TWP Weekly Writing Post™ 2016 Jan 24-30 Edition

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2016 Jan 24-30 Edition

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Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.
—William S. Burroughs



First things first: I don’t advocate cheating at all, but I will look for the most efficient ways to expedite a job. It’s called looking for shortcuts. This does not apply to skills at all—no less to writing than to any sport that requires athletes to practice up to eight hours a day or more. Granted, some people are more talented than others, their talent is what gives their work an innate grace and beauty that the merely skilled do not have. Some people might be more creative than others and be able to produce work after work after work; that does not mean the work will be outstanding. So many people want to be writers, want to be published, but aren’t willing to put in the work to ensure their writing is of excellent quality. That’s why we have so much pulp fiction on the bookstands. Even if the writing per se is technically excellent, those works do not find their way to the must-read lists. Those works will not win awards or recognition except, perhaps, finding their way to occasional bestseller lists—and disappearing from reading lists as soon as the next new book shows up. These works most likely will entertain readers momentarily, but they are not the works people will want to keep on their limited bookshelf space to read over and over again. The quality of writing begins with a strong foundation in the most basic skill of writing good sentences. Masterful writing necessarily uses masterful sentences, and there are more than enough guidebooks, lessons, tips, and courses that teach us to write masterful sentences. Sometimes, it’s all just a matter of remembering what we learned in school, unless we were not fortunate to have a teacher who ensured we could write really good sentences. To write excellent sentences, we need to know grammar and trust it as well as we know our bodies will function without our having to tell them how. We need to become intimate with figurative language so we can use it at will and manipulate words to create the images we want to paint. We need to accumulate a vocabulary broad enough for us so the words tumble out of our pens and we are not left grasping for ways to describe what we observe. This three-point foundation is what we build our writing on. Lacking that, I suggest always having at hand a good grammar book, a book on writing style (Strunk & White’s Elements of Style is a popular and favourite go-to source for many writers; many more have been written since and can be just as useful as well as entertaining), a good dictionary (I always defer to the Oxford English dictionary, but I also check Merriam-Webster’s localized editions, e.g. a Canadian edition, that includes Can-spelling and Can-idioms), a good thesaurus (Roget’s Thesaurus is the default), and a dictionary of idioms (I collect dictionaries and have several books of idioms, no two of which are the same). Lacking physical editions of these valuable references, you can always check the Internet for unlimited resources. The Internet has several standard online dictionaries (Oxford, Merriam-Webster, and WikiDictionary or Wiktionary), dictionaries of idioms, rhyming dictionaries, and thesaurii. The nice thing about the Internet is the search throws a very wide net and offers answers, suggestions, examples—all in a matter of seconds. Unless your typing takes minutes.

Share your favorite writing reference books in The Writing Pool™. You can also read more on writing at Creativity Unlimited.

Happy writing!








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 has been extended to January 30, 2016.

For more details, please visit


Kathy Birt’s Vintage Valentine Book Launch

Island author Kathy Birt is launching her limited edition Vintage Valentines book on Saturday, February 6, 2:00 p.m. at the Living Grace Café on Belvedere St., Charlottetown.


Winter Writing Social

The PEI Writers’ Guild Winter Writing Social will be held at 7pm on February 13th at the Upstreet Craft Brewery on Allen Street in Charlottetown. Winners of the PEI Battle Tales short fiction contest will be announced at this event.


Editing Workshop with Whitney Moran, Senior Editor, Nimbus Publishing

“Kill your Darlings”: An Editor’s Advice to Writers

The PEI Writers’ Guild and UPEI Department of English will hold a workshop with Nimbus Publishing’s Senior Editor, Whitney Moran.

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Main Building, UPEI
Cost: $85 or $75 for PEI Writers’ Guild members and UPEI students.

Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided. Bring along your own lunch.

For more details, please visit



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.


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


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 @ or visit


2016 Prince Edward Island Book Awards

The Prince Edward Island Book Awards are intended to promote and to celebrate excellence in creation and publication of books by Prince Edward Island authors, editors and creators. The book award was first presented in Prince Edward Island in 2006.


The awards are presented biennially to the author, editor or creator of the book that best exemplifies excellence in creation and publication of books by Prince Edward Island authors, editors and creators. The award will be based on overall assessment of a book’s content, quality of design and production.

Authors, editors or creators must meet the residency requirements as described in the entry form, and must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. One award will be given in each of the following categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry.

Criteria and entry forms for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Awards now available!

2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award criteria

2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award form

Deadline: March 1, 2016

For more details, please visit


Canada Reads 2016

CBC has announced the contenders for Canada Reads 2016. The Canada Reads 2016 books are all about transformation and second chances, including stories of migrants, immigrants and others who are choosing – or forced – to make major changes in their lives.

The 2016 contenders are:

This year, Canada Reads will feature a social media panellist, Azita Ardakani. Azita Ardakani founded Lovesocial, a social media company with the mandate of “connecting people with things that matter,” in 2008. Azita will read the books with the rest of Canada and lead the conversation online. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The debates will take place on March 21-24, 2016.

For more details, please visit


Open Invitation

The poetry engine awaits you at!

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

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.




See more at


3rd Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition

Competition Overview

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

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

For more details, please visit



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.

The Rules:

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


For more details, please visit


Flash Fiction Competition

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

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

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



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:

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


Entry Fee:

£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



AROHO’s 2016 Orlando Prizes

Our answer to the rigors of the Gift of Freedom grant, AROHO’s Orlando Prizes celebrate Virginia Woolf’s title character’s liberation from conventional constraints.  AROHO’s multi-genre competition is an invitation and opportunity for women writers to bring their shorter works to publication via a brief online application process.  We accept multiple submissions, and are on the lookout for diverse topics and styles. Simultaneous submissions are also welcome; please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Judged by esteemed writers and publishers, from Judith Freeman and Kim Barnes to poets Dana Levin and Cheryl Boyce Taylor, winning submissions in all four genres receive a $1,000 prize and publication

Deadline: January 31, 2016

For more details, please visit



1000 WORDS or LESS wishes to give as many amateur and professional writers as possible, the opportunity to develop and showcase their craft and creative skill in the shorter story genre.  One entry will be selected for a $1,000 cash award.  $100 cash prizes will be available for up to 5 other entries.  Prizes will be paid in Australian dollars (AUD).  Approximately 50 entries will be selected for publication to capture the creativity, inspiration, ideas and thoughts of a diverse range of writers and provide a permanent published record of contemporary, past or futuristic ideas or themes.  The authors will retain copyright of their own work.

The entrant may choose any subject, theme, idea or inspiration.  All eligible and valid entries will be read and reviewed.  Additional guest judge/s may be appointed to assist with the final judging.  The judge/s decision will be final and no correspondence or negotiation will be entered into or considered.  Judge/s will be representative of a broad cross-section of people to ensure a wider selection of entries receive awards based on creative merit as well as appeal, popularity, interest and engagement.

How to Enter the Competition

Please send an email to to obtain a copy of the story template, entry form, eligibility criteria and guidelines.

For more details, please visit


The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

The deadline for the 2016 competition is 31st January 2016. The Judge is poet Anne-Marie Fyfe and she will read all the submissions.

First prize: £1,000
Second prize: £300
Third prize: £100
Plus 4 x £50

For more details, please visit


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:

  1. Have a connection, no matter how incidental to Australia (eg the protagonist might dislike Tony Abbott); and
  2. 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


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


Arc Poem of the Year

In 2016, Arc will be awarding one $5,000 grand prize to the Poem of the Year…and we’ll be accepting email submissions!

NEW THIS YEAR: a new $500 prize for the Honourable Mention!

DEADLINE: February 1, 2016.

The entry fee is $35 CDN, and includes a one-year Canadian subscription of Arc*

Contest entry fees may be paid online or by cheque or money order mailed with your hard copy contest submissions.

Arc welcomes Poem of the Year entries from Canada, the United States, and around the world. Entrants outside Canada must submit entry fees in Canadian funds. Please use the online payment option or mail a cheque or money order in Canadian funds.

Entrants may submit up to two unpublished poems with each $35 fee (extra poems: $5 per poem).

Deadline: Entries must be emailed or postmarked no later than 11:59 pm, February 1, 2016.

For more details, please visit


The 2016 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize

Deadline: February 1, 2016


  • $350 First Place
  • $100 Second Place
  • $75 Third Place

All finalists will be published in THR´s spring 2016 issue. To enter the contest, participants should mail a $10 donation by check or money order (we cannot accept cash) made out to The Heartland Review and up to three (3) poems to:

2016 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize c/o Sandi Howard Elizabethtown Community & Technical College 600 College Street Road Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Or you can enter the contest electronically here… (The subject line should read JBB2016)

For more details, please visit


The 2016 Flash-Fiction Contest

What can you create in 1200 words?


  • $100 First Place
  • $50 Second Place
  • $25 Third Place

Award-winners and finalists will be published in THR´s special Flash-fiction Issue. To enter the contest, participants should mail a $5 donation by check or money order (we cannot accept cash) made out to The Heartland Review and one (1) 1200-word story per entry to:

2016 Flash Fiction Contest c/o Sandi Howard Elizabethtown Community & Technical College 600 College Street Road Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Or you can enter the contest electronically here… (The subject line should read FF2016)

Deadline for entries is postmark February 1, 2016. Winners will be announced in April.

For more details, please visit


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.

For a classic example of a postcard story, read “Grizzly Bill” or “Nettie, Rose, Daphne and Ginger.”

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

For more details, please visit


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


Grayson Books Chapbook Contest 2016

$20.00 USD

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


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)
2016 Deadline

The deadline for the 2016 Novella Prize is February 1, 2016 (postmark date).

For more details, please visit


Postcard Story Contest

$15.00 CAD

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.


Doolin Writers’ Competition

Short Story Prize

Judged by Anthony Glavin
1st Prize €1000 + Banshee Lit Editorial Team will consider the story for publication
2nd Prize- free pass to Doolin writers’ weekend + 2 nights accommodation

Poetry prize

Judged by Dave Lordan
1st prize €1000 + banshee lit editorial Team will consider the poem for publication
2nd prize- free pass to Doolin writers’ weekend +2 nights accommodation

Deadline: February 5, 2016

For more details, please visit


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


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


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


The Nashville Live Read Screenplay Competition Is Now Open for Entries!

Enter your script now! The winning feature film screenplay will be celebrated with a live-read event at the Nashville Writers Conference, which is part of the Nashville Film Festival.

Winners will also receive VIP access to The Big Pitch event at the Nashville Writers Conference, a series of one-on-one pitch sessions between you and Hollywood producers, executives, agents and literary managers. The format will follow a ‘speed dating’ model – one-on-one rotating sessions with producers and execs – mixed with top writers and “pitch gurus” to give feedback and tips. Each participant will have dozens of pitching opportunities directly to deal makers.

Deadline for entries: March 1, 2016

For more details, please visit


NASJA East First Annual Communications Contest

Have a great snow sports story, photo or video? Enter the NASJA East Communications Contest and you could win $500.00 CASH!

NASJA East is seeking works that tell exceptional stories about snow sports.  Theses stories should depict people having fun participating or watching snow sports.  The goal is to promote snow sports. These works can be in the form of stories, photos or videos or any combination thereof.

Eligible entries:

Written content (photos are encouraged)




All entries must relate to events that occurred between January 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016.

Submissions must be made by midnight (est) March 1, 2016 (as confirmed by organizers)

For more details, please visit


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


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


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™.


Entries and nominees will be evaluated by judges, who will choose up to eight finalists in each of the following generic categories (full category guidelines here):

*Best Novel
*Best First Novel
*Best Nonfiction
*Best Young Adult
*Best Children’s
*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


2016 Ghost Story Competition: open now!

If you fancy getting your 2016 off to a spooky start, you might like to know that this year’s ghost story competition is now open for entries.

The first prize this year is £500. Entry costs £8, and the deadline is midnight on 31st March. Word count should be between 1,000 and 7,000 words. Full details, along with the online entry form, are available on our website right here.

If you need inspiration, you can find our previous winners in the anthologies New Ghost Stories and New Ghost Stories II. If you’ve already read those, watch out for our next anthology, coming next month, which will contain the winning stories from 2015.

For more details, please visit…/ghost-story-competition.php


The Masters Review Anthology

$20.00 USD

Ends on 3/31/2016

Submissions are open from January 15, 2016 to March 31, 2016. This year stories will be selected by author Amy Hempel who will select ten winners from a shortlist of forty. This category is open to ALL EMERGING WRITERS. Anyone who has not yet published a novel at the time of submission.

Deadline for entry is March 31, 2016. The shortlist will announce on April 15, 2016 and winners will be announced no later than May 15, 2016. The book is published in the fall.

For more details, please visit



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


The  Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016

BEGINS9:00 a.m. Jan 01, 2016 (US Central time) 

ENDS11:59 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


Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Contest Opens: Aug 15, 2015

Deadline: Apr 01, 2016

Results Announced: Aug 15, 2016

Theme: Humor

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


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!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


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


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


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


The 2016 Shakespeare Selfie writing challenge for students


Write a modern-day soliloquy or monologue by a Shakespearean character. Your soliloquy should be based on a prominent news, pop culture or current affairs event from the last year (April 2015-April 2016). It can be in iambic pentameter or modern-day language.

You can write about one of the topics we’ve suggested below, or choose one of your own.


April 2016 (specific contest period to be announced).


Grades 7-9 and grades 10-12 students who are Canadian residents. (There are two separate age categories.)


200-400 words


There is an iPad mini for each category’s grand prize winner (grades 7-9 and 10-12).

For more details, please visit


Far Horizons Awards

Prize money: $1000
Entries due every May 1 (emailed or postmarked)

As a complement to the Novella and Long Poem prizes, the Far Horizons Awards are short-form contests, with the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction given during odd years and the Far Horizons Award for Poetry in even. Only open to writers who have yet to publish in book form for the genre in question. Winning entries appear in the Autumn issue.


8th CANADIAN STORIES Contest for Short Stories, Poetry,

and Black & White Art

A total of $2,700 in prize money will be awarded:
True Stories $350 The Bruno Penner Prize
Creative Non-Fiction  $350 The Marie Minaker/Beth Moore Prize
Fiction $350 The Ruth Zavitz Prize
Poetry $350 The Gary Miller Prize (judged by Dianne Ferris)
Canadian Essay $350 The Alvin Ens Prize
Lest We Forget $350 The Jeannie Parsons Prize
Black & White Line Art $350 The Harry Buller Prize (R&R Printing Plus)
“Wild Card” $200 The Krown Rust Prize)
First Honourable Mention $50 The Kay Parley Prize

DEADLINE: May 15, 2016. Notification approximately one month later.

For more details, please visit Winners will be published in the August 1, 2016 or October 1, 2016 issue of CANADIAN STORIES.


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


New Letters Prizes

$4,500 in awards for writers

Deadline: May 18, 2016

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry for the best group of three to six poems.

The $1,500 Dorothy Cappon Prize for Nonfiction for the best Essay.

The $1,500 Alexander Cappon Prize for Fiction for the best short story.

Upload your writing online by midnight Monday, May 18th. Entries sent after midnight May 18th cannot be considered or refunded. Please read guidelines carefully to insure best service.  For a printable version of the guidelines, click here.

Postmark by May 18, 2016.

For more details, please visit


Neil Postman Award for Metaphor

Rolling Deadline
(no fee)

Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.

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

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


Nonfiction Book Awards

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


– See more at:


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


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

! Competition !

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

Continuing call:   No fees… no deadlines….

Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR


Zone 3 Nonfiction Award

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


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



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


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

For more information, visit

Ongoing deadlines.


The People’s Book Awards

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

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


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


Orlando Prize

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

Biannual Deadlines:  January and July 31

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

Submit Online

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

For more details, visit


Hillerman Prize

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

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

For details, visit


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



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


Bellevue Literary Review Prizes

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

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

Contest guidelines

See more at:


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

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

  • PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500

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.




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


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


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


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.


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