Archive for January 29th, 2012

2012 – Third Annual Across the Generations New Jewish Play Festival

29 January 2012

2012 – Third Annual

Across the Generations

New Jewish Play Festival

Director J Marcus Newman
will stage readings of selected

plays in mid-August 2012

at Congregation Dor Hadash
in San Diego, CA

Submission Guidelines (revised this year)

1) direct submission by playwright with cover letter;
no literary representative or agency submissions

2) completed full-length plays only; no works-in-progress
no one-act plays, no 10-minute plays, no musical plays

3) must have major Jewish characters and/or Jewish themes

4) must be originally written in English; no translations

5) not yet produced, but available for production

6) digitally (.doc or .pdf) to:
or in printed form (with SASE for requested returns)

7) $10 administration fee per script (submit via regular mail
made payable to: Congregation Dor Hadash)

8) play and fee must be received by March 1, 2012 at 5 pm

9) notification of selections will be made by June 30, 2012

Mail to:

Across the Generations New Jewish Play Festival

Congregation Dor Hadash

4858 Ronson Court, Suite A

San Diego, CA  92111

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Novel Rocket’s Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile 2012 Edition

29 January 2012

 Launch Pad Contest

This is the third year for our contest for unpublished novelists. Our aim is twofold: to help budding writers gain experience and hone their craft; and to lift the Grand Prize winner’s novel out of the slush pile and onto the desk of the right publishing professional.
The Grand Prize will be a hand-blown glass rocket award (subject to change). But here’s the real prize: Novel Rocket will help the winner connect with one or more agents or editors depending on the winner’s genre, intended audience, and specific needs. (Our first year’s winner was signed with an agent within the week!)
Who can enter? Any writer not affiliated with Novel Rocket who has completed a novel but has never contracted with a traditional publisher. If you’re a journalist – if you’ve been published in magazines, whether articles or fiction – if you’ve published nonfiction books, plays, or poetry – you can enter. This contest is for anyone who has never published a novel with a traditional publisher.
Official Rules:
1. Download the entry form. You’ll be asked to choose one of six genre categories. Sometimes a story will fit in more than one. For instance, a historical crime story could be classified either as Historical or Suspense/Crime/Mystery/Thriller. It’s up to the writer to determine which category is the best fit. You may enter a story only once.
2.  A writer may enter more than one story. These can be all in the same genre, or they might be in different categories. But a writer may not submit the same story in more than one category.
3.  Prepare a one- to two-page synopsis for each entry, along with the first chapter (or the first 3,000 – 4,000 words). A prologue plus first chapter is acceptable. The first two chapters is an acceptable submission as long as the whole excerpt doesn’t exceed about 4,000 words. The judges are more concerned with getting a good sample of the writer’s work than they are with word count.
If you have a question concerning what portion of your story you should submit, email us at NovelRocketContest @ (without the spaces).
4.  This year we are charging a fee of $35 per entry. Payment is made with the PayPal button at the bottom of this page.
Every entrant will receive personal feedback, including a critique of the selection submitted.
Submit entry form, chapter, and synopsis by email to NovelRocketContest @ (without the spaces). For each entry submitted, make payment of $35 by PayPal at the bottom of this page. Once the complete entry and payment are received, the writer will receive verification that the submission is good to go.
5. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning January 9, 2012. The deadline for submission is different for every category according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month listed.
  • Historical Fiction (WWII era and before). This includes all historical fiction, including romance. Submission deadline: May 10, 2012.
  • Suspense/Crime/Mystery/Thriller. Deadline: June 10, 2012.
  • Contemporary Fiction/Women’s Fiction (general fiction for and by men or women, with a setting from 1950 to the present): July 10, 2012.
  • Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction: August 10, 2012.
  • Contemporary Romance: September 10, 2012.
  • Speculative (Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror): October 10, 2012.
6. Every month between June and November, the judges, all members of the Novel Rocket staff, will review the submissions in one genre and choose a winner for that category. The judging criteria will include a solid plot, technical skill, understanding of the craft of fiction writing, and all-around readiness for publication.
7. All submissions will be stripped of any identifying headers and bylines and will be anonymous when presented to the judges. Once processed by the contest administrator, a submission will be known only by its title and entry number until the winner is revealed on the blog.
8.  Except as noted in #10 below, the winner of each category will be announced on the second Monday of the month following the submission deadline, as shown below.
  • Historical Fiction: Winner announced June 11, 2012.
  • Suspense/Crime/Mystery/Thriller: Winner announced: July 9, 2012.
  • Contemporary Fiction/Women’s Fiction: August 13, 2012.
  • Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction: September 10, 2012.
  • Contemporary Romance: October 8, 2012.
  • Speculative: November 12, 2012.
Every entrant in each month’s category will be contacted on the date above. The critiqued submissions will be returned with comments and suggestions, and the winner will be notified.
The winning entry will be published in Novel Rocket on that date.
9.  The category winners will, upon notification, be the finalists for the Grand Prize. They will be asked to provide a complete manuscript and a proposal for the judges’ use in determining the final winner.
10. In the event the judges determine that none of the entries in a particular category are close to being ready for publication, Novel Rocket reserves the right to announce no winner in that category.
11. Once all finalists are selected, a separate panel of judges (Novel Rocket staff who have not judged any of the entries previously) will determine the Grand Prize winner. They will base their decision in large part on the first chapters and synopses previously submitted. However, they’ll also review the complete manuscripts and proposals to see that the writing is consistent throughout and the writer has a professional presentation.

12. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on Novel Rocket on December 10, 2012. The winner will be notified personally as well, and arrangements will be made for delivery of the award

Visit the website to enter:

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

29 January 2012

Guidelines for the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Now in its eleventh year. We seek today’s best humor poems. Total cash prizes of $3,600 will be awarded, with a top prize of $1,500.

This contest is free to enter.

Click here to read winning entries from the past.

Submission Period
Entries accepted August 15, 2011-April 1, 2012

How to Submit Your Entry
We accept entries online. Click here to submit your entry now. There is no fee to submit to the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Poets of all nations may enter. Your poem must be in English (inspired gibberish also accepted). Please enter only one poem during the submission period. Your poem may be of any length. Both published and unpublished work are welcome.

Want to increase your chances of winning a prize? Read the judge’s comments on the previous contest.

First Prize of $1,500 and publication on (over one million page views per year)
Second Prize of $800 and publication on
Third Prize of $400 and publication on
Twelve honorable mentions will receive $75 each and publication on

Announcement of Results
The winners of the eleventh contest will be announced in our free email newsletter and on on August 15, 2012.

Visit the website for details:

Winning Writers’ Sports Poetry & Prose Contest

29 January 2012

Winning Writers’ Sports Poetry & Prose Contest

Guidelines for the Sports Poetry & Prose Contest

This new contest seeks today’s best poetry and prose on sports-related themes. We will award $5,000 in prizes. Submit online.

Whether you’re a player or a fan, or the kid who counted the minutes till gym class was over, sports can bring out the best and the worst in human nature. In this arena, teamwork, loyalty, courage, disappointment, failure, fame (and shame), and second chances are regularly on display. Sports can reinforce bullying and social dominance, or offer personal empowerment to an underdog. Yet poems, stories and essays about sports are too often dismissed as “genre writing”. This contest aims to bridge the gap between the worlds of physical culture and literary culture. We’d like to see the jocks and the writers sit down at the same lunchroom table and discover that they’re both on a journey of self-transformation through disciplined risk-taking…and that they both really, really like to win. Click for advice from the contest judge.

Submission Period
Entries accepted November 15, 2011-May 31, 2012 (online submission dates)

What to Submit
An entry is 1-2 poems, one story, or one essay on a sports-related theme. Entries should be original and unpublished. Each entry may contain up to 6,000 words. You may submit an unlimited number of entries.


Poetry Category
First Prize, $1,500 cash
Second Prize, $500 cash
Five Honorable Mentions, $100 cash each

Prose Category (fiction and nonfiction compete together)
First Prize, $1,500 cash
Second Prize, $500 cash
Five Honorable Mentions, $100 cash each

All winners of cash prizes will be announced in our email newsletter and published on, which receives over one million page views per year.

Entry Fee
$15 per entry. We welcome online submissions with payment by credit or debit card. We also accept email submissions when paid via PayPal. Please note: Generally entry fees are not refundable. However, if you believe you have an exceptional circumstance, please contact us within one year of your entry.

Your entry must be submitted by May 31, 2012.

Preparing Your Entry
Please make sure your name does not appear anywhere within your entry. Make your entry easy to read—no illustrations, pictures, fancy fonts or decorative borders.

How To Submit
Click here to submit online (credit and debit cards)
Click here to submit via PayPal

Announcement of Winners
The winners of our inaugural contest will be announced on November 15, 2012.

Entries Must Be Original and Unpublished
Your entries must be original, written by you, unpublished (either in print or in an online journal), and not have received a monetary award or high honors from any other contest. Self-published work is not eligible. Exceptions: Works posted to the web outside of online journals, such as to a bulletin board, email list, personal web page, blog, critique site or public forum are eligible for entry. Our goal is to recognize work that has not yet received honors or wide publication. Please email us if you’re unsure of eligibility.

