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 AndrĂ© 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.

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