Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Call for Poetry Submissions: The New Promised Land

The New Promised Land: 120 Contemporary Jewish American Poets, a new anthology forthcoming from an as-of-yet undetermined publisher, is looking for submissions from Jewish poets who are born in the U.S. after 1945. Please send 5-7 poems (previously published is okay) in the body of an email to:

jewampo at gmail dot com (replace the "at" with @) by June 30, 2011.

The editors, Matthew E. Silverman and Deborah Ager, welcome poems about the Jewish experience and Jewish themes but please do not feel they have to be limited to that.

Please include a short bio with your submission and your contact information, including an email, address, and phone number. If previously published poems, please send the acknowledgments with your submission.

Call for Fiction Submissions: Saxifrage Press

It's the Summer of Fiction at Saxifrage Press!

We're featuring one fiction writer each month beginning in June and ending in August. Please send up to two short pieces no more than 3000 words for consideration. Previously published material is fine, but indicate where the work was originally included. (Unpublished material will be given preference).

The deadlines for inclusion are as follows:

July Featured Fiction Writer: June 15th, 2011

August Featured Fiction Writer: July 15th, 2011

Please send your submission in a single file to:

saxifragefiction(at)gmail.com (Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).

Include a cover letter in the body of the email with a brief bio and contact information. If considered for publication, we will request a headshot to accompany the feature.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Poetry Book Competition: 2012 ABZ Poetry Prize

2012 ABZ Poetry Prize, for a first full-length book of poems.Winner receives publication, $1,000 and 50 copies of their book.

Judge: Charles Simic.

Mss. between 48 and 76 pages bound only with a binder clip should include a table of contents, acknowledgements, and two title pages. One title page should have only the title. The second title page should have the author's name, address, phone number with area code, and e-mail address. No mss. returned; include SAS postcard and SASE.

All entrants receive copy of winning book.
Reading fee: $30.

Must have a postmark of May or June. Mail your entries to:

ABZ Press
PO Box 2746
Huntington, WV 25727-2746.

Call for panel discussions, workshops, and readings: Split This Rock Poetry Festival

Split This Rock Poetry Festival seeks proposals for panels, workshops, and group readings for the upcoming festival to be held in DC, March 22-25, 2012. Special interest in poetry in response to popular uprisings in countries throughout the world, and proposals that celebrate the legacy of June Jordan. Also interested in poetry in response to political repression, environmental degradation, and the relationship of poets to power.

Deadline June 30, 2011. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fiction Contest: The Laurel Review

Midwest Short Fiction Contest
The Laurel Review/Greentower Press

All submissions must be postmarked between February 1, 2011 and June 1, 2011. Send us your short stories of any style. Keep submissions under 30 pages, please.

Please include a cover letter with name, address, email address, manuscript title, and a short note establishing your connection to the Midwest.

Manuscripts will be read blind. Please do not include your name on the short story manuscript.

There's a $10.00 reading fee. Please make checks payable to GreenTower Press. Reading fee also entitles you a one-year subscription to The Laurel Review. Subscription will be enacted for address provided in the cover letter.

The contest winner will be invited to give a reading at Northwest Missouri State University as part of the University's Visiting Writers Series. Travel expenses, lodging and an honorarium of $250 will be provided.

Include SASE for notification of results. If you'd like acknowledgement of receipt, send SASP.

The contest is open to anyone who is living in, from, or closely associated with the Midwest. The winning story will be published in The Laurel Review. The winning writer will also receive two contributor's copies and an opportunity to read at Northwest Missouri State University with an honorarium of $250, plus travel expenses and accommodations.

All entries will be considered for publication in The Laurel Review.

Send submissions to:

Midwest Short Fiction Contest
Greentower Press
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468

First Annual Midwest Short Fiction Contest Judge: TBA
Questions? Contact co-editor Richard Sonnenmoser at rsonnen(at)nwmissouri.edu or The Laurel Review at tlr(at)nwmissouri.edu (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fiction Book Competition: 2012 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

The University of North Texas Press announces the 2012 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. The winner of this annual award will receive $1000 and publication by UNT Press. Entries will be judged by an eminent writer.

Entries can be a combination of short-shorts, short stories, and novellas, from 100 to 200 book pages in length (word count between 27,500 and 50,000). Material should be previously unpublished in book form. Once a winner is declared and contracted for publication, UNT Press will hold the rights to the stories in the winning collection. They may no longer be under consideration for serial publication elsewhere and must be withdrawn by the author from consideration.

