Archive for November 11th, 2010

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. 

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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:

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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

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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

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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!

    Win £100 for Writing the Best ‘How To” Article

    11 November 2010

    We are now taking entries for our November writing competition, offering you the chance to win £100 for your ‘how to’ article! The prize will be awarded for the best article submitted during the month of November, as judged by our editors.


    Here’s what Alan Barker, author of July’s winning entry, How to Run an Effective Meeting had to say about winning the competition:


    “I was so pleased to receive the cheque for my article that it seemed a shame to pay it in. I was tempted to frame it!”


    The article can be in any category and on any topic. As long as it’s a ‘how to’

    article, and fits our normal writer’s guidelines, it’s in with a chance. So get

    writing now!


    Before entering, make sure you read the terms and conditions below and brush up on our normal writer’s guidelines. Once you’ve familiarised yourself with these, sign in or register for an account by using the big ‘User Login’ box on the top-left and start putting together your article!


    Click here to enter.


    The October competition is now closed. The three winners will be announced via this page on Monday the 16th of November.

    For any queries, questions or press enquiries, please e-mail


    Terms & Conditions


    1. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and have access to the internet.

    2. Any accepted article submitted using the user submission system during the

    month of November (1st of November 2010 to midnight UK time 30th November 2010) is automatically entered into the competition.

    3. Condition two (2) does not exclude multiple entries by any individual,

    although each entry must be unique.

    4. Any articles submitted by employees, investors or other associates of How To Books and will not be eligible for entry into the competition.

    5. ‘Accepted article’ denotes any article submitted that is accepted for

    publication under the normal writing guidelines of subject to

    condition four (4).

    6. Copyright in all entries submitted will be retained by the writer unless and

    until transfer of copyright is subsequently agreed with How To Books Ltd.

    7. The winner will be decided by the editors of, whose names are available on request.

    8. There can only be one winner who will be notified by e-mail.

    9. There is a limit of one prize per person.

    10.Payment of the £100 prize will be arranged within one month of notification.

    11.The winner of the competition will be announced on and all other media channels available to on Monday the 13th of December 2010.


     The competition is held by How To Books Ltd., Spring Hill House, Spring Hill Road, Begbroke, Oxford, OX5 1RX


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