Archive for February, 2012

The 11th Annual Poetry Super Highway – Great Poetry Exchange

15 February 2012

announcing
The 11th Annual Poetry Super Highway
Great Poetry Exchange

The mission of the Poetry Super Highway
is to expose as many people to as many
other people’s poetry as possible.

What? – Send a book – Get a book

In February 2012, the Poetry Super Highway will coordinate a great free exchange of poetry publications amongst poets worldwide.

It’s not a contest. There are no judges, entry fees, winners, or losers.

Last year, 91 poets participated both sending their book and receiving another poet’s book from a randomly selected other participant

By agreeing to participate, someone will be exposed to your poetry, and you will be exposed to someone else’s poetry.

 

How?

To participate you must volunteer to mail one copy of one poetry book that you have written to one other person participating. Just one book. In exchange, you will receive in the mail one copy of one poetry book written by another participating poet.

E-books are not eligible for the Great Poetry Exchange. Your book must be physical entity. Even if it’s self published, or one of one that you printed from your computer and stapled together…but please no e-books.(Though we will be repeating our annual Great E-Book Free For All later in the year!)

To Join In:

Go to http://PoetrySuperHighway.com/pshgpe.html. Make sure you’ve read all the guidelines and click on “ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM” to enter your book’s information

In early March, we will randomly assign the books to each participant and email to you the name and address of the person you are supposed to send your book to.

We will also list your book and description onthis web page along with the link to your website for all to see. In addition we will list the new books in our weekly e-mailed update which goes out to thousands of people.

 

What else?

Please note, as the Great Poetry Exchange is open to everyone on planet Earth, it’s possible that you will be required to send your book to someone outside of your own country which will, of course cost you more in postage than it would to send it domestically.

Also, we’ll ask that you send us an e-mail in March once your book has actually been sent so we can keep track and make sure that all participants who send a book also get one.

You also must agree to send out your book within 2 weeks of being notified of who to send your book to.

Please note, it’s a circular exchange: You will be sending a book to a different person than you will be receiving one from.

Get all the details at http://PoetrySuperHighway.com/

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SAGE Magazine Environmental Writing Contest 2012

15 February 2012

SAGE MAGAZINE is looking for new ideas and perspectives on the environment. Open to all non-professional writers, Sage’s first annual young environmental writers contest seeks previously unpublished works of art that deal with nature, the environment, sustainable living and natural resource issues.  Send us essays, short stories, memoirs, graphic novels, sky-writing – all forms of environmental writing accepted (including excerpts from longer works).

Winners and finalists will be published online and, when possible, in our annual print publication. A panel of professional environmental journalists will preside over final selection.

First Prize will win  $500, Second Prize $300, Third Prize $200.

All entries due by April 20th, 2012, at midnight,
Eastern Standard Time.

All Finalists will be published online or in our annual print publication

Visit the website: http://sagemagazine.org/?p=2160 for details and submission guidelines.

Contest Rules:

 

 

PIPW to be a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Ojai WordFest – March 24-31, 2012

15 February 2012

PIPW to be a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Ojai WordFest – March 24-31, 2012

 The Pacific Institute for Professional Writing (PIPW) announced today it has agreed to become the nonprofit sponsor of the 2nd annual Ojai WordFest an event spanning two weekends and eight days-a nexus of 100+ literary events in Ojai, March 24-31, 2012. PIPW will present a day of education on Saturday, March 31 to be held at World University of Ojai. Part of the activities that day will be the first of its mentoring sessions – personalized one-on-one meetings with publishing industry professionals to evaluate a writer’s work.

“Area writers-beginners & advanced-are invited to join a host of internationally distinguished writing experts during Ojai WordFest, including stellar professionals associated with PIPW,” says Sequoia Hamilton co-director of 2012 Ojai WordFest. “We’re thrilled with the high-caliber of teaching that PIPW will bring to our literary festival.”

“We are very pleased to work with the Ojai WordFest producers,” said Kate Sexton, Executive Director of PIPW. “Our mission to promote the skills and standards of professional writing and what better location that a major, new literary event. PIPW will hold two educational workshops on Saturday, March 31st at the World University of Ojai. We are finalizing the details of each session but can announce that the first session will be lead by legendary editor and author, Shelly Lowenkopf.”

Mr. Lowenkopf’s career includes work as Executive Editor at several leading publishing houses where he saw over 700 books published. He is the author of over 35 books, including The Fiction Writer’s Companion is aptly titled. Renni Browne, co-author of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers said of Lowenkopf’s new book “FLC is filled with tools rather than how-to advice, it’s the perfect companion to craft books. Thanks to Lowenkopf’s decades of experience, the book is filled with valuable insights, and his sense of humor ensures that it’s as entertaining as it is practical. Writers at any level can learn from this book, and readers will enjoy it as well.

The full schedule of PIPW sessions will be on its website Monday, February 20th. PIPW is a California 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit located in Santa Barbara, CA what produces literary educational events throughout the west coast. The website is http://www.pacificinstituteforprofessionalwriting.com/.

Information on Ojai WordFest and its schedule of events can be viewed at: www.OjaiWordFest.com

Bluethumbnail / Limnisa Short Story Competition 2012 – WIN A WRITING HOLIDAY IN GREECE

15 February 2012

Limnisa and Bluethumbnail.com are organizing their 4th annual writing
competition.

Deadline: March 14, 2012

This international contest is open to writers everywhere and is for
Short Stories.

Prizes – One week place at a writers’ retreat held at Limnisa, a
seaside location in Greece, secondary prizes apply.

Winners will be posted on the bluethumbnail.com  website.

Entry Fee: £6
Members of Bluethumbnail.com pay £4

Details on the www.bluethumbnail.com website.

Link: http://www.bluethumbnail.com/Author/competitionpage.html

Contact/Ask for the complete rules: info@bluethumbnail.com

Creative Non-Fiction Australia – Writing Contest: Deadline: March 16, 2012

15 February 2012

**CURRENT CALLS**

SPECIAL ISSUE AND CONTEST: AUSTRALIA
Deadline: February 29, 2012 *Extended to March 16, 2012

Co-sponsored by Tashmadada and The Writers Conversation
Contest judged by Lee Gutkind and Leah Kaminsky

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 February 29, 2012 March 16, 2012

The Writers Conversation is sponsoring two cash prizes:

$6,500 (AUD) for Best Essay
All writers and submissions, regardless of country of origin, will be considered for this prize.
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$2,500 (AUD) for Best Essay by an emerging Australian Writer
Only submitters who are current citizens or permanent residents of the Commonwealth of Australia will be considered for this prize. The same writer/essay may not win both prizes.

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 please click the appropriate link below:

Reading fee plus a 4-issue subscription:
to the U.S. ($25 USD)
to Canada ($45 USD)
to anywhere else in the world ($60 USD)

Reading fee only ($20 USD)

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

Visit the website: http://www.creativenonfiction.org/thejournal/submittocnf.htm#Australia

Somewhere Sometime… Short Story Contest

15 February 2012

Name of contest: Somewhere Sometime

Brief description of what is to be submitted: Writers can submit their real life anecdotes, experiences, and imaginations, fictional ideas in the form of a Short Story of maximum 3000 words in English or Hindi. The condition is that there should be a Twist in the story.

Awards: Winner gets Kindle 3G,  1st Runner up gets Apple iPod and 2nd Runner Up gets cash prize of  Rs. 2,500/ $ 50 or Amazon.com coupons for an equivalent amount.

Entry fee: The entry is FREE

Deadline: February 29, 2012

Website URL: http://www.tumbhi.com/short-story-writing-contest/somewhere-sometime.jsp

Contact email: dhawal.panjwani@nihilent.com

1st ScienceThrillers SciWithFi Creative Writing Contest

15 February 2012

Deadline: June 30, 2012
Prizes: $100, $50, $25
Entry fee: $5
Submit any work of fiction (short story, poetry, fable, graphic novel) that contains accurate scientific content and is suitable for a youth audience (grades 4-12).
Maximum length: 4000 words.  No minimum.

Link: http://www.sciencethrillers.com/2012/sci-with-fi-writing-contest-cash-prizes/

2012 Anderbo Self-Published Book Award

15 February 2012

2012 Anderbo Self-Published Book Award

Deadline October 15th, 2012

http://www.anderbo.com/anderbo1/anderselfpubbookaward2012.html

anderbo.com

For a Self-Published Book
(Fiction or Nonfiction)

One Winner will receive:

$500 cash
Announcement on the Anderbo web site
Publication of a book-excerpt on anderbo.com

Judged by Rick Rofihe

Rick Rofihe is the author of FATHER MUST, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and online at Epiphanyzine, Slushpilemag, and Fictionaut. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SPY, and The East Hampton Star, and on MrBellersNeighborhood. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught MFA writing at Columbia University. He currently teaches privately in New York City, and was an advisor to the Vilcek Foundation for their 2011 prizes in the field of literature. Rick is the Editor of Anderbo.

Contest Assistant: Carolyn Wilsey

Carolyn Wilsey has read fiction for Esquire and Swink, and for the OPEN CITY Magazine RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest.

Guidelines:
–Any currently-available self-published fiction or nonfiction
book or e-book (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-publishing)
is eligible
–Initial judging will be based on the first 40 pages (ONLY)

of your self-published book, which should be printed
out on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, with author’s name and contact
information on a separate page, along with a one-page letter
describing your book
–Finalists in this contest will be required to supply the entire
book at a later date
–Entries must be postmarked by October 15, 2012
–Writer must not have been previously published on Anderbo
–Mail submissions to Anderbo Self-Published Book Contest,
Postal, 75 East 4th St, New York, NY 10003
–Enclose self-addressed stamped business envelope to receive
names of winner and honorable mentions
–All entries are non-returnable and will be recycled
–Reading fee is $20. Check or money order payable to RRofihe

Visit the website: http://www.anderbo.com/anderbo1/anderselfpubbookaward2012.html

Marco Polo Arts Mag: call for submissions

15 February 2012

Special Calls for Submissions
Please note: No queries necessary for the following calls.

100 x 500 Marco Polo seeks creative nonfiction and will publish the best 100 entries. Your nonfiction must be no longer or shorter than 500 words, title excluded. Break out of the mold and surprise us and yourself. Top prize winner will receive a hardcover edition of Under The Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, a journal, and a film on DVD, probably an awesome French film. Deadline: December 31st 2012 with selected entries published before and after the deadline. Winning work and all published and remaining selected work announced January 2013. Send submissions and/or questions to marcopoloartsmag@gmail.com

100 x 100 One Hundred Short Shorts, One Hundred Words Long. Submit a short short containing 100 words, no more, no less, title excluded. The 100 stories chosen from submissions will be published in Marco Polo. Best story will be named and will win a hardcover edition of Vitamin P2.
Deadline: June 1st 2012
Only one submission per author. Winning short and list of winners will be announced in June 2012.
Send submission to marcopoloartsmag@gmail.com

Marco Polo Arts Mag publishes weekly. There is no fee to writers for the calls.

Visit the website for details: http://www.marcopoloartsmag.com

The New Guard 2012 Contests

15 February 2012

Our 2012 contests will run from March 1-June18, 2012. Entries are $15.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional work of narrative
and/or experimental poetry. Three poems per entry. Up to 300 lines per
poem. Judged by National Poetry Series winner JEANNE MARIE BEAUMONT.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional work of literary
and/or experimental fiction. Submit up to 7,500 words: anything from flash
to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the manuscript functions
as a stand-alone story. We do not publish illustrations. Judged by Novelist
and Essayist RICK BASS

The New Guard 2012 contest readers are looking forward to reading your
work! You can submit online via our submissions manager or by postal mail
with a check for the entry fee. Contest winners and all finalists get two
free copies of TNG, and each submission will be carefully considered for
publication. Final judging is done blind. We accept .doc or similar
files–no PDFs, please. We do pay strict attention to word and line count.
We are not presently accepting submissions aside from our contests. TNG
accepts previously unpublished work only.

Visit the website for details/submissions: www.newguardreview.com

Contact: info@newguardreview.com

JewishStoryWriting.com – Prose and Poetry contests surrounding Jewish/Israeli themes

15 February 2012

Short Story Contest:

Judge

Joan Leegant is the author of Wherever You Go (W.W. Norton) and the story collection, An Hour in Paradise (W.W. Norton), which won the Winship/PEN New England Book Award, the Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. The collection was also selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series. Her new work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, Colorado Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and The Literarian. Since 2007, Joan has been a regular visiting writer at Bar-Ilan University where she teaches in the Shaindy Rudoff Creative Writing Program.

Maximum Length

5000 words

Submission Deadline

March 15 2012

Winners Announced

May 1 2012

Prizes

1st Place Winner: $500

Plus publication in our annual JewishStoryWriting.com Anthology

2nd, 3rd, 4th Place Winner: $50

Fees

Contest Entry: $25.00

Critique only: $35.00

Contest Entry with Critique: $55.00

Eligibility

Stories must be previously unpublished and contain Jewish Content. By submitting a story the author grants JewishStoryWriting.com first publication rights for 18 months. Author retains copyright at all times. Multiple submissions accepted.

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Poetry Contest:

 Judge

Michael Dekel’s prize-winning poetry and photographs have appeared in print and online inSketchbook, Zeek, Poetry Midwest, Neon Beam, why vandalism? and Poetica Magazine. He is the author of the poetry and art book, The World Behind It, Chaos. Michael directed the Student Writing Center at the University of Minnesota and the Macalester Academic Excellence Center at Macalester College. He has received top awards in the Reuben Rose Poetry Competition (2008 and 2009), and was co-editor of the Voices Israel Poetry Anthology (2010). He holds degrees in literature, creative writing and psychology.

Maximum Length

1500 words

Submission Deadline

March 15 2012

Winners Announced

April 20 2012

Prizes

1st Place Winner: $250

Plus publication in our annual JewishStoryWriting.com Anthology

2nd, 3rd, 4th Place Winner: $50

Fees

Contest Entry: $25.00

Critique only: $35.00

Contest Entry with Critique: $55.00

Guidelines

You may submit one or a series of poems, as long as the total word count does not       exceed 1500.

Eligibility

Poems must be previously unpublished and contain Jewish Content. By submitting a poem or poems the author grants JewishStoryWriting.com first publication rights for 18 months. Author retains copyright at all times. Multiple submissions accepted.

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Tween Story Contest:

Judge

Dvora Waysman is the author of 11 books, including the bestselling title, The Pomegranate Pendant, which has been made into a movie, “The Golden Pomegranate”, to be released in theaters worldwide in 2012. She is a syndicated journalist as well as a teacher of creative writing. Dvora has won “The  Jerusalem Award” for her poems, fiction and articles about Jerusalem. She was also selected by Brandeis University to be featured in their 2011 calendar highlighting important Jewish writers around the world.

Maximum Length

5000 words

Submission Deadline

March 15, 2012

Winners Announced

May 1 2012

Prizes

1st Place Winner: $500

Plus publication in our annual JewishStoryWriting.com Anthology

2nd, 3rd, 4th Place Winner: $50

Fees

Contest Entry: $25.00

Critique only: $35.00

Contest Entry with Critique: $55.00

Guidelines

Stories must be appropriate for ages 8-12. You may enter a single story or multiple chapters of a proposed novel.

Eligibility

Stories must be previously unpublished and contain Jewish Content. By submitting a story the author grants JewishStoryWriting.com first publication rights for 18 months. Author retains copyright at all times. Multiple submissions accepted.

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Early Childhood Story Contest:

Judge

Sylvia Rouss is the author of over 30 children’s titles, including two beloved series of children’s books: Sammy the Spider, and TheLittlest Series, which includes The Littlest Pair,winner of the National Jewish Book Award and the Storytelling Award. Her latest children’s book,Mitzvah the Mutt, won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (2010).

Maximum Length

1500 words

Submission Deadline

March 15, 2012

Winners Announced

April 3, 2012

Prizes

1st Place Winner: $250

2nd, 3rd, 4th Place Winner: $50

Special Early Childhood Publishing Prize  

The winners of each Early Childhood Contest (there are 4 contests yearly) will automatically be entered into the Early Childhood Short Story Finals. The winner of the Finals will have his/her book illustrated and published by JewishStoryWriting.com.

Fees

Contest Entry: $25.00

Critique only: $35.00

Contest Entry with Critique: $55.00

Guidelines  

Stories must be appropriate for ages 3-7

Eligibility

Stories must be previously unpublished and contain Jewish Content. By submitting a story the author grants JewishStoryWriting.com first publication rights for 18 months. Author retains copyright at all times. Multiple submissions accepted.

Presenting the Emerging Writers Getaway Contest!

15 February 2012

The Whidbey Writers MFA Alumni Association is holding a first novel contest, with a grand prize of a seven-day retreat at a fully furnished, rustic-luxury Smoky Mountain cabin in North Carolina, with daily continental breakfast ($2,000 value), plus a cash award of $300. Second and third place winners receive cash and other prizes.

Submissions are welcome from February 15 through May 15, 2012.

Pulitzer Prize winner William Dietrich is the final judge. Top three finalists’ entries will be reviewed by Andrea Hurst Literary Management, for possible representation. The top twenty-five entries will each receive two critiques from members of the association.

Each entry is $25.00 (USD)

Winners will be announced on August 5, 2012.

All profits from the contest will go towards creative writing student scholarships.

For official contest details, cabin photos and submissions,

please go to http://www.whidbeymfaalumni.org/

HESA Inprint – Writing Contest

15 February 2012
We maintain a self published Finnish-English magazine hesainprint.com (now in its 13th issue) with every month a themed competition opened to everyone for a chance to be published in our magazine.
The competition is open to artists and creative but also to all writers and poets.
The current theme is “Addiction – Riippuvuus” with the deadline for participation February 28, 2012.
All submissions are published online on the blog and a curated selection of the best work is published in our magazine (in the printed and online version).
There are no participation fees.
More details about the magazine can be found online: http://www.hesainprint.com
and detail on how to submit work: http://www.hesainprint.com/how-to-get-involved

CONTEST num.1 by Caligae Travel Files first writing & art contest

15 February 2012

CONTEST num.1 by Caligae Travel Files is the first writing & art
contest organized to celebrate & promote the project’s launch in
January 2012.

Caligae Travel Files – World by sensitive eyes. Author’s articles &
illustrations about world nations & travel destinations. Curious,
humorous, philanthropic. Entertaining anthropology & travel
information by the very locals. Focus on people & their environment.
Imperceptible phenomena & interesting facts.

What’s the topic?
Friendly & humorous typology of modern society in your country.
Describe & illustrate the most representative, emerging or curious
social groups & strata.

What to submit?
1 article (up to 500 chars.) + at least 1 illustration (of any style)
per social type. Number of articles & illustrations is unlimited.

When to participate?
The contest period is from the 1st of February 2012 to the 30th of
April 2012. The winners will be announced on the 15th of May 2012 on
www.caligae.info, Facebook and Twitter.

How to win?
Submit only original texts & author’s artworks of your own creation.
Your typology should be complete, accurate, up-to-date, well-written,

artistically pictured, concise, entertaining, informative and useful
to travelers & students.

What do you win?
First, second and third winners will receive a $500, $300 and $200
cash prize respectively. Approved typologies will be published on
Caligae Travel Files’ website www.caligae.info and in a specially
dedicated e-book which will be available for free download in June
2012. Your entries will be temporarily posted on Caligae´s Facebook
page for public voting.

Northern Colorado Writers, LLC Contest Deadline Extended

15 February 2012
Northern Colorado Writers, LLC has extended the deadline for the first contest in its 2012 contest series: Short fiction.  The contest is open to everyone and offers cash prizes of 1st: $200, 2nd: $100, and 3rd: $50. Winners and honorable mentions will be published in the second annual winners’ anthology, Pooled Ink: Celebrating the 2012 NCW Contest Winners, scheduled for release on December 1.  Entry fees are $10 if mailed, $15 if emailed. The judge for this category is Antonya Nelson, award-winning author and instructor of creative writing at the University of Houston.
The new deadline is March 15th, 2012.
Details can be found at www.northerncoloradowriters.com by clicking on Writing Contests. 
NCW is a growing group of writers based in Fort Collins, Colorado, and offers a host of resources to writers of all levels including classes, critique groups, and an annual conference.
The remaining categories in the contest series for 2012 are Poetry and Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction.
For more information about the contests, classes, and NCW, visit www.northerncoloradowriters.com.

The Orphanage Writer’s Residency

15 February 2012

We already have a dozen literary agents who are excited about reading the work that comes out of our residency.

Unlike other residencies and writing competitions, the inhabitants of the Orphanage will not be decided by one mysterious person, or even a panel of unknowns, but will be chosen by the collectivity of the Internet. The writers whose pitches are engaging enough to reach the largest audiences will become a part of the Orphanage. Writer’s pitches will be posted online for all to judge at
theorphanageresidency.com, and six members will be voted in through crowd sourcing. Each pitch will be voted up (or down, to ensure it’s not a popularity contest) by our community. Each writer will have an unbiased, equal opportunity at being one of the top six writers.

The following is our Kickstarter pre-launch website:

http://www.theorphanageresidency.com

Booth 2012 Poetry Contest

15 February 2012

2012 Poetry Contest
Final Judge: Linda Gregg
Entry Deadline: March 5, 2012

All submissions should be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine if you withdraw immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. We’ll select our ten favorite entries and send to Linda Gregg for final judging. For general examples of poems we like, visit our archives.

Details:
-1st Prize: $500 and publication
-2nd Prize: $250 and publication
-All entries will be considered for publication.
-All entrants will receive a print copy of Booth Three, scheduled for release in March 2012.
-Winners will be announced on March 30, 2012.
-Entry fee is $10.

Final Judge
Linda Gregg’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writer’s Award, an NEA grant, a Lannan Literary Foundation Fellowship, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and multiple Pushcart Prizes. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and Ploughshares, and her books include All of it Singing: New and Selected Poems, In the Middle Distance, Things and Flesh, Alma, Chosen By The Lion, and The Sacraments of Desire. Ms. Gregg has taught at the University of Iowa, Columbia University, Princeton University, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Fine Print:
Our Poetry Contest is compliant with the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics. All rights revert to the author upon publication. Students and former students of Butler University and of this year’s judge may not enter. Butler University employees are ineligible as are close friends of the judge. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must withdraw your work from consideration if it becomes committed elsewhere. Details on the reading and judging process are available upon request.

