Archive for March 4th, 2009

Bacopa Writing Contests

4 March 2009

The Writers Alliance of Gainesville doesn’t care where, when, or if you’ve published. We’re just looking for top quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for our inaugural literary magazine Bacopa. Cash awards total $1275. Free general submission deadline 6/30/09. Contest entries 7/1/09-10/31/09. Guidelines and more information at Classroom Writing Contest

4 March 2009

Calling all writing teachers! Looking for a rewarding writing project for your class? Enter your classroom in’s Classroom Writing Contest for a chance to win free copies of your students’ books and have them sent to President Barack Obama.

Writing Topics
Barack Obama just became the nation’s 44th president. Pretend you have the chance to have lunch with President Obama. What would you advise him to do as President? How do you think he can help the country in 2009? Be sure to include colorful illustrations to support your story.


Imagine someone gives you the chance to meet your idol. Tell us what you would say? Where would you go? Use your imagination and tell us who you would meet and what you would talk about. Be sure to include colorful illustrations to support your story.

How To Enter
Submissions must be received by March 20th. To submit your story:

Send an email to Katie Porro at Put Teacher Contest in the Subject line. In the email, include your teacher username and the title(s) of the book(s) you are submitting. You can submit a single book written by your entire class or individual books written by each student. All books submitted by a classroom must be written about the same topic.

Winners Circle
Two classrooms will be chosen, one for each topic. The winner for “My Advice to the 44th President” will receive complimentary paperback copies of their stories and have copies of their stories sent to President Obama himself. The winner for “My Idol” will receive complimentary paperback copies of their stories.

Not Yet Registered?
Register your classroom on Tikatok


4 March 2009

Judge: The Member-Guest and The Weatherman author and two-time American Fiction Prize winner Clint McCown

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250

Entry fee: $12

American Fiction will revive this year with its American Fiction Prize contest, a competition whose past judges include Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Beattie, Raymond Carver, Anne Tyler, Louise Erdrich, Tim O’Brien, and Tobias Wolff.

This year’s judge, Clint McCown, teaches in the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a recipient of the Associated Press Award for Documentary Excellence for his investigations of organized crime and corruption in Alabama politics, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. His novel, War Memorials, was designated for Outstanding Achievement in Literature by the Wisconsin Library Association. McCown’s short stories and poems have appeared widely, and he has published two books of verse. He has worked as a screenwriter for Warner Bros. and as an actor with the National Shakespeare Company. He has edited several literary journals, including the Beloit Fiction Journal, which he founded in 1984.

Contest winners and finalists will be published by New Rivers Press in Fall 2010 and distributed nationally by The Consortium.

Entries must be postmarked by May 1, 2009. Winners and finalists will be announced by September 2009.

Contest Guidelines:

We accept all genres of unpublished literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 7500 words or less; postmarked by May 1, 2009; clearly marked “American Fiction Prize” on both the story and the outside of the envelope; accompanied by a $12 entry fee per story (make checks payable to American Fiction). Please include a cover page with your name, story title, mailing address, and email address. Do not include your name on the pages of the story. Please ensure all stories are typed, double-spaced, and that the title and page number appear on each page. In lieu of an email address, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

We welcome multiple entries ($12/story). For entries outside the U.S.: please send entry fee in U.S. currency or money order. While we cannot return manuscripts, we will forward a list of the winning stories to any entrant who includes an SASE; as well, we will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories.

Mail entries to:

American Fiction Prize / 5712 Briarwick Court / Hermitage, TN 37076

Please e-mail any questions to Thank you for your interest, and good luck!

Narrative Magazine Winter 2009 Story Contest

4 March 2009

We have expanded our current contest to include entries written from any point of view—first, second, limited third, or omniscient. The contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We are looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 10,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for stories that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.

Awards: First Prize is $3,000, Second Prize is $1,500, Third Prize is $750, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $20 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

Timing: The entry deadline is March 31, 2009, at midnight Pacific Standard Time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2009. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines at for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories at for areas that may interest you.

Poems That Ate Our Ears (k-12 only)

4 March 2009

Thirty year old poetry contest for kids kindergarten through twelfth grade. 20 line maximum. Any language (must provide English translation). We publish winners in a booklet. There is a ceremony in June in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
One poem may be painted as a mural on a downtown wall. No fee. Poems should have writer’s name, address, phone, and grade/age on back. SASE for winner’s list. Deadline: April 1.

Send to: Poems That Ate Our Ears. 2423 Russet Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008.

Teachers: if you enter classroom work, be sure the parents know, so there are no surprises.

You may use the school address or your own as contact.

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

4 March 2009

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to everyone! This competition welcomes anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful art of poetry or to write a short story that is worth telling everyone. And to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: July 31, 2009
All contest winners will be announced on August 31, 2009


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

Writing Contest entry fee: $10 per short story.
Poetry Contest entry fee: $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 for further details or to enter!