Spring Literary Arts Workshops at Multnomah Arts Center

Spring Literary Arts Workshops at Multnomah Arts Center

The full catalog of spring classes at MAC can be downloaded at
For more information, or to register, call 503-823-2787.


Writing & Reading Poetry
David Abel

In this workshop, we’ll look at how poetry works, as writers and as
readers. We’ll write in response to exercises, and in response to what
we read; we’ll read closely one another’s work, and the work of other
poets both familiar and not. The challenge of reading poetry pays off in
two ways: empathy for the situation of our readers, and the discovery of
new possibilities. Open to anyone (beginner or veteran) who writes
poetry and wants to deepen their understanding of the art.

Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
March 31 - May 26 [9 classes]


Fiction Writing for Beginners
Susan Wickstrom

Are you ready to write the Great American Novel? Or do you simply want
to express yourself? Beginning fiction writers will find inspiration and
support through discussion and in-class exercises. No writing experience

Thursdays 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
April 2 - June 4 [8 classes; no class on 4/23 or 5/21]


Memoir Writing: The Literature of Memory
Lyssa Tall Anolik

Memory is not logical or tidy, but it is infinitely interesting. Learn
how to take the details that make up your life and turn them into
memoir, poems, or even fiction. We will engage in the free-writing
process using prompts to trigger and unlock the stories hidden within
you. We’ll address and put aside the inner critic, so that you may
engage your creative process in a safe and encouraging environment.
We’ll draw from Natalie Goldberg’s, “Old Friend from Far Away,” and
other texts. No writing experience necessary. All levels welcome.

Wednesdays 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
April 15 - May 27 [7 classes]


Lifestory, Lifepath
Barbara Schramm

A good life story is one of the most important gifts we can offer
ourselves, our children, our friends, and our community. A meaningful
life contributes in generative ways to those around us. With that in
mind, this workshop will give you an opportunity to write your own life
story that may have become buried or eclipsed. This supportive class is
open to writers of all abilities.
Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am
April 8 – May 27 [8 classes]


Children's Writing: Let Your Imagination Fly (Ages: 8 - 12)
Lyssa Tall Anolik

Fly to the moon! Sail to the stars! Send thoughts aloft on a paper
airplane. Imagine yourself an astronaut or bird & write stories or
poetry about your travels! Students are welcome to support their writing
with illustrations. Increase communication & self- expression skills
while improving basic writing abilities.
Mondays 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Apr. 20 - May 18 [5 classes]


Writers’ Roundtable – April Henry

Get up-close and personal with mystery writer April Henry, the author of
five adult
mysteries including the four-book Claire Montrose series that began with
in the Face. Henry also writes popular young adult thrillers such as
Shock Point
and Torched. She has been nominated for several literary prizes
including the
Oregon Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.
Moderated by Susan Wickstrom. Limited to 15 participants.

Wednesday May 13, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Writers' Dojo--featuring PSU's own WHITNEY OTTO!--March 28

Hi folks,

Saturday, March 28th, is a day of literary celebration at Writers'
Dojo. Please join us and some of our favorite writers and literary
professionals. See the full lineup: http://www.writersdojo.org/march28

• Poetry workshop with Paulann Petersen and Sage Cohen
• Publishing forum with Whitney Otto, Karen Karbo, Rhonda Hughes,
David Biespiel, Ken Arnold, and Paul Pearce
• Prose workshop with Joanna Rose
• Performances with Casey Bush and Charles Sorgie

It's FREE, here at the Writers' Dojo, with a suggested donation of $15
each workshop to help raise money for free, kids' writing classes.

Other artists and editors in attendance: Nancy Flynn, Doug Geisler,
Ali McCart, Liz Prato, Kirsten Rian, Lauren Sweet, Kristin Thiel,
Bryan Tranel, Mel Wells...
and dozens more.

I hope we can add your name to the list.
RSVP to info@writersdojo.org

See all the details, schedule and bios of our workshop leaders:


Jeffrey Selin
503 706 0509


"Southwest Review" Fiction Contest--deadline May 1

Southwest Review is pleased to announce a new prize for fiction writers who have not published a first book. Named for the late David Nathan Meyerson (1967-1998), a therapist and talented writer who died before he was able to show to the greater world the full fruits of his literary potential, the prize consists of $1,000 and publication in SWR. With the generous support of Marlene, Marti, and Morton Meyerson, the award will continue to honor David Meyerson's memory by encouraging and taking notice of other writers of great promise.

http://smu.edu/ southwestreview/ Meyerson% 20Contest. asp


The prize is open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories.

Submissions must be no longer than 8,000 words.

A $25.00 reading fee must accompany each submission.

Work should be printed without the author's name (if work is submitted online, please omit the author's name from the final "submission content text area"). Name and address should appear only on the cover letter or at the top of the online form.

Submissions will not be returned. For list of winners, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

No simultaneous or previously published work.

Postmarked deadline for receipt of the work is May 1, 2009. (Winner will be announced in August.)

The winning story will appear in Southwest Review Vol. 94, No. 4 (autumn), 2009.

All entries will be considered for publication.

Mailed entries should be addressed to:

The Meyerson Fiction Prize
hwest Review
P.O. Box 750374
Dallas, TX 75275-0374

Poetry for Human Rights--deadlines vary

Call for poems: protestpoems.org


About us:

Writing for human rights

protestpoems.org is a poetry journal entirely devoted to, and fully committed to, new poetry that tackles human rights issues worldwide.

The journal strives to present the best poems of protest written to promote freedom of speech and human rights. It is updated fortnightly. We publish a maximum six poems a month to keep a steady flow of relevant protests. Although we update the journal often, we are very selective. We are looking for edge.

The website and mailing lists provide information about persecuted writers, along with letters of protest ready for our subscribers to cut and paste. To receive emails (once a month, on average) with protest information focused on a specific persecuted writer, send an email to (replace (at) with @). Please write SUBSCRIBE in your subject line.

Submission guidelines

It’s simple.

We’re not looking for partisan propganda. We’re not looking for party-political mouthings. We’re not looking for sentimental depictions of what you see on the TV. We’re not looking for rhyming greetings card verses.

We want you to champion, not yourselves, but human rights; the rights of those who don’t have the freedom to write and speak as we do. Rage. Celebrate. Mourn. Demand. Scream. Dance.

Formal complaints are especially exciting. ThereE2s something wonderfully subversive about a villanelle that attacks a government deliberately making the same mistake over and over again.

If you need to be inspired, read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Then check out any objective newsfeed or news site.

Paste your poems (a maximum of 3 one-page poems), into the body of an email and send to write(at)protestpoems.org. If necessary, you can email a single .doc or .rtf file containing all the poems you are submitting.

Include a brief bio.

We will accept poems previously published on paper, as long as you hold the copyright. We will not accept poems which are already (or have previously been) published online (including blogs). We will publish a poet only once a year.

If your poem deals with a specific call for action, or commemorates a specific person, please let us know.

Publication dates for the first half of 2009 are :

14 Feb
28 Feb
14 Mar
28 Mar
11 Apr
25 Apr
09 May
23 May
06 Jun
20 Jun

Chapbook Contest-Kulupi Press--deadline July 1





$1000 Prize and 50 copies

Arthur Dawson and Rebecca Lawton will serve as judges for this competition.



Submit a manuscript of 16-24 pages of poetry with a strong sense of place, focusing on the natural world, culture, history, or personal experiences of a region. The theme will be broadly interpreted.

This will be a blind judging: Do not include your name on the poems.

Submission window: postmarks from January 2, 2009 to July 1, 2009.

Submit one cover page clipped to the manuscript with title only, and a separate title page with name, address and e-mail.

Manuscript should be paginated, secured with a clip and include contents and acknowledgements for previously published work (these and title page not included in 16-24 page count).

Simultaneous submissions accepted, but you must notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Include a reading fee of $16 with your submission. Checks only, payable to “Kulupi Press.”

Include a SASE for results only. No manuscripts will be returned.

Winner will be announced on or before September 1.

The winner will be invited to hold a poetry reading at a local venue of their choice. An honorarium for this reading will be given in addition to the above prize.

"All Punk Poetry" Call for Submissions--deadline Sept 1

The editors of CHIRON REVIEW are reading submissions for an "All Punk Poetry" issue to be published Dec. 2009. Poetry, fiction, b/w line art, comics/cartoons, photos, nonfiction, whatever should be sent via snailmail with self-addressed, stamped envelope for reply/return to: Chiron Review, Attn: PUNK, 522 E. South Ave., St. John, KS 67576. Name and complete mailing address should appear on every poem, story, etc. Deadline: Sept. 1, 2009. Material is copyrighted in author's/artist's name. Payment: one contributor's copy with 50% discount on additional copies.


Chiron Review is open for submissions year-round. Postal submissions with name, complete mailing address (on every poem), and SASE are welcome at Chiron Review, 522 E. South Ave., St. John, KS 67576-2212. Writers are invited to send up to 5 poems, 1 long poem, or 1 short-story. We're also open to reviews, interviews, black and white art and photography, and essays of interest to writers and the small press literary community. We ask writers to limit submissions to four times a year or less. We do not consider simultaneous or previously published submissions; nor do we consider e-mail submissions though exception is made for book reviews and foreign/overseas submissions. CR copyrights in author's name, all rights revert to author upon publication. Pay is one contributor's copy.

Ficiton Contest--Family Circle--deadline Aug 31

Do you love to write? Enter our 2009 fiction writing contest.

One grand prize winner will receive $750, publication in Family Circle, a certificate for one online mediabistro.com course (valued at up to $610), and a one-year mediabistro.com AvantGuild membership ($49 value). Two runners-up will each receive $250 and a one-year mediabistro.com AvantGuild membership ($49 value), and will have his or her story published on familycircle.com. To enter, send an original fictional short story of no more than 2,500 words to:

Family Circle Fiction Writing Contest
c/o Family Circle Magazine
375 Lexington Avenue
9th Floor, New York, NY 10017

All entries must be typed, double-spaced, and page-numbered on 8-1/2-x-11-inch paper, and must include your name, address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address (optional). No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest begins March 1, 2009, and ends August 31, 2009. All entries must be postmarked on or before August 31, 2009, and received by September 7, 2009. Entries must be original, unpublished, and may not have won any prize or award. Up to two entries per individual will be accepted, but each entry must be a unique short story. Open to amateur writers who are legal residents of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Operator: Meredith Corporation.

More Details at


Chapbook Contest--Hot Metal Press--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, acknowledgements, and pages. Anything
with more pages will be eliminated.


Call for Submissions: "The Other Journal"--deadline April 10

The Other Journal seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for our upcoming issue on Beauty and Aesthetics.

Deadline has been extended from March 15 to April 10, 2009

We seek poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction that explore the beauty, especially its cultural and theological incarnations. As we navigate the many faces of beauty, we will explore the nature, function, and end of beauty. We expect this issue to address such questions as How is the body understood in Western culture? Why does beauty matter? And what does beauty have to do with issues of justice and reconciliation?

All submissions should be sent via email to
(replace (at) with @)

with "TOJ Submission" written in the subject line. Please indicate the genre of your submission in the subject line of your email and submit your work as Microsoft Word or rich text format documents. Submissions that are pasted directly into the text of an email rather than an attached document may not be considered.

Send up to six poems or one piece of prose at a time. Fiction submissions may include short stories or self-contained novel excerpts, and creative nonfiction submissions may include personal essays or memoirs. Because we are an online journal, we take a special interest in short prose submissions, especially pieces that are less than 2,500 words. We will consider simultaneous submissions, but please indicate they have been simult
aneously submitted elsewhere and let us know right away if you are withdrawing them from consideration.

For more info:


Editorial statement:

The Other Journal welcomes the submission of critical essays, reviews, creative writing, and visual or performance art that encounter life through the lens of theology and culture; we seek pieces that consider the interaction of faith with contemporary life, art, politics, sexuality, technology, economics, and social justice. We are particularly interested in works which present creative, alternative views that may otherwise fall outside the margins of mainstream narratives. And although we primarily focus on perspectives within the Christian tradition, we invite dialogue with all who are interested in exploring the ongoing role of faith and spirituality in the world.

The Other Journal
Mars Hill Graduate School
2501 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

Chapbook Contest--deadline April 30

Poetry Chapbook Contest: Gribble Press

1. Send your chapbook manuscript of 20-30 pages of poetry.

2. Paginate ms. and include table of contents.

3. Individual pieces may have been published in literary journals, but the ms.has not been previously published before as a book. Include acknowledgement page for previously published pieces.

4. Send two cover pages, one with your name and contact information, one with the name of manuscript only.

5. Attach check or money order in the amount of $15.00 made to the order of Gribble Press.

6. Include an SASE for notification of winner

7. May be a simultaneous submission, but we want immediate notification if accepted by another press.

8. You may submit multiple submissions, but please include a $15.00 entry fee for each submission.

9. Manuscript must be postmarked by April 30, 2009 . Winner will be announced by June 1, 2009.

10. May submit ms.electronically at (replace (at) with @), sending check through regular mail to Chapbook Contest, Gribble Press, PO Box 10307, Spokane, WA 99209-0307. Send through regular U.S. mail. If you want notification of receipt, include a stamped postcard, no postal return receipts, please.

11. May also mail hardcopy to Chapbook Contest, Gribble Press, PO Box 10307, Spokane, WA 99209-0307. If you want notification of receipt, include a stamped postcard, no postal return receipts, please.

Note: We will run a contest with the intent to act ethically, provide clear guidelines, and make our process as transparent as possible. Our goal is to publish the most exciting and energetic literary work available.

Contact us at Gribble Press, PO Box 10307, Spokane, WA 99209-0307 or (replace (at) with @)

Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest--deadline March 31

The Midwest Writing Center announces the 36th Annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest.


Poems should be typed with no identifying information on the page. Include a separate cover sheet with author's name, address, email address, and poem titles. Poems may be more than one page, but only one poem per page. Include a SASE for results if you do not wish to receive notification via email. No previously published poems.

Email submissions or questions about the contest should be sent to

(replace (at) with @)

Email submissions should include all poems in one (.doc or .rtf) document and one document for the cover page.

Submissions must be postmarked January 1, 2009 through March 31, 2009.

Prizes will be given in two categories: "National" and "Regional" (for poets residing in the Northern Mississippi Valley Region states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin). Please note on your cover letter which category you would like to be considered for. First, second, and third prize in each category are as follows: $200, $150 and $75; winner of the regional contest will also receive an award in honor of Max J. Molleston, long-time coordinator of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest.

Entry fee is $7 for up to three poems; $2 for each poem over three. Make checks payable to the Midwest Writing Center. Send a SASE ($2.50) for a copy of our anthology, which will include po
ems from the top 25 finalists and the contest winners.

Credit card payment for email submissions only; please note in your email that you are paying by credit card, and you will be contacted with further instructions. Or, you may send a check to the address listed below.

Submissions and entry fees should be mailed to:

Midwest Writing Center

Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest

225 E. 2nd St., Suite 303

Davenport, IA 52801

This year's national judge is F. Daniel Rzicznek, author of Neck of the World, winner of the May Swenson Award.

This year's regional judge is Rebecca Wee, author of Uncertain Grace, and Poet Laureate of the Quad Cities from 2003-2005.

Friends, relatives, and/or past or current students of judges may not enter. Employees and board members of the Midwest Writing Center are also ineligible.

2009 Leapfrog Fiction Contest--deadline May 1

2009 Leapfrog Fiction Contest


General Information

Leapfrog Press is delighted to announce the 2009 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

The 2009 Leapfrog Fiction Contest will be open to submissions from January 15 to May 1, 2009. Any novella, novel, or book-length short-story collection, written in English, primarily for an adult audience and not previously published,* is eligible. The minimum length is 22,000 words; there is no maximum length. Leapfrog Press is primarily interested in literary fiction. We welcome submissions from both new and previously published writers and from writers around the world. Previous publication credits will not be considered in the judges' decisions. Both unagented and agented manuscripts are welcome. Leapfrog Press employees and their family members, and Leapfrog-published authors, are not eligible to enter.

Judging and announcements:

Judging will take place on a rolling basis beginning in March. Submissions will be accepted through May 1, 2009. While the contest is open for submissions, we will not be accepting fiction queries through our normal submission process. Those who wish to submit a work of fiction without going through the contest are encouraged to do so before January 15 or after May 1, 2009. While the contest is open we will continue to consider queries on nonfiction works through our regular submission process as given in the Submission Guidelines.

Entry fee: the entry fee is $25.

Multiple and simultaneous submissions:

Multiple submissions by the same author will be accepted, with a submission fee paid with each manuscript. We do ask however that one author does not submit more than two manuscripts. Simultaneous submissions (submissions to multiple presses) will be accepted, but the entrant must immediately inform Leapfrog Press if a publication offer is made by another press. A First Prize manuscript that is published by another press will be listed as a Finalist in the Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

Contest winners will be announced in June. Please check back again for an exact date. The First Prize winner will be contacted by phone. Finalists and those receiving Honorable Mentions will be contacted by e-mail, and winners' names will be posted on this page at a date TBD.


Judges include authors/writing instructors/book reviewers Michael Lee, Michael Mirolla, and Michael Graziano, as well as Leapfrog's editor-in-chief and editorial staff.


First prize: Publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment, and permanent listing as a Leapfrog Fiction Contest winner on the Leapfrog Press Web site

Finalist(s): $150 and a short critique of the manuscript; permanent listing on the Leapfrog Press Web site as a Leapfrog Fiction Contest finalist

Honorable mention(s): Listing on the Leapfrog Press Web site

Please follow the entry guidelines below to submit a manuscript.

*Previously self-published books that have no more than 200 copies in circulation (including all review copies, advance copies, and sales) will be considered "unp
ublished" and are eligible for submission.

Skysaje Enterprises Poetry Contest--deadline April 30

Announcing the Fifth Annual Skysaje Enterprises poetry contest.
This year we're offering a $250.00 first prize and three $25.00 honorable

This years judges are:

Ellaraine Lockie: Multiple award wining poet, (including our 2008 contest)

MJ Iuppa: Legendary Rochester, NY based poet and professor at St. John Fisher

Rick Petrie: co-host of the long running Pure Kona poetry series.

Guidelines for entry into the 2009 contest:
1. All entries must be typed in 14pts font
2. Submit up to five (5) poems per entry
3. Title of poem and author contact info must appear on each page submitted..
4. A $15.00 non-refundable entry fee must accompany all submissions.
5. All entries must be received in our offices between now and 4/30/09

Make check or money orders payable to L. Berger and mail to us at:

Skysaje Enterprises
50 Amesbury Rd.
Rochester, NY 14623

EVENT Non-Fiction Contest 2009--deadline April 15

EVENT Non-Fiction Contest 2009



Three winners will each receive $500 plus payment for publication in Event 38/3. Other manuscripts may be published.

Final Judge: John Burns

John Burns is executive editor of Vancouver magazine. Previously, he was managing editor and books editor of the Georgia Straight. He has worked as an editor, reporter, and freelance reviewer and broadcaster, and is currently working on this third book, a novel for teens. He teaches Writing for Magazines at Capilano and Kwantlen universities.

Our past judges include: Timothy Taylor, Keath Fraser, Myrna Kostash, Andreas Schroeder, Sharon Butala, Tom Wayman, Di Brandt, Terry Glavin, Karen Connelly and Charles Montgomery.

Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form. Check your library for back issues of Event with previous winning entries and judges' comments. Contest back issues are available from Event for $9 (CAN$13 for overseas residents). Postage and GST included.

Note: Previously published material, or material accepted elsewhere for publication, cannot be considered. Maximum entry length is 5000 words, typed, double-spaced. The writer should not be identified on the entry. Include a separate cover sheet with the writer's name, address, phone number / email, and the title(s) of the story (stories) enclosed. Include a SASE (Canadian postage / IRCs / US$1). Douglas College employees are not eligible to enter.

Entry fee: Multiple entries are allowed, however, each entry must be accompanied by a $29.95 entry fee (includes GST and a one-year subscription; make cheque or international money order payable to Event). Those already subscribing will receive a one-year extension. American and overseas entrants please pay in US dollars.

Deadline for entries: Postmarked by April 15, 2009.

Send entries to:

The Douglas College Review
PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC
Canada V3L 5B2
Phone: 604-527-5293 Fax: 604-527-5095

E-mail: (replace (at) with @)


Nye Beach Writers' Series presents Jim Lynch & Michele Longo Eder 3/21 7 PM NEWPORT

Saturday: March 21, 2009 - 7 p.m.
Nye Beach Writers' Series presents
Jim Lynch & Michele Longo Eder

Jim Lynch
The first time Jim Lynch was a featured author of the Nye Beach Writers' Series was in May 2006 when his novel, The Highest Tide, had just been released. Since then, the book has achieved outstanding success. Lynch won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Book Award, and the book has been published in more than 20 countries and translated into five languages. Library Journal chose The Highest Tide as one of its best first novelists' books of the year. It was a Border's Original Voices choice, and a Book Sense pick for fiction as well.

The Highest Tide
As a precocious, undersized 13-year-old living on the shore of Puget Sound, in Washington state, Miles O'Malley has developed a consuming passion for the abundant life of the tidal flats. His simple pleasure in observing is tested and complicated over the course of a remarkable summer, when he finds a giant squid, a discovery that brings him the unwelcome attention of scientists, TV reporters and a local cult. Meanwhile, Miles' remote parents are considering a divorce; his best friend, Florence, an elderly retired psychic, is dying of a degenerative disease; his obsessive buddy, Phelps, mocks his science-geek knowledge; and his desperate crush on Angie Stegner, the troubled girl next door, both inspires and humiliates him. Events build toward the date of a record high tide, and Miles slowly sorts out his place in the adult world.

...This moving, unusual take on the summers of childhood conveys a contagious sense of wonder at the variety and mystery of the natural world.
-- Publishers Weekly

Michele Longo Eder

Born in upstate New York, Michele Longo Edergraduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1976, moved to Portland, Oregon, andgraduated from the Lewis & Clark law school before moving to Newport. Shecurrently serves on the board of directors of the North Pacific Research Board,and, as a two-term Presidential appointee, is a Commissioner with the U.S.Arctic Research Commission.

Michele Longo Eder's book, Salt In Our Blood: The memoir of a fisherman's wife, recounts her life as the spouse of a commercial fisherman while balancing responsibilities as mother of two boys and maintaining a career as an attorney. Set against the sudden loss at sea of Eder's oldest son, Ben, the book is a tale of indescribable sadness but also one of resilience and courage...

Salt In Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman's Wife

In 2000, Michele Longo Eder began a journal to record what daily life was like for her while her husband and sons were out commercial fishing off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, and northern California. But personal tragedy struck just before Christmas 2001. She continued recording entries in her journal until one more year had passed and another crabbing season began. Her book is an offer of healing to her family, her community, and to fishing families everywhere.

The life of a fisherman can be a treacherous one filled with peril and potential death. The life of a fisherman's wife may be worse due to the unknowing and non-stop confusion one faces. Salt in Our Blood: The memoir of a fisherman's wife is the reflections of a homemaker when the family business is doing a job with a shockingly high mortality rate. The daily worry, the daily challenges, and the unfortunate event of what they fear most occurring.
-- Midwest Book Review

Open Mic
The infamous open mic segment will take place after intermission. The first 10 audience members who sign up can read from their original work for up to five minutes. No pre-registration is necessary. Open mike readers are encouraged to bring copies of their books for sales and autographing.

Upcoming Events
All events are held at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Drive in the Nye Beach area of Newport) unless otherwise noted.
April 18 - 7:00 PM - at Cafe Mundo
Fourth Annual Instant Haiku Slam Classic

May 16 - 7:00 PM
Poets Claudia Handler & John Witte

June 20 - 7:00 PM
Spike Walker

July 18 - 7:00 PM - Special Event
at the NewportPerforming Arts Center
Singer/songwriter Craig Carothers

August 15 - 7:00 PM
Dori Appel

September 19 - 7:00 PM
Kaia Sand & Jules Boykoff

October 17 - 7:00 PM
Poets Laura Blossom and Marianne Klekacz

November 14 - 7:00 PM
Scribble! An interactive literary and dining event at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club

For more calendar of events details,
visit our "Calendar of Events" web page.

About Us
The Nye Beach Writers' Series is a program of Writers On The Edge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the literary arts in Lincoln County and the support of lifelong participation in reading, writing,and literary performance.

Writers On The Edge is supported in part by admission dollars, individual donations, and a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon's arts, humanities and heritage, and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition. Events held at the Newport Visual Arts Center are supported in part by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and the City of Newport. Books by featured authors are provided for autographing and sales by Nye Beach Books. LazerQuick of Newport provides ongoing printing support. Two nights lodging for featured author Jim Lynch has been donated by the Newport Belle Bed & Breakfast, a sternwheeler docked in Yaquina Bay. All donations to Writers On The Edge are gratefully appreciated and fully tax-deductible.

For more information, to sign up for email announcements, or to view a map and directions to our venue locations, visit www.writersontheedge.org.

Poets Sharon Doubiago and Crystal Williams read and talk with Barbara LaMorticela Monday, March 16 90.7 FM

Monday March 16, KBOO, 90.7 FM Portland. 10-11 PM Pacific Time

Poets Sharon Doubiago and Crystal Williams read and talk with Barbara LaMorticela.

Sharon has come to roost for now in San Francisco, but has made the whole west coast her home, for many years living and traveling alone in her van Psyche and writing about it: the life, the land, the people, and the deep and hidden roots of them all. Her work is unique, the creation of an American epic through the eyes and body of a woman. She has published two books of short stories and three books of poetry. She is the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes and has twice been nominated for the National Book Award. About her newest poetry collection, Marge Piercy wrote: “Sharon Doubiago's Love on the Streets, her selected and new poems, brings together evidence of her power that feels raw but is carefully honed, her rootedness in the American land and experience, her strong female voice. These are poems with real bite. They will move you if you let them.”

Crystal Williams grew up in Detroit, Michigan and in Madrid. A theater major in college, she dropped out and moved to New York to build a professional acting career. She became serious about poetry at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, when she found slamming to be a satisfying synthesis between writing and performance, and in 1995 she was a member of the Nuyorican Slam Team. She went on to win degrees in literature at NYU and Cornell University. She is currently Associate Professor at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and divides her time between Portland and Chicago. Her third and newest collection of poems, Troubled Tongues, was chosen by Marilyn Nelson for the 2009 Long Madgett Poetry Award and was short-listed for the Idaho Prize. The poems in Troubled Tongues grapple with American complexities of race and identity, love, beauty and cruelty. About it Alice Fulton wrote “Her poems rage against assumptions that restrict human possibilities and sing the necessities of imaginative space. They admit alienation even as they insist on generosity. Troubled Tongues is a gritty amalgam of passsion and compassion, surprising in its moves, alive with home truths, hard won wisdom.”

Also this month:

Verse in Person at the Northwest branch of the Multnomah County Library, 23rd and NW Thurman, brings poets to read at the NW neighborhood library every fourth Wednesday from 7-8 PM. This month's reading will be on Wednesday, March 26, hosted by Mike Ferrell.

KBOO, 90.7 FM Portland
Now streaming live on the webGlutton

-after Miki, the Scottish Terrier

Birds feather their own nests, & so yes, you are reminded it is
in our nature to be self-fulfilling. You bend to her because the
universe demands it: what is asked is needed. Let us say on
days when you walk into the office she is often on her dark
back in aisle's middle, furry appendages sretched obscenely
skyward, bare belly soft & sloping & open to wounding. She is
undeniable, a pull: rub, here, now, like this. There is something
about trust, here, some lesson to do with openness &
submission, the stubborn nature converted. There is something
exquisite about asking for love so nakedly, so patiently,
everyday. Miki: a teacher, every office day, walking through
the world a vessel, a glutton. Let us mute. Let us bend or
stretch but say, yes-- this is the way we can hope it to be. This
world, this rub. Yes, let us say.

from Troubled Tongues by Crystal Williams,
Lotus Press, Detroit, 2009

Memory Is Pictures Inside You

rivering through before language
the way Moonlight whimpered as he watched
the movie in his sleep. Something
is happening, his four legs are following
the story line. One part of the brain works
as a camera, taking pictures, another part
puts it together. Edits. Which part
is the soul? O Towere of Babel, whoever it
the Self? We can't remember
everything, we can't forget anything.

I can't remember the first time we made love.
You said you'd tell me everything you knew
about the woman who was having the affar
wth my husband, your wife. But I remember your bathtub,
how you would let me escape there
and how then, after soaking, I'd say come in.

from Love in the Streets by Sharon Doubiago,
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008

The New Measure Poetry Prize--deadline Dec 1

Parlor Press’s poetry series, Free Verse Editions, is pleased to announce The New Measure Poetry Prize, which will carry a cash award of $1,000 and publication of an original, unpublished manuscript of poems. Cole Swensen will select the winning manuscript. Submissions for the prize must be postmarked in April or May of 2009. The non-refundable entry fee is $25.00; checks and money orders should be made out to “Parlor Press.” Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions will announce the winning manuscript no later than December 1, 2009.


