Archive for March, 2011

Last call! Oneal Walters 3rd Annual Women Inspirational Poetry Contest

29 March 2011

This is a call to all poets who write about WOMEN.
Write about someone who inspires you.

1st Place $110 US
2nd Place $60 US
3rd Place $30 US

Submission fee $7.00 US per poem
$17.00 US three poem submissions.
Multiple submissions accepted, submission fee per poem.

Contest Deadline is April 12, 2011

3rd Annual Women Inspirational Poetry Contest

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Susan Leigh Picking: Wonder in the Wander Promotion -Writing Contest

21 March 2011

Susan Picking is an award winning singer song writer who wrote Wonder in the Wander while on safari in Tanzania.  The song brings to life the notion that there are no accidents, and they happen everyday.  We seek to inspire people to share their moments of seredepity in the form of a short 2,000 word essay.   The winning essayist will receive a free airline ticket in the United States.  Long-term Susan seeks to publish a short book that includes twenty of these inspirational stories.

There will be one winner awarded a plane ticket in the contiguous United States, or they may opt for $250 cash. 

There will be  four (4) $25 prizes awarded to the runners

Visit the The contest will go to June 30, 2011 and the winner will be notified by email within two weeks by July 14, 2011. 

How to enter:


21 March 2011

$1,000 Contest Option

Fiction * Creative Non-Fiction * Poetry * Drama

Deadline: May 1, 2011

Mason’s Road, sponsored by Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, is now accepting submissions for Issue #3, to be published in July 2011. Dedicated to the writing craft, each issue of Mason’s Road focuses on a particular craft theme; the theme for Issue #3 is “arc.”

For submission instructions, go to:
For more on the theme, go to:

— Contest Details —

All submissions to Mason’s Road will be considered for publication, but only those entered for the contest will be considered for the $1,000 Writing Contest Prize.

Judge: Sarah Manguso, author of “The Two Kinds of Decay” (2008), “Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape” (2007), “Siste Viator” (2006) and “The Captain Lands in Paradise” (2002). More at

Reading Fee: $15

Deadline: May 1, 2011

Theme: “Arc – the rise and fall of dramatic tension, whether subtle or steep, upward or downward, singular or recurrent, that draws the reader in (and keeps him or her there).”

The Editors, Mason’s Road

Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW)

21 March 2011

Theme:  “I’m just a stranger here myself.” – finding one’s bearings in a strange time, place or condition.

Maximum length:  500 words

Prizes: 1st prize  – $500,  2nd prize: $250

Deadline:  September 30th, 2011

Eligibility: Contest open internationally to writers of any cultural affiliation.
Entries accepted in English, French, and Italian. Multiple entries welcome
Unpublished work only – no simultaneous submissions.

Entry Fee
$20 Canadian, and $10 (Canadian) for AICW members for each entry.
Send cheque or money order payable to: Association of Italian Canadian Writers:
AICW contest,  c/o Michael Mirolla
7 McMullen Drive
Stouffville, Ontario
L4A  7X4

For those with PayPal accounts the fee is $22, payment may be made to

How to enter, visit the website:

Winners will be contacted by phone or e‐mail and posted on AICW website:


Ventura County Writers Club has a New Home at Pleasant Valley Senior Center

21 March 2011

(Ventura, CA – March 21, 2011) After being moved out of two Borders locations as each closed, the Ventura County Writers Club has found a new home in the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo, CA. Located inside the Community Center Park at 1605 Burnley, corner of Burnley and Carmen Drive, the Senior Center is the last building as one drives into the parking lot.
“This has been a harrowing adventure as the club makes its third move in less than 4 months,” stated Lee Wade, Club President and primary new location spotter. ” We have looked at many locations and used a new site last month in Thousand Oaks, but were unable to use it for April.  The Senior Center will be available to VCWC for many months and we hope to stay here for a long time.”

Since April is National Poetry Month, the Ventura County Writers Club will celebrate local poets and the winners of the club’s annual poetry contest at their meeting on April 12th.  Maxine Landis, a local poet with nine chapbooks and a new book, Wildflowers and Weeds, just published, will be the guest speaker. She will discuss the various styles and forms of poetry and give some illustrations of styles.

Opening the evening will be the announcement and presentation of the winners of the 10th Annual VCWC Poetry Contest.  There are three categories: Adults, Youth 12 to 18 and Youth under 12.  Winners will be given cash prizes and will read their winning poems at the meeting. Over 300 entries were received and poet Kate Buckley has selected the final winners.

The meetings begin promptly at 7 PM. The public is welcomed to all meetings, which are free. Directions to Pleasant Valley Senior Center: Take the Carmen Drive exit in Camarillo off the 101 Freeway and go north on Carmen to Burnley Drive, about _ mile.  Turn right and enter the parking lot using the second driveway on the left side of the street.  Park near the last building with Senior Center on the front and enter there.

April Meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club
April 12, 7 PM
Pleasant Valley Senior Center,
1605 Burnley St, Camarillo, CA
Guest speakers: Maxine Landis and winners of Poetry Contest
Open to Members and non-members.  No fee.

For more information on the Ventura County Writers Club, visit:

Best Travel Story Contest 2011

19 March 2011

Piousbox joint Computational Arts Corp. announces
Best Travel Story Contest I 2011

This contest promotes cross-cultural understanding, international forum and life-long traveling. The way people travel now-a-days is subject to several options: the travel for work, travel for study (semester abroad, exchange student, travel for an academic event), and travel for entertainment (travel to see a concert, save up and travel a lot). There is also rigorous anthropological work, Peace Corp, and other projects that make traveling an integral part of doing business with them. This contest is meant to promote travel as a lifestyle: open people’s minds to the possibility of a life-long travel, where there is little difference between leisure and work, where the work environment is distributed (multinational, virtual) and where party, the entertainment that people seek, is disjoint to having to be at any particular location. Long live travel!

Submission guidelines

In order to be eligible for winning this contest, you must follow the following rules and guidelines.

  • One entry per participant. A participant may not submit more than one entry per contest period per contest category.

No Entry Fees:

This contest is free to enter ($0).

Dates & Deadlines

  • The deadline to enter the contest is May 30th, 2011.
  • The winners are announced June 15th, 2011.


  • The winner (1st place) receives $100 and publication.
  • The runner-up (2nd place) receives $50 and possible publication.
  • All other contestants may receive publication at the judges’ sole discretion.

The contest is open for all qualifying entrants (see Terms and Conditions). Submission deadlines and other important bureaucratic information is available on the Contest Guidelines page.

Visit the website for details:

The Writer’s 2011 Short-Story Contest

19 March 2011

In partnership with Gotham Writers’ Workshop, The Writer invites submissions of creative, unpublished short stories up to 2,000 words.
The top three entries will receive cash prizes of $1,000/$300/$200. The first-prize winner will also receive a free 10-week online creative-writing workshop from Gotham Writers’ Workshop and publication in The Writer; second- and third-place winners receive free enrollment in “How to Get Published,” a four-week online seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop. All winners receive a one-year subscription to The Writer and will have their stories posted on
The entry fee is $10 for each story submitted and the deadline is April 30, midnight EST. Finalists judge is Michelle Wildgen, novelist and executive editor at Tin House.

For the official rules and more information about how to submit online, see

Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse

12 March 2011

Welcome to the eighth annual Margaret Reid Poetry Contest sponsored by Tom Howard Books. First prize is $3,000. A total of $5,550 in prizes will be awarded. Click here to read the winning poems from past contests.

Poetry in traditional verse forms. Your entry should be your own original work. You may submit the same poem simultaneously to this contest and to others, and you may submit poems that have been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights.

What are traditional verse forms? By traditional verse, we mean any form of poetry that has been in circulation for 50 years or more. The poems you submit should follow some kind of formal or informal pattern. This pattern might involve rhyme, meter, length of line, repetition, or some other pattern, strict or loose. Forms that qualify include free verse (as exemplified by such poets as T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Walt Whitman, Stephen Spender), “sprung” verse (Gerard Manley Hopkins), narrative verse (Alfred Noyes), satirical verse (e.e. cummings: “my sweet old etcetera”; Dorothy Parker), nonsense verse (Edward Lear), lyric verse (Tennyson), romantic verse (Wordsworth), religious verse (James Russell Lowell), children’s verse (A.A. Milne), comic verse and parodies (W.S. Gilbert, A.P. Herbert), sonnets, haiku, ghazals, ballads, odes, villanelles, sestinas, songs, hymns, etc. For your reference, this Glossary of Poetic Terms describes many forms. You may also enjoy sites for traditional and exotic forms of poetry found on our resource pages.

Prizes and Publication
First prize: $3,000. Second prize: $1,000. Third prize: $400. Fourth prize: $250. There will also be six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. The top 10 entries will be published on the Winning Writers website (over one million page views per year) and announced in Tom Howard Contest News and the Winning Writers Newsletter, a combined audience of over 35,000 readers.

June 30, 2011. Your entry must be postmarked or submitted online by this date.

How to enter:

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest – Last Call!

12 March 2011

19th year. Ten cash prizes totaling $5,550. Top prize $3,000. Seeks short stories, essays and other works of prose, up to 5,000 words. Winning entries published online. Both published and unpublished work accepted.

Fee per entry is $15, payable to Winning Writers.

Postmark deadline: March 31.

Judges: John H. Reid, Dee C. Konrad.

Submit online or mail to Winning Writers,

Attn: Tom Howard Short Story Contest

351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222

Northampton, MA 01060

Winning Writers is one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest, 2005-2010).

 More information:

More than 100 “Word” Events at 9-Day WordFest

12 March 2011

New Literary Festival, WordFest, Premieres March 19-27
More than 100 “Word” Events in Ojai Valley during Nine-Day Festival

Ojai WordFest is a new festival of words, ideas, and stories unfolding in one of the most beautiful settings in California: the majestic Ojai Valley. The nine-day nexus of literary events-spanning two weekends and nine days-is for readers and writers of all genres, skill level and ages.

Highlights include a Downtown Lit Crawl, Book Fair and a series of professional writing classes-along with more than 100 community hosted events ranging from film screenings to poetry jams to cooking classes with cookbook authors to to open mic venues to theatrical performances.
Featured Ojai Authors include:
*       Byron Katie, international best-seller of Loving What Is and Founder of ‘The Work’
*       Productivity Guru David Allen author of Getting Things Done, whom Forbes Recognized as “One of the Top Five Executive Coaches in the United States”
*       Mystery Novelist Jacqueline Winspear whose Maisie Dobbs series is a New York Times best-seller and who will be featured at a 1930s-themed party for the world release of her newest book, A Lesson in Secrets
*       Hollywood’s #1 Script Consultant, Dara Marks author of Inside Story: The Transformational Arc of Character whom Creative Screenwriting Magazine ranks as the best consultant in the business

Featured Writing Classes include:
*       VIP “Screen & Stage” Writers Package – a 3-day course for screenwriters and playwrights wanting to break in to “Hollywood” or have a career in the entertainment industry
*       How to Get your Book on The New York Times Best-seller List
*       Memoir: Getting Your Passion on the Page
*       Building Imaginary Worlds – great for writers of fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, etc.

*       Polish Your Pitch – learn how to create a memorable 60-second pitch
*       How to Make BIG Money Online with EBooks
*       Poetry Bootcamp

For more information, visit

Iris: A Magazine for Thinking Young Women Call for Submissions

12 March 2011

Have you ever dreamed of being published? Do you have a story to tell? Well, you’re in luck! We are currently taking submissions for our back page nonfiction essay. Here is what we’re looking for:

Submit a single work of creative nonfiction, with a maximum length of 600 words. The subject should be a story about love– the presence, absence, complications, hesitations, headlong rush into, etc. The best essays will focus on a specific event or experience and explore its larger implications and meanings. Winner will receive publication on the back page of Iris: A Magazine for Thinking Young Women and a two-year subscription. Entry Fee: $10.

Please contact or head to our website for more details.
Entries (including fee) should be sent to the following address no later than April 4th.

Iris: A Magazine for Thinking Young Women
P.O. Box 800588
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0588

Visit the website:

Poetica Publishing Company Chapbook Contest

12 March 2011

“The Spirit of Nature”
1st place – 50 copies and $100.00 check
Up-to five Honorable Mention 
(each chapbook is priced at $13.00
total award $750.00)
Final Judge:
Michal Mahgerefteh

Official Rules: 

– Submit 16-24 pages of poetry.

– Submit manuscripts between January 1st – June 1st

– No name should appear on poems.

– Send two cover pages:

       ~ One cover page clipped to poems, with title only, no identifying information.

       ~ One separate cover page to contain title, name, address, phone and e-mail.

       ~ You may include biographical information.

– Include contents page/acknowledgments of any previously published poems

– Please do not submit a manuscript that has been previously published.

– Include $15.00 reading fee (PayPal or check/money order)

– Include SASE for results / or we will notify by email.

– Authors retain all rights to their work—authors must own all rights to their work.

– No manuscripts will be returned. We shred and recycle all unused work. 

– All entrants will receive one copy of the winning manuscript.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Gemini March Issue/Poet​ry Open Results – The Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest

12 March 2011

We invite you to check out The March issue of Gemini Magazine featuring the results of the Poetry Open competition.
The Grand Prize of $1,000 goes to David Mohan, of Dublin, Ireland, for “The Lazarus Dream.” Mohan describes this haunting poem as “an attempt at imaginative empathy” for those dealing with the aftereffects of war and other trauma.
Mab Jones, of Cardiff, Wales, wins second place for “The Three Coats.” Bill Marable, of Humboldt, Tennessee, takes third place honors with “Epiphany at the Arab Store.”
Honorable mentions go to Leslie King (“Missile”), Smokey Miles (“When Jesus Came to Hollywood”) and Stephen Joseph (“The Hypocrite and the Orphanage”).
We are also excited to present “All We Are,” a new story by M.V. Montgomery, “‘Twisted’ & Other Micro Tales” by Len Kuntz, and a vivid poem, “In the Val Rosandra,” by Marguerite Bouvard.
Still time to enter our Short Story Contest offering a Grand Prize of $1,000. Deadline is March 31, 2011.

The Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest

2nd PLACE: $100
DEADLINE: March 31, 2011

All Five Finalists Will Be Published in
The June 2011 Issue of Gemini

No restrictions on content, style, genre or length. Flashes,
novel excerpts, experimental, mainstream, literary, noir,
romance—all types of short fiction are welcome. Simply send
your best unpublished work by email or snail mail.

We publish both new and established writers. Everyone gets
a chance. Two of the three winners of our fiction contests
were previously unpublished.

Visit the website to enter:

River Styx Poetry and Fiction Contests

5 March 2011

River Styx Founders Award
High School Poetry Contest

$150 First Prize

  • No entry fee!
  • Must be a high school student in the St. Louis bi-state metro area.
  • Include student’s name, address, and name of school on cover letter only.
  • Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope—we will use it to notify you of results.
  • Send up to five poems, each on a separate page.
  • Winner invited to read at May River Styx Lit Feast.
  • Entries must be postmarked by April 22.
  • Judged by the River Styx editors.
  • Send poems, postmarked no later than April 22, to:

    River Styx Founders Award
    3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
    St. Louis, MO 63103-1014

River Styx
2011 International Poetry Contest

$1500 First Prize

Send up to three poems, not more than 14 pages.
All entrants will be notified by S.A.S.E.
$20 reading fee includes a one-year subscription (3 issues).
Include name and address on cover letter only.

2011 judge: B. H. Fairchild.
Winner published in Fall issue.
All poems will be considered for publication.

Postmark poems by May 31st to:

River Styx Poetry Contest
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis, MO 63103-1014

River Styx
2012 Schlafly Beer Micro-Fiction Contest

$1500 First Prize plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer

500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry.
$20 reading fee includes a one-year subscription
(3 issues).
Include name and address on cover letter only.
Entrants will be notified by S.A.S.E.
Winner published in Spring issue.
All stories will be considered for publication.

Postmark entries by December 31, 2011 to:

River Styx’s Schlafly Beer Micro-Fiction Contest
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis MO 63103

Visit the website:

Spire Annual Spring Chapbook Contest – Now Open!

5 March 2011

$500 + 20 copies and publishing contract.
Blind-judging. 21-30 pages, one poem per page. Name on cover page only with address & title.

Send w/SASE and $20 fee:
Spire Press, 217 Thompson St., Ste 298, NY, NY 10012.

Deadline April 30, 2011

Visit the website:

The Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize

5 March 2011

One winning poem will be awarded $1000 and two runners-up will be awarded $100 each. Winning poem, runners-up, and honorable mentions will be published in the 2010 fall issue. This year’s judge will be announced after judging is completed.

Guidelines: Submit two copies of three unpublished poems, maximum of ten pages total. Name, address, and phone number of poet should appear on each page of one copy only. Entries must be unpublished and will not be returned.

Entry Fee: Each $16 entry fee entitles entrant to a one-year subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and include current address for each subscription or gift subscription. Include SASE for notification of results.

Mail Submissions to:

The Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize
4241 Dept. of English
Publications Unit
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4241

Entries cannot be received by FAX or e-mail

Deadline: Postmarked by April 15, 2011

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The Frost Farm Prize

5 March 2011

$1,000 Prize for a single metrical poem. Includes an invitation (with honorarium) to read for The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire in the summer of 2011. 
Sponsored by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm and The Hyla Brook Poets
Judge: William Baer
Deadline: Postmarked by April 1, 2011
Entry Fee: $5 per poem

Complete Guidelines:
Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). No translations. There is no limit to the number of poems entered by an individual, but an entry fee of $5 US per poem must accompany the submission (entry fees from outside the United States must be paid in cash or by check drawn on a U.S. bank). Make checks payable to the “Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm.” Please type the author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address on the back of each entry. Entries will be submitted to the judge anonymously.

Send entries to:
The Frost Farm Prize
26 Pond Rd
Derry, NH  03038
Enclose a SASE for notification of the contest results.
These are the complete guidelines.
For questions, please email Robert Crawford at

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Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest: Anger & Revenge

5 March 2011

CONTEST: Anger & Revenge
postmark deadline March 16, 2011

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about anger and revenge, true tales of frustration and retribution, long-buried memories of outrage and reprisal–or the absence of either. We’re looking for stories that explore the lost art of the thoughtful diatribe, illustrate the beauty of the lyrical barb, invent elaborate secret plots, and generally don’t play well with others.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1000 for Best Essay and $500 for runner-up.

Guidelines: Essays must be unpublished, 4,000 words maximum, postmarked by March 16, 2011, and clearly marked “Anger & Revenge” on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue CNF subscription–U.S. submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S. (though due to shipping costs, the subscription deal is not valid). Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay, SASE and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Anger & Revenge
5501 Walnut Street, Suite

Visit the website:

Pocataligo Poetry Contest

5 March 2011

Cash prize: $500 for the winner
Two $100 prizes will be awarded to runners-up
10 additional finalists will be listed on our website
All entries will be considered for publication 

Featuring Guest Judge:

Ray McManus

Entering the contest

You may submit groups of 3-5 poems along with a $10 entry fee per submission. Make sure to include your name, contact information, and title only on a separate cover letter. Include the title of the work on every page of the manuscript. Your name or any other personal information must not appear on the manuscript. NO MANUSCRIPTS WILL BE RETURNED.

Deadline for submissions March 31st, and winners will be announced on our website.

Entries can be submitted either online at or mailed to
Pocataligo Poetry Contest
Department of English
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC. 29208

Check must be made payable to: Educational Foundation/English Literary Magazine Fund.

Visit the website for more details:

Burner Magazine Issue 04: The Revolutionaries Issue Call for Submissions, deadline April 20, 2011

5 March 2011

Burner Magazine Issue 04: The Revolutionaries Issue Call for Submissions, deadline April 20, 2011

Burner is that girl. She’s witty, pretty, and doesn’t dumb herself down. By day, she’s a kindergarten teacher and by night, dances gogo. Inspired by fellow revolutionaries from John Lennon to Virginia Woolf, she’s a muse and amusing, compelling and never complacent. The Burner girl gets hot and bothered by the Marquis de Lafayette, aspires to redefine the zeitgeist like Nietzsche, and provokes thought like Margaret Atwood.

Burner contributors’ work gets your blood pumping, heart racing, and induces literary, musical, visual crushes. You don’t need to be of the fairer sex to contribute, nor should your submission necessarily have anything to do with women’s interests or issues. We’re not ruling that out; we’re not ruling anything out. The Burner woman, after all, could just as well be a man. (An angel-faced, Rimbaud-spouting, great haircut kind of man, but a man all the same.)

Issue 04, launching on June 1, 2011, is The Revolutionaries Issue. We’re interested in science, art, truth, conspiracies, naturalism, cyborgs, music, beauty, sex, and everything in between, as long as it involves change, revolt, transformation, enlightenment, revolution. We will, however, toss your submission into the proverbial wastebasket faster than you can say ‘Exile on Main Street’ if it remotely resembles the uninspired and pretentious academia that so bored us to death we had to create a magazine.

It’s pretty simple, really: send us your guts on a page (not always literally, please and thank you) and you’ll probably hear back from us. Send us something that you’d give a professor and you probably won’t.
For our fourth Revolutionaries Issue, we’re looking for you crazy, beautiful Burner babes to send the following to us at by no later than April 20, 2011.

Poetry: 3-5 poems that you feel fit the Burner revolutionary ethos. Please attach all poems in a single document with full formatting, and include the word “POETRY” in the subject line.

Short fiction/non-fiction: Submissions of short fiction and non-fiction should be no more than 1000 words and attached in a single document. Include the words “FICTION” or “NON-FICTION” in the subject line.

Photography/Visual Art: We need your most incendiary and revolutionary visual works to bring our fourth issue to life. Please send us high-resolution images and include the word “PHOTO” in the subject line.

Music: We’d love to hear from all you bands, producers and music lovers with revolutionary tendencies! Please ensure the word “MUSIC” is included in the subject line.

Gak: Have you been working on something that you feel is right up Burner’s alley but doesn’t fit into any of the above categories? Send it anyways! Include the word “GAK” in the subject line.

Visit the website:

The fine print: We can’t pay you (yet)! All selected artists will be asked to sign an agreement that specifies 90 days of exclusive, world-wide, English language rights of first publication. After 90 days, the rights are non-exclusive and you’re free to do what you wish with your work. Please number your pages, include your name, and only send the following file types: DOC, RTF, PDF, JPG, TIF. We don’t love multiple submissions, but go ahead. Just let us know immediately if you’re accepted elsewhere.

Call for Submissions: The L Magazine Wants Your Short Fiction

5 March 2011

The L Magazine has issued a call for entries to the seventh annual Literary Upstart, The Search for Pocket Fiction competition.

Writers are encouraged to submit their previously unpublished short fiction (a maximum of 1,500 words).

Semi-finalists, fifteen in total, will be invited to participate in one of three readings in Williamsburg, in front of a live, lively audience, and a panel of judges comprised of members of the local literati—including a distinguished spokesjudge, the New Yorker’s Ben Greenman.

The three semi-final winners will advance to our final reading, on June 9th at Galapagos, where they’ll vie for a $500 prize, and publication in The L Magazine’s annual Summer Fiction Issue.

Submission deadlines are on a rolling basis for the three semifinal readings, which are scheduled for late March, April and May.

Submission Guidelines
Kindly email submissions as an attached Word document in a standard, 12-point font to:  literaryupstart [at] thelmagazine [dot] com

While curlicues and bubble fonts make us blush, they also make our poor eyes bleed, so please keep it simple and please double space. Please include your name, the title of your story, and your email address, at least on the first page your story and perhaps even on subsequent pages.

Last, but not least, please remember that the live readings are a major component of this competition, so if you’re not living in the NYC area or cannot arrange to be here for a reading or two between March and June, you may wish to reconsider submitting your work.

Click ‘here’ to visit the website!

Alimentum Submissions

5 March 2011

We want your menupoems!

Alimentum invites you to submit menupoems now through March 15, 2011.

Selected menupoems will be posted in a special online menupoems Celebration for National Poetry Month, April 2011!

Send to
-3 poem limit
-12 line limit per poem
-pasted into email; no attachments please.

What’s a menupoem? See our 2010 menupoems broadside and 2010 videos from our Youtube channel.

Our general reading period is OPEN
from October 1, 2010 to March 15, 2011.

Writers Guidelines

Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction
Reading period for submissions is currently October 1, 2010 to March 15, 2011.

We seek poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction around the subject of food.

Five poem limit on poetry submissions.

Contributors are encouraged to become familiar with Alimentum before submitting. See our Subscribe page to join our readership.

Submissions accepted via snail mail (no response without SASE). We do not consider previously published work. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please allow one to three months for response.

Address your submissions to Poetry, Fiction or Nonfiction Editor:
P.O. Box 210028
Nashville, TN 37221

Book Reviews (online only)
Writers interested in proposing book reviews—or authors/publishers/publicists with books they would like reviewed—may send an inquiry to Links to writing samples are welcome.

Click ‘here’ to visit the website!

Writer Advice’s Sixth Annual Flash Prose Contest

4 March 2011

WriterAdvice,, is searching for flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction that grabs, surprises, and mesmerizes readers in fewer than 750 words. If you have a story or memoir with a strong theme, sharp images, and a solid structure, please submit it to Writer Advice’s Sixth Annual Flash Prose Contest.

DEADLINE: April 15, 2011

JUDGES: Former prizewinners, Stephen Bakalyar, Mary Rudy, Denise Turner, and Francine Garson are this year’s judges. Read their pieces and biographies by clicking on the Archived Contest Entries button at

PRIZES: First Place earns $150; Second Place earns $75; Third Place earns $50; Fourth Place earns $25; Honorable Mentions will also be published.

All entries should be typed, double-spaced and submitted in hard copy, not e-mail. Entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2010. Send them to B. Lynn Goodwin, WriterAdvice, and P.O. BOX 2665, DANVILLE, CA 94526.

We accept previously published stories if you own the rights. You may enter UP TO THREE stories. Enclose a $10 check for EACH entry made payable to B. Lynn Goodwin. This will help defray the costs of the contest. If you send multiple submissions, please use one check for all three entries (3=$30). If no prizes are awarded, payment will be refunded.

Include a separate cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, current e-mail address, and each story title. Put your title on the top of each page of the manuscript. Finalists will be asked to submit a brief biography as well as an e-mail copy of the story. Names of all winners will be announced in the summer issue of WriterAdvice.

Want a detailed response? I’m happy to give detailed comments if you send an SASE, but I must charge an extra $10 per entry because of the time that goes into it. Please send all fees in one check and send one envelope (appropriately sized) for all responses. E-mail questions, but not submissions to editor B. Lynn Goodwin at

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Call for Entries: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2011

3 March 2011

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: July 31, 2011

All contest winners will be announced on August 31, 2011


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees: $10 per short story. $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: DREAMQUESTONE.COM

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for further details, to print out an entry form or to enter online.

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One


3 March 2011

On Sunday, March 20, 2011 a panel of entertainment industry experts will gather in Ojai, during Ojai WordFest, to teach writers how to sell their project or idea to studio executives, production companies and talent agents -the power players who greenlight dreams.
POLISH YOUR PITCH: Prepare for One-on-One Pitching and PitchFests, is a 3-hour program for anyone with a screenplay, book, treatment, or idea they would like to see become a feature film, TV movie, or TV series.
Attendees will learn:
* The One-Minute Pitch– how to nail it
* How to “Hook and Engage” the Listener
* Create a Selling Logline
* Prevent People from ‘Tuning Out’ and ‘Turning Off’
* Network like a Pro and make the Right First Impression
* “Do’s and Dont’s” of Follow-Ups
Plus: Find out which Pitchfests to Attend: When, Where and Why they matter
Attendees will get the inside information directly from the insiders-experts who have been on both sides of the table and have relationships with Dreamworks SKG, Miramax Films, Columbia-TriStar Motion Picture Company, Twentieth Century Fox-Searchlight, TNT, USA Films, CBS, HBO and more. Polish Your Pitch panel experts include producers, writers, directors and personal managers.
For a limited time, website visitors can receive $50 off registration when they enter code: Ojai50 by March 11, 2011.

Register Now:
To learn more, visit or call (805)669.7373 for details. Presented by the Ojai Writers Conference.
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