The Writing Pool’s
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2014 July 27-August 2 Edition
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@ Murphy’s Community Centre
Drop by whenever you feel like it or come in regularly to Art ‘n’ WordsTM 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 www.artnwords.ca to register. Check out the other summer programs as well.
Meanwhile, take advantage of writing tips, prompts, exercises, grammar and communication tips at www.thewritingpool.wordpress.com
ART ‘N’ WORDSTM
2014 CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS
at the Murphy community centre
Simply Short Stories
Everything you need to know about short stories and writing them.
July 28 – August 1
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 www.artnwords.ca. (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.)
Writers Read at Stratford Public Library
On Saturday, July 26th, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., a diverse group of local writers will perform at Stratford Public Library: Orysia Dawydiak, Steven Mayoff, Beth E. Janzen, Jeff Bursey and Kathleen Hamilton.
Orysia’s first novel, House of Bears, was published in 2009. Her short fiction has appeared in Riptides: New Island Fiction (2012). Kira’s Secret, the first book from a trilogy for young readers set on the East Coast and undersea, came out in 2013. Orysia will be reading from Prisoner of Hildaland, the second book in the trilogy, which is forthcoming from The Acorn Press.
Steven won the PEI Book Award (fiction) for Fatted Calf Blues in 2010. He will read from his new novel, Our Lady of Steerage, which is forthcoming from Bunim & Bannigan Ltd. An excerpt from the novel appeared in Riptides: New Island Fiction. Steve’s fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada, the U.S. and in Ireland, Algeria and France.
Beth’s poems have been published in journals such as The Malahat Review and Grain. Her book of poetry entitled The Enchanted House (The Acorn Press) was nominated for the PEI book award in 2008. Her story “Watermelon” is included in Riptides: New Island Fiction. Beth will be reading both poetry and fiction.
Jeff is the author of the critically acclaimed Verbatim: A Novel (2010), and his short fiction has appeared in The Winnipeg Review and Riptides: New Island Fiction. He will read from a new novel set in Charlottetown, Unidentified man at left of photo, which is under consideration by Verbivoracious Press.
Kathleen is known to Island theatre-lovers as an actor and for her own stage plays, Shameless Hussies and Blonde Moments. The Acorn Press published her memoir, Sex After Baby: Why There is None (2007), and she is currently at work on a new play, Liar, Thief, Girl. She will read from a new memoir in progress called High Flying Bird.
Admission to this group reading is free, and everyone is invited. (Please note: some of the content may be inappropriate for children.) A short question-and-answer segment, book sales and signings, and light refreshments will follow the readings.
The Stratford Public Library is located in the Bunbury Mall at 25 Hopeton Road.
Lorne Elliott and Beach Reading
Comedian, musician and author, Lorne Elliott will be visiting Confederation Centre Public Library Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 pm. Perhaps best known for his CBC radio comedy show, Madly Off in All Directions, Elliott is also the author of several books. He will be reading from Beach Reading, selected as a Finalist for the Hugh McLennan fiction prize by the 2013 Quebec Writers Federation, The Goat in the Tree, and The Fixer-Upper. Meet Elliott, and experience his unique storytelling tradition.
Everything you always wanted to know about Patrick Ledwell
Confederation Centre Public Library, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6:30 pm – Patrick Ledwell will be talking about his book, I Am An Islander, and his life and work as a standup comedian at the library on Wednesday, August 6th at 6:30 p.m. In his book, Ledwell explores the hilarity of life viewed from the country’s crumbling Eastern edge. Raised in a big family, the Island comedian looks back at his rural roots and exposes the hilarity of everyday Island life. I Am an Islander is a funny and heartfelt stockpile of standup, sketches, and rants you won’t want to miss.
If You’re Stronghearted: Prince Edward Island in the 20th Century
Ed MacDonald will be discussing his book, If You’re Stronghearted: Prince Edward Island in the 20th Century, at the Confederation Centre Public Library on Thursday, Aug. 7, 6:30 pm. His book focuses on the big picture of the history of PEI in the 20th century. Drawing on a rich blend of sources, this book tackles the complex interplay of people, events, and powerful forces that shaped Island life in the last century. Appealing to both general readers and professional historians, this narrative exposes the dramatic and irreversible change in the province’s cultural, physical, and economic landscape. Professor MacDonald is also the author of Cradling Confederation: The Founding of the Confederation Centre of the Arts and The History of St. Dunstan’s University, 1855-1956.
