Archive for October, 2010

Gemini Flash Contest Results-October Issue: Poetry Contest Open

31 October 2010

Just finished reading some 800 stories entered in the Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. We’re exhausted but enriched! Read results in our October issue
First place ($1,000 prize): “Lines of Force” by S.J. Cahill
In his quest for artistic perfection, a photographer dehumanizes his model-girlfriend.
Second Place ($100 prize): “The Synchronous City” by Micah Herzog Stack
A wild ride through the streets of New Orleans fueled by one dude’s obsession with The Police’s best selling album.
Honorable mentions go to Elizabeth Barton, Maija Rhee Devine, Gloria Nixon-John and Kelley Gregg.
This marks the first fiction publication for three of the six winners: Cahill, Stack and Gregg.
Also in this issue, Michael A. Kechula’s colorful review of Somewhere To Turn, a flash fiction collection by Linda Courtland.
And check out poets Jim Bennett and Joe Farley poking fun at religion and the value of words. 


Deadline for the Poetry Open: ($1,000 grand prize) is December 31.

The Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women

31 October 2010

This literary contest is named after the inspirational Cleopatra VII of Egypt, who was an author of works about cosmetics, pharmacology and weights & measures. Established and sponsored by author Stephanie Dray, the competition is aimed at discovering and mentoring aspiring young female writers. In particular, the award seeks to foster new voices with an appreciation for women’s history.


  • Teen Category Winner:  Choice of $100 cash or a brand new E-reader, in addition to an award certificate, a month-long writing mentorship with Ms. Dray, a feature article in her blog and newsletter, and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates.
  • Young Women Category Winner: Choice of $100 cash or a brand new E-reader, in addition to an award certificate, a month-long writing mentorship with Ms. Dray, a feature article in her blog and newsletter, and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates.
  • Finalists:  Constructive feedback from publishing professionals, mention on Ms. Dray’s blog and newsletter, an award certificate, and a free book courtesy of contest sponsors.


  • Females between the ages of 13-18 for the teen category
  • Females between the ages of 19-22 for the young women’s category
  • This is an international contest, so writers outside of the US are eligible


“Selene’s life is a lesson to us that the trajectory of women’s equality hasn’t always been a forward march. In some ways the ancients were more advanced than we are today; there have been setbacks before and may be more in the future.” ~Stephanie Dray

This year’s submissions must echo themes explored in Ms. Dray’s novel, LILY OF THE NILE, including, but not limited to:

  • The world of Cleopatra Selene
  • Women in Ancient History
  • Female Spirituality
  • Gender Roles Then and Now
  • Survival vs. Honor
  • The True Meaning of Home
  • Courage & Ambition
  • Betrayal & Forgiveness
  • Secrets & Deceit

Contest Rules

  • Entrants retain all publication rights
  • No entry fee is required; no purchase required
  • Awards will be judged by published authors and publishing professionals
  1. Short stories, essays, poems, and excerpts from novels and novellas are welcome, in any genre, as long as they focus on one of the themes listed above.
  2. All contest rules must be observed and all eligibility requirements met.
  3. Entries must be original English works. Plagiarized work will not be tolerated in any form, and entries cannot have been previously published or purchased by professional media.
  4. Entries are limited in length to 2,000 words. No cover letter is necessary.
  5. Send entries to cleopatracontest at gmail dot com with the subject header: Contest Entry
  6. Entries must include the author’s legal name, a pen name (if any), valid mailing address, telephone number, email address, a word count, and the age of the author.
  7. Entries should be included in the body of the email; please don’t include any attachments.
  8. All announcements regarding this contest will be made via Ms. Dray’s newsletter, so entrants must join.
  9. Entries must be received no later than 11 PM EST March 1, 2011. Semi-Finalists announcements are tentatively scheduled for May 1, 2011 and Finalists on August 1, 2011.
  10. Only one entry per author and all entries must be the final version. No revisions will be accepted once the entry has been submitted.
  11. Entries will NOT be judged by Ms. Dray, but by other published authors and industry professionals. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.
  12. Contest judges reserve right to close contest before the deadline if overwhelmed by too many entries, so get yours in early!
  13. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

Visit the website for details:

The Roanoke Review Fiction Contest

31 October 2010

The Roanoke Review Fiction Contest


Awarding $1000 to some creative soul.
(And $500 to the soul placing second.)

