Archive for January 12th, 2011

WritersType Writing Contest

12 January 2011 is starting up four monthly contests in the categories of: Poem, Flash Fiction, Short Story, and First Chapter.

Monthly winners are automatically entered into our yearly competition.

Entry fees are $5 for Poem or Flash Fiction, and $10 for Short Story or First Chapter.

The only deadlines are the end of each month. But new contests begin at the start of the next.

Authors retain all rights and can elect to not have their winning work published on our site.

Awards are currently: recognition as monthly winner, entry into our yearly contest, a copy of our judges notes on their work, hosting of their work on our website for a limited time (with permission), and forwarding of any publishing professionals’ inquiries to their contact email.

If we meet your guidelines, below is a brief description of our site for listing on your website:

“, a literary competition site where emerging authors and poets may submit their work for recognition, holds monthly and yearly competitions in a variety of categories, including: Poetry, Flash Fiction, Short Story, and First Chapter. We strongly encourage new authors to contribute. Submissions are evaluated strictly on quality and originality.”

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Last Call for Submissions to PenTales Short Story Contest.

12 January 2011

Announcing PenTales Short Story Contest

Submission Guidelines: Write us a short story (500 words or fewer) on the theme of Borders. This contest is open to anyone, from published writers to budding storytellers. All submissions must be original, unpublished work. If your short story is in a different language, please provide a valid English translation.

Deadline: January 15, 2011

Judging Criteria: Winning stories will showcase unique voices and perspectives and original ways of thinking about the theme of Borders. While literary qualities such as prose and narrative structure will be considered, the main questions our judges will ask are: 1) Which of these submissions present the most creative and compelling stories? 2) Which of these stories must be shared with the world?

Prizes: First, second, and third-prize stories will be shared with the global PenTales community and featured on our website, newsletter, and social media platforms alongside a review by comedian and actor Seth Herzog. The winning short story will also be published in print in Prism, a Princeton University literary journal.

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Last Call for Entries: Scinti Story Contest

12 January 2011

Scinti Story Contest

Everyone has a story. We want yours.

We are looking for true stories that astound, enchant, enlighten and startle us. We want to be swept up and away, pulled from our moorings, left shaken and inspired. We want to think, wonder, imagine, believe.

Do you have a story that is especially meaningful to you, something hilarious or harrowing that touched you deeply, changed your heart, your soul, your way of seeing the world? It can be the story of you, a loved one, a stranger, a moment, a day, a lifetime. We hope you’ll share it here with us and with people around the world.

Entry Requirements:

1. “Like” Scinti on Facebook.

2. You can express yourself in any format – stories (100 to 3000 words), poems, photo stories, hand written letters, drawings, whatever you can imagine!

3. All formats must be digital (emailed).

Feel free to send previously published stories you have written, such as stories from your blog. If you are using previously-published material, please provide a link (if applicable) to your work so we can give credit where credit is due.


1. Submissions must be true stories, not fictional.

2. Submissions must be your own original content.

3. Although entries remain the property of the writer, finalists agree to acknowledge first publication in in the credit line for all subsequent publications (unless your work has been published previously).

Process and Prizes:

Deadline: January 31, 2011

After reviewing each submission, we will pick the most scintillating stories for our finalists and the winners will be by popular choice, based on Facebook likes on our fan page.

The prizes are as follows:

1. First Prize – $100
2. Second Prize – $50
3. Third Prize – $25

Finalists and winners will be announced by end of February 2011.

How to enter:

Leapfrog 2011 Fiction Contest

12 January 2011

Leapfrog 2011 Fiction Contest!

Open January 15–May 1.

Entry fee: $30.

 Adult fiction: literary and mainstream novels, novellas, and short-story collections, minimum 22,000 words.

First prize: Publication contract offer with advance, plus finalist awards.

Finalists: $150 plus manuscript critique by finalist judges.

Judges are Marge Piercy and the Leapfrog editorial staff.

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2 writing contests for Canadian Writers from a 30-year-old literary magazine

12 January 2011

The New Quarterly invites entries for The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. $1000 for the winning poem; another $1000 in prizes.

All submissions considered for paid publication. Seeks poems written in response to an occasion.

Entry fee: $40 (includes a 1 year subscription to The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers and Writing).

Entrants must be Canadian residents or citizens.

Deadline: February 28, 2011.

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The New Quarterly invites entries for The Edna Staebler Personal essay Contest. $1000 for the winning essay; all submissions considered for paid publication ($250).

We are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line.

Our only restrictions are that the work be previously unpublished and the writer Canadian.

Entry fee: $40 (includes a 1 year subscription to The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers and Writing).

Deadline: March 28, 2011.

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£100 for the Best Article Submitted in January!

12 January 2011

We are now taking entries for our January writing competition. Offering you a chance to win £10o for your ‘how to’ article. The prize will be awarded for the best article submitted for the month of January, as judged by our editors.

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

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For any queries, questions or press enquiries, please email: Calls for submission: Fiction, Poetry, Facts

12 January 2011


 Fiction – submit stories of up to 3500 words

 Poetry – submit up to 6 poems

 “fact” – submit up to 1500 words

Send submissions to

A submission may be sent in the body of an e-mail and/or as an attachment in any common file format such as doc or rtf. Mac users, please be sure that your doc files are readable by PCs. No docx files, ever. And please, only one story per submission. Poets, we require your poems to be in the e-mail, or together as a single attachment. Simultaneous submissions OK with notification. If you don’t hear from us within a month, let us know.

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12 January 2011

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 Eileen Myles, will be featured in CutBank 75 and receive $500. All pieces will be considered for print publication. We look forward to reading your work!

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:

$500 plus publication
all submissions will be considered for publication

February 28, 2011

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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

12 January 2011

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.


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.

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