Awards, Contests and Competitions for September 2009

Bad Poetry Contest:  presented by Shakespeare’s Tavern Atlanta,  Georgia

 
Website: http://www.shakespearetavern.com/
Email:
Jeanette@shakespearetavern.com
Deadline: weekly until the end of run
Fee: No entry fee
We Need Your Bad Poems and You Need the Free Stuff We’re Going to Give You!
We’re looking for some bad love poems. As you may or may not know, in As You Like It, the character Orlando writes a mixture of bad & good poems to his love, Rosalind, and nails them to trees in an expression of his love for her. 
In honor of this, we’re running a Bad Love Poems contest starting today and running through the end of As You Like It. 
Send us your worst love poem TO ROSALIND. Once a week we will chose the best of the worst, post it on our website and give the winner 2 free pairs of tickets (in the Box Seating area). At the end of the run, we’ll let the audience vote on the weekly winners and that winner will receive a free Club Membership!
E-mail your poems to Jeanette@shakespearetavern.com

American Literary Review Literary Awards


Website: www.engl.unt.edu/alr/contests.html
Deadline: September 1.
Entry Fee: $15
Three prizes of $1,000 each & publication in the American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, & an essay. The winning works will appear in the Fall 2010 issue. Submit up to three poems, a short story of up to 8,000 words, or an essay of up to 6,500 words with a $15 entry fee by September 1. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines. American Literary Review, Literary Awards, P.O. Box 311307, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203-1307.

AWP/George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature


Website: http://awpwriter.org/contests/garrett.htm
Deadline: September 15
Entry Fee: no entry fee
AWP welcomes letters from our members who wish to nominate individuals for the George Garrett Award. Letters of nominations must be postmarked between August 1 and September 15, 2009. The award will include a $2,000 honorarium from AWP in addition to travel, accommodations, and registration for attending the AWP Annual Conference, where the award will be publicly announced and conferred. For complete guidelines, visit website.

Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award

Website: www.orlo.org bear@orlo.org
Deadline: September 8
Entry Fee: $15
A prize of $1,000 & publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine is given annually for a short story about the natural world, sense of place, or environmental issues. Jon Raymond will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by September 8. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. Bear Deluxe Magazine, Doug Fir Fiction Award, P.O. Box 10342, Portland, OR 97296. (503) 242-1047. Jess Dolan, Senior Editor.

The Best Travel Writing Solas Awards

Website: http://www.besttravelwriting.com/submit/
Deadline: September 21
Entry Fee: $20
Award-winning publisher Travelers’ Tales is the sponsor of The Solas Awards, an annual competition to honor excellence in travel writing. Extraordinary stories about travel & the human spirit have been the cornerstones of our books since 1993. With the Solas Awards we honor writers whose work inspires others to explore. We’re looking for the best stories about travel & the world—funny, illuminating, adventurous, uplifting, scary, inspiring, poignant—stories that reflect the unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar territory & begin to see the world differently as a result. We hope these awards will be a catalyst for those who love to leave home & tell others about it. Dates: You can enter year-round. The current competition closes September 21, 2009. Winners of the Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year in Gold, Silver, & Bronze will win cash ($1,000, $750, & $500, respectively) & publication on http://BestTravelWriting.com & http://TravelersTales.com. Winners in the categories will win publication on both web sites, & all winners will be considered for publication in our annual book series, The Best Travel Writing, which is published in conjunction with announcement of the award winners in February each year. Rules: All entries for the award must be true stories. These pieces may have been previously published or not, but the writer must control all rights to the story. Stories may not violate anyone else’s copyright. Stories must be a minimum of 750 words but there is no maximum. We caution, however, that beyond about four thousand words stories begin to get difficult to contain, so we recommend shorter pieces in the 1000-3000 word range. To be eligible for the award, all entries & payments must be received by the deadline & must be submitted through this web site. This paragraph represents just a partial description of the rules. Be sure to read the Official Rules before entering the competition. Entry fees: $20 for the first two optional categories, $5 for each additional category for the same story. All stories are automatically submitted for the Grand Prize at no additional charge (thus, when you choose your two “optional categories” you will be entered in three, your two choices & the Grand Prize category). If we choose to publish a story in one of our books, we will pay our usual honorarium of $100 for non-exclusive world rights (that means you can sell it again whenever & wherever you want). To see a description of each category please use the drop down menu on the left side of this page. Submit your story for the Solas Awards here. All stories receive equal consideration from the judges, the editors of Travelers’ Tales. Your confirmation of fee paid will constitute the sole notification that your entry was received, & we will contact you if you are a winner. For more information, or to submit, please visit the website.

