Archive for April, 2011

Call for Entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

14 April 2011

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings 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: December 31, 2011

All contest winners will be announced on January 31, 2012.


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:

Writing Contest entry fee: $10 per short story.

Poetry Contest entry fee: $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 details and to enter!

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

MAG Poetry Prize 2011

11 April 2011

MAG Poetry Prize 2011
Online Submission Deadline: 30 April 2011 
The winner will take away a 1st Prize of a least £2,000. The total prize fund accumulates at the rate of £2 per entry up to £10,000.
The competition is judged anonymously by the entrants themselves. The judging takes place over three rounds. In the first two rounds, groups of 12 poems are randomly allocated out to the participants. In the third round all participants can read the final shortlist of 12 poems.
This is the third year of the competition. Last year entries were received from 27 countries.
The entry fee is £6 per poem. Poems should be a maximum of 42 lines and previously unpublished.
All profits from the competition will be donated to MAG (Mines Advisory Group). MAG is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation that clears the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide.
All entry is online at

Black Heart Magazine seeks NOIR submission​s

11 April 2011

Black is back. Actually, black never left, though many have tried to claim various shades as the “new black.” At Black Heart, we’ve always known darkness, like spilled ink or a night without stars. We like it best with the lights out and the projector humming with a good, old-fashioned noir.

Help us create our NOIR issue, an homage to the black-and-white crime novels of yesteryear, featuring delicious dames, gregarious gumshoes, Sam Spades, Maltese falcons, Vincent Price charmers and bathtub typists. And don’t forget your femme fatale!

Give us mystery, suspense, guns and girls. Give us a new twist on the old black-and-whites we can quote line for line.

We’re looking for the following:

FLASH – 800 words or less

POETRY – up to 3 per author

ARTWORK – original drawings, photos, paintings & more inspired by our theme

Items selected for inclusion will be published in our new digital issue, a quarterly themed event that will be available for digital download on the website starting in June 2011. Issues will be run separately from general submissions and feature up to 10 artists whose work we love. For more info, please see

DEADLINE: April 30, 2011

 Full details about whatwe’re looking for, and any submissions can be made online here:

The Fine Line Short Story Competition

11 April 2011

The Fine Line’s inaugural short story competition is now open for entries. 

Whatever your taste, style or inspiration, submit your tale and you could win £200 ($320/€230) and publication in The Fine Line Short Story Collection.  A percentage of all entry fees goes to charity so you’ll be doing good while getting your work out there.

Entry Fee: £5 ($8/€6).

Deadline for entries: 31st of May 2011.

To read on and enter, please go to:

On the Same Page FESTIVAL announces Writers Competition

11 April 2011

West Jefferson, NC – Ashe County’s Literary Festival, On the Same Page, now in its fourth year, has for the first time announced a writing competition as part of the Festival.  In association with the 2011 Festival, which will take place September 14-17 in Ashe County, NC, the Page Crafter’s Prize will recognize writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with cash awards.  Winning writers will have the opportunity to read their work during the On the Same Page Literary Festival.
The writer’s competition is designed to encourage and acknowledge emerging writers and to reinforce the annual theme of the On the Same Page Literary Festival.  In 2011, the festival’s theme is “Family Matters.”
Page Crafter’s Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Prize money totaling $1,200 will be presented: $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place in each category.

The competition opens on April 15, 2011.  

Deadline for submissions is July 8, 2011, (postmarked snail mail or email submissions).  

Winners will be notified by August 15, 2011.

 Entries must be centered on the 2011 festival theme “Family Matters.”  There is a 1,000-word limitation for prose and no more than 50 lines of poetry.  A non-refundable entry fee of $10 (U.S.) per submission is required. There is no limit to the number of entries per person.  Please see the website: for further details and format requirements for the blind copy submission process.  Only previously unpublished entries qualify; winning entries will be published on the On the Same Page Literary Festival website.  Authors will retain all rights to submitted works; winners need not be present to win, but are encouraged to attend the Festival and read their work.

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2011 New Letters Literary Awards Now Open

11 April 2011

The $1,500 Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay (for the 2011 best essay)
The $1,500 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction (for the best 2011 short story)
The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry (for the best 2011 group of three to six poems)

Deadline:  May 18, 2011.  

New Letters magazine invites you to submit fiction, essays, or poetry to the 2011 New Letters Literary Awards.   Winners receive $1,500 for best essay, $1,500 for best poetry, and $1,500 for best fiction, and publication in a special 2011 awards issue of New Letters.  All entries are considered for publication and must be unpublished.  First runners-up will receive a copy of a recent book of poetry or fiction from our affiliate BkMk Press.  Winners will be announced mid-September 2011. Essay and fiction entries may not exceed 8,000 words; poetry entries may contain up to six poems.  $15 for first entry; $10 for each entry after.  $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to New Letters.  Previous final judges have included Philip Levine, Maxine Kumin, Gerald Early, Joyce Carol Oates, Rishi Reddi, Mary Jo Salter, Floyd Skloot, Carole Maso, Cornelius Eady, Margot Livsey, Benjamin Percy, Robin Hemley, and Kim Addonizio. 

For complete guidelines, visit

or send an S.A.S.E. to:

 Ashley Kaine, Contest Coordinator

New Letters

5101 Rockhill Road,

Kansas City, MO 64110

Rescue Press Poetry Contest

11 April 2011

Rescue Press Presents:
June, 2011
Judge: Sabrina Orah Mark
Rescue Press presents The Black Box Poetry Prize, a contest for full-length collections of poetry, open to poets at any stage in their writing careers. This year’s submissions will be accepted during the month of June, 2011; Sabrina Orah Mark will judge. Submit a $15 (per entry) reading fee via the Paypal link on our website (which will be posted June 1st). Attach your manuscript and cover letter to an email (.pdf or .doc only) addressed to: Manuscript pages must be numbered and include a table of contents. Your name should not appear in the manuscript beyond the title page, and simultaneous submissions are allowed but please notify the editors if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Students or close friends of the judge are ineligible.
The author of the winning manuscript will receive our standard publishing contract and 25 copies of their book as well as some support for readings and publicity. Editors may choose to publish additional manuscripts; results will be announced in Fall 2011 on our website and via email.

Please see!submissions for full guidelines.


11 April 2011

This is an Indonesia contest sent to my email for posting. If you want to read the contest guidelines in the English language, you may copy and paste the following information to an online translator such as Google Translator – which does a great job in tranlating basic text information. Remember: Creative Writing Contest does not endorse any contests.

Expose your opinion…!!!

Curahkan idemu dalam memaknai suatu kesuksesan. 
Ayo, ikuti lomba menulis opini dengan tema “Memaknai arti sebuah kesuksesan”.
Berikut informasi lengkapnya:
“Memaknai Arti Sebuah Kesuksesan”
Lomba ini berlaku sampai hari Sabtu tanggal 30 April 2011.
1.        Warga Negara Indonesia (WNI)
2.        Pelajar tingkat SMP-SMA (sederajat) dan mahasiswa yang berdomisili di seluruh wilayah Indonesia (dibuktikan dengan fotokopi/scan kartu pelajar/kartu mahasiswa/KTP yang sah)
3.        Setiap peserta membayar biaya pendaftaran Rp. 20.000,-. Pembayaran dapat dilakukan secara pribadi atau kolektif (dengan rincian jumlah peserta yang jelas) ke nomor rekening 9267241069 (Bank Muamalat) a.n. EKO WAHYUDI.
1.        Artikel ditulis dalam Bahasa Indonesia yang baik dan benar (sesuai EYD).
2.        Judul bebas, sesuai dengan tema yang telah ditentukan.
3.        Tulisan diketik rapi dengan spasi 1,5 di kertas A4 (TNR 12) dengan margin 3-3-3-3.
4.        Panjang artikel 3-5 halaman (di-copy rangkap 2).
5.        Setiap peserta hanya diijinkan mengirimkan 1 (satu) judul artikel.
6.        Tulisan harus dilampiri biodata singkat penulis, fotokopi/scan identitas diri peserta (cantumkan nomor telepon/handphone yang dapat dihubungi langsung), dan bukti/slip pembayaran biaya pendaftaran lomba.
7.        Artikel dapat dikirim via:
a.    Pos ke alamat: Insan Robbani Institute (SAINS) Jl. Nusa Mentaraman No. 32 RT: 36 RW: 09, Ds. Jatiguwi, Kec. Sumberpucung, Kab. Malang. Jawa Timur 65165.
b.    Email ke alamat:
8.        Pengumpulan artikel bisa dilakukan secara pribadi atau kolektif.
9.        Juri akan memilai artikel peserta yang bersifat konstruktif, kritis, dan kreatif.
10.    Naskah yang masuk menjadi hak milik panitia lomba. Bila diterbitkan akan dikonfirmasikan kepada setiap penulis.
Pemenang akan mendapatkan hadiah sebagai berikut:
1.        Juara 1 : Uang tunai sebesar Rp. 400.000,- + sertifikat
2.        Juara 2 : Uang tunai sebesar Rp. 300.000,- + sertifikat
3.        Juara 3 : Uang tunai sebesar Rp. 200.000,- + sertifikat
Pengumuman pemenang akan dilakukan pada hari Senin tanggal 9 Mei 2011.
Pemenang akan kami hubungi via telepon/handphone dan kami umumkan di blog resmi Insan Robbani Institute (SAINS) di
Insan Robbani Institute (SAINS)
Alamat             : Jl. Nusa Mentaraman No. 32 RT: 36 RW: 09, Ds. Jatiguwi,
                          Kec. Sumberpucung, Kab. Malang. Jawa Timur 65165.
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Telp./SMS       : 085755556402
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Laurel House Creative Workshops (LHCW) Short Story Competition

11 April 2011

As an introduction to our work here at LHCW, we are running a short story

Each story entered will receive a 400 word critique.

The winner will receive £100, a full and comprehensive LHCW critique with
suggested markets, an online tutorial and publication in the first LHCW
anthology. First runner up will receive a full LHCW critique and publication.

 *Submission Guidelines*

 We’re looking for innovative fiction. Stories that make us sit up and take
notice. Give us well-rounded characters, sharp dialogue and an ending that
avoids cliché! Stories should be up to 4,000 words – double spaced, in a
word document. Entries are judged anonymously so please include a cover
sheet with your name, email address, home address and title of story.

 *Submit *

Please email your stories to

Entry fee £4.00 Payable via PayPal at above email address.

*Deadline July 4th 2011*

You can also submit by post to Laurel House Creative Workshops, Laurel
House, Groesfaen, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF72 8NS

We will respond to submissions by email.
Website address:

All winners will be announced at the beginning of September 2011

6th Annual St. Paul JCC Spring Poetry Contest

11 April 2011

Please share our 6th Annual St. Paul JCC Spring Poetry Contest.

National Poetry Month at the St. Paul JCC
Throw caution and self-consciousness to the wind and enter the 6th Annual St. Paul JCC Spring Poetry Contest. This is especially important to do if you have never written a poem before. Spring demands some stretching and a new approach.

Hence, our contest theme (totally optional) is RENEW, be it an overdue library book, your marriage vows, that appliance protection plan or your own sweet self. Write in absolutely any form you choose: haiku? limerick? sonnet? rhymed verse?   Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

Hand in your poems or snail mail to the St. Paul JCC or e-mail them to: Winners will be judged in the categories of: pre-school, school-age, teen, and adult. Prizes will be given out and poems will be displayed at the JCC and at Common Good Books.

