The PEIWG Weekly 22-28 September 2013 Edition

Welcome to the PEIWG Weekly! Lots of new contests, some with close deadlines. You are welcome to send in notices or announcements about your writerly news and events. Just shoot me an email or send me a message on Facebook. I will be more than happy to help you get the word out about your publications, achievements, and whatever writerly thing you do that you want to publicize. If you want a link to your writerly website or blogsite on the blog, just send it to me and I’ll put it in.

PLEASE NOTE: All sections are arranged by date, with the most immediate deadlines or dates found at the top of each section, except for the submissions without deadlines and the final section (Resources), both of which I have tried to arrange alphabetically (the operative word being “tried”)  ^.^

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PEI Writers’ Guild

Anyone interested in joining or renewing membership to the PEI Writers’ Guild can use this link: Membership Application. This is an online application form that also accepts online payments. For more information about the Guild, events and services, visit our official website here.

Lunch & Learn

Practical Privacy: Managing privacy threats.

Confederation Centre Public Library

Wed. Sept. 25 at 12 noon


Each year on September 28, Right to Know Day is officially celebrated in over 40 nations worldwide.  In Canada and in many countries around the world, celebrations have expanded into a week-long event. The purpose of the Right to Know Week is to raise awareness of an individual’s right to access government information, while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance. This year marks the eighth year that Canadians will celebrate RTK Week.


Join PEI Public Service Employees Michael Muise of Information Protection and Kathryn Dickson of Access and Privacy Services for practical information to help you avoid privacy pitfalls. This 45-minute session is free and includes a Q&A session.

26th Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards

Riel Nason to give special guest reading

CHARLOTTETOWN – The P.E.I. Writers’ Guild will celebrate the best in Island writing with a
new awards gala and celebration of student writing at the 26th annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards.

This year’s awards will take place Saturday, October 19, at The Guild in Charlottetown and 
will include a ceremony for the student categories at 2 p.m. and an adult awards gala at 7 p.m.

At the afternoon celebration of student writing, writer and educator Lee Ellen Pottie will emcee the presentation of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. The afternoon will feature readings by first place winners, musical entertainment by children’s author Deirdre Kessler, and a juice and candy bar.

Riel Nason

Karen Mair from CBC’s Mainstreet will host the evening awards gala. The ceremony will feature a special guest reading by Riel Nason, the New Brunswick author who won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize for Canada and Europe, the 2012 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and the 2013 Frye Academy Award for her first novel, The Town That Drowned. The gala will also feature a special reading by P.E.I.’s own poet laureate Dianne Hicks Morrow, readings by first place winners, musical entertainment by Justin Simard and Todd MacLean, and a cash bar.

The gala awards presentations include the L.M. Montgomery* P.E.I. Literature for Children Awards, Maritime Electric Short Story Awards, Clary Pottie Creative Non-Fiction Awards, Milton Acorn Poetry Awards, Joseph Sherman Award, and the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island – along with several other special honours.

Each year, the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild hosts the awards to encourage P.E.I.’s up-and-coming writers. Cash prizes are generously donated by businesses and organizations in the community. We are pleased to have Cox & Palmer as our event sponsor, and we are also grateful for the support of The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery*, the Milton Acorn family, Maritime Electric, Clary Pottie family, the Rotary  Club of Charlottetown Royalty, award sponsors and many other generous sponsors. Review our prize sponsors by visiting our sponsorship page.

For more information, e-mail


Pitch the Publisher

Hello, PWAC-Atlantic!


Pitch the Publisher returns to Word on the Street-Halifax on Sunday, Sept 22 this year, and writers are invited to put their best pitch forward!


On Sunday, September 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Word on the Street, Pitch the Publisher will offer potential authors a unique opportunity to present their book ideas to a panel of Atlantic-based publishers. Pitch sessions are organized by literary genres: one for non-fiction ideas at 12:15 p.m., one for children’s and young adult book ideas at 1:30 p.m., and one for fiction and poetry ideas at 2:45 p.m. Our experts will offer suggestions and feedback on how to develop your book ideas or manuscripts for publication.


New this year: Attendees will hear success stories from publishers and authors who have taken a Pitch the Publisher pitch from concept to reality!


Also new this year: From 11:00 a.m. to noon, we’ll host a panel discussion that examines a topic that’s hot on everyone’s minds these days: Self Publishing or Traditional Publishing: What’s Right for Your Book? A panel of authors and publishers who have experience in both realms will explore when it might be appropriate to self publish, and when it would be best to go the traditional route–and why.


Registration by email will open at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 9, 2013. Space is limited. To book a time for your pitch, please email: or call (902) 420-0711. Pitches will also be accepted from the audience if time permits. For more information, see this link:


Winter’s Tales Authors’ Reading Series


UPEI’s Winter’s Tales Reading Series has always boasted a fantastic line-up of poets and fiction authors, and this year looks to be no different. To kick off the 2013 season, the talented Susan Glickman and Julie Bruck will give a combined reading on Thursday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, UPEI Main Building. These Montreal-raised poets have been working on and teaching others their craft for years, and that dedication and practice shines through in their works.

Glickman studied and travelled in Europe, Asia and America, and has made a home for herself in Toronto. She has published poetry books since the early 80’s, and in 2006 published her first novel, The Violin Lover, which won the Stan and Helen Vine Award for Fiction at the Canadian Jewish Book Awards and was named one of the year’s best novels by The National Post. This success adds to her Gabrielle Roy prize and Raymond Klibansky prize, for her work of literary criticism The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape.

In 2008 she made the foray into writing juvenile fiction and has put out a trilogy. The first book garnered a starred selection in the annual Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens list. Glickman has received Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council Awards for her work.

Joining Glickman is Julie Bruck, whose work has appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies as well as her three books of poetry: The Woman Downstairs, The End of Travel, and Monkey Ranch, winner of the 2012 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. The book was a contender in The Globe & Mail 100 Best Books of 2012 and a finalist for the 2013 Canadian Authors’ Association Award for Poetry and the 2013 Pat Lowther Memorial Prize.

Her work has been described as poetically powerful, with a pitch-perfect elegance, and as stories-in-poetry. Her conversational voice is refreshing and inviting to readers. Her witty and intimate ability to weave moments into words has contributed to her A.M. Klein Award for Poetry, two Pushcart Prize nominations, and two Gold Canadian National Magazine Awards.

The reading by these exciting and vibrant authors is sponsored by the UPEI English Department with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. A reception and book signing will follow. Admission is free.


Contact person: Dr. Richard Lemm, UPEI Department of English / 566-0592 /



Julie Bruck:

Susan Glickman:

Ample photos on Google images of both authors.

Winter’s Tales Authors’ Reading Series


Erika Ritter, a celebrated playwright, humourist, essayist, fiction writer, and CBC Radio writer and host, will be the UPEI Writer in Residence from September 30 through October 11.

She will give a public reading on Tuesday, October 8, at 7:30 in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Her reading is co-sponsored by the UPEI English Department and the Gallery. Admission is free.

She will lead a writing workshop on Saturday, October 5, 10:00-3:00, at UPEI. The workshop is open to the public. The fee is $20, or $10 for students and PEI Writers’ Guild members. To register, phone the UPEI English Department: 566-0389. * (See following entry for workshop details). For inquiries and reservations:

Erika will also join Lesli Bisgould, lawyer, animal advocate, and author of Animals and the Law, on October 5, 7:00 p.m., at the Arts Guild in Charlottetown for an open discussion, hosted by Shawn Murphy, on animals and our relationships with them. The discussion will be followed by a vegan reception hosted by Animal Justice Canada. Admission is free.

Erika Ritter’s published works include: Automatic Pilot (play); the humorous essay collections Urban Scrawl and Ritter in Residence; The Hidden Life of Humans (novel); The Great Big Book of Guys: Alphabetical Encounters with Men; and, most recently, The Dog by the Cradle, The Serpent Beneath: Some Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships. The radio adaptation of Automatic Pilot won an ACTRA Award for Best Radio Drama.

She has been a humour columnist, social satirist, and travel writer for newspapers and magazines. With CBC Radio, she hosted a daily national two-hour interview program, for which she won an ACTRA Award as Best Host, a weekly author-interview program, and most recently “Ontario Morning.” Erika has been a guest host of numerous CBC Radio programs. She also has written a bi-monthly humour column “Unmuzzled” for Dogs in Canada, and is a frequent public speaker on such subjects as gender relationships, comedy, and the interior lives of animals.

Erika Ritter lives in Toronto, but contrives to be out of town, especially on PEI, whenever she can, and takes her writer’s block with her wherever she goes. Her Writer in Residency is sponsored by the UPEI English Department.


Contact person: Dr. Richard Lemm, UPEI Department of English / 566-0592 /

For photos: & there are lots of Google images





MORNING WORKSHOP – 10:00-12:00

“LAUGH? I THOUGHT I’D DIE!”:  Comedy as Survival Skill

In different kinds of writing, comedy functions in different kinds of ways. Sometimes, the characters we create use humor as a weapon to fend other people off.  At other times, they toss out a laugh-line as a lifeline to reach someone else. Almost all the time, whether in comic skits or non-fiction essays, what characters and their creators find funny says a lot about what we take seriously. In this workshop, we’ll take a look at some of the many forms humour can take, what power there is in the comic perspective and why it is that the funniest moments often walk closest to the edge of a sudden steep drop.



“WHAT IF?”: The Place Where Stories Start

Type of character, point of view, fiction or fact, drama or narrative, monologue or many voices?  Those are only some of the choices a writer must make before deciding how to tell the tale.  But even before those questions comes “What if?”  What if a priest, a rabbi and a horse walk into a bar? What if a tornado takes a little girl from Kansas to a place called Oz?  What if a self-proclaimed anarchist releases millions of previously classified documents to the media?  No matter whether it’s creative non-fiction or children’s fantasy or a comedy sketch, all writing involves making the journey from “what if?” to “then what?” In this workshop, we’ll looking at some of the steps along the way, including description, style, conflict, dialogue, subtext and whatever else we can fit into the time available.


1 workshop:  $20 for the general public or $15 for PEI Writers’ Guild members and students

2 workshops: $35 for the general public or $25 for PEI Writers’ Guild members and students

Nutrition break included (juice, muffins, fruit, coffee, tea). Bring a lunch, if you wish, if you attend both workshops.




Heaven on Earth on PEI

Dear Friends,


I would like to humbly request your participation in a new book I am writing specific to those who love Prince Edward Island. It is based on the wonderful work being done by Mr. Martin Rutte and the working title is…”A Bold Tomorrow: Co-Creating Heaven on Earth on PEI.”


I am looking for your stories that answer these three questions:


1. Can you recall a time when you experienced “Heaven on Earth on PEI?”

2. What is “Heaven on Earth” on PEI for you?

3. What is one small, easy, concrete step you will (or did) take to create a little “Heaven on Earth on PEI?”


Your answer can be long or short but it will probably be edited a bit (please do review it for spelling, typos, etc before submitting). Please put it in a word document (not just email) along with your contact information and send it to There is no compensation for submitting your story whether it is chosen or not. Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2013.


For more info on Project Heaven on Earth you can go to:  and please join our group on Facebook PEI Heaven on Earth. There have also been multiple articles in the Guardian in the past few weeks along this topic.


Feel free to contact me if you have questions.


Thank you so much and I look forward to helping to create a Heaven on Earth on PEI.



Heather E. Wilson


PS. Please do share and forward this email to those you feel would be interested to participate. Thanks so much!



The Acorn Press invites submissions for an anthology of holiday writing with a focus on the Christmas season or comparable celebrations, e.g., Hannukah, Eid, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Kwanzaa. There is no requirement for “Island” content: stories may be set in any locale.


Writers may submit unpublished short stories, poems, and/or creative non-fiction for an anthology by PEI writers, to be published by The Acorn Press in fall 2015. Potential contributors must have a significant Prince Edward Island connection, for example: born or raised in P.E.I., lived in P.E.I. for six months of the past two years, or another strong connection, such as summer residence. Potential writers should indicate their connection with P.E.I. in a covering letter.


Submission guidelines:

Fiction and/or creative non-fiction: maximum 2 submissions; 3500 words maximum per story.

Poetry: maximum 5 poems, 10 pages total.

All submissions must be typed: prose double-spaced, poetry single-spaced.

Include a covering letter with: 1) Island connection; 2) e-mail address and phone number.


The deadline for submissions is January 2, 2014.


Send submissions to:


Island Christmas Reader

The Acorn Press

P.O. Box 22024

Charlottetown, PE C1A 9J2


Interested writers are invited to write for ARTS EAST, an all-arts Atlantic Canadian e-magazine/website:

Assignments may include CD/book reviews, interviews or coverage of music, drama, visual art, mixed media, etc. events. We’re open to any ideas you have! Ideal for writers and aspiring journalists who are trying to gain experience and have a published on-line byline, media tickets and similar perks as compensation. Interested writers can e-mail

Coastal West Publishing

Coastal West Publishing is dedicated to publishing the best of true crime books and stories about the underdog. We are now accepting email queries from writers who can give us their best. Please submit an email inquiry before sending us a full manuscript.  Please send submissions as attachments to  

Fierce Shorts

Fierce Ink Press is a new publishing label that publishes young adult books by Atlantic Canadian authors. Along with full-length books we will also be publishing Fierce Shorts, creative non-fiction pieces (5,000 to 10,00 words) about all things teen. Part of the proceeds from the sale of our Fierce Shorts will go to a local teen related charity of the author’s choice.

We are currently open to submissions for our Fierce Shorts. To get all the information you need check out our website,, where you will find our submission guide.

If you think you have a great idea for a Fierce Short, we’d love to hear from you!


About Fierce Ink Press:
Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd. is dedicated to producing high quality books of fiction and short non-fiction pieces by Atlantic Canadian authors who write for young adults.

Social Media Links:
Twitter: @FierceInkPress
Google +:



DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor


The Capilano Review has a long history of publishing new and established 
Canadian writers and artists who are experimenting with or expanding 
the boundaries of conventional forms and contexts. International writers 
and artists appear in our pages too. Founded in North Vancouver in 1972 
by Pierre Coupey, the magazine continues its original mandate to publish 
the literary and visual arts side by side while favouring the risky, the 
provocative, the innovative, and the dissident. Winter 2013 submission 
deadline: 30 November 2013. Pays up to $300 for fiction up to 3,000 
words, poetry to four pages, and drama to 15 pages.


Our Mission is to offer expert advice and perspective for those 
building, renovating, or furnishing a home in the Arts and Crafts 
spirit. Query. Articles are 750 to 1,200 words. Columns are 800
to 1,500 words. Pays up to $200 per page.


What we need are stories that are brand new in scope and content. 
Knives being used for unusual purposes, in adventure settings, etc., 
are always good. New, state-of-the-art knife designs, steels and 
other knife materials and how they are made are good. The knife 
collections of celebrities are good. Stories on how to collect 
knives, what to collect and why, etc., are good. Pays up to $300 
for articles of 500 to 1,700 words.


Canadian Wildlife celebrates the country’s unique wildlife and 
habitats, and explores the conservation issues affecting our natural 
world. Published 6 times per year. Pays up to 50 cents/word.
 Articles up to 2,500 words. Columns 750 to 1,400 words.

Carpe Articulum Literary Review

Carpe Articulum is an international, cross-genre literary review that challenges the traditional format of black and white. CALR seeks to dissolve the interdisciplinary, divisive boundaries and to embrace a wider audience in love with the written word, beautiful photography and a desire to connect with a global community of like-minded people. Scientists, Writers, Journalists, Actors, Homemakers, Artists, Human Rights Activists, Photographers and others from all cultures and walks of life have a place to meet here at CALR. We make a special effort to promote the work of emergent artists in every issue. People who might never have met, find kinship and camaraderie in the unity of the pen. They can experience and touch one another’s lives so that oceans of divide are united by the single turn of a page. The egalitarian nature of the written word, photography, and an accessible literary program make all of this possible.

WANT TO BE A PART? Send your ideas, editorials, and questions to Hadassah Broscova at and you can get published in this international review! The best commentaries, articles, and questions for the editor will be included. Please register at our website, then make your submission. NO SUBMISSIONS ARE COMPLETE WITHOUT REGISTRATION, THANK YOU!
SUBMIT to Carpe Articulum Literary Review using Submishmash (click here)

These dates are ANNUAL, REVOLVING deadlines

POETRY…………………MAR 30, SEPT 30
NOVELLA…………….. JAN 7

If deadlines are missed, the piece will automatically be entered into the next contest cycle for that particular genre.

CHICKEN SOUP for the soul


101 stories of caregiving, coping and compassion. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia on an on-going basis can be extremely difficult and stressful. If you are caring for someone or you are a patient in the early stages of the disease and are comfortable writing about your personal challenges, we invite you to share your stories. Your story as a caregiver, a loved one or a patient will provide practical advice, encouragement, insight, and support to our readers and will inspire and comfort others going through similar experiences and let them know that they are not alone. 1,200 words. Pays $200 and ten copies of the book.

Deadline October 15, 2013.



Whether you rent or own, home is where your heart is. It is your safe place in the world. Your home can be a mansion, a cottage, an apartment, a condo, or a mobile home… it doesn’t matter. It is yours! It is where you live, where you relax, where you sit around the table with your family and friends, sharing a meal and your stories. We are looking for true stories about you and your home: getting your first home, returning to your childhood home, do-it-yourself repair disasters and successes, moving up or downsizing, moving day or any heartwarming or funny stories associated with home. Stories should be true and no longer than 1,200 words. Pays $200 and ten copies of the book.

Deadline November 30, 2013



101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Hard Work

Have you or has someone you loved sustained a traumatic brain 
injury or TBI? Have you helped a friend through the recovery 
process? Are you a professional caregiver or health care provider 
whose life has been impacted by a TBI survivor’s story? With a 
traumatic brain injury occurring every 18.5 seconds in this country, 
chances are you have been touched in some way by traumatic brain 
injury. If so, we want to hear your story. If your story is chosen, 
you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the 
book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 
free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the 
copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.
 Deadline: November 30, 2013.



Our cats make us smile every day, but sometimes they really outdo themselves. Whether they came up with the idea themselves, or you put them in a situation that caused them to do something unusual, we want to hear about it! Tell us what your cat did that made people want to ask again and again, “The Cat Did What?” We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1200 words. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. We can’t wait to read all the heartwarming, inspirational, and hysterical stories you have about your cats! Pays $200 and ten copies of the book.

Deadline January 5, 2014.



Our dogs make us smile every day, but sometimes they really outdo themselves. Whether they came up with the idea themselves, or you put them in a situation that caused them to do something unusual, we want to hear about it! Tell us what your dog did that made people want to ask again and again, “The Dog Did What?” We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1200 words. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. We can’t wait to read all the heartwarming, inspirational, and hysterical stories you have about your dogs! Pays $200 and ten copies of the book.

Deadline January 5, 2014.

The French Literary Review

We are looking for lively, contemporary poems; short stories; extracts from novels which stand on their own; articles; paintings/drawings/photographs, all of which should have a French connection.

· Stories (maximum 2) should be between 1000-3000 words.
· Poems (up to 3) of less than 40 lines each.
· Original paintings, drawings or photographs ( A4 size maximum) which either illustrate a poem / story submitted, or are related to France in some way.
· Submissions must be typewritten on one side of the paper. Stories should be single-spaced and have good margins. Hand-written entries cannot be accepted.
· Please ensure your name, address, telephone number and email address appear on your MSS. 
· Please provide a SAE (using British postage stamps if you live in the UK) or IRCs to the value of ₤1.20.
· We regret we are not able to offer fees for published work.
. We are a non-profit journal, which relies on subscriptions.

Copyright will remain with contributors. Submission deadlines: 30th July & 30th December. Please send submission to: 
B. DORDI, Chemin de Cambieure, 11240 Cailhau, Aude, France

Adams Media Romance Guidelines

Our new direct-to-ebook romance imprint is launching soon! We’re open to romance submissions in five popular subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, and erotic romance.

Within those subgenres, we are flexible about what happens. It’s romance, so there must be a happily-ever-after, but we’re open to how your characters get there. You won’t come up against preconceived ideas about what can or can’t happen in romance or what kind of characters you can or can’t have. Our only rule is everyone has to be a consenting adult. Other than that, we’re looking for smart, savvy heroines, fresh voices, and new takes on old favorite themes.

We’re looking for full-length novels, and while we prefer to work on the shorter end of the spectrum (50,000 words, give or take), we’re not going to rule you out because you go shorter or longer.

If you have a finished novel you’d like for us to consider, please just drop editor Jennifer Lawler a line at with a brief description of your work-please, no attachments until I know you’re not a spambot. That’s it! I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can-within a few days for queries and within a few weeks if I request a full.

Thank you for your interest!           


Readers are of course bird enthusiasts, but they also appreciate a good environmental focus on related topics. “As most of the magazine’s 
writers are based on the coasts, freelancers located in the Midwest or 
another untapped locale with access to great nature stories automatically 
have a leg up on the competition.” A good break-in section is the 
FOB news section, 200-400 words. Also consider “Lifestyle” and “News you can use.” These are 750 words. Web-only content should cover the 
same nature-friendly topics as the print mag, with an added focus on 
longer news stories averaging 800-900 words. Include photo suggestions. Email with links to a few clips and a paragraph or two about the idea, 
along with your biographical information and where you’ve written 
before. Pays $1.25/word.

Black Heart Magazine

Send us your best work via our submissions manager. Options are available for each genre; please choose appropriately (i.e. make sure your “poetry” submission is actually a poem and not a short story, as they will be routed to different editors). Stories beyond the stated word limit will not be read.


We are currently seeking high-quality novel-length science fiction and fantasy submissions of all types. We are not interested in young adult, horror, erotica, religious fiction, short stories, dark/gruesome fantasy, or poetry. Guidelines are available at:


Want to submit to EVENT?  We publish fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Non-fiction submissions are only accepted via our yearly Non-Fiction Contest. While most of our writers are Canadian, we accept English-language submissions from writers in other countries.

Please see our Fiction & Poetry or our Cover Art Submission Checklists for more information on how, where and what to submit.


Magazine published for firefighters. Covers incidents, innovations,
 trends and adversity, changes and profiles. Loves photo stories.
 Submit using online form.


An enlightened online space for new writers to test-drive their work.

How it works:  Emerging writers are invited to submit short written works online. Geist chooses and publishes one piece each month on a dedicated web page. Geist readers and like-minded people are then invited to comment on the featured work.

Who is eligible?


  • Canadian students enrolled in secondary or post-secondary courses and/or writing workshops are eligible.
  • The writer should have no more than 2 short works published in established print or online magazines, books or websites. (Blogs, zines and in-house school publications are exempt.)
  • For full details:


Are you overflowing with ideas on how to improve and streamline your 
fitness career? Are you an expert in a niche area of fitness and have 
you always wanted to publish your research? We want to hear from you! 
The editorial team is always looking for articles that serve the needs 
of fitness, wellness and health professionals. Magazines in this family 

IDEA Fitness Journal

IDEA Trainer Success

IDEA Fitness Manager

IDEA Pilates Today

International and National journals of English Language and Literature

Dear Authors,


We are happy to announce the Call for Research Papers for Refereed / Peer Reviewed International and National journals of English Language and Literature with ISSN. (Volume: 1st / Issues: 3rd and 4th)

Please find attached the e pamphlet for the same. If you find difficultly in opening the attached e pamphlet, please visit our site:

If you have not got your user name and password in our research site through free registration, please visit our site or you can directly go to the following link: (by logging in only you can read the full papers in our journals) 

This will take approximately 24 hours to activate your user name & password from the time of registration.

Click the following link to download the template required for preparing the research papers:

Kindly forward this to your friends and invite them also.

Seeking your kind cooperation in this regard and we remain.

Best Regards,


Dr. JK Research Foundation, Chennai.

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The Island Review

The editors of The Island Review are seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography and visual art from islanders everywhere, as well as from those whose work is influenced by islands or which explores ideas of islandness.


The Island Review is an online magazine dedicated to great writing and visual art that comes from, is inspired by, celebrates or seeks to understand the extraordinary appeal of islands, as places and as metaphors.


The Island Review will accept unsolicited submissions of poetry and prose between 30th August 2013 and 31st October 2013. Visual art and photography will be accepted at any time. Please use our Submittable manager to send your  work:


We’re looking for work that stands out from the crowd: work that is original, daring, witty, wise, radical, intelligent, illuminating or just plain excellent. If you think you fit into any (or all) of those categories, we want to hear from you.

The Journal

We are interested in quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and reviews of new books of poetry and prose. We impose no restrictions on category or type of submission for Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction. We are happy to consider long stories and self-contained excerpts of novels. Please double-space all prose submissions. Please limit poetry submission to 3-5 poems. Simultaneous submissions accepted, but we ask that you notify us of this at the time of submission. Please allow three to four months for a decision.

The Journal also accepts art submissions for both our print and online issues. We’re interested in visual art of all kinds and offer a monetary payment of $100 upon acceptance. Please include up to eight pages of art and a short bio and/or artist statement with your submission.

Every contributor will receive a one-year subscription to The Journal and two contributor’s copies. Unfortunately, at this time we are only able to offer monetary payment to our art contributors. Recent contributors, please wait at least one year from when your work appears in The Journal before submitting again.

The Journal no longer accepts submissions via US mail. Please submit through our online submission manager: Submittable Online Submission System.

Please withdraw submissions using the online submission system. For withdrawals of a single poem from a packet, there is no need to withdraw the entire submission; please email the Poetry Editor at

Please address all concerns or queries to the appropriate editor:

Managing Editor,

Fiction Editor,

Nonfiction Editor,

Poetry Editor,

LUMINA Journal

Submissions are open! Submit your work using our online Submission Manager.

Deadline for current issue is October 15.


We accept poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art submissions from everyone regardless of age, nationality, or school affiliation, with the exception of current LUMINA staff members.


LUMINA, the literary magazine of the graduate writing program of Sarah Lawrence College, was originally conceived in the fall semester of 2000 by a group of three poetry and fiction students. It was the first graduate magazine to be produced on the campus since 1991. After consulting with those who had worked on Sarah Lawrence’s previous literary magazines, and a year of working to secure the necessary funding, the magazine was officially launched as LUMINA in December of 2001. The students’ efforts are supported by faculty advisors and by the writing program’s administrative staff, all of whom assist in making the production of LUMINA possible.

NANO Fiction

NANO Fiction is currently accepting previously unpublished works of fiction 300 words or fewer.

We are looking for: Pieces that experiment with form while still balancing narrative. Pieces that tell us a story we haven’t read before. Pieces that tell us stories we think we are tired of reading–but tell them in such in a new way that we gain fresh insights. Pieces that remain attentive to language and lyricism without abandoning story. Pieces that surprise us–but not by using a trick ending. Pieces that take unexpected perspectives on commonly-seen stories–for example, rather than showing us the accident or the hospital bed, show us the moment she realizes his wheelchair won’t fit through the door of their favorite restaurant.


Plenitude Magazine

Call for Submissions


Submissions are ongoing.


About Plenitude Magazine

Plenitude Magazine aims to promote the growth and development of LGBTTQI literature through a biannual electronic (e-reader and tablet) publication of literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative and short film by both emerging and established LGBTTQI writers.


We define queer literature and arts as works created by LGBTTQI people, rather than works which feature queer content alone. That said, we recognise that Plenitude readers are hungry for exceptional work that reflects queer histories, cultures, experiences, and sensibilities. We consider every submission with critical analyses, sometimes turning to an advisory editorial board of writers, academics, and community advocates.


What We Publish

Plenitude aims to complicate expressions of queerness through the publication of diverse, sophisticated literary writing, graphic narrative and short film, from the very subtle to the brash and unrelenting.

We are not interested in genre writing, political essays, or rants. We are only interested in literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative and short film at this time. If you are interested in writing political essays, or other critical analyses, please contact us about contributing to our blog – we would love to hear from you.

Fiction: Please send up to 2 stories per submission, double spaced, paginated, 12 point font, maximum 8,000 words per story.

Nonfiction: Please send up to 2 pieces per submission, double spaced, paginated, 12 point font, maximum 8,000 words per piece.

Poetry: Please send up to 10 pages of poetry, single spaced, paginated, 12 point font.

Graphic Narrative: Please send up to 10 pages of graphic narrative.

Film: We take a curatorial approach to film at this time; please send us links to your short film(s) (up to four) of no more than 10 minutes each.


How to Submit

Email submissions to Please place cover letter with your name, contact information, name of piece(s), and brief bio in the body of the email. Please title the files with your name, followed by name of piece. For example “ROUTLEY, ANDREA – HABITAT”

Attach text submissions as docx or PDF file.

Attach graphic submissions as JPG or PNG files, bounding volume of 1600 x 1600, 96 ppi.

Send links to short film submissions.

All unsolicited submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry or graphic narrative should be unpublished, original works. There are no restrictions in this regard for film.


We accept simultaneous submissions; in the event that your submission is accepted elsewhere, please let us know right away.


As Plenitude is a new magazine, rates are modest at this time, ranging from $10-$25 per contributor. There is currently no compensation for website contributions.


Plenitude Magazine buys first serial rights; copyright remains with the author/creator.


Andrea Routley

Editor, Plenitude Magazine

Salt Hill Journal

Salt Hill publishes poetry, prose, translations, reviews, essays, interviews, and artwork. We read submissions for the magazine between August 1 and April 1 of each year and for the Philip Booth Poetry Prize between May 15 and August 1.

For details, visit


We are currently looking for new additions to our team of fabulous 
freelance divas. We want gals who can parlay their interests into 
colorful, witty, engaging, inspiring and expertly researched articles 
for our website — all written in the true SheKnows style. No fluff. 
No flack. Just awesome ideas that become invaluable resources for 
our female audience. Article length is 450-600 words. Pays at least 
ten cents/word. Interested in original, unpublished content on the 
following topics:

Entertainment & celebs

Family, parenting & pregnancy

Food, cooking & recipes

Beauty, fashion & style

Home DIY, improvement & décor

Budgeting, savings & career

Relationships, marriage, dating & breakups

Crafts & activities

Local and/or regional features


Photography heavy publication. Covers all aspects of skiing 
from gear to destinations. Covers lifestyle and how-to. 
Addresses all levels of skiers. Pays from 30 cents to 
$1/word for articles of 1,000 to 2,000 words and columns 
of around 1,000 words.


The magazine’s editorial position is that the lives of small-
scale farmers and their families are worthy, complex and rich 
in possibility, and that the communities serving small-scale 
farmers are unique and dynamic. Through attractive, well-written, 
independent-minded articles (free of orthodoxies) the magazine 
entertains, informs, inspires and challenges readers across 
Canada. Pays 30 cents/word for articles of 900 to 1,500 words.
Columns are 550 words

Sky Journal of Journal of Soil Sciences and Environmental Management

 (SJSSEM) (ISSN: 2315-8794)

The Sky Journal of Journal of Soil Sciences and Environmental Management (SJSSEM) provides rapid publication (monthly) of articles in all areas of Soil Science and Environmental Management. The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published approximately one month after acceptance. All articles are peer-reviewed.  The following types of papers are considered for publication:


  • Original articles in basic and applied research.
  • Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays.


Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue.


Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website Prospective authors should send their manuscript(s) to  or


Open Access

One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. SJSSEM is fully committed Open Access Initiative by providing free access to all articles (both abstract and full PDF text) as soon as they are published. We ask you to support this initiative by publishing your papers in this journal.


Looking for humorous, positive contemporary stories of 700 – 
2,800 words with a strong plot. If the story has a twist it should 
arise from the story, rather than from a detail kept from the 
reader. To check your twist, imagine your story were being made 
into a film – would the surprise still work? If it’s First 
Australian rights and HASN’T been published anywhere else in the 
world, then you will receive $400 for one page, $600 for 2 pages, 
$700 for 3 pages, $800 for 4 pages. If it’s First Australian Rights 
and HAS been published once, somewhere else in the world, then you 
will receive: $300 for one page, $500 for 2 pages, $600 for 3 pages 
and $700 for 4 pages.

1 page – 900 words
1.5 pp – 1,200 words
2pp – 1,400 words
3pp – 2,100 words 
4pp – 2,800 words

The Travel Itch


The travel itch is an irresistible on-line read and the next best thing to experiencing Canada and the world firsthand. It offers fresh Canadian perspectives on travel that entertain and inform while agitating the itch to go. We are hunting for original travel articles from blossoming and bloomed Canadian writers about their travel experiences at home or abroad. We’re also seeking gripping travel images and film, book and restaurant reviews.

Submission guidelines are at


Combination of science and technology, business and industry, all leading to changing culture. Specify which section you’re pitching. No attachments. Responds quickly. Pays $1.50 per word. Make your pitch short. Please email or for editorial calendars.


Our mission? To inspire, inform, and compel women to live life to its 
fullest through outdoor adventure and travel. The best way to break 
in? Pitch us inspiration and information in the form of juicy, newsy, 
timely tidbits that you’re able to write about with evidence, authority, 
and style.



As mentioned above, the 2014 Poet’s Marketis hot off the presses-which means it’s time for me to start gearing up for the 2015 Poet’s Market. And if you’re a poet or lover of poetry, I need your help!


This is my call for submissions to the 2015 Poet’s Market. I need articles that deal with the craft, business, and promotion of poetry. The 2014 Poet’s Marketis the best guide for what I need, but past articles have covered topics including how to revise poems, give great readings, host poetry workshops, and more. The full guidelines, including how to submit your pitches can be found on the blog.


Click to continue.


But that’s not all I need-as you’ll see when you click on the link above-because I also need great previously unpublished poems as well. Whether you have found a lot of success or this would count as your first publication credit, I want to read the best of what you’ve written. Payment will be made for accepted poems. Click to continue.



Vagabundo Magazine runs two types of content: magazine and blog. The 
magazines are published both in print and digitally every two months. 
About 50% of the content of the magazine is supplied by freelancers.

Cover Story: $200 – 2,000 words

Long features: $75-100 – 1,200 to 2,000 words

Short features: $40-80 – 1,000 to 1,200 words

Shutter Spot: $25 per image – one image with a 50-word caption

Photo Essay: $75 total – 5-7 photos



Read original articles, interviews, and profiles relating to all aspects 
of progressive organizational wellness. Get real workplace stories, 
solutions and strategies that you will not find any place else! Your Workplace 
features original articles, in-depth interviews and profiles, and reaches HR 
and managers who are decision makers/influencers willing to support a better 
way of doing things to create an amazing workplace. Pays a minimum of 20



 Filling Station is accepting poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and non-fiction submissions for an upcoming themed issue: Experimental Writing by Women. Guidelines are available at:


Dragnet Magazine is accepting fiction submissions. Details can be found at:


 Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at:


Grain Magazine is accepting submissions. For more details, visit:


Lunch Ticket is accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and YA submissions. Guidelines are available at:


Spark is a quarterly anthology accepting Poetry, Flash Fiction, Short Stories, and Creative Non-Fiction. All great writing will be considered. Guidelines are available at:



NO ENTRY FEE. *Must be a member of the SCBWI.

The Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award is for authors over 
the age of fifty who have not been traditionally published in the 
children’s literature field. The award is open to both unpublished 
children’s book authors or author/illustrators over the age of fifty, 
and one winner will be chosen from the pool of those who have submitted 
material for the SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grants. The winner will receive 
$500 in cash, and free tuition to any worldwide SCBWI conference. The 
first winner will be selected this year and announced along with the 
other Work-in-Progress Grant recipients. This award is opened for
 submissions only in the month of March.

Wyn Lit 24 Hour Short Story Writing Contest

You do not have to use the title of the subjects as the title of your short story. You do not have to use the exact wording of the subjects within your story. In fact, we hope you don’t. You must use all the words from the word list exactly as shown. If you have it in you, you may submit more than one story within the 24 hours.

Deadline:  September 14, October 5, November 23.

Entry fee: Free to members

Prize: Publication




The competition is open to unpublished women novelists writing in 
any genre for adults, including literary fiction, women’s fiction, 
young adult fiction, science fiction, fantasy, chick-lit, crime 
fiction, thriller, historical fiction… but not nonfiction or fiction 
for under 13s. To constitute a novel, your book must total at least 
50,000 words. Deadline September 23, 2013. 12 shortlisted authors will 
be invited to a networking event and introduced to a specially invited 
group of literary agents. First prize £5,000. You may submit up to 
5,000 words, which must be the first 5,000 words of the novel. Women 
who have had a novel published commercially, for any age group, in any 
country, are not eligible. Women who have had other types of books 
published (e.g. poetry, memoir, nonfiction), but have not had a novel 
published, are eligible. Self-published manuscripts are eligible.

Blogging contest by Questia

Reinvent Research!

Submit your best research tip for a chance at $250!


Are you a paper-writing whiz? Do you have advice or tips on topics such as:

Brainstorming research topics

Conquering writer’s block

Staying organized

Guidelines for certain types of papers

What professors look for when grading


For a chance to win a $250 gift card and your own article published on the Questia Citations blog, submit your 600-800 word article on your best research paper tips.

Get more details here:


Black Heart’s 3rd annual Kick-Ass Haiku Contest is now open for submissions!

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It’s time once again for Black Heart’s Kick-Ass Haiku Contest – the only haiku contest where writers are encouraged to break with tradition and submit their most kick-ass poetry, in 5-7-5 form.

THEME: The city of the future

ENTRY FEE: $10 – includes a free copy of Haiku for Lovers

PRIZE: As always, one winner takes it all, including an even bigger cash prize of $250, a free copy of every ebook in the Buttontapper Press catalogue, and a featured spot in BP’s 2014 “Futuristic Haiku” anthology.

NOTES: Send up to 5 haiku per entry. Multiple entries are permitted. All submissions must be in haiku format (traditional or modern), and in some way reflect the theme “the city of the future.” For some excellent visual inspiration, check out Hongkiat’s 100 Imaginative “Cities of the Future” Artworks post.

TO ENTER: Send us your kick-ass haiku via Submittable by midnight (PST) on September 30, 2013.

The 2014 Green Rose Prize

$2,000 and publication for a book of poems by an established poet


Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. We will consider individual collections and volumes of new and selected poems. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition.

Please include a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press.

Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2013. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2014 and published in the spring of 2015.

For details, visit

WOLFoundation Essay Competition

Submissions for the 2013 competition are now open. Submissions will be accepted until September 30th, 2013.

Entry to the competition is free of charge.

Please ensure that you visit our submissions page and read the submission guide. Entries that do not follow the submission guide will not be accepted.

For details, visit .

Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest

Entries must be received by September 30, 2013

Thrice-yearly free neutral contest awards $100 and web publication for short fiction. The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theatre, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-20th century America. Entries should appeal to a reader with these characteristics. Submit stories of 1,000-5,000 words by email to as an MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachment. Please be sure to include your name, address and phone number with your submission. Please include “Short Fiction Contest Submission” in the subject heading of the email.

Cinnamon Press Single Poem Prize

Cinnamon Press has a range of competitions to help writers establish a writing profile, including ALL NEW MAJOR AWARDS for poets (with categories for single poem, debut collection and pamphlets), story writers and novelists and a rolling programme of mini competitions. Scroll down to find out more about the competitions and the exciting opportunities they give to writers.


There are prizes of £1000, £250 & £50 + publication.

The competition will be judged by Philip Gross.

It’s £4 for 1 poem, £10 for 3 poems. Open to all writers – published and beginners.

Deadline 30 September 2013

The OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry

Each year, The Journal selects one full-length manuscript of poetry for publication by The Ohio State University Press. In addition to publication under a standard book contract, the winning author receives the Charles B. Wheeler prize of $2500.

Entries of at least 48 typed pages of original poetry must be electronically submitted during the month of September. Your name or other identification should appear only on a separate cover page. All manuscripts will be read anonymously.

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified in the acknowledgements page.

A nonrefundable handling fee of $28.00 will be charged for each entry. Entrants will receive a one-year subscription to The Journal.

The winning entry, screened by the editorial staff of The Journal and chosen by The Ohio State University Press’s Poetry Editor, Kathy Fagan, will be announced the following January.

Submit via Submittable starting September 1st: Ends on 9/30/2013

Corey Van Landingham is our 2012 winner for her first collection, Antidote, out this fall. Corey recently completed her MFA at Purdue University and is now a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Previous winners over the past twenty-seven years include: Rebecca Hazelton Stanford, Edward Haworth Hoeppner, Kary Wayson, Lia Purpura, Mark Svenvold, and Mary Ann Samyn.

The Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize

An annual award for the best unpublished short fiction on any theme up to 5,000 words in English.
 The author will receive $1,000, and the winning story will be published in The Chariton Review. Three finalists will also be published in the Spring issue. All U.S. entrants will receive a complimentary copy of the Spring prize issue. Annual deadline is September 30.

For details, visit


Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest

Postmark Deadline: September 30


The Connecticut Poetry Society is pleased to announce that the Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest is accepting submissions. All poets are welcome. You do not need to reside in Connecticut or belong to the Connecticut Poetry Society.


Note: This year’s contest is themed! Submit poems on the theme of STORMS, interpreted as broadly as you wish.


We offer prizes of $400, $100, and $50. Winning poems will be published in the Connecticut River Review. Honorable Mentions may also receive publication. For your $15 entry fee (make check out to CPS) you may enter three unpublished poems, up to 80 lines each. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are acceptable if you notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Last year’s winners are not eligible for this year’s contest.


Please submit two copies of each poem, one with contact info and one completely anonymous. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for contest results. No poems will be returned—please keep a copy. Mail your work to CRR Contest, CPS, P.O. Box 270554, West Hartford, CT 06127.


The Connecticut Poetry Society is a state-wide community of poets dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of poetry. CPS has a 35-year tradition of excellence in publishing work of national and Connecticut poets. Our mission is to support poetry with chapter meetings, contests, and events for CPS members throughout the state. More information on this contest and on our organization can be found at



Each submission for the Biography contest must fit within a fairly 
traditional definition of biography. It must be a non-fiction 
account of the life of a real person, written by someone other 
than the subject of the biography.

Submissions should be no longer than 5,000 words, and while there 
is no lower limit to the acceptable word-count we are generally 
expecting work in the 3,000 to 5,000 word range.

The Elderberry Prize for Short Biography will be awarded in April, 
July and October of 2013 and January of 2014, so submission deadlines are September 30 and December 31. A cash 
prize of $500 is awarded to the winning submission in each Elderberry 
Biography contest.



Deadline September 30, 2013.

First prize – $500, second prize – $150, 
third prize – $50. Ten honorable mentions. Prizewinners and all honorable 
mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2014 Poetry Anthology.
 The competition is general and not necessarily on Jewish or Israeli 
subjects. Challenging, humorous and/or curious poetry is welcome. Poems 
should be unpublished, no more than 40 lines, including stanza breaks but 
not including title.


The Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence recognizes the single best piece of short fiction and poem submitted to The Puritan. Submissions will be read and judged by the editors of The Puritan in a double-blind judging process. Fiction submissions are capped at 12,000 words, and submissions of poetry must be no longer than 3 pages in length.


The cost per each submission is $10 CAD, payable via The Puritan’s PayPal account. Payments should be made under the SAME name attached to the story or poem submitted. Please submit by classifying your work as “Thomas Morton Prize” in our submission category tab. Submissions will be cross-referenced with receipts of payment, and eligible submitters who follow these instructions will receive an email confirming BOTH the receipt of payment and literary submission.


The contest deadline is September 30th, 2013, and the winner will be announced in October. The winners will receive their prize of $900 for fiction and $600 for poetry and a prize package of books from various Canadian publishers (Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, Porcupine’s Quill, Freehand Books, Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Brick Books, Mansfield Press, Pedlar Press, and Tightrope Books) worth approximately $600. Winning entries will also be published in The Puritan (Issue XXIII: Fall 2013).


For more details, visit:

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2013

Now in its 11th year, $5,500 in prizes will be awarded, including $2,000 for a poem in any style and $2,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. The entry fee is $8 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.


For more information:

Delizon Annual Short Story Competition

Entries are now open for the 2013-2014 Annual Short Story Competition organized by Delizon Publishers. Submission deadline is 30th September 2013.

The awards for the 2013/2014 contest will include:

A first place prize of $1200

A first runner up prize of $600

A second runner up prize of $120

The prize for the fourth through to the tenth place: $60

The 11 to 25th place will receive a gift certificate from Delizon Publishers.

We are looking for a story that is bold, brilliant yet brief. Send in your best work with a word count not more than 1500. Delizon Publishers does not shift schedules or wait for more entries after the original closing dates; what this means is that you might miss out if you wait till the dying minutes to make your submission. This is probably the best short story writing competition available to you today.

People from different cultures and regions of the world are among the list of our winners.


“A culture is as rich and as capable of surviving as 
it has imaginative artists. The artist is looked upon to start things. 
The artist injects the spirit of life 
into a culture. And through his creative endeavors, 
the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form.”

—L. Ron Hubbard




    >>  PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500



Quarterly Deadlines end at midnight on the last day of each quarter starting October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. (December 31, September 30, March 31, June 30.)

For more details, visit


Grub Street National Book Prize in Poetry

($5,000 Cash Prize)

Postmark Deadline: October 1


The Grub Street National Book Prize is awarded once annually to an American writer outside New England publishing his or her second, third, fourth (or beyond…) book. First books are not eligible. Writers whose primary residence is Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut or Rhode Island are also not eligible. Each winner receives a cash award of $5,000. The winner will read from his/her work and lead a craft class at our space in downtown Boston. All travel and accommodation expenses will be paid by Grub Street.


Though Grub Street’s top criterion is the overall literary merit of the work submitted, the award committee especially encourages writers publishing with small presses, writers of short story collections, and writers of color to apply. We also want the award to benefit writers for whom a trip to Boston will likely expand their readership in a meaningful way.


The genre of the prize—Fiction, Non-Fiction or Poetry—rotates from year to year. We are currently accepting submissions for our Poetry Prize. Click for the complete guidelines.

8th Annual Writers Digest Poetry Awards

The prestigious prizes for top winners include:

Up to $1,000 in cash

Your poem published in Writer’s Digest and promoted on

A copy of the 2014 Poet’s Market

Enter any poem 32 lines or less and you could receive all the recognition and rewards that come with winning this competition! 



Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

Deadline: October 1, 2013

Judge: Kiran Desai

Prize: $1,500

Complete guidelines:
The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, the summer of 2014. First runner-up will be published in a following issue, and second runner-up will be published at the Boston Review Web site. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Mailed manuscripts should be double-spaced and submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, and phone number. No cover note is necessary for online submission. Names should not appear on the stories themselves. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge. Simultaneous submissions are not permitted, submissions will not be returned, and submissions may not be modified after entry. A non-refundable $20 entry fee, payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order or by credit card, must accompany each story entered. All submitters receive a complementary half-year subscription (3 issues) to Boston Review. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2013. The winner will be notified in the spring of 2014 and publicly announced by July on the Boston Review Web site.

Please enter online using our contest entry manager. This requires payment using a credit card.

Or mail submissions to:

Short Story Contest

Boston Review

PO Box 425786

Cambridge, MA 02142


The Missouri Review Editors’ Prize

$15,000 in Prizes

Postmark Deadline: October 1

Submit your best poetry, fiction, and essays. Winners in each genre receive $5,000, a featured publication in our spring issue, and a trip to Columbia, MO for a gala reading and reception. Three finalists in each genre receive cash prizes and will also be considered for publication. $20 contest fee includes a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review.

Entries must be previously unpublished and will not be returned. Please include no more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages in total. Each story, essay, or group of poems constitutes one entry. Submit online or by mail. Click for the complete guidelines.




Your short story should be up to 2500 words in total in English and 
have a food and drink theme at its heart. Entries should be submitted 
by email as a Word document to the 
by October 1, 2013 (one submission per person and not previously published). 
The winning entry will be announced at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary 
Festival in March 2014. The winner will receive £7500. Deadline: October 
1, 2013.



First prize is $10,000 AND publication by Quirk Books. We’re looking 
for love stories that are fresh, fun, and strikingly unconventional. 
Boy Meets Girl. Girl Meets Girl. Girl Meets Shark. Shark Meets Pirate. 
Anything goes! Except vampires. Sorry. Win us over, knock us out, and 
show us what we’re missing! The contest deadline is October 1, 2013. 
At least 50,000 words.


$26 ENTRY FEE (includes one-year subscription)

CV2 magazine has created a new poetry contest exclusively for writers 
under the age of 35. The YOUNG BUCK poetry prize will be awarded to 
the author of the single best submitted poem, along with $1,000 and 
publication in CV2. Three honourable mentions will also be awarded, 
each with a unique Writer’s Toolkit prize pack. Open to Canadian and 
International poets. Each poem is not to exceed 48 lines.

October 1, 2013.

Call for Submissions to Oh, Baby!

(no fee)


Postmark Deadline: October 14, 2013


In Fact Books is seeking new essays about all things related to babies for an upcoming anthology tentatively entitled, Oh, Baby: True Stories About Tiny Humans. We want well-written, true narratives about the art and science/wonder and struggle of birth, babyhood, and childrearing. Whether it’s about adopting them or making them, raising them or ‘sitting them, loving them or fearing them, if you’ve got a story about tiny humans at the outset of life, we want to read it.


Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.


Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,500 words. Multiple entries are welcome as are entries from outside the United States.


To submit by mail, please send manuscript accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count. There is no reading fee. Include a SASE or email for response to:


In Fact Books

c/o Creative Nonfiction Foundation

Attn: Babies

5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202

Pittsburgh, PA 15232


To submit online, please click here. [Note: There is a $3 convenience fee to submit online.]


These guidelines are also available at

Miami University Press Novella Contest

Miami University Press invites submissions to the 2014 Novella Contest. This prize is awarded annually to a novella length manuscript of original fiction.

The winning manuscript will be awarded $750 against royalties, a standard contract, publication by Miami University Press and 10 copies of the book.

Judge: Joseph Bates


Submission rules and guidelines

**Please note: due to staffing limitations, entries received between June 1 and July 31 will not be processed until August 1, 2013.

Entries must be accompanied by:

(1) a completed Entry Form [.pdf]

(2) a title page with only the entry title and word count (do not include your name on the title page), and

(3) the required reading fee of $25 U.S. Dollars (check or money order made payable to Miami University Press). We are unable to accept credit cards or cash.


Winning entry receives book publication and a $750 advance against royalties.

Entries must be postmarked by October 14, 2013.

If you are entering more than one manuscript, you may mail all entries in the same package and include one check or money order for the total reading fee ($25 per manuscript); however, each manuscript must be accompanied by a separate entry form and title page.

The reading fee is non-refundable.

Our contest is open to residents of any country, but please note that the reading fee must be paid in U.S. dollars.

Manuscripts must be 18,000–40,000 words. Include the exact word count on the cover page.

Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, in a legible font on white 8½” x 11″ or A4 paper. Loose pages, held together with a binder clip or rubber band, are acceptable.

Previously published works are not eligible.

Students, former students, faculty, former faculty, or anyone connected to Miami University are not eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are welcomed; please notify us if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere. We regret that we cannot refund the entry fee.

We cannot return submitted manuscripts.

To receive notification of receipt of your manuscript, send a self-addressed stamped postcard along with your entry.

All entrants receive a copy of the winning book.

Results will be announced on our website by early February 2014.

Mail to:
MU Press Novella Prize
English Department
356 Bachelor Hall
Miami University,
Oxford, OH 45056

First Annual Wild Light Contest

Red Hen Press and The Los Angeles Review are pleased to announce the first annual Wild Light contest. A prize of $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review are given annually for an exceptional poem. Kate Gale, Editor of Red Hen Press and The Los Angeles Review, is the final judge.

Complete Guidelines:

• Submissions for the Wild Light Prize are accepted via US Mail only.

• Mail entries to The Los Angeles Review, Wild Light Poetry Contest, c/o Red Hen Press, P.O. Box 40820, Pasadena CA 91114.

• The contest opens June 1, 2013, and closes October 15, 2013. Entries postmarked October 15 and earlier will be considered.

• Please submit up to three poems of up to 200 lines each. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately at  if a poem is accepted elsewhere.

Please visit for details.

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose Contest

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose is now open for its 2014 contest and non-contest submissions! A prize of $1000 goes to one winning entry, and you have until October 15 to send us your brilliance.

Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. Entry fee is $15; all submissions considered for publication in the lucky 13th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Non-contest entries will also be considered; please submit under the “Non-Contest” tab with the $3 processing fee. Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2014 and published in the 2014 issue of Dogwood. All entrants receive an electronic PDF of the journal.

Submissions accepted online between August 1 and October 15, 2013. Please use our online submission manager for your submissions.

The 2013 Joy Harjo Poetry Award & the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award

**First Prize in each genre: $1250 and publication.

**Second Prize in each genre: $250 and publication.

**Honorable Mention:  Publication.

Submit up to three unpublished poems (100 line limit each) or one unpublished short story (5000 word limit), any subject, any style, postmarked between July 15 and October 15, 2013.

MAIL:  Author name must not appear on MS.  Include a cover sheet with name, address, phone, email, genre and title(s). MUST include SASE for announcement of winners. A stamped postcard for receipt of ms. is optional.  Manuscripts must be in 12-point font. All paper manuscripts are recycled.  DO NOT STAPLE STORIES OR POEMS!

Submit as often as you wish  (online and mail). Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as writer informs us.  $17 fee for all entries. Make checks payable to Raven’s Word Writers.

ONLINE ENTRIES:  Do not include a cover sheet. AUTHOR NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON MS!  $17 entry fee. You will be instructed how to pay this by our submission service. Fiction must be double-spaced. 12 point font. No relatives of or employees of CUTTHROAT, no friends or students of judges are eligible for these prizes. No stories or poems that have been published or have won contests are eligible.   All winners will be notified by December 31, 2013.


Nonfiction Contest

$12.00 USD


Lumina XIII is excited to announce Cheryl Strayed as the judge of our 2013 nonfiction writing contest!


All contest submissions will also be considered for publication.



Deadline: October 15, 2013

Please read the guidelines carefully. If you include your personal information on the document, or exceed the word limit, your submission will no be considered.

Submission Fee: $12

Include a 100 word bio (max) at the bottom of your cover letter.

Submit one piece up to 5,000 words.

Double space and number pages.

DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission.

Previously published works will not be considered.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your submission immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

2013 Northwind Story Contest

The Northwind Story Contest is back!  The 2013 Story Contest is open for submissions. Send us your best fiction and narrative non-fiction by October 15, 2013 to be eligible for the $1,000 First Prize, $250 Second Prize and $100 Third Prize.

The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize

Benjamin Franklin is one of history’s great figures. While he made lasting contributions in many fields, his first passion was writing. He believed in the power of the written word as the bedrock of a democratic society, to inform, and stimulate debate .

Each year a question or quote exploring Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. The competition is exclusively for young writers, aged 18-25, with a first prize of £750, and a second prize of £500. Winning entries will be posted here and also published online by media partner, The Telegraph.

For details, visit

Deadline 31 October 2013 sent to

Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize

Postmark Deadline: October 31


The Sunken Garden Poetry Prize is a prestigious national poetry prize for adult writers. Established in 2002, the Prize has drawn submissions from around the country that have been judged by renowned poets such as Martha Collins, Patricia Smith and Tony Hoagland. The winner receives a cash prize, an introductory reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and publication of a chapbook. Beginning in 2013, Hill-Stead will partner with Tupelo Press for the publication of the chapbook.


The Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Poetry Prize includes a cash award of $1,000, publication by Tupelo Press, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. The final judge for this year’s contest is Mark Doty. Results announced in winter 2014.


Submit a previously unpublished, chapbook-length poetry manuscript of between 20 and 36 pages (of poems). Include a table of contents and, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for poems previously published in periodicals. We encourage online submission via our Submittable system. You may also submit via postal mail:


Tupelo Press

Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize

P.O. Box 1767

North Adams, MA 01247


For mailed manuscripts, request notification of receipt by including a SASP. For notification of the winner, enclose a SASE. Manuscripts will not be returned.


A reading fee of $24 payable by check to Tupelo Press or via Submittable must accompany each submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, each accompanied by a $24 reading fee.


Read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript:

2013 DIAGRAM Essay Contest Guidelines

The Essay Contest deadline for 2013 is October 31, 2013. This is the deadline for receipt of submissions.

DIAGRAM’s yearly Essay Contest encourages submissions of essays—essays in an expansive sense, meaning essay as experiment, essay as heterogenous and sometimes strange or unruly beast.

We invite your submissions of unpublished (in a serial/book or on a non-personal website—blogs etc. are okay) essays. (“Unpublished” means you must be able to assign us first serial rights, if your work is selected.)

To enter: Get us your essay entry of up to 10,000 words with a $17 reading fee by Oct 31, 2013.

The prize is $1000 + publication. This contest is judged by Nicole Walker and Ander Monson. We’ll shoot for publishing several of our finalists with the winner in DIAGRAM, as we have the last few years.

For more details, visit

Tebot Bach announces

The Patricia Bibby First Book Award

$1,000 and Book Publication

Patricia Bibby was a beginning poet whose poems expressed her love of life while living with cancer. Her kindness, humor, and optimism inspired the love of many new friends in the poetry community. She died in 2004, at 43, without having been published. In naming the First Book Award after Patricia Bibby, Tebot Bach honors the aspirations and spirit of all beginning poets. Dorothy Barresi serves as judge for this competition that looks for a fresh, new voice in poetry.

Competition Guidelines

Winner will receive $1,000 and book publication

Judge: Ralph Angel

The competition is open to all poets writing in English who have not committed to publishing collections of poetry of 36 poems or more in editions of over 400 copies. 

Entries of 50–84 pages of original poetry in English must be postmarked by October 31, 2013. Entries postmarked after October 31, 2013 will not be read. Manuscripts will not be returned.

For more details, visit


The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry is an annual award for the best unpublished book-length collection of poetry in English, in honor of native Missourian T. S. Eliot’s considerable intellectual and artistic legacy. The purpose of the T. S. Eliot Prize is to publish and promote contemporary English-language poetry, regardless of a poet’s nationality, reputation, stage in career, or publication history.
 Truman State University Press offers $2,000 and publication of the winning collection. All entrants will receive a complimentary electronic or print edition of the winning book.

Deadline is on October 31.

For details, visit



Submissions should be no longer than 5,000 words, and while there 
is no lower limit to the acceptable word-count we are generally 
expecting work in the 3,000 to 5,000 word range.

In 2013, the Elderberry Essay Prize will be awarded in May, August 
and November, so submission deadlines for 2013 are April 30, July 31 
and October 31. A cash prize of $500 is awarded to the winning 
submission in each Elderberry Essay contest.

The Black River Chapbook Competition (Fall)

Awarded twice annually for a chapbook (16-36 pages) of poetry or short stories. Beginning with the Fall 2009 competition, winner receives $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. Entry Period: September 1 – October 31. Deadline: October 31, 2013. GUIDELINES

Brick Road Poetry Press $1,000 Poetry Book Prize

Postmark Deadline: November 1


Winner receives $1,000 and publication. Entry fee $25. See contest guidelines at


We accept 50-100 pages by an individual poet. We prefer poetry that is entertaining, amusing, edifying, and/or surprising. For examples, see Kim Addonizio, Billy Collins, Jane Hirshfield, Jane Kenyon, Ted Kooser, Thomas Lux, and Mark Strand.


Qualities we admire: coherent human voice, sense of humor, narrative, word play, surprise twists, personas, spiritual or philosophical made concrete, and dramatic scene, setting, or experience.

Dislikes: excessive rhyme, obscurity, riddles, highfalutin vocabulary, hymn-like religious, and abstractions.

Coal Hill Review 2013 Chapbook Competition

Coal Hill Review is interested in a wide range of poetry. We ask that all submissions come through our annual contest. Please review our previous issues, our mission statement, and the guidelines carefully before submitting.


2013 Chapbook Competition Guidelines:

We ask that all poetry submissions to Coal Hill Review come through our annual contest.

Manuscripts, submitted through our email address reviewcoalhill(at), or through the U.S. Mail, will be accepted August 1 to November 1, and the competition is open to all poets writing in English.

The submission fee of $20 may be paid through our PayPal account or by check or money order made out to Autumn House Press. Submission should consist of 10-15 pages, either a long poem or a group of poems.

If poems have been previously published, acknowledgments should be included with the submission.

The winning chapbook will be published in an edition of 200 paper copies available through Autumn House Press, and selections from the winning manuscript, as well as from the finalist manuscripts, will be published online in our Spring edition. Also, the author of the winning chapbook will receive $1,000.

The final judge for the competition will be Michael Simms, founder and editor-in-chief of Autumn House Press.

Manuscripts may be submitted by attachment to our email address reviewcoalhill(at), or sent by U.S. mail to this address: Autumn House Press, P.O. 60100, Pittsburgh PA 15211.

More details at


CBC Short Story Prize

WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished stories stories between 1200 and 1500 words.

WHEN: Competition opens: September 1, 2013. Deadline to submit: November 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.

HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the “submit” link below or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the offline submission form.

A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.

THE PRIZE: The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio.

The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.


Deadline: November 1, 2013

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about mistakes—major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful. We’re looking for stories about poor decisions, missteps, or miscalculations; we want to read about embarrassing boo-boos, dangerous misjudgments, or fortuitous faux pas in well-crafted stories that explore the nature and outcomes of human fallibility.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1000 for Best Essay & $500 for runner-up.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction—US submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal). All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Mistakes” issue.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail Postmark deadline November 1, 2013
Please send manuscript, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; SASE or email for response; and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Mistakes
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Online Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST November 1, 2013

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Festival   2013 One Act Play Contest

Our Annual One-Act Play Contest accepts submissions by mail and online from June 1st through November 1st each yearThe winner will be announced by March 1, 2014. The contest is judged by University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop and the Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts.


Grand Prize:


Staged reading at the next Festival

Full production at the Festival the following year

VIP All-Access Festival pass for two years ($1,000 value)

Publication in Bayou

For details, visit

Malahat Review 2013 Open Season Awards

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 $1,000 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

The deadline for the 2014 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2013.

More details:

2013 Women’s National Book Association Writing Contest

Online Submission Deadline: November 15



$250 cash prize and publication in the Bookwoman, the official publication of the Women’s National Book Association, with 10 chapters nationwide. Contest winners will be announced March 2014.

Online submissions only

Unpublished work only

Fiction: 2,500 word limit – short fiction only; no novel excerpts or memoirs

Poetry: 3-5 pages maximum

Questions? Email Contest Chairperson:

Your entry must be uploaded without your name, address, or contact information on the actual document. Your contact information will be collected on a separate form when you submit your entry. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. You may submit more than one entry, however, each one must be separately submitted and paid. Acceptable formats are: Word Document 2007, Word Document 2003 or earlier version, RTF (Rich Text Format).



Fiction: Meg Waite Clayton

Poetry: Molly Peacock



Women’s National Book Association Members: $15 per entry

Non-Members: $20 per entry


Click to submit your entry online

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Festival                       2013 Fiction Contest

Our Annual Fiction Contest accepts submissions by mail and online from June 1st through November 15th each year.


The winner will be announced by March 15th, 2014. The judges of the Sixth Annual Fiction Contest are Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau.

Please review the Eligibility, Guidelines, and FAQ before entering the contest.

For details, visit

The 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize

$2,000 and publication for a first book of poems

Judge: Fanny Howe


Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have not previously published or self-published a full-length collection (48+ pages) of poems.

Please include a $20 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press.

Postmark Deadline: November 30, 2013. The winning manuscript will be named in April 2014 and published in the spring of 2015.

General Guidelines:

Submit a manuscript at least 48 pages in length, typed on one side, single-spaced preferred. Photocopies are acceptable. Please do not bind manuscript. Include a brief bio, relevant publication information, cover page with name, address, phone number, and title of the manuscript, and a page with only the title.

Enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification that the manuscript has been received. For notification of title and author of the winning manuscript enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Manuscripts will be recycled.

A manuscript may be submitted that is being considered elsewhere but New Issues should be notified upon the manuscript’s acceptance elsewhere.

Send manuscripts and queries to:

The New Issues Poetry Prize

The Green Rose Prize

New Issues Poetry & Prose

Western Michigan University

1903 West Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5463

Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize

This category keeps the closing date of November 30 2013

Prize of £500 + a publishing contract & up to 25 runners up published in a poetry anthology.

The fee is £12 fee and the competition will be judged by Helen Ivory & Martin Figura.

Open to those who have not had a full collection published.



Submissions should be no longer than 5,000 words, and while there 
is no lower limit to the acceptable word-count we are generally 
expecting work in the 3,000 to 5,000 word range.

In 2013, the Elderberry Prize for Short Fiction will be awarded in 
June, September and December, so submission deadline is November 30. A cash prize of $500 is awarded 
to the winning submission in each Elderberry Short Fiction contest.

The Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition

The competition

The new Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition, launched tomorrow, offers aspiring writers an unprecedented opportunity to be published at one of the country’s leading literary imprints, home to authors like Jo Nesbø, Fred Vargas, Stuart Neville and Henning Mankell, and receive a £5,000 advance for his or her novel.

Would-be crime writers must submit the first 5,000 words of their crime novel, along with a detailed, two-page double-spaced synopsis of how the rest of the book unfolds, including the ending. The book does not have to be finished for you to enter, but you must have a detailed plan.

In keeping with the international nature of Harvill Secker’s profile, the crime book must contain an international element of some sort. It’s up to writers how they interpret this: it could be just a weapon that’s come from abroad, a character with a connection to another country, or the whole book could be set outside the UK. A significant international component does not, however, mean that a book will have a greater chance of winning.


How to enter

Entry is easy and online only, via here. There is a small £5 admin charge, payable to the Telegraph, and taken when writers upload their 5,000 words, synopsis and contact details to the site. Payment can be made by all major credit and debit cards using WorldPay. The closing date for entries is November 30, 2013. Books do not have to be completed before entry. Entrants can be from anywhere in the world but must be over 18 and submit their book in the English language. The prize is only open to those who have not had a novel published before and are not already signed with a literary agent. See for full terms and conditions.

Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests

Entry fee: $32. This entitles you to a one-year (4 issues) subscription to Prairie Fire magazine. Make cheque or money order payable to Prairie Fire and enclose with your entry.
• One fiction entry consists of one story, maximum 10,000 words.
• One poetry entry consists of 1, 2, or 3 poems, maximum 150 lines.
• One creative non-fiction entry consists of one article, maximum 5,000 words.

Deadline is November 30, 2013 (postmarked).

For more details, visit:

Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2013

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2013. Go online at  First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100. Top ten entries are posted on our site. The entry fee for each submission is $25. One Act Plays of from 10 minutes to 70 minutes may be submitted by mail or email. By mail to Bottle Tree Productions, 445 Southwood Drive, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M-5P8. Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions. For environmental and storage reasons email submissions are preferred. By email to contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com. Go online at for Paypal options and further details and to see past winners and their contact info.

82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 82nd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries will also be on display in the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Wondering what’s in it for you?

A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino*

A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooks

A chance to win $3,000 in cash

Get national exposure for your work

One on one attention with four editors or agents

A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!

Deadlines in November 2013

Early Bird Entry fees are $27 for the first manuscript; $20 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction. Poems are $15 for the first entry; $10 for each additional poem submitted during the same transaction. Entries submitted after that May 6, 2013 Early Bird deadline are $32 for the first manuscript; $25 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction. Poems are $20 for the first entry; $15 for each additional poem submitted during the same transaction.



The winning entries will be published in the spring 2014 issue of 
The Fiddlehead (no. 259) and on our web site. The winning authors will 
be paid for publication in addition to their prizes! Deadline: December 
1, 2013.

$2,000 Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem

$250 each for Two Honourable Mentions

One poetry submission is up to 3 poems; no more than 100 lines per poem.

$2,000 for Best Story
$250 each for Two Honourable Mentions

One short-fiction submission is one story (6,000 words maximum).

“The Corner of 13th and 13th” Flash Fiction

FREEFALL MAGAZINE Just for fun we’ve added a new contest: “The Corner of 13th and 13th” Flash Fiction. Write a story in 500 words or less about what happened on Friday September the 13th 2013 at one of the 13th Avenue and 13th Street intersections in the photos found at:

Entry Fee: $13.00.

First Prize: $130.00.

Deadline to enter is: Friday, Dec 13th 2013

epode Poetry Prize

epode is an annual poetry competition focused around a particular theme and a singular form. The theme for 2013 is Victory and Defeat, and the form is Haiku. The entry fee is $5 and a single entry can contain up to three submissions for consideration. There are also discounts available for authors submitting larger numbers of entries. The submission deadline for the epode prize is December 15, 2013. For more details, visit:

The Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize

Postmark Deadline: December 31


The International Poetry Prize, sponsored by Little Red Tree Publishing, includes a first prize of $1,000. The runner-up will receive $250 and five finalists will receive $50 each. 2012 winner: Desmond Kon for “If Jeffrey Smart Painted James Joyce”. 2013 winner: Jendi Reiter for “After October Snow”.


This prize is offered in response to demand for an opportunity to be associated with Little Red Tree by poets who have yet to develop a full collection. It is also an opportunity for Little Red Tree to extend its search and engage with quality poets from around the world who wish to be published.


The prizewinner, runner-up and other honorees will feature prominently, with full biographies, in a special collection called The Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize 2014 Anthology. The book will also include a wide selection of poetry from those submitted that did not make the final selection but were considered worthy of publication. The anthology will be published in the summer of 2014 with a book launch in New London, CT. All winners and published poets will be invited to read their poems, and each poet published will receive a free copy of the book.


View our complete guidelines, then send your poem(s) with a reading fee of $5 each to: Little Red Tree Publishing, LLC, Attn: International Poetry Prize, 635 Ocean Avenue, New London, CT 06320. We also accept electronic submissions.


All subjects and styles are accepted and poems may be of any length. However, we are of the opinion that it is the exception not the rule that a poem sustains interest over two pages or more.


The Vernice Quebodeaux “Pathways” International Poetry Prize for Women

Postmark Deadline: December 31


The Vernice Quebodeaux Prize, sponsored by Little Red Tree Publishing, includes a $1,000 cash award, publication of a full-length collection of poetry, and a generous royalty contract. All forms and styles are welcome. 2012 winner: Ann Lauinger for Against Butterflies. 2013 winner: Suzanne Ondrus for Passion Seeds.


The late Vernice Quebodeaux, born in Egan, LA (on the banks of the Bayou Plaquemine Brûlé), was a poet who spent a lifetime struggling with the demands of raising children, family feuds, bigotry, apathy, and indifference to her writing aspirations. On her death the beginnings of a book of poetry called Pathways was found by her daughter, Tamara Martin, and incorporated into a book, Sundays in the South. We are honoring her life and cherished goals by creating this competition to recognize the specific unique voices of women poets.


This year’s judge will be Richard Harteis. Since 2007, Mr. Harteis has served as president of the William Meredith Foundation, dedicated to preserving the legacy of the late US Poet Laureate and his partner of 36 years. Mr. Harteis is the author of ten books of poetry and prose, most recently a series of elegiac lyrics, The Revenant. In 2008 he produced a 90-minute 35mm adaptation of Marathon, which won Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography in the 2009 New York International Film Festival as well as the Bronze Palm at the 2010 Mexico International Film Festival.


All finalists will be considered for publication, with one selected as the prizewinner with a book published in 2014. View our complete guidelines, then send your manuscript with a $20 reading fee to: Little Red Tree Publishing, LLC, Attn: The Vernice Quebodeaux International Poetry Prize, 635 Ocean Avenue, New London, CT 06320. We also accept electronic submissions.


The full-length manuscript should contain 80-100 letter-size pages of poetry or more, with each poem starting on a separate page. The majority of the manuscript should be previously unpublished. However, 10-15 pages of poetry may have appeared in print or online, but the poet must hold the exclusive rights to publish. Please see the full guidelines for more formatting details.

Tupelo Press Dorset Prize

Postmark Deadline: December 31


The Dorset Prize includes a cash award of $3,000, publication by Tupelo Press, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. The final judge for this year’s contest is to be determined. All finalists will be considered for publication. Results announced in spring 2014.


The Dorset Prize is open to anyone writing in English, whether living in the United States or abroad. We welcome published or unpublished authors. Translations are not eligible. The contest is competitive. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted; notify Tupelo Press promptly if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.


Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript of between 48 and 88 pages (of poems). Include a table of contents and, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for poems previously published in periodicals. We encourage online submission via our Submittable system. You may also submit via postal mail:


Tupelo Press Dorset Prize

P.O. Box 1767

North Adams, MA 01247


For mailed manuscripts, request notification of receipt by including a SASP. For notification of the winner, enclose a SASE. Manuscripts will not be returned.


A reading fee of $28 payable by check to Tupelo Press or via Submittable must accompany each submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, each accompanied by a $28 reading fee.


Read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript:  

Red Tuque Books 2013 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the Red Tuque Books 2013 Short Story Competition. The total prize money to be awarded is $1,000.00. The first, second and third place stories will be selected by accomplished writers. The Finalist judges for this competition have yet to be announced.

Deadline is December 31, 2013

For more details, visit:

2013 annual FreeFall Prose and Poetry Contest

Now open! Contain your joy as we let you know that we’ve doubled the first place prize money from $300 to $600. Deadline to enter is December 31, 2013. For current contest info visit:



1. Blue Light Press is dedicated to the publication of poetry that is imagistic, inventive, emotionally honest, and pushes the language to a deeper level of insight.

2. To enter, send a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages of poetry, typed or printed with a laser or inkjet printer, to: Blue Light Press Book Award, 1563 – 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

3. Submit your manuscript between September 1 and January 30.

4. Include a reading fee of $20.00 – check payable to Blue Light Press.

5. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for results. We must have a SASE to correspond with you. No manuscript will be returned without a SASE.

6. The winner will be announced in May or June. The winning book will go into production in September or October, depending on our production schedule.

7. If you win the contest, you will need to give us your manuscript on disk. Acceptable formats: 
PC or Mac – using Word or RTF (Rich Text Format).

8. Winner will receive 10 copies of the book and a 30% royalty on book sales thereafter. The book will be distributed by Ingram,, any bookstore you suggest, and published in cooperation with our partner, 1st World Publishing.

9. Please do not send manuscripts by registered or certified mail, as this requires a trip to the post office. If you want confirmation of receipt, include a postcard with your manuscript. We are not strict about deadlines— if your manuscript comes a few days late, we will read it.



First Place: $1,000 cash prize. Second Place: $500 cash prize.
Selection will be judged on storytelling ability and best use of 
Little Tokyo as a cultural setting. The two winners will be invited 
and encouraged to attend an awards ceremony in Little Tokyo. 
Submitted manuscript should be 2,500 words or less and have a title. 
Deadline: January 31, 2014.

Malahat lite


Guidelines for our 2014 Novella Prize:


The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. One prize of $1,500 CAD is awarded. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize. The Novella Prize is offered every second year, alternating with The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize.

The deadline for the 2014 Novella Prize is February 1, 2014 (postmark date).

CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize

WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished work of creative nonfiction between 1200 and 1500 words.

WHEN: Competition opens: December 1, 2013. Deadline to submit: February 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.

HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the “submit” link below or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the offline submission form.

A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.


The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony (details about the residency here), and will receive exposure on CBC Radio. The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.

Annual Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award

Postmark/Email Submission Deadline: February 1, 2014


The Robert Frost Foundation welcomes poems in the spirit of Robert Frost for its Annual Award. The winner will receive $1,000 and the opportunity to read at a Frost Foundation event.


Please submit two copies of each poem, one copy with contact information (name, address, phone number, email address) and one copy free of all identifying information. Reading fees are $10 per poem (send fees via regular mail, please). Make your check payable to The Robert Frost Foundation. Mail your entry to: The Robert Frost Foundation, Attn: Poetry Award, Lawrence Public Library – 3rd Floor, 51 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA 01841. Email submissions are accepted at if you send your entry fee by regular mail.

You may submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each. Both published and unpublished works are accepted. See the complete contest guidelines at and recent winning entries. Winners will be notified in late March 2014 of their position on the judge’s short-list. For a list of winners, please visit our website on the day after the 2014 Massachusetts Poetry Festival when the official announcement will be posted.

AWP Award Series

AWP sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Entries for the 2014 competition will be accepted from January 1 to February 28, 2014. We no longer accept submissions by post.

For details, visit

CBC Poetry Prize

WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection. The entry must be between 400 and 600 words.

WHEN: Competition opens: March 1, 2014. Deadline to submit: May 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.

HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the “submit” link below or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the offline submission form.

A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.

THE PRIZE: The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio.

The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.

Cinammon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prizes

We have a brand new annual for pamphlets, opening to all poets.

There will be 4 prizes of £150 each + publishing contracts for each of the four winners judged by Ian Gregson.

The fee is £10.

Open to all writers – published and beginners.

Closing on March 31 2014,

Cinnamon Press Annual Short Story Prize

The date for the short story moves to May 31 2014.

New prizes of £700, £150 & £50 + publication of the winners and up to 10 runners’ up stories.

There is a £12 fee and the judge is Vanessa Gebbie.

Open to all writers – published and beginners.

Cinnamon Press Annual Debut Novel (or Novella) Prize

The final category in the year will be have a closing date of July 31 2014

£1000  first prize plus publishing contract.

The fee is £12 and the judge is Stephen May.

Open to those who have not had a previous novel published.  

Darker Times Fiction

We currently run three monthly competitions for UK and international writers, all on the theme of “Darker Times.” You can take this as straight up horror, or you can interpret it in any creative way you wish. Entries for all competitions cost £5 / $8 US and can be paid via paypal. The winner of each competititon each month will receive a percentage of the money raised by the entry fees for their particular competition (a minimum of £15 / $24), plus publication on the website and in an upcoming Darker Times Anthology (available both as an ebook and as a paperback). Runners up and honourable mentions will receive no cash prize but will also be included on the site and in an upcoming publication. Each writer will have the opportunity to provide an author bio and a link to their website/blog; we want to promote new writers as much as we can! All of the information can be found on the website – . It’s open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month.

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:

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.

About the Nonfiction Book Awards

Our program honors books year-round so you can submit your entry at any time. Books are not judged against competing titles, but are reviewed by our judges based on a scoring system that evaluates the quality of the writing and production of the book (editing, design and other details). A book can receive a bronze, silver or gold award provided the final evaluation score qualifies. As with other awards programs, not all books receive an award, but many do.

Winning a Nonfiction Book Award is like adding a seal of approval to your book. It tells readers and media professionals that you have a high quality book worth reading!

Award recipients receive the following:

Beautiful award certificate mailed directly to you (or sent via email if outside of the U.S.)

Review posted to your book sales page on Amazon

Digital award badge for display on your website

Featured listing for your book on our website

Award stickers for your books, available for purchase

Additional Benefits of Winning a Book Award

Aside from the items listed above, winning a book award brings tremendous personal gratification.  You will instantly earn the title of “award-winning author!” This designation can be added to your marketing materials, website, author bio, and the cover of the book. When potential readers learn that a book has been honored with an award, it can help influence buying decisions.

We are proud to offer this program to nonfiction authors world-wide. We firmly believe that nonfiction books have the power to change the world and the Nonfiction Book Awards provides a powerful way to help elevate the status of your book.

– See more at:



Please join Brooke Warner and Deborah Siegel for this free webinar:

“Thought Leadership for Writers”



I am very excited to be able to offer all of you the opportunity to hear Deborah Siegel, author, blogger, essayist, TEDx speaker, coach, and She Writes co-founder, talk about how position yourself as an asset to publishers, decision-makers, and future partners.


The webinar is free and Deborah will cover:


• Why, in this age of the social author, nonfiction and fiction writers alike need to see themselves as disseminators of spreadable messages and sticky ideas

• What editors really mean when they say “platform,” and why “thought leadership” is platform’s best friend

• How to craft an authentic public identity by connecting connect story, self, and idea •  How to tell (and sell) the story of your expertise

* And more!


It’s next Tuesday, September 24, at 4pm PST | 7pm EST.




I’ll see you there. And if you can’t come, register anyway. We always record!




Author, blogger, essayist, TEDx speaker, coach, and She Writes co-founder Deborah Siegel will change the way you think about “platform” by showing how thought leadership can organically unfold.

Get a Leg Up on the Competition 
and Attend Writers Digest Conference West 2013

You’ve entered Writer’s Digest writing competitions because you’re serious about your work. Take your writing career to the next level at the Writer’s Digest Conference West, September 27 – 29, 2013 in Los Angeles.

The conference has organized content into three tracks: Craft, Platform and Promotion, and Getting Published. Sessions such as “Ghostwriting for Fun and Profit” and “What Your Reader’s Brain Really Craves: How to Hook ‘Em From Page One,” will provide proven tactics for getting your best work out there! For additional access to industry secrets for success you can also attend the Self-Publishing Conference, which is located under the same roof as the Writer’s Digest Conference West.

And, see if your story has legs by taking part in the Pitch Slam — you’ll get feedback on your story from agents and editors looking for new writers!

For your shot at becoming a successful and productive writer, register for the Writer’s Digest Conference West today.


DATE: Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.


Members – $45, Non-members – $75. To register contact Arlene Smith

MEMORIES! We all have them! Happy, sad, funny:  these memories are the story of life

After all, life is a story just waiting to be told.

Come and join award-winning North Gower author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford and learn some new ideas on how to unlock the stories in your life.

Remember: your stories are important. They need to be told; they need to be written down, not just for your sake, but for the sake of your children, your nieces and nephews, for all of those who will come after us.


Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a well-published author and speaker on the subject of creative nonfiction and memoir writing.

Memoirs are the basis of award-winning author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford’s books and stories. Two of Emily-Jane’s creative nonfiction memoirs have won awards. The Whistling Bishop (Baico 2008) was name Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Books Awards and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures (Baico 2011) was named Finalist and received a Silver Medal in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Check out the author’s website at:

Millay Colony for the Arts

The Millay Colony for the Arts offers one-month residencies to visual artists, composers and writers between the months of April and November. Resident artists get private rooms, studios and all meals during their stay at our pastoral campus. For lots of information about our residency program and how to apply, visit our Residencies page. The Colony also has a workshop series, with five-day workshop-retreats in writing, art, video-making and, yes, canning your own food. You can find out more about the workshops and how to apply here. And we offer public programs in Columbia County and beyond. We invite you to check out all of our programs, join us for a few and call or email us if you would like more information about any part of who we are and what we do…

The Millay Colony is in Austerlitz, New York—approximately 2 1/2 hours north of New York City and 2 1/2 hours west of Boston, Massachusetts. Next application deadline: October 1, 2013.

For more details, visit

Freefalling in Greece with Cora Taylor!

Creative writing workshop and retreat

October 2-10, 2013

Kardamyli, Messinia, Greece


Join award-winning young adult author Cora Taylor for an inspiring creative writing workshop and retreat in beautiful Greece, the birthplace of the Muses.

Cora will help you

* Find your unique storytelling voice

* Uncover your personal style, imagery and metaphors

* Develop a productive writing habit

* Generate material full of life and meaning * Banish writer’s block forever!

Corn visiting Knossos. Crete


Retreat includes:

* 8 nights’ accommodation (double occupancy) * Welcome dinner

* Freefall workshop -7 days

* One-on-one coaching

* Guided tour of old Kardamyli

* Guided hike to the mountain village of St Sophia * Day trip to explore the surrounding area

* Olive grove picnic

* Insider insight into village life

* Copy of The Deadly Dance, Cora’s novel set in Crete

Does not include: airfare or transportation to the village

Price: $1,975 CDN

For more information please visit









The schedule will be announced and tickets on sale mid-summer.

Nine days you won’t want to miss.

The world’s best mountain films, books, and speakers take the spotlight for nine days each fall in Banff. Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places – all brought to life at The Banff Centre.

The Festival offers a diverse range of experiences for the thousands of people who visit Banff to attend this world-class event. From armchair adventurers to weekend warriors, to the international mountain community – our enthusiastic audience brings the energy to this event!

Theatres and venues are filled to the brim with locals (who eagerly anticipate these nine-days every year), with international visitors (who have dreamed about coming to the Festival in Banff for the first time), and of course with world-renowned authors, filmmakers, conservationists, adventurers, and explorers from around the world. Past Festival guests have included David Suzuki, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jon Krakauer, Aaron Ralston, David Breashears, Reinhold Messner, Alex Lowe, and Royal Robbins.

From feature films to featured speakers, there’s something for everyone. Sit back and devote a guilt-free day to watching inspiring films from around the globe – including World premieres. Spend a lunch-hour listening to a renowned author reading excerpts from her latest work – or attend a free noon-hour seminar profiling hot topics in adventure and travel. Pick up new releases to be signed in-person by authors at the Book Fair. Find some unique gifts – paintings, pottery, jewellery, and more – at the Mountain Art and Craft Sale. Peruse the latest gear at the Mountain Marketplace. Stroll by the winner’s display of the Banff Mountain Photography Competition exhibition. Stretch your muscles on the climbing wall. The choices are endless.

Be inspired. Be energized. Come together to celebrate the spirit of adventure at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

30 Days To A Novel

with Stephanie Domet

November 1-3, 2013

Friday 7pm to Sunday 1pm

Join award-winning author Stephanie Domet for a 2-day workshop to kick start National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Stephanie took up the NaNoWriMo task of writing a novel in a month back in 2003, and now she’s sharing her tips and tricks on getting started with anyone who’s up for the challenge.

Come with your work-in-progress, or start from scratch! For more information check out:

Program Cost: $395 ($237.50 tuition + $157.50 meals/accommodations)   

Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program.

Banff Centre

Call for applications!

In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge

Program dates: February 10 – 22, 2014

Application deadline: November 15, 2013

Faculty: Steven Ross Smith (director), J.R. Carpenter, Carla Harryman, Roy Miki

Guests: Jacob Wren, cris cheek


A groundbreaking residency that enables experimentation and creation in innovative writing practices. In(ter)ventions welcomes interventions in writing as an art form, where the medium itself (language) is the site of investigation. The means of production that might frame such interventions (such as audio, electronic literature, interactivity, vizpo, video, performance, collaboration, and so on) are secondary to and/or juxtaposed with the compositional.

Fourth Annual Nonfiction Writers Conference

Register for NFWC 2014 and Save!

The fourth annual Nonfiction Writers Conference takes place May 7-9, 2014. As with our previous events, this one is entirely virtual and conducted via teleseminar with 15 speakers over three days. Speakers will be announced in January, but you can take advantage of our Super Early Bird discount of 50% off now AND you’ll receive the complete PDF version of my new book: The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan: Online and Offline Promotion Strategies to Build Your Audience and Sell More Books. Get all the details about NFWC 2014 here!





Do you have a passion for creative writing? Perhaps you work in a field that requires strong writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help.

Three writing certificate programs are offered, all of which are delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates and will be expected to meet assignment timelines. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever-and from wherever-you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. One or more of the following certificate programs may be exactly what you need:


Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing

Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations

Creative Writing


For more information, go to


Access Copyright Foundation Research Grants Program

The Access Copyright Foundation promotes and supports Canadian culture by providing grants intended to encourage the development and dissemination of publishable Canadian works. The Foundation endeavours to make a modest but important contribution to the Canadian cultural community, while also broadening public awareness of the creative vitality of Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers.


The Access Copyright Foundation grants program is administered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

See the website for further details and eligibility criteria:


Please contact Joanne Gerber at the Saskatchewan Arts Board with any questions about the program.


Joanne Gerber

Program Consultant

Saskatchewan Arts Board

(Toll free) 1 800 667 7526

1 306 964 1163


Three residencies are offered per year, in the spring, summer and 
fall. Up to four artists and a curator or a writer may participate 
in each residence, eight weeks for the artists, four weeks for the 
curator or the writer. Curators and writers receive a $572 stipend 
and free lodging for the four-week period of the residence. A $260 
writer’s fee will also be paid for texts on the residency produced 
for publication by Est-Nord-Est (250 words per artist). Curators and 
writers have access to an individual studio space, documentation on 
the artists, certain electronic equipment, logistical support… and 
a bicycle. Location Quebec.

NOTE: Check the website for upcoming deadlines for 2014-2015.



Open to professional Canadian writers who have one published book 
and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) — 
fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism — are all 
encouraged to apply. The Writers’ Retreat Provides: The Writer’s Retreat offers writers time and a remote location to pursue their 
professional projects. The writer will be housed in the Berton
House at no cost in rent or utilities. A monthly honorarium is 
provided to help cover food and other living expenses. The writer
is responsible for their own telephone bill. Travel costs to and 
from Dawson will be covered. We are now accepting applications to 
be a writer-in-residence during the 2014-15 season. Deadline: October 4, 2013.


This program assists professional writers with the writing of specific 
creative projects. Awards are available for projects in the genres of 
drama, fiction, juvenile, non-fiction and poetry. Deadline: September 
15, 2013.


Brings together artists in all disciplines from all over the world. Does not cover travel, but all expenses are paid upon arrival. Two-month residencies. Location France. Offer each year a residency 
bursary to one visual artist, one writer and one musician or composer 
in order to create new career prospects for artists.


Another crowdfunding site. FansNextdoor is a platform for all creative 
professionals to promote and fund their projects together with their 
fans. Create your project, its financing goal and deadline. If the 
financing goal is met or exceeded by deadline, all contributions are 
transferred to your PayPal account. If the financing goal is not met, 
all funds are returned.


IndieGoGo offers anyone with an idea — creative, cause-related, 
entrepreneurial — the tools to build a campaign and raise money. 
Project categories include gaming, film, design, education, mobile, 
and technology. Integrates with Facebook, Twitter, and other social 
media platforms. Offers a widget to showcase your campaign on your 
website. Unlike many crowdfunding sites, you keep all the money you 
raise, even if you don’t meet your goal. Track contributions with 
the analytics tools and stay on top of fulfillment with the dashboard. 
There is a 4 percent fee on the money you raise when you meet your 
funding goal.


Kickstarter has launched in Canada, and The Banff Centre is getting involved.

Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding platform for creative projects ranging from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. If you’re currently seeking funding for a project you want to pursue at The Banff Centre, we want you to join us on Kickstarter. Contact us so we can support you by curating your project on our Kickstarter page (please include a link to the project).

View some projects on Kickstarter that successfully reached their funding goals and made their way to The Banff Centre. As you send us your projects, we’ll continue to curate them on our Kickstarter page. If you’re an alumni or your project has already been successfully funded, we’d still love to showcase your work. Get in touch!

 Have questions? Find answers on Kickstarter’s FAQ pages.


Deadline October 1, 2013.

Journalists will receive scholarships for up to $5,000 each to study religion at any accredited college, university or seminary. Scholarships cover expenses including tuition, registration fees and books. Scholarships are funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to the Religion Newswriters Foundation, RNA’s charitable arm. Scholarships are available to full-time journalists in the U.S. and Canada.

Online Writing Classes  is a writing site founded in 2000.

On this writing community all posts receive feedback from writers and readers. Feedback includes a detailed comment on the posted work and a rating. The site uses a six star ratings scale with “1” being the worst and “6” being the best.

Writers are ranked based on the feedback they receive. Separate rankings are available for Poets, Novelists, Short Works (short stories and essays) and Script Writers (television and other forms of screenplays). Trophies are rewarded to the top five writers in each of the individual rankings at the end of the year.

The site recognizes writing with “Recognized”, “All Time Best” and “Seal of Quality” levels. Each level is more difficult to receive with the final level determined by the Seal of Quality committee. The committee is made up of published authors and stand-out reviewers. They offer feedback to help writers get published.

The site features free writing contests with cash prizes. Site members also have the ability to create their own contests to challenge other writers to write about a specific topic or a specific form of writing (such as writing using specific poetry format).

The welcome page includes featured writing. It also includes writing that has been well received in the past 24 hours.

Each day over 200 stories and poems are posted. Over 7,000 comments are written on the writing posted daily. Writers keep full copyright to their posted work.


Peerbackers is for business owners to raise capital from their peers — 
in small increments — in exchange for tangible rewards. Create a 
personal and venture profile. Share your story through social media 
share buttons on your project page. Once your campaign is launched, 
send updates on your progress. If you reach at least 80 percent of your 
funding goal by deadline, your funding is released to you. Peerbackers 
charges a 5 percent fee, in addition to third party processing fees.


There are a number of interesting calls with deadlines coming up shortly. For more information visit:

Public Engagement in the Arts

The Canada Council is launching a dialogue about how the arts bring value to the lives of Canadians and we invite you to join the conversation.
Read the discussion paper, Public Engagement in the Arts, on current thinking and practices in public engagement or check out Simon Brault’s blog post on ways Canadians can have rich artistic experiences. Then share your thoughts on how to become actively engaged in the arts. Tell us what public engagement in the arts means to you by posting comments on the blog, on our Facebook page or on Twitter at hashtag #artsandpublic.
In its 2011-16 Strategic Plan, the Council identified public engagement in the arts as a strategic theme that infuses all of its work. We hope to broaden and enhance the public conversation about this topic and use this discussion to inform the development of future Council activities.

VCCA Residency Programs

VCCA is pleased to offer residencies at many locations around the world as well as residencies at our Mt. San Angelo facility in central Virgina. We are continually developing relationships with international residency programs to broaden the perspectives and opportunities for VCCA Fellows.

Writers, visual artists, and composers who have been in residence at VCCA may apply for an international residency. Fellows who have participated in a VCCA international residency program in the last 3 years (2010, 2011, 2012) are NOT eligible to apply, with the exception of those who have participated in the Moulin à Nef program in France.

You may apply for as many programs as you like. Each requires a separate application and fee. Please note that if you are selected for multiple programs, you will have to choose one program to attend.

When to Apply

Postmark deadline for applying is December 1. 

Residency Fees

The suggested daily contribution for international residencies is $54. Reductions are granted when a true need is demonstrated.

How to Apply

Submit one copy of application, one copy of requested work samples, résumé, self-addressed stamped envelope for return of work sample, and $30 application fee for each residency requested. All information should be submitted in English.


Click on Specific Program for More Information

Tyrone Guthrie Center

St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity

Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus

Salzburg Künstlerhaus

Schloss Plüschow


         Or contact our International Programs Coordinator

Writers’ Coalition – Benefits You Can Afford


Join the Writers’ Coalition program today – as long as you’re a resident of Canada and under the age of 71, you are eligible to join.


There is no medical required to join so you will not be refused coverage for pre-existing conditions – it is guaranteed acceptance.


The program offers a pay direct drug/dental card that is accepted nationally at pharmacies and dental offices across the country which means direct settlement of prescription drug claims (you pay only your portion at the pharmacy) and no waiting for re-imbursement on dental claims (no submission of a paper claim and your re-imbursement cheque is usually in the mail within 4 or 5 working days).

The Writers’ Coalition

  • Not-for-profit insurer
  • Unbeatable service – we only service artists
  • Affordable, comprehensive coverage
  • Convenience of a drug/dental card
  • Medical is not required to purchase coverage
  • Access to other insurance offerings, including home/auto

1 800-387-8897 x238


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