Other manuscripts not selected for the New Measure Poetry Prize may still be eligible for publication by Free Verse Editions. Friends and former students of the judge are not eligible for the prize, but may submit for publication to Free Verse Editions (please indicate whether the submission is for the prize or for publication only). Each manuscript should be word processed, paginated, and contain a list of acknowledgments for published or forthcoming poems. The title page should include the name of the author, a postal address, telephone number and email address. Send submissions with SASE to:

The New Measure Poetry Prize
c/o Jon Thompson
Department of English
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8105

All manuscripts not selected for publication will be recycled. No feedback on submitted manuscripts can be offered.

AL SAVARD MEMORIAL POETRY CONTEST (for Connecticut poets)--deadline April 30



Open only to Connecticut poets. Free for CPS Members

Submit poems: March 1- April 30th 2009 (postmark)

Prizes of $150, $75, and $50.

Send up to 3 unpublished poems, any form, 40 line limit each. Include two copies of each poem: one with complete contact info and one with NO contact info. Both copies should be marked Savard Contest. Include SASE for results only (no poems will be returned). Winning poems must be submitted by disc or electronically following notification. Send fee of $10 for up to three poems; please make check out to Connecticut Poetry Society. There is no entry fee for CPS members. Prize winning poems will be published in Long River Run II.

Send entries to Al Savard Poetry Contest, CPS, PO Box 270554, West Hartford, CT 06127.

The Journal's Annual Short Story Contest--deadline May 1

The Journal's Annual Short Story Contest


Contest Guidelines:
The Journal, the literary magazine of The Ohio State University, would like to announce the fifth annual Journal Short Story Contest.

This year's judge is Lee K. Abbott, author of the short story collections Dreams of Distant Lives, Strangers in Paradise, Love is the Crooked Thing, The Heart Never Fits Its Wanting, and Living After Midnight. His latest collection of stories, All Things, All at Once, was published by Norton in Spring 2006.

The Journal Short Story Contest offers $1000 and publication of the winning story in The Journal'sAutumn/Winter issue. All styles, subject matter, and forms are welcome. Simultaneous submissions are accepted provided immediate notice is given if work is accepted elsewhere. Please submit only previously unpublished fiction up to 7500 words. All manuscripts will be considered for publication.

Deadline for postmark of manuscripts is May 1st.
A reading fee of $10 must accompany each manuscript (please make checks payable to The Journal).
Manuscripts should be submitted anonymously with the title of the work and all contact information listed on a separate cover letter. Please be sure to also list your title on the manuscript itself. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please number pages and double-space all entries.
Notification will be in late October.

Send previously unpublished story along with reading fee to:
Short Story Contest
The Journal
Department of English
The Ohio State University
164 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Write for the Radio


Local public radio station wants to feature poems about radio experiences of any kind and/or fundraising to be read by area poets during the final day of pledge drive, April 4, in the afternoon. Station streams on internet so you can hear your poem. If you have anything, please mail to (replace (at) with @)

WMUK (Kalamazoo, Michigan) is the station. Humor good. Sentiment good. No cussin'.

Elizabeth Kerlikowske

2009 RRofihe Trophy Contest--deadline Oct 15

2009 RRofihe Trophy


For an unpublished short story

(up to 5,000 words)

Winner Receives:

$500 cash


Publication in Open City

Judged by Rick Rofihe

2009 Contest Assistant: Carolyn Wilsey

Carolyn Wilsey has read fiction for Esquire and Swink


--Stories should be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper with the author’s name and contact information on the first page and name and story title on the upper right corner of remaining pages.

--Submissions must be postmarked by October 15, 2009

--Limit one submission per author

--Author must not have been previously published in Open City

--Mail submissions to RRofihe, 270 Lafayette Street, Suite 1412, New York, NY 10012

--Enclose self addressed stamped business envelope to receive names of winner and honorable mentions

--All manuscripts are non-returnable and will be recycled.

--Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable to RRofihe

Rick Rofihe is the author of Father Must, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on epiphanyzine.com. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Spy, and The East Hampton Star, and on mrbellersneighborhood.com. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught writing at Columbia University and the Writer’s Voice of the West Side Y.
He currently teaches privately. He is the editor of the new online literary journal, anderbo.com.

Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest--deadline May 31

Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest


Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of approximately one - five thousand words. The winner will be announced via a special mailing of our Jerry Jazz Musician newsletter. Publishers, artists, musicians and interested readers are among those who subscribe to the newsletter. Additionally, the work will be published on the home page of Jerry Jazz Musician and featured there for at least four weeks.

The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theatre, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Your writing should appeal to a reader with these characteristics.

Contest details

A prize of $100 will be awarded for the winning story. In addition to the story being published on Jerry Jazz Musician, the author's acceptance of the prize money gives Jerry Jazz Musician the right to include the story in an anthology that will appear in book or magazine form. No entry fee is required. One story entry only.

Submission deadline for the next contest is May 31, 2009. Publishing date will be July 1, 2009.

Please submit your story by May 31, 2009 via Word or Acrobat attachment to (replace (at) with @). Please be sure to include your name, address and phone number with your submission. Please i
nclude "Short Fiction Contest Submission" in the subject heading of the email.

The Fifth Glass Woman Prize--deadline March 21



The Fifth Glass Woman Prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction or creative non-fiction (prose) written by a woman. Length: between 50 and 5,000 words. The top prize for the fifth Glass Woman Prize award is US $700 and possible (but not obligatory) online publication; I will also award two runner up prizes of $100 each and one additional prize of $50, together with possible (but not obligatory) online publication.

Subject is open, but must be of significance to women. My criterion is passion, excellence, and authenticity in the woman’s writing voice. Previously published work and simultaneous submissions are OK. Copyright is retained by the author.

There is no reading fee.

Submission deadline: March 21, 2009 (receipt date; anything received after that date will be considered for a future prize). Notification date: June 21, 2009.

The winner will be announced on the website. Submissions will not be returned, rejected, or otherwise acknowledged except for the winner announcement. I promise that every submission will be read with respect and with my commitment to the voices of women in this world.

One submission per person per prize submission period, by email, with "Glass Woman Prize Submission" in the subject line and the text pasted in the body of the email (no attachments!) to:

(replace (at) with @)

or in hard copy and via regular mail, to:

Beate Sigriddaughter
333 East 16th Avenue, #517
Denver, CO 80203

If submitting by email:
- "Glass Woman Prize Submission" in subject line
- Text in body of email
- Please put your email address in the body of the email as well

I will regretfully ignore and delete submissions of anything other than specified above, for example: submissions with attachments, more than one piece of writing in a given prize reading period, more than 5,000 words, poetry, or submissions without "Glass Woman Prize Submission" in the subject line of an email.

I have enough readers lined up for the Fifth Glass Woman Prize for the time being. I will advertise if I need more. Many thanks for your generous responses to my call for reading help!


Who judges the contest?

At the moment I am the final judge, but a number of women writers have agreed to read a number of submissions and make preliminary selections. I am very happy about this because my personal tastes and passions will no longer be the sole criteria for selecting future winners.

How is the prize funded?

The prize is funded with ten percent of my personal income. It therefore has a chance of increasing in the future.


Because this is something I would have liked to have received for myself. Since I haven’t, at least not recently, and in order to make things right with the world all the same, I feel I have to offer it to someone else.

Why the name Glass Woman Prize?

I’ve been playing with the glass woman concept for a while. I want women to be able to acknowledge, transparently, who we are, and that who we are is not trivial and unimportant, despite the fact that it is not typically rewarded in a man-made and money-motivated world.

Here’s my original description of a glass woman as I would depict her if I were a visual artist: a woman of glass, with a blood system and gut system visible inside her, pipes and veins, and in those there would be bits of poetry, newspapers, roses, sentimental things, baby’s teeth, locks of baby hair, all kinds of lace bits, birds, and foxes, ice-picks, wedding rings, veils, and wedding cake doves, graduations gowns, tarot cards, sacred stones, pressed flowers, and a whole lot of joy and a whole lot of sorrow. She’d have a flute and a piano key, an ankh, and a woman symbol (♀), everything, anger and joy, hiking gear, rock climbing gear, motorcycle gear, dirt, fear, bras, lilacs, mirrors, underwear.

What about the brittleness of glass? I would make it unbreakable glass, transparent,=2
0but shatter-proof.

Why no reading fee?

Because I absolutely hate the way every other journal or other entity nowadays uses reading fees for contests as fundraisers. I can see their point. I still hate it.

What am I trying to accomplish with this?

I want to help along the cause of women expressing themselves authentically and fearlessly and passionately. It has something to do with a contribution to justice and soul growing in the world.

One of my ex-husbands once said that women don't support each other. I want to either change that or prove it wrong. This is my small gesture of changing the world.

The Ledge 2009 Poetry Awards Competition--deadline April 30

The Ledge 2009 Poetry Awards Competition


PRIZES: First prize: $1,000 and publication in The Ledge Magazine. Second prize: $250 and publication in The Ledge Magazine. Third prize: $100 and publication in The Ledge Magazine.

ENTRY FEE: $10 for the first three (3) poems; $3 for each additional poem. $20 subscription (two issues) to The Ledge gains free entry for the first three (3) poems.

NO RESTRICTIONS on form or content. The Ledge is open to all styles and schools of poetry. Excellence is the only criterion.

ALL POEMS must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we must notified should any poem(s) be accepted elsewhere for publication. All poems will be considered for publication in The Ledge Magazine.

PLEASE include your name, mailing address and email address on each entry. Please enclose a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return. Winners will be announced in August.

POSTMARK DEADLINE: April 30, 2009.

SEND ENTRIES TO: The Ledge 2009 Poetry Awards Competition,

40 Maple Avenue,

Bellport, NY 11713

Poetry Competition: Society for Humanistic Anthropology--deadline May 1

2009 Ethnographic Poetry Competition


The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry

competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to

explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated

with the fields of anthropology: Archaeological, Biological, Linguistic,

Sociocultural and Applied.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting

of the American Anthropological Association in Fall 2009, and will be published

in the Society's journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The winner(s) will receive

a certificate and award of $100. All entries will be considered for publication in

the journal.

*** There is no entry fee for members of the American Anthropological

Association. ***

*** If you are not a member, there is a $10 fee. ***

Judges will be Misha Cahnmann Taylor, Kent Maynard, and Dorine Jennette.

Submissions must be unpublished and include:

* one copy of a cover letter, with home and institutional addresses & a short


* three copies of no more than three poems, of any length totaling no more than

10 pages in all (please do not include your name/address on the poems)

* a self-addressed stamped envelope, for contest results, to be posted by Fall

2009, and

* proof of AAA membership, or a $10 check made to the Society for

Humanistic Anthropology. Send unpublished poems only.

Electronic or faxed submissions will20not be accepted except by request from

ethnographic poets working outside the U.S. and Canada. Submissions and

inquiries should be directed to: Dr. Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Department of

Language and Literacy Education, 125 Aderhold Hall, University of Georgia,

Athens, GA 30602; (office) (706) 583-8127; email:

(replace (at) with @)

The deadline for RECEIPT of submissions is 1 May 2009.


Santa Barbara Writers Conference--win a scholarship! 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 June 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.

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.

Mail all entries to SBWC Writing Contest, P.O. Box 6627, Santa Barbara, CA 93160. Include a check made out to SBWC to cover all entry fees.

Visit our Web site for contest guidelines and more information: www.sbwriters. com

"Mississippi Review" Contests--deadline October 1

Mississippi Review PrizeContest Begins April 2009
Awarding $1,000 each in fiction and poetry and publication in the print issue of Mississippi Review
Contest begins April 2009

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, 2009
Postmark deadline: October 1, 2009
Winners announced: January 2010
Issue publication: April 2010

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.

One year subscription only $10 with contest entry! See details at left.

"Mississippi Review" Poetry Contests--deadline Aug1

Mississippi Review POETRY SERIES

2010 Judge: Dara Wier

Three poetry collections will be selected and published
in January 2010. Three prizes of $1000 will be awarded.

The Mississippi Review Poetry Series is an annual contest awarding three publication prizes for book-length poetry manuscripts. It is open to all poets working in English except current or former students or employees of Southern Miss. There will be three $1000 prizes and we will produce three full-length (48-64 page) paperback perfect-bound books. Each will bear the cover price of $12 but the three winning books will be packaged as a set for MR subscribers. Each winner will receive the cash prize plus 100 copies of his or her book as payment. Manuscripts may total no more than 56 pages of poetry. Fee is $25 per entry, payable to Mississippi Review. There is no limit on the number of entries an author may submit. Each entrant will receive a set of the three prize-winning books. No manuscripts will be returned. Postmark deadline: August 1, 2009. Winners announced: September 2009. Publication scheduled: January 2010. Please put MR Poetry Series, name, address, phone, e-mail, and title on page one of entry. Send to Mississippi Review Poetry Series at 118 College Drive # 5144, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001. With questions call 601.266.5600.

The Writer’s Travel Scholarship -- Win a Round Trip Ticket to Anywhere--deadline April 30

The Writer’s Travel Scholarship -- Win a Round Trip Ticket to Anywhere

http://www.equivoca lity.net/ writers-travel- scholarship

This is is a short-form writing contest where the winner gets a
round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world. Really.

This is the fifth year of the contest. Previously, I've written the
contest announcement from the edge of the Sahara desert in Mali, or
the coast of Sri Lanka. This year, I am at home in San Francisco, but
my gaze is always elsewhere. I'm lucky to have seen a lot of the
world, and I'm writing about it.

Are you writing too? Not about the remote places in the world,
perhaps, but about something that matters to you? If so, please enter
the 2009 Writer’s Travel Scholarship. As usual, the prize is a
round-trip ticket anywhere in the world. As usual, the basic rationale
for the contest remains:

I think travel is good. I think writing is good. I think it is
important that writers travel.

Naturally, I do see a lot of travel writing submissions, but I’d like
to reiterate that this is not about travel writing: it’s about writers
traveling. Anything is fair game, as long as it’s prose under 10,000
words. Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, porn, whatever… just make it a
good read.

Applications are open until midnight April 30th, 2009. The winner will
be announced May 15th.

Changes from last year:

I am now requiring a $5 application fee for each entry. The contest is
getting big, and this will help cover the costs of promotion, my time
reading through all your submissions, and (part of) the cost of the
ticket prize. And, sorry, no more poetry. Poetry just seemed too
different to compare fairly to prose.

How To Enter

* Applicants must submit a short prose piece, 10,000 words maximum.
Fiction, non-fiction, whatever, on any topic.

