Archive for November, 2009

2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize

20 November 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 Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts.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. 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

Paper Perfect’s $100 essay writing competition, “If I ruled the world.”

19 November 2009

Have you ever had one of those days when you wished you were in charge? When you thought to yourself – “If I ruled the world, I’d do it differently…” Here’s your chance to express yourself! Let your brilliant writing and passionate ideas flow – and win yourself some much deserved recognition (and a little cash) as well. Introducing…Paper Perfect’s $100 essay writing competition, “If I ruled the world.”

In 1000 words or less, tell us what you hate about the world – what bothers you or ticks you off, and how you’d fix it if you were running things. How would politics/economies be organized? Would there be more freedom or less? New laws or rules? You don’t necessarily have to argue for a world that would be better for everyone – if you want to be a despot or tyrant, tell us why. We are looking for the best and most interesting writing; not necessarily the nicest.

Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festival’s Full-Length Playwriting Competition

19 November 2009

The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in association with the Marigny Theatre Corporation and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival announces a playwright’s competition. The winning play from our fourth annual contest will be produced by the Marigny Theatre Corporation and will premiere the weekend of the 8th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, May 13-16, 2010.

Registration: There is a $10 fee for every play submitted. Participants can enter more then once. Click here to open and print the registration form in your browser. Note: you cannot complete this form online; you must print it and return the completed paper form with each of your submissions. This requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader version 3.0 or above.

Prizes: The winning entry will receive complimentary registration to the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival and a stipend of $250.

Finalists: The finalists’ names and titles will be announced on the Saints and Sinners website.

Dates: Deadline for submission is December 31st yearly. (Entries postmarked later than December 31st will not be considered) The winner will be announced in March of the following year.

Entry Fees: Participants can make more than one submission. There is a $10 entry fee per submission to cover administrative costs such as copying, postage, judging, etc.

Contest Guidelines: Previously produced plays will be considered as long as they have not been produced in the greater New Orleans area. Characters should be kept to a minimum–preferably 5 or under. Staging should be simple or adaptable to a small stage.

Correspondence: If you would like to verify that your submission was received, please consider using the tracking service that is offered by the U.S. postal service, or send a self addressed postcard with your submission. Postcards will take longer to process. DO NOT send manuscripts certified mail or signature required.

Judging: Judges come from all over the country, and all entries are judged anonymously. Please send two title pages with the text: one with the play’s title only, another with all author information unattached. Plays must be typed. Please do not append professional resumes or biographies to your entry: the judges only consider manuscript quality. We regret that we are unable to return manuscripts. Please make sure to keep a copy of your entry for future use.

Contact: For questions or further information concerning the play contest, contact Saints and Sinners Literary Festival at

Please Note: The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival reserves the right to publish all winning contest entries in special edition Festival anthologies and/or collections if appropriate.Mail your entry, check, and registration form (available at to:

Saints and Sinners Play Contest
938 Lafayette St.
Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

All submissions requiring an entry fee should have checks payable to:
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festival’s Short Fiction Contest:
The Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festivals 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.

To enter:


19 November 2009


For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about the bonds–emotional, ethical, biological, physical, or otherwise–between humans and animals. We’re looking for stories that illustrate ways animals (wild and/or domestic) affect, enrich, or otherwise have an impact on our daily lives.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award one $1000 prize for Best Essay and one $500 prize for runner-up.

Essays must be: unpublished, 5,000 words or less, postmarked by April 2, 2010, and clearly marked “Animals” on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue CNF subscription).

For complete guidelines, visit

MAG Poetry Prize 2010

19 November 2009

Prize fund accumulates @£2.00 per entry (up to £10,000 maximum – about $16,500)

The entrants judge this online poetry contest themselves – a knockout system in three rounds. There is a new development for the poetry competition in 2010: participants may leave comments during the judging process.

Any subject or style: poetry or prose poetry, maximum 42 lines, entry fee £6 – about $10.

All profits from the contest will be donated to MAG (Mines Advisory Group). MAG is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation that clears the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide.

The contest deadline is 30th April 2010.

To find out more and to enter visit MAG Poetry Prize details.

Limnisa’s 2nd Creative Writing Competition

15 November 2009

Win a Holiday in Greece with your Short Story.

