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Writing Contests for October

  • Natural Bridge
  • H.O.W. Journal
  • Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Book Prize
  • Calvino
  • Black River Chapbook
  • Dana Awards

Natural Bridge–Call for Submissions:  FREE

October, 2011

University of Missouri-St. Louis–Literary Journal

Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature, is committed to presenting the best in new writing from established as well as promising writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, including literature in translation. Published twice yearly at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Selections are made by a prominent guest-editor along with a staff of editorial assistants who are graduate students in the MFA program.

On this website, you will find news, calls for submissions, as well as samples of our past issues. A non-profit literary journal supported by English Department at UM-St. Louis and the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, Natural Bridge sincerely appreciates your support.

Updates:

Submission period is now year-round.
Because we are tied to the academic calendar, we will not read between May 1 and August 1. Writers may not hear a response for up to six months.

Natural Bridge
Department of English
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63121

Enclose SASE for notification. We pay in copies and a one year subscription. Simultaneous submissions OK as long as you notify us of acceptance elsewhere.

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H.O.W. Journal is hosting three writing contests!

Deadline extended to November 1st.

Fiction judged by Mary Gaitskill

Nonfiction judged by John D’Agata

Poetry judged by Honor Moore

Please review the guidelines for each contest below.

Fiction judged by Mary Gaitskill

Guidelines:

  • The contest is open to all writers and all themes
  • The word limit is 12,000.
  • We do consider unpublished novel excerpts if they feel like complete stories.
  • It’s fine to submit more than one story.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, phone number, and email; names should not appear on the stories themselves.
  • All submissions should be clearly typed manuscripts, double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11 inch white paper, one side only.
  • Submissions will not be returned.
  • No simultaneous or previously published work.

Awards:

  • 1st Place – $500 and publication in H.O.W. Journal
  • 2nd Place – $200 and publication in H.O.W. Journal
  • 3rd Place – $100 and publication in H.O.W. Journal

Reading Fee per story

  • $20.00

Send your submissions and reading fee (a check payable to H.O.W. Journal) to:

H.O.W. Journal, Fiction Contest, 12 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY, 10013

Submissions must be received in the H.O.W. offices by November 1st, 2011.

Nonfiction judged by John D’Agata

Guidelines:

  • The contest is open to all writers and all themes
  • The word limit is 12,000.
  • Memoir excerpts accepted.
  • It’s fine to submit more than one story.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, phone number, and email; names should not appear on the stories themselves.
  • All submissions should be clearly typed manuscripts, double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11 inch white paper, one side only.
  • Submissions will not be returned.
  • No simultaneous or previously published work.

Awards:

  • 1st Place – $500 and publication in H.O.W. Journal
  • 2nd Place – $200 and publication in H.O.W. Journal
  • 3rd Place – $100 and publication in H.O.W. Journal

Reading Fee per story: $20.00

Send your submissions and reading fee (a check payable to H.O.W. Journal) to:

H.O.W. Journal, Nonfiction Contest, 12 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY, 10013 Submissions must be received in the H.O.W. offices by November 1st, 2011.

Poetry judged by Honor Moore

Guidelines:

  • The contest is open to all writers and all themes
  • 10-50 line poems accepted.
  • Up to 10 poems can be submitted by one person.
  • Poems should be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, phone number, and email; names should not appear on the poems themselves.
  • All submissions should be clearly typed manuscripts, double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11 inch white paper, one side only.
  • Submissions will not be returned.
  • No simultaneous or previously published work.

Awards: 1st Place – $500 and publication in H.O.W. Journal

Reading Fee per poem: $5.00

Send your submissions and reading fee (a check payable to H.O.W. Journal) to:

H.O.W. Journal, Poetry Contest, 12 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY, 10013

Submissions must be received in the H.O.W. offices by November 1st, 2011.

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Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Book Prize


Pleiades Press has extended the deadline to October 20. To submit, send one copy of a completed poetry book manuscript, along with $20, to LMWT Poetry Prize, Pleiades Press, Dept of English, Martin 336, Univ of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO 64093. This year’s judge is Melissa Kwasny. Initial screening will be conducted by the editors of Pleiades. Winner receives $1,000. For more information, download the flier or visit www.ucmo.edu/pleiades/submit/ (and scroll down for the prize).

Submissions to the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Book Prize

  • The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Book Competition is open to all American writers, regardless of previous publication. Translations are not accepted.
  • Submit one copy of a complete poetry book manuscript of at least 48 pages. The manuscript must be postmarked no later than October 20, 2011.

Send to:

Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize
Pleiades Press
Department of English, Martin 336
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093

  • Please note: Book manuscripts must be submitted through the regular mail—not online.
  • With each manuscript, include two cover sheets: one with the title of the manuscript, your name, telephone number, and address; the other with only the title of the manuscript.
  • Poems previously published in journals, chapbooks, or anthologies are acceptable. If poems in the manuscript have been previously published, enclose an acknowledgements page.
  • With each entry, include a check or money order made out to Pleiades Press for $20. Reading fees will be used only for book production, advertising, and other costs of running the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series. Pleiades Press and the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series are non-profit organizations staffed by faculty members at University of Central Missouri and Winthrop University and volunteer readers.
  • Each entry should be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). If the entry arrives with an additional large, self-addressed envelope with at least $1.68 postage affixed, the entrant will receive a copy of the winning book when it appears.
  • The initial screening will be directed by Susan Ludvigson, Wayne Miller, Kathryn Nuernberger, Kevin Prufer, and Joy Katz. The initial screeners will choose ten or more finalist manuscripts, which will be forwarded to a well-known judge for selection of the winning collection. The judge for 2011-12 will be Melissa Kwasny .
  • No screener may previously know or have published any poet whose work (s)he considers for the contest. As such, no one who has published work in Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing within the last five years will have his/her manuscript screened by any poetry editor of the journal. Manuscripts submitted by such contributors to the journal will, instead, be sent to screeners at another location. We respectfully request that former students or colleagues of the LMWT judge—as well as any poet whose relationship with the judge constitutes an unfair conflict of interest—refrain from entering the contest. All finalists will be asked to confirm that they have no conflict of interest with the judge. The LMWT staff reserves the right to disqualify entries deemed conflicts of interest and will return those entry fees.
  • The final judge will not be sent the names of the finalists. Only their manuscripts, without identifying information, will be forwarded.
  • The winning writer will receive $1000 and the winning collection will be published in paperback by Pleiades Press and distributed by Louisiana State University Press. In addition, the winning writer will be invited to read at the University of Central Missouri.
  • Questions about the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series can be directed to Wayne Miller.

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Calvino Guidelines

The Calvino Prize
Submission Guidelines

IMPORTANT:

You can submit online now at Calvino E-Submission. Please fill out the online submission form and mail in your $25 entry fee.

Submit up to 25 industry standard (double-spaced, 12-point font, pages numbered) pages of a novel, novella, short story, or short collection. Entries which use a smaller font or are single-spaced in order to make a longer work appear to be only 25 pages will be trimmed to approximately 25 industry standard pages. Work previously published is eligible and simultaneous submissions are accepted. An excerpt from a larger work is allowed; however, remember that the selection will be judged on its own merit and so should be able to stand on its own.

  1. Please submit TWO copies of your submission bound by a paper clip, binder, or single staple. DO NOT USE MULTIPLE STAPLES. The author’s name should not appear on the work. All entries will be read anonymously.
  2. Please send two cover pages: one listing only the title of the manuscript; the other listing the title, author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
  3. Please tell us in what magazine you learned of this contest.
  4. Please do not send publication history of the author.
  5. Submit anytime between July 1 and October 14, 2011.

Deadline: October 14, 2011.

Winner announced December 14, 2011.
The entry fee is $25 and should be made payable to: The University of Louisville.

Mailing Address:

The Calvino Prize
English Department
Room 315, Bingham Humanities Bldg.
University of Louisville
Louisville,  KY  40292

  • If you would like confirmation of receipt of manuscript, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped standard US Postal Service post card.
  • All results will be posted to the University of Louisville’s website following the announcement on December 14, 2011. Finalists and winners will be notified via email.
  • For questions, email Brian Leung, Director of Creative Writing at bjleun01@louisville.edu
  • Faculty and employees of the University of Louisville and the University of Syracuse may not enter the contest.
  • The judges reserve the right to withhold the award if no entry is deemed worthy.
  • Previous first place winners may not enter for three years after winning.  Second place winners have no restrictions.
  • Final Judge 2011: Aimee Bender

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Black River Chapbook Competition

Deadline: 10/31/11

Enter online: editors@blacklawrencepress.com

Prizes: $500 and 25 copies

Fee: $15 via PayPal

Judge: Black Lawrence Press staff

Notify: December 31
Chapbook manuscript: submit manuscript of 16-36 pages of poetry or short fiction (not a combination of both), along with a $15 entry fee for each manuscript entered. Multiple submissions are acceptable. In order to reduce the costs of printing and postage and in the spirit of being a bit greener, Black Lawrence Press now accepts electronic submissions rather than hard copies for our contests. Please include the following in your electronic submission: A cover letter with brief bio and contact information including your e-mail address(es) A .rtf, .doc, or .pdf attachment including a title page, an acknowledgments page, a table of contents, and your manuscript with numbered pages. E-mail your submission to editors@blacklawrencepress.com. Please submit your $15 entry fee via PayPal.

http://blacklawrence.com/chapbook.html

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Dana Awards

Deadline: 10/31/11

Prizes: $1,000 Fee: $15 to Dana Awards Mary Elizabeth Parker, Chair
DANA AWARDS
200 FOSSEWAY DRIVE,
GREENSBORO, NC 27455 danaawards@ pipeline.com Questions only.

No e-mail submissions.

Notify: May 1 5 poems: Since we don’t promise publication, you’re free to submit the same work elsewhere in the meantime and still be eligible for any of our monetary awards. AWARD FOR POETRY is $1,000 for the best group of 5 poems, judged on the overall excellence of all 5. 5 poems per entry. No light verse or verse for or by persons under 16. Poems may be thematically related but need not be. Poems longer than 100 lines are discouraged. Typed, single-spaced preferred. www.danaawards.com/guidelines.htm

3 comments for “Writing Contests for October

  1. Diana Davis
    September 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Natural Bridge is a quality literary journal and to be published there is really a feather in your cap. It is held in high regard by the writing community.

    • lisamiller
      September 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      You’re just sayin’ that because you know all the great people who put this journal together!