Dec 19, 2012

Book Launch Party: Morris Stegosaurus' Zebra Feathers - January 10 at Hugo House

When: January 10, 7-10pm
Where: Richard Hugo House
Poet Morris Stegosaurus performs selections from his debut full-length collection "Zebra Feathers," published by Minor Arcana Press. Seattle poets Dane Kuttler and Jeremy Richards also perform. Stegosaurus will be accompanied Stegosaurus will be accompanied by Fiddleback on guitar and Alfredo Arnaiz on saxophone. Doors/bar at 7 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m. Free admission, books for sale.
About "Zebra Feathers"
Seasoned performance poet Morris Stegosaurus delivers his inimitably slick and brilliant wordplay via page, losing none of his bombast. He offers readers a bizarre, hilarious romp through a world of plush anthropomorphic animals, mystical surrealism, and absurdist commentary on our own increasingly cartoonish culture. Yet, even at its most dizzyingly psychedelic, the poems maintain a vital core of vulnerability. --Evan J. Peterson, Editor*Cover art by birds (

About Morris Stegosaurus
Morris Stegosaurus grew up in suburban Chicago, found his wings in New York City, and landed in Seattle, where he lives with his boyfriend Eric Maden, an abstract artist and experimental musician. He performs regularly with guitarist Jonathan "Fiddleback" Maxwell, cellist Star St.Germain, saxophonist Alfredo Arnaiz and other musicians under the collective name "Clockwork Ocean." He's always identified as an outsider, but in recent years has found love and acceptance within the furry community, in which context he identifies primarily as a zebra and secondarily as a dingo puppy. Photo by Andi Dean Mashek Burk.
About Minor Arcana Press
Minor Arcana Press is a Seattle-based small press founded by Allison McEntire Boyle and Evan J. Peterson. They publish strange, innovative and esoteric/mystical poetry, as well as mixed-genre anthologies. More info at

About Dane Kuttler
Dane Kuttler has competed at the Individual World Poetry Slam and Women of the World Poetry Slam, self-published three chapbooks, and completed 365 poems in 365 days during the 2010 poem-a-day project. More about Dane and her work can be found at Photo by Rasmus Rasmussen.
About Jeremy Richards
Jeremy Richards is a poet and journalist living in Seattle. His work has appeared widely, including in The Spoken Word Revolution Redux, McSweeney's, Rattle, The Morning News, and on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Day to Day, and All Things Considered. "Nietzsche! The Musical," for which he wrote the book and lyrics, premiered at Seattle's Market Theater in June 2010. Richards holds a BA from Gonzaga University and an MA in cultural studies from the University of Washington.

Nonfiction Workshops with Corinne Manning

Sharing news of some nonfiction classes the lovely Corinne Manning will be teaching out of her house in January/February. 

The Living Room Workshops
Nonfiction Workshop
January 7th, 2013- February 11
Monday, 7-9pm
6 weeks–$215
In this workshop we will explore the essay and its various forms. Students will workshop two different essays, one at the beginning and one at the end, and in between we will explore different forms of the essay: the personal essay, the braided essay, and the lyric essay. In spirit with the French root of the form—essayer—we will view our work as attempts and work together to discover all of the opportunities present to more fully reveal our work.

Writing Trauma: Narratives of Healing
January 23- February 20
Wednesdays, 7-9 pm
5 weeks –$180
Maybe you went on a road trip and figured it all out, or had a psychic tell you to take care of your feet, or survived, or learned to use your loss in a new way. In this safe space we will use methods that explore the outlying regions of our memories. Through numerous exercises we will learn to stay present with a significantly difficult memory and allow it to transform from experience to narrative. We will also look at selections from narratives of healing: “Waking” by Matthew Sanford, “Heaven’s Coast” by Mark Doty, work by Margueritte Duras, Alice Walker and selections from “Maus" by Art Spiegleman. Our support text will be the invaluable Judith Herman's "Trauma and Recovery". Through this process we can begin to gain power over the event and shape it into a structure that heals readers just as purely as it healed the writer.

Corinne Manning is a writer and teacher in Seattle, WA. She believes that the deep exploration of craft is part of a unique and beautiful healing process for the writer.  She is the managing editor of Dark Coast Press. Her work has appeared online at the Oxford American, Drunken Boat, and Qarrtsiluni and in print at Arts & Letters. She was the 2010/2011 Writer-in-Residence at the Hub City Writers Project, in Spartanburg, SC. She received her MFA in fiction from UNC Wilmington. She is also a book designer,  yoga teacher,  and a student of herbalism.

Contact Corinne: corinne.manning [@] gmail [dot] com

Nov 5, 2012

Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts

For the last forty years, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown has run the largest and longest residency Fellowship in the United States for emerging visual artists and writers. Artists who have not had significant recognition for their work and writers who have not yet published a full-length book of creative work are welcome to apply. Fellows receive a seven-month stay (October 1 -April 30) at the Work Center and a $750 monthly stipend. Fellows do not pay or work in exchange for their Fellowships in any way. Fellows are chosen based on the excellence of their work. Former visual arts Fellows include Ellen Gallagher, Jack Pierson, Lisa Yuskavage, Angela Dufresne, Geoffrey Chadsey, and Lamar Peterson. Former writing Fellows--nearly all of whom came here before the publication of their first books--have won every major national award in writing including the National Book Award and seven Pulitzer Prizes. Former writing Fellows include Denis Johnson, Louise Glück, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

The postmark deadline for the 2013-14 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2012.
For details, please visit:

Call for submissions by women: ROAR

ROAR Magazine is a print literary journal dedicated to providing a space to showcase women's fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art.

It publishes literature by emerging and developing writers, as well as interviews with established writers, such as acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jill McCorkle, who, in the current issue, talks about balancing her life and writing.

ROAR Magazine is now accepting submissions for its 2013 winter issue.
For detailed guidelines, please visit its website at

Oct 29, 2012

Five Points: James Dickey Prize For Poetry

Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Five Points.

  • Include no more than three unpublished poems per submission.
  • Poems must be typed and may be up to 50 lines each.
  • Include your name and address on each poem.
  • $20 reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Five Points.
  • Make checks or money orders payable to GSU/Five Points.
Enclose two sufficiently stamped SASEs to receive receipt of manuscript and notification of contest results.

All entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2012.

Winner will be announced in the spring of 2013.

Mail your entry to:
Five Points
James Dickey Prize for Poetry
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3999
Atlanta, GA 30302-3999
More info.

Reunion: The Dallas Review

Reunion: The Dallas Review, a literary and fine arts journal sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual arts, translation and drama.

Deadline: December 15

Oct 25, 2012

Third Coast Magazine: 2013 Fiction and Poetry Contests

Third Coast is currently accepting submissions for its 2013 Third Coast Fiction and Poetry Contests. Winners in each genre receive $1,000 and publication. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Third Coast.

Deadline: January 15, 2013
Judges: Jane Hirshfield (Poetry) and Antonya Nelson (Fiction)

Jane Hirshfield is the author of seven collections of poetry, including the new Come, Thief, After (shortlisted for England's T.S. Eliot Prize and named a "best book of 2006" by theWashington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times), Given Sugar, Given Salt, (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award), The Lives of the Heart, and The October Palace, as well as a book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, Orion, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, six editions of The Best American Poetry, and many other publications. In 2012, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Antonya Nelson is the author of eight books of fiction, including Female Trouble and the novels Talking in Bed, Nobody's Girl, and Living to Tell. Nelson's work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, Redbook, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and Best American Short Stories. Her books have been New York Times Notable Books of 1992, 1996, 1998, and 2000. The New Yorker called her one of the "twenty young fiction writers for the new millennium." She is also a recent recipient of the Rea Award for Short Fiction and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA Grant.Guidelines: Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words or three previously unpublished poems.

Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words or three (3) previously unpublished poems and a $16 entry fee online at:

Or via postal service:

Third Coast 2013 Fiction or Poetry Contest
Department of English
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331

University of Arizona Poetry Center: Summer Residency Program

Since 1994, the Poetry Center's Summer Residency Program has offered poets and prose writers an opportunity to develop their work and to discover all that Tucson has to offer. Two residencies are awarded each summer—one in poetry and one in prose—to writers at any stage of their careers. The residency includes a $150 weekly stipend and a two-to-four-week stay in a private guest house, located within steps of the Center's renowned library. The residency is offered between June 1 and August 31. To enter, applicants must submit a resume or CV, a project proposal, and a work sample. For complete guidelines, visit

Application deadline: December 17, 2012

Mississippi Review Prize - $1,000

The Mississippi Review awards $1,000 each in fiction and poetry for winning submissions. Its annual contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of the University of Southern Mississippi. Fiction entries should be short stories of 8,000 words or less; poetry entries should be three poems totaling 10 pages or less. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. Fee is $15 per entry, payable to Mississippi Review. Each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue (for $10 more, get a one year subscription to the magazine).

No manuscripts will be returned. Results will be posted on the Mississippi Review website. Please do not send a SASE. Previously published work is ineligible.

Deadline is December 1st 2012.

Winners will be announced March 2013. Publication is scheduled for June 2013.

Please put "MRPRIZE 2013," name, address, phone, e-mail address, and title on page one of each manuscript. Please do not include a cover page.

Questions? E-mail <msreview(at)> (replace (at) with @) 

Send entries to the address below.

2013 Mississippi Review Prize
118 College Drive # 5144
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Sep 26, 2012

CLASS - Writing Trauma: Narratives of Healing (October 8-November 12, Mondays 7-9)

This class from Corinne Manning looks amazing....


Writing Trauma: Narratives of Healing
Richard Hugo House
Mondays, 7-9pm
October 8-November 12

Maybe you went on a road trip and figured it all out, or had a psychic tell you to take care of your feet, or survived, or learned to use your loss in a new way. In this safe space we will use methods that explore the outlying regions of our memories. Through numerous exercises we will learn to stay present with a significantly difficult memory and allow it to transform from experience to narrative. We will also look at selections from narratives of healing: “Waking” by Matthew Sanford, “Heaven’s Coast” by Mark Doty and “What the Living Do” by Marie Howe. Through this process we can begin to gain power over the event and shape it into a structure that heals readers just as purely as it healed the writer.

Corinne Manning is from Neptune, New Jersey and currently resides in Seattle, Washington where she is the Managing Editor for Dark Coast Press. She was the 2010/2011 Writer-in-Residence at the Hub City Writer’s Project in Spartanburg, SC. Her fiction has appeared online in Drunken Boat and Qarrtsiluni and her nonfiction will appear in the Spring 2012 issue of Arts & Letters. She co-founded the Other Means Reading Series in Brooklyn, NY; a monthly literary event that highlighted a different non-profit each time. She received her MFA from UNC Wilmington where she was a Teaching Assistant in The Publishing Laboratory.

Register here.

Sep 14, 2012

Call for submissions: So to Speak

So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2013 issue. Submissions will be accepted through October 15 at

The contest judge for the Spring 2013 Poetry Contest will be Danielle Pafunda, and the judge for the Spring 2013 Nonfiction Contest will be Julie Marie Wade. Winners will receive prize money and publication, and finalists will also be published. The contest entry fee of $15 will include a free copy of the Spring 2013 issue for all entrants.

So to Speak, founded in 1993 by an editorial collective of women MFA candidates at George Mason University, has served as a space for feminist writing and art for nearly 20 years. So to Speak publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art that lives up to a high standard of language, form, and meaning. It looks for work that addresses issues of significance to women's lives and movements for women's equality and is especially interested in pieces that explore issues of race, class, and sexuality in relation to gender.

Sep 13, 2012

2012 Wabash Prize for Poetry: Sycamore Review

Sycamore Review is now accepting entries for the 2012 Wabash Prize for Poetry, judged by Nikky Finney and open to previously unpublished works of poetry. Each entry may contain up to three poems (no more than six pages total).

The author of the winning piece will be awarded $1,000 and publication in a 2013 issue of Sycamore Review. All entrants receive a year's subscription to Sycamore Review. Entry fee is $15 and $5 for each additional poem. Submissions are accepted via the submission manager. All entries considered for publication. Deadline: November 1.

Visit for more information.

Poetry contest: Folio

Folio announces its 2013 Poetry Contest, which will be judged by poet and translator Martha Collins. Martha Collins is the author of five collections of poems, the most recent of which is White Papers (Pitt Poetry Series, 2012).

Postmark deadline: February 15, 2013
Reading fee: $15 (includes a one-year subscription)

The winner will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2013 issue of Folio. Martha Collins will also select a first runner-up and an honorable mention, who will each receive $150. All cover sheets must include name, address, phone number, email address, and titles of poems. Entrant's name should appear ONLY on the cover sheet. Submit up to four poems of any style or length. Multiple entries are acceptible, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Folio will not consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with American University.

Online submission manager:

Poet's residency: The Frost Place

The Dartmouth 2013 Poet in Residence at The Frost Place

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH. This is a six to eight week residency in poet Robert Frost's former farmhouse, which sits on a quiet rural road with spectacular views of the White Mountains.

The residency begins July 1 and ends August 31, 2013, and includes a $1,000 award from The Frost Place and $1,000 from Dartmouth College. The poet will have several opportunities to give readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College, for which the poet will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

The house, built in 1859 and owned by the Frost family from 1915 to 1920, is spartan, but comfortable. The Frost Place Museum is open to the public during afternoon hours, and a portion of the house is closed off for the resident poet.

Previous recipients of this residency, which began in 1977, include Katha Pollitt, Robert Haas, William Matthews, Cleopatra Mathis, Mark Halliday, Mary Ruefle, Mark Cox, and Laura Kasischke. Many of these poets have returned to The Frost Place to participate in the conferences held each summer. The aim of the residency program has been to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, as Frost was when he bought the place in 1915.

The primary criteria is that applicants must have published at least one book of poems. The complete guidelines and application form can be found on our website at Poets may apply directly or be nominated by someone else. There is a $25 fee for applications. The deadline for submission is midnight, December 31, 2012.

American Literary Review Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2013 issue of American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Jim Harms will be judging poetry, Hannah Tinti will be judging fiction, and Abigail Thomas will be judging nonfiction.

You can enter online (
or by regular mail by sending your entry along with a check for $15 to:

American Literary Review <Genre> Contest
P.O. Box 311307
University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203-1307

For complete contest guidelines, visit

Aug 25, 2012

Expect the unexpected: Pocket Poetry Reading this Sunday

Former Seattle Poet Populist Cody Walker and Joannie Stangeland will be reading Sunday, August 26, at 4:00 as part of the Pocket Concert series from Unexpected Arts and JackStraw. It's part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations for both the Seattle Center and Jack Straw.
Join us for a half hour at the Seattle Center's Poetry Garden (the fancy name for a pocket at the Northeast corner of the fountain). Look for the signs.


Black Buried: An Outdoor Reading in Fremont (Sunday at 6pm)

From Greg Bem:

I've been recruited and have agreed to host an outdoor poetry event that was organized in under 24 hours, and is NOT under the mysterious moniker of "ghost tokens" but is equally mysterious and equally instantaneous, though perhaps even more so and thus unequally, and equally in public and equally outdoors. It features visiting poets, local poets, and a band, and has not yet been condoned by the microcosm of Fremont, though we don't care about that, do we? It will take place on the water of our glorious unionized lake, though just how it morphs is dependent upon you and definitely not me. We will meet at the listed address (see below) and relocate to a relatively quiet aquatic overlook. Bring your flannel, or your hoodie, as it's already autumn in Seattle even though the berries are still ripe for the picking. There will almost certainly be literature available for purchase. Biotic resources such as solid and liquids must be brought on your own, and consumption of such things is condoned by me, your host. Inquire about the title of the event in person (digitally or otherwise). Please forward this to all potentially interested and definitely interested parties. Until Sunday!

1: Chelsea Tadeyeske

Chelsea Tadeyeske is a balloon that cannot be popped, an evening spooked with sunshine. Her first chapbook, heeldragger, was released in June 2012 through plumberries press. She would love it if she could become your penpal.

2: Cynthia Spencer

Cynthia Spencer is the author of the chapbook "in what sequence will my parts exit" (Plumberries Press 2010) and co-author of "THERE EXISTS..." with Chelsea Tadeyeske (Plumberries Press 2012).  She is also co-organizer of the Cloudburst Reading Series and the first annual Midwest Small Press Festival.  She lives in Milwaukee, WI.

3: Lobo Marino

Lobo Marino is an experimental indie-folk band from Richmond, VA.  Their music is inspired by meditation, chanting and the majestic sea lion.  Find them online at

4: Amaranth Borsuk

Amaranth Borsuk has been a resident of Seattle for 3 weeks and will begin teaching at the University of Washington, Bothell this fall. She is the author of Handiwork, selected by Paul Hoover for the Slope Editions book prize, the chapbook Tonal Saw, and, with programmer Brad Bouse, of Between Page and Screen, a book of augmented-reality poetry. She collaborates widely, most recently with Gabriela Jauregui, Kate Durbin, and Andy Fitch.

5: Alex Bleecker

Alex Bleecker finds and faux finds himself again and again almost every day; leaves his keys upstairs, forgets his wallet in last night’s pants, drops his phone in the car – fools himself into thinking nouns are, then remembers to verb so he can sleep a few.  It’s a death thing.  He’s from New Jersey.  He asks a lot of questions that start with “Re – if…”  Like the rest of us, he’s a piece of meat stuck to a couple of sticks. 

Aug 12, 2012

Poetilla: Seattle Writers Floating Round Table (Tuesdays, Lake Union)

Seattle Poets Gathering regular Scot Brannon has launched Poetilla, a weekly water-bound critique group for Seattle writers, departing Tuesday evenings from the Electric Boat Company at 2046 Westlake Avenue North (#102).

Fantastic idea.

For more information, including when the next workshop shoves off, visit the Poetilla website.

Poetry and Short Fiction Reading with Beth Myhr and Thomas Hubbard

Where: Bookworm Exchange (Columbia City)
When: August 17, 2012, 7pm

Elizabeth Myhr is a poet, editor and publisher. She co-founded Calypso Editions, a virtual, cooperative press that specializes in bringing literature in translation from around the world, as well as the work of emerging writers, to as many people as possible. Myhr holds a BA from the Evergreen State College and an MFA from Seattle Pacific University, has served as artist-in-residence at Centrum, and is a Milotte Foundation scholar. Her debut book of poetry the vanishings & other poems, edited by Derick Burleson, was published by Calypso Editions in October of 2011. Christianity Today noted Myhr’s debut as one of its three notable poetry books of 2011. Myhr currently serves as a manuscript judge and managing editor for Marick Press. She  recently served as an editor at Web Del Sol Review of BooksRaven ChroniclesShining Horns. Her work has been published broadly in print and online journals. She lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Thomas Hubbard, a retired writing instructor, won Seattle’s Grand Slam in 1995. He authored Nail and other hardworking poems, Year of the Dragon Press, 1994. He published Children Remember Their Fathers, an anthology of performance poets; Junkyard Dogz, a chapbook also available on audio CD; and Injunz, a chapbook. His book reviews have appeared in Square Lake and Raven Chronicles. Recent publication credits include poems in Arabesques Review: International Poetry and Literature Journal, and ToTopos Poetry International, Fall 2006, Albani: Indigenous Poetry and a short story in Red Ink. He presented instruction at Whidbey Island Writers Conference in March, 2007 and has featured for several Pacific Northwest venues, including Tacoma’s Distinguished Writers Series and Whatcom Poetry Series: The Poet as Art. Hubbard formerly served on the Washington Poets Association’s board of directors.

The Breadline #20: August 15 @ The Vermillion Gallery

August Breadline will be nothing less than you'd expect and nothing more than complete Atomic Apocalypse.

Debrah Morkun
Nico Vassilakis
Will Owen
Holly Small 

Followed by open mic to close...

All ages
Always Free

3rd Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest ($1,000)

Postmark deadline: September 1, 2012 

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
Five honorable mentions will also be given.


  1. You may submit up to three unpublished poems, all themes  and styles welcome. 42 lines max. The entry fee for 1-3 poems is $15.
  2. Poems should each be on their own sheet of paper. Multiple page poems should be numbered and have the title on each page. Poems should not have any identifying text on them except their title, but should be accompanied by a cover letter containing the author’s contact info and the title(s) of the poem(s) being submitted.
  3. Send entries, including the entry fee, to Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
  4. If you would like confirmation that we received your entry, please include your email address. Receipt confirmation will only be sent via email.
  5. Entries accepted from inside the U.S. only.

Entries will be judged by Suzanne Lummis, poet, teacher and director of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. Winners will be featured at a poetry reading at Beyond Baroque Sunday, October 21, 2012, 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

All participants in the reading are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Call for submissions: Aufgabe #12

Litmus Press is now accepting submissions to Aufgabe issue #12, scheduled for release in Spring 2013. 

Please submit up to 8 pages of poetry in English by September 15, 2012. View guidelines and submit work via Submittable

Release party - for Evan Peterson's Skin Job (September 7)

Mark your calendars for the launch party of Skin Job (Minor Arcana Press), a forthcoming chapbook from our very own Evan Peterson. Congrats, Evan!

Date: Friday, September 7 (doors: 7pm; reading: 8pm)
Place: Richard Hugo House

Jul 29, 2012

Dogwood: A Journal of Prose and Poetry - annual contest, $1,000 prize

Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1,000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250.

Deadline: October 15, 2012
Submit here.

Entry fee is $15. All submissions will be considered for publication in the 12th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2013 and published in the 2013 issue of Dogwood.

FICTION: Roxane Gay's work has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, NOON, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Oxford American, The Rumpus, and many others. She is a columnist for Salon, edits various publications, teaches, and lives in the Midwest.

POETRY: Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil's Garden (Alice James Books, 2003), Mixology (Penguin, 2009) which was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series, and The Big Smoke (Penguin, forthcoming in 2013). He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, and Poetry among other journals and anthologies. He teaches creative writing at Indiana University.

NONFICTION: Adriana Páramo is a cultural anthropologist and author of My Mother's Funeral and Looking for Esperanza, winner of the 2011 Social Justice and Equality Award. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Consequence Magazine, So to Speak, Carolina Quarterly Review, The Los Angeles Review, and others. She has worked for Voice of Witness, a book series focusing on contemporary social injustice.

Current and former employees and students of Fairfield University are ineligible for publication. All work is considered anonymously. Contest entries will be given priority for publication. For more information, please email <shuber(at)>.

Book contest: Patricia Bibby First Book Award

Tebot Bach announces The Patricia Bibby First Book Award

Prize: $1,000 and Book Publication
Judge: Ralph Angel

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, 2012. Entries postmarked after October 31, 2012 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 acknowledgments at this time. 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.

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. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but Tebot Bach must be notified immediately if a collection is accepted for publication via email:

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

Jul 20, 2012

Call for submissions: Toad

Toad, a quarterly journal of exciting art, is currently reading submissions for Issue 2:3. We want your prose, your poetry, your visual art, your multimedia projects. We want them 365 days a year. You can check out Issue 2:2, featuring work by Joseph Salvatore, Wendy Rawlings, Andrea Cohen, Matt Mauch, Nathan McClain, John Popielaski and more at

Please send a PDF or Word document to <toadthejournal(at)> (replace (at) with @ in sending email). If your work stretches the boundaries of those formats, send us a link, a bio, a sample--something that makes us excited to see more of your work.

Sundress Publications: Best of the Net Anthology

Submissions are open for the seventh volume of the Best of the Net Anthology from Sundress Publications.

Send nominations for the 2012 edition to <bestofthenet(at)> (replace (at) with @) between July 1 and September 30, 2012.

Further submission guidelines can be found at

Jul 12, 2012

Back To The Beat - reading opportunity at Wallingford Center

Got this message a while back. I've been meaning to post it on the blog:
Good morning Jeff: I thought you might be interested in learning about the Spoken Word forum at our art gallery. We had a very successful opening last night and would like to extend an invitation to your members to share their writings of poems in an intimate setting. We call this project Back To The Beat. We are located in the Wallingford Center in north Seattle, at 1818 N 45th St (45th and Wallingford Ave). Back to the Beat is held Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. The building itself closes at 8 pm, so those wishing to participate need to be inside by that time. For more information see our blog: Best Regards, Tony Huss

Multi-genre contest: Alligator Juniper - $1,000

Alligator Juniper's annual contest awards $1,000 plus publication for the first place winners in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Finalists in each genre will be recognized as such, published, and paid in copies. Cost of entry: $15, checks or money orders payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2013 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in late spring 2013. There is no theme for this issue; work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest, you agree to allow us to select your work for publication, as a finalist. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, including emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately, should your work be selected elsewhere.

Postmark deadline: October 1, 2012
Entry fee: $15
Prize: $1,000

Submission guidelines

Gazing Grain Press: 2012 Fall for the Book Chapbook Contest

Gazing Grain Press is open to submissions for its inaugural Fall for the Book chapbook contest,which promotes socially-conscious poetry to and by writers of all genders and sexualities.

Award includes chapbook publication, contributor copies, and an invitation to read at a celebratory event at the Fall for the Book literary festival (including continental U.S. travel and accommodation).

Final Judge: Brian Teare

A former National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. He is the author of The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda-award winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses, forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2013.His chapbooks include Pilgrim, Transcendental Grammar Crown, and ]up arrow[ , as well as the forthcoming volumes Paradise Was Typeset, Helplessness and Black Sun Crown. An Assistant Professor at Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Reading period: June 15th-August 1st

Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in chapbook or book form, 15-25 pages. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee is $20.

Submit online via Submittable.

Jul 1, 2012

Book contest: Pavement Saw Press 2012 Transcontinental Award

The Transcontinental Award is for first or second full length books of poetry. All contributors receive books, chapbooks and journals equal to, or more than, the entry fee.
Electronic and mailed entries must meet these requirements:
  1. The manuscript should be at least 48 pages of poetry and no more than 70 pages of poetry in length. Separations between sections are NOT a part of the page count.
  2. A one page cover letter. Include a brief biography, the book's title, your name, address, and telephone number, and, if you have e-mail, your e-mail address. This should be followed by a page which lists publication acknowledgments for the book. For each acknowledgement mention the publisher (journal, anthology, chapbook, etc.) and the poem published.
  3. The manuscript should be bound with a single clip and begin with a title page, including the book's title, your name, address, and telephone number, and, if you have e-mail, your e-mail address.
  4. The second page should have only the title of the manuscript. There are to be no acknowledgments or mention of the author's name from this page forward. Submissions to the contest are blind judged.
  5. There should be no more than one poem on each page. The manuscript can contain pieces longer than one page.
  6. Pages should be numbered, beginning with the first page of poetry.
Each year Pavement Saw Press publishes at least one book of poetry and/or prose poems from manuscripts received during this competition. Selections are chosen through a blind judging process. The competition is open to anyone who has not previously published one, or more than one, volume of poetry or prose poetry. The author receives $1,000 and five percent of the 1,000 copy press run.

Previous judges have included Judith Vollmer, David Bromige, Bin Ramke, and Howard McCord. This year David Baratier will be the judge; past students, Pavement Saw Press interns, and employees are not allowed to submit. All poems must be original, all prose must be original, fiction or translations are not acceptable. All writers without a full length book or those who have published only one full length book are eligible. Writers who have had a second volume of poetry and/or prose poetry under 40 pages printed or printed in limited editions of no more than 500 copies are also eligible. Submissions are accepted during the months of June, July, and until August 15th. All submissions must have a Monday, August 15th, 2012, or earlier, postmark. This is an award for first or second books only.

If you wish to send via regular mail your manuscript should be accompanied by a check in the amount of $20.00 made payable to Pavement Saw Press. All US contributors to the contest will receive books, chapbooks and journals equal to, or more than, the entry fee. Add $3 (US) for other countries to cover the extra postal charge. Do not include an SASE for notification of results, this information will be sent with the free book. Do not send the only copy of your work. All manuscripts are recycled and individual comments on the manuscripts cannot be made. Entry Fee: $20 for mailed US and Canadian entries, $23 for mailed overseas entries, $27 to submit electronically (all entries, world wide).

If you wish to submit electronically, you should send $27.00 via Paypal to<info(at)> (replace (at) with @). We will then send you an e-mail confirmation as well as instructions on where to e-mail the manuscript. Electronic submissions need to be sent as PDF files or as word (.doc) files. Other formats are not accepted. The extra cost is to cover the Paypal fees as well as the time, labor, ink, and so on, to print out your manuscript. In addition to the prize winner, sometimes another anonymous manuscript is chosen, if enough entries arrive. This "editors choice" manuscript will be published under a standard royalty contract. A decision will be reached in December or January.

Entries should be sent to:
Pavement Saw Press
Transcontinental Award Entry
321 Empire Street
Montpelier, OH 43543

Jun 30, 2012

Trio House Press Open Reading Period, July 1-July 31

Trio House Press is open for submissions of full-length poetry poetry manuscripts (48-70 pages) during its open reading period, July 1-July 31. Poets whose manuscripts are selected must serve as Collective Members of Trio House Press for 24 months.

All submissions are through Submittable (link will go live on July 1).

Include a detailed cover letter, approximately two pages, with bio, publication history, and marketing plan at the beginning of the file in front of your manuscript. Open reading fee is $20.

Jun 20, 2012

Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest - $1,000 and a reading in New Orleans

Send two to four unpublished poems on any theme with a combined length of up to 400 lines.

Prize: $1,000, public reading, VIP Festival pass ($500 value) at the 27th annual New Orleans Literary Festival (March 20-24, 2013), and publication.

 Judge: Ava Leavell Hayman
 Deadline: August 15, 2012
 Entry fee: $20

 For more information, visit the contest website.

Red Sky Redux at the Hopvine Pub - June 24 at 7:30pm

Presented by Les Morely and Raven Chronicles, Red Sky Redux will feature Marion Kimes, Willie Smith, Martha Linehan, and Doug Nufer, as well as music by Wally Shoup.

Sunday, June 24, 7:30pm
The Hopvine Pub
507 15th Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102

Red Sky Poetry Theater was the longest continuously running poetry open mic on the West Coast (1980-2005).

NaNoWriMo! Now What? - Richard Hugo House course taught by Corinne Manning

I highly recommend this summer course at Richard Hugo House, taught by the lovely Corinne Manning, an editor at Dark Coast Press and one of the members of our poets gathering.

NaNoWriMo! Now What?

For a month you wrote like a maniac, accumulated words and got that story out. This class will dive into the next step: turning that tangle of notes and ideas into a manuscript. Collectively students will work on the following: take stock of the information they have written and zero in on the actual story they want to tell. We’ll do this through a series of assignments, which will include synopsis writing, the one sentence pitch, time lines and other techniques to help a big project remain coherent in the author’s mind. Writing a book is like building a house from the ground up, and then decorating every room. By the end of this class students will juggle literary masonry and interior decorating like champs.

Corinne Manning is the managing editor of Dark Coast Press. Last year she was the recipient of a year-long writer-in-residence fellowship from the Hub City Writer’s Project. She received her MFA from UNC Wilmington where she was awarded the Stanley Colbert Chapbook Award. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Drunken Boat, Arts and Letters, Hoarse and Qarrtsiluni. She is at work on a novel.

For registration information, visit the Hugo House website.

Jun 19, 2012

The Breadline Performance Series: poetry from Gregory Laynor and Robert Lashley, music from Single Malt

Gregory Laynor
Robert Lashley
Single Malt

7pm, June 20, Vermillion


Residencies: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska offers two- to eight-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, and a stipend of $100 per week are provided.

The Center awards approximately 60 residencies per year, with two annual deadlines: March 1 for July through December residencies and September 1 for January through June residencies. Application fee: $35.

The next deadline for applications is September 1, 2012.

2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press - $3,000

Deadline: August 31, 2012

Established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927-1999), this award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. Awarded collection is selected through an annual competition  open to all poets. This year's final judge will be Katharine Coles.

Award is $3000 and publication of the awarded collection by Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $25.00. Name on cover sheet only, 48 page minimum. Send SASE for notification. Entries must be postmarked by August 31.

The award is open to all writers with the following exceptions:
  • Authors who have had a full-length work published by Red Hen Press, or a full length work currently under consideration by Red Hen Press
  • Employees, interns, or contractors of Red Hen Press
  • Relatives of employees or members of the executive board of directors
  • Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the manuscript, or where, for whatever reason, selecting a particular manuscript might have the appearance of impropriety.
To be certain that every manuscript finalist receives the fairest evaluation, all manuscripts shall be submitted to the judges without any identifying material.  Bios, acknowledgments, and other identifying material shall be removed from judged manuscripts until the conclusion of the competition.

Red Hen Press shall not use students or interns as readers at any stage of its competitions.

Red Hen Press is committed to maintaining the utmost integrity of its awards. Judges shall recuse themselves from considering any manuscript where they recognize the work. In the event of recusal, a manuscript score previously assigned by the managing editor of the press will be substituted.

Submit materials to:
Attn: Benjamin Saltman Award
Red Hen Press
P.O. Box 40820
Pasadena, CA 91114
Red Hen Press will only accept submissions that have been mailed to the above address; please no email attachments or faxes.

Jun 14, 2012

Stand Up & Read - Friday, June 15, 7:30 at Western Bridge

Like a Loser
Friday, June 15, 7:30pm

Please join us this Friday evening for the fifth program in our spring project series, presented by Robert Mittenthal of Seattle, WA. And feel free to pass on this invitation.

Literary Event Grants from Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers's Readings/Workshops program is accepting applications for literary events taking place in its new fiscal year, which begins July 1. The Readings/Workshops program provides small matching grants ($50-$500) to pay the honoraria of writers who give readings or teach writing workshops at all types of community venues in California, Houston, Seattle, and Tucson.

Guidelines and an application are available Organizations must apply on a writer's behalf, but writers may initiate the application process. Applications must be received at least eight weeks in advance of the event date.

Poets & Writers is especially interested in supporting workshops with teens, seniors, and other underserved populations, and events taking place in rural areas of California. Contact Assistant Director Jamie FitzGerald with questions at 310-481-7195.

Jun 12, 2012

Marie Alexander Poetry Series: White Pine Press

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marie Alexander Poetry Series, an imprint of White Pine Press, is given annually for a collection of prose poems or flash fiction by a U.S. writer. Submit a manuscript, which can include only a small percentage of lineated pieces, of at least 48 pages during the month of July. Marie Alexander Poetry Series, Prose Poetry & Flash Fiction Reading, Attention: Nickole Brown, English Department, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 South University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72204. For questions, email:<editor(at)> (replace (at) with @)

Jun 11, 2012

Most Wanted - 48 more hours

GOOD NEWS: I was able to add two more days...If you have a Kindle, you can download Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse Thursday and Friday of this week (through midnight Friday, Pacific time). To get a free copy, beginning 12am Thursday (midnight tonight), go here.

Sold over 2,000 copies in the deck's only available digitally.

Dozens of rare book libraries bought most wanted, including those at Yale University, University of Alabama, SUNY Binghamton, University of Colorado at Boulder, Brown University, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, Colorado College, Carleton College, Stanford University, Mills College, The University of Iowa, University College London, UC San Diego, Maryland Institute College of Art, New York Public Library, and many others.

Reviews, comments, and interviews related to Most Wanted:

  • Jeff Encke. “Spinal Liberation: A Manifesto for Chance Operation” (response to Nathan Moore for his Just One Thing feature). Read Write Poem. January 19, 2010. 
  • Sarah Vap. “Jeff Encke Potty Trained My Son While I Wrote This, and Other Miracles of the Gamble in Verse.” Hayden’s Ferry Review Blog. October 5, 2009. 
  • Alexis Vergalla. “I was taught to read in a linear fashion” (review). Web Del Sol Review of Books. Issue 6. 2009. 
  • Jeremy Voigt. “Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse” (review). Arbutus: Reviews & Criticism
  • Pirooz Kalayeh. “In Dialogue: Encke and Kalayeh” (interview). BABEL Webzine. January 2007.

2012 Fall for the Book Chapbook Contest: Gazing Grain Press

On June 15, Gazing Grain Press will open submissions for its inaugural Fall for the Book chapbook contest, which promotes socially-conscious poetry to and by writers of all genders and sexualities.

Award includes chapbook publication, contributor copies, and an invitation to read at a celebratory event at the Fall for the Book literary festival (including continental U.S. travel and accommodation).

Final Judge: Brian Teare

A former National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. He is the author of The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda-award winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses, forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2013.Hischapbooks include Pilgrim, Transcendental Grammar Crown, and ]up arrow[ , as well as the forthcoming volumes Paradise Was Typeset, Helplessness and Black Sun Crown. An Assistant Professor at Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Reading Period: June 15th-August 1st

Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in chapbook or book form, 15-25 pages. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee is $20.

Submit online via Submittable.

Visit our full guidelines page here.

Jun 10, 2012

Open reading period: Tupelo Press

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 English (whether in the United States or abroad). Include a cover page with manuscript title, your name, address, phone, email, as well as $28 reading fee by check or PayPal. Include SASP for acknowledgment of receipt, SASE for results notification. Manuscripts will not be returned.

You may include an acknowledgments page, listing previously published poems. Mail to: Open Submissions, Tupelo Press, PO Box 1767, North Adams MA 01247; or upload your submission online.

Full guidelines.

Call for submissions: Educe Journal

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  1. "to lead forth"
  2. "to raise up; to erect"
  3. _________

    Looking for literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art submissions from queer folk across the globe. This is a quarterly journal distributed as an e-pub and in print. Submit up to three (3) poems, one (1) story, or one (1) piece of creative nonfiction (prose – 8,000 words max).

Check them out at Send submissions, including name, address, phone, email, and bio, to

Jun 9, 2012

Open reading period: Four Way Books

An excellent press based in New York that publishes, among others, fellow Wesleyan alum and remarkable poet Kevin Prufer.

The June Open Reading Period - a call for book-length poetry collections, short story collections, and novellas.

Submissions accepted June 1 - 30.

This is not a contest. Work is selected by the Four Way Books editorial staff and selections are made over a period of several months. All submitters will be notified by the end of October.

$28.00 reading fee.

Submit online (preferred) or by mail.

Jun 7, 2012

Social media & art fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA)

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts offers two new fellowships for social media artists who have never been in residence at VCCA previously. Fully funded residencies of 6 weeks (to take place between October 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013) plus a $2,000 stipend offered to artists who are using social media platofrms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube to seamlessly integrate these platforms into the work of art itself.

Application deadline: June 15.

Poetry contest: 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize

Guidelines for the 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize:

  1. Entry fee of $18.00 includes a one-year subscription to Rattle (or a one-year extension for subscribers). 
  2. One $5,000 Winner and ten $100 Finalists will be selected in a blind review by the editors of Rattle and printed in the Winter 2012 issue; one $1,000 Readers' Choice Award will then be chosen from among the finalists by subscriber and entrant vote.To ensure a fair competition, votes will only be recorded from those with active subscriptions prior to the announcements of the finalists on September 15.
  3. Open to writers, worldwide; poems must be written in English (no translations).Rattle's winter issue 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, 2013. Once submitted, entries cannot be withdrawn or edited until the finalists are announced.
  4. The first page of your packet or file must be a cover sheet: Type or print clearly your name, address, email address, phone number, and the titles of the poems onto the first page. Include the poems themselves (with titles) on subsequent pages, with each poem beginning a new page. No identifying personal information should appear on any pages with poems.
  5. Send up to four poems per entry. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. 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 an additional $18 fee. Each additional entry will add an extra year to your subscription.
  6. Manuscripts will not be returned; include a SASE or email address if you'd like to be notified of the results. Winners will be announced no later than September 15th, 2012, and the Readers' Choice Award Winner will be announced February 15th, 2013. Additional entries may also be offered publication.
  7. Entries may be submitted by email or hardcopy within the United States. International entries must be submitted by email.

If submitting by mail, include a check or money order for $18, payable to Rattle, and send entries to:

Poetry Prize
12411 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

Postmark deadline: August 1st, 2012

For online submission guidelines, visit

Muzzle Magazine seeking reviewers and a web editor

Muzzle Magazine aims to bring together the voices of poets from a diverse array of backgrounds, paying special homage to those from communities that are historically underrepresented in literary magazines. We have the distinct honor of being the only online literary magazine named as one of the best new magazines of 2010 by Library Journal in "LJ Best New Magazines of 2010: Ten new periodicals rise to the top." We take submissions year round for poetry, art, interviews, poetry book reviews and poetry performance reviews.
Book Reviewer
We are looking for 1-3 book reviewers to review recent and pre-release titles from both major and small presses. Reviewers may choose their own books to review or may request suggestions (and often review copies) from Muzzle. This, like all positions at Muzzle, is a volunteer position.

  • Must love poetry
  • Must be skilled at writing thoughtful reviews of poetry
  • Must be well-read in both contemporary and canonical works of poetry
  • Must be self-motivated and not require micromanaging to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Strong history of poetry publications preferred
  • MFA and/or PhD in creative writing preferred (current candidates are also highly encouraged to apply)
Application Materials:
  • 8-15 pages of poetry (can be published or unpublished)
  • List of publications
  • A brief cover letter explaining why you're interested in this position and detailing any past experiences you've had with writing poetry reviews
  • Samples of 1-3 past reviews, if available
Send all application materials as attachments (either PDF of DOC files) to <muzzlemagazine(at)> (replace (at) with @). Put "Book Editor Position" in the subject line of your email.


Web Editor
We are looking for a web editor to add content to new issues (poetry, art, reviews, etc) and keep the website up-to-date. Generally speaking, two weeks before the issue is scheduled to come out, the web editor would receive content to add to the website, which ends up being about 10-15 hours of work once every 3 months. If a candidate is talented and ambitious and would like to revamp the web design, that is welcome (but not necessary). This, like all positions at Muzzle, is a volunteer position.


  • Must have done web editing in some capacity before. We use Weebly for our website. It's pretty easy. If you've used Weebly before, that'd be great, but it's not 100% necessary.
  • Must have hawk-like attention to formatting details
  • Must be self-motivated and not require micromanaging to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Some HTML knowledge preferred
  • Poetry and art enthusiasts preferred
  • Application Materials:

    • A brief cover letter explaining why you're interested in this position and detailing any past experiences you've had editing and/or designing websites
    • Links to websites you've worked on in the past

    Send all application materials to <muzzlemagazine(at)> (replace (at) with @) Put "Web Editor Position" in the subject line of your email.