Archive for July, 2010

Last Call for Entries: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

6 July 2010


The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed. Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Extended deadline: August 9, 2010

All winners will be announced on September 11, 2010


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100. Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees: $10 per short story/$5 per poem

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for details and to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One 


Ghost Story/Haunted House Tale Writing Contest

4 July 2010

Do you have a ghost story or haunted house tale to tell?

Type it up, make it less than 3,000 words and email it with GHOST STORY in the subject link. 

All stories must be in the body of the email, all attachments will be immediately deleted.

Begins July 1, 2010, ends July 31 2010.

The winner will win an autographed copy of Donald Allen Kirch’s novel “Manchester House”, which was voted #1 for “Best Occult Detective Novel Fiction”,  #1 for “Haunted House Novels”(it beat “The Shining”) and #1 in “New Authors to Watch For” on GoodReads.

Mr. Kirch can also be found writing “The Silent Pulpit”, sharing one chapter at a time, on our Spectacular Writing Page.

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Medulla Publishing Chapbook Contest

2 July 2010

 Open to submissions from July 1, 2010 until September 30, 2010. Free-verse, non-rhyming poetry with surrealistic edge is preferred. The entry fee for the competition is $10.00.  Please send $10.00 via paypal to medullapublishing (AT) gmail (DOT) com prior to send your chapbook submission, then send your submission to the same eMail address.  Send manuscripts between fifteen and twenty poems with one poem per page. Include a title page, bio page, acknowledgments, and table of contents. You may also send cover art and a marketing plan with your submission, but these are not requirements.

You will receive a response to your submission within approximately one to three months. The winner of the contest will receive 10% of the entry fees and publication, but all submissions will be considered for publication.  Medulla Publishing offers chapbook authors 50% of the royalties.

Anthology Submissions: Anthology Submissions are currently open to short stories between 2,000 and 4,000 words for Surreal Smut, the first anthology to be published by MEDULLA PUBLISHING. The title, “Surreal Smut,” is open to interpretation, but I definitely want stories that are experimental, original, and graphically erotic. Think Anne Rampling meets Franz Kafka, Alice in Wonderland meets Anais Nin, or Pablo Neruda meets H.P. Lovecraft. Please send your submissions to medullapublishing (AT) gmail (DOT) com. Include a cover letter and short bio. You will receive a response to your submission within approximately one to three months. I plan to publish approximately ten stories for the anthology, and each author will receive a percentage of the royalties. No upfront payment will be provided.

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Scinti Story Contest

2 July 2010

Everyone has a story. We want yours.

We are looking for true stories that astound, enchant, enlighten and startle us. We want to be swept up and away, pulled from our moorings, left shaken and inspired. We want to think, wonder, imagine, believe.

Do you have a story that is especially meaningful to you, something hilarious or harrowing that touched you deeply, changed your heart, your soul, your way of seeing the world? It can be the story of you, a loved one, a stranger, a moment, a day, a lifetime. We hope you’ll share it here with us and people around the world.

Entry Requirements:

1. Become a fan of Scinti on Facebook.

2. You can express yourself in any format – stories (10 to 2000 words), poems, photo stories, hand written letters, drawings, whatever you can imagine!

3. All formats must be digital (emailed).

Feel free to send previously published stories you have written, such as stories from your blog. If you are using previously-published material, please provide a link (if applicable) to your work so we can give credit where credit is due.


1. Submissions must be true stories, not fictional.

2. Submissions must be your own original content.

3. Although entries remain the property of the writer, finalists agree to acknowledge first publication in in the credit line for all subsequent publications (unless your work has been published previously).

Process and Prizes:

Deadline: July 31, 2010

After reviewing each submission, we will pick the most scintillating stories for our finalists and the winners will be by popular choice, based on # of tweets, Facebook likes on our fan page, and story comments.

The prizes are as follows:

1. First Prize – $100
2. Second Prize – $50
3. Third Prize – $25

Finalists and winners will be announced by mid-August, 2010.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

First Annual Rogue Bud Writing Competition

2 July 2010

Joel Muska is my co-worker who is retiring and I wanted to do something to honor his persistence, reliability, great attitude and stellar work ethic.

Are you a hard worker and a team player?

If so, this contest is for you!

I am stepping out as an Independent Publisher and First Place Prize is that I will turn your manuscript into a novel. I will help you on your journey of becoming a published author.

Email me your story in 800 words or fewer as to why I should partner with you to make your vision of a book a reality.

Please include a one page synopsis with your story. Synopsis will not be included in word count.

Contact: Audrey Semprun at

Visit my website at for contest guidelines and details.

Initial submission deadline is September 15, 2010. No late entries will qualify.

Smashwords Partners with Wattpad to Create New Publishing Opportunities for Indie Authors

2 July 2010

Wattpad, the world’s most popular ebook community, and Smashwords, the leading ebook publishing and distribution platform, have announced a partnership that will open up new publishing opportunities for thousands of indie authors.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wattpad and Smashwords will cross-promote each other’s services and have added integration so that Wattpad users can sell books via Smashwords and Smashwords authors can promote free works on Wattpad, including, works-in-progress, complete works, or serial ebooks on Wattpad.

Wattpad operates a social network for writers to connect with readers and share what they have written. Wattpad receives over 10 million visits a month and many of the stories on Wattpad have millions of reads.

“The Wattpad community loves to read and interact with writers. Readers on our site comment on a story once every seven seconds, making Wattpad a solution for writers looking to increase their presence and fan base,” explains Allen Lau, CEO and co-founder of Wattpad. “Our partnership with Smashwords provides our authors with an important outlet to distribute and sell their finished works and then cross-promote these works across Smashwords and Wattpad.”

“Wattpad represents a fabulous training ground where authors can hone their craft and prepare their writing for distribution and sale at Smashwords,” said Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords. “Current Smashwords authors can benefit from Wattpad as well by using it to share stories, gain feedback and develop fan followings.”

Smashwords publishes and distributes over 13,000 original ebooks from 6,000 authors and hundreds of small independent publishers. To publish at Smashwords, Wattpad authors simply upload their finished manuscript to Smashwords as a Microsoft Word file, formatted to the requirements of the Smashwords Style Guide. Smashwords automatically converts the book into nine ebook formats, and makes it available for immediate sale online at a price set by the author. Smashwords then evaluates the book for inclusion in the Smashwords Premium Catalog, which is the catalog Smashwords distributes to major ebook retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and the Apple iPad iBookstore.

Both Smashwords and Wattpad are free for writers.

About Wattpad
Founded in 2006, Wattpad is now the world’s most popular ebook community. Wattpad has revolutionized the way people read written works by providing a social networking platform for readers and writers to discover, share and connect. Anyone can publish what they have written on Wattpad – a romantic story, a piece of science fiction, poetry, an essay or a novel – and interact with readers and make fans. Content is easily accessible through Wattpad’s website (, mobile site ( or with Wattpad apps available for over 1,000 mobile devices including iPad/iPhone, BlackBerry, Google Android, Nokia and Samsung.

Wattpad has experienced explosive growth since its inception and has become the world’s most popular destination to publish and read ebooks. Wattpad delivers billions of pages from its library of hundreds of thousands of works created and published by the Wattpad community. Millions of readers visit Wattpad every month on through their mobile apps.

About Smashwords, Inc.
Launched in 2008, Smashwords operates the leading ebook publishing and distribution platform serving authors, publishers, readers and retailers. Smashwords makes it free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to instantly publish and distribute a multi-format ebook.

Smashwords puts authors and publishers in full control over the pricing, sampling and distribution of their works. Authors and publishers receive up to 85 percent of the net proceeds from sales of their works. Smashwords has distribution relationships with leading online retailers such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Amazon, and leading mobile e-reading apps such as Stanza, Kobo, Aldiko, FBReader and Word-Player, spanning all major mobile platforms including Android, Blackberry and iPhone. Smashwords is based in Los Gatos, California, and can be reached on the web at Visit the official Smashwords blog at
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New Nature Writing Competition for Unpublished Authors

2 July 2010

Nature Tales: Encounters with Britain’s Wildlife is an anthology of iconic nature writing past and present. From Roger Deakin to Gilbert White, from Robert Macfarlane to JA Baker, this brand new volume encapsulates the wonders of coming face to face with wildlife in the British Isles.

We’re offering one previously unpublished writer the chance to be included within the anthology – alongside Charles Darwin, Richard Mabey, Ruth Padel and many more. To enter the competition, simply send us a personal, real-life encounter with Britain’s wildlife (in no more than 2,000 words).

The competition will be judged by a panel of experts including representatives of Elliott & Thompson, The Wildlife Trusts, Foyles and best-selling author Simon Barnes.

Entries must be received by midnight on Sunday 18th July 2010. For further information see Terms & Conditions.


(This link will take you to the website for registration)

The Watty Awards, Wattpad’s Annual Writing Contest

2 July 2010

Taylor Lautner Beats Robert Pattinson in Teen Writing Contest 4 to 1

The Watty Awards, Wattpad’s annual writing contest, sees Twilight actors starring in original fiction.

Toronto, Canada. June 29, 2010 —- Since the launch of The Watty Awards three weeks ago during the MTV Movie Awards, thousands of authors have submitted their original stories into Wattpad’s annual writing contest.

The majority of contributors are young women who have cast their characters with some of the biggest names in movies and television. Most popular are the stars of Twilight, who writers choose to play fictional characters ranging from the average high school student to the supernatural and highly imaginative.

“Taylor Lautner is by far the most popular actor from the Twilight series to appear in Wattpad fiction, coming second overall only to the young Disney star Selena Gomez,” explains Allen Lau, CEO and co-founder of Wattpad. “Unlike traditional fan fiction, the authors have created stories that are completely their own and used the Twilight actors to play their original roles. Many of the young authors on the site have expressed a desire to become authors as popular as Stephanie Meyer. This contest has given them the opportunity to imagine their stories as they might appear on the big screen.”

The winner of last year’s contest, “Dinner With a Vampire. Did I Mention I’m Vegetarian?” by Abigail Gibbs, has over 6 million reads and has received 35,000 comments.

Other Twilight stars that have been cast in Wattpad stories include Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz.

About Wattpad

Founded in 2006, Wattpad is now the world’s most popular ebook community. Wattpad has revolutionized the way people read written works by providing a social networking platform for readers and writers to discover, share and connect. Anyone can publish what they have written on Wattpad – a romantic story, a piece of science fiction, poetry, an essay or a novel – and interact with readers and make fans. Content is easily accessible through Wattpad’s website (, mobile site ( or with Wattpad apps available for over 1,000 mobile devices including iPad/iPhone, BlackBerry, Google Android, Nokia and Samsung.

Wattpad has experienced explosive growth since its inception and has become the world’s most popular destination to publish and read ebooks. Wattpad delivers billions of pages from its library of hundreds of thousands of works created and published by the Wattpad community. Millions of readers visit Wattpad every month on and through their mobile apps.

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Enter the Third Annual Real Simple Life Lessons Contest And You Could Win $3000

2 July 2010

Finish this sentence: “I NEVER THOUGHT I’D…”
THEN TELL US WHY! Whether the experience was difficult,
funny, easy, or bittersweet, share your lesson and you could win.

•  $3,000
•  Round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors
•  Publication in Real Simple Magazine

Contest entries should be typed, double-spaced, and a maximum of 1,500 words. No purchase necessary. Contest begins at 12:01 A.M. on June 1, 2010, and ends at 11:59 P.M. on September 24, 2010. Open to legal residents of the United States 19 or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (All entries will not be returned.)

TO ENTER Send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft  Word attachment) by e-mail to

For contest rules, visit:

NOW OPEN: Sixth-Ever Fiction & Poetry Contests, & the First-Ever Nonfiction Contest!

2 July 2010

The Sixth-Ever Black Warrior Review Contest has begun! Send us your dearest-beloved (stories/poems/essays)!

Guest Judges for the contest are

Claudia Rankine (Poetry)

Peter Markus (Fiction)

and our FIRST EVER NONFICTION Contest Judge
Lia Purpura 

 Payment must be made online (the Submission Manager will direct you to do so).

To Submit your Work
or for more details and guidelines,
please visit:

Winners in each genre will receive $1,000 and publication in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue. Finalists in each category will receive notation in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue and are also considered for publication.

Reading Fee is $15 per short story (up to 7500 words), $15 per nonfiction piece (up to 7500 words), and $15 per group of up to 3 poems.

All contestants will also receive a complimentary one-year subscription (That’s $1 less than conventional subscriptions!.)

Submissions close on September 1, 2010.

Visit the website for details and on how to enter:

Cloudbank Poetry and Prose Contest

2 July 2010

Cloudbank is now accepting poetry submissions for our next issue.
A prize of $200 will be awarded for one poem or short prose piece.

Address for submissions:

PO Box 610
Corvallis, Oregon 97339-0610

The deadline for contest submissions is July 31, 2010.
The scheduled date to announce the winner is October 31, 2010 .

1. The contest fee is $15.00 The check should be made out to Cloudbank. All poets who enter the contest will receive a one-year (two-issue) subscription to Cloudbank magazine.
2. Submissions without payment will also be considered for publication, but will not be eligible for the prize. We read submissions year-round.
3. Please do not send more than five poems for either the contest or regular submissions.
4. For contest submissions, the poet’s name, address, e-mail address, and poem titles should be typed on a cover sheet only, not on the pages of poems. For non-contest submissions, the poet’s name and address should appear on each page.
5. We do not accept electronic submissions.
6. The poems may not have been published elsewhere.
7. Simultaneous submissions: Please let us know if your poems are accepted elsewhere.
8. Your poems will not be returned. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) so that we can notify you of acceptance.
9. Feel free to send us prose poems, reviews, essays on poetry, short fiction (1000 words max.). We are open to all types of quality writing.
10. For those who do not enter the contest, one-year (two-issue) subscriptions to Cloudbank magazine are $15.00. Individual copies are $8.
11. Two contributors’ copies will be sent to writers whose work appears in the magazine.
12. If you already have a subscription and want to enter the next contest, your subscription will be renewed for two more issues.

Address any questions to:
Michael Malan
Cloudbank, PO Box 610,
Corvallis, Oregon 97339-0610

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Summer 2010 Morocco Travel Essay Contest

2 July 2010

Did your Moroccan visit evoke some interesting thoughts, ideas and comments that you would like to share with the world?

We want to read about your Moroccan trip Experience!
Enter the Summer 2010 Morocco Travel Essay Contest organized by
  • The writing must be the original work of the entrant.
  • Limit 1 submission per entrant.
  • Each entry must have a title
  • Length requirement: Min word count: 750 words
  • Entry cannot be submitted to any other website, contest, or print media of any form
  • Submissions can be a travel essay or journal entry
  • Essay topics are: Morocco travel, art or culture
  • Language: English or French
  • All entries become the property of the
  • Writing should be submitted to, please include “Moroccan Essay” in subject line.
  • Entries must be received by Thursday August 31,2010 at 12:00 pm (Eastern Time). 


Three winners will be chosen for first, second and third place

1.      First place: $125
2.      Second place: $75
3.      Third place: $50
The top entries will be displayed on website.
All payment will be paid via paypal.
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How to Books Competitions – £200 for the Best Article Submitted in July

2 July 2010

In behalf of How to Books – We’re currently looking for new writers and running a competition in July where the writer of the best article will receive  £200 on top of any other earnings the article makes.

Deadline: Any accepted article submitted using the user submission system during the month of July (1st of July 2010 to midnight United Kingdom time 31st of July 2010) is automatically entered into the competition.

For more information on entering the contest please visit:

Please send any inquiries to:

The competition is held by: How to Books Ltd., Spring Hill House, Spring Hill Road, Begbroke, Oxford, 0x5 1RX, United Kingdom

Funniest pregnancy story wins Free Cord Blood banking or $1000 cash!

2 July 2010

Send us your funniest pregnancy story!

In 200 words or less tell us about a funny story that happened to a pregnant you, friend, or loved one for the chance to win free cord blood banking or $1000 cash!


Entries are accepted till Monday October 25, 2010 at 12pm EST.

For Terms and Conditions visit:

The entry form is here: