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Recent Publication Credits for Our Subscribers

The Best Free Poetry Contests, October-November

Notable Free Prose Contests, October-November

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New Literary Resources

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Critique of Tendai R. Mwanaka's "Unbroken Awareness"

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WINNING WRITERS NEWSLETTER
October 2007


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Welcome to our October newsletter. This is the companion to our online database, The Best Free Poetry Contests. It alerts you to upcoming contests and important contest changes, highlights quality resources for writers, and announces achievements and great poems by our readers.

Lost one of our newsletters? Message garbled in transmission? Not to worry. All our recent newsletters are posted online at http://www.winningwriters.com/news

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Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest - $5,250 in Prizes
Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2008
Now in its 16th year. Cash prizes of $2,000, $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded, plus five High Distinction awards of $200 each and five Most Highly Commended Awards of $100 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 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. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2008
Winning Writers invites you to enter the seventh annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, called "infamous" by Writer's Digest. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $3,336.40 will be awarded, including a top prize of $1,359. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

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RECENT HONORS FOR OUR NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS
Congratulations to Gretchen Fletcher. She won a First Prize in this year's Dancing Poetry Contest from Artists Embassy International for her poem "Why We Can't Hear Them", about the victims of the civil war in Darfur. The Dancing Poetry Contest offers prizes up to $100 plus the opportunity to have your poem presented as an interpretive dance at the annual Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco in September. The most recent deadline was May 15.

Congratulations to Mary Lynn Archibald. Her book Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse and No Clue was one of 15 chosen for the cover of the special August issue of Publishers Weekly (Titles from the Independent Press). The book will be available in select bookstores across the country and on Amazon.com in the near future, or may be ordered directly from Cloud Lake Publishing, 1083 Vine Street, No. 185, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Read an excerpt on Ms. Archibald's website (click and scroll down).

Congratulations to Marie Delgado Travis. She was selected as one of the featured readers at this year's Houston Poetry Fest. Visit her website at http://hometown.aol.com/marilutravis/index.html.

RECENT HONORS FOR POETRY CONTEST INSIDER SUBSCRIBERS
Congratulations to Judy Kronenfeld. Her poetry collection Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths won the 2007 Litchfield Review Annual Book Contest in the poetry category. Her book will be published next year. She kindly shares a sample poem below. Book-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction (novel or short story collection), drama, and creative nonfiction are eligible for this award, with prizes in each genre of $500 and publication. The most recent deadline was June 1. Ms. Kronenfeld relates, "I saw the contest originally in Winning Writers."

Congratulations to John Alexanderson. He took home two prizes in this year's Cedar Hill Press Poetry Contest, which he discovered in our July newsletter. "Julia in America" won first prize and "Write This Down" won third prize. This new publisher offers $100 apiece for poetry and short fiction. The most recent deadline for poetry was August 1, for fiction September 1. Read the winners from the 2007 contest here.

Congratulations to Rita Traub. She won an honorable mention in the 2007 Science Fiction Poetry Association Poetry Contest. This free contest offered prizes up to $80 for sonnets with themes of surrealism, science and math, fantasy, sci-fi, or supernatural horror. The most recent deadline was August 24.

RECENT PUBLICATION CREDITS FOR OUR SUBSCRIBERS
Tendai R. Mwanaka's poems "In This Sea" and "Unbroken Awareness" (critiqued below) will be published on the poetry website LanguageandCulture.net. His poem "Stolen from Death" will be published this December in Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry.

Susan Burch's poem "Like Calvin Klein" was published in May in The Tuscarora Review, the community literary magazine of Frederick Community College.


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THE BEST FREE POETRY CONTESTS
Deadlines: October 16-November 30

Here is a summary of upcoming free poetry contests. Click the contest names to be taken directly to their profiles (you may be asked to login on your first click of the day). You may also view the profiles by logging in to The Best Free Poetry Contests here and clicking the Find Free Contests link to search for contests by name.

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Winning Writers gathers contest information from a wide variety of sources including publishers' press releases, online link directories, Poets & Writers Magazine, and e-newsletters such as TOTAL FundsforWriters, The Practicing Writer, and CRWROPPS. We encourage readers to explore these useful resources, and let us know about worthwhile contests we may have missed.

10/31: Eric Gregory Awards +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest offers prizes totaling 24,000 pounds for a collection of up to 30 poems, drama-poems or belles-lettres, by a writer who will be under age 30 as of March 31 of the following year. The author must be a British subject by birth but not a national of Eire or any of the British Dominions or Colonies, and must ordinarily be resident in the United Kingdom or Northern Ireland. Previously published work accepted.

10/31: Lucidity Poetry Journal Awards +
Neutral free contest offers top prize of $100 (doubled this year) for poems about the human experience. Editor Ted Badger says: "Seeking poetry that deals with people, relationships, life issues and events, written in clear and concise English. Form of the poem is open but it must have something to say without resorting to vulgarity. Clarity is crucial. We publish poetry that everyday people can relate to, understand and enjoy." Submit 1-5 poems, maximum 38 lines each (including stanza breaks). Address entries to "Lucidity Poetry Journal 2007 Contest".

10/31: Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended contest from UK-based Society of Authors offers 5,000 pounds for the best book of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction by a UK author who will be under 35 as of December 31. Entries in all genres compete for one prize. The author must be a British citizen ordinarily resident in Britain. The work submitted must have been first published in Britain in the year in which the deadline falls.

10/31: Wick Student Poetry Competition +++
Highly recommended free contest for poets enrolled in Ohio colleges and universities offers chapbook publication by a prestigious university press. Sponsored by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. Manuscripts should be 15-25 pages of poetry.

11/1: David Reid Poetry Translation Prize +
Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest offers 750 euros for the best Dutch-to-English translation of a poem posted on the website of Subtext Translations, a Dutch company that provides subtitling and commercial translation services. Twice a year, the title of the chosen poem will be posted on the contest website at midday on March 1 and September 1. Winners published on website. Enter by email only.

11/1: MVP Competition +
Neutral free contest for writers offers three prizes of $1,000 and publication. The poetry manuscript contest (50-80 single-spaced pages) is open only to residents of Minnesota or New York City. The prose prize is open to all US authors. Prose entries can be a short story/essay collection (100-200 double-spaced pages), or a full-length novel/memoir (no length limit). Entrants must have published no more than two books in the genre they are entering.

11/1: Sarabande Student Poetry Competition +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest offers $500, broadside and online publication for poems by full-time Kentucky undergraduates. Send 1-3 poems, maximum one single-spaced page per poem.

11/5: Collision Poetry & Creative Nonfiction Contest +
Entries must be received by this date; formerly November 6
Twice-yearly neutral free contest from Collision, the University of Pittsburgh's creative nonfiction magazine, offers prizes of $150, $100, $75, plus publication, for poetry and creative nonfiction by undergraduate students anywhere in the world. Entries should be 3,000 words maximum. Prizes are across all genres, not per genre (personal essays and narratives, travel pieces, feature articles, and poems).

11/9: Feile Filiochta International Poetry Competition +++
Entries must be received by this date; formerly November 11
Highly recommended free contest offers a grand prize of 5,000 euros for the best poem in any of ten language categories: Irish, English, German, French, Italian, Welsh, Spanish, Scottish Gaelic, Swedish, and Polish. In each language category, there are top prizes of 1,000 euros (adult), plus youth categories for Irish and English language poems in which the top prizes are 400 euros (youth under 17) and 250 euros (youth under 12). Enter by email only; send 1-4 poems and a completed entry form as attachments to your message. One entry per person per language.

11/15: Alexander Popoff Youth Award Poetry Contest +
Neutral free contest for youth aged 17 and under offers $100 for published or unpublished poems relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Enter by mail or email.

11/15: Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest ++
Recommended free poetry contest for high school girls offers top prize of $200, publication in Cargoes (Hollins University's student literary magazine), and tuition for 2-week summer creative writing seminar. Entrants must be sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school.

11/15: Ralph Nading Hill Contest +
Neutral free contest offers $1,500 for the best unpublished writing about "Vermont, Its People, The Place, Its History, or Its Values". Entries may be an essay, short story, play, or poem. Maximum 3,000 words. Contest is open to current students in or residents of Vermont. Cosponsored by Green Mountain Power, an environmentally conscious utility company in Vermont, and Vermont Life magazine.

11/30: Daily News Prize +
Neutral free contest offers $300 for the best poem accepted by The Caribbean Writer during this year. All eligible submissions to the magazine are also considered for the David Hough Literary Prize for an author residing in the Caribbean ($500), the Marguerite Cobb McKay Prize for a Virgin Islands author ($200), and the Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication ($200). Send 1-5 unpublished poems, double-spaced. The Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Email entries accepted.

11/30: Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers +++
Entries must be received by this date; don't enter before November 1
Highly recommended free contest for high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. Prize is tuition to The Kenyon Review's two-week summer seminar for writers aged 16-18; winner and runners-up also published in the highly prestigious journal. Submit one poem via their online form.


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SPONSORS' MESSAGES


Rachel Basch
Coming This Saturday!
Announcing the 2nd Annual Litchfield Review Writers' Conference at Chase Collegiate School
Saturday, October 20, 2007, 9am-5pm
St. Margaret's Hall, 565 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT (see map)

Keynote Speaker: Novelist Rachel Basch, author of Degrees of Love and The Passion of Reverend Nash

Workshops with novelist Kay Abella, novelist Chantel Acevedo, nonfiction magazine writer Chris Dannen, publisher/author Patricia D'Ascoli, composer/researcher Janet Marlow, editor Laura Hazard Owen, magazine writer Colleen Plimpton, children's author Nan Rossiter, editor Keneisha Sinclair and poet/author Theresa C. Vara

To reserve a place, please register online at www.thelitchfieldreview.com or make your $100 check payable to The Litchfield Review Writers' Conference and mail to:

     Mary Donnarumma Sharnick, Editor
     The Litchfield Review
     7 Bonna Street
     Beacon Falls, CT 06403

Questions? Please contact Mary at 203-723-9321 or at msharnick@chasemail.org.



Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
Next conference: January 18-21, 2008
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 2008 include editors and publishers Martha Rhodes (Four Way Books), Jeffrey Levine (Tupelo Press), Jeffrey Shotts (Graywolf Press), Chase Twichell (Ausable Press) and others; workshop leaders include Director of the Concord Poetry Center, Joan Houlihan, Suffolk University Creative Writing Program Director Frederick Marchant, and Director of the Smith Poetry Center, Ellen Dore Watson.

The cost of the January conference is $1,295 (when you register by December 15), and includes tuition, pre-conference materials, lodging and meals. The January conference takes place in the Brandt House, a gorgeous, turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival manor nestled in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Attendance is limited. For an application and complete guidelines, please visit colrainpoetry.com. You may also call 978-897-0054, email conferences@colrainpoetry.com or write to Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, Concord Poetry Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742-2418.

The Compleat Manuscript Poetry Conference The Compleat Manuscript Poetry Conference
Next conference: November 30-December 4, 2007
The Compleat Manuscript Poetry Conference, a subset of the Colrain Conference, is a very small, intensely focused conference that includes reading, analysis and discussion of the entire manuscript by two professionals in the field. Only six participants admitted. For details on location, requirements and cost, please visit compleatmanuscript.com. You may also call 978-897-0054, email conferences@colrainpoetry.com or write to Compleat Manuscript Poetry Conference, Concord Poetry Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742-2418.
Attendees say:

"The Colrain Manuscript Conference managed to pack into a weekend what a lot of grad school teachers never had time to do in their classes or individually: offer finishing touches to a manuscript eager to be picked up by a publisher."
Steve Fellner, Brockport, NY

"...It was a goldmine for me especially, removed as I am from the academic world and from a community of serious poets."
LouAnn Muhm, Park Rapids, MN, Teacher, Creative Writing

"...extremely helpful to hear responses to the other manuscripts. I learned as much or more from the critiques of others' manuscripts as I did from the critique of mine."
Mary Crow, Fort Collins, CO, Poet Laureate of Colorado

"I have been to many good conferences, but what I liked about this one (Compleat Manuscript Conference) was the sustained attention of my (and others') work, to whole manuscripts."
Carol Gilbertson, Professor of English, Luther College, Decorah, IA

"It (Compleat Manuscript Conference) helped me see with an editor's eyes. I now can imagine the process even more thoughtfully. You did a great job organizing and helping me with my book."
Paul Brooke, Ames, IA



Kore Press Last Call!
2008 Kore Press Short Fiction Award
Postmark Deadline: October 31
A prize of $1,000 plus chapbook publication by Kore Press will be given for an original, unpublished short story written in English. Manuscripts should have a minimum of 4,000 words and a maximum of 12,000 words. Judge: Lydia Davis. This competition is open to any woman writing in English, regardless of nationality. $15 reading fee. For full guidelines, please visit www.korepress.org.

An American virtuoso, Lydia Davis is an innovator of the short story form. She is the author of four collections of short fiction, including Varieties of Disturbance (2007), Break It Down, Samuel Johnson Is Indignant and a novel, The End of the Story. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Poetry, and has been published in literary journals ranging from The New Yorker and Harper's to Conjunctions and McSweeney’s. Her work has been translated into six languages.



Michael PalmerClosing Next Month
Ninth Annual Poets Out Loud Prize
Postmark Deadline: November 15
Winner will receive publication by Fordham University Press, a book launch in the reading series, and a $2,000 honorarium. Prize judge: Michael Palmer. Open to poets with or without previous book-length publication. Manuscripts must be postmarked between September 1 and November 15, 2007 and accompanied by a $25 entry fee. See the guidelines and required application form at http://www.fordham.edu/pol. Please mail your entries, fees, and completed application forms to:
Poets Out Loud Prize
Fordham University at Lincoln Center
113 West 60th Street, Room 924 I
New York, NY 10023
Questions? Please email pol@fordham.edu.

We are pleased to present this poem from the winning entry of the 2006-2007 Poets Out Loud contest:
Bullet
by Darcie Dennigan

It was like a heavy seed, so I thought, Plant it.
No soil so I swallowed it.

How to make it not the thrown stone, not the grape
    of wrath.
Make it not the animal’s eye gleaming at the attack.

Think tuft of cotton not glint of cobalt.
A bluebell in my woods near moss.

There will be a loud report.
No. There will be snow falling on the shrub.

It was a heart and I its house and I opened
    my door and it went out.

Small button on a blouse, then buckle of a belt.
But there was its pulse.

The tip of a jackhammer, tongue of an alarm.
I sang along.

I looked right in the mother’s gleaming eye.
It’s innocent, I said. Innocent.

Small ball.
No. I swear when my fingers unfurled I held—
    a silver jonquil.

Maybe I mothered when I should have fathered.
Maybe a seed not for the start but for the end.

There was a small ball in the boy’s fist. And a voice
    in his ear, Throw it.


Originally published in Atlantic Monthly.



Writing It Real The Writing It Real Personal Essay Writing Contest
Postmark Deadline: December 1
The deadline is fast approaching. See our guidelines for the Writing It Real Personal Essay Writing Contest. Both print and electronic submissions of unpublished works are accepted, and you may submit any number of entries.

The top prizes of $150, $75 and $50 include the winner's choice of LifeJournal for Writers software or Writing and Publishing Personal Essays by Sheila Bender. 10 Honorable Mentions will receive a detailed written response from Ms. Bender via email. Winners will be announced by Christmas 2007.

Each $15 reading fee (one per essay) entitles you to a six-month subscription to Writing It Real effective when your entry arrives. Enjoy weekly instructional articles and four years of archived articles focused for those who write memoirs, essays, poems, and stories from personal experience.

Questions? Email info@writingitreal.com.

Sheila Bender, writing teacher, poet, essayist, columnist, and book author, offers her know-how and ability to offer instruction through weekly online articles that encourage and help those who write from personal experience. Whether you want to break your writing out of its current form, revise effectively, generate more writing or facilitate the writing of others, you will benefit from Sheila's weekly articles.
"In the last fifteen years, I have worked with hundreds of people helping them write personal essays, poetry, and writer’s journals and allow writing a serious place in their lives. I’ve provided teacher training in WA, AZ and CA. In 2002, I conceived and launched Writing It Real at writingitreal.com as a vehicle to help others foster their best work, involve themselves in a community of people who write from personal experience, and learn to teach others how to facilitate good writing."



Dream Quest OneNow Open
Dream Quest One Writing Competition
Postmark Deadline: December 31
This writing contest is open to everyone! Whether experienced or not, anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or write a story that's worth telling. We're accepting poems, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, and short stories, 5 pages maximum on any theme (single or double line spacing). Multiple entries welcome.

Prizes
Short Story First Prize: $500, 2nd: $250, 3rd: $100
Poetry First Prize: $250, 2nd: $125, 3rd: $50

Entry fees
$10 per story
$5 per poem

How to Enter
Send your work with a cover page that lists the title(s) of your poem(s)/story(ies), name, address, phone number, and email address, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for entry confirmation. Make your entry fee payable to "Dreamquestone.com" and mail to Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest, P.O. Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654. Visit www.dreamquestone.com for details and to enter. Read the winning entries from the Summer 2007 contest.



The Litchfield Review
The Litchfield Review Writing Contest
Postmark Deadline: December 31
We seek poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction for our semi-annual magazine competition. Prose entries should be 3,000 words or less. Poetry entries may be of any length.

To be considered for both publication and a cash prize, please enclose $10 with each essay, short story, or set of 1-3 poems. Enclose $15 and you may submit an unlimited number of entries. Mail your manuscripts to:

     The Litchfield Review
     7 Bonna Street
     Beacon Falls, CT 06403

For more information and news about our ongoing writing contests, please check our website, www.thelitchfieldreview.com, or contact Theresa C. Vara at tvdannen@sbcglobal.net.

The editors of The Litchfield Review are proud to announce the following winners of The Litchfield Review First Book Contest:
Novel: Confirmed by Margaret Dietl
Short Story Collection: And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories by Annie David
Poetry: Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths by Judy Kronenfeld
We thank the many writers who entrusted their best work to our contest; we hope to broaden our contest next year and publish more than one winning manuscript per genre. We encourage you to continue to share your work as we read many excellent manuscripts.



Lunch Hour StoriesNow Open
VERY Short Story and Narrative Prose Poem Contest
Postmark Deadline: December 31
Lunch Hour Stories magazine announces its annual VERY Short Story and Narrative Prose Poem Contest. THREE winners will receive cash prizes, free copies, and publication in a print anthology. Up to NINE additional winners will receive publication.

Stories and poems (in paragraph form) should be previously unpublished and 500 words or less. Send as many as you wish. All stories, regardless of genre or theme (except children's, religious, and erotica) will be considered. Send us your most creative work! Simultaneous submissions are okay, too. See our tips for better stories.

Send one copy, a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE), and a $5 non-refundable reading fee per story or poem, to: VSS/PP CONTEST, Lunch Hour Stories, 22833 Bothell-Everett Highway, Suite 110 - PMB 1117, Bothell, WA 98021. Or, submit and pay online at: www.lunchhourstories.com/very_short_story_contest.

