Monday, March 08, 2010

Nashville Review seeking submissions

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)

Vanderbilt University's new national literary magazine, Nashville Review, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics. Contributors are offered up to $100. Work in Issue One will be featured alongside interviews with Maira Kalman and Salvador Plascencia.

For submission guidelines, please visit
www.vanderbilt.edu/english/nashvillereview/guidelines

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Friday, March 05, 2010

2010 Passager Poetry Contest For Writers Over 50

2010 Passager Poetry Contest for Writers Over 50

Submit work: September 1, 2009 - April 1, 2010
Results announced for 2010 contest (projected date): July, 2010

Winner receives $300 and publication.
Honorable mentions will also be published.

Reading fee: $20, check or money order payable to Passager
Reading fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to Passager.
Submit 3-5 poems, 50 lines max. per poem
Introduce yourself with a cover letter and brief bio.
Include name and address on every page.
Include a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE) for notification of winners.
Poems will not be returned.
No previously published work.
Simultaneous submissions to other journals are okay, but please notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere.
No email submissions, please!

If you need more information, send us an email: (replace (at) with @), or call: 410.837.6047.

Send all submissions to:
Passager
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-5779

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

ragazine seeks submissions

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)

The fiction editor (Metta Sama) at ragazine invites you to submit short stories to ragazine for their upcoming issues. The current reading period is March 1 - April 30, 2010, for work that will appear in the July/August or later issue.

Please read the Fiction Submission Guidelines prior to submitting work:
http://ragazine.cc/submissions/

ragazine is an on-line journal of arts, information, and entertainment.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The 2010 Del Sol Press Poetry Prize

The 2010 Del Sol Press Poetry Prize

Deadline for the 2010 contest is: March 15, 2010.

We invite contest submissions from both emerging and established poets, published or unpublished. In keeping with the philosophy of Web del Sol, we are only interested in the very best poetry, regardless of source or type. Finalist manuscripts will also be considered for publication Winner Receives a $1,200 Honorarium, paid in Summer 2010; book publication by Del Sol Press in fall 2010, in The Annual Del Sol Press Poetry Series; and 20 copies of the winning book. Eligibility

Poets who are at least 18 years of age and who live inside or outside the United States.
Translations are eligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable (as long as you let us know immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere).

Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, chapbooks, or self-published books, but must be submitted in manuscript form. Published books in poetry or other genres do not disqualify contestants from entering this contest.

Employees, volunteers, and board members of Web del Sol, their partners, spouses, and immediate families, and immediate family, friends, and former students of the judge are not eligible.

Competition Guidelines

Deadline (postmark): March 15, 2010.
50 to 100 typed manuscript pages, each poem starts on a new page.
$18.00 contest fee; Please make checks out to Web Del Sol.

Include two cover pages: one with your contact information (phone, email, address), and one with the title of your collection (minus your name). Your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.

Type or word-process on standard white paper, on one side of the page only.
Paginate consecutively with a table of contents.
Bind with a binder clip (no paperclips, please).

Attach publications acknowledgments if any.

Include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt of manuscript.
Please keep a copy of your entry. Manuscripts not selected for publication will be recycled.
Multiple submissions are acceptable; include an additional reading fee of $5.00 with each.

Postmark no later than March 15, 2010 and include $18.00 contest fee to:

Del Sol Press Poetry Contest
Web del Sol Association
P.O. Box 1550
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
ATTN: Katie Shinkle/Contest Coordinator

Queries to Katie Jean Shinkle, Contest Coordinator. Email: katie "at" webdelsol.com (replace "at" with @).

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James Dickey Review seeking submissions

(This news courtesy Rhonda White)

The James Dickey Review, formerly the James Dickey Newsletter, invites submissions of poetry, nonfiction (including Dickey reminiscences and anecdotes), scholarly articles, and book reviews. Though attempting to maintain an artistic and intellectual connection to the work of James Dickey, the magazine accepts all manner of poetry, nonfiction, scholarly articles, and book reviews.

The JDR is published twice yearly, is assigned International Standard Series Number (ISSN) 0749-0291, is indexed in The Modern Language Association International Bibliography and The Humanities Index, and is cataloged in the Library of Congress.

Submit your work in an email (both in-text and as Word or RTF attachment) to:
JamesDickeyReview(at)lynchburg.edu (replace (at) with @)

Scholarly articles should follow MLA format.

Creative nonfiction (5,000 words or less)
Scholarly articles (5,000 words or less)
Poems (send no more than 5 at a time)
Book Reviews (500 words or less)

Payment for accepted work is a copy of the issue.

For additional information, please visit jamesdickey.org

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Village Pariah Seeks Submissions

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)

The Village Pariah, a bi-annual literary journal sponsored by the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, is accepting submissions for its inaugural issue. They are interested in publishing poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction inspired by the writings and life of Mark Twain, his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, the Mississippi River, the Midwest, and small town or rural life in America. Each issue will also include an introductory essay by an established author, poet, artist, songwriter, etc who speaks of Twain's influence on his or her art or life.

Electronic submissions only.

Entries should be emailed as an attachment to thevillagepariah( at)yahoo. com (replace "(at)" with @)

Please include name, contact information, and a short bio along with your submission. Our reading period is now open and entries will be accepted until March 15, 2010.

Visit their website (http://www.marktwainmuseum.org/) for more information

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Monday, March 01, 2010

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society seeking poetry submissions

(This news courtesy of WVW's Ed Zahniser)

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is asking local poets to submit poems that will be displayed as part of its annual Wildflower Festival, which will be held this year on Saturday, April 17.

The festival is held at the Society's Yankauer Nature Preserve north of Shepherdstown.

Again, events will include a "poetry walk" with original poems on spring themes posted all along the preserve's Kingfisher trail. The poetry walk has become a very popular feature of the festival!

Those who wish to submit poems are encouraged to do so by email by sending them to pvnaturewriters@gmail.com. Poems may also be dropped off at the Four Seasons Bookstore in Shepherdstown or submitted by regular mail to Poetry Walk, c/o PVAS, PO Box 578, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

The deadline for submissions is April 10.

For more information contact PVAS at 304-676-3397 or pvasmail@aol.com.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Limestone A Journal of Literature and Art seeking submissions

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)

Limestone A Journal of Literature and Art, based out of the University of Kentucky, is requesting original and unpublished poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and visual art.

Limestone publishes original and imaginative writing from established and emerging writers and artists from across the nation. Over the last quarter century, we have printed short stories, essays, formal poetry, free verse, photography, and other fine art. We are looking for quality work unrestricted by form. Limestone has showcased work by Eavan Boland, Guy Davenport, Alice Derry, Carol Frith, Seamus Heaney, and Virgil Suarez, in addition to featuring Kentucky writers Wendell Berry, Rebecca Howell, Ed McClanahan, Davis McCombs, Richard Taylor, Frank X. Walker II, and Jeff Worley.

Submission Information:

Poetry
Submissions should be limited to five poems or fewer, typed and single-spaced. We will not consider electronic submissions, but will require an electronic version of the work upon acceptance for publication. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notification.

Fiction
Submissions should be limited to no more than twenty typed, double-spaced pages. We will not consider electronic submissions, but will require an electronic version of the work upon acceptance for publication. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notification.

Art
Submissions should be 5x7 or smaller on CD or sent via email. Please do not send originals. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notification.

Submissions must reach us by March 12th, 2010.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Prairie Margins Seeking Submissions from undergrads

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)

Prairie Margins, a national undergraduate journal based at Bowling Green State University, has extended its deadline for submissions to March 1.

Prairie Margins welcomes submissions from any current undergraduate student. Submissions from non-students will not be considered.

Instructors of English and creative writing are encouraged to inform their students about Prairie Margins, or to seek more information at the magazine's website. Visit THEIR SITE and click the "Prairie Margins" link at left.

