March Writers’ Contests


Each year So to Speak offers a fiction, nonfiction, and poetry contest. Past judges have included Claudia Rankine, Ru Freeman, Claudia Emerson, Jennifer Lauck, Marie Howe, Sharon Mehdi, and Lucy Corin.

Winners in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are awarded $500, 2 complimentary issues, and publication in the journal. The three finalists are also featured in the journal.

Fall 2013 Fiction Contest

We will begin reading for our Fall 2013 Short Fiction Contest January 1, 2013. To enter, submit a manuscripts not exceeding 4,500 words (with double-spaced and numbered pages) and a cover letter through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Fall 2013 issue.

Deadline: March 15, 2013

Judge: Asali Solomon

Fall 2013 Art Contest: The “Hybrid” Book

We will begin reading for our Fall 2013 Art Contest January 1, 2013. To enter, submit your work and a cover letter through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Fall 2013 issue.

Deadline: March 15, 2013

Judge: TBA

In our 2013 visual art competition we seek entries in all media which the makers consider to represent – in any and all ways – the book experience. We welcome submissions to this competition including performance, digital and new media, photography and all 2D and 3D visual art forms, as well as sculptural book and artist’s book objects, whether or not incorporating text.

The book is increasingly digitalized, culturally iconic in its historic codex forms, and valued always from Kindle to library as an experience. What that actually means to each reader/viewer/handler is at a time of highly fluid interpretation. Art, object, and installation as “book” also is a rapidly expanding area of contemporary art.

The word “book” implies a particular experience…private, intimate travel of the mind along a trajectory of thought, feeling or information which is seen or read, felt and remembered as a multi-sensory experience from one distinct place to another. This may or may not be narrative,
and may or may not tell a story per se.

Often via words pages and chapters, the book experience can also come via dimensional objects which encase containers of text and image, or which resonate as narratives themselves, singly or when arranged in installation.

This view of what may or may not be “book” may make all film and much art, in fact, to be books. Such debates signal artistic life signs rather than demerits. And furthering the permeability between what is and isn’t considered book-like hopefully renders art, modern book arts, and the spoken and written word even more relevant and accessible to readers and viewers everywhere.

Entry specifications:
All entries must be received on-line only, and by March 15th. All entries must be in jpg or tif formats at 300 dpi. Please submit individual entries as LastName_Title, and include dimensions if applicable, the materials used as applicable, a brief description of the submission,
and a brief artist’s bio. LIMIT ONE (1) SUBMISSION PER ARTIST.

2013 Contests

The following awards are offered once a year by the Bellingham Review.

The 49th Parallel Award for Poetry

1st Prize: $1,000
Final Judge: Kevin Clark

The 49th Parallel is the nickname for the US/Canada border that stretches from Washington State to Minnesota. Bellingham, Washington, the home of Western Washington University and theBellingham Review lies just shy of the border.

The Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction

1st Prize: $1,000
Final Judge: Dinah Lenney

Born April 30, 1945, Annie Dillard is best known for her nature-themed writing. She has explored her past and present dealings with nature through poetry, essays and novels. Often compared to Thoreau and other transcendentalist writers, Dillard is unique in her defiance of any strict categorization. As she examines the natural world, her subjects move between wildlife, God and the human condition. Among the nine book-length publications Dillard has published over the past twenty years, her use of multiple genres allows her to seamlessly move from Virginia creeks, to the Puget Sound, to the Galapagos Islands.s

The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction

1st Prize: $1,000
Final Judge: Marjorie Sandor

Born in 1945 in Alabama, Wolff has been regarded as the master of memoir and short stories. His best known work, This Boy’s Life, recounts the story of his early childhood years in the Northwest and was the basis for a 1993 motion picture starring Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio. A three-time winner of the O. Henry Award, Tobias Wolff is celebrated for his collections of short stories, novels, and memoirs. Wolff’s second collection of short stories, Back in the World (1985), was hailed as a sensitive work of fiction focusing primarily on the experiences of returning Vietnam veterans. In literary circles, Wolff is revered as much as a teacher as he is as a writer. After completing a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, Wolff served as the Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at that institution (1975-1978). He later spent 17 years leading the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University (1980-97). In 1997, he returned to Stanford where he currently resides and teaches.

