Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Poets and Writers - Writing Contests Deadlines

Today's forecast for St. Peters, MO: High 80 degrees, chance of thunderstorms tonight.

Yesterday's newsletter from Poets and Writers included deadline announcements for thirty-six writing contests between June 15 and July 15.

One that caught my attention is the University of North Texas Press Katherine Anne Porter Prize. Katherine Anne Porter wrote one of my favorite short stories, "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall." I remember reading the story in the mid-1980's in an American Lit class while living in El Paso, Texas, and taking undergrad classes at Fort Bliss through Parks College.

Back to the contest: A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines. University of North Texas Press, Katherine Anne Porter Prize, Department of English, University of Texas at Arlington, 203 Carlisle Hall, P.O. Box 19035, Arlington, TX 76019. Laura Kopchick, General

To view all 36 contests, visit the Poets and Writers submission calendar.


  1. Donna....WHAT?? You took classes from Parks College?? As in, Parks College, part of SLU?? As in the college my dad graduated from and then was a professor at for a few years???? Why have I not heard about this??!!

    AND, we have that Ft. Bliss connection! I think we talked about that once. We were there in different decades, I believe, but still....sheesh...!!

  2. Hi Becky,
    Well, the classes I took at Fort Bliss were offered through Parks (or Park) College. I was finishing up my B.S. with the University of Maryland and needed 12 more credits to graduate. Parks (or Park) College offered classes on the fort, where I worked at the time. Happily, the credits did transfer to UMUC.


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