Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: 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 Poems must be original, unpublished, and in English. AWARDS: DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked by July 1, 2010. Adults - $1,000, Youth (13 to 18) - $200, Youth (12 and under) - $200. More here.
Call for anecdotes for an upcoming Sarabande book
Jeffrey Skinner and Leslie McGrath are working on a project about the careers of poets and literary prose writers. How do poets and other literary writers move ahead in their careers (other than via their blazing talent?) This is your chance to share the anecdotes you’ve only told your closest friends. We’re interested only in the stories, not in names and places. We offer anonymity and gratitude in exchange. And, if we use your anecdote, a free copy of the resulting book. Please email your anecdotes to mcgrath.leslie(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @) by July 1, 2010 under the heading “Book Anecdote.”
Call for poems: Poets for Living Waters website
Poets for Living Waters is a poetry action in response to the Gulf Oil Disaster of April 20, 2010, one of the most profound man-made ecological catastrophes in history. The first law of ecology states that everything is connected to everything else. An appreciation of this systemic connectivity suggests a wide range of poetry will offer a meaningful response to the current crisis, including work that harkens back to Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing regional effects.
Please submit 1-3 poems, a short bio, and credits for any previously published submissions to:
poetsforlivingwaters(at)yahoo.com (replace (at) with @). More here.
CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS: Slipstream Magazine
Theme Issue Planned for 2011. Slipstream is now accepting poetry submissions for its first theme issue in several years. We seek work exploring SEX-FOOD-DEATH. Originally examined back in Issue 14, the theme was so popular we have decided to revisit it. Your interpretation may include one, two, or all three of the subjects. No previously published work. All submissions must include a SASE for response. Deadline for submissions is: MARCH 1, 2011. Address submissions to: Slipstream, Dept. W-1, P.O. Box 2071, Niagara Falls, New York 14301. More here.
Writing Contest: Sports Literate
You need not be even remotely athletic to compete in Sport Literate’s 15th Anniversary issue. Toe the line with your finest essay or poem: $200 for the best essay, $100 for the winning poem. All entries will be considered for publication, and all entrants will walk away with a copy of the historic volume. No fiction, please. Editors will read all entries and select finalists to be sent anonymously to our two judges: Philip Gerard will choose the best essay and Frank Van Zant will judge the poetry. Winners will be announced in September 2010. Postmark deadline is June 30, 2010. We strongly prefer online submissions. More here. The reading fee is $15 per entry.
Seeking submissions for Words for Things: How We Learn About Sex, a collection addressing the dawning of sexual awareness and sexuality. What formal and informal messages guide our sexual formation and identity? How does this initiation—literal or metaphorical—affect us in later life? How do we look back on this induction into adulthood, if that's what it is? From whom do we learn, and what are the consequences? Are there generational and social differences, or is such discovery a constant? We welcome the true, the gross, the mythic, and the humorous, in essays, memoir, creative nonfiction, or poetry. Please no fiction or porn/erotica. Please email submissions to editors Ed Madden, Ray McManus, and Carl Jenkinson words4things(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @) as a Word document (preferred), or mail to Ray McManus, Division of Arts and Letters, University of South Carolina Sumter, 200 Miller Road, Sumter, South Carolina 29150-2498. Deadline for submission: September 1, 2010.
Call for Submissions: Essay Anthology by Women in Jewish Interfaith Relationships
I am developing an essay anthology that will feature essays by women who are in (or have been in) an interfaith relationship or marriage, in which one of the partners is Jewish (the contributors may be the Jewish or non-Jewish partner). An amorphous body of this literature is floating around the internet, notably on the websiteinterfaithfamily.com. Sociology books on the topic of Jewish intermarriage abound, as do practical guidebooks for marriage and parenting. But what is often missing from the existing literature are human stories. This collection of personal essays will focus specifically on women’s stories, about the joys and challenges of their relationships, their experiences with child-rearing, how they relate to their communities and families, how they create their own identities in the unique “liminal zone” of the interfaith relationship. I am looking for, first and foremost, great, well-written, vivid personal stories. I welcome published and unpublished authors to submit their essays/stories. The length may be 1,000-2,000 words (but I am open to any reasonable length, shorter or longer). The tone/style should not be polemical or sentimental, just an honest and compelling non-fiction personal narrative. (You may want to take a look at the excellent anthology, Half/Life, edited by Laurel Snyder and published by Soft Skull Press, which features the stories of adults who were raised in Jewish interfaith homes.) Please send submissions as a Word attachment (not .docx) to
fiction anthology on villains seeks work: Main Street Rag
To submit a manuscript for consideration for our anthology, please be sure to address the envelope to: The MSR Short Fiction Anthology, PO BOX 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227-7001. More here.