Wordstock needs volunteers! Nov 8th & 9th!

Dear Portland Book Lovers,

Wordstock 2008 is right around the corner, and we hope you're ready to
join us as volunteers at this year's festival!

Wordstock is Portland's annual Festival of the Book, which includes a
book fair, children's festival, workshops for writers and teachers,
and readings by regional and nationally known authors.

The book festival will be held on November 8th and 9th at the Oregon
Convention Center. There will be some activity on Friday, November
7th, as well. If you are interested in helping our cause, please visit
the wordstockfestival.com home page, click on the Get Involved tab on
the right of the page, and then click on the Volunteer Signup tab.

Please pick your top three choices from a list of volunteer options.
We will make every attempt to place you in your 1st choice. Volunteer
options include escorting authors to their stages, providing
information to visitors, selling Wordstock merchandise, and much more.
Please feel free to signup for more than one shift, a whole day, or
the entire weekend.

Without volunteers, Wordstock would not be possible. If you have any
questions, please email us at megan@wordstockfestival.com or

Megan Wellman and Bradi Grebien-Samkow
Wordstock Volunteer Coordinators


Reading: Jeffrey Renard Allen Oct 23!


Reading from his new collection of short stories, HOLDING PATTERN

7 p.m. October 23 (Thursday)

Portland State University

Smith Memorial Union 236

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by PSU's Graduate Literary Organization

Jeffrey Renard Allen is the author of Holding Pattern, recently published by Graywolf Press, and the novel, Rails Under My Back (winner of the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize), as well as two collections of poetry. A Whiting Award winner, Allen is an associate professor at Queens College of the City University of New York.

Booklist recently wrote of Holding Pattern: "Subtly otherworldly, each tale is electric with the rising tension that proceeds stormy weather; each tale is a veritable boxing match, as characters trapped in impossible situations feint, jab, and retreat."


Poets Christine Deavel and John Marshall read in Portland Oct 13 & 14

J.W. Marshall and Christine Deavel will read in Portland on October 13 at Lewis & Clark College, and on October 14 at Portland State University. They also will do a Q & A at PSU in the afternoon of the 14th. All events are free and open to the public.

Marshall is the winner of the 2007 Field Poetry Prize for his book, Meaning A Cloud, published by Oberlin College Press. He has also published two chapbooks, Taken With (2005) and Blue Mouth (2001), both finalists for Washington State Book Awards.

Deavel is the author of Box of Little Spruce, a chapbook published in 2005 by LitRag Press. Her work is widely published in magazines, including Fence, The Iowa Review, and Volt. In 2009, Deavel’s piece "Of the Bird's Wing There Are Tracts of Feathers" will be included in an anthology of artists and writers, to be published by the University of Washington Press.

Marshall and Deavel are graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. They are co-owners of Open Books, a poetry-only bookstore located in Seattle and one of two such stores in the nation.

Lewis & Clark College: Deavel and Marshall - Poetry Reading

Monday, October 13, 2008

7:00 p.m., Manor House, Armstrong Lounge

Portland State University: Deavel and Marshall Poetry Reading

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

7:00 p.m., Smith Memorial Union 228

Q & A at PSU

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Neuberger Hall 407

Come to this informal Q & A with Christine Deavel and John Marshall, to hear and ask questions about writing, publishing, and the book industry, both as it applies to poetry and in general.

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This coming Friday, September 26, a committee of three creative writing faculty members from other states (Idaho, California, Montana) will be on campus to review our proposal for an MFA in creative writing (fiction, poetry, nonfiction). The proposal was approved by the State this summer, and this review is the next step in getting the program up and running for next fall.

If you are interested in speaking to the committee, please come to the English Department Conference room at 3:15 on Friday for an informal conversation. We'll be there for about 1/2 an hour.

Thanks, and email me with questions.

Debra Gwartney
Assistant Professor/Nonfiction


"The Next Generation of Fiction Writers"

The National Book Foundation announced their 5 Under 35 list of young fiction writers "selected by a previous National Book Award Finalist or Winner as someone whose work is particularly promising and exciting and is among the best of a new generation of writers":

Matthew Eck, The Farther Shore (Milkweed Editions, 2007), selected by Joshua Ferris

Keith Gessen, All the Sad Young Literary Men (Viking Press, 2008), selected by Jonathan Franzen

Sana Krasikov, One More Year: Stories (Spiegel & Grau, 2008), selected by Francine Prose

Nam Le, The Boat (Knopf, 2008), selected by Mary Gaitskill

Fiona Maazel, Last Last Chance (FSG, 2008), selected by Jim Shepard

2009 Unified Literary Contest--Deadline Feb 28 '09

Summer Literary Seminars www.sumlitsem.org is announcing its annual 2009 unified (SLS-Italy, Lithuania, Kenya) literary contest, held this year in affiliation with Fence Magazine: www.fenceportal.org.

Contest winners in the categories of fiction and poetry will have their work published in Fence, as well as the participating literary journals in Canada, Russia, Kenya, Italy, and Lithuania. Additionally, they will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the SLS-09 programs – in Vasto, Abruzzo, Italy (May 15-30); Vilnius-Nida, Lithuania (July 20-August 4); or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December).

Contest Deadline: February 28, 2009.

Poetry Judge: Ann Lauterbach

Fiction Judge: Lynne Tillman.

Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice, and third-place winners will receive a 50% tuition discount.

A number of select contest participants, based on the overall strength of their work, will be offered tuition scholarships, as well, applicable to the SLS-09 programs.

Reading fee: $15 US.

The complete guidelines for the 2009 contests are as follows:

-One short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 pages per entry.
-No more than three poems per entry.
-Only previously unpublished work can be submitted.

Entries can be submitted electronically, to: SLS Fiction Poetry Contest <sls.contest@gmail.com>

A $15 US reading fee must accompany each entry. Multiple entries are permissible, as long as they are accompanied by separate reading fees.

Fees can paid paid online, via Paypal. Go to: http://sumlitsem.org/kenya/payments.aspx.

Online submissions and payments are much preferred, but if you would rather submit the hard copy, the address is:

Summer Literary Seminars
Literary Contest
PO Box 16
Brooklyn, NY 11222

-Include your complete contact information (address, telephone, email address) on the manuscript. Entries are not judged blind.

-All entrants will be notified of the winners in the spring by email.
-Cover letters are not required.
-Previous First-Place winners may not re-enter.

These are the complete contest guidelines.

Do not hesitate to contact SLS with any questions, by e-mail: sls@sumlitsem.org, or mike@sumlitsem.org.

We wish you the best of luck with the contest!

An email from Christine Rose for MA Lit Students:

Dear Graduate Students:

Just a reminder before the term begins:

The M.A. comprehensive examinations will be held on Friday the 17th of October, at 9am. Please, if you are taking the examination 4 items:

---Email me and Sarah Berry, the Graduate Secretary [sberry@pdx.edu] so that we will be sure to have questions for you.
---Let us know who is on your committee and for what 3 areas.
---Be sure your GO-12 has been filed by the OGS deadline—OCTOBER 3
---Apply for graduation at OGS by that date as well. This is v. important.

The room will be announced ASAP on this list, and posted on the door of the Dept. office, as usual. Computers will be available, just remind us if you want to use one. There will also be space and materials if you wish to handwrite your exams. Most Mac users have no trouble using PCs, and we are not usually able to get a computer lab where there will be Macs available (as happened last time). In that case, it would be a good idea for you to try out a PC at one of the labs between now and the 17th, to be sure you know how it works, before your exam. No need to have computer panic on that day.

Sarah and I will send a longer memo about the exam protocols once we have the list of those being examined. Be sure you remind your professor/ committee/ adviser about the date of the exam.

Hope to see you on Wed. Oct 1 @4:30 at the Dept. reception for graduate students.


---Portland State University
Graduate Studies Coordinator—M. A. in English
Honors Adviser
Neuberger M409
Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
FAX 503-725-3561
Office Hrs.: T, TH 3-4 pm; Wed. by appt.


Writers Under 30 Contest--Deadline 10/27--Free Entry!

30 Below Story Contest

Narrative is calling on writers, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers, ages eighteen to thirty, to tell us a story. We are interested in narrative in the many forms it takes: the word and the image, the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary.
Awards: First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $300. The prize winners will be announced in Narrative. Additionally, ten finalists will be chosen and announced in the magazine. All entries will be considered for publication. (Limit of two entries per individual.

We accept submissions in the following media:

Written: Works of fiction and nonfiction, including short stories, novel excerpts, essays, memoirs, and excerpts from book-length nonfiction. Submissions must not exceed 10,000 words, and should be double-spaced, with 12-point type, at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and email address at the top of the first page. Submit your document as a .doc, .pdf, or .rtf file.

Drawn: Graphic novel excerpts and comics of no more than thirty pages, in .pdf format. Please include your full name in the title of the filename.

Photographed: Photo essays of between five and twenty images, each photo with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Captions or text must be included within the file that contains the images. Files must be .doc or .pdf. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page of the essay.

Spoken: Original works of fiction and nonfiction in audio theater, including performance, radio journalism, and stories read aloud. Submissions may run up to ten minutes, in .mp3 format, with a bitrate of at least 128 kbit/s. Please include your full name in the file name.

Filmed: Short films and documentaries of up to fifteen minutes. Submissions must be in .mp4 format. Please include your full name in the file name.

Timing: Entries will be accepted between September 20 and October 27, 2008. (The contest will close to entries at midnight Pacific Standard Time on October 27.) There is no entry fee.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by December 1, 2008. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions.

Entries must be previously unpublished, though we do accept works that have appeared in college publications. Entries cannot have been the winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. We accept online entries only. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but if your entry is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible (and accept our congratulations! ).

To Submit go to http://narrativemagazine.com/30-below-story-contest

"Missouri Review" Editor's Prize Contest-Deadline Oct 1

Editors' Prize Contest 18th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry http://www.missouri review.org/ contest/editors_ prize.php $3,000 Fiction | $3,000 Poetry | $3,000 Essay Deadline: The deadline for the 2008 competition is October 1. Complete Guidelines (No other information is needed to enter) Page restrictions: Please include no more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages. Each story or essay constitutes one entry. Entry fee: $20 for each entry (make checks payable to The Missouri Review). Each fee entitles the entrant to a one-year subscription to TMR, an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose a complete address for subscriptions. Entries must be clearly addressed to: Missouri Review Editors' Prize, 357 McReynolds Hall, UMC, Columbia, MO 65211. The outside of the envelope must be marked "Fiction," "Essay" or "Poetry." Each entry in each category must be mailed in a separate envelope. On the first page of each submission, please include the author's name, address, email address and telephone number. Entries must be previously unpublished and will not be returned. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. One winner and three finalists will be chosen in each category. Announcements will be posted on our website on or before 1/31/09. Winners will be p ublished and finalists announced in the spring issue of The Missouri Review. Finalists in all categories will receive a minimum of $100 and consideration for publication at regular publication pay rates. Please indicate in your cover letter if you wished to be notified of the winners by email, or include a SASE.

2009 National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry--Deadline Oct. 1

2009 National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry http://www.prescott .edu/highlights/ alligator_ juniper/submit. html $10 Entry Fee $500 First-Place Prize Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2008 Our annual contest awards $500 plus publication for the first-place winner in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Additional winners selected for publication will be paid in copies. $10 entry fee, checks payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2009 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in summer 2009. There is no theme for the 2009 issue. Work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest you agree to allow us to select your work for publication even if it does not place first. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, especially emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately if your work is selected elsewhere. Submission Guidelines Submissions accepted May 1 through October 1, 2008 (postmark deadline). Include a brief cover letter, including the statement below. Include S.A.S.E for response only; manuscripts are recycled, not returned. Include a $10 entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story or essay (30-page limit per entry), or up to five poems. Additional entries require additional fee. Indicate category with a large F, NF, or P on cover letter and mailing envelope. Manuscripts must be typed with numbered pages. Prose double-spaced. Doubl e-sided copies encouraged. No email submissions. Send to: Alligator Juniper, Prescott College, 220 Grove Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301. IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, due to problems with misinformed entrants and withdrawals, we ask that you include the following statement in your signed cover letter: "I have read and understand the guidelines for Alligator Juniper’s national writing contest." Back issues are available for all but 1995 (the premier issue) and 2001. Send $8 to above address and specify what year you would like to receive. Selection Process All entries are read and discussed by Prescott College students in the Alligator Juniper practicum class. This class is overseen each fall by two faculty members, each of whom is a working writer in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. All entrants receive a personal letter from one of our staff regarding the status of their submission. We usually inform in late January. The individual attention we devote to each manuscript takes time. We appreciate your patience.


An email regarding the MFA program possibility

If you're in the MA fiction, non-fiction, or poetry program and didn't receive an email from me (Amber) regarding the MFA Review, please email me so I can add you to my records! I have a very disjointed email list lacking names and programs..so I need your help!
Anyway, the email I just sent is from Prof Gwartney and is pretty important, so you'll definitely want to read it. Email me :-) psuglo@gmail.com

If you're leading the National Novel Writing Month Study Group, I need your info!

Dear Writers,

I'm trying to figure out who exactly said they wanted to lead the NaNoMo study group. The English Dept needs to know so they can set up the CRN and other info. Plus there are students that are trying to figure out who is leading the group so they can get in touch with you.
It'd be the coolest thing ever if you emailed me ASAP with your info. I need your name, contact info (email), description of the group, and possibly the proposed time and place your group will meet. Help me help you!


Free tickets to Richard Russo--Thursday, September 18

Professor Michele Glazer has a few free tickets to see Richard Russo tonight at Schnitzer Hall. If you're interested, please send her an email as soon as possible: glazer@pdx.edu
He reads at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (1037 SW Broadway, Portland)
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Russo is a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. He authored:

"Southern Indiana Review" Non-Fiction Contest--Deadline Oct. 1

Southern Indiana Review Presents: The Mary C. Mohr Nonfiction Award


First Prize: $1000

Second Prize: $250

Third Prize: $100

Judge: Susan Neville

Deadline: October 1, 2008

Reading Fee: $15

Entry fee of $15 (include $5 for each additional essay submitted) includes a copy of the spring 2009 prize issue. All entries will be considered for publication. Send submissions to Mary C. Mohr Nonfiction Award, Southern Indiana Review, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, 47712. Complete guidelines available at www.southernindianareview. org.


"The Briar Cliff Review" Contest--Deadline 11/1/08

The Briar Cliff Review Thirteenth Annual Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Contest $1000 First Place for each category http://www.briarcli ff.edu/campus_ info/bcu_ review/contest_ info.asp Plus Publication in Spring 2009 Entries will be judged by the Editors of The Briar Cliff Review. $20.00 entry fee per story/creative nonfiction piece or three poems. Omit author’s name on manuscript. Deadline: November 1, 2008 Guidelines: · Short story/creative nonfiction word limit up to 6,000. · Short stories and creative nonfiction should be typed, double-spaced, 8 1/2 x 11. · Poetry should be single-spaced, 8 1/2 x 11. · No more than one poem per page. · Send cover sheet with title/s, author’s name, address and email. Title but no name on manuscript. · Winning pieces are accepted on the basis of first-time rights. · Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. · Previous year’s winner is ineligible. · All entrants receive a copy of the magazine with winning entries. The magazine costs $15.00 a copy. Send entries to: Tricia Currans-Sheehan, Editor The Briar Cliff Review Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Contest 3303 Rebecca St. Sioux City, IA 51104-2100 www.briarcliff. edu/bcreview Please include SASE for notification of winners. Manuscripts will not be returned. We welcome submissions separate from the contest.


Writer David Foster Wallace found dead

His wife told Claremont police that the novelist and humorist who wrote 'Infinite Jest' hanged himself Friday night. He was 46.
By Claire Noland and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
September 14, 2008

David Foster Wallace, the novelist, essayist and humorist best known for his 1996 novel "Infinite Jest," was found dead Friday night at his home in Claremont, according to the Claremont Police Department. He was 46.

Jackie Morales, a records clerk at the department, said Wallace's wife called police at 9:30 p.m. Friday saying she had returned home to find that her husband had hanged himself.

Wallace, who had taught creative writing at Pomona College since 2002, was on leave this semester.

Times book editor David Ulin was in New York City for a National Book Critics Circle Board meeting Saturday.

"What was a party is now a wake," Ulin said as the news of Wallace's death circulated. "People were speechless and just blown away.

"He was one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years," Ulin said.

"He is one of the main writers who brought ambition, a sense of play, a joy in storytelling and an exuberant experimentalism of form back to the novel in the late '80s and early 1990s," Ulin said. "And he really restored the notion of the novel as a kind of canvas on which a writer can do anything."

Wallace won a cult following for his dark humor and ironic wit, which was on display in "The Broom of the System," his 1987 debut novel; "Girl With Curious Hair," a 1989 collection of short stories, and "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments" (1997). In 1997, he also received a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

A year earlier he shot to the top of the literary world with "Infinite Jest," a sprawling, ambitious novel with a nonlinear plot that ran 1,079 pages and had nearly as many footnotes.

Critics marveled at the prodigious talent evident in his imaginative take on a future world, comparing him to Thomas Pynchon and John Irving.

In a 1996 profile in the New York Times Magazine, Frank Bruni wrote, "Wallace is to literature what Robin Williams or perhaps Jim Carrey is to live comedy: a creator so maniacally energetic and amused with himself that he often follows his riffs out into the stratosphere, where he orbits all alone."

Other collections of fiction and nonfiction followed, including "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men" (1999), "Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity" (2003) and "Oblivion" (2004).

In June, to coincide with this fall's presidential election, he reworked a 2000 essay about Republican candidate John McCain for a paperback published as "McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express With John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope."

Wallace was born Feb. 21, 1962, in Ithaca, N.Y., and raised in Illinois, where his father taught philosophy at the University of Illinois and his mother taught English at a community college.

A talented tennis player as a youngster, Wallace attended Amherst College and majored in philosophy before switching his focus to writing fiction.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1985 and turned his senior thesis into the basis for "The Broom of the System."

After earning a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Arizona, Wallace began teaching writing at Illinois State University in Normal in 1993.

In 2002 he was named the first Roy E. Disney professor of creative writing at Pomona College.

Gary Kates, the college's dean, called Wallace's death "an incredible loss."

"He was a fabulous teacher," Kates said Saturday. "He was hands-on with his students. He cared deeply about them. . . . He was a jewel on the faculty, and we deeply appreciated everything he gave to the college."

In addition to his wife, Karen Green, and his parents, Wallace is survived by a sister.

A memorial service is planned at Pomona College.



"Indiana Review" Fiction Contest--Deadline Oct 15

Indiana Review's 2008 Fiction Prize Guidelines
$1000 Honorarium and Publication
Final Judge: Tayari Jones

Reading Fee: $15
Includes a one-year subscription

All entries considered for publication. All entries considered anonymously. Send only one story per entry, 35 double-spaced pages maximum, 12 pt. font.

Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered. Simultaneous submissions okay, but fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere. Multiple entries 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.

Entry form must include name, address, phone number, and title. Entrant’s name should appear ONLY on the entry form. If desired, include a self-addressed stamped envelope for notification. Manuscripts will not be returned. Make checks payable to Indiana Review.

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. Overseas addresses, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada). Please note that we cannot accept money orders or checks from foreign banks.

International contestants are encouraged to pay online here (for more detailed instructions, click here).

For our printable entry form, click here.

Fiction Prize
Indiana Review
Ballantine Hall 465
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN

"Mid-American Review" Contests--Deadline Oct 1

Mid-American Review

Fiction Award
Poetry Award

1st Prize, each genre: $1000 + Publication
Four Finalists: Notation + Possible Publication

2008 Final Judges

Kim Edwards

Author of
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Secrets of a Fire King

Debra Marquart

Author of
The Horizontal World:
Growing Up in the Middle of Nowhere: A Memoir

Larissa Szproluk

Author of
Embryos & Idiots,
Isolato, Dark Sky Question,
and The Wind, Master Cherry, The Wind

Postmark deadline: October 1, 2008. $10 entry fee (check or money order, made out to Mid-American Review) for each set of three poems or each story/essay up to 6,000 words. For previously unpublished work only. Submissions will not be returned; send SASE for early results. All participants will receive MAR v. XIX, no. 2, where the winners will be published. Open to all writers not associated, past or present, with respective judge or MAR. Judges¹ decisions are final.

"Mississippi Review" Annual Contest--Deadline Oct 1

2009 Mississippi Review Prize

Awarding $1,000 each in fiction and poetry and publication in the print issue of Mississippi Review

Contest begins April 2008

Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up next winter's print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. Contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern Mississippi. Fiction entries should be 1000-5000 words, poetry entries should be three poems totaling 10 pages or less. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. Entry fee is $15 per entry, payable to the Mississippi Review.

Each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue.

For an additional $10 receive a one year subscription (2 additional issues) to the Mississippi Review. If electing this option please note as much on your entry cover sheet.

No manuscripts will be returned. Previously published work is ineligible. Contest opens April 2. Deadline is October 1.

Winners will be announced in late January and publication is scheduled for May next year. Entries should have "MR Prize," author name, address, phone, e-mail and title of work on page one.

Key dates:

Contest begins: April 1, 2008
Postmark deadline: October 1, 2008
Winners announced: January 2009
Issue publication: April 2009

Send entries to:

Mississippi Review Prize 2008
118 College Drive #5144,
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001

These are the complete contest guidelines. If you have questions, e-mail contest coordinator, or call 601-266-4321.

"Quarterly West" Novella Competition--Submit 10/1/08 - 1/31/09

Official Guidelines
The 2008-2009 Novella Competition

OPENS October 1, 2008

CLOSES January 31, 2009

JUDGE: Padgett Powell

Prize: $1000 and publication in Quarterly West

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: In order to reduce expense for our participants and to increase the efficiency of the whole contest, his year's novella contest will be accepting entries only through our submissions system.

You will need to enter all personal data fields (if you haven't already done so) and select the genre "Novella Competition." The rest of our guidelines are listed below.

1) Manuscripts should be between15,000-40,000 words in length, typed and double spaced. Author's name should not appear anywhere in the document. (Your information in the submission system will track with your entry.) Manuscripts that contain indications of the author must be withdrawn and resubmitted without that information.

2) An entry fee of $20 is required for each individual entry, which includes a one year subscription to Quarterly West. (If you choose to use a credit card online, a transaction fee of $1 will be added to your total.) Checks may be sent to:

Quarterly West Novella Contest, 255 2. Central Campus Dr., Rm. 3500, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

3) Multiple entries by a single author are acceptable, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry fee. Once a manuscript has been received, no corrections or rewrites will be considered during the competition.

4) All entries will be read anonymously in a double-blind system by our staff of qualified readers.

5) Final judging will be done by Padgett Powell from a pool of finalists selected by the editors of Quarterly West.

6) The winning entry will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and will be published in Quarterly West in the Fall/Winter 2009 Issue. All Finalists will be considered for publication

To enter your contest submission (after October 1, 2008)


"Crab Orchard Review" Call for Poetry Submissions --Submit 10/1 - 11/17 2008

2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

Open Competition Awards

$3500 and publication - first prize

$2000 and publication - second prize

Crab Orchard Review and Southern Illinois University Press are pleased to announce the selections for the 2008 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards. Our final judge, David Wojahn, selected Alison Townsend's PERSEPHONE IN AMERICA as the first-prize winner and Jesse Lee Kercheval's CINEMA MUTO as the second-prize winner. Both collections will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in March 2009.

Submissions for the 2009 Open Competition should not be mailed before October 1, 2008. Submissions should be postmarked from October 1 through November 17, 2008.

Below are the guidelines for this year's Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition:

All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible* (individual poems may have been previously published). (*Current students and employees of Southern Illinois University and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible for the Open Competition. For questions about judging, please visit http://www.siuc.edu/~crborchd/conpo3.html.) Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts postmarked October 1 through November 17, 2008. The first-prize and second-prize winners will each receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, the first-prize winner will be awarded a $2000 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; the second-prize winner will be awarded a $500 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Both readings will follow the publication of the poets' collections by Southern Illinois University Press.

Manuscripts should be typewritten, single-spaced, and between 50 and 80 pages long. No more than one poem should appear on a page. Dot-matrix printing that is not letter-quality is not acceptable. A clean photocopy is recommended. 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 submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee. Please make your check out to "Crab Orchard Series in Poetry." All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

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.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED OCTOBER 1, 2008 through NOVEMBER 17, 2008. (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 address entries to:

Jon Tribble, Series Editor

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

(Open Competition Awards)

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. Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication.

The "Shenandoah"/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers--deadline March 15-31 2009

The Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers $2,500

awarded annually by Shenandoah and Washington and Lee University

The Prize includes publication of new work in Shenandoah.

Eligibility for 2009 Prize: all writers of POETRY
with only one published book in that genre.

To apply, send first book,* five unpublished poems and
biographical information along with an s.a.s.e. and
a check for $25 (from either author or publisher),
which brings a year's subscription to Shenandoah,
between March 15 and March 31, 2009 to:

R. T. Smith
The Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize
Mattingly House / 2 Lee Avenue
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450-2116
(540) 458-8908

The 2010 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize will be awarded for SHORT FICTION.

* Books submitted for consideration will not be returned and will be donated
to a local library after the contest has been judged.

Flannery O'Connor Contest--Deadline Oct 1

Shenandoah, the Washington and Lee University Review, is pleased to announce the
celebration of the journal’s 60th anniversary with a special issue centering on the works of
Flannery O’Connor.
The editor seeks essays, poems, short stories, reviews, photographs and other artwork about, related to or in honor of the fiction and life of Ms. O’Connor. Any queries about particular submissions should be directed to rodsmith@wlu.edu.

Deadline: October 1, 2009

A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best O’Connor-related work published in the issue,
which is planned for fall 2010.

Materials should be addressed to:
O’Connor Issue
Mattingly House / 2 Lee Avenue
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450-2116


Third Coast Fiction and Poetry Contests--Deadline December 1 '08

The 2009 Third Coast Fiction & Poetry Awards

Fiction Prize: $1,000 & Publication
Poetry Prize : $1,000 & Publication

Final Judges

For fiction: Stuart Dybek

For poetry: David Rivard

Send entries to:
Third Coast 2009 Fiction or Poetry Contest
Department of English
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331

Open to all writers unassociated with the judges or Third Coast. Postmark deadline: December 1st, 2008. Prize-winning issue: Fall 2009. Entry fee: $15 per manuscript. Please make checks or money orders payable to Third Coast. Each fee entitles entrant to a 1-year subscription to Third Coast, an extension of an existing subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose a complete address for subscription. Please send each entry separately, and mark clearly whether it is a poetry or fiction entry. Any previously unpublished poem is eligible for the poetry contest. Please submit up to five poems, totaling no more than twelve pages. Any previously unpublished short story or excerpt of up to 9,000 words is eligible for the fiction contest. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that they be withdrawn from the contest immediately. No money will be refunded. Submissions will not be returned; send SASE for results only. All manuscripts should be typed (fiction entries should be double-spaced) and accompanied by a cover letter. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. If a poem or story is chosen as a finalist, Third Coast requires that it be withdrawn from any other publication considerations until the winner is selected. If the poem or story is scheduled to be published elsewhere before fall 2009, please do not submit it.


GLO and Portland Review Need You!

Well, we actually just need to borrow a button making machine from someone. You know those cute little buttons bands and artists pass out at shows? We want to get in on that before Party in the Park. Something like these ------> but...better.
Will be willing to barter! :-)
Email Amber at: psuglo@gmail.com. You'll be glad you did. And we'll be glad too!

Get on the English Grad Email List!

If you're not on the enggrad listserv, you definitely should be! Tons of important info gets mailed out to the listserv daily.

Valuable for the graduate English students and the Writing students!

You can find instructions for subscribing to the English Graduate Mailing List on the department website.


A Portland Magazine is Looking for Women Writers!!

The Editor of Clip, a new "blogazine", is currently seeking women writers for the new online magazine. She is looking for a variety of writings, including pieces about books, music, home, fashion, travel, finance, mind and body, etc.
Interested? Have an idea? Email Diane Arthur Kukish at flydi007@hotmail.com for more details or to propose your writing idea(s).
This is a Portland based online mag, so it's a great chance to network, get involved in the community, and get published!
Check it out: www.clipblogazine.com

From Clip:
Welcome to Clip, the new blogazine devoted to providing women with the tools and resources to live an abundant, stylish and full life, no matter what age, size, experience or income level. Fashion, beauty, home design and lifestyle come together in this blog and in the pages of our print magazine, which will be published quarterly. Each issue will explore trends in the areas mentioned above, and will present unique ways to interpret them so that they can fit into everyone’s lifestyle. This blogazine will expand upon what is featured in print. Up to the minute product reviews, beauty recipes, and informational articles can be found here!

This publication is committed to providing abundant information to our readers, and we encourage reader participation. We will be adding forums for you to communicate with fellow readers and share ideas. You will also be free to submit your ideas to the Clip editors to be featured in print or online. In addition, each month a reader will be selected to participate in a “featured reader blog,” which will be visible on this home page.

Clip Blogazine is a very “for us, by us” endeavor, and we realize the importance of helping each other to achieve our goals. We fully believe in the interaction and support between editors, readers, advertisers, and others to provide everyone with the resources they need to enhance their quality of life.


English Department Picnic! -- 9/27 11-4


When: Saturday, September 27, 11-4

Where: Wilshire Park, NE 33rd at Skidmore

Bring: Food, drinks, friends, tales of summer adventures . . .

Publishing Program Open House with Ooligan Press and Students--Monday, 9/29, 9/30

Join the publishing program at
Ooligan Press for free coffee
and Voodoo donuts to welcome
new students! Current students
will be available to answer
questions and chat.

*Voodoo donuts are first-come, first-served.

Monday, September 29, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tuesday, September 30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Neuberger Hall 369.

Fun and Literary in Portland: A Book, A Film, Maybe a Beer or Two--Monday, Sept 22

From the Powell's Calendar:

State by State, a "wonderful...beguiling" collection (Publishers Weekly, starred review) of 50 original essays, resurrects a landmark effort from the 1930s when the Federal Writers' Project commissioned America's best authors "to describe America to Americans." What do we talk about when we talk about our states? Join Live Wire's Courtenay Hameister, State by State editor Sean Wilsey, author Daphne Beal, and other special guests at this one-night-only Portland screening of a candid and captivating 35-minute film about the book, which stars 19 of its contributors — Anthony Bourdain, Susan Orlean, David Rakoff, Alison Bechdel, and others. Please note: This ticketed event takes place at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Tickets, $5, are available at the Bagdad Theater box office, the Crystal Ballroom box office, Ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets.


Job Opportunity: University of Central Oklahoma

Effective Date: Spring Semester - January, 2009 Position Number: 997308 Requisition Number: A000433 Position Summary: Teach First-Year Composition classes and serve as Executive Editor of New Plains Review; qualified applicants may teach occasional Creative Writing classes, as needed by the department. Minimum Qualifications: M.A. in English or Creative Writing or M.F.A. in Creative Writing required. For more information about the position, contact Dr. David Macey, English department Chair, via email at dmacey(at)ucok. edu (replace (at) with @) Preferred/Required Documents: On- Line Faculty Application with Cover Letter, Resume, List of Three Professional References and Degree Transcripts attached is required. For Technical Assistance, Call: 405-974-2663. The department is part of the University's College of Liberal Arts, which currently has 105 full-time and 136 part-time faculty in 7 academic departments. The College serves the University's Core Curriculum programs and enrolls more than 2,500 undergraduate majors and more than 200 graduate students in 32 undergraduate and 12 graduate degree programs. For further information see the College website at: http://www.libarts. ucok.edu Application Information Contact: University of Central Oklahoma Online App. Form: http://jobs. ucok.edu/ applicants/ Central?quickFin d=71018


Paper Presentation--Sept 11 NH 407

This Thursday (9/11) at 4:15pm in the English Department Conference
Room, Patrick Beisell, an English Undergraduate student at PSU, will
be presenting parts of his paper "The Man in the Moon: Lunar Influence
in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'" for discussion and comment. The paper
explores the much maligned and neglecting figure of the Moon in
"Midsummer Night's Dream;" the paper argues that Shakespeare's play
is, in many ways, organized and cohered by the influence, presence,
and disfiguring of the Moon.

This paper will be part of the University of Virginia's annual
Medieval/Renaissance Conference. Patrick would love to receive any
critical feedback before he presents the paper in full next week.


Grad student volunteers: From the PSU English Dept.

Want to get involved around campus? This is a great chance for networking, student involvement, and good-deeding! Below is an email from Sarah Berry in the English dept.:

>From time to time prospective students ask if there are current grad students or recent graduates who would be willing to respond to email or phone questions about your experience in the program. I'd love to compile a list of students in each program area to whom I can forward such queries.
Anyone interested? It's not a frequent need, so you might not get any requests at all, and you can always tell me to take you off the list if it doesn't work out.

Needless to say we would prefer volunteers who will be frank but not one-sided in their assessment of the program (in other words, if you need to vent about a really bad experience here there are more productive ways to do this than discouraging prospective students with any horror stories you may have).

At the moment I need someone in the non-fiction writing program (current student and / or graduate).
Let me know if you're willing to offer this service to the Department. Thanks in advance!
Portland State University logo

Sarah Berry
Department of English
Portland State University

503 725-3623

Expanding Literacy Studies Call for Submissions--Deadline 10/15/08

Expanding Literacy Studies
International, Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Students

April 3-5, 2009, The Ohio State University

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2008
Website: www.literacystudies.osu.edu/conference


Expanding Literacy Studies is an International, Interdisciplinary
Conference for Graduate Students to be held April 3-5, 2009, at The
Ohio State University.

Literacy Studies is a recent construct. At the same time, it addresses
long-standing questions and concerns within and across disciplines.
But what is literacy? Who is studying it? And how is it being studied?

Literacy is traditionally defined as reading and writing. Contemporary
constructs, however, include everything from cyber and health literacy
to mathematical and visual literacy. The potential advance this
broadened view might represent is complicated by historical myths
about literacy, persistent fears about declines in literacy, and
failure to connect literacy research across disciplines.

Addressing the need for an expanded conversation about literacy that
exceeds disciplinary boundaries, this conference is a space for
graduate and professional students from all fields to ask questions,
consider directions, examine representations, make connections, and
share investigations of literacy, broadly defined. This conference
aims to expand the dialogue and explore the landscape and
intersections of literacy studies as a framework of critical
investigation. This approach is meant to do the double work of
expanding the field while critiquing the expansion. To that end, we
invite proposals from graduate and professional students in ALL


* health literacy
* literacy and technology
* visual literacy
* representations of literacy
* definitions of literacy
* law and literacy
* art literacy
* uses and abuses of literacy
* motivations for literacy
* symbol systems
* the sociology of literacy
* the teaching of literacy
* reading and writing
* literacy and science
* performances of literacy
* literacy and popular culture
* the future of literacy
* histories of literacy
* intersections of literacy
* production and consumption of texts
* multiple literacies
* the literacy myth
* literacy and social change
* sites of literacy
* literacy in communities
* work literacy


* Facilitate a Roundtable Conversation
* Lead an Interactive Workshop
* Present a Creative Performance or Work of Art
* Participate on a Panel (present a paper or discuss a poster)
* Serve as a Discussant on a Panel of Presentations
* Share and Discuss Your Research in a Dissertation Workshop


To facilitate cross-discipline and cross-institutional collaboration
on proposals, we will begin posting requests for collaborators on the
conference website immediately. Visit the site to connect with people
who have submitted requests and/or submit your own request for
collaborators. Please include a description of the topic and format
(presentation, performance, workshop, etc.) you are interested in
collaborating on, along with your contact information.


* Keynote Panel with Harvey J. Graff: "Responses to The Literacy Myth:
30 Years Later"

In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the publication of The Literacy
Myth: Literacy and Social Structure in the Nineteenth Century, author
Harvey J. Graff will respond to a panel of graduate students from
various disciplines speaking about "the literacy myth." Harvey J.
Graff is currently Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and
Professor of English and History at The Ohio State University.

* Interactive Workshop by Participatory Design pioneer Liz Sanders

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Design at Ohio State and
President of MakeTools (a design research firm), Liz Sanders is a
pioneer in the use of participatory research methods for the design of
products, systems, services, and spaces. Sanders speaks about and
teaches human-centered design to students, clients, and colleagues
around the world. She will lead conference participants in an
interactive workshop about the future of literacy, as a reflection of
and closure for the conference.

* Plenary Presentation by Shirley Brice Heath, author of Ways with Words

Heath is a sociolinguist and anthropologist whose primary interests
are oral and written language, youth development, racial relations,
organizational learning, and the relationships among aesthetics,
cognition, and human development. At the heart of Heath's research are
the organizational structures and cultural values and behaviors that
surround the learning and use of language. She is the author of the
prize-winning book Ways with Words: Language, Life, and Work in
Communities and Classrooms (1983) and co-editor of Identity and
Inner-city Youth: Beyond Ethnicity and Gender (1993), as well as
several other books and over 100 articles and book chapters. Heath is
Professor at Large for the Watson Institute for International Studies
at Brown University and Margery Bailey Professor Emerita at Stanford


We will begin reviewing conference proposals September 1, 2008.
Proposals will not be accepted after October 15, 2008.

To learn more about the conference and to submit proposals, please go
to http://literacystudies.osu.edu/conference.

This conference is sponsored by LiteracyStudies@TheOhioStateUniversity

Call for submissions: Tammy--deadline 10/1/08

New Print Journal Releases Open Reading Period.

A new print journal, Tammy, arising from the
Midwest, has begun its construction period and is currently taking open submissions up until October 1st, 2008.

A little about Tammy: Tammy is a print journal of poetry and prose published biannually. Tammy's editors write and work out of
Chicago, Minneapolis, and Saint Louis. Stemming from the urgency to create a physical home, Tammy features writing from the esteemed fringes and
unguarded egresses of American letters.

Although not exclusively, Tammy especially looks forward to reading the work of writers who have continued honing their craft within MFA programs throughout the states.

Tammy submissions can be mailed to the following addresses:

tammypoetryeditor( at)gmail. com (replace (at) with @)

or tammyproseeditor( at)gmail. com (replace (at) with @)

All the best,
The Editors at Tammy

Call for submissions: Shaking like a Mountain--Deadline 10/15/08

Write a poem, or tell us a story (fictional or non-fictional) in response to any of three songs listed at www.shakinglikeamountain.com. Just go to the site and click on the R.Meltzer Challenge icon. Follow the links to this quarter's tunes: Blank Generation - Richard Hell and the Voidoids Dad's Gonna Kill Me - Richard Thompson Metal Heart - Cat Power The best writing in each genre will be published in the next issue of shaking. The deadline for submissions is October 15.

Non-Fiction Contest: Glamour Magazine--Deadline 12/31/08

Got a Great Real-Life Story? Tell it to Glamour! Enter our sixth essay contest and you could win $5,000, see your story published in an upcoming issue and meet with a top literary agent. Every woman has an inspiring true story inside her, and we want to hear yours. Is it about time you tested your own courage or found your passion? Start writing now! A panel of writers--including Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley and Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand will help choose the winner. http://www.glamour. com/magazine/ 2008/08/nonficti on-contest- rules


Bucknell University Stadler Center for Poetry: 09-10 Stadler Fellowhip (deadline Dec 6)

Bucknell University. Stadler Center for Poetry. The 2009-10 Stadler Fellowship offers professional training in arts administration & literary editing in a thriving, university-based poetry center, while also providing the Fellow time to pursue his or her own writing.

The Stadler Fellow assists for 20 hours each week in the administration of the Stadler Center for Poetry and/or in the editing of West Branch, a nationally distinguished literary journal. The Fellow also serves as an instructor in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in June. The Fellowship stipend is $20,000. In addition, the Fellow is provided a furnished apartment in Bucknell’s Poet’s Cottage & health insurance, as well as access to all campus academic, cultural, & recreational facilities. To be eligible, an applicant must be at least 21 years of age, must have received an advanced degree in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry (i.e. MFA, MA, PhD) no earlier than spring 2004, & must not be enrolled as a student during the period of the Fellowship. (Persons enrolled in a college or university at the time of application are eligible.)

The Stadler Fellowship is potentially renewable for a second year. Submit the following items by postal mail: letter of application, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, a poetry sample of no more than 10 pp., to:
Stadler Fellowship, Stadler Center for Poetry,
Bucknell Hall, Bucknell University,
Lewisburg, PA 17837.
No materials will be returned; please do not send originals.
Postmark deadline: December 6.
Notification: late spring 2009.

For more information on the Stadler Center for Poetry, see our website: www.bucknell.edu/stadlercenter