The 2009 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize with guest judge Ann Patchett
The winning submission selected by Ann Patchett will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on May 20, 2009. The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner will receive $1000. Story requirements: Submit a single short story that contains a surprise. Your story must have a title. Your story must be no more than three double-spaced typed pages in length (we recommend 12pt., Times New Roman font.) Your name and contact information must appear on the first page. Include page numbers. One entry per person. More here.

Call for Submissions: Umbrella
Umbrella, the "supremely rereadable electronic journal" currently celebrating its second anniversary, is now reading for our spring issue, online March 1st, 2009. In addition to reading works of a general nature, our theme for the Winter edition will be "weird scenarios, the wondrous-strange," poems of deep imagination that work around strange premises. Deadline: February 15, 2009.

Call for submissions: New Plains Review
The New Plains Review seeks writing on the theme of Service for its spring issue. We interpret "service" broadly: military and community service, school service requirements, jury duty, all forms of volunteering, religious services, food service, customer service, serving a subpoena, etc. We're interested in poetry, fiction, essays and creative nonfiction that is thoughtful and compelling, and we'll reprint previously published work (provided the author controls the copyright). New Plains will also run a "letters" column of short, informal pieces relating experiences of "service." The editors are looking for detail, honesty and brevity in these letters. Deadline is February 17, 2009. Submit by email (as a Word attachment) to Executive Editor Douglas Goetsch at or send hard copies to NEW PLAINS REVIEW, Submissions, Box 184, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK 73034. Please put email, phone and postal contact on the first page of your submission.

Mutating the Signature

Qarrtsiluni is accepting submissions of collaborative work for its first issue of 2009, "Mutating the Signature," with guest editors Dana Guthrie Martin and Nathan Moore. The deadline is Jan. 15, and the issue will run from January through March.

Switched-on Gutenberg, a poetry magazine online since 1995, announces its newest issue: Science and Technology.

For our next issue, we are looking for poems on the theme: Gains and Losses. Are we just getting old, or are the swings wilder, the stakes higher? Gambling, love, economics - is it all reckoned by a balance sheet? Submissions for the next issue: Will ONLY be taken from December 1, 2008 to March 1, 2009.

"Moms Gone Mad" Poetry, Prose, and Visual Art Contest for new Mamapalooza Magazine
Call for submissions, on the topic "Moms Gone Mad," of poetry, prose (creative nonfiction or fiction) and visual art (photographs, drawings, paintings). Winners will receive publication in the premiere issue of Mamapalooza Magazine, official arts publication of the Mamapalooza Festival, to be published May 2009. Additionally, one Outstanding Prose piece, Outstanding Poem, and Outstanding Visual Art piece will each win a prize package of Mamapalooza merchandise and goodies. Editors Marjorie Tesser and Alana Ruben Free. Deadline 1/31. $10 entry fee. Full guidelines here.

Outrider Press' Literary Anthology/Contest Guidelines Sponsored by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild
Working title: Fearsome Fascinations. We interpret broadly; can mean fascination with the paranormal as well as snakes and spiders, and dangerous/extreme sports, addictions and the allure of Forbidden Fruit: Bad Boys, Vamps, flirty married bosses, vices, etc. Especially interested in poetry. Previously published material and simultaneous submissions OK. $1000 in cash prizes for First ($500 each for poetry and prose) as determined by the judge, tentatively scheduled to be Diane Williams. Also: 2nd and 3rd places, and Hon. Mention.