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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Unusual Calls for Submissions

Kenyon Review 2009 Short Fiction Contest for Writers Under 30
The submission period for the 2009 Short Fiction Contest will be open from February 1st to February 28th, 2009. We are pleased and excited to announce the second annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, for writers under the age of thirty. Richard Ford will be the final judge. Submissions will be accepted February 1st-February 28th, with the winner announced in late spring. Submissions must be 1200 words or less. There is no entry fee. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Winter 2010 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2009 Writers Workshop, June 14th to the 21st, in beautiful Gambier, Ohio.

The Bridport Prize 2009
International Creative Writing Competition for Short Stories and Poems. The Bridport Prize 2009 website is now open for entries! The Bridport Prize is the richest open writing competition in the English language - with £5000 first prize for a short story (of up to 5000 words); and £5000 first prize for a poem (of up to 42 lines). The Bridport is also known as a tremendous literary stepping stone - the first step in the careers of writers such as: Kate Atkinson, Tobias Hill, Carol Ann Duffy and Helen Dunmore. Anyone can enter - so long as the work is previously unpublished. It costs £7 per story or £6 per poem and the closing date is 30th June 2009. Each year the prize is judged by well known writers - this year we are delighted to have Ali Smith judging short stories and Jackie Kay judging poetry.

Redactions Investigates the Lyric Poem
"Redactions Poetry & Poetics" newest question of aesthetics is concerned with the lyric. We are looking for responses to one or all of the following questions: – What happened to the lyrical poem in contemporary American poetry? – Why is it disappearing? – How has the lyric lost its prominence? Please send a 200-500 word response to . Please send as a Word attachment, .rtf attachment, or paste in the body of the email. (replace (at) with @). You may also send 3-5 lyric or non-lyric poems to . Please send as a Word attachment, .rtf attachment, or paste in the body of the email. (replace (at) with @). Deadline May 2009.

Enter the Tiferet Writing Awards— Prizes Doubled to $500 Each
Postmark Deadline: April 1. TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature offers awards of $500 each (doubled from $250) for Poetry and Prose. We publish writing from a variety of spiritual and religious traditions. Our mission is to help reveal spirit through the written word and to promote peace within the individual and the world. $15 entry for one story or essay (Prose) up to 25 pages or 6 poems (Poetry). To enter, please mail your submission and check payable to TIFERET to 211 Dryden Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. Or you may submit your entry online. Specify a genre of "Contest-Prose", or "Contest-Poetry", then pay the entry fee using PayPal. Winners will be announced Summer 2009. Poetry Judge: Elisabeth Murawski. Nonfiction: Peter Selgin. Fiction: Ilan Stavans. Mail to: TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature/ 211 Dryden Road/ Bernardsville, NJ 07924/ 908-432-2149.

Announcing the Obama Millennium Award...
Because of the spontaneous outpouring of good will and good writing that flowed into our Inboxes in response to the election and inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as president, we're now accepting online submissions for poetry and prose to mark this moment in our young millennium. Wax lyrical, critical, inspirational, analytical, cynical, spritual or in any other way you please to shine a light on the significance of this moment in history. We're looking for the link between the personal and the public. What does Obama's election mean to you and to our world? One winner and three runners-up or more will be published in the next issue of NMW, due out in November, and at The deadline for this contest is midnight Sunday, March 1, 2009 and will not be extended. $1,000 will go to the best single piece of writing--whether poetry, essay or fiction on the subject... you guessed it... Obama. Writers from all three categories will compete for the top prize (as they did for our special award on the significance of the new millennium in 1999). At least three $100 prizes also will be awarded to runners-up. Winners will be announced in May. All contestants will receive a copy of our 2009 Special Issue containing the winners, due out in November. More here.

For a collection to be published by Southern Methodist University Press, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays written by or about doctors and lawyers, exploring the two professions--their similarities as well as their divisions and points of conflict. What intrigues, interests, or annoys doctors and lawyers--and, potentially, others--about each other? The objective of this project is to capture the complex relationship between these two professions.Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice. Creative Nonfiction editors will award $2,500 for Best Essay.Guidelines: Essay must be: unpublished, 5,000 words or less, postmarked by March 15, 2009, and clearly marked "Doctors and Lawyers" on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. There is a $20 reading fee; $25 includes a 4-issue CNF subscription. Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S. (though subscription shipping costs do apply). Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information, SASE and payment to: Creative Nonfiction/Attn: Doctors and Lawyers/5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202/Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

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