Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Alum Valerie Due Wins Strayed/VIDA Memoir Scholarship


Valerie Due, graduate of the Ashland University MFA Program in 2009, is the winner of the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat Cheryl Strayed/VIDA Memoir Scholarship.

Valerie was one of 95 scholarship applicants considered for the full scholarship to attend the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat March 13-15.

Congratulations, Valerie!

Full press release is available here.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Calls for Submissions - February 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. 

Tupelo Press 2013 Snowbound Chapbook Award Now Open

February 28, 2013 
(postmark or online submission-date)

Final Judge: Kathleen Jesme
$1,000 Prize

The annual Snowbound Chapbook Award is an open competition for a chapbook-length poetry manuscript. Open to all poets, with or without previous book publications. Prior winners include Brandon Som, Stacey Waite, and Cecilia Woloch.

Read full guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Anthology of Poetry on Women and Work

Editors Carolyne Wright and Eugenia Toledo invite women poets of all nationalities, backgrounds and job descriptions to submit up to 5 poems for an anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace.

This anthology invites poems of women who have occupied spaces in the work force, and have contended with pay and promotion inequity, workplace harassment and intimidation, and all matters relevant to women in an increasingly globalized workplace, including the joy and satisfaction of work well done. Such issues may include instances of women’s employment advantages over males and other non-minorities—any preferential treatment of women in hiring and promotion, for example. How can women tell their workplace stories in poetry, and be agents of change, locally and globally, in these difficult economic times? Poems in English and in translation from any other language are welcome.

Complete guidelines are available at 

Alice James Books, The Kundiman Poetry Prize
Deadline: March 1, 2013

The Kundiman Poetry Prize is dedicated to publishing exceptional work by Asian American poets.

Winner received $1,000, book publication and a New York City feature reading.

Alice James Books is a cooperative poetry press with a mission to seek out and publish the best contemporary poetry by both established and beginning poets, with particular emphasis on involving poets in the publishing process.

CSU Poetry Center First Book and Open Book Competition

$1,000 and publication in the Cleveland State University Poetry Series is offered for the best full-length volumes of original poetry in English submitted between November 1, 2012 and March 13, 2013.

The First Book Prize is given to an author who has not previously published a book of poetry.
The Open Book Competition is for poets who have previously published at least one full-length collection.


Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prizes
(please specify: First Book or Open Competition)
Department of English
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Gulf Coast Call for Submissions

Gulf Coast's 2013 Gulf Coast Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction/Lyric Essay, and Poetry 

This year's judges are Stanley Plumly (Poetry), Maggie Shipstead (Fiction), and Darin Strauss (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay)!

The contest awards $1,500 and publication to the winner in each genre, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 26.1, due out in Fall 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. All three of last year's winners were from creative writing programs!

The deadline for entries is March 15, 2013, and all entrants receive a free year-long subscription to Gulf Coast with their entry fee. We will accept submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail. Please visit our website (

The Tusculum Review

We are now accepting submissions for our ninth volume, including those for general publication and for the 2013 fiction and poetry contests (for which the winners receive $1000 and publication). This year's contest judges are Kate Bernheimer (fiction) and Nate Pritts (poetry). As our contest deadline swiftly approaches, we encourage you to view the attached guidelines and submit your best work for consideration by March 15, 2013.

Guidelines are also available on our website,

While you're at it, remember to "Like" us on Facebook,

Montreal International Poetry Prize

Get your poems ready! The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize is offering $20,000 for one original, unpublished poem of no longer than 40 lines written in any English dialect. Early entry deadline is March 31. Online entries only. Entry fees vary. The 2013 prize judge is Don Paterson. Please visit for details.

Love on the Road 2013 Call for Submissions

"Love on the Road 2013" will be an anthology of stories about making connections, from heartfelt ones ending in weddings, to less high-minded ones ending in beds (or wherever). Half the stories will be about travelers meeting people far from home, and the other half about people meeting travelers passing through.

Writers can submit their 5,000-word stories to us any time before March 31, 2013 (there's a $10 reading fee). We will choose the best 12 stories for publication and send them to our panel of judges, which includes writers and literary agents. They will pick the stories that will win the cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50.

There's more information at

Shark Reef Call for Submissions

SHARK REEF’s Winter Edition Online Now; Next Submission Deadline is March 31

Indy Zoeller from Orcas Island and Nancy Bingham of Lopez Island are among the writers and artists featured in SHARK REEF Literary Magazine’s Winter 2013 edition, online now at Founded in 2001 as a venue for Lopez Island writers, SHARK REEF is now in its second decade and accepting work from artists wherever the Internet reaches. Submissions to the current issue came from the U.S., Canada, European and Central American countries and Asia.

