Archive for December, 2009

Call for Submissions – William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

23 December 2009

Deadline for Entries: January 31, 2010

Nominations for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing will be accepted through January 31, 2010. This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and non-fiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. For official entry forms, contest rules, and other information on the prize, visit the Saroyan Prize website:


Writing Contest | “Family Stories” | No Fee

23 December 2009

December 21, 2009 to February 23, 2010

There is currently running a free-to-enter short story contest on BookRix for writers and readers.

The theme is “Family Stories”.
(No page limit)

Prizes on the line include $1.800,00 in prize money for writers, “fame!” and Amazon vouchers (each worth $20) for voting readers.

Prizes for authors:

First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $300

The 10 best-rated stories will be given to an independent jury consisting of the Georgia Writers Association & BookRix.

Perhaps you want to inform your members and subscribers about the competition so they can win great prizes.

If so, please go to the following contest pages for more information:

THE LETTERED OLIVE Call for Submission

23 December 2009

THE LETTERED OLIVE LITERARY REVIEW, the University of South Carolina’s undergraduate literary journal, is accepting submissions for its Spring 2010 publication. Submit up to five poems or 4000 words of prose (fiction, nonfiction, dramatic writing) to be considered for publication and a modest cash prize ($75 for the most outstanding entries each in poetry and prose). Journals are unveiled in April at a reception honoring all published students.


–Entrants must be enrolled at an undergraduate institution in the United States.
–All entries must be submitted as a single (1) Microsoft Word attachment to SOLIVE@MAILBOX.SC.EDU –Title page must include the following: your full name, the university/college you attend, a mailing address, e-mail address, and the title of submitted works. NOTE: Your name must not appear on any subsequent pages.
–Submissions must be in 12 pt Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia font.
–Prose entries must be double spaced; poetry entries single spaced.
–Direct all submissions and any questions to SOLIVE@MAILBOX.SC.EDU. Find us on Facebook under The Lettered Olive Literary Review or visit our website at

DEADLINE is February 1st, 2010.

The Underwater New York Shipwreck Story Contest

23 December 2009

In conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum

Underwater New York is an online anthology of stories, art and music inspired by the underwater objects and phenomena that surround New York City.

Artists and storytellers have long drawn inspiration from our cityscape, but underneath the water’s surface is another landscape entirely. On the floors of New York City’s waterways, no fewer than one hundred and seventy shipwrecks languish. Although their exact locations must remain secret to thwart the efforts of amateur looters, we are asking you to dive in and mine the wreckage.

Draw your inspiration from our gallery of shipwreck images and tell a story—fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry—in 3000 words or less, that brings these ghost ships back to life.

As with our regular submissions, we are not asking for explanations, but rather the stories that these shipwrecks evoke. Be as creative as possible, but to qualify for the contest, your story must reference a shipwreck specifically in the NYC waterways.

Underwater New York presents the Shipwreck Story Contest in conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum’s exhibition, Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Maritime and Landscape Painter.

The winning story will be published in Underwater New York, and its author will have the chance to read at Underwater New York Free Music Friday: Shipwreck Stories at the American Folk Art Museum on March 5, 2010.
· Submit contest entries online at
· The deadline for submissions is February 12, 2010.
· Contest winners will be announced on the Underwater New York website on February 23rd.
· Visit for more details, and to view the gallery of shipwreck images.

Woodward/Newman Drama Award

23 December 2009

The Woodward/Newman Drama Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, in partnership with Joanne Woodward, remembering the many great dramas she and Paul Newman performed in together. It presents the best unpublished full-length drama of the year with a prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of the BPP’s 2010-11 Mainstage season.

The Bloomington Playwrights Project is a not-for-profit theatre with non-Equity performers. The theatre is a black box with 90 seats. Because the BPP is a script-developing organization, winning playwrights are expected to become part of the development process, working with the director in person or via long-distance. Each winning play receives a staged reading early in the development process. This staged reading is open to the public and the playwright is encouraged to attend.

Guidelines for Submission

(subject to change):

1. “Full-length” plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 30 minutes (150 minutes).

2. Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.

3. Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.

4. Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP’s literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

5. We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned.

6. The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production. These instances are rare but can and do occur.

7. Send to:
Woodward/Newman Drama Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

8. Scripts must be postmarked by March 1, 2010, and received no later than March 10, 2010. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.

9. For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at

More information can be found at:


23 December 2009

H.O.W. Journal is hosting its first short story contest to be judged by acclaimed author Susan Minot.

• The contest is open to all writers and all themes
• The word limit is 12,000.
• We do consider unpublished novel excerpts if they feel like complete stories.
• It’s fine to submit more than one story.
• Please note that all submissions should be clearly typed manuscripts, double-spaced on 8 1⁄2 x 11 inch white paper, one side only.

Reading Fee per story – $20.00

Send your submissions and reading fee, to H.O.W. Journal Short Story Contest, 12 Desbrosses Street, New York, New York, 10013.


1st Place – $1000 and publication in H.O.W. Journal
2nd Place – $300 and publication in H.O.W. Journal
3rd Place – $100 and publication in H.O.W. Journal

Submissions must be received in the H.O.W. offices by May 15th 2010.

We look forward to reading your stories!

Leapfrog 2010 Fiction Contest

14 December 2009

Open January 15–May 1.

Entry fee:

$30 for adult literary fiction, $20 children’s fiction. Adult fiction: literary novels, novellas, and short-story collections, minimum 22,000 words. Children’s fiction: middle-grade and YA novels, minimum length 20,000 words. No picture books. First prize: Publication contract offer with advance, plus finalist awards, for one book in each category. Finalists: $150 plus manuscript critique by finalist judges. Judges are Marge Piercy (adult fiction) and the Leapfrog editorial staff. Children’s fiction finalist judge TBA.

See for details. Email

Literary Mama Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions

14 December 2009

Literary Mama Creative Nonfiction Department seeks:

* creative nonfiction for Special Theme issues below
* We prefer previously unpublished work. We will consider reprints, however, if you have the rights and the work is not currently available online.
* Authors retain rights. Please credit us if your work is republished.
* Standard response time from 3-12 weeks. Our reading periods vary; please check the specific guidelines for the department to which you wish to submit (below).
* Simultaneous submissions are allowed, as long as you notify us if accepted elsewhere.
* Electronic submissions only. Please send submissions to creative nonfiction editors Susan Ito & Kate Haas at Include a brief cover letter.

May: Mother’s Day Month
We seek writing that is about mothers from the child’s perspective, or from fathers, partners or other family members about the mothers they love.

June: Father’s Day Month
We seek writing that is about fathers from the child’s perspectives; about the relationships between fathers and mothers and husbands and wives; about husbands as fathers; and by self-defined fathers about fathering and mothering (including lesbian or transexual parents who identify as fathers).

What We Are Looking For:
We are seeking personal essays and stand-alone creative nonfiction excerpts by mothers related to motherhood that read like fiction. We look for:

* A distinctive personal voice.
* Attentiveness to language, rich details, lyrical phrasing.
* Vivid imagery, use of metaphor, simile, personification, symbols, setting, and other literary elements.
* Illustrative anecdotes or vignettes.
* Compelling narrative.
* A fresh or startling topic area, or a fresh or startling take on a universal or common experience.
* Character development.
* A reflective element. We’re looking for thoughtful pieces that take the experience of motherhood and use it as a jumping off point for exploring deeper issues of identity, relationship, family, politics, transformation, loss, and more. Make sure, for example, that your piece not only describes an experience but reflects, either overtly or metaphorically, on how the experience changed you.

Submissions and Formatting:

* Submissions should be double-spaced, 500-7,000 words.
* Please do not send queries. We consider only complete pieces.
* Please send submissions in the text of an email (please do not send attachments) to lmnonfiction (at) literarymama (dot) com
* Multiple submissions — If you are sending your submission out to more than one market, please let us know.
* Cover letters — please include a brief cover letter with your submission. This letter should include a short biography, mention of other places you have been published, and why your submission is right for Literary Mama.
* Please include the word Submission and the NAME OF YOUR PIECE in the subject line of the email. If you do not, our computers may read your email as spam and we may never get a chance to read your prose.
Submissions for ours special issues should be marked “Mothers day/Fathers Day Submission: title” in the subject line of your email.

* CNF is receiving so many first rate original submissions that we are not taking reprints at this time. However, if you have a piece that has been previously published and you think it is an especially good fit, we’d be glad to take a look at it for a future date. If your submission has already been published, mention that fact in your cover letter. If it is available on the Web, we are not interested in publishing it at Literary Mama.
* Contact information — All submissions must include contact information for the author: name, address, phone number, email.
* Please send only your best work. We are not interested in rough drafts.
* Please send only ONE submission at a time.

The Unbound Press Fiction Competition

14 December 2009

Prizes: Short story: £100, £50. 1st chapter of a novel: £75, £25. All Winners and Runners-up will be published in the Unbound Press Journal and will each receive a free copy of the journal.

