First Book Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by ABZ Press, and 50 author copies will be given annually for a first poetry collection. Mark Halliday will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
ABZ Press, First Book Prize, P.O. Box 2746, Huntington, WV 25727-2746. (304) 733-5054. John McKernan, Editor.
Academy of American Poets
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
A prize of $25,000 is given annually for an outstanding book of poems written by a living U.S. citizen and published in the United States during the previous year. A jury of three poets will select the winner. Publishers may submit four copies of books published in 2008 with a $25 entry fee by June 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Academy of American Poets, Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, 584 Broadway, Suite 604, New York, NY 10012.
(212) 274-0343, ext. 18. Emily Hunt, Awards Associate.
University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Martín Espada will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 15. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
University of Akron Press, Akron Poetry Prize, Bierce Library 374B, Akron, OH 44325-1703. Mary Biddinger, Poetry Editor.
The Antigonish Review Announces Two Writing Contests!
Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest
Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize
$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
Happy Hour Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Alehouse is given annually for a single poem. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to three poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $15 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Alehouse, by July 1. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Alehouse Press, Happy Hour Poetry Award, P.O. Box 31655, San Francisco, CA 94131. Jay Rubin, Editor.
A prize of $2,000 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. A prize of $1,000 is also awarded to a translator whose literary translations have not previously been published. Translations must be from the writing of a Scandinavian author born after 1800 that has not been previously published in English. Submit four copies of up to 25 pages of poetry or 50 pages of prose, one copy of the original work, and a curriculum vitae by June 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
American-Scandinavian Foundation, Translation Prizes, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016. (212) 879-9779.
Fellowships of $7,500 each are awarded in odd-numbered years to Washington poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellowship recipients must develop and produce a public event, such as a reading, lecture, or workshop. Residents of Washington State who are at least 18 years old and are not matriculated students are eligible. Submit up to 15 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose and a resumé by June 12. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.
Artist Trust, Literature Fellowships, 1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. (206) 467-8734, ext. 11. Monica Miller, Director of Programs.
Lesbian Writers Fund
Two $10,000 grants are given annually to emerging lesbian poets and fiction writers. Two finalists in each category will each receive a grant of $1,500. Applicants must have published work at least once in a newspaper, magazine, literary journal, or anthology but must not have published more than one book in any genre. Submit 10 to 15 pages of poetry or up to 20 pages of fiction with lesbian content and a one-paragraph biography with a $5 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Astraea Foundation, Lesbian Writers Fund, 116 East 16th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003. (212) 529-8021, ext. 22.
Autumn House Press
Poetry and Fiction Contests
Two prizes of $1,000 each, a $1,500 travel grant to participate in the 2010 Autumn House Master Authors Series in Pittsburgh, and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Alicia Ostriker will judge in poetry; Sharon Dilworth will judge in fiction. Submit 50 to 80 pages of poetry or 200 to 300 pages of fiction with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Autumn House Press, Poetry and Fiction Contests, P.O. Box 60100, Pittsburgh, PA 15211. Michael Simms, Editor.
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.
*Submissions to this and any contest should be sent via postal mail and not via out r online submissions system, which is for regular submissions only.
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.
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.
Bard Fiction Prize
A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture and meet informally with students but is not expected to teach traditional courses. Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three copies of a published book of fiction by July 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Bard College, Bard Fiction Prize, P.O. Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. (845) 758-7087. Irene Zedlacher, Manager.
Barrow Street Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. David Wojahn will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Barrow Street Press, Book Contest, P.O. Box 1831, New York, NY 10156.
Bitter Oleander Press
Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Bitter Oleander is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to five poems of no more than two pages each with a $10 entry fee ($2 for each additional poem) by June 15. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Bitter Oleander Press, Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award, 4983 Tall Oaks Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066-9776. Paul Roth, Publisher.
Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A stipend of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction with the exception of memoir) whose work recalls that of Richard J. Margolis, a journalist, essayist, and poet who wrote about those whose voices are seldom heard. Submit three copies of two writing samples totaling no more than 30 pages and a project description by July 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Blue Mountain Center, Richard J. Margolis Award, c/o Margolis & Bloom, 535 Boylston Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02116.
Harry Margolis, Contact.
A prize of $1,500 and publication in the November/December issue of Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The winning works will also be published on the journal’s Web site. Rae Armantrout will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Boston Review, by June 1. Call or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Boston Review, Poetry Contest, 35 Medford Street, Suite 302, Somerville, MA 02143. (617) 591-0505.
Emerging Poets Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit three poems of any length with a $15 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard, by May 15. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Boulevard, Emerging Poets Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. Richard Burgin, Editor.
Bridport Arts Centre
The Bridport Prize
Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $5,550) each and publication in the Bridport Prize Anthology are given annually for a single poem and a short story. Second prize in each category is £1,000 (approximately $1,110) and publication. Jackie Kay will judge in poetry, and Ali Smith will judge in fiction. Submit a poem of up to 42 lines or a short story of up to 5,000 words by June 30. The entry fee is $7 for poetry, and $8 for fiction. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Bridport Arts Centre, The Bridport Prize, P.O. Box 6910, Dorset, DT6 9BQ, United Kingdom. Frances Everitt, Prize Administrator.
University of California
Chicano/Latino Literary Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by Arte Público Press, and travel expenses to attend the award ceremony in Irvine, California, is given annually on a rotating basis for a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel written in Spanish or English. A second prize of $500 is also awarded. The 2009 prize will be given for a poetry collection by a Chicano or Latino writer who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Submit three print copies and an electronic copy of a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages by June 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
University of California, Chicano/Latino Literary Prize, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 322 Humanities Hall, Irvine, CA 92697-5275. (949) 824-5443.
Muriel Craft Bailey Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a single poem. Maxine Kumin will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July 1. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Comstock Review, Muriel Craft Bailey Award, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215. John Bellinger, Managing Editor.
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a book of poems. U.S. poets who have not published a poetry collection of over 48 pages in an edition of over 500 copies are eligible. Michelle Boisseau will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 75 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Crab Orchard Review, between May 15 and July 1. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, First Book Award, Department of English, Mail Code 4503, 1000 Faner Drive, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901. Jon Tribble, Series Editor.
Dream Quest One Writing Contest Now Open
This writing contest is open to everyone! Postmark deadline: July 31, 2009. Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer, any subject or write a short story, 5 pages maximum on any theme, for a chance to win cash prizes and published online!
Writing=$500, $250, $100. Poetry=$250, $125, $50.
$5 per poem, $10 per short story. Enter now!
Contact Information: http://www.dreamquestone.com
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emergency Press will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or a hybrid of genres that explores a single topic. Jayson Iwen will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit a manuscript of at least 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by June 1. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Emergency Press, Book Contest, 533 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001. (206) 331-7477. Bryan Tomasovich, Managing Editor.
The New Esquire Fiction Contest
This contest is open to all, and the winning story will be published in a future issue of the magazine (as well as here, the new online home of Esquire fiction).
We encourage you to enter, but you have to follow the rules. The first and most important rule — besides, of course, that the story has to be original — is that the story must be based on one of three titles that we have provided.
The titles are:
2. “An Insurrection”
3. “Never, Ever Bring This Up Again”
A date, a thing, and a statement. No exceptions. Make of them what you will, do with them something great. But no taking an old story and slapping one of our new titles on it. We’ll know, and we won’t be happy.
Second rule: Your story cannot exceed 4,000 words. We are serious about that, too.
Other rules: You may submit only one story. The contest begins on May 1, 2009. All entries are due by midnight of August 1, 2009 and must be submitted electronically here at esquiresubmissions.com. (Yet more official rules here.)
First prize: publication in Esquire and $2,500.
Simple. Pick your title and start writing. And don’t disappoint us.
