Archive for March 12th, 2011

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 Both published and unpublished work accepted.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).

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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

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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: