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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Unusual Calls for Submissions

Call for Submissions About Writing Workshops
The New Plains Review is seeking stories, essays and poems on the subject of writing workshops and MFA experiences for its fall issue, devoted to the theme of how writers grow--or not--in educational settings. Submit original work by email to Editor Douglas Goetsch at douglasgoetsch(at) (replace (at) with @)(as Word attachment or typed into the body of the email); or send hard copy to: Submissions, New Plains Review, 100 N. University Dr., Box 184, Edmond, OK, 73034. Deadline is Sept. 24, 2008. Note: We will gladly consider previously published work if the author owns the rights to it.

OPEN ISSUE for Writers over 50
Submit work: June 1 - September 15 (postmarked date); Results announced (projected date): November, 2008; No reading fee for Open Issue submissions; 3-5 poems, 50 lines max. per poem; or, Short fiction, all stories totaling no more than 4,000 words; or, one Memoir, or a series, 4,000 words max. in total. Include cover letter and brief bio. Include name and address on all pages. All work must be accompanied by a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage for reply/work return. No previously published work. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are okay, but please notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere. No email submissions, inquiries only. If you need more information, send us an email: (replace (at) with @), or call: 410.837.6047. Send all submissions to: Passager; 1420 N. Charles Street; Baltimore, MD 21201-5779

Art Affair 2008 Western Short Story Contest Rules

Art Affair’s western fiction contest (maximum: 5,000 words) is open to any writer. Enter your own original work only. Please do not include a SASE; entries will not be returned. Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2008 and should be unpublished and/or unaccepted for publication when entered into the contest. Manuscripts must be double-spaced and in 12-point font. Please type "Western" and your name, address, telephone number, and title of manuscript on a cover page which will be removed before judging. On your manuscript, type page/word counts in the upper right-hand corner of the first page. You may enter as many western short stories as you like but each entry requires an entry fee. Prizes: $50.00, $25.00, $15.00 (Prize money and certificates will be mailed to the winners and a list of winners will be published on the website in December 2008.) Entry Fee: $5.00 per manuscript (Make check payable to Art Affair); Deadline: October 1, 2008. Mail entries to: ART AFFAIR - CONTEST (Mark your entry "Western"); P.O. BOX 54302; OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73154

Mighty River Short Story Contest
Deadline: September 1, 2008. We're searching for the best short story relating in some way to the Mississippi River, the River Valley, or a sister River: its landscape, people, culture, history, current events, or future. Semi-finalists will be chosen by a regional team of published writers. The final manuscript will be chosen by Susan Swartwout, publisher of Southeast Missouri State University Press. Winner receives an award of $500 and publication in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. Winner will be announced October 2008. Guidelines: • Work must not be previously published; • Send maximum of 30 double-spaced pages, with no identifying name on the pages, and a separate cover sheet with story title, author's name, address, and phone number; • Send SASE for notification of results; all manuscripts will be recycled; • $15 reading fee includes a copy of the issue of Big Muddy in which the winning story appears.

Inland Empire California Writers Club
Short Story, Poetry, NonFiction Contest; Prizes $100, $50, $25 Per Category. Theme- The Road Less Traveled. Your Short Story, Poem or Non-Fiction must touch on the theme, The Road Less Traveled in some way. Be creative; you are a writer. The 2008 Inland Empire California Writers Club Short Story, Poetry and Non-Fiction Writing Contest is Open to All Writers (Membership in the California Writers Club is not a requirement.)

Deadline: September 15, 2008; A Miniature Audio Exhibition of Stereophonic Soundscape & H̦rspiel Works; to be presented at Digital Art Weeks 2008; September 25 - 28, 2008 РBasel, Switzerland

It is an Asian concept rooted in Buddhism that self-cultivation can be developed at home as a householder and is not merely confined to a temple or monastery. Buddhist believe that enlightened beings are those who “grew” out of the “mud” of the material world. So, like the lotus flower, which penetrates through sullied mud and water, but emerges unspoiled, enlightened beings are beautiful and pure even though they grow up in the material world. The phrase “a diamond in the mud” is an analogy for this and in keeping with it the Digital Art Weeks would like to issue this call to artists and to submit pre recorded works (Soundscape, Hörspiel, Sonic Poetry) in regard to the beautiful and the sullied. The works will be chosen on their ability to transcend the listeners into a “moment of tranquilly” and out of the confines of the everyday, or as expressed in the Diamond Sutra: “Dwell upon nothing and produce the pure mind.”

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