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Winning Writers Assistant Editor Donna Johnson won in the poetry category of the 2009 CutBank Big Fish Online Contest with her poem "Einarsson". This contest from the University of Montana literary journal CutBank awarded prizes of $100 for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. The most recent deadline was December 1.

Congratulations to Marla Alupoaicei. Her poem "Constellation" won the $1,000 first prize for rhyming poetry in the Writer's Digest 78th Annual Writing Competition. She kindly shares it with us below. The next deadline for this award is May 14. Marla writes, "I wanted to share this news with you and encourage your readers that Winning Writers works! Thanks so much."

Congratulations to The Poet Spiel. His new poetry collection barely breathing will be published this year by March Street Press. He kindly shares a sample poem below, which first appeared in the press's literary magazine Parting Gifts. Visit his website for more poems and links to purchase his books.

Congratulations to Gerard Sarnat. His first poetry collection, Homeless Chronicles: From Abraham to Burningman, will be published in March by Pessoa Press, an imprint of the California Institute of Arts and Letters. Read sample poems on their website.

Congratulations to Harrison Solow. Her novel Felicity and Barbara Pym, forthcoming in May from Cinnamon Press, has been awared a Welsh Books Council Grant. Advance copies have also received accolades from a Cambridge Examiner, the Editor of The Week-New York, the literary executor of Barbara Pym's estate, a New York playwright and contributor to the Writers' Guild's monthly magazine "Written By", and an Emeritus Fellow of the English Association in the UK who says: "It should be mandatory reading for all undergraduate students of English Literature; no American students of English Literature should be allowed to set foot upon campus without having proved that they have read it." Other reviewers have called it "a gentle, Pym-ish satire on several cultures rather than conventional and boring analysis" and "a dramatic monologue which reveals how a life spent reading and thinking about literature has directed consciousness and informed the content of the thinking mind."

Congratulations to Kathy Abrahams. Her poem "Spaceship" was shortlisted for the 2009 Polestar Writers' Journal Poetry Prize, an Australian contest.

Congratulations to Annie Dawid. Her essay "All Thy Waves" won second prize in the 2009 Writers' Workshop Annual Memoirs Contest. This contest, sponsored by the Writers' Workshop of Asheville, NC, offers prizes up to $300 for personal essays. The next deadline will be October 30. Visit their website for other contests for poetry and prose.
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Congratulations to Raquel D. Bailey. Her poem "one-way street" won 2nd Place in the haiku category of the 2009 Penumbra Poetry & Haiku Contest sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers' Association. This contest offers prizes up to $200 for poetry and $100 for haiku; the next deadline will be August 31, moved up from last year's deadline of October 1. In addition, one of her poems was chosen by Mayfly Haiku Magazine as "best of issue" and featured on the Winter 2010 cover, accompanied by an interpretive painting by Lidia Rozmus to form a haiga. Raquel writes, "I know it's because of that I am in my extremely competitive mode and exploring new, wonderful ways to win. I love it." Visit her website Lyrical Passion Poetry to see guidelines for her upcoming contests and read haiku and tanka from her latest contest winners.

Congratulations to Timothy Francis Savage. He won the December 2009 monthly competition on Lulu Poetry for his poem "Sinai". He received a $250 award. (As we reported last year, self-publishing site has taken over the domain, formerly owned by a vanity contest, and is hosting a poetry forum there.) Timothy writes, "First thing I have ever won for my writing so I am very pleased." He kindly shares "Sinai" below. Read his other poems at Lulu Poetry here.

Congratulations to Ruth Thompson. Her poem "The Owl" won the 2009 Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry from Harpur Palate, the literary journal of Binghamton University. She kindly shares it with us below. The next submission period for this $500 prize will be July 1-November 15.

Congratulations to Ruth Hill. She won fourth honorable mention in the 2009 Anita McAndrews Award Poetry Contest for her poem "Peas on a Freight Train", which was published in the Map of Austin newsletter for December. This contest sponsored by Poets for Human Rights offers $200 for poems relating to the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The most recent deadline was November 15.

Congratulations to Alegria Imperial. She took second place in a list of the Top Five Iluko Writers of 2009 on, a website for the Iluko-speaking natives of the northernmost tip of the Philippine archipelago. Alegria writes, "I'm the only female in a predominantly male reading membership of almost 8,000 who live in various parts of the world; the Ilokanos are the first to have migrated to Hawaii and New Orleans in the early 1900s. We Ilokanos have a deep literary tradition and among our most celebrated poets is a female. Like Pilipino (our national language based on the Tagalog dialect of the central lowlands), our dialect is actually mostly figurative and metaphorical." She kindly shares her Iluko-language poem "agsapa" (dawn) with English translation below.

Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter's flash fiction "Waiting for the Train to Fort Devens, June 17, 1943" appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of The Rose & Thorn, an online literary journal.

Joan Blake's poem "Happy is the Man who is Nothing" was published in the anthology Psychological Poems: Journal of Outsider Poetry, edited by Richard M. Patel, MD and Raquel Miller. She kindly shares it with us below. The book can be ordered for $10 plus $2 shipping from Richard M. Patel, MD, 3340 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Christopher Provost had two senryus accepted for publication in the Winter 2010 issue of Prune Juice. His work appears on pages 66-67.

Justin C. Staley's short story "A Dead Man's Son" was accepted by Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. This literary magazine is published by Southeast Missouri State University Press.

C.R. Lindemer's poem "Roof on Wheels" was published in Unhoused Voices: Granting Change for the Homeless by Sabellapress.

