literary contest: TallGrass Writers Guild
- TallGrass Writers Guild
Literary Anthology/Contest Guidelines
Sponsored by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild
Email outriderpress(at)sbcglobal.net or tallgrassguild(at)sbcglobal.net. Replace (at) with @.
Planned publication date: late summer/early fall 2009. Working title: Fearsome Fascinations. We interpret broadly; can mean fascination wi th the paranormal as well as snakes and spiders, and dangerous/extreme sports, addictions and the allure ofForbidden Fruit: Bad Boys, Vamps, flirty married bosses, vices, etc. Especially interested in poetry.
Previously published material and simultaneous submissions OK. Award of $1000 in cash prizes for First ($500 each for poetry and prose) . Also: 2nd, 3rd places, + Hon. Mention. All winners receive Featured Reader status at the Kick-Off Reading at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, the nation’s third largest book fair of its kind (depending on CTPRLF scheduling). Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.
Entry fees for each category are $16, reduced to $12 each for TWG members. Current annual U.S. TWG membership fee of $45 ($25 for students w/xerox of valid photo ID) includes six 12-page newsletters each year. An entry form for the 2009 Anthology/Contest (available w/SASE, if not attached to these guidelines) must be completed and accompany each entry category. To obtain, email: outriderpress(at)sbcglobal.net or tallgrassguild(at)sbcglobal.net, replacing (at) with @.
Poetry: Single-page poems to 28 lines – single spacing OK for poetry. Prose poems may be treated as prose at judge’s discretion. Reading fee for 1-4 poems: $16US/$12US-TWG member. For 5-8 poems per person: $32US/$24US-TWG member. For 9-12 poems: $48US/$36US, etc.
Prose: 2500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works accepted. Reading fee for each entry: $16 US/$12US-TWG member. For 2 prose entries per person: $32US/$24US-TWG member; for 3: $48/$36, etc.
NO LIMIT ON NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS IN EITHER CATEGORY.
NEW INFORMATION: Judge: We delighted to have secured the services of Diane Williams as judge. She is an award-winning writer/educator, and author of Performing Seals. She has studied abroad on a variety of fellowships, currently teaches at Chicago's Kendall College, and has a memoir-in-progress.
Submission Guide (for complete guidelines, email outriderpress(at)sbcglobal.net, replacing (at) with @. Send two copies of each manuscript (ms.) Plus disk as follows:
§ HARD COPY – Double-spaced manuscript on one side, on 8.5”x11” unlined white paper. Single-spacing okay for poetry. Only laserjet, inkjet or letter-quality dot matrix acceptable; plus: Four-sentence bio; plus:
§ ELECTRONIC – Provide ms. and bio (separate files, please) on small capacity flash drive or CD, using Windows Rich-Text-Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word (not Works). Package your CDs
safely to prevent damage. Specify word processing program on label + author’s name and e-mail address. No MAC.
§ 0 Include name, address, phone/FAX numbers (w/area code) and e-mail addresses on first sheet of fiction; each sheet of poetry. Your phone number and e-mail address are required on every item.
§ Include a stamped, self-addressed #10 (business size) envelope (SASE) for response. Mss. shredded/recycled, not returned. Include a stamped, self-addressed postcard to have receipt of ms. confirmed.
DEADLINE: Postmarked no later than2/28/09
FOR COMPLETE GUIDELINES WITH REQUIRED ENTRY FORM: outriderpress(at)sbcglobal.net or tallgrassguild(at)sbcglobal.net, replacing (at) with @. Telephone: 219-322-7270 or toll-free 866-510-6735
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