May 31, 2012

Call for submissions: Ostrich Review

Ostrich Review is an online journal of poetry, storytelling, and art founded in 2012. The first issue is scheduled for release this summer. If you’d like to be considered for inclusion in our inaugural issue or an issue after that, visit for submission details. Submissions read year-round.

G.C. Waldrep and Carolyn Hembree will appear in the first issue.

Call for submissions: Sycthe Literary Journal

From those cut-ups who bring you the Joe Milford Poetry Show comes the Sycthe Literary Journal, currently seeking submissions. In their words...

Send poems and prose-poems. Send us 3-5 of the ones that haunt you, the ones that deserve homes--prodigal orphans, the ones who stand at the edge of the forest and peer in, the ones who tend to stick in your craw. Send us the ones who like to fly too close to the sun. Send us the ones with the gut-wounds. Send us the ones with splinters in their thumbs, irregular polish on their toes. Send us the ones who smile from the corners of broken windows. The rickety pawnshop robots that still somehow work. We like those--we have a beer and some fried chicken for them. A guitar they can play with woodsy strings on it. A good sofa. A library burning like a hearth crackling.

We accept double submissions as long as you notify us abruptly and immediately when your work has been accepted elsewhere lest you face guillotine.

If you want to send these poems by fiber optical (we prefer email submissions), include your full name, a biography, and the poems in the body of an email and send them to:

Please do not send attachments for poems or biographies. You may attach a photo.

Reading period for Summer issue opens on Mayakovsky's death, April 14th and ends on July 21st, death of Robbie Burns.

Reading period for Winter issue opens August 12th, death of William Blake and closes on Halloween. Winter issue is dedicated to Emily Dickinson, born in December.

Reading Period for Spring issue begins December 16th, birth of Phillip K. Dick, and closes March 16th, death of Cesar Vallejo.        

American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize

The annual American Poetry Review /Honickman First Book Prize offers publication of a book of poems, a $3,000 award, and distribution by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium.
Each year a distinguished poet is chosen to be the judge of the prize and write an introduction to the winning book. The purpose of the prize is to encourage excellence in poetry, and to provide a wide readership for a deserving first book of poems.

The reading period for the 2013 prize will begin on August 1, 2012 and extend through October 31, 2012.

Judge: Fanny Howe

The prize of $3,000, with an introduction by the judge and distribution of the winning book by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium, will be awarded in 2013 with publication of the book in the same year. The author will receive a standard book publishing contract, with royalties paid in addition to the $3,000 prize.

The prize is open to U.S. citizens who have not published a book-length collection of poems with a registered ISBN. Poems previously published in periodicals or limited-edition chapbooks may be included in the manuscript, but the manuscript itself must not have been published as a book-length work exceeding 25 pages. Translations are not eligible nor are works written by multiple authors. The editors of The American Poetry Review will screen manuscripts for the judge. APR complies with the CLMP Code of Ethics in the administration of this contest. The judge will select a manuscript in an anonymous review process and will not award the prize to any writer whose personal relationship to the judge poses a conflict of interest.

Please note: Manuscripts cannot be returned.

Manuscripts must be postmarked between August 1 and October 31, 2012. The winning author and all other entrants will be notified by February 15, 2013.

Please use first class mail. Do not use Federal Express, Overnight Mail, or UPS or any other service that requires a signature.

You may simultaneously submit your manuscript elsewhere, but please notify us immediately if it is accepted for publication. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible; each must be under separate cover with a fee, a return postcard, and a notification envelope.

The winning author will have time to revise the manuscript after acceptance, but please send no revisions during the reading period.

To be considered for the prize, send:
  1. A clearly typed poetry manuscript of 48 pages or more, single-spaced, paginated, with a table of contents and acknowledgments.
  2. Two title pages: one with your name, address, e-mail, phone number, and the book title; a second title page should contain the title only. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript except the first title page.
  3. An entry fee of $25 by check or money order, payable to The American Poetry Review.
  4. A self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of contest results.
  5. A self-addressed stamped postcard for notification of receipt of the manuscript. Your manuscript identification number will be included on this card when it is returned to you. If no postcard is included in your entry, you will not be notified of its receipt.
Send your submission to:

The American Poetry Review/ Honickman First Book Prize
1700 Sansom Street, Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103

May 30, 2012

Ninth Annual "Song of Myself" Marathon - Sunday, June 3

This event isn't in Seattle, but it's almost worth flying out to New York to take part. My friend and fellow-alum Karen Karbiener, possibly the best Whitman professor of our generation, organized the first of these marathon readings of "Song of Myself" nine years ago, and it's become a tradition. If you're in New York, don't miss it.


Ninth Annual Marathon Reading of "Song of Myself"
Sunday, June 3, 2012, 3:00-5:30 p.m.
The Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier One)... free!

Led by NYU Professor Karen Karbiener, this year's event will feature Martin Espada, current Poet-in-Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace. We'll hear Whitman's words in full view of his beloved Mannahatta from Brooklyn's front stoop.

If you'd like to read, email with your favorite three sections of "Song of Myself" (using the 1891-1892 edition's breakdown of 52 sections). Readings will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

For more information and directions:

Caldera: Residencies on a volcanic lake in Central Oregon

Founded in 1996 by Dan and Bonnie Wieden, Caldera’s mission is to be a catalyst for transformation through innovative art and environmental programs. Caldera offers an artist residency program for professional artists, as well as a comprehensive arts mentoring program for underserved youth. While Caldera’s administrative headquarters are located in Portland, Oregon, its studios and arts center are located on ninety acres of mountain and forest land at the edge of a volcanic lake in Central Oregon.

Caldera’s adult program offers month-long residencies to professional artists: the gift of time & creative workspace at our Blue Lake facility in the Oregon Cascade Mountains. Caldera’s youth program provides underserved Oregon children with year-round, long-term mentoring through arts and nature projects, beginning at age eleven and continuing through young adulthood. Linking Caldera’s youth and adult programs is a passionate belief in the power of creativity.

Applications are due June 15 and can be downloaded at

Literal Latté Poetry Awards

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $200
    Send unpublished poems, 2,000 words max. All styles welcome.
  • Postmark by July 15th.
  • Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address (optional) — on Cover Page only.
  • Please put poem titles/first lines on Cover Page as well.
  • Include Self Addressed Stamped Envelope or Email Address for reply.
  • Include $10 Reading Fee per set of up to 6 poems — OR —
    $15 Reading Fee for set of 10 poems.