The address for submissions is prairie@bgsu.edu, Department of English, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH 43403.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Glimmer Train Deadline Approaches

Glimmer Train's February Short Story Award for New Writers closes February 28. They're looking for original, unpublished stories by writers whose fiction has not been presented in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Maximum word count: 12,000. (Any shorter lengths are welcome.) First-place wins $1,200 and publication in Issue 79 of Glimmer Train Stories. Second- and third-place winners win $500/$300 (or, if chosen for publication, $700).
See guidelines.

Winners and finalists of the November Short Story Award for New Writers have been notified, and the Top-25 list is posted! Our thanks to all of you for letting us read your stories!

1st place: "The Work of Hunters Is Another Thing" by D M Gordon
2nd place: "From the Needle of Gwen" by Amanda Korman
3rd place: "General, After the Tornado" by Tara Stillions

Feel free to forward this bulletin to your writer friends. As you know, the bulletin is free and meant to inform and to promote writers. People can sign up for bulletins themselves here. Missed a bulletin? They're all archived here.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction contest, deadline approaching

VERY SHORT FICTION AWARD
Deadline: January 31

Prizes:
1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies.
2nd-place: $500 and possible publication.
3rd-place: $300 and possible publication.
Results post on March 31. Winning story will be published in Issue 79.

Other considerations:
Open to all writers.
Length not to exceed 3,000 words. Any shorter lengths are welcome.
Reading fee is $15 per story.

Submit your story HERE.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Holler Winter Submissions Deadline

(The following news comes courtesy of Thomas J. McKenna)

Once again, it's time to submit to Holler. The deadline for submissions for the Winter issue is January 31. We will start to review them on Monday, February 1. (You are more than welcome to submit after the deadline. If we have time, we will consider your work for the Winter issue. If not, then we will take a look at it in the Spring.) Submit online (http://www.princetonpoetryproject.org) or send your poems to

The Princeton Poetry Project
P.O. Box 1924
Princeton, WV 24740

And tell your friends to submit, too.

The winter issue is scheduled for publication in February and we will have another reception to mark the occasion.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Legends of the Mountain State 4 Accepting Submissions

Title: Legends of the Mountain State 4

Publisher: Woodland Press

Editor: Michael Knost

Format: Trade Paperback

Payment: five-cents per word (upon publication) plus contributor copy.

No reprints (and please do not resubmit rejected stories from previous editions)

Story length: Up to 2000 words

No multiple or simultaneous subs

Deadline: April 1, 2010

Do NOT query about submission status until August 1, 2010

Send submissions to: LOTMS4@yahoo.com

E-mail submissions only. We will accept .doc or .rtf attachments only. Do NOT copy and paste story into the body of your e-mail. Send submissions or inquiries to the above e-mail address.

Publication date: September 1, 2010

I do NOT want stories with legends or ghosts already covered in previous editions of this series. Reading the other books is a great way to see what I am buying.

Stories MUST expand a known legend/ghost tale from the state of West Virginia.

You do not need to be a West Virginian to submit, but you will need to keep the story (and legend/ghost) true to the state. All stories should include real towns and counties from the Mountain State. Do not tell us the biography of a legend/ghost-tell us a story with the legend or ghost at story's center.

We are looking for tales with a solid plot and good character development. Stories should grab the reader's attention quickly and hold it until the end. We want powerful and emotional tales that are creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. However, we DO NOT want stories containing explicit language or content.

The most common reasons for rejection will be lack of originality, slow pacing, poor writing, and failure to follow the guidelines. Please visit www.shunn.net/format/story.html for the only manuscript format we accept.

We purchase First World Anthology Rights for publication in the English language anywhere in the world.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Pluck Seeks Submissions

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)

Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture is seeking poetry submissions from African Americans who live in states within the Appalachian Mountain Range.

Info here:

http://www.pluckonline.com/about.htm

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Anthology of Appalachian Writers is Open for Submissions

(This information courtesy of author Meredith Sue Willis's online newsletter)

ANTHOLOGY OF APPALACHIAN WRITERS IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS. The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is a publication that encourages a long-established tradition of storytelling, love of language, and creative expression associated broadly with the area of the country known as Appalachia. Though the principal mission of the anthology is to provide a venue for publication of new writers, it also provides a collection of literature and scholarship that contributes to an understanding and appreciation for the region. Poetry, fiction, memoir, heritage writers, as well as new voices appear in each annual volume of the anthology. To submit any original, unpublished work of fiction or poetry for consideration by the editors, send an electronic copy, along with the information below, to Dr. S. Bailey Shurbutt, sshurbut@shepherd.edu . All submissions must be in the submission format below.
Name:________________________________________________________________________
Title of Submission:___________________________________________________________
Address:_____________________________________________________________________
E-mail:____________________ Phone:_____________________
Brief Biography (limit 100 words):________________________________________________
Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2009.
“THINK OUTSIDE THE CELL” WRITING CONTEST Resilience Multimedia, publisher of the widely praised book, “THINK OUTSIDE THE CELL: AN ENTREPRENEUR’S GUIDE FOR THE INCARCERATED AND FORMERLY INCARCERATED,” is sponsoring its second writing contest for people who are or were in prison, and their loved ones. The books will be widely distributed and widely read.. Contestants may write personal stories about one or more of these topics:
* Reentering society after incarceration
* Waiting for loved ones to return home from prison
* Prison marriages and relationships
Three winners will be chosen for each topic and will receive these prizes:
* 1st Place: $300
* 2nd Place: $150
* 3rd Place: $ 75
Stories that do not win cash prizes will still be eligible for inclusion in the series.
For contest rules and more information, email resiliencemultimedia@verizon.net or call 877-267-2303.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Think Outside the Cell Writing Contest

(This information courtesy of author Meredith Sue Willis's online newsletter)

“THINK OUTSIDE THE CELL” WRITING CONTEST Resilience Multimedia, publisher of the widely praised book, “THINK OUTSIDE THE CELL: AN ENTREPRENEUR’S GUIDE FOR THE INCARCERATED AND FORMERLY INCARCERATED,” is sponsoring its second writing contest for people who are or were in prison, and their loved ones. The books will be widely distributed and widely read.

Contestants may write personal stories about one or more of these topics:
* Reentering society after incarceration
* Waiting for loved ones to return home from prison
* Prison marriages and relationships
Three winners will be chosen for each topic and will receive these prizes:
* 1st Place: $300
* 2nd Place: $150
* 3rd Place: $ 75

Stories that do not win cash prizes will still be eligible for inclusion in the series.
For contest rules and more information, email resiliencemultimedia@verizon.net or call 877-267-2303.

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Issue #2 of HOLLER seeks poetry submissions

The Princeton Poetry Project's quarterly literary journal, HOLLER, is seeking poetry submissions for its second issue.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 31.

Submit online or send your poems to:

The Princeton Poetry Project
P.O. Box 1924
Princeton, WV 24740

And tell your friends to submit, too.

The fall issue is scheduled for publication in September and there will be another reception to mark the occasion.

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Friday, August 07, 2009

MOTESBOOKS SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FOR 2010 ANTHOLOGY

(This news courtesy of Meredith Sue Willis's Newsletter for Readers and Writers)

MOTIF is an anthology series published annually by MotesBooks of Louisville, Ky. VOLUME 1: WRITING BY EAR featured 116 writers, including Patty Griffin, Silas House, Buddy & Julie Miller, Maurice Manning, Evie Shockley, Neela Vaswani, Frank X Walker and Pamela Duncan. Each volume in the MOTIF series focuses on a theme – for Volume 2 the theme is CHANCE. Submissions may be poems, short stories, song lyrics, short memoirs, essays, letters, creative nonfiction, or other forms. Combinations of forms are acceptable up to the limits described: Prose must be under 3,000 words. Send no more than three poems/lyrics. All genres will be considered as long as “chance” is referenced or illuminated in the works. Submissions may address the theme either directly or indirectly, but “chance” should figure significantly and artfully in the piece.

