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)fairfield.edu>.

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: info@tebotbach.org

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 www.toadthejournal.com

Please send a PDF or Word document to <toadthejournal(at)gmail.com> (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)sundresspublications.com> (replace (at) with @) between July 1 and September 30, 2012.

Further submission guidelines can be found at http://www.sundresspublications.com/bestof/.

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: http://kerfinternationalexhibits.blogspot.com/ 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)pavementsaw.org> (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