Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry & More

The LAS Technology Center has been making some changes to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences website. Now, graduate students can apply for the Graduate Research Funding (GRF) Program online. Follow the link and log in with your DePaul ID to learn more about GRFs and how to apply.


As of today, January 18th, there is still room available for the upcoming Dinner on DePaul featuring alumni working in Writing & Publishing. This program will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Center (2400 N. Sheffield). Registration at or via phone at 773-325-8941 is required by Tuesday, Jan 22 – space is limited.


Old Dominion University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and Barely South Review are proud to offer the 2013 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry.

The Norton Girault Literary Prize is an annual prize alternates among Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction genres. The 2013 prize will be offered for poetry. One prize will go to a single poem, which will receive $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review. One honorable mention will also be selected to receive $200.00 and publication.

The final judge for the 2013 competition is poet David Wojahn, born in St. Paul, Minnesota and educated at the University of Minnesota and the University of Arizona. His first collection, Icehouse Lights, was chosen by Richard Hugo as a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, and published in 1982. The collection was also the winner of the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Book Award. His second collection, Glassworks, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1987, and was awarded the Society of Midland Authors’ Award for best volume of poetry to be published during that year. Pittsburgh is also the publisher of four of his subsequent books, Mystery Train (1990), Late Empire (1994), The Falling Hour (1997) and Spirit Cabinet (2002). Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004, published by Pittsburgh in 2006, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the O. B. Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library. He is currently Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is also a member of the program faculty of the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of the Fine Arts. The Academy of American Poets recently awarded him the 2012 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his book World Tree (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011).


  • Submissions are through Barely South Review’s Submittable page, available at:
  • Submissions are read blind. Please do not put your name in the file with your poems or in the “Title” field in Submittable.
  • Submit 1 to 3 poems, up to ten pages, in one document with 12-pt Times New Roman and 1” margins. Please ensure no identifying information is in this file.
  • Please take a minute to fill out the survey. Address and phone number are required.

You can learn more about Barely South Review at, or follow them at and


Drinking Gourd Launch EventThe Northwestern Poetry and Poetics Colloquium invites you to a celebration of words, music, and dance as they launch the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize Chapbook Series. To celebrate the publication of the first annual Drinking Gourd chapbook, Kristiana Rae Colón’s promised instruments, they will be hosing a launch event at the Poetry Foundation’s performance space in downtown Chicago on Thursday, January 31st at 7 p.m.

Renowned poet Ed Roberson, author of eight books of poetry and winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, joins poet and playwright Kristiana Rae Colón, winner of the inaugural Drinking Gourd Prize. The evening will include readings from Roberson’s Closest Pronunciation and Colón’s promised instruments; live vocal performances of the great coded songs of the Underground Railroad and other African-American spirituals by Timothy McNair, bass at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University; and contemporary dance with original choreography by Devin Buchanan of Giordano Dance Chicago.

The Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize is a first-book award for emerging poets of color, combining the efforts of Northwestern’s Poetry and Poetics Colloquium and Northwestern University Press in celebrating and publishing works of lasting cultural value and literary excellence.

You can find more details about the event on the Poetry Foundation’s website,, and about the Poetry and Poetics Colloquium at Northwestern at


One Extended Deadline and Two New Calls for Submissions

The deadline for the Old Dominion University Norton Girault Literary Prize 2012 has been extended to March 9th, 2012!  Complete details and guidelines can be found here:, but the main facts are:

  • This year’s competition is in fiction
  • Send your best story of up to 25 pages
  • Cost is $25 per entry
  • Entries will be judged by author Cristina Garcia
  • Winning entry gets $1000 and will be published in the ODU M.F.A. Creative Writing program literary journal Barely South Review

See guidelines at the link above to submit online or through the mail, or come see ODU and the Barely South Review at AWP in Chicago this year, drop off your entry in person, and chat with staff about the journal and your possible future appearance in it!  You can find them at M19 at the bookfair.


The next round of Glimmer Train‘s SHORT STORY AWARD for NEW WRITERS is accepting submissions now, and the deadline is February 29th, 2012.

Prizes include:

  • 1st place prize has been increased to $1,500 and, of course, includes publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies
  • 2nd-place: $500 and possible publication.
  • 3rd-place: $300 and possible publication.

Other considerations: Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries, of course, must not have appeared in any print publication.)

Word count: Most submissions run 1,500 to 6,000 words, but can go up to 12,000.

Reading fee is $15 per story.

Results post on April 30th. Winning story will be published in Issue 87. Visit for details.


Chicago Theatre Off Book is looking for short submissions from budding playwrights and screenwriters. Off Book is a weekly radio podcast; the show’s format features a review roundup, an interview with a small theatre company and an interview with a large theatre company.  Off Book breaks up the three segments with two one-minute audio plays serving as commercials. This “Got A Minute?” feature is an opportunity for local playwrights to get their work produced. You can listen to a special edition that featured back to back “Got A Minute?” features on their website.

Currently, Off Book is not able to offer financial compensation but they do provide a writer’s credit, and hope that this opportunity to have work produced will entice students to submit potential one minute plays to their show.

Student News, Short Story Competition, and More

Today we’re starting out with some very special student news: Congratulations to current M.A.W.P. student Stephanie Gladney Queen, who had her first baby only weeks before the start of the quarter. Anthony Gabriel Queen was born on November 23rd, 2011. Our best wishes go out to Stephanie and baby Anthony!


The Mitchelstown Literary Society is pleased to announce the launch of the second William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition. 

The Society was founded to celebrate the lives and works of two of Ireland’s literary greats with Mitchelstown connections. The short story competition evolved as a natural adjunct to Mitchelstown’s annual literary festival and aims to provide a competitive outlet for new and emerging writers in the short story genre. The continued support of William Trevor includes sponsoring the very generous First Prize of 3,000 Euro. Second prize is 500 Euro, and there will be an additional five runners-up winning 200 Euro each.

Ita Daly, two times winner of the Hennessy Literary Awards, Irish Times Short Story Award winner, and author of five novels including the recent Unholy Ghosts, will be the contest’s final judge.

Details of rules, official entry form(s), payment methods etc. can be found on the official website: There is entry fee of 20.00 Euro per entry and the deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, 30th March 2012. The winner and runners up will be notified personally as well as results being posted to the competition website as they become available.

Entries, by mail only, to:

Trevor/Bowen International Short Story Competition
37 Upper Cork Street
Co. Cork,

For more information, contact contest moderators at Tel: 025/84969 or at


Back at the beginning of the quarter, Ex Libris posted an announcement about the Institute for Reading Development summer teaching positions. If you were interested but didn’t get the chance to apply, or just missed the announcement, you’re in luck: The Institute for Reading Development has just announced that they continue to have positions available and are still accepting applications. All grad students and graduating seniors with an interest in teaching and strong reading skills are encouraged to apply. See the original announcement on Ex Libris and visit for more details, including how to apply.


Old Dominion University’s Barely South Review is now accepting submissions for their September 2012 issue. They are looking for unpublished poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and art.

You can read the January 2012 issue featuring interviews with the likes of Joy Williams and Naomi Shihab Nye at, and you’ll find the submission guidelines at

This is also a great reminder that Old Dominion University is accepting entries to the inaugural Norton Girault Literary prize! One fiction story will win $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review. The guest judge this year is Cristina Garcia. Complete guidelines and entry form can be found at:

Deadline for September 2012 issue submissions is March 31st. Deadline for entries to the Norton Girault Literary Prize is February 29th, 2012.

Send general questions to

Norton Girault Literary Prize, Superstition Review, and Anobium Books

The MFA Creative Writing Program of Old Dominion University and Barely South Review

are pleased to announce

The Norton Girault Literary Prize

Inaugural 2012 Competition is now open

The Norton Girault Literary Prize will be offered in 2012 for FICTION (annual prize will alternate among Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction genres)– one prize will go to a single short story up to 25 pages (double-spaced).  The winning story will receive $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review. One honorable mention will also be selected for publication.

The Norton Girault Literary Prize is named after Norton Girault (learn about him here and here).

The judge for the 2012 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction is Cristina García, an award-winning novelist, and the author of five novels, two works for young readers, and a collection of poetry, as well as an editor of two anthologies. Her newest work, Dreams of Significant Girls, is a young adult novel. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others.

Complete contest guidelines and official entry form can be downloaded at


Superstition Review, the Online Literary Magazine at Arizona State University, is now accepting submissions of art, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for Issue 9 to be launched April 1, 2012.

Deadline for submissions is February 29th.

Please visit to read complete submission guidelines as well as Issues 1 – 8 featuring Adrian C. Louis, Barbara Kingsolver, Billy Collins, Sherman Alexie, Aaron Michael Morales, Kevin Prufer, and more.


Chicago based Anobium Books invites everyone to join the release party for Volume Two of the Anobium Literary Journal. The party will take place on February 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at Deagan Music (1770 W Berteau, just steps from the Irving Park or Montrose Brown Line stops). Plenty of street parking is also available.

Suggested $5 donation to support the venue. BYOB (or wine) and/or enjoy some of the complimentary beer being provided by  Half Acre Brewery! Enjoy other refreshments. Listen to readings from folks like Annah Browning, Susan Yount, Jacob Singer, Joe Meno, and more. And then listen to some music by  The Canoes (Chicago-grown r’n’r). Pick up a copy of Anobium: Volume 2, and go home, spirits warmed.

RSVP here on Facebook… or just show up. And if you would like to purchase a copy of Anobium: Volume 2 and can’t make it to the release party, visit their online store.

Anobium is also continually looking for contributors to their website. Visit for more information. And get ready for February 1st, when Anobium will begin accepting submissions for Volume 3. From the staff:

Anobium: Volume 3 is going to be a special creature. While Anobium: Volume 1 and Volume 2 were open to all submissions, regardless of theme, we’re trying a different approach for Volume 3, which will be released in August 2012.

The offical title will be Anobium: Volume 3 – Noospheria. In this special issue, we will be exploring and testing the limits, boundaries, and assumptions of the ‘noosphere,’ or domain of human knowledge. The term was originally espoused by Russian scientist Vladimir Vernadsky, who used it to describe and explain the ‘space’ is created when human minds interact with one another. While this idea is often integrated with the more idealistic concepts of enlightenment or evolutionary consciouness, in Volume 3, our concerns will be with the suppositions, anomalies, and inconsistencies lingering in the shadows of this noospheric structure.

We are going to want all types of writing, because big ideas need big thinkers. Go here to find out all of the details, and warm up your Magnetic Tape Selectric Typewriter or other type of Word Processor, and get ready to release the dogs.