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Have you ever read a literary work and wondered at the range of vocabulary used within the work? Sometimes, the hardest thing for writers is finding the exact word, that perfect turn of phrase that conveys precisely what is meant. Sometimes, the exact word is elusive and understandably so because we do not always have that word in our vocabularies. Ideally, as writers, we should expand our vocabularies so we have suitable words at our fingertips, ready to convey the slightest nuance of meaning to our readers. Unfortunately, we might not all be equipped with encyclopedic memory or dictionary-like vocabularies. Lexicographer and dictionary expert Susan Dent posits the active vocabulary of an average English speaker is about 20,000 words, with a passive vocabulary of about 40,000 more words. The Oxford English Dictionary contains 171,476 words in current use, 47,156 obsolete words, and 615,100 definitions. This suggests that each word, on the average, might have up to three definitions and we know, sometimes, those definitions are not always related. Research also reveals reading fiction widens our vocabularies more than non-fiction, simply because fiction uses wider vocabularies than non-fiction. It’s highly likely, therefore, you have a larger vocabulary if you are a wide reader of fiction. If you want to expand your vocabulary, I always recommend reading fiction. Not only is it enjoyable, it’s highly educational as well.
9th Annual Smashwords READ AN EBOOK WEEK SALE KICKS OF SUNDAY MARCH 5 – ENROLL NOW
The ninth annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week promotion kicks off this Sunday March 5 and runs through end of day March 11.
Each year, tens of thousands of Smashwords authors, publishers and readers participate in this global ebook celebration which offers FREE and deep-discounted ebooks.
Authors and Publishers: Enroll now open at https://www.smashwords.com/dashboard/sitewidePromos With a few clicks, you can enroll your books into coupon categories of 25% off, 50% off, 75% off or FREE.
Katherine MacCallum Play Reading at the Library
Katherine MacCallum will be reading from her play, “Sixties Girls” Saturday, March 11,
2:00 p.m. at Confederation Centre Public Library. “Sixties Girls” is a comedy play, set in the
mid- to late sixties. It focuses on two mature teenage girls whose upbeat personalities help them deal with just about any situation. Start out by getting to know the girls when they were just sixteen, and follow them as they get a little older and decide to move to Toronto to make it big as many Maritimers back in the 60’s did. “Sixties Girls” is based on true events.
JOIN THE CELEBRATION!
From April 29th to May 06th 2017 Reading Town PEI will turn PEI into a Reading Island and we invite you to join us! Those who register by February 27th will be entered for a chance to win an inspiring package full of local goodies!
Reading Town PEI is a week-long festival that works to inspire curiosity about the stories and storytellers that shape our community, recognize the accomplishments of our artists, educators and literacy champions and integrate reading into the everyday life of Islanders.
Reading Town PEI will be presenting an inspiring line up of affordable, diverse, and fun signature events and we encourage the community to participate in the celebration!
You can get involved by organizing a “reading event” or activity and register the activity as part of our festival. We have many “reading event” ideas on our website: readingtownpei.com. Our mission is to celebrate the reading lives of Islanders in its many manifestations!
Please remember to:
- Register your event or activity for a chance to win our registration contest by February 27th, 2017. You may register after this date, but are not eligible to win.
- Hold your event or activity during the week of April 29th – May 6th, 2017.
- Take photos during your event and email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details available on our website: readingtownpei.com
Editors Aaron Giovannone and Naomi K. Lewis are collecting poetry and creative non-fiction for an anthology about money. “Literature often pretends to transcend the material conditions of life, but let’s talk cash: having it, not having it, owing it, wanting it, needing it, fear of losing it, the things we do for it, and the ways it changes us.” They’ll accept non-fiction pieces of up to 5,000 words or up to five poems (no fiction, unfortunately). Submissions are due by May 31.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
Cargo Lit Submissions
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
Writer in Residence – Call for Expressions of Interest 2017
Do you write romance novels and short stories? Vancouver, B.C., is the perfect setting for writing your next romantic masterpiece. Spend the coziest days of fall surrounded by mountain views and water vistas while ensconced in a beautiful library full of surprises and opportunities guaranteed to spark your creativity. Enjoy four months writing in Vancouver, home to a remarkable natural environment and a lively cultural community.
Vancouver Public Library will host a resident romance author between Aug. 28 and Dec. 15, 2017. The Writer in Residence program promotes Canadian writing and literature to Vancouver citizens. The aims of the residency are to foster greater public appreciation for Canadian writing, provide opportunities to interact with the resident author and to provide the space, time and resources for a Canadian author to write.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/1PkBW1e
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.
CONTESTS AND CALLS
See more at www.thewritingpool.com
2017 WORLD’S BEST STORY CONTEST IS ON!
Writers from around the world can submit stories for free in several fiction and nonfiction genres while readers across the world vote on those stories using our easy and fun to use proprietary blockbuster story potential™ voting algorithm. All winning stories receive a pedigree building publishing deal represented by WBS Entertainment Inc.
For details, please visit https://worldsbeststory.com/.
Tethered By Letters
The Winter 2017 contests are now open for submissions!
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.
For details, please visit http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/
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
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
2017 Publishizer Book Proposal Contests
Reading is food for the heart, mind and soul. Here at Publishizer, we’re passionate about finding and helping more authors get their books published. We strongly believe that there is an urgent need for more book diversity, so we’re proud to be hosting bi-monthly themed book proposal contests in 2017.
There are no entry fees or purchases required to join. For a chance to land a publisher for your book and a shot at the US$2000 cash prize for each contest:
- Write a compelling 1000-word book proposal based on an unpublished book idea
- Submit the proposal within the appropriate contest category for approval
- Launch your campaign within the contest month to be entered into the 45-day book proposal contest
The campaign with the highest number of pre-orders for each contest wins US$2000, though every author that successfully launches a campaign on Publishizer has a chance to get published! Needless to say, the more pre-orders you get, the more publishers will express an interested in acquiring your book.
For details, please visit https://publishizer.com/contests/
SPRING 2017 FLASH FICTION CONTEST
WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide 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 flash fiction, 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. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!
The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.
That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.
We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.
FALL: September – November 30th 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
WINTER: December – February 28th, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
SPRING: March – May 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!
SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
ENTRY FEE: $10.00
Big Break Contest Launches Careers
Early bird deadline: March 13, 2017
- Enter your screenplay or teleplay in the Big Break Contest by July 14, 2017 and launch your writing 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
- We’re excited to bring you two new Diversity categories to help celebrate and promote stories from underrepresented writers
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2mEzHDv
Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction
Deadline: March 14, 2017
- $2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2017 issue of Colorado Review.
- This year’s final judge is Richard Bausch; friends and students (current & former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni.
- Entry fee to submit online is $17 per story (the extra $2 goes to the amazing people who run Submittable); there is no limit on the number of entries you may submit, though each story must be a separate entry. If you’d like to add $10 and receive a one-year subscription to Colorado Review (normally $24), please enter the category “2017 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction with Subscription to Colorado Review.”
- Stories must be previously unpublished.
- There are no theme restrictions, but stories should be at least 10 pages and under 50 pages.
For more details, please visit https://nelliganprize.submittable.com/submit
Able Muse Write Prize (for Poetry & Flash Fiction) — 2017
$500 prize for the best poem, and $500 prize for the best short story (flash fiction), plus publication in Able Muse (the print journal).
Finalists in each category will also be considered for publication.
- $15 for each entry which should contain a minimum of 1 poem, a maximum of 5 poems, but all the poems combined should not exceed 16 pages per entry).
- $15 for each entry minimum which should contain a minmum of 1 story, a maximum of 2 stories (stories should be flash fiction/short-short-short under 1,500 words each, typed double-spaced).
Entry deadline: March 15, 2017
For more details, please visit http://www.ablemusepress.com/ablemuse-write-prize
For poems written in response to an occasion, personal or public: poems that make something of an occasion, or simply mark one.
For more details, please visit https://tnq.ca/product/the-nick-blatchford-occasional-verse-contest/
Extended Deadline: March 17, 2017
This contest for essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line.
For more details, please visit https://tnq.ca/product/the-edna-staebler-personal-essay-contest/
Deadline: March 28, 2017
The Masters Review Anthology
$5000 Awarded – Ten Writers Recognized
Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce our anthology, a collection of ten stories or essays written by the best emerging authors. Our aim is to showcase ten writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. The ten winners are nationally distributed in a printed book with their stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country. Our third volume was awarded the Silver Medal for Best Short Story Collection through the INDIEFAB Awards in 2015, and our fourth volume was an honorable mention for best anthology. $20 reading fee per story.
For more details, please visit https://mastersreview.com/anthology/
THE EIGHTH ANNUAL
SHORT STORY CONTEST
SECOND PRIZE: $100
Three Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $5
Deadline: March 31, 2017
All Five Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
June 2017 Issue of Gemini.
We are open to ANY subject, style, genre or length. Stories
must be unpublished but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.
COG Page to Screen Awards
The COG Page to Screen Awards are open to all prose writers except those attending, teaching at or otherwise closely affiliated with Cogswell College. Does your short story or creative nonfiction piece thrill with its skillfully wrought and cohesive narrative; its insight and intensity? Does it alternate nimbly between closely examined moments, characters or nuances and larger human themes – gluing readers’ eyes to the screen as inescapably as (if more pleasurably than) the Ludovico technique dreamed up in Clockwork Orange? Is it previously unpublished and no longer than 7,000 words? If so, read on.
The 2016-17 winner will receive:
- Publication online and in the print issue, as well as a $1,000 prize.
- A blurb about your short story by Glynn Washington.
- Your story adapted as an animated short film, 2D animation, graphic novel or series of interpretive illustrations by students in Cogswell’s celebrated Digital Art & Animation and Digital Audio Technology programs.
- Unpublished short stories and creative nonfiction pieces no longer than 7,000 words.
- Multiple submissions.
- Simultaneous submissions, so long as you notify us immediately should the piece be accepted elsewhere.
We do not consider:
- Published work, or work scheduled to be published elsewhere prior to June 1, 2017.
- Excerpts from larger works that cannot also stand on their own as short pieces.
- Screenplays, treatments, poetry, artwork or design submissions.
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Entry fee: $17.00
For more details, please visit https://cog.submittable.com/submit
Fabula Press’ Nivalis Short Story Competition 2017
The details of the contest are as below:
Dates: Contest opened on 01Jan17, and submissions will be accepted till 31Mar17. The results will tentatively be declared in Jun17.
Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:
- First Prize: US$250
- Second Prize: US$150
- Third Prize: US$100
All longlisted entries (top 15-20) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each. Also, at the sponsors’ discretion additiona l prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick’ category (in the last edition of the contest two such prizes of US$75 each were declared).
Theme: None. There is no restriction on genre either, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, young adult or chick lit; likewise, hardcore science fiction or fantasy is not something we are looking for, but are open to science / alternative history / fantasy based works if they have standalone literary merit. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team.
Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000. At the editors’ discretion, some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit.
Entry fee: US$10.
Judges: The panel of judges comprises:
- Clare Wallace, Literary Agent with Darley Anderson
- Sandra Sawicka, Literary Agent and Foreign Rights Manager with Marjacq Scripts
- Brett Alan Sanders, Author, Translator and Essayist
- Anisha Bhaduri, Author and award winning journalist
PARSEC Sci-Fi Contest
Opens Jan. 1, 2017; closes March 31, 2017.
No fee. All entrants will be notified of results by June 15, 2017.
Theme for 2017: A hidden, underlying truth.
Maximum word count: 3,500. No minimum.
Prizes: $200 First, with publication in 2017 Confluence Convention program book; $100 Second, $50 Third. (http://parsec-sff.org/confluence/ )
Visit http://parsec-sff.org/ for more details.
Publishizer Up The Rabbit Hole Contest
Are you writing writing a book about consciousness, spirituality, psychedelics, entheogens, plant medicines or alternative therapies? Send in your proposals, fellow cosmonauts. Let’s ride this next wave of human consciousness together.
Accepting submissions: 1 Mar 2017, 00:00 EST
Closing date: 31 Mar 2017, 23:59:59 EST
Results: 17 May 2017
For more details, please visit https://publishizer.com/contests/rabbit-hole/
The 2017 Scythe Prize
Seeking unpublished short stories and essays to be included in a printed collection. Looking for new voices from current undergraduate and graduate college students. No format, genre-specific, or stylistic restrictions. No word limit. English required.
Deadline April 1, 2017. Submit via Word or PDF to the series editor, Eric Forrest, at firstname.lastname@example.org The top story and the top essay will each receive a $200 prize. Other selected submissions will be included in the print book. For more details, please visit https://scytheprize.wordpress.com/
The Orison Prizes in Poetry and Fiction
Each year from December 1 – April 1 we accept submissions of full-length poetry (50-100 pp.) and fiction (30,000 word minimum) manuscripts for The Orison Prizes in Poetry and Fiction, judged by different prominent writers each year in a blind judging process.
The winning entry in each genre will be awarded publication and a $1,500 cash prize, in addition to a standard royalties contract.
For more details, please visit https://orisonbooks.submittable.com/submit
The Waterston Desert Writing Prize
The Waterston Desert Writing Prize (the Prize) will accept 2017 submissions January 1-April 1, 2017.
Now in its fourth year, the Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative. Emerging, mid-career and established nonfiction writers are invited to apply. Previous submitters who have not won an award are eligible to apply with a new project.
In 2017, the Prize will recognize one writer with a $2,000 cash award, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a four-week residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon.
When and How to Apply
Proposals can be submitted beginning January 1, 2017 and ending April 1, 2017. All submitters are required to use the online application link.
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)
Now in its 16th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes.
Please submit one humor poem during August 15, 2016-April 1, 2017. No fee to enter. We will award a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $250. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer. Length limit: 250 lines. No restrictions on age or country. The results of our 16th annual contest will be announced on August 15, 2017.
For more details, please visit https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free
Ohio Review 2017 FICTION CONTEST
Ends on April 15, 2017
Entry fee: $20.00
You may submit one story per submission. Prose should be typed, double-spaced, and be no longer than 20 pages. The judge, Colm Toibin, will be reading blind submissions for this contest. Please exclude your contact information from your actual submission–including name, email address, and mailing address.
$1,000 Prize and publication in New Ohio Review 22.
Stories that are not selected will still be considered for publication.
Entry fee comes with 1-year subscription.
For more details, please visit https://newohioreview.submittable.com/submit
Ohio Review 2017 NONFICTION CONTEST
Ends on April 15, 2017
Entry fee: $20.00
You may submit one essay per submission. Prose should be typed double-spaced and be no longer than 20 pages. The judge, Phillip Lopate, will be reading blind submissions for this contest. Please exclude your contact information from your actual submission–including name, email address, and mailing address.
$1,000 Prize and publication in New Ohio Review 22.
Essays that are not selected will still be considered for publication.
Entry fee comes with 1-year subscription.
For more details, please visit https://newohioreview.submittable.com/submit
Ohio Review 2017 POETRY CONTEST
Ends on April 15, 2017
Entry fee: $20.00
You may submit up to 6 single-spaced pages of poetry per submission entry. The judge, Rosanna Warren, will be reading blind submissions for this contest. Please exclude your contact information from your actual submission–including name, email address, and mailing address.
$1,000 Prize and publication in New Ohio Review 20.
Poems that are not selected will still be considered for publication.
Entry fee comes with 1-year subscription.
For more details, please visit https://newohioreview.submittable.com/submit
2017 Prime Number Magazine Awards
OPEN FOR ENTRIES: January 1 – April 15, 2017
Reading fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine
Finalists: A list of nine finalists will be listed in Prime Number Magazine
(Prime Number Magazine is a Press 53 publication)
Poetry: Rebecca Foust, author of Paradise Drive, winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry
Short Fiction: David Jauss, author of Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Winners Announced: No later than July 1, 2017
Submit one unpublished poem or story.
Poem should be no more than three pages in length (no word count needed) with numbered pages and spaced according to the poet’s intended style.
Short story should be 53 to 5,300 words, double-spaced in 12-pt. type with numbered pages.
Writers may enter either or both categories. Multiple entries require separate reading fees.
Reading fee is $15 per entry and is nonrefundable.
For more details, please visit http://www.primenumbermagazine.com/Awards_2017.html
EVENT 2017 Non-Fiction Contest
Genre: Creative Non-Fiction.
Prize: $1,500 in prizes plus publication in EVENT. EVENT reserves the right to award the prize money as it sees fit (e.g., two prizes valued at $750, three at $500, or one at $1000 and one at $500, etc.) in accordance with the judge’s decision. Published entries will be paid our standard publication payment in addition to any prize money.
Cost: $34.95 per entry; includes a one-year subscription to EVENT and all applicable taxes and shipping—a great deal!
Deadline: April 15, 2017 (postmarked or submitted online)
For more details, please visit http://www.eventmagazine.ca/contest-nf/
14th Annual Screenwriting Challenge
Our longest running competition, the 14th Annual Screenwriting Challenge, is open for registration! The competition is open to screenwriters around the world and all experience levels are welcome. There are 3 rounds of competition. In the 1st Round (April 21-29), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment. Writers have 8 days to write an original screenplay no longer than 12 pages. Judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (June 15-18) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write an 8 page (maximum) short screenplay. Finalists from the 2nd Round are chosen to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where they are challenged to write a 5-page (maximum) screenplay in just 24 hours (July 21-22, 2017). Feedback from the judges is provided for every submission and the winners share in thousands in cash and prizes. Sound like fun? Learn more, register, and read previous winning screenplays at the link below. Good luck writers!
For more details, please visit http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/SC/Challenge.htm
The 2017 Shakespeare Selfie writing challenge for students
In the Shakespeare Selfie, we ask students to write a modern-day soliloquy or monologue (200-400 words) by a Shakespearean character, based on a prominent news, pop culture or current affairs event from the last year (April 2016-April 2017).
Need inspiration? Have a look at the list of sample topics we’ve created.
WHO CAN ENTER?
The challenge is open to students in two age categories: Grades 7-9 and Grades 10-12.
WHEN AND HOW CAN YOU ENTER?
The challenge will be open for submissions from April 10 to 28, 2017. You’ll be able to enter right on this page, so bookmark it!
Each category’s grand prize winner (Grades 7-9 and 10-12) will receive a 32G iPad mini.
The school library of each grand prize winner will receive 50 young adult books!
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2kDfCMF
Friends of Falun Gong Poetry Contest
This contest is an excellent opportunity for those who have never encountered Falun Gong before to research and learn about it, and through poetry, raise awareness among others who have not heard about the practice and its persecution in China.
Submit one or two poems of no more than 50 lines each. Poems must encompass at least one of the following themes:
- Advocate for Falun Gong practitioner’s fundamental human rights.
- Expose the crimes against Falun Gong perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party.
- Share in the beauty, peacefulness and good nature of Falun Gong.
Traditional poetry with rhyme and meter is recommended but all styles and forms are welcomed. No profanity please. Poems should be submitted as a word file or PDF file to email@example.com by April 30, 2017, midnight EST.
Winners will be announced on May 13, 2017 in honor of World Falun Dafa Day. Poems will be judged by a panel chosen by FoFG, which will include Evan Mantyk, President of The Society of Classical Poets. The poet must indicate if he or she is an undergraduate college student, or high school student to be considered for respective awards. There is no Submission Fee.
For more details, please visit http://fofg.org/act-now/poetry-contest/
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest
Welcome to the 25th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.
Please submit during October 15, 2016-April 30, 2017. We will award $1,500 each for the top story and the top essay. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category). The top 12 entries will be published online. Judge: Judy Juanita, assisted by Lauren Singer. Please submit as many stories and essays as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words. No restrictions on age or country. Fee: $18 per entry. The results of our 25th annual contest will be announced on October 15, 2017.
For more details, please visit https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest
Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Competitions
At the confluence of the West and the East, Hourglass Literary Magazine proudly announces its second international writing competition for:
- Best Short Story
- Best Poem
- Best Essay
- Final closing date: 11:59 P.M. April 30, 2017 (US Central time).
- Jury/Judges: SibelanForrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox.
- The competition is internationaland is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin.)
- There are no theme, or genrelimitations and boundaries.
- Work must beoriginal and unpublished.
- One author can compete in all categories, for all three awards respectively.
- Multiple submissions are allowed (as well as simultaneous submissions).
For more details, please visit http://hourglassonline.org/contest/
2017 Kindle Book Award
WHEN: Registration Starts Feb. 1, 2017. Ends May 1, 2017
WHO: Any Independent and Small Press Author.
WHAT: Books published on Amazon between May 1, 2015 – May 1, 2017 (Must have Amazon Link to qualify).
MINIMUM WORD COUNT: 25K words (to allow for novellas in all categories)
HOW: Click the BIG RED “REGISTER” button or click here.
For more details, please visit https://www.thekindlebookreview.net/2017-kindle-book-awards/
William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition
The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition is sponsored annually by The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc, a non-profit literary and educational organization. The 2017 deadline is May 1. Winners will be formally presented at the annual meeting of the Society, Faulkner for All, during Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans, taking place this year December 6-10, 2017.
A list of manuscripts which have been designated finalists and semi-finalists will be posted on the website on or about August 1, 2017. Winners will be notified on September 25th, William Faulkner’s birthday, leaving plenty of time for winners to make plans to be present to receive their awards.
For more details, please visit https://wordsandmusic.org/william-faulkner-wisdom-competition/competition-guidelines/
Canadian Stories Contest
The 2017 edition of the is open for submissions. Check out http://canadianstories.net/contest-2017.html for an overview of categories, and prizes to be won.
There is a $20 entry fee. The deadline is May 15, 2017. Notification approximately one month later.
Palooka Press Chapbook Contest
About Palooka Press
The press was founded to offer an opportunity to writers seeking a home for shorter manuscripts.
How It Works
We take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention. We consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren’t looking for a particular aesthetic. We’ll give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid genres. Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible. The $10 entry fee comes with an electronic issue of Palooka.
The Winner Receives…
*Publication by Palooka Press (a 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
Deadline: May 15, 2017
C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis Writing Contest
Memories, Dreams, Sensualities:
The theme of our contest and our 2017 conference is Memories, Dreams, Sensualities. Both contest and conference offer an opportunity to join in community through the sharing of how Jungian ideas unfold in our lived experience. We are looking for personal essays that add something unique to the conversation. We would love to read about a significant dream, memory, or sensual experience that led you down an interesting path.
|Winners will have the opportunity to read their essays at our conference, Jung in the Heartland: Memories, Dreams Sensualities, October 2017.
Winning essays will be published on our website.
1st Prize: $1000
Inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017
For more details, please visit http://cgjungstl.org/contest/
The Kindle UK Storyteller Award
Winning author to receive £20,000 cash prize and be recognised at central London award ceremony this summer
Amazon UK has announced The Kindle Storyteller Award, a new literary prize recognising newly published work in the English language across any genre. The prize is open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk between 20th February and 19th May 2017.
For more details, please visit https://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=12061299031
(sponsored by the St Jerome’s University English department)
For a work of short fiction by a writer in the early stages: someone who has not yet published a novel or story collection.
For more details, please visit https://tnq.ca/product/the-peter-hinchcliffe-short-fiction-award/
Deadline: May 28, 2017
Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards
The contest is open to anyone, from any country, anywhere in the world. However, entries must be written in English.
Winning entries receive:
- $200—First Place
- $100—Second Place
- $50—Third Place
- Publication in The Petigru Review
- One (1) contributor copy
Honorable Mentions will be given for exceptional work and publication may be offered for those pieces the judges deemed of high quality. No cash prizes for honorable mention pieces. However, we offer publication and one (1) contributor copy.
