TWP Weekly Writing Post 2014 September 28-October 4 Edition

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2014 September 28-October 4 Edition

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PEI LOCAL/ATLANTIC

Richard Lemm Featured Reader at Poet Laureate’s Haviland Club Open Mic Monday, October 6

Richard Lemm, poet, creative writing professor, editor, and biographer, will be the featured reader at the next monthly Open Mic at the Haviland Club, to be held Monday, October 6, from 7-9 pm. Please note this change from last season’s Tuesday nights. Host Dianne Hicks Morrow invites readers and listeners to bring their writing to share with a very friendly audience.

Richard says, “I once wanted to play shortstop for the New York Yankees, and, later, blues and jazz saxophone. Apart from lacking the necessary talent, at age seventeen I fell in love with poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.”

That love affair continues, many years later, on the Island where he teaches creative writing and literature at UPEI. The author of five poetry books, a short story collection, and a biography of legendary Canadian poet Milton Acorn, he recently edited Riptides: New Island Fiction, which won the 2014 PEI Book Award for Fiction. In 2012 he was a Fellow at the Hawthornden Castle International Writers’ Retreat in Scotland. He is currently editing a forthcoming anthology of Island holiday writing, working on a collection of personal essays, and revising poems for two new poetry manuscripts. He still takes his baseball glove on holidays in Cuba.

Everyone is welcome. Admission is free or by donation. Readers can sign up at 7 p.m. to read their own poetry or prose, anywhere for up to five minutes.

Please contact Dianne at peipoetlaureate@gmail.com with any questions.

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 lindsay@fvps.ca Application forms can be downloaded at http://www.fvps.ca

CBC Short Story Price

WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished stories between 1200 and 1500 words.

WHEN: Submission period is open from September 1, 2014 to November 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada

HOW: Submit online by clicking the “submit” link below or download the submission form to submit by mail.

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

For more details, visit http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/shortstory/?cid=Canada+Writes+-+September+Newsletter

2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Open for Entry


Writers have two months to enter their short story.

Each year, we select five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions who share a total prize money of £15,000. The overall winner receives £5,000, one of the highest amounts for an international short story prize open to unpublished writers. Regional winners receive £2,500.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience. You don’t need an agent, just an internet connection to submit your unpublished story of 2000-5000 words.

Entry is free. Stories translated into English are also eligible. 

The closing date is 15 November 2014.

Do have a look at the interviews and writings about the short story.

Submit your short story via the online application form between 15 September and 15 November 2014.

This year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize is part-funded by The Sigrid Rausing Trust.

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.

News from PWAC:

Bulletin 9.6.2014    Electronic Rights Defence Committee Starts Settlement Distribution Process

For nearly 20 years PWAC has supported this case on behalf of our members. If you published in the Montreal Gazzette as a freelancer within the 15 year time frame please use the information below to pursue your fair share in this welcome victory.

Press Release:   September 22, 2014

After more than 17 years of work and worry, the Electronic Rights Defence Committee  has received the green light from Quebec Superior Court to distribute the fruits of its class action against The Gazette and the newspaper’s various owners.

Claim forms are now available at http://www.erdc.ca

Freelance writers who wrote for The Gazette between 1985 and 2010 should fill one out if they want to take part in the distribution. Writers will receive shares of Postmedia A stock according to a point system that was approved at a special ERDC general meeting in 2012.

Claimants will have until March 5, 2015 to file, listing all freelance stories they wrote for The Gazette during the period covered by the class action.  The on-line resource Canadian Newsstand (Proquest) may be helpful in doing this.  It is available through many libraries including the Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec.  To gain access tom the collection by getting a free BAnQ card, consult

http://www.banq.qc.ca/services/pret/carte/index.html

In various settlements, the  ERDC received 189,479 shares in PostMedia A stock and $83,210.27 in cash, all of which have been held in trust.  In accordance with the Quebec Superior Court decision of September 5, 2014, the cash plus the proceeds of the sale of about 20,000 shares will be used to reimburse the Fonds d’aide aux recours collectifs (the Quebec agency which provided $86,999.35 in seed money for the class action,) and the ERDC lawyers, who are entitled to receive 25 per cent of cash and stock, plus taxes, under their agreements with the ERDC.

For more information: http://www.erdc.ca

For specific questions:

info@erdc.ca

Source: Mary Soderstrom

ERDC President

CALLS FOR SUBMISSION

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:

https://thewritingpool.wordpress.com/publications-and-publishers/submission-calls/

COMPETITIONS

 

ATTENTION PLAYWRIGHTS!

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 http://artscience.nku.edu/content/dam/artscience/theatre/docs/16755YesFestivalFlyer.pdf

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 http://www.flash500.com/index_files/humourverse.htm

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 http://www.flash500.com/index_files/flashfiction.htm

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest

VERY SHORT FICTION guidelines

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 http://northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-contests/307-2012-writing-contests%20

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

URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission

Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

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

URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission

Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.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

URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission

Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

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

URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission

Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

  1. 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/

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 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

http://www.palettesnquills.com

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

The Feminist Wire’s 1st Annual Poetry Contest

Submissions are now open for The Feminist Wire’s 1st Annual Poetry Contest, judged by Evie Shockley. The winner will receive publication in The Feminist Wire and $200. The 1st runner up will receive publication in The Feminist Wire and $100. All submissions will be judged anonymously and considered for future publication in TFW.

Additionally, we are excited to announce that Kore Press will publish the winning poem or poems in the form of a limited edition broadside, which will be promoted and sold as part of their list. Winner gets 5 copies. Kore Press is a literary activist organization that has been publishing the creative genius of women writers and supporting the voices of teen girls for over 20 years.

Please submit up to 3 poems (no more than a total of 5 pages) no later than October 1, 2014 via Submittable in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. All submissions should be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Entry fee is $10 per submission. Authors may choose to submit more than once but will be charged $10 for each 3-poem entry. Please be sure your name and/or any identifying information is not on your submission. You may upload a bio separately.

Winners will be announced December 15, 2014.

For more details, visit http://thefeministwire.com/2014/06/feminist-wires-1st-annual-poetry-contest/

Talking Writing 2014 Contests

This year, we’ll be awarding two nonfiction prizes:

  • Talking Writing Prize for Flash NonfictionJudge: Dinty W. Moore, editor of Brevity
  • Talking Writing Prize for Advice WritingJudge: 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: http://talkingwriting.com/contests

Franz Kafka Award in Magic Realism

$10.00

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: http://thedoctortjeckleburgreview.com/bookstore/product/franz-kafka-award-in-magic-realism/

Attention Self-Published and Independently Published Authors:

CALL FOR ENTRIES

SHELF UNBOUND WRITING COMPETITION 

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

For more details, visit: http://useast.mymarkettoolkit.com/shelf_media_group_mymarkettoolkit_com/pdf/2014-writing-competition-rules.pdf

The Taming of Chance Short Story Competition

Prizes

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

PROPERTY

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 WTD Flash Fiction Contest

  • The Flash Fiction Contest 2014 runs from Tuesday, 16th September to 11:59 on Sunday, 5th October, Eastern Time.
  • Your story should be 500 words or less. Every word will be counted, and the upper limit is 500. (The title is not included in the word count.)
  • The contest is open to everyone; there are no age restrictions.
  • The story submitted should be previously unpublished in any media anywhere.
  • The story must be written in English.
  • There is an entry fee of $10.00 for each submission.
  • You can submit any number of stories, so long as each entry is accompanied by the payment of $10.00.
  • Submissions are open until Sunday, October 5th.

The results will be declared on Friday, October 17th.

For more details, visit http://writetodone.com/writetodone-flash-fiction-contest/

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 http://www.riverteethjournal.com/contests

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.

Details: https://writersblockaward.submittable.com/submit

 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

See more at: http://www.persimmontree.org/v2/submissions/#sthash.YiVtCoOc.dpuf

Stories of Resilience

Writing Contest

In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, you are invited to add your voice to Stories of Resilience. The contest is seeking submissions that reflect the broad impact of abuse. Contribute your story, personal essay or poem for consideration.

  • Entries can include stories, personal essays and poems.
  • Multiple entries are welcome.
  • Click here to submit: org. 
Title line should read: “Contest Submission.” Please include the title of your work, if any, at the top of the main body of the piece.
  • Name and valid email are required for the contest. 
If you prefer not to use your actual name, you may provide a pseudonym. 
Your email address will not be made public and will only be used to communicate with you about the contest.

