Archive for April 12th, 2010

Camber Press: Second Annual Fiction Chapbook Award

12 April 2010

Camber Press is pleased to announce our Second Annual Fiction Chapbook Award. Our ethos is to publish contemporary fiction exhibiting lucid delivery while not sacrificing emotional depth, mastery of craft, or originality.

The Camber Press
Fiction Chapbook Award

May 30, 2010

First Prize:
$1,000 and publication of chapbook

Chuck Kinder

Submission guidelines:

The winning fiction writer will receive $1,000 and have his or her manuscript published by Camber Press, Inc. The winner will also receive ten copies of the book. Only typed manuscripts no greater than 10,000 words of original English-language fiction will be considered. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. Names should not appear anywhere else. A title page with no biographical information should follow. Simultaneous submissions are allowed if Camber Press is immediately notified of acceptance elsewhere. Submissions will be recycled, not returned. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish acknowledgment of receipt. A $15 entry fee payable to Camber Press must accompany all submissions. International submissions are $15 provided they are in US funds. Submissions must be postmarked no later than May 30, 2010. The winner will be announced on or before August 1, 2010 via our Web site, Twitter feed and Facebook page.
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Fiction Award
Camber Press
807 Central Avenue
Suite 2
Peeksill, NY 10566

Other details:

If your story has been previously published in a literary journal or review, please include this information in an acknowledgments page. Any manuscript previously published as a whole in book form is not eligible.
Multiple manuscripts by the same writer will be accepted if submitted with a corresponding entry fee for each work.
If the writer’s name is present anywhere on the manuscript aside from the cover page, the entry will be disqualified.
If the writer needs to refer to his/herself in the story, a pseudonym must be used.
Please do not send corrections or additions. The winner will be allowed to make revisions before publication.
Submissions postmarked after May 30, 2010, will not be considered for the competition.
At 10,000 words maximum, this award could qualify for that much-neglected fiction form of a “long story” or “novelette.” This award isn’t limited to that genre. Word counts for short stories (generally considered up to 7500) will also be accepted.
Using the industry standard of approximately 250 words per page, your manuscript should not be over 40 pages. Line length, chapter sections, type size, margins, and other factors affect the number of pages both a manuscript and a finished book will be. Please rely on the word count feature of your word processing application.
Covers, tables of contents, dedication pages, acknowledgements pages, etc., do not count toward the total number of pages.
“No greater than 40 pages” does not mean your manuscript need be 40 pages. Please think of the quality of your writing first, and “40 pages,” if ever, last. An excellent story of 7400 words will beat a padded 10,000 word story every time.
If you wish to bind your manuscript(s), please use a paperclip. Folders, binders, “bullnose” clips, and staples are strongly discouraged.
Please do not send your manuscript via a carrier requiring a signature for delivery. Not only is this is an unnecessary expense for writers, we find the USPS does a more than adequate job of delivering to our location.
Submissions will be recycled, not returned. Do not send a return envelope or return postage. Do not send the only copy of your manuscript.
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A PDF of the above submission guidelines is available here.

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Southport Writers’ Circle International Poetry Competition 2010

12 April 2010

ADJUDICATOR: Alison Chisholm
First Prize: £200, Second Prize: £100, Third Prize: £50
(In addition: £25 Humour Prize; £25 Local Prize)

RULES: Please read carefully

1. Poems should bear no identification of the poet. Local entrants (Liverpool and Preston postcodes) should mark poems with an ‘L’ in the top right corner. Please enclose a sealed envelope marked with the titles of your entries and containing a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
2. All entries must be typed on A4 paper, in English, and must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.
3. Each entry should be accompanied by the appropriate fee of £3 per poem. Cheques/Postal orders should be in sterling and payable to SOUTHPORT WRITERS’ CIRCLE.
4. A maximum of 40 lines per poem is allowed.
5. The closing date for entries will be 30th April 2010
6. Please keep a copy of your poem(s) as manuscripts cannot be returned.
7. The adjudicator’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entrants will receive a copy of the adjudicator’s report.

No application form is required. Envelopes should be marked ‘POETRY COMPETITION’ and sent to: –
Southport Writers’ Circle
18 Ditchfield
L37 4EQ
Please DO NOT send entries by recorded delivery.


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The Alabama Writers Conclave 2010 – Writing Contests

12 April 2010

“The oldest writers’ organization in continuous existence in the United States.”


Deadline: April 20, 2010 (postmark). P Prizes: 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50; 4th: $25 and up to 4 Honorable Mentions.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED at the AWC Conference Banquet at the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park Hotel, Birmingham, Alabama on JULY 17, 2010.

Contest Rules: Entries must be original, unpublished, and may not have won a money prize in any contest. (Sitting AWC voting Board Members are not eligible.) Multiple entries are accepted, but only one prize is awarded for each category.

Send one copy of each entry on standard white paper in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12pt. Courier or Times Roman font). (Note: manuscripts are not returned, so applicants should retain a copy).

On first page include: Title, Category and Word Count (DO NOT show author name on the manuscript).

Please number the pages.

Enclose a separate cover sheet for each piece submitted showing: Contest category; manuscript title; your name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number; and whether you are an AWC Member or non-member.

Please be sure to provide a separate cover sheet for each piece submitted.

Entry Fees
For all categories (EXCEPT Poem and First Chapter Novel): $5.00 per entry if AWC member, $8.00 per entry if non-member.

For First Chapter Novel: $10.00 if member, $12.00 if non-member.

For Poem: $3.00 per poem if member, $5.00 if non-member.

Make checks to: Alabama Writers’ Conclave. (Note: Membership and conference fees must be submitted separately to the AWC Treasurer)

Send contest entry manuscripts and checks to: Marian Lewis, AWC Contest Chair, 250 Hartside Rd., Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763.

NOTE: Please include a #10 SASE if you would like to receive a Winners’ List after the AWC conference in July. If you would like confirmation that your entry has been received, also include a self-addressed stamped postcard (SASP)

Writing Competition Categories

Fiction – maximum 2500 words.

Short Fiction – maximum 1000 words.

Juvenile Fiction (stories for ages 4-12) – maximum 2500 words. MUST LIST GENRE AND TARGETED AGE GROUP (i.e. picture book, 3 & up).

Nonfiction – maximum 2500 words (PLEASE SPECIFY IF WRITTEN FOR ADULT OR CHILDREN).

Humor (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) – maximum 2000 words or 50 lines (for poems).

Traditional Poem (any “form” poem, i.e. villanelle, sonnet, sestina) – maximum 40 lines.

Free Verse Poem – maximum 60 lines.

First Chapter of Novel – up to 10 double-spaced pages, first chapter ONLY.

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