Friday, March 22, 2013

Upcoming Readings at Ashland University

Join us for the English Department's Spring Reading series, featuring Bill Roorbach and Diana Hume George.  The Foreign Language Department is also hosting a bilingual poetry reading and bookmaking workshop with Ivan Vergara and Juan Armando Rojas Joo.

Bill Roorbach, author of Life Among Giants
Monday, March 25, 4:30 p.m.
Schar College of Education, Room 138 (Ronk Lecture Hall)

BILL ROORBACH is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend (University of Georgia Press, 2001), Into Woods (University of Notre Dame Press, 2003), and Temple Stream (Random House, 2005). Life Among Giants, a novel, is due from Algonquin in 2012. The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, Writing Life Stories (Story Press, 2008), is used in writing programs around the world. Recently, Bill was a judge on Food Network All Star Challenge, evaluating incredible Life Stories cakes made under the gun, so to speak. Bill knows nothing about cake, but he knows a lot about life stories! His work has been published in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and dozens of other magazines and journals. His story "Big Bend" was featured on NPR's "Selected Shorts," read by actor James Cromwell at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Bill has taught at the University of Maine at Farmington, Colby College, and Ohio State. His last academic position was the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts. He has now retired from academia in order to write full time. A comic video memoir about his tragic music career, "I Used to Play in Bands," and all kinds of other work, including a current blog on writers and writing and just about everything else (with author David Gessner) is online at

Ivan Vergara and Juan Armando Rojas Joo
Tuesday, April 2, 3:30 p.m.
Schar College of Education, Room 138 (Ronk Lecture Hall)

Diana Hume George, author of Phantom Breast
Monday, April 15, 4:30 p.m.
Schar College of Education, Room 138 (Ronk Lecture Hall)

Diana Hume George is the author or editor of ten books of nonfiction and poetry, including The Lonely Other, The Family Track, A Genesis, and Phantom Breast, as well as two literary studies, Oedipus Anne and Blake and Freud. With Diane Wood Middlebrook, she’s the editor of Anne Sexton’s Selected Poetry.  George is on the faculty of Goucher College’s low-residency MFA program in Nonfiction, co-director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, and professor of English Emerita at Penn State at Erie.  Her personal essays and interviews have appeared in River Teeth, Creative Nonfiction, Best American Essays, and Missouri Review, among many other publications, and she’s a contributing editor of Chautauqua journal. Edinboro Book Arts will publish George’s new prose and poetry collection, Body Parts, in 2013. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Calls for Submissions - March 2013

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 Muse in the Museum Poetry Contest – Call for Entries
Submissions due: Friday, March 22 by 5:00 pm

The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Main Street Readings, and the Oberlin College Creative Writing Program seek submissions of ekphrastic poetry for our upcoming April First Thursday evening hours. April is National Poetry Month, and these hours on Thursday, April 4, will feature a reading of poetry inspired by works on view in the AMAM galleries.

Submissions can be emailed to AMAM Curator of Education Jason Trimmer at:, or dropped off at the front desk of the AMAM.

Guidelines: Ekphrastic poetry is poetry describing, inspired by, or written in response to works of visual art, such as painting, sculpture, or photography. Submissions can be about any work of art currently on view in the AMAM galleries. Submissions from all members of the public are welcome. We are especially interested in works from faculty, staff, students, and Oberlin community members. Each poet may submit up to three ekphrastic poems, with the total entry not exceeding ten pages. Please include the following information in your submission: your name, contact information (email and phone), title of museum work of art and artist, and the title of your poem. Please also indicate if you are an Oberlin College faculty, staff, student, Oberlin or other community member.

The Muse in the Museum readings will take place at the Allen Memorial Art Museum on Thursday, April 4, beginning at 5:30 pm. Authors must be able to attend and be willing to read their poems to the public. Featured works will be selected by AMAM and Main Street Readings staff, and decisions will be based, in part, on creating a balanced program for the evening.

The Muse in the Museum is a collaborative project of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the Oberlin College Creative Writing Program, and Main Street Readings.

Floodwall Magazine Call for Submissions

We are now accepting submissions in fiction and poetry for our third issue, to debut this April. Our submission deadline is March 24th but all submissions received after this date will be considered for our Fall 2013 issue. Follow the link to Floodwall to view our submission guidelines. We look forward to reading your work.

Floodwall Magazine is an international journal of literary fiction and poetry that works to serve both the writers it publishes and the literary community of the University of North Dakota. We seek to accomplish this by accepting and publishing the very best in writing, featuring contemporary writers in a twice-yearly online publication. Floodwall is edited and produced by graduate students of the University of North Dakota Department Of English.

2013 Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry

James Longenbach, judge

January 1 - March 31, 2013
electronic or mail submissions accepted

Publication of a book-length manuscript
$1000.00 honorarium

Featured reading in a New York City event sponsored by Four Way Books

Open to all poets regardless of publication history

Click here for complete guidelines

West End Press Poetry Prize

West End Press, in conjunction with the University of Texas-El Paso, is pleased to announce two inaugural book prizes for multicultural, feminist, and working-class poets.

The West End Poetry Prize will honor an author who has never before published a full-length collection. The Patricia Clark Smith Prize honors an author who has published at least one previous full-length collection.

Each prize carries a $500 cash award, book publication, and scheduled readings and media appearances at the University of Texas-El Paso.

To be considered, please submit your manuscript with a $30 check made out to “West End Press” by March 31, 2013 to:

Department of Creative Writing
University of Texas at El Paso
500 West University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968

Mark your package ATTN: “West End Poetry Prize” or “Patricia Clark Smith Prize.”

Watershed Review Call for Submissions

Watershed Review, California State University, Chico's publication is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual art (January 15th through March 31st)! Please kindly forward this email to any faculty and students that may be interested in submitting their work. Better yet, we are asking no submission fee!

Watershed Review, formerly called Watershed, has previously published works from John Gardner, Raymond Carver, William Stafford and Denise Levertov, and seeks to publish imaginative works that push past the expected metaphor, that challenge us to engage and question accepted structure, that augment time-honored forms of writing and consider what comes next.

For more information on submitting, please visit us at:

Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest

Our Emerging Writer's Contest continues! We will be open for a little over another monthuntil April 2nd. The prize is publication and $1,000 each for one story writer, one poet, and one essayist. For international readers, you now have the option of receiving your subscription digitally, as a PDF or an e-book file. Just select Digital Subscription from the "genre" drop-down menu. You can still get the issue in print, but the shipping is extra.

Ebullience Literary Journal Call for Submissions

We are a student run Literary Journal at the University of Mary Washington.  We would like to invite the students and faculty of Ashland University to submit for our Spring 2013 publication.  Here at Ebullience Literary Journal we want to know what makes someone happy, and how can it be spread to others? In forming Ebullience literary journal, our team of editors is looking for work that captures the zest of life and how it overflows to others.

We are interested in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction.  Deadline is April 4th 2013  University of Mary Washington

Sixfold Short Story and Poetry Contest

Deadline to enter April 23 | Win $1000, $200, $100 for your short story or poems
Sixfold is a completely writer-voted journal
No editors or judges
All participating writers’ equally weighted votes decide winners and all content
Join more than 500 writers voting to create Sixfold


The 35th Nimrod Literary Awards:
The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication
SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication

Contest Begins: January 1, 2013

Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2013

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).

Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author's name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author's name, full address, phone & email. "Contest Entry" should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts should be stapled, if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. Manuscripts will not be returned. Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s Web site. Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2013 to enter the contest. Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.

Entry/Subscription Fee: $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues). Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to Nimrod.

Send to:

Nimrod Journal
Literary Contest--Fiction or Poetry
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

The Atlas Review's Call for Submissions:

The Atlas Review is pleased to open its second reading period in anticipation of Issue 2 this Friday, March 15th, and will be open through to May 15thThe Atlas Review is a new interdisciplinary print literary journal comprising poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual arts, and interview. Our mission is to find new voices and ideas through an anonymous submission system, in order to experience the writing wholesale, and without the distractions of a name. We do solicit a handful of renown authors each period, in order for a new energy to emerge rich with intention and allure.

Our first issue featured work by Eileen Myles, Kathleen Ossip, Sam Allingham, Catherine Lacey, Russ Woods, Christopher DeWeese, and many, many others; plus an interview with George Saunders. We have a few fabulous surprises up our sleeve for issue 2—won't you be part of it?

Read our guidelines here, and, starting March 15th, submit here! Please visit our website for news about events and spotlight pieces at

Five [ Quarterly ] e-Chapbook Contest

5/Q is thrilled to announce its first annual e-chapbook contest, judged by founders Vanessa Jimenez Gabb and Crissy Van Meter. Poets and writers are invited to submit their manuscripts during our reading period of March 1-May 31, 2013.

One poet and one writer will each receive: $100; publication as an exquisite full-color e-chapbook published online; 20 art prints of manuscript excerpt, letterpressed on beautiful 100% cotton paper; 5/Q handmade tote bag; and an invitation to read at the 5/Q one year anniversary celebration in New York City in July. Winners will be announced on June 15.

  1. Manuscripts must be 15-25 pages of fiction or poetry. Fiction submissions may consist of multiple stories. For multiple-story fiction submissions and poetry, portions of the manuscript may have been previously published in print or on the web. All works as a whole must be original and unpublished.
  2. All manuscripts must include a title page, acknowledgments, and table of contents. Identifying information should not appear anywhere in the manuscript.
  3. The entry fee is $5 per manuscript. Multiple submissions are allowed, but a separate entry fee must accompany each entry.
  4. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your work immediately if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.
  5. We appreciate manuscripts that are self-contained, unified, and planned as e-chapbooks.

Announcing the 2013 May Sarton Poetry Prize!

Bauhan Publishing is now accepting submissions for the 2013 May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize.

With the success of our first two contests The 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire First Book Prize, won by Rebecca Givens Rolland for her collection The Wreck of Birds, and Nils Michal won the 2012 prize for Come Down to Earth, we are pleased to continue with the prize.

Entrants may reside anywhere in the world, but must write in English. The winner receives $1000, book publication, and 100 copies of the published book. We are delighted that Jeff Friedman will be our judge this year.  Contest deadline: June 30.

Visit the website for complete details:

Ginosko Call for Submissions

Accepting short fiction & poetry, creative nonfiction, spiritual insights for Ginosko Literary Journal.

Editorial lead time 1-2 months; accept simultaneous submissions & reprints; length flexible, accept excerpts. Receives postal submissions & email—prefer email submissions as attachments, .wps, .doc, .rtf. Authors retain copyrights. Read year-round.

Publishing as semiannual ezine. Check downloadable issues on website for tone & style,

ezine circulation 8000+. Website traffic 1000+ hits/month. Ad space available.

Also looking for books, art to post on website, and links to exchange.

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