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CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women will accept entries into their 2011 Lois Cranston Memorial Prize from March 1 – May 31, 2011. The winning poet will receive $300 and publication in the Winter 2012 issue of CALYX and will be notified by October 30, 2011.

Guidelines: You can enter three unpublished poems no longer than six total pages; no names on the poems as all entries are read blind. Include a separate cover letter with your contact information and titles of the poems. There is a $15 reading fee, but it includes a one-volume subscription. Checks should be made payable to CALYX.

Visit CALYX’s site here for full guidelines and to read excerpts from back issues.

Good luck.


Wilmington’s best independent bookstore, Pomegranate Books, is continuing their wildly successful Food For Thought food drive, sponsored by Grandmothers for Peace. If you bring a canned good or nonperishable food item by the store you can take home a free book (mostly publishers’ advanced copies). Food For Thought is the first and third Sundays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at 4418 Park Avenue, Wilmington, NC. Call 910-452-1107 if you have questions.

The Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (my alma mater) will be having a launch party on March 3, 2011, to celebrate the first book from their new imprint, Lookout Books. Edith Pearlman will read from her collection Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories, the first for Lookout Books. Binocular Vision got rave reviews in The New York Times, The LA Times and a bunch of other places. This is quite a feat for their first book, so  great job Emily (my old classmate) and Ben (a guy I’ve met twice who always has good glasses).

When: March 3, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Morton Auditorium on the UNCW Campus
Info: Contact Megan Hubbard at hubbardm@uncw.edu

And here’s a map to Morton Hall.
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Yemassee, the University of South Carolina’s fledgling literary journal is having a poetry contest.  The 2011 Pocataligo Poetry Contest has a $500 Grand Prize, two Runners-Up prizes of $100. Submissions should include 3-5 unpublished poems, a $10 reading fee (check made out to Educational Foundation/English Literary Magazine Fund or through submishmash) and a cover letter including name, contact information including a working email address and the title of each piece. Your name must not appear on any page of the manuscript.

Visit the Yemassee Poetry Contest submishmash page here to enter.

Or, if you’re old school, send hard copies to:

2011 Pocataligo Poetry Contest
Department of English
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

The deadline is March 31, 2011. Good luck.

If you’re in the Wilmington area tonight and you need to hear some great poetry, award-winning poet Kim Addonizio will read at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 10 in room 1008 of the Computer Information Systems Building at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  

The Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington has several more readings and events planned for the spring, so check back for updates.

Eastern Washington University’s Willow Springs Review is accepting submissions in their annual fiction prize competition. This contest does require a reading fee ($15 for US entries, $20 for international), but it comes with a one year subscription to the journal. The winning piece will receive $2,000 and publication. Check out Willow Springs Review for submission details.