Archive for April, 2010

Call for entries: The Human Interest Project – A contest for inspirational people with inspirational stories

14 April 2010

My name is Echo Brown and I am co-sponsoring a contest with Ryan Bevans. I am a journalist, currently a student at Columbia School of Journalism and Ryan is a photographer. Ryan, a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, is a photographer and we are both live in New York.
In 2008, Ryan and I co-founded the Human Interest Project (h.i.p), an online multimedia website that showcases inspirational stories about inspirational people. You can check us out h.i.p here:
We are offering a contest through h.i.p this year that will be giving away a total of $5,000 in cash prizes. It is a writing contest about overcoming adversity. You can find details about the contest on the flyer below or on our website.
We are open to any and all questions. You can contact us at:,, or




Tell Us Your Story!

1. Do you have a story to tell? Describe in detail an obstacle(s) or challenge(s) that you have successfully overcome in your life. (1,000 Words Maximum)
Feel Free to use the Following Questions as Guidelines: How did you overcome the obstacle(s) or challenge(s)? What was your motivation? What did you learn from the obstacle(s) or challenge(s)? What impact did the obstacle(s) or challenge(s) have on your life? Did anyone help you? What would you tell someone who is currently struggling to overcome obstacle(s) or challenge(s)?

2. Or, do you know an inspirational person who did not give up when faced with adversity? What obstacle(s) or challenge(s) did he/she overcome? How did he/she respond to adversity? Tell us about him/her!** (1,000 Words Maximum)


Grand Prize Winner: The Grand Prize Winner will receive $3,000 in cash
First Place Winner: The First Place Winner will receive $1,000 in cash
Second Place Winner: The Second Place Winner will receive $500 in cash
Third Place Winner: The Third Place Winner will receive $300 in cash
Fourth Place Winner: The Fourth Place Winner will receive $200 in cash
Two Honorable Mentions: The Fifth and Sixth Place Winners do not receive a cash prize, but the will be interviewed and showcased on our website.

Entry Fee:
$25 Per Entry

Deadline For Entries:
Entry Deadline: May 31, 2010 ($25 Per Entry)

Late Entry Deadline: June 6, 2010 ($35 Per Entry for Late Entries)

For More Information, visit:
or email:

**Note: If you are nominating someone else, only the nominated person is eligible to receive a cash prize. As the nominator, you are not eligible to receive a cash prize unless you also submit a separate entry nominating yourself.


Call for submission: New journal of travel and places

14 April 2010

World-Weary, a new international journal of travel and places is now seeking submissions. World-Weary will be published in the US, UK, Netherlands, Canada and online at Send all submissions and/or questions to WorldWearyJournal [at] May 10, 2010 is the submission deadline for the inaugural Summer 2010 issue. (Submission guidelines are also available at

About World-Weary:

World-Weary is first and foremost a journal of places. People now travel more than ever, yet there is a dearth of intelligent, thoughtful, long-form writing about the spaces in which people live, work, and visit. Though humans have explored most of this planet, these feats are meaningless unless we are able to create in-depth reflections on our experiences.

Non-fiction literature about people and places will form the majority of the World-Weary’s content, but essays, histories, fiction, interviews, satire, investigations, and other forms of written expression will also be featured.

Why does the world need another literary magazine? Based on our experiences as writers, readers, critics, and journalists, no publication that is currently in circulation meets our personal criteria of consistently attracting the type of talent and stories that we love and continue to pique our interests.

Please see for Submission Guidelines and FAQ’s.

Contact email:

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.
E-mail us for more information.

Send entries to:

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.
To be advised of future Camber Press news, please join our e-mail newsletter list. Camber Press will not sell, trade, or distribute your e-mail address to any other company, organization, or individual. We don’t like spam, either. An e-mail to the same address will remove you from our future mailings.

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.


Website for more info:

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.

Contact us:


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Second Annual “Scare the Dickens Out of Us” Ghost Story Contest

9 April 2010

The second annual “Scare The Dickens Out of Us” ghost story contest offers $1000.00 first place, $500.00 second place and $250.00 third place prize money this year for a new, original unpublished ghost story up to 5000 words. Any genre is welcome.

This literary contest is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas, the oldest continuously in use library in Texas. Entry fee is $20.00. The contest is privately funded, all entry fees go to the Friends for library projects.

Full rules are available at Entries will be accepted from July 1 to October 1, 2010.

We are also supporting a “Junior Scare the Dickens Out of Us” ghost story contest with a $250.00 first place prize. This is for ages 12-18 and requires a $5.00 entry fee.
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Creative Writers’ Circle – Creative Writing Contest

9 April 2010

We always have a contest running! During each contest we provide a prompt (the beginning of a story, a theme, a picture, anything!) and entrants write a short story inspired by it. Entrants e-mail their submissions to us, and our judges select the best. The winner is awarded a cash prize, no strings attached. It’s free, and anyone can enter. So what are you waiting for? We’d love to read your story. Check out our current contest!

Current Contest Prompt:

The city was a distant smudge of light against a dark landscape. Here, away from it all, crickets sang and the breeze rustled the tall grass. Well, they would have, ordinarily, but it was raining. The crickets were silent, and the grass too heavy with water to make a sound. Thomas waited patiently in his old truck with one knee propped against the steering wheel and his small yellow dog curled on the seat beside him. The highway stretched out to his right, to the city in one direction, and into the nothingness of the country in the other. To his left was the edge of a dense forest where poplars and a few scrubby pines competed for sunlight. The dog sat up suddenly, a whine somewhere deep in his throat. Something moved in the corner of Thomas’ eye. Someone stood at the edge of the woods, leaning against a tree. Thomas peered through the blur the rain had created on the truck’s window. The figure stepped out of the woods, moving hurriedly towards Thomas’ truck…

Finish the story! (The above paragraph must be the first paragraph of your story.)

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2010

Word Limit: 3,500

Prize: $50 cash, first place

Winner Announced: June 30, 2010

How to Submit an Entry

How are entries judged?

Visit the Creative Writers’ Circle website for more info:


9 April 2010

Mad Hatters’ Review will consider submissions in FICTION or POETRY commencing on MARCH 1ST, 2010 (12 a.m. USA EST) and ending on June 30th (11:59 p.m.).

First prize winners in both genres will receive $250 (each) plus publication of their entries in Issue 12. The winning works of 5 runners-up in each genre will also be published in Issue 12.

All winning entries will be published in a print anthology called “Knock Our Hats Off: A Little Book of Curious Delights.” Each winner will receive a copy of this deluxe collector’s item.

The terms “fiction” and “poetry” may be interpreted broadly. Take a walk on the wild side through our pages. Take liberties. Governments are taking them away from us, so we’re giving them away free.

Our honorable judges:

Cris Mazza, Fiction

Sheila E. Murphy, Poetry

Our entry fee and modus operandi:
$12 per entry via PayPal to
Poetry: 3 poems max per entry.
Fiction: 3000 words max per entry.
By all means, enter as many times as you wish.

All submissions must be sent to with the following information in the subject line:
Your Name
Genre (Fiction or Poetry)
Title/s of submission
Word Count
Submitted works should be copied and pasted into the exquisite corpus of your email AND attached as an RTF Doc. If you’re submitting visual poetry or visual fiction, attach your entries as jpeg/s or gif/s. If you absolutely MUST, submit these offerings in PDF format.

Pages of texts should be titled, but your name should only appear on the subject line of your email, as submissions will be read blind. We’ll ask for your bio and optional pic if you’re a first place winner or runner-up.

Simultaneous submissions are expected. Just tell us immediately if some other lucky editor has grabbed your gem/s. But please realize that we won’t refund entry fees.

Winning entries will be announced by September 15th. Please address queries to (subject line: QUERY).

