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)mmminc.org 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)damselflypress.net (replace (at) with @)

Poetry: lesley(at)damselflypress.net (replace (at) with @)

Nonfiction: nonfiction(at)damselflypress.net (replace (at) with @)

Visit the damselfly press website: http://damselflypress.net/ 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)csufresno.edu> (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: http://motesbooks.com/MOTESRetailLibraryOrder.html

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: http://motesbooks.com/MOTIF-Call-For-Submissions.html. 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)purdue.edu>(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)cloudbankbooks.com (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 http://bwrsubmissions.ua.edu/ 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)gmail.com)

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)mariealexanderseries.com>. There is no entry fee.

Marie Alexander Poetry Series
Attention: Nickole Brown, Co-Editor
P.O. Box 5686
Louisville, KY 40255-0686
<editor(at)mariealexanderseries.com> (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 http://httpbloggergoldfishpresscom.blogspot.com/

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

Inquire at: Koon Woon nooknoow@aol.com 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 www.sarahzale.com 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)tebotbach.org> (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 www.mville.edu/writing 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: www.sci.edu/quiddity

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 organicweaponarts@yahoo.com or visit http://www.organicweaponarts.com/

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

Check out http://hofd.wordpress.com/
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 http://www.newsoutherner.com/ 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 http://www.newsoutherner.com/?page_id=263