Archive for October 3rd, 2011

Call for Entries: Poets & Writers!

3 October 2011

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed. Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: December 31, 2011

All contest winners will be announced on January 31, 2012


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per short story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for details and enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

The Butterfly Effect Contest

3 October 2011

I am the marketing officer from Tenlegs, a new start-up, which is building a community for artists who work in digital formats, including film, music, images, and writing.

We thought you and your site’s readers might be interested in a new contest we are launch tomorrow for filmmakers, writers, artists, and musicians.  The Butterfly Contest is a free contest, for creators of all mediums, to win $5,000.

If you would be willing to share the contest with your readers, we would greatly appreciate it.  Here are the details:

Tenlegs invites creators of video, imagery, writing and music to submit work between October 3 – October 16, 2011 for an opportunity to win $5,000 toward your next creative project and exposure with an accomplished artist panel & PR in arts circles.

Participate at by submitting an entry or by voting & supporting the artist community!

Butterfly effect theme: Any act / art can inspire, have a huge impact, affect the world around us… and we believe in the power of Art and expression here at Tenlegs

Participation is absolutely free. Simply upload any digital-format creative work you have, be it film, music, poetry, fiction, personal essay, photography, illustration, and whatever else you can think of that in some way represents the theme of the Butterfly Effect – literally, figuratively, use your imagination – there is nothing stopping you but the limits of your inspiration.

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HOOT literary postcards– Issue 1 available. Also, free flash workshops and a contest…

3 October 2011

Hello Submitters, Subscribers, and Other HOOT-Friends—-

This is just a short email to share with you some very exciting news (at least, we think it’s exciting):
1. HOOT Issue 1 is now available! Look at our print edition here. Or our online edition here.  The postcards will be in the mail this week. Thank you again to all submitters (really!).
2. Free Flash Workshops! HOOT editors are now hosting free, virtual, weekly Wednesday workshops for flash fiction/non-fiction and short-short poetry. Read more about it here.  (We were going to have an Online Release Party…but we decided to do this instead).
3. Contest! Share HOOT, take pictures of HOOT being shared, and win subscriptions. More here.
As always, HOOT is accepting submissions of work with <150 words, and we will love you forever if you subscribe (or subscribe a friend).
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Magnolia: A Journal of Women’s Literature is currently accepting submissions for it’s second volume

3 October 2011

Call for Submissions

The Institute welcomes submissions for Volume II of a new series dedicated to socially engaged fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry by women.

What is socially engaged literature?

Socially engaged literature is defined by a creative work’s critical interaction with ideas and concepts of social, political, and cultural significance. For example, an author might choose to write a story that demonstrates the experience of war or human trafficking; that challenges prevailing conversations about the environment; or that highlights the challenges faced by immigrants in the world today. We look for strong narratives that engage with readers in a personal way, making difficult topics accessible through human stories.

2011 Guest Editor, Karen Connelly

Karen Connelly is the author of nine books of best-selling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a love story, a memoir about her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border.,She has won the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry, the Governor General’s Award for her non-fiction, and Britain’s Orange Broadband Prize for New Fiction for her first novel The Lizard Cage. Published in 2005, The Lizard Cage was compared in the New York Times Book Review to the works of Orwell, Solzhenitsyn, and Mandela, and hailed in the Globe and Mail as “one of the best modern Canadian novels.”

Her other books include Grace and Poison, One Room in a Castle, This Brighter Prison, The Disorder of Love, and The Small Words in My Body. Married with a young child, she divides her time between a home in rural Greece and a home in Toronto.

What to submit: Socially engaged works of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that interact with and challenge social injustices of our time.

Length: 5,000 word maximum for fiction and creative non-fiction; poetry up to 5 pages.

Fees: We do not charge reading fees.

Compensation and copyright: Each successful submission will receive 2 paperback copies of the anthology as payment. The Institute of Arts & Social Engagement (IASE) requests Non-exclusive Anthology and Electronic rights. IASE retains the right to continue selling back issues of the journal in print and electronic format.

How to submit: Send your manuscript as an attachment (.doc or .rtf only, please do not submit .DOCX files) to Submissions must be typed, double spaced, using standard Arial or Times 12pt. font. Include your last name and title of the work in the email subject line (EX. Smith – Title of the work).

Response time: All submissions will receive a written confirmation upon receipt, with a final decision in 1-3 months. While we will accept simultaneous submissions, we ask that you make us aware at the time of submission and communicate any changes regarding your manuscript as a matter of urgency.

Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2011

Queries to:


3 October 2011


Get Feedback. Get Paid. Get Better. A Call for Entries.

You Can Do Better Magazine seeks submissions for a variety of mediums in an effort to financially reward and provide critical insight for those who wish to improve their craft.

Entries submitted electronically.


NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline: November 1, 2011

Submission Guidelines:

Meridian Writing Winter Short Story Competition

3 October 2011

Call for Submissions: Miracles of True Love: Soulmate Love Letters

3 October 2011

We are seeking letters about the serendipity, magic, and divine design of being in love with your true love and soulmate for our book to be released in September called:

Miracles of True Love: Soulmate Love Letters

Miracles of True Love: Soulmate Love Letters, is an inspiring gift book filled with expressions of love from the very soul of the authors about their soulmates. The book is broken down into the following sections:

Beloved Quest: Everyone wants to be in love with their soulmate, but sometimes the universe needs a little push. Some Ideas for this section:
1) Write a letter reaching out to your soulmate in the universe.
2) Write a love letter to yourself…you’ve done the work now you are ready for the partner you seek. Writing a letter like this can be a very powerful affirmation. There are many books on the market right now filled with ways people have manifested their soulmate into their lives.

Our Journey: Beginning our journey together, those who have found their soulmate and are at the beginning of the journey. Some Ideas for this section:

1) Tell us the things that happened that made you know this was the ONE, your soulmate.
2) Share with us any events that reaffirm for you that this is your true love, the one you are destined to be with.
3) How has finding and loving this one person been a miracle in or changed your life?

Timeless Treasures: Reaffirmations of the love you share. Ideas for this section:
1) Tell us what makes YOU as a couple special
2) What is the true meaning of our journey together?
3) Has your love just gotten better and better? How has it made you grow as a person, or spiritually?
4) How has your true love helped you conquer all of life’s difficulties?

Love Everlasting: Letters to soulmates who have passed on. Ideas for this section:

1)Is there something you didn’t share with your soulmate that you want to share with them now?
2) How is your love a lesson to be passed on to our future generations?
3) How was your life together a true miracle?

Submission Guidelines: 

1. Each letter should be 1200 words or less, we are seeking approximately 40 stories for publication
2. letters must be uplifting and from your heart
3. Stories must be true
4. Submission Deadline is November 15, 2011

Book will be published in September 2012.  Each selected author will receive Two free copies of the book, a 50% author discount on books for life, and tons of marketing help to build YOU as an author. Your Bio will be included with your story in the book….and more



3 October 2011



$1,250  First-Place Prize in both genres and $250  Second-Place Prize, Plus Publication


JUDGES: Alison Hawthorne Deming: POETRY

Luis Alberto Urrea: FICITON


GENERAL GUIDELINES: Contest Deadline Extended to October 1Oth.

Send up to 3 poems (100 line limit/one poem per page) or a short story (5000 word limit/double-spaced) in 12 point font.

Unpublished work only!  No prior ezine or paper publication allowed!  No author name may appear anywhere on manuscript.

Enter as often and in as many genres as you wish.  Multiple submissions are permitted, but writers must inform us of acceptances elsewhere. Finalists considered for publication.  All winners published in CUTTHROAT and announced on website, in POETS & WRITERS and in the AWP CHRONICLE.

For further information, go to: or call 970-903-7914.

No relative or staff member  or students of judges for CUTTHROAT are eligible to enter.

Online:  Go to our website,   and click on the contest button.  On the contest page are guidelines.

Click on our submissions manager to enter your contest submission.  Pay online. There is a $17 reading fee.

By Mail:  Include a cover sheet with name, address, phone & email, SASE for announcement of winners and a $15 reading

fee per submission made to Raven’s Word Writers Center postmarked by Oct. 1, 2011.

See our web site for complete guidelines:

New Gemini issue & poetry contest

3 October 2011
Finally–the September issue of Gemini Magazine is here! I hope you’ll agree the wait was worth it. Even the titles are intriguing:
– “Identity Theft” (poem by Diana Raab)
– “Authority Figure” (flash fiction by Tony Wayne Brown)
– “Nothin to Lose” (poem by Chinedu Jonathan)
– “Discarded” (short story by Dina Greenberg)
– “Before AIDS Was a Word” (poem by Donna Emerson)
– “Joan Doering Is Dead” (poem by Carol Gloor)
– “Dollhouse” (fiction from Cindy Rosmus)
– “Off Broadway” (short story by Andre Zucker)
– “Social Networking” (abstract cover art by Zachary Brown)

We are also pleased to announce our Second Annual Poetry Open. Grand prize of $1,000, second/third prizes of $100/$50. Entry fee only $5 for up to three poems. We’ve extended the deadline past New Year’s through January 3, 2012, when post offices reopen.

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3 October 2011
(Ventura, CA – September 27, 2011) The Ventura County Book & Author Fair has announced speakers and sessions for its first four seminars to be held November 5th at the Pleasant Valley Community Park Auditorium in Camarillo, CA.  Speakers are top literary professionals from Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties. The Fair is produced by the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing, a CA nonprofit, and co-sponsored by the Ventura County Writers Club, Small Publisher, Artist and Writer Network (SPAWN), and the Book Publicists of Southern California.  The event is open to the public.

“We are pleased with the high caliber of speakers joining us this year,” states Kate Sexton, Festival Coordinator. “The educational sessions will cover a broad spectrum of subjects that are of interest to both the reading and writing communities. We will have extensive autograph areas for people to purchase the speakers’ book and have them signed in our Book Expo.”

        The Book Expo is free but for those who register online, they will receive a coupon worth 20% their first book purchase at the Expo. There is a $25 fee per session for attending the educational seminars. Seminars will run between sixty to ninety minutes. Several will have one instructor/speaker and others will be comprised of panel discussions. The fee for sessions will offset costs and proceeds will benefit PIPW’s youth writing programs, workshops, and other projects. There will be eight sessions in total. A full list of speakers and sessions will be available on the event’s website as of October first. A growing list of Book Expo exhibitors is available on the website.

        Registration is now open for seminar sessions and advance Book Expo admission. The website is:

The first four educational sessions will be:

Time: 10 to 11 am
Learn the five key elements you must master to be signed by an agent and get your book published. Seminar will be lead by a legendary editor who saw over 700 books to publication, and who has published 30+ titles. There will be an extensive Q&A following presentation.
Speaker: Shelly Lowenkopf, Editor, Author and Writing Mentor

Time: 11:30 to 1 pm
Many believe today’s memoirs are more personal and revealing than the autobiographies of the past. Learn about the status of memoirs today from a leading professor, author and writer’s coach. There will be an extensive Q&A following presentation.
Speaker: Tristine Rainer, Author and Director of the Center for Autobiographic Studies

Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
This bestselling author will help you plot your way from basic story idea to the end by putting your characters first. Learn how to use character development to move your story forward. There will be an extensive Q&A following presentation.
Speaker: Margaret Brownley, Award-winning author of over 28 books 

Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
You’ve written your book, had it edited, got an agent and sold it. How the real work begins-promoting yourself and your book. Learn what steps you can begin now and what you must do once you are holding that book in your hand. There will be Q&A following discussion.
Flo Selfman, Publicist and President of the Independent Writers of Southern California
Julia Callahan, Marketing and Publicity Director, Rare Bird Lit Los Angeles
Kristin Alcorn, Social Media Manager, WriteWorks Publishing
        Other regional writing groups are welcome to co-sponsor the event. Any author or book publisher interested in exhibiting should contact Ms. Sexton at 805-633-1506. For more details or how to participate, visit

        To learn more about PIPW visit:


3 October 2011

The Araca Group, a Broadway theatrical producing company, is once again seeking “The Best Play” from playwrights in post-collegiate universities and professional study programs.  The style, subject and length of the submissions are entirely up to you.  However, this year, we are opening the contest up to emerging writers nationwide.

