Archive for June, 2010

2010 RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest — 7th Year!

28 June 2010

2010 RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest — 7th Year!
For an unpublished short story
(up to 5,000 words)
Winner Receives:
$500 cash
Publication in Open City
Judged by Rick Rofihe
2010 Contest Assistant: Carolyn Wilsey
Carolyn Wilsey has read fiction for Esquire and Swink

–Stories should be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper with the author’s name and contact information on the first page and name and story title on the upper right corner of remaining pages.
–Submissions must be postmarked by October 15, 2010
–Limit one submission per author
–Author must not have been previously published in Open City

–Mail submissions to:

270 Lafayette Street, Suite 1412
 New York, NY 10012
–Enclose self addressed stamped business envelope to receive names of winner and honorable mentions
–All manuscripts are non-returnable and will be recycled.
–Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable to RRofihe

Rick Rofihe is the author of FATHER MUST, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on,, and His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SPY, and The East Hampton Star, and on A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught MFA writing at Columbia University. He currently teaches privately in New York City, and is an advisor to the Vilcek Foundation for their 2011 prizes in the field of literature. Rick is the editor of the new online literary journal,

Visit the website for details:


2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize

28 June 2010

2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize
For up to six unpublished poems


–Poems should be typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper with the poet’s
  name and contact information on the upper right corner
  of each poem
–Entries must be postmarked by December 15, 2010
–Limit six poems per poet
–Poet must not have been previously published on

–Mail submissions to:

Anderbo Poetry Prize
270 Lafayette Street, Suite 1412
New York, NY 10012
–Enclose self-addressed stamped business envelope to
  receive names of winner and honorable mentions
–All entries are non-returnable and will be recycled
–Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable
  to RRofihe

Winner receives:
$500 cash
Publication on

Judged by Linda Bierds
2010 Contest Assistant: Anderbo Poetry Editor Charity Burns
Linda Bierds’ eighth book of poetry, Flight: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2008 by Putnam’s. Her awards include four Pushcart Prizes, the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Emily Clark Balch Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill, the Guggenheim, and the MacArthur foundations, and twice from the NEA. She is a professor of English at the University of Washington.
Charity Burns Contest Assistant
Charity Burns, Anderbo’s Poetry Editor, earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Florida. Her poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Madison Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and West Branch. Charity’s blog is The Beauty Works Project. She lives in New York City.



Canadian Tales Of The Fantastic Short Story Competition

24 June 2010

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2010 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. To be considered, a story must have two things. First, it must contain an element of the
Fantastic; second, it must be identifiably Canadian. An element of the Fantastic is self-explanatory, but what is ‘Identifiably Canadian’? If the story is written by a Canadian, or written about Canadians, or takes place in Canada, then it meets the ‘Identifiably Canadian’ condition.

Prizes and Publication:
First place pays $500. Second place pays $150 and the third pays $100. Ten Honourable mention prizes
of $25.00 will also be awarded. All winning entries will be published by Red Tuque Books in the upcoming anthology, ‘Canadian Tales Of The Fantastic’. Winners will receive a complementary copy of the anthology in addition to the prize money. Winners will be contacted by February 28th, 2011. Results will posted on the Red Tuque Books website by March 31st, 2011.

Submission requirements:
The contest closes December 31st, 2010. Entries post marked later that December 31st will not be considered. All entries will be read. Those received before October 31st, 2010, will have at least two opportunities to make the short list. Depending on the volume of entries, entries received after this date may only get one reading. The entry fee is $15 for one manuscript, $25 for two, or $30 for three. Three is the maximum number of manuscripts that can be submitted by any one author. The judging is blind, so it is possible for one author to have up to three winning entries.

All manuscripts must be original, unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, between 1,500 and 5,000 words. The authors retain their copyright, but first-print rights are granted to Red Tuque Books for the
anthology. All submissions must be sent via regular mail. Email submissions will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but Red Tuque Books must be notified in writing, prior to the February announcement, if a manuscript has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the author’s name, complete mailing
address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned and no entry confirmation will be given unless requested. Please provide a SASE or e-mail address when requesting confirmation.

Entry fees must be submitted by mail with their accompanying manuscripts. Payment is in Canadian funds. Personal cheques, bank drafts, and money orders, should be drawn on a Canadian Bank. Please
make payable to Red Tuque Books Inc.

