Saturday, February 27, 2010

Flash Fiction and Postcard Contest: Shady Side Review

Shady Side Review Postcard Contest - $1.00 entry fee.

Shady Side Review is having a postcard contest! We’re looking for your very best prose or poetry of 100 words or less. The entry fee is only $1.00 per submission. If you win, you’ll receive a cash prize and ten glossy postcards featuring your work.

Think of all the fun you can have mailing your friends and family postcards that, instead of featuring a predictable city skyline, will showcase your writing. As far as the cash prize goes, our grand prize winner will receive 20% of the submissions revenue. The more submissions we receive, the more money you win. So you know what that means, encourage your fellow writers, neighbors, cat, etc. to submit and compete against you for the gold (we should mention that you will not receive real gold unless you specifically request your winnings in Sacajawea dollars). Two runners-up, you can call them second and third place if you prefer, will receive 10 copies of their postcards, but no cash. Sorry.

On top of that, yes, it does keep getting better and better, we will be handing out the winners’ postcards at AWP in Denver this year. Think of all that amazing publicity. So what are you waiting for? Submit!

Please visit our website for the guidelines.

Poetry and Prose Contest: Tallgrass Writers Guild

TallGrass Writers Guild
Literary Anthology/Contest Guidelines
Sponsored by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild

EXTENDED Deadline is 3-20-10

outriderpress(at) or tallgrassguild(at) Replace (at) with @.

Planned publication date: late summer/early fall 2010. Working title: Seasons of Change. We interpret broadly, and welcome work on seasonal changes in the natural world, but also socio-economic change; change of scene; and deep personal change as well. Especially interested in poetry.

Previously published material and simultaneous submissions OK. 

Award of $1000 in cash prizes for First ($500 each for poetry and prose) . Also: 2nd, 3rd places, + Hon. Mention. All winners receive Featured Reader status at the Kick-Off Reading at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, the nation’s third largest book fair of its kind (depending on CTPRLF scheduling). Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.


Entry fees for each category are $16, reduced to $12 each for TWG members. Current annual U.S. TWG membership fee of $45 ($25 for students w/xerox of valid photo ID) includes six 12-page newsletters each year. 

An entry form for the 2010 Anthology/Contest (available w/SASE, if not attached to these guidelines) must be completed and accompany each entry category. To obtain, email: outriderpress(at) or tallgrassguild(at), replacing (at) with @.

Poetry: Single-page poems to 28 lines – single spacing OK for poetry. Prose poems may be treated as prose at judge’s discretion. Reading fee for each group or partial group of 1-4 poems: $16US/$12US-TWG member.

Prose: 2500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works accepted. Each entry must have a separate reading fee of: $16 US/$12US-TWG member.


Submission Guide: (for complete guidelines, email outriderpress(a), replacing (a) with @. Send twocopies of each manuscript (ms.) Plus disk as follows:

§ HARD COPY – Double-spaced manuscript on one side, on 8.5”x11” unlined white paper. Single-spacing okay for poetry. Only laserjet, inkjet or letter-quality dot matrix acceptable; plus: Four-sentence bio

§ ELECTRONIC – Provide ms. and bio (separate files, please) on small capacity flash drive or CD, using Windows Rich-Text-Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word (not Works). Package your CDs safely to prevent damage. Specify word processing program on label + author’s name and e-mail address. No MAC.

§ Include name, address, phone/FAX numbers (w/area code) and e-mail addresses on first sheet of fiction; eachsheet of poetry. Your phone number and e-mail address are required on every item.

§ Include a stamped, self-addressed #10 (business size) envelope (SASE) for response. Mss. shredded/recycled, not returned. Include a stamped, self-addressed postcard to have receipt of ms. confirmed.

DEADLINE: Postmarked no later than 3/20/10 

FOR COMPLETE GUIDELINES WITH REQUIRED ENTRY FORM: outriderpress(at) or tallgrassguild(at), replacing (at) with @. Telephone: 219-322-7270 or toll-free 866-510-6735

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Call for Submissions: James Dickey Review

The James Dickey Review, formerly the James Dickey Newsletter, invites submissions of poetry, nonfiction (including Dickey reminiscences and anecdotes), scholarly articles, and book reviews. Though attempting to maintain an artistic and intellectual connection to the work of James Dickey, the magazine accepts all manner of poetry, nonfiction, scholarly articles, and book reviews.

The JDR is published twice yearly, is assigned International Standard Series Number (ISSN) 0749-0291, is indexed in The Modern Language Association International Bibliography and The Humanities Index, and is cataloged in the Library of Congress.

Submit your work in an email (both in-text and as Word or RTF attachment) to:
JamesDickeyReview(at) (replace (at) with @)

Scholarly articles should follow MLA format.

Creative nonfiction (5,000 words or less)
Scholarly articles (5,000 words or less)
Poems (send no more than 5 at a time)
Book Reviews (500 words or less)

Payment for accepted work is a copy of the issue.

For additional information, please visit our website

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fiction Competition: The Ledge

2010 Fiction Awards Competition
The Ledge Magazine

PRIZES: First prize: $1,000 and publication in The Ledge Magazine. Second prize: $250 and publication in The Ledge Magazine. Third prize: $100 and publication in The Ledge Magazine.

ENTRY FEE: $10 for the first story; $6 for each additional story. $20 subscription (two issues) to The Ledge gains free entry for the first story.

ALL STORIES must be previously unpublished and not exceed 7,500 words. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we must be notified if your story is accepted elsewhere for publication.

PLEASE include your name, mailing address and email address on each story. Please also enclose a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return.


The Ledge 2010 Fiction Awards Competition
40 Maple Avenue
Bellport, NY 11713

Thursday, February 18, 2010

2010 Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award


The Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award from Southern Illinois University Carbondale is an annual award competition intended to encourage increased artistic and intellectual growth among students, as well as reward excellence and diversity in creative writing. Each year, $1000 and a signed copy of a Charles Johnson book will be awarded to the winner. The winning entry will also be published in the Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. The award is co-sponsored by Charles Johnson, CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, and the SIUC Department of English and College of Liberal Arts.

The award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university. There is no entry fee.

Entrants may only submit one story. All entries will be screened by published and accomplished writers and editors. The award winner will be selected by Charles Johnson. Finalists must meet all contest guidelines and be able to verify their status as students. (Evidence of current enrollment: a xeroxed copy of a grade transcript, a class schedule or receipt of payment of tuition showing your full- or part-time status for the Spring 2010 semester. The name of the institution and its address must be clear. Please indicate the name of the department of your major field of study.)

Submit one unpublished short story, no longer than 20 pages in length. All entries must be typed double-spaced. Please type or print full name, complete address, phone number, e-mail address, and name of college or university attending on a cover page for the manuscript. Cover letters are not required. Submissions must be postmarked in February 2010.

Entries will not be returned, and we are unable to provide feedback on the entries. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest director must be informed immediately if a story is accepted for publication elsewhere.

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. The winner will be announced in September 2010 on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale website

Mail entries (with a self-addressed stamped envelope) to:

Allison Joseph
Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award
English Department– Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

You may e-mail questions or comments to aljoseph(at) (replace (at) with @). Electronic submissions and faxes are not accepted.

Dr. Charles Johnson, a 1998 MacArthur Fellow, received the National Book Award for his novel MIDDLE PASSAGE in 1990, and is a 2002 recipient of the Academy Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2003, he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published three other novels, including DREAMER (1998) OXHERDING TALE (1982) and FAITH AND THE GOOD THING (1974) as well as two story collections, THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (1986) and SOULCATCHER (2001).

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Essay Contest: Fourth Genre

Michael Steinberg Essay Prize Submission Guidelines

About the Award
Fourth Genre will seek the best creative nonfiction essay/memoir for its sixth annual Michael Steinberg Essay Prize. Authors of previously unpublished manuscripts are encouraged to enter.

The winning author receives $1,000, and the winning entry will be published in an upcoming issue of Fourth Genre. Runner-up entry will be considered for publication.




Reading period: January 5–February 28, 2010. Submissions must be postmarked on or before February 28.
Reading fee: $15 (U.S.) per entry

Make checks payable to “Michigan State University Press”
Multiple submissions accepted; include $15 entry fee for each individual submission

Include in cover letter (one page limit): name, address, phone number, email address, title of piece, and approximate word count
No names should appear anywhere on the manuscript
Word limit - 6,000 (Longer submissions will not be read)
Include SASE for announcement of winner; all manuscripts recycled


Current Michigan State University students, faculty, and staff are not eligible to enter the Michael Steinberg Essay Prize contest. Electronic submissions will not be considered


For manuscript receipt confirmation, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Contest status queries will not be accepted. Winner and runner-up (if applicable) announced at the end of April

Send submissions to:

Fourth Genre Editors’ Prize
201 Morrill Hall
Department of English
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1036

Call for Poetry Submissions: Glass

Glass: A Journal of Poetry seeks poems for its third year of publication. Full information about Glass, including submission guidelines, can be found at our website

Glass is an online poetry journal that appears two times a year (June and December). We want to see poetry that enacts the artistic and creative purity of glass. We seek to promote new and established poets by publishing their work. We are not bound by any specific aesthetic; our only mission is to present high quality writing. All styles, forms and schools of poetry are welcome, though easy rhymes and “light” verse are less likely to inspire us. All will be judged on the quality of the content of the poem. We like poems that show a careful understanding of language, music, passion and creativity and poems that surprise us.

Previous contributors include Rane Arroyo, Jim Daniels, Louie Crew, Susan Deer Cloud, Dan Nowak, Lisa Fay Coutley, Joseph Hutchison, Glen Sheldon, Adam Houle, Brent Newsom, Kyi May Kaung, Katie Hartsock and Maw Shein Win, among others.

We accept submissions between September 1 and May 31. Please read our submission guidelines carefully.

Holly Burnside & Anthony Frame
editors, Glass: A Journal of Poetry

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Call for Submissions: Stymie Magazine

Stymie Magazine, a journal of sport & literature, is seeking submissions for their upcoming 2010 issues (Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter). Past contributors and those already slated to appear in the near future include: Matt Ferrence, Daniel Orozco, Brian Oliu, Lee Gruenfeld, Ben Loory, Dawn Corrigan and many others.

In terms of what we’re about, our magazine is focused on sport in literature, be it through fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction or essay. We love the sport themed work (i.e. baseball) published at places like Hobart and The Southern Review, and other places like Golf World (in their annual fiction issue). We're partial to the essays of David Foster Wallace. We'd be ecstatic to get an essay on 1986's Double Dribble for the NES.

We are currently reading submissions, our complete guidelines can be found here.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Call for Poets: Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Reading Series

The Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series takes place Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Rock Creek Park, Picnic Area Number 6, during June and July. Two poets are usually featured, reading their original poetry. The outdoor programs held next to poet Joaquin Miller's Cabin are sponsored by The Word Works, and the National Park Service. Kathi Morrison-Taylor, Rosemary Winslow and Melissa Tuckey are the co-directors for 2008. A reception at the Presbyterian Church at 16th & Kennedy Streets follows every reading. Entrance is through alley on Kennedy Street with parking in the rear of the church.

IF SELECTED, you will read your work at the cabin and receive a small honorarium. Copies of a poster/flyer (self-mailer) will be available for you to send to friends and colleagues. If you have books published, you may sell them at the reception. If you live out of town, need a place to stay, an effort is made to provide lodging by the director and Word Works staff.

TO APPLY to the series, send the following:
* 5 poems, typed, one poem per page. No one poem longer than two pages.
* Name, address, telephone numbers, email on first page of the submission. Name on every page.
* Brief biographical note, including publications, readings, literary studies, prizes.
* Stamped, self-addressed envelope for reply (for return of poems, add sufficient postage as needed).

NOTE: All manuscripts must be typed. Any form or style of poetry will be considered; selection is made on the basis of the poems submitted. The biographical note is for information only. The director is assisted by a panel of writers in choosing poets.

Rosemary Winslow , Co-Director
Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series
Department of English
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064

DEADLINE: Postmarked on or before March 31 of each year.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Scholarship to Backspace Writers Conference

 Backspace is offering two scholarships (a value of $750) to their upcoming Backspace Writers Conference & Agent-Author Seminar, which will be held in New York City from May 27-29, 2010.

The Backspace Writers Conference (May 28-29, 2010) is two days of panel discussions with literary agents, authors, and acquisition editors, agent workshops, master classes taught by New York Times bestselling authors, and opening pages workshop critiques. PLUS a Friday evening booksigning and cocktail reception. The Backspace Agent-Author Seminar (May 27) is an extra full day of small-gourp breakouts with sixteen agents. It's a chance to have your query read and critiqued and to have agents see the first two pages of your novel. The conference itself is held at the Radisson-Martinique in Midtown Manhattan, walking distance from Penn Station and virtually every subway line in NYC.

To enter the scholarship competition:

You MUST have a finished novel that is ready to query. No exceptions.
The scholarship covers admission to the conference only, not travel or hotel expenses.
The contest is open only to fiction (any genre) and narrative nonfiction manuscripts.

The Rules:

One entry per person.
Print out your query letter plus the first two pages of your finished novel, the same two pages you want to have critiqued at Backspace. The query letter should be single-spaced; the two pages of your manuscript should be standard manuscript format: 12 point type and double-spaced. (Remember, it can only be the first TWO pages, even if the excerpt ends in mid-sentence.)
Mail your entries to:

Attn: Colleen Lindsay
FinePrint Literary Management
240 W. 35th St., Suite 500
New York, NY 10001

Your envelope MUST have the word BACKSPACE written prominently on the front so that it's clearly a contest submission. There will only be two winners. Include a phone number and email for your contact information in the query letter. DO NOT include an SASE.

Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2010. The two winners will be announced the week of March 15.

Call for Submissions: Anthology of Women's Stories of Becoming

Subject: Call for Submissions: Anthology of Women's Stories of Becoming

The University of Nebraska Women's Center is publishing the anthology Becoming, edited by Jill McCabe Johnson. The editors seek personal narratives and a small number of poems relaying the story of a formative experience that helped shape the woman you've become.

Please send one personal narrative or one autobiographical poem to:
becominganthology(at) (replace (at) with @)

Files must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf formats. Files should be named with the word poetry or prose followed by the author’s last name. For example:

"Prose_Gonzalez.doc" or "Poetry_Albrecht-Hanes.pdf"

Poems should be one page or less. Personal narratives can be up to 1,000 words. Please note: only a handful of poems will be selected for the anthology.

In your email, please include:

Email address
Title of submission
If your submission was previously published please include the publication title, edition, and date

For full guidelines, go here.
Thank you. We look forward to reading your work!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Call for Submissions: Limestone

A Journal of Literature and Art

Department of English
1215 Patterson Office Tower, University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506

We are requesting original and unpublished poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and visual art.

Limestone publishes original and imaginative writing from established and emerging writers and artists from across the nation. Over the last quarter century, we have printed short stories, essays, formal poetry, free verse, photography, and other fine art. We are looking for quality work unrestricted by form. Limestone has showcased work by Eavan Boland, Guy Davenport, Alice Derry, Carol Frith, Seamus Heaney, and Virgil Suarez, in addition to featuring Kentucky writers Wendell Berry, Rebecca Howell, Ed McClanahan, Davis McCombs, Richard Taylor, Frank X. Walker II, and Jeff Worley.

Submission Information:
Submissions should be limited to five poems or fewer, typed and single-spaced. We will not consider electronic submissions, but will require an electronic version of the work upon acceptance for publication. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notification.
Submissions should be limited to no more than twenty typed, double-spaced pages. We will not consider electronic submissions, but will require an electronic version of the work upon acceptance for publication. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notification.
Submissions should be 5x7 or smaller on CD or sent via email. Please do not send originals. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notification.

Submissions must reach us by March 12th, 2010.