TWP Weekly Writing Post™ 2017 May 21 Edition

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“Don’t knock the weather: nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.”
–  Kin Hubbard

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Without a doubt, the weather is probably the most common and most frequently used conversation starter in the world, and certainly on Prince Edward Island. Consider how often the weather is used in a greeting: “Nice day!” “Lovely weather we’re having!” “Lovely day for a walk!” “How’s the weather up there?” “Hello, sunshine!” “Enough rain for you?” In most parts of the world, the weather might be fairly constant. In the Philippines, for instance, there are only two seasons: wet and dry. The dry season is hot and—you guessed it—dry! Wet weather, on the other hand, can be anything from a drizzle to a downpour to an honest-to-goodness typhoon, which occurs approximately 20 times between June and December. As a result, the weather really isn’t a common conversational starter unless it’s to ask during a storm how many inches of water your house went under. One of the first things I learned when I arrived on PEI is how changeable the weather is. Especially on a bad-weather day, I have heard time and again that if you don’t like the weather, you only have to wait 15 minutes and the weather is likely to change. In reality, it doesn’t always happen that way. I have seen gloriously sunny days stretch on forever and I have seen winter storms trapping people at home for nearly a week. The one constant, which is probably responsible for the frequent changes in weather, is the wind. In winter and spring, it can be wild and wicked, taking scarves, whipping your coat about, pushing you ahead or knocking you down. For someone with long hair like me, it doesn’t make sense to brush it in this weather because the wind constantly blows it into my face and tosses it in every direction. The good thing about that is, on a dreary day, it also blows the storm clouds away. Unless a downpour is promised, there isn’t any point to carrying an umbrella about because a light drizzle from a blanket of gray clouds quickly disappears as the wind sweeps clouds away and clears the sky. In summer and autumn, the wind is a gentle whisper, cooling down any burning the sun might bring, keeping you fresh whether at the beach enjoying the sun and surf, hiking through a natural park or the confederation trail, reading a book on a city park bench, or traipsing in and out of shops in the city. It’s one of the perks of living on a small island in a temperate climate sheltered within a cove. Another fairly constant feature of PEI weather is the sunshine. We have lots of sunshine all year round, except on those cloudy days when a storm is brewing and the sky is pelting down precipitation in various forms. Even then, it never stays dark and dreary for days on end and by spring and all throughout summer and fall, we enjoy sunlight anywhere from as little as 8-10 hours a day to as much as 14 hours through the June and July. What can beat that? No wonder people like to talk about the weather so much, half the time, it has to do with trying to guess what the day will bring. And if you can say a great deal about the weather, you certainly will have a lot to write about it as well!

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Happy writing!

~cpl

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NEWS

PEI LOCAL/ATLANTIC

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Money Anthology

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 moneyanthology@gmail.com.

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The Insider’s Guide to Writing and Publishing for Young Readers Summer Workshop in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Type: Two-Day Workshop          

Dates: July 13-15, 2017        

Location: University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Workshop Fees: Regular Rate: $300, plus 15% PEI HST; Seniors (65+) & Students: $250, plus 15% PEI HST

Presented by Humber College and the University of Prince Edward Island, through the generous support of the Access Copyright Foundation, The Insider’s Guide to Writing and Publishing for Young Readers is an intensive workshop for writers of young adult and children’s literature. No matter what stage of writing you’re at – from concept to first draft or beyond – here’s the lowdown on the world of publishing and self-publishing. Led by Cynthia Good and Rick Wilks, two of the most experienced professionals in the business, this workshop, held in in beautiful Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is full of practical suggestions and writing inspiration.

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2pBZ9qx

 

 

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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

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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

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Open Invitation

The poetry engine awaits you at www.poetrypei.com!

New poets are always welcome to submit a poem to this site, especially if they have never have done so before. The submission form —with complete guidelines and formatting tips—is at www.poetrypei.com/submit.

Poets already on the site: remember that you are welcome to replace your existing poem with a new one at any time, provided at least three months have passed since your last update.

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CONTESTS AND CALLS

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See more at www.thewritingpool.com

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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/.

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Tethered By Letters

The Spring 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/

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Glimmer Train 2015 SUBMISSION CALENDAR AND CATEGORIES

We have five submission categories from which to choose, including our standard category (no reading fees and payment for accepted pieces is $700), and four contests (reading fees allow for 1st place prizes from $1,500 to $2,500). Contests vs. standards. Click on the names of the categories for details.

NOTE: There is always a one-week grace period after the deadline (last day of the month).

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in January, April, July, and October.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in February, May, August, November.

Fiction Open (1st place – $2,500): Welcome in June and December.

Family Matters (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in March and September.

Standard Category ($700): Welcome in January, May, September.

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The Monthly Writing Contest

Here at Writing Maps we believe good writing should be encouraged, cherished, shared, and most importantly, published.

We hold a monthly Writing Maps Writing Contest to coincide with the launch each month of a new Writing Map product. We challenge you to write and share a 150-word piece in response to our Prompt of the Month.

Each month’s two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, the new Writing Maps Journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months. The first issue appeared in September 2014. Winning entries will also receive free Writing Maps and contributor copies of The A3 Review.

To make sure you don’t miss future contests, you can sign up to our newsletter by clicking on this link. Follow us on Twitter for conversation, updates and inspiration.

The Rules:

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

 

For more details, please visit http://www.writingmaps.com/pages/contest

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Flash Fiction Competition

This quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September, and 31st December.

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

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

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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/

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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!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

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.

PROMPT:

OPEN PROMPT!

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.

Click to Download the SPRING 2017 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

CONTEST DEADLINES:

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

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The Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award

(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

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EMWF Teen Poetry Competition and Children’s Poetry Competition

EMWF is pleased to invite young people to enter the EMWF Teen Poetry Competition and Children’s Poetry Competition.  This year’s youth competitions have the theme Time and All its Gifts, inspired by National Poetry Month. The Teen Poetry Competition will be judged in two groups:  grades 9 & 10, and grades 11 & 12. The Children’s Poetry Competition will be judged in three groups:  grades 1-3; grades 4-6; and grades 7-8.  Check our website for submission details – Teen Competition / Children’s Competition .  The winners in each level will be invited, along with their families, to the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on September 10, 2017 where they will be presented with a framed copy of their winning poem.
Submission Deadline:  May 30, 2017

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Hourglass Magazine International Writing Competition

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

The deadline to enter Hourglass Literary Magazine’s International Writing competition has been extended to May 31st! Click here to learn more.

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Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Contest

Summer 2017 – Open for Entries

Prize fund: £1,750 (approx. $2,220 / €2,050)
Prizes: £1,000 first, £500 second, £250 third

Entry Fee: £7 / $9 / €9
Judge: Vanessa Gebbie

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY

  • Entries close: May 31, 2017
  • Judging: June 2017
  • Long-list announced: July 1, 2017
  • Winner published: September 30, 2017

For more details, please visit http://www.reflexfiction.com/flash-fiction/

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Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest

We’ve partnered with PEN America and Poets & Writers for our flash fiction contest. The winner will receive $2000, publication on PEN America’s site, and recognition in Poets & Writers Magazine.

Our love of flash fiction runs deep. And throughout our six years of reading work by emerging writers we’ve seen some incredible pieces of small and powerful fiction, but we’ve never hosted a call for flash. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction. Send us big worlds in tiny packages, large ideas with a low word count. Dazzle us with your best fiction under 1000 words.

  • Winner receives $2000, publication on PEN America (later reprinted in The Masters Review), and recognition in Poets & Writers Magazine
  • Second and third place prizes ($200/$100, publication in The Masters Review, and recognition in Poets & Writers)
  • Stories under 1000 words
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
  • International submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee allows for up to two stories
  • Deadline: May 31, 2017

For more details, please visit https://mastersreview.com/flash-fiction-contest/

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5th Annual Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, 2017

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

The Lucille Clifton Annual Poetry Contest, held each spring, honors the prolific work of poet great Lucille Clifton. Widely celebrated for her unpretentious and unapologetic poems, Clifton’s unique free verse was free of punctuation, taut, and always recognizably her. When submitting think: humanness, struggle, adversity, resilience.

“Her life, her way of seeing and walking in the world were the backbone of her work. I am her daughter. Her backbone is mine. And yours.” -Sidney Clifton

All entries must be submitted or postmarked April 1st- May 31st, 2017 via our online submission form with Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize in the subject line. This year’s final judge will be Vievee Francis. The winning poem will be published via our website and receives a prize of $500. Entries must include a $15.00 reading fee. Please send postal entries to: Backbone Press, Inc. PO Box 51483, Durham, NC 27717-1483.

For more details, please visit http://backbonepress.org/contests/

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Bacopa Literary Review
Contest Submissions now open until May 31, 2017

Poetry, Flash Story, Creative Nonfiction, Literary Fiction
$400 prize in each genre

See our Editors’ Blog, Facebook, Twitter for examples of the writing we publish

FEE $3

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

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The Backwaters Prize

The submission period for the 2017 Backwaters Prize is open now, through May 31. Our prize judge for 2017 is Bob Hicok. We adhere to the CLMP code of ethics for administering a literary contest.

For more information about the prize and for a list of past winners, please visit the Backwaters Prize page.

The prize is a $2,500.00 cash prize plus publication of your book in trade paperback, plus 30 copies of the book to the poet.

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The Bridport Prize

One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.

The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional ten highly commended prizes (for each category) of £100 each are awarded. All 13 winning entries in both categories are published in the anthology each year.

A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and three highly commended prizes of £100. The six winning entries are published in the anthology each year.

In 2014 the Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award, named after the Prize’s founder, was launched. The first prize is £1,000 plus a up to a year’s mentoring from The Literary Consultancy through their Chapter & Verse scheme. A runner-up prize of £500 is also offered. Three shortlisted writers will receive £100. The opening chapters from the winning novel and the runner-up novel will be published on the website.

The Dorset Award is a prize specifically for Dorset writers. Thanks to the sponsorship of The Book Shop of Bridport, £100 is awarded to the highest placed Dorset writer in the Bridport Prize each year.

Deadline: May 31, 2017. For more details, please visit https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

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The STORGY ‘EXIT EARTH’ Short Story Competition

The STORGY ‘EXIT EARTH’ Short Story Competition is open to all. Final embraces beneath a sky of flames. Tears of joy aboard a sinking ship. Laughter in a lonely land. We are looking for fiction that explores life – be it past, present, or future – on, or off – this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours. Dystopian or utopian, realist or fantasy, horror or sci-fi, comedy or romance, we explicitly welcome entries in all genres.

The Period for Submissions opens on 24th February 2017

1st Prize – £1,000

2nd Prize – £500

3rd Prize – £250

Finalists will be published in The STORGY Short Story Competition Anthology

£10 Entry Fee

Entry Dates

  • Submissions for the 2017 STORGY Short Story Competition will be accepted from 24th February 2017
  • The deadline for receipt of entries is 11.00pm 31st May 2017

How to Enter

Applicants are encouraged to submit online to submit@storgy.com as early as possible before the deadline.

For more details, please visit https://storgy.com/2017/02/24/exit-earth-short-story-competition/

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Wundor Poetry Contest 2017: Spring

At Wundor, our aim is to champion interesting, unusual writing in all its forms. Poetry, unfortunately, is currently one of the more neglected, too often dismissed as old-fashioned and elitist. We know this isn’t true, and we hope that our contest will help to restore poetry to its rightful place.

 

The theme of our inaugural poetry contest will be ‘Spring’, and we encourage entrants to approach it in innovative and interesting ways. It is a theme that will never get old, but which must be kept fresh in our minds. Your poem might focus on Spring or mention it, but the season must play an important part in the poem.

 

The deadline is 31 May 2017 and winners will be announced at the end of June 2017.

 

The winner will receive £500.

 

The winner and two runners up will have their poems published on the Wundor website. Their work will be strongly considered for publication in print, too.

 

The prize is open to anybody writing in English, aged 16 or over.

Contestants may make as many entries as they would like.

Poems may be of any length.
Entrance fees are as follows:

 

£10 for an entry of up to six poems;

£15 for an entry of up to six poems + a voucher for one of our poetry books at 50% off;

£20 for an entry of up to six poems + a voucher for two of our poetry books at 50% off.

 

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

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The Newcomer Prize for short stories

The Newcomer Prize is now open for entries. The entry form is here.

This deadline for this year’s competition is midnight (UK time) on 31 May 2017. The first prize is £500, and there is a second prize of £250. The entry fee is £8.

Stories should be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length.

For more details, please visit http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/newcomer-short-story-prize.php

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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/

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American Short Fiction– Short Story Contest

Ends on June 1, 2017

$20.00 USD

Submit your entry online between March 22, 2017 – June 1, 2017.

The 1st place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication. One runner-up will receive $500, and all entries will be considered for publication.

Please submit your $20 entry fee and your work through Submittable. We no longer accept submissions by post. International submissions in English are eligible. The entry fee covers one 6,500-word fiction submission

All entries must be single, self-contained works of fiction, between 2,000-6,500 words. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the manuscript itself.

 

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2q9Z0KU

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Governor General’s Literary Awards

The Governor General’s Literary Awards are presented in recognition of the best Anglophone and best Francophone book in each of seven categories: Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Young People’s Literature (Text), Young People’s Literature (Illustrated Books) and Translation (from French to English and vice versa).

Prize amount

  • 14 awards of $25,000 per book for recipients in both languages in the seven disciplines and $3,000 to each publisher to promote the winning works
  • $1,000 per book for the finalists

How to qualify

Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a publisher.

For eligibility criteria, the nomination form and further information on these prizes, refer to the Governor General’s Literary Awards Guidelines and visit the Governor General’s Literary Awards website.

Deadline(s)

  • 15 March: for both English and French
  • 1 June: for English only
  • 7 July: for French only
  • 1 August: for English only

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60 Minutes Writing Challenge

1st Prize:  £200

2nd Prize: £150

3rd Prize: £125

4th Prize: Write, Learn and Publish Annual Membership

5th Prize: Creative Competitor Writing Course of Your Choice

 

Date: June 3, 2017, 8 pm (Madrid time)

(Please check the time in your location. You must be available for 60 minutes)

Entry fee: £5.00 FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members. 

 

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2qFaidv

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Submissions Call: Indentured Labour Anthology. Deadline 5 June 2017

Commonwealth Writers and the School of Advanced Study, University of London, are looking for submissions from writers whose heritage includes the experience of indentured labour.

The anthology (title tbc) will include poetry, nonfiction and fiction and will be published in 2018 by the School of Advanced Study to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of indentured labour. Twenty of the 52 countries of the Commonwealth were affected by indentured labour migration in the twentieth century. The anthology will explore and be shaped by the legacy of indentured labour.

All writers from the Commonwealth are eligible.

Please submit only ONE of the following:

One Poem or

One nonfiction proposal or

One short story

Please ensure your name, the title and page numbers are included on the document you submit.

The length of the short story/nonfiction should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words. Please include a short biography, stating what your nationality is, and your writing history.

Send your submissions to: commonwealthwriters@gmail.com. Please write ‘Indentured Labour Anthology’ in the subject heading.

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NEW! Twist in the Tale Writing Competition

 

1st Prize: £500.00

2nd Prize: £300.00

3rd Prize: £200.00

Closing date: June 5th 2017

Entry fee: £3.50 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members

Would you like full feedback on your entry? Pay an additional £5 using the relevant PayPal buttons at the website. Write, Learn and Publish members can request feedback – simply pay for the evaluation and submit entry in the usual way.

Want to brush up your technique before entering? Sign up for the Twist in the Tale course.

Our Twist in the Tale competition is sure to be popular. All you need to do is craft a story that has a surprise ending. That’s it. But, they are not always as easy as they seem so remember to build up the momentum in the story and surprise us at the end.

You have 800 words or less including the title.

This creative writing competition has great cash prizes and publication for the overall winning submission. Do check out all the rules first and if you would like feedback on your submission, this is available for this writing competition.

 

Find out more here

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Murderous Intent Writing Competition

To coincide with the launch of our Characters That Kill writing course, we are pleased to announce a brand new creative writing competition that utilises many of the skills provided in the course.

1st Prize: £500.00

2nd Prize: £300.00

3rd Prize: £200.00

Closing date: June 25, 2017

Entry fee: £3.50 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members

We do want to see a crime story where the characters are cleverly crafted and highly believable. We want to feel their emotions, to feel their sense of fear and trepidation and we want to understand why the crime happens.

Focus on the plot, whether the murder happens by mistake, is a crime of passion or is planned to perfection, your story must be original, in-depth and the characters must be brimming over with emotion.

You have up to 1500 words excluding the title

For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2qF8dOO

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9th Annual Flash Fiction Challenge

The 9th Annual Flash Fiction Challenge is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create short stories (1,000 words maximum) based on genre, location, and object assignments in just 48 hours. Each writer will participate in at least 2 writing challenges and as many as 4 depending on how well they place in each challenge.  Feedback from the judges is provided for every submission and there are thousands in cash and prizes for the winners.  Sound like fun?  Learn more, register, and read past winning stories at the link below.  The competition kicks off on July 14th and space is limited, so make sure to register soon.  Good luck writers!

 

It’s easy to register.  First, download the Official Rules and Participation Agreement.  Once you have read through the rules, you are ready to register by clicking the button below.  The entry fee is US$45* until the early entry deadline of June 8, 2017 and US$55* until the final entry deadline of July 13, 2017.

 

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

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Booksie Poetry Competition

Calling all poets. Booksie is looking to crown its 2017 Poet Laureate. Get your poems out and submit them to the contest.

The poetry can be of any type, length, or content, but it must be your own. The poetry can be serious or whimsical, fact or fiction, but it should strike a chord that makes us sit up and take notice. We’re looking for poems will attract reader’s attention as we feature the winners on the homepage and across the site. You may submit as many entries as you like.

Cost: $4.95 / entry

Start: April 06, 2017

Deadline: June 09, 2017

Prize: Winner Crowned Booksie Poet Laureate and Receives $200
For more details, please visit https://www.booksie.com/contest/The+Booksie+2017+Poetry+Competition-9

 

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Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize

The winner of the Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize will receive a $6,000 cash award, publication by Melville House, a critically acclaimed independent press, an expense-paid (hotel, travel, per diem) trip to the Miami Book Fair after publication, and a chance to read/participate in programs at the fair. The two runners-up will each receive $2,000, an expense-paid (hotel, travel, per diem) trip to the 2018 Miami Book Fair, and a chance to read/participate in programs at the Fair. The three winners work will be publicized in print and online media.

Prize Timeline

  • Submissions will be received beginning May 1, 2017
  • All submissions must be received online and paid for by midnight EST on June 15, 2017
  • The three finalists will be notified once the jury has made its decision on or before October 20, 2017.
  • The winners of the Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize will be publicly announced on or before November 1, 2017

For more details, please visit https://www.miamibookfair.com/degroot/

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SLATE ROOF PRESS POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST

Slate Roof Press offers an Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest.  The winner of this year’s contest will be awarded the 2017 Elyse Wolf Prize of $500.

Submit $10 reading fee. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

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

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Two Sylvias Press 2017 Poetry Prize for Full-Length Manuscript

(Submission Dates: April 1 – June 30)

See more at: http://twosylviaspress.com/poetry-prize.html#sthash.xGuS9gPP.dpuf

 

Winner receives $1000
Manuscript published as both print book and eBook
20 author copies
A vintage inkwell 

 

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The Griffin Poetry Prize

  • The Griffin Poetry Prize, valued at C$130,000, is awarded annually in two categories – International and Canadian. Each prize is worth C$65,000.
  • In each category, the prize is for the best collection of poetry in English published during the preceding year. One prize goes to a living Canadian poet or translator, the other to a living poet or translator from any country, which may include Canada.
  • Translations are assessed for their quality as poetry in English; the focus is on the achievement of the translator.
  • Should a prize-winning book be a translation from a living poet, the prize is awarded 60% to the translator and 40% to the original poet. If the original poet is dead, but his/her work is within copyright, 40% of the prize is given to the original poet’s estate. Otherwise, the disbursement of that portion of the prize is left to the discretion of the judges.

Deadline: June 30, 2017

For details, please visit http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/how-to-enter/rules/

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North Street Book Prize

3rd year. Your self-published book can win up to $1,500 plus expert marketing services.

Please submit during February 15-June 30, 2017. We are accepting self-published books in the categories of General Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction & Memoir. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. Length limit: 150,000 words. All contestants receive a free PDF download of How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally & Ethically by Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

The winner of each category will receive $1,500, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value). Two honorable mentions in each category will receive $250. No restrictions on age or country. Please click the Submittable button below for full details. The results will be announced on February 15, 2018. Fee: $60 per book.

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

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2017 Autumn House Press Full-Length Poetry Contest

Ends on June 30, 2017

$30.00

  • All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible.
  • The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2017.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Alberto Rios.

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

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 2017 Autumn House Press Full-Length Fiction Contest

Ends on June 30, 2017

$30.00

  • Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible.
  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2017.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Fiction Prize is Amina Gautier.

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

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2017 Autumn House Press Full-Length Nonfiction Contest

Ends on June 30, 2017

$30.00

  • Nonfiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All nonfiction subjects (including personal essays, memoirs, travel writing, historical narratives, nature or science writing…) or any combination of subjects are eligible.
  • The final judge for the Nonfiction Prize is Alison Hawthorne Deming.
  • The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2017.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.

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

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Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest 2017

The EMWF Literary Contest is open internationally to aspiring and/or modestly published writers over the age of 16.  Writers can submit a short story, poetry collection, or creative nonfiction.  Winners in each category will receive a $250 prize and will be invited to read a short selection from their work at the festival on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Please see our website for submission details.

Submission Deadline:  June 30, 2017

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Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Fringe Competition

The Fringe Competition invites writers unpublished in book format to submit their work for an opportunity to read at the festival on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Up to two festival reading sets are dedicated to the winners of The Fringe competition. Writers can submit prose or poetry. Over the years, several readers at The Fringe have returned to the Festival as published authors. So sit down at the keyboard or pick up your pen and get working on this year’s submission.
Submission details are available on our website.