Send manuscript(s), along with the appropriate entry fee, to:
Short Story Competition
Red Tuque Books
Unit #6, 477 Martin Street
Penticton, BC
V2A 5L2

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Women in Judaism’s First Annual Fiction and Non-fiction Competition

24 June 2010

Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary is now accepting submissions for its 2010 annual writing competition. The e-journal is looking for unpublished submissions of short fiction, poetry, and essays on Jewish themes that touch the lives and experiences of Jewish women.
Short Fiction
First Place: $250
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50
First Place: $250
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50
First Place: $250
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50
Winning entries will be published in the two yearly issues of the journal.
We accept only electronic submissions. Send submissions to the journal’s editor-in-chief, Dr. Dina Ripsman Eylon:
Submit one short story/poem/essay per entry fee. Multiple submissions are allowed. All styles and forms are accepted. No simultaneous submissions are allowed. Submissions should arrive by email before the set deadline.
September 1, 2010.
All entries should be in Word or RTF with author’s full name, address, phone number, and email address, appearing on the first page of each entry.
$10 (US/CAD) fee for each short story or essay. $5 (US/CAD) for each poem.
Form of payment: Use PayPal on the journal’s website (see the Donate button at the bottom of each webpage), or mail a money order payable to Women in Judaism at the following address:
Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal
1136-3 Centre St., Ste. 246
Thornhill, ON L4J 3M8 Canada
Contact: Dr. Dina Ripsman Eylon

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Free Writing Contest – “Summer Nights”

24 June 2010

What do the words summer nights conjure up for you?
Besides the famous Grease musical, there’s so much more that summer nights are good for. Full of romance, adventure, freedom from school and running around with friends, summer nights are what we look back on fondly and look forward to with longing. Share your summer nights –whether real or not – with other members! For this writing contest, all genres are welcome! There are no page limits in this contest – so feel free to write as long or as short as you like. You may enter more than one book in the contest, but an author can only have one book in the top ten. Get ready quick because this contest is only one month long!

Of course, we have wonderful prizes to give out: $800 for first place; $500 for second place; and $300 for third place.


Community Voting – June 7, 2010, to July 7, 2010

Jury Voting– July 7, 2010, to July 21, 2010

Not ready to join in? You can still help your fellow BookRixers by reading their contest books and voting for your favorite stories. Our readers choose the top ten stories, which then will be reviewed by our independent jury. In addition, we will have a certain number of wildcards in this contest. That means that not only the top ten stories with the highest amount of votes will be given to the jury, but also some good books (without as many votes as the top ten) will go to the jury. You also could win prizes for voting — when you vote, you enter into a raffle to win one of ten Amazon gift cards worth $20.

$1,600.00 in cash prizes for authors.

10 Amazon gift cards each worth $20 for 10 randomly-selected readers.

Visit the website for contest details:

America’s Unofficial Ambassadors Essay Contest

24 June 2010

Creative Learning’s America’s Unofficial Ambassadors program (AUA) is excited to announce our first annual essay competition! The AUA program aims to foster people-to-people relationships that help to alleviate human development challenges in communities throughout the Muslim World. Creative Learning is looking for positive, interesting, and inspiring non-fiction essays that demonstrate Americans’ exemplary volunteer or development work in the Muslim World. Submissions should follow one of the topics below:

– Representing America
– The impact of the service
– A remarkable local partner

Prizes include one grand prize of $1,000, one runner-up of $500, and ten honorable mentions of $100. Creative Learning will publish winning essays in the fall of 2010 and the winter of 2011.

To enter, please email a 600—900 word essay by 5 pm EST, July 15, 2010 to

Essays should include a title, your full name, the topic, dates of service, and the service organization (if any).

Creative Learning reserves the right to make more or fewer awards.

For more information on the America’s Unofficial Ambassadors program, please visit our website at and our dynamic Facebook page at:

Thank you for your interest in America’s Unofficial Ambassadors!

National Writing Contest for Teens and High School Students

24 June 2010

National Writing Contest for Teens and High School Students

Each month, Stage of Life features a national writing contest for teens and high school students. This student writing competition is a non-fiction, memoir, blogging, essay-style contest for teens in high school.  We want to hear your authentic voice in your submission.

June’s Writing Topic/Theme: 

“What is the most difficult thing (for you) about college?”

Continue reading below for submission details and the submission form button.

Writing Contest Winner Gets…

  1. “Featured Blogger” status on Stage of Life
  2. Stage of Life T-Shirt
  3. A cookie gift basket from Corso’s Cookies

Rules for the Monthly High School Writing Contest are as follows:

  • Essay must relate to the theme (see below).
  • Essay must be your original work.
  • Essay can be no longer than 500 words.
  • Essay must be non-fiction and follow the form of a diary, journal, blog, memoir, or essay.  That is to say…we want real stories about real life…from you.
  • Once entered, essay will become a part of Stage of Life’s public facing content so no foul language or inappropriate material.  Those enteries will be removed.
  • Registration to Stage of Life is required to enter the writing contest (it’s free and will allow you to join the writing community here on Stage of Life).
  • Writing submission must come from a current high school (grade 9-12) student or recent graduate.

Contest Judges:

Eric Thiegs:  CEO and Founder of Stage of Life

Rebecca Thiegs:  Senior Editor, Stage of Life.  Rebecca has her master’s in education from the University of Minnesota along with 12+ years teaching advanced English for high school students.  She’s currently freelancing as a curriculum consultant for McDaniel College’s Creative Writing Department on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative.

Sarah Hamaker:  A freelance writer and editor with more than a dozen years of experience, Sarah Hamaker is the author of Hired@Home, a guide to unlocking women’s work-from-home potential. She has a master’s degree in Literature and Language from Marymount University. Sarah has judged teen short story contests as well as magazine awards. Visit her online at

Visit the website for details and to enter:

Love Is… Contest!

24 June 2010

Love Is … Contest! Entry – How We Visualize Unconditional Love

Facebook Group:!/group.php?gid=126907267330121&v=info&ref=ts

Selected entries will be featured in a book published by Absolute Love Publishing, and winners will receive one complimentary copy of the book.

Our Intent: The idea is to showcase a world of unconditional love. Entrants are encouraged to take a broad view of love – love of self, others, animals, plants, the planet, etc. This can be expressed by how you have seen love, imagine love, show love, love yourself, etc. There is an emphasis on the *unconditional aspect,* as we are attempting to demonstrate true love, rather than love with conditions.

All ages are encouraged to enter. Winners’ full names, ages, and locations may be published. Some exceptions may be granted with express request upon entry.

Deadline is September 30, 2010. Deadline may be altered at any time. Winners will be announced within three months of final deadline.

Entry fee is $20. Payment may be made via PayPal ( Please contact if you would like to pay by check or money order. Participants will be considered entered once all materials and payment are received.

Multiple entries are permitted. Any form of writing, such as poetry, essays, and short stories, is permitted. Written submissions must be in Microsoft Word with a maximum length of 5,000 words. Drawings and photography may be submitted but must be black-and-white, in digital form, and at least 300 DPI. All works must be titled.

Each document must include the entrant’s name, address, phone number, email, and the following statement: “I certify that this work is my original creation.” Please NAME/SAVE all documents and pictures with the entrants’ full name as the title.

Entry Form (this text) must be attached to email submission. Please submit to with “Love Is Contest” in the subject line.

Winners are chosen at the publisher’s sole discretion. Winners will receive one complimentary copy of the book. No financial compensation will be given.

Absolute Love reserves the right to publish submissions in any format, including additional books, online, and in electronic format. Works may be edited, and we reserve the right to publish our edited version without prior approval.

Entrant Name:
Parent/Guardian Name (if under 18):
Phone Number:

Title of Work/s Submitted:

Brief Description (for our classification purposes only):

I give permission for my full name, age, and location to be published.
Name of Entrant:
Name of Parent/Guardian, if entrant is under 18:

I have read and acknowledged all the terms and conditions of entry into the Love Is Contest.
Name of Entrant:
Name of Parent/Guardian, if entrant is under 18:

For more info visit Facebook Group:!/group.php?gid=126907267330121&v=info&ref=ts

The Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only Writing Contest

24 June 2010

The Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only Writing Contest is back. Last year we awarded $450 to our winners.

Dialogue Only

Prizes: A minimum of $290 will be awarded, with $250 going to first place and $10 to our four honorable mentions. Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 5 of the magazine due out in January 2011. Last year we awarded $450 in prize money. For every entry over 25, an additional $5 will be awarded to the first place story.

The Rules: Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2000 words. Your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). These are the only rules. Manipulate them however you see fit.

The Winner: The winning entry will be the story that most effectively uses dialogue to deliver a powerful and engaging story.

Entry Fee: $10 for unlimited entries (only one entry allowed at a time; see Response/Notification section for more details). Entry fee is due at time of submission and will be collected through Submishmash (you may pay using a credit card or with Paypal). Note: We must have at least 25 entries or the contest will be cancelled and all entry fees will be returned.

Deadline: All initial submissions must be received by September 12th. Winners will be announced by October 12th.

Response/Notification: Our contest runs with a rolling rejection process. We will always keep our five favorite stories. You will be notified immediately if your story falls out of the top 5, and you will have the opportunity to resubmit. There is no extra cost for subsequent submissions, but you may only submit one story at a time. September 26th is the final day for resubmissions.

Submission Guidelines: All entries should be submitted using our Submishmash page: Your name, contact information, bio and word count should appear in a brief cover letter and at the end of your story. The title of your document should be the same as the title of your story.

No simultaneous submissions or previously published stories are allowed. If your story is discovered to be simultaneous or previously published, you will become ineligible from competition in the contest and your entry fee will be forfeited.

By submitting, you are stating that you are the sole author of the work and that it has not been published before. Work posted on blogs, message boards, personal websites, etc. all counts as previously published material.

For regular submissions, please see our Submission Guidelines page.

Full contest details here:

Travel Writing Competition

24 June 2010

Planet of Death is a travel writing competition for dangerous, exotic or
extreme travel experiences. No picturesque schlock please.

This round is based in East and South East Asia. Future rounds will cover the globe.

Entries must be no more than one page (c.500 words) in length.

Suitable for the recycling of blog entries and flash non-fiction.

The first 100 entries are free, thereafter $7 for one and $15 for three.

There is no closing date. Each competition is closed on receipt of the
maximum number of entries. It is estimated that this will occur around the
end of August.

Ten cash prizes from a fund estimated to be around $5,000 ($1500 first

Publication for the top 100 rated entries.

Call for submission: The Animals Anthologies Project

21 June 2010

The Animal Anthologies Project is now accepting quality non-fiction and fiction writing on animals.

Your chance to get published.

Should be between 300 and 3500 words.

Email submissions to:

For details visit our website at:

Call for submissions: Mapping Me Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography and Artwork

20 June 2010

Mapping Me: A Landscape of Women’s Stories is an anthology of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, photography and artwork. Its objective is to explore the connections – the invisible threads – that exist between women across the globe. Our starting point is to place the most basic question of identity, “Who am I?” within the complexities of culture and ethnicity. How do women respond to motherhood, rage, loss, relationships and loneliness across cultures? Do we share the same concept of grief and sadness, joy and love? We ask the writers and artists to tell stories, which negotiate the demands placed upon everyday women by society. The goal of this project is the sharing of such stories that allow the readers to draw their own conclusions whether or not culture is a divisive state between women.

Some Questions To Think About

So what does this mean for you? Well really, it is up to you. Some questions we have we been asking artists and writers to think about are:

1. Who are you? Are you a ‘Culture’ first or a ‘Woman’ first? What is your voice?

2. How do you negotiate the cultural and/or societal authorities that tell you to be thin, pretty, get married, have children, worship, obey/disobey, have a career, stay at home etc.

3. Do you have a burning story about an event, a lost love, heartbreak, arranged marriages, unarranged marriages, infertility, fertility, or even a bathroom cluttered with make up.

4. Do you want to express conflict? Family dynamics? Frustrations over rivalries, children, demands of home and work, silences, arguments, tension with extended
families. Do you have a story of revenge? Manipulation? Women are complex creatures and we are capable of great loving as well as great evil too. We are, of course, human.

5. Who do you see in the mirror each morning? How does your culture affect your body image? Does it? Do you fight against it? Do you buy into any stereotypes? Do you have a funny story to share. We are looking for humour too. This is not a grim book.


Please select a category and create a story, poem, creative non-fiction or artwork.