For details, visit their website at:

Bards and Sages 7th Annual Charity Speculative Fiction Writing Competition

9 April 2010

Bards and Sages Publishing announces the launch of its 7th annual charity speculative fiction writing competition. Each year, the publisher selects a different charity to support with its efforts. This year’s competition benefits Doctors Without Borders, an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid around the world. The grand prize winner will win an Amazon Kindle ereader.

The competition will accept submissions of original, unpublished horror, fantasy, and science fiction stories of up to 20,000 words beginning April 1, 2010. The deadline for entries is October 31, 2010. The grand-prize winner will receive an Amazon Kindle electronic reading device, pre-loaded with almost $100 worth of speculative fiction offerings from our participating sponsors, and cash prizes will also be awarded. Winning entries will also be published in an upcoming anthology.

This year’s competition has a unique structure. In lieu of reading fees, entrants are asked to make a direct donation to Doctors Without Borders using the special dedicated portal at A single donation of $20 or more allows entrants to enter as many qualified stories as they wish in the competition. Non-entrant donations can also be made through this portal, and if donations exceed $5,000, Bards and Sages Publishing will release the winner’s anthology in ebook format for free download.

Complete details of the competition, include full submission guidelines and a list of sponsors’ books that are included in the grand prize, can be found at It is strongly encouraged that potential entrants read the guidelines completely before submitting a story for the competition. Sponsors for this year’s contest include many popular independent authors, including William Campbell, David Derrico, Kevis Hendrickson, Valerie J. Long, C.S. Marks, Frances Pawley, and David Niall Wilson.

About Doctors Without Borders: Doctors Without Borders Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. A private, nonprofit organization, Doctors Without Borders was founded in 1971 as the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and bear witness publicly to the plight of people it assists. Doctors Without Borders is not a sponsor of this competition. Please direct all inquiries regarding the competition directly to Bards and Sages Publishing.

About Bards and Sages Publishing: Established in 2002, Bards and Sages Publishing publishes speculative fiction and roleplaying games. We are proud of the fact that almost a third of our authors and artists got their first paying publication credit with us. At a time when many speculative publications have stopped paying writers and/or gone strictly online, we have recommitted ourselves to supporting authors with our Bards and Sages Quarterly, a speculative journal sold in both print and electronic format. Now in its second year, the journal features a wide variety of both new and established voices in the speculative field to bring readers an exciting new collection of tales every three months. More information on the company can be found at

FiFo Books – Summer 2010 Writing Contest

6 April 2010

Win $1,500 for publishing the most popular ebook on

Publish an ebook for sale on between now and June 30, and you are automatically entered to win $1,500.

If you are not yet registered as an author, just sign up to get started (registration is free). You can also find out more about being an author here.

Print is Dying
Digital is Surging
Join the Ebook Revolution

If you have any questions that are not answered here or in the Rules below, please feel free to contact us and ask.

Eligibility & Rules

1. The Contest is open to anyone over the age of thirteen (13)

2. There is no entry fee

3. Each contestant must submit at least one work in ebook form

4. Multiple submissions per contestant are allowed

5. Entries can be in any language

6. There is no minimum length requirement: poems, short stories, and essays are eligible, as well as longer works

7.Entries can be fictional or non-fictional, and about any subject

8. The winning ebook is the most popular, as determined by total sales (number of downloads times sale price)

9. Free ebooks are ineligible

10. Contestants may enter work that has been submitted in other contests or work that has appeared elsewhere

11. All entries must abide by the Terms of Use

12. The deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2010 at midnight, Eastern Time

13. The winner will be determined the following day and announced on

14. The prize money will be paid in U.S. dollars (if you are not a U.S. resident, payments will be made in either your local currency or U.S. dollars, depending on your location)

For contest details visit:


6 April 2010

Bottle Tree Productions

First Prize $1,000
Second Prize $250
Third Prize $100

One Act Plays of up to 70 minutes may be submitted
to Bottle Tree Productions at 445 Southwood Drive, Kingston, Ontario K7M-5P8
Phone 613-542-0070 or 613-384-8433 or email
Please have your copy bound and if you wish it returned, please include a manuscript-sized SASE.
or check out
for email submissions, Paypal options and further details
The entry fee for each submission is $25. Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions.
Multiple submissions accepted
Plays can have previously been produced but not professionally
Please do not attach your name or contact name to the script but have that information on a separate sheet of paper.