The selected playwright will have the opportunity for his/her play to be performed in a free and public reading to be held in December in New York City, directed by and acted in by a New York City creative team. The Araca Group will assume all travel expenses to and from your university.

The deadline for submissions is October 21, 2011. The winning play will be read in December 2011.  A release needed to accompany the  submission materials will be available on next week.

Founded in 1997 by partners Matthew Rego, Michael Rego, and Hank Unger, The Araca Group has grown from a start-up working out of a one-room office into an internationally renowned merchandise and Tony Award winning production company. Most notably, Araca has produced Wicked, Urinetown, The Wedding Singer, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Laramie Project, The Vagina Monologues, Rock of Ages, A View From the Bridge, Lend Me a Tenor, Merchant of Venice, and House of Blue Leaves.

For more information about Araca and this contest, please visit .

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions via e-mail,

7th Annual ACCENTI Writing Contest

3 October 2011

7th Annual ACCENTI Writing Contest

Contest Rules 

The topic is open. Any type of entry that meets the submission criteria below is eligible. Multiple entries welcome.
Submission Criteria
• The contest is open to prose works.
• Entries can be fiction, non-fiction or creative non-fiction.
• Entries must be previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication.
• Entries must be original and not a translation of a previously published work.
• Maximum length: 2000 words.
• IMPORTANT: No poetry, plays, reviews, and scholarly essays. No footnotes and endnotes. No pseudonyms.

• Submissions must be in Word or txt format.
• No email or fax submissions.
• Submissions must be in English.
• Submissions can be an English translation of the author’s unpublished original work in another language.
The contest is open to all writers, established and emerging, worldwide.
Entry Fee
$20.00 per entry, non-refundable.
Postmarked on or before February 7, 2012.
Blind judging.
Announcement of Results
Winners will be contacted in Spring 2012, and their names will subsequently be posted on Accenti Online.
• Top prize: $1000.00 (CDN) and publication in Accenti.
• Second Prize: $250.00 (CDN) and publication in Accenti.
• Third Prize: $100.00 (CDN) and publication in Accenti.

How to Submit
Each submission must be accompanied by a duly completed entry form and entry fee.
Click HERE to submit online.

Click HERE to submit by mail.
If you have any questions, please write to:

WIN your favourite piece of Oak Furniture* by writing your own review: Mainland UK residents only

3 October 2011

Are you good at creative writing? Can you think of a thousand ways to describe a bedside table? ENTER NOW…

In our latest competition, we give you the chance to win a piece of oak furniture from our signature ranges up to the value of £500*. We are looking for creative reviews of our furniture, something to spice up our own descriptions.

Follow these easy steps to win..

Step 1) Pick an item you like (this can be any item)

Step 2) Write a review of it like in a similar style to the example above

Step 3) E-mail us here and tell us what piece of furniture you are reviewing and include your review.

More reviews mean more chances to win…. each review counts as an entry (we have over 2,000 products so if you are bored go nuts!!!)


1) This competition is open to members of the public only, No one employed by friends, or family entries will be entered into the draw

2) The draw will take place on January 3rd 2012, last entry will be on 31st December 2012.

3) reserves the right to end the competition early without notice

4) * The winner will receive store credit redeemable on Oxford, Rustic, Louis, London, and French Style oak furniture

5) There is no cash prize alternative

6) The winner agrees to participate in publicity for The Furniture Market™

7) Entrants reviews will be featured on the main item pages and credited under your first name or start of email address. for example… “Emma” or “Sparklyshell

8)  The Furniture reserves the right to change the competition terms and conditions without notice at any time.

11) For any questions regarding this competition, please email

12) The winner will be required to provide proof of ID, it is The Furniture Market™ s decision as to weather proof of ID is established satisfactorily.

13) As much as our four legged friends and our friends from Russia may wish to secretly enter our French furniture competition, we are afraid that we have to stipulate this a humans only residing in Mainland UK can enter this competition, It would be very difficult to arrange delivery times and so on with dogs and cats.. and our van drivers may have difficulty driving to Moscow and back in a single day.


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