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2015 January 25-31 Edition
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It’s never too late to start writing. In my short story writing class, I tell my students everyone has a story. It’s just a matter of putting it down on paper. But it really isn’t just putting it down. It’s how you put it down. Some people have a knack for telling stories and are able to transfer an effective story-telling style to their writing. Most people struggle to even just imagine how to begin writing. Most of the time, it’s worrying about the how that stops us from 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.
Roger Gordon, Stratford resident and former Dean of Science at UPEI, will be launching his PEI library tour for his new book Starting to Frame – A Memoir at the Stratford Public Library, Bunbury Mall, Stratford on Tuesday, February 3 at 1 p.m. He will then visit the Montague Rotary Library, Wood Islands Road, Montague on Saturday, February 21 at 1 p.m. Storm dates: Feb. 10 and 28, respectively (same times as planned dates).
Starting to Frame describes the author’s life growing up in a working class home in Sheffield, England, during the 1940s to 60s. Among the social stigmas of the era that he had to deal with were divorce, marital infidelity, and mental illness. It is a story of resiliency that carries an inspirational tone. Roger uses humor, nostalgia, and “coming of age” motifs to provide a light-hearted counterpoint to the more dramatic elements within his childhood and early adulthood.
The author’s library tour, which will culminate mid-April, will encompass six libraries – in addition to the above, Charlottetown, Summerside, O’Leary, and Cornwall. At each location, Roger will discuss the book, read from it, and carry out book signings.
For more information about the book and author, visit http://www.startingtoframe.com
Book Reading and Signing by New Glasgow Author
Peggy Hogan, award winner in the 34th Atlantic Writing Competition, will be selling and signing copies of her book, For a Song (Double Dragon Publishing), on Saturday, February 7th (storm date is February 14th), 2:00 pm at the Confederation Centre Public Library, Charlottetown.
For a Song is about Blat – an unfortunate name for a singer – who stumbles upon an entire race of people that needs saving. He recruits a brilliant, manic-depressive scientist to help him. Their enemy is the sinister Brothers of the Watch whose leader wants what every evildoer wants: power over everyone and everything, and, through mind control, he has the wherewithal to accomplish this. Blat craves the love of a woman, who is a good friend and ignorant of his feelings. Whether he admits it or not, he will go to any length to impress her – even if he dies trying. To Blat’s great advantage, the leader of the Brothers knows nothing of this kind of power.
Spiritual Book Club at Now ‘n’ Zen
Topic: Co-creating at it’s best — A conversation between Master Teachers by Wayne Dyer and Esther Hicks is the book for discussion in March.
When: March 1, 2015, 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Where: Now ‘n’ Zen Yoga Studio, 17A Glen Stewart Drive, Stratford, PE
Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire Book Launch
When: March 7, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Confederation Centre Public Library
PEI Author Jillianne Hamilton read from her new book at a book launch with a book signing and some snacks. Everyone is welcome!
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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.
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Flash Fiction Writing Competition
1st Prize: £190.00
2nd Prize: £150.00
3rd Prize: £95.00
Closing date: 28th January 2015
Entry fee: £3.00 or Free to Creative Competitor Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members
In our latest competition, you have just 500 words (including the title) to write a complete story that captures the imagination of the reader. The genre is open, just use the photo for inspiration.
Consider your starting point carefully to maximise the strength of your story. We want to be hooked by every word.
Your submission must be written in English.
7 Day Creative Writing Challenge
1st Prize: £400.00
2nd Prize: £300.00
3rd Prize: £250.00
4th Prize: £150.00
5th Prize: £100.00
6th Prize: £75.00
Start date: Saturday 7th March 2015
Entry fee: £4.00 (Early Bird Special for signing up on or before 28th January) £5.00 after the 28th January 2015.
A professional evaluation of your submission is available at £5.00 if required. Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members can enter for free by emailing their submission directly to us. If feedback is required, please pay £5.00 by clicking on the relevant PayPal button at the bottom of the page.
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 Winter Anthology
Please send up to 50 pages in any genre (a book or book-length manuscript somewhat over 50 pages is acceptable). Send writings of which you are the sole author and that were not written earlier than 1999. Published and unpublished writings are equally welcome. Two or three poems or a single story or essay are as welcome as entire books. To get a sense of our aesthetics, see our previous volumes. All work will be read by the editors, with finalists judged by Srikanth Reddy. Multiple entries are welcome, as are entries including a mix of genres. We accept entries until January 31st. The final decision will be announced here in late winter 2015. In the event that none of the entries meets our standards, no winner will be declared. The winner will be published in Volume 5 of The Winter Anthology and receive a $1000 honorarium. Finalists will also be considered for publication.
To enter electronically, go to thewinteranthology.submittable.com/submit
Crime/Thriller Short Story Competition
We are excited to announce the launch of a fantastic new international writing competition on December 1st 2014. We are teaming up with Britain’s Next Bestseller (BNBS) to look for the best 10 crime/thriller short stories to feature in a compilation book.
The 10 shortlisted authors will get a crowdfunding campaign that may see their story published and sold around the world. All author royalties earned from the book sales will be donated to “The Hope Academy for Girls” — a self-sustaining, multi-purpose school for at-risk girls in the rural area of Sierra Leone. So not only could you get to see your work in print, but you could help to fund the education of young girls in West Africa, without a doubt a very worthy cause.
The competition runs from 1st December 2014 until 31st January 2015 and is open to ALL authors from ANY country. Remember, the theme is crime/thriller and ideally word count should not exceed 7,500 words.
For more details, visit https://scriggler.com/SharePost/Opinion?cash=0e73d69e91eabe440a78d77c69276e97
Grand Prize: $1,000 and publication in Accenti Magazine
Second Prize: $250 and publication in Accenti Magazine
Third Prize: $100 and publication in Accenti Magazine
Deadline extended to January 31
Winners celebrated at the Annual Accenti Awards during the Montreal International Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, April 2015.
The contest is open to prose works on any topic, maximum 2,000 words. Writers worldwide may enter. Blind judging. Entry fee: $20. (Prizes and fee in Canadian funds; submit online.)
See our complete contest rules and read past winning stories by Terri Favro and Andrew Foster.
2015 Short Story Collection Competition
Dzanc is currently holding its fifth annual contest for all authors wishing to submit a short story collection to Dzanc Books. The winning author will be published by Dzanc in late 2016, and will receive a $1000 advance. Entry to the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest requires a $25 reading fee and the submission of a full manuscript.
The contest deadline is January 31, 2014.
For more details, visit https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit/24727
6th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest
Deadline to Enter: January 31, 2015
First Prize: $200
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $100
Spirit First is pleased to announce its 6th annual meditation poetry contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, Stillness, or Solitude (we are referring to peaceful solitude – not loneliness). Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.
Enter up to three submissions. Sending more than three poems will lead to those poems being disqualified.
Please submit your poems by email unless you do not have access to the Internet. Poems will be accepted by U.S. Postal Service for those who do not have Internet access. All others are requested to be emailed. Poems sent by U.S. Postal Service will not be returned. Poems must be received no later than January 31, 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.
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.
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
Winter Wonderland Poetry Competition
1st Prize: £150.00
2nd Prize: £100.00
3rd Prize: £75.00
Closing date: 02 February 2015
Entry fee: £3.00 or Free to Creative Competitor Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members
For this brand new poetry competition, you simply need to craft a beautiful poem that captures the spirit of a winter landscape. Whether it’s snow-capped mountains, misty rivers or frost-laden fields…we don’t mind, just paint the scene with your words. You can use the photo for inspiration or, be inspired by a wintry landscape close to you. It’s your choice.
60 Minute Creative Writing Challenge
Look! We’ve increased the PRIZES!
1st Prize: £200.00
2nd Prize: £150.00
3rd Prize: £100.00
Competition time and date: Sunday 8th February at 5 pm (GMT)
Entry fee: £3.00 or Free to Premier Write, Learn and Publish members
Are you ready to face the ultimate writing challenge?
If you love a good challenge, why not enter our 60 Minute Creative Writing Challenge?
It will focus more on the quality of writing than an extensive word count, so if you fancy having a go, keep this in mind. The challenge will be designed to test your creativity and your ability to write under pressure.
Before signing up, remember that you will only have 60 minutes from the moment that we send out the challenge so you have to be available at that time. The challenge will go live at 5 pm (GMT) on the 8th February and once you receive the details, snap into creative mode and return your completed challenge before the 60 minutes are up. If you are late, you are out!
65 Little Words Writing Competition – February 2015
1st Prize: £260.00
2nd Prize: £195.00
Closing date: February 10th 2015
Entry fee: £2.00 or FREE to Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish Members
You have just 65 words or less including the title to write a complete story. It’s a tough one but you can do it and we look forward to receiving your submissions.
Of course it doesn’t have to be exactly 65 words but if you win the top prize, it’s equivalent to £4.00 per word.
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.
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.
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/
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/
41st Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival
2015 Poetry & Short Story Contest
Postmark Deadline February 16, 2015
Only previously unpublished poems and short stories will be considered. All work must be original, not having been entered in any previous Poetry & Short Story Contest sponsored by the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. Short stories must be 4,000 words or less. There is no limit to length of poems. Each author may enter one story; each poet may enter two poems. All genres will be accepted.
Poetry entry fee is $10 for up to two (2) poems.
Short Story entry fee is $10 for one (1) short story.
Submit an entry in both categories for a $20 entry fee.
Entry fee is to be mailed along with entry form, poem or short story, and cover sheet to:
Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival
Poetry & Short Story Contest
252 Twin Lakes Road
Latrobe, PA 15650
For more details, visit http://www.artsandheritage.com/TheArts/LiteraryArts.aspx
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
Kelpies Prize 2015
From Dumfries to Dundee, Glasgow to Aberdeen and everywhere in between, we are looking for Scottish children’s novels with a difference.
Fantastic fantasies, sensational sci-fi, awesome adventures and satisfying slices of life — the Kelpies range of Scottish children’s novels has them all. But we are still looking for more. Do you have a cracking story, with strong characters and believable dialogue which children won’t be able to put down? Then we want to read it!
This year, for the first time, we’re looking for entries to the Kelpies Prize in three categories to reflect our expanding audience:
- Young Kelpies (6-8 year olds)
- Kelpies (8-11 year olds)
- KelpiesTeen (11-14 year olds)
The Kelpies Prize was set up in 2004 to encourage and reward new Scottish writing for children. Winning authors receive a £2,000 cash prize and have their novel published in the Kelpies range.
The closing date for entries for the 2015 Prize is 28 February 2015. If you would like to submit a manuscript, please read the following Guidelines, and Terms & Conditions, carefully. When you submit your manuscript, you must also include an Application Form.
- Kelpies Prize 2015 Guidelines (PDF, 34KB)
- Kelpies Prize 2015 Terms & Conditions (PDF, 26KB)
- Kelpies Prize 2015 Application Form (PDF, 33KB)
Good luck! We look forward to receiving your manuscript in February 2015.
For more detail, please visit http://www.florisbooks.co.uk/kelpiesprize/enter.php
The Park Bench Writing Competition
1st Prize: £195.00
2nd Prize: £150.00
3rd Prize: £100.00
Closing date: 28th February 2015
Entry fee: £3.00 or Free to Creative Competitor Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members
Using the photo for inspiration, you have just 1000 words (including the title) to write a complete story that captures the imagination of the reader. To be in with a chance of winning this writing competition, you must include the park bench in your story.
Consider your starting point carefully to maximise the strength of your story. We want to be hooked by every word.
2014-2015 Snowbound Chapbook Award Guidelines
December 1, 2014 — February 28, 2015
(postmark or online submission-date)
Final Judge: Lia Purpura
The Snowbound Chapbook Award includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.
For more details, visit http://www.tupelopress.org/snowbound.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.
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.
42 Miles Press Poetry Award
Judge: David Dodd Lee, Series Editor
The 42 Miles Press Poetry Award is being created in an effort to bring fresh and original voices to the poetry reading public. The prize will be offered annually to any poet writing in English, including poets who have never published a full length book as well as poets who have published several. New and Selected collections of poems are also welcome. Manuscripts submitted for the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award should exhibit an awareness of the contemporary “voice” in American poetry, an awareness of our moment in time as poets. We are excited to receive poetry that is experimental as well as work of a more formalist bent, as long as it reflects a complexity and sophistication of thought and language. Urgency, yes; melodrama, not so much.
The winning poet will receive $1,000 and publication of his or her book including 50 author copies. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at Indiana University South Bend as part of the release of the book. The final selection will be made by the Series Editor. Current or former students or employees of Indiana University South Bend, as well as friends of the Series Editor, are not eligible for the prize.
Manuscripts will be accepted starting December 1st, 2014 and the ending deadline will be March 1st, 2015. Manuscripts received prior to December 1, or postmarked after March 1, will be recycled and the entry fee returned.
For more details, visit http://42milespress.com/contest/
The 2015 CBC Creative Nonfiction Competition is now open!
WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished work of creative nonfiction between 1200 and 1500 words.
WHEN: Competition runs from January 1 to March 1.
WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.
HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the “submit” link below or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the offline submission form.
A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.
For more details, visit:
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 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize Contest
Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.
The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts. However, we will not consider manuscripts that have previously been published, which includes self-publication. Writers may enter both contests. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication somewhere else. No past or present paid employee of Prairie Schooner or the University of Nebraska Press or current faculty or student at the University of Nebraska will be eligible for the prizes.
Manuscripts will be accepted between January 15 and March 15, 2015.
For more details, visit http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/book-prize
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.
For more details, visit https://lockedhornpress.squarespace.com/openseason
Gulf Coast Prize
Deadline: March 22nd, 2015
Awarding $6,000 in prizes to poets, essayists, and fiction writers, this year’s judges are Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (Fiction), Maggie Nelson (Nonfiction), and Carl Phillips (Poetry)!
The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 28.1, due out in Fall 2015, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. The $23 reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast.
We will accept submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail.
For more details, visit http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/gulf-coast-prize/
2015 Essay Collection Competition
Judge: Wayne Koestenbaum
January 1 – March 31
The Cleveland State University Poetry Center welcomes submissions to their Essay Collection Competition; the winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. This year’s contest will be judged by Wayne Koestenbaum.
For details, visit http://www.csupoetrycenter.com/essay-prize/
2015 First Book Poetry Competition
Judge: Eileen Myles
January 1 – March 31, 2015
The Cleveland State University Poetry Center welcomes submissions for our First Book Poetry Competition; the winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. This year’s contest will be judged by Eileen Myles.
For details, visit http://www.csupoetrycenter.com/essay-prize-1/
2015 Open Book Poetry Competition
Judges: Lesle Lewis, Shane McCrae, & Wendy Xu
January 1 – March 31
The Cleveland State University Poetry Center welcomes submissions for our Open Book Poetry Competition; the winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. This year’s contest will be judged by a panel of previous CSU authors: Lesle Lewis, Shane McCrae, and Wendy Xu.
For details, visit http://www.csupoetrycenter.com/essay-prize-1-1/
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.
2015 FOUR WAY BOOKS LEVIS PRIZE IN POETRY
Judge: Martha Collins
Awarding publication of a book-length collection, a Four Way Books sponsored reading in NYC, and $1000.
Submission Dates: January 1 – March 31, 2015 (postmark), or online, via our submission manager by April 1 at 3 AM EST, to accommodate our west coast friends.
Eligibility: Open to any poet writing in English regardless of publication history.
Submissions accepted on-line (preferred) and by mail.
For more details, please visit http://fourwaybooks.com/site/levis-prize/
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)
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
Ticket to Write 2015
The competition is for one-act stage plays about The Beatles. The plays should last about 40 – 45 minutes. We plan to stage the three plays selected in Liverpool later in the year over two nights as in 2014. The audience votes will still be included in the overall choice of the winner of the £150 prize
The plays can feature any aspect of The Beatles – their music, work or lives. They can even be inspired by a song or song-title.
The 40- 45 minute plays must be able to be performed with a maximum of four actors. A play can have more than four characters provided that multi-roling with the maximum of four is practical.
The closing date Tuesday April 7, 2015.
For more details, visit http://www.acedrama.co.uk/HowToEnter.html
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:
2015 San Francisco Book Festival Call for Entries
SAN FRANCISCO _ The 2015 San Francisco Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating the best books of the spring.
The San Francisco Book Festival will consider non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, compilations/anthologies, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, business, history, wild card, gay, photography/art, poetry, unpublished, technology and spiritual/religious works. There is no date of publication restriction.
Our grand prize for the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival winner is $1500 cash appearance fee and a flight to San Francisco for our gala awards ceremony in May, 2015. Exact date TBD.
Submitted works will be judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:
1) General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.
2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.
Deadline submissions in each category must be received by the close of business on April 25, 2015. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions.
For more details, visit: http://sanfranciscobookfestival.com/
ARTISTS EMBASSY INTERNATIONAL’S SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL
DANCING POETRY CONTEST
Deadline May 15, 2015
Over $1,000 in prize money to be awarded
All DPF prize winners will receive a prize certificate suitable for framing, a ticket to the Dancing Poetry Festival 2015, and be invited to read their prize winning poem at the 2015 Dancing Poetry Festival, time and location to be announced.
Three Grand Prizes will receive $100 each plus the poems will be danced, and videotaped for the poet.
Each Grand Prize Winner will be invited onstage for photo ops with the dancers and a bow in the lime light.
Six First Prizes will receive $50 each
Twelve Second Prizes will receive $25 each
Thirty Third Prizes will receive $10 each
For more details, visit http://www.dancingpoetry.com/dpfpoetrycontestrules.html
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.
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.
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
Banff Literary Arts Programs Upcoming Deadlines
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.
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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).
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WRITING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Do you have a passion for creative writing? Perhaps you work in a field that requires strong writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help.
Three writing certificate programs are offered, all of which are delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates and will be expected to meet assignment timelines. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever-and from wherever-you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. One or more of the following certificate programs may be exactly what you need:
Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing
Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations
For more information, go to http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/
PUBLICATIONS & PUBLISHING
Authority Publishing for Non-fiction Authors
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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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If this fits your manuscript(s), we invite you to submit your story.
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.
Currently searching for the following manuscripts:
Non-fiction (psychology, sociology, sustainable living and building topics)
Health and Wellness, including nutrition topics
Fiction (historical, suspense, general fiction)
Young Adult (pre-teen and young adult)
Children’s (for ages 2 up through 12)
Coffee Table Books (travel, photography, biography, cooking and lifestyle topics)
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