Entries will be accepted until October 20, 2014.

For more details, visit http://ourstoryproject.herokuapp.com/pages/contest

New £5,000 first prize for Troubadour Poetry Prize 2014

sponsored by Cegin Productions

Coffee-House Poetry are delighted to announce that long-standing poetry supporters Cegin Productions are now sponsoring a top prize of £5,000 for the Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014. Second & third prizes have also been increased as have the 20 additional prizes.

Submissions, via e-mail or post, by Mon 20th Oct 2014

For details, visit http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes

The 2014 Joy Harjo Poetry Award & the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award

For more information call 1-970-903-7914or email us @ cutthroatmag@gmail.com

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 http://www.cutthroatmag.com/contest.html/index.html

Now Accepting Submissions for 
The 2014 Christopher Doheny Award!

The Christopher Doheny Award, supported by Audible, Inc. and the friends and family of Christopher Doheny, recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness, either his or her own or that of a close relative or friend.

The winning book-length manuscript must demonstrate high literary standards while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. The award includes a $10,000 prize and publication and promotion of the book in print and audio editions. The award will be presented annually for a manuscript that is in process or completed but not yet published.

All submissions for the 2014 Christopher Doheny Award must be received by October 30th. VIEW GUIDELINES

http://centerforfiction.org/the-christopher-doheny-award

The RBC Taylor Prize

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

Submission deadlines:

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

For details: http://www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/submissions.asp

Introducing 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.

http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/newcomer-short-story-prize.php

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

http://shortstops.info/2014/08/24/the-london-magazines-short-story-competition/

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: www.sunkengardenpoetry.org), 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: http://www.tupelopress.org/sunkengarden.php

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 http://www.flash500.com/index_files/novel.htm

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.

Guidelines: http://elixirpress.com/annual-poetry-contest/

The entry fee is $30.

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

Submit to:

Elixir Press

  1. O. Box 27029

Denver, CO  80227

If you have questions, please contact us at info@elixirpress.com.

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

BRICK ROAD POETRY BOOK CONTEST

The first place winner receives a publication contract with  Brick Road Poetry Press and $1000  prize, publication in both print and  ebook formats, and 25 copies of the printed book. We may also offer publication contracts to the top finalists.

Adhere to all the “general submission” manuscript guidelines. (provided below)  See our preferences.

Entry fee $25, payable through the online submission manager. If sending hard copy, please include a Check or money order to “Brick Road  Poetry Press, Inc.”

Deadline: November 1, submission accepted starting August 1.

Submit via the Brick Road Poetry Press Submission Manager

http://brickroadpoetrypress.com/poetry-book-contest/

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 reviewcoalhill@gmail.com

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 http://contests.tennesseewilliams.net/play-contest/

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 http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress/Contests/Nilsen_Prize.htm

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 http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/shortstory/

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 http://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/open_season/info.html

2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Open for Entry


Writers have two months to enter their short story.

Each year, we select five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions who share a total prize money of £15,000. The overall winner receives £5,000, one of the highest amounts for an international short story prize open to unpublished writers. Regional winners receive £2,500.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience. You don’t need an agent, just an internet connection to submit your unpublished story of 2000-5000 words.

Entry is free. Stories translated into English are also eligible. 

The closing date is 15 November 2014.

Do have a look at the interviews and writings about the short story.

Submit your short story via the online application form between 15 September and 15 November 2014.

This year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize is part-funded by The Sigrid Rausing Trust.

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 http://poetsatwork.org/paw-press/first-annual-poetswork-book-prize-stephen-dunn-judge/

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 http://con13.tennesseewilliams.net/fiction-contest/

The William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest

First Prize: $1,000, plus the publication of a limited edition of letterpress broadsides.

Entry Fee: $10. One entry per poet (may be previously published).

Format: Poems must be between 12-30 lines. Include a separate cover sheet with your contact information. Do not put your name on the poem. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014.

Judge: Tony Hoagland.

Submission: Mail to hit & run press, 1563 Solano Ave. #379, Berkeley, CA 94707.