Submission taken: April 1 through May 31 each year.
Reading fee :
$15 for Nonmembers.
$10 for Members.
The Carrie McCray Awards will feature four (4) genres:
- First Chapter of a Novel – 3,500 word limit.
- Fiction – word count limit 3,000 word limit.
- Creative Nonfiction – word count limit 3,000 word limit.
- Poetry – submit up to three (3) poems, not to exceed 80 lines in total.
For more details, please visit http://www.myscwa.org/contests/
Banff Mountain Book Competition
The Banff Mountain Book Competition and Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition celebrate the best in mountain literature and photography. Both these competitions are now open!
Inviting all authors and publishers to submit entries to this internationally recognized literary competition that celebrates mountain literature in all its forms. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes. Deadline: June 30, 2017.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2lZSdFv
2nd Annual 10-minute Play Festival
We had so much fun producing last year’s fest we decided to do it again!
Theme: “That’s so gay.”
The words, “That’s so gay.” Must be spoken by a character.
The context? Author’s choice.
Every script must have 2-4 characters.
No children’s shows or musicals.
10 pages (10 minutes) max.
Will be staged in strict “black box” style.
NO PLAY MAY HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED, READ IN PUBLIC, OR PRODUCED BEFORE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
POSTMARK DEADLINE: June 30, 2017
Plays will be produced in September of 2017. Dates to be announced.
8-10 plays will be produced.
1st prize $300.00 – plus a trophy
2nd prize $200.00 – plus a medal
3rd prize $100.00 – plus a medal
Entry fee: $10.00– check or money order.
For more details, please visit http://www.etcmemphistheater.com/upcoming-season.html
Second Annual Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Contest
Deadline: August 15, 2017
Fee: $25.00 USD for each manuscript
The prize: The winning author shall receive a $1,000 cash prize and 15 author copies of the book.
Eligibility: Open to all English-language authors (of any age, ethnicity, gender or orientation) for a book of poetry. Suggested length of manuscript is between 64 and 84 pages, single-spaced; Word document ONLY. By submitting, all authors attest that the work is their own.
For more details, please visit http://www.exophidiapress.org/poetry-book-prize.html
St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition Contests for Writers
Sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America (MWA)
The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel.
Deadline for 2018 is December 2017. Please check the official website for details at http://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/
Best New Writing accepts unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction under 10,000 words for publication and consideration for the Gover Story Prize ($250). The story must be new and unpublished, including on-line publication. Submissions are read quarterly following the last day of March, June, September, and December. You will receive a response within two weeks of those dates. Simultaneous submissions cannot be considered. Please, no more than one submission per quarter, and STRIP YOUR NAME from the story pages. If your story was previously published, including on-line publications, please do not submit it.
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
The Independent Authors Conference
The Independent Authors Conference is taking place November 3rd-5th, 2017 in the Sonesta hotel in the heart of downtown Philadelphia.
Early bird registration is $99 – Register Now!
The Independent Authors Conference is a skills-building educational weekend event for 500 independent authors. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to lead sessions that will improve skills, foster learning, and inspire creativity.
Our purpose is to give independent authors the practical skills they need to publish and market their books and manage careers as independent authors.
There will be two tracks – publishing and marketing, plus keynote presentations, panel discussions, and workshops.
For more details, please visit https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/rps/en/bookbaby
Hugo House Writer-in-Residence Application
Ends on March 31, 2017
Applicants for the position should be practicing, published writers of poetry as well as accomplished and dedicated writing teachers who are experienced working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting, as well as on a one-on-one basis as a mentor offering criticism and professional-development advice.
Applicants should have a specific artistic project they are working on during their residency (e.g., developing a manuscript for publication) and should have a special interest in helping writers become better writers and fostering an appreciation of the craft.
Previous writers-in-residence include Rebecca Brown, Charles Mudede, Wendy Call, Karen Finneyfrock, David Wagoner, Kathleen Alcala, and others.
Applications are due by March 31, 2017.
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