Desmond Kon (Zhicheng-Mingdé) has recently been published in Furnace Review ("behind st. ruak's schoolyard"), Writers Connect ("plummet into tasik gembira"), and the Canadian poetry journal Ditch ("The Same Day Balearic Took Flight," "two twizzles, that helpful bus driver and 1/2 lb fudge," "wanted: rent-artist commune for laughs"). His poem "Two Questions Between Two Roundtable Discussions" in Everyday Genius features two of his heteronyms, Desmond Kon (Shangxin-Yuèmu) and Desmond Kon (Zixu-Wuyou), who have been recently retired.

Ray Clark's new collection of fantasy and horror stories, Misrule 2: The Next Generation, is now available from Authors OnLine. The book includes Clark's story "Promises to Keep", which won a Highly Commended award in the 2009 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest. Visit his website to learn more.

Benus Adu Poku's novel Ghostheart was published by Raider Publishing International and is available on Set in the rural highlands of Lesotho in Southern Africa, Ghostheart tells the story of a mother who leaves her newborn twins in a church latrine.

Joan Gelfand's "Nature Morte Au Panier" was published in the Fearless Books anthology The Light in Ordinary Things. Her story "Better Days" is forthcoming in The MacGuffin, a national literary journal published by Schoolcraft College, this spring. An article on "Collaboration: Music and Poetry" will appear in Caveat Lector. Gelfand is the fiction editor of Zeek Magazine. Visit her website to find out more about her publications and lecture schedule.

Norma Roth's nonfiction book Aging Gracefully with Dignity, Integrity & Spunk Intact: Aging Defiantly is now available from AuthorHouse. Her two poetry collections, Fear, Trembling & Renewal and Scenes from a Summer House, are also available from the same source. She writes, "I am indebted to Winning Writers for the constant flow of information about sources, including book publishers, article and poem publishers... I might not have pursued my early and more private (meaning unpublished) writing goals were it not for your wonderful monthly issues packed with solid material for writers and good people. Thank you."



Closing This Month
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
Postmark Deadline: March 31
Now in its 18th year. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 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. $15 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

Closing Next Month
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
Online Submission Deadline: April 1
Winning Writers invites you to enter the ninth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. We've simplified the entry process and increased the prize pool to $3,600, including a top prize of $1,500. There's still no fee to enter. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

War Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: May 31
We seek 1-3 original, unpublished poems on the theme of war for our ninth annual contest, up to 500 lines in total. We will award $5,000, including a top prize of $2,000. Submit online or by mail. The entry fee is $15. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse
Postmark Deadline: June 30
Now in its seventh year, this contest seeks poetry in traditional verse forms such as sonnets and free verse. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. The entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: September 30
Now in its eighth year, this contest seeks poems in any style, theme or genre. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. The entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.



by Indigo Moor
Winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize
Postmark Deadline: March 15
This prestigious poetry series offers $1,000 and publication for manuscripts by African-American poets with one published book. In this enticing excerpt from Moor's Through the Stonecutter's Window, memories of a seduction linger in every detail of a street that the narrator has "vowed never again to cross".

by Fernand Michaud
Winner of the 2009 Writecorner Press Annual Poetry Award
Postmark Deadline: March 31
This high-quality writers' resource website offers prizes up to $500 and online publication for unpublished poems. The tide-like rhythms and slant rhymes of Michaud's winning poem accentuate his theme of the recurring flow of time and connections between the generations.

by Megan Snyder-Camp
Winner of the 2008 Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse Award for a First or Second Book of Poetry
Postmark Deadline: April 15
This competitive poetry manuscript prize, offering $3,000 for a collection by an author with no more than one published book, is cosponsored by a leading independent press and the prestigious literary journal Crazyhorse. Snyder-Camp's The Forest of Sure Things won the 2008 award. This haunting poem, first published in AGNI, captures how children invest the world with magical attributes, both to thrill themselves with fear and to make sense of the real dangers around them.

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by Nicholas Moore

I think my enemies are getting close.

I think I've sown the seeds of my own doom.
(And all I ever meant to sow was love
With no one special or exactly mine).

Perhaps I never should have thrown that last
Dead cigarette outside this moving car.

Last night I spied my Uncle Sam in stars
And stripes, his shovel breaking earth to bury
The bodies of assassinated leaders
From sundry thrones in South America.
The moon described his laughing silhouette.

I think my enemies are going mad.
I'm sure they're planning something bloody bad.

So I went calling on this girl I know.
(She'd always had a careless honest way.
I figured she was someone I could trust.)
She opened her front door completely nude
And drinking water from a vase of roses.
I asked her what she thought my plan should be.
I asked her what my back-up plan should be.

But she just said my cigarette machine
Attracted danger to her gasoline.

She said there was a mental car bomb that
Was wired to my girlie magazine.
So I should never open it again,
Unless I want to hurt my fragile mind.
She said that I was one false move away
From being happy all the time and rich.
She said that I was quite an ass for not
Discovering how much good luck I have.

I asked her if the two of us could have
Some friendly backseat sex inside my car.
She said that "Stolen nothingness won't taste
Like bread, regardless of how starved you are."

Today while I was urinating in
A public restroom I could swear I saw
My Uncle Sam was standing next to me
And pointing his nine millimeter gun
Right at my temple and was saying that
I had two choices and that both of them
Involved my brains exploding through my skull.

I said that I choose not to vote this year.

He said that I was some ungrateful dumb
Anti-American. The troops had died,
He said, to save my right to eat his gun.

I said that he was crazy, old and wrong,
And I walked bravely out the bathroom door.

As I was leaving though I think I saw
My Uncle Sam's triumphant march into
A stall already occupied and as
I closed the bathroom door I heard a quick
Exchange of heated shouts and then a gun
Discharged and then I heard a body fall
And crash into the cold, wet, tiled floor.

I couldn't help but think, "That's what you get,
When voting booths are where you go to shit."

This morning I was shocked to find that all
The churches were as empty as a lie.
The statues of our Jesus Christ had all
Come down from all their crosses and were gone.

A man saw Jesus standing next to him
When he was waiting for his bus to come.

Another guy saw Jesus in the Knife
And Gun Department of a Boise K-Mart.

The Christians all have peeled their eyes for him.

I saw a headline on the front page of
The New York Times today that plainly said


So I broke into the spaceship; it was full
Of old white men in very silky suits.
They had pie charts, line graphs, and secretaries.
They were the enemies of human kind,
And they were speaking through their satellites.

In bed at night I feel this sharp foreboding.
I think I hear my Uncle Sam reloading.

Copyright 2005 Nicholas Moore

This poem won an Honorable Mention in the 2005 War Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Author Nicholas Moore received a $75 award. See the judge's comments on the winning poems from this contest.



Swallow by Jendi ReiterSwallow by Jendi Reiter Reviewed in The Pedestal Magazine
Winner of the 2008 Flip Kelly Poetry Prize from Amsterdam Press, Jendi Reiter's poetry chapbook Swallow was favorably reviewed at length in the February-April 2010 issue of The Pedestal Magazine. Critic JoSelle Vanderhooft writes, "The first thing that strikes the reader about Jendi Reiter's Swallow is, naturally, the unusual cover illustration, which appears at once to be a multi-eyed cherub (the proper Old Testament kind), a brace of clothespins, a flock of nightmare birds, sewing needles, bent nails, and a heart-shaped crown of thorns. While one may have a difficult time explaining all of this, one need only know that this image by Richard C. Jackson is the best visual realization of the horror, madness, blood, and beauty that infuse Reiter's work: Like something out of a fever dream, it just makes perfect sense." Vanderhooft calls this book "wonderfully inventive, unsettling, and deeply funny". Read the whole review here.

To order, visit the Amsterdam Press online store or send a check for $8.00 to Amsterdam Press, 6199 Steubenville Road SE, Amsterdam, Ohio 43903.

Enjoy this sample poem from Swallow (first published in The Adirondack Review):
    And Sarai Said
    by Jendi Reiter

    The Lord judge between me and thee dynamite
    for a good time call it quits
    even a baby can be believed
    or bleed wriggle worm snicked by the knife
    becomes two blind as one
    baby can I call you baby
    The Lord judge between me and thee by drowning
    cries like a catbird that is to say
    no pained mind behind the call believe baby
    scientists pulling feathers
    from the fallen star apple eater worm
    The Lord judge between me and thee severed
    severe verily reverberate
    helmet lie open on ocean
    floor for fish to understand prison
    like bright dreams on the locked ward
    describe that baby belief painted with food
    ripped with crayons the first word
    to die like an egg in the hand
    The Lord judge between me and thee boiling
    for a good time lick thrust murmur crack
    dispense as written
    under the skin only the lonely cutter's
    face reflected in the blade The Lord
    judge between thee

Fish Publishing Last Call!
Two Competitions at Fish Publishing
    Fish One-Page Prize
    Entries must be received by March 20
    Flash Fiction of up to 300 words. The ten best stories will be published in the 2010 Fish Anthology.
    Contest is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
    Entries must not have been published before.
    Judges: John Hegley and Simon Munnery.
    Entry online or by post.
    First Prize 1,000 Euro. Each of the ten successful authors will receive five copies of the Anthology.
    Results announced on April 30.
    Entry Fee 12 Euro.

    Fish Poetry Prize
    Entries must be received by March 30
    For poems up to 200 words. The best ten will be published in the 2010 Fish Anthology in July.
    Contest is open to poets of any nationality writing in English.
    Entries must not have been published before.
    Judge: Matthew Sweeney.
    Entry online or by post.
    First Prize 1,000 Euro. Each of the ten successful poets will receive five copies of the Anthology.
    Results announced on April 30.
    Entry Fee 12 Euro.
Our website at Fish Publishing offers advice on writing short stories. Please enjoy this excerpt from Joseph O'Connor's introduction to the 1997 Fish Anthology, Dog Days & Other Stories:
    What kind of strange creature is a short story writer? I must confess that I don't know. A high priest or priest of art? A wounded soul who can't understand the real world and thus feels a need to re-invent it? A moralist? A Spinner of yarns? An entertainer? A prophet? Probably all of these things. Possibly none. The single fact I can be sure about is this: writers are watchers. The one and only thing they have in common is an ability to look at the everyday world and be knocked out by it. Stopped in their tracks. Startled. Gobsmacked.

    My favourite short story writer, Raymond Carver, has this to say:
      Writers don't need tricks or gimmicks, or even necessarily need to be the smartest fellows on the block. At the risk of appearing foolish, a writer sometimes needs to be able to just stand and gape at this or that thing—a sunset, or an old shoe—in absolute and simple amazement.

    Another writer I love, Flannery O'Connor, put it even more strongly:
      There is a certain grain of stupidity that the writer of fiction can hardly do without, and this is the quality of having to stare, of not getting the point at once.

    There is only one trait that writers have in common and that's it. They watch for the extraordinary magic that lies in the everyday. A writer is always quietly looking and thinking. Not willing inspiration but just being open to the world. This quiet looking and thinking is the imagination. It's letting in ideas. It's trying, I suppose, to make some sense of things.

    In that sense, it is important for a writer to be always writing. Even when you're not actually sitting with a pen in your hand. You don't take days off. You don't go on holiday from writing. Sometimes you don't even go to sleep. If you're serious about writing then you're a writer twenty-four hours a day, in the office, in school, doing the dishes and in your dreams.

