GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE

12 April 2014

GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST

&

SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE

$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.


Bonus:
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,
Antigonish,
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 tar@stfx.ca.

Visit the website:  http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62

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

OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO PAST WINNERS
AND OUR SINCERE THANKS TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE CONTESTS.


Last Call! THE GASSNER PLAYWRITING AWARD

12 April 2014

THE GASSNER PLAYWRITING AWARD

$10 ENTRY FEE.

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.

Visit the website:  http://www.netconline.org/john-gassner-award.php 


Two Sylvias Poetry Prize

12 April 2014

TWO SYLVIAS PRIZE  —

$15 ENTRY FEE.

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.

Visit the website:  http://twosylviaspress.com/chapbook-prize.html

 


MASON’S ROAD LITERARY PRIZE

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.

Visit the website:  http://www.masonsroad.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/


QUIDDITY PRIZE

12 April 2014

QUIDDITY PRIZE https://quiddity.submittable.com/submit — $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. www.JackDunigan.com and www.ThePracticalLeader.com


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

ALL WRITERS ARE WELCOME!

Visit our website for more contest details at:  www.slonightwriters.org

Tom Snow, Contest Director

Contest email:  nightwriterscontest@gmail.com

In association with The Central Coast Writers Conference

www.communityprograms.net


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:  www.bridportprize.org.uk


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 www.rhysdaviestrust.org or contact Literature Wales: 029 2047 2266 / post@literaturewales.org

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!
Visit the website for details: http://scs.georgetown.edu/


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!
Visit the website for details:  http://scs.georgetown.edu/


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 educationunlimited.com 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:  http://hermeneuticchaos.wordpress.com/submissionguidelines/


OPEN YOUR EARS AND SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS! MUSICWORKS’ 4th ANNUAL “SONIC GEOGRAPHY” WRITING CONTEST NOW OPEN

12 April 2014

Juried contest offers top three winners cash prizes and publication

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

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MAY 16, 2014

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 musicworks.ca  Second Prize: $200 cash AND your work published on musicworks.ca  Third Prize: $100 cash AND your work published on musicworks.ca
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: https://www.musicworks.ca/contest
2013 Contest winners info and links to their works can be found at: https://www.musicworks.ca/featured-article/sound-notes/margaret-noble-and-caitlin-smith-wintop-marks-musicworks-2013

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 manager@musicworks.ca 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:  www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions

 


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:  www.poeticrepublic.com

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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:  www.poeticrepublic.com


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.

For full submission details, visit www.thegeorgiareview.com


Writing Contest: Describe a Movie Clip and You Could Win $2000!

6 April 2014
Take a look at this. CaptionMax, a subtitle and video description company, is inviting writers to describe a short movie clip. The best entry wins $2,000 (or $1,000 for second, $500 for third). That’s a lot of money for describing 90 seconds of video!
And it’s for a good cause. Description, as it’s called in the industry, helps people with vision loss enjoy movies and TV programs. Writers translate visual information into words, inserting description of the scene into the pauses between spoken words in the original soundtrack.
CaptionMax is looking to promote the next generation of Description writers. Is it one of your writers?
Help me spread the word in any one of these ways:
1.  Invite the writers that you know to participate.  Details are found at VideoDescriptionContest.com
2.  Post the news on FB or tweet all this goodness.
3.  Place a banner on your site or page using the contest graphics (I can send these to you).
Let’s get some writers paid for doing good work.
Submissions due http://videodescriptioncontest.com by April 30, 2014 
If you have any questions, I’d be happy to get you answers. Cheers!
Contact:
Luke Finsaas

 


The Society of Women Writers Tasmania – Short Story Writing Competition

6 April 2014

CALLING ALL WRITERS WORLDWIDE!

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania is presenting a great opportunity for YOU to demonstrate your short-story writing skills by entering a short-story competition. The inaugural Launceston Tasmania Literary Award is inviting entries from all writers (both male and female) worldwide. Generously sponsored by the Launceston City Council, a first prize of $2,500, a second prize of $750 and a third prize of $500 is being awarded, as well as ‘Highly Commended’ and ‘Commended’ certificates. Entries of between 1300 and 1500 words on an open theme are being accepted, online, until midnight June 13th 2014.

For more details on how to enter this Literary Award, please go to http://www.swwtas.org

Enquiries: enquirelauncestonliteraryaward@gmail.com


Announcing The Hal Prize Creative Contest Open to All

6 April 2014

The Peninsula Pulse, a news, art and entertainment publication based in Door County, WI, proudly presents the 2014 Hal Prize.
The Hal Prize is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States. Judges for each category include prestigious and professional authors and photographers including authors Heid Erdrich, Michael Perry, and Lesley Kagen and photographers Len Villano and Kelly Avenson.
The Hal Prize offers publication in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue, reading a readership of 17,000. Cash awards of up to $150, a week stay at Write On, Door County (a literary retreat located in the heart of the Door Peninsula), a class at Peninsula School of Art (a nationally recognized year-round destination for artists and art appreciators), and other prizes will be awarded.
Judging this year’s poetry contest is Heid Erdrich, author of four poetry collections, most recently Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems. Her collection National Monuments received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. She is the author of Original Local: Indigenous Food Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest and teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Augsburg College.
Juding this year’s nonfiction contest is Michael Perry, whose bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an amateur pig farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down Records). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues and is currently finishing his first young adult novel.
Judging this year’s fiction contest is New York Times bestselling author Lesley Kagen, a Milwaukee native whose novels include Whistling in the Dark (which appeared on the American Booksellers list, Midwest Booksellers list, and won the Midwest Booksellers Book of the Year), Land of a Hundred Wonders, Tomorrow River, Good Graces, and Mare’s Nest.
The judges for this year’s photography contest include Len Villano and Kelly Avenson.
Photography Director for the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living Villano is also an artist, musician, recording engineer and producer, who left a promising career in architecture years ago to devote his life to capturing the beauty of nature on film.
Kelly Avenson, owner and photographer at Avenson Photography (located on Third Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay), specializes in real life and portraiture photography. Her work can be found in the pages of the Door County Advocate, the walls of Greco Gallery “an artistic boutique,” and many homes throughout the county, state and country. She was honored to be chosen for the Art of Photography Show in San Diego in 2010 along with being published in Budget Travel Magazine, National Geographic Kids and other publications throughout the country.
The Hal Prize is presented in collaboration with Write On, Door County, a nonprofit organization promoting writing and reading to year-round and seasonal residents in the county.
The Hal Prize is held in the spirit of the late Hal Grutzmacher, a professor and Door County bookstore owner, by offering commentary and encouragement to promising writers and photographers.
All submissions will be accepted digitally. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 27, 2014; the deadline for next year’s contest will be Friday, April 25, 2015.
For complete submission guidelines and to submit your creative work, visit:  www.TheHalPrize.Submittable.com
Email questions to:  contest@ppulse.com
Learn more about Peninsula Pulse at www.ppulse.com and Write On, Door County at:  http://www.writeondoorcounty.org


Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is now accepting entries!

3 April 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.
Guidelines:
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014
All contest winners will be announced on September 20, 2014
Prizes:
Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees:
$10 per short story, $5 per poem.
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”
Mail to:
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654
Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One


The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2014

31 March 2014

Closing date: 30th May 2014.


Prizes: First prize £500, plus five finalist prizes of £100 each.


Entry fee:  £7 per story.


The competition is for ghost stories from 2,000 – 5,000 words.


For more details, see: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php


Read last year’s in our anthology ‘New Ghost Stories’: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/anthologies/new-ghost-stories.php


Jean Toomer Literary Prize for Short Fiction

31 March 2014

Open to new, emerging and established writers.

$300 Prize and online publication. 

No theme restriction.

Send your best unpublished work.

Blind judging.

Entry fee $5.

Full guidelines available online.

Postmark deadline: June 30, 2014.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://cathleenbailey.weebly.com/jean-toomer-literary-prize-for-short-fiction.html


The Suptopian Magazine – 2113: An Oral History of the Future (Fiction Contest)

31 March 2014

About

As a genre, Dystopian fiction has a remarkable track record – 1984, Brave New World, Farenheit 451, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Phillip K. Dick, Neuromancer by William Gibson, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells…the list could go on and on. These are visions of our darkest possible future as a species, but they are the vision of a single individual. Our collective fate will be decided by many, not just one, and that is why The Subtopian is innovating a collective, collaborative project to tell the story of our possible downfall as a civilization.

Competition

Authors will create short, first person narratives that tell a personal story for a particular character. These stories must paint a picture of what it was like when civilization fell, what it is like trying to survive in the aftermath, causes of the apocalypse, or how people are trying to rebuild. It is important to keep in mind that these are the stories of the survivors, told and retold so that history, in the absence of other media, will not be lost.

The stories selected will be presented in a theatrical reading in the style of an oral history. Characters in the future will tell an audience their story, their memory, or their perspective about how and why the world as we know it came to an end. Imagine a ruined city, the homeless survivors gathered around a fire, sharing with one another where they were, or where their families were, when it all happened. The different stories will be read and evaluated for quality, original thought, and for thematic elements as they will all be part of a larger narrative and must not contradict. No vision of how these events transpired will be prepared ahead of time, it is up to the writer to decide and the editors to select pieces that create one vision.

Selected stories will be performed live by Serendipity Players, a theater troupe in the Portland area, and will be filmed for those that are unable to attend. The stories will also be published in a creative anthology by The Subtopian Press and will be made available both online and at the theater event.

Awards

Twenty stories will be selected from the submissions. All of the winners will be given a copy of the printed anthology and a copy of the performance as a hard disc or digital download. The winning story will be the focal point of the show and will receive $100 as compensation. The shortlisted stories will be published on Subtopian.com.

Submission Guidelines

  • Above all, variety is key, we don’t want the performance to feel like many people talking in one voice. We want various ethnicities, ages, etc.
  • 500-1000 words, excluding the title, but closer to 500 words is best. Exceeding the word limit will result in disqualification, however, the winning story may be offered the opportunity for expansion, provided the author is interested.
  • The Deadline is May 30th, 2014.
  • Any style, voice, or genre is accepted provided it suits the topic of a Dystopian future. In other words, it can be romantic, humorous, dramatic, or action-packed, but it must weave itself into the overall narrative in a way that makes sense.
  • There is a submission fee of $10 to cover production expenses.
  • Stories can only be in English.
  • There is no limit to how many stories an author may submit.
  • Stories must be submitted in Times New Roman, 12-point font, in .doc or PDF format.
  • Submissions are accepted via Submittable or at submissions@subtopian.com
  • Publishing rights of the winning and the shortlisted stories remain with the author. Subtopian publishes First North American Serial Rights. You can use your story anywhere you like, but you have to let other publishers know that it was published with us first.
  • Please note that our editors may require small changes to be implemented in stories, in order to maintain the consistency throughout the project. We will always ask for authors’ approval in such cases.
  • Follow us on Facebook for competition tips and updates about shortlisted stories.

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER:  https://subtopian.submittable.com/submit/28831


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