Archive for October 14th, 2010 Writing Contests

14 October 2010

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Contest Name- Time Machine: A Posthumous with a Deceased Musician

Description- We’d like you to pick a dead rock star and create a mock interview. Yep, set it up just like a real interview: You ask the questions and make up their answers. Ask anything you like (and answer for them. They won’t mind; they’re dead.) The interview can be serious, humorous, insightful or incendiary. The more inventive, the better.

Entries must be at least 350 words.

Deadline for entries is midnight on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.

Prize- The winning entry will be featured on Filter’s homepage for a week.

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Contest Name- What Scares You? –

Description- Have you ever experienced something that you couldn’t explain? Something that scared the life out of you? Maybe it was a ghost trying to contact you from beyond the grave, or that woodsman next door who you were certain was trying to kill you. Or maybe it was all in your head? Either way we want to hear about it. Submissions must be at least 350 words.

Prize- A prize pack from Radical Publishing that includes a copy of Abattoir #1 signed by the series creator Darren Lynn Bousman.

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The Strange Circle Magazine’s Writing Contest

14 October 2010

The Strange Circle Magazine showcases the best new dark fiction from around the world.

We are currently looking for submissions for our December 2010 issue. The best short story will receive a prize of £50 (payable through PayPal), with the runners up receiving tokens for the excellent FirstWriter writing site.

The Strange Circle Magazine is primarily published in electronic formats, including iPhone/iPad applications and secure pdf.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2010

For contest details visit the website:

It would also be of great advantage to you to read the ‘SUBMISSION GUIDELINES’ at the website as well.

Rock & Roll Southern Gothic Poetry Contest

14 October 2010

Submit a poem in the Southern Gothic genre of literature.  Think about William Faulkner, Flannery O’Conner, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Harper Lee, Anne Rice, Katherine Anne Porter.  And then forget about them and go for it. 

It doesn’t have to have anything to do with our record – but it could.  There’s a little info on what we’re up to HERE and you can also check out some stuff on the BLOG if you’re so inclined.

Everyone who enters will receive digital copies of Treadmill’s album ‘i belong to me’ and ‘Southern Gothic.’

• Winning poem or short story will be published in Undefined Magazine.
• Winning poem or short story  set to music in song form, or as a reading scored and recorded by Treadmill Trackstar.
• Winning poem will be featured in the liner notes of a limited press CD of Treadmill’s upcoming album tentatively titled ‘Southern Gothic’, and in the Digital PDF Booklet that will accompany digital downloads of the album on iTunes.
• Winning poem will be featured at on the Treadmill Facebook Fan Page
• Winning author will receive copy of Treadmill Trackstar’s ‘Southern Gothic’ CD (limited pressing)
• Winning author invited to read their at the release concert for Southern Gothic
• Winning poem or short story will be chosen by Ed Madden, Poetry Editor for Unfefined Magazine

2nd and 3rd Runners Up:
•  invited to read their poem at the release concert for Southern Gothic

• Please keep the word count under 500.  Don’t send in Beowulf
• Must be in the Southern Gothic literary style
• If your poem relates to our upcoming album in some way, cool – but the best poem will win regardless.  InfoHERE
• Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2010 at 5pm. 
• Winner announced on Facebook Fan Page on January 1, 2011
• ALL entrants will receive a FREE mp3 copy of ‘i belong to me’ (including digital pdf booklet)
• Poems may appear at and at the Treadmill Poetry Contest Facebook Event page
• Poems submitted with no matching entry fee will be discarded

For details visit the website:


14 October 2010

(Founded 1979)
107 West 9th St, Bloomington, IN  47404; (812) 334-1188,
Josie Gingrich, Literary Manager (contact)
Chad Rabinovitz, Artistic Director

Submission procedure:  accepts unsolicited scripts for a New Musical
Series (small-scale only).  All comedies and dramas will be accepted
only through our Woodward/Newman Drama and Reva Shiner Comedy Contests
(see Prizes).  Short play contests are held regularly.  Check our
website for updated info.  Types of material:  Full-lengths, short
plays, musicals.  Facilities:  Timothy Wiles Mainstage Theater, 84-100
seats.  Best submission time:  year-round.  Response time:  varies.
Special Programs:  Dark Alley Series:  late-night series of short
plays, AwareFest:  a collection of ten minute plays about a socially
important theme, Annual New Musical (in collaboration with Indiana
University), Woodward/Newman Drama Award (see Prizes), and Reva Shiner
Comedy Award (see Prizes).

Bloomington Playwrights Project; 107 West 9th St, Bloomington, IN
47404; (812-334-1188),
Josie Gingrich, Literary Manager (contact)

Types of material:  full-length comedies.  Frequency:  annual.
Remuneration:  $1,000, full production as a part of the Mainstage
season.  Guidelines:  unpublished work 75-135 minutes in length.
Please check the website for more details.  Submission procedure:
script, synopsis, cover letter and $10 fee (waived for Dramatist Guild
Members and agent-submitted scripts); scripts will not be returned.
Deadline:  31 Oct.  Notification:  Mar. (see Bloomington Playwrights
Project in Production.)

Bloomington Playwrights Project; 107 West 9th St, Bloomington, IN
47404; (812-334-1188),
Josie Gingrich, Literary Manager (contact)

Types of material:  full-length dramas.  Frequency:  annual.
Remuneration:  $3,000, full production as a part of the Mainstage
season.  Guidelines:  unpublished work 75-135 minutes in length.
Please check the website for more details.  Submission procedure:
script, synopsis, cover letter and $10 fee (waived for Dramatist Guild
Members and agent-submitted scripts); scripts will not be returned.
Deadline:  1 Mar.  Notification:  Aug. (see Bloomington Playwrights
Project in Production.)

Thin Air Magazine’s All-Genre Contest

14 October 2010

Break free!
It’s Thin Air Magazine’s 2010 “Best In Show” All-Genre Contest!

Why talk about the important of blurred genre if it is not rewarded when people write it? Send us your best work that: blurs poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, and show us there are more than three ways to see the world. Submissions (non-contest or contest) accepted in traditional poetry/prose/nonfiction as well—the choice is yours!

Judge: Jeff Gundy, professor of English and Writing at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio. His published works include 5 books of poetry, most recently “Spoken among the Trees” (Akron, 2007), winner of the Poetry Award from the Society of Midland Authors, and “Deerflies,” winner of the Editions Prize from WordTech Editions. Three books of essays and nonfiction, including “Scattering Point: The World in a Mennonite Eye” (SUNY) and “A Community of Memory: My Days with George and Clara” (Illinois). He was also a Fulbright Lecturer at University of Salzburg, in 2008. You can find his most recent work in Shenandoah, Georgia Review, Kestrel, Cincinnati Review and elsewhere. You can find him on the web at
Deadline for all: October 30, 2010
Entry fee: $15

Please submit online at
Or mail checks with entries to:
Thin Air
Northern Arizona University
Department of English
LA Rm. 133
PO Box 6032
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011

***Please note: Thin Air does not publish NAU-affiliated staff or students.

Halloween Writing Contest from Writer’s

14 October 2010

Writer’s Heap is a newly launched writers social community and we are sponsoring a writing contest this month to generate interest. The contest closes at the end of October and there are not entry fees. Participates will have to join in order to be eligible for the prize. Voting will be up to the site members (did I mentioned this site was just launched) so the most popular person will probably win.

Do you think you have a knack for a good Halloween Short Story? Want to get noticed? Well, dust off your keyboard and start typing, and join us in our monthly writing contests. The writers with the most votes wins a $100 American Express Gift Certificate. So get typing or vote for other member’s stories and see who will become to the top writer of the month.

Visit the website for contest details:

Scholarship Poetry Contest – LIVE POETS SOCIETY of NEW JERSEY

14 October 2010

The 13th Annual National High School Poetry Contest is now accepting submissions.

This year’s individual scholarship prizes range from $100 up to $500. 

 Up to 200 JUST POETRY!!! Winners and hundreds of Topical Winners.

All winners will receive an offer of publication. 

Visit the website for details:

October Writing Contest: “At Mama’s Kitchen”

14 October 2010

Free Entry! Send in Your Essay Now!

Do you have a story or a memory about your mother’s kitchen table? I am hosting a writing contest during the month of October for the best essay with the theme “At Mama’s Kitchen Table.” Each essay submitted will be posted under the “Read the Essays” link for all visitors to view! On November 1st, I’ll open up voting to everyone who visits my website to vote for their favorite essay. The two writers who receive the most votes will receive, as a prize, a terrific book about cooking, family, and kitchens. Look below for information about the books!

Contest Rules
1. A maximum of 500 words
2. Only one submission per person
3. Use our online form to Submit Your Essay. Be sure and include your name, email, and mailing address on your entry (these are for notifying you and awarding the prize; names will be included unless you wish to remain anonymous; email and mailing address will not be published).
4. Deadline for entry is October 31, 2010, at midnight.


The first-place winner will be able to choose one of the following books! The second-place winner will choose from the remaining three options.

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table by Molly Wisenberg

Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook by Martha Hall Foose

In My Mother’s Kitchen: 25 Writers on Love, Cooking, and Family: With Contributions by Ruth Reichl, M.F.K Fisher, Maya Angelou, Julie Sahni, Joyce White, and Nigel Slater

My Mother’s Southern Kitchen: Recipes and Reminiscences by James Villas

Visit the website to submit your essay: