Saturday, August 28, 2010

Call for Submissions: Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf

Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf partners with Verse Wisconsin to conduct the Jawbreaker Poetry Project. "Luck of the Draw" is the theme, and poems are sought that touch, in some way, on good fortune, misfortune, opportunities gone awry, flukes, coincidence or second chances.

Selected poems will be packed into jawbreaker capsules with candy, gum or toys, and available - along with the possibility of winning a year's subscription to Verse Wisconsin - from a dispenser coined the Verse-O-Matic. This dispenser will be transported to various Wisconsin venues statewide in April during National Poetry Month, then travel with the Verse Wisconsin editors to events, conferences and festivals nationwide throughout 2011. The poems will also be published in the summer 2011 online issue of Verse Wisconsin.

For complete guidelines, go here. to

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Drake University Emerging Writer Award for Literary Nonfiction

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, August 23, 2010

Poetry Competition: 2011 Kore Press First Book Award

Judge: Bhanu Kapil

Deadline: August 31, 2010

A prize of $1,000 plus book publication by Kore Press will be given for a book-length poetry manuscript.

This competition is open to any female writer who has not published a full-length collection of poetry. Writers who have had chapbooks of less than 42 pages printed in editions of no more than 400 copies are eligible.

How to Submit
Submit your manuscript and $20 reading fee online

Comment box should include:
daytime and evening telephone numbers
where you heard about the contest

Manuscripts must be:
• a minimum of 48 pages and a maximum of 80 pages. No cover letter needed.
• anonymous (do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript)
• original poetry written by applicant (translations are not eligible)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Call for Submissions: New Madrid

New Madrid will dedicate the Winter 2011 issue to the viability of water as resource and symbol.

We are looking for submissions that incorporate lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, rain in all its guises (hurricanes, monsoons, floods), rituals involving water, recreational uses of water, etc. We are also interested in work that addresses such concerns as access to water, potability of water, water pollution, water rights, water tables,... and water-borne diseases. Our hope is to explore the threat of water scarcity from the vantage point of a number of literary genres and a number of philosophical, religious, social, psychological and economic perspectives. 

Submissions will be accepted between August 15 and October 15.

Please note: we accept online submissions only. All submissions must be sent via our online Submission Manager. Please see our website for guidelines.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Fiction Contest: The Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction

The Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction

Entry fee: $15.00
(doc, docx, txt, rtf)
7,500 word limit

enter contest online

Winner receives $1,000 and publication. All twenty-five finalists considered for publication. Final judge: Nancy Lemann, author of the novels Lives of the Saints, Sportsman's Paradise, The Fiery Pantheon, and Malaise.

Enter previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Entries may be simultaneous submissions but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the story is accepted elsewhere. Please notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is taken elsewhere. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.

Open to all writers in English with the exception of current students or employees or others affiliated with New Orleans Review or Loyola University New Orleans. Writers who have a strong personal or professional relationship with the editorial staff or with the final judge are asked to abstain from entering the contest in order to prevent a conflict of interest. We comply with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Code of Ethics.

Submissions will accepted until October 1, 2010. Winner will be announced and published in spring 2011.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Poetry Competition: To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize


$1000 award and publication of collection by Red Hen Press. Prize will be awarded for best, unpublished poetry collection by a woman. Submit 48 to 96 pages of poetry with $20 reading/entry fee payable by check or money order to A Room of Her Own; indicate "To the Lighthouse PPP" in the memo line.

Include SASP with package for notification of receipt. Name and address should appear on cover sheet only, along with manuscript title, and address and phone number. Winner will be contacted by phone or email prior to web announcement date.

Mail to:
A Room Of Her Own, Attn: To the Lighthouse PPP
PO Box 778
Placitas, NM 87043

Deadline postmarked by 08/31/10

Friday, August 13, 2010

Nominations for Best of the Net Anthology

Calling all Internet-only journals! Sundress Publications has opened submissions for its fifth volume of the Best of the Net Anthology. This project works to promote the diverse and growing collection of voices that are choosing to publish their work online, a venue that continues to see limited respect and representation from such yearly anthologies as the Pushcart and Best American series. This collection is intended to bring more prestige to a innovative and continually expanding medium.

Our last issue included work by poetry by Kim Addonizio, Mary Biddinger, Matthew Dickman, Oliver de la Paz, Al Maginnes, and Anna Journey and fiction by M.O. Walsh and Alix Ohlin, plus many more.
Submissions from editors will be open from July 1 to September 30th.

Winners will be announced in February, 2011.

For more information, visit our website 

Erin Elizabeth Smith
Managing Editor, Best of the Net Anthology

Call for Submissions: Blast Furnace

Blast Furnace--an on-line, independent literary journal, is seeking new and established poetic voices. The theme for our Fall 2010 inaugural issue is blue collar family life. We accept a few kinds of submission formats: .doc/docx (Microsoft Word) files, OR .mp3/.wav audio files.

Please submit no more than three (3) of your BEST poems as (a) file attachment(s), paste the poem(s) into the body of an email, or, if an audio recording of your poem, submit ONLY ONE (1) file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration.

For submission guidelines, visit our website.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Call for Poetry Submissions: Bone Bouquet

Bone Bouquet seeks to publish the best new writing by female poets, from artists both established and emerging. We are especially interested in work that is unpredictable, poems that have both sass and authority.

We are looking for poetry, interviews, craft essays, and reviews of chapbooks/books of poetry by women (please limit reviews to those that address books published in the last two years).

We have added two fabulous assistant editors to our staff: Elizabeth Brasher of New Mexico and Allison Layfield of California. These women rock.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as we are notified when work is accepted elsewhere. Bone Bouquet only accepts previously unpublished work; we request first electronic rights, and would like to archive your work on the site. Please note that your work first appeared in Bone Bouquet if it is reprinted elsewhere on the web or in print. Submit up to five pages of poetry, up to twenty pages of interview, poetics essay, or review, up to three .jpeg images of original art. We look forward to reading your work, and are honored that you trust us to read it.

For more information on our aesthetic, please read our first two issues online, which feature work from Kate Schapira, Danielle Pafunda, Susan Briante and many other amazing poets. Submit online.
All best,

Krystal Languell
Editor in Chief | Bone Bouquet

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Poetry Competition: The Richard Wilbur Award

The Richard Wilbur Award

Wilbur Award Guidelines

$1,000 and Book Publication (Poetry)
Final Judge: To Be Announced

Named in honor of the distinguished American poet Richard Wilbur, the competition welcomes submissions of unpublished, original poetry collections (public domain or permission-secured translations may comprise up to one-third of the manuscript). This biennial competition (even-numbered years) is open to all American poets--those with or without previous book-length publication--except previous recipients of the Richard Wilbur Award.

Manuscripts of between 50-100 typed pages may be submitted unbound, bound, or clipped. Manuscripts should be accompanied by two title pages: one with the title of the collection, the author's name, address, and telephone number; and one with only the title. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned.

The entry fee is $25 per manuscript made payable to the Richard Wilbur Award. The winning manuscript will be published by the University of Evansville Press in 2011.

The postmark deadline for submission is December 1, 2010, and manuscripts should be sent to:

The Richard Wilbur Award
Department of English
University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722

For notification of the contest results, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please note: These are the complete guidelines. Thank you.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Artist Residencies

Just wanted to call your attention to a great new resource for information on artist residencies of all types. Be sure to check out Residencies Unlimited. You will need to click on the archives link to find the most recent listings.

And a special "thank you" to the Arizona Commission on the Arts for sharing this resource.

Call for Poetry Submissions: The Labletter

The Labletter has announced a call for submissions to the poetry section of its 2011 edition. To submit, please send four to eight poems along with a brief bio to:

poetry(at) (replace (at) with @)

by August 31.

Contributors will receive $25 to $75, depending on the number of poems printed.
For more information, please visit go here.

Call for Submissions: OVS Magazine

OVS Magazine Call for submissions!

Simultaneous submissions are welcome with immediate notification of acceptance elsewhere. No previously published work, please.

