Archive for January, 2007

American Screenwriting Competition

20 January 2007


Deadline Entry Fee
11/15/2006 (early) $40 (11/15/2006)
01/31/2007(regular) $50 (by 01/31/2007)
03/31/2007(late) $60 (by 03/31/2007)
04/30/2007 (late – extended) $65 (by 04/30/2007)

Award: $12,000
Other Awards/Prizes: ** Over $50,000 in cash & prizes. Grand prize of $12,000 including cash, over $1,000 in screenwriting software, industry meetings, production consideration, writer profiles, press releases, and much, much more. $3,000 cash & prizes for second place; $2,000 cash and prizes for third. All ten finalists win cash & prize packages including screenwriting software, industry meetings and more. Plus, there will be two random drawings (one for early entrants and one for all entrants) with great prizes worth over $7,000.

Every brilliant film begins with a brilliant screenplay. Do you have what it takes? Our annual screenplay competition is aimed at finding the best and most talented writers from around the world. The main goal of the competition is to uncover the best, unproduced screenplays and in collaboration with the writer help develop and potentially produce them. We will work hard to support all talented writers that enter our contest . . . not just the winners.
Notification Date: June 15, 2007

Eligibility: Open to everyone. International entries are welcome.
Rules: All entries must include an original screenplay between 70 and 150 pages, a completed entry form, a signed release form, a short synopsis, and the appropriate entry fee. Scripts must be unproduced, unsold, and not under option. There is no limit to the number of scripts you may enter (discounts are offered for multiple entries). Go to website for complete rules.
Web Address:
Contact & E-mail: Mark Reed
Contact Title: Contest Director
Organization: American Screenwriting Competition
311 N. Robertson Blvd., Ste. 172
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
United States
Phone: 888.299.0234


Grub Street Book Prize

20 January 2007

Announcing the Grub Street Book Prize for a non-first book of poetry from a poet outside New England. One winner receives $500 plus all-expenses-paid trip to Boston for reading, book party and citywide promotion. An exciting opportunity to promote your book in Boston’s thriving literary community. Poetry deadline postmark March 15th, 2007. Reading fee/donation $10. Mail to Grub Street Writers, 160 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116. See guidelines first:

Mesa Community College English Faculty

20 January 2007

Mesa Community College (Phx., Az.) will hire a full-time English Composition/Creative Writing faculty member to begin in Aug. 2007.

Prospective applicants should go to the following website for job description, salary range, and application procedures.

From there, click on “Current Openings” and scroll to the “English Composition” link for Mesa Community College (Posting # 06070172-4).

New Millennium Writings Awards & Contests

16 January 2007

New Millennium Writings Awards & Contests

$4,000 in Prizes, plus publication in NMW and on the Web at
$1,000 for best Story; $1,000 for best Poem; $1,000 best Nonfiction (Nonfiction includes humor, memoir, creative nonfiction, travel, opinion, essay, interview, features, investigative reporting, etc.)

Plus, $1,000 for best Short Short Fiction (1,000-word limit)

Winners of NMW Awards are showcased along with interviews, profiles and tributes to famous writers such as Julia Glass, Shel Silverstein, Khaled Hosseini (The Kite-Runner), George Garrett, Ken Kesey, John Updike, Lee Smith, Cormac McCarthy, Lucille Clifton, Shelby Foote, Paul West, Norman Mailer, Sharyn McCrumb, William Kennedy, Faulkner, Hemingway, Dickinson, Keats, Percy, Warren and many others. Also, prize-winning stories, poems & articles, humor, graphic arts & writing advice. 200 pages plus. To Enter, follow these Guidelines, or enter on-line at
1. No restrictions as to style, content or number of submissions. Enter as often as you like.
2. Winners and selected finalists published in our 2007 issue, which you receive for entering, and on-line at
3. Send between now and midnight of Jan. 31, 2007.
4. Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome.
5. Each fiction or nonfiction piece is counted as a separate entry, and should total no more than 6,000 words except Short-Short Fiction (no more than 1,000 words).
6. Each poetry entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total per entry.
7. Include name, phone, address, email & category on first page.
8. Manuscripts not returned. Include email address or SASE for list of winners.
9. Include $17 check payable to NMW with each submission.
10. Send to: “NMW” Room EM, PO Box 2463, Knoxville, TN, 37901.

To order our current issue, add $10.

George F. Wedge Poetry Award

16 January 2007

I-70 Review announces the second George F. Wedge Poetry Award contest. The prize this year is $500.00. Reading fee for submissions is $10.00. Send no more than three poems. You must include SASE if you desire a response. Submissions by e-mail will not be accepted for the contest. Please do not place your name on the poems. All submissions will be judged anonymously. Place name and address on cover letter only. You may include your e-mail address on cover letter. Do not send submissions for the award with submissions for the journal. They must be sent separately. All submissions will be read and judged by a highly-qualified poet not affiliated with I-70 Review. ALL AWARD MANUSCRIPTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 31.

Send submissions to:

George F. Wedge Poetry Award
I-70 Review
913 Joseph Dr. Lawrence KS 66049

‘Growing Up Churched’ Anthology

16 January 2007

“I’m currently soliciting creative nonfiction for an anthology; its working title is Growing Up Churched: Young Women Writers on Life, Faith, and Being Raised Evangelical. I’m looking for personal essays in the 3000-5000 word range, narratives centered around this theme. Please pass this call for submissions on to any writers you may know who might be interested in contributing to this project. I’m looking for essays about growing up evangelical that break the mold.

Most of the memoirs out there about growing up evangelical either end up fitting the formulas “wasn’t life awful and, boy, I’m glad I escaped the church” or “wasn’t life awful and, boy, I’m glad Jesus saved me.” I want essays that don’t fit these formulas, that tell surprising, fresh, unique stories. My hope is these essays will be both narrative and reflective in some way, whether they’re funny or disturbing or grateful or angry. Also, a lot of writing about evangelicals focuses on men, hence the gender bias for this project.

A note: I’m working with a loose definition of “evangelical” here. If a writer grew up Mennonite or Reformed or Methodist or encountered evangelicalism later than childhood, her work might still fit this anthology. The more diverse the stories, the better!

Writers: If you’re interested in the anthology and have an essay that you think might work, send it to me ASAP by e-mail at I’d love to look at your piece and see whether it might fit into this project. If you’re interested in contributing the project, but don’t have anything on paper, drop me a line to let me know. Then send me a draft of your essay by December 31, 2006 (this date has been extended). This date is going to be the preliminary deadline for submissions.

And please, please do pass this message on to any writers you think might be interested.

In sum, here are the basic guidelines:
Personal essays in the 3000-5000 word range about growing up female and evangelical.
Contributors should be in their 20s or 30s.
Deadline: December 31, 2006.
Send the essays to me by e-mail at

Sawtooth Poetry Prize

11 January 2007

Ahsahta Press announces the sixth annual Sawtooth Poetry Prize competition, which this year will be judged by poet Peter Gizzi. The award consists of $1,500, publication, and 25 copies of the finished book. Previous winners include Noah Eli Gordon, Karla Kelsey, and Paige Ackerson-Kiely. The submission period is January 1 through March 1, 2007 (postmark).

Full details of the competition are at our website
Questions? Write to

A note for entrants who reside outside the U.S.:

There is a PayPal link from the website ( to allow entrants from outside the U.S. to pay the reading fee in their own currencies. The $0.63 that PayPal charges us for the conversion is added to the $25.00 reading fee, but some may find this more convenient than paying by other methods. The PayPal option is only available to entrants residing outside the U.S.

Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

11 January 2007

Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Toi Derricotte, 2007 Judge
First Book Competition

$2,000 for a First Book of Poems

This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The winning volume will be published by the Kent State University Press and the winner will give a reading with the judge of the competition on the Kent State campus. In 2005, the winner was Intaglio by Ariana-Sophia M. Kartsonis chosen by Eleanor Wilner.

Entry Requirements:

1. The competition is open to poets writing in English who have not yet published a full-length collection of poems (a volume of 50 or more pages published in an edition of 500 or more copies).

2. There is a $20 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to the Wick Poetry Center .

3. Submissions must consist of 50 to 70 pages of poetry, typed on one side only, with no more than one poem included on a page. Only clean, legible copies are acceptable.

4. The poet’s name is not to appear on the manuscript. Two title pages should be included. The first must include the poet’s name, address, e-mail, telephone number, and the title of the manuscript; the second should list the title of the manuscript only.

5. The manuscript may be submitted simultaneously to other publishers, but the poet must notify the Wick Poetry Center immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

6. All manuscripts will be recycled after judging. For notice that the manuscript has been received, enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard. For notice of the winning selection, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The winner will be announced late in the summer of 2007.

Manuscripts must be postmarked between February 1, 2007 and May 1, 2007.
No late entries will be read.
Entries should be sent to:

Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Wick Poetry Center
301 Satterfield Hall,
Kent State University
P. O. Box 5190
Kent , OH 44242-0001

Call (330) 672-2067 with questions or visit our website.

Meridian Contest for Prose Poems

3 January 2007

New Meridian Contest for Prose Poems!

Short-shorts, prose poems–whatever you want to call them, we’re opening a new contest just for them. The winning entry will be printed on a 4″ x 6″ postcard which will be given out at the AWP 2007 Conference to promote Meridian. The postcard will also be included with the May 2007 issue of Meridian. And the winner will receive a $100 prize and 100 stamped postcards so you can send copies to all your friends, acquaintances, uneasy allies, etc. This is a great opportunity to get your writing noticed in a unique way.

Obviously, the entry has to fit on a postcard. Visual appeal is a plus. You may send either word processor/text files, or–if you’re artistically inclined–an Adobe PDF mockup of what your postcard might look like.

This contest has a modest $3 entry fee. Deadline is midnight EST on January 31st, 2007. Entry is online only. To enter, visit the Meridian Website.