Archive for December 23rd, 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!