For full guidelines, go to http://www.motesbooks.com/ Submission period closes September 1, 2009.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

ANTHOLOGY OF APPALACHIAN WRITERS IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

(This news courtesy of Meredith Sue Willis's Newsletter for Readers and Writers)

The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is a publication that encourages a long-established tradition of storytelling, love of language, and creative expression associated broadly with the area of the country known as Appalachia. Though the principal mission of the anthology is to provide a venue for publication of new writers, it also provides a collection of literature and scholarship that contributes to an understanding and appreciation for the region. Poetry, fiction, memoir, heritage writers, as well as new voices appear in each annual volume of the anthology.

To submit any original, unpublished work of fiction or poetry for consideration by the editors, send an electronic copy, along with the information below, to Dr. S. Bailey Shurbutt, sshurbut@shepherd.edu .

All submissions must be in the submission format below.

Name:
Title of Submission:
Address:
E-mail:
Phone:
Brief Biography (limit 100 words):

Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2009.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bethicket Magazine Seeking Submissions!

Bethicket, a new, local magazine focused on literature and the arts, is seeking submis­sions for its premiere issue!

For written works, feel free to submit any genre--Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, etc. You may submit up to five poems, no longer than 100 lines each. For short stories/other works, please make it no longer than 5,000 words.

We are also looking for art submissions. No style in particular--just send digital im­ages of your sculpture, photograph, etc.

With your submissions, include some information about yourself. This could be poten­tially used if your work is chosen to be published.

Send submissions to: bethicketzine@gmail.com

Deadline: September 10, 2009
www.myspace.com/bethicket

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Erotic Fairy Tale submissions sought

(This news courtesy of Cynthia Sterling Market News)

Editor Kristina Wright of Cleis Press is seeking erotic fairy tales for a new anthology to be published in Spring 2010. The submission deadline is August 15 for stories of 1500 to 4000 words.

Payment is $50 on publication.

Wright is interested in "reinvented classic tales as well as new fables that blend fantasy and desire."

Find all the details at
http://kristinawright.com/blog/call-for-submissions/

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Anthology of Appalachian Writers seeks submissions

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Anthology of Appalachian Writers
The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is a publication that encourages a long-established tradition of storytelling, love of language, and creative expression associated broadly with the area of the country known as Appalachia. Though the principal mission of the anthology is to provide a venue for publication of new writers, it also provides a collection of literature and scholarship that contributes to an understanding and appreciation for the region. Poetry, fiction, memoir, heritage writers, as well as new voices appear in each annual volume of the anthology. The anthology is supported by The Shepherd University Foundation and The West Virginia Center for the Book. The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is part of the Appalachian Heritage WIR and Writers Project.

Submissions: To submit any original, unpublished work of fiction or poetry for consideration by the editors, send an electronic copy, along with the information below, to Dr. S. Bailey Shurbutt, sshurbut@shepherd.edu . All submissions must be in the submission format below.
Name:________________________________________________________________________
Title of Submission:___________________________________________________________
Address:_____________________________________________________________________
E-mail:____________________ Phone:_____________________
Brief Biography (limit 100 words):________________________________________________
Format for Submissions: Click here for submission format.
Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2009.

Click on the image below to order a copy of 2009 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Adriana Trigiani Volume I from the Shepherd University Bookstore.
http://www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/anthology/anthology-cover.jpg

Editorial Board of Anthology of Appalachian Writers:

Managing Editor, S. Bailey Shurbutt, Appalachian Heritage Writers Project Director; Senior Editors, Ethan Fischer and Charlotte Henning; Senior Editorial Advisors: L. G. Wise and 2009 Appalachian Heritage WIR Silas House

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sword and Sorceress XXIIII now accepting entries

(From Cynthia Sterling Market News) Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXIIII is now accepting submissions. Editor Elizabeth Waters is interested in sword and sorcery stories featuring a strong female protagonist.

Stories may be up to 9000 words, but preference is given to shorter stories. No explicit sex, gratuitous violence or profanity. Stories may be submitted via email between April 18 and May 15, 2009. Payment for accepted stories is a five cent a word advance against royalties.

The anthology will be published in November 2009. Complete guidelines are available at
http://mzbworks.home.att.net/s24.htm> home.att.net/s24.htm

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Woodland Press Accepting Holiday Hauntings submissions


Michael Knost online is calling for submissions for a new horror anthology to be published by Woodland Press, of Chapmanville, WV. Here are the Submission guidelines from Michael Knost
Online: http://pages.suddenlink.net/michaelknost/xmas.html

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Title: Appalachian Holiday Hauntings
Editors: Michael Knost and Mark Justice
Publisher: Woodland Press, LLC
Publication Date: November 1, 2009
Word count: 1000 to 3000 words
Pay: three-cents per word plus contributor copy (one-cent per word on reprints)
Submit to: xmasanthology@yahoo.com
Format: Attached RTF or Word Document file. (do not copy and paste into email body)
No simultaneous or multiple submissions
No explicit language or sexual content (this project will be in regional school systems)
Deadline: September 1, 2009 (please do not inquire on status of submission until after this date)

We are looking for traditional Christmas ghost stories set in the Appalachian region. Think Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with an Appalachian backdrop. However, given this example, we want to make sure you understand that stories may be set in any time frame, including the present. We are not interested in tales that disrespect or alter the religious aspects of the holiday.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Princeton Poetry Project accepting submissions for Holler

(This news courtesy Dr. Thomas McKenna)

The Princeton Poetry Project in now accepting submissions for the first edition of Holler, a quarterly literary journal of poetry, song, rap, prose, short fiction, and humor.

The first issue will be coming out in June and the deadline for submission is May 1. Submit your work online (http://www.princetonpoetryproject.org) or the old fashioned way:

Princeton Poetry Project
P.O. Box 1924
Princeton, WV 24740

Don't delay. Share your voice today.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

"More than a Few Good Men" seeks anthology submissions

THE FOLLOWING IS REPRINTED FROM AN EMAIL BY CATHY VAUGHAN OF THE GOOD MEN FOUNDATION.

Do you have a story to tell? We want to hear about it.

Write a compelling essay about a defining moment in your life and enter our national contest for the chance to have your story published in the book More Than A Few Good Men. If your essay is included, you'll also earn a $1,000 prize. Click here to go directly to the submission form.

Immortalize your story in this anthology of provocative essays on American manhood to be published in spring 2010. Contributors include Matt Wiener, Robert Pinsky, Steve Almond, Arthur Golden, Nelson Aldrich and a diverse group of other men--from an NFL Hall of Famer to a former Sing Sing inmate, from a Wall Street wunderkind to an Army Ranger.

All proceeds from the book will benefit The Good Men Foundation, a charitable organization founded to support men and boys at risk.

GOODMENBOOK.ORG

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Persimmon Tree Poetry Contest for Women

Persimmon Tree ( http://www.persimmontree.org ) is pleased to announce the upcoming poetry contest for women over sixty in the Southern U.S. region. (States include AZ, NM, TX, OK, AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, TN, KY, WV, VA, DC, NC, SC, MD.)

Submissions will be accepted May 1 - June 15, 2009, only at poetryentry@comcast.net; Jill Breckenridge is the guest poetry editor for this contest. The selected poems will appear in the September 2009 issue. See the "Submissions" link on the website (you have to log on first) for necessary further details.

http://www.persimmontree.org
editor@persimmontree.org

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Monday, February 02, 2009

Friendship Story Submissions Sought

What's Your Favorite Friendship Story?

Mention friends and everyone has a memory or story to share. Choice Publishing Group (CPG) is collecting these stories and memories about, by, and from friends for their new book Patchwork Path: Friendship Star.

CPG is looking for original stories and essays from 250 to 2000 words about friendship. Each submission will be reviewed and considered based on creativity, originality, concept, and style. Reading will be continuous and submissions will be considered as they arrive. Not all works will be accepted. There is NO Entry or Reading Fee. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2009.

Submissions will be selected for publication in Patchwork Path: Friendship Star by Choice Publishing Group president Tena Beth Thompson and bestselling author Gregory A. Kompes.

The Patchwork Path story collection titles are all based on quilt block names and have quilt and quilter themes. In addition to Friendship Star (to be published fall 2009) other titles include Grandma's Choice (November 2008), Dad's Bowtie (June 2009), Wedding Bouquet (2010), Treasure Box (2010), and Star Spangled Banner (2011).

Miss Thompson writes about her life experiences with humor. "If I can put a smile on one person's face for a second, easing their pain, I will consider my book a huge success," she says with conviction. Thompson's book, Separation Survival Guide, When Your Marriage Catapults into Limbo, will be available in 2008.

Mr. Kompes, Patchwork Path Production Director, holds a degree in English literature from Columbia University, New York, and an MS. Ed. from CSU, East Bay. He is the author of the bestselling 50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live (Career Press) and editor of The Fabulist Flash, a newsletter for writers and the Eighteen Questions, a Writer's Digest "101 Best Website for Writers" 2007 & 2008.

Choice Publishing Group (CPG) publishes books that touch people's lives and offer a respite from everyday pressures. CPG books inspire readers to view life with a positive attitude, count their blessing or make them laugh.

For more information, including complete submission guidelines, visit Patchwork Path: Piecing Together Our Lives online at http://www.PatchworkPath.com.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Bluestone Review Seeks Submissions

A Community Arts Collective called the Bluestone Review wants your submissions:

· Poetry- up to 5 poems
· Fiction- 1500 word limit
· Creative Non-Fiction- 1500 word limit
· Photography
· Artwork
· Song Lyrics

Along with submission, please include your name, address, contact information, and one biographical sentence.

All works must be submitted by March 13th

Please send submission to: bluestone@bluefield.edu OR Bluefield College, The Bluestone Review, 3000 College Drive, Box 14, Bluefield, VA 24605.
Note that emails are strongly encouraged.

For more information, please email us or contact
Dr. Rob Merritt at (276) 326-4270

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Free Fall seeking submissions

Free Fall is looking for writers to make submissions of poetry and short stories of ALL genres as well as articles on various topics, personal essays, and reviews of books on or about writing. Free Fall is a non-paying market and your only compensation for your published work will be the promotion and exposure of your work and you as a writer. The target readers for Free Fall are writers, readers, editors, and agents and our goal is to be a stepping stone for those beginner writers who are still on the back burner and to get your writing out there to be seen.

Free Fall is now in its third year and is expanding to include more work and cover more areas of people's artistic abilities. If you are interested in joining the world of Free Fall and submitting your work to us then please feel free to e-mail your submissions and/or inquiries to freefall_lbp@yahoo.com. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best in all of your writing ventures.


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Free Fall is looking to showcase your talent. If you are interested in having your works featured in this extraordinary ezine please feel free to contact me at freefall_lbp@ yahoo.com. This is a non-paying market so exposure is the only payment at this time.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Woodland Press Accepts Submissions for New Spooky Anthology

WV's own Woodland Press is seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology of spooky stories.
Tentative title: Spooky Stories of West Virginia: 13 Tales from Mountain State Writers
Editor: Michael Knost
Publisher: Woodland Press
Submission form: email attachment to michaelknost@yahoo.com
Length: 2500 words or less
Pay: Three-cents per word, plus one contributor copy
Deadline: January 1, 2009
Submissions are open only to current and/or former West Virginia residents.

Stories set in West Virginia are preferred but not mandatory.
These must be fictional stories, whether you are building around a known ghost or legend, or creating something original.

We are looking for speculative fiction . . . ghosts, monsters, UFO's, etc.

Any further questions should be directed to the editor at michaelknost@yahoo.com.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Call for Submissions: Barrelhouse

http://barrelhousem ag.com/joomla/ index.php? option=com_ content&task= view&id=52& Itemid=2

Deadline September 12 (must be received by this date). Barrelhouse, a literary magazine with a pop-culture twist, seeks unpublished poetry, fiction and more....

Are you an optimist? Is the future so bright you simply gotta wear shades?

Maybe, but what if that flash of light you're protecting your precious retinas from is really the first strike in a nuclear attack launched by robots who speak in monotone Austrian accents as they strive to wipe mankind off the face of the earth?

Ever think of that?

Barrelhouse, like any writer with a hint of an alcohol problem, both loves and dreads the future. But who cares what we think? What are your thoughts on the topic? Got a great story about what the world will be like in 2327? Got a super essay delineating why the hover board is not yet flying off the shelves of your local Toys R' Us? Got an amazing poem about what type of programming will dominate network television schedules in the next millennium? When it comes to writing about the future, the possibilities are virtually limitless. That's why our new contest is all about the future. We present The Barrelhouse Invitational: The Future. Send us your best writing (fiction, essays, or poems) on ANY topic related to the future and we'll give you our undivided attention.

A quick note: Please keep in mind this is not exactly a sci-fi writing contest. That isn't to say we won't publish an awesome future-oriented sci-fi story if you've got one, but keep in mind Barrelhouse is a little more interested in people than in plot, in personal connections with ideas than in personal connections with crazy aliens who have three penises though if you could effectively work that into an essay or story we'd love to read it).The future is about lots of things, including what might happen next week, with you and that bike messenger with the tattoo of Gary Coleman on his calf, or when your kids go to college, or when Ryan Seacrest is finally crowned King of America.

Enter today at our fancy online submissions center (choose "the future" as
genre).

http://barrelhousemag.com/submissions/

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Open Thread Seeks Submissions

A new regional journal called Open Thread Regional Review is publishing its first issue this fall. Submissions are open through the end of September for poetry, prose and visual art by any artist or writer from Ohio, Pennsylvania or West Virginia.

All submissions are made online at www.openthread.org.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Gulf Coast Writers Association Call for Short Fiction Submissions

Greetings from the Gulf Coast Writer's Association to West Virginia Writers.

We are writing to announce a Call for Submissions of short fiction to our second GCWA anthology. There is no entry fee. GCWA will pay $25.00 (or two free copies) to contributors whose work is selected for one-time publication rights -- all rights revert to authors upon publication.

Stories must be set in The South and clearly capture a southern tone. Themes might include: coming-of-age, family relationships, fitting in, social life (in its many facets), dreams/aspirations. We will also consider previously published stories that meet this criteria. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2009.

Please share this information with members and friends. Interested writers will find all the information they need to submit at: http://gcwriters.org/

We are eager to include voices from many southern states in this collection!

Thank you very much and all best to our fellow writers! .

Dixon Hearne, Co-Editor
GCWA

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Woodland Press seeks WV Writers, Inc. members for new haunted anthology

Working Title:

Appalachian Mountain Monsters & Mayhem
Freaks, Ghouls and Creatures that Live Among Us


-- Publisher: Woodland Press, LLC
-- Format: Trade Paperback
-- Payment: three cents per word (up to 2,200 words and upon publication) plus one copy. Reprints will receive half a cent per word.
-- Story length: 1,000 to 2,200 words
-- No multiple or simultaneous subs.
-- Email submissions only. We will accept .doc or .rtf attachments only. Do not copy and paste story into the body of your email?use this for your cover page information. Send submissions or inquiries michaelknost@mac.com or woodlandpressllc@me.com
-- Photos permitted if they somehow pertain directly to the story
-- Turnaround time should be 30 to 60 days. If you have not received a response after 60 days, send an inquiry to: michaelknost@mac.com
-- Deadline: November 15, 2008
-- Target publication date: Spring 2009

Stories MUST create or expand a monster/legend/ghost-tale/folklore from the state of West Virginia or Kentucky. We're seeking stories--fiction or nonfiction--about Mountain and Bluegrass State legends/ghosts/monsters (yet, our preference for this anthology is monster tales). You do not need to be a West Virginian to write the story, but you do need to keep the story (and tall tale) true to West Virginia or Kentucky. All stories should include real towns and counties. Do not tell us the biography of the legend, tell us a story with the legend or monster at the plot's center.

We seek tales with a solid plot and good character development. Monster tales should grab the reader's attention quickly and hold it
until the end. We want powerful and emotional tales -- creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. However, we DO NOT want stories
containing explicit language or content.

The most common reasons for rejection will be lack of originality, slow pacing, poor writing, and/or failure to follow the guidelines.
Please visit http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html for the only manuscript format we accept.

We purchase non-exclusive Electronic Rights, First English Anthology Rights, and First World Anthology Rights, for publication in the
English language anywhere in the world, and in clothbound, paperback, World Wide Web, reprint, Audio, and eBook editions of the publication. For previously published Work, we purchase non-exclusive Electronic Rights, non-exclusive English Anthology Rights, and non-exclusive World Anthology Rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in the world, and in clothbound, paperback, World Wide Web, reprint, Audio, and eBook editions of the publication.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Riverside Theatre invites playwrights to submit monologues

RIVERSIDE THEATRE ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER 1ST DEADLINE FOR MONOLOGUE SUBMISSIONS TO WALKING THE WIRE: MONOLOGUES AT RIVERSIDE

Iowa City, IA – Riverside Theatre invites playwrights to submit monologues for performance in Walking the Wire: Monologues at Riverside. This Tenth Anniversary celebration of original work features monologues of ten minutes or less by both established and up-and-coming playwrights. The focus for this season’s monologues is: FOOD. Submissions must be postmarked September 1, 2008 or emailed as a Word document and dated by midnight September 1; final selections will be announced no later than October 31. The monologues will be performed March 5-8, 2009 at Riverside Theatre.

Submission Guidelines

1. Riverside Theatre is seeking original monologues surrounding one of our favorite obsessions... food! The quiche the dog ate? A holiday cooking fiasco? If you love Mama, you’ll eat another piece of pie? Why, there’s more possibilities than a 50-foot salad bar!

2. Up to two submissions per author of original, unpublished and unproduced monologues (may be dramatic character or personal memoir) less than ten minutes length (please read it aloud to be certain and include the approximate performance time on the first page of your submission; all lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered, with the objective of choosing monologues of varying lengths). The copy must be easy to read: double spaced in a minimum 12 pt. font, and should include the playwright's name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.

3. Simple is best. Since "Walking the Wire" typically includes a large number of monologues, it is important that each one require as little production as possible; set-pieces, props, or effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disqualify an otherwise excellent submission.

4. The POSTMARK deadline for submissions is September 1, 2008. Email submissions (Word document attachment) must be dated by midnight September 1. Final selections will be made by October 31, 2009, and posted on Riverside Theatre’s website, www.riversidetheatre.org.

5. Writers will be credited in all marketing and playbill materials; no royalties will be paid for performance. Monologues will be individually rehearsed and coached by the director until the week of the performance when the entire company will rehearse at Riverside Theatre. Area playwrights may perform their own work if available for rehearsal, or may include the name of an actor interested in performing the monologue, although neither is required. Walking the Wire will be produced March 5-8, 2009.

6. Submissions should be mailed to:

Riverside Theatre
Jody Hovland, Artistic Director
Walking the Wire submission
213 N. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

For guideline questions, please contact Jody Hovland, artistic@riversidetheatre.org.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Appalachian Anthology Seeks Submissions

(This news courtesy of George Lies)

Appalachian writers, please forward this email to you friends, colleagues, and contacts who you think might be interested. We encourage submissions of original works of poetry and fiction (up to 2500 words). The submission deadline is September 1, 2008. For information about the anthology and submission guidelines, please see
http://www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/anthology. Notification to journals and university writing programs across the region are currently being posted.

Anthology of Appalachian Writers

The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is a publication that encourages a long-established tradition of storytelling, love of language, and creative expression associated broadly with the area of the country known as Appalachia. Though the principal mission of the anthology is to provide a venue for publication of new writers, it also provides a collection of literature and scholarship that contributes to an understanding and appreciation for the region. Poetry, fiction, memoir, heritage writers, as well as new voices appear in each annual volume of the anthology. The anthology is supported by The Shepherd University Foundation and The West Virginia Center for the Book. The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is part of the Appalachian Heritage WIR and Writers Project. Click here to view the past volumes of the anthology.
Submissions: To submit any original, unpublished work of fiction or poetry for consideration by the editors, send an electronic copy, along with the information below, to Dr. S. Bailey Shurbutt, sshurbut@shepherd.edu . All submissions must be in the submission format below.

Name:________________________________________________________________________
Title of Submission:___________________________________________________________
Address:_____________________________________________________________________
E-mail:____________________ Phone:_____________________
Brief Biography (limit 100 words):________________________________________________

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Magazines Accepting Submissions

(This news courtesy of WV Writers own Tovli Simiryan)

Just passing this on….good luck!

Grim Graffitti is accepting submissions. They like crime fiction and dark fiction.
http://www.grimgraffiti.com/current.html


Cricket Magazine has opportunities for writers specializing in children’s literature.

http://www.cricketmag.com/pages_content.asp?page_id=6

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

July Literary Press seeks material for new anthology

Guidelines ─ 2009 Anthology

July Literary Press seeks well-crafted stories, essays and poems for a Christmas anthology. Although the central theme is Christmas, related subjects will be considered, including other holidays (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa) or winter-, solstice-, or other related themes.

All submissions must be typed on white 8 ½” x 11” paper. Stories and essays must be double-spaced, poems single-spaced. Include name, address, phone number, email address and word or line count in the upper left corner of the first page.

No previously published except by invitation.
Electronic submissions will be deleted unread.

Stories ─ 5,000 words maximum.
Essays ─ 1,500 words maximum.
Poems ─ 50 lines maximum.

Deadline ─ September 30, 2008.

Stories and essays should be sent to:
July Literary Press
294 Hunters Lane
Williamsville, NY 14221

Poems to:
July Literary Press
274 North Street
East Aurora, NY 14052-1334


SASE for response only. MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

Entrants chosen for the anthology will receive one free copy plus the opportunity to purchase additional copies at a discount.

July Literary Press does not accept material that is pornographic, profane, sexist, racist or violent.

Check out July Literary Press’ website: www.julyliterarypress.com

N.B. Manuscripts under consideration may be kept as long as 6 months.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Cup of Comfort series now seeking submissions

(From Colleen Sell, editor of the Cup of Comfort series)

GREAT PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITY FOR GREAT PERSONAL ESSAYS

The bestselling book series A Cup of Comfort is now seeking authentic and compelling personal essays for the three new volumes:

A CUP OF COMFORT FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

It has been said that military life is “not for the faint of heart.” But neither is it without its benefits and blessings. The popular Cup of Comfort book series now seeks powerful and positive stories about how military life affects the personal lives of service men and women, how family affects soldiers on the job, and how military life affects families. The stories in A Cup of Comfort for Military Families will cover a wide range of topics and reveal a variety of perspectives, experiences, and emotions specific to military personnel and/or their loved ones. All branches; all ranks; active and veterans.

Submission deadline: April 1, 2008 (urgent last call; extended from March 1)
$500 grand prize; $100 each, all other published stories; plus copy of book

A CUP OF COMFORT FOR NEW MOTHERS

Few experiences bring forth as many anxieties, blessings, challenges, wonders, and changes as having a baby—whether it’s your first child or fifth, your birth child or adopted child. And nothing is as miraculous as giving birth to or witnessing the birth of your baby. This heartwarming anthology will be filled with birth stories and newborn homecoming stories as well as a wide range of stories about the various experiences, emotions, and concerns involved in adding a new baby to one’s life and family. Potential topics include but are not limited to: nursing (or not), caring for a newborn, bonding/falling in love with infant, lack of sleep, relationship with spouse, how siblings respond, returning to work, balancing responsibilities, post-partum depression, self transformation, unexpected joys, life lessons, small miracles, etc. The majority of the stories will be about birth children, but the book will likely include a couple adoptive stories as well. Likewise, most of the stories will be written from the new mother’s perspective, but we are open to including a few stories written from the spouse’s or a very close family member’s perspective. All stories will be uplifting and positive, no matter how difficult the situation portrayed in the story might be. We do not want stories that simply recount misfortunes and sorrows and that do not clearly reveal a positive outcome or redeeming result (silver lining).

Submission deadline: April 15, 2008 (extended from April 1)
$500 grand prize; $100 each, all other published stories; plus copy of book

A CUP OF COMFORT FOR ADOPTIVE FAMILIES

The primary purpose of this book is to celebrate adoptive families and to recognize the extraordinary and challenging experiences that are unique to “chosen children” and their families. We are most interested in stories written by adult adoptive children and their adoptive parents and siblings, but the book will also likely include some stories written by members of the extended adoptive family (grandparent, aunt/uncle, cousin), close friends of the adoptive family (i.e. godparent), and birth family members. Virtually any topic relevant to adopted children and their adoptive parents is acceptable—as long as it is authentic, positive, insightful, and uplifting or inspiring. We do not want heartbreaking stories about adoptive parents or birth families that regret the adoption; there is a place for stories of that ilk, but this book is not that place. All of the stories in this collection must show a positive aspect of adoption and must bring comfort or joy or inspiration to those who have been adopted and/or to the families who adopted them—no matter how difficult the experience and emotions portrayed in the story might be.

Submission deadline: June 15, 2008
$500 grand prize; $100 each, all other published stories; plus copy of book

All Cup of Comfort stories must be true, original, and positive; narrative essays (creation nonfiction); and 1,000-2,000 words. Entrants pay no fees. Writer's guidelines: http://www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm.

Copyright 2008, Adams Media Corporation, an F+W Publications Company

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

MountainWord accepts poetry submissions via phone

Vic Burkhammer at MountainWord is accepting poetry submissions over the phone, where he plans to post the audio of them online. What a cool idea! A notice was also posted in The Gazz this morning.

From his blog:

"If you'd like to recommend a book of poems or read one of your unpublished short poems over the phone, just call me at 304-348-5184 and wait for the voicemail to kick in, leave your name and number for verification and then read away. I'll consider posting the audio on MountainWord. I'm looking for work of under 20 well-written lines. Nothing sentimental or old-fashioned. Prose poems of exceptional quality are eligible too. The tone can run the gamut from humorous to serious."

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Lilliput Review Seeks Submissions

(This news courtesy of the WV Writers Roundtable)

"Lilliput Review comes out 8 to 10 times a year, shipped two issues at a time, every 4th issue being a broadside that features the work of a single poet. All poems submitted should be 10 lines or less, 3 poems maximum per submission. SASE or in the trash. All poems should be previously unpublished, unless noted. Payment for accpeted work is 2 copies of the issue in which the work appears. Reporting time is 2 to 12 weeks."

He also adds that you can send up to 9 poems now, three per page, just make sure they are 10 lines or less and have an SASE.

Here is the address:

Lilliput Review
Don Wentworth, Editor
282 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Three proposed books seek submissions

Seeking Submissions from U.S. Writers for 3 Proposed Books

1. Women & Poetry: Tips on Writing, Publishing and Teaching from American Women Poets

Foreword by Robin Merrill, Maine Poets Society President 2006-2007. M.F.A. Stonecoast. With hundreds of poems published, some from her chapbook Laundry & Stories (Moon Pie Press) were featured on Garrison Keillor's "Writers' Almanac." http://www.robinmerrill.com

Afterword by the editors of Iris Magazine, an award-winning publication of 27 years celebrating and empowering young women through provocative articles, essays, and fiction pieces that are uplifting, inclusive, and literate. http://womenscenter.virginia.edu/coreprograms/iris.html

Markets for women, why women write, time management, using life experience, women's magazines, critique groups, networking, blogs, unique issues women must overcome, lesbian and bisexual writing, formal education, queries and proposals, conference participation, family scheduling, feminist writing, self-publishing, teaching tips, are just a few areas women poets are interested.

Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful. Please avoid writing about "me" and concentrate on what will most help the reader.

2.Milestones for American Women: Our Defining Passages

Foreword by Carolyn Lesser, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, nonfiction writing faculty; natural science children's books published by Harcourt, Alfred A. Knopf; essayist, poet, photographer, keynote speaker, artist.

Afterword by Dr. Loriene Roy, 2007-2008 President of the American Library Association. Professor, University of Texas at Austin, founder of "If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything," a national reading club for Native American children.

Please consider sharing the important milestones, life changing events, transitions in your life--material that would broadly fit the "Women's Studies" genre that is highly readable, moving and relatable. There are the passages that occur to us (for example, losing a loved one, having to relocate) and then the passages we choose (such as getting a degree in mid-life, adopting a child). Please focus on those pivotal moments and why they were milestones for you.

This book celebrates our passages as women, from one moment into another, from one door to the next. Often it is after the navigation, that in reflection, we see that some of the most difficult are the ones we have learned the most and have had lasting effects as well on those around us.

Guidelines for Women and Poetry
and/or Milestones for American Women:

Word total for 1-3 articles based on your experience: 1,900 minimum; maximum 2,300. Two articles minimum preferred.

If you are submitting 2-3 articles, please break them up fairly evenly in word count to reach the 1,900-2,300 range.

Please submit all contributions at one time.

No previously published or simultaneously submitted material. Books such as this can typically take up to a year to compile. Contributors receive a complimentary copy and contributor's discount on additional copies.

Please first send topics before writing to avoid duplication, and a 65-70 word bio with your present position, location, relevant publications, career highlights for the contributor page; please use POETS or MILESTONES as the subject line to smallwood@tm.net

Once your topics have been approved, deadline for e-mailing articles is February 28, 2008. Again, please use POETS or MILESTONES in the subject line to either Cynthia at brackett-vincent@encirclepub.com; or Carol at smallwood@tm.net in a Word document (.doc format only) using 12-point Times New Roman font.

Co-editor Cynthia Brackett-Vincent is publisher/editor of the esteemed Aurorean poetry journal; poetry instructor; award-winning poet; author of The 95 Poems chapbook (2005) and contributor to Educators as Writers: Publishing for Personal and Professional Development. In 2007, her poems received a citation, honorable mention and second place in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, New England Writers and Maine Poets Society competitions. View Cynthia's background http://www.encirclepub.com/poetry/aurorean/editor

Co-editor, Carol Smallwood has written, co-authored, and edited 18 books such as Michigan Authors, for Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited. An award-winning writer, her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, Phoebe, The Writer's Chronicle, and several others including anthologies; Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women. A chapbook is forthcoming from Pudding House. Her recent book
http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vID=68601&vLang=E&vHR=1&vUR=2&vUUR=1

3. Women Writing on Family: Writing, Publishing, and Teaching Tips by U.S. Women Writers

Foreword: Robbi Hess, Journalist, co-author, Complete Idiot's Guide to 30,000 Baby Names (Penguin Books); Editor, Byline Magazine

Afterword: Suzanne Bunkers, Professor of English, Minnesota State University, editor of Diaries of Girls and Women: a Midwestern American Sampler (University of Wisconsin Press).

This is a book not just on writing but tips for women writing about family. Possible subject areas you might address include: Markets; why women write about family; using life experience; critique groups; networking; blogs; unique issues women must overcome; formal education; queries and proposals; conference participation; family scheduling; self-publishing; teaching tips; family in creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, novels.

Guidelines for Women Writing on Family:

Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful to readers. Please avoid writing about "me" and concentrate on what will help the reader. Word total for two or three articles based on your experience, 1,900 words minimum; maximum 2,300. One article may be 1,000 words, another 900 (or three 634 word articles) to reach the required 1,900 words. Minimum, two articles. Please submit all contributions at one time.

Deadline: January 30, 2008

No previously published or simultaneously submitted material, please.
Please submit all contributions at one time.

Contributors receive a complimentary copy and contributor's discount on additional copies. It is common for compilation of an anthology to take upwards of a year, but we will be in touch with updates on securing a publisher.

Please send your topics first before writing (to avoid possible duplication) along with brief descriptions; a 65-70 word bio with your present position, relevant publications, awards or honors. Use FAMILY for the subject line and submit to Rachael at rachael_hanel@yahoo.com

Co-Editor Rachael Hanel is a freelance writer and college instructor in Madison Lake, MN. The first chapter of her memoir was named runner-up for the 2006 Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction at the Bellingham Review and appears in the Spring 2007 issue. The chapter was also a semifinalist for the 2006 Gulf Coast Creative Nonfiction Award. She teaches personal essay and editing. Her website is www.rachaelhanel.com

Co-Editor Carol Smallwood has written, co-authored, and edited 18 books such as Michigan Authors, for Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited. Her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, Phoebe, The Writer's Chronicle, The Detroit News, several others including anthologies; she's in Who's Who of American Women. A co-edited anthology is with an agent. A recent book is
http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vID=68601&vLang=E&vHR=1&vUR=2&vUUR=1

*For All Three Calls: In our experience, most publishers return rights to individual contributors variously after publication. However, because we am still seeking a publisher, we cannot speak to those rights specifically at this time. Contributors will be asked to sign a release form from the publisher and therefore will be have the opportunity to agree to the details of the contract or withdraw one's work at that time.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Bluestone Review Accepting Submissions

The Bluestone Review
14th Edition
The literary magazine of Bluefield College

Dare to think off the page...

* We are moving to a multi-media format this year by including a CD-ROM with our traditional magazine.

* We accept submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction,
photography, artwork, video or audio of artists performing original
music, and short films.

* Works of prose should be no longer than 750 words. No more than five
poems should be submitted per person. Short films should not exceed
five minutes in length.

* We are particularly interested in black and white photography and
photography of human subjects, but other photos may be submitted.

* Along with your submission, please include your name, address,
contact information and one biographical sentence.


All works must be submitted by February 15, 2008.


Submissions may be sent to bluestone@bluefield.edu or
Bluefield College, The Bluestone Review, 3000 College Drive, Box 14, Bluefield, VA. 24605. Email submissions are strongly encouraged.


For more information, please contact Dr. Rob Merritt at (276) 326-4270.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Christmas Traditions Seeks Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Christmas Traditions: True Stories of Holiday Celebration

Send submissions to: Helen Kay Polaski (Szymanski) at hkpolaski@yahoo.com

Christmas Traditions: True Stories of Holiday Celebration will be filled with stories that touch the mind as well as the soul as they take the reader on a magical journey through Christmas—past and present—while giving the reader ideas for traditions they might be interested in adapting in the future. Each story will include a well-known holiday tradition or a unique tradition known only to a particular family or community, as well as a touching story that circulates around each individual tradition. (I love traditions and can’t wait to see how your family celebrates Christmas!)

Stories must be first person, true accountings of either shared or unique traditions celebrated by families, communities, and/or groups during the Christmas holiday season, and all must be based on strong individual family/community dynamics, specific geographical location, and/or different cultures and religion. Approximately 70-80 stories (700-1,200 words) will be gathered. (When writing your story please keep in mind that Christmas is the most magical time of the year. I want to see the magic unfolding on the page before me as I read, and so do my readers.)

Only stories that have a beginning, middle, and an end will be considered. I’m looking for great inspirational stories that “include” a holiday tradition. Please do not send an essay that lists all of the things your family enjoys during the holidays. Instead, choose one tradition your family follows and write a story about it that is as moving as it is real. Only true stories that have not been previously published will be accepted.

Payment: upon publication, $75 and a copy of the book (for each accepted story)
Deadline: November 15, 2007

Please include your full name, current address, email address, phone number, and a 50-word bio.

Editor – Helen Kay Polaski (Szymanski)

Helen Kay Polaski

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Christmas Traditions
Editor: A Cup of Comfort for Weddings, Rocking Chair Reader book series, Classic Christmas, Christmas Through a Child's Eyes
http://www.gardenandhearth.com/Gift-Baskets.htm
http://www.gardenandhearth.com/Handmade-by-Helen.htm

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

ABZ Press Seeks Poetry Submissions

ABZ Press will soon be reading submissions for issue three of their poetry magazine.

According to their website: "We prefer interesting and exciting language. Our reading period is from September 1 to December 1 2007. Please send 4-8 poems typed with name and address and e-mail address on each page. If you want the poems returned, send a stamped self-addressed envelope with the correct US Postage. We do not accept e-mail submissions and poems sent other times can expect a long wait time. Send your poems and a SASE with correct postage to ABZ, PO Box 2746, Huntington WV 25727-2746. Back Issues are available for $8.00. Subscriptions are $8.00 a year postpaid. We pay a small stipend on publication and send two copies. "

http://abzpress.com/default.aspx

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Tallahassee Writers Association now accepting submissions

The Tallahassee Writers Association is now accepting submissions for their annual Seven Hills Contest for writers. Memoirs, short stories, and children's literature entries must be no more than 2,500 words. In the essay category, entries should be 1,000 words or less. Manuscripts must be postmarked by Sept. 30. Please see the TWA website (www.tallahasseewriters.net) for complete contest rules and entry fees.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Cats Curious seeking submissions

(This news courtesy the Cynthia Sterling Market News, posted to the WV Writers Roundtable via Fay Thompson)

Cats Curious Press (http://www.catscratchbooks.com/) is currently accepting gothic-style (preferably gothic romance) stories for an upcoming anthology. Stories may be submitted in two categories: 7500-17500 word stories selected for the anthology will receive payment of $250 while stories of 4500-7499 words will be paid $125.

All the details are available at the above website. Deadline for submissions is July 31

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Broken Pencil seeking submissions

(This news courtesy the Cynthia Sterling Market News, posted to the WV Writers Roundtable via Fay Thompson)

Broken Pencil is a Canadian alternative magazine that publishes three times a year. The editors are interested in short fiction from 50 to 3000 words. Payment is from $30 to $300 "depending on our finances."

For more information, see their guidelines at http://www.brokenpencil.com/about/submit.php

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Riverside Theatre Announces Deadline

RIVERSIDE THEATRE ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER 1ST DEADLINE FOR MONOLOGUE SUBMISSIONS TO WALKING THE WIRE: MONOLOGUES AT RIVERSIDE

Iowa City, IA – July 1, 2007 - Riverside Theatre invites playwrights to submit monologues for performance in Walking the Wire: Monologues at Riverside. This ninth annual evening of original work features monologues of ten minutes or less by both established and up-and-coming playwrights. The focus for this season’s monologues is The Midwest: Beyond the Corn. Submissions must be postmarked September 1, 2007; final selections will be announced no later than October 29. The monologues will be performed February 29-March 2 at Riverside Theatre.

Submission Guidelines


Riverside Theatre is seeking submissions from writers with a Midwestern experience/perspective; non-Midwestern writers with an informed perspective about the Midwest are welcome to submit.


Up to two submissions per author of original, unpublished and unproduced monologues (may be dramatic character or personal memoir) less than ten minutes length may be submitted. Please read it aloud to be certain and include the approximate performance time on your submission; all lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered, with the objective of choosing monologues of varying lengths). The copy must be easy to read: double spaced in a minimum 12 pt. font, and should include the playwright's name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
Simple is best. Since "Walking the Wire" typically includes a large number of monologues, it is important that each one require as little production as possible; set-pieces, props, or effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disqualify an otherwise excellent submission.


The POSTMARK deadline for submissions is Saturday, September 1, 2007. Playwrights selected for Walking the Wire will be notified no later than October 29, and also posted on Riverside Theatre’s website, http://www.riversidetheatre.org/.


