The Writing Pool’s Weekly Writing PostTM
2014 December 28-January 3 Edition
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Happy New Year everyone! 2014 was a busy year with several new developments. We finally got our official website up and running, which is the biggest accomplishment for the year! I’m looking forward to 2015 when I will continue working on the official website and add more information for writers. I’d like to share the short story by one of our subscribers, Joyce Simpson. Follow this link to read the story: The Greatest Gift.
The year hasn’t quite ended yet but we already have several new contests lined up with deadlines in January. You also still have time to catch several contests with December 31 deadlines. Scroll through and you will find several new contests listings for students as well.
Let’s make 2015 more exciting by sharing more writing, joining more contests, and sharing successes! We’d like to hear from you if you joined any of the contests or events, and more so if you won. Your success is our success!
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Here’s wishing you all a whole year of productivity with lots of new writing!
Galleon III Now Available at The Bookmark
Available now at The Bookmark, and online at http://galleonliteraryjournal.com/2014/12/08/and-were-out-of-dry-dock/ , is Galleon III, a slenderly built but packed-with-riches journal, edited by New Brunswicker novelist, short story writer and musician Lee Thompson. It contains poetry, prose and reviews by a variety of people, including PEI writers: Jeff Bursey, Beth Janzen, Steve Mayoff, Malcolm Murray and J.J. Steinfeld. Pick up a copy while supplies last, or order via the website. Visit the website for submission guidelines.
2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards
The Newfoundland & Labrador Book Awards honour excellence in writing. These juried awards cover a two-calendar-year publishing period, with pairings of Fiction and Children’s/Young Adult Literature awarded in even years, and Poetry and Nonfiction awarded in alternate years. Winners are announced in the spring. Awards for Poetry and for Nonfiction will be given in 2015.
Deadline: Friday, January 9, 2015
Entry fee: $20
Prize: The winners receive a cash prize of $1,500; runners-up each receive $500.
Port Bickerton Lighthouse Artist-in-Residence Programme
‘Call to Artists’ Residency Application
Established Atlantic Canadian professional writers and visual artists working in any medium, and whose work draws on the natural environment are invited to apply to the Port Bickerton Lighthouse Artist-in-Residence Programme. The programme is designed to provide work space and accommodation in a retreat environment where participants can work independently on their own project(s) for a two week time period.
All applicants will be notified within two weeks of application deadline.
Some element of public access must be provided at the end of the residency, such as an artist’s talk, “open studio”, or workshop to be determined in consultation with The Port Bickerton and Area Planning Association. One artist will be selected yearly for the residency. Artists must advise of their preferred length of stay with two preferences of time frames between May 1st and October 15, 2015.
NOTE: A vehicle is highly desirable.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 22, 2015
Open invitation: the poetry engine awaits you at www.poetrypei.com!
PEI poet laureate Dianne Hicks Morrow wants new poets to know they are always welcome to submit a poem to this site, especially if they have never have done so before. The submission form —with complete guidelines and formatting tips—is at www.poetrypei.com/submit.
Poets already on the site: remember that you are welcome to replace your existing poem with a new one at any time, provided at least three months have passed since your last update.
Note: All Calls for Submission and publications that accept submissions are now accessible in The Writing Pool: Publication Pool. Check out the new Submission Calls. Both dated and open submissions are listed. Check regularly for new calls and listings. Check out calls for submission at: https://thewritingpool.com/
Check out our great new listing of contests and awards with live links!
The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize
Deadline: Thursday, December 25, 2014
Entry fee: $15 PayPal donation
Prize: Each winning author receives $1,000 as well as a prize pack of books, each valued at approximately $750, and publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014.
- Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
Next deadline: December 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 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Now Open for Entries!
We’re looking for an outstanding, unpublished story collection, and we’ll not only publish the winner and provide a $1000 advance, we’ll also bring the winner to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for a book launch party weekend celebration!
Deadline: December 30.
Complete details here or visit http://www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html
2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition Sponsored by Bull City Press
The Frost Place, a non-profit center for poetry and the arts at Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, in partnership with Bull City Press, has established a new poetry chapbook fellowship. We invite submissions to the Third Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press.
In summer 2015, the winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press, and the winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 200), and a $250.00 stipend. The winner will also receive a full fellowship to attend the five-and-a-half-day Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, August 2015, including room and board (a cash value of approximately $1,500.00), and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar.
As well, the chapbook fellow will have the option to spend one week living and writing in The Frost Place House-Museum in September 2015 (peak leaf season in the White Mountains), at a time agreed upon by the fellow and The Frost Place.
The 3rd Annual Frost Place Chapbook Final Judge is Jennifer Grotz.
Submission Period: October 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014.
Application Fee: $25.00.
Applications are only accepted online unless other arrangements are made with The Frost Place office.
Look for the link to our submission manager, as well as information about summer programs at The Frost Place, on the home page of The Frost Place website: www.frostplace.org.
Guernsey’s International Poetry Competition 2014
Closing date for receipt of entries: 31 December 2014
Maximum length 14 lines
Entries should be in English, typed on A4 paper
The prize is open to anyone except those involved in organising the competition. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published
on any public website or broadcast, nor winning or placed in any other competition, as at 28 February 2015.
You may send as many entries as you like. Payments must be made by cheque or postal order, or if submitting by email you may request a PayPal invoice or Direct Transfer details. Cheques should be from a UK bank and made payable to Guernsey Literary Festival with the sender’s name and address on the back.
Please do not write your name, age or residency on the same sheet as your poems, as they will be judged anonymously.
Enter each poem on a separate page and enclose another separate sheet with your name, address, telephone number, email address, plus the title(s) of your poems. Winners will be contacted by 28 February 2015. Winning poems will become part of the Poems on the Move exhibition, and/or be placed on one of the 33 Guernsey buses, for a period of no less than 6 months, to coincide with the Guernsey Literary Festival on 16-20 September 2015.
For more details, visit http://guernseyliteraryfestival.com/images/poems-on-the-move-leaflet.pdf
2014 NIGHTLIGHT READING WRITERS CONTEST
Nightlight Reading is requesting submissions for our 2014 Nightlight Readings Short Story Writers Contest that is geared to at-risk boys in the 10-12 year age group who often stop reading for pleasure. Nightlight Reading’s goal is to fund and promote literature that appeals to boys and keeps them engaged and reading.
- The 2014 CONTEST THEME is ADVENTURE.
- The written piece should be considered a SHORT STORY with a MAXIMUM COUNT of 5,000 WORDS.
Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, and Third Place as follows:
- First Prize: $1,000 award plus certificate and publication of the story.
- Second Prize: $500 award plus certificate and publication of the story.
- Third Prize: $300 award plus certificate and publication of the story.
All award winners will be publicized nationally by Nightlight Reading.
The Nightlight Reading Writers Contest is open to anyone who loves to write stories for boys, and may be a professional writer, student or budding writer.
Submissions must not have been previously published or won any other writing contest. However, simultaneous submissions to other contests are acceptable.
Deadline for submission for the 2014 contest is December 31, 2014.
Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers
$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.
The winning story will be first announced on the website, traditionally during June, though occasionally earlier, and then published in the Spring or Fall 2015 issue of Boulevard.
All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2014. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but previously accepted or published work is ineligible. Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard magazine.
Entry fee is $15 for each individual story, with no limit per author, and includes a one-year subscription. Make checks payable to Boulevard.
Contest entries can be submitted electronically or by mail.
Send manuscript(s) and SAS post card for acknowledgement of receipt to: Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. No manuscripts will be returned.
For more details, visit http://www.boulevardmagazine.org/partners.html
The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest
The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is international, open to anyone who enjoys expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). All entries must be neatly typed or legibly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: December 31, 2014
All contest winners will be announced on February 25, 2015 Prizes:
Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.
$10 per short story.
$5 per poem.
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story(ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654
Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!
GENEii Writing Contest
The GENEii Writing Contest is for factual articles: either family history or local history, character sketches, or memoirs. Winning entries capture a sense of a family’s experience(s), the character of a locality, or reveal an individual’s character and personality. We feel the best articles help illuminate the human drama—and will also illuminate the era, and/or the historical or social context of the subject.
Prizes are awarded in two categories. Category 1 is for articles between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. Category 2 is for articles under 1,000 words in length. Both categories are for family history or local-history stories, memoirs, or character sketches. Submissions may be either unpublished or previously published.
The GENEii Writing Contest is open to the public and is presented each year by the SCGS. Entries must be received between November 1 and December 31. The contest closes on December 31 for each calendar year. Winners are notified individually by May 1st of the following year. A listing of winning entries is posted on the SCGS website and the winners’ names will be printed in the summer issue of The Searcher, the quarterly journal of SCGS.
For details, visit http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/geneii/index.html
James Knudsen Prize for Fiction
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Judged by Jesmyn Ward
WINNER: $1000, publication and a year subscription
FINALISTS: will be named on our website
- Submissions must be original, previously unpublished works of fiction, no longer than 7,500 words.
- Reading fee: $20 (includes a copy of contest issue)
- You may enter more than one story, but each submission must arrive in a separate envelope or online submission with its own cover sheet and entry fee.
- We accept novel excerpts only if the submission stands alone as a complete short story.
- Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email, and the title of your submission. DO NOT include your name on any part of the submission. Any story with identifying material will be disqualified.
We highly encourage all submissions be made online through our submissions manager.
To submit via snail mail, follow the above submission guidelines and mail with $20 check or money order made out to:
Bayou Magazine c/o
(James Knudsen Prize for Fiction or Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry)
Department of English University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Judged by Jane Miller
WINNER $1000, publication and a year subscription
FINALISTS: will be named on our website
- Submissions must be original, previously unpublished poetry.
- Reading fee: $20 (includes a copy of contest issue)
- You may enter up to three poems per entry.
- You may enter multiple submissions, but each submission must be in a separate envelope or online submission with its own cover sheet and entry fee.
- On the cover sheet, please include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of your submission. DO NOT include your name on the pages of the manuscript. Any submission with identifying material will be disqualified.
We highly encourage all submissions be made online through our submissions manager.
To submit via snail mail, follow the above submission guidelines and mail with $20 check or money order made out to:
Bayou Magazine c/o
(James Knudsen Prize for Fiction or Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry)
Department of English University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Enter previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Entries may be simultaneous submissions but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the story is accepted elsewhere. Please notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is taken elsewhere. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.
Contest open to all writers in English with the exception of current students or employees or others affiliated with New Orleans Review or Loyola University New Orleans. Writers who have a personal or professional relationship with the editorial staff or with the final judge are asked to abstain from entering the contest in order to prevent any conflict of interest. We comply with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Code of Ethics. This year’s final judge is Tim Parrish, author of Red Stick Men, The Jumper, and Fear and What Follows.
Winner receives $1,000 and publication in New Orleans Review. All finalists considered for publication. Winner announced and published in 2015.
For more details, visit https://walkerpercy.submittable.com/submit
Christine Eldin Memorial Fellowship
The Lascaux Review will host an annual contest to choose a “best” middle grade novel work-in-progress, along with a short list of finalists, among entries submitted. The contest will be conducted initially in 2014 (for award of the 2015 fellowship) and scheduled annually thereafter. A middle grade novel is understood to mean a work of fiction, typically a chapter book, for readers between the ages of eight and twelve.
Any unpublished middle grade manuscript, in whole or part, for which no publication contract exists at the time of submission, is eligible. Only English language submissions will be considered.
The first year’s fellowship is $1000 and a trophy. The first year’s judge is Louise Hawes. Deadline for submissions is 31 December.
For more details, visit http://eldinfellowship.org
$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:
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.
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
The Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing, 2015
FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival announces the third annual short story competition in association with Oxford Gastronomica: The Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing, 2015.
First Prize £7,500
Deadline: Thursday 1 January 2015
Entries are now being sought for the 2015 Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing, the annual short story competition run by the Financial Times Weekend Oxford Literary Festival in association with Oxford Gastronomica, part of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University.
Food and drink has to be at the heart of the tale. The story could, for instance, be fiction or fact about a chance meeting over a drink, a life-changing conversation over dinner, or a relationship explored through food or drink. It could be crime or intrigue; in fact, any subject as long as it involves food and/or drink in some way.
Applicants are invited from anywhere in the world. They can be published or unpublished authors, but the entry itself must be previously unpublished. The story should be up to 2,500 words and must be written in English.
Entries should be submitted by email as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1, 2015 (one submission per person and not previously published). Entrants should also supply their home address, email and telephone number, their age and profession.
The winning entry will be announced at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival in March 2015 and the winner will be presented with £7,500.
TQ6: Prose Open Contest accepting submissions until January 1, 2015
Please come visit the site! http://www.tupeloquarterly.com
We read for approximately 6-8 weeks with the launch of each issue, then close submissions so we can design the forthcoming TQ.
Please note: in order to make it possible to give your work the consideration it deserves, we will take up to 300 open submissions for each issue. Once we reach that volume, we will close the “Open Submissions” category in Submittable until the next round, so be sure to submit early.
As of the launch of TQ4, during poetry contests we will only consider prose, photographs, videos, and other multimedia but not poetry in the open submissions category. During the prose contests, we will only consider poetry, photographs, videos, and other multimedia, etc in the open submissions category.
For TQ6 we are currently accepting POETRY, visual and mixed media art, and hybrid work in the Open Submissions Category.
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.
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
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
Spark Anthology Contest Eight: Bridges
The theme for Contest Eight: “Bridges” has been announced! Entries will be accepted from December 15, 2014 to January 4, 2015. Winners will be announced February 6, 2015. We’ve kept the Artwork category for a second contest since you told us you liked it. See the full contest listing for details.
The Margaret Taylor-Burroughs Awards
It is our pleasure to announce The Margaret Taylor-Burroughs Awards. Every year, the award will be given in the categories of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and visual arts for works that best reflect the journal’s commitment to celebrating blackness “in its infinite permutations.” We are in search of art that– like the work of Taylor-Burroughs in her creative, activist, and personal legacy– pushes boundaries, opens conversation, and asserts life where some might claim there is no life to be found. This cycle, we will be giving an award in the poetry category. The award consists of a cash prize of $500 dollars and publication in the journal.
Deadline: January 5, 2015.
For more details, visit https://kinfolksquarterly.submittable.com/submit
The Gover Prize for Short-Short Stories (Sept 15 – Jan 10)
The Gover Prize, named after groundbreaking author Robert Gover, awards an annual prize ($250) and publication in Best New Writing to the best short fiction and creative nonfiction. Entries are limited to 500 words or less, and as always, the writing must be new and unpublished. Please STRIP YOUR NAME from the story pages. Gover Prize winner and finalists will be published in the upcoming BNW edition. This category opens on September 15 each year. Annual deadline is January 10.
The Orwell Prize
There will be three 2015 prizes awarded: the book prize, the journalism prize, and a new prize for ‘exposing Britain’s social evils’ (supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation).
The director of the Orwell Prize, Professor Jean Seaton, said that “understanding the deeper forces of politics is crucial. The Orwell Prize 2015 will spark political debate in the run up to the election”.
The 2015 Orwell Book Prize judges are: Claire Armitstead (Guardian Books Editor), Tony Wright (academic, writer, and former MP), and Gillian Slovo (author and former president of English PEN).
The 2015 Orwell Journalism Prize judges are: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (journalist and author, winner of the Orwell Prize 2002), Caroline Thomson (Executive Director of English National Ballet, Chair of Digital UK, former COO of the BBC), and Stewart Purvis (Professor of TV Journalism at City University).
The 2015 Orwell Prize for ‘exposing Britain’s social evils’ judges are: Anushka Asthana (Political Correspondent at Sky News), Julia Unwin (Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation), Nicholas Timmins (author, journalist, senior fellow at the Institute for Government and the King’s Fund), and Richard Sambrook (Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism, Cardiff University; former Director of Global News, BBC).
