Archive for October 1st, 2010

LLAJ Wordsprint Competition October 2010

1 October 2010

Submissions are now being accepted for the October 2010 WordSprint. Please submit online at

October 1 to October 31 – Submissions accepted
November 1 to  November 30 – online voting
December 1 – Announcement of winner.

October  2010 prize – $100


What is Word Sprint?
The objective of Word Sprint is for authors to have their work publicly evaluated and rewarded by peers and other interested parties from around the world. The judging process is transparent and can be dynamically followed on the internet .

How will Word Sprint be conducted?

  • Authors will submit their work (fiction, essays, poetry) for the month for which they want to compete through the LLAJ web site. To make a submission, authors must be registered users of the website.
  • Submissions made for a particular month are voted the next month.
  • Voting is done online through a sophisticated one-click process which ensures that a voter can only cast one vote .
  • At the end of the voting period, the five most popular submissions MAY again voted by a random panel of judges selected from amongst registered writers , to produce the final winner for the month.
  • For the annual prize , all the finalists for the months competed for in the year are again put up for voting to select the best of the best.
  • Only ONE submission (poetry, fiction or essay) may be made by any author for any single month
  • Who may participate?
    LLAJ Word Sprint is open to writers from all over the world . This is to maintain a high quality of submissions.

    How do you make a submission?
    No fees are charged for submissions; this competition is completely free. Submissions will however only be permitted through the LLAJ web site. For this the author must first be registered as a user, then must login before submitting to Word Sprint. This process is important because it not only ensure submission into the right month competition, but also permits the author to vote.

    How reliable is the voting process ?
    The registration, submission and voting process are monitored by a sophisticated mechanism which filters out fake accounts and ensures that only one vote is cast by any user in any given month. The registration process takes only a few minutes

    Participants are however advised that even though the editors will do a preliminary screening of submissions for quality , THIS IS PRIMARILY A POPULARITY COMPETITION and entries without any vote will be removed after 2 weeks into the voting process . Also if no satisfactory winner emerges , the voting period may be extended.

    What is the value of the prizes?
    There is a minimum prize for the monthly and annual competitions. The greatest prize to the winner will be the prestige of having their work read and evaluated by persons from all over the world.

    Visit the website:

    Call for submissions – 10 Minute Play Competition and Festival

    1 October 2010

    Call for submissions – 10 Minute Play Competition and Festival
    Weathervane Playhouse
    1301 Weathervane Lane
    Akron, OH 44313
    Previously unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops excepted) short plays are being sought by Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, OH. Plays must be no more than a ten minute/page maximum and must utilize no more than 2 men and 2 women. All genres, except musicals and children’s plays, will be accepted. Technical/staging requirements must be simple. A prop from the Weathervane storehouse (see website) will provide the inspiration for the play and must be featured within it, although how it is used is at the discretion of the playwright.

    Deadline for entries is May 20, 2011 and 8 finalists will be announced on or around June 1, 2011.

    The finalists will have their plays produced and judged during the Weathervane 10 Minute Play Festival July 15-17, 2011. Winners will be awarded prizes: First Prize $150; Runner Up $100; Audience Favorite $75. There is an administrative fee of $15 per playwright. Playwrights may submit a maximum of 2 entries.

    Please visit for complete guidelines and submission instructions.

    Contact with questions.


    1 October 2010

    send to:

    Burner is that girl. She’s witty, pretty, and doesn’t dumb herself down.  By day, she’s a kindergarten teacher and by night, dances gogo.  She’s the chick you knew in high school who quoted Kirkegaard by heart and kept a copy of Cosmo under her bed.  She’s a muse and amusing, compelling and never complacent.

    Burner contributors’ work gets your blood pumping, heart racing, and induces literary, musical, visual crushes.  You don’t need to be of the fairer sex to contribute, nor should your submission necessarily have anything to do with women’s interests or issues.  We’re not ruling that out; we’re not ruling anything out. The Burner woman, after all, could just as well be a man.  (An angel-faced, Rimbaud-spouting, great haircut kind of man, but a man all the same.)

    We’re interested in science, art, truth, conspiracies, naturalism, cyborgs, music, beauty, sex, and everything in between.  We will, however, toss your submission into the proverbial wastebasket faster than you can say ‘Exile on Main Street’ if it remotely resembles the uninspired and pretentious academia which so bored us to death we had to create a magazine.

    It’s pretty simple, really: send us your guts on a page (not always literally, please and thank you) and you’ll probably hear back from us.  Send us something that you’d give a professor and you probably won’t.


    For our next issue, we’re looking for you crazy, beautiful Burner girls and boys to send the following to us at by no later than October 20th, 2010.

    Poetry:  3-5 poems that you feel fit the Burner Magazine ethos. Please attach all poems in a single document with full formatting, and include the word ‘POETRY’ in the subject line.

    Short fiction/non-fiction:  Submissions of short fiction and non-fiction should be limited 500-1000 words and attached in a single document.  Include the words “FICTION” or “NON-FICTION” in the subject line.

    Photography/Visual Art:  We need your most incendiary and inspiring visual works to bring our first issue to life.  Please send us high-resolution images and include the word “PHOTO” in the subject line.

    Music:  Since Burner’s first issue will be online, we’d love to hear from all you bands, producers and music lovers! If we absolutely adore it, it’s quite possible that we’ll find a way to slip in audio files and music-related write-ups.  Please ensure the word “MUSIC” is included in the subject line.

    Gak: Have you been working on something that you feel is right up Burner’s alley but doesn’t fit into any of the above categories? Send it anyways!  Include the word “Gak” in the subject line.

    Happy journeys darlings!

    Burner Magazine, Editorial Staff

    Poem Polisher’s American Poetry Talent Search Contest

    1 October 2010

    We’re searching for the best unpublished poem on ANY subject or theme. Poems may be in any form but must not exceed 100 lines. Poems must be in English.

    Submission Period

    October. 1st – March 31st, 2011.
    This contest is not yet open, and the rules below may change. Please wait until November 15 or later to submit.

    First Prize: $25.00 Cash Prize and publication, Laureate Award Certificate (and logo), $100.00 worth of complimentary consulting, marketing, or editing services from Poem Polisher.
    Second Prize: Publication. Excellence in Poetry Award Certificate (and logo). Eligibility for Poem Polisher’s marketing and publicity services.
    Third Prize: Publication and Award of Merit in Poetry Certificate (and logo).

    Submitting Your Poem

    Submit one copy of your poem, embedded in the body of an email. Provide your contact information within your email. Please include your legal name, address and contact number at the top of your email.
    * Entries Must Be Original and Unpublished.
    * Simultaneous Submission Allowed.


    You retain the copyright to your submission.

    Types of Poems

    All forms, on all subjects. 100 line limit. One poem per contestant ONLY.

    We respect your privacy. Poem Polisher will not sell or rent customer or contestant information to third parties.
    Send your poem pasted in the body of an email.

    Visit the website for details and to enter:

    “50 Best Blogs for Creative Writing Students”

    1 October 2010

    Creative writing students can learn a lot from others in the industry, whether they’re fellow students, educators, or successful writers. You can find advice, inspiration, and more, just by checking out creative writing blogs online, and we’ve found 50 of the best to share here.

    Visit the website:

    Bedtime Stories Contest

    1 October 2010

    Create a child’s bedtime story that will help calm and settle even the most active minds into sleep. Simply click the “Create Your Own Story” button, and begin a step-by-step journey through writing your story.

    • Enter – Craft an original story and enter it
      into our easy-to-follow template.
    • Vote – Enlist the help of friends to vote on your
    • Win – The Grand Prize winner will become a published
      author! Their book will be professionally illustrated and
      printed in a small run of 10 copies, courtesy of,
      plus they’ll receive a $7500 cash prize.
    • Deadline: The Nature Made Sleep Bedtime Stories Contest (“Contest”) begins at 10:00:00 a.m. PT on 09/24/2010 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PT on 11/22/2010 (“Contest Period”).
    • Visit for details on how to enter!

    2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize

    1 October 2010

    2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize


    For up to six unpublished poems


    Winner receives:

    $500 cash
    Publication on

    Judged by Linda Bierds

    2010 Contest Assistant: Anderbo Poetry Editor Charity Burns

    –Poems should be typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper with the poet’s
      name and contact information on the upper right corner
      of each poem
    –Entries must be postmarked by December 15, 2010
    –Limit six poems per poet
    –Poet must not have been previously published on
    –Mail submissions to Anderbo Poetry Prize,
      270 Lafayette Street, Suite 1412, New York, NY 10012
    –Enclose self-addressed stamped business envelope to
      receive names of winner and honorable mentions
    –All entries are non-returnable and will be recycled
    –Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable
      to RRofihe

    Linda Bierds’ eighth book of poetry, Flight: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2008 by Putnam’s. Her awards include four Pushcart Prizes, the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Emily Clark Balch Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill, the Guggenheim, and the MacArthur foundations, and twice from the NEA. She is a professor of English at the University of Washington.

    Charity Burns 2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize Contest Assistant
    Charity Burns, Anderbo’s Poetry Editor, earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Florida. Her poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Madison Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and West Branch. Charity’s blog is The Beauty Works Project. She lives in New York City.

    Visit website:

    Paris Literary Prize for a Novella

    1 October 2010

    The 2011 Paris Literary Prize will be awarded for a Novella. The prize is 10,000 euros, a weekend in Paris and a reading at Shakespeare and Company bookshop on the left bank.

    Longer than a short story, shorter than a novel, small but perfectly-formed, the novella holds an important place in literature and includes such classics as The Old Man and the Sea, Animal Farm, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Of Mice and Men.

    In keeping with Shakespeare and Company’s philosophy of supporting aspiring writers, this competition will be open to writers who have not published a novella or full-length book. There is no limit to the subject matter and we are open to being surprised – whether by the writing style, the storyline, the emotional impact or the sheer imagination of the piece.

    Writers are invited to submit their initial 3,000 words and a synopsis via the website ( by 1st December 2010. Shortlisted entrants will be required to submit their full novella (20,000 – 30,000 words) by mid-March, 2011. The winner will be announced on 16th June 2011.

    Full details, including eligibility, submissions guidelines and application deadlines are available at The judging panel will be announced in early October, 2010.