The Tara L. Masih Intercultural Essay Prize is looking for essays (up to 6,000 words) dealing with matters of culture, race, and a sense of place, either within the smaller microcosm of self-identity or within the larger environment of family, society and world interactions. In E. B. White's words, you will be putting your "finger on a little capsule of truth," using reality to point to your truth, not fiction. Cash awards, low entry fee. Deadline Nov. 30. Winners and honorable mentions are invited but not required to read in San Francisco on May 25, 2012. More info here.

Mobius, The Poetry Magazine, announces the 3rd Dr. Zylpha Mapp Robinson International Poetry Award now through October 20 for Mobius 2011. Contest theme: "Helping Your Fellow Man." First prize $200. Second prize $50. Five Honorable Mentions. This is Mobius's 29th year of continuous publication for this non-profit international magazine. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Blast Furnace is seeking submissions for publication consideration in their fourth issue (Volume 1, Issue 4) slated for a December 2011 release. The theme for Issue 4 is poetry inspired by a song, film, or work of art. However, as always, they are happy to consider poetry outside of this theme. Please submit no more than three (3) of your BEST poems via SUBMISHMASH or, if you prefer to create an audio recording of yourself reciting your poetry, send ONLY ONE (1) .mp3/.wav file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration. Info and submission guidelines here. Deadline: November 15, 2011.

Main Street Rag Short Fiction Anthology is currently seeking submissions for two themed anthologies on "The List" and "Just Tattoos." The new deadline is November 15, 2011. Full guidelines can be found here.

Muzzle is currently taking submissions for the Winter 2012 issue. Submissions close for the Winter 2012 issue on December 15, 2011. Muzzle publishes poetry, visual art, poetry book reviews, poetry performance reviews, and interviews. Muzzle is also currently taking submissions for a special Spring 2012 issue centered around the theme of "Drink." Submissions will close for the Spring 2012 issue on March 15, 2012. For complete information on how to submit to Muzzle click here.