Archive for June, 2012

first book contest in poetry: Crab Orchard Series

June 27, 2012

2012 First Book Award ~ $3500 and publication

final judge: Chad Davidson

Below are the guidelines for the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, which will be open for entries on May 10, 2012 and close on July 7, 2012 (postmark and online submission deadline):

A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open competition of manuscripts, in English, by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a volume of poetry 48 pages or more in length in an edition of over 500 copies* (individual poems may have been previously published; for the purposes of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, a manuscript which was in whole or in part submitted as a thesis or dissertation as a requirement for the completion of a degree is considered unpublished and is eligible). Current or former students, colleagues, and close friends of the final judge, and current and former students and employees of Southern Illinois University and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible. For questions about judging, please visit

The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $2000 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked or submitted online between May 10, 2012 and the end of July 7, 2012 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (CDT) on July 7, 2012). (For postal submissions since this is a postmark deadline, there is no need to send Express Mail, Fedex, or UPS. First Class or Priority Mail are preferred.) Please do not send revisions of either postal or online submissions; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with the series editor before the manuscript is delivered to SIU Press.

ENTRY FEE: $25.00 per entry for postal submissions; $28.00 per entry for online submissions through Submittable ($25.00 plus $3.00 online processing fee). Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. All entrants will receive a year’s subscription to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, beginning with the 2013 Winter/Spring CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

PAGE LENGTH: Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 75 pages of original poetry.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR POSTAL SUBMISSIONS: Manuscripts should be typewritten, single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page. Submit two title pages for the collection. The author’s name, address, and daytime phone number should appear on the first title page only. The author’s name should appear nowhere else in the manuscript. An acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies should be placed after the second title page. A clean photocopy is recommended, bound with a spring clip or placed in a plain file folder (no paper clips or staples please). Please do not send your only copy of the manuscript since manuscripts will not be returned, and please do not include illustrations. CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW and Southern Illinois University Press assume
no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts.

All postal submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee (check or money order). Please make your check out to “Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.”

Please address postal submissions to:

Jon Tribble, Series Editor, First Book Award, Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503,
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1000 Faner Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901

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.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: Online entries should be sent through Submittable (there is an additional $3.00 processing fee for online entries, making the entry fee for each online entry $28.00). Payment for online submissions must be made online.

Please submit your file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .pdf, .odt, or .wpf. 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times preferred. Manuscripts should be
single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page.

Submit a single title page with only the manuscript title in your file.

The author’s name should appear nowhere in your file or in the file name.

In the place of the cover letter or biographical note in the submission process, an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies can be included, but this SHOULD NOT be included in the manuscript file.

Please name your file the first eight letters of your manuscript title, with no spaces; for example, if your manuscript was titled “A Collection of Poems,” your file would be titled “acollect” or “ACOLLECT” (either lower or upper case is fine). If your manuscript title has fewer than eight letters or uses numerals, use what you have. If you have a symbol or mark of punctuation as your title or as part of your title, spell out what it stands for and use the first eight letters of that; for example, if your manuscript was titled “Poems!,” your file would be titled “poemsexc” for “Poems exclamation point.”

All entrants submitting online through Submittable will be notified of the results via e-mail by October 1, 2012.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author.

Entrants are not to contact the final judge under any circumstances; all questions should be directed to Jon Tribble, Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.

E-MAIL:<jtribble(at)> (replace (at) with @ in sending email)

Last Call: Accents Poetry Contest

June 20, 2012
2012 Poetry Chapbook Contest

(Click here to download the submission form)

Submissions due by June 30th.

Accents Publishing is happy to announce its 2012 Poetry Book Contest. Two winners will be selected – one by an independent judge, Lynnell Edwards, and one by the Senior Editor and founder of Accents Publishing, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. Each winner will have his/her submission published and will receive a $250 cash prize and 25 perfect-bound copies. All contest entries will be considered for regular publication with Accents Publishing, as well.

The entry fee is $10.00. Multiple submissions are allowed, as long as each one is accompanied by a separate entry fee and submission form. Winning books may be pre-ordered at the time of submission for $5.00 each.

A complete submission should include the following:

  • A completed submission form
  • Your manuscript, including:
    • An acknowledgement page, if necessary
    • Two title pages — one with name and contact information, one without
  • Your biography or CV
  • A check or a confirmation of payment via Paypal (see below) covering the $10 entry fee, plus any optional book pre-orders

Please do not include a SASE, as notification will be made by email only.

We will accept submissions until June 30th. Winners will be announced in July. The contest is open to any poet writing in English. Employees of Accents or family members of judges are ineligible to participate. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts should conform to the following guidelines:

  • 20 to 30 pages of poetry
  • Table of contents
  • Single spaced
  • Numbered pages
  • 11 pt font minimum

Your name should not appear anywhere within the manuscript. Please do not send the only copy of your work, as manuscripts will be recycled.

Entries should be mailed to:

Accents Publishing
Attn: Katerina Stoykova-Klemer
P.O. Box 910456
Lexington, KY 40591-0456

More information about Accents Publishing is available at

women and place anthology seeks submissions

June 13, 2012

Call for Submissions: Women & Place Anthology

Sundress Publications is currently looking for submissions from women for a multi-genre anthology (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) centered on the idea of “place” to be published in October 2013. All (re)interpretations welcome, including — but not limited to — the following:

home * region * neighborhood * niche * background responsibility * community vacancy * property space * venue * profession * establish * distinguish

Please limit submissions to no more than five (5) poems or 5,000 words. Previously published works accepted though please let us know where the piece first appeared.

All questions and submissions may be sent to <anthology(at)> (replace (at) with @ when sending email)

For more information, visit our website at

visiting position in creative writing: Marlboro College

June 6, 2012

Marlboro College, a liberal arts college of 300 students and 41 faculty members, invites applicants for a Visiting Professor of Writing for a one-year sabbatical replacement, beginning August 2012. Teaching responsibilities include teaching a Fiction Workshop in the fall and a Poetry Workshop in the spring, tutorial support for advanced students in Writing, with an additional literature course or two (depending on the tutorial load) each semester in the applicant’s area of expertise. MFA or PhD required.

Marlboro receives the highest academic rating from the Princeton Review and is noted for its intellectual rigor and lively classroom discussion. We are committed to the development of clear writing and a global perspective. Our undergraduate students enjoy a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community, and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College is an Equal Opportunity employer. The faculty, students, and staff share a commitment to diversity and the values of equality, inclusion, and respect for all human differences.

Application consideration begins immediately. All applicants must apply online at . Electronic attachments to the online application should include: a curriculum vitae; a letter of application including statements on teaching philosophy, teaching experience, and research interest; and evidence of effective teaching including course evaluations if available. In addition, applicants will need to provide the names and contact information for three references who can speak to their teaching.


Application Information
Contact: Margaret Hunt
Office of the Deans
Marlboro College
Phone: 802-258-9240
Fax: 802-257-4154
Online App. Form: