TWP’s Weekly Writing Post 2014 April 27-May 3 Edition


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2014 April 27-May 3 Edition

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Writing Thursdays

@ Murphy’s Community Centre

Drop by whenever you feel like it or come in regularly to Art ‘n’ Words Writing Thursdays beginning the first Thursday in July 2014. You’ll get 2 hours a week of writing, coaching, grammar and writing lessons, and a chance to explore and learn different forms of writing. Visit to register. Check out the other summer programs as well.

Meanwhile, take advantage of writing tips, prompts, exercises, grammar and communication tips at



at the Murphy community centre

Poetry Passion

Explore and express yourself through different kinds of poetry,

from free verse to structured forms.

July 21 – July 25


Simply Short Stories

Everything you need to know about short stories and writing them.

July 28 – August 1


Biography Blast

What goes into a biography? Write about a real person.

August 4 – August 8

All workshops will run twice a day (8:30 to 12:00 OR 1:30 to 4:00) from Monday to Friday for one week. Morning sessions are recommended for younger participants (under 15). More mature participants will benefit best from afternoon sessions or Writing Thursdays, to be held Thursday evenings (5:30-8:00). Register early to avail of great discounts. For more details and other workshops, visit

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 the official website here.

Open invitation: the poetry engine awaits you at!

PEI poet laureate Dianne Hicks Morrow wants new poets to know they are always welcome to submit a poem to this site, especially if they have never have done so before. The submission form —with complete guidelines and formatting tips—is at

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

2014 Atlantic Book Awards

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the full shortlist for the ten different book prizes comprising the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards. The twenty-seven books up for awards represent the wide range of literary works being produced in Atlantic Canada—from cutting edge fiction to deeply researched books on Atlantic Canadian history, illustrated children’s picture books to novels written for teens and young adults.

Among the more familiar names on the shortlist are CBC media personality Stephanie Domet for her second novel, Fallsy Downsies (Invisible Publishing); mystery novelist, Anne Emery for Blood on a Saint (ECW Press); and illustrator Susan Tooke for Lasso the Wind: Aurélia’s Verses and Other Poems (Nimbus Publishing). Ruth Holmes Whitehead’s is short-listed for three awards for her work, Black Loyalists: Southern Settlers of Nova Scotia’s First Free Black Community and Acorn Press’s Ni’n na L’Nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island received two nominations.

The region’s book publishers are well represented on the shortlist with 20 of the 30 awards going to books by Atlantic publishers. Halifax’s Nimbus Publishing leads, having published six of the shortlisted titles, while Prince Edward Island’s Acorn Press has five nominations, and Formac Publishing, Goose Lane Editions and Roseway Publishing with two nominated titles each.

The Atlantic Book Awards Society announced the nominees last evening at a fundraising event that featured author Stephen Kimber hosting a conversation with fellow writers Anne Emery, Jon Tattrie and Stephen Laffoley.

The 2014 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 14-21 with free literary events. Winners of the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show on the last night of the week-long festival, Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Delta Prince Edward/PEI Convention Centre in Charlottetown, PEI as part of the planned PEI 2014 celebrations.

The Board of the non-profit Atlantic Book Awards Society is made up of representatives of the Atlantic Canadian book and writing community. The 2014 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the sponsorship of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association/Atlantic Books Today, University of Prince Edward Island, City of Charlottetown and the Province of Prince Edward Island.

27th Annual Island Literary Awards

The 27th Annual Island Literary Awards gala ceremony will take place in the fall of 2014. Prizes will be given out in six categories, and special awards may also be awarded. Visit to learn more about the categories and awards.

Entries must be postmarked or submitted by hand by 4 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2014. Those postmarked or delivered later will not be eligible. There are absolutely NO exceptions.

Please hand-deliver your entries to any public library branch, addressed to Trina O’Brien Leggott, c/o the Confederation Centre Public Library, or mail to the following address:

Island Literary Awards c/o PEI Writers’ Guild,

81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4R3

Cheques and/or money orders should be included with your entry (NO CASH, PLEASE), and made out to the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild.

The Antigonish Review Announces
Two Writing Contests!





$2,400 in Prizes!




Fictionentries must be postmarked by May 30, 2014 

Poetrymust be postmarked by June 30, 2014 


Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Past winners may not enter.

Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page.

Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize:

Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.

First prize:         $600 & publication;

Second prize:         $400 & publication;

Third prize:         $200 & publication;


Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest:

Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems.

First prize:         $600 & publication;

Second prize:         $400 & publication;

Third prize:         $200 & publication;

This year’s Judges are: Poetry – Patricia Young and Peter Sanger; Fiction – Joan Baril, Reynold Stone, Gwen Davies, Heather Debling, and our final judge will be Sheree Fitch.

Entry Fee: Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest.

Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00. You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the autumn issue, 2014. 
Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review.

Mail submissions to:

The Antigonish Review Contest,

Box 5000,
St. Francis Xavier University,

Nova Scotia,

B2G 2W5.

Entries will not be returned.

Only winners will be notified by September 1, 2014. 
A list of winners will be available at

For further information, Phone 902-867-3962 or email


Note: All Calls for Submission and publications that accept submissions are now accessible in The Writing Pool: Publication Pool: Publications and Publishers. Both dated and open submissions are listed. Check regularly for new calls and listings.


Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests


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

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


Who May Submit

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


How and What to Submit

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

• All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.

• To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.

• Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to

For more information, visit

Ongoing deadlines.

Poetry on the Lake

XIV International Poetry Competition


adjudicators: Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker


Deadline: 28th April 2014.   Theme ‘Weather’    max 50 lines

“Poets are always taking the weather so personally.” J.D. Salinger

Be inspired by weather, good or bad, or just make a reference (e.g. ‘a sunny disposition’, ‘he stormed in’)


Silver Wyvern & €500 to winner

2nd €200   Prize for best sonnet €100

other prizes to those Commended who read at the Awards in October

New guidelines* & rules**, those who entered  past comps please note.

No separate categories this year, except for sonnets

For more details:

Parsec Science Fiction &

Fantasy Short Story Contest

Submissions Open:February 1, 2014

Submissions Close:April 30, 2014

Theme: “PARCH”

Word Count: No minimum, but no more than 3500 words.

Eligibility: The contest is open to non-professional writers (those who have not met eligibility requirements for SFWA or equivalent: sale of a novel or sale of 3 stories to a large circulation publication). Previous First Place winners and current contest coordinators are also ineligible.

Prizes:  Winning stories may be considered for possible publication in a Parsec Ink publication (Triangulation) and will also receive:

First Prize:Published in the Confluence 2014 program book, and the author awarded the first prize of $200.

Second & Third Prize:Second and third prize win $100 and $50 respectively.

Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards

Entries will be accepted 
March 1 – April 30, 2014, Noon CST

Click on the links below to enter!

2014 Norman Mailer Writing Awards Brochure

Students may submit work in any of the many subgenres of creative non-fiction: memoir or autobiography, essay, literary journalism, or profiles of people or places. Submissions may be “conventional” or “experimental” and may represent any creative non-fiction tradition. However, the best work will demonstrate compelling literary merit. Open to high school and college levels. Submissions not falling within the guidelines outlined below will not be considered. Late entries will not be accepted. Only one entry per student.

High School Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to students currently enrolled in a high school accredited by the US. Students may submit one or more pieces of writing as one file, maximum 10 single-spaced pages, endorsed by a teacher and released by a parent or guardian. The winner will receive:
• Cash award of $2,500
• *Travel and lodging to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony

Community College Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to full-time students enrolled in two-year colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. The winner will receive:
• Cash award of $2,500
• *Travel and lodging to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony

Four-Year College Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to current full-time undergraduate students. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. The winner will receive:
• Cash award of $5,000
• *Travel and lodging to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony

College Poetry Award is open to full time students enrolled in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges. Students may submit one or more poems, to a maximum of 10 pages. The winner will receive:
• Cash award of $2,500
• *Travel and lodging to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony

*Funding for travel to the awards ceremony for the award winner is limited to coach airfare within the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. Outside of the US, a $500 USD payment toward travel will be allowed. Hotel/lodging at the awards event will be covered.

2014 Poetic Republic Poetry Prize

Deadline 30th April 2014

Single poem prize £2,000

Portfolio prize (two poems) £1,000

The prize is judged by the participants through an anonymous peer review process. The Judging will take place over 7 weeks in May 2014 and June 2014.