The competition runs until November 30th 2010.
Winners will be announced in January of 2011.

If you want a critical analysis of your work please enclose a cheque for $50 made payable to Bottle Tree Productions.

Charles Robertson

Bottle Tree Productions presents
A Tribute to Patsy Cline
Sir John A. MacDonald
Sleeping Beauty
Til The Boys Come Home.
Season Tickets
Drama Classes start up again in April

The Bridport Prize

6 April 2010

Competition Rules

Closing date for receipt of postal entries: 30th June 2010 5.30pm

Closing date for online entries: 30th June 2010 Midnight GMT

Maximum of 5000 words for short stories (no mimimum)

Maximum of 42 lines for poems (no minimum)

Maximum of 250 words for flash fiction (no minimum)

The Prize is open to anyone, including non-UK applicants, over 16 years.
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published on any website or public online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition.
Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.

Entry fee is £5 per flash fiction, £6 per poem or £7 per story (you can send as many entries as you like).
Fees are payable in sterling by credit/debit card, cheque or postal order. Cheques must be from a UK bank and should be payable to The Bridport Prize with the sender’s name and address on the back.
Online entries are paid as you submit, using the RBSWorldPay system.
Postal entries from overseas can only be paid by credit/debit card or in cash (notes only, NO coins) – either US dollars or Euros at the current exchange rate.
Overseas cheques, money orders or drafts will not be accepted.

Entry Format
Entries must be in English, typed, single sided, with pages numbered and securely fastened; each entry on a new sheet
Stories and flash fiction to be double spaced and a word count noted at the top of the first page, poems to be single spaced
Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title (Online entries should have an ID number which we will supply when you enter)
The filename of online entries must be the title of the entry and it must be either a .doc, .docx, .rtf,.wps or .txt file.
Entries are not returned, keep a copy
No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded
Please ensure that you use the correct postage.

Receipt of entry
Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’ if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry
Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to WorldPay
It is not possible to confirm receipt of entries by phone or email
Overseas entrants : please send an international reply coupon from your Post Office rather than stamps.

To receive the judges’ reports (winning entries only) and full results in November 2010 – enclose an A5 stamped addressed envelope marked ‘RESULTS’
Alternatively, check the website for details after November 2010
Overseas entrants : please send an international reply coupon from your Post Office rather than stamps.

Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the Bridport Prize will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning poems and stories, (including runners up), in the annual anthology and any relevant promotional material.

The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into
Judges are unable to comment on individual entries
Judging is fair and unbiased. Experienced readers assist the named judges in selecting the shortlists, headed by Jon Wyatt for short stories and Candy Neubert for poems.

Prizes for both short story and poetry categories are:

1st £5000
2nd £1000
3rd £500
plus 10 supplementary prizes of £50 each

The prize for winning flash fiction category is £1000
No competitor may win more than one prize in each category
The Dorset Award for the highest placed writer resident in Dorset is £100

Prizewinners / prizegiving
Prizewinners will be notified in writing by beginning of October 2010
The list of prizewinners will be displayed on the website after the prizegiving ceremony in October
Prizes will be awarded during the Bridport Literary Festival

Entry implies acceptance of all the rules

Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification

Print entry form fill in and then post with fee and entry


Enter online

Postal entries should be sent to:

The Bridport Prize
PO Box 6910

Tel: 01308 428333

Visit The Bridport Prize website:

Creative Competitor Writing Competitions

5 April 2010

Twist in the Tale Fiction Competition

1st Prize: £150
2nd Prize: £100
3rd Prize: £75
4th Prize: Creative Inspirations e-Course

Closing date: April 29th 2010

Entry Fee: £3.00 or FREE to our Premier Members

Twist in the Tale stories are all about concealing the ending so that the reader is completely surprised by the outcome and sometimes, even with the whole story theme. Do you think you can craft a clever plot that can outwit the reader? Then why not enter our Twist in the Tale fiction competition?
Maximum word count is 1200 and stories must be typed in Times New Roman or Ariel font size 12 and 1.5 spacing.
Stories must be original and previously unpublished and entry into the competition implies acceptance to publication should your submission take 1st Prize.

Natural Health’ Article Writing Competition

1st Prize: £75
2nd Prize: £50
3rd Prize: Challenging Creative Writing Projects e-Book

Closing date: May 5th 2010

Entry fee: £2.00 or FREE to our Premier Members

This competition is for all article writers and the winning article will be published on the creative competitor website.

Entry to the competition implies acceptance to this condition.

The article must be a maximum of 800 words and be written in an easy to read, yet informative style. Articles must be original and previously unpublished.

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.

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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

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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!!

Enter the Shout Out Teen Writing Contest

2 April 2010


You could win $100 and have your writing published in an issue of Next Step Magazine!

Just fill out this –> Member Registration Form to register for (or use the log in button at the top of the form if you’re already a member).

Once you’re registered, the Teen Writing Contest will give you a link to post your entry to the Next Stepper community for your chance to win!

They’ll choose one winner every issue.

Visit Next Step Magazine for detail!

Good luck!

Teen Ink Fiction & Poetry Contests

2 April 2010


Fiction Contest
If it has a beginning, middle and end … if it has a well-developed plot and interesting characters … it if takes place in the past, present or future … submit your fiction to Teen Ink’s Biannual Fiction Contest. Teen Ink’s Fiction Contest has it all!

Contest Prizes
Teen Ink publishes ten issues each year, September through June. In January and June, we will honor at least one teen author for outstanding fiction writing from the past five months. Short stories are published in Teen Ink magazine and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine (as well as a pad and pen) featuring their story plus the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively from Teen Ink.

Contest Guidelines
Teen Ink will only consider original fiction written by teens. Entries of all genres are accepted, whether fantasy, horror, sci-fi or romance. Short stories should be between 500 and 2,500 words.

Send your short stories to: Teen Ink Biannual Fiction Contest, Box 30, Newton, MA 02461. All fiction pieces submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the Fiction Contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.

The deadline for entering the Fiction Contest is May 1.
Entries are accepted and considered for publication in Teen Ink magazine and online throughout the year. Winning fiction pieces are announced in June.

Poetry Contest
Are you inspired by Maya Angelou, e.e. cummings or Dr. Seuss? Do you love writing haiku? Do verses just run through your head? Then Teen Ink’s Monthly Poetry Contest is for you!

Contest Prizes
Of all the poems published each month in Teen Ink, one will be selected for special recognition. In addition to being published and receiving a copy of the magazine featuring his or her poem (as well as a pen and pad), the monthly winner will have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively from Teen Ink. Write on!

Contest Guidelines
Teen Ink will only consider original poetry written by teens. Entries of all kinds are accepted – serious, funny, long or short. We like and read it all!

Send your poems to: Teen Ink, Box 30, Newton, MA 02461. All poems submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for for the Monthly Poetry Contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.

There are no deadlines; entries are accepted throughout the year.
Winning poems are published in Teen Ink magazine and online each month.


Announcing Fugue’s Ninth Annual Prose & Poetry Contest!

1 April 2010

First place winners receive $1000 and publication. Second and Third place winners receive publication. Check back August 4, 2010 for announcement of the winners.

Junot Díaz (fiction) and Ilya Kaminsky (poetry)

To enter:
1.Submissions may be sent via email only to fugue-prosesubmitATuidahoDOTedu or fugue-poetrysubmitATuidahoDOTedu. For each submission, please paste your name, contact information, and a short bio along with your work into the body of your email AND as an attachment. If you only send an attachment, we will not consider your work and you’ll receive a note saying as much. The genre you are submitting for (Fiction or Poetry) and the word “contest” should be typed in the subject line.

2.A $20 reading fee payment must accompany your submission and be made online, which guarantees consideration and a one-year subscription to the journal. Click here to pay for contest submissions.

3.Submissions must be e-mailed by May 1, 2010.

4.Story submissions should not exceed 10,000 words in length.

5.Poetry submissions should not exceed 3 poems or 5 pages.

Congratulations to the winners of Fugue’s Eighth Annual Prose & Poetry Contest!
Patricia Hampl, our fiction judge, and BH Fairchild, our poetry judge, have awarded the prizes to the following pieces:

1st place: Iraj Isaac Rahmim, “How I Came to be an American.”
2nd Place: Annie Nilsson, “For Milk, For God’s Sake.”

1st place: Danica Colic, “A Note Left on the Counter”
2nd place: Sarah Barber, “White Live Doves for Funerals”

Unfortunately, due to our policy of accepting simultaneous submissions, we lost our third place finishers without the time to name new winners. We ask our participants to make every effort to notify us immediately should your work
no longer be available.

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The Journal’s Annual Short Story Contest

1 April 2010

Contest Guidelines:
The Journal, the literary magazine of The Ohio State University, would like to announce the sixth annual Journal Short Story Contest.

This year’s judge is Lee K. Abbott, author of the short story collections Dreams of Distant Lives, Strangers in Paradise, Love is the Crooked Thing, The Heart Never Fits Its Wanting, and Living After Midnight. His latest collection of stories, All Things, All at Once, was published by Norton in Spring 2006.

The Journal Short Story Contest offers $1000 and publication of the winning story in The Journal’s Autumn/Winter issue. All styles, subject matter, and forms are welcome. Simultaneous submissions are accepted provided immediate notice is given if work is accepted elsewhere. Please submit only previously unpublished fiction up to 7500 words. All manuscripts will be considered for publication.

Deadline for postmark of manuscripts is May 1st.
A reading fee of $10 must accompany each manuscript (please make checks payable to The Journal).
Manuscripts should be submitted anonymously with the title of the work and all contact information listed on a separate cover letter. Please be sure to also list your title on the manuscript itself. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please number pages and double-space all entries.
Notification will be in late October.

Send previously unpublished story along with reading fee to:
Short Story Contest
The Journal
Department of English
The Ohio State University
164 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Sonora Review Short Essay Contest

1 April 2010

Short Short Contest:

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review is given annually for a short short story. Joe Wenderoth will judge. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a copy of the Summer 2010 issue of Sonora Review, by May 1. Include a cover page with your full name and current address.

Short Essay Contest:

$1000 and publication in Sonora Review will be given for the first annual Concentrated Nonfiction Contest. The inaugural contest will be judged by Ander Monson. Submit a work of unpublished nonfiction, up to 1,000 words, by June 1st. Entry fee is $15, which includes a copy of the Summer 2010 issue of Sonora Review. Include a cover letter with full name, title of work, mailing and email address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

By “concentrated nonfiction” we mean a short essay of any variety under 1000 words, not limited to any specific type of essay. In fact, we encourage creativity that projects the malleability of the form. We also are willing to publish multimedia essays as long as the main force of the essay is through language (and it is short).

Submit Online Through Submishmash. Click Here.

Simply click on the type of contest you’d like to submit to, register, pay, and we’re all good to go.

Send Submissions To:

Sonora Review. Contest

Department of English, University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721

Congratulations to Peter Jay Shippy, winner of our Winter poetry contest judged by Caroline Bergvall! Also, congratulations to the finalists Michael Tod Edgerton, Nadine Lockhart, and Matt Mauch.

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