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12 April 2014

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

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SLO NightWriters 25th Annual Writing Contest

12 April 2014

The 2014 Golden Quill Awards

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

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

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

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

Deadline: June 30th, 2014


Visit our website for more contest details at:

Tom Snow, Contest Director

Contest email:

In association with The Central Coast Writers Conference

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

12 April 2014

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel                

Win £1,000

plus expert mentoring and possible publication for your first novel

Judge:   Alison Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2014

12 April 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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:
Email questions to:
Learn more about Peninsula Pulse at and Write On, Door County at:

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.
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
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 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

William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

20 March 2014

Deadline Thursday, May 1, 2014 

Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Entry

Fees: Between $10 and $200 depending on category and manuscript length.

Prizes: Between $750 and $7,500 depending on category

Description: Accepting entries in eight categories: novel, novella, book-length narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student. Only unpublished work accepted. No self-published or web-published material. See website for category details. Submit by regular mail.

Contact Information: Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116.



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

Arch Street Press’ Annual Prize for America’s Best College Writer

19 March 2014

Arch Street Press is pleased to announce its annual prize chosen from America’s top undergraduate and graduate student writers in the nonfiction category. The Arch Street Prize is designed to stimulate interest in writing across the country and to promote today’s extraordinary young writers. Arch Street Press offers each winner a standard contract, together with a mentoring program and $1,000 cash prize.


Any writer between the ages of 18 and 30 who has not previously published a volume of nonfiction prose is eligible to enter the competition. Writers must submit proof of enrollment (a transcript or letter from a school official confirming his/her status as an undergraduate/graduate student) from an accredited U.S. institution. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad while enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program in the U.S. 


The manuscript must be a word-processed work of nonfiction that does not exceed 5,000 words. We accept both email (preferred) and postal mail submissions. Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number and the title of your manuscript. Put your name on the cover sheet only; to ensure that every manuscript finalist is evaluated with the utmost fairness, all manuscripts are submitted to the judges without any identifying material. Enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope for mail submissions, for notification of the title and author of the winning manuscript, and for the return of your submitted manuscript. There is no reading fee; please do not include checks or cash with your manuscript submission. Reasonable care will be taken, but Arch Street Press cannot be held responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail, or for the return of those unaccompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please do not send your only copy of the manuscript.


Details will be sent to all finalists.  


Manuscripts may be mailed to: 

Arch Street Press • 1485 Valley Forge Road • Valley Forge, PA 19481

Email submissions (preferred) should be sent to Robert Rimm, Managing Editor of Arch Street Press.  

Submissions for this year’s competition must be postmarked by April 30, 2014; announcement of the winner will be made on this page and by press release on June 2, 2014.

You can read the full rules and submission guidelines for the Arch Street Prize on our website,

Wedding-Themed Writing Contest

19 March 2014


Monday, May 19, 2014


Nonfiction, Personal Journals

Entry Fees:

Free. No entry fee.


Cash prize.


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.



Mother’s Day Contest

13 March 2014


Monday, April 21, 2014



Entry Fees

Free. No entry fee.


Cash Prize


Looking for short stories for our Mother’s Day contest. Your own true story of your mother or being a mother. This themed contest is subject to the same rules and guidelines as our regular weekly contests. See submission page for the guidelines and to enter your story.

Contact Information

Please enter your questions on our Contact Us page.



13 March 2014

 — ENTRY FEE $34.95.

Submit an article or essay of 5,000 words.

Deadline April 15, 2014.

Prize: $1,500 in prizes plus publication in EVENT.

EVENT reserves the right to award the prize money as it sees fit

(e.g., two prizes valued at $750, three at $500, or one at $1000 and one at $500, etc.)

in accordance with the judge’s decision.

Published entries will be paid our standard publication payment in addition to any prize money.

Visit website for details:


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.

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The 2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open

13 March 2014

The prize is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book.

Three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.

Fees: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories and £15 for three categories.

To enter, simply fill in the entry form and send it to us with your entry and fee in UK Sterling.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 25 July 2014.

A maximum of 5 poems can be entered and the word limit for Fiction and Life Writing is 3000. Other terms and conditions apply.

£300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.

NWP 2014 entry form (Word doc)
NWP 2014 entry form (PDF)


Visit the website:

Our judges this year are:

Susheila Nasta MBE(Chair) Editor of Wasafiri and Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University

Bidisha Writer and broadcaster who has published with many leading newspapers and presented on the BBC

Inua Ellams Award-winning poet, playwright and performer who has appeared both nationally and internationally

Monique RoffeyAward-winning writer and memoirist, author White Woman on the Green Bicycle and Archipelago

Visit the website:

Announcing NASA’s 2014 Edition of the Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

10 March 2014

The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.  We are celebrating Cassini’s 10-year anniversary orbiting Saturn with a special edition of the essay contest.

 The 2014 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:

Target 1.  Saturn’s F ring

Target 2.  Saturn’s moon, Titan

Target 3.  Saturn (specifically the north polar region of 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:

The contest deadline is Thursday, April 17, 2014.  All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher (or parent, if home schooled).  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

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest

7 March 2014

Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Entry Fees: $24, includes a year’s subscription to Ploughshares. Current subscribers may submit for free.

Prizes: The winner of each category will receive $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2013-14 issue of Ploughshares.

Description: Open to writers who have yet to publish a book, including chapbooks, eBooks and self-published works. Fiction or nonfiction under 6,000 words or between 3-5 pages of poetry accepted. Submit via online submission form.

Contact Information:

Ploughshares, Emerson College, 120 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116.

Tel. 617-824-3757617-824-3757.


For contest guidelines, visit:


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.


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


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 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, and don’t forget to add a short CV, including name, address, email, and a list of publications (if available)

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

Experimentally yours,


The Annual Gulf Coast Prizes: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

4 March 2014

Enter to win the annual Gulf Coast Prizes, judged by Andrea Barrett (Fiction), John D’Agata (Nonfiction), and Rachel Zucker (Poetry). Be sure to get your entries in before the March 15th, 2014 deadline!

The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 27.1, due out in Fall 2014, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. To view past winners and judges, please visit here.

The entry fee includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2014. Click here for how to enter.

About the 2014 Gulf Coast Prize Judges

Andrea Barrett will judge the 2014 Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction. Andrea Barrett teaches writing at Williams College and lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, with her husband, photographer Barry Goldstein. She’s the author of six novels, most recently The Air We Breathe, and three collections of stories: Ship Fever, which received the 1996 National Book Award, Servants of the Map, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and, most recently, Archangel.

John D’Agata will judge the 2014 Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction. John D’Agata is the author of a few books of nonfiction, including About a Mountain and Halls of Fame, and the editor of The Lost Origins of the Essay and The Next American Essay. He teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa, where he is the director of the Nonfiction Writing Program.

Rachel Zucker will judge the 2014 Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry. Rachel Zucker is the author of seven books, most recently, Home/Birth: a poemic (co-written with Arielle Greenberg) and Museum of Accidents. She lives in New York with her husband and their three sons and teaches at New York University.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

EVENT Magazine’s Annual Non-Fiction Contest is now open for entries!

17 February 2014

EVENT is one of Canada’s most prestigious literary journals, and a strong supporter of literary non-fiction. Stories first published in EVENT have won numerous National and Western Magazine Awards, and have been featured in The Journey Prize, Pushcart Prize and Best Canadian Stories anthologies.


Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form.

Deadline: April 15, 2014 (postmarked)

Entry Fee: $34.95 (includes 1 year of EVENT)

Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by a separate fee. No simultaneous submissions.

Maximum entry length is 5000 words, typed, double-spaced.
Prizes:  $1500 in prize monies available, plus payment for publication!
This year’s judge is Deborah Campbell.