* Also tell me a little about yourself, where you would go with your
free ticket, for how long, and why. You can’t ever have been to that
country before — I impose this restriction to encourage people to go
somewhere new, rather than using the ticket to visit their overseas
girlfriend. Also, you don’t have to write about your destination. I
just want to know why you want to go there.

* Email entries as an attached document in text or Word format to wts
(at) equivocality. net by April 30th 2008. They will be judged by
myself and my writer friends, the winner to be announced on May 15th

* Send the $5 USD entry fee via PayPal to equivocality.net

(replace (at) with @)

* To keep things fair, I will not consider pieces I know to be written
by friends or acquaintances. What this means is that if you know me,
you must anonymize your submission (including your email address!)

* Entries must be previously unpublished, there is a limit of one
entry per author, and the ticket is limited to $2000 US. I will work
with you to book the cheapest available round-trip ticket, based on
departure and return dates given to me by
the winner. I will try to
accomodate these dates and other preferences as much as possible, but
I reserve the right to shift each date plus or minus up to a week, and
to make other choices such as routing and airline, in order to find
the best fare. Other travel requirements, such as additional
destinations or an open return date, may be accommodated if the winner
wishes to make up the difference in cost.

* By submitting a piece, you grant me (Jonathan Stray) limited
web-publishing rights, specifically the right to display it on
equivocality. net and any other sites of I may have editorial control
over. I reserve no other rights. If someone sees your work here and
wants to publish it, fantastic.

* All decisions are final, and by submitting a piece you agree that I
am under no obligation to award any prize at all. I have no funding,
no committees, no mandate. I’m doing this just because I think it’s a
good idea, so let’s keep it simple.

Good Luck!

Full details at http://www.equivocality.net/writers-travel-scholarship

Poetry Reading--SALEM March 19th

Third Thursday Poets

Third Thursday Poets is a monthly series celebrating the art of poetry and giving prominent area writers a chance to share their favorite poetry, whether it's their own or someone else's.

Up the Bloody Rebels!

When: Thursday, March 19, 2009, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Tea Party Bookshop, 420 Ferry St., SE, Salem, OR 97301

Come celebrate TTP's new home and St. Patrick's Day!

Please join us for TTP's first ever Irish Open Mic!

The featured book will be The Purpose Driven Limerick, written by recovering engineer Don Giffels. Unfortunately, Don cannot join us, so his book will be featured instead.

Please bring 1 or 2 of your favorite poems that have an Irish theme: written by an Irish poet; about someone Irish; about something Irish (or or green or generally revolutionary); limericks; etc. Be creative! Use your imagination!! The sign-up sheet be at the door. To ensure you have a slot, please e-mail me before the reading and I will put you on the list!

For more information, please contact Maureen Clifford @ maureen@thirdthursdaypoets.org.

2009 Teresa A. White Literary Award--deadline August 1

500 and public-radio broadcast feature for 500 (or fewer) words!

Quiddity international literary journal and public-radio program is pleased to announce the Teresa A. White Literary Award. The 2009 award is affectionately referred to as the “buck-a-word” contest.

First Prize: $500 and publication in the Spring/Summer 2010 print issue of Quiddity as well as public-radio broadcast (via WUIS, NPR member and PRI affiliate)

Honorable mentions may also be offered publication and broadcast.

Contest begins March 1, 2009, and ends August 1, 2009 (postmark deadline).

Submit one work of prose totaling no more than 500 words (title included) as well as $12 payable to Quiddity.

U.S. submissions should include both an email address and a self-addressed, business-size (#10), stamped envelope (SASE). International submissions should include an email address to which an electronic reply may be sent.

Work should be previously unpublished; simultaneous submissions with immediate notification are okay, but the contest awards only for FNASR, so works accepted elsewhere will be withdrawn from consideration, and please note: the entry fee will not be returned.

All entries must be typed and must include a cover letter with author's name and contact information (address, telephone, and email address) as well as the title and word count of the work submitted. The author’s name or any identifying information should not appear on the manuscript

Entries that do not meet the guidelines will not be considered, and entry fees are not refundable.

All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in the journal.

Winners will be announced by September 1, 2009.

Mail entries to

2009 Teresa A. White Literary Award


1500 North Fifth Street

Springfield, Illinois 62702


"Crab Orchard Review's Literary Contests--deadline April 30

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW's Annual Literary Contests

The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize,

Jack Dyer Fiction Prize,


John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize

$ 1500 prize

for Poetry

$ 1500 prize

for Fiction

$ 1500 prize

for Literary Nonfiction

One winner and two finalists will be chosen in each category. The three category winners will be published and the finalists offered publication (with a minimum payment of $150) in the Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. The winners and finalists will also be announced in the March/April POETS & WRITERS and on the CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Website.

Contest Guidelines — The postmark deadlines for this year's prize competitions are March 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009.

Entries must be previously unpublished, original work written in English by a United States citizen or permanent resident (current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are not eligible). Name, address, telephone number, email address, and work title (or titles for poetry entries) should appear only on a cover sheet for the entry. The author's name should not appear on any subsequent page. All entries must be postmarked between March 1, 2009 and April 30, 2009. Late entries will be returned unread. Enclose a #10, self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of winners. Do not include an envelope or postage for return of manuscript since entries will be recycled upon the decision of the final judges and notification of the winners.

Page Restrictions:

Poetry entries should consist of 3 poems; 100 line limit per poem. Prose entry length: up to 6000 words for fiction and up to 6500 words for literary nonfiction. One poetry entry, story, or essay per $10 entry; a writer may send up to three entries in one genre or a total of three entries if entering all competitions.

Entry fee:

$10 for each entry. Please make checks payable to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. Each fee entitles entrant to one copy of the 2010 Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, which will include the winners of these competitions. If you send two entries with $20, we will send you the 2010 Summer/Fall issue as well; if you send three entries with $30, we will send you the 2010 Summer/Fall issue and the 2011 Winter/Spring issue as well.


Mail entries to: CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Literary Contests, Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1000 Faner Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901. Please indicate on the outside of the envelope if an entry is "POETRY," "FICTION," or "LITERARY NONFICTION."

Nimrod Awards--Ficiton & Poetry -- 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 of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104

"Willow Springs" Fiction Contest--deadline April 1

Willow Springs invites submissions for The Willow Springs Fiction Prize, $1,000 plus publication in Willow Springs.

Submission deadline: April 1, 2009

Contest Submission Guidelines
  • Include a $15.00 entry fee. Submissions without an entry fee will not be judged.
  • Send only one story per submission.
  • Use a check or money order only; cash will not be accepted. Please make the checks and money orders payable to Willow Springs.
  • Submissions should be typed. Handwritten submissions will not be judged and the entry fee will not be refunded.
  • Submissions must be 7,000 words or fewer.
  • Your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as a short bio, should appear in a cover letter included with your submission.
  • Do not include indentifying information anywhere else in your submission.
  • Submit only original, unpublished work. Contest entries may neither be previously published nor simultaneously submitted elsewhere.
  • Do not send an SASE.
  • Don't send us your only copies—manuscripts will not be returned.
  • If you would like confirmation that your work has been received, include a self-adressed, stamped postcard instead.
  • Entries for both awards must be postmarked by April 1, 2009.
Please send entries to:

The Willow Springs Fiction Prize
Willow Springs
501 N Riverpoint Blvd, Ste 425
Spokane, WA 99202

All contest entrants will recieve the Willow Springs issue containing the award-winning works. We look forward to receiving your entries. Good luck!

"Missouri Review" Editors' Prize Contest--deadline Oct 1

Editors' Prize Contest

19th Annual
Jeffrey E. Smith
Editors' Prize in
Fiction, Essay and Poetry

Not Just Any Contest!

Select winning entries in the past have been reprinted in the Best Americanseries Click here to see previous winners!

$5,000 Fiction | $5,000 Poetry | $5,000 Essay

We are now accepting submissions for our 2009 contest. Submissions must be postmarked by Oct. 1, 2009.

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 1/31/2010. Winners will be published 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.

If you have any questions regarding the Editors' Prize Contest, please feel free to e-mail us at: contest_question@moreview.com.

The postmark deadline is Oct. 1, 2009.


"Boston Review" contests!



Please note: neither e-mailed submissions nor submissions processed via the online submission system will be accepted for any of the contests. Entries must be sent by mail.

Twelfth Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline June 1st 2009)

Seventeenth Annual Short-Story Contest (Deadline Oct. 1st 2009)

"Discovery"/Boston Review 2009 Poetry Contest, with the Unterberg Poetry Center/92nd Street Y

Twelfth Annual Poetry Contest

Deadline: June 1, 2009
Judge: Rae Armantrout
First Prize:

Complete guidelines:
The winning poet will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the November/December 2009 issue of Boston Review. Submit up to five unpublished poems, no more than 10 pages total. Any poet writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, or close personal friend of the judge. Manuscripts must be submitted in duplicate, with a cover note listing the author's name, address, and phone number; names should not be on the poems themselves. Simultaneous submissions are allowed if we are notified of acceptance elsewhere. Submissions will not be returned. A $20 entry fee ($30 for international submissions), payable to Boston Review, must accompany all submissions. Submissions must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2009. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Boston Review, beginning with the November/December 2009 issue. The winner will be announced no later than November 1, 2009, on the Boston Review Web site. All poems submitted to the contest will be considered for publication in the Boston Review. Send entries to:

Poetry Contest, Boston Review,
35 Medford St., Suite 302,
Somerville, MA 02143

Read winning poems from past years:
Sarah Arvio (2008)
Elizabeth Willis (2007)
Marc Gaba (2006)
Mike Perrow (2005)
Michael Tod Edgerton [PDF] (2004)
Susan Wheeler (2003)
Max Winter (2002)
D.A. Powell (2001)
Christopher Edgar
Stephanie Strickland (1999)
Daniel Bosch (1998)

For more poetry in Boston Review, click here.

Seventeenth Annual Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: TBA (Fall '09)
Judge: TBA
First Prize: $1,500

Complete guidelines:
The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, the summer of 2010. Stories should not exceed 4,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Manuscripts should be submitted with a cover note listing the author's name, address, and phone number; names should not appear on the stories themselves. Note that simultaneous submissions are not eligible. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, or close personal friend of the judge. A $20 entry fee ($30 for international submissions), payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order, must accompany each story entered. Entrants will receive a one-year print subscription to the Review beginning with the summer 2010 issue. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2009. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner will be announced no later than May/June, 2010, on the Boston Review Web site. Send submissions to:

Short-Story Contest, Boston Review,
35 Medford St., Suite 302,
Somerville, MA 02143

Sixteenth Annual Short-Story Contest

Contest closed
Winner: TBA
Judge: Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, and The Lazarus Project

Read winning stories from past years:
Patricia Engel's "Desaliento" (2007)
Padma Viswanathan's "Transitory Cities" (2006)
Tiphanie Yanique's "How to Escape from a Leper Colony" (2005)
Lisa Chipongian's "Intramuros" (2004)
D.S. Sulaitis's "If It's Anywhere, It's Behind Us" (2003)
Gale Renee Walden's "Men I Don’t Talk to Anymore" (2002)
Manini Nayar’s "Home Fires" (2001)
Kate Small’s "One Night a Year" (2000)
Girija Tropp’s "The Pretty Ones Have Their Uses" (2000)
Pauls Toutonghi’s "Regeneration" (1999)
Jacob M. Appel’s "Shell Game with Organs" (1998)
Kris Saknussemm’s "Unpracticed Fingers Bungle Sadly Over Tiny Feathered Bodies" (1997)
Kiki Delancey’s "Jules Jr Michael Jules Jr" (1996)
Mary Ann Jannazo’s "No Runs, No Hits, No One Left on Base" (1995)
Tom Paine’s "The Milkman & I" (1994)
Michael Dorris’s "Layaway" (1993)

For more fiction in Boston Review, click here

"Discovery" / Boston Review 2009 Poetry Contest

Contest Closed
Winners: Bridget Lowe, Jynne Dilling Martin, Jeffrey Schultz, and Annabelle Yeeseul Yoo.
Judges: Mary Jo Bang, Terrance Hayes, and Mark Strand.
Four Prizes:

This is the second year BR has hosted the Discovery contest as publishing partner of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center. Please note that we do not administer this contest.

Read winning poems from last year:
Bridgette Bates’s Torso of an Unknown Soldier
Barbara Claire Freeman’s When the Moon Comes Up
Cynthia Lowen’s Principles of Uncertainty
Frances Justine Post’s Hover, Coo

Complete guidelines:
Four winning authors will be awarded a reading at the 92nd Street Y in New York City (May 11, 2009 at 8:15pm), publication in the May/June 2009 issue of Boston Review, and $500.
1. The contest is open to poets who have not published a book of poems (chapbooks and self-published books included). Those who have a book contract at the time of submission or who are subsequently awarded a book contract are not eligible for the contest if their book is scheduled for publication before Fall 2009. Individual poems that have been or will be published in periodicals or anthologies may be submitted; however, at least two of the submitted poems must be unpublished and under two pages in length.
2. Submit four identical sets of a typed ten-page manuscript. Each set is to contain the same ten pages in the same order. Include no more than one poem per page. NO personal identification should appear on any of the poems; no copyright attributions for previously published poems should appear on the poems.
3. Photocopied manuscripts are acceptable. However, in the case of previously published poems, do not send photocopied pages of the periodical or book in which the poem(s) originally appeared.
4. Please staple each manuscript; do not use paper clips.
5. Enclose one cover letter including your name, address and day and evening telephone numbers, as well as a list of the submitted poems in the order in which they appear, with copyright attributions for published poems. Do not attach this cover letter to the manuscripts.
6. An entry fee of US$10.00 must accompany the submission. Please make checks (drawn on U.S. banks only) or money orders (in U.S. currency only) payable to the 92nd Street Y, and attach them to your cover letter. DO NOT SEND CASH.
7. All poems must be original and in English (no translations).
8. No contestant may submit more than one entry. No corrections can be accepted after receipt of the contest submission.
9. Entries must be received by January 16, 2009. This is not a postmark deadline. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of your manuscript, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard (not envelope) and allow several weeks for its return. Due to the large number of submission received, manuscripts cannot be returned. Winners will be contacted by telephone by the end of February; all contest entrants will be mailed the names of the winners and of the judges shortly thereafter.
10. No phone queries can be taken. If you wish to hear a recording of the guidelines, or to receive another set of these guidelines in the mail, call 212.415.5759.

Mail contest submissions to:
"Discovery"/ Boston Review 2009 Poetry Contest, Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128