Welcome to The Writing Pool™!

The Writing Pool is committed to helping writers all over the world improve their writing. Our primary service began with a Weekly newsletter: The Weekly Writing Post™, which was originally the PEIWG Weekly, published for the PEI Writers’ Guild in 2009. In 2013, the PEIWG decided that it wanted a newsletter that was exclusively for its members, and the Weekly, with over 3,000 subscribers, became an independent newsletter. Not wanting to limit access to all the information we had amassed or created, we decided to create The Writing Pool, where anyone anywhere in the world could have access to that information.

Besides publishing information of interest to writers, we offer support to writers and groups by providing links to writerly sites and publishing your writing so you can share it with others.

We also offer professional writing and editing services and writing advise and mentorship. To find out more about these services, please visit the Art ‘n’ Words website or email us at cindy@thewritingpool.com.

For those of you who are new to the site, The Writing Pool is the ultimate site for writers of all ages and all leanings. Feel free to explore and send us your comments or suggestions, share items for posting, and other useful information.

You can also subscribe to the Weekly Writing Post or Follow this Blog to get all the latest information we put up.

Enjoy browsing!

~cpl

TWP Weekly Writing Post™ 2016 Aug 28-Sep 3 Edition

Welcome to The Writing Pools Weekly Writing PostTM! We provide you with a free weekly newsletter filled with notices about contests, events, conferences, and other information that might be useful or of great interest to writers of all leanings. Meanwhile, calls for submission to literary publications as well as information about publishers can be found at The Writing PoolTM, your bottomless pool for great writing resources.

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thewritingpool/

Follow The Writing PoolTM blog at https://thewritingpool.com/.  Share a link, an article, a poem, or something else literary. Send your submission to cindy@thewritingpool.com

Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.
~ Gloria Steinem

If you want to include a notice or announcement in the Weekly, please email your submission to weekly@thewritingpool.com

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The best way to describe anything is to reproduce it in words, but to reproduce it in words, we need to be able to experience it through all our senses. There is no way we can describe what others see, hear, feel, taste, or smell unless we ourselves have seen, heard, felt, tasted, or smelt the same thing. You cannot write about the sweet smoky scent of bacon sizzling in a frying pan if you have never smelled it yourself or knew what it meant for bacon to sizzle. There is no way you can describe an action you have not obesrved closely or even done yourself. You need to have seen or felt the sharp stinging pain of a paper cut to describe how annoying such a tiny injury can be. You need to know what it feels like to walk on a beach with the fine wet sand squishing between your toes if you are to even mention it. If you have never swum in the ocean or almost drowned, you’ll never convince your readers what either remotely feels like. Your body and everything it can do as well as your personal experiences are the best source of information for writing. Barring first-hand experience, do not discount vicarious experience. What you learn second-hand can be just as valuable to your writing as what you know first-hand. A friend’s experience could become an excellent source for a story, with you supplying and elaborating on details according your interpretation. Even if you’ve never been in outer space, stories, movies, photographs, and descriptions from elsewhere can provide you with enough details to create your own sci-fi story. More than just being a creator, a writer is also a scientist insofar as the power of observation is concerned. As writers, we need to learn to observe the minutest details of what might seem the most trivial things because we do not just create a big picture in our story. It is the combination of the smallest details that complete the big picture. Unless you’re writing about how your whole family shrunk down to inch-high people or how a tribe of red ants is fighting to keep its hill, the reader might not need to see or even know armies of ants are scrambling beneath the carpet of red, yellow, orange, and brown leaves littering a country lane; but they might need to see those colored leaves and feel the slight nip in the air, maybe even feel the breeze that occasionally picks up its pace as it chases its tail around a maple tree, rustling the leaves so a few more tear away from the branches to chase after it, a few of them lazily giving up and settling on the thickening damp-smelling carpet on the ground, soft and somewhat crunchy underfoot to a hiker enjoying an autumn trek. You should aim to try to create a complete experience involving as many of the senses as possible because it is those details that pull your readers into the story and immerse them in your story world.

What do you like writing about and how do you come up with your descriptions? Share some examples in The Writing Pool™! You can also read about other aspects of writing at Creativity Unlimited.

Happy writing!

~cpl

 

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NEWS

NaNoWriMo Coming soon!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

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PEI LOCAL/ATLANTIC

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Cargo Lit Submissions

Hey all you lovers of travel and passion and adventure, Cargo’s reading period is open for Issue 6, due out next month. Whether it’s a photo you took, an experience you want to share, or a piece of art you created inspired by your place in a new world, we at Cargo Lit want to hear about it.

Don’t forget we are always looking for portrait shots for our covers – your photo or art could make the next cover of Cargo.

To drop your submission in our box, follow the links here through Submittable: http://cargoliterary.com/submit/

We are waiting for you!

the cargo team

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Open Invitation

The poetry engine awaits you at www.poetrypei.com!

New poets are always welcome to submit a poem to this site, especially if they have never have done so before. The submission form —with complete guidelines and formatting tips—is at www.poetrypei.com/submit.

Poets already on the site: remember that you are welcome to replace your existing poem with a new one at any time, provided at least three months have passed since your last update.

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CONTESTS AND CALLS

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See more at www.thewritingpool.com

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Field of Words Writing Competitions

The 2016 Flash Fiction and Short Story competitions (round One) are now open. Send us your best work!

Field of Words is dedicated to helping emerging writers grow. To this end, we now run international writing competitions in the categories of short fiction and flash fiction three times per year. All entrants must be aged 18 and over. Both categories offer cash prizes for the winner and runner-up.

The names and works of competition winners and runners up will be published on our Home page. The names and works of all monthly finalists will be regularly published on either our Short Story Competition Finalists page, or our Flash Fiction Competition Finalists page. The announcement of finalists is dependent upon the quality of work submitted. If stories do not meet the high standard expected of a competition finalist, then no finalists will be chosen for that month.

For more details and guidelines, please visit http://fieldofwords.com.au/writing-competition/

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Tethered By Letters

Tethered by Letters has launched a new Twitter micro fiction contest, #Blink! Stories must be 140 characters or less. A winner will be selected every two weeks. For more details, follow @TethrdbyLettrs and @FrictionSeries on Twitter.

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Glimmer Train 2015 SUBMISSION CALENDAR AND CATEGORIES

We have five submission categories from which to choose, including our standard category (no reading fees and payment for accepted pieces is $700), and four contests (reading fees allow for 1st place prizes from $1,500 to $2,500). Contests vs. standards. Click on the names of the categories for details.

NOTE: There is always a one-week grace period after the deadline (last day of the month).

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in January, April, July, and October.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in February, May, August, November.

Fiction Open (1st place – $2,500): Welcome in June and December.

Family Matters (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in March and September.

Standard Category ($700): Welcome in January, May, September.

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The Monthly Writing Contest

Here at Writing Maps we believe good writing should be encouraged, cherished, shared, and most importantly, published.

We hold a monthly Writing Maps Writing Contest to coincide with the launch each month of a new Writing Map product. We challenge you to write and share a 150-word piece in response to our Prompt of the Month.

Each month’s two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, the new Writing Maps Journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months. The first issue appeared in September 2014. Winning entries will also receive free Writing Maps and contributor copies of The A3 Review.

To make sure you don’t miss future contests, you can sign up to our newsletter by clicking on this link. Follow us on Twitter for conversation, updates and inspiration.

The Rules:

  1. Entry is $5 (approx £3). Multiple entries accepted.
  2. Enter online through Submittable. Click here to enter.
  3. The contest closes at midnight (GMT) on the fourth Saturday of the month.
  4. Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible.
  5. The Writing Maps Writing Contest is open to all writers over 16.
  6. There is no restriction on theme or style. We encourage prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories and hybrid forms.
  7. Maximum number of words is 150.

 

For more details, please visit http://www.writingmaps.com/pages/contest

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Flash Fiction Competition

Now in its sixth year, this quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £200 and £100

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How We Teach

Deadline: August 29, 2016

For the spring 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for original essays about teaching—whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop.

We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process; editors may ask for sources and citations.

There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current Creative Nonfiction subscribers.

Postmark deadline Monday, August 29, 2016.
Please send manuscript and reading fee, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; and SASE or email for response:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: How We Teach
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Online
Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST August 29, 2016

For more details, please visit https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/how-we-teach

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Ready to Step Back in Time?

1st Prize: £500

2nd Prize: £300
3rd Prize: £200
4th Prize: £100

Closing date: 30th August 2016

Entry fee: £3.50 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members

 Do you love writing historical fiction or are simply fascinated by the past? Then try weaving a compelling story that effortlessly includes elements from days gone by but, has strong characters that interact effortlessly. You must use the above photo but we welcome imaginative interpretations of the theme. To be in with a chance of winning, make sure you have a strong opening and you hold our attention throughout. 

Your story must be unique and previously unpublished. You have a maximum of 1200 words including the title so make sure that every word counts. For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2bWOa5t

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 Kore Press Short Fiction Award

This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English, regardless of nationality. Submitters cannot be friends of the judge or recent students, as it would be a conflict of interest.

2016 deadline is AUG 30, 2016. Judge is Edwidge Danticat. Submit online here. $20 reading fee, some scholarships are available (contact Jussara Esprit).

For more details, please visit http://korepress.org/KorePressShortFictionAward.htm

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Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Closing Date: 31st August, 2016

 

Competition Details
Poems may be on any subject or style and must not have been previously published, or posted on a website or blog. Poems posted on members-only writing groups for workshop purposes as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published. Poems must also not be under consideration for publication or accepted for publication elsewhere. Poets of all nationalities living anywhere in the world are eligible to enter.
Length: Maximum 50 lines per poem
Entry Fees: £4/1 poem, £7/2 poems, £9/3 poems, £11/4 poems, £12.00/5 poems. (You may enter as many poems as you wish – with the applicable fees.)
Prizes: First: £200.00, Second: £100.00, Third: £50.00,

Highly Commended: £20 x 3, Commended: £10 x 3.

 

For details, please visit http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/

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Cultural Weekly “Jack Grapes Poetry Prize” 2016

Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Poetry Contest opens on June 30th, 2016. No submissions will be accepted before that date.

Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place, including publication in Cultural Weekly. In addition, five finalists will be chosen and awarded $50 each, including publication in Cultural Weekly.

No poems will be accepted after August 31st, 2016, midnight Pacific Time. No entries will be considered after that date.

For more details, please visit https://culturalweekly.submittable.com/submit/61469

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Lesson Learned

School may be out for the summer, but The Writer is still looking to learn a thing or two. Our latest short story contest is about education in all forms: life lessons, coming-of-age lessons, lessons learned the hard way. Whether your character is steeped in academia or getting educated at the School of Hard Knocks, we want to see them at the brink of change – and about to learn a lesson they’ll never forget.  

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less

Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well.

For more details, please visit https://writermag.submittable.com/submit

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The St. Lawrence Book Award

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.

Regular Entry Period: July 1 – August 31

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1F8Weqr

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The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Accepting Entries Until August 31st (8/31) at 11:59 CST

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

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WOW 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

For more details, please visit http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

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Poetry & Politics Competition

By Holland Park Press:

We invite you to write a political poem

The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much closer to home.

The author of the winning poem will receive £200.

The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine.

You can send in your entries from 1 March and the competition closes on 31 August 2016 at midnight GMT.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Wn95yB

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The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Deadline: August 31, 2016

Now in its 10th year, the Award is an internationally renowned literary prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. It is a fantastic opportunity for established and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to an international audience. Previous entrants have achieved further publication and wider recognition in the literary world.

  • £500 prize money for the Poetry winner
  • £500 prize money for the Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
  • A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
  • One year print subscription to Granta
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • A complimentary copy of the Anthology

For more details, please visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/

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Black Warrior Review 12th ANNUAL CONTEST

APRIL 1 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

$1000 & PUBLICATION IN EACH GENRE

Fiction Judge: SOFIA SAMATAR

Nonfiction Judge: T CLUTCH FLEISCHMANN

Poetry Judge: HOA NGUYEN

Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 7,000 words, or a packet of up to three poems.

  • Submit your work through Submittable at submittable.com/submit. We do not accept mailed or emailed submissions.
  • There is a $20 entry fee for each submission ($30 for international submissions). All entrants receive a one-year subscription to BWR as a thank-you for your interest and support.
  • Please email us at blackwarriorreview@gmail.com with any questions.

For more details, please visit http://bwr.ua.edu/submit/contest/

 

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Slippery Elm Prize

General and Contest submissions are open for our 2016 print issue!  No charge for general submissions, but the $15 contest entry fee buys you a copy of our 2016 issue, along with eligibility for the $1000 prize.  See guidelines below, and check us out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/slipperyelmfindlay for featured bios from our new 2015 issue.

We also read for online-exclusive content on a rolling basis, year-round.  See our website http://slipperyelm.findlay.edu or e-mail us at slipperyelm@findlay.edu.for more information.

  • $1000 prizes in Poetry & Prose
  • Jennifer Moore will judge in poetry, and Courtney Maum will judge in prose.
  • Submissions open annually in May, and close at midnight EST on September 1st.

For more details, please visit https://slipperyelm.submittable.com/submit

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3-Day Novel Contest runs from September 3-5, 2016

The 3-Day Novel Contest is a writing challenge that has happened every Labour Day Weekend since 1977. Entrants pre-register and then grit their teeth, lock their doors and try to produce a literary masterwork in 72 short hours. A panel of experienced judges reads the results and the winning novel is published. The contest was originally administered by a series of small publishing houses, but today, thanks to a host of volunteers and friendly literary groups, the 3-Day Novel Contest and its imprint, 3-Day Books, is now an independent organization. For more details, please visit http://www.3daynovel.com/

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2016 Book & Chapbook Contest

Contest Judge: Matt Bell

Prize: $1000, publication, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book

The Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest is an annual prize for a fiction manuscript. The winning manuscript will be published by Conium Press as a standalone title. The winning author receives $1,000, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Additional author copies may be purchased at a discounted wholesale rate.

Any length is eligible. However, chapbooks and short- to mid-sized books are ideal. You may submit a gigantic maximalist novel, but every single page better be awesome; filler is for calzones, not books.

Contest Deadlines

Submissions must be received between June 1st, 2016 and September 1st, 2016. All submissions must include a $25.00 entry fee. The winner will be announced in late 2016 or early 2017.

Contest Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted through our Submittable page between June 1st, 2016 September 1st, 2016

For more details, please visit http://coniumreview.com/contests/book-chapbook-contest/

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Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival

Open Poetry Competition 2016

1st prize: £600    2nd prize: £150    3rd prize: £50

Entry fee: £5 per poem, £3 per poem thereafter

Closing date: 3 September, 2016

For more details, please visit

https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/competition/

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Still: The Journal 2016 annual Writing Contests

in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative nonfiction

The editors of Still: The Journal announce the 2016 Writing Contests for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Contest entries should be in keeping with our publishing mission which states: “Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.”

Contest Prizes:

$200 each for first-place winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 22: Fall 2016. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2016 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Deadline: 6 September 2016

For more details, please visit http://www.stilljournal.net/contest.php

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Creative Writing Institute’s Annual Short Story Contest

Entry fee: $5

First, second and third place winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our fourth annual anthology, and for the first time, we are awarding professionally designed eMedals to post on your site or blog.

1st place: Professionally designed Gold eMedal and $100, plus publication
2nd place: Striking Silver eMedal and $50, plus publication
3rd place: Brilliant Bronze eMedal and $25, plus publication
4th and 5th place: Finalist eMedal and publication
This is a themed contest and this exact sentence must appear in the story:
“Explain how that happened.”

  • Open genre
  • Your story must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
  • Accepting submissions from July 15, 2016 until September 15, 2016, midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time. No early or late submissions, please.
  • Entries will only be accepted through the form at https://CreativeWritingInstitute.submittable.com/submit

Please direct questions to Ms. Jo Popek, head judge, at ms.jo@cwinst.com
Our special thanks to assisting Competition Co-coordinator and award-winning author, Jianna Higgins.

For more details, please visit http://www.creativewritinginstitute.com/

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Writer’s Block Prize in Poetry

Louisville Literary Arts announces the third annual creative writing prize to be celebrated with a $500 prize for first place at the 2016 Writer’s Block and with publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program.  This year’s contest for the best poem is now open and will be judged by Kathleen Driskell, the director of the Spalding University low-residency Master in Fine Arts program and the author of several poetry collections— Next Door to the Dead: Poems (2015); Seed Across Snow (2009)—a Poetry Foundation national bestseller; Laughing Sickness (1999/2005); and Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem (2012).

Co-authored works are acceptable. Submitting multiple batches is fine with entry and fee for each.

Entry fee: $8.00

Deadline: September 15, 2016

Submit through Submittable up to 3 poems, total page number not to exceed seven pages.

For more details, please visit https://writersblockaward.submittable.com/submit/60675

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Children’s Novel Competition 2016

Closing Date Sep 19

This year we welcome back the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition! Open to unpublished women novelists, this competition welcomes books written for children (who are able to read for themselves) and young adults – in every genre imaginable.

1st prize: £5,000

Five finalists will receive an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.

Entry fee: £25 per novel

To enter, please submit the first 3,000 words of your completed children’s novel. To qualify, your book must total at least 15,000 words.

Judges: Anne Fine (award-winning novelist), Claire Wilson (literary agent), Charlotte Eyre (Children’s Editor, Bookseller)

For any questions about your entry, email novel@mslexia.co.uk or call 0191 204 8860 to chat to a real person.

For more details, please visit https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/novel-competition/

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2016 Contest Open: The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction has a $1,000 Grand Prize

Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $1,200 in cash and prizes this November in our sixth annual creative writing contest, the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction.

ENTER NOW | LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

Now let’s get to some of those details.

PRIZES:
  • $1,000 grand prize (1) – plus complimentary registration to HippoCamp 2017
  • $150 runner-up (1)
  • $25 honorable mention (3)
CONTEST DEADLINE AND RULES
  • Enter between May 1 and Sept. 23, 2016.
  • Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 4,000 words are eligible.
  • A$12 entry fee supports the prizes. Submittable, our submission tool, retains a portion of this fee to cover its processing costs, and we thank them kindly for their service!)

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Tbc0gk

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2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Entries are now open for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2015. Five authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors.

To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Entries can be made either digitally by pressing the Digital Entry Form button, or by post, by pressing the Postal Entry Form button, printing the postal form off and sending it together with 11 copies of the story to the address listed on this page.

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

For more details, please visit http://shortstoryaward.co.uk/entries

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Flash Fiction Writing Competition September 2016

1st Prize: £500

2nd Prize: £300
3rd Prize: £200
4th Prize: £100

Closing date: 30th September 2016

Entry fee: £3.50 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members

Take a look at the photo and use it to kick-start your creativity. All you need to do to win one of our top prizes is to create a story that includes the depicted scene.  

We want to start reading your story and to feel a part of the scene straight away. You have a maximum of 500 words including the title so make every word count.

 Remember that your story must be unique and previously unpublished.

For details, please visit http://bit.ly/2bZnoZK

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Philip Levine Prize for Poetry

Deadline: September 30, 2016
Final Judge: Peter Everwine
Award: $2,000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry is open to any poet writing in English. We are accepting original, previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscripts that are 48-80 pages in length, with no more than one poem per page. Please read the complete guidelines (.doc, 42 KB) before submitting your manuscript. Submissions are accepted July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016 only.

Visit our Submittable page to submit your manuscript online. The online entry fee is $28.

To submit your manuscript via postal mail, you can send it to: Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, Fresno State Department of English, 5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB98, Fresno, CA 93740. The postal mail entry fee is $25, and checks should be made payable to “Fresno State — Levine Prize.”

Questions? Please contact the contest coordinator, Corrinne Clegg Hales, or contact the Levine Prize staff. Phone: 559.278.1569.

For more details, please visit http://fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/levineprize/guidelines.html

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Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Welcome to the 14th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2016. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any style). The top 12 entries will be published online. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. Click the Submittable button below for full details. The results will be announced on April 15, 2017. Fee: $10 per poem.

For more details, please visit https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest

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Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize

The RCAH Center for Poetry, in cooperation with the MSU Press, is delighted to announce the first biannual

Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize.

The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Spring 2018 under the Wheelbarrow Books imprint, with distribution by the MSU Press.

Submissions are open from April 1, 2016 through October 1, 2016 for the inaugural round, open to established authors.

For more details, please visit http://poetry.rcah.msu.edu/wheelbarrow-books-poetry-prize.html

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Enter Shelf Unbound Magazine’s
Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition

Each year, Shelf Unbound Magazine’s Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition honors more than 100 indie/self-published books. In addition to $1,500 in cash prizes, we feature the winner, five finalists, and more than 100 “notable” books in the December/January issue of Shelf Unbound. You can read last year’s “winners” issue here: issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_december-january_2016.

Any independently published book in any genre in any publication year is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $50 per book.

The competition also includes the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books.

The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2016.

The official rules for the competition can be found at www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html.

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Sixth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize

Deadline: October 15, 2016

$15.00 US

The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 50. Limit: Up to 6250 words, double-spaced.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/29VCjDk

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The Raven Short Story Contest

We Pulp Literature editors collect stories like ravens in the woods, swooping down on what catches our eye and bringing the treasures — sometimes sparkling, sometimes grisly, but always fascinating — home to our nests.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $25 more.  Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 5000 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $500 to line your nest!

Contest opens: 1 September 2016
Deadline: 15 October 2016
Winner notified: 15 November 2016
Winner published in: Issue 14, Spring 2017
Prize: $500

Entry fee: $25
Editorial critique: $25
Earlybird fee (before 15 September): $20
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 500 and 5000 words in length.  Multiple entries welcome.  Total entries limited to 200.

http://pulpliterature.com/contests/

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Jake Adam York Prize

$25.00 USD

Ends on 10/16/2016

The Jake Adam York Prize is open to poets writing in English who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection. It is a collaboration between Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions.

The prize-winning poet will receive $2,000 and publication by MILKWEED EDITIONS. Screening for the prize will be facilitated by COPPER NICKEL.

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to COPPER NICKEL in exchange for their reading fee.

For more details, please visit https://coppernickel.submittable.com/submit

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Spine-Chilling Fiction Competition

1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £300
3rd Prize: £200
4th Prize: £100

Closing date: 31st October 2016

Entry fee: £3.50 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members
Do you love writing spine-tingling fiction and have a fascination for horror stories? If so, enter this new writing competition from the Creative Competitor which will test your imagination and skill. Quite simply, we want to be chilled to the core by your fictional endeavors. You can use the above photo for inspiration but we welcome imaginative interpretations of the theme. To be in with a chance of winning, make sure you have a strong opening and you hold our attention throughout.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2bsCWIK

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Larry Brown Short Story Award

We’re pleased to announce the first annual Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winning author will receive a prize of $250 along with publication in the January 2017 issue of Pithead Chapel.

  • The contest is open from August 15th to October 31st of each year
  • The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words
  • No previously published work will be considered
  • There’s a $10 entry fee for each story submission

For more details, please visit https://pitheadchapel.com/the-larry-brown-short-story-award/

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2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize will open for entries on 1st September 2016. 

The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English written by a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000.

Short stories translated into English from other languages are also eligible, and we invite writers from Mozambique who write in Portuguese, and writers who write in Swahili and Bengali, and who do not have an English translation of their story, to submit their stories in the original language.

Click here to download the eligibility and entry rules

Entries Close 1st November 2016.

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2017 Split This Rock Poetry Contest, Judged by Sheila Black

10th Annual Split This Rock Poetry Contest
Judge: Sheila Black

Benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2018

$1,000 in prizes awarded for poems of provocation & witness!

Prizes:
First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each. Winning poems will be published on www.SplitThisRock.org and within The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. All prize winners will receive free festival registration, and the 1st place recipient will be invited to read the winning poem on the main stage at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018.

Deadline:
November 1, 2016

Reading Fee:
$20, which supports Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018.

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 “What is Your Life’s Purpose?”

The Wonder Institute invites all writers to participate in an international competition by submitting a personal essay on: “What is Your Life’s Purpose?”

What to Submit: An original, unpublished essay on the topic of “What is Your Life’s Purpose.” You may submit more than one entry. Each entry must be accompanied by a contest fee of $20.

When to Submit: Contest deadline is November 1, 2016. Entries must be postmarked by this deadline or submitted online by midnight.

Prizes and Publication: First Prize is a check for $1,000 dollars and publication on The Wonder Institute website. Honorable mention(s) will be selected at the discretion of the final judge, Linda Durham. Honorable Mention entries may also be published on the Wonder Institute website.

For more details, please visit https://www.wonderessaycontest.com/

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The Malahat Review 2017 Open Season Awards

Submissions for this contest will be accepted as of August 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1500 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2017 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2016.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html

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Master’s Review Fall Fiction Contest

In the fall we pair with a guest judge to help select stories for our Fall Fiction Contest. The fall is literary submission season and we look forward to acknowledging three excellent stories.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and personal correspondence with our guest judge. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and letters from the judge on why your story was chosen.

DEADLINE: Nov 15

For more details, please visit https://mastersreview.com/calendar/

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Prairie Fire Press 2016 ANNUAL WRITING CONTESTS WITH $6,000 IN PRIZES!

Prairie Fire is now accepting entries for the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests.

Deadline: November 30 (postmarked).

By entering the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest, you not only have a chance to win $1,250 in cash, but also a jeweller-cast replica of poet Bliss Carman’s ring, an invitation to THIN AIR (produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival), dinner with the staff of Prairie Fire and publication in Prairie Fire magazine.

With your contest submission you’ll receive a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire, so if would like to start reading Prairie Fire as soon as possible, you can send in your entry today!

Prizes are awarded in each of the three categories and winning entries are published in Prairie Fire:

1st prize $1,250
2nd prize $500
3rd prize $250

For more details, please visit: Contest Rules.

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The 18th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award
Deadline: December 15, 2016 (postmarked).

Reading Fee: $20.00 (USD)

Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.

Theme: Completely open.

Eligible Poets: Open to all, national and international poets.

Language: English.

Forms or Style of Poetry: Original work, not a translation of someone else’s poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry.

Length of Manuscript: At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only.

For more details, please visit http://www.givalpress.com/

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2017 San Francisco Writing Contest

The San Francisco Writers Conference is pleased to announce the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest. The contest is open to all writers everywhere, including those attending the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference. The entry fee is $35 per item.

Your entry must fit into one of the following categories:
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books

Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more).

Please use the contest registration form on this web site SFWriters.org/contest-registration to upload your entry/entries and pay. It’s easy! If you prefer to send your fee by check, mail both the entry and check to SF Writing Contest, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561.

All fees and entries must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2017.

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Master’s Review Short Story Award for New Writers

Because our Short Story Award for New Writers is a favorite, the contest awards three stories in the winter as well. $2000 to the best short story written by an emerging writer. The Short Story Award not only offers cash prizes, but agency review from some of the country’s best agencies.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and agency review. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and agency review.

DEADLINE: Jan 15, 2017

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The Malahat Review 2017 Long Poem Prize

Submissions for the 2017 contest (deadline February 1) will be accepted starting November 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1,000 CAD each are given. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. The Long Poem Prize is offered every second year, alternating with the Novella Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2015 Long Poem Prize is February 1, 2017.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/long_poem_prize/info.html

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New England Poetry Club Contests

New England Poetry Club has always recognized the outstanding work of poets with its annual awards and contests. Some awards, such as The Golden Rose and the May Sarton Award, are given in recognition of career excellence, while others are run as contests. This page is a complete listing of annual awards and contests. If you choose to enter a contest, please be sure to read the guidelines before entering, as they may have changed from previous years. The link to submit entries online can be found in the guidelines tab.

Submissions accepted only in May and June each year.

For more details, please visit http://www.nepoetryclub.org/contests/

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Neil Postman Award for Metaphor

Rolling Deadline
(no fee)

Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.

In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind.

Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/postman/

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Nonfiction Book Awards

Welcome to the NEW Nonfiction Book Awards! As an extension of the Nonfiction Authors Association, we are committed to honoring excellence in nonfiction books and welcome submissions by self-published and traditionally published authors alike, in both print and ebook formats. Publishers are also welcome to submit books for award consideration.

 

– See more at: http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/nonfiction-book-awards/#sthash.H0SVcAFl.dpuf

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The Thistle Dew Theatre & KTDT Dramady seeks plays for Stage and Radio

http://thistledewtheatre.blogspot.com/

 

Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.

! Competition !

Monthly themed monologues and short plays needed.  On-going, no submission fee, no deadline.   This is a competition with one winner per production: $25.00.

Continuing call:   No fees… no deadlines….

Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR

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Zone 3 Nonfiction Award

Zone 3 is accepting submissions for its nonfiction contest. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Nonfiction Award” for your genre, and upload your essay. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one essay with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline.  All entrants will receive a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Zone 3 Fiction Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its twelfth annual fiction award. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Fiction Award” for your genre, and upload your story. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one story with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

 

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Zone 3 Poetry Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry award. Submit up to three poems via our online submissions manager. Click here to log in and upload your poems; choose “Zone 3 Poetry Award” for your genre. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website.  Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests

Prizes

Winner- The winner will have their answer published, receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs), and $1000. There will be one winner.

Finalists- The finalists will be published and receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs). There will be two finalists.

Who May Submit

Submissions are open to all US and Canada residents (except Quebec) above the age of 18. Submission is free. You may submit up to 10 entries per question. Submissions cannot be the work of multiple authors.

How and What to Submit

IMPORTANT: failure to adhere to the following may result in disqualification. See Official Rules for complete details.

  • All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.
  • To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to submit@wieldingpowerpublishing.com

For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/

Ongoing deadlines.

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The People’s Book Awards

Welcome to the people’s Book Awards where anyone can nominate or vote for titles available on the *Amazon sites worldwide, or support those important people who provide services to authors. Monthly winners.

The monthly and annual voting closes at 17:00 hours British Standard Time on the last day of each month and the votes of non-winning titles are carried forward, except in December. Monthly winning titles are taken out of the competition and will be returned in December if confirmed as a nomination for the Annual Awards by a direct message (DM) on Twitter or email to winner@thebookawards.com. Each year the voting closes on December 31st following the Annual Awards and all votes are returned to zero for the coming year.

To learn more, visit http://thebookawards.com/awards/

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Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry

Ekphrasis is a poetry journal looking for well-crafted poems, the main content of which addresses individual works from any artistic genre. Please identify the specific work that is the focus of your poem. Acceptable ekphrastic verse transcends mere description: it stands as transformative critical statement, an original gloss on the individual art piece it addresses.

All poems published in Ekphrasis within a given calendar year will be considered for the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry.

The winning poem will be selected by the editors of Ekphrasis.

No entry fees are required and there is no self-nomination procedure for the prize.

For submission guidelines, visit http://www.ekphrasisjournal.com/home

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Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award

Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice to be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family.

For more details and to submit, visit http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/

The reading period for the award will be the month of February for the issue that publishes in June, and the month of August for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.

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L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

  • ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
  • NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
  • ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
  • PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500
  • ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!
  • OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY

There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. (Deadlines: December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30). Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

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EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

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Banff Fall Literary Programs Registration Deadlines

Sept. 7, 2016              Emerging Writers Intensive

Ongoing                      Self-Directed Writing Residency

 

Click on each line to access the link or visit https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts

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FESTIVAL OF WOMEN WRITERS

September 9-11, 2016

A weekend for all, sharing and celebrating the works of women writers set in and around the picturesque northern Catskill Book Village of Hobart, NY.

For more information:

Visit the website: http://www.hobartfestivalofwomenwriters.com/

Visit our Blog at: https://2016festivalofwomenwriters.wordpress.com/

Follow us on facebook: www.facebook.com

Like us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Breena_Clarke

 

 

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The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival 2016

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival has been hosting a literary picnic on the idyllic banks of the Eramosa River for over 25 years. The Festival is a nationally acclaimed literary event, treasured by book lovers and authors, and widely respected by Canada’s literary community.

You will want to ensure that September 16, 17, and 18 is marked in your literary calendars; especially Sunday 18th, Festival Sunday, to hear these wonderful authors reading and discussing their works and to meet them at our signing table or as they also mingle, munch and enjoy the festival in the charming village of Eden Mills.

Discover the 2016 line-up here.

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Thin Air 2016 Sept 23 – Oct 1

Check out the Winnipeg International Writers Festival Calendar of Events.

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ONTARIO WRITERS WORK-IN-PROGRESS GRANTS
http://www.arts.on.ca/Page118.aspx
Purpose to assist professional writers to complete book-length works of literary merit. Ontario-based professional writers may apply for support for the continuation of new work in poetry or prose. Graphic novels and other comic arts projects will be received at a separate deadline of December 1, 2016. Please see Writers’ Works in Progress – Comic Arts for the guidelines and application. Deadline Dates: June 15 and October 18, 2016.

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Wild Writers Literary Festival

The New Quarterly is proud to present the fourth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 4-6, 2016 in Waterloo, Ontario. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.

 

For details, please visit http://www.tnq.ca/wildwriters/

 

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TWP Weekly Writing Post™ 2016 Aug 21-27 Edition

Welcome to The Writing Pools Weekly Writing PostTM! We provide you with a free weekly newsletter filled with notices about contests, events, conferences, and other information that might be useful or of great interest to writers of all leanings. Meanwhile, calls for submission to literary publications as well as information about publishers can be found at The Writing PoolTM, your bottomless pool for great writing resources.

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thewritingpool/

Follow The Writing PoolTM blog at https://thewritingpool.com/.  Share a link, an article, a poem, or something else literary. Send your submission to cindy@thewritingpool.com

Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.
~ Mark Twain

If you want to include a notice or announcement in the Weekly, please email your submission to weekly@thewritingpool.com

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Mark Twain succinctly tells us how to show rather than tell. It’s the essence of active writing that keeps your story moving at a decent clip. While it’s true your story tells a tale, you can choose to tell it the way your grandmother recounts a favorite family story repeated time after time or you can choose to create a vivid picture, almost like a movie in your readers’ minds. Because I’ve already written on showing rather than telling, this time I will deal with on showing through dialogue. I think a good exercise for prose writers is to imagine a play. When the dialogue flows well and is as tight as you would read in a play, it’s not difficult to fill in the actions and scene descriptions. There’s nothing like dialogue—words spoken by the characters or, in some cases, the sounds they create in lieu of words—to bring characters to life. There’s nothing like dialogue to show exactly what a character says or thinks. One challenge in creating dialogue is giving different characters unique voices. Poorly planned characters often result in dialogue that sounds just like the author—with every character using the same expressions and verbal mannerisms. We need to remember each character is a unique individual with a mindset and psychological profile completely different from any of the other characters in a story. This is another reason creating character profiles is important. Especially when we are creating novels, much more a series, we really need to keep track of all our different characters, how they think, and what peculiar language markers they use. A really good exercise I learned in a fiction writing masterclass is writing dialogue without any dialogue tags. If your reader can distinguish which character is speaking without the aid of dialogue tags, your dialogue is really good. I’m not recommending, however, that you write your novel completely without using dialogue tags. The rule is different for short stories—I have read several contemporary short stories with no dialogue tags and the best ones certainly have clearly identifiable characters. Besides being one of the best ways to reveal character, dialogue serves to create breaks in prose. You just have to make sure it serves a purpose, is significant, and contributes to revealing character while moving the action forward.

What dialogue difficulties do you have? We can help you master dialogue in The Writing Pool™! You can also read about other aspects of writing at Creativity Unlimited .

Happy writing!

~cpl

 

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NEWS

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PEI LOCAL/ATLANTIC

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Tuesdays with Morrie at the Library

Confederation Centre Public Library is pleased to present a staged reading of Mitch

Albom’s play Tuesdays with Morrie Saturday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. The play, based on

a memoir by American writer Mitch Albom and later made into a TV movie, recounts the time Albom spent with his 78-year-old sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). Join Corin McFadden and William McFadden for their interpretation of Tuesdays with Morrie.

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Cargo Lit Submissions

Hey all you lovers of travel and passion and adventure, Cargo’s reading period is open for Issue 6, due out next month. Whether it’s a photo you took, an experience you want to share, or a piece of art you created inspired by your place in a new world, we at Cargo Lit want to hear about it.

Don’t forget we are always looking for portrait shots for our covers – your photo or art could make the next cover of Cargo.

To drop your submission in our box, follow the links here through Submittable: http://cargoliterary.com/submit/

We are waiting for you!

the cargo team

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Open Invitation

The poetry engine awaits you at www.poetrypei.com!

New poets are always welcome to submit a poem to this site, especially if they have never have done so before. The submission form —with complete guidelines and formatting tips—is at www.poetrypei.com/submit.

Poets already on the site: remember that you are welcome to replace your existing poem with a new one at any time, provided at least three months have passed since your last update.

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CONTESTS AND CALLS

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See more at www.thewritingpool.com

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Field of Words Writing Competitions

The 2016 Flash Fiction and Short Story competitions (round One) are now open. Send us your best work!

Field of Words is dedicated to helping emerging writers grow. To this end, we now run international writing competitions in the categories of short fiction and flash fiction three times per year. All entrants must be aged 18 and over. Both categories offer cash prizes for the winner and runner-up.

The names and works of competition winners and runners up will be published on our Home page. The names and works of all monthly finalists will be regularly published on either our Short Story Competition Finalists page, or our Flash Fiction Competition Finalists page. The announcement of finalists is dependent upon the quality of work submitted. If stories do not meet the high standard expected of a competition finalist, then no finalists will be chosen for that month.

For more details and guidelines, please visit http://fieldofwords.com.au/writing-competition/

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Tethered By Letters

Tethered by Letters has launched a new Twitter micro fiction contest, #Blink! Stories must be 140 characters or less. A winner will be selected every two weeks. For more details, follow @TethrdbyLettrs and @FrictionSeries on Twitter.

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Glimmer Train 2015 SUBMISSION CALENDAR AND CATEGORIES

We have five submission categories from which to choose, including our standard category (no reading fees and payment for accepted pieces is $700), and four contests (reading fees allow for 1st place prizes from $1,500 to $2,500). Contests vs. standards. Click on the names of the categories for details.

NOTE: There is always a one-week grace period after the deadline (last day of the month).

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in January, April, July, and October.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in February, May, August, November.

Fiction Open (1st place – $2,500): Welcome in June and December.

Family Matters (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in March and September.

Standard Category ($700): Welcome in January, May, September.

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The Monthly Writing Contest

Here at Writing Maps we believe good writing should be encouraged, cherished, shared, and most importantly, published.

We hold a monthly Writing Maps Writing Contest to coincide with the launch each month of a new Writing Map product. We challenge you to write and share a 150-word piece in response to our Prompt of the Month.

Each month’s two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, the new Writing Maps Journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months. The first issue appeared in September 2014. Winning entries will also receive free Writing Maps and contributor copies of The A3 Review.

To make sure you don’t miss future contests, you can sign up to our newsletter by clicking on this link. Follow us on Twitter for conversation, updates and inspiration.

The Rules:

  1. Entry is $5 (approx £3). Multiple entries accepted.
  2. Enter online through Submittable. Click here to enter.
  3. The contest closes at midnight (GMT) on the fourth Saturday of the month.
  4. Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible.
  5. The Writing Maps Writing Contest is open to all writers over 16.
  6. There is no restriction on theme or style. We encourage prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories and hybrid forms.
  7. Maximum number of words is 150.

 

For more details, please visit http://www.writingmaps.com/pages/contest

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Flash Fiction Competition

Now in its sixth year, this quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £200 and £100

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How We Teach

Deadline: August 29, 2016

For the spring 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for original essays about teaching—whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop.

We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process; editors may ask for sources and citations.

There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current Creative Nonfiction subscribers.

Postmark deadline Monday, August 29, 2016.
Please send manuscript and reading fee, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; and SASE or email for response:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: How We Teach
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Online
Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST August 29, 2016

For more details, please visit https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/how-we-teach

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Kore Press Short Fiction Award

This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English, regardless of nationality. Submitters cannot be friends of the judge or recent students, as it would be a conflict of interest.

2016 deadline is AUG 30, 2016. Judge is Edwidge Danticat. Submit online here. $20 reading fee, some scholarships are available (contact Jussara Esprit).

For more details, please visit http://korepress.org/KorePressShortFictionAward.htm

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Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Closing Date: 31st August, 2016

 

Competition Details
Poems may be on any subject or style and must not have been previously published, or posted on a website or blog. Poems posted on members-only writing groups for workshop purposes as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published. Poems must also not be under consideration for publication or accepted for publication elsewhere. Poets of all nationalities living anywhere in the world are eligible to enter.
Length: Maximum 50 lines per poem
Entry Fees: £4/1 poem, £7/2 poems, £9/3 poems, £11/4 poems, £12.00/5 poems. (You may enter as many poems as you wish – with the applicable fees.)
Prizes: First: £200.00, Second: £100.00, Third: £50.00,

Highly Commended: £20 x 3, Commended: £10 x 3.

 

For details, please visit http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/

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Cultural Weekly “Jack Grapes Poetry Prize” 2016

Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Poetry Contest opens on June 30th, 2016. No submissions will be accepted before that date.

Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place, including publication in Cultural Weekly. In addition, five finalists will be chosen and awarded $50 each, including publication in Cultural Weekly.

No poems will be accepted after August 31st, 2016, midnight Pacific Time. No entries will be considered after that date.

For more details, please visit https://culturalweekly.submittable.com/submit/61469

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Lesson Learned

School may be out for the summer, but The Writer is still looking to learn a thing or two. Our latest short story contest is about education in all forms: life lessons, coming-of-age lessons, lessons learned the hard way. Whether your character is steeped in academia or getting educated at the School of Hard Knocks, we want to see them at the brink of change – and about to learn a lesson they’ll never forget.  

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less

Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well.

For more details, please visit https://writermag.submittable.com/submit

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The St. Lawrence Book Award

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.

Regular Entry Period: July 1 – August 31

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1F8Weqr

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The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Accepting Entries Until August 31st (8/31) at 11:59 CST

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

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WOW 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

For more details, please visit http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

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Poetry & Politics Competition

By Holland Park Press:

We invite you to write a political poem

The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much closer to home.

The author of the winning poem will receive £200.

The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine.

You can send in your entries from 1 March and the competition closes on 31 August 2016 at midnight GMT.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Wn95yB

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The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Deadline: August 31, 2016

Now in its 10th year, the Award is an internationally renowned literary prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. It is a fantastic opportunity for established and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to an international audience. Previous entrants have achieved further publication and wider recognition in the literary world.

  • £500 prize money for the Poetry winner
  • £500 prize money for the Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
  • A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
  • One year print subscription to Granta
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • A complimentary copy of the Anthology

For more details, please visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/

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Black Warrior Review 12th ANNUAL CONTEST

APRIL 1 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

$1000 & PUBLICATION IN EACH GENRE

Fiction Judge: SOFIA SAMATAR

Nonfiction Judge: T CLUTCH FLEISCHMANN

Poetry Judge: HOA NGUYEN

Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 7,000 words, or a packet of up to three poems.

  • Submit your work through Submittable at submittable.com/submit. We do not accept mailed or emailed submissions.
  • There is a $20 entry fee for each submission ($30 for international submissions). All entrants receive a one-year subscription to BWR as a thank-you for your interest and support.
  • Please email us at blackwarriorreview@gmail.com with any questions.

For more details, please visit http://bwr.ua.edu/submit/contest/

 

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Slippery Elm Prize

General and Contest submissions are open for our 2016 print issue!  No charge for general submissions, but the $15 contest entry fee buys you a copy of our 2016 issue, along with eligibility for the $1000 prize.  See guidelines below, and check us out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/slipperyelmfindlay for featured bios from our new 2015 issue.

We also read for online-exclusive content on a rolling basis, year-round.  See our website http://slipperyelm.findlay.edu or e-mail us at slipperyelm@findlay.edu.for more information.

  • $1000 prizes in Poetry & Prose
  • Jennifer Moore will judge in poetry, and Courtney Maum will judge in prose.
  • Submissions open annually in May, and close at midnight EST on September 1st.

For more details, please visit https://slipperyelm.submittable.com/submit

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3-Day Novel Contest runs from September 3-5, 2016

The 3-Day Novel Contest is a writing challenge that has happened every Labour Day Weekend since 1977. Entrants pre-register and then grit their teeth, lock their doors and try to produce a literary masterwork in 72 short hours. A panel of experienced judges reads the results and the winning novel is published. The contest was originally administered by a series of small publishing houses, but today, thanks to a host of volunteers and friendly literary groups, the 3-Day Novel Contest and its imprint, 3-Day Books, is now an independent organization. For more details, please visit http://www.3daynovel.com/

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2016 Book & Chapbook Contest

Contest Judge: Matt Bell

Prize: $1000, publication, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book

The Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest is an annual prize for a fiction manuscript. The winning manuscript will be published by Conium Press as a standalone title. The winning author receives $1,000, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Additional author copies may be purchased at a discounted wholesale rate.

Any length is eligible. However, chapbooks and short- to mid-sized books are ideal. You may submit a gigantic maximalist novel, but every single page better be awesome; filler is for calzones, not books.

Contest Deadlines

Submissions must be received between June 1st, 2016 and September 1st, 2016. All submissions must include a $25.00 entry fee. The winner will be announced in late 2016 or early 2017.

Contest Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted through our Submittable page between June 1st, 2016 September 1st, 2016

For more details, please visit http://coniumreview.com/contests/book-chapbook-contest/

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Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival

Open Poetry Competition 2016

1st prize: £600    2nd prize: £150    3rd prize: £50

Entry fee: £5 per poem, £3 per poem thereafter

Closing date: 3 September, 2016

For more details, please visit

https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/competition/

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Still: The Journal 2016 annual Writing Contests

in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative nonfiction

The editors of Still: The Journal announce the 2016 Writing Contests for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Contest entries should be in keeping with our publishing mission which states: “Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.”

Contest Prizes:

$200 each for first-place winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 22: Fall 2016. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2016 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Deadline: 6 September 2016

For more details, please visit http://www.stilljournal.net/contest.php

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Creative Writing Institute’s Annual Short Story Contest

Entry fee: $5

First, second and third place winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our fourth annual anthology, and for the first time, we are awarding professionally designed eMedals to post on your site or blog.

1st place: Professionally designed Gold eMedal and $100, plus publication
2nd place: Striking Silver eMedal and $50, plus publication
3rd place: Brilliant Bronze eMedal and $25, plus publication
4th and 5th place: Finalist eMedal and publication
This is a themed contest and this exact sentence must appear in the story:
“Explain how that happened.”

  • Open genre
  • Your story must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
  • Accepting submissions from July 15, 2016 until September 15, 2016, midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time. No early or late submissions, please.
  • Entries will only be accepted through the form at https://CreativeWritingInstitute.submittable.com/submit

Please direct questions to Ms. Jo Popek, head judge, at ms.jo@cwinst.com
Our special thanks to assisting Competition Co-coordinator and award-winning author, Jianna Higgins.

For more details, please visit http://www.creativewritinginstitute.com/

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Writer’s Block Prize in Poetry

Louisville Literary Arts announces the third annual creative writing prize to be celebrated with a $500 prize for first place at the 2016 Writer’s Block and with publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program.  This year’s contest for the best poem is now open and will be judged by Kathleen Driskell, the director of the Spalding University low-residency Master in Fine Arts program and the author of several poetry collections— Next Door to the Dead: Poems (2015); Seed Across Snow (2009)—a Poetry Foundation national bestseller; Laughing Sickness (1999/2005); and Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem (2012).

Co-authored works are acceptable. Submitting multiple batches is fine with entry and fee for each.

Entry fee: $8.00

Deadline: September 15, 2016

Submit through Submittable up to 3 poems, total page number not to exceed seven pages.

For more details, please visit https://writersblockaward.submittable.com/submit/60675

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Children’s Novel Competition 2016

Closing Date Sep 19

This year we welcome back the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition! Open to unpublished women novelists, this competition welcomes books written for children (who are able to read for themselves) and young adults – in every genre imaginable.

1st prize: £5,000

Five finalists will receive an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.

Entry fee: £25 per novel

To enter, please submit the first 3,000 words of your completed children’s novel. To qualify, your book must total at least 15,000 words.

Judges: Anne Fine (award-winning novelist), Claire Wilson (literary agent), Charlotte Eyre (Children’s Editor, Bookseller)

For any questions about your entry, email novel@mslexia.co.uk or call 0191 204 8860 to chat to a real person.

For more details, please visit https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/novel-competition/

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2016 Contest Open: The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction has a $1,000 Grand Prize

Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $1,200 in cash and prizes this November in our sixth annual creative writing contest, the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction.

ENTER NOW | LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

Now let’s get to some of those details.

PRIZES:
  • $1,000 grand prize (1) – plus complimentary registration to HippoCamp 2017
  • $150 runner-up (1)
  • $25 honorable mention (3)
CONTEST DEADLINE AND RULES
  • Enter between May 1 and Sept. 23, 2016.
  • Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 4,000 words are eligible.
  • A$12 entry fee supports the prizes. Submittable, our submission tool, retains a portion of this fee to cover its processing costs, and we thank them kindly for their service!)

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Tbc0gk

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2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Entries are now open for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2015. Five authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors.

To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Entries can be made either digitally by pressing the Digital Entry Form button, or by post, by pressing the Postal Entry Form button, printing the postal form off and sending it together with 11 copies of the story to the address listed on this page.

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

For more details, please visit http://shortstoryaward.co.uk/entries

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Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Welcome to the 14th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2016. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any style). The top 12 entries will be published online. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. Click the Submittable button below for full details. The results will be announced on April 15, 2017. Fee: $10 per poem.

For more details, please visit https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest

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Enter Shelf Unbound Magazine’s
Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition

Each year, Shelf Unbound Magazine’s Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition honors more than 100 indie/self-published books. In addition to $1,500 in cash prizes, we feature the winner, five finalists, and more than 100 “notable” books in the December/January issue of Shelf Unbound. You can read last year’s “winners” issue here: issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_december-january_2016.

Any independently published book in any genre in any publication year is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $50 per book.

The competition also includes the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books.

The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2016.

The official rules for the competition can be found at www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html.

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Sixth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize

Deadline: October 15, 2016

$15.00 US

The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 50. Limit: Up to 6250 words, double-spaced.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/29VCjDk

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The Raven Short Story Contest

We Pulp Literature editors collect stories like ravens in the woods, swooping down on what catches our eye and bringing the treasures — sometimes sparkling, sometimes grisly, but always fascinating — home to our nests.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $25 more.  Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 5000 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $500 to line your nest!

Contest opens: 1 September 2016
Deadline: 15 October 2016
Winner notified: 15 November 2016
Winner published in: Issue 14, Spring 2017
Prize: $500

Entry fee: $25
Editorial critique: $25
Earlybird fee (before 15 September): $20
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 500 and 5000 words in length.  Multiple entries welcome.  Total entries limited to 200.

http://pulpliterature.com/contests/

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Jake Adam York Prize

$25.00 USD

Ends on 10/16/2016

The Jake Adam York Prize is open to poets writing in English who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection. It is a collaboration between Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions.

The prize-winning poet will receive $2,000 and publication by MILKWEED EDITIONS. Screening for the prize will be facilitated by COPPER NICKEL.

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to COPPER NICKEL in exchange for their reading fee.

For more details, please visit https://coppernickel.submittable.com/submit

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2017 Split This Rock Poetry Contest, Judged by Sheila Black

10th Annual Split This Rock Poetry Contest
Judge: Sheila Black

Benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2018

$1,000 in prizes awarded for poems of provocation & witness!

Prizes:
First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each. Winning poems will be published on www.SplitThisRock.org and within The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. All prize winners will receive free festival registration, and the 1st place recipient will be invited to read the winning poem on the main stage at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018.

Deadline:
November 1, 2016

Reading Fee:
$20, which supports Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018.

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 “What is Your Life’s Purpose?”

The Wonder Institute invites all writers to participate in an international competition by submitting a personal essay on: “What is Your Life’s Purpose?”

What to Submit: An original, unpublished essay on the topic of “What is Your Life’s Purpose.” You may submit more than one entry. Each entry must be accompanied by a contest fee of $20.

When to Submit: Contest deadline is November 1, 2016. Entries must be postmarked by this deadline or submitted online by midnight.

Prizes and Publication: First Prize is a check for $1,000 dollars and publication on The Wonder Institute website. Honorable mention(s) will be selected at the discretion of the final judge, Linda Durham. Honorable Mention entries may also be published on the Wonder Institute website.

For more details, please visit https://www.wonderessaycontest.com/

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The Malahat Review 2017 Open Season Awards

Submissions for this contest will be accepted as of August 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1500 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2017 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2016.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html

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Master’s Review Fall Fiction Contest

In the fall we pair with a guest judge to help select stories for our Fall Fiction Contest. The fall is literary submission season and we look forward to acknowledging three excellent stories.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and personal correspondence with our guest judge. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and letters from the judge on why your story was chosen.

DEADLINE: Nov 15

For more details, please visit https://mastersreview.com/calendar/

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Prairie Fire Press 2016 ANNUAL WRITING CONTESTS WITH $6,000 IN PRIZES!

Prairie Fire is now accepting entries for the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests.

Deadline: November 30 (postmarked).

By entering the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest, you not only have a chance to win $1,250 in cash, but also a jeweller-cast replica of poet Bliss Carman’s ring, an invitation to THIN AIR (produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival), dinner with the staff of Prairie Fire and publication in Prairie Fire magazine.

With your contest submission you’ll receive a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire, so if would like to start reading Prairie Fire as soon as possible, you can send in your entry today!

Prizes are awarded in each of the three categories and winning entries are published in Prairie Fire:

1st prize $1,250
2nd prize $500
3rd prize $250

For more details, please visit: Contest Rules.

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The 18th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award
Deadline: December 15, 2016 (postmarked).

Reading Fee: $20.00 (USD)

Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.

Theme: Completely open.

Eligible Poets: Open to all, national and international poets.

Language: English.

Forms or Style of Poetry: Original work, not a translation of someone else’s poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry.

Length of Manuscript: At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only.

For more details, please visit http://www.givalpress.com/

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2017 San Francisco Writing Contest

The San Francisco Writers Conference is pleased to announce the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest. The contest is open to all writers everywhere, including those attending the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference. The entry fee is $35 per item.

Your entry must fit into one of the following categories:
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books

Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more).

Please use the contest registration form on this web site SFWriters.org/contest-registration to upload your entry/entries and pay. It’s easy! If you prefer to send your fee by check, mail both the entry and check to SF Writing Contest, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561.

All fees and entries must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2017.

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Master’s Review Short Story Award for New Writers

Because our Short Story Award for New Writers is a favorite, the contest awards three stories in the winter as well. $2000 to the best short story written by an emerging writer. The Short Story Award not only offers cash prizes, but agency review from some of the country’s best agencies.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and agency review. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and agency review.

DEADLINE: Jan 15, 2017

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The Malahat Review 2017 Long Poem Prize

Submissions for the 2017 contest (deadline February 1) will be accepted starting November 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1,000 CAD each are given. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. The Long Poem Prize is offered every second year, alternating with the Novella Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2015 Long Poem Prize is February 1, 2017.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/long_poem_prize/info.html

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New England Poetry Club Contests

New England Poetry Club has always recognized the outstanding work of poets with its annual awards and contests. Some awards, such as The Golden Rose and the May Sarton Award, are given in recognition of career excellence, while others are run as contests. This page is a complete listing of annual awards and contests. If you choose to enter a contest, please be sure to read the guidelines before entering, as they may have changed from previous years. The link to submit entries online can be found in the guidelines tab.

Submissions accepted only in May and June each year.

For more details, please visit http://www.nepoetryclub.org/contests/

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Neil Postman Award for Metaphor

Rolling Deadline
(no fee)

Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.

In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind.

Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/postman/

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Nonfiction Book Awards

Welcome to the NEW Nonfiction Book Awards! As an extension of the Nonfiction Authors Association, we are committed to honoring excellence in nonfiction books and welcome submissions by self-published and traditionally published authors alike, in both print and ebook formats. Publishers are also welcome to submit books for award consideration.

 

– See more at: http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/nonfiction-book-awards/#sthash.H0SVcAFl.dpuf

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The Thistle Dew Theatre & KTDT Dramady seeks plays for Stage and Radio

http://thistledewtheatre.blogspot.com/

 

Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.

! Competition !

Monthly themed monologues and short plays needed.  On-going, no submission fee, no deadline.   This is a competition with one winner per production: $25.00.

Continuing call:   No fees… no deadlines….

Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR

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Zone 3 Nonfiction Award

Zone 3 is accepting submissions for its nonfiction contest. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Nonfiction Award” for your genre, and upload your essay. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one essay with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline.  All entrants will receive a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Zone 3 Fiction Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its twelfth annual fiction award. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Fiction Award” for your genre, and upload your story. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one story with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

 

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Zone 3 Poetry Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry award. Submit up to three poems via our online submissions manager. Click here to log in and upload your poems; choose “Zone 3 Poetry Award” for your genre. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website.  Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests

Prizes

Winner- The winner will have their answer published, receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs), and $1000. There will be one winner.

Finalists- The finalists will be published and receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs). There will be two finalists.

Who May Submit

Submissions are open to all US and Canada residents (except Quebec) above the age of 18. Submission is free. You may submit up to 10 entries per question. Submissions cannot be the work of multiple authors.

How and What to Submit

IMPORTANT: failure to adhere to the following may result in disqualification. See Official Rules for complete details.

  • All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.
  • To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to submit@wieldingpowerpublishing.com

For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/

Ongoing deadlines.

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The People’s Book Awards

Welcome to the people’s Book Awards where anyone can nominate or vote for titles available on the *Amazon sites worldwide, or support those important people who provide services to authors. Monthly winners.

The monthly and annual voting closes at 17:00 hours British Standard Time on the last day of each month and the votes of non-winning titles are carried forward, except in December. Monthly winning titles are taken out of the competition and will be returned in December if confirmed as a nomination for the Annual Awards by a direct message (DM) on Twitter or email to winner@thebookawards.com. Each year the voting closes on December 31st following the Annual Awards and all votes are returned to zero for the coming year.

