Archive for November, 2010 December Challenge – “Notes from Tomorrow” Writing Contest

28 November 2010

An approaching new year gets us thinking about what lies ahead. Possibility, perspective, paradigm shifts, mystery…the future can mean a lot of things. But whatever we experience tomorrow will shape how we remember today.

This month’s challenge is to write a creative short story or essay on the theme “notes from tomorrow”.  What that means is up to you. What will your journal entry look like tomorrow? What advice would your future self have for you? What will events look like with the perspective of time? What does “tomorrow” really mean to you? And what does that say about today? The possibilities are endless.

How short or long you make your story is up to you, but we recommend anywhere from 250-1000 words. Submissions can be in the form of a short story, or an essay. Above all, be creative and have fun with it!
See the current entries here:
Entries begin now.  Voting runs through Dec 31th, 2010.
Early entries will be up longer and may get more awards.
Limit: four entries per person.
Winners will be announced on Jan 3rd, 2011.
Editor’s Pick
The winner of this prize will be awarded by Convozine’s editors, based on overall creativity and artistic merit. The winner of this award will receive US$500 and a hardcover bound coffee table book, containing the top four entries from this challenge. The book will be laid out by our very own award winning designer, so you will definitely want to get your hands on it.
People’s Choice
The people’s choice prizes goes to the entries that have been given the greatest number of awards by other Convozine users. The winners will receive a cash prize and the coffee table book as well.  We will be awarding first, second and third place winners in this category, so be sure to use the social features of Convozine to share your entries with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!
Summary of prizes:
Editor’s pick: US$500 and a hardcover bound coffee table book, containing the top four entries from this challenge. 
People’s Choice #1: US$500 and a hardcover bound coffee table book, containing the top four entries from this challenge. 
People’s Choice #2: US$300 and a softcover coffee table book, containing the top four entries from this challenge. 
People’s Choice #3: US$200 and a softcover coffee table book, containing the top four entries from this challenge.

Visit the website for details and to enter:


Camping Writing Contest

28 November 2010

We are running a free 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:

Annual Accenti Writing Contest

28 November 2010

The topic is open. Any type of entry that meets the submission criteria below is eligible. Multiple entries welcome.
Submission Criteria
• The contest is open to prose works.
• Entries can be fiction, non-fiction or creative non-fiction.
• Entries must be previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication.
• Entries must be original and not a translation of a previously published work.
Maximum length: 2000 words.
• IMPORTANT: No poetry, plays, reviews, and scholarly essays. No footnotes and endnotes. No pseudonyms.

• Submissions must be in English.
• Submissions can be an English translation of the author’s unpublished original work in another language.

The contest is open to all writers, established and emerging, worldwide.

Entry Fee
$20.00 per entry, non-refundable.

Postmarked on or before February 18, 2011.

• Top prize: $1000.00 (CDN) and publication in Accenti.
• Second Prize: $250.00 (CDN) and publication in Accenti.
• Third Prize: $100.00 (CDN) and publication in Accenti.
Please see our website for more details:

Eaka Baby Studios Literary Project

28 November 2010

Eeka Baby Studios is the first online entertainment studio. Producing cutting edge results we allow the artist to focus on their craft instead of trying to save hundreds maybe even thousands of dollars for professional photographs, videos and demos. Yes your talent will get you far but image is everything. Giving your project a sleek professional finish can make a huge difference when it’s up against thousands of other artist. Make your project stand out from the crowd!

Enter the Eeka Baby Studios a latest literary project. Visit the website for details:

The Writer’s Wish List Sweepstakes

28 November 2010

Gotham Writers’ Workshop invites you to enter our Writer’s Wish List Sweepstakes for your chance to win one of 50+ prizes including:
Apple iPad
Ten-week Gotham Workshop (Online or in NYC)
Amazon Kindle
Barnes & Noble $50 Gift Card
Books for Writers
Four-week How to Get Published Seminar (Online)
Subscriptions to The Writer, Script, and Poets & Writers
Gear from the Gotham Shop, including a Sweatshirt and Book Bag

No purchase necessary.

Win $500 for a 500 word book review writing contest!

28 November 2010

To promote the launch of Derek Murphy’s new book Jesus Potter, Harry Christ, and to generate online buzz and support, Holy Blasphemy is sponsoring a $500 writing contest!

All you have to do is post a review of the book (500 words or less) on before February 1st.

Reviewers will download a pre-release version of the eBook for free and post a short review, testimonial or comment on during the contest dates. The winner will be chosen according to Amazon’s online customer feedback system – “Was this review helpful to you? Yes/No”.

 See details here:

Blue Mesa Review Poetry Contest

28 November 2010

Blue Mesa Review invites you to enter our first ever poetry contest! One winner will receive a prize of $750, and publication in Blue Mesa Review #24.
Send us:
– 4 poems or 7 pages of poetry
– Unpublished work
– $17 entry fee (checks should be payable to UNM-BMR)
-Our judges for 2011 are poets:  Lisa Gill, Richard Vargas, and Danny Solis
Please submit via our new online submission manager:
Please mail submissions to:
Poetry Contest
Blue Mesa Review
Creative Writing Program
University of New Mexico
MSC 03-2170
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Entry Deadline: Postmarked by December 31st, 2010

Creative Nonfiction is seeking narrative blog posts to reprint in our upcoming Food issue.

28 November 2010

Attn: Food Bloggers: We’re seeking narrative blog posts to reprint in our upcoming Food Issue (March 2011).
We’re looking for: interesting, true stories that focus on food, including restaurant reviews; tales of meals gone awry; secrets, tips and kitchen short cuts; confessions from cooks, chefs and/or servers; an examination of the kitchen life; and so on. To nominate, you’ll need to know the title or specific URL of the post. Nominate your own work, or that of someone else. Nominate as many posts as you like, though we ask that you not nominate the same post multiple times.

The deadline for nomination is 11:59 PM EST, Monday, November 29, 2010. 

Nominate at:

Winners Announced for Ninth Annual War Poetry Contest

28 November 2010

Northampton, MA (PRWEB) November 15, 2010: Gerardo Mena of Columbia, Missouri is the winner of the ninth annual War Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. This contest seeks today’s best poetry on the theme of war. Mr. Mena’s poem “So I Was a Coffin” was judged the best of 656 entries from around the world. He received a $2,000 award. $5,000 was awarded in all. The winning entries are published at
Mr. Mena is a decorated Iraqi Freedom Veteran who served in Special Operations with the Reconnaissance Marines for six years. His poem, a tribute to a fallen comrade from the war in Iraq, personifies objects from the battlefield–flags, weapons, bandages–as metaphors for dutiful and doomed men. Mena’s measured, elegiac lines combine a solemn respect for his comrades’ sacrifice with quiet outrage at the exploitation of their naiveté.

Full press release with pictures of the winners and video presentation of “So I Was a Coffin”:

Stage of Life Monthly Student Writing Contest

28 November 2010 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.
 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:

Contact Email:  (Eric Thiegs, CEO of

Platte Valley Review will publish a special issue for Spring 2011.

28 November 2010

The theme, Forces of Nature, should be interpreted as contributor wishes.

 Poetry, Prose, Creative Non-Fiction, Environmental and Critical Essays, Photography, or Artwork, relevant to Forces of Nature are welcome as general submissions.

 The Platte Valley Review is published under the auspices of the endowed Reynolds Chair, Allison Hedge Coke, senior editor, and Robert Ficociello, managing editor.

 Distinguished UNK Sandhill Crane Literary Fellows will jury and contribute to this edition.

 Please submit in only one of the following ways.

1. Mail submissions labeled by genre to:

Platte Valley Review

English Department, 202A TMHL

University of Nebraska at Kearney

905 W 25th Street

Kearney, NE 68849-1322

2. An online Submission Program can be found at:

Deadline for this edition is December 15, 2010

Flash Fiction: Help with a project please?

28 November 2010

I would like to invite you and any authors you know to participate in a flash fiction challenge I have on my blog.  The winner of the challenge can win an original graphite drawing on paper by me.

The flash fiction stories will be published in a catalog integrated with an exhibit in San Francisco at ArtHaus Gallery (April 8th for the reception).

The show is called: Renovated Reputations:
Paintings and Fiction inspired by Vintage Portrait Photographs

The exhibit will include a series of 20-40 paintings and mixed media works ranging in size from 8″x10″ to 18″x24″ framed with thrift store and vintage frames.  In addition to the exhibited works ArtHaus is publishing catalogs signed by me and as many of the authors as possible.  Catalogs/books will consist of image of the painting with the text of the “flash story” surrounding the image.  If I can get the authors to come to a book signing/party, authors would sign their pages for some of the printed stuff.

We’re going to have a photobooth for the show for participants to play with and vintage costumes.

Of course I’ll send the authors free copies of the catalogs.

If this interests, please visit my site and click on “Competition”

10 Brilliant Biographies That Every Writer Must Read

28 November 2010

We at are excited to share with you an article “10 Brilliant Biographies That Every Writer Must Read” was recently published on our blog at (,

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is now accepting entries!

11 November 2010

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves arranging words 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 contest 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 further details, to print out an entry form or to enter online.

 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

You Could Win a Kindle! Enter our Mystery Times Ten Competition

11 November 2010

Our Spring/Summer 2011 Young Adult Showcase titled Mystery Times Ten seeks new mystery short stories that are targeted for the YA audience.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Theme: Mystery – Your choice be it murder, cozy, paranormal, romance, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, police procedural, suspense, thriller, or amateur detective.
  • What is a mystery? In a mystery, the main character must track down the truth about an event, often a murder. If the protagonist is in any danger, it usually becomes a problem only as the detective/protagonist approaches the truth. That’s your base, how it plays out is up to you!
  • No gratuitous sex or violence. Please remember your audience is 13 and up.
  • The competition is open to all writers in English except current or former employees of Buddhapuss Ink LLC or members of our judging Panels.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter unless you have written permission from your parent or guardian. Please click here to download the Permission Form.
  • Submissions will be accepted from October 1, 2010 to January 31, 2011.
  • No previously published work(s) or simultaneous submissions please.
  • Entries should be between 3000-7000 words in length.
  • Send your submissions via email to: with the subject line “Submission for MYSTERY TIMES TEN” from <your name> with your story as an attached file in .doc (Word) format PLEASE INCLUDE in the body of the email:
    • Your name and contact information
    • A brief author bio (2-5 sentences)
    • Entry should be single-spaced in at least a 12 pt. readable font. We suggest Times New Roman, Courier, or Arial.
    • Send emails to:
  • NOTE You will receive an email acknowledging our receipt of your entry within 24 hours. If you do not receive this email (check your junk/bulk/spam folder first!) Please re-submit your entry and change the subject line to: “RESUBMISSION for MYSTERY TIMES TEN”.
  • Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.
  • Notifications will be sent to finalists via email in April 2011
  • There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. There is no fee to enter. 

Visit the website for details:

Travel Stories Contest: WIN a 4-day all inclusive vacation package for two to Belize!

11 November 2010

Here at Chaa Creek we are currently doing a Creative Travel Writing Contest in which we are giving out four fabulous vacation prizes with the grand prize valued at US$ 3479.00.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is an award-winning Belize resort that has pioneered natural history travel since 1981 and is Belize’s premier destination for a wide range of Caribbean and Central American adventures.  The 365 acre private nature reserve on the Macal River is home to the Lodge and Spa and hosts an internationally recognized Natural History Centre, Butterfly Farm, and Rainforest Medicine Trail,  miles of trails for walking, birding, mountain biking or horseback riding, a fleet of canoes, exquisite spa, conference centre, adventure tours, and access to Belize’s richest Maya archaeological sites. 
The Grand prize will include: For TWO persons
§  Round trip transfers from International Airport or Belize City§  A visit to the Belize Zoo with transfer on arrival or departure§  Four Nights Luxury Accommodation§  Full breakfast, lunch and candlelit dinner§  Guided visits to the  Natural History Museum, Butterfly Farm, and Belize Rainforest Medicinal Trail§  Canoeing on the Macal River§  Guided Early Morning Bird Watching§  One Full & Half Day Tour to Belize’s Maya Temple Sites, Sacred Caves, or Nature Reserves§  Snorkelling tour to Belize’s magnificent barrier reef off South Water Caye
Valued at US$ 3479.00!
Second, third and fourth prizes are as follows:
·       Second Prize – 50% Discount
·       Third Prize – 40% Discount
·       Fourth Prize – 30% Discount
For more information on our travel writing contest – Visit our blog:

or visit our website for more info on Chaa Creek:

The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Fellowship Awards

11 November 2010

The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing offers five fellowships for writers: the Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, the Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction, the Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent, the Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry, and the Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices.
Fellowship recipients (except recipients of the Hope Fellowship, which is $500) will receive a $1,000 award toward their first semester’s tuition.

Fellowships are awarded based on the quality of the applicant’s writing sample; applicants who want to be considered for a fellowship should submit applications one month prior to the general application deadline.

For comprehensive program information, a downloadable application form, and faculty bios, go to:

Call for Entries: Poetry and Short-short fiction/essays

11 November 2010

Call for Entries: Poetry and Short-short fiction/essays inspired by


Jack Kerouac defined the original “beat generation” in 1957 as “a generation of furtives…a weariness of all the forms, all the conventions of the world.” Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” ignited a controversy over freedom of speech and expression; the publisher was arrested but in 1957 the courts ruled the poem was not obscene.
Ginsberg and Kerouac, along with Charles Olson, William Burroughs and others are the usual Beat-writing mentionables; but what of the women of the group?  The writings of Denise Levertov, Hettie Jones, Joyce Johnson, Anne Waldman, Joan Vollmer, Diane DiPrima, Jane Bowles and others during that time exhibit enlightening spirit and inventiveness in a way only the female spirit could.
“It’s true that the Beat movement was libratory—but not really for women. As one of the many young women who had fled to Greenwich Village in 1953 at the age of twenty seeking adventure, significance, and escape from a set of materialistic, conform­ist values, I knew first-hand that the popular view was mistaken. In fact, however stimu­lating and exciting it was to be in the midst of the new jazz, art, and poetry, it was every bit as oppressive to women and as dominat­ed by the feminine mystique and outright misogyny as square culture—and in some ways worse, since you weren’t allowed to complain. “ – “Women Writers in the Beat Generation” (KIAMANA, Alix Kates Shulman, 1993)
Lit Undressed invites you to submit your poetry, short-short fiction or essays (up to 200 words) inspired by the spirit of the women of the Beat movement.  Selected works will be read during the next Lit Undressed performance at RNG Gallery in March (a portion of the proceeds going to VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts) live by nude figure models, by authors, or with excerpts painted by an artist on models’ bodies.   Authors info will be listed on event program.  
Submit works to by January 15.  See for more information. 
The first Lit Undressed event was held in September in conjunction with (downtown) omaha lit fest to a sold-out crowd.  See
“I know that I shall be the sea
And the mother
And never me.
I am here
Under the sea
Recognize me”
~Sally Stern, Wait I’ve Been This Way Before, from The Beat Scene, 1960

20 Creative Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

11 November 2010

Writer’s block is the bane of anyone and everyone who writes. You’ll be cruising through a story, your words are flowing nicely, until suddenly you’ve hit the brakes and can’t restart the engine. Most of us try to work through the road block, endlessly searching for inspiration, but sometimes you just can’t produce anything worthwhile. Instead of cursing the writing gods or pressing the delete button, take your hands off the keyboard, take a deep breath and consider trying one of these 20 creative ways to overcome writer’s block:

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Wag’s Revue Winter 2011 Contest

11 November 2010

Wag’s Revue invites you to enter its Winter 2011 Contest in fiction, poetry, and essays.

Submissions of electronic writing are also encouraged in any of the above genres.

First prize receives $1,000 and publication in Wag’s Revue; second prize is $500, third is $100, and all submissions are considered for publication.

The contest deadline is January 15, and winners will be announced with the publication of Issue 9 in April 2011.

There is no limit to the number of entries an author may submit, but each entry must be accompanied with its own submission fee of $20.

Past winners, as well as all issues of the magazine, may be read for free at

Visit the website for details:

Chapters of Glory! Writing Contest

11 November 2010

Write A 12+ Chapters Ebook in 2 Months… Earn Glory… WIN $US200!!

Chapters of Glory! is a FREE writing contest designed to kick the brains of genius authors into overdrive. Frantic, coffee-fuelled days and nights pit authors one against the other – all within a supportive, vibrant and creative literary community of ‘Facebooking/Twittering-types’ – and the chance to win $US200!

Entrants are challenged to write a complete, 12+ chapters ebook in 2 months – and get as much feedback on their writing as possible! Choose a topic you’re passionate about – you keep FULL copyright – AND YOU CAN SELL YOUR EBOOK at the end of it all! Cast your fears aside, Dear Writer, it’s time to publish your passion… write an epic ebook… have heaps of fun… and WIN GLORY!

Entries close Midnight (EST), January 15, 2011

Visit the website for details:

Vestal Review’s Ten Years In Flash Fiction Contest

11 November 2010

The contest is open for entries from November 9, 2010 to January 31, 2011.

Guest judge Steve Almond ( will award the first prize of $100, the second prize of $50, and the third prize a signed copy of Mark Budman’s novel “My Life at First Try” ( and publication in Vestal Review.

Entry fee is $4.

Results will be announced at Vestal Review website on or about March 1, 2011. 

Vestal Review is the oldest magazine of flash fiction. 

All entries are made via Submishmash. Visit the website for details:

FBFT Sports Writing Competition 2011

11 November 2010

 The FBFT Sports Writing Competition 2011 is open to anyone aged 18 years or older. 

Entries may be up to 1000 words in length and must be related to sport in some way. The three winning articles will receive the cash prizes as detailed and will be published on the website. We are particularly interested in sports writing that is original, exciting or somehow out of the ordinary. 

Prizes: First place, £50; Second place, £30; Third place, £20 (paid in British Pounds Sterling)

Entry is free.

All entries must be received by midnight on the published closing date of 22 May 2011. Late entries will be deleted.

Entries may be submitted directly through the form on the website –

– or by email –

Help Creative Writing Institute’s Writing Contest

11 November 2010

Help Creative Writing Institute celebrate its second year!

Here’s your opportunity to strut your stuff.
Rules:Short Story Writing Contest, any genre (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Drama, Children, Adult)
Must be 1,000 – 1,500 words
All rights to the story remain the property of the author
Entries must be G-rated
Contest ends November 20, 2010
Mail entries to:
Put ‘WRITING CONTEST’ in subject line
Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, style and technique
NOT following instructions may lead to disqualification
Up to two entries per person
**Our definition of “amateur” is: A writer who hasn’t (1) sold a novel, (2) placed in the top three of a large contest, (such as Writer’s Digest) or (3) had a short story published in a major magazine.
1st place – $25 Visa Card and publication in The December Writer’s Choice Newsletter
2nd place – Four free tutoring sessions with CEO and Founder, Deborah Owen
3rd place – Word Magic by Cindy Rogers. A fantastic book that will take your writing to the next level

Turtle Trails and Tales Writing Contest

11 November 2010

First Prize: $300 and publication
Second Prize: $150 and publication
Third and Fourth Prize: publication

Turtle Trails and Tales is holding its very first writing competition. Writers of any age are strongly encouraged to participate. Winning entries will be published on the front page of, as well as in the Winter issue.

  • There is a $15 entry fee per submission. Submit by PayPal, or by mail to: Turtle Trails and Tales, P.O. Box 19623, Reno, Nevada 89511
  • Entries submitted without fee(s) will not be considered.
  • Entries submitted must include a title page with author’s name, address, email address, and phone number. Manuscript pages must not have author’s name on them.
  • Authors may submit more that one entry; each entry requires its own entry fee.
  • Author may include a biography, limited to one paragraph, and a photo for publication purposes.
  • Entries must be under 900 words, written for children ages 6-11.
  • Entries can be written on any age appropriate subject. Please visit the Writing Contest Submission Guidelines page at the website below.
  • Entries must be postmarked by December 27th. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Winners will be announced in our January 2011 winter issue.
  • In the event that no winning manuscripts are selected, entry fee’s will be refunded.

    Visit Contest for more information and to enter online!