As you may or may not know, every year GLO and the English department get together to celebrate the writing students who are graduating. This year is no exception, and we have extra reason to celebrate -- in the past, it has been Master of Arts in writing, and this year rolled out the Master of Fine Arts program. Very fancy.

Our non-fiction readers will be:

Lisa Ekman
Carla Feinstein
Haili Graff
Ron Horton
Merilee Karr
Jan Kurtz
Jenny Tatone

Our poets will be:

Wendy Bourgeois
Michael Achterman
Chris Cottrell
Wendy Noonan

Our fiction readers will be:

Bob Balmer

The dates for the readings are:

May 17 - Poetry
May 19 - Fiction
May 21 - Non-fiction

All readings will begin at 7:30 p.m., and there will be a little time beforehand to mingle and have some hors d'oeuvres. Catering will be provided by Elephants Deli, so it will be delicious.

All of the readings are at Blackfish Gallery, located at 420 NW 9th Ave., on 9th and Glisan. It's a really nice space.

This is a great opportunity to see what PSU's up-and-coming writers are doing! We are going to have a great night of food, reading, hopefully a little wine and beer, and a celebration of all the hard work that our MFA comrades have done.

See you there!

This just in from Ooligan!

Hey all! I just got this info from Chloe over at Ooligan:

Ooligan is having a flash fiction contest! Winners will receive various passes to the Write to Publish conference on May 22 and 23. The deadline is listed as May 7 on the site, but they will likely be extending that.

Here's the info from the site:

To further the dialogue in this striking genre, we are now accepting submissions for our 2010 Write to Publish Flash Fiction Contest. The deadline is May 7, so please get writing.

First Prize: 1) workshop of your choice on Day 1 of Write to Publish conference, 2) two passes to Open House Day, and 3) a copy of You Have Time for This, Ooligan’s book of flash fiction.

Second Prize: 1) two passes to Open House Day and 2) a copy of You Have Time for This.

Third Prize: 1) one pass to Open House Day and 2) a copy of You Have Time for This.

All three winning stories will be displayed on the Ooligan Press website.


Please submit one flash fiction piece of fewer than five hundred words. There is no specific theme, but we are not seeking genre-specific work (i.e. romance, western, sci-fi). Work can be previously published if you let us know where. All submissions should be sent as an attachment to events@ooliganpress.pdx.edu, with a note about your interest in the Write to Publish conference and an optional brief bio in the email body. Please include “Flash Fiction Contest” in the subject line.

Here's the link to the contest page.

Get out there and write.


Rigoberto Gonzalez Reading

I've been told that people actually read this blog, so I figured I should start updating again. And what better way to start posting again than this event? What follows is the forwarded e-mail that I got. If you have any questions, please follow the contact info down there. I don't know anything!

Please, please, please get your tickets for this wonderful event! This is a trial run in the Portland area. PEN is testing the Portland waters, deciding whether or not to put us on their map. Let's pack the house for this and insure that we'll be part of the itinerary for upcoming PEN offerings.

Thanks to an exciting collaboration between Literary Arts and the Miracle Theatre Group, Portland will participate for the first time in the PEN World Voices Festival this month. In 2004, PEN President Salman Rushdie decided that the organization needed to do more to create cultural understanding in post-9/11 America. The result was PEN World Voices, a festival of international literature that gathers hundreds of writers from around the globe to participate in panels, conversations, and readings in New York City.

Now, six years later, Portland begins what we hope will become an annual tradition when Literary Arts and the Miracle present Rigoberto González on Monday, April 26 at 7:30 pm at the Miracle Theatre. Rigoberto is an acclaimed poet, memoirist, novelist, and critic. He is also the author of young adult and children’s books. For this event, Rigoberto will be reading from his memoir Butterfly Boy, winner of the American Book Award, and from his poetry collection, So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks,selected by Ai as part of The National Poetry Series. In an in-depth on-stage conversation, he will also discuss his life, his creative process, and his work, including Fifteen Years of Latino and Latino Writing, the recently released (March, 2010) Camino del Sol anthology of poetry, nonfiction and fiction which he edited for The University of Arizona Press.

I hope you will join us for what will be a unique literary evening. And please spread the word. (Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at HulaHub or at 503.236.7253.

Paulann Petersen
Please note e-mail change to paulann@paulann.net
Visit my web site at www.paulann.net


MFA Q and A

I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty well flummoxed by this whole thesis thing. I know I have to write something, and that I have to make it good, as opposed to letting my dog run over my keyboard and then correcting his punctuation and turning it in for class, which is what I do now. But beyond knowing I have to write something, I'm lost.

Theoretically, all the information is on the web site, I suppose. But unfortunately, web sites aren't great about answering questions. Lucky for us, though, Paul Collins and Michele Glazer ARE great about answering questions, which is why they are going to be our official question answerers at this little thesis Q&A coffee klatsch I'm planning!

So here are the details (or "deets" as the young kids say):

What: MFA Thesis Question and Answer Session
Where: NH 407, a.k.a. the English Department Conference Room
When: Thursday, December 3, from 3:oo p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

I am also compiling a list of questions ahead of time so that I can let Paul and Michele know what to expect. So send your most burning questions to gradlit@pdx.edu or respond to this post, and I'll make sure to include them.


Support Your Local Authors!

This Wednesday night, Loggernaut will be presenting three authors, two of which teach here at our very own Portland State!

Here are the details:

WHEN: Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Doors open at 7 and the reading begins at 7:30.
WHERE: Urban Grind, at 2214 NE Oregon St.
ADMISSION CHARGE: $3-$5 (A bargain at any price!)
WHO: Joel Bettridge, poet and teacher; Tom Bissell, fiction writer and teacher; and Peyton Marshall, fiction writer and Portlander.

~ JOEL BETTRIDGE is the author of two books of poetry, That Abrupt Here (2007) and Presocratic Blues (2009), as well as the critical study Reading as Belief: Language Writing, Poetics, Faith (2009). He co-edited, with Eric Selinger, Ronald Johnson: Life and Works (2008). Currently he is an Assistant Professor of English at Portland State University.

~ TOM BISSELL is the author of the books Chasing the Sea, God Lives in St. Petersburg, and The Father of All Things. His work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the New Yorker, and McSweeney's, among other magazines. His new book, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, will be published in June. He teaches fiction writing at Portland State University.

~ PEYTON MARSHALL is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the recipient of a Maytag Fellowship and the Richard Yates award for short fiction. Her story “Bunnymoon” was published in the Best New American Voices 2004. Her work has appeared in A Public Space, Etiqueta Negra, and fivechapters.com. She lives in Portland.


Poetry Reading

If you are looking for something to do this Friday evening, here is another item to add to the menu!

Joel Bettridge, one of our assistant professors here in English Department Land, is bringing two fabulous poets to our campus this Friday, October 16, 2009.

Who: Kate Greenstreet and Linda Russo
What: Reading poetry
Where: Neuberger Hall 407, a.k.a. the English Conference Room
When: Friday, October 16, 2009 at 6 P.M.
How: Not sure, but probably by car.
Why: Because that's what English majors do.

Here's some background about the poets, if you are curious:

Kate Greenstreet:

Ahsahta Press published Kate Greenstreet's first book, case sensitive. Her second, The Last 4 Things, will be out from Ahsahta in September 2009. This is why I hurt you, her most recent chapbook, is available from Lame House Press. New work is forthcoming in journals including jubilat, Court Green, Hotel Amerika, Practice, Saltgrass, and MAKE.

Linda Russo:

Linda Russo is the author of MIRTH (Chax Press, 2007) and o going out
(Potes & Poets, 1999), and her poems appear in recent issues of Bird Dog and Fence. She wrote the preface to Joanne Kyger's About Now: Collected Poems (National Poetry Foundation, 2007), and is currently writing an essay on writing that braids journal writing,literary criticism, & biography. A graduate of the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo, she currently teaches creative writing at Washington State University.

If you have any questions, e-mail GLO HQ at gradlit@pdx.edu or e-mail Joel at jmbette@pdx.edu.

Return of the Blog!

Well, English department, here we are! The school year is upon us.

Here at GLO HQ we've had a changing of the guards. Your new Graduate Literary Organization coordinators are Nicole Herbert and Dinah Sheehan (hey, that's me!). Amber and Jennifer left quite a legacy in GLO, and if we can do half as great a job as they did, I'll feel like this year was a raging success. Hats off to them!

I'll be your blogger this year, so please make sure your seat belts are securely fastened, and you are ready for the mind of Master Blogger, Dinah Sheehan.

A little about me:

I was born and raised in Las Vegas (no, I do not know how to play poker) and got my B.A. in education from a Cracker Jack box I found on the side of Las Vegas Blvd. I taught for a year, then alighted to Oregon with every intention of settling down and becoming a barista at a coffee shop. Life had other plans, and I ended up here at PSU getting an MFA, which I will probably use to write ad copy on the back of cereal boxes.

A little about Nicole:

I just met Nicole, so I might have to make some stuff up. Let's see, I know she went to school in North Carolina at some point. There was a stint in Chicago somewhere. She has a three-legged cat named "Beast" that came with the house she lives in. She rides a green bike. She's in her second year as an MA student in literature here at PSU, and she hopes to someday teach women's literature.

I'll keep this short, but before I go, I leave you with a link to the most amazing thing on the internet.

Hear ye, hear ye: Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog

This blog started in 2007, I think, and caused quite the stir among Medievalists, as one might imagine. I'm not sure if the identity of the Chaucer blogger has ever been discovered, but whoever he is, he is brilliant. It's a blog written in the style of Chaucer. What's not to love?


Congratulations to Dee Anne Finken!

With newly acquired MFA from PSU proudly tucked under her arm, Dee Anne recently accepted a full-time temporary assignment at Clark College in Vancouver. She will be teaching journalism courses and advising the student newspaper for 2009-2010. Most recently Sbe was the student media director at the University of Portland.

Congrats Dee Anne!


John R. Milton Writers' Conference: Writing about the American West--deadline Aug 15

Please join us for the biennial John R. Milton Writers' Conference, held October 29-31, 2009, at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

We are seeking panel and round table proposals, scholarly papers, and creative writing related (either explicitly or implicitly) to the theme of Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers: Technology and the American West. Possible topics or approaches might include, but certainly aren’t limited to:

• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in Western American literature, history, and culture;

• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in American Indian literature, history, and culture;

• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in the American West in relationship to environmental issues and ecocriticism;

• The railroad and the American West;

• The American West as a site or fantasy space of anti-technology;

• Representations of Frontier Technology/Techno-frontiers in popular culture (including, but not limited to, HBO's Deadwood and Joss Whedon's Firefly, Westerns (both film and television), graphic novels, and science fiction); and

• The American West in cyber-space.

Please submit a 250-word abstract, along with a brief biographical note, postmarked by August 15, 2009. Panel and proposals should include individual paper abstracts and biographical notes for all of the participating panelists, in addition to a 250-word justification for the panel. Round table proposals should include a 250-word justifi cation for the round table session, along with biographic
al notes for the participating round table session members.

For creative submissions, please submit either 8-10 pages of poetry, or no more than 25 pages of creative prose writing, along with a short biographical note, postmarked by August 15, 2009. While creative work that either explicitly or implicitly addresses the conference theme, or is related in some way to landscape are particularly welcome, all types of creative work on any theme and in any style will be gladly considered for readings at the conference's creative writing panels.

All submissions should be sent to:

Lee Ann Roripaugh
Department of English
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Alternatively, you may submit your proposals/creative writing samples in MS Word or RTF format, via e-mail, to:
(replace (at) with @)




6th year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,350. Top prize $2,000. Submit poems in traditional verse forms, such as sonnets and free verse. Winning entries published online. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: June 30. Judges: J.H. Reid, D.C. Konrad. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Winning Writers is proud to be one of "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest, 2005-2009). More information: www.winningwriters.com/margaret

Poetry Prize--deadline Sept 1





One winning poem will receive $300 and publication in the next issue. Two runners up will receive $50. The poems selected will be posted on our web site.

Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total).

GUIDELINES: Submissions must include a cover letter listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number as well as titles of the poems. No identifying information should appear on the poems. Manuscripts will not be returned. Include a SASE for notification of results.

Enclose a $10 entry fee (make checks payable to RHINO).

Label your contest submission: “Founders’ Contest.” Submissions must be

postmarked between June 1 -September 1. No electronic submissions please.

All contest submissions will also be considered for regular publication in the 2010 edition of RHINO. Mail submission to:

RHINO, The Poetry Forum

P.O. Box 591

Evanston, IL 60204

Winners and runners up will be announced on our web site: www.rhinopoetry.org



Anthology of Contemporary Poetry
Edited by Maja Trochimczyk

Forthcoming in March 2010 to honor the 200th Anniversary of Chopin’s Birth.

Moonrise Press


§ Original poetry about any aspect of music and life of Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849),
Polish pianist and composer

§ Deadline – August 1, 2009

§ Language – English

§ Length – maximum 39 lines per poem, 3 poems

§ Format – email (replace (at) with @)
with the poem both in the body of the message and attachment in MS Word or rtf

§ Address and contact information of the author included in the body of the message


1. The book will be published by Moonrise Press, with an ISBN number.

2. The authors will retain individual copyright, granting permission to print in the
anthology only.

3. The book will be distributed by online print-on-demand company and available
through a network of partners, including Bowkers Books in Print, lulu.com, Amazon,

4. The authors will receive an off-print of their submission, and a 30% discount on
the book price.


Writers Contests - Houston Writers Guild--Deadline July 30

Writers Contests - Houston Writers Guild


(visit website to get entry blank)

FALL 2009 WRITERS CONTESTS - $500 First Prize Novel!

Entry Deadline Postmark July 30, 2009 or Hand Delivery to Meeting

go to


 for Entry Blank

Contest entry Fees:

Novel: Members -- $15 for first entry, additional entries $12 each. 

Non Members -- $18 for first, additional $12 each.

Lifetime award Novel for published authors $20 each.


No nonmember surcharges on the following: 

Short stories  $10 per entry

Personal Essays, $10 per entry

Poems:  3 poems for $10, 6 poems: $15

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Contest #1: Novel - Any Genre 

Mainstream, Literary, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Historical, Saga, Mystery, Thriller, Spy, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Non-Fiction, Memoir


In case of ties, prize money will be divided among tie holders

First 10 pages your Novel, Book, or Screenplay + Synopsis

Contest entries in English only

Open to all unpublished and not under contract novelists & screenwriters anywhere in the world

 Submit TWO COPIES of the first 10 pages of your novel or screenplay and TWO COPIES of a 1 page synopsis - Do not send the entire manuscript!


Contest #2 Short Story - Any Genre


Want to win? Make sure your story has a
Beginning, a Middle and an End and Opens With a Hook

Limit: 2500 WORDS (more or less)



Contest #3 Personal Essay


Inspire us! Make us Laugh or cry! Something Personal -- your opinion on any subject or a character study or a slice of life piece.

Limit: 1,500 words



Contest #4: Poetry


3 poems or 6 poems

Only one poem per page

Submit TWO COPIES each poem


Contest #4: Lifetime Award Novel - Any Genre


The exception to the rule - Previously published novelist may enter

Rules applicable to novel Contest #1 apply

Submit TWO COPIES of each entry


Financial Awards in each category will depend on a minimum of  ten entries in that category. Categories may be combined. Prize money for each category will be divided among tie winners for that category and prize.

Winners announced at workshop on September 12, 2009

Winners will also be posted to this website mid-October, 2009

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You do not have to pay/attend the workshop in order to enter the contest. Membership is not required to attend workshop or enter contests; however, a $10 fee is charged non-members in addition to the workshop and/or contests entry fees (only one $10 fee for both workshop and all contests).



No limit to number of entries.

All entries must be in English and from unpublished writers anywhere in the world who are not under contract to any publisher anywhere EXCEPT entrants in the short story contests may have been previously published in periodicals, but the entry cannot have been published.

Unpublished writers who have previously won first place in a novel contest may submit another novel. Unpublished writers may resubmit any novel that has not won first place in a previous FBWG contest. Our judging factors have changed slightly and so have the judges.

If you are not attending the Workshop, include adequate postage on SASE for return of score sheet and manuscript.

You do not have to pay for the workshop in order to enter the contest.

Leave your name off the manuscript. Use the "header" to install like this: Great American Novel/Contest #1  (Insert page # on right). Substitute the title of your novel or other work for "Great American Novel." (The title counts as part of the scoring. It should not be banal.)

Your name should only appear on the cover page. One cover page is sufficient if you detail all your entries on it.

Novels should include a brief synopsis no more that one page, single-spaced (two copies). Less is better. Give us the two-sentence dramatic statement (see Dwight Swain, Techniques of the Selling Writer. State your genre. The synopsis is not judged. Send two copies of the one-page, single-spaced synopsis

All entries must be double-spaced in Times New Roman or Courier 12-point font. Do not use a smaller font in order to crowd more words on the page as our judges are already half blind. Be sure to number the pages and include title in the header, but omit your name.  The title page does not count as a page.

Margins should be at least 1 inch (22-24 lines per page).

Pages must be numbered.

No staples. Paper clips only.

Discounts may be available for students and others. Send email to learn if you qualify:. (replace (at) with @)

2009 Robert Frost Award --deadline Sept 15

13th Annual Robert Frost Foundation

Annual Poetry Award

Guidelines for the 2009 Robert Frost Award 


Poems should be postmarked (or emailed) between March 1, 2009 and September 15, 2009 to be considered for the 2009 award.

Please send two copies of your poem written in the "spirit of Robert Frost" (whatever you feel that may be).  One copy should have your name, address, email and phone #. The other copy should not have this information on it.                                                                

Poets may submit up to three poems on plain paper of not more than three pages for consideration. 

Prior published work may be submitted; for all work submitted to the Robert FrostFoundation, you retain copyright and the Robert Frost Foundation will request your  permission if we choose to publish your work on our web site or in other foundation publications.

Original manuscripts should have your name, address, email and phone #; please include a second copy of each page that will be sent to the judges and therefore should not have any information that identifies you as the author.

Please note:  Email submissions are acceptable in the following fo

--a single MS. Word document attached that presents one page per poem. For example,  page 1 should have your name, address, email and phone #; page 2 should other should not have this information on it.

--the text from any word processing document pasted into the body of the email.  Email submissions to should be sent to (replace (at) with @) 

Manuscripts will not be returned. 

 If you wish to receive information regarding the winning poet, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope or include your email address.

Deadline for submission is  

Please enclose a $10.00 per poem entry reading fee made payable to The Robert FrostFoundation. In the case of electronic submissions, manuscripts submitted via email will be held until reading fees are received via regular mail.

Officers and Directors of The Robert Frost Foundation as well as festival organizers are not eligible to enter the award.

Mail entries to the foundation's address:         
Attention: Poetry Award
The Robert Frost Foundation
51 Lawrence Street
Lawrence, MA 01841
Lawrence Public Library -- 3rd Floor

Attention: Poetry Award
The Robert Frost Foundation
51 Lawrence Street
Lawrence, MA 01841
Lawrence Public Library -- 3rd Floor


Missouri State Poetry Society Summer Contest 2009--deadline Sept 1

Missouri State Poetry Society Summer Contest 2009



Postmarked September 1, 2009


Submit two copies of each entry, category number and name in upper left-hand corner of both copies, poet's name and address in upper right-hand corner of one copy. If you are a member, put "Missouri State Poetry Society" below your address. Put "Non-member" if you are not.


Poems may be 40 or fewer lines. They may be unpublished or previously published if the poet retains the rights to the poem. Poets may enter each category as many times as they wish. No poems will be returned.


Rhymed verse or blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter), any subject, serious or humorous

Free verse, any subject, serious or humorous

Humorous verse, any subject

Any form, summer subject, serious or humorous

Poet's choice: any form (including open-field, shaped, or concrete poetry), any subject, serious or humorous


Non-members pay $1.00 per poem. Members pay $1.00 for two entries in the same category. Make money order or check payable to MSPS and mail to

Billy Adams
12600 McKinstry Road
De Soto, MO 63020

Include an SASE or your e-mail address on a 3x5 index card for a list of the winners.


$25, $15, $10, and three honorable mentions in each category.

The Warren Adler Short Story Contest--deadline July 13

The Warren Adler Short Story Contest

2009 Contest Theme: Short Fiction in Varied Genres

to submit story and pay entry fee, visit


The Warren Adler Short Story Contest is fast becoming the most prestigious online short story contest thanks to the extraordinary literary quality of our submissions. We are pleased to announce our next contest. The theme is simply short fiction in all of its varied genres. We are looking for original, imaginative pieces featuring compelling characters and creative plots. Whether you specialize in mainstream fiction, romance, horror, fantasy, science-fiction, satire, mystery, or any of their subcategories, we want to read your work.

Entries must not exceed 2,500 words and we will only accept stories submitted using our web form (see Pay Now button below), no exceptions. Stories from all the points of the globe will be considered provided that they are written in English. Mr. Adler will select which story will be awarded the Grand Prize of $1,000.

The People's Choice winner will be determined by public voting. Warren Adler's top choice, along with the People's Choice winner, will be announced in July.

Submissions will be accepted from April 13, 2009 to July 13, 2009. The entry fee is $15. Five cash prizes will be awarded.

1st Prize: $1,000

People's Choice Prize $500

Remaining finalists receive $150 each

Authors retain worldwide publishing rights.
Contest Rules:

Contest is open for worldwide entries from April 13,
2009 until July 13, 2009

A $15 fee in advance is required for each story submission.

When you are ready to submit your story, make your payment below to proceed to the story submission form.

Each story can be no longer than 2,500 words and must be written in English and previously unpublished

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2009 Inspirit Poetry Contest--deadline Sept 15

2009 Inspirit Poetry Contest


THE FOURTH Annual National Inspirit Poetry Prize. $500 prize and publication in the journal Inspirit for the best unpublished poem (limit 100 lines, no translations) exploring issues of Christianity, culture, faith, and/or nature. Submit SASE, $10 reading fee drawn to Rabbit Press, and 2 copies each of up to 3 poems (one set with author identification; one without). Deadline: August 15; winner announced September 15. Submit to Inspirit, c/o Baughman Memorial UM Church, 228 Bridge St., New Cumberland, PA 17070.

Green River Writers Annual Contest--deadline July 31

Green River Writers Annual Contest

Multiple fiction and poetry categories

Deadline: July 31, 2009

Visit links below for contest guidelines and entry instructions



The Dogs and the Women Who Love Them True Story Contest--deadline Sept 30

The Dogs and the Women Who Love Them True Story Contest Official Entry Form

can be found at



Dogs and the Women Who Love Them True Story Contest Rules:

The Angel Animals Network (AAN) is accepting story submissions about dogs and the women who love them. The stories should demonstrate the benefits for a woman who fulfills a life purpose by partnering with a dog to perform extraordinary physical, emotional, or spiritual service.

Stories must be original, based on real dogs, people, and events. Preference will be given to emotionally evocative and well-written creative nonfiction stories. Please do not submit journalistic articles, profiles, testimonials, essays, or fiction for this contest.

Story submissions must be no more than 2,000 words in English. They should be typed or legibly handwritten. Each story submission must be accompanied with an Angel Animals Network official entry form (below), completed by the contestant submitting the story.

Contest story submissions will not be returned. Please do not include photographs. You may view the list of 1st place and 2nd place winners on the Angel Animals Network Website after winners are announced. You can also subscribe to the free weekly, online Angel Animals Story of the Week Newsletter and look for winners to be announced there.

To be eligible, contest entries must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2009.  

If stories are selected as w
inners of the Dogs and the Women Who Love Them True Story Contest and later found to contain distortions or falsehoods, the AAN is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate entry or story information.

Any contest entries, but especially those of the winners, will be considered for possible publication in the new book Dogs and the Women Who Love Them by Allen and Linda Anderson to be published by New World Library in Fall 2010. However, the contest and the new book are separate projects. Entering or winning the contest doesn’t mean the story will be published in the book. Allen and Linda Anderson will contact entrants if they are considering a contest story for possible publication in the book. Previous books in the Angel Animals series have included many stories that were contest entries.

Entry Fee:

There is no entry fee to submit a story for the contest.

Number of Entries:

Each individual is limited to submit three separate entries.


Employees/volunteers and the immediate family (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son, regardless of where they live) or members of the same households (whether related or not) of such employees/volunteers are not eligible. There are no citizen status or resident country restrictions for contestants.


Judging the stories for this contest will be based on the exceptional nature of the dog(s) who demonstrates partnering with a woman to fulfill a life’s purpose including a dog who performs some
type of extraordinary physical, emotional, or spiritual service. Other categories on which stories will be judged are: readability, spiritual connection between human and animal, dramatic/emotional appeal, inspirational, and represents good practices for animal health and welfare. A panel of judges, who are known for their service to animals, will select the finalists.

All Dogs and the Women Who Love Them True Story Contest decisions are final.


Grand Prize

One grand prize of $250 will be awarded to the first-place winning contestant.

2nd Place Prize

A second place prize of $25.00 will be awarded to 5 contestants.  

Honorable Mentions

There will be 5 entries chosen as Honorable Mention



Contest Submission Period: July 1st through September 1st
Judge for 2009 Contest: Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman is the author of over 50 books including Heather Has Two Mommies,
A Letter To Harvey Milk, Writing From The Heart, In Every Laugh a Tear, The
Femme Mystique, Still Life with Buddy, Fat Chance and Out of the Closet and
Nothing to Wear. She has received many literary awards including Poetry
Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the
National Endowment for the Arts, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing
Award, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and two Pushcart Prize
Nominations. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists. She is
Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA.

First prize is $1000 and publication in Naugatuck River Review
Second prize $250 and publication
Third prize of $100 and publication

Winners will be published in the Winter 2010 Issue of Naugatuck River Review.
All entrants will receive one issue of Naugatuck River Review.

All poems will be considered for publication in the Winter 2010 Contest issue
(Issue 3).
Contest deadline is September 1st, 2009.
Electronic submissions ONLY will be accepted through our Submission Manager.
Contest submission fee of $20 includes an issue of the journal.
Links to Submission Manager and Paypal will be up July 1st.
Electronic submissions ONLY of 3 poems per poet of no more than 50 lines each.
Payment of $
20 on Paypal or send a check to
Naugatuck River Review Contest
P.O. Box 368
Westfield, MA 01085







Sponsored by Poets & Patrons of Chicago, Illinois 

Open to all. Submit only one entry of either a 

Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnet.  The entry must 

be original and unpublished.  


Submit 2 copies, typed double-spaced, on standard 

8 ” X 11" paper with name and address on one copy 

in the upper right corner, but no ID on second copy. 

     First Prize $50.00.  Second Prize $35.00.  Third prize $15.00. 

Three Honorable Mentions Unranked 

 Three Special Recognitions Unranked 

There is no fee.  Winners will be notified by November 

1, 2008.  The poet keeps all rights.  No entries will be 

returned.  Enclose a SASE for the winner's list.  All 

rules printed here.  Rules do not change from year to 

year, but the chairperson may, so check the latest 

listings in e.g., chicagopoetry.com, illinoispoets.org, 

poetsandpatrons.net, Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, or 



   Mail entries, postmarked by 

   September 1, 2009  


Barbara Eaton 

416 Gierz Street 

 Downers Grove, IL 605

Poetry contest: IL State Poetry Society--deadline Oct 30

Illinois State Poetry Society
16th Annual Contest
Categories; 1) free verse, 2) formal verse, 3) a poem related to Abraham Lincoln and/or Charles Darwin. Prizes $50, $30, $10. 3 HM. Maximum length: one poem page. Type size 11 pt or higher; no columns. Poems in English only. Submit two copies of each poem, first copy with ID (name/address/e-mail) and category in upper left hand corner; second copy without ID but with category. Entry fee: Non-members, $6.00 for up to 3 poems, $1.00 each additional poem. Members ISPS, $3.00 up to 5 poems, $1.00 each additional poem. Simultaneous submissions accepted. No poems which have won monetary awards or been published. Poems not returned. One out of state judge per category. Send submissions to Marvin Young, ISPS Poetry Contest Chair, 2382 Kildeer Street, Woodridge, Illinois 60517. Winners' names posted on ISPS website, illinoispoets.org. Deadline: must be postmarked October 30, 2009.

Job Opportunity: Seton Hill University

Seton Hill University seeks published novelist of popular fiction (preferably mystery/suspense), to teach and to mentor novel-length theses in the graduate low-residency Writing Popular Fiction program (half-load), and to teach undergraduate courses in creative writing and first-year composition. This position will start January 2010. Background in journalism, publishing, and/or editing a plus. Teaching experience at graduate level desirable. MFA required (Ph.D preferred). 4/4 course load.

Seton Hill University is a Catholic, liberal arts University, serving undergraduate, adult and graduate students. Seton Hill is located 35 miles east of Pittsburgh. Visit www.setonhill.edu for more information.

Send a letter, C.V., official transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, sample publications, and three letters of reference. 

The review process will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Information

Postal Address:

Michael Arnzen
Division of Humanities
Seton Hill University
Seton Hill Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601

Email Address:

(replace (at) with @)

The Calvino Prize--Prose--deadline Oct 15

The Calvino Prize
Submission Guidelines 


Submit up to 25 industry standard (double-spaced, 12-point font, pages numbered) pages of a novel, novella, short story, or short collection. Entries which use a smaller font or are single-spaced in order to make a longer work appear to be only 25 pages will be trimmed to approximately 25 industry standard pages. Work previously published is eligible and simultaneous submissions are accepted. An excerpt from a larger work is allowed; however, remember that the selection will be judged on its own merit and so should be able to stand on its own. 

Please submit TWO copies of your submission bound by a paper clip, binder, or single staple. DO NOT USE MULTIPLE STAPLES. The author's name should not appear on the work. All entries will be read anonymously. 

Please send two cover pages: one listing only the title of the manuscript; the other listing the title, author's name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Please tell us in what magazine you learned of this contest.

Please do not send publication history of the author.

Submit anytime between July 1 and October 15, 2009.
Deadline: October 15, 2009.  
Winner announced December 15, 2009.

The entry fee is $25 and should be made payable to: The University of Louisville.

Mailing Address:

The Calvino Prize
English Department
Room 315, Bingham Humanities Bldg.
University of Louisville
Louisville,  KY  40292
If you would like confirmation of receipt of manuscript, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped standard US Postal Service post card.

All results will be posted to the University of Louisville's website following the announcement on December 15, 2009. Finalists and winners will be notified via email. 

For questions, email Paul Griner, Director of Creative Writing at pfgrin01(at)louisville.edu (replace (at) with @)

Faculty and employees of the University of Louisville and the University of Syracuse may not enter the contest.

The judges reserve the right to withhold the award if no entry is deemed worthy.

Previous first place winners may not enter for three years after winning.  Second place winners have no restrictions.

Final Judge 2009: Harold Bloom

The Patricia Bibby First Book Award 2010--deadline Oct 31

Tebot Bach announces
The Patricia Bibby First Book Award 2010
$1,000 and Book Publication


Patricia Bibby was a beginning poet whose poems expressed her love of life while living with cancer. Her kindness, humor, and optimism inspired the love of many new friends in the poetry community. She died in 2004, at 43, without having been published. In naming the First Book Award after Patricia Bibby, Tebot Bach honors the aspirations and spirit of all beginning poets. Gail Wronsky serves as judge for this competition that looks for a fresh, new voice in poetry.

Competition Guidelines

Winner will receive $1,000 and book publication
Judge: Gail Wronsky

The competition is open to all poets writing in English who have not committed to publishing collections of poetry of 36 poems or more in editions of over 400 copies. 

Entries of 50–84 pages of original poetry in English must be postmarked by October 31, 2009. Entries postmarked after October 31, 2009 will not be read. Manuscripts will not be returned. Manuscripts must be bound with a binder clip. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies. No photographs, images, or illustrations. Please do not include acknowledgements at this time. Please do not include any identifying information anywhere in the manuscript. Submit two title pages. The first, not fastened with the manuscript, should include the title of the manuscript, author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address in upper right corner. The second,20fastened with the manuscript, should include only the title in upper right corner. Entries should be fastened in this order:

1. Title page
2. Table of contents
3. Collection of poems
Items 1 and 2 are not included in the 50–84 page count.

Manuscripts should be letter-quality, typewritten, and single-spaced. Photocopies are acceptable. Please do not submit your only copy, as manuscripts will not be returned. 

Tebot Bach assumes no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts.

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished.

Translations and multi-authored collections are not eligible. 

Past and current students and employees of the Loyola Marymount University are not eligible. Past and current volunteers and employees of Tebot Bach are not eligible. Poets who have studied with Gail Wronsky in more than 2 workshop settings are not eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but Tebot Bach must be notified immediately if a collection is accepted for publication via email: info@tebotbach.org

Please include a non-refundable reading fee of $25, check or money order, made out to Tebot Bach. Include a business-size SASE (self-addressed envelope) for notification. Include a SAPC (self-addressed postcard) for notification of receipt of manuscript. Postcard should include title of manuscript.

Mail manuscript, check or money order payable to Tebot Bach, SASE, SAPC in one envelope to:

Patricia Bibby Award
Tebot Bach
Post Office Box 7887
Huntington Beach CA 92615-7887

Job Opportunity: Loyola

Affiliate Instructor, Writing

Full-time Affiliate Instructor in Writing to teach first-year core writing course and upper-level course(s) in area(s) of expertise. One year contract, with possibility of renewal. Must be ABD in English/Writing OR have MFA in Writing (with national publications) by hire date. Must have appropriate academic credentials and demonstrated ability to teach first-year composition. PhD with two-years college-level teaching experience; course work in Composition & Rhetoric; and demonstrated ability to teach upper-level courses in creative writing, rhetoric, and/or professional writing highly desired. Demonstrated engagement with scholarly community through recent presentations and/or publications and experience using Blackboard and other teaching technologies preferred.

For more information about this position, and to apply, please go to www.loyola.edu/careers to complete the online application. Electronic submission of a cover letter, curriculum vita, and list of references required and may be attached at the appropriate prompt on the application. Paper applications will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Loyola College is a dynamic, highly selective Jesuit Catholic institution in the liberal arts tradition and is recognized as a leading independent, comprehensive university in the northeastern United States. Loyola enrolls over 3,200 students in its undergraduate programs and 3,000 students in its graduate programs. The College welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute to its educational mission. Loyola is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, seeking applications from under-represented groups. Additional information is available at www.loyola.edu. 


Oregon Writers Colony Annual Contests--deadline July 15

Oregon Writers Colony Annual Contests are now open.  Go to oregonwriterscolony.org for full details.  Deadline for submissions for both contests is August 15, 2009.   


Short Stories Both True and Imagined (fiction and non-fiction)

Awards: 1st place-$200, 2nd place-$100, 3rd place-$50, 1st Honorable Mention-Certificate of Achievement, Additional Honorable Mention credited in Colonygram and on the website oregonwriterscolony.org

First place winners of both fiction and non-fiction are feature on the cover of Colonygram.  All winners are listed in Colonygramand on our website.

All winners are invited to read from their winning entry at the awards ceremony at OWC Presents! in October, 2009.

The Elizabeth Bolton Poetry Contest.

Awards: 1st place-$100, 2Nd place-$50, 3rd place $25.  First, second and third prize poems will be published in Colonygram.  All winners will be listed inside Colonygram and on the website oregonwriterscolony.org.

All winners are invited to read their winning entry at the awards ceremony at OWC Presents! in October, 2009

 Postmarked deadline is August 15, 2009.  Please see our website for complete details:  oregonwriterscolony.org

Call for submissions about ART: Modernist Press -- deadline July 31

Art from Art Anthology

deadline 7/31/09


This collection of short fiction by literary writers aims to feature stories that are connected directly to—or inspired by—a work of art. It could be a song, a painting, a museum, an architectural monument, a blueprint, a piece of writing—a play, novel, poem, letter, etc. The art in question needs to be a major component of the story—a character—within the fabric of the story. Perhaps the idea will be inspired by an event from life or maybe it will be something completely fabricated.

All genres welcome. ART from ART will bring new and established voices and ideas to a fine collection of fiction. I aim to have the art featured on a page either at the beginning or the end of each story—a visual correlative that will enhance the experience. Submit your story and a brief bio via email to Stephen Soucy at (replace (at) with @). Please follow standard submission guidelines (Microsoft Word Document with 12-point font).

UPDATE: Payscale for this project is $100 for the right to publish each author’s story in the anthology, and two copies of the finished book. I’m finding that stories between 2000-5000 words are working best. I’m really looking for a story with a completely developed narative and with finely drawn characters. I’m not looking for a brief 2-page piece, and I’m not open to poetry at this time.

"The Malahat Review" Open Season Awards--deadline Nov 1

2010 Open Season Awards

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the first-annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1,000 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction.


2010 Deadline

The deadline for the 2010 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2009 (postmark date).


Poetry: up to three poems per entry; maximum length for each poem is 100 lines.

Short fiction and creative non-fiction: one story or article per entry; with a maximum length of 2500 words. Please indicate word count on the first page.

Entry fee required for all categories:

$35 CAD for Canadian entries;

$40 US for American entries;

$45 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.

Entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend.

Entrants may submit to any or all categories more than once; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own entry fee.

Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact information (including an email address) must not appear on the submission, but on a separate page, along with entry title (or titles in the case of poetry entries).

Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible.

No entries will be accepted by email.

No entries will be
returned, even if accompanied by an SASE.

The winner and finalists will be notified via email.

Other entrants will not be notified about the judges’ decisions even if an SASE is enclosed for this purpose.

The winner and finalists in each category will be announced on the Malahat web site, and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s electronic newsletter, in April 2010.

Winning entries will be published in The Malahat Review’s Spring 2010 issue.

Inquiries to .(replace (at) with @)

Send entries to:

The Malahat Review

Open Season Awards

University of Victoria

P.O. Box 1700


Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2


fiction chapbook contest: Flume Press--deadline Dec 1

Fiction Chapbook Competition — Guidelines



You may submit stories that have been published previously as long as your manuscript has 
never been published. If your manuscript is currently under consideration elsewhere, you must 
be prepared to withdraw it from the other press immediately if accepted by Flume Press. Please include the appropriate acknowledgements for any published stories.


Manuscripts should be 10-12,000 words, not including title, contents, and acknowledgements pages. A single story or a collection of short shorts is acceptable. Please include a cover sheet 
with your name, address, phone, and e-mail address and total word count. Do not put your name on each manuscript page.

A self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) is necessary for results notification. The editors provide comments for all semifinalists and finalists.

The $20 (US) Reading Fee will be used to provide the cash prize to the winner and help to produce the winning chapbook. Flume is a nonprofit press.

Deadline for submission: December 1, 2009. All manuscripts must be postmarked by this date.  Manuscripts with SASE will be returned and the winner announced by June 2010.

Final Judges

The winner will be selected by final judges Rob Davidson, author of  Field Observations, and Paul Eggers, author of Saviors and How the Water Feels.


The winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of the chapbook. (Authors may purchase additional copies at a 50% discount.) Average print run is 500 copies.  Flume advertises the winning chapbook in national literary magazines following publication.


We are interested in serious literary fiction only, contemporary work that is well-crafted and emotionally engaging. No “genre” fiction (e.g., sentimental romance, sci-fi, horror) please.

Sample Copies

If you would like a sample copy, please mail $8 plus $2 shipping to
Flume Press at CSU, Chico, 400 W. First St., Chico, CA 95929-0830.

Poetry chapbooks: At Dusk on Naskeag Point, Tina Barr; Concentric Circles, Gayle Kaune; Follower of Dusk, Luis Omar Salinas; Shovel Point, Judy Lindberg; Staving Off Rapture, Ava Leavell Haymon; Cinnabar, Martha M. Vertreace; Whetstone, Joanne Allred; As Close As Possible, Mary Matthews; The Corner of Absence, Lynn Kuderko, Eating Nasturtiums, Mary Makofske; Stutter Monk, David Graham; The Way Water Moves by John Brehm; The One Blue Thread by Naomi F. Chase; Bad Girl at the Altar Rail by Sharon Charde; And Still the Music, Alison Townsend.

Fiction chapbooks: I Call This Flirting, Sherrie Flick; The Sheep Breeders Dance by Aine Greaney; Mad to Live by Randall Brown.

Thanks for your interest in our competition.

2009 Fiction Chapbook Contest – Deadline Dec. 1.

Minnesota Magazine 11th Annual Fiction Contest--deadline Feb 8

Minnesota Magazine Fiction Contest

Our 11th-annual fiction contest is now accepting submissions.Charles Baxter, professor of creative writing at the University of Minnesota and author of National Book Award-finalist The Feast of Love, will judge the finalists. 

Please read the directions below for submitting entries.

How to enter:
• All University of Minnesota alumni and students are eligible to enter.

• Submit a double-spaced, typed manuscript, 3,000 words or fewer. Submissions must not have been previously published. Past winners of this contest must wait five years before entering again. Poetry, children's stories, plays, and screenplays are not eligible.

• Include a cover sheet that bears your name, year of graduation (or years of attending the University), day and evening phone numbers, address, story title, and word count of the manuscript. To ensure anonymity, please do not put your name on the manuscript itself. Manuscripts will not be returned.

The winner will receive $2,000, and the winning story will be published in the summer 2010 issue of Minnesota magazine and on the magazine's Web site. The editors reserve the right not to name a winner. 

Submissions must be postmarked by February 8, 2010.
Send to:
Minnesota Magazine Fiction Contest
University of Minnesota Alumni Association
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak St. SE, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2040

fiction contest: Delfino Prize for Queer Genre Fiction--deadline Oct 15


Delfino Prize for Queer Genre Fiction

Winner receives $50 and publication in the January issue Collective Fallout

Finalists will all be published in the January or following July issuesCollective Fallout

Eligible stories must be queer-themes, between 3,000 and 10,000 words and fit into one or more of the following genres: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, or Science Fiction.

Entry fee is $5 per story.  Multiple submissions up to 3 stories are accepted.  Make payments via Paypal to 

(replace (at) with @)

Reading period is June 15 – October 15.

Finalists will be announced on the blog between November 1 & 15.

The winner (selected from those finalists) will be informed early in December, and announced in the January issue

Alehouse Press Poetry Contest

Alehouse Press 

presents the 2009 Happy Hour Poetry Awards. 
$1000 Best Poem. Four $100 Honorable Mentions. Any topic. Any form.
Deadline: July 1st, 2009. For contest rules and writer guidelines,
please send an SASE to Jay Rubin, Alehouse Press, PO Box 31655, San
Francisco, CA 94131. 

Or visit: www.alehousepress.com.

Call for Submissions: Chickenpinata--deadline June 26

Call for Submissions for Issue 3:  Chickenpinata, a journal of poetry

Inspired by a recent trip across the Mississippi River, the editors of Chickenpinata are accepting poems for the "Bridges" theme until Friday, June 26. 

We want to see poems that take both literal and metaphorical approaches to bridges--what do they mean?  What is crossed over?  Where are you once you've crossed?  Etc.  Writers may interpret this theme broadly.  Please indicate the theme in your subject heading:  e.g. "Submission--Your Name--Bridges." 

Any poetry received that is not bridge-related in some way will be kept in the slush pile for consideration for Issue 4, due in October.

Please see the complete guidelines for submission at www.chickenpinata.com/ Guidelines.html

Deadline:  June 26
Publication:  July 15


Robert & Adele Schiff Prose and Poetry Prizes--deadline July 31

The First Annual Robert & Adele Schiff Prose and Poetry Prizes


The Cincinnati Review will award a single poem and a prose piece (fiction or creative
nonfiction) with publication and a prize of $300 each.

Writers may submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 6,000 words of prose, per entry. Previously
published manuscripts, including works that have appeared online (in any form), will not be
considered. There are no restrictions as to form, style, or content; all entries will be
Entry fee is $15, which includes one copy of the Summer 2010 prize issue.

Checks should be made payable to The Cincinnati Review.

Submissions will be accepted by mail from June 1st to July 31st 2009 (postmarked). Entries
must include a cover letter with the writer’s name, mailing address, telephone number, email,
and the title(s) of the work(s) submitted. Please do not include the writer’s contact info on the
manuscript, as submissions will be judged blindly.

Schiff [Poetry or Prose] Prize
The Cincinnati Review
P.O. Box 210069
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0069

Winners will be notified October 1st, and an announcement will appear on our website and
in the Winter 2010 issue.

Wilhelmus Award: Poetry chapbook contest--deadline July 15

2009 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award



RopeWalk Press will award a prize of $1000 for a poetry chapbook written in English submitted under the following guidelines.

Each submission must:

Be available for exclusive book-length publication by RopeWalk Press. Poems published individually in journals or magazines may be included. Previously self-published chapbooks and translations are not eligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the manuscript is published/accepted by another press while under consideration, the author must promptly notify RWP in writing to withdraw the entry. 

Include an entry fee of $15 ($5 for each additional manuscript submitted). This non-refundable fee includes a copy of the winning chapbook. Make check or money order payable to RopeWalk Press.

List the author’s name, street address, phone number, email address (if applicable), title of manuscript(s), and individual poem titles (table of contents) on a cover page.

List only the title of manuscript and poem on each page thereafter.

Consist of no more than 35 pages (no more than one poem per page) per each individual submission.

Be addressed to Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, RopeWalk Press, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, 47712.

Be postmarked by July 15, 2009.

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

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

2009 Flatmancrooked Prize for Excellent Writing Done During a Period of Great Fiscal Renewal--deadline Aug 15

We are pleased to announce the

2009 Flatmancrooked Prize
for Excellent Writing Done During a Period of Great Fiscal Renewalaimeebender

Aimee Bender (author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, An Invisible Sign of My Own, Willful Creatures, recipient of the Pushcart Prize and professor of creative writing at University of Southern California) is our guest judge.

1st place receives $1000.00 and publication in the final anthology of ‘08/’09 season.

Top 10 finalists will also be published in the final anthology and get special recognition on the website.

The entry-fee is $15 and the first 50 people to enter get a copy of Flatmancrooked’s First Winter, which features new fiction from Jorge Luis Borges and National Book Award-winner, Ha Jin.

See contest details and enter below. Sign up for our mailing-list below if you don’t have a story ready but want updates and reminders about the contest.


2009 Flatmancrooked Prize for Excellent Writing Done During a Period of Great Fiscal Renewal


Summary: Flatmancrooked will award to the 1st place story under 7,000 words the following: The designation of 2009 Flatmancrooked Prize recipient, $1000.00, print publication in the succeeding Flatmancrooked anthology, online featured publication, and a first edition of the Flatmancrooked anthology in which the story appears.

Flatmancrooked will award to the 10 finalist  stories under 7,000 words the following: The designation of 2009 Flatmancrooked Prize finalist, print publication in the succeeding Flatmancrooked anthology, online featured publication, and a first edition of the Flatmancrooked anthology in which the story appears.

The visiting judge, Aimee Bender, will choose the 1st place winner from the 10 finalists. The 10 finalists will be determined by the interns and editorial board of Flatmancrooked. The entry deadline is prior to 12:00AM, August 15th, 2009, and the entry fee is $15. Winners will be notified by October 15th, 2009.

The first 50 entrants will receive a print-copy of Flatmancrooked’s First Winter.

All entrants receive an e-book version of the newest anthology.


   1. The first fifty entrants will receive a copy of Flatmancrooked’s First Winter to be shipped after the contest deadline closes.

      Entries must be submitted via the online form between now and midnight (PST) on August 15th, 2009. Paper entries will not be read, only recycled.

      Payment must be submitted via Flatmancrooked’s PayPal gateway, found at http://www.flatmancrooked.com/contest, prior to any entry being submitted.  All entries will be cross-referenced against payment records. Those submissions not accompanied by payment are automatically deleted.

      A writer may submit as many pieces as he or she would like; each submission is $15.

      Entries must be original, primarily in English, previously unpublished and unawarded, and not accepted by any other venue at time of submission or at any other point when the contest is open.
   6. Flatmancrooked staff, interns, volunteers, board members, and immediate family members of the aforementioned are not eligible to enter this contest.

      Winners will be notified via e-mail. If you don’t hear back by October 15th, 2009, most unfortunately, you didn’t win.

      At least ninety entrants must participate by the contest deadline or the contest is void. Entry fees will be refunded minus $0.80 for portal processing.

      Flatmancrooked retains first time publishing rights and reserves the right of first refusal.  After publication, all rights revert to the author.

      All entries will be read by the Flatmancrooked editorial staff. The top three stories and the first place story will be selected by our guest judge.

      Submissions are not limited to any particular theme, genre, or style.

PLEASE NOTE: After you complete the payment process you will be redirected to the Entry Form where you can upload your entry. Again, you must complete the payment process and then you will be redirected to the entry form.

"Two Review" Poetry Contest--deadline July 31




1ST PRIZE: $100  2ND PRIZE: $50   3RD PRIZE: $25 

Prizes include publication in the 2010 issue of Two Review. All submissions considered for publication. 

Sholeh Wolpé is a poet, visual artist and playwright. She is the author of Sin – Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad (University of Arkansas Press), The Scar Saloon (Red Hen Press), Rooftops of Tehran (Red Hen Press), Shame (a play in three acts), and has a Poetry CD featuring poems read by the author and set to traditional Persian music (Refuge Studios). She is the associate editor of The Norton Anthology of Modern Literature from the Muslim World (Norton, 2010), the editor of The Atlanta Review – Iran Issue (2010), and her poems, translations, essays and reviews have appeared in scores of literary journals, periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and have been translated into several languages. 

Wolpé was born in Iran but spent most of her teen years in the Caribbean and Europe, ending up in the U.S. where she pursued Masters degrees in Radio-TV-Film (Northwestern University) and Public Health (Johns Hopkins University). She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more about Wolpé by visiting www.sholehwolpe.com.   

Submission Guidelines: Send up to five (5) unpublished poems, bio-sketch, SASE, email address, and a $10.00 check 

made out to Cold Press Publishing to: Two Review Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 200639, Anchorage, Alaska 99520. 

Deadline: July 31, 2009.  

Two Review is a journal of international poetry and creative nonfiction published annually. Traditional and modern forms, lyrical and narrative approaches, and conventional or experimental styles are all welcome. All subject matter is considered as long as the attention to craft is high and the language is grammatically strong, syntactically unique, and illuminates in some way the human experience. Writing about the modern world, its inhabitants, and the events that shape them, from the personal day-to-day experiences of work and family life to worldwide events that affect us all, is preferred. During the course of 2008 the editors reviewed 7,000+ submissions from more than 1,000 poets and writers. The 2009 issue represents the work of poets and writers from 21 U.S. states and 6 countries.  


Two Review is featured at select independent booksellers across the U.S. Copies are also submitted to non-lending libraries at national poetry centers including The University of Arizona Poetry Center, Richard Hugo House in Seattle, The Poetry Center of Chicago, The Stadler Center for Poetry in Pennsylvania, and Poets House in New York City. 

"Elixir" Poetry Contest--deadline Oct 31

Tenth Annual Poetry Contest


Elixir Press is sponsoring a poetry contest open to all poets writing in English.  There will be a Judge’s Prize of $2,000 and an Editors’ Prize of $1,000.  Both winning manuscripts will be published by Elixir Press.  All entries will be considered for publication.  An outside judge, to be announced later, will make the final decision for the first prize.  The editors will make the final decision for the second prize.

Manuscripts should be typed on one side of the page and on standard paper. No dot matrix unless letter quality.

Send a business size SASE for reply only; manuscripts cannot be returned. An SAS postcard for receipt of manuscript is optional.

Please use a 12 to 14 point font.

Do not send the only copy of your manuscript.

Do not send biographical material, photographs, CDs, videos, or illustrations.

Enclose a cover sheet stating the name of the manuscript and the author's name,address, and telephone number and a cover sheet with the title alone.

Manuscripts must be paginated and include a table of contents and and acknowledgments page if appropriate.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, so long as Elixir is notified immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages in length.

Please secure your manuscript with either a binder clip or file folder.  Do not otherwise bind your manuscript.

The entry fee is $25.
The postmark deadline for the contest is October 31, 2009.

Submit to:

Elixir Press
P. O. Box 27029
Denver, CO   80227                                               

Tamarack Award--deadline July 1

Tamarack Award Submissions

Official Rules and Entry Guidelines


Minnesota Monthly is now accepting submissions for the 2009 Tamarack Award, the magazine’s annual fiction contest. Entries will be accepted through July 1, 2009. The winning story will appear in the November 2009 issue. 


The competition is open to residents of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Proof of eligibility will be required of the winning entrant. 

Note: previous Tamarack winners are not eligible to enter the contest again for five years. Other previous winners are eligible. As always, however, employees of Minnesota Public Radio and its affiliated companies are not eligible.


Maximum length: 4,000 words. Must be an original, unpublished work of short fiction.

Send two clean copies of your entry. Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced, with pages numbered. Judging is anonymous; please do not put your name anywhere on your manuscript. Include two copies of a cover sheet with the following information: your name, address, day/evening phone numbers, and e-mail address, along with the title of your entry and its word count.


There is no entry fee. Because of the volume of submissions, the editors are unable to contact entrants individually regarding the outcome of the competition.

Mail your entry to:

2008 Tamarack Award
Minnesota Monthly

600 U.S. Trust Building
730 S. Second Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

No e-mail submissions will be accepted. 
The author of the winning manuscript will, upon signing Minnesota Monthly’s standard publication contract, be published in the November 2008 issue. Minnesota Public Radio will reserve the right to broadcast a reading of the winning story.

Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize--deadline Nov 1

Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize

Sponsored by Fiction Collective Two (FC2) and American Book Review


Announcing the Winner of the 2008 Prize:
Museum of the Weird
by Amelia Gray

The 2009 contest will be open from August 15 - November 1.


The Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any writer of English who is a citizen of the United States and who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously self-published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, former or current students or close friends of the final judge for 2009, to be announced, are ineligible to win the contest. Employees and Board members of FC2 are not eligible to enter.


Finalists for the Prize will be chosen by the following members of the FC2 Board of Directors: Kate Bernheimer, R.M. Berry, Brian Evenson, Noy Holland, Lance Olsen (Chair), Susan Steinberg, and Michael Martone.

The winning manuscript in 2009 was chosen from the finalists by Lidia Yuknavitch, a member of the FC2 Board of Directors.

Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2's stated mission to publish "fiction considered by America's largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for
the commercial milieu," including works of "high quality and exceptional ambition whose style, subject matter, or form pushes the limits of American publishing and reshapes our literary culture."

For contest updates and full information on FC2's mission, history, aesthetic commitments, authors, events, and books, please visit the website at:http://fc2.org.


Contest entries will be accepted beginning 15 August 2009. All entries must be postmarked no later than 1 November 2009. The winner will be announced May 2010.


The Prize includes $1,000 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. In the unlikely event that no suitable manuscript is found among entries in a given year, FC2 reserves the right not to award a prize.

Manuscript Format

Please submit either TWO hardcopies of the manuscript, or ONE hardcopy and one Word file of the manuscript on a labeled CD.

The manuscript must be:

— anonymous: the author's name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript (the title page should contain the title only); include a separate cover page with your name and contact information;

— typed on standard white paper, one side of the page only; paginated consecutively; bound with a spring clip or rubber bands; no paper clips or staples, please.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification that manuscript has been received, and a self-addressed, stamped, regular business-sized envelope for contest results.

We strongly advise that=2
0you send your manuscript first class.

Please retain a copy of your manuscript; FC2 cannot return manuscripts. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is accompanied by a $25 reading fee. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered; the winner will be given the opportunity to make changes before publication. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but FC2 must be notified immediately if manuscript is accepted elsewhere. FC2 will consider all finalists for publication.

Submission Address

Full manuscripts, accompanied by a check made out to the American Book Review for the mandatory reading fee of $25, should be sent to:

Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize
American Book Review
School of Arts and Sciences
University of Houston-Victoria
3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901-5731

CLMP Contest Ethics Code

CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to:

conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;

provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and

make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.

This code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically.

"Umbrella" Call for Submissions--deadline Aug 10

Call for Submissions: Umbrella
Umbrella, the "supremely rereadable electronic journal," is now reading for our fall issue, online September 1st, 2009. 
For fall, we are reading both unthemed and themed poetry and prose.  For the themed section, we are looking for poems that have something to do with school subjects, e.g., history, geography, science, math, languages, Psych 101, whatever and et cetera.  Understand, we are not looking for retrospective poems that deal with your school days, but rather poems that encounter the subjects themselves.  We welcome your submissions.   

Please see the submit page for complete guidelines and specific needs and preferences.  


Deadline:  August 10, 2009

Writers Alliance of Gainesville 2010 Contest--deadline Oct 31

Contest Submission Guidelines

Writers Alliance of Gainesville (WAG)


Annual Literary Journal

2010 CONTEST Submission Guidelines


Contest Submission Period

July 1 through October 31, 2009

Prizes (Each Genre)

First Place–$350.00

Second Place–$75.00

Honorable Mention–Authors and Titles listed in Bacopa.

First and Second Place winners and selected Honorable Mention winners will be published.

All authors whose work is published in Bacopa will receive one free copy.


First, Second and Honorable Mention winners will be notified via email.

All Winners will be posted on the WAG website as soon as selection is complete.

Categories and Word Limits

Fiction—3,300 words

Non-Fiction—3,300 words

Poetry—50 lines per poem

Poetry—Submit up to three poems per contest submission

Submissions that exceed the word or line count will not be considered.

No limit to the number of submissions a person may submit in any category

Each separate entry requires an Entry Fee

Each entry requires a separate Entry Form (see below)


Manuscripts in English and Unpublished at the time of submission

(Please notify Bacopa via email if your submission is accepted elsewhere.)

WAG Membership is not required

Method of Transmission

Email Attachment(s) ONLY—NO mailed, paper manuscripts

Subject Line should read: CONTEST Fiction, or Non-Fiction, or Poetry

the attached manuscript file with the GENRE/TITLE of the manuscript (e.g. Poetry/Love Note in the Snow)

Save the file in .rtf or .doc ONLY

Email the file as an attachment using our online Entry Form

Complete an Entry Form for each submission (See link below and follow instructions in the form.)

Manuscript Format—Fiction and Non-Fiction


One inch Margins, all sides, .05 Paragraph Indent, Right justified

12-point type in Arial or Times New Roman ONLY

Cover Page:  The first page of our document should contain your Name, Address, Email, Phone, Title, Word Count

Page 1 and following:  Title/Page Numbers Upper Right

Page 1:  Word Count under Title/Page Number

Save the File in .rtf or .doc ONLY

(NOTE: Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.)

Manuscript Format—Poetry

You can send up to three poems per submission. Up to 50 lines per poem.

Poems need not be double-spaced

12-point type in Arial or Times New Roman ONLY

Cover Page: The first page of your document should contain your Name, Address, Email, Phone, and the Title and Line Count for each poem.

Subsequent Pages: Put line count in upper right corner for each poem.

Save the file in .rtf or .doc ONLY. Name the file “Poetry Contest Submission.”

(NOTE:  Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.)

Entry Form

available at


Fill out a separate Entry Form for each submissi
on. Follow instruction on the Entry Form.

Entry Fees

Writers Alliance of Gainesville (WAG) Members in good standing, your first submission in any genre is FREE. You will also receive a Free copy of Bacopa.

WAG Members–Additional Submissions are $9 each

All Others–$11 each submission

To join WAG, 




You can remit payment by two methods: PayPal or Personal Check.  After filling out the online entry form, you will have an opportunity to use PayPal to submit your payment.  This is our preferred method.

To pay by Personal Check. Make your check payable to: Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

Mail to:

WAG Contest

PO Box 358396

Gainesville, FL 32635

Submissions not following all the above guidelines will not be considered.

Payment must be received by the contest submission deadline, 10/31/09, in order for entries to be considered.


Think and Drink with "Oregon Humanities" June 17

Think & Drink with Ursula K. Le Guin and Lani Roberts
Join OCH for a discussion on morality and self-deception.

We hope you'll join us for the next Think & Drink happy-hour discussion on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at 6:30 at rontoms, 600 E. Burnside, Portland. This event is free and open to the public.

Ursula Le GuinIn the acclaimed short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," writer Ursula Le Guin (photo at left by Eileen Gunn) describes a utopian societyLani Roberts whose citizens' happiness is bought at the cost of one child's suffering. Join Le Guin and Oregon State University philosophy professor Lani Roberts for a conversation exploring individual morality and self-deception--when, how, and why we deceive ourselves about our moral choices. If you haven't yet read Le Guin's powerful story, you can do so at the Think & Drink web page.

Think & Drink is a bimonthly discussion series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. Mark your calendars for the August 12, 2009, program that will feature Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Portland State University president Wim Wiewel.

For more information about Think & Drink, please contact Director of Programs Jennifer Allen at (503) 241-0543, ext. 118, or by e-mail.

Declaration Editing Flash Fiction Challenge July 1 -31

What happens when you cross

flash fiction with serialized fiction?

To find out, participate in The Super-Short Summer Serial Challenge (S4C), July 1–31.

What You Do: Tell an original serialized story in nine to twelve installments, with each installment being fewer than five hundred words. Regularly post installments to your personal website or blog throughout July. At the end of the month, submit your completed story to Declaration Editing to be considered as one of five serials published in a special e-journal.

What We Do: We will provide a link to your writing on our blog (wordpress.declarationediting.com) so that readers can find your work and read your story as it unfolds. Once the challenge is over, our staff will pick our five favorite serials and publish them in a special e-journal.

How to Sign Up for the Challenge: Use the online registration form at wordpress.declarationediting.com or send the following information to s4c@declarationediting.com:

* Your name

* Your e-mail address

* A link to your personal website or blog

* A fifty-word description of the story you plan to tell

Be sure to sign up by June 30. Participation is free.