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First Annual Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festival Short Fiction Contest

12 August 2009

The Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festival’s First Annual Short Fiction Contest is soliciting original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 and 7,000 words with GLBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” The contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres. The entry fee is $10 per story with a 3 story limit per author. One grand prize of $250 and two second place prizes of $50 will be awarded. In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from QueerMojo, an imprint of Rebel Satori Press. There will also be a book release party held during the 8th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans May 13-16, 2010. The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts is January 2, 2010.

Contest details at a glance:

Theme: Saints and Sinners

Entry Fee: $10 US per story. Limit three stories per author.

Deadline: January 2, 2010

Word Count: 5,000 to 7,000

Send 2 copies of each story with a completed entry form. Submissions should be in standard manuscript format. Your name and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript.

Entry forms available at:


2009 Mangrove Review / FGCU Sanibel Island Writers Conference Writing Contest

12 August 2009

Three awards—one each in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction

Winners to be published and acknowledged in Mangrove Review, Spring 2010, FGCU’s literary magazine, and given free admission to the 2009 FGCU Sanibel Island Writers Conference.


Poetry: Five poem limitation, one poem per page.

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: One story or essay, no more than 20 pages, one-sided, double-spaced. Please specify genre. All material should be original and previously unpublished, including personal blogs, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever thing is invented between now and the end of the contest. Include your name, poem/essay/story title, phone number and e-mail address on each page of your manuscript.

There is a $10 reading fee per submission. Please make the check out to Florida Gulf Coast University. Send printed copies of all manuscripts with an SASE for notification of decision to accompany the manuscript . Address the submission to:

Sanibel Island Writers Conference Contest
c/o Dr. Jim Brock
College of Arts and Sciences, Reed Hall
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. S.
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

Deadline: September 1, 2009
Winners announced: October 1, 2009
If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please feel free to send them to


12 August 2009

Deadline: 2009-09-12 (Postmarked)

Rules and Details

Paid members: $1 per entry — Non-members: $3 per entry
“Members” must be paid prior to CONTEST DEADLINE OF SEPTEMBER 12: See Rules

1. THE ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY FALL CONTEST (sponsor ASPS) $100, $50, $25, $10, 3 HM’s in order of merit any form; any subject; line limit 60 — Open to paid members only.

2. THE “WHO DO YOU WISH WERE WITH US?” CONTEST (Sponsored by Peter and Sarah Meister—title from a short story by Dylan
Four awards of $25 each. Any form, 40 line limit. Your poem should focus on a current or past ASPS member who is no longer able to come to our gatherings. The poem should help us to cherish this person anew. If the person is still alive, the “elegy” may be an appropriate form to experiment with, perhaps even to reinvent. Place the name of your chosen poet below the category
title at the top of the page whether or not his/her name appears in the poem or its title.

3. FIFTY FOR THE FIFTIES (Sponsored by Kathleen Thompson)
On prize of $50 at the judge’s discretion. Open to Alabama residents only. Subject: Must be specifically related to the 1950’s culture,
form Traditional or Free Verse, line limit 50 (If the Judge chooses not to award the prize, the contest will be held over for

4. HEROES AWARD in Memory of John Curbow (Sponsored by Evelyn Hurley)
$50, $30, $20, and up to 3 HM’s at judge’s discretion
Form ODE, subject “Heroes,” line limit 42

5. THE WITCHES’S BREW CONTEST (Sponsored by Shelia Mau)
$40, $25, $15
Subject “Halloween or Fall”, any form, line limit 40.

6. SHAKESPEAREAN SONNET CONTEST (Sponsored by Joe and Gail Whitten)
$50, $30, $20, 3 HM’s
Any subject; form Shakespearean sonnet

7. OIL ON CANVAS CONTEST (Sponsored by Joe and Gail Whitten)
$50, $30, $20, 3 HM’s
Any form, subject ” poem based on well-known painting—name the painting in or under the title,” line limit 40.

8. TRANSITIONS CONTEST in Honor of Lauren Marks
(Graduating Montana Academy 12/09. Sponsored by Barry Marks)
$50, $35, $15, & up to 3 HM’s at judge’s discretion
Any form; subject “any transition—seasonal, life changes, age, death, birth, mood swings, etc;” line limit 45

9. NAVAJO CODE TALKERS AWARD (Sponsored by Bettye Cannizzo)
$50, $35, $15, and up to 3 HM’s
Any form, subject “To honor the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII,” line limit 50
On any Internet Search Engine type in “Navajo Code Talkers” or check your library.

10. LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN AWARD in Memory of John Curbow
(Sponsored by Kathleen Thompson, Mary Halliburton, and Donna Jean Tennis)
$50, $30, $20: Subject “Something or someone you’ve lost, but will always remember,”
any form, line limit 42

12. MEDITATION CONTEST in Memory of The Four Chaplains in WWII
(Sponsored by Bettye Cannizzo) $50, $35, $15, and up to 3 HM’s
Any form, subject “The Four Chaplains of WWII,” line limit 50
Many articles on these heroes are on the Internet (Search Engine: “The Four
Chaplains”) and are also available in your local libraries.


Members: $1 per poem
Non-members: $3 per poem
Contest #1 is open to paid members only
Winner of #3 must be an Alabama resident

Joe Whitten
PO Box 125
Odenville AL 35120

Direct questions (do not email entries) to

1. The same poem may not be entered in more than one category. Poems may not have won a monetary award in a previous ASPS contest. All rights to previously published poems must be retained by the poet.

2. There is no limit on entries, although you may receive only one award per contest.
Send an SASE (#10 envelope only) for winners list.

3. Submit 2 copies of each poem on 8-1/2 x 11 paper. Plain type & fonts only. No script. On each copy, put category name and number in top right corner. On one copy only, under the category name and number, put your name and address, “Nonmember”
or “Member,” and email address. Address labels are acceptable.

4. Poems are judged by qualified judges not affiliated with ASPS. Keep a copy of your poems. All poems will be destroyed after the October meeting.

5. In the event that you may be a winner, please put the name and address of one local paper at the bottom of your “original” entry (the one with ID).

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

12 August 2009

$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.

All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2009. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible. Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard magazine. Send typed, double-spaced manuscript(s) and SAS post card for acknowledgment of receipt to:

Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117.

No manuscripts will be returned.
Entry fee is $15 for each individual story, with no limit per author. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard (one per author). Make check payable to Boulevard. There is no maximum length. Author’s name, address, and telephone number, in
addition to the story’s title and “Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest,” should appear on page one. Cover sheets are not necessary.
The winning story will be published in the Spring or Fall 2010 issue of Boulevard. Include a 3 x 5 inch index card with your name, address and title of your submission(s). These are the complete guidelines. August 2009 Writing Contest

12 August 2009

Now for the month August will be taking creative submissions on the topic of justice! Submissions will be taken here for any form of creative writing that you would like to share…

* Short story
* Poetry
* Playwriting/Dramatic writing
* Memoir
* Creative non-fiction
* Flash fiction
* Photo journaling

Use any of the listed forms of creative writing (or photo journaling) to share what you want to on this topic, and email your submissions to Submissions on the topic of justice will be accepted through the end of August, and will be posted right here on Please include a short (2-3 sentence) bio that includes links to your website/blog (if you have one) and other social networking profiles (Twitter, etc.), along with a photo of yourself.

One lucky submission will be selected to receive a FREE copy of Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. The winner will be selected on a mysterious combination of quality of content, feedback (via comments) submitted by readers, and maybe some other factors that I have not determined yet. But regardless, you cannot win the book if you don’t submit something!