TWP Weekly Writing Post 2015 April 12-18 Edition

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2015 April 12-18 Edition

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At last! Temperatures are up and we saw more rain and sunny days than snow, so that’s a good sign. There will be quite a bit of freezing, though, because of drops in temperature overnight, but the promise of sunny days is present. That means people are gearing up for a slew of summer and fall activities, including more contests. If your muse has hibernated with the winter blues, the warming weather should thaw out your creative juices and you can flex your writing muscles with some writing. Remember, April is Poetry Month, so it’s the perfect time to try your hand at writing poetry.

One of the first forms of literature anyone encounters is poetry. Who doesn’t remember those nursery rhymes we grew up with? We also sing or listen to songs, which are formally known as lyric poetry. In our early years at school, we read, memorized, and recited poems, either in choral recitation groups or declamation contests (do these still happen in schools nowadays?). If you hesitate to write poetry, take a dip into some light-hearted verse. Ogden Nash and Edward Lear provide us with a rich collection of humorous verse, including the limericks.

If rhyme and rhythm scare you off, try writing in the popular Japanese Haiku form. Without dealing with theme and meaning, the simplest way to begin writing Haiku is to follow the 5-7-5 rule: these are the number of syllables in each line. Hence, the Haiku is a 3-line poem with a total of 17 syllables. To achieve verse close to the true essence of Haiku:

  • try to avoid superfluous words, including articles, especially for the opening word
  • focus on painting a single, fleeting image with your words – the keyword being fleeting; the essence of Haiku is to emphasize the temporary nature of things through an extremely short verse that heightens the brevity of their existence, and thus appreciate them better
  • don’t try to rhyme; Haiku is free verse
  • if you can’t stick to the 5-7-5-syllable rule, aim simply for short-long-short, where the first and last lines contain the same number of syllables and the middle line is only slightly longer than the other two; the number of syllables is based on Japanese syllables, and not an exact match to English words
  • for examples of great Haiku, look for the verses of Matsuo Bashō, the most famous poet of the Edo period and the greatest Haiku master

Capture life in verse

The fewer words the better

Brevity is key

                                                     ~cpl

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.   ~Anton Chekhov

NEWS

CBC Short Story Prize: 2015 longlist

The next winner of the CBC Short Story Prize will be chosen from the list of 26 writers.

Each one has a shot of winning the 2015 Grand Prize: $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, publication in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and a ten-day writing residency at The Banff Centre. Four others will be named runners-up and will walk away with $1,000 each.

Find out more about this year’s crop of writers by clicking on their individual profiles here.

It’s now up to the jury: two-time Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize winner Caroline Adderson, 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels and 2014 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award winner Joan Thomas. The winner and runners-up will be announced on April 13th.

To find out who made the long list for the Prix de la nouvelle radio-canada, click here

April is poetry month!

Explore all of CBC Books’ content and recommendations at http://www.cbc.ca/books/poetry2015/index.html?cid=Canada+Writes+-+April+Newsletter

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Brent MacLaine Featured Reader at April 13Haviland Club Open Mic

April is Poetry Month across Canada, a fitting time to have one of PEI’s most esteemed poets as featured reader at the Haviland Club’s Open Mic on April 13.

Brent MacLaine is Professor of English and a 3M Teaching Fellow at the University of Prince Edward Island where he teaches twentieth-century literature. He was born and grew up in Rice Point, to which he returned in 1991 after teaching at universities in Vancouver, Edmonton, China, and Singapore. In addition to numerous articles on modern literature and the literature of Atlantic Canada, he has published four volumes of poetry: Wind and Root (Vehicule 2000);  These Fields Were Rivers (Goose Lane 2004);  Athena Becomes a Swallow and Other Voices from The Odyssey (Goose Lane 2009); and Shades of Green (Acorn 2008), which won both the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Prince Edward Island Book of the Year Award.  He has also edited with Hugh MacDonald  Landmarks: an Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land (Acorn 2001). His fifth collection, A Promontory View, is forthcoming this year.

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

Host Dianne Hicks Morrow, PEI Poet Laureate, invites readers to write poems on this year’s poetry month theme, Food and Poetry, to share at this Open Mic.

Please contact peipoetlaureate@gmail.com with any questions.

Commonwealth Writers Blog Series

The Commonwealth Writers website has launched a new blog series Feminism: Why Are We Still Here? Everyone is invited to read and comment on the entries.

Roger Gordon’s Library Tour

APRIL – MAY: Roger Gordon, Stratford resident and former Dean of Science at UPEI, is touring PEI’s libraries with Starting to Frame – A Memoir.

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 encompasses six libraries –, Stratford, Montague, Charlottetown, Summerside, O’Leary, and Cornwall. At each location, Roger will discuss the book, read from it, and carry out book signings.

Upcoming dates are: Apr 18, 3pm: Cornwall Public Library, Lowther Drive; Apr 27, 7pm: O’Leary Public Library, Community Street; May 16, 2pm Summerside Rotary Library, Water Street.

In addition to the library tour, he will be participating in “Reading Town Canada Week” on Sat May 9, by being “On Display” at The Bookmark, Charlottetown, where he will sit in a rocking chair in the window of the store reading from his book.

For more information about the book and author, visit http://www.startingtoframe.com.

Food and Poetry—Delicious Theme for April Poetry Month

This year The League of Canadian Poets is encouraging poets and hosts to explore and savour the theme of Food & Poetry. Inspired by Rachel Rose’s inaugural speech as Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, the League is asking poets to investigate the ways in which “food is personal, political, sensual and powerful”. Food nourishes, grounds and connects us, much like poetry. Without food as without poetry, we go hungry. There is so much that can be spoken of and written about food and one’s experience with it.

Does your interest lie in holistic nutrition and the poetics of how food can heal, or the problematic politics of food security? Why not plan a reading over brunch with friends or a writing workshop exploring how food speaks to home? However your creative juices flow, marinate in this theme and let it nourish you and others with your delicious work.

At the Haviland Club Open Mic, April 13, you are invited to read your poems or prose on the theme of food, and/or enjoy being read to.

Watch and listen for other ways to have your Poetry and Food writing be heard in Poetry Month…to be announced in April.

For more information contact: peipoetlaureate@gmail.com

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.

A Celebration of Courage and Tenacity

Tell Your Story

The Brain Injury Association of PEI (BIAPEI) is compiling a book of inspirational, short stories/poems called: A Celebration of Courage and Tenacity. It is a dynamic compilation of short stories about those who have triumphed over traumatic brain injury. We are honouring survivors of brain injury for their strength of will, for believing in themselves, for overcoming adversity, and standing up for themselves or others. It is meant to move you to laugh, to cry, to ponder possibilities, to dream, and to make those dreams a reality.

We are inviting survivors of brain injury and family to submit their stories/poems. Our goal is to have the book represent a wide range of experience and inspiration. Surviving the physical challenges of brain injury is the first step of a lifelong journey of adjustment and accommodation. Re-establishing lives transformed by brain injury requires foresight, fortitude, and unflagging courage. This book will be a celebration of those journeys.

Charting new territory, brain injury has been characterized as the “Silent Epidemic.” It has earned that distinction in part because survivors tend to withdraw from society. This book ends the silence and inspires others to take charge of their lives.

We look forward to reading your personal experience.

If this is something you are interested in but could use a little help getting your story on paper give us a call. We have some journalism students who are ready to help out.

Maximum 2500 words

This is an ongoing project once we feel we have enough stories we will move forward

Submissions can be sent by email to story@biapei.com or mail to

Story
Brain Injury Association PEI
81 Prince St
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4R3

For more information call 902-367-3216

2015 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards

The 2015 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards is open to entries.

Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

For details, please visit www.peiwritersguild.com

CBC POETRY PRIZE

Submit your original poem or poetry collection for a chance to win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, a writing residency at The Banff Centre and publication in enRoute Magazine!

Deadline: June 1, 2015

For contest guidelines, visit http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/rules-and-regulations—cbc-literary-prizes.html

GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST

&

SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE

$2,400 in Prizes!

Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.

Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest: Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems.

Deadlines:

Fiction entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2015 and

Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2015

For complete submission guidelines, please go to http://www.antigonishreview.com and click on contest.

The Stardust Gazette

Submit journalism, music, art, poetry, or prose to The Stardust Gazette, or join our staff (readers and managerial crew needed)! See the “Submit” and “Join Us” tabs. Questions? Email thestardustgazette@gmail.com.
http://www.thestardustgazette.com/

CARGO Literary Journal

Cargo is a nonfiction journal, and we are looking for pieces with a strong narrative and interior journey, such as immersion reportage.  Please submit one essay or up to five poems.  We will consider prose poems, lists, and interesting personal notes providing they meet our guidelines, so feel free to take risks with form. We would also like to publish author interviews.

We are also accepting reviews, which might be a book review or an investigation into the history behind a muralled wall in Puerto Rico. Be creative. We’re also interested in collaborations between writers and visual artists, and are looking for submissions from across our beautiful blue planet. Cargo will also consider your translations of poetry or prose.

We publish four issues a year, and we are currently accepting submissions
year-round. Submit by April 15th, 2015 for your work to be considered for Issue No 2.

For more details, visit http://cargoliterary.com/

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.

CALLS FOR SUBMISSION

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COMPETITIONS

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The People’s Book Awards

Welcome to the people’s Book Awards where anyone can nominate or vote for titles available on the *Amazon sites worldwide, or support those important people who provide services to authors. Monthly winners.

The monthly and annual voting closes at 17:00 hours British Standard Time on the last day of each month and the votes of non-winning titles are carried forward, except in December. Monthly winning titles are taken out of the competition and will be returned in December if confirmed as a nomination for the Annual Awards by a direct message (DM) on Twitter or email to winner@thebookawards.com. Each year the voting closes on December 31st following the Annual Awards and all votes are returned to zero for the coming year.

To learn more, visit http://thebookawards.com/awards/

The Weather

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:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: WEATHER
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Online
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)

It’s Criminal Flash Fiction Writing Competition

1st Prize: £295.00

2nd Prize: £195.00

3rd Prize: £100.00

Closing date: 15th April 2015

Entry fee: £3.00 or Free to Write, Learn and Publish members

To enter this brand new flash fiction writing competition, all you have to do is to create a complete story using the above photo for inspiration. You have a maximum of 300 words excluding the title. Please use ‘It’s Criminal’ as the title. The story can be creative, dramatic or suspenseful. Try to create a tightly written submission that is gripping from the opening word.  Interested?

Visit Creative Competitor for details.

Beacher’s Magazine Contest

Beecher’s is open for contest submissions from February 15, 2015 to April 15, 2015.

Our contests in nonfiction, poetry, and fiction are now open until April 15, 2015. The final judges are LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Poetry), Matt Bell (Fiction), and Alissa Nutting (Nonfiction).

The first place winner in each category will receive $200 and publication in the print edition of Beecher’s 5. Runners-up may also be considered for publication in Beecher’s 5. Fiction and nonfiction submissions must be 4,000 words or less. Poets may include up to 3 poems per submission. All writers are welcome to submit more than once, but only one story or up to 3 poems per submission. The entry fee is $12 per submission. All entrants will receive a copy of Beecher’s 5.

For contest submissions, please do not put your name anywhere on the manuscript. All submissions will be read blind.

Please visit our website for additional information.

Enter the Maine Review‘s Annual Short Story Contest!

The Maine Review is currently accepting entries for our short story contest, which offers publication and a Grand Prize of $200 for the winning story. Winners of Honorable Mention awards will receive a free one-year subscription to the Review, and all winners will be published in our first fiction collection, Juxtaposition. All contest entries will be considered for publication in future issues of the Review, and all writers who enter will receive a free electronic copy of the Fall 2014 issue.

Deadline: April 15, 2015

For more details, visit http://www.themainereview.com/short-story-contest.htm

2nd Annual Magpie Poetry Contest

The winning poems from the 2014 Magpie Awards can be found in Pulp Literature issue 4, Autumn 2014.  The 2nd annual Magpie Poetry Contest opens on March 1st 2015.

Contest opens: 1 March 2015
Deadline: 15 April 2015
Winner notified: 15 May 2015
Winners published in: Issue 8, Autumn 2015
First Prize: $500
Runners up (2): $50 each
All entrants receive a 1 year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

Judges: George McWhirter and Daniel Cowper

Entry fee: $25 1st poem, $10 each subsequent poem
Earlybird fee (before 15 March): $20 1st poem, $10 each subsequent poem
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

This contest is for previously unpublished poems of up to 300 lines in length.  Total entries limited to 500.

For more details, visit http://pulpliterature.com/contests/

America(s)

$10.00 USD

Ends on 4/15/2015

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 April 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 lockedhornpress@gmail.com.

For details, visit https://lockedhornpress.submittable.com/submit

Flyaway 2015 Sweet Corn Contest – Poetry

$12.00 USD

Ends on 4/16/2015

The winner will be awarded $500, publication in Flyway, and a box of Iowa sweet corn shipped to their residence (in the lower 48). The runner-up will receive $50 and publication in Flyway.

This contest is open to all styles of poetry, as long as it surprises, shocks, moves or affects the reader. We interpret work about “the environment” broadly, so surprise us!

Submit up to three poems. Please combine all poems into one document. Submissions are considered blind; names should not appear within the body of your submission.

For more details, visit https://flyway.submittable.com/submit

Flyaway 2015 Sweet Corn Contest – Fiction

$12.00 USD

Ends on 4/16/2015

This contest is open to all styles and genres of fiction, as long as it surprises, shocks, moves or affects the reader. We interpret work about “the environment” broadly, so surprise us!

Submissions should be no longer than 5,000 words. Submissions are considered blind; names should not appear within the body of your submission.

The winner will be awarded $500, publication in Flyway, and a box of Iowa sweet corn shipped to their residence (in the lower 48). The runner-up will receive $50 and publication in Flyway.

For more details, visit https://flyway.submittable.com/submit

The 2015 Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship For New Parents

In addition to a full year of promotion and the publication of the winning story by Brain/Child Magazine, a $1000 prize will be presented to the new Pen Parentis Writing Fellow at a public reading of the winning work in Manhattan on Tuesday, September 14th, 2015. Entrants must be the parent of at least one child under 10 years of age, but there are no style or genre limitations on the works of fiction submitted for consideration. Entrants can be at any level of their literary careers.

SUBMISSIONS TO THE 2015/2016 FELLOWSHIP ARE OPEN.

Deadline: April 17, 2015

For more details, visit http://www.penparentis.org/fellowships/guidelines/

First Sentence Writing Competition

1st Prize: £200.00
2nd Prize: £150.00
3rd Prize: £100.00

Entry fee: £2.50 or Free to Write, Learn and Publish members

Closing date: April 21st 2015

Worried that you have no time to enter writing competitions? Think again because today we announce our brand new First Sentence writing competition and look at the amazing prizes for writing one sentence! If you fancy a go, all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to create a dramatic, opening sentence using our photo for inspiration. Every word must count.

For details, visit Creative Competitor.

WRITER ADVICE ANNOUNCES

ITS 10th FLASH PROSE CONTEST

WriterAdvice  seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges.

DEADLINE: Submit to the 10th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest by April 21, 2015.

JUDGES: Former prizewinners, Gretchen Clark and Lili Flanders and Carl Small will judge. Read their pieces and biographies by clicking on

Archives at www.writeradvice.com.

PRIZES: First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published.

For more details, visit http://www.writeradvice.com/

Fantasy Short Story Big Power Moment

Show your fantasy power writing. Winner receives $50.

Write a fantasy short story with a maximum of 1,000 words. The material must include a big ‘power moment.’ Make my jaw drop. For those of you doing historical fiction, this can include a battle, or an example of physical prowess. No sex…sorry to those of you thinking along those lines. You may use pre-established characters from your books. I want these short stories to be useful in later works.

Start: March 31, 2015

Deadline: April 22, 2015

Posting Date: Postings that are eligible for this contest must be published on site after March 31, 2015

Prize: $50 cash.

For more details, please visit http://www.thenextbigwriter.com/contest/Fantasy+Short+Story+Big+Power+Moment-8

12th Annual Screenwriting Challenge

The 12th Annual Screenwriting Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters around the world.  There are 3 rounds of competition.  In the 1st Round (April 24 – May 2), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment (see examples of past assignments here).  Writers have 8 days to write an original short screenplay no longer than 12 pages.  The judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (June 18-21) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write an 8 page (maximum) short screenplay.  Judges choose a top 25 from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 5 page (maximum) screenplay in just 24 hours (July 24-25).  A panel of judges review the final round stories and overall winners are selected.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition at http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/SC/Challenge.htm

It’s easy to register!  First, download and read the Official Rules and Partcipation Agreement.  After you have read and understood the rules, you are ready to register by clicking here.  The entry fee is US$55. Final Entry Deadline is April 23rd.

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/

Open Poetry Competition

1st Prize: 200.00

2nd Prize: £150.00

3rd Prize: £100.00

Closing date: 25th April 2015

Entry fee: £2.50 or FREE to Write, Learn and  Publish members

If you  love poetry you are going to enjoy this new competition. Dig out your favoured unpublished poems,  dust them off and give them a new lease of life or, craft a beautiful  new poem to capture our attention. You could win a fantastic £200 if you win the top prize in this new open poetry competition.

We are open in terms of style and you can write about any subject so be creative, just ensure your poem is written with integrity. You have up to 40 lines, so send us your favourite poems and you could be a prize-winner.

All you need to do is to check out the rules below and then send your submissions to:

info@creative-competitor.co.uk and mark the name of the competition in the subject line.

Please copy and paste your poem into the body of the email. Do not send as an attachment.

This competition is open to writers worldwide.

Poems must be previously unpublished.

For more details, visit The Creative Competitor.

Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests for Students

Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes.

ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year we will award over 500 prizes totaling more than $90,000.

Please follow the links for details:

Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead Contest for 11th and 12th graders – Deadline: April 26, 2015

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged for 12th graders, undergrad, and grad students – Deadline October 23, 2015

For more information on the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) visit https://www.aynrand.org/

Spring 2015 Essay Contest

“Spring Fever,” $1000 Prize

Write an original essay between 500 and 1000 words, inspired by the photograph on the site and the theme, “Spring Fever” for an opportunity to win $1000 and publication.

Submissions may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story, as long as it creatively embodies the theme and photo. Please review our Submission Guidelines before submitting your manuscript. Entry Fee: $20 USD

Deadline: April 30, 2015

For more details, visit http://highfieldpress.wix.com/contests#!contests/c1xh4

WRITING COMPETITION FOR 2015 ARTPRIZE ANTHOLOGY

Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, along with the Cascade Writers’ Group, invites authors from across the United States to participate in the 2015 writing competition for Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology. This book is a collection of poems, short stories, and personal essays published every year during ArtPrize, an internationally-renowned art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The anthology also features images of ten significant works of art from past years of ArtPrize.  The selections in Imagine This! are the culmination of an annual nationwide anthology competition. A panel of well-read individuals from within the local Grand Rapids community selects the top 25 submissions to be published in the anthology. Of these, the top three are awarded impressive cash prizes:  $1000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place, and $250 for Third Place.

Deadline: April 30, 2015

For more details, visit http://readwritelive.org/anthology-competition-2015

The 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Competition

The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems. Named after the first director of the Press, the prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press in the Pitt Poetry Series under its standard royalty contract. The winner will be announced in the fall; no information about the winner will be released before the fall announcement. The Starrett Prize is our only venue for first-book poetry manuscripts. The volume of manuscripts received prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into correspondence about manuscripts other than the one chosen for publication. Please do not call or e-mail the press.

The award is open to any poet writing in English who has not had a full-length book of poetry published previously. We define “full-length book” as a volume of 48 or more pages published in an edition of 750 or more copies. Books whose publication costs have been borne by their authors are excluded from this definition. University of Pittsburgh employees, former employees, current students and those who have been students within the last three years are not eligible for the award.

Manuscripts must be received during March and April 2015. That is, they must be postmarked on or after March 1 and on or before April 30. The address for submissions is:

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
University of Pittsburgh Press
7500 Thomas Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tel: (412) 383-2456
Fax: (412) 383-2466

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please email info@upress.pitt.edu

For more details, visit http://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderHtmlPage.aspx?srcHtml=htmlSourceFiles/starrett.htm#6

The Dante Rossetti Awards – Young Adult Novels Writing Contest 2015

Deadline: April 30, 2015  

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

For details, visit http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Young-Adult-Novels-Writing-Contest/p/21521206/category=5193080

2015 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Entries are now open for the 2015 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The 2015 Jolley Prize is worth a total of $8,000, with a first prize of $5,000 and supplementary prizes of $2,000 and $1,000. The Jolley Prize will be judged by ABR Deputy Editor Amy Baillieu, poet and academic Sarah Holland-Batt, and author Paddy O’Reilly.

Entries must be a single-authored short story of between 2000 and 5000 words, written in English. Stories must not have been previously published or be on offer to other prizes or publications for the duration of the Jolley Prize.

Entries close at midnight 1 May 2015.

For more details, visit https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes/elizabeth-jolley-story-prize

2015 Kindle Book Awards

Accepted Publish Dates: May 1, 2013 — May 1, 2015.

Last day to Submit: May 1, 2015

To submit, visit http://form.jotformpro.com/form/42462687642967

Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging short-story writers from Canada and abroad to enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction.

Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form (a book is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). One prize of $1,000 (CAD) is awarded. Authors contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction, the Pushcart Prize, and the Journey Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

2015 Deadline

The deadline for the 2015 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction is May 1, 2015.

http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/far_horizons_fiction/info.html

What it means to be Brave

What does it mean to be brave? Prize is $75.

Write a short story real/fiction about an act of bravery. Maximum word count of 2,500.

Start: March 21, 2015

Deadline: May 02, 2015

Posting Date: Postings that are eligible for this contest must be published on site after March 10, 2015

Prize: $75 cash.

For more details, please visit http://www.thenextbigwriter.com/contest/What+it+means+to+be+Brave.-7

Flash Fiction Writing Competition

1st Prize: £190.00

2nd Prize: £150.00

3rd Prize: £95.00

Closing date: 05th May 2015

Entry fee: £3.00 or Free to Creative Competitor Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members

In our latest writing competition, you have just 300 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.

It must be original and previously unpublished.

Open to writers worldwide.

Multiple submissions are welcome providing the correct fees are paid.

Submissions should be pasted into the body of the email rather than sending as an attachment.

Send your submission to info@creative-competitor.co.uk and mark the name of the writing competition in the subject line.

For more information, visit The Creative Competitor.

Descriptive Writing Competition

1st Prize: £150.00

2nd Prize: £100.00

3rd Prize: £75.00

Entry fee: £2.50 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members

Closing date: 7th May 2015

For this brand new writing competition, all you need to do is to create an opening section to a story making it as visually descriptive and compelling as possible, using the above photo for inspiration. You have a maximum of 200 words so watch your word count carefully.

Rules:

Must be written in English

Open to writers worldwide

Must be previously unpublished and original

Multiple submissions may be sent providing the correct fees are paid

Maximum 200 words

No title is necessary, mark the submission as Descriptive Writing Competition

Email the submissions to info@creative-competitor.co.uk and paste the submission into the body of the email

For more details, visit the Creative Competitor website.

The We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest

We Need Diverse Books (“WNDB”) is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. WNDB is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.

WNDB is proud to announce that Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House, has acquired publication rights to the Middle Grade WNDB Anthology, working title “Stories For All Of Us.” Ellen Oh, President of WNDB, will edit the anthology, which will have a January 2017 release date. Contributing authors include: Kwame Alexander, Sherman Alexie, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Rachel Renee Russell, and Jacqueline Woodson.

The anthology will be in memory of Walter Dean Myers and it will be inspired by his quote: “Once I began to read, I began to exist.” Every new story contribution to this anthology will be by a diverse author.

WNDB is proud to announce that the anthology will have one story reserved for a previously unpublished diverse author. WNDB will fill that slot via a short story contest. The winner will be included in the anthology and will receive a payment of $1000 US.

General Rules

  • Entries will be accepted after 9:00AM EST on April 27th until 5:00PM EST on May 8th, 2015. Any submission made prior to or after the entry period will not be considered.
  • Entry is free.
  • Submissions will not be returned.
  • All applicants must include a 75 word bio and headshot.
  • Winner will be announced on June 15, 2015.

For more details, visit http://weneeddiversebooks.org/short-story-contest/

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest 2015

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest 2015 is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winning story, essay and poems from the 2015 contest will be published in the Winter 2015-16 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $1000.

The contest is open to fiction and nonfiction pieces up to 6000 words; poetry entries must be between 3 and 5 pages.

Entries for the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest open on Sunday 1 March and close on Friday 15 May 2015.

For full entry details visit the Ploughshares website. Writers are also encouraged to subscribe to the magazine’s email newsletter for advice and exercises from the Ploughshares blog to help in the writing process.

https://www.pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest/guidelines

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

Mystery Woman Writing Competition

1st Prize: £395.00
2nd Prize: £250.00
3rd Prize: £150.00

Closing date: 20th May 2015

Entry fee: £5.00 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members

An evaluation is available for this competition at £5.00 per submission.

For our latest writing competition, you simply need to create a story using the photo for inspiration. Who is this woman? What time period? What is she doing and why? These are all questions you need to answer in your story but you have a maximum of 700 words so pick your starting point carefully.

For details, visit Creative Competitor.

The PEN International/New Voices Award 2015

Open for submissions until May 22.

The PEN International/New Voices Award encourages new writing in the countries in which we operate, and provides a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work. The award actively encourages entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities.

Before PEN International was established in 1921 its founder, C. A. Dawson Scott, set up the Tomorrow Club as a space for aspiring writers to network with established authors; in 1928 Herman Ould, International Secretary, felt strongly that it was important for PEN to maintain focus on helping emerging writers, and so established the first ‘Young PEN’ chapter.

The PEN International/New Voices Award builds on these ideas, simultaneously reconnecting with our past and moving into the future. The award is open to unpublished writers aged 18-30. The young writers must be nominated by their local PEN Centre: PEN International cannot receive entries directly from candidates.

See more at: http://www.pen-international.org/pen-internationalnew-voices-award/#sthash.cHcMScen.dpuf

The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award

Sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Department

Winning story: $1000

This contest is named in honour of Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in the founding of the magazine and has made an impact in the lives of many students in his longstanding role as lecturer at St. Jerome’s University.

The $1000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection.  Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. All submissions will be judged blind.

Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly

Eligiblity: Submissions must be previously unpublished. Entrants must be Canadian or currently residing in Canada. Writers must be in the early stages. We define a writer in the early stages as someone who has not yet published a first story collection or novel.

There is no word limit. Entrants’ anonymity will be carefully preserved throughout the judging process; please ensure that your name does not appear on your document. Decisions will be made by August 31; finalists will be notified by email.

Deadline: May 28, 2015

See more at: http://tnq.ca/contests#sthash.z6iLC4PS.dpuf

The Fiction Desk’s Flash Fiction Competition

We’re regularly approached by authors whose stories are too short to fit into our regular anthology series. In order to accommodate some of these shorter works, and provide more variety for our readers, we run an annual flash fiction competition.

The first prize for 2015 is £300. There is a second prize of £100 and a third prize of £50. The three winners will also be published in an upcoming Fiction Desk anthology.

Entries should be between 250 and 1,000 words in length. The entry fee is £5 per story, and the closing date is May 31st, 2015. Winners will be announced in July.

The competition will be judged by Rob Redman, editor of the anthology series and founder of The Fiction Desk.

For more details, please visit http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/flash-fiction-competition.php

Roundel Poetry Competition 2015

Judge: Susan Wicks

First Prize: £200    Second Prize: £100   Third Prize: £50

Closing Date: 31 May 2015

Entry fee: £3 per poem. No entry form needed. Open to anyone aged 18 or over. Poems are welcome on any subject. There is no limit to the number of entries per person. Each poem should be typed on a single A4 sheet. Your name must not appear on the poem. Please enclose a separate A4 sheet with your name, contact details, email address and title(s) of your poem(s).

Postal entries only.

For more details, please visit http://www.roundelpoetrytonbridge.com/competition.html

“Pro Forma” contest, Grist: The Journal for Writers, Spring 2015

Grist: The Journal for Writers is thrilled to announce our first annual contest: “Pro Forma.” We welcome submissions of unpublished creative work: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and/or hybrids that explore the relationship between content and form, whether the approach is experimental or conventional. As always, we want to celebrate writing that reveals knowledge of and respect for the formal elements and traditions with which it plays, and that shows an awareness of how text and reader interact.

Entry fee: $18 (includes one-year subscription to Grist)
Multiple submissions have the option of gifting the subscription or extending an existing subscription.

For longer works: no more than 5000 words
For shorter works: no more than 3-5 pieces
**Please indicate in the comments section on Submittable if your manuscript should be considered in a certain way (if three flash pieces or poems should be grouped together rather than read as separate pieces, for example).

First Prize: $750 plus publication in the print journal, two contributors’ copies, and a feature on our website
Second and Third Prizes: publication in the print journal, two contributors’ copies, and features on our website

Reading period: March 1 – May 31

Please submit your manuscript to Grist via our Submittable site.

See more at: http://gristjournal.com/pro-forma-contest/#sthash.xSkQWKi5.dpuf

Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Literary Contest

We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in F(r)iction. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $500 (USDA) for the short story winner, $150 (USDA) for the flash fiction winner, and $150 (USDA) for the poetry winner. Winners will be announced publicly in August. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors!

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Prize: $500 for Short Story, $150 for Flash Fiction, $150 for Poetry

Entry Fee: $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems

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

Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Short Story Contest

We are currently accepting short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words. The short story contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Prize: $500 and publication in the quarterly journal

Entry Fee: $15 per entry

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

Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest

We are currently accepting flash fiction submissions of 55, 250, or 500 words in length. The flash fiction contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Prize: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal

Entry Fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries

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

Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Poetry Contest

We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single-spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL online monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Prize: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal

Entry Fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries

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

Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

SPRING 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!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

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.

PROMPT:

OPEN PROMPT!

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

CONTEST DEADLINES:

FALL: September – November 30th 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED

WINTER: December – February 28th, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED

SPRING: March – May 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2015

Sponsored by the Frogmore Press

www.frogmorepress.co.uk

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

Readers’ Favorite 2015
International Book Award Contest

Become an award-winning author!

Deadline: June 1, 2015

We accept manuscripts, published and unpublished books, ebooks, audio books, comic books, poetry books and short stories in 100+ genres.

We do not have a publication date requirement or word count restriction. Entries are accepted worldwide as long as the work is in English.

For more details, visit https://readersfavorite.com/annual-book-award-contest.htm

The 2015 Fineline Competition for Prose Poems, Short Shorts and Anything In Between

Guidelines

Final Judge: Michael Czyzniejewski
First Prize: $1,000 and publication in MAR Volume XXXVI, Number 1.
Ten finalists: Notation and possible publication

Contest deadline is June 1, 2015.

Contest is for previously unpublished work only—if the work has appeared in print or online, in any form or part, or under any title, or has been contracted for such, it is ineligible and will be disqualified. There is a 500-word limit for each poem or short. A $10 entry fee (payable online for online submissions, or check or money order made out to Mid-American Review for submissions by post) is required for each set of three prose poems/short short stories. Entry fees are non-refundable. All participants will receive Mid-American Review v. XXXVI, no. 1, where the winners will be published. Submissions will not be returned. Manuscripts need not be left anonymous. Contest is open to all writers, except those associated with the judge or Mid-American Review, past or present. Our judge’s decision is final.

Note: All pieces submitted in verse form—i.e., poetry with line breaks—will be automatically disqualified, as will previously published work or pieces over 500 words.

For online submissions and online payment, please use our Submissions Manager.

Send all postal entries with check or money order to:
Mid-American Review
Department of English
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

For more details, visit http://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/fineline-competition/

The Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction

The first place and runner-up for the 2014 Hummingbird Prize are available in the Winter 2015 issue of Pulp Literature.

Contest opens: 1 May 2015
Deadline: 15 June 2015
Winner notified: 15 July 2015
Winner published in: Issue 9, Winter 2016
First Prize: $300
Runner up: $75

Entry fee: $15
Earlybird fee (before 15 May): $10
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction up to 1000 words in length.  Multiple entries welcome.  Total entries limited to 300.

4th Women Inspirational Poetry Contest

This is a call to all poets who write about WOMEN. Write about someone who inspires you. You may use a character depiction, a triumphant situation; can surprise us with your talent. ALL writers welcome; written in english, original and unpublished entries. Winners will be notified in August 2015 by Oneal Walters; their names and the title of their winning poems will be published on http://www.wipconline.com. All poems remain the property of the poet.

1st Place $500 US, Interview
2nd Place $300 US
3rd Place $200 US

Since writing is your passion, this contest is your chance to create the masterpiece that will showcase your talent for all to read and appreciate.

Submission fees

$31.00 US 1-2 poem submission.
$51.00 US 4 poem submission.

$41.00 US 3 poem submission.

Don’t miss your chance to be named the 2015, 4th Women Inspirational Poetry Contest Winner! Submit online at contest@wipconline.com

Deadline of June 24, 2015, WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON WIPC!

There are two options for the submission fee; through mail by money order or certified cheque, or online through Paypal.

Printed mail entries and submission fees mailed to:
Women Inspirational Poetry Contest
2 Bloor Street West, Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M4W 3R1

Make US money order or certified cheque payable to: Women Inspirational Poetry Contest.
Printed on a separate sheet of paper, please include your contact information (name, address, email and number)

Email entries to: contest@wipconline.com
Online orders are secure through Paypal. American, British and Canadian orders are accepted through Paypal.

For more details, visit http://wipconline.com/

Humour Verse Competition

Welcome to our Humour Verse Competition! Now in its fifth year. There is a scarcity of humour verse competitions with worthwhile prize money, even though there are huge numbers of people who like to write and read funny poems. So we at Flash 500 are rather proud of this one, which has grown into a must-enter competition for writers of humour verse.

What are we looking for? Any form of humour will be accepted, in any style, but the content must be original and it has to make us smile. Anything from a limerick to a poem of 32 lines in length is accepted.

The competition will be run quarterly with closing dates matching the Flash 500 competition: 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. The results will be announced within six weeks of closing date and the three winning entries each quarter will be published on this website.

Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, £2.50 for each poem thereafter

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First: £150 plus publication in Words with JAM

Second: £100

Third: £50

Payment options and entry instructions can be found on the Competition Entry Page

Fall Writing Contest

Dream of getting published but just can’t get your foot in the door? This contest is for you. Metamorphose is preparing for the Fall 2015 first issue, and your story could be published in it! How? Just enter the writing contest in the appropriate category. We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (3,001 to 7,500 words, fantasy/science fiction), and flash fiction contest (500-3000 words). We are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. The top 5 entries in each category will be published in the Fall 2015 first issue. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission. Winners will be announced publicly after August 1st. One entry per category. Eligible for one win only.* Judging is anonymous. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all authors!

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Prize: $25 per category (short fiction fantasy, short science fiction, flash fiction fantasy, flash science fiction)

Entry Fee: Free

URL: http://metamorphoselit.com/writing-contest/

Contact Info: Tammy Davies, metamorphosesubmissions@gmail.com

WRITING COMPETITION FOR 2015 ARTPRIZE ANTHOLOGY

Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, along with the Cascade Writers’ Group, invites authors from across the United States and the world to participate in the 2015 writing competition for Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology. This book is a collection of poems, short stories, and personal essays published every year during ArtPrize, an internationally-renowned art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The anthology also features images of ten significant works of art from past years of ArtPrize.  The selections in Imagine This! are the culmination of an annual nationwide anthology competition. A panel of well-read individuals from within the local Grand Rapids community selects the top 25 submissions to be published in the anthology. Of these, the top three are awarded impressive cash prizes:  $1000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place, and $250 for Third Place.

Deadline: June 30, 2015

For more details, visit http://readwritelive.org/anthology-competition-2015

The Chaucer Awards – Historical Fiction Contest 2015

Currently accepting entries.

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

For details, visit http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Historical-Fiction-Contest/p/21521105/category=5193080

2015 Banff Mountain Book Competition

Calling all authors and publishers!

The 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival’s international book competition is now underway.

Writers and publishers of new books with mountain and/or adventure-travel themes are invited to enter the 22nd annual competition — and we hope you have a book (or books!) to enter this year. View 2015 Competition entry details.

*NEW* in 2015: Mountaineering Article Award 

Entry deadline: June 30, 2015
Entry forms: For all entries – completed forms must be received by June 30.
(Online, or via mail or fax to the Festival office)
Books: For titles published before June 30, finished copies must be received at the Festival office before the deadline. For titles published after June 30, finished copies must be received by August 1.  See the competition regulations for details.

Early submission of books is encouraged and appreciated.

Please contact us at banffmountainbooks@banffcentre.ca for more information. *NEW* Mountaineering Article Award – Articles or short form essays with mountaineering, climbing or mountain adventure themes under 7,000 words. Articles may be fiction, historical or non-fiction narratives and are invited to be submitted by publishers and editors of print publications, not by individual authors. Articles must have been printed within the last two years to qualify for submission. Scholastic, research or scientific articles will not be accepted. Please email us for more information on submission guidelines. View FAQ for more information (pdf)

Adventure Travel — non-fiction books with a theme of travel to, and exploration of, remote and/or rugged landscapes and their cultures. Eligible for the Adventure Travel Award (English editions only)

Mountain Fiction and Poetry — includes fiction and poetry books with a focus on mountain topics. Creative narratives about climbing and mountaineering, exploration and mountain culture are acceptable. Eligible for the Mountain Fiction & Poetry Award (English editions only)

Mountain Guidebooks — non-fiction books dealing with physical activities in mountain environments; including hiking, climbing, mountaineering and “how-to” books. Eligible for the Mountain Guidebook Award (English editions only)

Mountain Image — includes books with a primary focus on mountain images and with text in a subordinate role. Images may include photographs or reproductions of artwork. Eligible for the Mountain Image Award (Publications in all languages are acceptable)

Mountain and Wilderness Literature, Non-Fiction — includes non-fiction books, such as memoirs, biographies and narratives on mountaineering, climbing history, mountain exploration, mountain culture, and human experiences of any kind in the mountain wilderness. Eligible for the Mountain & Wilderness Literature, The Jon Whyte Award (English editions only)

A Grand Prize will be awarded to a book chosen from amongst the winners in the above categories.

Entry Deadline is June 30, 2015

  • Read the regulations

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

Categories:

  • 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

Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest: The Guidelines

$22.00 USD, $12.00 USD

Ends on 7/10/2015

Submit 7,000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing. (Entries longer than 7,000 words will be disqualified.)

Previously published work is acceptable; please do not submit work that has won other humor prizes.

Submissions must be in English.

Submissions are not required to be in the style of Mark Twain or about Mark Twain. We want to hear your voice. And we want you to make us laugh!

Submissions will be judged by our Mark Twain House staff and scholars, Trinity College faculty, and celebrity judges (to be announced).

Submissions are due by July 10, 2015.

For more details, visit https://twainhouse.submittable.com/submit/38076

Summer 2015 Essay Contest

“Summer Reflections,” $1000 Prize

Write an original essay between 500 and 1000 words, inspired by the photograph on the site and the theme, “Summer Reflections” for an opportunity to win $1000 and publication.

Submissions may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story, as long as it creatively embodies the theme and photo. Please review our Submission Guidelines before submitting your manuscript. Entry Fee: $20 USD

Deadline: July 15, 2015

For more details, visit http://highfieldpress.wix.com/contests#!contests/c1xh4

Vallum Award for Poetry 2015

DEADLINE JULY 15, 2015 (postmark)

* CONTEST NOW OPEN *

1st Prize: $750

2nd Prize: $250

+ publication in Vallum

Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2015. This year’s contest judge is award-winning poet, Stephanie Bolster!

ENTRY FEE:

$25 CDN for Canadian residents, $25 USD for international entrants, which includes a free one-year subscription* to Vallum. Payment can be made by cheque (payable to “Vallum”) or through our online store hosted by PayPal.

For more information, visit http://www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html

The Laramie Awards – Western, Pioneer, Civil War Historical Fiction, Pre-1900s for 2015

Currently accepting entries.

Deadline: July 31, 2015

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

For details, visit http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Western-Pioneer-&-Civil-War-Historical-Fiction-Novels-Pre-1900s/p/21521125/category=5193080

Orlando Prize

Braced and strung up by the present moment she was also strangely afraid, as if every time the gulf of time gaped and let a second through some unknown danger might come with it.  The tension was too relentless and too rigorous to be endured long without discomfort.
—Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Biannual Deadlines:  January and July 31

Poetry (36 lines)
Flash Fiction (500 words) 
Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction (1500 words)

Submit Online

*Or download application form to submit and pay via post.

For more details, visit http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/awards/orlando/

The Chatelaine Awards – Romance Fiction Writing Contests 2015

Currently accepting entries.

Deadline: August 31, 2015

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

For details, visit http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Romance-&-Womens-Fiction-Writing-Contests/p/21521080/category=5193080

Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

75-100 page manuscript

$1,000 prize and publication

An entry fee of $25 must accompany the manuscript

Previously published eligible

Deadline: August 31, 2015

http://www.snakenationpress.org/submission-guidelines/

Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

No more than 50,000 word novella or 200 page manuscript of short stories will be accepted. Any well written manuscript on any topic will be considered. Previously published works may be entered.

An entry fee of $25 must accompany the submission.

$1,000 award and publication

Deadline: August 31, 2015

http://www.snakenationpress.org/submission-guidelines/

2015 NANO Prize

The seventh-annual NANO Prize, awarding publication and $1,000 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, will open on April 1, and this year’s contest will be judged by Amber Sparks!  All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in mid-September.

Rules and Guidelines: All entries must be unpublished and 300 words or fewer. While there will be only one winner of the contest, all submitted pieces will be considered for publication.

The entry fee is $20 for up to three shorts. Please paste all three works into the submission manager as one submission. You may enter as many times as you like. Each separate entry requires its own entry fee of $20. Entry fees are nonrefundable. Please withdraw your submission immediately if taken elsewhere.

The entrant’s name should not appear anywhere in the body of the submission.

Friends and family of the editors are not eligible to submit.

Click here to submit.

Deadline: September 1, 2015.

For more details, please visit http://nanofiction.org/submit

The Eldritch Press Dark Poetry contest is now open!

No Entry Fee.

We will announce the winners on Halloween.
Three poetry collections will be chosen for the following prizes:
First Place: $1500 and a three year publishing contract with Eldritch Press!
Second Place: $1000 and a two year publishing contract with Eldritch Press!
Third Prize: $500 and a one year publishing contract with Eldritch Press!

The winning Poetry Collections will be published in February of 2016.
Entry Deadline: September 30th.

Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Writing Contest 2015 – The Clue Awards

Currently accepting entries.

Deadline: September 30, 2015.

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

For details, visit http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Mystery-Thriller-Suspense-Writing-Contest/p/21521209/category=5193080

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by October 1, annually.

Fee: $15 check/money order/cash, made payable to Southeast Missouri State University Press, must accompany each entry. Fee includes a copy of Big Muddy in which the winning story appears.

Award, contest deadline of October 1, 2015: $500 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

For more details, visit http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress/Contests/WHFF.htm

Mighty River Short Story Contest

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by October 1, annually.

Fee: $20 check/money order/cash, made payable to Southeast Missouri State University Press, must accompany each entry. Fee includes a copy of Big Muddy in which the winning story appears.

Award, contest deadline of October 1, 2015: $1000 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

For more details, visit: http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress/Contests/MRSS.htm

Autumn 2015 Essay Contest

“A Majestic Fall,” $1000 Prize

Write an original essay between 500 and 1000 words, inspired by the photograph on the site and the theme, “A Majestic Fall” for an opportunity to win $1000 and publication.

Submissions may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story, as long as it creatively embodies the theme and photo. Please review our Submission Guidelines before submitting your manuscript. Entry Fee: $20 USD

Deadline: October 15, 2015

For more details, visit http://highfieldpress.wix.com/contests#!contests/c1xh4

Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition

Welcome to the second year of our Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition!

Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot? Have you honed the first chapter? Can you put together a compelling one page synopsis of the balance of the story? Yes? Then why not enter our Novel Opening Chapter competition and have your work judged by the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing? We welcome published, self-published and unpublished novelists. The only stipulation is that the entry must be unpublished.

We are looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story. If your chapter is longer than 3,000 words, DO NOT SUBMIT A LONGER MANUSCRIPT. Simply close the entry within the 3,000 word limit and make a note at the end (which will not be included in the word count) stating the chapter continues beyond this point.

This is an annual competition: entries open on 1st May and close on 31st October.

Entry fee: £10

Optional Critique of Chapter and Synopsis: £25

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First: £500

Runner up: £200

Payment options and entry instructions can be found on the

Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition Entry Page

The Paranormal Awards – Speculative Fiction Blue Ribbon Awards Writing Contest – 2015

Currently accepting entries.

Deadline: October 31st, 2015.

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

For more details, visit http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Paranormal-Writing-Competition/p/25917402/category=5193080

The Raven Short Story Contest

Our winning story for 2014, ‘The Inner Light’ by Krista Wallace will be published in issue 6, Spring 2015, along with the runner up ‘The Ravens’ by Anna Belkine.  Congratulations to both authors!

Contest opens: 15 September 2015
Deadline: 1 November 2015
Winner notified: 1 December 2015
Winner published in: Issue 10, Spring 2016
Prize: $500

Entry fee: $25
Earlybird fee (before 1 October): $20
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction up to 5000 words in length.  Multiple entries welcome.  Total entries limited to 100.

For more details, visit http://pulpliterature.com/contests/

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/

Contemporary & Mainstream Novel Writing Contest 2015

The Somerset Awards

1st Place Category Award Winners for the Somerset Awards will compete for the 2015 Grand Blue Ribbon Prize.

Deadline: November 30th, 2015.

Two Divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts

For details, visit http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Contemporary-&-Mainstream-Novel-Writing-Contest/p/21521214/category=5193080

Winter 2015 Essay Contest

“Winter Indigo”

Write an original essay between 500 and 1000 words, inspired by the photograph on the site and the theme, “Winter Indigo” for a chance to win $1000 and publication.

Submissions may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story, as long as it creatively embodies the theme and photo. Please review our Submission Guidelines before submitting your manuscript. Entry Fee: $20

Deadline: January 15, 2016

For more details, visit http://highfieldpress.wix.com/contests#!contests/c1xh4

FJORDS REVIEW ANNUAL CONTEST

Rolling deadlines

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

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

Neil Postman Award for Metaphor

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

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

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

Nonfiction Book Awards

Welcome to the NEW Nonfiction Book Awards! As an extension of the Nonfiction Authors Association, we are committed to honoring excellence in nonfiction books and welcome submissions by self-published and traditionally published authors alike, in both print and ebook formats. Publishers are also welcome to submit books for award consideration.

About the Nonfiction Book Awards

Our program honors books year-round so you can submit your entry at any time. Books are not judged against competing titles, but are reviewed by our judges based on a scoring system that evaluates the quality of the writing and production of the book (editing, design and other details). A book can receive a bronze, silver or gold award provided the final evaluation score qualifies. As with other awards programs, not all books receive an award, but many do.

Winning a Nonfiction Book Award is like adding a seal of approval to your book. It tells readers and media professionals that you have a high quality book worth reading!

Award recipients receive the following:

  • Beautiful award certificate mailed directly to you (or sent via email if outside of the U.S.)
  • Review posted to your book sales page on Amazon
  • Digital award badge for display on your website
  • Featured listing for your book on our website
  • Award stickers for your books, available for purchase

Additional Benefits of Winning a Book Award

Aside from the items listed above, winning a book award brings tremendous personal gratification.  You will instantly earn the title of “award-winning author!” This designation can be added to your marketing materials, website, author bio, and the cover of the book. When potential readers learn that a book has been honored with an award, it can help influence buying decisions.

We are proud to offer this program to nonfiction authors world-wide. We firmly believe that nonfiction books have the power to change the world and the Nonfiction Book Awards provides a powerful way to help elevate the status of your book.

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

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

http://thistledewtheatre.blogspot.com/

 

Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.

! Competition !

Monthly themed monologues and short plays needed.  On-going, no submission fee, no deadline.   This is a competition with one winner per production: $25.00.

Continuing call:   No fees… no deadlines….

Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR

Zone 3 Nonfiction Award

Zone 3 is accepting submissions for its nonfiction contest. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Nonfiction Award” for your genre, and upload your essay. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one essay with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline.  All entrants will receive a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

Zone 3 Fiction Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its twelfth annual fiction award. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Fiction Award” for your genre, and upload your story. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one story with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

Zone 3 Poetry Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry award. Submit up to three poems via our online submissions manager. Click here to log in and upload your poems; choose “Zone 3 Poetry Award” for your genre. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website.  Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests

Prizes

Winner- The winner will have their answer published, receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs), and $1000. There will be one winner.

Finalists- The finalists will be published and receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs). There will be two finalists.

Who May Submit

Submissions are open to all US and Canada residents (except Quebec) above the age of 18. Submission is free. You may submit up to 10 entries per question. Submissions cannot be the work of multiple authors.

How and What to Submit

IMPORTANT: failure to adhere to the following may result in disqualification. See Official Rules for complete details.

  • All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.
  • To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to submit@wieldingpowerpublishing.com

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

Ongoing deadlines.

Hillerman Prize

Sponsored by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, the Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded annually for the best first mystery set in the Southwest. The winner receives a contract with St. Martin’s Press for publication of the novel and $10,000. Named after New Mexico’s best known mystery author, the Tony Hillerman Prize competition is open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published mystery, or under contract with a publisher for publication of a mystery. Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with the emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.

Only one manuscript entry is permitted per writer. All entries must be received or postmarked no later than June 1 of the given year. All manuscripts submitted: a) must be original works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language by the contestants; b) must not violate the rights of any third party, and c) must generally follow the guidelines.

For details, visit http://www.hillermanprize.com/

Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry

Ekphrasis is a poetry journal looking for well-crafted poems, the main content of which addresses individual works from any artistic genre. Please identify the specific work that is the focus of your poem. Acceptable ekphrastic verse transcends mere description: it stands as transformative critical statement, an original gloss on the individual art piece it addresses.

All poems published in Ekphrasis within a given calendar year will be considered for the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry.

The winning poem will be selected by the editors of Ekphrasis.

No entry fees are required and there is no self-nomination procedure for the prize.

For submission guidelines, visit http://www.ekphrasisjournal.com/home

GLENNA LUSCHEI PRIZE FOR AFRICAN POETRY

Under the auspices of the African Poetry Book Fund and in partnership with the literary journal, Prairie Schooner, is an annual award of USD $5,000. Named for the literary philanthropist Glenna Luschei, this Pan African Poetry Prize is the only one of its kind in the world and was established to promote African poetry written in English or in translation and to recognize a significant book published each year by an African poet.

Each year, the prize will be judged by an internationally renowned poet. This judge for the inaugural prize is Nigerian poet and novelist Chris Abani.

Manuscripts are accepted annually between May 1st and July 1st.

For details, visit http://africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/?page_id=21#glenna

2014 Bellevue Literary Review Prizes

The annual Bellevue Literary Review Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. The contest is open each year from February 1 – July 1.

The winners of the 2014 prizes are Abby Horowitz for “Pediatricology” (fiction), Will McGrath for “Forty-One Months” (nonfiction), and Laurie Clements Lambeth for “Chronic Care: ‘Broken Leg’ by Keith Carter, Photograph” (poetry). Find out more.

Contest guidelines

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

Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award

Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice to be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family.

For more details and to submit, visit http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/

The reading period for the award will be the month of February for the issue that publishes in June, and the month of August for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.

EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

2015 Frye Festival

WHEN: April 25 – May 3, 2015

WHERE: Greater Moncton, NB

The Frye Festival is Atlantic Canada’s largest literary happening. Each year in the month of April, English- and French- speaking authors from all regions of Canada—and from around the world—arrive in Greater Moncton, New Brunswick, to take part in the Frye Festival. They participate in readings, jams, panel discussions, school visits, workshops, book clubs, book launches and many other events.

For details, visit http://www.frye.ca/index.php/en/

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.

Details: http://www.travelwritersconference.com/register/

The Muse and The Marketplace 2015: Write What You Love, Sell What You Write

GrubStreet’s 14th annual Muse & The Marketplace conference takes place May 1-3, 2015 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The Muse 2015 features over 110 craft and publishing sessions with an amazing lineup of authors, including Lynne Barrett, Charles Baxter, Richard Blanco, Rafael Campo, Joy Castro, Robert Cohen, Benoit Denizet-Lewis, Rebecca Goldstein, Joe Henry, Alice Hoffman, Ann Hood, Maya Shanbhag Lang, Elinor Lipman, Sue Miller, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Celeste Ng, Qais Akbar Omar, Steven Pinker, Heidi Pitlor, Roxana Robinson, Anita Shreve, Brando Skyhorse, Justin Torres, and many more, including the GrubStreet National Book Prize winner in Fiction, to be announced in early March. These authors will join over thirty “A La Carte” presenters from around the country who proposed a wide range of “muse” and “marketplace” topics from writing the graphic novel to understanding book sales algorithms.

Our three-day literary conference gives aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of fiction and non-fiction, prepares them for the changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking. Established and emerging authors lead 110+ interactive Sessions on the craft of writing – the “muse” side of things – while editors, literary agents and other industry professionals tackle the business side – the “marketplace.” Though 800+ presenters and participants will attend, GrubStreet creates a wonderfully intimate atmosphere designed to give everyone access to the wealth of talent on both sides of the classroom.

NFWC 2015 – Our Best Event Yet!

The 5th annual Nonfiction Writers Conference takes place May 6-8, 2015. As with our previous events, this is conducted via teleseminar (participate via phone or Skype) with 15 top speakers over three days (recordings and transcripts available).

Speakers for NFWC 2015 include:

  • Julia Cameron – The Writer’s Way: Q&A With a Legendary Author
  • Dan Poynter – From Author to Speaker: How to Sell More Books and Fill Your Speaking Calendar
  • Mark Coker – Hot Promotion Strategy: Sell Ebook Preorders
  • Michael Larsen – Special Event: Pitch the Agent!
  • Cathey Armillas – How to Pitch, Prepare and Deliver a Killer TED Talk
  • Bob Erdmann – Build Your Foreign Rights Revenue Stream
  • John Lee Dumas – Podcasting for Promotion and Profit
  • Pam Lontos – Publicity Strategies That Get Results
  • Joanna Penn – How to Make a Living from Your Writing
  • Joel Friedlander – Essentials for Author Websites, Blogs and Book Sales Pages
  • Dana Lynn Smith – How to Launch and Market Your Book
  • Amy Collins – Book Distribution 101: How to Get Into Bookstores and Beyond
  • Maria Nemeth – From Author to Coach: Build a Thriving Coaching Practice Around Your Book
  • Roger C. Parker – Write Three Books This Year! (Or, How to Write Faster)
  • Stephanie Chandler – Social Media for Authors: Proven Tactics to Build Your Audience and Sell More Books

Pull up a seat on your couch and join us as 15 industry leaders cover how to publish, promote, and profit with nonfiction books!

Details and registration:  

http://NonfictionWritersConference.com.

Write on the French Creative Writing Retreat
May 8 – 13, 2015
To refresh your keyboard-weary fingers, we invite you to attend the 4th annual Write on the French Creative Writing Retreat at the spectacular Lodge at Pine Cove.

For six days, hone your fiction and non-fiction skills with three of Canada’s craftiest writers: novelist and freelancer Don Gillmor; Toronto Star feature writer and novelist Oakland Ross; and The New Quarterly’s own non-fiction editor and memoirist Susan Scott. Writers of all skill levels welcome.

Delight in the Lodge’s riverside cottages. Find inspiration in the French River’s crystal waters. Discover The Lodge at Pine Cove, Ontario’s top-rated lodge.

For more information or to register, contact Nicola Ross at nicola@frenchriver.com.

The 4th Annual River Teeth Nonfiction Conference

May 29-31, 2015

Join the community of nonfiction writers in Ashland, Ohio for a weekend of manuscript consultations, seminars, and readings, all focused on the craft of nonfiction. The conference will emphasize essay, memoir, literary journalism, and building the kind of relationships that sustain writers throughout the writing process, from early draft all the way through to book promotion.

REGISTER NOW

2015 Saskatchewan Festival of Words

WHEN: July 16-19, 2015

WHERE: Moose Jaw, SK

The Saskatchewan Festival of Words (established in 1996) is a registered charity and non-profit organization that holds an annual literary festival the third weekend in July with 60 events over 4 days in and around historic downtown Moose Jaw. The festival showcases literary talent from all over Canada including many award winners. Over the 4 days of the festival we have workshops for all ages, reading sessions, concerts, film, panel discussions, interviews, music, theatre, and even a slam poetry competition!

Our year round programming includes the monthly Performer’s Café open mic night, Cineview series (independent and foreign film), musical performances, as well as workshops and author readings.

Find out more at http://www.festivalofwords.com/

4th Guernsey Literary Festival: 16-20 September, 2015

The 4th Guernsey Literary Festival will feature writers Will Self, Sophie Hannah, and A.L. Kennedy, as well as children’s book illustrator Korky Paul.

For more details, visit http://www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com/

The Word on the Street

National Book & Magazine Festival

WHEN: September 2015

WHERE: Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener, Toronto, Halifax

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word.
Each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere.

There is always plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, and best of all, The Word On The Street and all of its events are FREE!

For details, visit http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/

2015 Kingston WritersFest

WHEN: September 23-25, 2015-01-30

WHERE: Kingston, ON

Kingston WritersFest, a charitable cultural organization, brings the best of contemporary writers to Kingston to interact with audiences and other artists for mutual inspiration, education, and the exchange of ideas that literature provokes.

Through readings, performance, onstage discussion and master classes, Kingston WritersFest fosters intellectual and emotional growth on a personal and community level and raises the profile of reading and literary expression in our community.

Read more at https://www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/

RESOURCES

Check out our new page containing live links to Grants, Fellowships, and Residencies

https://thewritingpool.com/grants-fellowships-and-residencies.php

Serial Eyes

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.

Details: http://serial-eyes.de/

FANSNEXTDOOR

http://www.fansnextdoor.com/en

Another crowdfunding site. FansNextdoor is a platform for all creative 
professionals to promote and fund their projects together with their 
fans. Create your project, its financing goal and deadline. If the 
financing goal is met or exceeded by deadline, all contributions are 
transferred to your PayPal account. If the financing goal is not met, 
all funds are returned.

INDIEGOGO

http://www.indiegogo.com

IndieGoGo offers anyone with an idea — creative, cause-related, 
entrepreneurial — the tools to build a campaign and raise money. 
Project categories include gaming, film, design, education, mobile, 
and technology. Integrates with Facebook, Twitter, and other social 
media platforms. Offers a widget to showcase your campaign on your 
website. Unlike many crowdfunding sites, you keep all the money you 
raise, even if you don’t meet your goal. Track contributions with 
the analytics tools and stay on top of fulfillment with the dashboard. 
There is a 4 percent fee on the money you raise when you meet your 
funding goal.

Kickstarter

Kickstarter has launched in Canada, and The Banff Centre is getting involved.

Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding platform for creative projects ranging from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. If you’re currently seeking funding for a project you want to pursue at The Banff Centre, we want you to join us on Kickstarter. Contact us so we can support you by curating your project on our Kickstarter page (please include a link to the project).

View some projects on Kickstarter that successfully reached their funding goals and made their way to The Banff Centre. As you send us your projects, we’ll continue to curate them on our Kickstarter page. If you’re an alumni or your project has already been successfully funded, we’d still love to showcase your work. Get in touch!

 Have questions? Find answers on Kickstarter’s FAQ pages.

Online Writing Classes

FanStory.com is a writing site founded in 2000.

On this writing community all posts receive feedback from writers and readers. Feedback includes a detailed comment on the posted work and a rating. The site uses a six star ratings scale with “1” being the worst and “6” being the best.

Writers are ranked based on the feedback they receive. Separate rankings are available for Poets, Novelists, Short Works (short stories and essays) and Script Writers (television and other forms of screenplays). Trophies are rewarded to the top five writers in each of the individual rankings at the end of the year.

The site recognizes writing with “Recognized”, “All Time Best” and “Seal of Quality” levels. Each level is more difficult to receive with the final level determined by the Seal of Quality committee. The committee is made up of published authors and stand-out reviewers. They offer feedback to help writers get published.

The site features free writing contests with cash prizes. Site members also have the ability to create their own contests to challenge other writers to write about a specific topic or a specific form of writing (such as writing using specific poetry format).

The welcome page includes featured writing. It also includes writing that has been well received in the past 24 hours.

Each day over 200 stories and poems are posted. Over 7,000 comments are written on the writing posted daily. Writers keep full copyright to their posted work.

PEERBACKERS

http://www.peerbackers.com

Peerbackers is for business owners to raise capital from their peers — 
in small increments — in exchange for tangible rewards. Create a 
personal and venture profile. Share your story through social media 
share buttons on your project page. Once your campaign is launched, 
send updates on your progress. If you reach at least 80 percent of your 
funding goal by deadline, your funding is released to you. Peerbackers 
charges a 5 percent fee, in addition to third party processing fees.

PLACES FOR WRITERS

There are a number of interesting calls with deadlines coming up shortly. For more information visit: http://www.placesforwriters.com/calls/

Plum Alley

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

https://plumalley.co/en/projects

Public Engagement in the Arts

The Canada Council is launching a dialogue about how the arts bring value to the lives of Canadians and we invite you to join the conversation.
Read the discussion paper, Public Engagement in the Arts, on current thinking and practices in public engagement or check out Simon Brault’s blog post on ways Canadians can have rich artistic experiences. Then share your thoughts on how to become actively engaged in the arts. Tell us what public engagement in the arts means to you by posting comments on the blog, on our Facebook page or on Twitter at hashtag #artsandpublic.
In its 2011-16 Strategic Plan, the Council identified public engagement in the arts as a strategic theme that infuses all of its work. We hope to broaden and enhance the public conversation about this topic and use this discussion to inform the development of future Council activities.

unbound

Unbound is a new way to connect authors and readers. Authors present a pitch, you pledge, and when the goal is reached the book is written. It’s really that simple.

Writers’ Coalition – Benefits You Can Afford

Join the Writers’ Coalition program today – as long as you’re a resident of Canada and under the age of 71, you are eligible to join.

There is no medical required to join so you will not be refused coverage for pre-existing conditions – it is guaranteed acceptance.

The program offers a pay direct drug/dental card that is accepted nationally at pharmacies and dental offices across the country which means direct settlement of prescription drug claims (you pay only your portion at the pharmacy) and no waiting for re-imbursement on dental claims (no submission of a paper claim and your re-imbursement cheque is usually in the mail within 4 or 5 working days).

The Writers’ Coalition

  • Not-for-profit insurer
  • Unbeatable service – we only service artists
  • Affordable, comprehensive coverage
  • Convenience of a drug/dental card
  • Medical is not required to purchase coverage
  • Access to other insurance offerings, including home/auto

http://www.writerscoalition.com

writerscoalition@actrafrat.com

1 800-387-8897 x238

WRITING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

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

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

 

Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing

Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations

Creative Writing

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

PUBLICATIONS & PUBLISHING

Authority Publishing for Non-fiction Authors

http://authoritypublishing.com/

Authorspress

Publishers of Scholarly Books

New Delhi, India

Website: www.authorspressbooks.com

Blog: www.authorspressbooks.wordpress.com

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

Email id: info@authorspressbooks.com

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO EBOOKS

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

Book Markets for Children’s Writers 2014

brokenpencil

The magazine of zine culture and independent arts

http://www.brokenpencil.com/

Commonwealth Writers: A world of new fiction

                                           http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/

GOOSE LANE EDITIONS

http://gooselane.com/submissions.php

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

Guide to Canadian Copyright

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

107 Countries, 193 Airlines, 212 Publications!

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

In-Flight Magazines Report

INKSHARES

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.

https://www.inkshares.com

The Journaling Place

http://www.createwritenow.com/

 

Get started: write a journal!

MADE IN BANFF

New newsletter weekly!

The Banff Centre Blog

http://www.banffcentre.org

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers 2014

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

THE MALAHAT REVIEW

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

Summer issue of Malahat lite and Malahat Review now available!

Mythic Dragon Publishing

~We are on the hunt for compelling stories with unique characters,

engaging settings, and intense conflict.~

If this fits your manuscript(s), we invite you to submit your story.

We publish almost all genres.

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

Neon

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

PEACHTREE PUBLISHERS

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

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

PEN Canada

envisions a world where

writers are free to write,

readers are free to read,

and freedom of expression prevails

http://pencanada.ca

Scriggler

is a writing, blogging and debating platform.

A place for anyone who wants to write and read on any topic,

in any level of detail.

See more at: https://scriggler.com/

Shelf Unbound

New issue of Shelf Unbound!

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

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

VerbalArt

http://www.verbalart.in/submission.php

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.

WARREN PUBLISHING

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

Currently searching for the following manuscripts:

Non-fiction (psychology, sociology, sustainable living and building topics)

Health and Wellness, including nutrition topics

Fiction (historical, suspense, general fiction)

Mind-Body-Spirit topics

Young Adult (pre-teen and young adult)

Children’s (for ages 2 up through 12)

Coffee Table Books (travel, photography, biography, cooking and lifestyle topics)

Worldwide Freelance Writer

Worldwide Freelance Writer – Discover Writer Guidelines for 2,000 Writing Markets

WOW! Women on Writing

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

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

Writers Digest

http://www.writersdigest.com/

Writing Raw

http://writingraw.com/

The April Edition of WritingRaw.com is NOW online! Stop in and discover a new voice today… Help spread the word and share this with anyone who enjoys the written word. We are looking for submissions for the May issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions.

The Weekly Writing Post is brought to you by

The Writing Pool

http://www.thewritingpool.com

 

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