Sonora Review 2014 Short-Fiction Contest Submissions Now Open

19 April 2014

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014

JUDGE: Matt Bell, author of In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods.

WHAT WE WANT: Your absolute best, most imaginative fiction up to 1,000 words. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced. Include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any other pertinent information about your submission. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know as soon as possible if the work is accepted elsewhere; multiple submissions are also fine, although you will have to pay the contest fee again. Please remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before submitting.

HOW TO DO IT: Submit online or send a SASE to Mike Coakley and Laura Miller, Editors-in-Chief / (c/o Fiction Editorial Board) / Sonora Review / Dept. of English / University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ 85719.

WINNER RECEIVES: 1,000 dollar cash prize and publication, finalists will be considered for publication in Issue 66 of Sonora Review.

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19 April 2014

— $15 ENTRY FEE.

Deadline May 15, 2014.

Essays and nonfiction up to 6,000 words.

Hybrid projects warmly welcomed.

Winner receives $1,000 prize and publication,

and finalists will be considered for publication

in Issue 66 of Sonora Review.

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19 April 2014

Fiction Contest


Deadline May 1, 2014.

Grand prize $250, publication in short story bonus issue, photo on cover, year’s subscription, five free online subscription to friends/family, guest appearance on radio show and full access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Second place $100 plus publication, photo, online subscription, three guest online subscriptions, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Third place $50 plus publication, photo, online subscription, a guest online subscription, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Ten runners-up receive publication, online subscription, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Manuscript must be 1500 words or less.

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Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry

19 April 2014

“Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry. 

Briery Creek Press will be reading for the 2015 contest.

Deadline:  May 31, 2014.  No late mss. 

Winner receives publication, 50 copies, $1,000. 

Entry fee: $20.00.

All entries receive a copy of the winning book.

Guidelines for SASE to:

DPR/Briery Creek

Department of English

Longwood University

201 High Street

Farmville, VA 23909 

or visit:  for details on how to enter!

Our judge for the contest, based out of Longwood University in Farmville, Va., is Dr. Craig Challender.

Birmingham Poetry Prize 2014

19 April 2014

For unpublished poems up to 40 lines or fewer on any subject, theme or form.
Prizes: £750 + 5 runner up prizes of pamphlet collection.
Entry fee: £2 per poem. £1 for each subsequent poem.
Judges: Roy McFarlane & Charlie Jordan
Closing date: 31 May 2014

The Birmingham Poetry Prize 2014 is organised by The Magpie’s Nest, a literary magazine which provides a platform for emerging and established poets and writers. the magazine welcomes submissions of original poetry and short fiction.

Postal address: The Magpie’s Nest, 338 Gibb Street, Custard Factory, Digbeth,
Birmingham, United Kingdom, B9 4AA

To obtain a free electronic issue of The Magpie’s Nest email

For further information please visit

NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 3 Call for Entries

19 April 2014

Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Third Annual
NEXT ACT! New Play Summit!

NEXT ACT! is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work, and is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s recent and future growth explosion in the fields of research and technology. The summit will directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.” The NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 3 takes place November 1– 3, 2014 and will feature readings of two never-before produced plays, and special events throughout the weekend.
theREP is particularly interested in scripts that showcase world events as they impact the individual and society, highlighting the common threads that bind the American culture together in a world that is defined more and more by diversity. The theatre will give preference to character driven scripts that showcase technology’s impact on humanity.
Accepting full length plays only.
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces welcome.
Comedy and Drama welcome!
(Please do not submit plays about the theatre.)
Eligible plays cannot have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.
Plays previously submitted to NEXT ACT! will not be considered for this years’ Summit.
Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.
Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Sunday June 1, 2014
Plays: Playwrights should submit a synopsis, character descriptions and the first 10 pages of their play with a photo/resume and bio.
Email your submission to Margaret Hall, Assistant to the Artistic Director, at with NEXT ACT SUBMISSION in the subject line.
A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.
Electronic submissions preferred.
Two plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual 3-day summit, which takes place November 1 – 3, 2014. Like last years How Water Behaves is being produced as part of Capital Repertory Theatre’s 2014-15 Season.
theREP is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

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International Children’s Story Competition 2014 Are you the next star of children’s literature?

19 April 2014

Find out by entering this year’s international children’s story competition run by Inclusive Works, Kazdu and Clavis Publishers! The theme of the 2014 competition is “Grandad, grandma and I in our multicultural society”. Submit your story for children aged 1-3 years or 4-6 years no later than 31 August 2014.
The two winning stories will be published as illustrated children’s books in both Dutch and English by Clavis Publishers.

Who can participate?
Everyone! Amateurs, professional writers – in fact any individual who likes to write children’s stories, regardless of age, ability, background, education, language, nationality, country of residence, etc. Individuals of 50 years and older are especially encouraged to submit a story!

How to submit a story?
Upload the final version of your story in either English or Dutch using the online form available at no later than 31 August 2014.

Background and objectives of the competition
Inclusive Works and partners organised their first international children’s story competition in 2012. More than 350 stories were submitted from 33 countries. The competition resulted in the publication of the following books:

Count and Rhyme with Family Mouse by Juliette Rosenkamp

Princess Nina by Marlise Achterbergh

For this year’s competition we are looking for children’s stories inspired by the interaction between elderly people and children in today’s multicultural societies. Entries should show, in a fun, playful and appropriate way, the important role(s) played by grandparents and (other) elderly people in the lives of the children in these societies.

The theme
Grandparents and other elderly people often play an important, valuable and fun role in children’s lives. This role can be very diverse, and can involve reading books, playing games, baking, gardening, visiting public places, recounting family anecdotes, passing on traditions, teaching children valuable lessons, etc. This interaction often takes place in a multicultural setting or happens between people with multicultural backgrounds. For this reason, we ask that the diversity in our society is positively represented in the stories submitted.
The prize!
The jury will select one winner for each age category: 1-3 years and 4-6 years. The two winning stories will be published as illustrated children’s books in both Dutch and English by Clavis Publishers.

The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony to be held in November 2014, at which the winning stories will be presented to the public and read by the authors.

Competition guidelines
The story:
- will take the multicultural society into account (for instance in the characters, their names, the composition of the characters, the place where the story occurs, the activities, etc.);
- must be written for children aged either 1-3 years or 4-6 years;
- may be realistic or have elements of fantasy;
- must be submitted in either English or Dutch;
- must not exceed the maximum word count for that age category: 600 words (age category 1-3 years) and 900 words (age category 4-6 years);
- should include no further text (description of the context, back cover copy, etc.) nor illustrations;
- must not have been published before, either by a professional publisher or privately.

For detail on how to enter, visit:


12 April 2014




$2,400 in Prizes!

Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 30, 2014 
Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2014 
Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Past winners may not enter.
Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page.
Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize:
Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.
First prize: $600 & publication;
Second prize: $400 & publication;
Third prize: $200 & publication;
Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest:
Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems.
First prize: $600 & publication;
Second prize: $400 & publication;
Third prize: $200 & publication;

This year’s Judges are: Poetry – Patricia Young and Peter Sanger; Fiction – Joan Baril, Reynold Stone, Gwen Davies, Heather Debling, and our final judge will be Sheree Fitch.

Entry Fee: Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest.

You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00. You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the autumn issue, 2014.
Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review.

Mail submissions to: The Antigonish Review Contest,
Box 5000,
St. Francis Xavier University,
Nova Scotia, Canada,
B2G 2W5.

Entries will not be returned.

Only winners will be notified by September 1, 2014.
A list of winners will be available at this web site.

For further information, Phone 902-867-3962 or email

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We acknowledge the support of: St. Francis Xavier University; The Canada Council, and The Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage.



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Two cash prizes will be awarded: First Prize of $1,000, and Second Prize of $500.

The judges may withhold prizes if in their opinion no play merits the award.

Only full-length scripts are accepted.

Deadline April 15, 2014.

The competition is open to all playwrights.

Submissions must be new full-length plays.

Musicals will not be considered.

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Two Sylvias Poetry Prize

12 April 2014



Winner receives his or her chapbook published as both print and ebook;

20 copies of the print version for the winner; $250 prize;

and an amethyst depression-glass trophy cup (circa 1930′s).

Submit 17-24 pages of poetry.

Deadline June 16, 2014.

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12 April 2014

MASON’S ROAD LITERARY PRIZE  — $15 ENTRY FEE. Submissions for Issue 9 are open until May 15, 2014, and we are looking for creative and unique interpretations of our theme: TRUTH. ?Please submit only one document in a genre for each issue, and limit prose and screenplay/drama to 5,000 words (double-spaced), poetry to 3 poems (up to 3 poems in a single document). Our submissions period runs for three months: February 15 – May 15, 2014. There are two ways to submit to Mason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication. Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive.

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12 April 2014

QUIDDITY PRIZE — $15 ENTRY FEE. First prize $500 and publication in Quiddity as well as public-radio broadcast (offered via NPR member and PRI affiliate, Illinois Public Radio hub-station WUIS). Honorable mentions may also be offered publication and broadcast. All entrants will receive a one year subscription to Quiddity. Contest deadline May 5, 2014. Submit one prose poem. Submit online using Submittable or by mail (checks payable to Quiddity).

10 Easy Things You Can Do Now To Prepare Your Manuscript For Publishing As An Ebook

12 April 2014

10 Easy Things You Can Do Now To Prepare Your Manuscript For Publishing As An Ebook

By Jack Dunigan

Before you do too much formatting, consider these preliminary steps in Microsoft Word to make your life easier when it comes time to self-publish your ebook. This is NOT a comprehensive guide for formatting your ebook, but I’ll show you where to get that information for free and don’t fret; it’s easier than you think!

1. Prepare a cover. Check with the publishing platform (see the links below) for their formatting guidelines. For example, Kindle wants a .jpg file at least 1000 pixels long on the longest side with a height/width ratio of 1.6.

2. Set Word to show all the formatting marks. In Word 2010, go to File -> Options -> Display. Click on the “Show All Formatting Marks” box. Your manuscript will become littered with hundreds of little marks. This will allow you to see what formatting cues will influence the ebook platform.

3. Choose either paragraph indents or a blank line between paragraphs but NOT BOTH. Fiction usually uses indented paragraphs while non-fiction uses no indents and a blank line.

4. For indents, remove any paragraph indents you may have created using the space bar or the tab key. It causes weird things to happen in an ebook. Then change the paragraph style in Word’s File tab located in the Home menu bar’s Paragraph section. In the lower right corner click on the down arrow. Set the Indentation to between 0.25 and 0.5 in the “First Line” box.

5. If you used the enter key to insert a blank line between paragraphs remove them. Using the paragraph tool again and set the “spacing after” setting to your preferred spacing. 10 pts is about right for most books.

6. Next, remove all Headers, Footers and page numbers. Ebooks don’t have them.

7. Set all your chapter titles to the “Heading 1” style. You will use this to set up a Table of Contents.

8. Insert page breaks at the end of every chapter. Do not use the enter key for spacing. Since ebooks do not have page numbers you will use internal hyperlinks to set the Table of Contents.

9. Move much of your book’s front matter to the back. In Kindle’s free sample, you want readers to experience your book, not the preface, foreword, or acknowledgements. Give them more of the book. Make it easier for them to decide to buy. Remaining front matter should include:

a. The title and your name on the first page terminated by a page break.

b. The publisher’s name, if there is one, copyright info, and a link to your website followed by another page break.

c. A dedication, if you have one, then another page break.

d. The Table of Contents, then another page break.

e. Your chapters. See #7.

At the end of the book, finish with acknowledgements, a link to your website, and any other info to connect the reader to you including Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to ask for a review.

10. If you used the “paste” function to put in images, take them out. Use Insert -> Pictures instead.

11. If you’ve used font size to emphasize text remove it. It won’t work and will only confuse the ebook platform.

Now you’re ready to copyedit and convert the file. Each publishing platform has its own formatting requirements. Use these free resources to find precisely what each requires.

Building Your Book For Kindle

Building Your Book For Kindle for Mac

Nookpress’s formatting guide (Nookpress registered users only to access it but it is free.)

Kobo’s conversion guidelines

It really is much simpler now than it used to be. Take your time, proceed methodically, and in a short time your book will be ready.

Bio – Jack Dunigan, a trainer and consultant for business and non-profit leaders, has been writing and publishing for nearly 40 years. He lives in Florida with Sue, his wife of 42 years, and Chumley, a fuzzy white Cairn Terrier of 7 years. and

SLO NightWriters 25th Annual Writing Contest

12 April 2014

The 2014 Golden Quill Awards

Short Story/Memoir – 1,000 word maximum; Poetry – 40 line maximum

Entries must include the words ‘Déjà vu’ and depict the theme.

Entry Fee: $15 per entry, multiple entries are allowed in both categories

Prizes: $750 – First Prize, $400 – Second Prize, for each category, plus Honorable Mentions

Deadline: June 30th, 2014


Visit our website for more contest details at:

Tom Snow, Contest Director

Contest email:

In association with The Central Coast Writers Conference

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

12 April 2014

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel                

Win £1,000

plus expert mentoring and possible publication for your first novel

Judge:   Alison Moore

The novel is still the holy grail of writing.  Named after its founder, Peggy Chapman-Andrews, the Bridport Prize is delighted to announce a new award for talented novelists who are yet to be published or represented by a literary agent.

Alongside the Bridport Prize in this terrific opportunity for the aspiring novelist, are partners The Literary Consultancy and A.M. Heath Literary Agents, offering mentoring and possible publication for the winning novel. 

Up-and-coming writers take note!  For the first stage, all you need to enter are the first chapters of your novel, up to 8,000 words, with a strong synopsis.  Those longlisted and later shortlisted will need to submit further chapters at the relevant stages.  Your novel does not have to be complete to win.  The Literary Consultancy will offer mentoring and feedback over a period of time whilst you finish the novel.  And should it turn out to be a riveting read, A.M. Heath Literary Agents will consider representing you and offering the novel to a publisher they recommend. 

Judging the competition alongside The Literary Consultancy and A.M. Heath, will be acclaimed author, Alison Moore, shortlisted for The Booker Prize in 2012 for her novel The Lighthouse.  When looking for a winning entry Alison will be searching for “evidence of a feel for language. A story that draws me in, involves me in its world, moves me in some way, and lingers in my head long after I’ve finished reading.”

Rebecca Swift of The Literary Consultancy says of the project: “The Bridport Prize holds a romantic place in my imagination, as it was one of the first National prizes I became aware of, and seemed a glamorous, serious and exciting initiative full of promise.   Many years later, I am extremely proud that my company, The Literary Consultancy has been asked to be involved with helping to support their new prize, aimed for the first time, at novelists. Bridport stands out in terms of its serious commitment to unearthing, and supporting writing talent, and we look forward to being part of the process of helping those involved to the best of our capabilities.”

A.M. Heath’s Euan Thorneycroft says Discovering new writers is one of the most exciting things about reading, whether you are an agent, a publisher, a bookseller or a book buyer. This is why A.M. Heath is delighted to be involved with a prize dedicated to that aim, particularly one that is founded by the much loved and highly respected Bridport Prize. I am sure we are going to find many literary stars of the future.” 

The award is open to writers, resident in the UK, with a part-written or completed novel in any adult fiction genre.  The winning writer must be unpublished, nor signed with a literary agent, (although they may have self published or have published for other genres such as poetry, short stories, non fiction).  It will be judged anonymously and the entry fee is £20 for each submission.

The first prize is £1000, plus a personal critique from Alison Moore and one to one appraisal and mentoring from The Literary Consultancy to assist with the completion of the novel.  In addition, meetings will be arranged with A.M. Heath Literary Agents to discuss the progress of the work.

The runner-up will receive £500 and written professional feedback from The Literary Consultancy.

The closing date is 31st May 2014 and full details are on the Bridport Prize website:

Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2014

12 April 2014

Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2014 has been revamped for 2014 with the inclusion of a brand new Under 21 Prize, and an increased total prize fund of £5,000 now on offer. Literature Wales is delighted to announce that the 2014 competition will be judged by Cynan Jones and Deborah Kay Davies with Gee Williams acting as Filter Judge.

The winner of the first prize will receive an impressive £2,000. The second prize winner will receive £800, the third prize is £400 and six runners-up will receive £100 each.

Under 21 Prize
New for 2014, children and young people can enter the Under 21 Prize for the chance to win a first prize of £1,000 – one of the largest awards for a youth competition of its kind. One runner-up will also receive a prize of £200. This competition will be judged independently by Rachel Trezise.

This could be your chance to make your mark on the Welsh literary scene. You have until Friday 16 May 2014 to enter your prize-winning story. Entry fee is £7.00 or £4.00 for Under 21 Prize.

Note: Both Competitions are open to all writers born in or currently living in Wales. Under 21 Prize entrants must be aged 21 years or younger at the closing date. Stories can be in any style and on any subject but must be no more than 2,500 words in length. Entries must be previously unpublished, in English and must not be a translation of another author’s work. Click here to read the full Terms & Conditions of Entry.

You can enter by post or online: click here to download the entry form or click here to enter online.

To receive an entry form through the post, please send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Literature Wales, Rhys Davies 2014 Entry Form, Cambrian Buildings, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, CF10 5FL

For further information, please visit or contact Literature Wales: 029 2047 2266 /

The Rhys Davies Short Story Competition is administered by Literature Wales and sponsored by The Rhys Davies Trust.

Summer High School Medical Program (for teens) at Georgetown University

12 April 2014

Lay the foundation for a future in medicine.

During the 8-day Medical Institute program,

you’ll experience hands on learning opportunities

typically reserved for 1st year medical students —

viewing patient simulators, seeing cutting-edge medical facilities,

and listening to lectures on new medical innovations.

In addition to the 8-day Institute, Georgetown offers three-credit

programs in medicine, anatomy, or neuroscience.

Priority application deadline is April 15, 2014 – apply today!
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Summer High School Program – Georgetown University

12 April 2014

If you are a high school student looking to immerse yourself in an accelerated,

hands-on learning experience in one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse cities in the world,

the Georgetown High School Summer Program is for you.

Credit and noncredit courses are available in medicine, science, international relations,

law, business, arts & humanities, college prep, and more.

Priority application deadline is April 15, 2014 – apply today!
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Summer Writing Programs at Yale & Brown

12 April 2014

Join Education Unlimited at writing programs held on the campuses of Yale and Brown University this summer for two great writing programs for teens. Emerging Writers Institute is a two-week creative writing program for rising 10th-12th graders, designed to develop students’ imaginative writing across literary genres. A+ Summer pre-college is an intensive pre-collegiate research program from 11th & 12th graders with an emphasis on academic writing. Pay in full by May 10, 2014 and save $200 on any Education Unlimited program at Yale or Brown with a special offer for Teen Ink readers. Use discount code TEENINK200.

Visit for details!

A Call for Submissions: Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal

12 April 2014

Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal has embarked on its maiden voyage and we are extremely excited to anticipate all that this adventure will entail. The journal will publish its inaugural issue composed of beautifully handcrafted semantic mindscapes in May, and is accepting submissions for the same.

We want poetry and prose that evade the limitations of genre and celebrate the commotion of the liminal space.Writings which provoke secluded emotions to emerge and clash with words with all their infinite capacities, making them perspire. We want to witness the manner in which the absence finds its presence by wringing the silence. All this, however, with a certain aesthetic humility.

Please read the literary ethos of the journal and the submission guidelines before submitting your creations to us. We look forward to an exciting literary  journey, and welcome you to become a part of it.

Visit the website for Submission Guidelines:


12 April 2014

Juried contest offers top three winners cash prizes and publication

in Canada’s acclaimed magazine about experimental music and sound art


For immediate release: TORONTO, CANADA,  Musicworks’ 2014 contests are now open to receive entries from anywhere in the world! Musicworks is Canada’s only magazine that explores experimental music. Its two annual juried contests spotlight new literary and musical talents, offering cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.
“Sonic Geography” Writing Contest Echoes in a Lisbon square. Waterdrops from an Iceland glacier. Birds in a Buenos Aires barrio. These are some of the sounds that have inspired contributors to “Sonic Geography,” our regular essay column. Choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or mysteriously quiet. You have 500 words to describe how sound shapes your experience. So open your ears, and pick up your pencils. Accepted file types: PDF only. $25 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Musicworks; $5 each additional entry (unlimited).
First Prize: $500 cash AND your work published in Musicworks and on  Second Prize: $200 cash AND your work published on  Third Prize: $100 cash AND your work published on
Also check out our Electronic Music Composition Contest: Compose a piece in one of the following experimental genres: Acousmatic, Audio art, Electroacoustic, Glitch, Intelligent Dance Music, Microsound, Noise, Turntable art, or Video music. Maximum time: 10 minutes. Accepted file types: MP3 or MP4 only.
2014 Contest prize details, eligibility and assessment criteria, and entry forms can be found at:
2013 Contest winners info and links to their works can be found at:

Since 1978, Musicworks has been dedicated to the development of new and passionate audiences for experimental music. Published three times a year with accompanying CDs, Musicworks features in-depth articles on Canadian and international composers, improvisers, instrument designers, and artists who work in genres such as radio, electroacoustics, concert music, sound installation, and sound sculpture. With a dynamic website and outreach programs, Musicworks creates an inclusive community within which to exchange and develop ideas, and excite curious listeners with adventurous music.
For more information, contact Anastasia Klyushin at OR (416) 977-3546

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest: More Advice from the Judge

7 April 2014

You have a little more than three weeks to enter this year’s Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. The best story will receive $1,000, the best essay will receive $1,000, and we’ll award ten Honorable Mention prizes of $100 each. The winning entries will be published on our website. Submit entries by April 30.

Arthur Powers is the judge of this year’s contest. We are pleased to present his thoughts on essays. (We published Mr. Powers’ thoughts on fiction two weeks ago.)

I do not want to overly influence any writer—it is the individuality of your work that makes it interesting. But here are qualities I am looking for in essays:

  1. Have something to say.
  2. Say it in a way that makes readers see differently or understand differently—that provides a new angle or a new insight, without necessarily doing acrobatics to try to be different.
  3. Say it with style—a style that has texture, that readers can savor.
  4. Make it memorable—words, phrases, thoughts, images that will stay in readers’ minds for days—perhaps years—that will give them something to ponder.
  5. Develop it beautifully (whether the subject is beautiful or not)—with a quality that carries readers along with you, whether elegantly or on a bumpy (but meaningful) road.

May you break any of these guidelines? Of course. Surprises are always welcome. Write with your best craftsmanship—I look forward to reading your work.

The entry fee for this contest is $16. Each entry may contain up to 6,000 words. Entries may be published or unpublished. All themes and genres are welcome, and you may enter as many submissions as you like.

Submit online here

The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

6 April 2014
The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions each year from January 1st to September 30th through our online submissions manager. The judges for this year’s prize are Margaret Atwood (for poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (for fiction).
In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 in addition to a prize pack of books, each valued at approximately $700.
This year’s growing list of donating presses includes:
  • BookThug
  • Brick Books
  • Chaudiere Books
  • Coach House Books
  • Cormorant Books
  • ECW Press
  • Freehand Books
  • Gaspereau Press
  • Goose Lane Editions
  • House of Anansi Press
  • Insomniac Press
  • Mansfield Press
  • The Porcupine’s Quill
All submissions must be in size 12, Times New Roman, Garamond, or Arial typefaces. Submissions must be in .doc or .rtf format. Each poetry submission is limited to four poems or four pages, whichever comes first. Each fiction submission must be double-spaced and must be no more than 8,000 words. Nevertheless, authors may submit multiple times in one or both fields.
Any submission that does not abide by the above guidelines will be rejected without refund.

Every submission to The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize must be accompanied by a PayPal donation of $15. If the name on your PayPal account differs from the name on your submission, please be sure to indicate this in the body of your submission or in your PayPal comments. Upon receipt of your donation and literary submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Winning entries are announced in October, 2014.

More information can be found at:


Poetic Republic Short Story Prize and Poetry Prize

6 April 2014

Poetic Republic Short Story Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 15th April 2014

First Prize £2,000. Best Commentator prizes 2x £250.

Anonymous peer review online short story competition judged by the entrants themselves.

The event culminates with a collaborative eBook publication featuring the best short stories as chosen by the participants.

For Short Stories from 500 to 3,000 words.

Entry fee:  £12 per story; one entry per person.

Enter online at:


Poetic Republic Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 30th April 2014

Single Poem Prize £2,000. Portfolio Prize £1,000.

Anonymous peer review online poetry competition judged by the entrants themselves.

The event culminates with a collaborative eBook publication featuring the best poems and comments as chosen by the participants.

For poems up to 42 lines.

Entry fee:  £7 per poem

Enter online at:

The Georgia Review announces the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

6 April 2014

Postmark deadline/Online submission deadline: May 15, 2014

The Georgia Review announces the second annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

—$1,000 and publication in The Georgia Review for a single poem,

originally written in English and never before published either in print or online.

The submission period is April 1, 2014–May 15, 2014,

with the winning poem to be announced on August 15, 2014.

Current subscribers may enter free of charge;

nonsubscribers may begin a subscription at the time of entry

—$35 for four issues, which is $5 off the regular price

—or pay an entry fee of $15. 

The Georgia Review editors will judge.

Poems may be submitted electronically or by post.

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