The eBook publication will include 48 poems together with a selection of the best or most interesting comments. To be shortlisted or included in the publication entrants must have taken part in the first two rounds of judging.

Poems may be on any subject; poetry or prose poetry; maximum 42 lines; previously unpublished work; £7 per poem.

After submission, poems may be edited up to the final deadline for the submission of entries.

There is no restriction on the number of poems that may be entered.

See poetry competition rules for full details. See our homepage and our about page for further details of context in terms of philosophy, history and finance.

The competition is run on a not-for-profit basis.

For details, visit

Closing date: 30th April 2014

Forget Me Not Writing Contest

All writers are invited to submit stories of no more than 1,800 words, or poems of no more than 72 lines, to the “Forget Me Not Writing Contest”. The objective of the contest is to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, as well as raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton.

The story or poem must begin with the words: “Remember when” and are intended to be a celebration of the gift of memory and do not have to be about Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia; fiction or non fiction.

The contest closes April 30th, 2014 at 4:00pm.

For more details:


Deadline: April 30, 2014


First Prize: £150, Second Prize: £75, Third Prize: £25

(In addition: £25 Humour Prize: £25 Local Prize


Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition, 2014

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Prizes: 1st £600;  2nd £300;   3rd £150 
+ Ware Sonnet Prize £150
+ publication of winners and shortlisted poems in an anthology due out in July 2014 and the prizegiving event will take place at the Ware Arts Centre on Friday 4th July.

Entry £4 per poem or £12 for 4 plus £3 per further poem in the same submission. Poems: Maximum 50 lines.

Ver Poets Open Competition, 2014

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Prizes: 1st £600;  2nd £300;   3rd £100 
+ winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology

Entry £4 per poem or 3 for £10 + £2 thereafter


downloadDetails & Entry Form (includes VER Membership information and  Anthology offer) More on VER Poets website or contact Membership Secretary Daphne Schiller

Grey Hen Poetry Competition, 2014

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Prizes: 1st £100;  2nd £75;   3rd £25 
Entry £3 per poem or £10 for 4
Poems by women over 60, 40 lines maximum on any theme

Rules and entry form (essential) from 
or write for further details to:
Grey Hen Press, P O Bo 450, Keighley, W Yorks, BD22 9BG

cornwall contemporary poetry festival

Open Poetry Competition 2014


1st prize: £500    2nd prize: £150    3rd prize: £50


Judge: Imtiaz Dharker

Entry fee: £4 per poem, £2 per poem thereafter


Closing date: 30th April, 2014

For details:

BOMB Magazine’s 2014 Poetry Contest

BOMB is excited to announce the 2014 Poetry Contest, judged by poet CAConrad.

The winner of our 2014 contest will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BOMB Magazine’s literary supplement First Proof. Deadline April 30.

Poetry Contest Submission Guidelines

• Manuscripts must include 3–5 poems.
• No more than 5 poems (max. 10 pages) per entry fee.
• Do not write a name on the actual manuscript, as all entries are considered anonymously. NON-ANONYMOUS ENTRIES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
• Poems must be previously unpublished.
• Simultaneous submissions OK, but reading fee is not refundable.
• Reading Fee: $20 inside the US—includes free one-year subscription to BOMB* (addresses outside North America add $12; Canada/Mexico add $6). 
• Deadline: April 30, 2014.

We will only be accepting online submissions. Click here to upload your manuscript and pay the reading fee (includes free one-year subscription to the magazine).

The winning poem will be published in an upcoming issue of BOMB’s First Proof. Finalists and winner announced late summer 2014. Email generalinquiries (at) bombsite (dot) com with any questions.

The 36th Nimrod Literary Awards

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction &

The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry


Founded by Ruth G. Hardman


FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication

SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication


Contest Rules

Contest Begins: January 1, 2014


Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2014


Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).


Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)


For more details, visit

2014 Debut-litzer Prizes

Late Night Library is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Debut-litzer Prizes in the categories of fiction and poetry. Winners will receive a cash award of $1,000 and a featured appearance on Late Night Conversation. Literary judges will discuss winning books on Late Night Debut.

Debut books first published in North America between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 are eligible in fiction and poetry. Authors, agents, publicists, or publishers may submit entries. Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014.

Entries must be published in English and available for purchase in either hardcover or bound paperback book form.

Eligible Books: Debut novels, short story collections, and novellas are eligible in the category of fiction. Debut books and chapbooks are eligible in the category of poetry. A debut is defined as a first book published within a category. First books by authors who have published books in other categories are eligible.

An application fee of $25 is required for each submission. An additional processing fee is required for online payment.

For more details, visit

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

22nd year. $3,000 in cash prizes, including $1,000 for the best story and $1,000 for the best essay. Send prose submissions up to 6,000 words each. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 50,000 subscribers. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Fee per entry is $16. Deadline: April 30. Judge: Arthur Powers. Winning Writers is one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest, 2005-2013). See guidelines, past winners, and enter tomstory

Trio House Press Book Awards: November 1-April 30

Trio House Press gives two awards annually: the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry.


The Trio Award for First or Second Book includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books.  The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published.


The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books.  The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to ALL poets, regardless of publication history.


Each award winner receives $1000 and twenty copies of his or her book. Additionally, each winner must serve as a Collective Member of Trio House Press for twenty-four months after publication in order to assist with the press and bringing more Trio books into print.


Our reading period for both awards is November 1 through April 30 Manuscripts received outside of this reading period will not be considered. Our submissions fee is $25 per manuscript for all award reading periods.

For more details, visit:

The Dante Rossetti Awards – Young Adult Novels Writing Contest 2014

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

For details, visit:!/~/product/category=5193080&id=21521206


Please read the rules carefully before entering.

1. Closing date for receipt of entries is 30th April 2014 at midnight BST.

2. Entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date, 30th April 2014.

3. The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words (does not include title), there is no minimum length. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc.).

4. Entries can be made online or by post. There is no geographical restriction on entry- the Bristol Short Story Prize is open to everyone, whether they are based in the UK or outside the UK. All entries should be in English. Postal entries will only be accepted as printed typescripts. There are no specific formatting requirements – font type, font size, line spacing etc. Writers may format their work in the way they feel is most appropriate. Please send postal entry/entries to: Bristol Short Story Prize, Unit 5.16, Paintworks, Bath Road Bristol BS4 3EH

5. Authors may enter as many stories as they like. There is an entry fee of £8 for each story submitted. Payment for online entries should be made via the website. Payment for postal entries should be made by cheque. Cheque payments must be in pounds sterling and cheques should be made payable to ‘Bristol Short Story Prize Ltd.’. Each postal submission must be accompanied by an entry form.

More details at

E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest

Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2014

First Place $1,100; Editors’ Choices, $100. Seeks unpublished stories, 3,000 words maximum. Any style, any theme. $15 fee for one story, $10 each additional story, payable to Koeppel Contest. (If sent from outside the USA, send money order in US funds—no cash or foreign funds.) Send one title page with author’s name, address, phone, email address, and short bio. Send second title page with title only. No other kinds of identification may appear on this title page or on the manuscript which will be used in judging. Read the complete guidelines.

Readers’ Favorite 2014

International Book Award Contest

Become an award-winning author!

We accept manuscripts, published and unpublished books, ebooks, audio books, comic books, poetry books and short stories in 100 genres. No publication date requirement and no word count restriction. Entries accepted worldwide.

2014 SHA Fiction Competition

JUDGES: Jessica Falcone, Rachel Newcomb and John Colman Wood

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual fiction competition to encourage anthropologists to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns associated with the four fields of anthropology. Stories should not exceed 20 pages typed double-spaced. There is a limit of one story per submission.

Please email your entry to without the author’s name (anonymized), along with a separate cover page with your full name, title of your submission, address, email address and institutional affiliation by May 1, 2014. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington DC, December 3-7, 2014. The winning story will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100.

All inquiries concerning any of the writing prizes should be addressed to Billie Jean Isbell, President of SHA, at

2014 Turner Prize Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the 24th annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. The late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking a language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the prize will be given in recognition of an innovative book that furthers this project.

Eligible genres include ethnographic monographs, narratives, historical accounts, biographies, memoirs, dramas, or single-authored collections of essays, short stories, or poems. A $500 first-place, a $300 second place and $200 third-place prizes, for books published between April 2012 and April 2014, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington DC in December 2014.

Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2012-2013 and entered in last year’s competition may be resubmitted this year with the appropriate entry fee.

