Archive for August, 2009

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The Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festival’s First Annual Short Fiction Contest is soliciting original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 and 7,000 words with GLBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.”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 All material should be original and previously unpublished, including personal blogs, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever thing is invented between now and the end of the contest.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!

Central Oregon Writers Guild’s 2009 Literary Harvest Writing Contest

11 August 2009

Central Oregon Writers Guild is pleased to announce its 2009 Literary Harvest Writing Contest. Ten winners will be selected by a volunteer editorial board of literary professionals The board will not know the identity of the writers whose work they are reviewing.

Upon entering the contest, winning writers agree to read their piece at the Literary Harvest on October 16, 2009, 6:30 to 9 PM, at the Comfort Suites in Redmond, and to follow the reading procedures established by Central Oregon Writers Guild.

The top ten winning entries will be published in the Second Annual Literary Harvest Chapbook which will be published in January of 2010. A single first-place prize of $50 will be awarded to the top entry.

Contest Rules
* Deadline for submissions is midnight, September 15, 2009. Submissions postmarked or e-mailed after midnight on September 15 will not be accepted.
* Short stories, poems, articles, essays, or stand-alone book chapters will be accepted. Each reader must be able to read their writing within eight minutes. The entry may be more than one piece, totaling eight minutes or less of reading time; for example, two poems which each take four minutes to read.
* All entries must be typed in a twelve-point standard font, double-spaced and pages numbered. Work should be edited for grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. Pieces that require heavy editing will not be accepted.
* One entry is allowed per writer and requires a ten-dollar fee to submit. Entry and fee must be submitted together. Checks should be made payable to Central Oregon Writers Guild or C.O.W.G. and sent to Lindy Jacobs. Please do not send cash.
* Each entry requires a cover sheet with writer’s name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address if writer has one, title, total number of pages, and number of minutes required to read. Please include a short paragraph detailing writing interests or background. Writer’s name or another identifying mark should appear only on the cover sheet.
* Entries can be e-mailed as a Word document or PDF to
or mailed to Lindy Jacobs, 19412 Charleswood Lane, Bend, OR 97702.
* Pieces submitted for contest must be original work of entrant. If work has been published, the writer must have right or obtain permission for reading work in public. Writers retain all copyrights to their work.
* Save a copy of work, as it will not be returned. COWG and selected editorial board will not share writers’ work with any third party for any reason.
* Entrants will be notified by phone or e-mail that their writing has been received. COWG is not responsible for entries not received because of postal mail or e-mail failure. Winners will be notified by October 9.
* Entries which do not meet all contest rules will be disqualified.

Entrants with questions can contact Lindy Jacobs at (541)408-6306 or e-mail her at

Wattpad Seeks the Most Interesting Written Work

11 August 2009

Share Your Written Work and Win $1,000 Cash Plus Other Prizes

Wattpad, the world’s most popular ebook community, has launched its biggest contest ever. The “Share What You Have Written” contest gives everyone a chance to win great prizes by entering their written work and having it judged by the site’s nearly 3 million monthly visitors.

Everyone has dozens, if not hundreds, of written material sitting on their computers – perhaps an essay from school, an interesting short story from vacation, poetry, a screenplay or a novel. Wattpad’s mission is to untap their potential by making it easy to publish them online. Your work is just waiting to be discovered.

“Wattpad’s success is driven by the quality contributions of writers,” said Eva Lau, COO of Wattpad. “We want to reward writers for their tremendous contribution and at the same time encourage them to keep writing and sharing.”

To enter the contest, users simply submit original works written by them with a tag “writingcontest”. Finalists will be determined by the most number of votes received with the prize winners selected by the editors at Wattpad. The grand-prize winner will receive $1,000 in cash, two second place winners will each receive an iPod Touch.

For more information on the contest or to learn more about Wattpad, please visit


11 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:

$250 JOSH PRIZES, Prism Review Fiction prize & poetry prizes

6 August 2009

By 12/15/2009, please submit 1-3 poems or one story for $10 to

Prism Review (Josh Prizes)
Miller Hall, 1950 Third Street
University of La Verne
La Verne CA 91750

Our fantastic Josh Judges:
Poetry – Kryah (author of Glean).
Fiction – Emmons (author of Prescription for a Superior Existence).

