Archive for September, 2009

Shape of a Box (YouTube) Call for Submission

29 September 2009

Shape of a Box, YouTube’s First Literary Magazine will be open for submissions during the month of October 2009 for our 2nd year of publishing our video literary magazine.

Our detailed guidelines are available at

We are seeking: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, stage/screen, graphic/comic work, cover art, reviews, interviews all under 5 minutes and/or 1000 words.

If you have any additional questions please email us


Versal Call for Submissions

29 September 2009

Versal wants your poetry, prose, and art for its eighth issue due out in May 2010. Internationally acclaimed literary annual published in Amsterdam, bringing together the world’s urgent, involved & unexpected.

See website for guidelines and to submit:

Inquiries (only) can be directed to:

Deadline: January 15, 2010. Short Story Contest

29 September 2009 is holding a Halloween short story contest open to writers of all ages living in the continental United States and Canada.

* All entrants that follow these written guidelines will have their short story displayed in the “Stories” section of and will receive a free music download from M Ryan Taylor’s Halloween album, “Thirteen for Halloween.”
* 1 winner will be awarded with a Halloween Scare Package, with a $25 gift card, Halloween candy, toys, original Halloween artwork and a “Thirteen for Halloween” CD.
* Positive feedback by visitors who read the stories posted on will be taken into account when choosing the winner.


Please send the following information to by October 15, 2009:
* Name, address & email.
* Halloween-themed short story (1000 to 3000 words)

Winner will be announced by October 25, 2009 at
Additional Guidelines for Submission:
* Story should reflect the theme of Halloween or Children at Halloween. See for ideas.
* Story must be age appropriate for viewing by young people, 5-18 years of age.
* Story must be original and not contain references to any copyrighted characters or logos.
* Writers retain the copyright to their story.
* By submitting an entry you agree to give permission to display the story without further compensation.
* VOID where prohibited. Writing Contest

29 September 2009

Competition gives incentives for self-improvement. When it’s won, it allows one a great sense of fulfillment as well. In order to encourage healthy competition among all qualified writers out there, we host a writing contest here at

The purpose of our writing contest is not only to encourage competition among writers, but also to let all the talents out there get to know and network with each other through our contest. So although most of you will enter the contest to win the prize, participation itself can be fun and enjoyable experience. Who know? It may also help you overcome writer’s block!

Deadline: October 9, 2009

For more information on how to enter, visit

Wags Revue Writing Contests

29 September 2009

Wag’s Revue invites you to enter its second round of biannual contests in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Submissions of electronic writing are also encouraged in any of the above genres. First prize in each category receives $500 and publication in Wag’s Revue, and all submissions are considered for publication. The contest deadline is November 30, and winners will be announced December 21. There is no limit to the number of entries an author may submit, but each entry must be accompanied with its own submission fee. The submission fee is $20.

For information on how to submit, visit

Writing Contest for Study Abroad

23 September 2009

The University of New Orleans, the pioneer in writing programs abroad, is pleased to announce the sixth annual writing contest for study-abroad, Summer 2010. This year the contest is co-sponsored by The Normal School, who will judge the entries and publish the winners. Full fee waivers, including housing allowance, will be granted to one writer each in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Partial awards and honorable mentions may also be granted. Winners may attend any of UNO’s 2010 study-abroad writing programs:

Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Writing Workshops in Montpellier
The Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Dorf Tirol, Italy


Please note that these are the complete guidelines. Queries are not necessary.

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2010.

Eligibility: Anyone writing in English who has not yet published a book of 45 pages or more in the genre of application, except faculty and administrators employed by the University of New Orleans.

Entry Fee: An entry fee of $25 must be paid for each submission. Payment can be made on the contest guidelines page,

Submission Format: The submission process is entirely electronic. No paper manuscripts will be accepted. To submit your entry, go to the submission module on the UNO Press site (

Multiple Submissions: Applicants may submit multiple applications in one or more genres, however each application must be complete with entry fee. Payment for multiple submissions may be made in aggregate, but each submission must be uploaded separately at the submission site.

Submission Limits and Format: Prose submissions should not exceed 4500 words (about 15 pages double spaced). Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems. The submitted work must be unpublished at the time of submission, though it may be under consideration. The author’s name must not appear anywhere in the work, including in headers or footers.

Acknowledgments: Acknowledgments by email query only. Each applicant will be emailed a list of winners when the contest has been decided, around the end of March.

Questions and comments may be emailed to

Short Story Writing Contest: “Rain Stories”

23 September 2009

We are proud to present the 3rd writing contest for English books: September 15th 2009 to October 15th 2009

Summer is about to end? Autumn is knocking at the door? Stormy weather and rain predicted? It is time to read a book or even write one. Take advantage of the unpleasant rainy weather and enter the latest BookRix Short Story Writing Contest for free: Tell us your rain story, turn your wordsmith powers into positive cashflow and fame. Write a story that has anything to do with rain, or Mr. Rain, or a dog named Rain, whatever.

Key Facts:
* Anyone registered at our website can join the contest (except citizens of Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
* Authors and readers can enter the competition for free and win cash money.
* Enter a book about rain that you have already written and published or write a new rain story.

Prizes for authors:
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $300

Prizes for readers:
10 Amazon vouchers each worth $20 will be raffled for free among all readers taking part in the voting process.

more information
* No entry fee is required.
* Authors must be registered at to enter a story into the competition.
* Readers must vote on at least one book to enter the contest: all registered BookRix members may rate books and qualify for the raffle.
* Citizens of Germany, Austria and Switzerland must not take part in the competition.

The contest starts on September, 15th 2009 and runs for a month. Authors must register their books for the competition by October 15th 2009, 12 pm (EDT)/9 am (PDT). Write a story that has anything to do with rain. It must not be longer than 25 BookRix pages. During the contest, readers can vote for their favorite book. Readers’ votes determine the competition winners. The authors who are rank 1 to 3 in the competition charts on October 15th 2009 at 12 pm (EDT) / 9 am (PDT) will win.

Good luck to all!

10th annual Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction

23 September 2009

With great pleasure, we announce the 10th annual Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction.

Writers of comedic essays, articles, short stories, poetry, scripts, shopping lists and other forms are invited to submit.

Mona founded the Foster City (CA) Writers Contest, taught creative writing for San Mateo County and published humorous articles and essays in newspapers and magazines. Her son Brad founded the Prize in 2000 and judges the submissions.

Works up to 750 words in length should be typed, double-spaced, accompanied by a money order or check for $5 to cover administrative costs, payable to “Mona Schreiber Prize.” No limit to entries but each must have a separate fee. Put contact information directly above the title and text on your first page.

No SASEs, please. Include e-mail address for notification of winners. All entries must be postmarked by December 1 for a December 24 announcement of three winners: 1st: $500. 2nd: $250. 3rd: $100. Entries are not returned and must be unpublished. Winners will have their entries posted on All other rights belong to the authors. Humor is subjective. Uniqueness is suggested. Weirdness is encouraged.

Rules and previous winning entries at

The Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction, 15442 Vista Haven Place, Sherman Oaks, California 91403 USA Winter Short Story Fiction Competition.

14 September 2009 is hosting its Winter Short Story Fiction Competition.

Top prizes are $500, $250, and $150 plus publication in the contest anthology. There will be 3 cash awards and 25 publication awards. All entrants will receive a critique of their story entry.

Word count must be a minimum of 1000 and maximum of 3000. Stories can be of any genre but all stories must have a WINTER SETTING. Entry fee: $15 per story. Entries accepted online via email submission and fees via PayPal only. Entries will begin on September 15, 2009.

Deadline: December 15, 2009.


New Rivers Press MVP Competition

13 September 2009

Deadline: October 15, 2009

Entry Fee: $20

Web site:

E-mail address:

Two prizes of $1,000 each and a standard royalty contract are given annually for book-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging writers. The winning works will be published by New Rivers Press and distributed nationally through Consortium. Submit a poetry manuscript of 50 to 80 pages; a collection of short stories, novellas, or personal essays of 100 to 200 pages; or a novel or memoir of up to 400 pages with a $20 entry fee between September 15 and October 15. Visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

New Rivers Press, MVP Competition, 1104 Seventh Avenue South, Moorhead, MN 56563. Donna Carlson, Managing Editor.

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series

12 September 2009

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts in poetry and fiction from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts. Writers may enter both contests. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication somewhere else. Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. One runner up in each category will receive a $1000 prize. For information and a complete set of guidelines, please see our website

Manuscripts should be mailed with a postmark between January 15th and March 15th, 2010 to:

Prairie Schooner Prize Series
Attn: Fiction or Poetry
201 Andrews Hall
PO Box 880334
Lincoln NE 68588-0334

Any questions, please send an email to Managing Editor James Engelhardt at or Prize Book Series Coordinator Cody Lumpkin at

For information and a complete set of guidelines, please see our website

Reverie: Midwest African American Literature Call for Submissions

12 September 2009

Submission Deadline: December 31st – Annual

Currently we are accepting submissions until December 15th for the 2010 annual issue of Reverie. The theme for this issue is dedicated to Allison Joseph, the recipient of the 2009 Aquarius Press Legacy Award. Allison Joseph was born in London, England and is of Caribbean descent. She is an Associate Professor of Poetry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Allison Joseph’s accolades include the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize, sponsored by Ploughshares; the Word Press Poetry Prize; and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Breadloaf, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her sixth full length poetry collection My Father’s Kites will be published by Steel Toe Books. She directs the MFA program at Southern Illinois University, serves as Editor and Poetry Editor of Crab Orchard Review, and maintains the CRWROPPS-B listserv, an invaluable resource for writers.

Reverie is a journal devoted to featuring good literature and is open to African Americans with “ties” or “loose ties” to the Midwest. With that said, for the upcoming issue we will consider all submissions, especially those dealing with the work for Allison Joseph. Reverie appears in print only. We are a literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. We will also accept book reviews as well.

For the upcoming issue on Allison Joseph, we will consider critical essays, personal accounts and/or testimonies as well as book reviews of Allison Joseph’s work.

Please send artwork for the cover–payment will be 2 copies.

Reverie is switching from a quarterly publication to an annual. We currently pay in two contributor copies of the journal.

Writer’s Guidelines for Reverie:

Submit in standard manuscript format, with a word count not to exceed 50 lines (poetry) and/or 3,000 words (Fiction/Essay). No more than three poems, please. No urban crime fiction or erotica, please. Publisher reserves the right to make light edits as necessary.

Email reverie.journal@gmail.comand type “Reverie” in the subject line and attach submission in Microsoft Word or Rich-text format (rtf). Reverie only accepts submissions by email. If you have any questions please email the editors at

The Second Annual Tennessee Williams Annual Fiction Contest

11 September 2009

Judge: Jill McCorkle

Grand Prize
* $1,500
* VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the 24th annual Festival: March 24-28, 2010
* Publication in the New Orleans Review
* Domestic Airfare and Accommodations to attend the 2010 Festival in New Orleans
* Public Reading at the 2010 Festival

full details:

The top ten finalists’ names will be published on

Eligibility and Guidelines: Short stories, written in English, up to 7,000 words. Only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Only previously unpublished stories accepted. Unlimited entries per person. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your story is accepted elsewhere. Stories that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work. Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place are eligible. Author’s name should not appear on manuscript. Include a separate page with story title and name, address, phone, and email of author.

Deadline: November 16, 2009 (postmark). Winner will be announced by March 1, 2010.

Entry Fee: $25

Manuscripts will not be returned.
To enter by mail:

Send your manuscript and check or money order for $25 (made out Tennessee Williams Literary Festival ) to:

Fiction Contest
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113


8 September 2009

“No Visitors Beyond This Point” is the common title that will be used in a science fiction writing contest announced during the day-long Sci-Fi Saturday event held at The York Emporium used book and curiosity shop. Budding authors of original science fiction are invited to submit entries to the contest.

