CONTESTS and AWARDS for JANUARY 2009

ACC WRITERS STUDIO THE 5TH ANNUAL LITERARY CONTEST.

$250 first prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for unpublished work. Colorado residents only. Deadline: February 2. Winners honored at the Writers Studio Literary Festival in April. Submission guidelines at Writers Studio Web site: www.arapahoe.edu/deptprgrms/eng/writersindex.html. E-mail: writerstudio@arapahoe.edu. Phone: (303) 797-5815.

PLAN B PRESS 5TH ANNUAL POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST.

Prize: $225 plus 50 copies. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: March 1.For details and prospectus call (215) 732-2663 or visit www.planbpress.com/contestnew.html.

AMERICAN POETRY JOURNAL 2009 BOOK PRIZE.

 For a full-length collection, 50-65 pages. $1,000 plus publication; all entries considered for publication. Deadline: February 28. Reading fee: $25. APJ/DHP, P.O. Box 2080, Aptos, CA 95001. Include e-mail (no SASE) for results, bio, and acknowledgments. Complete guidelines: www.dreamhorsepress.com.

ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS & WRITING PROGRAMS AWARD SERIES

Two prizes of $4,000 each and publication by a participating press is given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a novel and a book-length work of creative nonfiction. For the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages; Jean Valentine will judge, and the University of Pittsburgh Press will publish the winning collection. For the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; Allan Gurganus will judge, and the University of Massachusetts Press is the publisher. For the novel award, submit a manuscript of at least 60,000 words; Jim Shepard will judge, and New Issues Poetry & Prose is the publisher. For the creative nonfiction award, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; Lee Gutkind will judge, and the University of Georgia Press is the publisher. Friends and former students of a judge may not enter in the genre their former teacher is judging. The entry fee for each award is $25 ($10 for AWP members). The deadline is February 28. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Award Series, Carty House, Mail Stop 1E3, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444. (703) 993-4301. chronicle@awpwriter.org
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APPRENTICE HOUSE.

Third annual contest for poets previously unpublished in book form. Winner receives $250 prize and 25 copies. $25/submission payable to AH. Deadline: March 13 postmark. Submit at least 30 pages of typed poetry. Chapbook Contest, Apprentice House, Comm Dept., Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210. For guidelines: www.apprenticehouse.com/resources or info@apprenticehouse.com.

ARGESTES LITERARY REVIEW

 is now reading manuscripts for its annual poetry chapbook competition. All entries receive a 1-year subscription. Winner receives publication, 50 copies. Send a manuscript of 50-75 pages to Argestes, 2941 170th St., South Amana, IA 52334 with SASE and $25 reading fee. Entry form, details at www.collentreepress.com.

BELLVUE LITERARY REVIEW’S

annual prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. $1,000 Poetry Prize, $1,000 Fiction Prize, $1,000 Nonfiction Prize. Deadline August 1. Entry fee $15 ($20 includes subscription). Submit online: www.blreview.org.

BOSTON REVIEW 2009 POETRY CONTEST “DISCOVERY”

Deadline: January 16, 2009. Judges: Mary Jo Bang, Terrance Hayes, and Mark Strand. Four Prizes: $500 Four winning authors will be awarded a reading at the 92nd Street Y in New York City (May 11, 2009 at 8:15pm), publication in the May/June 2009 issue of Boston Review, and $500. See website for details. http://bostonreview.net/about/contest/

BOSTON REVIEW TWELFTH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

The winning poet will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the November/December 2009 issue of Boston Review. Submit up to five unpublished poems, no more than 10 pages total. Deadline: June 1, 2009See website for details. http://bostonreview.net/about/contest/

BOSTON REVIEW SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL SHORT FICTION CONTEST

The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, the summer of 2010. Stories should not exceed 4,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2009. See website for details. http://bostonreview.net/about/contest/

CLOUDBANK MAGAZINE POETRY CONTEST.

 $200 prize plus publication. Deadline: March 31. Include name, address, in cover letter. Entry fee: $15, up to 5 poems. Entrants receive 2-issue subscription. Make check to Cloudbank. Send to Cloudbank, P.O. Box 610, Corvallis, OR 97339-0610. Full guidelines at http://cloudbankbooks.com.

COMMON GROUND.

Tenth annual poetry contest, $150 first, $75 second, $50 third and publication in Common Ground. Judge: Rennie McQuilken. Send 1-3 unpublished poems, under 40 lines each, SASE for winners, and check for $10 made out to Common Ground. Mail by February 28 to Larry O’Brien, Editor, Common Ground, 40 Prospect St., Unit C 1, Westfield, MA 01085.

CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW POETRY CONTEST.

Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, 80-line limit each, by March 1. Two copies each, one only with contact info. $15 check made out to CPS. Prizes of $400, $200, and $100 and publication in Connecticut River Review. CT River Review Poetry Contest, CPS, P.O. Box 270554, W. Hartford, CT 06127. Web site: www.ct-poetry-society.org.

CONVERSE COLLEGE JULIA PETERKIN AWARD

 A prize of $1,000 and travel expenses for a reading at Converse College is given for a work of fiction. The annual award alternates between poetry and fiction. For the 2009 award, submit a short story or novel chapter of up to 18 pages with a $15 entry fee by February 15. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Converse College, Julia Peterkin Award, Department of English, 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302. Richard Mulkey Contact.www.converse.edu/academics/majors/peterkinjuliaaward.html

CREATIVE NON-FICTION

for a collection titled “When Doctors and Lawyers Connect-and Collide,” Creative Nonfiction seeks essays of no more than 5,000 words exploring the complex relationship between doctors and lawyers. $20 reading fee; $25 includes subscription. Deadline for submissions is March 15; $2,500 for best essay; more information and complete guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org.

DRUE HEINZ LITERATURE PRIZE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2009.

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals. See website for details.http://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderHtmlPage.aspx?srcHtml=htmlSourceFiles/drueheinz.htm

FENCE BOOKS MODERN POETS SERIES

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Fence Books is given annually for a book of poetry. Submit a poetry manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Fence or a copy of the winning book, by February 28. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines. Fence Books, Modern Poets Series, Science Library 320, 1400 Washington Avenue, University at Albany, Albany, NY 12222. Rebecca Wolff, Editor. www.fenceportal.org

FINISHING LINE PRESS NEW WOMEN’S VOICES CHAPBOOK COMPETITION

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a chapbook-length poetry collection written by a woman who has not yet published a full-length collection. Carol Hamilton will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to 26 pages of poetry with a $15 entry fee by February 15. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Finishing Line Press, New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324. (859) 514-8966. FinishingBooks@aol.com www.finishinglinepress.com

FIRST BOOK COMPETITION AND OPEN COMPETITION

In each category, $1,000, and publication in the CSU Poetry Series is offered for the best full-length volume of original poetry in English submitted between November 1, 2008 and March 2, 2009 (postmark deadline). See website for details. http://www.csuohio.edu/poetrycenter/contest1.html

FLORIDA REVIEW EDITORS’ AWARDS

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit up to five poems or a short story or essay of up to 25 pages with a $15 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Florida Review, by February 16. Send an SASE, call, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Florida Review, Editors’ Awards, Department of English, P.O. Box 161346, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816-1346. (407) 823-2038. Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Editor. www.flreview.com

FOURTH GENRE EDITORS’ PRIZE

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction is given annually for an essay. Jocelyn Bartkevicius will judge. All finalists will be considered for publication. Submit up to 6,000 words of creative nonfiction with a $15 entry fee between January 15 and February 15. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Fourth Genre, Editors’ Prize, Department of English, 201 Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1036. genre4@msu.edu www.msupress.msu.edu/journals/fg

GEORGE GARRETT FICTION AWARD.

WILLOW SPRINGS invites submissions for the George Garrett Fiction Award, $1,000 prize, plus publication in WS. One story per submission. Deadline: April 1. Send submission with $15 reading fee to Willow Springs, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Ste. 425, Spokane, WA 99202. Visit our Web site for more info: http://willowprings.ewu.edu.

GLIMMER TRAIN PRESS VERY SHORT FICTION AWARD

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given biannually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $15 entry fee by February 28. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Glimmer Train Press, 1211 NW Glisan Street, Suite 207, Portland, OR 97209. (503) 221-0836. Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, Coeditors.  www.glimmertrain.org

GRIBBLE PRESS POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST.

 Winner receives $250 plus 25 copies of artist designed book. Send 20-30 pages plus $15 reading fee postmarked by May 31 to Iris Gribble-Neal, Gribble Press, P.O. Box 10307, Spokane, WA 99209-0307. See complete guidelines at www.greymaredit.com.

INDIANA REVIEW 2009 POETRY PRIZE.

$1,000 Honorarium and Publication. Final judge: Natasha Trethewey. Postmark deadline: March 31. Reading fee: $15 (includes a 1-year subscription). For more information, visit www.indianareview.org.

INTERNATIONAL ARTS MOVEMENT JURIED LITERARY COMPETITION

 in 3 categories: fiction (6,000 words max), poetry (40 lines max), creative nonfiction (6,000 words max). Winner in each category must attend 2009 IAM Encounter, Feb 26-28, in NYC; winning piece printed in program. For details, visit http://iamencounter.com.

INTUIT HOUSE ROBERT E. LEE WILSON AND RUTH I. WILSON POETRY BOOK AWARD

A prize of $1,000, publication by IntuiT House, and 100 author copies are given annually for a book-length collection of poetry. Robert Nazarene will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
IntuiT House, Robert E. Lee Wilson and Ruth I. Wilson Poetry Book Award, P.O. Box 250, Chesterfield, MO 63006-0250. www.margiereview.com/CONTESTS/book08.html

JAMES NICHOLSON 2ND ANNUAL POLITICAL POETRY PRIZE.

 Deadline: Tuesday, January 20. Open to Westchester County, NY, residents. No fee.$500 prize. Judge: Patricia Smith. Winning poem published in Pelham Weekly, with reading/reception at Pelham Public Library. Please see guidelines and download entry form at www.pelhamlibrary.org/poetry.html. Submit 1 unpublished poem along with entry form to: Nicholson Political Poetry Prize, c/o Town of Pelham Public Library, 530 Colonial Ave., Pelham, NY 10803.

LEDGE MAGAZINE

Announces its 2009 & Seventh Annual Fiction Awards Competition. First prize: $1,000 and publication in the Ledge. Second prize: $250 and publication. Third Prize: $100 and publication. Word limit: 7,500. All stories must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions OK. Entry fee: $10 for the first story; $6 for each additional story. $20 subscription to the Ledge gains free entry for the first story. Postmark deadline: February 28. The Ledge 2009 Fiction Awards Competition, 40 Maple Ave., Bellport, NY 11713. Web site: www.theledgemagazine.com. E-mail: tkmonaghan@aol.com.

LITERAL LATTÈ FOOD VERSE CONTEST.

Looking for poems, all styles and subjects, with food as an ingredient. First Prize: $500. All poems considered for publication. Entry fee: $10 for up to 6 poems. Send to: Literal Latte FVC, 200 E. 10th St., Ste. 240, New York, NY 10003. E-mail: Litlatte@aol.com. Web site: www.literal-latte.com.

MADISON REVIEW POETRY AND FICTION PRIZES

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The editors of Madison Review will judge. For the Phyllis Smart Young Prize in Poetry, submit three poems totaling no more than 10 pages. For the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction, submit a story of up to 35 pages. The entry fee for both awards is $10, and the deadline is February 1. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Madison Review, Poetry and Fiction Prizes, Department of English, 6193 Helen C. White Hall, 600 North Park Street, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706. Ron Kuka, Faculty Advisor. madisonreview@yahoo.com www.madisonreview.org

MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST FOR TRADITIONAL VERSE.

Sixth year. 15 cash prizes totaling $5,350. Top prize $2,000. Submit poems in traditional verse forms, such as sonnets and free verse. Winning entries published online. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines, payable to “Winning Writers.” Postmark deadline: June 30. Judges: J. H. Reid, D. C. Konrad. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant St., PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Winning Writers is one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest, 2005-2008). More information: www.winningwriters.com/margaret.

MEMOIR (AND) LITERARY JOURNAL CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST.

$500 prize. Prose, poetry, graphic memoir, narrative photography, lies, and more. Submission period: December 1, 2008, through February 28, 2009. Winner published in next issue. Entry fee $10. Submit online or mail to: Memoir (and), P.O. Box 1398, Sausalito, CA 94966-1398. Guidelines at www.memoirjournal.com or call (415) 339-4130.

NATIONAL POETRY SERIES OPEN COMPETITION

Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for book-length poetry manuscripts. Publishers currently include Coffee House Press, Fence Books, HarperCollins, University of Illinois Press, and Penguin Books. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $30 entry fee by February 16. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. National Poetry Series, Open Competition, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540. (609) 430-0999. Stephanie Stio, Coordinator. www.nationalpoetryseries.org

NEW MILLENNIUM WRITING AWARDS CONTEST.

$4,000 plus publication (see www.newmillenniumwritings.com). Best Poem: $1,000; Fiction: $1,000; Nonfiction: $1,000; Short-short Fiction: $1,000. Guidelines: No restrictions on content or style. Send between now and midnight of January 31 with a $17 check payable to NMW for each set of 3 poems (5 pages max) or each story or nonfiction (6,000 words max, except in the Short-short Fiction category: 1,000 words max.). Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome. Include name, phone, address, e-mail, and category entered, on first page only. To: NMW, Room A, P.O. Box, 2463, Knoxville, TN, 37901. Provide e-mail or SASE for results. Enter online at www.writingawards.com.

NEW YORK STATE

high school student contest: Ithaca College’s Linden Center for Creativity and Aging offers prizes of $300, $200, $100, and $50 for poems on theme “In Honor of Our Elders” (family, friends, and role models age 60 and beyond) as part of Finger Lakes Literary Festival. Deadline: June 15. Guidelines: www.ithaca.edu/gerontology/poetrycontest.

OUTRIDER PRESS/TALLGRASS WRITERS GUILD ANTHOLOGIES AWARD

 $1,000-$500 each-in poetry and fiction/essays (to 2,500 words) on “Fearsome Fascinations: Paranormal & Otherwise.” Broadly interpreted; can include reptiles, spiders, ghosts, seances, and irresistible bad boys. Deadline: February 27. Copy to published contributors. Entry: $12/$16, TallGrass members/nonmembers. Complete guidelines: outriderpress@sbcglobal.net.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST WRITERS ASSOCIATION’S LITERARY CONTEST.

Submit your writing to 12 categories for Entries ($35/PNWA Members, $50/nonmembers per category) must be postmarked by February 20. Over $12,000 total in prize money. (425) 673-BOOK. Web site: www.pnwa.org.

PASSAGES NORTH POETRY AND NONFICTION PRIZES

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North, Northern Michigan University’s literary magazine, are given biennially for a group of poems and an essay. For the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, submit up to three poems. For the Thomas R. Hruska Memorial Prize in Nonfiction, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words. The entry fee for both awards is $10, which includes a copy of the prize issue, and the deadline is February 15. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Passages North, Poetry and Nonfiction Prizes, Gries Hall, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI 49855. Kate Myers Hanson, Editor. passages@nmu.edu myweb.nmu.edu/~passages

PASSAIC COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE PATERSON POETRY PRIZE

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to honor a book of poetry published in the preceding year. The winning poet is asked to participate in an awards ceremony and to give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Books must be at least 48 pages with a minimum press run of 500 copies. Publishers may submit three copies of books published in 2008 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.
Passaic County Community College, Paterson Poetry Prize, The Poetry Center, 1 College Boulevard, Paterson, NJ 07505-1179. (973) 684-6555. Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Executive Director. mgillan@pccc.edu www.pccc.edu/poetry

POTOMAC REVIEW’S

annual fiction contest is returning! Contest opens December 1, 2008, and ends March 1, 2009. The entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. First place will receive a cash prize and publication in Potomac Review. We look forward to your submissions. For further info, please visit: www.montgomerycollege.edu/potomacreview/pcsubmissionguidelines.html.

RIVER STYX INTERNATIONAL POETRY CONTEST.

 A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for the best poem. Stephen Dunn will judge. 3 poems maximum, up to 14 pages per entry. Include SASE and $20 entry fee, which includes a 1-year subscription to River Styx, postmarked by May 31. See River Styx Web site for complete guidelines. River Styx, 3547 Olive St., Ste. 107, St. Louis, MO 63103. (314) 533-4541, Richard Newman, Editor.

THE SACRAMENTO POETRY CENTER

 presents its poetry book contest. Winning manuscript will be published and earn $1,000 (+50 free copies). SPC will read entries postmarked between January 1 and March 31. Submit 48-70 numbered pages of original poetry and a check for $20 per entry to the Sacramento Poetry Center, Poetry Book Contest, P.O. Box 160406, Sacramento, CA 95816. Go to www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org.

SARABANDE BOOKS MORTON AND MCCARTHY PRIZES

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publications by Sarabande Books are given annually for book-length collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit at least 48 pages of poetry; Dan Chiasson will judge. For the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, submit 150 to 250 pages of stories, novellas, or a novel; David Means will judge. The entry fee for both awards is $25, and the deadline is February 15. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines. Sarabande Books, Morton and McCarthy Prizes, P.O. Box 4456, Louisville, KY 40204.  www.sarabandebooks.org/contest/contest.html

SAWTOOTH POETRY PRIZE,

$1,500 plus publication. Judge: Rae Armantrout. Submit manuscripts of 48-100 pages: January 1-March 1. Manuscripts not returned. Entry fee: $25. We subscribe to the CLMP Code of Ethics. Send entries to Ahsahta Press, 1910 University Dr., Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725. Please see full guidelines at http://ahsahtapress.boisestate.edu/contest.htm.

SOUTHWEST 2009 WRITERS CONTEST.

Entries judged by editors and agents! Cash prizes up to $1,000. Entry fee. Deadline: May 1. Information: www.southwestwriters.org or (505) 265-9485.

STROKESTOWN INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE

-offers prizes of approximately $4,000, $2,000, $1,000 for an unpublished poem up to 70 lines. $5 entry. Closes January 22. Information, rules, entry forms from Strokestown International Poetry Festival Office, Strokestown, County Roscommon, Ireland; or www.strokestownpoetry.org.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY DEVIL’S KITCHEN READING AWARDS

Two prizes of $1,000 each and an invitation to give an all-expenses-paid reading at the Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, are given annually for a book of poetry and a novel or a collection of short fiction or creative nonfiction. Publishers and writers may submit a copy of a book, a cover letter, and a brief biography including publication history with a $15 entry fee by February 1. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Southern Illinois University, Devil’s Kitchen Reading Awards, Department of English, Mail Code 4503, 1000 Faner Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901. Jon Tribble, Award Coordinator. www.siu.edu/~groots/dkawards.html

SUMMER LITERARY SEMINARS WRITING CONTEST

 Three prizes, valued at $5,200 each, to attend the Summer Literary Seminars program in either Italy, Lithuania, or Kenya and publication in Fence are given annually for a single poem or a work of fiction. The prizes include airfare, accommodations, and tuition. The winning works will also be published in participating international literary journals. Second prize in each category is full tuition, valued at $1,950, and third prize is a portion of tuition, valued at $1,175. The judges are Ann Lauterbach in poetry and Lynne Tillman in fiction. Submit up to three poems of any length or a short story or novel excerpt of up to 25 pages with a $15 entry fee by February 28. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Summer Literary Seminars, Writing Contest, P.O. Box 16, Brooklyn, NY 11222. (888) 882-0949. Mike Spry, SLS Program Administrator. mike@sumlitsem.org www.sumlitsem.org

SURPRISE VALLEY ANNUAL POETRY PRIZE.

Monthly winners. Publication on Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference Web site and in Modoc Independent News. Plus annual cash grand prize of $500/$300/$150. Submit 3-5 poems, $12 entry fee. No previously published or award-winning poems accepted. Open reading period. Detailed guidelines at www.modocforum.org.

TENTH ANNUAL NORTHWEST PERSPECTIVES ESSAY.

 Students and open category winners get cash prizes and publication in national publication. Oregon Quarterly, the magazine of the University of Oregon, invites submissions that address ideas affecting the Northwest. Entries should be nonfiction, should not have been previously published, and should be no more than 1,500 words in the student category and 2,000 words in the open category. Submission entry deadline: January 31. Find complete guidelines at www.oregonquarterly.com (click on Essay Contest).

THIRD WEDNESDAY POETRY CONTEST.

 Enter up to 3 poems, no longer than 2 pages each, subject and style, open. $5 fee per entry (3 poems). Prizes: $50 for each of the top 3 winners. Use PayPal for your entry fee. Winning poems will be published in Third Wednesday. Other entries will be considered for publication. Deadline: January 31. Send entries to submissions@thirdwednesday.org and mark them “Contest Entry” in the subject line.

TINY LIGHTS 15th ANNUAL NARRATIVE ESSAY COMPETITION.

First prize: $350; Second prize: $250; Third prize: $150; 2 Honorable Mentions: $100; 3 “Flashpoint” prizes: $150 each. Winners published. Fee: $15 first essay; $10 each additional. Participants receive 2009 contest edition. Postmark: February 14. Tiny Lights, P.O. Box 928, Petaluma, CA 94953. Guidelines: www.tiny-lights.com.

TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID POETRY CONTEST

 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest sponsored by Tom Howard Books. First prize is $2,000. A total of $5,350 in prizes will be awarded. Submit poems in any style, theme or genre. Deadline September 30, 2009. Your entry must be postmarked or submitted online by this date. See website for details. http://www.winningwriters.com/contests/tompoetry/tp_guidelines.php

TUPELO PRESS  SNOWBOUND SERIES CHAPBOOK AWARD

 A prize of $1,000, publication by Tupelo Press, and 50 author copies is given annually by Tupelo Press for a poetry chapbook. All finalists will be considered for publication. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 30 pages with a $20 entry fee by February 15. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Tupelo Press, Snowbound Series Chapbook Award, P.O. Box 539, Dorset, VT 05251. www.tupelopress.org

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER  JANET HEIDINGER KAFKA PRIZE FOR FICTION

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to honor a book of fiction published in the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or collection of short fiction published in 2008 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. University of Rochester, Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, 538 Lattimore Hall, RC Box 270434, Rochester, NY 14627-4034. Aimee Brooks, Contact. aimee.brooks@rochester.edu www.rochester.edu/college/wst/SBAI/kafka.html

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS

 announces the 5th annual writing contest for study-abroad, Summer, 2009. Full fee waivers will be granted to 1 writer each in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Winners may attend summer writing workshops in Mexico or Italy. Deadline January 31. Guidelines: www.lowres.uno.edu/contest.cfm.

WINNING WRITERS WAR POETRY CONTEST.

 Eighth year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,000. Top prize $2,000. Submit 1-3 unpublished poems on the theme of war, up to 500 lines in all. Winning entries published online. Sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest, 2005-2008). $15 entry fee, payable to “Winning Writers.” Postmark deadline: May 31. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Include cover sheet with contact information. No name on poems. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: War Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant St., PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. More information: www.winningwriters.com/war.
WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST. Eighth annual free contest with a special twist. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $3,336.40. Top prize $1,359. Submit 1 poem by April 1 deadline. No entry fee. Winning entries published online. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest, 2005-2008). Guidelines and online submission at www.winningwriters.com/wergle.

WESTMORELAND ARTS & HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2009 POETRY & SHORT STORY CONTEST.

$10 entry fee. 2 poems or 1 short story. Top Prize $200. Deadline: March 15. Application, fee, and typed entry sent together for consideration. Send SASE to WAHF, 252 Twin Lakes Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650. Contact (724) 834-7474 or www.artsandheritage.com.

WRITECORNER PRESS 2009 POETRY PRIZE.

First Place $500, Editors’ Choices $100. Send 2 copies of unpublished poems, 40 lines max, any style, theme. Author’s name, address, phone, e-mail (optional) on top of one copy only. Send short bio. Deadline February 28. Entry fee: $5 first poem, $3 each additional. Previous $500 winners-Alison Joseph, Ellaraine Lockie. (Writecorner also sponsors the annual E. M. Koeppel Fiction Award.) Mail: Writecorner Press, P.O. Box 140310, Gainesville, FL 32614. Editor: Mary Sue Koeppel. Guidelines: www.writecorner.com.

WRITERS’ FESTIVAL NOVEL CONTEST

 accepting submissions through January 30. Novel ($45 entry fee). First prize: $700 and serious consideration by a major publisher. Mail entries to First Coast Writers’ Festival Novel Contest (Attn: Dana Thomas), FCCJ North Campus, C-105, 4501 Capper Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32218.

WRITERS’ LEAGUE OF TEXAS BOOK AWARDS.

$1,000 prize for 5 top books published in 2008. The awards are presented at the Texas Book Festival. Categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry/literary prose, children’s long works, and children’s short works. Deadline: April 30. Entry fee: $25. Information and guidelines: www.writersleague.org.

WRITERS PLACE POETRY COMPETITION

is in full swing. Winners receive $250 in prizes, online publication, and subscription to Poets & Writers Magazine. $10 fee for up to 3 poems. Submissions accepted through February 15. Enter at www.thewritersplace.org.

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