*Hustle Alert! April 30, 2010 Deadlines!*


It’s time to get yourself in gear for the end of the month deadlines, but especially the end of THIS month, because traditionally, this time is the end of the mad frenzy of deadline submissions. Now that we are in the middle of the internet craze, some magazines have started taking submissions in the summer, but still, things calm down considerably because many contests out there are connected to journals housed by universities, and the submission deadlines go from September to May and then the faculty scatter for the summer. Or like me, they will be teaching summer school, and do an abbreviated scatter.

If you miss these deadlines, never fear. Things churn back up in the fall, with a new crop of deadlines. But I suggest that if you DO miss these deadlines, take this opportunity to get into a regular writing schedule this summer and get some real work done.  Especially if you are a fiction writer.

I have found that my poetry comes whenever; sometimes during inconvenient times like at 2:45am when I’m asleep and dreaming and about to have a sweet dream about Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut fighting each other over me—okay so I am a feminist but sometimes the fantasies are old-fashioned and nearly patriarchal. I’m sorry; please don’t snatch my WC (Womanist Card). I’ll be egging on these two hotties to throw some ‘bows, all in the name of my love, and then, one of them will turn to me and start speaking a poem. And then, my fantasy is over and I am wide awake and reaching for a pencil and my Moleskine that I keep beside me in bed.

But the fiction is usually never that easy. I can’t just write fiction in snatches and grabs like poetry.  I have to set aside time for fiction and sometimes it is a serious non-sexy grind. Sometimes, it’s like a man–ooh, like Michael or Morris!– coming to bed to his woman wanting to make love; he’s expecting her to be in some lacy boy shorts with her hair—or weave, you know, whatever—hanging down her back and instead, she’s got on her wrap scarf and some  big ole granny panties she bought in a twelve-pack at the WalMart. That’s just not right.

Sometimes with fiction, I do get that feeling in my flesh like a song which means the words are right, but many times, I have to labor to reach that next flesh-song. It’s like a relationship. When it’s good, it’s good, but when it’s giving you trouble, you have to stick with it and make it work. So this summer I am determined to get a groove going and give some quality love time to the novel.  And I am hoping there will be no big drawers involved.

I’ll keep you updated.  In the meantime, look below and make the post office happy and richer by carrying yourself down there and mailing off submissions. Some of these have May 1 deadlines, but you know the drill: wean yourself off that CP time and send something off early, already.

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Cave Canem Foundation Poetry Prize
Deadline: April 30, 2010
Entry Fee: $15
Web site: www.cavecanempoets.org

Crab Orchard Review Literary Prizes
Deadline: April 30, 2010
Entry Fee: $10
Web site: www.siu.edu/~crborchd/dyer.html

The Ledge Poetry Award
Deadline: April 30, 2010
Entry Fee: $10
Web site: www.theledgemagazine.com

University of Iowa Press
Iowa Poetry Prize
Deadline: April 30, 2010
Entry Fee: $20
Web site: www.uipress.uiowa.edu/authors/iowa-prize.htm

University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
Deadline: April 30, 2010
Entry Fee: $25
Web site: www.upress.pitt.edu

Anhinga Press Prize for Poetry
Deadline: May 1, 2010
Entry Fee: $25
Web site: www.anhinga.org

Fugue Prose and Poetry Contest
Deadline: May 1, 2010
Entry Fee: $20
Web site: www.uidaho.edu/fugue

The Journal Short Story Contest
Deadline: May 1, 2010
Entry Fee: $10
Web site: english.osu.edu/research/journals/thejournal/shortstorycontest.cfm

Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Deadline: May 1, 2010
Entry Fee: $20
Web site: www.kent.edu/wick

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