Archive for the 'Essay Writing Contests' Category

Share Your Driving Stories and Earn Cash!

19 November 2014

Share Your Driving Stories and Earn Cash!
Safe2Drive is seeking true stories about your experiences as a new or young driver to be published in our driver education course and textbook. We want to hear from teens about what it’s really like out there on the road. What experiences challenged you? Changed you? Scared you straight? Made you proud of your defensive driving skills?
Below are some of the topics you may choose to write about, though you are not required to write about any of these topics as long as your story is related to driving.

• Getting your permit or license
• Challenges or fears you faced when you first started driving
• Mistakes you made or witnessed while driving
• Aggressive driving or road rage
• Drinking and driving
• Texting and driving
• Being distracted while behind the wheel
• A time you did or did not use IPDE
• An accident caused by tailgating or not using proper space management
• Giving the right-of-way correctly/incorrectly
• Parallel parking
• Sharing the road with trucks, motorcycles or vulnerable roadway users
• Vehicle breakdowns or malfunctions
• Taking a road trip

Writing Guidelines:
• Your story must be written in the first person and be about you.
• Your story must be true. No fictional accounts.
• Your story must be between 250-1,200 words.

Writing Tips:
• Make it a story—something funny, exciting, or scary—that readers can relate to. We are not looking for an essay with a thesis or a journalistic article that you would see in a newspaper. This should feel personal.
• Try incorporating dialogue and descriptions of the people and setting to draw the reader in and make them feel like they are really there, experiencing this along with you. Try evoking the five senses.
• Think about having a beginning, middle, and end to the story. In the beginning, you should introduce the setting (i.e. time and place).
• Start as close to the main action/event as possible.
If Your Story is Chosen
If we choose your story for publication in our course, we will notify you by email and request your permission to publish it. You will be paid $100 for all rights to your work. You may use a pen name if you do not feel comfortable using your real name.

Submission Deadline: January 1, 2015

Please submit your story to:  safe2drive1@gmail.com

Visit the website:  http://www.safe2drive.com/

Table 4 Writers Foundation – 3rd Annual Writing Competition

13 October 2014

The Table 4 Writers Foundation, formed to honor the legendary restaurateur Elaine Kaufman, will award a grand prize of $5,000 and two runner-up prizes of $2,500 apiece to promising writers as part of its third annual competition.

What’s at Stake: One grand prize of $5,000; two runner-up prizes of $2,500 apiece.

Who’s Eligible: Writers 21 and older; Previous winners not eligible.

What to Submit:
1. A completed application form obtained from the foundation’s website (www.table4.org). Information will include your full name, home address, phone number(s), email address, and title of the entry. In addition, the entrant must explain how the grant will be used to further their work. Identifying information should appear only on the entry form and should not appear on the title page or any other page of the entry.
2. Four hard copies of one piece of unpublished prose (fiction or nonfiction) that deals with some aspect of New York City in a meaningful way. Submissions are limited to short stories, essays, and book excerpts. Each entry should be about 4 to 10 pages long, or 1,000 to 2,500 words. The work can be self-contained or an excerpt of a longer work, but must be the work of only one person (no collaborative entries). Submissions must be the original work of the entrant and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished.
3. A $10 entry fee (check or money order), made out to The Table 4 Writers Foundation.
Where to Submit: Send by U.S. Mail to 1650 Broadway, Suite 405, New York, NY, 10019. No electronic submissions will be accepted.
The Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than Nov. 15, 2014.

Download the 2014 Grant Guidelines

Download the 2014 Entry Form >

Where to Submit:
Send by U.S. Mail to: Table 4 Writers Foundation 1650 Broadway, Suite 405 New York, NY 10019
No electronic submissions will be accepted.
The Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than Nov.15, 2014.
Additional Terms:
• All entries must be written in English
• Submissions will not be returned
• Members, employees, competition judges of the Table 4 Writers Foundation and their immediate families, and previous winners are not eligible to take part in the competition
• Grant recipients will be notified no later than Feb. 1, 2015
• Grants will be awarded at the annual spring event in 2015

Visit the website:  http://www.table4.org/

Call for Submissions: The Multiple eXposure Project Zine 1.0

13 October 2014

Attention writers, researchers, photographers, visual artists, and image-makers!

The Multiple eXposure Project is a multimedia, multi/trans/inter-disciplinary artistic practice and research-based initiative that explores the many layers of image-making, participatory photography, visual ethnography, and performative encounter(s) between the image and the spectator.