  • All entries considered for publication.

    For more information, visit the Literal Latté website.

    Residencies: Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, Illinois

    Prairie Center of the Arts, a member of the Alliance of Artists Communities, is a 501c(3) Artist-in-Residence program providing artists from around the world the resources and uninterrupted time to think and create.

    Prairie Center of the Arts was founded in 2003 as a juried Artist in Residency (AIR) program to attract emerging and established artists from Illinois and around the world; to provide these artists and local artists with opportunities for research and development of new work; to provide an accessible facility for art and creativity that embraces the Peoria area community offering equipment and new technologies not currently available to the general public.

    We use the word “artist” in its broadest sense... to include traditional art forms, such as printmaking, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, and design, as well as installation and conceptual artists, writers and poets, composers, architects and others who envision and change the world through their creative endeavors. 

    Five artists are accepted at a time for one to three month residencies. Between 24-40 artists per year can be accommodated. Preference is given for applications requesting a month or longer. Two week residencies will be considered given availability of space.
    • For residencies October 1 through the third week of December, the application deadline is July 15.
    • For residencies the second week of January through March 31, the application deadline is October 15

    Call for submissions: Brusque

    For the masochistic among us....I suppose this entitles you to tell the editors what you think of their opinions....or buck teeth.

    <<-- Brusque's editor, Stevie Edwards.

    Founded in May 2012, Brusque is a new online poetry magazine that will be published bi-monthly. Each issue will be relatively brief, featuring poems from 3-5 poets.

    Brusque aims to shake up the literary magazine submissions process by promising honest and at times belligerent responses to poetry submissions. Poetry acceptances need more flattery and rejections need more snark. Expect responses ranging from "This poem is so beautiful it makes me weep" to"Meh" to "Reading this poem makes me want a cartoon anvil to pulverize my skull."

    Submit by July 31st to have your work considered for Brusque's inaugural issue, scheduled to come out in September 2012. Publication will be highly selective.

    Submission instructions are at:

    Call for submissions: Hinchas de Poesia

    Hinchas de Poesía is currently soliciting submissions for issue #7. The deadline for submitting work is July 25th; we foresee publishing issue #7 by August of 2012.

    Hinchas is an online digital codex dedicated to contemporary Pan-American writing. Hinchas are Spanglish speakers,18-45, who grew up in populous Latino exurbs (Miami, Los Angeles, D.C.) and may or may not watch soccer, but know to call it fútbol. Hinchas are the homicidal fútbol fanatics of Latin America, particularly of the Argentine variety.

    A short list of writers published between our digital pages includes: Tomaz Salamun, Campbell McGrath, Melinda Palacios, Yaddyra Peralta, Lous Bourgeois, Luivette Resto-Ometeotl, Guillermo Castro, Stephen Page, Nick Vagnoni, David Spicer, Chip Livingston, James Cervantes, Kristine Chalifoux, Bojan Louis, Shana Wolstein, Flavia Cosma, and M.G.Stephens.

    Our reading period for our fall issue will run from Monday, May 21st, 2012 until Monday, July 25th 2012. Multiple submissions are permitted, but please do inform us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

    Poetry: Please submit up to three previously unpublished pieces. Please include your name, contact information, and the titles for your poems. All questions regarding poetry and poetry submissions should be directed to <heavily(at)hinchasdepoesia>.

    Prose: Typically, we request that fiction submissions not exceed three thousand words. For issue #7, we request that submissions of micro-fiction not exceed one thousand words. Please include your name, contact information and the title of your piece(s). All questions regarding fiction and fiction submissions should be directed to <gonzo(at)>.

    Translations: Please submit up to three previously unpublished translations alongside the work in the source language. Please include your name, contact information, and the titles for your translations; in addition, submit the name of the writer you have translated, their publisher information, and the original titles you have chosen to translate. All questions regarding translations and translation submissions should be directed to <yago(at)> .

    Artwork: Please send art as a .jpeg image 2400 pixels wide (high res.) at a 72 dpi. To ensure compatability, please only attach images as .jpegs; please ensure that attachments are no larger than 24 MBs; if you are sending multiple images that exceed this capacity, send images seperately. All questions regarding art and art submissions should be directed to <Jennifer(at)>

    Book Reviews: We request that reviews not exceed one thousand words, and that the subject, title, publisher, and year of publication appear clearly delineated. All questions regarding reviews and submissions of reviews should be addressed to the respective editors.
    All submissions are handled through our Submittable account:

    or through our website under the "Submissions" tab. We look forward to reading your best work; if you have any questions, please contact us at <info(at)> (replace (at) with @ in all email addresses).

    May 29, 2012

    Emergency Press International Poetry Prize

    A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emergency Press is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Special consideration is given to submissions that are multimedia or cross-genre in nature. Nicholaus Patnaude will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Deadline: July 1, 2012
    Entry Fee: $20

    Emergency Press, International Book Prize, 154 West 27th Street, #5W, New York, NY 10001. (206) 331-7477. Bryan Tomasovich, Editor.

    Muriel Craft Bailey Award from Comstock Review

    Deadline: July 1, 2012
    Judge: Dorianne Laux

    1st Prize - $1 ,000
    2nd Prize -$250

    3rd Prize - $100
    Honorable Mentions - subscriptions

    The Comstock Review editorial staff chooses approximately 50-60 finalists. The highest scoring finalists (25 or so) are considered Special Merit Poems. Special Merit Poems go to the judge, who determines the top three Prize Winners. The editorial staff then selects honorable mentions from the remaining Special Merit Poems. All Special Merit Poems are considered accepted work.

