Archive for August, 2010

“If I Had a Million Dollars Essay Contest”

26 August 2010

 This contest is open to anyone over the age of 18 with a legal U.S. mailing address. There is no entry fee. Winning essays will retain rights after publication. Non winning entries will be given the option of being included along with winning entries and will retain rights after publication.

There are three prizes:

First place $100, Second place $50, third place $25, and three honorable mentions.

DETAILS: What would you do with a million dollars, tax free? In three to four pages, (1000 words max, 500 words minimum), describe how a million dollars would change your life, your family’s life, and the community in which you live. The entries will be judged by a panel of three people; one English professor, an entrepreneur, and a psychology instructor.

Submissions will be accepted from August 15th 2010-October 31st 2010.

They can be emailed in the body of an email or in Word as an attachment to or mailed to:

 B. Foreman

 PO BOX 273

 Hubbell MI, 49934

The chosen entries will be included in a publication, (book or ebook), of the same title. For any additional questions feel free to email me at the above address.


Rozlyn Press: Call for Submissions

17 August 2010

Rozlyn Press is currently seeking female fiction authors with unpublished manuscripts. Please read the following criteria:


  • literary fiction (mystery and suspense)
  • contemporary fiction
  • magical realism

Electronic Submission Link:

Mailing Format

  • Your submission should have a cover letter with the following information in the upper left corner: your name, address, phone number, email, the proposed title of your work, and number of words. 
  • Below the name block please type a brief synopsis (300 words or less) of your manuscript.
  • All submissions should be printed on 8 1/2 by 11 white paper, double spaced, with 1 inch margins, in a legible typeface and font size. Pages should be numbered consecutively, with printing on one side only.
  • Submissions should be clipped together, not loose pages.
  • Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your submission for our correspondence.
  • If your manuscript is not selected for publication and you wish to have it returned, please include a self-addressed prepaid media mail envelope with your submission and we will return your manuscript after the reading period. Unchosen manuscripts will be recycled at the end of the reading period if no prepaid media mail envelope is included.

The deadline is: September 30, 2010


Please mail your submissions to:

Alayne Bushey-Fiore, 34 Main Street, Apt. 36, Malden, MA 02148

Our reading period is two months after the submission deadline. Please do not expect a response prior to December.

Please visit our Technicals page to learn more information about our editorial, design, and printing process. Authors will receive royalties on sales.

Word * Play – Short Script Competition

17 August 2010


IN THE MOMENT Films (Minnesota) is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural fundraiser.

WORD*PLAY Short Script Competition seeks screenplays and theatre script submissions from nation-wide writers of original works which have not been produced.

A panel of accomplished Twin Cities writers, producers and directors will be reading and judging all entries, and the top Six plays selected will be presented to the public by a cast of talented actors as Staged Readings to be held at InterMedia Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday, November 29, 2010.  

 The Evening of the Staged Readings promises to be a lively night of performance, live music, a silent auction, and complimentary light appetizers and beverages.

One of the six pieces presented will be selected (by audience vote) as the Word Play Competition winner, and the winning writer will receive $200.    
The suggested donation to attend the evening’s festivities is $25. There is NO FEE to submit a short script. 

All funds raised go towards producing the original short film “M 4 W” written by Cynthia Uhrich and slated to shoot in January, 2011.  

Additionally, checks written specifically to aid in funding film project can be made out to:

Springboard for the Arts with “In the Moment Films” in the memo line.

Those project-specific donations are tax-deductible! 
* Screenplays must be original material which has not been produced/filmed.

Prior staged readings are acceptable. 
* Maximum of 15 Pages per Screenplay (not including Title Page.) 
* Screenplays must be formatted in 12-point Courier or Times New Roman, with one-inch margins. Pages must be numbered and the title of the screenplay should appear on the top of each page. 
* This is a “blind entry” submission–we do not want the judges to know whose work they are reading. Please staple a cover page with the following information to your entry: Script Title, Your Name, Address, Email and Telephone Number.

    * You may submit no more than two (2) screenplays per writer. Each script must have it’s own paperwork and Title Page. Collaborations must have all authors named on all paperwork submitted along with the script. 
    * There is NO FEE to enter. If you’d like, send a self-addressed, stamped postcard which we will mail to you upon receipt of your submission.
    * Entries must be post-marked by October 30th, 2010. 
    * The authors of the Top Six Selections will be notified by November 15th.  
    * The Winner of the WORD*PLAY competition will be based on audience ballots the evening of the staged reading. The winner of the Competition will be notified on November 30th. The winner of the competition will receive $200. In the event of a tie, the prize will be distributed evenly ($100 each author.) 
    * Please submit hard copies ONLY (sorry, no electronic submissions accepted) to: 


ATTN. Submissions Coordinator, Amity Carlson 
2625 Fountain Lane N. 
Plymouth, MN  55447 

Questions? Email Amity at: 

Thank you in advance for your participation–and best of luck! 

To stay apprised of this event and the making of “M 4 W” be sure to check  
out our FaceBook Page: W/140086922689284?ref=sgm

Writing Group in a Box: 10-Minute Flash Fiction Contest

14 August 2010

Writing Group in a Box: 10-Minute Flash Fiction Contest

Prize: Publication

Deadline: Ongoing

Fee: Purchase of book containing writing prompts

Can you write a great story in ten minutes? The authors of “Writing Group in a Box” challenge you to set a timer, open their book to a random writing prompt, and get scribbling! If you end up with a gem of flash fiction genius, we want to publish it!

A total of 156 winning entries will be chosen and published in a fabulous volume of fresh flash fiction. Think you have what it takes? Visit and get started.

Call for submissions: August 2010 WordSprint

14 August 2010

Submissions are now being accepted for the August 2010 WordSprint. Please submit online at or send by email to

August 1 to August 31 – Submissions accepted
September1 t o September 30 – online voting
October 1 – Announcement of winner.

August 2010 prize – $100

For more information visit


Last Winner Ella Mai – The Hanging Man

Call for entries: Creative Competitors

14 August 2010

Open Poetry Competition
1st Prize: £150.00
2nd Prize: £100.00
3rd Prize: £75.00
Closing Date:  12th September 2010
Entry fee: £3.00 per poem or free to Premier 1 members
You can be as creative as you like in our open poetry competition as there is no given theme. Poems must be previously unpublished and have a maximum of 40 lines.
For details, visit:

Memory Loss Fiction Competition
 1st Prize: £150.00
2nd Prize: £100.00
3rd Prize: £75.00
Closing Date: 30th September 2010  Entry fee : £3.00 or free to Premier 1 members.
You have only 650 words in which to craft your story (excluding the title).
Be as imaginative as you like but your character must experience memory loss.
Stories must be previously unpublished and pasted into the body of the email. Please ensure that line spacing is in place.–

For more information:


Doug Fir Fiction Award 2010:

14 August 2010

The Bear Deluxe Magazine is pleased to announce the opening of the 2010 Doug Fir Ficton Award Contest.

Our guest judge this year is journalist and novelist Jim Lynch. He is the author of The Highest Tide and of Border Songs, which was listed as a “Best Book of 2009” by the Washington Post, the Toronto Star, the Oregonian, and Amazon.
We welcome submissions of previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as you wish. Simultaneous submissions are not permitted.

Winner: $1,000 and publication in The Bear Deluxe Magazine
Finalists (2): Honorable mention and publication consideration.

For guidelines and all other information visit:

 About the Bear Deluxe:
The Bear Deluxe Magazine is published by Orlo, a nonprofit organization focused on addressing environmental issues, art, and literature. It is one of the country’s most acclaimed environmental publications and has been recognized by Print, Utne Reader, Orion, Adbusters, Library Journal, Outside, the Oregonian, the Willamette Week, Portland Monthly, the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Council for the Humanities, Regional Arts & Culture Council and Bumbershoot Arts Festival for editorial and design excellence.
Founded in 1993, it has featured the work of many established and emerging writers and artists, including Katherine Dunn, Rick Bass, Gina Ochsner, David James Duncan, Leslie Savin, Matt Love, Robert Cooperman, Paulann Petersen, Anna Ray-Jones, and Loretta Stinson.


14 August 2010

Genre: Short fiction (with some link to Paris)
Closing date: 30 November 2010
Prize: 200 euros for first prize, plus publication of twelve best stories
Entry fee: 10 euros
Restrictions: Maximum 5’000 words. Submission in the body of the email only
Further information: 12 stories will be selected to appear in the book: “BEST AND MOST DELIGHTFUL STORIES ABOUT PARIS” to be published fall 2011
Internet site for details and updates
We have just announced the judges at :
And the American Library in Paris has just published a FAQ about the contest at:

Last Call for Entries: Scinti Short Story Contest

14 August 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 with people around the world.

Entry Requirements:

1. “Like” Scinti on Facebook.

2. You can express yourself in any format – stories (100 to 3000 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: August 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 Facebook likes on our fan page.

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-September, 2010

Visit the website for details and to enter submissions at:

Aojirouma Publishing: Writing Contest

14 August 2010

Aojirouma Publishing is sponsoring a new writing contest this year beginning August 12, 2010 for all writers in all countries. The contest will be split into two primary categories, prose and poetry. Below is a description of the contest:
Life is often described as a journey with detours at every corner. Whether that journey has a destination is reliant on the individual’s ambitions, beliefs, and desires. With literature being a reflection of life, it is only natural that a canon be born from this universally accepted analogy. Great works like The Adventures of David Simple by Sarah Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling by Henry Fielding, and Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe explored the literal meaning of the journey. For this contest, Aojirouma Publishing charges authors from around the world to submit an original work exploring the journey.

Submissions may be of any genre, but this year we will be requiring writers to move outside their comfort zones. We want both seasoned and new authors to study and incorporate the writing styles of our masters who composed during the Eighteenth Century. Poets may want to pay particular attention to artists like Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Robert Lloyd who included specific motifs in their poems concerning the journey.

• Maximum of one submission
• Less than 10,000 words in length
• Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt, Double Spaced
• Style: Eighteenth-Century Prose
• Start: August 12, 2010
Deadline: November 1, 2010
• Submission Fee: $10.00


• Maximum of three submissions
• Font: 12 pt
• Style: Eighteenth-Century Poetry
• Start: August 12, 2010
Deadline: November 15, 2010
• Submission Fee: $10.00 (For all three submissions)
Three winners will be selected from each category, a total of six winners. First place winners will receive $50.00, an award for their winning submissions, recognition on our website, and, most importantly, will choose which charitable organization receives 70% of all proceeds collected. Second place winners will receive $25.00, an award for their winning submissions, recognition on our website, and will be offered the chance to choose a charitable organization of their choice for the remaining 30% of the proceeds. Third place winners will receive an award and recognition on our website. Every winner will have their works published in an anthology released once every three years by Aojirouma Publishing. Authors must download, print, and complete a waiver form on our forum for their work(s) to be published. Winners will be announced December 10th, 2010. Updates and the following information may be accessed at our forum: Registration is not required to access the thread.
Submissions with their waiver form may be sent to:
2010 Writer’s Contest
Aojirouma Publishing
31 Dogwood Lane
Pottersville, NY 12860
The waiver form may be downloaded from here: Aojirouma Publishing would like to stress that this, like prior contests sponsored by Aojirouma, is for a charitable cause. It is just a small part of our greater goal of tying literature to the community, reviving the prestige of authorship, and sponsoring great writers that deserve recognition in the literary community. Thank you for your time and attention.

UFiction Writing Contest

14 August 2010

FREE Amateur writing site. Provides your own and separated online writing space so that anyone can write and read any writings of story, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The more people read your writings, the higher your rank will be.

High rankers get chance to win 500USD

The contest results will be announced at the end of September 2010, midnight

You are welcome to visit for more details of the contest.


14 August 2010

Deadline: 30 November 2010
Short story writers (UK + International)
Prizes: £150, £50; £25 x 4, plus all prizewinners get their story published to the InkTears Readers and consideration for a short story collection/anthology publication.
Full results will be announced by 14 March 2011

Fee: £4.50.

Length:1000-3000 words.

NB: stories may have been previously published (prior to 30 April 2010) or previously unpublished.
For details, visit:

Pipeno Launch Writing Contest

14 August 2010

We are launching a contest today (Friday July 30, 2010) for writers of the world to come together to write and read each others articles.

Contest is open to everyone, amateur and professional.  Our goal is to empower readers and writers of the world.  Contestant enter their work.  The written piece has to be between 500-1000 words with exceptions in the Unique Interest category where short stories and fiction are limited to 2000 words, and poetry has to be a minimum of 100 words. 

Contest will be open from Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 12 p.m. EST to Friday, September 6, 2010, 12 p.m. EST.

The link is

First Prize (Most Votes) Apple 16GB iPad
First Prize in remaining categories: 1 of 4 Kindle Wireless Reading Devices.
Voters also have a chance of winning a Kindle Wireless Reading Device.

Contest is decided by readers who vote by giving virtual gifts to the written article.

For contest details:

Soundings Review Poetry & Prose Contests

14 August 2010

Founders Circle Contest

Submit a prose piece up to 3,000 words or a poem of up to two pages to Soundings Review to win publication and $300! Write the name of the contest on the manuscript. Manuscripts should be 12 pt Times New Roman, and prose should be double spaced. Include an SASE for response, using a larger envelope for return of the manuscript. Entry fee is $7 for the general public, $5 for members of the Whidbey Island Writers’ Association. Accepting submissions year-round with a winner selected for each publication of Soundings Review.

First Publication Contest

If you are a writer who has never been published in a publication open to national submissions nor in a publication advertised nationally, submit to Soundings Review to win publication and $100! Manuscripts should have the name of the contest and should be double spaced in 12 pt. Times New Roman. Include an SASE for response, using a larger envelope for return of the manuscript. Entry fee is $7 for the general public, $5 for members of the Whidbey Island Writers’ Association. Accepting submissions year-round with a winner selected for each publication of Soundings Review. *We reserve the right to not select a winner in the event submissions do not meet the quality standards of Soundings Review; reading fees will not  be returned.

About Soundings Review: (, a magazine of creative writing, debuted in September 2008. It publishes poetry, fiction and prose, including essays and interviews. Open to different styles and voices, Soundings Review is passionate about accessibility and depth, stories that make an impression on the first read, and with subsequent readings continue to elicit thought and understanding.

Visit the website for Contest Guidelines:

The SEVEN Fund (Seven)/CIFA 2010-11 Essay Competition

14 August 2010

The SEVEN Fund (SEVEN) is pleased to announce its 2010-11 Essay Competition in partnership with the Washington DC-based Center For Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA). We are seeking essays on enterprise solutions to poverty from around the globe that are faith-based, faith-inspired, or interfaith efforts. The competition will award two (2) prizes of US $5,000.

The submission deadline is October 15, 2010 at midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST). Winners will be announced on December 15, 2010.

We are reaching out to you in the hope we might partner to help promote the essay competition. We welcome your participation in this competition and invite you to share this call for essays on your website or with your email list. We’d ultimately like to inspire participants to articulate and share their experience and insights about working at the intersection of faith and prosperity.

For more information you can view the competition’s full details here:

Writers are asked to submit a first-person narrative describing enterprise solutions to poverty that are faith-based, faith-inspired, or interfaith efforts. Illustrations may come from any domain, including healthcare, education, consumer products, human rights, and others; examples must represent innovative private solutions to public problems.

SEVEN (the Social Equity Venture Fund) is a virtual non-profit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to markedly increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty. It does this through targeted investment that fosters thought leadership through books, films and websites; supporting role models – whether they are entrepreneurs or innovative firms – in developing nations; and shaping a new discourse in government, the press and the academy around private-sector innovation, prosperity, and progressive human values.

STATUS HAT: Calls for Art & Writing Submissions

14 August 2010

Open: August 1, 2010; Closes: October 30, 2010.

Status Hat is a monthly online artszine, that also goes out to an email subscription list. Each month we explore a different theme, through art, writing and music by contributors from around the world. It is published by Status Hat Productions, an arts collaborative based in Charlottesville, VA, USA.

We are accepting submissions for the first three issues of 2011, as of August 1, 2010:
 The Hat Issue (Publication Month – January, 2011) Spice (Publication Month – February, 2011) Cities (Publication Month – March, 2011)
Submission Deadline: October 30, 2010
Writers: Genre and styles open. Send us fiction, fiction excerpts, creative non-fiction and articles (1,000 words max), or poetry (up to 3 poems), in .doc or .odt format. In your transmittal email, please indicate which theme or themes your work should be considered for.
Artists: Send us a link to where we can view your work online for consideration. If you have work that particularly fits one of our themes, please direct us to where that work is in your online portfolio (or tell us which images). Do not email us .jpgs unless we specifically request them from you.
*** Submissions should be emailed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , by October 30, 2010.

Visit the website for details:

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition:2010 Contest Winners Announced

14 August 2010

The internationally respected Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, now in its 30th year, supports and encourages the efforts of emerging writers of short fiction.
Our 2010 competition received 1,653 entries from the United States and throughout the world. Its final judge was Lorian Hemingway, whose books include the critically acclaimed memoir “Walk on Water.”
The awards announcement took place Friday, July 23, during a reception hosted by Tom Oosterhaudt and his mother, Mary Ann Worth, owners of the beautiful Casa Antigua, Ernest Hemingway’s first Key West residence.
Supporters of the competition’s literary events are Casa Antigua and Wyland Galleries of Key West.
The competition presented a $1,000 first prize, $500 second prize, $500 third prize, and 44 honorable mentions.
The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is proud to congratulate the following writers of merit:

                      Gregg Cusick of Durham, North Carolina:

                    Kate Zahnleiter of Queensland, Australia: 

“The Cloud Creature”

                    John Medeiros of Minneapolis, Minnesota:
                                           “Losing Dylan

                           HONORABLE MENTIONS
(listed in no particular order)
Jane Connors of St Peters, Australia, for “Too Much Red My Favourite Colour”
Caroline Roberts of  Knoxville, Tennessee, for “A Sweater’s True Story”
Douglas Bruton of West Linton, Scotland, for “Harriet and Sparks and Mayflies”
Pushkal Juneja of  Noida , India, for “The Wall”
Amy Hillgren Peterson of Fostoria, Iowa, for “Namesake”
Pranav S. Joshi of Singapore, for “Permanent Distance”
Matt Schnarr of Fallbrook, California, for “The Infinite Lines of Thornton Brown”
Annemarie Neary of London, England, for “A Little Hell”
Dwight Holing of Orinda, California, for “Salt”
Julie Wu of Belmont, Massachusetts, for “Daughter Lost”
Laurie Ann Cedilnik of Houston, Texas, for “EWR”
Brianna Strange of Brooklyn, NY, for “To Be: A Verb Unsurpassable in Accounts of Existential Crises”
Natalia Sarkissian of Milan, Italy, for “SOUP”
Jewelene Barrile of Brunswick. Australia, for “Hope”
Mark Daniel Hicar of  Nashville, Tennessee, for “Getting Used to It”
Kate Amatruda of Novato, California, for “Suburbia”
Angie FarrowofPalmerston, North New Zealand, for “Acceleration”
Anna El-Eini of Washington D.C., for “OF A BROKEN-HEARTED RIVER”
Paul D. Marks of Santa Clarita, California, for “ENDLESS VACATION”
Mark Howell of Key West, Florida, for “Some Strange Thing”
Kimila Bowling of Bloomfield, Missouri, for “Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces”
Kendal Hay of Shreveport, Louisiana, for “Mayflies in Spring”
Sarah Reed Callender of Seattle, Washington, for “Between The Sun and the Oranges”
Marie Hermet of Sevres, France, for “Catch A Tiger by the Toe”
Louise Hawes of Pittsboro, North Carolina, for “Ancient History”
Laura Lewis of Dunedin, New Zealand, for “Reading Turkish Coffee”
Ndanyuzwe Gaston of Brussels Belgium, for “Poor Man’s Freedom”
Chanel V. Rossi of Aurora, Ohio, for “Hold On to Nothing”
L. Edwin Greer of New York, New York, for “Ebb Tide”
Michael Pearce of Oakland, California, for “Dragon Arm”
C.D. Cashman of Concord, Massachusetts, for “Dear Professor Anglehart”
Jon Simonds of The United States, for “Two Gallants”
Joann W. Dunn of Marietta, Georgia, for “A Row of Lime Trees”
Jan B. Parker of Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, for “Mayme”
M.D. Mallicoat of Gerrardstown, West Virginia, for “Piano Boys”
Elayne Roman of West Caldwell, New Jersey, for “Small Change”
Kaye Park Hinckley of Dothan, Alabama, for “Moon Dance”
Justine Siener of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for “Ivrogne”
Barbara Ann Sapp of Paris, France, for “Malaga Sweet, Malaga Dry”
Lones Seiber of Morristown, Tennessee, for “Fields Where Glory Does Not Stay”
Danielle Rae Bryant of Middletown, Maryland, for “Good Girl”
Adam Stanley of Rome, Georgia, for “Hope Chest”
Alex Carrick of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for “The Size of the Skip”
M. Esther Sherman of Crestline, California, for “Me, Myself, Still Un-cool”

Visit the website:

Call for Submissions– “Sixteen Pimples… because awkward gave birth to cool”

13 August 2010

Call for Submissions– “Sixteen Pimples… because awkward gave birth to cool”

“Sixteen Pimples” is a new blog looking for submissions.

Think about some of your most awkward middle and high school memories.  Which ones make you laugh today? 

Submit then and now photos, plus any and all humorous stories from your teenage years, how they relate to the person you are today, and what you miss most from those hormone-ridden years to

The deadline is ongoing.  There is no pay.

To check out the blog, visit:

First Annual Studio FourFiveZero Writing Contest

13 August 2010

Announcing the 1st annual Studio FourFiveZero writing contest open to writers of all ages and nationalities. We are seeking imaginative genre, as well as literary fiction written in English. Non-fiction on virtually any topic is also being considered in a separate category.  Currently accepting entries in the following categories:

 Novella or Long Fiction- up to 25,000 words

Short Fiction- up to 15,000 words

Non-Fiction- up to 40,000 words

 Finalists will be selected from all entries submitted before December 31st 2010.

1st prize selected from all categories: $150.00 and publication contract.

Finalists in each category: Publication contract.

 Please follow the following guidelines for submission. No electronic submissions at this time; finalists will be asked to submit an electronic version at a later date.

 All work must be typed, double spaced on white paper, using 12 point font.

Please include a cover letter with brief biographical information as well as your name, address, telephone and email address.

All submissions should include a reading fee of 10 dollars by money order for each submission. Multiple submissions are welcome.

Mail submission to:

K Harris

Studio fourfivezero

PO Box 237

Loganville, PA 17342

Submissions cannot be returned.

All submissions will receive an email confirmation.

No contest decision will be made until after the deadline of December 31st 2010.

Mills & Boons will launch New Voices Romantic Fiction Contest on Sept. 6, 2010

13 August 2010

At Mills & Boon, we believe that there’s a romance in everyone – and we want yours! Have you ever dreamed of becoming a published author and writing your way into readers’ hearts? Well, this is your chance!

What is New Voices?

On September 6, 2010 we launch a global search for fresh writing talent to join Mills & Boon’s galaxy of romantic fiction stars.

A celebration of romance, New Voices will put entrants through their romantic fiction paces – and we want you to have your say every step of the way!

The winner of the competition will win some fantastic prizes, including publication of the winning entry by Mills & Boon and a Mills & Boon editor for a year!

How Do I Enter?

Anyone who hasn’t been published before (see the Ts & Cs for more details!) can enter the competition; all you need to do is upload the first chapter of your Mills & Boon novel to this website from 6th September 2010. There’ll be just one entry per person allowed, so make sure that it’s your best! So, get writing!

How Will It Work?

There’ll be FOUR stages to the competition:

Stage One

We want everyone to upload the first chapter of their Mills & Boon novel! The best bit is that you’ll be able to read everyone else’s entry as well – and be able to comment on them too. Let’s get the romance debate going!

Stage Two

The Mills & Boon editorial team will whittle down all the entries to just ten finalists, who’ll be asked to write the second chapter of their Mills & Boon novel.

Stage Three

We’ll ask YOU to vote for your favourite entry out of the top ten. Along with the judges, you’ll decide on the four finalists who go through to the next round!

Stage Four

The finalists will write the ‘pivotal moment’ of their Mills & Boon novel. Then, with the judges, you’ll decide the winner by voting for your favourite.

Power to the romance fans!!!

How Do I Get Involved?

Whether you’re a writer or a reader – we need you! We’d love you enter the competition, and you can also join the debate:

  • Tell us which entry is your favourite
  • Tell us what kind of romances you like – and don’t like!
  • Vote for your favourite finalist and help to decide the winner

This is your chance to have your say about what Mills & Boon publishes and we can’t wait to hear from you!

And if that’s not enough, we’ve also got some great prizes and giveaways, so there’s plenty of reasons to stop by from 6th September.

Visit the website:


13 August 2010

Flash Fiction – Get to the point in 500 words or less. Subject is open, but no gore or pornography.
Deadline for entry—submissions must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2010.
 Entry fee: $10 for non-members, $8 for members (make sure your dues are current.) Maximum of three entries per person.
Checks payable to: Missouri Writers’ Guild.
Prizes: 1st place – $100, 2nd place – $50, 3rd place – $25. Three honorable mentions will receive certificates. 
Short stories must be in English, unpublished at the time of submission, and original work of the contestant.  
Contestants retain all rights to their stories. Standard manuscript format: 8 1/2 x 11 paper, typed and double-spaced on one side of the paper, pages numbered, title of entry on every page, 12 point Times New Roman. Paper clip pages together. Contestants name or other identifying information should not appear anywhere on manuscript.
Attach a separate cover sheet and include: story title, contestant’s name, address, e-mail, phone number, and MWG chapter name (if applicable).  Do NOT send by certified mail!
Mail entry fee and two copies of each entry, flat, not folded, by September 30, 2010 (postmark) to: 
Tricia L. Sanders
Missouri Writers’ Guild – Flash Fiction Contest
90 Westwood Trails
Foristell, MO  63348

  Stories exceeding word limit, not having adequate postage, or not adhering to contest guidelines will be disqualified and entry fee will not be returned. Decision of judge is final. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Stories will not be returned.  For a list of winners, visit our website in late October 2010: Certificates and prizes will be mailed by the end of October.

ATTENTION WRITERS: Naked Girls Reading wants you to SUBMIT!

