Archive for August 20th, 2009

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.