Submission Deadline:  June 30, 2017

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Banff Mountain Book Competition

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/2pOAVgF

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2017 Adventure Writers Competition is open for submissions through June 30, 2017!

$1000 cash prize and some great marketing help as well!

Start your engines! Get those manuscripts ready! If you have a complete manuscript, or are even published, we can’t wait to read your novel!

 

For more details, please visit http://www.adventurewriterscompetition.com/

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Canadian Women Artists’ Award

Ends on June 30, 2017

The Canadian Women Artists’ Award is open to female Canadian citizens between the ages of 21 and 35 who are living and working in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, including students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The $5,000 award is supported by funding granted to NYFA by the Canadian Women’s Club (CWC) of New York as a way to continue its philanthropic work when it disbanded. The award is designed to provide financial support to an emerging or early career artist working in any discipline, and can be used in any manner the recipient deems necessary to further her artistic goals.

For more details, please visit https://apply.nyfa.org/submit/46175/canadian-women-artists-award

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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

 

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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

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The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest

The 2017 contest is now open!

Theme: Beach Life

$500 1st Prize, $250 2nd Prize, $100 3rd Prize

Deadline: July 1, 2017

Entry fee: $10

The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest is sponsored by Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Beach, DE

The goal of the Rehoboth Beach Reads contest is to showcase good writing while creating a great book for summer reading. One of the most popular activities for residents and visitors is reading on the beach, and the contest seeks to collect the kinds of short, engaging stories that help readers relax, escape, and enjoy their time at the beach.

Each story must incorporate the chosen theme and also have a strong connection to Rehoboth Beach (writers do not have to live in Rehoboth).

For more details, please visit http://catandmousepress.com/contest/

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2017 Hopper Poetry Prize

The Hopper, a literary magazine from Green Writers Press, is open for submissions of full-length manuscripts to its 2017 Hopper Poetry Prize. This contest is open to poets with an identified interest in the natural world and whose work explores issues tied to our ever-changing environment. The winning poetry manuscript will be selected by the editors of The Hopper in collaboration with Dede Cummings, publisher of Green Writers Press, to be published by Green Writers Press as a collection in the spring of 2018. The winning poet will also receive $250 in prize money.

The competition is open to all poets, regardless of publication history. Publication is contingent on the poet’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is an entry fee of $25. Deadline: July 1, 2017.

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

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Big Break Contest Launches Careers

  • 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/2nvPZid

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The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers.

 

Prizes: $500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication.

 

Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications.

  • Poetry: Up to 5 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems)
  • Fiction: 5,000 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

Dates: Contest opens May 1st, 2017. Postmark Deadline: July 15th, 2017.

For more details, please visit https://nimrod.utulsa.edu/Francine_Ringold_awards.html

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International 3-Day Novel Contest

Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in three short days? The 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to find out. For 40 years, hundreds of writers have stepped up to the challenge each Labour Day weekend, fuelled by nothing but adrenaline and the desire for spontaneous literary nirvana. It’s a thrill, a grind, a 72-hour kick in the pants and an awesome creative experience. How many crazed plotlines, coffee-stained pages, pangs of doubt and moments of genius will next year’s contest bring forth? And what will you think up under pressure?

Prizes

1st Prize: Publication*
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $100

*The first prize winner will be offered a publishing contract by Anvil Press after the winner announcement in the spring following the contest. Once the contract is signed, the winning novel will be edited, published and released by next year’s contest.

Early registration deadline: The deadline for early registration is July 31st, 11:59 p.m. Normal registration must be made by September 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Early entry fee is $35; normal entry fee is $50.

 

Early registration fee: $35 in Canada; $35USD elsewhere

For more details, please visit http://www.3daynovel.com/registration/

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Second Annual Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Contest

$25.00 USD

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

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Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

75-100-page manuscript

$1,000 prize and publication

An entry fee of $25 must accompany the manuscript

Previously published eligible

Deadline: August 31, 2017

For more details, please visit

 http://www.snakenationpress.org/wordpress/submission-guidelines/

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Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

No more than 50,000-word novella or 200-page manuscript of short stories will be accepted. Any well written manuscript on any topic will be considered. Previously published works may be entered.

An entry fee of $25 must accompany the submission.

$1,000 award and publication

Deadline: August 31, 2017

For more details, please visit

http://www.snakenationpress.org/wordpress/submission-guidelines/

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THE NINTH ANNUAL Gemini Magazine FLASH FICTION CONTEST

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000

Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $5 ($4/each additional entry)
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Maximum length: 1,000 words

All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
October 2017 Issue of Gemini

WE ARE OPEN TO ANY SUBJECT, STYLE OR GENRE

Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on
personal blogs are eligible.

 

For more details, please visit http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

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BIOM Narrative Medicine Essay Competition

The BIOM Narrative Medicine Essay Competition is an inaugural BIOM competition aimed at letting osteopathic medical students and residents explore global health and clinical medicine through the written word. Students and residents are invited to submit an original creative nonfiction essay up to 1,500 words in length on any firsthand global health experience they have had. The winner will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to present the work at the BIOM Seminar. Learn more about the essay competition.

The deadline for all competitions, including submitting a poster to the poster session, is Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

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 Flash 500’s 5th Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition

Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot? Have you honed the first chapter? Can you put together a compelling one page synopsis of the balance of the story? Yes? Then why not enter our Novel Opening Chapter competition and have your work judged by the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing? We welcome published, self-published and unpublished novelists. The only stipulation is that the entry must be unpublished.

We are looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story. If your chapter is longer than 3,000 words, DO NOT SUBMIT A LONGER MANUSCRIPT. Simply close the entry within the 3,000-word limit and make a note at the end (which will not be included in the word count) stating the chapter continues beyond this point.

This is an annual competition: entries close on 31st October 2017.

 

Entry fee: £10/€13

Optional Critique of Chapter and Synopsis: £25/€32.50

 

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First: £500

Runner up: £200

 

For more details, please visit http://www.flash500.com/index_files/novel.html

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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/

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Gover Story Prize

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.

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Metamorphose Short Story Publication

We are currently accepting short stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words for publication on our website. Each year the top 3-5 stories will be published as the featured short story in Metamorphose’s Anthology in the fall. All accepted submissions receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.
Open: Always
Pay: Stories published in the anthology are eligible for royalty sales.
Submission Fee: $5
URL: http://www.metamorphoselit.com/submit/
Contact Info: Tammy Davies, contact@metamorphoselit.com

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New England Poetry Club Contests

New England Poetry Club has always recognized the outstanding work of poets with its annual awards and contests. Some awards, such as The Golden Rose and the May Sarton Award, are given in recognition of career excellence, while others are run as contests. This page is a complete listing of annual awards and contests. If you choose to enter a contest, please be sure to read the guidelines before entering, as they may have changed from previous years. The link to submit entries online can be found in the guidelines tab.

Submissions accepted only in May and June each year.

For more details, please visit http://www.nepoetryclub.org/contests/

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Neil Postman Award for Metaphor

Rolling Deadline
(no fee)

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

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

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

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Nonfiction Book Awards

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

 

– See more at: http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/nonfiction-book-awards/#sthash.H0SVcAFl.dpuf

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

http://thistledewtheatre.blogspot.com/

 

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

! Competition !

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

Continuing call:   No fees… no deadlines….

Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR

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Zone 3 Nonfiction Award

Zone 3 is accepting submissions for its nonfiction contest. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Nonfiction Award” for your genre, and upload your essay. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one essay with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline.  All entrants will receive a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Zone 3 Fiction Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its twelfth annual fiction award. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Fiction Award” for your genre, and upload your story. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one story with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

 

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Zone 3 Poetry Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry award. Submit up to three poems via our online submissions manager. Click here to log in and upload your poems; choose “Zone 3 Poetry Award” for your genre. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website.  Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests

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Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests

Prizes

Winner- The winner will have their answer published, receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs), and $1000. There will be one winner.

Finalists- The finalists will be published and receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs). There will be two finalists.

Who May Submit

Submissions are open to all US and Canada residents (except Quebec) above the age of 18. Submission is free. You may submit up to 10 entries per question. Submissions cannot be the work of multiple authors.

How and What to Submit

IMPORTANT: failure to adhere to the following may result in disqualification. See Official Rules for complete details.

  • All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.
  • To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to submit@wieldingpowerpublishing.com

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

Ongoing deadlines.

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The People’s Book Awards

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

The monthly and annual voting closes at 17:00 hours British Standard Time on the last day of each month and the votes of non-winning titles are carried forward, except in December. Monthly winning titles are taken out of the competition and will be returned in December if confirmed as a nomination for the Annual Awards by a direct message (DM) on Twitter or email to winner@thebookawards.com. Each year the voting closes on December 31st following the Annual Awards and all votes are returned to zero for the coming year.

To learn more, visit http://thebookawards.com/awards/

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Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry

Ekphrasis is a poetry journal looking for well-crafted poems, the main content of which addresses individual works from any artistic genre. Please identify the specific work that is the focus of your poem. Acceptable ekphrastic verse transcends mere description: it stands as transformative critical statement, an original gloss on the individual art piece it addresses.

All poems published in Ekphrasis within a given calendar year will be considered for the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry.

The winning poem will be selected by the editors of Ekphrasis.

No entry fees are required and there is no self-nomination procedure for the prize.

For submission guidelines, visit http://www.ekphrasisjournal.com/home

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Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award

Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice to be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family.

For more details and to submit, visit http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/

The reading period for the award will be the month of February for the issue that publishes in June, and the month of August for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.

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L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

  • Entrants retain all publication rights
  • No entry fee is required
  • All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only
  • Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500
  • Annual grand prize: $5,000 additional!
  • Opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of sf or fantasy

There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. (Deadlines: December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30). Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

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events & workshops

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The 2017 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference

May 26-27, Pittsburgh, PA

The 2017 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference will walk you through everything you need to know about writing and publishing narrative nonfiction today, including:

  • Connecting your personal story to larger trends;
  • Combining research and memory into an engaging narrative;
  • Creating characters who defy stereotypes and come to life on the page;
  • Finding the best publisher for your work;
  • Working effectively with editors; and more.

Plus, writers of all levels will have opportunities to meet one-on-one with literary agents, get concrete advice from publishing professionals, hear what different kinds of editors are looking for, and hone your skills in inspiring small-group sessions. You’ll also meet and mingle with writers from across the country who share your excitement about the writing process.

Friday night culminates with a special keynote conversation: “The State of the American Magazine.” Featuring editors from some of the most thoughtful magazines in America, including ESQUIRE, HARPER’S, the NEW YORKER, the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, and the PARIS REVIEW, the keynote promises to be a lively and thought-provoking evening.

Admission to the keynote is included in the price of conference registration, but individual tickets are also available.

For more details, please visit https://www.creativenonfiction.org/2017-creative-nonfiction-writers-conference

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ThrillerFest XII

July 11 – 15, 2017

Grand Hyatt, New York City

Welcome to ThrillerFest XII. We’re excited to present a blockbuster line-up featuring 2017 ThrillerMaster Lee Child, 2017 Silver Bullet Award recipient Lisa Gardner, 2016 ThrillerMaster Heather Graham, 2016 Silver Bullet recipient John Lescroart, and the authors of ITW’s new anthology MATCH UP, including Lara Adrian, Steve Berry, C.J. Box, Sandra Brown, Nelson DeMille, Diana Gabaldon, Andrew Gross, Charlaine Harris, Lisa Jackson, Peter James, J.A. Jance, Michael Koryta, Eric Van Lustbader, Gayle Lynds, Val McDermid, David Morrell, Kathy Reichs, John Sandford, Lisa Scottoline and Karin Slaughter.

 

For more details, please visit http://thrillerfest.com/

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Port Medway Readers’ Festival

The Port Medway Readers’ Festival is a literary festival that takes place in Port Medway, Nova Scotia, during July and August.

Tickets are $20.00 per person per event. They include a reading at the Old Meeting House at 7 PM, followed by a book signing, sandwiches, and refreshments at the fire hall. These may be purchased by downloading and mailing our ticketing form (click HERE to download or print), or in person at one of our ticketing locations:

NOTE: Tickets will be at these locations after April 21.

  • Lane’s Privateer Inn, 27 Bristol Ave., Liverpool NS (902) 354-3456
  • Bridgewater Library, 135 N. Park St., Bridgewater: (902) 543-9222
  • Lunenburg Library, 19 Pelham St., Lunenburg: (902) 634-8008
  • Thomas Raddall Library, 145 Old Bridge St., Liverpool: (902) 354-5270

A festival sponsorship, available for $175.00, includes two tickets to each of the three readings.

For more details, please visit https://portmedwayreadersfestival.com/tickets/

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2017 San Francisco Writing for Change Conference

September 9th at the Unitarian Universalist Center, San Francisco, CA.  This full-day event is for all writers who write to change the world.
Online registration is now open. http://sfwritingforchange.org/

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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.

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

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The 15th SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE

FEBRUARY 15-18, 2018 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel
The San Francisco Writers Conference is on President’s Day Weekend next year—February 15-18 on your calendar and register as soon as possible.  As you know, the SFWC sells out every year so it is never too early to register and save your seat.  CLICK HERE to register now.

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