Submission fee: For authors who are already SHA members, the entry fee is $25/book. For authors who are not SHA members, the entry fee is $75/book. (Publishers: for all books you submit, please check with the author first to discover whether s/he is a current SHA member and please encourage authors to join SHA).

For details, visit

The absolute deadline for receipt of the required materials is May 1, 2014.

Crucible: Poetry and Fiction Competition

The Crucible poetry and fiction competition is open to all writers. All entries must be completely original, must never have been published, must be in manuscript form, and must not be involved in other competitions. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript copy. Writers should send with their entries a short biographical sketch. Permission to publish the material is implied by submission. Entries submitted without the above information will not be considered. Manuscripts will be accepted only through May 1 of each year. Winners will be notified by October of the same year. Crucible will receive first publication rights to winning entries, after which rights will revert back to the author. Winning entries will be published in the fall issue of Crucible published by the Barton College Department of English. Fiction must be limited to 8,000 words or less. Poetry must be limited to five poems. No prizes will be given in other categories.

The Sam Ragan Poetry Prize is open to all poets. The rules stated above apply also to competition for this prize. One prize of $150 will be awarded.

All work submitted for publication is automatically considered for the prizes, and the same guidelines apply.

Prizes and Categories


$150.00 First Prize

$100.00 Second Prize


$150.00 First Prize

$100.00 Second Prize

All entries should be submitted electronically to:

Burt Awards for First Nations and Métis Literature

The Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature is a unique literary award and readership initiative established by CODE with the generous support of philanthropist William Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation that recognizes excellence in First Nations, Métis and Inuit literature for youth and provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada.

In partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Canada Council for the Arts, Frontier College and GoodMinds, the Award will be given annually to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) by First Nations, Métis or Inuit authors or translators (if applicable). The Canada Council for the Arts will be responsible for establishing the selection criteria and administering the jury process.

A First Prize of $12,000, a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the authors and translators (if applicable) of the winning titles. Winning publishers will participate in a guaranteed book purchase and distribution program in which CODE commits to purchasing a minimum of 2500 copies of each title at a bulk discount for distribution to schools, libraries, and Friendship Centres that serve First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth across Canada.

Publishers operating in Canada can submit English works of prose fiction or non-fiction written by First Nations, Métis or Inuit authors. Published books and unpublished manuscripts are eligible.

The deadline for submissions will be May 1, 2014. For more information visit

For more details or consult the Award Guidelines and Nomination Forms on the Canada Council for the Arts website

For further Information please contact Catherine Belshaw, Literary Awards Officer, at 613-232-3569 ext. 233 

The 2014 Moon City Poetry Award

• The Moon City Poetry Award is for an original collection of poems written in English by a single author.

• Individual poems in the collection may be published in periodicals or may have appeared in a chapbook, but poems should not be previously published in full-length manuscript form.

• Open to all writers not associated with Moon City Press, its editors, or its judges, past or present.

• Manuscripts should be at least 48 pages.

• Manuscripts should be submitted via Submittable,

• A $25 entry fee is due via Submittable at the time of submission; entry fees are nonrefundable.

• Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.

• Deadline: May 1, 2014. Winners will be notified fall 2014 and the winner will be published in 2015.

• First prize: $1000, publication by Moon City Press (including international distribution through the University of Arkansas Press), and a standard royalty contract. Three additional finalists will be named and considered for publication.

• For questions, please visit or contact Moon City Poetry Editor Sara Burge at

2014 Far Horizons Poetry Award

Deadline: May 1, 2014 (postmarked or emailed)

Prize: $1000 CAD to one winner

Entry fee:

$25 CAD for Canadian entries

$30 USD for entries from the USA

$35 USD for entries from elsewhere

Additional entries are $15 CAD (from anywhere).


Emerging poets who have yet to publish their poetry in book form are encouraged to enter up to three poems of 60 lines each. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review.

The winning poem will be published in the Winter 2014 issue, and the winner will be interviewed for Malahat lite, the magazine’s monthly e-newsletter, in September 2014.

Read full contest guidelines on the Malahat website.

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.


83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing 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 83rd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 5, 2014

For details, visit:

2014 Annual Blue Lynx Prize

Announcing the 2014 annual Blue Lynx Prize: $2000 plus publication for a full-length poetry collection.

The Prize is awarded for an unpublished volume of poems by a U.S. author, which includes foreign nationals living and writing in the U.S. and U.S. citizens living abroad. Poems included may not have appeared in full-length, single-author collections. Acknowledgments pages and author names may be included, but will be removed prior to final judging.

Entries must be at least 48 pages in length. There is a $28 reading fee. Please submit by one of the following methods:

1. Submit online through

2. Send to

Lynx House Press
P.O. Box 940
Spokane, WA 99210

with $28 check payable to Lynx House Press and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification.

Deadline (postmark deadline for hard copy submissions): May 15, 2014

Ploughshares 2014 Emerging Writer’s Contest

The 2014 Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. The winner in each genre will receive $1,000 and publication in the magazine.

Entries will be accepted via our online Submission Manager ONLY between Saturday, March 1 and Thursday, May 15th. The Submission Manager will open to entries at noon EST on March 1 and will close to entries at noon EST on May 15th.

For details, visit:



Submissions for Issue 9 are open until May 15, and we are looking for creative and unique interpretations of our theme: TRUTH.

Please submit only one document in a genre for each issue, and limit prose and screenplay/drama to 5,000 words (double-spaced), poetry to 3 poems (up to 3 poems in a single document).

Our submissions period runs for three months: February 15 – May 15, 2014. There are two ways to submit to Mason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication. Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive.

Les poésies francophones du Canada: A Translation Prize8

Deadline: May 15, 2014 (postmarked or emailed)

Prize: $1000 CAD to one winner

Entry fee: $15 CAD for each translated poem

The Malahat Review invites entries from Canadian translators, poets, and passionate readers to submit to a one-time translation contest of les poésies francophones du Canada.

The prizewill be awarded to the best translation of a poem in French, from Quebec or elsewhere in Canada, into English. The winning entry will be announced in late summer 2014, and will be published inAt Home in Translation.

Translations must be of published French-language poems that do not exceed 60 lines including stanza breaks. The winning translation must also succeed in English as a work of the imagination.

Read full contest guidelines on the Malahat website.

2014 Idaho Prize for Poetry

The Idaho Prize is an annual, national competition offering $1,000 plus publication by Lost Horse Press for a book-length poetry manuscript. Manuscripts are accepted for review before May 15 of each year, and on 15 August, a winner is announced. In addition to announcements in national publications, the winning book and author will be featured on the Lost Horse Press website, along with a list of the finalists, as well as in the catalog of our distributor, the University of Washington Press.

The final judge for the 2014 Idaho Prize for Poetry is Dorianne Laux.

For more details, visit

Dancing Poetry Festival Contest

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Sponsored by Artists Embassy International

Three Grand Prize Winning Poems to be Danced and Filmed


       3 Grand Prizes will receive $100 each plus their poems will be danced and filmed. Each Grand Prize winner will be invited onstage for photo ops with the dancers and a bow in the limelight.

Six First Prizes will receive $50 each

Twelve Second Prizes will receive $25 each

Thirty Third Prizes will receive $10 each

       All winners will be invited to read at our 21st Festival at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, September 20, 2014

All prize winners will receive a prize certificate suitable for framing and a ticket to the Dancing Poetry Festival 2014. The top three poems chosen as Grand Prizes will be choreographed, costumed and recorded live in an on-stage performance at the Festival. See pictures from our 2013 Festival, and check the other tabs on our website to read winning poems and view photos of the winning poets.

Last year’s Grand Prize winners included Andrea Bates, Joanne M. Clarkson, and Jan K. Dederick. Recent topics of winning poems have touched on the travels of Matisse, a Picasso painting, falling leaves, love, Iraq, China, history, dance, current events, reverie, socially significant situations and even some humor sprinkled here and there. Please don’t feel constrained to write a poem about dancing.

The entry fee is $5 per poem or $10 for 3 poems, payable to Artists Embassy International. (Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order in US dollars or US currency.) Each poem may be up to 40 lines long. Send two copies of each poem. One copy should be anonymous (just title and poem), the other should have your name, address, phone, email address and where you heard about this contest (e.g. Winning Writers Newsletter). There is no limit on the number of entries. Entries should be typed.



I want poets (and non-poets) to try their hands at remixing the poems in my Solving the World’s Problems collection. The inspiration comes from pop and dance music, which routinely offers remixed versions of the original songs. Some sound similar to the original; others are grand departures. For me, this challenge is a great opportunity to collaborate. I hope that’s an intrinsic benefit for you as well, but one lucky person will receive the extrinsic benefit of $500. Deadline May 15, 2014. Enter as often as you wish.

Fraser Institute Student Essay Contest

Showcase your ideas on public policy and the role of markets by entering our essay competition.

New prize amounts for 2014: $9,000 in cash prizes awarded this year.

Special category for high school students only.

Winning essays may be published in Fraser Institute journals.


For details, visit


Categories and Prizes:

High School
1st Prize: $1,500
2nd Prize: $1,000
3rd Prize: $500

1st Prize: $1,500
2nd Prize: $1,000
3rd Prize: $500

1st Prize: $1,500
2nd Prize: $1,000
3rd Prize: $500

Topic: The rise of crony capitalism: how government and business gain at the taxpayers’ expense

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

The 2014 edition of our ghost story competition is now open!

Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story.

This year, our ghost story competition has a first prize of £500, and at least five finalists will each receive £100; the winner and finalists will also be published in an upcoming Fiction Desk anthology.

Entries should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length. The entry fee is £7 for each story submitted, and the closing date is Friday, May 30th, 2014. Winners will be announced in late July. For more details, visit

Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest

Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of approximately one – five thousand words.  The winner will be announced via a special mailing of our Jerry Jazz Musician newsletter.  Publishers, artists, musicians and interested readers are among those who subscribe to the newsletter. Additionally, the work will be published on the home page of Jerry Jazz Musician and featured there for at least four weeks.

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-twentieth century America.  While your writing should appeal to a reader with these characteristics, all story themes are considered.

Contest details

A prize of $100 will be awarded for the winning story. In addition to the story being published on Jerry Jazz Musician, the author’s acceptance of the prize money gives Jerry Jazz Musician the right to include the story in an anthology that could appear in book or magazine form.  No entry fee is required. One story entry only.

Submission deadline for the next contest — our 36th — is May 31, 2014.  Publishing date will be on or about July 10, 2014.  Ideally, stories will not exceed 3,000 words but stories of up to 5,000 words are considered.  There are no age limitations.

Please submit your story by May 31, 2014 via Word or Adobe attachment to, and 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.

Rolling deadlines: January 31, May 31, September 30


The Wolfe Pack Black Orchid Award
Celebrating the Novella Format

An important part of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe’s opus are novellas. To celebrate this format, the Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine have partnered to sponsor the Black Orchid Novella Award.


Want to submit an entry for the this year’s contest? It’s important that you read the rules and follow the procedures carefully. Click here to read this year’s contest flyer.


Deadline: May 31, 2014

For more details, visit

Roundel Poetry Competition 2014


First prize £100  Second prize £50  Third prize £25

Closing date: 31 May 2014

Entry fee: £3 per poem.


No entry form needed. Competition open to entrants aged 18 and over. Poems are welcome on any subject.

There is no limit to the number of entries per person. Each poem should be typed on a single A4 sheet.

Your name must not appear on the poem. Please enclose a separate A4 sheet with your name, contact details,

email address and title(s) of your poem(s).

For details:


Sponsored by the Frogmore Press

Deadline: May 31, 2014

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2014 will win 250 guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive 75 and 50 guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications.

The Backwaters Prize

The submission period for the 2014 Backwaters Prize is April 1 through May 31.   Our prize judge for 2014 will be Patricia Smith. We adhere to the CLMP code of ethics for administering a literary contest.

For more information about the prize and for a list of past winners, please visit the Backwaters Prize page.

What you win

The prize is a $1,000.00 cash prize plus publication of your manuscript.

This contest is open to anyone writing in English, whether the poet has previous book publications or not.

For details, visit

The Chatelaine Awards – Romance Fiction Writing Contests 2014

Currently accepting entries. Deadline: May 31st, 2014

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

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David Burland Poetry Prize

Closing Date:           31 May 2014

Entry Fee:         £8 – (first poem), £4 – each additional poem

Prizes:         £500         – first prize, recording with text, CD

£100         – second prize + CD

£30         – third prize + CD


First Prize will be awarded for each Language Category.

Entries accepted from writers of any nationality writing in either French or English

All writers 18 years of age and over

Entries should be your own work and not a translation of another poet’s work

Each poem will be judged separately

Submissions should not have been published prior to the competition and results

each poem to be clearly presented on separate pages with its title BUT not name of Author

Entries to be sent by post to Anna Burland Services UK

Entries by email will not be accepted

enquiries by email may be made to

Payment can be made on line via Pay Pal. Please remember to quote your Pay Pal Reference on your entry form

Cheque payments to be in Pounds Sterling and payable to Anna Burland Services

If your entry wins first prize, you give Anna Burland Service license to publish and record Your work online and in future Anthologies. As copyright holder of the winning work you are free to publish your work AFTER the David Burland Poetry Prize has been announced and placed on our site.

Announcement of the winners will be 01 August 2014.

For more details, visit

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.

2014 TIFERET Writing Contest

We are accepting submissions for the 2014 TIFERET Writing Contest from January 1, 2014 – June 1, 2014. You can submit your entries here.


$1,200 will be awarded in prizes

$400 for the best poetry submission

$400 for the best short story (fiction)

$400 for the best essay or interview (non-fiction)

One prize winner and two honorable mentions will be awarded in each category.

Please read our normal submission guidelines for help in determining what kind of writing we seek.


A $15 fee is required for each entry. Entries are defined as follows:

            Poetry: You may submit up to six poems. (Poems should be submitted in one document with each poem on a separate page and each page/poem titled.)

            Fiction: You may submit a story up to 20 pages.

            Essay/Interview: You may submit an essay or an interview up to 20 pages.

All submissions must be made electronically.

Submit and enter here.

Specify the genre and pay your appropriate entry fee for each entry. Winners will be announced in the fall of 2014.

Spring 2014 Travel Writing Contest,  $1,000 prize!

$15.00 USD


Award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is teaming up with Outside Magazine Executive Editor Sam Moulton for the first Nowhere Spring Travel Writing Contest. We are looking for young, old, novice and veteran voices with a powerful sense of place in their writing. Stories can be fiction or nonfiction, but please indicate which at the top of each manuscript. Entries should be be between 800-5,000 words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted, but again, please indicate this. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win…

The winner will be awarded $1,000 and published in an upcoming issue of Nowhere. The top 10 stories will be announced on the website and published on

Brush off your manuscripts or write something new and send it to the only literary travel magazine going… We look forward to reading your work.

Script to Screen Opens June 11!

Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central and the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) announce the launch of the third year of the writer-oriented, feature script development program,Script to Screen.

A development fund partnership with Corus’ Western Canada pay TV service, Movie Central and the Winnipeg-based NSI, the third year of Script to Screen was announced at theToronto Screenwriting Conferencethis past weekend. Submissions will open during this year’s Banff Media Festivalin June.

“We are proud to have created a Canadian fund that identifies and develops new talent,” said Maria Hale, VP, head of content distribution and pay TV at Corus Entertainment. “As Script to Screen moves into its third year we look forward to our continued partnership with NSI and a new round of entries.”

“We are so excited to see Script to Screen move forward into its third year,” said Melissa Kajpust, director of programming at the National Screen Institute. “This program really serves as a dream come true for the selected writers, and seeing it continue to flourish and develop over three years is very rewarding.”

Movie Central Script to Screen’s mandate is to provide Canadian screenwriters with robust funding, creative support and industry guidance to fully develop feature film concepts. Through the partnership with NSI, selected candidates will also benefit from the learning and development expertise provided by this renowned Canadian film, television and digital media training school.

Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize

Winner receives:

His or her chapbook published as both print and eBook

20 copies of the print version for the winner

$250 prize

An amethyst depression-glass trophy cup (circa 1930’s)

·       Entry Dates: March 1, 2014 – June 16, 2014.

·       Winner will be announced by September 2014.

·       Questions?  Email Two Sylvias Press:

·       Reading Fee: $15.00.

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Earlyworks Press with Circaidy Gregory

Poetry Collection Competition 2014

1st prize £100 advance and royalty contract for a collection published by Circaidy Gregory Press

Closing June 30th 2014

The winner’scollection will be edited byMandy Pannett, poetry editor for Sentinel Literary Quarterly and published by Circaidy Gregory Press. Circaidy poetry books are high-quality, perfect bound paperbacks, usually with original artwork and dedicated editors. They are actively promoted to online and high street bookstores, with review-copies available for journalists and stock made available for festivals and author-events.

Runners up will be offered an opportunity to submit a 10-12 page collection to anEarlyworks Press winners’ anthology

For details:

Northern Colorado Writers 2014 Writing Contests

Contest Categories

Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction

SUBMISSION PERIOD: April 1-June 30, 2014

The personal essay can be in any form or style, and should be evocative, thought-provoking, and sincere–and if it’s humorous too, even better. See below for word count and style guidelines. Nonfiction writer and novelist Laura Pritchett is our final judge in this category.


SUBMISSION PERIOD: July 1-September 30, 2014

Poems can be in any style, up to 250 lines. Submit up to three poems per entry fee in this category (see submission formatting instructions below). The final judge for poetry is Lisa Zimmerman.


Submission Guidelines

Open Submissions 
You do not need to be a member of NCW or in Colorado to enter the contests.

For more details, visit


Open to all Canadian writers


First: $300

Second: $200

Third: $100

Winning entries will be published in the National Voices 2014 Anthology

RULESLength: Between 1,000 to 2,000 words, unpublished complete short stories, any genre, in English
Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced, aligned left, indent each paragraph 5 spaces,
on 8 1/2 by 11 paper
No biographical notes are required. No submission entries will be returned

How to Submit: Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online
Your name or other identifiers must not appear anywhere on the story to ensure the judging is blind
Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet

Fee per entry: $15 for national Canadian Authors Association members, $20 for non-members

Deadline: All submissions and payments must be made or postmarked on or before 11:59 PM (PDT) Monday, June 30, 2014

Queries: For further information please email Jean Kay and mark SHORT STORY CONTEST in the subject line

Linda Hodge Bromberg Award for Prose Poetry Contest


(Subscription Included)

$15.00 USD


First Prize: 500 USD and publication in Quiddity as well as public-radio broadcast (offered via NPR member and PRI affiliate, Illinois Public Radio hub-station WUIS)

Honorable mentions may also be offered publication and broadcast.

All entrants will receive a one year subscription to Quiddity.

Contest deadline: June 30, 2014

For more details, visit

The 2014 Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests

Guidelines for the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Contest

Since 2003, the annual Autumn House Poetry Contest has awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500 to the winner. For the 2014 contest, the preliminary judge is Michael Simms, and the final judge is Alicia Ostriker. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2014. For further questions, feel free to email us, message us on Twitter, or ask us through our Facebook Fan Page.

The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.

The deadline is June 30, 2014.

For more details, visit

2014 Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival’s International Book Competition

The 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival’s international book competition is now underway. Writers and publishers of new books with mountain and/or adventure-travel themes are invited to enter the 21st annual competition — and we hope you have a book (or books!) to enter this year. View 2014 Competition entry details.


Entry deadline: June 30, 2014 

Entry forms: For all entries – completed forms must be received by June 30. (Online, or via mail or fax to the Festival office)

Books: For titles published before June 30, finished copies must be received at the Festival office before the deadline. For titles published after June 30, finished copies must be received by August 1.  See the competition regulations for details.


Early submission of books is encouraged and appreciated.


Pleasecontact us at if you have any difficulties downloading the entry form.

For more details, visit

7th Annual Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest


Ages 9 to 21 | All Countries

Opens February 1, 2014


Note to Past Participants: We have two important changes to the rules this year: 1) stories over 1,000 words will not be judged; 2) stories that do not have contact information at the top of the first page will not be judged. Also new, all finalists will be receiving a Certificate of Achievement this year, not just the winners. ~ Laura


Deadline June 30, 2014
Finalists Announced September 20, 2014
Winners Announced Live October 18, 2014 at the Junior Authors Writers Conference in Vancouver, Canada.


For more details, visit:

The Chaucer Awards – Historical Fiction Contest 2014

Currently accepting entries. Deadline: June 30th, 2014

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

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2014 Bellevue Literary Review Prizes

The annual Bellevue Literary Review Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. The contest is open each year from February 1 – July 1.

The winners of the 2014 prizes are Abby Horowitz for “Pediatricology” (fiction), Will McGrath for “Forty-One Months” (nonfiction), and Laurie Clements Lambeth for “Chronic Care: ‘Broken Leg’ by Keith Carter, Photograph” (poetry). Find out more.

We will begin accepting submissions for the 2015 prizes on February 1, 2014.

Contest guidelines

See more at:

The Saturday Evening Post 2015 Great American Fiction Contest is underway!

In its nearly three centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of American authors including F. Scott Fitzgerald; William Faulkner; Anne Tyler; Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.; Ray Bradbury; Louis L’Amour; Sinclair Lewis; Jack London; and Edgar Allan Poe. You have the opportunity to join our illustrious line-up by entering The Saturday Evening Post’s Third Annual Great American Fiction Contest.

The winning story will be published in the Jan/Feb 2015 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive a $500 payment. Five runners-up will each receive a $100 cash payment and will also have their stories published online.

Submission Guidelines

Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words in length

All stories must be submitted by the author, and previously unpublished (excluding personal websites and blogs)

No extreme profanity or graphic sex scenes

All stories must be submitted online in Microsoft Word format with the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page.

Entries should be character or plot-driven pieces in any genre of fiction.

Think local. The Post has historically played a role in defining what it means to be an American. Your story should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: Celebrating America, past, present, and future.

There is a $10 entry fee, which helps defray a portion of the cost of operating the contest.

All entries must be received electronically or postmarked by July 1, 2014.

See more at:

The NEW GUARD Contests in Fiction & Poetry

THE NEW GUARD VOLUME IV contest submission period runs from February 10 to July 14, 2014. The entry fee is $15. Guidelines are below. Click the link below to submit via Submittable’s online submission manager. We are looking forward to reading your work!



MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. We do not publish illustrations.

Judged by Letters to Wendy’s author Joe Wenderoth.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional poem in any form. Three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem.

Judged by National Book Award Finalist and author of Fast Animal,Tim Seibles.

We accept .doc or similar files–no PDFs, please. We do pay strict attention to word and line count. We accept previously unpublished work only. Any size print run or online publication (including blogs and/or social networking) disqualify an entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided we’re notified upon publication elsewhere. If we accept your story or poem for publication, we trust you will remove that story or poem from all other contests upon our acceptance of your work.

Contest winners and all finalists get one free copy of The New Guard, and each submission will be carefully considered for publication. Final judging is blind.

TNG retains standard first publication rights; all rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication. We are presently accepting contest submissions only. Please note that we no longer accept submissions via postal mail.

Please direct all submission questions to

New Writers Award

The New Writers Award is sponsored by the thirteen members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) to recognize newly published writers and introduce the best among them to students and faculty on GLCA campuses. Judges are professors of literature and writers in residence at GLCA colleges.

Since 1970, an award is made each year for a first published volume of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Each award winner has the opportunity to tour the thirteen colleges giving readings, meeting students and faculty, and leading discussions or classes.

Nominations should come from the publisher and should emphasize literary excellence. Publishers interested in finding out more about this award can contact Gregory Wegner, Director of the New Writers Award, via email or at 734.661.2350.

Note that the award is for a first published volume in its genre by the writer, that each publisher may enter only one work in each genre, and that four copies of each entry must be submitted. (Sorry, books cannot be returned.) Entries will be accepted beginning February 1, 2014. To be considered for this year’s award, all entries must be postmarked no later thanJuly 25, 2014.

For more information, visit

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

Winner: $60,000; Finalists: $5,000

Prize Guidelines

A prize of $60,000 will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book published between October 1, 2013 and September 17, 2014 that, in the opinion of the jurors, is the year’s best book of nonfiction. Literary nonfiction includes, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography. Finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. The overall effect of such writing should provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the issue at hand. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists.

Eligibility Criteria

Titles must be published in Canada between October 1, 2013 and September 17, 2014. Books that are not yet in final published form by the final deadline of July 30, 2014 may be submitted as bound galleys.

Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books published by a Canadian press, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Previous publication in another country does not disqualify a book.

Launch Your 
Screenwriting Career with Big Break Contest

Enter your screenplay or teleplay in the 
Big Break Contest by July 31, 2014 and launch your writing career

Eleven winners will share cash, prizes, and an NYFA Writing Fellowship with a total value over $80,000

Join past winners who scored representation with A-list executives and have seen their scripts optioned, sold, and produced.

Enter your feature screenplay in one of seven genre categories including Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, Period, Sci-Fi, and Horror

Enter your TV script in one of four categories in half-hour and hour formats for specs and pilots

Two Grand Prize Winners will be selected from the feature genre and television format winners

The Dream Quest One Poetry                      & Writing Contest

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is international, open to anyone who enjoys expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1,275.00. All works must be original.




Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.


And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). All entries must be neatly typed or legibly hand printed.


Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.


Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014


All contest winners will be announced on September 20, 2014



Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.


Entry fees:

$10 per short story.

$5 per poem.


To send entries: Include title(s) with your story(ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”


Mail to:


Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654


Visit for details on how to enter!


No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

The Laramie Awards – Western, Pioneer, Civil War Historical Fiction, Pre-1900s for 2014

Currently accepting entries. Deadline: July 31st, 2014

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

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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.  

Ordinary Guru Contest

Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back, sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently? If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest. You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay, cartoon, graphic novel or poem.

First Prize: $5,000

Second Prize: $2,500

Third Prize: $1,500

We look forward to reading your entry!


NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE OR PAYMENT DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years and older.Contest ends August 31, 2014.  Subject to complete Official Rules | Privacy Policy

6th Annual NANO Prize

The sixth-annual NANO Prize, awarding publication and $500 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, is now open! All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in September.

This year’s contest will be judged by Kim Chinquee.

The entry fee is $15 for up to three shorts. Please visit our submission manager to enter.

Rules and Guidelines: All entries must be unpublished and 300 words or fewer. While there will be only one winner of the contest, all submitted pieces will be considered for publication.

The entry fee is $15 for up to three shorts. Please paste all three works into the submission manager as one submission. You may enter as many times as you like. Each separate entry requires its own entry fee of $15. Entry fees are nonrefundable. Please withdraw your submission immediately if taken elsewhere.

The entrant’s name should not appear anywhere in the body of the submission.

Friends and family of the editors are not eligible to submit.

Deadline: September 1, 2014.

Palettes & Quills

4th Biennial Poetry Chapbook Competition

with Judge Kelly Cherry


Open to All Writers


Prize: A $200 cash award plus 50 copies of the published book. Additional copies will be available at an author’s discount. All finalists will receive one free copy of the published book. All contest entrants will be offered a special discount on the purchase price of the published book.


Deadline: September 30th, 2014.Manuscripts postmarked after September 30th will not be read.

For contest details, visit:

Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Writing Contest 2014 – The Clue Awards

Currently accepting entries. Deadline: September 30th, 2014.

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

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Persimmon Tree Poetry Contests

Upcoming Poetry Contests:



Submissions accepted:  Aug. 15 – Oct. 15, 2014

Appears:  Winter 2014-15
Judge TBA


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Contemporary & Mainstream Novel Writing Contest 2014 – The Somerset Awards

1st Place Category Award Winners for the Somerset Awards will compete for the 2014 Grand Blue Ribbon Prize.

Deadline: November 30th, 2014.

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

For more details, visit:!/~/product/category=5193080&id=21521214

Zone 3 Press

Creative Nonfiction Book Award

Prize: $1,000 and Publication

• One copy of your manuscript of 150-300 pages.
• An acknowledgments page may be included.
• $25.00 reading fee made payable to Zone 3 Press. Reading fee includes a one-year subscription to ZONE 3. Deadline: April 1, 2015.

For details, visit

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.


Rolling deadlines

Fjords will announce the 2013-14 contest winner(s) on August 15, 2014. Publication will follow in Fall 2015. We read manuscripts throughout the year and publish our winner and shortlist on the same day. Notification to the winner is sent on July 15, 2014.

Each manuscript should be between 45-300 pages and may be a collection of poetry, short stories or different kinds of literary pieces. Full-length visual art, illustrated and collaborative books are also considered.

To enter: send one word file or .pdf containing

Cover page with author name, telephone number, email and postal address and manuscript name

Page that includes only the title of the manuscript.

Manuscript with numbered pages and table of contents.

Judging for the contest is blind. All work submitted is considered for book publication and for publication in an edition of Fjords

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:

Zone 3 Nonfiction Award

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

Zone 3 Fiction Award

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


Zone 3 Poetry Award

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




Creative Nonfiction Collective Society Announces its 10th Anniversary Conference Program            in Calgary, May 2-4, 2014

The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society’s annual conference will be held May 2-4, 2014 at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary. The 10th anniversary conference promises a weekend jam-packed with literary nonfiction. Highlights include:

• Workshops by Denise Chong (Writing the World), Marjorie Doyle (Comic Relief), Madeline Sonik (Crossing Genres), Lauren Fath and Joanna Eleftheriou (CNF & the Poet) 

• Keynote address by acclaimed historian, novelist & essayist Ronald Wright, “A Short History of A Writer’s Life” (open to the public)

• Literary walk of Old Calgary with George Melnyk and special guest readers Myrna Kostash, Fred Stenson, Chris Turner & Aritha van Herk (open to the public)

•  A Master Class with Lorri Neilsen Glenn (Text, Time, Memory – the Art & Craft of Bricolage) (open to the public)

Plenary session and additional workshop details will be coming soon. Full conference details and registration information are available on our website. Register by April 2 and receive the early bird rate. The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) is a national organization for Canadian authors of literary nonfiction. The collective aims to promote the genre from coast to coast to coast.


Shaun Hunter

Creative Nonfiction Collective Society Conference Committee


Apply now for NSI Totally Television


The National Screen Institute is seeking applications from writer/producer teams for its prestigious NSI Totally Television course.

Up to six teams will have the opportunity to develop their television projects with the best showrunners/story editors in the country.

Past story editors have included Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), Vera Santa Maria (producer on Parks and Recreation), David Barlow (KingThe Border) and Aaron Martin (Being EricaSaving Hope). Teams will also meet with decision makers from major Canadian networks and executive producers from companies like Shaftesbury, Temple Street, Breakthrough and Omni.

This 10-month course includes extensive training, individual sessions with story editors and production execs, and private pitch meetings with broadcasters. Teams advancing to phase two of the course attend the Banff World Media Festival and receive up to $5,000.

“We’re so happy to bring this in-demand course back to NSI’s regular roster of programming,” said Melissa Kajpust, director of programming at NSI. “It’s an exciting time for Canadian television and we’re grateful to Bell Media for extending their support of NSI Totally Television.”

Apply for the course by May 6, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. CST.

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!

Camp NaNoWriMo

You’re invited to Camp NaNoWriMo, running this July!

We first imagined Camp simply as an off-season alternative to National Novel Writing Month, but it’s evolved into much more than that: writers choose their own projects—from novel sequels to scripts to pop-up books—and find cabin communities (and often new friends) to support them.

We call it a retreat because you can write anything, plus see what you’re capable of when you have the time and space to create.

Last year, we introduced flexible word-count goals (10,000 to 999,999) and the ability to add your own project genre. Our 2014 features are designed to make Camp even more open:

Supersized, ultra-hyphy cabins. Chat with a mondo crew of fellow writers on @reply-enabled message boards.

Full project-defining power. Claim a genre and category on your profile. “Adventure Short Stories”? “Historical Poetry”? Anything goes.

A big world of inspiration.Our blog, Facebook, and Twitter will be in full Camp spirit throughout the spring and summer.

Brand-new (and restocked) Camp merchandise and donation levels. Because you need a “CandleLit” T-shirt and twig pen in your life.

Make Camp NaNoWriMo your creative retreat. Sign in today (with your existing NaNoWriMo or Camp login).

Chris Angotti

Director of Programs

Indigenous Writing Program


September 15 – 27, 2014 (on-site residency)

October 6 – December 12, 2014 (online program)

Apply by May 1, 2014

Faculty: Witi Ihimaera, Lee Maracle, Richard Wagamese  


The Indigenous Writing Program is a unique opportunity for writers to develop their writing and storytelling voices amidst a vibrant community of renowned faculty and fellow writers. It offers an extended period of writing time: an intensive two-week residency at The Banff Centre followed by 10 weeks working online from your own home or work space. Writers receive invaluable one-on-one editorial feedback with outstanding faculty during the residency, and continue working online with a mentor-editor throughout the 10 weeks off campus.

*Financial assistance is available from the Canada Council for the Arts for all accepted applicants. Assistance includes program tuition, accommodation, meals, and travel.

For more details, visit

Apply now for NSI Totally Television

The National Screen Institute is seeking applications from writer/producer teams for its prestigious NSI Totally Television course.

Up to six teams will have the opportunity to develop their television projects with the best showrunners/story editors in the country.

Past story editors have included Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), Vera Santa Maria (producer on Parks and Recreation), David Barlow (KingThe Border) and Aaron Martin (Being EricaSaving Hope). Teams will also meet with decision makers from major Canadian networks and executive producers from companies like Shaftesbury, Temple Street, Breakthrough and Omni.

This 10-month course includes extensive training, individual sessions with story editors and production execs, and private pitch meetings with broadcasters. Teams advancing to phase two of the course attend the Banff World Media Festival and receive up to $5,000.

“We’re so happy to bring this in-demand course back to NSI’s regular roster of programming,” said Melissa Kajpust, director of programming at NSI. “It’s an exciting time for Canadian television and we’re grateful to Bell Media for extending their support of NSI Totally Television.”

Apply for the course by May 6, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. CST.


DATE: MAY 7 – 9, 2014



Join us for the fourth annual Nonfiction Writers Conference May 7 – 9, 2014!


2014 Nonfiction Writers Conference Location: Your Couch – This event is virtual! Once again we will feature 15 speakers over three days, all conducted via teleseminar. Conference sessions typically run between 9:00 a.m. PST to 4:00 p.m. PST.

See more at:



May 15-18, 2014, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC


Calling all writers and teachers of creative writing!  The 2014 CCWWP draft conference schedule and registration form is now live. The CCWWP planning committee and executive board have worked hard on affordability this year, and rates have been significantly reduced from the Toronto conference in 2012, with further discounts for early registration.  CCWWP is excited to host three exciting keynote events, with three marvellous writers: Joseph Boyden, Amy Bloom and Lisa Moore.  A stimulating mix of panel discussions and readings from the community of writers across Canada and internationally will be offered.

For conference schedule (to date) and to register, please visit:


The Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs was formed in 2010 to create a national network, forum, lobby group, resource, and conference for creative writers and those teaching creative writing. 

Samantha Warwick

Southern Alberta Program Coordinator

Writers Guild of Alberta

Phone: (403) 265 – 2226


“The Writers Guild of Alberta is a community of writers that exists to support, encourage and promote writers and writing; to safeguard the freedom to write and to read; and to advocate for the well-being of writers.”

Young Writers 2014

May 16 – May 19, 2014Fri 6:30 PM – Mon 1:00 PM


“Come to this program…you will be inspired and will inspire. You will grow and sow the seeds for others to grow. You will have a blast” – Young Writer, 2009

You are a creative Writer between the ages of 13 – 18. You would like to write, play and create with other inspiring Writers…..If this in some small way describes you, then spend a long weekend with us! You’ll get to work with experienced writers, explore a variety of forms of writing – spoken word, poetry, short stories – create pieces of your own, and collaborate to complete a ‘zine.

Writers at all levels will be challenged and supported in a friendly, creative atmosphere. Everyone will be encouraged to offer respectful feedback, celebrate differences and to write, write, write!

Click here for the Health Form which your parents or guardian needs to fill out and sign!

Program Cost: $660 ($425 tuition+$235 meals/accommodations) 
Bursaries available!

Local Price: $519 (program cost without overnight, without breakfast)

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

Now accepting applications: 
Interdisciplinary Arts Residency

Application deadline: June 2, 2014

This latest residency is designed to support artists, collectives, and companies in the creation, investigation, and production of new work that crosses disciplines and genres. Utilizing the various artistic facilities on campus, artists will be able to explore projects that blur boundaries.
Artists at various stages of artistic practice are encouraged to apply, whether they are at the conceptual stage, ready for development and production, or preparing for presentation. Adjudication is based on artistic merit and the ability of The Banff Centre to help realize the project.

For more information, visit

Writing Your Life Story 2014

Jun 6 – Jun 8, 2014 Fri 7:00 PM – Sun 1:00 PM


Join us for a weekend of writing and reflecting, considering your life’s journey, and creating a visual memoir to keep or share with loved ones.

Using art, meditation, and reflection, facilitators will guide you through exercises to help you capture your own personal history and life lessons, and compile a mini-memoir book using words and pictures.

No experience required! Come with your memories, old postcards, photographs, or just a desire to reflect on your life’s path and ponder what you’ve learned along the way.

Program Cost: $380 ($225 tuition+$155 meals/accommodations)

Local Price: $286 (program cost without overnight, without breakfast)

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

Self-publishing Summit 2014

June 7 & 8 presented by Howard VanEs and Brooke Warner of She Writes Press. There is also an extremely generous early registration offer which you can see below.


This year our focus will be on marketing your books and the reason is both obvious and extremely important. Ask any bestselling author the difference between books that are bestseller and the ones that fade away, and they will tell you that marketing is the difference.


Will your book become a bestseller or will it languish, make a few sales and then never to be heard of again? The difference between good books that sell well and those that don’t is MARKETING.


Highlights of the Summit include:


• The 7 keys for book marketing success: Learn how the big players do it and watch book sales soar!

• Make marketing easy with expanded distribution: More channels of distribution = more sales.

• Social media secrets: The 3 big mistakes most writers make using social media and how to use it effectively without it becoming a major time suck!

• Turn your book into a sales magnet: Generate tons of additional sales, email addresses and fans for your book!

• How to craft a powerful and effective Elevator Pitch

• P.R. made easy and effective!

• Website magic: Discover the secrets of a successful author web site and how to have an effective site made easily and quickly, even if you are a non-techie!

• Turn your book into cash machines: Discover a variety of ways to turn your existing book content into products and services that generate cash in as little as 24 hrs.

• And much more!


Perhaps most importantly, you will be guided through creating your own marketing plan. Leave the weekend with a clear plan of action knowing exactly what to do and when to do it.


Click here to learn more or register:


Kick your career and books sales into high gear! Join us for Self-publishing Summit 2014.


Keep writing!

Howard VanEs

Women Reading Aloud


JUNE 16 – 25, 2014


We’re looking forward to June, 2014


ALONNISOS is a jewel of an island situated in the northwest of the Aegean Sea. It belongs to the Northern Sporadic group of islands. The harbor spills into a small bay with clear turquoise waters, surrounded by steep, ochre-yellow cliffs. Alonnisos has been designated as one of the top eco-islands of Europe. Swim in its crystal clear waters or hike old donkey paths kept open for nature lovers. Explore the natural beaches and travel into the hilly countryside where gentle, green hills converge with deep ravines. View the island as one large botanical garden. Surround yourself with dramatic views from the top of Chora – Old Town – and other highpoints on the island. Return to your private terrace and breathe in the calm of the environment.

You will arrive by Flying Dolphin hydrofoil or ferry to the lively port and main village of Patitiri. Most of the islands’ 2,900 permanent inhabitants live in this area. Patitiri is full of cafes and tavernas where you can sit with your writing journal and enjoy the port atmosphere with the many colorful fishing and sailing boats. Walk up the hill to Nina’s Pansion where you will be staying and feast your eyes on the magenta bourganvilla. Read. Take a nap. Swim. Hike. Take time. Write.

CanWrite! 2014 Conference

CanWrite! 2014 will be held June 19-22 in Orillia, Ontario



Early-bird registration ends January 27, 2014

Registration period ends May 24, 2014



The Canadian Authors Association’s annual CanWrite! conference is for aspiring, emerging and accomplished writers. We are once again incorporating a retreat element into our conference, but with a bit of a twist. Regular workshops and master classes are offered in the afternoons, and you have a selection of options for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings — an à la carte menu to make sure this writers’ conference meets your current needs.



Moderated expressive writing circles

Guided forest hikes to spark your creativity

Yoga sessions

Special interest sessions

Pitch sessions with publishing professionals



Master classes for published and mid-career authors (held June 18)

Optional retreat mornings – personal writing, social or ‘me’ time

Selection of half-day afternoon workshops on the craft and business of writing

Book fair and author signings

Panel discussions on timely issues in the publishing industry

Exhibits by professionals offering specialized services to writers

Open mike readings

2014 CanAuthors Literary Awards

Canadian Authors Annual General Meeting


Location: Lakehead University, Orillia Campus

Gladstone Library Writer in Residence Programme for 2015: OPEN NOW!

Submissions open: 5 February 2014

Deadline: Monday 30 June 2014 

Gladstone’s Library’s immensely successful Writer in Residence programme is now seeking submissions for residencies to take place in 2015. There will be four residencies offered in 2015. Each of the winning writers will be awarded a full month’s residency in the wonderfully creative atmosphere of Gladstone’s Library. During that month, each writer will publish two blogs about their stay, run a one-day workshop on the craft of creative writing, and host an evening event where they talk about any aspect of their writing life. Each residency comes with full board and lodging, travel expenses within the UK and a stipend of £100 per week. Previous judges of the prize include Damian Barr, Stella Duffy, and Jessica Fellowes. The 2015 judges are Vanessa Gebbie, Charles Gladstone, Katrina Naomi and Sarah Waters.

Now in its fourth year, the prize was established by Gladstone’s Library in association with Damian Barr (saloniere and author of Maggie and Me) to explore and define liberal values in the twenty-first century. As the Library’s Warden, Peter Francis, points out, ‘we are committed to maintaining Gladstone’s legacy of engagement with social, moral, and spiritual questions, by helping people reflect more deeply on the questions that concern them: this scheme is an extension of that mission’.

For more details, visit

Independent Writing Retreat 2014

Aug 17 – Aug 22, 2014Sun 7:00 PM – Fri 3:00 PM


“The retreat was like a gift, and I thank the Centre for allowing creative thought to run rampant through your lovely facility.” – Independent Writing Retreat past participant

This is an invitation to writers who want to work independently on a manuscript, in a community designed to support writers.

Unique to this retreat, you also have the option of getting feedback on your writing in the evenings with author and teacher Gwen Davies and another author and facilitator TBA . The facilitators will also be available to answer questions and offer support.

Click here to see information about a Young Adult Writing Scholarship.

Program Cost: $595 ($200 tuition+$395 meals/accommodations)

Local Price: $360 (program cost without overnight, without breakfast)

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



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 youenroll 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

Artist Residency

A different kind of Artists’ Colony in Costa Rica

Open Call to writers and artists of all disciplines worldwide, emerging or established. Currently accepting applications for spring and summer of 2014. If making plans on shorter notice space may or may not be available, so please inquire first:


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.

ISLAND Hill House Artist Residency Program

Hill House Residency supports talented emerging songwriters, writers at all stages of their career and non-studio artists (see a more complete definition below) with a two, three or four week stay in a semi-secluded log cabin near East Jordan, Michigan. It includes a well-stocked kitchen, a selection of instruments and some basic recording gear, as well as opportunities for community exchange through performance, readings and workshops (only at your request, of course). The emerging musician residency also offers a small stipend to aid in your professional development.

Artists age 21 and older from anywhere in the world may apply. Solo artists as well as collaborating teams of up to four people may apply.

The residency lasts a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four weeks.

There is a $25 application fee. This fee is per application period. Applying for an entire year will cost $50. While there is no additional cost to you, you will still need money for incidentals, materials and transportation to and from the residency. Also consider indirect costs: time away from your job and paying bills at home while you are in residence.

For more details, visit

Osage Arts Community Residency

Osage Arts Community is a place that provides temporary time, space, and support for the creation of new work in a retreat format. These creative residencies are generally anywhere from one week to one year but average around six months. OAC serves creative people of all kinds – visual artists, composers, poets, fiction and nonfiction writers.

OAC is located on a 152-acre farm in an isolated rural mountainside setting in Central Missouri bordered by ¾ of a mile of the Gasconade River. We provide a solitary retreat to those working alone, as well as welcoming collaborative teams, offering a living space and a country environment in addition to workspace to emerging and mid-career artists.

We are committed to a unified belief in the creative process, and we support this by offering dedicated time and space for the creation of new work.

Visit us at Facebook, see our page at Alliance of Artist Communitiesor see current artist blog at OAC_Blogs.

For more details, visit

Red Gate Residency

Red Gate Residency was founded in 2001, by the leading art gallery in China and has since been committed to the promotion of multicultural art dialogue within an immersion setting. Each year, they host over 70 artists from all over the world in the residency. In order to provide artists-in-residence with abundant opportunities to explore the local art scene, they also cooperate with art spaces and projects in Beijing and coordinate exhibitions and activities.

Eligible Applicants

There is no limitation by medium nor by nationality. We are open to multicultural and cross-disiplinary exchange. We work with artists who can organize their own funds and or have received grants to cover their residency.

Application Process

We ask that all applicants apply using our online application form. Portfolio and brief bigography are required. Applicants also need to outline their residency objectives. 

The length of residencies range from 1 month to 6 months (we prefer to take bookings by the month). Applications are received on a rolling basis. Although at times we may have last minute space available, our facilities commonly fill six months in advance so we encourage an early application.

Women Reading Aloud Writer’s Retreat

WOMEN READING ALOUD hosts its 4th international Writer’s Retreat from June 16th – 25th on the magical island of Alonnisos, in beautiful Greece.

Situated in the northwest of the Aegean Sea, Alonnisos has been designated as one of the top eco-islands of Europe. View the island as one large botanical garden. Enjoy your private room with bath and private balcony overlooking the turquoise waters of the sea. Morning Writing Workshops, Nite Writes, Sunset Dinner Cruise, Yoga (optional), Welcome Dinner, Closing Reception and much more. Led by Julie Maloney, Founder/Director of Women Reading Aloud. Open to writers of all genres. All levels. Workshops follow the Amherst Writers and Artists Method.

Discover new material, hone your craft and explore the writer’s life. For testimonials and further details,

The Banff Centre Literary Arts Programs


Call for applications:Summer/fall 2014 programs


Narrative & Poetry
Writing With Style

Application deadline: Jun 15, 2014

Program dates:  Sep 6, 2014
- Sep 13, 2014


Wired Writing Studio

Application deadline: Jun 15, 2014

Program dates:  Oct 6, 2014
- Oct 18, 2014


Mountain and Wilderness Writing

Application deadline: Jun 15, 2014

Program dates:  Oct 31, 2014
- Nov 21, 2014



Writing With Style

Application deadline: Jun 15, 2014

Program dates:  Sep 6, 2014
- Sep 13, 2014


Mountain and Wilderness Writing

Application deadline: Jun 15, 2014

Program dates:  Oct 31, 2014
- Nov 21, 2014


For details, visit :



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.


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.

Capacity Building Initiative: Travel Grants from Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines[PDF, 307.7 KB].

Applicants who cannot view the documents in PDF format can contact the Equity Office to receive documents in alternative formats.


Program Description

Signed, audio and captioned videos summarizing this program are available.

These grants contribute to travel costs associated with participation in professional and career development activities in order for applicants to network, share knowledge, gain skills in specific arts practices and engage in dialogue about equity in the arts. No deadline. You may apply for one of the following fixed amounts to help cover your travel costs, based on excursion fares: $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 or $2,500. However, the two highest amounts ($2,000 and $2,500) are available only if you are traveling to or from northern Canada or to international destinations other than the United States and Europe. These grants cannot be used for travel that occurs before the date that the application is submitted. You might not be awarded the full amount requested.

For more information, visit:



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.

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.

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

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Goose Lane Editions specializes in Canadian literary fiction and poetry, and in creative non-fiction on subjects such as art, history, politics, biography, travel, nature, popular culture, and the big ideas of our time. We are principally interested in submissions from Canadian writers. We only consider submissions from outside of Canada if the author is Canadian and if the book has extraordinary interest to Canadian readers. We do not publish books for children or young adults, personal memoirs, how-to books, mystery novels, fictional crime stories or works of science fiction. We do publish books with a distinctive flair and a clear, resounding voice, and vision. We are interested in books that take the reader on an original journey that fascinates, resonates, and captivates.

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Summer issue of Malahat lite and Malahat Review now available!

Mythic Dragon Publishing

~We are on the hunt for compelling stories with unique characters,

engaging settings, and intense conflict.~


If this fits your manuscript(s), we invite you to submit your story.

We publish almost all genres.


For children’s picture books, send full manuscript. For all others, send either full manuscript OR table of contents plus three sample chapters. Peachtree does not accept query letters where no manuscript is included. Peachtree currently publishes the following categories: Children’s fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, middle readers, young adult books, education, parenting, self-help, and health books of interest to the general trade. Peachtree does not publish historical novels (except children’s/young adult), science fiction, fantasy, romance, westerns, horror, poetry, short stories, plays, business, scientific or technical reference, or books intended specifically as textbooks.

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Non-fiction (psychology, sociology, sustainable living and building topics)

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Fiction (historical, suspense, general fiction)

Mind-Body-Spirit topics

Young Adult (pre-teen and young adult)

Children’s (for ages 2 up through 12)

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