    Writers have their eyes open. They keep them open all the time.

    Ezra Pound said "fundamental accuracy of statement is the one morality of writing". Naming things, calling things what they really are. This is all writers can do in an age where language has become debased and sterile...

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Little Red Tree Publishing
Closing This Month
The Vernice Quebodeaux "Pathways" Poetry Prize
Postmark Deadline Extended to
March 31
The Vernice Quebodeaux Prize, sponsored by Little Red Tree Publishing, includes a $1,000 cash award, publication of a full-length collection of poetry, and a generous royalty contract. All forms and styles are welcome.

The late Vernice Quebodeaux, born in Egan, LA (on the banks of the Bayou Plaquemine Brûlé), was a poet who spent a lifetime struggling with the demands of raising children, family feuds, bigotry, apathy, and indifference to her writing aspirations. On her death the beginnings of a book of poetry called Pathways was found by her daughter, Tamara Martin, and incorporated into a book, Sunday's in the South. We are honoring her life and cherished goals by creating this competition to recognize the specific unique voices of women poets.

All finalists will be considered for publication, with one selected as the prizewinner with a book published in 2010. Download our complete guidelines (PDF), then send your 60-100 page manuscript with a $20 reading fee to: Little Red Tree Publishing, LLC, Attn: The Vernice Quebodeaux Prize, 635 Ocean Avenue, New London, CT 06320.

Little Red Tree Publishing
Closing This Month
The Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize
Postmark Deadline Extended to
March 31
The International Poetry Prize, sponsored by Little Red Tree Publishing, includes a first prize of $1,000. The runner-up will receive $250 and five finalists will receive $50 each.

This prize is offered in response to demand for an opportunity to be associated with Little Red Tree by poets who have yet to develop a full collection. It is also an opportunity for Little Red Tree to extend its search and engage with quality poets from around the world who wish to be published.

The prizewinner, runner-up and other honorees will feature prominently, with full biographies, in a special collection called Little Red Tree International Poetry Book 2010. The book will also include a wide selection of poetry from those submitted that did not make the final selection but were considered worthy of publication. We anticipate the book will contain as many as 80 poems, with a free copy to each poet published, and be published in 2010 with a book launch in New London, CT.

All winners and published poets will be invited to read their poems. Download our complete guidelines (PDF), then send your poem(s) with a reading fee of $5 each to: Little Red Tree Publishing, LLC, Attn: The International Poetry Prize, 635 Ocean Avenue, New London, CT 06320.

Little Red Tree Publishing
Little Red Tree Publishing

Little Red Tree Publishing was established in 2006 and is based in New London, CT. Our mantra is simply to produce books that: Delight, entertain and educate.

We have doubled the number of books produced each year and plan to publish 12 full books of poetry in 2010. Part of that plan is the incorporation of a full book of poetry from the Vernice Quebodeaux "Pathways" Poetry Prize and an anthology from the Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize.

From humble beginnings, Little Red Tree has always seen its role, consistent with the finest traditions of small independent publishing, as preserving and expanding the dwindling opportunities for previously unpublished poets and established poets to publish a full collection of poetry. It is our aim that each book attains the highest standards both aesthetically and artistically. Our aesthetic stance is one of quality in all aspects of the content and the physical appearance of our books. We feel passionately that well-crafted and accessible poetry should be celebrated and presented as such with conviction and confidence. Therefore, all our books are coffee-table size, 7" by 10"—an emphatic statement of intent and a celebration of the poetry.

Our commitment to the individual poet and their work is undivided, and they are involved in every decision until their collection is complete, the book is finished and ready for printing.

We look forward to reading your wonderful poetry.

Writecorner Press Writecorner Press Poetry Prize
Postmark Deadline: March 31
First Place $500; Editors' Choices, $100.
Seeks the best unpublished poems of 40 lines and under. Any style, any theme. Send 2 copies of each poem, with author's name, address, phone, short bio, and email address on only one copy. Make other copy anonymous. Fee: $5 first poem, $3 each additional poem, payable to Writecorner Press. Read the complete guidelines. Read past winners.

E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest
Postmark Deadline: April 30
First Place $1,100; Editors' Choices, $100. Seeks unpublished stories, 3,000 words maximum. Any style, any theme. $15 fee for one story, $10 each additional story, payable to Writecorner Press. Send one title page with author's name, address, phone, email address, and short bio. Send second title page with title only. Read the complete guidelines. Read past winners.

Writecorner Press judges all submissions anonymously. Winning poems and stories will be published on our literary site, After publication, writers retain all rights. No email entries, please. Fees are used to pay awards and site expenses. Read the contest guidelines, then mail your submissions to Writecorner Press Contests, P.O. Box 140310, Gainesville, FL 32614.

Please enjoy "Autopsy Means to See with One's Own Eyes", winner of the 2008 Writecorner Press Poetry Prize:
    Autopsy Means to See with One's Own Eyes
    by Ellaraine Lockie

    In death she relaxes, parts her legs willingly
    Watches with a spirit's fly eyes
    the white gowns hovering over her
    Hands holding, knives, chisels, scalpels and saws
    in a room bleached of color

        He bent over her
        weight feeding through one leg onto her belly
        The blade flashed an echo of car light into the alley
        A siren slashed the night
        Too distant to be a soldier's song

    The first cut forms a Y from shoulders
    to sternum to her pubic bone
    Rivers of blood flow into a steel gutter at table's edge
    Somewhere Chopin plays a nocturne

        She smelled the blood before she felt its
        hydrant flood from the ear-to-ear smile on her throat
        Smooth and welcomed after the rage of storm
        Then the red gargle

