$1,500 Nature-Saving Scholarship for Students

7 December 2017

Eligibility: students who are currently enrolled in high school, university, or college in any location can participate

Award: the first place winner will get $1,000 and the second place, $500

Deadline: we provide two contests a year. The application deadline for the current one is March 11, 2018

How to enter:  https://hikeandcycle.com/scholarship/

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The Shelterbelt Press 2017 Fiction Prize

30 October 2017

We are excited to announce the first Shelterbelt Press Fiction Prize. The winning book will be published by Shelterbelt Press, housed at the University of Illinois Springfield, in Spring of 2019. Winners receive a $500.00 award, 25 copies of their book, plus a trip to the University of Illinois Springfield for a reading and launch party.

We believe in literature’s potential to create meaningful social change. To ensure that our winning books make it into the hands of readers and become part of the cultural landscape, we develop a specialized promotion plan for each winning author. This includes sending out review copies, marketing the book at a range of regional and national book fairs, creating broadsides of individual pieces, providing promotional materials, featuring the book on the Shelterbelt website, and working with the author to schedule readings.

*Manuscripts should be between 120-200 pages, and should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF formats.

*We are happy to consider hybrid or collaborative works.

*Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections.

*Please remove your name and any identifying information from the manuscript itself. You may, however, include an acknowledgments page.

*The final judge for this year’s competition is Amina Gautier.

Amina Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction and received the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award; Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction, the International Book Award, a Silver IPPY Award in Multicultural Fiction, a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award Gold Medal in Short Fiction, and was Long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction; and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, an Eric Hoffer Legacy Award, and a First Horizon Award.

You can read more about Amina here: https://aminagautier.wordpress.com/

*We will accept manuscripts from September 1, 2017, 12am CST – December 31st, 2017, 12 am CST. 

*Submit your contest manuscript through Submittable. We cannot accept hard copy manuscripts at this time.

*The entry fee is $20.00. Payments may be made with a credit card or PayPal via Submittable.

*We cannot allow revisions to manuscripts during the contest selection process.

*Winners and 10 finalists will be announced in Spring of 2018.

Eligibility: Previous book publication is not a consideration. Students and former students of University of Illinois Springfield or of this year’s judge may not enter; close friends of the judge or acquaintances whose relationship with the judge might be seen as close for other reasons that would seem to be a conflict of interest are also not considered eligible. (Query the press if doubtful.)

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but entrants are asked to notify Shelterbelt Press immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Visit the website:

https://shelterbeltpress.submittable.com/submit/91573/the-shelterbelt-press-2017-fiction-prize


Lex:lead Scholarship Competition – 2017

30 October 2017

NO ENTRY FEE.

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Lex:lead is a group of international lawyers and friends who support economic development focusing on the world’s least developed countries. We offer an annual essay competition on topics of law and development to the world’s least developed countries. In this way we transfer one-time US$500 awards to students addressing our fundamental question: What can law do to reduce poverty and foster economic growth? Candidates must have citizenship in an eligible country and be a law student enrolled in studies in an eligible country at the time of award. Up to ten awards will be granted in February 2018.

Visit the website:

http://www.lex-lead.org/Scholarships.php

 


ThePensters Essay Writing Contest: $1000 Scholarship for Your Essay

27 October 2017

Take part in ThePensters Essay Writing Contest and get a chance to win $1000 scholarship for your college study!


2017 Cinematic Short Story Competition – Deadline Soon!

26 October 2017

ScreenCraft’s 3rd annual Cinematic Short Story Contest is now accepting entries!  This year’s judges are from Random House StudiosHarper’s Magazine and Tin House Magazine!

The jury is looking for short fiction (not scripts) with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, the judges want to read your story!

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, film and TV producers and publishers. The top 5 finalists will be read by ScreenCraft’s network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals. All rights and ownership to stories submitted to this contest remain with the author, until and unless other agreements are made.

Early deadline: November 4th, 2017 – Mark your calendar! 

Meanwhile, don’t miss ScreenCraft’s article in the Huffington Post: 5 Reasons Why Short Stories Are Easier to Adapt Than Novels

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The 2017 jury includes: 

  • Valerie Cates, Executive Story Editor at Random House Studios, the publishing giant’s film and TV production company responsible for developing and adapting the company’s huge library of books and stories.

  • Cheston Knapp, Managing Editor of Tin House Magazine, which Stephen King called “an invaluable repository of fine American writing and American fiction, presented in a crisp and entertaining visual format.”

  • Emily Cooke, Senior Editor at Harper’s Magazine, one of the most highly regarded publications for short stories in the English language, “providing readers with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture. The essays, fiction, and reporting in the magazine’s pages come from promising new voices, as well as some of the most distinguished names in American letters, among them Annie Dillard, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Gaitskill, David Foster Wallace, and Tom Wolfe.”

ENTER HERE

And if you’re writing a screenplay, take a look at the prestigious ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, designed to develop and launch the careers of talented emerging screenwriters:

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Early Deadline: 11/11/2017
Final Deadline: 3/1/2018

Featuring mentors at 5 major studios! Apply Here.


2018 WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING

25 October 2017

Deadline for entries: January 31, 2018

Submissions are now being accepted for the 8th William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, the award recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.

Entries must be received by January 31, 2018. For entry forms and more information on the prize, visit the Saroyan Prize website: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan.

What works are eligible for the Saroyan Prize?
Works of fiction (novels, short story anthologies, or drama) or non-fiction (biography, history, or memoirs) by authors from around the world and first published during 2016-2017 are eligible for consideration. Works must be imprinted with either a 2016 or 2017 copyright date. Poetry will not be considered in this cycle. All entries must be predominately in English, and available for individual purchase by the general public. Works by members of The Saroyan Writing Prize Committee, members or officers of the William Saroyan Foundation, or previous winners are not eligible. Eligibility rules may be modified over time.

While all works fitting the above description are eligible, and all entries are welcome, note that the judges will be looking for works with strong literary merit that honor the Saroyan legacy. In past prize cycles, works that fell into a specific publishing sub-genre – juvenile, science fiction, Western, mystery, romance, erotic, self-help, religion, etc. – were frequently found to be outside of that legacy.

The award honors the Saroyan literary legacy. What is the Saroyan legacy or style?
Saroyan’s literary style is characterized by originality, stylistic innovation and what is often described as an “exuberant humanism”. It is this exuberance and desire to move art in new directions, rather than relevance to the particulars of Saroyan’s common settings or themes, that Saroyan Prize judges will be seeking. Of course, any artist’s work is best understood through direct experience, and judges for the Saroyan prize will make their choices based on their personal experience with Saroyan’s writings.

The prize is intended to encourage new or emerging writers. How is that defined?
Authors’ careers follow many different paths, and no single definition fits. Our judges will look at biographies and other background material to assess each submission. However, in general, authors who have published four or more books will not be considered new and emerging.

  • What if I have published other literary material such as poetry or essays, does that count towards the four book limitation?
    The four book limitation is a guideline for the Saroyan Prize Committee and for those determining whether or not they are an author that is new and emerging, no matter the genre. If you consider yourself new and emerging, please do submit your book.

What is the deadline for entry?
Entries must be received at the Stanford University Libraries on or before January 31, 2018.

What materials must I submit to be considered for the prize?
A complete entry, consisting of the materials listed below, is required for consideration.

  • A completed entry form, available here.
  • Five copies of the publication (or PDF file if submitting an e-book).
  • A $50 non-refundable entry fee. Payment may be made using Visa, MasterCard or American Express at the above website, or by check. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University/Saroyan Writing Prize, and must indicate the title(s) of book(s) being submitted. Multiple entries may be paid with one check.

What is the address for submission of entries?
Administrator of the Saroyan Prize
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6004

Must the publisher make the entry?
No, anyone (including the author) may submit an eligible entry.

Do you accept books that have been published outside of the United States?
Yes, we accept books that have been published from publishers in any country around the world.

Are self-published books eligible?
Yes, self-published books are eligible as long as they are available for individual purchase by the general public.

Are electronic books eligible?
Yes, books published electronically are eligible, assuming they are in a fixed state (such as a PDF) and readily available for purchase by the public. You may save a copy of your work on a flash drive and send it with your entry form and entry fee to the address above. Or, once you have submitted your form and entry fee, you may email the file directly to Sonia Lee.

Are translations eligible?
No, English translations of previously published foreign works are not eligible.

What is your Tax ID Number (TIN)?
94-1156365

I need a copy of your W-9 form to process a check for the entry fee. Where can I find the form?
You may find Stanford’s W-9 form here.

May I get my entry or entry fee back after I submit it to the Prize competition?
Entries are not returnable or refundable under any circumstance.

When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced in the summer of 2018.

How can I support the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing?
Individuals may encourage authors and publishers to submit excellent works for the competition. Individuals affiliated with Stanford University may also be eligible to help screen entries in early 2016. Please contact Sonia Lee at sonialee@stanford.edu for additional information about volunteering.

Administration of the prize also involves significant expense, and monetary support is always greatly appreciated. Tax-deductible cash gifts to the Stanford Libraries are, of course, always appreciated and can be directed specifically to the Saroyan Prize.

Who can I contact with further questions?
Please direct questions to Sonia Lee, sonialee@stanford.edu or 650-736-9538.


Search.University Essay Scholarship Contest

25 October 2017

Search.University, a vast database of colleges and universities, announces a $2,000 scholarship contest to help students achieve their goals. We provide information on U.S. educational institutions to help students make the right choice, and are happy to run a contest to encourage current students to help others too.

To participate in the contest write an essay on the following theme: How my college helps me become a better specialist in the future.

Essay Requirements

  • Minimum 250 words, no upper limit.
  • Text must be unique and structured.

Share your personal experience and give an insight into the student life in a college/university you are currently studying at or are planning to enroll in. Make your essay useful to other students, current and prospective.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be a student of any degree or majors or plan to apply to U.S. college or university.
  • You must be above 17 years.
  • High school students can participate in the contest.

To Submit an Essay:

  1. Send your essay to scholarship@search.university as a text file in .doc or .pdf format (put “Search University Essay Contest” in the subject line) before February 15, 2018.
  2. Mention your name, age, contact phone and the educational institution you study at or plan to enroll in.

Prizes

Authors of the three best essays will receive scholarships of $2000 in total:

  • 1st place – $1000
  • 2nd place – $600
  • 3rd place – $400

Privacy

All private information will be kept confidential and will not be sold or used for spam. We reserve the right to publish your essay on the Search.University website.

We encourage college and high school students to take part in the contest and win a scholarship.

Visit the website:  https://search.university/essay-contest


Fund Raising Event benefiting Carnegie Art Museum’s exhibit and education programs!

28 September 2017

Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos

celebrate memories, contemporary art and heritage

Saturday, October 14 , 2017  – 6-9pm

at Carnegie Art Museum/ reservations required

info:  carnegieam.org/ 805 385-8158

Event Information:

Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos

A Spectacular Evening cherishing memories and remembering loved ones while aiding the Museum’s exhibit and education programs! Music by Dueto Romantico Angel y Paloma, hops, specialty drinks, catering by Pacifica Culinary Arts Academy, amazing desserts, VIP preview hour, affordable art, and a Día de los Muertos Altar in memory of Jackson Wheeler.  Costumes in the Day of the Dead theme appreciated but not obligatory. View Linda Arreola’s exhibit The Avalanche and The Silence and a select showing of California Latino Art by Frank Romero, Gronk, David Flury, Carlos Almaraz, Patssi Valdez and Andrea Yomtob.

 

RSVP by October 7, 2017 – 805.385.8158 or @carnegieam.org

$100 VIP 6pm preview admission, swag bag & drawing ticket

$90 VIP 6pm preview admission & swag bag

$50 CAM members 7-9pm admission & refreshments

$60 general 7-9pm admission & refreshments

Fiesta Art Sale Fundraiser

Purchase small masterpieces donated by SoCal artists before public release.

VIPs have first purchase opportunity during 6-7pm preview.


Supported by Carnegie Art Museum Cornerstones – a 501©3 non-profit.

Proceeds benefit Museum exhibit and education programs.

 

Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos Sponsors:

Fuego/Fire –

Amy Cherot

Law Office Of Joseph A. Rund

Agua/Water –

Grant courtesy Suzanne Chadwick

Keith & Arlene Beckwith, Realtors, affiliated with Keller Williams

Darin and Lisa Hornbaker

Denise and Greg Sanford

The Green Law Group, LLP

 

Fiesta Brew Sponsor – Anacapa Brewing Company

Fiesta Dessert Sponsor – Desserts To Die For

Fiesta Marigold Sponsor – Sun Valley Floral

 

Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos will be set amid the smart, geometric art of one of California Community Foundation’s 2016 Fellowship in Visual Arts Award Winners, Linda Arreola, whose major Carnegie exhibit will coincide with the Getty’s own Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exploring Latin American and Latino art in exhibits from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Above in Carnegie’s Mezzanine Gallery to spread the educational value of the Día de los Muertos tradition, will be an ofrenda (altar) in memory of the late poet and art collector Jackson Wheeler. Hanging above will be papel picado designs customized by Los Angeles print artist Daniel Gonzalez. California Latino art from Carnegie’s collection will also be exhibited, including the 21ft History of the Chicano Movimiento by Frank Romero newly returned from his retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. Live music by Dueto Romantico Angel Y Paloma, hops by Anacapa Brewing Company, specialty desserts and drinks, catering by Pacifica Culinary Arts Academy, a VIP preview hour, swag bags, an affordable art sale and prizes, shall all make this event one to be proud to help and fun to attend.

Contacts:

Lisa Horan  805 385-8254/ Suzanne Bellah  805 444-2411

lisa.horan@oxnard.org       /           suzanne.bellah@oxnard.org

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM/  424 South C Street / Oxnard, California  93030

Thurs-Sat  10am-5pm & Sun 1-5pm   closed holidays

805.385.8157/5158 carnegieam.org

 


Deadline: September 30, 2017! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2017

28 September 2017

LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES!

THE DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is international, and open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write short story, 5 pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. Genres: fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction. Multiple poem and short story entries are accepted. (www.dreamquestone.com)

Postmarked deadline: All entries must be submitted by:

September 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM – Central Standard Time (CST)

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500;

Second: $250; Third: $100.

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Poetry First Prize: $250;

Second: $125;

Third: $50.

All contest winners works will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages, on November 12, 2017.

Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries by mail: Include title of poem(s) or stori(es), 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 now!


ThePensters Essay Writing Contest: $1000 Scholarship for Your Essay

28 September 2017

Take part in ThePensters Essay Writing Contest and get a chance to win $1000 scholarship for your college study!


2017 Readers Choice Awards Contest by TCK Publishing

28 September 2017

2017 Readers Choice Awards by TCK Publishing

Winner will receive a Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet + A Book Review.

TCK Publishing is recognizing indie, self-published, and traditionally published authors and we’re inviting all of you to join this year’s Readers Choice Book Awards contest.

Get connected with your fans and ask them for their support by voting for you to boost your chances of winning!

Readers Choice Award Categories

  • General Non-Fiction
  • Advice
  • Self-Help
  • Business and Investing
  • Health
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Science Fiction
  • YA and Middle Grade
  • Children’s Book
  • Historical Fiction
  • General Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Religion

How the Contest Works

1. Self-published and indie authors may submit one (1) book in any of the given categories for FREE. Limit one free entry per author and per email address. Entries for additional books after your first may be purchased here.

2. Entries are subject to evaluation and review by the TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards committee (they’re not just automatically approved).

3. The TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards committee will review and determine the final book entries.

4. Successful entries will be notified through a confirmation email from TCK Publishing.

5. All approved submissions will be featured on the Readers Choice Voting Page.

6. Casting of votes will be open until December 10, 2017 (authors are allowed to vote once).

7. The book entry with the highest votes will be declared the winner.

8. Declaration of winner and awarding of prizes will be on December 17, 2017.

9. The winner will be notified through an email from the TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards committee.

Deadline for submission is until December 10, 2017. 

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://www.tckpublishing.com/2017-readers-choice-awards/


The 3rd Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” – High School Creative Writing Contest

28 September 2017

The 3rd Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow”

High School Creative Writing Contest

The Ringling College of Art + Design Creative Writing Program was created to support, empower, and honor young writers. It’s an exciting time to be a writer thanks to the increasing number of narrative possibilities that new technologies and media offer. We believe that well-told stories can speak truths and communicate ideas in a way that nothing else can.

To that end, we’re inviting all high-school age students to submit unpublished, original English-language stories of up to 2,000 words in length for the 3rd Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” Contest. The criteria for earning prizes in this contest is simply overall quality, meaning that well-edited, engaging, and evocative stories have the best chance of wowing the judges.

Submission Guidelines: Send your story as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachment through email. Along with your submission, please include your name, your high school, your current grade level, and a few sentences about your background in writing, your hobbies/interests, or anything else you’d like to share to give us a stronger sense of who you are.

Students are asked to send no more than one (1) submission per category. The two categories are Literary Stories (think Tim O’Brien, O. Henry, John Green, and Alice Walker) or Genre Stories (think Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allen Poe, J.K. Rowling, and Philip K. Dick). Students can submit work to both contests if they choose. While these submissions can be traditional short stories, we are also quite open to graphic narratives, scripts, picture book manuscripts, comics, and other literary forms/blends for either submission category.

Submission Address: creativewriting@ringling.edu

(please include “Storytellers of Tomorrow” in the subject line)

Deadline: December 1, 2017

(Winners will be notified in January 2018)

Initial Judges: The Ringling College of Art + Design Creative Writing Program faculty

Final Judge: Virgil Suarez, author of Latin Jazz and The Soviet Circus Comes to Havana & Other Stories

Entry Fee: None

Prizes in each category:

1st prize: $200 & a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt

2nd prize: $100 & a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt

3rd prize: $50 & a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt

**The judges reserve the right to award as many Honorable Mentions as the submissions merit. This honor includes each author receiving a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt.

**The top winner in each category will have the opportunity for their story to be published in Shift, the Creative Writing Program’s new literary arts journal. Beyond that one-time publication, authors retain all rights to their stories.

Visit the website:  https://www.ringling.edu/writingcontest

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Ryan G. Van Cleave

Author, Writing Coach, & Keynote Speaker

Ringleader of the Creative Writing Program @ The Ringling College of Art + Design

Visit Me: www.ryangvancleave.com

LinkedIn Me: www.linkedin.com/in/ryangvancleave

Facebook Me: www.facebook.com/ryangvancleave

“Newsletter Me!”: Sign up for the free semi-frequent WRITER 411 Newsletter here

 

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Deadline Sept 30! Our Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

28 September 2017

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest – Last Call!

Your opportunity to enter this contest closes at the end of the day on September 30, 2017. That’s midnight Eastern US time on Saturday night. Already entered? Additional poems are welcome. We’ll award $1,500 to the best poem in any style, and $1,500 to the best poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. 10 honorable mentions will receive $100 each. Submit published or unpublished work. The top 12 poems will be published online. Submit at  winningwriters.com/tompoetry

$12 entry fee per poem. Submit as many poems as you like. No restriction on country or age of author. Judge: S. Mei Sheng Frazier, assisted by Jim DuBois. This contest is sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest).

Prefer to Enter by Mail?

Send your entry and fee to: Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060-3961, USA. Checks must be drawn on US banks in US funds. You may also send US currency. Postmark your entry by September 30.

Questions?

See past winners and more contest information at winningwriters.com/tompoetry


Musicworks’ Sonic Geography Writing Contest – Deadline: October 27, 2017

28 September 2017

MUSICWORKS’ 2017 SONIC GEOGRAPHY WRITING CONTEST IS OPEN

Annual juried contest offers top three winners cash prizes and publication

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

Deadline for entries is October 27, 2017. Winners will be announced in February 2018.

Musicworks’ seventh annual Sonic Geography Writing contest is now open to receive entries from anywhere in the world! Musicworks has been exploring experimental music and sound in a triannual magazine since 1978. Its annual juried contests spotlight new literary and musical talent, offering cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.

Sonic Geography Writing Contest

The elemental music of the Selkirk Mountains. The hiss and harmonics of the London Underground. The soothing, rhythmic swish of a school photocopier. These  sounds have inspired some of our past contest winners. Choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or quiet—and describe how sound shapes your experience in prose or poetic writing. Maximum length: 500 words. Accepted file types: PDF only. $25 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Musicworks magazine; $5 each additional entry (unlimited).

First Prize: $500 cash, piece published in the Spring 2018 issue of Musicworks and online

Second Prize: $200 cash and and piece published on musicworks.ca

Third Prize: $100 cash and piece published on musicworks.ca

For more info, visit:  https://www.musicworks.ca/contest

Also check out our Electronic Music Composition Contest

Compose a piece in one of the following experimental genres: Acousmatic, Electroacoustic, Glitch, Intelligent Dance Music, Turntable art, or Video music. 

Maximum time: 10 minutes. Accepted file types: MP3 or MP4 only


L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest 2017

16 September 2017

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500, Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!

Writer Contest Rules

• ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS

• NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED

• ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY

• PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500

• ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!

• OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY

1. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.

2. By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all Contest rules.

3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s universe, without written permission, will result in disqualification. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.

4. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry, or works intended for children.

5. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.

6. Entries submitted in hard copy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front of the paper, double-spaced, with numbered pages. All other formats will be disqualified. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s legal name, a pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author’s name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.

Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author’s name. Electronic submissions will separately include the author’s legal name, pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and approximate word count.

7. Manuscripts will be returned after judging only if the author has provided return postage on a self-addressed envelope.

8. We accept only entries that do not require a delivery signature for us to receive them.

9. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

10. The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

11. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners are ineligible to make further entries in the Contest.

12. All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions are accepted.

13. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.

14. Winners in each quarter will be individually notified of the results by phone, mail or e-mail.

15. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Enter the Writer Contest

OR SEND YOUR ENTRY BY MAIL TO:
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
7051 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Visit the website:  http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/


THE POETRY KIT SUMMER COMPETITION 2017 – Closing 23rd October 2017

16 September 2017

This year’s competition is for poetry on any subject. 
There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected  as a longer one.  Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.
1st prize is £100. 
Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE. Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

All entries must be received before midnight 23rd October 2017.

Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.
Entry fees are as follows;  
1 poem    £3.50  3 Poems  £8.00  5 poems  £10

For further details and to enter online see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm


Call for Submissions For 6th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

16 September 2017

The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce call for submissions for the 6th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 06 – 29, 2018.

Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2017. (High School Submissions through April 15, 2018)

Professional Submissions: Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18′ x 18′ stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves.  Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes.

Up to eight plays will be chosen,  in addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival.  Mr. LaBute is scheduled to participate in the opening weekend activities.

High School Submissions: Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward:  The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length.

Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

Visit the website for details:  http://stlas.org/services-view/labute/

 

Submissions should be sent to(Postal Mail ONLY):

LaBute New Theater Festival

St. Louis Actors’ Studio

360 N Boyle Ave

St. Louis, MO 63108

314-458-2978

http://stlas.org/services-view/labute/

 

 

The creative team for the festival includes:

Neil LaBute-Director, Screenwriter and Playwright

William Roth-Actor, Founder, Artistic Director St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Emily Baker, Actor, Director, Performing Arts Teacher

Nathan Bush – Actor

Kate Farrington, Dramaturge

Andra Harkins – Actor

Ann Haubrich – Writer, Arts Administrator

Michael Hogan, Actor, Director

Edward Scott Ibur-Middle School Teacher (Webster), Novelist, Founder- Gifted Writers & Artists Project for Middle & High School

Julie Schoettley, Documentary Film editor, Script Development Editor

Christopher Limber – Actor, Director Prison Performing Arts, Playwright

John Pierson-Actor, Theatre, Speech & Dance Chair, English Teacher John Burroughs School

Elizabeth Helman-Actor, Writer, Director, Professor of Theatre Arts -Oregon State University

Patrick Huber-Associate Director, St. Louis Actors’ Studio-Set Design and Lighting, Teacher Theater, Design and Architecture Mary Institute, Country Day Prep School


30 Below Contest—2017

16 September 2017
NARRATIVE INVITES all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old to send us their best work. We’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. We’re looking to encourage and promote the best young authors and artists working today.
Awards: First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, Third Prize is $300, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. The prizewinners and finalists will be announced in Narrative.
All N30B entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2018 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week or Poem of the Week.
We accept submissions in the following media:
Written: Works of prose and of poetry, including short stories, all poetic forms, novel excerpts, essays, memoirs, and excerpts from book-length nonfiction. Prose submissions must not exceed 15,000 words. Each poetry submission may contain up to five poems. The poems should all be contained in a single file. All submissions should be double-spaced, with 12-point type, at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and email address at the top of the first page. Submit your document as a .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf file. You may enter as many times as you wish, but we encourage you to be selective and to send your best work. All entries will be considered for publication.
Drawn: Graphic novel excerpts and comics of no more than thirty pages, in .pdf format. Please include your full name in the title of the file name.
Photographed: Photo essays of between five and twenty images, previously unpublished (including on sites like Flickr, your personal website, stock photography sites, etc.). Images should be submitted in a low-resolution .pdf or .jpg format; however, upon acceptance, images need to be provided with a resolution of at least 300 dpi, in a .tif, .jpg, or raw format that can be reproduced at 1,024 pixels wide. Captions or text should be included, either with the file containing the images or as a separate document in a .doc or .pdf format, with numbered captions corresponding to the similarly numbered photographs. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page of the essay.
Spoken: Original works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in audio theater, including performance, radio journalism, and stories and poems read aloud. Submissions may run up to ten minutes, in .mp3 format, with a bit rate of at least 128 kbit/s. Please include your full name in the title of the file name.
Filmed: Short films and documentaries of up to fifteen minutes. Submissions must be in .mp4 or .mov format. Please include your full name in the title of the file name.
Timing: Entries will be accepted through November 19, 2017, at midnight, Pacific standard time.
Entry fee: There is a $26 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.
Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by December 19, 2017. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions, which will be final. The judges reserve the option to declare ties and to designate and award only as many winners and/or finalists as are appropriate to the quality of contest entries and of work represented in the magazine.
Entries must be previously unpublished, though we do accept works that have appeared in college publications. Entries cannot have been the winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. We accept online entries only. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but if your entry is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible (and accept our congratulations!).

Scholarship Essay Competition

16 September 2017

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Best Essay Education is a top academic writing service that, for years, has produced high quality academic writing for students in high school, college and graduate/professional programs. We pride ourselves in employing only the best writers, with Bachelor’s through Ph.D. degrees in all academic disciplines, so that we can serve any student need. As students use our service, and receive original, custom academic writing, they are able study those pieces and become better writers themselves. Best Essay Education has created a scholarship essay competition to encourage students to produce their own great essays and have the opportunity to win a sizeable financial award to help with their own educational expenses. Below, you will find all of the details. If you meet our entry requirements and are ready to craft that perfect essay, we urge you to enter.

Who is Eligible?

To apply, you must be a student at an accredited college, university, community college, oct-tech certificate program, or any graduate or equivalent professional program. High school students who have just enrolled in college, are certainly eligible.

Essay Prompts

Entrants must choose one of the following three prompts:

Should students have the right to evaluate their teachers? Why or why not? If so, how should this be done? What new innovations promise to significantly change your life in college? How will they change your life? Of all of the environment threats, which do you see as the most dangerous right now?

Rules

1. The entry is free, but a student may only enter one time

2. The essay has a word maximum of 1,000 words and must be in English

3. Essays must be submitted through our application form or as a Word attachment, sent to bestessay.education@gmail.com, with the subject line “Scholarship Essay Contest.”

4. Once the essay is submitted, entrants must access their Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard or Stumbleupon page and repost this page. Help us to spread the word about the scholarship to as many students as possible.

5. Entrants must also “Like” our Facebook page and “follow” us on Twitter.

6. No offensive, harassing, or incendiary, defaming content may be used.

7. By submitting an essay, the student is certifying that the content in fully original.

8. Entry automatically constitutes agreement on the part of the entrant to all of the Terms and Conditions listed below.

9. Entrant’s full name, email, and social media account ID’s should appear on a separate page and submitted with the essay.

Methods of Judging

All eligible essays will be evaluated by a panel of Best Essay Education writers and editors.

The following criteria will be used:

  • Originality of thought and structure
  • Quality of grammar and composition, including organization, vocabulary, etc.
  • Creativity and depth of thought

The panel shall determine the top three winners, based upon a scored rubric, and will then publish those winner names on its site, and social media pages, as it deems appropriate. Winners will receive notification via email and will be required to reply to those emails. Should a winner fail to respond to the email or, for any reason, refuse the prize award, the award will be provided to the entrant who is next in line.

Deadline for entries is 30 November, 2017.  

Visit the website:  https://bestessay.education/blog/best-essay-scholarship-contest

 

 

Terms and Conditions: 

By submitting an entry to Scholarship Contest, the entrant automatically agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Entrants attest that any entry submitted to the Best Essay.Education scholarship essay contest will be fully original and is one that has never been submitted or published anywhere else. We reserves the right to subject every entry to a plagiarism-scan, in order to verify originality. Once an entry is submitted, entrant agrees that all ownership rights to that essay are transferred to BestEssay.Education, and all copyright laws protect ownership by BestEssay.Education. Entrant understands and agrees that s/he may not reproduce, transfer, share, republish, or otherwise use or distribute the entry essay in any way, without express written permission. Entrant agrees that the company may use his/her name in publishing the contest entrants and/or winners. BestEssay.Education shall protect all other personal information of every contestant and shall not provide that personal information to any third party.


University of Houston 10-Minute Play Festival Call for Submissions

16 September 2017

Deadline: October 31, 2017

The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our sixth annual 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2018.  Nine selected 10-minute plays will receive a production as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus.  This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional.

Submission rules:

  • Scripts will only be accepted during a submission window of August 31 through October 31, 2017. Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The name of the winning play will be announced in November.
  • We will accept only one play per playwright.
  • Scripts should fall in the range of 8-12 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page count does not include the title page.)
  • Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30 or else there should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.
  • Previously produced plays are not eligible.
  • Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.
  • Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.
  • The winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2018.
  • There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

The submission period closes on October 31, 2017. 

Plays must be submitted via email. There should be no identifiable information in the script. Your email should include all of the following information:

  • play title
  • your name
  • your mailing address
  • your phone number
  • your email address

Email play to:  uhoustonplayfest@gmail.com

Send inquiries to:  uhplayfestquestions@gmail.com

 

Visit the website:  http://www.uh.edu/kgmca//theatre-and-dance/

 


MUSICWORKS’ 2017 SONIC GEOGRAPHY WRITING CONTEST IS OPEN

16 September 2017

OPEN YOUR EARS AND SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS!

MUSICWORKS’ 2017 SONIC GEOGRAPHY WRITING CONTEST IS OPEN

Annual juried contest offers top three winners cash prizes and publication

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

Deadline for entries is October 27, 2017. Winners will be announced in February 2018.

