Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Awards: 2011 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry and Prose

The 2011 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry and Prose

The Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and GRASSROOTS, SIUC's undergraduate literary magazine, are pleased to announce the 2011 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards. One book of poetry and one book of prose (novel, short fiction, or literary nonfiction) will be selected from submissions of titles published in 2010, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1000 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2011 festival will be October 26-28, 2011. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the two winners.

Entries may be submitted by either author or publisher, and must include a copy of the book, a cover letter, a brief biography of the author including previous publications, and a $15.00 entry fee made out to "SIUC - Dept. of English." Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2010 - February 15, 2011. Materials postmarked after February 15 will be returned unopened. Because we cannot guarantee their return, all
entries will become the property of the SIUC Department of English. Entrants wishing acknowledgment of receipt of materials must include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

Judges will come from the faculty of SIUC's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the award winners will be selected by the staff of GRASSROOTS. The winners will be notified in May 2011. All entrants will be notified of the results in June 2011.

The awards are open to single-author titles published in 2010 by independent, university, or commercial publishers. The winners must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the 2011 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival to receive the award. Entries from vanity presses and self-published books are not eligible. Current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.

Send all materials to:

Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards/GRASSROOTS

Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

1000 Faner Drive

Carbondale, IL 62901

(please indicate "Poetry" or "Prose" on envelope)

For further information, e-mail grassrootsmag(at) or call

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Poetry Competition: Writecorner Press Annual Poetry Award

Writecorner Press Annual Poetry Award

First Place Award: $500
Editors' Choices: $100 each

Annual Awards for Unpublished Poetry in Any Style, Any Theme

Any number of unpublished poems may be entered by any writer.
Poems may be in any style, any subject.
Maximum length - 40 lines per poem.
Entry fee: $5 for first poem, $3 each additional poem.

No e-mail entries accepted.
Annual Submission Period: Oct. 1 - March 31
Postmark Deadline: March 31

Judge: Award winning poet.
Winners will be announced in late spring.

The winning poem and editors' choices are eligible to be published on and for inclusion in the permanent website anthology. Authors retain all rights to their works. Winners are usually announced by early summer.

How to Submit:
1. Send two typed copies of each unpublished poem. Place no author identification on one copy of each poem so the judging can be anonymous. On the second copy of each poem, on the top right, include
the author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address if available. Keep a copy because manuscripts will be recycled, not returned. Include a SASE for list of winners.
2. Send a short bio - about 4 lines
3. Mail submission with check to Writecorner Press (no cash), or if sent from outside the USA, a money order in US funds (no cash or foreign funds) to:

Writecorner Press
Koeppel Contest - Poetry
PO Box 140310
Gainesville, FL 32614

Fees received from contests go to payment of awards and upkeep of this site.

About this contest: Mary Sue Koeppel, Writecorner Press Co-editor, created and conducted the national Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Contest sponsored by Kalliope until 2005 when she retired from the position of
Kalliope editor. She and fellow editor, Robert B. Gentry, developed this contest in order to continue to reward the writers of fine poetry.

The Writecorner Press Poetry Contest follows the ethics guidelines recommended by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). Judges review submissions with no author identification. (See contest
guidelines.) The following are ineligible to receive monetary awards: poems already published elsewhere, poems by Writecorner editors or judges, relatives of judges or editors. A grand-prize winner is not
eligible to win the grand prize again until the sixth year after winning the prize.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Short Story Contest: Gemini Magazine


2nd PLACE: $100


DEADLINE: March 31, 2011
All Five Finalists will be published in the June 2011 Issue of Gemini

No restrictions on content, style, genre or length. Flashes, novel excerpts, experimental, mainstream, literary, noir, romance—all types of short fiction are welcome. Simply send your best unpublished work by email or snail mail.

We publish both new and established writers. Everyone gets a chance. Two of the three winners of our fiction contests were previously unpublished.

To enter online, visit our website.


1. Mail entry with $4 check or money order, payable to Gemini Magazine, to:

Contest, Gemini Magazine
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558

(include $4 for each additional entry)

postmark deadline: March 31, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Call for Submissions: Jet Fuel Review

Jet Fuel Review
Call for submissions: The Inaugural Issue
Reading period: October 29 - January 31st
The Jet Fuel Review is accepting submissions of fiction (short stories, flash fiction, micro shorts), non-fiction (lyrical essays, memoirs, hybrid works, etc), poems, and artwork for it's inaugural issue, to be published on April 19th, 2011 online.

Fiction: 3000 words or less.
Non-Fiction: May also include critical literary essays of 3000 words, reviews of chapbooks or novels of 3500 words, and personal narratives of 5000 words or less are preferred.
Poetry: Poems or prose poems of less than 100 lines. Please send 3-6 poems only once within a reading period.

Artwork: You may send up to 3 pieces of artwork within a reading period. When submitting artwork, we request that you caption the artwork with a title, if available, and the medium in which you worked. Of course, we can only literally publish virtual art, that is, art that is transferable to an online format. If you wish to submit a painting or a sculpture, you are welcome to send a photo of the piece.

Please email all submissions as attachments to
lewislitjournal(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).
Your subject line should look like this: last name/genre/title.

All art submissions must be sent in .jpg or .png format for ease of viewing and posting.

All text submissions must be sent in .doc format or .rtf format NOT .docx.

Please include a short bio and contact information with your submissions in the body of the email.

The content for Jet Fuel Review’s Inaugural Issue is exclusively online. Jet Fuel Review claims first publishing rights, which revert back to the author upon publication. While we allow simultaneous submissions, please do notify us as soon as possible if your work becomes unavailable as we do not publish previously published work, whether that publication occurred online or in print.

A Note re: Response Time: With the Inaugural Issue, it’s hard to say how quickly we’ll be able to get back to contributors because we have no idea how many submissions we’ll be receiving. As a rule, expect to hear back from us either way within two months from the end of the reading period, but usually sooner.

Thank you!

Mary Egan, Jet Fuel Review

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Call for Submissions: Floorboard Review

Floorboard Review is now accepting poetry and photography submissions for its 2nd issue.

Poems: submit up to 4 poems. We are especially drawn to poems with vivid, concrete imagery, and carefully crafted, musical lines (which does not necessarily mean rhyme). We're not interested in abstractions. Review your work carefully, as we do not generally ask for revisions. Please upload poems in a single file, and include the poems' titles separated only by commas in the name of the file.

Photos: submit 3 to 4 black and white photographs.

Simultaneous submissions of poems and photos are fine; just let us know immediately if the piece is accepted elsewhere. At this time, we are only looking for previously unpublished material--that includes any
public print or online sources. Upon acceptance of your work, Floorboard Review requests first North American serial rights (which means the work has not been published before); upon publication, all
rights revert back to the author or artist.

Floorboard Review does not accept emailed poems or photos; please use our online submission manager.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fiction Competition: Wabash Prize

SYCAMORE REVIEW is currently accepting submissions for its annual Wabash Prize for Fiction. This year's final judge is Antonya Nelson, and first prize is $1,000 plus publication in the journal. Manuscripts must be post-marked by March 1, 2011.

For each submission, send one short story or a series of related short-shorts totaling no more than 10,000 words, plus a $15.00 entry fee (includes one issue of the journal). Please make checks payable to Sycamore Review. Simultaneous submissions accepted.

Mail entries to:
2011 Wabash Prize for Fiction
Sycamore Review
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

All entries should include a cover page with the author's name and contact information in addition to the title of the work and total word count. Identifying information must not appear on the manuscript itself. Manuscript
pages should be numbered and include the title of the piece. For complete
contest guidelines, please visit us online.

Friday, January 14, 2011

2011-2012 Arizona Teaching Artist Roster

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to introduce the 2011-2012 Arizona Teaching Artist Roster, an online, juried directory of professional artists with expertise in engaging schools and communities in meaningful arts learning experiences.

The Teaching Artist Roster promotes quality Arizona artists with the skills and sensibilities of educators, ready to meet the challenges of working in 21st century learning environments. Artists are able to lead collaborations with communities and schools, to work with a variety of populations through lectures, demonstrations, workshops, residencies, performances, readings and more.

Explore the online directory which offers users access to artists through streaming audio and video, literary and visual work samples, detailed biographies, multiple category search options, and a "favorites" feature to build tailored lists of artists.

In 2012, Arizona’s 100th year of statehood, many teaching artists on the roster will offer programming related to the Centennial Celebration. Consider the roster a resource as your organization or community plans events in celebration of our state's history and heritage.

Visit the Teaching Artist Roster here.

Artist-in-Residence Program at Herbert Hoover National HIstoric Site

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Announces Application Period for 2011 Artist-in-Residence Program

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers, composers, and visual and performing artists for the park’s 2011 Artist-in-Residence program. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to all professional American artists whose work can be inspired by the history and beauty of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The park offers two residencies of two to four weeks each from May through September. For more information about the Artist-in-Residence Program and how to apply, contact
Adam Prato at (319) 643-7855 or visit the park’s website.
The application period closes on Friday, February 25, 2011.

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site promotes creative means of communicating the park's national significance and its relevance to park visitors. Artists have been part of national parks since the 1870s when famed painters played a vital role in documenting the majestic landscapes of the West. It was through their works of art that many first saw these special places in America. Today
artists are working in more than 40 units of the National Park Service through Artist-in-Residence Programs. Works from past Artists-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover NHS are on display in the park’s visitor center.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fiction Competition: The Ledge Magazine

2011 Fiction Awards Competition

PRIZES: First prize: $1,000 and publication in The Ledge Magazine. Second prize: $250 and publication in The Ledge Magazine. Third prize: $100 and publication in The Ledge Magazine.
ENTRY FEE: $12 for the first story; $6 for each additional story. $20 subscription (two issues) to The Ledge gains free entry for the first story.

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

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

POSTMARK DEADLINE: February 28, 2011.


The Ledge 2011 Fiction Awards Competition
40 Maple Avenue
Bellport, NY 11713

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Call for Submissions: Surreal South

Surreal South Submission Guidelines
Press 53 . PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130-0314

Link to submit work for this anthology can be found here.

“The man who cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot.”

—Andre Breton

Step into, say, 90% of university writing workshops, and you’ll find the students interested in writing outside the lines slumped in their seats, looking like they’ve been pelted with rocks. For many decades now, realism has been the order of the day for those teaching serious fiction. Disappointing, isn’t it? Our children are drawn to the fantastic, and naturally blend it with their own daily reality. So we immerse them in games and literature that excite their imagination... until it’s time to write. Then we toss a big, fat brick of realism at them and wonder why their prose has all the sparkle of desiccated mouse turds.

We put together the first edition of Surreal South in 2007 to provide a legitimate platform for untethered work. Many of those first contributors, like Robert Olen Butler, Julianna Baggott, and William Gay, had long experience letting the surreal shine through their writing. For others, like Kyle Minor, had never before published stories with surreal elements. Kyle's story, “The Truth and All Its Ugly,” changes just a single aspect of the real world: a person can order up a robotic version of a departed loved one if he so desires. When Kyle’s protagonist replaces his dead son with a robotic look-alike, the result is poignant, literary perfection.

With Surreal South ’09, we focused on new, emerging writers like Oscar Hokeah and Becky Hagenston, whose story, “Anthony”—the tale of a little girl with the ghost of a young black man living in her tummy—makes us smile every time someone mentions it.

Surrealism is not just reality with a twist; it’s a new reality that’s both seamless and shameless. Unafraid. For the 2011 edition, we are specifically looking for monster or ghost stories.

Our definition of the surreal includes dream stories, horror stories, monster stories, insanity, magical realism, the distorted, the peculiar, the impossible, and the irrational. We have as part of our mandate some small reconciliation between so-called "genre" fiction and so-called "literary" fiction. The southern part? The writer needs to be associated with the geographical American south (born, living, spent time in prison or otherwise dallied somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon) or the material needs to be plainly set in or derived from the South.

There’s one thing we can’t stress enough: We’re not looking for standard literary, fantasy, or crime stories. We want your dreamworld visions told in prose that will blow us away. Take a look at one of the first two editions of Surreal South. Buy, beg, or borrow at least one of them, because we’re very specific about what we’re looking for. We receive lots of terrific Southern stories without much in the way of surreal content, and that’s disappointing, because we simply can’t use them.

We require non-exclusive print and ebook rights to each story. While preference will be given to new, original work, we will consider work that has been published elsewhere. You must currently own free and clear rights to the piece. We will not be able to negotiate with other publishers.

What will you get for your efforts? Not a hell of a lot by commercial standards. A contributor’s copy, and a nice discount from our kind and very patient publisher, Press 53. Press 53 will also give you a fifty-dollar website credit so you can sample/give/enjoy more of their terrific books. We have excellent taste, and high standards, so you’ll be part of a select group of writers doing something very cool. You could ask for more, but why would you want to?

Beware: if you send us anything resembling desiccated mouse turds, we will make fun of you.


Surreal South ’11 seeks submissions of prose fiction of 1000 to around 7000 words.

The fiction or the author must be in some manner southern, and the work must contain surreal elements.

Content must reflect the Ghost and Monsters theme.

All submissions should be submitted through the submission link posted above. No other method of submission—snail mail, email, thought-transmission, etc.—is acceptable.

Only one submission per writer.

Submitter must own/control print and ebook rights to the work.

Submission must contain these elements, and these elements only:

a.The story or self-contained novel excerpt of 1000-7000 words.
b. Author bio (no longer than 250 words).
c.Story note relating to the origin of the story and its surreal elements.
d.Information on the publishing history of the story (if applicable).

Submission deadline: March 15, 2011

Publication date (ebook and print): October 31, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Scholarship for graduate degree: Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has launched a new scholarship program to help cultivate the next generation of great artists and writers with the establishment of the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award. The new award, worth up to $50,000 per year, will recognize and reward the most promising up-and-coming artists and writers from lower-income backgrounds.

The Graduate Arts Award will enable ten students with artistic and creative merit and outstanding academic achievement to pursue a graduate degree in the fine arts, performing arts, or creative writing. The award will provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books, and is renewable for up to three years.

Students eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award must be nominated by their undergraduate institution by mid-February 2011. For additional information, a list of faculty representatives, and eligibility requirements, please visit our website.

Fiction Competition: Lorian Hemmingway Short Story Competition

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2011 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard.

Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition's final judge.


The first-place winner will receive $1,500. The second and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise.

Eligibility requirements for our 2011 competition are as follows:

What to submit:

· Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. We have extended our word limit for the first time in thirty years to 3,500 words rather than 3,000. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.

Who may submit:

· The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.

Submission requirements:

· Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July  announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required.

· The author's name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer's name, complete mailing address, e-mail address,  phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

· The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2011. The late entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 15, 2011. We encourage you to enter by May 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline. Entries postmarked after May 15, 2011 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 15, 2011 will not be accepted. Writers may
submit for the 2012 competition beginning May 16, 2011.

How to pay your entry fee:

· Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid -- in U.S. funds -- via a personal check, cashier's check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:

Winners will be announced at the end of July 2011 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by October 1, 2011.

All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to:

The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
P.O. Box 993
Key West, FL
or submitted online.

For more information, please explore the website

or e-mail: shortstorykw(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Call for Submissions: The Bellingham Review

The Bellingham Review, a literary journal published in affiliation with thegraduate program at Western Washington University, welcomes electronic submissions of flash fiction, prose poetry, and brief essays via  Submishmash for online publication.

Submissions Guidelines:

This is an open (free) submission period and runs from January 1st, 2011 through April 15th, 2011. Pieces can be up to 1000 words in length and can be on any subject. Submissions must be submitted via Submishmash here.

Please, no more than three pieces per submission, only one submission per author during this period. Please include a cover letter with your contact information, submission genre(s), and publication history (if applicable) on the first page of your submission. Please submit all pieces in a single file, preferably a Microsoft Word Document. Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged so long as you are prompt in informing us of any acceptances by other publications. All work must be previously unpublished. We look forward to reading your work.

Payment is dependent on availability of funds. Any questions can be sent to:
bhreview(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Writing Competition: Wag's Revue

Wag's Revue is currently only accepting submissions for its Winter Contest. Please read the guidelines below carefully before submitting. The editors also strongly suggest that writers read the magazine to gain a sense of it prior to submitting (all issues are free and available online and as downloads).

Wag's Revue invites you to enter its Winter 2011 Contest in fiction, poetry, and essays. Submissions of electronic writing are also encouraged in any of the above genres. First prize receives $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue; second prize is $500, third is $100, and all submissions are considered for publication. The contest deadline is January 15, and winners will be announced with the publication of Issue 9 in April 2011. There is no limit to the number of entries an author may submit, but each entry must be accompanied with its own submission fee of $20.

Submissions of poetry may include multiple poems but should not exceed 10 pages. Fiction and essay submissions should not exceed 10,000 words. All submissions should be previously unpublished. Wag's Revue asks for first serial rights to all published work; all other rights revert to the author upon publication. Please make sure to remove your name and any contact info from the document you upload so that we may judge every entry anonymously. Wag's Revue complies with the CLMP code of ethics.

To submit, go here.