Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Writer-in-Residence: James Merrill House

James Merrill House Writers-in-Residence for 2012

The James Merrill House in the seaside village of Stonington, CT is now accepting applications for 2012 Writers-in-Residence.

The James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program preserves James Merrill's Residence in Stonington CT as a tribute to him and a cultural asset to the local community. In recognition of Merrill's own contributions to the Stonington community and his longstanding generosity to fellow writers, the fellowship provides living and working space to a writer in search of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit.

It is in this spirit that the Merrill House Committee wishes writers-in-residence not only to be enriched but to enrich the community of Stonington. We ask that writers spending an extended (4-1/2 month) residency give a reading of their work during their time of residency and contribute to the literary life of Stonington Borough in some other fashion. Opportunities for readings or workshops will be available during the brief term.

In an effort to make the James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program available to a greater number of qualified candidates, the Merrill House Committee has adjusted the residency periods to include one extended residency of 4-1/2 months between mid-January and the end of May and three shorter residencies of 2 to 6 weeks in duration during the months between Labor Day and mid-January.

The specific dates of these brief residencies will be determined according to the needs of the Merrill House Committee and the applicants. The Writer-in-Residence program includes a $5,000 stipend for an extended term. Smaller stipends will be offered for the brief residencies.

To learn more about the James Merrill House, its Writer-in-Residence Program, and to apply, please go here

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Call for Submissions: The Citron Review

The Citron Review is still accepting submissions for Fall and Winter 2011 Publication.

The Citron Review is an online literary journal edited by alumni of the esteemed Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing Program, listed as a top five low residency program in Poets and Writers and Atlantic Monthly.

What should you submit? The Citron Review accepts submission of Micro-Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction. For word count specification, see guidelines below. Ultimately, we are looking for works that have that unmistakable magnetic pull. Stories that make us jump up from our seats or throw our head in our hands and cry, yes! Make us feel, make us think, be captivating, be moving, be infinite.

General Information: To submit to The Citron Review, send your work to:
submissions(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail), with a subject heading of "Citron Review Submission: (Genre)."

In the body of the e-mail, please include a short bio in the third person (by way of introduction--no more than a paragraph) and the text of the submission. For photography and digital arts, please attach as a standard web-readable file (.jpg preferred, but .gif, and .png, are fine as well). We have no thematic requirements for submissions, but do require all work to be of the highest quality.

For Micro-Fiction: Submissions should be no more than sixty words. You may submit up to five micro-fiction selections per quarter.

For Flash-Fiction: Submissions should be no more than one-thousand words. You may submit up to two flash-fiction selections per quarter.

For Poetry: Submissions should be no more than 30 lines. You may submit up to five poetry selections per quarter.

For Creative Non-Fiction: Submissions should be no more than 1,000 words. All genres of non-fiction (memoir, essay, articles, reviews etc.) are acceptable. You may submit up to two Non-Fiction selections per quarter.

Reading of Submissions: We read submissions quarterly. Typically, we will respond to you at the beginning of each month. However, in times of high submissions (in the case of contests and the like), our turnaround time may be a bit longer. You can expect a response in less than a month, in most cases. If you have not heard from us in six weeks, please feel free to contact us for an update.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but it is expected authors must notify us immediately if their work is published elsewhere.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Tapestry

The editors of Tapestry, the annual literary magazine of Delta State University, welcome poetry submissions that focus on the Mississippi Delta or small-town southern life. For the Spring, 2012 issue, submissions should be sent as Word attachment by December 3rd to:

tapestry(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). (Please include in the body of the e-mail complete contact information, including mailing address.

Payment will be one copy of the issue in which the accepted work appears.)

Tapestry, founded in 1988 by Dorothy Shawhan and Marion Barnwell, is supported by Delta State University and the Garrard Library Fund. To order Tapestry, you may write to:

Division of Languages and Literature
P.O. Box 3215, Delta State University
Cleveland, Ms 38733.

Current issues are $5.00 each and back issues may be purchased for $3.00 each. For more information phone: 662-846-4060 or E-mail whays(at)

Call for Submissions: The Jet Fuel Review

The Jet Fuel Review
Call for Submissions: Fall 2011 issue (November, 2011)
Submission deadline extended to OCTOBER 8!
The Jet Fuel Review is a new, online literary journal. It is a student-run publication of Lewis University, edited by students under advisement of the English department. Our first issue was released this spring featuring the work of students, alumni, and many nationally-published authors. We are now accepting submissions for the fall issue, to be released November 29th of this year.

We are accepting fiction (short stories, flash fiction, micro shorts), non-fiction (lyrical essays, memoirs, hybrid works, etc), poems, and artwork. Please consider submitting!

General guidelines for submissions:

Fiction: Submissions should be 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 do not send more than 6 poems 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. 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 @)

Please use a subject line in this format: 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; please do not send documents in .docx format.

Please include a short bio and contact information with your submissions in the body of the email. If we don’t have your contact information, we cannot publish your work! This would make us sad.

The content for The Jet Fuel Review’s fall 2011 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.

If you submit work, expect to hear back from us in October or November of this year (publication is scheduled for November). If you become concerned that we have overlooked your submission, please verify that you sent contact information.

You can see the current issue of The Jet Fuel Review here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Call for Submissions: CALYX

CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women is committed to publishing the diverse voices of new and emerging women artists and authors. We will be open for submissions of poetry and prose via our online system from October 1-December 31. Submit your work online.

Please visit our complete guidelines before submitting.

The writer/artist guidelines are as follows:

-Prose (includes essays, flash fiction, short stories, etc.) should be double-spaced and not exceed 5,000 words.
-Poetry submissions are limited to 6 poems. When submitting through our online submission manager, please put all poems into the same document (.doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf)
-Interviews should be double-spaced and limited to 2,500 words. Please submit these in the prose category
-Book Reviews if you are interested in reviewing books, please send a resume and published samples of review writing to editor(at) After reviewing these, we will contact you about the book review list. Reviews should be double-spaced and from 500 to a maximum of 1,000 words. Reviews of chapbooks should be limited to 50-100 words. We’re always open for book reviews. Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail.
-Visual Art should be submitted (1) electronically to ; (2) on a CD; or (3) 5"x7" or 8"x10" glossy photographs. Limit of 6 images and/or slides and/or photos. All art media are considered and diverse approaches are encouraged. Please include a list of all titles, media, and dimensions for each piece; a 50-word biographical statement; and a 50-word statement about your artwork with your submission along with your contact information (address, phone number, and email). Submit art separately from prose and poetry.

Online submissions (preferred):
please include a 50-word bio statement in the “comments” field. Upload your document as a .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt and include your name, email, and address on each page. Submit poetry and prose separately.

Click here to submit work through our online submissions manager

Postal submissions:
We will continue to accept paper submissions this year, but we prefer that you submit electronically to help us reduce waste. When sending paper submissions, include a 50-word bio statement; SASE; and please include your name, address, phone, and email on each page of your submission.

Send materials to:
CALYX Journal
PO Box B
Corvallis, OR 97339

Fiction Competition: 2011 Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award, Southern Indiana Review

2011 Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award Guidelines

Southern Indiana Review will award a prize of $1500 for a short story, novella, or stand-alone novel excerpt submitted under the following guidelines. Each submission must:

Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 19, No. 1 of SIR. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is published/accepted by another publication while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry.

Include an entry fee of $20 ($5 for each additional entry). This non-refundable fee includes a year's subscription to SIR. Make check or money order payable toSouthern Indiana Review.

List the author’s name, street address, email address (if applicable), phone number, and title of submission on a cover page.

List only the title of submission on each page thereafter.

Be fewer than 40 typed pages (12-point font) per each individual submission.

Be addressed to
Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award, Southern Indiana Review
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712.

Be postmarked by October 1, 2011.

Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will be posted on the SIR web site.

Current and former students and employees of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible for the Award.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Call for Submissions: Catch Up

We at Catch Up have an exciting upcoming issue we think might be perfect for writing students and recent alumni. The issue will feature work from writers of a college and graduate school age. Catch Up is a new journal of literature and comics, a print journal with an online aspect.

We’re open to submissions, in general, but we’re also accepting submissions for a special online issue for emerging writers. This issue invites submissions from people between the ages of 20 and 28, who have not previously published a chapbook or full-length book. These writers do not have to be students of creative writing to submit. We will consider unpublished and previously published work (assuming the rights have reverted back to the writer). There are more details at our website.