We are looking for SHORT STORIES on any subject up to 3000 words

Closing date: March 1st, 2010

Entry fee: £5 / €6 / $7.50

1st and 2nd Prize

One week holiday in a sea-view apartment, or a free place at a Writing Seminar by the sea in Greece.

Many other prizes. /

The Beauty Contest: Last Call

15 November 2009

Beauty does not last forever. You have until midnight on Sunday, November 15th (U.S.A. Eastern Time) to send in your short-story entry to the Beauty Contest.

If you still haven’t visited and voted on the contest entries, we need your vote! Votes for the Reader’s Choice Award will be accepted until midnight on Friday, Nov. 21st.

Winners announced on Sunday, Nov. 22nd.

Look for our next contest announcement soon.

Your story could be the next winner of a $25 gift certificate!

For all the details click here.


15 November 2009

Deadline: 30th November

International competition for short story writers successfully published in magazines and/or placed in competitions, but no book deal.
Prizes: £150, £50; £25 x 4.
All prizewinners get their story published to the InkTears Readership, along with an offer of publication of their own short story collection or as part of an InkTears anthology.
Full results posted on website by February 28
Fee: £4.50. Length:1000-3000 words.
NB: may have been previously published (looking for best quality story from the writer), as long as it was published before 30 March 2009 and copyright is still with author.

Cloudbank Poetry Competition

15 November 2009

Cloudbank is now accepting poetry submissions for our next issue. A prize of $200 will be awarded for one poem.

Address for submissions:

PO Box 610
Corvallis, Oregon 97339-0610

The deadline for contest submissions is December 15, 2009.
The winner will be announced in February, 2010.

1. The contest fee is $15.00 The check should be made out to Cloudbank. All poets who enter the contest will receive a one-year (two-issue) subscription to Cloudbank magazine.
2. Submissions without payment will also be considered for publication, but will not be eligible for the prize. We read submissions year-round.
3. Please do not send more than five poems for either the contest or regular submissions.
4. For contest submissions, the poet’s name, address, e-mail address, and poem titles should be typed on a cover sheet only, not on the pages of poems. For non-contest submissions, the poet’s name and address should appear on each page.
5. We do not accept electronic submissions.
6. The poems may not have been published elsewhere.
7. Simultaneous submissions: Please let us know if your poems are accepted elsewhere.
8. Your poems will not be returned. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) so that we can notify you of acceptance.
9. Feel free to send us prose poems, reviews, essays on poetry, short fiction (1000 words max.). We are open to all types of quality writing.
10. For those who do not enter the contest, one-year (two-issue) subscriptions to Cloudbank magazine are $15.00. Individual copies are $8.
11. Two contributors’ copies will be sent to writers whose work appears in the magazine.
12. If you already have a subscription and want to enter the next contest, your subscription will be renewed for two more issues.

Address any questions to:
Michael Malan
Cloudbank, PO Box 610,
Corvallis, Oregon 97339-0610

Soul-Making Literary Competition

15 November 2009

The deadline for the 15th open, annual Soul-Making Literary Competition is November 30, 2009. We are accepting entries in twelve categories: Short Story; Poetry; Flash Fiction; Prose Poetry; Memoir; Novel Excerpt; Intercultural Essay; Humor; Literary Nonfiction; Environmental Futures Writing; Young Adult Poetry; Young Adult Prose. Cash prizes in all categories. Competition is an arts outreach of Pen Women, Nob Hill, San Francisco Branch. For details pls go to: and for more information please contact Eileen Malone at

The 2010 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

15 November 2009

with guest judge Nathan Englander

The winning submission, selected by Nathan Englander, will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on April 7, 2010. The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner will receive $1000.

Story requirements
· Submit a single short story that addresses the theme, Apartments and Neighbors
· Your story must have a title.
· Make sure your name and contact information appear on the first page of your story. If you are submitting by online, this information needs to appear on the first page of the attached Word document. Include page numbers.
· Your story must be no more than 2 double-spaced typed pages in length (Times New Roman, 12pt font) and no more than 750 words.