Winner will be announced on the website on March 1, 2015. A ceremonial reading will be held at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC on April 13, 2015.

http://www.mrbebop.com/the-william-dickey/

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 http://www.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/contest.html

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 http://www.greenladypress.com/#!competition/c18g4

www.greenladypress.com

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 http://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/competition/

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 details, visit: http://chantireviews.com/store/#!/~/product/category=5193080&id=21521214

Mothering Through the Darkness: A Call for Submissions and a Writing Contest

The HerStories Project is seeking unpublished, first-person essays from mothers about their experiences with postpartum depression, anxiety, or other mental health struggles during or after pregnancy.* We’re looking for well-crafted, true accounts that explore and examine aspects of this experience.

Submissions must feature a strong and compelling narrative. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich detail, and a strong, distinctive voice. (For more about what we’re looking for, here is an article that I wrote about personal essay writing with a few more suggestions.)

Guidelines: Previously unpublished and between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Please also submit a short bio of 50-100 words, including previously publications. To submit, see the link at the bottom of this page.

Deadline: December 1, 2014

For more details, visit: http://www.herstoriesproject.com/next-call-submissions-writing-contest/

The Tenth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

The Waywiser Press is now accepting submissions of poetry 
manuscripts for the tenth annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. 

Collections may be submitted online (in which case the deadline is midnight on December 1st 2014)
or by post (in which case the postmark deadline is December 1st 2014).

The Winner Receives

1) £1,750 or US$3,000, paid in May 2015.

2) Publication of the winning manuscript by Waywiser both in the UK and in the USA in the autumn of 2015.

3) A reading with the judge at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., in autumn 2015.

For details, visit http://waywiser-press.com/hechtprize10.html

The Schneider Family Book Awards

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

Click here for the Schneider Family Book Award Manual (PDF)

Bibliography of Children’s Books about the Disability Experience (pdf)

Deadline: December 1, 2014

For details, visit http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/1/apply

University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Summer Residency Program

Since 1994, the Poetry Center’s Residency Program has offered writers an opportunity to develop their work. The Poetry Center will award one residency each summer for a poet to spend two weeks in Tucson, Arizona developing his/her work. Writers at any stage of their careers may apply; emerging writers are welcome. The residency includes a $500 stipend and a two-week stay in a studio apartment located within steps of the Center’s renowned library of contemporary poetry. The residency is offered between June 1 and August 31.

2015 Contest:

We are delighted to announce Eduardo C. Corral as our 2015 Summer Residency judge! Submissions are open via Submittable as of September 15, 2014, and will close on December 15, 2014 at midnight (MST).

Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, winner of the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He’s the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.

This is a blind submission process. Students or family members of the judge are not eligible to apply. Current University of Arizona faculty, staff, students, and Tucson residents are not eligible to receive the residency. International applicants are welcome.

The Poetry Center will contact finalists to receive their CV/Resumes, as well as the contact information for three professional/personal references, before selecting a winner.

Submissions should include:

  • Submit a typed poetry manuscript totaling no more than ten pages. Please make sure that your name and/or contact information is not included on your manuscript or in the title of your submission.
  • We only accept DOC, DOCX, PDF, and RTF files.

To submit, please visit our Submittable page here. With questions, contact Hannah Ensor (hensor@email.arizona.edu).

$1600 top prize for short fiction in Writers’ Village Contest Winter 2014

$1600 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award winter 2014. The second prize is $800, third prize $400 and there are five runner up prizes of $80. A further ten Highly Commended entrants will receive a free entry in the next round.

Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, gains feedback on how their stories were graded – plus tips for improvement.

Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award winter 2014’ and see their work showcased online.

Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. The fee is $24 and multiple entries are permitted. Deadline is midnight 31st December 2014. Entry rules plus all winning stories since 2009 can be found at:

http://www.writers-village.org

Vernice Quebodeaux “Pathways” Poetry Prize for Women

Little Red Tree Publishing is proud to launch the 5th Vernice Quebodeaux “Pathways” Poetry Prize for Women, which includes a $1000 cash award and offer to publish a full-length collection of poetry with a generous royalty contract. The book will be published sometime in 2015.

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

The judge for the Vernice Quebodeaux “Pathways” Poetry Prize will be announced shortly.

  • Manuscript submission to include a $20 reading fee. Authors can pay online, or via online PayPal invoice if email provided, or a mailed check to address below with submission.
  • The competition is open to women from any country but the submission must be in English.
  • Submissions must be postmarked (or emailed date of transmission) no later than December 31, 2014.

Little Red Tree: International Poetry Prize

Deadline: December 31. Little Red Tree Publishing is proud to announce its 5th International Poetry Prize, with a first prize of $1,000, runner-up $250, and $50 to five finalists.

The prizewinner, runner-up, and third-place poet will feature prominently, with full biography, in a special collection called The Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize 2015 Anthology. The book will also include a wide selection of poetry from those submitted that did not make the final selection but were considered worthy of publication. The book will be published in the summer of 2015.

A book launch will be scheduled at a suitable venue in New London, CT. All winners and published poets will be invited to read their poems. See the complete contest guidelines at Little Red Tree.

http://littleredtree.com/international-poetry-prize-2013/

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 https://mississippireview.submittable.com/submit

THE FIFTH ANNUAL

GeminiMAGAZINE

POETRY OPEN

GRAND PRIZE: $1,000

SECOND PLACE: $100

Four Honorable Mentions ($25 each)

ENTRY FEE: $5 (up to three poems)

DEADLINE: January 2, 2015

 

All Six Finalists Will Be Published in

The March 2015 Issue of Gemini

http://www.gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

Top of the Mountain Book Award

Two Categories:

Fiction & Creative/Narrative Nonfiction

Dates of submission: September 15, 2014 to February 1, 2015

http://www.NorthernColoradoWriters.com

PRIZE: $1,000

Finalists will be announced and notified on or around March 1, 2015 and the winners will be announced in March 27, 2015 during dinner at the NCW 10th Anniversary Writers Conference. Attendance at the conference is not required.

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

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

LUNAFEST

CALLING ALL WOMEN FILMMAKERS…

SEEKING FILMS BY, FOR AND ABOUT WOMEN

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: http://www.lunafest.org/submit-a-film

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

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

http://fjordsreview.com/contest/contest.html

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: 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.

– See more at: http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/nonfiction-book-awards/#sthash.H0SVcAFl.dpuf

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

http://thistledewtheatre.blogspot.com/

 

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 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

Prizes

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 submit@wieldingpowerpublishing.com

For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/

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.

http://readersfavorite.com/annual-book-award-contest.htm

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 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.

Contest guidelines

See more at: http://blr.med.nyu.edu/submissions/BLRPrizes#sthash.UNzlpPcL.dpuf

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 http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/

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.

EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

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.

SUBMIT HERE

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

30 Days To A Novel with Stephanie Domet 2014

 Nov 7 – Nov 9, 2014 Fri 7:00 PM – Sun 1:00 PM

$380.00

“This workshop was a great way to start writing the novel I’ve always wanted to write!” Past Participant

Join award-winning author Stephanie Domet for a 2-day workshop to help you write your novel, no matter how much writing experience you have!  Stephanie took up the NaNoWriMo task of writing a novel in a month back in 2003, and now she’s sharing her tips and tricks on getting started with anyone who’s up for the challenge. Come with your work-in-progress, or start from scratch! For more information check out: www.nanowrimo.org

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

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

For more information, visit https://www.tatacentre.ca/index.php/programs/details/2215

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 http://louisvilleliteraryarts.org/writersblock/

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 http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/

RESOURCES

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.

Joanne Gerber

Program Consultant

Saskatchewan Arts Board

(Toll free) 1 800 667 7526

1 306 964 1163

joanne@artsboard.sk.ca

Artist Residency

A different kind of Artists’ Colony in Costa Rica

http://www.odysseyscostarica.org/Home.html

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

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/

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.

For more details, visit http://www.nypl.org/help/about-nypl/fellowships-institutes/center-for-scholars-and-writers/fellowships-at-the-cullman-center

EST-NORD-EST RESIDENCY

http://www.transartists.org/article/est-nord-est-artists-curators-and-writers-residency-2014

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 http://www.transartists.org/air/hawthornden-castle

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.

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

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.

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.

AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME

http://www.aarome.org/apply/rome-prize/procedure-requirements

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.

BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTS COUNCIL PROJECT ASSISTANCE

http://www.bcartscouncil.ca/guidelines/artists/creativewriters/creativewriter.htm

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.

BRUSH CREEK RESIDENCIES

http://www.brushcreekarts.org

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.

CAMAC RESIDENCY FOR ARTISTS

http://www.camac.org/english/intro.htm

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

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

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

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

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

Program Description

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

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

For more information, visit: http://canadacouncil.ca/en/council/grants/find-a-grant/grants/capacity-building-initiative-travel-grants

FANSNEXTDOOR

http://www.fansnextdoor.com/en

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.

GRANTS FOR PROFESSIONAL CANADIAN WRITERS

http://canadacouncil.ca/en/council/grants

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.

GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS – US AND CANADA

http://www.gf.org/

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

http://www.indiegogo.com

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

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.

 

Millay Colony for the Arts

We now offer two chances to apply annually:

March 1 and October 1

Next Application Deadline: October 1, 2014

Each year Millay Colony invites 52 visual artists, writers and composers for a colony residency. Residents are chosen anonymously by a panel of jurors in each discipline. The application process is competitive and based solely on the merit of the artist statement and work sample. Past jurors and their bios can be viewed on our Juries page. An article on the jury process can also be found in our Spring 2008 newsletter.

We look to make our programs accessible to as many artists as possible. Toward that end, we offer Month-long Residencies, Two-week Residencies in June & September, Virtual Residencies, and Group Residencies.

The Millay Colony accepts residents on the basis of artistic merit. Our admissions policy does not discriminate with regard to race, sex, sexual preference, religion, marital status, disability or nation of origin.

For more details, visit http://www.millaycolony.org/apply

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

http://www.peerbackers.com

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/

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.

https://plumalley.co/en/projects

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 FOR PROFESSIONAL CANADIAN WRITERS

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.

For more details, visit http://www.canadacouncil.ca/en/council/grants/find-a-grant/grants/travel-grants-for-professional-writers

UCROSS FOUNDATION RESIDENCIES

http://www.ucrossfoundation.org/

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

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

http://www.writerscoalition.com

writerscoalition@actrafrat.com

1 800-387-8897 x238

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

Creative Writing

For more information, go to http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/

PUBLICATIONS & PUBLISHING

Authority Publishing for Non-fiction Authors

http://authoritypublishing.com/

Authorspress

Publishers of Scholarly Books

New Delhi, India

Website: www.authorspressbooks.com

Blog: www.authorspressbooks.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorspressindia?ref=hl

Email id: info@authorspressbooks.com

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO EBOOKS

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

Book Markets for Children’s Writers 2014

brokenpencil

The magazine of zine culture and independent arts

http://www.brokenpencil.com/

Commonwealth Writers: A world of new fiction

                                           http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/

GOOSE LANE EDITIONS

http://gooselane.com/submissions.php

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

Guide to Canadian Copyright

http://www.cipo.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr02281.html

107 Countries, 193 Airlines, 212 Publications!

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

In-Flight Magazines Report

The Journaling Place

http://www.createwritenow.com/

 

Get started: write a journal!

MADE IN BANFF

New newsletter weekly!

The Banff Centre Blog

http://www.banffcentre.org/?utm_source=Made+in+Banff%3A+Banff+Centre+Blog&utm_campaign=a5bae3d63c-Banff+Centre+Blog+-+Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1de8080d49-a5bae3d63c-297968861&mc_cid=a5bae3d63c&mc_eid=3a4c3db4dc

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers 2014

https://www.writersbookstore.com/sc/wbs_order_items.htm

THE MALAHAT REVIEW

http://web.uvic.ca/malahat/

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.

http://www.mythicdragonpublishing.com/welcome.html

Neon

Neon is a British literary magazine published three times a year in print and online. Its tastes tend towards the dark and the surreal. It publishes literary and slipstream short-form writing: poetry, fiction and experimental forms. Submissions are accepted from writers anywhere in the world, and the magazine is available for free online. Neon also publishes chapbooks and pamphlets, as well as a free micro-anthology titled Battery Pack. See the website for more information: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/

PEACHTREE PUBLISHERS

http://peachtree-online.com/index.php/resources/submission-guidelines/manuscript-guidelines.html

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

Shelf Unbound

New issue of Shelf Unbound!

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

http://www.pagegangster.com/p/QIEbm/

WARREN PUBLISHING

http://www.warrenpublishing.net/overview.html

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)

Worldwide Freelance Writer
http://www.worldwidefreelance.com

WOW! Women on Writing

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

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Writers Digest

http://www.writersdigest.com/

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