Archive for August 6th, 2007

Mimi Heitzmann Writers’ Contest

6 August 2007

Gulf Coast Writers Association announces the Mimi Heitzmann Writers’ Contest
Fiction with a strong female character!

Open: July 9, 2007
Deadline: October 1, 2007
Entry Fee: $10 per submission
Maximum word count: 2500 words
Genre: Fiction (mystery, romance, humor, etc.) Must have a strong heroine!
$500 in cash prizes
will be awarded at the October 25th GCWA General Meeting

Submission Preparation:
Must include your:
E-mail address
Title of submission
Word count

Put Title and page number in the upper right hand corner on each page of your submission
DO NOT include your name on any page except the Cover Page

Mail submissions
and entry fees to:

Mimi Heitzmann Writers’ Contest
PO Box 6445
Gulfport MS 39506

How to enter On-line
go to
for online entry instructions.

Contributions to GCWA should be made out to GCWA,
Heitzmann Memorial Fund
PO Box 6445, Gulfport MS 39506

Ventura County Writers Club 8th Annual Short Story Contest

6 August 2007
Deadline for entries: September 1, 2007

Grand Prize: $500.00
Publication in the Arts & Living section of the Ventura County Star on Sunday, November 11, 2007.
Second prize: $250.00
Third Prize: $125.00

Contest Rules
Previous first-place winners are not eligible. No person may win more than one prize. Submissions may be in any genre, but must be a short story with all of the elements defined below. All stories must be original and may not have been previously published in
any newspaper, magazine, or book, whether for pay or not. Each entry must be typed (typewriter or word processor) and double-spaced, using 12-point font. Use standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. Do not use legal size. Use standard formatting for pages: 1 ?-inch margins on both sides, 1-inch margins top and bottom. All stories must be 10 pages or less. (Allows approximately 3,500 words.) Indent the first line of each paragraph, and number all pages, top or bottom. Put the story title at the top of each page.
On a separate cover page, include the title of the story along with the writer’s name, address, and telephone number. Do not put the writer’s name on any other pages. Submit three copies of the story. Entries will be judged on the basis of plot (25 pts.), character development (25 pts.), intent/focus (15 pts.), reader interest (15 pts.), style/voice (10 pts), grammar/punctuation (5 pts), and title (5 pts). You may enter as many stories as you like, as long as each story is accompanied by a separate entry fee.
For members of VCWC, the entry fee is $15.00. For non-members, the entry fee is $25.00. Please make checks payable to VCWC. Please do not send cash. Entries must be postmarked no later than September 1, 2007 to be eligible. All decisions of the judges are final. Entries not following contest rules will be disqualified. No entries will be returned. Winners will be notified by telephone prior to November 11, 2007. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the general meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club on November 13, 2007 Mail all entries to:

Gerry Schiller
P.O. Box 246
Newbury Park, CA 91319-0246

For information call: William Vietinghoff, Short Story Contest Chairperson,
(805) 358-7762,

Indiana Review’s 2007 Fiction Prize Guidelines

6 August 2007

$1000 Honorarium and Publication
Final Judge: Lan Samantha Chang

Go to:
to get entry form (scroll down)

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of Hunger: A Novella and Stories (1998) and Inheritance: A Novel (2004). Her work has been published in Ploughshares, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Best American Short Stories. She has taught creative writing at Stanford University, Harvard University, the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, and The University of Iowa, where she is professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. POSTMARK DEADLINE: OCT. 14, 2007
Reading Fee: $15 Includes a one-year subscription All entries considered for publication. All entries considered anonymously.

Send only one story per entry, 35 double-spaced pages maximum, 12 pt. font. Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered. Simultaneous submissions okay, but fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere. Multiple entries okay, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Further, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or
recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judge. Entry form must include name, address, phone number, and title.
Entrant’s name should appear ONLY on the entry form. If desired, include a self-addressed stamped envelope for notification. Manuscripts will not be returned. Make checks payable to Indiana Review. Each fee entitles entrant to a one-year subscription, an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose complete address information for subscriptions. Overseas addresses, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada). Please note that we cannot
accept checks or money orders from foreign banks. For our printable entry form, go to

Fiction Prize
Indiana Review
Ballantine Hall 465
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN