TWP Weekly Writing Post 2014 September 6-12 Edition

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2014 September 6-12 Edition

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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.

Extend submission deadline! For more information please contact Lindsay at
902.894.3354 ext 222 or Application forms can be downloaded at

Hugh MacDonald: Cold Against the Heart
Hugh MacDonald will be reading from his book of poetry, Cold Against the Heart and speaking about the craft of writing at Confederation Centre Public Library, Saturday, Sept. 6, 3 pm. MacDonald’s poems sing of the Maritimes, and what it’s like to grow up by the sea. He writes about farming on Prince Edward Island, and the daily routine of making a living on the eastern seaboard. A previous poet laureate of Prince Edward Island, Hugh MacDonald is well known as poet, editor and novelist.

Poet Laureate’s Haviland Club Open Mics shift to Mondays, starting Sept. 8
The monthly Open Mics at the Haviland Club hosted by Dianne Hicks Morrow, PEI poet laureate, will resume on Monday, September 8, from 7-9 pm. Please note this change from last season’s Tuesday nights. Dianne invites readers and listeners to bring their writing to share with a very friendly audience.
The September 8 featured reader will be Laurel Smyth, a writer of many genres.
Known mostly on the Island as an actor and director, Laurel Smyth had an early career in children’s theatre, which helped to develop her skills as a writer of plays, poetry, television scripts and short fiction. Her work has been published in several anthologies and magazines, performed on stage and CBC Radio, and produced by children’s television networks.
Laurel has been the grateful recipient of grants from the PEI Council of the Arts in support of her work in writing and theatre. She has also been honoured with prizes from the Island Literary Awards, the Theatre PEI Playwriting Competition and the PEI Theatre Festival. During her time of study at UPEI, she received the Reshard Gool Award for Creative Writing.
Laurel has tried to serve our community over the years by producing scripts to promote understanding and social action on issues such as multiculturalism and racism, family violence, bullying and disability. For this purpose, she developed a method of interviewing persons affected by these conditions in order to put their own words in the mouths of actors, thus lending verity to each piece. The resultant short plays have toured Island schools and been presented at conferences as an educational and entertaining method of raising awareness.
Now, having reached the age of retirement, Laurel can concentrate on completing her collection of short stories, as well as two stage plays she is developing based on the lives of now-dead Canadian visual artists; and on being Grandma Lolo, the greatest reward of all.
Everyone is welcome. Readers can sign up at 7 p.m. to read their own poetry or prose, anywhere from three to five minutes.
Admission is free or by donation. Please contact Dianne at with any questions.

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.


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:


RAC Driving Abroad Short Story Competition 2014
Once upon a time, in a land not so far away …
To celebrate the launch of the RAC’s new 5* Defaqto European Breakdown Cover, we’ve created a national short story competition based on the theme of driving in Europe. Deadline: 11 September 2014
The Driving Abroad Short Story Competition 2014 is a great opportunity to showcase your writing talent. And if you win you’ll scoop £500 and FREE RAC 5* European Breakdown Cover for a year^. Plus, you’ll also have your story published in the RAC’s online club magazine.
Two runners up will be awarded £100 M&S vouchers and all shortlisted entries have the chance to be published on our website.
If you have any questions please email – this is for queries only and entries sent to this address cannot be accepted.
For more details, visit

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:
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:

The Golden Key Flash Fiction Open, Judged by Karin Tidbeck
The Golden Key is delighted to announce our first-ever flash fiction contest, judged by Karin Tidbeck. The winner will receive $200 and publication in our 6th issue (Spring/Summer 2015). As each issue is themed to be inspired by an “object” that might come out of the little iron chest, the subject of the winning story will also determine the theme for Issue 6.
We will be accepting submissions of flash fiction (up to 500 words) between July 15 and September 15. The fee for entry is $5 for one piece, or $7 for two. You may submit as many entries as you like; each submission should be accompanied by its own entry fee. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, provided you let us know immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere—unfortunately, we are unable to refund the entry fee for submissions that are withdrawn. Entry fee donations go directly into the fund we are raising to pay writers. The winner will be announced November 1.

Fourth Annual Les Figues NOS Book Contest
Submissions for the Fourth Annual Les Figues NOS Book Contest open on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
2014 Contest Judge: Fanny Howe
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press will be given for the winning poetry or prose manuscript.
Beginning in 2013, Les Figues editors select an additional manuscript to be published by the press as the NOS Les Figues Editors’ Selection.
Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and all forms not otherwise specified.
Prize: $1,000 + publication

Deadline: September 15, 2014
For more details, visit

Book Pipeline Competition
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.
For more details, visit

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

The Sixth Annual Bartleby Snopes Writing Contest:
Dialogue Only (2014) – Opening June 1st

Our 6th Annual Dialogue Only Contest will open on June 1st, 2014. Please follow our Contest blog for further updates. Also be sure to read our Dialogue Writing Tips before submitting your entry.
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

Have you ever had a eureka moment? Tell us about it. Think back on the instant when everything became clear. The split second when you realized that you had chosen the right career. Or the moment when you knew that your dearest friendship would last forever. Whether your epiphany changed your life or just made your day, write it down and share it with us. Enter Real Simple’s seventh annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000. Send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document).
Deadline September 18, 2014.


We’re looking for memoirs written by previously unpublished women memoirists. Submissions need to be the first 5,000 words of a full-length memoir, written 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.
Enter the competition
For added inspiration, visit our workshops page for memoir writing exercises written by Julia Blackburn.

Creative Nonfiction Seeks Essays on “Waiting”
Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1000 for Best Essay and $500 for runner-up. All submissions will be considered for publication in a special “Waiting” issue of the magazine.
Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction—US submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).
You may submit essays online or by regular mail:
By regular mail
Postmark deadline September 22, 2014
Please send manuscript, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; SASE or email for response; and payment to:
Creative Nonfiction

5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202

Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST September 22, 2014
To submit, please click the appropriate link:
Reading fee + 4-issue subscription ($25; US submitters only)

Reading fee only ($20)

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

NKU Y.E.S. Festival of New Plays
l Full-length plays and musicals are eligible.
l All rights must be fully owned by the author.
l Submissions will be accepted from May 1 through September 30, 2014. (Winners will be notified no later than December 31, 2014.)
l Three selected playwrights will each receive a cash prize of $500 and an expense-paid visit to NKU to see their plays in production. The selected plays will receive a full production.
For details, visit

Humour Verse Competition
Welcome to our Humour Verse Competition! Now in its fourth year. There is a scarcity of humour verse competitions with worthwhile prize money, even though there are huge numbers of people who like to write and read funny poems. So we at Flash 500 are rather proud of this one, which has grown into a must-enter competition for writers of humour verse.
What are we looking for? Any form of humour will be accepted, in any style, but the content must be original and it has to make us smile. Anything from a limerick to a poem of 32 lines in length is accepted.
The competition will be run quarterly with closing dates matching the Flash 500 competition: 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. The results will be announced within six weeks of closing date and the three winning entries each quarter will be published on this website.
Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, £2.50 for each poem thereafter
For more details, visit

Flash 500 Competition
Welcome to the Flash 500 Competition! When it comes to prizes, it often seems as though flash fiction is the poor relation of writing competitions. From the first quarter 2014, we have increased our second prize to £200 and third prize to £100, making this a flash fiction competition where the prize money truly reflects the skill required to encapsulate an entire story in just 500 words.
Now in its fifth year, this quarterly open-themed competition has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. The results will be announced within six weeks of each closing date and the three winning entries each quarter will be published on this website.
Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories
For details, visit

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest
Open to all writers, this category welcomes stories
that have not appeared in any print publication.
Maximum length: 3,000 words.
Held quarterly. Open to submissions in JANUARY, APRIL, JULY, and OCTOBER.
Next deadline: September 30.*
Winners are announced in the April 1, July 1, October 1, and January bulletins, respectively, and contacted directly one week earlier.
Reading fee: $15 per story. Please, no more than three submissions per contest.

