Mark your calendars: Debra Gwartney and Katherine Dunn are reading at PSU May 21st!

Reading: Nonfiction Writer Debra Gwartney & Fiction Writer Katherine Dunn

Thursday, May 21st, 7 PM

Smith Memorial Student Union, room 236

Q & A following the readings

Debra Gwartney will be reading from her new book, "Live Through This." Gwartney is on the nonfiction writing faculty at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and is co-editor, with her husband Barry Lopez, of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, published in 2006 by Trinity University Press. Her short stories, personal narratives, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. Debra is a former reporter for The Oregonian, was a nonfiction scholar at the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, and has received fellowships from Literary Arts, Hedgebrook Writer's Colony, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and the American Antiquarian Society.

Praise for Live Through This: "Gutsy, edgy, and revelatory, Gwartney's fast-paced tale of a family in pieces builds to a magnificent, hard-won communion. Her ability to follow the wildness in her own story uncovers truths about every parent, every child."—China Galland, author of Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves and Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna

Katherine Dunn

Dunn's is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her novel Geek Love, a finalist for the National Book Award in 1989. She also wrote the novels Attic (1970) and Truck (1971). She also wrote the text for Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook (1995), a book of homicide photography; the humorous The Slice: Information with an Attitude (1989) (also published as Why Do Men Have Nipples? And Other Low-Life Answers to Real-Life Questions (1990), which contains her collected newspaper columns from Willamette Week. Dunn has written numerous articles for Playboy, Vogue, and the L.A. Times.

Praise for Geek Love
"Wonderfully descriptive. . . . Dunn [has a] tremendous imagination." The New York Times Book Review

"Like most great novels, this one keeps the reader marveling at the daring of the author." –Philadelphia Inquirer

"Unrelentingly bizarre . . . perverse but riveting. . . . Will keep you turning the pages." –Chicago Tribune


Graduate Readings!

Please note: the graduate readings are happening next week, on May 5th for Poetry Students, and May 6th for Non-Fiction/Fiction students. Starts at 7 PM both nights. Come hear your friends and peers read from their much-slaved-over work before they graduate and enter the world outside of grad school!!
Just writing that actually made me a little bummed :(

Free to come and hang out. There will be food too! (Snacks.)

Place: Blackfish Gallery. Easy access from campus--hop on the street car. It's free! Blackfish Gallery is located at 420 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, (503) 295-2029.

So come hear us. There will be much rejoicing and merriment.

Readers include:

May 5th: Poetry:
Michael Achterman
Wendy Bourgeois
Kate Bucko
Chris Cottrell
Regina Godfrey
Wendy Noonan

May 6th: Prose:
Bob Balmer
Amber Beaman
Alex Behr
Meg Chuprevich
Dee Anne Finken
Leslie Gould
Haili Jones Graff
Ron Horton
Merilee Karr
Julie Leonard
Darryl Moton
Twila Nesky
Mario Ross
Jenny Tatone
Helyn Trickey
Nat Weinam
Lora Worden


James D. Houston, Chronicler of a Diverse California, Dies at 75

April 18, 2009
James D. Houston, Chronicler of a Diverse California, Dies at 75

James D. Houston, who captured the promise, the harshness and the sheer beauty of California in novels like “Continental Drift” and “Snow Mountain Passage” and in nonfiction works like “Farewell to Manzanar,” about a World War II internment camp for the Japanese, died on Thursday at his home in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was 75.

The cause was complications of lymphoma, said his wife, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston.

Mr. Houston lived his entire life in California, most of it in Santa Cruz. The state provided the setting for nearly all his novels and the material for the nonfiction work “Californians: Searching for the Golden State,” and Mr. Houston evoked, with pinpoint precision, its redwood forests, farms and wild coastline, as well as its restless population of faddists and dreamers.

He was just as familiar with Hawaii. A passion for that state and its culture was born when his father, after being stationed there with the Navy, brought home a ukulele and a steel guitar, and Mr. Houston later explored Hawaii in several novels and in nonfiction works on surfing and Hawaiian music.

James Dudley Houston was born in San Francisco, where his parents had migrated from Quanah, Tex., a small town near the Texas panhandle. Their story kindled an interest in treks and quests that intensified when he met his future wife, whose family had immigrated to California from Japan.

His lifelong inquiry extended from his early novel “A Native Son of the Golden West” (1971), about California surfers in Hawaii, to “Bird of Another Heaven” (2007), a historical novel about a half-Indian, half-Hawaiian California woman who becomes the consort of the last king of Hawaii.

Mr. Houston earned a bachelor’s degree in drama at San Jose State University in 1956 and the next year married Ms. Wakatsuki, a fellow student and, later, his collaborator on “Farewell to Manzanar” (1974), which described where she had been interned during the war. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their three children: Joshua, of Honolulu, and Corinne Houston Traugott and Gabrielle Houston Neville, both of Santa Cruz.

After three years in the Air Force as an information officer with a NATO tactical bomber unit in Britain, Mr. Houston received a master’s degree in American literature at Stanford University in 1962. He had begun writing stories while in the Air Force and in 1968 published his first novel, “Between Battles,” about a young pilot at a NATO air station in Britain.

With his second novel, “Gig” (1969), about a jazz pianist toiling in a California roadhouse, Mr. Houston found his footing, and his setting.

In various guises California would play the lead role in Mr. Houston’s work, notably in his best-known novels, “Continental Drift” (1978), about the shadow cast when a son returns to the family ranch from Vietnam, and “Snow Mountain Passage” (2001), a novel about a family traveling with the Donner Party.

Off and on, Mr. Houston earned his living playing and teaching guitar. His interest in Hawaiian music led him to write “Hawaiian Son” (2004), about the ukulele virtuoso Eddie Kamae. He also blended travel, anthropology and history in books like “Surfing: A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport” (1966), written with Ben R. Finney; “In the Ring of Fire: A Pacific Basin Journey” (1997); and “Where Light Takes Its Color From the Sea: A California Notebook” (2008).

Mr. Houston told The Bloomsbury Review in 2007 that his natural environment was “the valleys and ridges and towns and waterways between Mendocino and Point Conception.” Although he ventured farther afield in fiction and nonfiction, he regarded much of his home state with the same astonished eye as the rest of the country.

“As a phenomenon, as a certain kind of sociopolitical force and laboratory, it’s endlessly compelling to contemplate and write about,” he said. “But as a place to call home and identify with, there’s really too much of it.” He added, “The human nervous system wasn’t designed to embrace something as unwieldy and various as the entire state of California.”

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: April 21, 2009
Because of an editing error, an obituary on Saturday about the California writer James D. Houston misidentified the site of the Texas town, Quanah, where his parents lived before moving to San Francisco, where Mr. Houston was born. It is near the Texas panhandle, not the Oklahoma panhandle.

Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

SBWC 1st Annual Writing Contest--deadline June 1

The Santa Barbara Writers Conference announces its first annual Writing Contest in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry. Winners in each category will receive a scholarship for tuition to the 2010 Santa Barbara Writers Conference and a grand prize winner will get a scholarship and the opportunity to have lunch with a top agent during the conference.

http://www.sbwriters.com/contest_ 2009.php

Fiction entries can be in any genre. Nonfiction can be essay, article or memoir. Fiction and nonfiction entries must be no more than 3,000 words. Poets may submit up to five poems, no more than 15 pages total. Each category will be judged by a team of SBWC workshop leaders and the winners will be chosen from among the finalists by a noted author. You can enter as many times as you like in all the categories. If these guidelines aren’t followed, your entry will be disqualified. The cost is $25 per entry, and the deadline is June 1. The winners will be announcedJuly 20 and celebrated at a special event later this summer.

For fiction and nonfiction, include a cover sheet with author’s name, address, phone number, email address and the title of the submission. For poetry, please include a cover letter with author’s name, contact information and the titles of all the poems submitted. Stories, articles and poems should have no identifying information on them except titles.

Submission deadline June 1

Mail entries along with a check payable to SBWC to:

SBWC Writing Contest,

P.O. Box 6627

Santa Barbara, CA 93160


The MacGuffin’s 14th National Poet Hunt Contest--deadline June 3

The MacGuffin’s 14th National Poet Hunt Contest


Judged by Thomas Lynch

First Place Prize $500

*Two Honorable Mentions*

Contest Rules

1. Each entrant will receive one FREE issue of The MacGuffin that includes the 14th National Poet Hunt winners.

2. Staff members and their families are not eligible to participate.

3. An entry consists of five poems.

4. Poems must be typed on sheets of 8½ x 11” paper. Clean photocopies are
acceptable. DO NOT place name and address on submissions. Entries can also be
made electronically as an MS Word document on a 3½" disk or CD (PC format recommended).

5. Each entrant must include a 3 x 5 index card that includes poem titles and the
contestant’s name, address, daytime telephone number, and email address.

6. There is a $15.00 entry fee. Please send check or money order payable to
“Schoolcraft College.” Please do not send cash.

7. Poems must not be previously published, and must be the original work of the
contestant. Poems may be under consideration elsewhere. The MacGuffin reserves
the right to disqualify a work that is accepted elsewhere.

8. No entries will be returned.

9. Entrants wishing to receive a list of winners should send a stamped SASE.

10. Entries must be postmarked between April 1, 2009 and June 3, 2009.

Mail entries to:

The MacGuffin/Poet Hunt Contest

Schoolcraft College

18600 Haggerty Road

Livonia, MI 48152

Winners will be announced in September 2009

First Place and Honorable Mention poems will be published in a future issue of The MacGuffin.

The MacGuffin reserves the right not to award any Honorable Mentions.

The 31st Nimrod Awards--deadline April 30

The 31st Nimrod Awards

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

First Place: $2,000, publication, and a trip to Tulsa for the Awards Celebration




Contest Rules

Contest Begins: JANUARY 1, 2009

Postmark Deadline: APRIL 30, 2009

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).

Fiction: 7,500 words maximum.

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author's name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author's name, full address, phone & email. "Contest Entry" should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts will not be returned. Nimrod retains the right to publish any submission. Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s Web site. Submitters must have a U.S. address by October of 2008 to enter the contest. Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October.

Entry/Subscription Fee: $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues). Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to:


Literary Contest--Fiction or Poetry

The University
0of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104

E.M. Koeppel $1,100 Short Fiction Award--deadline April 30

E.M. Koeppel $1,100 Short Fiction Award


Annual Awards for Unpublished Fiction in Any Style, Any Theme

First Place Award: $1,100.

Editors' Choices: $100 each.

Maximum Length: 3,000 WORDS. Stories must be unpublished.

Annual Submission Period: Between Oct. 1 and April 30. (Postmark Deadline, April 30)

Award winning fiction writers are the judges.

No limit on number of stories entered by any one writer.

The winning short story and editors' choices will be published on www.writecorner.com and are eligible for inclusion in the permanent website writecorner.com anthology. (By submitting work to this contest, authors give permission to Writecorner Press to publish the award winning stories and editors' choices on the writecorner.com website. Authors retain all other rights to their works.)

How to Submit:

Send one (1) typed copy of the story with two (2) typed title pages. Only the title may appear on the first title page. No other kinds of identification may appear on this title page or on the manuscript which will used in judging. (Keep a copy. No manuscripts will be returned.)

On the second title page, list:

Title of the Story

Author's name, address, phone number

E-mail address optional

Short bio - about 4 lines

Entry Fee: $15 for a single story and $10 for each additional story.

No e-mail entries accepted.

Mail submission with check (no cash). If outside the USA, send a money order in US funds (no cash or20foreign funds) to:
Koeppel Contest
P.O. Box 140310
Gainesville, FL 32614

P.L. Titus Scholarship:

If the winning story is by anyone attending college, university, or school when the story is submitted, the winner will receive, in addition to the $1,100 award, the $500 P.L. Titus Scholarship. (Proof of attendance is required.)

2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize--deadline April 30

2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize



Award: Winner receives $1,000, publication by Graywolf Press, 15 copies of the book and a feature reading. Two finalists receive introductory readings.

Final Judge: Yusef Komunyakaa. Judge reserves the right not to select a winner.

Eligibility: African American writers who have not had a full‐length book of poetry published by a professional press. Authors of chapbooks and self‐published books with a maximum print run of 500 may apply. Simultaneous submission to other awards should be noted: immediate notice upon winning an award is required.

Deadline: Reading period begins March 16, 2009. Manuscripts must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2009, and received in Cave Canem’s office no later than May 8, 2009, 5 pm. To be notified that your manuscript has been received, enclose a stamped, self‐addressed postcard.

Winner announced in September 2009.

Entry Fee: $15. Enclose check with submission, made payable to Cave Canem Foundation.

Entry fees are non‐refundable.

Direct packet to:

Cave Canem Foundation

Cave Canem Poetry Prize

584 Broadway, Suite 508

New York, New York 10012


Send three copies of a single manuscript. One manuscript per poet allowed.

Enclose a stamped, self‐addressed envelope to receive notification of results.

Author’s name should not appear on any pages within the manuscript. Copy One must

include a title page with the author’s brief bio (200 words, maximum) and contact information:

author’s name, postal address, e‐mail address and telephone number. Copies Two and Three

must include a cover sheet with the title only.

Manuscript must be typed single sided with a minimum font size of 11, paginated and 50‐75

pages in length. A poem may be multiple pages, but no more than one poem per page is


Manuscript must include a table of contents and list of acknowledgments of previously

published poems.

Manuscript must be unbound. Use a binder clip—do not staple or fold. Do not include

illustrations or images of any kind.

Manuscripts not adhering to submission guidelines willC2be discarded without notice to


Due to the volume of submissions, manuscripts will not be returned. Post‐submission

revisions or corrections are not permitted.




Deadline: April 30, 2009 (postmark).

Prizes: 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50; 4th: $25 and up to 4 Honorable Mentions.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED on the last day of the AWC Conference at the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park Hotel, Birmingham, Alabama on JULY 19, 2009.

Contest Rules: Entries must be original, unpublished, and may not have won a money prize in any contest. (Sitting AWC voting Board Members are not eligible.) Multiple entries are accepted, but only one prize is awarded for each category.

Send one copy of each entry on standard white paper in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12pt. Courier or Times Roman font).

On first page include: Title, Category and Word Count (DO NOT show author name on the manuscript).

Please number the pages.

Enclose a separate cover sheet with: Category; Title; Author name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number; and whether an AWC Member or non-member.

Please provide a separate cover sheet for each entry.

Entry Fees

For all categories (EXCEPT Poem and First Chapter Novel): $5.00 per entry if AWC member, $8.00 per entry if non-member.

For First Chapter Novel: $10.00 if member, $12.00 if non-member.

For Poem: $3.00 per poem if member, $5.00 if non-member.

Make checks to: Alabama Writers' Conclave. (Note: Membership and conference fees must be submitted separately to the20AWC Treasurer)

Send contest entry manuscripts and checks to: Marian Lewis, AWC Contest Chair, 250 Hartside Rd., Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763.

NOTE: Please include a #10 SASE if you would like to receive a Winners' List after the AWC conference in July. If you would like confirmation that your entry has been received, also include a self-addressed stamped postcard (SASP)

Writing Competition Categories

Fiction - maximum 2500 words.

Short Fiction - maximum 1000 words.

Juvenile Fiction (stories for ages 4-12) - maximum 2500 words. MUST LIST GENRE AND TARGETED AGE GROUP (i.e. picture book, 3 & up).

Nonfiction - maximum 2500 words (PLEASE SPECIFY IF WRITTEN FOR ADULT OR CHILDREN).

Humor (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) - maximum 2000 words or 50 lines (for poems).

Traditional Poem (any "form" poem, i.e. villanelle, sonnet, sestina) - maximum 40 lines.

Free Verse Poem - maximum 60 lines.

First Chapter of Novel - up to 10 double-spaced pages, first chapter ONLY.

Great Lakes Novel Contest & Prize--deadline Oct 31

Great Lakes Novel Contest & Prize


Believing in the value of life and writing in the Great Lakes Region, Bottom Dog Press, Inc. and Drinian Press, LLC announce the Great Lakes Novel Prize. The winning entry in this contest receives a prize of $350 (USD), publication, and a royalty contract.

Additionally, a second finalist may be named to receive publication and a royalty contract. The writer must live in the Great Lakes Region and the novel must be set there. Send hard copy of unpublished novel (40,000 ‐80,000 wds.) along with $20 handling fee to Great Lakes Novel Prize, Drinian Press, PO Box 63, Huron, OH 44839 between Sept.. 1 and October 31, 2009. Include one cover sheet with title, name and address, and second cover with only book title. Name should not appear in the manuscript. Final judging will be by established novelist. For full guidelines visit: Bottom Dog Press, Inc. (smithdocs.net) and/or Drinian Press, LLC (DrinianPress.com)


• Writing must be set in the Great Lakes Region by an author presently living in the Great Lakes Region. We are defining that region as including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Western New York State, and Western Pennsylvania as well as the Province of Ontario.

• Submission must be an unpublished work of fiction, written in English, either a novel or composite novel (collection of interrelated short stories). Length: 40,000 ‐ 80,000 words (150 to 300 pages)

• The contest is open to all writers in English, published or unpublished, who live within the defined region. No one directly connected with Drinian or Bottom Dog Presses may enter the contest.

• Entries must be postmarked during the months of September and October 2009.

Entries postmarked after October 31, 2009 will not be accepted.

Send to: Great Lakes Novel Prize, Drinian Press, PO Box 63, Huron, OH 44839

• Manuscripts must be typed. Clear photocopies of ty
ped manuscripts are also

acceptable. Do not send your only copy. *Manuscripts cannot be returned.

• Final judging is by an established novelist and will be conducted anonymously. Your name and other identifying material may only appear on the cover page and nowhere else in the manuscript. Your submission should include a cover sheet with name, street and email addresses, and phone numbers and a separate title page which ONLY lists title and approx. word count.

• Please include a nonrefundable handling fee of $20.00 (U.S. dollars) for each manuscript (US check or money order payable to Drinian Press, LLC). You may include a stamped, self‐addressed postcard to confirm receipt of your manuscript, and a stamped, self‐addressed business‐sized envelope if you wish to be notified concerning the results. Bottom Dog and Drinian Presses assume no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts. Manuscripts will not be returned.

• The winner will be announced on February 15, 2010; book published that spring.

•All authors who enter will receive a copy of the published book.

• Endorsed by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.

2009 Anderbo Poetry Prize--deadline Nov 1

2009 Anderbo Poetry Prize


Now in its 4th year!

Winner receives:

$500 cash

Publication on anderbo.com

Judged by William Logan

2009 Contest Assistant: Anderbo Poetry Editor Charity Burns

–Poems should be typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper with the
poet’s name and contact information on the upper
right corner of each poem
–Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2009
–Limit six poems per poet
–Poet must not have been previously published on anderbo.com
–Mail submissions to:
Anderbo Poetry Prize,
270 Lafayette Street,
Suite 1412,
New York, NY 10012
–Enclose self-addressed stamped business envelope to
receive names of winner and honorable mentions
–All entries are non-returnable and will be recycled
–Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable to RRofihe
–Winner and honorable mentions will be published on
anderbo.com in February of 2010

Professional Writers of Prescott, AZ Annual Writing Contest--deadline May 30

Professional Writers of Prescott, AZ Annual Writing Contest

For complete guidelines and a required entry form, see http://www.prescottwriters.com/2009Contest.html

Entries must be original writing that has never been published in any format. Sorry, no erotica or children’s stories.

Fiction and *non-fiction entries are not to exceed 3,000 words. Works in excess of 3,000 words will be disqualified. Word count must appear on the first page of the manuscript. Poetry must not exceed 5 poems with a five page total.

*Non-fiction includes: literary journalism, travel writing, essay, humor writing, feature writing, and memoir.

An entry fee of $10 must accompany each entry with an additional $10 if you wish to have that entry critiqued. Make checks or money orders payable to Professional Writers of Prescott.

Format: Fiction & non-fiction manuscripts must be double-spaced. All entries including poetry must be typed with one-inch margins using standard 12 point typefaces such as Times New Roman or Courier. The header on every page must contain only the title and the page number. Do NOT use the author’s name anywhere on the manuscript. Names should only appear on the contest entry form.

Three copies of the manuscript must be submitted. Include SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) in order to have your manuscript or your critique returned or to find out the results of the contest. Be sure to use sufficient postage for return mail.

Finalist Judges are Susan Lang (fiction) and Laraine Herring (poetry) of Yavapai College and Melanie Bishop (nonfiction) of Prescott College, all widely published MFA-credentialed English instructors.

No e-mailed manuscripts will be accepted. We will not print them out for judges.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked on or before Saturday, May 30, 2009. Winners will be announced by the end of September.

Prizes: The following prizes will be awarded in each category: First place, $100, second place $50, third place $25. Winners will be announced by September 15, 2009. Winner names will be published in the PWP newsletter, on the PWP website, and in general PWP publicity. Winners are invited to read their entries at the November PWP meeting in Prescott, Arizona.

For complete guidelines and a required entry form, see http://www.prescottwriters.com/2009Contest.html

All writers welcome.

Call for Submissions: "Diverse Voices Quarterly"--deadline May 1

Diverse Voices Quarterly - http://www.diversevoicesquarterly.com
is a new online literary journal looking for submissions from all walks of life.

Deadline for consideration into the first issue is MAY 1, 2009.

Submission guidelines are:

3-5 poems, 40 lines MAX. Please send in one file, separated by a page break between poems.

Short stories:
3,000 words MAX. You may submit up to two short shorts that add up to 1,000 words. If sending two shorts, please send two separate files.

Personal essays/creative nonfiction:
3,000 words MAX. Send only one essay at a time.

Artwork accepted in .jpg or .png format. Send only two images at a time.

–Simultaneous submissions are accepted but multiple submissions are not.

–We will not read any material previously published online; this includes works published in other online journals or from any message board or blogs.

–While we will read submissions from everyone, the work MUST BE in English.

–Be sure to include your last name and type of submission in the subject line (Example: Kaling – Short Story Submission).

–Include a cover letter, a short bio, and your complete contact information in the body of the e-mail.

–Only attachments are accepted, either as MS Word (.doc or .rtf) or WordPerfect (.wpd) files. Pasted-in submissions WILL BE deleted.

–Send your submissions to: (replace (at) with @).

The 3rd Annual Hotmetalpress Chapbook Contest--deadline May 31

The 3rd Annual Hotmetalpress Chapbook Contest


Our prize is $350 and 20 free copies. We also want to send every entrant a copy of the winning

Page Limit: 32 pages

Fee: $20.00

Deadline: end of May 2009

If you are looking for clues as to what we look for a winner, we wish you luck because our
selections are unpredictable and eclectic. We like to take risks if the poems interest us. We do
not know what poems will interest us either until we see the poems.

Please make out a check for $20 to Hotmetalpress. Send it to Carole Towers; 1173 Sea Eagle
Watch; Charleston SC; 29412.

Judged by the staff. Please send a copy of your manuscript in a word document. Your work
will be read upon receipt of your check.

The entry rules:
Single spaced poems in 12pt Courier.
Attach title page with your name, address, telephone, and email.
32 page maximum limit including title, content page, acknowledgments, and pages. Anything
with more pages will be eliminated.



Dear Thesis Working Prose Writers and all Poets,

If you remember last year's grad reading at Blackfish, you'll recall a fun night of wine and cheese and people reading from their thesis work. We laughed, we cried, we felt happy and awkward...good memories.
Well, we're doing it again this year!
Mark your calendars: May 5 and 6 at Blackfish Gallery!!!!

Fiction/Non-Fiction: If you're in your second year (or more) and about to graduate either this spring or next fall or you have some other weird situation that leans more towards graduation than to more time taking classes, we'd like you to read from your thesis work!

All people in the Poetry strand will read Tuesday May 5
(that's the not-in-stone plan, anyway). That includes first years! I'm sure you've chatted with M. Glazer...so give me a holler.

All you other prose writers....I hope to be touching base with you soon. Please email me. Or I'll email you. Whatever. :-) Prose peeps will read on May 6 (Wednesday).

I think it'd be cool to have a practice session....and I could book a room in Smith and we can make a night of it if y'all want. Send your ideas my way.

That's all for now. I'll keep you posted.

Please email me if you are current thesis student in the fiction/non-fiction program, or if you are in the poetry program!!!

I'm putting together the graduate reading, which is a mere few weeks away. Please email me; there is much to discuss.


prose writers: year two or more.


Miriam Gershow Reading THURSDAY 4/16 PSU!

Dear Friends.

Need your fill of literary entertainment? Looking for something to do on Thursday evening? I'll be back in Portland, reading from my debut novel, THE LOCAL NEWS, at PSU this Thursday, 4/16.

About the book:
THE LOCAL NEWS (Spiegel & Grau, Feb 2009) is the story of Lydia Pasternak, a precocious fifteen-year-old from suburban Detroit whose life—for better or worse—is irrevocably changed when her older brother, Danny, disappears. In the year following Danny Pasternak’s disappearance, his parents go off the rails, his town buzzes with self-indulgent mourning, and his little sister Lydia finds herself thrust into unwanted celebrity, forced to negotiate her complicated—often ambivalent—grief for a brother she never particularly liked but who is suddenly gone.

About the reading:
Thursday, April 16th 7pm
Smith Student Union (1825 SW Broadway), room 236
Portland State University
Portland OR 97201
Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1825+SW+Broadway,+Portland,+oregon&hl=en

About me:
Miriam Gershow's stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, Black Warrior Review, and Quarterly West, among other literary journals. Her work was listed among the "100 Distinguished Stories" in The Best American Short Stories 2007 and appeared in the 2008 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories. She was a Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she teaches at TheUniversity of Oregon. THE LOCAL NEWS is her first novel.

I look forward to seeing you there!



University of Pennsylvania ArtsEdge Residencies--deadline April 15

ArtsEdge is a new collaborative residency project designed to encourage the careers of emergent writers and artists.