We are happy to announce that we will be publishing the very first issue of our collaborative zine and we are now accepting submissions until December 31, 2014.

The theme of our upcoming zine is “Self-as-Subject”, an exploration of the “self” and its manifold permutations – its presence, identity, representation, liminality, and (dis)embodiment – in this day and age of digital madness, hyperreality and mobility.

The zine is multimedia so we are accepting text and image-based submissions related to the theme in any format imaginable such as: articles, essays, reviews, short stories, poetry, interviews, photographs (film or analogue), visual narratives, videos, digital art, illustrations, cartoons, mixed media, collages, experimental pieces, etc. Collaborative projects are very much welcome. Multiple entries are also accepted. Digital and printed copies of the zine will be released.

Some notes to remember:

-   Please include your name, short profile, country of origin, and blog/website (if applicable) in your email.

-   Photo submissions in jpeg format must include a title and description.

-   When necessary, please follow the proper citations (MLA style) in article submissions.

Please email your submissions to themultipleexposureproject@gmail.com.

For more information on The Multiple eXposure Project, check out our website: http://www.themultipleexposureproject.co.nr

Call for submissions: GeminiMagazine

11 October 2014

We have no guidelines or restrictions on
writing style or content—nada, zilch, keine. As
Charlie “Bird” Parker pointed out, “There’s no
boundary line to art.” We don’t want to set any
boundaries so we use a clean, simple selection
process: if it strikes a chord with us we print it.

Payment: $10 per published piece

TO SUBMIT BY EMAIL (except contest entries):

Paste previously unpublished fiction, poetry,
essays, memoirs, short plays or other
interesting work into body of email and send to:

submissions@gemini-magazine.com

No attachments except JPEG images for art and
photography. Don’t send contest entries to this
email address. See box at top for contest info.

TO SUBMIT BY SNAIL MAIL:

Gemini Magazine
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

(include SASE/email address for reply)

*****

Submission period: 365 days per year

Response time: We have a large backlog and
are making every effort to catch up. After 60
days please feel free to inquire about your
submission. We will respond to all submissions.

Rights: All rights revert to author upon
publication in Gemini Magazine.

Visit the website:  http://www.gemini-magazine.com/submit.html

TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST

11 October 2014

23rd year. Bigger prizes! Best short story wins $1,500.

Best essay wins $1,500. Total prizes: $4,000.

Winning entries published online.

Fee: $16.

Limit: 6,000 words per entry. Both published and unpublished work accepted.

Submit by April 30, 2015.

Final judge: Arthur Powers.

See guidelines, past winners, and submit online at 
https://www.winningwriters.com/tomstory 

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2014 – 2015

7 July 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 totaling $1275.00. 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, all entries must be typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: December 31, 2014
All contest winners will be announced on February 25, 2015.
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

Stage of Life Writing Contest

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Entry Fees:

$0. No entry fees.

Prizes

In addition to a SWAG package, Stage of Life’s educational literacy sponsors Papa John’s, IHOP, Applebee’s, and SpaWeek donate gift cards to the winning teen and adult essay writers each month.

Description

What’s your story? Educational literacy initiative, StageofLife.com, hosts an international writing contest every month centered around a specific “life” topic. Topic themes have ranged from mental health to consumerism to fear to goal setting to our relationship with nature. The writing community welcomes nearly 1,000,000 teens, college students, teachers, parents and bloggers each year who come to read the stories or enter the writing contests. Answer the monthly “life question” by submitting a 500-word essay to StageofLife.com tailored to the writing prompt and be automatically entered into the writing contest.

Contact Information

contact@stageoflife.com

Website:

http://www.stageoflife.com/Writing_Contests.aspx

NBF Annual Legal Writing Contest

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Entry Fees:

None, Free to Enter

Prizes

The winner will be awarded with $1,500 to be applied towards law school or college tuition. The winning submission will also be published to the National Bankruptcy Forum website.

Description

The contest is for law school or college students. To participate in the contest, students will have to submit an essay arguing how best to solve America’s student loan problem.

Essay Requirements:
– Submitted work must be at least 2,000 words
– Submissions are due by November 15
– Submissions can be sent using the submission form on the NBF website

Eligibility:
– Recipient must be a law school or college student
– Recipient is a U.S. citizen or legal resident

The winner will be announced by December 1, 2014.

Website:

http://www.natlbankruptcy.com/scholarship/

Call for submissions: Tinderbox Poetry Journal

6 July 2014

Rolling deadline. Tinderbox Poetry Journal accepts unpublished submissions of all forms of poetry—be it formal to experimental, free verse to hybrid voices, lyric and narrative, language and visual, and all else. They are also interested in critical pieces—essays on craft, poetic issues, interviews, conversations, the like. Launching in June 2014, the first issue features work by DA Powell, Ed Skoog, Amy Gerstler, Rachel Richardson, Farrah Field, Leslie Harrison, Jennifer Firestone, Kelli Russell Agodon, and Ray Gonzalez, among others. Enter via Submittable online form.

Source: https://tinderboxpoetryjournal.submittable.com/submit

Call for Submissions: The Chattahoochee Review – Fall/Winter 2014

6 July 2014

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SKIN

The Chattahoochee Review seeks submissions for its Fall/Winter 2014 double issue with a special focus on “Skin.” Literal and figurative explorations of the theme welcome. We’re particularly interested in sophisticated treatments, whether of sexuality, race, health, species, food, anatomy, or surfaces. Please note the call for submissions in a cover letter and follow the general guidelines below. Our special-focus issues fill quickly; we encourage submissions by August 1, 2014.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

TCR welcomes online submissions via Submittable. We no longer accept paper submissions. General submissions will close during the month of January, but prize submissions will be open during that time.

Since we acquire first North American rights, submissions should be works previously unpublished in North America. Please single-space between sentences. We appreciate a short cover letter with a concise bio that could be used should we publish the work. Please inform us of a simultaneous submission and email us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please do not mail or email submissions; to be fair to all submitters, these will be returned unread. Questions? Need to withdraw a poem or part of a submission? Email us at gpccr@gpc.edu. Need to withdraw another genre or an entire submission? Please do so via Submittable.

Familiarity with our journal is the best way to know whether or not work is right for us, and reading in general improves writing; we strongly encourage reading a sample copy or subscribing before submitting. Our current issue, Volume 34.1, is available in a Kindle Edition for $3.99, and the first issue under new editorship, featuring Aimee Bender and Natasha Trethewey, is available for $4 in PDF. Please consider reading an issue before submitting. Our response time averages three to four months, longer only in special circumstances. We read year-round.

Submit only your very best work with our assurance it will be given every consideration.

FICTION
TCR publishes high quality literary fiction characterized by interest in language, development of distinctive settings, compelling conflict, and complex, unique characters. Please read a sample copy. Fiction should be double-spaced with numbered pages and one-inch margins. Submit only one story or up to three short-shorts (500-1,000 words each). We consider longer stories of up to 6,000 words and novellas.

POETRY
TCR publishes excellent poetry of all types, including informal personal narratives, prose poems, and formal poems. We consider English translations of poetry from other languages, in which case a brief biography of the poet and translator should be included. Poetry should be single-spaced and include three to five poems per submission.

NONFICTION
TCR publishes distinctive topical essays and personal creative nonfiction of any kind; this includes pieces that might fit into the memoir, travel, and historical nonfiction categories. We are not an academic journal and publish for a general readership. Above all, we are interested in publishing nonfiction that surprises and intrigues us.

INTERVIEWS
TCR publishes interviews with writers of all kinds: literary, academic, journalistic, and popular. Recent interviews have featured Kwame Dawes, Tony Grooms, Wells Tower, Larry Brown, Claude Wilkinson, Ferreira Gullar, and Kunal Basu. Please query us at gpccr@gpc.edu with a proposal for a particular interview.

REVIEWS AND REVIEW ESSAYS
TCR publishes reviews of current fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books, especially those from writers with an innovative approach to subject matter. Several related works may be reviewed at more length in a review essay that engages critical issues not appropriate to a single review. We are always in search of new reviewers. Please query us at gpccr@gpc.edu about the possibility of a particular review or review essay, specifying your credentials for the review.

VISUAL ART
TCR accepts visual art submissions, photography included, by invitation only.

PAYMENT

All contributors receive two copies.

Deadline: August 1, 2014

Visit the website:  http://thechattahoocheereview.gpc.edu/submissions.htm

BARTHELME PRIZE FOR SHORT PROSE 2014

6 July 2014

Deadline: August 31, 2014

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. To view last year’s winner and honorable mentions, you can purchase issue 26.2 here.

This year’s contest will be judged by Amy Hempel. A recipient of awards from the Guggenheim and United States Artists Foundations, and the Academy of Arts and Letters, Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of stories. Published in Harper’s, Vanity Fair, Tin House, GQ, and many more, her Collected Stories was named by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2007. It won the Ambassador Book Award for best fiction of the year. In 2008 and 2009, the REA Award and PEN/Malamud Award for the Short Story followed. She teaches at Harvard and Bennington.

