Archive for October, 2010

Call for Entries: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2010 – 2011

16 October 2010

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: December 31, 2010

All winners will be announced on January 31, 2011


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees: $10 per short story/$5 per poem

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for details and to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One


(Short) Fiction Collective Writing Contest

15 October 2010

(Short) Fiction Collective is proud to celebrate our 100th story!

In order to do so we’ve set up a writing contest. Don’t worry, no entry fees! So here’s the deal, send up to 3 short stories (no romance or sci-fi please) of no more than 5,000 words each (email above.)

Contest ends on November 1st, 2010.

Winner will be announced in mid November. If you’re selected you’ll have your story published on the site, a hundred dollar check mailed to you, a few randomly selected books from the Editor’s private library, and eternal bragging rights.

 If you don’t win, don’t despair because when we re-open the site for regular submissions in January of 2011 (we need a break for the holidays after all!) all of the stories that weren’t selected will be up for publication (no promises though.)

No lose situation so don’t miss out! We look forward to reading your submissions.

Visit the website:

The 7th Annual Writing Contest for Study Abroad is now open

15 October 2010


Please note that these are the complete guidelines. Queries are not necessary.

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2011.

Eligibility, Contestants: The contest is open to anyone writing in English who has not yet published a book of 45 pages or more in the genre of application, except faculty and administrators employed by the University of New Orleans.

Eligibility, Work: Work submitted must be unpublished and eligible for publication in the sponsoring journal.

Entry Fee: An entry fee of $25 must be paid for each submission. Fees can only be paid online using the link below. No checks or cash can be accepted.

Submission Format: The submission process is entirely electronic. No paper manuscripts can be accepted.

Multiple Submissions: Applicants may submit multiple applications in one or more genres, however each application must be complete with entry fee. Payment for multiple submissions may be made in aggregate (see below), but each submission must be uploaded separately.

Submission Limits and Format: Prose submissions should not exceed 4500 words (about 15 pages double spaced). Prose submissions may be excerpts from longer works or a complete story or stories, so long as the length limit is adhered to. Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems. The submitted work must be unpublished at the time of submission, though it may be under consideration. The author’s name must not appear anywhere in the work, including in headers or footers.

Acknowledgments: Acknowledgments by email query only. Each applicant will be emailed a list of winners when the contest has been decided, around the end of March.

Submission Procedure: To begin the process, click “Register” in the menu at the left. Once you are registered and logged in, you will see detailed submission instructions below. (Note: even if you entered the contest last year, you must register and select a new username this year.)

Visit the website for details:

Questions and comments may be emailed to

Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festival’s Second Annual Short Fiction Contest

15 October 2010

The Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festival’s Second Annual Short Fiction Contest is soliciting original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 and 7,000 words with GLBT content on the broad theme of Saints and Sinners.

The contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres. This year’s contest will be judged by best-selling author John Berendt (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The City of Falling Angels).

The entry fee is $15 per story.

There is no limit on the number of stories each author may enter.

One grand prize of $250 and two second place prizes of $50 will be awarded. In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from QueerMojo, an imprint of Rebel Satori Press.

There will also be a book release party held during the 9th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans May 12-15, 2011. The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts is November 1, 2010.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans
Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

See website to download entry form.
Questions? Contact

The Festival’s mission is threefold: to serve the community through educational, theatrical, literary, and musical programs; to nurture, support, and showcase regional, national and international writers, actors, musicians, and other artists; to honor the creative genius of Tennessee Williams, who considered this city his spiritual home.

Sanguine Productions Project Plawright Competition

15 October 2010

Sanguine Productions announces “Project Playwright,” our premiere play writing competition. Once all submissions have been read a panel will select three scripts of which Sanguine Productions will produce a staged reading in New York City of excerpts from the play that will be determined by Sanguine Productions in collaboration with the playwright. From there, a grand prize winner will be chosen and have their play fully produced in a New York City theatre along with opportunities to workshop their script.

Submission Guidelines:
*One full-length play (no longer than 90 pages, no less than 70 pages)
*2-7 characters
*Minimal set and costume
*The title page must include the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, email address and a brief synopsis of the play
*A $15 administrative fee will be due at the time of the playwright’s submission to Sanguine Productions via PayPal.  Please see  for more information.
*Previously produced plays will not be accepted
*No children’s plays or musicals
*Sanguine Productions reserves the right to change any contest rules
*Sanguine Productions reserves the right to accept or reject any play submitted to the contest for any reason
*No playwright revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted. Sanguine Productions reserves the right to request changes to any script.
*For the staged reading, two complimentary tickets will be made available for each of the three playwrights selected. In order to reserve these complimentary tickets please notify Sanguine Productions at least one week in advance of opening night. *After this time, Sanguine Productions will release all seats for sale to the general public.
*For final performances, two complimentary tickets will be made available to the playwright who has been selected as the grand prize winner. In order to reserve these complimentary tickets please notify Sanguine Productions at least one week in advance of opening night. After this time, Sanguine Productions will release all seats for sale to the general public.
*Any additional tickets must be purchased. Ticket pricing for the contest is currently to be determined.
*No submissions will be accepted after November 19, 2010 at 5pm EST.
*We are a contemporary theatre group looking for pieces that deal with contemporary issues, and our target audience is generally in their 20’s to 30’s. Please check out our website  to get a sense of who we are.
For full submission guidelines and rules, please go to

The 2011 Colorado Prize for Poetry

15 October 2010

The Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University is
accepting submissions for the 2011 Colorado Prize for Poetry from October 1
through January 14, 2011.

This year’s final judge is Cole Swensen.

The prize is given annually for an outstanding book-length collection of poems.
The winner will be awarded a $1,500 honorarium and his or her book will be
published by the Center. Anyone may submit (with the exception of friends
and students of the judge and CSU students, alumni, and employees). The $25
entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Colorado Review.

For complete guidelines, please go to or call


15 October 2010

Established in memory of the late James Knudsen, author, teacher and Creative Writing Workshop Director (2001-2003) at The University of New Orleans, “The James Knudsen Editor’s Prize for Fiction” aims to encourage and celebrate the work of emerging fiction writers.

Submissions must be previously unpublished work, no longer than 7500 words.

The top prize is $500 and publication.

All other entries will be considered for publication.

The reading fee is $15 and includes a one-year subscription to Bayou Magazine.

Deadline: December 31, 2010.

Please see Contest Guidelines for complete contest information.
Bayou Magazine is a non-profit journal for the arts based at The University of New Orleans. We are a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and every year Bayou nominates one of its published works for the Pushcart Prize, O.Henry Award and Best American Essays.  Additionally, we publish the winner of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Review One-Act Play Contest.

Christmas Chillers short story competition

15 October 2010

The latest competition from Writelink offers prizes of £50 for the winner plus two runners up prizes of £25 and publication on the website.  

Stories should begin with … “The only thing the children had in common was they’d all disappeared on Christmas Eve …

Word count is 1500. 

Entry fee is £5.00. 

Last year’s winner and the adjudicator’s report can be read on the website.  As entry is limited to 100, writers can register for a place immediately and submit their entry any time up until the closing date, 18th November, 2010.  

All entrants will receive a personal copy of the judge’s report and a full results listing provided an email address or s.a.e. is submitted.

Visit the website for details: Writing Contests

14 October 2010

Site Name-

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.

Contest Site-


Site Name-

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.

Contest Site-

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:

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.

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    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.