Through ArtsEdge, the Kelly Writers House, the Fine Arts Department of the School of Design, and Penn's Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) will subsidize the rent of a shared live/work space near Penn's campus for an emergent writer and artist. ArtsEdge aims to support the creative work of young artists and writers, create a live/work environment that will inspire interdisciplinary exploration, and enrich West Philadelphia by encouraging young writers and artists to live and work here.

Residencies last for one year and include a dedicated studio for each writer/artist, living space, and close affiliation with the writing and artistic communities at Penn. During the course of their residencies, writers and artists will be encouraged to develop at least one collaborative project with the Writers House or Fine Arts Department. Qualified applicants may also be considered to teach one course at Penn in the spring semester.

Two residencies are available, one for a visual artist and one for a writer.

Each residency includes: a subsidized one-bedroom apartment, additional studio space, and (for qualified applicants) potential teaching in the spring semester.

Subsidized rent on each one-bedroom apartment (for which residents are responsible) is $400. Rent includes all utilities (except phone) and wireless internet. The Writers House, the Fine Arts Department, and FRES will subsidize remaining rent.

Lease is for 12 months.

Move in date: September 1.
To Apply

Submit letter of interest, CV, bio or artist statement, and portfolio (minimum: 10 pages of written work or 20 images (PDFs, PPTs, CDs, DVDs are all acceptable) to residencyproject@writing.upenn.edu.

Please include personal contact information and the names and contact information of at least two professional references.

If you would like to be considered to teach a course in the spring, please also submit a brief description of your teaching experience, qualifications, and the name and contact information for at least one referee who can describe your teaching qualifications.

Submissions may be made electronically, or sent to:

ArtsEdge Residency
Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Application deadline:
April 15, 2009

Alabama Writers' Conclave 2009 Writing Competition--deadline April 30



Deadline: April 30, 2009 (postmark). P Prizes: 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50; 4th: $25 and up to 4 Honorable Mentions.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED on the last day of the AWC Conference at the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park Hotel, Birmingham, Alabama on JULY 19, 2009.

Contest Rules: Entries must be original, unpublished, and may not have won a money prize in any contest. (Sitting AWC voting Board Members are not eligible.) Multiple entries are accepted, but only one prize is awarded for each category.

Send one copy of each entry on standard white paper in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12pt. Courier or Times Roman font).

On first page include: Title, Category and Word Count (DO NOT show author name on the manuscript).

Please number the pages.

Enclose a separate cover sheet with: Category; Title; Author name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number; and whether an AWC Member or non-member.

Please provide a separate cover sheet for each entry.

Entry Fees

For all categories (EXCEPT Poem and First Chapter Novel): $5.00 per entry if AWC member, $8.00 per entry if non-member.

For First Chapter Novel: $10.00 if member, $12.00 if non-member.

For Poem: $3.00 per poem if member, $5.00 if non-member.

Make checks to: Alabama Writers' Conclave. (Note: Membership and conference fees must be submitted separately to the
AWC Treasurer)

Send contest entry manuscripts and checks to: Marian Lewis, AWC Contest Chair, 250 Hartside Rd., Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763.

NOTE: Please include a #10 SASE if you would like to receive a Winners' List after the AWC conference in July. If you would like confirmation that your entry has been received, also include a self-addressed stamped postcard (SASP)

Writing Competition Categories

Fiction - maximum 2500 words.

Short Fiction - maximum 1000 words.

Juvenile Fiction (stories for ages 4-12) - maximum 2500 words. MUST LIST GENRE AND TARGETED AGE GROUP (i.e. picture book, 3 & up).

Nonfiction - maximum 2500 words (PLEASE SPECIFY IF WRITTEN FOR ADULT OR CHILDREN).

Humor (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) - maximum 2000 words or 50 lines (for poems).

Traditional Poem (any "form" poem, i.e. villanelle, sonnet, sestina) - maximum 40 lines.

Free Verse Poem - maximum 60 lines.

First Chapter of Novel - up to 10 double-spaced pages, first chapter ONLY.

Job Opportunity: SCAD-ATL

SCAD-Atlanta is accepting applications for a part-time faculty position in the Professional Writing department to teach creative writing. Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in creative writing and a strong publishing record. Previous teaching experience at the college level is preferred. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with short fiction and/or faculty with an interest in new media.

For complete submission requirements and to apply online, please submit curriculum vitae and an unofficial copy of the transcript showing your highest degree to:


Should you have questions regarding your application package, you may submit an email to Human Resources at (replace (at) with @).

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: The Savannah College of Art and Design prepares talented students for professional, creative careers. SCAD offers a choice of degree programs in 42 different majors, plus 52 minors. Students can take classes at campuses in Savannah and Atlanta, Ga., in Lacoste, France, and online through SCAD-eLearning.

SCAD is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution that offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Urban Design degrees. For more information about the university, visit www.scad.edu.

Although a deadline has not yet been established, interested applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.

Application Information


Human Resources
Savannah College of Art and Design

Online App. Form:


2009 Omnidawn Poetry Contest--deadline June 30

Ann Lauterbach will judge the 2009 Omnidawn Poetry Contest

Submissions accepted by Omnidawn March 1 – June 30, 2009


The 2009 Omnidawn Poetry Prize is Omnidawn Publishing’s second annual contest for a first or second full-length collection of poems by a poet writing in English. The contest will be judged by Ann Lauterbach, with a cash prize of $2,000 and Fall 2010 publication by Omnidawn Publishing with full publicity and advertising of the book to Omnidawn standards. The prize also includes 100 free copies of the book. Manuscripts will remain anonymous until a winner is selected.


— Envelope must be postmarked on or between March 1st of 2009 and June 30th of 2009.

General Guidelines:

— The entering manuscript must be your first or second full length poetry book. (If you have written two or more poetry books that have been published or accepted for publication you are ineligible for this contest.) Chapbook publication has no bearing on this.
— The poet must be writing in English. Translations are ineligible.
— Entry fee of $25 must accompany each submission; make check payable to Omnidawn Publishing. We cannot accept any other form of payment at this time.
— The entry fee entitles you to one Omnidawn title from our catalogue. Please see website page "Omnidawn Titles" for full catalogue of books from which you ca
n choose. If you would like to receive an Omnidawn book of your choice and you live in the United States include a US Post Office 9.5"x 12.5" Flat Rate Priority Mail Envelope with $ 4.95 standard postage stamp(s) to cover shipping. Do NOT use computer generated postage such as Click-n-Ship, E-Stamps, or Endicia because this postage is date and zip code specific and we cannot use it. On the outside of the envelope please write in the title you are requesting. We will enclose your book in a protective mailer, place it in your envelope, and mail it to you. If you do not include a Stamped Flat Rate envelope we will assume you are not interested in receiving a book. (If you live outside the U.S. and would like an Omnidawn title please add $12.00 for postage to the entry fee for a total of $37.00 (U.S. Dollars) and include a self addressed envelope with the name of the book you want printed on the front.)
— Multiple submissions to this contest are acceptable but each manuscript must be entered under separate cover, each with separate check for entry fee.
— Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while under our consideration.
— No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered.

Manuscript Submission Requirements:

— We recommend that the manuscript be no fewer than 40 pages and no more than 70 pages. The manuscript should be paginated with a table of contents and enclosed in a standa
rd manila folder. Nothing should be written on the manila folder. Each manuscript should include one cover page with title of manuscript only and a second cover page with title plus your name, address, telephone number, email address, and where you learned about the Omnidawn contest (to the best of your recollection). If you have requested a free book please list the requested title below your contact information.
— Please do NOT include an acknowledgements page or a cover letter or bio.
— Please do NOT contact us with queries regarding the status of your submission. Your cancelled check will indicate that we have received your entry.
— Please do NOT enclose a SASE for return of manuscript; all manuscripts will be recycled at the end of our contest. Please notify us if you move or change your email address or phone number; send new address, email address, or phone number to:submissions@omnidawn.com.
— We will announce the contest results on our web page.
— Mail manuscript and entry fee to:

Omnidawn Publishing
3263 Kempton Ave
Oakland, Ca 94611
—Please do NOT send Fed Ex, UPS or signature-required USPS express mail envelopes; they will not be accepted.

How We Judge:
The entries are logged into a database by an assistant not associated with the reading process who registers the personal address information of the entrant, the title of the manuscript, assigns it a number and removes all identifying materials. The manuscripts are the
n anonymously submitted to the editors of Omnidawn for screening. Omnidawn does not use interns or students to screen for this contest. For the sake of avoiding any conflict of interest, if one of the readers recognizes the work of a colleague, student, or friend, then that manuscript is given to another editor. The final judge receives the top manuscripts from which to select the winner. If the final judge wishes to see additional manuscripts she may request them; the judge is not, however, permitted to request specific manuscripts. Friends, colleagues, and students of the judge are not eligible to compete. The judge is not allowed to choose manuscripts that present a conflict of interest.

Omnidawn abides by The CLMP Code of Ethics: The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses’ 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 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines -- defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each=2
0model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Book Production, Distribution, Advertising, and Complimentary Copies:
The prize winning book will be produced, distributed, and advertised to Omnidawn standards and will also meet the Green Press Initiative standards and have the Green Press Initiative statement on the copyright page. The book will be printed using the same archival quality acid-free paper and full four-color cover used for other Omnidawn books. As with other Omnidawn books, we will encourage the winning poet to participate in the design of the book, including choice of typefaces, cover colors and artwork, with all stages subject to the approval of the winning poet. The book will be distributed worldwide by Omnidawn's distributor, Independent Publishers Group, and will be advertised along with other Omnidawn books inPoets & Writers Magazine, American Poetry Review, American Book Review, Rain Taxi, and other publications. All costs, including production, distribution, and advertising will be fully paid for by Omnidawn. In addition to the $2,000 cash prize, the winning poet will also receive 100 copies of the book free of charge.

The Burning Bush Poetry Prize--deadline June 1

The Burning Bush
Poetry Prize, 2009

$200 First Prize and Publication in
the Fall 2009 In Our Own Words
Writer's Guidelines
To reward a poet whose writing

1. Inspires others to value human life and the natural world instead of values based on short-term economic advantage
2. Speaks for community-centered values,democratic processes, especially
those whose voices are seldom heard
3. Demonstrates poetic excellence
4. Educates readers of the relevance of the past to the present and future


Submission Deadline: 6/1/09.

Poems should be typed, and formatted as desired. Three poems maximum, any style or form. We prefer unpublished work, but published poems may be submitted. If published before, please include where, when and any acknowledgement information we may need. While we take reasonable care with all your work, be sure not to send your only copies.

Send a stamped self addresses envelop with enough postage to return your work. Send an index card with your name, mailing address, email, phone and title of each poem submitted listed on it.
If your poem is selected for the Poetry Prize, we will need a brief (50 word) biographical statement from you.
That's it. Winners will be selected in July, 2009.
Good Luck.

Reading Fee: $10
Closing Date:6/1/09
Mail to (snail mail ok):

Burning Bush Publications
Poetry Prize
P.O. Box 4658
Santa Rosa, CA 95402

note that submissions
without a Self Add
ressed Stamped Envelope will not be returned

Call for Submissions: "City of the Big Shoulders"--deadline May 1


City of the Big Shoulders:
An Anthology of Poems About Chicago

Edited by Ryan G. Van Cleave

One of the largest cities in North America, Chicago’s metropolitan area boasts 10 million residents, placing it in the world’s top 25 urban areas by population. A leader in transportation, telecommunications, and finance, Chicago is a city of great architectural significance, ethnic diversity, and cultural wealth. It’s also the birthplace of house music, the Poetry Slam, the skyscraper, chemotherapy, and improvisational comedy.

For these and many other reasons, Chicago has long been the inspiration for and subject of poems (Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago,” Marge Piercy’s “Visiting a Dead Man on a Summer Day,” Ezra Pound’s “Epilogue,” and Maxwell Bodenheim’s “South State Street: Chicago” to name just a few), though no definitive collection currently exists. Edited by Chicago native Ryan G. Van Cleave, City of the Big Shoulders intends to fill this void by gathering the best new poems about Chicago from natives, visitors, friends, and critics of this exciting city.

While any Chicago-related poems are welcome, possible topics might include:

· The Great Chicago Fire

· O’Hare International Airport

· Al Capone

· Lake Michigan

· Grant Park, Linc
oln Park, & Jackson Park

· Chicago Bulls / Bears / White Sox / Cubs / Blackhawks

· Lake Effect snow

· The El

· The “Magnificent Mile”

· Soldier Field

· The Shedd Aquarium

· The Adler Planetarium

· Navy Pier

· The Chicago Tribune

· Chicago pizza

· The Chicago Loop

· The Sears Tower

· Lincoln Park Zoo

· Mayor Richard J. Daley (Sr. & Jr.)

· McCormick Place

· The TV show “ER”

· Barack Obama

· 1893 World Expo

· Louis Armstrong

· Chicago’s Native American background (Potawatomi, Miami, Sauk, Fox, Ottawa, Ojibwa)

As part of a commitment to lessen his own environmental impact, the editor requests all submissions be emailed (along with a 3 – 5 line bio) as .rtf or .doc attachments to: (replace (at) with @)

(If you must send in hard copy, email and ask for a snail mail address).

Payment will be in copies. Tentative publication date is early 2010 (by the University of Iowa Press). Previously published submissions are fine if you control the rights.

The deadline for receiving submissions is May 1, 2009.

The Annual Dream Horse Press Poetry Chapbook Prize--deadline May 31

The Annual Dream Horse Press Poetry Chapbook Prize

Guidelines & Information for 2009


The postmark deadline for entries to the 2009 Dream Horse Press National Poetry Chapbook Prize is May 31, 2009. To enter, submit 20-28 paginated pages of poetry, in a readable font, table of contents, acknowledgments, bio, email for results (No SASE), and a $15.00 non-refundable fee for each manuscript entered. All manuscripts will be recycled. The winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of a handsomely printed chapbook. The 2007 winner was Charles Sweetman for Incorporated.

Multiple submissions are acceptable. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere you must notify Dream Horse Press immediately. Entry fees are non-refundable. Judging will be anonymous; writers' names should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Please include your name and biographical information in a separate cover letter. Please be sure to include your email address.

C. J. Sage is the judge for the 2009 contest. Close friends, students (former or present), and relatives of the judge or the press owner are NOT eligible for the contest; the judge reads all entries and will immediately alert DHP if a close friend, student, or relative has entered. DHP will then disqualify that entry and return the entry fee.

The Annual Dream Horse Press Poetry Chapbook Prize entries may be sent, following the guidel
ines above, to:

Dream Horse Press

P. O. Box 2080

Aptos, California 95001-2080

Make checks payable to: Dream Horse Press

23rd-annual New Letters Literary Awards

Send writing to the 23rd-annual New Letters Literary Awards in fiction, poetry, and essay. $4,500 in prizes--$1,500 and publication for winners in each category. For guidelines, visit


The 2009 Happy Hour Poetry Awards

The 2009 Happy Hour

Poetry Awards


$1000 • Best Poem

$100 • Four Runners Up

Postmark Deadline: July 1st, 2009

Contest Rules:

• Contest open to all poets across the country and around the world.

• Maximum length: 40 lines per poem. Any topic. Any form.

• All entries considered for publication in the 2010 issue of Alehouse.

• All entries must be typed and include an SASE for notification.

• All manuscripts will be recycled. Please do not send your only copies.

• All entries must be original and not yet nor soon-to-be published.

• Simultaneous submissions accepted: We report six weeks after deadline.

• Please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

• Omit poet’s name and all personal information from the poems.

• Include name, address, telephone, email, and poem titles in cover letter.

• Please postmark entries by July 1st, 2009. (No FedEx or UPS.)

• Entry fee is $15 per batch of 3 poems, payable to Alehouse Press.

• All US entrants receive a subscription copy of Alehouse 2010.

• Mail poems, entry fee(s), and additional information requests to:

Alehouse Press

The Ha
ppy Hour Poetry Awards

PO Box 31655

San Francisco, CA 94131

GCWA's Twenty-first Annual "Let's Write" Literary Contest--deadline April 15

GCWA's Twenty-first Annual

"Let's Write"

Literary Contest 2009

http://gcwriters.org/guidelines09.PDF (prize amounts listed here)

Contest opens -- January 15, 2009

Entries must be postmarked no later than -- April 15, 2009

All categories--Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction are open to all writers, published or unpublished. We will accept most genres, except pornography, erotica, graphic violence/horror, or anything racial or biased toward any religious or moral preference.


Maximum entry length: 36 lines (poetry), 2500 words (fiction and non-fiction).

All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration for publication during this competition, (this includes submissions to our Magnolia Quarterly Magazine) and submission must not have been a winner of a previous "Let's Write" Literary Contest.

All entries must be typewritten, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double-spaced, poetry may be single-spaced, on one side only of 8 1/2" x 11" white paper.

For each entry, include a COVER PAGE. (See Cover Page requirements below)

On each entry, put title only on the first page, then title and page # in the upper right hand corner of each additional page. Please put No Other identification on your entry.

Keep your originals. Send only copies. Entries will not be returned. GCWA cannot be responsible for entries lost in the mail or damaged due to natural catastrophe.

GCWA retains the rights to publish the
winning entries in the Magnolia Quarterly and on the web site.

Multiple entries in all categories are welcome and may be mailed in one envelope.