“All sentient species of the known universe” are eligible to submit entries, according to the official rules, but organizers expect most entries will originate on Earth.

This is the 2nd annual contest sponsored by the downtown York book shop. During Fall 2008, the contest carried the common theme, Yesterday I Will.

“This is an exercise in imagination because No Visitors Beyond This Point can mean any number of things,” said shop owner Pam Lewin. “The idea is to have fun with the title, and to use it as a jumping off point.”

“We’re waiting for the writers to tell us what it means and where it leads them,” she said.

Entries may be original works of poetry, one act plays or short stories of up to 5,000 words. Deadline for entries is October 15, 2008.

A panel of professional science fiction writers and editors has been recruited to undertake the judging and will select a single Grand Master of the contest. The winning selection as well as those of the finalists will be included in an anthology. Fortress Publishing, Inc. of Lemoyne, PA will publish the anthology as an ebook this fall.

Contest rules, entry forms and details can be found on The York Emporium’s web site:

OnAngels Magazine Art & Literary Contest

7 September 2009

Artistic Modern Interpretations, Stories & Poetry Celebrating Angels & the Angelic World

On Angels Magazine Art & Literary Contest 2009 is open to several mediums of art and literature. There are six categories of art; Painting, Computer Graphic Art, Sculpting, Drawing, Mixed Media and Photography. There are three categories of literature; Fictional Short Stories, Non-Fictional Short Stories and Poetry. All entries MUST have an ANGEL theme. Religion will not play a part in any of the judging.

The winning entries and artist’s / writer’s profiles will be published in our premier magazine and online. Artists and Writers retain all copyrights and artwork!…

First Prize (US) $3000 in each category
Second Prize (US) $1500 in each category
Third Prize (US) $500 in each category
Honorable Mention (US) $200 in each category

Deadline for Entries: November 1, 2009

Topical #1 Short Story Contest

7 September 2009

Write a short story of no less than 100 and no greater than 750 words.

Your story must either include this contest’s topical word, or be about the topic.

Entries containing excessive language, violence, sexuality, or illegal behavior may be rejected for bad taste. You may submit an edited version if your submission is rejected. By entering this contest, you agree to abide by our Rules & Regulations.

Proofread and submit your entry to

Entries will be posted on this site.

Our panel of judges will be asked to vote on their favorite story.

Winners will be posted on this site. picks the next topic.

Topical#1’s topic is irony (ironic, ironically).


The Williams-Mystic Joseph Conrad Essay Contest: Undergraduates

7 September 2009

The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport (Williams-Mystic), an interdisciplinary undergraduate study-away program focused on maritime studies offers an essay contest for a $5,000 scholarship for a semester of study at Williams-Mystic.

Submissions of 1,000 to 1,500 words in length, either non-fiction or fiction (but not poetry), are eligible. The sea or a body of water must be the principal setting and concern. Narratives, essays on environmental issues, literary or historical scholarship and related topics are all eligible. Essays must be unpublished at the time of submission and written in English. Deadline: 15 October 2009.

For further information, see the following link:

Inscape Call for Submissions

4 September 2009

Inscape, the literary journal of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, seeks written works of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry for its 2010 issue. Visual art also is welcome. There is no submission fee, and best-of-genre cash prizes will be awarded. The submission deadline is October 20, 2009. Please visit for guidelines.

The Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest

4 September 2009

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful art of poetry or to write a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: December 31, 2009

All contest winners will be announced on January 31, 2010


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

Writing Contest entry fee: $10 per short story.
Poetry Contest entry fee: $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “Dreamquestone.Com”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for further details or to enter!

Front RangeCall for Submissions

4 September 2009

Front Range, a nationally circulated annual literary journal, is accepting submissions of high quality short fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction as well as artwork for its 5th issue, spring 2010. Reading window is 1 Aug-7 Nov 2009.

Please check submission guidelines at Submit to either this email address or to