Friday, July 30, 2010

Call for Submissions: Rio Grande Review

Río Grande Review is calling for submissions for its fall 2010 edition. This time, in addition to accepting both written and visual open-themed work in any genre, we’re featuring a thematic dossier dedicated to kitsch and camp.

Follow this link and see the video:

Río Grande Review
University of Texas at El Paso
PMB 671
500 W. University Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79968

editors(at) (replace (at) with @)

We area also on FaceBook

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Poetry Competition: The Patricia Bibby First Book Award

Tebot Bach announces
The Patricia Bibby First Book Award
$1,000 and Book Publication

Patricia Bibby was a beginning poet whose poems expressed her love of life while living with cancer. Her kindness, humor, and optimism inspired the love of many new friends in the poetry community. She died in 2004, at 43, without having been published. In naming the First Book Award after Patricia Bibby, Tebot Bach honors the aspirations and spirit of all beginning poets. David St. John serves as judge for this competition that looks for a fresh, new voice in poetry.

Competition Guidelines

Winner will receive $1,000 and book publication
Judge: David St. John

The competition is open to all poets writing in English who have not committed to publishing collections of poetry of 36 poems or more in editions of over 400 copies.

Entries of 50–84 pages of original poetry in English must be postmarked by October 31. Entries postmarked after October 31 will not be read. Manuscripts will not be returned. Manuscripts must be bound with a binder clip. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies. No photographs, images, or illustrations. Please do not include acknowledgments at this time. Please do not include any identifying information anywhere in the manuscript. Submit two title pages. The first, not fastened with the manuscript, should include the title of the manuscript, author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address in upper right corner. The second, fastened with the manuscript, should include only the title in upper right corner. Entries should be fastened in this order:

1. Title page
2. Table of contents
3. Collection of poems
Items 1 and 2 are not included in the 50–84 page count.

Manuscripts should be letter-quality, typewritten, and single-spaced. Photocopies are acceptable. Please do not submit your only copy, as manuscripts will not be returned.

Tebot Bach assumes no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts.

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished.

Translations and multi-authored collections are not eligible.

Past and current volunteers and employees of Tebot Bach are not eligible. Poets who have studied with David St. John in more than 2 workshop settings are not eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but Tebot Bach must be notified immediately if a collection is accepted for publication via email: info(at) (replace (at) with @)

Please include a non-refundable reading fee of $25, check or money order, made out to Tebot Bach. Include a business-size SASE (self-addressed envelope) for notification. Include a SAPC (self-addressed postcard) for notification of receipt of manuscript. Postcard should include title of manuscript.

Mail manuscript, check or money order payable to Tebot Bach, SASE, SAPC in one envelope to:

Patricia Bibby Award
Tebot Bach
Post Office Box 7887
Huntington Beach CA 92615-7887

Fiction Competition: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Festival

Announcing Our 2011 Fiction Contest

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Festival is pleased to announce our 2011 Fiction Contest. We will be accepting submissions by mail and online from June 1, 2010—November 15, 2010.
Grand Prize

Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the 2011 Festival in New Orleans
VIP All-Access Festival Pass ($500 value)
Public reading at the 2011 Festival (25th anniversary: March 23-27)
Publication in Bayou


A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words.
The author's name should not appear on the manuscript.
Please include a separate cover page with story title and word count as well as the author’s name, address, phone, and email.
Pages must be numbered and single-spaced.
Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your story is accepted elsewhere.
Unlimited entries per person are allowed. You must complete a separate entry payment and submission form for each entry.
Stories can be any theme or genre.
Do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.


This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Published books include self-published books with ISBN numbers. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible.
Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
Stories that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work.
Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place are eligible.
Stories that have won any other writing contest are ineligible.


The deadline for online and mailed-in submissions is November 15, 2010 (postmark).

Entry Fees
$25 per entry. Unlimited entries per person.
Online submissions must be paid online 

Mail submissions must include a check or money order made out to the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Send your entry to:
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Festival Fiction Contest
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

The winner will be announced by March 1, 2011. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Call for Submissions: West Florida Literary Federation

The West Florida Literary Federation, a nonprofit writers’ group headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, has launched an online literary magazine devoted exclusively to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Categories include nonfiction, short fiction, humor, opinion, personal column, one-act plays, works for children and poetry. 

Works will be accepted for one year after the successful capping of the well. All works must be related to or inspired by the Deepwater Horizon spill and are only accepted by email. 

Entry form and submission guidelines are available on the organization’s website or email us: 
WFLF1(at) (Replace (at) with @ )

Call for Submissions: Kweli Journal, Inc.

We are now calling for submissions to our Fall/Winter 2010 issue. The theme is "sanctuary." Visit our website.

Add your voice. Share your visions. Join us.

Kweli Journal 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.


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: September 16, 2010.

Mail required material to:

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

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Poetry Prize: Rattle

1st prize: $5,000
plus TEN $100
Honorable Mentions

Hardcopy Guidelines:
1) Entry fee of $18.00 includes a one-year subscription to RATTLE (or a one-year extension for subscribers). For entries received prior to May 15th, new subscriptions will start with the Summer 2010 issue. Those received after May 15th will start with Winter 2010.

2) Open to writers, worldwide*; poems must be written in English (no translations).

3) Submissions will be judged in a blind review by the editors of RATTLE: Type or print clearly your name, address, email address, phone number, and the titles of the poems onto a coversheet. No contact information should appear on the poems. Include a check or money order for $18.00, payable to RATTLE.

4) Send no more than four poems per entry. There is no line-limit; poems can be any length. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted, however each group of four poems must be treated as a separate entry, each with its own cover sheet and $18 entry fee.

4) RATTLE's winter issue (Dec. 2010) must be a potential first publication for all works submitted. No previously published works, or works accepted for publication elsewhere. No simultaneous submissions, except to magazines or presses open to publishing reprints after January 1st, 2011.

5) Manuscripts will not be returned; include a SASE or email address if you'd like to be notified of the results.

6) Winners will be announced no later than September 15th, 2010, and those poems will be published in the Winter 2010 issue of RATTLE. Additional entries may also be offered publication as well.

August 1st, 2010

Send entries to:

12411 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Creative Nonfiction Prize: Hunger Mountain

Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

The link for our online submissions manager

What is the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize?
An annual contest for the best writing in the boundless field of creative nonfiction. A chance for your creative nonfiction to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges!
What will the winner receive?
One first place winner receives $1000 and publication!
Two honorable mentions receive $100 each.

Who can enter the contest?
Anyone! Everyone!
Who is this year’s judge?
The 2010 judge is Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart.

When is the deadline?
The postmark deadline is September 10th.
Does Hunger Mountain accept electronic entries?
Yes! Please read all entry guidelines first. Then enter using our online submission manager

When the submission manager asks you to choose a genre, please choose Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize.That’s how we’ll know that your essay is a prize entry, and not just a general submission.
Does Hunger Mountain still accept entries via snail mail?
Yes! Please read all entry guidelines. You’ll find Hunger Mountain’s address below.
What are the guidelines?

$20 entry fee. Make checks payable to “Vermont College of Fine Arts” or pay with a credit card on paypal (scroll to bottom of page for Paypal link)

Entries must be postmarked by September 10th

Submit one piece of creative nonfiction, not to exceed 10,000 words
Writing must be original, written in English, and previously unpublished
Your name or address should not appear anywhere on the essay
You may submit through the mail or online using the Hunger Mountain online submission manager
If you send your entry in the mail, enclose an index card with essay title and your name, address, phone number, and email address
If you send your entry in the mail, enclose an SASE for notification of winners
You may also enclose a postage-paid postcard for acknowledgement of entry (if you’d like)
Entries must be typed, double-spaced, and on one side of the paper only
Use a paper clip or send unbound—no staples or binding, please
Once submitted, entries cannot be altered
All entries will be considered for general publication as well as for the CNF Prize
No artwork or translations please
Simultaneous submissions are okay, but we can’t refund entry fees if the work is accepted elsewhere
Multiple entries allowed—each entry must include a separate entry fee
No entries will be returned
Email hungermtn(at) if questions arise (Replace (at) with @ )

To submit online, go to the Hunger Mountain online submission manager

To submit via the mail, send Creative Nonfiction Entries to:

CNF Prize
Hunger Mountain
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Include a check for $20.00 payable to “Hunger Mountain” or pay using a credit card on paypal at this link

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Short Fiction Competition: Salem Literary Festival

Salem Literary Festival short fiction prize

The Salem Literary Festival announces a national writing contest, offering a $200 prize for the winning work of short fiction (max 3000 words) on a theme of New England History--.broad and creative definitions encouraged. The panel of judges will include bestselling authors Brunonia Barry (The Lace Reader,William Morrow, 2008) and Katherine Howe (The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane,Voice, 2009).

The winning author will be invited to read at The Salem Literary Festival, to be held September 17–19, 2010. The winning piece will be published in the online culture magazine Art Throb as well as here on The Salem Literary Festival website. Finalists will be listed on the festival website.

-Deadline: Entries must be received between June 15 and August 15, 2010.

Entries should be submitted electronically with $5.00 fee.

-For more information go to The Salem Literary Festival website

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Literary Nonfiction Award: Drake University Emerging Writer Award

Drake University Emerging Writer Award

The Drake University Writers & Critics Series is accepting submissions for its second annual Drake University Emerging Writer Award. The faculty and students of Drake University’s English Department select one outstanding first book from among the entries, and the author receives an honorarium of $1000 plus travel and lodging expenses to read at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Each year, the award rotates among genres (short fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry). We are currently accepting submissions of first books of literary nonfiction for consideration for the Drake University Emerging Writer Reading, which will be held during the first week of April 2011.

Entries may be submitted by the author or the publisher, and must include a copy of the book; a cover letter that includes a brief biography, contact information for the author, and a statement affirming that this is his/her first book-length publication; a self-addressed stamped envelope; and a $15.00 entry fee payable to "Drake University."

Entries must be postmarked by August 31, 2010. Materials postmarked after August 31 will not be considered. Entries will not be returned and will become the property of the Drake University English Department.

The winner will be notified by December 1, 2010. All entrants will be notified of the results by December 31, 2010.

This year, the award is open to single-author first books of literary nonfiction only. Authors must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the reading at Drake University in April 2011 to receive the award. The following are ineligible for the awards: 1) authors who have published more than one book of literary nonfiction through independent, university, or commercial publishers; 2) entries from vanity presses and self-published books; 3) current students and employees of Drake University.

Send all materials to:

Drake University Emerging Writer Award
c/o Jennifer Perrine, Writers and Critics Series
English Department, Howard Hall
Drake University
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311

For questions about the award or the series, please e-mail jennifer.perrine(at) (replace (at) with @).

Monday, July 12, 2010

39th Annual SCBWI Summer Writer's Conference

If you are a children's writer or illustrator, you don't want to miss the 39th Annual SCBWI (Society of Children's Writers and Book Illustrators) Summer Conference.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Dates: July 30-Aug. 2, 2010

The 39th Annual SCBWI International Summer Conference features four days of agents, editors, publishers, workshops, and networking designed to take your writing and illustration to the next level. From individual consultations on your manuscript or portfolio with an editor or agent to keynotes and targeted workshops from best-selling authors and illustrators, the SCBWI Summer Conference gives you the opportunity to focus on honing your craft while networking with industry decision-makers.

Published or pre-published, you can't afford to miss this opportunity! Get the latest information on the market from the industry leaders in publishing for young people and be inspired by some of the most well-known authors and illustrators working in children's publishing today.

For more information on the conference and to register, go here.

Poetry Competition: The Marie Alexander Poetry Series

Marie Alexander Poetry Series' Open Submissions Period

The Marie Alexander Poetry Series has an open submission period during the month of July. An award of $500 and publication will be given for a chosen collection of prose poems by an American poet. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages, which can include some lineated pieces, along with a cover letter with complete contact information and an SASE for notification only.

Postmark must be between July 1 and 31. Entries should also include a simultaneous electronic submission of the manuscript (MS Word or PDF format) sent to editor(at) (Replace (at) with @).

There is no entry fee.

Marie Alexander Poetry Series
Attention: Nickole Brown, Co-Editor
P.O. Box 5686
Louisville, KY 40255-0686
editor(at)> (replace (at) with @)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Call for Submissions: Journal of Renga & Renku

Journal of Renga & Renku: Call for Content


We're ready to begin accepting offers of content for the first issue of Journal of Renga & Renku. While some details remain to be ironed out, the journal will be:

1. published near the end of 2010
2. available in hardcopy only
3. available for purchase online using Paypal

We're looking for a variety of content along the lines of:

1. Academic/polemic articles on any aspects of the genre

2. Translations of old renga and renku

3. News of renku groups and happenings

4. Book articles/reviews

5. and of course, a showcase of current examples of the genre:

a) in English

b) in any other language, accompanied by an English translation

c) previously published or not (just let us have details of prior publication so we can acknowledge properly)

d) simultaneous offers are fine too, again provided you advise us of prior publication for purposes of acknowledgment

e) in any of the standard forms: kasen, triparshva, nijûin, jûnichô, shisan, rokku, hyakuin, yotsumono, etc.

f) in any explorations of the above forms in terms of experimentation with one-line, zip, 5/7/5 or other fixed counts and even rhyme

g) solo and group work

h) with (preferably) or without notes/reflections on the poem/process from sabaki or renju or both

6. We are also considering holding a contest, but have not finalised our thinking on that. Please send us any ideas you may have and/or indication as to whether you'd be interested in entering and/or reading the results

7. We're open to discussing content ideas we've not covered above so please write

8. All communications will be acknowledged within one week

9. We are regretfully unable to pay contributors for content at this stage

Please send all contributions and other communications to
RengaRenku(at) (Replace (at) with @)
We look forward to hearing from you.

Norman Darlington
Moira Richards
Journal of Renga & Renku

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fiction and Poetry Competition: Manhattanville College and Inkwell

ANNOUNCE: Fiction and Poetry Competition
Submissions for Contests must be postmarked between August 1 and October 30, 2010



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



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.

Call for Submissions: Quiddity

Quiddity international literary journal and public-radio program is presently reading for its fall 2011 issue. Works accepted may be featured on the public-radio program (NPR member and PRI affiliate). International submissions are encouraged.

Submission Guidelines:
~ Prose: one work (no more than 5,000 words)
~ Poetry: up to five poems (no more than ten pages total)
~ Include complete contact information in the cover letter.
~ Please be sure your name is listed on each page of the work. You may list contact information on each page as well, if you wish.
~ U.S.submissions should include both an email address and a self-addressed,business-size (#10), stamped envelope (SASE).
~ International submissions should include an email address to which an electronic reply may be sent.
~ Work must be previously unpublished. All manuscripts will be recycled.

Submissions should be addressed to either Prose Editor or Poetry Editor at:
Benedictine University at Springfield
1500 North Fifth Street
Springfield, IL 62702

We look forward to receiving high-quality prose and poetry from both established and emerging writers. We do not limit general submissions to specific subject-matter or style. Novel excerpts are welcome as long as the work can stand alone. Translations are welcome.

We accept simultaneous submissions but require notification immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Work submitted must fit the guidelines listed above.

Quiddity's international literary journal is a publication of Benedictine University at Springfield.It is published semi-annually in April and October. Quiddity's companion public-radio program is produced by Illinois Public Radio’s hub station,WUIS/WIPA, NPR member and PRI affiliate.

Contributors may be invited to read their work for the public-radio program.

General submissions are read year-round. Contest information is available at Quiddity’s website

Call for Submissions: One Forty Fiction

One Forty Fiction is a website dedicated to stories that stick to a limit of 140 characters (spaces included). Stories told with beginnings, middles, and ends, and characters who want things.

But how to tell such stories in such limited space? How to create love, and want, and derision in 140 characters? How to deliver your heart?

We have no answer for you. We just know that you have 140 characters to make us see, feel, live, & yearn for the world beyond your 140.

Give us all you got. But give it to us wrapped tight, a Big Bang of a universe, a history of life itself, communicated wisely, and with love.

And if you’re feeling saucy, don’t be afraid to bring the jazz & funk.

Submit as many and as often as you like.

Back to Work!

The blog has been on hiatus for a few days while I traveled to Santa Fe, NM, but now it's back to work! Despite the fact that we're in the midst of summer, there are still great new writing opportunities popping up. Stay tuned...