Thursday, October 30, 2008

Call for Submissions - Hell Trips


Road Junk Travel wants to hear about your worst journeys, your near-death experiences, when you were robbed, beaten up, extorted, heartbroken or brainwashed. There’s way more juice in hearing about the nightmare stories, the hell trips when everything that could go wrong did. Stories should be between 800 and 1,500 words and sent as .doc or .rtf files. No fiction. Deadline December 31, 2008. No entry fee.

First Prize – $400
Second Prize – $200
Third Prize – $100

The judge's decision is final and whilst you keep copyright, you allow Road Junk exclusive electronic rights i.e. don’t just send us something you wrote for another site. If they choose to print your stories at some stage in an anthology you’ll get paid decent royalties and Road Junky reserves the right to post the best stories on the site, with an author credit and link to the writer's homepage.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Author/Illustrator Visit - Jan Brett

Jan Brett is renowned for her picture books that annually climb to the top of the best-seller list. The admired children’s author/illustrator will do a booksigning at the Oshkosh Public Museum from 12 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Nov. 16. An autorgraphed book always make a great Christmas gift for children! And if you dress up as your favorite Brett character, you'll get a free poster.

Brett's appearance kicks off The Art of Jan Brett exhibit of 45 original paintings from some of her best selling books. The exhibit runs from Nov. 15, 2008 to Feb. 1, 2009 and includes interactive games for the kids.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Member Blog

OAWC member Bill R. has started a blog, New Insight Analysis, to showcase his writing pertaining to national, world and local politics. You can read his work

Writing Prompt for Nov. 1

The writing prompt for Nov. 1 is to write about yearning. Your piece can be a poem, essay, prose...whatever. Have fun with it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wisconsin People & Ideas Contests

Enter the 2009 Wisconsin People & Ideas/Wisconsin Book Festival Short Story and Poetry Contests

Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, is accepting submissions for its annual short story and poetry contests, with a deadline of December 1, 2008. Prizes include cash, publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas, and a one-week stay at [link:] Edenfred, a creative arts residency in Madison. Winners are also invited to read their work at the Wisconsin Book Festival.

About the Short Story Contest
The 2009 Wisconsin People & Ideas/Wisconsin Book Festival Short Story Contest is supported by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, Avol’s Bookstore, and a number of other independent booksellers throughout Wisconsin. Winners will receive prizes of $500 (first place), $250 (second place), and $100 (third place). Their works will be published serially beginning with the first-prize story in the summer 2009 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas. The first-place story will be reviewed by a noted literary agent, and the author will receive a one-week stay at Edenfred, a creative arts residency owned by the Terry Family Foundation.

This year, an esteemed panel of authors will judge short story submissions. The lead judge is UW–Madison English professor Jesse Lee Kercheval, author of eight books and two poetry chapbooks, and director of the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. The contest is coordinated by author and UW–Madison assistant dean, Timothy Walsh. Other judges include Marylyn Annucci and John Heasley.

About the Poetry Contest
Winners of the 2009 Wisconsin People & Ideas/Wisconsin Book Festival Poetry Contest receive cash awards of $500 (first place, the John Lehman Poetry Award), $100 (second place), and $50 (third place). Winning poems by the top three winners appear in the spring 2009 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas, with 10 runners-up in the summer 2009 edition. The first-prize poet receives a one-week stay at Edenfred and a three-hour CD recording/editing session at Abella Studios.

Some of Wisconsin’s best poets will judge this year’s poetry contest. Lead judge Karl Elder is the Poet in Residence at Lakeland College and author of nine collections of poetry. The contest is coordinated by Rosebud founder and Wisconsin People & Ideas poetry editor, John Lehman. Other judges include Joan Wiese Johannes, Nancy Rafal, and Lynn Patrick Smith.

The top three winners of both contests will be invited to read their work at a special event at the Wisconsin Book Festival in October 2009.

Contest Rules
Deadline for both contests: December 1, 2008, 5:00pm.

1. Authors must reside in or attend school in Wisconsin.
2. Stories must be between 2,500 and 5,000 words in length.
3. Authors must submit three copies of a story (photocopies are fine).
4. Each story must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee (non-Academy members) or $15 (Academy members, including those who join while submitting an entry) payable to Wisconsin People & Ideas Short Story Contest.
5. Writers may submit more than one entry, but each story must be mailed in separately with its own cover letter (see Rule 9) and entry fee.
6. Entries must be postmarked on or before December 1, 2008. Entries may be hand-delivered to the Wisconsin Academy (1922 University Avenue, Madison) by 5:00pm on December 1. Entries postmarked after the deadline will not be considered and the entry fee will be retained to cover handling.
7. Previously published stories (online or in print) are not eligible.
8. Each manuscript must be typed, double-spaced, in standard 10- or 12-point type. Each page must include the title of the story as a header. All pages must be numbered with both an individual page number and the total number of pages (e.g., Stormy Night, page 1/15, Stormy Night, page 2/15, Stormy Night, page 3/15, etc.).
9. The author’s name may not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. The manuscript must be accompanied by a letter bearing the story title; the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if available); and the story word count. Every contestant must be able to provide an electronic version of the story if needed, either on disk or via e-mail.
10. Keep a copy of your manuscript. Manuscripts will be recycled, not returned. Do not send an SASE.
11. Contest winners will be announced on our website ( and notified by the end of March 2009. The three winners will be published in the summer 2009, fall 2009, and winter 2010 issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas.

1. Poets must reside or attend school in Wisconsin.
2. Poets may submit up to three poems per entry. No poem may be longer than one page.
3. Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of $10 (non-Academy members) or $8 (Academy members, including those who join while submitting an entry), payable to the Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest.
4. A poet may enter more than one submission of up to three poems each, but additional submissions must be accompanied by a separate entry fee and cover letter. (See Rule 7.)
5. Contest deadline is December 1. Entries may be hand-delivered to the Wisconsin Academy (1922 University Avenue, Madison) by 5:00pm on December 1. Entries postmarked after the deadline will not be considered and the entry fee will be retained to cover handling.
6. Previously published poems (online or in print)) are not eligible. All work must be original. Any style or theme is welcome.
7. The poet’s name or address may not appear anywhere on the poems. Poems must be accompanied by a cover letter bearing the poem title/s, the poet’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if available).
8. Keep a copy of your poems. Entries will be recycled, not returned. Do not send an SASE.
9. Contest winners will be announced on our website ( and notified by the end of February 2009. Top three winners will be published in the spring 2009 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas, which appears at the end of March, in time for National Poetry Month (April). Ten runners-up will be published in summer 2009.

Short Story Contest Sponsors
This year’s contest is sponsored by the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Terry Family Foundation, Avol’s Bookstore, and the following independent bookstores:

Bramble Bookstore, Viroqua
Conkey’s Book Store, Appleton
Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops, Milwaukee
Ocooch Books & Libations, Richland Center
University Book Store, Madison

We thank these sponsors for their generous support.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chapterbook Contest

The Karen Fredericks and Frances Willitts Poetry Prize
The 2nd Annual Hotmetalpress Chapbook Contest

Our prize is $350 and 20 free copies. We also want to send every entrant a copy of the winning collection.
Page Limit: 32 pages
Fee: $20.00
Deadline: end of November 2008

If you are looking for clues as to what we look for a winner, we wish you luckbecause our selections are unpredictable and eclectic. Last year’s winner was Peter Nash’s collection of nature poems, “Tracks”; and other four top collections all have been published by other presses. Our two Best Poem winners this year included a language poem and a poem about a long-lasting love. We even have considered a high school student for a second place position. We like to take risks if the poems interest us. We do not know what poems will interest us
either until we see the poems.

Please make out a check for $20 to Hotmetalpress. Judged by Martin Willitts Jr (author of a full length book “The Secret Language of the Universe” and editor of a poetry anthology about cancer “Alternatives to Surrender”, and published many chapbooks).

Send one hardcopy of the manuscript to:
Martin Willitts Jr.
P.O. Box 4322
Rome, NY 13244

The entry rules:
Single spaced poems in 12 pt Ariel or Times New Roman.

Attach a separate page for the title page with your name, address, telephone, and email. Do not put your name anywhere else on the pages.

32 page maximum limit including title, content page, acknowledgements, and pages. Anything with more pages will be eliminated.

Include the check, the manuscript following the entry directions, and a SASE if you want the manuscript returned with a comment from Martin (he writes interesting comments) or the manuscript will be destroyed.

Attach all items together with a swing clip only. No staples, paper clips, etc.
The winner will be requested to submit a finished, edited version of the manuscript in a Word Document file upon winning. We are not responsible for any errors.

Flash Fiction Contest

Blue Earth Review’s Sixth Annual Flash Fiction Contest opens September 1, 2008.

We want only your brightest, boldest flash fiction—work that breaks boundaries in genre and content. The only requirement is that each entry is 600 words or less.

Reading fee is $5 for up to three entries. You can enter online by going to our Submission Manager and pay online.

Please note: Unlike previous years, we will only accept submissions for the contest online, unless you have a really good excuse, in which case you should e–mail the editors first.

Put all entries in the same document—either a Microsoft Word document (.doc) or Rich Text (.rtf) file—and give it the name "Contest_FlashFiction_FirstLast" (i.e.: Contest_FlashFiction_SallySmith.doc). Make sure to select "Flash Fiction Contest" in the genre drop down box.

Deadline is December 1, 2008.

Three winners will be chosen and awarded $100, $75, and $25.
Winners will be announced sometime in February and the three winning pieces will be published in the Spring 2009 issue of Blue Earth Review.

Ramble Underground Short Fiction Contest

Ramble Underground is now running semiannual Short Fiction Contest.

Official Short Fiction Contest Rules:

Short fiction story must be 2500 words max.

All short fiction contest entries must be submitted by November 15th, 2008.

Entry fee is $6 per story.

You may enter the short fiction contest as many times as you like.

All work must be original, unpublished, and the sole property of the person submitting.

First and Second place short fiction stories will be published in the summer '08 issue along with one honorable mention. Cash prizes will be awarded.

All finalists will be notified by email prior to publication.

How to Enter?

1. Send your short fiction contest entry (Word or txt attachment) to . Be sure to put the Author (you), the Title of your short fiction contest submission, and the word count in the subject line of your email. We will contact you if there is any issue with your attachment.

2. Once your email has been sent, please enter the Author - Title in the field below (This should match what you put in the subject of your email so we can sort out which entry fees were paid). Then enter your email address so we can contact you with the results.

3. Click on the PayPal button to be brought to their site for a secure transaction. We never see your credit information. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can easily use any major credit card.

Short Fiction Contest

The Danahy Fiction Prize is an award of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review given annually for a previously unpublished work of short fiction. Submissions between 500 and 5,000 words are preferred; manuscripts falling slightly outside this range will also be considered. Tampa Review editors will judge, and all entries will be considered for publication.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced and include a cover page with author’s name, mailing address, and other contact information, plus a total word count for the manuscript. Enclose a $15 entry fee payable to “Tampa Review.” All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Tampa Review. Entries must be postmarked by November 1 and mailed to:

Tampa Review
Danahy Fiction Prize
The University of Tampa
401 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606-1490

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Clearance Sale!

Don't miss a Friends of the Oshkosh Public Library clearance sale for great buys on used books! The sale is from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

database of publishes

Looking for a place to find a place to send you short story, poem, or novella. You can search Duotrope's database of 2275 current markets At:

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