The Orwell Prize for ‘exposing Britain’s social evils’, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, will reward original, innovate, and insightful reporting on social issues in the UK. Rewarding a new trend in journalism, the prize welcomes reporting that extends the reach of traditional media, and enhances the public understanding of social problems and public policy.
The prize requires entries be communicated across at least two of the following platforms: journalistic writing, video content, audio content, social media, or photojournalism.
The Orwell Prize 2015 is for work published in 2014, and will close for entries on 15 January 2015. Full entry details can be found on the Orwell Prize website. All entries must have a clear relationship with the UK or Ireland, and there is no charge at any point to enter any of the Prizes.
The prizes are awarded to the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’. Each winner receives £3000 and a trophy commissioned by students at Goldsmiths, University of London.
The Orwell Prize is run in partnership with the Media Standards Trust and supported by Political Quarterly, Richard Blair, AM Heath, the Media Standards Trust and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
POSEN SOCIETY OF FELLOWS – A FELLOWSHIP FOR EMERGING SCHOLARS
The Posen Foundation is pleased to announce the Posen Society of Fellows’ third competition for an international cohort of emerging scholars whose work deals with modern Jewish history and culture. Each of the six winning fellows will receive $40,000 over two years, and will attend an annual summer workshop led by senior scholars in the field of Jewish Studies.
The Posen Foundation is now soliciting applications for the 2015-2017 class of Fellows. All applicants should have completed their comprehensive exams, have their dissertation prospectus approved before April 1, 2015 and have approximately two years left before completion of the dissertation.
The Posen Foundation is particularly interested in projects that would speak to a wider public beyond the academy. Applications should include an explanation for how the dissertation addresses issues of relevance to such an audience.
Deadline: January 15, 2015
For more details, visit http://www.posenfoundation.co.il/en/plan/the-posen-society-of-fellows/
2015 Narrative Travel Writing Contest
TransitionsAbroad.com invites you to enter its 2015 Narrative Travel Writing Contest with a $500 first-place prize and no fee for entry.
Professionals, freelancers, and aspiring travel writers are invited to write an article which describes how traveling in a slower manner and attempting to adapt to the space and time of locals, their culture, and their land has deepened your experience of both the people and the destination. One of the results of a slower form of immersion travel is the experience of epiphanies that change one’s perceptions of the world, of others, and of oneself. We urge you to translate one or more of those moments into a narrative which will convey this view to many who still tend to see travel as a way to “do” as many countries, cities, and continents in the world as possible—as if travel was some form of competition or consumption.
In this year’s Narrative Travel Writing Contest, the first-place winner’s entry will receive $500 (USD), the second-place winning entry $150, and the third-place winner $100.
Any other articles selected as runner-ups will receive a $50 payment.
Deadline: January 15, 2015
For more details, visit http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/travel_writing_contest.shtml#contest_guidelines
Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth
The League of Canadian Poets, a national not-for-profit poetry organization founded in 1966, invites Canadian youth to participate in its Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth.
There are two age categories, junior (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-12).
First place poems in each category will receive a cash prize:
Second Place: $350
Third Place: $300
All winning poems will be published in the LCP’s e-zine, Re:verse at http://poets.ca/youngpoets/. All winners will receive Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth certificates and student membership in the LCP for one year.
Annual Deadline: January 15
For more information, visit http://poets.ca/jessamy-stursberg-poetry-contest-for-canadian-youth/
2015 CineStory Retreat
Top 25 writers are invited to the 2015 CineStory Retreat, a 4-day intensive program held in fall where writers work one-on-one with Hollywood producers, writers, agents, managers, and development executives.
Prizes are valued at over $20K with the Grand Prize including $10,000 cash and a 12-month fellowship.
EARLY – December 15, 2014 ($45 Entry Fee)
REGULAR – January 15, 2015 ($55 Entry Fee)
LATE – February 15, 2015 ($65 Entry Fee)
EXTENDED LATE – March 25th, 2015 ($70 Entry Fee)
TOP 50 Writers – MAY 8TH
25 Writers Invitations – JUNE 11TH
Finalists for the Fellowship – End of June
Fellowship Winner Announced – First week of July
For details, visit http://www.cinestory.org/contest/
9th Annual Short Story Challenge
The 9th Annual Short Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world. There are 3 rounds of competition. In the 1st Round (January 16-24, 2015), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment. Writers have 8 days to write an original story no longer than 2,500 words. The judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (March 12-15, 2015) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write a 2,000 word (maximum) short story. Judges choose finalists from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 1,500 word (maximum) story in just 24 hours (April 24-25, 2015). A panel of judges review the final round stories and overall winners are selected. Sound like fun? Join the competition below…
It’s easy to register. First, download and read the Official Rules and Participation Agreement. Once you have read and understood the terms, you are ready to register by clicking here. The entry fee is US$45* by the Early Entry Deadline of December 11, 2014 and then US$55* until the Final Entry Deadline of January 15, 2015.
*Get $5 off the entry fee just for tweeting or posting to facebook! Click here to post and get the discount code.
Early Entry Deadline: December 11, 2014
Final Entry Deadline: January 15, 2015
1st Round: January 16-24, 2015
2nd Round: March 12-15, 2015
3rd Round: April 24-25, 2015
From Our Dark Side
The From Our Dark Side competition is a national English-language contest seeking the best in Canadian female-driven genre film ideas, written by women. Genre films can include thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror – or an imaginative combination of these. We’re looking for the strongest and most original concepts that really grab us – we encourage writers to let the creative genie out of her bottle.
Deadline: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Entry fee: Non Member $25; Member $15
Prize: See website for details
2014 Manitoba Book Awards
The Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers is pleased to announce the submission period for the 2014 Manitoba Book Awards is now open – with the addition of two new awards: the Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award, and the Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright. Accepting applications for books published between November 1, 2014 & December 31, 2014 ONLY.
Deadline: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Entry fee: $25
Prize: See website for details
The Orison Anthology Submissions
Editors of literary periodicals (print or digital) may submit work in a single genre or in multiple genres to be considered for inclusion in our annual publication, The Orison Anthology. The work must have appeared in the periodical during the 2015 calendar year.
Deadline: January 15, 2016.
Single genre submissions: Submit up to 6 poems, or 2 works of prose (any genre). If the work is not easily classified, submit up to 25 pages of text. In the file, include the author’s name and biography, the name of your periodical, and the issue number(s) in which the work appeared.
Multiple genre submissions: submit up to 3 poems and a work of prose (any genre). If the work is not easily classified, submit up to 25 pages of text. In the file, include the authors’ names and biographies, the name of your periodical, and the issue number(s) in which the work appeared.
For details, visit: http://orisonbooks.com/submission-guidelines/
BkMk Press: Now Accepting Entries to Short Story Collection Prize and Poetry Collection Prize
Deadline: January 15, 2015. BkMk Press invites you to submit a book-length collection of short stories (125 to 300 pages) to The G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction or a book-length collection of poems (50 to 110 pages) to The John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. The prizes are given annually for the best book-length collection of poetry and of short fiction in English by a living author. Winners in each genre receive a prize of $1,000 and publication of their book by BkMk Press. A non-refundable reading fee of $25 in US funds must accompany each manuscript.
For the complete guidelines and information about our past winners, please visit newletters.org/writers-wanted/BkMk-writing-contests. Postal address: John Ciardi Prize for Poetry or Sharat Chandra Prize for Fiction, BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110-2499.
The Boiler Flash Contest
The Boiler Flash Essay Contest Judged by Daniel Nester
The Boiler challenges you to submit flash essays under 600 words. We’re open to hybrid forms of poetry, essay, and memoir. The only thing that matters are whether you can sustain our attention and craft a well-written, sleek, beautiful little thing.
Two winners will receive $600 and publication in our spring issue.
Finalists will be considered for publication in our spring issue and other prizes.
Submissions open October 31st and close January 15th. We will announce the winner in the spring of 2015. To get an idea of what we like, read magazines like Brevity, Sweet, or other flash journals.
For details, visit http://theboilerjournal.com/500-word-challenge/
2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes with $1750 in awards are now open
- The 2015 William Richey Short Fiction Contest will be judged by authorAimee Bender (The Color Master, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt). $20 to enter, $1000 + publication to the winner.
- The 2015 Pocataligo Poetry Contest will be judged by National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney (Head Off & Split). $10 to enter, $500 + publication to the winner.
- The 2015 Inaugural Non-Fiction Contest will be judged by author Paul Bogard (The End of Night). $5 to enter, $250 + publication to the winner.
We’ve made a few changes this year — we have added a non-fiction contest and all three of our contests (the William Richey Short Fiction Contest, the Pocataligo Poetry Contest, and the Inaugural Non-Fiction Contest) are open right now until January 15, 2015. All submissions will be considered for publication in the magazine. Additionally, entrants have the option of signing up for a one-year subscription at the amazingly low price of $2!
For more details, visit http://yemasseejournalonline.org/contests/
Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award
We are now accepting submissions for the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award. The winning poet will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue of Fourteen Hills. There is no submission fee. Poems not chosen for the award will be considered for publication in Fourteen Hills.
Stacy Doris was a poet, translator, and an Associate Professor in San Francisco State University’s Department of Creative Writing, where she taught for ten years. Her poetry is widely recognized; Fledge: A Phenomenology of Spirit, published shortly after her death, is available from Nightboat Books. Poet Maxine Chernoff has referred to it as “a miracle of attentiveness.” She was also highly regarded for her writing in French and her contribution to interactions among contemporary French and American poetry and poets.
Doris created new worlds with her unexpected poetics. Following upon her spirit of creative invention, engaging wit and ingenious playfulness, discovery in construction, and radical appropriations based on classical forms, pastiche, etc., and love, the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award is given to a poet with a truly inventive spirit. The judge for the award is Chet Wiener.
Submission deadline: January 15, 2015
Canadian Authors 2015 Literary Awards
Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2015 Literary Awards.
Criteria and submission details are available in the CAA 2015 Literary Awards Guidelines. Complete the CAA 2015 Awards entry form online, print it and send it to us along with your submission and entry fee.
The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015.
Now in its 40th year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Leonard Cohen, Micheal Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Patrick DeWitt, Nino Ricci, Michael S. Cross, Don McKay, Charlotte Gray, Joseph Boyden and countless other literary stars – some relatively unknown at the time they received the award.
For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, and awards events, visit our website at http://canadianauthors.org/national/caa-literary-awards/.
WNBA Writing Contest
Begins August 15, 2014 and ends January 15, 2015
This year, the WNBA Writing Contest will feature three categories of writing:
- Creative Non-Fiction
WNBA Writing Contest is open to all adults over 18 years of age writing in English. International submissions are welcome if they are able to accept the winning prize in US dollars.
Online submissions only
Previously published work is acceptable
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, and please contact the contest chairperson Joan Gelfand (joan@joangelfand) if the work is accepted elsewhere.
Fiction: 2,500 word limit – short fiction only; no novels
Creative Non-Fiction: 2,500 word limit
Poetry: 3- 5 pages maximum
For more details, visit http://www.wnba-books.org/contest
2014 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence
Do you know an exceptional editor who played an important role in the success of a project completed in English or French in 2014? Did you make an outstanding contribution as an editor? If so, here’s your opportunity to nominate yourself or someone else for EAC’s 2014 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.
Deadline: Friday, January 16, 2015
Entry fee: $100
Prize: 1st prize: $2,000; Finalists: $500
The Stringybark Short Story Award 2014
The Stringybark Short Story Award 2014 is now open.
You have 1500 words to produce a short story that will delight the judges. International entries welcome.
There is a total value of over $860 worth of prizes in cash and books available. Stories must be sent via email. Closing date for entries is 18 January 2015. Winners will be notified by 21 March 2015. For more information click here.
Lex Allen Literary Festival
Undergraduate college students are invited to submit up to three poems and/or up to two short stories for:
- Literary Festival Poetry Prize ($100)
- Literary Festival Fiction Prize ($100)
All entries must include the author’s name and contact information (email or phone number) and the name, city, and state of the author’s college or university. All fiction must be double-spaced.
Deadline: January 21, 2015
- Email entries (in Word format) to email@example.com
- Mail entries to:
- Literary Festival Contest
P.O. Box 9677
Roanoke, VA 24020-1677
- Literary Festival Contest
Danuta Gleed Literary Award
The Danuta Gleed Literary Award for best first collection of short fiction in the English language was initiated by John Gleed in honour of his late wife to promote and celebrate the genre of short fiction, which she loved.
A $10,000 prize will be awarded to a Canadian writer, for the best first collection of published short fiction in the English language. Two finalist will also be awarded $500 each.
Submissions must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the submission guidelines, and be received with the submission form and other required materials. Completed submissions should be sent to:
The Danuta Gleed Award
The Writers’ Union of Canada
600-460 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, ON M5V 1Y1
The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2015.
The Caine Prize for African Writing
The Prize is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Indicative length is between 3000 and 10,000 words.
‘An African writer’ is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, or who is a national of an African country, or who has a parent who is African by birth or nationality.
There is a cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and a travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to five in all). The shortlisted candidates will also receive a Prize of £500.
For practical reasons, unpublished work and work in other languages is not eligible. Works translated into English from other languages are not excluded, provided they have been published in translation, and should such a work win, a proportion of the prize would be awarded to the translator.
The award is made in July each year, the deadline for submissions being 31 January. Works received after that date will be put forward to the next year’s prize. The short-list is selected from work originally published in the five years preceding the submissions deadline and not previously considered for a Caine Prize. The deadline for the next prize is 31 January 2015; works must have been first published between 1 February 2010 and the closing date.
For more details, visit http://www.caineprize.com/rules.php
2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry
The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published fewer than two books). Each year an established poet in co-operation with Matrix Magazine and Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint will select the winning manuscript.
Deadline: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Entry fee: $30
Prize: The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint, which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance.
2014 Grayson Books Chapbook Contest
Prize: $500, publication of chapbook and 50 copies
Deadline: January 31, 2015 postmark
Reading fee: $18
Submit: 16-24 pages of poetry. Do not place identifying information on your chapbook manuscript. Put it in the submission form instead.
Simultaneous submissions are permissible if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
This year’s judge, John L. Stanizzi, is the author of Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall and After the Bell. He is the coordinator for Hill-Stead Museum’s Fresh Voices Poetry Competition for high school poets.
For more details, visit https://graysonbooks.submittable.com/submit
James White Award
The James White Award is a competition for original short stories of not more than 6,000 words by non-professional writers. The closing date for entries to this year’s competition is midnight (GMT) 31 January 2015 The winner will be announced at Dysprosium, Eastercon 2015 (3-5 April, 2015) during the BSFA Awards ceremony (details to be confirmed).
This year’s prize is £200 plus publication in Interzone. The judging panel will be announced shortly.
The rules in brief:
The James White Award is open to previously unpublished stories of 6000 words or less by non-professional authors from anywhere in the world, but the stories must be written in English. Stories are judged anonymously so names should be removed from manuscripts. You may enter online (strongly preferred) or by post but all entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form. Manuscripts will not be returned.
For details, visit http://www.jameswhiteaward.com/rules
Orlando Prize Deadline
Next deadline: January 31, 2015
Our answer to the rigors of the Gift of Freedom grant, AROHO’s Orlando Prizes celebrate Virginia Woolf’s title character’s liberation from conventional constraints. AROHO’s multi-genre competition is an invitation and opportunity for women writers to bring their shorter works to publication via a brief online application process. We accept multiple submissions, and are on the lookout for diverse topics and styles. Simultaneous submissions are also welcome; please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
With Finalist Judges:
Aimee Liu (Short Fiction)
Joni B. Cole (Flash Fiction)
Camille Dungy (Poetry)
Pam Houston (Creative Nonfiction)
To Submit online: Orlando Application
For more details, visit http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/awards/orlando/
Malahat Review 2015 Long Poem Prize
The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1,000 CAD each are given. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. The Long Poem Prize is offered every second year, alternating with the Novella Prize.
Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. Deadline: February 1, 2015.
Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.
For more details, visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/long_poem_prize/info.html
The Meadow Novella Prize
Deadline: February 1, 2015.
The staff of The Meadow, the national literary journal sponsored by Truckee Meadows Community College, is pleased to announce we will begin welcoming submissions to our first annual novella contest. The winner of the contest will receive $500 and publication in our annual print edition of the journal.
For details, visit http://www.tmcc.edu/meadow/submit/
2014-2015 RhymeZone Poetry Prize
This year’s theme: “Understanding”
RhymeZone will make unconditional grants totalling $5,000 to 10 authors of thought-provoking poetry in the United States or Canada.
The submission deadline is Sunday, February 1, 2015 and winners will be announced on Sunday, March 1, 2015.
To enter, compose an original poem related to theme of “Understanding” and share it with the RhymeZone community by posting it to the RhymeZone 2014-2015 Poetry Prize Entries section of the RhymeZone Forum.
Poems will be judged on the basis of how thought-provoking, well-crafted, and original they are. All entries must be original poems that have not won any award previously. Ten winners will be selected from the bunch by the beginning of March 2015, with each winner awarded $500 USD.
Top of the Mountain Book Award
Fiction & Creative/Narrative Nonfiction
Dates of submission: September 15, 2014 to February 1, 2015
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.
Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award
Deadline: February 1, 2015.
The Robert Frost Foundation welcomes poems in the spirit of Robert Frost for its Annual Award. The winner will receive $1,000 and the opportunity to read at a Frost Foundation event. Up to ten runners-up will be shortlisted at the discretion of the judge.
Poems should be postmarked (or email timestamped) between September 1, 2013 and February 1, 2014 to be considered for the 2013 award.
For details, visit https://frostfoundation.submittable.com/submit
2015 Playboy Magazine College Fiction Contest
Submissions for the 2015 Playboy Magazine College Fiction Contest are now open. The deadline for submissions is February 13, 2015.
To submit, upload a typed, double-spaced manuscript of 5,000 words or fewer in .doc, .docx or .rtf format to playboymagazine.submittable.com/submit by the submission deadline. Include a cover letter with your name, college affiliation, e-mail address, permanent home address and phone number. Your cover letter must note your college affiliation to be eligible. Subscribers to Playboy Magazine may enter for free. Non-subscribers must pay a $5 entry fee. Winners will be contacted by e-mail.
Our first-place winner will receive $3,000 and publication of their manuscript in Playboy’s October 2015 issue. Second and third place winners will receive $300 and $150, respectively, and a year’s subscription to Playboy.
The Orison Poetry Prize
Each year from November 1 – February 15 we accept submissions of full-length (60-100 pp.) poetry manuscripts (original English work only; no translations) for consideration for The Orison Poetry Prize. All manuscripts will be read “blind” (all identifying information will be removed from the manuscripts). Finalists will be selected by the editorial staff at Orison Books, and the winner will be selected by a different prominent writer acting as contest judge each year. Current or former students of the judge, or anyone with a close personal relationship with the judge, are not eligible to submit. In the event that the judge does not select a winner from among the finalists, the Editor will select a winner. The editors also reserve the right to select no finalists, in which case all entry fees will be refunded to contest entrants. All finalist manuscripts will be considered for publication under a standard royalties contract.
Winner receives a $1,500 cash prize; publication in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats; and a standard royalties contract.
Entry Fee: $25 (online payment for electronic submissions; checks made out to Orison Books for postal submissions)
2015 Judge: C. Dale Young
Entry Period: November 1, 2014 – February 15, 2015
Electronic submissions (strongly encouraged): follow the Submittable link below
Postal submissions: (include a check for the $25 entry fee, payable to Orison Books) The Orison Poetry Prize, P.O. Box 8385, Asheville, NC 28814
For details, visit http://orisonbooks.com/submission-guidelines/
bioStories Essay Contest: “Elders”
2015 Essay Contest Theme: “Elders”
bioStories Magazine is pleased to announce its second annual essay contest. The theme for 2015 is: “Elders”. We encourage writers to interpret the theme broadly and creatively.
Entries may be up to 3,000 words, must be nonfiction, and cannot be previously published. Entries should be submitted by pasting the essay directly in the body of an email addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The words “Elders Submission”, the title of your essay, and your last name must appear in the subject line. The body of the email must include the essay title at the top; no other identifying information should be included. All submissions will be evaluated in a blind review by our editorial board. The contest entry fee is $10, payable via the Paypal button below. Entries that fail to follow contest guidelines or that do not include fee will not be eligible. Multiple enties are accepted but each must be sent seperately and include an entry fee. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Deadline for entry is February 16, 2015.
Winner receives $250 and publication.
For more details, visit http://www.biostories.com/Contest.php
WINTER 2015 FLASH FICTION CONTEST
WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!
The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.
That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. So, dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.
We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance! So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.
Click to Download the WINTER 2015 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF
FALL: September – November 30th 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
WINTER: December – February 28th, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!
SPRING: March – May 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
ENTRY FEE: $10.00
Wag’s Review Winter Contest
Deadline: February 28, 2015
We hold two contests annually, the Winter Contest from December 1 through the end of February and the Summer Contest, from June 1 to August 31. The contests are open to all three genres and are judged by the editors. For each, first prize is $1000 and guaranteed publication in the magazine, second prize is $500 and third $100. All pieces are considered for publication. There is a $20 reading fee per contest submission, plus Submittable’s fee. The 2015 Winter Contest is currently open.
Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest 2015
Sponsor: Fabula Press (www.fabulapress.com)
Word Limit: Min 2500 words, maximum 6000 words
Theme: Nivalis, meaning winter.
Three Prizes –
- First prize: US$150, publication and 2 copies of the anthology
- Second Prize: US$100, publication and 2 copies of the anthology
- Third Prize: US$100, and publication
All published authors get a copy of the anthology.
Entry fee: US$10
Submission period: 01 Dec 2014 – 28 Feb 2015
Judges include Clare Wallace (literary agent with Darley Anderson), Joanna Ezekiel (Author), Brett Alan Sanders (Author), Anisha Bhaduri (Award winning Journalist and Author).
The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2015
Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story.
This year, our ghost story competition has a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100.
Entries should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words in length. The entry fee is £8 for each story submitted, and the closing date is Saturday, February 28th, 2015. Winners will be announced in April 2015.
The competition is judged by Rob Redman, editor of the anthology series and founder of The Fiction Desk.
To enter the competition, or view the full terms and conditions, please visit the online entry form or go to http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php
The 2nd Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award
CLICK HERE to see this year’s winner.
Submissions open: June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015
Prize: $500 + Publication no later than early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies
Guest Judge: Sara Sargent
The Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award includes a cash prize of $500, publication by Vine Leaves Press (paperback and eBook), 20 copies of the paperback, worldwide distribution, and promotion through Vine Leaves Literary Journal and staff websites. Author will receive a 70% net royalty on all eBook and print sales. A copy of the publishing contract for your perusal can be downloaded HERE.
22nd Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers
The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until March 1, 2015 for the 22nd Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an author not yet published in book format.
Entry Fee: $29 per entry paid through Submittable.
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Jury: Writers Arno Kopecky, Donna Morrissey, and Uma Parameswaran will serve as the jury.
GINOSKO FLASH FICTION CONTEST
$500 Award, $10 entry fee, deadline March 1, 2015.
Submit up to 2 pieces, 800 words maximum each piece.
Maggie Heaps, Michael Hettich, Gary Lundy, E M Schorb, Larissa Shmailo, Andrena Zawinski, Andrei Guruianu, Robert Paul Cesaretti.
Awarded work will be published on Ginosko Literary Journal website.
Guidelines and Eligibility:
The Ginosko Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of flash fiction. Awarded piece is selected through a submission process open to all writers with the following exception:
Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the submitted manuscript.
Procedures and Considerations:
Please submit work, along with a brief bio, and cover letter if desired, to GinoskoContest@gmail.com. Attachments must be in .wps, .doc, .rtf, or .pdf form, otherwise they will not be considered (please include last name on every page submitted).
