Archive for December 4th, 2009


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

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“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

Don’t quite know what a book synopsis is? Click here.

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!).