Archive for August 25th, 2011

Last call: Inaugural Found Poetry Contest: Deadline: August 31, 2011

25 August 2011

The Found Poetry Review invites submissions for its inaugural found poetry contest through August 31. All contest submissions must be found poems derived from How to Analyze People on Sightby Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict, available as a free e-text through Project Gutenberg.

The winner will receive a prize of $100 (U.S. dollars) and have his or her poem published in the Fall 2011 edition of The Found Poetry Review.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Visit Project Gutenberg to view the source text, How to Analyze People on Sight:

2. Select words and phrases from the text, then recombine them to create your found poem. Artful arrangements and combinations are encouraged! We want to see you do more than insert line breaks in a paragraph and call it a poem.

3. Avoid adding your own language to the poem. You can change verb tenses, plurals and make other small manipulations, but stay as close to the original text as possible. You are free to add your own punctuation and capitalization to the text.

4. Visit our Submishmash page and select “Inaugural Found Poetry Contest” to submit your poem and pay the $5 entry fee. Payments may be made securely through the Submishmash site through PayPal or credit card.

5. Follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter to hear the winner announcement in September.

Questions? Email for more information.

Creative Competitor Competitions

25 August 2011
Romantic Fiction Competition

1st Prize: £300

2nd Prize: £200

3rd Prize: £100

Closing date: 10th September 2011

Entry fee: £4.00

Entangled in his embrace, the world seemed softer, warm and altogether more pleasurable. She longed for this moment to last, to stay cocooned in pure happiness forever. A shiver of trepidation ran down her spine and fought it off in vain, snuggling closer to his warmth, inhaling his intoxicating scent. Why did life have to be so complicated?

To stand a chance of winning this romantic fiction writing competition, simply continue this story and create a multi-layered story that reveals the intricacies of human nature and the complexities of love.

You have 2000 words in which to be able to craft your submission excluding the title.

Suspenseful Fiction Competition
1st Prize: £300

2nd Prize: £200

3rd Prize:£100

Closing date: 20th September 2011

Entry fee: £4.00

He had been watching her for months. Checking out her behaviours, monitoring her movements until now, he felt he knew her almost as well as she knew herself. It hadn’t been easy breaking into her circle whilst hiding in the shadows retaining anonymity but now he was almost ready to make his move….

The key to winning this competition is to engage the reader with suspenseful intent. Build up the tension and keep us hanging onto every word. You have 2000 words in which to create your masterpiece of drama excluding the title.
Last Line Fiction Writing Competition

1st Prize: £100.00

2nd Prize:  £75.00

3rd Prize:   £50.00

Closing date: 1st October 2011

Entry fee: £2.50

Our latest competition tests your creativity to the full as you have to create a story ending with our given sentence.

Whoever coined the phrase ‘Don’t Get Mad, Get Even’ had been so right she realised and smiled with a sudden sense of purpose. 

 Stories must be original and previously unpublished and the maximum word count including the title and the sentence provided is 1500 words



Dramatic First Paragraph Competition

1st Prize: £100

2nd Prize: £50

Entry fee: £2.00

Closing date: 10th October 2011

You  have just one paragraph to capture our attention and to wow us with a strong sense of drama so make every word count.

Your submission must be previously unpublished and original. The paragraph can be in any style or genre.


Call for submissions: Trigger: 2nd Edition: The Extremes

25 August 2011


2nd Edition: The Extremes

Call for Submissions

Lately, we at Trigger have been thinking a lot about the role of subject matter in art. There are, it seems to us, two specific extremes of subject matter in fiction, poetry, and visual art. Some art focuses directly on moments of change or crisis, on the big moments in the lives of characters, creators, or subjects. Births, deaths, disease, divorce, marriage, the subject matter of these works is overtly life-altering. And then there is the work that focuses on the mundane, on the commonplace occurrences of a life as a way of hinting at the sublime or the universal. These artists construct narratives out of snippets and glimpses of something larger hiding in their small subject matter.
The danger with either approach is that you can lose sight of the bigger picture. A story can be about murder (a huge subject, to be sure), but if it doesn’t do anything with that subject matter, if it doesn’t reach for something more, then it is the weaker for it. Similarly, a work that focuses on the mundane and the everyday but that don’t use that form to impart anything beyond the surface ends up being the type of dull work that turns readers and viewers away from art in droves. A poem about making a cup of coffee can’t just be about making coffee.
With that in mind, we’re looking for your best writing or visual art dealing with one or the other of these extremes. Send us your best “big” fiction, poetry, or visual art, focusing on the life-changing, the inherently dramatic. Or send us your best “small” writing or art. We want stories, poems, and pieces of art that try to construct a narrative out of the bits and pieces of everyday life, isolated images, or random, disparate elements.
Above all else, we want you to be creative in your response to this call. We, as a publication, are most interested in looking at the wide range of ways that narrative manifests itself in art and the artistic process. If you have a unique take of this, we absolutely want to see it.
Guidelines for Submission:
Submissions will be open from August 1-October 31, 2011. We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted by another publication. Please follow all guidelines for your genre (see below). You may only submit work to one genre per submission period. If we accept your work, payment is in the form of undying gratitude. Please no previously published work. Email submissions to
Genre Guidelines:
Fiction: Send only one story, up to 20 pages double spaced, attached as a .doc or .rtf file. The subject line of your email should read “Fiction Submission: Last Name.” Make sure to include all contact information in a cover letter in the body of the email and on the first page of your submission. Please specify in your cover letter which section (“Big” or “Small”) you are submitting to. There is no minimum word or page count.
Poetry: Send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages, attached as a single .doc or .rtf file. The subject line of your email should read “Poetry Submission: Last Name.” Make sure to include all contact information in a cover letter in the body of the email and on the first page of your submission. Please specify in your cover letter which section (“Big” or “Small”) each poem is being submitted to. We encourage both traditional and experimental forms. 

Visual Art: Send up to three pieces of visual art, attached as .jpeg files — web resolution quality is fine, and maximum width and height should be less than 1200 pixels. The subject line of your email should read “Visual Art Submission: Last Name.” Make sure to include all contact information in a cover letter in the body of the email. Please specify in your cover letter which section (“Big” or “Small”) each piece of art is being submitted to. We are equally open to painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installations, etc. Essentially, if it is visual, we’d like to see it.

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