The Writing Pool’s Weekly Writing PostTM
2015 October 25-31 Edition
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After along time under a government that continued to flaunt its power, Canada has finally gone out in droves and voted out Stephen Harper. The new scenario involves a very strong Liberal majority government led by the young and charismatic Justin Trudeau. While many are celebrating Justin’s ascension to the Prime Minister’s seat, there are those who remember his father’s reign unhappily and rue the day Justin was elected into office. Really, there’s no way any government can please everyone, but in running governments, countries, and other such massive organizations, probably the best rule to go by is the Utilitarian philosophy which espouses the greater good. What we’re hoping for is a review and revision or revocation of all the policies and programs that were implemented without consultation and without any real positive values or output for Canadians. But, enough of politics, even if it is one of the topics people will always have something to say about. Let’s see what happens, give the new government a chance, and for goodness’s sake, participate!
What is coming up is another Halloween, yes. It’s that time of the year. The months end with –ber and are certainly sounding brrr-ish. Temperatures have dropped and we’ve even seen our first dusting of snow, although we’re still having more rain than snow. As ever, nature is being unpredictable, although I haven’t heard a lot of complaining about the cooler days. I imaging we’re all bracing for it. After all, what can be worse than the worst snowfall in decades? Need I mention the weather gods are predicting ice storms? Let’s not talk about bad things. As I was saying, Halloween, originally called All Hallow’s Eve or Hallowe’en, is believed to be of Celtic origin from the Samhein festival, as a celebration of the end of the harvest season and a time when the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped. There was a belief that the souls of the dead would be up and about. Because not all the dead souls were amiable, people wore costumes and masks to scare away those particularly fiendish souls, hence the tradition of wearing costumes. Of course, that certainly isn’t why children run around in costumes anymore, trick-or-treating throughout their neighborhood. Nowadays, many holidays are celebrated without the original reasons in mind, because the original conditions no longer exist. On the other hand, the holidays give us a major excuse for taking a day off and just having fun—or just taking a break from the daily rut by putting on yet another mask and costume to hide what they are at the moment.
How do you celebrate Halloween? Share it with us on The Writing Pool.
Happy writing! ~cpl
|The ablest writer is only a gardener first, and then a cook: his tasks are, carefully to select and cultivate his strongest and most nutritive thoughts; and when they are ripe, to dress them, wholesomely, and yet so that they may have a relish.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
2015 National Book Award Finalists Announced
5 writers are in the running for the top prize in each category. To read the story, please visit http://bit.ly/1KeHqrn
Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel Prize for literature
To read the story, please visit http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/08/arts/nobel-literature/index.html
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.
Pejvack launches novel Amity
Nasreen Pejvack will launch her novel, Amity, at Confederation Centre Public Library Sunday, Nov., 1, 2 pm. In this novel an Iranian refugee meets a Yugoslavian refugee whose pockets are filled with stones ready to walk into the water, and end a life that feels intolerable since the loss of those most dear to her. The woman intent on ending her life decides to stay alive long enough to hear the other woman’s story. The two women form an incredibly strong bond, and their friendship turns out be the key to happiness for both following the devastation of war and conflict each have experienced.
PEI Author & Illustrator Festival 2015
The first-ever PEI Author & Illustrators Festival will be held on November 7, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the UPEI Robertson Library. The Festival will gather over 30 writers, poets, and illustrators on PEI to showcase and sell their published works. Short readings by 24 authors will be held throughout the day at the Robertson Library. The Festival is a project of PEI Writes and the UPEI Robertson Library.
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 email@example.com or mail to
Brain Injury Association PEI
81 Prince St
For more information call 902-367-3216
PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre) has been one of the best-kept secrets of playwrights in Atlantic Canada — but now you’re in the know! Become a member and benefit from the programs available to PEI writers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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
For more details, visit http://cargoliterary.com/
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
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 (last day of the month).
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.
- Entry is $5 (approx £3). Multiple entries accepted.
