Archive for August, 2009 Contest

31 August 2009

Firstlinefiction is dedicated to the art of writing short fiction. Our aim is to facilitate and promote the creation of short fiction through competitive writing contests.

In order to motivate the firstlinefiction community, we will host periodic writing contests in which the contributing writers will choose the winners. Each contest will provide a unique first line which contributing writers will use to create their own short story. After the submission deadline, the contributing writers will be responsible for providing feedback on other’s stories in order to identify the community favorites. These favorites will be awarded cash prizes.

It is our view that the traditional fiction model does not do enough to facilitate the creation of short fiction. While some contests and publications provide a great selection of contemporary short fiction, they do little to promote the production of fiction from their audience. The process of submitting and being published may not utilize internet technology and the selection process is usually very guarded. Those that submit are often fulfilling a personal desire with no real expectation of success or constructive feedback.

FirstLineFiction offers a unique alternative; a contest that motivates writers with a first line, deadline, transparent evaluation and prizes. We believe this extra motivation assists writers in taking the difficult first step of participating in our contest and producing topnotch fiction. In addition, our evaluation process through peer review offers a level of transparency that cannot be found elsewhere. We believe that it is this accessibility that sets us apart.

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Call for Submissions Anthology

31 August 2009

Working Title: And Then It Shifted: Women Open Up About Leaving Men for Women (Seal Press, 2010)

2,000-4,000 words

Payment: Upon publication. Amount will vary, depending on experience and other variables ($50 and up). Please include a list of any previous publication credits with your query or submission. Contributors will also receive two copies of the published book.

Deadline: December 1, 2009. That said, we strongly encourage you to send us a query well beforehand, so that we can review it, give you helpful feedback, and have a good sense of what will be coming our way that month. If you are able to submit the piece earlier, we prefer that you do.

Editors: Candace Walsh and Laura André. Candace Walsh is the editor of the recently released anthology Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On (

Although this book will evolve as we receive submissions, we welcome first-person essays from women

1) who were aware that they had always felt robust same-sex desires, but wanted to try to make it work in the straight world, and also

2) who identified as heterosexual at one time, but found that the situation they were in just naturally led to embarking on an intimate romantic relationship with a woman.

We seek a diversity of voices, and welcome submissions from a variety of perspectives.

We also welcome essays from women who don’t fit precisely into the above descriptions.

As editors, we value specificity, detail, “showing, not telling,” honesty, epiphanies, clean, polished, yet real and un-prettied-up writing, and the sharing of insights.

Please send your submission (Word document, double-spaced), along with a short bio and full contact information to:

More Information is available at

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre Bob Lee Prize for Comedy

29 August 2009

2009 Contest Rules and Regulations

Types of Material: Full-length two or three act comedies only. No screen plays, musicals or adaptations.

Frequency: Annual

Remuneration: 1st place: $500 cash prize and a full production in our BackStage Theatre.
*Cash Prize funded externally by the family of Bob Lee; no administrative fees go to fund the prize.

Finalists (2nd and 3rd place): Announced and possibility of a staged reading in our BackStage Theatre.

Guidelines: No screen plays, musicals or adaptations. Full-length two or three act comedies only. Unpublished, original work only. The script may not have been produced and have no rights, royalties or restrictions or received any other playwrighting award in the past two years. Winner may not have been employed by Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre in any way in the past five years. Scripts must be rated G to PG-13 and contain no nudity or strong language and be able to be produced on a unit set and contain no more than eight characters.

* Reader/Admin Fee: $35 (you may submit more than one script. However the Reader/Admin Fee is required for each submission).

* Please provide two copies of the script. Copies should not be spiral bound or stapled.
* Submissions should be made in standard manuscript form. This means no discs, no emails. All author information must be on the title page.
* Please download and fill out the entry form at Play Writing Contest and send it and your two copies to the address below.
* Please include you Reader/Admin Fee made out to: TAPS (Theatre Advancement Production Society)
* If you would like a written response to your script, please include a SASE.

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked no later than November 15, 2009.

Finalist Notification will go out in February 2010. 1st-3rd place will be announced May 1, 2010.

CONTEST CONTACT: DIETZ OSBORNE co- director of audience development and contest coordinator 615-646-9977 x 11

Send Submissions to:
Bob Lee Prize for Comedy
C/O Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre
8204 Hwy 100
Nashville, TN 37221

Real Simple Life Lessons Contest

26 August 2009

Enter Real Simple’s second-annual Life Lessons essay contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple; win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors; and receive a prize of $3,000.

Deadline: September 7, 2009

For information:


26 August 2009

The Lumberyard Magazine, a biannual publication that merges the arts of poetry and design, is pleased to announce its inaugural Roark Prize in Poetry. The recipient of The Lumberyard Roark Prize will have a special spring 2010 issue entirely dedicated to her/his poems. The Roark Prize issue will be designed and letterpressed by Firecracker Press in the same unique style that readers have come to expect (writers who are not familiar with The Lumberyard Magazine are strongly encouraged to read the magazine before submitting) and the winner will receive ten complimentary copies of the magazine and $50 in prize money. Deadline is November 15, 2009. The winner will be selected anonymously and notified no later than February 1, 2010. Please visit for complete guidelines and entry form.

GuideGecko Writing Contest

24 August 2009

Win a trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair holds an international writing contest for travel, food and lifestyle guides in conjunction with the world’s largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The contest is open to all aspiring and established authors on all career levels. Authors from all over the world can submit their own travel, lifestyle or entertainment guides, and the winning titles will be showcased on the fair. The top prize is a personal trip to the fair in October 2009. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet renowned publishers, pitch story ideas, and expose their titles to over 300,000 visitors and 10,000 journalists. Hall 3, where the winning titles will be displayed, is probably the most lively hall on the whole fair – bringing great exposure to the author and the books that are on display.

The contest deadline is September 24, 2009. There is no page limit and authors are welcome to submit new and existing works, as long as they fit into the (broad) categories of travel, lifestyle and entertainment guides. Authors keep all copyrights, and participation is free. More info:

Dream Wedding Competition

24 August 2009

Step 1: Envision your dream wedding scenario.
Step 2: Find a free wedding invitation design from to represent your dream wedding.
Step 3: In 250 words or less, summarize your dream wedding.
Step 4: Send your dream wedding idea along with:
1. The matching wedding invitation design number to
2. Your name [Last name optional]
3. Your country of residence

More information:


23 August 2009

7th year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,350. Top prize $2,000. Submit poems in any style or genre. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Winning entries published online. Entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: September 30. Judges: J.H. Reid, D.C. Konrad. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Winning Writers is proud to be one of “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest, 2005-2009).

More information:

The Eclectic Journal Short Story Contest

23 August 2009

prize: $35 for first place
reading fee: $5
deadline: october 1st 2009

* The theme for the short story contest is “animal.”
* no more than one short story per email, please.
* top three winners will be published online, with chance of publication in our end-of-year printed journal.
* check out our contest guidelines on the submissions page to begin submitting your work!
* there will be a Paypal button at the bottom of the website. simply follow the instructions from there.

contest guidelines.

fee: $5
after paying your fee through paypal button on the website, please send emails to please title the email “CONTEST SUBMISSION,” with your name, and include in the body contact info such as email, phone number, and address so that we may send you a check should you win the contest.

Three Candles Press First Book Award

23 August 2009

three candles press is pleased to announce the third Three Candles Press First Book Award for a best first book of poems. The contest will be judged by Alexander Long, whose books include Light Here, Light There, Vigil and A Condition of the Spirit.

Award: Winner receives $500.00 and 25 copies of the winning book. Deadline Oct. 15th (post-mark date). The winner will be notified at the end of December. Runners up and two alternates will be posted on the website by January 15th, 2010. The book will be available through Small Press Distribution, online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and at fine booksellers in America and Europe. The winner will receive a standard royalty contract.

Guidelines: Manuscripts of 60 – 95 pages should have one cover page containing the poet’s name, address, phone number, email address and title of manuscript, and another with only the name of the manuscript. Please include only one acknowledgements page.

How the Contest Works: Publisher Steve Mueske will read all submitted manuscripts and forward the finalists to the judge (around 12 manuscripts). The final round of materials will be judged anonymously (without coversheet or acknowledgements page). To avoid conflicts of interest, the following manuscripts will be ineligible: those from former students of the judge or from family members or friends of the judge; those who have workshopped with Steve Mueske or received comments from any poems contained in the manuscript; and those who have worked with the editor in a business capacity (an exchange of money for goods or services) prior to the opening of the competition.

Manuscripts should be printed on one side only and bound with a sturdy clip. Contest entry fee is $22.00. Make checks payable to “three candles press”.

Send materials to:

three candles press
open book award
PO Box 1817
Burnsville MN 55337

2009 Two Review Poetry Contest

21 August 2009

Judged by Sholeh Wolpé

Learn more about Wolpé by visiting

$100, $50, $25 plus publication.

Submission Guidelines
Send up to five (5) unpublished poems, bio-sketch, SASE, email address, and a $10.00 check made out to Cold Press Publishing to:

Two Review Poetry Contest
P.O. Box 200639
Anchorage, Alaska 99520

Deadline Extended to September 30, 2009 (Postmarked)


21 August 2009

Deadline: October 20, 2009

Awards: $400 (first), $200 (second), $100 (third) $50 (fourth) and $50 (fifth).

This is our third contest, our third opportunity to receive inspiring short fiction. We are celebrating with two prizes for a total of five. An innovation is the posting, on our website, of our checkmark evaluation grid. Now entrants will see what the “grid” is all about.
Theme is open–We welcome whimsy, allegory, mystery, romance, fable, humor, love, fantasy, even horror.

Winning stories are published on the website and ten Honorable Mentions listed by name of author and name of story.

Entry Fee: $15; with Scored checkmark evaluation: $18. A critique is $12, or with entry and checkmark, $30.

Please look into our website for guidelines, plus past winning stories and examples of critiques.

The 2009 Screenwriting Championships

20 August 2009

A fantasy tale about a wedding cake in a baseball stadium? A suspense thriller about a lampshade on a cruise ship?

The 2009 Screenwriting Championships (, an online writing competition from NYC Midnight, will be awarding over $16,000 in cash and prizes to entrants who compose unconventional scripts like these.

The contest contains 3 rounds, 4 writing challenges and runs from September to December, 2009. In each challenge, entrants are assigned surprise genres, locations, and objects that have to be included in their screenplays (5 pages max) and have just 2 days to complete each challenge. Writers receive points based on their placement in each challenge and writers with the most points accumulated at the end of the competition will take home a share of the prizes, which include thousands in cash and scholarships for writing classes at Writers Boot Camp. Writers of all levels of experience and from anywhere in the world are invited to take part in competition. Act fast because the early fee of $39 USD lasts until August 20, 2009. Registration will close on September 23, 2009.

Bad Poetry Contest: Credit Edition

20 August 2009

In honor of National Bad Poetry Day (August 18th), you could win up to $1000 toward your latest credit card bill.

Send us a poem related to your credit or debt woes, and you could win $1,000 towards your biggest credit card bill!

The “Rules”

While writing poetry should be a largely unregulated creative pursuit (artistic license and all that), there are a few things you should keep in mind if you want a shot at the prize money:

1. Your submission must be your own work of original poetry, and it must relate to credit or debt.
2. The contest will run for two weeks. We’re accepting submissions beginning today (August 18th) through Tuesday September 1st.
3. Submit your poem to You can submit no more than one poem each day. Posting your poem in the Comments section does not enter you in the contest!
4. It’s all fair game: Funny, short, long, rhyming, free-verse, sonnet, haiku…even performance poetry if you want to send in a video! Bonus points for creativity! While this is a “bad” poetry contest, putting in some effort will help your entry stand apart from the crowd. And remember to title it!
5. By submitting your poem, you understand that we have republishing rights and will post your submission online (anonymously, unless you request otherwise). Our panel of judges will review the submissions, and the big winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 9th.

More information available on

Decameron quite short fiction contest

20 August 2009

DEADLINE: September 30, 2009

One $300 prize winner receives publication in the Fall 2009 Issue

First, you may email the stories to, with them as attachment or pasted in the body of the email. You may then send the 3.00 entry fee, per story, through Sign in (or sign up, it’s free), and then where it says “Send to,” enter our email address (

In case you do decide to send a hard copy, the mailing address is:

c/o The Pen and Anvil press
95 Melville Avenue
Boston, MA, 02124

For the contest entry fee through the mail, you can send cash. But if you are mailing the entry fee by check, it is also crucial that you make the checks out to Boston Poetry Union, and not Decameron. Decameron and the Pen and Anvil Press are part of the Boston Poetry Union.

Virgogray Chapbook Anthology Series

18 August 2009

Virgogray Press is looking for content to fill the pages of our Chapbook Anthology Series. Virgogray publishes anthology chaps based on specific themes. The goal of the anthology series is to collect various voices in the world of poetry and literature so as to form a consensus on the topic. We feel this to be an invaluable measure of knowledge and encourage all to submit their work. Writers whose work is accepted for publication will receive two contributor’s copies of the anthology. For our chapbook anthology, please do not send any previously published work and do not send simultaneous submissions, or, no matter how good the piece, your submission will be discarded. Please do not send the same poem to multiple anthologies. However, you are welcome to submit to more than one anthology at a time. Please send 3 to 5 poems in .doc or like format to

Please mark your Subject Line: (Lastname) – (title of anthology) Submission

Deadline: September 16, 2009. So it Goes… A poetic anthology of death. Please send us 3 to 5 poems about death. All content accepted. Release: November 1, 2009.

Deadline: January 1, 2010. America Remembered. We are looking for poetry about America. All content accepted. Release: 2010

Rhubarb Magazine Call for Submissions

17 August 2009

Rhubarb Magazine, a publication of the Mennonite Literary Society in Canada, invites submissions of previously unpublished work in 3 genres–fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and also hybrid genres–for a special issue on American Mennonite Writing, guest edited by Ann Hostetler. Mennonite is broadly defined here as denoting some cultural or religious connection with Anabaptist thought and practice–either by virtue of birth or choice. American is defined by citizenship, permanent residence, or immigration to the US.

Deadline: October 1, 2009.

Electronic submissions only: Send attachments as .doc or .rtf files to If for some reason this address does not work, use Inquiries are also welcome at this email address.

Open Topic: All submissions on any topic will be considered, but there is also a special theme (see below)

Theme for Issue: A significant portion of the issue will be centered on the theme of “Questions of Travel and Homecoming.” Borrowing a phrase from the American poet Elizabeth Bishop, this theme draws on the notion that we often must travel to figure out who we are and where home is located. It also gives a nod to the reality of Mennonite identity as diasporic, even as Mennonites in different countries participate in a national literary and publishing scene. Of course, the notion of Americans at home and abroad raises questions of the post-colonial condition,20imperialism, globalization, and cultural appropriation as well as questions of hybridity, boundary crossing, engagement with others, and dialog. The idea is to generate some creative tension and possible points of dialog in this issue devoted to “American” Mennonite writing.

Other Voices Magazine Monthly Contest

17 August 2009

Other Voices Magazine invites you to enter your poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or art every month in its “monthlies” online writing contest. Each month a prompt is given to get your creative juices flowing. Text submissions cannot be more than 750 words. The prize is publication on the website, along with your choice of an OV t-shirt, travel mug or tote bag. Visit for more details.

KSP 2010 Writing Residency Program

17 August 2009

Each year KSPF is proud to promote the craft of writing by hosting a number of writers in our residency program which is funded by the Department of Culture and the Arts. The residency program includes positions for established and emerging writers as well as our young writers residency. As well as allowing each writer the time and space to work on their own writing projects the writers participate in the events of the centre and run workshops thus sharing their knowledge and experience throughout our writing community.

The Writer in Residence Accommodation and three other Writers’ Retreats is also available for rent by writers wishing to get away from the distractions of normal life to progress a piece of work, when it is not being used by KSP Writers in Residence.

For more information, visit:

The Hub City Writers Project Call for Essay/Memoir Submissions

13 August 2009

The Hub City Writers Project is seeking submissions of personal essay/memoir (first-person, descriptive, reflective pieces) for a forthcoming book on the Upstate outdoors to be released in fall 2010. Works need to reference the Piedmont landscape of South Carolina in some way. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: birding, biking (mountain/road), climbing, fishing, hiking/camping, horseback riding, hunting, paddling.

Each submission must be typed with letter-quality printing in a standard 12-point typeface and should include a cover page with author’s name, address, phone number and email address. Authors whose work is selected will receive both a hardback and a paperback edition of the book. Previously published work will be considered as long as the author holds the copyright. We are seeking both long (12-20 pages) and short (3-8 pages) submissions. This anthology is edited by Michel S. Stone of Spartanburg and Lydia Dishman of Greenville. Its publication is a collaboration between Hub City and the Emrys Foundation of Greenville.Deadline is September 1, 2009. Please email your submissions or any questions to editor Michel Stone. Please type “Hub City Book” in the subject line of your email.

Zugenruhe Call for Poems

13 August 2009

Zugenruhe is now open for submissions of poetry. Zugenruhe is an online journal of international poetry, poetry of exile, and poetry of environmental memory. Please send 3-5 poems in an attachment to for our inaugural issue. We are looking for your best work on global themes, poetry that is rooted in the particulars of place, and poems that explore nature and environmental issues in a global context.

The Charles B. Wheeler Prize 2009

13 August 2009

The Ohio State University Press and The Journal, the literary magazine of The Ohio State University, invite submissions for the 2009 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award. Each year, a readers’ committee of OSU poets and a final judge select one full-length poetry manuscript for publication by The Ohio State University Press. The winner also receives The Charles B. Wheeler Prize, a $3,000 cash prize made possible by the generosity of the family of the late Professor Emeritus of the English Department.

Entries of at least 48 typed pages of original poetry must be postmarked during the month of September. Entries postmarked later than September 30 will not be accepted. Clear photocopies are acceptable. All identifying material is removed before manuscripts are passed to the Readers. Please supply two title pages: your name or other identification should appear on only one.

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified on an acknowledgements page.

Include a nonrefundable handling fee of $25.00 (U.S. dollars) with each manuscript (check or money order payable to The Ohio State University). If you wish, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard to confirm receipt of your manuscript, and a stamped, self-addressed business-sized envelope so we can notify you of the results. OSU Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts. Manuscripts will not be returned.

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription (two issues) to The Journal. The winning entry will be announced during January 2010. For further information about the Contest and rules for submission, please visit The Ohio State University Press website –

Mail to:
Poetry Editor
The Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall
1070 Carmack Road
Columbus OH 43210-1002

The Writers Workshop of Asheville Short Fiction Contest

13 August 2009

Ten Honorable Mentions

Deadline: postmarked by August 30, 2009.
* Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less. Multiple entries are accepted. All work must be unpublished.
* Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
* Multiple entries are accepted. The entry fee per submission is $20 ($15 for Workshop members).
* Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not use Fedex, certified mail, etc.
* Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
* Electronic submission may be sent to, with “Short Fiction Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable online.

Best of the Best Ebook Contest

13 August 2009

First Prize: $250 USD

Second Prize: An audiobook version of your winning novel, produced by Distinctly Audible Productions (All rights revert to winner, prize awarded contingent on your contract with your publisher*)

Third Prize: Novel Planner Story-Planning Software

Visit Editor Jennifer’s Website ( for detailed information.

Enter soon – Contest closes August 31st.