Include contact info/SASE. More information available at

PANK 1,001 Awesome Words Contest

6 August 2009

PANK is having a 1,001 Awesome Words Contest. Deadline is September 30. We accept entries in any creative form you choose.

Entry Fee: $15 for 1 entry; $25 for two entries.

All entrants receive a copy of PANK 4.

Details can be found at:

Weekly Writing Assignment Contest

6 August 2009

Weekly Writing Assignment is a weekly writing contest and a resource for writers, or anyone who just loves to write. Each week, we post a new writing assignment. At the end of the week, we publish up to five finalists and name one Weekly Winner. At the end of the month, we choose up to five finalists and choose one Monthly Winner. And at the end of the year, we choose a Grand Winner. The official rules can be found here:

There are no prizes at this time–the site is simply for fun and to get writers’ motors turning. However, the site’s only 3 weeks old, so if it grows, we would like to offer prizes at a later date.

Eudaimonia Poetry Review Call for Submissions and Chapbook Prize

4 August 2009

Eudaimonia Poetry Review ( needs poems and photographs on the pursuit of happiness. Email submissions directly to by August 15th. We are not able to pay at this time. Please visit for more information.

Chapbook contest: $500 prize. Spring 2010 Chapbook Prize.

Submit no more than 26 pages of original poetry by December 31, 2009. Include biography and acknowledgements. Reading fee: $12 per manuscript. The reading fee is billed through PayPal following the successful receipt of your manuscript. for more information. What’s Your Story? Contest

3 August 2009

A creative writing contest with a focus on it being the foundation for a movie script

Everyone has a story to tell, whether it’s sad, funny or downright unbelievable. TalentTrove is holding a creative writing contest, where contestants will share their narrative for a chance to win $250 and have their story be the foundation of a movie produced by

This contest is part one of a series of competitions that will be held on Each contest winner will be given a chance to be a part of a movie, which will be filmed in New York City.

What You Need to Know:
· An unpublished work
· Must be in text, video or audio format
· 1,000 word maximum
· Stories cannot be obscene, lewd, discriminatory or threatening.
· Valid entries must be original works and not be subject to any other persons’ or entities’ copyright.
· Must be the work of the submitting participant only.
· There is a one (1)-entry submission limit per person. All submissions must be received through during the submission period.
· No images, illustrations or any other type of graphic is permitted
· All entries MUST include a cover page/introduction that has the following:
o Title of “Story”
o Author Name
· Acceptable Genres for entries are:
o History
o Comedy
o Drama
o Action
o Horror
o Mystery
o Romance
o Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Entries will be accepted Aug. 3 at 12 p.m. until Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. and voting will take place Sept. 10 until Sept. 24. For more information on the contest or TalentTrove, visit, or

ABOUT TALENTTROVE.COM – Be Discovered: is a global online talent community created to help individuals share their talents with the world. provides aspiring artists and performers with the opportunity to be discovered. Their users can create, upload, and broadcast their skills and talents in the form of audio and video files, images, or text. provides a virtual community for like-minded individuals to discuss their passions, share mutual opportunities, seek advice, and stay connected.

Orlando Prizes

3 August 2009

Go to for extensive entry guidelines

Award: $1000 and online publication for the best unpublished work by a woman in each of four genres Short Fiction, Sudden Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

Online Application Deadline: 9/1/09 (Nonfiction and Short Fiction) and 10/1/09 (Poetry and Sudden Fiction).

Fee: $15 per entry (payable via Paypal)

To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize

3 August 2009

Award: $1000 and publication of collection by Red Hen Press

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2009 postmark
Page limit: 48 to 96 pages
Fee: $20 per entry
Announcement Date: November 15, 2009

Download cover sheet at

AROHO’s To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize will be awarded for the best, unpublished poetry collection by a woman. Submit 48 to 96 pages of poetry postmarked by September 30, 2009. The $20 reading/entry fee is payable by check or money order to A Room of Her Own; please indicate “To the Lighthouse PPP” in the memo line. Include an SASP [self-addressed stamped postcard] with your package for notification of receipt. Your name and address should appear on the cover sheet only, along with the manuscript title, and your address and telephone number. The award amount is $1000 and publication of your poetry collection by Red Hen Press. The winner will be contacted by phone or email prior to the web announcement date.

