Archive for March 3rd, 2011

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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Convozine’s March Short Story Challenge

3 March 2011

The Assignment:

This month’s challenge is to write a creative short story or essay on the theme “Baggage Claim“. Similar to the prior challenges, what that means is completely up to you. Travel, self-reflection, relationships or personal realizations — there are a lot of interpretations. Surprise us! Bonus points for creative application of the theme, so don’t be afraid to look beyond the obvious.

How short or long you make your story is also up to you, but we recommend anywhere from 250-1000 words. Submissions can be in the form of a short story or an essay. Above all, be creative and have fun with it!

Entries begin now and will be accepted through March 31st, 2011.

Limit: four entries per person.

Winners will be announced on April 4th, 2011.


First, second and third place prizes will be awarded by our editorial team, based on overall creativity, quality and artistic merit.

First Place: US$500

Second Place: US$300

Third Place: US$200

All winners will also receive an award print piece based on this month’s entries and theme, designed by Convozine’s Maurice Woods.  Check out one of the past examples here:

How to Enter:

The Quotable Lit Call for Submissions

3 March 2011

The Quotable is the quarterly publication of quotable writers.  Each issue is based on a theme and a quote.  We’re searching for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art for our “Escape” issue using the following quote as a springboard: 

“Many of us who walk to and fro upon our usual tasks are prisoners drawing mental maps of escape.” -Loren Eiseley

3,000 word maximum. 

Deadline: May 1, 2011

More info at:

Camping Writing Contest

3 March 2011

We are running a free writing contest on our website and are looking for people to share their camping How to’s, Reviews, useful Tips and Advice or any other camping topic. The topic can be anything camping related and be from anywhere in the world. Entries which are informative on camping will be entered to win one of three VISA Gift Cards.

1st prize: $100
2nd prize:$75
3rd prize: $25
The contest will close once we have 100 entries and the winners will be notified via e-mail.

Enter here: