally. There are no constraints for the web, but for those who want to see their work in the print edition must submit line art, sketches, or black-and-white images with the understanding that we do not at present have sufficient funds to go above photostat/newsprint quality. Please note "For Print and Web" or "For Web Only" in your email.

We ask that text submissions be submitted in .DOC or .RTF format. Photography and art should be attached as high-quality JPEG or PNGs. Music and video should be submitted in .MP3 and .MPG respectively.

Call for Submissions: Chapbook Manuscripts

Two weeks remain in the Tarpaulin Sky Press chapbook open reading period. Tarpaulin Sky Press is reading chapbook manuscripts submitted during the month of August (manuscripts should be postmarked between August 1 and August 31, 2009). There is no need to query first; simply mail the manuscript according to the directions below.

Writers who have not been published in our literary journal should include a $10 reading fee in the form of a check or a money order made payable to Tarpaulin Sky Press. Past contributors to Tarpaulin Sky (other than reviews) may submit their manuscript with a $5 reading fee.

Manuscripts should be in the vicinity of 18-28 pages (give or take a couple). Send one copy of your manuscript along with two copies of the title page (note: the reading process is not"blind"--we ask for two title pages only so that we may keep one with the manuscript, and the other for reference/notes, etc). Be sure that your title pages include your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Cover letters are read with interest. We like to know who your are, what you're up to, and where we can read more of your work. We do accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Individual pieces from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines and anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send us your only copy.

Mail your submission to

Tarpaulin Sky Press
PO Box 189
Grafton, VT 05146

For notification of decisions, include a business-size SASE. If you would like to receive acknowledgment of the receipt of your manuscript, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Notification of decisions will be made in November 2009. Accepted manuscripts will be published in 2010.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Poetry Contest: Perigee

Perigee's 2009 Poetry Contest is closing soon, in only two weeks, but is still open to quality submissions from MFA and creative writing students across the nation. Noted poet Steve Kowit and finalist judge Suzanne Lummis are seeking your most finely crafted, memorable poems.

Read more here.

Deadline: August 31st, 2009

Prizes: $600 in cash ($300/$200/$100 for top three poems)

Reading fee: As if being a student wasn't expensive enough, economic times are tough. So we've reduced our reading fee by 50%, to only $5, but we haven't reduced the prize money one cent.

Results: Winners and honorable mentions (if any) will be announced on October 1st, and published in our October 15th, 2009 issue.

This year's finalist judge is Suzanne Lummis, founder and director of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, and editor of Speechless the Magazine. Her poems appear in the anthologies California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present (Heyday Books), Poems of the American West (Knopf), Poetry Daily (Sourcebooks), Place as Purpose: Poetry of the Western States (Autry/Sun & Moon), Stand Up Poetry, and in major literary publications in the US and UK. She has recent or forthcoming poems in Poetry International, The Antioch Review, The Hudson Review, Ploughshares, and Pool. Her last collection, In Danger, was part of The California Poetry Series (Heyday Books/Roundhouse Press). She teaches several levels of poetry through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, including a course she developed "Poetry and the Movies: The Poem Noir."

This contest closes soon, so don't wait to submit. We invite you to read complete guidelines and submit your work through our re-designed web site

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Call for Nominations: Creative Nonfiction

Nominate a Blog!

Creative Nonfiction is seeking narrative blog posts to reprint in an upcoming issue of CNF.

We’re looking for: Vibrant new voices with interesting, true stories to tell. Narrative, narrative, narrative. Posts that can stand alone, 2000 words max, from 2009. Something from your own blog, from a friend’s blog, from a stranger’s blog.

The small print: We will contact individual bloggers before publication and pay a flat fee for one-time reprint rights.

Deadline for nominations: August 31.

To nominate from your own blog, a friend's blog, a stranger's blog, go here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Short Fiction Contest: Boulevard

Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.

All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2009. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible. Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard magazine.

Send typed, double-spaced manuscript(s) and SAS post card for acknowledgement of receipt to:

Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest,
PMB 325
6614 Clayton Road
Richmond Heights, MO

No manuscripts will be returned.

Entry fee is $15 for each individual story, with no limit per author. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard (one per author). Make check payable to Boulevard.

There is no maximum length. Author's name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the story's title and "Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest," should appear on page one. Cover sheets are not necessary.

The winning story will be published in the Spring or Fall 2010 issue of Boulevard.

Include a 3 x 5 inch index card with your name, address and title of your submission(s).

These are the complete guidelines.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Poetry and Fiction Contest: New South

The 2010 New South Writing Contest Guidelines

Poetry Prize
First Place: $1000
Second Place: $250

Fiction Prize
First Place: $1000
Second Place: $250

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by March 4, 2010

Reading Fee: $15.00 per entry

Each entry must include the following:

• A check or money order (NO CASH) made payable to GSU (or Georgia State University) for fifteen dollars ($15). Entry fee includes a copy of the Spring / Summer 2009 issue, which will contain the winning entries.