Enter the Esquire Fiction Contest
Peruse the official rules
Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a chapbook-length poetry collection. Charles Pratt will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit 16 to 26 pages of poetry with a $15 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Finishing Line Press, Open Chapbook Competition, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324. (859) 514-8966. Kevin Maines, Managing Editor.
Flannery O Connor Award for Short Fiction
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.
The competition is open to writers in English, whether published or unpublished.
Stories that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included.
Stories previously published in a book-length collection of the author’s own work may not be included.
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.
Dates for Submission:
Manuscripts must be submitted between April 1 and May 31. (Postmark should be no later than May 31.)
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: http://www.ugapress.uga.edu/info_aup_submitfoc.html
University of Georgia Press
Flannery O’Connor Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Georgia Press are given annually for short story collections. Submit a manuscript of 50,000 to 75,000 words (approximately 200 to 275 pages) with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
University of Georgia Press, Flannery O’Connor Awards, 330 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30602-4901. Erika Stevens, Competition Coordinator.
The Georgia Review “A Devil’s Dictionary for the Twenty-First Century”
The Georgia Review is now taking submissions for a planned special feature, “A Devil’s Dictionary for the Twenty-First Century”—an update of sorts of Ambrose Bierce’s brilliant satirical work The Devil’s
Dictionary, published just about one hundred years ago. Taking Bierce as a model, all writers are invited to send one or two original dictionary entries—maximum length, two hundred words each—for publication consideration; those writers who include with their submission a paid order for a new, renewed, or gift subscription to The Georgia Review ($30) may send up to six dictionary entries.
All entries will be considered for publication in our pages and/or on our website. All accepted authors will receive an honorarium and also will be eligible to receive “The Devil’s Due” in the amount of $500 for first place, $150 for second, and $100 for third. Please write “Devil’s Dictionary” on the submission envelope. The postmark deadline is 30 June 2009, with no electronic submissions accepted and no reply absent a stamped, self-addressed return envelope. All submissions and queries
should be sent to: The Georgia Review
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-9009 1 (800) 542-3481
Gulf Coast magazine announces the Second Annual Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose:
Named in honor of Gulf Coast’s founder, the Donald Barthelme Prize awards $500 and publication in the upcoming issue of Gulf Coast for one prose poem, micro-essay, or piece of flash fiction.
|Guidelines: Submit up to 3 previously unpublished prose poems, short stories, or micro-essays, each no more than 500 words in length. Your name and address should appear on the cover letter only. All entries will be considered for publication, though only one will receive our $500 prize. Include an SASE for results. Manuscripts will not be returned. Your $15 reading fee, payable to “Gulf Coast,” will include a one-year subscription. See website for details.|
Postmark deadline: August 31, 2009.
Send Entries to:
Gulf Coast Journal
Department of English
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013
Resident Poet Award
A prize of $2,000 and a two-month residency at Robert Frost’s former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published at least one poetry collection. Submit four copies of five poems, a resumé, and contact information for two references with a $20 entry fee by July 3. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Frost Place, Resident Poet Award, P.O. Box 74, 158 Ridge Road, Franconia, NH 03580. (603) 823-5510. Therese Reger, Administrator.
A prize of $3,000 and publication will be given annually for a novel. Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words with a $50 entry fee by May 30. Send an SASE, call, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Gival Press, Novel Award, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203. (703) 351-0079. Robert Giron, Editor.
Glimmer Train Press
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story. Submit a story of 2,000 to 20,000 words with a $20 entry fee during the month of June. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation above 5,000. Submit a story of 500 to 12,000 words with a $15 entry fee by May 31. 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.
Nonfiction Book Prize
A prize of $1,000 will be given annually to honor a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by a writer living outside New England who has published at least one previous book. The winning author will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Boston to teach a craft class at the Muse and the Marketplace Conference. Submit a book of nonfiction published in 2009 or 2010, a curriculum vitae, and a proposal for the craft class with a $10 entry fee by July 1. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Grub Street, Nonfiction Book Prize, 160 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. (617) 695-0075. Christopher Castellani, Artistic Director. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Anthology is given annually for a short story or novel excerpt. Send a manuscript of up to 25 pages with a $15 entry fee by June 30. Visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Hidden River Arts, William Van Wert Fiction Award, P.O. Box 421, Bala-Cynwyd, PA 19004-0421.
‘1/2 K’ Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a single prose poem or a work of fiction under 500 words. Lydia Davis will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to three poems or works of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Indiana Review, by June 1. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Indiana Review, ‘1/2 K’ Prize, Ballantine Hall 465, 1020 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405-7103. Jenny Burdge, Editor.
John Steinbeck Award
Sponsored by Reed Magazine, Center for Steinbeck Studies, San Jose State University and the National Steinbeck Center.
Reed Magazine announces The John Steinbeck Award. Writers may submit original, unpublished stories up to 6,000 words. The first place winner was selected by the 2009 judge, Aimee Bender, and will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The winning story will appear in Reed Magazine, and an excerpt may be published in the Salinas-based newspaper, The Californian. Runner-ups will also be considered for publication.
All entrants will receive a complimentary copy of Reed Magazine.
All submissions must abide by the following competition rules and guidelines:
1. Submit through the online system.
2. All submissions must be submitted by November 1, 2008.
3. Submit in a common file format: *.doc and *.txt preferable. Please do not submit in the *.docx file format.
4. A reading fee of $15 is required for each submission. These can be paid online with Paypal (from the bottom button, the store, or the submission system) or by check at the following address:
SJSU English Department
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0090
5. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be submitted separately and accompanied by a separate entry fee.
6. The finalists, as determined by Reed’s fiction editors, will be sent to the judge.
7. Employees and board members of the National Steinbeck Center, REED Magazine, or the Center for Steinbeck Studies are not eligible to participate in the competition.
The FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize
The FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize is open to any U.S. writer in English with at least three books of fiction published. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published novels and collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, former or current students or close friends of the final judge are ineligible to win the contest. Employees and FC2 authors are not eligible to enter.
Finalists for the Prize will be chosen by the following members of the FC2 Board of Directors: Kate Bernheimer, R. M. Berry, Noy Holland, Brenda Mills, Lance Olsen (Chair), Matt Roberson, Susan Steinberg, and Lidia Yuknavitch.
The winning manuscript will be chosen from the finalists by Carole Maso, who will write the foreword to the winning manuscript.
Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2’s stated mission to publish “fiction considered by America’s largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for the commercial milieu,” including works of “high quality and exceptional ambition whose style, subject matter, or form pushes the limits of American publishing and reshapes our literary culture.”
For contest updates and full information on FC2’s mission, history, aesthetic commitments, authors, events, and books, please visit the website at: http://fc2.org.
Contest entries will be accepted beginning 15 August. All entries must be postmarked no later than 1 November. The winner will be announced 1 May.
The Prize includes $15,000 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. In the unlikely event that no suitable manuscript is found among entries in a given year, FC2 reserves the right not to award a prize.
Art and Change Grants
Grants of up to $2,500 each are given by the Leeway Foundation three times a year to support women poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who need financial assistance to work on a project involving art and social change. Women and transgender writers living in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties who are 18 years of age or older and who are not full-time students in an arts program are eligible. Applicants must have a project commitment from an organization or mentor. Submit an application by June 1. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Leeway Foundation, Art and Change Grants, The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA 19107. (215) 545-4078. Sham-e-Ali al-Jamil, Program Director.
The Second-Annual Life Lessons Contest
Enter your essay in Real Simple’s yearly contest
When did you realize that you had become a grown-up? Perhaps it was when you first paid taxes or met your son’s first girlfriend. Whether the experience was difficult, funny, easy, or bittersweet, share your lesson and you could win.
Enter Real Simple’s second-annual Life Lessons essay contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple; win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors; and receive a prize of $3,000.
- HOW TO ENTER: This contest begins at 12:01 A.M. eastern time (ET) on May 1, 2009, and ends at 11:59 P.M. ET on September 7, 2009. To enter online, send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a MS Word attachment) to email@example.com. To enter via postal mail, submit your essay by mailing your entry to Essay Contest, Real Simple, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 9th floor, New York, NY 10020. Entries must be postmarked no later than September 7, 2009, and received no later than September 14, 2009. Limit one entry per person or e-mail account. Essays should be submitted in English at a maximum of 1,500 words and typed and double-spaced on 8½-by-11-inch paper. Essays exceeding this length or handwritten may not be considered. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, or incomplete entries; postage-due mail; or entries not received for any reason. Entries become sole property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned. By entering, Entrant warrants that his or her entry (1) is original and does not infringe the intellectual-property rights of any third party, (2) has not been published in any medium, and (3) has not won an award.2. JUDGING: All entries will be judged by Real Simple editors, based on the following criteria: originality (25 percent), creativity (25 percent), use of language (25 percent), and appropriateness to contest theme (25 percent). Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. Decisions of judges are final and binding. Winner will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail after January 3, 2010.3. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 19 or older at time of entry (“Entrant(s)”). Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Sponsor and its promotional partners and their respective parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries and participating advertising and promotion agencies (including members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same household of each such employee) are not eligible.4. PRIZE DESCRIPTION: One Winner will receive $3,000. Roundtrip economy plane tickets for two to New York City from the airport closest to his or her primary residence, hotel accommodations for two nights (double occupancy), tickets to a Broadway play, lunch with Real Simple editors, and publication in Real Simple magazine. ALL TAXES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. The prize is awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind. THE PRIZE IS NOT TRANSFERABLE.
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee by July 15. E-mail or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Literal Latté, Poetry Award, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. (212) 260-5532. Jenine Gordon Bockman, Editor.
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of at least $2,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. In addition, Women Writers Fellowships of at least $2,500 are given annually to Oregon women writers of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction whose work explores experiences of race, class, physical disability, or sexual orientation. Submit 15 pages of poetry or 25 pages of prose by June 26. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Literary Arts, Oregon Literary Fellowships, 224 NW 13th Avenue, Suite 306, Portland, OR 97209. (503) 227-2583. Susan Denning, Program Director.
2009 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize
CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, announces the eighth annual 2009 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 http://www.calyxpress.org/lois.html
Lost Horse Press
Idaho Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Lost Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit at least 48 pages of poetry with a $25 entry fee by May 15. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Lost Horse Press, Idaho Prize for Poetry, 105 Lost Horse Lane, Sandpoint, ID 83864. (208) 255-4410.
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowship
A fellowship of $13,000 is awarded annually to a writer who is a resident of Maine. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are not enrolled as full-time students in a field related to literary arts are eligible. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 20 pages or up to 20 pages of prose by June 12. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Maine Arts Commission, Individual Artist Fellowship, 193 State Street, 25 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0025. (207) 287-2726. Donna McNeil, Director.
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 http://www.memoirjournal.com.
Additional Contest Info
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
FIL Prize in Romance Languages
A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a writer who writes in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Italian, French, Galician, or Roumanian. Writers who have produced noteworthy work in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction are eligible. The prize is awarded by a consortium of Mexican government agencies, universities, and banks. Cultural or educational institutions, associations, or groups interested in literature may nominate a candidate; individuals may not apply. Submit the writer’s curriculum vitae and a letter of support by June 15. There is no entry fee. Call or e-mail for complete guidelines.
Mexico, FIL Prize in Romance Languages, Guadalajara International Book Fair, Avenida Alemania 1370, Guadalajara, 44190 Jalisco, Mexico. (212) 650-7925. David Unger, U.S. Coordinator.
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women
Grants of $500 to $1,500 each are given twice yearly to feminist writers. Women poets and creative nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada are eligible for the June deadline. Submit three copies of a manuscript of up to 25 pages, a project description, and a resumé with a $20 entry fee during the month of June. Send an SASE for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Individual Artist Grants for Women, P.O. Box 309, Wilton, NH 03086. Susan Pliner, Executive Director.