Also, the first issue of Catch Up is out in the world. It includes work from Celan & Amichai, Donald Revell, Karen Weiser, Aime Cesaire, D.A. Powell, Amy Gerstler, Cal Bedient, Miranda Field, Paul Muldoon, Amal al-Jubouri, and many more. You can buy the journal, see extra material from contributors (video, audio, and text), and more here.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

One Story Writer's Conference & Workshop: Sirenland 2012

Applications for Sirenland 2012 are now open, from September 15 to Oct. 31, 2011.

Join writers Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, and Susan Orlean, along with One Story magazine March 35-31, 2012 for the Sirenland Writers Conference. Experience advanced fiction and memoir workshops in an intimate, supportive environment at one of the most beautiful five star luxury hotels in the world--La Sirenuse--in Positano, Italy.

Participation in this conference is limited to ensure individual attention and create a close, friendly community. Each day features an intensive, small group workshop with acclaimed writers Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, and Susan Orlean, as well as private time for writing, and excursions to nearby Pompeii and the Isle of Capri. Evenings will include talks about publishing and living the writer's life, with Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, Karen Shepard, Susan Orlean, screenwriter Michael Maren, and Hanna Tinti (co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story), distinguished visiting authors, student and instructor readings, and fantastic meals overlooking the islands of Li Galli, formerly called the "Island of the Sirens."

To apply, writers must submit a brief statement of purpose (about 250 words) and a writing sample (no more than 7,000 words). All applications will be taken online. Due to limited participation, early application is encouraged. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011

One Story

Fiction Competition: Crab Creek Review

Crab Creek Review's Annual Fiction Contest has now begun!


Original, previously unpublished fiction up to 3,000 words, double spaced.
Name and contact info must NOT appear on any pages of the fiction piece.
Please include a cover letter with your name, address, telephone number, email address, and the title of your story with a brief bio.

Please include a $10 entry fee (check made payable to Crab Creek Review).
Check back on our website in January 2012 for contest results.

Postmark deadline is Dec. 15, 2011

Mail submissions to:

Crab Creek Review Fiction Contest
c/o 7315 34th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Do not send contest submissions via email
Winner will receive $150 and publication in Crab Creek Review.
All contest submissions will be considered for publication.
Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as Crab Creek Review is notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Contest Judge: TBA

Crab Creek Review is a 28-year-old non-profit literary journal printed in Seattle, Washington.
More information about Crab Creek Review can be found here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Call for Submissions: Artichoke Haircut

Call for submissions: Artichoke Haircut

Artichoke Haircut is currently accepting submissions for its Winter 2012 issue.

We accept fiction, poetry, memoir (though very little, so make it good), and artwork.

Submissions will remain open thru Dec.19th.
Guidelines for submission to our magazine are fairly open. Send up to three poems of any length, or one prose piece not to exceed 3,000 words. We do not have style guidelines per say, but keep in mind we are a magazine with tendencies more toward newer and experimental modes of seeing. That being said, we only really have one rule of thumb: If it's good it goes in, if it is not it doesn't.

Send all submissions to:

submit(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail), making sure to include contact info in the body of the email (please no cover letters, bios will be requested upon acceptance), and the type of submission (e.g. fiction, poetry, art, nonfiction) in the subject.

You may find more information here.

Call for Submissions: Mason's Road

Mason's Road is an online literary journal sponsored by Fairfield University's MFA in Creative Writing. Run by the graduate students in the program, each issue focuses on a writing craft theme. Contributions are accepted in Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Art, and Audio.

As a literary journal with an educational twist, Mason’s Road aims to focus each issue on a particular element of the writing craft. For our upcoming issue, we are looking for submissions that engage us in considering the opportunities and complexities of “image”— whether you’re building a two or three dimensional picture in our mind’s eye, developing an abstract metaphor, or creating your own interpretation only limited by your imagination.

The reading period for Issue #4 is August 15 – November 15, 2011.

Submissions Link.

Call for Submissions: Hinchas de Poesia


Hinchas de Poesía seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, and art for their fifth issue. We plan on publishing the fifth issue online by the end of November, 2011.

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Hinchas are Spanglish speakers, 18-45, who grew up in populous Latino exurbs (Miami, Los Angeles, D.C.) and may or may not watch soccer, but know to call it fútbol. Hinchas are the homicidal fútbol fanatics of Latin America, particularly of the Argentine variety. Hinchas are denizens of the Americas and like Jose Marti do not distinguish between North and South America.

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Our previous issues have featured work by James Cervantes, Campbell McGrath, Kristine Chalifoux, David Spicer, Luivette Resto, Tomaž Šalamun, Yaddyra Peralta, Abel Folgar, Chip Livingston, James Iredell, Nick Vagnoni, and Stephen Page.

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Please provide a cover letter telling us the title(s) of submitted work, current contact information (full name, mailing address, telephone number(s), e-mail address), and previous places where you’ve placed your work.

Please see the following link for complete instructions.

We will only be accepting submissions through the Submishmash online submission manager.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Residency: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

Our next deadline is March 1, 2012

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE offers 2- to 8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided.

Approximately 50 residencies are awarded per year. Two deadlines each year: postmarked March 1 for the following July through December 15; postmarked September 1 for the following January through June 15.
$35 application fee.

See website for complete information, guidelines and the online application portal.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
801 3rd Corso
Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410
info(at) (replace (at) with @)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Poetry Competition: The Laureate Prize for Poetry, The National Poetry Review

Each year The Laureate Prize for Poetry will honor one new poem that TNPR believes has the greatest chance, of those entered, of standing the test of time and becoming part of an ever-evolving literary canon. (Please, remember we are talking about the future, not about trying to replicate the past.)

We prefer electronic entries! To enter online, follow these instructions carefully:

Go to Choose SEND MONEY. Choose PERSONAL. Choose OTHER.
Send $15 per group of 3 poems to:

editor(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Then email your entry with your name in the subject line and a copy of your PayPal receipt in the body of the email.

To enter, submit up to three of your best unpublished, uncommitted (not promised for first publication elsewhere) poems (10 page total maximum per group of three) (no SASEs, please; check website for winner), contact information, a brief bio, and a $15 fee for each set of up to three poems entered.

Fee: $15.00. * Postmark deadline: 9/30/11.

If you must enter by postal mail:

and send to:

The National Poetry Review, Post Office Box 2080, Aptos, California 95001-2080

The winner will receive $500 plus possible publication in The National Poetry Review.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the work is selected by TNPR for the prize or for publication, it must be withdrawn from elsewhere unless you have withdrawn it from us two weeks before our acceptance. Multiple submissions are acceptable with a reading fee for each group of three poems. Page limit per group: 10

Please note that close friends, relatives, and students of the judge or the editor are not eligible for the prize. The judge will be asked to send back to TNPR's editor any poem that s/he recognizes; should this happen, the entrant's fee will be refunded.

Poetry Competition: The Ledge

The Ledge 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition

PRIZE: Winning poet will receive a $1,000 cash award and 25 copies of the published chapbook.

SUBMIT: 16-28 pages of original poetry with title page, biographical note and acknowledgements, if any. Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number (optional). Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Poets may enter more than one manuscript.

ENTRY FEE: $18. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning chapbook upon its publication in the fall of 2012.

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

PLEASE include a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return.

POSTMARK DEADLINE: October 31, 2011.


The Ledge 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition,
40 Maple Ave.,
Bellport, NY 11713

Friday, September 2, 2011

Call for Poetry Submissions: Whistling Fire

Whistling Fire is pleased to announce our November Guest Editor is Albert Abonado
Submission Deadline: October 23rd

Dear Writers,

The commonly held perception of the writer is that of the soloist, operating in isolation, probably dressed in black with a bottle of whiskey within arm’s reach. The act of writing is often perceived at its most romantic a pursuit often done best in solitude so that a person can assert one’s independent voice. But the truth for me is that writing is as much a social act as it is an individual one, a product of our myriad influences, from stock market crashes to the song a father sings to his daughter to an ant floating on a leaf in a puddle. What about those writers who take this notion of writing as a social act one step further, who choose instead to emphasize a sense of community and eschew this tradition of individuality by working collaboratively with others to produce a poem? The Surrealists are famous for employing this tactic, but other, more contemporary examples exist: Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, John Gallaher and G.C. Waldrep.

Ms. Duhamel talks about a “ third voice, a voice that is neither Maureen's nor mine, but rather some poetic hybrid.” This month I’m interested in poetry written by two or more authors. No particular theme required. Send me poems that neither you nor your co-author(s) can claim as being wholly your own, but instead appears to exist outside of you—a mysterious, strangely cohesive, other voice that contains its own sensibilities. I’m open to any subject. So pass the bottle of whiskey around to your friends and let’s see what happens.

Good Luck!
Albert Abonado

Rules: Accepting poetry ONLY! Please send your submissions to:

whistlingfire(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Please include the words “November Editor” in your subject line. No more than five submission per writing duo or group, individuals can submit multiple times with different writing partners. Must be sent as an attachment (MS WORD preferred). Simultaneous submissions accepted. Previously published work is also allowed as long as the author retains the rights. Please include a short third person bio for each author. Submissions Close: October 23rd

About the Editor: Albert Abonado lives in Rochester, NY, the 10th smartest city in the US with his wife who is unhappy with the fact that he is allergic to cats. He is the Associate Director of Marketing and Production for BOA Editions. He holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, Rattle, Anti-, Gargoyle, Washington Square, New Ohio Review, No Tell Motel, and The Collagist.

Call for Submissions: Cake, A Journal of Poetry & Art


Cake, a journal of poetry & art from Florida A&M University seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, interviews, reviews, and art (b/w) for its sixth volume, to be printed in March/April 2012.
An emerging journal, CaKe has featured work from Amiri Baraka, Campbell McGrath, Samiya Bashir, Timothy Black, Uche Nduka, and Terese Svoboda. We are a small journal from the English Dept. at Florida A&M University that likes diversity and difference; we publish students and established writers, first-time writers and seasoned academics. All submissions are also considered for our online mag, SLICES.


POETRY: Submit up to five poems in one doc. as an attachment. Please also send a bio, phone number, and mailing address.

PROSE: Submit up to 15 pages of prose as attachment in one doc. Please also send a bio, phone number, and mailing address

BOOK REVIEWS: SHORT. As attachment. Bio, address, phone.

ART: We prefer black and white. Send as jpeg.

Response time is slow and may vary. We are a very small staff, and do our best to give you a timely response.

*Put your last name, genre, and submission in the subject line. For ex: Snodgrass_Poetrysubmission

Please send submissions to:

cakepoetryandart(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

To purchase a journal, please mail a check for $7 payable to Cake to:

Cake, a journal of poetry & art
Dept. of English
446 Tucker Hall
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Short Short Fiction Competition: Esquire and Aspen Writers' Foundation

Esquire and Aspen Writers' Foundation Present THE SHORT SHORT FICTION CONTEST

No entry fee.

Win a trip to New York to study with Colum McCann, and a scholarship to the Aspen Summer Words Fiction Workshop. If you can beat Colum McCann (in 78 words). Full guidelines.

Can you top Hemingway? Colum McCann (below) sets the short bar high.

An Introduction (in 78 words)

The greatest short short of all time is, of course, Hemingway's: "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn."

There is a whole life and death written there. The art of the short short is to compress yet not lose narrative power.

It is closer to poetry than it is to fiction. Everything matters. Just a simple paragraph break can have enormous narrative consequences. This is not a Twitter game. This is the search for a white star of language.

The Rules (in 78 words)

Entries must be 78 words, in honor of Esquire's 78th birthday. We're calling these short shorts Aspens.

Ten winners will be flown to New York for a fiction workshop, taught by Colum McCann, and literary party. Grand Prize winner receives a full scholarship for the advanced fiction workshop at Aspen Summer Words (June 17 to 22, 2012). All entries due by October 7, 2011. Must be submitted electronically at:

What are we looking for, exactly? Beat this...

"Soldier's Field" By Colum McCann

Sweeney was a dreamer. Sweeney was from Galway. Sweeney went to Chicago. Sweeney wanted a green card. Sweeney met a woman who made his vowels curl. Sweeney had a baby. Sweeney bought a swing set. Sweeney joined the army. Sweeney flew helicopters. Sweeney rose. Sweeney could execute beautiful landings. Sweeney went on a second tour.

Sweeney was brought home. Sweeney asked everyone he met to kindly remove the sheet that had somehow been pulled up over his head.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Short Short Fiction Contest. Sponsored by Hearst Communications, Inc., and presented by Aspen Writers' Foundation, a program of the Aspen Institute. Beginning September 1, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. (ET) through October 7, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. (ET), submit entries at Winners will receive a travel stipend up to $500. Must be age of majority and a legal resident of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, or Canada. Void in Puerto Rico, the Province of Quebec, and where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to complete official rules available at