· Category 1. Stories of movement and motivation, restriction and escape.
· Category 2. Stories about food and nurturing.
· Category 3. Stories about, touch, love, sexuality or virginity.
· Category 4. Stories about self-image, judgments, perceptions and observation.
· Category 5. Stories about motherhood, family, marriage, fertility, birth.
· Category 6. Stories of laughter, fun, malice, viciousness.

Additional Guidelines

Please make sure your work conforms to the following guidelines:

· For round two, contributors’ literary works must be original and unpublished.
· You may submit as many works as you wish.

· Writer’s Word Count Guidelines
1. Short stories: no more than 1000 words
2. Creative non-fiction: no more than 1000 words
3. Poetry: 4 to 6 pieces.
4. Flash fiction – anything less than 500 words.
· Your work must be submitted as either an attachment in a rich text format (RTF) or a word document (doc). No PDF files or docx files, please! We simply cannot work with these file formats. Alternatively, you may paste your work in the body of the email. If your writing has a specific format, attach it as a file to the email.

Works can be submitted in your mother tongue. Please provide an English translation with your submission.
Please do not send us web links of your writing or artwork. We will not see them.

· Artwork Guidelines
· You may submit as many paintings, photographs or a mix of art and prose as possible. We accept JPG files (no JPF).
· Submit your work to the editors at
· Please provide a cover letter and include a short biography (no more than 50 words).
· Let us know under what categories you are submitting your works.
· Deadline is the 1st of September 2010.
· Our reading period is 1 to 3 months.


We regret that we are unable to provide payment to contributors. Our goal is to provide a copy of the book to contributors but this is subject to the publisher’s approval.

Any questions please contact us at or visit us at

Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival/Contests

20 June 2010

It’s a big year at the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival as we get ready to celebrate our 25th anniversary and the 100th birthday of Tennessee Williams. We’re excited to announce our first ever poetry contest in addition to our 2011 fiction and one-act play contests.

2011 Fiction Contest

Judge: Robert Olen Butler
Grand Prize
Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the 2011 Festival in New Orleans
VIP All-Access Festival Pass ($500 value)
Public reading at the 2011 Festival (25th anniversary: March 23-27)
Publication in Bayou
Top Ten Finalists
Names will appear on website. Finalists will also receive a panel pass ($60 value) to attend the 2011 Festival.
Submit unpublished short stories up to 7,000 words. Unlimited entries per person.
Deadline: November 15, 2010
**For eligibility and full guidelines see our contest page:

2011 One-Act Play Contest

Grand Prize:
Staged reading at the 2011 Festival (25th anniversary: March 23-27)
Full production at the 2012 Festival
VIP All-Access Festival pass for 2011 and 2012 ($1,000 value)
Publication in Bayou
Top Ten Finalists
Names will appear on website. Finalists will also receive a panel pass ($60 value) to attend the 2011 Festival
Submit unpublished, never publicly performed one-act plays up to one hour in length.
Deadline: November 1, 2010
**For eligibility and full guidelines see our contest page:

First Annual Poetry Contest

Judge: Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque

Grand Prize:
VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the “CenTENNial” Festival: our 25th anniversary Festival and the 100th birthday celebration of Tennessee Williams: March 23—27, 2011
Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine
Public Reading at the 2011 Festival
Top Ten Finalists
Names will appear on website. Finalists will also receive a panel pass ($60 value) to attend the 2011 Festival.
Submit 2-4 unpublished poems of any style or theme with a combined length of up to 400 lines. Unlimited entries per person.
Deadline: August 15, 2010 (postmark).
**For eligibility and full guidelines see our contest page:

Writing contests for playwrights, poets and short story writers. Big prizes!

CenTENNial celebration: March 23-27, 2011
25th anniversary Festival & the 100th birthday of Tennessee Williams!
Celebrate with us!

Support the arts and enjoy all the great perks of being a Friend of Tennessee. Join at:

Sign up for Festival e-news:

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans
Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

Call for submissions: Status Hat’s Artszine!

20 June 2010

“Status Hat! is an online artszine featuring art, writing & music from contributors world-wide.

We are still accepting works of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Articles & Poetry for these themes: KEYS, HEART, LANDSCAPE, EARTH, REFLECTION.

Due by: July 30, 2010.

Send up to 3 poems, or 1,000 words max for other pieces, to:

Find Status Hat! at:

Inquiries welcome.”

