Archive for December 9th, 2010

Win a compatible eReader!

9 December 2010 is a new, exciting online community for unpublished writers that gives you a place to publicise and sell your work direct to readers who love to find new voices and explore new ideas.

As an unpublished writer myself I understand the trials, tribulations, and disappointments of sending your hard work off to agents and other people within the industry only to receive a standard reply – it can be a very frustrating experience for budding authors.  Our website is about building a constructive community where unpublished writers can upload, sell, and receive valuable ratings & reviews on their work to help them improve their writing. 

The final goal, in our opinion, of any aspiring writer is to be published in the traditional manner, however sometimes we all need some support in getting there…(There’s more information to look through about our mission in the FAQs section of our website).

We’re also running a registration competition to win a compatible eReader at the sites full launch – more details on the site at:

You’ll receive constructive feedback so you can prove and improve your writing with the ultimate objective of being published. We encourage you to read the FAQ’s section to find out more.

Register interest today to receive regular updates and to gain access to the site pre-launch. Be among the first iwritereadraters!

By registering now you will be entered into a competition to win a compatible eReader at the site’s full launch.

Visit the website:


The Writer’s Wish List Sweepstakes

9 December 2010


We’ve assembled dozens of unique prizes to appeal to writers including:

  • 10-week Gotham Workshop (Online or in NYC)
  • $50 Barns & Noble Gift Card
  • Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle
  • New Yorker 2011 Desk Diary
  • Books for Writers Young and Old
  • Four-week How to Get Published and How to Blog seminars (Online)
  • Gear from the Gotham Shop including a Sweatshirt, Baseball Hat, and Book Bag
  • Subscriptions to The Writer, Script, Poets & Writers, All-Story, or Bookmarks

One entry per person. Multiple entries will disqualify entrant. No purchase necessary. Entry deadline is midnight, January 1, 2011. Only online entries will be accepted. Void where taxed or prohibited. Valid for residents of Canada and USA only. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

No purchase required.

For Contest Rules & to Enter Visit:


9 December 2010

The Complete Theatre Company is seeking submissions for The Choice One-Act Festival. Each one-act will receive a table read, six hours of rehearsal, and a day of tech at no cost to either the playwright or the director. In addition, producers provide lighting, sound equipment, actors, and the theater itself. Each night audience members will vote for a prize to be awarded at the end of the run.  $100 prize awarded to Best Playwright and $100 prize awarded to Best Director.

Annie Ward, prod. Festival runs one week, tentatively the last week of March to the first week of April 2011 at the ArcLight Theatre, a 99-seat space in NYC.

Seeking—One-Act Plays: 8-9 minutes minimum length, 10-12 minutes maximum length, settings should be simple or suggested. Note: Only royalty-free works will be accepted. Submission fee is $10 per script (cash, check, or PayPal). Playwrights may make multiple submissions.

To submit, send scripts and checks/payments to Annie Ward, Attn: “Choice One-Acts,” 175 W. 79th St., Apt. 6A, NYC 10024, or email scripts to Each script should be accompanied by a cover page which should include title, author, address, phone number, and email address. Scripts that include a self-addressed stamped envelope will be returned. Make checks out to The Complete Theatre Company. To use PayPal, visit


The 2011 Third Coast Fiction & Poetry Contests

9 December 2010

The 2011 Third Coast Fiction & Poetry Contests

EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 15, 2011

Fiction Prize: $1,000 & Publication 

Poetry Prize : $1,000 & Publication

Final Judges

Fiction: Brad Watson         Poetry: Natasha Trethewey

 Complete Guidelines:

1. Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words or three (3) previously unpublished poems with a $15 reading fee payable to Third Coast.  Please send each entry separately and clearly mark whether it is a poetry or fiction entry. 

Send entries and reading fee to:

Third Coast 2011 Fiction or Poetry Contest

Department of English

Western Michigan University

1903 W. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331

2. Each $15 entry fee entitles entrant to a 1-year subscription to Third Coast, an extension of an existing subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose a complete address for subscription.

3. All manuscripts should be typed (fiction entries should be double-spaced), and accompanied by a cover letter with the author’s name, contact information (address, telephone, and email address), and entry title(s). Please include entry title(s) and page numbers on all manuscript pages.  The author’s name and  identifying information should only appear on the cover letter; identifying information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself.

4. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that work be withdrawn from the contest immediately. If a poem or story is chosen as a finalist, Third Coast requires that it be withdrawn from any other publication considerations until the winner is selected. If the poem or story is scheduled to be published elsewhere before September 2011, please do not submit it.

5. Winners will be announced in March 2011 and published in the Fall 2011 issue of Third Coast.  All contest entries will be considered for regular inclusion in Third Coast.

6. Writers associated with the judges or Third Coast are not eligible to submit work to the contest.

7. No money will be refunded. Submissions will not be returned. Send SASE for results only.

About the Judges

Brad Watson won the Sue Kauffman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts & Letters for his first collection, Last Days of the Dog-Men. His first novel, The Heaven of Mercury, was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award. Watson’s most recent collection of stories is Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives (2010).

Natasha Trethewey is the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her book Native Guard. Her first poetry collection, Domestic Work, won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and her second collection, Bellocq’s Ophelia, was named a Notable Book for 2003. Trethewey’s most recent work is a book of creative non-fiction, titled Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf (2010).

Complete guidelines can be found at

Chapters of Glory! Writing Contest

9 December 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

The Rules are Simple

  1. Frantically write and post a complete, 12+ chapters (min. 25,000 words) ebook to Publishizer before midnight EST, January 15, 2010
  2. Earn ‘glory points’ in the form of comments, likes, tweets and star ratings on your chapters. Each comment, like, tweet and star ratings is worth 1 point!
  3. Spread your chapters mercilessly to friends, family and colleagues to win ‘Glory Points’!
  4. The author with the most amassed ‘Glory Points’ across their posted chapters WINS!

Visit the website for details:

The Disable Shop Blogging Contests

9 December 2010

 Enter now and win the chance to become a paid blogger writing about disability and disability products AND £250 in cash.

Runs from: 19th November – 18th December.

1. £250.00 in cash
2. The opportunity to become a paid blogger.

The Disabled Shop is looking for talented bloggers to write about disability and disability products. To find them, we are holding a blogging contest.

What you can win:

  • £250 in prize money.
  • Publicity in our press releases and newsletter.
  • The chance to become a professional (paid!) blogger.

The Judges

We are delighted that Disability Writes, an organisation that seeks to assist and encourage Disabled Writers, will be selecting the best blog post.

The website is based in the UK but anyone can enter, and the prize is £250 ($400) – all details are here:

The Modern Dickens Project

9 December 2010

The concept is simple. Authors review the previous chapters, then craft the chapter for the next month. One winner is selected
from the submissions. In December 2011, we’ll publish the book.


-Although the story is set in Iowa and involves Iowa themes, you do not have to live in Iowa to participate. In fact, it might
be more interesting if you don’t.
-No entry fee for submission.
-The winning author receives a $100 honorarium.
-If an author’s chapter isn’t selected as the winner for a particular month, he or she may submit again.

For detail, visit the MDP website: