Apr 21, 2009    #060
Contact: Laura Byerley
(816) 235-1592

New Letters magazine accepting submissions for 24th annual literary awards

New Letters – the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) international magazine of writing and art and winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for editorial excellence in the essay category – announces its 24th Annual Literary Awards for Writers. The contest welcomes unpublished work in poetry, fiction and essay. The winner in each of the three categories will receive a $1,500 cash prize and publication in a future issue of New Letters. First runner-ups will receive a copy of a recent book of poetry or fiction from BkMk Press, an affiliate of New Letters.

The postmark deadline for entries is May 18, 2009. Poetry entries should consist of no more than six poems, and fiction or essay entries should consist of no more than 8,000 words. Entries should be submitted with two cover sheets – the first with complete name, address, email/phone number, category and title(s); and the second with category and title(s) only. Personal information should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript. There is no restriction to the number of entries or categories a person can submit. The $15 reading fee includes the cost of a one-year subscription to New Letters. The entry fee for subsequent submissions is $10.

All entries will be considered for publication. For complete guidelines, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to New Letters Awards for Writers, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110, or visit

Writers can enter the contest electronically or by mail. Entries are judged anonymously by a select group of published authors and by judges of international stature. Winners will be announced in mid-September.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.

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