Entry fee: £5. Payment via Paypal.

There are two categories: short stories, and first chapter of an unpublished novel, both up to 3000 words. Email entries only.


Closing date: 30 Apr 2010

Creative Nonfiction MFA Only Writing Contest

14 December 2009

CONTEST: MFA Program-Off
postmark deadline: January 28, 2010

Win a reading at the 2010 AWP Conference in Denver, publication in the summer 2010 issue of CNF, and bragging rights for your program!

Judge: Barbara Lounsberry
co-author (with Gay Talese) of Writing Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Reality


* Contest is open to any student currently enrolled in an MFA creative writing program.
* Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, no more than 3,000 words, and unpublished.
* This is a blind read; your name should appear only in the cover letter, and each page of the manuscript should include the title of the piece.
* No excerpts will be considered; your submission should be a single and complete piece.
* Only one submission per author will be considered.

Please send submission and a cover letter with your name, university, complete contact information and title of the work to:

Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Attn: AWP Program-Off
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232


14 December 2009

Each year, independent publishers (academic, independent, small press, and self-published authors) release extraordinary books to little or no recognition. The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books recognizes excellence in publishing with a $1,500 grand prize and various category honors and press type distinctions, as well as the winners of the Montaigne Medal and the da Vinci Eye. The results are published annually in the anthology, Best New Writing. Anyone (including the author) can submit one or more books for the Eric Hoffer Award. If you are familiar with the nomination process, use the easy nomination form.

All Nations Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest

6 December 2009

First Prize: $1000 plus publication
$15 dollar entry fee, payable ONLINE or by mail
DEADLINE December 31st. 2009
40 pages of text max
any format is fine

email entry to

or mail them to
Chapbook Contest
PO BOX 689
White Marsh, VA 23183

Pay entry fee online at

When paying for your entry fee online, tell us in the “note” section the title and your name. If by mail, make checks payable to ALL NATIONS PRESS

Call for Submissions: Arroyo Literary Review

6 December 2009
(go to website for submissions guidelines)

Arroyo Literary Review is now accepting submissions of poetry and fiction (7,000 word max). Arroyo looks to publish bold, honest writing from Northern California and beyond.

To learn more about Arroyo visit Our reading period for the third issue will end May 30, 2010.


4 December 2009


All books accepted. … The Eric Hoffer Book Award recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Prizes awarded by genre, press, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vince Eye, and the Hoffer grand prize. (See submission guidelines below, in Writer’s Market, or by visiting

A single registration qualifies you for:
* $1,500 grand prize (the Eric Hoffer Award for Books)
* Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking book(s)
* da Vinci Eye for best cover(s)
* Winner and First Runner-Up in your selected category
* Honorable Mentions for your selected category
* Individual Awards for Micro, Small, and Academic Presses, as well as Self-Published Books
* Legacy categories for any book older than two years (fiction and nonfiction)
* Award coverage in the US Review of Books (, in the annual anthology Best New Writing, and on
* Gold Seal Certificates
* Worldwide Exposure

Categories include Art, Poetry, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Young Adult, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference, Home, Health, Self-Help/Spiritual, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction. (All books fit in one category.)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (entry deadline January 21st, 2010):

Awards are open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction category.)

One grand prize will be awarded for the entire contest. In addition, each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Books must be registered by category and then are automatically considered for Individual Press Awards, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the Hoffer Grand Prize.

For each entry, submit the book, entry form, and $45 fee (check, money order, or Internet payment receipt) to Hopewell Publications, LLC, PO Box 11, Titusville, NJ 08560. Be certain to specify award category and press type. Registration will be confirmed via e-mail. All entrants will be notified of winners, after April 30, 2010. Submissions must be postmarked by January 21, 2010.

ENTRY FORM (submit one entry form per book):
You may also visit and click on the “Nominate” link.

Book Information

Category (see below):

Press Designation (check only one; see description below):
Self-Published __ Micro __ Small __ Academic __

Contact Information




AWARD CATEGORIES (select one per entry application):
* ART: titles involving the experience, execution, or demonstration of the arts, including art, fine art, graphic art, architecture, performing arts, design, photography, coffee table books, and poetry.
* POETRY: Titles with poetry or highly stylized prose.
* GENERAL FICTION: non-genre specific fiction, including literary, short story collections, and mainstream.
* COMMERCIAL FICTION: genre specific fiction, including mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, religion, romance, and horror.
* CHILDREN: titles for young children, including stories and picture books.
* YOUNG ADULT: titles aimed at the juvenile and teen markets.
* CULTURE: titles demonstrating the human or world experience, including multicultural, essay, women’s issues, sexuality, gay, lesbian, memoir, aging, travel, sports, true crime, and current events.
* MEMOIR: titles capturing specific personal experience.
* BUSINESS: titles with application to today’s business environment and emerging trends, including general business, career, computer, and Internet.
* REFERENCE: titles from traditional and emerging reference areas, including history, psychology, biography, education, sports, recreation, training, travel, and how-to.
* HOME: titles with practical application to home or home-related issues, including general home, gardening, cooking, parenting, family, interior design, animals, and pets.
* HEALTH: titles promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being, including psychology, fitness, and sex.
* SELF-HELP/SPIRITUAL: titles involving the mind and spirit, including religion, metaphysical, and mystical.
* LEGACY FICTION: all fiction titles over two years of age. (Unlike major trade organizations, we think good books last more than a single season.)
* LEGACY NONFICTION: all nonfiction titles over two years of age. (Unlike major trade organizations, we think good books last more than a single season.)

INDIVIDUAL PRESS AWARDS (select only one):

In addition to the above category awards, books will be singled out for additional awards in the micro press, small press, academic press, as well as self-published arenas. Please check one of the following types on the application.

* SELF-PUBLISHED – title financed by author or not by the publisher (regardless of press size).
* MICRO PRESS – title from a press producing 24 books or less per year.
* SMALL PRESS – title from a press producing 25 books or more per year.
* ACADEMIC PRESS – title from a press with an academic or library affiliation.


All registered titles will automatically be considered for the following:
* MONTAIGNE MEDAL – most thought provoking book(s).
* DA VINCI EYE – books with superior cover art.

If you don’t see your category or cannot determine your press designation, please e-mail us with a description and our staff will guide you. A great book will supersede any category designation.

Fax: (609) 964-1718
The Eric Hoffer Awards
PO Box 11
Titusville, NJ 08560

Please be patient, we receive many inquiries this time of year. We will help you.

We want to help you. The Eric Hoffer Book Award is primarily run by volunteers to help readers, writers, and independent publishers. We thought you would be interested in this unique opportunity to promote your book(s). Your e-mail is never sold or transferred. Only three notices are sent annually.
If you no longer want this annual notification, please use the easy unsubscribe link below or reply to this email. Be certain to use the e-mail address to which this message was sent; otherwise we cannot remove you from our list. Thank you!!!!

“2010 Sharing a Part of Me” contest

4 December 2009

Starting December 1, 2009 through April 1, 2010 we are accepting submissions to publish your book for our “2010 Sharing a Part of Me” contest.

A non-refundable contest entry fee of $75.00 is required to cover administration fees.

The winner will receive a publishing package which includes the following:

• Beautiful colored, creative designed cover
• Professionally formatted text
• One (1) electronic galley
• Five (5) copies of your book, sized either 5×8, 5.5×8.5 or 6×9
• Plus Twenty (20) additional copies of your book, for a total of 25 copies.
• Listing of your book on MJR Publications’ website and in Bowker’s Books in Print
• Your Book’s ISBN #
• FREE Author Support
• Print quote for any additional number of books.

Contest Rules:

Spirit First Poetry Contest

4 December 2009

Spirit First announces its first annual poetry contest (no cost to enter). Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or silence (of any faith or none). Poems must be previously unpublished. Submit your poem with a cover note listing the poem title and author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. The winner will be announced no later than March 31, 2010, on the Spirit First website (more information at Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website and in the Spirit First newsletter. Poems will be considered for possible inclusion in a book project (with author approval and author retaining full rights).

Deadline: January 31, 2010
First Prize: $150
Second Prize: $75
Third Prize: $50

How to submit:

By email: send to

By U.S. Postal Service: send to Spirit First Poetry Contest, PO Box 8076, Langley Park, MD 20787

Two Contests from Ladder Writers

4 December 2009

1) – Ladder Writers is running a collaborative contest with an artist at the Bank Street Arts Centre in Sheffield. Write a poem or short piece of prose of no more than 50 words on the theme ‘women and war’. All the best entries will be rturned into audio recordings and used in an exhibition and the overall winner win received £30! You receive points for entering and winning, allowing you to climb the ladder to become a paid critter or contest judge! The closing date is 20/12/09

2) – Ladder Writers short story contest: Enter a story of any genre no more than 1500 words. There will be an overall winner who will receive £60, and twelve stories will be nominated for four categories. The winners will be voted for by members, who will receive £5 for winning a category. You receive points for entering and winning contests, allowing you to climb the ladder to become a paid critter or contest judge! The closing date is 14/01/2010.

Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival 2010 Poetry & Short Story Contest

4 December 2009

The Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival is currently accepting previously unpublished poetry and short story manuscripts for its 2010 Poetry & Short Story Contest. The contest is open to any living writer writing in English anywhere in the world.

Entries will be juried by accomplished writers and poets. Two jurors will be selected. One juror is chosen to evaluate the poetry entries and a second juror is selected to jury the short story entries.

The 36th Annual Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival takes place July 1-4, 2010 at Twin Lakes Park, near Greensburg, PA. Winning entries will be on display at the festival where up to 150,000 patrons will have the opportunity to read the works.

All work must be original, not having been entered in any previous Poetry & Short Story Contest sponsored by the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. There is no limit to the length of poems. Each author may enter one story; each poet may enter two poems. All genres are accepted. Awards for both contests total $1,000.

Entry fees are as follows:
$10 for up to two (2) poems.
$10 for one (1) short story.

Writers may enter both contests for a $20 entry fee.
Entries must be postmarked on or before March 15, 2010.
Please direct any questions to Adam J. Shaffer via e-mail at or by calling 724-834-7474.

For more information, visit the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival website, For an official application form, please see

Iron Horse Literary Review single-author issue competition

4 December 2009

Iron Horse Literary Review is hosting a collection competition judged by Mark Richard. Richard is the author of two novels, Fishboy and When Truth Gives Out, and two award-winning short story collections, Charity and The Ice at the Bottom of the World. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, GQ, The Paris Review, The Oxford American, Shenandoah, and The Quarterly.

The winning collection will be published in 2010 as a separate issue. Full-color cover art will reflect the collection’s content and emphasize the title so the published collection will look like the single-author book that it is. The winner will also receive a $1,000

• Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, 12-point font.
• Entries must be between 15,000 and 20,000 words (50 to 65 pages).
• While one or two of the stories/essays may have been published elsewhere, the majority of the collection must be previously unpublished.
• The author’s name and contact information must appear on a cover sheet, but it must NOT appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
• Entries must also include an email address for results notification.
• Pages must be numbered.
• Entries must include the $15 reading fee, which also purchases a one-year subscription to Iron Horse.
• Mail entries to:

Collection Competition
Iron Horse Literary Review
Texas Tech University
English Department
Mail Stop 43091
Lubbock, TX 79409-3091

• Postmark deadline for entries is Feb. 15, 2010.

New Delta Review Creative Nonfiction Contest and Matt Clark Prize in Fiction and Poetry

4 December 2009

Due to a lengthy LSU server error over the weekend, many of you were unable to download those last-minute entry forms for the Creative Nonfiction Contest, so we’ve decided to extend the deadline another week.

New Deadline: December 7th
Prize: $150 and publication in New Delta Review. Finalists will be considered for publication.
$10 submission fee includes option to purchase discounted two-issue subscription to NDR for an additional $10.

Matt Clark Prize in Fiction and Poetry:

Prize: $250 in each genre and publication in New Delta Review. Finalists will be considered for publication.
Deadline: January 31st (postmark date)
More information about both contests is available at our website:
We look forward to reading your submissions!

Write Corner Press Annual Poetry Award

4 December 2009

Writecorner Press Annual Poetry Award
13 February 2009

First Place Award: $500 Editors’ Choices: $100 each

Annual Awards for Unpublished Poetry in Any Style, Any Theme

Any number of unpublished poems may be entered by any writer.
Poems may be in any style, any subject.
Maximum length – 40 lines per poem.
Entry fee: $5 for first poem, $3 each additional poem.
No e-mail entries accepted.
Annual Submission Period: Oct. 1 – March 31
Deadline: Postmark March 31, 2010.
Judge: Award winning poet.
Winners will be announced in late spring, 2010.

The winning poem and editors’ choices will be published on and are eligible for inclusion in the permanent website anthology. (By submitting work to this contest, authors give permission to Writecorner Press to publish the award winning poetry and editors’ choices on the website. Authors retain all other rights to their works.)

