Archive for January 31st, 2011

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)


•       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 (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 We regret that there can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work.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.

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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.


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:


Email: 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

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 (


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:

Contact email:

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
• 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

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:, 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!  

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 (; 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 (; 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.

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



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, 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 to register and submit your manuscript following the instructions on the entry form.