Archive for December, 2011

Call for Entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer – 2012

4 December 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: July 31, 2012

All winners will be notified, announced and published online in the Dare to Dream pages, on August 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


Call for Submissions: Sawmill Fiction Issue #1

2 December 2011

With the fiction issues, Sawmill ups the proverbial ante on web-based publications. By forging partnerships with authors, illustrators, and graphic designers, we present digital packaging as gorgeous and important as the literature housed within. We want to show you a journal created with love and attention to detail, as memorable and honest as any book you’ve ever held in your own hot hands. In other words, something worth coming back for time and again.

A new issue of Sawmill arrives every January and July, with a featured visual artist showcased in each issue alongside some of the most compelling fiction we can get our mitts on.

If you’re an illustrator, or graphic designer interested in contributing to this great experiment, please e-mail for complete submission guidelines.

Sawmill does not discriminate against any genre or brand of fiction writing. Please send your fiction submission to as a .pdf, .doc, or Pages attachment. Submissions should be 6,500 words or less.

For Summer 2012: Open submissions begin on December 1, 2011 and close on March 1, 2012.

Visit the website for submission details:

Call for Entries: 2012 Blue Mesa Review Poetry Contest

2 December 2011

2012 Blue Mesa Review poetry contest guidelines:

All unpublished poetry manuscripts of 5  poems maximum will be considered.

The winner will receive $750 and publication in Blue Mesa Review Issue 25, and two copies of issue 25.

Please submit and pay $17 online to our new online submission manager


Submit here:

Call for Submissions: Bayou Magazine Fiction and Poetry Editor’s Prizes

2 December 2011

Bayou Magazine

Literary Journal of the University of New Orleans


CALL for Submissions October 1 – December 31


WINNER: $500, publication and a year subscription.

FINALISTS will be named on our website.

2011 Judge: Joseph Boyden

Submissions must be original, previously unpublished work of fiction, no longer than 7500 words. Reading fee: $15, includes a one-year subscription to Bayou. You may enter more than one story, but each submission must arrive in a separate envelope with its own cover sheet and entry fee. We accept novel excerpts if the submission stands alone as a complete short story.


WINNER: $500, publication and a year subscription.

FINALISTS will be named on our website.

Inaugural Judge: Kay Murphy

Submissions must be original, previously unpublished poetry. Reading fee: $10, includes a one-year subscription to Bayou. You may enter up to three poems per entry.


Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of your submission. Do not include your name on the pages of the story. Any story with identifying material will be disqualified. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please indicate this on your cover sheet. You must notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. All manuscripts should be in 12pt Times New Roman and double spaced with standard 1” margins.

Send your submission, cover sheet and check made payable to UNO FOUNDATION to:

Bayou Magazine

Department of English

University of New Orleans

2000 Lakeshore Dr.

New Orleans, LA 70148

For more information about Bayou:

Fish Short Story Prize

2 December 2011


The deadline for the Fish Short Story Prize had been extended to 6 December 2011.

The website will stop taking entries at midnight GMT on that day.

This is to facilitate writers who are unfamiliar with the new Fish website and have had difficulties submitting their stories.

So if you haven’t had time to submit your story this year, here’s your chance.

Please note that the website has been updated since last July, and so writers who were registered with Fish previously will have to re-register under the new system. We apologise for any inconvenience. There is a link to a video on the Registration Page explaining the process.

Visit the website for details:

Winter 2011 – 2012 Elephant Prize – In The Snake Magazine

2 December 2011

We are currently accepting short story submissions for the Winter 2011-2012 Elephant Prize. Submissions must be under 7500 words. Multiple submissions are accepted: you may submit as many stories as you like.

There is a $10 reader’s fee per entry. We understand the reluctance many writers have toward reader’s fees. The contest entry fee allows us to pay out prizes and keep our site running. We try to keep our fees at a minimum. If you do not wish to pay the fee, you may still submit your story to us via Standard Submission, which implies no fee.

All contest entries are also considered as standard submissions and are eligible for the standard payment of $50 per story if accepted.

Contest submissions will be judged based on the criteria listed on our Guidelines page.

Contest prizes are as follows:

First Place prize is $500 and publication in In The Snake.
Second Place earns $125 and possible publication.
Third Place earns $75 and possible publication.
In addition, 10-20 finalists will receive certificates of honorable mention.

Contest begins on Tuesday November 15, 2011,

Deadline: Monday, January 16, 2012

Winners will be announced on March 31, 2012

Visit the website for details:

Call for Entries: Broken Pencil Indie Writers Deathmatch

2 December 2011

Calling all aspiring authors!

Here’s your chance to get your work published, all you’ve got to do is compete in a deathmatch.

A literary deathmatch, that is.

Enter your short story (fiction) in Broken Pencil Magazine’s Indie Writers Deathmatch and have a chance to win lots of great prizes!

Winner gets a prize pack of cash and awesome stuff worth $650! Plus publication in Spring 2012 issue of Broken Pencil Magazine.

3 Runners-up get $100 and publication in Spring 2012 issue of Broken Pencil Magazine!

Since 2008, Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts, has been running one of the world’s most audacious short story contests.  In the Deathmatch short story contest, the top eight entrants as selected by Broken Pencil are pitted against each other two by two. The winning story is decided by Broken Pencil readers themselves, through a vote on the official magazine website. Each week, two stories will be pitted against each other in the online arena, where anyone and everyone can read them and vote on which one deserves to reign supreme. The authors will be in constant communication with their audience through a blog which they can use to hype up their own story, or trash-talk their opponent’s writing. The winning story moves on to the next round until there are only two stories left, battling it out for ultimate victory! With over 25,000 votes cast, the Deathmatch is a high stakes struggle for literary bragging rights!

The winners and runners-up get published in Broken Pencil, plus cash prizes, prize packs, and all kinds of other goodies. Check here for contest rules and regulations plus what you can win!

Enter the Indie Writers Deathmatch Now

We are open for submissions until December 31st, 2011.

Entry fee: $20. (Includes a one year subscription to Broken Pencil Magazine)

The deadline for entries is December 31, 2011.

Get writing!

You can enter and find out more info about the contest here:

About Broken Pencil Magazine
Founded in 1995 and based in Toronto, Canada, Broken Pencil is a print magazine published four times a year. It is one of the few magazines in the world devoted exclusively to underground culture and the independent arts. We are a great resource and a lively read! Broken Pencil reviews the best zines, books, websites, videos and music from the underground and reprints the best articles from the alternative press. Also, ground breaking interviews, original fiction, and commentary on all aspects of the independent arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.