Safe Today | Strong Tomorrow
Safe Today | Strong Tomorrow is a fundraising project of PEI Family Violence Prevention
Services. We are seeking artists and creative writers to contribute to a collective book of
thoughtful photographs and writings that celebrate resilience, love, and the human spirit.
The book will showcase an uplifting look at healthy relationships, the beauty and strength of
individuals who have experienced family violence, and the capability of a community to
show kindness and support – especially in times of need.
Photographers and writers are invited to submit an image (min 300 dpi), poem (max
35 lines incl. stanza breaks), or prose (max 300 words) they feel is aligned with the
themes of this book. What does a healthy relationship look like to you? What
symbolizes strength to you? Do you have a story that illustrates triumph over
adversity, or about an act of kindness and support? We welcome thought-provoking
and creative ways to portray these themes and will enlist a volunteer committee of
artists, art enthusiasts, writers and editors to help curate this project.
All proceeds from Safe Today | Strong Tomorrow will help offset the expenses associated
with the programming of PEI Family Violence Preventions Services including emergency
shelter, community outreach services, second stage housing, youth programming and more.
Submission deadline is August 31. 2014. For more information please contact Lindsay at
902.894.3354 ext 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org Application forms can be downloaded at http://www.fvps.ca
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 www.poetrypei.com!
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 www.poetrypei.com/submit.
Poets already on the site: remember that you are welcome to replace your existing poem with a new one at any time, provided at least three months have passed since your last update.
Note: All Calls for Submission and publications that accept submissions are now accessible in The Writing Pool: Publication Pool. Check out the new Submission Calls. Both dated and open submissions are listed. Check regularly for new calls and listings. Check out these new calls for submission:
Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
Winner: $25,000; Finalists: $2,500
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.
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
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.
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.
New Millennium Writings 38th Awards for Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction
- No restrictions as to style, content, number of submissions, or nationality. Enter as often as you like.
- Send between now and July 31, 2014, Midnight, all U.S. time zones.
- Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome. Previously published material welcome if under 5,000-circulation or if previously published online only.
- Each fiction or nonfiction piece is counted as a separate entry, and should total no more than 6,000 words except Short-Short Fiction (no more than 1,000words).
- Each poetry entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total per entry. All poetry Honorable Mentions will be published.
- Save cover sheet or letter with the submission you’ll be uploading and send as one file. Should you forget to include such covers, however, it’s OK, as contact information is automatically forwarded to us when you pay online.
Payment is $20 per submission in order to cover our many expenses and reserve your book.
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.
For more details visit http://paulmcveigh.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/write-idea-festival-short-story.html
THE LOVE ON THE ROAD 2014 WRITING CONTEST
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. http://www.dreamquestone.com
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.
$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”
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
- O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654
Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com 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
For more details, visit: http://chantireviews.com/store/#!/~/product/category=5193080&id=21521125
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.
Blue Earth Review Flash Fiction Contest
We will hold our annual flash fiction contest for the Fall 2014 issue.
Ends on 8/1/2014
Please submit a story 750 words or fewer.
Please enter a maximum of 2 stories.
Please only enter once.
Winners will be published. We also may publish other admirable submissions. Winners will be notified after the contest has closed.
File types accepted: Word (DOC and DOCX).
To submit, visit https://blueearthreview.submittable.com/submit/24696
2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest
The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging and established writers from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.
All entries should be previously unpublished, and between 2,000-3,000 words in length. Entry fee for one submission is $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for U.S. entries, and $45 elsewhere. Additional entries are $15 per submission.
The deadline for this contest is August 1, 2014 (postmark date). Entries can be sent by regular mail or email.
Full contest details, including past winners and a recent interview with this year’s judge, Priscila Uppal, can be found online: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html
For inquiries, including eligibility, please email email@example.com (inquiries only; no submissions please).
ALICE MUNRO WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL’S
2014 SHORT STORY COMPETITION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 http://alicemunrofestival.ca/. For more information, email email@example.com or call 519-523-4328/519-441-7629
John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award
Now Accepting entries for 2014
DEADLINE August 5, 2014
This award was created to honor John Kenneth Galbraith a Dunwich farmboy who went on to become an internationally acclaimed economist, ambassador and author. The friends also wanted to bring attention to our community, encourage and reward one Canadian author.