    Curvature of stomach is cut and emptied
    Intestines drained in a sink
    The easy way to excrete
    Even the stink lounges on impervious air
    Behind masks come murmurs
    about police awaiting what she had for dinner

        Her spirit eyes didn't blink when a rat
        ran over her face or later when cameras flashed
        Red pools rusted thick and sticky
        Dispatch radios scratched the surface of sound

    Debris of Bordeaux, mesclun, escargot, and green
    peppercorns place her at the Encore Bistro Francais
    from nine to midnight

        She still sees the red wine, blood of Christ
        gracefully drip from the bottle onto white linen

Spokane Prize for Short FictionClosing Next Month
10th Annual Spokane Prize for Short Fiction
Postmark Deadline Extended to April 1
$2,000 plus publication. Please note the contest has a new home: Willow Springs Books, an offshoot of the Willow Springs literary journal, otherwise the contest remains unchanged and will continue its tradition of design and production excellence.

All United States authors, regardless of publication history, are eligible. Manuscripts must contain page numbers and a table of contents. There is no maximum page count and stories may have been previously published in journals, anthologies, or limited edition volumes. Selected stories collections (stories previously published in books) will not be considered. Manuscripts will not be returned. Do not send novels.

Send your manuscript (no less than 98 pages, with at least 3 stories), $25 entry fee (check or money order to Willow Springs Books), and a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE, for notification only) to: Spokane Prize, Inland NW Center for Writers, EWU, 501 Riverpoint Drive, Suite 425, Spokane, WA 99202.

Previous winners include Edith Pearlman, Jonathan Penner, and Ann Joslin Williams. Past judges include Jess Walter, William Kitteredge, Rick Bass, and John Keeble. Congratulations to our 2009 winner, Becky Hagenston, whose entry Strange Weather is forthcoming from Press 53.
"The sensibility overseeing these fine stories is curious, clever, quick, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The world contained between the covers of Strange Weather is both realistic and magical, silly and sublime, 'romance and raunch. Just like real life.' When a character working a desk job in a toxic chemical plant announces wistfully that 'nothing's blown up,' the reader completely understands her itch for disaster, for the explosion that threatens. Hagenston truly relishes the human urge for trouble that resides just next to the equally human instinct for comfort. Her liars are among the most truthful characters I've encountered in a long while."

—Antonya Nelson, author of Some Fun and Female Trouble

Tiferet Closing Next Month
Enter the 2010 TIFERET Poetry Contest! $500 First Prize!
Online Submission Deadline: April 1
TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature offers an award of $500 for a poem that invokes the sacred. We publish writing from a variety of spiritual and religious traditions. Our mission is to help reveal spirit through the written word and to promote peace in the individual and the world.
  • Contest Guidelines: Unpublished poems in English must be received through our online Submissions Manager by April 1.
  • First prize: $500 and publication in TIFERET.
  • Three Honorable Mention Prizes will receive publication on website.
  • $5 fee for each poem entered. Limit 6.
  • To enter, please go to Specify genre "Contest-Poetry" and pay your appropriate entry fee using PayPal. PayPal accepts all major credit cards even if you don't have a Paypal account.
Winners will be announced Summer 2010. Final Judge: Marie Howe.

You are also invited to subscribe to TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature for just $18 (saving you $11 off our regular price). A one-year subscription brings you two gorgeous print issues and four online issues.

Please enjoy this poem from our website:
    If I Keep A Green Bough In my Chest, A Singing Bird Will Alight
    by Matthew Thorburn

    Spiny as a porcupine, I turn my head as the acupuncturist
    sticks in another pin. Am I really halfway to happiness?
    On West 72nd, there's just one light on, up high in the Dakota.
    I want to hear it, right now, what I misremember as Double Happiness.
    It whips away, as this sheet of paper whips away in the wind.
    Did you notice it, before you noticed that it's gone, this happiness?
    In Xanadu—no, Zanzibar—that was the name of that roadside bar—
    I threw back a double shot of happiness.
    Your tattoo—what is it again? No one's name, I hope,
    or the Chinese character you once were promised meant happiness.
    Painting's still the only good excuse for staring all day at girls.
    What color's her arm, the light on her arm? What color's happiness?
    "Oh, the The!" Wallace Stevens sang in the shower. So slender
    you'd hardly notice, the odd seed of each new happiness.
    This morning I have nothing but words, but words
    are enough to say how I feel. How pale, this "happiness."
    In her nightshirt, Loo tiptoes (bare feet, cold floor) back to bed.
    Don't step back to describe it, your indescribable happiness.

Friends of Acadia JournalClosing Next Month
Friends of Acadia Nature Poetry Competition (no fee)
Postmark Deadline: April 30
Submissions are invited for the 2010 Friends of Acadia Poetry Competition. Established in 1998, this prize is presented biennially to promote and recognize distinctive nature poetry. The three top-ranked poems will be published in the Friends of Acadia Journal (print and online), and awarded cash prizes by category ($350, $250, $150).

Nature-based poems of 30 lines or fewer will be accepted. Include cover sheet stating author's name and address and poem title. Do not include author's name on manuscript(s). Please format your poems using 12-point Times New Roman (default font)—no "unique" fonts.

Authors may submit up to three poems for consideration. Entries must be original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere. There is no fee to enter. Entries will not be returned. The competition results will be announced in the Summer 2010 issue of Friends of Acadia Journal, to be mailed and published online in early August.

Please submit your entries to: Editor, Friends of Acadia Journal, P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, If sending via email, please include your submissions as attachments.

Please enjoy "In The Backyard", winner of the 2008 Friends of Acadia Poetry Award:
    In The Backyard
    by Beverly Voigt

    We tell our stories wide-eyed
    as though we don't believe
    them ourselves—how the blue jay

    sat among the beans three days
    straight and the Vidalia onions
    bloomed on strong green stems,

    their gauzy bridal caps folding
    back, presenting their white bouquets.
    How she had died on the last day

    of spring and what that meant.
    How on the evening of the funeral,
    as twilight and the lightning bugs

    arrived, and as our grief was just
    beginning, two deer—a buck and a doe—
    stepped slow and high-footed into the yard,

    glowing tawny against the green
    silhouette of apple trees. How the buck
    moved into the next yard but the doe

    lingered, how she looked up at us
    gathered behind the porch railing, then
    lowered her head again to the grass.

    How she wasn't afraid. How the roses
    bloomed so heavy the branches
    lay in the dirt.

The Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing CompetitionThe Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition
Postmark Deadline: May 14

For 79 years, the Annual Writer's Digest Competition has rewarded writers just like you for their finest work. We continue the tradition by giving away more than $30,000 in cash and prizes! Compete and win in 10 categories!

Win a trip to New York City!

GRAND PRIZE: $3,000 cash and a trip to New York City to meet with editors or agents. Writer's Digest will fly you and a guest to The Big Apple, where you'll spend three days and two nights in the publishing capital of the world. While you're there, a Writer's Digest editor will escort you to meet and share your work with four editors or agents!

First Place: All First Place Winners receive $1,000 cash and $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books.

Second Place: All Second Place Winners receive $500 cash, plus $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books.

Third Place: All Third Place Winners receive $250 cash, plus $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books.

Fourth Place: All Fourth Place Winners receive $100 cash.

Fifth Place: All Fifth Place Winners receive $50 cash.

Sixth through Tenth Place: All Sixth through Tenth Place winners receive $25 cash.

First through Tenth Place Winners also receive a copy of the 2011 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition and a one-year subscription to Writer's Digest.

11th through 100th Place: All other winners receive certificates honoring their accomplishment.

Visit for complete guidelines and to enter online.

Dancing Poetry Festival Artists Embassy International Poetry Contest - Three Grand Prize Winning Poems to be Danced and Filmed
Postmark Deadline: May 15
  • 3 Grand Prizes will receive $100 each plus their poems will be danced and filmed. Each Grand Prize winner will be invited onstage for photo ops with the dancers and a bow in the limelight.
  • 6 First Prizes will receive $50 each
  • 12 Second Prizes will receive $25 each
  • 30 Third Prizes will receive $10 each
All prize winners will receive a prize certificate suitable for framing and a ticket to the Dancing Poetry Festival 2010, and be invited to read their prizewinning poem at the Festival to be held on September 18 in San Francisco. The top three poems chosen as Grand Prizes will be choreographed, costumed and recorded live in an on-stage performance at the Festival. See pictures from our 2009 Festival. Dancing Poetry Festival

Last year's Grand Prize winners included Gretchen R. Fletcher, Nancy Rakoczy and Jeanne Wagner. Recent topics of winning poems have touched on the travels of Matisse, a Picasso painting, falling leaves, love, Iraq, China, history, dance, current events, reverie, socially significant situations and even some humor sprinkled here and there. Please don't feel constrained to write a poem about dancing.

Dancing Poetry Festival The entry fee is $5 per poem or $10 for 3 poems. Each poem may be up to 40 lines long. Send two copies of each poem. One copy should be anonymous (just title and poem), the other should have your name, address, phone, email address and where you heard about this contest (e.g. Winning Writers Newsletter). There is no limit on the number of entries.

When the judges evaluate entries, they look for innovative perspectives on ordinary or unusual subjects as well as excellence of craft. Your entry should be suitable for a general audience since our following is comprised of people of all ages and ethnicities. English translations must be included with non-English poems.

Dancing Poetry Contest Our judges consist of poets, dancers, musicians and visual artists of various media, all members of Artists Embassy International. Judging is done with the anonymous copies of the poems. Artists Embassy International is a non-profit, volunteer, arts and education organization whose goal is to further intercultural understanding through the arts.

Three poets, the Grand Prize winners, will be rewarded with seeing their poems danced by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company, a well-known dance troupe that has performed around the world and throughout America. This company is dedicated exclusively to creating new avenues by combining poetry, dance and music together for presentation and the expansion of poetry with dance in the life of our culture.

To enter the contest, please visit our website at or submit to AEI Contest Chair W, Judy Cheung, 704 Brigham Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Questions? Please email Ms. Cheung at



As of this issue, we are moving the New Literary Resources and Recommended Books features from our regular monthly newsletter to our quarterly supplements, which are published on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

Fiddler Crab Review
This website specializes in poetry chapbook reviews. Self-published and older collections are also eligible. Authors showcased on the site have included Lori Desrosiers, Susan Terris, John Surowiecki, and Douglas Goetsch.

Pens and Swords: What Is the Role of the Writer in a Conflict Zone?
The Mantle, an international online forum for progressive critique, hosted this roundtable featuring authors and poets Sehba Sarwar (Houston, USA/Karachi, Pakistan), Tolu Ogunlesi (Lagos, Nigeria), and Vicente Garcia Groyon (Manila, Philippines). Mantle editor and moderator Shaun Randol asks, "What is the role of the writer in a conflict zone?... Must the writer choose sides in a conflict, and put pen to paper to write editorials or blast propaganda? Should the writer drop the pen and pick up a megaphone and a protest placard instead? Perhaps the writer should abandon the craft altogether, pick up a sword, and join the fight. And if so, which side does he or she choose? Or, perhaps, in conflict the writer has no obligation at all, and is free to navel gaze in seclusion, letting the bickering sides fight it out while he pursues his own literary interests."

Morbid Anatomy Library
Located in Brooklyn, this research library and private collection surveys the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture. It makes available a collection of books, photographs, ephemera, and artifacts relating to medical museums, anatomical art, collectors and collecting, cabinets of curiosity, the history of medicine, death and mortality, memorial practice, art and natural history, arcane media, and more. The accompanying website includes links to other resources on these topics. (Photographs on the site may disturb the squeamish.)

Out in Print Queer Book Review
This blog reviews new works of poetry and prose, both literary and commercial, with GLBT authors and/or themes.

Plain View Press
Founded in the 1970s, this independent small press in Austin, TX publishes poetry and literary prose. Editors say, "Our books result from artistic collaboration between writers, artists and editors. Over the years we have become a far-flung community of activists whose energies bring humanitarian enlightenment and hope to individuals and communities grappling with the major issues of our time: peace, justice, the environment, education and gender. This is a humane and highly creative group of people committed to art and social change." Query by email first, and wait for a response before sending the full manuscript. Email queries should include a link to a website that features a selection of your work and information about you, or a short selection of work pasted into the message (no attachments).

Founded in 1971, this prestigious literary journal makes its home at Emerson College in Boston. Submissions are accepted August 1-March 31. They publish mainly poetry and literary fiction, with a small amount of creative nonfiction. Ploughshares is a paying market. See website for print and online submission guidelines.

Poetry Ark
Literary forum edited by Dirt Press founder Brian Lemond and writer William Keens offers over $2,000 in prizes for poems featured on the site, as determined by reader vote. Previously published work accepted. The work they accept is more sophisticated than the typical offerings at amateur poetry forums.

Prose and Poetry Advice for All Writers by John Howard Reid
Submit your writing questions to this advice column by the judge of the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry and Story Contests and the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest (Winning Writers–affiliated contests).

Save the Words
Oxford University Press subsidiary Oxford Fajar created this site showcasing words that have fallen out of common usage. Readers can subscribe to a word-a-day email newsletter and receive tips about how to revive colorful yet obsolete words like "gleimous" (full of phlegm) and "flosculation" (an embellishment in speech).

Scarab: The First Literary Magazine for Your iPhone
Each monthly issue of Scarab is delivered directly to your iPhone or iPod, and features poetry, short prose, and an interview. Contributors include prominent writers such as Major Jackson and Alicia Ostriker. See website for submission guidelines. Editors say, "We enjoy a wide range of styles and genres—what we want most are pieces that demonstrate a clear voice, unafraid to be passionate and reveling in sound."

This website helps authors, agents, and publishers convert their books into a variety of popular e-book formats and sell them on the Smashwords site. Membership is free; Smashwords takes a percentage of net sales proceeds.

The Brooklyn Rail
This monthly webzine offers critical perspectives on the arts, politics, and culture, including reviews of new poetry books.

The Cafe Review
Founded in 1989, The Cafe Review is a quarterly journal of poetry, art and reviews that is based in Portland, Maine. Contributors have included Paul Muldoon and Taylor Mali.

The Chapbook Review
The name of this monthly online journal is self-explanatory. In addition to reviews of new poetry and literary prose chapbooks, the site features critical essays and interviews with authors and publishers. Reviews display a lively voice and eclectic tastes.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Poetry Manuscript: Some Ideas on Creation and Order
Jeffrey Levine, editor of the prestigious independent publisher Tupelo Press, offers solid advice on collecting your poems into a coherent manuscript and presenting them to best advantage. This article initially appeared in the January 2007 issue of AWP Job List.

Crowd-sourced online dictionary allows readers to supplement existing definitions and suggest new words for inclusion. The site also tracks how words are being used in tags and captions at online photo- and video-sharing sites. Additional fun features include a random word-of-the-day generator and a counter for each word's value in Scrabble points.

See our complete directory of resources at This is also the gateway to our recommended books, magazines, service providers, advice for writers (with manuscript tips) and poetry critiques.



Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
By Alison Bechdel. This outstanding memoir, written as a graphic novel, intertwines the author's coming of age as a lesbian with her memories of her brilliant, enigmatic, repressed father, who died in an accident that she suspects was suicide. Drawing parallels to sources as diverse as Joyce, Colette, Proust, the Addams Family, classical mythology, and The Wind in the Willows, she shows how their shared love of literature substituted for the intimacy they could never express in more personal terms. Bechdel is the author of the long-running "Dykes to Watch Out For" comic strip.



by Marla Alupoaicei
    Two forces prevail in the universe: light and gravity.
         —Simone Weil

A moth pinned to halogen. Oracle.
Dusty wings, martyred light.
A body's need for oxygen, each breath a minor miracle.
Lucent navigation, our cartography of flight.

Pure luminosity torches the dark.
Starcraft of motion, insomnia's rhyme.
The glittering geode of my heart,
sailing bright oceans on borrowed time.

Pendulum of cave-pearl moon,
pungency of burning moth.
Tides subsiding all too soon,
loosened pleats of space-time's cloth.

All I thought was near is far.
We'll never know the final cost.
Sparks rebound from all you are—
the patron saint of all things lost.

What it feels like to go home:
a domain that we can call ours.
Cassiopeia's chained to her throne:
a paradox of stars.

Copyright 2010 by Marla Alupoaicei

This poem won the $1,000 first prize for rhyming poetry in the Writer's Digest 78th Annual Writing Competition.


odd remnants
by The Poet Spiel

a pair of sepia photos
laminated and spattered with bacon grease
linger limp against the recipe cupboard atop the groaning Norge
each of them a pale portrait from the roaring 20s
when these two old men's mothers were lean and capable

now the men are fixtures
with oversize flesh-colored cotton panties over their heads
pulled down to cover their ears and topped off
by orange and green party hats from that rousing in 1944
on army leave in paris
where they were so thrilled to reveal each other
and today their rascal cat billy boy is nearly strangling
pale rodney's gaunt neck with his bushy tail

they cannot remember when nor why the panties and hats were
so hilarious that long ago night when elizabeth showed up
just that the panties keep their ears warm    that's reason enough
and crocheting doilies keeps dear edward's hands nimble
and when rodney can keep billy boy from tangling his yarn
he can knit a mile's worth of the cutest afghans
for all those virile young boys in iraq

their threadbare tapestried chairs are angled
so their feet meet as they piddle their days
a way of keeping track of each other since
each of them is half deaf and cannot hear the other breathe
yet the record player is seldom silent
right now playing I get no kick from cocaine

but it's not the lyric that lulls their hearts
it's the familiarity of those old tunes and
how they hug-danced in this lard-laden kitchen
with the curtains pulled tight against a world that
might not understand how
two such battle-weary soldiers could find their peace alone together

these few odd remnants of their late mothers
those tired photos and billy boy the last of the offspring
of rodney's mother's long line of billy cats
and the oodles of edward's mother's soft panties
stuffed in tidy Sears Roebuck hatboxes

old thoughts of ever going back home again
long abandoned in their root cellar gathering fungus and mouse turds
but the two of them believe noises occasionally rise from there
like the sharp cracklings of their battalion
on the front lines of the big war

Author's note: a Norge is an old brand name of a refrigerator. (Incidentally, also sometimes used as a sarcastic term for when someone is bulky, as in: she's big as a Norge.)

Copyright 2010 by The Poet Spiel

This poem is reprinted from his new poetry collection, barely breathing, which will be published this year by March Street Press.


by Timothy Francis Savage

From the edge
Of the manicured, pampered hotel lawn,
Constantly damp under automated sprinklers.
I look across miles of harsh dry sand,
At the ragged, quartz cut, lunar mountains,
Glowing black before a setting white sun,
With no softening colour
To diminish ruthless passion.
A lone road winds, like dirty tired string,
Into the depths of this cruel beauty,
To a land unchanged by time.
Where a humble man can stand
And be at one with any moment
Between the beginning and the end.

Copyright 2010 by Timothy Francis Savage

This poem won the December 2009 monthly competition on Lulu Poetry.


The Owl
by Ruth Thompson

The owl
flying from dark woods
on wide eyes of wings

carries out from shadow
the lank beast of our secret
in her moon-
curved beak

beats behind us
as we run panting

takes us
our small bones

takes the nape
in her black hands

the owl comes sailing
out of the place we cannot look at

on easy wings on currents of ice

Copyright 2010 by Ruth Thompson

This poem won the 2009 Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry from Harpur Palate, the literary journal of Binghamton University.


agsapa (dawn)
by Alegria Imperial

dagiti bituen idi mangngegda
ti as-asug
dagiti bulong iti sipnget

dagiti pinatanor ti lawag
iti danarudor
dagiti agam-ammangaw

awan pakpakada
ti yuuli ti lam-ek
kadagiti di pay nabungon
a kaipasngay

dagiti nayaplag a bulong
bayat ti isasangpet
ti ulep a makapurar

dagiti hasmin
kas man la agpakpakawan

iti ima
ti maladaga
nagbukelda a kuentas
ti agsapa



(a loose translation with some nuances substituted as in some verbs, which in Iluko already imply a subject, and nouns that need no adjectives)

stars fell in the dark
among leaves
pining over lost suns—

that light birthed
drowned in the roar of the

a freeze crept,
the newborn

leaves whirled
onto a fractured cloud,
stars splattered, blinding
the lost

jasmine blossoms
as if penitent
shedding their petals

in the palm
of the newborn blossoms
bloomed into a garland for

Copyright 2010 by Alegria Imperial

This poem, in the original Iluko version above, was first published in the May 16, 2009 issue of Bannawag. Translation by the author.


Happy Is the Man Who Is Nothing
by Joan Blake
    "Happy is the Man Who is Nothing"

what is
called madness, isn't
a common opinion, but
a form of out-
sideness—a standing
around, looking
from the wheel rim
of the circle

the mad
isolated, unorthodox, their
brains slow as the
earth's turn or quick
as the bumble bee

a non-drive—
an appreciation for
guides them even

as they dream

Copyright 2010 by Joan Blake

This poem was published in the anthology Psychological Poems: Journal of Outsider Poetry, edited by Richard M. Patel, MD and Raquel Miller.



2010 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market
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Published each August by Writer's Digest, this is the best annual directory of over 1,600 presses, magazines, journals, contests and more. Helps you find publishers who are looking for your kind of work.

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by Carole Davis

Because I could not stop you Darth—
Years later you stopped me—
The hallway held but just ourselves—
And my mortality.

You slowly flew the Falcon in
I would not get away.
My life defunct on that Death Star
For Jedi destiny—

You went to school, where younglings learned
The force—in Yoda's ring—
You passed the trials on Coruscant—
A Jedi you'd become.

Or rather—you'd pass us—
O'er for the dark side of the force—
For only Palpatine, knew how—
My friend—only a tool.

I pause recalling Qui Gon's wish
As he lay on Death's ground—
That I should train his Padawan—
This "Ani" kid he'd found.

Since then—Luke saved you—he was right
There was still good in you
Skywalker's dad—without his mask
Went toward Eternity—

Copyright 2008 Carole Davis

Sent as a joke to, this poem won an honorable mention in the 2008 Wergle Flomp humor poetry contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Author Carole Davis received a cash prize of $72.95. See the judge's comments on the winning poems from this contest.


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