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The Bellevue Literary Review Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry

31 January 2011

Bellevue Literary Review
A journal of humanity and human experience

The Bellevue Literary Review Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry

The Bellevue Literary Review Prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1000 and publication in the Spring 2012 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review.

$1000 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction (Judged by Francine Prose)
$1000 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry (Judged by Cornelius Eady)
$1000 Burns Archive Prize for Nonfiction (Judged by Susan Orlean)

Guidelines: http://blr.med.nyu.edu/submissions/prizes

•       Prose limited to 5000 words. Poetry limited to 3 poems (maximum 5 pages). Submissions that exceed these limits will be disqualified.

•       Deadline is July 1, 2011. Winners will be announced by December 2011.

•       Entry fee is $15 per submission. For an additional $5, you will receive a 1-year subscription to the Bellevue Literary Review. You may enter more than once (maximum two submissions).

•       Manuscripts may be submitted electronically at www.BLReview.org (Files should be in Microsoft Word. Please combine all poems into one document, with first poem as title.)

•       Do not put your name on the manuscript. (Our website will allow you to enter biographical information separately.)

•       Work previously published in print or electronically will not be considered.

•       Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We regret that there can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work.

•       Students/friends/colleagues/relations of a judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge’s genre.

•       BLR acquires first-time North American rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author and may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made. All entries will also be considered for regular publication.

Visit the website for details: http://www.blreview.org/submissions/prizes

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THE CUPBOARD holds its first contest.

31 January 2011

The Cupboard’s first-ever contest! Featuring guest judge Michael Martone! The winning author will receive $500 and the manuscript will be published as an upcoming volume of The Cupboard.

Deadline:

Please submit manuscripts between 4,000 and 10,000 words, of one piece or many, through Submishmash between February 1st and March 31st.

The entire manuscript should not have been published previously, but if individual pieces have appeared elsewhere, please include an acknowledgments page. All submissions will be read blind so do not include your name or contact information anywhere on the manuscript, but do include this information in your cover letter. Simultaneous and multiple submissions are fine, though each submission will require the $10 contest fee.

Also, with your submission you are eligible for a discounted $12 subscription to The Cupboard that will begin with the contest winner. If interested, please click below.

The contest entry period will be open February 1, 2011.

Entry fee: $10.

All entries will be considered for general publication as a volume of The Cupboard.

For more info. visit: http://www.thecupboardpamphlet.org/submit.html

Website: http://www.thecupboardpamphlet.org/

Email: cupboard@thecupboardpamphlet.org with any questions.

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

31 January 2011

Next Generation Indie Book Awards®

  • Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide
  • The largest not-for-profit awards program for independent publishers
  • Enter books released in 2010 or 2011 or with a 2010 or 2011 copyright date
  • 60 categories to choose from
  • Cash prizes and fabulous awards
  • Exposure of top 60 books to leading New York literary agent
  • Gala awards reception held at the world famous Plaza Hotel in New York City
  • Earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book
CALL FOR ENTRIES

Calling all indie book authors and publishers – including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (the “Indie Book Awards”), the most exciting and rewarding book awards program open to independent publishers and authors worldwide who have a book written in English and released in 2010 or 2011 or with a 2010 or 2011 copyright date. The Indie Book Awards is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com).

Deadline:

With 60 categories to choose from, enter by March 2, 2011 (all books must be received in our offices by March 2, 2011) to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to have your book considered for cash prizes, awards, exposure, possible representation by a leading literary agent, and recognition as one of the top independently published books of the year!

Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2011 Indie Book Awards are:

  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Fiction Book
  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Non-Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Non-Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Non-Fiction Book
  • $250 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the Best Design Book entry
  • $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the 60 categories
  • Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to three finalists in each of the 60 categories

Entry fees:

The 2011 entry fee is $75 per title for the first category entered. Plus, there is a $50 fee for each additional category entered. For example, if you enter one book in one category, the total fee is $75. However, if you enter one book in three categories, the total fee is $175 ($75 for the first category plus $50 for the second category plus $50 for the third category).

Click here to find out what else the Finalists and Winners of the 2011 Indie Book Awards will receive.

Click here to go to Entry Guidelines

Scriptapalooza International TV Writing Competition

31 January 2011

Welcome to the 12th Year of Scriptapalooza’s Television Writing Competition!

Our intention is to open doors for the aspiring television. There are four categories you can submit to, which include 1 hour existing shows, 1/2 hour existing sitcom, original pilots and reality shows.

The participants we have chosen to read the winning scripts are from established product companies. Whether you are already an aspiring television writer or a writer interested in exploring other avenues, Scriptapalooza tv is here to promote careers in television and provide exposure for the undiscoverd writer.

We are accepting tv entries – deadline April 15 – entry fee is $40

need an application? CLICK HERE

For Official Rules visit: http://www.scriptapaloozatv.com/rules.htm

Contact email: info@scriptapalooza.com

2011 Sylvia K. Burack Writing Award

31 January 2011

The Sylvia K. Burack Writing Award is a writing contest for high school students in grades 11 and 12 in the U.S. and Canada. The award is made in memory of Sylvia K. Burack, longtime editor and publisher of The Writer. Burack was known for her dedication to helping writers and editors.

The winning writer will receive:
• $500
• Publication in The Writer magazine and on WriterMag.com
• A one-year subscription to The Writer
• A copy of the Gotham Writers’ Workshop anthology Fiction Gallery

Submission: To enter, submit a previously unpublished 600- to 800-word personal essay in English on the following topic: “Select a work of fiction, poem or play that has influenced you. Discuss the work and explain how it affected you.” No song lyrics. For essay writing tips, visit WriterMag.com.

Eligibility:
You must be a student in grade 11 or 12 attending a U.S. or Canadian high school at the time you submit the essay. The winner will be asked to provide proof of enrollment in grade 11 or 12 in a U.S. or Canadian high school. Employees of The Writer, Kalmbach Publishing Co. and Gotham Writers’ Workshop and their families are not eligible to participate.
 
Entry deadline: March 31, 2011

Click “here” for more info. and to enter.

The Suvudu Writing Contest: Win an Editorial Review

31 January 2011

At Suvudu, we’re aware that getting your work into the hands of a professional editor can be a major hurdle in the road to publication. Many New York publishers do not accept submissions except from literary agents. That’s why we’re making available this limited opportunity to put your best manuscript of  science fiction, fantasy, horror, or paranormal romance into consideration by the Del Rey/Spectra staff.

Del Rey/Spectra through Suvudu will be accepting submissions from now through March 18, 2011, of  previously unpublished manuscripts of no more than 150,000 words. Over the next few months, they will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, and writing style. The top submission will receive a full edit of the submitted work by Betsy Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief of Del Rey Publishing, and the story will be considered for publication. Three runners-up will receive a set of Del Rey/Spectra titles selected by Suvudu.

When you’re ready to submit, click here to fill out the entry form. Once you’ve done so, you’ll receive an e-mail from Suvudu. Send your submission in response to the e-mail to enter the contest. Click here for official contest rules.

The winners will be announced on May 18, 2011.

Contest is from January 18, 2011 to March 18, 2011 (EST), and open only to legal residents of the United States, excluding Puerto Rico, who are age 18 and over as of January 18, 2011. Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. Sponsor: Suvudu.com, a website of Random House, Inc.

The Writer 2011 Short-Story Contest

31 January 2011

Is your work ready to reach a wider readership? If so, then we invite you to enter The Writer 2011 Short-Story Contest.  

We’re looking for original fiction on any theme that is brilliant, bold, and concise (no more than 2,000 words). We’re offering great prizes and great exposure for your work, including publication in The Writer

What are you waiting for? Submit your entry today!  

PRIZES
First Place:
$1,000; publication, along with the finalist judge’s comments, in The Writer magazine;  a free 10-week creative writing workshop offered online by Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($420 value); and one-year subscription to The Writer magazine. 

Second Place: $300; free enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($150 value); publication on The Writer Web site (WriterMag.com); and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine. 

Third Place: $200; free enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($150 value); publication on The Writer Web site (WriterMag.com); and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.  

Finalist judge: Michelle Wildgen – novelist and executive editor at Tin House. 

Entry fee
$10 per entry, payable to Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Payments must be in U.S. funds. Entry fees are nonrefundable.

Deadline
Entry must be submitted online by midnight, EST, April 30, 2011.

ENTER THE CONTEST

CONTEST OVERVIEW

1. Entries must be submitted online only, using the official entry form you’ll find by clicking here or the blue “ENTER THE CONTEST” phrase above. Mailed entries will not be accepted. 

2. All entries must be original and previously unpublished in a book, nationally distributed periodical or Web-based magazine. Entries must be in English and submitted by the author, who must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry.

3. Entries may not exceed 2,000 words (including title). No explicit sex, graphic language, or graphic violence.

4. A $10 nonrefundable entry fee, payable to Gotham Writers’ Workshop, must accompany each entry. If you do not wish to pay by credit card, you may send a check for $10 per entry, payable to “Gotham Writers’ Workshop” to the address below. You must include the title of your entry and your name on the check. Your entry will not be forwarded to the judges until payment is received. Mail checks only (entry must be submitted online using form above) to:

Gotham Writers’ Workshop
555 8th Avenue #1402
New York,  NY  10018-4358
Att: The Writer Short-Story Contest

5. You will receive an email confirmation upon the successful processing of your entry. Please allow five business days after submission for processing.

6. You may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee. No revisions will be accepted under any circumstances, as entries are forwarded to judges upon submission.

7. No simultaneous submissions are allowed.

8. Winners will be notified via email by August 15, 2011. All entrants will be notified of the results on August 31, 2011.

9. Employees and affiliates of The Writer, Kalmbach Publishing Co., and Gotham Writers’ Workshop are prohibited from entering.

Frequently Asked Questions
     –      Official Rules

The 2011 Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

31 January 2011

We’re accepting General Fiction and Young Adult Fiction entries through February 6, 2011. Enter now.

The 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest: Submit Your Novel

Amazon.com, along with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, is pleased to announce the fourth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, the international competition seeking the next popular novel. The competition will once again award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.

Manuscript submissions are now being accepted through February 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time), or when 5,000 entries have been received in each category, whichever is earlier.

Go to www.createspace.com/abna to register and submit your manuscript following the instructions on the entry form.

The Pinch Literary Awards

30 January 2011

The Pinch Literary Awards
 
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the award-winning Pinch literary journal is given annually for a single poem; Jeffrey McDaniel will judge this year. A prize of $1,500 and publication in the Pinch is given annually for a short story; Rick Bass will judge. Submit up to three poems or a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry), which includes a one-year subscription to the Pinch, by March 15.

Visit the Web site for complete guidelines and see Recent Winners http://www.thepinchjournal.com/.

The Pinch, Literary Awards, English Department, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152-6176. (901) 678-4591. Kristen Iversen, Editor in Chief.
The Pinch Literary Awards
Prize: $1,500.00. Entry fee: $20.00. Deadline: 03-15-2011.
 
http://www.thepinchjournal.com/

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2011

30 January 2011

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2011 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard.

Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books:
Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over.
Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.

Prizes:

The first-place winner will receive $1,500. The second and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise.

Eligibility requirements for our 2011 competition are as follows:
 
What to submit:

• Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. We have extended our word limit for the first time in thirty years to 3,500 words rather than 3,000. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.
 
Who may submit:

• The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.
 
Submission requirements:

• Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required.

• The author’s name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

• The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2011. The late entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 15, 2011. We encourage you to enter by May 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline. Entries postmarked after May 15, 2011 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 15, 2011 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2012 competition beginning May 16, 2011.

How to pay your entry fee:

• Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid — in U.S. funds — via a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:

Winners will be announced at the end of July 2011 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by October 1, 2011.

All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041 or submitted online.

For more information, please explore this website: http://www.shortstorycompetition.com/ 

 E-mail: shortstorykw@gmail.com

Register for a chance to win a compatible eReader!

30 January 2011

iwritereadrate.com 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.

Win a compatible eReader!

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.

To register visit: http://iwritereadrate.com/

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.

Read our blog at: http://blog.iwritereadrate.com/

If you have any other questions in meantime please Contact Us.

Little Ole Humor Writin’ Contest

30 January 2011

Laughter which cannot be suppressed is catching.  Mark Twain

In keeping with my numero uno New Year’s resolution for 2011, TO LAUGH MORE, I’m officially announcing Terri Weeding’s Little Ole Humor Writin’ Contest.Yeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaa!

Contest Opening Date: January 9th, 2011

Contest Close Date: February 27th, 2011

Entry Fee: Nada. Zippo. It’s totally free to enter this here writin’ contest. 

Prize: The little ole prize for this little ole contest is a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon. But wait there’s more! You’ll receive an electronic copy of my book, To Kill An Armchair Husband, a dark comedy, absolutely free. But wait, that’s not all! As the champion, your winning story, your picture, and a little blurb about YOU will be featured on my website.

What to submit: An original and funny story. True or not true or a mixture of both, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s a story and not just ramblin’. 

What not to submit (Big No-No’s): Prose of a nasty, evil, mean-spirited, or pornographic/graphic nature.

Word Count: 500 words

Two Kinds of Entry formats accepted:  1. I’ll accept a video clip if you think an oral delivery will enhance the comedic nature of your work.  Big risk, big potential pay-off IF YOU NAIL IT.  If you don’t . . . well let’s just say you want the right kind of laughter.

2. I’ll accept your written entry as part in the body of an e-mail only. I WILL NOT OPEN attachments. Repeat after me. She will not open attachments.

E-mail all submissions of 500 words or less to: twhumorcontest@hotmail.com 

Don’t forget to include a title, your name, and your e-mail address so I can notify you if you become the little ole winner!

Need some humor help? Well, you’ve come to the right blog.  Peruse some of my past postings for help.

  Ready. Set. Go! Let the funny begin!

Visit the website: http://terriweeding.com/little-ole-humor-writin-contest/

35th Annual Foster City International Writer’s Contest

30 January 2011

35th Annual Foster City International Writer’s Contest

Contest Fee:  $10 per entry

First Place:  $150  Second Place:  $75

The Foster City International Writer’s Contest is Sponsored by the City of Foster City Parks and Recreation Department, Foster City International Writers Contest Planning Team, a volunteer, city arts council.  Members of the judging panel are members of the distinguished Peninsula Press Club, under the direction of Jack Russell.

FICTION:  Personal experiences developed as fiction, have proven to be popular favorites in this category.  Not to exceed 3000 words in length. 

HUMOROUS STORY:  Fictional or not, the story should be satirical, funny, whimsical, or joyous.  Not to exceed 3000 words in length.

CHILDREN’S STORY: 
Fiction or non-fiction, is acceptable, provided that the audience be children under the age of twelve.  Stories in this category may be reality or fantasy based.   Not to exceed 3000 words.

  PERSONAL ESSAY:  A personal essay should reflect the writer’s personal outlook on life as gained through personal experience but it must not be an editorial/opinion piece, a proposal to solve an existing geopolitical problem, or a dogmatic expression of opinion.  Stories in these categories may be written in any narrative point of view, and must not exceed 3000 words in length.

POETRY:  Submissions to the Poetry category can be either rhymed, metered or free verse on any topic desired by the writer.  Poems may be written in any narrative point of view.  Typed manuscripts must use double-spacing between lines, quadruple-spacing between stanzas and must not exceed 500 words or two double-spaced pages using a 12 point font.
MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION GUIDELINES:
Manuscripts must be original, previously unpublished, and in English.  They must be double spaced on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper with the pages numbered at the top right hand corner.  Contestant’s name must not appear on the manuscript.  No graphics or illustrations on manuscripts, please.  Judges reserve the right to place manuscripts in more appropriate categories.  Manuscripts not conforming to said guidelines will be reviewed only at the judging staff’s discretion.  Contest judges are not eligible to participate in this contest.   

ENTRY FORMS AND FEES:
Entry forms can be downloaded by right-clicking this link or obtained by sending a request to the contest email address:  fostercity_writers@yahoo.com or send a request for an entry form along with a self addressed, stamped envelope to the City of Foster City address (seen below). You can also print the form that appears on the website.

 A non-refundable entry fee of $10 must be submitted for each entry, made payable to �City of Foster City.�  If submitting multiple entries, please remit only one check.  International entrants (including those from Canada and Mexico) must submit an international money order in US funds.  No credit card payments.  Mail your completed entry form and manuscript to:

Foster City International Writer’s Contest
c/o Foster City Parks and Recreation Department
650 Shell Boulevard, Foster City, CA 94404 USA

ONLINE ENTRY SUBMISSION:
Please send manuscript as an attachment (RTF, Word (DOC), PDF, or TXT format) to fostercity_writers@yahoo.com.  In the email subject line include:  Writer�s Contest Entry, Category and your name.  Please retain copies of manuscripts as they cannot be returned.  Please mail the check along with your completed entry form to Foster City Parks and Recreation.

DEADLINES AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS: 

Manuscripts will be accepted through March 11, 2011 (postmarks accepted).  Manuscripts without fees will not be accepted.  Only winners will be notified.  Each winner must provide a social security number or the equivalent in order to receive the cash prize.  For any general contest information, please call:  650.286.3380.

Visit the website for details: http://bwstore.biz/foster/

Our Green Tomorrow: Children’s Writing and Art Contests

30 January 2011

What is to be submitted: Based on our topic, children between grades 6-12 can either submit a written entry or scanned artwork that relates back to the environment. Our main goal is to encourage kids to start positively thinking about the environment, our effects on it, and the way it shapes out lives.
 
Awards: Winner of Written Entry – $500        Winner of Art Entry – $500
 
Entry fee: None (free)
 
Deadline: October 31st, 2011
 
Visit website for more info: http://www.ourgreentomorrow.org/

2010 Wabash Prize for Fiction

30 January 2011

2010 Wabash Prize for Fiction

Prize: $1,000.00.

Entry fee: $15.00.

Deadline: 03-01-2011.

WRITING CONTEST WEBSITE: http://www.sycamorereview.com/contest/

Submit one piece of fiction (or a series of related short-shorts) totaling no
more than 10,000 words. First Prize: $1000 and winning entry published in
Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Sycamore Review. Antonya Nelson will judge. Postmark deadline is March 1, 2011. All entrants will receive a copy of the prize issue. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable only if Sycamore Review is notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. See website for complete guidelines.
Send entries to:

2011 Wabash Prize for Fiction
Sycamore Review
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
Purdue University
West Lafayette , IN 47907

Contact: Anthony Cook, Editor-in-Chief, at sycamore@purdue.edu

20 Acclaimed Authors and Their Unique Writing Rituals

30 January 2011

Most literary types agree that a definitive, personalized ritual performed before, during or after a writing session forms one of the absolutely essential components of creating innovative, effective works. These obviously vary from author to author, and even similar methods come with their own unique variances. Regardless of whether or not one hopes to pen a future Pulitzer winner or simply finish his or her homework, forging a comfortable writing routine serves as an excellent means of bolstering creativity, relaxing, clearing the mind and — most importantly — encouraging productivity. While some of the following strategies may not exactly work for everyone, they still provide a keen insight into some of the literary sphere’s most notable, impressive minds.

  1. Victor Hugo let it all hang out.: According to The New Yorker, the celebrated author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame forced himself to write and stave off procrastination by stripping down. His valet was instructed to find the sneakiest hiding place possible and place his clothing inside. Hugo hoped this ritual would prevent him from leaving home and encourage tighter focus on the task at hand.

Visit the website for more info: http://www.mastersdegree.net/blog/2011/20-acclaimed-authors-and-their-unique-writing-rituals/

2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize

30 January 2011

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts in poetry and fiction from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts. Writers may enter both contests. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication somewhere else. 
 
Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.

Entry Fee

A $25 processing fee must accompany each submission, payable to Prairie Schooner.

Manuscripts should be mailed with a postmark before March 15th, 2011 to:

Prairie Schooner Prize Series
Attn: Fiction or Poetry
201 Andrews Hall
PO Box 880334
Lincoln NE 68588-0334
 
Any questions, please send an email to Managing Editor James Engelhardt at jengelhardt2(at)unl.edu or Book Series Coordinator Cody Lumpkin at psbookprize(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @). 
 
For information and a complete set of guidelines, please see our website: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/prizes/index.html.

Fellowship Awards: Open to all artists & writers

29 January 2011

Fellowships Awards:

Applications Must Be Received Ry: FEBRUARY 15, 2011

VSC awards a number of fellowships for 4-week residencies throughout the year. In addition to VSC Awards, a variety of special fellowships are also available for full or partial funding as well as specific international fellowships with deadlines on April 1st. To apply for a fellowship, please use our brochure or download an application. To apply for a special fellowship award, applicants should note any additional award name(s) for which they are eligible. View the October 1 Fellowship Winners.

Awards for the February 15 Deadline:
Vermont Studio Center Awards
Sixteen fellowship awards are open to all artists and writers based on merit as represented in the portfolio or manuscript.
The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) Fellowship
This Fellowship provides a one-month VSC residency for a writer who is a current member of ALSCW.
Bermant Foundation Fellowships
Two fellowships for visual artists focused on technological kinetic art including sound sculpture, performance and, in general art that incorporates time, movement, motion and change. Preference will be given to work that draws its form, content and materials from current technology.
Civil Society Institute (CSI)
One award for an east coast minority artist with demonstrable financial need; preference will be given to artists from New Haven, Jersey City, and Baltimore. The $25 application fee is waived for eligible CSI applicants. Award includes a $500 travel stipend.
Dedalus Foundation Fellowships
Three fellowships for painters working in the modernist tradition.
Gihon River Collective Fellowship
One award for an outstanding visual artist or writer who is a current resident of the United Kingdom (at least 2 years). Funding for this award was raised by VSC September 2009 Alumni at their London show in 2010.
Harpo Foundation Native American Fellowships
Two fellowship awards open to Native American artists living in the U.S. based on the strength and quality of their work. Includes a $500 travel stipend.
Joan Mitchell Foundation
Ten fellowship awards open to visual artists of outstanding talent and demonstrated financial need are supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
Kay Evans Award
One 2-week merit-based award open to all poets; created in honor of Maine poet Kay Evans by her friends and family.
Pollock-Krasner
In 2011, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation/VSC Fellowship Program for visual artists of outstanding talent will support two to four 4-week residencies for domestic artists.
Wheels for Wheels Award
One fellowship open to an artist or writer who uses a wheelchair and/or has a spinal cord injury.
Helen Zell Residency Fellowship
One fellowship for a University of Michigan MFA candidate in poetry between his/her first or second year.
Zoland Poetry Fellowships
Offered in conjunction with Zoland Poetry, these 2 annual Fellowships are open to writers of original English-language poetry (1) and to translators (1). Poets should submit a manuscript according to guidelines on the Apply page; translators should submit 3 copies of the original poems/translations, along with a description of English-language rights, author bio, and translator CV.

Short Story Contest

29 January 2011

Writing Contest Details:
Deadline: February 13th, 2011, midnight.
Prize: E-book Ravena & The Resurrected by Tami Jackson. ($9.99 value)
Specifics: Write a short story (250-600 words), any style, about vampires!

The contest will be judged for:
– spelling and grammar
– engaging writing
– solid ending
– imagery/language
– excessive use of clichés

All entries must be submitted by Sunday, February 13th, at midnight. The winner will be announced the evening of Friday, February 19th (day after the interview is posted). I gain first time rights, and will publish the winning story on my blog for everyone to read. The author will maintain all other publication rights for their work. This contest is an event in the Virtual Tour of author Tami Jackson. Please see my blog for more details!

Submit contest entries to panademona[at]gmail{dot}com
My blog: http://indigoblooms.blogspot.com/

The 2011 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest

29 January 2011

With Guest Judge Jennifer Egan

Enter the 2011 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest for a chance to win $1000 and have your work read at a Selected Shorts performance and recorded for possible broadcast as part of the Selected Shorts acclaimed public radio series.

The winning submission will be selected by Jennifer Egan, a National Book Award finalist and author of such acclaimed works as A Visit from the Goon Squad and The Keep.

Story requirements

  • Submit a single short story that addresses the theme, Restaurants and Bars.
  • Your story must have a title.
  • Your story must be no more than 750 words.
  • Your story must be unpublished.
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Deadline
All submissions must be received by midnight, March 1, 2011, Eastern Standard Time.

Entry Fee
Every submission must include a $25 entry fee. You may pay by credit card or by check made out to Gotham Writers’ Workshop, 555 8th Avenue #1402, New York, NY 10018. 

ENTER THE CONTEST


Note
Contestants who submit online or provide their email address will be added to Gotham Writers’ Workshop’s and Selected Shorts’ email lists – please let us know if you do not wish to receive email about upcoming programs.

Please do not submit duplicate copies. We cannot allow revisions to your story once we have received it. The winner will be selected by Jennifer Egan and notified by early May. As soon as the winner is selected, his or her name will be posted to this page.

The Prize
$1000 and two tickets to the June 8, 2011 Selected Shorts at Symphony Space, when the prizewinning story will be read and recorded for possible broadcast. (Prize does not include transportation to or from NYC or the event.)

About this year’s guest judge
Jennifer Egan
is a National Book Award finalist and the author of The Invisible Circus, Look at MeThe Keep, as well as a short story collection, Emerald City. Her new book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, was published in June and her short story Safari was selected by Richard Russo for Best American Short Stories 2010, to be published in October.

She has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s and Ploughshares, among others, and her journalism appears frequently in the New York Times Magazine.

She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was recently a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.  

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and sons.

Frequently Asked Question  –  Official Rules

YOUNG CHRISTIAN SHORT STORY CONTEST

29 January 2011

$2,250 in cash awards! 

Living Lights Publishing wants to inspire young Christians to take up the pen and write from the heart.  The purpose of this writing contest is first and foremost to glorify the Almighty and, secondly, to create a culture of quality writing, reflecting a Biblical world view.

THEME:   In today’s world, we see economic hardship and other troubles all around us, whether in Europe, North America, or the developing world.  How has your faith grown through difficult situations and hard times?  How has God helped you or your family with a particular great need?  Judges will be looking for well-written, heart-warming, realistic stories that portray the importance of family, sincere Christian values, and faith in God.

~SHORT STORY CATEGORIES~

Young Professional (17 thru 90+):
1st Prize: $600
2nd Prize: $300
Three Runner Ups: $150 each.
Two Honorable Mentions

Aspiring Writer (12 thru 16):
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
Three Runner Ups: $100 each.
Two Honorable Mentions

English as Second Language (International):
1st Prize: $100
See Rules and Requirements for more info.
NOTE:  Every entrant will receive a copy of the winning entries in booklet form at no additional cost (actual shipping extra).

~SUBMISSION GUIDELINES~
Genre: NonFiction — Short Story
Cost:  $10 for early birds (if submitted by January 15, 2011); $15 standard entry fee.
DEADLINE: March 15, 2011.  We are accepting entries NOW.
Length: 1,500 to 3,000 words.
Content:  First or third person true story accounts of how God has helped you and/or your family in a time of great hardship.
Time:  Winners announced April 15, 2011 on this website. Writing awards disbursed with a booklet featuring the winning entries on June 15, 2011.
Rules:  See the ‘Contest Rules’ page for more details.

Website: www.livinglightspublishing.com

Call for Submissions: Open Reading from January 15th-March 15th, 2011

29 January 2011

The Splinter Generation, a literary journal for and about people born between 1973 and 1993, has begun its next reading period and is now accepting submissions for creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. We are looking for the most powerful work you have—work that makes us look at ourselves in a new way and work that challenges, or confirms in some subversive way, the stereotypes that paint our generation as lazy or stupid or narcissistic or victims of the times.  If you have a poem, story, or nonfiction piece that relates to those in the Splinter Generation, send it our way.
Take a look at what we’ve previously published to get a sense of what we’re seeking. But we can tell you this much right now: we exist because we want to feature the best new voices — voices that aren’t just of the moment, but will still be meaningful when future generations look back at the journal. Just make sure you wrap us up in what you have to say. Make us feel. Make us think. Help us advance what literature can be online.
To submit, please follow these guidelines:

Email submissions to splintergeneration@gmail.com with the genre (fiction, poetry or nonfiction) and the word submission in the subject line. For example, a poetry submission should have a subject line that reads “Poetry Submission.”
A brief cover letter with your name, year you were born, city of residence, and titles of submission is required. Previously published work may be considered, but please let us know the details of the previous publication in the cover letter.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged. If you do submit simultaneously, please let us know immediately if you’ve been accepted elsewhere.
Fiction/Prose: Maximum 3000 words. You may query for longer work. Please send work in a .doc or .txt document, but not in a .docx. Also, include your name and contact info on the document itself.
Poetry: Maximum three poems no longer than five pages, posted into the body of an email. If the poem is unable to go in the email due to form considerations, then please attach one document containing all poems being submitted.
Deadline: Our current reading period is open from January 15, 2010-March 15, 2010.

Additional information about our literary journal and the Open Reading/Call for Submissions: http://www.splintergeneration.com/ground-control-to-the-splinter-generation/

Writing Contest: Dates Outta Hell

29 January 2011

DO YOU HAVE A DATING HORROR STORY, PAST OR PRESENT?

Writing Contest!  The best stories will be published on www.datesouttahell.com, with a first prize of six months subscription to Match.com!

Rules:
You must be the only author of your Manuscript. Any Manuscript submitted as an Entry written by two or more authors will not be eligible.
Your Manuscript must be your original creation, fictional, and in the English language
You may submit more than one entry, but no more than five.
If your story is based on a real story, please change the names and some of the circumstances to make your characters unrecognizable.
Keep it clean… suggestive is okay, but this isn’t a porn site.  Humor is good.
You may submit up to 1200 words. Stories should be previously unpublished, but you will still own the rights and may republish after the contest closes.
The best stories will be published on this site and the winner will be announced June 1st and will receive a free six month subscription to Match.com.
Include your name, address, email, and phone number on your submission.
Submission fee of $5 for each story that you submit.                                            Enter as many as you like until May 15, 2011.
Prize announced June 1.
Website:  http://datesouttahell.com/blog/submit-your-stories/ takes you to PayPal for your $5 submission fee.  You will be given a link upon payment to submit your story.

MONTANA PRIZE IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

13 January 2011

MONTANA PRIZE IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

Open Dec. 1 – Feb. 28, the Montana Prize in Fiction seeks to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, a boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness. The winner, chosen by judge Thalia Field, will be featured in CutBank 75 and receive $500. All pieces will be considered for print publication. We look forward to reading your work!

CONTEST GUIDELINES:
The $17 contest entry fee includes a one-year subscription to CutBank and covers the reading of a single submission in a single genre. Please send only a single work of no greater than 40 pages. Please submit only once per genre – writers are permitted to submit in multiple genres. Submissions are accepted online through Submishmash: http://cutbank.submishmash.com/Submit

AWARD:
$500 plus publication
all submissions will be considered for publication

DEADLINE:
February 28, 2011

MORE INFORMATION:
Visit our website: www.cutbankonline.org/page/contests

PATRICIA GOEDICKE PRIZE IN POETRY

13 January 2011

PATRICIA GOEDICKE PRIZE IN POETRY

Open Dec. 1 – Feb. 28, the Montana Prize in Fiction seeks to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, a boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness. The winner, chosen by judge D. A. Powell, will be featured in CutBank 75 and receive $500. All pieces will be considered for print publication. We look forward to reading your work!

CONTEST GUIDELINES:
The $17 contest entry fee includes a one-year subscription to CutBank and covers the reading of a single submission in a single genre. Submit up to five poems. Please submit only once per genre – writers are permitted to submit in multiple genres. Submissions are accepted online through Submishmash: http://cutbank.submishmash.com/Submit

AWARD:
$500 plus publication
all submissions will be considered for publication

DEADLINE:
February 28, 2011

MORE INFORMATION:
Visit our website: www.cutbankonline.org/page/contests