Where:  St. Paul JCC, 1375 St. Paul Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116
Contact: Beth Friend, 651.255.4735,

RUMINATE Magazine Call for Submission​s

11 April 2011

“RUMINATE Magazine is now accepting submissions for Issue 21. For this issue we are looking for essays or short fiction, deadline: May 15, 2011.

 Poets may be interested in entering our annual Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. The Janet McCabe Poetry contest deadline is May 1, 2011.

A good word, in and of itself, can be a spiritual endeavor expressing the beauty, creativity, and ironies of the human experience. Because of this, RUMINATE publishes work with both subtle and overt associations to the Christian faith as well as work that has no direct association.

We look forward to seeing your work! Submissions are accepted year-round. We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished and we do accept simultaneous submissions. We are currently able to pay contributors $5 per page or in contributor copies. If you agree to allow RUMINATE to publish your work, we will receive first serial rights. Before submitting, we strongly recommend ordering a copy of the magazine in order to better understand the type of work we publish and to tailor your submission accordingly. We also ask all artists and writers previously published in RUMINATE to wait two reading periods before submitting again. We ONLY accept online submissions, as our readers are spread out across the country. Any submissions made by postal mail or email will not be considered.

Fall Issue #21, Open Theme: Deadline extended to May 15th, 2011 (please note that we do not accept poetry submissions for this issue, as the poetry published in this issue will come from the poetry prize entries.)
Winter Issue #22, Theme TBD: Deadline August 15th, 2011 

After the reading deadline has passed for an issue, it generally takes us six to eight weeks to respond. If you have questions regarding your submission, please contact us.

Fiction and Nonfiction

We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, and interviews. We only accept pieces that are under 6,000 words. You may submit up to two pieces of shorter prose per reading period (6,000 cumulative words), or one piece of longer prose. The files you submit must be .doc, .rft, .pdf, or .txt format, and make sure there are no apostrophes in the file name. Please include your name within the document that you submit, preferably at the top of the first page. Please title your file(s) being submitted with your last name, first name, and the genre of your work: (Doe_John_Essay.doc). We do not need a bio or cover letter.

You may submit up to three poems per reading period, with a maximum of 50 lines per poem. The files you submit must be .doc, .rft, .pdf, or .txt format, and make sure there are no apostrophes in the file name. Include your name within the document that you submit, preferably at the top of each poem. Please title your file(s) being submitted with your last name, first name, and the genre of your work: (Doe_John_Poetry.doc). We do not need a bio or cover letter.

Visual artists may submit images through our online submission form. Alternatively, you may mail a CD to RUMINATE visual arts editor, Stefani Rossi, at 140 N. Roosevelt Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521. For either option, please submit the following:

  • Professional quality digital images in TIFF or JPG formats (if JPG, saved in “baseline” or “standard” format at the highest quality possible). Images must be Mac and PC compatible. Note: Please do not submit PPT or PPTX presentations.
  • A minimum of 320 dpi
  • Between 1200 and 2400 pixels in the longest dimension
  • Please title image files with your last name and first initial, year of the work, title, medium and dimensions (example: Doe_J_2009_Title_oil on panel_9x12.jpg).
  • Brief biographical/artist statement as either a text file (Word) or as a PDF. Please title the file with your last name, first initial, and the content of the file (example: Doe_J_ArtistStatement.doc or Doe_J_Biography.doc).
  • For CD submissions: SASE if you would like the return of your materials.

Please Note: Due to the volume of submissions we receive, images that are improperly formatted or incorrectly labeled will not be considered. While RUMINATE may not utilize your images, please note that they will be kept on file in our submissions archive (artists will retain all pertinent rights and RUMINATE will not publish archived images without the appropriate permissions and release from the artist).  If you have questions regarding the submitting process for art, please contact Stefani Rossi.

We review new and not-so-new books of poetry, short story collections, anthologies, fiction, memoir, and nonfiction. Our short reviews focus on books dealing with the arts and/or faith. The longer review essays tackle several books on a distinct theme–a theme that somehow engages the overall theme for that issue. These essays should be thesis-driven rather than a disconnected string of reviews on the works at hand. 200 words for mini-reviews; 800-2500 for longer reviews. If you would like to query us about a book or list of books that you are interested in reviewing, please contact Brianna Van Dyke.

The Fall Issue #21 deadline for submissions is May 15th, 2011.

To submit please visit Writing Contest Listing

11 April 2011

Over 50 writing contests are available at

Share your writing, get feedback for your stories and poems, and enter writing contests.

All contests are free with membership.  $6.95 per month covers everything.

Web address:

555 Review’s Inaugural Writing Contest

11 April 2011

 Love/Loathe/Life – a challenge to writers to compose autobiographies in 555 words or less.

The entry fee is $5.00

the winner receives $555, and several runners-up will be published as well.

Submissions and fees can be provided online (paypal for fee and for piece)

or mailed to

PO Box 247

Ross, Texas 76684.
Deadline is April 30th, 2011. Please check us out at or call 254-292-8283.


2 April 2011


Artistic Warrior Publishing is holding its first Short Story competition. The competition is open to all writers of all ages from anywhere the world.  The stories must be written in English, non-fiction, previously unpublished (in print and online) and between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length.

The topic is “Okanagan Memories.” You may live in the Okanagan, have friends or relatives here, maybe you’ve seen the Ogopogo or hit a hole in one; regardless of the memory, we want to read about it.  Humour is always welcome; however, you must ensure your story has an Okanagan setting and/or theme.

For first Canadian rights, the top 16 finalists will have their stories published in an anthology in the winter of 2011/2012. The anthology will be divided into two parts, Youth and Adult.  

Entries must be typed and double-spaced in either Arial or Times New Roman, with the title appearing on each numbered page. Please include a separate sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, precise word count and title. Please ensure your story is available in electronic as well as printed format. The entrant’s name must not appear on the manuscript itself.

Entry fees as follows:

$15 for adults (18 +)
$10 for young writers (up to 17)

Entry fees are non-refundable and multiple entries are welcome. As the judging is blind, you are eligible to win more than once.

Canadian submissions should have cheques made payable to Artistic Warrior Publishing and mailed with your submission to:

“Okanagan Memories”
Artistic Warrior Publishing
2475 Dobbin Road #22
Suite #207
West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E9, Canada

Submission via email and payment via PayPal for international submissions will be available shortly.

Blind judging with a panel of judges will chose the top 16.  Our finalist judge is well known Canadian author and humourist, Gordon Kirkland.  He is a multiple award winning Stephen Leacock Award of Merit For Humour.

There will be three winners in each category and an additional 10 honourable mentions will be chosen.

Prizes awarded as follows:
1st Place Adult – $150
1st Place Youth – $100
2nd Place Adult – $75
2nd Place Youth – $50
3rd Place Adult – $50
3rd Place Youth – $35

Each of the winners will receive a copy of the published book.

All finalists must be able to supply an electronic copy of their work to be sent upon request by Artistic Warrior upon the completion of the first round of judging.

Artistic Warrior reserves the right to reject excessive profanity and explicit sexual or violent content. We also reserve the right to edit submission to ready them for publication.

The deadline for submissions is September 4, 2011. Results will be announced at by late September. We would also appreciate it if you told us where you heard about the contest. (i.e.: our website, posters, and other sites)

Heather Sappenfield Wins Fifth Annual Danahy Fiction Prize from Tampa Review

2 April 2011

Heather Sappenfield of Vail, Colorado, has been selected as winner of the fifth annual Danahy Fiction Prize by the editors of Tampa Review. She will receive a cash award of $1,000 and her winning short story,  “Indian Prayer,” will be published in Tampa Review 42, forthcoming in summer 2011.
    Sappenfield recently earned her MFA from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where she studied with Brady Udall, Pete Fromm, and Bonnie Jo Campbell. She lives in the heart of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and daughter. In 2011 her fiction has also been chosen as a finalist for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize and received Honorable Mention for the Doug Fir Fiction Award judged by Jim Lynch for The Bear Deluxe.
    Sappenfield’s winning story draws from her attunement to the natural world and from her childhood experiences.
    “My childhood was a wild ride,” Sappenfield says. “I don’t remember most of it, but things come back to me in vivid bursts that are saturated with emotion. It’s the best type of genesis for fiction. ‘Indian Prayer’ arrived this way.”
    With respect to the significant presence of nature in the story, Sappenfield explains, “I crave open spaces in daily doses, find in it regeneration, redemption, balance, and it is rarely absent from my stories.”
    This year the judges also named an exceptional runner-up story, “Three Little Indians” by John Blair, of San Marcos, Texas. Blair is a widely published fiction writer and a professor in the Department of English at Texas State University, where he directs the undergraduate creative writing program.
    The Danahy Fiction Prize was established by Paul and Georgia Danahy as an annual award for a previously unpublished work of short fiction judged by the editors of Tampa Review, the faculty-edited literary journal of the University of Tampa, published twice yearly in a distinctive hardback format. Subscriptions are $22 annually, and those received before July 15, 2011, will begin with the issue featuring Sappenfield’s prize-winning story.
    The Danahy Fiction Prize is open to both new and widely published writers, with an annual postmark deadline of November 1. The $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Tampa Review, and all entries submitted are considered for publication.
     Complete guidelines are available on the Web at or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to The Danahy Fiction Prize, University of Tampa Press, 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606.

The 2011 Canadian Tales of the Mysterious Short Story Competition

2 April 2011

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2011 Canadian Tales of the Mysterious Short Story Competition. To be considered, a story must have two things. First, it must contain an element of Mystery; second, it must be identifiably Canadian. An element of Mystery is self-explanatory, but what is ‘Identifiably Canadian’? If the story is written by a Canadian, or written about Canadians, or takes place in Canada, then it meets the ‘Identifiably Canadian’ condition.

Prizes and Publication:
First place pays $500. Second place pays $150 and the third pays $100. Ten Honourable mention prizes of $25.00 will also be awarded. All winning entries will be published by Red Tuque Books in the upcoming anthology, ‘Canadian Tales Of The Mysterious’. Winners will receive a complementary copy of the anthology in addition to the prize money. Winners will be contacted by February 28th, 2012. Results will posted on the Red Tuque Books website in March, 2012. The Finalist judges for this competition are Robin Matchett, winner of the Toronto Arts Protege Award, and Adam Lewis Schroeder, recently short listed for a Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.

Submission Requirements:
The contest closes December 31st, 2011. Entries post marked later than December 31st will not be considered. All entries will be read. The entry fee is $15 for one manuscript, $25 for two, or $30 for three. Three is the maximum number of manuscripts that can be submitted by any one author. The judging is blind, so it is possible for one author to have up to three winning entries. All manuscripts must be original, unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, between 1,500 and 5,000 words. The word count is strict and stories that have been published online are considered previously
published. The authors retain their copyright, but first-print rights are granted to Red Tuque Books for the anthology. All submissions must be sent via regular mail. Email submissions will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but Red Tuque Books must be notified in writing, prior to the February announcement, if a manuscript has been accepted for publication elsewhere. Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in themanuscript. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the author’s name, complete mailing address, email
address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned and no entry confirmation will be given unless requested. Please provide a SASE or e-mail address when requesting confirmation.

Entry fees must be submitted by mail with their accompanying manuscripts. Payment is in Canadian funds. Personal cheques, bank drafts, andmoney orders, should be drawn on a Canadian Bank. Pleasemake payable to Red Tuque Books Inc.

