Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Writing Competition: The Normal Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

The Normal Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry

FINAL JUDGES
Fiction: Susan Straight | Nonfiction: Eula Biss | Poetry: Nick Flynn

Normal Prize IN FICTION, NONFICTION AND POETRY GUIDELINES
1. All fiction and nonfiction submissions must be 10,087 words or less, double-spaced, 12 pt. font. Poetry submissions should not exceed five pages or five poems total. Please submit all poems in a single document.
2. All submissions will be read blind. Author's name must not appear on the manuscript.
3. There is a $20 fee per submission. When you click "Pay and Submit" you will be automatically
redirected to our billing page, after which you will immediately be able to submit your document.
4. All submissions must be previously unpublished (print or electronic media).
5. Please, no previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as you notify editors should your piece be accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are also permitted, but each submission must be accompanied by the $20 fee.
6. Submissions for the second annual contest are accepted online between January 1 and March 4, 2011. Please visit our submission manager to enter.

Questions? Visit us at thenormalschool.com
Or email us at normalprize@thenormalschool.com
Winners will be announced before the Fall 2011 issue via email.
All entrants will receive a complimentary issue of The Normal School.
All entries will be considered for publication.
$1,000 and publication for winner in each genre

Call for Submissions: 2012 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar

2012 WISCONSIN POETS’ CALENDAR Submission Guidelines

Cities and towns are often under-represented when poets write about WI, so we hope you will think about the alleys (urban) and valleys (rural) life /imagery in WI when you send us submissions. Please interpret this
suggestion broadly, however; we will consider all poems with a WI connection. Poets must be 18 or older and live in WI (or have some connection to the state) to submit.

Submission period is from Nov. 1, 2010 to Feb. 1, 2011. Poems received before or after those dates will not be considered. Early submissions are encouraged.

We prefer e-mail submissions; however, we will accept snail-mail submissions if you do not have e-mail. E-mail submissions to:
jjohannes7(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail) with
“Cal sub: (Last nameFirst name)” as the subject line, or snail-mail to:

Wisconsin Poets' Calendar
c/o Jeffrey and Joan Wiese Johannes
800 Ver Bunker Avenue
Port Edwards, WI 54469-1126

Please do not paste poems with unusual formatting in the body of an e-mail; we prefer .doc or .rtf attachments. We will confirm receipt of e-mail submissions by e-mail, and let you know immediately if we cannot open your attachment. Please send a self-addressed stamped postcard if you would like confirmation of snail-mail arrival. We will carefully consider all poems and respond by April 15, 2011.

Please include the following with your submission:

Contact information (name. address, e-mail address, phone number)
Biographical note of fewer than 50 words. (We may need to edit biographies longer than three lines)
Up to 3 typed poems:
Max. of 32 lines/poem, including title and spaces (shorter is better)
Publication information if previously published
Single-spaced, standard font
We prefer poems that are not centered

Monday, December 27, 2010

Fiction Competition: Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Postmark deadline: January 30 (annual)
Submissions Accepted from December 1 – January 30


The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in the Thomas Wolfe Review.

Eligibility and Guidelines
The competition is open to all writers without regard to geographical region or previous publication.
Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12 double-spaced pages.
Names should not appear on manuscripts but on separate cover sheet along with address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title.
An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 NCWN for members, $25 for nonmembers. You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
Entries will not be returned.
The winner is announced in April.

Send submissions, indicating name of competition, to:
Professor Tony Abbott
PO Box 7096
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035

Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Creative Nonfiction Contest: Creative Nonfiction and The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

CONTEST: The Night
postmark deadline January 31, 2011

Co-sponsored by The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
Judged by Susan Orlean

Creative Nonfiction and The Salt Institute are seeking essays about "The Night": It was a dark and stormy night; Strangers in the Night; the night sky; Friday Night Lights; things that go bump in the night; Take Back the Night; night owls; The Night Before Christmas; The Night Watch; The Night Kitchen; The Armies of the Night; The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down; prom night; date night; Good Night, Nurse!

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.

Essays will be judged by Susan Orlean, and Best Essay will be awarded $5,000 plus publication in the Summer 2011 issue of Creative Nonfiction. One runner-up will receive $2,500 plus publication online. For accepted applicants, contest awards can also be used directly toward Salt tuition.

Guidelines: Essays must be unpublished, 4,000 words maximum, postmarked by January 31, 2011, and clearly marked "The Night" on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. Author's name and contact information should appear in a cover letter, but not the manuscript itself. 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: The Night
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Poetry Competition: New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition

2011 NEW WOMEN'S VOICES CHAPBOOK COMPETITION

A prize of $1,000 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collection. Open to women who have never before published a full-length poetry collection. Previous chapbook publication does not disqualify. International entries are welcome. Multiple submissions are accepted. Final judge to be announced. All entries will be considered for publication. The top-ten finalists will be offered publication. Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter with a $15 entry fee (pay by check, money order or pay online.

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2011 

NWV
Finishing Line Press
P O Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324

Essay Competition: Oregon Quarterly

2011 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest

OPEN AND STUDENT CATEGORIES

Oregon Quarterly invites entries to the 2011 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest in both student and open categories. Entries should address ideas that affect the Northwest. The Oregon Quarterly staff will select finalists and the contest judge will choose the top three winners in each category. Past judges have been Kim Stafford, Barry Lopez, John Daniel, Karen Karbo, Brian Doyle, Lauren Kessler, Craig Lesley, Molly Gloss, Kathleen Dean Moore and Kenny Moore.


PRIZES:

Open Category
First place: $750
Second place: $300
Third place: $100


Student Category
First place: $500
Second place: $200
Third place: $75


In addition:
First place essay in the open category will appear in Oregon Quarterly.
A selection of top essays will be featured in a springtime public reading on the UO campus.
Fifteen finalists (ten in the open category and five students) will be announced in the summer 2011 issue of Oregon Quarterly.
All finalists will be invited to participate in a writing workshop with the contest judge. The contest is open to all nonfiction writers, except: (1) first-place winners from previous years' contests, (2) authors who have written a feature for Oregon Quarterly in the past calendar year, and (3) staff of Oregon Quarterly, University Advancement, or their family members. The student contest is open to any student enrolled and pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree at a college or university at the time of the deadline. Previously published essays will not be considered.
Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Submit two copies of your manuscript.
Paperclip a cover sheet to the two copies that includes only the essay's title; a word count; and the entrant's name, address, and phone number must be provided. Indicate whether the essay is for the student or open category.
Entrant's name must not appear on any pages of the manuscript other than the cover sheet.
One entry per person.
Manuscripts should be printed double-spaced on 8½-by-11-inch white paper with minimum 1-inch margins.
Word length is 2,000 words maximum for the open category, 1,500 words for the student contest.
Faxed or e-mail entries are not accepted.
Postmark deadline is January 15, 2011.
Entries will not be returned. Those that do not meet these submission guidelines are automatically disqualified. There is no entry fee.

Send entries to:
Oregon Quarterly Essay Contest
5228 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5228

Sponsored by Oregon Quarterly magazine and the UO Duckstore

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Call for Submissions: The Survivor Chronicles

Online survival focused journal The Survivor Chronicles just got its own website and is inviting submissions in the visual art and written work categories.

The Survivor Chronicles is a small independent publication dedicated to trauma release, healing and survival.

We want to hear from you:

* If you have survived a major trauma, or are in the process of surviving it.
* If someone close to you has survived a major trauma or is in the process of surviving it.
* If you are a social worker or health worker or any other professional and have seen trauma at close range.
* If you are a writer or artist who deeply empathizes with the human condition and can portray trauma and its process and/or effects honestly and sensitively.
* If you are a photographer who has documented trauma and its survival.

Here are some general submission guidelines:

We prefer shorter pieces to longer ones, owing to the attention spanof the average internet reader.

We love poetry, well crafted short fiction, and arealso interested in analytical opinion pieces (non fiction) and musingsabout trauma survival.

In the body of an email, paste 1-5 poems, or short fiction/non fiction within 1500 words.

Artists and photographers can send 1-5 pieces for consideration; email as separate attachments.

We reserve the one time right to publish your work and archive it on our website forever. Publications are online and on a rolling basis.

However, all rights revert to the author once we publish the work. Currently, we are not interested in previously published work.

If it is important for you to remain anonymous, please feel free to use a pseudonym. Otherwise, please send a short bio.

If at any point after you have sent us a submission but before publication, you feel the need to use a pseudonym please contact us at once. We are very protective of your identity and will not post your name if you feel uncomfortable about it.

Where to send your submissions:

In the subject line of your email, write your Name, Type of Submission, Submission and send it to:

thesurvivorchronicles(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Call for Workshop Leaders/Volunteers: Dzanc Day 2011

SUBJECT: Call for Workshop Leaders / Volunteers: Dzanc Day 2011

Last year, Dzanc Books held its first annual Dzanc Day, consisting of forty creative writing workshops held in twenty different states. Thanks to the generous donation of our workshop leaders’ time and talents, Dzanc Day raised thousands of dollars to help support our charitable endeavors, including our Writer in Residence Program, which places professional writers into classrooms to provide creative writing instructions to public school students who could not otherwise afford the opportunity.

This year, Dzanc Day falls on Saturday, April 9, 2011, and we hope you’ll consider leading a workshop in your home city. Some of you participated last year as well, and we hope you’ll accept our thanks for the previous donation of your time and talent, and that you join us again this year, for what promises to be an even better event.

For those unfamiliar with last year’s efforts, we’re looking for volunteers to organize a writing workshop on a topic of their choice. Sessions should last a minimum of two hours (for which participants will be charged $30 each) but longer sessions are certainly possible as well. This workshop can be organized around any creative writing topic you’d like: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, journalism, or memoir. You might wish to run a workshop centered on a particular genre, a more generative session built around writing exercises, or a seminar about topics related to editing or publishing. You can lead a workshop on your own, or team up with friends and fellow writers in putting together your workshop. Just to make sure we don’t
have any miscommunications along the way, one person should be designated to serve as the official contact person for the event.

We’re happy to help you refine your ideas for your workshop, so please feel free to contact us if you’d like to discuss the possibilities. For this year's Dzanc Day, Matt Bell will be our lead contact, with Steven Gillis and Dan Wickett helping coordinate logistics. Feel free to also contact Matt directly at:

matt(at)dzancbooks.org (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).

The first step in volunteering to be a Dzanc Day workshop leader is to fill out this online form.

The form will ask for your name and contact information, the location that you propose holding a workshop at, your bio (and the bios of anyone else you’re planning on having as co-leaders), and the type of workshop you propose to run (a short paragraph description would be great). If you're unsure of a suitable venue in your city, just let us know and we'll try to help you find one. In the additional information field, if you could, let us know what type of contacts you have within the area in regard to reaching writers that might be interested in such a workshop.

Once we have an idea of who would like to participate and where these workshops will be held, we’ll be in further contact to begin promotional efforts, including providing whatever help we can in promoting your particular event locally. If you feel it might take you some time to gather the information necessary to fill out the form, feel free to email to let us know you're interested in participating.

Again, we thank you for volunteering your time and helping us to raise funds for efforts such as our Writers in Residence Program, individual workshops, public readings, the Best of the Web series, and the Dzanc Prize, which recognizes a single writer for both literary excellence and community service. Dzanc could not possibly do all the wonderful things we're trying to organize and bring to the public were it not for your ongoing support.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Call for Submissions: Muzzle

Submission Guidelines

MUZZLE publishes poetry, art, interviews, book reviews, and performance reviews. Additionally, MUZZLE is interested in collaborative and multi-media pieces. MUZZLE is currently taking submissions for the third issue, scheduled to come out February 15, 2011. Submissions will close for this issue on January 15, 2011.

Only previously unpublished work will be considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please send notification immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

All submissions must be emailed to:
MuzzleMagazine(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @ when sending e-mail).

All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter that includes contact information and a brief bio. Only one submission per person will be considered per issue (additional submissions will be held for future issues).

POETRY:
Please send 3-5 poems per submission. All the poems should be sent in one document that should not exceed 10 pages. Each poetry submission must be attached (as a PDF or a DOC file) AND pasted into the body of  the email. In the file name for your submission, please include your last name (ex: Edwards_Submission.doc).

INTERVIEWS:
Interviews should be less than 2000 words. Each interview must be attached (as a PDF or a DOC file) AND pasted into the body of the email.

REVIEWS:
Reviews should be less than 1500 words. Book Reviews should be of books published within the last 2 years. Performance Reviews should be of performances that occurred within the last 6 months. Each review must be attached (as a PDF or a DOC file) AND pasted into the body of the email.

ART:
All art submissions must be attached as JPEG files. Please send no more than 5 pieces in one submission. In the file name for each piece, please include your last name and the title (ex: Herrmann_Alight.jpeg).

AUDIO RECORDINGS:
All audio recordings (which may be sent accompanying poetry, art, interviews, and performance reviews) must be attached as MP3 files.

Terms and Conditions:
* Artists should be paid for their labor. We wish we could pay you. We cannot pay you.
* All published work will be copy-edited.
* MUZZLE does not accept previously published work.
* In order to be published here, an artist must grant MUZZLE one-time publication rights to publish his/her work AND rights to archive the work online in perpetuity.
* If work is published elsewhere (after being published in MUZZLE), artists should note that it first appeared in MUZZLE.

Please take some time to check out previous issues here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fiction Contest: Jerry Jazz Musician

Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest

Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of approximately one - five thousand words. The winner will be announced via a special mailing of our Jerry Jazz Musician newsletter. Publishers, artists, musicians and interested readers are among those who subscribe to the newsletter. Additionally, the work will be published on the home page of Jerry Jazz Musician and featured there for at least four weeks.

The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theatre, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Your writing should appeal to a reader with these characteristics.

Contest details

A prize of $100 will be awarded for the winning story. In addition to the story being published on Jerry Jazz Musician, the author's acceptance of the prize money gives Jerry Jazz Musician the right to include the story in an anthology that will appear in book or magazine form. No entry fee is required. One story entry only.

Submission deadline for the next contest is January 31, 2011.
Publishing date will be on or about March 1, 2011.

Please submit your story by January 31, 2011 via Word or Adobe attachment to:

jm(at)jerryjazz.com (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).

Please be sure to include your name, address and phone number with your submission. Please include "Short Fiction Contest Submission" in the subject heading of the email.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Writing Contest: Transitions Abroad

TransitionsAbroad.com invites you to enter its 2011 Expatriate Travel Writing Contest.

Professionals, freelancers and aspiring writers are invited to write articles which describe their experience living abroad. Often your experience abroad may be extended by working or studying in the host country, so living, working, and studying abroad are often inextricable, and we are interested in these aspects as well.

Making the move to live abroad is for many the ultimate transition — often the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, in other cases the result of chance and circumstance. We are seeking inspiring articles which also provide in-depth practical descriptions of your experience moving and living abroad, including discussions of immigration, personal and family life abroad, housing, work, social interactions with the natives, food, culture, study, language learning, and potential prejudices encountered.

Apart from practical considerations what were the most important physical, psychological, and social adjustments necessary to integrate into the local communities? Feel free to include anecdotes about locals who may have aided in your adjustment to the physical conditions and social mores of the host community, as well as the role of expats in providing information and support.

While we welcome a good narrative, a listing, sidebar, and/or reference to the most important websites, publications, and other practical resources which have aided you in the cultural adjustment process or enhanced your life abroad is strongly encouraged to help others who may find themselves in similar situations or even similar locations. The inclusion of useful sidebars will likely help determine the winners of the contest.

In sum, we do not seek diaries, travelogues, or personal blogs, but your own perspective in which the host country remains the primary focus, such that the color and taste of the people and land remain in the foreground.

Please see the Living Abroad section of our site for some examples of the types of articles we are seeking and see our writers' guidelines for a sense of our editorial preferences.

TransitionsAbroad.com will publish the winners' entries and will provide links to the authors' website or blog if so desired.

Contest Prizes
The first-place winner’s entry will receive $500, the second-place winning entry $150, and the third-place winner $100.

Any other articles selected as runners-up for publication on TransitionsAbroad.com will receive a $50 payment.

Who is Eligible
The Contest is open to professional, freelance and aspiring writers from any location around the globe.

How to Enter
Submit an original and unpublished essay of up to 1,500 words relating to your experience living, moving, or working abroad. Focus should be placed on a description of the experience abroad and not primarily on personal feelings, as the descriptions and perceptions of the author should imply the personal impact. Supporting photos in .jpg or .gif format are welcome to illustrate the experience and are considered part of the essay submission. Please read the writers’ guidelines for Transitions Abroad Magazine, previous winners' entries, as well as sample articles on this site for a sense of our editorial focus.

To enter the Contest, attach your essay in Word format or copy and paste it into an e-mail. Please include your full name, complete postal address, phone number, and the bio you wish to display in the body of the email and on the document. Please type "Expatriate Writing Essay Entry" in the subject description of the e-mail and send the e-mail to:
expatriatewritingcontest(at)transitionsabroad.com (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).

The Contest begins April 1, 2010, and all entries must be received by February 15, 2011. Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will require first-time North American rights for all submissions which are accepted as contest winners and for publication. In addition, Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will reserve the right to reprint the story in a future publication.

Editors of TransitionsAbroad.com will judge entries based upon the following criteria:
Sensitivity to the people and culture being described
Ability to engage and inspire the reader
Practical information which others can use
Winners will be chosen on or about February 22, 2011 and notified by phone, mail, or e-mail by March 1, 2011 for publication by in early to mid-April, 2011 to allow time for contact, acceptance, and international payment to writers, some of whom live in remote regions of the world.

Contest Terms
There is no entry fee required for submissions.
Decisions of the judges are final.
Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, incomplete, or illegible e-mail or for any computer-related, online, or technical malfunctions that may occur in the submission process.
Submissions are considered void if illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, or obtained through fraud or theft.
Submissions will be considered made by an authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners—along with any other runners-up accepted for publication—will be paid by Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. either by check or Paypal as preferred by the author.
All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the Contest winners.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Post-grad Fellowship in Writing

Initiated in 1998, the Stadler Fellowship offers a recent MFA, MA,or PhD graduate in poetry the opportunity to receive professional training in arts administration and literary editing. The Stadler Fellowship is designed to balance the development of professional skills with time to complete a first book of poems. The Stadler Fellow assists for twenty hours each week in the administration of the Stadler Center for Poetry and/or in the editing of West Branch, a nationally distinguished semiannual literary magazine. The Fellow also works as an instructor and staff member in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in June.  

The Fellowship stipend is $20,000. In addition,the Fellow is provided a furnished apartment on campus, office space in the Stadler Center, and health insurance.

In Fall 2010, the Stadler Center will be accepting applications 2011-12 Stadler Fellowship. The Fellowship will extend from August 2011 to June 2012, with the possibility of renewing for a second year. 

The application deadline is January 10, 2011.

For eligibility and application requirements, and to submit an application, please use the SCP Application Portal, found here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Creative Nonfiction Prize: The Journal

Annual William Allen Creative Nonfiction Prize

This annual competition honors the work of William Allen, the founding editor of The Journal.

The William Allen Creative Nonfiction Prize offers $500 and publication of the winning essay in the upcoming issue of The Journal.

The Journal will be accepting entries for the competition beginning in September of the previous year.
All styles, subject matter, and forms are welcome.
Deadline for postmark of manuscripts is January 31.
All manuscripts will be considered for publication.
A reading fee of $10 should accompany each manuscript (make checks payable to: The Journal).
The maximum word count is 6500 words.
Please double-space all entries.
For a list of winners, include an SASE.

Submissions can be submitted electronically through The Journal’s SUBMISHMASH Online Submission System

Or submissions may be mailed, along with reading fee, to:
Nonfiction Prize
The Journal
Department of English
The Ohio State University
164 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Writing Competition: Wag's Review


The Wag's Revue Winter 2010 Writers Contest is now open!

A first prize of $1000 and publication in Issue 9, a second prize of $500 and a third of $100 will be awarded to the three best entries. All submissions will be considered for publication. 

Submission Fee: $20.00

All three genres (fiction, poetry, essay) will be considered for each prize. The contest will be judged by the magazine's editors. The three winning pieces from the last contest may be read here, here and here.

New to Wag's Revue? All issues of the magazine are available for free in the Archive. In its two years, the magazine has featured new works by Michael Ives, Brian Evenson, Ian Monk, and Stephen Elliott and interviews with such waggish luminaries as Gary Lutz, Stephen Colbert, T.C. Boyle, and Dave Eggers.

The contest closes January 15th. Winners will be announced with the publication of Issue 9 in April, 2011. Additional guidelines as well as access to the Submissions Manager may be found at the Submit page.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Call for Poetry Submissions: The Backwaters Press

Important Update! Change to submission guidelines!

While we've been energized by the high quality work we've received in response to our call for submissions, we have also made an effort to reach out to a number of poets we've always considered to be "Nebraskan." We were surprised to discover that many of these women did not meet our residence guidelines, and as a result felt excluded from the project. As it was always our intention to collect a more expansive representation of what it might mean to be a "Nebraska woman poet," we're revising our guidelines to include women born in Nebraska, currently living in Nebraska, or who have lived in Nebraska at some point in their lives for not less than 5 years. In order to accommodate submissions from this broader base, we're extending our deadline to June 30 of 2011.

The Backwaters Press is now accepting submissions for The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets through June 30 of 2011, for expected publication in Spring of 2012. Contributors must be Nebraskan women, which includes all women born or currently residing in Nebraska. Poets who have previously lived in Nebraska for a period of not less than 5 years, will also be considered. We ask that all submissions include a brief statement describing the author's connection to the state of Nebraska. Poetry submissions need not specifically address Nebraska issues or geography, though both are certainly welcome.

The Backwaters Press, an independent press based in Nebraska, has published numerous award-winning titles, including the anthology Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace (2003) which received two Nebraska book awards. Several poets published by the press have had poems from their books read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac.

Please send 3-5 previously unpublished poems (10 pages maximum) to:
theuntidyseason(at)yahoo.com (replace (at) with @) .

Include a cover letter with brief bio and statement describing your connection to Nebraska. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Poems should be submitted both as an attachment (rtf, doc, or docx) and pasted in the body of the e-mail. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred, however, snail mail submissions may be sent to:

The Backwaters Press/The Untidy Season
P.O. Box 8067
Omaha, NE 68108.

Please list name and address of contributor on each page of postal mail submissions, and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your poems and for correspondence. Please include your e-mail address with your postal mail submission.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

May your day be filled with the good company of family and friends, good food, and good health.

Jeanne Gassman

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Take Your Child to A Bookstore Day

A special shout-out to a fellow writer friend, Jenny Milchman, who created this idea. The first annual "Take Your Child to A Bookstore Day" is Dec. 4, 2010.

Do you have a child or grandchild who likes to read? Take him or her to a physical bookstore, a place where he or she can browse, look at book covers, read the blurbs, and experience the joy of holding and reading a physical book.

Read more about it here.

Call for Submissions: Western Humanities Review

Call for Submissions for a Special **Adaptations** Issue of WHR (Spring 2011) ::: the editors invite submissions that exemplify or address the phenomenon of ADAPTATION.

Fiction, poetry and criticism are all welcome, as well as writing in hybrid genres that combine or adapt more traditional forms.

edited by Lance Olsen // Scott Black // Craig Dworkin // Paisley Rekdal ///
Submission Period: January 1, 2011 through March 15, 2011 (postmark date)

Guidelines: If one long prosaic piece (essays, fiction, etc.), no more than 25 pages; If poems or shorter pieces, up to 5 pieces (totaling not more than 25 pages) /// Everything should be in a format that can be printed in WHR's standard journal format (black and white), and should be sent via regular mail.

Send questions to:
whr(at)mail.hum.utah.edu (replace(at) with @) )

Submit your Adaptations to (please do not forget to mark as for the "Adaptations Issue"):

Western Humanities Review
ADAPTATIONS ISSUE
c/o dawn lonsinger
University of Utah English Dept.
255 S. Central Campus Dr., LNCO 3500
Salt Lake City, UT 841112

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Poetry Competition: The A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

The A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize is awarded to honor a poet's first book, while also honoring the late founder of BOA Editions, Ltd., a not-for-profit publishing house of poetry and poetry in translation.

FINAL JUDGE: Jane Hirshfield.

WINNER RECEIVES:

A $1,500 Honorarium, paid in March 2011, and book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd. in March, 2012, in The A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of America Series.

ELIGIBILITY:

* Entrants must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States.
* Poets, who are at least 18 years of age, who have yet to publish a full-length-book collection of poetry.
* Translations are not eligible.
* Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, chapbooks of 32 pages or less, or self-published books of 46 pages or less, but must be submitted in manuscript form. Published books in other genres do not disqualify contestants from entering this contest.
* Employees, volunteers and board members of BOA Editions, Ltd., or their partners or spouses, or their immediate families, or immediate family of the judge are not eligible.
* As per the Publishing Contest Ethics, as advanced by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), any person who has studied poetry in a formal program with the Final Judge -- through a college, university, community program, residency, or private tutorial, within the last two years -- is not eligible to submit a manuscript to this contest.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES REQUIREMENTS:

Send one copy of the manuscript, our entry form, and the $25 entry fee, to BOA Editions, Ltd., between August 1, and November 30, 2010 at the address listed below. Make check or money orders payable to BOA Editions. Do not pay by credit card.

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT:

* Minimum of 48 pages, maximum of 100 pages of poetry.
* Manuscript should be 1 1/2 or double spaced.
* At least 11pt. font.
* Name address and telephone number must appear on the title or cover page of the manuscript.
* Do not send artwork or photographs.
* Typed or word-processed on standard white paper, on one side of the page only.
* Paginated consecutively with a table of contents.
* Bound with a spring clip (no paperclips, please).
* Attach publications acknowledgments if any.
* Include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt of manuscript.
* Do not send by FedEx or UPS.
* Electronic and fax submissions will not be accepted.
* Neither late nor early manuscripts will be accepted.
* Contestants may submit the manuscript elsewhere simultaneously, but must notify BOA Editions immediately, by mail in an envelope, (not a postcard or email), if a manuscript is accepted by another publisher.
* Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered. Winner will be given the opportunity to revise before publication.
* Contestants may submit more than one manuscript, but a separate entry fee and entry form must accompany each manuscript.
* Manuscripts mailed from foreign countries risk not being received before final selections have been made.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES SUGGESTED:

* Send manuscript in a plain or padded envelope. Please no boxes.
* For notification of competition results, include a business-size SASE.
* Keep a copy of your manuscript, as manuscripts will not be returned.
* We advise that you send your manuscript by first class or priority mail.

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

* The winner will be announced in March 2011.
* Honorarium will be awarded within two weeks of a signed contract between the winner and BOA Editions.
* Winning manuscript will be published in March 2012, in an original paperback edition in the [A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of America Series].
* The winner will retain full copyright of his or her work.
* The paper from all manuscripts will be recycled after the winner is announced.
* BOA Editions assumes no responsibility for loss of manuscripts.

Send manuscripts, postmarked between August 1, and November 30, 2010, to:

BOA Editions, Ltd.
PO Box 30971
Rochester, NY 14604

Writing Competition: Columbia Journal

Calling all writers: On Wednesday, October 20th, Columbia will launch its 2011 contest in fiction, nonfiction and poetry! Enter online.

We’re awarding up to $1,500 in prizes, plus publication in our forthcoming print journal. The top works in fiction will be judged by Robert Olen Butler (1993 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Good Scent from a
Strange Mountain), Jo Ann Beard in nonfiction (The Boys of My Youth), and Joanna Klink (Raptus) for poetry.

Judges will select a first-place winner from among the ten finalists in each genre. The finalists are chosen by Columbia Journal staff.

First-place winners in each genre will receive a $500 prize, and their work will be published in Issue 49 of the journal (Spring 2011). Winners and runners-up may be considered for publication on the journal’s website.

The deadline for entry is January 18, 2011. The entry fee is $12.

Contest submissions in fiction and nonfiction must be no longer than twenty double-spaced pages. Poets may send up to five individual poems for consideration, but they must be combined into a single document.

Please note: judges have discretion in selecting winners and may choose not to award a first-place prize. Judges also may request edits of winning works. The contest is not open to current Columbia University students or those who have graduated within the last five years.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Micro-Fiction Contest: River Styx

River Styx
2011 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 to:

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

Call for Submissions: Platte Valley Review

Forces of Nature: Platte Valley Review will publish a special issue for Spring 2011.

The theme, Forces of Nature, should be interpreted as contributor wishes.

Poetry, Prose, Creative Non-Fiction, Environmental and Critical Essays, Photography, or Artwork, relevant to Forces of Nature are welcome as general submissions.

The Platte Valley Review is published under the auspices of the endowed Reynolds Chair,
Allison Hedge Coke, senior editor, and Robert Ficociello, managing editor.

Distinguished UNK Sandhill Crane Literary Fellows will jury and contribute to this edition.

Please submit in only one of the following ways.
1. Mail submissions labeled by genre to:

Platte Valley Review
English Department, 202A TMHL
University of Nebraska at Kearney
905 W 25th Street
Kearney, NE 68849-1322

2. An online Submission Program can be found here.

Deadline for this edition is December 15, 2010.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Poetry Competition: Kundiman Poetry Prize

Kundiman and Alice James Books are accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts for The Kundiman Poetry Prize electronically and by regular mail through February 11, 2011. The Kundiman Poetry Prize welcomes  submissions from emerging as well as established Asian American poets. Entrants must reside in the United States.

The winner receives $1000, book publication and a New York City feature reading.

Alice James Books is a cooperative poetry press with a mission is to seek out and publish the best contemporary poetry by both established and beginning poets, with particular emphasis on involving poets in the publishing process.

Guidelines for Electronic Manuscript Submission

Kundiman and Alice James Books are pleased to announce that, in addition to submitting your manuscript via regular mail, you may now enter your manuscript to The Kundiman Prize electronically.

Visit this link to submit electronically to The Kundiman Prize.

Guidelines for Print Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts must be typed, paginated, and 50 – 70 pages in length (single spaced).

Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks of less than 25 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and
self-published books are not eligible. No multi-authored collections, please.

Manuscripts must have a table of contents and include a list of acknowledgments for poems previously published. The inclusion of a biographical note is optional. Your name, mailing address, email address and phone number should appear on the title page of your manuscript. MANUSCRIPTS CANNOT BE RETURNED. Please do not send us your only copy.

No illustrations, photographs or images should be included.

Send one copy of your manuscript submission with two copies of the title page. Use only binder clips. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies.

The Kundiman Poetry Prize is judged by consensus of the members of Kundiman's Artistic Staff and the Alice James Books Editorial Board. Manuscripts are not read anonymously.

For notification of winners, include a business-sized SASE. If you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your manuscript, include a stamped addressed postcard. Winners will be announced in June 2011.

Entry fee for The Kundiman Poetry Prize is $28. Checks or money orders should be made out to Alice James Books. On the memo line of your check write The Kundiman Poetry Prize.

Mail your entry to:
Kundiman
P.O. Box 4248
Sunnyside, NY 11104

Checklist for entry:

One (1) copy of manuscript enclosed, with acknowledgements and two (2) copies of title page$28 entry fee. Business sized SASE. Stamped addressed postcard. Postmarked by February 11, 2011

Call for Submissions: The Toronto Quarterly

The Toronto Quarterly

Send us your BEST poetry (4-6 poems), short stories (1-2 stories max,
500-3000 words), artwork, and photographs. We prefer that you copy
and paste your poetry into the body of your email or send as ONE
attachment in word.doc format. Send ALL short story submissions as a
word doc. attachment. Any poetry or short story submissions sent as
multiple attachments or not in word.doc will NOT be read.

If you have a novel/poetry book, a poetry/music cd or dvd that you're
interested in having us review, please email us your query to:

thetorontoquarterly(at)hotmail.com with REVIEW REQUEST typed into the
subject box. BOOK and MUSIC REVIEWS submitted will be considered for
publication.

Send us your ARTWORK and PHOTOGRAPHY. Send in high resolution (jpeg
file). We will consider all artwork submitted for the COVER of TTQ7.

ALL SUBMISSIONS should contain a short biography (5-6 lines MAX)
stating town/city you reside in, previous publishing accomplishments,
educational background if so desired. Please DO NOT send us a novel
about yourself. Make it interesting and promote your books and/or
webpages if desired.

PLEASE: ONE submission per issue. Multiple submissions will NOT be
read. Be sure to send us your BEST work the first time or wait until
the following issue to submit again.

We DO NOT publish previously published works.

PLEASE NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS

ALL RIGHTS and COPYRIGHT upon publication in TTQ7 remains with the
author.

PAYMENT: Each contributor to TTQ7 will receive a FREE e-book of TTQ7
as payment. It will be emailed to the contributor as a pdf file.

ALL SUBMISSIONS should be emailed to:
thetorontoquarterly(at)hotmail.com
(replace (at) with @)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 28, 2011.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Call for Submissions: Weave

Weave Magazine, an independent art and literary publication, is currently accepting submissions for our sixth issue, being released in June 2011. We welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, short plays and monologues. For more information about Weave and the work we publish, please see the "about" page on our website.

The submissions period ends January 31, 2011.

Please see submission guidelines for more detailed information.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Poetry and Fiction Contest: Blue Mesa Review

Now accepting submissions for 2011 Fiction Contest

Here are the specifics if you'd like to take a stab at this year's contest:
All unpublished fiction manuscripts of 7000 words or fewer will be considered.
The winner will receive $1000 and publication in Blue Mesa Review Issue 24.
This year's judge is Lori Ostlund .

Please submit and pay $17 online to our new online submission manager by visiting this link.

Or
Please mail submissions with $17 entry fee to:

Fiction Contest
Blue Mesa Review
Creative Writing Program
University of New Mexico
MSC 03-2170
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Checks should be made payable to UNM-BMR

ENTRY DEADLINE: POSTMARKED BY DECEMBER 31st, 2010


We are also accepting submissions for the 2011 Poetry Contest

Here are the specifics if you'd like to take a stab at this year's contest:
All unpublished poetry manuscripts of 4 poems or 7 pages of poetry.
The winner will receive $750 and publication in Blue Mesa Review Issue 24.
Please submit and pay $17 online to our new online submission manager by
visiting this link.

OR

Please mail submissions with $17 entry fee to:

Poetry Contest
Blue Mesa Review
Creative Writing Program
University of New Mexico
MSC 03-2170
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Checks should be made payable to UNM-BMR
ENTRY DEADLINE: POSTMARKED BY DECEMBER 31st, 2010

For more information please contact: bmrinfo(at)unm.edu (replace (at) with @)

Call for Submissions: anthology on Rituals

Poetry (any form or style) wanted for an anthology on RITUALS. Microfiction, flash, comic strips, stand-up comedy routines will also be considered. Erik La Prade, Austin Alexis and I will be co-editing this third in the series of anthologies from Poets Wear Prada.

Off the top of my head here are some rituals:

Baptism/Christening, Holy Communion, Marriage, Last Rites, Funerals, Mating & Dating Rituals, OCD Behaviour, Holiday Observances, Lighting up after Sex, Watching the Ball Drop on NYD, Sitting Shiva, Bris, Bar/Bat Mitzva, Saying Grace, Walking the Dog, Cleaning the Refrigerator, Spring Cleaning, etc.

Co-Editor Austin Alexis writes:

I'm glad you included what I call unconscious rituals, such as mowing the lawn, "lighting up after sex," etc. "Unconscious rituals" might be a subcategory to mention in the submission call, so that writers get the idea of how broad the definition of ritual is. Also, there are poems that show the rituals of inanimate (or at least non-living) things, such as "Eight O'Clock" by A. E. Housman, which portrays the ritual of a bell striking the hours. We might mention Housman and Dickinson as two poets who use rituals often in their poetry, in very different ways.

The poem should describe the ritual in a unique and interesting way and take the reader there. Consider all the senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste). Let us know how it makes you feel to participate or sit on the sidelines an observe.

Got the idea? Now release it onto the page and send it our way.

Guidelines: Submit up to three poems with a fascinating bio of 35 words or less, not just limited to publication credits, copy/pasted in the body of an e-mail (no attachments, please) to:
roxy533(at)yahoo.com.

Previously published work is ok, as long as authors have retained the copyright, which will be returned to them after publication. Response time will be about three to six months; the expected date of publication is 1-2 years away. Please don't query. When in doubt, send the submission to: roxy533(at)yahoo.com.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Call for Submissions: [out of nothing]

[out of nothing], an electronic publication interested in new works in image, sound, text, and the intersections between these media, is now open to submissions for its fifth issue: "out of a system declaring nothing out of relevance". Please submit your textual, aural, visual, poly/ambi-medial work to us at:

shelling.peanuts(at)gmail.com [replace (at) with @]

Deadline: January 01, 2011

Complete submissions guidelines are available here.

Prospective contributors would be well-advised to consult our earlier publications at as a guide to the type of work we're interested in. To supplement this understanding and ideally stimulate your thinking about a new piece made particularly to address the issues that consume, or rather, are consumed by us, we offer the
following potential topics:

> the vacuum
> salvage / remainders
> imaginary spaces possessed of imaginary dimensions
> darkness / lightlessness
> reduced or infinitesimal means
> the exponential
> self-abnegating symbols
> the blank
> obliteration
> the inconsequential
> refusal
> the contentless / general contentlessness
> the generic and / or undifferentiated and / or the contra-original
> adhesive agents in search of clients to bind
> none of the above or below

Electronic submissions only. Please allow 3 - 6 months response time.

Eds., [out of nothing]

Monday, November 1, 2010

A bit of self-promotion...

I rarely post anything about myself here, but today I decided to make an exception. Recently, I entered an agent query critique contest. The agent provided feedback to everyone who submitted a query in the first round. In Round Two, we have been invited to post our revised queries for a popular vote. The winner receives a free 30-page critique from the agent. I posted my query to the list. The title of my book is THE BLOOD OF A STONE, and my query is #11 on the list. It's one of the few queries for an adult novel.

To cast your vote, go here.

Thanks!
Jeanne

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fiction and Poetry Contest: Third Coast

The 2011 Third Coast Fiction & Poetry Contests

Postmark Deadline: December 1, 2010

Fiction Prize: $1,000 & Publication


Poetry Prize : $1,000 & Publication


Final Judges

Fiction: Brad Watson
Poetry: Natasha Trethewey

Complete Guidelines

1. Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words or three (3) previously unpublished poems with a $15 reading fee payable to Third Coast. Please send each entry separately and clearly mark whether it is a poetry or fiction entry.

Send entries and reading fee to:

Third Coast 2011 Fiction or Poetry Contest
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331

2. Each $15 entry fee entitles entrant to a 1-year subscription to Third Coast, an extension of an existing subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose a complete address for subscription.

3. All manuscripts should be typed (fiction entries should be double-spaced), and accompanied by a cover letter with the author's name, contact information (address, telephone, and email address), and entry title(s). Please include entry title(s) and page numbers on all manuscript pages. The author's name and identifying information should only appear on the cover letter; identifying information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself.

4. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that work be withdrawn from the contest immediately. If a poem or story is chosen as a finalist, Third Coast requires that it be withdrawn from any other publication considerations until the winner is selected. If the poem or story is scheduled to be published elsewhere before September 2011, please do not submit it.

5. Winners will be announced in February 2011 and published in the Fall 2011 issue of Third Coast. All contest entries will be considered for regular inclusion in Third Coast.

6. Writers associated with the judges or Third Coast are not eligible to submit work to the contest.

7. No money will be refunded. Submissions will not be returned. Send SASE for results only.

About the Judges

Brad Watson won the Sue Kauffman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts & Letters for his first collection, Last Days of the Dog-Men. His first novel, The Heaven of Mercury, was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award. Watson's most recent collection of stories is Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives (2010).

Natasha Trethewey is the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her book Native Guard. Her first poetry collection, Domestic Work, won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and her second collection, Bellocq's Ophelia, was named a Notable Book for 2003. Trethewey's most recent work is a book of creative non-fiction, titled Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf (2010).

Call for Submissions: ChamberFour

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: C4 MAGAZINE ISSUE #1

ChamberFour.com seeks submissions for the inaugural issue of its online/ebook magazine, C4.

For Issue #1, we're looking for:

--> fiction (short stories, flash fiction)
--> nonfiction (personal essays, memoir excerpts, travel writing)
--> poetry (traditional, experimental)
--> digital visual art

Accepted writing will be published on ChamberFour.com, and collected in an ebook, probably by January. (We can't pay you, but we'll mail you an awesome can koozie, which is better than money.)

Find full guidelines here, and check out the anthology we recently published to get an idea of our publishing process---it's at ChamberFour.com/anthology.

Send submissions to:
submissions(at)chamberfour.com (replace (at) with @) or find us on Submishmash here. We accept submissions on a rolling basis, but priority for the first issue will be given to those received by December 1, 2010.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fiction Contest for Georgia writers: Creative Loafing

Submit a manuscript of no more than 3,000 words either as a hard copy to our offices or online. All works of fiction must in some way incorporate "X" — as a theme, a metaphor, whatever. You can use the word as any way you like; just use it well. Originality is encouraged, and the word count is enforced.

1st place, $1,000
2nd place, $250
3rd place, $100

Deadline is Fri., Nov. 19, 5 p.m.
Winners will be published in Creative Loafing and honored at an awards ceremony.

Send submissions to:
Creative Loafing Atlanta
ATTN: Fiction Contest
384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30313

Or submit online
Contest is open to Georgia-residents only.

Fiction contest rules:
Stories must reference the theme, "X," in some fashion, even tangentially. Originality counts.
Writers must be Georgia residents.
Stories must be no more than 3,000 words.

Three winners will appear in the Jan. 6 issue of Creative Loafing.

If entry is being submitted via snail mail, send one copy of a typed, double-spaced, unpublished manuscript. List your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and title of the story on the cover page only. Please staple all pages together. Be prepared to submit the story electronically if chosen for publication.

One story per entrant.

Judges will make their decision based on originality, style and literary quality.Manuscripts must be the original work of the entrant, unpublished and not currently under consideration for publication. No excerpts from longer works will be considered, nor will stories previously entered in a CL Fiction Contest. Do not send originals. Entries will not be returned. Staff members of Creative Loafing, Inc. and current freelancers are not eligible to enter. The author retains copyright, but Creative Loafing reserves the right to publish entries in both its print and online editions.

All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. No exceptions, so don't ask.
Finalists will be contacted by email or phone on or around Dec. 22.
No phone calls please.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Call for Submissions: Anthology of "Bad Dates"

Editors for the anthology, 50 Worst Dates, are soliciting nonfiction accounts about real-life "bad date" experiences. Did your date have terrible manners? Overshared? Drank too much? Or was there just a series of bad events?

Entries should be between 200-800 words and give a quick but detailed overview of the most uncanny, strange, humorous, embarrassing, or downright awful encounter you've ever had on a date.

Deadline is Dec. 15, 2010.

Entries accepted for publication will be collected in an anthology of brief takes about experiences with the dating world, published in Ebook form. All published entrants will receive a byline and short bio. Unless you choose to remain anonymous, your name and city of residence will be included with your accepted story. Please understand that the editors may make slight changes to the length, vocabulary, and/or title of your story; however, if your piece is chosen for the anthology, the general content and meaning will remain the same.

Email submissions to:
50worstdates (at) comcast.net (Replace (at) with @)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Residency: Artsmith Artist Residency on Orcas Island

The fifth annual Artsmith Artist Residency is open for applications
until November 1, 2010, for the upcoming residency the week of February
25 to March 4, 2011
. The residency includes lodging and continental
breakfast on Orcas Island in Washington State.

To learn more about the residency and to apply, please visit our website.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Call for Submissions from Women Writers: damselfly press

damselfly press, a prize-winning online literary journal for women, is pleased to announce the publication of our thirteenth issue and call for submissions for the fourteenth issue. We are seeking electronic submissions of original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by female writers only slated for online publication in Jan 2011. 

The deadline to submit for the fourteenth issue is Dec 15th.
These are the e-mails per genre editor:

Fiction- jennifer(at)damselflypress.net
(replace (at) with @)

Poetry- lesley(at)damselflypress.net (replace (at) with @)

Nonfiction- nonfiction(at)damselflypress.net (replace (at) with @)

Poetry Prize: Bellday Books

Bellday Books, Inc.                                                          
BELLDAY POETRY PRIZE
$2,000 PRIZE TO WINNING POET 
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2011

CONTEST FINAL JUDGE: ELAINE EQUI.
Elaine Equi has published 11 books of poetry, including her most recent work Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems (2007) and Voice-Over (1999), which won the San Francisco State Poetry Award. Her work is widely anthologized and appears in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology and in The Best American Poetry (1989, 1995, 2002). She lives in New York with her husband and teaches creative writing in the Master of Fine Arts programs at City College of New York and The New School.

Bellday Books will publish the winning book and award $2,000 and 25 copies of the book to the winning author.

CONTEST RULES·        
Submit a manuscript of 60-90 pages of original poetry in any style in English. The manuscript must not have been published in book or chapbook, but may contain poems that have appeared in print or on the Internet.  Entries may consist of individual poems, a book-length poem or any combination of long or short poems.

Submitted manuscript must contain 2 title pages: Name and contact information should appear on first title page only. Name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Include a table of contents page, but do not send an acknowledgements page.

Manuscript must be typed single-spaced, paginated and bound with a spring clip.
Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner. Manuscripts cannot be returned.
Postmark deadline: March 15, 2011.
Include a check or money order for $25 reading fee, payable to BELLDAY BOOKS.
Bellday Books reserves the right not to select an award winner, in which case all reading fees will be refunded.


CONTEST MAILING ADDRESS:
Bellday Books, Inc.
P.O. Box 3687
Pittsburgh, PA 15230

Questions may be directed to: office(at)belldaybooks.com
(replace (at) with @)
 

Fiction Contest: SmokeLong Quarterly

30-Word Story Contest: SmokeLong Quarterly

In honor of SmokeLong Quarterly’s 30th issue, we are holding a 30-word story contest. From November 1 to November 30, we will be accepting submissions of 30-word stories on any topic. The top 5 stories will be published in our 30th issue due out at the end of December.

The rules:

•Thirty words exactly—no less, no more.
•You MUST have a title for your story, though the title does not count toward the word count.
•You can submit up to three stories, but please submit each story SEPARATELY.
No entry fee.
Submissions open from November 1 to November 30.

The final judge for this hint fiction contest is Robert Swartwood, the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer, due out by W. W. Norton in November 2010.

The link to our site.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Creative Nonfiction Prize: Anderbo

Elizabeth Wurtzel to Judge 2011 Anderbo Creative Nonfiction Prize

Winner receives $500

Guidelines:
–The creative nonfiction piece should be typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper with the writer's name and contact information on the upper right corner of the first page, and the writer's name on every page
Entries must be postmarked by June 15, 2011
–Limit one entry per writer
–Writer must not have been previously published on anderbo.com
–Mail submissions to:

Anderbo Creative Nonfiction Prize,
270 Lafayette Street, Suite 1412
New York, NY 10012

–Enclose self-addressed stamped business envelope to receive names of winner and honorable mentions
–All entries are non-returnable and will be recycled
Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable to RRofihe

Elizabeth Wurtzel
2011 Anderbo Creative Nonfiction Prize Judge
Elizabeth Lee Wurtzel, an American writer and journalist, is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. She published her groundbreaking memoir of depression, the cultural phenomenon Prozac Nation, at the tender age of 26.

Complete guidelines http://www.anderbo.com/anderbo1/andernonfictionprize2011.html

Call for Submissions: The Whistling Fire

The Whistling Fire is proud to announce our on going Guest Editor Themed Months.

Our January Guest Editor is Chema Guijarro
Submission Deadline December 20th
Dear Writers,

If, like me, you’ve forced your voice or your characters’ voices into something mainstream-American readers can relate to, you’re in luck: Whether you prefer the get-me-if-you-can approach of Junot Díaz, the slang-and-gibberish-loving style of Julio Cortázar, the future/alternate-reality speak of Anthony Burgess and Michael Chabon, or the non-patronizing elegance-in-translation magic of Mary Yukari Waters… now’s your time to show The Whistling Fire what you’ve got.

I will be looking for fiction and non-fiction that any English-speaking reader can appreciate in spite of a language barrier.

Looking forward to reading your work,

Chema Guijarro

Rules: Please send your fiction or non-fiction to:
whistlingfire(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @).

 Word limit: No More than 3000 words. Please include the words “January Contest” in your subject line. No more than two submissions per author. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Previously published work is also allowed as long as the author retains the rights. Please include a short third person bio for our contributor’s page. Submissions Close December 20th. For more information go here.

About the Editor:
Chema Guijarro left a nascent career in print journalism for a career in fiction writing. He received an MFA from University of California, Riverside’s Graduate Extension campus in Palm Desert, CA, and has taught creative writing at the high-school level. Growing up between Calexico, CA, and Mexicali, B.C., his fiction focuses on the border region, the immigrant and emigrant experience and Latin-American culture as a whole. His work will be featured in You Don't Have a Clue, an all-Latino YA-mystery anthology by Arte Público Press, due to be released in 2011.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Call for Submissions: Prairie Wolf Press

The editors of Prairie Wolf Press, a new online journal, will continue accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and media until November 30, 2010. Please note below the changed email address for prose submissions.

Prairie Wolf Press values the density of language; the impact of the wisely considered word. All submissions to Prairie Wolf Press must be 1,000 or fewer words in length.

Submit your best work: judge for yourself.
Please send prose submissions to:
prairiewolfpress(at)me.com
and poetry submissions to:
yellowpineavenue(at)gmail.com.
Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail submissions.

Fiction and Poetry Competition: Third Coast

The 2011 Third Coast Fiction & Poetry Contests

Postmark Deadline: December 1, 2010
Fiction Prize: $1,000 & Publication
Poetry Prize : $1,000 & Publication

Final Judges

Fiction: Brad Watson
Poetry: Natasha Trethewey

Complete Guidelines

1. Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words or three (3) previously unpublished poems with a $15 reading fee payable to Third Coast. Please send each entry separately and clearly mark whether it is a poetry or fiction entry.

Send entries and reading fee to:

Third Coast 2011 Fiction or Poetry Contest
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331

2. Each $15 entry fee entitles entrant to a 1-year subscription to Third Coast, an extension of an existing subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose a complete address for subscription.

3. All manuscripts should be typed (fiction entries should be double-spaced), and accompanied by a cover letter with the author's name, contact information (address, telephone, and email address), and entry title(s). Please include entry title(s) and page numbers on all manuscript pages. The author's name and identifying information should only appear on the cover letter; identifying information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself.

4. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that work be withdrawn from the contest immediately. If a poem or story is chosen as a finalist, Third Coast requires that it be withdrawn from any other publication considerations until the winner is selected. If the poem or story is scheduled to be published elsewhere before September 2011, please do not submit it.

5. Winners will be announced in February 2011 and published in the Fall 2011 issue of Third Coast. All contest entries will be considered for regular inclusion in Third Coast.

6. Writers associated with the judges or Third Coast are not eligible to submit work to the contest.

7. No money will be refunded. Submissions will not be returned. Send SASE for results only.

About the Judges

Brad Watson won the Sue Kauffman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts & Letters for his first collection, Last Days of the Dog-Men. His first novel, The Heaven of Mercury, was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award. Watson's most recent collection of stories is Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives (2010).

Natasha Trethewey is the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her book Native Guard. Her first poetry collection, Domestic Work, won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and her second collection, Bellocq's Ophelia, was named a Notable Book for 2003. Trethewey's most recent work is a book of creative non-fiction, titled Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf (2010).

Friday, October 8, 2010

Commerce Department Seeks Comment on Protecting Copyrighted Works on the Internet

Department's Internet Policy Task Force leads effort to keep Internet open for innovation
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force today issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment from all interested stakeholders - including rights holders, Internet service providers, and consumers - on the protection of copyrighted works online and the relationship between copyright law and innovation in the Internet economy. 
“The Department of Commerce has played an instrumental role in the development of policies that have helped digital commerce flourish,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. “These policies explicitly recognize the legitimate rights and expectations of those whose creation and distribution of digital works strengthen our economy, expand our exports, and create jobs in America. Our ongoing challenge and commitment is to align the flexibility needed for innovation in the Internet economy with effective means of protecting copyrighted works that are accessible online.”
Considering the vital importance of the Internet in today’s society, the Department of Commerce has made it a top priority to ensure that the Internet remains open for innovation.  The initiative on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Internet economy seeks to identify policies that will:

1) Generate benefits for rights holders of creative works accessible online and make recommendations with respect to those who infringe on those rights;

2) Enable the robust and free flow of information to facilitate innovation and growth of the Internet economy; and

3) Ensure transparency and due process in cooperative efforts to build confidence in the Internet as a means of distributing copyrighted works.

The comments gathered through this NOI will be used by the Internet Policy Task Force in preparing a report that will contribute to the administration’s domestic policy and international engagement in the area of online copyright protection.

Today’s announcement and NOI represent one of many issue areas being tackled by the department’s Internet Policy Task Force, which Locke launched in April. The Task Force is comprised of staff members from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the International Trade Administration (ITA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), and is coordinated through Commerce’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, which reports to the Secretary.

Prior to releasing this NOI, the Task Force held dozens of listening sessions with a wide range of stakeholders over the first half of the year to better understand the current and most complex questions related to online copyright protection and the broader impact of content issues on innovation in the Internet economy.  The Task Force also convened a public meeting on July 1 to address these issues further, which included 20 speakers and representatives from a range of stakeholder groups.
Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments by e-mail to copyright-noi-2010@ntia.doc.gov.  Comments filed in response to this NOI will be made available to the public on the Internet Policy Task Force website at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/internetpolicytaskforce.  For this reason, comments should not include confidential, proprietary or sensitive business information.


More details concerning the NOI can be found in the Federal Register notice at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-24863.pdf.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Writing Competition: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
Open Competition Awards
$3500 and publication for two collections of poems
final judge: Yusef Komunyakaa

Below are the guidelines for the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition:

All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible* (individual poems may have been previously published). (*Current or former students, colleagues, and close friends of the final judge, Yusef Komunyakaa, and current and former students and employees of Southern Illinois University and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible for the Open Competition. For questions about judging, please visit our site.

Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts postmarked October 1 through November 16, 2010. The winners will each receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, both winners will be awarded a $2000 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Both readings will follow the publication of the poets' collections by Southern Illinois University Press.

Manuscripts should be typewritten, single-spaced, and between 50 and 80 pages long. No more than one poem should appear on a page. Dot-matrix printing that is not letter-quality is not acceptable. A clean photocopy is recommended. Please do not send your only copy of the manuscript since manuscripts will not be returned, and please do not include illustrations. Crab Orchard Review and Southern Illinois University Press assume no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts. All submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee. Please make your check out to "Crab Orchard Series in Poetry." All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

Submit two title pages for the collection. The author's name, address, and daytime phone number should appear on the first title page only. The author's name should appear nowhere else in the manuscript. An acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies should be placed after the second title page.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED OCTOBER 1, 2010 through NOVEMBER 16, 2010. (Since this is a postmark deadline, there is no need to send Express Mail, Fedex, or UPS. First Class or Priority Mail are preferred.)

Please address entries to:

Jon Tribble, Series Editor
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
(Open Competition Awards)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results. If you would like confirmation that the manuscript has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard as well. Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Call for Submissions and Contest: Cutbank Literary Magazine

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CUTBANK
Now in its 37th year, CutBank Literary Magazine is once again looking for great work to publish in issues 74 and 75. From October 1 through February 15, we're welcoming original, unpublished works of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction from established and upcoming writers alike. Over the years, we've been privileged to feature work by Wendell Berry, William Kittredge, Louise Erdrich, Aimee Bender,Richard Hugo, Seamus Heaney, Chris Offutt, Virgil Suarez, Steve Almond, and many others. As editors, we're looking first and foremost for excellent writing. We love to read, and are always looking for work that startles us, engaging us emotionally and challenging us intellectually - and we work hard to cull the majority of content for our issues from unsolicited submissions. We're always excited to feature new writers!

Furthermore, we’re happy to announce that we’re now accepting online submissions! Beginning this fall, all submissions will be handled by Submishmash, a great online system that will simplify the submitting process for writers and streamline our editorial work. Go to cutbankonline.org for more information. We look forward to reading your work!

BIG FISH ONLINE CONTEST: FLASH FICTION & PROSE POETRY
In an effort to keep our online content fresh, promote some of the less-traditional genres that we love, and reward some of the many deserving writers out there, we've also revamped the structure of our online contests for 2010/2011. We're now offering two awards, beginning October 1 with the
Big Fish Online Contest: Flash Fiction and Prose Poetry


(deadline November 1). A prize of $200 and online publication will be given for the best piece of writing under 500 words that we receive. Flash fiction, short-shorts, micro-prose, prose poems, poetic prose, just plain short stories--whatever you call your briefest prose pieces, send them our way! It's only $9 to enter, and all submissions will be considered for the print journal.

For more information and to learn more about our other exciting ventures this year, visit
cutbankonline.org. Thank you! We’re looking forward to another year of tremendous literature, and two new, beautiful issues.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

2010 Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest - Now Open!
We will award $2500 in total prizes, including the $1000 cash grand prize. 10 Merit Award Winners will receive $150 Franklin-Christoph writing instruments.
Submission Period
Entries accepted Oct. 1st - Dec. 31st, at midnight EST, 2010.

What to Submit
Original, unpublished poem of any theme. Limit of 2 entries per contestant. Entries should not exceed 100 lines each.

Prizes
First Prize, $1,000 cash and publication on Franklin-Christoph.com
Ten Merit Award Winners, each to receive a $150 Franklin-Christoph writing instrument, and publication on Franklin-Christoph.com. Winners announced by March 15th, 2011.

Entry is Free
There will be no fee or other obligation for entering this contest.

Deadline
December 31st, 2010. Your entry must be submitted online by this date.

Preparing Your Entry
Submit one copy of your poems by email. Provide your contact information within your email. Be sure to include your actual name and address, as we will not be able to send prizes to alternate names and addresses after winners have been announced.It is okay to use a pen name with the poem as well, and we will review with you how you would like your specifics to read before publication. It is best to avoid complex formatting, such as centered text or italic type, though alterations can be made in this regard before publication. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations, fancy fonts or decorative borders.

How To Submit
For 2010 we are requiring all submissions to be via email in order to better manage them internally.
Email to:
fcpoetrycontest(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @)
Please include your poetry and name and address within the body of the email. Attachments will no longer be accepted. *Note, this is a new email address from previous years. Contact name is Lauren Taylor.
Please include your name, address and contact number at the top of your email. We will hold original copies at our headquarters, and submit anonymous copies to our panel of judges.

Entries Must Be Original and Unpublished
Your entries must be original, written by you, unpublished (either in print or in an online journal), and not have received a monetary award from any other contest. Self-published work is not eligible. Exceptions: Poems posted to the web outside of online journals, such as to a bulletin board, email list, personal web page, critique site or public forums are eligible for entry. Please email us if you're unsure of eligibility. Our staff will research all submissions for prior publication.

Simultaneous Submission Allowed
You may submit your poems simultaneously to this contest and to other contests and publishers. Please notify us if one of your entries wins an award in another contest or is published elsewhere.

English Language
Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible.

Privacy
We respect your privacy. Franklin-Christoph does not sell or rent customer or contestant information to third parties, nor do we use it for solicitation of any kind. If you would like to sign up for our fine pen email, you can choose that option, or also follow us on Twitter for all Franklin-Christoph content.

Copyright
You retain the copyright to your submission. If you place as Merit Award Winner or better, Franklin-Christoph only requests permission to publish your work on Franklin-Christoph.com, in our email publications and in our press releases. Any other potential use will be negotiated with you.

Judging
Franklin-Christoph will utilize a panel of independent judges from a staff at a local college. Members of the FC Staff, or other economically affiliated persons are not eligible to enter. Neither are family or associates of the panel of judges.

Form
We are open to poetry in all forms, on all subjects, short or tall, large or small. (within 100 lines)

Thank you for you participation, and we look forward to receiving your entry.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Call for Submissions: Devil's Lake

Devil's Lake, the new semi-annual online journal from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and comics for our second issue. We're interested in work by both new and established writers.

To be considered for our second issue, we ask that you submit your work by October 20th. (Work submitted after that will be considered for our third issue, due out in spring 2011.) We accept submissions via our online submissions manager only. Please send one prose piece (up to 7500 words) or three to five poems. We are also interested in collaborative pieces and work that would not be possible on the printed page.

We accept simultaneous submissions but require notification if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please don't submit more than twice a calendar year.

Our first issue is available at our website. You can find our submissions manager and more detailed guidelines here.
We look forward to reading your work!

- Devil's Lake Staff

Call for Submissions: Crab Orchard Review

 CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOVEMBER 1, 2010. THIS IS A POSTMARK DEADLINE, SO THERE IS NO NEED TO EXPRESS MAIL, OVERNIGHT, OR FAX ANY SUBMISSION. CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW DOES NOT CONSIDER ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS AT ANY TIME, SO PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSION. THANK YOU.

Special Issue: New & Old ~ Re-Visions of The American South

Crab Orchard Review is seeking work for our Summer/Fall 2011 issue focusing on writing exploring the people, places, history, and new directions that have shaped and are reshaping the American South.

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.

The submission period for this issue is August 10 through November 1, 2010. We will be reading submissions throughout this period and hope to complete the editorial work on the issue by the end of March 2011. 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. Mail submissions to:

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW
American South issue
Faner 2380, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
United States of America

Address correspondence to: Jon Tribble, Managing Editor
Include SASE for submission return.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Call for Submissions: Kweli Journal

Kweli Journal has extended its call for submissions to its Fall/Winter 2010 issue. The theme is "sanctuary."

Kweli is a new online literary journal established to identify, promote and nurture emerging writers of color. We also seek to expand the audience of authors of color who already have a foothold in the industry. Our mission, as editors and publishers, is to find a broad, international audience for the artists that we publish and the work that we find engaging and uncompromising.

As a biannual publication, Kweli plans to publish Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer editions. We encourage new and emerging artists, as well as established voices, to submit their work for consideration. Kweli is particularly interested in short stories, poetry, and essays. We seek high quality literary work that is beautiful and sustaining, profound and powerful.

THE SUBMISSION PROCESS:

Please provide the following:

A cover letter telling us something about yourself. Please include current contact information (full name, mailing address, telephone number(s), e-mail address) and title(s) of submitted work.

Two printed copies of your unpublished work(s).

Fiction: Send one prose piece. We primarily look for short stories, but novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Prose should be double-spaced on one side.

Nonfiction: Send one prose piece. We primarily look for personal essays, but memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Prose should be double-spaced on one side.

Poetry: Send up to three poems at a time. Single-space, please; set your poem as you want it to appear on the printed page.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as they are indicated as such. Authors must immediately notify the submissions manager if said work has been selected for publication in another periodical, either in print or online.

Fall/Winter Submission Deadline: October 21, 2010.
Mail required material to:

Kweli Journal, Inc.
P.O. Box 693
New York, New York 10021
ATTN: Nicole Vasquez
Submissions Manager

Poetry Competition: Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize

Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize
$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press
Final Judge: Brian Turner

Postmark Deadline: 9/30/10

2010 Guidelines
Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere.

The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “CSU Fresno Levine Prize.” Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee.
www.csufresno.edu/english/philip_levine
or Email Connie Hales at connieh(at)csufresno.edu (replace (at) with @)
Sponsored and administered by:
MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Call for Submissions: Hawk & Handsaw

Call for Submissions

Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability
"Creative Sustainability begins like this: We begin to imagine how our emotional and physical lives might defy every law of diminishing returns. Then we yearn: We grow ravenous with the desire not to consume, but to be consumed, by the human and biotic communities that support us. And finally grace: We stand in the sweetness of self-expenditure so that every other thing bursts with ecological possibility." – Amy Irving, author of Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land.

Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability is now accepting submissions for its 2011 issue. We are looking for contributions that defy convention and tackle the tougher issues that stem from life in a fragile world: work that challenges us to redefine what we know about sustainability and genre; work that provokes us, riles us, makes us laugh. Most of all, we are looking for contributions that are fresh, honest, and evocative. We accept poetry, creative nonfiction, short stories, and visual art.

Poets should submit between 1-5 poems for consideration. Writers of nonfiction and fiction may submit up to 30 double-spaced pages. Excerpts from longer monographs are acceptable, provided they stand alone as an independent work. If applicable, citations should appear in Chicago Manual of Style format. Hawk &Handsaw prints artwork in both color and black and white. Visual artists may submit up to 20 images of their work for consideration.

The reading period for this issue ends on 1 October 2010.
For more information, please visit our website or contact us at:
hawkandhandsaw(at)unity.edu (replace (at) with @)

Fiction and Poetry Competition: Inkwell

MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE MASTERS OF ARTS IN WRITING PROGRAM & INKWELL
ANNOUNCE:

THE 13TH ANNUAL SHORT FICTION CONTEST
$1500 GRAND PRIZE & PUBLICATION IN INKWELL
COMPETITION JUDGE: Catherine Lewis

Submissions for Contests must be postmarked between August 1 and October 30, 2010

GUIDELINES

Up to 3 previously unpublished stories, 5,000-word limit
Text must be typed, 12pt. font, double-spaced, one-sided
Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and word counts
No name or address anywhere on manuscripts
SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
Entry fee: $15 per story
Checks (USD ONLY) made out to Manhattanville – INKWELL

THE 14TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST
$1000 GRAND PRIZE & PUBLICATION IN INKWELL
COMPETITION JUDGE: Mark Doty

GUIDELINES

Up to 5 previously unpublished poems, 40-line limit per poem
Only typed entries will be considered; 12pt. font
Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and line counts
No name or address anywhere on manuscript(s)
SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
$10 for first poem, $5 per each additional poem
Checks (USD ONLY) payable to Manhattanville – INKWELL
NOTE: Please indicate Poetry or Fiction Competition on envelope.
If submitting to both Poetry and Fiction Competitions, please use separate envelopes.

Submissions not adhering to the above guidelines will not be considered.
Mail to:
INKWELL - Manhattanville College
2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY 10577

Inkwell is produced in affiliation with the Master of Arts in Writing Program at Manhattanville College. The program offers a highly flexible schedule of day and evening courses taught by distinguished authors and editors. Our Summer Writers' Week, held each June, is open to writers and aspiring writers.