Archive for January 18th, 2009

Dead of Winter Nonfiction Contest

18 January 2009

It’s the dead of winter. Your hands are cold. Your feet are cold. Your earlobes are cold. Everything is cold. Outside, the landscape is a frozen whitish-blue. Dreary, if you think about it. But inside you beats a writer’s heart, warm with thoughts of stories, old and new. Fond reminisces, important ideas, strong opinions. Send them our way. We’re waiting for a good read over a steaming cup of hot chocolate!


NOTE: Open theme. Dead of Winter is the name of the contest, NOT the theme.

Every entry receives a free critique!

(Optional: To receive a thorough line edit, enclose an additional $5 per story, plus 9 X 12 SASE with enough postage for returning your story.)

DEADLINE: Postmarked by February 10, 2009.

ENTRY FEE: $5 per entry, maximum of three entries. Submissions without entry fee or inadequate fee will be returned to contestant if SASE is provided.

PRIZES: 1st Place $70
2nd Place $35
3rd Place $20


1. Open subject, open genre. (Nonfiction only—memoir, essay, articles, opinion piece, prose, etc.)Facts must be verifiable. (If you feel the need to make things up to “enhance” the story, then this contest is not for you.)
2. Unpublished at time of submission, original work of contestant.
3. Standard manuscript form: 81/2 x 11 paper, typed and double-spaced, pages numbered, 12 point Times New Roman.
4. No more than 2,000 words, excluding title.
5. Attach paper clip to your story, no staples.
6. Cover sheet for each story, with contestant’s name, address, phone number, email (if you have one), and title of entry. (Name may only appear on cover sheet, not manuscript.)
7. Postmarked no later than February 10, 2009. DO NOT SEND BY CERTIFIED MAIL!
8. Mail flat, not folded, with sufficient postage to:
Dead of Winter Nonfiction Contest
c/o Amy Harke-Moore
104 Harke Lane
Old Monroe, MO 63369
9. Checks payable to: The Write Helper.
10. For free critique, provide either an email address or business-sized SASE so we can get your critique to you. For optional $5 line edit, enclose 9 X 12 SASE with enough postage to return your story.
11. For online entry, click on the PayPal button below for the number of stories you are entering and then send your stories to Don’t forget contact information!

For a list of winners, check our website: after March 1, 2009.

Decision of the judges is final. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Winning entry has the opportunity to be published on our website, along with a profile of the author. Manuscripts will not be returned.

To enter contest online, visit

The Lakeview Review’s Spring 2009 Short Story Competition

18 January 2009

* All manuscripts for the competition must be submitted online.
* Manuscripts are due June 30, 2009 for the Spring 2009 Writing Competition. Make sure you register for an account to make the submission.
* Manuscripts must be double spaced and include your name on each page.
* Due to security only word, text and PDF documents will be accepted.
* We limit manuscripts to 5,000 words maximum.
* We buy First North American Publication rights.
* There will be a $20 reading fee for each manuscript submitted to the competition.
* The First Place Winner will receive $500, publication, and three (3) copies of the journal.
* The Second Place Winner will receive $250, publication, and three (3) copies of the journal.
* Four honorable mentions will be chosen to receive publication and a leather bound journal.
* No mysteries, children’s stories, or romances.
* Additional copies of the journal are at a 25% discount for winners.
* A sample Author Contract is available here to view.