Send your manuscript along with SASP (self addressed stamped postcard), cover sheet, and check (postmarked 9/30/2009) to:
A Room Of Her Own
Attn: To the Lighthouse PPP
PO Box 778
Placitas, NM 87043

New Verse News Call for Submissions

3 August 2009

THE NEW VERSE NEWS covers the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world.

The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received. What’s best? A genuinely poetic take on a very current and specific news story or event.

See the website at for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems THE NEW VERSE NEWS publishes. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to Write “Verse News Submission” in the subject line of your email.

The Central Coast Branch of the California Writers Club Spring 2010 Writing Contest

3 August 2009

Poetry and Short Story Winners Published and $500!

The two winners will get $500 each and will be published (print and on-line) in the 2010 Homestead Review (Hartnell College – Salinas).

(Note: All contest entries will be considered for publication.)

Submission Period: Sept. 15, 2009 through Jan. 15, 2010 (by postmark)

Contest Rules (see:

Eligibility: Open to all work not previously published. Simultaneous submissions allowed, but you must notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Our contest is open to all writers—you do not need to be a member of CCW to enter.

Entry Fee: Short stories: $15 per story. Poetry: $5 per poem.

Multiple Entries: Enter as many times as you wish, with separate fee for each entry.

Maximum Length: Short story: 4,000 words. Poetry: no restriction.

Submission Period: September 15, 2009 through January 15, 2010 (by postmark).

Note: Entries postmarked before or after submission period will be returned.

Submit to: CCW Writing Contest, P.O. Box 51805, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. Make your check payable to Central Coast Writers. Please note: Entries will not be returned.

Format: Typed, white 8½ x 11 paper, single-sided, numbered pages, with title only (not your name) on
upper left corner of all pages. Short stories must be double-spaced. Poetry should be formatted as you want it to appear. We prefer staples over paper clips for stories and for poems longer than a page. Include a separate, single cover sheet for short stories and a single cover sheet for poetry. The cover sheet(s) must include the title(s) of your entry, your name, address, email address, phone number, and word count for short stories. On your cover sheet, please let us know how you heard about our contest (website, magazine ad, newsletter, flyer, friend, etc.).

Notification: Winners will be notified by March 31, 2010 and announced in Scribbles, the Central Coast Writers’ newsletter.

Questions: E-mail

Writer’s Center Fellowship

3 August 2009

The Writer’s Center, metropolitan DC’s community gathering place for writers and readers, is currently accepting submissions for several competitive Emerging Writer Fellowships. Emerging Writer Fellows will be selected from applicants who have published up to 2 book-length works of prose and up to 3 book-length works of poetry. We welcome submissions from writers of any genre, background, or experience.

Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer’s Center as part of their Emerging Writers Reading Series. The readings, held on Friday evenings, bring together writers in different genres with a backdrop of live music. The Writer’s Center book store will sell titles by the Emerging Writers throughout the season in which they appear in an effort to promote them and their work to a wide audience.

Selected Fellows are invited to lead a special Saturday workshop at The Writer’s Center, with compensation commensurate with standard Writer’s Center provisions.

Fellows receive an all-inclusive honorarium to help offset their travel costs in the amount of $250 or $500, depending on their place of departure.

Fellows for Fall 2009 include novelist Alexander Chee (Edinburgh), novelist Lisa Selin Davis (Belly), poet Suzanne Frischkorn (Lit Windowpane), poet Aaron Smith (Blue on Blue Ground), Canadian fiction writer Neal Smith (Bang Crunch), poet Srikanth Reddy (Facts for Visitors), and poet Nancy Krygowski (Velocity).

Their events will be held in September, October, and December. See our events calendar for more information.

Spring 2009 events will be held in February, March, and April/May.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest, a resume or CV that details publication history and familiarity facilitating group discussions, and a copy of your most recent book. Self-published or vanity press titles will not be accepted. A committee comprised of The Writer’s Center board members, staff, and members will evaluate submissions on behalf of our community of writers.

The deadline to submit is August 15, 2009.

Applicants are encouraged to call Charles Jensen, Director, for more information at 301-654-8664.

The Writer’s Center, established in 1976, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest literary centers. We provide over 60 free public events and more than 200 writing workshops each year, sell one of the largest selections of literary magazines in our on-site bookstore, and publish Poet Lore, America’s oldest continually published poetry journal.