Writers will be credited in all marketing and playbill materials; no royalties will be paid for performance. Monologues will be independently rehearsed until the week of the performance when the show will rehearse at Riverside Theatre. Area playwrights may perform their own work, or include the name of an actor interested in performing the monologue, although neither is required. Walking the Wire will be produced February 29-March 2, 2008.


Submissions should be mailed to:
Riverside Theatre
John M. Baker, Literary Associate
Walking the Wire submission
213 N. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

For more information, contact Hillary Foster, Marketing Director, at 319-887-1360, marketing@riversidetheatre.org. For guideline questions, please contact Jody Hovland, Managing Artistic Director, artistic@riversidetheatre.org.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Greenbrier Valley's "Appalachian Journal" accepting submissions

The Appalachian Journal, a monthly tabloid format paper that celebrates Appalachian culture, specifically in the Greenbrier Valley area, is looking to expand its pool of freelance writers.

If you're local to the valley and would like to contribute, contact Sarah Elkins, courtesy of the Mountain Messenger, at (304) 647-5724 ext. 113.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Morgantown New Playwright Project

(This news courtesy George Lies)

New play development is one of the cornerstones of M. T. Pockets Theatre Company and the basis for the Morgantown New Playwright Project a collaboration between the M. T. Pockets Theatre and the Metropolitan Theatre Board. Providing dramaturgical support for both women and men playwrights and nurturing scripts from rough first drafts through final production is a specialized, time-consuming and necessary labor of love. M.T. Pockets has shepherded projects by local playwrights Don Fidler, Jeremiah Munsey and Dan Stewart, and national and international playwrights.

The project seeks to bring together emerging and established playwrights with local directors and actors. Deadline: First of each month, 3 months prior to desired reading. Submit Scripts to: M. T. Pockets Theatre c/o Don Fidler; 1117 University Avenue - Unit 505; Morgantown, WV 26505. Email PDF file to: info@MTPocketsTheatre.com Questions, call Vicki Trickett: 304.216.2895

• Phase One: M. T. Pockets Explorations
Readings of new scripts - selected from submitted scripts as part of a monthly series. Talkback sessions will follow each reading to allow audience feedback. Playwrights will receive written comments from review panel.

• Phase Two:
One to two of the plays will move from readings to Bare Bones productions the following season. Bare Bones is a fully rehearsed public presentation of a play in development, and it will have one weekend run on stage.

• Phase Three:
The two productions will have a two to three day, fully-produced run at the Morgantown Metropolitan Theatre.

Script Submission Guidelines: Please submit the following: 1) A full script or work-in-progress; 2) Project description including a synopsis, a brief outline of your plans for development, and what you want to achieve at M. T. Pockets, and why; 3) Your resume, and 4) Any other resumes, bios, or applicable information. M. T. Pockets Theatre is 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by a grant from the Greater Morgantown Community Trust.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Writers Weekly.com 24-Hour Short Story Contest

(This news courtesy WVW 2nd VP T.W. McNemar)

The Summer 24-Hour Short Story Contest is now open for entrants. Start time for the Summer 2007 24-Hour Short Story Contest will be at 12:00 p.m. (noon) central time on Saturday, July 28, 2006! Participation is limited to 500 entrants. Contests usually fill up, so don't delay if you want to participate! You can see the list of prizes (first prize is $300, second is $250 and third is $200 - plus 82 other prizes!) and sign up here:

http://www.writersweekly.com/misc/contest.html

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest extends deadline

(This news courtesy 2nd VP T.W. McNemar)

Due to computer transition problems with Vista, submission post-mark deadline has been extended to July 15, 2007.

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest - an international contest whose mission is to seek out extraordinary, socially conscious scripts from around the world - is accepting scripts postmarked through July 15, 2007.

First Prize: $300 and a reading in an established New York City theatre.
Second Prize: a reading in an established New York City theatre.
Third Prize: a reading in an established New York City theatre.
For Submission Guidelines and Application Form: www.PlaywritingContest.cjb.net
As a direct result of prior New Works of Merit Playwriting Contests:

2004 winning script , “Conversation with a Kleagleâ?” by Rudy Gray, was produced in NYC February 16, 2006 - April 7, 2006; 2006:

2003 third place script, “Interview” by Valerie Killigrew, was produced in NYC November 2 - December 2, 2006.

2003 co-winning script, “Ruby's Story” by Ron Osborne was produced in NYC May 13 - July 3, 2004.
2004: 2003 honorable mention script, “Cry Wolf” by Deborah Mulhall was produced in NYC October 7 - November 27, 2004.

2003 honorable mention script, “Shade” by Paula J. Caplan received a free development workshop June 28-July 2, 2004 and a reading on July 11,2004.
2004 contest winner, Rudy Gray: in 2006, Mr. Gray became Resident Playwright of 13th Street Repertory Company-NYC Six scripts that were not finalists received a free reading.
Since January 2002, Sandra Nordgren, the founder of the contest, has been responsible for the offering of over 150 readings, 35 productions, 15 development workshops, and two theater playwriting residencies, all in New YorkCity at no cost to the playwright.

As writers, we have been given a precious gift. Let us use that gift to create powerful, heartfelt new works that not only entertain, but also educate, enlighten and uplift humanity.

We look forward to receiving your script!

Sincerely,
The Literary Staff
New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest
www.PlaywritingContest.cjb.net

Thanks Joe McCabe

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Seeking Submissions for Proposed Anthology

Words & Images of Belonging

Foreword by Dr. Gretchen Legler, nonfiction author and professor, University of Maine at Farmington, Creative Writing.

Contributions that address legacies, generations (especially that of grandparents and grandchildren), family, a sense of home and identity (i.e. the pull between home and work, leaving your childhood home to start your own home or a sense of place within oneself). Reflections may be poems, short stories, songs, diary entries, essays, letters, creative
nonfiction, or other forms as well as artwork. Combinations of forms are encouraged, up to approximately 4,000 words per contributor.

If accepted, contributors will receive a complimentary copy upon publication and a contributor's discount on additional copies. Publishers are being queried and the best will see the completed
manuscript.

Cynthia Brackett-Vincent is publisher/editor of the esteemed Aurorean poetry journal; poetry instructor; award-winning poet; author of The 95 Poems chapbook (2005) and contributor to Educators as Writers: Publishing for Personal and Professional Development.

View Cynthia's background http://www.encirclepub.com/poetry/aurorean/editor

Carol Smallwood has written, co-authored, and edited 17 books such as Michigan Authors; an award-winning fiction writer; her work has appeared in English Journal, Iris, Main Street Rag, The Detroit News, and several others including anthologies.

View Carol's last book

http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vID=68601&vLang=E&vHR=1&vUR=2&vUUR=1

No previously published or simultaneously submitted material.

Please send work in an attachment; use 12-point Courier. Include a 50-60 word bio to appear in contributor's notes section of BELONGING if your work is accepted. (Writing credits/current position/where you're from and personal highlights are invited.) Please e-mail by August 30, 2007 with BELONGING as the subject line.

For artwork, use BELONGING as the subject line; send in PDF by e-mail. If you would like to send artwork by regular mail, send B&W or color PHOTOCOPIES ONLY (ABSOLUTELY NO ORIGINALS) to: Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, P. O. Box 187, Farmington, ME 04938 ATTN: BELONGING. If your artwork is accepted AND ONCE WE HAVE SECURED A PUBLISHER, we will request originals if necessary. If you'd like photocopies returned, include an SASE. If you would like to know your photocopies have been received, include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

Please include all your contact information (including e-mail address) in submissions. Send e-mail to Cynthia at Cafpoet37@encirclepub.com, or to Carol at smallwood@tm.net.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Chicken Soup book seeks submissions

(This news courtesy Fay Thompson)

Chicken Soup for the Empty Nester's Soul is now seeking submissions. Find out all you want to know about the process at http://www.emptynesterssoul.com/Guidelines.htm.

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