For immediate release, TORONTO—Musicworks’ seventh annual Sonic Geography Writing contest is now open to receive entries from anywhere in the world! Musicworks has been exploring experimental music and sound in a triannual magazine since 1978. Its annual juried contests spotlight new literary and musical talent, offering cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.

Sonic Geography Writing Contest

The elemental music of the Selkirk Mountains. The hiss and harmonics of the London Underground. The soothing, rhythmic swish of a school photocopier. These  sounds have inspired some of our past contest winners. Choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or quiet—and describe how sound shapes your experience in prose or poetic writing. Maximum length: 500 words. Accepted file types: PDF only. $25 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Musicworks magazine; $5 each additional entry (unlimited).

First Prize: $500 cash, piece published in the Spring 2018 issue of Musicworks and online

Second Prize: $200 cash and and piece published on musicworks.ca

Third Prize: $100 cash and piece published on musicworks.ca

Entry portal, assessment criteria, prize details, and past winners can be found on our contest landing page!  www.musicworks.ca/contest

Also check out our Electronic Music Composition Contest

Compose a piece in one of the following experimental genres: Acousmatic, Electroacoustic, Glitch, Intelligent Dance Music, Turntable art, or Video music. Maximum time: 10 minutes. Accepted file types: MP3 or MP4 only

Visit the website for details on how to enter: www.musicworks.ca/contest
For more information, contact Jessie Rivést at manager@musicworks.ca OR (416) 977-3546

Musicworks is dedicated to engaging and building new audiences for experimental music. The triannual magazine, which comes with a companion CD, features in-depth articles on Canadian and international composers, improvisers, instrument designers, and artists who work in genres such as radio, electroacoustics, concert music, sound installation, and sound sculpture. With a dynamic website and outreach programs, Musicworks creates an inclusive community within which to exchange and develop ideas, and excite curious listeners with adventurous music.


9th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

2 August 2017

9th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize
First Prize: $1,000

Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $5

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Maximum length: 1,000 words

All six finalists will be published online in the October 2017 issue of Gemini.

Surprise us, shock us, make us fall in love in a complete story of 1,000 words or less! We are open to any subject, style or genre. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible.

All entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance.

Click http://gemini-magazine.com/contest.html to read any of the four dozen previous winners and finalists and see the diverse material we have published. We look forward to reading your work!


ThePensters Essay Writing Contest: $1000 Scholarship for Your Essay

1 August 2017

Take part in ThePensters Essay Writing Contest and get a chance to win $1000 scholarship for your college study!

 


Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2017

1 August 2017

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s 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, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme. Genres: fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: Postmarked by September 30, 2017

All contest winners will be announced on November 12, 2017

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 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


C&R Press is open for full length manuscripts

1 August 2017

C&R Press is open for full length manuscripts in all categories for our 2017-18 catalog. Novels, poetry, short story collections, creative non-fiction, memoir, experimental and hybrid work. 

C&R Press submissions are open for our Winter Soup Bowl Chapbook and New York reading series. 

C&R Press is engaging more than ever in our community, seeking diverse and submerged voices, hosting readings and events at festivals from the Brooklyn Book Festival and the Miami Book Festival, to Sewanee and the Texas Book Festival, to off-site gatherings at AWP. (Next Spontaneous Literary Mixer is 9/16/17 in NYC – Concrete&Water). 

C&R has never held a formal reading period. We accept work that will hold people’s attention for years to come. It’s true that not all submitted work can be taken for publication, but please know each contribution helps support our cause (we’re poets and writers, too!)—which is to celebrate and promote literature. The funds created by the reading period go toward one goal: the creation of author-friendly contract models and opportunities to market and promote essential literature. 

We look forward to seeing your work!

*Please note that for work we’ve classified In Progress we do not allow edits or changes to the manuscript. 

Entries to our Summer “Tide Pool” Chapbook Series are open from the Summer Solstice (June 21) to the Autumnal Equinox (Sept 22). 

In Spring 2018 C&R Press will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories, or other types of literary or mixed work. Summer Tide Pool Chapbooks of poetry are between 20-40 pages, and chapbooks of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and mixed work are between 25-60 pages not including front matter. There are entry fees. Manuscript authors selected for publication receive ten copies of the book, $100 dollars and a reading in New York City. 

We are looking for work that is developed, polished, and has a strong singular voice. We encourage emerging and established authors in the manuscript process to submit their best work. 

Please visit our Submittable for all submissions or our website for more information at:

http://www.crpress.org/submissions