To learn more, visit http://thebookawards.com/awards/

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Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry

Ekphrasis is a poetry journal looking for well-crafted poems, the main content of which addresses individual works from any artistic genre. Please identify the specific work that is the focus of your poem. Acceptable ekphrastic verse transcends mere description: it stands as transformative critical statement, an original gloss on the individual art piece it addresses.

All poems published in Ekphrasis within a given calendar year will be considered for the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry.

The winning poem will be selected by the editors of Ekphrasis.

No entry fees are required and there is no self-nomination procedure for the prize.

For submission guidelines, visit http://www.ekphrasisjournal.com/home

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Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award

Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice to be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family.

For more details and to submit, visit http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/

The reading period for the award will be the month of February for the issue that publishes in June, and the month of August for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.

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L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

  • ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
  • NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
  • ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
  • PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500
  • ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!
  • OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY

There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. (Deadlines: December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30). Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

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EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

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Banff Fall Literary Programs Registration Deadlines

Sept. 7, 2016              Emerging Writers Intensive

Ongoing                      Self-Directed Writing Residency

 

Click on each line to access the link or visit https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts

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The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival 2016

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival has been hosting a literary picnic on the idyllic banks of the Eramosa River for over 25 years. The Festival is a nationally acclaimed literary event, treasured by book lovers and authors, and widely respected by Canada’s literary community.

You will want to ensure that September 16, 17, and 18 is marked in your literary calendars; especially Sunday 18th, Festival Sunday, to hear these wonderful authors reading and discussing their works and to meet them at our signing table or as they also mingle, munch and enjoy the festival in the charming village of Eden Mills.

Discover the 2016 line-up here.

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Thin Air 2016 Sept 23 – Oct 1

Check out the Winnipeg International Writers Festival Calendar of Events.

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ONTARIO WRITERS WORK-IN-PROGRESS GRANTS
http://www.arts.on.ca/Page118.aspx
Purpose to assist professional writers to complete book-length works of literary merit. Ontario-based professional writers may apply for support for the continuation of new work in poetry or prose. Graphic novels and other comic arts projects will be received at a separate deadline of December 1, 2016. Please see Writers’ Works in Progress – Comic Arts for the guidelines and application. Deadline Dates: June 15 and October 18, 2016.

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Wild Writers Literary Festival

The New Quarterly is proud to present the fourth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 4-6, 2016 in Waterloo, Ontario. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.

 

For details, please visit http://www.tnq.ca/wildwriters/

 

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TWP Weekly Writing Post™ 2016 Aug 14-20 Edition

Welcome to The Writing Pools Weekly Writing PostTM! We provide you with a free weekly newsletter filled with notices about contests, events, conferences, and other information that might be useful or of great interest to writers of all leanings. Meanwhile, calls for submission to literary publications as well as information about publishers can be found at The Writing PoolTM, your bottomless pool for great writing resources.

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Follow The Writing PoolTM blog at https://thewritingpool.com/.  Share a link, an article, a poem, or something else literary. Send your submission to cindy@thewritingpool.com

I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words, and brief sentences. That is the way to write English―it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them―then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.
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If you want to include a notice or announcement in the Weekly, please email your submission to weekly@thewritingpool.com

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One of the most difficult things about writing modern good prose is simplifying the language. Whereas most of our classical writers exulted in littering their prose with adjectives and adverbs to make sure there was no room left for the reader to interpret the written word in any way but what they had written, modern writers have moved away from denotation to connotation, preferring to leave more to the reader’s imagination. Gone are the days of flowery language that grew with the courtly traditions of the feudal ages and saw its heyday during the Romantic, Victorian, and Industrial periods of literature. It’s all back to business and straightforward writing, thanks to the influence of writers like Twain and Hemingway, who were lords of understatement. It’s true getting rid of an adjective habit is difficult. I have even experienced editing writing where the author seems to have felt an obligation to write in threes—as Mark Twain said, “a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit” that permeated her writing so much it created a rhythm that became soporific. How do you choose then what adjectives to quell? It’s not easy to say—there is no formula for it. It’s more a feel for the words, listening to the sound and flow, and providing what is necessary to create a precise image ofof which there can be no doubt. If you use too many words, the distance between your message and the reader’s mind telescopes and risks blurring the picture beyond recognition. You need to focus on the image you want to create, the message you want to deliver, and dispense with unnecessary descriptions. After all, the effect you have on your readers is only as powerful as your writing.

Do you have an adjective addiction? We can help wean you of it in The Writing Pool™! You can also read about various aspects of writing at Creativity Unlimited .

Happy writing!

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NEWS

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PEI LOCAL/ATLANTIC

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Writing Workshop with Isabel Huggan

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to sponsor a day-long writing workshop hosted by the renowned author and writing instructor, Isabel Huggan. The workshop is tailored to writers of prose—fiction or non-fiction—but can it also be useful for poets. It is open to everyone who likes to write and who wants to be refreshed or challenged in new ways.

All that is required is to bring a pen and paper (even if you ordinarily use a laptop, please work in the old-fashioned way for this one day), and ONE SMALL OBJECT (which should fit in your hand) that has sentimental meaning for you, and ONE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH, if available, from any point in your life (you need not be in the photo).

Come to the workshop ready to have fun as well as to work hard, and be prepared to share the joy of writing with others.

Please see Isabel Huggan’s short bio at http://www.peiwritersguild.com/2016/you-can-start-anywhere-a-workshop-with-isabel-huggan/ for information on her distinguished writing, publishing and teaching career.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown (corner of Water and Haviland Streets).

The cost of this all-day workshop is $75 to members of the PEI Writers’ Guild and $85 to non-members.

For more information, please visit http://www.peiwritersguild.com/2016/you-can-start-anywhere-a-workshop-with-isabel-huggan

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Indie Publishing in Atlantic Canada

Join us at the Forum’s Maritime Hall on August 20th from 9 am to 4 am to celebrate Atlantic Canadian indie authors! The first annual Indie Authors’ Extravaganza will bring together indie authors, indie publishing professional and readers to network and talk about the ins and outs of self-publishing.

Indie authors and publishing professions (editors, designers, illustrators) can reserve a table for $15 for our book fair. This will give authors a chance to get their books in front of readers and connect with others in the industry. Those who work in the industry will be able to meet with potential clients and also inform the general public about the behind the scenes aspect of self-publishing.

There will also be opportunities for authors to read from their works and in the afternoon there will be panels and talks about independent publishing in today’s industry.

Our main goal is to give self-published authors a chance to meet each other and develop relationships while building a stronger local indie publishing community. We also want to give local readers a chance to meet and chat with local indie authors.

This is going to be a super fun event and we are so excited to get the chance to spread some indie love!

To book a table or for more information please contact Natalie at 902.240.4502 or email Colleen at colleen@savvyfox.ca.

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Tuesdays with Morrie at the Library

Confederation Centre Public Library is pleased to present a staged reading of Mitch

Albom’s play Tuesdays with Morrie Saturday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. The play, based on

a memoir by American writer Mitch Albom and later made into a TV movie, recounts the time Albom spent with his 78-year-old sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). Join Corin McFadden and William McFadden for their interpretation of Tuesdays with Morrie.

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Cargo Lit Submissions

Hey all you lovers of travel and passion and adventure, Cargo’s reading period is open for Issue 6, due out next month. Whether it’s a photo you took, an experience you want to share, or a piece of art you created inspired by your place in a new world, we at Cargo Lit want to hear about it.

Don’t forget we are always looking for portrait shots for our covers – your photo or art could make the next cover of Cargo.

To drop your submission in our box, follow the links here through Submittable: http://cargoliterary.com/submit/

We are waiting for you!

the cargo team

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Open Invitation

The poetry engine awaits you at www.poetrypei.com!

New poets are always welcome to submit a poem to this site, especially if they have never have done so before. The submission form —with complete guidelines and formatting tips—is at www.poetrypei.com/submit.

Poets already on the site: remember that you are welcome to replace your existing poem with a new one at any time, provided at least three months have passed since your last update.

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CONTESTS AND CALLS

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See more at www.thewritingpool.com

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Field of Words Writing Competitions

The 2016 Flash Fiction and Short Story competitions (round One) are now open. Send us your best work!

Field of Words is dedicated to helping emerging writers grow. To this end, we now run international writing competitions in the categories of short fiction and flash fiction three times per year. All entrants must be aged 18 and over. Both categories offer cash prizes for the winner and runner-up.

The names and works of competition winners and runners up will be published on our Home page. The names and works of all monthly finalists will be regularly published on either our Short Story Competition Finalists page, or our Flash Fiction Competition Finalists page. The announcement of finalists is dependent upon the quality of work submitted. If stories do not meet the high standard expected of a competition finalist, then no finalists will be chosen for that month.

For more details and guidelines, please visit http://fieldofwords.com.au/writing-competition/

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Tethered By Letters

Tethered by Letters has launched a new Twitter micro fiction contest, #Blink! Stories must be 140 characters or less. A winner will be selected every two weeks. For more details, follow @TethrdbyLettrs and @FrictionSeries on Twitter.

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Glimmer Train 2015 SUBMISSION CALENDAR AND CATEGORIES

We have five submission categories from which to choose, including our standard category (no reading fees and payment for accepted pieces is $700), and four contests (reading fees allow for 1st place prizes from $1,500 to $2,500). Contests vs. standards. Click on the names of the categories for details.

NOTE: There is always a one-week grace period after the deadline (last day of the month).

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in January, April, July, and October.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in February, May, August, November.

Fiction Open (1st place – $2,500): Welcome in June and December.

Family Matters (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in March and September.

Standard Category ($700): Welcome in January, May, September.

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The Monthly Writing Contest

Here at Writing Maps we believe good writing should be encouraged, cherished, shared, and most importantly, published.

We hold a monthly Writing Maps Writing Contest to coincide with the launch each month of a new Writing Map product. We challenge you to write and share a 150-word piece in response to our Prompt of the Month.

Each month’s two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, the new Writing Maps Journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months. The first issue appeared in September 2014. Winning entries will also receive free Writing Maps and contributor copies of The A3 Review.

To make sure you don’t miss future contests, you can sign up to our newsletter by clicking on this link. Follow us on Twitter for conversation, updates and inspiration.

The Rules:

  1. Entry is $5 (approx £3). Multiple entries accepted.
  2. Enter online through Submittable. Click here to enter.
  3. The contest closes at midnight (GMT) on the fourth Saturday of the month.
  4. Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible.
  5. The Writing Maps Writing Contest is open to all writers over 16.
  6. There is no restriction on theme or style. We encourage prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories and hybrid forms.
  7. Maximum number of words is 150.

 

For more details, please visit http://www.writingmaps.com/pages/contest

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Flash Fiction Competition

Now in its sixth year, this quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £200 and £100

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Geist Can’t Lit Without It CanLit Short Story Contest has been extended!

You now have until August 15, 2016, 11:59pm PST, to submit.

Here’s how the contest works:

  1. Generate a CanLit premise at canlitgenerator.com. See the examples above!
  2. Use the premise as the basis for a story. 500 words or less, any genre.
  3. Enter to win literary fame and fortune.

$1000 in prizes to be won. Winners published in Geist and at geist.com. Check out contest submission guidelines and CanLit Contest FAQs to get more information and submit.

Shake up the CanLit canon, have fun and get weird with it! Enter today.

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2016 1/2K Prize

Submissions to the 2016 1/2K Prize is now OPEN until August 15th! Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries are considered for publication. The reading fee for one entry is $20 and includes a year subscription to the journal.

For more details, please visit https://indianareview.org/contests/

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The New Guard CONTESTS IN FICTION & POETRY

TNG Vol VI Contests in Fiction & Poetry are open. Deadline is August 15 at midnight.

TNG Volume VI contests in fiction & poetry are in full swing. The New Guard Vol VI Knightville Poetry Contest Judge is the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Stephen Dunn, and TNG‘s Vol VI Machigonne Fiction Contest Judge is the author Sarah Braunstein. Contest rules and guidelines are below for your information.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document. TNG Vol VI Judge: STEPHEN DUNN. $20 entry fee.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional work of fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel

excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. TNG Vol VI Judge: SARAH BRAUNSTEIN.  $20 entry fee.

For more details, please visit http://www.newguardreview.com/tng-contests/

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How We Teach

Deadline: August 29, 2016

For the spring 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for original essays about teaching—whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop.

We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process; editors may ask for sources and citations.

There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current Creative Nonfiction subscribers.

Postmark deadline Monday, August 29, 2016.
Please send manuscript and reading fee, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; and SASE or email for response:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: How We Teach
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Online
Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST August 29, 2016

For more details, please visit https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/how-we-teach

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Kore Press Short Fiction Award

This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English, regardless of nationality. Submitters cannot be friends of the judge or recent students, as it would be a conflict of interest.

2016 deadline is AUG 30, 2016. Judge is Edwidge Danticat. Submit online here. $20 reading fee, some scholarships are available (contact Jussara Esprit).

For more details, please visit http://korepress.org/KorePressShortFictionAward.htm

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Cultural Weekly “Jack Grapes Poetry Prize” 2016

Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Poetry Contest opens on June 30th, 2016. No submissions will be accepted before that date.

Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place, including publication in Cultural Weekly. In addition, five finalists will be chosen and awarded $50 each, including publication in Cultural Weekly.

No poems will be accepted after August 31st, 2016, midnight Pacific Time. No entries will be considered after that date.

For more details, please visit https://culturalweekly.submittable.com/submit/61469

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Lesson Learned

School may be out for the summer, but The Writer is still looking to learn a thing or two. Our latest short story contest is about education in all forms: life lessons, coming-of-age lessons, lessons learned the hard way. Whether your character is steeped in academia or getting educated at the School of Hard Knocks, we want to see them at the brink of change – and about to learn a lesson they’ll never forget.  

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less

Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well.

For more details, please visit https://writermag.submittable.com/submit

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The St. Lawrence Book Award

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.

Regular Entry Period: July 1 – August 31

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1F8Weqr

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The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Accepting Entries Until August 31st (8/31) at 11:59 CST

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

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WOW 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

For more details, please visit http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

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Poetry & Politics Competition

By Holland Park Press:

We invite you to write a political poem

The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much closer to home.

The author of the winning poem will receive £200.

The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine.

You can send in your entries from 1 March and the competition closes on 31 August 2016 at midnight GMT.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Wn95yB

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The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Deadline: August 31, 2016

Now in its 10th year, the Award is an internationally renowned literary prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. It is a fantastic opportunity for established and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to an international audience. Previous entrants have achieved further publication and wider recognition in the literary world.

  • £500 prize money for the Poetry winner
  • £500 prize money for the Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
  • A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
  • One year print subscription to Granta
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • A complimentary copy of the Anthology

For more details, please visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/

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Black Warrior Review 12th ANNUAL CONTEST

APRIL 1 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

$1000 & PUBLICATION IN EACH GENRE

Fiction Judge: SOFIA SAMATAR

Nonfiction Judge: T CLUTCH FLEISCHMANN

Poetry Judge: HOA NGUYEN

Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 7,000 words, or a packet of up to three poems.

  • Submit your work through Submittable at submittable.com/submit. We do not accept mailed or emailed submissions.
  • There is a $20 entry fee for each submission ($30 for international submissions). All entrants receive a one-year subscription to BWR as a thank-you for your interest and support.
  • Please email us at blackwarriorreview@gmail.com with any questions.

For more details, please visit http://bwr.ua.edu/submit/contest/

 

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Slippery Elm Prize

General and Contest submissions are open for our 2016 print issue!  No charge for general submissions, but the $15 contest entry fee buys you a copy of our 2016 issue, along with eligibility for the $1000 prize.  See guidelines below, and check us out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/slipperyelmfindlay for featured bios from our new 2015 issue.

We also read for online-exclusive content on a rolling basis, year-round.  See our website http://slipperyelm.findlay.edu or e-mail us at slipperyelm@findlay.edu.for more information.

  • $1000 prizes in Poetry & Prose
  • Jennifer Moore will judge in poetry, and Courtney Maum will judge in prose.
  • Submissions open annually in May, and close at midnight EST on September 1st.

For more details, please visit https://slipperyelm.submittable.com/submit

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2016 Book & Chapbook Contest

Contest Judge: Matt Bell

Prize: $1000, publication, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book

The Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest is an annual prize for a fiction manuscript. The winning manuscript will be published by Conium Press as a standalone title. The winning author receives $1,000, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Additional author copies may be purchased at a discounted wholesale rate.

Any length is eligible. However, chapbooks and short- to mid-sized books are ideal. You may submit a gigantic maximalist novel, but every single page better be awesome; filler is for calzones, not books.

Contest Deadlines

Submissions must be received between June 1st, 2016 and September 1st, 2016. All submissions must include a $25.00 entry fee. The winner will be announced in late 2016 or early 2017.

Contest Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted through our Submittable page between June 1st, 2016 September 1st, 2016

For more details, please visit http://coniumreview.com/contests/book-chapbook-contest/

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Still: The Journal 2016 annual Writing Contests

in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative nonfiction

The editors of Still: The Journal announce the 2016 Writing Contests for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Contest entries should be in keeping with our publishing mission which states: “Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.”

Contest Prizes:

$200 each for first-place winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 22: Fall 2016. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2016 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Deadline: 6 September 2016

For more details, please visit http://www.stilljournal.net/contest.php

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Creative Writing Institute’s Annual Short Story Contest

Entry fee: $5

First, second and third place winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our fourth annual anthology, and for the first time, we are awarding professionally designed eMedals to post on your site or blog.

1st place: Professionally designed Gold eMedal and $100, plus publication
2nd place: Striking Silver eMedal and $50, plus publication
3rd place: Brilliant Bronze eMedal and $25, plus publication
4th and 5th place: Finalist eMedal and publication
This is a themed contest and this exact sentence must appear in the story:
“Explain how that happened.”

  • Open genre
  • Your story must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
  • Accepting submissions from July 15, 2016 until September 15, 2016, midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time. No early or late submissions, please.
  • Entries will only be accepted through the form at https://CreativeWritingInstitute.submittable.com/submit

Please direct questions to Ms. Jo Popek, head judge, at ms.jo@cwinst.com
Our special thanks to assisting Competition Co-coordinator and award-winning author, Jianna Higgins.

For more details, please visit http://www.creativewritinginstitute.com/

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Writer’s Block Prize in Poetry

Louisville Literary Arts announces the third annual creative writing prize to be celebrated with a $500 prize for first place at the 2016 Writer’s Block and with publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program.  This year’s contest for the best poem is now open and will be judged by Kathleen Driskell, the director of the Spalding University low-residency Master in Fine Arts program and the author of several poetry collections— Next Door to the Dead: Poems (2015); Seed Across Snow (2009)—a Poetry Foundation national bestseller; Laughing Sickness (1999/2005); and Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem (2012).

Co-authored works are acceptable. Submitting multiple batches is fine with entry and fee for each.

Entry fee: $8.00

Deadline: September 15, 2016

Submit through Submittable up to 3 poems, total page number not to exceed seven pages.

For more details, please visit https://writersblockaward.submittable.com/submit/60675

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Children’s Novel Competition 2016

Closing Date Sep 19

This year we welcome back the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition! Open to unpublished women novelists, this competition welcomes books written for children (who are able to read for themselves) and young adults – in every genre imaginable.

1st prize: £5,000

Five finalists will receive an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.

Entry fee: £25 per novel

To enter, please submit the first 3,000 words of your completed children’s novel. To qualify, your book must total at least 15,000 words.

Judges: Anne Fine (award-winning novelist), Claire Wilson (literary agent), Charlotte Eyre (Children’s Editor, Bookseller)

For any questions about your entry, email novel@mslexia.co.uk or call 0191 204 8860 to chat to a real person.

For more details, please visit https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/novel-competition/

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2016 Contest Open: The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction has a $1,000 Grand Prize

Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $1,200 in cash and prizes this November in our sixth annual creative writing contest, the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction.

ENTER NOW | LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

Now let’s get to some of those details.

PRIZES:
  • $1,000 grand prize (1) – plus complimentary registration to HippoCamp 2017
  • $150 runner-up (1)
  • $25 honorable mention (3)
CONTEST DEADLINE AND RULES
  • Enter between May 1 and Sept. 23, 2016.
  • Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 4,000 words are eligible.
  • A$12 entry fee supports the prizes. Submittable, our submission tool, retains a portion of this fee to cover its processing costs, and we thank them kindly for their service!)

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Tbc0gk

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2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Entries are now open for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2015. Five authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors.

To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Entries can be made either digitally by pressing the Digital Entry Form button, or by post, by pressing the Postal Entry Form button, printing the postal form off and sending it together with 11 copies of the story to the address listed on this page.

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

For more details, please visit http://shortstoryaward.co.uk/entries

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Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Welcome to the 14th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2016. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any style). The top 12 entries will be published online. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. Click the Submittable button below for full details. The results will be announced on April 15, 2017. Fee: $10 per poem.

For more details, please visit https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest

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Enter Shelf Unbound Magazine’s
Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition

Each year, Shelf Unbound Magazine’s Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition honors more than 100 indie/self-published books. In addition to $1,500 in cash prizes, we feature the winner, five finalists, and more than 100 “notable” books in the December/January issue of Shelf Unbound. You can read last year’s “winners” issue here: issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_december-january_2016.

Any independently published book in any genre in any publication year is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $50 per book.

The competition also includes the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books.

The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2016.

The official rules for the competition can be found at www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html.

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Sixth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize

Deadline: October 15, 2016

$15.00 US

The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 50. Limit: Up to 6250 words, double-spaced.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/29VCjDk

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The Raven Short Story Contest

We Pulp Literature editors collect stories like ravens in the woods, swooping down on what catches our eye and bringing the treasures — sometimes sparkling, sometimes grisly, but always fascinating — home to our nests.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $25 more.  Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 5000 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $500 to line your nest!

Contest opens: 1 September 2016
Deadline: 15 October 2016
Winner notified: 15 November 2016
Winner published in: Issue 14, Spring 2017
Prize: $500

Entry fee: $25
Editorial critique: $25
Earlybird fee (before 15 September): $20
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 500 and 5000 words in length.  Multiple entries welcome.  Total entries limited to 200.

http://pulpliterature.com/contests/

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Jake Adam York Prize

$25.00 USD

Ends on 10/16/2016

The Jake Adam York Prize is open to poets writing in English who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection. It is a collaboration between Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions.

The prize-winning poet will receive $2,000 and publication by MILKWEED EDITIONS. Screening for the prize will be facilitated by COPPER NICKEL.

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to COPPER NICKEL in exchange for their reading fee.

For more details, please visit https://coppernickel.submittable.com/submit

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 “What is Your Life’s Purpose?”

The Wonder Institute invites all writers to participate in an international competition by submitting a personal essay on: “What is Your Life’s Purpose?”

What to Submit: An original, unpublished essay on the topic of “What is Your Life’s Purpose.” You may submit more than one entry. Each entry must be accompanied by a contest fee of $20.

When to Submit: Contest deadline is November 1, 2016. Entries must be postmarked by this deadline or submitted online by midnight.

Prizes and Publication: First Prize is a check for $1,000 dollars and publication on The Wonder Institute website. Honorable mention(s) will be selected at the discretion of the final judge, Linda Durham. Honorable Mention entries may also be published on the Wonder Institute website.

For more details, please visit https://www.wonderessaycontest.com/

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The Malahat Review 2017 Open Season Awards

Submissions for this contest will be accepted as of August 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1500 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2017 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2016.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html

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Master’s Review Fall Fiction Contest

In the fall we pair with a guest judge to help select stories for our Fall Fiction Contest. The fall is literary submission season and we look forward to acknowledging three excellent stories.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and personal correspondence with our guest judge. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and letters from the judge on why your story was chosen.

DEADLINE: Nov 15

For more details, please visit https://mastersreview.com/calendar/

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Prairie Fire Press 2016 ANNUAL WRITING CONTESTS WITH $6,000 IN PRIZES!

Prairie Fire is now accepting entries for the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests.

Deadline: November 30 (postmarked).

By entering the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest, you not only have a chance to win $1,250 in cash, but also a jeweller-cast replica of poet Bliss Carman’s ring, an invitation to THIN AIR (produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival), dinner with the staff of Prairie Fire and publication in Prairie Fire magazine.

With your contest submission you’ll receive a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire, so if would like to start reading Prairie Fire as soon as possible, you can send in your entry today!

Prizes are awarded in each of the three categories and winning entries are published in Prairie Fire:

1st prize $1,250
2nd prize $500
3rd prize $250

For more details, please visit: Contest Rules.

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The 18th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award
Deadline: December 15, 2016 (postmarked).

Reading Fee: $20.00 (USD)

Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.

Theme: Completely open.

Eligible Poets: Open to all, national and international poets.

Language: English.

Forms or Style of Poetry: Original work, not a translation of someone else’s poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry.

Length of Manuscript: At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only.

For more details, please visit http://www.givalpress.com/

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2017 San Francisco Writing Contest

The San Francisco Writers Conference is pleased to announce the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest. The contest is open to all writers everywhere, including those attending the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference. The entry fee is $35 per item.

Your entry must fit into one of the following categories:
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books

Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more).

Please use the contest registration form on this web site SFWriters.org/contest-registration to upload your entry/entries and pay. It’s easy! If you prefer to send your fee by check, mail both the entry and check to SF Writing Contest, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561.

All fees and entries must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2017.

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Master’s Review Short Story Award for New Writers

Because our Short Story Award for New Writers is a favorite, the contest awards three stories in the winter as well. $2000 to the best short story written by an emerging writer. The Short Story Award not only offers cash prizes, but agency review from some of the country’s best agencies.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and agency review. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and agency review.

DEADLINE: Jan 15, 2017

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The Malahat Review 2017 Long Poem Prize

Submissions for the 2017 contest (deadline February 1) will be accepted starting November 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1,000 CAD each are given. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. The Long Poem Prize is offered every second year, alternating with the Novella Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2015 Long Poem Prize is February 1, 2017.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/long_poem_prize/info.html

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New England Poetry Club Contests

New England Poetry Club has always recognized the outstanding work of poets with its annual awards and contests. Some awards, such as The Golden Rose and the May Sarton Award, are given in recognition of career excellence, while others are run as contests. This page is a complete listing of annual awards and contests. If you choose to enter a contest, please be sure to read the guidelines before entering, as they may have changed from previous years. The link to submit entries online can be found in the guidelines tab.

Submissions accepted only in May and June each year.

For more details, please visit http://www.nepoetryclub.org/contests/

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Neil Postman Award for Metaphor

Rolling Deadline
(no fee)

Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.

In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind.

Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/postman/

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Nonfiction Book Awards

Welcome to the NEW Nonfiction Book Awards! As an extension of the Nonfiction Authors Association, we are committed to honoring excellence in nonfiction books and welcome submissions by self-published and traditionally published authors alike, in both print and ebook formats. Publishers are also welcome to submit books for award consideration.

 

– See more at: http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/nonfiction-book-awards/#sthash.H0SVcAFl.dpuf

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The Thistle Dew Theatre & KTDT Dramady seeks plays for Stage and Radio

http://thistledewtheatre.blogspot.com/

 

Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.

! Competition !

Monthly themed monologues and short plays needed.  On-going, no submission fee, no deadline.   This is a competition with one winner per production: $25.00.

Continuing call:   No fees… no deadlines….

Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR

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Zone 3 Nonfiction Award

Zone 3 is accepting submissions for its nonfiction contest. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Nonfiction Award” for your genre, and upload your essay. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one essay with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline.  All entrants will receive a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Zone 3 Fiction Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its twelfth annual fiction award. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Fiction Award” for your genre, and upload your story. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one story with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

 

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Zone 3 Poetry Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry award. Submit up to three poems via our online submissions manager. Click here to log in and upload your poems; choose “Zone 3 Poetry Award” for your genre. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website.  Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests

Prizes

Winner- The winner will have their answer published, receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs), and $1000. There will be one winner.

Finalists- The finalists will be published and receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs). There will be two finalists.

Who May Submit

Submissions are open to all US and Canada residents (except Quebec) above the age of 18. Submission is free. You may submit up to 10 entries per question. Submissions cannot be the work of multiple authors.

How and What to Submit

IMPORTANT: failure to adhere to the following may result in disqualification. See Official Rules for complete details.

  • All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.
  • To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to submit@wieldingpowerpublishing.com

For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/

Ongoing deadlines.

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The People’s Book Awards

Welcome to the people’s Book Awards where anyone can nominate or vote for titles available on the *Amazon sites worldwide, or support those important people who provide services to authors. Monthly winners.

The monthly and annual voting closes at 17:00 hours British Standard Time on the last day of each month and the votes of non-winning titles are carried forward, except in December. Monthly winning titles are taken out of the competition and will be returned in December if confirmed as a nomination for the Annual Awards by a direct message (DM) on Twitter or email to winner@thebookawards.com. Each year the voting closes on December 31st following the Annual Awards and all votes are returned to zero for the coming year.

To learn more, visit http://thebookawards.com/awards/

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Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry

Ekphrasis is a poetry journal looking for well-crafted poems, the main content of which addresses individual works from any artistic genre. Please identify the specific work that is the focus of your poem. Acceptable ekphrastic verse transcends mere description: it stands as transformative critical statement, an original gloss on the individual art piece it addresses.

All poems published in Ekphrasis within a given calendar year will be considered for the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry.

The winning poem will be selected by the editors of Ekphrasis.

No entry fees are required and there is no self-nomination procedure for the prize.

For submission guidelines, visit http://www.ekphrasisjournal.com/home

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Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award

Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice to be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family.

For more details and to submit, visit http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/

The reading period for the award will be the month of February for the issue that publishes in June, and the month of August for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.

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L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

  • ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
  • NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
  • ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
  • PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500
  • ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!
  • OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY

There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. (Deadlines: December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30). Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

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EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

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Banff Fall Literary Programs Registration Deadlines

Sept. 7, 2016              Emerging Writers Intensive

Ongoing                      Self-Directed Writing Residency

 

Click on each line to access the link or visit https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts

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Port Medway Readers’ Festival

The Port Medway Readers’ Festival is a literary festival that takes place in Port Medway, Nova Scotia, during July and August.

Founded in 2002 by Cynthia Wine and Philip Slayton, the Port Medway Readers’ Festival is an opportunity for readers to listen to and meet writers in an informal and friendly village setting. The Festival continues the tradition of the Tennysonian Reading Circle, started by the ladies of Port Medway in 1903.

Still up: Calvin Trillin (August 20).

For more details, please visit http://portmedwayreadersfestival.com/

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ONTARIO WRITERS WORK-IN-PROGRESS GRANTS
http://www.arts.on.ca/Page118.aspx
Purpose to assist professional writers to complete book-length works of literary merit. Ontario-based professional writers may apply for support for the continuation of new work in poetry or prose. Graphic novels and other comic arts projects will be received at a separate deadline of December 1, 2016. Please see Writers’ Works in Progress – Comic Arts for the guidelines and application. Deadline Dates: June 15 and October 18, 2016.

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Wild Writers Literary Festival

The New Quarterly is proud to present the fourth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 4-6, 2016 in Waterloo, Ontario. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.

 

For details, please visit http://www.tnq.ca/wildwriters/

 

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TWP Weekly Writing Post™ 2016 Aug 7-13 Edition

Welcome to The Writing Pools Weekly Writing PostTM! We provide you with a free weekly newsletter filled with notices about contests, events, conferences, and other information that might be useful or of great interest to writers of all leanings. Meanwhile, calls for submission to literary publications as well as information about publishers can be found at The Writing PoolTM, your bottomless pool for great writing resources.

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thewritingpool/

Follow The Writing PoolTM blog at https://thewritingpool.com/.  Share a link, an article, a poem, or something else literary. Send your submission to cindy@thewritingpool.com

The best stories don’t come from “good vs. bad” but “good vs. good.”
~ Leo Tolstoy

If you want to include a notice or announcement in the Weekly, please email your submission to weekly@thewritingpool.com

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One problem writers have is determining what thematic conflict to use in a story. Stories can universally be classified according to theme, the most common of which is good vs. bad. Since the inception of literature as an oral form, themes revolved around the hero, who eventually epitomized things a culture considered good, and the enemy or villain, who eventually represented what was bad or evil in a culture. Hence, the clansman who returned with a bear or a lion was the hero who brought home food to the clan while defeating the predatory, monstrous, man-killing beast, which came to represent evil. The hero could be the warrior who defeated the leader of an aggressive tribe or the mother who saved her child from the threatening rapids of a swollen river. It’s not difficult to see how attributes of good and evil can be assigned to the character elements involved. These characteristics were transferred to different characters, including the popular animal characters in fables.   Fast forward to contemporary literature of the 21st century. As early as the latter half of the 20th century, the term “hero” was replaced with “protagonist” and the “enemy” or “villain” was called the “antagonist”. This most likely had to do with the influence of a growing political correctness that demanded a greater sensitivity to the use of derogatory terms. It suited literature well because, quite often, the antagonist could not be defined because of the very familiar man vs nature conflict. Also, because the enemy might not be nature but also might not be human, what used to be man vs beast soon became man vs other, the “other” being anything from beast to monster to alien to technology, e.g., machines, robots, and computers. The rise of anti-heroes and reluctant heroes as very real characters also made it easier for literature to adopt the “protagonist” label—the central character in the story, around whom the plot develops. The concept of the anti-hero fits well with the idea that not all struggles or conflicts are between good and evil. This was a simplistic way of looking at the world proposed by religion: anyone who followed the church and its rules was good, anyone who did not was bad; by extension, any character who practiced the values espoused by religion was good. As such, characters were written with characteristics of what was considred good and righteous, or strove to achieve those traits. The moralistic tale Pilgrim’s Progress was just that: a Christian’s journey through temptations and tests that strengthen his Christian faith and values. Realistic literature later on dispensed with the notion that characters were either good or bad, instead revealing the inner workings of the human psyche. In truth, good people sometimes do bad things and bad people also do good things. That’s the reality: people are complex. So when complex people are portrayed facing complex situations that mimic real life and encounter other characters who are just as complex, literature suddenly becomes much more interesting and exciting. I still believe people are basically good. Those who are truly evil have mental and psychological aberrations as a result of some faulty wiring in their synapses that prevent them from deriving satisfaction of pleasure from positive experiences. The basically good ones are those who face reality, encounter other good people and don’t always agree in varying degrees. It’s those little conflicts from day to day heightened to literary proportion that give writers a bottomless reservoir to draw from.

What kinds of conflict do you write? Share it in The Writing Pool™ with people who love the written word. You can also read about various aspects of writing at Creativity Unlimited .

Happy writing!

                    ~cpl

 

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NEWS

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PEI LOCAL/ATLANTIC

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Writing Workshop with Isabel Huggan

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to sponsor a day-long writing workshop hosted by the renowned author and writing instructor, Isabel Huggan. The workshop is tailored to writers of prose—fiction or non-fiction—but can it also be useful for poets. It is open to everyone who likes to write and who wants to be refreshed or challenged in new ways.

All that is required is to bring a pen and paper (even if you ordinarily use a laptop, please work in the old-fashioned way for this one day), and ONE SMALL OBJECT (which should fit in your hand) that has sentimental meaning for you, and ONE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH, if available, from any point in your life (you need not be in the photo).

Come to the workshop ready to have fun as well as to work hard, and be prepared to share the joy of writing with others.

Please see Isabel Huggan’s short bio at http://www.peiwritersguild.com/2016/you-can-start-anywhere-a-workshop-with-isabel-huggan/ for information on her distinguished writing, publishing and teaching career.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown (corner of Water and Haviland Streets).

The cost of this all-day workshop is $75 to members of the PEI Writers’ Guild and $85 to non-members.

For more information, please visit http://www.peiwritersguild.com/2016/you-can-start-anywhere-a-workshop-with-isabel-huggan

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Indie Publishing in Atlantic Canada

Join us at the Forum’s Maritime Hall on August 20th from 9 am to 4 am to celebrate Atlantic Canadian indie authors! The first annual Indie Authors’ Extravaganza will bring together indie authors, indie publishing professional and readers to network and talk about the ins and outs of self-publishing.

Indie authors and publishing professions (editors, designers, illustrators) can reserve a table for $15 for our book fair. This will give authors a chance to get their books in front of readers and connect with others in the industry. Those who work in the industry will be able to meet with potential clients and also inform the general public about the behind the scenes aspect of self-publishing.

There will also be opportunities for authors to read from their works and in the afternoon there will be panels and talks about independent publishing in today’s industry.

Our main goal is to give self-published authors a chance to meet each other and develop relationships while building a stronger local indie publishing community. We also want to give local readers a chance to meet and chat with local indie authors.

This is going to be a super fun event and we are so excited to get the chance to spread some indie love!

To book a table or for more information please contact Natalie at 902.240.4502 or email Colleen at colleen@savvyfox.ca.

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Cargo Lit Submissions

Hey all you lovers of travel and passion and adventure, Cargo’s reading period is open for Issue 6, due out next month. Whether it’s a photo you took, an experience you want to share, or a piece of art you created inspired by your place in a new world, we at Cargo Lit want to hear about it.

Don’t forget we are always looking for portrait shots for our covers – your photo or art could make the next cover of Cargo.

To drop your submission in our box, follow the links here through Submittable: http://cargoliterary.com/submit/

We are waiting for you!

the cargo team

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Open Invitation

The poetry engine awaits you at www.poetrypei.com!

New poets are always welcome to submit a poem to this site, especially if they have never have done so before. The submission form —with complete guidelines and formatting tips—is at www.poetrypei.com/submit.

Poets already on the site: remember that you are welcome to replace your existing poem with a new one at any time, provided at least three months have passed since your last update.

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CONTESTS AND CALLS

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See more at www.thewritingpool.com

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Field of Words Writing Competitions

The 2016 Flash Fiction and Short Story competitions (round One) are now open. Send us your best work!

Field of Words is dedicated to helping emerging writers grow. To this end, we now run international writing competitions in the categories of short fiction and flash fiction three times per year. All entrants must be aged 18 and over. Both categories offer cash prizes for the winner and runner-up.

The names and works of competition winners and runners up will be published on our Home page. The names and works of all monthly finalists will be regularly published on either our Short Story Competition Finalists page, or our Flash Fiction Competition Finalists page. The announcement of finalists is dependent upon the quality of work submitted. If stories do not meet the high standard expected of a competition finalist, then no finalists will be chosen for that month.

For more details and guidelines, please visit http://fieldofwords.com.au/writing-competition/

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Tethered By Letters

Tethered by Letters has launched a new Twitter micro fiction contest, #Blink! Stories must be 140 characters or less. A winner will be selected every two weeks. For more details, follow @TethrdbyLettrs and @FrictionSeries on Twitter.

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Glimmer Train 2015 SUBMISSION CALENDAR AND CATEGORIES

We have five submission categories from which to choose, including our standard category (no reading fees and payment for accepted pieces is $700), and four contests (reading fees allow for 1st place prizes from $1,500 to $2,500). Contests vs. standards. Click on the names of the categories for details.

NOTE: There is always a one-week grace period after the deadline (last day of the month).

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in January, April, July, and October.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in February, May, August, November.

Fiction Open (1st place – $2,500): Welcome in June and December.

Family Matters (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in March and September.

Standard Category ($700): Welcome in January, May, September.

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The Monthly Writing Contest

Here at Writing Maps we believe good writing should be encouraged, cherished, shared, and most importantly, published.

We hold a monthly Writing Maps Writing Contest to coincide with the launch each month of a new Writing Map product. We challenge you to write and share a 150-word piece in response to our Prompt of the Month.

Each month’s two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, the new Writing Maps Journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months. The first issue appeared in September 2014. Winning entries will also receive free Writing Maps and contributor copies of The A3 Review.

To make sure you don’t miss future contests, you can sign up to our newsletter by clicking on this link. Follow us on Twitter for conversation, updates and inspiration.

The Rules:

  1. Entry is $5 (approx £3). Multiple entries accepted.
  2. Enter online through Submittable. Click here to enter.
  3. The contest closes at midnight (GMT) on the fourth Saturday of the month.
  4. Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible.
  5. The Writing Maps Writing Contest is open to all writers over 16.
  6. There is no restriction on theme or style. We encourage prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories and hybrid forms.
  7. Maximum number of words is 150.

 

For more details, please visit http://www.writingmaps.com/pages/contest

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Flash Fiction Competition

Now in its sixth year, this quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £200 and £100

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The 13th Annual Gival Press Short Story Award

Deadline: August 8, 2016 (postmarked)
Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.

Guidelines:
Submissions of a previously unpublished original (not a translation) short story in English must be approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words of high literary quality, typed, double-spaced on one side of the paper only, with word count in the upper left hand side of the first page, along with the title. The author’s name should not appear on the numbered pages of the ms which should be clipped together. Author should keep a copy of the submission as it will not be returned.

For more details, please visit http://www.givalpress.com/

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Geist Can’t Lit Without It CanLit Short Story Contest has been extended!

You now have until August 15, 2016, 11:59pm PST, to submit.

Here’s how the contest works:

  1. Generate a CanLit premise at canlitgenerator.com. See the examples above!
  2. Use the premise as the basis for a story. 500 words or less, any genre.
  3. Enter to win literary fame and fortune.

$1000 in prizes to be won. Winners published in Geist and at geist.com. Check out contest submission guidelines and CanLit Contest FAQs to get more information and submit.

Shake up the CanLit canon, have fun and get weird with it! Enter today.

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2016 1/2K Prize

Submissions to the 2016 1/2K Prize is now OPEN until August 15th! Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries are considered for publication. The reading fee for one entry is $20 and includes a year subscription to the journal.

For more details, please visit https://indianareview.org/contests/

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The New Guard CONTESTS IN FICTION & POETRY

TNG Vol VI Contests in Fiction & Poetry are open. Deadline is August 15 at midnight.

TNG Volume VI contests in fiction & poetry are in full swing. The New Guard Vol VI Knightville Poetry Contest Judge is the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Stephen Dunn, and TNG‘s Vol VI Machigonne Fiction Contest Judge is the author Sarah Braunstein. Contest rules and guidelines are below for your information.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document. TNG Vol VI Judge: STEPHEN DUNN. $20 entry fee.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional work of fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel

excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. TNG Vol VI Judge: SARAH BRAUNSTEIN.  $20 entry fee.

For more details, please visit http://www.newguardreview.com/tng-contests/

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How We Teach

Deadline: August 29, 2016

For the spring 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for original essays about teaching—whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop.

We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process; editors may ask for sources and citations.

There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current Creative Nonfiction subscribers.

Postmark deadline Monday, August 29, 2016.
Please send manuscript and reading fee, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; and SASE or email for response:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: How We Teach
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Online
Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST August 29, 2016

For more details, please visit https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/how-we-teach

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Kore Press Short Fiction Award

This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English, regardless of nationality. Submitters cannot be friends of the judge or recent students, as it would be a conflict of interest.

2016 deadline is AUG 30, 2016. Judge is Edwidge Danticat. Submit online here. $20 reading fee, some scholarships are available (contact Jussara Esprit).

For more details, please visit http://korepress.org/KorePressShortFictionAward.htm

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Lesson Learned

School may be out for the summer, but The Writer is still looking to learn a thing or two. Our latest short story contest is about education in all forms: life lessons, coming-of-age lessons, lessons learned the hard way. Whether your character is steeped in academia or getting educated at the School of Hard Knocks, we want to see them at the brink of change – and about to learn a lesson they’ll never forget.  

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less

Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well.

For more details, please visit https://writermag.submittable.com/submit

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The St. Lawrence Book Award

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.

Regular Entry Period: July 1 – August 31

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1F8Weqr

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The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Accepting Entries Until August 31st (8/31) at 11:59 CST

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

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WOW 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

For more details, please visit http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

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Poetry & Politics Competition

By Holland Park Press:

We invite you to write a political poem

The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much closer to home.

The author of the winning poem will receive £200.

The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine.

You can send in your entries from 1 March and the competition closes on 31 August 2016 at midnight GMT.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Wn95yB

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The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Deadline: August 31, 2016

Now in its 10th year, the Award is an internationally renowned literary prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. It is a fantastic opportunity for established and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to an international audience. Previous entrants have achieved further publication and wider recognition in the literary world.

  • £500 prize money for the Poetry winner
  • £500 prize money for the Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
  • A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
  • One year print subscription to Granta
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • A complimentary copy of the Anthology

For more details, please visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/

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2016 Book & Chapbook Contest

Contest Judge: Matt Bell

Prize: $1000, publication, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book

The Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest is an annual prize for a fiction manuscript. The winning manuscript will be published by Conium Press as a standalone title. The winning author receives $1,000, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Additional author copies may be purchased at a discounted wholesale rate.

Any length is eligible. However, chapbooks and short- to mid-sized books are ideal. You may submit a gigantic maximalist novel, but every single page better be awesome; filler is for calzones, not books.

Contest Deadlines

Submissions must be received between June 1st, 2016 and September 1st, 2016. All submissions must include a $25.00 entry fee. The winner will be announced in late 2016 or early 2017.

Contest Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted through our Submittable page between June 1st, 2016 September 1st, 2016

For more details, please visit http://coniumreview.com/contests/book-chapbook-contest/

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Still: The Journal 2016 annual Writing Contests

in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative nonfiction

The editors of Still: The Journal announce the 2016 Writing Contests for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Contest entries should be in keeping with our publishing mission which states: “Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.”

Contest Prizes:

$200 each for first-place winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 22: Fall 2016. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2016 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Deadline: 6 September 2016

For more details, please visit http://www.stilljournal.net/contest.php

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Writer’s Block Prize in Poetry

Louisville Literary Arts announces the third annual creative writing prize to be celebrated with a $500 prize for first place at the 2016 Writer’s Block and with publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program.  This year’s contest for the best poem is now open and will be judged by Kathleen Driskell, the director of the Spalding University low-residency Master in Fine Arts program and the author of several poetry collections— Next Door to the Dead: Poems (2015); Seed Across Snow (2009)—a Poetry Foundation national bestseller; Laughing Sickness (1999/2005); and Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem (2012).

Co-authored works are acceptable. Submitting multiple batches is fine with entry and fee for each.

Entry fee: $8.00

Deadline: September 15, 2016

Submit through Submittable up to 3 poems, total page number not to exceed seven pages.

For more details, please visit https://writersblockaward.submittable.com/submit/60675

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Children’s Novel Competition 2016

Closing Date Sep 19

This year we welcome back the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition! Open to unpublished women novelists, this competition welcomes books written for children (who are able to read for themselves) and young adults – in every genre imaginable.

1st prize: £5,000

Five finalists will receive an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.

Entry fee: £25 per novel

To enter, please submit the first 3,000 words of your completed children’s novel. To qualify, your book must total at least 15,000 words.

Judges: Anne Fine (award-winning novelist), Claire Wilson (literary agent), Charlotte Eyre (Children’s Editor, Bookseller)

For any questions about your entry, email novel@mslexia.co.uk or call 0191 204 8860 to chat to a real person.

For more details, please visit https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/novel-competition/

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2016 Contest Open: The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction has a $1,000 Grand Prize

Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $1,200 in cash and prizes this November in our sixth annual creative writing contest, the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction.

ENTER NOW | LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

Now let’s get to some of those details.

PRIZES:
  • $1,000 grand prize (1) – plus complimentary registration to HippoCamp 2017
  • $150 runner-up (1)
  • $25 honorable mention (3)
CONTEST DEADLINE AND RULES
  • Enter between May 1 and Sept. 23, 2016.
  • Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 4,000 words are eligible.
  • A$12 entry fee supports the prizes. Submittable, our submission tool, retains a portion of this fee to cover its processing costs, and we thank them kindly for their service!)

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Tbc0gk

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2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Entries are now open for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2015. Five authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors.

To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Entries can be made either digitally by pressing the Digital Entry Form button, or by post, by pressing the Postal Entry Form button, printing the postal form off and sending it together with 11 copies of the story to the address listed on this page.

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

For more details, please visit http://shortstoryaward.co.uk/entries

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Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Welcome to the 14th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2016. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any style). The top 12 entries will be published online. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. Click the Submittable button below for full details. The results will be announced on April 15, 2017. Fee: $10 per poem.

For more details, please visit https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest

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Enter Shelf Unbound Magazine’s
Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition

Each year, Shelf Unbound Magazine’s Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition honors more than 100 indie/self-published books. In addition to $1,500 in cash prizes, we feature the winner, five finalists, and more than 100 “notable” books in the December/January issue of Shelf Unbound. You can read last year’s “winners” issue here: issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_december-january_2016.

Any independently published book in any genre in any publication year is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $50 per book.

The competition also includes the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books.

The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2016.

The official rules for the competition can be found at www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html.

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Sixth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize

Deadline: October 15, 2016

$15.00 US

The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 50. Limit: Up to 6250 words, double-spaced.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/29VCjDk

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The Raven Short Story Contest

We Pulp Literature editors collect stories like ravens in the woods, swooping down on what catches our eye and bringing the treasures — sometimes sparkling, sometimes grisly, but always fascinating — home to our nests.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $25 more.  Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 5000 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $500 to line your nest!

Contest opens: 1 September 2016
Deadline: 15 October 2016
Winner notified: 15 November 2016
Winner published in: Issue 14, Spring 2017
Prize: $500

Entry fee: $25
Editorial critique: $25
Earlybird fee (before 15 September): $20
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 500 and 5000 words in length.  Multiple entries welcome.  Total entries limited to 200.

http://pulpliterature.com/contests/

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Jake Adam York Prize

$25.00 USD

Ends on 10/16/2016

The Jake Adam York Prize is open to poets writing in English who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection. It is a collaboration between Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions.

The prize-winning poet will receive $2,000 and publication by MILKWEED EDITIONS. Screening for the prize will be facilitated by COPPER NICKEL.

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to COPPER NICKEL in exchange for their reading fee.

For more details, please visit https://coppernickel.submittable.com/submit

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 “What is Your Life’s Purpose?”

The Wonder Institute invites all writers to participate in an international competition by submitting a personal essay on: “What is Your Life’s Purpose?”

What to Submit: An original, unpublished essay on the topic of “What is Your Life’s Purpose.” You may submit more than one entry. Each entry must be accompanied by a contest fee of $20.

When to Submit: Contest deadline is November 1, 2016. Entries must be postmarked by this deadline or submitted online by midnight.

Prizes and Publication: First Prize is a check for $1,000 dollars and publication on The Wonder Institute website. Honorable mention(s) will be selected at the discretion of the final judge, Linda Durham. Honorable Mention entries may also be published on the Wonder Institute website.

For more details, please visit https://www.wonderessaycontest.com/

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The Malahat Review 2017 Open Season Awards

Submissions for this contest will be accepted as of August 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1500 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2017 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2016.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html

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Master’s Review Fall Fiction Contest

In the fall we pair with a guest judge to help select stories for our Fall Fiction Contest. The fall is literary submission season and we look forward to acknowledging three excellent stories.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and personal correspondence with our guest judge. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and letters from the judge on why your story was chosen.

DEADLINE: Nov 15

For more details, please visit https://mastersreview.com/calendar/

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Prairie Fire Press 2016 ANNUAL WRITING CONTESTS WITH $6,000 IN PRIZES!

Prairie Fire is now accepting entries for the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests.

Deadline: November 30 (postmarked).

By entering the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest, you not only have a chance to win $1,250 in cash, but also a jeweller-cast replica of poet Bliss Carman’s ring, an invitation to THIN AIR (produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival), dinner with the staff of Prairie Fire and publication in Prairie Fire magazine.

With your contest submission you’ll receive a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire, so if would like to start reading Prairie Fire as soon as possible, you can send in your entry today!

Prizes are awarded in each of the three categories and winning entries are published in Prairie Fire:

1st prize $1,250
2nd prize $500
3rd prize $250

For more details, please visit: Contest Rules.

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The 18th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award
Deadline: December 15, 2016 (postmarked).

Reading Fee: $20.00 (USD)

Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.

Theme: Completely open.

Eligible Poets: Open to all, national and international poets.

Language: English.

Forms or Style of Poetry: Original work, not a translation of someone else’s poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry.

Length of Manuscript: At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only.

For more details, please visit http://www.givalpress.com/

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2017 San Francisco Writing Contest

The San Francisco Writers Conference is pleased to announce the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest. The contest is open to all writers everywhere, including those attending the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference. The entry fee is $35 per item.

Your entry must fit into one of the following categories:
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books

Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more).

Please use the contest registration form on this web site SFWriters.org/contest-registration to upload your entry/entries and pay. It’s easy! If you prefer to send your fee by check, mail both the entry and check to SF Writing Contest, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561.

All fees and entries must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2017.

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Master’s Review Short Story Award for New Writers

Because our Short Story Award for New Writers is a favorite, the contest awards three stories in the winter as well. $2000 to the best short story written by an emerging writer. The Short Story Award not only offers cash prizes, but agency review from some of the country’s best agencies.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and agency review. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and agency review.

DEADLINE: Jan 15, 2017

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The Malahat Review 2017 Long Poem Prize

Submissions for the 2017 contest (deadline February 1) will be accepted starting November 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1,000 CAD each are given. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. The Long Poem Prize is offered every second year, alternating with the Novella Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2015 Long Poem Prize is February 1, 2017.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/long_poem_prize/info.html

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New England Poetry Club Contests

New England Poetry Club has always recognized the outstanding work of poets with its annual awards and contests. Some awards, such as The Golden Rose and the May Sarton Award, are given in recognition of career excellence, while others are run as contests. This page is a complete listing of annual awards and contests. If you choose to enter a contest, please be sure to read the guidelines before entering, as they may have changed from previous years. The link to submit entries online can be found in the guidelines tab.

Submissions accepted only in May and June each year.

For more details, please visit http://www.nepoetryclub.org/contests/

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Neil Postman Award for Metaphor

Rolling Deadline
(no fee)

Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.

In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind.

Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/postman/

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Nonfiction Book Awards

Welcome to the NEW Nonfiction Book Awards! As an extension of the Nonfiction Authors Association, we are committed to honoring excellence in nonfiction books and welcome submissions by self-published and traditionally published authors alike, in both print and ebook formats. Publishers are also welcome to submit books for award consideration.

 

– See more at: http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/nonfiction-book-awards/#sthash.H0SVcAFl.dpuf

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The Thistle Dew Theatre & KTDT Dramady seeks plays for Stage and Radio

http://thistledewtheatre.blogspot.com/

 

Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.

! Competition !

Monthly themed monologues and short plays needed.  On-going, no submission fee, no deadline.   This is a competition with one winner per production: $25.00.

Continuing call:   No fees… no deadlines….

Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR

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Zone 3 Nonfiction Award

Zone 3 is accepting submissions for its nonfiction contest. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Nonfiction Award” for your genre, and upload your essay. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one essay with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline.  All entrants will receive a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Zone 3 Fiction Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its twelfth annual fiction award. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Fiction Award” for your genre, and upload your story. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one story with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

 

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Zone 3 Poetry Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry award. Submit up to three poems via our online submissions manager. Click here to log in and upload your poems; choose “Zone 3 Poetry Award” for your genre. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website.  Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests

Prizes

Winner- The winner will have their answer published, receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs), and $1000. There will be one winner.

Finalists- The finalists will be published and receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs). There will be two finalists.

Who May Submit

Submissions are open to all US and Canada residents (except Quebec) above the age of 18. Submission is free. You may submit up to 10 entries per question. Submissions cannot be the work of multiple authors.

How and What to Submit

IMPORTANT: failure to adhere to the following may result in disqualification. See Official Rules for complete details.

  • All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.
  • To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to submit@wieldingpowerpublishing.com

For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/

Ongoing deadlines.

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The People’s Book Awards

Welcome to the people’s Book Awards where anyone can nominate or vote for titles available on the *Amazon sites worldwide, or support those important people who provide services to authors. Monthly winners.

The monthly and annual voting closes at 17:00 hours British Standard Time on the last day of each month and the votes of non-winning titles are carried forward, except in December. Monthly winning titles are taken out of the competition and will be returned in December if confirmed as a nomination for the Annual Awards by a direct message (DM) on Twitter or email to winner@thebookawards.com. Each year the voting closes on December 31st following the Annual Awards and all votes are returned to zero for the coming year.

To learn more, visit http://thebookawards.com/awards/

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Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry

Ekphrasis is a poetry journal looking for well-crafted poems, the main content of which addresses individual works from any artistic genre. Please identify the specific work that is the focus of your poem. Acceptable ekphrastic verse transcends mere description: it stands as transformative critical statement, an original gloss on the individual art piece it addresses.

All poems published in Ekphrasis within a given calendar year will be considered for the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry.

The winning poem will be selected by the editors of Ekphrasis.

No entry fees are required and there is no self-nomination procedure for the prize.

For submission guidelines, visit http://www.ekphrasisjournal.com/home

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Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award

Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice to be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family.

For more details and to submit, visit http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/

The reading period for the award will be the month of February for the issue that publishes in June, and the month of August for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.

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L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

  • ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
  • NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
  • ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
  • PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500
  • ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!
  • OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY

There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. (Deadlines: December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30). Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

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EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

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Banff Fall Literary Programs Registration Deadlines

Sept. 7, 2016              Emerging Writers Intensive

Ongoing                      Self-Directed Writing Residency

 

Click on each line to access the link or visit https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts

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Port Medway Readers’ Festival

The Port Medway Readers’ Festival is a literary festival that takes place in Port Medway, Nova Scotia, during July and August.

Founded in 2002 by Cynthia Wine and Philip Slayton, the Port Medway Readers’ Festival is an opportunity for readers to listen to and meet writers in an informal and friendly village setting. The Festival continues the tradition of the Tennysonian Reading Circle, started by the ladies of Port Medway in 1903.

Still up: Calvin Trillin (August 20).

For more details, please visit http://portmedwayreadersfestival.com/

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ONTARIO WRITERS WORK-IN-PROGRESS GRANTS
http://www.arts.on.ca/Page118.aspx
Purpose to assist professional writers to complete book-length works of literary merit. Ontario-based professional writers may apply for support for the continuation of new work in poetry or prose. Graphic novels and other comic arts projects will be received at a separate deadline of December 1, 2016. Please see Writers’ Works in Progress – Comic Arts for the guidelines and application. Deadline Dates: June 15 and October 18, 2016.

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Wild Writers Literary Festival

The New Quarterly is proud to present the fourth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 4-6, 2016 in Waterloo, Ontario. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.

 

For details, please visit http://www.tnq.ca/wildwriters/

 

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When Should You Start a New Chapter?

When composing chapters for a book, try to contain scenes within chapters, similar to scenes in plays. As long as the scenes are related to a single block of action or topic, keep them within the same chapter. If a change or transformation is involved, by all means, start a new chapter. Another way to determine when to start a new chapter is to try to draw the plot for each chapter. You should have a beginning, middle, and end. Your beginning is what incites the action in the chapter; your middle is the most exciting part of the chapter, the height of the action; your end is a drop in the excitement or the ending of the action. If you have more than one beginning-middle-end, consider breaking those into separate chapters. Certainly, two beginnings deserve separate chapters or at least separate sections, if you are writing something with a broad time-scape and your chapters cover different years or eras, as historical novels are wont to do. Many contemporary novels make use of cinematic chapters, cutting off chapters just at the point the action reaches a high point. This is very effective for thrillers because readers are kept in suspense and are riveted to your story, wanting to find out what happens in the next chapter. However, do give your readers relief and let them settle a bit in the next chapter as you prepare them for another more exciting or more intriguing event. Change the pace in chapters so your readers don’t get tired either from very slow chapters or from very quick-paced ones. Whatever you do, however, don’t always end a chapter with the end of the day and the characters going to sleep because that can become predictable, tiring, and boring. Your readers don’t need to see your characters going to sleep every night at the end of each chapter, especially if nothing happens when they sleep. It can easily become a signal to your reader to put your book down and go to sleep. Remember, variety is the key to keeping your readers involved and interested.

INUNDATION—The Drowning of Prince Edward Island by David Compton

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INUNDATION The Drowning of Prince Edward Island has been recently published by David Compton through Friesen Press.

INUNDATION begins in the middle of the 21st century. Although it is a work of fiction, it hews closely to current scientific thinking on the challenges of climate change. It culminates in a series of devastating storms, the last of which reduces Prince Edward Island to three small Islands, setting the stage for the Island’s eventual disappearance from Canadian maps. In this futuristic novel PEI serves as a microcosm of the larger world coping with climate change.

U.S. Review of Books calls it “… a frightening depiction of a potential world to come.”

The book is available online and at major bookstores. Visit www.davidjcompton.com for information.

David Compton is the author of Inundation—an early version of which was a finalist in theScreen Shot 2016-07-31 at 1.37.50 PM 2012 BookLogix Fiction Contest—and of the 2010 memoir, Leaving Home: PEI Farm Boy … CNN News Anchor. After years spent as a broadcast journalist, he has changed focus to write his own stories. Convinced that his children and grandchildren will live in an ever more inhospitable environment because of global warming, he is adding his voice to the calls for action. The result is INUNDATION. Originally from Prince Edward Island, he moved to the U.S. in 1990 for a news anchoring position with CNN International. David lives with his wife of 27 years in the heart of a landlocked American city, which could not be more unlike PEI. He says that he relishes the summer weeks he’s able to spend in his ocean-side cottage on the Island. 

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TWP Weekly Writing Post™ 2016 July 31-Aug 6 Edition

 Welcome to The Writing Pools Weekly Writing PostTM! We provide you with a free weekly newsletter filled with notices about contests, events, conferences, and other information that might be useful or of great interest to writers of all leanings. Meanwhile, calls for submission to literary publications as well as information about publishers can be found at The Writing PoolTM, your bottomless pool for great writing resources.

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thewritingpool/

Follow The Writing PoolTM blog at https://thewritingpool.com/.  Share a link, an article, a poem, or something else literary. Send your submission to cindy@thewritingpool.com

Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.
~John Waters

If you want to include a notice or announcement in the Weekly, please email your submission to weekly@thewritingpool.com

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I must confess, I cannot resist books. When I migrated to Canada nine years ago, I very painfully parted with about 2,000 books, at least, and only because my sister-in-law offered to buy them for her daughter, who wanted to study comparative literature or some such course. Those were only the books I collected, of course, and did not include any books I borrowed or read in libraries. The books I kept with me, following me across the ocean in several boxes were hardbound coffee table books, encyclopedia-types, art books, and my whole collection of dictionaries and writer’s references which I know would be hardest to replace, besides being in constant use and creating an unmatchable reference collection. Since I arrived, I have bought and borrowed dozens more, many of which I’ve read and disposed of by donating here and there or passing on, others I’ve kept in my bookwormy habit in case I want to read them again or simply because I want them around, mostly the fantasy and sci-fi ones, because that’s where my writing feels like going when it finally has the chance. Above all, there is a new shelf slowly filling up with books I acquired because I want to read them—eventually. I have found even less time to read now that I am no longer a student, juggling work, job searching, art, writing, editing, balcony-gardening, cooking, writing, baking, following insanely addictive TV series—because that’s another area I want to explore to take my playwriting—volunteer work, teaching, volunteer teaching, consulting, networking, keeping house (which tends to be very minimal, with so many other things to occupy me), and my cat. Oh, yes. And sleeping. I still always bring a magazine or book in my purse (one reason my purse is always heavier than it needs to be) to read while waiting—for a bus, an appointment, an order, my doctor, etc.—and have about 5 or 6 books in my “next to read” pile under the “currently reading” book on my bedside table. My “books to read” shelf is, of course, next to my other bedside table with its mini bookshelf full of books to read, as well, all within reach of my bed. Once read, the books go back to the spare room which is a library-computer-art-storage room where the tall shelves are, along with a few boxes of books read-and-good-to-donate-because-I’m-not-reading-them-again—basically, contemporary literature, best sellers that are not likely to go classic, and fast lit—my action-adventure-detective-mystery-spy pile which I don’t plan to collect anymore because at this age, I need to start thinking of unloading so my kids don’t have to swim through tons of book. I’m leaving instructions to have them all donated to a book bank or library or school, if I don’t give them away, swap them, or sell them off first. Whenever possible, I’ll grab the book from our well-stocked bright, airy, air-conditioned public library (nothing like the dark, musty archives of dated, poorly maintained, and skeletal public libraries in the Philippines) because I just don’t need to keep a copy of every book I’ve read (thank goodness for our school library where I grew up—I’d never get all those books to fit into my room!). Nothing compares with the feeling of a book in your hands and the anticipation of discovering what lies between the covers—where you’ll go, whom you’ll meet, what they’ll do. My younger self could stay up all night, night after night, trying to finish a book just because I didn’t want to leave its world. My much older self still wants to do that but finds the call of sleep often more powerful than the call of the printed words, the characters, the worlds I am transported to. Thankfully, those things also come in my sleep, even when I don’t hold a book in my hands. When I die, I want to be buried with a book in my hands—I don’t know which one yet, maybe one I still haven’t read that might entertain me for a while in the afterlife, maybe the one I’ll be holding and trying to finish as I draw my last breath. Ever since I was a child, I’d marvelled at epitaphs people had on their tombstones. I want mine to read “Her life was her book.” I might think of another way to word it, but I’m fine with that for now. I just look forward to that day when I’ll be sitting on some shelf listening in awe to the conversations my books have in that infinite library in the sky.

What books do you collect? Share it in The Writing Pool™ with people who love the written word. You can also read about various aspects of writing at Creativity Unlimited .

Happy writing!

                    ~cpl

 

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NEWS

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PEI LOCAL/ATLANTIC

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Writing Workshop with Isabel Huggan

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to sponsor a day-long writing workshop hosted by the renowned author and writing instructor, Isabel Huggan. The workshop is tailored to writers of prose—fiction or non-fiction—but can it also be useful for poets. It is open to everyone who likes to write and who wants to be refreshed or challenged in new ways.

All that is required is to bring a pen and paper (even if you ordinarily use a laptop, please work in the old-fashioned way for this one day), and ONE SMALL OBJECT (which should fit in your hand) that has sentimental meaning for you, and ONE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH, if available, from any point in your life (you need not be in the photo).

Come to the workshop ready to have fun as well as to work hard, and be prepared to share the joy of writing with others.

Please see Isabel Huggan’s short bio at http://www.peiwritersguild.com/2016/you-can-start-anywhere-a-workshop-with-isabel-huggan/ for information on her distinguished writing, publishing and teaching career.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown (corner of Water and Haviland Streets).

The cost of this all-day workshop is $75 to members of the PEI Writers’ Guild and $85 to non-members.

For more information, please visit http://www.peiwritersguild.com/2016/you-can-start-anywhere-a-workshop-with-isabel-huggan

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Indie Publishing in Atlantic Canada

Join us at the Forum’s Maritime Hall on August 20th from 9 am to 4 am to celebrate Atlantic Canadian indie authors! The first annual Indie Authors’ Extravaganza will bring together indie authors, indie publishing professional and readers to network and talk about the ins and outs of self-publishing.

Indie authors and publishing professions (editors, designers, illustrators) can reserve a table for $15 for our book fair. This will give authors a chance to get their books in front of readers and connect with others in the industry. Those who work in the industry will be able to meet with potential clients and also inform the general public about the behind the scenes aspect of self-publishing.

There will also be opportunities for authors to read from their works and in the afternoon there will be panels and talks about independent publishing in today’s industry.

Our main goal is to give self-published authors a chance to meet each other and develop relationships while building a stronger local indie publishing community. We also want to give local readers a chance to meet and chat with local indie authors.

This is going to be a super fun event and we are so excited to get the chance to spread some indie love!

To book a table or for more information please contact Natalie at 902.240.4502 or email Colleen at colleen@savvyfox.ca.

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Cargo Lit Submissions

Hey all you lovers of travel and passion and adventure, Cargo’s reading period is open for Issue 6, due out next month. Whether it’s a photo you took, an experience you want to share, or a piece of art you created inspired by your place in a new world, we at Cargo Lit want to hear about it.

Don’t forget we are always looking for portrait shots for our covers – your photo or art could make the next cover of Cargo.

To drop your submission in our box, follow the links here through Submittable: http://cargoliterary.com/submit/

We are waiting for you!

the cargo team

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Open Invitation

The poetry engine awaits you at www.poetrypei.com!

New poets are always welcome to submit a poem to this site, especially if they have never have done so before. The submission form —with complete guidelines and formatting tips—is at www.poetrypei.com/submit.

Poets already on the site: remember that you are welcome to replace your existing poem with a new one at any time, provided at least three months have passed since your last update.

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CONTESTS AND CALLS

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See more at www.thewritingpool.com

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Field of Words Writing Competitions

The 2016 Flash Fiction and Short Story competitions (round One) are now open. Send us your best work!

Field of Words is dedicated to helping emerging writers grow. To this end, we now run international writing competitions in the categories of short fiction and flash fiction three times per year. All entrants must be aged 18 and over. Both categories offer cash prizes for the winner and runner-up.

The names and works of competition winners and runners up will be published on our Home page. The names and works of all monthly finalists will be regularly published on either our Short Story Competition Finalists page, or our Flash Fiction Competition Finalists page. The announcement of finalists is dependent upon the quality of work submitted. If stories do not meet the high standard expected of a competition finalist, then no finalists will be chosen for that month.

For more details and guidelines, please visit http://fieldofwords.com.au/writing-competition/

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Tethered By Letters

Tethered by Letters has launched a new Twitter micro fiction contest, #Blink! Stories must be 140 characters or less. A winner will be selected every two weeks. For more details, follow @TethrdbyLettrs and @FrictionSeries on Twitter.

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Glimmer Train 2015 SUBMISSION CALENDAR AND CATEGORIES

We have five submission categories from which to choose, including our standard category (no reading fees and payment for accepted pieces is $700), and four contests (reading fees allow for 1st place prizes from $1,500 to $2,500). Contests vs. standards. Click on the names of the categories for details.

NOTE: There is always a one-week grace period after the deadline (last day of the month).

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in January, April, July, and October.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in February, May, August, November.

Fiction Open (1st place – $2,500): Welcome in June and December.

Family Matters (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in March and September.

Standard Category ($700): Welcome in January, May, September.

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The Monthly Writing Contest

Here at Writing Maps we believe good writing should be encouraged, cherished, shared, and most importantly, published.

We hold a monthly Writing Maps Writing Contest to coincide with the launch each month of a new Writing Map product. We challenge you to write and share a 150-word piece in response to our Prompt of the Month.

Each month’s two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, the new Writing Maps Journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months. The first issue appeared in September 2014. Winning entries will also receive free Writing Maps and contributor copies of The A3 Review.

To make sure you don’t miss future contests, you can sign up to our newsletter by clicking on this link. Follow us on Twitter for conversation, updates and inspiration.

The Rules:

  1. Entry is $5 (approx £3). Multiple entries accepted.
  2. Enter online through Submittable. Click here to enter.
  3. The contest closes at midnight (GMT) on the fourth Saturday of the month.
  4. Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible.
  5. The Writing Maps Writing Contest is open to all writers over 16.
  6. There is no restriction on theme or style. We encourage prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories and hybrid forms.
  7. Maximum number of words is 150.

 

For more details, please visit http://www.writingmaps.com/pages/contest

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Flash Fiction Competition

Now in its sixth year, this quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £200 and £100

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Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (International)

Please note that for international entries there is a $15.00 charge to cover the cost of shipping the subscription in addition to the entry fee.

From July 1st to July 31st, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our summer short-short fiction contest: Crazyshorts! Submit 1-3 short-shorts of up to 500 words each.

First place wins $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered by our editors for publication. The $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse.

For more details, please visit https://crazyhorse.submittable.com/submit/31182

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New Millenium Writings Awards

July 31, 2016 Final deadline!

  • Contest 42 is underway with a final deadline of July 31, 2016
  • $1,000 Award plus publication for each category – $4,000 total awards
  • Poetry, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Blind Judging Process
  • Payment is $20 per submission and includes your free copy of the high-quality print anthology!
  • Previously published works are only allowed if within certain criteria (see “Additional Guidelines”)

For more details, please visit https://www.newmillenniumwritings.org/

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The 2017 Press 53 Award for Poetry

Award includes:

Publication by Press 53 of the winning poetry collection as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

$1,000 cash advance

1/4-page color ad in Poets & Writers magazine

The Press 53 Award for Poetry is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished collection of poems. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States.

 

Dates for submission: April 1, 2016—July 31, 2016. Submissions will close at midnight Eastern Standard Time on July 31. (Note: Deadline can be extended at the discretion of Press 53.)

 

For more details, please visit http://www.press53.com/Award_for_Poetry.html

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Winchester Poetry Prize 2016

~celebrating the best in new writing~

First Prize: £1,000

2nd Prize: £500

3rd Prize: £250

Judge: Mimi Khalvati

Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems

Closing Date: 31 July 2016

Like the festival from which it springs Winchester Poetry Prize aims to surprise and delight.

In addition to receiving cash prizes winners will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event at Winchester Poetry Festival on Sunday 9 October 2016. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology to be launched at Winchester Poetry Festival.

To find out more visit this page.

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2016 Travel Writing Contest — Submissions are Open!

It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you.We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–we want to read it.

  • No entry fee. Yes, that’s right. You have nothing to lose.
  • Open to anyone worldwide, but you need (access to) a PayPal account
  • Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2016

For more details, please visit http://www.imustbeoff.com/p/blog-page.html

 

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Orlando Prize

Braced and strung up by the present moment she was also strangely afraid, as if every time the gulf of time gaped and let a second through some unknown danger might come with it.  The tension was too relentless and too rigorous to be endured long without discomfort.
—Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Biannual Deadlines:  January and July 31

Poetry (36 lines)
Flash Fiction (500 words) 
Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction (1500 words)

Submit Online

*Or download application form to submit and pay via post.

For more details, visit http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/awards/orlando/

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Fourth Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition!

It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you. We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–we want to read it. We’re looking forward to your best writing.

  • The Top essays will be published at I Must Be Off! (Authors retain copyright.)
  • Second place prize: $50
  • First place prize: $200
  • Readers’ Choice Award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on September 30.

  Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2016

  Send entries with a 50-word third-person bio to christopher@imustbeoff.com with the heading TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST.

For more details, please visit http://www.imustbeoff.com/2016/03/announcing-fourth-annual-i-must-be-off.html

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Third Annual StoryQuarterly Nonfiction Prize

Deadline: August 1, 2016.

$15.00 US

The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 50. Limit: up to 6250 words.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/296SoV5

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Prairie Schooner’s Creative Nonfiction Contest

The deadline for our Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest is August 1st. The winner will receive a prize of $250 and publication in our Spring 2017 issue. For more details, please visit https://prairieschooner.submittable.com/submit/12826

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2016 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize

Deadline: August 1

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for its Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. One award of $1,000 CAD is given.

The Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize is awarded to the best work submitted to the magazine’s annual contest for a genre that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

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Can’t Lit Without It CanLit Short Story Contest

HOW IT WORKS

1) Generate a CanLit premise at canlitgenerator.com.

2) Use the premise as the basis for a story. 500 words or less, any genre.

3) Enter to win literary fame and fortune. Deadline: August 1, 2016.

PRIZES

First Prize: $500

Second Prize: $250

Third Prize: $150

All winning entries will be published in Geist and on geist.com

ENTRY FEE: $20

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/25fgKHD

 

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Palooka Press Chapbook Contest

About Palooka Press

The press was founded in 2012 to offer a publishing opportunity for writers seeking a home for shorter manuscripts.

How It Works

As always, we take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention and thorough consideration. We consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren’t looking for a particular aesthetic; we’re wiling to give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid. Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible with this in either direction. There is a $10 entry fee that comes with an electronic issue of Palooka. All pieces within entries are also considered for publication in the magazine.

The Winner Receives…

*Publication by Palooka Press (a professionally made perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover)
*20 free copies of the book
*$200 honorarium
*A bio and photo featured on our website
*Chapbook will be sent out for review and promotion

Deadline: 8/1/2016

For more details, please visit https://palookamag.submittable.com/submit/14464

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The 13th Annual Gival Press Short Story Award

Deadline: August 8, 2016 (postmarked)
Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.

Guidelines:
Submissions of a previously unpublished original (not a translation) short story in English must be approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words of high literary quality, typed, double-spaced on one side of the paper only, with word count in the upper left hand side of the first page, along with the title. The author’s name should not appear on the numbered pages of the ms which should be clipped together. Author should keep a copy of the submission as it will not be returned.

For more details, please visit http://www.givalpress.com/

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2016 1/2K Prize

Submissions to the 2016 1/2K Prize is now OPEN until August 15th! Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries are considered for publication. The reading fee for one entry is $20 and includes a year subscription to the journal.

For more details, please visit https://indianareview.org/contests/

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The New Guard CONTESTS IN FICTION & POETRY

TNG Vol VI Contests in Fiction & Poetry are open. Deadline is August 15 at midnight.

TNG Volume VI contests in fiction & poetry are in full swing. The New Guard Vol VI Knightville Poetry Contest Judge is the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Stephen Dunn, and TNG‘s Vol VI Machigonne Fiction Contest Judge is the author Sarah Braunstein. Contest rules and guidelines are below for your information.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document. TNG Vol VI Judge: STEPHEN DUNN. $20 entry fee.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional work of fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel

excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. TNG Vol VI Judge: SARAH BRAUNSTEIN.  $20 entry fee.

For more details, please visit http://www.newguardreview.com/tng-contests/

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How We Teach

Deadline: August 29, 2016

For the spring 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for original essays about teaching—whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop.

We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process; editors may ask for sources and citations.

There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current Creative Nonfiction subscribers.

Postmark deadline Monday, August 29, 2016.
Please send manuscript and reading fee, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; and SASE or email for response:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: How We Teach
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Online
Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST August 29, 2016

For more details, please visit https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/how-we-teach

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Lesson Learned

School may be out for the summer, but The Writer is still looking to learn a thing or two. Our latest short story contest is about education in all forms: life lessons, coming-of-age lessons, lessons learned the hard way. Whether your character is steeped in academia or getting educated at the School of Hard Knocks, we want to see them at the brink of change – and about to learn a lesson they’ll never forget.  

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less

Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well.

For more details, please visit https://writermag.submittable.com/submit

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The St. Lawrence Book Award

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.

Regular Entry Period: July 1 – August 31

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1F8Weqr

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The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Accepting Entries Until August 31st (8/31) at 11:59 CST

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

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WOW 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

For more details, please visit http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

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Poetry & Politics Competition

By Holland Park Press:

We invite you to write a political poem

The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much closer to home.

The author of the winning poem will receive £200.

The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine.

You can send in your entries from 1 March and the competition closes on 31 August 2016 at midnight GMT.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Wn95yB

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The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Deadline: August 31, 2016

Now in its 10th year, the Award is an internationally renowned literary prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. It is a fantastic opportunity for established and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to an international audience. Previous entrants have achieved further publication and wider recognition in the literary world.

  • £500 prize money for the Poetry winner
  • £500 prize money for the Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
  • A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
  • One year print subscription to Granta
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • A complimentary copy of the Anthology

For more details, please visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/

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2016 Book & Chapbook Contest

Contest Judge: Matt Bell

Prize: $1000, publication, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book

The Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest is an annual prize for a fiction manuscript. The winning manuscript will be published by Conium Press as a standalone title. The winning author receives $1,000, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Additional author copies may be purchased at a discounted wholesale rate.

Any length is eligible. However, chapbooks and short- to mid-sized books are ideal. You may submit a gigantic maximalist novel, but every single page better be awesome; filler is for calzones, not books.

Contest Deadlines

Submissions must be received between June 1st, 2016 and September 1st, 2016. All submissions must include a $25.00 entry fee. The winner will be announced in late 2016 or early 2017.

Contest Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted through our Submittable page between June 1st, 2016 September 1st, 2016

For more details, please visit http://coniumreview.com/contests/book-chapbook-contest/

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Writer’s Block Prize in Poetry

Louisville Literary Arts announces the third annual creative writing prize to be celebrated with a $500 prize for first place at the 2016 Writer’s Block and with publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program.  This year’s contest for the best poem is now open and will be judged by Kathleen Driskell, the director of the Spalding University low-residency Master in Fine Arts program and the author of several poetry collections— Next Door to the Dead: Poems (2015); Seed Across Snow (2009)—a Poetry Foundation national bestseller; Laughing Sickness (1999/2005); and Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem (2012).

Co-authored works are acceptable. Submitting multiple batches is fine with entry and fee for each.

Entry fee: $8.00

Deadline: September 15, 2016

Submit through Submittable up to 3 poems, total page number not to exceed seven pages.

For more details, please visit https://writersblockaward.submittable.com/submit/60675

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Children’s Novel Competition 2016

Closing Date Sep 19

This year we welcome back the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition! Open to unpublished women novelists, this competition welcomes books written for children (who are able to read for themselves) and young adults – in every genre imaginable.

1st prize: £5,000

Five finalists will receive an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.

Entry fee: £25 per novel

To enter, please submit the first 3,000 words of your completed children’s novel. To qualify, your book must total at least 15,000 words.

Judges: Anne Fine (award-winning novelist), Claire Wilson (literary agent), Charlotte Eyre (Children’s Editor, Bookseller)

For any questions about your entry, email novel@mslexia.co.uk or call 0191 204 8860 to chat to a real person.

For more details, please visit https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/novel-competition/

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2016 Contest Open: The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction has a $1,000 Grand Prize

Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $1,200 in cash and prizes this November in our sixth annual creative writing contest, the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction.

ENTER NOW | LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

Now let’s get to some of those details.

PRIZES:
  • $1,000 grand prize (1) – plus complimentary registration to HippoCamp 2017
  • $150 runner-up (1)
  • $25 honorable mention (3)
CONTEST DEADLINE AND RULES
  • Enter between May 1 and Sept. 23, 2016.
  • Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 4,000 words are eligible.
  • A$12 entry fee supports the prizes. Submittable, our submission tool, retains a portion of this fee to cover its processing costs, and we thank them kindly for their service!)

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Tbc0gk

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2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Entries are now open for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2015. Five authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors.

To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Entries can be made either digitally by pressing the Digital Entry Form button, or by post, by pressing the Postal Entry Form button, printing the postal form off and sending it together with 11 copies of the story to the address listed on this page.

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

For more details, please visit http://shortstoryaward.co.uk/entries

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Enter Shelf Unbound Magazine’s
Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition

Each year, Shelf Unbound Magazine’s Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition honors more than 100 indie/self-published books. In addition to $1,500 in cash prizes, we feature the winner, five finalists, and more than 100 “notable” books in the December/January issue of Shelf Unbound. You can read last year’s “winners” issue here: issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_december-january_2016.

Any independently published book in any genre in any publication year is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $50 per book.

The competition also includes the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books.

The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2016.

The official rules for the competition can be found at www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html.

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Sixth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize

Deadline: October 15, 2016

$15.00 US

The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 50. Limit: Up to 6250 words, double-spaced.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/29VCjDk

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The Raven Short Story Contest

We Pulp Literature editors collect stories like ravens in the woods, swooping down on what catches our eye and bringing the treasures — sometimes sparkling, sometimes grisly, but always fascinating — home to our nests.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $25 more.  Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 5000 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $500 to line your nest!

Contest opens: 1 September 2016
Deadline: 15 October 2016
Winner notified: 15 November 2016
Winner published in: Issue 14, Spring 2017
Prize: $500

Entry fee: $25
Editorial critique: $25
Earlybird fee (before 15 September): $20
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 500 and 5000 words in length.  Multiple entries welcome.  Total entries limited to 200.

http://pulpliterature.com/contests/

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“What is Your Life’s Purpose?”

The Wonder Institute invites all writers to participate in an international competition by submitting a personal essay on: “What is Your Life’s Purpose?”

What to Submit: An original, unpublished essay on the topic of “What is Your Life’s Purpose.” You may submit more than one entry. Each entry must be accompanied by a contest fee of $20.

When to Submit: Contest deadline is November 1, 2016. Entries must be postmarked by this deadline or submitted online by midnight.

Prizes and Publication: First Prize is a check for $1,000 dollars and publication on The Wonder Institute website. Honorable mention(s) will be selected at the discretion of the final judge, Linda Durham. Honorable Mention entries may also be published on the Wonder Institute website.

For more details, please visit https://www.wonderessaycontest.com/

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The Malahat Review 2017 Open Season Awards

Submissions for this contest will be accepted as of August 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1500 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2017 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2016.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html

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Master’s Review Fall Fiction Contest

In the fall we pair with a guest judge to help select stories for our Fall Fiction Contest. The fall is literary submission season and we look forward to acknowledging three excellent stories.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and personal correspondence with our guest judge. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and letters from the judge on why your story was chosen.

DEADLINE: Nov 15

For more details, please visit https://mastersreview.com/calendar/

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The 18th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award
Deadline: December 15, 2016 (postmarked).

Reading Fee: $20.00 (USD)

Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.

Theme: Completely open.

Eligible Poets: Open to all, national and international poets.

Language: English.

Forms or Style of Poetry: Original work, not a translation of someone else’s poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry.

Length of Manuscript: At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only.

For more details, please visit http://www.givalpress.com/

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2017 San Francisco Writing Contest

The San Francisco Writers Conference is pleased to announce the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest. The contest is open to all writers everywhere, including those attending the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference. The entry fee is $35 per item.

Your entry must fit into one of the following categories:
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books

Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more).

Please use the contest registration form on this web site SFWriters.org/contest-registration to upload your entry/entries and pay. It’s easy! If you prefer to send your fee by check, mail both the entry and check to SF Writing Contest, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561.

All fees and entries must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2017.

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Master’s Review Short Story Award for New Writers

Because our Short Story Award for New Writers is a favorite, the contest awards three stories in the winter as well. $2000 to the best short story written by an emerging writer. The Short Story Award not only offers cash prizes, but agency review from some of the country’s best agencies.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and agency review. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and agency review.

DEADLINE: Jan 15, 2017

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The Malahat Review 2017 Long Poem Prize

Submissions for the 2017 contest (deadline February 1) will be accepted starting November 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1,000 CAD each are given. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. The Long Poem Prize is offered every second year, alternating with the Novella Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2015 Long Poem Prize is February 1, 2017.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/long_poem_prize/info.html

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New England Poetry Club Contests

New England Poetry Club has always recognized the outstanding work of poets with its annual awards and contests. Some awards, such as The Golden Rose and the May Sarton Award, are given in recognition of career excellence, while others are run as contests. This page is a complete listing of annual awards and contests. If you choose to enter a contest, please be sure to read the guidelines before entering, as they may have changed from previous years. The link to submit entries online can be found in the guidelines tab.

Submissions accepted only in May and June each year.

For more details, please visit http://www.nepoetryclub.org/contests/

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Neil Postman Award for Metaphor

Rolling Deadline
(no fee)

Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.

In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind.

Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/postman/

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Nonfiction Book Awards

Welcome to the NEW Nonfiction Book Awards! As an extension of the Nonfiction Authors Association, we are committed to honoring excellence in nonfiction books and welcome submissions by self-published and traditionally published authors alike, in both print and ebook formats. Publishers are also welcome to submit books for award consideration.

 

– See more at: http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/nonfiction-book-awards/#sthash.H0SVcAFl.dpuf

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The Thistle Dew Theatre & KTDT Dramady seeks plays for Stage and Radio

http://thistledewtheatre.blogspot.com/

 

Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.

! Competition !

Monthly themed monologues and short plays needed.  On-going, no submission fee, no deadline.   This is a competition with one winner per production: $25.00.

Continuing call:   No fees… no deadlines….

Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR

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Zone 3 Nonfiction Award

Zone 3 is accepting submissions for its nonfiction contest. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Nonfiction Award” for your genre, and upload your essay. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one essay with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline.  All entrants will receive a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Zone 3 Fiction Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its twelfth annual fiction award. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Fiction Award” for your genre, and upload your story. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one story with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

 

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Zone 3 Poetry Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry award. Submit up to three poems via our online submissions manager. Click here to log in and upload your poems; choose “Zone 3 Poetry Award” for your genre. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website.  Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests

Prizes

Winner- The winner will have their answer published, receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs), and $1000. There will be one winner.

Finalists- The finalists will be published and receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs). There will be two finalists.

Who May Submit

Submissions are open to all US and Canada residents (except Quebec) above the age of 18. Submission is free. You may submit up to 10 entries per question. Submissions cannot be the work of multiple authors.

How and What to Submit

IMPORTANT: failure to adhere to the following may result in disqualification. See Official Rules for complete details.

  • All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.
  • To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to submit@wieldingpowerpublishing.com

For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/

Ongoing deadlines.

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The People’s Book Awards

Welcome to the people’s Book Awards where anyone can nominate or vote for titles available on the *Amazon sites worldwide, or support those important people who provide services to authors. Monthly winners.

The monthly and annual voting closes at 17:00 hours British Standard Time on the last day of each month and the votes of non-winning titles are carried forward, except in December. Monthly winning titles are taken out of the competition and will be returned in December if confirmed as a nomination for the Annual Awards by a direct message (DM) on Twitter or email to winner@thebookawards.com. Each year the voting closes on December 31st following the Annual Awards and all votes are returned to zero for the coming year.

To learn more, visit http://thebookawards.com/awards/

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Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry

Ekphrasis is a poetry journal looking for well-crafted poems, the main content of which addresses individual works from any artistic genre. Please identify the specific work that is the focus of your poem. Acceptable ekphrastic verse transcends mere description: it stands as transformative critical statement, an original gloss on the individual art piece it addresses.

All poems published in Ekphrasis within a given calendar year will be considered for the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry.

The winning poem will be selected by the editors of Ekphrasis.

No entry fees are required and there is no self-nomination procedure for the prize.

For submission guidelines, visit http://www.ekphrasisjournal.com/home

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Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award

Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice to be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family.

For more details and to submit, visit http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/

The reading period for the award will be the month of February for the issue that publishes in June, and the month of August for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.

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L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

  • ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
  • NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
  • ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
  • PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500
  • ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!
  • OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY

There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. (Deadlines: December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30). Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

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EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

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Banff Fall Literary Programs Registration Deadlines

Sept. 7, 2016              Emerging Writers Intensive

Ongoing                      Self-Directed Writing Residency

 

Click on each line to access the link or visit https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts

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Port Medway Readers’ Festival

The Port Medway Readers’ Festival is a literary festival that takes place in Port Medway, Nova Scotia, during July and August.

Founded in 2002 by Cynthia Wine and Philip Slayton, the Port Medway Readers’ Festival is an opportunity for readers to listen to and meet writers in an informal and friendly village setting. The Festival continues the tradition of the Tennysonian Reading Circle, started by the ladies of Port Medway in 1903.

Still up: Calvin Trillin (August 20).

For more details, please visit http://portmedwayreadersfestival.com/

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ONTARIO WRITERS WORK-IN-PROGRESS GRANTS
http://www.arts.on.ca/Page118.aspx
Purpose to assist professional writers to complete book-length works of literary merit. Ontario-based professional writers may apply for support for the continuation of new work in poetry or prose. Graphic novels and other comic arts projects will be received at a separate deadline of December 1, 2016. Please see Writers’ Works in Progress – Comic Arts for the guidelines and application. Deadline Dates: June 15 and October 18, 2016.

 

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The Music of Writing

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.
~ Truman Capote, Truman Capote: Conversations

The best writing has a certain musicality to it so that it flows smoothly from one word to the next, one sentence, paragraph, and chapter to another. It’s not just the flow of ideas, although that counts a great deal for keeping a work cohesive and understandable, but rather a flow in a more sensual way, the way music is sensual. To understand how your words can be musical, you must, first of all, understand the sound the words make. I tell my students to read their works aloud, if not to an audience, at least to themselves. The way words look on paper is not always how they sound and when you read your words, you will hear how they blend and flow together. You might read something out loud and feel it sounds wrong. That’s actually a fairly good indication the words don’t flow naturally or smoothly. If you read your words aloud and you love the way it sounds, others are likely to respond the same way. That’s because reading aloud taps into the elements of music, many of which we don’t realize are part of language as well. What am I talking about? One of the most important aspects of music is rhythm. You might be more familiar with this as “beat”. All music follows a regular beat. While words don’t always follow the same regular beat throughout a single work, especially when the work is long, a beat can be detected in the combination of accents or stresses in words and sentences. Rhythmic poetry shows this most clearly in the use of meter. Even when you write poetry that is not metered, in particular, free verse, you still need to be conscious of rhythm. You combine long and short words together, as well as a variety of word types: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Your sentences should vary in length, structure, and type. Many beginning writers try to cram as much as they can into single sentences which produce exceedingly long paragraphs. It’s better to break up complex and compound sentences into shorter ones. The basic rule you need to remember is to limit the idea within a sentence to a single idea or topic. If you have two or more subjects to your sentence, it most likely should be broken up. If you have several semicolons in your sentence, you can most probably break it up to be more effective. The longer your sentences, the less impact they have. Don’t go swinging in the other direction, though. I have seen a great deal of writing with several short sentences one after another, all with the same structure. This is exactly what editors and writing teachers refer to when they say your writing is choppy. Sure, sometimes you want to create emphasis by using some short sentences one after the other. My suggestion is limit it to three short consecutive sentences for emphasis—this could be great, especially for speeches—but break out of that right away and don’t use it too often or you’ll be defeating the purpose. You shouldn’t underestimate the value of varying paragraph length, either. Several blocks of long paragraphs one after another will easily tire your reader. Again, follow the one idea rule: limit the ideas you develop in a single paragraph to one. In fiction, you also need to try to limit the action in each paragraph. Multiple unrelated actions are best put in separate paragraphs, especially when the actions are performed by different characters unless the actions are all immediately related and not broken by dialogue. The rule for dialogue is to start a new paragraph each time a different character speaks. It’s also more effective to include the actions of a character speaking within the same paragraph containing that character’s speech.

On Writing and Thinking

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.
~ George Orwell

 

George Orwell presents us with a complicated condition regarding writing and thought. Writing is a product of the mind. Anything we express in writing is something we have thought about; sometimes, even something we have over-thought. In fact, anything we express in writing is certainly a reflection of whatever goes on in our minds, a reflection of what we think and how we think. I’m not saying, of course, that if you are able to think well you automatically will be a good writer. However, if you are able to maintain logical thought processes, it will not be difficult to translate that on paper.

Can the ability to think well stem from writing? If by well Orwell meant logically, I most certainly think so. Writing requires structure, adequate vocabulary, and logical processes to make sense and be effective. Learning to write well forces the writer to think well. When writing has to be structured according to definite rules and patterns, thinking will follow that structure. When writing requires a broad vocabulary to avoid repetition and redundancy, to create interest and imagery, the mind necessarily acquires the language required to fulfill that requirement. When writing requires logical presentations, reasoning, analyses, and conclusions, our mind conforms to the logic, follows the reasoning, analyses, and comes to conclusions. Once equipped with the forms and formalities of writing, the mind employs all the skills of writing in thinking. The strong writer is a strong thinker.

It doesn’t end there, however. No matter how strong a thinker you are, no matter how powerful or revolutionary your thoughts, if you do not put them into writing so your ideas are read, passed on, and remembered, it is likely they will be forgotten. Unlike speech which has limited audiences and is permanent only if recorded in some indelible medium, writing can last for millennia, as we know from studying ancient literature. There is also less chance of your ideas creating a permanent or lasting impression on others for generations to come if you rely solely on speech. By not making your own mark, you become a reactionary thinker, responding and reacting to the thinking of others who have made permanent their thoughts by writing them.  We only have to survey the literary canon to realize the world’s greatest thinkers are also some of the greatest writers.

Writers and Social Media

Have you ever come up with an idea you thought was positively brilliant, mind-blowing, revolutionary, or life-changing? No doubt you have. But what did you do with that idea? Chances are you forgot about it. It’s possible you’re an avid note-taker and you jotted down the idea somewhere. If you’re like me, you might have several notepads, notebooks, and random bits of paper lying around with all kinds of notes, some of which are completely undecipherable. Once in a while, you might actually write something substantial instead of just scribble a few words on paper. You could be more fortunate than others and have the opportunity to write your ideas and develop them into significant works as part of your job. The majority of people, however, don’t have that chance. Or do they?

In this age of technology and the Internet, there really isn’t any excuse not to have the opportunity to share our ideas regardless of the value or quality. We need only take one look at what people share on social media to know not everyone has a brilliant mind or great ideas. In fact, social media promotes reactionary thinking–we see a post and react to it. We might post something original but it’s not necessarily mind-blowing. After all, what anyone had for breakfast, lunch, supper, or snacks isn’t likely to change the world. Still, social media does offer everyone with a chance to share ideas with unprecedented numbers of people. It’s probably the best way for any writer to develop an audience, communicate with them on a regular basis, interacting in a way previous authors were unable to simply because of the absence of technology, the Internet, and the wide variety of social media platforms available to anyone with access to a computer, no matter what the size, and the Internet. All you need now are ideas to share.