How to Submit:
1. Send two typed copies of each unpublished poem. Place no author identification on one copy of each poem so the judging can be anonymous. On the second copy of each poem, on the top right, include the author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address if available. Keep a copy because manuscripts will
be recycled, not returned. Include a SASE for list of winners.
2. Send a short bio – about 4 lines
3. Mail submission with check to Writecorner Press (no cash), or if sent from outside the USA, a money order in US funds (no cash or foreign funds) to:

KoeppelContest – Poetry
PO Box 140310
Gainesville, FL 32614

Fees received from contests go to payment of awards and upkeep of this site.

About this contest: Mary Sue Koeppel, Writecorner Press Co-editor, created and conducted the national Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Contest sponsored by Kalliope until 2005 when she retired from the position of Kalliope editor. She and fellow editor, Robert B. Gentry, developed this contest in order to continue to reward the writers of fine poetry.

Poetry Writing Contest: “Winter & Poems”

4 December 2009

Contest Info | Conditions of Entry
Free Poetry Writing Contest: “Winter & Poems”

We are proud to present the first free BookRix poetry contest: December 1, 2009 to January 15, 2010

When you think of wintertime, you probably think of curling up on a cozy armchair with a good book and hot cocoa in hand. This year, let your imagination and wordsmith powers take over and join our latest free poetry writing contest, “Winter & Poems”.

Key Facts:

* Anyone registered at our website can join the contest for free (except citizens of Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
* Poets and readers can enter the competition for free and win cash money.
* Enter a selection of poems that you have already written and published or write some new – the first poem will have to be a winter poem.

Prizes for poets:

First Prize: $800
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 their poems into the competition.
* Readers must vote on at least one poem 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 – December 1, 2009 to January 15, 2010
Jury Voting – January 18, 2010 to February 1, 2010

The contest starts on December 1, 2009. Authors must register their poetry books for the competition by January 15, 2010, 12 pm (EDT) / 9 am (PDT). At least one poem must have anything to do with winter. The poetry books must not be shorter than 20 BookRix pages. Until January 15, 2010 readers can vote for their favorite poetry books. Readers’ votes determine a selection of the best 10 books, “TOP 10”. Afterwards this selection of the best rated 10 poetry books will be given to an independent jury consisting of Georgia Writers Association, a Professor Emeritus and a professional writer who works for BookRix as a freelancer. The Jury will choose the best three poetry books out of the final 10 books. All winners will be announced on or before February 1, 2010.

Dog Stories

4 December 2009

Calling all aspiring writers: Do you have a dog-centric story to share? Modern Dog magazine wants to hear it! Submit your creative nonfiction story, whether heartwarming, dramatic, humourous, or simply a happily-ever-after “tail”. We’ll share the winning entries with the world: winning stories will be published in the upcoming Summer 2010 edition of Modern Dog magazine.

In 800 words or less, tell us your dog-centric story!

Xomba Synopsis Contest

4 December 2009

Pitch Xomba A Story Contest

Have you always dreamed of being a fiction writer?

Have you been writing fiction book after fiction book hoping to someday get published?

Give us a synopsis of your book and we may be able to help make your dreams come true!

The Xomba team will pick four of the best written and most captivating synopsis’ to win!

Is fiction your forte? Prove it and let Xomba guide you on the path to success!

Contest Rules:

Ends: January 18th @ Midnight
Word Limit: Must be between 300 and 1500 words
How To Enter: Post your book synopsis as a Xombyte and make sure to add the tag “Xomba Pitch Contest”.
Number of Entries: 1 entry for this contest!
Language: Every entry must be in English.


1st Place 30-minute conversation with the New York Times Best Seller, Steve Alten. You will discuss with him your book synopsis and how to go about getting your idea published and a Free Xomba T-shirt
2nd Place $200
3rd Place $100
4th Place T-shirt

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Career Transition Contest

4 December 2009

Tell the story of a person who has been through career transition. It could be from school to the workforce, position to position, or from career to career.

Capture their victories, failures and emotions, and distill their lessons to assist others who might seek to learn from their experience. Your story should be fresh, original, insightful, and engaging.

Here are just a few themes to explore:

1. Finding your place in the world
2. Taking the path less traveled
3. Grappling with conflicting values
4. Balancing work and life
5. Overcoming fear
6. Dealing with rejection
7. Balancing obligations to our family with our obligation to ourselves
8. Dealing with the emotions of career transition

Share your perspective on their story.

The Prize

The winning entry as judged by WorkLifeGroup will win US$500. We’re aiming to identify writers all from over the globe to write for us on an ongoing basis; to join WorkLifeGroup as contributing writers (paying gigs, naturally!).