Archive for September, 2011

The Sitcom Mission 2012

30 September 2011

Here you can find details on how to enter The Sitcom Mission 2012. Make sure you read all the pages in this section – for example, you won’t stand a chance of winning unless you stick to the guidelines.

Early Bird Entry Fee: £10
(Entries received before 00.00 GMT on January 25, 2012)

Final Deadline Fee: £15
(Entries received between 00.00 GMT on January 25, 2012 and 23.59 on January 31, 2012)

This is the first year we have introduced an entry fee. In order to grow as an organisation and to secure the long-term future of The Sitcom Mission, we need to make sure we are financially sound. However, we stick to the policy that nobody will ever pay to appear on stage, and the 16 writers that make it through to the knock-out stage will have their entry fees refunded. Also, any writer taking the Bronze feedback who gets through to the longlist will have their feedback fee refunded.

We’re open for entry from 1st October 2011 until 23.59 GMT on January 31, 2012. There’ll be a PayPal button here from 1st October, and once payment is received you’ll be directed to an online system where you can upload your script.

Before entering, you should read the following three pages. The guidelines will make sure you submit a suitable script, and the rules govern this competition…



25 September 2011


The competition is to identify and publish completed fiction
manuscripts of high literary quality by authors who have not
previously published a full-length novel or novella. Submit
previously unpublished novels, novellas, and collections of
closely linked short stories. Does not accept manuscripts that
have been self-published. The competition is open to unpublished
novelists who are U.S. residents writing in English. The Prize
includes a $1,000 cash award and publication by Southeast
Missouri State University Press. The winning author will be
invited to present a reading at the University.

November 1, 2011.


25 September 2011


For artists and organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin,
Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San
Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Stanislaus
counties in California. Currently accepting letters of inquiry
from media artists or performing artists. Just finished a
deadline for literary artists and traditional artists. Annually,
the Creative Work Fund invites letters of inquiry for projects
in which artists and nonprofit organizations collaborate to
create new works. Deadline, artforms invited, funding available,
and eligible counties vary from year to year. Sign up to keep
informed about deadlines, guidelines and projects. $10,000 to
$40,000 for projects in which artists and nonprofit organizations
are working closely together to create new art works. Any kind of
nonprofit organization is eligible to apply to collaborate with
an artist.

Lit Fest Magazine writing contest

25 September 2011

Short Story Contest: Lit Fest Magazine

Enter a 3,000 word or less short story or article on a topic or theme of your choice. Our favorite each week will run in our WEEKLY SHORT STORY column. Email your writing to: Please paste your writing in the body of your email, (attachments will not be opened). Place WEEKLY SHORT STORY in the subject line and don’t forget to give us your name!


25 September 2011


Deadline October 7, 2011. Top ten finalists will receive
reimbursement for up to $500 from Aspen Writer’s Foundation
for a roundtrip economy plane ticket to New York City from
anywhere in the 50 United States, District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico and Canada, reimbursement for up to $500 for
two nights lodging in New York City to be provided by Aspen
Writer’s Foundation, two-hour workshop with Colum McCann,
and an invitation to a party with top literary luminaries
hosted by Esquire and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation all at
a total estimated value of $2,000/person. From the finalists,
one finalist will be chosen as winner of a scholarship to 2012
Aspen Summer Words fiction workshop, 5 nights lodging in Aspen,
and reimbursement for up to $500 from Aspen Writer’s Foundation
for a roundtrip economy ticket to Aspen from anywhere in the 50
United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada,
and will have his/her entry published by Esquire either in the
magazine or online at (The estimated retail value
of the Winner’s prize package, including the trip to New York
is $8,000). Submit the entry form pursuant to the onscreen
instructions along with your original fictional short story
of exactly 78 words.

The 10th Annual FundsforWriters Essay Contest

25 September 2011

The 10th Annual FundsforWriters Essay Contest seeks nonfiction

First prize $400. Five additional cash prizes.

Zero entry fee and $5 entry fee categories.

Theme: Diligence.

Limit 750 words. Email submissions only.

Receipt deadline: Midnight (Eastern Time), October 31, 2011

Guidelines at


25 September 2011

Ninth year. Ten cash prizes totaling $5,550. Top prize $3,000. Submit poems in any style or genre. Both published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on (over one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 35,000 subscribers. Entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: September 30. Judges: John H. Reid, Dee C. Konrad. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Winning Writers is one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest, 2005-2011). More information:

The Sitcom Mission Writing Competition

25 September 2011

The Sitcom Mission

Prizes: £5000 script commission from Hat Trick Productions

Entry fees: £10 early bird, £15 final deadline

Closing date 24 January 2012 (early bird) 31 January 2012 (final deadline)

Brief contest details:  Write a 15-minute sitcom episode

Visit the website:

Contact info:

The FBFT Sports Writing Competition 2012

24 September 2011

Entry is free and the deadline for entries is midnight on the 13th May 2012, the last day of the Premier League football season. 

Prizes: First place, £50; Second place, £30; Third place, £20 (paid in British Pounds Sterling by bank transfer or PayPal)

The FBFT Sports Writing Competition 2012 is open to anyone aged 18 years or older.

Entries may be submitted directly through the form on the website –

or by email –

Entries may be up to 1500 words in length and must be related to sport in some way. The three winning articles will receive the cash prizes as detailed and will be published on the website. We are particularly interested in sports writing that is original, exciting or somehow out of the ordinary.

Last Call! The Best Short Writing in the World Competition

24 September 2011
Fleeting Magazine – The Best Short Writing in the World
Fleeting has teamed up with Stack Magazines to find the best short stories and poetry in the world.

We’re looking for short stories of up to 1500 words and poetry of up to 40 lines. As ever, we seek writing that is daring, witty, erudite, lucid and infectious.

The winner will be treated to a year’s subscription to Stack Magazines, a personalised monthly selection of the best independent magazines in the world. Two runners-up will receive three months each. All winning entries will be published at Fleeting.

Entry costs £1 per piece – for full details, please visit:

The Competition closes at midnight on September 30th, 2011.

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival Writing contests

24 September 2011

Here at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival we are excited to announce that we are now accepting entries for our One-Act Play and Fiction Contests.

One-Act Play Contest

We are accepting original one-act plays of any theme that run no longer than one hour in length.

Deadline:  November 1, 2011

Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • Staged reading at the 26th annual Festival (March 21-25, 2012)
  • Full production in 2013
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass for 2012 and 2013 ($1,000 value)
  • Publication in Bayou


Fiction Contest

We are accepting original short stories up to 7,000 words in length.

Deadline:  November 15, 2011

Judge: Amy Hempel

Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the 26th annual Festival in New Orleans (March 21-25, 2012)
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass for 2012 ($500 value)
  • Public reading at a literary panel at the 2012 Festival
  • Publication in Louisiana Literature

The top ten finalists of each contest will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the 2012 Festival, and their names will be published on

Please check our website for full guidelines and further information on all our writing contests:

Last Call! The Ventura County Writers Club – 12th Annual Short Story Contest

24 September 2011

The Ventura County Writers Club (VCWC) announced its 12th Annual Short Story Contest closes September 30, 2011. The contest draws entries from around the country as well as internationally. The Ventura County Star newspaper will publish the first place winning entry in a January 2012 Sunday edition. The paper will publish first, second, and third winning entries in their online edition. The top three winners will receive a cash prize: first place $500; second place $250; and third place $125.
All stories are logged in and assigned a number for the sake of anonymity. VCWC employs a scored, tiered process of judging, with editors at the newspaper working as the final third tier.
“Last year, the Club received many stories for consideration from across the nation, a mark of the prestige the contest is gaining,” said Susan Hart Hellman, 2011 Short Story Committee Chair. “The contest provides an opportunity for many writers to have their first thrill of publication and breakthrough to a wide reading audience.”
There are additional perks for the winners. The 2012 VCWC Anthology will publish winning entries. The website will post the top finalists. VCWC will host a reception in January for the winners and will invite them to read highlights from their stories.
Entry applications will be on the club’s website:

The contest rules are as follows:
o All submitted stories must be original and may not have been previously published in any newspaper, magazine, or book, whether or not the author received compensation. Self-published and electronic published works are prohibited.
o Submissions may be in any genre. You may enter as many stories as you like.
o Those who have won first place in the last three years are not eligible.
o Include three copies of each short story being submitted.
o Make sure your name does not appear on any page except this form.
oEach submitted short story must be typed and double spaced using 12-point type, in Courier or Times New Roman font, on white 8_ x 11 inch paper, with left and right margins 1_-inch and
top and bottom margins 1-inch. Indent the first line of each paragraph and number all pages at top or bottom. Story must be 10 pages or fewer. Put the story title at the top of each page. Do not put the author’s name on any pages of submitted stories.
oBe sure to include your entry fee: $15 per short story for VCWC members, $25.00 per short story for non-members. All story submissions may be paid with one single check. Please note the number of submissions on the reference line of the check.

Mail entry form, story submissions and check (payable to VCWC) to: VCWC Short Story Contest, P.O. Box 3373, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.

o Online entries may be paid through PayPal and submitted directly through the club’s website.
o No person may win more than one prize.

For more information on the Club, visit:

About Ventura County Writers Club

Since its formation in 1933 with four members in Ojai, the club has grown to more than 150 members and holds regular monthly general membership meetings. Members may attend, free of charge, a variety of Writers Workshops, groups that meet one or more times a month throughout the county to read and critique manuscripts and discuss many aspects of the business of writing.

Monthly meetings are open to all interested writers and are held the second Tuesday of each month (except December) at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center, Camarillo, CA.

Catch A Star Theatrical Players One-Act Playwriting Competition

24 September 2011
Calling All Playwrights

Catch A Star Theatrical (CAST) Players is pleased to announce their first ever One-Act Playwriting Competition.  Aspiring playwrights of all ages who reside within the United States are invited to submit their unpublished works.  All styles and genres are welcome.  Top plays will be showcased at the 2012 One Act festival to be held in Beaumont, CA.

A grass roots endeavor, it has been embraced by the community and support for the event is growing.   Competition organizers are themselves published writers.  “It is important to me to showcase original plays each season”, says Annette Tringham, Artistic Director for CAST Players.  “A lot of talented writers do not have a venue for their work.  This competition is a great way to jumpstart that process.”
Managing Director, Richard Meinhold agrees, “I’m very excited about the competition and the 2012 festival.  It is a wonderful opportunity to expose our community to fresh voices and interesting theater.  There’s nothing like it in this area.”
The top ten plays and authors will be listed on CAST Players website through December 31, 2012.  The top six plays will each receive $100 and three performances at the One-Act festival in June, 2012, plus one all-access festival Pass.  At the conclusion of the festival, additional monetary prizes of $400 for First Place, $300 for Second Place and $200 for Third Place will be awarded, as will $100 for the play voted Audience Favorite.
$10 entry/handling fee required.
The deadline for submission is December 31, 2011 and complete information, guidelines and entry forms are posted on the theater website at
Catch A Star Theatrical Players is a non-profit community theater group dedicated to enhancing the cultural aspects of life by offering a variety of live theater performances for the education and enjoyment of the residents of communities in and around The Inland Empire of Southern California.  2009-2010 marks their first season of production.

Last Call for entries: True Crime Essays Wanted

24 September 2011
postmark deadline: September 30, 2011
For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about true crime–detailed reports of premeditation, follow-through and aftermath, whether gleaned from police blotters or the news, passed down as small-town legend or family lore, or committed in cold blood.
We want true stories of petty theft, identity theft, embezzlement or first-degree murder; of jaywalking, selling (or maybe buying) drugs or assault; of crimes and punishments and unsolved mysteries. Think “The Devil in the White City” (Larson), “In Cold Blood” (Capote) and “Iphigenia in Forest Hills” (Malcolm); or “Half a Life” (Strauss), “Lucky” (Sebold) and “The Night of the Gun” (Carr). If it’s against the law and someone–maybe even you!–did it anyway, we want to know all about it.
We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice. Essays can be serious, humorous or somewhere in between. Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1000 for Best Essay.
Submission guidelines: essays must be unpublished, 4,000 words maximum, postmarked by September 30, 2011, and clearly marked “True Crime” on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue CNF subscription–U.S. submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S. (though due to shipping costs, the subscription deal is not valid). Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay, word count, SASE and payment to:
Creative Nonfiction
Attn: True Crime
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
For more information, please visit

Last Call! Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award

24 September 2011

Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award

Established in 2003, the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award is for an unpublished poem. Awarded poem is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all poets. This year’s final judge is Elena Karina Byrne.

Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded poem in the Los Angeles Review, published by Red Hen Press.

Entry fee $20 for up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each.

Name on cover sheet only. Send SASE for notification.

Entries must be postmarked by September 30.

Send submissions to:

Red Hen Press

Short Story Award

P.O. Box 40820

Pasadena, CA 91114

Call for submissions: Blueline seeking poems and stories

24 September 2011

Blueline seeks poems and stories about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. We also welcome short essays or creative nonfictions that interpret the literature or culture of the region, including New York State, New England, and eastern Canada.

Submission period July through November. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Send no previously published works and no simultaneous submissions.

Send manuscripts to:

Blueline, 120 Morey Hall, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 13676.

Electronic submissions welcome, as Word files or as emails to:

Colonnade Writing Contest: Quarterly

24 September 2011

Colonnade Writing Contest:

Open to short stories

10,000 word limit

fiction only

$12 to enter

quarterly winners receive $100 and are eligible for the $500 grand prize of Colonnade Story Of The Year.

Deadline is September 30, 2011.

Next quarterly deadline: December 31, 2011

Details for submission and electronic submission guidelines can be found at:

Last Call! Meridian Writing – Short Story Competition

24 September 2011
  • Autumn Short Story Competiton
  • Story: Open Theme/Genre, 3000 words max
  • Prizes: £100, £50 & £25 plus voucher
  • Fee: £5 per story
  • Eligibility: Open to new and published authors, see website for full details
  • Closing Date: 30th September
  • Website:


24 September 2011


Now open for entries – winner’s prize increased this year to £1,000

Deadline: 30 November 2011

Type: Short story (UK + International)

Prizes: £1,000, £100, £25 x 4, plus all prize-winners get their story published to the InkTears Readers and consideration for a short story collection/anthology publication.   Full results will be announced by 30 March 2012.

Fee: £4.50.   Length:1000-3000 words, any theme

NB: stories may have been previously published (prior to 30 April 2011) or previously unpublished. for full details.  

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Call for submissions: Tales & Mousterpieces Anthology

24 September 2011

Tales & Mousterpieces Anthology

Submit your non-fiction writing pieces less than 1,500 words. Subject should either be about “Italy” or about “a mouse”.This is in honor of the blog,  Mousterpieces ( .Humor is preferred, but essays can be serious, quirky, humorous or somewhere in between. Include a brief bio, because best essays will be featured on the blog.Anthology will be published end of 2013.

Deadline: January 1, 2013.

Send submissions to:

thompson1news[at]yahoo[dot]com with subject “Writing”.

Fiction Writing Bootcamps

24 September 2011

Two Publishing Pros to Offer Fiction Writing Bootcamps throughout Southern California
Two literary insiders have teamed up to help budding authors craft novels that will catch the eye of an agent and publisher. Shelly Lowenkopf and Toni Lopopolo began the bootcamps with small groups this past spring in the Santa Barbara/Ventura area. Now they are expanding to a larger area of Southern California, bringing their accumulated knowledge as Executive Editors with Macmillan, St. Martins, Bantam and Dell, along with Ms. Lopopolo’s literary agency work, to help writers achieve their dreams of publication.

“We saw an enormous growth from the attendees at our first two bootcamps,” Ms Lopopolo said, “and we wanted to hone the skills of more talented area writers.” The camps are three-day intensives limited to eight writers who must submit up to ten pages and a synopsis in advance to be accepted.

Currently there are three camps opening this fall:

September 23-25 in Santa Barbara at Café Luna          
          – How to Read like a Writer & How to Become Your Own Best Editor      

October 14-16 in Pasadena, CA Location to be announced
– The Ten Most Common Mistakes First Novelists Make

November 11-13 in Solvang, CA Location to be announced          
– The Real Story on How to Get Published

“So many people dive into writing without understanding that novel writing is not like a thesis for an English Lit class,” Shelly Lowenkopf said. “To be published, a writer must meet a high standard, one that is achievable IF you know where the bar is. Toni and I have been raising that bar for years and will now pass on our experience to new writers.”

To learn more about the bootcamps and the curriculum, visit:

Background on Lowenkopf and Lopopolo:
Shelly Lowenkopf has held major editorial positions with Sherbourne Press (Editor-in-Chief); Dell Publishing (Director, Los Angeles office); Clio Books (Editor-in-Chief); Ross-Erickson (Editor-in-Chief); and, Capra Press (Advisory and Acquisitions Editor). He has seen over seven hundred books and hundreds of short story and essay projects through the publishing process.  Currently a freelance consultant and teacher, his clients include novelists, retired and active academics, and the humorist creator of one of the most popular television series of all time.  For over 30 years, he has been a fixture at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, running his famous nightly Pirate Sessions.

Lowenkopf taught courses in short story, novel, dramatic writing, editing, genre fiction, and revision at the graduate level in one of the most prestigious writing programs in America at University of Southern California, where he was given a Lifetime Teaching Award.  He is a past regional president of the Mystery Writers of America; His most recent book, The Fiction Writer’s Companion, is a guide to terms, concepts, and forms related to storytelling.

Literary Agent, Toni Lopopolo, brings a book publishing resume that began in 1970 in the publicity dept of Bantam Books, where she helped publicize authors such as Philip Roth, Barbara Cartland, Isaac Asimov, and Louis L’Amour.

She next served as Library Promotion Director at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, until Houghton Mifflin offered her a position in Boston as Marketing Manager, Paperback Books. Her big campaigns included Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins.  When Macmillan offered Toni the title of Executive Editor, she moved back to New York City and published Judy Mazel’s Beverly Hills Diet, Elvis 56 by Al Wertheimer among other hits. Next St. Martin’s Press made an offer she couldn’t refuse and Toni became Executive Editor there from 1981 to 1990 and published Hot Flashes by Barbara Raskin and Rich and Famous by Kate Coscarelli plus Elsa Lanchester, Herself, by Elsa Lanchester, On The Other Hand by Fay Wray as well biographies of Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and many other titles. She has taught fiction and narrative non-fiction writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.
In l991, Toni opened Literary Management and has sold books for authors Sol Stein, Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, Flo Fitzgerald, Judith Smith-Levin, Howard Olgin, Jeanette Baker, Larry Seeley, and many others.


LeafGuard Name the Squirrel Contest – Children 8-13

24 September 2011

Name the Squirrel Contest –
Our LeafGuard Squirrel needs a name and we could use your child’s help to come up with one. Your child could win up to a $1,500 head start toward their college tuition. We are asking children 8 – 13 years old, to tell us what our squirrel’s name should be and to tell us why they have picked that name. Essays should be 150 words or less and submitted no later than December 31, 2011.

One First Prize winner will receive $1,500, funded to an educational savings account.
One Second Prize winner will receive $1,000, funded to an educational savings account.
One Third Prize winner will receive $500, funded to an educational savings account.

About the Contest
In 150 words or less, tell us what our squirrel’s name should be and why you have picked that name.

Contest runs from June 15, 2011 through December 31, 2011. Mailed entries must be postmarked by no later than December 24, 2011.

To enter online, send your typed, double-spaced submission of 150 words maximum, preferably double spaced and formatted for 8½-by-11-inch paper in a Microsoft Word document to

To enter via postal mail, submit your essay by mailing your entry to Squirrel Contest, PO Box 310, Pluckemin, NJ 07978. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than December 24, 2011. All entries must be received no later than December 31, 2011. Limit one entry per person or e-mail account. Essays should be submitted in English at a maximum of 150 words and typed and double-spaced on 8½-by-11-inch paper. Essays exceeding this length or handwritten may not be considered.

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2012 Bat City Review Art & Writing Collaboration Prize

24 September 2011

Introducing the 2012 Bat City Review Art & Writing Collaboration Prize

Judge: Tomaz Salamun
Award: $1000 for the winning entry and publication in the 2012 issue of Bat City Review.
Deadline: November 1, 2011
Cost of Entry: An issue ($8) or subscription ($14)
What We’re Looking For: A bold, intoxicating combination of written text with visual art that engages and expands each medium in concert with the other.  Collaborative submissions (from multiple persons) are acceptable. It is necessary for the entrants to own the rights to all original work submitted. Pieces that involve other artists’ writing or work are welcome, as long as said art is in the public domain or the entrant can prove reception of the artist’s permission.

To submit, complete the following steps:
Step 1: Upload your submission as a .pdf to our online submission manager. Choose “Art & Writing Collaboration Contest” as the genre. We will only accept entries submitted through our submission manager.
Step 2: In lieu of a standard entrance fee, please purchase an issue or two of Bat City Review. Download, print, and complete the form below, and enclose it with your payment. Your submission will not be considered until this form has been received.

For more information, see  And of course, if you do not have an art and writing collaboration, but are still interested in submitting work, Bat City Review is currently accepting standard submissions for fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art.

Magma 50th Issue Poetry Competition

24 September 2011

Magma 50th Issue Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30 November 2011

We accept previously unpublished poems of up to 80 lines on any subject. Poetry judge is George Szirtes. First prize will be £500, second prize £200 and third prize £100. What’s more, poems of up to 10 lines will also be considered for the Magma Editors Prize: first prize £500, second prize £200 and 10 special mentions. Competition period 16 October to 30 November. Fee is £4 per poem or £15 for four poems. For Magma subscribers, it is £3 per poem or £9 for four poems.

Winning poems will be published in Spring 2012 issue and prizewinners will be invited to a reading in early Spring 2012.

Visit for details, where you can enter online from 16 October onwards, or download the postal entry form.

Atlantis Short Story Competition 2011

24 September 2011

Annual Short Story Contest: Cash prizes ($450) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers.

No theme or genre restrictions. Maximum 1,500 words.

Entry fee: $10

Deadline: October 31, 2011


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