13 August 2010

International literary salon Naked Girls Reading ( is looking for exceptional, “gut level” writing in the areas of Short Fiction, Poetry, Criticism and Erotica.  In November 2010, an array of famous Naked Girls will read finalists in every category and give away the Naked Girls Reading LITERARY HONORS in Chicago at a very special event.

This HONORS includes a reader funded cash prize of at least $500 and the prestige of being the first recipient of the award.

You don’t have to be naked when you write, but we wouldn’t blame you if you were!

For more information and to submit your original work, visit:

Project Storyteller – Short Story Contest

13 August 2010


Take a given premise and produce a short story. The story can be written (750 words maximum), illustrated as a graphic short story (2 pages maximum), or recorded as an audio or video piece (3-minutes maximum).


  • Contestants must be thirteen (13) years of age or older. After Waking Creative Group employees and their relatives are ineligible.  


  • All entries must be original works, not previously published in professional media.
  • By submitting a work, a participant confirms that they are the rights holder or have obtained permission to use all elements of that work.
  • Entries must be produced in the English language, or, in the case of a video production, contain English subtitles.
  • All entries must conform to the stated story restrictions. Written pieces cannot exceed 750 words. Illustrated pieces cannot exceed 2 pages. Audio/video recordings cannot exceed 3-minute playing times.
  • If submitted online, entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 20, 2010.
  • If submitted by mail, entries must be postmarked no later than October 20, 2010.
  • Participants may submit multiple entries but are required to pay an entry fee for each submission.
  • Although the given premise remains copyright of the After Waking Creative Group, participants retain all copyrights to their submitted work.
  • This contest is void where prohibited



  • First prize is $1000.00 CAD
  • Second prize is $500.00 CAD
  • Third prize is $250.00 CAD

Winners will be announced on on December 20, 2010. Prize winners will also be notified by e-mail and/or mail. Prizes will be sent by mail.

The 2010 shaking like a mountain Fiction Open: It’s On!

13 August 2010

Announcing the 2010 shaking like a mountain Fiction Open: Guest Judge Janice EidusFirst prize: $350                    Second prize: $100               

Third prize: $50

 The three prizewinners will be published in shaking like a mountain and have their work submitted by shaking editors to the Best of the Web and Best of Net anthologies.

Deadline:  September 15, 2010. Results will be announced at the website October 15, 2010, and the winners will be published before the end of 2010.

About our judge:

 Janice Eidus is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Her short fiction has won two O.Henry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, and a Redbook Prize. Her latest novel, The War of the Rosens, won a 2008, Independent Publishers Award in Religion, and was nominated for the prestigious Sophie Brody Award. Her new novel, The Last Jewish Virgin, will be published in October, 2010.

 Complete Contest Guidelines:

 -We accept all genres of literary fiction as long as stories are related to the theme of music.

 -Please be sure to include your name, address and phone number in a cover letter with your submission. Do not put your name, address, or phone number on the story itself.

 -Entries must be: unpublished; 4000 words or less; and accompanied by a $10 entry fee per story.

 -We welcome multiple entries ($10/story) and entries from outside the U.S. Entrants retain all rights to their stories.

 -Once a story is submitted, we cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.)

-Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

 -Entries must be complete by 11:59 P.M. PDT on September 15, 2010.

Please e-mail us with any further question. Thank you for your interest, and good luck!

 Visit the website for details:

Shortbread Stories: Hometown Tales Writing Competition

13 August 2010

The whole ethos behind Shortbread Stories is to encourage short story writing and to provide a worldwide audience for new writers. Each month we take the best of our submissions and we produce audio stories, using professional actors and recording studios. We’re asking for a short story based on the theme of Hometown tales. The winner will receive an accommodation-free place at Shortbread’s first  five day creative writers’ workshop at Finca El Tornero de Abajo, the beautiful house in the Sierra de Aracena Natural Park in Huelva Province that Robin Pilcher started as a Foundation of Creative Writing eight years ago.

The competition will close on September 15th, 2010,  at midnight.

How to enter:

More information can be found here :