Archive for September 23rd, 2011

LuckyCinda Publishing First Annual California Fiction Writers Book Challenge

23 September 2011

California Book Contest

LuckyCinda Publishing is pleased to announce its First Annual California Fiction Writers Book Challenge where authors have a chance to win either a Nook or Kindle plus a one-hour book marketing consultation, and other great prizes … (more)
DEADLINE: 10-31-2011
PRIZES: Nook or Kindle, one-hour book marketing consultation with expert, autographed award-winning novel and more

ENTRY FEE: $50.00.

For more info visit:


Project 52 Creative Writing Contest

23 September 2011

Welcome to Project 52, a creative writing contest wherein participants are challenged to write a piece a week for an entire year. This should be an interesting experiment and I hope that many people will join me in creating.


Starting on Sunday, November 13th at midnight (central time), all participants will receive an email from my stating the theme or prompt for the week. The participants will then have until 11:59 p.m. (again, central time) on Saturday, November 18 have their work finished and submitted to the Project 52 email inbox ( Work may be in any genre or style. Nonfiction, fiction, poetry, song lyrics, etc. are all acceptable, as long as it ties into the theme for the week.

How To Enter:

Simply PayPal $15 (USD) to to be entered into the contest and you will receive a verification email confirming your registration. This will be a one-time fee for the entire year.


Every week, all pieces will be read and the top 5-10 will be chosen. From there, everyone on the Project 52 staff will read each of those submissions and give it a score based on writing ability, uniqueness, and connection to the weekly them. Scores will be combined and the top 2 entries for the week will be chosen.

After four weeks, the top 2 entries from each week will all be reread and scored again. The top scorer is the winner of that cycle. Then a new cycle will begin.

Additional information is available at


23 September 2011

PJM Publishing are proud to announce their Twisted Americana Short Story
Writing Competition.

Entry is free and the winning entries will feature in a paperback
compilation next year.

Submissions close January 28th 2012

Full details can be found at:

The Splinter Generation – Call for Submissions

23 September 2011

The Splinter Generation – Call for Submissions: Open Reading from October 1-December 1

The Splinter Generation, a literary journal for and about people born between 1973 and 1993, has begun its next reading period and is now accepting submissions for creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry from October 1-December 1.

And now new, Do Talk to Strangers, our new interview series will be taking submissions into the new year. You can read all about that here.
We’re looking for the most powerful work you have—work that makes us look at ourselves in a new way and work that challenges (or, you know, confirms in some subversive way) the stereotypes that paint our generation as lazyor stupid or narcissistic or victims of the times. But it’s not just for the kiddies anymore. If you have a poem, story, or nonfiction piece that relates to those in the Splinter Generation or Generation Me, send it our way.

Take a look at what we’ve previously published to get a sense of what we’re seeking. But we can tell you this much right now: we want to feature the best new voices we can find—voices that aren’t just of the moment, but will still be meaningful when future generations look back at the journal. We want to feel, to think, to get excited, and to advance online literature. We do not want political rants, cute pop culture references, or nostalgia for the sake of nostalgia.

For more on why we call ourselves The Splinter Generation, go here.

To submit, please follow these guidelines:
All submission are to be emailed to the proper genre gmail account with your last name and the word “submission” in the subject line. ex: Smith Submission
A brief cover letter with your name, year you were born, city of residence, and titles of submission is required.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged. If you do submit simultaneously, please let us know immediately if you’ve been accepted elsewhere.
Fiction: email submission to Maximum 3000 words. You may query for longer work. Please send work in a .doc or .txt document, but not in a .docx. Also, include your name and contact info on the document itself.

Nonfiction: email submission to Maximum 3000 words. You may query for longer work. Please send work in a .doc or .txt document, but not in a .docx. Also, include your name and contact info on the document itself.

Poetry: email submission to Maximum three poems, no longer than five pages, posted into the body of an email. If the poem is unable to go in the email due to form considerations, then please attach one document containing all poems being submitted.

Deadline: Our current reading period is open from October 1, 2011-December 1, 2011.
Submissions that don’t meet our guidelines will be sent back unread, so please be sure to read this page carefully.
For any other requests, correspondence or to be added to our newsletter, please email


The Citron Review is still accepting submissions for Fall and Winter 2011 Publication. 
The Citron Review is an online literary journal edited by alumni of the esteemed Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing Program, listed as a top five low residency program in Poets and Writers and Atlantic Monthly.

What should you submit?  The Citron Review accepts submission of Micro-Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction.  For word count specification, see guidelines below.  Ultimately, we are looking for works that have that unmistakable magnetic pull.  Stories that make us jump up from our seats or throw our head in our hands and cry, yes!  Make us feel, make us think, be captivating, be moving, be infinite.

General Information: To submit to The Citron Review, send your work to, with a subject heading of “Citron Review Submission: (Genre).” In the body of the e-mail, please include a short bio in the third person (by way of introduction–no more than a paragraph) and the text of the submission. For photography and digital arts, please attach as a standard web-readable file (.jpg preferred, but .gif, and .png, are fine as well). We have no thematic requirements for submissions, but do require all work to be of the highest quality.

For Micro-Fiction: Submissions should be no more than sixty words. You may submit up to five micro-fiction selections per quarter.

For Flash-Fiction: Submissions should be no more than one-thousand words. You may submit up to two flash-fiction selections per quarter.

For Poetry: Submissions should be no more than 30 lines. You may submit up to five poetry selections per quarter.

For Creative Non-Fiction: Submissions should be no more than 1,000 words. All genres of non-fiction (memoir, essay, articles, reviews etc.) are acceptable. You may submit up to two  Non-Fiction selections per quarter.

Or go HERE for full guidelines on our website!

Reading of Submissions: We read submissions quarterly. Typically, we will respond to you at the beginning of each month. However, in times of high submissions (in the case of contests and the like), our turnaround time may be a bit longer. You can expect a response in less than a month, in most cases. If you have not heard from us in six weeks, please feel free to contact us for an update.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but it is expected authors must notify us immediately if their work is published elsewhere.

Call for Volunteers at VC Book & Author Fair

23 September 2011


(Ventura, CA – September 20, 2011) The Ventura County Book & Author Fair is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of positions for this year’s festival, to be held Saturday, November 5th at the Pleasant Valley Community Park Auditorium in Camarillo. The Festival is open to the public.
The Pacific Institute for Professional Writing, producer of the event, is asking for the public’s support by volunteering. As a nonprofit organization, the community’s involvement welcomed and appreciated. The Ventura County Writers Club and the Small Publishers Artists and Writers Network are co-sponsors.
Volunteer positions include: ticket takers, registration desk, door monitors, poster and flier distribution, assisting exhibitors, and more. To learn more about the fair, visit:
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact Kate Sexton, Event Coordinator, at, or by calling 805-633-1506.

The Pacific Institute for Professional Writing is a California 501 (c) (3) corporation. The Goals of Institute are:

To bridge the unpublished with the professional community of editors, agents and publishers
To produce quality events for the writing community and book lovers.
To inspire a curiosity for written and performance related vision
To deliver professional level education on all types of writing
To encourage all new forms of written communication
To demonstrate effective written communication
To mentor the next generation of writers

Sanguine Theatre Company 2nd Annual Playwriting Competition

23 September 2011

Sanguine Theatre Company announces our 2nd annual playwriting competition. Project Playwright is a result of Sanguine’s love for playwrights and new works. Once all submissions have been read a panel will select a number of scripts from which Sanguine Theatre Company will produce a staged reading in New York City of excerpts from the plays that will be determined by Sanguine Theatre Company in collaboration with the playwrights. From there, a grand prize winner will be chosen and have his or her play fully produced in a New York City theatre along with opportunities to workshop their script.

Submission Guidelines:

*You may submit either full-length or one- act scripts  

*2-10 characters *Minimal set and costume

*The title page must include the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, email address and a brief synopsis of the play

*Previously produced plays will not be accepted

*No children’s plays or musicals

*Sanguine Theatre Company reserves the right to accept or reject any play submitted to the contest for any reason

*No playwright revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted. Sanguine Theatre Company reserves the right to request changes to any script.

*No submissions will be accepted after October 31st at 5pm EST.

*We are a contemporary theatre group looking for pieces that deal with contemporary issues, and our target audience is generally in their 20’s to 30’s. Please check out our website ( to get a sense of who we are.

Finalists will be chosen based on the following:

*If the structure of the piece is conducive to theatrical storytelling

*How well the script conveys thoughts and ideas through subject matter, dialogue and staging

*Dialogue that is natural, creative and supplemental to the storyline

*Well-developed characters that invite the audience to become invested in them

To submit please visit: and follow the guidelines.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

23 September 2011

$2,500 Awaits Winners of  Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2012 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-one year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.

Prizes and Publication:

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of his or her winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. The second – and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise. Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts was founded by editor-in-chief Pamela Uschuk, winner of the 2010 American Book Award for her book Crazy Love: New Poems, and by poet William Pitt Root, Guggenheim Fellow and NEA recipient. The journal contains some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry in print, and the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is both proud and grateful to be associated with such a reputable publication.

Eligibility requirements for our 2012 competition are as follows:

What to submit:

• Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. We have extended our word limit for the first time in thirty years to 3,500 words rather than 3,000. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.

Who may submit:

• The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.

Submission requirements:

• Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required. • The author’s name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

• The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2012. The late entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 15, 2012. We encourage you to enter by May 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline. Entries postmarked after May 15, 2012 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 15, 2012 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2013 competition beginning May 16, 2012.

How to pay your entry fee:

• Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid — in U.S. funds — via a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:

Winners of the previous 2011 competition will be announced at the end of July 2011 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by October 1, 2011. All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041 or submitted online.

For more information, please explore this website:

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