Monday, December 17, 2012

Calls for Submissions - December 2012

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submissions, in order of deadlines, where posted.

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FACT: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction


Literary nonfiction essay, memoir, commentary
1000-5000 words
Literary nonfiction narrative poetry
Black & white art and photography

Submission Deadline December 31, 2012
Submit via email:

Published by Loyola Marymount University

Origami Zoo Chapbook Contest

We are pleased to announce that the first ever Origami Zoo Chapbook Contest is open for submissions from now until January 5, 2013! The final judge will be the cataclysmic Matt Bell. Origami Zoo Press has published chapbooks by Laura van den Berg, Chad Simpson, BJ Hollars and Brian Oliu.

PRIZES: Winner receives $250, publication by Origami Zoo Press in 2013, 25 copies of the chapbook, and plenty of love and affection. One honorable mention will also be published by Origami Zoo Press in 2013,
receive 25 copies of the chapbook, and an equal amount of love and affection.

WHAT WE WANT: We want stories that surprise and thrill. We want words that come alive with longing on the page. Basically, we just want our minds blown by your writing. Send us something we haven't seen anywhere else. Send us what you think we absolutely must read.

GUIDELINES (please read thoroughly before submitting!): Submit manuscripts of 40-80 pages in
either doc, docx, pdf, or rtf format. Both novellas and collections are welcome. The author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with either Matt Bell or the editors of Origami Zoo Press, Rebecca King and Sam Martone. If an author is unsure if this applies to him or her, query us at
<origamizoopress(at)> (replace (at) with @ in sending email). There are two options of reading fees: a $15 submission fee for consideration, as well as guaranteed personalized feedback from the editors
if not chosen. Or, a $20 submission fee for consideration and personalized feedback, plus a copy of the winning chapbook.

Find complete guidelines at

Submit at

Omnidawn's OPEN POETRY BOOK CONTEST Deadline Extended

Winner receives $3,000, publication, and 100 copies.

Accepting electronic & postal submissions November 1, 2012 - January 15, 2013.

Cole Swensen will judge.

Entry fee: $25.00
All entrants with a U.S. mailing address who pay an extra $3 to cover shipping costs will be mailed a copy of any Omnidawn book of their choice, or a copy of the winning book when it is published.

A complete list of all current Omnidawn titles is available

For full details about all three of Omnidawn's Poetry Contests (current & future) click here:

The Malahat Review's 2013 Long Poem Prize

Description: 2013 Long Poem PrizeDeadline: February 1, 2013
Prize: two prizes of $1000 CAD
Entry fee: $35 CAD for Canadians
$40 USD for entries from the United States
$45 USD for entries from elsewhere

Enter one poem or a cycle of poems between 10 and 20 pages in length (one page = 32 lines or less).

Read interviews with the judges and find our what they're looking for in a winning long poem: Elizabeth Bachinsky, Dave Margoshes, and Lorri Neilsen Glenn.

Catch up with the winners of our 2011 Long Poem prize: Maggie Schwed andJulie Joosten.

Full contest guidelines here.

CutBank Call for Submissions

CutBank would like to announce the opening of its annual contests on December 1st for the 2013 Montana Prize in Fiction, Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, and Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry.

Submissions will be accepted December 1, 2012 through March 1, 2013. Winners receive $500 and publication in CutBank 79. All submissions will be considered for publication in CutBank. The $17 entry fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to CutBank, beginning with the prize issue, CutBank 79.

Please send your best work. With all three of these awards, we are seeking to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, an original perspective, and willingness to push against the boundaries of the form at hand. For more information and guidelines, please check out and to submit, please go to

The Normal Prize

The Normal School is accepting entries for the 2013 Normal Prize from 12/15/12 until 3/15/13. We can't wait to spend our winters, holed up in our caves, reading submissions. Are you Normal enough to enter? We think so. Every entrant gets a free two year subscription to The Normal School so, why not? The judges this year are Pablo Medina (Fiction), Dinty W. Moore (nonfiction), and Aimee Nezhukumatathil (poetry).

Head over to our contest guidelines page (here) fore more information.

Carry On Call for Submissions

Carry On, a new travel journal launching mid-2013, seeks contributors whose writing engages places and their pasts. The journal will feature the type of travel writing not found often enough in service-oriented glossy magazines: literary, historically informed, untimely, aware that all sites are palimpsests of meaning. We are seeking writing that describes landscapes lovingly, elucidates how the past bears upon the present, and is attentive to the influence of culture. The journeys we hope to share with our readers need not be records of actual trips, but can be inspired by books or artworks. Think of Robert Hughes on Barcelona or Rome; Wendell Berry on his Kentucky farmland; Rebecca Solnit on the “technological Wild West” of nineteenth-century California; John Brinckerhoff Jackson on the vernacular landscapes of New Mexico; Lucy Lippard on the “lure of the local”; and André Aciman on the Alexandria of his youth. The journal will feature essays, book reviews, interviews with writers and artists, and photography projects and portfolios.

Please send a cover letter with a brief description of your proposal, a short prose bio, and, if applicable, a Microsoft Word attachment of the text itself. All queries can be sent to

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Chapbook from Sarah Freligh

Congratulations to Sarah Freligh, current Ashland University MFA student, whose chapbook of poems won the Editor's Choice award in the Accents 2012 Poetry Chapbook Contest!
A Brief Natural History of an American Girl
by Sarah Freligh

"In A Brief Natural History of an American Girl, Sarah Freligh pulls you into the car of a 1950's girlhood and you stay, compelled by the journey through sexual awakening and into womanhood. It's a difficult story. The narrator loses a lot—she gives kisses to the boss at Donut Delite, her virginity to a boy in a cornfield, her body to men she knows, or doesn't. She gives away a baby. She buries her mother. And hope, how 'easy to give her away.' And yet not quite. Through the accumulation of experience, through the ability to look clearly and name what she sees, Freligh insists on possibility. The poems draw our attention, then elicit a shiver of recognition. This is what one girlhood looks like; this is what human experience looks like. The journey is not over, she reminds us. You 'are not there yet.' - Wendy Mnookin, Author of The Moon Makes Its Own Plea.

New Chapbooks from Alumni Kim Ghaphery and Joan Hanna

Announcing the pre-sale period for two of our alumni, whose books have been selected for publication by Finishing Line Press.  Please help them out by ordering during their pre-sale time, which helps determine the print run for each chapbook.

Lemon Grass and Red Curry: On cooking, cooks, art and life
by Kimberly Sinclair Ghaphery

Kim Ghaphery‘s chapbook, Lemon Grass and Red Curry: On cooking, cooks, art and life, is a rich, complex journey into the heart and soul of family through the recipes it shares across generations. Food becomes the metaphoric gateway into the passions, the bitter hurts, and the small moments of tenderness that Ghaphery faces head-on with beauty and clarity.--Kathryn Winograd, author of Air into Breath

Kimberly Sinclair Ghaphery’s Lemon Grass and Red Curry explores the work and celebration of food as it forges intergenerational bonds between women and the families and cultures they love. While her poems often focus on a personal domesticity—the ritual of preparing recipes passed down through her family—the central place of food in our lives, and the position of women at the heart of that center, resonates also in some of these poems toward earlier periods of American culture. Ghaphery’s debut poetry collection is a sensual fest—for the heart, mind, and for the palate! --Steve Haven, author of Dust and Bread

Whether the subject is menus or a Fourth of July weekend when she is listening to a Dan Fogelberg tune or is too exhausted to make love to her husband or is wondering if her future will be like her mother's past and present, Kim Ghaphery is as lucid and lyrical as a song in this collection of insights into memory, food, family and love. Confronting our tastes, choices and appetites, she wonders if we are the "carnage or the desire." By the time we read our way from early recipes to creating spinach pies, we slowly realize that we are both. --Samual Hazo, Poet Laureate of Pennsylavania 1993-2003, author of multiple poetry collections, novels, and essays

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by Joan Hanna

Joan Hanna’s fidelity to the subjects of her poems—her ability to portray, in high resolution and with evocative power, the people and places that make up a passionate and compassionate life—is matched only by her talent for spinning lines and sentences that are always surprising, always sparkling with feeling and wit. Braiding the woof of personal experience to the warp of American public life, Hanna’s Threads offers a vivacious and enduring weave. --Peter Campion is Faculty at Ashland University's MFA program in Poetry and Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, MFA Program and author of Other People and The Lions.

Joan Hanna's Threads weaves a tapestry of the everyday world and its rites of passages that each of us must pass through. But hers is a tapestry of deception, each thread made up of vivid images that resonate with Pound’s “an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time,” and belie the ordinary with the perceptive and the careful heart. --Kathryn Winograd is Faculty at Ashland University's MFA Program in poetry and the author of Air into Breath and Stepping Sideways Into Poetry.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Calls for Submissions - November 2012

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submissions, in order of deadlines, where posted.

Harpur Palate Call for Contest Submissions
Have you submitted to our Winter/Spring 12.2 issue? If not, consider submitting your best poetry and creative nonfiction to our two writing contests, the annual Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and the brand-new Harpur Palate Prize for Creative Nonfiction. All contest submissions are simultaneously considered for publication. Winners in each contest will receive a $500 prize, publication in the winter issue of Harpur Palate, and two copies of the issue in which the winning piece appears.

All writers who submit to our contests, which requires a small entry fee of $15, will receive a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate. For more specifics, please see our contest guidelines on our website. We accept submissions by mail or through Submittable until Thursday, November 15, so start sending in your best poems and creative nonfiction. All of us here at Harpur Palate are excited and eager to read your work. As always, thanks for being such wonderful readers of and submitters to Harpur Palate!

Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts
For the last forty years, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown has run the largest and longest residency Fellowship in the United States for emerging visual artists and writers. Artists who have not had significant recognition for their work and writers who have not yet published a full-length book of creative work are welcome to apply. Fellows receive a seven-month stay (October 1­­-April 30) at the Work Center and a $750 monthly stipend. Fellows do not pay or work in exchange for their Fellowships in any way. Fellows are chosen based on the excellence of their work. Former visual arts Fellows include Ellen Gallagher, Jack Pierson, Lisa Yuskavage, Angela Dufresne, Geoffrey Chadsey, and Lamar Peterson. Former writing Fellows--nearly all of whom came here before the publication of their first books--have won every major national award in writing including the National Book Award and seven Pulitzer Prizes. Former writing Fellows include Denis Johnson, Louise Glück, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Yusef Komunyakaa. 

The postmark deadline for the 2013-14 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2012.

For details, please visit:

Glassworks Call for Submissions
We are currently accepting work for our upcoming general issue and themed issue. The deadline for our general issue is December 1, 2012. We will accept submissions for our themed issue through March 1, 2013; this year’s theme is “beauty and utility.” Previously showcased or published art and new media are accepted for both issues. Previously published writing is accepted for our themed issue.

In the past we’ve published works by the likes of Oliver de la Paz, Robert Wrigley, James Grabill, Carlos Ramos, and Carolynne Wright so your work would be in good company.

We can be found at

For our second annual Personal Essay Contest, we want to hear about a memorable moment in your life -- the day, or the hour, or the second that changed everything. We urge you to be poignant, reflective, funny. Make us howl with laughter. Make us blubber in our cubicles (we can take it!).

Ladies' Home Journal is a community that shares stories -- and we're dying to hear yours. If you win our essay contest, we'll give you $3,000 and the chance to have your essay published in the Journal. You're free to interpret the topic in whatever way you like, but remember that we value creativity and clarity above all.

Essays will be judged on their emotional power, originality, and the quality of their prose. They should be no more than 2,000 words and ideally typed or written in a Microsoft Word document.

You can enter the contest by e-mailing your submission as an attachment (with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address) to or by mailing a copy to Personal Essay Contest, Ladies' Home Journal, 805 Third Ave., 26th Fl., New York, NY 10022. Entries are due by December 7, 2012.

Green Briar Review Call for Submissions
Green Briar Review is now accepting submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, as well as work from undergraduate students for our young writers section, for our first online quarterly issue. Submissions will be considered through December 31 and the winter 2013 issue will go live in mid-January. 

If accepted for publication, each writer will have the option to do a voice recording of his or her work, which will be included with the piece. Please have interested students visit our website at or our Submittable page at


Winner receives $3,000, publication, and 100 copies. Accepting electronic & postal submissions  November 1 - December 31, 2012. Cole Swensen will judge.  Entry fee: $25.00      

All entrants with a U.S. mailing address who pay an extra $3 to cover shipping costs will be mailed a copy of any Omnidawn book of their choice, or a copy of the winning book when it is published.

A complete list of all current Omnidawn titles is available at

For full details about all three of Omnidawn's Poetry Contests (current & future) click here:

Tupelo Press Dorset Prize

Now open for submissions!  September 1 - December 31, 2012.
(postmark or online submission-date)

Final Judge: Kimiko Hahn
Prize: $3,000

Read the full guidelines and submit your manuscript by clicking here.

Soundings Review Call for Submissions
Soundings Review, a bi-annual publication in conjunction with the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, publishes poetry, fiction, children/young adult and nonfiction, including essays and interviews. We read all submissions. 

January 1, 2013 - for Spring/Summer Issue
May 1, 2013 - for Fall/Winter Issue

For more information, visit:
To submit, click here:

Faultline Call for Submissions
Faultline: Journal of Arts and Letters at UC Irvine is accepting submissions for its spring 2013 issue. Faultline welcomes previously unpublished submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, and art. Submissions close February 15, 2013. We look forward to reading your work.

Poetry: up to five poems.
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: up to twenty pages.
Translation: up to five poems and up to twenty pages for fiction and nonfiction translations. Please include the original author’s name.
Art: up to five 8 x 10 color or black and white prints (slides may be necessary if work is accepted for publication).

Please mail all submissions to the address below and indicate on the envelope if your submission is for the fiction or poetry editor. All submissions should include a cover letter with the author’s name, mailing address, email address, and titles of work submitted along with an SASE. Please indicate in the cover letter if it is a simultaneous submission, and contact the editors to withdraw the manuscript upon acceptance elsewhere. Manuscripts will not be returned.

University of California, Irvine  
Department of English 
435 Humanities Instructional Building  

University of California, Irvine     
Irvine, CA 92697-2650

ROAR Magazine Call for Submissions
ROAR Magazine is a print literary journal dedicated to providing a space to showcase women’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art.

We publish literature by emerging and developing writers, as well as interviews with established writers,such as acclaimed novelist and short story writer, Jill McCorkle, who, in our current issue, talks about balancing her life and writing.

ROAR Magazine is now accepting submissions for our 2013 winter issue.

ROAR accepts work that represents a wide spectrum of form, language and meaning.  In other words, don’t worry if your work isn’t specific to feminist issues. If you’re a gal, we just want your point of view!

For detailed guidelines, please visit our website at

betterArts Residencies
betterArts, Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization affiliated with Better Farm, an organization that works to bring citizens around the rural Thousand Islands region together for arts and environmental sustainability programming. So far, in its three years as a residency, betterArts has hosted an aesthetically diverse group of writers, musicians, and artists from around the U.S. and beyond, many of them in the early stages of their careers. As a poet who grew up in the Thousand Islands, I can say that the area, in its beauty and rural tranquility, is very generative for creative work—and our communities, which struggle with a certain amount of economic and cultural depression, benefit greatly from the presence of betterArts residents and the work of the organization as a whole.

We're located in cyberspace at and

The Cumberland River Review Call for Submissions
Our homepage is here:  And our submissions page is here:

American Athenaeum Call for Submissions
American Athenaeum is a cultural magazine that explores the world of words like a museum, by offering a view of the past, right up to the present. We consider this journal to be a museum of artistic endeavors, filled with cultural appreciation and stories that not only teach, but demonstrate the frailty of the human condition. Currently accepting a variety of poetry, fiction, and essays, including literary genre fiction. We also have a few unique columns, like, America Talks, Author Book Reviews, Compassion Corner, 1 Bookshelf, and Adopt an Endangered Species. See website for further details.

Five [Quarterly] Call for Submissions
Five [Quarterly] has a new set of guest editors. Check them out and send fiction and poetry our way!


Submit one prose piece and/or up to three poems. Include a brief bio.

5/Q accepts submissions on a rolling basis and welcomes your work year round. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

If we publish your work, you retain full rights to it, though we do request that you acknowledge 5/Q as the first place to feature the work, if it appears elsewhere in the future.


LiterBug Call for Submissions
LiterBug is a social innovation in contemporary poetry, which aims to bridge the gap between literary journals and social networks by offering writers an interactive alternative for publishing their work.

LiterBug publishes exciting new work by established and emerging writers alike.

Those interested can visit LiterBug at or submit their work directly to

Monday, November 12, 2012

Free Ashland Poetry Workshops December 1-2, 2012

Stephen Haven, the Director of the MFA Program, Deborah Fleming, a faculty member in the English Department, and Sarah M. Wells, the Administrative Director of the MFA Program, will be leading workshops for the first Ashland Poetry Workshop weekend December 1-2, 2012 at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.  The weekend features guest presenter Lynn Powell, author of two collections of poetry, Old and New Testaments and The Zones of Paradise.  Lynn will also serve as one of the workshop instructors during the weekend.

Workshop sessions are near capacity, so register as soon as possible to hold a spot by emailing  All readings and seminars are free and open to the public even if you are unable to register for the workshops.

A participant open-mic will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. in Schar 138, and Lynn Powell will read in the same location at 7 p.m. that evening.  Lynn will teach a seminar on the poetry of Elton Glaser and Mary Oliver, two Ohio natives, on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Schar 138.  A social hour and book signing will be held in the Student Center following the seminar.  The weekend will come to a close with a reading by the other workshop instructors at 4 p.m. in Schar 138.

The complete weekend schedule and other details are available at

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mary Biddinger Reading and MFA Open House

Mary Biddinger will give a poetry reading at Ashland University as part of the English Department Reading Series Monday, November 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Schar College of Education Ronk Lecture Hall.  Refreshments will be provided. 
Those interested in the MFA Program are invited to stick around Ashland for an open house at 7 p.m. in the Dauch College of Business and Economics Building, Room 104.  Stephen Haven and Sarah Wells will give a brief presentation about the program and will be available to answer any questions afterward.
For more information about the reading series, contact Kari Repuyan,, 419.289.5110.  To register for the open house, please contact Sarah Wells,, 419.289.5957.
Mary Biddinger is the author of four collections of poetry: Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), the chapbook Saint Monica (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), O Holy Insurgency (forthcoming in October 2012 from Black Lawrence Press), and A Sunny Place with Adequate Water (forthcoming in 2014 from Black Lawrence Press). She is the co-editor of a volume of essays, The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics (with John Gallaher, University of Akron Press, 2011). She edits the Akron Series in Poetry and the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics. She also serves as an open book competition juror for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. In 2007 she founded the independent literary magazine Barn Owl Review, which released its fifth issue in February of 2012.
Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Bat City Review, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Forklift, Ohio, Gulf Coast, H_NGM_N, The Laurel Review, Redivider, Pleiades, Quarterly West, and many other journals.
Mary has been the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in Creative Writing for her poetry: one in 2010, and one in 2007. She is currently at work on a novel-in-poems.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Calls for Submissions - October 2012

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submissions, in order of deadlines, where posted.

Narrative 30 Below Contest—2012

Narrative is inviting all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers, between eighteen and thirty years old, to send us their best work. We’re interested in reading your words and seeing your images. We’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. We’re looking to encourage and promote the best authors and artists we can find.

Awards: First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, Third Prize is $300, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. The prize winners and finalists will be announced in Narrative.

All N30B entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2013 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week or Poem of the Week.

Click here to submit your work.

Deadline is October 31, 2012.

Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest

The Family Matters (1st place wins $1,500 and publication) deadline is October 31.

Submissions typically run 1,500 - 6,000 words; stories up to 12,000 words are fine.

Stories about families of all configurations are welcome!

Writing Guidelines

The 1st-place winner will be published in Issue 90, and the author will receive 20 copies of that issue. Second- and 3rd-places win, respectively, $500 and $300 or, if accepted for publication, $700.

CutBank Call for Submissions and Contest Guidelines

The editorial staff of CutBank would like to formally announce that we are now open for submissions in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.

Run by graduate students out of the University of Montana's Creative Writing Program, CutBank is now celebrating its 39th year in publication.  We are open to all kinds of work from established and emerging writers alike and cannot wait to see fresh, compelling writing.

Please visit our website for more information at and please submit work at .  We have a great staff that cannot wait to read your work!

Furthermore, we are now accepting submissions for the Big Fish Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Prize.  A prize of $200 and online publication (and consideration for the print issue) will be given for the best piece of writing under 500 words that we receive. Flash fiction, short-shorts, micro-prose, prose poems, poetic prose, just plain short stories–whatever you call your briefest prose pieces, send them our way. The contest is open until November 1 and the entry fee is $9. It will be judged by the CutBank editorial staff and the winner will be announced on December 1.

LUMINA Call for Submissions and Fiction Contest

Submissions are now open for LUMINA's 2013 Issue, and for our Fiction Contest!

LUMINA is accepting Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Visual Art submissions for Volume XII. This year’s Fiction Contest will be judged by acclaimed essayist George Saunders. First place award is $500.

Deadline for all submissions is November 1, 2012.

Visit for submission guidelines, and to submit your work.

LUMINA, established in 2000, is the annual print publication of the Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Writing Program, and has featured such authors as Rick Moody, Mark Doty, Phillip Lopate, Dorothy Alison, Stephen Dobyns, Amy Hempel, Kimiko Hahn, Cathy Park Hong, and Jenny Boully.

Notes From the Field: Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Featuring guest judge, travel and non-fiction writer Rolf Potts

Cash prize and publication for first and second place

Notes from the Field is a non-fiction contest celebrating writing about experience—whether that be abroad, on a familiar sidewalk, in one’s line of work, in a field of interest, or in the most unexpected of times and settings. We are open to writing about many kinds of experience, and while we are not strictly looking for essays about solely about place or with an environmental focus, as always, we look for work that keeps the tension of surroundings in mind.

Submission Deadline
Friday, November 7, 2012

Submit one (1) essay of non-fiction of up to five thousand words. Essay must be author’s own work and previously unpublished. Winning essay and runner-up will be announced December 15th, 2012, and published in Flyway.

Winner receives publication, $500, two copies of the Flyway 2012 anthology, and a Flyway hat.
Runner-up also receives publication and $50.

For more information on the contest and judge, please visit


Harpur Palate, a nationally acclaimed biannual literary journal published by graduate students at Binghamton University, is actively seeking quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by established and emerging writers.  We will accept submissions for issue 12.2 through November 15th, 2012.

Previous contributors include David Lehman, Nin Andrews, Lee Upton, and Sherman Alexie.  

Harpur Palate regularly nominates contributors for the Pushcart Prize.

In addition, we are now accepting submissions for our two annual contests: the Milton Kessler Memorial Prize For Poetry, and the Harpur Palate Creative Nonfiction Prize.

The annual winner receives a $500 prize and publication in the winter issue of Harpur Palate. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate, and all pieces are considered for publication in the magazine.

Postmark Deadline: November 15

Visit our website for details on our poetry and creative nonfiction prizes and information on how to submit electronically or through the mail:

mojo Call for Submissions

mojo is the literary journal run by the graduate students at Wichita State University. It is the online counterpart of WSU's print magazine Mikrokosmos, which has a fifty year publication history. Each issue features work from emerging writers and poets, art, and interviews with writers like Pam Houston and Tim O'Brien.

We currently pay twenty-five dollars for poetry and short shorts, 50 dollars for short stories and creative nonfiction, and do not require any submission fees. Our submissions period lasts until November 15th.  Submissions should be made using the submission manager found on our website:

West Trade Review Call for Submissions
West Trade Review is currently seeking submissions of fiction and poetry for its spring 2013 issue.  We are seeking original and unpublished works of fiction and poetry (or  photography and visual artwork ) by both new and established writers (or artists). Short plays may also be considered.

Our reading period is September through December 2012.

More specific submission details can be found on our call for submissions which you will find attached to this email and our website (

Yalobusha Review Yellowwood Poetry Prize

Yalobusha Review, the literary journal of the University of Mississippi, is pleased to announce that our annual contests, the Barry Hannah Fiction Prize and the Yellowwood Poetry Prize, are open for submissions, and we're currently looking for high-quality work to pass on to our judges. This year, Nic Brown will be reading fiction entries, while Traci Brimhall will oversee poetry submissions. Winners will receive $500 and publication in our spring issue. Recent and forthcoming issues of Yalobusha Review include work from notable writers, including Catherine Wagner, Cole Swensen, Dan Beachy-Quick, Meg Pokrass, and others. Specific guidelines follow. More information, as well as the link to our online submission manager, can be found on our website: Happy submitting and good luck!

Merton Institute Poetry of the Sacred contest

The Annual Poetry of the Sacred contest is now accepting submissions. The guidelines follow:

First Prize, $500; Three Honorable Mention Prizes, $100 each.

Winning Poems will be published in The Merton Seasonal, a publication of scholarly articles about noted spiritual leader Thomas Merton and will be posted on the Merton Institute web site:

Only ONE unpublished poem type written in English may be submitted per poet.

Please limit the poem to no more than 100 lines.

Type your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of your poem on a cover page. Send (1) one copy of your titled poem with the cover page. Do not staple poem to cover page.

Submit your poem on a page with no identifying information. All identifying information should be on your cover page. Include a submission fee of $15.00 with the poem. Payment in US funds only.

Poems will  not be accepted via email. The poem must be sent via through the postal service. 

Deadline to submit poems is January 15, 2013. Poems to be received no later than the 15th of January.

Submit poem to: Merton Institute, 415 West Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40202. Include the $15 submission fee payable to The Merton Institute. Payment in US Funds only. 

No poems will be returned.

Poems will be judged on literary excellence, spiritual tenor, and human authenticity.
Winners will be announced by April 1, 2013. Please visit the Institute website for contest results.

Deadline: January 15, 2013

“Sustainability depends on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. —from

For a special “Sustainability” issue, Creative Nonfiction is looking for essays that illuminate environmental, economic, ethical and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future. Whether you’re on a world tour of wind farms or cranking up the a.c.; deciding it’s not worth the trouble to recycle or living off the grid; torn between driving your car, taking public transportation, or riding your bike; leasing your land to hydro-frackers or protesting against them (or, perhaps, both); or just grappling with which apples to buy (organic? local? the red ones?), we want to hear about it in an essay that is at least partly narrative—employing scenes, descriptions, etc.

Your essay can channel Henry David Thoreau or Henry Ford, Rachel Carson or (a literary) Rush Limbaugh; but all essays must tell true stories and be factually and scientifically accurate.*

Guest editor Donna Seaman will award a cash prize (amount TBA) for best essay. Selected essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction #51, and an expanded book version will be published in Spring 2014. All submissions will be considered for both the magazine issue and the book.

*A note about fact-checking: essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfiction undergo a fairly rigorous fact-checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and ideally, it should, to some degree), CNF editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources and to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography.

Guidelines: Essays must be unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction-—U.S. submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail
Postmark deadline January 15, 2013
Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; SASE or email for response; and payment to:
Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Sustainability
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST January 15, 2013
To submit, please click the appropriate link:
Reading fee only ($20)
Reading fee + 4-issue subscription ($25; U.S. submitters only)

Lunch Ticket Call for Submissions

The Antioch MFA program's new online journal Lunch Ticket is looking for submissions for its second issue. Lunch Ticket is looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and writing for young people, as well as intriguing visual art. Lunch Ticket supports Antioch's mission of social justice and the MFA program's mission of supporting quality literature and art. Go to and click the submit button today!

The Pubscriber Call for Submissions

The Pubscriber is a new literary journal affiliated with Pubslush Press ( We recently published our first issue and are now continuing our open call for submissions.

Issue I of The Pubscriber is now available! Check out our very talented authors and photographers at While you’re there, check out our submission guidelines. We are currently accepting fiction, non-fiction, flash fiction, essays, poetry and photography submissions.

We are seeking fresh, developed, and polished talent to be featured in our upcoming issue. We look forward to reading your work.

CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action Call for Submissions

Fordham University's national literary magazine, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action is now accepting submissions. Featuring creative writing, visual art, new media and video in response to current news, we seek to enable an artistic process that is rigorously engaged with the world at the present moment.  Our aim is to seek to integrate literary art publishing with social justice.  CURA contributors have won Rockefeller, Guggenheim, American Book, and National Endowment for the Arts awards.  Past issues have featured work by:  Brenda Hillman, Robert Bly, Evie Shockley, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Alicia Ostriker, Lia Purpura, Patricia Smith and Idra Novey.  We would love to see submissions from the creative writing community at Ashland University.  You can find us here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sugar-Tooth Confession by Detrick Hughes

Sugar-Tooth Confession by Detrick Hughes

November 2012

Congratulations to Detrick Hughes, Class of 2011, whose collection of poems, Sugar-Tooth Confession is now available for pre-order from Nebo Publishing.  A release party and book signing will take place on the campus of the University of Houston (Alumni Center: Great Hall) November 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Pre-order a copy from Nebo Publishing

Monday, September 17, 2012

Calls for Submissions - September 2012

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submissions.

Sundog Lit Call for Submissions
Sundog Lit is an independent, online literary magazine and is seeking submissions for our first issue. Sundog Lit is committed to publishing dynamic, vibrant, earth-scorching literature by emerging and established writers. We publish flash fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction (personal, lyric, segmented, and hybrid essays), and poetry. Head on over to to check out our site and to read our submissions guidelines. Stay tuned for periodic prompts, weekly content, and new features.

Call for Submissions: Short Fiction, Literary Nonfiction and Poetry
Split Lip Magazine, a new online / twice-annual print literary journal is currently seeking well-crafted memoir or personal essay submissions. The magazine is scheduled to launch online this October 2012 and release its first print anthology in April 2013. To view our submission guidelines and preview our website, please visit
Standing Rock Chapbook Competition
We are calling for submissions for our third SRCA Open Poetry Chapbook Competition (to be judged by Lynne Albert, John Dorsey, Allen Hines, and potentially Tina Puckett). If you are not familiar with our organization, Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a non profit art and educational organization located at 257 North Water Street in downtown Kent, Ohio, whose mission is to build community through the arts. We are named after the historic Standing Rock that is situated in the Cuyahoga River in Portage County, Ohio. 

Deadline: Submissions are open at Submishmash and end September 30, 2012 (postmark - September 30th).

Please visit our website at under our Literary Series link for complete Entry Guidelines and competition information.

Shark Reef: Submit Writing and Art by September 30 for Winter Issue

The various forms of love are explored in prose and poetry in SHARK REEF’s Summer 2012 edition: sexual love, one-sided love, first love, mother love, parental love and parents-to-be love – and fear, and taking a chance on love. There is also a mythical tale inspired by Australian Aboriginal culture and the usual nine superb poems which will take readers in numerous other directions – to graphology,  instinct, the importance of being watchful when seeing, cold comfort, Prague and more.

Visual art in the issue includes stunning and mysterious photographs, dreamy, ethereal encaustic paintings and surprising mixed media works that bridge the gap between drawing and painting.

As always, we are pleased with and excited about the work we are featuring in this second decade of our magazine's existence. It is testimony to the many serious writers, artists and readers -- in the United States and beyond our borders -- who continue to support us by submitting and turning to our virtual pages to feast on what others have done.

SHARK REEF produces a summer and winter issue with March 31 and September 30 submission deadlines. For more information, check submission guidelines at

Consequence Magazine Call for Submissions
CONSEQUENCE is the international, literary journal that focuses on the culture of war.  We publish annually fiction, non-fiction, poetry, reviews, visual art, and interviews that address the consequences of armed conflict.  CONSEQUENCE is an independent, non-profit magazine. 
Some of the authors we've published are: Sven Birkerts, Kevin Bowen, Martha Collins, Martha Cooley, Bill Corbett, Steven Haven, Mohammad Kazem Kazemi, Christopher Lydon, Fred Marchant, Askold Melnyczuk, Nguyen Quang Thieu,  Don North,  Carole Simmons Oles,  Mark Pawlak, Joyce Peseroff,  Lloyd Schwartz,  Peter Dale Scott, Bob Shacochis, Mario Susko,  Brian Turner, Afaa Weaver, and Bruce Weigl.

We welcome submissions now through October 1st.  For detailed guidelines please visit our website at
American Literary Review
Deadline - October 1

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2013 issue of American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay. We are thrilled to announce our judges for this year: Jim Harms will be judging poetry, Hannah Tinti will be judging fiction, and Abigail Thomas will be judging nonfiction.
This year, there are two ways to submit: you can either enter through our Submittable page ( or you can enter via regular mail by sending your entry along with a check for $15 to our PO Box address. Please label your entry by genre. An example is below:
American Literary Review Short Fiction Contest
P.O. Box 311307
University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203-1307

For the complete contest guidelines, please visit our website at Also, be sure to find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @ALitReview, and check out our blog at Thanks for your continued support of ALR, and we look forward to reading your entries!

The Missouri Review's 22nd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize
First-place winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well.
This opportunity is open to both emerging and established writers.
All writers submitting to our contest receive a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review.
We accept submissions online or by mail. The postmark deadline is October 1st, and winners will be announced in January of 2013.
You can find more information about the contest through our website:
Jung in the Heartland Conference Call for Submissions
Jung in the Heartland conference (Sept 2013), we are inviting submissions of essays or creative non-fiction on the theme of the conference:

Healing through the Numinous

First Place - $1000
Second Place - $500
Third Place - $250

Complete details can be found at our website:

LITERNATIONAL's 1st Annual Santa CLAWS Contest.

Contest Details: (highlights include CA$H prizes and NO ENTRY FEE)!!

Submission Guidelines:

Deadline is October 1, 2012.

The Places We've Been Anthology Call for Submissions

The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 is looking for nonfiction narratives that challenge conventional tourism. Our summary line goes as such:

From West Africa to Vietnam, Tokyo to Paris, the book’s focus is to show the distinctive niche of travel experiences that defines our wide peer group, and how we've learned to engage the global community of an increasingly small world.
“This is all very intriguing,” you may by now be thinking (we hope!). “But who are you?” Operating since 2012, The Places We’ve Been, LLC, is an independent publisher, dedicated to literary portrayals of the diverse experiences of human existence.

The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 is our inaugural project—and namesake. The purpose of The Places We’ve Been is to work with varied and ambitious new writers to develop and then publish, promote, and distribute unique work. Specific areas of interest are literary fiction and nonfiction, with four books set for release in 2013. In June, The Places We’ve Been was noted as a “fresh local startup” in Crain’s Chicago Business.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2012.

DOGWOOD: A Journal of Prose and Poetry ANNOUNCES ANNUAL
Online submissions manager:

Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. Entry fee is $15; all submissions will be considered for publication in the 12th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Submissions accepted online between August 1 and October 15, 2012. Please use our online submission manager for your submissions. We look forward to receiving your work!

Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2013 and published in the 2013 issue of Dogwood.

Deadline: October 15, 2012

Grub Street National Book Prize

We hope you will take a moment to consider submitting to Grub Street's $5,000 National Book Prize in Non-Fiction. The application deadline of October 15th, 2012 is approaching fast. 

Grub Street's prize is one of the few that recognizes authors who have published at least one book, and who, like you, value teaching the craft of non-fiction to aspiring writers. The winner of the prize will receive not only the $5,000 cash award, but the opportunity to attend Grub Street's 2013 Muse and the Marketplace national literary conference, where they will give a solo public reading, lead a short craft class, and be recognized among a group of 600+ fellow writers and industry professionals.

2012 non-fiction winner Wendy Call (right) with Eileen Pollack at the Muse conference
The Grub Street Book Prize is now in its 6th year, but this is the first year that the Non-Fiction Prize will include a cash award of $5,000 - an amount that signals Grub Street's commitment to high-quality works of non-fiction and the hard work it takes to create them. Previous non-fiction winners include Susan Richards Shreve, Dinty W. Moore, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto and, most recently, Wendy Call.

To be eligible for the prize, authors must reside out of New England and be publishing their non-debut books of non-fiction in 2012 or in time for the Muse and the Marketplace conference in May 2013. Full details are available on our website:

Wick Poetry Center Ohio Chapbook Competition

Poets currently residing in Ohio may enter the Open Competition. Poets currently enrolled in Ohio institutions of higher education may enter the Student Competition. In the spring two manuscripts will be selected for publication in the Wick Chapbook Series, published by the Kent State University Press. The winners will also give a reading at Kent State University. Kathleen Flenniken is the 2012 judge. Catherine Wing is the general editor of the series. 

Submission deadline is October 31, 2012.

A Room of Her Own 6th Gift of Freedom Award
The 6th $50,000 Gift of Freedom competition will determine finalists from each genre—creative nonfiction, fiction, playwrighting, & poetry. One genre finalist will be awarded the $50,000 Gift of Freedom grant. Along with a $5,000 cash prize, the three remaining finalists for the Gift of Freedom Award receive a professional mentoring session, eligibility to attend a future AROHO Retreat for Women Writers, and the honored distinction of being the finalist in their genre.
Guidelines and application available at
Open to any female resident of the U.S.
Postmark Deadline: November 1, 2012
Application Fee: $35.

The Dartmouth 2013 Poet in Residence at The Frost Place
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH. This is a six to eight week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse, which sits on
a quiet rural road with spectacular views of the White Mountains.

The residency begins July 1 and ends August 31, 2013, and includes a $1,000 award from The Frost Place and $1,000 from Dartmouth College. The poet will have several opportunities to give readings across the
region, including at Dartmouth College, for which the poet will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

The house, built in 1859 and owned by the Frost family from 1915 to 1920, is spartan, but comfortable. The Frost Place Museum is open to the public during afternoon hours, and a portion of the house is
closed off for the resident poet.

Previous recipients of this residency, which began in 1977, include Katha Pollitt, Robert Haas, William Matthews, Cleopatra Mathis, Mark Halliday, Mary Ruefle, Mark Cox, and Laura Kasischke. Many of these poets have returned to The Frost Place to participate in the conferences held each summer. The aim of the residency program has been to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, as Frost was when he bought the place in 1915.

The primary criteria is that applicants must have published at least one book of poems. Application and guidelines can be found at Poets may apply directly or be nominated by someone else. There is a $25 fee for applications. The deadline for submission is midnight, December 31, 2012.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stephen Haven Reading in Wellfleet, MA

Stephen Haven, Director of the MFA Program, will present a reading from his most recent collection of poetry at Wellfleet Public Library in Wellfleet, Massachusetts September 19 at 7 p.m.

Recordings from 2012 Summer Residency

The Ashland University MFA Program residency craft seminars and readings were all recorded this summer.  The recordings are available on the MFA website and feature presentations by:
Bob Cowser, Jr., Jill Christman, and Joe Mackall with Jeff Muse after his defense
And all of our phenomenal faculty:

Friday, August 10, 2012

8/10/2012 - Garrett Hongo and Graduation

It's the last day of the residency. Pout. Onward into our own quiet rooms to write.  But first, one last craft seminar.

Today's Events:

"The World of 10,000 Things: The Landscape Poetry of Charles Wright and Du Fu" - Garrett Hongo

1-2:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Graduation Celebration

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

About Today's Presenters:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

8/9/2012 - Garrett Hongo, Graduating Student Reading

Today, we celebrate the work of our students alongside the final visiting writer, Garrett Hongo.

Today's Events:

Graduating Student Reading
Cyan Orr, Melissa Condon, John Ballenger, Andrea Sarsfield-Fischer, Jason Dutton, Leslie Nielsen, Jeannine Geise, Karen Donley-Hayes, Deb Stence, and Sue Fahlsing

1-2:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Reading - Garrett Hongo

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow: Garrett Hongo Craft Seminar

About Today's Presenters:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

8/8/2012 - Peter Campion and Bob Cowser, Jr.

As the residency nears its end, we celebrate the work of our students alongside the final faculty and visiting writer presentations.

Today's Events:

"Structure and Arrangement of Collections of Poems and Essays" - Peter Campion and Bob Cowser, Jr.

1-2:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Second-Year Student Reading

Ted Kluck, Jeff Mongold, Sarah Freligh, Cheryl Lapp, Doug Rutledge, Charity Reed, Jay Langley, Amber Anderson, and Gawaine Johnson

4:30-5:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Graduating Student Reading

Kristen Fisher, Kim Whitaker, Jeff Muse, Angela Hendershot, Justin Bessler, Jackie Kalbli, Vana Plaisance, Casey Rusinowski, Kim Ghaphery, Ryan Johnson, and Jen Ochstein

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow: Garrett Hongo and More Graduating Student Readings

About Today's Presenters:

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

8/7/2012 - Mira Bartok, Angie Estes, Deborah Fleming, and Thomas Larson

Another full day of seminars and readings in Ashland University!  Here's what is happening today:

Today's Events:

"The Brain Is Wider Than the Sky" - Mira Bartok

1-2:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Reading by Angie Estes, Deborah Fleming, and Thomas Larson

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow:
Peter Campion and Bob Cowser, Jr. and Student Readings

About Today's Presenters:

Monday, August 6, 2012

8/6/2012 - Mira Bartok, Joe Mackall, and Sarah M. Wells

Today's craft seminars are split sessions, with concurrent poetry and nonfiction seminars.

Today's Events:

"Spreading the Word: Poetry in Public" - Sarah M. Wells

1-2:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

"Recreating Scenes" - Joe Mackall

1-2:30 p.m., Dauch College of Business and Economics, Ridenour Room, Ashland University

Reading by Mira Bartok

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow:
Mira Bartok, Angie Estes, Deborah Fleming, and Thomas Larson

About Today's Presenters:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

8/5/2012 - Peter Campion, Jill Christman, Bob Cowser Jr., and Sarah M. Wells

Welcome to Week Two of the Ashland University MFA Program Summer Residency!

Today's Events:

Reading by Peter Campion, Jill Christman, Bob Cowser, Jr., and Sarah M. Wells

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow:
Mira Bartok, Joe Mackall, and Sarah M. Wells

About Today's Presenters:

Friday, August 3, 2012

8/3/2012 - John Foy, Thomas Larson, Mark Neely, Bonnie J. Rough, and Jerald Walker

Today wraps up the first week's events at Ashland University's summer residency program.  Next week features two of our visiting writers-- Mira Bartok and Garrett Hongo-- along with presentations by Peter Campion, Jill Christman, Bob Cowser Jr., Angie Estes, Deborah Fleming, Thomas Larson, Joe Mackall, and Sarah M. Wells.  We'll also have readings by second-year and graduating MFA students.

Today's Events:

"The Semi-fictive Nature of Narrative, Narrators as Personae" - Thomas Larson and Mark Neely

1-2:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Reading by John Foy, Mark Neely, Bonnie J. Rough, and Jerald Walker

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Sunday:
Peter Campion, Jill Christman, Bob Cowser Jr., and Sarah M. Wells

About Today's Presenters:

Thursday, August 2, 2012

8/2/2012 - Stephen Haven, Sonya Huber, Laura Kasischke, and Kathryn Winograd

In today's craft seminar, we'll hear from Laura Kasischke, whose book, Space, In Chains, was a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award winner.

Today's Events:

"The Sources and Systems of Poetry" - Laura Kasischke

1-2:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Reading by Stephen Haven, Sonya Huber, and Kathryn Winograd

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow:
John Foy, Thomas Larson, Mark Neely, Bonnie J. Rough, and Jerald Walker

About the Presenters:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

8/1/2012 - Ruth L. Schwartz and Laura Kasischke

It's the middle of week one, and what a week it has been already.  Gear up for another full day of excellent presentations!

Today's Events:

"(How) Can I Say This?" Writing the Difficult World - Ruth L. Schwartz

1-2:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Reading by Laura Kasischke

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow:
Stephen Haven, Sonya Huber, Laura Kasischke, and Kathryn Winograd

About Today's Presenters:

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

7/31/2012 - JC Hallman, Stephen Haven, Mark Irwin, Joe Mackall, and Robert Root

Today's craft seminars are divided into two sessions - one specifically for poetry and one specifically for nonfiction. Please note the location of the nonfiction seminar.

Today's Events:

"Complications of Meaning: Narrative Strategies in Frost" - Stephen Haven

1-2:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

"Essaying the Image: Ekphrasticize Yourself" - Robert Root

1-2:30 p.m., Dauch College of Business and Economics, Ridenour Room, Ashland University

Second-Year Student Reading

Sarah Edwards, Laurie Murray, Megan Snyder, Sandy McWhorter, Ron Book, Carrie Krucinski, Bridget Pool, Elizabeth Christy, Nate Terry, and Jess Van Ness

4:30-5:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Reading by JC Hallman, Mark Irwin, and Joe Mackall

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow:
Ruth L. Schwartz and Laura Kasischke

About Today's Presenters:

Monday, July 30, 2012

7/30/2012 - Andre Dubus III, Steven Harvey, Robert Root, and Ruth L. Schwartz

We're ready for another full day of writers and writing... are you?

Today's Events:

"Authentic Curiosity: the Most Neglected Tool of the Creative Nonfiction Writer" - Andre Dubus III

1-2:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Reading by Steven Harvey, Robert Root, and Ruth L. Schwartz

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow:
JC Hallman, Stephen Haven, Mark Irwin, Joe Mackall, and Robert Root

About Today's Presenters:

Sunday, July 29, 2012

7/29/2012 - Andre Dubus III, Steven Harvey, and Kathryn Winograd

It's day one of the public events for the Ashland University MFA Program!

Today's Events:

"Enriching the Text" - Steven Harvey and Kathryn Winograd

2-3:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Reading by Andre Dubus III

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow:
Andre Dubus III, Steven Harvey, Robert Root, Ruth L. Schwartz

About Today's Presenters:

Monday, July 16, 2012

2012 Summer Residency Schedule of Events

The Ashland University MFA Program announces its public readings and craft seminars.  Unless noted, all events will be held in the Schar College of Education Building, Room 138, on Ashland University's campus.  Click here for maps and directions. 

These events are made possible in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

More information about the writers presenting at the MFA Program's Summer Residency is available on the program website.

Please call (419)289-5110 or email for additional information.

Sunday, July 29
“Enriching the Text” - Steven Harvey and Kathryn Winograd
Poetry and CNF Faculty Craft Seminar
2-3:30 p.m.

Reading – Andre Dubus III7 p.m.

Monday, July 30
“Authentic Curiosity: the Most Neglected Tool of the CNF Writer” - Andre Dubus III
1-2:30 p.m.

Reading - Steven Harvey, Robert Root, Ruth L. Schwartz
7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 31

“Complications of Meaning: Narrative Strategies in Frost” - Stephen Haven
1-2:30 p.m.

“Essaying the Image: Ekphrasticize Yourself” - Robert Root
1-2:30 p.m. Ridenour Room, Dauch College of Business and Economics

Reading - JC Hallman, Mark Irwin, Joe Mackall
7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 1
“(How) Can I Say This? Writing the Difficult World” - Ruth L. Schwartz
1-2:30 p.m.

Reading - Laura Kasischke
7 p.m.

Thursday, August 2
“The Sources and Systems of Poetry” - Laura Kasischke
1-2:30 p.m.

Reading - Stephen Haven, Sonya Huber, Kathryn Winograd
7 p.m.

Friday, August 3
“The Semi-fictive Nature of Narrative, Narrators as Personae” - Tom Larson and Mark Neely
1-2-30 p.m.

Reading - John Foy, Mark Neely, Bonnie Rough, and Jerald Walker
7 p.m.

Saturday, August 4
First Books Panel - John Foy, Mark Neely, Bonnie J. Rough, and Jerald Walker
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sunday, August 5
Reading - Peter Campion, Jill Christman, Bob Cowser Jr., Sarah M. Wells
7 p.m.

Monday, August 6
“Spreading the Word: Poetry in Public” - Sarah M. Wells
1-2:30 p.m.

“Recreating Scenes” - Joe Mackall
1-2:30 p.m. Ridenour Room, Dauch College of Business and Economics

Reading – Mira Bartok
7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 7
“The Brain Is Wider Than the Sky" - Mira Bartok
1-2:30 p.m.

Reading, Angie Estes, Deborah Fleming, Tom Larson
7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 8
“Structure & Arrangement of Collections of Poems & Essays” - Peter Campion and Bob Cowser, Jr.
1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 9
Reading - Garrett Hongo
7 p.m.

Friday, August 10
“The World of 10,000 Things: The Landscape Poetry of Charles Wright and Du Fu” Garrett Hongo
1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Poetry Books from AU Faculty & Staff

Ashland University MFA Program faculty and staff have had an active year with many new publications announced.  Four new poetry books by AU faculty and staff have been published in 2012.

Morning, Winter Solstice
Deborah Fleming

"Winter solstice marks the annual moment of the earth's turn from loss and darkness and its slow, incrememntal re-dedication to light and life. Similarly the poems in Deborah Fleming's Morning, Winter Solstice acknowledge the often devastating impact man has had on the landscape while they crystallize those instances of nature's steadfast reclamation. The act of naming preserves and transforms; names of plants, birds, places encode whole histories and mythologies. In these poems of witness and warning, Deborah Fleming names with specificity that is itself an act of restoration and an affirmation of vitality and place." - Christine M. Gelineau

"Deborah Fleming's poems evoke through nuanced detail the disasters - familial, racial, colonial, ecological - that represent our pernicious heritage, and, simultaneously, the pioneering courage and the natural burgeoning that are equally our birthright. Despite the wreck we've made of things, Fleming reminds us that the earth restores itself and in its exquisite dailiness restores us to ourselves. The stain and the redemption: Deborah Fleming's poems bear clear-eyed witness to both." - Nathalie F. Anderson

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The Last Sacred Place in North America
Stephen Haven, Director

T. R. Hummer says that "Stephen Haven is a poet of incisive discipline deployed in the service of a passionate humanistic ethos. Every word in this collection reflects concern: concern for humanity, and concern for language, humanity's best hope. Global in vision, this worried book is unflinching, yet hopeful, yielding up a world in which 'Your own caesurae, / Your own circumference, / Is the shell of a missing animal. / You pull it tight around you like a cloak. . . . '"
"Stephen Haven's The Last Sacred Place in North America celebrates human experience as an ongoing act of translation: between silence and language, inner and outer space, child and adult, life and death, Beijing and Heartland. Like the forbearers he invokes - Ishmael and Henry Adams - the speaker of these poems embarks on an 'errand into the wilderness' only to find himself exploring the thickets within. Haven's poems movingly evoke our shared 'sheared experience' as they delineate the landscape of the human heart: our 'last sacred place.'" - Angie Estes
Ruth L. Schwartz
"Ruth L. Schwartz has reached a level of poetic maturity that we’re used to seeing only in the best of our American poetry… reaching after and trying to understand the natural world and her place therein, and modulating her poems with a subtle, ghostly music which has the capacity to lull us into understanding more about ourselves and about the wonderful ambiguities of living life most fully." – Bruce Weigl
"This numinous, deep-hearted collection explores the redemptive quality of love – and its ability to hold even the hardest facts of physical life, disability and death in its enormous arms. These are generous poems. They deliver that most amazing of gifts: a faith that can be trusted, because it is not blind." – Alison Luterman
Pruning Burning Bushes
Sarah M. Wells, Administrative Director
"Wells has been granted—and she knows it—the grace to eat life right down to the seed, where the joy of the mystery lies, and the peace that passes understanding. Deft and inventive with strict form, with ambitious narrative, and with the poignant perspective that, when called for, comes of becoming a small child, Wells equally thrives on the merest simplisms of faith, on the densest meditation, and above all on her experience of full humanity, turning all to stunningly cogent advantage." - Sydney Lea

"Where Suburbans 'honk and veer' behind a neighbor's combine and Jesus walks into a bar to play pool with farmers, the poems of Sarah Wells study those juxtapositions of the urban and the rural, the wild and the agrarian which we live with in this country often without noticing. She notices and responds with the empathy of Theodore Roethke for the vulnerable non-human world and the visionary understanding of St. John of Patmos who knew a sign when he saw one. It is a pleasure to read a book of poetry dedicated to 'spirits reckless with praise and the need to be filled.'" - Mark Jarman

Meet the Team

We're very pleased to introduce our spring 2018 Ashland MFA Faculty. We hope you're as excited about these names as we ar...