Visit the website: http://booth.butler.edu/contests/

Happily Cognating Readers’ Choice Award

15 February 2012
Happily Cognating seeks to be both a place to find upbeat and positive writing on the web, as well as to try and help new authors get a first byline.  We’re looking for short fiction, regardless of genre, which readers will enjoy looking back on.  Ideally, something which helps readers to see themselves in a new way without being preachy.
Deadline for the summer issue is the first of May, 2012.
Entry is free, but understand that the prizes are thus understandably lower.
Prizes: the first prize winner will get $30, two runners up receive $10, via PayPal
For more info, see the website or write to STCrowley1@gmail.com
Winners will be announce on the first of June, 2012.
Visit the website:
https://sites.google.com/site/happilycognating/

BARE HANDS INTERNATIONAL POETRY & PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2012

15 February 2012

We’ve launched a competition. Not just any competition. Let me tell you why!

Promoting your work is not an easy feat. You can do things online but it’s nice to have something in print, something you can put on your wall, like a postcard…

So the idea is the winning poems and photographs of the competition will be turned into a beautiful postcard (we pride ourselves on our design) AND we will distribute these postcards to leading independent bookshops in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Berlin, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto & Vancouver. We’re not kidding. They’ll be free so people can just pick them up!

There will be two winners in each category – two poems and two photographs – so two different postcards will be created. We will make 2000 of each. Your work will be sent all around the world. The winning entries will also be published on our website too. Pretty good eh?

The theme is BARE HANDS

DEADLINE MARCH 1st, 2012

HOW TO ENTER:

Entries are €4 for one entry. Multiple entries are accepted.

To pay simply click the BUY NOW button on our site http://barehandspoetry.tumblr.com/

All competition entries should be emailed to barehandspoetry@gmail.com

Poetry entries:

Poems must be unpublished and not be entered into any other competition. Poems should be no longer than 20 lines long (has to fit on the postcard!) Send your poem within the body of an email (no attachments please). Put your name at the end of the poem. Mark the subject field COMPETITION ENTRY POETRY.

Photography entries:

Photographs must not have appeared in any online or print journal. Put your name in the body of an email. Attach your entry as a jpeg and mark the subject field COMPETITION ENTRY PHOTOGRAPHY.

The winners will be announced at the end of March.

Postcards will be created and distributed in May!

Weblink – http://barehandspoetry.tumblr.com/post/12921572021/competition

Adventum’s 2nd annual Ridge to River Contest

15 February 2012

Enter your outdoor creative nonfiction essays or memoir

excerpts of no more than 5,000 words for a chance to win.

Photography and haiku are not eligible for this contest.

Essays of an academic nature will not be considered.

$15 for a single entry, $25 for two entries.

$15 entry fee includes a copy of the Summer/Fall 2012 issue.

All entries will be considered for publication.

DEADLINE: May 15th, 2012

http://www.adventummagazine.com/contests.html

The Third Annual GeminiMagazine Short Story Contest

15 February 2012

GeminiMAGAZINE

The February issue of Gemini Magazine is now online with exciting new fiction and poetry from Maureen Wilkinson, Vladimir Swirynsky, Leslie Greffenius, Deepak Chaswal, Lesley Galeote, Christine Tierney, Derold Sligh and Vivian Faith Prescott. Artist Yonatan Frimer crushed his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2005 and was hospitalized for three years. He spent much of that time drawing mazes. His intriguing “Mobius Maze” appears on our cover.

Our Short Story Contest, offering a grand prize of $1,000, runs through March 31, 2012.

The entry fee is $4

Next month’s issue will feature the winners of our Poetry Open.

Visit the website:

http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

IdeasTap: The Poet: Creative Briefs

15 February 2012

Are you a brilliant poet looking for a platform to get your words out to the world? If so, this brief has your name scribbled all over it.

We’ve joined forces with clinic, the super cool poetry, art and music collective and producers of “London’s sickest poetry night” (Dazed & Confused) to offer two IdeasTap members an unmissable opportunity.

As one of two winners, not only will you will have a poem published in clinic’s summer poetry anthology, you will also get to develop your literary dexterity in a poetry workshop led by poet Jack Underwood and you will have the chance to perform at the clinic anthology launch party.

Three runners up will also join in the workshop, which is taking place on 21 April at IdeasTap HQ in London.

To be in the running, just upload two poems of no more than 200 words to your IdeasTap portfolio and link to them in the summary box when you apply. And the best poets will win. Simples.

This brief closes at 5pm on Friday 24 February and is open to all IdeasTap members aged 16 to 30. If you have any technical queries, email info@ideastap.com. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.

Visit the website: http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/e5a83d1c-a4dc-4fa5-a0ee-9fe500c1a6c2#Overview

Fantasy Writing Contest 2012

15 February 2012

Fantasy Writing Contest 2012
The Fantasy writing contest is completely free to enter and is looking for stories, of up to 8000 words, within any fantasy sub-genre. This could be traditional fantasy, epic fantasy, urban fantasy, steam-punk, and so on.

$500 prize for the best Short Story, with runner up prizes of $250 and $125.
More importantly though, winners will feature within an anthology alongside some of the Fantasy genres finest authors, including; Mark Lawrence, Michael Sullivan, Douglas Hulick, Myke Cole and many, many more!

No Entry Fees

Deadline: June 30, 2012

Read the guidelines & enter online: http://fantasywritingcontest.com

February Flash Contest

15 February 2012

FLASH CONTEST:

Each month Switchback provides a prompt and we want you to send us your best work inspired by that prompt. The winning entry as decided by our editors is then featured on Switchback. Contest submissions can be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or even art but must be 500 words or under. Please send us only one submission per prompt and only previously unpublished works. We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Make sure your name DOES NOT appear on the submission itself.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on the last day of the month.

The February prompt is: “It was certainly not your typical love story.”

Switchback is a publication of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program of the University of San Francisco.

For more information visit Switchback online at www.swback.com

Essay Contest for LA Unified School District High School Seniors

15 February 2012

We’re seeking fresh ideas from Los Angeles area high school seniors in response to the question: What is the most powerful way to make your community stronger? We’re asking for no more than 1,000 words to be sent to essays@zocalopublicsquare.org by March 15, 2012.  Full details follow below, and at

 http://zocalopublicsquare.org/thepublicsquare/2011/01/05/zcalos-high-school-essay-contest/community/

Eligibility

Current high school seniors under the age of 19 and enrolled in Los Angeles Unified School District high schools are welcome to enter the essay contest.

Essay Guidelines
Essays must answer the question, “What is the most powerful way to make your community stronger?” 
Essays must be no longer than 1,000 words.
Essays must have only one author.
Essays must be submitted by March 15, 2012 as Word document attachments to essays@zocalopublicsquare.org.
Essays must include the telephone number, email address, mailing address, and school affiliation of the entrant.
Essays may be submitted by a student, a teacher, or a principal. Teachers and principals may submit multiple entries on behalf of their students, provided they include all information requested in this section.

Judging
Zócalo Public Square will judge the submitted essays on the basis of: following the essay guidelines; originality of ideas; depth of analysis; and writing style.
Judging and selection of winners is under the sole discretion of Zócalo Public Square.

Awards

The Southern California Gas Company will award scholarships to the winners in the amount of: $750 for first place; $500 for second place; and $250 for third place.
Upon notification, winners must submit a photograph of themselves to Zócalo by email.
The winners will be invited to and recognized at an awards ceremony to be held in April 2012.
Zócalo Public Square will publish the winning essays on its website, www.zocalopublicsquare.org, and reserves the right to edit the essays for grammar, length, and style.

Privacy
The three winning essays become the property of Zócalo Public Square. By entering the contest, the entrant grants Zócalo the right to publish and distribute his or her essay for media and publicity purposes, along with the entrant’s name, school, and photograph, without compensation.

The Zócalo High School Essay Contest is sponsored by the Southern California Gas Company.