Friday, May 31, 2013

Call for Panel Discussion and Workshop Proposals: Split This Rock Poetry Festival

Call for Proposals – Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2014

Split This Rock invites proposals for panel and roundtable discussions, workshops, and themed group readings for our fourth national poetry festival, scheduled for March 27-30, 2014, in Washington, DC.

Adrienne Rich, who died just a few days after the last Split This Rock Poetry Festival, wrote: When poetry lays its hand on our shoulder… we are to an almost physical degree, touched and moved. The imagination’s roads open before us, giving the lie to that slammed and bolted door, that razor-wired fence, that brute dictum “There is no alternative.” With our world crying out for alternatives, and in honor of Adrienne Rich, we welcome proposals that help us travel the imagination’s roads.

Details and guidelines.


Poetry Competition: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Poetry Contest

Poets, get ready! We accept submissions each year for our Annual Poetry Contest from April 15th through August 15th. The winner will be announced by January 15th, 2014. The judge of the 4th Annual Poetry Contest is Robert Pinsky, the only poet to have been named three times The United States Poet Laureate.

Please review the eligibility requirements, FAQ and guidelines before entering the contest.

Grand Prize:

VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the next Festival
Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine
Public reading at the next Festival

Deadline: August 15, 2013 (postmark).

The top ten finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the next Festival, and their names will be published on this site. The winner will be announced by January 15th, 2014.


Only open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry. Authors who have self-published or have published chapbooks are eligible provided that their poetry collection does not have an ISBN number. Authors who have published in other genres are eligible. Only previously unpublished poems accepted.

Entry Fee: $20

To enter online: The online submission process will open April 15. Online submissions are preferred and must be in .doc,.docx, .rtf, or PDF formats. We accept entry fees via Discover, MasterCard, and Visa only.

To enter by mail: Send your manuscript and check or money order for $20 (made out to the: Tennessee Williams Literary Festival) to:

Poetry Contest Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

Do not send submissions by certified mail or signature required delivery

Call for Submissions: LMLMB

LMLMB seeks new work on body image & body positivity from new and established writers.

LMLMB considers a variety of works ranging from photographs to SF in which size or body image is a central theme. We're looking for work that ultimately comes to a positive message or close, work that revolves around self acceptance, or work that seeks to accept imperfection as beautiful.
Make a note of your genre in the cover letter, please.

Works should range from 500 to 5,000 words for creative nonfiction & experimental formats. All kinds of work will be considered from micro-fiction to lyric essays. If you have something longer than 5k, and you think it's just perfect for the zine, send it over.
We will read up to 5 poems at a time. Each poem should be 65 lines or fewer, or as close as you can get. Longer poems will be considered, but are less likely to be accepted.
Given the output format, we prefer high contrast black and white work. All media will be considered. Please include a list of titles, media, and sizes with up to 5 pieces of work. Initial submission should be .jpgs in email, 300ppi, up to 7 inches on the longest side. Vertical images are preferred.

Please see full guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Sugared Water

Sugared Water is seeking submissions for our inaugural issue. We read poetry, creative nonfiction, short, flash, and micro fiction, and also consider art, comics, and sequential art. We are open to some genre work, such as stories with elements of speculative fiction. We will consider:

up to 5 poems (max. 6 pages, all pages in one document)
7,500 words of prose (standard manuscript format)

up to 5 pieces of art (submitted individually)

Please see our website for more information about us and our full guidelines.
Sugared Water is a print publication.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Poetry Competition: Crab Orchard 2013 First Book Award

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
2013 First Book Award ~ $3500 and publication
final judge: Amy Fleury

Below are the guidelines for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, which will be open for entries on May 10, 2013 and close on July 8, 2013 (postmark and online submission deadline):

A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open competition of manuscripts, in English, by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a volume of poetry 48 pages or more in length in an edition of over 500 copies* (individual poems may have been previously published; for the purposes of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, a manuscript which was in whole or in part submitted as a thesis or dissertation as a requirement for the completion of a degree is considered unpublished and is eligible). Current or former students, colleagues, and close friends of the final judge, and current and former students and employees of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible. For questions about judging, please visit our website.

The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $2000 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading in Carbondale at Southern Illinois University.

SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked or submitted online between May 10, 2013 and the end of July 8, 2013 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (CDT) on July 8, 2013). (For postal submissions since this is a postmark deadline, there is no need to send Express Mail, Fedex, or UPS. First Class or Priority Mail are preferred.) Please do not send revisions of either postal or online submissions; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with the series editor before the manuscript is delivered to SIU Press.

ENTRY FEE: $25.00 per entry for postal submissions; $28.00 per entry for online submissions through Submittable ($25.00 plus $3.00 online processing fee). Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. All entrants will receive a year's subscription to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, beginning with the 2014 Winter/Spring CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

PAGE LENGTH: Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 75 pages of original poetry.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR POSTAL SUBMISSIONS: Manuscripts should be typewritten, single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page. Submit two title pages for the collection. The author's name, address, and daytime phone number should appear on the first title page only. The author's name should appear nowhere else in the manuscript. An acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies should be placed after the second title page. A clean photocopy is recommended, bound with a spring clip or placed in a plain file folder (no paper clips or staples please). Please do not send your only copy of the manuscript since manuscripts will not be returned, and please do not include illustrations. CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW and Southern Illinois University Press assume no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts.

All postal submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee (check or money order). Please make your check out to "Crab Orchard Series in Poetry."

Please address postal submissions to:

Jon Tribble, Series Editor, First Book Award
Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results. If you would like confirmation that the manuscript has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard as well.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: Online entries should be sent through Submittable (there is an additional $3.00 processing fee for online entries, making the entry fee for each online entry $28.00). Payment for online submissions must be made online.

Please submit your file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .pdf, .odt, or .wpf. 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times preferred. Manuscripts should be single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page.

Submit a single title page with only the manuscript title in your file. The author's name should appear nowhere in your file or in the file name.

In the place of the cover letter or biographical note in the submission process, an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies can be included, but this SHOULD NOT be included in the manuscript file.

Please name your file "COSPFirstBook" or your manuscript title. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME IN YOUR FILE NAME OR ANYWHERE IN THE MANUSCRIPT.

All entrants submitting online through Submittable will be notified of the results via e-mail by October 1, 2013.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author.

Entrants are not to contact the final judge under any circumstances; all questions should be directed to Jon Tribble, Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.

Poetry Competition: 2013 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

2013 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Book Award
$3000 Award
Deadline: August 31, 2013

Final Judge: Mark Doty

The winner of the 2013 Benjamin Saltman Award will be announced in 2014.

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 Mark Doty.

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

Red Hen Press will only accept submissions that have been mailed to the above address; please no email attachments or faxes.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Call for Submissions by Women of Color: Kalyani Magazine

Kalyani Magazine: "How I Got Over…" submissions by women of color

Online submission deadline: July 31, 2013

We are looking for writing of all types, and black and white art, by women of color.
The theme of the Fall issue is “How I Got Over…” which you can interpret in any way that you would like.
Writing should be up to 1500 words and already published work is accepted.

For more info, visit our website.

Call for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: Story|Houston

On behalf of Story|Houston, we would like to invite you to submit your best short story fiction and creative non-fiction for our Summer 2013 issue. There is no submission fee or cover letter required, and we award $200 per published work.

Our editorial staff is headed by William Monroe, dean of the Honors College at the University of Houston, and it is rounded out with other professors and writers in the Houston area.

To submit and for more info, please see our website.

Call for Submissions: Ayris

For our October online issue Ayris, the literary art magazine of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, seeks creative pieces that explore the strangeness you observe in the world around you. Don't be afraid to put your own spin on this idea, as long as the result is original, interesting and well-crafted.

Please limit your submissions to three (3) poems or two (2) pieces of visual art or one (1) piece of prose, 1,000 words or less. You may submit in more than one category, but only once in each category.

All selected pieces will be published on our blog during the month of October.

Submit work for this theme on or before June 1 at our online submission manager.

Contact Jenn Monroe at ayrismagazineATnhiaDOTedu with any questions (replace AT wtih @) and DOT with . ).

Book Award for Writers Under 30: Dylan Thomas Prize

Dylan Thomas Centre
Dylan Thomas Prize

Deadline: May 31, 2013

E-mail address: infoATdylanthomasprizeDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

A prize of £30,000 (approximately $45,880) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction published in the preceding year that "displays creative, imaginative, and innovative use of the English language" by a writer under 30. 

Publishers may submit five copies of a book published between June 1, 2012, and May 31, 2013, by May 31. 

There is no entry fee.

E-mail or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Dylan Thomas Centre
Dylan Thomas Prize
MGB PR, 2 Princess Way
Swansea SA1 3LW, England

Nonfiction Competition: The Bechtel Prize

The Bechtel Prize

Prize: $1,000.00. 

Entry fee: $20.00. 

Deadline: 07-01-2013.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) honors the author of an exemplary essay on literary arts education. The essay selected appears in Teachers & Writers Magazine and on the T&W website, and the author receives a $1,000 honorarium.

Submissions for the award offer compelling portraits of the work done in creative writing classrooms, address important issues in creative writing education, and/or explore the nature of the writing life. Possible topics for Bechtel Prize submissions include contemporary issues in creative writing education, innovative approaches to teaching literary forms and genres, and the intersection between literature and imaginative writing.

Poetry Book Competition: The Barrow Street Press Book Contest

The Barrow Street Press Book Contest award will be given for the best previously unpublished manuscript of poetry in English. The winner will receive book publication by Barrow Street Press, and $1,000.00.

Afaa Michael Weaver

Deadline: 30 June 2013

$25.00 Regular mail submission

$28.00 Online submission (the additional $3.00 cost is to offset our printing and collating costs; please note that our system does not accept American Express credit cards).

Manuscripts by current and former students and close friends of the contest judge will not be considered.

Press Submission Guidelines
Submit a 50-80 page unpublished manuscript of original poetry in English. Please number the pages of your manuscript and include a table of contents and an acknowledgments page for any previously published poems. Include two (2) title pages. The author's name, address, and telephone number should appear on the first title page only and should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. The second title page should contain only the manuscript title.

Online Submission
Use our Online Submission Manager to enter your contact information, upload the file containing your manuscript, and pay the contest entry fee. Follow the instructions on the submission manager main page and be sure to select "Book contest" from the genre drop down menu in order to pay the contest entry fee. You will need to upload the file containing your manuscript in either .doc(x), .pdf, or .rtf format.

Please note that you can only submit one manuscript at a time, so if you are submitting multiple manuscripts, you will need to follow these instructions for each one. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if your manuscript is selected for publication by another press, you will need to withdraw your manuscript from this contest using the online submission manager. Contest entry fees are non–refundable.

Regular Mail Submission
Your manuscript should be typed, single-spaced, single- or double-sided, on white 8 ½" x 11" paper. Please do not send your only copy, as manuscripts cannot be returned. Include SASE for notification of contest results and include a check for $25.00, payable to Barrow Street, Inc. Manuscripts unaccompanied by a check for the entry fee will not be considered.

Send regular mail entries to:

Barrow Street
PO Box 1558
Kingston, RI 02881

(Please do not send to the New York City Barrow Street address – manuscripts sent to this address will not be considered.)

Short Fiction Collection Competition: Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Contest

Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Contest

Ends on 7/16/2013
The University of North Texas Press announces the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. The Winner of this annual award will receive $1,000 and publication by UNT Press. Entries will be judged by an eminent writer.

Dates for submission: Manuscripts may be submitted between 9:00 am on May 16 and 5:00 pm on July 16, 2013. The winning manuscript will be announced in January 2014.

We only accept electronic submissions.

The $25.00 entry fee can be paid online via credit card or PayPal.

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

Manuscript Guidelines:
1. Please be sure manuscript pages are numbered.
2. Please include a table of contents.
3. Please use a standard, easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman in
twelve-point size.
4. Stories included in the submission may have appeared previously in
magazines or anthologies but may not have been previously published in
a book-length collection of the author's own work.
5. Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for
consideration as long as no material is duplicated between submissions.
Each submission will require a separate entry fee.
6. Manuscripts under consideration for this competition may be submitted
elsewhere at the same time. Please withdraw your manuscript if it is
accepted by another publisher and should no longer be considered for
the Katherine Anne Porter Award competition. Withdrawal can be
completed via the submissions manager website. Entry fees are not

Blind review: Manuscripts will be considered on the merits of the fiction and
neither the initial reading committee members nor the final judge will be aware of the names or publication records of the authors. Please do not include your name on the pages of the manuscript-only in the form boxes of the electronic submissions manager. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Writing Competition for Women: 2013 Gabehart Prize

2013 Gabehart Prize Submission Guidelines

Each year the Kentucky Women Writers Conference offers opportunities for both emerging and established voices to be singled out and cheered on by our community. The Betty Gabehart Prize honors our good friend, patron, and former director who led the conference during its seminal decade in the 1980s.

One winner will be chosen in each of three genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners receive:

$200, plus up to $100 in travel, lodging, or dining expenses (receipts required)
the opportunity to read her winning work during the conference on September 20–21, 2013.
two 2-day passes for herself and one guest
one space in a small-group writing workshop for winner (guest must pay workshop fee)


Please do not apply if you have won this award in the past five years (2008 or later).
Works that are previously published are not eligible for this award.
The contest is open to any female writer of English.
Employees or board members of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference are not eligible.
Work Format

Length: no more than 5 manuscript pages of poetry (which may consist of more than one poem—this guideline has changed from previous years); or no more than 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction
Please submit two copies of the work.
The author's name or address must not appear anywhere on the work.
The work must be on standard white paper, single-sided.
Paginate correctly.
Submission Information

Each work entered must be accompanied by its own entry form and a $10 entry fee payable to Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Please write a single check for multiple entries.
Submission of more than one work is permissible; each must be accompanied by its own entry form and fee. If multiple works are entered with a single entry fee, only the first work will be accepted.
Entries must be postmarked by July 1, 2013.
Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you would like notification that the entry has been received.
We cannot return entries.
Contest results will be posted on our website on August 9, 2013. Winners will be notified immediately.

Please send entries to:

Betty Gabehart Prize
Kentucky Women Writers Conference
University of Kentucky
232 East Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0344

Direct inquiries to: kentuckywomenwritersATgmailDOTcom Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Fiction Competition: 2014 Bard Fiction Prize

Bard Fiction Prize

The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.

2013 Bard Fiction Prize Recipient:
Brian Conn

About the Bard Fiction Prize

The creation of the Bard Fiction Prize, presented each October, continues Bard's long-standing position as a center for creative, groundbreaking literary work by both faculty and students. From Saul Bellow, William Gaddis, Mary McCarthy, and Ralph Ellison to John Ashbery, Philip Roth, William Weaver, and Chinua Achebe, Bard's literature faculty, past and present, represents some of the most important writers of our time. The prize is intended to encourage and support young writers of fiction to pursue their creative goals and provide an opportunity to work in a fertile and intellectual environment. Last year's Bard Fiction Prize was awarded to writer Benjamin Hale for his book, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (Twelve, 2011).
Bard Invites Submissions for Its Annual Fiction Prize for Young Writers

To apply, candidates should write a cover letter explaining the project they plan to work on while at Bard and submit a C.V., along with three copies of the published book they feel best represents their work. No manuscripts will be accepted. Applications for the 2014 prize must be received by July 15, 2013.

For information about the Bard Fiction Prize, call 845-758-7087, send an e-mail to bfpATbardDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ), or visit our website. Applicants may also request information by writing to:

 The Bard Fiction Prize
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000.

Poetry Competition: Literal Latte

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. 
Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10 poems) by July 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Deadline: July 15, 2013
Entry Fee: $10
E-mail address: litlatteATaolDOTcom
(Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 

Literal Latté
Poetry Award
200 East 10th Street, Suite 240
New York, NY 10003

(212) 260-5532
Jenine Gordon Bockman, Editor.

Call for Submissions: museum of americana

Between June 1st and June 31st, the museum of americana will accept submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, art, reviews, and interviews for Issues Three and Four.

We seek work that showcases and/or repurposes historical American culture. This is, of course, an enormous and diverse tub of spare parts, and we want to see if you can turn them into a hot rod. Give us fiction that dramatizes weird old folk songs or steals their characters. Give us love poetry that mixes language cribbed from The Federalist Papers with language cribbed from WWII propaganda posters. We want medicine shows and riverboats, Doo-Wop and Duke Snider. We want aspects of Americana we may not have even heard of yet.

Please see our first two issues and our complete guidelines for a clearer picture of our aesthetic.

Creative Nonfiction Competition: 2013 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors' Award

2013 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors' Award

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. All entries are considered for publication. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry) by June 1, 2013, to the following address:

Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors' Award
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712

Call for Submissions: Stymie Magazine

Stymie is an online literary magazine focused on sport (and games) in literature, be it through fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. We are now seeking submissions of all of the aforementioned. We love the sport themed work (i.e. baseball) published at places like Hobart and The Southern Review, and other places like Golf World (in their annual fiction issue).

We're partial to the essays of David Foster Wallace, the short stories of Kelly Link, and other such things. We'd be ecstatic to get an essay on 1986's Double Dribble for the NES (achieved in November 2012, though we'd welcome more).

For more information, visit our website.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mystery Novel Competition: The Tony Hillerman Prize

Hillerman Prize guidelines and specifics.

Sponsored by WORDHARVEST, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference (THWC) and St. Martin's Press, LLC
The contest is open to any professional or non-professional writer, regardless of nationality, who has never been the author of a published mystery, as defined by the guidelines below, and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a mystery. Only one manuscript entry is permitted per writer.

All manuscripts submitted: a) must be original works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language by the contestants; b) must not violate the rights of any third party, and c) must generally follow the guidelines below.

--Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story, and emphasis is on the solution rather than the details of the crime.
--The story's primary setting is the Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. (The decision of the Competition's judges as to whether or not a manuscript qualifies will be final.)
--Nominees will be selected by judges chosen by the organizers of the THWC, with the assistance of editorial staff of St. Martin's Press, and the winner will be chosen by St. Martin's editors. The decision of the editors as to the winner of the contest will be final. St. Martin's reserves the right not to select any winner if, in the sole opinion of the editors, none of the manuscripts submitted are of publishable quality.
--An attempt will be made to notify the contest winner, if any, no later than October 1.
--If a winner is selected, St. Martin's Press will publish the winning manuscript by offering to enter into its standard form author's agreement with the contestant. The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. Those terms of the offer not specified in the printed text of the St. Martin's Press standard form author's agreement will be determined by St. Martin's Press at its sole discretion. The contestant may request reasonable changes in the offered terms, but St. Martin's shall not be obligated to agree to any such changes. St. Martin's may, but will not be required to, consider for publication manuscripts submitted by other contestants.
--All entries must be received or postmarked no later than June 1 and must include: a) A double-spaced and neatly typed copy of the manuscript (photocopies are acceptable), with pages numbered consecutively from beginning to end. The author's name should appear only on the title page, and otherwise not appear anywhere on the manuscript pages. b) A letter or cover sheet containing the name, address, email address and telephone number of the contestant and the contestant's previous writing credits, if any. c) The application form, duly completed and an SASE.
--All entries must be mailed to St. Martin's Press.
--For additional copies of the rules and to request an entry form, please send a stamped, self addressed envelope to:

St. Martin's Minotaur/THWC Competition
St. Martin's Minotaur
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10010

*Each contestant must keep a copy of the manuscript for his or her own protection. St. Martin's Press will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or mislaid manuscripts. Because of the great volume of submissions we receive, the fact that judges are volunteers with full-time responsibilities elsewhere, and the fact that most writers now have the work in their computers, manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return postage or envelopes.

No critical evaluation or commentary will be offered by the judges or the editorial staff of St. Martin's Press unless, in the sole opinion of the editorial staff evaluation or commentary is appropriate in the case of a manuscript being considered for publication.

This Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

*It is important that you submit your manuscript as early as possible. Our judges are volunteers who are extremely busy with their primary concerns, and it is inevitable that your submission will get a more careful reading if the judge does not have to contend with a flood of last-minute entries. However, it is not necessary to send it the most expensive way. We judge on-time delivery by the post-mark or equivalent, not by the date the judge receives the manuscript.

Youth Essay Competition: The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO

Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO
deadline: June 30, 2013

Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc. Supported by FELISSIMO CORPORATION

As today's young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they are enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO's objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills.

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

"The Power of Culture to Create a Better Future"
Every part of the world has its own culture. Culture includes the arts, traditions and customs of a country or region, as well as the wisdom, values, lifestyles and trends of the people living there. In order to build a peaceful world, we need to acknowledge and respect each other's cultures. What aspects of the culture in your country or region do you take pride in? How can youth make the most of them to create a better future?

For entry information and to enter online.

Prose Poetry or Flash Fiction Competition: Indiana Review 1/2K Prize 2013

Indiana Review 2013 1/2k Prize

Contest Opens: June 1, 2013
Reading Fee: $20
(includes one-year subscription)

The winner of our contest will receive $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review.
All entries are considered for publication.
All entries are considered anonymously.

Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but the fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere.

Multiple entries are okay, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry.

Further, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judge.


Send no more than three short shorts or prose poems per entry, maximum 500 words each. Entrant's name must not appear on the submission.
Each fee entitles entrant to a one-year subscription, an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose complete address information for subscriptions. International addresses, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada).
We prefer that you pay online. Go hereto pay online

If online payment is impossible, please make checks payable to Indiana University. Please note that we cannot accept money orders or checks from foreign banks. We cannot accept checks made out to Indiana Review.

If submitting electronically, please go to our submissions page for our submission manager. Be sure to select the genre "1/2 K Prize 2013."

If submitting by post, please go to this website for our official entry form. With your entry, include a printout of your payment confirmation receipt e-mail. If desired, include self-addressed stamped envelope for notification. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Send entries to:
½ K Prize
Indiana Review
Ballantine Hall 465
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
 Bloomington, IN 47405-7103

Remember: If submitting payment via regular mail, please make checks payable to "Indiana University." We cannot accept checks addressed to "Indiana Review," and correcting this can cause significant delays to your submission.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fiction and Poetry Competition: The Thomas Morton Prize


The Puritan is proud to announce the return of our online literary contest!

The Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence recognizes the best in fiction and poetry received in 2013. The winners in the fields of fiction and poetry will each receive a generous prize package including monetary compensation as well as a collection of books from 12 of Canada's most celebrated publishers (a mega-boost to the neglected library).

The winning entries will also appear in The Puritan Issue XXIII: Fall 2013 and be honoured at our launch party, Black Thursday.

Be the second pair of writers to pin the longest literary prize title onto your lists of accolades. Brave the frontier today!

Bounties & Details
Fiction: $900 / Poetry: $600 (an increase of $500 since last year!)
Publication in The Puritan (Issue XXIII: Fall 2013)
Prize Pack of titles from 12 Canadian publishers, each worth approximately $600! So far, publishers include Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, The Porcupine's Quill, Freehand Books, Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Brick Books, Mansfield Press, Pedlar Press, Chaudiere Books, and Tightrope Books! Watch for this list to GROW in the next few weeks!
Cost per submission: $10 via PayPal

Fiction up to 12,000 words / Poetry up to 3 pages

Multiple submissions accepted!

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

See full details on our Submissions Page.


The Puritan: Frontiers of New English
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sports Fiction and Essay Contest: Winning

Sports Fiction & Essay Contest
Sponsored by Winning Writers

Submission period: November 15, 2012-May 31, 2013. $3,000 in cash prizes, including two top prizes of $1,000 each. Seeks today's best fiction and essays on sports-related themes.

Fee of $15 per entry.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry Competitions: Autumn House Press

Autumn House Press Annual Prizes in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Online/Postmark deadline: June 30, 2013
Winners receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/promotion grant.

We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests. All finalists will be considered for publication. Final judges have included Naomi Shihab Nye, Mark Doty, Stewart O'Nan, Philip Lopate, Jean Valentine, and Alicia Ostriker. Electronic or US mail submission. For guidelines please see our website.

Poetry Book Competition for Women Writers: The Gatewood Prize

The Gatewood Prize

The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books' annual competition for a first or second full-length (48–80 pp.) collection of poems by a woman writing in the English language. It is named after Emma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
2013 Judge: Eileen Myles

Reading Period: March 1– to June 1, 2013

Eileen Myles was born in Boston (1949) and moved to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Snowflake/different streets (poems, 2012) is the latest of her 18 books. Inferno (a poet's novel) came out in 2010. For The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art she received a Warhol Creative Capital grant. In 2010 the Poetry Society of America awarded Eileen the Shelley Prize. She is a Prof. Emeritus of Writing at UC San Diego. She's a 2012 Guggenheim fellow. She lives in New York.

General Terms:

Poet must be a woman; our definition of "woman" is broad and includes transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and female-identified individuals.
Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each manuscript must be entered under separate cover and fee.
You must let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while under our consideration.
No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered; the winning manuscript may be revised before publication.
Translations ineligible.
Manuscripts by close friends and former students of the judge are ineligible. If the judge would recognize your manuscript for any reason, please wait until next year to enter the contest.
Co-written collections are eligible provided both poets meet all eligibility requirements.
Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
Manuscripts remain anonymous until a winner is selected. Please remove any identifying references from your manuscript (including those in the body of the manuscript).
Only include cover letters in the appropriate box in the online form; do not upload a cover letter as the first page of your manuscript.
Switchback Books editors will consider individual poems within each manuscript for publication in a new, online web series, with permission of the poet. Please include a list of acknowledgments in the cover letter box on the online form to facilitate the editors' consideration for the web series. Do not include your acknowledgments in the manuscript document.
Switchback editors and staff members will read all submissions. We will select ten manuscripts to send on to the judge, who will choose the final winner.
Entries that do not meet these terms may be disqualified. Please email Managing Editor Colleen O'Connor at colleenATswitchbackbooksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) with any questions.

Manuscript Requirements:

Manuscripts should be between 48 and 80 pages, paginated.
Please include a cover page with ONLY the title of the manuscript.
Please include a list of acknowledgments in the cover letter box on the Submittable form. Do not include your acknowledgments in the manuscript document.
Table of contents recommended.

You will be notified of your submission status via email. Winners and finalists will be announced on our blog and website in the fall.

Entry Fee:

Option 1: $20 for reading fee only

Option 2: $28 for reading fee and a book of your choice from our catalog (excluding limited edition FOUR). Please specify which book you would like to receive in the cover letter on the Submittable form; if you do not specify, we will send you a book of our choosing. To ensure a timely delivery, be sure that your mailing address is up-to-date in the Submittable system.

All payments will be accepted via Submittable. We do not accept cash, checks, or money orders.

Submission Form:

Please visit our page at Submittable to submit your manuscript:


Manuscripts will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2013.

Poetry Competition: May Sarton Poetry Prize

May Sarton Poetry Prize
Online/Postmark deadline: June 30, 2013

Bauhan Publishing is pleased to announce the 2013 May Sarton Poetry Prize. This new contest, created for the 100th birthday of May Sarton, is in its third year featuring new judge Jeff Friedman. The winning poet is awarded with $1,000, the publication of their manuscript, and 100 copies of their newly-published book.

We are now accepting online submissions through our website. All manuscripts must be postmarked or submitted by June 30th, 2013. Visit our website for complete guidelines and more information.

Call for Horror Submissions: Silly Tree Anthologies

Silly Tree Anthologies is taking submissions for a scary, terrifying, bone-chilling anthology. Send us a story that will scare us spitless! Goblins, ghosts, serial killers, ax murders. We love them all!

This Call for Submissions is open from April 15, 2013 until June 1, 2013. Silly Tree Anthologies will send acceptance or rejection letters by June 15, 2013.

Please read the submission guidelines before sending your stories.

Call for Submissions: Naturally Yours

Call for submissions: NATURALLY YOURS, Poems & Short Stories about Indiana State Parks. Proceeds from the book will be donated to Indiana state parks.

If you have an original poem or short story that you would like to submit for consideration, please mail up to 3 along with a cover sheet with name, address, phone number and titles to:

Naturally Yours
3121 Mounds Rd.
Anderson, IN 46016

Poems with a 32-line limit or short stories with a 3,000 word limit must be about one of Indiana's 25 state parks. Any age may submit their work. Deadline for submission is July 31, 2013.

Published works will be selected by Stacy Savage and Kathy Chaffin
Gerstorff, with expected publication in fall 2013.

Please direct questions to:

srsmith25ATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) or

sellprosATaolDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) or
call 765-650-8423.

For more info, you may visit PARKPOEMS.COM.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Call for Poetry, Artwork, Photos, and Books to Review: Off the Coast

Deadlinefor the Summer 2013 issue: June 15, 2012
Send us your poetry, artwork & photos and books for review!

Editorial decisions are not made until after the June 15 deadline. Notifications will go out during early to mid-July.
Contributors receive one free copy.
Additional copies of the issue their work appears in available for half the cover price.
Sample issues available for $10.
One-year Subscription to Off the Coast: $35.
Two-year Subscription (25% off the cover price): $60.

The Winter 2013 issue has sold out.
The Spring issue, "Graffiti Gospel," featuring poems by Rhina Espaillat, Simon Perchik, Lyn Lifshin, DuaneK. Caylor, Sarah Woolf-Wade, David Wagoner, Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel, Bruce Spangand others; cover images by Betsey Headley and Anna Mueller and other photos by Eleanor Leone Bennett, Kathleen Gunton, Cameron MacPhail, Laird Kopp,Janet Favor and others, is at the printer now.

For more information email:

poetrylane2ATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

To order, visit our website.

Or write to:
Off the Coast
P.O. Box 14
Robbinston, ME 04671

Send 1-3 previously unpublished poems, any subject or style, using our submission manager or send postal submissions with SASE with sufficient postage for return.

Please include contact information and brief bio with submission.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Photos & Artwork:
We accept B&W graphics and photos to grace the pages of Off the Coast, and color or B&W for the cover.

Send 3-6 images in tiff, png or jpg format with a resolution of300 dpi. Images in portrait orientation work best for the journal.

Please use submission manager to send artwork.

For reviews, send a single copy of a newly published poetry book.

Please send bound books only, we do not review chapbooks.

Mail to:
Off the Coast
PO Box 14
Robbinston, ME 04671

Call for Fiction: Valparaiso Fiction Review

Valparaiso Fiction Review, which has just released its Summer 2013 issue, is now seeking works of short fiction for its upcoming issue. VFR publishes two editions a year, in December and in May, and it features fiction from established or emerging writers. Authors are invited to read the current issue and to examine guidelines for submitting work to the online submission manager at our website.

Literary Scholarships for Young Writers from Las Vegas, NV: Gateway Arts Foundation

Gateway Arts Foundation announces the Helen Hearne Literary Scholarships for young and aspiring authors from Las Vegas, Nevada, ages 14 to 22 years of age.  Applications will be accepted for a short story 50 to 75 pages on a 5 x 8 format (approximately 14,000 to 21,000 words) with a Las Vegas/Nevada/any town in Nevada theme or a centralized focus to the storyline and/or character. Three award classifications will be given and submissions can be entered as Fiction or Nonfiction:

14– 16 year olds Fiction or Nonfiction
17– 19 year olds Fiction or Nonfiction
20– 22 year olds Fiction or Nonfiction

To apply, please download and submit an application form with your short story. The application is available on Gateway’s website. There is no fee. Deadline for submission is August 1st, 2013.

The grand prize winner chosen from each of the three age classifications will have their short story published by Personal Dynamics Publishing in anthology that will be available for sale at Each winner  will receive a copy of the anthology and a certificate at a Gateway Scholarship event.

Gateway Arts Foundation provides affordable cultural programs always benefiting the artist and its scholarship fund. The Gateway Scholarship fund currently offers continued advanced private music studies for outstanding Las Vegas students.Gateway Arts Foundation is honored to be called the “greatest friend and supporter to Las Vegas artists.

Call for Fiction Submissions: Thornapple Books

Thornapple Books, the literary fiction imprint of Levellers Press in Amherst Massachusetts, is currently accepting submissions of literary fiction, both novels and short story collections.

Information and guidelines available at Levellers Press website

We regret we are unable to review any manuscripts which do not follow submission guidelines.

Writing Competition: The Baltimore Review

The theme for The Baltimore Review’s summer contest is Threes. Three—what? That’s entirely up to you. Tercets. Three stanzas. Three characters. Three rooms. Three wishes. Three sisters. Three apples. A three-fingered man. Triplets. A trio. A three on the roll of the dice. Three of swords. The rule of three. Third time's the charm.

So many possibilities. Final judge: Michael Kimball. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. 3,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction. One to three poems in an entry. All entries considered for publication.

Prizes are $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. 

Deadline is May 31, 2013. For more information, visit our website.

Call for Short Fiction by Disabled Writers: Cinco Puntos Press

Short fiction by writers with physical disabilities is being solicited for a follow up anthology to Beauty is a Verb to be published by Cinco Puntos Press. Length can range from flash fiction to 5000 words.  

All styles and fiction genres are acceptable but should be work in which a disability consciousness is reflected. Innovative work is encouraged. No stereotypes or tales of overcoming, please.

Submissions can be submitted to Michael Northen at:

mnorthenATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please use “Fiction Submission” in the subject line. Files attached as Word documents are appreciated. Beauty is a Verb can be viewed here.

Call for Prose and Poetry Submissions: Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders

Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal is accepting submissions for Volume 18 now until June 30. Send 3 to 5 poems or one piece of prose to:

Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders
c/o DAAC
PO Box 1721
Las Cruces, NM 88004

Read full guidelines and more about the journal at our new website.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Wearable Art Workshop: Ghost Ranch Summer Workshops and Retreats

The Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center presents the workshop: Wearable Art 
Monday, July 29 - Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Loose Threads class will be creating a collage vest with a variety of fabrics — 100% cotton is preferable with plaid, solids and floral prints, drapery fabric prints, velvets, silks or vintage fabrics is also doable. To add interest to our canvas we will be breaking the rules of matching top thread to bobbin, stitching backwards and forward and moving randomly through your garment. This course will be part of the Ghost Ranch Creative Arts Festival. 

Instructor: Esther Schnur-Berlot 
Esther Schnur-Berlot, wearable artist is now living in Tucson. Her creative bent has taken her from behind-the-scenes in television commercials to owning a restaurant gallery in New York’s Soho district. She has also worked as an Adult Ed instructor in California teaching wear­ables. Her Esther Street line of one-of a-kind hand painted pins and garden sculptures have been featured in galleries in Sonoma and Napa and in the Palm Springs Museum Gift Shop. Her work is currently in the Tucson Museum Gift Shop. For examples of wearable art and to register, please visit the workshop page.

