Nov 4, 2010

Cheap Wine and Poetry tonight at Richard Hugo House

Richard Hugo House.
Cheap Wine and Poetry.
Elissa Ball as Princess Haiku
Sean O'Connor as Captain Afterglow
Evan J. Peterson as Doktor Feelgood
Mary Purdy as the Kale Queen

We anticipate a large crowd. Those who are tardy may receive furtive glances.

Oct 19, 2010


Oct. 21, 2010

Jack Straw Productions curates an evening of readings in response to works on view in Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. This month's reading features Denise Calvetti Michaels, Esther Altshul Helfgott and Tara Roth.

Oct 16, 2010

PLOP! avant garde reading and arts series tonight

8:00 tonight
Location: need-to-know basis. Email to RSVP and receive location info.
See also
and Facebook!

Starring (in order of appearance)
Josie Davis as The Impresario
Paul Pauper as The Bard
Matty Byloos as The Storyteller
Paco-Michelle Atwood as The Witch
Miko Kuro as Midnight Tea
Evan J. Peterson as The Monster

complimentary chocolate pie, wine, and tea
not-so-complimentary artists' cds and books available 

$10 to see the show. Half the ticket price will be refunded to ladies and nervous persons who faint dead from fright during the performance.

Oct 12, 2010

It's About Time Writers updated calendar

Thurs. Oct. 14, 2010 #253 Ann Teplick, Monica Schley, Georgia S. McDade + John W. Marshall on The Writer's Craft

No reading in Nov - the library will be closed due to Memorial day.

Thurs. December 9 2010 # 254 Carol Levin, Gerry McFarland, Karen Finneyfrock
+ Elizabeth Colen on The Writer's Craft

2011 Calendar

Thurs. Jan 13, 2011 #255 Emily Dietrich, Leonard Orr, Michael Spence + Deborah Woodard
on The Writer's Craft

Sep 27, 2010

Self-Reflection: On the Problem of Memory and Memoir

Only a few spots left in my next reading course at Hugo House:

Even the finest memories are incomplete. Fittingly, in this class we will examine the attempts of various authors to fathom memory and self-reflection by reviewing those attempts in bits and pieces. Readings will include short selections from Plato’s Republic, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Wordsworth’s The Prelude (and Dorothy’s journals), Nietzsche’s “On Truth and Lying in the Nonmoral Sense,” Ashbery’s “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror,” Borges’ Ficciones, and Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu. Alongside these authors, or what they left of themselves on the page, we will explore the nature of individual and shared memory and its representation—a problem that sits at the center of all literary writing.

Meets: Saturday, October 09, 2010 – Saturday, November 13, 2010
Saturday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Richard Hugo House
General: $230.00
Members of Hugo House: $207.00

Click here for information on registration and financial aid.

Required Readings

Week 1
Plato, Phaedrus and Book VII of The Republic
Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book 3, “The Story of Echo and Narcissus”

Week 2
William Wordsworth, The Prelude (Books I, II, and XI)

Week 3
Jorge Luis Borges, “Funes the Memorious,” “The Library of Babel,” and “The Secret Miracle”

Week 4
Marcel Proust, À la recherche du temps perdu, selection from Swann’s Way (pages 1-64 in the Modern Library edition)

Week 5
Friedrich Nietzsche, “On Truth and Lying in the Nonmoral Sense”
John Ashbery, “The Painter” and “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror”

Week 6
Selections from Memory, Brain, and Belief, including “Introduction” (Daniel L. Schacter and Elaine Scarry), “Mining the Past to Construct the Future” (Chris Westbury and Daniel C. Dennett), and “Autobiography, Identity, and the Fictions of Memory” (Paul John Eakin)

Poetry book contest: Philip Levine Prize

Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize
$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press
Final Judge: Brian Turner

Postmark Deadline: 9/30/10

2010 Guidelines
Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere.

The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to "CSU Fresno Levine Prize." Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee.
or Email Connie Hales at <connieh(at)> (replace (at) with @)
Sponsored and administered by:
MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno

Open chapbook reading period: Tarpaulin Sky Press

Tarpaulin Sky Press Chapbook Reading Period

Deadline: September 30, 2010

During the month of September, Tarpaulin Sky Press ( ) is reading chapbook manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and cross-genre work. There is no need to query first; simply mail the manuscript according to the directions below.

In addition to publishing both perfect-bound and hand-bound chapbooks, Tarpaulin Sky Press publishes trade paperbacks and a literary journal that appears both online and on paper. Featured in venues as diverse as After Ellen, HTML Giant, and Poets & Writers, Tarpaulin Sky's titles are regularly reviewed in Publishers Weekly as well as American Book Review, Bloomsbury Review, Bookslut, Jacket, and Rain Taxi. Ranked among "Great Titles from Underground Presses," by Time Out New York, Tarpaulin Sky's books also routinely appear on the "Bestsellers" list at Small Press Distribution.

Chapbook manuscripts should be emailed or postmarked between September 1 and September 30, 2010. Manuscripts should be in the vicinity of 18-28 pages (give or take a couple). Send one copy of your manuscript along with two copies of the title page (note: the reading process is not "blind"--we ask for two title pages only so that we may keep one with the manuscript, and the other for reference/notes, etc). Be sure that your title pages include your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Cover letters are read with interest. We like to know who your are, what you're up to, and where we can read more of your work.

Multiple submissions are OK. We also accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Individual pieces from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines and anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Manuscripts will not be returned; please do not send us your only copy.

Writers who have not been published in our literary journal should include a $10 reading fee. Past contributors to Tarpaulin Sky may submit their manuscript with a $5 reading fee. Reading fees may be paid online or by check.

Notification of decisions will be made in December 2010. Publication of accepted manuscripts will be in 2011 and 2012.

Please see our guidelines page for mailing addresses and payment details:

Poetry book contest: Three Candles Press

Three Candles Press is pleased to announce the third Three Candles Press Open Book Award for a best book of poems by a poet at any point in his or her career. The contest will be judged by Paul Guest, whose poetry books include The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, Notes for My Body Double, and My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge. He is also the author of a memoir entitled One More Theory About Happiness.

Award: Winner receives $500.00 and 25 copies of the winning book. Deadline Oct. 15th (post-mark date). The winner will be notified at the end of December. Runners up and two alternates will be posted on the website by January 15th, 2011. The book will be available through Small Press Distribution, online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and at fine booksellers in America and Europe. The winner will receive a standard royalty contract.

Guidelines: Manuscripts of 60-95 pages should have one cover page containing the poet's name, address, phone number, email address and title of manuscript, and another with only the name of the manuscript. Please include only one acknowledgements page.

How the Contest Works: Publisher Steve Mueske will read all submitted manuscripts and forward the finalists to the judge (around 12 manuscripts). The final round of materials will be judged anonymously (without coversheet or acknowledgements page). To avoid conflicts of interest, the following manuscripts will be ineligible: those from former students of the judge or from family members or friends of the judge; those who have workshopped with Steve Mueske or received comments from any poems contained in the manuscript; and those who have worked with the editor in a business capacity (an exchange of money for goods or services) prior to the opening of the competition.

Manuscripts should be printed on one side only and bound with a sturdy clip. Contest entry fee is $22.00. Make checks payable to "three candles press."

Send materials to:
three candles press
open book award
PO Box 1817
Burnsville MN 55337

Call for submissions: Timber

The MFA program at the University of Colorado at Boulder is proud to announce a new literary journal, Timber. Timber is dedicated to the promotion of cutting edge, truly innovative literature. We publish work that explores the boundaries of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and digital literatures. We produce both an online journal, in which we explore the potentials of the digital medium, and a semi-annual "book object," which is a venue for more traditional print-based work.

Our reading period is now open.

Please submit your work here:

Baltic Writers Residency

Applications for the 2011 Baltic Writers Residency, a funded month-long annual summer residency in Riga, Latvia for poets, playwrights, and writers of fiction working in English are now invited. Though, neither the writer nor their project need be connected with Latvia.

Both emerging and established writers are encouraged to apply. Recent finalists and winners range from those who have yet to conceive of their first manuscripts, to writers who have extensive publication records, and have been finalists for the National Book Award and numbered in the New Yorker's "20 Under 40."

Emma Jones, author of one volume of verse, The Striped World (Faber & Faber, 2009), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize, is this year's resident, and we strongly encourage other young and emerging writers to apply. Previous winners include Salvatore Scibona and Amity Gaige.

The deadline is December 15th, and we are accepting applications now. Details about the residency, about Riga, and about the application process can be found on the website:

The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia, PO Box 17184, Louisville, KY 40217
<balticresidency(at)> (replace (at) with @)

Aug 27, 2010

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship

Vermont Studio Center - Upcoming Fellowship Deadline
Applications due by October 1st, 2010

The Vermont Studio Center provides 4-12 week studio residencies on an historic 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains.

VSCa wards a number of fellowships for 4-week residencies throughout the year. Open to all artists and writers. In addition to VSC Fellowships, a variety of special fellowships are also available for full or partial funding. Please visit our website for more information and to downloadan application:

NANO: Flash fiction/prose poem/micro essay contest

NANO Fictionis now accepting entries for the Second Annual NANO Prize. $500 and publication will be awarded to a flash fiction piece, prose poem, or micro essay of 300 words or less.

The entry fee is $15 for the first three pieces and $2 for each additional piece. Each entrant will also receive a one year subscription to NANO Fiction. All submitted pieces will be considered for publication. Previously published work will not be accepted and all entrants will be notified of the winner by email in October.

Contest deadline is August 31, 2010.

Entry instructions at

Call for submissions: Soundings

Soundings is currently reading for the fall issue, including our two contests, Founders' Circle Award and First Publication Contest. Deadline for these for the fall issue is September 15, but any submissions received at that time will be considered for the spring issue. All entries are considered for publication in the magazine.
Founders' Circle: $300 award, open to all except staff of the magazine. All genres, prose and poetry.
Length: poetry up to two pages; prose (fiction or nonfiction) up to 3,000 words. Entry fee: $5 for WIWA (Whidbey Island Writers Association) members; $7 for nonmembers. Winner receives publication and $300 and publication. Follow standard submission guidelines for magazine: 12 pt. Times Roman font, double space prose, include small SASE for response or larger envelope for return of manuscript. Write "Founders Circle Contest" on manuscript.

First Publication Contest: $100 award, open to those who have never before published in a book or magazine open to national submissions nor in a publication advertised or circulated nationally. Entry fee: $5 for WIWA members; $7 for nonmembers. Follow standard submission guidelines for magazine: 12 pt. Times Roman font, double space prose, include small SASE for response or larger envelope for return of manuscript. Write "First Publication Contest " on the manuscript. All entries will be considered for publication.

Currently, Soundings Review reads all year. Manuscripts received too late for one issue will be considered for the next. Published authors include Kelli Russel Agodon, Marvin Bell, Larry Cheek, Lorraine Healy, Bruce Holland Rogers, and David Wagoner. Full guidelines at our Website.

Philip Levine Prize

$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press

Final Judge: Brian Turner

Postmark Deadline: 9/30/10

Previous Winners: Sarah Wetzel, Shane Seely, Neil Aitken, Lynn Chandhok, Roxane Beth Johnson, Steve Gehrke, Fleda Brown.

2010 Guidelines
Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48- 80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere.

The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to "CSU Fresno Levine Prize." Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee. Email Connie Hales at <connieh(at)> (replace (at) with @)

Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry

The Journal, the literary magazine of The Ohio State University, selects one full-length manuscript of poetry each year for publication by The Ohio State University Press. In addition to publication under a standard book contract, the winning author receives the Charles B. Wheeler prize of $3,000.
Entries of at least 48 typed pages of original poetry must be postmarkedduring the month of September.

Entries postmarked later than September 30 will be returned unread. Clear photocopies are acceptable.

Your name or other identification should only appear on the cover page.
Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified.
Include a nonrefundable handling fee of $25.00 (U.S. dollars) with each manuscript (check or money order payable to The Ohio State University). Entrants will receive a one-year subscription (two issues) to The Journal.
Include a stamped, self-addressed business-sized envelope so we can notify you of the results. Manuscripts will not be returned.
If you wish us to confirm receipt of your manuscript, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. The winning entry will be announced by the following January 15.
OSU Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
Mail to:
Poetry Editor
The Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall
1070 Carmack Road
Columbus OH 43210-1002

Aug 21, 2010

New Madrid: call for submissions - water issue

New Madrid will dedicate the Winter 2011 issue to the viability of water as resource and symbol. We're looking for submissions that incorporate lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, rain in all its guises (hurricanes, monsoons, floods), rituals involving water, recreational uses of water, etc. We're also interested in work that addresses such concerns as access to water, potability of water, water pollution, water rights, water tables,... and water-borne diseases. Our hope is to explore the threat of water scarcity from the vantage point of a number of literary genres and a number of philosophical, religious, social, psychological and economic perspectives.

Submissions will be accepted between August 15 and October 15.

Please note: we accept online submissions only. All submissions must be sent via our online Submission Manager. Please see our website for guidelines.

Guidelines available at:

Rock Saw Press poetry chapbook series

RockSaw Press will be reading from April 8th through August 31st, 2010. Anything postmarked before or after these dates will be returned unread. We will only be considering manuscripts of poetry during this reading period. Between January and May 2011, RockSaw Press will publish three poetry chapbooks, one of which will be the winner of the inaugural Blue Skunk Poetry Series contest, judged by Steve Gehrke. See guidelines below.

General Submission Guidelines:

Submissions of poetry manuscripts should be under 24 pages. Please number pages in manuscript with each new poem starting on a new page. One submission per author at a time. If you hear back from us within the reading window, feel free to submit another manuscript. Include a SASE for response. If you want receipt confirmation, also include as addressed and stamped postcard.

Include a cover page with name, address, e-mail, phone number and title of manuscript. Also include a title page with just the title of the manuscript. Author name must not appear on the manuscript.
We cannot return manuscripts so do not send your only copy. Simultaneous submissions ok if noted and we are informed immediately if accepted elsewhere.

Previously published work is fine, so long as it hasn't been published in book form (chapbook or full length).

Blue Skunk Poetry Series
Submission Guidelines:
To read a little about the series, the hows, whys, and whatfors, visit

Follow general submission guidelines plus:
Add to cover page: Contest submission.
A non-refundable reading fee of $7.00 should be made payable to RockSaw Press, or paid with well-concealed cash.

Winner will receive 20 copies of the chapbook and a $100 prize (prize amount may increase depending on amount of submissions).

Finalists for the contest will be judged by Steve Gehrke.
Gehrke was raised in Mankato, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a Ph.D., where he was poetry editor of the Missouri Review. He teaches at Gettysburg College. His work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Indiana Review, Slate, The Iowa Review, and The Kenyon Review. In 1999, he received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, in 2002 the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, and in 2009 the Lannan Foundation, Marfa Residency. His books include The Resurrection Machine, published in 2000, The Pyramids of Malpighi, published in 2004, and Michelangelo's Seizure in 2007.

Submissions not selected for the Blue Skunk Poetry Series will be considered for general publication.

(We only take snail mail submissions)
All submissions should be mailed to:

RockSaw Press
317 ½ E. Main St.
Mankato, MN 56001

All guidelines can be found on our website, <>. Any questions can be addressed to Jorge Evans, Managing Editor, at <rocksawpress(at)> (replace (at) with @). <>.

Aug 8, 2010

Motif 2 Available; Call for Motif 3

The second annual volume in the Motif Anthology Series just arrived from the printer! I’m proud my poem “One Sperm” is published in Motif 2: Come What May, An Anthology of Writings about Chance.

We all are marked by some chance encounter, some happenstance in our lives, some bit of good luck or misfortune, a missed opportunity or a fleeting glimpse, some salvation through the kind-hearted actions of others. We might even argue that a good portion of our literary inspiration probably comes from witnessing some unplanned moment with an unusual outcome. Volume 2 of the Motif Anthology Series represents many of those random occasions. Motif 2: Come What May, An Anthology of Writings about Chance is brimming with the best short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and song lyrics that speak to the theme of chance. 136 writers provide their literary notions on this motif, a theme tied together with the elusive twines of accident, coincidence, fluke, prospect, and mystery.

Motif 2: Come What May is published by MotesBooks (Louisville, Ky) and is the second anthology in the annual series. Motif 1: Writing by Ear, An Anthology of Writings about Music was published in 2009. Both anthologies are available directly from the publisher. To order:

To submit to their next anthology on the theme WORK:

Jul 29, 2010

Many Mountains Moving Press Poetry Book Prize

Many Mountains Moving Press
Poetry Book Prize Guidelines

Prize: The winner receives $1,000 and publication by MMM Press in 2011.
DEADLINE: Aug. 14, 2010 (postmark).
Entry fee: $25
{Entitles entrants to a discounted MMM Subscription for $10.00, and any MMM Press Book:
They Sing at Midnight, invisible sister, & Feeding the Fear of the Earth, Silkie, Ashes in Midair, or All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song, also for $10 (shipping included). Please use the order form on the other side.}

Final Judge: Patrick Lawler

• Open to all poets and writers whose work is in English.
• Staff and their family members are not eligible to enter.
• Simultaneous submissions allowed if the poet agrees to notify MMM Press of acceptance elsewhere.
• Entries may not be previously published, but individual poems and chapbook-length sections may have been if the previous publisher gives permission to reprint. (More than half of the ms. may not have been published as a collection.)

Submission Checklist:
• A typed ms. of 50–100 pages of original poetry, single- or double-spaced. (The author's name must NOT appear anywhere on the ms.)
• A cover letter with the title of the collection, a brief bio, your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address(es).
• Acknowledgments may be included in the ms. but are not required.
• A $25 check or money order payable to Many Mountains Moving Press.
• An SASE for the winner announcement. Mss. will not be returned.

Send to:
Many Mountains Moving Poetry Book Contest
Many Mountains Moving Press
Jeffrey Ethan Lee, Senior Poetry Editor
1705 Lombard St
Phila. PA 19146

Or via e-mail, send an attachment (RTF, Word, WordPerfect or PDF) to editors(at) without any identification in the ms. itself. Send a cover letter on paper (replace (at) with @) along with the order form (other side) to the above address with a check and identification of the ms. etc. as with any paper submission. Mss. will be acknowledged as received when the check and order form arrive.

The last of the FREE back issues will be sent to the first entrants this year. Quantities are limited. Send a query via email if you want a particular back issue. Discounted subscriptions & books for contest entrants only:  A new one year subscription or a renewal starting with Vol. X, the print annual (2010) is $10.00
Two years is $18.00. Shipping included.

Jul 21, 2010

Damselfly Press seeks submissions from women writers

damselfly press, an online literary journal for women is pleased to announce the publication of our twelfth issue and call for submissions for the thirteenth issue. We are seeking electronic submissions of original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by female writers only slated for online publication in October 2010.

As always, we welcome a myriad of women's voices from new and experienced writers.

The deadline to submit for the thirteenth issue is September 15th.

These are the e-mails per genre editor:

Fiction: jennifer(at) (replace (at) with @)

Poetry: lesley(at) (replace (at) with @)

Nonfiction: nonfiction(at) (replace (at) with @)

Visit the damselfly press website: to read the latest issue and learn more about the journal.

Jul 20, 2010

Philip Levine Poetry Prize
$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press
Final Judge: Brian Turner
Postmark Deadline: 9/30/10
Previous Winners: Sarah Wetzel, Shane Seely, Neil Aitken, Lynn Chandhok, Roxane Beth Johnson, Steve Gehrke, Fleda Brown.

2010 Guidelines
Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48- 80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere.
The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to "CSU Fresno Levine Prize." Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee.

or Email Connie Hales at <connieh(at)> (replace (at) with @)

Sponsored and administered by:
MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno

Jul 19, 2010

2010 RATTLE Poetry Prize
1st prize: $5,000
plus TEN $100
Honorable Mentions

Hardcopy Guidelines:
1) Entry fee of $18.00 includes a one-year subscription to RATTLE (or a one-year extension for subscribers). For entries received prior to May 15th, new subscriptions will start with the Summer 2010 issue. Those received after May 15th will start with Winter 2010.
2) Open to writers, worldwide*; poems must be written in English (no translations).
3) Submissions will be judged in a blind review by the editors of RATTLE: Type or print clearly your name, address, email address, phone number, and the titles of the poems onto a coversheet. No contact information should appear on the poems. Include a check or money order for $18.00, payable to RATTLE.
4) Send no more than four poems per entry. There is no line-limit; poems can be any length. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted, however each group of four poems must be treated as a separate entry, each with its own cover sheet and $18 entry fee.
4) RATTLE's winter issue (Dec. 2010) must be a potential first publication for all works submitted. No previously published works, or works accepted for publication elsewhere. No simultaneous submissions, except to magazines or presses open to publishing reprints after January 1st, 2011.
5) Manuscripts will not be returned; include a SASE or email address if you'd like to be notified of the results.
6) Winners will be announced no later than September 15th, 2010, and those poems will be published in the Winter 2010 issue of RATTLE. Additional entries may also be offered publication as well.

August 1st, 2010
Send entries to:
12411 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

Jul 15, 2010

Publication Announcements:


Qarrtsiluni just released a print version of their Economy issue from last summer. As with our previous print editions, the interior is black and white with a full-color cover. Check out the preview at Phoenicia Publishing:
where you'll also find links for ordering.

If you'd like to revisit the issue online, go to
The online version remains the primary and most full-featured version of the issue, but a print edition gives words and images a kind of permanence they might not otherwise possess, should the global economy ever plunge into a deep enough depression to take down significant portions of the internet with it.

My poem "What did the News say about a Vacation? is in this issue of Qarrtsiluni.

Motif 2: Come What May, An Anthology of Writings about Chance

Inquiries for book dealers and librarians can be accessed on the MotesBooks website:

The third anthology series they are planning for 2011 on the motif of “work.” You can find the call for submissions to Motif 3 here: Please send them something to consider, and please be sure and pass the call around to your writing friends, colleagues, and students.

My poem "One Sperm" is published in Motif 2

Gertrude Journal, Issue 14

Gertrude 14 is now available for purchase. Features artist Rhonda Stone, writing by Laura Hershey, Cliff Bernier, Jeanine Stevens, Jon Lee Hart and Julene Tripp Weaver. Plus, an interview with Aaron Raz Link, co-author of What Becomes You (American Lives).

My poem "Sexual Revolution" is published in Gertrude 14.

Check out these journals and submit to future issues! Julene

Jul 14, 2010

Persea Books: Rudnitsky Prize for a first collection by a woman

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize (formerly the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize) is a collaboration between Persea Books and The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. It sponsors the annual publication of a poetry collection by an American woman poet who has yet to publish a full-length book of poems. The winner receives an advance of $1,000.00 and publication of her collection by Persea. In addition, beginning this year, the winner receives the option of an all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center, a renowned artists retreat housed in a fifteenth-century castle in Umbertide, Italy.

Submission Guidelines:
  • Submitted manuscripts should include two title pages: one containing the author's name, the author's contact information, and the title of the collection; and another containing only the title of the collection.
  • It is recommended that submitted manuscripts be between 48 and 96 pages. They should be paginated, with the title of the collection included on each page as a header or footer, and fastened with a clip. Please do not staple or permanently bind submissions.
  • Submissions may include a page of publication credits. However, they should not include other sorts of acknowledgments, thank-yous, or dedications.
  • Submissions must be primarily in English to be considered. Translations are not accepted.
  • Submissions must be received (not postmarked) between September 1 and November 1 (or the first weekday thereafter if November 1 falls on a weekend). They should be sent to The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize, c/o Persea Books, PO Box 1388, Columbia, MO 65201, and should include a check (in U.S. funds) in the amount of $25.00, made payable to the order of The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. Please do not send submissions to Persea's New York City office.
The winner is chosen by an anonymous selection committee and announced on Persea's web site in January. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned.

Sycamore Review: 2010 Wabash Prize for Poetry


First Prize: $1000 and winning entry published in Winter/Spring 2011 issue


Deadline: October 1, 2010
  1. For each submission, send up to three poems.
  2. A $15 reading fee (check or money order) payable to Sycamore Review must accompany each submission. The reading fee includes a copy of the prize issue.
  3. Additional poems (beyond the initial three) may be included. Increase the reading fee $5 for each additional poem.
  4. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable only if Sycamore Review is notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
  5. All entries must be typed and must include a cover letter with the author's name and contact information (mailing address, telephone number, and email address) as well as the titles of all poems submitted. Information that identifies the author should NOT appear on the manuscript itself.
  6. Manuscript pages should be numbered and should include the title of the piece.
  7. Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish to be notified upon receipt of your manuscript.
  8. Manuscripts will not be returned. Winners will be announced by Dec. 30, 2010. For information on winners and runners-up, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with entry.
  9. All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in Sycamore Review.
  10. All poems must be previously unpublished.
  11. Questions may be directed to <sycamore(at)>(replace (at) with @)

Send 2010 Wabash Prize for Poetry submissions and reading fee to:

2010 Wabash Prize for Poetry
Sycamore Review
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
Purdue University
West Lafayette , IN 47907

Jul 13, 2010

Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry by a Woman

Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry by a Woman

Prize: $1000 and publication
Manuscript Requirements
  • Send between 48 and 72 pages, on white, 8.5 x 11-inch paper, with legible typeface, pagination, and fastened with a removable clip. No more than one poem per page.
  • Include two cover pages: one with title of manuscript, name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, and one with just title of manuscript. Cover letter and bio not required.
  • Include contents and publications acknowledgments pages.
  • Poet must be a living US resident.
  • Poet must have no more than one previously published book of poems. Chapbooks and books in other genres do not count. If the submission is for a second book, please indicate on acknowledgments page the title of your first book.
  • Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible, nor are revisions; the winning manuscript may undergo revisions before publication.
  • Poets who have had manuscripts reviewed by Perugia Press Editor Susan Kan are not eligible to enter.
  • An entry fee of $25 must accompany each submission, made payable to Perugia Press. You may submit more than one manuscript; each is considered a separate submission and must include a separate entry fee.
  • Individual poems may have been published previously in magazines, journals, chapbooks of fewer than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted. Notify Perugia Press if accepted elsewhere.
Judging Process
  • To be certain that manuscripts receive the fairest consideration, all manuscripts are submitted to the judging panel anonymously.
  • Identifying material, acknowledgment pages, and bios are removed and filed for reference at the conclusion of the competition.
  • All readers are trusted and respected by Perugia Press.
  • Winner is announced via e-mail or enclose SASE. Notification will be by April 1.
  • Do not enclose SASE for return of manuscript; all manuscripts will be recycled at the conclusion of the competition. Please do not send your only copy.
  • Entry must be postmarked between August 1 and November 15.
  • Early submissions strongly encouraged.
Mail manuscript and entry fee to (no FedEx or UPS):
Perugia Press Prize
P.O. Box 60364
Florence, MA 01062

Cloudbank poetry contest

Cloudbank is now accepting poetry submissions for our next issue.
A prize of $200 will be awarded for one poem or short prose piece.

Address for submissions:
PO Box 610
Corvallis, Oregon 97339-0610

The deadline for contest submissions is July 31, 2010.

1. The contest fee is $15.00. The check should be made out to Cloudbank. All writers who enter the contest will receive a one-year (two-issue) subscription to Cloudbank magazine.
2. Submissions without payment will also be considered for publication, but will not be eligible for the prize. We read submissions year-round.
3. Please do not send more than five poems or short prose pieces (500 words or less) for either the contest or regular submissions.
4. For contest submissions, the writer's name, address, and e-mail address should be typed on a cover sheet only, not on the pages of poems. For non-contest submissions, the writer's name and address should appear on each page.
5. We do not accept electronic submissions.
6. The submitted work may not have been published elsewhere.
7. Simultaneous submissions: Please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
8. Your submissions will not be returned. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) so that we can notify you of acceptance.
9. Feel free to send prose poems, reviews, essays on poetry, short fiction (500 words max.). We are open to all types of quality writing.
10. For those who do not enter the contest, one-year (two-issue) subscriptions to Cloudbank magazine are $15.00. Individual copies are $8.
11. Two contributors' copies will be sent to writers whose work appears in the magazine.
12. If you already have a subscription and want to enter the next contest, your subscription will be renewed for two more issues.

Address any questions to:
Michael Malan
Cloudbank, PO Box 610,
Corvallis, Oregon 97339-0610
michael(at) (replace (at) with @)

Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction contests: Black Warrior Review

Sixth-Ever Fiction & Poetry Contests, & the First-Ever Nonfiction Contest!

Guest judges this year are Peter Markus (fiction), Claudia Rankine (poetry), and Lia Purpura (nonfiction). All entries must be submitted online by September 1, 2010. Please go to to do so.
Winners in each genre will receive $1,000 and publication in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue. Finalists in each category will receive notation in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue and are also considered for publication.

The reading fee is $15 per short story (up to 7500 words), $15 per nonfiction piece (up to 7500 words), and $15 per group of up to 3 poems.
Payment must be made online (the Submission Manager will direct you to do so). All contestants receive a complimentary one-year subscription.

Call for submissions: Journal of Renga and Haiku

Call for Content - Journal of Renga & Renku

We're ready to begin accepting offers of content for the first issue of the Journal of Renga & Renku. While some details remain to be ironed out, the journal will be:

    1. published near the end of 2010
    2. available in hardcopy only
    3. available for purchase online using Paypal

We're looking for a variety of content along the lines of:

    1. Academic/polemic articles on any aspects of the genre
    2. Translations of old renga and renku
    3. News of renku groups and happenings
    4. Book articles/reviews
    5. and of course, a showcase of current examples of the genre:
          a) in English
          b) in any other language, accompanied by an English translation
          c) previously published or not (just let us have details of prior publication so we can acknowledge properly)
          d) simultaneous offers are fine too, again provided you advise us of prior publication for purposes of acknowledgement
          e) in any of the standard forms: kasen, triparshva, nijûin, jûnichô, shisan, rokku, hyakuin, yotsumono, etc.
          f) in any explorations of the above forms in terms of experimentation with one-line, zip, 5/7/5 or other fixed counts and even rhyme
          g) solo and group work
          h) with (preferably) or without notes/reflections on the poem/process from sabaki or renju or both
    6. We are also considering holding a contest, but have not finalised our thinking on that. Please send us any ideas you may have and/or indication as to whether you'd  be interested in entering and/or reading the results
    7. We're open to discussing content ideas we've not covered above so please write
    8. All communications will be acknowledged within one week
    9. We are regretfully unable to pay contributors for content at this stage

Please send all contributions and other communications to (RengaRenku(at)

We look forward to hearing from you.
Norman Darlington
Moira Richards
Journal of Renga & Renku

Tupelo: July open reading for poetry books/chapbooks

July Open Submission Guidelines

Throughout July, Tupelo Press will hold open submissions for book-length poetry collections (48-90 pages) and chapbook-length poetry collections (30-47 pages). Submissions are accepted from anyone writing in the English language (whether in the United States or abroad).

Make sure that your cover page includes the title, your name and contact information, including address, phone number and email address.

There is a reading fee of $25 for each manuscript submitted. Why a reading fee? We are an independent, nonprofit literary press. Reading fees help defray, but do not by any means cover, the significant cost of publishing the many books we select outside of our competitions. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission is accompanied by a separate $25 reading fee. Manuscripts that have been submitted during this open reading period (July 2010) may not be revised and submitted again unless they are accompanied by an additional $25 reading fee.

To enter and submit manuscripts/entry fees:

Jul 12, 2010

Marie Alexander Series Open submissions: Prose Poetry Collections

Marie Alexander Poetry Series' Open Submissions Period

The Marie Alexander Poetry Series has an open submission period during the month of July. An award of $500 and publication will be given for a chosen collection of prose poems by an American poet. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages, which can include some lineated pieces, along with a cover letter with complete contact information and an SASE for notification only. Postmark must be between July 1 and 31.

Entries should also include a simultaneous electronic submission of the manuscript (MS Word or PDF format) sent to <editor(at)>. There is no entry fee.

Marie Alexander Poetry Series
Attention: Nickole Brown, Co-Editor
P.O. Box 5686
Louisville, KY 40255-0686
<editor(at)> (replace (at) with @)

Chapbook: Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press Poetry Award

Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press Poetry Award - 2010

The contest deadline has been extended to August 31, 2010. Manuscripts must be postmarked on or before the new deadline date of August 31, 2010.

The award is $1,000 and publication by Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press.

Please submit:
  • 10-20 pages of original poetry not already published as a collection, and by one author
  • English only, no translations
  • no more than one poem per page (however, a single poem may be longer than one page), typed in 12 pt. plain font
  • no artwork
  • include a table of contents; pagination is not required
  • one title page with poet's name, address, telephone number, email, and title of manuscript
  • biographical page (ONLY because we are interested in you as a person)
  • $20 entry fee, checks only, made payable to Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press and drawn on a U.S. bank
  • no profanity
  • absolutely no paper clips, spring clips, staples, plastic covers, or folders - we would rather not have to bother with these things, so don't waste your supplies

Do not include a SASE - winner will be announced on our website in the fall of 2010.

Manuscripts will be recycled.

Send by regular, first-class mail only:

Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
Poetry Award
2155 Elk Creek Rd.
Stuart, Virginia 24171

Jul 11, 2010

Fiction Contest: Zoetrope All-Fiction


Guest Judge: Andrew Sean Greer
First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250

The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by the William Morris Agency, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

The deadline is October 1, 2010. Results will be announced at the website December 15, 2010, and in the Spring 2011 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2011 issue.

Complete Contest Guidelines:
We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; and accompanied by a $15 entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible.

We welcome multiple entries ($15/story) and entries from outside the U.S. We will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories. Once a story is submitted, we cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

Entries must be complete by 11:59 P.M. PDT on October 1, 2010. Enter at

Jul 10, 2010

A New Poetry Chapbook Contest forthcoming from Chrysanthemum/Goldfish Press

A new poetry chapbook contest offered by Chrysanthemum/Goldfish Press on the theme of "A dead end street opens to a hidden world..."

for particulars see

Details will be posted later. Tentative deadline December 31, 2010

Inquire at: Koon Woon or (206)329-5566 or write

P.O. Box 14515, Seattle, WA 98114 c/o Chrysanthemum magazine

Jul 8, 2010

Sarah Zale's The Art of Folding

Sarah Zale's The Art of Folding, a collection of poems inspired from her travels to Israel and the occupied territories, was published by Plain View Press in April, 2010.

Sam Hamill writes: "In these two major suites of poems, Sarah Zale has composed an epic, an eye-opening, heartrending book that should be read and read again…"

Carolyn Forché writes: "Sarah Zale's The Art of Folding  is a masterful work of sustained and interwoven lyrics, at once political and intimate, in which the gestures of daily life are seen as if for the first time in the light of history. …That she struggles toward the boundary between Israel and Palestine is a mark of her seriousness.  That she achieves this is a mark of her power."

Martha Silano (Blue Positive) writes: "… Her unique voice and music will captivate you, her images draw you in from the beginning (shirt, ironing, hair), as this important and necessary book gains momentum with each poem." 

Please order the book at under the "Poetry &amp; Links" tab. 

Jul 7, 2010

Patricia Bibby First Book Award from Tebot Bach

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

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

Competition Guidelines

Winner will receive $1,000 and book publication
Judge: David St. John

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

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

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

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

Tebot Bach assumes no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts.

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished.

Translations and multi-authored collections are not eligible.

Past and current volunteers and employees of Tebot Bach are not eligible. Poets who have studied with David St. John in more than 2 workshop settings are not eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but Tebot Bach must be notified immediately if a collection is accepted for publication via email: info(at)> (replace (at) with @)

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

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

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

Short fiction and poetry contest: Inkwell




Up to 3 previously unpublished stories, 5,000-word limit
Text must be typed, 12pt. font, double-spaced, one-sided
Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and word counts
No name or address anywhere on manuscripts
SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
Entry fee: $15 per story
Checks (USD ONLY) made out to Manhattanville – INKWELL




Up to 5 previously unpublished poems, 40-line limit per poem
Only typed entries will be considered; 12pt. font
Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and line counts
No name or address anywhere on manuscript(s)
SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
$10 for first poem, $5 per each additional poem
Checks (USD ONLY) payable to Manhattanville – INKWELL

Submissions for both contests must be postmarked between August 1 and October 30, 2010

NOTE: Please indicate Poetry or Fiction Competition on envelope.
If submitting to both Poetry and Fiction Competitions, please use separate envelopes.

Submissions not adhering to the above guidelines will not be considered.

Mail to:

INKWELL - Manhattanville College
2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY 10577

Inkwell is produced in affiliation with the Master of Arts in Writing Programat Manhattanville College. The program offers a highly flexible schedule of day and evening courses taught by distinguished authors andeditors. Our Summer Writers' Week, held each June, is open to writers and aspiring writers.

For information on the Master of Arts in Writing program, please visit or call (914) 323-5239.

Call for submissions: Quiddity

Quiddity literary journal and public-radio program is presently reading for its fall 2011 issue. Works accepted may be featured on the public-radio program (NPR member and PRI affiliate). International submissions are encouraged.

Submission Guidelines:
~ Prose: one work (no more than 5,000 words)
~ Poetry: up to five poems (no more than ten pages total)
~ Include complete contact information in the cover letter.
~ Please be sure your name is listed on each page of the work. You may list contact information on each page as well, if you wish.
~ 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 must be previously unpublished. All manuscripts will be recycled.

Submissions should be addressed to either Prose Editor or Poetry Editor at

Benedictine University at Springfield
1500 North Fifth Street
Springfield, IL 62702

We look forward to receiving high-quality prose and poetry from both established and emerging writers. We do not limit general submissions tospecific subject-matter or style. Novel excerpts are welcome as long as the work can stand alone. Translations are welcome.

We accept simultaneous submissions but require notification immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Work submitted must fit the guidelines listed above. Quiddity's international literary journal is a publication of Benedictine Universityat Springfield. It is published semi-annually in April and October. Quiddity's companion public-radio program is produced by Illinois Public Radio's hub station,WUIS/WIPA, NPR member and PRI affiliate.

Contributors may be invited to read their work for the public-radio program.

General submissions are read year-round. Contest information isavailable at Quiddity's website:

Jul 6, 2010

Poetry chapbook contest: Organic Weapon

Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series announces its first chapbook competition.One chapbook will be selected for publication and the author will beawarded $200 and 50 author copies. Editor Jamaal May will make the final selection.

Please submit 20 – 32 pages of poetry, two title pages (one with title only, one with title and author's full contact information and email) and acknowledgements page, if applicable. Your name should only appear on one title page. Please format manuscript in Times or Times New Roman, 12pt font.

Postmark deadline is August 15, 2010. We will email you a confirmation uponreceipt of your entry. Winners will be announced in September. Publication is set for Winter 2010. Simultaneous submissions are ok, but please notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere during the review period. Manuscripts that are not selected will be recycled.

Pleasesend $7.00 for each manuscript to: Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Competition, PO Box 8242, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8242. Make checks payableto Organic Weapon Arts.

No email submissions accepted. If you have questions, you may contact or visit

Jul 5, 2010

Call for submissions: A Handful of Dust

H.O.D. (A Handful Of Dust) is seeking poetry and artwork for its second issue scheduled for October 31, 2010. While H.O.D. has no theme or limits, its editor would like to see more work that is grounded in grit-lit. The date of publication does not suggest an overall theme, but the editor will pretty much read anything (including horror). The journal is also open to flash and micro-fiction than can double as good prose poetry. Submit 3-5 poems and a cover letter in the body of an e-mail to: h.o.d.submissionsATgmailDOTcom.
H.O.D. is also open to Artwork submissions, from b&w photography to pencil (or ink) sketches. Check the new issue for an idea of what the editor wants. Submit 1-3 pieces as low-res jpegs to: <h.o.d.submissions(at)> (replace (at) with @).

Check out
for further guidelines and read the debut issue to get an idea of where the journal is headed.

Jul 3, 2010

Bloodroot Literary Magazine: Poetry Contest

Three prizes of $200, $100, and $50; three honorable mentions; publication in 2011 Bloodroot Literary Magazine.

* The competition is open to any poet who writes in English.
* Manuscripts should be typewritten or computer-printed on white 8-1/2" X 11" paper.
* We can only accept hard copies.
* Electronic submissions will not be accepted.
* Submit original, unpublished, free verse, 10 lines to 2 pages.
* Entry fee: $15.00 for three poems, $5.00 each additional poem.
* Final judge: Claudia McIsaac
* Your name must not appear on the manuscript.
* Please provide name, address, email address, titles of poems in a cover letter.
* You may include SASE for results and SAS postcard for confirmation (Optional).
* Entries must be postmarked no later than September 15, 2010.
* Manuscripts cannot be returned.
* Please no simultaneous submission to other publications.
Mail manuscript and entry fee to:
The Editors
Bloodroot Literary Magazine
PO Box 322
Thetford Center, VT 05075

Jul 2, 2010

Poetry Chapbook Contest: The Ledge

The Ledge 2010 Poetry Chapbook Competition

PRIZE: Winning poet will receive a $1,000 cash award and 25 copies of the published chapbook.
SUBMIT: 16-28 pages of original poetry with title page, biographical note and acknowledgements, if any. Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number (optional). Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Poets may enter more than one manuscript.
ENTRY FEE: $18. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning chapbook upon its publication in the fall of 2011.
NO RESTRICTIONS on form or content. The Ledge Press is open to all styles and forms of poetry. Excellence is the only criterion.
PLEASE include a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return. The winner will be announced in April 2011.
POSTMARK DEADLINE: October 31, 2010.
The Ledge 2010 Poetry Chapbook Competition,
40 Maple Ave.,
Bellport, NY 11713

Contest in fiction, poetry, nonfiction: New Southerner

The 2010 New Southerner Literary Contest is open to previously unpublished poetry, fiction and nonfiction from April 1 through October 1. Although the contest theme is open, we are especially interested in work that relates to our mission, which is promoting self-sufficiency, environmental stewardship and local economies. We are also interested in works by writers with a Southern connection, and works written with a Southern slant or that focus on Southern issues, people and places.

Prizes: $200 for winners of Fiction, Nonfiction and the James BakerMemorial Prize in Poetry; publication in the literary edition; invitation to read at a special event.

Finalists in all categories receive $15 and publication in the New Southerner Literary Edition. Submit fiction and nonfiction up to 5,000 words. Submit poems up to 100 lines. Contest fee: $10 per entry. Multiple entries are accepted. Simultaneously submitted entries are accepted as long as you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. Entry fee is not refundable.

Postmark deadline: October 1.
Winners will be notified by November 20.
Finalists and winning entries will be announced in The New Southerner Literary Edition, available online and in print at in December.
Final judges are Sena Jeter Naslund (fiction), Jason Howard (nonfiction) and Jeff Worley (James Baker Hall Memorial Prize in Poetry);
Easy online submission process.
To enter, or for more information, go to

Jun 29, 2010

It's About Time Writers Reading Series: July 8, 2010

It's About Time Writers Reading Series
2nd Thursdays of each month
6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library
5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle , WA 98107

July 8th will feature:
Michael Spence has driven buses for King County Metro Transit for twenty-five years. His poems have appeared recently in The New Criterion, The North American Review, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, and others. His latest book, CRUSH DEPTH, was published last year by Truman State University Press." His Writer’s Craft talk is "From History to Poem: More Than Just the Facts."
Thomas Aslin, who is from Spokane, has an M.F.A. from Montana where he studied with Madeline DeFrees and the late Richard Hugo. His publications include a chapbook, Sweet Smoke, and a full-length collection, A Moon over Wings, which was a finalist for the 2009 Washington State Book Award.
Bethany Reid's poems have recently appeared in Stringtown, Timber Review, Pontoon, Cairn, Santa Clara Review, Crosscurrents, Calyx, The Sun, and Blackbird (available at This summer she is chasing after her three daughters (ages 16, 16, and 10!), teaching on-line, and writing a horse story.
Rebecca Meredith is a poet, writer and psychoanalyst. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, and featured on KUOW. She is currently serving a two year term as Redmond’s first poet laureate and has just begun a new literary blog, which can be found at

Jun 15, 2010

Bill and Hilary -- a poem

Bill and Hilary

Bill: I love you dear for loving me, which made me look after my diet, which made me healthier, which made me happier, which made me love you more, dear!

Hilary: Yes, you are healthier and you do love me better!

Bill: It was all your doing dear to choose to team up with me and now we love each other so much. It will continue to spiral...

Hilary: Yes, of course, Bill, we will soon be a tornado together....

Koon Woon
June 13, 2010

Jun 9, 2010

June 10th - It's About Time Writers Reading Series #250

It's About Time Writers Reading Series #250
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Ballard Branch, Seattle Public Library
Street: 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
City/Town: Seattle, WA

Thurs. June 10, 2010 #250 Selene David, Bruce Taylor, Anne Sweet
+Terry Grabstein on The Writer's Craft

Terry Grabstein earned a Certificate in Nonfiction Writing and a Certificate in Literary Fiction Writing from the University of Washington. She has contributed work to Writers in Performance Anthology, Mercer Island Reporter, The Leaflet, and Between the Lines. Silken Water, (Finishing Line Press, 2009), is her first poetry collection.

Selene David was raised in Virginia and wrote her first poem when she was 9 years old. She has been employed as a therapist for 23 years and continues to love writing poetry. Two of her poems were included in The Poet Within, edited by Diane Tait. Selene says she writes about everything she loves: family, friends, nature, spiritual practice, and love itself.

Bruce Taylor, aka “Mr. Magic Realism,” currently has a magic realist novella ”13 Miles to Paradise” in the collection Alembical. His other recent work, Edward: Dancing on the Edge of Infinity, (Redjack Press, introduction by Jay Lake) took eighteen years to get published. Bruce has his first of the Kafka’s Uncle series published by Afterbirth Books (nominated for the &NOW AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE WRITING (SUNY, NY, 2009) and with introduction by Brian Herbert) and has the other two (Kafka’s Uncle: the Unfortunate Sequel and Other Insults to the Morally Perfect and Kafka’s Uncle: The Ghastly Prequel and Other Tales of Love and Pathos from the World’s Most Powerful, Third-World Banana Republic out to various editors.

M. Anne Sweet is a poet and artist. Her poetry collection, Nailed to the Sky, is out from Gazoobi Tales. She has read extensively throughout the Puget Sound area, and her poetry has appeared in many print and online literary journals. She is a past winner of the Bart Baxter Poetry in Performance Award. For more information, visit;

May 28, 2010

Boston Review: 13th Annual Poetry Contest

Thirteenth Annual Poetry Contest

Deadline: June 1, 2010
Judge: Peter Gizzi
First Prize: $1,500
Complete guidelines:

The winning poet will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the November/December 2010 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 relative, 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, email and phone number; names should not be on the poems themselves. Simultaneous submissions are not permitted. Submissions will not be returned. A $20 entry fee ($30 for international submissions), payable to Boston Review, must accompany all submissions.

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Boston Review, beginning with the November/December 2010 issue. The winner will be announced no later than November 1, 2010, on the Boston Review Web site. All poems submitted to the contest will be considered for publication in Boston Review.

Mail submissions to:
Poetry Contest, Boston Review
35 Medford St., Suite 302
Somerville, MA 02143

Contest: Ruminate Magazine Janet McCabe Poetry Prize

Ruminate Magazine invites you to enter our annual Janet McCabe Poetry Prize.

The finalist judge for this year's contest is Vito Aiuto, poet, pastor, and musician from the band The Welcome Wagon.
The submission deadline for the prize is midnight May 28th, 2010, and the entry fee is $15 (includes a free copy of the Fall 2010 Issue). You may submit up to three poems per entry, no longer than 40 lines each.
$800 will be awarded to the winner and publication in the Fall 2010 Issue will be awarded to the winning poem and the runner-up.

For detailed submission guidelines and to enter your work, visit our website at

Mar 25, 2010

Allen Gingsberg Poetry Marathon w/Band of Poets

Allen Ginsberg Poetry Marathon w/ Band of Poets & Open Mic
Featuring Julene Tripp Weaver & John Burgess & Jed Meyers reading Ginsberg's work

Come celebrate the life & poetry of great American poet Allen Ginsberg and help SPLAB raise funds to continue their work. Read a poem by Allen Ginsberg, or one of your own. Eat & drink too much coffee. Bring a short poem for the Lightning Round. Write drunken exquisite corpses. See Band of Poets. Flirt with Saintly Motorcyclists. Express yr angst with music.

When: Saturday, April 3, 2010 at
Time: 8:00pm
Place: Empire Espresso (Columbia City)
3829 S Edmunds
Seattle, WA

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Mar 5, 2010

It's About Time reading #247 - March 11, 2010

Thurs March 11, 2010 #247 - Michael Daley on The Writer's Craft: "Misdirections, making a new poem by imitating others"
+ Priya Keefe, Peter Ludwin, and Laura Snyder

Michael Daley published The Straits (Empty Bowl, Port Townsend) in 1983, Way Out There, essays (Pleasure Boat Studio, New York), in 2007, To Curve (Word, Cincinnati) in 2008 and Moonlight In The Redemptive Forest, his latest book of poems including an Artist Trust sponsored cd, was just released by Pleasure Boat Studio in February, 2010. Michael will be speaking on "Misdirections, making a new poem by imitating others."

Priya Keefe entered life through the door of the Pike Place Market. Publications include qarrtsiluni, Pontoon 7, Metro Poetry Buses, Drash, and Real Change. Performances include Seattle City Council, Bumbershoot festival, Bart Baxter Poetry in Performance, and Band of Poets. She taught a poetry class at Seattle Central Community College in fall of 2009 and is studying for an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.

Peter Ludwin is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust. He was the Second Prize Winner of the 2007-2008 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards, and a Finalist for the Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award. For the past nine years he has been a participant in the San Miguel Poetry Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he has studied under such noted poets as Mark Doty, Alfred Corn, Linda Gregg, C.K. Williams and Tony Barnstone. His work has appeared in many journals, including Common Ground Review, The Comstock Review, The Fourth River, Midwest Quarterly and South Carolina Review, to name a few. His first full length collection, A Guest in All Your Houses, was published in 2009 by Word Walker Press, which nominated several poems for Pushcart Prizes.

Laura Snyder - bio follows

Hope to see you there,


Feb 23, 2010

Reading at Hugo House March 3, 2010

Chrysanthemum Literary Society

presents a reading of the Chinese Diaspora poetry

featuring Changming (Michael)Yuan from Canada
and local poet Koon Woon
at the Hugo House

March 3, 2010

6pm - 9:30 pm

Open Mic

This event is supported by Poets and Writers, Inc.

This event is also supported by Seattle Office of Art & Cultural Affairs

Feb 3, 2010

Call for submissions: Tarpaulin Sky Literary Journal

During the month of February we will be reading submissions for the next paper edition of Tarpaulin Sky. We hope you'll give it a go, and send your best, as this is the only submission period for the magazine this year.

We're trying something new, too--well, new to us--the online submission manager. So you'll be able to keep tabs on the status of your submission throughout the process.

Also new this year are many of the journal's editors: Blake Butler and Joanna Howard editing Fiction; Laynie Browne and Karla Kelsey editing Poetry; and Sandy Florian and Lily Hoang editing "Other"; presided over by Editor in Chief Colie Collen, with all submissions shepherded through the process by Associate Editors Duncan B. Barlow, Jamey Dunham, and Christine Wertheim, as well as Assistant Editors Michael Tod Edgerton and Brian Mihok.

Please visit our guidelines for all the deets.

We hope so. TSky authors and editors will be reading from new books and selling them as well, and we'll be joining our favorite presses for various kickass events: readings with Action Books, Apostrophe Books, Astrophil Press, Black Ocean, Featherproof Books, and Slope Editions, just to name a few. Events Coordinators Michelle Puckett and Megan DiBello invite you to keep on top of our events blog for forthcoming details.


We can fix that. Subscriptions to Tarpaulin Sky Press's forthcoming Spring titles are still available--as are huge savings on forthcoming titles. If you're looking for some of the most exciting literature being published today, you may want to have a look at our catalog, or take a look at some of our forthcoming Spring 2010 titles: Traci O Connor's Recipes for Endangered Species, a book of short fictions that Brian Evenson calls "a marvelous debut. . . . moving fast enough that you could end up anywhere, Connor’s thought about every single word, every gesture, and she can turn each story on a dime" or Kim Gek Lin Short's The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibits, book of interlocking short fictions / prose poems that Joyelle McSweeney deems "twisted," and Norma Cole calls "Irresistible.... with its incantations of quantum teleology, its footnotes & sources.... it is a magnificent work." Also on the way, Joanna Ruocco's book of short fictions, Man's Companions; Shelly Taylor's book of interlocking short fictions / prose poems, Black-Eyed Heifer; and Emily Toder's poetry chapbook, Brushes With.

& Let us not forget the three chapbooks we just picked from the last reading period: Lara Glenum's The Hotling Chronicles: A Horror in Trans; Sarah Goldstein's Fables; and James Haug's Scratch. Plus forthcoming full-lengths-with-really-long-titles, Jenny Boully's not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them, and Johannes Göransson's Entrance to a colonial pageant in which we all begin to intricate


We can help. We have Advanced Reader Copies of all Tarpaulin Sky Press's Spring full-length titles, and we have hundreds of review copies from other publishers, from Ahsahta to Vagabond. Want to review a brand new title from Fence Books? We got 'em. Burning Deck, City Lights, Dalkey Archive, FC2, Graywolf, Salt, Sarabande, Shearsman, Ugly Duckling? No problem. Or how about Counterpath, Dusie, Ellipsis Press, Essay Press, Subito? Or Canada's positively stellar BookThug?

Our Reviews Editors Ross Brighton and Jared Schickling read review and interview submissions all year long. Writers whose work is accepted for publication receive any two Tarpaulin Sky Press trade paperbacks of their choice. Send a brief cover letter and your previously unpublished review to reviews[AT]tarpaulinsky[DOT]com, and be sure to include "Attn: Review Editors" in the subject line. Click here for a list of review copies currently available. Publishers may send review copies to Book Reviews ~ Tarpaulin Sky Press ~ PO Box 189 ~ Grafton, VT 05146

Write some reviews, yo. Get paid. In books.


If you have something to say about a new journal, new book, new press, new reading series; and if said newness will be of interest to the people who read TSky Press's books or journal, or--better yet!--includes TSky Press authors or journal contributors; and if you'd like to share this newness and can do so in a way that includes some chewy content and few superlatives, then please send your brief shoutout, sidebar, or feature article to our News Editor Amish Trivedi at news[AT]tarpaulinsky[DOT]com

Send some work!


Christian Peet, Publisher
Colie Collen, Editor in Chief
& Editors, Tarpaulin Sky Press

Jan 3, 2010

Julene's new Web & Blog Sites

Happy New Year!! We enter a new decade and I've entered the new era by committing to blog! Please visit my two new sites when you have a chance.

My spanking new Website & Blog on Wordpress: Julene Tripp Weaver/TrippWeavePoet

Also, a Blogger site, strictly a blog: Gemini Constellation named for my Moon sign. This one promises to be a shaker upper!

Best wishes in 20-10!