Archive for April 4th, 2010

The 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition

4 April 2010

For 79 years, the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition has rewarded writers just like you for their finest work. We continue the tradition by giving away more than $30,000 in cash and prizes!
Win a trip to New York City !

GRAND PRIZE: $3,000 cash and a trip to New York City to meet with editors or agents. Writer’s Digest will fly you and a guest to The Big Apple, where you’ll spend three days and two nights in the publishing capital of the world. While you’re there, a Writer’s Digest editor will escort you to meet and share your work with four editors or agents!

Entry Deadline: May 14, 2010.
Add $5 per manuscript or poem to Entry Fee(s) on all entries submitted after May 14.

Compete and Win in 10 Categories!

•Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
•Memoirs/Personal Essay
•Magazine Feature Article
•Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
•Mainstream/Literary Short Story
•Rhyming Poetry
•Non-rhyming Poetry
•Stage Play
•Television/Movie Script
•Children’s/Young Adult Fiction
Entry Fee: Poems are $15 for the first entry; $10 for each additional poem submitted in the same online session. All other entries are $20 for the first manuscript; $15 for each additional manuscript submitted in the same online session.

Add $5 per manuscript to all entries submitted after May 14, 2010. Entries submitted after June 01, 2010, will not be accepted.

Grand Prize: $3,000 cash and a trip to New York City to meet with editors and agents.

You’ll spend three days and two nights in NYC and a Writer’s Digest editor will escort you to meet with four editors or agents of your choice! (Includes airfare within the U.S., meals, transportation and related expenses.)

First Place: The First Place Winner in each category receives $1,000 cash and $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books.

Second Place: The Second Place Winner in each category receives $500 cash, plus $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books.

Third Place: The Third Place Winner in each category receives $250 cash, plus $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books.

Fourth Place: The Fourth Place Winner in each category receives $100 cash.

Fifth Place: The Fifth-Place Winner in each category receives $50 cash.

Sixth through Tenth Place: The Sixth- through Tenth-Place winners in each category receive $25 cash.

First through Tenth Place Winners also receive a copy of the 2011 Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition and a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest Magazine.

11th through 100th Place: All other winners receive distinctive certificates honoring their accomplishment.

We will accept all entries submitted online.

Entry Deadline: May 14, 2010

Late Entry Deadline: June 01, 2010 (Add $5 per manuscript or poem to Entry Fee(s))

Visit for “Official Rules” and “How to Enter”.

The Motherhood Muse – Children’s Poetry Contest

4 April 2010

WHO: Students who are 6–12 years old & 13–18 years old
WHAT: A poetry contest on the theme “Mothers in Nature”
WHERE: The Motherhood Muse
Go to .
Click on Contests.
WHEN: Deadline is June 1, 2010 (by Midnight EST)
WHY: We believe you are the voice of nature and we wish to
hear what you have to say!
HOW: It’s a simple 3-step process to enter your poem. See
below for details!
Please send any questions you have to

STEP 1 – WRITE: Poetry Guidelines:
 Any style
 25 lines or less
 Theme of poem: Mothers in Nature
 Written in English
 Single space
 Include a Title

STEP 2 – REVISE – Judging Guidelines:
 Creative and Original
 Figurative language (sounds,
 Message
 Readability (rhythm and/or rhyme)
 Overall Emotional Impact
 Grammar & Punctuation

STEP 3- SUBMIT – Submission Guidelines:
 Complete Poetry Entry Form (Name,
Email, Title of poem (in Message Subject), &
Poem + Your Age (in Enter Your Message)
Deadline: June 1, 2010 (by Midnight

Winners announced by October 1st
 Prizes: First Prize in each age group
will receive a prize package worth $50,
Top Five Poems in each age group will
be published in The Motherhood Muse
Children’s Poetry eBook and given a
free copy of the eBook
 See Contest Rules below for more
The Motherhood Muse Children’s Poetry Contest Rules
1. The submitted poem must be the original work of the
2. Each student must be between 6 – 18 years old.
3.Only one poem per person may be submitted.
4. Each student must designate their appropriate age
5. Submissions become the property of The Motherhood
Muse and we retain all rights.
6. In submitting this poem, you understand the
seriousness of plagiarism and the consequences of
plagiarizing. The entire poem must be written by you
and you alone. Plagiarism is a serious offense, and
your parents and school will be notified if you have
submitted a plagiarized poem.
7. If your poem is chosen in the Top Five, we will contact
your parents for permission to print it in The
Motherhood Muse Children’s Poetry eBook.

Please send any questions you have to

Nimrod Literary Awards

4 April 2010

The 32nd Nimrod Literary Awards Competition:
The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction
The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

First Prize: $2,000 and publication
Second Prize: $1,000 and publication

Contest Rules:
Contest Submissions are Accepted Beginning: January 1, 2010
Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2010
Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems)
Fiction: 7,500 words maximum

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author’s name, full address, phone and email. Clearly indicate “Contest Entry” on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Staple manuscript if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy black clip. Manuscripts will not be returned. Nimrod retains the right to publish any submission. Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is included, contest results will not be sent. However, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s website. Submitters must have a U.S. address by October of 2010 to enter the contest. Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony and the annual conference for readers & Writers in October.
Nimrod is pleased to announce that this year’s fiction section will be judged by Oprah Book Club pick David Wroblewski, author of The Legend of Edgar Sawtelle. The poetry section will be judged by renowned poet Molly Peacock, author of numerous poetry collections, including The Second Blush.

Entry/Subscription Fee: $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues). Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to Nimrod.

Send to:

Nimrod Journal
Literary Contest–Fiction or Poetry
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Visit for more info!

E.M. Koeppel $1,100 Short Fiction Award

4 April 2010

Annual Awards for Unpublished Fiction in Any Style, Any Theme

First Place Award: $1,100.
Editors’ Choices: $100 each.
Maximum Length: 3,000 WORDS. Stories must be unpublished.
Annual Submission Period: Between Oct. 1 and April 30. (Postmark Deadline, April 30)
Award winning fiction writers are the judges.
No limit on number of stories entered by any one writer.
The winning short story 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 stories and editors’ choices on the website. Authors retain all other rights to their works.)
How to Submit:
Send one (1) typed copy of the story with two (2) typed title pages. Only the title may appear on the first title page. No other kinds of identification may appear on this title page or on the manuscript which will used in judging. (Keep a copy. No manuscripts will be returned.)
On the second title page, list:
Title of the Story
Author’s name, address, phone number
E-mail address optional
Short bio – about 4 lines
Entry Fee: $15 for a single story and $10 for each additional story.
No e-mail entries accepted.
Mail submission with check (no cash). If outside the USA, send a money order in US funds (no cash or foreign funds) to:
Koeppel Contest
P.O. Box 140310
Gainesville, FL 32614

To qualify for this contest, follow ALL of the guidelines. See

P.L. Titus Scholarship:
If the winning story is by anyone attending college, university, or school when the story is submitted, the winner will receive, in addition to the $1,100 award, the $500 P.L. Titus Scholarship. (Proof of attendance is required.) P.L. Titus Scholarship

Creative Non-Fiction Prize

4 April 2010

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for its Creative Non-Fiction Prize. One award of $1,000 CAD is given.

2010 Deadline:
The deadline for the 2010 Creative Non-Fiction Prize is August 1, 2010 (postmark date).

• The entry must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Please indicate word count on the first page. Please double space your work.
• No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply. For example, the entry may be personal essay, memoir, cultural criticism, nature writing, or literary journalism.
• Entry fee required:
◦$35 CAD for Canadian entries;
◦$40 US for American entries;
◦$45 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
• Entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend.
• Entries previously published, accepted, or submitted for publication elsewhere are not eligible.
• Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact information (including an email address) should not appear on the submission, but along with the title on an enclosed separate page.
• No submissions will be accepted by email.
•The winner and finalists will be notified via email.
• Entrants will not be notified about the judges’ decisions even if an SASE is enclosed for this purpose.
• The winner and finalists will be announced on the Malahat web site, with the publication of the winning entry in The Malahat Review’s Winter 2010 issue, and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s quarterly e-newsletter, in October 2010.
• No entries will be returned, even if accompanied by an SASE.

