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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 Entries may be published or unpublished.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

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

Sports Fiction and Essay Contest

21 March 2014

Now in its third year, this contest, sponsored by Winning Writers, seeks the best in original sports-themed fiction and essays. Published or unpublished welcome. Up to 6000 words.

Sports Fiction and Essay Contest

Sports Fiction and Essay Contest

Entry Fee: $16 per story

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Prizes: FICTION: First Prize, $1,000; Honorable Mentions, 5 awards of $100 each.

ESSAYS: First Prize, $1,000; Honorable Mentions, 5 awards of $100 each.

Visit https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/sports-fiction-essay-contest for more information.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

20 March 2014

Deadline: Apr 30, 2014

Results Announced: Sep 15, 2014

Theme: All themes accepted

Word Limit: 6,000 words

Entry Fee: $16.00 per entry. You may submit multiple entries.

Prefer to pay via PayPal?

Prizes: FICTION: First Prize, $1,000; Honorable Mentions, 5 awards of $100 each | ESSAYS: First Prize, $1,000; Honorable Mentions, 5 awards of $100 each

Full Guidelines

Write an article on the theme of “Generation-Y” and receive a cash prize of $200

19 March 2014

Generation-Y, also known as Millennials, or the YOLO Generation. The generation that are into selfies, swag, drunken snapchats, instagramming your food and #hashtaging#everything#you#say. Every generation has its own set of aspirations and challenges, and these are both exciting and uncertain times to be living in.

What are your thoughts on Generation-Y?

We’re calling all bloggers, writers, thinkers, part-time philosophers and aspiring journalists to write an 800 word article on the theme of Generation-Y. Enter it into our Gen-Y competition on ReadWave and the article that receives the most ‘likes’ will win a cash prize of $200 (or equivalent value in your local currency).

We accept entrants from all over the world. Articles that are over 800 words will not be considered. The deadline for submissions is 14th April 2014. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/OobECW.

2014 Writing Contest Competion $1000 in prizes (for students and authors)

19 March 2014

Writing Contest Theme

For high school and university students

Writing prompt: “Good Writing is_________”

Suggested Topics: writing tips, strategies, how to write more, better, how to get creative, writing inspiration, etc. We want articles that are useful + informative + interesting. We like the use of quotes by famous writers. We like anecdotes, either historical or personal.

First prize: $250 cash + $250 in free editing (for your papers, applications, etc).

Second Prize: $100 cash + $100 in free editing (essays, etc.)

For published or aspiring authors

Writing prompt: “How to write a book.”

Suggested Topics: writing a book, literature, story and character development, your personal strategies for productivity, dealing with writer’s block, etc.

First Prize: Up to 50,000 words free editing ($900 value)

Second Prize: eBook Cover Design and Formatting from Creativindie ($679 value)

Third Prize: 1 Week Writer’s Vacation ($500 value)

Essay length 500~1500 words

Bonuses

We will post all the articles on this website as they come in (We will edit them for free, just to remove any typos, spelling or grammar issues, but leave the basic content and style as is.) If you’d like a link back to your personal site, so readers can find you, just tell us (may be useful for book promotion, or if you’re a freelance copy writer).

We’d also like to choose 10 to 20 of the best submissions and put them together in a book, which will be made available in print and ebook formats. If we pick yours we’ll give you bragging rights as a published author and an Amazon gift card.

Contest Deadline:

The contest will be open until May 31st, 2014. That’s a nice long period of time for you to think about and write your essays. Please copy and paste them into an email (rather than attaching a file), with your full name, city/country, age and category (author/student).

PS) We’re really flexible on the prizes – let us know what you hope to win and we’ll make sure you’re in the right category; switching from one prize to another will most likely be possible as well.

Send your submissions to: editor@paper-perfect-editing.com  (make sure you put “writing contest” in the subject field).

website : http://www.paper-perfect-editing.com/writing-contest-competion-1000-in-prizes/

Wedding-Themed Writing Contest

19 March 2014

Deadline:

Monday, May 19, 2014

Categories:

Nonfiction, Personal Journals

Entry Fees:

Free. No entry fee.

Prizes:

Cash prize.

Description:

Looking for short stories for our wedding-themed contest. Your own true story of your wedding or any wedding or preparations of a wedding. This themed contest is subject to the same rules and guidelines as our regular weekly contests. See our Submissions page for the guidelines and enter your story. The deadline is May 19, 2014.

Contact Information

Enter your questions on our Contact Us page.

Website:

http://www.MidlifeCollage.com

 

KEEP THE RODEO ALIVE! SUBMIT TO THE ROUND UP!

19 March 2014

Howdy Partners!

The Round Up Writer’s Zine is currently courting fresh, new and relatively unpublished writers to submit short stories, poetry, or essays/musings for the 3rd installment. The Round Up Writer’s Zine is an online literary magazine devoted to transgressive pieces, dark humor and works laced in sarcasm. In fact we are partisan to works that are edgy and/or possibly offensive. If this sounds like the type of literature that you secretly (or not so secretly) dabble in, this is the place for you! 
We are not a paying gig, but if we choose your work we can showcase it in a way that will make you look like the amazing writer that you are! REPEAT OFFENDERS WELCOME!
For more info. go to www.roundupzine.com/submit

TEEN INK CONTESTS – Ongoing

13 March 2014

Cover Art Contest
Send your best photo or artwork and it could be published on the cover of Teen Ink magazine.

Nonfiction Contest

Two winners selected every month out of the following nonfiction sections: Nonfiction, Focus/Special Issue, College Essays, Heroes, Pride & Prejudice, Health, What Matters, and Sports.

Poetry Contest

Are you the next Maya Angelou or e.e. cummings? Serious, funny, long or short – send us your poems today! One winner selected each month!

Educator of the Year Contest
Send your nominating essay today to recognize that amazing teacher in your life, and give him or her a chance to be in the spotlight.

Fiction Contest

Fairy tales, sci-fi, horror, romance – short stories galore!
Entries of all kinds are accepted throughout the year. Winner selected twice yearly.

Travel & Culture Contest

Hiking in Yosemite. Strolling through Paris. Celebrating Chinese New Year.
Describe your latest cultural adventures at home or abroad. Winners selected twice a year.

Environment Contest

Hybrid cars? Required recycling? Tell us about a problem facing the planet … and abour your solutions and ideas. Winners selected annually.

Community Service Awards

What do you do to make the world a better place?
Tell us about it and win $100 for your favorite charity, plus a prize for you. Winners selected annually.

Visit the website: http://www.teenink.com/Contests

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2014

7 March 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. http://www.dreamquestone.com

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, 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

Call for submissions: NOVELLE – Magazine for Experimentalism #3 (June 2014):

4 March 2014

The enthusiastic response and the amount of submissions for the first and second issue of our new magazine NOVELLE were quite overwhelming. Now it’s time to gather some great material for issue #3 to be released in June 2014.

Submission guidelines:

•          The submitted work may be unpublished or published – in the latter case please make sure there is no third-party infringement involved.

•          We are interested in all sorts of fictional and non-fictional texts, regardless of genre and form (poems, essays, flash fiction, reviews, comics, drawings, paintings, interviews, ads, investigative reports, etc.). We are especially looking forward to receiving submissions that transcend the purely textual …

•          The submissions should be experimental in nature.

•          Topic for #3: Dead Places

•          Max. 5 pages per submission, 1 submission per author

•          File formats: doc / docx / odt / rtf / tiff / jpeg / bmp / png (graphics: b/w, minimum resolution: 300 dpi)

•          All published authors will receive one free copy of the NOVELLE (unfortunately, we are not able to offer payment yet, but this may change in the future …)

•          Please send us your work until May 31th, 2014, with the reference subject “NOVELLE #3” via email to autorenbonn@gmail.com, and don’t forget to add a short CV, including name, address, email, and a list of publications (if available)

http://dienovelle.blogspot.de/2014/03/call-for-submissions-novelle-magazine.html

We are looking forward to your creative/eccentric/idiosyncratic awesomeness!

Experimentally yours,

NOVELLE

CHICKEN SOUP The Power of Forgiveness: 101 Stories about How to Let Go and Change Your Life

2 February 2014

http://www.chickensoup.com

For the “New Year New You” 2015 season we plan to publish a book about the power of forgiveness.

Have you ever noticed how forgiving someone frees you to move on with your life?

We are looking for stories that will show our readers how forgiving someone

or being forgiven by someone changed your life in a positive way.

Were you able to reestablish a relationship after forgiving or being forgiven?

Did letting go of your hurt feelings heal you and bring you a sense of peace?

Help others find the same resolution by sharing your story.

Pays $200 and 10 copies of the book. Limit 1,200 words.

Ruminate VanderMey Nonfiction Contest

1 February 2014

Ruminate is excited to announce our fourth annual Ruminate Nonfiction Prize!

The Nonfiction Prize has gained national recognition,

with winning pieces later awarded a Pushcart prize and selected for inclusion in an anthology. 

The winner of the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize will receive $1500

and publication in the Summer 2014 issue.

The runner up will receive $200 and publication. 

We invite you to enter.

The submission fee is $20, 

The deadline is February 14, 2014.

Please enter at http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/nonfiction/

THREE CONTESTS OPEN AT WINNING WRITERS – SEE OUR SPIFFY NEW WEBSITE!

27 January 2014

Each one accepts published as well as unpublished work. Winners are promoted online and in our email newsletter, with over 50,000 subscribers. Follow us on Twitter at @winningwriters.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

WinningWriters.com

No fee, $2,000 in prizes, April 1, 2014 deadline
https://www.winningwriters.com/wergle

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest
All subjects welcome. $16 fee, $3,000 in prizes, April 30, 2014 deadline
https://www.winningwriters.com/tomstory

Sports Fiction & Essay Contest
$16 fee, $3,000 in prizes, May 31, 2014 deadline
https://www.winningwriters.com/sports

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2014

9 January 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2014 is open to anyone who loves expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! 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.

New 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

Senior Travel Expert – Travel Writing Competition

8 January 2014

Closing date: Midnight on 1st June 2014

Prizes: £100.00 on a prepaid currency card and published on website.

Entry fee: Free to enter.

For an exciting, original travel article up to 1,000 words,

which may or may not relate to a senior travel experience.

Fiction or non-fiction.

See the website for full details: seniortravelexpert.com/writing-competition

Tribe Yoga Teacher Training and Retreats: Yoga Scholarship Competition 2014

25 October 2013

Yoga Scholarship Competition


1st Annual Tribe Scholarship Writing Competition

Win a scholarship on a forthcoming Tribe Yoga Teacher Training
or 500 Euros cash prize!

SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION DEADLINE EXTENSION
YOU HAVE MORE TIME TO WRITE YOUR STORY
RELAUNCH OF COMPETITION IN JANUARY 2014

Competition ends 31st March 2014.

POST NOTE: after cancelling the scholarship competition due to very few entries some people wrote in to tell us they were still writing!! If you have a story hold on to it. We will relaunch the competition in Jan 2014. The 3 entries we did receive were truly beautiful reads and worthy to be shared . We still would love to make a yoga stories book and with your participation we can. So please prepare your story and tell your friends to send in their stories too.
The winning TTC scholarships will be for 2014/2015
The entry fee has been reduced to 15 euros per entry

Tribe is offering a great opportunity to combine the art of writing with the spirit of Yoga. If you have experienced yoga, practiced yoga, lived yoga or just observed yoga, then you probably have a story to tell.

We hope this competition motivates you to pick up a pen and paper and write down yoga stories that will inspire, educate, enthuse or simply entertain others about the yoga world, yoga community or yoga practice.

Submit your stories, memoirs, essays, poetry, etc before the end of March 2014 for the chance to get your entry published and/or win a scholarship for one of our upcoming Yoga Alliance-Certified Yoga Teacher Trainings or 500 euros prize money.

A selection of yoga stories from those submitted will be chosen for publication in a book which will also offer insight into yoga practice and yogic living. All featured yoga stories will be complimented by text that explores the theme, message, experience, etc. that each story tells.

Not sure what yoga story you have to tell? Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

A specific incident that happened on the yoga mat, that magical moment when everything clicked into place.

Your story of healing through yoga.

Experiencing a particular yoga practice or discipline.

How yoga changed the way you live, think, love, exist?

A funny experience in a yoga retreat or in a yoga class.

How learning about the yamas & niyamas can impact one’s life.

A tangible experience of the chakras.

A mind-blowing breakthrough, that ‘Eureka’ yoga moment which brought you to a new understanding of yourself or the practice.

Meeting a ‘famous’ yoga personality, an Indian Guru, a well-known yoga teacher.

Your yoga story can be something you want to share or something you want to say. It can be philosophical, funny, moralistic, educational, touching, dramatic, etc. It can be told from a personal view or in the third person.
Winners:
Writers of the top three winning stories will be awarded a choice of a FREE place in a Tribe Yoga Teacher Training (as below) or a 500 Euros cash prize. The winning submissions along with other top stories will be published by Tribe in the forthcoming ‘Yoga Stories’ book.

All writers of any story published in the ‘yoga stories’ book will be credited in the book and will recieve a free copy.

Level 2 300hr Yoga Teacher Training in Austria, 8th June – 4th July, 2014 (Tribe Level 1 Graduates only)

Level 1 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, 23rd Nov – 19th Dec, 2014

Level 1 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, 4th Jan – 30th Jan, 2014

OR 500 euros prize money


Judging Criteria: Winners will be selected based on:

Personal Style (33%);

Content/Creativity (33%); and

Writing Skills (34%).

Judges
The winning stories will be selected by a panel of 3 judges. All jugdes are Tribe Faculty Teachers. In the event that a decision on 3 winners cannot be made the finalist entries will be placed in a hat and drawn at random.

Entry Fee

The 15 Euros entry fee payable when you submit your story contributes towards the publishing cost for the ‘Yoga Stories’ book. Any excess funds will be given to a charity of Tribe’s choice. You can enter as many individual stories as you like.

Competition ends 31st March 2014.

All entrants must be 18 years or older to enter.

VISIT THE WEBSITE TO READ THE COMPLETE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

http://www.tribe-yoga.com/competition-entry.html

Call for Submissions – The Round Up Writer’s Zine

25 October 2013
The Round Up Writer’s Zine is a fresh space devoted to trangressive pieces, dark humor and works laced in sarcasm. In fact we are partisan to works that are edgy and/or possibly offensive.
We are currently looking for submissions for our next full fledged issue to come out in January 2014. Submissions include short stories, poetry and essays or musings.
To be considered for our next issue of the Round Up you must submit by December 20, 2013.
For information specifications and guidelines go to www.roundupzine.com/submit

The INaugural Travel Expert Writing Competition

19 October 2013

Welcome to the inaugural Travel Expert Writing Competition

First of all this competition is Free To Enter and offers a cash prize to the author of the best entry (to be judged by the editors of TravelExpert.org.uk).

Political rally KeralaWe are seeking the best travel writers to send us exciting, original, even abstract travel writing in any form you choose: fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose. The only requirement is that your piece of writing presents a real sense of the location in which it is set.

The contest is open to those aged 18 years and older and you may write about any subject, as along as it relates to travel in some way (however tenuous).

Entries should be limited to a maximum length of 1500 words and must be written in English (we’ve travelled a fair bit but our language skills are embarrassingly poor!).

Please read the full Travel Expert Writing Competition Terms and Conditions (located at the foot of the page) before entering. The closing date for entries is midnight on Thursday, 1st May 2014,

The winning entry will receive a prize of £50!

The winning entry – and other notable entries – will also be published on our website.

When you are ready to submit your entry, please fill in and submit the form below. If you’d rather check out what others are writing about, take a little journey around our site to read some of the travel articles we have published recently.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://travelexpert.org.uk/travel-expert-writing-competition/

 

Call for Creative Writing Submissions at Zymbol

19 October 2013
Zymbol accepts work inspired by Symbolism & Surrealism year-round.
Currently reading for S/S 2014: Exploration of radicalism, deviancy and surrealism. Outsider thinking and artistic expression.We welcome submissions that transcend the boundaries of genre and form—as long as the “form” you’re transcending isn’t one of our supported file formats.

  • Art and Graphic Storytelling Guidelines

    Zymbol accepts submissions of visual art and graphic storytelling year-round. Email work in .jpg, .pdf or .tiff format to editor@zymbolmag.com with the subject line “A/G SUBMISSION.” Please keep files under 10MB (if accepted, we will ask you for the large high-quality file).

  • Poetry Guidelines

    We strongly recommend submitting .doc or .docx files written in 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced (.pdf format is acceptable for works that require special formatting). We accept up to 5 poems per submission. If submitting multiple poems, please put your last name and the number of poems submitted in the “Submission Title” field; for example: “Smith, 5 Poems.” Simultaneous submissions are fine—please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Zymbol will consider work previously self-published or posted to a personal blog. We endeavor to respond to submissions within 10 weeks; you can log into the submissions manager to check on the status of your submission. If you encounter any technical problems, email us at tech@zymbolmag.com.

  • Fiction, Memoir, and Essay Guidelines

    We strongly recommend submitting .doc or .docx files written in 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced (.pdf format is acceptable for works that require special formatting). Submissions under 7,000 words are given preference over longer works; however, the editors will consider works of exceptional merit up to 10,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are fine—please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Zymbol will consider work previously self-published or posted to a personal blog. We endeavor to respond to submissions within 10 weeks; you can log into the submissions manager to check on the status of your submission. If you encounter any technical problems, email us at tech@zymbolmag.com.

  • Visit the website for details on how submit your work at:

http://zymbolmag.com/submission-guidelines/

Announcing NASA’s 2013 Edition of the Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

2 September 2013

The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.


The 2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.  Essays must be under 500 words.  

There are three essay topics to choose from: 


1.  Saturn’s moon, Iapetus

2.  Saturn’s moon, Dione

3.  Saturn


Students choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft.  What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?


The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards.


For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit:


http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/scientistforaday/


The contest deadline is Friday, October 25, 2013.  All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher (or parent, if homeschooled).  If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.


All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation.  U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.  U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.


For questions about the contest, e-mail: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov

14th Annual Ventura County Writers Club Short Story Contest opens September 1st, 2013 – A second category for high school students

2 September 2013
(Ventura, CA—August 27, 2013)  The Ventura County Writers Club (VCWC) announced its 14th Annual Short Story Contest, which will open for submissions on September 1, 2013 and close October 15, 2013. For the second year, the Short Story contest will accept entries from students currently enrolled in high school. The student entries will be judged in a separate category.The contest draws entries from around the country as well as internationally. The Ventura County Star newspaper will publish the first-place adult entry in a January 2014 Sunday edition. The paper will publish first, second, and third-place winning entries from both categories in their online edition. The top three adult winners will receive a cash prize: first place $500; second place $250; and third place $125. In the youth category, winners will also receive cash prizes: first place $100; second place $75; and third place $50.“We received a good response last year to the youth category,” said Kate Sexton, club president. “The club’s motto ‘to encourage the craft’ begins with mentoring the youth of the community on creative writing. Stories are the groundwork of societies and we need to keep a focus on producing the next generation of great American writers.”

All stories are logged in and assigned a number for the sake of anonymity. VCWC employs a scored, tiered process of judging, with editors at the newspaper judging the final third tier.

“In years past, the Club has received many stories from across the nation, and even from abroad, a mark of the prestige our contest is gaining,” said Shelba Cole Robison, Short Story Committee Chair. “The contest provides an opportunity for many writers to be published for the first time, and to see their writing enjoyed by a wide reading audience.”

There are additional perks for the winners. The 2014 VCWC Anthology will publish winning entries. The vcstar.com website will post the top finalists. VCWC will host a reception at the January 14, 2014 meeting, for the winners and will invite them to read highlights from their stories.

The contest rules are as follows:

  • All submitted stories must be original and may not have been previously published in any newspaper, magazine, or book, whether or not the author received compensation. Self-published and electronically published works are considered to be previously published.
  • Submissions may be in any genre. All stories must be appropriate for a family publication, no erotica or offensive content.  You may enter as many stories as you like as long as the correct entry fee is attached.
  • Those who have won first place in our contest in the last three years are not eligible.
  • If entering via postal mail, include three copies of each short story being submitted. This year, entries will also be accepted online.
  • Make sure your name does not appear on any page of your story. Only put your name on the entry form.
  • Each submitted short story must be typed and double spaced using 12-point type, in Courier or Times New Roman font, on white 8½ x 11 inch paper, with left and right margins 1.25-inch and top and bottom margins 1-inch. Indent the first line of each paragraph and number all pages at top or bottom. Story must be 10 pages or fewer. Put the story title at the top of each page. Do not put the author’s name on any pages of the submitted stories.
  • Be sure to include your entry fee: $15 per short story for Adult VCWC members, $25.00 per short story for Adult non-members. Each Youth entry is $10.
  • All story submissions may be paid with a single check. Please note the number of submissions on the reference line of the check. Mail entry form, story submissions and check (payable to VCWC) to: VCWC Short Story Contest, P.O. Box 3373, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359. Do not mail submissions prior to September 1, 2013.
  • Online entries may be paid through PayPal and submitted directly through the club’s website as of September 1, 2013.
  • Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2013.
  • No person may win more than one prize.

Rules and entry applications will be on the club’s website: http://www.venturacountywriters.com/. More information on the club is posted there as well.

About Ventura County Writers Club

Since its formation in 1933 in Ojai, the club has grown to more than 175 members and holds regular monthly general membership meetings. Members may attend, free of charge, a variety of Writers Workshops, groups that meet one or more times a month throughout the county to read and critique manuscripts and discuss many aspects of the business of writing. Monthly meetings are open to all interested writers and are held the second Tuesday of each month (except December).

For more information, contact:
Kathleen Kaiser, 805-524-6970, Kathleen@KathleenKaiser.com

The Raoul Wallenberg International Essay Competition

25 August 2013

The Raoul Wallenberg International Essay Competition
TYPE OF CONTEST: Essay Contest

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The Raoul Wallenberg International Essay Competition, jointly organised by Student Competitions, The Swedish Institute and Raoul Wallenberg’s International Foundation, is inviting all students to take part in an international essay competition. The participants are encouraged to reflect upon Raoul Wallenbergs extraordinary life and come up with creative ideas on how, through their actions, they can inspire acts of courage, tolerance and unselfishness in the world!  

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all students worldwide ( Bachelor/Master/PhD), between 18-30 years of age.

RULES AND REGULATIONS: The participants are encouraged to reflect upon Raoul Wallenbergs extraordinary life and come up with creative ideas on how, through their actions, they can inspire acts of courage, tolerance and unselfishness in the world!
                                                  
PRIZE: Winners of the competition will receive the opportunity to win gift cards worth 1,000, 500 & 250 Euros!

HOW TO APPLY:

Sign up for the competition here by entering your name and email.

Reflect on Raoul Wallenberg’s life and share your thoughts on how his qualities and humanitarian spirit have encouraged you to contribute to developmental and humanitarian work.

Submit the completed competition application on the competition website by the December 31, 2013 deadline. 

DEADLINE:December 31, 2013

MORE INFORMATION: For more information click here

Visit the website: http://studentcompetitions.com/competitions/the-raoul-wallenberg-international-essay-competition/visit

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HOUSE LITERARY PRIZE

21 August 2013

DEADLINE: October 31, 2013
OPEN TO:  Writers aged 18 to 25 only. 
GENRE:   Nonfiction
DETAILS: Theme for the essay is: ""Dost thou love life? Then do not
squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of." 1000 - 1500
words. 
PRIZES: £750, £500 and publication. 
URL:

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org/site/sections/news/literary_prize.html

ERIC HOFFER AWARD FOR SHORT PROSE

21 August 2013

 DEADLINE: September 30, 2013

GENRE: Nonfiction, short stories

DETAILS: One story or essay 10,000 words maximum.

PRIZE: $250, both categories compete together.

URL: http://www.hofferaward.com/

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