Bollinger Blog: The Pear Fishers: the perfect evening

20 June 2010

TITLE: A box at the opera for 4 & a bottle of Bollinger: your perfect evening? It could be yours.
Most eloquent writer wins an exclusive box for four people at the English National Opera ‘The Pearl Fisher’s on Tuesday the 29th June and a bottle of Bollinger Special Cuvée.
Simply describe your perfect evening.

SUBMISSION: Tweet your submission (we are @BollingerUK) or write it on our blog. We’d like the who, when, why, where and what. If your answer is the wittiest or most imagination-capturing, you could enjoy a wonderful evening in the company of Bizet and three friends.

DEADLINE: Midnight on Friday 25th June


Smartish Pace, Beullah Rose Poetry Prize

16 June 2010

Smartish Pace, Beullah Rose Poetry Prize

This contest is open to women writers. Winning poet receives $200. Top three poets and all finalists (usually about 10) are published in Smartish Pace. All poems submitted for the prize will be considered for publication.

Submit 3 poems along with a $5 entry fee. Additional poems may be submitted for $1 per poem. No more than 12 poems may be submitted (maximum submission: 15 poems = $5 + $12 = $17).

 Deadline: November 1, 2010.

Clare Banks and Traci O’Dea look forward to reading all of the poems submitted for the Beullah Rose Poetry Prize!



Due by: November 1, 2010


Smartish Pace
P.O. Box 22161
Baltimore, MD 21203

Smartish Pace, Erskine J. Poetry Prize

16 June 2010

Smartish Pace, Erskine J. Poetry Prize

Winning poet receives $200. Top three poets and all finalists (usually about 10) are published in Smartish Pace. All poems submitted for the prize will be considered for publication.

Submit 3 poems along with a $5 entry fee. Additional poems may be submitted for $1 per poem. No more than 15 poems may be submitted (maximum submission: 15 poems = $5 + $12 = $17).

 Deadline: August 15, 2010.

Stephen Reichert looks forward to reading all of the poems submitted for the Erskine J. Poetry Prize!



Due by: August 15, 2010


Smartish Pace
P.O. Box 22161
Baltimore, MD 21203

Creative Writers’ Circle – Writing Contest

16 June 2010

We’re excited to announce that this current contest is being generously sponsored by Leah’s Homemade Cookies.  In addition to cash prizes, Leah’s Homemade Cookies will be awarding one dozen gourmet cookies to the first and second place winners!  The winners will select the flavor of their choice, and Leah will ship them to their doorstep.  Visit Leah’s website to give a gourmet gift or treat youself:  Leah’s cookies are delivered fresh to doorsteps nationwide.

   Current Contest Prompt:

   Summer had resurrected the woods, fabulously so; as a result the house that Marley had dreamed of was nearly obscured by a riot of wild chartreuse foliage. Despite careful attention to direction, it had taken her longer than she had expected to find it. The house’s grey stone exterior blended with its ultra-natural environment. It had stood the test of time, two stories of fine craftsmanship built on the side of the mountain, accessible only by a winding dirt road. In contrast to the freely growing trees and ferns, the house’s flower beds were bastions of painstakingly organized gardening. Rosebushes climbed neat wooden trellises while daylilies, carnations and star gazer flowers were among those Marley was able to identify under the windows, where they erupted in rainbows of color that contrasted nicely with the surrounding greens, browns and greys of the forest and house. The soft crunch of tires on the seldom-traveled road signaled that Sarah was arriving as Marley knelt in front of one of the flowerbeds. Carefully, Marley reached for a particular blossom that had caught her eye and brought it closer for examination. She bit her lip in confusion, wondering if something was wrong with her eyesight. The flower was beautiful, but she couldn’t have said what color it was if her life depended on it. It was as if she was seeing a fantastic new color, something impossible…

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

   Submission Deadline:  August 31, 2010

   Word Limit:  3,500

            First Place: $50 cash, plus one dozen of Leah’s Homemade Cookies (in the flavor of your choice) shipped to your doorstep*

            Second Place: $25 cash, plus one dozen of Leah’s Homemade Cookies (in the flavor of your choice) shipped to your doorstep*

   Winner Announced: September 15, 2010


How to Submit an Entry – The Rules –

Payback is Sweet Contest – $20 for the best 1-3 sentences in Going Postal!

16 June 2010

The Contest

Ever had a boss with multiple personality disorder? A customer that drove you nuts? Here’s your chance for payback.

Submit a story about a funny thing that happened at work. All stories must be less than 333 characters. The story with the most “Likes” (people clicked on the Facebook Button next to your yarn) wins.

The contest ends Saturday, June 26. Tell your friends on facebook to Like your yarn!

The Prize

$20 gift certificate to


You must submit your yarn under your username. (Otherwise we won’t know how to get in touch with you). All participation abides by the site’s Terms of Use. We can extend the deadline if necessary.

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Still: The Journal: The first annual Still Writing Contests in Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction

16 June 2010

Still: The Journal:
The first annual Still Writing Contests in Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction

Contest entries should follow our normal submission guidelines, which state that “we want to feature writing that exemplifies the Mountain South or that is written by an author with an established connection to the region.”

Submitted entries must be unpublished.
Simultaneous entries are accepted as long as you let us know if your submissions will be published elsewhere before the contest ends.
The contest reading fee is $8 PER ENTRY, payable to Still’s PayPal account, which can be accessed from our website:
An entry is defined as one short story, or one nonfiction piece, or one poem. You may submit multiple submissions in multiple genres, as long as you pay a separate entry fee for each submission. Contest entry fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

Manuscripts should be typed in a standard 12-point font (Times New Roman is preferred) and should have numbered pages. Prose must be double spaced. Poetry must be single spaced. Prose entries must not exceed 6,500 words. Poetry entries should not exceed 100 lines.
Make sure that your name or any other identifying information does not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s).

Deadline for email postmark is 12:00 a.m., August 15, 2010. Any entry that is not sent on or before that date will not be processed and entry fees will not be returned.
Winners will be notified by September 15, 2010. Winning entries will be announced publicly in the 4: Fall 2010 issue of Still: The Journal.

$100 for winners of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 4: Fall 2010. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication.

Fiction: Ann Panake
Poetry: Maurice Manning
Nonfiction: Janisse Ray

We prefer electronic submissions and fee payment. Submissions should be saved as a word document, rich text file or plain text file only (doc, docx, rtf, or txt ONLY) and attached to an email. Multiple submissions must be sent separately (in other words, if you are submitting a short story, an essay, and three poems, for instance, you would have five different electronic submissions and five different entry fees). The subject line for each entry should include “Still Contest” and the category; for example: Still Contest Fiction, Still Contest Poetry, or Still Contest Nonfiction. Include with each entry a title page which contains this information:

o Title of entry
o Category listed in parentheses next to title
o Name
o Mailing address
o Telephone number
o Email address
Do NOT include your name or any other identifying information on the manuscript(s). Please number all pages.
All entries must be sent to Entries will not be processed until the $8 entry fee is also paid.

Mail submissions can be accepted, although electronic submissions are preferred. Follow the above guidelines for manuscript and title page preparations, include an $8 fee per entry and mail checks payable to Still to:

P.O. Box 1121
Berea, KY 40403

Mailed entries must be postmarked by August 15, 2010. Failure to follow any of the above guidelines will result in disqualification. Inquiries or questions should be directed to

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100 Hacks to Help You Become A Better Writer

16 June 2010

Real writing, no matter its form or intended audience, honestly reflects the passions and ideologies of the author. Any nuggets of advice that flit about on the internet, in books and newspapers and magazines, through conferences and classrooms only help tighten technicalities. Students or aspiring professionals wanting to galvanize their writing abilities should certainly explore the follow hacks in order to gain a much broader knowledge of the craft’s mechanical elements. They cannot teach creativity or lessen its subjectivity, however…

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Do you want your short story or poem published in the debut edition of the Strange Circle Magazine?

16 June 2010

The Strange Circle Magazine is a new publication that will showcase the best new dark fiction and poetry from around the world.

We are currently looking for submissions, and to encourage entries, there is a prize of £50 on offer! All runners-up will receive a voucher worth $15 / £10 / €15, allowing them to take out a free subscription to, providing access to details of hundreds of publishers, literary agents, writing competitions, and magazines!

The Strange Circle Magazine will primarily be published in an electronic format. (In addition to the usual e-book formats, we hope to publish the magazine through the many mobile portals that are now available, including the iPhone App Store.) Hard copies will also be available.

The current deadline for receipt of stories is 31st July 2010

If you are interested in submitting a piece of your work, please study the submission guidelines by clicking on the following link:

100 Excellent Writing Exercises for the Classroom

16 June 2010

Writing is an important skill for any student to develop and will help them in their education, career, and adult life. With the help of writing exercises, you can better work to improve the writing skills of your students and maybe even have fun doing it!


Get major writing impact in a short amount of time with these exercises…

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The annual Write On! Story Contest, formerly The WestSide Story Contest, is open to all genres of literary fiction.

16 June 2010

Berkeley Branch Writing Contests

The annual Write On! Story Contest, formerly The WestSide Story Contest, is open to all genres of literary fiction. The contest is in its sixth year. It is now hosted by the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers’ Club. Founded in the early 1900s by Jack London, the CWC is the third oldest professional writers club in the country

GRAND PRIZE: $250.00

2nd Prize: $100.00

3rd Prize: $50.00

Judge: Marilyn Abildskov

This year’s judge, Marilyn Abildskov, is the author of The Men in My Country, a memoir set in Japan. Her fiction, essays, and poems have been published in such literary magazines as Puerto del Sol, Hotel America, New Orleans Review, and Southern Review. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches in the MFW Program at Saint Mary’s College of California.

The three prize-winning stories will be published on our website at: Authors of honorary mentions will be credited by name and title of their work.

Entry Fee per story: $13

Submission Window: July 1 – October 1, 2010

Winners will be notified in the first week of November.

Submission Guidelines:

Marilyn likes stories with a compelling storyline, memorable characters, and situations that seem true.

All submissions must be in English, previously unpublished, 2200 words or fewer, double-spaced, 12pt serif type. Please put your name, address, e-mail address, story title and word count on the cover page. In the manuscript, story title only. Please indicate in your query letter where you have heard about us.

Electronic and paper submissions, as well as multiple entries and entries from outside the U.S. are welcome. Entrants retain rights to their stories and are responsible for all copyright issues related to their work.

Checks are payable to: CWC Berkeley

You may pay via PayPal to:

Mail hard copies to: Write On! Story Contest 2010, Attn. Tatjana Greiner, PO Box 15939, San Francisco, CA 94115

Submit electronic submissions to: Please put Write On! Story Contest in the subject line.

For more information, e-mail Tatjana Greiner, Editor-in-Chief at:

Winning Stories of 2009. Chapbook.

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Creative Edge – Writing Services and Competitions

16 June 2010

Competitions Page – Free to enter and cash prize competitions for writing stories, blog entries and poems.

Tell Us About Your Writing Experiences – Free to enter

The Competition – Getting to know you.

Do you have a story about your writing experiences? Here at Creative Edge we are looking for stories about the ups and downs of being a writer. It could be your first success story, how you found inspiration or how you faced your writing fears. Complete horror stories, heart felt tear jerkers or hilarious entries are all welcome. Entries can be poems, stories or plays but must not exceed 2000 words. The closing date for this competition is the 25th June 2010.

The Prize – The winning entry will be published on our site and we have a copy of From Pitch To Publication- Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Novel Published by Carole Blake to give away. Enter your submissions on the form below and GOOD LUCK!

Weekly Blog Competition – Free to enter

We run a free blog competition every week. Send us a blog entry and our judges will choose one per week to publish on our writers blog page. We are looking for a range of blogs so whatever the subject of your blog we will consider it for our page. You can include a small blurb about yourself and a link to your regular blog site on the submission, which will be included on the published webpage.

Poetry Competition
The Competition
Our first competition will be a poetry contest open to all types of poetry. The judges are looking for new fresh material that shows creative work at its best. Please do not be frightened to challenge ideas or break boundaries for this contest. The theme for this contest is music and all submissions should include a sentence or two explaining which song or piece of music has inspired this poem. You can submit one poem per person and we remind you that we will not publish unsuitable language on this site.

The Prize
You will receive an email if you have been selected to enter the final round of judging. The winner of this competition will receive an email outlining the judges thoughts on your poem and £30.00. The poem will be placed on our Featured Work page and your name will appear in our Hall of Fame.

To Enter
This competition costs £3.00 to enter. Payments can be made via PayPal. Complete the payment process below and send us your full name, age, email address and your submission below. Deadline for this competition is 30th June 2010. Good luck everyone!

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