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The best writing has a certain musicality to it so that it flows smoothly from one word to the next, one sentence, paragraph, and chapter to another. It’s not just the flow of ideas, although that counts a great deal for keeping a work cohesive and understandable, but rather a flow in a more sensual way, the way music is sensual. To understand how your words can be musical, you must, first of all, understand the sound the words make. I tell my students to read their works aloud, if not to an audience, at least to themselves. The way words look on paper is not always how they sound and when you read your words, you will hear how they blend and flow together. You might read something out loud and feel it sounds wrong. That’s actually a fairly good indication the words don’t flow naturally or smoothly. If you read your words aloud and you love the way it sounds, others are likely to respond the same way. That’s because reading aloud taps into the elements of music, many of which we don’t realize are part of language as well. What am I talking about? One of the most important aspects of music is rhythm. You might be more familiar with this as beat. All music follows a regular beat. While words don’t always follow the same regular beat throughout a single work, especially when the work is long, a beat can be detected in combination of accents or stresses in words and sentences. Rhythmic poetry shows this most clearly in the use of meter. Even when you write poetry that is not metered, in particular free verse, you still need to be conscious of rhythm. You combine long and short words together, as well as a variety of word types: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Your sentences should vary in length, structure, and type. Many beginning writers try to cram as much as they can into single sentences which produce exceedingly long paragraphs. It’s better to break up complex and compound sentences into shorter ones. The basic rule you need to remember is to limit the idea in a sentence to a single idea or topic. If you have two or more subjects to your sentence, it most likely should be broken up. If you have several semicolons in your sentence, you can most probably break it up to be more effective. The longer your sentences, the less impact they have. Don’t go swinging in the other direction, though. I have seen a great deal of writing with several short sentences one after another, all with the same structure. This is exactly what editors and writing teachers refer to when they say your writing is choppy. Sure, sometimes you want to create emphasis by using some short sentences one after the other. My suggestion is limit it to three short consecutive sentences for emphasis—this could be great, especially for speeches—but break out of that right away and don’t use it too often or you’ll be defeating the purpose. You shouldn’t underestimate the value of varying paragraph length, either. Several blocks of long paragraphs one after another will easily tire your reader. Again, follow the one idea rule: limit the ideas you develop in a single paragraph to one. In fiction, you also need to try to limit the action in each paragraph. Multiple unrelated actions are best put in separate paragraphs, especially when the actions are performed by different people, unless the actions are all immediately related and not broken by dialogue. The rule for dialogue is to start a new paragraph each time a different character speaks. It’s also more effective to include the actions of a character speaking within the same paragraph containing that character’s speech.
Paulette Bourgeois Talk at Confederation Centre Art Gallery
The list of Paulette Bourgeois’s accomplishments is much too long for short form print: she’s received the Order of Canada, sold 60 million copies of her famed Franklin series of books, had her books translated into 38 languages and adapted into a TV series, and written as a national magazine columnist and screenwriter. She’s also a summer resident of PEI.
This summer, you have the chance to hear more about her life before, during and after Franklin the Turtle. Come hear how Paulette’s first Franklin manuscript was rejected by 6 publishers before Kids Can Press finally took a chance on her. 60 million copies later, the Franklin series is a triumphant success in Canada and across the world. CBC Radio host Matt Rainnie will get personal with Bourgeois as part of an interview and chat.
The event will take place Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds supporting the Reading Town PEI Festival and the PEI Writers’ Guild.
For more information on Paulette, visit www.paulettebourgeois.ca.
Play Reading at the Library
The Confederation Centre Public Library is pleased to present a staged reading of a Norm Foster play, “Old Love” on Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. He’s recently divorced. She’s newly-widowed. At her husband’s funeral, an old acquaintance emerges to pay his respects, leading to a re-awakening of forgotten emotions. “Old Love” is a story of romance, courtship and relationships between older adults. Join Charlene Maclean and William McFadden under the direction of Bryde MacLean, and enjoy this interpretation of Foster’s play.
Writing Workshop with Isabel Huggan
The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to sponsor a day-long writing workshop hosted by the renowned author and writing instructor, Isabel Huggan. The workshop is tailored to writers of prose—fiction or non-fiction—but can it also be useful for poets. It is open to everyone who likes to write and who wants to be refreshed or challenged in new ways.
All that is required is to bring a pen and paper (even if you ordinarily use a laptop, please work in the old-fashioned way for this one day), and ONE SMALL OBJECT (which should fit in your hand) that has sentimental meaning for you, and ONE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH, if available, from any point in your life (you need not be in the photo).
Come to the workshop ready to have fun as well as to work hard, and be prepared to share the joy of writing with others.
Please see Isabel Huggan’s short bio at http://www.peiwritersguild.com/2016/you-can-start-anywhere-a-workshop-with-isabel-huggan/ for information on her distinguished writing, publishing and teaching career.
The workshop will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown (corner of Water and Haviland Streets).
The cost of this all-day workshop is $75 to members of the PEI Writers’ Guild and $85 to non-members.
For more information, please visit http://www.peiwritersguild.com/2016/you-can-start-anywhere-a-workshop-with-isabel-huggan
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (International)
Please note that for international entries there is a $15.00 charge to cover the cost of shipping the subscription in addition to the entry fee.
From July 1st to July 31st, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our summer short-short fiction contest: Crazyshorts! Submit 1-3 short-shorts of up to 500 words each.
First place wins $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered by our editors for publication. The $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse.
For more details, please visit https://crazyhorse.submittable.com/submit/31182
New Millenium Writings Awards
July 31, 2016 ♥ Final deadline!
- Contest 42 is underway with a final deadline of July 31, 2016
- $1,000 Award plus publication for each category – $4,000 total awards
- Poetry, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Nonfiction
- Blind Judging Process
- Payment is $20 per submission and includes your free copy of the high-quality print anthology!
- Previously published works are only allowed if within certain criteria (see “Additional Guidelines”)
For more details, please visit https://www.newmillenniumwritings.org/
The 2017 Press 53 Award for Poetry
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
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.
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
Third Annual StoryQuarterly Nonfiction Prize
Deadline: August 1, 2016.
The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 50. Limit: up to 6250 words.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/296SoV5
Prairie Schooner’s Creative Nonfiction Contest
The deadline for our Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest is August 1st. The winner will receive a prize of $250 and publication in our Spring 2017 issue. For more details, please visit https://prairieschooner.submittable.com/submit/12826
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
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 13th Annual Gival Press Short Story Award
Deadline: August 8, 2016 (postmarked)
Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.
Submissions of a previously unpublished original (not a translation) short story in English must be approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words of high literary quality, typed, double-spaced on one side of the paper only, with word count in the upper left hand side of the first page, along with the title. The author’s name should not appear on the numbered pages of the ms which should be clipped together. Author should keep a copy of the submission as it will not be returned.
For more details, please visit http://www.givalpress.com/
2016 1/2K Prize
Submissions to the 2016 1/2K Prize is now OPEN until August 15th! Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries are considered for publication. The reading fee for one entry is $20 and includes a year subscription to the journal.
For more details, please visit https://indianareview.org/contests/
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/
How We Teach
Deadline: August 29, 2016
For the spring 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for original essays about teaching—whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop.
We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach.
Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.
Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process; editors may ask for sources and citations.
There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current Creative Nonfiction subscribers.
Postmark deadline Monday, August 29, 2016.
Please send manuscript and reading fee, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; and SASE or email for response:
Attn: How We Teach
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST August 29, 2016
For more details, please visit https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/how-we-teach
The St. Lawrence Book Award
Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.
Regular Entry Period: July 1 – August 31
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1F8Weqr
The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose
Accepting Entries Until August 31st (8/31) at 11:59 CST
The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.
Deadline: August 31st, 2016
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!
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
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 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.
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.
For more details, please visit http://coniumreview.com/contests/book-chapbook-contest/
Writer’s Block Prize in Poetry
Louisville Literary Arts announces the third annual creative writing prize to be celebrated with a $500 prize for first place at the 2016 Writer’s Block and with publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program. This year’s contest for the best poem is now open and will be judged by Kathleen Driskell, the director of the Spalding University low-residency Master in Fine Arts program and the author of several poetry collections— Next Door to the Dead: Poems (2015); Seed Across Snow (2009)—a Poetry Foundation national bestseller; Laughing Sickness (1999/2005); and Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem (2012).
Co-authored works are acceptable. Submitting multiple batches is fine with entry and fee for each.
Entry fee: $8.00
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Submit through Submittable up to 3 poems, total page number not to exceed seven pages.
For more details, please visit https://writersblockaward.submittable.com/submit/60675
Children’s Novel Competition 2016
Closing Date Sep 19
This year we welcome back the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition! Open to unpublished women novelists, this competition welcomes books written for children (who are able to read for themselves) and young adults – in every genre imaginable.
1st prize: £5,000
Five finalists will receive an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.
Entry fee: £25 per novel
To enter, please submit the first 3,000 words of your completed children’s novel. To qualify, your book must total at least 15,000 words.
Judges: Anne Fine (award-winning novelist), Claire Wilson (literary agent), Charlotte Eyre (Children’s Editor, Bookseller)
For any questions about your entry, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 204 8860 to chat to a real person.
For more details, please visit https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/novel-competition/
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
2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award
Entries are now open for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2015. Five authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors.
To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
Entries can be made either digitally by pressing the Digital Entry Form button, or by post, by pressing the Postal Entry Form button, printing the postal form off and sending it together with 11 copies of the story to the address listed on this page.
The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 29 September 2016.
For more details, please visit http://shortstoryaward.co.uk/entries
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.
Sixth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize
Deadline: October 15, 2016
The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 50. Limit: Up to 6250 words, double-spaced.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/29VCjDk
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.
“What is Your Life’s Purpose?”
The Wonder Institute invites all writers to participate in an international competition by submitting a personal essay on: “What is Your Life’s Purpose?”
What to Submit: An original, unpublished essay on the topic of “What is Your Life’s Purpose.” You may submit more than one entry. Each entry must be accompanied by a contest fee of $20.
When to Submit: Contest deadline is November 1, 2016. Entries must be postmarked by this deadline or submitted online by midnight.
Prizes and Publication: First Prize is a check for $1,000 dollars and publication on The Wonder Institute website. Honorable mention(s) will be selected at the discretion of the final judge, Linda Durham. Honorable Mention entries may also be published on the Wonder Institute website.
For more details, please visit https://www.wonderessaycontest.com/
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
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/
The 18th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award
Deadline: December 15, 2016 (postmarked).
Reading Fee: $20.00 (USD)
Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.
Theme: Completely open.
Eligible Poets: Open to all, national and international poets.
Forms or Style of Poetry: Original work, not a translation of someone else’s poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry.
Length of Manuscript: At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only.
For more details, please visit http://www.givalpress.com/
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
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
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/
Neil Postman Award for Metaphor
Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.
In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind.
Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/postman/
Nonfiction Book Awards
Welcome to the NEW Nonfiction Book Awards! As an extension of the Nonfiction Authors Association, we are committed to honoring excellence in nonfiction books and welcome submissions by self-published and traditionally published authors alike, in both print and ebook formats. Publishers are also welcome to submit books for award consideration.
Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.
Monthly themed monologues and short plays needed. On-going, no submission fee, no deadline. This is a competition with one winner per production: $25.00.
Continuing call: No fees… no deadlines….
Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR
Zone 3 Nonfiction Award
Zone 3 is accepting submissions for its nonfiction contest. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Nonfiction Award” for your genre, and upload your essay. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one essay with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
Zone 3 Fiction Award
Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its twelfth annual fiction award. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Fiction Award” for your genre, and upload your story. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one story with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
Zone 3 Poetry Award
Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry award. Submit up to three poems via our online submissions manager. Click here to log in and upload your poems; choose “Zone 3 Poetry Award” for your genre. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests
Winner- The winner will have their answer published, receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs), and $1000. There will be one winner.
Finalists- The finalists will be published and receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs). There will be two finalists.
Who May Submit
Submissions are open to all US and Canada residents (except Quebec) above the age of 18. Submission is free. You may submit up to 10 entries per question. Submissions cannot be the work of multiple authors.
How and What to Submit
IMPORTANT: failure to adhere to the following may result in disqualification. See Official Rules for complete details.
- All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.
- To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
- Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to email@example.com
For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/
The People’s Book Awards
Welcome to the people’s Book Awards where anyone can nominate or vote for titles available on the *Amazon sites worldwide, or support those important people who provide services to authors. Monthly winners.
The monthly and annual voting closes at 17:00 hours British Standard Time on the last day of each month and the votes of non-winning titles are carried forward, except in December. Monthly winning titles are taken out of the competition and will be returned in December if confirmed as a nomination for the Annual Awards by a direct message (DM) on Twitter or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each year the voting closes on December 31st following the Annual Awards and all votes are returned to zero for the coming year.
To learn more, visit http://thebookawards.com/awards/
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
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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