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Bellevue Literary Review Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry



$1000 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction
$1000 Carter V. Cooper Memorial Prize for Nonfiction

$1000 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry


Please note that BLR is unable to accept credit cards payments online at this time. See #12 to pay by check or credit card by phone. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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 2010 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.
Entry fee is $15 per submission. For an additional $5, you will receive a 1 year subscription to the BLR. (Maximum: two submissions per person).
Manuscripts are submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document. (Save with a *.doc extension). Please combine all poems into one document and use first poem as title.
Do not put your name on the manuscript document. (This will be entered separately on our website.) No cover letter needed.
When entering the title in the website, please prefix with "Contest." (e.g. Contest : The Iliad.) This is extremely important and we appreciate your cooperation!
Work previously published* in print or electronically will not be considered. (Please see footnote below for specific definition of published.)
Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. (This will avoid potentially awkward situations.) We regret that there can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work.
10. Students/friends/colleagues/relations of any of the judges are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre.
11. BLR acquires first-time North American rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author and may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made. All entries will also be considered for regular publication.

Due to administrative costs, if no entry fee is received, manuscript will be placed with general submissions. Because of a temporary glitch, we are unable to accept credit card purchases over the web (to be fixed soon!) Please send payment by check, or call during business hours to give credit card info.

By mail: send check and printout of confirmation email to:
Bellevue Literary Review
Dept of Medicine, Rm OBV-612
NYU School of Medicine
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016

By phone: 212-263-3973

We sincerely apologize for the incovenience and appreciate your forbearance.

13. Submit manuscript here (with Contest in title). Thank you

Regular submissions:

Contest submissions (deadline: July 1, 2010):





Short story submissions now open for Avery 6


 Past issues have included stories by Hannah Tinti, Kevin Canty, Ander Monson, Stephen Dixon and many more.

We accept email submissions only, and all we ask is that you send us your strongest fiction, double-spaced, with all of your contact
information on the first page of your story. One story per reading period, please.

Avery cannot accept paper submissions through the snail mail. Please know: if you send us a paper submission, it will not be read. In fact,
it will be recycled. We truly want to read your stories, so please:submit electronically!

Send your submissions as a Word attachment to:

Please write "submission" in the subject line, followed by your
story's title. Otherwise, we might mistake your submission for spam
and might therefore unintentionally delete it.


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A Poetry Handbook This slender guide by Mary Oliver deserves a place on the shelves of any budding poet. In clear, accessible prose, Oliver (winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for poetry) arms the reader with an understanding of the technical aspects of poetry writing. Writing poetry is good, hard work.


Event Magazine invites entries for their Creative Non-Fiction Contest  Maximum entry length: 5000 words. Entry fee: $29.95 (includes subscription).

Send entries to:

The Douglas College Review
PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC
Canada V3L 5B2
Phone: 604-527-5293 Fax: 604-527-5095

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 Poets and Writers

Poets and Writers Magazine is the primary source for what creative writers need to know. Poets & Writers publishes essays on the literary life and interviews with contemporary writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. In addition, Poets and Writers features articles with practical applications for both emerging and established writers, as well as valuable information on literary grants and awards.
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Humor Submissions


The Funny Times:

The Funny Times, is looking for submissions. This  humor publication that's been around for 20 years and has more than 70,000 subscribers.
Accepts reprints and pays a minimum of $60 for a column or article


Room Magazine Annual 2010 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-fiction Contest

Details:Room contest

It's that time of year again—sharpen your pencils or fire up your laptop and send us your fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction contest entries.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2010.
Entry Fee: $27 per entry (includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Room). Payment by cheque or money order made out to Room.
Non-Canadian entries: $39 Canadian dollars
Prizes: 1st prize in each category – $500, 2nd prize – $250. Winners will be published in a 2011 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may be published.

Send entries to:
Room Contest 2009
P.O. Box 46160, Station D
Vancouver, BC  V6J 5G5

More than one entry will be accepted as long as fee is paid for each entry. No manuscripts will be returned. Only winners will be notified.

Poetry: max. 3 poems or 150 lines | Fiction: max. 4,000 words

There will be blind judging, therefore, do not put your name or address on entry submission, but enclose a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number and title(s) of entry. Entries must be typed on 8.5 X 11 white paper. Prose must be double-spaced. Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Knocking at the Door

Knocking at the Door: Approaching the Other seeks fresh work exploring the theme of reconciling and/or coming to an understanding with the Other as it appears in all aspects of life: personal, political and societal. We want honest chronicles of your struggles to come to terms with the Other in all its forms and your sense of humor. Some of the editor’s favorite authors include Rilke, Ilya Kaminsky, Jack McCarthy and Harryette Mullen, but most of all we love poems with a unique voice of their own that defy categorization.

Think along the lines of Daphne Gottlieb in her book “Final Girl”, Margaret Atwood’s “Solstice Poem”, Paul Celan, Tess Gallagher’s “Conversation with a Fireman from Brooklyn” or Patricia Smith’s “Skinhead”. We’re less interested in poems written to reflect the woe or angst of the persona than poems reaching to understand and explore the world outside.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions will be accepted from February 15, 2010 to May 15, 2010
No previously published work or simultaneous submissions, please.
Send your submissions via an email to with the subject line “Submission for Knocking at the Door from <your name>” and an attached file in .doc or .rtf format including:

Your name & contact information
A brief author bio
3 – 5 poems, 10 pages maximum, single-spaced in at least 12 pt. font. We will think less of you if you use Comic Sans.

