Archive for January 30th, 2011

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

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.

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.


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• Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length.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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Register for a chance to win a compatible eReader!

30 January 2011 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.

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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.

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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: 

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!

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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.

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.
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 can be downloaded by right-clicking this link or obtained by sending a request to the contest email address: 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

Please send manuscript as an attachment (RTF, Word (DOC), PDF, or TXT format) to  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.


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.

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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
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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.


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

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.

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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) or Book Series Coordinator Cody Lumpkin at psbookprize(at) (replace (at) with @). 
For information and a complete set of guidelines, please see our website: