Archive for January, 2012


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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29 January 2012


Judge: Billy Collins (Poet Laureate USA 2001-2003).

The ten best poems will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology.
1st Prize €1,000.
2nd 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


Judge: Micheal Collins writer and extreme athlete.

Fish offers a Flash Fiction Online Course

1st Prize €1,000. Ten best Flash stories will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology.
Word limit 300.
Closes 20 March 2012. Results announced 30 April 2012.
Entry €14. Critique €30



The 2012 Claymore Award

29 January 2012

What You Win?

Over $1,500 in prizes, plus possible book advance and book publication, plus possible agent representation

What Manuscripts Will be Considered?

Enter the first 50 pages of your unpublished crime literature manuscript in the contest.

Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller, including political thriller, cozy, legal, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal mystery, and historical mystery.

Who Would Publish my Book?

Only publishers appearing on the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers approved publishers list are eligible to consider Claymore Award manuscripts.

This year’s chosen final judge is Deni Dietz, Senior Editor for Five Star Mysteries©, a division of Gale/Cengage Learning, however other publishers have also expressed interest in publishing those who win the Claymore Award.

Do I Have to Sign with Five Star?

No. If you do win the Claymore Award, you do NOT have to sign with Five Star Mysteries©. You will still win the award and prizes. If you do decide to publish with Five Star© (or any other publisher), you or your agent will need to negotiate the specifics for your particular contract. If you do not have an agent, Killer Nashville will be happy to recommend and/or introduce. Writers should always negotiate with the assistance of a qualified agent or attorney.



How it Works?

Any author may enter (published or not); however, the contest is limited to only unpublished manuscripts not currently under contract.

Ten finalists are chosen through a blind judging process and sent to Deni Dietz, Senior Editor for Five Star Mysteries, a division of Gale/Cengage Learning. Deni chooses the final winner, who receives an engraved replica of a Claymore Dagger, free admission to Killer Nashville 2012, and more.

Deni will read the winner’s full manuscript for possible publication. Deni may also request full or partial manuscripts from the remaining finalists, if she desires.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony during the Guest of Honor dinner on the evening of Saturday, August 25, 2012.

To attend the awards ceremony, you must be registered for both the 2012 Killer Nashville Conference and the Guest of Honor Dinner. Register for Killer Nashville and the Guest of Honor Dinner here.

Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller, including political thriller, cozy, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal mystery, and historical mystery.

Finalists will be posted on the Killer Nashville website prior to the conference.

You do not have to be present to win.

The History

In 2006, the Killer Nashville Conference was formed with one of its primary objectives to be helping writers advance their careers. In 2009, Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford created the Claymore Award to further that goal by offering aspiring authors a path to publication. Click here to read more about Killer Nashville – A Conference for Thriller, Suspense, & Mystery Writers and Lovers.


Opportunity for Poets and Haiku Writers to Win a Two-Week Residency in Key West

29 January 2012

Win A Key West Residency – Robert Frost Poetry Contest

TSKW was honored to take over the prestigious literary tradition founded by the Heritage House Museum over 18 years ago, and continues a long tradition of the contest, which honors Robert Frost and encourages the creation of new poetry and haiku. TSKW will begin accepting contest entries by email and mail between January 1 and March 15, 2012.

1st Place    – A Two Week Residency at The Studios of Key West* + $200 Cash prize
2nd Place  – $100 Cash Prize
3rd Place   – $50 Cash Prize
2 Honorable Mentions awarded each category
Top three selected entries in each category will be published at

*Residencies are non-transferable and will be scheduled with the winner to fall between May 2013 and August 2013. TSKW will contact first prize winners to schedule residency dates after April 1, 2012.

1. If you are submitting your poem by email and would like to pay the entry fee online, please add one item to cart per poem or haiku (1 entry/$10).


2. Please email your poem(s)/haiku(s) to Please include the reference number of your receipt within the body of your email.

1. Please send two copies of each poem/haiku along with a check for $10 per poem/haiku to
The Studios of Key West
600 White Street
Key West, FL 33040

1. Poems may be rhymed or unrhymed, metered or free verse, up to 40 lines.
2. Haiku submitted should meet the following definition: a short poem of no more than 17 syllables (preferably fewer), featuring simple language, clear images rather than abstractions, and emphasizing intuitive depth and resonance rather than open statement of ideas.
3. Two copies of each typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and sent by mail or emailed in an electronic format.

April 12-May 6, 2012 Robert Frost International Poetry Contest Exhibition at The Studios of Key West
Winning entries on view. Public Reception, Thursday, April 19, 6-9 pm.
Space 2, Historic Armory Building, Old Town, Key West

January 1    TSKW begins accepting submissions by email or post.
March 15    Deadline to receive submissions
April 1    Winning entries announced at:

Visit the website:

The 3rd Annual Sorrento Wave Short Story Contest

29 January 2012

The 3rd Annual Sorrento Wave Short Story Contest

1. Read and follow all the rules! We don’t want to have to disqualify any stories.
2. All stories must use the following opening line:
“In that surreal moment when the car skidded off the road, my father’s warning echoed in my ears”
This can be a complete sentence, or you can add to it, but your story must start with the opening line provided.
3. Each entry must be accompanied by a $5 entry fee, with cheques payable Sorrento Wave Publications. You can enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.
4. All proceeds from this contest will go towards a local cause. This year the proceeds will be donated to the South Shuswap First Responders.
5. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st place – One copy of Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress. The winning entry will be printed in a future issue of the Sorrento Wave and on our website at

2nd place – One copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. The 2nd place entry will be published on our website at

6. Entries must be original, unpublished works of fiction, in any genre, submitted on plain 8½ x 11 inch white paper, double-spaced and typed.
7. Short stories should range from 500 words up to a maximum of 1500 words (approximately two to six typewritten pages).
8. Each entry should include a cover page with the author’s name, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable), as well as the title of your story. Do not write your name, address, or phone number on any other pages of the manuscript.
9. Mail entries to:
Sorrento Wave Publications, PO Box 566, Sorrento, BC, V0E 2W0
10. Entries must be postmarked on or before March 2, 2012.
11. This contest is open to all Canadian residents of any age.
12. Please keep a copy of your manuscript, as it will not be returned to you.

For a list of these rules, go to

2012 Foolish Writing Contest

29 January 2012

2012 Foolish Writing Contest

Answer this question, “It was so funny ….” in 200 words or less and send it in to be eligible for the $100 first prize, $50 second prize and $25 third prize.

Contest begins on January 1, 2012.

Final deadline for entries is March 15, 2012.

Winners will be published in the April 2012 issue of Foolish Times.

Anyone can enter
200 words or less
The story must include “It was so funny…” in it
Multiple submissions are accepted: you may submit as many stories as you like.
No one connected with Foolish Times is eligible to enter.
Must be an original story that you wrote.
Each story should be typed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper with the writer’s name in the upper-right corner of every page.
Mail submissions to Foolish Times,PO Box 4046 Monterey, CA 93942.
Enclose self-addressed stamped business envelope to receive names of winner and honorable mentions.
All entries are non-returnable and will be recycled.
Entry fee is $5. Check or money order payable to Foolish Times.
Questions – send to

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The Sandy Writing Contest (for novel length fiction)

29 January 2012

The Sandy Writing Contest for novel length fiction by published or unpublished authors

Sponsored by Crested Butte Writers:

 Deadline to enter – February 12, 2012

Cost: $30 for Members, $35 for Non-Members

Take this opportunity to get your work in front of agents and editors. Two rounds of judging. Here is a list of the final judges:

Romance – Sue Grimshaw, Editor at Large & Category Specialist for Ballantine & Bantam Dell

Mainstream Adult Fiction – Kevan Lyon, Agent at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Suspense / Thriller / Mystery – Kat Brzozowski, Assistant Editor at Thomas Dunne Books

Fantasy / Science Fiction – James Frenkel, Editor at Tor / Forge

Children’s & YA – Mary Kole, Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Go to to enter.

For more information contact Vicki Law –

or Theresa Rizzo at

Write Reality: The Reality Show Idea Contest

29 January 2012

Write Reality is a contest dedicated to finding the next hit reality show.

Entrants write a short, descriptive summary of their reality show idea

for a chance to win $2000 dollars in cash and consideration by reality production companies.

The top ten ideas are read by industry judges from such companies as OWN and the Discovery Channel.

Entry fee: $25 Early deadline is March 31st, 2012.

Final deadline is August 31st.

For more details, visit the contest home page:

2012 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

29 January 2012

-The submission deadline for the prize is May 1st, 2012.

-The entry fee is $15 (includes a free copy of the Fall 2012 Issue).

-All submissions must be previously unpublished work.

-You may submit up to two poems per entry, no longer than 40 lines each. Please make sure that both poems are in the same document–do not submit a separate documents for each poem.

-$1000 will be awarded to the winner, and publication in the Fall 2012 Issue will be awarded to the first place poem and second place poem.

-All entries will be read by a blind panel of readers who will select fifteen poems as finalists.

-The final judge will review the finalist poems and select the first place and second place poems. Close friends and students (current & former) of this year’s judge are not eligible to compete, nor are friends or family of the Ruminate staff. Past first place winners of the prize and past judges of the prize are also not eligible to compete.

-All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form below. We will not accept mail or email submissions.

-Winner will be announced in the Fall Issue, September 2012.

-Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.

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Last Call! VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

29 January 2012

Ruminate Magazine is hosting their second annual VanderMey Nonfiction prize, judged by Leslie Leyland Fields, award-winning author and editor of “The Spirit of Food”.  The winner will be awarded a prize of $1000 and publication in the Spring 2012 issue, and the runner up will receive publication as well.

Contest Name:  VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

Submissions:  Creative Nonfiction of 7000 words or less

Award – Winner:  $1000 and publication in Spring 2012 issue

Award – Runner Up: Publication in Spring 2012 issue

-The entry fee is $15 (includes a free copy of the Summer 2012 Issue, which will include the winning piece).

Deadline: 1 Feb 2012


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The Wag’s Revue Third Annual Winter Writers Contest

29 January 2012

The Wag’s Revue Third Annual Winter Writers Contest is now open.

First Prize $1000 and publication in Issue 13; second prize $500 and third $100.

All entries will be considered for publication and it is open to all three genres (fiction, poetry, essays).

The contest will be judged by the editors and closes February 29, 2012.

All details and the submissions manager may be accessed at

Founded in early 2009, Wag’s Revue is an online-only literary quarterly of fiction, poetry,

essays and interviews with waggish luminaries of our day.

All issues may be read online for free at

2012 Student Stowe Prizes

29 January 2012

2012 Student Stowe Prizes

Student Stowe Prize
For Excellence in Writing to
Advance Social Justice

Do you know a high school or college student who writes for social justice and positive change? Make sure they know about the 2012 Student Stowe Prize! 

Established by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, to be awarded in 2012

Submission deadline is February 27, 2012

The Student Stowe Prize recognizes outstanding writing by United States high school and college students that motivates positive action for social justice. The Prize recognizes writing that is making a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society.   Issues may include, but are not limited to: race, class and gender.  Entries must have been published or publicly presented.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, appalled by the injustice of slavery, wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) as a call to action. Using print media and the familiar literary form of telling a story, she shone a harsh light on the American institution of slavery. The book became an international best seller and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

Complementing the Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize, presented in 2011 to Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas D. Kristof for Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the Student Stowe Prize will be presented in alternating years with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize.


Student Stowe Prize for High School Students
The winning student will be featured at a program and award ceremony in Hartford, Connecticut, receive $1,000.00, and have their work published on the Stowe Center website.

The top three finalists will have their work published on the Stowe Center website, receive a certificate of achievement, and be invited to attend the program and award ceremony.

Student Stowe Prize for College Students
The winning student will be featured at a program and award ceremony in Hartford, Connecticut, receive $2,500.00, and have their work published on the Stowe Center website.