Reading Period for the Fall: August 1st 2010 - November 30th 2010.
Art Submissions:
All art submissions must have ART SUBMISSION: (ART SUBMISSION: YOUR NAME HERE) in the subject line or they will not be opened. Please send no more than 2 images. We are currently only accepting Black & White images. Email to:

ovsmag(at) (replace (at) with @). Please send art as a jpeg attachment. If we need a higher resolution image for final publication we will contact you. A cover letter with contact information and bio in the third person is required, and should be pasted into your email message and addressed to the editors. Please list your attachment's name in the body of your cover letter.

Poetry Submissions:
All poetry submissions must have POETRY SUBMISSION: (POETRY SUBMISSION: YOUR NAME HERE) in the subject line or they will not be opened. Please send 3-6 poems (max of 10pgs) Email to:

ovsmag(at) (replace (at) with @).Please send poetry in a single attachment formatted for MS Word or.rtf. Name attachment with your last name and POETRY (EXAMPLE:SmithPoetry.doc)
A cover letter with contact information and bio in the third personis required, and should be pasted into your email message and addressed to the editors.

OVS Magazine will hold the First North American Electronic Serial Rights for the piece for the issue in which the piece is printed. At the end of the month, rights revert back to the author, though OVS Magazine reserves the rights to archive the piece. If the piece is chosen to appear in a later print edition, the author will be contacted for OVS Magazine to reserve First North American Print Serial Rights. OVS Magazine cannot offer payment for accepted submissions to the magazine. Each contributor will receive a free PDF copy of the journal, and a discount code for purchase of a print copy at cost.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Call for Creative Nonfiction Submissions: Sycamore Review

Call for CREATIVE NONFICTION submissions: Sycamore Review

Sycamore Review is now accepting submissions in CREATIVE NONFICTION using our new online submissions manager. Most of our nonfiction content could be classified as literary memoir or personal essay. Sycamore Review does not publish scholarly articles or journalistic pieces, though we do publish experiential journalism or personal reportage with a memoir bent. We are interested in originality, brevity, significance, strong dialogue, and vivid detail. There is no maximum page count, but remember that the longer the piece is, the more compelling each page must be. Read below to find out what Nonfiction Editor Chidelia Edochie is looking for in an essay:

I like a little blood on the page. I want essays that manage to delve into the emotional depths of an experience, as well as to access a certain wisdom about the circumstances of the experience. Intellectual observations about human nature are all well and good, but what I want most to know is how the writer fits, emotionally, into the world s/he is recording.

Following are a short list of essays that I love, and that I think manage to accomplish what I discuss above:

“Stain you red” by Nicole Helget
“Burl’s” by Bernard Cooper
“The Love of my Life” by Cheryl Strayed
“The Undertaking” by Thomas Lynch

Online submissions manager can be found here

Call for Submissions from California residents: Crow Talk

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2010

“Crow Talk,” an anthology, is seeking poems and artwork by California residents on the theme of crows and ravens. You are invited to submit original poetry, photos, and artwork about crows and ravens, or work that features crows and ravens in a significant way.

The final submission deadline has been extended until September 30, 2010. Publication date is spring/summer 2011, and a public reading in the Santa Barbara /Goleta area will be scheduled to kick off the anthology. Each published contributor will receive one free copy.

You will be notified of our decisions by December 1, 2010.

Submit 1-5 pages of poetry, single-spaced, size 12 font, in Microsoft Word or compatible format; written in English or in Spanish with English translations (if translations are included, you may submit 2-10 pages.) Submit your poems in a single email attachment to:

greenpoetproject(at) (replace (at) with @)

with your name and email address on each page. Please include your name, phone number, email address and mailing address in the body of your email, along with a list of titles submitted. Only one submission per poet, please. Previously published poems and simultaneous submissions are OK. If poems have been previously published in any form, include the publication name, publisher, date and issue #, for credit in acknowledgments. Please provide a 75-word bio with your submission.

Submit 1-5 JPEG or TIFF files of your artwork or photographs of crows and ravens. Send by email attachment to:

cynthialouiseanderson(at) (replace (at) with @).

Please e-mail low resolution files, one for each artwork, and include your last name and the title of the work in each file name. If your work is chosen, we will request high resolution files. Please include your name, phone number, email address and mailing address in the body of your email, along with a list of artworks submitted and a 75-word bio.