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative Magazine will be given annually for a poem or group of poems. All entries will be considered for publication. The poetry editors will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $15 entry fee by July 15. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Narrative Magazine, Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 29272, San Francisco, CA 94129. Tom Jenks, Editor.
National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are awarded annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the eligibility year. Four finalists in each category receive $1,000. Publishers may submit an entry form by June 15. Books, bound galleys, or bound manuscripts scheduled for publication between December 1, 2008, and November 30, 2009, may be submitted to judges and to the National Book Foundation by August 17. The entry fee is $125. Call or e-mail for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
National Book Foundation, National Book Awards, 95 Madison Avenue, Suite 709, New York, NY 10016. (212) 685-0261.
New England Poetry Club
Daniel Varoujan Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem in honor of Daniel Varoujan, an Armenian poet killed in the genocide in Turkey in 1915. Submit up to three poems with a $10 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by May 31. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.)
New England Poetry Club, Daniel Varoujan Award, c/o Contest Coordinator, P.O. Box 190076, Boston, MA 02119.
Three awards of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The New Letters Prize is given for a group of three to six poems, the Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize is given for a short story, and the Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize is given for an essay. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to six poems or no more than 8,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to New Letters, by May 18. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
New Letters, Literary Awards, University of Missouri, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the 2009 issue of New Millennium Writings and on the journal’s Web site are given for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and a work of creative nonfiction that have not appeared in a publication with a circulation over 5,000. Prizes are given twice yearly, in the spring and the fall. Submit three poems totaling no more than five pages or up to 6,000 words of prose (or 1,000 words for a short short story) with a $17 entry fee by June 17. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
New Millennium Writings, New Millennium Awards, Room M2, P.O. Box 2463, Knoxville, TN 37901.
Don Williams, Editor.
University of North Texas Press
Katherine Anne Porter Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
University of North Texas Press, Katherine Anne Porter Prize, Department of English, University of Texas at Arlington, 203 Carlisle Hall, P.O. Box 19035, Arlington, TX 76019. Laura Kopchick, General Editor.
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Web site wagingpeace.org is given annually for a single poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems of no more than 30 lines each with a $15 entry fee by July 1. Send an SASE, call, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award, P.O. Box 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794. (805) 965-3443.
Oberlin College Press
FIELD Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, by May 31. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Oberlin College Press, FIELD Poetry Prize, 50 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074. (440) 775-8408. Linda Slocum, Managing Editor.
A prize of $2,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given for a first or second poetry collection. Ann Lauterbach will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a copy of any book from the Omnidawn catalogue, by June 30. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Omnidawn Publishing, Poetry Prize, 311 Monterey Street, Vallejo, CA 94590. (510) 237-5472. Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan, Coeditors.
University of Pittsburgh Press
Drue Heinz Literature Prize
A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. The prize is open to writers who have previously published a book of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in nationally distributed magazines. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages by June 30. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
University of Pittsburgh Press, Drue Heinz Literature Prize, Eureka Building, 5th Floor, 3400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. (412) 383-2456.
Prizes in Letters
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the preceding year. For books published between January 1 and June 14 submit four copies of the book, an author biography and photograph, and a $50 entry fee by June 15. The deadline for books published during the second half of the year is October 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Pulitzer Prizes, Prizes in Letters, 709 Journalism Building, 2950 Broadway, Mail Code 3865, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027. (212) 854-3841. Sig Gissler, Prize Board Administrator.
2009 Pearl Poetry Prize
$1,000 & Book Publication
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
Sonia Raiziss-Giop Foundation
Bordighera Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 and bilingual publication by Bordighera Press is given annually for a poetry collection written in English to be translated into Italian. The cash prize is evenly divided between the poet, who must be a U.S. citizen of identifiable Italian descent, and the translator, who need not be a U.S. citizen. The poet may translate his or her own work. Patricia Fargnoli will judge. Submit two copies of 10 pages of poetry in English or in both English and Italian by May 31. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Sonia Raiziss-Giop Foundation, Bordighera Poetry Prize, c/o The Calandra Italian American Institute, City University of New York, 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036. Daniela Gioseffi and Alfredo DePalchi, Coordinators.
International Poetry Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a single poem. Stephen Dunn will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 14 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to River Styx, by May 31. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
River Styx, International Poetry Contest, 3547 Olive Street, Suite 107, St. Louis, MO 63103.
Santa Fe Writers Project
A prize of $1,750 is given annually for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Two second-place prizes of $1,000 each are also given. All entries will be considered for publication by SFWP Press. Pagan Kennedy will judge. Submit up to 25 pages of prose with a $25 entry fee, or $20 for students, by July 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Santa Fe Writers Project, Literary Awards, 369 Montezuma Avenue, #350, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Andrew Gifford, Director.
Snake Nation Press
Violet Reed Haas Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Society of Southwestern Authors Annual
Deadline June 1, 2009. Categories: Short Stories, Poetry,
Personal Essay/Memoir, Short Story for Children 6-12
Cash prizes in all categories: 1st-$300; 2nd-$150; 3rd-$75
Hon. Mention-$25. Appraisals $25. Forms & requirements
on website: http://www.ssa-az.org or SASE to Entry Forms Dept.
P.O.B. 35484, Tucson, AZ 85740
Contact Information: Email | Website
Southern Poetry Review
Guy Owen Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $15 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Southern Poetry Review, by June 15. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Southern Poetry Review, Guy Owen Prize, Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy, Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419-1997.
St. Francis College Literary Prize
A prize of $50,000 will be given biennially to honor a fourth book of fiction. Michael Chabon, Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Letham, Ben Marcus, and Ayelet Waldman will judge. Submit six copies of a short story collection or novel by July 1. There is no entry fee. E-mail or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
St. Francis College, Literary Prize, Academic Dean’s Office, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Ian Maloney, Contact.
The Story Prize
A prize of $20,000 is given annually to honor an outstanding collection of short fiction written in English and first published in the United States. Two runners-up will receive $5,000. Larry Dark and Julie Lindsey will select the three finalists; three independent judges will choose the winner. Publishers, authors, or agents may submit five copies of a book published between January 1 and June 30, two copies of the entry form, and a $75 entry fee by July 15. The deadline for books published during the second half of the year is November 16. Visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines. The Story Prize, 41 Watchung Plaza, #384, Montclair, NJ 07042. Larry Dark, Director.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative Bechtel Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Teachers & Writers magazine is given annually for an essay that relates to creative writing education, literary studies, or the profession of writing. Submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Bechtel Prize, 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2020, New York, NY 10018. (888) 266-5789.
Towson University Prize for Literature
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a writer who has lived in Maryland for at least three years and is currently a resident. Books published within the past three years or scheduled for publication in 2008 are eligible. Publishers, institutions, or individuals may submit three copies of a book or manuscript by June 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Towson University, Prize for Literature, English Department, Towson, MD 21252-0001. (410) 704-2871. Edwin Duncan, Chair of English.
Teresa A. White Literary Award
Quiddity international literary journal and public-radio program is pleased to announce the Teresa A. White Literary Award. The 2009 award is affectionately referred to as the “buck-a-word” contest. First Prize: $500 and publication in the Spring/Summer 2010 print issue of Quiddity as well as public-radio broadcast (offered via WUIS, NPR member and PRI affiliate)
Honorable mentions may also be offered publication and broadcast
Contest begins March 1, 2009, and ends August 1, 2009 (postmark deadline). Submit one work of prose totaling no more than 500 words (title included) as well as $12 payable to Quiddity.
• U.S. submissions should include both an email address and a self-addressed, business-size (#10),
stamped envelope (SASE). International submissions should include an email address to which an
electronic reply may be sent.
