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Closing This Month:
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest


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Featured Poem:
"Ordinary Light"


Featured Poem:
"The Bikers at Starbucks"


Featured Poem:
"september"


Featured Poem:
"Feeding the Birds on Yom Kippur"


Featured Poem:
"Chautauqua"


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WINNING WRITERS NEWSLETTER
Fall 2006 Supplement


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Welcome to our Fall newsletter supplement. These quarterly supplements contain award-winning poems, timely Winning Writers announcements and special offers for poets and writers. We'll release our next regular newsletter on September 15.

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RECENT HONORS FOR OUR NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS
Congratulations to Barbara Esch Shisler. Her poem "Path" won an honorable mention in the Presence Poetry Contest and will be published in their journal. Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction offers prizes up to $100 for unpublished poems on a spiritual theme; the deadline is May 15, and there is no entry fee. Ms. Shisler says, "Thanks to Winning Writers for making it possible."

Congratulations to Nancy Powers. Her poem "Ordinary Light" won the 80th Annual Wednesday Club Poetry Prize. The next deadline for this $500 award for writers in the St. Louis, MO area will be February 1, 2007. Ms. Powers has kindly given us permission to reprint her poem below.


RECENT HONORS FOR POETRY CONTEST INSIDER SUBSCRIBERS
Congratulations to Joseph Soldati. His chapbook, Apocalypse Clam, was published this past May by Finishing Line Press. Visit his website at http://www.josephsoldati.com. Mr. Soldati has kindly given us permission to reprint "The Bikers at Starbucks", a poem from his chapbook, below.

Congratulations to Norbert Hirschhorn. His poetry chapbook Sailing With the Pleiades was a finalist in Main Street Rag's Annual Chapbook Contest, and has been accepted for publication. This award offers $500, publication and 50 copies; the next deadline will be May 31, 2007. He has kindly agreed to share with us a poem from his chapbook, reprinted below. Dr. Hirschhorn also won third prize (100 pounds) in the Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition. This award for unpublished poems has a deadline of April 30.

Congratulations to Judith Goldhaber, winner of the 2005 Dancing Galliard Sonnet Contest from Prism Quarterly. October 31 is the next deadline for this contest, which awards prizes up to $100 for the best group of 3 sonnets. Ms. Goldhaber has kindly allowed us to reprint a selection from her winning entry below. For more from this versatile sonneteer, check out her book Sonnets from Aesop.

Congratulations to Shirley Barasch. Her poem "Chautauqua" won first prize in Taproot Literary Review's 2006 poetry contest. (Email editor Tikvah Feinstein for more information about the journal.) Ms. Barasch has kindly permitted us to reprint her poem below.


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Closing This Month
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: September 30
Now in its fourth year, this contest seeks poems in any style, theme or genre. 30 cash prizes totaling $3,500 will be awarded, including a top prize of $1,000. All winners of cash prizes will be published in an anthology. The entry fee is $6 for every 25 lines you submit. Enter online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. You may submit poems that have been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. Unpublished work is also welcome. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. Guidelines:
http://www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry


Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2007
Now in its 15th year. Prizes of $1,200, $800 and $400 will be awarded, plus four High Distinction awards of $200 each. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 5,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. $12 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. Guidelines:
http://www.winningwriters.com/tomstory


Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2007
Winning Writers invites you to enter the sixth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. The prize pool has doubled to $3,336.40 in cash, with a top prize of $1,359. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Submit online at www.winningwriters.com/wergle


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LINKS TO AWARD-WINNING POEMS


POSTHUMOUS
by Jean Nordhaus
Winner of the 2006 Journal Award in Poetry
Postmark Deadline: September 30
This prestigious open manuscript contest offers $3,000 and publication by Ohio State University Press. This poem from Nordhaus' prizewinning book Innocence looks at junk mail addressed to her dead mother, first as an unwelcome irony, then as a reflection on how her mother's generosity echoes beyond her lifetime.

TILT
by Renato Rosaldo
Winner of the 2005 Many Mountains Moving Literary Award for Poetry
Postmark Deadline: September 30
Colorado-based literary journal offers $200 apiece for poetry and flash fiction; emerging writers welcome. In "Tilt", his first published poem, Rosaldo, a cultural anthropologist, relies on his gift for detailed observation to orient himself after a stroke, in a hospital atmosphere that threatens to break patients' identities down to mechanical parts.

FIRE IN THE DOLL'S HOUSE
by Frances Brent
Winner of the 2005 May Swenson Poetry Award
Postmark Deadline: September 30
This high-profile open manuscript contest offers $1,000 and publication by Utah State University Press. Brent's poem, from her prizewinning book The Beautiful Lesson of the I, resembles a miniature gilded illustration in a medieval manuscript, illuminating the explosive creative energy hidden in the smallest things.


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If your work is accepted for publication, you will receive modest payment (from $1 to $15), plus a free copy of that issue. We do charge a small entry/reading fee which has kept us alive and active for 21 years. Please email us for submission details at tedbadger1@yahoo.com or visit our website: lucidityjournal.00books.com. Please read our guidelines before submitting—poems sent by email will not be considered.

In addition to our twice-yearly issue of Lucidity (sample $2), we also publish perfect-bound poetry chapbooks, and have recently created the Mini-Chapbook. It consists of only 8 pages plus a cover to showcase a selection of your poems, or to use as greeting cards and give-aways. One poet writes: "I was blown away by the beauty of the booklets." Send $1 for sample and prices.

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The title poem...

Woman Crossing a Field Woman Crossing a Field

No map can render these hills, the way they fill
your field of vision, gain mass and volume
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World offers itself like a lover. The fields are infinite
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Copyright 2006 by Deena Linett

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Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
Next conference: November 10-13
The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference provides the faculty, connections, and method necessary to set poets with a completed manuscript or manuscript-in-process on a path towards publication. Includes workshops, consultations with press editors, evening poetry readings, editorial panel Q&A, group critique of selected poems, and an after-conference strategy session.

Faculty for 2006 include publishers Jan Freeman (Paris Press), Jeffrey Levine (Tupelo Press), Dennis Maloney (White Pine Press), April Ossmann (Alice James Books), Martha Rhodes (Four Way Books), and others; workshop leaders Joan Houlihan, Director of the Concord Poetry Center; Suffolk University creative writing program director Frederick Marchant and Lesley University MFA faculty Teresa Cader.

Cost of the conference is $695, which includes lodging and meals. The November conference takes place in Colrain, a country town in Western Massachusetts, at the unique and magical Round House. For an application and complete guidelines, please visit www.concordpoetry.org/Colrain/. You may also call 978-897-0054, email cpc@concordpoetry.org, or write to Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, Concord Poetry Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742-2418.

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Integral Journeys for Pilgrims, Poets, Fools and Saints
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This Open EyeExcerpts from This Open Eye
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Through this open
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"Reggie Marra writes with stunning, graphic precision.... These poems are tributes to the nearly-invisible wounded and the honest humanity so many of us yearn for now."
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Give It Back

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"...Marra’s poems are unflinching poems of witness."
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What Tries to Escape

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Eileen Albrizio, author, Rain: Dark as Water in Winter

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Last Call!
10th Annual Robert Frost Foundation Annual Poetry Award
Robert Frost FoundationPostmark/Email Submission Deadline: September 15
The Robert Frost Foundation (www.frostfoundation.org) welcomes poems in the spirit of Robert Frost for its Tenth Annual Award. The winning poem will receive $1,000 and an invitation to be presented at the Frost Festival located at Lawrence Riverfront Park (off I-93, River Road Exit), Lawrence, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 28, 2006. Festival readers include X.J. Kennedy, Jeffrey Harrison, Maggie Dietz, Cesar Sanchez Beras and Rhina Espaillat. This year's judge is Ben Mazer, an editor of Fulcrum Magazine (read a review by Mr. Mazer, read his poems). Reading fees are $10 per poem (send fees via regular mail, please). Please submit two copies of each poem, one copy with contact information and one copy without any identifying information. Mailing address: Robert Frost Foundation, 439 South Union, Lawrence, MA 01843. Email submissions are also accepted at frostfoundation@comcast.net.

Read this Boston Globe article about the Frost Foundation and its poetry award.

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The Litchfield Review Closing Next Month
The Litchfield Review Winter Contest
Postmark Deadline: October 31
The Litchfield Review seeks original, unpublished poems, essays and short stories for its current contest. We provide a forum to both emerging and established writers; our only criterion for acceptance is excellence. We look for good stories beautifully told, quality poetry of substance, and creative nonfiction that lingers long in the minds of readers. The overall winner will receive $250. Other prizes of $100 may also be awarded. The reading fee is $10 per essay, short story, or set of 1-3 poems; or $15 to submit an unlimited number of prose and poetry entries. Make checks payable to The Litchfield Review. All prizewinners will be published in The Litchfield Review. Runners-up may also be published. All writers we publish will receive a free copy of the issue in which they appear.

Please submit two copies of your manuscript and make your reading fee payable to The Litchfield Review. Essays and short stories may be up to 3,000 words long. Poems may have up to 45 lines. Your entry should be typed, double-spaced, on one side of letter-size sheets of paper. Staple multiple pages together. Include a cover page with your name, address, phone number, email address (if available) and title for each submission. Indicate the word count (prose) or line count (poetry) on the cover page.

Mail your submission to: The Litchfield Review, 7 Bonna Street, Beacon Falls, CT 06403.

You may submit the same work simultaneously to this contest and to others. Please notify The Litchfield Review if the work you submit is accepted elsewhere. Questions? Please email Theresa C. Vara-Dannen.

Connecticut writers, please see our website for details on our upcoming Writers' Conference being held on October 14th at Chase Collegiate School, Waterbury, CT.

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Lunch Hour Stories Lunch Hour Stories VERY Short Story and Narrative Prose Poem Contest
Postmark Deadline: December 31
Lunch Hour Stories short fiction magazine is now accepting entries for its 2006 VERY Short Story and Narrative Prose Poem Contest. We're looking for REALLY great, REALLY short stories in nearly ANY genre, 500 words or less. We offer cash prizes, publication, and free issues! Submit as many unpublished stories as you wish. Simultaneous submissions accepted!

PRIZES
First Place: $75, publication in Lunch Hour Stories magazine, and five (5) printed copies
Second Place: $50, publication in Lunch Hour Stories magazine, and five (5) printed copies
Third Place: $25, publication in Lunch Hour Stories magazine, and five (5) printed copies
Finalists: In addition to the three contest winners, up to nine (9) additional stories from finalists will appear in the magazine. Each finalist will receive five (5) printed copies of the anthology.

Send one printed copy of your story or poem, along with contact information, a $5 non-refundable reading fee per story or poem, and a SASE for list of winners to:

2006 VERY SHORT STORY CONTEST
Lunch Hour Stories Magazine
22833 Bothell-Everett Hwy
STE 110 - PMB 1117
Bothell, WA 98021-9366

Electronic submissions will also be accepted as long as the story is sent in the body of an email, and not as an attachment. Send stories to mail@lunchhourbooks.com. Specify "CONTEST ENTRY - LAST NAME" in the subject line.

Your $5 reading fee may also be paid online via PayPal. Send your payment to payments@lunchhourbooks.com.

Winners will be notified no later than March 31, 2007. Winning stories will be eligible for publication during 2007. For more information, please visit http://www.lunchhourstories.com/very_short_story_contest.html

Thank you for choosing Lunch Hour Stories for your VERY short fiction. Good luck!


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FEATURED POEMS FROM OUR SUBSCRIBERS

Ordinary Light
by Nancy Powers

1.

          Say that you switch on the light
and say that people passing in the street
turn to the sudden golden warmth of it,
wish they were you, you the way you seem to them
silhouetted there. Not one of them imagines
the piercing losses hoarded in tiers,
leaning toward you, away,
constantly in peril of tumbling.
          Say that you hear the first murmur
of it all unbalancing—whisper of memory,
rush of forgetting. Say that you notice
(with astonishment!) how everything comes to rest,
illuminated in a way so tedious
you can’t imagine
how anything that mattered
was ever there at all.

2.

In darkness so absolute it’s impossible to calculate time.
Out there the moon gives no hint; it could be a glass bead,
a paper plate, a silver brooch on black satin, a face you remember,
a face you’re trying to forget. Or it is nothing, an ordinary light,
a light that can’t penetrate these shadows.

3.

And finally what is the difference
between here and there? This and that?
Full of loss and mourning
you’re bound to bear any risk,
turn to take in, for the last time,
all you left behind.

Perhaps it would be better
to have never had anything,
to have then nothing to lose,
to be the one always on the outside,
wandering the far-flung dark.


Copyright 2006 by Nancy Powers

This poem won the 80th Annual Wednesday Club Poetry Prize.


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The Bikers at Starbucks
by Joseph Soldati

They look more like Willie Nelsons than Che Gueveras.
Yet their carefully unkempt beards and combed pony tails
are as authentic as the ear rings, head scarves, dark glasses, and boots.
Most have stripped off their leather jackets
to reveal arms gilt black and blue with tattoos.
But drinking double-shot skinny decaf mocha lattes?
When summer comes will they switch to Frappuccinos®,
lick the frosted foam from straws, and sigh, yuppily, in the sun?

A genuine Hell's Angel wouldn't even take off his helmet,
would order a cup of unground Guatemala, chew the beans
and spit the bitter leavings on the sidewalk—
all the time keeping one hand in the rear pocket of his mama's jeans,
while his huge hog, askant and sputtering on the same sidewalk,
threatens passersby like a ravenous beast.

Starbucks' Sunday Bikers align their bikes
like icons on display, facing outward from the curb.
We thrill at the chrome glistening brighter than scalpels,
at the scarlets, blues, greens, yellows, and purples
more radiant than the tiles on a Thai temple:
Machine as art and religion,
and we suspect the Bikers have stayed up all night cleaning
and polishing every part and pipe for our adoration.

Still, those shining Suzukis, Yamahas, Harleys
entice us to pleasures beyond those complacencies of the peignoir
and the yawning stretch that connects a Sunday morning with its
     afternoon.
When the Bikers start their engines all roar and freedom—
a sound that softens men and hardens women—
then file up the avenue like a bright segmented dragon
breathing fire and defiance, we long to ride with them,
free from a Sunday of whatever responsibilities
got us no closer to God than we were last night,
into a paradise of metallic blue skies
with clouds the color of steamed cream atop a cappuccino.


Copyright 2006 by Joseph Soldati

This poem is reprinted from Mr. Soldati's chapbook, Apocalypse Clam, which was published this past May by Finishing Line Press.


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from Finland—A Suite of Seasons
by Norbert Hirschhorn

september

Weeping birches ripple leaves, tiny ensigns
yellow and green, like ladies' hankies waving

goodbye! blowing kisses, goodbye! from ships' railings.

Perfidious sky: now bright, now scumbled,
now race-clouds galloping, but by morning

air ambrosial, essence of leaf, wet woods, loam.

Weather fouls again, a hard wind vixen gnaws my cheek,
drizzle like a low-throated growl;

pigeons panic across the mackerel sky.

In the deep blue pre-dawn
moths jitter about a streetlamp.

Venus, Jupiter shine white blessings.

Autumnal equinox: earth upright, day equals night,
a south-shifting sun strokes my cheek,

and a zephyrish wind whispers, "Stay. Stay."


Copyright 2006 by Norbert Hirschhorn

This poem is reprinted from Dr. Hirschhorn's forthcoming chapbook Sailing With the Pleiades, which was a finalist in Main Street Rag's Annual Chapbook Contest, and has been accepted for publication.


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Feeding the Birds on Yom Kippur
by Judith Goldhaber

Fasting, they say, isn’t a punishment
or even a holiday from daily sin,
but urgent and delicious nourishment
for faithful angels that exist within
each one of us—angels that were sent
to be our friends, yet through the year grow thin
and weak from hunger, gagging on the scent
of our strange meals of gristle, bone, and skin.
So when the banquet table is prepared
they crowd around it, chattering, and feast
as greedily as birds upon the crumbs
of faith and hope and love that we have shared
with them, for angels, just like men and beasts,
could starve to death before their kingdom comes.


Copyright 2006 by Judith Goldhaber

This poem is selected from a group of Ms. Goldhaber's sonnets that won the 2005 Dancing Galliard Sonnet Contest from Prism Quarterly. Ms. Goldhaber has won numerous contests that she found in Winning Writers, among them the "In the Beginning Was the Word" Literary Arts Contest (2004 and 2005). Read one of her prizewinning poems here.


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Chautauqua
by Shirley Barasch

The moon spills its face
On the midnight of the lake
Flickering silver messages
To the stars
And in the cove
Laced arrowed pines
Whisper on the wind
The rub of cricket's love
And summer's end.


Copyright 2006 by Shirley Barasch

This poem won first prize in Taproot Literary Review's 2006 poetry contest.


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SPECIAL OFFERS FOR POETS AND WRITERS

Closing This Month
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: September 30
Now in its fourth year, this contest seeks poems in any style, theme or genre. 30 cash prizes totaling $3,500 will be awarded, including a top prize of $1,000. All winners of cash prizes will be published in an anthology. The entry fee is $6 for every 25 lines you submit. Enter online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. You may submit poems that have been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. Unpublished work is also welcome. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. Guidelines:
http://www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry


Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2007
Now in its 15th year. Prizes of $1,200, $800 and $400 will be awarded, plus four High Distinction awards of $200 each. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 5,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. $12 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. Guidelines:
http://www.winningwriters.com/tomstory


Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2007
Winning Writers invites you to enter the sixth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. The prize pool has doubled to $3,336.40 in cash, with a top prize of $1,359. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Submit online at www.winningwriters.com/wergle


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The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared September as International Literacy Month, with kick-off events scheduled for September 8, International Literacy Day. Literacy organizations have the opportunity to raise awareness by connecting local events with national and international events.

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COMING IN OUR SEPTEMBER 15 NEWSLETTER
Winners Announced for the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Best Free Poetry Contests for September 16-October 31