Monday, March 29, 2010

Call for Submissions: Breakwater Review

The editors at Breakwater Review, a literary journal at the MFA program at UMass Boston, is seeking high-quality poetry and prose for our summer issue. We are accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction through our online submissions manager until our May 1 deadline.

Writers should submit up to 5,000 words of fiction, up to 3,000 words of nonfiction, or up to five poems. 

We will also consider interviews and reviews, but please query first by emailing us at: breakwaterreview(at) (replace (at) with @)

To check out the great writers in the current issue of Breakwater Review, and to get an idea of the type of work we're interested in, check us out

We look forward to reading your work!

Fiction Contest: Crossed Genres

Crossed Genres magazine is enormously pleased to announce the Science in My Fiction short story contest!

"Here’s how it works: Authors write a science fiction or fantasy short story which is inspired by a scientific discovery or innovation made or announced within the past year. It can’t be peripherally added: the science must be integral to the story. Writers must include a link to a relevant article or study of the applied science when they submit their stories."

A panel of 6 amazing judges will vote on the finalists:

Athena Andreadis - Associate Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; author of To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek
Nicola Griffith - Nebula, World Fantasy, Tiptree, and Lambda Literary Award-winning author
Michael Kabongo – Agent; owner, The Onyxhawke Agency
Randall Munroe – Creator of the webcomic xkcd; Programmer
Cat Rambo – Author; Fiction Editor of Fantasy Magazine
Brett Savory – Editor-in-Chief of Chizine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words; co-Publisher of Chizine Publications

There's $400 of cash prizes to be won, plus subscriptions, books, etc. The top 3 stories will be published by Crossed Genres magazine!

Please visit the contest page and read the entry guidelines. Then, enter your story! The contest will be open for entries from April 1 through June 30. Winners will be announced on July 21.

Show us there's still room for real Science in fiction! Huge thanks to everyone who helped us make the contest happen!

Contest Page
Science in My Fiction blog
Crossed Genres

Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Worst Storyline Ever" Contest

"Worst Storyline Ever" Contest
Chuck Sambuchino is sponsoring the third "Worst Storyline Ever" on his blog for really bad loglines. There is no entry fee.

A logline is a one-sentence line that explains what your story is about and shows the "hook"--the unique idea that makes people want to see more. Some examples of good loglines for famous movies:

  • "Three middle-aged men defeat their midlife crises by starting a college fraternity." (Old School)
  • "When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an evil prince, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge." (Gladiator)
  • "In a future where criminals are arrested before the crime occurs, a cop struggles on the lam to prove his innocence for a murder he has not yet committed." (Minoriity Report)
But Chuck is looking for bad examples, the kind that will make you groan. Some bad loglines:

  • "After an unidentified cow swallows an armed nuclear device in a botched Homeland Security raid, Agent Tom Anderson is thrust into an unlikely partnership with buxom organic farmer Daisy Jones to sift through three hundred cows and 10 barns full of manure as the clock runs down in a desperate quest to save Kansas City from a moo-clear disaster." (past contest winner from Livia Blackburne)
  • "After losing badly in the Kentucky Derby, a horse is sold to the glue factory where he is processed and bottled, and we follow the stories of everyone who uses the glue, from a nose-picking pre-schooler to a dyslexic kidnapper who glues cut-out letters on a ransom note, until the last drop is gone." (past ontest winner Chris Whigham)
Stick to the format, but have fun with the idea. You want your logline to be one sentence only and 60 words or fewer. The logline should explain what the story is about. It's what you put in the one sentence that will win you the competition. So the trick is to make your logline a terribly creative idea that's pitched in a professional manner.

Deadline is 11:59 p.m., EDT, Sunday, March 28, 2010.

To participate, post your logline in the "Comments" section at the end of the blog post.  You must include your real name and email. If you are super paranoid about leaving your name (Google!), use "L. Martin Smith" instead of "Leonard Smith."

You can submit up to two (2) bad loglines. You can include both in the same comment if you wish.

The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA's publisher, F&W Media.

By posting a terrible logline for consideration in this contest, you agree to the terms written on the blog.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, Chuck asks that you do one of two things:
  1. Mention and link to this contest twice through your social media--blogs, Twitter, Facebook
  2. Just mention this contest once and add the Guide to Literary Agents Blog ( to your blogroll.Please provide links so eligibility can be verified.

First Prize: 1) A query letter critique from Chuck Sambuchino. 2) A follow-up phone call to discuss the query critique and a plan of action for seeing your work published. 3) A one-year subscription to, and 4) Praise on Chuck's blog.

Two runner-up prizes: 1) A one-year subscription to (value $50)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Poetry Competition: The Ledge Magazine

The Ledge 2010 Poetry Awards Competition

PRIZES: First prize: $1000 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 three (3) poems; $3 for each additional poem. $20 subscription (two issues) to The Ledge gains free entry for the first three (3) poems.

NO RESTRICTIONS on form or content. The Ledge is open to all styles and schools of poetry. Excellence is the only criterion.

ALL POEMS must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we must notified should any poem(s) be accepted elsewhere for publication. All poems will be considered for publication in The Ledge Magazine.

PLEASE include your name, mailing address and email address on each entry. Please enclose a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return. Winners will be announced in August.

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

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Call for Submissions: Emprise Review

Emprise Review is looking for Non-Fiction submissions in three categories

1. Book reviews--Texts from any period but contemporary works in particular. 500-1000 word reviews that focus primarily on the text itself and make use of the reviewer's opinion.

2. Film reviews--300-1000 word reviews are preferable, as well as reviews that focus on the film and make use of the reviewer's opinion.

3. Lists--Use your creativity as there are few rules, though in general we'd prefer lists that don't go into the hundreds or thousands.

Works selected for publication will be featured on the front page/blogging portion of the website and would be seen by the majority of our visitors. Not only are we looking for submissions in the non-fiction category, we are also in search of some regular non-fiction contributors or bloggers to help bolster the critical portion of our website. Visit our non-fiction guidelines for further details.

Furthermore, as always, Emprise Review is open for submissions in original poetry and non-fiction. Please visit our Submit page for further details regarding our submission guidelines. You can also visit our magazine to read some of our previously published content to get some idea of what we've selected in the past, though don't feel limited by our previous selections, we are always in search of new voices, modes, and genres.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Patrick McAllaster, at pmcalla(at) (replace (at) with @)

Antioch Writers' Workshop Scholarships

Antioch Writers' Workshop offers three scholarships annually, with both first and second place awards. (Second place awards are NEW for the 2010 AWW.)

First place scholarships are for a full waiver of registration and tuition for the Full Week experience. ($735.00 value)

Second place scholarships are for a half waiver of registration and tuition ($367.50 value.) Recipients must pay for the other half of the registration and tuition ($367.50).

► For both first and second place awards, recipients must cover their own travel, lodging, food and other accommodations for the week. Manuscript critique, book purchases, and other expenses are not covered.

► Recipients must agree to have their name and likeness used on the AWW web site, blog, email newsletter, press releases, and other publicity materials.

Deadline for all submissions is May 1 (received by, if mailing to P.O. Box address, or sent by that date if submitting online.)

► The scholarships are national; any adult (over age 18) from anywhere in the United States may apply. However, scholarship winners may not apply for the same scholarship in the subsequent year.

Antioch Writers' Workshop Scholarships are:
Betty Crumrine Scholarship--awarded to a single parent who is committed to writing and who could not otherwise attend the workshop. The Crumrine Scholarship was created by friends of Betty Crumrine, who lived and wrote in Yellow Springs and participated in the Antioch Writers’ Workshop from 1986 until 1990. She worked full time at the Miami Valley Arts Council and later at the Miami Literacy Council, raising three children and taking care of her own mother while writing true confession stories and young adult novels. She died of cancer in March 1991. In honor of her encouragement of new writers, the Antioch Writers’ Workshop welcomes applications from beginning writers as well as those in mid-career. To apply, please send your submission (poetry, nonfiction, fiction, or drama), conforming to the formatting and submission requirements detailed below, and a one-page letter explaining your writing experience and plans and need for financial aid.

Judson Jerome Poetry Scholarship--The scholarship is named after Judson Jerome, a poet and nonfiction writer, writer of textbooks, professor, and poetry editor who founded the Antioch Writers’ Workshop along with William Baker. Please send your poetry submission, conforming to the formatting and submission requirements detailed below, along with a bio of yourself (not longer than a page).

Bill Baker Scholarship--for a writer who is nominated by someone who can testify to his or her qualifications both as writer and community member. The scholarship is named after Bill Baker, co-founder of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, writer of textbooks, journalist, and fiction writer. To submit a nomination for the Bill Baker Scholarship, please send the nominee’s name, contact information, a short sample of their writing (conforming to the formatting and submission requirements detailed below), and a 1-2 page essay that delineates their bravery, innovation, or significant contribution to their community.

Formatting and Submission Requirements for AWW Scholarships:
Fiction and Nonfiction Writers
► The work may be up to 20 pages, and must be page-numbered, double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font, with margins of at least 1" on all sides. Contact information should appear in the upper lefthand corner of the first page, with the author's last name at the top of every subsequent page.

► The work must be 10 pages of poetry, either single- or double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font, with margins of at least 1" on all sides. Contact information should appear in the upper lefthand corner of the first page, with the author's last name at the top of every subsequent page.

If submitting via email, email manuscript as attachment in PDF or WORD (.doc) format to:
info(at) (replace (at) with @) with name of scholarship you're applying for in the Subject line

If submitting via postal mail, submit two copies, printed on one side of 8.5" x 11" white paper, with page number to:

Attn: Scholarship Name (either Betty Crumrine, Judson Jerome, or Bill Baker)
P.O. Box 494
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Manuscripts that fail to comply to the above formatting standards may be eliminated. Photocopies made from published work will not be accepted.

Call for Submissions: [out of nothing]

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 our fourth online edition of the journal—with
the theme, "In excess of all that is proper, shapely"—as
well as for a special print anthology. As usual, we ask that you
submit to us, at shelling.peanuts(at) [replace (at) with @],
your textual, aural, visual, poly/ambi-medial work, that we may
publish it in both/either of these formats.

Deadline: April 30th, 2010.

Prospective contributors would be well-advised to consult our earlier publications 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
Our submissions guidelines
*We ask that you do not submit previously published work; we will draw from our own reserves for The Familiar.

Eds., [out of nothing]

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction Contest: Crab Orchard Review

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW's Annual Literary Contests:
The 2011 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, & John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize

$1500 prize for Poetry 
$1500 prize for Fiction 
$1500 prize for Literary Nonfiction

One winner and two finalists will be chosen in each category. The three category winners will be published and the finalists offered publication (with a minimum payment of $150) in the Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. The winners and finalists will also be announced in the March/April POETS & WRITERS and on the CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Website.

Contest Guidelines: —
The postmark deadlines for this year's prize competitions are March 1, 2010 through April 30, 2010. Please do not send entries via FedEx, UPS, DHL, Express Mail--we don't want you to spend the extra amount when this is a POSTMARK deadline.

Entries must be previously unpublished, original work written in English by a United States citizen or permanent resident (current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are not eligible). Name, address, telephone number, email address, and work title (or titles for poetry entries) should appear only on a cover sheet for the entry. The author's name should not appear on any subsequent page. All entries must be postmarked between March 1, 2010 and April 30, 2010. Late entries will be returned unread. Enclose a #10, self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of winners. Do not include an envelope or postage for return of manuscript since entries will be recycled upon the decision of the final judges and notification of the winners.
Page Restrictions:

Poetry entries should consist of 3 poems; 100 line limit per poem. Prose entry length: up to 6000 words for fiction and up to 6500 words for literary nonfiction. One poetry entry, story, or essay per $10 entry; a writer may send up to three entries in one genre or a total of three entries if entering all competitions.

Entry fee: $10 for each entry. Please make checks payable to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. Each fee entitles entrant to one copy of the 2011 Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, which will include the winners of these competitions. If you send two entries with $20, we will send you the 2011 Summer/Fall issue as well; if you send three entries with $30, we will send you the 2011 Summer/Fall issue and the 2012 Winter/Spring issue as well.


Mail entries to:
Dept. of English--Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Please indicate on the outside of the envelope if an entry is "POETRY," "FICTION," or "LITERARY NONFICTION."

We do not at this time accept electronic submissions, but we hope in the future when we have our own server dedicated to submissions to offer this option. We will let you know when this becomes possible, but it is at least a year or more away given funding issues.

If you don't find the information you're looking for on our website, we can always be reached for information about subscriptions, current guidelines, upcoming themes, or contests by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Department of English
Faner Hall 2380 - Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dzanc National Workshop Day

Dzanc's new effort to expand our mission and bring the creative world to a national audience, DZANC DAY takes its cue from the popularity of our Dzanc Creative Writing Sessions. On March 20, 2010, Dzanc will run over 30 creative writing workshops in 25 cities across the country. These workshops will be held in cities from Portland, OR to Orlando, FL, from New Haven, CT to Los Angeles, CA and points between.

All monies raised from DZANC DAY will go toward supporting Dzanc's charitable programs which, in part, bring creative writing programs to students who could not otherwise afford the opportunity. Fantastic authors from across the country have volunteered their time, experience, and expertise to run these individual workshops. Each workshop will allow students to work face-to-face with the instructor in specific venues with each location focusing on a specific aspect of the writing world.

If you are an author who is interested in setting up an additional workshop in a city not currently represented, please email Dzanc Books at:

info (at) (Replace (at) with @)

Specific details for each workshop, as well as the link to sign up via Paypal, are below. Most of the workshops will run for 4 or 5 hours and will cost $50, while another runs for 8 hours and will cost $100, rates far lower than any comparable program. Those wishing to sign up but not pay via Paypal can send an email stating such to:
info (at) (Replace (at) with @) and send a check for the cost to:

Dzanc Books
1334 Woodbourne Street
Westland, MI 48186

The DZANC DAY workshops serve not only to expand Dzanc's effort to bring inexpensive, face-to-face workshops to a wider audience, but, as noted, also to help us generate income that will allow Dzanc to continue that effort in our other charitable arenas - awarding the annual Dzanc Prize, running Dzanc Writer in Residence Programs in schools across the country, and more.

To find a city near you, go here.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Poetry Competition: 2010 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize

The 2010 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Competition

The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems. Named after the first director of the Press, the prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press in the Pitt Poetry Series under its standard royalty contract. The winner will be announced in the fall; no information about the winner will be released before the fall announcement. The Starrett Prize is our only venue for first-book poetry manuscripts.

The volume of manuscripts received prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into correspondence about manuscripts other than the one chosen for publication.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will not be returned. Please keep a copy of the manuscript.


The award is open to any poet writing in English who has not had a full-length book of poetry published previously. We define "full-length book" as a volume of 48 or more pages published in an edition of 750 or more copies. Books whose publication costs have been borne by their authors are excluded from this definition. University of Pittsburgh employees, former employees, current students, and those who have been students within the last three years are not eligible for the award.

Format for Submissions

Please send one copy of your manuscript on good quality white paper, with no fewer than 48 and no more than 100 typescript pages. Clean, legible photocopies are acceptable. Your name, address, phone number, and email address should be on your title page. These are our only format requirements. Please also include your curriculum vitae.

Results will be announced in major poetry and writing magazines once a winner has been chosen. Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt and a SASE for contest results.

Fee for Submission

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a check or money order in U.S. dollars for $25.00 payable to "University of Pittsburgh Press."

Multiple Submissions

Manuscripts being considered by other publishers are allowed, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify the Press in writing.

Dates for Submission

Manuscripts must be received during March and April 2010. That is, they must be postmarked on or after March 1 and on or before April 30. The address for submissions is:

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
University of Pittsburgh Press
Eureka Building, Fifth Floor
3400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contest: Bellevue Literary Review

$1000 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry ~ Judged by Marie Ponsot
$1000 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction ~ Judged by Andre Dubus III
$1000 Carter V. Cooper Memorial Prize for Nonfiction ~ Judged by Jerome Groopman

Bellevue Literary Review Prizes: Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

BLR Prize awards outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2011 issue of the BLR.


Prose limited to 5000 words. Up to 3 poems (maximum 5 pages). Submissions that exceed these limits will be disqualified. 


Deadline July 1, 2010. Winners will be announced by December 31, 2010. 


Entry fee is $15 per submission. For an additional $5, you will receive a one-year subscription to the BLR. (Maximum: two submissions per person). 


Manuscripts are submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document. (Save with a *.doc extension). Please combine all poems into one document and use first poem as title. 


Do not put your name on the manuscript document. (This will be entered separately on our website.) No cover letter needed. 


Work previously published* in print or electronically will not be considered. (Please see footnote below for specific definition of “published.”) 


Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. (This will avoid potentially awkward situations.) We regret that there can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work. 


Students/friends/colleagues/relations of a judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre. 


BLR acquires first-time North American rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgment to BLR is made. All entries will also be considered for regular publication. 


Due to administrative costs, if no entry fee is received, manuscript will be placed with general submissions.  The entry fee may be paid online through our secure site. You may also send payment by check, or call during business hours to pay by credit card over the phone. 


To pay by mail, send check and printout of confirmation email to: 

Bellevue Literary Review

Dept of Medicine, Rm OBV-612

NYU School of Medicine

550 First Avenue

New York, NY 10016

To pay by phone: 212-263-3973 

Submit manuscript online. Thank you!!

Call for Submissions: Anthology Sammy Re-CAHN-sidered


Sammy Re-CAHN-sidered

for a proposed anthology of new short works commemorating the centenary of the lyricist’s birth

Sammy Cahn (1913-1993), the Academy- and Emmy-Award-winning lyricist of many of the standards commonly referred to as the “Great American Songbook,” as well as the writer who “put more words into Frank Sinatra’s mouth than any other,” was very vocal in his disagreement with the policy that writers are not able to copyright the titles of their compositions.

In honor of the upcoming centenary of his birth, and with a loving wink at his titular annoyance, the editor is soliciting new poems, flash fiction, flash non-fiction, and micro-dramas, each with the same title as one of his song lyrics. The new pieces need not refer to the songwriter’s lyrics nor be similar in theme or style to the originals; the editor only seeks a variety of poetic approaches toward – and treatments of – Cahn’s titles.

Sammy Cahn’s songs include:

All the Way, Bei Mir Bist du Schoen, Be My Love, Call Me Irresponsible, The Christmas Waltz, Come Dance with Me Come Fly with Me, Day By Day, Five Minutes More, Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry, High Hopes, I Should Care, I'll Walk Alone, It's Been a Long, Long Time, I've Heard That Song Before, Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Love and Marriage, My Kind of Town, Please Be Kind, Pocketful of Miracles, Rhythm is Our Business, Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week), Teach Me Tonight, (Love is) The Tender Trap, The Things We Did Last Summer, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Three Coins in the Fountain, Time After Time, To Love and Be Loved, Until the Real Thing Comes Along, Walking Happy, and MANY MANY MORE

Please send your submission by 1 July 2010 to:

gigliotti(at) (replace (at) with @)


Dr. Gilbert L. Gigliotti
Department of English
Central Connecticut State U
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Gilbert L. Gigliotti is a Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University and the editor of a pair of anthologies published by Entasis Press of Washington, DC, Sinatra: But Buddy I’m a Kind of Poem (2008) and the forthcoming Ava Gardner: Touches of Venus (2010).

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fiction and Poetry Competition: 2010 New Ohio Review Prize

The 2010 New Ohio Review Prize in Fiction and Poetry

Judges: Ann Beattie in fiction, Stephen Dunn in poetry
Contest Guidelines:

Postmark Deadline: May 15, 2010

Prize: First and second place prizes of $1,500 and $500 in each genre.

Entry Fee: $20 per entry (includes one-year subscription)

All entries will be judged blind, therefore please submit a cover page with your name and contact information. Your name should not appear on the manuscript. Prose entries must be no longer than 25 pages double-spaced. Poetry entries are limited to four individual poems. Contest results will be announced online. If you wish to receive the results through the mail, please enclose an SASE.

Please mail entries and payment to:
New Ohio Review Prize
English Dept.
360 Ellis Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

General Guidelines:

New Ohio Review's contributors receive honoraria of $10/page for prose and $15/page for poetry, $30 minimum, in addition to two copies of the issue and a one-year subscription.

We accept literary submissions in any genre. Translations are welcome if permission has been granted. Please do not send more than six poems in a single submission. We do not reprint previously published work.
Our reading period is September-May, but we will consider work year-round from subscribers. Please do not submit more than once every six months. Mail submissions to:

New Ohio Review
English Dept.
360 Ellis Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

We currently do not accept electronic submissions.

Format: Please include a brief cover letter with your submission. Poems should be individually typed, either single- or double-spaced, on one side of the page. Prose should be typed double-spaced on one side and be no longer than thirty pages. Cross-genre work or any work that is unusually formatted is welcome, but please be aware that our page width and font size are restricted. We have no preferences regarding placement of author name, staples, or paper clips. Please do not include submissions in more than one genre in the same envelope.

Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine as long as you indicate so in your cover letter and inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions by mail: All manuscripts and correspondence regarding submissions should be accompanied by a S.A.S.E. For international submissions, please include a stamped International Reply Coupon (I.R.C.) with your S.A.S.E. or provide a valid e-mail address. Manuscripts can only be returned if sufficient postage is included.

Essay Contest: Creative Nonfiction

Call for Submissions: Creative Nonfiction


Postmark deadline April 2, 2010

For an upcoming issue, we're seeking new essays about the bonds--emotional, ethical, biological, physical, or otherwise--between humans and animals. We're looking for stories that illustrate ways animals (wild and/or domestic) affect, enrich, or otherwise have an impact on our daily lives.

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.


$1000 - The Robert Fragasso Animal Advocate Award

For the Best Creative Nonfiction Essay About Animals

$500 - Creative Nonfiction Editor's Award

Guidelines: Essays must be: unpublished, 5,000 words or less, postmarked by April 2, 2010, and clearly marked “Animals” on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue CNF subscription); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S. (though subscription shipping costs do apply). Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information, SASE and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Animals
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Call for Submissions: The Los Angeles Review

Submission Guidelines: The Los Angeles Review

Readings for Issue 8 are now open. Readings for poetry will close May 25, 2010. Readings in all other genres will close June 1, 2010. (Please note that readings close at the end of the business day on the date listed above.) Submissions received outside our reading periods will be discarded without notice. Indicate title in the subject heading. For prose submissions, also indicate word count. Please include a cover letter and bio in the body of the email, and attach your piece as a single .doc or .rtf attachment, not as a .docx.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted if noted in the cover letter. No multiple submissions, please. Response time is 2-3 months.

Writers published in The Los Angeles Review will receive one contributor copy in exchange for first North American serial rights.


Nonfiction: We seek essay, memoir, and commentary told as compelling, focused, sustained narrative in a distinctive voice, rich with detail. Send 1,000-4,000 words or delight us with flash nonfiction that cat-burgles our expectations.

Fiction: We’re looking for to hard-to-put-down shorties under 500 words and lengthier shorts up to 4,000 words–lively, vivid, excellent literary fiction.

Poetry: Please submit 3-5 poems that will surprise us, wow us, and make us wish we’d written them ourselves. We are open to form, free verse, prose poems, and experimental styles. Our only criterion is quality.

Reviews: We welcome reviews of new and recent books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, particularly of books that have not received the critical attention they deserve. Send reviews of three to six pages. Please familiarize yourself with the kind of creative work we publish, as we are unlikely to print reviews of material that is vastly different from that which we feature in the magazine.

Translations: Please submit 3-5 translated poems that open the poet’s original vision to an English-speaking audience.

Send all submissions or queries to appropriate department email:
(replace (at) with @ when sending e-mail)
Managing Editor: lareview.editor(at)
Poetry Editor: lareview.poetry(at)
Translation Editor: lareview.translations(at)
Prose Editor: lareview.prose(at)
Fiction Editor: lareview.fiction(at)
Nonfiction Editor: lareview.nonfiction(at)
Review Editor: lareview.bookreviews(at)

Call for Submissions: Slash Pine Press

Slash Pine Press is pleased to announce our second call for chapbook-length manuscripts of poetry or mixed-genre (prose poetry, micro-essays mixed with poems—we’re flexible). We are not looking at “traditional” fiction at this time. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our mission and submission procedures at our website. If our aesthetic and philosophical ambitions line up with yours, please send us the best work you’ve got.

We are looking for innovative work, no longer than 24pp.

Our submission period opens March 1st, and extends through May 1st, 2010.

Joseph Wood, editor
Slash Pine Press
Dept. of English
PO Box 870244
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0244

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Poetry Out Loud Event

The Arizona Commission on the Arts,
in partnership with Arizona State University’s
Young Writers Program and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing,
would like to invite you to attend

March 5, 2010
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library Auditorium
1221 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Admission is free and open to the public.

11,000 high school students from across the state participated in the 2010 Arizona Poetry Out Loud competition, a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts in partnership with the Young Writers Program at Arizona State University. Out of 24 student finalists, a state champion will be chosen to represent Arizona in the National Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest, taking place in April 2010.

The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

In 2009-2010, Poetry Out Loud took place in the following Arizona communities; Avondale, Flagstaff, Glendale, Heber, Kingman, Maricopa, Nogales, Peoria, Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale, Sedona, Seligman, Tolleson, Tucson and Wickenburg. 150 Arizona teachers guided their students in increasing their public speaking skills, building self-confidence and learning about their literary heritage through Poetry Out Loud.

Young Writers Prize: Hunger Mountain

A Prize for Young Writers
Poetry, Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Judge: M.T. Anderson
Prize: Publication in Hunger Mountain online
$250 to first place winner in each genre, $100 to runners-up

We are looking for talented high school students to enter poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in the Hunger Mountain Prize for Young Writers. We accept any form of poetry. Fiction can be experimental or traditional.
Creative nonfiction can be personal essay or mini memoir.

The Judge for the competition is National Book Award Winner and New York Times Bestselling author M.T. Anderson, author of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; Burger Wuss; and Feed.

Submissions should be under 8,000 words, double spaced, in Times New Roman font and not stapled. Poets are welcome to enter up to three poems per entry. Manuscripts must be accompanied by an index card with the writer’s name, address, email address, telephone number, as well as the title and genre of the work. The writer’s name should not be on the manuscript itself.  

Please enclose a $10 entry fee.

Postmark submissions by April 30, 2010. We will do our best to notify prize winners in June.

Please send work to the following address:
Hunger Mountain Prize for Young Writers
Hunger Mountain
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College St.
Montpelier, VT 05602

For complete guidelines and to learn about past prize winners please visit our website.