Send print submissions to:
Ginosko Literary Journal
PO Box 246
Fairfax, CA 94978
Online submissions will receive emailed invoices via PayPal, though you do not need a PayPal account. Print submissions may send $5 in cash or check (made payable to Ginosko Literary Journal) to the above address.
Amy Levy Prize
Entrants, 30 years old, or under, can only submit one entry of 5000 words or less by Sunday 1 March 2015. This piece of work must be a previously unpublished piece of fiction, on a Jewish theme. This should be sent as an attachment to email@example.com
What’s the Prize?
- A week-long writing retreat
- A mentor for one year
- A residency at JW3
The awards are designed to create a platform for writing by and/or about Jewish communities, life and culture. With a cut-off age of 30, it is the first international Jewish writing prize specifically aimed at making a difference in the early career of young writers. The distinguished panel of judges is headed by Naomi Alderman, award-winning novelist.
For details, visit: http://jewishquarterly.org/jq-wingate-prize/wingate-prize-2015/
Submitting to upstreet
We invite you to submit your poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for the tenth issue of upstreet.
- Please read these guidelines carefully. If they are not followed, your submission will not be considered.
- We take submissions only through the upstreet Submission Manager, an online system that will be found here.
- The submission period for upstreet number ten is from September 1, 2013, to March 1, 2014. The Submission Manager will take work only within that time period.
- Visit http://www.upstreet-mag.org/guideline_layers.html for details.
The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
Selected Shorts is thrilled to announce that the 2015 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize, judged by Karen Russell, will partner with our friends Electric Literature.
The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is awarded by Selected Shorts and 2015 judge Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove. The 2015 contest is presented with our partners Electric Literature and the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, and published on electricliterature.com. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.
Deadline: March 15, 2015
For more details, visit: http://www.selectedshorts.org/extras/writing-contest-2/
LOCKED HORN PRESS
Ends on 3/15/2015
Submissions for the 2015 Publication Contest should be in conversation with the LHP 2015 theme: America(s).
The winner will receive: $250 and 2 contributor copies, along with print and online publication.
Reading fee is $10. All work will be considered for publication.
Reading period: October 15th, 2014 to March 15th, 2015
Please send up to 3 unpublished poems in a single file. If one or more of these poems is accepted for publication prior to hearing back from us, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 NEW WOMEN’S VOICES SERIES CHAPBOOK COMPETITION (Now in its 17th year!)
A prize of $1,000 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collection in print edition and eBook format.
Open to women who have never before published a full-length poetry collection. Previous chapbook publication does not disqualify.
International entries are welcome. Multiple submissions are accepted. Final judge: Leah Maines.
All entries will be considered for publication. The top-ten finalists will be offered publication in the New Women’s Voices Series.
Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter with a $15 entry fee.
To submit online click on
or mail $15.00 USD entry and fee to
NWV Chapbook Competition
Finishing Line Press
P O Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324
Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2015
A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with the correct postage must accompany all mailed manuscripts. A SASE is needed for any kind of response, even if the writer does not want the material returned.
A good photocopy of the manuscript or a computer printout, rather than the original, should be sent. Finishing Line Press is not responsible for lost manuscripts.
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has today announced its 2015 judging panel.The panel will be chaired by Director of Liberty – and author of the bestselling On Liberty – Shami Chakrabarti. Her fellow judges are writer and founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates; the broadcaster, writer and columnist for ES Magazine, Grace Dent; the award-winning poet and novelist (and winner of the first ever Women’s Prize for Fiction in 1996) Helen Dunmore; and Channel 4 News presenter, Cathy Newman.
Shami Chakrabarti says of chairing this year’s panel: “Women writers continue to enthral, educate and entertain so to chair the judges of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is going to be great reading and great fun.”
Between them, the judges will be reading more than 150 books – outstanding novels written by women from all over the world – over the next six months as they choose their longlist of twenty titles, then shortlist of six, then the winner of the 2015 Baileys WPfF. Previous winners of the prize include Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (2014), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007) and Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006).
Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible for a full-length novel written in English between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015.
The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 will be awarded on June 3rd 2015 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
For details, visit: http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/2014/the-baileys-womens-prize-for-fiction-announce-the-2015-judges
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)
Now in its 14th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,000 in prizes
Contest Opens: Aug 15, 2014
Deadline: Apr 01, 2015
Results Announced: Aug 15, 2015
Length Limit: Poem may be of any length
Entry Fee: No fee. Submit one poem only, please.
- First Prize: $1,000
- Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each
- Top 11 entries published online
To the Lighthouse & Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize
AROHO’s To the Lighthouse Poetry and Clarissa Dalloway “everything but poetry” Book Prizes are awarded annually to one woman’s excellent unpublished collection of poetry (48 to 96 pages) and prose (50,000 to 150,000 words), respectively. We encourage and enjoy a diverse range of topics and styles for both competitions. For the Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize, accepted genres include but are not limited to memoir, biography, novel or novella, young adult literature, and graphic novels. Winners receive $1000 and publication of their submitted collection by Red Hen Press. In addition, AROHO will provide promotional efforts and coverage of some related travel expenses, constituting an additional $1000 in value.
Judged by esteemed writers and poets such as Alice Quinn, Tracy K. Smith, Eloise Klein Healy, C.D. Wright, and Kate Gale, whose reputations accompany the winning publication into the marketplace, these awards proliferate the number of prized women poets and writers seeing their words in print.
Next deadline: April 1, 2015
With Finalist Judges:
Alicia Stallings (To the Lighthouse)
Kate Gale (Clarissa Dalloway)
More details at http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/awards/to-the-lighthouse-clarissa-dalloway/
To Submit online: To The Lighthouse and Clarissa Dalloway Applications
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
Deadline: April 13, 2015
For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about THE WEATHER. We’re not just making idle chit-chat; the weather affects us all, and talking about the weather is a fundamental human experience. Now, as we confront our changing climate, talking about the weather may be more important than ever.
Send us your true stories—personal, historical, reported—about fog, drought, flooding, tornado-chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golfballs, or whatever’s happening where you are. We’re looking for well-crafted essays that will change the way we see the world around us.
Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for Best Essay and $500 for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Weather” issue of the magazine.
Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee (or $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction—US addresses only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).
You may submit essays online or by regular mail:
By regular mail
Postmark deadline April 13, 2015.
Please send manuscript, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; SASE or email for response; and payment to:
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST April 13, 2015
To submit, please click the appropriate link:
Reading fee + 4-issue subscription ($25; US submitters only)
Reading fee only ($20)
Frogmore Poetry Prize 2015
Sponsored by the Frogmore Press
Deadline: May 31, 2015
The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2015 will win two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Previous winners of the Prize have been David Satherley, Caroline Price, Bill Headdon, John Latham, Diane Brown, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Gina Wilson, Ross Cogan, Joan Benner, Ann Alexander, Gerald Watts, Katy Darby, David Angel , Howard Wright, Julie-ann Rowell, Arlene Ang, Peter Marshall, Gill Andrews, A K S Shaw, Sharon Black, Emily Wills and Lesley Saunders
Adjudicator: John McCullough was born in Watford in 1978. His first collection of poems The Frost Fairs (Salt) won the Polari First Book Prize for 2012. It was a Book of the Year for both The Independent and The Poetry School, and a summer read for The Observer. He has written commissioned poems for the British Museum and the British Film Institute, and his work has appeared regularly in publications including Poetry Review, Poetry London and the Best British Poetry series.
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
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
North Street Book Prize
Your self-published book can win up to $1,500 plus expert marketing services
Contest Opens: Jan 15, 2015
Deadline: Jun 30, 2015
Results Announced: Jan 15, 2016
Theme: All themes welcome except works portraying pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, and/or snuff as acceptable sexual practices
- Mainstream/Literary Fiction
- Genre Fiction
- Creative Nonfiction
Length Limit: 150,000 words (about 500 pages)
Entry Fee: $50 per entry. Please submit entries one at a time.
For more details and to enter, visit https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/north-street-book-prize?utm_expid=266712-2.w3ziOB3LQMOE7TWoS5R-WQ.0
AROHO’s 7th $50,000
Gift of Freedom Competition
December 1, 2014 to November 2, 2015
Awarding the $50,000 Gift of Freedom for an imagined yet unwritten poetry, fiction, or nonfiction project is AROHO’s most unique form of arts patronage. More than a mere grant of financial assistance or recognition of artistic merit, the Gift of Freedom is a beacon, a map, and a destination, a critical public expression of the immeasurable value of women’s achievements, their stories, and their art.
The Gift of Freedom application affords an extensive, disciplined process of introspection, evaluation, and planning all applicants can benefit from. It has proven to be a valuable resource and tool, and is always available as a template, even when the application cycle for the award is closed. After completing and sending in the application, many women report more full and fearless integration of their creative lives, setting aside their carpentry tools and odd jobs to take literary roles as teachers, mentors, and authors of stories that have changed lives with their telling.
For more details and to apply, visit: http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/awards/gift-of-freedom/
FJORDS REVIEW ANNUAL CONTEST
We read manuscripts throughout the year and publish our winner and shortlist on the same day.
Each manuscript should be between 45-300 pages and may be a collection of poetry, short stories or different kinds of literary pieces. Full-length visual art, illustrated and collaborative books are also considered.
To enter: send one word file or .pdf containing
- Cover page with author name, telephone number, email and postal address and manuscript name
- Page that includes only the title of the manuscript.
- Manuscript with numbered pages and table of contents.
Judging for the contest is blind. All work submitted is considered for book publication and for publication in an edition of Fjords
Neil Postman Award for Metaphor
Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.
In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind.
Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/postman/
Nonfiction Book Awards
Welcome to the NEW Nonfiction Book Awards! As an extension of the Nonfiction Authors Association, we are committed to honoring excellence in nonfiction books and welcome submissions by self-published and traditionally published authors alike, in both print and ebook formats. Publishers are also welcome to submit books for award consideration.
About the Nonfiction Book Awards
Our program honors books year-round so you can submit your entry at any time. Books are not judged against competing titles, but are reviewed by our judges based on a scoring system that evaluates the quality of the writing and production of the book (editing, design and other details). A book can receive a bronze, silver or gold award provided the final evaluation score qualifies. As with other awards programs, not all books receive an award, but many do.
Winning a Nonfiction Book Award is like adding a seal of approval to your book. It tells readers and media professionals that you have a high quality book worth reading!
Award recipients receive the following:
- Beautiful award certificate mailed directly to you (or sent via email if outside of the U.S.)
- Review posted to your book sales page on Amazon
- Digital award badge for display on your website
- Featured listing for your book on our website
- Award stickers for your books, available for purchase
Additional Benefits of Winning a Book Award
Aside from the items listed above, winning a book award brings tremendous personal gratification. You will instantly earn the title of “award-winning author!” This designation can be added to your marketing materials, website, author bio, and the cover of the book. When potential readers learn that a book has been honored with an award, it can help influence buying decisions.
We are proud to offer this program to nonfiction authors world-wide. We firmly believe that nonfiction books have the power to change the world and the Nonfiction Book Awards provides a powerful way to help elevate the status of your book.
– See more at: http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/nonfiction-book-awards/#sthash.H0SVcAFl.dpuf
The Thistle Dew Theatre & KTDT Dramady seeks plays for Stage and Radio
Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.
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
Winner- The winner will have their answer published, receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs), and $1000. There will be one winner.
Finalists- The finalists will be published and receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs). There will be two finalists.
Who May Submit
Submissions are open to all US and Canada residents (except Quebec) above the age of 18. Submission is free. You may submit up to 10 entries per question. Submissions cannot be the work of multiple authors.
How and What to Submit
IMPORTANT: failure to adhere to the following may result in disqualification. See Official Rules for complete details.
- All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.
- To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
- Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to email@example.com
For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/
Readers’ Favorite 2014
International Book Award Contest
Become an award-winning author!
We accept manuscripts, published and unpublished books, ebooks, audio books, comic books, poetry books and short stories in 100 genres. No publication date requirement and no word count restriction. Entries accepted worldwide.
Sponsored by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, the Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded annually for the best first mystery set in the Southwest. The winner receives a contract with St. Martin’s Press for publication of the novel and $10,000. Named after New Mexico’s best known mystery author, the Tony Hillerman Prize competition is open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published mystery, or under contract with a publisher for publication of a mystery. Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with the emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.
Only one manuscript entry is permitted per writer. All entries must be received or postmarked no later than June 1 of the given year. All manuscripts submitted: a) must be original works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language by the contestants; b) must not violate the rights of any third party, and c) must generally follow the guidelines.
For details, visit http://www.hillermanprize.com/
Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry
Ekphrasis is a poetry journal looking for well-crafted poems, the main content of which addresses individual works from any artistic genre. Please identify the specific work that is the focus of your poem. Acceptable ekphrastic verse transcends mere description: it stands as transformative critical statement, an original gloss on the individual art piece it addresses.
All poems published in Ekphrasis within a given calendar year will be considered for the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry.
The winning poem will be selected by the editors of Ekphrasis.
No entry fees are required and there is no self-nomination procedure for the prize.
For submission guidelines, visit http://www.ekphrasisjournal.com/home
GLENNA LUSCHEI PRIZE FOR AFRICAN POETRY
Under the auspices of the African Poetry Book Fund and in partnership with the literary journal, Prairie Schooner, is an annual award of USD $5,000. Named for the literary philanthropist Glenna Luschei, this Pan African Poetry Prize is the only one of its kind in the world and was established to promote African poetry written in English or in translation and to recognize a significant book published each year by an African poet.
Each year, the prize will be judged by an internationally renowned poet. This judge for the inaugural prize is Nigerian poet and novelist Chris Abani.
Manuscripts are accepted annually between May 1st and July 1st.
For details, visit http://africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/?page_id=21#glenna
2014 Bellevue Literary Review Prizes
The annual Bellevue Literary Review Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. The contest is open each year from February 1 – July 1.
The winners of the 2014 prizes are Abby Horowitz for “Pediatricology” (fiction), Will McGrath for “Forty-One Months” (nonfiction), and Laurie Clements Lambeth for “Chronic Care: ‘Broken Leg’ by Keith Carter, Photograph” (poetry). Find out more.
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
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
2015 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place
The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, invites applications for a six- to eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse, which sits on a quiet north-country lane with a spectacular view of the White Mountains, and which serves as a museum and conference center.
The residency begins July 1 and ends August 31, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College. The Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College, for which the Poet will receive a $1,000 honorarium. There are no other specific obligations.
Accommodations are spartan but comfortable. The Frost Place Museum is open to the public during afternoon hours, but the resident poet will have sole use of non-public rooms of the house.
Previous recipients of this residency include Katha Pollitt, Robert Hass, William Matthews, Cleopatra Mathis, Mark Halliday, Mary Ruefle, Mark Cox, and Laura Kasischke. The aim of this program has been to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, comparable to that faced by Robert Frost when he moved to Franconia in 1915, when he was not yet known to a broad public.
To be eligible, applicants must have published at least one full-length collection of poetry at the time of submission.
Application guidelines: Applications must be submitted by midnight December 31, 2014. Poets can apply directly or be nominated by someone else.
Getting It Write
Date: January 5, 2015 – May 28, 2015
Location: Orillia, ON
Getting It Write is an evening series with Deepam Wadds. A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, and currently serving as president for the Writer’s Community of Simcoe County, Deepam is offering 3 cycles of workshops.
Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway
January 16-19, 2015, Stockton Seaview Resort, Atlantic City area
Advance your craft and energize your writing at the 22nd Annual Winter Getaway featuring Kim Addonizio and Stephen Dunn. Enjoy challenging and supportive workshops, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Choose from fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting and poetry. Scholarships available.
Banff Literary Arts Programs Upcoming Deadlines
Deadline: Jan 14, 2015
Program Dates: Apr 27, 2015
May 30, 2015
Deadline: Mar 18, 2015
Program Dates: Jul 6, 2015
Aug 1, 2015
For more details, visit http://www.banffcentre.ca/writing/programs/
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: Seabright, ON
Deepam Wadds is offering 6 daylong workshops from January – August 2015.
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/
Travel and Words ’15
Date: April 26-27, 2015
Location: Bend, Oregon, USA
Deadline: Early Bird, January 31, 2015; Regular, April 25, 2015
Travel and Words is a NW-based travel writer’s conference, which provides a forum for freelance writers, staff writers, and journalists who want to explore and expand their markets in new ways in a changing world.
4th Guernsey Literary Festival: 16-20 September, 2015
For details, visit http://www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com/
Check out our new page containing live links to Grants, Fellowships, and Residencies
Date: September 2015 – January 2016
Location: Berlin, Germany
Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015
An intensive 8-month full-time postgraduate course on TV writing and producing based in Berlin and taught in English. It is designed for young European TV writers and producers with previous experience. Serial Eyes is organized and run by the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) and the London Film School.
Another crowdfunding site. FansNextdoor is a platform for all creative professionals to promote and fund their projects together with their fans. Create your project, its financing goal and deadline. If the financing goal is met or exceeded by deadline, all contributions are transferred to your PayPal account. If the financing goal is not met, all funds are returned.
IndieGoGo offers anyone with an idea — creative, cause-related, entrepreneurial — the tools to build a campaign and raise money. Project categories include gaming, film, design, education, mobile, and technology. Integrates with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Offers a widget to showcase your campaign on your website. Unlike many crowdfunding sites, you keep all the money you raise, even if you don’t meet your goal. Track contributions with the analytics tools and stay on top of fulfillment with the dashboard. There is a 4 percent fee on the money you raise when you meet your funding goal.
Kickstarter has launched in Canada, and The Banff Centre is getting involved. Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding platform for creative projects ranging from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. If you’re currently seeking funding for a project you want to pursue at The Banff Centre, we want you to join us on Kickstarter. Contact us so we can support you by curating your project on our Kickstarter page (please include a link to the project). View some projects on Kickstarter that successfully reached their funding goals and made their way to The Banff Centre. As you send us your projects, we’ll continue to curate them on our Kickstarter page. If you’re an alumni or your project has already been successfully funded, we’d still love to showcase your work. Get in touch! Have questions? Find answers on Kickstarter’s FAQ pages.
Online Writing Classes
FanStory.com is a writing site founded in 2000.
On this writing community all posts receive feedback from writers and readers. Feedback includes a detailed comment on the posted work and a rating. The site uses a six star ratings scale with “1” being the worst and “6” being the best.
Writers are ranked based on the feedback they receive. Separate rankings are available for Poets, Novelists, Short Works (short stories and essays) and Script Writers (television and other forms of screenplays). Trophies are rewarded to the top five writers in each of the individual rankings at the end of the year.
The site recognizes writing with “Recognized”, “All Time Best” and “Seal of Quality” levels. Each level is more difficult to receive with the final level determined by the Seal of Quality committee. The committee is made up of published authors and stand-out reviewers. They offer feedback to help writers get published.
The site features free writing contests with cash prizes. Site members also have the ability to create their own contests to challenge other writers to write about a specific topic or a specific form of writing (such as writing using specific poetry format).
The welcome page includes featured writing. It also includes writing that has been well received in the past 24 hours.
Each day over 200 stories and poems are posted. Over 7,000 comments are written on the writing posted daily. Writers keep full copyright to their posted work.
Peerbackers is for business owners to raise capital from their peers — in small increments — in exchange for tangible rewards. Create a personal and venture profile. Share your story through social media share buttons on your project page. Once your campaign is launched, send updates on your progress. If you reach at least 80 percent of your funding goal by deadline, your funding is released to you. Peerbackers charges a 5 percent fee, in addition to third party processing fees.
PLACES FOR WRITERS
There are a number of interesting calls with deadlines coming up shortly. For more information visit: http://www.placesforwriters.com/calls/
Plum Alley is a site for women to raise money for ventures of all kinds– women entrepreneurs, women in the arts, women in academia and the media.
Public Engagement in the Arts
The Canada Council is launching a dialogue about how the arts bring value to the lives of Canadians and we invite you to join the conversation. Read the discussion paper, Public Engagement in the Arts, on current thinking and practices in public engagement or check out Simon Brault’s blog post on ways Canadians can have rich artistic experiences. Then share your thoughts on how to become actively engaged in the arts. Tell us what public engagement in the arts means to you by posting comments on the blog, on our Facebook page or on Twitter at hashtag #artsandpublic. In its 2011-16 Strategic Plan, the Council identified public engagement in the arts as a strategic theme that infuses all of its work. We hope to broaden and enhance the public conversation about this topic and use this discussion to inform the development of future Council activities.
Unbound is a new way to connect authors and readers. Authors present a pitch, you pledge, and when the goal is reached the book is written. It’s really that simple.
Writers’ Coalition – Benefits You Can Afford
Join the Writers’ Coalition program today – as long as you’re a resident of Canada and under the age of 71, you are eligible to join.
There is no medical required to join so you will not be refused coverage for pre-existing conditions – it is guaranteed acceptance.
The program offers a pay direct drug/dental card that is accepted nationally at pharmacies and dental offices across the country which means direct settlement of prescription drug claims (you pay only your portion at the pharmacy) and no waiting for re-imbursement on dental claims (no submission of a paper claim and your re-imbursement cheque is usually in the mail within 4 or 5 working days).
The Writers’ Coalition
- Not-for-profit insurer
- Unbeatable service – we only service artists
- Affordable, comprehensive coverage
- Convenience of a drug/dental card
- Medical is not required to purchase coverage
- Access to other insurance offerings, including home/auto
1 800-387-8897 x238
WRITING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Do you have a passion for creative writing? Perhaps you work in a field that requires strong writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help.
Three writing certificate programs are offered, all of which are delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates and will be expected to meet assignment timelines. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever-and from wherever-you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. One or more of the following certificate programs may be exactly what you need:
Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing
Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations
For more information, go to http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/
PUBLICATIONS & PUBLISHING
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GOOSE LANE EDITIONS
Goose Lane Editions specializes in Canadian literary fiction and poetry, and in creative non-fiction on subjects such as art, history, politics, biography, travel, nature, popular culture, and the big ideas of our time. We are principally interested in submissions from Canadian writers. We only consider submissions from outside of Canada if the author is Canadian and if the book has extraordinary interest to Canadian readers. We do not publish books for children or young adults, personal memoirs, how-to books, mystery novels, fictional crime stories or works of science fiction. We do publish books with a distinctive flair and a clear, resounding voice, and vision. We are interested in books that take the reader on an original journey that fascinates, resonates, and captivates.
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Inkshares is a crowd-driven publisher. Our goal is to connect writers with readers. We produce, market and distribute books people want to read. In doing so, we can bring quality literary work to life, paying authors more and costing readers less. We’re crowdfunding meets publishing.
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Mythic Dragon Publishing
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We publish almost all genres.
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/
For children’s picture books, send full manuscript. For all others, send either full manuscript OR table of contents plus three sample chapters. Peachtree does not accept query letters where no manuscript is included. Peachtree currently publishes the following categories: Children’s fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, middle readers, young adult books, education, parenting, self-help, and health books of interest to the general trade. Peachtree does not publish historical novels (except children’s/young adult), science fiction, fantasy, romance, westerns, horror, poetry, short stories, plays, business, scientific or technical reference, or books intended specifically as textbooks.
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VerbalArt welcomes unsolicited submissions all about poet, poetry and poems. We also publish translation in English, book reviews, interviews, biographies, autobiography, memoirs, essays, travelogue and creative writings pertaining to poets and poetry. We will only consider work that has not been previously published, whether in print or on the web.
Poems submitted for the journal, VerbalArt can also be considered for its sister journal, Phenomenal Literature: A Journal Devoted to Language & Literature.
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Non-fiction (psychology, sociology, sustainable living and building topics)
Health and Wellness, including nutrition topics
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Young Adult (pre-teen and young adult)
Children’s (for ages 2 up through 12)
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