Archive for November 19th, 2009

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.