Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Poetry Competition: Lenten Psalm Translation Contest

Happy Fat Tuesday, dear reader. For lent this year, I'm hosting another Psalm Translation Contest (see the previous posting here). Last year's winner wrote a brilliant reversal of Psalm 26. Entrants went on to publish their translations in Image, A-Minor Magazine, and The Missouri Review. So, round two...

Rules: Pick any biblical Psalm and translate it into English (foreign language entries welcome with literal translation included). Mangle, tangle, make strange, reverse, jump off from - in short do whatever you like with your psalm as long as the result is strong poetry. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary. Entries will be judged (by panel) on originality, musicality, accuracy (to the psalm's spirit), and aesthetics. Send entries to:
MatthewDLandrum(at)gmail(dot)com. (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to .)

Prize: $200 and a beat-up copy of George Steiner's "After Babel - Aspect of Language and Translation." Winners will be published on this blog.

Deadline: Easter Sunday (March 31, 2013)

Fiction Competition: Gotham's Ten Word Story

It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. One version of the story places the bet at the famed Algonquin “round table.” Whether true or not, there is an actual bet-winning short story attributed to Hemingway:

For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.

You have to admit it’s pretty good. It builds, and a whole world of background and emotion lurks beneath those words.

We would like to make a similar bet with you. Write a great short story in ten words or fewer. (You may use a title, but that goes into the word count.) Submit it to our contest. Entry is free. Winner of the bet gets a free Gotham ten-week workshop.

Deadline to submit is April 23, 2013.

For competition rules and an online entry form, visit our website

Call for Submissions: Snail Mail Review

The editors of Snail Mail Review are now seeking submissions for their 6th issue.

Submissions are open until June 30, 2013. We would love to receive a submission from you. We accept all genre in Poetry and Fiction.

There is No Pay for accepted submissions. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy as payment. No online submissions will be accepted unless it is from overseas. If you are interested in submitting, please send 3-5 poems of not more than 35 lines and/or 1-7 pages of fiction to:

Snail Mail Review
c/0 Christine Chesko
1694 Augusta Pointe Dr.
Ripon, Ca. 95366

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Call for Essays on Sustainability: Creative Nonfiction

Subject: Re: “Sustainability” Essay Contest and Call for Submissions

For a special "Human Face of Sustainability" issue, Creative Nonfiction, in association with Arizona State University's Global Institute of  Sustainability, are looking for essays that illuminate environmental, economic, ethical and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future.

The full call for submissions can be found on the Creative Nonfiction website.

A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded for the best essay. Selected essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction #51 (early 2014), and an expanded book version will be published in Spring 2014. All submissions received before May 31, 2013, will be considered for both the magazine and the book.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Glass: A Journal of Poetry

Glass: A Journal of Poetry (ISSN 1941-4137) seeks poems for its sixth year of publication.  Full information about Glass, including submission guidelines, can be found at our website.
Glass is an online poetry journal that appears two times a year (June and December).  We want to see poetry that enacts the artistic and creative purity of glass. We seek to promote new and established poets by publishing their work. We are not bound by any specific aesthetic; our only mission is to present high quality writing. All styles, forms and schools of poetry are welcome, though easy rhymes and “light” verse are less likely to inspire us. All will be judged on the quality of the content of the poem. We like poems that show a careful understanding of language, music, passion and creativity and poems that surprise us. Previous contributors include Rane Arroyo, Jim Daniels, Lisa Fay Coutley, Sandy Longhorn, Marcus Jackson, and Karen J. Weyant.

This year we will also have two featured theme sections:Rebirth (Spring/Summer 2013) and Great Lakes Poets (Fall/Winter 2013-2014). Full submission guidelines available on our website.

Submissions should be sent to our email address and should include up to four poems pasted into the body of the email. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. We accept submissions between September 1 and May 31. Please read our submission guidelines carefully.

Chapbook Competition: CutBank Literary Magazine

After a wonderful first-ever contest in which we published a novella by Sean Bernard, a memoir by Sandra Doller, and collection of poems by Kristin Hatch, we  would like to extend our call for submissions again this year. The winning  manuscript receives $1,000, publication, and 25 author copies. All writers who  submit will receive a copy of CutBank 79. We've included more information below, and the complete guidelines are available online.

PS---Don't forget to check out our $500 genre prizes judged by John D'Agata,  Maile Meloy, and Cole Swensen! $17 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to CutBank beginning with issue 79. Go here for more details!

CutBank Literary Magazine
Chapbook Contest

Deadline: March 31, 2012
Entry Fee: $17


A prize of $1,000, 25 author copies, and publication by CutBank will be given annually for a poetry or prose chapbook. CutBank editors will judge. Between January 1 and March 31, 2013, submit a manuscript of 25-40 pages. Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as hybrid manuscripts are welcome. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Science Fiction Competition: The Baltimore Science Fiction Society Amateur Writing Contest

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society Amateur Writing Contest

Baltimore Science Fiction Society is a 501(c)(3) literary organization, dedicated to the promotion of, and an appreciation for, science fiction in all of its many forms. To promote the creation of quality genre literature in the state of Maryland, we're holding this contest and encouraging everyone to enter. Anything that falls into the "speculative fiction" genre--science fiction in all its forms and fantasy in all its forms. Urban fantasy, hard science fiction, dark fantasy, it all counts. That is to say, the work must have a speculative element.

You have to be 18 or over to enter, a Maryland resident or currently a student at a MD two or four year college, and you cannot either be a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America or have been published in a professional science fiction/fantasy magazine.

Word minimum is 1,000 words. Word limit of 5,500 words. All submissions should be formatted using the standard short story submission format (courier font, 12 size, double spaced, etc. see William Shun's example here.

There is no fee to enter.

First place wins $250 and will be published in the BSFSF (ourconvention guide at Balticon) and invited to Balticon to do a reading of either a selection of their winning story or the entire story (depending on length and the availability of time and the wishes of the winner).

The contest opens on March 1st. We will be accepting entries until June 15th. The winner will be announced at Capclave on October 12th.

BSFS Officers and Board members, and the Chair, Vice Chair and Department Heads for Balticon MAY NOT ENTER.

For more info, including the submission email address, please see our website here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Writing/Editing Job: Director of Digital Marketing: Melville House

Title: Director of digital marketing & editor of webzine
Description: Melville House is looking for a strong writer/editor emanating spunk to edit our renowned MobyLives blog and to manage our website and ecommerce efforts.

Duties include management of all aspects of our website and creative participation in our online marketing campaigns, including:

• entering and maintaining data, as well as supervising tweaks, updates, improvements and redesigns of the website;

• creating and supervising website promotional campaigns, as well as larger internet campaigns;

• writing for, and being the managing editor of, MobyLives;

• managing our online sales program;

• raising the company's profile.

This is not an entry-level job. Salary between $35-45K, depending on experience, plus benefits.
Requirements: This is a marketing position first and foremost. Editors with no marketing experience, and/or no experience with website maintenance, should not apply. Seriously. Don't do it. Experience at a book publishing house preferred. If you know our list, you're way ahead.

Beyond that, candidates must:

• have strong writing, verbal, and data management skills;

• be able to get under the hood of our website's programming;

• have a high level of comfort with WordPress, Photoshop, and InDesign;

• possess the ability to keep a lot of balls in the air at once;

• be self-motivated and well-organized;

• work well under deadline pressure;

• enjoy working in a fast-paced, deeply collaborative and creative environment;

• have a sense of humor, for God's sake;

• give a damn about independent publishing;

• feel the future is an exciting place they can influence.

Location: Brooklyn, New York
How To Apply For This Job: Send a resume, writing samples, and cover letter to: (Change AT to @). Cover letter should be addressed to publisher Dennis Johnson and explain your appropriateness for the position and familiarity with the company.

Call for Submissions: Harpur Palate

Dear friends and past contributors of Harpur Palate,

We are now calling for submissions for our upcoming issue 13.1! The theme for this issue is country living. We are looking for essays, stories, and poems that take us away from city skyscrapers and closer to the eclectic American countryside. We want to be taken to the apex of an Adirondack Mountain, to the front porch of Aunt Bernice's goat farm, to the bayous of Mississippi. Tell us what it was like to plow a field in the 1900's, what it feels like to milk a cow with your hands. And while you're at it, we've always marveled at the art of fly fishing.

We want to see more than the archetypal moonshiners who drive beat up pick-up trucks, and men who play fiddles that are lost in their beards, so give us more than “hillbilly” stereotypes and “hick” dialogue. Give us essays that will haunt us, stories with raw characters that we cannot forget, and poems that hum with nature. Bring the sounds of the American country alive and surprise us by what we find there.

The deadline is April 15. General submission guidelines apply.

Our John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction contest is also open.The annual winner receives a $500 prize and publication in the upcoming Harpur Palate. All submissions will be considered for publication and all entrants will receive a copy of the issue in which the winning submission appears. More information can be found on our website linked below.

Click here to submit electronically. Feel free to contact us for questions or more information. We are on the Internet! Find below links to various social networks where you can contact us. Good luck this publishing season, and we hope to see your submissions soon!

All the best,
Harpur Palate

Harpur Palate
Binghamton University
English Department
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Harpur Palate website

Call for Book Reviews: Prime Number Magazine

Prime Number Magazine seeks smart, well-written book reviews that explore the author’s craft and examine where the work fits within current literary trends. We are not seeking reviews that accentuate the negative. Prime Number Magazine’s on-line quarterly seeks four 400-800 word reviews and one author interview of800-1,200 words per issue. Our print annual seeks one to two review essays,between 2,000 and 3,000 words, which critically examine two or more authors.Our review essays are peer-reviewed, so please send us only your best critical works. Our print annual may also include a longer author interview with a notable writer. Though our print interviews are often conducted by our Prime Number Magazine staff, if reviewers have an interview idea, please pitch us the idea.

Though Prime Number Magazine frequently has books for assignment, we encourage our reviewers to query us if they have a suggested book for review. (Note, unless provided by one of our participating presses and assigned by our staff, all reviewed books are the responsibility of the review author to obtain.) Please direct queries or questions concerning book reviews or author interviews to the Prime Number Magazine book reviews editor at:

booksATprimenumbermagazineDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Poetry Competitions: New England Poetry Club

Subject: New England Poetry Club Contests 2013
New England Poetry Club Contests 2013

All contests are open to members in good standing (except Board members). Non-members may enter by paying $10 for up to 3 poems and $3 for each additional poem. Checks should be made out to the New England Poetry Club (NEPC). No charge for students and members. For Student Contests, see below.

Members-Only Contests
Rosalie Boyle/Norma Farber Award
For a poem in traditional form, including sonnet, villanelle, and sestina. Prize $100.

Gretchen Warren Award
For the best published poem of the previous year. (Members of the governing board may not enter any competition except this one.) Send 2 copies of up to 4 poems, with dates and names of publications, author’s name on one copy. No cash award.

Contests Open to Members and Non-Members
Daniel Varoujan Award
For an unpublished poem (not a translation) worthy of Daniel Varoujan, a poet killed by the Turks in the genocide that destroyed three-fourths of the Armenian population. Previous winners may not enter. Prize $1000. Funded by Diana Der-Hovanessian's translation royalties.

Der-Hovanessian Prize
For a translation from any language. Send a copy of the original poem with the translation. Prize $200. Funded by John Mahtesian.

Erika Mumford Prize
For a poem in any form about foreign culture or travel. Prize $250. Funded by her family and friends.

Firman Houghton Award
For a lyric poem in honor of the former president of the NEPC. Prize $250.

Barbara Bradley Award
For a lyric poem under 21 lines, written by a woman. Prize $200.

Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize
For a chapbook of poems published in the past two years. Send 2 copies of the book. Non-members should include a check for the $5 handling fee. Prize $100.
Send to:
 2 Farrar Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sheila Margaret Motton Prize
For a book of poems published in the past two years. Send 2 copies of the book. Non-members should include a check for the $5 handling fee.
Prize $500.

Only one poem may be submitted per contest.
* Entries must be original unpublished (cannot be in print or online) poems in English.
* No poem may be entered in more than one contest, nor should it have won a previous contest.
* Poems should be typed and submitted in duplicate, with the author's name and address on one copy. Include an e-mail address, if available.
* Label each poem with the name of the contest.
* No entry will be returned, and the NEPC does not engage in correspondence regarding poems submitted or contest decisions.
* Judges are well-known poets, and sometimes are winners of previous NEPC contests.
* No entry should be sent by special delivery or express mail. Regular mail only.
* Mark the name or names of the contest(s) entered on the envelope.

All entries (unless otherwise noted) should be sent to:

NEPC Contest
Coordinator, 654 Green St.
No. 2, Cambridge MA 02139

Annual contest deadline: May 31. Entries must be postmarked in April and May only.

Student Contests
Contest deadline: March 18
No fee for full-time students.

The John Holmes Award
For a poem by a student enrolled in a New England college. Prize $100.

Ruth Berrien Fox Award
Given for a poem by a Massachusetts High School student. Prize $100.

Longfellow Prize
For poems by Massachusetts students in elementary and middle schools.
Prize $100.
Funded by Friends of Longfellow House Frank Buda Memorial Fund.

Submit poem in duplicate, with school name, grade, address, and student’s name and e-mail address. Label the entry with the name of the contest.
Send to:

Children's Contests
Longfellow National Historic Site
105 Brattle St.
Cambridge MA 02138.

Again, student contest deadline: March 18

Call for Poetry and Fiction Submissions: Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose

"Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose" seeks poetry and fiction submissions.

Submissions in General:
Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose seeks submissions from everyone of every gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Please include a brief bio & your snail mail address. We only accept submissions through email. We accept simultaneous submissions, but we do not accept previously published work. We prefer Word attachments. We try to read submissions throughout the whole year, & we generally respond in about two months (a bit longer in the summer). All rights to published work(s) revert back to the author. (Please mention first publication in Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose if the work is reprinted.)

Poetry Submissions:
To submit poems to Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose, please email us at:

redactionsPOETRYATyahooDOTcom (Change At to @ and DOT to .)

and attach a submission of 3-5 poems into one Word, Wordpad, PDF, or Notepad document (or something we can open) or place the submission in the body of the email.

Prose Submissions:
To submit fiction, flash fiction, or creative non-fiction to Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose, please email us at

redactionsPROSEATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

and attach one prose piece that is 2500 words or fewer as a Word, Wordpad, PDF, or Notepad document (or something we can open) or paste the submission in the body of the email. You may submit up to three flash fictions at once, but please include them in one document or paste them into the body of the email.

Read our complete submission guidelines here.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Switched-On Gutenberg

Switched-On Gutenberg, a poetry magazine online since 1995, is now accepting submissions for our 2013 issue. We are looking for poems on the themes:

Full Submission guidelines here.

Submissions for the next issue will be taken until March 31, 2013.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Internship: Accents Publishing

Accents Publishing is looking to add one or more interns to its inspired and energetic workforce.

If you would like to be a part of one of the fastest-growing and innovative independent small presses in the country, please read on.

The ideal candidate will have:

Ability to spend on average of minimum of five hours of work a week
Willingness to perform a variety of tasks
Excellent writing, reading and communication skills
Ability to work independently
Good Internet and blogging skills
Passion for books and poetry

Additionally, the ideal candidate will be:

Quick learner
Self-starter and imaginative
Wonderful to work with

Prefer local candidate, but will consider telecommuters, as well.

Please note this is an unpaid position. We prefer longer-term commitment and are less likely to offer summer-only internships, although if you are a student, we will work with your schedule.

Send a cover letter and a bio (or a resume or a CV) to

To find out more about our press, please visit our website.

“Being an intern at Accents Publishing means you are part of a network of writers, publishers, editors and artists built upon mutual respect and trust. It's my dream job.”

– Chris McCurry, Accents Publishing Intern

"As an Accents intern, the tasks you are given mean something--often something quite beautiful. I have never felt more trusted and valued as a worker than I have in this position, and you just couldn't ask for a better boss. I always thought I wanted to be a part of the publishing world; this internship has given me the opportunity to personally fall in love with the business."

– Haley Crigger, Accents Publishing Intern

First Novel Competition: Emerging Writers Getaway Contest of the Whidbey Writers MFA Alumni Association

First Novel Contest: Emerging Writers Getaway Contest of the Whidbey Writers MFA Alumni Association.

Grand prize: a seven-day retreat at a cabin in the North Carolina Smokies (valued at $2,000), plus a cash award of $300. Second and third place receive cash prizes.

Submissions (synopsis, first 25 pages) February 15 through May 24, 2013.

Final judge is Rikki Ducornet, author of eight novels and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Top three entries reviewed for possible agent representation. Winners announced August 5, 2013. Proceeds benefit the student creative writing scholarship fund of the Whidbey MFA Alumni Association. Details and entry here.

Fiction and Poetry Competitions: Jabberwock Review

Jabberwock Review invites submissions to

DEADLINE: March 15, 2013

Each winner (one for fiction and one for poetry) receives $500 and publication in Jabberwock Review, the literary journal published by Mississippi State University since 1972.

All finalists are considered for publication.

All entrants receive a one-year (two-issue) subscription beginning with the prize-winning issue.

Each fiction entry should consist of one short story of any length. Novel excerpts may be submitted if they are self-contained.

Each poetry entry should consist of 1-3 poems. The winning entry may be for a single poem or group of poems.

Entry Fee: $15, which includes a one-year (two-issue) subscription to Jabberwock Review. (If you enter more than once, you may either extend your subscription or give the additional subscriptions as gifts.)

The site will walk you through uploading your manuscript.

Entries will be read anonymously (blindly). For that reason,do not include any identifying information on the manuscript.

The website will prompt you to pay the entry fee through a secure online credit-card payment.

All manuscripts uploaded by 11:59 p.m. on March 15 will be considered.

By Mail:
Mail in each paper manuscript along with a $15 check for each entry made payable to “Jabberwock Review.” Check must draw from a US bank.

Each entry should include a cover page with the entrant’s name, address, email, and telephone number. The Editors’ prize will be read blindly. For that reason, do not include any identifying information on the manuscript itself.

Mail manuscript and entry fee payment together to

Editors’ Prize
Jabberwock Review/Editors’ Prize
Department of English
Drawer E
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Manuscript and entry fee must be postmarked by March. 15.

No SASE required. Winner and finalists will be posted at our website on or before June 1.

• All manuscripts must be original and previously unpublished.
• Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us right away at jabberwockreviewATenglishDOTmsstateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

• Current students or staff of Mississippi State University are ineligible for the Editors’ Prize.

Questions? Please drop us a line at
jabberwockreviewATenglishDOTmsstateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Creative Nonfiction Competition: Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction

Lunch Ticket is honored to serve as the host for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction.

Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family.

The reading period for the award will be February 1 through March 30 for the issue that publishes in June, and August 1 through September 30 for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.

All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in Lunch Ticket. To submit, please visit our website.

Call for Fiction Submissions: Unmanned Press Short of the Month


Each month Unmanned Press publishes an original short work of literary fiction by an emerging and/or underserved writer that exhibits literary skill, sharpness, and originality. Selected writers are awarded $250, electronic publication, and an author interview. At the end of the series, an anthology will be published. If you think your storytelling is up to snuff, please follow our guidelines with care.

Submission Guidelines:

• All submissions must go through Submittable
• Cover letter (please include your full name, address, telephone number, and email)
• All submissions must be previously unpublished
• Please only query us with one submission at a time
We suggest a $3 reading nod (100% optional)

We encourage you to visit our website to get to know us better prior to submitting.

Call for Submissions: AWP Heat Flash Contest

· The AWP HEAT Flash Contest is run in conjunction with AWP HEAT, a reading on Friday, March 8, at
Dillon's Restaurant & Bar, Boston, 955 Boylston Street, one block Hynes Convention Center. Free. 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

· Winners of contest announced at 4:00 p.m. at AWP HEAT.

· Respond to this prompt: “Fire”

· Anyone may enter the contest, whether attending AWP or not.

· One entry per person, previously unpublished.

· Entries must be 1,000 words or less.

· Email entries to:

awpheatflashcontestATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

as a doc, docx, or rtf file.

· Stories may be submitted anytime between now and midnight March 1st EST.

· Up to three winning stories will be published by JMWW, Prime Number, and Corium.

· The contest will be judged by Shaindel Beers (The Children’s War and Other Poems), Cliff Garstang
(What the Zhang Boys Know), and Bonnie ZoBell (The Whack-Job Girls). Winners will receive copies of these books.

Call for Submissions: Spry Literary Journal

Spry Literary Journal features undiscovered and established writers' concise, experimental, hybrid, modern, vintage or just-plain-vulnerable writing. It's a journal for people who excel at taking risks, who thrive under pressure--for people whose words and rhythms are spry. We are currently open for submissions for the second issue, which will be published in May.

We accept all short forms of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We also challenge you to write sparsely (under 750 words) and submit to our Flash category. Submissions are requested in all genres, and simultaneous submissions are welcome. We have a strict blind submissions policy, and only accept writing through our submissions manager. Our first issue is live here. Please head over to see what we've published in our inaugural issue, and to start conversations with our authors, poets, and staff members. Renowned writer Porochista Khakpour is interviewed in the issue as well.

 Please visit our submissions manager to submit your work to us.

Spry Literary Journal

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Post-Publication Book Award: Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award


Sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers-State University of New York with support from the Office of the Dean of Binghamton University's Harpur College of the Arts & Sciences

$1,000 Award for a book of poems, 48 pages or more in length, selected by our judges as the strongest collection of poems published in 2012.

Contest Rules:

Minimum press run: 500 copies.
Each book submitted must be accompanied by an application form.

Publisher may submit more than one book for prize consideration.
Three copies of each book should be sent to:

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Director
Creative Writing Program
Binghamton University
Department of English, General Literature, and Rhetoric
Library North Room 1149
Vestal Parkway East
P.O.Box 6000
Binghamton, NY13902-6000

Books entered in the competition will be donated to the contemporary literature collection at the Binghamton University Library and to the Broome County Library.
Books must be received in the English Department by March 1, 2013 to be considered for the prize.
Books cannot be returned.
For a list of winners, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope labeled:
"Binghamton University Poetry Book Award."
Winners will be announced in Poets & Writers.

Post-Publication Book Award: Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award

Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award Guidelines

Sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers-State University of New York with support from the Office of the Dean of Binghamton University's Harpur College of the Arts & Sciences

$1,000 Award for the book of fiction selected by our judges as the strongest novel or collection of fiction published in 2012.

Contest Rules:

Minimum press run: 500 copies.
Each book submitted must be accompanied by an application form.

Publisher may submit more than one book for prize consideration.
Three copies of each book should be sent to:

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Director
Creative Writing Program
Binghamton University
Department of English, General Literature, and Rhetoric
Library North Room 1149
Vestal Parkway East
P.O.Box 6000
Binghamton, NY13902-6000

Books entered in the competition will be donated to the contemporary literature collection at the Binghamton University Library and to the Broome County Library.
Books must be received in the English Department by March 1, 2013 to be considered for the prize.
Books cannot be returned.
For a list of winners, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope labeled:
"Binghamton University Fiction Book Award."
Winners will be announced in Poets & Writers.

Short Fiction Competition: Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize

Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize for College Undergraduates


Only undergraduates enrolled full time in United States and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2012-13 are eligible. This Prize has traditionally encouraged submissions from students with an Asian background, but we urge all students to enter.


Entrant's identity and academic institution will not be revealed to judges.
Submissions of no more than 7,500 words should be typed on 8.5-by-11-inch paper.
Include one cover sheet with the title of the work only. On a second cover sheet, include your name, permanent address, telephone number and email address. Do not include your name on any pages of your story.
All entries must be accompanied by proof of current undergraduate enrollment, such as a photocopy of a grade transcript, a class schedule or payment receipt showing your full-time status.
The institution's name and address must be clear. No fax or electronic submissions will be accepted.
Manuscripts will not be returned. Submission assumes the right of Stony Brook to publish the winning story on its Web site.
The winning short story will automatically be considered for publication in The Southampton Review, the literary journal published by the Stony Brook Southampton MFA program in Writing and Literature.


March 1, 2013. All applications postmarked after the deadline will be returned unopened. The winner and runners-up will be notified in June 2013.

Mail submissions to:

John Westermann
Director, Stony Brook $1,000 Short Fiction Prize
Stony Brook Southampton
MFA in Writing and Literature
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, New York 11968

Short Story Competition: 2013 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Submissions are now open for the 2013 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
The winning submission, selected by Jim Shepard, will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 12, 2013. The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner will also receive $1000 and a 10-week class from Gotham Writers' Workshop.

Enter here.

Story requirements

Submit a single short story that fits the theme "Complicated Families."
Your story must have a title.
Your story must be no more than 750 words (Times New Roman, 12pt font).
Your story must be unpublished.
The Prize
The winner will receive: $1000; two tickets to the June 12, 2013 Selected Shorts at Symphony Space, when the prize winning story will be read and recorded for possible broadcast; 10-week creative writing class with Gotham Writers' Workshop offered in NYC or online. (Prize does not include transportation to or from NYC or the event.)

Entry Fee
Every submission must include a $25 entry fee (payable by credit card, check or money order). To enter, click on "Enter the Contest" below. Instructions for submitting your entry via postal service are provided in the OFFICIAL RULES.

All submissions must be received by 5pm, March 15, 2013, Eastern Standard Time. To be specific, online submissions must be submitted by 5pm Eastern Standard Time. Mailed submissions must arrive with the day's mail. (Entries postmarked on March 15 will NOT be accepted.)

About this year's guest judge
Jim Shepard is the author of six novels and four story collections. His stories are published regularly in such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, McSweeney's, Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, Playboy, and Vice. His most recent story collection is the multiple award-winning You Think That's Bad.

Contestants who submit online or provide their email address will be added to Gotham Writers' Workshop's and Selected Shorts' email lists – please let us know if you do not wish to receive email about upcoming programs.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Managing Editor Position: Quiddity

Managing Editor, Quiddity
(Full-time, salaried, benefits, start date 1 June 2013)
Position Summary
· Manage the production of Quiddity's international literary journal (print and electronic components), radio program, and website, upholding all quality, calendar, and budgetary expectations; manage and advance the distribution of Quiddity's international literary journal and public-radio program through traditional and emerging venues

Essential Job Responsibilities
· Oversee the submission systems (electronic and traditional) and acquisition processes for the print journal reading series, and radio program, including the coordination of query and galley correspondence as well as reading series proposals and contests
· Coordinate and execute all editing and production schedules for the journal, radio, and website; coordinate the production schedule for the public-radio program; coordinate editorial board and staff meetings; support editorial board and staff through production processes
· Advance Quiddity's subscriber base, listener base, readership, and distribution using established and emerging resources
· Perform the layout for the journal's interior print pages and its electronic format(s), design covers and promotional materials, manage web design, and expand web content
· Supervise and mentor student interns and cultivate Quiddity's internship program, as well as other duties as assigned relative to academic affairs

Minimum Job Requirements
· MA, MFA, or MSc in Creative Writing, English, Communications, or related field
· At least one year of experience with a print publication or journal of national distribution
· Teaching experience with potential to supervise internships

Specific Skills
· Must possess savvy graphic design skills and be well versed in user-friendly, multimedia web development and social media
· Proficiency in web design software and CSS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Audition (or similar software) Outlook, Excel, Access, File Transfer Protocol
· Exceptional reading, writing, and proofing skills
· Outstanding professional communication skills
· Established track-record of organizational management and follow-through
· Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
· Ability to work outside of regular business hours when necessary
· Ability to work as part of a collaborative team

Supervisory Responsibility
· Supervise and mentor undergraduate student interns enrolled in Quiddity's internship program

Other Functions
· With the approval of both the division chair and the supervisor, may teach courses in the Writing and Publishing and Communication Arts degree programs for an additional stipend at the qualifying adjunct pay rate

Working Conditions
· Twelve-month position, forty hours per week performed in-office, on-campus

Send résumé or CV and letter of application detailing experience to:

1500 N 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62702

Review of applications begins immediately.

Fiction Competition: 2013 Julia Peterkin Award in Fiction

Submission Guidelines for the 2013 Julia Peterkin Award in Fiction
The 2013 Julia Peterkin Award is open to all writers of fiction writing original works in English. Previously published works are eligible for inclusion in the submission.

Manuscript Format Guidelines
Entries must be typed on quality paper, 8 1/2 by 11. Photocopies or copies from letter-quality printers are acceptable. Each entry should include one short story or chapter from a novel-- a maximum of 16 pages. In addition, include a cover page with the writer's name, address, daytime phone number, and title of submission. Also include a one-paragraph biography. Author's name should not appear on the manuscript.

Entry Requirements

A handling fee of $15 made payable to: Converse College English Department.

Deadline: February 15, 2013.

Results will be posted online on the Julia Peterkin Award web page in late spring. No manuscripts can be returned. Send one copy of the manuscript prepared according to format guidelines.

The winner will receive $1,000 and travel expenses for a reading at Converse College. Winner should be willing to read at Converse during the Fall 2013 Visiting Writers Series.
Send entries to:

The Julia Peterkin Award
Creative Writing Program
Converse College
580 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Fiction Competition: The Ledge

The Ledge Announces 11th Annual Fiction Awards

The Ledge Poetry & Fiction announces its 2013 and Eleventh Annual Fiction Awards Competition. First prize: $1,000 and publication in The Ledge. Second prize: $250 and publication. Third prize: $100 and publication. 

Stories should not exceed 7,500 words. 

Entry fee: $12 for the first story and $6 for each additional story. $20 subscription (two issues) gains free entry for the first story.

The Ledge features a wide range of new writing by both established and emerging poets and writers. Postmark deadline: February 28, 2013. Send entries to:

The Ledge 2013 Fiction Awards Competition
40 Maple Avenue
Bellport, NY 11713

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Call for Submissions: The Redheaded Stepchild

The Redheaded Stepchild is open for submissions for the month of February. We only accept poems that have been rejected by other magazines. We do not accept previously published work. We do, however, accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted somewhere else.

For more information, visit our website.

Submit 3-5 poems that have been rejected elsewhere with the names of the magazines that rejected the poems.

We do not accept email attachments; therefore, in the body of your email, please include the following:

· a brief bio

· 3-5 poems

· the publication(s) that rejected the poems

Send your submission to redheadedstepchildmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Submissions: Illuminations

Now accepting submissions for Illuminations, volume 29, a Greek, theme-based issue

Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2013

Specifically, we are looking for work—poetry, fiction, essay, journalism, creative nonfiction, and visual art—that treats ideas related to Greece, ancient or contemporary, literally or figuratively. We are interested in a wide range of material—Mediterranean travel writing, work inspired by Greek mythology or philosophy, and translations of classical or modern Greek poetry. We also aim to publish work that offers perspectives on Greece’s current economic crisis—austerity measures, protests in Athens, unemployment, the emigration of Greek professionals, and related topics. In your cover letter, please reference how your work might contribute to our theme issue.

Illuminations accepts submissions of up to six poems, or two prose pieces at a time by mail or e-mail. Writers may simultaneously submit provided you let us know immediately if accepted elsewhere. Please make sure to include your name and address on the work itself if sending by mail. If emailing, please paste the work into the body of your email as we sometimes have trouble with attachments. You can usually expect a response within a month but we're often a little slower than that. The magazine is published annually in the summer, so depending on when your work is accepted the lag between acceptance and publication can vary considerably

Submissions accepted via email at:

 scottcopesmATcofcDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

or by post at:

Meg Scott Copses, Editor
5 College Way
Charleston SC 29424

More info on our website.

Call for Submissions: Hinchas de Poesia


Hinchas de Poesía is currently soliciting submissions of prose, poetry and translations for our ninth issue, scheduled to launch on March 20th.

Hinchas is an online digital codex dedicated to contemporary Pan-American writing. 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.

A short list of writers published between our digital pages includes: Tomaz Salamun, Campbell McGrath, Melinda Palacio, Yaddyra Peralta, Lous Bourgeois, Luivette Resto-Ometeotl, Chip Livingston, James Cervantes and Flavia Cosma.

Multiple submissions are permitted, but please do inform us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

For submission guidelines please visit our website & click on the "Submit" tab. You can also join the conversation with us on our Facebook page.

Call for Submissions: The Fourth River

The Fourth River Call for Submissions through March 15th, 2013

The Fourth River is the literary journal of Chatham University’s MFA Programs, published annually in print and monthly online. We welcome submissions of creative writing that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild. We are looking for writing that is richly situated at the confluence of place, space and identity–or that reflects upon or makes use of landscape and place in new ways.

The Fourth River accepts unpublished poetry, literary short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Please send up to seven poems or 7,000 words of prose at a time. We prefer to receive submissions through Submittable, and all submissions will be considered for print or online publication.

Postal mail submissions are accepted with no charge. If sending a paper submission, please include SASE for response only. Manuscripts will be recycled. Include a cover letter with contact info along with the title and genre of the submission. We accept simultaneous submissions if indicated on the cover letter; please let us know immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere.

Submission Address for postal mail:
(Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction) Editor
The Fourth River
Chatham University
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

For more information, feel free to contact Managing Editor Dakota Garilli at:

4thriver[at]gmail[dot]com (Change [at] to @ and [dot] to .) Please note that we do not accept submissions via email. Accepted authors receive two copies of the journal.

Dakota Garilli
Managing Editor
The Fourth River

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Call for Submissions: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments

Call for Submissions of Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction, Videos, and More: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments is now accepting submissions of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, videos, reviews, artwork, and more for our upcoming issues on "Craft" and "Elemental", as well as two non-themed issues., sporting a brand new website design) now publishes four issues per year, and submissions are open year-round. The only exception is for our contest with a deadline of September 1 for publication October 15. View all upcoming themes and issue deadlines at our website. is an international journal publishing online since 1997 that searches for the interface — the integration — among the built and natural environments that might be called the soul of place. It is not definitely about urban form, nor solely about natural landscapes. It is not precisely about human culture, nor necessarily about ecology. It is, rather, a celebration of the symbiosis between the built and natural environments where it exists, and an examination and discourse where it does not. The literary, journalistic, and artistic works contained with are of the highest quality, submitted by a variety of contributors for a diverse audience. The works may be idealistic, technical, historical, philosophical, and more. Above all, they focus on the environments around us — the built and natural environments — that both affect and are affected by the human species.

We invite you to check out the newest issue (which published on January 15) and submit online.

Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship: Millsaps College

The Department of English at Millsaps College invites applications for a one-year teaching fellowship in creative writing to begin in August 2013. The fellow will teach two courses per semester, including an advanced course in the writer's genre, and will assist with departmental activities. The ideal candidate plans a career that involves college-level teaching and can demonstrate a commitment to the goals and principles of a liberal arts education. Preference will be given to candidates who work in multiple genres, including but not limited to narrative nonfiction, journalism, playwriting, screenwriting, environmental writing, or the graphic novel; experience teaching courses involving digital technology is a plus.

A Ph.D.or M.F.A. in English or Creative Writing is required; evidence of teaching excellence and significant publication is essential. The fellow will also be expected to serve as an informal mentor to students in the three majors (literature, creative writing, and communication studies) housed in the English department.

To apply, submit the following materials by email at:

writes(AT) (Change (AT) to @ )

a cover letter addressed to Dr. Eric Griffin, Chair, Department of English, which discusses teaching philosophy and provides specific examples of effective teaching practices; a curriculum vitae; an unofficial graduate transcript; three confidential letters of reference; and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages (more than one genre preferred). All applications should be complete by Friday, March 8, 2013.

 Millsaps College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in the capital city of Jackson, Mississippi. We offer a competitive salary including health and other benefits, a travel and research stipend of $2000, and reimbursement for moving expenses. Employment will be contingent on complete background verification.

Included in Colleges that Change Lives, Millsaps is committed to academic excellence and pedagogical innovation. Millsaps is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities. For more information about the college and the English department see our website.

Call for Submissions: Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley Review will be reading submissions of short fiction, personal essays, and poetry for its Spring 2013 issue (Vol. 8, No. 1) until Friday, March 15, 2013.

We prefer writing that has both mainstream and literary appeal. All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English. Please do not submit genre fiction, explicit work, or anything particularly violent or depressing. Also, please note that we do not accept simultaneous submissions. All published work is considered for our annual editor's prize.

To submit, please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories pasted into the body of an e-mail message to our editor at:

editor(AT) (Change (AT) to @ )

The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete submission guidelines for the Apple Valley Review are available online.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Poetry Competition: The Argos Prize

The second annual poetry contest for The Argos Prize is now open.

The winner receives $500 and publication in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of The Country Dog Review.

Judge: Dorianne Laux

Entry fee is $10 for 3 poems. Multiple entries are acceptable, with corresponding fees.

Send to:

Attn: Danielle Sellers
The Argos Prize
The Country Dog Review
215 Karen Dr.
Oxford, MS 38655

Postmark deadline is April 15. 2013.

Please include a cover letter with your entry, and remove all identifying information from your manuscript. Include your name, address, phone number, email address, and bio in the letter.

Make checks payable to The Country Dog Review.

Submissions must be unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but if a submitted poem is accepted elsewhere for publication, you must let us know immediately. Entry fees cannot be refunded. Include an SASE for results.

All entries will be considered for publication.

Winner will be announced in May.

Our website.

Call for Fiction and Poetry Submissions: The Golden Key

The Golden Key is a bi-annual journal of speculative and literary writing, inspired by the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale of the same name. We seek realist work sensitive to the magical and strange. The fantastical. Slipstream. Fabulist. Gothic. Weird tales. Work that unlocks. Work that restocks. We love writers who see familiar things in unexpected ways, and writers who revel in playing with language.

We are currently accepting unpublished fiction and poetry submissions for Issue #2 Old Things.

Serve up your old tales, emblems, and creatures. Give us old words and customs, ancient stories passed down by word of mouth. We like places that have been forgotten, abandoned things now uncovered. Dust off those inherited grudges, legacies, traditions.

Share something unremembered, or no longer made.

Send us your ancient, your aged, your superannuated. Send us things that bear the marks of time, and those that have survived the ages without change. Send us your worn things, the vintage, the golden, the ancestral…even the primeval.

The submission period for our old things issue is January 1 to March 31, 2013.

Please see our website for further detail on submissions. For journal updates, follow us on Twitter @GoldenKeyLit or Facebook.

Poetry Manuscript Competition: Georgetown Review

We will consider only original collections of poems written in English. (You may include individual poems that have appeared elsewhere.) Students, colleagues, and close friends of D. A. Powell (the 2013 judge), and current students and employees of Georgetown College are not eligible.

One winning manuscript will be awarded a $1000 prize, publication of the book, and 20 author’s copies.

The guidelines for paper submissions are below. For electronic submissions, please visit our online submission manager.

Paper Submission Guidelines:
Manuscripts should be typewritten, single-spaced, and between 48 and 80 pages long. No more than one poem should appear on a page. A clean and legible manuscript is recommended. Do not send your only copy of the manuscript since manuscripts are not returned. We assume no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts. All submissions must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee. Please make your check out to “Georgetown College.”

Submit two title pages for the collection. The author’s name, address, daytime phone number, and email address should appear on the first title page only, along with an acknowledgment listing poems published elsewhere. The author’s name should appear nowhere else in the manuscript. The second title page should only include the title of the collection.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY FEBRUARY 15, 2013. (USPS Priority Mail is preferred.)
Please address entries to:

Georgetown Review Poetry Manuscript Contest
Georgetown College
PO Box 227
Georgetown KY 40324

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results. Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication.

Call for Submissions: One Teen Story

We are happy to announce that online submissions for One Teen Story’s second volume will be open from February 1st through April 30th, 2013. One Teen Story is our literary magazine for young-adult readers of every age. Each issue features one amazing short story about the teen experience.

We are looking for short stories written for the young-adult audience (aged 14 and up). We’re open to all genres of short fiction between 2,000 and 4,500 words. Because of our format, we can only accept stories that are strong enough to stand alone.

Please visit our website for more information on how to submit your short story through our submission manager.

We are very excited to read your work!
Pei-Ling Lue, Editor
One Teen Story
232 3rd St. #A108
Brooklyn, NY 11215