Archive for April 1st, 2009

Women On Writing Spring 2009 Flash Fiction Contest

1 April 2009

Guest judge: literary agent Wendy Sherman of Wendy Sherman Associates. Open prompt. 750 words max. Entry fee: $10, or $20 with critique. 15 Winners total. Awards: $200, $150, $100 plus gift certificates and WOW! goodie bags. Deadline: May 31, 2009.


SIWG Writing Contests

1 April 2009

The SIWG Writing Contest is an annual and much anticipated event. Entries are open to all persons over 18 years, or enrolled in post-secondary education. Submissions for the 2009 contest can be sent in beginning immediately. The deadline is May 1.


1st Place $100; 2nd Place $50; 3rd Place $25, in each category. Honorable Mentions as determined by judges. Winners will be published in the Writers Voice, the SIWG anthology, unless authors request otherwise. Winners will be notified by mail in September.

Entry Fee

Five dollars per entry, maximum of three entries per author. Check or money order only, no cash. Make checks payable to: John A. Logan College. Entries not enclosing the fee or following the rules will be discarded.

Entry Rules

Fiction – Any subject or genre.
Nonfiction – Biography, memoir, article, or essay on any topic.
Poetry – Any style or topic.
(Please, no explicit sex or excessive violence.)

Original work of the entrant; unpublished at time of submission.

Page limit – Up to eight pages for Fiction and Nonfiction, one or two pages for Poetry.

Format – Standard manuscript format (8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, typed and double-spaced, 1″ margins,12-point Times New Roman, pages numbered and title of entry on every page). Poetry may vary margins and spacing as needed.

Two copies of each entry.

Cover sheet for each entry, with contestant’s name, address, category (Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry) and title of entry. Author’s name should appear only on the cover sheet, not the manuscript. Optional – Provide email address for winner notification; brief bio to include with publication.

All winners must supply social security numbers in order to collect a cash prize. Please do not supply your SSN until you are notified that you have won a cash prize. There will be no exceptions to this rule.


Judges will be announced

Mailing Instructions

Postmarked no later than May 1.

Mail flat, not folded, with sufficient postage. Do not send by certified mail.

Optional – include a SAS postcard for verification that your entry was received.

Send to:
John A. Logan College
Attn: Student Activities C109
SIWG Contest Entry
700 Logan College Rd.
Carterville, IL 62918

Scribes Valley Short Story Contest

1 April 2009

Mail Entries to:
Short Story Contest
Scribes Valley Publishing
6824 Drybrook Lane
Knoxville, TN 37921-7312

Current deadline: July 31, 2009
Short stories word limit: 5000 words.
Cover page: author’s name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, approximate word count, and optional author bio. For electronic submissions, this information should be included at the top of your story in the uploaded file.
Subsequent pages: title, last name, and page number at top.
Snail-mailed submissions: typed, single-sided, font size that doesn’t require a magnifying glass.
Send copies only as materials will not be returned!
Entry Fee: $8.00 US per story (nonrefundable).
No limit on submissions. If entering by mail, please include check or money order payable to Scribes Valley.
You can submit your manuscript on-line using the link above. The entry fee ($8.00) can be made securely on-line by credit card.
Please proofread your submission for spelling and grammatical errors.
Include a SASE (if entering by snail-mail) if you would like a reply from Scribes Valley. We usually send the judge’s rating sheet if your entry is not chosen for publication.
We try to notify authors by email when their entries are received. If you do not receive notification, drop us an email.

Contests are open to everyone, regardless of nationality, age, or publishing history, as long as it is legal in the submitter’s place of residence.
All work must be original and unpublished. The author must own all rights to the submitted material. We require First Anthology Rights for those stories we publish.
Simultaneous submissions are okay. However, if the work is published (or accepted for publication) elsewhere before the contest ends, the author must inform Scribes Valley Publishing so the story may be removed from contest consideration.
Contest decisions are final. Due to the volume of submissions, individual comment on stories may not always be available, but we’ll give it a shot.
Winners will be notified via any or all of the following: mail, e-mail, telephone. Please be sure all information in your submission is correct and current. If a winner is not reachable after all avenues are exhausted, another winner will be chosen.

The Ledge 2009 Poetry Awards Competition

1 April 2009

PRIZES: First prize: $1,000 and publication in The Ledge Magazine. Second prize: $250 and publication inThe Ledge Magazine. Third prize: $100 and publication in The Ledge Magazine.

ENTRY FEE: $10 for the first three (3) poems; $3 for each additional poem. $20 subscription (two issues) toThe Ledge gains free entry for the first three poems.

NO RESTRICTIONS on form or content. The Ledge is open to all styles and schools of poetry. Excellence is the only criterion.

ALL POEMS must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we must be notified if your poem(s) is accepted elsewhere for publication. All poems will also be considered for publication in The Ledge Magazine.

PLEASE include your name, mailing address and email address on each poem. Please also enclose a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return. Winners will be announced in August.

POSTMARK DEADLINE: April 30, 2009.

The Ledge 2009 Poetry Awards Competition
40 Maple Avenue
Bellport , NY 11713

Abbey Hill Literary Quick Lit Challenge

1 April 2009

Abbey Hill Literary invites entries for its 2nd Quarter 2009 Quick Lit Challenge. Visit for details, review the writing challenges posted there, and write a story incorporating those challenges. Prize List ($US): 1st-$500, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$100, and Evolving Talent-$50. Entry fee: $12. Electronic entries preferred; current deadline May 31, 2009. Most genres accepted, international entries written in English accepted with entry fee via PayPal. Contest open to both published and previously unpublished authors. Winning entries, including author’s name and a brief bio, will be posted for up to 180 days. Questions? Contact