Thank you for supporting Lunch Hour Stories magazine, and Good luck!



Perigee Annual Poetry ContestNow Open
Perigee Annual Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: December 31
Perigee is excited to announce that our annual poetry contest is now open. We're giving away $650 in cash prizes to the top four entries, with $300 going to the first place entry. We'll be publishing the winning entries (along with the names of any honorable mentions) in our April 2008 anniversary issue. The first place poem also receives a Pushcart Nomination from the editors of Perigee.

Need more reason to submit? How about our finalist judge, poet Joseph Millar? He'll be following in the footsteps of Judy Jordan ('04), Steve Kowit ('05) and Marvin Bell ('06). You can submit three poems for only $10. Results announced February 15, 2008. To see the complete guidelines, pay the reading fee, and submit online, please visit perigee-art.com. At the same time, we invite you to explore our just-released 18th issue, entirely free.

About the 2007 Finalist Judge: Joseph Millar is the author of Fortune, from Eastern Washington University Press. His first collection, Overtime (2001), was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Millar grew up in Pennsylvania, attended Johns Hopkins University and spent 25 years in the San Francisco Bay area, working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines including The Southern Review, TriQuarterly Review, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, DoubleTake, New Letters, Ploughshares and Manoa. His work has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in Poetry, Montalvo Center for the Arts and Oregon Literary Arts. In 1997 he gave up his job as a telephone installation foreman and moved to western Oregon where he now teaches at Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program and yearly at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa has said, "There's a tenderness at the core of Fortune, where the commonplace becomes atypical and fantastical, and each poem possesses a voice that summons and reveals. Joseph Millar is a poet we can believe."

Artwork by Alice Maud Gulbrandsen.



Now Open
Robert Frost Poetry Festival 14th Annual Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival and Contests
Contest Postmark Deadline: March 24, 2008
The 2008 Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival & Contests will be held during April 9-13, 2008. The festival, set in the Heritage House Garden, Robert Frost Cottage, and other select venues in Key West, again will feature poetry and haiku workshops, poetry and haiku readings, impromptu jazz and open mike, an art & film event, poetry on the water, a poetry slam, a visual poetry exhibit, and local and international poetry and haiku contests. The festival concludes on Sunday afternoon with readings and contest award ceremonies.

Featured are Dr. Michael Wyndham Thomas, England, Playwright, Author and Poet, Rosalind Brackenbury, Key West, Author and Poet, Dr. Lee Gurga, Editor of Modern Haiku Press, Dr. Charles Trumbull, Editor of Modern Haiku, Cricket Desmarais, Key West, Author, Dancer, and Poet, Catherine Doty, New York, Author and Poet, Barry George, Philadelphia, Haijin and Poet, Richard Grusin, Key West, Actor and Poet, Bob Muens, Key West, Bookbinder.

I. KWRFPF Poetry Contest: 1st Place $150, 2nd Place $75, 3rd Place $50, and Honorable Mentions. Entry fees are $10 for each poem. Unpublished, open to style and theme, 30 lines maximum, typed copy. Two copies of each poem, with your name, address, phone and/or email on one copy only.

II. KWRFPF Haiku Contest: 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $50, 3rd Place $25, and Honorable Mentions. Entry fees are $10 for each three haiku; 3-line format of up to 17 or fewer syllables. All haiku must contain a seasonal or nature image. Two copies of each entry typed or neatly written, with your name, address, phone and/or email on one copy only.

Make checks payable to KWRFPF. Mail entries to KWRFPF Poetry & Haiku Contests, Heritage House, 410 Caroline Street, Key West, FL 33040. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) if you would like to receive an announcement of the results. Chapbooks of winning poems and haiku from 1999-2005 and from 2006-2007 are available for $5.00 each, including S&H.

Poem and haiku copyright is retained by the authors. Heritage House retains one-time rights to publish winning contest entries in KWRFPF announcements or in a chapbook of winning poems. Since rights revert to the authors, a poem may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement is made to the KWRFPF. For further information, please visit robertfrostpoetryfestival.org or write to the Heritage House.



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SELECTED FREE PROSE CONTESTS

These free prose contests with deadlines between October 16 and November 30 are included as a bonus in The Best Free Poetry Contests.

Click the contest names below to go straight to their profiles, or login to The Best Free Poetry Contests here. After you login, please click the Find Free Contests link, then search by Prose Contest Type to find prose contests.

10/22: Brenda L. Smart Fiction Prizes +
Formerly October 16
Neutral free contest for North Carolina authors with no published books offers $500 for short fiction (up to 5,000 words), $250 for flash fiction (up to 1,200 words).

10/25: Kiriyama Prize +++
Entries must be received by this date; formerly October 26
Highly recommended free contest for published books about the Pacific Rim and South Asia that encourage greater understanding of this culturally diverse region. Two prizes of $15,000, one for a book of nonfiction and the other for a book of fiction. The first English-language edition of the book from a US or Canadian publisher must have been published in the calendar year in which the deadline falls. Publishers must mail their books directly to the judges; contact the sponsor for an application packet with their addresses.

