Archive for October 31st, 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.

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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.

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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

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