    • Each poem must be typed on a separate 8.5-by-11 page.
    • Poems must be original, unpublished in any Medium, print or electronic, and not under consideration elsewhere. 
    • Poems should not exceed 40 lines, beginning with the first line of text below the title. Do not count blank lines. Please also consider our 65 character line width limit when submitting.
    • Include name and ALL contact information on the reverse side of each poem entered. Poems without this information will be disqualified.
    • Send an SASE for results only. No poems will be returned.
    • All Prize Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Special Merit Poems are considered accepted work and will be published in Issue 26.2 (Fall/Winter 2012). Finalists whose poems do not go to the judge will be queried for permission to use their work. A non-response is considered a yes. All accepted authors will receive one contributor’s copy of the issue.
    • Include an entry fee of $5 per poem submitted. There is no limit on the number of poems you may submit.  
    • Make checks out to "The Comstock Review."
    Send contest submissions to:
    CWG Poetry Contest 2012
    4956 St. John Drive
    Syracuse, NY 13215

    2012 Bechtel Essay Prize (writing pedagogy) from Teachers & Writers Collaborative

    Since 2004, Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) has honored the author of an exemplary essay on literary arts education with the annual Bechtel Prize. Submissions for the award address important issues in creative writing education and/or the writing life.

    The 2012 Bechtel Prize winner and finalists will be selected by Jo Ann Beard from a list of semi-finalists. Beard is the author of The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays, and the novel In Zanesville. Her work has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and magazines such as Tin House, the New Yorker, and Best American Essays. Beard is the recipient of awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Whiting Foundation, among others. She lives in upstate New York and teaches nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
    The essay selected to receive the Bechtel Prize appears in Teachers & Writers Magazine and on the T&W website, and the author receives a $1,000 honorarium. Honoraria totaling $500 are shared by the authors of entries selected as finalists for the prize, which may also be published in Teachers & Writers Magazine.
    Possible topics for Bechtel Prize submissions include contemporary issues in creative writing education, innovative approaches to teaching literary forms and genres, and the intersection between literature and imaginative writing. Previous winners of the Bechtel Prize can be found here.

    Selection criteria for the Bechtel Prize include the essay's relevance and appropriateness for readers of Teachers & Writers Magazine, most of whom teach at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary level. Teachers & Writers Magazine publishes work that is concise, lively, and geared to a general audience. Prospective entrants for the Bechtel Prize are encouraged to review a sample issue of Teachers & Writers Magazine to familiarize themselves with the publication's style. Go to to order a sample issue of the magazine for $5.00.

    The submission deadline for the 2011 Bechtel Prize is 5:00 PM (Eastern), Monday, July 2, 2012. Please refer to the submission guidelines below for additional information.
    • Entry fee: $20 for each entry (make checks payable to Teachers & Writers Collaborative). Each fee entitles the entrant to a new one-year subscription to Teachers & Writers Magazine or a one-year extension of a current subscription. Please indicate your choice and include a complete address for subscriptions.
    • Submissions should relate to creative writing education and/or the writing life.
    • Submissions must be previously unpublished and under 3,500 words in length.
    • Submissions must be typed, paginated, and double-spaced.
    • Submissions will be judged anonymously. The author's name and address must not appear anywhere on the essay/article.
    • Two copies of the entry must be submitted. One copy should include a cover page with the following information: the author's name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, the title of the submission, and where the author learned about the Bechtel Prize. The other copy should include a cover page with only the title.
    • Authors of the Bechtel Prize winner and finalists must permit T&W to publish their submissions in Teachers & Writers Magazine. The winner must permit T&W to publish the essay on the T&W website. T&W reserves the right to edit the submissions for publication.
    • Please mail entries to The Bechtel Prize, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2020, New York, NY 10018. Entries may be delivered to T&W between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Submissions will not be accepted via e-mail or fax.
    • Submissions must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern), Monday, July 2, 2012.
    • Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be reviewed for the Bechtel Prize. Submissions will not be returned to the authors.
    Questions regarding the Bechtel Prize should be directed to <bechtel(at)> (replace (at) with @).

    2012 Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize from Anhinga Press

    $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press.

    Final Judge: CORNELIUS EADY

    Postmark deadline: 9/30/2012

    Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-100 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 "Fresno State (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. Online payments can be made via credit or debit card at the link below. Please note, online entry fee is $25 plus an additional $3.38 service charge. The Vendini system resembles an event ticketing system, but is simply a method of accepting online credit and debit card payments.

    Mail Entries to: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Department of English, Mail Stop PB 98 5245 N. Backer Ave. California State University, Fresno Fresno, California 93740-8001

    or email <connieh(at)> (replace (at) with @ in sending email)

    Sponsored by: MFA Program at California State University, Fresno and Anhinga Press

    May 28, 2012

    First or second book prize from Omnidawn Publishing

    The OmniDawn First/Second Book poetry contest is open to writers who have either never published a full-length book of poetry, or who have published only one full-length book of poetry, so that the winning book would become a poet's first or second published book of poetry. Writers who have published two or more full length books of poetry are NOT eligible. (Chapbooks do not count.)

    The manuscript page limit is 120 pages for this poetry book contest. (Most manuscripts we receive are 40-70 pages long.) Friends, colleagues and students of the judge, Brenda Hillman, are not eligible. Postal and online poetry contest submissions accepted. Manuscripts must be received or postmarked between May 1 and June 30, 2012 at midnight Pacific Daylight Time.

    Reading fee is $25. For $3 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants who provide a U.S. mailing address may choose to receive this contest's winning book or any Omnidawn book (including 4 PEN USA winning books). A complete list of all Omnidawn books is available at The winner will be announced to our email list and on this web page in January 2013, and we expect to publish the winning book in the fall of 2013.

    Autumn House Poetry Contest - deadline June 30

    Since 2003, the annual Autumn House Poetry Contest has awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500 to the winner. For the 2012 contest, the preliminary judge is Michael Simms, and the final judge is Stephen Dunn. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2012. For further questions, feel free to email us, message us on Twitter, or ask us through our Facebook Fan Page.
    • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to participate in the 2013 Autumn House Master Authors Series in Pittsburgh.
    • The deadline is June 30, 2012.
    • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
    • All finalists will be considered for publication.
    • The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Stephen Dunn.
    • All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible.
    • If you wish to be informed of the results of the competition, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
    • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
    • All entries must be clearly marked “Poetry Prize” on the outside envelope.
    • Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
    • Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:
    Autumn House Press
    PO Box 60100
    Pittsburgh, PA 15211

    Electronic submission option: Poetry manuscripts may be submitted electronically by sending the entry by email attachment to autumnh420(at) and paying the $30 entry fee through the “Donate” button on the Autumn House homepage.

    First book prize: ABZ Press - deadline June 30

    As a web presence, ABZ Press mystifies me somewhat, but they do have a terrific lineup of judges for their first book contest, which they've apparently been running since 2007. David Baker, Heather McHugh, Mark Halliday, Angela Ball, and now Charles Simic...

    ABZ will continue the ABZ Poetry Prize in 2012 for a first full-length book of poems. We want to read your first book.

    We will be looking in 2012 for original poetry manuscripts between 48-76 pages.

    ABZ will publish the winning manuscript and award the author one thousand dollars and fifty copies of the winning book.

    The winning manuscript in 2012 will be chosen by Charles Simic.
    Each manuscript must be bound only with a binder clip and sent in an envelope or package with a May or June 2012 postmark with a reading fee of $30.00 in US Dollars as a check or money order payable to ABZ PRESS. The deadline is June 30 2012. Include a table of contents, acknowledgements, and two title pages. One title page should have only the title. The second title page should have the author’s name, address, phone number with area code, and e-mail address. Please indicate any poetry books or chapbooks (with fewer than 48 pages) you may have published. Simultaneous submissions are OK with us. Let us know if you win another prize.
    Manuscripts will not be returned. Please keep a copy of your manuscript.

    To receive notice of manuscript arrival, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

    To receive notice of contest results, you must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. You will not receive the notice in 2012 unless you include such an envelope.

    The reading fee entitles the entrant to one copy of the winning book. Copies of the book will be sent in May-June 2013 when the book is published.

    Send manuscript between May 1 and June 30, 2012 to:

    ABZ Poetry Prize
    ABZ Press
    PO Box 2746
    Huntington WV 25727-2746.

    Winter/spring residencies at the MacDowell Colony

    The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH awards Fellowships to artists of exceptional talent, providing time, space, and an inspiring environment in which to do creative work. A Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. There is no cost for a Fellowship; travel funds and stipends are available to artists-in-residence based on need.

    MacDowell welcomes applications from emerging and established artists in seven different disciplines: architecture, music composition, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, theatre, visual arts, and literature.
    The next application deadline is September 15, 2012 for our Winter/Spring residency period: February 1 – May 31, 2013. Artists can apply online from July 1 to September 15. There is a $30 non-refundable application processing fee. There are three applications a year. Artists may apply only once in a twelve-month period.
    For more information, please look for thrapplication guidelines and frequently asked questions on the MacDowell Colony website.

    Free Verse Editions New Measure Poetry Prize (Parlor Press)

    Good friend Adam Clay published an excellent collection with Parlor Press back in 2006. Great publisher...

    A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series will be given annually for a poetry collection. Jon Thompson will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 54 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Parlor Press, Free Verse Editions New Measure Poetry Prize, c/o Jon Thompson, English Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8105. (919) 755-0381. Jon Thompson, Contact.

    May 27, 2012

    Bitter Oleander Press - Library of Poetry Book Award

    A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press will be given annually for a collection of poetry. Poets who have published at least one book of poetry in English are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 15. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Bitter Oleander Press, Library of Poetry Book Award, 4983 Tall Oaks Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066-9776.

    Deadline: June 15, 2012
    Entry Fee: $25

    Scribus – Residencies for writers and digital media artists in Manchester

    ArtFunkl is delighted to offer the new Scribus series of Residencies for writers or digital media artists.

    The Writers/Digital Media Residency is based at ArtFunkl, Manchester and runs alongside the already established Artists residency programme. It is aimed at providing a quiet, self contained place for Writers or Digital Media Artists to facilitate a period of concentrated production. Writers/Artists taking part in this residency will be able to be part of the small community of ArtFunkl if desired, but also have the option of being solitary and quiet.

    Residency dates:
    Scribus 04 – 4 weeks (24 October – 20 November 2012)
    Scribus 05 – 4 weeks (22 November – 19 December 2012)

    Deadline: June 21, 2012

    Accommodation for the writers residency is in a large quiet room on the garden side of the property. The room is divided into Sleeping and Working areas, and it is very flexible how these can be arranged. For Digital Media Artists access to a digital projector can be arranged if required.

    The Special Residency project is aimed at people who would like a period of calm in order to carry out a substantial body of work, but would still like to be able to dip into the vibrant city life of Manchester from time to time.

    Studio/Room Fees:
    £109 per week

    For details and application forms, visit the ArtFunkl website.

    Iowa Review - Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

    A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review will be given for a poem, short story, or an essay by a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. military. Robert Olen Butler will judge. Submit up to 20 pages of poetry or prose with a $15 entry fee by June 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Iowa Review, Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans, 308 EPB, Iowa City, IA 52242. (319) 335-0462.

    Deadline: June 15
    Fee: $15

    More information.

    Indiana Review 1/2K Prize - Deadline June 1

    A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of fiction under 500 words. Michael Martone will judge. Submit up to three poems or works of prose with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Indiana Review, by June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Residencies at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado

    Willow (4)emailDeadline: June 1

    A unique and intimate Residency on western slope of Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Located in small town full of artists, musicians, writers, dancers, actors, farmers, ranchers, vintners - in incredibly beautiful natural setting.

    Elsewhere Studios Residency Program in Paonia, CO, provides space and time for artists to create in a unique and supportive environment.

    Time spans are individually based – 1 to 6 months. Visual artists, writers, musicians, and performance artists are welcome. Situated in ‘down town’ Paonia, the spaces are versatile, providing residents with opportunities to connect and interact with other artists in the community, to create or participate in art exhibitions, and to teach classes or workshops . . .or just time to focus on work.

    Shared Studio space as well as Ceramics and Woodworking shop on site.

    Residency fees are $500 to $600 per month, which includes utilities and WiFi. Paonia is a small town nestled in a beautiful landscape of mountains and mesas covered with orchards, small ranches, and farms. It is about 1.5 hours from Grand Junction on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. Paonia is a community of unique and creative individuals with a strong interest in sustainability. It was recently designated as an Emerging Creative District by the state of Colorado.

    Please see website for detailed information on rooms, fees, and application process.

    If you have questions, email or call 970.527.3249

    Newfoundland Residencies by the sea: Fogo Island Arts Corporation

    The studios at this residency are tremendous.

    Fogo Island Arts Corporation is a contemporary arts experiment on Fogo Island and Change Islands. The Arts Corp takes a leading role in regenerating the islands by delivering an integrated strategy incorporating the arts, geo tourism and social enterprise. The Arts Corp sees arts and creativity as powerful means of stimulating and enhancing a resilient social ecosystem, while working as an integral partner of other approaches. All of the Arts Corp’s programmes interact at every level and progress in close dialogue with each other and a diversity of partners and collaborators. Each focuses on themes inspired by Fogo Island’s and Change Islands’ unique place and people while reaching out beyond the islands to mainland Canada and internationally. The Arts Corporation seeks out, initiates, develops and directs a spectrum of collaborative, interdependent processes which draw together, engage and create benefits for the widest range of parties on an equal footing – from visiting to local artists, local people to ‘strangers’, island-based to foreign entrepreneurs, local fishermen to environmentalists; making use of Arts Corp’s assets, including its studios, project spaces, diversity of media and staff. Arts Corp activities have two intertwined strands – an international Residency Programme and a Production Programme, both of which engage with locally inspired as well as trans-national processes. 

    Brief description of residency program

    Arts Corp activities have two intertwined strands – an international Residency Programme and a Production Programme, both of which engage with locally inspired as well as trans-national processes.

    The Residency Program aims to bring contemporary artists of international caliber to live and work on Fogo Island and Change Islands. The program encourages the participation of artists working in a wide range of disciplines, including – but not limited to – visual arts, new media, design, music, dance, writing and film. Four studios of six are built so far. We expect to have all facilities up and running by the end of 2012.

    Visual artists, curators, writers and filmmakers can apply for residencies on Fogo Island in 2012 – 2013. Residencies are from 3 to 6 months. Visiting professionals are provided with a studio (work space) and a house to live in. 

    Disciplines and media

    • Visual Art
    • Literature
    • New Media
    • Curatorial
    • Film Making

    May 26, 2012

    Open Call Gushul Studio Residency in Blairmore, Alberta, Canada

    The town of Blairmore, distinguished for, among other things, having elected a Communist town council in 1933.


    The Gushul Studio and Cottage, situated in the town of Blairmore, Alberta, Canada, opened in 1988 as a site for creative residencies for professional artists and writers. Owned by the University of Lethbridge and managed through the Gushul Studio Residency Program Committee, Faculty of Fine Arts, this facility has hosted over 200 artists, scholars and other professionals, and has offered inspiration and sanctuary for the production of their work.

    Thomas Gushul (1891-1962), a prolific and pioneering Canadian photographer, founded the studio in Blairmore where he lived and worked with his wife Lena. In the early 1980s the studio was restored and was registered as a historic resource by the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation. Today it remains an important cultural resource for the Crowsnest Pass community. Over the years, the facility has undergone significant upgrades to its infrastructure and to its residency programs.

    Today the Department of Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, conducts a competitive selection process for artist and writer residencies through the Gushul Studio Residency Program. Applications are peer reviewed by a committee that focuses on the professional experience of the applicant, the quality of past work, and the applicant’s potential to have a productive residency at the Gushul.

    Through the Gushul Studio Residency Program, the University of Lethbridge supports the pursuit of creative production by offering comfortable and private studio and living space for working artists and writers. Residents are housed in either the Artist’s Studio or the Writer’s Cottage, separate buildings situated in proximity to one another and nestled in the awe-inspiring mountainous landscape of the Crowsnest Pass.
    Brief description of residency program
    The Open Call Gushul Studio Residency is available to the following applicants:
    • Canadian Artists and Writers
    • Non-Canadian Artists and Writers
    Applications for Open Call Gushul Studio Residencies are accepted on an ongoing basis for both the Artist’s Studio and Writer’s Cottage.
    The Southern Alberta Art Gallery Gushul Studio Residency is administered and hosted by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.
    For information about this residency program, please refer to
    The TrapDoor Artist Run Centre Gushul Studio Residency is administered and hosted by TrapDoor Artist Run Centre.
    For information about this residency program, please refer to
    For any further information please see the website or contact

    2012 Off The Grid Press Prize for poets over 60


    1. Submissions deadline: Aug. 31, 2012.The winner will be announced by Dec. 31, 2012. Each poet will be notified via email. The competition is open only to poets over 60 years of age.


    2.The winner will receive $1000 and publication.

    3. Manuscript must be typed, paginated, and 50 – 70 pages in length (single spaced). We do not accept double-sided manuscripts.

    4. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks of less than 35 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. No multi-authored collections, please.

    5. Manuscripts must have a table of contents and include a list of acknowledgments for poems previously published. MANUSCRIPTS CANNOT BE RETURNED. Please do not send us your only copy.

    6. Send one copy of your manuscript submission with two copies of the title page. On the first title page print the title and all contact information: Name, address, phone, email. On the second title page print only the book’s title, no name or contact information. Use only binder clips. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies.

    7. No illustrations, photographs or images should be included.

    8. For notification of the winner, include a business-sized SASE. If you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your manuscript, include a stamped addressed postcard. Winners will be announced in December 2012. Entry fee for the Off The Grid Press Competition is $25. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Off The Grid Press.

    9. Manuscripts should be submitted by mail.
    Mail entries to:
    Off The Grid Press
    24 Quincy St.
    Somerville, MA
    Send inquiries to

    10. If, in our judgment, no submission is worthy of publication, the press reserves the right not to publish any book.

    Bridport Arts Centre - Bridport Poetry Prize

    And if you want to play the poetry lottery, this prize in the UK offers $7,900 to the first place poem...again, the deadline's in a few days.


    Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $7,900) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,585) and publication is also given in each category. A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,585) and publication is given for a work of flash fiction. Gwyneth Lewis will judge in poetry, and Patrick Gale will judge in fiction. Submit a poem of up to 42 lines, a story of up to 5,000 words, or a short short story of up to 250 words by May 31. The entry fee is £7 (approximately $11) for poetry, £8 (approximately $13) for fiction, and £6 (approximately $10) for flash fiction. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

    Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport Prize, P.O. Box 6910, Dorset DT6 9BQ, England. Frances Everitt, Prize Administrator.

    More information.

    2012 FIELD Poetry Prize - deadline May 31

    John Marshall of Open Books won this prize for his collection Meaning a Cloud in 2007...

    The contest is open to all poets, whether or not they have previously published in book form. Unpublished poetry manuscripts between 50 and 80 pages in length will be considered. Oberlin College Press publishes the winning manuscript in the FIELD Poetry Series and awards the winning author $1,000 plus standard royalties.

    Manuscripts must be submitted during May 2012. The contest reading fee is $28 and includes one year’s subscription to FIELD. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, through our online Submissions Manager (note: the submission pathway will appear there on May 1st).

    All manuscripts will be judged by the editors, David Young and David Walker. We will announce the winner here in August 2012.
    For more information, visit the Oberlin College Press guidelines page.

    Dylan Thomas Prize - £30,000

    A prize of £30,000 (approximately $48,000) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction that “displays creative, imaginative, and innovative use of the English language” by a writer under 30. Publishers may submit five copies of a book published between June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2012, by May 31. There is no entry fee. E-mail or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
    Dylan Thomas Centre, Dylan Thomas Prize, c/o MGB PR, 2 Princess Way, Swansea SA1 3LW, England.

    $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award for women writers from AROHO - deadline November 1

    A Room of Her Own’s $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award

    6th Gift of Freedom Grant Cycle Categories: Poetry, Playwrighting, Fiction, & Creative Nonfiction
    Postmark deadline: November 1, 2012

    Thanks to tremendous support from friends, advocates, and fellow writers, we are privileged to announce the 6th $50,000 Gift of Freedom award: stronger, more prestigious, and of greater benefit to even more women.

    The 6th $50,000 Gift of Freedom competition will determine finalists from each genre (creative nonfiction, fiction, playwrighting, & poetry). One genre finalist will be awarded the $50,000 Gift of Freedom grant. The three remaining genre finalists will each be awarded a $5000 prize and eligibility to attend a future AROHO Retreat for Women Writers benefitted by a Gift of Freedom Legacy Fellowship.

    The $50,000 Gift of Freedom award is the largest of its kind for women writers. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s tenet that a woman must have money and a room of her own in order to write, the Gift of Freedom commissions a creative project by a promising woman writer/artist ready to restructure their life in order to complete their work within the two year period of the grant.

    AROHO selects award recipients who not only demonstrate their talent, but also their motivation. These women must have solid creative goals and a specific project to accomplish during the two-year term of the grant. They should be able to show a track record of commitment to their art in addition to substantial efforts to be self-sufficient. In determining a recipient, we also consider the potential impact of the artist’s or writer’s proposed work on the broader community. We support women with a social, as well as an artistic vision.

    Grant winners agree to a “moral” contract requiring them to commit to a specific goal resulting in a finished work. They receive mentorship and support throughout the grant period, and as a result give back to A Room of Her Own Foundation by going on to mentor successive Gift of Freedom recipients.

    TwispWorks Artist Residency

    TwispWorks seeks applications from local and visiting artists for its Fall 2012 Artist Residency.
    Applications for the fall session, September 15-December 15, 2012, are due July 16, 2012. Residencies will be available to two visiting artists and two local artists.

    Eligible artists include:
    • visual artists of all media
    • installation artists
    • sculptors
    • muralists
    • writers
    • audio/video artists
    Participants in the residency receive:
    • A private room in a shared, co-ed house with a kitchen (visiting artists)
    • Studio space on the TwispWorks campus
    • A small materials stipend to assist in the completion of a community service project
    • Participants in the residency contribute:
    • A community service project or artwork at TwispWorks or in the community at large
    Deadline: July 16, 2012

    For more information, please contact Tori Karpenko, Director of Partnerships and Operations at 509-997-3300 or

    May 25, 2012

    Knightville Poetry Contest from the New Guard Literary Review

    Knightville Poetry Contest: $1,000 for an exceptional work of narrative and/or experimental poetry. Three poems per entry. Up to 300 lines per poem.

    Judged by National Poetry Series winner Jeanne Marie Beaumont.

    Deadline: June 18, 2012 (postmark)
    Entries are $15

    For more information, visit the New Guard Literary Review.

    Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, Burning of the Three Fires, which was a finalist for the 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award, and Curious Conduct. Her first book, Placebo Effects, was selected as a winner in the National Poetry Series. She also won the Dana Award for Poetry and The Greensboro Review literary award for poetry. Her poems have been included in two dozen anthologies and textbooks, including Good Poems for Hard Times, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, The Norton Introduction to Literature, 9th ed., and Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website. She was co-editor of the literary magazine, American Letters & Commentary, from 1992-2000. With Claudia Carlson, she co-edited the anthology, The Poets' Grimm: Twentieth Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales.

    "Afraid So," a poem from Curious Conduct, was made into a short film by the same name (narrated by Garrison Keillor) by award-winning filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt. The movie has been screened at numerous international film festivals, on the IFC, and at the Museum of Modern Art. She served as director of the annual Advanced Poetry Seminar from 2006-2010, and she currently teaches at both The Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, and at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Maine.

    Call for submissions: Southern Poetry Review Guy Owen Prize

    $1,000 and publication for an unpublished poem. Submit three to five poems (10 pages maximum), a $20 entry fee (includes one-year subscription to journal), and SASE for reply only.

    Deadline: June 15 (postmark).

    Include contact information on cover sheet only. All entries considered for publication. Send to:

    Southern Poetry Review
    Guy Owen Prize
    Dept. of Languages, Literature and Philosophy
    Armstrong Atlantic State University
    11935 Abercorn Street
    Savannah, Georgia 31419-1997

    Richard Hugo House seeks its next writer-in-residence - deadline June 4

    Richard Hugo House is seeking an accomplished author to become the next writer-in-residence at the nonprofit center for writers on Capitol Hill.

    Applicants for the position should be practicing, published writers of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction and accomplished and dedicated writing teachers with experience working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting and on a one-on-one basis as a mentor offering criticism and professional development advice.

    Applicants should have a specific artistic project they are working on during their residency (i.e. developing a manuscript for publication) and should have a special interest in the role of writing as a means of engaging people of all cultures and to celebrate, understand and engage in the complex world around us.

    Applications are due by June 4, 2012 to Richard Hugo House, c/o Writer-in-Residence Search Committee, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122.  No phone queries please. Questions may be addressed to Brian McGuigan, program director, at

    More information at

    Duration: September 15, 2012 through June 15, 2013. The term is renewable at the discretion of Richard Hugo House with a two-term limit.

    Mentorship: Writers-in-residence hold weekly office hours (180 hours total over nine months per term) where they mentor Hugo House community members by offering criticism on their writing projects and professional development advice about the writing process, finding an agent, publishing and other writerly concerns in a one-on-one setting. Writers-in-residence are responsible for coordinating their own appointments and must maintain a log of appointments for tracking and grant purposes. A private office is provided for meetings and for writers-in-residence to have space to work on their artistic projects.

    Community Outreach: Writers-in-residence act as ambassadors of Hugo House and advocates for writing in the community by offering two workshops per term to communities with little access to the arts, giving readings, occasionally hosting or participating in Hugo House events and collaborating with our program staff to produce one event per term.
    Teaching: The writer-in-residence teaches a minimum of two six-week classes per calendar year (subject to approval) as part of the Hugo Classes program. The writer will receive separate compensation for teaching.

    Compensation: $500 per month stipend for nine months, plus additional compensation for Hugo Classes; a vibrant and growing community of, by and for writers; an opportunity to work with a committed staff in a creative work environment; and receive support and encouragement for artistic projects.

    Your Application: Write a cover letter that includes a description of your potential residency; your artistic project; your plans for community outreach; your teaching/mentoring philosophy; and your views about the role of writing in our culture (please limit to 500 words). Please include a writing sample (maximum of 10 pages, double spaced, of prose or no more than 5 poems) and curriculum vitae.

    Artist Trust seeks a communications intern

    Artist Trust seeks a detail-oriented, highly organized intern to help out with our communications and outreach. Internships run three to six months, 10-20 hours per week.
    The Communications Intern will help with various aspects of outreach, including: 
    •     Online social media, including Facebook, Twitter, e-newsletter
    •     Online statewide Events Calendar
    •     Media relations, press releases
    •     Online artists’ profiles
    •     Archiving
    •     Event support
    This opportunity includes:
    •     Valuable insights into the nonprofit arts administration arena
    •     Opportunities to learn Expression Engine, Raisers Edge
    •     Capitol Hill location
    •     Creative work environment
    •     Exposure to Washington State arts and artists
    Skills and requirements for position:
    •     Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
    •     Attention to detail
    •     Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office
    •     Ability to work in a team environment
    •     An interest in art, arts administration, or non-profit administration
    This is an unpaid position. Interns receive a free one-year Artist Trust membership.

    Please submit a cover letter, résumé and three professional references to lila(at) by May 31, 2012.

    Fully paid residencies in Chiang Mai, Thailand at ComPeung

    Artist in Residence Grants in Chiang Mai, Thailand at ComPeung

    Due to continuous support by a generous private donor, we are able to continue the ComPeung Grant program! We are calling for applications for two (2) one-month ComPeung artist-in-residence grants for 2012.

    Eligibility and conditions:
    • Individual artists as well as pairs of artists are eligible to apply. Artist groups (max. 3 people) can also apply, but we won’t be able to fully fund the travel expenses for the whole group.
    • At the end of the residency, we expect grant beneficiaries to present their work through a public
    • presentation/lecture.
    • The period for the two residencies is fixed and scheduled for October 2012, which is not negotiable.
    Each of the two grants covers:
    • Airfare to/from the artist’s home country
    • Transportation to/from Chiang Mai International Airport
    • Small artist fee
    • Accommodation/studio
    • Three home-cooked meals per day
    Interested artists are to apply online only by providing:
    • ComPeung Grant Application Form (.pdf / .doc)
    • Proposal of work or project to be undertaken during the grant residency, which can be part of a current work-in-progress or a new body of work.
    • Artist statement clearly stating the objectives for applying for this particular residency.
    • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages A4).
    • Maximum of 10 images of the work.
    • Links to sound, video/animation work and/or artist websites.
    • All documents are to be merged into a single pdf/doc file (not exceeding 5 MB).
    Eligible disciplines and media: Visual Arts, Media, Architecture, Performing Arts, Literature, Music.

    Grant application deadline: 31 May 2012.
    Late applications will not be considered.

    Call for submissions: Lantern Review

    For its fifth issue, Lantern Review: A Journal of Asian American Poetry seeks poems, visual art, multimedia, and mixed genre poetic works that engage with the critical notion of "hybridity," whether in language, form, aesthetic or subject matter. How can the act of poetic "collage" mimic, transform, and otherwise help us to negotiate the boundaries of ethnic and cultural distinctions? In what ways can experimenting with the mixing (and re-mixing) of narratives, forms, source material, and genres be used to enact the condition of hybridity (geographically, generationally, biologically, and otherwise)? Submissions will be accepted online at through July 15th.

    Grant for Women Writers: Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

    Barbara Deming Memorial Fund provides small grants ($500-­$1,500) to individual feminist women in the arts whose work in some way focuses upon women. Limited to art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
    For more information write to:

    Susan Pliner, Administrator
    Money for Women, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
    P.O. Box 630125
    Bronx, NY 10463 

    May 24, 2012

    Maumau artist-in-residence program in Istanbul

    The aim of the Maumau Artist-in-Residence program is to initiate a multidisciplinary artistic environment that leads to a period of a parallel and collaborative work of different artistic domains. The program encourages resident artists to collaborate with locals during artistic production.

    Who can apply: The Maumau Artist-in-Residence program is designed for five artists from the fields of visual arts, including applied arts and performing arts, and literature.

    Working language: English

    1st group: August 14 - September 14, 2012 (deadline for application: June 14, 2012)
    2nd group: September 25 – October 25, 2012 (deadline for application: June 25, 2012)

    For more information, visit

    Reading: Sierra Nelson and Friends at Hugo House June 12

    A raucous Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-themed evening of readings to celebrate the release of Sierra Nelson’s collaborative choose-your-own-adventure poetry and art book "I Take Back the Sponge Cake" (Rose Metal Press), joined by a lively crew of fellow Pacific Northwest writers riffing on the adventure theme: Arlene Kim, Rachel Kessler, Kevin Craft, Jason Whitmarsh and Anonymous (author of choose-your-own-adventure-styled memoir "Love Is Not Constantly Wondering if You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life").

    Where: Richard Hugo House
    When: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 7:00pm

    Contest for women: Room Magazine

    Calling all women writers: sharpen your pencils or fire up your laptop and send us your fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction contest entries. Room Magazine's annual writing contest is back—with $2250 in prizes! Send us your best fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction entries by June 15, 2012 for your chance to win!

    Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than June 15, 2012.

    Entry Fee: $30 per entry (includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Room). Non-Canadian entries: $42 Canadian dollars.

    Prizes: 1st prize in each category – $500, 2nd prize – $250. Winners will be published in a 2013 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may be published.

    Fiction: Cathleen With
    Poetry: Miranda Pearson
    Creative Non-Fiction: Kathy Page

    Rules & Details:
    Poetry: max. 3 poems or 150 lines | Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: max. 3,500 words

    More than one entry will be accepted as long as fee is paid for each entry. No manuscripts will be returned. Only winners will be notified.

    There will be blind judging, so please don't put your name or address on your entry submission. On a cover sheet (for mail entries) or in the body of your e-mail (for electronic entries), include your name, address and phone number, as well as the title(s), category and word count of your submission. Entries must be typed on 8.5 x 11 white paper, and prose must be double-spaced. Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

    Electronic Entries:
    Simply e-mail your submission as an attachment to <contests(at)>, pay online using the button at, and we'll take care of the rest. Remember to include your complete contact information in the body of your e-mail. And please make sure that the contact information you give through PayPal is the same as in your entry; use the "note to merchant" field, if necessary.

    Please select the applicable entry fee (go to to submit entry fee online)

    Mail Entries:
    Send your entry, cover sheet and payment by cheque or money order made out to Room to:
    Room Contest 2012
    P.O. Box 46160, Station D
    Vancouver, BC V6J 5G5

    Fellowships for writers and artists: Vermont Studio Center

    The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce over 30 fellowships available for its upcoming deadline. All are welcome to apply. Applications must be received by June 15, 2012.

    Visit for more information about the fellowships, or apply online.

    Nonfiction contest: 2012 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors' Award

    Southern Indiana Review editors will award a prize of $1500 and publication in SIR for a work of creative nonfiction submitted under the following guidelines.

    Deadline: June 1

    More information about the Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors' Award:

    Online submissions:
    Submission Guidelines

    Each submission must:

    Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 19, No. 2 of SIR. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is published/accepted by another publication while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry.

    Include an entry fee of $20 ($5 for each additional entry). This non-refundable fee includes a year's subscription to SIR. Make check or money order payable toSouthern Indiana Review.

    List the author's name, street address, email address (if applicable), phone number, and title of submission on a cover page.

    List only the title of submission on each page thereafter.

    Be fewer than 35 typed pages (12-point font) per each individual submission.

    Be addressed to Thomas A Wilhelmus Editors' Award, Southern Indiana Review, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, 47712.

    Be postmarked by June 1, 2012.

    Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will be posted on the SIR web site.

    Current and former students and employees of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible for the Award.

    May 23, 2012

    Residency at The Banff Centre: "The Decapitated Museum"

    Speaking for real: this isn’t a history painting, it’s a book of stories. A book being written with stories like the ones you get told when you’re getting your head chopped off—before going up there, or coming back from the show. Stories like they tell in museums.

    This residency is addressed to participants willing to engage in speculative inquiry on the matter of exhibition, whether they work as artists, curators, or writers. The moment of exhibition will act as a figure towards which converge diverse spaces of authority (the studio, the exhibition space, criticism). The residency will thus be structured in as many points of enunciation, with individual studio and research time, public talks, and collective discussions enhanced by screenings and reading sessions.

    The question of contemporary art exhibition is inevitably folded on the question of the present. This present is traditionally regarded as the site of a triangular relationship: a subject displays an object under museum lights so that this object meets the gaze of another subject. In the frame of this relationship, the object does not exist outside a scale of which the human eye is both the standard and the currency.

    We will work to enact a “pocket” reversal of this theatre of a phenomenological present. Our collective research will aim to circumscribe the notion of exhibition according to the terms of an archaeological operation: not a method of access, nor the trigger of a relationship, but an operation of re-covery that is the evidence of an accumulation of hidden cuts, invisible deletions, and blind spots that disfigure the representation.

    The public talks, followed by group discussions and brought further with the contributions of guest faculty, will form chapters of an “underground history” of exhibition making, a counter-history of observation where “exhibiting” means “severing.” Through the close study of various critical concepts of exhibition (ranging from the invention of the Memory Theatre to contemporary zoos), we will try to retrieve the vertigo embedded in the event of exhibition: a story of non-human actions at the border of the present and on the fringes of perception. A history without victims or heroes, maybe even without us.

    Deadline: August 6, 2012
    Faculty: Vincent Normand

    Reading: Dana Levin at Open Books - June 1

    Go hear Copper Canyon Press poet Dana Levin read from her latest collection, Sky Burial, June 1 at Open Books (7:30pm).

    Levin's first book, In the Surgical Theatre, was awarded the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and was followed by the volume Wedding Day. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation and was a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. She teaches in and is co-chair of the Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

    Verse Daily featured a poem from the latest collection, "Ghost That Needs Reminding."

    2012 shuf Poetry Award

    shuf  is announcing the 2012 shuf Poetry Award!

    Winner receives $100 and the coveted spot of Featured Poet of the Fall 2012 issue with full bragging rights.
    Contest will be judged by poet and editor, Derek Pollard.

    Derek Pollard is co-author with Derek Henderson of the book Inconsequentia (BlazeVOX 2010). His poems, creative non-fiction, and reviews appear in American Book Review, Colorado Review, Court Green, Diagram III, H_ngm_n, Pleiades, and Six–Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, among numerous other anthologies and journals. He is an Assistant Editor at Barrow Street, Inc.; is a Black Mountain Fellow at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and is on faculty at Pratt Institute and at the Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse, New York.

    Contest Guidelines

    Please send your entry as an email attachment to:

    Contest is open now through July 31st at midnight.  Entry fee is $5.00 per 3 poems.  Multiple entries are accepted, but please no more than 3 poems per entry.  The $5.00 fee applies per each contest entry.  All entries must be submitted by email and paid for via PayPal.

    Please include your PayPal receipt ID, a short bio, and a little information about your work in the body of your email.  We will read this information after we have picked our finalist.  Make sure the poems speak for themselves.  Send us your best work.  We love experimentation, so go wild!