- Enter online through Submittable. Click here to enter.
- The contest closes at midnight (GMT) on the fourth Saturday of the month.
- Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible.
- The Writing Maps Writing Contest is open to all writers over 16.
- There is no restriction on theme or style. We encourage prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories and hybrid forms.
- Maximum number of words is 150.
For more details, please visit http://www.writingmaps.com/pages/contest
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
PreK Animal Story writing contest
The contest offers five cash prizes: $650 for the winner, $350 for second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places. These alone are a lot of good reasons to write and enter.
To enter our PreK Animal Story writing contest, submit an original, unpublished PreK Animal story, of 500 words or less. PreK readers are defined as ages 1 to 4, children beginning to read entire stories on their own, stretching their recognition of words and concepts, but likely to need some assistance from an adult. Entries should be for read-alouds by an adult to a child.
Submissions will be judged on story line, characterization, and freshness, but also on structure, grammar, and ultimate publishability. Stories or concepts should be well-constructed. The overall idea or concept must be one that a pre-schooler can grasp and potentially solve: it must be age-appropriate.
Entries must be received by October 30, 2015
Entrants pay a reading fee of $19, which includes a free downloadable and printable poster: 30 Days of Picture Book Inspiration.
The contest’s rules are important. Please read them very carefully.
The Tom-Gallon Trust Award
An annual award of £1,000, financed by a bequest made by Miss Nellie Tom-Gallon in memory of her brother.
Entry to the 2016 prize is now open.
DEADLINE: October 31, 2015
- The winner must have had at least one short story accepted for publication
- The winner must have serious writing ambitions
- The submission should be traditional, not experimental, in character
- The financial circumstances of the writer should be taken into account
For more information, please visit http://www.societyofauthors.org/tom-gallon
The Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest
We’re so pleased to announce our Fall Fiction contest with guest judges Ann and Jeff VanderMeer!
The winning story will receive $2000 and publication on the site. Second and third place stories will receive $200 and $100, publication, and all story winners will receive a letter from Jeff and Ann about their piece, and why it was chosen. 15 Finalists will be recognized online and have their stories read by the VanderMeers.
Interested? Awesome. You can SUBMIT HERE.
Deadline: October 31, 2015
For more details, please visit https://mastersreview.com/fall-fiction-contest-vandermeer-2000-publication/
Hearst Poetry Prize
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)
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
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:
Runner up: £200
Payment options and entry instructions can be found on the
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
Essay Press Chapbook Contest
Essay Press is now reading for its first digital chapbook contest, to be judged by Essay authors.
Submissions are open from August 15 through November 1, 2015
The ideal manuscript will run roughly 30 to 50 pages, though no manuscript will be denied consideration on account of being too short or too long.We will consider all submitted manuscripts for additional publishing possibilities. Selections will be made by January. The reading fee is $8.
Read more at http://www.essaypress.org/submit/
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.
- 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
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/
THE RBC TAYLOR PRIZE
THE RBC TAYLOR PRIZE commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the ﬁeld of literary non-ﬁction. The Prize will be awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception. The Prize consists of $25,000 for the winner and $2,000 for each of the runners up as well as promotional support to help all shortlisted books stand out in the national media, bookstores, and libraries. Authors whose books have been shortlisted for the prize will be brought to Toronto for the awards ceremony, where the winner will announce his or her choice for the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer’s Award, which consists of $10,000 and an opportunity to be mentored by the winner. The winner will be invited to read at the International Festival of Authors, held in October at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.
- November 2, 2015 for books published between Oct 1, 2015 and Oct 30, 2015
2016 will be the fifteenth awarding of the prestigious prize, which recognizes excellence in Canadian literary non-fiction. The 2016 Longlist will be announced Wednesday, December 9, 2015; the Shortlist will be announced at a news conference on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. On Monday, March 7, 2016 the 2016 winner will be announced at an awards luncheon.
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/
World’s Best Story Contest
No purchase required. Contest registration opens on September 8, 2015 at 18:00:00 EST and ends on November 6, 2015 at 23:59:59 EST. There is a total of six (6) monthly prizes and one (1) Grand Prize available to be won. Skill testing question required. Open to legal residents of the U.S., Britain, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada who are age of majority in the province or territory of residence at time of entry. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received before contest closes. Limit one entry per person/e-mail address. Entry and entrant information provided to Sponsor, World’s Best Story. For full rules and entry details visit: www.worldsbeststory.com
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 Reading Room’s Aspiring Writers Competition
The Aspiring Writers Competition has begun! First-time writers can submit the first 500 words of their unpublished novel to the competition for consideration by filling out the entry form here. Submissions are open through Sunday, November 8 at midnight EST. All entries will be read and assessed by three industry experts. Learn more about them below!
The judges will choose their five favorite entries, and those writers can then submit the full first chapter of their manuscript. The chapters will be posted on The Reading Room for members to read, share, and vote! Voting will open on November 22, 2015, so be sure to share with your friends to spread the word.
The writer who receives the most votes will win a $1,000 cash prize, a session with our panel of judges, and an author page on The Reading Room. All five finalists will be digitally published through IngramSpark and receive 3 free copies of their book. The winner will be announced on December 1, 2015.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1LtXSrN
Perugia Press Prize
for a First or Second Poetry Book by a Woman
Prize: $1000 and publication
- Poet must have no more than one previously published book. Chapbooks and books in other genres do not count.
- Manuscripts must be submitted between August 1 and November 15 (postmark). Winner is announced by April 1.
For details, please visit http://www.perugiapress.com/contest/
Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest
Ends on 11/15/2015
A prize of $1,000 and twenty-five author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The chapbook will also be published by Arcadia and distributed as an issue to Arcadia subscribers. Submit a manuscript of fifteen to thirty pages with $20.00 entry fee by November 15. All poems submitted will be considered for publication in Arcadia.
For more details, please visit https://arcadiajournal.submittable.com/submit/20101
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.
National English language contest seeking the best in
Canadian women-driven Genre Film ideas
Applications open from October 1 – November 16, 2015
Sponsored by Super Channel, Telefilm Canada and Creative B.C.
Submit your maximum 3-5 page Genre Film outline by November 16, 2015 and win a mentorship package designed to help you get your feature length project to the next stage. No previous film writing experience necessary. Open to women writers only.
For more details, please visit http://www.womeninfilm.ca/National_Genre_Concept_Competition.html
Narrative Magazine’s Fall 2015 Story Contest
Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.
Submission Fee: There is a $23 fee for each entry. With your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.
Timing: The contest deadline is November 30, 2015, at midnight, Pacific standard time.
For more details, please visit http://www.narrativemagazine.com/fall-2015-story-contest
Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest
- Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival in New Orleans
- VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($500 value)
- Public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival
- Publication in Louisiana Literature
- This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Published books include self-published books with ISBN numbers. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible.
- Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
- A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words.
- Unlimited entries per person. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify the Festival if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Entry Fee: $25
Contest Deadline: November 30th, 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-fiction-contest
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
Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story 2016
$2,000 and publication will be awarded to the top unpublished story on any theme
Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs, will judge the contest
Send entries (including SASE) to:
Chris Fink, Editor-in-Chief
The Beloit Fiction Journal
Beloit College, 700 College Street
Beloit, WI, 53511
Or enter electronically using Submittable.
A reading fee of $20 must accompany each entry. Checks are payable to Beloit Fiction Journal, or pay entry fee through Submittable.
One story per entry/multiple entries OK. Maximum 7,000 words. All entrants will be considered for publication.
The award may be split at the judge’s discretion. Postmark deadline Dec. 1, 2015.
Tethered by Letters Fall Literary Competition
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 December. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors!
Deadline: December 1, 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
Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.