For details, visit http://www.johnkennethgalbraithliteraryaward.ca/
Creative Writing Institute’s
International Short Story Contest Now Open
No Entry Fee
DIRECTIONS: Read all guidelines (rules) carefully.
First place: $200 USD or a free writing course with a personal tutor, valued at $260, + publication in our anthology and eBook.
Second place: $100 USD or a credit of $150 toward a writing course with a personal tutor, valued at $260, + publication in our anthology and eBook.
Third place: $50 USD or a credit of $100 toward a writing course with a personal tutor, valued at $260, + publication in our anthology and eBook.
Plus: seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our anthology & Ebook, entitled “What Could Possibly go Wrong?“
ONE submission per person
This is a themed contest. Your story must be original and unpublished (except on personal blogs, critique groups, or personal web pages) and must be between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
Your story may be any genre, but these exact sentences must appear together in the story:
I have a list and a map. What could possibly go wrong?
Accepting submissions until midnight, August 9, 2014, USA Eastern Standard Time.
For more details, visit http://www.cwinst.com/
Adult Short Story Writing Contest
Take part in our second annual adult short story writing contest.
For ages 19 & up
Submissions accepted Monday June 16th – Monday August 11
Take part in our annual adult short story writing contest. For ages 19 & up.
Submit your entry: firstname.lastname@example.org
First, second, third and honorable mention authors will receive a copy of the book. Featuring stories from the contest, published by our own Symington Press.
First place – $200, Second place: – $100, Third place: – $50
For details, visit http://library.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=705
Win one of five cash prizes in the
Young Adult Fiction Contest
The contest offers five cash prizes: $500 for the winner, $250 for second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places. These alone are a lot of good reasons to write and enter.
To enter our Young Adult Fiction Contest, submit a short original fiction story for teens, 12 to 19, with a protagonist facing and overcoming a realistic problem.
The setting may be contemporary, historical, or fantastic. Judges will look for a clearly identified problem, a well-structured short story plot, and a relatable lead teenage character. Be sure to reflect teen interests and voice. Originality is important and publishability is the ultimate criterion.
Entries must be received by August 15, 2014
Entrants pay an entry fee of $15, which includes a six-month subscription to Children’s Book Insider newsletter and a six-month membership in the writer’s community CBI Clubhouse. Winners will be announced in the October eNews newsletter.
You may enter multiple manuscripts, but please use an entry form and enclose a $15 reading fee for each one.
The contest’s rules are important. Please read them very carefully.
Note the August 15th deadline! Be sure to get your entry in on time.
For details, visit https://www.writersbookstore.com/sc/wbs_contest.htm
Grayson Books Poetry Prize
Congratulations to Frederick Foote, whose manuscript Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War won the 2013 Grayson Books Poetry Prize.
The 2014 Grayson Books Poetry Prize, open to all poets writing in English, is accepting submissions beginning May 1st. Deadline is Aug. 15th. Use below link to submission manager for electronic submission:
or send with your fee of $25 to Grayson Books, PO 270549, West Hartford, CT 06127. If sending by mail, include two cover pages (one with complete contact info, one with no contact info) along with your 50-80 page manuscript, and SASE for results.
Winner will be awarded $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Simultaneous submissions acceptable if we are notified immediately on acceptance elsewhere. Dick Allen, Connecticut State Poet Laureate and author of eight poetry collections, is our judge.
For more details, visit: http://www.graysonbooks.com/co/article-submission.aspx
2014 Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest
We’re excited to bring the Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest into its second year. A prize of $1,000 and twenty-five author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The chapbook will also be published by Arcadia and distributed as an issue of the magazine to subscribers. Submit a manuscript of fifteen to thirty-five pages with $20.00 entry fee by August 15. All poems submitted will be considered for publication in Arcadia. The editors will judge and a winner will be announced in September. The winning chapbook will appear as the winter issue of Arcadia.
For more details, visit http://www.arcadiamagazine.org/contests.html
2014 Arcadia Fiction Chapbook Contest
We’re happy to announce our new fiction chapbook contest. A prize of $1,000 and twenty-five author copies will be given annually for a fiction chapbook. The chapbook will also be published by Arcadia and distributed as an issue of the magazine to subscribers. Submit a manuscript of thirty to forty-five pages with a $20.00 entry fee by August 15. All individual stories submitted will be considered for publication in Arcadia. The editors will judge and a winner will be announced in September. The winning chapbook will appear as the summer issue of Arcadia.
For more details, visit http://www.arcadiamagazine.org/contests.html
The Mind Magazine First Annual Insight Poetry Competition
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.
TQ5 Poetry Contest
Tupelo Quarterly 5 Poetry Contest Guidelines
Deadline: August 26, 2014
Judge: Amaud Jamaul Johnson
First prize: $1,000
The Portico Brotherton Poetry Prize
The Portico Brotherton Poetry Prize celebrates new poetry, using themes to stimulate creativity in both an Open category and a Young category.
The Portico Library launched the Portico Poetry Prize in 2012 with two categories: Open (Over 16s) and Young (Under 18s). This prize was piloted with independent funding by Lynne and David Allan and following the great success of the first year, was established as a significant member of the Portico Literary Prize family. The criteria for the prizes of the first two years were themed on Charles Dickens (2012) and Correspondence (2013). First, second and third places are assigned to the top three entries in both categories. Winners of the Open category receive cash prizes and all winning entries are included in a Poetry anthology. In addition, the Open category facilitates the opportunity for young people to win a higher prize.
The Portico Brotherton Poetry Prize 2014 is now open!
In 2014 The Portico Library has joined with The Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds to present the third year of this ever-growing poetry competition.
Deadline August 31, 2014
2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose
Judge: Amy Hempel
Deadline: August 31, 2014
Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. To view last year’s winner and honorable mentions, you can purchase issue 26.2 here.
This year’s contest will be judged by Amy Hempel. A recipient of awards from the Guggenheim and United States Artists Foundations, and the Academy of Arts and Letters, Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of stories. Published in Harper’s, Vanity Fair, Tin House, GQ, and many more, her Collected Stories was named by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2007. It won the Ambassador Book Award for best fiction of the year. In 2008 and 2009, the REA Award and PEN/Malamud Award for the Short Story followed. She teaches at Harvard and Bennington.
For more details, visit: https://gulfcoastmag.org/index.php?n=7
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!
The Coniston Prize
The first annual Coniston Prize is now open for submissions through September 1, 2014!
About The Coniston Prize
The Coniston Prize is an annual award that recognizes an outstanding group of poems by a woman writing in English.
The winner will receive $1,000 and will be featured in Issue 4. All finalists will also be awarded publication.
Submissions will be open July 1 through September 1, 2014. We will notify all entrants on or before October 1. The entry fee is $15.
New Writing Contest: “All About Love”
Tell us your tale — a first crush, an old flame, a treasured friend or family member, a passion for a special place…
HOW IT WORKS Starting June 1, 2014, email your story of 2,500 to 3,000 words to email@example.com, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win $2,000 and possible publication in a future issue of Good Housekeeping or on goodhousekeeping.com. Be sure to provide your full name, phone number, and mailing address both in the email and on the submission itself.
DEADLINES Entries must be received by midnight September 1, 2014. One entry per person allowed. Submitted material cannot be returned or acknowledged. Winner will be notified by March 1, 2015.
ELIGIBILITY Contest is open to anyone age 21 or older who is a legal resident of the United States, the District of Columbia or Canada (excluding Quebec).
PRIZES One winner will receive $2,000 and possible publication of the winning story in a future issue or on goodhousekeeping.com.
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.
THE SIXTH ANNUAL
FLASH FICTION CONTEST
GRAND PRIZE: $1,000
Second Place: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $4
($3 for each additional entry)
Deadline: September 2, 2014
Maximum length: 1,000 words
All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
October 2014 Issue of Gemini.
Any subject, style or genre:
experimental, mainstream, noir, fantasy, humor, erotica….
Simply send your best, most powerful, unpublished work.
For details, visit http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html
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.
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: http://www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/submissions.asp
Book Pipeline Competition
DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2014
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED NOVEMBER 15TH
The Book Pipeline Competition, presented by Script Pipeline, is searching for playwrights and authors with material well-suited for film or television adaptation. The winning writer will have meetings with Energy Entertainment (Extant), Benderspink (We’re the Millers, A History of Violence), Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby), and Paradigm to discuss further development.
After 12 seasons running the successful Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, the 1st Annual Book Pipeline Contest aims to continue discovering new talent and delivering unique, compelling stories to the industry–with the specific intent of getting projects on the fast-track to production.