Contest Submission Guidelines

The Tusculum Review


Bernheimer, Pritts to Judge 2013 Contests

Kate Bernheimer & Nate Pritts


Kate Bernheimer has been called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale” by Tin House, and is the author of four books of fiction, most recently the final novel in a trilogy, The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold(FC2 2011), and Horse, Flower, Bird, a collection of stories with illustrations by Rikki Ducornet (Coffee House Press 2010).  She has edited three anthologies including the World Fantasy Award winning My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales (Penguin 2010).  She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Arizona, and is founding and acting editor of Fairy Tale Review.


Nate Pritts is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sweet Nothing which Publishers Weeklydescribes as “both baroque and irreverent, banal and romantic, his poems […] arrive at a place of vulnerability and sincerity.”  POETRY Magazine called his third book, The Wonderfull Yeare, “rich, vivid, intimate, & somewhat troubled” while The Rumpus called Big Bright Sun, his fourth book, “a textual record of mistakes made and insights gleaned…[in] a voice that knows its part in self-destruction.”  His poetry & prose have been widely published, both online & in print & on barns, at places like Southern ReviewForklift, OhioCourt GreenGulf CoastBoston Review & Rain Taxi where he frequently contributes reviews. The founder & principal editor of H_NGM_N, an online journal & small press, he lives in Syracuse, New York.


The prize is $1,000 and publication.

The deadline is March 15, 2013 (postmarked).

Send contest submissions to:
The Tusculum Review
P.O. Box 5113
60 Shiloh Road
Greeneville, TN 37743.


The entry fee is $15 per manuscript. We accept checks and money orders made payable to The Tusculum Review.

Each manuscript entered should consist of no more than twenty-five pages of fiction or no more than five poems (we will allow up to 10 pages total of poetry).  You may enter more than one manuscript and/or more than one genre contest (as long as you include a $15 reading fee with each contest submission).

Please send a cover letter with your contest entry.  The cover letter should include the title(s) of your entry, genre of the work—fiction or poetry—your name, postal address, phone number, and e-mail address. Please do NOT include your name or any other identifying information on your actual submission.

Previously published stories and poems (including web publications) are not permitted for submission.

Entry fees include a one-year subscription to The Tusculum Review (an annual publication) and consideration for publication. We consider all works submitted for publication.

Manuscripts will not be returned; they will, instead, be recycled.

The judges for the 2013 prizes will be Kate Bernheimer for fiction and Nate Pritts for poetry. Family, friends, and previous students of the judges, or those with reciprocal professional relationships with the judges, will be disqualified from the contest. Submissions will be screened by the staff of The Tusculum Review, and finalists will be forwarded for judging.

Manuscripts will be numbered, and all names on the manuscripts will be removed before they are read and work is presented to the judges. In the event that judges do not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, The Tusculum Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or to cancel the award.

All contestants will receive the 2013 issue of The Tusculum Review and a letter listing the winner and finalists. The new issue will be mailed to all contest entrants before June 1, 2013. The winners and finalists will be listed on The Tusculum Review companion website.

l be mailed to all contest entrants before June 1, 2013. The winners and finalists will be listed on The Tusculum Review companion website.

This blog doesn’t endorse any of these contests, please verify all information regarding each.


2 thoughts on “March Writers’ Contests

  1. Athena Brady says:

    Thank you Aron, how lovely that you are sharing these opportunities with everyone. You are a lovely person with a kind heart.

    • aronjoice says:

      Thank you Athena! We are all here to help one another become better people or at least, at what we do. Many kind and helpful gestures have come my way. I think we should all pay it forward. I am so grateful for all the authors, reviewers, readers, and friends that I’ve met on my journey.

      Hopefully some readers/writers will enter one of these contests and win. Anyone who tries is already a winner in my book.

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