About Ghost Ranch 
Ghost Ranch, 21,000 acres located in northern New Mexico, stands proud as an ecumenical and interfaith education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For more than half a century people have come for spiritual develop­ment, to discuss issues of peace and justice, to work together in creation care, to paint and write, to hike and ride horseback, to research rich and globally renowned ar­cheological and fossil quarries, to see where Georgia O’Keeffe painted or simply to rest and renew their spirits. 

To Register: • Call (505) 685-4333 ext. 4155. • Visit our website for online registration • $375 + lodging & meals • Course number G13A758

Call for Submissions: Gingerbread House Literary Magazine

Gingerbread House Literary Magazine

The Gingerbread House staff is dedicated to publishing quality poetry & fiction with a magical element. Take your fairy tale and twist it. Bend your fantasy to suit your needs. Be original and fresh, loose and lovely.

What we want: Stories that we've never seen before. No fan fiction of any sort. No sword & sorcery. Retellings are fine, but should offer a new spin. We're not particularly into sci-fi. Our favorite writing is along the lines of Aimee Bender, Steven Millhauser, Alice Hoffman, Karen Joy Fowler. We lean toward the literary, but are open to anything well written.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If your work is accepted elsewhere, we'll congratulate you. Please let us know immediately via gingerbreadhouselitmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
We do not take multiple submissions. Do not submit again until you've heard back the first time. Please wait at least six months to query about your submission status.

We do not accept previously published material.

We acquire First North American serial rights. Rights then revert to the author upon publication. We only ask that we be acknowledged in future reprintings of the work.

All work must be uploaded to our email address:

gingerbreadhouselitmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Put your cover letter in your email and attach your submission as a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx) attachment. Send only one submission at a time, and wait for a response before you submit additional work.

POETRY : Submit up to five poems. Please use standard font and formatting (single-spaced, unless it's a stylistic choice). Please include all poems in one file, one poem per page, and be sure your name and contact information are included on each page.

PROSE POETRY/FLASH FICTION :Submit up to three flash pieces in a single file. You make the call as to whether it's poetry or fiction. If it's well written, we'll consider it, regardless of definition.

FICTION : All fiction should be double-spaced, in standard formatting and font. We are not interested in stories that are more than 5000 words. If you see a story that is more than 5000 words on Gingerbread House, it generally means we solicited that story. We very much like stories in the 3000 word range.

We do not publish essays or creative nonfiction at this time.

Call for Flash Fiction: The Marie Alexander Series

THE MARIE ALEXANDER SERIES is seeking submissions for an anthology of flash sequences. Send up to 10 pages (double-spaced, 12 pt. type, 1-inch margins) of prose sequences, each segment of which contains fewer than 500 words. 

Send PDF files, with cover letter, to:

Wesley Fairman
anthologyATmariealexanderseriesDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ), with "anthology submission" in the subject line.

Previously published material OK. Put name and e-mail on all documents. We will accept submissions January 1–-June 1.

For further information visit our website.

Poetry Competition: 17th Annual Blue Lynx Prize

THE 17TH ANNUAL BLUE LYNX PRIZE is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems by a U.S. resident or citizen. The prize carries a $2,000 award and publication.

Postmark deadline: May 15.

Poems included may not have appeared in full-length, single-author collections. The 2012 winner was Roy Bentley for his collection Starlight Taxi. Final judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Robert Wrigley, Dara Wier, Dorianne Laux, and David Wojahn. Make checks payable to Lynx House Press.

Send manuscript of at least 48 pages, a $25 reading fee plus SASE (for notification) to:

Lynx House Press
P.O. Box 940
Spokane, WA 99210

Monday, May 6, 2013

Call for Submissions: Star 82 Review

Star 82 Review: Call for Submissions

link to submit.

Star 82 Review is a new art and lit online and print-on-demand magazine that is looking for your best original work and lyrical language. The idea of making the familiar strange and the strange, familiar is of particular interest. Categories include flash, postcard lit, art post images, and erasure texts. Fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, comics, short dramatic scenes, and all art media will be considered.

Got art or text from 6-1000 words? Reading is year-round.

Summer issue deadline: May 15.

Teen Writing Competition: 2013 Fire Escape Writing Contests

Do you love to weave words together?
Were you and/or one or both of your birth parents born in another country?
Do you live in the United States or Canada now?

Are you 13-19 years old?

If you answered yes to ALL of the questions above, YOU qualify to enter the 2013 Fire Escape Writing Contests! Submit an original, unpublished poem or piece of prose (fiction or non-fiction) that reflects some of the joys and struggles of growing up between two cultures in America. Mitali's Fire Escape will only consider one poem and one piece of short fiction per person, so send your best work.

Poetry (only one, so pick your best!)
Short Fiction (up to 1000 words)

Winner in each category: $50

How to submit an entry

Paste your poem or story into an e-mail message and send it to
contests - at - I will not open attachments.
Proofread thoroughly and keep your presentation simple. Entries with spelling, grammar or punctuation errors and funky characters/fonts may be disqualified without notice. Do not include any clip art, images, or photos with your entry. Words only, please. Fiction longer than 1000 words will not be considered.
Include your name, age, and e-mail address in your e-mail. Also include your countr(ies) of origin. You and/or ONE of your birth parents must have been born outside North America. If you were born in Puerto Rico and are now living in one of the states or Canadian provinces, you qualify.
Current U.S. or Canadian residents only please, and previous winners are not eligible.
To qualify, your entry must be received between September 15, 2012 and June 1, 2013.

REPEAT: You must be an immigrant or internationally adopted teen (or a teen with one immigrant parent) currently living in the United States or Canada.

NOTE: Failure to follow all of the contest guidelines will disqualify your entry.

Winning Poems and Stories will be published on the Fire Escape. Winners will be notified by August 30th. If you do not hear from us by September 15, 2013, you can assume that your entry was NOT a winner. Prizes must be claimed by September 30, 2013. Please note that editorial or any other personal comments will not be provided for contest submissions. The Fire Escape reserves the right to award no prizes if no entry meets the judge's standards.

The Fire Escape seeks the following permissions from young authors: permission to publish your work on the web site, and permission to include your work in online archives after publication. Authors retain the copyright to their work. Once selected, winners must send their school information and a mailing address so that the Fire Escape can validate the entry and send the prize. Read the Fire Escape's privacy policy for more information.

Short Fiction Competition: The American Fiction Prize

The American Fiction Prize
The Best Unpublished Short Stories by American Writers

This series, whose first six issues were published by Birch Lane Press/Carol Publishing Group, was called "a must-read collection for all short-fiction enthusiasts" by Booklist. The series moved to New Rivers Press in 1997; editors Alan Davis and Michael White chose previously unpublished stories for inclusion in the first ten volumes. Volumes 11 (2010) and 12 (2012) were edited by Kristen Tsetsi, Bayard Godsave, and Bruce Pratt. Volume 13--set for publication in 2014--is being edited by Bruce Pratt. A well-known writer serves as guest judge, chooses three prizewinners who receive a cash award, and writes the introduction. This year's judge is Michael White. In 1998, Writer's Digest chose the series as one of the top fifteen fiction magazines in the United States.

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250

Entry Fee: $16/story

Previous finalist judges include Charles Baxter, Ann Beattie, Robert Boswell, Ray Carver, Louise Erdrich, Clint McCown, Antonya Nelson, Josip Novakovich, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Wallace Stegner, Anne Tyler, and Tobias Wolff.

Contest Guidelines: New Rivers Press will publish approximately twenty short stories in each American Fiction volume, subtitled The Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers. We seek well crafted, character driven literary fiction in any genre with a maximum of 10,000 words per story. Each of the selected story authors will receive national publication and distribution, author discount, and two complimentary copies. $1,750 in prizes will be awarded. ($1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, and $250 for 3rd place). The finalist judge for Volume 13 is Michael White. There is a reading fee of $16 for each online submission from Feb. 1 through June 15 at the Submittable website.

Submit electronically


Mail entries:

American Fiction Prize
New Rivers Press
1104 7th Ave. S.
Moorhead, MN 56563

Mailed entries must include a cover page with your name, story title, mailing address, and email address. Do not include your name on the pages of the story. Please ensure all stories are typed, double-spaced, and that the title and page number appear on each page. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and an e-mail address.

We welcome multiple entries ($16/story). For entries outside the U.S., please send entry fee in U.S. currency or money order. While we cannot return manuscripts, we will forward a list of the winning stories to any entrant who includes an SASE and we will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories.

Please e-mail any questions to: (Change AT to @ )

Open Reading Period: Augury Books

Augury Books is very happy to announce that our 2013 open reading period begins today (May 1st: Happy May Day!) and will last until June 30th. This year we are looking for both full-length poetry manuscripts and for short story collections, and we anticipate publishing at least one new title in each genre.

Exact guidelines and the link to Submittable can be found on Augury's submissions page here. We are very excited to read new work!

augurybooksATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Call for Submissions: The Boiler

The Boiler is seeks work for its 8th issue that makes readers blood boil. We publish poetry, short fiction, and short memoirs on a quarterly basis. We have published authors such as Bruce Bond, Cynthia Cruz, Marina Rubin, Thomas Lux, Joseph Millar, Cinthia Ritchie, Christine Tierney, and others.

Visit our website for more details.

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Call for Poetry, Fiction and Scholarly Manuscripts: Willow Books

Postmark Deadline: SEPTEMBER 2

Willow Books, the literary division of Aquarius Press, will be reading unsolicited manuscripts beginning April 15, 2013. This reading period is only for writers who have not previously been published by Aquarius Press/Willow Books. Our mission is to develop, publish and promote writers typically underrepresented in the market, and the reading period is open to all writers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Poetry manuscripts should be in the 48-96 page range, and fiction/nonfiction should be no longer than 180 pages. Scholarly titles covering literature, arts and the Humanities (up to 250 pages) are also accepted, but they should be in proper format (MLA, APA, etc.).

This reading period is neither a contest nor is it exclusively for first books. Rather, it is a time for us to review manuscripts by writers who have not previously been published by our press. Genre/subject is open, but no "street lit" or erotica, please.

$25.00 Reading Fee for all submissions.

Submission Process:
If you wish to have us consider your manuscript, please upload a pdf to or visit this link:

Short Story Competition: Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

GLIMMER TRAIN Short Story Award for New Writers: Deadline May 31.

Open to any writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000.

1st place has been increased to $1500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $500/$300, consideration for publication. Results announced August 1. Word count generally ranges 1000-5000, though up to 12,000 words is fine.

One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry, New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Submit online.

Short Fiction Competition: 2013 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

We Are Now Accepting Entries for the 2013 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose!
Online submissions manager here.

Judged by Robert Coover
Deadline: August 31, 2013

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2013 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 26.2, due out in April 2014, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

This year's contest will be judged by Robert Coover. Coover's first novel, The Origin of the Brunists, won the 1966 William Faulkner Award. His other works include the collection of short fiction, Pricksongs and Descants, a collection of plays, A Theological Position, and such novels as The Public Burning, Spanking the Maid, Gerald's Party, Pinocchio in Venice, John's Wife, Ghost Town, and Briar Rose. His latest honor is the Dugannon Foundation's REA award for his lifetime contribution to the short story.

We will accept submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail. Entrants may submit up to three pieces with each entry fee. Entrants may submit more than once, but each new entry of three pieces must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.

Contest Guidelines for Online Submissions
- Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast's online submissions manager.
- Submit up to three pieces of short prose in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.
- Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
- The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the "Comments" field.
- After submitting your work you will be redirected to PayPal to authorize your $17 reading fee. You do not need a PayPal account to submit to the contest; PayPal accepts all major credit cards for payment. We will contact you if there are any issues with your payment.

Contest Guidelines for Postal Mail Submissions
- Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
- Please address postal mail entries to:

Gulf Coast
ATTN: Barthelme Prize in Short Prose
Department of English
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013

- The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
- Please include your $17 reading fee, payable to "Gulf Coast."