The Writing Pool’s Weekly Writing PostTM
2016 New Year Edition (Dec 27-Jan 2)
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|I think it’s bad to talk about one’s present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension. ~Norman Mailer|
It’s called suspense. When you have a big secret and want it to be a surprise, the tension grows and everyone becomes more excited about what’s coming. Sometimes, I feel the same way about writing. I won’t say what I’m working on at the moment because I like running it through my mind over and over again, usually completing the work in my head before I even write anything down. For one thing, it makes the writing a lot easier, because then, the ideas just keep tumbling out. I’ve also tried writing from kernels or what seemed like a good idea, but did not let that foment in my mind at all, and to this day, they’re still just that—kernels. Well, maybe a few popped kernels, but not enough to complete a story. Maybe it’s superstition, too. Maybe some of us writers don’t want to jinx the work. If you’re all excited about what you’re writing and start telling everyone about it, your work might not turn out as good as you hoped or expected. Then, it becomes a big disappointment to everyone. I don’t like disappointing people, so I’d rather not tell until it’s there and ready to show. Maybe when my works are more widespread and well-known, and I’ve established myself as a great writer, then I’ll start talking about works in progress more. Yeah, okay, I do that a wee bit with very select people—okay, one person—but that’s also because I do have that lack of confidence and insecurity about my writing. I still can’t imagine my writing is good enough to put out there, but if I won a national competition, then I guess there’s something good about it. Still and all, I think I need to keep on practicing and improving on my work because I don’t feel it’s “up there” with my most admired works. Does any writer ever get over these insecurities? On the other hand, I have come across several writer-hopefuls who are confident that they’ve got a great story and write it and when I read it or, heaven help me, have to edit it, I find the most atrocious grammar and spelling, terrible sentences, poorly constructed characters, and a story line that’s either all muddled or going nowhere. Maybe I’m just too self-critical, and too critical of other works, as well, but I still believe in certain minimum standards in writing, and bad sentences, poor spelling, and highly detailed graphical descriptions of insignificant events make for poor writing. The only suspense there is in that kind of writing is when it will ever end!
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
PEI BATTLE TALES
Short story writing contest following a prompt to be released on January 3, 2016.
Contest begins: 12:01 am on Sunday, January 3, 2016
Contest ends: 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 9, 2016
Max word length: 2500
Submit to: email@example.com
The winner will be announced during the PEI Writers’ Guild Winter Writing Social at 7pm on February 13th at the Upstreet Craft Brewery on Allen Street in Charlottetown.
Canadian Authors 2016 Literary Awards
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/
THE 29th COX & PALMER ISLAND LITERARY AWARDS
Deadline: February 26, 2016, 9:00pm
The 29th annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards gala ceremony will take place in the spring of 2016. Prizes will be given out in five categories, and special awards may also be awarded.
ADULT (18+) AWARD CATEGORIES
Lucy Maud Montgomery* P.E.I. Literature for Children Awards
Milton Acorn Poetry Awards
Maritime Electric Short Story Awards
Clary Pottie Creative Non-Fiction Awards
STUDENT AWARD CATEGORIES
Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People
School Participation Award
Entries must be postmarked or submitted by hand by 9 p.m., February 26, 2016. Those postmarked or delivered later will not be eligible.
A $25 entry fee is required for EACH Adult Category entry. There is no fee for Student entries.
For more information, contact the Cox & Palmer ILA co-ordinator, at peiliteraryawards @ gmail.com or visit http://www.peiwritersguild.com/ila-call-for-submissions-2016/
Story Quilt is an all-electronic magazine began 2015 with the goal to collect stories, and poems, and art for the relaxed entertainment of all readers worldwide. Initially the contributions will mainly come from Canada but with time we hope to welcome submissions from any country in English.
The emphasis will be on stories. Stories can be told in many ways: “True” format using personal experiences or true facts from known sources, or “Fiction” based on facts, or “Pure Fiction, or “Art” as in artist’s creations either in black and white or colour, or Photography, or Applied Arts as in quilts, or in Videos, or in Music, or in any combination of the above. Suitable essays and novellas may also be considered. For more details, please visit http://www.story-quilt.com/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
CARGO Literary Journal
Cargo is a nonfiction journal, and we are looking for pieces with a strong narrative and interior journey, such as immersion reportage. Please submit one essay or up to five poems. We will consider prose poems, lists, and interesting personal notes providing they meet our guidelines, so feel free to take risks with form. We would also like to publish author interviews.
We are also accepting reviews. 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
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$55 until the final entry deadline of January 21, 2016.
For more details, please visit the official website.
Take home the $1,000 Top Prize in Splice Today’s Political Writing Contest
Tell us which candidates will win the Democratic and GOP nominations and compete for the presidency next November. The essay can be objective or partisan.
—All entries are due on December 31.
—Essays must be 1,500-3,500 words.
—Send to Russ Smith: MUG1988@aol.com
—Your entry must be unpublished.
—Writers who’ve contributed more than four stories to Splice Today in the past two years are ineligible.
—Second Prize is $500. Third prize is $250.
For more details, please visit http://www.splicetoday.com/writing/splice-today-s-political-writing-contest
ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Calling all TV and Film screenwriters. Regular deadline: December 30. Extended deadline: January 15.
The ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship has become one of the most important screenwriter discovery platforms for the entertainment industry. Up to 4 recipients will receive ongoing professional support and a special trip to Los Angeles for meetings and introductions to key entertainment executives, producers and representatives.
Apply now and join a growing community of visionary screenwriters with meaningful connections to Hollywood mentors.
For more details, please visit https://screencraft.org/fellowship/
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
Alexander and Dora Raynes Poetry Competition
Jewish Currents, now entering its 70th year of publication, announces its fourth annual Alexander and Dora Raynes Poetry Competition, this year on the theme of “Urge.”
Poets can submit up to three poems related to the theme (no more than two pages each, please, with name, address, and e-mail on each page). The submission fee is $18, which gains entrants a one-year subscription to Jewish Currents.
The first prize is $1,000. Two second prizes are given of $180 each. These winning poems will be published in the Spring, 2016 issue of our magazine. Thirty-six poems chosen as finalists will be published in our annual poetry anthology.
Deadline: January 15, 2016.
For more details, please visit http://jewishcurrents.org/poetry2016-39421
2016 Yemassee Poetry Contest (with Discounted 1-year Subscription)
Ends on 1/15/2016
Guest Judge: Catie Rosemurgy, author of The Stranger Manual and My Favorite Apocalypse. Recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at The College of New Jersey.
Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2016 Writing Prizes, including the 2016 Poetry Contest. The author of the winning poem will receive $1000 and publication in Yemassee 23.2. Ten finalists will receive acknowledgment in the same issue and on our website. All entries will be considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Yemassee.
Deadline: January 15, 2016
For more details, please visit http://yemasseejournal.com/
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.
Open House 2016
The Interpreter’s House Poetry Competition
First Prize £500
Second Prize £150
Third Prize £100
Seven Highly Commended
The winning poems will be featured in Issue 62 of
The Interpreter’s House
Competition opening date:
1st November 2015
Competition closing date:
midnight on 30th January 2016
£4 for single poems
£10 for three poems
All proceeds of the competition are used to fund future issues of TIH.
For more details, please visit http://www.theinterpretershouse.com/competition
The Stringybark Short Story Award 2015
The Stringybark Short Story Award is our annual open themed award and will be presented to the writer whose story entertains the judges the most. You have a maximum of 1500 words in which to achieve this feat. International entries are most welcome. The story must:
- Have a connection, no matter how incidental to Australia (eg the protagonist might dislike Tony Abbott); and
- Be written for an adult audience (that is, we aren’t after children’s stories).
There is a total value of over $925 worth of prizes in cash and books available. Stories must be sent via email. Closing date for entries is 31 January 2016. Results will be posted on this website on 26 April 2016.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Off9re
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 12th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest
The writing contest whose name is almost as long as the entries! Deadline: February 1, 2016.
How it works:
1) Send us a story and a postcard—the relationship can be as strong or as tangential as you like, so long as there is a clear connection between the story and the image.
2) If you’re not sure where to look for a postcard, you can make your own or visit Wikimedia Commons.
3) The story can be fiction or non-fiction; maximum length is 500 words.
Visit our postcard story archive for more examples of notable stories.
First Prize: $500 Second Prize: $250 Third Prize: $150
All winning entries will be published in Geist and on geist.com
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1UaTVuU
Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition
“…And beat the twilight into flakes of a fire” Alfred Lord Tennyson
Enter our inaugural writing competition and let us light up the skies with outstanding poetry and short fiction. Our judges are renowned poet Pascale Petit and acclaimed short fiction writer and novelist Paul McVeigh. The prizes are: 1st £500, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and the Stonewood Press Regional Prize £70 which includes a Writing School East Midlands course*, and an invitation to read at the prize-giving event in Nottingham.
Closing date is 1st February 2016.
Entry fees £7 for first poem or story and £5.50 for subsequent entries.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Igp1Li
Grayson Books Chapbook Contest 2016
Ends on 2/1/2016
2016 Grayson Books Chapbook Contest
Prize: $500, publication of chapbook and 50 copies
Deadline: January 31, 2015 postmark
Reading fee: $20
Submit: 16-24 pages of poetry. Do not place identifying information on your chapbook manuscript. Put it in the submission form instead.
Simultaneous submissions are permissible if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
Learning from Nature
Deadline: February 1, 2016
For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about LEARNING FROM NATURE.
The Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University will award $5,000 for best essay, and Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Learning from Nature” issue of the magazine to be published in fall 2016.
Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are entries from outside the United States.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1QRot5h
2016 Novella Prize
The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. One prize of $1,500 CAD is awarded. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize. The Novella Prize is offered every second year, alternating with The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize.
Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.
Entry fee required:
- $35 CAD for Canadian entries;
- $40 US for American entries;
- $45 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
- $15 CAD for each additional entry (from anywhere)
The deadline for the 2016 Novella Prize is February 1, 2016 (postmark date).
For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/novella_contest/info.html
Postcard Story Contest
Ends on 2/1/2016
Submit your entry to the 12th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest by following the contest guidelines.
Please make sure the cover letter field includes your mailing address, telephone number and email address. Even though you have already entered this information when creating your Submittable account, we still need it to appear in the cover letter.
Judging is blind, so please do not write your name on your entry.
The deadline is February 1, 2016.
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.
2016 Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award
*We will be accepting contest entries until February 28, 2016*
The Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award recognizes outstanding pieces of fiction that push the boundaries of genre and/or form. Surprise us! Show us something we’ve never seen before. Note: As with our regular submissions, we ARE open to realist fiction and work that may veer towards the hard genre but are most interested in stories that work between these realms and/or is innovative in the way a story is told.
First Place Award: $500 and issue publication
All finalists will be considered for publication on our site as “special contest features.”
For more details, please visit http://psychopompmag.com/contests/
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
CBC Creative NonFiction Prize
WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished work of creative nonfiction between 1200 and 1500 words.
WHEN: Competition runs from January 1 to February 29, 2016.
WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.
HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the “submit” link below or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the offline submission form.
A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.
For more details, please visit http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/nonfiction/
On The Premises Current Contest
Short Story Contest #27 launched on December 13, 2015.
One or more character(s) have to deal with some kind of significant change. It can be any kind of change you like, and on any scale, from a change affecting only one person (or one place, or one thing) to something affecting everyone/everything everywhere, or anything between those extremes.
Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that clearly uses the contest premise.
GENRE RULES: No children’s fiction, no exploitative sex, no over-the-top grossout horror, and no stories that are obvious parodies of existing fictional worlds/characters created by other authors.
Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern US time, Friday, March 4, 2016.
One entry per author. There is no fee for entering this contest.
For more details, please visit http://onthepremises.com/current-contest/
The Wenlock International Poetry Competition 2016
This year, we are honoured to welcome one of Britain’s most respected poets, Don Paterson, as lead judge. The only poet to have won the TS Eliot prize twice, Don was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2009.
The long list of poems will be chosen by a panel of prize-winning, published poets including Festival Poet in Residence, Paul Francis.
Entry costs £5 per poem (maximum of 5 poems per person), and the competition prizes are:
– 1st prize: £500
– 2nd prize: £200
– 3rd prize: £100
One poem will be judged as Highly Commended.
The closing date for entries is Monday, 7 March 2016. Please read the rules below carefully before submitting.
For more details, please visit http://www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org/competitions/
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/
THE SEVENTH ANNUAL
SHORT STORY CONTEST
Entry fee: $5
Deadline: March 31, 2016
All Five Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
June 2016 Issue of Gemini.
We are open to ANY subject, style, genre or length. Stories
must be unpublished but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.
Entries are read blind so EVERYONE gets an equal chance.
Both new and experienced writers have won our contests.
For more details, please visit http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html
The Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016
BEGINS – 9:00 a.m. Jan 01, 2016 (US Central time)
ENDS – 11:59 p.m. Mar 31, 2016 (US Central time)
Nivalis 2016 is not theme bound. There is no restriction on genre either, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science based/alternative history based literary works. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team before submitting.
For more details, please visit http://www.fabulapress.com/the-contest/
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
Contest Opens: Aug 15, 2015
Deadline: Apr 01, 2016
Results Announced: Aug 15, 2016
Length Limit: Submit one poem only, with a maximum of 250 lines
Entry Fee: No fee
- First Prize: $1,000
- Second Prize: $250
- Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each
- Top 12 entries published online
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/15fB5iD
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
2016 Bath Short Story Award
Welcome to the 2016 Bath Short Story Award. We invite local, national and international entries from published and unpublished writers.
Closing date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 at midnight BST
Entry fee: £8. Enter online or by post
Short stories of up to 2200 words in all genres, styles welcome. No lower word limit. Check Rules for more information.
Shortlist Judge: BBC Radio 4 producer Mair Bosworth
- 1st £1000
- 2nd £200
- 3rd £100
- Local prize: £50 voucher
- The Acorn Award for unpublished writers of fiction: £50
For more details, please visit http://bathshortstoryaward.co.uk/
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest
Contest Opens: Oct 15, 2015
Deadline: Apr 30, 2016
Results Announced: Oct 15, 2016
Theme: All themes accepted
Length Limit: 6,000 words
Entry Fee: $18 per entry. Please submit entries one at a time.
- FICTION: First Prize, $1,500
- ESSAYS: First Prize, $1,500
- 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)
- Top 12 entries published online
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/P2pmfW
2016 Editor’s Reprint Award
$200 and publication in Sequestrum will be awarded to one previously-published piece of prose.
A minimum of one runner-up will receive $25 and publication. Finalists listed on the site.
Contest doors close April 30th 2016, dependent on submission volume.
- As always, our first obligation is to giving every submission the time and consideration it deserves, and we reserve the right to close contest doors early in order to do so.
- The short and long: Get your work polished and submitted and don’t dawdle about it.
Entry fee is $15.
For more details, please visit http://www.sequestrum.org/contests
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
CBC Poetry Prize
WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection. The entry must be between 400 and 600 words.
WHEN: Competition runs from April 1 to May 31.
WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the “submit” link below or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the submission form as of April 1, 2016.
A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.
For more details, please visit http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/poetry/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. Each year the voting closes on December 31st following the Annual Awards and all votes are returned to zero for the coming year.
To learn more, visit http://thebookawards.com/awards/
The 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
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
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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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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)
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