The Writing Pool’s Weekly Writing PostTM
2015 November 22-28 Edition
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Book ideas run through my mind when I least want to think about them and without warning, I often find myself planning to write a book when it is least convenient, like when I’m on a bus or at a party or watching a movie or in the middle of a meeting or in the middle of a class. You get the idea. My mind has no schedule. It works when it wants and that’s almost all the time. If my mind had its way, I wouldn’t get any sleep at all. Incidentally, that’s also another time book ideas come to mind. Groping in the dark to reach for a pad and pen just to jot down an idea then scribbling away with my eyes barely open only gets me a lot of illegible scratches, the equivalent of incoherent talk from a drunk. Most of the time, when I have a story that needs to be written, it’s pretty much finished in my head before I write it down. Other times, I have the bare-bones idea of my story and I just write until I run out of things to write or I have to do a bit of research to add on or fatten up my content. The only writing I really plan out from beginning to end is academic writing or research or teaching references. Those need planning, writing, revising. Creative writing, on the other hand, is something I do manically because, admitedly, I am a very manic writer. I have never edited my poetry. I have reserved my short stories for future editing, because I know they haven’t all turned out the way I wanted them to. The ones that did, however, were written in one sitting. If I can’t finish writing a story in one sitting, I find I need to do more revisions. Some of my writer friends plan what they write before they actually write. I have one who uses stick-it notes and index cards and fills up a wall with them so that by the time she writes her book, all the has to do is fill in the details. For something like that, you need dry hands. How in the name of the writing muses does Agatha Christie plan her books while doing dishes? I would hate having to shake and wipe my hands dry over and over again each time I had to write down something. The only way I could make that work would be to have a voice recorder that I could speak into, so maybe that is how she plans. I can’t dictate my story to a voice recorder because I’m very visual and want to see the words; besides, listening to myself speaking just makes me feel really weird. Almost like I’m disembodied. I wonder how many dishes Agatha Christie broke.
Do you plan your books? How do you do it? Let us know on The Writing Pool™.
The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.
Ta-Nehisi Coates wins 2015 National Book Award
Ta-Nehisi Coates has won the National Book Award for nonfiction for Between the World and Me, his personal and visceral take on what it means to be a black man in America. The book, published this year in the midst of a maelstrom of race-related shootings in the United States, was dedicated to Coates’ college friend, Prince Jones, who was shot to death by a police officer who mistook him for a criminal. Read the rest of the story here.
November 10, 2015 (Toronto, Ontario) – André Alexis has been named the winner of the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Fifteen Dogs, published by Coach House Books. The announcement was made at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony hosted by Rick Mercer, attended by nearly 500 members of the publishing, media and arts communities. Read the full article at http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/2015winner/
2015 Governor General’s Literary Award Winners Announced
Guy Vanderhaeghe is the winner of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction for his short story collection Daddy Lenin and Other Stories.
Read the announcement here: http://bit.ly/1MzsawV
Open Mic at the Library
Open Mic Confederation Centre Public Library Thursday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. – Want to read your poetry or prose in a public venue… Join our Open Mic. Share your love of poetry and prose by reading before a live audience. Meet other writers in your area and find out about your local writing community. Not interested in speaking? Feel free to come along and listen. Please keep speaking time to five minutes. Sign up from 6:30 or telephone the library.
Carol Ann Arnim at Confed Centre Public Library
Carol Ann Arnim will be at Confederation Centre Public Library Saturday, Dec., 5, 2 p.m. to talk about her memoir, Crossing My Rainbow Bridge. Her book is a moving account of one woman’s life, and the amazing ups and downs along the way. Everyone can relate to the journey life presents, the difficult search for happiness and fulfillment. Arnim has captured the tone of that journey beautifully in describing her own path. Her voice is unique and totally authentic. Follow her adventures of raising five service dog puppies in training after the death of her beloved husband. Join Arnim as she explores insights and connections experienced thus far.
2016 Playwrights’ Colony – Submission Deadline January 7, 2016
PARC will be hosting the 2016 PARC Playwrights’ Colony from May 8th to 21st, 2016 in Sackville, New Brunswick on the Mount Allison University campus. The annual Playwrights’ Colony, PARC’s flagship program, is a two-week long playwrights’ residency and is open to
emerging and established playwrights in Atlantic Canada. Eight to ten playwrights
from across the Atlantic region have an opportunity to develop a new script. The Colony
offers the most intensive writing opportunity for playwrights in this region.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1O7C6Lj
Canadian Authors 2016 Literary Awards
November 12, 2015 – Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2016 Literary Awards.
Criteria and submission details are available in the CAA 2016 Literary Awards Guidelines. Complete the CAA 2016 Awards entry form online, print it and send it to us along with your submission and entry fee.
The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016.
For more details, please visit http://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/
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
Ends on 11/30/2015
Van Morrison or Nora Jones? We’re looking for your poems inspired by modern troubadours. Any form, no line limit. Be inspired by a musician and/or song of the troubadour/story-telling tradition.
Grand prize $1,000 with option to publish in Vol 14 of Kansas City Voices magazine
Second Place $500
Third Place $350
For more details, please visit the official website here.
The 2016 New Issues Poetry Prize
$2,000 and publication for a first book of poems
Judge: Mary Szybist
- Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have not previously published or self-published a full-length collection (40+ pages) of poems.
- Please include a $20 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press.
- Postmark Deadline: November 30, 2015. The winning manuscript will be named in May 2016 and published in the spring of 2017.
Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award
Win a £1000 ($1600) prize for your short story
Cash prizes totaling £2000 ($3200) can be won in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award winter 2015 for prose fiction in any genre up to 3000 words.
The contest deadline is midnight GMT 30th November 2015. Early entry is advised.
For more details, please visit http://www.writers-village.org/competition-rules.php
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
Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets
The African Poetry Book Fund, in partnership with Prairie Schooner and the University of Nebraska, promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts through its book series, contests, workshops, and seminars and through its collaborations with publishers, festivals, booking agents, colleges, universities, conferences and all other entities that share an interest in the poetic arts of Africa.
We publish between three and five poetry books each year, including the winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, a chapbook box set of emerging African poets, and our New and Selected series.
We accept electronic submissions to the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets annually between September 15 and December 1.
We accept electronic unsolicited poetry manuscript submissions from published and unpublished African poets during our open submissions periods. Our next open submissions period begins January 1, 2016.
For more information on our other publishing and literary activities, visit our website: http://africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/.
The Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction
Works up to 750 words in length should be typed, double-spaced, accompanied by a money order or check for $5 to cover administrative costs, payable to “The Mona Schreiber Prize.” No limit to entries but each must have a separate fee. Put contact information directly above the title and text on your first page.
No SASEs, please. Include e-mail address for notification of winners. All entries must be postmarked by December 1 for a December 24 announcement of three winners: 1st: $500. 2nd: $250. 3rd: $100. Entries are not returned and must be unpublished. Winners will have their entries posted on www.brashcyber.com. All other rights belong to the authors. Humor is subjective. Uniqueness is suggested. Weirdness is encouraged.
The Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction, 3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #566, Studio City, California 91604 USA
For more details, please visit http://www.bradschreiber.com/mona.htm
The Tupelo Quarterly Prizes in Poetry & Prose
To be considered for the Poetry Prize, send up to 5 unpublished poems of any style or sensibility. The author of the winning poem will receive $1,000 and publication in TQ9. Finalists will also be named and published.
To be considered for the Prose Open Prize, submit one piece of short fiction or creative nonfiction, 15 pages or less. Both fiction and nonfiction are eligible; neither genre preferred. The author of the winning piece of short fiction or creative nonfiction will receive $1,000 and publication. Finalists will also be named and published.
A contest entry fee of $20 (U.S.) must accompany each submission to either prize. Multiple submissions are accepted, as long as each submission is accompanied by a separate $20 contest entry fee. All work must be submitted through Submittable. The deadline for all submissions is December 1, 2015.
For more details, please visit http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/the-tupelo-quarterly-prizes-in-poetry-prose/
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/
10th Annual Short Story Challenge
The 10th Annual Short Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world. There are 3 rounds of competition. In the 1st Round (January 22-30, 2016), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment. Writers have 8 days to write an original story no longer than 2,500 words. The judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (March 17-20, 2016) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write a 2,000 word (maximum) short story. Judges choose finalists from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 1,500 word (maximum) story in just 24 hours (April 29-30, 2016). A panel of judges review the final round stories and overall winners are selected. Sound like fun? Join the competition below and get ready for January 22nd!
It’s easy to register. First, download and read the Official Rules and Participation Agreement. After you have read the rules, you are ready to register by clicking here. The entry fee is US$45* on or before the early entry deadline of December 17, 2015 and US$55* until the final entry deadline of January 21, 2016.
For more details, please visit the official website.
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/
Blue Mountain Arts
Announces Its Twenty-seventh Biannual Poetry Card Contest
Deadline: December 31, 2015
1st prize: $300 * 2nd prize: $150 * 3rd prize: $50
In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on our website sps.com.
Please read the following, then scroll down to submit your poem.
For more details, please visit http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html
It Was A Blessing After All!
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
The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize
This contest is now open for submissions! See our guidelines or head straight to our Submittable page to submit online!
Deadline: January 15th, 2016
We at Bauhan Publishing are pleased to announce the establishment of a new prize: The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize.
The cost to enter this competition is $30.00 per manuscript (entrants may submit multiple manuscripts) and the winner will receive:
- $1,000 prize money
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1jZnN1b
2015 WNBA Fourth Annual Writing Contest
We are seeking your best work for our national writing contest. Winning entries will be published in a special issue of The Bookwoman, the national newsletter of the WNBA.
Prizes: First place winners receive $250 cash prize. Second, third and honorable mentions will be published with the first place winners in the contest edition of The Bookwoman.
Open to all writers 18 or older writing in English. Now accepting submissions – deadline January 15, 2016
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1kiNBFA
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
TURNBUCKLE CHAPBOOK CONTEST SUBMISSIONS
Ends on 1/16/2016
Submission Deadline: January 16, 2016
Prize: $100 + Publication + 20 Author Copies
Final Judge: Sara Lippman, author of Doll Palace. More about Sara HERE.
Eligibility: Fiction, Poetry, CNF or a hybrid. Previously published, stand-alone works are fine, but the ms must be an unpublished body of work. So no book excerpts or do-overs. Simultaneous submissions are just fine; however, the reading fee is non-refundable. Please simply withdraw the ms from Submittable if the work is picked up elsewhere. All submissions must be in English. Translations are not ideal for this contest. If you have cover art, great, but please do not send it with your submission. B&W illustrations may be included within the body of the ms though.
Reading Fee: $10
For more details, please visit https://splitlip.submittable.com/submit
THE DREAMQUESTONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST
THE DREAMQUESTONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write a short story, five pages maximum length, using single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction. Multiple entries are accepted. Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250; Second: $125; Third: $50. Entry fees: $5 per poem/$10 per story. How to enter, visit: http://www.dreamquestone.com
The next deadline is January 24, 2016.
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
The Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation jointly award the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a biennial competition for newly-published books.
The prize commemorates the life, legacy and intentions of William Saroyan – author, artist, dramatist, composer – and is intended to encourage new or emerging writers, rather than to recognize established literary figures.
We are currently accepting submissions for the 2016 Saroyan Prize for books published in 2014 and 2015. The deadline for entries is January 29, 2016. Please see our FAQ page for complete details.
25th International Play Writing Competition 2016
The International Playwriting Competition – from the BBC World Service & British Council in partnership with Commonwealth Writers and co-produced by The Open University
The competition is open from 1 October 2015 to 31 January 2016. The competition is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK.
There are three prizes
English as a First Language Winner
£2200 sterling will be given for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a first language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
English as a Second Language Winner
£2200 sterling will be given for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a second language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
The Georgi Markov Prize
In memory of the writer, BBC World Service journalist and broadcaster Georgi Markov (1929-1978) who championed freedom of creative expression, this prize is for the writer of the script identified by the judges as showing most promise. The script will be selected from the International Radio Playwriting Competition shortlist and will be an entry which, whilst not deemed ready for broadcast in its current form, shows outstanding potential.
The Georgi Markov Prize includes a standard return flight to London, with 2 weeks accommodation – a week of which will be spent with the BBC’s London Radio Drama department and a week with BBC World Service. These 2 weeks will coincide with the making of the winning plays from the International Radio Playwriting Competition and the winner of the Georgi Markov prize will attend the prize-giving ceremony and receive recognition at the same time.
For more details, please visit http://bbc.in/1LaBnos
The W.B. Yeats Poetry Award
These are complete guidelines. No entry form required.
First prize $500, second $250, honorable mentions. Unpublished poems in English up to 60 lines on any subject, each (judged separately) typed on an 8½ x 11-inch sheet without author’s name; attach 3×5-inch card(s) with name, address, telephone, e-mail. Entry fee: $10 for first poem and $8 each additional. Include SASE to receive a copy of the report, posted on our Web site mid March.
Winners and honorable mentions receive 2-year Yeats Society membership and are honored at a ceremony in New York. Authors retain rights, but permit the Society to publish or broadcast winning entries.
The deadline for the 2016 competition is February 1st. Awards will be presented at an event in April.
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/
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.
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
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/
Historical Fiction with Lawrence Hill
Author of The Book of Negroes (2007) and The Illegal (2015).
April 04 – April 08, 2016
Application Deadline: 13 January 2016
How accurate are historical details meant to be, in the context of historical fiction; do they play with, bend, or subvert the author’s understanding of history? How does the writer go about researching and attributing history which folds into their fiction, and what unwritten contract of authenticity does the writer owe its reader? Explore these challenges with national bestselling author Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes, The Illegal) during a four day intensive on historical fiction.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1L1NtQs
BANFF Writing Studio
May 02 – June 04, 2016
Application deadline: 20 January 2016
An ideal environment for artistic inspiration and growth, Writing Studio is structured to provide an extended period of uninterrupted writing time, one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers/editors, and an opportunity to engage with a community of working writers.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1kfR4oU
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.
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
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WRITING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Do you have a passion for creative writing? Perhaps you work in a field that requires strong writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help.
Three writing certificate programs are offered, all of which are delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates and will be expected to meet assignment timelines. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever-and from wherever-you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. One or more of the following certificate programs may be exactly what you need:
Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing
Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations
For more information, go to http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/
PUBLICATIONS & PUBLISHING
Authority Publishing for Non-fiction Authors
Publishers of Scholarly Books
New Delhi, India
Email id: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The magazine of zine culture and independent arts
Chicken Soup for the Soul
New topics and new deadlines from September 27, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Check them out!
Commonwealth Writers: A world of new fiction
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.
Guide to Canadian Copyright
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
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.
The Journaling Place
Get started: write a journal!
MADE IN BANFF
New newsletter weekly!
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.
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.
envisions a world where
writers are free to write,
readers are free to read,
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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)
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