• A cover letter with a 3- to 4-line bio, title(s) of the work submitted, and your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

• Address poetry submissions to James Thomas Miller, Poetry Editor.
• Poems must be typed.
• Submit up to three (3) poems per $15 Reading Fee.
• All poems must have name, address, phone, and e-mail appearing on each page.

• Address fiction and non-fiction submissions to Peter Fontaine, Fiction Editor.
• Manuscripts must be typed.
• Include name, address, phone, email, & word count on the first page of the manuscript only.
• Short-short stories are welcome.
• Submit one (1) story or essay per $15 Reading Fee.

While we take the greatest care in handling your entries, we assume no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts. Only unpublished work considered. Simultaneous submissions considered with notification. All rights20revert to author after publication. Current students, staff, and faculty at Georgia State University are not eligible.

New South publishes quality literary art promoting the work of emerging and established writers. New South holds no subject biases. The staff will select the best work regardless of style or genre.

Send all work to the appropriate editor:

New South/Writing Contest
Campus Box 1894
Georgia State University
MSC 8R0322 Unit 8
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3083

Monday, August 10, 2009

Save A Word!

Do your part for the English vocabulary. Adopt a word today and add it to your lexicon:

You will be all the wiser for it. :)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Call for Poetry Submissions: The Honey Land Review

The Honey Land Review, an online journal of poetry and photography, is seeking poetry submissions for its upcoming fall 2009 issue.

Please submit 1 to 5 unpublished poems.

Submit your work only once per reading period.

Send your poems either by Microsoft Word attachment (single document for all poems) or in the body of your email to:

AnneHasenstab(at) (replace (at) with @)

Include your name on each poem.

DO NOT include a biography with your submission. It is important to us that we make unbiased decisions based upon the quality of your work. We will require your biography only if your work is chosen for publication.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we are notified if the piece is accepted elsewhere.

The Honey Land Review does not solicit donations and works hard to keep our site advertising free. As a consequence, The Honey Land Review is unable to pay authors for accepted work. Hopefully our gratitude and having your work read internationally counts for something!

Graduate Student Spotlight Feature:

The Honey Land Review has designed a spotlight feature to highlight the work of current graduate students. Our intention is to maintain a forum where graduate students can showcase their work as well as provide some insight into the many wonderful creative writing programs available to writers today.

If you are a current MA or MFA graduate poetry student at an accredited university and would like to be considered for our Graduate Student Spotlight Feature, please indicate as such in the body of the email containing your submission. The Honey Land Review will consider your work for both the Graduate Student Feature as well as with the “open call.”

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fiction and Poetry Contest: Black Warrior Review

Black Warrior Review is proud to announce the Fifth-Ever Poetry and Fiction Contests. This year's contests will be judged by Larissa Szporluk and Brian Evenson, respectively.

All entries must be postmarked or submitted online by October 1, 2009.

Winners in each genre will receive $1,000 and publication in the spring/summer issue.

Send your entry to:

Fiction Contest or Poetry Contest
Black Warrior Review
Box 862936
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486

Each entry must include name, phone number, and email on cover sheet only, as well as SASE and reading fee.

The Reading Fee is $15 per short story (up to 7500 words) and $15 per group of up to 3 poems. Make checks payable to The University of Alabama. All contestants will also receive a complimentary one-year subscription. That's $1 less than ordering by conventional means.

Black Warrior Review only considers previously unpublished work. Finalists in each category will receive notation in the Spring 2009 issue and are also considered for publication.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Duncan Eat-Write Fellowship

The Duncan Eat-Write Fellowship will be awarded to an author writing a cookbook or work of fiction or nonfiction that involves a love of food or healthful eating. This Fellowship provides a residency in the Writers’ Colony Culinary Suite equipped with full test kitchen. The Culinary Suite and test kitchen were designed, sponsored by, and featured in Renovation Home Magazine.

The Duncan Eat-Write Fellowship is a two-week fellowship entitling the recipient to free residency at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in the historic arts village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Each resident has a private suite with writing space, private bath, wireless and/or cable hook-up, uninterrupted writing time, dinner prepared five nights a week and served in our community dining room, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a fully stocked community kitchen for breakfast and lunch.

Residencies may be scheduled through December 10, 2009 only, and may be split into two separate stays. Fellows may elect to stay additional time at the reduced rate of $315 a week.

Please note: This Fellowship will be awarded on a rolling entry basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Final application date for entry to be postmarked is September 10.

Fellowship applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $35 application fee.

The Fellowship will be awarded no later than September 30, for fellowships to be scheduled through December 10, 2009.

For more info and to apply, please visit our site.