Saturday, September 28, 2013

AU Ranked in Poets & Writers MFA Index

The annual MFA issue of Poets & Writers is out, and Ashland University's MFA program is listed among the 26 low-residency programs featured.

Of the 47 low-residency MFA programs currently available in the United States (Association of Writers and Writing Programs), AU ranks second in job placement, fourth in fellowship placement, and 11th in selectivity.  While the program did not place in a six-year popularity survey, it placed 19th in the popularity survey for 2011.

We'll take post-graduate successes over applicant popularity any day.

The 26 programs that Poets & Writers chose to feature "are those that either placed in the first 25 in a popularity survey taken over six years by a total of 302 applicants to low-residency programs or appear in the first 25 in at least two of the following three categories: selectivity (how selective they are in accepting applicants), fellowship placement (which had the most graduates receive any of forty-two creative writing fellowships over the past decade), and job placement (which had the most graduates hired as full-time creative writing faculty at the college level over the last five years), adjusted for program size."

Ashland University's low-residency program is in its sixth year, recently completing its seventh annual residency.  Its unique two-genre program focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction. Summer residencies often explore the unique relationship between these two genres.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Stephen Haven, MFA Director, Awarded Djerassi Residency

Dr. Stephen Haven, professor of English and director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Ashland University, has been awarded a residency in poetry for the fall of 2014 by the Djerassi Foundation, the largest artist residency program in the Western United States and considered among the best in the country.
Haven is one of 80 artists selected for the 2014 season from more than 800 applicants, and will spend his residency in the company of 12 other American and international artists at the foundation’s 580-acre ranch located in Woodside, Calif., one hour south of San Francisco.
"I was very pleased to receive the offer from the Djerassi Foundation. I am looking forward to the uninterrupted time for work, and to the company of other creative people,” Haven said.
“One of the great things about the Djerassi residency is that the foundation provides meals, so fellows don't have to worry about the distractions of daily life, such as cooking and shopping,” Haven said. “I have been to other arts retreats before, but never to one on the West Coast. Also, the September/October dates were perfect, as I work a spring-summer academic year at AU and am largely free for a good part of the fall.”
Now in its 34th year, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program has provided more than 2,000 artist residencies, and currently serves approximately 90 artists each year – all free of charge. Each year, dozens of artists from across the United States and around the world travel to the ranch through this residency to “take inspiration from the beautiful surroundings and seek refuge from the distractions of the world to concentrate on their creative projects.”
While in residence, the artists have the opportunity to work in peaceful isolation within a supportive community of other artists and program staff, and can thrive on the intellectual stimulation and the collegial interaction in this intimate artist community.
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Call for Submissions - September 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.

$2000 prize and book publication by Anhinga Press

Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2013

Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-100 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “Fresno State (Levine Prize).”

Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee. Online payments can be made via credit or debit card at :

Mail Entries to: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Department of English, Mail Stop PB 98 5245 N. Backer Ave. California State University, Fresno, Fresno, California 93740-8001

For more details visit:
or email

Standing Rock Chapbook Competition

We are calling for submissions for our fourth annual SRCA Open Poetry Chapbook Competition (to be judged by Melissa Barrett and Robert Miltner). 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. We received our 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit status in 2000 and we co-produce regular poetry readings at Last Exit Books in Kent hosted by local poet, Maj Ragain. Our Rock in the River Literary Series launched in 2011 and winners include Jeff Fearnside, Kelly Fordon, and Rick Marlatt.

Deadline: Submissions are open at Submittable and end September 30, 2013 (postmark - September 30th). The winner receives 25 copies and $50. All entrants receive a copy of the winning title.

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

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Deadline

The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce the following fellowship opportunities for writers:

Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship One fellowship for an emerging woman writer who will be a first-time resident at VSC. This award includes a stipend of $1,250 to help cover expenses associated with taking the residency.

NEA Literature in Translation Fellowship One award for an outstanding literary translator, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cave Canem Foundation Fellowship One award for an African American poet who is a current or former Cave Canem fellow.

These are just a few of the 31 fellowships available at our October 1st deadline--other awards include 16 open merit-based fellowships, 3 awards for visual artists touched by cancer, and more. Learn about all of our current fellowship opportunities at

Applications are due by October 1st, 2013. Apply at or

Kenyon Review Fellowships

Kenyon Review is now accepting applications through October 1st for a two-year writing fellowship program in Gambier, Ohio with teaching and editorial opportunities. Stipend of $32,500 per year, plus benefits.  Visit for more information.

Embodied Effigies

Co-edited by Catherine Roberts (current MFA student), Embodied Effegies is now accepting submissions for issue #4.  Visit for more information.

The Muse

'The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry ISSN 2249 –2178 ' calls
for submission for December 2013 issue: (

Submission guidelines
1. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished (both print and online, not even published on blogs,literary or discussion forums or social networking sites), and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

2. Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief bio data. A cover letter would be nice but is not mandatory.

3. The research papers should be not less than 3000 words. References should be prepared strictly following MLA Style sheet (7th edition).

4. E-mail your poems, essays and research papers to . Response time varies from 2 to 12 weeks.

5. With poem/ research paper the poet/author is requested to submit a statement of originality of work.

6. You can also send your latest poetry book for review. Before sending it drop an email to




We are now accepting submissions in fiction and poetry for our fourth issue, scheduled for publication this December. Our submission deadline is October 1st, but all submissions received after this date will be considered for our Spring 2014 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.

Alice James Books Contests

Alice James Books Kinereth Gensler and Beatrice Hawley Awards. The postmark deadlines for the manuscripts are October 1, 2013 and December 1, 2013, respectively.

We encourage both new and established poets to submit to our competitions. 

Bernheim Forest Writing Residency

The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is offered through the Baltic Writing Residency, at Bernheim Arboretum& Research Forest, and is located in a beautiful, 14,000 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, KY. It is important to note that the writer has an immense amount of say as to when they occupy the residency, having the ability to delay beginning the residency for up to a year of being awarded the residency. Also, residents are welcome to bring their partners and/or their dogs.

The writer receives a $500 honorarium, and resides, for at least 4 weeks, and up to 12 weeks, in a furnished cabin, on the grounds ofBernheim offering all of the modern domestic necessities. The period of the residency is dependent, in part, on Bernheim's overall schedule of visiting artists and writers, but will begin no earlier than late summer 2013.

The goal in all of Bernheim’s activities is to help realize its mission of connecting the people with nature. To that end, Bernheim staff will be available to meet with writers to share their area of expertise and to provide insight and knowledge about the forest and arboretum. Access to a car, for local travel, as needed, is provided. The only requirement of the writer, other than residing at Bernheim for the 4- to 12-week period of the residency, is that they take part in one to two readings arranged by the BWR and Bernheim, during their stay.

Applications must be made only by those living outside of Kentucky, and by those writing in English (translations are not admissible). Applications are read by an anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing. The application fee is $16.00.

For the Bernheim Writer in Residence all of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through Submittable, with a deadline of October 1st, 2013 (which may be extended).
* A 200 - 300 word statement of purpose that discusses how the writers work has OR, once at Bernheim, will reflect (on) the natural world, keeping in mind that neither this statement of purpose, nor the writer's work need be traditional or conventional in its relationship to the natural world, but may be experimental, conceptual, unconventional, etc., indeed we encourage the widest array possible of relations to the natural world.
* 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of fiction or CNF
* A CV, including a publication list, and your full contact information.
* Contact Information for two references.

Mason's Road

Mason’s Road is looking for submissions for our latest issue. Our submissions period runs for nine weeks: August 26th-October 20th, 2013. We seek to publish the best in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, craft essays, audio, and visual art.

There are two ways to submit to Mason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication. Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Winter Literary Award, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. Please look here for submission guidelines.

Poetry Nook Magazine

We are pleased to announce that submissions are open for the October issue of Poetry Nook Magazine, a monthly journal of poetry and art. To learn more about it and see the submission guidelines, please take a look at Submissions will be open through the end of the month; beginning October 1, submissions will begin for the November issue. There are two $100 prizes, one each for best poem and best art submission. This will be announced one month after publication, based on reader feedback and the editors’ judgment. There are no fees to submit your work.

We have also recently come out with a new poetry anthology, The dVerse Anthology: Voices of Contemporary World Poetry, which contains poems from over ninety contemporary poets from around the world. Below is a link to an electronic review book for your convenience; if you would like to write a review or send a blurb, it would be much appreciated.

The San Miguel Writers' Conference and Literary Festival

The San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival is looking for three writers to join us February 12-17, 2014 in Mexico. Submit your poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to our writing contest before November 04, 2013 for a chance to attend the ninth annual writers’ conference free of charge as well as have your lodging paid for during your stay.

Submissions can be made through Submittable at:

For more information about the writing contest go here:

More information about the San Miguel Writers’ Conference can be found at:

Thin Air

Thin Air is celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, and we have taken great strides to expand our magazine’s outreach for submissions and generate a wider presence for our 20th volume. For full submission guidelines and to see excerpts from last year’s magazine, please visit our website at Submission deadline: December 1, 2013.

The Southern Review
Submit to The Southern Review!
Our reading period is now open. Visit our submissions page for details.

Learn more about The Southern Review and the kinds of work we publish by subscribing today. For a special 25% MFA discount, use the code MFA25 when you subscribe.

The Southern Review is one of the nation's premiere literary journals. Hailed by Time as "superior to any other journal in the English language," we have made literary history since our founding in 1935. We publish a diverse array of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by the country's-and the world's-most respected contemporary writers.

Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Contest

Now in our 13th year, Quercus Review Press, housed in the English Department at Modesto Junior College, CA is proud to offer $1000 to our winner, generous royalties, and 15 author copies. Our books are widely distributed through Amazon, and we vow never to let a poet's book go out of print.

More info can be found at

The Fat City Review

The Fat City Review is an online magazine that publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual art. The Review searches for creators, from the established and published, to the emerging and unrecognized. We are open to sundry styles, visions, and genres, so send us your work and help us populate this city, which is as much yours as it is ours.

All submissions are accepted through: Submittable.

Fiction and Nonfiction
Please submit only one piece at a time, maximum 7,000 words. Unless your submission’s style requires otherwise, if possible, please submit your piece in 12 point, Times New Roman, double-spaced font. This just makes our job easier. You will not be rejected for failing to format your submission this way, it would just be nice if you did.

Please submit no more than five poems. There is no length limit for poetry, but do not expect an Iliad-size piece to be accepted in whole. We strongly recommend that if you attach your poetry you put all five poems into one document to save us the headache of juggling five separate files.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

2014 Visiting Writers

The Ashland University MFA Program announces its roster of visiting writers for the 2014 summer residency:

Kristen IversenJudith Kitchen
Kristen IversenJudith Kitchen
David St. JohnRosanna Warren
David St. JohnRosanna Warren

Visit our website for information about each of these visiting writers.  The 2014 summer residency will take place July 19-August 2, 2014.

For information on how to apply to the Ashland University MFA Program, click here.

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