• Work should be previously unpublished; simultaneous submissions with immediate notification are
okay, but the contest awards only for FNASR, so works accepted elsewhere will be withdrawn from
consideration, and please note: the entry fee will not be returned.
• All entries must be typed and must include a cover letter with author’s name and contact information
(address, telephone, and email address) as well as the title and word count of the work submitted.
The author’s name or any identifying information should not appear on the manuscript itself.
• Entries that do not meet the guidelines will not be considered, and entry fees are not refundable.
• All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in the journal.
• Winners will be announced by September 1, 2009.
• Mail entries to
2009 Teresa A. White Literary Award
1500 North Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
War Poetry Contest
A prize of $2,000 and publication on the Web site winningwriters.com is given annually for a single poem on the theme of war. Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee by May 31. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Winning Writers, War Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060-3961. (866) 946-9748. Adam Cohen, President.
Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Writer magazine will be given annually for a short story. Submit two copies of a story of up to 2,000 words with a $10 entry fee by May 31. Visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
The Writer, Short Story Contest, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612.
Annual Writing Competition
A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, short story, or work of creative nonfiction. Submit a poem of up to 32 lines, a short story of up to 4,000 words, or a work of creative nonfiction of up to 2,000 words. The entry fee for poetry is $15 ($10 for each additional poem). The entry fee for prose is $20 ($15 for each additional entry). The deadline is May 15. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Writer’s Digest, Annual Writing Competition, 700 East State Street, Iola, WI 54990.
Writer’s Digest MFA Confidential Contest
If you will be enrolled in a writing-focused graduate program during the 2009–2010 school year, you could be the featured student blogger at WritersDigest.com!
The winner of this unique contest will receive his or her own addition to the close-knit WD family of blogs. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to represent the student community, interact with an audience of fellow writers, and garner reader feedback and discussion on a regular basis. Who knows? You could be the brains of Arianna Huffington, the snark of Perez Hilton and the savvy of Design*Sponge combined into one literary mastermind. There’s only one way to find out!
• To enter: Submit 1–3 sample posts, no more than 1,000 words total, along with a suggested title for your blog, in the body of an e-mail with “MFA Contest” in the subject line to email@example.com. Include your full name, address, e-mail, daytime phone number and the name of the graduate program and school in which you are enrolled. Attachments will not be opened. Entrants must be enrolled in a writing-focused graduate program during the 2009–2010 school year to be eligible.
• Judging criteria are quality of writing, uniqueness of perspectives/subject matter, strong voice and creativity.
• One entry per person.
• WD retains all rights to the winner’s entry and subsequent blog posts, including publication on our website and/or in the magazine.
• WD editors will select the winner from all eligible entries.
• The decisions of the WD editors are final.
• Deadline is July 1, 2009; the winning blogger will be responsible for posting three times a week from September 2009 through May 2010 at WritersDigest.com.
See website for full details: http://www.writersdigest.com/mfacontest
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.
Writers of the Future Contest
The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contests has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. No entry fee. There are three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500. There is also one Grand Prize each year worth $4,000. All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements, are welcome.
Contact Information: http://www.writersofthefuture.com
The Yale Drama Series
Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre are seeking submissions for a major new playwriting competition, The Yale Drama Series. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Rep. The winning play will be selected by series judge David Hare.
There is no application form or entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:
1. This contest is restricted to plays in the English language, though submissions are accepted worldwide.
2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Submissions must be original, full-length plays. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
3. Plays that have had professional productions are not eligible.
4. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count; a second title page which lists the title of the play only; a list of characters; a list of acts and scenes; and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments.
5. Plays must be typed/word-processed, numbered and in standard professional play format. A brief biography may appear at the end of the manuscript, but is not required.
6. Do not bind or staple the manuscript.
7. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per each year.
Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.
Submissions for the 2010 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, and no later than August 15, 2009.
Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. If you wish to be informed by June 2010 of the contest results, please include an email address on your title page.
For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:
Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT