Archive for April 2nd, 2011


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  The stories must be written in English, non-fiction, previously unpublished (in print and online) and between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length.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: