Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Literary Anthology Contest - TallGrass Writers Guild

TallGrass Writers Guild

Literary Anthology/Contest Guidelines – 2008 Anthology

Sponsored by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 3-31-08. Email tallgrassguild(at) or outriderpress(at) – Substitute @ for (at) as with all email addresses.

Planned publication date: late summer/early fall 2008. Working title: Wild Things: Domestic and Otherwise.. Broadly interpreted, this can be anything from unwanted bats in the attic to grandchildren running amok.

Previously published and simultaneously submitted mss. OK. Especially interested in poetry.

All poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction submissions are read and evaluated by in-house editorial staff; submission does not guarantee acceptance; those entries that make the final cut are forwarded to independent judges for possible award of $1000 in cash prizes for First ($500 each for poetry and prose) as determined by the judges. Also: 2nd and 3rd places, and Hon. Mention. All winners receive Featured Reader status at the Kick-Off Reading at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair (DEFINITELY SCHEDULED as a Book Fair Featured Event on Sunday, June 8), the nation’s third largest book fair of its kind.

Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.

Entry fees for each category are $16, reduced to $12 each for TWG members

Poetry: Single-page poems to 28 lines – single spacing OK. Prose poems may me treated as prose at judge’s discretion. Reading fee for 1-4 poems:
$16US/$12US-TWG member. For 5-8 poems: $32US/$24US-TWG member. 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. Previously published and simultaneous submissions OK.

Judge: Award-winning poet, essayist and novelist Judith Kitchen, Pushcart Prize recipient and judge.

Writers should 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. Plus: ELECTRONIC – Provide ms. and 4-sentence bio (separate files, please) on 3.5” IBM disk or CD, or small capacity flash (pin) drive – our preference -- using Windows Rich-Text-Format (RTF – our preference), or Microsoft Word (not Works). NO ASCII; no centering, bold, italics codes; only Tabs for paragraph indents. Specify word processing program on label + author’s name, phone # and e-mail address. No MAC. If sending a 3.5” floppy, be sure to package securely in bubble wrap or padded envelope to guard against damage in transit. 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.

For REQUIRED ENTRY FORM + COMPLETE GUIDELINES: email outriderpress(at) Substitute @ for (at) Mail submissions to: TallGrass Writers c/o Outrider Press, 2036 North Winds Drive, Dyer, IN 46311.

Info:outriderpress(at) substituting @
for (at) -- or 219-322-7270 or toll-free 866-510-6735

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