Contest and Awards for March 2009

Alabama Writers Conclave Contest

ENTRY FEES $3 to $10
Deadline: April 30, 2009. 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50;  4th: $25 and up to 4 Honorable Mentions. Categories:

Fiction – maximum 2,500 words. Short Fiction – maximum 1,000  words. Juvenile Fiction (stories for ages 4-12) – maximum
2,500 words. MUST LIST GENRE AND TARGETED AGE GROUP (i.e.  picture book, 3 & up). Nonfiction – maximum 2,500 words  (PLEASE SPECIFY IF WRITTEN FOR ADULT OR CHILDREN). Humor  (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) – maximum 2,000 words or  50 lines (for poems). Traditional Poem (any “form” poem,  i.e. villanelle, sonnet, sestina) – maximum 40 lines.  Free Verse Poem – maximum 60 lines. First Chapter of Novel –  up to 10 double-spaced pages, first chapter ONLY.


Black Rock Arts Foundation Grants

Our grant cycle spans the course of a year, usually from  March to February the following year. Applications are  available in December, and our application deadline is  mid-March. Awarded grantees receive their first funding  in June, and are expected to complete their project in one  year, with some exceptions. We fund interactive art. We  fund art that is accessible to the public, civic in scope  and prompts the viewer to act. We like art that can be  experienced in more ways than visually. Black Rock Arts  Foundation gives grants to individual artists or artist  collectives that create interactive artworks destined for  communities in the world at large; there are no geographic  restrictions placed on those who can apply.


Camber Press Fiction Chapbook Award

Our ethos is to publish contemporary fiction exhibiting lucid  delivery while not sacrificing emotional depth, mastery of  craft, or originality. Deadline April 30, 2009. The winning  fiction writer will receive $1,000 and have his or her  manuscript published by Camber Press, Inc. The winner will  also receive ten copies of the book. Only typed manuscripts  no greater than 10,000 words of original English-language  fiction will be considered.


Catastrophia Anthology
Catasrophia will be a collection of short stories based around the theme of catastrophes, disasters and post-apocalyptic fiction up to 6,000 words. Payment is £0.03p per word (approx 6c per word US) to a maximum of £100 ($200). No reprints.
Deadline: 31st May 2009
Submission Guidelines:


The 2010 Fence Modern Poets Series, For A Poet Writing In English At Any Stage In His Or Her Career

To be judged by a poet of renown, with a cash prize of $1000 & Fall 2010 publication by Fence Books. Manuscripts remain anonymous until a winner is selected.

General Terms:
Entry form must accompany each submission (click here for printable pdf entry form)

Entry fee of $25 must accompany each submission; make check payable to Fence Magazine, Inc. Fee entitles entrant to a choice of one year subscription to Fence (to begin with the Spring 2009 issue) OR a copy of the winning book. Send self-addressed 8 x 10 envelope with $2.87 postage if you choose the book

Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each manuscript must be entered under separate cover, with entry form and entry fee

Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while under our consideration. No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered; the winning manuscript may be revised before publication. Translations ineligible


The 2009 Fineline Competition

First Prize: $1,000 and publication in MAR 2009 Judge: David Shumate

Contest is for previously unpublished work only–if the work has appeared in print or online, in any form or part, or under any title, it is ineligible and will be disqualified. There is a 500-word limit for each poem or short. A $10 entry fee (check or money order, made out to Mid-American Review) is required for each set of three prose poems/short short stories. Entry fees are non-refundable. All participants will receive Mid-American Review v. XXX, no. 1, where the winners will be published. Submissions will not be returned; send SASE for early results (about mid-September 2009). Manuscripts need not be left anonymous. Contest is open to all writers, except those associated with the judge or Mid-American Review, past or present. Our judge’s decision is final. 
Note: All pieces submitted in verse form-i.e., poetry with line breaks-will be automatically disqualified, as will previously published work or pieces over 500 words.


Flint Hills Review Nonfiction Contest

Winners of consecutive years can be found in the “Winners In” year links to the left.

Annual Nonfiction Contest
$100 Prize and Publication

Deadline: Postmarked by March 15

Send Submissions with $10 entry fee
(checks payable to Flint Hills Review)

Flint Hills Review Nonfiction Contest
Department of English, Box 4019
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801-5087

1) Manuscripts, with name on each page, must be typed and double-spaced bound only with a staple or a paper clip. 
2) Entries should be less than 25 pages. 
3) Include a SASE with manuscript for notification of winner.  Manuscripts will not be returned. 
4) Winner announced in late Spring.


The 2009 International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize

We’re also proud to announce Knockout’s new poetry contest, the 2009 International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize, a new poetry contest in honor of poet Reginald Shepherd, who left us on September 10, 2008. For more information on Reginald Shepherd’s work, visit his blog at One of Shepherd’s previously unpublished poems will appear in Knockout’s second issue, due out December 2008.

Here is the essential contest information, but DO NOT submit to the contest without reading the entire contest submission guidelines.

Download them here: 2009 International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize Submission Guidelines.

The contest will be judged by Carl Phillips.

The entry fee is $12 and all entrants will receive a copy of Knockout with their entrance fee.

The first-place winner will receive (1) a $300 gift certificate to Powell’s Books, (2) publication in a forthcoming issue of Knockout, and (3) five copies of the issue in which their poem appears.

The second-place winner will receive (1) a $50 gift certificate to Powell’s Books, (2) publication in a forthcoming issue of Knockout, and (3) two copies of the issue in which their poem appears.

The third-place winner will receive (1) a $25 gift certificate to Powell’s Books, (2) publication in a forthcoming issue of Knockout, and (3) two copies of the issue in which their poem appears.

Submissions to the contest will be accepted beginning Wednesday, October 15, 2008, and ending Saturday, August 1, 2009.

Winners will be announced on Knockout’s website ( by Wednesday, September 30, 2009.

Submissions must be sent in ONE SINGLE Microsoft Word document file attachment (.doc NOT .docx format) to with a cover email including ONLY (1) the contestant’s name, (2) postal address, (3) email address, (4) phone number with area code, (5) a numbered list of the titles of poems submitted and (6) proof of payment of the entry fee [EITHER (a) the 16-digit PayPal receipt ID number associated with their entry OR (b) the check number or money order number associated with their entry]. Send submissions to:


The 2009 Joy Harjo Poetry Award & the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award:

For more information call 1-970-903-7914  or email us @

Mail manuscripts to: CUTTHROAT Literary Award
(specify genre)P.O. Box 2414   Durango, CO 81302 

First Prize in each genre:  $1250 and publication in CUTTHROAT**

Second Prize in each genre:   $250 and publication in CUTTHROAT. ** 

All finalists are acknowledged in CUTTHROAT and considered for publication.  Winners are announced in POETS & WRITERS, WINNING WRITERS and the AWP Chronicle.       

Submit up to three unpublished poems (100 line limit for each) or one unpublished short story (5000 word limit), any subject, any style,   postmarked between June 15 and October 10, 2009.  Winners announced in December 2009.  Author name must not appear on any manuscript page.  Include a cover sheet with name, address, phone, email, genre and title(s)  submitted.  Submissions must be accompanied by a SASE for  announcement of winners.  Include a stamped postcard if you wish  to be notified of receipt of ms.   All manuscripts must be in 12 point  font.  Fiction submissions must be double-spaced. All manuscripts are recycled.  Writers may submit as often as they wish.  We do accept simultaneous submissions as long as the author informs us  immediately should a piece be accepted elsewhere.  There is a   $15.00 nonrefundable reading fee per submission (one story or three poems).  Make checks payable to Raven’s Word Writers Center. No relatives of or employees of CUTTHROAT are eligible for these prizes.


Nenonymous Nine: Cern Zoo

The Nemonymous editor requires a story judged suitable by its author for inclusion in the projected Cern Zoo book, planned to be published in June 2009. Ideally, this story should be specially written for ‘Cern Zoo’. ‘Cern Zoo’ (alternatively ‘Cerne Zoo’) simply means what it means to you.
Submissions should be between 500 and 14,000 words. Lump sum payment in UK pounds to author upon publication: £0.01 a word up to a maximum of £100 (by Paypal). (approx 2 cents per word US up to a maximum of $200)
Deadline is 31st March 2009
Submission Guidelines:


2009 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication will be awarded by Finishing Line Press for a chapbook-length poetry collection. Open to women who have never before published a full-length poetry collection. Previous chapbook publication does not disqualify. All entries will be considered for publication. The top-ten finalists will be offered publication. 

Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter with a $15 entry fee by

Deadline: MARCH 30, 2009 (POSTMARK).
Carol Hamilton will final judge.
Winner will be announced on our website:  

Finishing Line Press
P O Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324


The 31st Nimrod Awards

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction &
The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

Founded by Ruth G. Hardman
First Place: $2,000, publication, and a trip to Tulsa for the Awards Celebration

 Contest Rules
Contest Begins: JANUARY 1, 2009
Postmark Deadline: APRIL 30, 2009

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).
Fiction: 7,500 words maximum.

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author’s name, full address, phone & email. “Contest Entry” should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts will not be returned. Nimrod retains the right to publish any submission. Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s Web site. Submitters must have a U.S. address by October of 2008 to enter the contest. Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October.

Entry/Subscription Fee: $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues). Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to:

Literary Contest–Fiction or Poetry
The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104


Perigee Fiction Contest

Deadline April 30, 2009. Prizes: $600 in cash prizes  ($300/$200/$100), publication, and 2009 Pushcart Nomination  for 1st place story. Perigee will consider unpublished  fiction of 5,000 words or fewer. Anyone is eligible to  submit to this contest, regardless of age, citizenship,  or publishing experience.


Potter’s Field 3

Deadline: 31st December 2008
A print anthology of tales from the graveyard. Stories should be between 2,000-8,000 words. We do not want gore, blood, splatter, slice-and-dice. Sure, it might be good fun to make balloon animals out of someone’s intestines, or find out how long the heart will continue to beat after it has been ripped from the body with a runcible spoon. But that’s not what we want. We want stories that will scare readers, not stories that will make them gag. This is not to say that someone in your story cannot bleed, or die. Just put a lid on the icky stuff.
Submission Guidelines:


2009 R.A.I.L. Awards

– Call for Submissions
Postmark Deadline: May 31

The R.A.I.L. Awards are an annual literary competition dedicated to Recognizing Advancement & Innovation in Literature. Each year we honor the best new voices in Poetry, Fiction, and Playwriting with cash prizes totaling $750:

R.A.I.L. Excellence in Poetry Award ($200 prize)
Best Poem (single) ($25 prize)
Best Poetry Collection ($25 prize)

R.A.I.L. Excellence in Fiction Award ($200 prize)
Best Novel Award ($25 prize)
 Best Short Fiction Award ($25 prize)

R.A.I.L. Excellence in Playwriting Award ($200 prize)
Best One-Act Play ($25 prize)
Best Full Length Play ($25 prize)

The 2009 R.A.I.L. Lifetime Achievement Award is going to: William Kennedy 
The 2009 R.A.I.L. In Honorarium Award is going to: Clarence Cooper Jr. (1934-1978) 
The Awards are open to all English-language poets, fiction writers, and playwrights. We accept works of all lengths, styles and genres. 
We started the Awards back in 2005 as a rather informal affair-a group of friends in San Francisco who liked to get together and discuss their favorite new writers and poets. Although we’ve grown in scope and ambition, we are still a close-knit group of literature lovers who strive to run a fair and transparent competition for all writers-new, emerging, established or otherwise.

Our credo is simple: you will ALWAYS keep all rights to your work, we will ALWAYS give every entry complete, thorough readings, and we will NEVER try to sell you anything. 


Red Shed Open Poetry Competition

ENTRY FEE £3 for first entry, £2 for each add’l poem. Deadline April 30, 2009. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over. Poems should be in English, they must not have been previously published, nor be currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Limit 50 lines. 1st – £100; 2nd – £50; 3rd – £25.


13th Annual Robert Frost Foundation Annual Poetry Award

Enter after March 1
Postmark/Email Submission Deadline: September 15

The Robert Frost Foundation welcomes poems in the spirit of Robert Frost for its 13th Annual Award. The winner will receive $1,000 and an invitation to present the winning poem this fall at the Frost Festival located at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Please submit two copies of each poem, one copy with contact information (name, address, phone number, email address), and one copy free of all identifying information. Reading fees are $10 per poem (send fees via regular mail, please). Make your check payable to The Robert Frost Foundation. Mail your entry to: The Robert Frost Foundation, Attn: Poetry Award, Lawrence Public Library – 3rd Floor, 51 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA 01841. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) or an email address if you would like to receive the contest results. Email submissions are accepted at if you send your entry fee by regular mail.

You may submit up to three poems of not more than three pages in all. Both published and unpublished works are accepted. See the complete contest guidelines at
Southern Playwrights Competition

Accepting entries for
2009 Annual Award from September 1, 2008
Jacksonville State University

An Annual award of $1000 will be presented to the first-prize winner, as well as a production by the Jacksonville State University Department of Drama. Southern Playwrights Competition reserves the right to use the name of the play and the author’s name in all publicity and promotions.

In the event of any subsequent production or publication of the winning manuscript (or versions thereof), and as one of the stipulations of the award, the author agrees to indicate in a footnote or in the playbill that the script was named winner of the Southern Playwrights Competition for 2009, and if applicable, that the play was produced at Jacksonville State University.

The Rules

The Competiton cannot receive faxed or electronically submitted plays.  Playwrights must be native to or resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or West Virginia.

Plays must deal with the Southern experience.


S. Portia Steele Award

The S. Portia Steele Award for Excellence in Poetry, and the  Award for Excellence in Prose, is an annual competition for  writers seeking recognition in their field, as well as a  monetary grant. Poetry: One and one-half pages of text, double- spaced, or less. Prose: 500 words maximum, with word count noted  on first page. Each award is $100. For women 50 years of age or older. Deadline April 15, 2009.

Fiction Contest 2009 | January 1-April 30
Guest Judge: James Brown

Deadline: April 30th, 2009.

Prizes: $600 in cash prizes ($300/$200/$100), publication, and 2009 Pushcart Nomination for 1st place story.

Guidelines: Perigee will consider unpublished fiction of 5,000 words or fewer. Each story requires a $10.00 US reading fee. There is no limit to the number of contest submissions you may make. No simultaneous submissions, please. Submissions must be written in English. Please use a standard typeface such as Times New Roman 12, with standard margins.

Eligibility: Anyone is eligible to submit to this contest, regardless of age, citizenship, or publishing experience-with the exception of current or former staff members or guest judges.

To Submit: We have an online submission process, which will begin automatically after payment. The contest fee must be paid by credit card or electronic check. Perigee uses PayPal to process payment, but you do not need to be a PayPal member. The fee is non-refundable.

Do not include any identification on your contest submission. Identification is collected during the upload process and stored in a secure database.


Shine Anthology

SHINE is an anthology of optimistic near-future SF, published by Solaris Books. Stories should be under 10,000 words and should be set up to 50 years into the future. Payment is 5 cents per word on publication. Please read guidelines before submitting.
Submission Guidelines:


Silent Character Contest

Deadline April 15, 2009. Choose your genre. Choose your  voice. Choose your favorite writing beverage. Then go forth and construct a story in which an essential character happens to be a mirror. $100 grand prize as well as publication in The VERB. Also a signed copy of Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman. Length may be up to 1,000 words. Open to writers worldwide. (Payment to winners  outside the USA are made via PayPal only.)


Silly Western Anthology

CyberAliens Press are looking for short stories from 500 to 3500 words in length, as well as poems, jokes, puns, limericks, artwork, and general silliness. All submissions must express one of the following themes:
+ American Wild West
+ Steampunk
+ Prairie Romance
or some mixture of the above.
Submission Guidelines:


The Smoking Poet Short Story Contest

Word count must not exceed 5,000. Please include a short bio statement, not to exceed 100 words, in the body of your e-mail. First prize, $200; second prize, $100; third prize, $50. All of the winners will be published in the summer issue of The Smoking Poet, online in mid June, 2009.  Deadline May 31, 2009.


Westend Writers Workshop Annual Contest

ENTRY FEE $10 CN PER PROSE ENTRY OR UP TO TWO POEMS $200 First Prize, $100 Second Prize and $50 Third Prize. Contest entries may be poetry or prose. No theme. Deadline April 1, 2009. All entries must be in the English language. Word count limited to 1,000 words for prose. Limit two poems, one-page each.


The Willow Springs Fiction Prize

Willow Springs invites submissions for The Willow Springs Fiction Prize, $1,000 plus publication in Willow Springs. Submission deadline: April 1, 2009.Include a $15.00 entry fee. Submissions without an entry fee will not be judged. Send only one story per submission. Use a check or money order only; cash will not be accepted. Please make the checks and money orders payable to Willow Springs. Submissions should be typed. Handwritten submissions will not be judged and the entry fee will not be refunded.

Submissions must be 7,000 words or fewer.

Your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as a short bio, should appear in a cover letter included with your submission. Do not include indentifying information anywhere else in your submission.

Submit only original, unpublished work. Contest entries may neither be previously published nor simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Do not send an SASE. Don’t send us your only copies-manuscripts will not be returned. If you would like confirmation that your work has been received, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard instead. Entries for both awards must be postmarked by April 1, 2009.

Please send entries to:
The Willow Springs Fiction Prize
Willow Springs
501 N Riverpoint Blvd, Ste 425
Spokane, WA 99202

All contest entrants will receive the Willow Springs issue containing the award-winning works. We look forward to receiving your entries.


Women In 2009 – A New Poetry Contest

This is a call to all poets who write about WOMEN. Write about someone who inspires you. You can use a character depiction or can use a triumphant situation or surprise us. “ALL” writers welcomed, original and unpublished entries. Winners will be notified in April 2009 by Oneal Walters, and their names published here. All poems remain the property of the poet. Deadline March 12, 2009.

1st Place $110 US, plus interview
2nd Place $60 US
3rd Place $30 US


Writers In Virginia Grants

This grant program provides subsidy for readings and workshops by Virginia writers in a wide variety of settings. There is a limit of five grants per year for subsidies of readings or workshops by any one writer under this program. Applications are accepted throughout the year, at least four weeks before  the reading or workshop occurring between July 1, 2008, and  June 15, 2009. Up to 50 percent of the writer’s fee, with a maximum of $250. Sponsors may receive a total of $500 in any year. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are committed.


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