Monday, February 14, 2011

Submit: Students, Poets Over 50, Poets in the DMV

Here are some specialized submission opportunities for:
1. Grad/undergrad students
2. Poets over 50
3. Poets in the DC area


The Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award from Southern Illinois University Carbondale is an annual award competition intended to encourage increased artistic and intellectual growth among students, as well as reward excellence and diversity in creative writing. Each year, $1000 and a signed copy of a Charles Johnson book will be awarded to the winner. The winning entry will also be published in the Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. The award is co-sponsored by Charles Johnson, CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, and the SIUC Department of English and College of Liberal Arts.

The award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university. There is no entry fee. Entrants may only submit one story. All entries will be screened by published and accomplished writers and editors. The award winner will be selected by Charles Johnson. Finalists must meet all contest guidelines and be able to verify their status as students. (Evidence of current enrollment: a xeroxed copy of a grade transcript, a class schedule or receipt of payment of tuition showing your full- or part-time status for the Spring 2011 semester. The name of the institution and its address must be clear. Please indicate the name of the department of your major field of study.)

Submit one unpublished short story, no longer than 20 pages in length. All entries must be typed double-spaced. Please type or print full name, complete address, phone number, e-mail address, and name of college or university attending on a cover page for the manuscript. Cover letters are not required. Submissions must be postmarked in February 2011. Entries will not be returned, and we are unable to provide feedback on the entries. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest director must be informed immediately if a story is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results. If you would like confirmation that the manuscript has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard as well. The winner will be announced in September 2011 on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale website:

Mail entries (with a self-addressed stamped envelope) to:
Allison Joseph
Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award
English Department– Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

You may e-mail questions or comments to . Electronic submissions and faxes are not accepted.

2. 2011 Passager Poetry Contest FOR WRITERS OVER 50
Submit work: September 1, 2010 - April 15, 2011 (postmarked date)

Winner receives $500 and publication.
Honorable mentions will also be published.
Reading fee: $20, check or money order payable to Passager
Reading fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to Passager.

Submit 5 poems, 40 lines max. per poem
Introduce yourself with a cover letter and brief bio.Include name and address on every page.
Include a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE) for notification of winners.
Poems will not be returned.
No previously published work.
Simultaneous submissions to other journals are okay, but please notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere.
No email submissions, please!

If you need more information, send us an email: , or call: 410.837.6047.

Send all submissions to:
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-5779

3. poetry contest for DC/MD/VA residents
Deadline: March 11, 2011

First Place: $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Winners will be honored at a special event during the Bethesda Literary Festival, held April 15-17, 2011. Winning poems will also be posted on the Bethesda Urban Partnership Web site.

Poems cannot be more than 21 lines of text. Do not double space your entry. Only one entry per person. Poems must be original work. Poems containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified.

Contest open to residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia and are 18 or older at the time of entry. Current and former employees, contractors, and officers of Bethesda Urban Partnership, their immediate family members, and those living in the same domicile therewith are ineligible. Current students, relatives, or close friends of the judge are also ineligible.

Submissions must be sent by email as Microsoft Word documents to (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). All entries must include a cover page with the author's full name, mailing address, phone number and email address. Submissions without this info will be disqualified.

All entrants retain the copyrights that they have in the poems they submit, but by participating in this contest, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the rights, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted poems (in complete or excerpted form) on the BUP web site, on other Web sites and in other media.

The poetry contest will be juried by Michele Wolf. Michele Wolf is the author of Immersion, selected by Denise Duhamel for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection, published by The Word Works.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.