Simultaneous Submission Allowed
You may submit your works simultaneously to this contest and to other contests and publishers. Please notify us if one of your works wins an award in another contest or is published elsewhere.

English Language
Entries should be in English. Works translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original work and the translation.

We respect your privacy. Winning Writers does not rent customer or contestant information to third parties. Please click here for our full privacy policy.

You retain the copyright to your submission. If you receive a cash prize, Winning Writers only requests permission to publish your work on, in our email publications and in our press releases. Any other use will be negotiated with you.

Jendi ReiterFinal Judge of the Contest – Jendi Reiter
Ms. Reiter is the editor of Poetry Contest Insider, an online database of poetry and prose contests published by Winning Writers. She is the author of the poetry collection A Talent for Sadness (Turning Point Books, 2003) and the award-winning poetry chapbooks Swallow (Amsterdam Press, 2009) and Barbie at 50 (Cervena Barva Press, 2010). In 2010 she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists’ Grant for Poetry. Other awards include the 2011 OSA Enizagam Award for Fiction, first prize in the 2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize, second prize in the 2010 Iowa Review Awards for Fiction, first prize in the 2009 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Prize from Quarter After Eight, first prize for poetry in Alligator Juniper’s 2006 National Writing Contest, and two awards from the Poetry Society of America. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, The New Criterion, Mudfish, Passages North, American Fiction, The Adirondack Review, Cutthroat, The Broome Review, FULCRUM, Juked, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Alligator Juniper, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, Phoebe, Best American Poetry 1990 and many other publications. Visit her blog at

Advice for Contestants
Read our Advice from the Judge before entering. It will measurably improve your chances. You may also find useful our page of Frequently Asked Questions.

About Winning Writers
Winning Writers finds and creates quality resources for poets and writers. Our expert online literary contest guide, Poetry Contest Insider, profiles over 1,250 poetry and prose contests. We directly sponsor the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest and the Sports Poetry & Prose Contest. We also assist the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest, the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse and the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest. Winning Writers is proud to be one of “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest, 2005-2011) and a recipient of the Truly Useful Site Award (Preditors & Editors, March 2006).

WritersType Competitions

29 January 2012

WritersType Competitions

First Chapter, Short Story, & Flash Fiction sponsors three annual contests in the categories of First Chapter, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.

In each category, the monthly winner receives $25 honorarium, comments from our readers, and publication on our site.

Each month, the top two submissions in each category advance to the annual competition.

Annual Prize: a total of $250, reader comments, and publication on our site.


PRIZES: $250, reader comments, & publication on our site


Great News! ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment First Annual Writing Contest Winner Announcement

29 January 2012

To Whom This May Concern at Writing Contests,

I’m following up on behalf of the ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) regarding their first annual writing contest, which you covered here last October. There were so many great submissions and so the final winner did not get announced until this week.

Megan Angelo, a journalist and aspiring screenwriter, took home the winning prize of $5,000 plus the opportunity to be mentored by TV icon John Wells for her script, O’Connell for Congress.

O’Connell for Congress features Tim O’Connell, a self-described “high school screw up” turned failed businessman. Still, he has a party emporium millionaire wife, two rambunctious teenage sons, a child detective daughter and a new plan: to run for public office. But when Tim attracts the sudden interest of some powerful political strategists with their own motives, the O’Connell family is thrown into a world that they are not prepared to handle.

Angelo honed her skill by writing stories for publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Glamour, Business Insider, Philadelphia Magazine and BRIDES. Megan has been writing scripts for several years, entering contests regularly looking for her first break.

I thought your readers may be interested in learning more about the winning script as the 2012 contest and another chance to submit and win will be coming later this year.  You can find more info in the official site announcement and the New York Times piece, which ran this past Monday.

Visit the website:

P.S. Congratulations to Megan Angelo for her First Prize Winning script titled, O’Connell for Congress!

Dying Matters: Final Chapters Writing Competition

29 January 2012

Talking and reading about other people’s childhoods, sadness, happiness and aspirations can help us to cope with our own ups and downs, but shared experience is seldom there to support us when our life is nearing its end or when people close to us are dying.

This is why the Dying Matters Coalition is running a new creative writing competition about dying, death and bereavement. Anyone touched by dying, whether directly or as a relative, friend, colleague or career, can enter.

The judges will be looking for original writing in which the author’s feelings and thoughts about the end of life have been crafted into a succinct piece of work that attracts the reader’s attention and retains their interest.


1st: £200; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £50; plus highly commended certificates. All entries will also be considered for publication online or in print form.

The winners will be announced during Dying Matters Awareness Week, 14-20 May 2012.

The project could lead to the publication of a selective anthology and the formation of an archive, and we expect it to generate considerable public interest.


Final Chapters poster – please download and display anywhere you feel appropriate (at writing groups etc).

Entering the Final Chapters Writing Competition

       Entry is free of charge

  • The competition closes at midnight GMT on 31 March 2012. Prize winners will be contacted within five weeks of the closing date. 
  • Entries should be a maximum of 2,500 words of prose or 40 lines of poetry
  • Up to three entries can be submitted
  • All entries must be submitted in English
  • Entries should ideally be emailed to us; we also accept postal entries.

To enter by email: in the body of the email give your full name, address, telephone number if you have one and title(s) of your entries. Attach each entry as a WORD (.doc) document. Put the Title of your entry on every page. Do not show the author’s name or any other identifying marks on submitted work. Please number the pages.

Send email plus attachment(s) to Emailed entries will be acknowledged by email. No other correspondence will be entered into.

To enter by post: there is no special entry form; write or type each entry on single-sided A4 white paper; put the title of your entry on every page and number your pages. Do not show the author’s name or any other identifying marks on submitted work. Please don’t use staples. Please add a covering note with your full Name, Address, Email address and Telephone number if you have them, and the Title(s) of your entries.

Postal entries should be sent to:  Final Chapters Writing Competition, Dying Matters Coalition, The Fitzpatrick Building, 188-194 York Way, London N7 9AS. We are not able to return copies of entries and will only be able to acknowledge email entries.

Please read full Competition terms and conditions. 

Join usWe have more than 15,000 members so far, and are actively enlisting those that are committed to supporting changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours around death and dying.   Join us today
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Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund Application – (round two) – £30,000 for citizens or 5 year residents of UK or Ireland

29 January 2012

Sky Arts is offering five young artists £30,000 each to fund their work for a full year as part of the Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund – in association with IdeasTap. We’ve just announced the two winners of round one, and now we’re on the lookout for three more talented artists to fund.

Sky Arts recognises that there’s an incredible amount of young talent in the arts today, but finding a way to get your work made is an ever-present challenge. The Futures Fund is designed to help bridge the gap between formal education and becoming a working artist.

Whether you want to direct a piece of theatre, choreograph a new dance piece, write a novel, record an album, create a sculpture or produce a live art performance, Sky Arts will give you the time and money to make it happen. We’ll also pair you with a mentor from Sky to help you develop your networks, skills and knowledge in the arts and the commercial sector.

The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is open to individual artists working in visual art, theatre, performance art, film, music, dance or literature.

To apply, you must be an IdeasTap member aged 18-30 by the closing date, 24 February 2012, and either be a citizen of the UK or Ireland or have been resident in the UK or Ireland for the last five years. Either way, you must currently be living in the UK or Ireland to apply. It’s free to become an IdeasTap member and just takes a few minutes.sign up here.

Tell us how the Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund bursary can help take your work to the next level and you could be in with the chance of receiving one of three £30,000 bursaries, as well as an opportunity to showcase your work on Sky Arts – be it on TV, online or on demand.

Three winners will be selected during this round of funding.

The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is part of the Sky Arts Ignition Series, which seeks to collaborate with six arts organisations over the next three years in the creation of brand new works, and further expanding Sky’s support of the arts in the UK and Ireland.

For advice on how to create a successful application, visit the Sky Arts judging: Top tips article.

About Sky Arts

Sky is the only broadcaster in the UK and Ireland with channels dedicated solely to the arts, with 48 hours of the best arts content from around the world across Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2 daily.

Sky Arts also seeks to connect with culture on the ground, creating and collaborating with the best of the arts in the UK and Ireland to bring new experiences to life. For more information on Sky Arts, please visit

Download the terms and conditions and the application form.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 24 February 2012. Please do not leave it to the last day to apply – we are expecting a very high volume of applications, so if you experience technical difficulties or have any questions we may not be able to help you at that late stage. The deadline is final and we will not accept applications by any other means.

For details visit:


29 January 2012
Now accepting submissions for the inaugural BIFF BAM POP! Short Story Anthology.

January 24, 2012, Toronto, ON – Writers of horror, thriller and suspense… take note! The publishing team at BIFF BAM POP! has announced an open call for submissions to be considered for their Short Story Anthology.

With the success of last year’s Biff Bam Boo comics collection, pop-culture outlet BIFF BAM POP!  has issued an open call for submissions to this year’s horror, thriller and suspense collection. The finished Anthology will feature hand-picked short fiction from authors big and small.

“For any contributing writer, the BIFF BAM POP Short Fiction Anthology is a prime opportunity to have your stories read by thousands of readers and collaborators,” says Andy Burns, Editor-In-Chief, BIFF BAM POP!. “We’re specifically looking for imaginative fiction with elements of the horror, thriller and/or suspense genres… with an open call for submissions, we’re sure our audience will deliver something amazing.”

