Oct 7, 2008

Readings, Contests, and Goodness

Upcoming Readings:

Friday, October 10th, 2008 @ 5PM
Lillian Vernon Writers House
58 West 10th Street, New York City.

Join Jesse Ball and Kimiko Hahn for the Paris Review Salon at NYU's Lillian Vernon Writers House. Poetry editor Meghan O'Rourke and senior editor Christopher Cox will host a reading and discussion of Ball and Hahn's work, which is featured in the Fall 2008 issue.


Saturday, October 11th, 2008 @7PM
@Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington
(One block south of Houston and 1st Ave. F to 2nd Ave.)

Michelle Sewell, ed. of Just Like a Girl
Join a host of the contributors to Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta! a new anthology edited by Michelle Sewell. www.girlchildpress.com


Friday, October 17th @ 7:30 PM
Wollman Hall
The New School
66 West 12th Street

An evening honoring poet Jason Shinder (1955-2008), with April Bernard, Sophie Cabot Black, David Bonanno, Lucie Brock-Broido, Carol Muske-Dukes, Vivian Gornick, Tony Hoagland, Marie Howe, Phillip Lopate, Donna Masini, Askold Melnyczuk, Sheila Murphy, Victoria Redel, Liz Rosenberg, Nina Shinder Kudler, and Bill Wadsworth. Hosted by Elise Paschen and Robert Polito.

A reception to follow.

Co-sponsored by The New School Graduate Writing Program.


Thursday, October 23rd @ 7:00 PM
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street

A reading and conversation with Paul Batchelor, Frances Leviston, and Kathryn Simmonds, all winners of the prestigious Eric Gregory Award for writers under 30.

Co-sponsored by Arts Council England and the Creative Writing Program, NYU.


Saturday, November 1st @ 3:00 PM
1205 Manhattan Avenue
Studio 1-2-4

Louise Gl├╝ck and Robert Pinsky, with James Dinerstein

A new series connecting literature and art, with reading by poets in artists' studios. This inaugural event will take place in the studio of sculptor James Dinerstein.


Contests and such:

Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship

The award for the 2009-2010 Scholarship year should be in the area of $50,000. The recipient must agree to spend the year abroad. The scholarship is administered by the Trustees under her will at the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, Massachusetts. Eligibility: any poet of American birth who is able to spend one year outside the continent of North America. There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education program.

DEADLINE: 10-15-2008.
PRIZES: $50,000.00.
ENTRY FEE: $0.00.


Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes

These prizes have been established by Marvin Rosenberg in memory of his late wife, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg. The intent is to encourage the work of new, young poets. Several prizes varying from $1,000 up to as much as $25,000 will be awarded.

DEADLINE: 10-18-2008.
PRIZES: $25,000.00.
ENTRY FEE: $10.00.


Inkwell's 12th Annual Poetry Contest

Awards $1000 grand prize and publication in Inkwell. Submit up to 5 previously unpublished poems, 40-line limit per poem. $10 for first poem, $5 per each additional poem.

DEADLINE: 10-30-2008.
PRIZES: $1,000.00.
ENTRY FEE: $15.00.


Inkwell's Short Fiction Contest

Awards $1500 grand prize and publication in Inkwell. Submit up to 3 previously unpublished stories, 5,000-word limit. Entry fee: $15 per story.

DEADLINE: 10-30-2008.
PRIZES: $1,500.00.
ENTRY FEE: $15.00.


John Steinbeck Award

Sponsored by Reed Magazine, Center for Steinbeck Studies, San Jose State University and the National Steinbeck Center.

Reed Magazine announces The John Steinbeck Award for short stories. Writers are invited to submit original unpublished stories of up to 6,000 words. The first place winner will be selected by the 2009 final judge, Michelle Richmond. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The winning story will appear in the 2008 issue of Reed Magazine, and an excerpt may be published in the Salinas-based newspaper, The Californian. Runner-ups will also be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a complimentary copy of the 2009 issue of Reed Magazine.

DEADLINE: 11-01-2008.
PRIZES: $1,000.00.
ENTRY FEE: $15.00.


Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes
Publication by Graywolf Press and a fellowship to attend the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Middlebury, Vermont, is given annually for a first book by a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. Linda Gregerson will judge in poetry, Percival Everett in fiction, and Sue Halpern in creative nonfiction. Submit at least 50 pages of poetry, a novel or short story collection of 150 to 450 pages, or a creative nonfiction manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $10 entry fee between September 15 and November 1.

Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753.
ATT: Jennifer Bates, Coordinator.


DEADLINE: 09-15-2008 to 11-01-2008.
PRIZES: Publication by Graywolf Press and a fellowship to attend the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Middlebury, Vermont
ENTRY FEE: $10.00.


Note: Most writing competitions do charge entry fees. Charging a fee doesn't make a contest "illegitimate." Nor does it mean that the contest is "better." It just means that this is where the money comes from for paying the judges, and cash prize. Do not enter a contest which charges you money to PUBLISH. We suggest to to look at the difference between the entry fee and the prize (as in, if the fee is $30 and the prize is $50, then are you paying to win?).

Most contests will only ask for First Time publishing rights. This means you give the publication the rights to be the first to publish your material in either a particular medium or a particular location.


one time publishing rights. This means that the publication is purchasing the right to print your piece one time ONLY.

Happy Writing,