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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Unusual Calls for Submissions

In October 2010, Iron Horse Literary Review will publish a Facebook Issue. We’re looking for stories, poems, and essays that parody or make use of Facebook paraphernalia—the quizzes (i.e., What Famous Novel Are You? or Have You Done It?), 25 Random Things lists, status updates, profile pictures, any and all things FB. You can write about your FB experiences, as well, but we’ll be wary of those experiences that seem stereotypical or are represented in a stale fashion. Surprise us! Be creative! Show off your artistry! Your stories must tell a story, your essays must flesh out an idea fully, your poems must be poems—so write for us some beautiful literary masterpieces. The cover will be a collage of profile pics. Submission Deadline: June 1, 2010, 5:00 p.m. And we do pay our contributors: $40 for poems and short-shorts; $100 for prose pieces. We'll also be putting together an AWP panel called In Your Face. So please submit early if you want to be considered for that panel. Send mss to: Iron Horse Literary Review, The Facebook Issue, English Department, Texas Tech University, Mail Stop 43091, Lubbock, TX 79409-3091.

2010 Inglis House Poetry Contest Guidelines
Each year for the past seven years, the Inglis House Poetry Workshop has sponsored an annual contest on disability-related poetry. The purpose of the contest has been two-fold. The first is to promote the writing of poets with disabilities and put their names and poetry before the public. The second is to encourage all writers to think about the issues surrounding and try to respond to them in their poetry. It goes almost without saying that submissions should avoid both cliches and stereotypes about disability. There are two categories for submission. A writer with a disability may submit to either or both. The guidelines for the 2010 contest are listed below. Rules: Any style poetry. Two Poem Limit. Each poem on separate page. Poem length - 75 lines or less. Name, address & category on each page. Poem must relate to disabilities. Category 2: Open Only to Writers With Disabilities. Deadline: June 1, 2010. Mail entries to:Inglis House Poetry / Contest / 2600 Belmont Ave. / Philadelphia, PA 19131 or Email to inglispoetry(at) (replace (at) with @)

Ninth year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,000. Top prize $2,000. Submit 1-3 unpublished poems on the theme of war, up to 500 lines in all. Winning entries published online. Sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest, 2005-2009). $15 entry fee, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: May 31. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. Include cover sheet with contact information. No name on poems. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: War Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. More information:

BLR Literary Prize Guidelines
$1000 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry ~ Judged by Marie Ponsot
$1000 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction ~ Judged by Andre Dubus III
$1000 BLR Prize for Nonfiction ~ Judged by Jerome Groopman
BLR Prize awards outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2011 issue of the BLR. Prose limited to 5000 words. Up to 3 poems (maximum 5 pages). Submissions that exceed these limits will be disqualified. Deadline July 1, 2010. Winners will be announced by December 31, 2010. Entry fee is $15 per submission. For an additional $5, you will receive a one-year subscription to the BLR. (Maximum: two submissions per person). More here.

Daily Bread Contest: Short Essays of Workplace Humor. We're looking for true-life tales about bizarre tasks, wacky work environments, and ludicrous predicaments you've gotten into while trying to earn a living. Original work only. Maximum length: 1,000 words. You may enter up to three essays. Awards: $200, $100, $50. Entry fee: $5 per essay. Deadine: June 1, 2010. Info:

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