Dogfish Head Brewery Poetry Prize

September 7, 2015
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A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, and two cases of Dogfish Head beer will be given annually for a poetry collection written by a poet living in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., or West Virginia. James Arthur, Timothy Green, and Joyce Sutphen will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 78 pages by September 7. There is no entry fee. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Dogfish Head Brewery, Poetry Prize, c/o Broadkill River Press, P.O. Box 63, Milton, DE 19963. Linda Blaskey, Contact.

Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards

Individual artists are making a difference in communities across Ohio every day. They illuminate community identity and help us understand and imagine our lives in new ways. Our lives are richer and more remarkable because of the contribution of artists to the social, physical, economic and spiritual fabric of our neighborhoods and towns. The presence of artists in a particular place is a strong indicator of cultural vitality. Businesses, new and old alike, need places where work and play come together in creative and dynamic ways. Artists living and working in a community affect the extent to which arts and culture are integrated into the schools and the number of non-profit arts organizations, theatres, art classes, galleries, and venues for live music in that community.

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) provides voice and leadership through the arts to build vibrant, creative communities throughout Ohio and the support of individual artists is central to the fulfillment of this vision. The OAC has developed grant programs and services to provide funding and resources that help to sustain individual artists from all disciplines and ensure that the creative contribution by arts professionals remains a vital part of community life across Ohio.

The principal funding program for individual artists in is through the Individual Excellence Awards, which provide grants to creative artists for an exceptional body of work. Traditional master artists and apprentices are supported through the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. Project funding is available for artists living in counties along the Ohio River through the Ohio River Border Initiative, and for artists with disabilities through the Artists with Disabilities Access program. Individual artists receive commissions through the Percent for Art program administered by the OAC. In addition to grants, the OAC provides a wide range of resources and services that help individual artists as they make important contributions to life in communities across the state including the Ohio Artists on Tour Directory and the Arts Learning Artist Directory.

As Ohio continues to evolve, artists have a significant role to play. Now more than ever, creativity and innovation are pivotal to our state’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. It will take skill and vision to release the potential of our people, communities, and state. Individual artists offer a doorway to the imagination and are the key to the expression of who we are and what we might become. The OAC seeks to be the catalyst to unlock our potential and support individual artists as they reflect our rich past and the promise of the future.

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Stone Canoe Literary Awards

Stone Canoe considers for inclusion previously unpublished works of short fiction, creative nonfiction, technical writing, short plays, poems, and works of visual art created by people who live or have lived in Upstate New York (not New York City). We will be accepting submissions for the 2016 edition, Stone Canoe No. 10, between March 15 and July 31, 2015. We cannot consider work submitted outside these dates. The editors’ decisions are final and will be communicated by October 31, 2015.

Basic Submission Criteria:

Stone Canoe is a community project committed to showcasing the work of artists and writers who live now or have lived at some point in the Upstate New York region (not New York City).Submissions will not be reviewed unless accompanied by a short biography of no more than 100 words.

Please write your biography in the third person and include when you lived in this region in your short biography if you do not currently live in the area.

Note: The writer/artist must have a first-person connection to Upstate New York, unless the writer is a veteran, but the piece(s) submitted can be about anything at all. The work does not need to involve New York State. Examples of qualifying connections include but are not limited to: being born here (even if you moved away later), going to college at an upstate school, and working in the area currently or at some point in the past. If you are uncertain if you meet this requirement, feel free to contact for consideration of your particular situation.

Please indicate if your work has been submitted simultaneously to another publication. You may include your name on the piece(s). .

Submission Rules per Genre:
Drama: one piece not to exceed 10,000 words (include word count).
Fiction: one piece not to exceed 10,000 words (include word count). Pieces by emerging writers will be considered for the Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize for Fiction as well as for publication.
Nonfiction: one piece not to exceed 10,000 words (include word count). Pieces by emerging writers will be considered for the S.I. Newhouse School Prize for Creative Nonfiction as well as for publication.
Poetry: up to five poems. Please indicate stanza breaks where the text may run onto more than one page. Emerging poets must submit at least three poems to be considered for the Bea Gonzalez Award for Poetry as well as for publication. Poems may be submitted as a single document, but each poem must start on a new page.
Visual art: up to five images. Emerging artists must submit at least three works to be considered for the Hedy and Michael Fawcett Prize for Visual Arts in addition to publication. Any type of visual art is considered. Published pieces have included such diverse types as sculpture, ceramic, photography, drawing, quilts, jewelry, installation views, and video stills.

NOTE: There is no limit to the number of genres in which you may submit work. Please submit your first genre through the submission form per the instructions below. If the software claims you have submitted your limit of pieces, contact Allison Vincent at for simple instructions on how to submit in any additional genres. Consideration for awards requires no fees or additional forms. All submitted work will automatically be considered for any awards for which you are deemed eligible. If more pieces are submitted than allowed for on the rules listed above, Stone Canoe editors will not review any additional pieces submitted once after the maximum number per genre has been reached.

ATTENTION VETERANS: Please be sure to include in your brief biography either that you are a U.S. military veteran. Please note your dates and branch of service (e.g, 2010-2012, Army). Veterans do not have to have served in combat. This group qualifies for consideration for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families Prize for Written Work by a Veteran within the drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry genres. NOTE: This veteran’s award is the only category that does NOT require the writer to have a connection to Upstate New York.

If more pieces are submitted in any one genre than the maximum stated here, Stone Canoe editors reserve the right to review only the maximum number of pieces specified as selected at random by the genre’s editor.

To submit your work:

fill out our submission form online during the period specified and attach an electronic copy of your work.
Writers should submit work in either Rich Text Format (rtf) or as a MicroSoft Word® document.
Visual artists should attach low resolution (72 dpi) tif, gif or jpg images. If accepted for publication, high resolution images (approx. 300 dpi at 7″x10″ image size) will be required. Images need to be submitted individually into your account. Please do not combine them for the purposes of submission.

If you have any questions or difficulty with this form or with online submission in general, please contact Robert Colley at or 315-480-9660.

All rights for individual works revert to contributors upon publication, though Stone Canoe will seek permission to feature submitted work on its web site.

Contributors receive one copy of each issue in which their work appears and are featured on our web site.

Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award

The New Writers Award is sponsored by the thirteen members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) to recognize newly published writers and introduce the best among them to students and faculty on GLCA campuses. Judges are professors of literature and writers in residence at GLCA colleges.

Since 1970, an award is made each year for a first published volume of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Each award winner has the opportunity to tour the thirteen colleges giving readings, meeting students and faculty, and leading discussions or classes.

Nominations should come from the publisher and should emphasize literary excellence. Please consult the guidelines for the 2016 New Writers Award in the link below.  Publishers interested in finding out more about this award can contact Gregory Wegner, Director of the New Writers Award, via email or at 734.661.2350.

Download detailed guidelines at Guidelines for 2016 New Writers Awards.

New Fiction Market: Shattered Prism

Below are the guidelines for Shattered Prism, a pro market which has just launched. More information is available at

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We are looking for original science fiction and fantasy or any story that falls under the umbrella term of “speculative fiction”. Submissions should follow the Standard Manuscript Format. Manuscripts may be submitted as .RTF or .Doc files. We will consider reprints as long as the author retains the rights to the work being submitted.

SHATTERED PRISM is published twice a year, in May and November. Submissions will be open twice a year. Submissions for the November issue shall open the second week of August. Submissions for the May issue shall open the second week of February. 

When emailing submissions, please include the following in your subject line:
FICTION SUB: “Your Story Title”

Email submissions to

Please do not submit more than one work during the submission period. No simultaneous submissions. Any stories received outside the stated submissions periods will be deleted unread.

Payment: 6 cents a word for original fiction, as per SFWA guidelines. Reprints are paid at 2 cents a word.

Length: We prefer stories from 1500 to 5500 words. We may consider longer works, depending on space.

Cover letters: Please keep these short. Do not tell us the plot of your story. Introduce yourself briefly and list any publishing credits. Let your story speak for itself.

Rejections/Response Times: We aim to keep response times to within a month, but it may sometimes take a little longer, depending on submissions.

Please be aware that if we reject your story, we cannot offer personalized feedback. If we do reject your story it is not a reflection on you or your work. We reject stories for any number of reasons.

Group Author Signing at Seton Hill University

June 26, 7-9pm • Greensburg, PA

The mass signingAs part of their writing workshop Seton Hill University hosts a massive author signing every June. Though you have to register for the workshop the signing is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. This is the 4th year that Raw Dog Screaming Press and its imprint Dog Star Books have participated and each year has been better than the last. RDSP authors who are participating this year:

Michael A. ArnzenMatt BettsJ.L. GribbleJohn Edward LawsonHeidi Ruby MillerJason Jack MillerAlbert WendlandK. Ceres WrightStephanie Wytovich

The book signing is held in the gym on the Seton Hill campus in the McKenna Center from 7-9 pm. On this map it is building #9.

BOOKS-steelvictory J.L. Gribble‘s first novel, Steel Victory, will debut at the book signing

“The innovative combination of genres is appealing, and Gribble’s multiple story lines—invasion, anti-creature bias, and intercity politics—mesh very well together….This is a solid first effort that sets the stage for more installments in an intriguing world with complex characters.”—Publishers Weekly

One hundred years ago, the vampire Victory retired from a centuries-long mercenary career. She settled in Limani, the independent city-state acting as a neutral zone between the British and Roman colonies on the New Continent.

Twenty years ago, Victory adopted a human baby girl, who soon showed signs of magical ability.

Today, Victory is a city councilwoman, balancing the human and supernatural populations within Limani. Her daughter Toria is a warrior-mage, balancing life as an apprentice mercenary with college chemistry courses.

Tomorrow, the Roman Empire invades.

See photos of the book signing in other years: 2012, 2013, 2014

Early Black Writers, Speculative Fiction and Confronting Racial Terror


I was lucky enough to experience Phenderson dropping knowledge in person during a presentation at the Enoch Pratt Free Library back in February. Please take a moment to read what he has has to say about the present, and the past. Thank you.

Originally posted on Phenderson Djèlí Clark:

BlakeIn the bleakest of moments African-American writers have turned to literature to confront racial terror and the trauma it could induce–turning to poetry, personal narratives, plays and novels. Sometimes, they even dreamed of the fantastic.

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BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellowship

With the mission of diversifying the broader media landscape by investing in the next generation of necessary voices, BuzzFeed’s Emerging Writers Fellowship is designed to give writers of great promise the support, mentorship, and experience necessary to take a transformative step forward in their careers.

During the four-month program, the writers in this fellowship will benefit from career mentorship and editorial guidance while also receiving financial support. The learning process must be financially viable for emerging writers if it is intended to open the gates to writers traditionally locked out of opportunities in media.

These writers will focus on personal essay writing, cultural reportage, and profiles. During their time in fellowship, writers will be expected to pitch, report, and write with the added benefit of writing workshops, panel discussions with editors and writers from throughout the industry, and assigned readings. Mentorship within the program will focus on teaching writers how to thrive as freelancers as well as on staff at media organizations; this mentorship will hopefully continue well after the fellowship itself is concluded.

Ideal candidates for this program will have ambitious ideas and a proven desire to publish work that creates an impact on cultural conversations. The product of the fellowship will be published by BuzzFeed. The writers selected for the fellowship will work with BuzzFeed News’ senior editorial staff and be based in New York. Fellows will receive a stipend of $12,000.

Application Procedure:

Please submit the following materials by Oct. 1, 2015, as attachments or links to Applications will be considered by a committee of BuzzFeed editors and respected writers and editors from across the industry. Writers accepted into the fellowship will be notified in November; the fellowship will begin the first week of January 2016. The fellowship is a full-time position. Current and former BuzzFeed employees may not apply. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Application Materials:

1. Résumé or CV.

2. Five articles, essays, or blog posts you feel are representative of your best work.

3. Statement of purpose (3-5 pages in length): Please explain in detail, in separate sections.

a. If given this opportunity, what are 3-5 reported stories/personal essays you would pursue?

b. How do these stories reflect your drive and personal mission?

c. Give 3-5 examples of cultural reporting or personal essays from contemporary writers who have had an impact on your work.

d. Why are you qualified and capable of doing work others haven’t or can’t?

f. What support do you need to take a step forward in your career? What aspects of writing and cultural reporting are you eager to learn more about?

4. Three letters of recommendation: Please have your references email their letters directly to using the subject line “Candidate’s Last Name Reference.” Your references should attest to your standout potential, work ethic, and ability to pursue ambitious ideas and make an impact on cultural conversations.

5. The contact information (phone/email) of three references.

Richard J. Margolis Award

The Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center combines a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center with a $5,000 prize. It is awarded annually to a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth,  humor, wisdom and concern with social justice. The award was established in honor of Richard J. Margolis, a journalist, essayist and poet who gave eloquent voice to the hardships of the rural poor, migrant farm workers, the elderly, Native Americans and others whose voices are seldom heard. He was also the  author of a number of books for children.

Blue Mountain Center is a writers and artists colony in the Adirondacks in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.

How to Apply

Applications should include at least two examples of the your work (published or unpublished, 30 pages maximum) and a short biographical note including a description of your current and anticipated work. Also please indicate what you will work on while attending the Blue Mountain residency. Please send three copies of these writing samples. Samples will not be returned.

Send applications to:

Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center
c/o Margolis & Bloom
535 Boylston Street, 8th floor
Boston, MA 02116

Writing samples, bio and project description may also be e-mailed as PDF files to

Deadline: July 1, 2015

The award winner will be announced in November.


Donations to the Richard J. Margolis Award qualify for an income, gift and  estate tax charitable deduction as long as they are made payable to the Blue  Mountain Center, a not-for-profit foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the  Internal Revenue Code.  Donations during life qualify for all these tax  advantages.  In addition, gifts of stock or other highly appreciated property  also avoid tax on any capital gain, since the sale of the securities by a  tax-exempt organization are not subject to tax.  While not qualifying for any  income tax deduction, the advantage of gifts as part of an estate plan are that  the donor continues to have the lifetime use of the funds to be gifted when or if they are ever needed.

