Archive for September, 2010

Idea MI, a contest for international creative talent

25 September 2010

IdeaMI is the contest which puts creative talent (in graphic design or writing) from all over the world, whether professional or amateur, to the test.
Participants must depict Milan through a slogan, or through a t-shirt design. The contest is open to people of all nationalities and ages, and there is no participation fee.
The IdeaMI contest is divided into two categories:
IdeaMI Visual.
Create a T-shirt for Milan.
Send your design of a t-shirt playing upon the Milan logo, making it an integral part of your idea. Enhance the logo with a drawing, photo or graphic design which expresses how you remember or imagine Milan to be, or how you wish it were.
IdeaMI Writing. Create a slogan for Milan.
Send a phrase, a jingle, a slogan – a short text which expresses Milan’s identity for you.  You can send any text you like, original, engaging or ironic; write it in your own language or in whichever language you consider most appropriate (if it is written in any other foreign language, please submit a translation into Italian or English with it).
PRIZE. The winning entry will receive a prize worth €1,000 for the t-shirt design, and €500 for the slogan (for more information and to see the advert, visit and click on the IdeaMI banner).
The best entries will be published for the rest of the world to see on the Milan Tourism portal ( and in an issue of néo (
Participants will be judged by a select panel and through an online vote managed by the Milan Tourism portal ( and by néo e-magazine during the months of September and October.
In addition to this, participants may eventually receive offers of collaboration on creative work or for the marketing of their ideas, from the promoters and supporters of this initiative.
The deadline for sending your entries is the 10th October 2010, for more information and to see the advert, visit (click on the IdeaMI banner).
The Milan contest is promoted by the site in collaboration with the Bandello group and the Community of Milan – Central Tourism Office, Territorial Marketing, Identity.

Nominate a Blog!

25 September 2010

Once again, Creative Nonfiction is seeking narrative blog posts to reprint in an upcoming issue.

We’re looking for: Vibrant new voices with interesting, true stories to tell. Narrative, narrative, narrative. Posts that can stand alone, 2000 words max, from 2010. Something from your own blog, from a friend’s blog, from a stranger’s blog.


Deadline for nominations: Monday, September 27, 11:59 PM EST.

For more details and to nominate a blog post go here:

2011 Gulf Stream Award

25 September 2010

We are excited to announce our newest contest, the 2011 Gulf Stream Award. One winner in each genre will win $250 and publication in Gulf Stream Online #5, due out in April, 2011. The judges are:

John Dufresne: Fiction
Les Standiford: Nonfiction
Denise Duhamel: Poetry

Entry fee is $10.
Entries will be accepted from September 24th to December 1st, 2010.
Prose submissions are limited to 7,500 words.
Poetry submissions are limited to five poems.
Winners will be announced in the spring of 2011.
You may submit as many times as you like, but each submission requires a separate entry fee. All entries will also be considered for future publication.
Friends, family members, colleagues, and current/former students of the judges are ineligible.

The following is the link to the contest page.

Winter Ghost Story Competition

25 September 2010

Winter Ghost Story Competition
1st Prize: £500.00
2nd Prize: £200.00
3rd Prize: £150.00
4th Prize: Flash Fiction Writing Course
Closing Date: 21st November 2010

Entry fee: £5.00 or free to Premier 1 Members
Conjure up a creepy winter ghost story and you could win a fantastic prize and publication. The winner will be published in the Creative Competitor weekly newsletter and on the website. The competition is also being supported by new paranormal website- The Ghost Hunter. Submissions must be original and previously unpublished.

Full details here:

GetaSlogan Writing Contest

25 September 2010

GetaSlogan is continuously holding slogan writing contests at

The contests are sponsored by clients that need a slogan (usually for their business). There are two kind of contests: qualifying and qualified. Qualifying slogan projects are opened to anyone. Qualified slogan projects are only available to those sloganeers that have been finalists previously in Qualifying slogan projects.
There is no admittance fee to participate. Just register as sloganeer at

Pending payments are released at the beginning of every month via PayPal.

Win Nigella’s ‘Kitchen’… Writing Contest

25 September 2010

Win Nigella’s ‘Kitchen’…
Deadline: 10th October 2010
Prize: A copy of Nigella Lawson’s new 500-page cookbook published this September. 10 available, 1 per winner.
About: Belvoir Fruit Farms is giving away 10 copies of Nigella Lawson’s new book…
Ever wondered what to do with black bananas, rock hard plums and other leftovers that accumulate in the kitchen? Wonder no more, because the Domestic Goddess knows how to whip up something brilliant from stuff others (us included!) would just bin.
It’s going to be a gastronomic delight and, what’s more, we’ve got ten copies to be poached in our latest competition. To win, we want to hear about your culinary mishap…Cheese soufflé let you down? Yorkshire puds gone south? Served steak tartar to a vegan? Just pop your dinner disaster story into the Comment Box below and the top ten funniest anecdotes win a copy of the Queen of the Kitchen’s latest best-seller…



25 September 2010

First Prize: St. Martin’s Press publishing contract
The Judge: Lord Jeffrey Archer
Entry Fee: None

Your submission must be 5,000 words or shorter. One entry per person. But hurry, entry deadline is October 2.

Enter online at Jeffrey Archer Presents.
Approaching deadlines:
> Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest—entry deadline is Oct. 1
> Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition—entry deadline is Oct. 1
> Hint Fiction Writing Contest—entry deadline is Oct. 11

For younger writers:
> Sylvia K. Burack Writing Award—now accepting entries from 11th and 12th graders

In other contest news:
> Time Out New York—enter to win a 10-week workshop (entry deadline is today)
> The Writer 2010 Short-Story Contest—winners announced
> TV Me! Television Pitch Contest—entry deadline is Nov 30
> Film Racing Contest—make a movie in 24 hours

100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest Six

20 September 2010

For Contest Six, we offer four opportunities to win.

First prize is $500. Runner up prizes are $150, $100, and $50.

Story subjects are up to you, but pay attention to specifications on the “WHAT WE WANT…” page.

Entry fee is $15, plus checkmark evaluation, $21,
     plus critique, $49.00. 

Final judge is Erica Bauermeister, author of  The School of Essential Ingredients,  an international best selling novel.

See the website for examples of winning stories, checkmark evaluations, and critiques.

Deadline:  December 18, 2010. 

Information is at

2011 Tusculum Review Fiction Contest

20 September 2010

The 2011 Tusculum Review Fiction Prize offers a $1,000 (U.S.) purse and publication.  There is a $15 (U.S.) entry fee, which includes one copy of the vol. 7/2011 edition of the The Tusculum Review and consideration for publication.  We consider all works submitted for publication, but only works with entry fees are considered for the contest.

Submissions must be postmarked by March 15, 2011 in order to be considered.

Each submission is restricted to one short story no more than 30 typed, double-spaced pages in length (use a standard 12-pt. font, please).  All entries must be typed.

Previously published stories, including web publications, are not allowed.  Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if our editors are notified immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere.

Please send a cover letter with your name, postal address (to where you’d like your review copy sent), phone number, e-mail address, and the title of your work. Please do NOT include your name anywhere on your manuscript.  Those entering more than one submission may designate a gift copy of The Tusculum Review vol. 7/2011.  Please provide the name(s) and address(es) for where you want the journal(s) mailed.

Manuscripts will be numbered, and all author names and information will be removed before the entries are presented to the judges.  In the event that judges do not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, The Tusculum Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or to cancel the award.

The final judge for this year’s contest will be Aimee Bender.  Family, friends, and current/previous students of the judge, or those with a reciprocal professional relationship with the judge, will be disqualified from the contest.  Submissions will be screened by the staff of The Tusculum Review, and finalists will be forwarded for judging.

All contestants will receive a letter announcing the winner and finalists along with one copy of The Tusculum Review vol. 7/2011.  The winner and finalists will be listed on The Tusculum Review companion website in April 2011.  The new issue will be mailed in May 2011.

Manuscripts will not be returned.

Mark all envelopes: FICTION CONTEST.

Send all work to:

The Tusculum Review
60 Shiloh Road
P.O. Box 5113
Greeneville, Tennessee  37743.

We accept checks and money orders made payable to The Tusculum Review.

For more information, contact the editors at or 423.636.7300 ext. 5285.

Ruminate Magazine Short Story Prize

20 September 2010

Ruminate Magazine is now accepting entries for its annual Short-Fiction Contest.

A prize of $1000 will be awarded to the winner and publication in the Spring 2011 Issue will be awarded to the winning story and runner-up story.


The submission extended deadline for the prize is midnight October 31th, 2010.
-The entry fee is $15 (includes a free copy of the Spring 2011 Issue).
-You may submit one short story per entry and it must be 7000 words or less.
-$1000 will be awarded to the winner and publication in the Spring 2011 Issue will be awarded to the winning story and runner-up story.     
-A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of RUMINATE readers, who will select 8 short stories as finalists.

-Close friends and students (current & former) of the judge Leif Enger, author of Peace Like a River, are not eligible to compete. Nor are close friends or family of the RUMINATE staff.
-All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form below. We will not accept mail or email submissions. We do not accept previously published entries.
-You may pay online below or mail your payment.
-Winners will be announced in the Spring Issue, March 2011.

For more information, please visit:

Founded in 2006, Ruminate is a quarterly magazine of short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art that resonate with the complexity and truth of the Christian faith. Each issue is a themed forum for literature and art that speaks to the existence of our daily lives while nudging us toward a greater hope. Because of this, we strive to publish quality work accounting for the grappling pleas, as well as the quiet assurances of an authentic faith. Ruminate Magazine was created for every person who has paused over a good word, a real story, a perfect brushstroke— longing for the significance they point us toward.

$250 Prism Review Fiction prize & poetry prizes

20 September 2010

Deadline: By midnight, 11/30/2010, please submit 1-3 poems or one story for $9 at:

Prizes: $250 and publication

Poetry judge: Craig Santos Perez, author of from Unincorporated Territory (hacha) and from Unincoporated Territory (Saina). (see

Fiction judge: Lucy Corin, author of The Entire Predicament and Everyday Pyschokillers

All entries will be considered for publication, and all entrants get our fantastic thirteenth issue at basically the same cost as subscribing.
Winners announced February 2011.

More information available at

Camp Trip Article Competition

13 September 2010

We are looking for people who are interested in sharing their camping tips & tricks, advice, expertise or experience . The article can cover any topic on camping, be from anywhere around the world and does not have to be recent. Articles will be judged on their quality and use of helpful information. Please share with us what you’ve learned about camping that makes it a more enjoyable or exciting experience.

And What’s in it For Me?

We are giving out a VISA gift card for first, second and third best articles. Simply share your experience and expertise with others and be entered to win a VISA cash card (USD). The competition is limited to 100 entries which gives you a better chance of winning. We will choose the three best entries and award the winners with Visa Gift Cards(USD): First prize $100, second $75, third $25. Everyone can use some extra cash so why don’t you take up this opportunity?

Awesome, So How Can I Enter?

To enter write a couple paragraphs, in your own words covering either an Informative Camping Experience, Tips & Tricks, Gear & Equipment, Review, some helpful Guides or anything else camping related (you may use point form if you are listing tips etc). Please ensure your article meets our guidelines below before submitting and note that it maybe posted on the website.
You can view our website:
View our competition page:



Creative Writers’ Circle Short Story Contest

13 September 2010

     Write a short story based off of the prompt given on our website &
e-mail it to us for a chance to win great cash and merchandise
prizes – no strings attached!

 Submission Deadline:  September 31, 2010

  Word Limit:  3,500

           First Place: $50 cash, plus merchandise from our sponsor

           Second Place: $25 cash, plus merchandise from our sponsor

  Winner Announced: October 15, 2010

 See our website for the official rules & how to enter:


13 September 2010

September 8, 2010, New York): Master storyteller and former Booker Prize judge Frank Delaney (, is launching his second Twitter Writing Challenge on Monday, September 13: write the best, most arresting simile you can in 140 characters or less. “Similes add flavor and clarity; they fix an image in the reader’s mind. A good simile in a passage of writing is like a raisin in a cake — sweet, and separately memorable, it heightens the relish,” the bestselling writer and former BBC broadcaster explains.

And to encourage, Delaney instructs, “A good simile in a passage of writing is like a discreet and expensive jewel on a frock — it startles at first sight, improves on closer scrutiny, but the overall effect is to add class to the whole picture. A good simile in a passage of writing is like a lovely trumpet riff — it helps to make the point but has its own particular resonance. Given such beliefs, how can I not enjoy the prospect of a Twitter Twallenge for the best simile?”

The prize for the three best simile writers is lunch with Frank Delaney in New York City, whenever the winner is in town (and barring scheduling conflicts,) or a signed copy of the Advanced Readers Edition of Frank’s next novel “The Matchmaker of Kenmare” (Random House, February 2011.)

In Delaney’s first Twitter Writing Challenge, he asked people to tweet the first 140 (or fewer) characters of a novel they wanted to write, inspiring prose such as “She was out swimming the night Carrickton burned.” by @ealvarezgibson, one of the winners. Delaney offers a daily writing tip on Twitter—a mixture of practical, psychological, and funny pointers on creative writing, non-fiction, and travel writing—as well as much lively and literary conversation with his fans.

Delaney’s latest novel “Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show,” (February 2010) was met with rave reviews, including this one from Book Page.

On Bloomsday 2010, Delaney returned to his broadcasting roots—he hosted such BBC radio and TV shows as “Book Shelf,” “The Book Show,” “Frank Delaney,” and “Word of Mouth”— and launched Re:Joyce!, a short weekly podcast on “Ulysses.” It’s been downloaded (for free) over 13,000 times so far, and has been heralded as “the People’s Ulysses” and “a grand addition to Joyceana” by listeners around the world.

Full rules for Delaney’s latest Twallenge (#FDsimile) can be found here at:


13 September 2010

Online Workshops Begin Now!

If summer slipped by before you could make real progress with your writing, don’t despair. With expert instruction, structure, and helpful encouragement, you can make great strides with your writing before year’s end. And Gotham is the perfect place to help you get your writing on track.

When you participate in a Gotham workshop you benefit from weeks of expert instruction, structured exercises, a supportive community of fellow writers, and in-depth feedback on your work.

But time is running out! Many new workshops begin this week. So you need to commit now to make the most of your fall.

Enroll in 2010 at 1997 Tuition
Gotham creative writing classes deliver not only unsurpassed quality, they deliver exceptional value as well. We work hard to keep tuition low. In fact, you can enroll in a 10-week level I or advanced writing workshop this fall for the same tuition we charged in 1997.

Enroll in a Fall Workshop and Start Writing Now
This is your chance to start a new project—or complete a current one—in a fall online workshop that’s right for you. Classes starting in the next 10 days include:

Nonfiction 101 – Creative Writing 101 – Screenwriting
Novel Writing  –  Fiction Writing – Romance Writing
Memoir Writing  –  Children’s Book Writing  – Humor Writing
Business Writing  – Reading Fiction

Spend a Week With a New York Times Editor
Each of Gotham’s exclusive New York Times Knowledge Network classes includes a week-long Q&A with a Times editor. Classes starting next week include:

Article Writing featuring Nicholas Confessore of The New York Times
Travel Writing featuring Dan Saltzstein of The New York Times
Food Writing featuring Julia Moskin of The New York Times
How to Freelance featuring Lynda A. Richardson of The New York Times

Learn How to Get Published
You spend countless hours creating your work. Don’t you owe it to yourself to spend some time learning how to sell it? Join literary agent J.L. Stermer in How To Get Published, a four-week online seminar, where she’ll share strategies for finding publishing success. Class begins on September 8. Space is limited.

For a complete list of classes visit
> For a list of writers teaching Online classes this fall, click here.
> For a list of writers teaching in NYC, click here.

Gemini Magazine Poetry Open

13 September 2010

Gemini Magazine is pleased to announce the Poetry Open, a competition with absolutely no restrictions on content, length or type of poetry. Grand prize is $1,000. Second and third place win $100 and $50, and there will also be three honorable mentions.
All six finalists will be published in the February 2011 issue of Gemini.
Entry fee: $5 for up to three poems.

Deadline: December 31, 2010.

 Full details at

Avery: An Anthology of New Fiction’s annual Small Spaces Fiction Prize

13 September 2010

This year’s guest judge is Junot Diaz.

 Submit a short story up to 30 double-spaced pages in length.

Only submit through our Submishmash submissions manager, a link to which can be found on our website:

Submissions must be previously unpublished.

Entry fee: $10.

Winner to receive $300 and publication in Avery 7.

All submissions will be considered for publication.

Visit the website for details:


13 September 2010

All SEPTEMBER contests begins SEPTEMBER 3, 2010 and end SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 at 5pm EST. Email to submit to contests.




WRITE US A 1,500 word horror story. The top four will appear on LIT FEST in OCTOBER, one each week.


Email with “Days’ End” in the subject line for a raffle to win Scott Collins fascinating and suspenseful novel, Days’ End

Visit the website:

Baico/ Kaleidoscope Short Story Contest-2010

13 September 2010

The Baico/Kaleidoscope Short Story Competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants over the age of 18yrs. Short listed stories will be published in an anthology, conditional to receiving at least ten stories of publishable quality.
The winner will receive $200 and first place in anthology. Two runners up will each get $100 and selected authors will receive 1 complimentary copy of anthology.
Subject and word count
The stories should reflect the multi-cultural flavour of Canadian society and be between 2,500 and 3,500 words.
The competition deadline is December 21st 2010.
A short list will be posted on the Baico Publishing website  by the end of March and the winner and runners up will be announced by April 1st.2011.
How to enter
Entrance fee is $10.
Submissions limited to 2/person. 
Please send your submission(s) in hard copy to Baico/Kaleidoscope Short Story Contest, Baico Publishing and Distribution, 103-294 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 6E6
Further details contact: or
All submissions must be in font size 12 and double spaced. If selected, we will require disc copy of your story.
Include a self addressed envelope if you wish your story to be returned. Writing Competitions

5 September 2010

Crime Writing Fiction Competition

1st Prize: £300.00
2nd Prize: £200.00
3rd Prize: £100.00
4th Prize: £75.00
5th Prize: Creative Inspiration for Writers Course (worth £65.00)
6th Prize: Personal Coaching Session worth (£15.00) 
Closing Date: 10th October 2010
Entry Fee: £4.00 or free to Premier 1 members.
Set the scene, add in a few red herrings to mislead us but above all, make your story a compelling read.
Please ensure that line spacing is in place and that your entry has been edited
Must be original and unpublished.
Visit the website:
 Create a Detective Character Profile

1st Prize: £75.00
2nd Prize: £50.00
Closing Date: October 15th 2010
Entry fee:
£2.00 or free to Premier1 members
Every crime story should have a charismatic detective and if you think that you can create a detective who captures our attention and is three dimensional, then write a complete (and in-depth) character profile and bring him to life. We want to know everything about your detective, likes and dislikes, habits and behaviours, tell us just what makes your detective tick and you could win a great cash prize.

Visit the website:

Tarpaulin Sky Press: Chapbook Manuscripts poetry, fiction, and cross-genre reading

3 September 2010

During the month of September, Tarpaulin Sky Press ( ) is reading chapbook manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and cross-genre work. There is no need to query first; simply mail the manuscript according to the directions below.
In addition to publishing both perfect-bound and hand-bound chapbooks, Tarpaulin Sky Press publishes trade paperbacks and a literary journal that appears both online and on paper. Featured in venues as diverse as After Ellen, HTML Giant, and Poets & Writers, Tarpaulin Sky’s titles are regularly reviewed in Publishers Weekly as well as American Book Review, Bloomsbury Review, Bookslut, Jacket, and Rain Taxi. Ranked among “Great Titles from Underground Presses,” by Time Out New York, Tarpaulin Sky’s books also routinely appear on the “Bestsellers” list at Small Press Distribution.
(Please see our guidelines page for details: )
Chapbook manuscripts should be emailed or postmarked between September 1 and September 30, 2010. Manuscripts should be in the vicinity of 18-28 pages (give or take a couple). Send one copy of your manuscript along with two copies of the title page (note: the reading process is not “blind”–we ask for two title pages only so that we may keep one with the manuscript, and the other for reference/notes, etc). Be sure that your title pages include your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Cover letters are read with interest. We like to know who your are, what you’re up to, and where we can read more of your work.
Multiple submissions are OK. We also accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Individual pieces from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines and anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Manuscripts will not be returned; please do not send us your only copy.
Writers who have not been published in our literary journal should include a $10 reading fee. Past contributors to Tarpaulin Sky may submit their manuscript with a $5 reading fee. Reading fees may be paid online or by check.
Notification of decisions will be made in December 2010. Publication of accepted manuscripts will be in 2011 and 2012.
Please see our guidelines page for mailing addresses and payment details:

Choose Your Own Adventure Publisher, Chooseco and Online Reading Community Wattpad Partner to Promote YA Fiction

3 September 2010

August 30, 2010. Toronto — — Wattpad, the world’s most popular ebook community and Chooseco, publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure series are pleased to announce a new digital partnership aimed at the Young Adult fiction market featuring Chooseco’s first title aimed at teen girls, “Fabulous Terrible: The Adventures of You”.
As Chooseco expands its offerings for teen girls into the teen marketplace, the company will work with Wattpad to connect with Wattpad’s YA demographic of online readers and writers.
“Chooseco is constantly thinking of new and exciting opportunities to expand our products to online and digital readers. Interactive gamebooks share their creative roots with new publishing venues on digital readers and the internet,” explains Melissa Bounty, Managing Editor at Chooseco. “Wattpad’s demographic is an ideal platform for us to gain exposure among highly social and active readers to explore those connections with active, social readers.”
Starting this September, Wattpad will host a unique and interactive event that will introduce Choose Co.’s “Fabulous Terrible” series to thousands of new readers and give young writers an opportunity to experience what the publishing industry is like first hand.
Chooseco will re-release it’s 2008 title; “Fabulous Terrible: The Adventures of You” on Wattpad over the course of several months. Writers on Wattpad will be invited to contribute concepts and story outlines for a sequel to “Fabulous Terrible: The Adventure of You: Chloe.” Three story concepts will be chosen by Chooseco editors and the most popular idea will be developed shaped into a book proposal that Chooseco will consider for publication into a full-length novel.
“Wattpad is pleased to be working with Chooseco on this new venture. Not only will this contest provide valuable experience for young writers, the release of “Fabulous Terrible: The Adventure of You” on Wattpad’s site will grow the Chooseco’s online presence to a highly targeted demographic. This innovative project will also guarantee a large base of highly social readers for the next installment of the Fabulous Terrible series.” explains Allen Lau, CEO and co-founder of Wattpad.
To see comments from readers, author Sophie Talbot’s responses, read the novel and for more details on the project, please visit:

About Chooseco
Founded in 2003, Chooseco, LLC publishes The Choose Your Own Adventure series. Widely commended for its appeal to reluctant readers, the series is among the most popular series for children ever published, with more than 252 million copies sold in 38 languages. Each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist and making choices that determine the main character’s actions in response to the plot and its outcome. Find out more at

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.
For PR enquiries, please contact Nina Lassam at
Join Wattpad on Twitter: @wattpad
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Fiction Writing Contest by

3 September 2010

Opening date: August 26, 2010
Closing date: September 24, 2010
Short-story winner announcement: October 1, 2010.
$150 CAD (Canadian Dollars)
Featured Author position on
The top 3 stories will be featured on the site.
Requirements: The fictional short-story must star you as the protagonist. Make it as unrealistic as you want, but it must be coherent. All content must be original. You must be a registered user on in order to participate in the contest. After logging in, send your story via a personal message to the administrator with the username: Admin. You will receive a confirmation of receipt of your story. Good Luck!
1500-3000 words
Message all submissions to the username: admin
Include: your email address and full name so that we may contact you.
*you own all copyrights to your work
1. Join the community.
2. Add Admin as a friend
3. Send your short-story to the Admin via a personal message.
4. You will receive a private message upon receipt of your short-story.

Visit the website for details:

Real Simple Magazine’s Life Lessons Essay Contest

3 September 2010

Finish this sentence: “I never thought I’d. . .”

Have you ever taken a huge, surprising risk? Did you climb a mountain? Go back to school? Get married (again)? Tell us about it: Enter Real Simple’s Third-Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple; win 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; and receive a prize of $3,000.

To enter, send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) to

Contest begins at 12:01 A.M. on June 1, 2010, and runs through 11:59 P.M. on September 24, 2010. Open to legal residents of the United States age 19 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.)

See below for complete contest rules, plus frequently asked questions. You can also read last year’s winning essay, chosen from 6,970 entries: Beauty in Motion, by Andrea Avery, 33, of Phoenix, a 10th-grade English teacher in Paradise Valley and a part-time instructor at Arizona State University in Tempe. The winner of our first contest was A Witness to Grace, by Aldra Robinson.

Church’s Spicier Spicy Chicken – Song Contest

3 September 2010

We love your contest blog and I thought this song contest would be good for your site.  Church’s Chicken is running a song contest and we’d love some popsters, rocksters, rappers, electro and hip hop kids to do a take.

Here’s the background. Church’s just launched Spicier Spicy Chicken, and in conjunction we also launched a new website and competition that you might be interested in. 

Check out the site at

The guy on the site is Jedidiah Brown and Church’s Chicken saw him on YouTube and recruited him to help us launch a song competition for the new Spicier Spicy Chicken.  Winners can win up to $3000, a year’s supply of Church’s Chicken and other cash prizes if you upload an original song.