For more details, please visit http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissions/
Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize
Entries for the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize should be approximately 1500 words or less. Submissions should be unpublished and in .rtf, .doc, or .pdf format. Feel free to submit multiple stories, but please DO NOT submit multiple Word documents as one submission or one text document containing multiple stories. Instead, please submit each story as a SEPARATE entry (so that you complete an individual submission process for each story). Simultaneous submissions ARE welcome.Contest will open annually in on June 1st with a deadline of December 1st. Entry fee is $10. All entries will be considered for publication in Fiction Southeast.
- Winner – $200 and publication inFiction Southeast
- Runners-up – publication in Fiction Southeast
For more details, please visit http://fictionsoutheast.org/ernest-hemingway-flash-fiction-award/
Two roads diverge this winter
Have YOUR story read by novelist and short story writer Colum McCann.
Write a 2,000-word short story that include elements of duality and divergence. From duplicitous acts to binary oppositions, communication with the “other side” to double indemnity, take a plot, character, setting or theme in two directions.
Novelist and short story writer Colum McCann will read the finalists and choose the winners.
Submit between October 6 and December 6.
For more details, please visit http://www.writermag.com/contests/roads-diverge-short-story-contest/
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/
Ends on 12/31/2015
To submit your work to this contest, please, follow the guidelines:
- Submit an original work in English
- Story must be no more than 1200 words in length
- One submission per entrant
For more details, please visit https://beamazingyou.submittable.com/submit
River Styx 2016 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest
$1500 First Prize plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer
Judged by the editors of River Styx
- 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry.
- Entry fee: $10 or $20. $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription (3 issues). $10 entry fee includes a copy of the issue in which the winning stories will appear.
- Contest results will be announced in April 2016.
Enter by mail or online via Submittable. To enter by mail, include an S.A.S.E. for notification of contest results and a check payable to River Styx Magazine. Entries must be received by December 31st. Mail entries to:
River Styx Micro-Fiction Contest
3139A South Grand Boulevard, Suite 203
St. Louis, MO 63118
For more details, please visit http://www.riverstyx.org/contests/index.php
Hourglass Literary Magazine
Hourglass Literary Magazine with the cooperation, support and patronage of Krajina klass, BLC (Banjaluka College) and software company Literature and Latte, announces its maiden competition for:
BEST SHORT STORY
The winning entry in each category (short story, essay and poem) will receive US$1000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma.
Winning entries will be published in the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine, in the original language (English / BCMS languages) and translated (BCMS/English).
Competition (“early deadline“) is open from October 20 2015 to 11:59 P.M. December 31, 2015 (US Central time).
For details, please visit http://hourglassonline.org/contest/
Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry
Reading Period: September 1 – December 31, 2015
No manuscripts postmarked after December 31th, 2015 will be considered.
Reading fee: $20.00
Notification in January for Fall 2016 publication by Briery Creek Press.
Winner receives 50 books, a reading, and $1000.00.
All entries receive a copy of the winning book.
For more details, please visit https://brierycreekpress.wordpress.com/liam-rector-first-book-prize-for-poetry/
Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
The 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction, to be awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished short story collection. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States. The winner of this contest will receive publication by Press 53, a $1,000 cash advance, a quarter-page ad in Poets & Writers Magazine, and ten copies of the book; all prizes will be awarded upon publication.
Dates for submission:
September 1, 2015—December 31, 2015. Submissions will close at midnight Eastern time.
For details, please visit http://www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers
$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.
All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2015 or submitted online by midnight CT.
Entry fee is $15 for each individual story, with no limit per author, and includes a one-year subscription.
Dzanc Non-Fiction Prize
Dzanc Books is pleased to announce submissions are open for our second annual Non-Fiction Award. All authors with a non-fiction manuscript are eligible. Subjects may include but are not limited to memoir, political, historical, biographical, and will be vetted by our Dzanc Books editors.