The top three finalists will have their work published on the Stowe Center website, receive a certificate of achievement, and be invited to attend the public program and award ceremony.


High School Students

  • The Student Stowe Prize is open to all matriculating high school students in the United States.
  • Entries must be original and have been published or publicly presented.
  • Entries must meet the criteria of the Student Stowe Prize.
  • One submission accepted per entrant.
  • Entries must also include completed Student Stowe Prize Entry Form, Impact Statement, Parental/Guardian Release (students under 18 years of age), and Academic Integrity Pledge.
  • Entrants must provide 3 adult references that can verify the impact of the work. References must include: Name, Title, and Contact Information.
  • Entrants must be able to attend a June 7, 2012 program and award ceremony in Hartford Connecticut. (Travel expenses for winner and parent/guardian provided by the Stowe Center.)

What constitutes “publication”: For all publications, entries must include a description of how and where the work was published. Publication includes local and/or national media, blogs, school publications, scholarly journals, organization publications and magazines.

What constitutes “publicly presented”: For all public presentations, entries must include a description of how and where the work was presented. Publicly presented includes work that has been shared in front of an audience.

College/University Students

  • The Student Stowe Prize is open to all matriculating undergraduates at United States colleges and universities.
  • Entries must be original and have been published.
  • Entries must meet the criteria of the Student Stowe Prize.
  • One submission accepted per entrant.
  • Entries must also include completed Student Stowe Prize Entry Form, Impact Statement, Parental/Guardian Release (students under 18 years of age), and Academic Integrity Pledge.
  • Entrants must provide 3 adult references that can verify the impact of the work. References must include: Name, Title, and Contact Information.
  • Entrants must be able to attend a June 7, 2012 program and award ceremony in Hartford, Connecticut. (Travel expenses for winner provided by the Stowe Center) 

What constitutes “publication”: For all publications, entries must include a description of how and where the work was published. Publication may include national media, nationally recognized blogs, university publications, scholarly journals, organization publications, and magazines.


  • Entries must be e-mailed or postmarked by February 27, 2012. 
  • E-mail submissions to: Entries should be directly in the body of the e-mail, not attachments.
  • Hard copies should be sent to:

        Student Stowe Prize
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
77 Forest Street
Hartford, CT 06105

 Click here for the Parental Release Form

Click here for the Academic Integrity Form 

Click here for entry form

The Impact Statement should be attached to the entry form.

Please contact with any questions. 


•    Types of writing can include:

o    Short stories, essays, student-created and managed blogs, newspaper articles, editorials, memoirs, news or investigative reporting, poetry, screenplays

•    Length should not exceed 1,500 words. For writing exceeding this length, please select portions that will meet the criteria.

•    Writing must be written by the entrant, original and published.

o    See “Eligibility” for more information on publication requirement

•    Quotations and uncommon facts should include proper citations.

•    Entries will be judged based on both writing and the action the writing has inspired.

•    Entries must focus on a social justice or human rights topic. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: race, class, or gender.

•    Attach a statement, of no more than 100 words, describing any impact, follow-up response or change resulting from or inspired by this work.


Student Stowe Prize Timeline and Deadlines:

Submission deadline  February 27, 2012
Internal Review of submissions completed  March 11, 2012
Eligible submissions to Selection Committee
 March 12, 2012
Top 3 nominations for each category and winners
recommended by Selection Committee
 April 6, 2012
Winners and alternates approved by Board of Trustees
 April 10, 2012
Student Stowe Prize winners contacted  April 11, 2012
Student Stowe Prize winners announced
 May 2012
Student Stowe Prize program and award event
 June 7, 2012
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Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest

12 January 2012
We are pleased to announce the third annual
Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest
featuring a Grand Prize of $1,000.
Second place wins $100 and there will also be three honorable mentions.
There are no restrictions on content, style, genre or length–just send your best.
All five finalists will be published online in the June 2012 issue of Gemini.
Entry fee: $4.
Deadline: March 31, 2012.
Enter by email or snail mail.
Also check out our nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
General submissions are open year round.