Information on three short story/poetry contests have come to my attention. (the third was added the day after the original post!)
First: WESTMORELAND POETRY AND SHORT STORY CONTEST
2008 Poetry and Short Story Contest Forms Are Now Available
The 2008 Poetry and Short Story Contest Entry Form must be postmarked or delivered to the office by March 15, 2008. Please see the application form for appropriate fee information. Acrobat Reader is Required to see the Entry Form. Please download the form
for entry into the 2008 Poetry and Short Story contest.
For 34 years, Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival has been bringing the arts and humanities to our community. In 2008, as part of our continuing tradition, the Festival once again offers the Annual Westmoreland Poetry & Short Story Contest. This Contest is one root of our commitment to promoting and understanding the humanities, and provides an exceptional forum for writers and poets to present their work to the public.
Entries are juried by accomplished and established jurors in the community who have shown a commitment to the humanities. Based on their knowledge and expertise, one juror is chosen to evaluate the poetry entries and a second juror is chosen to jury the short stories. Winners in each contest are displayed at Twin Lakes Park during the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, where over 100,000 patrons may read the exceptional works.
The 34th Annual Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival kindly invites you to participate in the 2008 Westmoreland Poetry & Short Story Contest.
And second: Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
From: Joanne Denning <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 14:42:24 +0000
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
We really appreciate your past entry in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, and we hope your recent writing has brought you creative satisfaction and an increased knowledge of the unique, magnetically appealing (and sometimes maddening) craft of writing.
Please consider this your invitation to submit your work to our 2008 competition.
Our final deadline remains May 15, as in past years, and our prizes remain the same as well: $1,000 cash to the first-place winner, $500 apiece to the second- and third-place winners, and honorable mentions to other promising writers.
You may have seen notices in literary publications about our 2007 winner. Bruce Overby, a part-time technical communications consultant and graduate student from Los Altos, California, earned the $1,000 first prize for “Bookmarks.” Chosen from among 905 submissions, “Bookmarks” is about a well-educated alcoholic man whose love of poetry brings him solace and eventual redemption after his sister’s death. The story impressed Lorian and her judges for its subtle power, tightly controlled phrasing and flawless prose.
This past year, Lorian has spoken about the competition and the quality of its entrants’ work in numerous national and international print and television interviews. She continues to work on her new book and may even showcase a small portion of it during the July literary readings held in conjunction with the short story awards.
For more information about the competition, we encourage you to visit our website at http://www.shortstorycompetition.com. There you’ll find more information and some top stories from previous years. We rotate the stories regularly, so please keep checking back to the site.
To be eligible for our 2008 competition, stories must be original, unpublished, typed and double-spaced, and 3,000 words or less. There are no theme restrictions, but only works of fiction will be considered. Your name should not appear on the stories, manuscripts are not returned, and you retain all rights to your work. (Please note that we can’t accept e-mailed entries.) Entries from non-U.S. writers are welcome.
Since the contest is dedicated to recognizing emerging writers, it is open only to those whose fiction hasn’t appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. First-place winners from previous years are not eligible to enter.
Each story should be accompanied by a cover sheet with your name, complete address, e-mail address, phone number, title of the piece and word count.
For the first time since 1981, we have slightly increased our entry fee. The fee is now $12 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2008, and $17 for each story postmarked from May 2 through May 15. Entries postmarked after May 15 will not be accepted.
All manuscripts and fees should be sent to the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041.
Winners will be announced in late July in Key West, and all entrants will receive a letter from Lorian (via snail mail or e-mail) and a list of winners by October 1.
We hope to find a new piece from you among this year’s entries. Most of all, we hope you continue to find joy in developing your voice as a writer.
We’ll be contacting our writers now and then with e-mail updates. If you don’t want to receive them, please reply to this e-mail with “LHSS remove” in your response’s subject line, and we will remove your name from our e-mail list.
All the best,
Carol Shaughnessy and Joanne Denning
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Third, the Nimrod International Literary Awards
Greetings from Nimrod International Journal. I’m writing to tell you about the 30th annual Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. The Awards offer first prizes of $2,000 and publication and second prizes of $1,000 and publication, along with a trip to Tulsa to receive the Awards and take part in our annual writing conference. The postmark deadline for this year’s Awards is April 30th, 2008.
The Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. Past judges include Stanley Kunitz, Marvin Bell, Mark Doty, Olga Broumas, W. S. Merwin, Denise Levertov, William Stafford, Ron Carlson, Edward Hirsch, and John Edgar Wideman. Past winners include Sue Monk Kidd, Kate Small, Diane Glancy, Steve Lautermilch, Thomas Gough, Felicia Ward, Ruth Schwartz, and Gina Ochsner.
One of the oldest “little magazines” in the country, Nimrod has continually published new and extraordinary writers since 1956. We are dedicated to the discovery of new voices in literature, and the Nimrod/Hardman Awards are a special way to reward talented poets and fiction writers.
I am including the contest rules with this email, and hope that you will make them available to all the members of your group. Feel free to pass the information along in any way you like—be it in emails, newsletters, or on your website. For more information about Nimrod, please visit our website at http://www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.
Thank you for your help in spreading the word about the Nimrod/Hardman Awards to the writers in your writing group.
The 30th Nimrod Literary Awards
The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction &
The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
FIRST PLACE: $2,000 AND PUBLICATION
SECOND PLACE: $1,000 AND PUBLICATION
Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2008
Poetry: 3-10 pages. One long poem or several poems.
Fiction: 7,500 words maximum.
No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author’s name, full address, phone, and email. “Contest Entry” should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts will not be returned. Nimrod retains the right to publish any submission. Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s web site. Entrants must have a U. S. address by October 2008.
Entry Fee: Each entry must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription. Make checks payable to:
Literary Contest–Fiction or Poetry
The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104