TWP Weekly Writing Post™ 2016 June 26-July 2 Edition

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Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.
~ Tennessee Williams

 

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Tennessee Williams is probably not the only writer who wrote because he found life unsatisfactory. We’ve all heard of the power of the pen and there’s no denying a lot of writers, through their writing, have made a great impact on the world. People have changed their minds and their ways because of what some writers have been brave enough to publish. While certain forms and genres lend themselves more easily to influencing their readers, even literary compositions—poetry, fiction, drama—can make a huge impact. Think Uncle Tom’s Cabin or The Hollow Men or the currently popular Hamilton running on Broadway. Writing only needs a few people to realize its potential effect on society for it to spread like wildfire, and if the writing deals with problems that recur throughout time and wide geographical swaths, that writing becomes a force to reckon with. The little things we find unsatisfactory could be the same things the rest of the world finds unsatisfactory and it only needs a writer to express an idea that resonates with everyone. Then, perhaps, something will be done about them.

Do you know of any powerful writing? Share it in The Writing Pool™ with people who love the written word. You can also read about various aspects of writing at Creativity Unlimited .

Happy writing!

~cpl

 

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NEWS

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CAA Lit Awards Winners Revealed

June 18, 2016 – The Canadian Authors Association today announced the winners of its 2016 Literary Awards during a lunch event held at the Canadian Writers’ Summit in Toronto, Ontario.

The 2015 Canadian Authors Literary Awards winners are as follows:

 

CAA Award for Fiction

  • Nino Ricci, Toronto, Ontario, for Sleep (Doubleday Canada)

CAA Award for Canadian History

  • Debra Komer, Collingwood, Ontario, for The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr.  (Goose Lane Editions)

CAA Award for Poetry

  • Joe Denham, Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, for Regeneration Machine (Nightwood Editions)

CAA Emerging Writer Award

  • Kayla Czaga, Vancouver, British Columbia, nominated by Nightwood Editions

Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Award

  • Caroline Vu, Montreal, Quebec, for Palawan Story (Deux Voiliers Publishing)

Introduced in 1975, the CAA Literary Awards honour Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal – a tradition originally begun in 1937 with the creation of the Governor General’s medals for literature (now overseen by the Canada Council of the Arts). The competition is open to all writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. This event marks the second time the awards have been held during the Leacock Summer Festival.

 

Founded by Stephen Leacock and several other prominent Canadian writers in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association has continued to maintain a focus on “writers helping writers” since its inception.

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Call for Nominations: PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

PEN Canada calls for nominations for the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize, which recognizes champions of freedom of expression in Canada. The particular focus of the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow prize is freeing “information and ideas” from restraint or interference.

The prize, named in memory of Kenneth A. Filkow, Q.C., a distinguished Winnipeg lawyer, former chair of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, and an active member of PEN Canada’s Canadian Issues Committee, is given annually to an individual or institution in Canada who has demonstrated courage and integrity in the interest of freedom of expression. The prize is worth $1,000.

The PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize will be awarded to an individual or group in Canada whose work has advanced freedom of speech in Canada or more broadly.

For more details, please visit https://pencanada.ca/news/2016-call-for-nominations-pen-canadaken-filkow-prize/

 

Deadline: July 15, 2016

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PEI LOCAL/ATLANTIC

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PARC is Seeking Interim Program Coordinator for 9-month term

June 09, 2016

For immediate release: New Position at PARC
Seeking interim Program Coordinator for 9-month term.

PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre) is seeking an interim Program Coordinator. A dynamic organization that fosters the creation and development of Atlantic Canadian plays, PARC provides services and opportunities to both established and emerging playwrights in the Atlantic region.

The successful candidate will have an excellent track record for writing successful grant proposals, funding applications and reports to government and foundations; is an expert event organizer; available to work 30 hours per week September 2016 through May 2017; able to work in Sackville, NB a few days each month as required and for the month of May; and will work in close partnership with the General Manager, Artistic Director, and Board of Directors. Remuneration is $3,000 per month.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/24YbrqL

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GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST

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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.

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Elizabeth Murray at the Confederation Centre Public Library

Elizabeth Murray will be visiting Confederation Centre Public Library, Tuesday, July 5, 6:30

p.m. to talk about her new book, Holding on to Mamie. Murray’s book is a daughter’s memoir

about her mother’s battle with dementia and the devastating impact the illness had on their once-close relationship. During her cognitive decline, Mamie wrote a multitude of notes to help her understand what was happening to and around her. The notes evidence the anger and paranoia that are often symptomatic of dementia and document her sudden mistrust of her daughter. Some of the notes form a parallel narrative to Elizabeth’s story, offering a fresh perspective on this debilitating disease. “Holding on to Mamie” provides unique insight into the inner turmoil of a woman living with dementia as well as the fears and frustrations of her daughter, who was also her primary caregiver.

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Indie Publishing in Atlantic Canada

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 colleen@savvyfox.ca.

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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

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Open Invitation

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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CONTESTS AND CALLS

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See more at www.thewritingpool.com

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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/

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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.

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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.

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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 http://www.writingmaps.com/pages/contest

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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

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The Moth International Short Story Prize

Judged this year by John Boyne, The Moth awards £3000 and publication to the best piece of fiction under 6000 words, open to anyone. Second and third place prizes include £1000 and enrollment in the Circle of Misse writing retreat. Full submission details here.
Submission fee: $12 for each category Deadline: June 30

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Autumn House Literary Prizes

The Autumn House Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, selected by three judges. Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). Submit by mail or online via the Autumn House submission manager.
Submission fee: $30 for each category Deadline: June 30

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EMWF Literary Contest

Deadline: Postmarked June 30, 2016

Open to new, aspiring and modestly published writers over the age of 16.

Contest Categories:

  • Short Story: Max 2500 words
  • Poetry: A poem or collection, no more than five poems
  • Creative Non-Fiction: Max 2500 words

Prizes:

The best entry in each category will win a $250 prize. Winners will be invited to read a short selection from their work at the festival on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Entry Fee:

  • $15 Canadian per entry, please make cheques payable to “Eden Mills Writers Festival”

For more details, please visit https://emwritersfestival.wordpress.com/contests/

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Teen Poetry Contest

2016 Theme: Roads and Journeys

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Prizes:

  • 2 Grand Prize Winners of $50
  • 2 Runners-up of $25

One Grand Prize and one Runner-up prize will be awarded from each level: 

  • Jr. High (Gr. 9-10)
  • Sr. High (Gr. 11-12)

For more details, please visit https://emwritersfestival.wordpress.com/contests/

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Children’s Poetry Contest

2016 Theme: Roads and Journeys

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Prizes:

  • 3 Grand Prize Winners of $50
  • 3 Runners-up of $25

One Grand Prize and one Runner-up prize will be awarded from each level:

  • Primary (Gr. 1-3)
  • Junior (Gr. 4-6)
  • Intermediate (Gr. 7-8)

For more details, please visit https://emwritersfestival.wordpress.com/contests/

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North Street Book Prize

2nd year. Your self-published book can win up to $1,500 plus expert marketing services.

Please submit during February 15-June 30, 2016. We are accepting self-published books in the categories of Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction & Memoir. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. Length limit: 150,000 words.

The winner of each category will receive $1,500, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value). Two honorable mentions in each category will receive $250. Results will be announced on February 15, 2017. Fee: $50 per book.

For more details, please visit https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/north-street-book-prize

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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

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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/

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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

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2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition 

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

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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

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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

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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/

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Lit Pop 2016

The POP Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine have once again collaborated to bring you North America’s most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for your best stories and poems. Winners will have their work published in Matrix, and receive free travel to POP Montreal for a night in their honor.

Our 2016 judges are Sam Lipsyte (Fiction) and Brenda Shaughnessy (Poetry).

The winners, one from each category, will receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September Sep 21 – Sep 25, 2016, a VIP pass to POP Montreal, free accommodation at a hotel, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and will participate in a presentation at a special Matrix Lit POP event during the festival.

This contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States. The final deadline for all submissions is July 1st, 2016. Winners will be notified in August. Poets are asked to send no more than 5 poems; fiction writers should send stories of no more than 4000 words. Each entry is 25$.

For more details, please visit http://www.matrixmagazine.org/#!litpopawards/c1yuk

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R i c h a r d  J.  M a r g o l i s  A w a r d

The Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center combines a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center with a $5,000 prize. It is awarded annually to a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice. The award was established in honor of Richard J. Margolis, a journalist, essayist and poet who gave eloquent voice to the hardships of the rural poor, migrant farm workers, the elderly, Native Americans and others whose voices are seldom heard. He was also the author of a number of books for children.

Blue Mountain Center is a writers and artists colony in the Adirondacks in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.

Send applications to:

Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center
c/o Margolis & Bloom
535 Boylston Street, 8th floor
Boston, MA 02116

Writing samples, bio and project description may also be e-mailed as PDF files to award@margolis.com.

Deadline: July 1, 2016

The award winner will be announced in November.

For more details, please visit http://award.margolis.com/

 

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The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation

Created in 1989, The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation has its own Constitution, Officers and independent Board of Trustees.

Each year, The Foundation administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script.

The award winner receives $2,500, a trip to New York City, and an invitation to the International Emmy® Awards Gala in November.

The 2016 Competition is now open – Deadline is July 1, 2016.

For more details, please visit http://www.iemmys.tv/foundation.aspx

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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: http://blr.med.nyu.edu/submissions/BLRPrizes#sthash.UNzlpPcL.dpuf

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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

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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 Wellsand 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. 

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Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest

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

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Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2016

Imtiaz Dharker, this year’s poetry competition judge, is a poet, artist and documentary film – maker. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, recipient of the Cholmondeley Award and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her most recent collection is Over the Moon (Bloodaxe). With Poetry Live! she reads to over 25,000 students a year.

Adult Prizes

First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales. www.tynewydd.org
Second Prize: £500
Third Prize: £250

Young Person’s prizes

First Prize: £100 cash
Second Prize: £50
Third Prize: £25

Children’s Prizes

First Prize: £25 book token
Second Prize: £15 book token
Third Prize: £10 book token

All winners get to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017 – if abroad there is the possibility of Skyping at the winners’ event.

For more details, please visit http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-poetry-competition/

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“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

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The Fringe

Deadline: July 15th, 2016

Entry Requirements

  • Open to writers unpublished in book format and who have not previously read at The Fringe
  • Prose: Maximum 2500 words, double-spaced
  • Poetry: Three to five poems, maximum five pages, single-spaced.

Entry Fee:

  • $10 reading fee per entry.
  • Please no cash, make cheques payable to “Eden Mills Writers’ Festival”

For more details, please visit https://emwritersfestival.wordpress.com/contests/

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 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 wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk 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

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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/

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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:

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

 

Short Fiction, Screenwriting and Poetry: 

First Place               $1,000

Second Place           $500

Third Place              $100

 

Flash Fiction:

First Place               $500

Second Place           $100

Third Place              $50

 

 

Entry Fees:

Short Fiction            $20.00

Poetry                     $20.00

Screenwriting          $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

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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

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The Flash Fiction Challenge

The Flash Fiction Challenge is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create short stories (1,000 words max.) based on genre, location, and object assignments. Each writer will participate in at least 2 writing challenges and as many as 4 depending on how well they place in each challenge.  When the competition begins, writers are placed in groups where they will be judged against other writers within their same group.  Each group receives its own unique genre, location, and object assignments (see past examples here).  After 2 challenges, the top 5 writers that score the highest advance to the next challenge.  In Challenge #3, writers are placed in new groups and given a new genre, location, and object assignment.  The top 4 writers from each of the groups in Challenge #3 advance to the fourth and final challenge of the competition where they are given the final genre, location, and object assignment and compete for thousands in cash and prizes.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition below or click here for a more detailed description of how the competition works.  Good luck!

 

It’s easy to register.  First, download the Official Rules and Participation Agreement.  Once you have read the rules, you are ready to register by clicking here.  The entry fee is US$45* by the Early Entry Deadline of June 16th and US$55* until the Final Entry Deadline of July 21st.

For more details, please visit http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/FFC/Challenge.htm

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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

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The 2017 Press 53 Award for Poetry

Award includes:

Publication by Press 53 of the winning poetry collection as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

$1,000 cash advance

1/4-page color ad in Poets & Writers magazine

The Press 53 Award for Poetry is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished collection of poems. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States.

 

Dates for submission: April 1, 2016—July 31, 2016. Submissions will close at midnight Eastern Standard Time on July 31. (Note: Deadline can be extended at the discretion of Press 53.)

 

For more details, please visit http://www.press53.com/Award_for_Poetry.html

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Winchester Poetry Prize 2016

~celebrating the best in new writing~

First Prize: £1,000

2nd Prize: £500

3rd Prize: £250

Judge: Mimi Khalvati

Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems

Closing Date: 31 July 2016

Like the festival from which it springs Winchester Poetry Prize aims to surprise and delight.

In addition to receiving cash prizes winners will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event at Winchester Poetry Festival on Sunday 9 October 2016. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology to be launched at Winchester Poetry Festival.

To find out more visit this page.

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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

 

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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 http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/awards/orlando/

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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 christopher@imustbeoff.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

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2016 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize

Deadline: August 1

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for its Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. One award of $1,000 CAD is given.

The Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize is awarded to the best work submitted to the magazine’s annual contest for a genre that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

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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.

PRIZES

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

 

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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
*$200 honorarium
*A bio and photo featured on our website
*Chapbook will be sent out for review and promotion

Deadline: 8/1/2016

For more details, please visit https://palookamag.submittable.com/submit/14464

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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/

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WOW 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

For more details, please visit http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

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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

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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/

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2016 Book & Chapbook Contest

Contest Judge: Matt Bell

Prize: $1000, publication, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book

The Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest is an annual prize for a fiction manuscript. The winning manuscript will be published by Conium Press as a standalone title. The winning author receives $1,000, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Additional author copies may be purchased at a discounted wholesale rate.

Any length is eligible. However, chapbooks and short- to mid-sized books are ideal. You may submit a gigantic maximalist novel, but every single page better be awesome; filler is for calzones, not books.

Contest Deadlines

Submissions must be received between June 1st, 2016 and September 1st, 2016. All submissions must include a $25.00 entry fee. The winner will be announced in late 2016 or early 2017.

Contest Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted through our Submittable page between June 1st, 2016 September 1st, 2016

For more details, please visit http://coniumreview.com/contests/book-chapbook-contest/

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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.

ENTER NOW | LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

Now let’s get to some of those details.

PRIZES:
  • $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

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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 deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2016.

The official rules for the competition can be found at www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html.

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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
Prize: $500

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.

http://pulpliterature.com/contests/

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The Malahat Review 2017 Open Season Awards

Submissions for this contest will be accepted as of August 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1500 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2017 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2016.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html

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Master’s Review Fall Fiction Contest

In the fall we pair with a guest judge to help select stories for our Fall Fiction Contest. The fall is literary submission season and we look forward to acknowledging three excellent stories.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and personal correspondence with our guest judge. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and letters from the judge on why your story was chosen.

DEADLINE: Nov 15

For more details, please visit https://mastersreview.com/calendar/

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Master’s Review Short Story Award for New Writers

Because our Short Story Award for New Writers is a favorite, the contest awards three stories in the winter as well. $2000 to the best short story written by an emerging writer. The Short Story Award not only offers cash prizes, but agency review from some of the country’s best agencies.

PRIZES: First place wins $2000, publication on the site, and agency review. Second and third place writers win $200 and $100 respectively, publication on the site, and agency review.

DEADLINE: Jan 15, 2017

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The Malahat Review 2017 Long Poem Prize

Submissions for the 2017 contest (deadline February 1) will be accepted starting November 2016.

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1,000 CAD each are given. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. The Long Poem Prize is offered every second year, alternating with the Novella Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

The deadline for the 2015 Long Poem Prize is February 1, 2017.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/long_poem_prize/info.html

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Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

(deadline May 1)

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging short-story writers from Canada and abroad to enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction.

Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form (a book is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). One prize of $1,000 (CAD) is awarded. Authors contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction, the Pushcart Prize, and the Journey Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

2017 Contest Information: This year’s contest deadline is May 1. Submissions will be accepted starting early February.

For more details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/far_horizons_fiction/info.html

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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: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/postman/

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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: http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/nonfiction-book-awards/#sthash.H0SVcAFl.dpuf

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

http://thistledewtheatre.blogspot.com/

 

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

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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

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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

 

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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

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Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests

Prizes

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 submit@wieldingpowerpublishing.com

For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/

Ongoing deadlines.

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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 winner@thebookawards.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/

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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

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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.

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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.

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EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

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Banff Fall Literary Programs Registration Deadlines

June 29, 2016             Mountain and Wilderness Writing

Sept. 7, 2016              Emerging Writers Intensive

Ongoing                      Self-Directed Writing Residency

 

Click on each line to access the link or visit https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts

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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/

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ONTARIO WRITERS WORK-IN-PROGRESS GRANTS
http://www.arts.on.ca/Page118.aspx
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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