Archive for December 14th, 2009

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* We prefer previously unpublished work.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.