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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

For Mothers & Daughters Creative Writing Workshop in Lewisburg

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Camber Press Fiction Chapbook Award

(This news courtesy George Lies' WVWriters eNews list)

A prize of $1,000 and publication as a chapbook by Camber Press will be given annually for a short story. Ron Carlson will judge. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee by April 30. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Camber Press, Fiction Chapbook Award,
1160 Midland Avenue, Suite 3F,
Bronxville, NY 10708.

Ron Egatz, Editorial Director.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Writecorner Press E. M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award

(This news courtesy George Lies' WVWriters eNews list)

A prize of $1,100 and publication on the Writecorner Press Web site is given annually for a short story. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($10 for each additional story) by April 30. Send an SASE, call, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Writecorner Press, E. M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award,
P.O. Box 140310,
Gainesville, FL 32614
(352) 338-7778

Mary Sue Koeppel, Contact.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Poetry Contests

(This news courtesy George Lies' WV Writers eNews)

Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sow’s Ear Press with distribution to Sow’s Ear Poetry Review subscribers is given annually for a chapbook-length poetry collection. The winner also receives 25 copies of the chapbook. Submit 22 to 26 pages of poetry with a $20 entry fee by May 1. Send an SASE or e-mail for complete guidelines.

Sow’s Ear Poetry Review,
Chapbook Award,
355 Mt. Lebanon Road,
Donalds, SC 29638-9115.

Errol Hess, Managing Editor.


Wick Poetry Center Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000, publication by Kent State University Press, and an invitation to give a reading and teach a one-week workshop at Kent State University is given annually for a first poetry collection. Naomi Shihab Nye will judge. Poets who have not yet published a book-length collection may submit a manuscript of 50 to 70 pages with a $20 entry fee by May 1. Send an SASE, call, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize,
301 Satterfield Hall,
Kent State University,
P.O. Box 5190,
Kent, OH 44242-0001.
(330) 672-2067
Maggie Anderson, Director.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Southwest Review David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction

(This news courtesy George Lies' WVWriters eNews list)

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually to a fiction writer who has not published a book. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $25 entry fee by May 1. Send an SASE, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Southwest Review,
David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction,
P.O. Box 750374,
Dallas, TX 75275-0374.

Jennifer Cranfill, Fiction Editor.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

(This news courtesy George Lies' WV Writers eNews)

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $17 entry fee by May 15 ($12 before May 1). Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition,
P.O. Box 993,
Key West, FL 33041.
Carol Shaughnessy, Codirector.

Monday, April 20, 2009

West Virginia Fiction Award and Competition

(This news courtesy George Lies' WVWriters eNews list)

Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage Literary Project announces the West Virginia Fiction Competition, a literary competition to encourage writers and storytellers, whose talent and ability in creative writing is distinctive and promising, and to foster an appreciation of Appalachian culture and values represented in the diverse writing of the region. Submissions are encouraged from any resident of West Virginia or student in West Virginia who meets the criteria below. Click here to view a list of past Fiction Competition winners.

What are the limitations upon submissions? Any original, unpublished work of fiction, between 500 and 2,500 words, one submission only. The submission may not have received any other award, recognition, or special honor. What is the deadline for submissions? May 1, 2009. Where should submissions be mailed?

West Virginia Fiction Competition
Department of English
Shepherd University
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000
Electronic submissions should be sent to

What should accompany submissions? WEB PAGE for The application form -

What prize will be awarded? $500.00 First Prize Award and possible publication, $100 each Second and Third Prize Awards.

Who will select the fiction contest winner? A panel of writers, editors, and creative writing instructors will choose finalists, and the 2009 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence, Silas House, will select first, second, and third place winners from these finalists.

The first place winner will receive the West Virginia Fiction Award and accompanying $500 prize on the night of Thursday, October 1, 2009, at the Appalachian Heritage Awards Presentation; and the winning story will be read at the Appalachian Heritage Festival Concert the following night. Both events are part of the 2009 AHWIR residency: "The History of Every Country": Place in the Poetry and Fiction of Silas House. Mr. House will present the awards and offer story critiques to the competition finalists. First, second, and third place prize winners will dine with Mr. House on the evening of the awards. The fiction competition is supported by the West Virginia Center for the Book and the Shepherd University Foundation.

When will the winner be notified? August 1, 2009.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

National Poetry Month online offerings

Laura Treacy Bentley continues featuring poetry at her website in honor of National Poetry Month. Don't miss the fine poetry of Grace Cavalieri, Mark Defoe, Larry Jaffe, Llewellyn McKernan, Robert West, Ethan Fischer, Edwina Pendarvis, Jeff Mann, Dana Wildsmith (2009 WV Writers Conference Presenter), Colleen Anderson, Marianne Worthington, Kirk Judd, and others this month, National Poetry Month, on Open Mic:

Tell a friend or forward this email, comment about the poets' work, and enjoy their diverse and powerful poetry. Poetry matters!

Many thanks,

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Flux Books Interview

(From Cynthia Sterling Market News)

Author Cynthia Leitich Smith has posted a terrific interview with Brian Farrey of Flux Books. Flux is the young adult imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide and Brian has recently taken over as editor. Among the books he'd like to see come across his desk, he would like a "really well-written YA
steampunk." Read the interview here.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

WV Writers Podcast

Hola Citizens,

I have a fairly large announcement to make here. Beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 17, 2009, WV Writers will enter the podcasting arena with our very own podcast, hosted by me.

This will be a weekly podcast leading up to our Summer Conference and will feature interviews with the folks putting the conference together as well as some of the movers and shakers who will be teaching workshops at the conference.

Some early guests include President Terry McNemar, humorist and keynote speaker Susan Reinhardt and some reminiscences on conferences past with Rhonda White.

Please join us tomorrow at the Podcast Homepage.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sword and Sorceress XXIIII now accepting entries

(From Cynthia Sterling Market News) Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXIIII is now accepting submissions. Editor Elizabeth Waters is interested in sword and sorcery stories featuring a strong female protagonist.

Stories may be up to 9000 words, but preference is given to shorter stories. No explicit sex, gratuitous violence or profanity. Stories may be submitted via email between April 18 and May 15, 2009. Payment for accepted stories is a five cent a word advance against royalties.

The anthology will be published in November 2009. Complete guidelines are available at>

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Juno Books Updates Writers' Guidelines

(This news courtesy Cynthia Sterling's Market News)

Juno Books an imprint of Pocket Books that publishes "Fantasy with a focus on female" has updated its writer's guidelines at

To quote from those guidelines: "We are interested in fantasy featuring a strong female protagonist set in a contemporary (or a very few years in the future) world quite like ours except for the intersection/transgression of the numinous (that which is "wholly other") with/upon the mundane. This world can be open ("magic", the "supernatural" is known to exist) or closed (where "otherness" is concealed from common knowledge). This type of "urban fantasy" (sometimes called "paranormal/urban fantasy") is typically crossed with mystery, action/adventure, and horror featuring a woman with supernatural power (or some paranormal connection). Romance/relationship is usually an element in this mix as is humor." They are not interested in paranormal romance, historical fantasy, or sword and sorcery. Manuscripts should be between 80,000 and 100,000 words. They accept submissions via emailed, as detailed in their guidelines.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

National Poetry Month Celebrated on Blog

Laura Treacy Bentley is posting the invited work of diverse poets each day this month on her blog in celebration of National Poetry Month. Please stop by and comment!!

So far, the poetry of Tony O'Dwyer, poet and editor from Galway Ireland, and North Carolina poet, John Hoppenthaler are waiting for you to discover.

Check back each day to see what you may find, and, please, help spread the word!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Woodland Press Accepting Holiday Hauntings submissions

Michael Knost online is calling for submissions for a new horror anthology to be published by Woodland Press, of Chapmanville, WV. Here are the Submission guidelines from Michael Knost

Title: Appalachian Holiday Hauntings
Editors: Michael Knost and Mark Justice
Publisher: Woodland Press, LLC
Publication Date: November 1, 2009
Word count: 1000 to 3000 words
Pay: three-cents per word plus contributor copy (one-cent per word on reprints)
Submit to:
Format: Attached RTF or Word Document file. (do not copy and paste into email body)
No simultaneous or multiple submissions
No explicit language or sexual content (this project will be in regional school systems)
Deadline: September 1, 2009 (please do not inquire on status of submission until after this date)

We are looking for traditional Christmas ghost stories set in the Appalachian region. Think Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with an Appalachian backdrop. However, given this example, we want to make sure you understand that stories may be set in any time frame, including the present. We are not interested in tales that disrespect or alter the religious aspects of the holiday.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Princeton Poetry Project accepting submissions for Holler

(This news courtesy Dr. Thomas McKenna)

The Princeton Poetry Project in now accepting submissions for the first edition of Holler, a quarterly literary journal of poetry, song, rap, prose, short fiction, and humor.

The first issue will be coming out in June and the deadline for submission is May 1. Submit your work online ( or the old fashioned way:

Princeton Poetry Project
P.O. Box 1924
Princeton, WV 24740

Don't delay. Share your voice today.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Robert Tinnell's SHADES OF GRAY showing in Charleston

(This news courtesy Pam Haynes with the WV Film Office)

WV FILM SERIES — April 11, South Charleston
The South Charleston Museum continues its West Virginia Film Series with "Shades of Gray" at the LaBelle Theater, 311 'D' Street on April 11 at 7:00 pm. The documentary, which is produced by Allegheny Image Factory (the company of Robert Tinnell, a previous WV Writers Summer Conference presenter from 2007 and 2008, not to mention the writer and producer of the soon-to-be-filmed in WV "Feast of the Seven Fishes"), is about Clarksburg's famous UFO pioneer Gray Barker. Director Bob Wilkinson is the featured guest. Admission is $4.00. For more information, call 304-744-9711.

Friday, April 03, 2009

The Light of the Stars Annual Poetry Contest

Annual Poetry Contest
DEADLINE: October 31
Judging by MILO ROSEBUD: November,
(visit him at:
Winners announced: December
READING FEE: $2.00 per poem entered - UNLIMITED ENTRIES
Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.
Entries are to be 32 lines or less, single spaced, camera ready - the way you want to see it in print. Include SASE or postcard for acknowledgement. One-time magazine publication rights to each publisher - different months. Author’s own copyright guaranteed.
40% of fees collected - First Prize
20% of fees collected - Second Prize
20% of fees collected - Third Prize
E-mail entries to:
PayPal users go to the Websites
Snail Mail entries and reading fees to:
Milo Rosebud, Editor & Publisher
4219 Flinthill Drive
San Antonio, TX 78230
Perry Terrell, Editor
Conceit Magazine
P. O. Box 884223
San Francisco, CA 94188-4223
(NOTE: Entries can be e-mailed or U.S. Mail)
(Cash, check or money order - Make payable to Milo Rosebud or Perry Terrell)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

WV Writers 2009 Writing Contest Closes

The WV Writers 2009 Spring Writing Competition is now closed for all entries. Please join us at the 2009 WV Writers Summer Conference (June 12 - 14, at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV) where we will announce the winners of the contest at our annual awards banquet.

Which is another way of saying, the 2009 Conference is now open for pre-registration.

Our 2010 contest will reopen for entries on January 2, 2010.