All submissions must be received by January 29, 2010. To be specific, online submissions must be submitted by 5pm Eastern Standard Time. Mailed submissions must arrive with the day’s mail. (Entries postmarked on January 29 will NOT be accepted.)

Where to submit your story
Submit your submission online

Mail to
CONTEST, Selected Shorts
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025.

Mailed submissions must also include a check for $25, written to Symphony Space. Online submissions must give credit card information to submit. Stories will not be accepted without payment of the $25 fee.

Please do not send duplicate copies (online or snail-mail is sufficient). We cannot allow revisions to your story once we have received it. Due to the high volume of submissions and the small size of our office, we will not be able to notify you when we receive your story. The winner will be selected by Nathan Englander and notified by mid-March. As soon as the winner is selected, his or her name will be posted to this page.

Contestants who submit by online or provide their email address will be added to the Selected Shorts email list – please let us know if you do not wish to receive email about upcoming programs.

The Prize
$1000 and two tickets to the April 7th Selected Shorts at Symphony Space, when the prizewinning story will be read.

About this year’s guest judge
Nathan Englander is the author of the PEN/Malamud Award and American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Sue Kaufman Prize-winning short story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, winner of The Harold U. Ribalow Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The Atlantic Monthly, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Englander has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and was selected as one of “20 Writers for the 21st Century” by The New Yorker.

Scribophile NaNoWriMo Contest

3 November 2009

It’s November, and that means you just might be busy writing your NaNoWriMo novel. We thought that since you’re already writing, why not have a chance at winning a little cash while you’re at it? Submit the first chapter of your NaNoWriMo novel to our November NaNoWriMo contest for a chance to win. It’s free to enter, 1st place wins a $50 gift card, and 2nd place wins a $25 gift card. Good luck!

Here’s a link to the contest page:


3 November 2009

INHOUSEPRESS invites Essay entries for the Human Potential Writing Competition. The essays (or articles) are limited to 1000 words max. The winner (first prize) will be published on-line. Deadline for submissions: November 28, 2009. Open to Canadian and International entrants. Entry is free. More details…

Short Story Writing Contest: “Travel Stories”

1 November 2009

Conditions of Entry

We are proud to present the 4th writing contest for English books: November 4th to November 30th, 2009

While traveling we always have new experiences, whether they are amazing, life changing or just disillusioning. Tell us your travel story. It may deal with a travel journey to a new place, time travelling, revisiting one’s past, visiting a lost love or a new one, or an inner journey. Or maybe you want to narrate about your imaginary journey to Mars? Enter the latest BookRix Short Story Writing Contest for free to read exciting, interesting and fascinating travel stories or even write one to share it with other readers and writers. Your story can be fiction or non-fiction: Tell us your travel story, turn your wordsmith powers into positive cashflow and fame…

Key Facts:
* Anyone registered at our website can join the contest for free (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.

Community Voting – November 4th to November 30th, 2009
Jury Rating – December 1st to December 14th, 2009

The contest starts on November 4, 2009. Authors must register their stories for the competition by November 30, 2009, 12 pm (EDT) / 9 am (PDT). Write a story that has anything to do with traveling. It must not be longer than 25 BookRix pages. Until November 30, 2009 readers can vote for their favorite story. Readers’ votes determine a selection of the best 10 stories, “TOP 10”. Afterwards this selection of the bestrated 10 stories will be given to an independent jury consisting of BookRix and the Georgia Writers Association. The Jury will choose the best three stories out of the final 10 books. All winners will be announced on or before December 21, 2009.

Good luck to all!

Columbia Journal Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Contests

1 November 2009

The Columbia Journal is calling writers in fiction, nonfiction and poetry!

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art has launched its annual literary contest in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. First-place winners in each genre will win $500, plus publication in the print journal (Spring 2010). The top works in fiction will be judged by Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End), in nonfiction by Meghan Daum (My Misspent Youth) and in poetry by Dan Beachy-Quick (Mulberry).

The deadline for entry is January 1, 2010. The entry fee is $12. Contest submissions in fiction and nonfiction must be no longer than twenty double-spaced pages. Poets may send up to five individual poems for consideration, but they must be combined in a single document.

Winners and runners-up may also be considered for publication on the journal’s website.

Please click here for more details, or to enter! We look forward to your submission.