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Online poetry magazine  since 1995, is now accepting submissions for 2011 issue. Seeking for poems on the theme:

(vagaries of fate synchronicity chance meeting ouija board car accident portent love of your life predictions adventure).

Check out current and previous issues at:
Submissions for the next issue:

* Will ONLY be taken from December 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011.
* ONE TO THREE POEMS ONLY, each not to exceed 48 lines.
* Must be original and not simultaneously submitted (previously
published work is okay if credits are included).
* Poetry can be in Text only (TXT or RTF), in Word (DOC or DOCX) format
or included in the body of your e-mail.
(And please name your file with your last name; you'd be amazed at
how many "Gutenberg.doc" files we have to sort out.)
* Should be e-mailed to

Please include your name in the subject line.
* Should include:
o your name and e-mail address
o a short (three-line) biographical note. Please limit the
list of publication credits to five.
o Address and phone number in case we need to contact you

 Please wait to query us till August 2011. Release Issue 17 in planned for late-summer 2011.




Editor of the bestselling Graces and 16 other anthologies, including Animal Blessings and Wedding Blessings, seeks

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 short, universal,  stories, interfaith prayers and spiritual poems for the following hardcover anthologies:

Seeking submissions as listed alphabetically below. The three projects most likely to sell quickly are EARTH BLESSINGS,  WISDOM OF WOMEN, and GOOD DOG! BAD DOG! FUNNY DOG!  Rcommend mailing submissions ASAP.

EARTH BLESSINGS: PRAYERS, POEMS, AND PROSE FOR CREATING A GREENER EARTH Preliminary chapters include: 1) Nature & the Environment; 2) Honoring the Earth; 3) Healing the Earth; 4) Cycles of Life; 5) Love, Kindness & Compassion; 6) Living Simply; 7) Our Children; 8) Honoring Animals; 9) Spirituality, Prayers & Blessings; 10) World & Community; 11) Joy, Praise & Gratitude; 12) Reflections; and 14) Inspiration. Particularly need submissions for chapters printed in bold. For desired spiritual tone, refer to my book, Looking for God in All the Right Places or the previous version of this book, Heal Your Soul, Heal the World. “Green publishing” is popular right now and focuses primarily on the nuts and bolts of how to improve the environment. In contrast, EARTH BLESSINGS is a spiritual book that will reflect upon the beauty of the earth and remind all of us to cherish the earth. Two publishers have expressed interest in EARTH BLESSINGS. Submission date is open

EVERYDAY INSPIRATION™ Series I’m creating a gift book series that will function as an extended greeting card. One mini-book, Because I Love You, Mom, will celebrate mothers; one will celebrate grandmothers; another will celebrate the bond between sisters; and the last one will celebrate the bond between friends. Your submissions should be short (ideally 12 lines or less) because the book will have a small trim size. The submissions need to be both universal enough to appeal to someone other than your own relative or friend and specific enough that the recipient feels the piece was written for her or him. Your words should help nurture a strong bond between the buyer and the recipient of the book. Please mark the lower left-hand corner of your envelope, "Mothers," "Grandmothers," "Sisters," or "Friends." Submission date is open.

FAMILY TRADITIONS: THE 100 BEST IDEAS FOR CREATING A LEGACY OF LOVE Does your family have a certain tradition that you feel is unique? Something that other families might appreciate knowing about? Was there a fun or meaningful activity in your childhood that brings back warm feelings? Here are some categories of traditions to consider: weddings, anniversaries, new babies, christenings, birthdays, graduations, family reunions, housewarmings, memorial services, family vacations, and retirement, as well as all of the holidays. You can also submit any idea not related to the above categories, such as a mother/daughter or father/son activity. The book will likely have the same trim size as Family Celebrations. I am looking for prose submissions (not poetry), limited to approximately 180-word selections and ideally no longer than 360 words, which represents two pages in the book. If you can limit your description to 180 words (one page), so much the better! Submission date is open.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: THE WISDOM OF WOMEN Scroll down to WISDOM OF WOMEN, the book's new title.

GOOD DOG! BAD DOG! FUNNY DOG! A compilation of "funny dog" stories. Two publishers have expressed interest in this project. The word limit ranges from 180-600 words. My goal is to create a book as humorous as Marley and Me by John Grogan.  Please put "FUNNY DOG STORY" on the lower left-hand corner of your envelope. Submission date is open.

MORE THAN JUST A DOG: Tributes to Our Dearest Friends One publisher has expressed interest in this idea. The title is a response to those who might have said to you (or thought) upon your dog's death, "Well, she was just a dog." At this early stage, I don't have a word limit. I anticipate that most of the book will consist of stories rather than poems or prayers. Please put "DOG TRIBUTE" on the lower left-hand corner of your envelope. Submission date is open.

PARENT BLESSINGS (previously titled PARENT PRAYERS) is geared specifically for parents and will have the same spiritual tone as BABY BLESSINGS. The intention of the book is to provide insight, joy, and support for parents throughout their parenting journey. Parents will read PARENT BLESSINGS when they feel like celebrating the simple joys of parenting and will also turn to the book for comfort and insight when they feel discouraged in their role as a parent. The primary market will be a gift book for new moms and dads. The secondary market will be parents buying it for themselves for encouragement and inspiration. The chapters include: 1) Pregnancy; 2) Babies; 3) Toddlers; 4) Children; 5) Teens; 6) Leaving Home; 7) Adulthood; 8) Reflections; and 9) Inspiration. Please avoid standard "Please help me be a better parent" submissions. Particularly need submissions for chapters printed in bold. As always, I appreciate freshness and originality. The selections will reflect upon the spirituality of parenting and day-to-day family life. Parents whose children have passed beyond the first few chapters will enjoy the book for the emotional recollection of the precious early years in a child’s life and appreciate the later chapters that pertain to them. Submission date is open.

WISDOM OF WOMEN: THOUGHTS AND POEMS FOR EVERY STAGE OF YOUR LIFE (Previously titled Girls Night Out and A Woman's Book of Poetry for the Soul) Over the past decade I’ve received wonderful submissions from female writers that never quite fit the particular theme of my general "inspirational" books.  These are poems and prose about womanhood, stages of life, memories, and everything in between. I would love to add a few more high-quality selections--poetry or prose. Unlike most of my other anthologies, there are no prayers in the book, but there is a chapter on Spirituality. The content of WISDOM OF WOMEN is much "edgier" than my other books. Chapters include: 1) The Strength of Us; 2) Relationships; 3) Motherhood; 4) Ordinary Life; 5) Self-Image and Beauty; 6) Aging Gracefully; 7) Heartache and Healing; 8) Joy and Gratitude; 9) Friendships; 10) Shared Experiences; 11) Spirituality; 12) Reflections; and 13) Inspiration. I particularly need submissions for chapters printed in bold. The submissions should not have an "I am woman, hear me roar" tone, but more "this is my experience as a woman." The collection will be for women to turn to when they need encouragement, understanding, inspiration, and to reflect upon the great blessings of being a woman. This book easily spans two generations and is geared to women in their early adulthood to later years and beyond. Submission date is open.

365 BLESSINGS: A Year of Inspiration, Comfort, and Gratitude (previously titled 2007 EVERYDAY BLESSINGS Calendar). Sourcebooks published my 2006 EVERYDAY BLESSINGS Calendar. They have decided not to publish a 2007 calendar because the market for boxed calendars is "trending down." However, my agent thinks we could take the same concept and make it a book.  I cannot pay a permission fee for this particular project, but you would receive one book for each piece published. Since I need 300+ pieces for the book vs. 100+ pieces for one of my regular anthologies, your chances of being published in this book are a good 300% higher than in one of my other books. When writing submissions, picture a 365-day book with the title "Everyday Blessings" - how would you like to be inspired throughout the day? Keep your submissions to 24 lines or less including stanza breaks. If your submission would work for a specific date (such as a holiday) or seasonal match, please mention this in your cover letter or attach a sticky note to your selection. Submission date is open.

*TERMS: Terms are generally $25 + one complimentary copy of the book for each piece published for one-time rights. You retain all rights. If the book's advance is small, can't always guarantee $25/piece. At the minimum, you will receive a complimentary book for each piece published.

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We favor shorter work in any genre. We want to see work that reflects what's on our own fridges -- work that we are eager to come back to again and again until something even more compelling comes along. We like humor, but gravity is not a deal-breaker. Opinion pieces that deal with any aspect of the writing world are also sought.

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Annual William Allen Creative Nonfiction Prize




This annual competition honors the work of William Allen, the founding editor of The Journal. The William Allen Creative Nonfiction Prize offers $500 and publication of the winning essay in the upcoming issue of The Journal.

All styles, subject matter, and forms are welcome. Deadline for postmark of manuscripts is January 31, .

A reading fee of $10 should accompany each manuscript (make checks payable to: The Journal).

The maximum word count is 6500 words.
Please double-space all entries.

Send submission along with reading fee to:
Nonfiction Prize
The Journal
Department of English
The Ohio State University
164 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Faculty and students of The Ohio State University are ineligible


 Intergeneration Foundation's Storytelling Contest


Seeking to emphasize and recognize storytelling as a way to connect generations.


An age-old tradition to inform, educate and entertain, storytelling is now part of the high-speed internet. Write a story, poem or song (fiction, non-fiction, or a combination). Feature characters from at least two generations. One illustration, such as a drawing or photograph may be included and will be considered when judging the entry.

Writing suggestions include, but are not limited to:

Stories from an older person, like a grandparent, you have heard.

Stories you think you might tell your children or grandchildren.

Stories from history.

Stories from different cultures.
Cash Prizes:

1st Prize- $500
2nd Prize-$350
3rd Prize-$150
Including possible publication of each story.

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All submissions must be received by email
no later than August 15, 2011. Please send all submissions to

People of all ages are encouraged to enter.

Story not to exceed 750 words
Include your name and contact information (age optional)
Story must be original and unpublished
Entries will not be returned, so keep a copy for yourself!
Submission grants Intergeneration Foundation non-exclusive legal rights
to publish entries (your name and contact info will be kept private if
requested in writing)
Judging of the Storytelling Contest will be done by the Trustees of
Intergeneration Foundation and their appointed representatives.
We will announce the winners on or before Intergeneration Day, the
first Sunday of October. The names of the winners will be announced on
our website and each winner will be contacted by Intergeneration
Foundation to receive their prize by mail.