TWP Weekly Writing Post™ 2015 August 30-September 5 Edition

The Writing Pools  Weekly Writing PostTM

2015 August 30-September 5 Edition

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Holy Tamale is it September already? That means the year is three quarters gone, school is starting in a week, and before you know it, it will be Christmas again! I know, eh. A friend of mine started her Christmas countdown at 122 days. That’s just barely 4 months. This is just proof that time is relative. When I was a kid, it seemed like it took forever from one Christmas to the next. The schooldays always dragged on before the weekends came up. The days were so long and calendar pages flipped over very slowly. It’s just the opposite now. It feels like I just took down my Christmas decorations, summer just started, my tomato plant isn’t even half the size it grew to last year, there never is enough time in a day to finish everything, and I have a calendar that I don’t see half the pictures of because I forget to flip it over each month.

Meanwhile, I’m behind my writing schedule, I haven’t opened my French books all summer, I’ve got projects and plans in the making, and I need to set up my new online store, which, I know, will take hours and hours. The good thing about it, though, is that I am becoming better at taking things one day at a time. The down side is that there is less of a sense of urgency to anything. Come to think of it, I have never really obsessed or worried about the future. It’s probably from hearing that song over and over again when I was a kid: “Que sera sera, what will be, will be.”

What is keeping you busy and how do you face each new day? Share it with us on The Writing Pool .

Happy writing!

~cpl

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.                                                                                         ~Flannery O’Connor

NEWS

A Room of Her Own Foundation

The deadline for the next To the Lighthouse & Clarissa Dalloway Book Prizes, judged by Alicia Ostriker and Kate Gale respectively, is April 1st, 2016.

PEI LOCAL/ATLANTIC

Party @ the Library!

The Trustees of the Legislative and Public Library and the Friends of the Confederation Centre Public Library cordially invite you to join in a celebration to mark 50 years of service of the Confederation Centre Public Library.

Patron Appreciation Day, 11-3 p.m.

Tuesday September 1, 2015

refreshments, stickers, prizes

Birthday party 2-4 p.m.

Wednesday September 2, 2015

Remarks @ 2 p.m.; cake cutting 2:30 p.m.

Music & mingle from 3-4 p.m.

Book Launch: A Sea Glass Journey

Join Teri Hall, a sea glass jeweler and collector, Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 pm at Confederation Centre Public Library for a discussion of all things sea glass. In her new book, A Sea Glass Journey, Hall describes the origins of sea glass, where the best locations are, the rarity of colours and the various shapes and treasures that are discovered along our shores.  Hall will be talking about her experience finding sea glass, and signing copies of her new book.

Jeff Bursey to Launch Mirrors on Which Dust has Fallen

Jeff Bursey will be launching his new novel, Mirrors on Which Dust has Fallen (Verbivoracious Press), at 7:00 p.m. on 10 September 2015 at The Carriage House, Charlottetown. This is a hard-edged satire about faith, sex, art, and business set in the same city (Bowmount) and time period (1995) as his first book, the critically acclaimed Verbatim: A Novel. The Bookmark will be present to handle sales.

PEI Author & Illustrators Festival 2015

The first ever PEI Author & Illustrators Festival will be held in November 2015. The Festival will gather writers, poets, and illustrators on PEI to showcase and sell their published works. Anyone who wishes to join the festival should join the Facebook group here: http://on.fb.me/1hLivWl. It will also be an opportunity for readers to meet the literati and purchase signed copies of their works. More updates to follow.

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 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 Beacon Literary Award

If you are a writer or know of one working on a social justice novel or who has one stashed somewhere, please consider entering it in the Beacon Award competition. There is much more information on our website http://www.beaconliteraryaward.ca .

The new deadline is September 1, 2015.

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.

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.

CONTESTS AND CALLS

See more at www.thewritingpool.com

3rd Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition

Competition Overview

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from the 14th of April 2015, five words are posted on this competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.

The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January 2016.

For more details, please visit http://www.obheal.ie/blog/?page_id=2371

Glimmer Train 2015 SUBMISSION CALENDAR AND CATEGORIES

We have five submission categories from which to choose, including our standard category (no reading fees and payment for accepted pieces is $700), and four contests (reading fees allow for 1st place prizes from $1,500 to $2,500). Contests vs. standards. Click on the names of the categories for details.

NOTE: There is always a one-week grace period after the deadline.

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in January, April, July, and October.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in February, May, August, November.

Fiction Open (1st place – $2,500): Welcome in June and December.

Family Matters (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in March and September.

Standard Category ($700): Welcome in January, May, September.

The Monthly Writing Contest

Here at Writing Maps we believe good writing should be encouraged, cherished, shared, and most importantly, published.

We hold a monthly Writing Maps Writing Contest to coincide with the launch each month of a new Writing Map product. We challenge you to write and share a 150-word piece in response to our Prompt of the Month.

Each month’s two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, the new Writing Maps Journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months. The first issue appeared in September 2014. Winning entries will also receive free Writing Maps and contributor copies of The A3 Review.

To make sure you don’t miss future contests, you can sign up to our newsletter by clicking on this link. Follow us on Twitter for conversation, updates and inspiration.

The Rules:

  1. Entry is $5 (approx £3). Multiple entries accepted.
  2. Enter online through Submittable. Click here to enter.
  3. The contest closes at midnight (GMT) on the fourth Saturday of the month.
  4. Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible.
  5. The Writing Maps Writing Contest is open to all writers over 16.
  6. There is no restriction on theme or style. We encourage prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories and hybrid forms.
  7. Maximum number of words is 150.

For more details, please visit http://www.writingmaps.com/pages/contest

Flash Fiction Competition

Now in its sixth year, this quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £200 and £100

Marriage

Deadline: August 31, 2015

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about MARRIAGE.

Send us your true stories of arranged marriages or shotgun weddings; walking down the aisle or running from the altar; mail-order brides or stay-at-home dads. We’re looking for a variety of perspectives—from fiancés to florists; ministers to marriage counselors; divorce attorneys to wedding planners.

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 “Marriage” issue of the magazine.

Deadline August 31, 2015. 

For more details, please visit https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/marriage

“Love Wins” Essay Competition

August 31, 2015 Deadline

·       Celebrity Judge: Thea Gill (Queer as Folk)

·       Deadline: August 31, 2015 at Midnight

·       Top Award: $1,000 and publication

·       Subject: What does the Marriage Equality ruling mean to you?

·       Guidelines: No restrictions as to style. 4,500 words or less

·       Learn More Here

http://submit.newmillenniumwritings.org/

The National Poetry Review Book Prize

Submit 45-80 pages of poetry with a $27 reading fee, a cover letter with your bio and your manuscript’s acknowledgments  (no SASEs please; manuscripts will be recycled. Check website for winners.).  Please do not folder, bind, fasten, or clip your manuscript in any way. The winner of The National Poetry Review Book Prize will receive $1000 plus publication and 15 copies of the book. All entrants will be considered for publication.

Postmark Deadline:  August 31, 2015. 

For more details, please visit http://home.comcast.net/~sagecj/tnprbookprize.html

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

Deadline: August 31st, 2015

All entrants to Barthelme prize receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast, beginning with the year in which the corresponding prize winner is published.

For more details, please visit https://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/barthelme-prize/

THE SEVENTH ANNUAL
GeminiMAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

GRAND PRIZE: $1,000

Second Place: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $5 ($4 for each additional entry)
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Maximum length: 1,000 words

All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
October 2015 Issue of Gemini

ANY SUBJECT, STYLE OR GENRE:
Experimental, mainstream, noir, fantasy, humor, erotica….
Anything goes as long as it’s unpublished.
Work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.

ALL ENTRIES ARE READ BLIND SO
EVERYONE GETS AN EQUAL CHANCE

For more details, please visit http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

Spring 2016 SKYROCKET REVIEW

SHORT STORY & POETRY CONTEST

The Grand Prize winner will receive $200. First place for both poetry & short story category will each receive $50 (paid via Paypal). Winners will be published in the inaugural issue of SKYROCKET REVIEW. All entries will automatically be considered for publication. Published entries will receive a complimentary copy of the review, which will be published on or before January 15, 2016.

Eligibility: All writers, whether previously published or not, are eligible to enter. However, submissions should be UNPUBLISHED. Each entrant may submit more than one story or collection of poems, but a separate entry fee must be paid for each. Submissions must be in English.

Entry Fees:  $ 8.00 for 1-3 poems & $ 15.00 per short story. Payment must be received via paypal prior to submission. (Use links below.) If you would prefer to pay by check, please email us to obtain directions.

Deadlines:  Entries will be accepted through midnight on August 31, 2015. Winners will be announced on or before November 15, 2015.

For more details, please visit http://www.skyrocketpress.com/#!writing-contest/cigi

Tethered by Letters’ Summer 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: August 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’ Summer 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: August 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’ Summer 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: August 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’ Summer 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: August 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

SWITCHBACK MAGAZINE PRIZES

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN!

Switchback is an online publication of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. We are a biannual journal because that’s about all we can handle. We generally open submissions for a few months at a time, then catch our breath while we put together the issue. Right now we’re accepting submissions for Switchback Issue 22, to be published in Fall 2015.

To be considered for our spring issue, you must have submitted your work no later than 11:59pm (PST) on Monday, August 31, 2015.

For our next issue, an Editor’s Prize will be awarded in the amount of $200.00 to the submission we find the most inspiring, jarring, outstanding, or just downright brilliant. Additional prizes in the amounts of $75.00 and $50.00 will be awarded to the first two runners-up. There is, amazingly, no fee to enter!

Please read the guidelines below carefully before submitting. On behalf of everyone here at Switchback, thank you for considering us!

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/

4th Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Contest

The 4th Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Contest is now open for submissions through September 1, 2015, accepted online only through phren-Z’s Submittable submission page. Entry fee is $15 per submission. Submissions may contain up to three poems. The prize is $1,000.

For more details, please visit http://phren-z.org/

Black Warrior Review Contests

2015 Nonfiction Contest / Judge: Mary Roach

$20.00 USD, $30.00 USD

Ends on 9/1/2015

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR.  The entry fee covers one 7,000 word nonfiction submission.

2015 Poetry Contest / Judge: Heather Christle

$20.00 USD, $30.00 USD

Ends on 9/1/2015

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR.  The entry fee covers one packet of up to three poems. Only the first three poems of each packet will be read.

2015 Prose Contest / Judge: Alissa Nutting

$20.00 USD, $30.00 USD

Ends on 9/1/2015

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word prose submission.

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

The 2015 Siskiyou Prize

Judge: Ann Pancake

The winner will receive:

  • A cash award of $1,000
  • An offer of publication from Ashland Creek Press
  • A four-week residency at PLAYA (Details below)

The contest is open to unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections.

Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books).

Deadline: September 1, 2015

For more details, please visit http://siskiyouprize.com/

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

Dogwood Annual Literary Contest

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose will open on July 1 for its 2015-2016 contest and non-contest submissions! A prize of $1000 goes to one winning entry, and you have until September 5 to send us your brilliance.

Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. Entry fee is $10 (down from $15 last year); all submissions considered for publication in the lucky 13th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Non-contest entries will also be considered; please submit under the “Non-Contest” tab with the $3 processing fee. Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2016 and published in the 2016 issue of Dogwood. All entrants receive an electronic PDF of the journal.

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

STRAIGHTFORWARD

This contest’s premise is about technique, not content. Your story can be about almost anything you like*, but all of your story’s events must be presented in chronological order. In other words, time must move only forward in your story—NO FLASHBACKS ARE ALLOWED. (No “flash forwards,” either—meaning no glimpses of the future that return the story to the present.) Start at some point in time, take us “straight forward” through the story’s events, and end when it’s over.

Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that clearly uses the contest premise.

*The permanent rule of “No children’s fiction, no exploitative sex, and no over-the-top gross-out horror” still applies.

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Saturday, September 5, 2015.

For more details, please visit http://www.onthepremises.com/current_contest.html

The Superhero Origins Story Contest

Superheroes rule the world, or at least the box-office in the summer time. The origin stories of superheroes are some of the most interesting and fascinating parts of the story. Spiderman received his power through a radioactive spider. Superman was born on a dying alien planet and brought his abilities to earth. The X-Men are mutants.

The goal of this contest is to create your own superhero with their own unique abilities and tell their origin story. How did they become a superhero?

The minimum length of the story is 500 words, the maximum 5,000 (recommended length is between 1,500 – 2,500 words).

Start: July 31, 2015

Deadline: September 13, 2015

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

Prize: First Place: $100, 2 Runner-ups: $50.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1gIqYsZ

7th Annual Dialogue Only Rules and Guidelines

The Rules: Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2000 words. Your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). These are the only rules. Manipulate them however you see fit. Check out past winners and read our tips for writing good dialogue before submitting your entry.

The Winner: The winning entry will be the story that most effectively uses dialogue to deliver a powerful and engaging story.

Entry Fee: $10 for unlimited entries (only one entry allowed at a time; see Response/Notification section for more details). Entry fee is due at time of submission and will be collected through Submittable.

Deadline: September 15, 2015

For more details, please visit http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm

 

2015 Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest

Judge: lê thi diem thúy

We are now accepting submissions for the Fifth Annual Les Figues NOS Book Contest!

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press will be given for the winning poetry or prose manuscript.

Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, translations, and all forms not otherwise specified.

Prize: $1,000 + Publication

Deadline: September 15, 2015

All entrants receive a Les Figues title of their choosing (see submission form for complete list of available titles).

Click here to submit (and read the full contest guidelines).

The Raven Short Story Contest

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

Entry fee: $25
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, please visit http://pulpliterature.com/contests/

MSLexia Women’s Novel Competition 2015

1st prize: £5,000

The winner and four other finalists will receive manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy and and an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.

Entry fee: £25 per novel

To enter, please submit the first 5,000 words of your completed novel, which must total at least 50,000 words.

Judges: Judges: Marina Lewycka (novelist), Juliet Mushens (literary agent), Di Speirs (Books Editor, BBC Radio & Music Production)

Please read the competition rules before entering. For any questions about your entry, email novel@mslexia.co.uk or call 0191 204 8860 to speak to a real person.

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

  • Entries must be a maximum of 6,000 words
  • Submissions for the 2015 Award will be accepted from Sunday 26 July 2015
  • The DEADLINE for receipt of entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday 24 September 2015

For more details, please visit http://www.booktrust.org.uk/stefg/entry-form

The Light Verse Unlimited quarterly competition

Competitions for light verse are few and far between, so what better way to support the development and maintenance of this site than to run one of our own? The competition cycle restarts every three months, and results will be available within six weeks of each closing deadline.

Why ‘Unlimited’? There is no set theme or form, and (unusually) no length limit for entries.

Please visit http://www.writerscomp-resources.com/index.php/competition for more details.

Prizes

  • 1st: £150
  • 2nd: £100
  • 3rd: £50

Entry fees

  • 1 poem: £3.50
  • 2 poems: £7.00
  • 3 poems: £10.50
  • 4 poems: £11.00

Current competition

Judge: Martin Parker

Closing date: September 30th 2015

Alfie Dog Fiction International Short Story Competition

Closing Date 30th September

First Prize is £200 AND publication of a short story collection of between 35,000 and 40,000 words with editorial support for completion if needed. The collection will be made available as an ebook through major outlets and Amazon. The paperback will be available from Amazon and Alfie Dog Fiction. In addition to this, the author will receive 5 free copies of the paperback and will earn royalties on all further sales for as long as the book remains in circulation. Royalties are paid at 50% of all net receipts.

Second Prize will be a full critique of stories to a total maximum word count of 10,000 words.

The Winners will be announced by 30th November 2015, together with the short-listed entrants.

Winners and those shortlisted will be notified by email prior to publication of the results on the site.

Rules

The competition is open to any writer over the age of 18 writing in the English language.

The closing date for entries is midnight UK time on 30th September 2015.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1GSPhfY

North Colorado Writers Poetry Contest

SUBMISSION PERIOD: July 1-September 30, 2015
Poems can be in any style, up to 250 lines. Submit up to three poems per entry fee in this category (see submission formatting instructions below). The final judge for poetry is Colorado’s new Poet Laureate, Joseph Hutchison.

For more details, please visit the official contest website.

Akron Poetry Prize

The Akron Series in Poetry was founded to bring to the public writers who speak in original and compelling voices. Each year, The University of Akron Press offers the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives $1,500 and publication of his or her book. The final selection will be made by a nationally prominent poet. The final judge for 2015 is Carmen Giménez Smith. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication in the series.

Deadline: September 30, 2015

For details, please visit http://www.uakron.edu/uapress/akron-poetry-prize/

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

TW 2015 Contest

The Talking Writing Prize is an annual contest that celebrates the diversity online of original, personally driven writing. The award in 2015 is $1,000 and publication in TW.

This year, we’re honoring boundary crossers:

  • Talking Writing Prize for Hybrid Poetry
    Judge: Amy King

To enter, click here.

Award: $1,000 and publication in Talking Writing.

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2015.

$15.00 USD

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

Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, Sponsored by Bowker and Blurb

CALL FOR ENTRIES

SHELF UNBOUND WRITING COMPETITION 
FOR BEST INDEPENDENTLY PUBLISHED BOOK,
SPONSORED BY BOWKER AND BLURB

Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker and Blurb. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $40 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.

The official rules for the competition can be found at here. Entries are not divided into genre categories at the time of submission.

Deadline: October 1, 2015

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

Sequestrum New Writer Awards

Our New Writer Awards will award over $500 to up-and-coming writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Prose and poetry will be judged separately, with a first-prize winner and a minimum of two runners-up per genre.

Deadline: October 15, 2015.

Please select a genre for complete guidelines.

Genre Submission Guidelines

Fiction & Nonfiction

Poetry

Submissions are only open to writers who are yet to publish a book-length manuscript of poetry or prose. As always, our first obligation is to giving every submission the time and consideration it deserves, so contest doors can close early depending on submission volume (which is to say: get your work polished and don’t dawdle about it). All submissions are read blind by the Sequestrum staff and processed through our online submission manager.

2015 RRofihe Trophy
Deadline October 15th, 2015
For an unpublished short story
(Minimum word count: 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words)

Winner Receives:

$500 cash
Trophy
Announcement & Publication on anderbo.com

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

Hearst Poetry Prize

Contest Information:

All winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2016 issue.

  • First Prize $1000
  • Second Prize $100
  • Third Prize $50

For more details: Entry Guidelines for the 2016 James Hearst Poetry Prize
Deadline: October 31st, 2015

Entry fee: $20.00

2015 Knut House Novel Prize (book prize)

$20.00 USD

Ends on 10/31/2015

A prize of $1500 and publication by KNUT HOUSE PRESS awarded to an unpublished novel that captures the “(k)nuthouse” spirit authentically. Submit an unpublished manuscript (of at least 44,444 words) with a $20 entry fee via SUBMITTABLE by October 31, 2015 (at 23:59 UT).

For more details, please visit https://knuthousepress.submittable.com/submit/37205

Math & Music Prize in Fiction & Poetry

$15.00 USD

Ends on 10/31/2015

A prize of $1,000 and publication by KNUT HOUSE MAGAZINE awarded to an unpublished short story (less than 8000 words) or work of poetry (circa 10 pages) that captures the experience of music and/or mathematics authentically. Submissions are welcome to exhibit elements of prose and poetry simultaneously.  Submit a manuscript with a $15 entry fee via SUBMITTABLE by October 31, 2015 (at 23:59 CST).

For more details, please visit https://knuthousepress.submittable.com/submit/37206

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

Malahat Review 2016 Open Season Awards

***Prize payment increase: all genres now pay $1500 instead of $1000!

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1500 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

Deadline: November 1, 2015

For details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html

30th Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 2015-16

One-Act Play Contest

Judge: The University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop and the Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts.

Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • Professional Staged Reading at the next Festival
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass for two years ($1,000 value)
  • Publication in BayouMagazine

Entry Fee: $25

Contest Deadline: November 1st, 2015 

Announcement: The winner and finalists will be announced by late February of 2016.

For more details, please visit http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/2015-16-one-act-play-contest

Resurgence Poetry Prize 2015

The World’s First Major Award for Ecopoetry

Competition Opens 17th July and Closes 1st November 2015

The Resurgence Poetry Prize is the world’s first major ecopoetry award. Three prizes will be awarded each year for original and previously unpublished ecopoems in English.  The inaugural 2015 Award has been announced with all details are on the Competition page.

With a first prize of £5,000 for the best single poem embracing ecological themes, the award ranks amongst the highest of any English language single poem competition. Second prize is £2,000 and third prize £1,000.

9th Annual Split This Rock Poetry Contest

Judge: Rigoberto González

Benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2016
April 14-17, 2016

$1,000 in prizes awarded for poems of provocation & witness!

Prizes:
First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each. Winning poems will be published on http://www.SplitThisRock.org and within The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. All prize winners will receive free festival registration, and the 1st place recipient will be invited to read the winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016.

Deadline:
November 1, 2015

For more details, please visit https://splitthisrock.submittable.com/submit/44324

2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

When we read human stories we come alive in bodies which are not our own,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2011 Commonwealth Lecture

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience.

The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words) in English. Short stories translated into English from other languages are also eligible. Each year, we select five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions who share a total prize money of £15,000.

The 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize will open for entry via the online entry form on September 1 2015 and close on November 1 2015.

Click here for entry and eligibility guidelines.

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/

The Newcomer Prize for short stories

We’re always working to discover new authors and new stories to publish alongside our regular contributors. The Newcomer Prize is part of this: it’s only open to authors who have not been previously published by The Fiction Desk, and who have not yet published a novel or collection of short stories on paper.

We welcome the same range of literary and crossover genre fiction to the Newcomer Prize that we feature in the pages of our anthologies. (If you’ve not yet read us, it’s worth picking up one or two of our anthologies to see what we publish. You could always start at the beginning, with Various Authors.)

How to Enter

The Newcomer Prize is open now for entries, and the deadline is midnight (UK time) on Friday, 6 November 2015.

This year, there’s a first prize of £500 and a second prize of £250. The entry fee is £8 per story.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1AWzQjk

The Swallows 50-Word Story Contest

Can you tell a story in 50 words?  Judged by Flash Fiction Master Bob Thurber.

Contest opens: 1 October 2016
Deadline: 15 November 2015
Winner notified: 15 December 2015
Winner published in: Issue 10, Spring 2016
First Prize: $100
Runners-up: $25 each

Entry fee: $5 per story
Entry fees include a digital issue of Pulp Literature.

Multiple entries welcome.  Total entries limited to 500.

Wells College Press Poetry Chapbook Contest

Wells College Press invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. The deadline for the 2016 competition is November 30, 2015. The winner will be announced in January 2016.

The author of the chosen manuscript will receive 20 copies of the letterpress printed, hand-sewn chapbook. The author will also be invited to read from her or his new chapbook at Wells College in the fall of 2016. The poet will receive a $500 honorarium + room and board for the reading.

We print editions of 100 signed and numbered copies. We craft every aspect of our chapbooks individually and obsessively: Prior chapbooks have included all type and ornament cast in metal at the Bixler Letterfoundry in Skaneatles specifically for those projects. Our books also feature hand-set title pages and hand-sewn bindings. The winning chapbook will continue this tradition of craftsmanship.

In honor of the gorgeous location of the Wells College Press, right on the shore of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the chapbook series focuses on poems with a strong sense of place. We understand place to be geographical, social, political, spiritual, etc.

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

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

The 2016 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition Is Now Open!

It’s that time of year again!

Are you a writer with an original and exciting story for 7-to-18-year-olds? If so, we’d love you to enter our competition, and you have until Friday 18th December 2015 to submit. Every entry will be read by our team of experienced readers in order to draw up a longlist of the very best submissions. Barry Cunningham and the Chicken House editorial team will then narrow these down to a shortlist of five.

Our prestigious panel of judges will then pore over the shortlist to choose the winner, to be announced in spring 2016. The prize will be a worldwide publishing deal with Chicken House, with an advance of £10,000 (subject to contract).

For more details, please visit http://doublecluck.com/submissions/

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

  • Short Stories, up to 4,000 words (not including the title)
  • Poetry up to 50 lines (not including title or lines between stanzas)
  • The theme is open
  • Electronic uploads are preferred but written entries are also accepted
  • The competition is open to writers all over the world
  • Entrants must be 16 or over at the time of submission
  • Entries must be written in English and must be your own previously unpublished work
  • You can enter as many pieces of writing as you wish
  • £5 per entry

 Closing date midnight 31st December 2015.

For more details, please visit http://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/molp/prize-rules/

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

Spring 2016 Essay Contest

“In the Pink” $1000 Prize

Write an original essay between 500 and 1000 words, inspired by the photograph at left and the theme, “In the Pink” 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 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.

– 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.

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/

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/

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

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/

Eden Mills Writers Festival

10, 12, 13 September 2015

http://www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca/2015/

Bring on the Magic!  2015 Festival Authors Revealed
Our star-studded lineup is sure to delight and ignite the imagination. 

Imagine… sitting on the banks of the Eramosa River and listening to poignant tales of poetic beauty, of survival and triumph that will transport you to other worlds

Imagine… sitting in our idyllic setting and discovering new voices and new perspectives.

Imagine… being  the first to hear Lawrence Hill, Camilla Gibb, Nino Ricci and Anakana Schofield read from their new releases.

Imagine all of this and more. September 13th will be magical!

We’re buzzing with excitement and anticipation over our 2015 line-up. We’ve assembled an eclectic group of critically acclaimed authors representing a range of literary genres from fiction, poetry and non-fiction to memoirs and thrillers. With adult, teen and children’s programming, the entire family’s imaginations will be unleashed.
Over the next three months we will bring insights to the coming books and authors and trust that you too will be buzzing with anticipation come September. For now we are proud to present our star-studded lineup.

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/

Picture Book Summit 2015

The date:                October 3, 2015.
The event:              Picture Book Summit 2015—an incredible all-day online
workshop featuring an array of picture book superstars.
The purpose:         To help you achieve your dream of writing a best selling
picture book.
The sponsors:        A true “who’s who” of children’s writing, including The Institute
of Children’s Literature
, 12×12 Picture Book Challenge,
Children’s Book Insider, and Just Write For Kids.

Early bird pricing is $100 off the regular price and is available until August 15th.  Space at this event is limited!  Later, others will be offered any remaining spaces, but at the regular price.

If you’re at all serious about writing picture books, you absolutely must join us at Picture Book Summit on October 3!

RESOURCES

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

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

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

The new issue of Phenomenal Literature is released and you can find its details on its website http://www.phenomenalliterature.com. Now we are looking for anything on poets and poetry for the next issue of VerbalArt: A Global Journal Devoted to Poets and Poetry. The submission guidelines can be found at http://verbalart.in/submission.php. The last date of submission is 31 July 2015 and the next issue will come out by 30 Sep 2015.

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.

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The Writing Pool

http://www.thewritingpool.com

 

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