Friday, January 24, 2014

New Titles by Ashland MFA Faculty Members

Announcing new books by faculty members at Ashland University:

Enchantée by Angie Estes

"Angie Estes has recently created some of the most beautiful
verbal objects on the planet."
—Stephen Burt, Boston Review

Publisher's Weekly review of Enchantée

Enchantée is recommended in Salon's Ultimate Book Guide for 2013.

Milk & Filth by Carmen Giménez Smith

"Giménez Smith generously deploys physical—often violent—imagery to challenge classist, consumerist, and socially polite forms of feminism."—Publishers Weekly

"A sharp, feminist manifesto by way of poetry collection."—The Nation
Order Milk & Filth on Amazon

The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease by Thomas Larson

''Written in the tradition of Sherwin Nuland and Anatole Broyard, Thomas Larson's The Sanctuary of Illness is both a meditation on mortality and a call to arms in the face of the inevitable. By turns defiant, humorous, earthy, and literary, the work is a felicitous mix of memoir and reporting: the heart as a pulsing source of both truth and fact.'' --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Order The Sanctuary of Illness on Amazon

Happenstance by Robert Root

Happenstance is a widely thematic and sharply focused individual and family account of post–World War II midwestern America. With its multiple modes (vignette, meditation, photograph, ekphrasis), it subverts and redefines memoir, always asking how a person might seek to know himself within the larger context of nation and history. Robert Root's prose is a refreshing joy to read.”—Patrick Madden, author, Quotidiana

Order Happenstance on Amazon

Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation by Kathryn Winograd

“Kathryn Winograd’s Phantom Canyon is a compelling collection. Here is the lyric essay at its most perceptive and powerful. I admire the insight and intelligence of the essays, the magnetic and masterful drive of the language, and above all the aching honesty that infuses every page.”

–Robert Root

“In these lyric essays, Kathryn Winograd mines the ore of girl, daughter, mother, wife, and writer, wilding her selves against Colorado’s high country. The immediacy and traction Winograd gets by pinning herself to mountain place and women’s emotion, whether alive now or in memory, is breathtaking, at times, sublime. What a tough essayist–and tender voice–the West has been waiting for all these years, ever since the ancient ones first arrived.”

–Thomas Larson

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Call for Submissions - January 2014

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.

The 2014 William Matthews Poetry Prize

We are now considering submissions for the 2014 William Matthews Poetry Prize!

Final Judge for 2014: Billy Collins

First Place: $1,000, publication in Asheville Poetry Review, and a featured reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville
Second Place: $250, publication, and a featured reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore
Third Place: publication and a featured reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore
The final judging process will be “blind” (all identifying information will be removed from the poems).
All submissions will be considered for publication.

Postmark Deadline: January 15, 2014

Send 3 poems, any style, any theme, any length, with a $20 entry fee (payable to Asheville Poetry Review) to:

William Matthews Poetry Prize
c/o Asheville Poetry Review
PO Box 7086
Asheville, NC 28802

Small Po[r]tions Journal Call for Submissions
Our literary journal, Small Po[r]tions, aims to publish work that minimizes, blurs, or exaggerates distinctions between genres and hopes to offer a shared space for experimental creative fiction and nonfiction, lyrical fiction, poetry, and multimedia pieces. This journal will have an online component for new media works as well as a print component that will have a focus in book arts. Our first issue will be published in the Spring of 2014.

We will send each contributor a print copy of Small Po[r]tions and our gratitude for your help in getting this journal off the ground in fine fashion. We are accepting submissions for our first issue until January 20, 2013. Please submit up to 1327 words or one multimedia work to

For additional information, visit our website, or find us on Twitter ( or on Facebook ( Direct questions to

Columbus Arts Festival Poetry Contest
Poet application deadline January 24.
It's time to get your application in for the 2014 Columbus Arts Festival. We're looking forward to putting together another stellar group of poets to perform at the Festival, June 6, 7 & 8.

Applications are available at through Friday, January 24. Submissions will be reviewed by the Festival committee, and a select number of applicants will be chosen for auditions.

Auditions will take place at the Thurber House, March 15. Poets who are selected to participate at the Festival will have an exciting opportunity to perform their work on the Word is Art Stage.

Writers @ Work Fellowship

The Writers @ Work Annual Fellowship Competition is a great opportunity for emerging writers to have their work vetted by a talented panel of judges, well-known in their respective fields.
W@W is pleased to announce its annual Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

2013-2014 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award

Call for submissions

In late 2011, Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius founded Vine Leaves Literary Journal to offer the vignette, a forgotten literary form, the exposure and credit it deserves.
The vignette is a snapshot in words, and differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot, instead it focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object.

The journal, published quarterly online, is a lush synergy of atmospheric prose, poetry, photography and illustrations, put together with an eye for aesthetics as well as literary merit. The annual print anthology showcases the very best pieces from across the year.

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award and would like to invite writers to submit their best manuscript of vignettes.

Submissions open: June 1, 2013 – February 1, 2014
Prize: $500 + Publication in early 2015 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies
Guest Judge: Dan Holloway

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art
The 2014 Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art contest is now open! Send us your very best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Submit via our submission manager. $500 prize in each genre, plus publication in issue 52.

Runners-up will be considered for publication in print and on our website.
Entry fee: $15.
Deadline: February 15, 2014.

James River Writers Best Poetry Contest
James River Writers and Richmond Magazine are proud to sponsor the 2014 Best Poetry Contest, judged this year by Henry Hart. The first-prize winner will receive $500, publication of the winning poem(s) in Richmond Magazine, and a ticket to the 2014 James River Writers Conference. Two finalists will each receive $200.

To be eligible, the poet must be a resident of Virginia, a student at a Virginia college or university, or a member of James River Writers. The poems must not have previously won an award and must be original, unpublished, and not scheduled for publication prior to October 20, 2014. A maximum of four poems may be submitted, but none should be more than one page in length, typed on one side of white, 8 ½” x 11” paper. Poems must be in 12 point, standard font (such as Times New Roman or Arial) and must be written in English. The entry fee is $15 and checks should be made out to James River Writers. A poet may only enter once.

Entrants will be notified of the results by July 31, 2014. The winning entry will be published in the September 2014 issue of Richmond Magazine, and the winner will be celebrated at the 2014 James River Writers Conference on October 18-19.

Submissions must be mailed to: Richmond Magazine
Best Poetry Contest
2201 W. Broad St., Suite 105
Richmond, VA 23220.

Deadline (postmark): Friday, February 28, 2014

For more information and updates, please visit

2013 Home Voices Contest
Each fall, Flyway's annual Home Voices Contest invites submissions from current MFA candidates in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University (excluding current Flyway editors and previous Home Voices winners). Elizabeth Bradfield, founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press and author of Approaching Ice, generously judged the submissions to our 2013 Home Voices Contest. A big congrats to Lindsay D'Andrea for her winning poem "Rock Wall, New Hampshire" and to Dana Thomann, whose short story "Flood Gap" took runner-up. Read both of these wonderful pieces in our latest issue--only at

2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize
Published by Alice James Books
an affiliate of The University of Maine at Farmington

Now accepting submissions!
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Click here for detailed

2014 Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry
Brenda Shaughnessy, judge

January 1 - March 31, 2014
electronic or mail submissions accepted.

Publication of a book-length manuscript, $1000.00 honorarium, and featured reading in a New York City event sponsored by Four Way Books.

Open to any poet writing in English who has not already published a book-length collection of poetry.

Click here for complete guidelines

Fugue Literary Journal Contest

Fugue Literary Journal is now open for submissions to our Annual Writing Contest. First prize is $1,000 and publication for both our poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction) winners. We would love to see work from your students, faculty, colleagues and compatriots!

We are open for submissions until April 1, 2014 and, as always, all submissions to the contest are considered for publication. Visit our website for more details and to send submissions:

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects
Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects is now accepting submissions for its online launch scheduled for the fall of 2014.

We welcome entries in any and every literary genre, and from any visual or audio medium, including, but not limited to, poems, stories, essays, profiles, digital video shorts, photoessays, scholarly articles, songs, short plays, and innovative writing and productions about lost objects and images of material culture: sculptures and paintings in the back rooms of museums or in hidden corners of public spaces; murals forgotten in plain view; lost photographic archives and restored films; newly discovered letters or manuscripts; knickknacks
in attics; oddities and curiosities in misbegotten sideshows; forgotten stories that remind us of pasts that we cannot afford to forget. At this time, we are especially looking for fiction and nonfiction work.

Please see our website ( for more information and submission guidelines. There is no submission fee.

The Volta Review Project
The Volta ( web journal. I am currently organizing a reviews project tiled "365 reviews," in which the journal will attempt to address the ongoing "glut" pervading contemporary poetry by providing a relevant and thoughtful—if brief—review each day over the span of a year.

We have already began initial efforts on our blog site (where the project will be posted). These reviews typically range from 500-1000 words, and have thus far received very positive feedback from the reviewed poets as well as poetics sites such as the Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog.

We are looking for commitments of 3-5 reviews over the span of a year. These would be due on a rolling deadline, and review copies would be provided by the publishers.

Feel free to have students email me directly with interest. Email I am currently compiling a list of contributing reviewers and presses, so any participation would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Caleb Beckwith
Contributing Editor, The Volta (

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