ENTRY FEE: $50 PER SUBMISSION
For more details, visit http://www.bookpipeline.com/
Past Loves Day Story Contest
To foster awareness of PAST LOVES DAY, SEPTEMBER 17, Spruce Mountain Press sponsors an annual Story Contest. The Contest, and the Day, offer an opportunity to acknowledge a truth that lingers in your heart.
No entry fee
Deadline: September 17
Nearly everyone has memories of a former sweetheart. Write your true story of an earlier love, in no more than 700 words. Tell us about someone whose memory brings a smile or a tear, or both:
What feelings arise if you allow yourself to be fully open to remembering that person?
What is it about that special someone that you still cherish?
IN PARTICULAR, how did that person’s presence in your life change you and how you experience the world?
Your story may be heart-warming or humorous. Just tell about your earlier sweetheart as if you were talking to your best friend.
More details at http://ourpastloves.com/contest
The Sixth Annual Bartleby Snopes Writing Contest:
Dialogue Only (2014) – Opening June 1st
Entry Fee: $10 for unlimited entries (only one entry allowed at a time; see Response/Notification section for more details). Entry fee is due at time of submission and will be collected through Submittable.
Deadline: All initial submissions must be received by September 15th. Winners will be announced by October 19th.
For details, visit http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm
2014 WOMEN’S MEMOIR COMPETITION
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
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 https://mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/ncomp_active.php
Ellaraine Lockie returns to judge this year’s Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $1,000 for the best poem in any style or genre. We will award the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,000 for the best poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. 10 Honorable Mentions (any style) will receive $100 each. The winning entries will be published on our website. Submit entries by September 30.
Tethered by Letters’
Spring Literary Contests
We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Quarterly Journal. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $250 (USDA) for the short story winner, $50 (USDA) for the flash fiction winner, and $100 (USDA) for the poetry winner. Winners will be announced publicly in November. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors!
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Prize: $250 for Short Story, $50 for Flash Fiction, $100 for Poetry
Entry Fee: $10 per Short Story; $4 per Flash Fiction OR $10 for three Flash Fictions; $5 per poem OR $12 for three poems
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tethered by Letters’ Fall Short Story Contest
We are currently accepting short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words. The short story contest winner will be published as the featured short story in the Spring 2014 Quarterly Journal. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Prize: $250 and publication in the quarterly journal
Entry Fee: $10 per entry
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, email@example.com
Tethered by Letters’ Fall Flash Fiction Contest
We are currently accepting flash fiction submissions of 55, 250, or 500 words in length. The flash fiction contest winner will be published as the featured flash fiction in the Spring 2014 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Prize: $50 and publication in the quarterly journal
Entry Fee: $4 per entry OR $10 for three entries
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tethered by Letters’ Spring Poetry Contest
We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published as the featured poem in the Spring 2014 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Prize: $100 and publication in the quarterly journal
Entry Fee: $5 per entry OR $12 for three entries
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, email@example.com
- Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
Next deadline: September 30, 2014
Writer Contest Rules
- ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
- NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
- ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
- PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500
- ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!
- OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY
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 http://www.writersofthefuture.com/Contest-Rules-Writers/
Ends on 9/30/2014
The Siskiyou Prize is open to unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts with environmental themes, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections.
Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books).
For more details, visit https://ashlandcreekpress.submittable.com/submit
The Payton James Freeman Essay Prize
“The Payton Prize”
$500, Publication, and a public reading and talk at Drake University
The Freeman Family and the Drake University Department of English invite you to submit outstanding unpublished non-fiction essays of up to 3500 words on the subject [[AFTER THE UNHAPPY ENDING]].
Students and faculty of Drake University will read all entries and choose the finalists. The winner will be selected by final judge Cheryl Strayed.
The winner will be awarded $500, published in The Rumpus, and brought to Drake University in February 2015 to read from the winning essay and speak at a public event. There is no fee.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Submit one essay of up to 3500 words via Submittable. Deadline September 30, 2014. Winner and finalists will be announced in December of 2014.
Authors must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the reading at Drake University in February 2015 to receive the award. Current students and employees of Drake University, The Rumpus, and/or Cheryl Strayed are ineligible for the award.
For more details, visit https://drakewriterscritics.submittable.com/submit/14296
Palettes & Quills
4th Biennial Poetry Chapbook Competition
with Judge Kelly Cherry
Open to All Writers
Prize: A $200 cash award plus 50 copies of the published book. Additional copies will be available at an author’s discount. All finalists will receive one free copy of the published book. All contest entrants will be offered a special discount on the purchase price of the published book.
Deadline: September 30th, 2014. Manuscripts postmarked after September 30th will not be read.
For contest details, visit: http://www.palettesnquills.com/palettes__quills_2nd_biennial_p.htm
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
For more details, visit: http://chantireviews.com/store/#!/~/product/category=5193080&id=21521209
Attention Self-Published and Independently Published Authors:
CALL FOR ENTRIES
FOR BEST INDEPENDENTLY PUBLISHED BOOK, SPONSORED BY BOWKER
Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $40 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.
“Independently Published” books include self-published books and e-books (such as those published through CreateSpace, Lulu.com, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year’s competition are eligible for re-submission in this year’s competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book is eligible. This year the competition will also introduce the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of the novel Lamb to the Slaughter.
The official rules for the competition can be found at here. Entries are not divided into genre categories at the time of submission.
Deadline: October 1, 2014
The Taming of Chance Short Story Competition
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 http://tamingofchance.vretta.com/
On the Premises Writing Contest
Contest #24 officially launched on July 13, 2014. Its premise is
What is property? What has it? Who owns it? Who needs it? Who gets it? How does it work?
Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that focuses on at least one of the many aspects/definitions of the word property. You can even write a story about the property of a thing if you want. (For instance, sweetness is a property of sugar.) Or you can take a more conventional definition and focus on that.
As usual, any genre except children’s fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine.
If you have questions, ask us at Questions@OnThePremises.com.
Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, October 3, 2014.
For more details, visit http://www.onthepremises.com/current_contest.html
The Writer’s Block Poetry Contest
in conjunction with Memorious online literary journal
$500, plus publication in Memorious
$10 submission fee
Manuscripts are being accepted now through the October 15, 2014 deadline.
NEGATIVE CAPABILITY PRESS
POETRY BOOK CONTEST
CONTEST DETAILS: A prize of $2000, manuscript publication, and 25 copies will go to a single winner. The final judge is Amy King of New York. Manuscripts that do not win will be considered for regular publication.
SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted online between June 18, 2014 and October 15, 2014 (entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (CST)). Please do not make revisions once your work is submitted; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with an editor before the manuscript is published.
For more details, visit http://www.negativecapabilitypress.org/contests/
Persimmon Tree Poetry Contests
Upcoming Poetry Contests:
CENTRAL NORTH STATES (ID, MT, WY, NV, UT, CO, ND, SD, NE, MN, IA, MO, KS, IL, IN, OH, MI, WI)
Submissions accepted: Aug. 15 – Oct. 15, 2014
Appears: Winter 2014-15 Judge TBA
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.
P. O. Box 27029
Denver, CO 80227
If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
For more details, visit: http://chantireviews.com/store/#!/~/product/category=5193080&id=21521214
Zone 3 Press
Creative Nonfiction Book Award
Prize: $1,000 and Publication
Guidelines: • 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 http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
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 – www.darkertimes.co.uk . It’s open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month.
FJORDS REVIEW ANNUAL CONTEST
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
Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.
In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind.
Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/postman/
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.
Zone 3 Nonfiction Award
Zone 3 is accepting submissions for its nonfiction contest. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Nonfiction Award” for your genre, and upload your essay. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one essay with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
Zone 3 Fiction Award
Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its twelfth annual fiction award. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Fiction Award” for your genre, and upload your story. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one story with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
Zone 3 Poetry Award
Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry award. Submit up to three poems via our online submissions manager. Click here to log in and upload your poems; choose “Zone 3 Poetry Award” for your genre. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
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 email@example.com
For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/
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.
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.
For details, visit http://www.hillermanprize.com/
Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry
Ekphrasis is a poetry journal looking for well-crafted poems, the main content of which addresses individual works from any artistic genre. Please identify the specific work that is the focus of your poem. Acceptable ekphrastic verse transcends mere description: it stands as transformative critical statement, an original gloss on the individual art piece it addresses.
All poems published in Ekphrasis within a given calendar year will be considered for the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry.
The winning poem will be selected by the editors of Ekphrasis.
No entry fees are required and there is no self-nomination procedure for the prize.
For submission guidelines, visit http://www.ekphrasisjournal.com/home
GLENNA LUSCHEI PRIZE FOR AFRICAN POETRY
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 http://africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/?page_id=21#glenna
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.
EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
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!
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.
Make Camp NaNoWriMo your creative retreat. Sign in today (with your existing NaNoWriMo or Camp login).
Director of Programs
An evening of the best creative nonfiction. CBC Canada Writes Awards winners and the participants of the Literary Journalism program share the stage and celebrate superb investigations of true story-telling. With reception to follow.
When: Thursday, July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Banff Centre’s Kinnear Centre, Husky Great Hall, room #103
No tickets required. The event is free.
Independent Writing Retreat 2014
Aug 17 – Aug 22, 2014 Sun 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.
Don’t miss out on North Wales & Chester’s affordable literary festival
From September 5 – September 7, our hugely successful festival Gladfest will bring readers and internationally renowned writers together.
For just £6 for a talk and £10 for a workshop, you can rub shoulders with a variety of guests including Zia Chaudhry (author of Just Your Average Muslim), Robert McCrum (Associate Editor of the Observer), Francesca Haig (author of The Fire Sermon – forthcoming in 2015 with the film rights already bought by Dreamworks) and Sarah Perry (author of After Me Comes The Flood which has recently been published to great critical acclaim) Read The Guardian’s review here.
For more details, visit http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/gladfest
Since 2011, Louisville Literary Arts has transformed Louisville’s dynamic NuLu shopping and entertainment district on East Market Street into a writer’s block. We are pleased to announce the next festival will be Friday and Saturday, November 14 & 15.
The Writer’s Block Festival celebrates literature and the writing craft. The event is free and open to the public (except for craft workshops, which are available for a small fee). We invite all persons who share a love of reading and/or writing.
The festival begins with the INKY Reading Series on Friday night, November 14 at 7 PM, at the Bard’s Town Tavern with poet, Dave Baker (Treatise on Touch, Arc Publications, 2007), and novelist, Jacinda Townsend (Saint Monkey, Norton, 2014). Both of these featured readers will conduct workshops on the following day.
Beginning at 9 AM on November 15, participants will attend lectures, readings, workshops and panel discussions by local and national writers in various genres.
Our keynote speaker on November 15 is poet and memoirist Nick Flynn. Thanks to University of Louisville and its Anne and Bill Axton Reading Series, for making Nick Flynn’s visit possible. Mr. Flynn will be at the U of L Cressman Center, on 1st and Main Street, beginning with a reception at 5 PM following days activities in NULU. The reading is free but reservations are required.
For more details, visit http://louisvilleliteraryarts.org/writersblock/
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: http://acfoundation.ca/
Please contact Joanne Gerber at the Saskatchewan Arts Board with any questions about the program.
Saskatchewan Arts Board
(Toll free) 1 800 667 7526
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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: OdysseysCostaRica@gmail.com.
Can Serrat is located in a rustic farmhouse just 45 kilometres outside Barcelona, within the confines of Montserrat Natural Park. We enjoy supporting artists as they develop their ideas in a communal atmosphere, while free from the usual demands of daily life. Can Serrat operates as an open residency; there is no formal application procedure for attending. Booking depends on space availability. Each year, we offer a number of stipends to selected artists for a one month residency at Can Serrat. We are happy to accommodate those who wish to accompany you. For more details, visit http://www.canserrat.org/
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 http://www.artmeetsearth.org/artistresidency.html
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.
For more details, visit http://www.artistcommunities.org/residencies/osage-arts-community
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.
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.
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.
BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTS COUNCIL PROJECT ASSISTANCE
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.
CAMAC RESIDENCY FOR ARTISTS
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.
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: http://canadacouncil.ca/en/council/grants/find-a-grant/grants/capacity-building-initiative-travel-grants
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
FanStory.com 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.
PLACES FOR WRITERS
There are a number of interesting calls with deadlines coming up shortly. For more information visit: http://www.placesforwriters.com/calls/
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.
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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.
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WRITING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Do you have a passion for creative writing? Perhaps you work in a field that requires strong writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help.
Three writing certificate programs are offered, all of which are delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates and will be expected to meet assignment timelines. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever-and from wherever-you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. One or more of the following certificate programs may be exactly what you need:
Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing
Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations
For more information, go to http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/
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