Send manuscript(s), along with the appropriate entry fee, to: Short Story Competition
Red Tuque Books
Unit #6, 477 Martin Street
Penticton, BC
V2A 5L2 – Canada

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Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine – Rapunzel Writing Contest

2 April 2011
Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, is running a writing contest starting April 1. Here are details:
Your task is to do a retelling of “Rapunzel” in 2,000 words or less or write a poem. The normal rules for submissions guidelines apply in terms of content. You must also be a follower either through the Google system at left, or on Twitter.

Up to four winners will be chosen — stories and poems in any combination. The prize is a $35 Amazon gift certificate for each winner.

This contest is free to enter, there is no fee!
The contest starts at 11:59 p.m. on April 1, EST, and ends at 11:59 p.m. April 8, EST.

Here’s a link to “Maiden in the Tower” story types, to help inspire you. We decided to do a different fairy tale from this issue’s theme just for fun!

We can’t wait to read your submissions.

Direct link to post on contest:

Mind’s Eye Writing Competition 2011 – Only open to those living in Kent and Sussex, England

2 April 2011

Mind’s Eye Magazine is coming in June of this year.

If you would like to see your work published and sold amongst the public, as well as the having the chance of winning a £50 Book Token, then all you need do is fulfil these criteria:

Submit a piece of writing under one of these three categories:




Rules –

  • No longer than 1200 words
  • Only one submission per entrant (i.e. you may only submit a piece for consideration under one of the three categories)
  • Deadline: April 20th

Email all entries to one or both of these addresses (entrant emails must include contact information including: name, age, address, telephone number and entry category, which are as follows: Under 18 and Adult): /

N.B. Unfortunately, this competition is only open to those living in Kent and Sussex, due to the relative modesty of the publication.

The top five placed entrants from each age group will be announced at the launch of Mind’s Eye at Waterstones, Rose Lane in Canterbury on June 27th. There will be one winner from each category, and the winners will be contacted by return email.

Good Luck

Albedo One – Sixth International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest 2011

2 April 2011

Albedo One, Ireland’s magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, is proud to announce the Sixth International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, for 2011. Grand prize is 1000 euro and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place prizes are 200 and 100 euro, respectively, alongside publication in Albedo One.

This year we have an added bonus prize for the winning story courtesy of the respected The winning story will have the option of free one-year publication in the Storywire section, where authors earn royalties from online readers of their work. is a news, information and marketing site for editors, agents, writers, and readers with more than 50,000 unique visitors a month and a social network of 6,000+ friends. 

The contest is open to stories of up to 10,000 words in any speculative genre, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, or anything in between or unclassifiable. The judges have a very broad definition of what constitutes a genre story. The contest is also open to writers of all nationalities, and the three winning stories will be decided upon by our Grand Judges (whom we will announce shortly). Last year’s Grand Judges were renowned speculative fiction author Ian Watson, Hugo award winning SF author Anne McCaffrey, multiple award winning SF author Mike Resnick and respected Irish horror and crime author, Sam Millar. 

The contest is open from 1st of January 2011 until November 30th 2011, and runs in four rounds, at the end of which the interim judges (comprising the editorial team of Albedo One) will announce on the Albedo One website ( a shortlist of those entries they feel worthy of further consideration. The 1st round ends March 31st, the second round, June 30th, the third round September 30th and the final round November 30th.

The aim of the contest is to promote new writers and writing in the speculative fiction genres, and previous contests have certainly shown us that speculative fiction at the shorter lengths is alive and well, despite its many detractors and those who would pronounce the decline of SF, horror, fantasy etc. or the death of the short story.

Previous winners have been announced at the World Science Fiction Convention and European SF Convention, they have been reprinted or received Honourable Mentions in the prestigious Year’s Best Science Fiction and Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror volumes, and have been translated into other European languages and published in their national magazines (e.g. Galaxies SF, in France, and Phase X in Germany). So entering the Aeon Award will certainly get some attention for the respective authors and their work, never mind the prize money and publication in Albedo One.

A modest entry fee of 7 euro applies to all entries, and can be paid easily and securely via PayPal at the Albedo One website. Entries may be submitted to

Full details may be found at the following link: