Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Call for Submissions: Iron Horse Literary Review

In October 2010, Iron Horse Literary Review will publish a Facebook Issue. We’re looking for stories, poems, and essays that parody or make use of Facebook paraphernalia—the quizzes (i.e., What Famous Novel Are You? or Have You Done It?), 25 Random Things lists, status updates, profile pictures, any and all things FB. You can write about your FB experiences, as well, but we’ll be wary of those experiences that seem stereotypical or are represented in a stale fashion.

Surprise us! Be creative! Show off your artistry! Your stories must tell a story, your essays must flesh out an idea fully, your poems must be poems—so write for us some beautiful literary masterpieces. The cover will be a collage of profile pics.

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

And we do pay our contributors: $40 for poems and short-shorts; $100 for prose pieces.

We'll also be putting together an AWP panel called In Your Face. So please submit early if you want to be considered for that panel.

Send mss to:
Iron Horse Literary Review The Facebook Issue,
English Department,
Texas Tech University, Mail Stop 43091
Lubbock, TX 79409-3091

Jill Patterson, Editor

Poetry Contest: Atlanta Review


WIN $2,010
Enter online

Mail Entry Guidelines:

Entry fee: $5 for the first poem, $3 for each additional poem.

Include your name, address and email in a cover letter or on each poem.
(A phone number is optional, but we do like to call the winner personally!)

Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) for notification of results.
(Outside the U.S., email notification only.) Manuscripts will not be returned.

Make checks or money orders (in U.S. dollars) payable to Atlanta Review.
Entrants not able to pay in U.S. dollars must use Online Entry.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by May 7, 2010.
The postmark is all that matters. No need for express mail--buy a subscription instead!

The Contest Issue is just $5 additional, or FREE with a $10 subscription!

Please send your entry to:
PO Box 8248
Atlanta GA 31106 USA.

Thank You!

Non-fiction chapbook contest: All Nations Press

(go to website for entry fee payment link)

No More than 40 Pages Text
One Story or a Series of Stories
$15 Entry Fee per Entry
$1000 1st Place Prize plus Publication
May 31st Deadline
Any Format allowed. Submit via email to editors(at) (replace (at) with @ in e-mail)

and include the title/name on the notes section of payment
send submission and check to:
PO BOX 689

Monday, April 26, 2010

Short Fiction Competition: RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest

Open City's 2010 RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest
Postmark Deadline: October 15
7th year! The RRofihe Trophy for an unpublished short story!
Limit: 5,000 words.
Winner receives: $500, trophy, and publication in Open City magazine. Judge: Rick Rofihe.


Stories should be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2" x 11" paper with the author's name and contact information on the first page and name and story title on the upper right corner of the remaining pages.
One submission per author. Author must not have been previously published in Open City.

Mail submissions to:
270 Lafayette Street, Suite 1412
New York, NY 10012

Enclose a self-addressed stamped business envelope (SASE) to receive names of winner and honorable mentions. All manuscripts are non-returnable and will be recycled.

Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable to RRofihe.
See the complete guidelines here.

Rick Rofihe is the author of FATHER MUST, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on epiphanyzine, slushpilemag and . His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SPY and The East Hampton Star, and on A recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, he has taught MFA writing at Columbia University. He currently teaches privately in New York City, and is an advisor to the Vilcek Foundation for their 2011 prizes in the field of literature. Rick is the editor of the new online literary journal

Friday, April 23, 2010

Full-length fiction contest: New American Press

We're pleased to announce the first annual New American Press Fiction Contest. Winner receives $1000 and 25 copies (additional copies available at a 30 percent discount).

The final judge will be Lee K. Abbott, whose fiction has appeared in numerous journals and magazines such as Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Epoch, Boulevard, and The North American Review. His work has also been reprinted in The Best American Short Stories and The Prize Stories: The O'Henry Awards. He has twice won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was awarded a Major Artist Fellowship for his writing from the Ohio Arts Council in 1991. His latest collection of stories, All Things, All at Once: New & Selected Stories, was published by Norton in June 2006.

Please submit 100-400 pages of your best fiction (short stories, novellas, a novel, or any combination thereof) to:
New American Press Fiction Contest
Attn: David Bowen
2707 Trenton Way
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526

We read manuscripts blind, so please include a separate cover sheet with your name, address, email, and phone number, being sure to exclude any identifying information from the manuscript itself.

Please include a check or money order (payable to "NEW AMERICAN PRESS") in the amount of $20 for each submission and a SASE for contest results. Multiple and simultaneous submissions encouraged.

Postmark deadline: May 15, 2010.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Orcas Island Writing Festival

I'm pleased to announce that three of my very favorite writers and teachers will be conducting workshops this year at the Orcas Island Writing Festival! Check it out below:

Orcas Island Writing Festival
3rd Annual Festival: September 17–19, 2010 
Orcas Island, Washington

The Orcas Island Writers Festival started in 2008 as a small group of writers who cared passionately about three things – writing, community, and Orcas Island. We believe writing is challenging. Writers need times for retreat and focus, for immersed study in the craft of writing. Writers also need times to connect with other writers. We need to gather the inspiration and encouragement that comes from a shared investment.

We created the Orcas Island Writers Festival as a way to enrich and connect readers and writers through classes, lectures, workshops, and the natural beauty of Orcas Island. Our three-day festival creates an environment of focus and energy, designed to bring the writing enthusiast – whether a novice writer or experienced author – to deeper, more effective, and more fulfilling expression.

The 2010 Orcas Island Writers Festival will feature intensive three-day writing workshops in fiction and nonfiction, as well as our popular Jumpstart! classes. The Jumpstart! classes cover essential elements of the writing craft, leading writers to focus and enliven their poetry and prose. We also offer lectures, panels, and an evening reading. This year we’re pleased to welcome as teachers the critically acclaimed Sue Silverman, David Jauss, and Nance Van Winckel.

Spend three days with us – three days on the journey.

Call for Submissions: New Plains Review

New Plains Review
Call for Submissions

We are interested in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that is thoughtful and compelling, but otherwise we do not have any specific guidelines for style or subject matter. We no longer arrange issues with thematic topics, but be sure to check out our Special Section online for announcements as each issue usually contains a section focused on a specific topic relevant to Oklahoma and the Plains.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. We do not accept previously published work. Your submission gives us permission to publish your work online. At this time, we do not pay upon publication. Each submission is, however, automatically eligible for the editors' prize. $500 Editors’ Prize available for winning submission.

Submit your poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by August 15 to shayNewPlains(at) (replace (at) with @). Allow 6-8 weeks for response. Attach submissions in either Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please include type of submission (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) in the subject line.

Please see the Editorial Guidelines section of our website for more details.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Call for Submissions: Anthology on Today's American Family

Women Writing on Today’s American Family

Submissions are being sought for an anthology about writing and publishing by women with family publication experience. Possible subjects: markets; using life experience; networking; unique issues women must overcome; formal education; queries and proposals; conference participation; self-publishing; teaching tips. Family in creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, novels.

Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful to readers. Please avoid writing too much about “me” and concentrate on what will help the reader. No previously published, co-written, or simultaneously submitted material.

Foreword by Supriya Bhatnagar, Director of Publications, Editor of The Writer’s Chronicle, Association of Writers & Writing Programs, George Mason University.

Afterword by Dr. Amy Hudock, co-founder of Literary Mama, an on-line literary magazine chosen by Writers Digest as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers.

Co-Editor Colleen S. Harris is a 2010 Pushcart Prize nominee. Her book of poetry, God in My Throat: The Lilith Poems (Bellowing Ark Press, 2009), was a finalist for the Black Lawrence Book Award; These Terrible Sacraments, is forthcoming in 2011. Colleen has a MFA degree in writing and has appeared in The Louisville Review, Wisconsin Review, River Styx, and Adirondack Review, among others. She’s included in Library Journal; and Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages.

Co-Editor Carol Smallwood is a 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies award winner included in Who’s Who of American Women who has appeared in Michigan Feminist Studies, The Writer's Chronicle, The Detroit News. She's included in Best New Writing in Prose 2009. Her 23rd book isWriting and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook (American Library Association, 2010). A chapter of newly published Lily’s Odyssey was short listed for the Eric Hoffer Prose Award.

Please send 3-4 possible topics you would like to contribute each described in a few sentences and a 65-75 word bio using the format like the bio’s above. Please send by May 24, 2010 using FAMILY/your last name on the subject line to smallwood(at) (replace (at) with @).

You’ll receive a Go-Ahead and guidelines if your topics haven’t been taken. Contributors will be asked to contribute a total of 1900-2100 words. You may contribute one article 1900-2100 words or contribute two articles that combined equal 1900-2100 words. Those included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy as compensation.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Scholarship: The Younkin-Rivera Prizes for Young Writers at Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale


A nationwide competition for creative writers aged 15-18. Entries accepted during the month of April in the genres of poetry and prose.

Prize in each category: $250 and a full tuition scholarship to the 2010 Young Writers Workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

To enter in poetry: send no more than 2 poems (limit of 25 lines each) per entrant, along with an entry fee of $5.

To enter in prose (fiction or essay): send one essay or story (no more 1000 words) per entrant, along with an entry fee of $5.

To enter in both poetry and prose: send no more than 2 poems (limit of 25 lines each) and one essay or story (of no more than 1000 words) per entrant, along with an entry fee of $10. Entries longer than the limits listed above will be returned, along with their entry fees.

Entrants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

All entries must be typed on white 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Do not put your name on your entries. Include a separate cover sheet with the following information on it: your name, home address, phone number, e- mail address, date of birth, titles of your entries, and the name and address of your high school. Checks or money orders to cover the entry fee should be made out to SIUC, with "Young Writers Workshop" written in the check’s memo line. Please do not send cash. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for contest results. No entries will be returned, so please keep copies of the work you send. No e-mail or faxed submissions will be accepted.

Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony during the annual Young Writers Workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a five-day, coed, residential creative writing workshop for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in developing their skills in the writing of poetry and prose. If a prizewinner cannot attend the Workshop, the prize will not be awarded to that winner. Travel costs to and from the Workshop are the responsibility of the winner. Previous award winners cannot enter again.

The Young Writers Workshop will be held in 2010 from June 22 to June 26, 2010.

To enter, send your submissions, postmarked from April 1 to April 30, 2010, to:
The Younkin-Rivera Prizes for Young Writers
Allison Joseph, Director
The Young Writers Workshop
Department of English
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Faner Hall 2380--Mail Code 4503
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Questions only: aljoseph(at) (replace (at) with @)

Winners will be announced at the end of May 2010.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Poetry Competition: Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards

2010 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards
An annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore & illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to people worldwide. Poems must be original, unpublished, and in English.

AWARDS DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked by July 1, 2010

Adults - $1,000
Youth (13 to 18) - $200
Youth (12 and under) - $200

We award Honorable Mentions in each category.


1. Send 2 copies of up to 3 typed unpublished poems. Maximum of 30 lines per poem.
2. Include name, address, email, telephone number, and age (if youth) in upper right hand corner of one copy of each poem.
3. Title each poem.
4. Do not staple individual poems together.
5. Please keep copies of all entries as we will be unable to return them.

Any entry that does not adhere to ALL of the contest rules will not be considered for a prize.

FEE: $15 for up to three poems for Adult entries.
$5 for up to three poems for Youth (13 to 18) entries.
No fee for Youth (12 and under) entries.

Judging will be done by a committee of poets selected by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Copies of the winning poems from previous
years are posted on our website

Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards
PMB 121
1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794

Winners will be announced by October 1, 2010 on the Foundation’s Website. Winners will also be notified by mail.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation reserves the right to publish and distribute the award winning poems, including honorable mentions.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation ●
Tel: 805-965-3443 ● Fax: 805-568-0466

Call for Submissions: Cerise Press

CERISE PRESS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR ISSUES 5 and 6 (Fall/Winter 2010 and Spring 2011)

Cerise Press is open to submissions in photography, art, fiction and poetry, including translations in French, Chinese, and Spanish. (For other languages, kindly inquire first.) We publish 3 issues per year.

Submissions are read year-round. All work accepted will be considered for our future print anthologies. We accept unpublished pieces, and on very rare occasions, previously published ones. We read and consider each submission with care and integrity. Although it may take up to 2-3 months for us to reach an editorial decision, we’ll do our best to respond promptly to submissions and to general correspondence. After 3 months, please feel free to query.

Include a cover letter with a brief biographical note, listing any recent publications you may want to mention, your name and contact information.
Submit 3-5 poems as a .doc or .pdf.
Submit 1 story (1-15 pages) as a .doc or .pdf
Submit 4-6 photographs and/or 2-5 works of art as .jpegs.

Please indicate any additional links/gallery websites for our reference.
Translations should be accompanied with the original texts, brief biographical notes for the author(s) and the translator(s), and a statement of the author’s or literary agent’s permission and approval.

E-mail submissions to submissions(at) (replace (at) with @). Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately at editors(at) (replace (at) with @) upon acceptance elsewhere. Please do not send another submission until we have responded to the first one.

Currently, we publish only solicited essays. If you are interested in submitting essays, interviews, or in proposing other projects, write to us at editors(at)
(replace (at) with @).

If you are interested in reviewing or sending a book, please visit our Books for Review page.

We look forward to reading your work!
Editors, editors(at) (replace (at) with @)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Call for Stage and Screen Submissions: Hunger Mountain

Hunger Mountain is seeking submissions for the Stage and Screen portion of our journal. Please submit a print submission consisting of a a typed, double-spaced manuscript no more than 10,000 words, or a video submission, consisting of a description of your project and a link to the video (we cannot accept files over 500KB).

We welcome an array of examples of and responses to work on “stage” or on “screen”: film, theater, performance art, dance, dance film, animation, television, etc. We’re looking for both traditional and experimental work, including, but not limited to, video art/short film/recorded performances; excerpts from plays/screenplays; interviews of artists working in the field; critical reviews; and lyrical, personal or critical meditations about the genre/s. We like work that demonstrates an engagement with the world beyond its borders, clear stakes, and a beating heart.

To learn how to submit using our online submission manager, go here.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Blog Award!

Isabella Morgan was kind enough to nominate my blog for an award!

Thank you! And, as part of this award, I need to include five lies and one truth about myself. Your job is to sort the truth from fiction. So, here goes...

  1. I have a swimming pool but don't know how to swim.
  2. I come from a large family with six brothers and two sisters.
  3. I have traveled all over the world.
  4. My favorite color is purple.
  5. I grew up around airports and own my own small plane.
  6. I am a gourmet cook.
And now to nominate some blogs of merit:

Adventures in Writing

Adventures in Children's Publishing

Deb Salisbury, Magic Seeker

Diamond--Yup, Like the Stone

Lefty in My Write Mind


Call for Submissions: Ruminate Magazine

Ruminate Magazine Call for Submissions

Ruminate: Faith in Literature and Art is currently seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews for Fall Issue 17 on the theme of Pilgrimage. The deadline is May 15.
Artists interested may submit online
And for more information, please email us at editor(at) (replace (at) with @)

Writer-in-Residence: Writer's Dojo

We are honored to choose three writers for the Writer-in-Residencies at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

Applications due by April 9, 2010

Three time slots are available. The application process is free and online. We will announce the winners the week of April 25th, 2010.

10/5/10 — 11/16/10
11/22/10 — 12/20/10
12/27/10 — 1/14/10

About Sitka Residencies
Each resident is given a separate private fully furnished living quarters with full kitchen. No stipend is provided. Laundry facilities are available on campus. Residents are responsible for providing their own food, cleaning, and transportation while in residence. Internet and email access is available.

Sitka Center is located seven miles from the nearest town (Lincoln City) and is within privately owned Cascade Head Ranch. Public transportation access is approximately three miles away. While the majority of day-to-day needs can be purchased in Lincoln City, many art supplies are not readily available, and must be purchased in Portland, a 2-hour drive from the Center. The Sitka Center borders a Nature Conservancy Preserve, the Siuslaw National Experimental Forest and the Salmon River Estuary, and is located within a National Scenic Research area and a United Nations Biosphere Reserve.

Resident Community Service Component
In exchange for living and studio space, each resident is asked to provide a negotiated amount of community service on behalf of Sitka. Community service may take the form of lectures in the community, research for the organization, teaching in local schools, etc. Each resident is encouraged to discuss options for community service with staff upon arrival. No stipend is offered.

To learn more about Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, please visit their website

Please visit our online form to submit your application at

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fiction Contest: Harpur Palate

John Gardner--fiction writer, dramatist, and teacher--was a great friend and mentor to students in the creative writing program at Binghamton University. In honor of his dedication to the development of writers, Harpur Palate is pleased to announce:

The John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction.

The annual winner receives a $500 Prize and Publication in summer issue of Harpur Palate
Deadline: April 15

Contest Guidelines

Short story submissions should be: 1) 8000 words or less, and 2) previously unpublished. You may enter as many stories as you wish. The entry fee is $15 per story and includes a 1-year subscription to Harpur Palate. Please send checks drawn on a U.S. bank or money orders made out to Harpur Palate. Please make sure your checks are made out to Harpur Palate. IMPORTANT: Check MUST BE made out to HARPUR PALATE, or we will not be able to process (or accept) your submission!

All submissions will be considered for publication in Harpur Palate, and all entrants will receive a copy of the issue in which the winning submission appears. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, your preferred e-mail address and story title. Entrant's name should ONLY appear on the cover letter and should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Manuscripts cannot be returned, so please only send disposable copies.

Send entries along with a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) for contest results to:

John Gardner Fiction Contest
Harpur Palate
English Dept.
Binghamton University
Box 6000
Binghamton, NY13902-6000


Congratulations to my fellow VCFA alumna, Sheila Stuewe, for winning the 2010 AWP Intro Journals Award in Creative Nonfiction! Yay, Sheila! Her piece will be published in The Artful Dodge.

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, Poets & Writers is posting a reading of a new poem every single day. Today, April 1, 2010, you can log on and listen to Patti Lupone read Emily Dickenson's wonderful poem, "Wild Nights! Wild Nights!"