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Monday, April 26, 2010

Unusual Calls for Submissions is pleased to announce our inaugural contests in: Poetry, judged by Jessie Lendennie, poet and Salmon Poetry managing director; Fiction, judged by Aurelie Sheehan, award-winning author of History Lesson for Girls and The Anxiety of Everyday Objects; Nonfiction, judged by David Rothenberg, award-winning author of Thousand Mile Song andWhy Birds Sing. The contest theme is “The Signal in the Noise,” to match our 26th issue, which launches in mid-September 2010. Though the contest and issue have a theme, we have a very liberal perspective on the theme and encourage you first and foremost to submit your best work. The contest submission period is April 1 to August 1, 2010. Winners will be announced on or before September 1, 2010.Learn more at, and submit online here.

Hunger Mountain is seeking submissions for the Stage and Screen portion of our journal. Please submit a print submission consisting of a a typed, double-spaced manuscript no more than 10,000 words, or a video submission, consisting of a description of your project and a link to the video (we cannot accept files over 500KB). We welcome an array of examples of and responses to work on “stage” or on “screen”: film, theater, performance art, dance, dance film, animation, television, etc. We’re looking for both traditional and experimental work, including, but not limited to, video art/short film/recorded performances; excerpts from plays/screenplays; interviews of artists working in the field; critical reviews; and lyrical, personal or critical meditations about the genre/s. We like work that demonstrates an engagement with the world beyond its borders, clear stakes, and a beating heart. Please go here to learn how to submit.

Sexology: An Online Literary Journal of Sex Writing is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue, which we're hoping will be mid-May 2010. We are looking for the highest quality fiction, personal essays, and poetry that explores what sex means in our culture and on a personal level. This is not the same as erotica, which can be defined as literature or art intending to arouse sexual feelings. Sex writing may or may not have actual sex in its pages (although it usually does, and it will often overlap with erotica in that it can be arousing). Please no pornography (sex for sex's sake), romance, or journalistic articles. Pieces should be no more than 2000 words. Contributors are paid in gratitude and admiration. Send submissions in the body of an email and as a Word doc to editors(at) (replace (at) with @) Please include a brief bio as well.

2010 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards: An annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore & illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to people worldwide. Poems must be original, unpublished, and in English. DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked by July 1, 2010. AWARDS: Adults - $1,000, Youth (13 to 18) - $200, Youth (12 and under) - $200. More here.

We are currently seeking short stories for our anthology. The Haiti I Knew, The Haiti I know, The Haiti I want to Know: Contemporary Writings by Haitian Women, an anthology of prose by women in Haiti, and women of Haitian descent living abroad, will strengthen the voice of Haitian women in the world of literature. Guidelines: Haitian women living on the island or women of Haitian descent living abroad are encouraged to tell their stories. Submissions may include fiction, creative nonfiction, personal essays and memoirs. Please only send unpublished work. No simultaneous submissions. Writings submitted will not be returned. Deadline: June 30, 2010. For more information, please visit

Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets. Contributors needed for articles about: markets for women, why women write, time management, using life experience, women's magazines, critique groups, networking, blogs, unique issues women must overcome, lesbian and bisexual writing, formal education, queries and proposals, conference participation, family scheduling, feminist writing, self-publishing, teaching tips--just a few areas women poets are interested. Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful. Please avoid writing too much about “me” and concentrate on what will most help the reader.No previously published, co-written, or simultaneously submitted material. Please send 3-4 topics you would like to contribute each described in a few sentences and a 65-75 word bio using the format like the bio’s above. Please send by May 24, 2010 using POETS/your last name on the subject line to smallwood(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). You will receive a Go-Ahead with guidelines if your topics haven’t already been taken. Contributors will be asked to contribute a total of 1900-2100 words. You may contribute one article 1900-2100 words or two articles that combined equal 1900-2100 words. Those included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy as compensation.

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