Please include two cover sheets: one with title only, and one with title, your name, address, e-mail, phone, and acknowledgment of any previously published material. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript except on the one cover page. Manuscripts for the 2012 award should be postmarked between May 1 and June 30, 2011. The winning manuscript will be announced in January 2012. Watch for more details in Poets & Writers. Manuscripts cannot be returned and must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee (payable to UNT Press) and a letter-sized SASE for notification.

Send entries to:

Laura Kopchick, General Editor
Katherine Anne Porter Contest
English Department
University of Texas at Arlington
203 Carlisle Hall, Box 19035
Arlington, TX 76019

Fiction Competition: Memphis Magazine


The winning story will earn a $1,000 grand prize and will be published in our annual Culture Issue, which runs in June. (The 2011 winner will appear in June 2012.) Two honorable mention awards of $500 each will be given if the quality of entries warrants. Below are contest rules:

1. Authors must live within 150 miles of Memphis.
2. Entries must be postmarked by August 1, 2011.
3. You may submit more than one story but each entry must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee, with checks or money orders payable to Memphis Magazine.
4. Each story should be typed, double-spaced, with unstapled, numbered pages. Stories should be between 3,000 and 4,500 words long.
5. Stories are not required to have a Memphis or Southern theme.
6. With each story should be a cover letter that gives us your name, address, phone number, and the title of your story. Please do not put your name anywhere on the manuscript itself.
7. Manuscripts may be previously published as long as previous publication was not in a national magazine with over 20,000 circulation or in a regional publication within Shelby County.
8. Manuscripts should be sent to:

Fiction Contest, c/o Memphis Magazine
P.O. Box 1738
Memphis, TN 38101

Please do not send faxes or emails. Authors wishing their manuscripts returned must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with each entry.

Winners will be contacted in mid-to-late September.

This contest is cosponsored by Burke's Book Store and The Booksellers at Laurelwood.

If you have further questions, call Marilyn Sadler at 521-9000, ext. 451, or via email. We look forward to receiving your stories.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fiction Competition: 2011 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editor's Fiction Chapbook Prize

2011 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize

RopeWalk Press will award a prize of $1000 and 25 complimentary copies for the best fiction chapbook submitted under the following guidelines.

Complete Guidelines:

· Postmark deadline: June 15, 2011.

· Page limit: 45 manuscript pages (double-spaced) per each individual submission. These pages may be comprised of a single short story, multiple short stories, novellas, or stand-alone novel excerpts.

· Entry fee: $20 ($5 for each additional manuscript submitted). This fee is non-refundable. Make check or money order payable to RopeWalk Press or pay with credit card with online submission.

· Manuscript specifics: Author’s name, address, email, and phone should appear on the first page of the manuscript; title and page number on all subsequent pages. If the manuscript includes more than one short story, include a table of contents. Include an acknowledgments page listing previous publication of included works, if applicable. Your manuscript must be available for exclusive book-length publication by RopeWalk Press. Stories, novellas, or stand-alone excerpts published individually in journals or magazines may be submitted, but the writer must hold copyright. Previously self-published chapbooks and translations are not eligible.

· All submissions will be considered for publication. All themes and/or subject matters are eligible. All rights revert to the writer upon publication.

· Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the manuscript is published/accepted by another press while under consideration, the author must promptly notify RWP in writing to withdraw the entry.

· All manuscripts will be recycled.

· Include a #10 SASE for announcement of contest results.

· Results will also be posted on the RWP website by September 15, 2011.

Send all entries to:

Nicole Louise Reid, Editor
RopeWalk Press
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712

If you have questions regarding the RopeWalk Press Thomas A. Wilhelmus / Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize, email:

ropewalkpress(at)usi.edu (replace (at) with @).

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Look!

Welcome to my new look! I've updated the template, changed the colors, and moved the furniture around a bit. The brighter colors and contrast should make it easier to find links and note important information such as deadlines or entry fees. Hope you enjoy the changes.


Poetry Competition: The Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize

The Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize has been established by The American Poetry Review to honor the late Stanley Kunitz's dedication to mentoring poets. The winning poem will appear on the feature page of the September/October 2011 issue of The American Poetry Review, and the poet will receive a prize of $1,000. All entrants will receive a copy of the magazine.

Poets may submit one to three poems per entry (totaling no more than three pages) with a $15 entry fee by May 15, 2011. No limit on number of entries per poet. The editors of The American Poetry Review will judge submissions anonymously, in compliance with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses' Code of Ethics.


Poets must be under 40 years of age.
All entries must be previously unpublished poems.
Do not include any identifying information on subsequent pages except for the title of the work.
Enclose a $15.00 reading fee and a SASE for contest results. Multiple entries are acceptable; however each entry must be accompanied by a reading fee.
Entry fee covers up to three poems, totaling no more than three pages.
Contest entries must be postmarked between March 1, 2010 and May 15, 2011. Entries submitted outside of the reading period will be disqualified.
Contest results will be sent by July 1, 2011.

Send submissions to:

The American Poetry Review
Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize
1700 Sansom Street, Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Call for "Pushing the Boundaries" Nonfiction: Creative Nonfiction


Postmark deadline: June 13, 2011

We are currently seeking experimental nonfiction for our "Pushing the Boundaries" section ("experimental," "boundaries," yes, these can be loaded terms). We want writing that blows our minds with its ingenuity, essays that not only push the boundaries of the genre, but tear down the borders. Be ambitious and send us work like we've never seen before.

As always, there's only on stipulation--the pieces must be true.

Submissions must be postmarked by June 13, 2011, and "Pushing the Boundaries" must be clearly marked on the envelope and cover letter. 

Guidelines for Submission:
  • Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, 5,000 words maximum (with word count clearly marked).
  • Submissions to special issues should be clearly marked.
  • Please do not send multiple submissions.
  • Please do not send queries. We consider only complete essays.
  • Faxed or emailed submissions will not be accepted.
  • Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for response. We regret that we cannot return manuscripts.
  • We will reply to manuscripts sent from outside the United States by email, if an email address is provided.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but do ask to be kept informed of the status of your manuscript.
  • We typically pay $10 per printed page.
  • Please send unsolicited material to:

    Creative Nonfiction Foundation
    5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
    Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Call for Submissions: Weave

Weave Magazine is now open to all submissions for its 7th issue. A print publication dedicated to promoting cultural diversity, Weave accepts the best works of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and visual art that transfix, transport, and inspire.

Deadline: July 31, 2011

Poetry: 3-5 poems
Nonfiction* & Fiction: less than 3000 words
Flash Non/Fiction: less than 1000 words
Drama: less than 4,000 words
Reviews: less than 2000 words
Visual art: Black and white only

Detailed submissions guidelines can be found here.

More about Weave:
*Call for Creative Nonfiction submissions: Weave magazine accepts works of creative nonfiction from both emerging and established writers who strike a careful balance between the truth as it happened and the truth as the author has come to see it through the writing process. In other words, to simply tell a story that is "true" is not enough. The best creative nonfiction will demonstrate a close and methodical exploration of a subject and streamline that exploration through a rich, scenic narrative. Childhood memories, ended relationships, the birth of a child, the funeral of a dog, a trip abroad--quite literally any life experience can be turned into narrative. But the challenge--and reward--of writing creative nonfiction is in the "figuring out" of what it means in terms both personal and universal. In terms of content, Weave is looking for strong voices from diverse cultural backgrounds; however, the quality of work is our top priority when considering submissions.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Writing Competition: The Eyes of Babylon


The producers of The Eyes of Babylon have launched a national writing contest to promote the play's Off-Broadway run, June 14th to July 3rd, 2011 in NYC.

The Eyes of Babylon presents the true story of playwright and performer Jeff Key, who joined the Marines in 2001 as a 34-year-old gay man. Key transforms the pages of his Iraq journal into a stunning, raw, funny and indelible solo performance about going to battle, being gay in the military, and finding peace when you are at war with yourself.

DRAMA: Play or Screenplay (up to 15 pages)
Judge: Del Shores

PROSE: Fiction/Nonfiction (up to 15 pages)
Judge: Aimee Bender

POETRY: 1 to 3 poems (up to 8 pages)
Judge: Timothy Donnelly

GRAND PRIZE $1000 (one overall winner) PLUS
-Publication on The Eyes of Babylon website
-Trip to New York City to meet Jeff Key
-Read for a New York audience of the play
-Swag bag and art/memorabilia from the play

1st PRIZE: $500 (1 per genre) & 2nd PRIZE: $200 (1 per genre)
-Publication on The Eyes of Babylon website
-Two tickets to the play
-Swag bag and art/memorabilia from the play

Honorable Mention (2 per genre)
-Two tickets to the play
-Swag bag and art/memorabilia from the play

Submission deadline is June 14th.
Entry fee is $15. For more details, submission guidelines, and to submit electronically, please go here

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Call for Submissions: The Postcard Press

We're seeking prose works of approximately 100 words or less; poems of approximately 10 lines/35 characters per line or less. (It’s gotta fit on a 4x6 postcard with room for the title and your name.) Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please, one submission per theme.

Send your work by May 31st for our second theme, THAT'S NOT FUNNY.

Send it in the body of an email (no attachments!) along with your name, email address, phone number, and one-sentence (no more than 25 words) bio. Please put SUBMISSION and your name in the subject line of your email. Address: thepostcardpress (at) gmail (dot) com.

If published, you'll get 15 copies of the postcard on which your work is printed.

Find out more about our submission guidelines and our history here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fellowships for Artists and Writers: Vermont Studio Center

Visit the website for application procedures.

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships
Sixteen fellowships for a 4-week residency are open to all artists and writers based on merit, as represented in the portfolio or manuscript.

Anderson/Frankel Fellowship for Chicago area/SAIC alumni
One fellowship sponsored by the Marshall Frankel Foundation and Davis Anderson, this award is open to all Chicago-area artists, including faculty and alumni of the Art Institute of Chicago, for one 4-week VSC residency.

Civil Society Institute Fellowship
One award for a 4-week residency open to an east coast minority artist with demonstrable financial need; preference will be given to artists from New Haven, Jersey City, and Baltimore. The $25 application fee is waived for eligible CSI applicants. Award includes a $500 travel stipend.

Cave Canem Fellowship
This annual fellowship provides one 4-week residency to a poet who is a Cave Canem fellow. Home for the many voices of African American poetry, Cave Canem is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

Pollock Krasner
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/VSC Fellowship Program for visual artists of outstanding talent will support two 4-week residencies for domestic artists.

Henry David Thoreau Fellowship
This fellowship supports a poet whose work is a living extension of the literary tradition embodied in the work of Henry David Thoreau, for a 4-week residency.

Zoland Translation Fellowship
Offered in conjunction with Zoland Poetry, this 4-week residency fellowship is open to translators. Applicants should submit 3 copies of the original poems/translations, along with a description of English-language rights, author bio, and translator CV.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Flash Fiction Competition: Silk Road Review

Silk Road Review invites submission for our first annual Flash Fiction Award.

First Prize is $500. The winning story will be published in Silk Road's summer print issue and featured on our website.

Length: 1200 words or less. No submission fee.

All pieces considered for publication.

Please submit through our online submission manager.
Put "FLASH FICTION CONTEST" for your submission name.

No more than two entries per writer. Thanks!

DEADLINE: MAY 6th, 2011

Judged by SILK ROAD REVEW editors.

For more information, go here.

Call for Short Poems and Prose: Inch

Call for Short Poems and Prose: Inch

Inch is a quarterly magazine devoted to tiny poems and tiny prose, and we're looking for great work for our upcoming issues. We believe that good things come in small packages, so we focus our eight pages on poems of one to nine lines, or fiction of 750 words or less. Don't send us a few good lines or paragraphs-- send us complete poems and stories that bite, resonate, or sleep with giants. We've published work by acclaimed authors, such as Betty Adcock, Michael McFee, Michael Chitwood, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, but we are equally committed to publishing the work of emerging authors.

Prose is limited to 750 words or fewer. Submit one to three stories for consideration. Include a cover letter. Simultaneous submissions for prose are acceptable, but please note in your cover letter if your story is submitted elsewhere.

We are looking for smart, complete poems one to nine lines in length. Submit one to five poems with a cover letter. You may include more than one poem per page provided that you insert ample space in between. We  don't accept simultaneous submissions for poetry.We do not accept previously published work or simultaneous submissions.

All rights revert to the author upon publication, though we will occasionally ask if we may reprint poems in our double-sized spectacular issues. Pays three copies.
See our website for information.

Call for Submissions: Printer's Devil Review

Printer's Devil Review (ISSN 2160-2948) is an independent, open access journal of literary and visual art. We provide emerging writers and artists with access to publication and inquisitive readers with new voices and visions.

We're currently seeking submissions of fiction (2,000 to 9,000 words), poetry, nonfiction, and visual art. Our reading period for Fall 2011 began May 1 and ends August 1.

You can find full guidelines for each section and access our online submission system here.