Include $8.00 for each Fiction or Nonfiction entry

Include $5.00 for each Poetry entry

■ COVER PAGE must include the following information:

1. Name

2. Address

3. Phone Number

4. E-Mail address

5. Title of Entry

6. Category ( Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry )

7. Word Count (Not to exceed 2500 words or 36 lines of poetry)

Mail entries to:

Gulf Coast Writers Association

"Let's Write" Literary Contest

P.O. Box 10294

Gulfport, MS 39505

Job Opening: U of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi. The Department of English invites applications for the position of half-time Instructor. Qualifications: MFA in creative writing with a emphasis in poetry. Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, especially in the area of creative writing & poetry. Evidence of continuing productivity as a poet. Duties: Teach two courses per semester, including one in poetry or creative writing & one as determined by the Department of English. Application— Follow the on-line application procedure at & include a letter of application, a c.v., & the names of at least three references. Review of applications will begin immediately.

2009 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize--deadline May 31

CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women,

announces the eighth annual

2009 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize.

Final Judge: Marilyn Chin


Submission dates: March 1, 2009, through May 31, 2009. (These are inclusive postmark dates.)

Prize: Winner will receive $300 cash award, publication in CALYX Journal, and a one-volume subscription. Finalists will be published on CALYX’s website and will receive a one-volume subscription.

Details: Each entry can include up to three (3) unpublished poems, no more than six (6) manuscript pages total. Do not include your name on the same page as a poem; instead, include a separate cover letter with your name, address, phone, e-mail, and titles of poem/s. No manuscripts will be returned. Please send unpublished work and please don’t send simultaneous submissions. Judge’s decisions are final.

Reading fee: $15 per entry, checks payable to CALYX.

Contest winner and finalists will be notified by October 30, 2009, and will be announced on CALYX’s website,www.calyxpress.org. The winning poem will be published in CALYX Journal Vol. 25, no. 3 (Winter 2010) and on CALYX’s website. All entrants from the U.S. will receive prize results in October 2009.

Send submission to:


Lois Cranston Poetry Prize

PO Box B

Corvallis OR 97339

Marilyn Chin is a professor in the English Department at San Diego State University (CA). She has th
ree poetry collections - Dwarf Bamboo; The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty; and Rhapsody in Plain Yellow; and a forthcoming book of tales, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (Norton, 2009). A highly acclaimed poet and activist, her many awards include two NEA grants, the Stegner Fellowship, and the PEN/Josephine Miles Award. Her poetry is anthologized widely, and she was featured on Bill Moyers' PBS television series The Language of Life. She was born in Hong Kong, raised in Portland (OR), and received a BA in Chinese Literature from the University of Massachusetts and an MFA from the University of Iowa.

Lois Cranston was an editor for CALYX Journal for more than ten years. Her remarkable life experiences and knowledge of literature enriched the editorial collective and the journal issues she helped edit. This poetry prize in her name honors the memory of her commitment to the creative work of women from all walks of life.

SPRING 2009 CHAPBOOK CONTEST--deadline May 15



We're pleased to announce our spring 2009 chapbook contest. Winner receives $250 and 25 copies (additional copies available at a 30 percent discount). The final judge will be editor of THE JOURNAL and award-winning poet Kathy Fagan. Her books include The Charm, Moving & St. Rage, and The Raft, a National Poetry Series selection.

Please submit 20-30 pages of your best writing (any genre) to:

Chapbook Contest
Attn: Okla Elliott
Ohio Wesleyan University
English Dept.
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015

We read manuscripts blind, so please include a separate cover sheet with your name, address, email, and phone number, being sure to exclude any identifying information from the manuscript itself.

Please include a check or money order (payable to "NEW AMERICAN PRESS") in the amount of $12 for each submission. Multiple submissions are fine.

Postmark deadline: May 15, 2009.

2009 Juked Fiction and Poetry Prizes--deadline Aug 31

2009 Juked Fiction and Poetry Prizes

We are currently accepting entries for our 2009 JukedFiction and Poetry Prizes. Winners in each of the genres will receive $500 and publication in print issue #7. Our final judges this year are Dan Chaon (fiction) and Dora Malech (poetry). This year we will also accept electronic submissions to help everyone cut down on costs.

Submission Guidelines:

First prize for each genre: $500 and publication in our upcoming print issue, Juked #7.

Current and former students of the judges are not eligible to compete.

Fiction: send one story per entry. There is no length requirement.

Poetry: send up to five poems (no more than ten pages total) per entry.

Entries must be previously unpublished.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Fee is $10 per entry. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.

Include a cover page with your name, address, e-mail, telephone number and the title(s) of your story or poems. Do not put your name anywhere else on the manuscript.

We will notify via e-mail;do not include an SASE.

Results will be announced in October 2009.

Submitting by Mail:

Include entry fee, cash or check or money order, payable to Juked.

Indicate "Fiction" or "Poetry" on the front of the envelope.

Manuscripts will not be returned; they will be placed gently in the recycling bin.

Postmark deadline is August 31st, 2009.

Mail to:
110 Westridge Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Submitting by E-Mail: go to


for details on submitting via e-mail

Call for Submissions-"Sakura Review"--deadline April 15

SAKURA REVIEW is reading poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for its next issue.


About Sakura Review:
Situated in the District of Columbia and run by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland, Sakura Review publishes poetry and prose; we are particularly interested in – though not limited to – work that in some way satisfies or reflects our own preoccupation with a city embodied in location temporary; the new surrounded by collections and artifacts; what is documented alongside what is ultimately forgotten.

In addition to publishing the most striking and exciting new material that we can get our hands on, Sakura Review is also an endeavor of design. In accordance with a strong aesthetic perspective, we aim to construct a physical item of interest and creativity that incites a response equivalent to the work it contains. Moreover, we see it as our obligation to surprise, entertain, and perplex (if possible) in any manner that we see fit.

Submission Guidelines:
The submission deadline for our Spring 2009 issue is April 15th.

· Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are fine, if noted (but please notify us immediately if the work is accepted somewhere else).

· For prose, please submit only one manuscript at a time. The preferred maximum length is 2,500 words. For poetry, please submit no more than five
poems, a maximum of 10 pages in one document, at one time.

· Please submit your work as a Word attachment to (replace (at) with @). Your genre – poetry or prose – should appear in the subject field.

Contributors receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.


The Drue Heinz Literature Prize Call for Submissions 2009--deadline June 30

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize Call for Submissions 2009


The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals.

Manuscripts are judged anonymously by nationally known writers; past judges have included Robert Penn Waren, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Rick Moody and Joan Didion. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract.

The winner will be announced by the University Press in January. No information about the winner will be released before the official announcement. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about manuscripts. Please do not call or e-mail the Press.


1. The award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals of national distribution. On-line publication does not count toward this requirement.

2. The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States.

3. University of Pittsburgh employees, former employees, current students, and those who have been students within the last three years are not eligible for the award.

4. Translations are not eligible if the translation was not done by the author.

5. Eligible submissions include a manuscript of short stories; one or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 typed pages.

6. Stories or novellas previously published in book form as part of an anthology are eligible.

Format for Submissions

1. Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced on quality white paper, unbound, and pages must be numbered consecutively. Clean, legible photocopies on high quality white paper are acceptable.

2. Each submission must include a list of the writer's published short fiction work, with full citations.

3. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Each manuscript should have two cover pages: one listing the title of the manuscript and the author's name, address, e-mail address (if available), and telephone number; and a second listing only the manuscript title. The author's name, other identifying information, and publication information must not appear after the first cover page.

4. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Multiple Submissions

1. Manuscripts may also be under consideration by other publishers, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify the Press.

2. Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as one manuscript or a portion thereof does not duplicate material submitted in another manuscript.

Dates for Submission

Manuscripts must be received during May and June 2009. That is, they must be postmarked on or after May 1 and on or before June 30.

Send submissions to:
Drue Heinz Literature Prize
University of Pittsburgh Press
3400 Forbes Avenue
Eureka Building, Fifth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Short Fiction Contest--deadline April 24

Write2Help.Org Spring 2009 Short Fiction Contest. Proceeds benefit Action Against Hunger. Open topic, max length 2,500 words. Awards: $1,000, $250, $100. Entry Fee: $10.

Deadline:April 24, 2009.



Write2Help.Org Spring 2009 Poetry Contest. Proceeds benefit Action Against Hunger. Open topic, max length 30 lines. Awards: $500, $150, $50. Entry Fee: $5.

Deadline: April 24, 2009.



Two Writing Contests from "The Antigonish Review"--deadline May 31 & June 30

The Antigonish Review Announces Two Writing Contests -

The Eighth Annual Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest AND

The Fourth Annual Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize

$2,400 in Prizes!


Fiction: postmarked by May 31, 2009
Poetry: postmarked by June 30, 2009

Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only - poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page.

Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.

First prize: $600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication

Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest: Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems.

First prize: $600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication

Entry Fee: Canada and the United States - $25; Outside of North America $35 for either contest. Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10. You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the fall issue, 2008. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review.

Mail submissions to: The Antigonish Review Contest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5. For further information, email (replace (at) with @), Phone 902-867-3962 or visit our website at .

ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED; only winners will be notified by Sept. 1, 2008. List of winners will be available at our web site: www.antigonishreview.com.

We acknowledge the support of: St. Francis Xavier University; The Canada Council, The Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage; and the Publications Assistance Program of the Government of Canada.

Fugue: Prose & Poetry Contest--deadline May 1

Announcing Fugue's Eighth Annual
Prose & Poetry Contest!
Nonfiction and Poetry Categories


Judge: Patricia Hampl

First place winner receives $1000 and publication. Second and Third prize winners receive publication. Check back August 4, 2009 for announcement of the winners.

To enter:
1. Story submissions should not exceed 10,000 words in length.
2. Enclose a cover letter that contains a short biographical sketch and a current email address, mailing address, phone number, and the title of your essay.
3. Send an SASE for acceptance notification.
4. Enclose a $20 reading fee, payable to Fugue, that guarantees consideration and a one year subscription to the journal.

Submissions must be postmarked by May 1, 2009 to this address:
Fugue Nonfiction Contest
200 Brink Hall
English Department
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-1102


Judge: BH Fairchild

First place winner receives $1000 and publication. Second and Third prize winners receive publication. Check back August 4, 2009 for announcement of the winners.

To enter:
1. Poetry submissions should not exceed 3 poems or 5 pages.
2. Enclose a cover letter that contains a short biographical sketch and a current email address, mailing address, phone number, and the titles of your poems.
3. Send an SASE for acceptance notification.
4. Enclose a $20 reading fee, payable to Fugue, that guarantees consideration and a one year subscription to the journ

Submissions must be postmarked by May 1, 2009 to this address:
Fugue Poetry Contest
200 Brink Hall
English Department
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-1102


Call for Submissions: "Anthology on Corporate Academy"

Anthology on the Corporate Academy Seeks Short Story and Poetry Submissions

In his recent article “The Last Professor” (NY Times, Jan 09), Stanley Fish
outlines the current state of affairs in the Academy. Drawing on the recently published The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities (Fordham UP, 2008) by Frank Donoghue, Fish writes of the promotion of corporate values in learning, the shrinking number of tenure-stream positions within the Academy (currently 35% in the US), and the expendability of professors who, within the model of the for-profit university, are simple “delivery people” rather than individuals who, after many years of study and research, inspire students and foster insight. Hidden Academics: Contract Faculty in Canadian Universities (University of Toronto Press, 2002) by Indhu Rajagopal paints a similar picture within the Canadian context. “Rooms Without A View”, the working title for an anthology exploring the experience of working on contract within Academia in the current historical moment, seeks creative submissions in the forms of short stories, poetry, or creative essay. This collection of creative writing documenting and describing the current social and historical moment of the Academy will be accompanied by a critical introduction which analytically frames the collection.

Submission Guidelines:

Short stories and creative essays: 3000-5000 words
Poems: any length

Call for love poems: "The Bluefog Journal"

Contemporary Romantic Love Poems

Editors, Rohitash Chandra and Ed Coet

The Bluefog Journal calls for submission of love poetry for the upcoming anthology of “Contemporary Romantic Love Poems.”

Poets are invited to submit two love poems to: and a cc to .(replace (at) with @) Please write “love poem submission” in the subject of the email. Submissions will close on 15th april 2009. Selected poetry will be contributed to a book which will be available for purchase online through major stores such as amazon.com . Please also provide a two/three line bio with your submission.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for PRUNE JUICE No. 2--deadline June 15

Prune Juice - Summer 2009 Call for Submissions - Senryu & Kyoka



You are invited to submit senryu and/or kyoka for the next issue of Prune Juice, Summer 2009. Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu and Kyoka is a biannual journal—a print literary journal, an ebook, and a digital online magazine—dedicated to publishing and promoting fine English senryu and kyoka. Selection Criteria: Senryu generally emphasize human foibles and frailties, usually satirically, ironically, humorously. Season words are not necessary nor usual in senryu. Kyoka have a different history than senryu; nevertheless, for modern kyoka in English, the definition is similar: a poem in the tanka form but with the satirical, ironic, humorous aspects of senryu. We are looking for fresh works, not clich├ęd poems. Wit is highly appreciated, as well as insight. We appreciate a wide range of both genres, from the gently humorous to the most wicked satire. Our tastes run towards the wicked end of the scale, but all sorts are welcome, with these exceptions: No pornographic, gross, scatological, bigoted, or hateful poems; no personal attacks on private or public persons. All selection decisions will be made at the sole discretion of the editor.

Submissions for Prune Juice 2, Summer 2009 are open from now until June 15, 2009. The Summer issue publishes July 1, 2009. Submissions do not close before the announced date. The digital issue will be posted online just before the print and ebook editions go to press. We publish in the print edition, that is, 4.25" x 6.87" paperback pocket book, in a PDF ebook format, and in the online digital edition.

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Please do not submit anything on offer anywhere else. We are not in the market for works under consideration for publication elsewhere.

NOT PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: We primarily seek to publish fine senryu and kyoka that have not been previously published. Each poet is personally responsible for noting in the submission any previous publication of any submitted work.

HOW TO SUBMIT FOR PRUNE JUICE. You may submit up to ten senryu and/or ten kyoka at one time. We may publish as few as 1 or 2 poems or a larger number. Please do NOT send us works that are still in work. Please send us polished works, error-free. Make your submission by sending your poems in to Prune Juice in the body of an email. Do NOT send any attachments. Emails with attachments will be deleted. If you need clarification, or have a special situation you want to discuss, please feel free to write to the Editor at (replace (at) with @)

SEND ALL SUBMISSIONS TO (replace (at) with @)


WHAT TO SUBMIT. Prune Juice needs the following information: 1. Contributor Note: include your full name and your residential location (city, State/Province,=2
0and country). 2. Your email address (will not be routinely included in the published Contributor Note). 3. If you are younger than 16 years of age, tell us so that we may comply with the U.S.A. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (the COPPA applies to children under 13; our minimum age limit is 16 as a matter of editorial policy - you must be 16 or older to submit anything to Prune Juice). 4. The submission itself.

THERE IS NO PAYMENT FOR CONTRIBUTORS. No payment will be made. No contributor copies are furnished free.

CONTRIBUTOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES. If you choose to submit any work(s) for publication in Prune Juice, please read and familiarize yourself with the complete Submission Guidelines available online at: http://www.shortverse.com/prunejuice/submit.html , as well as our Copyright, Privacy, and Editorial Policies. By submitting any work(s) to Prune Juice, you are representing to Prune Juice and its editor and publisher that you have the copyright to the work(s) and you are permittingPrune Juice copyrights in accordance with Prune Juice’s published Copyright Policy, and that you hold Prune Juice and its editor and publisher harmless in all respects from any copyright infringement caused by your submission.

Please send us your best senryu and kyoka!

Thank you for sharing this call widely.

Alexis Rotella, Editor
Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu and Kyoka
Email: (replace (at) with @)


Call for Submissions: "Blue Fog Journal"

Philosophy of Religion, Humanism and Spirituality


Editors: Rohitash Chandra and Ece Kayincioglu

This anthology invites submission of Poems and Essays which directly or indirectly reflects on the theme on the Philosophy of Religion, Humanism and Spirituality. Submission of Essays must include academic referencing in Howard style. The following subtopics can also be examined:

1) The status of women in traditional religions.

2) Religious tolerance.

3) Science and Philosophy of religious development

4) Spirituality: Modern thought, rituals, and impact of tradition and culture.

5) The goal of science and spirituality

6) Metaphysics of Religious thought.

6) Other ideas and issues…

Poetry must indirectly or directly unveil the above themes. Inspirational, and philosophy work is invited. Poetry can also include themes on freedom from wars, love, unity, eliminating racism through humanism, self-help and thoughts on the improvement of mankind in general.

Contributers are invited to submit two Poems or Essays to: (replace (at) with @). Please write “Philosophical poem submission” or ” Philosophical essay submission” in the subject of the email. Submissions will close on 15th November 2009. Selected work will be contributed to a book which will be available for purchase online through major stores such as amazon.com . Please also provide a two/three line bio with your submission.

Call for Poetry: "The Los Angeles Review"

The Los Angeles Review is looking for poetry that really kicks. If you just
happen to have some you'd like to share in the 2009 issue, please send it to

(replace (at) with @)

For more information and full guidelines, go to

Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest 2009--deadline April 17

Whether you've never written a word in your life or write every day, we invite you to enter our .

Contest Rules

Entry form online at http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/c/create/poetry/

Subject must be headache or Migraine related, but may be metaphoric or abstract.

Form: Rhymed, free-verse, any form of poetry, but not prose.

Poetry must be original and written by you. Submission of poetry written by someone else will result in disqualification.

All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere.

Length: Maximum of 60 lines, no more than 80 characters per line (including spaces and punctuation).

Number of entries: Please limit entries to no more than three poems per person.

Age: Poems written by persons under 18 years of age must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.

"Family-friendly" language required. No profanity or other potentially offensive language

Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2009. Submissions received after this date will be deleted.

Decisions of the judges are final.

You do not need to live in the U.S. to enter, but all poems must be written in English.

Entries must be presented complete with spacing, punctuation, and correct spelling. Do not enter in all caps. We cannot retype entries.

We reserve the right to disqualify, without notification, any entry not complying with these rules.

Winners will be announced and the poetry published on MyMigraineConnection on Monday April 27th, in observance20of National Poetry Month.


Haiku Contest--deadline June

TO EN (North America), INC., the world's leading purveyor of green tea products and beverages, today announced its call-for-entries for"Haiku Project 2009." Inspired by the spirit of change in our country today, participants can enter a haiku around the themes of "Change," "Hope" and "Progress". The winning haiku will grace the bottles of ITO EN's award-winning tea line, TEAS' TEA, a naturally brewed ready-to-drink tea line that is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C.

"The themes of change, hope and progress are spoken of daily in the news media, by our leaders and in our personal lives," said Rona Tison, senior vice present of corporate relations for ITO EN. "From the beginning of time, poetry, especially haiku, has been used to convey the most important of messages. This year, ITO EN invites you to express yourself -- your views and feelings -- about these themes through the time-honored medium of haiku."

To be eligible for the Haiku Project 2009, entrants must submit a haiku (a three lined poem in three metrical phrases with the number of syllables of 5 (first line), 7 (second line), and 5 (third or last line)) that reflects your vision of tomorrow based around Change, Hope and Progress, to (replace (at) with @)

Submissions will start on March 6, 2009 and run for a period of 4 months. ITO EN representatives will evaluate all submissions and select the winners of the 2009 Haiku Project. The winning contestants will be notified by ITO EN and may be required to sign and return a Submission Release Form before their haiku will be printed on the bottles of TEA'S TEA in 2010*.

For more information on Haiku Project 2009, please visit www.haikuproject.net

Spire 7th Annual Spring Chapbook Contest--deadline May 1

Spire 7th Annual Spring Chapbook Contest

$500 + 20 copies and standard publishing contract

Finalists may also be chosen for publication.

Please send poetry manuscripts of 18-28 pages, a $15 entry fee, and an S.A.S.E.

Include your name only on a cover sheet and not on the manuscript. Include the title of the entire collection on the cover sheet and each page of the manuscript.

Postmark Deadline is May 1, 2009.

SIWG Writing Contest--deadline May 1

The SIWG Writing Contest is an annual and much anticipated event. Entries are open to all persons over 18 years, or enrolled in post-secondary education. Submissions for the 2009 contest can be sent in beginning immediately. The deadline is May 1.



1st Place $100; 2nd Place $50; 3rd Place $25, in each category. Honorable Mentions as determined by judges. Winners will be published in the Writers Voice, the SIWG anthology, unless authors request otherwise. Winners will be notified by mail in September.

Entry Fee

Five dollars per entry, maximum of three entries per author. Check or money order only, no cash. Make checks payable to: John A. Logan College. Entries not enclosing the fee or following the rules will be discarded.

Entry Rules

Fiction - Any subject or genre.
Nonfiction - Biography, memoir, article, or essay on any topic.
Poetry - Any style or topic.
(Please, no explicit sex or excessive violence.)

Original work of the entrant; unpublished at time of submission.

Page limit - Up to eight pages for Fiction and Nonfiction, one or two pages for Poetry.

Format - Standard manuscript format (8-1/2" x 11" paper, typed and double-spaced, 1" margins,12-point Times New Roman, pages numbered and title of entry on every page). Poetry may vary margins and spacing as needed.

Two copies of each entry.

Cover sheet for each entry, with contestant's name, address, category (Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry) and title of entry. Author's name should appea
r only on the cover sheet, not the manuscript. Optional - Provide email address for winner notification; brief bio to include with publication.

All winners must supply social security numbers in order to collect a cash prize. Please do not supply your SSN until you are notified that you have won a cash prize. There will be no exceptions to this rule.


Judges will be announced

Mailing Instructions

Postmarked no later than May 1.

Mail flat, not folded, with sufficient postage. Do not send by certified mail.

Optional - include a SAS postcard for verification that your entry was received.

Send to:

John A. Logan College

Attn: Student Activities C109

SIWG Contest Entry

700 Logan College Rd.

Carterville, IL 62918

Call for: New Hampshire-set Screen Plays

The New Hampshire Film & Television Office invites all writers to submit New Hampshire-set, feature-length scripts for consideration in the Screenplay Reading Series hosted at Red River Theatres in Concord, NH. Accepting submissions during the month of April 2009 for the next reading series that will take place in October 2009, February 2010, and June 2010. Judges will select three scripts, which will be assigned a director, cast from a talented pool of NH actors, and stage read in an evening event before a live audience at Red River Theatres. Application, fee information, and submission guidelines available via the NH Film & Television Office website: http://www.nh.gov/film/screenplay-readings.htm

Contact information on the website too. Or you may contact volunteer judging coordinator and screenwriter Dana Biscotti Myskowski,

. Thank you & good luck!

Poets Contest Corner--deadline May 3

Poets Contest Corner Poetry Competition. Deadline for submissions: May 3, 2009

1st Place winner will receive $200 cash prize. For submission and guidelines visit our web page, www.poetscontestcorner.blogspot.com

"Wilderness House Literary Review" Call for Fiction Submissions--deadline May 1

Wilderness House Literary Review www.whlreview.com is seeking submissions for fiction

Deadline: May 1, 2009


All submissions must be in electronic form. Our preference is an MS Word file
sent as an attachment.

Short fiction may be submitted in three formats:

1. very short stories less than 500 words in length

2. short stories less than 1000 words in length

3. Short stories that don't fit the above should be less than 5000

Published works are welcome with proper attribution. We nominate for awards such
as the Pushcart and like anthologies.

Please submit all works electronically to

(replace (at) with @)

Contest: "Tiferet Journal"--deadline April 15


Postmark Deadline Extended: April 15

Enter the Tiferet Writing Awards—

Prizes Doubled to $500 Each

TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature offers awards of $500 each (doubled from $250) for Poetry and Prose. We publish writing from a variety of spiritual and religious traditions.

Our mission is to help reveal spirit through the written word and to promote peace within the individual and the world.

$15 entry for one story or essay (Prose) up to 25 pages or 6 poems (Poetry).

To enter, please mail your submission and check payable to TIFERET to 211 Dryden Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. Or you may submit your entry online. Specify a genre of "Contest-Poetry", "Contest-Nonfiction", or "Contest-Fiction", then pay the entry fee using PayPal.

Winners will be announced Summer 2009.

Poetry Judge
Elisabeth Murawski
Prose Judges
Nonfiction: Peter Selgin
Fiction: Ilan Stavans

Black Lawrence Press Contest--deadline May 30


Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished
collection of poems or short stories. The winner of this contest will receive
book publication, a $1,000 cash award, ten copies of the book, and an interview in
The Adirondack Review. Prizes awarded on publication.

To enter, submit complete manuscript of poems or short stories using the
guidelines below, along with a $25.00 entry fee. IMPORTANT: Checks should be
made payable to Dzanc Books (not Black Lawrence Press). Money orders made out to

Dzanc Books are also acceptable.


Please make sure that your submission packet includes the following:

PLEASE CLIP TOGETHER THE FOLLOWING: cover letter with brief bio and contact
information including e-mail; acknowledgments page for publications in which
the poems/stories first appeared (if applicable); a contest entry fee of $25.00
(IMPORTANT: please make out check to Dzanc Books [not Black Lawrence Press]).
Include two cover pages, the first as described above, and the second with title
of the manuscript only. All entries will be judged anonymously. Black Lawrence
Press does not use interns to screen entries. All entries are judged by the editors.

No electronic submissions, please. No exceptions. Please include a table of
contents page and make sure that each page of your manuscript is numbered. Make checks payable to Black Lawrence Press. Please do not include a manuscript-sized SASE; all manuscripts will be recycled. Include a valid e-mail address so that we may
contact you when finalists are announced. Because of the high volume of entries
received, all finalists and semi-finalists will be announced on the Black Lawrence Press website. Please do not send a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). All
finalists will be announced on or before May 31 of each year. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

All finalists will be considered for standard publication. In addition to each
year's winner, Black Lawrence Press offers standard publication to one or more other
finalists. Finalists will receive one copy of the winning book each.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but you must notify Black Lawrence
Press immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere for publication.

Send manuscript materials and contest entry fee to:

The Hudson Prize
8405 Bay Parkway, C8
Brooklyn, NY 11214