10/29: RTE Radio 1 Short Story Competition ++
Entries must be received by this date; formerly October 30
Recommended free contest for authors born or normally resident in Ireland offers top prize of 3,000 euros for unpublished short fiction of 1,800-2,000 words that is suitable for radio performance.

10/31: FundsforWriters Essay Contest +
Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest for short essays (750 words maximum) on topics of interest to the professional writer offers $200 in fee-charging category, $50 in free category. FFW is an excellent resource for both literary and commercial freelance writers, offering useful e-books and newsletters that list paying markets for different types of writing. Fee is $5 per essay. Themes change annually. Email entries preferred (no attachments).

10/31: Lee & Low New Voices Award +
Neutral free contest offers top prize of $1,000 and publication for a picture book story (1,500 words maximum) by a US writer of color who has no prior published books in this genre. No simultaneous submissions. Lee & Low Books is an award-winning publisher of multicultural books for children.

10/31: PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest for published books of fiction by US citizens offers top prize of $15,000, four runners-up of $5,000. Send 4 copies of book to the Foundation office. Recent winners have been well-established writers such as Philip Roth, Ha Jin and John Updike.

11/1: Dzanc Prize +
Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest offers $5,000 stipend to authors with a fiction manuscript-in-progress (novel or story collection) who submit a proposal for literary community service. Service projects may include offering a writing workshop at a local school or library, or volunteering at a nonprofit book festival. Email your CV, synopsis and 10-page excerpt from your manuscript, and service proposal as MS Word attachments to info@dzancbooks.org.

11/1: Nereus Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize ++
Entries must be received by this date
Recommended free contest offers C$15,000 for nonfiction books published in Canada during the calendar year by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Deadline varies depending on when your book was published: books published between January 1 and April 30 must be received by May 15; those published between May 1 and August 31 must be received by September 15; and those published between September 1 and December 31 must be received by November 1. Publishers should submit 5 copies of the book (or 3 bound galleys, to be followed by at least 2 copies of the book), press kit, entry form, and list of titles published by that publisher, to establish eligibility. See website for detailed requirements.

11/1: Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize ++
Entries must be received by this date
Recommended free contest offers C$15,000 for novels or short story collections published in Canada during the calendar year by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Deadline varies depending on when your book was published: books published between January 1 and April 30 must be received by May 15; those published between May 1 and August 31 must be received by September 15; and those published between September 1 and December 31 must be received by November 1. (New schedule for 2007; former deadlines were June 30 and November 1). Publishers should submit 5 copies of the book (or 3 bound galleys, to be followed by at least 2 copies of the book), press kit, entry form, and list of titles published by that publisher, to establish eligibility. See website for detailed requirements.

11/15: French-American Foundation Translation Prizes +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest offers prizes of $10,000 apiece for the best published book-length translations of French fiction and creative nonfiction into English. Entries must have been published in the US during the current calendar year. (Bound galleys are accepted for books scheduled for publication by December 31.) Publishers should submit the translated book along with the French original and a cover letter with information about the book and its author.

11/30: Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Writing Competitions +
Neutral free contest offers prizes of $1,000 for unpublished works that present the gay and lesbian lifestyle in a positive manner and are based on, or directly inspired by, a historic person, culture, work of art, or event. Alternates annually between book-length fiction, short stories, and drama. The 2007 award is for short stories, one-act plays, or short film or video projects. One entry per person per year.

11/30: Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for Short Fiction +
Neutral free contest offers $300 for the best story accepted by The Caribbean Writer during this year. All eligible submissions to the magazine are also considered for the David Hough Literary Prize for an author residing in the Caribbean ($500), the Marguerite Cobb McKay Prize for a Virgin Islands author ($200), and the Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication ($200). Send 1-2 stories, maximum 15 double-spaced pages each. The Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Email entries accepted.


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CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

C&R Press Open Poetry Series
Postmark Deadline: October 31
C&R Press, a new literary press edited by poets Ryan G. Van Cleave and Chad Prevost, seeks full-length poetry manuscripts (50-100 single-spaced pages) that exhibit striking language, memorable imagery, intellectual depth, and a respect for diversity in all areas of life. Submissions accepted during October only. $10 reading fee, $15 to include copy of this year's selected book. Send manuscript, title sheet with contact information, and one-paragraph bio. The selected title will appear in 2008 under a standard C&R Press publishing royalty contract. "We work very closely with our authors in production and marketing."

The "Fake Contest" Contest
Entries must be received by October 31
To launch her new book The Writing Contest Expert's Guide to Fiction Contests, which lists more than 200 writing contests hand-picked for writers of fiction from flash to genre to short to novels, Grace Tierney is running a contest for the best "fake contest listing". The prize is a copy of Grace's ebooks Positive Thoughts for Writers and The Writing Contest Expert's Guide to Fiction Contests, and a gift voucher for Amazon.com (25 US dollars) or Amazon.co.uk (20 Sterling). To enter, write a description of a fake writing contest in no more than 200 words and include the contest's name, judge's name, prize details, entry fee. Humor is welcome: make your contest listing the silliest, most extravagant, or simply the most obvious fake in writing contest history. Email entries to grace@gracetierney.com and include your full name and email address as the winner will be informed by email.


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NEW LITERARY RESOURCES

Book That Poet
State-by-state directory of poets available for readings aims to match them with local libraries, bookstores and historical societies looking for speakers. Most listings are in Wisconsin at present, but site owner hopes to expand its reach. Poets pay $12 per year to be listed.

Derrick Brown
Champion slam poet crafts similes like none other. Juxtaposed concepts are startling yet so right. ("I feel like a cloud she says/ and i know this is true/ for i know the terrible things that go on inside of clouds.") Even if you have too many books, buy his.

National Punctuation Day
Not just for September 24 (the official date of this unofficial holiday), the National Punctuation Day site includes useful links to books, articles and websites to improve your grammar and punctuation. Never mix up "you're" and "your" again.

Save the Short Story
Site devoted to preserving and expanding the market for literary short fiction has links to dozens of literary journals publishing this genre, and to websites featuring modern masters of the form.

Subtropics
New literary magazine from the University of Florida pays $1,000 for short fiction, $500 flash fiction, $100 poetry. Past contributors include Steve Almond, Charles Wright, D.A. Powell, Anne Carson, and Billy Collins. Read editors' preferences on website before submitting. Best for authors with some professional publication credits.

Third Order
Literary webzine publishes mainstream/traditional, experimental and speculative short fiction that deals with faith and religion. "Religion is personal and societal; it changes single souls and entire worlds. The ways of God are not always easy or explainable. The way faith tells us to go is not always the way we expected. At Third Order Magazine, we're interested in exploring those dynamics. We're less DaVinci Code and more Flannery O'Connor—with, of course, the occasional extraterrestrial."

Writer's Market UK
Writing resource site maintained by British publisher David & Charles Ltd offers a free database of writing competitions, publishers, magazines, broadcast media and agents, plus industry news and articles about writing. (Site is affiliated with Writer's Digest, the US publisher of the Writer's Market directory.)


See our complete directory of resources at http://www.winningwriters.com/resources/ur_web.php. This is also the gateway to our recommended books, magazines, service providers, advice for writers (with manuscript tips) and poetry critiques.


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NEW RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution
This extraordinary collection of personal essays by inmates of a maximum-security women's prison in Connecticut was edited by bestselling novelist Wally Lamb, who teaches a writing class there. Poignant, humorous, lively and unique, these narratives challenge us to reform a system that treats the authors as less than human.

Sonatina
By Johnmichael Simon. This award-winning Israeli poet's new collection pairs themes of high art and nature's simple beauty. By turns political, pastoral and erotic, Simon uses musical metaphors to evoke compassion and nostalgia for his homeland and its people. Mr. Simon is the winner of the 2007 Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse. Read his winning poem.

Steel Womb Revisited
By M. Scott Douglass. Plain-spoken poetry stands up for working-class America with humor, lucidity, and political outrage. Douglass is the publisher of the acclaimed small press Main Street Rag.


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FEATURED POEMS FROM OUR SUBSCRIBERS

Soft
by Judy Kronenfeld

Your father doesn't have a soft word
for me,
mother says at 85.

And I think how hard
her wedge of words, soldiers all, pressing
their old offensive position,
of how fiercely we want
what we neither give
nor deserve,

of how we might live our whole
lives without it—all fault
of our own—and still desire it, still desire
that sense of the world reining in
its force and its terror, and attending
to us—

as silk slip of cornstarch studies
the pads of thumb and forefinger

as newly velveted water says
to the entering body,
you are beautiful, you, you

as snow pear petals
raining down
in a balmy wind
astonish the cheek,
saying hush, hush,
no cause, no cause


Copyright 2007 by Judy Kronenfeld

Originally published in Passages North, and in her limited-edition chapbook Disappeared Down Dark Wells and Still Falling (Laguna Beach, CA: The Inevitable Press, 2000), this poem appears in Ms. Kronenfeld's forthcoming collection, Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, which won the 2007 Litchfield Review Annual Book Contest in the poetry category.


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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

ProLiteracy Worldwide Calls on Congress to Increase Adult Education Spending by $25 Million
New President/CEO David Harvey challenges lawmakers to “invest in this country’s workforce”

Syracuse, NY
October 8, 2007

The new president of the largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs in the world today strongly urged Congress to increase funding for adult basic education, family literacy, and English-as-a-second-language instruction by $25 million.