Visit for complete contest guidelines.


17 February 2014

The Parislab, a new hour-long radio show on the digital radio station, World Radio Paris, that performs and records radio plays and spoken word shorts live in front of a Paris audience, is seeking submissions for it’s upcoming March show.

The theme for the show is Superheroes.  What’s your take on the superhero?  Write a fiction radio play or a nonfiction narrative story about the superhero in your life.  Write a radio play or spoken word story and send it to us for consideration. The theme for the March show is inspired by the upcoming exhibit at the Mona Bismarck American Center.  Please see the link for information on the exhibit:  If you have a story to tell share it it with us.  The guidelines for submissions are listed below.

Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2014
No financial remuneration, but selected works are performed by professional actors based in Paris, in front of a live audience, and then broadcasted on our show. To submit entries, send your properly formatted radio scripts in pdf format to


1. Length: all radio plays submitted must be between ten minutes to thirty minutes in length. If you have an excellent radio drama or comedy that is 9 minutes long or 31 minutes long, that’s ok! We are aiming for quality over duration, but try to aim for pieces that are between 10 and 30 minutes. All spoken word stories must be 5 to 15 minutes in length.

2. Genres: All genres will be considered. Again, if it grips us and entertains us, we’ll be interested. Having said that, for radio plays it is recommended that writers keep their cast sizes small, and special effects and other requirements simple and inventive to facilitate effective staging and recording.

3. Remuneration: This non-profit radio program is just beginning and cannot, at this point, offer financial compensation to the writers whose works are selected. But if your piece is selected, it will be performed in front of a live audience and recorded, then broadcast on our show on World Radio Paris.

4. Language: All submissions must be in English.

5. Radio play script guidelines. While every radio play is different and unique, there are particularities to a radio play that distinguish it from screenplays or theatre plays. We recommend you follow BBC radioscript format guidelines when submitting a pdf version of your radio play. You can find their guidelines here: Other useful information about writing radio plays can be found here:

6. Spoken word story submission guidelines: Stories must be 5-15 minutes in length. Selected stories will be performed by the storyteller live, in front of a Paris audience, without notes or script in hand. For spoken word story telling, we are very much inspired by the Moth ( We can only consider Paris-based submissions, for the moment. If you are Paris-based, and your story is selected, we can make a professional recording of it. But do not submit a script to us. Instead, send us an mp3 recording of your story, which you can record on your computer using your onboard microphone. We recommend using the program Audacity to record your draft of your story. You can download audacity free here:

7. Radio play script submissions: All scripts must be submitted in pdf format. Make sure all of your contact information is available on the title page of your submission. Submitting your script does not guarantee that it will be selected or performed by the Parislab. The Parislab is eager to read good scripts and will do its best to carefully read and consider all viable submissions, but requires 3-6 months to review possible material before making its decisions. All scripts should be submitted, in pdf format, to:

8. About The Parislab: Founded and produced by Christopher Mack and Clarence Tokley, two Paris-based director/actors who work professionally in film and theatre in Paris, Parislab is dedicated to staging and recording gripping and entertaining radio plays and spoken word stories in front of live audiences. All effects and recordings are done in front of an audience.

9. For all further questions and for further information, contact Parislab here:

Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest 2014

17 February 2014

The 2014 Emerging Writers Contest will be open for submissions from March 1 to May 15, 2014. Submissions are accepted in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and the winner in each category will receive $1,000 and publication in Ploughshares. Fiction stories have a 6,000 word limit and the submission fee is $24. Please find the contest webpage here.


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

2 February 2014

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.


2 February 2014


A first prize of $5,000 plus tuition for the 30-week creative writing correspondence program

at the Humber School for Writers valued at $3,000.

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. February 28, 2014.

Second prize is $2,000 while third is $1,000.

Open to Ontario residents 16 and older, submissions can be on any topic,

but must be previously unpublished and not exceed 2,500 words.

There’s a limit of one entry per person.


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