Submission are currently being accepted for the Roanoke Review‘s 2010 Fiction Contest. Prize winner & runners-up will published in 2011 issue.

Send unpublished stories (max, 5,000 words) to:

Roanoke Review Contest

Roanoke College

Salem, VA  24153

Include $15.00 reading fee for each story. 

Make checks out to “Roanoke College”. Also include a SASE for reply. Manuscripts are recycled.

Deadline is November 8, 2010 (postmark or online submission).

Note: All entrants will receive a copy of the 2010 Roanoke Review (if you provide us with your address).

You may now submit to the 2010 Contest online.

Visit the website:

Creative Nonfiction/The Salt Institute Essay Contest

31 October 2010

CONTEST: The Night
postmark deadline January 10, 2011

Co-sponsored by The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
Judged by Susan Orlean

Creative Nonfiction and The Salt Institute are seeking essays about “The Night”: It was a dark and stormy night; Strangers in the Night; the night sky; Friday Night Lights; things that go bump in the night; Take Back the Night; night owls; The Night Before Christmas; The Night Watch; The Night Kitchen; The Armies of the Night; The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down; prom night; date night; Good Night, Nurse!

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

Essays will be judged by Susan Orlean, and Best Essay will be awarded $5,000 plus publication in the Summer 2011 issue of Creative Nonfiction. One runner-up will receive $2,500 plus publication online. For accepted applicants, contest awards can also be used directly toward Salt tuition.

Guidelines: Essays must be unpublished, 4,000 words maximum, postmarked by January 10, 2011, and clearly marked “The Night” on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. Author’s name and contact information should appear in a cover letter, but not the manuscript itself. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue CNF subscription–U.S. submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S. (though due to shipping costs, the subscription deal is not valid). Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay, SASE and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: The Night
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest

31 October 2010

Think you can turn this logline from master screenwriter Simon Kinberg into a killer script?

“A spy who has spent life wining and dining young women suddenly gets a major surprise when his daughter knocks on the door.”

Break out your scriptwriting software and get to work, because the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest gives you the unique opportunity to spin this idea into solid spec screenplay that could be your ticket to Hollywood success.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest is a quarterly International competition that facilitates relationships between new writers and Industry leaders looking to help aspirants embark on writing careers.

Here’s how it works:

  • Write up to the first 15 pages of a script based on the logline above, provided by Simon Kinberg
  • The top 10 finalists receive a copy of Final Draft Screenwriting Software, Development Notes, and a letter of congratulations from Kinberg
  • Each of the 10 finalists enter into a 12-week Story Specialists mentoring program, consisting of feedback for every 10 pages submitted, with the goal of completing a spec screenplay
  • Simon Kinberg and Production Company Benderspink judge the completed screenplays and choose a winner

The lucky winner receives transportation and lush accommodations at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, a classic Industry lunch with Simon Kinberg at The Ivy, a one-on-one with a top Industry Agent, a meeting with Benderspink and more.

Ready for your shot at the big time? Enter the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest. Final submission deadline is November 30.

Fees, Dates and Deadlines:

  • Contest Begins: October 1, 2010
  • Standard Submission Fee and Deadline: $50 to enter between November 1- 30, 2010
  • Contest Deadline: November 30, 2010
  • Finalists Announced: Early January 2011
  • Mentor Program Begins: Early January 2011
  • Mentor Program Completes: Mid-April 2011
  • Winner Announced: Late-April 2011
  • Lunch with Simon Kinberg & Meetings: Late April / Early May 2011

Visit the website for details:

100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest

27 October 2010


100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest

Contest Number Six

September 18, 2010—December 18, 2010


  1. We are continuing with four opportunities to win. First prize winner will receive $500. Runner up prizes will be $150, $100, and $50.
  2. For Contest Six, story subjects are up to you, with attention to specifications on the “WHAT WE WANT…”  page. Do take a good look at “TIPS” on that page.

Visit the website for details:

Call for Submissions ANew Literary Website

27 October 2010

We aren’t picky.  Well, kind of.  But not really.
You want to be paid for your writing.  All writers do.  We want you to be in our marketplace.  It’s poor economics to not have inventory.  Let’s meet in the middle.

Whatever your genre (if you have one), it has to get past our editor.  That means it has to be good.  A good story sucks in readers whether it’s about goblins or your high school prom. 

We appreciate, respect, and wish to reward the time it takes to hone the craft of good writing.  After years of submissions and rejections, it can start to feel like editors aren’t even reading your work.  Don’t send us your hard-luck biography.  Just send us amazing work so that we can sell it, you can brag about it, and people can read it.  If your work needs work, we’ll let you know, and we’ll be open to keeping in touch. 

Visit the website:,


 email submissions directly to

The Warren Adler Short Story Contest

27 October 2010

The Warren Adler Short Story Contest is the most prestigious international short story contest online thanks to the extraordinary literary quality of our submissions. The theme is short fiction in all of its varied genres. We are looking for original, imaginative pieces featuring compelling characters and creative plots. Your story entry can be mainstream fiction, romance, horror, fantasy, science-fiction, satire, mystery, or any of their subcategories.

The top 15 winners will be published on Kindle and Amazon exclusively in what we hope will be an annual Short Story Anthology.

Entries must not exceed 2,500 words. We will only accept stories submitted using our web form (see Pay Now button below), no exceptions.

Stories from all the points of the globe will be considered provided that they are written in English. The Grand Prize will be $1,000.

The People’s Choice winners will be determined by public voting. Cash prizes and publication will be awarded for those stories chosen as “Honorable Mention.”

  • 1st Prize: $1,000
  • People’s Choice Prize: $500
  • Remaining finalists: $50 each
  • Honorable mentions: $25 each

Authors retain worldwide publishing rights.

Contest is open for worldwide entries from October 15, 2010 until January 15, 2011.

A $15 fee in advance is required for each story submission.

When you are ready to submit your story, make your payment to proceed to the story submission form. Each story must be written in English, previously unpublished and no longer than 2,500 words.

Good luck to all. We look forward to reading your work.

A Call for Creepy Halloween Tweets

27 October 2010

Bestselling author and former Booker Prize judge Frank Delaney is hosting a Halloween Writing Challenge on Twitter. From Monday, October 25 to Wednesday, October 27, he’s challenging people to introduce the creepiest character possible in 140 creepy characters. Please enter! (Don’t forget to include the hash tag #FDcreepy in your tweet.) You just might win a secret creepy prize picked by Frank Delaney.

Full rules are here:

As inspiration, Frank offers up a creepy character sketch: a handsome all-star athlete…but every time he opens his mouth to speak, ants pour out.

Frank Delaney is the best-selling author of “Ireland” and most recently “Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show” and a former BBC broadcaster. He tweets daily writing tips at @FDbytheWord, and broadcasts “Re:Joyce” on his website and iTunes. It’s a free weekly podcast in which he goes line by line through James Joyce’s “Ulysses;” the project will take him an estimated 23 years.
Please enter the Halloween Writing Challenge as many times as you like, and get creepy!

Call for Submissions: Here Come the Brides! The Brave New World of Lesbian Marriage (Seal Press, 2012)

27 October 2010

Call for Submissions: Here Come the Brides! The Brave New World of Lesbian Marriage (Seal Press, 2012)
2,000-4,000 words
Editors: Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort. Audrey Bilger is the Faculty Director of the Writing Center and Associate  Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College. Michele Kort is Senior Editor at Ms. magazine, a freelance writer, and author of three books (including Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro).
Same-sex marriage is obviously a hot topic these days, and we want to look specifically at the lesbian side of the equation. Given the secondary status of women throughout much of the globe, bonds between women—particularly intimate connections—can redefine the political landscape as well as the domestic realm. Anna and Eve don’t get as much press as Adam and Steve, but they’re potentially more threatening to the status quo.
Here Come the Brides will primarily cover legal marriages, but also lesbian commitment ceremonies in locales where the legal status of gay marriage is still up for grabs. We hope the book will be able to represent a diversity of points of view in terms of race, class, ethnicity and geography, and incorporate transgender perspectives. Although the book will be generally upbeat about lesbian marriage, we’d also like viewpoints from those who are opposed to either being married themselves or who have issues with the institution or the politics of same-sex marriage.
We’re looking for a variety of material: primarily first-person essays, but also secondhand observations, bridesmaid/mother-of-the-bride/etc. stories, and even analytical pieces (as long as they’re written in an accessible style). We’re open to graphic essays/cartoons as well, and we’re eager to see lesbian wedding ephemera: great photos, invitations, newspaper wedding announcements, vows, guest favors.
Needless to say, we’re looking for terrific writing—colorful, moving, funny, surprising, insightful. We can imagine essays that cover a lesbian marriage from soup to nuts, but we think it’s more likely, given the word limitation, that it might be best to focus on a certain aspect of lesbian marriage or of your particular wedding—at least as an organizing principle. Here are some questions to think about; perhaps one or more will inspire a resonant tale:
What made you decide to get married? How significant was legalization in your state/country in your decision? How/who popped the question? What trepidations did you have about marriage? What does marriage mean to you/what doubts do you have about the institution? How is marriage the same/different for a lesbian couple? How did your families handle the news? Was there any particular joy or heartbreak about someone who did or did not support your wedding? What was the planning process for your wedding? Was it a fancy affair, or just a trip to the courthouse? Did you have a best man/woman or bridesmaids/bridesmen? Do you have children, and were they involved in the wedding? Do you have a good story about your wedding outfits? About the ceremony/reception? Who did you invite? If you’re an interracial couple, did that bring out issues beyond your lesbian connection? Same question if one or both of you is transgender. Was your wedding traditional—or did you purposefully try to “queer” it? Did you write your vows? Did you put out an announcement in the newspaper? Did you go on a honeymoon? What do you call your spouse? How has lesbian wedded life met/exceeded/confounded your expectations? Does your relationship feel different since you married? Has marriage made you more/less radical about LGBT issues? 
Deadline for submissions: January 30, 2011. Please consider running your ideas past us before you plunge into writing. We also encourage early submissions.
For more information, see our blog at

Please email submissions and inquiries to:

A Very Short Story Writing Competition

27 October 2010

Deadline: 30 November 2010

The aim of this competition is to provide a platform for writers to expose their talents for telling a big tale in a small way. Each story must be no longer than a 1000 words. Any theme or genre accepted. 

The winning story will receive £50 and will be published on this website.

Fee per entry is £4

As William Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage”. Now is the time to write…   

 Visit the website for details:

Call For Submissions: Anthology about real-life “bad date” experiences

27 October 2010

Call For Submissions

Editors are soliciting individual nonfiction accounts for an anthology about real-life “bad date” experiences.  Did you date have terrible manners?  Overshared?  Drank too much?  Or was there just a series of bad events?  Your entries should be between 200 and 800 words in length, and give a quick but detailed overview of the most uncanny, strange, humorous, embarrassing or downright awful encounter you’ve ever had while on a date. 
Entries accepted for publication will be collected in an anthology of brief tales about experiences with the dating world, published in eBook form.  Unless you request to remain anonymous, your name and city of residence will be included with your accepted story.  Please understand that the editors may make slight changes to the length, vocabulary, and/or title of your story; however, if your piece is chosen for the anthology, the general content and meaning will remain the same.

