Sunday, June 24, 2012

Artist's Residency: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center

Our next deadline for applications is September 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 60 residencies are awarded per year. Two deadlines each year, March 1 for the following July through December; or September 1 for the following January through June.

$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 @ in sending email)

--Visual artists work in one of three studios, two of which are approximately 425 square feet and one that is 258 square feet. Onsite letterpress studio also available.

Call for Submissions: Palooka Journal

Palooka is a nonprofit literary journal open to diverse forms, seeking fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, plays, graphic short stories, graphic essays, comic strips, artwork, photography, and multimedia for Issue #5 and #6.

Always excited to see new work! Happy submitting!

Our submissions link.

Call for Metrical Poems: Measure

Measure is always looking for metrical poetry submissions-- but if you've been writing sonnets about rock 'n roll, villanelles about the golden age of radio, or blank verse about Beethoven, now is the time to submit. Currently calling for submissions for a music-themed issue that will feature poems, essays, and lyrics from songwriters and poets.

Deadline is October 15, 2012.

Submit online.

Science Fiction Competition: Thread Fantasy & Science Fiction

Thread Fantasy & Science Fiction Short Story Contest

This contest is to honor Ray Bradbury, one of America’s great writers, who died on June 6, 2012 at the age of 91. We’re seeking fantasy and sociological science fiction short stories to create an anthology in his honor. Bradbury knew the conventions of science fiction, but rather than focusing on the hard science, his stories dealt with the human reaction to science or the effect of science on the human race. As Bradbury himself said regarding the blurred line between SF and Fantasy, “Science fiction is the art of the possible, not the art of the impossible. As soon as you deal with things that can’t happen, you are writing fantasy.” We want stories in which science or magic plays a role but is not the main ingredient. The focus should be on the effect of science or magic on the characters or their reaction to it. With that in mind, send us your best.

Contest Rules

No reading fee or entry fee for this inaugural contest
Entry deadline, 31 July 2012

Previously unpublished fantasy or sociological SF only
1500 to 15,000 words
Email submission as an attachment to:

 contest(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending email)

Enter as many stories as you like, one story per email
Name and email address must appear in upper left corner of the first page of the story

Prizes — All winning entries will be included in the StoneThread anthology. Winners will receive a free copy of the anthology, plus

First Place:
Second through Sixth:
Honorable Mentions:


The Fine Print: Before publication, winning authors will be asked to assign electronic rights to StoneThread Publishing for a period of one year. During that time the author agrees not to submit the story for electronic publication elsewhere or otherwise cause it to be published in any other electronic media. Authors will receive no further compensation beyond publication and the prizes listed above.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Poets Wear Prada

Seeking work for an anthology of television poems for Poets Wear Prada, a NJ-based press. We're projecting release in 2013.

There are anthologies of movie poems and music poems. As far as I’ve been able to determine, there are no anthologies of poetry about a medium that has affected our language, our perceptions of the world, our politics, our economy, our opinions, and our tastes and interests.

We're seeking poems, prose poems, list poems and catalogues, hybrid forms, etc. about television in all its aspects: network and cable, the sit-coms, the news, the crime and medical dramas, The Sopranos and The Borgias, made-for-TV movies, actors and actresses, personalities, characters, theme songs, advertisements, and, of course, the medium’s history. By “personalities,” I mean people like Johnny Carson, Dan Rather, Ellen DeGeneres and Bill O’Reilly.

Please send up to three poems, five pages maximum, to:

tvpoems(at) (replace(at) with @)
(Doc or RTF format only).

The deadline is Sept. 30.

Please don’t send work on the following topics, as we’ve already accepted poems covering them: the influence of TV on our lives, Bob Hope, The Tonight Show, the introduction of TV, Pan Am, commercial breaks during televised sports, shampoo commercials, Three’s Company, the laugh track, The Prisoner, Jeopardy, The Addams Family, I Love L ucy, the 1984 Apple Super Bowl commercial, My So-Called Life, Star Trek, The Honeymooners, Judge Judy, commercials for laundry detergent, local cable access, Ozzie & Harriet, Jerry Lewis, The Brady Bunch, Ernie Kovacs, the emergency test, Alan Freed’s TV show, Puerto Rican soap operas and St. Clare of Assisi (patron saint of television). Editor: Joel Alegretti.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Call for Submissions: Grist: The Journal for Writers

GRIST: THE JOURNAL FOR WRITERS is now open for submissions and reading from June 15, 2012 until September 15, 2012! Please visit our website for more information!

Grist is seeking work from both emerging and established writers, whose work is of high literary quality and value. We want to see the best work you have to offer, regardless of style, form, or content.

We read submissions between June 15 and September 15. We no longer accept snail mail submissions. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we are notified immediately if the piece is accepted elsewhere. Please upload only one file: Combine poetry submissions under a single file name. Please do not mix genres in the same submission. We do not consider previously published work.

To help us continue running, we do charge a small fee (waived for current and new subscribers) for submitting to Grist: The Journal for Writers. The charge is $3 for 3-5 poems, 1 work of fiction up to 10,000 words, or one work of non-fiction up to 7,000 words. The $3 reading fee is about the same as the cost of a regular paper submission and is used to help us keep publishing a wide variety of the best national and international creative and literary work available to us. We hope that you will regard this fee as a convenience to you, the writers that keep us going, while also serving as a sign of your support for the literary art we all value so much.

The average response time is 2-4 months. If you have not received a response after 4 months (excluding the summer months), send a query to your genre's editor.

Submissions will be considered for publication in both the print and online versions of the journal, but publication on the website does not ensure print publication. Pay is two contributor’s copies plus reduced cost on additional copies.

Grist is published each spring by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee. In addition to many emerging writers, previous volumes have included such writers as: Dan Albergotti, Sherman Alexi, Dorothy Allison, Rane Arroyo, Ellen Bass, Richard Bausch, Peter Ho Davies, Oliver de la Paz, Tom Franklin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Lyn Hejinian, Richard Jackson, Fady Joudah, Dorianne Laux, Julia B. Levine, Lisa Lewis, Joseph Millar, Danielle Pafunda, Ron Rash, Hilda Raz, Bobby C. Rogers, and William Wenthe.

Call for Submissions: Mixed Fruit

Mixed Fruit, a quarterly literary magazine, is accepting submissions for its sixth issue through June 30. The issue will be published online on July 15. All submissions will also be considered for an upcoming print issue, expected to be released in early 2013.

Mixed Fruit is open to anything and everything that can possibly fall under the literary umbrella, including the usual suspects (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, literary translations, visual art), and the not so usual ones (works that incorporate typography, experimental soundscapes, videologues, recipes, silent film, animation, comics, and rogue power points are a few examples, though we're certainly open to your take on our miscellaneous category).

Simply put, we are open to a very wide variety of submissions. We like the serious, the humorous, the quirky, the strange, the traditional. We just want it to be well done and interesting.

To submit, read our guidelines and then visit our online submissions manager.

Poetry Book Award: 2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

$3000 Award
Deadline: August 31, 2012

Final Judge: Katharine Coles
Established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927-1999), this award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. Awarded collection is selected through an annual competition which is open to all poets. This year’s final judge will be Katharine Coles.

Award is $3000 and publication of the awarded collection by Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $25.00. Name on cover sheet only, 48 page minimum. Send SASE for notification. Entries must be postmarked by August 31.

Eligibility: The award is open to all writers with the following exceptions:
A) Authors who have had a full length work published by Red Hen Press, or a full length work currently under consideration by Red Hen Press;
B) Employees, interns, or contractors of Red Hen Press;
C) Relatives of employees or members of the executive board of directors;
D) Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the manuscript, or where, for whatever reason, selecting a particular manuscript might have the appearance of impropriety.

Procedures and Ethical Considerations
To be certain that every manuscript finalist receives the fairest evaluation, all manuscripts shall be submitted to the judges without any identifying material.
Bios, acknowledgments, and other identifying material shall be removed from judged manuscripts until the conclusion of the competition.
Red Hen Press shall not use students or interns as readers at any stage of its competitions.
Red Hen Press is committed to maintaining the utmost integrity of our awards. Judges shall recuse themselves from considering any manuscript where they recognize the work. In the event of recusal, a manuscript score previously assigned by the managing editor of the press will be substituted.

Please submit materials to:

Attn: Benjamin Saltman Award
Red Hen Press
P.O. Box 40820
Pasadena, CA 91114

Visit our website for more information. Red Hen Press will only accept submissions that have been mailed to the above address; please no email attachments or faxes.

Previous BSA Winners
Brynn Saito, Bright Power, Dark Peace; Lillian Yvonne-Bertram, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise; Steve Kistulentz, Luckless Age; Rachel Contreni Flynn, Tongue; Erinn Batykeffer, Allegheny, Monongahela; Tony Barnstone, Golem of Los Angeles; Mariko Nakai, Histories of Bodies; Charles Harper Webb, Amplified Dog; Maggie Smith, Lamp of the Body; Susan Thomas, State of Blessed Gluttony; Jim Peterson, The Owning Stone; Gaylord Brewer, Devilfish

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

About the Banner Photo

People often ask me about the location of the banner photo on this blog. This is a picture of one of my favorite towns: Ruidoso, NM.

Sadly, this lovely community has been devastated by a forest fire (The Little Bear fire) that is still not under control as of 6/12/12. Current assessments estimate 234 structures burned. This includes residential homes, commercial buildings, outbuildings, vacation homes, and cabins. The pastoral scene in this picture probably no longer exists. Many of the residents have been in shelters since Sunday and have no home to return to.

If you would like to donate to the victims of the Little Bear Fire, please contact the Red Cross. To learn more about Ruidoso, New Mexico, or to read updates about the fire and the latest conditions, please visit their community page on Facebook or follow the Twitter hashtag #littlebearfire.

Call for Submissions: The Quotable

The Quotable is a new quarterly literary magazine showcasing tomorrow's quote-worthy authors. Each issue will appear online and in print and feature short stories, creative non-fiction, poetry and artwork based on a specific theme and quote. The theme of our seventh issue is "Feast or Famine."

We're seeking flash fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and original art & photography.

Please see our website for more information and to submit your work.

Poetry and Flash Fiction Book Prize: Marie Alexander Poetry Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marie Alexander Poetry Series, an imprint of White Pine Press, is given annually for a collection of prose poems or flash fiction by a U.S. writer.

Submit a manuscript, which can include only a small percentage of lineated pieces, of at least 48 pages during the month of July:

Marie Alexander Poetry Series, Prose Poetry & Flash Fiction Reading
Attention: Nickole Brown, English Department
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 South University Avenue
 Little Rock, AR 72204.

For questions, email:

editor(at) (replace (at) with @)

Call for Submissions: Talking Writing

Talking Writing is an online literary magazine that supports writers and those interested in literature by encouraging creative discussion of the writing process.

Talking Writing features the work of poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers, visual artists, and photographers. TW includes long reviews and personal essays, pieces that are often hard to place in print. We are committed to a new kind of magazine, one that’s dynamic, talky, inspiring, and not too dusty.

From June 1 to July 15, Talking Writing is looking for poetry submissions for an issue on prose poems, and for a general issue. We are also looking for creative nonfiction on Writing that Crosses Mediums.
Follow this link to our front page, and the link to the submissions manager will be on the masthead.

Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Book Contests: Autumn House

The 2012 Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests

All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible.
Fiction and nonfiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages in length.

Prizes: Book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to participate in the 2013 Autumn House Master Authors Series in Pittsburgh. Prizes per category.

Deadline: June 30, 2012
Fees: $30

Monday, June 4, 2012

Poetry Book Prize: American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize


The annual American Poetry Review /Honickman First Book Prize offers publication of a book of poems, a $3,000 award, and distribution by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium.
Each year a distinguished poet is chosen to be the judge of the prize and write an introduction to the winning book. The purpose of the prize is to encourage excellence in poetry, and to provide a wide readership for a deserving first book of poems.

Note: The reading period for the 2013 prize will begin on August 1, 2012 and extend through October 31, 2012.



The prize of $3,000, with an introduction by the judge and distribution of the winning book by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium, will be awarded in 2013 with publication of the book in the same year. The author will receive a standard book publishing contract, with royalties paid in addition to the $3,000 prize.

The prize is open to U.S. citizens who have not published a book-length collection of poems with a registered ISBN. Poems previously published in periodicals or limited-edition chapbooks may be included in the manuscript, but the manuscript itself must not have been published as a book-length work exceeding 25 pages. Translations are not eligible nor are works written by multiple authors. The editors of The American Poetry Review will screen manuscripts for the judge. APR complies with the CLMP Code of Ethics in the administration of this contest. The judge will select a manuscript in an anonymous review process and will not award the prize to any writer whose personal relationship to the judge poses a conflict of interest.

Please note: Manuscripts cannot be returned.

Manuscripts must be postmarked between August 1 and October 31, 2012. The winning author and all other entrants will be notified by February 15, 2013.
Please use first class mail. Do not use Federal Express, Overnight Mail, or UPS or any other service that requires a signature.
You may simultaneously submit your manuscript elsewhere, but please notify us immediately if it is accepted for publication. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible; each must be under separate cover with a fee, a return postcard, and a notification envelope.
The winning author will have time to revise the manuscript after acceptance, but please send no revisions during the reading period.

To be considered for the prize, send:

1. A clearly typed poetry manuscript of 48 pages or more, single-spaced, paginated, with a table of contents and acknowledgments.

2. Two title pages: one with your name, address, e-mail, phone number, and the book title; a second title page should contain the title only. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript except the first title page.

3. An entry fee of $25 by check or money order, payable to The American Poetry Review.

4. A self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of contest results.

5. A self-addressed stamped postcard for notification of receipt of the manuscript. Your manuscript identification number will be included on this card when it is returned to you. If no postcard is included in your entry, you will not be notified of its receipt.

Send your submission to:

The American Poetry Review/ Honickman First Book Prize
1700 Sansom St. Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Call for Submissions: Linden Avenue Literary Journal

Linden Avenue Literary Journal, founded in June 2012, is seeking poetry and short fiction for Issue Two slated for July 1st.
Linden Ave publishes poetry and short fiction that highlights the intersection between art and everyday life. Bring us your words, colored and sketched, and if we love them? There will be a place for them here.
What you should expect from Linden Avenue:

1.) A monthly literary journal that highlights the best work submitted regardless of any affiliation or prior publication.

2.) Poetry and fiction that is as beautiful in construction as it is in content.

Detailed submission guidelines for each genre can be found on our Submittable page.

Poetry and Prose Book Competition: Willow Books Literature Awards

Prose Grand Prize: $2,000 and book contract
Prose Entry Fee: $30.00
Poetry Grand Prize: $1,000 and book contract
Poetry Entry Fee: $25.00

The Willow Books Literature Awards recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The judges are: John Murillo, Ching-In Chen, Naomi Ayala, Pauline Kaldas, Latha Viswanathan and Ana-Maurine Lara.

The postmark deadline for entries is Monday, October 1, 2012.

Ten Finalists will be announced on January 21, 2013. A Finalists' Reading & Awards Ceremony will be held in the spring of 2013 in Chicago. The Grand Prize winners' books will be published by Willow Books in Spring 2013, along with an ebook anthology of selections by Finalists.

For full guidelines, visit our website.