Writers must submit their original prose before 11:59pm April 1st, 2012 deadline. A panel of BIFF BAM POP! representatives will review every submission received, and those selected will be published in the Short Story Anthology to be released this Fall.

Submissions can be sent to: (RTF or Microsoft Word files). Please see the official submission guidelines for complete information about submitting to the BIFF BAM POP! Short Story Anthology.

Established in August 2008, Biff Bam Pop! is a website devoted to the world of pop culture, from comic books and video games, to movies, books, and music.  For additional information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Andy Burns
            647-234-2112      /

BIFF BAM POP! is on Twitter:
BIFF BAM POP! is on Facebook:

The Wassaic Project 2012 Summer Residency Program: Invites Writers, Musicians and Artists to Apply

29 January 2012

The Wassaic Project invites all writers, musicians, and artists to apply!

Applications for our 2012 Summer Residency Program are now online. APPLY HERE!


Deadline February 14th, 2012 11:59pm


Our Summer Residency runs from May 2nd-Oct 31st, 2012. We are open to one-six month proposals.


Artists will receive an adaptable raw studio space in the historic livestock barn. All studios are roughly 300 square feet. Artists will have 24 hour access to their studio and accommodations which include a private bedroom, shared living room / study, dining room, kitchen, and bath. Artists also have access to workshop facilities as well as the potential for expansion of workshop space and the possibility of working outside. The residency’s workshop facilities include a wood and metal shop, a large format inkjet print room, and a silkscreen studio.


What is Wassaic like in the Summer, you ask??  Here are some things than happen during the summer season in Wassaic…


Pics of the studios can be seen on facebook HERE.

And Artists at work HERE.

We host Last Saturdays each month that includes open studios.

We also host visiting curators and artists for critiques (2011 & 2012).

And a tractor pull.

And our Annual Summer Festival, August 3-5, with ART and MUSIC galore.

Aaaaaaand we just hang out and enjoy the summer.


Applications and additional information about the Summer Residency can be found HERE.

Home Improvement Article Challenge

29 January 2012

Bring it Home! Rules

The Bring it Home! Article Challenge Rules & Regulations

The competition will be open from January 17, 2012 12:00 AM EST until February 17, 2012 12:00 AM EST

To submit your article for entry email your article to
Participants can submit an unlimited amount articles.

Articles must abide by the following guidelines in order to qualify:
·         All articles must be related to Home Improvement
·         Articles may not promote a company or product
·         All articles must be completely original and may not appear online in any form
·         Articles must be a minimum of 400 words
·         Articles must use proper grammar and spelling
·         Articles may not contain links
·         Articles must be factual

The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges.

Articles will be judged based on the following factors:

·         Usefulness – What does this article provide for it users?
·         Accuracy – Is all of the information provided in the article accurate and factual.
·         Style – The writing style of the article
·         Originality – The uniqueness of the article
·         User Likes – The amount of Facebook likes the article receives

Winners will receive:

First Place Prize: An Ipad2*

Second Place Prize: $250 Gift Card to

Third Place Prize: $100 Gift Card to

10 Participants selected at random will receive an Gift Bag

*If this product is not available in the winning contestants country, the winning contestant will be awarded a Gift Card to of equal value.

Participants must be over the age of 18 to qualify.

In addition to the rules above participation in the contest constitutes acceptance to the terms of use of

Visit the website:


29 January 2012

A competition for the best audio stories of one minute (or less).

1st: £60. A whopping pound a second.

2nd: £30. A respectable hourly rate of £3,600.

3rd: £15. A round of drinks for a minute’s effort.

All entries will be considered for inclusion on the 4’33” site. So you may win, even if you don’t win.


Use one of three methods:

1. Email an audio file (.mp3, .wav or any other common format) to: Include the word CONTEST in the subject line.
2. Skype us. Our user name is x433contest. Leave your story after the beep.
3. Phone us on             +44 (0) 7563 568732      , and leave a voicemail.

If you’re Skypeing or phoning your story in, state your name, email, method of payment and the title of your story (none of these will count towards the overall time).

Then go for it. If you screw up, try again. We’ll take your best take.

Deadline: MARCH 31, 2012. Results by mid-May.

Visit website for further details on how to enter:


£1 per entry

Submission Call: Soulmate Love Letters

29 January 2012

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:

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 March 15, 2012

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.


Last Call! The Iowa Review Awards 2012 – Deadline: January 31, 2012

29 January 2012

The Iowa Review Awards


Annual contest in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry

Grand prize of $1500 plus publication

Runners-up receive $750 plus publication

Submit by mail or online:


$20 entry fee

Deadline: January 31, 2012

50 States, 50 Proposals Writing Contest

29 January 2012
Do you have a great proposal story from somewhere in the US? Whether you planned the best proposal of all time, received the proposal of your dreams, helped someone else plan a romantic proposal, or just heard the story- we want to hear from you! Enter our proposal story contest for a chance to win $100 and get your story featured on!
Whenever we hear from all 50 states (or on April 1st, 2012 if that comes first), we will invite our readers to vote on the best story. The writer will get $100 deposited into their PayPal account. Your entry may include one link to your website if you would like. Please also include an image with your story.  Has someone already written about your state? No problem. We will gladly feature stories from duplicate states!
Visit the website:
Submit all stories or questions to:

‘Poetry In Motion’ Sonnet Writing Contest 2012

29 January 2012

Theme:  Holidays and Special Events . . .  Past and Present

Geoffrey Owens, from The Cosby Show, and RisingStar31 Productions have teamed up to launch our first Poetry-in-Motion Writing Contest, an initiative to showcase the literary works of talented writers. The theme is, “Holidays and Special Events, Past and Present.”

Geoffrey, a Shakespearean actor, instructor, and talented poet, has created an exciting new selection of poetry-filled, on-line greeting cards, and brings a wealth of experience to the venture. He will be the judge who selects the winning writer from the ten finalists.

We’re submitting the following information with hopes that you’ll include our contest in your directory.

Guidelines & Information

The writer should submit one sonnet or a poem that is similar in structure.

The winner is awarded a $1,000 Prize and publication in our future RisingStar31 e-Magazine and Web site.

Eligibility: Poets writing in English, who either have or haven’t already published a poem. Simultaneous submissions are fine, however, please inform us if there’s a change in your poem’s status.

: February 29, 2012 (Special Leap Year Date)

Entry Fee: $25.00 (to cover reading fees)

Announcement: Winner will be notified by March 31, 2012.
Check the Web site for winner information, or send a SASE with the wording “Results.”

: Electronic submissions are encouraged, however, writers can mail poems, along with a check or money order to:

RisingStar31 Productions
P.O. Box 53371
Sarasota, FL 34232

Mailed entries must include a cover sheet with writer’s name, address, e-mail and phone number and be attached to the poem. Please do not place your name on the sheet with the poem. Poems should be printed, double-spaced, with 10-12 font size. Send only a copy; do not mail your only copy, as all materials will be recycled unless return is requested with SASE.

To enter the Poetry-In-Motion Contest, visit:

To learn more about RisingStar31 Productions and Poetry In Motion, please visit our site:

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Open to Interpretation: A Juried Book Competition of Photography, Poetry and Prose

29 January 2012

Entries Due: March 29, 2012

Submission Fees: $10 per entry

Theme: Intimate Landscape. Landscapes conjure images of vast, sweeping scenes, but the details captured by a photograph can turn a seemingly impersonal setting into an intimate story. It’s up to the artist to define what constitutes an intimate landscape, be it representational, non-representational, urban, suburban or rural.

Judge: Patrick Thomas is the editor and program manager at Milkweed Editions. As an editor, his work focuses on acquisitions that consider our relationship to the more-than-human world. As program manger, he works to find the best way to bring literary art to the widest possible audience. He lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Awards $300 Judge’s Choice Award

Writing Guidelines:

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award

29 January 2012
11:59 p.m., EST, FEBRUARY 15, 2012!

We are now accepting submissions of short fiction or memoir (2000 words or fewer) for the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story AwardThe first place winner’s story will be considered for publication in the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC’s upcoming anthology, Seasonal Pursuits: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales. Our previous publication, A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales (2009), won two Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Best Anthology and Best Short Fiction.

Entry Requirements:
  • Stories must be submitted using the form below
  • Entries must be no more than 2000 words
  • All entries must be previously unpublished, and adhere to our Terms and Conditions set out below
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, February 15, 2012
  • Payments are requested within 24 hours of submissions. All payments must be received through PayPal no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on February 17, 2012
Entry Fee:
  • $10 per story.
  • First prize: $200 and consideration for inclusion in the upcoming BWG anthology, Seasonal Pursuits: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Talesscheduled for publication in late 2012. If it is not accepted for publication in the print anthology, it will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. There is no guarantee of print publication
  • Second prize: $100 and publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
  • Third prize: $50 and publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
  • Honorable Mentions: Stories may be selected for Honorable Mention and offered publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
  • Initial judging will be performed by members of the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC. Finalists will be notified by March 15, 2012.
  • Final selection of winners will be done by The New York Times best-selling author, Jonathan Maberry. Prize winners will be notified by April 15, 2012.
  • Contest winners will be announced on the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable website and on the Bethlehem Writers Group website ( by May 1, 2012.



Horizon Theatre’s New South Young Playwrights Festival 2012

29 January 2012

The New South Young Playwrights Festival focuses on the support and development of the next generation of American dramatists. Each summer we invite between 20 and 30 high school and college students to Horizon Theatre in Atlanta for week of residency filled with workshops, rehearsals, seminars, and readings with professional actors, directors, and dramaturgs.

We are currently seeking play submissions from high school, college and university students!

About the Festival

Students are invited to submit completed one-act plays for consideration in Horizon Theatre Company’s New South Young Playwrights’ Festival Contest. The contest has two divisions: High School (grades 9 – 12); and College (Full or part-time college students enrolled in academic year 2010 – 2011, under 25 years old). 20 – 30 playwrights will be selected to participate in the New South Young Playwrights’ Festival at Horizon Theatre Company in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta. This week-long festival will include playwriting workshops, seminars, and rehearsals with professional theatre actors, directors, and playwrights. Submitting playwrights must be available to come to Atlanta from May 28 through June 2. We are currently taking submissions through March 1, 2012.

The Festival

The week of the Festival consists of four days of residency, and the final day culminates in a performance of their work written during the week. Each playwright will be assigned a dramaturg whom they will be working with during the Festival.

Young playwrights will meet like-minded peers and colleagues, and participate in seminars aimed at their professional development. Past seminar leaders include dramaturgs, playwrights, college professors, literary directors, and artistic associates. Each playwright will have a portion of their submitted work read by professional actors living and working in Atlanta, and will have the ability to receive feedback from their peers and colleagues. Each evening there is a group excursion, often to see a performance in the Atlanta area. The last day of the Festival is a Short Play Festival, where the playwrights five-minute plays written during the week are performed by professional actors for family and friends.

The Festival is free for all participants; those selected from out-of-state will receive a travel stipend and housing. Lunch and dinner are provided for all playwrights, and the evening activities are donated to the Festival.

New South Young Playwrights alumni have received numerous productions of their work around the country since participating in the Festival. They have gone on to premier graduate programs and have become, among other professions, playwrights, screenwriters, producers, and actors.

How to Enter


The choice of subject, style and form is up to you. High school scripts must be no longer than 20 minutes reading time. College scripts may be up to 60 minutes in length. Collaborations and group-written plays are eligible.


  • If by US Mail, submit 2 typed and securely bound copies of your play.
  • If by email, please attach as a Word document.
  • Scripts will not be returned unless requested by the playwright.
  • If you would like your script returned to you, please send a SASE with your submission.
  • Filmscripts, screenplays, or adaptations of other authors’ works are not eligible.
  • On the title page of your play, list your name, address, city, state, zip, county, home phone number, email, date of birth, grade/level in school, division you are entering, school name, school address, and school phone.


MAIL TO: New South Young Playwrights Contest
Horizon Theatre Company
PO Box 5376
Atlanta, GA 31107
EMAIL TO: and put “YPF Contest Submission” in the
subject line. If you have any questions,
please contact Jessica De Maria at

Call for Creative Nonfiction Fellows and for a Program Director

29 January 2012

Call for Creative Nonfiction Fellows and for a Program Director

Part-Time Program Director Position Opening (NY, NY)

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is looking to hire a part-time Program Director to curate, publicize and manage literary events that are quirky, progressive, and (to use the jargon of postcolonial theory) awesome. You are an ambitious, logistical, organized lover of books who would like to build curatorial experience in a creative, progressive arts center. You will be responsible for curating and publicizing high-quality literary events centered around Asian American literature with the Executive Director. This position is available immediately. Earlier applicants will be prioritized. No phone calls, please. For more information, please see the full application form here.


Open City: Call for Creative Nonfiction Fellows (NY, NY)

Open City is a new online magazine on Asian American news and culture in New York. We’re looking for Creative Nonfiction Fellows to write and produce stories on the vibrant immigrant communities of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. In a time when Occupy Wall Street is shedding a harsh light on economic inequality, Open City offers a unique platform for writers to tell the stories low-income Americans too often ignored or misrepresented. If you’re an emerging creative nonfiction writer looking for financial support, a workspace and career mentorship, apply to become a Creative Nonfiction Fellow. You’ll help us document the rapidly growing, transforming and challenging experience of what it means to be Asian American in urban New York today. For more information, please see the full application form here.

Iman Omar

Intern, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop

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29 January 2012

The competition is called Libboo Bounty –

The deadline is the 1st March 2012 and the prize is a publishing deal with Libboo and $500 (shared between the successful authors). The theme is short-stories under the category of ‘Holiday & Vacation Mayhem’ – anything that tells the tale of disasters/comedy during a holiday or vacation, and up to 5 stories will be chosen for the book.

The publishing deal includes a 50% royalty rate (shared between the authors) where Libboo will distribute to all the electronic stores and provide marketing support. There is no entry fee – all submissions must be done via

A little info about Libboo – we are a startup based out of MIT in Cambridge MA. We have very recently had a huge level of success with our first Bounty with the bestselling author Richard Wiseman. Our aim is to ultimately make the publishing industry far more accessible and allow aspiring content creators access to an inviting community.

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Colonades Writing Contests (Quarterly)

29 January 2012

Colonnade Writing Contest:

Open to essays and short stories

10,000 word limit

fiction and non-fiction, any genre

$12 to enter

quarterly winners receive $125 and are eligible for the $600 grand prize of Colonnade Story Of The Year.

Deadline is March 31, 2012.

Next quarterly deadlines: June 30, 2012; September 30, 2012; December 31, 2012

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

Scare The Dickens Out of Us Ghost Story Writing Contest 2012

29 January 2012

Our ghost story writing contest and fundraiser for the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas, has entered its fourth year this 2012. We offer nice cash prizes and trophies for ghost story entries of 5,000 words or less for an entry fee of $20.00 that goes in its entirety to the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library.

First place prize is $1000.00 and a trophy.

Second place prize is $500.00 and a ribbon.

Third place prize is $250.00 and a ribbon. No publication is involved.

There is also a Junior contest for writers aged 12-18. The same rules apply to both contests.

First prize for the junior contest is $250.00 and a ribbon.

All other top contenders receive a prize ribbon.

The junior contest entry fee is $5.00.

We want ghost stories of 5,000 words or less, written in English. No other restrictions apply.

Attn: We accept entries from July 1, 2012 until the deadline: October 1, 2012 (postmarked).

 Full rules and entry forms are at

You can also see a list of all winners from the past contests on this site.

Delengua Micro Stories Contest

29 January 2012



The Spanish school Escuela Delengua in Granada, Spain, celebrates its 15th anniversary (1997-2012). For this reason, and also for celebrating the first anniversary of the UNESCO’s declaration of flamenco culture being part of the intangible heritage of humanity, we would like to announce a micro stories contest.
Our Spanish school is situated at the foot of the oldest quarter of the city of Granada: the Albayzín, one of the centers of flamenco art. For this reason, we want to add a special tribute to this cultural manifestation of universal significance through a contest open to everybody worldwide interested in Spanish language and culture. The winners will be provided a free Spanish course in our school. Get ready to take part! One of the free Spanish courses could be yours.

What is a micro story?

A micro story, also called flash fiction or mini narration, is a story of a predetermined maximum length which still contains the essential elements of narration: one or more characters acting in a more or less settled time and space, according to the traditional idea of introduction, climax and resolution.

See submitted micro stories


 The micro stories have to be submitted in Spanish. The topic of the micro stories is totally free, but all of them have to contain the word ‘flamenco’ in any of the acceptable derivations, singular or plural, masculine or feminine.

The maximum length of the stories is 140 characters, including blanks – like a tweet.

09th of January, 2012 – 16th of April, 2012: submitting the micro stories using the form below
17th of April, 2012 – 15th of May, 2012: everyone visiting this site will be able to vote for the best micro stories

The 10 micro stories with the most votes will win a free Intensive Spanish Course or a discount:

1st prize: a 4-weeks Intensive Spanish Course
2nd prize: a 3-weeks Intensive Spanish Course
3rd prize: a 2-weeks Intensive Spanish Course
4th to 10th prize: a 15% discount on an Intensive Spanish Course of 2, 3 or 4 weeks

Every participant can submit a maximum of 3 stories, although the same participant cannot be awarded more than once.

How to enter:



29 January 2012



$500 prizes in each genre: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Plus publication in our landmark 50th issue.

Dinaw Mengestu
How to Read the Air
The New Yorker “20 Under 40” 2010

Anne Fadiman
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
National Book Critics Circle Award 1997

Eileen Myles
Inferno: a poet’s novel
Lambda Literary Award 2010

Runners-up will be considered for publication on our website.

Poetry: up to five poems
Fiction and Nonfiction: up to 15 double-spaced pages
Simultaneous submissions are fine; please write us if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

Deadline: February 1, 2012.
Entry fee is $14 and includes a copy of Journal 50.

Submit your work via our —> submission manager.

After your file is uploaded, you will be automatically directed to our payment portal, which will allow you to buy a virtual “ticket” to the contest ($13 plus 75¢ processing fee). This will look like a ticket to a literary event, but never fear, it is merely our way of processing contest fees.

Your submission will not be read by our judges if you do not pay the contest fee, so if you have any trouble, please contact us right away at

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