We will accept submissions both via our online submissions manager (http://www.gulfcoastmag.org/submissions/) and via postal mail.

Contest Guidelines: Online Submissions

  • Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s online submissions manager.
  • Submit up to three pieces of short prose in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field.

Contest Guidelines: Postal Mail Submissions

  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • Please address postal mail entries to:
    Gulf Coast
    ATTN: Barthelme Prize in Short Prose
    Department of English
    University of Houston
    Houston, TX 77204-3013
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
  • Please include your $17 reading fee, payable in U.S. dollars to “Gulf Coast.”

Visit the website:  http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/barthleme-prize/

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring two writing competitions

6 July 2014

 WRITING COMPETITIONS

 The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring two writing competitions, open to any writer regardless of residence. The awards for both contests are:

1st Place: Your choice of a 3 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 75 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

2nd Place: 2 night stay at our B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited

3rd Place: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited

10 Honorable Mentions

 

Hard Times Essay Contest  –  Deadline: Extended to July 30, 2014.

 Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).

Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).

Multiple entries are accepted. Enclose SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable online.

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Literary Fiction Contest   –    Deadline: Postmarked by August 30, 2014.

Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished. Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.

The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members). Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners.

Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. 

Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. No cover sheet or SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org.

2014 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

21 June 2014

2014 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

1st Prize $1500 | 2nd Prize $750 | 3rd Prize $500

Our Topic for 2014 – “Lincoln and the Hard Hand of War”

In 1864 the American Civil War became even more savage. Casualties rose and prisoner exchanges stopped. During William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea and Phil Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley campaign, civilian property was deliberately targeted. Was Lincoln in part responsible for this hardening and brutalization of war in 1864, or was it an unpreventable development–a consequence of war’s inertia? Should he have tried to mitigate it? Was this more brutal war and its hundreds of thousands of casualties and endless destruction justified in the effort to save the Union and destroy slavery – or was it not acceptable for any reason?

Contest Rules
  • Please examine the rules below closely before contacting The Lincoln Forum or the contest coordinator with eligibility questions.
  • The scholarship essay contest is designed for students who are FULL TIME, undergraduate students in an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the Spring 2014 semester. The July 31, 2014 deadline is designed to give these students time to finish their essays, if need be, after final exams.
  • You do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to be attending an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the eligibility period.
  • It is NOT open to high school students. Key question to consider; when we contact your college or university registrar will they be able to confirm that you were enrolled as a full-time college student during the spring 2014 semester? If the answer is no, you are not eligible.
  • The eligibility of entrants will be confirmed by the Lincoln Forum prior to the awarding of prizes.
  • Entries will be judged by the essay committee of The Lincoln Forum.
  • Deadline for entries is July 31, 2014
  • Entries must contain a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 5,000 words.
  • Essays may be submitted via regular mail (postmarked by July 31, 2014) or via e-mail (time stamped before midnight PST July 31, 2014) to the address below.
  • The essay must be typed and include a works-cited page or bibliography. End notes are suggested but not required.
  • There is no application form for the contest. The essay and your contact information serves as your application.
  • Applicants must include the name of their college or university with their entire and all contact information (regular and email address) must be put on the essay proper.
  • Judging will take place during the fall. The three winners will be announced at the Lincoln Forum annual meeting in Gettysburg on November 18th. Checks from the Lincoln forum will be sent to the winners in December 2014 The scholarship prize money is designed as a reward for academic excellence. It can be used for any purpose the winner desires.
  • The essay can be sent via email ( e-mail: archives@akspl.org ) or regular mail to the address below.

Don McCue, curator of The Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, California serves as coordinator of the Essay Contest.

Visit the website:  http://www.thelincolnforum.org/scholarship-essay-contest.php

If the above information does not answer your question please contact:

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

21 June 2014

DEADLINE: July 31, 2014

NO ENTRY FEES
PRIZES: $3,000
DETAILS: Open to Kentucky residents, or writers whose work is set in or is about Kentucky. Winner must be willing to travel to KY for readings and events. Submissions may include: a collection of poetry (48-100 pages); a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, a short novel, a collection of essays or creative nonfiction (to 250 pages). No history, scholarly works, children’s literature, plays, genre literature. No single stories or poems under 150 pages.
CONTACT:

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature,

Sarabande Books, Inc.

2234 Dundee Road

Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40205

WEBSITE: http://www.sarabandebooks.org/submissions-bruckheimer

Submit Work to Teen Ink & Get Published!

21 June 2014

Teen Ink has no staff writers; we depend completely on you to send writing, art, and photos. There is no charge to submit or be published. All submissions will be considered for publication in Teen Ink’s print magazine and website.

General Guidelines
  • All submissions of writing and artwork will be considered for publication in our monthly print magazine and on TeenInk.com, and are also automatically entered into any relevant contests.
  • Teen Ink has no deadlines. We accept submissions year round. If, however, you are sending work that is holiday-specific, please submit it at least two months ahead.
  • You must be 13 to 19 years old to be a TeenInk.com user and be published in Teen Ink magazine.
  • Requesting anonymity. If, due to the personal nature of a piece, you don’t want your name published, please check the anonymous box when submitting your work. We will respect your request and not publish your name in print or online, but we must still have accurate name and address information for every user.
  • All materials submitted become the property of Teen Ink. By submitting your work to us, you are giving Teen Ink and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to Teen Ink retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so. Teen Ink is copyrighted by the Young Authors Foundation, Inc.
  • Plagiarism. Teen Ink has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. We check the originality of all published work through WriteCheck.

How to submit, visit:  http://www.teenink.com/submit

FAIRY TALE REVIEW AWARDS IN POETRY AND PROSE

20 June 2014

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce the debut of an annual contest,

beginning this year with Prose & Poetry awards.

We’re interested in poems, stories, and essays with a fairy-tale feel

– mainstream to experimental, genre to literary, realist to fabulist.

Both contests will award $1,000, and all submissions will be considered for publication in The Mauve Issue.

$10 ENTRY FEE.

Deadline July 15, 2014

Visit the website for details on how to enter:
https://fairytalereview.submittable.com/submit

CONSTANCE ROKE CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST

20 June 2014

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine,

invites emerging and established writers from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter.

$1,000 awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir,

narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography,

all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

All entries should be previously unpublished, and between 2,000-3,000 words in length.

ENTRY FEE $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for U.S. entries, and $45 elsewhere.

Deadline August 1, 2014 (postmark date).

Visit the website for details:

http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

Call for submissions: A Letter To My Mom book project

20 June 2014
I work at a small production company in Los Angeles, and our next book, A Letter to My Mom, honors the powerful, loving, complicated, one-of-a-kind relationships we all have with our mothers. It’s a collection of personally-crafted letters to moms written by individuals from all walks of life including celebrities, influencers, everyday people and kids.
We are trying to include letters from all over the country, which is why I am reaching out to you.  We want to get as many letters as possible – and provide the letter-writers a chance to be published in our book.
Here is a little more info on the books we’ve done: 
A Letter to My Mom will be published by Crown Archetype, a division of Random House, and is the third book in the “A Letter to…” series created by Lisa Erspamer, former co-EP of The Oprah Winfrey Show and Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President of the OWN network. The publication date is May 2015.
 
The first book, A Letter To My Dog, and the highly anticipated follow-up, A Letter To My Cat, feature letters from celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Dr. Oz, Hilary Duff, Chelsea Handler, Dita Von Teese, Amy Smart, Mariel Hemingway, Tyler Perry, Cynthia McFadden, Robin Roberts and more.
 
A portion of the proceeds from every book in the series goes to charity, and for A Letter To My Mom, we are teaming up with Baby2Baby.  Baby2Baby supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children up to age 12. By distributing new and gently used items to over 50 non-profit organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs and hospitals, Baby2Baby serves over 67,000 children each year.
 
Again – we would love your help getting members from your organization to submit letters and join us in this special project honoring our moms!
If they are willing to participate, they’ll need to write a letter with a maximum of 700 words, and provide a couple of favorite photos of his/her mom, as well as a couple of shots of them together, from various stages of their lives.
Here is our landing page where folks can go to submit letters:
http://www.alettertomymom.com

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, NC: National Writing Contests

31 May 2014

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, NC is sponsoring four annual contests, open to any writer regardless of residence.

Guidelines can be found at www.twwoa.org., or by emailing writersw@gmail.com or calling 828-254-811.

The awards for all contests are:

 

1ST PLACE: Your choice of a 3 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

 

2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at our B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited.

 

3rd PLACE: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.

 

10 Honorable Mentions

 

Hard Times Essay Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2014.

Literary Fiction Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by August 30, 2014.

24th Annual Memoirs Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2014.

26th Annual Poetry Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by Feb. 28, 2015.

 

  Guidelines can be found at www.twwoa.org

Last Call for Our Sports Fiction & Essay Contest

17 May 2014

Deadline: May 31, 2014
Now in its third year, this contest seeks published and unpublished work on themes related to sports. Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Ellen LaFleche. $16 fee for each entry of up to 6,000 words. $3,000 in prizes. Submit online.

Also open now, our Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, with $3,000 in prizes. New this year, the fee is a flat $16 for 1-2 poems of any length. Deadline: September 30, 2014.

Visit the website:  https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/sports-fiction-essay-contest

Call for submissions: Duenda online literary journal

5 May 2014
Please send prose, poetry, hybrid work, translations, visual art & literary collaborations to DUENDE: the new, online literary journal of Goddard College’s BFA in Writing Program. DUENDE seeks authenticity & soulfulness, earthiness & expressiveness; as Lorca said, DUENDE “climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.” Submissions for our inaugural issue accepted through June 1, 2014. First issue debuts online in October. Writers from underrepresented groups especially welcome.
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Letter to Potential Submitters:
Duende…insinuates authenticity and soulfulness, earthiness, expressiveness and a chill up the spine.  It encompasses darkness and intensity.  It emotes.  It elicits sorrow and joy.  It wrests a response from the body.It is a word and concept that experts attempt to translate in paragraphs and pages. In a full lecture on duende given in 1933,  Frederico Garcia Lorca says that it brings the artist face-to-face with death.  The artist must fight to uncover its gifts.  He calls it “a sort of corkscrew that can get art into the sensibility of an audience” and says it “climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.”

We ask you for your deepest and best work.  We who will read and accept your writing and art are fellow students of Goddard College’s undergraduate program (primarily the BFA in Creative Writing).  We chose Goddard due to its rich history of student-directed curriculum which allows eclectic, individualized focuses of study.  Thanks to our home at Goddard, Duende opens to include all forms of literature and art.  We welcome hybrids, collaborations, and other experiments in form, in addition to artful fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, etc.

Push the envelope.  Push yourself and your work just a little more, make your offering just a bit larger, your understanding a layer deeper.

Then send it to us.  We can’t wait to see it.

Visit http://www.duendeliterary.org/ for complete details.

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2014

2 May 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/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 totaling $1275.00! All works must be original.
Guidelines: http://www.dreamquestone.com/rules.html
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, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or legibly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014
All winners will be announced on September 20, 2014
Prizes:
Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.
Entry fees: $10 per 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

NCW PERSONAL ESSAY/CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST

25 April 2014

$20 ENTRY FEE. 

Northern Colorado Writers is hosting its 4th annual Personal Essay/

Creative Nonfiction writing contest, open to everyone.

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100.

Winners and honorable mentions of this and the other two contests in the series

(Poetry coming up next) will be published in

and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology, POOLED INK.

Maximum 5,000 words.

Deadline June 30, 2014.

Visit the website:  http://northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-contests/307-2012-writing-contests

ORDINARY GURU CONTEST

25 April 2014

NO ENTRY FEE.

Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back,

sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently?

If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest.

You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay,

cartoon, graphic novel or poem.

First Prize: $5,000. Second Prize: $2,500. Third Prize: $1,500.

Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States

and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec),

who are 18 years and older.

Contest ends August 31, 2014.

Visit the website:  http://ordinarygurus.com/

Tell It Strange Essay & Story Contest

19 April 2014

Deadline: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Entry Fees:

$15 per entry March 2 through May 31, 2014

Prizes:

First Place: $1,000 (USD); publication, along with the finalist judge’s comments, in The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop offered in New York City or online by Gotham Writers Workshop ($445 value); and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.

Second Place: $500 (USD); publication on The Writer website (WriterMag.com); one-year subscription to The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop, either in New York City or online, offered by Gotham Writers Workshop.

Third Place: $250 (USD); publication on The Writer website (WriterMag.com); and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop, either in New York City or online, by Gotham Writers Workshop. Gotham Writers Workshop will also publish an excerpt of this story on its website.

Description

Choose one of the Ms. Proulx’s insightful quotes to respond to:

“We’re all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up.” –The Shipping News

“There’s something wrong with everybody and it’s up to you to know what you can handle.” –Close Range

Entries may be in any genre — including fiction, memoir, essay and poetry.

Contact Information

TWEditorial@madavor.com
Contact@GothamWriters.com

Website:

http://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/index.php/PageID/910

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