Any submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.
Notifications will be sent out via email in August 2010.
Payment for publication of accepted poems: 2 copies of the completed anthology in which your work appears.

Send your best words our way! We read and choose writing democratically, pluralistically, ecumenically; therefore, we like to print a mix of writing regardless of its form, genre, school, or politics. We publish newcomers and established writers alike.

- Lisa Sisler & Lea C. Deschenes, Knocking at the Door Editors



A magazine about the issues of our time-how we live, what we value, what sustains us. Published six times a year, it is a forum for ideas about creating a healthy planet and healthy human communities. Orion publishes nonfiction, short stories, interviews, poetry, reviews, and imagery related to this exploration. Orion is meant as a lively, informative, and provocative dialogue, and we look for compelling writing that connects readers to important issues. We do not publish material that is academic or theoretical. Orion's feature articles and departments are open to submissions from freelance writers. From $400 to $1000 for feature-length articles. Payment is made upon acceptance. Orion purchases first North American serial rights.

The John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction


The annual winner receives a $500 Prize and Publication in summer issue of Harpur Palate

Deadline: April 15
Contest Guidelines
Short story submissions should be: 1) 8000 words or less, and 2) previously unpublished. You may enter as many stories as you wish. The entry fee is $15 per story and includes a 1-year subscription to Harpur Palate. Please send checks drawn on a U.S. bank or money orders made out to Harpur Palate. Please make sure your checks are made out to Harpur Palate. IMPORTANT: Check MUST BE made out to HARPUR PALATE, or we will not be able to process (or accept) your submission!
All submissions will be considered for publication in Harpur Palate, and all entrants will receive a copy of the issue in which the winning submission appears. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, your preferred e-mail address and story title. Entrant's name should ONLY appear on the cover letter and should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Manuscripts cannot be returned, so please only send disposable copies.
Send entries along with a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) for contest results to:
John Gardner Fiction Contest
Harpur Palate
English Dept.
Binghamton University
Box 6000
Binghamton, NY13902-6000

Deadline: April 15

OMNIDAWN Publishing


Seeking Fabulist and New Wave Fabulist short stories to be published in an  annual anthology, as well as full length New Wave Fabulist manuscripts. No fees. Paid royalties.  For questions, E-mail No electronic submissions. Submit to Omnidawn Publishing, P.O. Box 5224, Richmond, CA 94805-5224.


Midnight June 17 is the next deadline in the New Millennium Writings Contest 
This deadline may be extended once only

Awards & Contests

$4,000 in Prizes, plus publication in NMW and on the Web at

$1,000 for best Story,     $1,000 for best Short-Short Story (1,000-word limit),     $1,000 for best Poem      

$1,000 best Nonfiction (Includes true humor, memoir, creative nonfiction, travel, opinion, essay, interview, features, investigative reporting, etc.)

To Enter, follow these Guidelines, or enter on-line at

1. No restrictions as to style, content or number of submissions. Previously published pieces OK if online or under 5,000 print circulation. Enter as often as you like.

2. Winners and selected finalists published by New Millennium Writings (

3. Send between now and midnight of June 17(postmark OK).

4. Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome. Previously published material welcome if under 5,000-circulation or online only.

5. Each fiction or nonfiction piece is counted as a separate entry, and should total no more than 6,000 words except Short-Short Fiction (no more than 1,000 words).

6. Each poetry entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total per entry. (All available poetry finalists will be published).

7. Include name, phone, address, email & category on cover page or letter (optional).

8. Manuscripts not returned. Include email address or SASE for list of winners.

9. Include $17 check payable to NMW with each submission.

10. Send to: "NMW" Room EM, PO Box 2463, Knoxville, TN, 37901.To order a sample issue, add $10.

Call for Submissions: Breakwater Review

The editors at Breakwater Review, a literary journal at the MFA program at UMass Boston, is seeking high-quality poetry and prose for our summer issue. We are accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction through our online submissions manager until our May 1 deadline.
Here's a link:

Writers should submit up to 5,000 words of fiction, up to 3,000 words of nonfiction, or up to five poems.

We will also consider interviews and reviews, but please query first by emailing us at breakwaterreview@)

To check out the great writers in the current issue of Breakwater Review, and to get an idea of the type of work we're interested in,  at:




New Letters Awards for Writers

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry

The $1,500 Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay

The $1,500 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction


Enclose with each entry:

bullet15 for first entry; $10 for every entry after. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription, renewal, or gift subscription to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States.  Make checks payable to New Letters.
bulletTwo cover sheetsthe first with complete name, address, e-mail address, phone number, category, and title(s); and the second with category and title only.  Your personal information should not appear anywhere else on the entry.  For sample cover sheets, click here.
bulletA stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt and entry number.
bulletA stamped, self-addressed envelope for a list of winners.  This is optional.  Please send only one envelope if submitting more than one entry.
bulletAll entries will be considered for publication in New Letters.
bulletEntries are not to exceed 8,000 words.  A single poetry entry may contain up to six poems, and those poems need not be related.
bulletMultiple entries are accepted with appropriate fees.  Please make cover sheets for each entry of fiction, essay, or group of poems.
bulletManuscripts will not be returned.
bulletNo substitutions after submissions.  No refunds will be offered for withdrawn material.

Current students and employees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and current volunteer members of the New Letters and BkMk Press staffs, are not eligible.


 New Letters Awards for Writers

UMKC, University House

5101 Rockhill Road

Kansas City, MO  64110-2499 

Postmark deadline:  May 18, 2010.  






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