Archive for April 11th, 2011

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 Poems should be a maximum of 42 lines and previously unpublished.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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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.