• Send entries and enquiries to:
The Malahat Review
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700
Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2

Telephone: 250-721-8524
Fax: 250-472-5051
Entrants wishing to pay by credit card may download and complete our Credit Card Payment Form then enclose it with their entries.


The Idaho Prize for Poetry

4 April 2010

Lost Horse Press is now accepting submissions for The Idaho Prize for Poetry 2010, a national competition offering $1,000 plus publication by Lost Horse Press for a book-length poetry manuscript.

All US poets are eligible. Postmark deadline for manuscript submission is 15 May 2010. The winner and finalists will be announced on 15 August 2010. The final judge for this seventh annual poetry book contest sponsored by Lost Horse Press will be announced at a later date. A reading fee of $25—check or money order only, please—and a SASE (for notification of winners only; manuscripts will be recycled) must be included with the manuscript.

The final judge for this seventh annual poetry book contest sponsored by Lost Horse Press is Thomas Lux.

For guidelines or additional information about the Idaho Prize for poetry, please contact Lost Horse Press at 208-255-4410, email or visit our Idaho Prize Page.

Submission Guidelines:


Contest Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by May 15th
Winners Announced: August 15th
$1,000 cash prize, plus publication by Lost Horse Press
Entry fee: $25 check or money order only, please.

Send submissions to:

The Idaho Prize
Lost Horse Press
105 Lost Horse Lane
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

Send manuscripts of 48 or more pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 12 point type in an easily readable font. Poems may have appeared in journals and chapbooks, but not in full-length, single-author collections.

Name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and title of poetry collection must appear on the cover letter only. The goal is “blind” judging. Author’s name should not appear anywhere in manuscript except the cover letter.

No restriction on content, style, or subject—we’re looking for the best manuscript.

All checks or money orders for entry fee—$25—should be made payable to Lost Horse Press. Submissions without a reading fee enclosed will not be considered. A $50 fee will be charged for returned checks.

Include SASE (number #10 business envelope) with sufficient postage for notification of finalists and winner. Manuscripts will be recycled. We are sorry but manuscripts cannot be returned.

If manuscripts arrive postage due, they will be returned.

Use white, lightweight paper. Quality paper won’t impress readers the way a quality manuscript will.

Typed and printed on one side of the paper only. No handwriting should appear anywhere on the manuscript.

Entries submitted by e-mail or fax are not permitted and will be disqualified.

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BLR Literary Prize Guidelines

4 April 2010

$1000 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry ~ Judged by Marie Ponsot

$1000 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction ~ Judged by Andre Dubus III

$1000 Carter V. Cooper Memorial Prize for Nonfiction ~ Judged by Jerome Groopman

Judge Bios

BLR Prize Guidelines:
1. BLR Prize awards outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2011 issue of the BLR.
2. Prose limited to 5000 words. Up to 3 poems (maximum 5 pages). Submissions that exceed these limits will be disqualified.
3. Deadline July 1, 2010. Winners will be announced by December 31, 2010.
4. Entry fee is $15 per submission. For an additional $5, you will receive a one-year subscription to the BLR. (Maximum: two submissions per person).
5. Manuscripts are submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document. (Save with a *.doc extension). Please combine all poems into one document and use first poem as title.
6. Do not put your name on the manuscript document. (This will be entered separately on our website.) No cover letter needed.
7. Work previously published* in print or electronically will not be considered. (Please see footnote below for specific definition of “published.”)
8. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. (This will avoid potentially awkward situations.) We regret that there can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work.
9. Students/friends/colleagues/relations of a judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge’s genre.
10. BLR acquires first-time North American rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made. All entries will also be considered for regular publication.
11. Due to administrative costs, if no entry fee is received, manuscript will be placed with general submissions. The entry fee may be paid online, by check, or by phone.

To pay through our secure site, please click here.

By mail: Send check and printout of confirmation email to:
Bellevue Literary Review
Dept of Medicine, Rm OBV-612
NYU School of Medicine
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016

By phone: 212-263-3973

12. Submit manuscript here. Thank you!!