Lifetime Gifts

Contributions to the Award fund may be made at any time by sending checks  payable to the “Blue Mountain Center” to:

Richard J. Margolis Award
c/o Margolis & Bloom
535 Boylston Street, 8th floor
Boston, MA 02116

Testamentary Gifts

Gifts may be made as part of an estate plan by using language such as the  following:“I give $_______ to the Blue Mountain Center, a not-for-profit corporation  located in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, for the purpose of funding the Richard  J. Margolis Award.”QuestionsYou may direct any questions about gifts or bequests to the Award fund  to:

Harry S. Margolis
Margolis & Bloom
535 Boylston Street, 8th floor
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone:617/267-9700, x517

New Voices Award

LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children’s books, is pleased to announce the sixteenth annual NEW VOICES AWARD. The Award will be given for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color. The Award winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500.

Established in 2000, the NEW VOICES AWARD encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Past NEW VOICES AWARD submissions we have published include The Blue Roses, winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People; Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story, a Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist selection; and It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Honor.


  1. The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published.
  2. Writers who have published work in other venues and genres, including children’s magazines, young adult, and adult fiction or nonfiction, are eligible. Only unagented submissions will be accepted.
  3. Work that has been published in any format, including online and self published, is not eligible.
  4. Manuscripts previously submitted for this award or to LEE & LOW BOOKS will not be considered.


  1. Manuscripts should address the needs of children of color by providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and which promote a greater understanding of one another. Themes relating to non-traditional family structures, gender identity, or disabilities may also be included.
  2. Submissions may be FICTION, NONFICTION, or POETRY for children ages 5 to 12. Stories with anthropomorphic animal characters will not be considered.
  3. Manuscripts should be no more than 1500 words in length and accompanied by a cover letter that includes the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, brief biographical note, relevant cultural and ethnic information, how the author heard about the award, and publication history, if any.
  4. Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced on 8-1/2” x 11” paper. A self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage must be included if you wish to have the manuscript returned.
  5. Up to two submissions per entrant. Each submission should be mailed separately.
  6. Submissions should be clearly addressed to: LEE & LOW BOOKS 95 Madison Avenue, suite 1205 New York, NY 10016 ATTN: NEW VOICES AWARD
  7. Manuscripts may not be submitted to other publishers or to LEE & LOW’s general submissions while under consideration for this award. 
  8. LEE & LOW BOOKS is not responsible for late, lost, or incorrectly addressed or delivered submissions.

Dates for Submission: Manuscripts will be accepted from May 1, 2015, through September 30, 2015, and must be postmarked within that period.

Announcement of the Award:

  1. The Award and/or Honor Award winners will be notified no later than December 31, 2015.
  2. All entrants who include an SASE will be notified in writing of our decision by January 31, 2016.
  3. The judges are the editors of LEE & LOW BOOKS. The decision of the judges is final.
  4. At least one Honor Award will be given each year, but LEE & LOW BOOKS reserves the right not to choose an Award winner.
  5. For FAQ and previous winners, visit

Check out the New Voices Award Winners & Honors Collection.

2014 New Voices Award Winner

LEE & LOW BOOKS is proud to announce that Andrea J. Loney of Inglewood, California, is the winner of the company’s fifteenth annual New Voices Award. Her manuscript, Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee, is a picture book biography of James Van Der Zee, an African American photographer best known for his portraits of famous and little known New Yorkers during the Harlem Renaissance. From a young age, James Van Der Zee longed to share his vision of the world with others. When he discovered photography, this dream became a reality. Over many years, James worked hard to build his own business, where he specialized in highlighting the black middle class of Harlem, an aspect of American society rarely showcased at the time.

Andrea J. Loney is a writer and software trainer for corporations and non-profits, where her students range from Korean War veterans to at-risk teens. Her mother is African American, and her father is Panamanian-Jamaican. Her family was one of very few black families in her New Jersey town, and this confluence of cultures has inspired her “to write about unusual characters finding or creating their own places in the world.” She will receive a prize of $1,000 and a publication contract.

LEE & LOW BOOKS is also proud to announce that Kara Stewart of Durham, North Carolina, has been chosen as an Honor winner for her manuscript Talent, about a young girl who goes to Sappony summer camp and is worried that she has nothing to perform at the camp talent show. With a passion for science and help from her friends, Alice Ruth finds her own strength and learns to be comfortable with who she is. A first time author and member of the Sappony tribe, Stewart is an Elementary School Literacy Coach and serves on the North Carolina State Advisory Council on Indian Education. She believes that it is vital for Native people to be reflected in an accurate, contemporary, and non-stereotypical way, and she wrote this story to honor her Sappony family, their resilience, and determination to keep their heritage alive. Stewart will receive a prize of $500.

The man your librarian warned you about…


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