Archive for May 14th, 2012

The Novelist Writing Contest

14 May 2012
We are holding a writing competition to look for the next great novel. It is an American Idol style contest where we begin with around twenty hopefuls and the public will whittle them down to one winner through a series of writing challenges. This last author standing will then receive a publishing deal. 
The contest is available as a free app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users at:

Do you have a story to tell? We are holding a contest in search of the next great novel. The author will receive an amazing publishing deal which will make their story available to the public. Not a writer but love to read? That’s great too because the readers will decide who gets voted out of the competition. Our contestants will be providing you with their freshest material to win your votes and the publishing deal that goes with it.

Entering the contest is easy. All you have to do is tell us about the story you will tell. Think of this as a blurb that would appear on the back cover of your book. We would also like to know a bit about you, as any reader would like to know a little about the author.

From these two pieces of information, we will narrow down the candidates to a small group. The public will then narrow this group down further deciding who will compete for the publishing deal. The authors will then go head to head with writing challenges judged by the public until two remain. The final two authors will submit the beginning chapter(s) of their novel. The author with the most support from the public will then receive a publishing deal.

Most publishers provide authors with 10% of the price each copy of the book sells for. The winner of this competition, however, will receive 50% of all profits from each copy sold! For example, apple keeps 30% of a novel sold through iBooks leaving 70% of the price to be split evenly between the winning author and the publisher. This means you will make more than three times the amount of earnings through a common publishing deal. The winner will also receive a free, one of a kind, hand bound, hardcover copy of their winning novel.

The final ten contestants will have all their works from the contest published in a compilation book available for sale to the public and will receive a percentage of the book’s profits collected by Perfect Wave Design House for every copy sold depending on where they placed in the competition with tenth place being the least and final two being the highest. This collection of works as well as the winner’s novel will be featured in following versions of the Novelist application.

Author’s retain their own copyrights for their works.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Last Call for submissions! Under the Gum Tree – Creative Non-fiction

14 May 2012

Under the Gum Tree is a digital literary arts magazine,

published quarterly and accepting continuous submissions.

The editors are looking to publish creative nonfiction:

true stories about human interactions — with each other,

with food, with music, with film, that are told in original and beautiful ways.

In particular, we are seeking stories related to music, film and food. 

Get a free copy of our premiere issue when you sign up for our newsletter

and see we what type of stories we are looking for. 

Submit by May 25, 2012 to be considered for our Summer 2012 issue.

For more information and submission guidelines,


Submission link:

Last Call for Urban short stories for Flaneur ebook

14 May 2012

Yes the rumours are true! The Flaneur is heading into the exciting realm of ebook publishing.

We are looking for short stories under the theme Urban Shorts.

This can be interpreted in any way that you wish.

The deadline is the end of May 31, 2012.

We are looking for stories of all lengths up to around 6000 words,

although this is negotiable if a longer story fits the call.

The best stories will be published in an ebook and possibly a paper book as well.

  • Submissions are managed by Submittable – you can enter your story here.
  • Around ten to fifteen stories will be published in the final ebook.
  • We have decided to have a small entry fee to place a limit on entries. You can enter multiple times, but each entry will have to be accompanied by the $10 entry fee. Yes, we’re based in the UK but the fee is in dollars. It’s just the way of the net.
  • Prizes – you want more than publication by Flaneur and general shouting from the roof-tops about your brilliance? You want more than being recommended to all our social media followers?  As we don’t know how this endeavour will go we’re not offering millions, but the best story, as chosen by The Flaneur (all decisions are final, etc, etc) will be awarded a cash prize, paid via Paypal of 50% of all entry fees. That could be a lot or might be a little, we’ve got absolutely no idea.
  • Entry method is via plain text. You can just paste your story into a text box on the entry form.
  • Any questions email

Visit the website for details and to enter:

The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award (Must be Canadian or residents of Canada to enter)

14 May 2012

Deadline: May 28, 2012

Sponsored by St. Jerome’s University dept. of English,

this annual contest is for short fiction by writers who

have not yet published a novel or story collection.

$1000 top prize, all entries will be considered for paid

publication ($250) in The New Quarterly, one of Canada’s

liveliest literary magazines.

Open to Canadian citizens or residents only.

No word limit.

All entries will be judged blind.

$40 entry fee includes a 1-year Canadian subscription

to The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing.

Details at

The New Quarterly has been publishing the best of new Canadian writing for 31 years. We offer a lively mix of fiction, poetry, author interviews, and talk about writing. Each issue will introduce you to a new generation of Canadian writers, share our delight in the sound and sense of a story well-told, and take you inside great writing.
TNQ writers have been nominated for Giller prizes, Governor General’s Awards, Griffin Poetry Prizes, Writer’s Trust Notable Author awards, Journey prizes, Commonwealth prizes, National Magazine Awards, and more.

Visit the website to enter:

Internshala: My First Stipend Contest (India residents only)

14 May 2012

Note: This competition will be open only to people residing in India.

The first stipend for a student is like a dream come true. It signals the transition from the ‘learner’ phase to the ‘earner’ phase. It’s  a recognition of you finally having arrived on the world stage. Its a milestone that you would always cherish. Truth be told, a matter of great personal pride, a first stipend, however small, is special in so many ways.

You may have already earned and spent your first stipend, or may be going to earn one this summer. Or in distant future but may already have grand plans on how you would spend it. Internshala invites you to share those experiences and dreams with rest of the student community.

If your experience/plan/dream is interesting enough and well narrated, it would be selected for publication on Internshala. And as a token of appreciation, you would receive mobile recharge worth Rs. 100/ – . What’s more, if your entry is liked by the readers of Internshala, you would also win a cool limited edition Internshala t-shirt 🙂

My 1st Stipend where students submit a write-up about what they did with their first ever earning in the form of a stipend. You can check out the previous winners here. This competition will be open only to people residing in India, though.

Visit the website for details:

Midlife Collage Weekly Writing Contest

14 May 2012

Midlife Collage Writing Contest!

Enter a Writing Contest. US citizens and legal residents age 40 and over.

Weekly writing contest with a cash prize of $50 to the winner. Send us a short story — your story about an experience in midlife. No word minimum. No fee to enter. Multiple entries are allowed. There is currently no limit on the number of weekly contests that you may enter. Readers rate the vignettes. The winner is the vignette with the highest average star rating.


We are always accepting submissions. Tell us a short story. The submission guidelines are as follows:

Written in English by a person who is at least 40 years of age.

Must be your own true (nonfiction) short story occurring during your midlife. We define “midlife” as ages 40 – 65.

There is no word minimum. However, we recommend a length of 250 to 400 words.


Entertaining, insightful, humorous, or a combination of two or more characteristics.

Must not be offensive, political, religious or touch on other subjects deemed inappropriate by the Editor.

No Entry Fees.

Multiple entries are allowed. There is currently no limit on the number of weekly contests that you may enter. To enter, complete the Online Submission Form. For details see the Vignette Contest Rules.

JUDGING: ANYONE age 18 or older, worldwide can star rate and comment on the vignettes in a contest.

Visit the website:

The Fred Otto Prize for Oz Fiction

14 May 2012

The Fred Otto Prize for Oz Fiction
(10,000 word maximum)

$100 First Prize
$50 Second Prize

Prose story submissions are invited for the 2012 Fred Otto Prize for Oz Fiction.

“Oz Fiction” is defined as any story about or pertaining to the Land of Oz as originally created by author L. Frank Baum in the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and its sequels, but stories need not be confined to Baum’s vision. Submissions about or pertaining to the Land of Oz in any of its forms will be accepted. Stories may follow on from Oz books, Oz plays, Oz movies, Magic Land, or any other fictional version of Oz.

Maximum word count: 10,000 words
Submissions may not be previously published or publicly exhibited in any form, including online and digital publication.
No entry fee.
Deadline: June 30, 2012

Use standard manuscript style: double-spaced, 12 point type, 1 inch margins, page numbers at top right.
Include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number at the top of the first page of each submission.
Include the title of your submission halfway down the first page and at the top left of every subsequent page.
Electronic submissions only will be accepted in one of the following formats: .pdf, .txt., .rtf, and .doc

Attach your submission to an e-mail and send to:
Please put the words “Oz Fiction” in the subject line.

Prizes will be awarded at the 2012 Winkie Con of the International Wizard of Oz Club, July 27-29, 2012. To enter and win you need not be present at the Winkie Con, though attendance is encouraged:
To enter and win you need not be a member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, though membership is encouraged:
Winners not in attendance will be notified in the week following the 2012 Winkie Con and prizes mailed.

For further inquiries and questions, e-mail:

Alligator Juniper/Prescott College: National Writing Contest

14 May 2012

National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry

$15 Entry Fee

*** $1,000 First Place Prize ***

Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2012 

Our annual contest awards $1000 plus publication for the first place winners in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Finalists in each genre will be recognized as such, published, and paid in copies. Cost of entry: $15, checks or money orders payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2013 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in late spring 2013. There is no theme for this issue; work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest, you agree to allow us to select your work for publication, as a finalist. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, including emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately, should your work be selected elsewhere.

Submission Guidelines
  • Submissions accepted August 15 through October 1, 2012 (postmark deadline).
  • Include a brief cover letter; please let us know if yours is a simultaneous submission.
  • Include SASE for response only; manuscripts are recycled, not returned.
  • Include a $15 entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story or essay (30-page limit), or up to five poems. Additional categories require additional fee.
  • Indicate category with a large F, NF, or P on cover letter and mailing envelope.
  • Manuscripts must be typed with numbered pages. Prose double-spaced.
  • Double-sided submissions are encouraged. No email submissions.
  • Send to: Alligator Juniper, Prescott College, 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86301
    Note: We usually inform in January.
Interested in reading Alligator Juniper?

Back issues are available for all but 1995 (the premier issue), 2001, and 2007. Send $10 to above address and request a copy from any year: 1996–2000, 2002–2006, or 2008–2012.

For a limited time, we are offering a subscription deal: for only $20, you will receive Alligator Juniper for two years, AND two free back issues—a $40 value!



Visit the website for details:
Thank you for your interest in Alligator Juniper!

Welcome to’s free Writing Contest for High School Students

14 May 2012

We’re looking for personal film reviews from teens and college students that answers the question: “What movie has made the biggest difference in your life?”  We’re giving away movie passes from our sponsor, Regal Theaters, and more.  We thought your visitors might be interested in sharing this with your readers.

Here’s the link to the movie writing contest page:

Writing Contest – Real World Teen Issues

Welcome to‘s free Writing Contest for High School Students.  From this page you’ll be able to enter the monthly teen writing contest and help inspire, educate or illuminate your peers (and older generations) with your experiences and thoughts.  Because we do this monthly, feel free to bookmark this page and revisit next month to enter a new essay.  

Enter current writing contest (see below)

Past writing contests

National media exposure for our past student essay writers:, Mint Education, more

Writing Contest Topic:  “What do you attribute to the decline of teen pregnancies?”

Details:  According to the latest teen pregnancy statistics from the CDC, U.S. teen birth rates are at an all time low.  But the last report still showed a total of 367,752 babies were born to teen girls aged 15–19.  In honor of May being National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, we want to hear from teens and college students about why they think teen pregnancies are dropping.

What’s the reason?  What’s happening at your school or with your friends or in your community?

Whether it’s practicing abstinence, having access to more health education at school, getting scared by shows like MTV’s Teen Mom Series, using contraceptives, waiting for marriage, finding other activities and friends outside of a relationship, or knowing a friend, sibling, or parent who had a baby at a young age and then seeing the challenges those loved ones faced first hand with caring for a baby as teenager…we want to know what experiences or resources are encouraging teens to be smarter about controlling their futures as this trend of lower teen birth rates continues.

So tell us…

Submit a 500 word essay about this writing contest topic on teen pregnancy trends.  Share your thoughts with the world – your Stage of Life essay may just inspire someone (over 125,000 teens submit essays and/or read the submitted stories here on every year).

Prize Package:  The winning essay will receive…

A spot as a Featured Writer on

Stage of Life SWAG package

Link to their submitted essay will be featured in Stage of Life’s national press release in June from MarketWire

A $30 Gift Card from

Visit the website for rules & guidelines:

Last Call for submissions: “How I Work” – Personal Stories & Essays

14 May 2012

CameraBooru is looking for personal stories and essays from photographers and filmmakers. You can be a student, a pro or anything in between so long as you have something to say. We’re interested in stories that explore every facet of film and photography (social, artistic, entrepreneurial, whatever…). Tell us your war stories or reflect on your career or the industry as a whole. We are looking for submissions that are around 1000-2000 words, but that’s just a guideline, feel free to ignore it.

NOTE: We will consider previously published material if you have the right to republish it.

Winning entries will be published on CameraBooru. (We may also end up publishing an ebook collection.)

DEADLINE: May 31, 2012

How to enter:


14 May 2012

4TH DR. ZYLPHA MAPP ROBINSON INTERNATIONAL POETRY AWARD, FIRST PRIZE: $200, 2nd Prize: (selected MOBIUS) 3rd Prize (Audiobook: “Poetry Among the Flowers: Queens Meets Asia” by Juanita Torrence-Thompson). 3 Honorable Mentions.

 THEME  from our 8 Mobius categories —Website:

Not mandatory, but preferably at least one HUMOROUS OR CELEBRATORY poem. – ALL poems are considered for publication in Mobius, The Poetry Magazine 2012.

Length: 50-line limit  (Name, Mailing Address, Tel, Email & category on each poem & cover letter, if one.) 


Winners announced on October 1, 2012.

Email 1 or 2 UNPUBLISHED poems to:  then snail mail same 35-word BIO & emailed poem and  CHECK FOR $15 TO:

MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO Mobius, The Poetry Magazine  — MAIL CHECK,  35-word BIO & 1 to 2 emailed poems to:

Mobius, The Poetry Magazine

Dr. Zylpha Mapp Robinson International Poetry Award, 2012

P.O. Box 671058

Flushing, NY 11367-1058


For Guidelines, visit the website: 

Call for Submissions: Kentucky Her Story 2012

14 May 2012

Now accepting submissions for a collection of short stories about Kentucky women.

A new e-zine journal will be published summer 2012.

Authors can be any gender.

Stories should be 2,000 – 10,000 words.

No exceptions on length, no poetry, art might be okay.

Send one paragraph bio, author photo or representation,

one sentence describing your story,

and your story to

Digital files only. No payment, no fees.

Deadline June 15, 2012.

Acceptance notice by August 1, 2012.


14 May 2012

West Jefferson, NCAshe County’s On the Same Page Literary Festival, now in its fifth year, is opening the Festival’s second writing competition. In association with the 2012 Festival, which will take place September 12 – 15 in Ashe County, NC, the Page Crafter’s Prize recognizes writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with cash awards. Winning writers will have the opportunity to read their work during the On the Same Page Literary Festival.

The writer’s competition is designed to encourage and acknowledge emerging writers and to reinforce the annual theme of the On the Same Page Literary Festival, which for 2012 is “Journeys.”

Page Crafter’s Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Prize money totaling $1,200 will be presented: $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place in each category.

Deadline for submissions is July 13, 2012, (postmarked snail mail or email submissions) and winners will be notified by August 17, 2012.  Entries must be centered on the 2012 festival theme “Journeys.” There is a 1,000-word limitation for prose and no more than 50 lines of poetry. A non-refundable entry fee of $10 (U.S.) per submission is required. There is no limit to the number of entries per person.

For 2012, Page Crafter’s Prize winners also will be registered for a drawing for a partial scholarship of $250 to this year’s Table Rock Writers Workshop, with the recipient being chosen at random from among the nine winners.  This year’s workshop will be held September 17 – 21, at Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.  The scholarship covers meals and a double room for this popular course for writers, with the balance for the 5-day and 4-night program being $350.  Please see the Table Rock website at for information about the outstanding group of writers who conduct this event each year.

The Festival’s website,, provides further details, including format requirements, for the blind-copy submission process. Only previously unpublished entries qualify. Authors retain all rights to submitted works. Winners need not be present to win, but are encouraged to attend the Festival and read their work.

Visit the website for guidelines:

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