The contest deadline is December 31, 2015
Fee: $25 (all that enter will receive a copy of the eBook of the winner when it is published as well as a complimentary copy of one of a trio of Dzanc’s titles—we will email you the choices upon your entering)
For more information, please visit http://www.dzancbooks.org/dzanc-prizes/
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/
Mississippi Review Annual Contest
Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up next summer’s print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. Contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern Mississippi. Fiction entries should be 1000-8000 words, poetry entries should be three to five poems totaling ten pages or less. Please attach as one document. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. Online entry fee is $16 per entry. Each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue.
For more details, please visit https://mississippireview.submittable.com/submit
OddContest: Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest
The OddContest is an annual competition for speculative (science fiction, fantasy, or horror) stories or prose poems no longer than 500 words. The contest has been sponsored since 2008 by Odyssey Con. The contest offers cash prizes, convention memberships, and books in both Adult and Youth divisions.
The entry deadline is January 15 this year and results are announced by March 15. An awards ceremony and reading of the 2016 winning entries will be held at Odyssey Con on April 8-10, 2016; they will also be published in the Odyssey Con program and on this website.
For more details, please visit http://odysseycon.org/contest/contest.html
Winter 2015 Essay Contest
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
Flash 500 Short Story Contest
Welcome to the first year of our new short story category. This is an open-themed competition and we accept all genres, including those written by or for children. Adult material is also acceptable providing the content fits the story and is not gratuitous.
We are looking for stories ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used). Make us laugh, make us cry, but most of all, make us feel!
This is an annual competition: entries open on 1st September and close on the last day of February each year.
For more details, please visit http://www.flash500.com/index_files/ss.html
Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™
The purpose of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is to honor the best books readily available to a North American audience in any format within the past year. The categories include both fiction and nonfiction.
Any book-length work published for the first time in 2015 may be nominated for the 9th Annual Silver Falchion Award™.
*Best First Novel
*Best Young Adult
*Best Young Readers
*Best Anthology or Collection
*Best Book by a Conference Attendee
Finalists will be announced the beginning of August and winners will be chosen by 2016 Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference attendees and announced at the Killer Nashville Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet.
The deadline for entering the Silver Falchion Award™ is March 30, 2016.
For more details, please visit http://www.killernashville.com/awards/silver-falchion-award/
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
Entry Deadline for the
2016 Claymore Award is April 30, 2016
What You Win
Over $3,000 in prizes, plus possible book advance, agent, and movie deal.
What Manuscripts Will be Considered
Enter the first 50 pages of your unpublished crime literature manuscript in the contest.
Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller, including political thriller, cozy, legal, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal mystery, and historical mystery.
For more details, please visit http://www.killernashville.com/awards/claymore-award-2/
FJORDS REVIEW ANNUAL CONTEST
We read manuscripts throughout the year and publish our winner and shortlist on the same day.
Each manuscript should be between 45-300 pages and may be a collection of poetry, short stories or different kinds of literary pieces. Full-length visual art, illustrated and collaborative books are also considered.
To enter: send one word file or .pdf containing
- Cover page with author name, telephone number, email and postal address and manuscript name
- Page that includes only the title of the manuscript.
- Manuscript with numbered pages and table of contents.
Judging for the contest is blind. All work submitted is considered for book publication and for publication in an edition of Fjords
Neil Postman Award for Metaphor
Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.
In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind.
Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/postman/
Nonfiction Book Awards
Welcome to the NEW Nonfiction Book Awards! As an extension of the Nonfiction Authors Association, we are committed to honoring excellence in nonfiction books and welcome submissions by self-published and traditionally published authors alike, in both print and ebook formats. Publishers are also welcome to submit books for award consideration.
Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.
Monthly themed monologues and short plays needed. On-going, no submission fee, no deadline. This is a competition with one winner per production: $25.00.
Continuing call: No fees… no deadlines….
Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR
Zone 3 Nonfiction Award
Zone 3 is accepting submissions for its nonfiction contest. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Nonfiction Award” for your genre, and upload your essay. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one essay with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
Zone 3 Fiction Award
Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its twelfth annual fiction award. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Fiction Award” for your genre, and upload your story. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one story with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
Zone 3 Poetry Award
Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry award. Submit up to three poems via our online submissions manager. Click here to log in and upload your poems; choose “Zone 3 Poetry Award” for your genre. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests
Winner- The winner will have their answer published, receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs), and $1000. There will be one winner.
Finalists- The finalists will be published and receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs). There will be two finalists.
Who May Submit
Submissions are open to all US and Canada residents (except Quebec) above the age of 18. Submission is free. You may submit up to 10 entries per question. Submissions cannot be the work of multiple authors.
How and What to Submit
IMPORTANT: failure to adhere to the following may result in disqualification. See Official Rules for complete details.
- All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.
- To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
- Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to email@example.com
For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Diode Editions 2015 Chapbook Contest Submission Guidelines
Open to all poets over the age of 18 who write in English.
Length: 22-32 pages (front matter is not included in count).
We will consider translations, and we welcome collaborations.
Your submission should include:
A title page with the title of your manuscript, your name, address, telephone number and email.
Your name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
An acknowledgments page: poems included in your manuscript may be previously published as long as there is an acknowledgements page.
Deadline: January 15, 2016
For more details, please visit http://www.diodeeditions.com/contests.html
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)
*Or download application form to submit and pay via post.
For more details, visit http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/awards/orlando/
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
Bellevue Literary Review Prizes
The annual Bellevue Literary Review Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. The contest is open each year from February 1 – July 1.
The winners of the 2014 prizes are Abby Horowitz for “Pediatricology” (fiction), Will McGrath for “Forty-One Months” (nonfiction), and Laurie Clements Lambeth for “Chronic Care: ‘Broken Leg’ by Keith Carter, Photograph” (poetry). Find out more.
Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award
Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice to be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family.
For more details and to submit, visit http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/
The reading period for the award will be the month of February for the issue that publishes in June, and the month of August for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.
L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest
- ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
- NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
- ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
- PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500
- ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!
- OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY
There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.
The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. (Deadlines: December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30). Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.
EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
October 31-November 8, 2015
Don’t miss the 40th Anniversary of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival – nine days bursting with stories of profound journeys, unexpected adventures and ground breaking expeditions told by renowned authors, photographers, adventurers and filmmakers from around the globe. Just days after the Festival, our World Tour brings films to fans in over 40 countries.
For more details, please visit https://www.banffcentre.ca/mountain-festival-banff
2015 Packaging Your Imagination Conference
Do you teach in a writing or publishing program? Do you belong to a writers group or a kids book club? Are you speaking at a book event or conference? Do you know the manager of a local bookstore, library or cafe?
Brochures promoting our 2015 Packaging Your Imagination conference on November 14 are now available. If you can distribute brochures in any of the ways we’ve suggested (and other ways), please email email@example.com with how many brochures you want, how you’ll distribute them, and your mailing address.
If you’re not near Toronto, please note that people will travel for a great conference like PYI. Plus we have the Virtual PYI option—the conference will be live-streamed, so people can participate from their computer. Information on Virtual PYI is included on the brochure.
Thanks for helping CANSCAIP spread the word—and we hope to see you at PYI too!
The Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) is a group of professionals in the field of children’s culture with members from all parts of Canada. For more details, please visit http://www.canscaip.org/
PACKAGING YOUR IMAGINATION
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Humber College Lakeshore Campus, Toronto
Do you write, illustrate or perform for children? Want to learn more? Network with others who share your interest? Meet and learn from some of the biggest names in the industry?
Whether you are a beginner, established or somewhere in-between, CANSCAIP’s PYI gives you opportunities to improve your craft, deepen your industry connections, and learn the latest business and marketing skills you need to keep on top of a fast-changing industry.
30th Anniversary Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
March 30-April 3, 2016
The Festival takes place on one (usually) sultry weekend in March when the most illustrious and freshest names in the literary, theatrical, and cultural spheres descend on the French Quarter for five days of festivities.
For more details, please visit http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/festival
River Teeth Nonfiction Conference
The River Teeth Nonfiction Conference is pleased to announce Dinty W. Moore and Elena Passarello as the 2016 featured presenters!
The tentative dates for next year’s conference are June 3-5, 2016.
Check out our new page containing live links to Grants, Fellowships, and Residencies
Another crowdfunding site. FansNextdoor is a platform for all creative professionals to promote and fund their projects together with their fans. Create your project, its financing goal and deadline. If the financing goal is met or exceeded by deadline, all contributions are transferred to your PayPal account. If the financing goal is not met, all funds are returned.
IndieGoGo offers anyone with an idea — creative, cause-related, entrepreneurial — the tools to build a campaign and raise money. Project categories include gaming, film, design, education, mobile, and technology. Integrates with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Offers a widget to showcase your campaign on your website. Unlike many crowdfunding sites, you keep all the money you raise, even if you don’t meet your goal. Track contributions with the analytics tools and stay on top of fulfillment with the dashboard. There is a 4 percent fee on the money you raise when you meet your funding goal.
Kickstarter has launched in Canada, and The Banff Centre is getting involved. Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding platform for creative projects ranging from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. If you’re currently seeking funding for a project you want to pursue at The Banff Centre, we want you to join us on Kickstarter. Contact us so we can support you by curating your project on our Kickstarter page (please include a link to the project). View some projects on Kickstarter that successfully reached their funding goals and made their way to The Banff Centre. As you send us your projects, we’ll continue to curate them on our Kickstarter page. If you’re an alumni or your project has already been successfully funded, we’d still love to showcase your work. Get in touch! Have questions? Find answers on Kickstarter’s FAQ pages.
Online Writing Classes
FanStory.com is a writing site founded in 2000.
On this writing community all posts receive feedback from writers and readers. Feedback includes a detailed comment on the posted work and a rating. The site uses a six star ratings scale with “1” being the worst and “6” being the best.
Writers are ranked based on the feedback they receive. Separate rankings are available for Poets, Novelists, Short Works (short stories and essays) and Script Writers (television and other forms of screenplays). Trophies are rewarded to the top five writers in each of the individual rankings at the end of the year.
The site recognizes writing with “Recognized”, “All Time Best” and “Seal of Quality” levels. Each level is more difficult to receive with the final level determined by the Seal of Quality committee. The committee is made up of published authors and stand-out reviewers. They offer feedback to help writers get published.
The site features free writing contests with cash prizes. Site members also have the ability to create their own contests to challenge other writers to write about a specific topic or a specific form of writing (such as writing using specific poetry format).
The welcome page includes featured writing. It also includes writing that has been well received in the past 24 hours.
Each day over 200 stories and poems are posted. Over 7,000 comments are written on the writing posted daily. Writers keep full copyright to their posted work.
Peerbackers is for business owners to raise capital from their peers — in small increments — in exchange for tangible rewards. Create a personal and venture profile. Share your story through social media share buttons on your project page. Once your campaign is launched, send updates on your progress. If you reach at least 80 percent of your funding goal by deadline, your funding is released to you. Peerbackers charges a 5 percent fee, in addition to third party processing fees.
PLACES FOR WRITERS
There are a number of interesting calls with deadlines coming up shortly. For more information visit: http://www.placesforwriters.com/calls/
Plum Alley is a site for women to raise money for ventures of all kinds– women entrepreneurs, women in the arts, women in academia and the media.
Public Engagement in the Arts
The Canada Council is launching a dialogue about how the arts bring value to the lives of Canadians and we invite you to join the conversation. Read the discussion paper, Public Engagement in the Arts, on current thinking and practices in public engagement or check out Simon Brault’s blog post on ways Canadians can have rich artistic experiences. Then share your thoughts on how to become actively engaged in the arts. Tell us what public engagement in the arts means to you by posting comments on the blog, on our Facebook page or on Twitter at hashtag #artsandpublic. In its 2011-16 Strategic Plan, the Council identified public engagement in the arts as a strategic theme that infuses all of its work. We hope to broaden and enhance the public conversation about this topic and use this discussion to inform the development of future Council activities.
Unbound is a new way to connect authors and readers. Authors present a pitch, you pledge, and when the goal is reached the book is written. It’s really that simple.
Writers’ Coalition – Benefits You Can Afford
Join the Writers’ Coalition program today – as long as you’re a resident of Canada and under the age of 71, you are eligible to join.
There is no medical required to join so you will not be refused coverage for pre-existing conditions – it is guaranteed acceptance.
The program offers a pay direct drug/dental card that is accepted nationally at pharmacies and dental offices across the country which means direct settlement of prescription drug claims (you pay only your portion at the pharmacy) and no waiting for re-imbursement on dental claims (no submission of a paper claim and your re-imbursement cheque is usually in the mail within 4 or 5 working days).
The Writers’ Coalition
- Not-for-profit insurer
- Unbeatable service – we only service artists
- Affordable, comprehensive coverage
- Convenience of a drug/dental card
- Medical is not required to purchase coverage
- Access to other insurance offerings, including home/auto
1 800-387-8897 x238
WRITING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Do you have a passion for creative writing? Perhaps you work in a field that requires strong writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help.
Three writing certificate programs are offered, all of which are delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates and will be expected to meet assignment timelines. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever-and from wherever-you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. One or more of the following certificate programs may be exactly what you need:
Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing
Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations
For more information, go to http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/
PUBLICATIONS & PUBLISHING
Authority Publishing for Non-fiction Authors
Publishers of Scholarly Books
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Chicken Soup for the Soul
New topics and new deadlines from September 27, 2015 to June 30, 2016
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GOOSE LANE EDITIONS
Goose Lane Editions specializes in Canadian literary fiction and poetry, and in creative non-fiction on subjects such as art, history, politics, biography, travel, nature, popular culture, and the big ideas of our time. We are principally interested in submissions from Canadian writers. We only consider submissions from outside of Canada if the author is Canadian and if the book has extraordinary interest to Canadian readers. We do not publish books for children or young adults, personal memoirs, how-to books, mystery novels, fictional crime stories or works of science fiction. We do publish books with a distinctive flair and a clear, resounding voice, and vision. We are interested in books that take the reader on an original journey that fascinates, resonates, and captivates.
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Inkshares is a crowd-driven publisher. Our goal is to connect writers with readers. We produce, market and distribute books people want to read. In doing so, we can bring quality literary work to life, paying authors more and costing readers less. We’re crowdfunding meets publishing.
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Mythic Dragon Publishing
~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.
Neon is a British literary magazine published three times a year in print and online. Its tastes tend towards the dark and the surreal. It publishes literary and slipstream short-form writing: poetry, fiction and experimental forms. Submissions are accepted from writers anywhere in the world, and the magazine is available for free online. Neon also publishes chapbooks and pamphlets, as well as a free micro-anthology titled Battery Pack. See the website for more information: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/
For children’s picture books, send full manuscript. For all others, send either full manuscript OR table of contents plus three sample chapters. Peachtree does not accept query letters where no manuscript is included. Peachtree currently publishes the following categories: Children’s fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, middle readers, young adult books, education, parenting, self-help, and health books of interest to the general trade. Peachtree does not publish historical novels (except children’s/young adult), science fiction, fantasy, romance, westerns, horror, poetry, short stories, plays, business, scientific or technical reference, or books intended specifically as textbooks.
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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.
Currently searching for the following manuscripts:
Non-fiction (psychology, sociology, sustainable living and building topics)
Health and Wellness, including nutrition topics
Fiction (historical, suspense, general fiction)
Young Adult (pre-teen and young adult)
Children’s (for ages 2 up through 12)
Coffee Table Books (travel, photography, biography, cooking and lifestyle topics)
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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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