In a letter sent to members of Congress (see below), ProLiteracy Worldwide President and CEO David C. Harvey called on members of the Senate and House to support the $25 million increase in Title II of the Workforce Investment Act, as provided by the House in the FY 2008 Labor/HHS Appropriations bill. The bill is entering conference. Title II of WIA authorizes funds to states and localities to support adult basic education, family literacy, and English-as-a-second-language instruction. The appropriation for FY 2007 totaled $564 million.

Copy of letter sent:

The Honorable Representative [Name]
House Appropriations Sub-Committee
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative [Name]:

On behalf of ProLiteracy Worldwide and our 1,200 member programs across the U.S., I am writing to thank you for supporting the $25 million increase for Title II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in the FY 2008 Labor/HHS Appropriations bill.

I strongly urge you to again support the $25 million Title II increase as the bill enters final conference. Current funding provides three million adults with the help they need to improve their ability to read, write, and do math, or to learn English. An investment in adult basic education programs is an investment in the U.S. workforce and in America’s ability to remain competitive globally. Adults who improve their reading, writing, math, and English-speaking skills become: better able to take care of their families, healthier, more engaged as citizens, and more involved in their children’s education -- a key factor in breaking the low literacy cycle in families.

At a time when 14 percent of the U.S. population struggles to understand a simple newspaper article and can barely use a TV guide, almost all of ProLiteracy’s 1,200 local member literacy programs in the U.S. report waiting lists. Our member programs desperately need a funding increase through WIA Title II to serve these adults who are eager to improve their lives and the lives of their families. A $25 million increase in Title II would make it possible for as many as 30,000 of them to learn basic reading, writing, and math skills, or English as a second language.

I recently became the president and CEO of ProLiteracy Worldwide because I could no longer stand to see America losing our competitive edge globally and at the same time suffering the effects of illiteracy here at home. Through advocacy, educational materials, training and technical assistance, and professional development, ProLiteracy supports 1,200 local member literacy programs throughout the United States and our partner programs in 65 developing countries around the world. Through these efforts, we help more than 1 million adults become literate each year.

I strongly urge you to support the $25 million increase for Title II of WIA as you enter conference for the 2008 Labor/HHS appropriations bill. Should you or your staff need more information, please contact Marsha Tait, senior vice president for public affairs at (315) 422-9121, extension 322, or by email at mtait@proliteracy.org.

Thank you for your efforts to support adult basic education, family literacy, and English-as-a-second-language instruction.

Sincerely,

David C. Harvey
President and CEO

ProLiteracy WorldwideProLiteracy is the oldest and largest nongovernmental literacy organization in the world. It sponsors educational programs that help adults and their families acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives.

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Jendi Reiter JENDI'S CRITIQUE CORNER

This month, Critique Corner is pleased to present "Unbroken Awareness" by Tendai R. Mwanaka.

If you would like a chance to be critiqued, please email your poem to me at critique@winningwriters.com. Send the poem in the body of your email message (no attachments) and put "poetry critique" in the subject line. One submission per poet per month. Thanks!


Unbroken Awareness
by Tendai R. Mwanaka

My life is now a floating shell
I am a vessel on that river.
The storm, the ship, the sea,
Whose shores we lost in crossing.

I can see the milky distances—
In your eyes, but you cannot see me.
A thin melon slice of first moon,
Melting into songs and slivers of ice.

You could feel small creatures dying.
Cowering humans in their burrows.
Fighting for lives other than theirs.
Aware they could not escape.

Each of us came into being
Knowing who we are,
What we are supposed to do
But why do you try to hold back—
The sands, falling in the hourglass?

I am now unconscious.
In a way—, but mute.
A little pearl of awareness,
But this pearl is not me.
Knowing yet unable.

I am now timeless!
All times and in all futures
I am a universe of windows
I cannot be touched again
I am in an endless dream

But I can see you outlined
Looking beyond what you know
One day the seeds would return
And life would continue.


Copyright 2007 by Tendai R. Mwanaka


Critique by Jendi Reiter

This month's critique poem comes to us from Zimbabwean poet Tendai R. Mwanaka. Its themes of ego-less awareness and awakening wisdom reminded me of Buddhist beliefs about the interconnectedness of all life, transcending boundaries of self and other, human and animal, or the living and the dead. The speaker's lyrical insights are comforting even when mysterious, because of their tone of tranquility and faith that eventually the listener will reach full understanding. The poem itself is a "pearl of awareness", polished and pure.

In the opening lines, the narrator seems to be reporting back from the other side of death. "My life is now a floating shell/I am a vessel on that river." Transformed by emptying, simplified, the speaker is content to be borne along by larger forces. The identity that once bounded his entire experience is seen from outside as merely one object in a wider landscape. It was a container for an awareness that now soars above it....

critique continues here

This poem, our critique and contest suggestions for poems in this style appear in full at:
http://www.winningwriters.com/resources/critiques/2007/urc_0710mwanaka.php

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