Archive for May 27th, 2008

2008 Caketrain FICTION Chapbook Competition

27 May 2008

Caketrain Journal and Press is proud to announce our 2008 Caketrain Chapbook Competition, the fourth installment of our annual creative writing contest. This year, in an effort to further expand the horizons of our book series, we have decided for the first time ever to look at chapbook manuscripts in the fiction genre (never fear, poets — your genre of choice is slated to make its triumphant return in 2009). We’re very excited about this new development and the fantastic work that is sure to emerge.

Each year, we bring a special guest into the selection process, a writer whose work we hold in very high regard, and this year is no exception: for 2008, we ourselves remain amazed by the news that Brian Evenson will serve as our final judge. Evenson is the Director of the Literary Arts Program at Brown University and the author of seven books of fiction, most recently The Open Curtain (a Time Out New York Best of 2006 selection) and The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection). He has translated work by Chrstian Gailly, Jean Frémon and Jacques Jouet. He has received an O. Henry Prize as well as an NEA fellowship.

The winner of the competition receives a $250 cash prize and 25 copies of their chapbook. The chapbook will be published in a 200-copy run on sixty-pound, acid-free text stock bound with a full-color cover. We hear we’ve put together some gorgeous books so far — to see how they’ve turned out, please check out our previous winners, Elizabeth Skurnick’s Check-In (2005), Tom Whalen’s Dolls (2007), and Claire Hero’s afterpastures (2008).

Eligibility and Reading Fee (Print and Electronic Formats):

This competition is open to fiction manuscripts written in the English language — this can entail a single work (i.e. a novella) or a collection of shorter works. While previously-published stories or excerpts of stories may be included in the manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Translations and previously self-published works are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please note, however, that reading fees are non-refundable, and Caketrain is to be notified as soon as possible if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Manuscript revisions will not be considered during reading period. Please do not include cover artwork or photographs with your submission. Author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with Brian Evenson or any Caketrain Journal and Press staff member; if an author is unsure whether this policy applies to him or her, Caketrain will gladly address inquiries.

In a change from previous years, the reader may now choose between two reading fee amounts: either $15 for consideration only or $20 for consideration and a copy of the winning chapbook upon its release.

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The Next Big Writer Contest

27 May 2008

Writers must be a member of the site to enter but membership is only $50 per year and gets recipients access to the feedback section of the site and entry into all contests we run, including the yearly Strongest Start Novel Competition.

Tell us why you started writing and you might get published in our upcoming book project.
Do you remember when you first realized you wanted, or even needed to write? When you realized it was an itch that wouldn’t go away? We’re looking for writers on TheNextBigWriter to tell us about their “gotcha” moment in a story between 1,500-5,000 words. The story must show the moment, or moments when you realized that you were destined to spend your life writing.

We’re going to select ten that tell the most insightful, thought provoking, and interesting stories and offer the authors a paid publishing contract to have their work included in our upcoming TheNextBigWriter book My Writing Life.

To enter: Posting your writing story anytime during the Contest period. The submission must include the tags My Writing Life (entered as my_writing_life) in it.

Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on August 13, 2008


$50 publishing contracts to the 10 selected winners. Winning entries will be included in the My Writing Life book.
Submit Your Story

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Questions and Frequently Asked Questions
Competition, Rules, and Regulations
Sample publishing contract
Discuss the My Writing Life Project and Competition

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