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|After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
~ Philip Pullman
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Considering the hierarchy of human needs (Maslow, 1943), literature might not be on anyone’s minds until all their other needs are fulfilled. From the perspective of this theory, you can’t feed a starving, homeless person poetry and expect them to appreciate it. However, as a student, I often preferred to save my allowances and spend them on books rather than on food. Even now, as long as I have a good book to read, art to view, something to write or paint or create, I am happier than you could make me with the most delectable dishes. There’s no saying what I’d feel, though, if I truly didn’t have a place to sleep, clothes on my back, and food in my fridge. Yet, if we were to look at the lives of some Asian monks, for instance, they live the simplest of lives, not owning anything except a beggar’s bowl, on which they depend to collect food other people might share with them. They wear simple robes and shave their heads, taking away any concerns about fashion or beauty. Fasting is not uncommon to them, either, but they still spend hours producing amazingly breathtaking works of art. I think, in many ways, fulfilment of the higher orders of needs—belonging and love, esteem, cognitive, aesthetic, self-actualization, and transcendence—spills over into the lower needs. When our higher-order needs are fulfilled, the lower-order needs don’t seem as important, and the feeling achieved from fulfillment most likely triggers the release of feel-good chemicals in the body—the endorphins that give us that natural high. When we feel good, we don’t notice physical discomforts and other shortfalls in our lives. Where does literature come in? Stories connect us with the lives of other people, whether real or fictional, and allow us the vicarious experience of whatever is brought to life in the stories. This gives us something of a natural high and fulfills several levels of needs at the same time. Granted, they don’t give us actual nourishment and shelter, stories allow us to experience belonging, love, achievement, and knowledge. They can give us a million things and more that many of us might otherwise not experience in our actual lives. Without stories, we would not learn as much about the people we are with everyday, the people we care about, the people we meet later in life, the people we spend our lives with whom we knew nothing about before we met them. In many ways, stories even provide us with a companionship we sometimes cannot get from living, breathing beings. In that one little point, I disagree with Pullman.
PEIWriters’ Guild AGM
The PEI Writers’ Guild executive would like to invite you to the 2016 Annual General Meeting being held on Saturday, June 11th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm at The Merchantman’s Next Door space at 56 Water Street. The meeting will go from 3:00pm – 4:30pm and will be followed by a Sociable, which will feature prizes and an open mic. Items on the agenda are the President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Ratification of Board Members, Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, and discussion of priorities and initiatives for the upcoming year. PEIWG memberships can be purchased at the AGM. Come alone, come with friends. All are welcome.
Christy Ann Conlin Reads at the Confederation Centre Public Library
Confederation Centre Public Library is pleased to welcome author Christy Ann Conlin who will be reading from her new book, “the Memento”, a strange tale of madness, murder and dark secrets set on the rugged Bay of Fundy. Conlin’s long awaited novel, draws together a coming of age story with elements of ghost stories, haunted houses, family curses and folk tales. Fancy is the twelfth child of Marilyn, who struggles with alcoholism and tragedy, and is estranged from her daughter. As “a twelfth-born Mosher”, Fancy is in line to become the possessor of the family’s “memento,” an ability to see or interact with the dead. “The Memento” weaves a powerful spell, a strange force, both psychological and emotional. Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.
Submit your short film; over $4K in prizes up for grabs in the NSI Online Short Film Fest
$4,750 in cash awards are available to be won through the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. Films are now being accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway until Friday, June 17, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. CST.
Films that meet award criteria are eligible for the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award, the $1,000 Brian Linehan Actors Award and the $1,000 Corus Fearless Female Director Award. These awards are presented four times a year. The $1,500 Blue Ant Media Documentary Award is presented twice a year. Read more about the awards.
Entries must not exceed 30 minutes in length – the shorter the better. Drama, comedy, animation, documentary, sci-fi, horror, music video and experimental are all eligible but must be made by a Canadian writer, director or producer. The festival accepts films released after January 1, 2011.
Peggy Hogan Reads at the Confederation Centre Public Library
On Saturday, June 18, 2 p.m. Island author, Peggy Hogan, will be reading from her newest book, “Milo’s Burden”, at Confederation Center Public Library. In this latest offering from Hogan, a wooden carving is brought to life by a young boy. But the new-born woman, Malissa, has a terrible flaw: her only emotion is rage. It feeds the power that surges through her and will not let her rest until she holds the entire world in a vicious death grip. Milo, the young boy who animated Malissa, has inadvertently upset the forces of Lifefire, and disrupted its delicate balance. With his sister and her friend, and an old man and his mangy dog, he must travel deep within the mountains to discover the secrets of Lifefire before rage rules the world.
GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST
SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE
$2,400 in Prizes to be won!
Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.
Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest: Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems.
Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2016 and Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2016
For complete submission guidelines, please go to www.antigonishreview.com and click on contest.
Join us at the Forum’s Maritime Hall on August 20th from 9 am to 4 am to celebrate Atlantic Canadian indie authors! The first annual Indie Authors’ Extravaganza will bring together indie authors, indie publishing professional and readers to network and talk about the ins and outs of self-publishing.
Indie authors and publishing professions (editors, designers, illustrators) can reserve a table for $15 for our book fair. This will give authors a chance to get their books in front of readers and connect with others in the industry. Those who work in the industry will be able to meet with potential clients and also inform the general public about the behind the scenes aspect of self-publishing.
There will also be opportunities for authors to read from their works and in the afternoon there will be panels and talks about independent publishing in today’s industry.
Our main goal is to give self-published authors a chance to meet each other and develop relationships while building a stronger local indie publishing community. We also want to give local readers a chance to meet and chat with local indie authors.
This is going to be a super fun event and we are so excited to get the chance to spread some indie love!
To book a table or for more information please contact Natalie at 902.240.4502 or email Colleen at email@example.com.
Cargo Lit Submissions Open for Issue 6
Hey all you lovers of travel and passion and adventure, Cargo’s reading period is open for Issue 6, due out next month. Whether it’s a photo you took, an experience you want to share, or a piece of art you created inspired by your place in a new world, we at Cargo Lit want to hear about it.
Don’t forget we are always looking for portrait shots for our covers – your photo or art could make the next cover of Cargo.
To drop your submission in our box, follow the links here through Submittable: http://cargoliterary.com/submit/
We are waiting for you!
the cargo team
The poetry engine awaits you at www.poetrypei.com!
New poets 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.
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Field of Words Writing Competitions
The 2016 Flash Fiction and Short Story competitions (round One) are now open. Send us your best work!
Field of Words is dedicated to helping emerging writers grow. To this end, we now run international writing competitions in the categories of short fiction and flash fiction three times per year. All entrants must be aged 18 and over. Both categories offer cash prizes for the winner and runner-up.
The names and works of competition winners and runners up will be published on our Home page. The names and works of all monthly finalists will be regularly published on either our Short Story Competition Finalists page, or our Flash Fiction Competition Finalists page. The announcement of finalists is dependent upon the quality of work submitted. If stories do not meet the high standard expected of a competition finalist, then no finalists will be chosen for that month.
For more details and guidelines, please visit http://fieldofwords.com.au/writing-competition/
Tethered By Letters
Tethered by Letters has launched a new Twitter micro fiction contest, #Blink! Stories must be 140 characters or less. A winner will be selected every two weeks. For more details, follow @TethrdbyLettrs and @FrictionSeries on Twitter.
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.
- 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
$50,000 International Literary Award for Unpublished Work
Deadline: June 8, 2016
We are looking for short stories, novels and screenplays, written in English, that give a voice to the inner lives of women. Your work can be romantic; a tale of science fiction; a sensual or erotic exploration; a comic caper; a thrilling mystery or a biographical memoir. We ask only that it gives fresh insight into the lives of women.
- Generous cash prize and global exposure
- Collaboration opportunities in multiple areas of entertainment
- Open to works across a range of genres
If you are an author with a script slumbering in a drawer, we want to hear from you.
The Award is an initiative of Half the World Holdings, a women-focused investment platform.
For details, please visit https://halftheworld.media/
The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award
-sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Department
Winning story: $1000
This contest is named in honour of Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in the founding of the magazine and has made an impact in the lives of many students in his longstanding role as lecturer at St. Jerome’s University.
The $1000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection. Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine.
Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly
There is no word limit. Entrants’ anonymity will be carefully preserved throughout the judging process; please ensure that your name does not appear on your document. Decisions will be made by August 31; finalists will be notified by email.
Deadline: The deadline of the contest has been extended from May 28th to June 13th, giving you an extra 16 days to get your submissions in!
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1QOC5km
Curt Johnson Prose Awards in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
december publishes exceptional, thought-provoking poetry, prose, and art.
december invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (essays, memoirs, biography, literary journalism, social or cultural commentary or analysis) and publishes only original, previously unpublished work. Self-publication and work that appears online are considered to have been published.