NCW 2014 Poetry Contest
NOW OPEN: Poetry
DEADLINE: September 30, 2014
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Poems can be in any style, up to 250 lines. Submit up to three poems per entry fee in this category.
For more details, visit

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
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,

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,

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,

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,

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
Next deadline: September 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

The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature
$25.00 USD
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

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.
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

Palettes & Quills
4th Biennial Poetry Chapbook Competition
with Judge Kelly Cherry

Open to All Writers

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

Deadline: September 30th, 2014. Manuscripts postmarked after September 30th will not be read.
For contest details, visit:

Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Writing Contest 2014 – The Clue Awards
Currently accepting entries. Deadline: September 30th, 2014.
Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts
For more details, visit:!/~/product/category=5193080&id=21521209

Talking Writing 2014 Contests
This year, we’ll be awarding two nonfiction prizes:
Talking Writing Prize for Flash Nonfiction
Judge: Dinty W. Moore, editor of Brevity magazine.
Talking Writing Prize for Advice Writing
Judge: Emily Toth, “Ms. Mentor” advice columnist 
for the Chronicle of Higher Education.
To enter, click here.
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2014.
Awards: Each winner will receive $250 and publication in Talking Writing.
For more details, visit:

Franz Kafka Award in Magic Realism
Awards: $1000 and publication in Eckleburg to 1st place; publication to 2nd and 3rd
Word Count: No more than 8,000 words
Deadline: October 1st, Midnight
Contest Judge: Rae Bryant, Eckleburg Editor and Award Winning Author
Winners: Announced in January 2015
For more details, visit:

Attention Self-Published and Independently Published Authors:
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,, 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
For more details, visit:

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

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

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, October 3, 2014.

For more details, visit

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Contest
River Teeth’s editors and editorial board conduct a yearly national contest to identify the best book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. All manuscripts are screened by the head editors of River Teeth. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication by The University of New Mexico Press.
All entrants receive a one-year subscription to River Teeth with their submission fees.
Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2014
For more details, visit

The Writer’s Block Poetry Contest

in conjunction with Memorious online literary journal
Judge: Rebecca Morgan Frank, editor-in-chief of Memorious (more information below)
$500, plus publication in Memorious
$10 submission fee
Manuscripts are being accepted now through the October 15, 2014 deadline.


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

Persimmon Tree Poetry Contests
Upcoming Poetry Contests:

Submissions accepted: Aug. 15 – Oct. 15, 2014
Appears: Winter 2014-15
Judge TBA

See more at:

The 2014 Joy Harjo Poetry Award & the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award
For more information call 1-970-903-7914or email us @
Mail manuscripts to:
CUTTHROAT Literary Award
(specify genre)
P.O. Box 2414
Durango, CO 81302
Submit up to three unpublished poems (100 line limit each) or one unpublished short story (5000 word limit), any subject, any style, postmarked BY OCTOBER 20, 2014.
MAIL ENTRIES: Author name must not appear on MS. Include a cover sheet with name, address, phone, email, genre and title(s). MUST include SASE for announcement of winners. A stamped postcard for receipt of ms. is optional.
Submit as often as you wish (online and mail). Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as writer informs us. $17 fee for all entries. Make checks payable to Raven’s Word Writers.
ONLINE ENTRIES: Do not include a cover sheet. AUTHOR NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON MS! $17 entry fee.
For more details, visit

Intoducing the Newcomer Prize for Short Stories
Each of our writing competitions sets out to add something to the selection we offer our readers: the flash fiction competition brings in stories at a length we don’t usually publish, and the ghost story competition underlines our openness to genre fiction. Our latest writing competition is aimed at keeping things diverse and encouraging new talent.
The Newcomer Prize is open to writers who haven’t yet appeared in a Fiction Desk anthology, and have not yet published a novel or collection of stories in print.
There’s a first prize of £500 and a second prize of £250. Entry costs £8, and the deadline is October 31st. For full details of the Newcomer Prize, terms of entry, and the online entry form, visit our website.

The London Magazine’s Short Story Competition
Returning this September, we are proud to announce our Third Annual Short Story Competition.
The opening date for submissions is 1st September 2014 and the closing date is 31st October 2014.
As usual, the winner will be published in a future issue of The London Magazine and the runners up will be published on the website.
The winners will also be announced at a champagne reception at the House of Commons in early 2015. The event will be a fantastic networking opportunity.
Entry fee: £10 per short story
For details, visit

Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize Guidelines
August 1 — October 31, 2014
(postmark or online submission-date)
Final Judge: Peter Stitt
$1,000 Prize
The Sunken Garden Poetry Prize is a prestigious national poetry prize for adult writers. Established in 2002, the Prize has drawn submissions from around the country that have been judged by renowned poets such as Martha Collins, Patricia Smith and Tony Hoagland. The winner receives a cash prize, an introductory reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival (check out the Festival here:, and publication of a chapbook. Hill-Stead began partnering with Tupelo Press for the publication of the chapbook in 2013.
The Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript here:

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
Welcome to the second year of our Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition!
Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot? Have you honed the first chapter? Can you put together a compelling one page synopsis of the balance of the story? Yes? Then why not enter our Novel Opening Chapter competition and have your work judged by the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing? We welcome published, self-published and unpublished novelists. The only stipulation is that the entry must be unpublished.
We are looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story. If your chapter is longer than 3,000 words, DO NOT SUBMIT A LONGER MANUSCRIPT. Simply close the entry within the 3,000 word limit and make a note at the end (which will not be included in the word count) stating the chapter continues beyond this point.
This is an annual competition: entries open on 1st May and close on 31st October.
Entry fee: £10
For more details, visit

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

Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest Guidelines
• Submission period: August 1st – November 1st
• Reading fee: $20, may be paid through our PayPal account or by check or money order made out to Autumn House Press
• Manuscript length: 12-20 pages
• Please include with manuscript: Cover letter, Table of Contents, Acknowledgments of previously published poems, SASE
• Simultaneous submissions permitted (*Please inform immediately of publication elsewhere)
• Paper submissions mail to the address:
Autumn House Press

Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest
PO Box 60100
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
• Electronic submissions send to

Tennessee Wiliams One Act Play Contest
Our Annual One-Act Play Contest accepts submissions by mail and online from June 25th, 2014 through November 1st, 2014. The winner will be announced before the Festival begins. The contest is judged by University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop and the Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts.
Grand Prize:
– $1,500
– Professional Staged Reading at the next Festival
– Full production at the Festival the following year
– VIP All-Access Festival pass for two years ($1,000 value)
– Publication in Bayou
For more details, visit

Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by November 1, annually.
Fee: $25 check/money order/cash, made payable to Southeast Missouri State University Press, must accompany each entry.
Award, contest deadline of Nov. 1, 2014: $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press and an invitation to present a reading at the University.
For more details, visit

CBC Short Story Prize
The 2015 competition opens on September 1, 2014.
WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished stories stories between 1200 and 1500 words.
WHEN: Competition opens: September 1, 2014. Deadline to submit: November 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET
WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.
HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the “submit” link below or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the offline submission form.
A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.
For more details, visit

The Malahat Review 2015 Open Season Awards
The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1,000 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.
The deadline for the 2015 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2014.
For more details, visit

First Annual Poets@Work Book Prize
to be Judged by Stephen Dunn
Poets@Work is happy to announce an open call for manuscripts of a full-length collection of poems in English from all over the world. Final judge will be Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn. All finalists will be considered for publication. Winners will receive $1000 and 25 copies of the winning collection. Standard publishing contract and royalties will also be issued.
Submission Deadlines are November 15, 2014 Postmark (mail) December 1, 2014 (Submittable).
For more details, visit

Tennessee Williams Annual Fiction Contest
Our Annual Fiction Contest accepts submissions by mail and online from June 25th, 2014 through 5pm CST November 16th, 2014.
The winner will be announced before the beginning of each Festival.
Please read our Guidelines and FAQ’s before you submit!
Grand Prize:
• $1,500
• Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next Festival in New Orleans
• VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($500 value)
• Public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival
• Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine
For details, visit

Jane Lumley Prize For Emerging Writers
The first annual Jane Lumley Prize For Emerging Writers is open for submissions till November 30th 2014!
The Jane Lumley Prize is awarded annually to a writer who has yet not published a full length book of poetry or prose. The prize alternates each year between prose and poetry, and the inaugural year will seek to recognize the brilliance of an exceptional piece of poetry.
The winner, selected by our editor, will receive a prize of $300 and will be featured in Issue 6, to be published in January 2015. Publication will also be awarded to the first two semi-finalists. In addition, all the entries will be considered for publication.
Hermeneutic Chaos will cease to accept submissions for The Jane Lumley Prize on the midnight of November 30, 2014. A response will be sent to all the entrants by December 3rd, 2014.
Kindly note that there is no entry fee for this contest.
For details, visit

Green Lady Award for Fiction

Annual competition. Short story up to 3,000 words on the theme of ‘Resistance’. Looking for innovative interpretations. All genres. First prize £50. Second prize £25. Selected entries will be published in an anthology. Deadline is 30 November.
For details, visit!competition/c18g4

The Magic Oxygen Literary Competition
Our short story and poetry competition has an incredible prize fund of £3,000, which will be awarded to each category as follows:
• First Prize – £1,000
• Second Prize – £300
• Third Prize – £100
• Two Highly Commended – £50
In addition, we will be planting a tree in Kenya for each entry, so every entrant is a winner! When the contest closes we will email the GPS co-ordinates of your tree to you.
• Short Stories up to 4,000 words, excluding title
• Poetry up to 50 lines, excluding title and lines between stanzas
• The theme is open
• Online entries preferred but written entries are also accepted (Click here for the address and postal details)
• £5 per entry
• Closing date midnight 30th November 2014
For more details, visit

Contemporary & Mainstream Novel Writing Contest 2014 – The Somerset Awards
1st Place Category Award Winners for the Somerset Awards will compete for the 2014 Grand Blue Ribbon Prize.
Deadline: November 30th, 2014.
Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts
For more details, visit:!/~/product/category=5193080&id=21521214

River Styx 2015 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest
$1500 First Prize plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer
Judged by the editors of River Styx
Submissions open August 1, 2014
500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry.
Entry fee: $10 or $20. $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription (3 issues). $10 entry fee includes a copy of the issue in which the winning stories will appear.
Include name and address on the cover letter only.
All stories will be considered for publication.
Previously published stories, including those that have appeared on websites, blogs, and personal home pages, are not eligible.
Though submissions are anonymous, judges will remove from consideration any entries they recognize as having been written by writers with whom they have worked or studied.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and honorable mentions will be published in the spring issue.
Contest results will be announced in April.
Enter by mail or online via Submittable. To enter by mail, include an S.A.S.E. for notification of contest results and a check payable to River Styx Magazine. Entries must be received by December 31. Mail entries to:
River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis MO 63103

Mississippi Review Contest
Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up next winter’s print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. Contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern Mississippi. Fiction entries should be 1000-8000 words, poetry entries should be three to five poems totaling 10 pages or less. Please attach as one document. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. Online entry fee is $16 per entry. Each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue.
No manuscripts will be returned. Previously published work is ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed and encouraged as long as you notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Contest opens August 1. Deadline is January 1st, 2015. Winners will be announced in early March and publication is scheduled for June next year. Entries should have “MR Prize,” author name, address, phone, e-mail and title of work on page one.
Key dates:
Contest opens: August 1, 2014
Postmark deadline: January 1st, 2015
Winners and finalists announced: March 2015
Issue publication: June 2015
For more details, visit

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

River Styx 2015 International Poetry Contest
$1500 First Prize
2015 Judge: TBA
Submissions open January 1, 2015
Send up to three poems, no more than 14 pages. Please include all poems in a single document.
Entry fee: $10 or $20. $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription (3 issues). $10 entry fee includes a copy of the issue in which the winning poems will appear.
Include name and address on the cover letter only.
All poems will be considered for publication.
Previously published poems, including those that have appeared on websites, blogs, and personal home pages, are not eligible.
Though submissions are anonymous, judges will remove from consideration any entries they recognize as having been written by writers with whom they have worked or studied.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and honorable mentions will be published in the fall issue.
Contest results will be announced in October
Enter by mail or online via Submittable. To enter by mail, include an S.A.S.E. for notification of contest results and a check payable to River Styx Magazine. Entries must be received by May 31, 2015. Mail entries to:
River Styx International Poetry Contest
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis MO 63103

Whether you are a film student with a serious documentary, a rising indie star or an accomplished animator, LUNAFEST wants to see your work! We accept short film submissions from September 14th through April 1st each year, we seek unique stories created by, for and about women.
If your film is chosen by our LUNAFEST Board of Advisors, you get a $2,500 award. Even better, it will be screened by audiences at more than 190 venues throughout North America and serve as vehicle for raising awareness and funds for causes that women care about.
See more at:

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

Rolling deadlines
Fjords will announce the 2013-14 contest winner(s) on August 15, 2014. Publication will follow in Fall 2015. We read manuscripts throughout the year and publish our winner and shortlist on the same day. Notification to the winner is sent on July 15, 2014.
Each manuscript should be between 45-300 pages and may be a collection of poetry, short stories or different kinds of literary pieces. Full-length visual art, illustrated and collaborative books are also considered.
To enter: send one word file or .pdf containing
Cover page with author name, telephone number, email and postal address and manuscript name
Page that includes only the title of the manuscript.
Manuscript with numbered pages and table of contents.
Judging for the contest is blind. All work submitted is considered for book publication and for publication in an edition of Fjords

Neil Postman Award for Metaphor
Rolling Deadline
(no fee)
Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.

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

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

Nonfiction Book Awards
Welcome to the NEW Nonfiction Book Awards! As an extension of the Nonfiction Authors Association, we are committed to honoring excellence in nonfiction books and welcome submissions by self-published and traditionally published authors alike, in both print and ebook formats. Publishers are also welcome to submit books for award consideration.
About the Nonfiction Book Awards
Our program honors books year-round so you can submit your entry at any time. Books are not judged against competing titles, but are reviewed by our judges based on a scoring system that evaluates the quality of the writing and production of the book (editing, design and other details). A book can receive a bronze, silver or gold award provided the final evaluation score qualifies. As with other awards programs, not all books receive an award, but many do.
Winning a Nonfiction Book Award is like adding a seal of approval to your book. It tells readers and media professionals that you have a high quality book worth reading!
Award recipients receive the following:
Beautiful award certificate mailed directly to you (or sent via email if outside of the U.S.)
Review posted to your book sales page on Amazon
Digital award badge for display on your website
Featured listing for your book on our website
Award stickers for your books, available for purchase
Additional Benefits of Winning a Book Award
Aside from the items listed above, winning a book award brings tremendous personal gratification. You will instantly earn the title of “award-winning author!” This designation can be added to your marketing materials, website, author bio, and the cover of the book. When potential readers learn that a book has been honored with an award, it can help influence buying decisions.
We are proud to offer this program to nonfiction authors world-wide. We firmly believe that nonfiction books have the power to change the world and the Nonfiction Book Awards provides a powerful way to help elevate the status of your book.
– See more at:

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

Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.
! Competition !
Monthly themed monologues and short plays needed. On-going, no submission fee, no deadline. This is a competition with one winner per production: $25.00.
Continuing call: No fees… no deadlines….
Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR

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

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.

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.
For 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.
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

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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Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award
Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice to be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family.
For more details and to submit, visit
The reading period for the award will be the month of February for the issue that publishes in June, and the month of August for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.


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

Banff Playwrights Colony

The Retreat: March 9 – March 21, 2015
The Colony: April 2 – April 21, 2015
Application deadline: September 17, 2014

Piper’s Frith: Writing at Kilmory
Piper’s Frith: Writing at Kilmory invites creative writers to apply to take part in five days of intense mentorship and conversation about writing in a spectacular Newfoundland setting. The sixth Piper’s Frith takes place this year from October 20-25.
Join 2014 mentors Don McKay, Jessica Grant & Gerard Collins for workshops and individual explorations of your creative work. The experience can benefit adult writers at all stages of development. Applying is easy and elegant—but you must do it soon. The deadline is Wednesday, August 20.
To learn more and apply, visit

Proposals Wanted
Fellows, Artists in Residence, and Program Contributors impact the Retreat experience in profound ways. Submit your Fellowship, Artist in Residence, and Proposal Application to help shape the 2015 Retreat, August 10-16.


We will be accepting general applications for attendance beginning Oct. 31, 2014. Read more about applying to the Retreat under the “Applications & Admissions tab” on the Retreat homepage.

You can also apply to be a 2015 Retreat Intern!
Learn more about all current AROHO Internship opportunities

Writer’s Block Festival 2014
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.
Nick Flynn
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

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival
The Festival features literary panel discussions, theatrical performances, master classes, and a variety of other events, including our Scholars’ Conference, “Drummer and Smoke” music program, Literary Late Night Series, as well as literary walking tours and food events.
We’re busy planning our 29th annual Festival (March 25-29, 2015). You’ll find a partial list of who’s coming and more here. See our 2014 Festival program below for a taster.
*Sign up for our enewsletter to receive program updates.
For more details, visit


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:

Can Serrat
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

Cullman Center Fellowships
The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers offers fellowships to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world’s preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, and sports.
Criteria and Terms
The Cullman Center’s Selection Committee awards up to 15 fellowships a year to outstanding scholars and writers – academics, independent scholars, journalists, and creative writers. Foreign nationals conversant in English are welcome to apply. Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library’s other research libraries – The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library – are not eligible for this fellowship, nor are people seeking funding for research leading directly to a degree.
The deadline to apply to the 2015-16 Fellowship Competition is September 26, 2014, 5 p.m. EST
For more details, visit

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.

Hawthornden Castle
International Retreat for Writers
Any creative writer, from any part of the world, who has already published may apply for a Fellowship at Hawthornden. Please send a letter of interest via postal mail and they should get back to you with more information to apply.
For details, visit

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 Communities or 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.

The Rome Prize is awarded to thirty emerging North American artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who exemplify the highest standard of excellence in arts and humanities scholarship. Fellows are chosen from the disciplines of architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, musical composition, visual arts, ancient studies, Medieval studies, Renaissance and Early Modern studies, and Modern Italian studies. Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Winners of six-month and eleven-month fellowships receive stipends of $16,000 and $28,000, respectively.
Deadline November 1, 2014.


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.

The Foundation for the Arts is located on the historic Brush Creek Ranch, a century old, 15,000-acre guest and working cattle ranch at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest in Saratoga, Wyoming. The residency program is situated in the riparian corridor of Brush Creek, in between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges. Open to all artists over 18. There is a $30 application fee. Residents are responsible for transportation to Ranch or Laramie Regional Airport.
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.
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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.

The Grants for Professional Writers program covers subsistence, project and travel expenses. The Creative Writing Grants component gives Canadian authors (emerging, mid-career and established) time to write new literary works, including novels, short stories, poetry, children’s and young adults’ literature, graphic novels, exploratory writing and literary non-fiction. $3,000 to $25,000 depending on level of experience.
Deadline October 1, 2014.

Fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields – including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts, except the performing arts. Last year, the program awarded fellowships to one hundred and eighty-one scholars, artists, and scientists. Often characterized as “mid-career” awards, the fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions. The foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the foundation will provide fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors. Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.
Application deadline is September 19, 2014.


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:

Plum Alley
Plum Alley is a site for women to raise money for ventures of all kinds– women entrepreneurs, women in the arts, women in academia and the media.

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.

Travel Grants enable writers, translators, literary performers, spoken word artists and storytellers to respond to invitations to specific international literary events that are important to their artistic development and career, or within Canada, participate in a writer’s residency. No deadline. $500 to $2,500.
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Provides uninterrupted time, workspace, and living accommodations to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers. Accepting applications for its 2015 Spring Residency program, which runs from late-February to mid-June. Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks. Most meals are provided, and there is cell phone service on the property as well as wireless Internet connection for resident use. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming. There is no charge for a residency. Artists, writers, and composers from the United States and around the globe in any stage of their professional careers are invited to apply.
Deadline October 1, 2014.

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

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

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

Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing
Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations
Creative Writing

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Book Markets for Children’s Writers 2014

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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.

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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.

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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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