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Unusual Calls for Submissions

A multi-cultural, multi-national, and multi-community anthology of literary criticism, critical essays, poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, creative writings, and visual art on HIV and AIDS. Edited by Kelly Norman Ellis and M L Hunter. A project of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University. Published by Third World Press. Scheduled to be released World AIDS Day 2009. Deadline for submissions: Friday, August 14, 2009. There have been great strides implemented in the research, treatment, care, and social awareness (both nationally and internationally) of HIV and AIDS. However, the critical dialogue needed to eradicate this disease seems to have dissipated. This anthology seeks to push this life-threatening issue into the consciousness of not only America, but also the world. The current climate in America, under the Obama administration, is hope and change. So what does that mean for a disease that is tied to human sexuality, morality, and the need to feel love and acceptance? The editors are seeking creative writing in the genres of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, memoir writing and journaling as well as visual art that explore the intersection of the human condition with HIV and AIDS. The editors are also seeking artwork in the mediums of photography, fine and graphic arts. We are particularly interested in a vast array of literary criticism that provides social commentary and theoretical and pedagogical models that assist in understanding HIV and AIDS past and present. We also are interested in interviews with survivors and non-survivors of HIV and AIDS. Submissions should be sent by email attachment to hivaidsanthology(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @).

Past Loves Writing Contest
To foster awareness of PAST LOVES DAY, SEPTEMBER 17, Spruce Mountain Press is sponsoring its 3rd annual Past Loves Day Story Contest. Both the Contest and the Day offer an opportunity to acknowledge a truth that lingers in your heart. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: No entry fee. Nearly everyone has memories of a former sweetheart. Write your true story of an earlier love, in no more than 700 words. Tell us about someone whose memory brings a smile or a tear, or both. What did she or he mean to you? In particular, how did that person's presence in your life change you, and what do you still carry with you? Your story may be heart-warming or humorous. Just tell it as if you were talking to a good friend. More info here. Entries must be sent by midnight, August 16, 2009.

Shark Poetry Contest: Aquarium of the Pacific. The winner will have his or her poem posted on the Aquarium's website and published in the Aquarium's exclusive magazine Pacific Currents, along with passes to the Aquarium and a behind the scenes tour for four people. Entries will be accepted online or via mail through July 31, 2009. Poems must be no longer than 200 words. You must be 16 years old to enter. Only one entry per person. All entries must be received by July 30, 2009. Upload your here. Or mail to: Shark Poetry Contest/Aquarium of the Pacific/
320 Golden Shore, Suite 150/Long Beach, CA 90808. Please make sure to include all your contact information (name, email, phone, mailing address) in the actual document as well.

Dogs and the Women Who Love Them Writing Contest
Angel Animals Network contest seeks true stories of remarkable women and dog companions who give service in extraordinary ways and fulfill their life's purpose. Each entrant will b e considered for publication in Dogs and the Women Who Love Them, to be published by New World Library in Fall 2010. No entry fee. Deadline: September 30, 2009 postmark. More info here.