CutBank Literary Magazine Chapbook Contest

Deadline: March 31, 2013
Entry Fee: $17

A prize of $1,000, 25 author copies, and publication by CutBank will be given annually for a poetry or prose chapbook. CutBank editors will judge. Between January 1 and March 31, 2013, submit a manuscript of 25-40 pages with a $20 entry fee. Reading fee includes a copy of CutBank 79 upon its release in summer 2013. Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as hybrid manuscripts are welcome. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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

Mason's Road Call for Submissions

Mason’s Road is looking for submissions for our latest issue. Our submissions period runs for two months - February 1, 2013 to April 1, 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.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest

Submit now to the 2013 Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest! The contest is open from today to April 2 at 12:00 noon EST. One winner in each genre—fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—will receive $1,000 and publication. The submission fee is $24 and includes a one-year subscription to Ploughshares, so it's a win-win situation. Psst, if you are subscribed through the 2013 Winter Issue, you can submit for free!

We consider you "emerging" if you haven't published or self-published a book.

For more information, or to submit, visit


Open to all writers:
no expectations or limitations regarding
the amount of poetry a writer has published.
Winner receives $1,000, publication,
and 100 copies.

Accepting electronic & postal submissions
February 1 - April 22, 2013. 
Gillian Conoley will judge.

Wick Poetry Center: The Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Submissions are now open for the first book contest. This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. Michael Mlekoday was the 2012 winner, chosen by Dorianne Laux, for his manuscript The Dead Eat Everything.

The 2013 winner will receive $2,500 and will give a reading at Kent State in 2014 with prize judge, Mark Doty. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2013.

Click here to enter your manuscript to the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize.

DFW Writers’ Workshop 2013 Conference Slated for May 4-5 in Hurst, Texas

Editors, agents, and best-selling authors draw hundreds of attendees.

The Dallas Fort-Worth Writers’ Workshop will host its sixth annual DFW Writers’ Conference on May 4-5 at the Hurst Convention Center. Over 18 agents and editors will be in attendance and a free pitch session is included in the price of admission. (Extra pitches are available for a low fee.)

This year, the conference will feature three prominent authors as its keynote speakers:

Deborah Crombie – New York Times bestselling author of the Duncan Kinkaid/Gemma James mystery series, including her recently released, NO MARK UPON HER.

Mike Capuzzo – Pulitzer Prize nominee and New York Times bestselling nonfiction author of THE MURDER ROOM and CLOSE TO SHORE.

David Corbett – Author of contemporary fiction and the non-fiction writing book, THE ART OF CHARACTER.

In addition to more than 50 informative classes and workshops on the craft and business of writing taught by industry professionals, the conference will once again host panels such as the “Query Letter Gong Show,” which features agents who decide to request queries or give them a loud gong.

“Our conference theme this year is ‘No Word Wasted,’” says Katy Roberts, Director of the 2013 DFWWW conference. “Our group gives feedback for your best possible writing … to make every word count. We hope writers will take advantage of the resources and networking opportunities at our conference!”

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT or contact Katy Roberts at

Residency in Scotland Call for Applications

The Baltic Writing Residency (Poets & Writers listing) is currently accepting applications for the 2013 week-long residency in Brora, Scotland, a village located on the coast, north of Inverness. The deadline is May 15th, 2013. Applications of any nationality and written in English can be sent via Submittable ( The application fee is $20.00 (or about £12.75)

Both emerging and established writers are encouraged to apply. Recent finalists and winners range from those who have yet to conceive of their first manuscripts, to writers who have held Guggenheim Fellowships, the UK's Forward Poetry Prize, and Whiting Writers' Awards, as well as finalists for the National Book Award and numbered in the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40”. Previous winners include Salvatore Scibona, Catherine Wagner, Joshua Cohen, Viccy Adams, Emma Jones, Amity Gaige, and Kyle McCord.

5/Q Call for Submissions

Submit to Issue No. 4 Guest Editors:

Jamie Brisick is a writer and director based in New York City.
Sara Fuentes is AYP Program Director, Community Association of Progressive Dominicans.
Alex Lemke is a 2013 MFA in Art candidate at California State University, Los Angeles.

Eric Nelson is the author of The Silk City Series (Knickerbocker Circus, 2010) and The Walt Whitman House (Crumpled Press, 2013).

Evan Shoemake is a writer and weight loss consultant.


The Torrey House Press Call for Submissions

Torrey House Press is entering its third year with seven titles out, three more ready for the upcoming 2013 Spring/Summer season, four in the pipeline for the 2013 Fall/Winter season and two contracts already signed for 2014 Spring/Summer.

Three of our forthcoming titles are nonfiction—the rest are novels or short stories. While we continue to have an affinity toward literary fiction in our niche, we want to get more topical nonfiction out in order to stay afloat. Literary fiction is a giant genre in which it is difficult to stand out. Topical, environmental nonfiction has a smaller, more focused market—readers are easier to identify and reach.

Take, for example, The Straw Bale House, published by our admired competitor, Chelsea Green Publishing Company. If you search online for “straw bale house,” their book is going to show up prominently. It is hard to do the same for a fiction title. Unless you know the author or the title or both, you will be long in the search before one of our fiction titles shows up. Chelsea Green has sold over 100,000 copies of The Straw Bale House, a lovely number.

The environmental movement currently needs a boost and so do Torrey House Press sales. We are calling for lively, controversial, leading edge manuscripts on topics like:
  • water catchment, public land use
  • environmental health
  • environmental economics
  • sustainable living
  • renewable energy
  • land use policy
  • the importance of wilderness
  • the transformative power of natural places
  • environmental building and landscape design
  • how small is beautiful
  • the local food and business movement and other ideas of enlightened, sustainable living. 
If you have something along these lines, check out our submissions guidelines.

Afterimage Call for Submissions

Afterimage is pleased to announce that the Inklight project is currently seeking new submissions! Inklight is a meeting place for words and images. We invite photographers to submit their work and writers to respond creatively.

Visit and submit your response to one image in prose or poetry. No critical responses, please. Size limit for prose: 750 words, for poetry: 25 lines. In the case of multiple submissions, we will choose one of the written works, which will be published along with the original photograph on the Afterimage website.

Please send images and creative written responses to

Our project’s web page, and examples of previous works can be found at:

Ashland MFA at AWP Conference, Boston

Faculty and members of the Ashland University MFA Program are participating in at least ten panels and readings at this year's AWP Conference.  Stop by our program booth in the bookfair - we will be at Booth #1013.

Thursday, March 7
"Looking for Real-Life Humberts: The Unreliable Narrator in Creative Nonfiction"
Elizabeth Kadetsky, Tom Larson, Mimi Schwartz, Michael Steinberg, Daniel Stolar
9:00-10:15 a.m., Room 110, Plaza Level

"Camouflage and Capitalism: The Intellectual Appropriation of American Poetry, Sponsored by Alice James Books"
Laura McCullough, Tony Hoagland, Kathleen Graber, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Peter Campion
3:00-4:15 p.m., Room 302/304, Level Three

"Ashland Poetry Press Reading"
Stephen Haven, Robert Grunst, John Hennessy, Gabriel Spera, Catherine Staples
3:00-4:15 p.m., Patricia Olson Bookfair Stage, Exhibit Hall A, Plaza Level

Friday, March 8
"A Tribute To Gail Mazur"
Gail Mazur, Robin Becker, Peter Campion, David Rivard, Maggie Dietz
10:30-11:45 a.m., Room 107, Plaza Level

"A Congeries of Voices: Vernacular and Diction in Contemporary Poetry"
Carmen Gimenez Smith, Joanna Fuhrman, Samuel Amadon, Lara Glenum, Rodrigo Toscano
10:30-11:45 a.m., Room 208, Level Two

Chapbook Signing
Sarah Freligh
11:00 a.m., Accents Publishing Table, Bookfair

"Faithful Niche or Faithful Kitsch? The Necessity of Christian Literary Publishing"
Sarah Wells, Marci Rae Johnson, Thom Caraway, Jeff Gundy, Gregory Wolfe
1:30-2:45 p.m., Room 308, Level Three

"What's That Book About, Anyway? or The Stealth Memoir in All Its Guises"
Michelle Herman, Scott Raab, Steven Church, Deb Olin Unferth, Joe Mackall
4:30-5:45 p.m., Room 110, Plaza Level

An off-site reading with authors published in the online edition of The Common
Stephen Haven
4:30 p.m., The Corner Tavern, 421 Marlborough St, within walking distance of the conference

Program Dinner
6-8:15 p.m., Casa Romero (Contact Sarah Wells if you plan to attend)

"Video Essay Screening"
Tom Larson
8 p.m., LIR, a bar, across from the conference center on Boylston Street

Saturday, March 9"How to Lose Friends and Alienate Loved Ones: Exploitation vs. Documentation in Creative Nonfiction"
B.J. Hollars, Roxane Gay, Marcia Aldrich, Ryan Van Meter, Bonnie J. Rough
1:30-2:45 p.m., Room 306

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...