The Brittingham Prize in Poetry & the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry


Website:
www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress/poetryguide.html
Deadline: September 30
Entry Fee:$25
($1,000 cash prize & $1,500 honorarium to read in Madison) are presented annually by the University of Wisconsin Press to the two best book-length manuscripts submitted in September. Send manuscript with two title pages (one with contact information), a required SASE for results, & a non-refundable $25 reading fee (checks made out to The University of Wisconsin Press) by September 30 to: Brittingham & Pollak Prizes in Poetry, C/O Ronald Wallace, Series Editor, Department of English, 600 N. Park Street, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706.

Birmingham-Southern College Hackney Literary Award


Web site: www.bsc.edu/events/hackney
E-mail address: hackneyawards@bsc.edu
Deadline: September 30, 2009
Entry Fee: $25
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $25 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Birmingham-Southern College, Hackney Literary Award, P.O. Box 549066, Birmingham, AL 35254.

Claremont Graduate University Tufts Poetry Awards


Website:www.cgu.edu/tufts
Deadline: September 15
Entry Fee: no entry fee
The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner will spend one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California. The $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award is given annually to honor a first book of poetry by “a poet of genuine promise.” Poets, publishers, agents, or friends may submit five copies of a book of poetry published between September 15, 2008, & September 15, 2009, with a list of previously published work by September 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, or visit the website for the required entry form & complete guidelines. Claremont Graduate University, Tufts Poetry Awards, 160 East 10th Street, Harper East B7, Claremont, CA 91711-6165. (909) 621-8974.         Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships. www.artsdel.org/grants/default.shtml kristin.pleasanton@state.de.us

Comstock Review Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest


Web site: www.comstockreview.org
Deadline: September 30, 2009
Entry Fee: $25
A prize of $1,000, publication, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Submit 25 to 34 pages of poetry with a $25 entry fee, which includes a copy of the winning chapbook, by September 30. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.  
Comstock Review, Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215. John Bellinger, Managing Editor. 

Good Housekeeping Short Story Competition


Web site:  www.goodhousekeeping.com/shortstory
E-mail address: ghshortstory@hearst.com
Deadline:  September 15, 2009
Entry Fee: no entry fee
A prize of $3,000 and publication in Good Housekeeping will be given for a short story. Jodi Picoult will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,500 words by September 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Good Housekeeping, Short Story Competition, Hearst Communications, 300 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. Laura Mathews, Literary Editor.

Green Rose Prize in Poetry


Website:
http://www.wmich.edu/newissues/GreenRosePrize.html
Deadline: September 30
Entry Fee: $20
$2,000 & publication for a book of poems by an established poet. Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have published one or more full-length collections of poetry. We will consider individual collections & volumes of new & selected poems. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional mss. from this competition. $20 reading fee for each ms. Checks made payable to New Issues Poetry & Prose. A manila folder or metal clasp will do, please no binding. Include a brief bio & relevant publication information, cover page with name, address, phone number, & title of the ms. Please include a table of contents. Mss. will be recycled. Enclose SASP for notification that the ms. has been received, or your canceled check may be used as a notification of receipt. For notification of title & author of the winning ms., please enclose SASE or visit: http://www.wmich.edu/newissues. A ms. may be submitted that is being considered elsewhere but New Issues should be notified upon acceptance elsewhere. Mss. may be submitted between May 1 & September 30. Winning ms. will be announced January or February 2010 & published Spring 2011. Send mss. & queries to: The Green Rose Prize, New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5463.

The Hackney Literary Awards-Novel


Website: http://www.bsc.edu/events/hackney/Guidelines.pdf
Deadline: September 30
Entry Fee: $25
Open to writers nationwide, these awards are presented each year by Birmingham-Southern College. Sponsored since 1969 by the Cecil Hackney family of Birmingham, the competition awards a $5,000 prize sponsored by Morris Hackney for an unpublished novel. Novel: Length is open but the novel must be unpublished. Entry fee is $25 per entry. Must be postmarked by September 30. Entries must be accompanied by either check or money order payable to Hackney Literary Awards. Mail all entries to: Hackney Literary Awards, Birmingham-Southern College, Box 549066, Birmingham, AL 35254. For more information, visit the link provided.

Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize


Website: www.hungermtn.org
Deadline: September 10
Entry Fee: $20
A prize of $1,000 & publication on the Hunger Mountain website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Robin Hemley will judge. Submit a work of creative nonfiction of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by September 10. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines. Hunger Mountain, Creative Nonfiction Prize, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. (802) 828-8517. Miciah Bay Gault, Managing Editor.

The Juniper Prize for Poetry


Website: http://umass.edu/umpress/juniper_poetry_guidelines.htm
Deadline: September 30
Entry Fee: $25
The Juniper Prize for Poetry is awarded annually for an original manuscript of poems. In alternating years, the program is open to poets either with or without previously published books. The University of Massachusetts Press publishes the winning manuscript, & the author receives a $1,500 award upon publication. In 2009, we will be considering only manuscripts by writers who have not published a full-length book or chapbook of poetry. Submissions will only be accepted with a postmark between August 1 & September 30, 2009. The entry fee will be $25, & a panel of distinguished poets will judge all manuscripts anonymously. The award winner will be announced at our website in April 2010, with a publication scheduled for April 2011. For submission details, please visit the website. Please send submissions to: Juniper Prize for Poetry, University of Massachusetts Press, East Experiment Station, 671 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003.

Literal Latté Ames Essay Award


 Website:
www.literal-latte.com litlatte@aol.com
Deadline: September 15
Entry Fee: $10
A prize of $1,000 & publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee by September 15. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines. Literal Latté, Ames Essay Award, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. (212) 260-5532. Jenine Gordon Bockman, Editor.

May Swenson Poetry Award


Website:www.usupress.org
Deadline: September 30
Entry Fee:$25
A prize of $1,000 & publication by Utah State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Grace Schulman will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by September 30. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Utah State University Press, May Swenson Poetry Award, 7800 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-7800. (435) 797-1362.

New Criterion Poetry Prize


Web site: www.newcriterion.com/constant/poetrycontest
Deadline: September 30, 2009
Entry Fee: $25
A prize of $3,000 and publication by Ivan R. Dee is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. John Hollander, Roger Kimball, Hilton Kramer, Greg Williamson, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 60 pages with a $25 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
New Criterion, Poetry Prize, 900 Broadway, Suite 602, New York, NY 10003. (212) 247-6980.

New Voices Award


Website: www.leeandlow.com
Deadline: September 30
The Award will be given for a children’s picture book story by a writer of color. Winner will receive cash grant of $1000 & our standard publication contract, including our standard advance & royalties. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash grant of $500. Contest open to writers of color who are residents of the US & who have not previously had a children’s picture book published. Writers who have published in other venues, such as children’s magazines, young adult fiction & nonfiction, are eligible. Only un-agented submissions accepted. Mss. previously submitted to Lee & Low Books for this award are not eligible. Mss. should address the needs of children of color by providing stories with which they can identify & relate, & which promote a greater understanding of one another. Submissions may be fiction or nonfiction for children ages five to twelve. Folklore & animal stories will not be considered. Mss. should be no more than 1500 words in length & accompanied by a cover letter that includes the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, a brief biographical note, relevant cultural & ethnic information, how the author heard about the award, & publication history, if any. Mss. should be typed double-spaced on 8.5” x 11” paper. SASE with sufficient postage must be included for return of the ms. Up to two submissions per entrant. Each submission should be submitted separately. Submissions should be clearly addressed to: Lee & Low Books, 95 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, Attn: New Voices Award. Mss. may not be submitted to other publishers while under consideration for this Award. Lee & Low Books is not responsible for late, lost, or incorrectly addressed or delivered submissions. Mss. will be accepted from May 1 through September 30, 2009 & must be postmarked within that period. The judges are the editors of Lee & Low Books. The decision of the judges will be final. At least one Honor Award will be given each year, but Lee & Low Books reserves the right not to choose an Award winner.

Philip Levine Prize in Poetry

Website: www.csufresno.edu/crwr
Deadline: September 30
Entry Fee:$25
The MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno, sponsors the 2009 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry for a book-length manuscript. Winner receives $2,000 prize & book publication by Anhinga Press. Garrett Hongo will be this year’s final judge. Entry fee: $25. Postmark deadline: September 30. All poets eligible except current & recent faculty or students of CSUF. Mss. should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, & should be 48-80 pages. Include two mss. title pages: one with name & contact information & one with the name of the ms. only. Mss. will be screened & judged anonymously. Mail to: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, CSUF English Department, 5425 N. Backer Ave., MS PB98, Fresno, CA 93740-8001. For more information, e-mail connieh@csufresno.edu or call (559) 278-2553.

Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest


Website: www.realsimple.com/lifelessonscontest lifelessons@realsimple.com
Deadline: September 7
Entry Fee: no entry fee
A prize of $3,000 & publication in Real Simple will be given annually for a personal essay on a theme. The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with the editors. This year’s theme is, “When did you realize that you had become a grown-up?” Submit an essay of up to 1,500 words by September 7. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines. Real Simple, Life Lessons Essay Contest, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Noelle Howey, Deputy Editor.

Red Hen Press Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award


Web site: www.redhen.org
Deadline: September 30, 2009
Entry Fee: $20
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a single poem. Kate Gale will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 120 lines with a $20 entry fee by September 30. Call or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Red Hen Press, Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award, P.O. Box 3537, Granada Hills, CA 91394. (818) 831-0649. Kate Gale, Managing Editor.

Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award


Website:  
www.frostfoundation.org frostfoundation@comcast.net
Deadline: September 15
Entry Fee:$10
A prize of $1,000 & an invitation to read the winning work at the Robert Frost Festival is given annually for a poem written in the spirit of Robert Frost. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than three pages with a $10 entry fee per poem by September 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. Robert Frost Foundation, Poetry Award, Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence Street, 3rd Floor, Lawrence, MA 01841.

Robert Watson Literary Prizes


Website: www.greensbororeview.org
Deadline: September 15
Entry Fee: no entry fee
The annual Robert Watson Literary Prizes will accept submissions through the postmark deadline of September 15, 2009. Fiction should not exceed 7500 words & must be typed & double-spaced. Poets may submit 3-5 pages. Manuscripts will not be returned. Send SASE for guidelines. No entry fee. $500 prize awarded to winning fiction entry & winning poetry entry. All entries considered for publication in Spring 2010 issue. No previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions. The Greensboro Review, MFA Writing Program, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 3302 Moore Humanities & Research, Administration Building, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170. 336-334-5459.

13th Moon Poetry & Fiction Contests


Website: www.13thmoon.net
Deadline: September 8
Entry Fee: $20
Two prizes of $1,000 each & publication in 13th Moon will be given annually for a poem & a short story. Judith Johnson will judge. Submit up to three poems, totaling no more than 500 lines, or a short story of up to 25 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to 13th Moon, by September 8. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines. 13th Moon, Poetry & Fiction Contests, 8 Woodmont Road, Montclair, NJ 07043. Judith Johnson, Editor.

Tom Howard / John H. Reid Poetry Contest


Website: www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry
Deadline: September 30
Entry Fee: $7
Seventh year. Top prize $2,000. Submit poems in any style or genre. Both published & unpublished work accepted. Winning entries published online. Entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: September 30. Submit online or mail to: Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. For more information visit the website.

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