Archive for January 11th, 2011

Call for Submissions to the 10th Annual 10 By 10 Play Festival

11 January 2011

Call for Submissions
Deadline: February 11, 2011

Call for Submissions to the 10th Annual 10 By 10 in the Triangle, an international festival of new, 10-minute plays.  10 Plays! 10 Actors! 10 Minutes! 10 Bucks!  A panel of judges will select 10 plays to showcase in The ArtsCenter’s Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theatre (Mainstage Theatre) July 8-17, 2011.
The Submissions:
Please email new, 10-minute plays with minimal set requirements to  We do not accept monologues but we do accept musical submissions with little or no accompaniment.  Playwrights may submit up to 2 plays in standard format (Courier or 12 pt font) in Word or PDF.

Please send 2 separate emails for each play.

Email 1.
The subject line is the name of the play followed by “contact info.”   The body of the email contains only the title of the play and playwright contact information.  

Email 2.
The subject line and name of attached file for the second email is the title of the script.  For example, the subject line of this email is “Happy Days” and the attached file is “Happy Days.”  This file contains cast, set requirements, and script.  No contact information, please.   If you are submitting two scripts, please send four separate emails.  Please do not zip the files.
The Deadline:
Submissions must be received by February 11, 2011.
We will notify the 10 finalists by email and will post those titles on our website.  We are sorry we cannot respond to each individual playwright.  We will announce the 10 productions by May 27, 2011. 
The Award:
Playwrights receive an award of $100.  Playwrights who attend our playwright gala on July 9 will also receive an additional $100 travel stipend.
The Space:
Our mainstage theatre is a 300-seat house with basic lighting and sound capabilities. 
The Producer:
ArtsCenter Stage will provide directors, actors, designers, and technical crew for the festival.  The directors will contact the playwrights at the beginning of the rehearsal process.  For more information about The ArtsCenter, please visit our website:
The Dates:
July 8-17, Thursdays-Sundays, Playwright Gala July 9
The Production:
The ten plays will be presented together as an evening of theatre.  All ten shows run each night and are performed by an ensemble of five men and five women.  Playwrights are invited to a post-show discussion/reception and an overnight stay on Saturday, July 9.
If you have questions, please contact

Click “here to visit the website!

Looking forward to reading your work!

Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest 2011

11 January 2011

Gemini Magazine is pleased to announce its 2011 Short Story Contest featuring a grand prize of $1,000.

Absolutely no restrictions on content, style, genre or length–just send your best.

Second place wins $100 and there will also be three honorable mentions.

All five finalists will be published in the June 2011 issue.

Entry fee: $4.

Deadline: March 31, 2011.

Visit the website for full details:

Creative Writers’ Circle Short Story Contest

11 January 2011

Creative Writers’ Circle Short Story Contest

Write a short story based off of the prompt given on the CWC website.  The
top three stories win.  Prizes include cash and gift certificates!

Word limit: 3,500

Entry deadline: February 28, 2011

Prizes: 1st place: $25 cash + $60 Serenity Sales gift certificate

       2nd place: $15 cash + $35 Serenity Sales gift certificate

       3rd place: $25 Serenity Sales gift certificate

How to submit:

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The HOW TO EAT FRIED FURRIES / Mo*Con VI Short Story Contest

11 January 2011

About The How To Eat Fried Furries / Mo*Con VI Short Story Contest

Eraserhead Press recently published the dark satire How To Eat Fried Furries as part of the New Bizarro Author Series. To celebrate (and, honestly, help get word out about this book) author Nicole Cushing is sponsoring a short fiction contest for stories in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and bizarro genres. The prize for the winner? Pro rate payment (that’s 5 cents per word) for stories of 2,000 words or less. The maximum prize money? $100. The winner will also receive publication of his or her story on the official website for the Mo*Con speculative fiction convention,, and will be interviewed by Nicole Cushing. The interview will then be posted at
Alas, there is no second or third place. As in Highlander, “there can be only one”.

Deadline for entries is Friday, April 15, 2011. Winner to be announced Saturday, May 21st, 2011 at Mo*Con.

