Archive for November 28th, 2010

Convozine.com 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: http://convozine.com/sections/105_dec-challenge
 
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.
 
Prizes: 
 
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: http://convozine.com/conversations/7685

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Camping Writing Contest

28 November 2010

We are running a free writing contest on our website CampTrip.com 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: http://writingcontest.camptrip.com/

Annual Accenti Writing Contest

28 November 2010

Topic
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.

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• Submissions can be an English translation of the author’s unpublished original work in another language.

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

Entry Fee
$20.00 per entry, non-refundable.

Deadline:
Postmarked on or before February 18, 2011.

Prizes
• 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: http://www.accenti.ca/writingcontest.asp

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: http://www.eekababystudios.com/literary

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
TO ENTER, CLICK HERE OR VISIT WRITINGCLASSES.COM

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 Amazon.com before February 1st.

Reviewers will download a pre-release version of the eBook for free and post a short review, testimonial or comment on Amazon.com 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: http://www.jesuspotterharrychrist.com/2010/11/500-for-500-word-book-review-writing-contest/

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:
http://bluemesareview.submishmash.com/Submit
OR:
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: http://www.creativenonfiction.org/blog_nomination.html.

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 http://www.winningwriters.com/contests/war/2010/wa10_pastwinners.php
 
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”:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/war/poetry/prweb4687694.htm

Stage of Life Monthly Student Writing Contest

28 November 2010

StageofLife.com 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
Forbes.com, CNBC.com, 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).  StageofLife.com also sends out a
PR Newswire press release about each contest, naming the winner.
Example:  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mom-ranks-1-on-teens-hero-list-104940114.html.
 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:  www.stageoflife.com
–Contest url – High School:
http://www.stageoflife.com/StageHighSchool/OtherResources/WeeklyHighSchoolWritingContest.aspx
–Contest url – College:
http://www.stageoflife.com/StageCollege/OtherResources/CollegeWritingContest.aspx

Contact Email:  eric@stageoflife.com  (Eric Thiegs, CEO of StageofLife.com)

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:

http://www.unk.edu/a/plattevalleyreview/submission.php

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”
http://www.kenney-mencher.com/

10 Brilliant Biographies That Every Writer Must Read

28 November 2010

We at Onlineuniversities.com are excited to share with you an article “10 Brilliant Biographies That Every Writer Must Read” was recently published on our blog at (http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/11/10-brilliant-biographies-that-every-writer-must-read/),