Contests and Awards for May

The Memoir (and) Prize for Memoir in Prose and Poetry

The Memoir (and) Prize for Graphic Memoir
Four prizes awarded up to $500.
Memoir (and) reading period for Spring +Summer 2010 (Issue 6): 5/1/09 –
8/15/09. Accepting traditional and experimental prose, poetry, graphic
memoir, narrative photography, lies, and more. All submissions eligible
for contest entry. Submit online or mail to: Memoir (and), P.O. Box 1398,
Sausalito, CA 94966. Guidelines at
The Memoir (and) Prizes for Memoir in Prose or Poetry are awarded to the
most outstanding prose or poetry memoir-traditional, nontraditional, or
experimental-drawn from the reading period.
Grand Prize for Memoir in Prose or Poetry
* $500 cash award
* Publication in print and online
* Six copies of the journal
Second Prize for Memoir in Prose or Poetry
* $250 cash award
* Publication in print and online
* Six copies of the journal
Third Prize for Memoir in Prose or Poetry
* $100 cash award
* Publication in print and online
* Three copies of the journal
The Memoir (and) Prize for Graphic Memoir is awarded to the most
outstanding graphic memoir drawn from the reading period.
Prize for Graphic Memoir
* $100 cash award
* Publication in print and online
* Six copies of the journal


The Baltimore Review Poetry Competition

Submit work between April 1st and July 1st. 


First Place: $300 + publication in The Baltimore Review

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $50


Submit up to 4 poems per entry fee. Poems must be original and unpublished elsewhere. All styles and forms are accepted. There is no limit on length of poems. All poems submitted to the contest will also be considered for publication in The Baltimore Review. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but alert us if your poems have been accepted elsewhere; entry fees are not refundable. Send SASE for a list of winners.

Submissions should be postmarked by deadline.


Print poems on separate pages, with name, address, phone number and email appearing on the first page of each poem.


Entry Fee:

$15 entry fee for each set of 4 poems – OR — pay $20 for contest entry fee

as well as a one-year subscription to The Baltimore Review.

Make checks payable to The Baltimore Review.

Mail to:

The Baltimore Review/Poetry Competition
PO Box 36418, Towson MD 21286 

Please address as noted above. Send via regular first-class mail only; do not send entries via special or overnight delivery. 


Canadian Writers Journal Short Fiction Contest

Entries must be postmarked by April 30th

First Prize $150
Second Prize $100
Third Prize $50

Prize Money & Publication in Choice Works and the new annual CWJ.
Honourable Mentions Receive Publication in Choice Works and the new annual CWJ

  • Entries must be original, unpublished stories, any genre, maximum length 1,500 words (accurate word count please).
  • Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, and prepared in standard form except that no identification of the author is to appear on the manuscript itself.
  • Name, address and a short biography of the author are to be submitted on a separate sheet to accompany the entry.
  • Manuscripts will NOT be returned, they are destroyed at the end of the competition in our fireplace. Send #10 (business size) S.A.S.E. for contest results only.
  • Entries received too late for one deadline will be held over for the next deadline date. If you include an email address, an email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent. A self-addressed stamped postcard would also be another way for you receive confirmation that the entry was received.

Winners to be announced and prize winning stories are published in the new annual Canadian Writer’s Journal. Entry gives permission to include all the contest winners in Choice Works , which is published and available separately.

ENTRY FEE: $5.00 for each story. Any number of stories may be entered as long as the entry fee is included for all of them. Only one cheque or money order is necessary for multiple entries (as long as the total matches the entry fees for the number of entries.

Send entries to:

Short Fiction Contest
Canadian Writer’s Journal
Box 1178
New Liskeard, ON


The 2009 Marjorie J. Wilson Best Poem Contest

Postmark Deadline: April 30th, 2009
Grand Prize:  $1,000
for Best Poem & Publication in MARGIE



  • Submit 3 unpublished poems & a $15 entry fee payable to MARGIE, Inc. (60 line limit per poem.) $5 each per additional poem.
  • Enclose a single cover sheet with your name, address & phone. No names should appear on poems.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted. Only submit copies as poems will not be returned. Include a S.A.S.E. to receive contest results.
  • Mail poems & entry fee POSTMARKED no later than April 30th, 2009

Send contest submissions & entry fee to: MARGIE, P.O.B. 250, Chesterfield, MO., 63006

Questions? Email:


PERIGEE Fiction Contest 2009

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 that 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.


Ramble Underground

Summer ’09 Fiction Short Story Contest

(Deadline: Midnight May 15th 2009)

See website for details:


            Fiction Short Story Contest Rules: 

Short fiction story must be 2500 words max.
All short fiction contest entries must be submitted by May 15th, 2009.
Entry fee is $6 per story.

  • You may enter the short fiction contest as many times as you like.

    All work must be original, unpublished, and the sole property of the person submitting.

  • First and Second place short fiction stories will be published in theSummer ’09 issue along with one honorable mention.
  • All finalists will be notified by emailprior to publication. Please notify us if your short fiction contest entry is no longer eligible for publication.

    Decision of the judges is final.



see website for full details:

3 Categories, 6 Cash Prizes, 1 Deadline


maximum 3,000 words
POETRY: a suite of five related poems (maximum 15 pages)
CREATIVE NON-FICTION: (based on fact, adorned with fiction): maximum 4,000 words

Entry fee: $25 per entry (entrants may submit as many entries in as many categories as they like). Entry fee includes a one-year subTerrain subscription.

The winning entries in each category will receive a $750 cash prize (plus payment for publication) and will be published in our Winter issue. First runner-up in each category will receive a $250 cash prize and be published in the Spring issue of subTerrain.

All entries MUST be previously unpublished material and not currently under consideration in any other contest or competition. The editorial board reserves the right to not award a winner in any or all of the three categories if no entries meet publishable standards. Entries will NOT be returned (so, keep a copy for yourself). Results of the competition will be announced on this website and in the Summer/Fall issue of the magazine. All entrants receive a complimentary one-year subscription to subTerrain.

Lush Triumphant, subTerrain Magazine,
PO Box 3008, MPO, Vancouver, BC V6B 3X5



The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry
Next postmark deadline:  May 18, 2009.
for the best group of three to six poems
The $1,500 Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay for the best essay
The $1,500 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction for the best short story


Submit electronically at, or mail entries to:

NEW LETTERS LITERARY AWARDS, University House, 5101 Rockhill Road,

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 64110

See website for details



2009 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize

CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, announces the eighth annual

Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize.

Submission dates: March 1, 2009, through May 31, 2009. (These are inclusive postmark dates.) 

Prize: Winner will receive $300 cash award, publication in CALYX Journal, and a one-volume subscription. Finalists will be published on CALYX’s website and will receive a one-volume subscription.

Reading fee: $15 per entry, checks payable to CALYX.

Send submission to:

Lois Cranston Poetry Prize
PO Box B
Corvallis OR 97339

See website for details


Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

Guidelines :

Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries, of course, must be unpublished.)

Stories not to exceed 12,000 words.(No minimum, though it’s rare for a piece under 500 words to read as a full story.)

Reading fee: $15 per story.

1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue.

2nd-place: $500


See website for details


The 2009 Fineline Competition

Deadline: June 1, 2009
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.

Mid-American Review Box W, Department of English, BSSU, Bowling Green, OH 43403

See website for details


Deadline May 15, 2009
Over $1,000 in prize money to be awarded
Presenting poetry and dance as a unified art form
All DPF prize winners will
receive a prize certificate suitable for framing, a ticket to the Dancing Poetry Festival ’09, and be invited to read their prize winning poem at the 2009 Dancing Poetry Festival, Saturday, September 26, Noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Florence Gould Theater in the Palace of the Legion of Honor Art Museum in San Francisco. 

Three Grand Prizes will receive $100 each plus the poems will be danced, and videotaped for you.
Each Grand Prize Winner will be invited onstage for photo ops with the dancers and a bow in the lime light. 

Six First Prizes will receive $50 each 
Twelve Second Prizes will receive $25 each
Twenty-five Third Prizes will receive $10 each

Line Limit: 40 lines maximum each poem. No limit on number of entries
Send TWO typed, clear copies of each entry
Poems must be in English or include English translation
Show name, address, telephone number, e-mail and how you heard about us on ONE copy only
(The anonymous copy goes to the judges. Judges decisions are final.)

Entry Fee: One poem for $5 or 3 poems for $10
Make checks out to Artists Embassy International
Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order in US dollars or US currency
No poems will be returned.

Send all entries and fees postmarked by May 15, 2009, to

AEI Contest Chair W, Judy Cheung
704 Brigham Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404


The Vocabula Well-Written Writing Contest

Eligibility: The Vocabula Well-Written Writing Contest is open to all.

Write 200 to 500 words of readable, well-written, even beautiful writing. Send your entries to Along with your submission, you must include your name, address, and email address.

Previously published writing – whether on the Internet or in a book or magazine – is not welcome.

Contest Dates: Entries for the Vocabula Well-Written Writing Contest are accepted year-round. Each contest ends on May 31. The next contest begins the following day.

Selection: We accept fiction and nonfiction submissions. Entries are judged on readability, beauty, and creativity – in that order. Submissions not meeting the word count requirements will be disqualified.

Prizes: First prize is $200, and your choice of any three $40 Special Offer books.

Second prize is $100 and your choice of any one $40 Special Offer book.

First- and second-place winners, as well as all honorable mentions, will also receive a six-month-long subscription to The Vocabula Review.

Winning entries will be announced in July or August, and published in the September issue of The Vocabula Review.


 Writer’s Journal Short Story Contest


Annual Postmark Deadline: May 30

Reading Fee: $10.00/entry U.S. funds only

Winning entries will be published in future issues of the WRITERS’ Journal.  

Send Entries to: (Multiple entries from one party may be mailed in one envelope.)

“Short Story Contest” Val-Tech Media P.O. Box 394 Perham, MN 56573

Please make checks or money orders payable to: WRITERS’ Journal  

Submissions must be postmarked by the deadline date. (May 30)

Manuscripts will not be returned  

Rules: Length must not exceed 2,000 words.

Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.

Only one copy of each entry required: Writer’s name must not appear on submission.

Each submission must include:

A separate cover page with the name of contest, title of manuscript, writer’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address if available.

A title page with the manuscript title only.

On the manuscript itself, each page headed with a title key word and page number.

Nowhere on the manuscript should the author’s name appear.

No staples please.

Photocopies accepted – manuscripts will not be returned.

For those without Web access, a winner’s list can be obtained by sending a #10 SASE.

Only original, previously unpublished stories accepted.

Copyrights to manuscripts remain with author. WRITERS’ Journal requires only one-time rights to winning entries.

Reading fee must be included.


The Antigonish Review
AnnouncesTwo Writing Contests!

9th Annual
5th Annual

$2,400 in Prizes!

Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 31, 2009
Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2009

Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are not eligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry may be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page.

Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.

1st Prize $600 & publication

2nd Prize $400 & publication

3rd Prize $200 & publication

Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest:

Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems.

Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems.

1st Prize $600 & publication

2nd Prize $400 & publication

3rd Prize $200 & publication

Entry Fee: Canada and the United States – $25.00; Outside of North America $35.00 for either contest.
Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00.
You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the fall issue, 2009. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review.

Mail submissions to: The Antigonish Review Contest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5


Flannery O Connor Award for Short Fiction

Submission Guidelines

Each year the University of Georgia Press selects the winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Authors of winning manuscripts receive a cash award of $1,000, and their collections are subsequently published by The Press under a standard book contract. The Press may occasionally select more than two winners.


  • 1. The competition is open to writers in English, whether published or unpublished.
  • 2. Stories that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included.
  • 3. Stories previously published in a book-length collection of the author’s own work may not be included.
  • 4. Collections that include long stories or novellas are acceptable. Estimated length of a novella is between 50 and 150 pages. Novels or single novellas will not be considered.


  • 1. Manuscripts must be submitted between April 1 and May 31. (Postmark should be no later than May 31.)
  • 2. Send manuscripts to:
    The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction
    The University of Georgia Press
    330 Research Drive
    Athens GA 30602-4901

See the website for more details:





MANUSCRIPTS should include a title page with the author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; an acknowledgment page listing previously published poems; a table of contents, 48-64 pages of original poetry; and an SASE for reply or return of manuscript. Manuscripts should be unbound, typed, pages numbered, and name should appear on title page only. Clear photocopies and computer print-outs are acceptable. We will consider simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

PRIZE: In addition to publication and the $1,000 cash prize, the winner also receives 25 copies and a foreword by the finalist judge.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all poets, with or without previous book publication. Students and friends of the judge are not eligible for this year’s competition.

$20 ENTRY FEE includes a copy of the winning book. All other proceeds go to the continuing publication of Pearl.

JUDGING: The selection of manuscripts for final judging will be made by the editors of Pearl. All entries are read anonymously.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: May 1 – July 15th postmark. The winner will be announced and manuscripts returned after the first of next year.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: Pearl Poetry Prize, 3030 E. Second Street, Long Beach, CA 90803; checks made payable to Pearl


Wags Revue Inaugural Contest

Wag’s Revue invites you to enter its inaugural contests in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Submissions of electronic writing are also encouraged in any of the above genres. First prize in each category receives $500 and publication in Wag’s Revue , and all submissions are considered for publication. There is no limit to the number of entries an author may submit. The contest deadline is May 31, and winners will be announced June 20. The submissions fee is $20.

To view our complete submissions guidelines, visit our website at

Aspiring to marry the rigors of print with the freedoms of the internet, Wag’s Revue is an online quarterly of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.











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