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Friday, August 22, 2008

CNF Contests; 1 Writing Job

English — Open Rank

The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing - Creative Nonfiction. The ideal candidate would have a secondary expertise in fiction writing or some area of literature, along with a strong record of publication. Enthusiasm for teaching composition and general education literature is vital. Ph.D. or MFA. Open rank. Please see College website for more information: http://www.wheaton.edu/welcome/aboutus.

Position will begin with the 2009-2010 academic year. Send letter of interest, resume, and names of references by November 14, 2008 to:

Dr. Sharon Coolidge, Chair
English Department
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL 60187

Application forms will be sent to promising applicants.

Wheaton College is a highly selective Evangelical Protestant Christian liberal arts college whose faculty members affirm a Statement of Faith and adhere to lifestyle expectations of our Community Covenant. The College complies with federal and state guidelines of nondiscrimination in employment; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Send letter of interest and curriculum vitae (unless otherwise stated) to:
Office of the Provost
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL 60187

Applications will be mailed to promising candidates.


Sheila Bender's Writing It Real, an online magazine for those who write from personal experience, is holding a poetry and personal essay contest. We seek previously unpublished essays up to two pages double-spaced on anytheme from personal experience.

Reading period ends September 30, 2008.

Complete guidelines at http://www.writingitreal.com/page.php?p=essay_contest

Everyone who enters the contest will receive a detailed response to their work from Sheila Bender. Three winners, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, will be asked for permission to publish their work in Writing It Real and will receive a half-hour phone consult on writing and publishing with Sheila.

Three winners, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, will be asked for permission to publish their work in Writing It Real and will receive a half-hour phone consult with Sheila on writing and publishing.

Submit up to six double-spaced pages of prose or three poems.
Reading Fee: $45 Reading Fee includes a $30 year's subscription to Writing It Real as well as Sheila's response.


2009 National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry
Deadline: October 1st, 2008 (postmark deadline).

$10 Entry Fee
$500 First Place Prize
Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2008

Our annual contest awards $500 plus publication for the first place winner in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Additional winners selected for publication will be paid in copies. $10 entry fee, checks payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2009 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in summer 2009. There is no theme for the 2009 issue. Work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest you agree to allow us to select your work for publication even if it does not place first. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, especially emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately if your work is selected elsewhere.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions accepted May 1st through October 1st, 2008 (postmark deadline).

Include a brief cover letter, including the statement below.

Include S.A.S.E for response only; manuscripts are recycled, not returned.

Include a $10 entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story or essay (30 page limit per entry), or up to five poems.

Additional entries require additional fee.

Indicate category with a large F, NF, or P on cover letter and mailing envelope.

Manuscripts must be typed with numbered pages. Prose double-spaced.
0ADouble-sided copies encouraged. No email submissions.

Send to: Alligator Juniper, Prescott College, 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott AZ, 86301

IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, due to recent problems with misinformed entrants and withdrawals, we ask that you include the following statement in your signed cover letter: "I have read and understand the guidelines for Alligator Juniper’s national writing contest."

Back issues are available for all but 1995 (the premier issue) and 2001. Send $8 to above address and specify what year you would like to receive.

Selection Process

All entries are read and discussed by Prescott College students in the Alligator Juniper practicum class. This class is overseen each fall by two faculty members, each of whom is a working writer in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

All entrants receive a personal letter from one of our staff regarding the status of their submission. We usually inform in late January. The individual attention we devote to each manuscript takes time. We appreciate your patience.


2009 Georgetown Review Contest
Submissions must be postmarked by on or before November 15, 2008.

$1,000 and publication to the winning short story, poem, or essay on any theme or subject. All genres welcome.

Entry fee is $10 for the first entry, $5 for each entry thereafter. One poem, story, or essay counts as one entry. Please make out checks or money orders to "Georgetown Review."

If you want your work returned or want to receive a notice about the winner and runners-up, you must send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope. However, we will post a list of the work we choose on our website after the contest is judged, and we will do our best to have this list up by February 2010.

The magazine’s editors will judge.

Simultaneous and multiple submissions are okay. Your name can appear on your work as well, and in fact, we prefer that your name, address and email address appear on your entries. We have a small editorial staff and would not award the prize to any colleagues, students, or friends. You do not need a cover sheet.

All entries are considered for publication. In the 2008 contest, 20 runner-up works were selected for publication. If your work is published, Georgetown Review acquires first North American rights, which means that after we publish the piece the rights to it revert back to you.

Send entries to:

2009 Contest
Georgetown Review
400 East College Street
Box 227
Georgetown, KY 403240A


The Atlantic Monthly invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and personal or journalistic essays for its 2008 Student Writing Contest.
deadline: DECEMBER 1, 2008

Poetry, fiction, and personal or journalistic essays.

First $1,000 | Second: $500 | Third: $250
and one-year subscriptions to The Atlantic Monthly for seven runners-up in each category.

ENTRANTS must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting U.S. institution. Submissions should be original, unpublished work (they may have appeared in student periodicals) demonstrating superior quality of expression and craftsmanship.

SUBMISSIONS should not exceed three poems or 7,500 words of prose. No entrant may send more than one submission per category, and entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2008.

MANUSCRIPTS should be typewritten (one side only, please) double-spaced, and accompanied by a cover sheet with the following information: title, category, word count, author's name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available), and academic institution. Of this information, only the title should appear on the manuscript itself.

PLEASE PROVIDE a stamped, self-addressed postcard for acknowledgement of receipt. We cannot provide information on the status of a manuscript until winners are announced, in the May 2009 issue. Winners will receive notification in March 2009.

Student Writing Contest
The Atlantic Monthly
The Watergate
600 New Hampshire20Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
Submissions will not be accepted via e-mail or fax.


2009 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest
deadline: January 31, 2009



Oregon Quarterly invites entries to the 2009 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest in both student and open categories. Entries should address ideas that affect the Northwest. The Oregon Quarterly staff will select finalists and the contest judge will choose the top three winners in each category. Past judges have been Kim Stafford, Barry Lopez, John Daniel, Karen Karbo, Brian Doyle, Lauren Kessler, Craig Lesley and and Kathleen Dean Moore.


Open Category

First place: $750
Second place: $300
Third place: $100

Student Category

First place: $500
Second place: $200
Third place: $75

In addition

First place essays will appear in Oregon Quarterly.

A selection of top essays will be featured in a springtime public reading on the UO campus.

Fifteen finalists (ten in the open category and five students) will be announced in the summer 2009 issue of Oregon Quarterly.

All finalists will be invited to participate in a writing workshop with the contest judge. The contest is open to all nonfiction writers, except: (1) first-place winners from previous years’ contests, (2) authors who have written a feature for Oregon Quarterly in the past calendar year, and (3) staff of Oregon Quarterly, University Advancement, or their family members. The student contest is open to any student currently enrolled and pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree at a college or university. Previously published essays will not be considered.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Submit two copies of your manuscript.

Paperclip a cover sheet to the two copies that includes only the essay’s title; a word count; and the entrant's name, address, and phone number must be provided. Indicate whether the essay is for the student or open category.

Entrant's name must not appear on any pages of the manuscript other than the cover sheet.

One entry per person.

Manuscripts should be printed double-spaced on 8½-by-11-inch white paper with minimum 1-inch margins.

Word length is 2,000 words maximum for the open category, 1,500 words for the student contest.

Faxed or e-mail entries are not accepted.

Postmark deadline is January 31, 2009.

Entries will not be returned. Those that do not meet these submission guidelines are automatically disqualified. There is no entry fee.

Send entries to:
Oregon Quarterly Essay Contest
5228 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5228

Sponsored by Oregon Quarterly magazine and the University of Oregon Bookstore


Essay Contest Guidelines


14th Annual Contest Deadline: February 16, 2009

Tiny Lights invites entries that feature a distinctive voice, discernable conflict and an eventual shift in the narrator’s perspective. We are looking for writers who weave the struggle to understand into the fabric of their essays.This year, we are introducing a special prize of $300 for short essays (no more than 1,000 words).We can only consider unpublished work, or previously published material for which the author holds rights. Rights revert to author after publication in Tiny Lights.

Each essay must be accompanied by an entry fee. $15 for first essay, $10 each additional essay. Make checks payable to:

Tiny Lights Publications. Mail to: P.O. Box 928, Petaluma, CA 94953.

SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) with sufficient postage required for contest notification and/or manuscript return. Multiple submissions OK.

Essays may be submitted in one of two categories:

STANDARD (no longer than 2,000 words) or

FLASH (no more than 1,000 words)

Please indicate preferred category on ms.

Entries should be typed and double-spaced.

Cover letters are optional, but the first page of the manuscript should include author’s name, complete address, e-mail, phone number, and essay word count.

Personal essay requires writers to communicate the truth of their experiences to the best of their abilities. While no theme restrictions apply to this contest, we will not consider essays that ce
lebrate brutalitiy or the explicitly pornographic. Tiny Lights does not accept poetry, short stories, or material written for children. Entry fees for inappropriate submissions may not be returned.

Entries must be postmarked by Feburary 16, 2009.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First Place: $400

Second Place: $300

Third Place: $200

Two Honorable Mention Prizes: $100.

Three FLASH prize of $100 also offered. Awards will be determined by a panel of judges. Final authority rests with the Editor-in-Chief, Susan Bono.

Winners will be posted at

www.tiny-lights.com by April 10th, 2009

Winning essays may be edited before publication. Final copy must be approved by writer. No essays published without author’s permission.

All contestants will receive Tiny Lights’ contest publication featuring the winning entries.


Inland Empire California Writers Club
deadline: September 26
website: www.angelfire.com/amiga/iecwc/08contestwinners.html

Short Story, Poetry, NonFiction Contest;
Prizes $100, $50, $25 Per Category
Theme- The Road Less Traveled


***Your Short Story, Poem or Non-Fiction must touch on the theme, The Road Less Traveled in some way. Be creative; you are a writer.

The 2008 Inland Empire California Writers Club Short Story, Poetry and Non-Fiction Writing Contest is Open to All Writers

(Membership in the California Writers Club is not a requirement.)

Prizes ~ 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ~ $100, $50, $25 prizes will be awarded in each of the Short Story, Poetry and Non-Fiction Categories.

Word/line length ~ Short Story and Non-Fiction are not to exceed 2,500 words, Poetry is not to exceed 100 lines (including stanza breaks). Title is not to be included in the word or line count.

Entry Format ~ All entries must be previously unpublished. Please type entry using black 12 point Times New Roman Font (or any other standard font). Short Story and Non-Fiction must be double spaced, Poetry may be single spaced. All entries must be on one side only of white 8 ½ X 11 paper. Final copies only; be sure to check all spelling and grammar. Please put NO OTHER identification on your manuscript.

On a COVER PAGE type your name, address, phone number, email, category entered, entry title, and word count (for Short Story and Non-Fiction) or line count (for Poetry). Include separ
ate cover page for each entry.

Fees ~ Enclose one check made payable to Inland Empire CWC… $10 for each Short Story, Non-Fiction piece or Poem. You may enter as many categories, as many entries as you wish.

Deadline ~ All entries must be postmarked no later than September 26, 2008.

Winners ~ Winners will be announced at the November 22, 2008 Inland Empire CWC meeting 10:15 a. m. at the Borders Bookstore in Montclair, CA. (Winners will be notified by November 15, 2008 and asked to email their winning entry for publication purposes. Winners do not have to attend the November meeting to receive their awards.) All winning entries will be published in Inland Empire CWC’s journal Fresh Ink, December 2008 issue that will be available for downloading approximately December 10, 2008 from the IECWC

website: www.angelfire.com/amiga/iecwc/08contestwinners.html.

Authors retain all rights.

Submit to ~ Harold Ramage
IECWC Writing Contest
2378 8th Street
La Verne, CA 91750

Questions? Email Aleta (replace (at) with @)


2009 Editors’ Prizes in Nonfiction, Fiction and Poetry
July 1 - October 15, 2008

Isotope is looking for outstanding examples of literary nature and science writing. Below you will find our contest submission guidlines. Winners will receive publication and $300. All entrants will receive a subscription to Isotope and will also be considered for publication. Entrants will be notified in spring 2009.

Contest Guidelines

No more than 20 pages of prose (fiction or nonfiction), standard font, double-spaced, normal margins.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, so long as they are identified as such and we are notified immediately if work is taken elsewhere. We do not accept submissions of previously published material.

1-5 poems, totaling not more than 10 pages, single-spaced, no more than one poem per page.

Name should not appear on manuscript.

Include cover sheet with name, address, e-mail, phone number(s), genre and titles of work submitted.

Include genre on outside of envelope.

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of results. You may also include a self-addressed, stamped postcard to confirm receipt of your entry at the magazine.

Pay the $15 contest fee for each entry. Payments can be made online here, or payments can be mailed to the address below. Fees will be credited toward a discounted two-year subscription.

You may enter only one submission in each genre but you may enter more than one genre.

Entries must be postmarked July 1 - October 15, 2008.

Note: Each entry requires the $15 fee, which will be credited to extended subscriptions if you enter two or three genres total. Pay your contest fees at


Send entries to:

Department of English
Utah State University
3200 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-3200

Manuscripts will not be returned. Those not selected will be recycled.


First Impressions National Story Competition

To download competition guidelines and application form
visit http://www.impressions.firstpersonarts.org/

A National Competition for Memoir and Documentary Writers, Videographers and Photographers.

Each day countless stories unfold. Take a real life experience of your own and tell it in a way that only you can. Craft your story with words, photos or video. Make the ordinary magical, or the exotic familiar. Shock us, amaze us or make us pause to reflect. The only rule is that it's real.

All entries must be new works that have not previously been published, exhibited or screened in the US.

Film up to 5 minutes

Essay -1500 words or less

Photography up to 5 images. Single images are welcome; multiple images must be related, as in a photo essay.

Contest must be entered via e-mail.

Online entry instructions at



52PerfectDays.com invites you to enter our 2008 Travel Writing Contest with a first-place prize of $150 U.S. dollars.

2008 Theme: "Undiscovered America"

Deadline: October 31, 2008

Whether you are a freelancer, professional writer or just looking for an excuse to finally write about your travels, you are invited to submit a travel article to the 1st Annual 52 Perfect Days Travel Writing Contest.

Many of our readers are travelers looking for travel ideas which take them to areas outside of the tourist hubs and into the most interesting and less discovered parts of the United States. Do you know of an off-the-beaten-track area in the U.S.? We are looking for submissions written by authors who have firsthand knowledge of an undiscovered section of city, or a relatively unheard of town or experience.

Articles should appeal to those who enjoy U.S. travel and willing to get a bit adventurous. Whether you want to explore the ethnic foods in a certain section of town, backpacking in a remote location or know of a coastal town yet to be truly discovered we want to hear your story! Please offer engaging, descriptive pieces that really share the experience and not just a laundry list of things to do and where to go. We want the readers to be so excited reading your piece they can’t wait to visit themselves.


Visit the site above for detailed entry instructions (no fee).


Nonfiction chapbook contest offered by Gribble Press
deadline: October 31

1. Send your chapbook manuscript of 20-30 pages of non-fiction.

2. Paginate ms. and include table of contents.

3. Individual pieces may have been published in literary journals, but the ms.has not been previously published before as a book. Include acknowledgement page for previously published pieces.

4. Send two cover pages, one with your name and contact information, one with the name of manuscript only.

5. Attach check or money order in the amount of $15.00 made to the order of Gribble Press.

6. Include an SASE for notification of winner

7. May be a simultaneous submission, but we want immediate notification if accepted by another press.

8. You may submit multiple submissions, but please include a $15.00 entry fee for each submission.

9. Manuscript must be postmarked by October 31, 2008. Winner will be announced by December 1, 2008.

10. Send through regular U.S. mail. If you want notification of receipt, include a stamped postcard, no postal return receipts, please.

11. Mail to Chapbook Contest, Gribble Press, PO Box 10307, Spokane, WA 99209-0307.

Note: We will run a contest with the intent to act ethically, provide clear guidelines, and make our process as transparent as possible. Our goal is to publish the most exciting and energetic literary work available.

Contact us at Gribble Press, PO Box 10307, Spokane, WA 99209-0307 or e-mail Gribble(at)greymaredit.com (replace (at) with @)



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