Archive for November 3rd, 2011

The Inaugural Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest

3 November 2011

The Inaugural Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest

The Friends of the Merril Collection are running a Speculative Fiction Short Story Contest in order to raise awareness of, and funds for, the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasythrough the Friends of the Merril Collection (whose stated objectives, codified in the organization’s constitution, can be found at

The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest, as we are referring to this contest – which we plan to make an annual event – will distribute cash prizes to three winning entrants, as judged by a panel of authors, editors and other notables in the Canadian Speculative Fiction community.

The contest is open to international entrants without restriction on country of residence, entrants’ publication history (or lack thereof), or any other delimiting factors (though entrants not of age of majority will need a parent or guardian’s permission in order to enter).

The contest will be open to original, previously unpublished entries from November 15, 2011 through February 15, 2012. On November 15th we will post a PayPal button to the site which may be used to pay entry fees online. In the meantime we ask that entrants please wait until the contest officially opens before sending any contest entries.

For full rules see either the Contest Rules or FAQ pages. For all other information please use the menus and tabs to navigate the site.

If you have questions relating to anything about this website or the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest please address them to Michael Matheson at fomsscontest @ (please remove the spaces to prove you are not a spambot).

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Matrices Press: Call for Submissions for 2012 Anthology

3 November 2011

Call for Submissions for 2012 Anthology

Matrices Press is publishing an anthology of works in 2012. We are now accepting submissions of previously unpublished, original works. Deadline for submissions is Jan 31, 2012.

Matrices begins in math: 
A matrix is an organizational structure in which two or more lines of command, responsibility, or communication may run through the same individual.

This math concept can be applied to culture: 
A concept of multiple matrices, functioning separately (perhaps sustaining one another), but with the same derivatives of one another – interrelated cultural matrices, symmetrical matrices.

We all have different backgrounds – families, cultures, ethnicities, religions / beliefs / non-beliefs, gender identities, physical and other challenges, etc. We are all on similar yet unique journeys as Americans too. We are our own matrices of cultures and journeys and life coming together.

Submission Guidelines:

  •   Poetry: five poems up to 8 pages (no epics please).
  •   Fiction: one short story, or up to three works of flash fiction up to 4,000 words.
  •   Creative nonfiction: one essay or memoir up to 4,000 words.
  •   Short plays or Monologues: 6 pages maximum.
  •   Comics: submit one “graphic narrative” up to 6 pages maximum.
  •   Photographs, Drawings, and Digital Art: up to five digital files (min 600dpi).

1) Please notify us as soon as possible if the submission is accepted elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if so indicated.

2) Please enclose a brief autobiographical statement with your submission.

3) Please include your email address in the header of the document.

Email submissions to:

For more information:


Writers’ Village: International short story contest

3 November 2011

John Yeoman, Writers’ Village

$780 Prizes in Writers’ Village Story Contest Winter 2011

Prizes totalling $780 can be won for short fiction in any genre in the winter 2011 round of the Writers’ Village ‘Best Writing’ award. The top award is $400 (£250), with a $155 (£100) second prize and third prize of $75 (£50) plus five runner-up prizes of $30 (£20).

All entrants, winners or not, gain a helpful critique of their story – a feature thought to be unique among low-fee writing contests.

Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village Best Writing winter 2011 Award’ and see their work showcased online.

Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. The fee is $15 (£10) for two entries and multiple entries are permitted. Deadline is 31st December 2011. Entry rules plus all winning stories since 2009 can be found at:

InspiraTO Ten-Minute Play Festival

3 November 2011


InspiraTO Ten-Minute Play Festival


Canada’s largest ten-minute play festival


Deadline: Midnight December 31, 2011


InspiraTO is seeking ten-minute plays (not shorter than 8 minutes and not longer than 10 minutes). This year’s theme is on VISION.  The sense of vision (sight) must be an important element of the play. We accept previously produced plays.  The playwright must own the rights to the play up to the end of June 2012 (i.e. plays cannot be owned by a publisher).  Any style is acceptable except musicals. Submissions are open to everyone without age and geographic restriction.


There is no submission fee.  You may only enter ONE play (so make it count).

For more details, visit the



The Zodiac Review Short Story Prize

3 November 2011

Short Story Contests

The Zodiac Review offers writers four opportunities each year to compete for a Zodiac Short Story Prize. Contests for flash fiction and prose poetry may be added in the future, but for now, please submit only short stories (1,000 – 7,500 word range) for our contests.

Winning entries for the SpringSummerFall and Winter Prizes are published in the respective quarterly magazines.


First Place: Publication in the quarter’s issue

Considered for Pushcart Prize nomination

Runner Up: Publication in the quarter’s or a subsequent quarter’s issue
Up to 5 Finalists: Author/story recognized in the quarter’s issue

Considered for publication in the respective or a subsequent issue

Contest Entry – The Zodiac Short Story Prize

Submit each entry to; identify your submission in the subject line as in the following example: “Winter Contest entry, Cold Gold”

Follow the formatting guidelines given for general (non-contest) submissions at submit.

Separately (and more or less concurrently) send your $8 contest entry fee for each piece you submit, using one of the payment options provided here. We acknowledge the receipt of stories and fees.


Prize Deadline Issue/published in
Spring Prize Submit Dec. 1 – Feb.28 midnight EST Spring/April
Summer Prize Submit Mar. 2 – May 31 midnight EST Summer/July
Fall Prize Submit Jun. 1 – Aug. 31 midnight EST Fall/October
Winter Prize Submit Sep. 1 – Nov. 30 midnight EST Winter/January

Please note:

All contest submissions will be considered for publication along with general submissions.

Flash fiction, prose poems and novel excerpts are more than welcome as general submissions.

As with general submissions, publication of any contest entry is payment for one-time electronic rights and archival rights. All other rights revert to author upon publication.

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Cha “Encountering” Poetry Contest

3 November 2011
This contest is run by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. It is for unpublished poems in English language (or poems translated into English) on the theme of “Encountering”.
-Each poet can submit up to two poems (no more than 60 lines long each).
-Poems must be previously unpublished.
-Entry is free.
Closing date:
15 January 2012
-First: £50, Second: £30, Third: £20, Highly Commended (up to 3): £5 each. (Payable through Paypal.)
-All six winning poems will receive first publication in a special section in the February 2012 issue of Cha.
The prizes were generously donated by a reader in San Jose, USA.
Arthur Leung | A winner of the 2008 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition.
Tammy Ho | Founding co-editor of Cha.
Submissions should be sent to with the subject line “Encountering Poetry”.
Visit Cha website:


3 November 2011
Literary Agent, Toni Lopopolo, Offers Workshops Staring November 19 in Santa Barbara

(Ventura, CA – October 25, 2011) Literary agent Toni Lopopolo recently relocated her agency to the Central Coast and will be working with authors and prospective authors to help them craft tightly written fiction that is marketable. Ms Lopopolo held Executive Editor positions with Macmillan and St. Martin’s and stands ready to help writers achieve their dreams of publication. This is the first in a series to be produced in conjunction with the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing, a California 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit.

There will be four afternoon sessions limited to eight women writers. The classes begin on Saturday, November 19 at 1 pm and run four consecutive Saturdays. They will be held in the private location. A carpool has been arranged for women coming from Ventura County.

“While visiting last spring,” Ms Lopopolo said, “I held my first Tea with Toni in Ventura and had an incredible response from attendees. Another successful Tea with Toni took place last month with several returning writers. Since I am working with the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing, I agreed to hold one here in Santa Barbara with the organization. “

This is an interactive workshop for female writers of romance, mainstream fiction and narrative nonfiction. The focus of the group will stress story, character, point of view, dialogue, pacing, plot and writing in scenes. And most important, everything will be viewed through the MARKETABILITY lens.

Each writer must present from 5 to 10 pages of their writing to Toni and the other writers at least five days before each session, plus a story summary. Each will receive feedback from  a publishing professional with years of experience in the business both as an editor, writing instructor at Temple University, as well as from writers in the group.

Additionally, Ms Lopopolo will thoroughly edit (red line) each attendee’s work. The cost is $200 for all four sessions.

To reserve a space, email: or phone Toni at (215) 353-1151.  Two books are needed for the course:
l. Stein On Writing by Sol Stein
2. Self-Editing For Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
About Toni Lopopolo
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, Victor Villasenor, 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’sBeverly 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, 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 nonfiction writing at Temple University in Philadelphia and Writer’s Rooms across the country.

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,  Shelly Lowenkopf, and many others.

To learn more, visit:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Down Under Essay Contest

3 November 2011


The Down Under Essay Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2012

Creative Nonfiction, in association with Tashmadada, seeks new essays for a special “Australia” issue.

We’re looking for a variety of perspectives—from locals, expats, tourists, or anyone else—and will consider essays of all forms and focuses as long as Australia’s landscape, people, and/or culture are prominently featured; the stories are true; and submissions are previously unpublished.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic. Writing should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice. Essays must be 4,000 words maximum and submitted by January 31, 2012.

All submissions will be judged by Lee Gutkind (USA) and Leah Kaminsky (AUS), and The Writers Conversation is sponsoring two cash prizes:

$6,500 (AUD) for Best Essay


$2,500 (AUD) for Best Essay by an Australian Writer

There will be only two contest winners, but all submissions will be considered by the judges for inclusion in Creative Nonfiction #46: Australia, which will be launched at the 2012 Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

There is a $20 reading fee; multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay); and entries from outside the U.S. are encouraged.

All submitters have the option to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction with their reading fee; up-charges vary and depend on mailing address and postage rates.

For this contest, we are accepting electronic submissions only.

To submit, visit:

Gordy Hoffman Presents the BlueCat Screenplay Competition!

3 November 2011

Gordy Hoffman’s BlueCat Screenplay Competition

While most screenplay competitions include the promise of award and recognition, Gordy Hoffman’s BlueCat Screenplay Competition offers something more—development and support to aspiring writers, offering individualized feedback and even resubmission for early entrants.  A desire to develop and discover unknown screenwriters led Gordy Hoffman to create the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998.  Since then, the competition has received renown for its supportive feedback to its entrants, with each screenplay receiving analyses from two of BlueCat’s qualified readers.  Since 1998, BlueCat has been leading the way for screenwriters and competitions, being among the first to offer written feedback to all entrants and exclusive online submissions.  What started as a small enterprise of just 400 submissions has become an international leader in screenplay completions with 5000 entries expected this year.   BlueCat is a proven vehicle for up and coming writers; winners and finalists have signed with major agencies, sold their work to major studios, and won other major screenwriting awards around the globe.  At its core, award winning writer and director Gordy Hoffman still presides as judge. 



  • The Winner of the 2012 Competition will receive $10,000. Four Finalists will receive $2000 each.
  • The Cordelia Prize will be awarded to the best screenplay written by a screenwriter residing in the UK and will receive $1000.
  • The Joplin Award will be awarded to the best screenplay written by a screenwriter residing outside the USA, Canada or the UK and will receive $1000.
  • Every submission written by a North American resident is eligible for the Screenplay Live award, a live reading of their screenplay at 2012 360/365 George Eastman Film Festival, including all expenses paid and a $250 cash stipend.
  • All screenplays entered August 1st, 2011 will be automatically entered in our Title Contest. Three winners will be determined by the votes of current 2012 BlueCat entrants and awarded $250 each.

Screenplay Analysis Schedule

Screenplays submitted early will receive their analysis as follows:

  • Scripts submitted on June 15th, 2011 will receive their written analysis by June 25th, 2011.
  • Scripts submitted by June 22nd, 2011 will receive their written analysis by July 6th 2011.
  • Scripts submitted by August 1st, 2011 will receive their analysis by September 1, 2011.
  • Scripts submitted by September 15th 2011 will receive their analysis by October 1st, 2011.
  • Scripts submitted by October 15th, 2011 will receive their written analysis by November 11th, 2011.
  • All analyses will be returned by March 1, 2012.

Deadlines and Fees

  • The regular entry fee is $60 per screenplay. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission. There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit. Final entry fee is $65 per screenplay. Resubmission fee of entry submitted early in competition is $40.
  • Each regular entry will receive two sets of analysis.
  • Regular Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before October 15th, 2011.
  • Final Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before November 15th, 2011.
  • Each applicant will receive an e-mail notifying them of the writing competition results.
  • Quarter-Finalists will be announced February 1, 2012. Semi-Finalists will be announced March 1, 2012. Five Finalists will be announced March 15th, 2012. The Winner will be announced March 22nd, 2012.


  • Any screenplay submitted early and having received our early analysis can be resubmitted by November 15th, 2011 for the reduced fee of $40.
  • Resubmission entries will receive one analysis.
  • Entrants will have the option of selecting one of their original readers or a new reader upon resubmission.
  • If your selected reader is not available, you will be offered the option of receiving a refund or choosing a new reader.


  • Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s).
  • All ages are eligible.
  • All entries must be in English and between 75 and 125 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.
  • All entries must be uploaded in PDF format.
  • Under absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplay(s) be made. Screenplays will not be returned.
  • If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that screenplay will no longer be eligible.
  • Competition judges, readers and employees of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, past and present, and their immediate friends and families, are not eligible to enter.
  • Previous winners of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition are not eligible.
  • Screenplays that have previously won any screenplay contest, competition or award of any kind are not eligible.
  • Screenplays submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.
  • Screenplay titles can not be changed upon resubmission under any circumstances.
  • Screenplays that have been submitted or placed in any competition or contest prior to November 15th, 2008 are not eligible.
  • Past and present scripts consulted on through Gordy Hoffman’s screenplay consultation service or the BlueCat workshops are not eligible.
  • Past USC students of Gordy Hoffman are not eligible.
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Pixelhose Writing Competition (Free to enter, $1000 in total author prizes)

3 November 2011


Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing Contest


Wed., December 7, 2011Categories

Fiction, Non-fiction (Creative or Essay)

Entry Fee

In each category: $300/$150/$50

We are looking for works of up to 5000 words in each category. Previously published work are accepted so long as can legally obtain free, one time, one site, permanent web publication rights.


All entries must be submitted via email sent to, one entry per email. NO SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED VIA MAIL.

In the body of your email submission include author name and contact information.

In the body of your email submission include information about any previous publication.

Only submissions written in English are considered at this time.

Entries with pornographic theme, hate speech, and those that may be classified as personal or institutional “rant” are disqualified. No other theme restrictions are imposed.

Unless explicitly requested in the body of your email, all qualified submissions will be posted on upon receipt and an initial assessment of quality.

You may submit to both categories.

The contest may be extended at discretion until a minimum of 500 entries have been submitted.

Winners are chosen based on a combination of pixelhose readers’ vote (“like” and/or comments) and pixelhose editorial staff decision.

Winners are selected at the sole discretion of pixelhose staff. All decisions are final.

Complete details are on The site is specifically designed as a nurturing community for authors in early stage of their writing career.

Toni Lopopolo Literary Management Moves to Santa Barbara Agent looking for writers with potential for series and/or subsequent books.

3 November 2011
(Ventura, CA – October 24, 2011) Toni Lopopolo Literary Management has relocated its office from the East Coast to Santa Barbara. Founded in 1991, Toni Lopopolo Literary Management boasts an impressive 35+ years in the book publishing business. A former executive editor at Macmillan and then St. Martin’s Press, Lopopolo combines her many years in publishing with her unique editing skills to provide a full service literary agency to new and seasoned authors.

“I’ve discovered that Southern California and the Central Coast are a hotbed for writers,” Lopopolo said. “I came west to work with several clients last year.  I discovered many talented new writers as well as published novelists who I wanted to represent. My company focuses on literary management – we help develop writing careers, not just sell books to publishers.”

Toni Lopopolo Literary Management provides a high level of service by limiting the number of clients represented but always searching for select new talent and established authors who seek a more personalized relationship with an agent.

Toni Lopopolo partners with authors for the duration of their literary careers and includes development of fiction projects, creation of nonfiction book proposals, and editing when needed.   Toni has brought   many first-time and published authors to print including Sol Stein, Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, Flo Fitzgerald, Judith Smith-Levin, Howard Olgin, romance writer Jeanette Baker, Santa Barbara’s own Shelly Lowenkopf, and many others. She has recently signed Manuel Ramos, Christine Bell, and Frank Lauria.  Publishers include St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, Crown, Dell, HarperCollins, Kensington, and many others.

Career Background

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’sBeverly 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. Her popular workshop “Tea With Toni: Women Writing About Women For Women” has become a Central Coast success.  Her bootcamps partnered with Shelly Lowenkopf creates waiting lists.

To learn more about Toni Lopopolo Literary Management, visit:

Last Call for Submissions: Miracle of True Love: Soulmate Love Letters

3 November 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 2012 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,
2. letters must be uplifting and from your heart
3. Stories must be true
4. Submission Deadline is November 15, 2011

Each selected author will receive Two free copies of the book, an 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.


Feminist Fiction Writing Competition

3 November 2011

I’m writing on behalf of, a magazine and community for both teenage and adult feminists and alternative thinkers.
We’re rather excited to announce a new annual feminist writing competition – FEMINIST FLASH 2011.
The prizes are good ones, we feel: Money (£100), promotion and a 1 year subscription to BUST magazine.
The premise is simple: Write a poem or piece of fiction under 200 words with a feminist theme. The competition has a closing date of 30 Nov 2011.

The Christian Creative Writer’s Contest

3 November 2011

The Christian Creative Writer’s Contest

The contest is free to enter, and accepts inspirational short stories and poetry.

It is open to Christian writers from all denominations and backgrounds all over the world.

As long as the writing is Christian based, the topic for entry in either contest is open to allow for more creativity.

Up to three submissions are accepted in each genre.

These contests are open to all registered users of who wish to submit their work.

Registration is free and user email addresses are never shared with outside interests for any reason.

Submissions will be accepted until November 18, 2011

And the Winner will be announced on December 4, 2011.

The winner will have his/her work advertised on the front page of the website for one month and the announcement of their winning scrolled at the top of the website to ensure greater exposure.

The Erma Bombeck Writing Competition

3 November 2011

The Erma Bombeck Writing Competition sponsored by Washington-Centerville Public Library and established in 1997 to pay tribute to hometown writer Erma Bombeck, one of the greatest humorists of the 20thCentury. The contest, now held every two years, opens for online entries ($15 entry fee) at 8 am (EST) Tuesday, January 3, 2012, and closes at 7:30 am (EST) Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Entries should be 450 words or fewer and cannot be published more than once in the calendar year 2011 (blog posts are allowed).


A $500 cash prize and Registration Fee (value $350) to the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at University of Dayton from April 18 through the 20th will be awarded to four writers: Humor category (local entry and a global entry) and the Human Interest category (local entry and a global entry). Panel of judges include authors, syndicated columnists, and experienced writers and some entries will receive feedback. Winners will be announced in mid-March. No more than one entry per writer. For complete contest details, visit

The Sportswriter Competition 2012

3 November 2011

The Sportswriter Competition 2012 is the first of what we hope to be an annual writing competition that seeks to identify new sportswriting talent.


First place: £250

Second place: £75

Third place: £25

(paid in British Pounds Sterling by bank transfer, cheque or through PayPal)

The entry fee is £3.00, of which £1.00 will be donated to our chosen charity, Cyclists Fighting Cancer ( ).

The deadline for entries is midnight on the 1st July 2012, the day of the Euro 2012 Final.

The Sportswriter 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 2000 words and should relate to sport in some way. Winning entrants will receive the cash prizes and their work will be published on the website, . Entries may be fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry.

Last Call for Entries! Iris Magazine Fall Writing Contest

3 November 2011

Submit a single work of creative nonfiction, with a maximum length of 600 words.

The subject should be a story about love—the presence, absence, complications, hesitations, headlong rush into.  The best essays will focus on a specific event or experience and explore its larger implications and meanings.  Winners will receive publication on the back page of Iris and a two-year subscription.

Due Date: November 11th.

Entry Fee:  $10.

Enquiries: or

Check our website,, for full contest details.

Award winning author and psychotherapist Dr. Joan Blacher will discuss the process of writing mystery novels at the November 8th meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club

3 November 2011
Award winning author and psychotherapist Dr. Joan Blacher will discuss the process of
writing mystery novels at the November 8th meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club

(Ventura, CA – October 15, 2011) How can a writer make the transition from non-fiction academic writing to fiction? At the November 8th meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club (VCWC), Dr. Joan Blacher will talk about the experiences she went through while transitioning to fiction in her presentation “Writing a Mystery.” She will discuss the inspiration for her books and give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how mystery writers develop their chilling plots, how they choose their compelling characters and how they determine their particular settings when they create stories of murder and mayhem.Dr. Blacher is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice and was a university professor and director of a counseling and guidance graduate program. She has authored two mystery novels, Lethal Lake and Murder Canyon, and co-authored Difficult Teens: A Parents Guide for Coping. She’s been published in counseling and educational journals, mystery publications, magazines, newspapers, and she is a former member of a counseling journal’s editorial board. In 2003, the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists awarded her the Carl Vincent Award for her literary contribution to mental health with the publication of Difficult Teens.

In addition, she’s lectured and given workshops on writing, psychological and educational topics throughout the United States and has served on mystery writers’ panels. Radio appearances have included NPR interviews about dysfunctional and abusive families, difficult teens and mental health issues. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, the American Psychological Association and the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists. She has served on community boards that provide services to troubled children and families, including the Ventura County Mental Health Board, where she served as its chair, and Interface Children and Family Services Board where she served as chair of its Council Against Domestic Abuse.Maggie Westland, chair of the VCWC’s 2012 Poetry Contest, will inform attendees about the new audio/visual category added to the next contest. Entries will be posted on YouTube and judging will be for both audio, visual, animation, slam and other hybrid poem forms that are capturing a large segment of poets. The contest opens January 1 and submissions will be taken through February 15, 2012.This will be the last club meeting before the contest opens as VCWC does not meet in December.The meeting will begin promptly at 7 PM at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo. The public is welcomed to all meetings, which are free.

November Meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club
November 8, 7 PM
Pleasant Valley Senior Center,
1605 Burnley St, Camarillo, CA
Guest speakers: Dr. Joan Blacher and Maggie Westland
Open to Members and non-members.  No fee.

For more information on the Ventura County Writers Club, visit:


3 November 2011


Judge: Michael Collins.

Micheal Collins is the judge of the 2012 Contest. He is the acclaimed author of eight books, including novels and short stories which have been translated into seventeen languages. His work has garnered numerous awards, including Irish Novel of the Year along with being shortlisted for both The Man Booker Prize and Impac Prize.

His novel, The Secret Life of E. Robert Pendleton won Breakout Novel of the Year in France 2008.

The ten best stories will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology.

First Prize: €1,000.

Word limit: 300.

Closes: 20 March 2012.

Results announced: 30 April 2012.

Entry €14. Critique €30

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3 November 2011


Judge: Billy Collins. 

The ten best poems will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology.

First Prize: €1,000.

Second Prize: a week at Anam Cara Writers & Artists Retreat in West Cork’s Beara Peninsula.

Word limit: 200.

Closes: 30 March 2012.

Results announced: 30 April 2012.

Entry €14. Critique €30

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3 November 2011


Judge: David Sheilds

Great new contest – the Fish Short Memoir Contest, with David Shields as the judge. First prize is €2,000, and the ten best short memoirs will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology. 
David Shields author of Reality Hunger, the Judge for the inaugural Fish Short Memoir Contest famously said – It’s all in the art, you get no credit for living. Isn’t that the case? It is often said that everyone has a novel in them, even if it is only one. Not true. But everyone must have a memoir. Not an autobiography. Too many rules. Too much adherence to fact, to structure, to convention. A memoir gives licence – to interpret, to create, to fabricate, to make sense of a life, or part of that life. Go for it! Write a piece of your life, send it to Fish. Who knows, it might be published. David Shields might look at it and think that this life, this piece of writing, has something that needs to be said. Needs to be heard. Might be the start of something.
Closing date: 30 Jan 2012.

Word limit: 4,000.

Results announced: 1st March 2012.

Entry: €15 online

Critique:  €40.


3 November 2011


Judge: David Mitchell

David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, number9dream, Ghostwritten, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, will be judging the 2011/12 prize.

“If any readers have doubted that David Mitchell is phenomenally talented and capable of vaulting wonders on the page, they have been heretofore silent. Mitchell is almost universally acknowledged as the real deal. His best-known book Cloud Atlas is one of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is — and should be — read by any student of contemporary fiction…[The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet] confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive.”

— Dave Eggers, The New York Times Book Review

The ten best stories chosen by David Mitchell will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology. 

Closing: 30 November 2011.

Results: 17 March 2012. 

Word limit: 5,000.

First Prize – €3,000 – (of which €1,000 is for travel expenses to the launch of the Anthology).

Second Prize – a week at Anam Cara Writers’ & Artists’ Retreat in West Cork’s Beara Peninsula, with €300 travelling expenses.
Third Prize – €300

Entry: €20 online 

€22 by post to Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland.

A critique service is available for €45 per story.

The Fiddlehead presents its 21st annual literary contest

3 November 2011

The Fiddlehead presents its 21st annual literary contest:

Deadline: Postmarked by December 1, 2011. The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada’s International Literary Journal, is holding its 21st annual contest. There are two contest categories, poetry and short fiction. In poetry the prizes are $1500 (Canadian) Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem and $500 (Canadian) each for the 2 Honourable Mentions and in short fiction the prizes are $1500 (Canadian) for the Best Story and $500 (Canadian) each for the 2 Honourable Mentions.

The winning entries will be published in the spring 2012 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 251) and featured on the web site. The authors receive publication payment in addition to their prizes. One short-fiction entry is one story (6,000 words maximum). One poetry entry is up to 3 poems; no more than 100 lines per poem. Entry Fee: $30 for an entry from Canada and $36 for an international entry. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead.

For full contest details go to or contact us at

Lost in Las Vegas Writing Contest

3 November 2011

I thought your readers might be interested in a writing contest hosted by publishing legend, Avery Cardoza. Winners can win a cash prize and will be published by Cardoza Publishing in a special Las Vegas-themed anthology.

Founder of the world’s largest gambling publishing house, Avery Cardoza’s life reads like a Hollywood movie script: banned from every casino in Vegas for card counting, Avery built a publishing empire on how to beat the casino. This October, million-selling author Avery Cardoza is releasing his first novelLOST IN LAS VEGAS.
In honor of his humble beginnings and to promote his book, Avery is hosting a writing contest with $5,000 worth of prizes. Authors can submit true or fictional Las Vegas stories up to 3,500 words. Winners will also be published in a Vegas-themed Cardoza Publishing anthology.
Stories can be true or fiction and must be about Las Vegas. Keeping within the spirit of Lost in Las Vegas, stories should be about trouble, hard luck, good luck, or madcap adventure.
Visit for more information or to submit a story. Short Story Competition

3 November 2011 Short Story Competition

Previously unpublished stories in any genre and on any theme of up to 5000 words required, from anywhere in the world, as entries can be uploaded on our website.

Prizes: £100, £50, £25 plus publication online.

Entry fee: £3, plus an extra £3 for a tick-sheet critique, or an extra £12 for a tick-sheet critique and proof edit.

Deadline: 30th November 2011


1. UK residents can enter the contest either by post or online.
2. Non-UK residents can enter the contest online.
3. Non-UK residents are also welcome to enter the contest by post provided that the entry fee can be paid with a pounds sterling (UK) cheque.
4. The entry fee is £3 per story if you do not require a tick-sheet critique, £6 if you require a tick-sheet critique, £15 if you require a tick-sheet critique and a proof edit.
5. Each entry must be no longer than 5000 words.
6. Each entry must be the original, unpublished work of the stated author. 
7. Entry into the contest indicates acceptance of our rules and conditions, including granting of first electronic publishing rights.  You may also choose to have your work published in a professionally illustrated print anthology. Note that full copyright is retained by the author.
8. For postal entries, stories must be typed or printed legibly, and the author’s name and the title of the story must be printed at the top of each page.
9. Postal entries must be sent, with adequate postage attached, to: Short Story Contest, 7 Offley Street, Worcester WR3 8BH, UK.
Cheques or postal orders payable to Dark Tales. 
10. The current deadline is 30th November 2011.
11. Stories cannot be returned so please do not send original manuscripts.
12. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
13. The winner will receive £100, the runner-up £50 and third-placed £25, plus publication online. Each published entrant will be notified within approximately 60 days of the closing date. Critiques will be sent out as soon as possible after the result is announced.
14. Postal entries: Entries must be accompanied by the correct payment. An entry form can be used but is not compulsory. 
15. Online entries: After making your payment via PayPal upload your story using the online form that should appear or email your story to – preferably as a Word document – ensuring that the Subject for the email is Short Story Contest Entry.
16. There is no set theme, and your story can be in any genre.
Full details and online entry at