Your story should be no longer than 2,000 words. Stories longer than 2,000 words will be deleted/discarded and will not be considered for the contest. Original fiction only. Sorry folks, no reprints. Also, no simultaneous submissions.
You must be 18 or older to participate.
Stories from any branch of speculative fiction will be considered. Just to be clear, that means science fiction, fantasy, horror, bizarro, and all shades in-between (slipstream, new weird, steampunk, etc.) are fair game. Nicole’s taste in fiction does drift toward the weird and the dark, so keep that in mind. But more conventional tales, well told, may also meet with her approval.
Stories involving revenge fantasies, rape, incest, serial killers, or vampires are discouraged, but not banned from the contest. If you must submit a story from any of these well-worn tropes, make sure the story takes on the subject matter from an original angle.
No fan fiction, please.   Send only your best work. This is not a competition for drawer-stories.
Send your short story as either a Microsoft Word (.doc) or Open Office (.odt) document. Other formats will be deleted/discarded. Details of where and how to submit your story are posted below.
This is probably self-evident, but just to spell out the terms: By entering the contest, you agree that if you win, you grant Mo*Con VI the one-time right to publish your story online at the Mo*Con VI website. All other rights are retained by you. By entering the contest, you also are stating that the story has not been previously published in any other form (print or electronic).
How To Submit Your Story
This story contest is a little different different than most. To enter you have to first purchase How To Eat Fried Furries from Here’s how it works.
Purchase Nicole Cushing’s new book, How To Eat Fried Furries at will send you a receipt via email (often with the subject line “Your Order With This receipt has your name and address. Don’t worry, the Amazon receipt does not disclose any confidential financial information, such as your credit card number, etc.
Forward this Amazon email receipt to . Attach your short story to this email. Cover letters (in the body of the email, or as a separate attachment) are allowed, but not necessary.
You can earn the right to submit more than one story to the contest by purchasing additional copies of How To Eat Fried Furries from For example, if you send in a receipt documenting the purchase of five copies of the book, you can submit five stories for the contest. Given that this contest starts out during the holiday gift-giving season, this might be something you want to look at. Of course, you could also make a purchase of one copy (which would only make you eligible to send in one copy) and later make a purchase of a second copy (which would make you eligible for a second, later submission). Or you can just submit a receipt documenting one sale and submit one story.
Several contests charge a nominal fee to enter.  This is contest is unique, because instead of just paying money to enter, you actually get something in return.
That’s it. Get thee to to buy How To Eat Fried Furries and then get thee crackin’ on the best tale you’ve ever told.

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America’s Got Stories Writing Contest

11 January 2011

America’s Got Stories is a new national short story contest intended to
excite America’s interest in writing. The top twenty or so stories
will be published in print and for online download on a Kindle or iPad
(with full royalties for the writers), and the author of the best story
will receive also win an Apple iPad.

This year’s theme is “supernatural.”

Fiction or non-fiction, 2,500 – 5,000 words.

Deadline is Feb 28th, 2011.

The first ten stories entered have the entry fee waived. Normal entry fee
is $25, and $20 for students, military, and seniors. We will give an even
better discount to classes or writing groups.

For more information, visit


Shattering the Glass Slipper Writing Contest

11 January 2011

The writing contest will run from January 1, 2011, until January 31, 2011, 8:00 p.m. PST. On January 8, 2010, we will start posting entries to Shattering the Glass Slipper as they are received.
Entries should be no shorter than 500 words or longer than 1,500 words.

On February 7, 2010, we will announce the top ten finalists we have selected. We will then open up the voting to everyone. On February 21, 2011, 8:00 p.m. PST, the voting will close and the contest winner will be announced on February 28, 2011, along with the runner-up.

The Prize:

The first place winner of the contest will receive $50 USD, to be paid through Paypal. For a list of countries which can access Paypal, go here. The runner-up will receive a copy of My Mother, She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, edited by Kate Bernheimer.

Please e-mail submissions to glasslipperproject [at] gmail [dot] com. In the subject line of the e-mail put SUBMISSION: [YOUR TITLE].

Please do not send attachments. Include your story within the body of the e-mail. E-mails with attachments will be deleted.

All submissions must be original and previously unpublished material.

Shattering the Glass Slipper will retain the world publishing rights to the winning entry.

Shattering the Glass Slipper will archive all entries online unless the author requests that it be withdrawn.

Visit the website for details:

RUMINATE Magazine Non-Fiction Contest

11 January 2011

RUMINATE Magazine has a new exciting contest opportunity. Would you mind passing the information along?

“Ruminate is thrilled to announce our first annual Ruminate Nonfiction Prize. The first place story will win a $500 prize and the runner-up will win a $50 prize.

The entry deadline is February 1st, 2011 and the finalist judge is award-winning author, Al Haley.

(Haley is the published author of Home Ground: Stories of Two Families and the Land and Exotic: A Novel, winner of the John Irving First Novel Award, and his work has been published in publications including The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly.)

For more details please visit”

Gemini Magazine Jan. Issue/Short Story Contest

11 January 2011

We invite you to check out the January 2011 issue of Gemini Magazine
– Tough times force a young family to live without electricity in “The Essentials” by debut writer C Anneli Oliver.
– “The Man Who Stole a Nickel”: a tightly written thriller by Michael A. Kechula.
– “About a Boy” by Judith Mercado: a woman regrets choosing lifestyle over children.
– “Stones, Sticks and Stars” by Mary J. Daley: a decades-old tragedy pushes a woman toward the breaking point.
– “52nd and Spruce”: a vibrant, wistful view of an urban market by Allison Whittenberg.
– “Antonio Who Went Crazy” by Gil Arzola: a heavy weight secured by a fragile thread.
– “your arms” by Leigh Vandebogart: unexpected ending to a romantic scene.
Grand prize: $1,000. Open to all types of quality short fiction.

Deadline: March 31, 2011. Entry fee: $4.

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11 January 2011

The Outlaw: Trespass, Disfigurement, Domestication
A Critical and Creative Graduate Student Conference
April 1-2, 2010
University at Albany, SUNY, Downtown Campus

Hosted by the University at Albany, SUNY English Graduate Student Organization
Contact email:

Keynote speakers:

Doug Rice, author of A Good Cuntboy is Hard to Find, Skin Prayer: Fragments of Abject Memory (Eraserhead Press, 2002), and Blood of Mugwump (FC2, 1996)

Wai Chee Dimock, William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University

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-“The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the “outlaw,” the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order.”

—Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish

What is the outlaw? Today, the outlaw presents us with a number of paradoxes: politicians identify as “going rogue” while the U.S. engages in war with “rogue states”; atlases seem rigidly divided into “friend” and “enemy” while everywhere signs portend the collapse of foreign wars into the everyday by imploring their readers to “Report Suspicious Activity.” The outlaw–and its pseudonyms and cohorts: the bandit, the brigand, the criminal, and the terrorist–circulate in complex, and often contradictory, ways. For instance, the outlaw threatens the sovereign and yet is sovereignty’s possibility. Simultaneously alluring and terrorizing, the outlaw realizes and reorients desires while giving shape to national nightmares and personal terrors. What may be deviant to one is prophetic to another; while silenced as heretic and dismissed as irrational, the outlaw is also the opportunity for cultural, political, and scientific revolutions.

We invite creative submissions that respond to the question of the outlaw, particularly those that challenge notions of genre, performance, and poetics. Creative submissions should include a 150-300 word description and a 2-3 page sample.

Critical abstracts should be limited to 250-300 words. We encourage submissions from graduate students working in any field, historical period, genre, or scholarly discipline.

Submissions should be sent to by February 4, 2010.

Second Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

11 January 2011

Second Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest 
Deadline: January 31, 2011
First Prize: $175
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $75
Special Category—Spoken Poem Prize: $75
Complete guidelines:
Spirit First is pleased to announce its second annual meditation poetry contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or silence. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.
Please do not enter more than three submissions. Sending more than three poems will lead to those poems being disqualified.
Please submit your poems by email unless you do not have access to the Internet. Poems will be accepted by U.S. Postal Service for those who do not have Internet access. All others are requested to be emailed. Poems sent by U.S. Postal Service will not be returned.

Poems must be received by January 31, 2011. 
Poems should be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. There is no cost to enter this contest. Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2011. Please indicate if your poem should be considered for the Spoken Poem category.  
Winners will be announced no later than March 31, 2011, on the Spirit First website at

Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website and the Spirit First blog, and in the Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems). Selected poems may be invited to participate in an upcoming book publication (authors will retain full rights to their poems). A copy of the poetry book from last year’s contest can be purchased on our website or on (be sure to search for Moments of the Soul: poems of meditation and mindfulness by writers of every faith.)  
How to submit: 
 By email: send to  

By U.S. Postal Service (for those without Internet access), send to the following address:
Spirit First Poetry Contest
PO Box 8076
Langley Park, MD 20787
We look forward to reading your poems!

Eternally Yours Romance Novel Contest

11 January 2011

Eternally Yours Romance Novel Contest

TAG Publishing is looking for the next great romance! Our contest seeks the best unpublished work in 6 different areas of romantic fiction and will award a top prize of $450 to the Best of Show and prizes of $75, $50, and $25 to first, second and third place in each category.
Upon completion of the contest and after all prizes are awarded, full manuscripts may be requested by TAG Publishing from some or all finalists. Based on the merits of each book requested, a publishing contract may be extended by TAG Publishing to the most outstanding authors.

Contest Early Bird Entry $25 until 2/14/2011
Regular Entry Fee $35 until 2/28/2011

Please our website for full submission guidelines.

Contest page:

Kenneth Patchen Award

11 January 2011

The Kenneth Patchen Award is back!
Geneva, IL—January 1, 2011—The Kenneth Patchen Award is back!  After a hiatus, the Kenneth Patchen Award for writing is being revived.  In the 1990s, The Kenneth Patchen Prize for Literature was a much-coveted prize administered by Pig Iron Press of Youngstown, Ohio, in honor of famous experimental fiction author, proletarian poet, and Ohio native Kenneth Patchen.  Beginning in 2011, the Award will be reinstituted as the Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel, and will honor the most innovative novel submitted during the previous calendar year. 
Kenneth Patchen is celebrated for being among the greatest innovators of American fiction, incorporating strategies of concretism, asemic writing, digression, and verbal juxtaposition into his writing long before such strategies were popularized during the height of American postmodernist experimentation in the 1970s.  His three great innovative novels, Sleepers Awake  The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer and The Journal of Albion Moonlight, have long been a benchmark for beats, postmodernists, and innovators of all ilks, inspiring younger writers on to greater significance and innovation in their own work.
Manuscripts must be submitted via email as Microsoft Word documents or as PDF files.  The $25.00 reading fee is payable via Paypal to  Send documents without identification of author anywhere in the file.  The name “Patchen Submission” should be followed by a four-digit number of your choice as the file name (i.e. “Patchen Submission 1234”).  Attach a second file that states author’s name, your four digit number and actual title).  Do not mention the name of the work anywhere in the body of your email.  Preliminary selection of manuscripts will be done by JEF and CCM editors, who will select the ten finalists, which will then be sent on for final selection by the judge, famous novelist Yuriy Tarnawsky, himself an admirer of Patchen’s fiction.  The winner receives $1000 and publication by JEF/CCM as well as 20 complimentary copies of the book. 

Deadline for entry: All submissions must be postmarked between January 1 and July 31, 2011. 

Winner will be announced in September.

Visit the website for more info:

“Promote the Good” Writing Contest

11 January 2011

Increasing happiness by helping you be good, do good, and promote good, through social connections.

 Have you ever wanted to make a difference in someone’s life?  Or maybe, you have had enough of all the negative news and are looking for something that shows good people are still out there doing good things?

Our site is passionate about collecting, supporting, and promoting the good that is out in the world and bringing it to you.  Our aim is to connect individuals and their “good” through a social context. Ideas, experiences, and the “good” of those you know will make a much bigger impact and be more meaningful, than from anyone else.  

We passionately believe that the world is made better by “good works” done every day and shared by those you know.  By sharing those acts and virtues, we believe that it will make the world, and more importantly, your life better.  This can best be done by making it social.

You are warmly invited to browse our site and register to become a part of our ever expanding community of individuals and friends that want to “be good, do good, and promote the good”.

The contest theme will be announced on January 15th, 2011. Sign up below to receive the theme announcement via email, or check back here on January 15th. (If you have already registered, the registration button is hidden.)

  • Poems, essays, and short stories may be submitted.                   
  • Each person may enter multiple original entries.
  • Entries may be submitted between January 15th – January 29th.  All entries MUST BE received by 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time on January 29th.
  • All entries MUST BE submitted using the official link that will appear on this page. Entries submitted any other way are not eligible for the contest.


Check out and join us in our Writing Contest! at


The 5th annual NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge

11 January 2011

The 5th annual NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge is now open for registration! This fun writing challenge is open to writers around the world. Here are the details:
● There are two rounds of competition.
● 1st Round (February 4-12, 2011):  Writers are placed randomly in heats.  Each heat is assigned a genre and a subject.  Some examples of past genre and subject combinations are: Comedy / Hunting, Fantasy / Steps, Horror / A family reunion, and Sci-Fi / A blind date. 
● Writers have eight days to write an original short story (2,500 words max).
● Winners are chosen from the 1st Round to advance to the 2nd Round and compete for thousands in cash and prizes. (First prize = $1,500; Second prize = $500; Third prize = $250; Fourth prize = $100)
● 2nd Round (April 1-2, 2011):  All of the writers receive the same genre and subject at midnight (EST time) and have just 24 hours to write an original short story.
● A panel of judges review the final round stories and winners are chosen!
How to Register
Visit The entry fee is US$49 until the Final Entry Deadline of Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Use the discount code SHORTAW to receive $5 off! 
Give the Gift of Creativity Register one of your favorite people in the Short Story Challenge 2011!  Go to for more information.