TWP Weekly Writing Post 2014 June 1-7 Edition


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2014 June 1-7 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 (For a full summer of fun, there will be 3 weeks of art workshops before the 21st of July, and 3 weeks of speaking workshops after the 8th of August.)

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

Congratulations to Richard Lemm, Susan Buchanan and Margot Maddison-MacFayden for winning in their categories!

The eleven award-winning books, publishers and authors/illustrators are:

1. Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature: Nix Minus One, by Jill MacLean, published by Pajama Press

2. Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, Sponsored by Friesens Corporation: Acorn Press for Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island by Jesse Francis and A.J.B. Johnston

3. Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Sponsored by Marquis Book Printing: Black Loyalists: Southern Settlers of Nova Scotia’s First Free Black Communities by Ruth Holmes Whitehead, published by Nimbus Publishing

4. Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction in Memory of Robbie Robertson Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth: Scapegoat: the extraordinary legal proceedings following the 1917 Halifax Explosion by Joel Zemel, published by New World Publishing

5. Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing: The August Gales: The Tragic Loss of Fishing Schooners in the North Atlantic, 1926 and 1927, by Gerald Hallowell, published by Nimbus Publishing

6. Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke: Fallsy Downsies, by Stephanie Domet, published by Invisible Publishing

7. Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration: Susan Tooke for Lasso the Wind: Aurélia’s Verses and Other Poems, written by George Elliott Clarke, published by Nimbus Publishing

8. Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, Sponsored by Collins Barrow, Weed Man and the Savage Family: Turn Us Again by Charlotte R. Mendel, published by Roseway Publishing

9. PEI Book Award – Fiction (part of the Prince Edward Island Book Awards): Riptides: New Island Fiction, edited by Richard Lemm, published by Acorn Press

10. PEI Book Award – Non-Fiction (part of the Prince Edward Island Book Awards): Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island by Jesse Francis and A.J.B. Johnston, published by Acorn Press

11. PEI Book Award – Poetry (part of the Prince Edward Island Book Awards): The TWIG Collective – A Gathering of Twigs edited by P. Susan Buchanan and Margot Maddison-MacFadyen, published by TWiG Publications

Haviland Club Open Mic Features PEI’s First Poet Laureate, June 10th

Poet Laureate Dianne Hicks Morrow invites readers and listeners to the special Open Mic event, on Tuesday, June 10, from 7-9 p.m. in the Haviland Club’s Great Room.


The featured reader will be none other than PEI’s first poet laureate, John Smith, professor emeritus of English at UPEI. He is the author of seven books of poetry and is renowned for his dramatic poetry readings.


He has titled this reading Pocket Poems Revisited: Put these in your pocket: a presentation of little poems with big things to say, from Shakespeare to now.


Everyone is welcome. Readers can sign up at 7 p.m. to read their own poetry or prose, anywhere from three to five minutes. John Smith will read at 7 p.m. with the open mic after intermission.


This will be the final Open Mic until fall. Admission is free or by donation. Please contact Dianne at with any questions.

Deadline Extended!

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., Monday, June 30, 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!




Fiction entries 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.

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.

Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

The annual story contest for 2014 is now open!  Anyone can enter. All you have to do is write a short story in mystery, suspense, or thriller style. Up to 2500 words, which is about 10 double-spaced pages. It’s loads of fun and a good exercise of your writing skills.

Deadline: June 1, 2014. That date will creep up on you, so start sketching your ideas!

Fabulous Prizes: $200 for First, $100 for Second, and $75 for Third. And you get a certificate of acknowledgement from the club, admiring applause at the awards luncheon, your win announced in the newspaper, your winning story posted on the AMW website, and of course, everlasting glory.

For details, visit

The Taming of Chance Short Story Competition


Spring Youth Prize: $500 (Submissions due by June 1, 2014)

Summer Youth Prize: $500 (Submissions due by October 1, 2014)

Winter Youth Prize: $500 (Submissions due by December 1, 2014)

Grand Prize: $2000 (Submissions due by December 15, 2014)

This story competition asks you to tell a story that happens in this alternative reality, where the Normal Curve had not been discovered. What if the Normal Curve was a secret? Would those who held it use it for good or evil? Let your imagination run wild in a world where chance was yet to be tamed! (see The Taming of Chance, by Ian Hacking for more information, and to get a glimpse into the inspiration for this competition)

Open to All Types of Storytellers

Whether you are the next George Lucas, James Cameron, or more prone to prose, we know that you might have a story worth sharing. Enter into the category which best suits your work.

Team submissions are allowed (and encouraged)!

For more details, visit

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.


 Here’s a great opportunity for you, the writer, to take time and sharpen up the word-tools in the imagination box to create something unique and wonderful as an entry in this inaugural writing competition.

The Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, Inc. is calling on anyone interested in writing short stories to consider an entry in the Launceston, Tasmania Literary Award, 2014. With a great prize pool, the Award is open to all—worldwide!

First Prize:AUD$2,500.00

Second Prize:AUD$750.00

Third Prize:AUD$500.00

Highly Commended & Commended certificates

Closing date: Midnight, Australian Eastern Standard Time, Friday, June 13, 2014. No email entries received past this time will be accepted.

For more details, visit

Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards for Social Justice Writing

The book award is set at five thousand dollars and the magazine award is set at two thousand dollars. Both awards are made available to freelance writers of non-fiction for social justice writing that is exceptionally written, well researched and demonstrates excellence of storytelling. The Book and Magazine awards are unique in that they are generally awarded before the writer completes a book or magazine project for publication.

Deadline: June 13, 2014

For more details, visit

2nd Annual Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, 2014

(Now Accepting Submissions)

The Lucille Clifton annual poetry contest, held each spring, honors the prolific work of poet great Lucille Clifton. Widely celebrated for her unpretentious and unapologetic poems, Clifton’s unique free verse was free of punctuation, taut, and always recognizably her. When submitting think: humanness, struggle, adversity, resilience.

Please submit no more than three unpublished poems, no more than five pages in length. No personal information should appear on the poems. The cover sheet should include: poem titles with line counts, author’s contact information and a brief bio. Entries must include a $10.00 reading fee payable via our Paypal donation page.

All entries must be submitted or postmarked April 1st- June 15th, 2014. The selected winner will receive $250.00 and publication on our website along with honorable mentions. This year’s final judge will be Nikki Giovanni. Please send electronic submissions via email to: with the words Lucille Clifton Prize. Please send postal entries to: Backbone Press, Inc. PO Box 51483, Durham, NC 27717-1483. Postal entries will not be returned.

For more details, visit



We welcome poems of any length, on all subjects – as long as they’re written by women.

1st prize: £2,000

(plus two optional extras*: a week’s writing retreat at Cove Park and a mentoring session with the Editor of premier magazine Poetry Review.

2nd prize: £400
3rd prize £200

17 other finalists will each win £25


for the best poem by a previously unpublished woman poet.

All winning poems will be published in Mslexia.

Judge: Wendy Cope

Award-winning poet Wendy Cope, OBE is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has four collections of poetry published, including 2011’s Family Values. She judged the Man Booker Prize in 2007, and has kindly agreed to return to us to judge our 2014 competition.

Closing date: 16 June 2014

For more details, visit



This competition is for short collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems. To enter, you need to be a women poet who does not have full-length collection published.

1st prize: Publication by Seren Books in 2015

Plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and a 10 per cent royalty on sales. One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in Mslexia magazine.

Judge: Amy Wack, poetry editor at Seren Books

Florida-born Amy Wack has been Poetry Editor at Seren since 1992. Amy is a poet herself, and her bincluding the title Women’s Works.

Closing date: 16 June 2014

For more details, visit

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.

– See more at:

Bacopa Literary Review 2014 Contest

           Contest Submissions

for the fall 2014 edition will be accepted starting

12:01AM (U.S. Eastern Std Time)  April 1, 2014

through Midnight, June 30, 2014.

Bacopa will award publication & cash to 9 winning submissions:

1st Prize = $350 (1 each for Poetry, Fic & Creative Nonfiction)

2nd = $200 (1 each for Poetry, Fic & Creative Nonfiction)

3rd = $100 (1 each for Poetry, Fic & Creative Nonfiction)

For more details, visit

2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

The submission period for the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is now open.

With the success of our first three contests, 2011: Rebecca Givens Rolland for her collection The Wreck of Birds,2012: Nils Michal for his collection,  Come Down to Earth, and David Koehn for his collection, Twine (available April 2014), we are pleased to begin accepting submissions for our next prize.

The winner receives $1000, book publication, and 100 copies of the published book, as well as distribution with our other spring titles through our partner UPNE (University Press of New England).

Manuscripts must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2014. Please send as “Media Mail” and save yourself some money—manuscripts are included in the Media Mail postal regulations.

For details, visit .

2015 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize

The Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize is OPEN for the 2015 contest

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize is open for submissions April 1 through June 30, 2014. There is NO fee to enter this contest and international entries are welcome.

Please realize that this is a chapbook competition for 20-40 pages of poetry. Entries with fewer than 20 pages will simply be discarded.

The winner of the Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize will receive $500 and 25 printed copies of the chapbook. The chapbook will be sold in both physical and electronic versions via a publishing contract with Casey Shay Press.

There is NO fee to enter this contest, but each entrant may submit only one manuscript.

Deadline: June 30, 2014

For details, visit

The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2014

For the first time since its resurgence, The London Magazine is hosting a worldwide poetry competition which is open for all ages.

Opening Date: 1st May 2014

Closing Date: 30th June 2014

This will be a chance to get published in the most prestigious literary journal in the UK which has been home to the likes of Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Christopher Reid and many more, along with winning a cash prize.

First Prize: £200

Second Prize: £150 

Third Prize: £100

The winning poem will be published in an issue of The London Magazine, both in print and online. The runners up will be featured on the website.

Entry fee: £5 per poem.

There is no limit on the number of poems you can submit.

The winners will be announced at a reception, which will be confirmed closer to the date.

For more details, visit

2014 erbacce prize

The erbacce-prize for 2014 is now OPEN for submissions

up until the end of June 2014

A reminder of the winner’s prize:

1) Publication of your collected works in perfect-bound format

with full-colour gloss or matt cover (the winner chooses)

2) A publishing contract with erbacce-press

3) Generous royalties

4) Your own dedicated Sales-Page

5) Five free copies of your book delivered to your home



For details, visit

Hillerman Prize

Sponsored by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, the Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded annually for the best first mystery set in the Southwest. The winner receives a contract with St. Martin’s Press for publication of the novel and $10,000. Named after New Mexico’s best known mystery author, the Tony Hillerman Prize competition is open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published mystery, or under contract with a publisher for publication of a mystery. Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with the emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.

Only one manuscript entry is permitted per writer. All entries must be received or postmarked no later than June 1 of the given year. All manuscripts submitted: a) must be original works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language by the contestants; b) must not violate the rights of any third party, and c) must generally follow the guidelines below.

For details, visit

The Norton Writer’s Prize

The Norton Writer’s Prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered.

The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500. Two runners-up will each receive a cash award of $1,000.

The deadline for submissions is June 16, 2014.

Competition for the Norton Writer’s Prize is open to undergraduates enrolled during the 2013-2014 academic year in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. Employees of Norton and their children are not eligible, nor are children of Norton authors.

Each entry must be accompanied by a cover letter on departmental stationery from a nominating instructor.  Electronic submissions must include an attached scanned cover letter of departmental stationary. Each instructor may nominate only one student essay. The nominating instructor must provide a one-paragraph summary of the essay’s merits and should type out his or her name, address, phone number, email address, and title.

Submissions may be made electronically or by mail.  Each student may submit only one essay.

For more details, visit

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is a seamless extension of its existing sponsorship of the Jaipur Literature Festival. The DSC Prize will celebrate the rich and varied world of literature in this region and promote the achievements of South Asian writers as well as writers of any ethnicity writing about South Asia and its many diaspora.

The DSC Prize carries an award of US $50,000 and the first edition of the prize has generated tremendous response in international literary forums.

Entries Close On June 16, 2014

For details, visit

Twisted Stringybark Short Story Award 2014

The Twisted Stringybark Short Story Award 2014 is now open.  Writing from all genres is acceptable but there are two main conditions:

Firstly, that the story has a nifty twist at the end (or the middle, or beginning) that surprises the reader and secondly, that the story has some link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia.

The Twisted Stringybark Short Story Award 2014 will be presented to the writer whose story entertains the judges the most.  You have a maximum of 1500 words in which to achieve this feat.  International entries are most welcome.

There is a total value of over $860 worth of prizes in cash and books available.  Stories must be sent via email.   Closing date for entries is 29 June 2014.  Winners will be notified by 26 August 2014.

For more details, visit

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

Next deadline: June 30, 2014

Writer Contest Rules




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



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

For more details, visit

Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry

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

Next deadline: June 30, 2014

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

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

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

For submission guidelines, visit

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Competition

The 2014 playwriting competition is open to submissions from March 1 through June 30. We prefer manuscripts to be submitted electronically but hard copy submissions will also be accepted. Electronic submissions must be received by midnight on June 30 and mailed manuscripts should be postmarked by the deadline.

All works must concern LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) life and be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art or event. See What Is Historical? for more information.

All works submitted (full–length dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) must be original and in English. One work per author, please. There is no entry fee. Prizewinners will be chosen before the end of the year. Prizes are as follows: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500.

For more details, visit

Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Competition

Win a £3000 ($4800) prize for your short story


Cash prizes totaling £4500 ($7200) can be won in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Competition summer 2014 for prose fiction in any genre up to 3000 words.


The first prize is £3000 ($4800), with a second prize of £500 ($800), third prize of £250 ($400) and 15 runner up prizes of £50 ($80).


The top 50 contestants, whether they win a cash prize or not, will also gain a brief personal critique of their stories.


That’s 50 opportunities to win a valuable prize!


The Writers’ Village award is one of the world’s largest short story competitions that specifically welcomes new writers from anywhere in the English-speaking world.


Prizes will go to those writers whose short stories show the greatest originality, mastery of the craft skills of creative writing, and power to move the reader.


The new contest deadline is midnight GMT Monday 30th June 2014.

Early entry is advised.

Find further details of the short story contest here.


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.

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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.

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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.


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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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Under the auspices of the African Poetry Book Fund and in partnership with the literary journal, Prairie Schooner, is an annual award of USD $5,000. Named for the literary philanthropist Glenna Luschei, this Pan African Poetry Prize is the only one of its kind in the world and was established to promote African poetry written in English or in translation and to recognize a significant book published each year by an African poet.

Each year, the prize will be judged by an internationally renowned poet. This judge for the inaugural prize is Nigerian poet and novelist Chris Abani.

Manuscripts are accepted annually between May 1st and July 1st.

For details, visit

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

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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.

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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

The RBC Taylor Prize

THE RBC TAYLOR PRIZE commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The Prize will be awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception. The Prize consists of $25,000 for the winner and $2,000 for each of the runners up as well as promotional support to help all shortlisted books stand out in the national media, bookstores, and libraries. Authors whose books have been shortlisted for the prize will be brought to Toronto for the awards ceremony, where the winner will announce his or her choice for the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer’s Award, which consists of $10,000 and an opportunity to be mentored by the winner. The winner will be invited to read at the International Festival of Authors, held in October at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Submission deadlines:

July 17 – for books published between May 16 and July 2, 2014

September 12 – for books published between July 3 and August 30, 2014

October 30 – for books published between September 3 and October 21, 2014.

For details:

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

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Winner: $25,000; Finalists: $2,500

Prize Guidelines

A prize of $25,000 will be awarded to the novel or short-story collection published between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 that, in the opinion of the jurors, is the year’s best book of fiction. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $2,500 will be awarded to each of the finalists.

Nomination Process

The schedule for submissions is tied to publication dates as follows:

Deadline 3: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
For books published between May 28, 2014 and September 30, 2014


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.

Nomination Process

The schedule for submissions is tied to publication dates as follows:

Deadline 3: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 
For books published between May 28, 2014 and September 17, 2014.


Short Story Competition

The Writeidea Prize

The Writeidea Prize is a new national short story prize.

First Prize: £500

Tower Hamlets Prize: £500         

Five finalists’ prizes:  £100 each

The six finalists and local winner will be invited to read their stories alongside the judge, Alex Wheatle, at the Writeidea Festival on Sunday 16 November 2014 at 2:00pm.

Judge: Alex Wheatle is the author of several novels including Brixton Rock and Brenton Brown. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008. See Alex talking about his writing and the Writeidea Festival.

Length: Stories must be a maximum of 4,000 words (no minimum).

Closing date: 31 July 2014

Entry to the prize is £5.00

or FREE to Tower Hamlets residents who are Idea Store members.

Please read carefully the Writeidea Prize rules.

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We are pleased to announce our second annual international Love on the Road Writing Contest, which will lead to the second annual edition of our Love on the Road anthology. We hope this year’s contest and anthology will be as successful as last year’s. Here’s how it will work.

We’ll accept submissions from May 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014.  We at Malinki Press will choose our favorite 12 submissions and send those to our independent panel of judges. The judges will choose first-, second-, and third-prize winners. We’ll announce the winners in September and award them prizes of $200, $100, and $50, respectively, paid that month.

We will work with Dublin-based Liberties Press to publish Love on the Road 2015: Another Twelve Tales of Love and Travel as a trade paperback in the spring of 2015. We will also make the paperback available via Amazon and Flipkart, and publish it as an ebook.


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.  




Submissions for 2014 Alice Munro Writers & Readers Festival

Writers invited to submit their short stories for Competition

Deadline Aug. 1, 2014


Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival’s 2014 Short Story Competition. This annual short story competition is designed to provide an opportunity for writers to develop their craft and connect with like-minded associates. The Festival’s Steering Committee is dedicated to supporting the efforts and talent of unpublished and emerging writers of short fiction. The Festival activities include opportunities for writers to read their works as well as a gala awards event and a walking tour of Wingham with a focus on the life of Alice Munro as she grew up in the area. Guest speakers and workshop opportunities are being confirmed and complete information will be available on the website, outlining the weekend events starting Friday, September 26 until Sunday, September 28, 2014.


Writers are encouraged to submit their work and fulfill the criteria: entries must be typed using standard fonts such as Times Roman, Helvetica or Arial, size 11 or 12, double spaced on plain white paper. The entrants name must appear only on the cover page and all pages must be numbered clearly. Entries cannot exceed 5000 words. Stories must be written in English. Copyright remains property of the author. All contestants must have Canadian connections to be eligible for the 2014 Alice Munro Writers & Readers Short Story Completion.


Monetary prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners in both adult and teen (age 13-19 as of August 1) categories. Selected authors will be invited to read from their entries at a Gala Event during the 2014 Festival Weekend, September 26-28, 2014. Winners will be celebrated at the Gala event on Saturday, September 27 in Wingham, Ontario, home of the first Festival and short story competition created by the volunteers of the local Horticultural Society.


Contest entries must be postmarked on or before August 1, 2014. Entries must be submitted in hard copy to Box 90, Wingham, Ontario with a digital copy forwarded to Adult entries must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee per story and Teen category submissions must be accompanied by $10 entry fee, both payable online by Paypal. No more than three entries will be accepted from any one writer in the 2014 competition. Complete contest rules and entry forms are available at For more information, email or call 519-523-4328/519-441-7629


The Mind Magazine First Annual Insight Poetry Competition


General information: Deadline August 15, 2014


Mind Magazine’s First Annual Insight Poetry Competition is now accepting entries. Poems must be submitted electronically, or by mail in #12 Times or Times New Roman font, in stanzas, single-spaced. Each individual poem should not exceed three pages in length. Entries received after August 15th 2014 will be disqualified. Winners will be announced in the month of September, in the year of 2014. The winners will receive prize money as indicated below, and publication on the “Mind Magazine Top Talent” page, created to showcase the work of the finalists. Poetry entries should contain text only. Illustrative work will be disregarded. All rights remain those of the author, and, no poem may be entered to which the rights to that work are not fully and entirely those of the author.


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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.


We’re looking for memoirs written by previously unpublished women memoirists. Submissions must be in prose, and narrate actual events in your life.

1st Prize: £5,000

Five other finalists will be offered free professional feedback by The Literary Consultancy

Judging Panel:

Julie Myerson (memoirist, novelist)

Jenny Brown (literary agent

Jane Martinson (Women’s Editor, Guardian)

The six shortlisted authors will be invited to meet literary agents and editors at a special networking event in London.

Closing date: 22 September 2014

Please note: To constitute a full-length memoir, it must total at least 50,000 words.

Please make sure you read the competition rules before entering.

For more details, visit

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.

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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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Elixir Press 14th Annual Poetry Awards

Elixir Press is sponsoring a poetry contest open to all poets writing in English. There will be a Judge’s Prize of $2,500 and an Editors’ Prize of $1,500.  Both winning manuscripts will be published by Elixir Press.  All entries will be considered for publication.  An outside judge, to be announced later, will make the final decision for the first prize.  The editors will make the final decision for the second prize.


The entry fee is $30.

Manuscripts will be accepted from August 1 to October 31, 2013.

Submit to:

Elixir Press

P. O. Box 27029

Denver, CO  80227

If you have questions, please contact us at

For electronic submissions, please use this link:Submit to Elixir Press

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

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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.

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Zone 3 Nonfiction Award

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

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




Nano Fictions Celebrates National Short Story Month

The editors of NANO Fiction spend a lot of time thinking about the flash form. We believe it’s not only our business to publish a semi-annual journal, but to engage with the contemporary field of flash fiction as well. So when a special occasion like National Short Story Month comes around, we can’t think of a better way to engage our readers, and the genre, than to get everyone writing flash!

Celebrate National Short Story Month in a big way this year by stopping by the website each day for a new writing prompt—yep, that’s right: we’ll be posting 31 writing prompts and many will be linked to some of our favorite stories published in NANO Fiction.

Then, to cap off the month, we will be re-releasing the prompts along with their linked stories with a dozen never-before-scene new prompts in an anthology. The anthology will be free to educators with an .edu email address and only ten bucks to our beautiful regular readers.

Pre-order your anthology here and check out the first prompt and story here!

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

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

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:

Write In Hemingway’s House: Apply Now To Be Our 2014 Writer In Residence

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park seeks a 2014 Writer in Residence.

The Oak Park-based Foundation, which owns the home where Hemingway was born, is soliciting applicants for a year-long program designed to give writers what they most need in order to create great work: space and inspiration.

The attic of the Hemingway Birthplace Home has been transformed from a dusty storage space to the place where a great novel, epic poem, evocative short story or groundbreaking journalism project will be created. The writer chosen by the Foundation will work in a newly redesigned office, outfitted as a safari writing retreat by Thomasville of Oakbrook and featuring their Hemingway Collection of furniture and décor.

The writer will be given use of the workspace for one year at no cost (see application for details), and will be asked to provide cultural programming – lectures, workshops, presentations, or other programs – to the general public.

Interested writers may apply by downloading and filling out the following application:

Download EHFOP.WriterInResidenceApplication

Applications will be accepted through June 1, with the selection announced at the Hemingway Birthday Celebration July 21 in Oak Park. Start date will be determined by the writer and Foundation.

See more at:


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.


Unbound is a new way to connect authors and readers. Authors present a pitch, you pledge, and when the goal is reached the book is written. It’s really that simple.

Writers’ Coalition – Benefits You Can Afford


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


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


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

The Writers’ Coalition

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

1 800-387-8897 x238


Authority Publishing for Non-fiction Authors


Publishers of Scholarly Books

New Delhi, India


Email id:



All you need to know about ebooks: how to read them, the different ebook formats, choosing an ebook reader, and where to find the best specials and free ebooks.

Book Markets for Children’s Writers 2014


The magazine of zine culture and independent arts

Commonwealth Writers: A world of new fiction



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.

Guide to Canadian Copyright

107 Countries, 193 Airlines, 212 Publications!

If You Would Like To Do Freelance Work For In-Flight Publications Then This Is A Great Resource For You. You’ll Save Weeks Of Time Tracking Down All This Information


In-Flight Magazines Report

The Journaling Place


Get started: write a journal!


New newsletter weekly!

The Banff Centre Blog

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers 2014


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.

Shelf Unbound

New issue of Shelf Unbound!

Click on this link to start reading your new issue right now:



Currently searching for the following manuscripts:


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

Health and Wellness, including nutrition topics

Fiction (historical, suspense, general fiction)

Mind-Body-Spirit topics

Young Adult (pre-teen and young adult)

Children’s (for ages 2 up through 12)

Coffee Table Books (travel, photography, biography, cooking and lifestyle topics)

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An e-zine promoting the communication between women writers, Authors, Editors, Agents, Publishers, and Readers

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