Email submissions to:

Stage of Life Monthly Student Writing Contest

27 October 2010

Name of Contest:  Stage of Life Monthly Student Writing Contest

Description: features a monthly writing contest for high school and college students dealing with real world issues.  Our short essay (500 words or less) writing contest has been featured on,, FoxBusiness and other media outlets.  Past contests have dealt with the Gulf Oil Spill, America’s relationship to food and the obesity epidemic, education improvement, stress management for teens, etc.  This student writing competition is a non-fiction, memoir, blogging, essay-style contest for teenagers in high school or young adults in college.
Awards:  Cash or Gift Card prize from a national merchant (value of $25 or more) is issued each month to the winning essayist, along with Stage of Life SWAG (T-Shirt, Pen). also sends out a PR Newswire press release about each contest, naming the winner.  Example:  This particular press release resulted in a feature story about the winner that’s being written for a metro newspaper paper in CT.

Entry Fee:  None

Deadline:  Monthly.  Essay for current contest topic is due the last day of each month by 12am PST.

Web Site URL: 
–Master site domain: 
–Contest url – High School:
–Contest url – College:

The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition

27 October 2010

The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition, administered by Year of the Skunk Productions (Regina), established in 2008, has been hailed as the premiere screenwriting contest for short film scripts. CSSC is the single-most competitive, prestigious, short screenplay festival in Canada, a champion for literacy and screenwriters everywhere and a launching pad for writers’ professional careers; winners are announced as part of the Golden Sheaf Awards gala as part of the oldest film festival in North America, the Yorkton Film Festival.

2010 Important Dates and Deadlines:
Kick-off deadline: September 30, 2010
Early-Bird deadline: October 31, 2010
Half-Time deadline: November 30, 2010
Final deadline: December 31, 2010
I-Missed-The-Deadline deadline: January 31, 2011

Visit the website for details:

Sol Books Prose Contest

27 October 2010

Sol Books grants one annual award for a novels and collection of short stories or essays. The winning entry will receive a standard royalty contract, with a $500 advance.

Finalists may also be offered a publishing contract.

* Submit at least 30,000 words of prose (fiction or nonfiction) without any identifying information appearing on the manuscript.
* Entry should be typed and double-spaced
* Entry can be of any style, form, or theme
* Portions of the entry may be previously published as long as entrant retains copyrights to the work and provides proper acknowledgements
* Entry may be simultaneously submitted; however, Sol Books must be notified if the submitted collection is accepted for publication elsewhere
* Postmark date: November 30th, 2010
* $15 Reading Fee, payable to Skywater Publishing Company
* Completed entry form
* Complete manuscript, without any contact information

Skywater Publishing\Sol Books
Prose Contest
398 Goodrich Ave
St. Paul MN 55102

We can (and prefer) to receive manuscripts electronically, which will save you postage. Email your ms. as a Word compatible attachment to, or submit with your payment and entry form, using the address above.

All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, with the winning entry and finalists being announced in April, 2011.

For complete guidelines, visit our website:

The International Rubery Book Award

27 October 2010

Judges include Booker short listed author Clare Morrall, poet Jeff Phelps, children’s authors Ann Evans and Simon Cheshire, and former Birmingham Poet Laureate and non-fiction writer, Chris Morgan.

1st Prize £800 (approx 1,270 US $, 963 € )
The winning book will also be read by a top literary agent from MBA
2nd prize £150 (approx 240 US $, 180 €)
3rd prize £50 (approx 80 US $, 60 €)

Closing date: March 31, 2011

We are now accepting submissions

Visit the website for details:

Tennessee Williams Contests and the Saints and Sinners Play Contest

26 October 2010

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Short Fiction Contest for unpublished short stories between 5,000 and 7,000 words with GLBT content on the broad theme “saints and sinners.” Judged by John Berendt, best-selling author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Prizes: $250, $50, plus publication in QueerMojo anthology, and reading at Festival (May 12-15, 2011). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: November 1, 2010. Info:

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 2011 One-Act Play Contest. Grand Prize: $1,500, staged reading at the 2011 Festival, full production at 2012 Festival, VIP All-Access Festival pass ($1,000 value) for 2011 and 2012, publication in Bayou. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: November 1, 2010. Info:

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 2011 Fiction Contest. Grand Prize: $1,500, 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, publication in Bayou. Judged by Pulitzer prize-winner Robert Olen Butler. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: November 15, 2010. Info:

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Full-Length Playwriting Competition. Plays never produced in greater New Orleans area are eligible. Characters should be kept to a minimum, preferably 5 or under. Staging should be simple or adaptable to a small stage. Grand Prize: $250, production by the Marigny Theatre Corporation at Festival, registration at Festival (May 12-15, 2011). Entry Fee: $15. Deadline: December 31, 2010. Info:


20 October 2010
We are reading submissions now.

THE SMOKING POET publishes flash fiction; fiction; nonfiction; poetry; feature author interview; feature poet; feature artist (by invitation only); travel essays; book and cigar reviews. We publish work that ignites our imagination, inflames our passion, leaves us with a smoky aftertaste. The Smoking Poet also shares an extensive list of links and resources for writers and the cigar aficionado.

Meet our editors at:

Editor-in-Chief (fiction): Zinta Aistars

Co-Editor and Music Editor: Andris Silis

Poetry Editor: Joannie Stangeland

Cigar Editor: Mick Parsons

Feature Poet: Dorianne Laux

Feature Kalamazoo & Beyond Writer: Michael Loyd Gray

Feature Kalamazoo & Beyond Poet/Publisher: Lori A. May

Feature Publisher/Translator/Nonfiction Writer: David Fideler

Feature International Author: Laimdota Sele

“A Good Cause” Feature: Lisa Hickey, publisher of The Good Men Project

Submissions open year round. Send with genre in subject line: poetry, fiction, general non-fiction, or cigar themed fiction/ non-fiction/poetry and cigar reviews.

For full submission guidelines and contact information, visit:

WINTER 2010-2011 Issue Deadline: November 30, 2010

TSP News: Keep up with updates at

The New Writer Magazine Prose and Poetry Prizes 2010

17 October 2010

Prose and Poetry Prizes 2010
from The New Writer magazine
Closing date 30 November
Established in 1997, one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles;  offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The New Writer magazine.
Back copies of previous annual “Collections” are available at the TNW website:
Further information including guidelines and entry fees at:
Writers can enter online at our secure credit card server at:
Or, the entry form can also be downloaded from that page on the website and sent in the post with your entry. 

Also, we can supply this years printed Entry Forms on request, and in bulk to writers’ groups and organizations in the UK – just let us know, no SAE required.

The winners of the 2009 Prose & Poetry Prizes are announced on this webpage:

Paris Short Story Contest

16 October 2010

Deadline: November 30, 2010
Prize: 200 euros plus publication of top 12 stories in a book called “The Best and Most Delightful Stories About Paris”
Entry fee: 10 euros (paypal)
Finalist judges : Nicola Keegan, Janet Skeslien Charles, Elizabeth Bard, Charles Trueheart, Brian Spence, Charles and Clydette De Groot, Cara Black, Anne Korkeakivi, Heather Stimmler Hall, Penelope Fletcher, Robert Stewart, and Diane Johnson.
Restrictions: Maximum 5,000 words. Submission in the body of the email (no attachments, please)

For info and submissions:

Last Call for Entries: 2011 Kore Press Short Fiction Award

16 October 2010

Judge: Antonya Nelson
Deadline: October 31, 2010
A prize of $1,000 plus chapbook publication by Kore Press will be given for a short story written in English.
This competition is open to any woman writing in English, regardless of nationality.

How to Submit
Submit your manuscript and $15 entry fee on-line here:

Comment box should include:
daytime and evening telephone numbers
where you heard about the contest
Manuscripts must be:
A minimum of 4,000 words and a maximum of 12,000 words
Anonymous (do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript).
Original fiction written by applicant (translations are not eligible)
Unpublished at the time of submission (if the story is accepted elsewhere during our deliberation process, please notify us immediately)
For more information reference:

 Email: or call 520-327-2127.

Camping Writing Contest

16 October 2010

We are running a writing contest on our website and are looking for people to share their camping Advice, Expertise, Tips or Informative Experience etc. The topic can be anything camping related and be from anywhere in the world. Entries which are informative on camping will be entered to win one of three VISA Gift Cards (USD).
1st prize: $100
2nd prize:$75
3rd prize: $25
The contest will close once we have 100 entries and the winners will be notified via e-mail.

Visit the website:

International Essay Contest for High School Students

16 October 2010

As the Gulen Institute at the University of Houston, we are happy to announce the International Essay Contest for all high school students from all over the world.

This is a unique opportunity in which winners will be awarded as follows:
1st place                  :    4,000 USD
2nd place                 :    2,500 USD
3rd place                  :    1,000 USD
4th – 20th place       :     300 USD 
21st – 30th place     :     Trip to Washington, D.C.

In ddition to these awards, all winners who ranked from 1st place to 30th place, will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the award ceremony in March 2011. During their 4-day trip to D.C., students will have the opportunity to meet U.S. Congress members, and visit think tank organizations and tourist attractions including museums.

Winning students’ airfare, accommodations, meals, and transportation will be sponsored.

Visit the website for details:

Creative Writers’ Circle Short Story Contest

16 October 2010

Creative Writers’ Circle Short Story Contest

 Write an original short story based off of the prompt given at our
website and submit for a chance to win awesome prizes, including cash and
publication of your story on our website. Word limit: 3,500 First, second and third place prizes will be awarded.  As always, our contests and fun and free – no strings attached.  Anyone can enter, so why not start writing your entry

See full contest and prize details at:

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2010

Winner Announced: January 15, 2010

How To Books Monthly Competitions

16 October 2010

How To Books Launch Monthly Competitions

Oxford based book publisher How To Books is launching a monthly competition for the best articles submitted to its website
Following the success of its competition in July, when author Alan Barker received £200 for his article How to Run an Effective Meeting, How To Books is introducing monthly competitions for the best articles submitted to its site
The competitions will start in October, when three prizes of £50 will be made available to the authors of the best three articles submitted to the site. This will then change in November to £100 for the best article, and the prizes will alternate from each month thereon.
Alan Barker (, winner of the last competition said: “I was so pleased to receive the cheque for my article that it seemed a shame to pay it in.  I was tempted to frame it!” on winning in July.
How To Books is an Oxford based book publisher specialising in ‘how to’ books. In early 2009 the publisher took the bold move of making all of its print content available online, for free. The catalogue was then augmented by a large number of short articles. The resulting site is now a repository of valuable, practical information on a wide range of topics.
This year the company has opened up article submission to all users of the site, implementing a system that allows prospective authors to submit work directly to the editors through an online account. All submissions received this way will be entered automatically into the new competitions, with the winner(s) decided by the publisher’s editors on a monthly basis.
Commenting on the new competitions, Nikki Read, Chief Editor of How To Books said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be running these competitions on a monthly basis, and hope that our future winners will be just as pleased as Alan Barker.”
For more information, and guidelines on entering, please visit
Any enquiries should be sent to