extended hiatus

Due to expanded commitments to my small press, I've been forced to cut down on some other projects. I would be delighted if someone else came forward to carry on this blog. Meanwhile, I hope some of the links and contacts herein are of some use.



Fourth River: Poetry & Nonfiction Contest

Fourth River Award for Poetry 2009
Fourth River Award for Creative Nonfiction 2009


Fourth River is looking for poetry and creative nonfiction that capture the places—natural, built and imagined, urban, rural or wild—where humans and nature converge and collide. First place winner in each category will be published in Fourth River and will receive a $500 cash prize upon publication. Contest judges to be announced.

Contest Guidelines:
  • Submissions should be postmarked no later than October 15, 2009.
  • Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible.
  • Students, faculty and employees of Chatham University are not eligible.
  • Include a title page with your name, address, phone number and the title of your submission(s).
  • Your name must not appear on the actual manuscript.
  • The reading fee is $5 for three poems or one essay (7,000 word maximum), and includes a copy of Issue 7.
  • Please make checks payable to Chatham University.
  • Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each submission must be accompanied by a reading fee.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • (Please note: the reading fee does not apply to regular submissions. )
  • Send your submission, your reading fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
  • The Fourth River, Chatham University, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh PA 15232, Attention: Fourth River Award for (please insert genre here--Poetry or Nonfiction).

CFS: Autumn House Poetry & Fiction Contests (full-length books)

Passing this along; the deadline is June 30th--

The 2009 Autumn House Poetry and Fiction Contests

Guidelines for the 2009 Autumn House Poetry Contest judged by Alicia Ostriker
Guidelines for the 2009 Autumn House Fiction Contest judged by Sharon Dilworth

  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to participate in the 2009 Autumn House Master Authors Series in Pittsburgh.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2009.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Alicia Ostriker.
  • The final judge for the Fiction Prize is Sharon Dilworth.
  • All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible.
  • Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible.
  • If you wish to be informed of the results of the competition, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
  • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
  • All entries must be clearly marked “Poetry Prize” or “Fiction Prize” on the outside envelope.
  • Twenty five dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
  • Send manuscript and $25.00 fee to: Autumn House Press, PO Box 60100, Pittsburgh PA 15211

Kwame Dawes: Bucknell: 6/22/09

The Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets will present a reading by guest poet Kwame Dawes on Monday, June 22, 7pm in Bucknell Hall. This reading is free and open to the public.

PA-themed poetry: York: 6/20/09

Saturday, June 20, 3 PM: Come to a reading of Pennsylvania-themed poetry at the York Arts Association, 220 South Marshall Street in York, PA. Readers will include Ann Michael and Jerry Wemple, among others. Hosted by Barbara DeCesare. For more information, call 717-755-0028.

Dana Levin: Bucknell: 6/15/09

The Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets will present a reading by guest poet Dana Levin on Monday, June 15, 7pm in Bucknell Hall. This reading is free and open to the public.

EMCA open reading: Tunkhannock: 6/14/09

Sunday, June 14, 2-5pm: The Endless Mountains Council of the Arts will sponsor another Open Poetry reading on Sunday, June 14, in honor of Flag Day. The theme for this month's event is "Patriotism, Politics, and Poetry." The public is invited to read the works of their favorite poets or read their own work.. Event takes place at the EMCA gallery, 302 W. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Refreshments will be served. Call 836-3622 or 945-7621 for more info.

Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series: DC area

FYI, here's the summer scedule for the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series (an outdoor reading series held through the summer in the DC area):

Tuesday evenings, 7:30 pm at Joaquin Miller's Cabin in Rock Creek Park, Picnic Area 6 (Beach Drive at Military Road overpass):

  • June 9: Deborah Bernhardt & Marcela Sulak
  • June 16: Tyler Caroline Mills, Katherine Casey & Baobao Zhang
  • June 23: Chris Goodrich & Nancy Krygowski
  • June 30: Melanie Henderson & Luke Johnson
  • July 7: April Lindner & Bonnie Naradzay
  • July 14: George Drew & W Luther Jett
  • July 21: Cynthia Atkins & Dan Vera
  • July 28: January Gill O'Neil, Joseph O Legaspi & Joseph Ross

Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets: Staff reading: 6/9/09

The Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets will present a reading by the program staff on Tuesday, June 9, 7pm in Bucknell Hall. This reading is free and open to the public.