We do not charge a “reading fee” but there is a Submittable transmission fee for non-subscribers. This fee only partially covers our cost to use Submittable. The fee is waived for subscribers. To subscribe, please visit our website at www.decembermag.org/subscribe.
Deadline is June 15, 2016. For more details, please visit https://december.submittable.com/submit
International Writing Competitions 2016
We are very pleased to announce our judges:
Poetry (now in its 10th year) Roger Elkin; 1st prize £300
Short stories Amanda Hodgkinson; 1st prize £300
Vignettes Ed Briggs; Winner: £50
One-act plays Gordon Simms; Winner: £100
Closing date for all competitions 15th June 2016
For more details, please visit http://www.poetryproseandplays.com/
The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize
Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell? Wow us with your most economical and brilliant storytelling. This contest is for short fiction under 1000 words. Want feedback on your story? Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $15 more.
Contest opens: 1 May 2016
Deadline: 15 June 2016
Winner notified: 15 July 2016
Winner published in: Issue 13, Winter 2017
Entry fee: $15
Earlybird fee (before 15 May): $10
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.
This contest is for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 1000 words in length. Total entries limited to 300.
New Millenium Writings
Submission and Guidelines
1996-2016 ♥ Celebrating 20 Years
Thank you to all of the amazing writers who have made this possible, and welcome to
all newcomers who will help make the next 20 even better! We’re glad you’re here!
· Contest 42 is underway with a deadline of June 19, 2016
· $1,000 Award plus publication for each category – $4,000 total awards
· Fiction, Nonfiction, Short-Short Fiction, Poetry
· Payment is $20 per submission and includes your free copy of the anthology!
For more details, please visit http://submit.newmillenniumwritings.org/
£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016
judged by jane yeh & glyn maxwell
prizes: 1st £5,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500
first prize sponsored by cegin productions
plus 20 prizes of £25 each
plus an autumn 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading with jane yeh & glyn maxwell
on mon 31 oct 2016
…for all prize-winning poets
submissions, via e-mail or post, by tue 21 jun 2016
For more details, please visit http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes
Call for Submissions: Under the Gum Tree Inaugural Anniversary Contest
Celebrating 5 Years of Telling Stories Without Shame
Under the Gum Tree invites you to submit today to our first creative nonfiction contest, judged by Brenda Miller!
The theme of this contest is (un)seen/(un)heard.
For this contest, we are particularly interested in true stories, articulated in any form (straight-ahead narrative, lyric, modular, etc.), that invite us as readers and people into a space, experience, examination, or contemplation that brings us closer to our raw, complex, and varied humanity/ies, and challenges us to deeper authenticity with ourselves and fuller empathy toward others. Though many of us live in an age of amazing opportunities and freedoms, many of us (sometimes we are the same people) also live a lack of access to, and/or ownership of, core opportunities and freedoms. In our telling of our true stories, we can begin to move out of shame, silence, and loss and create a forum in which respect and honoring are the coins of the realm, a forum in which community lifts up more than it limits. Send us something that calls us out, something that draws us toward others. Send us something that sets us unequivocally on a path toward change. Learn more about our aesthetic at underthegumtree.com/submit.
Contest submissions are accepted between March 30 – June 30, 2016.
For more details, please visit http://www.underthegumtree.com/contest
The 2016 May Sarton NH Poetry Prize is now open for submissions!
Deadline: June 30th
Bauhan Publishing is pleased to announce our sixth annual May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is now accepting submissions. The award goes to a book-length collection of poetry (50-80 pages).
The winning poet will receive $1,000, publication of their collection, and 100 copies of the published book along with distribution through the University Press of New England (UPNE). The cost for submission is $25 per manuscript. Entrants may submit multiple manuscripts.
For more details, please visit http://www.bauhanpublishing.com/may-sarton-prize/
Emerald Theater Company’s Out of the Closet Playwriting Contest
A liberating yet tense 10-minute play fest
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Scripts are being accepted in two categories:
Category 1: An LGBT individual’s self-disclosure about their sexual orientation.
Category 2: Any interpretation of “Out of the Closet” literal or figurative.
For more details, please visit http://www.etcmemphistheater.com/10-minute-play-fest-2016.html
As a key program of The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, the Banff Mountain Book Competition is an internationally recognized literary competition that celebrates mountain literature in all of its forms.
Over $16,000 in cash to be awarded with 7 awards selected by an international jury of writers, adventurers and editors.
View website for full details including criteria and selection process.
Entry deadline: June 30, 2016
Blue Mountain Arts
Announces Its Twenty-eighth Biannual Poetry Card Contest
Deadline: June 30, 2016
1st prize: $300 * 2nd prize: $150 * 3rd prize: $50
In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on our website sps.com.
For more details, please visit http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html
Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize
The annual Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize offers a $1,000 prize, publication, and 25 author’s copies of an author’s first or second book length collection of poetry. Author receives a standard publishing contract. Initial print run is not less than 1,000 copies. Cider Press accepts submissions for the Editors Prize between April 1 and June 30 annually. For details, please visit http://ciderpressreview.com/bookaward/#.VttxERhGw4Q
New England Poetry Club Contests
New England Poetry Club has always recognized the outstanding work of poets with its annual awards and contests. Some awards, such as The Golden Rose and the May Sarton Award, are given in recognition of career excellence, while others are run as contests. This page is a complete listing of annual awards and contests. If you choose to enter a contest, please be sure to read the guidelines before entering, as they may have changed from previous years. The link to submit entries online can be found in the guidelines tab.
Submissions accepted only in May and June each year.
For more details, please visit http://www.nepoetryclub.org/contests/
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.
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
2016 NANO Prize
The 2016 NANO Prize, awarding publication and $1,000 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer,
will open on March 1!
This year’s contest will be judged by Kellie Wells, and to celebrate NANO Fiction’s tenth birthday, the entry fee will only be $10 for up to three shorts. All entrants will receive issue 10.1 and winners will be announced in mid-August.
Deadline: July 1, 2016
Visit nanofiction.org for more information on how to enter.
Headmistress Press, publisher of poetry books by lesbians, Lesbian Poet Trading Cards, and Lavender Review, is proud to announce our second annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest.
Our first-prize winner will be selected by Ellen Bass and will receive a $250 honorarium plus 20 copies of the winning book. Headmistress Press will also announce finalists, and may choose to publish other books from among the submitted manuscripts.
Headmistress authors receive ten copies of their book and discounts on all further purchases. At your request, the mistresses of Headmistress Press will provide feedback on your manuscript.
We will be accepting submissions from May 4 to July 4, 2016 and will announce a winner in the fall. Although we do charge a reading fee, we have always had a sliding scale, and no one will be turned away for lack of entrance fee.
For more details, please visit http://headmistresspress.blogspot.ca/p/submissions_5396.html
“Royal Nonesuch” Humor Writing Contest
Welcome to the THIRD annual Mark Twain House & Museum’s “Royal Nonesuch” Humor Writing Contest for writers of all ages from all corners of the globe!
Recognizing that Samuel Clemens (aka: Mark Twain) began writing at an early age and to encourage other young authors, we welcome submissions for two categories:
- Adult (age 18 and over at time of submission) at $23 per submission, and
- Young Author (age 17 and under at time of submission) at $13 per submission.
- Submissions fees go towards the preservation of The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. This contest is a whole new way for “Twainiacs” to support Mark Twain’s legacy. We thank you sincerely!
Celebrity Judges will be announced soon.
Your deadline is Sunday, July 10, 2016. Word limit is 7,000 words. Further guidelines and the submission portal will be released on February 1st.
Submit your original humorous essays and stories for a chance at a cash prize, and best of all – bragging rights! Last year’s winners took home $3,500+ in prizes.
For more details, please visit https://twainhouse.submittable.com/submit
The 2016 Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open!
Submissions are welcome in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. Ensure that you submit your entry/entries by the deadline: 5pm BST on 15 July 2016.
Winners will receive £300 and their entries will be published in Wasafiri.
For important Terms and Conditions, fees and entry details download the entry form online or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information (entries will only be accepted if accompanied by an entry form).
For more details, please visit http://www.wasafiri.org/wasafiri-new-writing-prize.asp
Master’s Review Short Story Award for New Writers
The Short Story Award for New Writers will be open from May 15 – July 15, 2016 and will award $2000 to the winner of the best piece of fiction by an emerging writer. Second and third place prizes will be $200 and $100, respectively, and all three stories will earn publication on the site and agency review by Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini by GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. in New York.
OPEN: May 15 – July 15
PRIZE: $2000 and publication to the winner. $200, $100 and publication to second and third place stories, respectively. Considered by Victoria Marini of GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. in New York for representation.
For more details, please visit https://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers/
The Central Coast Writers Contest
Call For Entries: Entries accepted beginning April 15, 2016.
Contestant Eligibility: All writers from any locale are welcome to submit entries.
Theme: The theme of the 2016 Central Coast Writers Contest is THE FINAL WORD. All entries must depict this theme, originally interpreted.
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
Short Fiction, Screenwriting and Poetry:
First Place $1,000
Second Place $500
Third Place $100
First Place $500
Second Place $100
Third Place $50
Short Fiction $20.00
Flash Fiction $15.00
Deadline: The contest deadline is July 15, 2016. All entries must be received by midnight on this date to be eligible. All entries must be paid in full by this date to be eligible.
For more details, please visit http://centralcoastwriterscontest.blogspot.ca/p/basic-rules.html
Big Break Screenwriting Contest Now Open!
- Enter your screenplay or TV script by July 15, 2016 and launch your career
- 11 Feature Genre and TV Format Winners share over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including The Final Draft/New York Film Academy Fellowship in Writing for Film & Television
- Two Grand Prize Award Winners are flown to Hollywood for a series of meetings and networking with industry professionals
- Join past winners who scored representation with A-list executives and have seen their scripts optioned, sold, and produced
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/20M9xY3
Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award
Map Literary is pleased to announce that the second Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award is now open for submissions. Named after our late colleague, this award honors beautiful, original writing through publication as a high-quality chapbook.
This year the award will focus on prose. Using our Submittable portal, submit a manuscript of fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, or prose poetry of about 7,000-12,000 words. The manuscript may be a collection of mixed pieces–short stories, flash fictions, prose poems, essays, or a stand-along excerpt from a longer work–but should be unified by a common theme. We seek new, original work, though individual pieces that have been previously published elsewhere may be included.
The deadline for entries is July 30th, 2016. There is no entry fee.
The winner will receive a $250.00 honorarium and 25 copies of the winning chapbook, which will be printed and sold on Amazon.com.
For more details, please visit http://www.mapliterary.org/rachel-wetzsteon-chapbook-award.html
2016 Travel Writing Contest — Submissions are Open!
It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you.We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–we want to read it.
- No entry fee. Yes, that’s right. You have nothing to lose.
- Open to anyone worldwide, but you need (access to) a PayPal account
- Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2016
For more details, please visit http://www.imustbeoff.com/p/blog-page.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/
Fourth Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition!
It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you. We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–we want to read it. We’re looking forward to your best writing.
- The Top essays will be published at I Must Be Off! (Authors retain copyright.)
- Second place prize: $50
- First place prize: $200
- Readers’ Choice Award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on September 30.
Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2016
Send entries with a 50-word third-person bio to email@example.com with the heading TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST.
For more details, please visit http://www.imustbeoff.com/2016/03/announcing-fourth-annual-i-must-be-off.html
Can’t Lit Without It CanLit Short Story Contest
HOW IT WORKS
1) Generate a CanLit premise at canlitgenerator.com.
2) Use the premise as the basis for a story. 500 words or less, any genre.
3) Enter to win literary fame and fortune. Deadline: August 1, 2016.
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250
Third Prize: $150
All winning entries will be published in Geist and on geist.com
ENTRY FEE: $20
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/25fgKHD
Palooka Press Chapbook Contest
About Palooka Press
The press was founded in 2012 to offer a publishing opportunity for writers seeking a home for shorter manuscripts.
How It Works
As always, we take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention and thorough consideration. We consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren’t looking for a particular aesthetic; we’re wiling to give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid. Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible with this in either direction. There is a $10 entry fee that comes with an electronic issue of Palooka. All pieces within entries are also considered for publication in the magazine.
The Winner Receives…
*Publication by Palooka Press (a professionally made perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover)
*20 free copies of the book
*A bio and photo featured on our website
*Chapbook will be sent out for review and promotion
For more details, please visit https://palookamag.submittable.com/submit/14464
The New Guard CONTESTS IN FICTION & POETRY
TNG Vol VI Contests in Fiction & Poetry are open. Deadline is August 15 at midnight.
TNG Volume VI contests in fiction & poetry are in full swing. The New Guard Vol VI Knightville Poetry Contest Judge is the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Stephen Dunn, and TNG‘s Vol VI Machigonne Fiction Contest Judge is the author Sarah Braunstein. Contest rules and guidelines are below for your information.
KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document. TNG Vol VI Judge: STEPHEN DUNN. $20 entry fee.
MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional work of fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel
excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. TNG Vol VI Judge: SARAH BRAUNSTEIN. $20 entry fee.
For more details, please visit http://www.newguardreview.com/tng-contests/
Poetry & Politics Competition
By Holland Park Press:
We invite you to write a political poem
The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much closer to home.
The author of the winning poem will receive £200.
The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine.
You can send in your entries from 1 March and the competition closes on 31 August 2016 at midnight GMT.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Wn95yB
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Now in its 10th year, the Award is an internationally renowned literary prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. It is a fantastic opportunity for established and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to an international audience. Previous entrants have achieved further publication and wider recognition in the literary world.
- £500 prize money for the Poetry winner
- £500 prize money for the Short Fiction winner
- Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
- A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
- One year print subscription to Granta
- Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
- Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
- A complimentary copy of the Anthology
For more details, please visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/
2016 Contest Open: The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction has a $1,000 Grand Prize
Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $1,200 in cash and prizes this November in our sixth annual creative writing contest, the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction.
Now let’s get to some of those details.
- $1,000 grand prize (1) – plus complimentary registration to HippoCamp 2017
- $150 runner-up (1)
- $25 honorable mention (3)
CONTEST DEADLINE AND RULES
- Enter between May 1 and Sept. 23, 2016.
- Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 4,000 words are eligible.
- A$12 entry fee supports the prizes. Submittable, our submission tool, retains a portion of this fee to cover its processing costs, and we thank them kindly for their service!)
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1Tbc0gk
2016 First Edition Children’s Book Contest
Books for Babies … and Toddlers, Too! is an innovative fundraising program of Southwest Human Development. We are seeking children’s book manuscripts for the second annual First Edition Children’s Book Contest. The selected manuscript will be professionally illustrated, published and promoted by Southwest Human Development and will receive a $1,000 advance and 8 percent royalty. For each book sold, Southwest Human Development will donate a book to a child in need using a One for One® model similar to that of TOMS Shoes.
For more details, please visit http://www.firsteditionproject.com/
Enter Shelf Unbound Magazine’s
Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition
Each year, Shelf Unbound Magazine’s Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition honors more than 100 indie/self-published books. In addition to $1,500 in cash prizes, we feature the winner, five finalists, and more than 100 “notable” books in the December/January issue of Shelf Unbound. You can read last year’s “winners” issue here: issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_december-january_2016.
Any independently published book in any genre in any publication year is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $50 per book.
The competition also includes the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books.
The official rules for the competition can be found at www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html.
The Raven Short Story Contest
We Pulp Literature editors collect stories like ravens in the woods, swooping down on what catches our eye and bringing the treasures — sometimes sparkling, sometimes grisly, but always fascinating — home to our nests. Want feedback on your story? Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $25 more. Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 5000 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $500 to line your nest!
Contest opens: 1 September 2016
Deadline: 15 October 2016
Winner notified: 15 November 2016
Winner published in: Issue 14, Spring 2017
Entry fee: $25
Editorial critique: $25
Earlybird fee (before 15 September): $20
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature
This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 500 and 5000 words in length. Multiple entries welcome. Total entries limited to 200.
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/
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
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
Non-Fiction Authors Association Upcoming Teleseminars
June 8, 2016 at 10 am – Brooke Warner on Publishing Industry Secrets to Self-Publishing Success
See more upcoming events here.
Banff Fall Literary Programs Registration Deadlines
Click on each line to access the link or visit https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts
Port Medway Readers’ Festival
The Port Medway Readers’ Festival is a literary festival that takes place in Port Medway, Nova Scotia, during July and August.
Founded in 2002 by Cynthia Wine and Philip Slayton, the Port Medway Readers’ Festival is an opportunity for readers to listen to and meet writers in an informal and friendly village setting. The Festival continues the tradition of the Tennysonian Reading Circle, started by the ladies of Port Medway in 1903.
This year’s readers include Elizabeth Hay (July 9), Joan Clark (July 23), and Calvin Trillin (August 20).
For more details, please visit http://portmedwayreadersfestival.com/
ONTARIO WRITERS WORK-IN-PROGRESS GRANTS
Purpose to assist professional writers to complete book-length works of literary merit. Ontario-based professional writers may apply for support for the continuation of new work in poetry or prose. Graphic novels and other comic arts projects will be received at a separate deadline of December 1, 2016. Please see Writers’ Works in Progress – Comic Arts for the guidelines and application. Deadline Dates: June 15 and October 18, 2016.
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