Archive for May 20th, 2012

The Writer 2012 Travel Essay Contest

20 May 2012

The Writer 2012 Travel Essay Contest

Have you learned something surprising about another culture – or your own? Met a memorable character who altered your world view in some way? Seen something monumental or simple that left an indelible impression? It’s time to write about your unforgettable experiences as a traveler, whether your travels took you to an exotic destination or a hometown treasure. We’re looking for personal stories of up to 1,200 words that convey readers to distant lands – or the park around the corner – to share the traveler’s experience and insight. 

Deadline: June 15, 2012  

Entry fee: $10 per entry.


• First Place: $1,000 (USD); enrollment in a 10-week online writing workshop offered by Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($420 value); publication in The Writer and on; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.

• Second Place: $300 (USD); enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($150 value); publication on; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.

• Third Place: $200 (USD); enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($150 value); publication on; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.

For rules and submission information:

National Poetry Competition open for entries

20 May 2012

Established in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests.

The judges this year are Vicki Feaver, W.N. Herbert and Nick Laird.

Winners include both established and emerging poets, and for many the prize has proved an important career milestone.

The prizes are: £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third, with seven commendations of £100.

The deadline is 31 October.

Enter online or download an entry form at:

Memoirs Ink Writing Contest

20 May 2012

Memoirs Ink is looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. The narrative must be in first person, other than that, the contest is open to any type, genre or style of story. Stories can be funny or sad, serious, artsy or fragmented. We are interested in pushing the boundaries of memoir and also in just regular memoir that doesn’t try too hard–so long as it moves us. This contest is open to any writer, any age, writing in English–that means Canadians, Brits, Australians, Ugandans and anyone else anywhere can enter.

Max word count: 3000 words

1st Prize: $1,000
2nd Prize: $500 
3rd Prize: $250

Entry Fee: $17

Late entry fees require an additional $5. 

Deadline: August 1, 2012 (postmark)
Late Deadline: August 15, 2012 (postmark)

All winners receive publication on

Visit the website for complete guidelines:

Got questions? Contact Jill at:

Send entries to:
Memoirs Ink Writing Contest
10866 Washington Blvd, Suite 518,
Culver City, CA 90232

Creative Competitor Writing Competitions

20 May 2012

Young Adult Fiction Competition

1st Prize: £200.00

2nd Prize: £150.00

3rd Prize: £100.00

Closing date: June 12th 2012

Entry Fee: £3.50 Free to Creative Competitor Premier1 Members

To win any one of our three fantastic prizes, simply create the opening page to  a young adult fiction story and send to us. There is no set word count but please note that your entry must fit onto one A4 page including the title.

Now remember that this story is aimed at the young adult market, so consider your terminology and style.

Your entry must be unique and previously unpublished. All submissions must be written in English.



The Text Message Writing Competition

 1st Prize: £75.00

2nd Prize: £50.00

3rd Prize: 3 Months Premier1 Membership

Closing date: June 30th 2012

Entry fee: £2.00 or FREE to Premier1 Members

To win any of our great prizes, all you have to do to win this fantastic writing contest is to interpret the photo and create a text message in less than fifty words. You can be as creative as you like. Surprise us, shock us or simply impress us.

Please do not use ‘text speak’.



Family Secrets Writing Competitions

1st Prize: £150.00

2nd Prize: £100.00

3rd Prize: £75.00

Closing date: 10th July 2012

Entry Fee: £3.00 or FREE to Premier1 Members

Using the photo for inspiration, write a story around the couple and create a family secret. You have only 1200 words excluding the title  in which to wow us with your creativity so don’t waste a word.  All entries must be in English and be unique and previously unpublished.



500 Word Fiction Competition

1st Prize: £150.00

2nd Prize: £100.00

3rd Prize: £75.00

Closing date: 25th July 2012

Entry fee: £3.00 or FREE to Premier1 Members

To win this fabulous writing competition, all you  have to do is to complete the story in 500 words or less. The title of the story is called ‘ Late’ and you have been given the opening sentence to start you off.

Late again! Vicky knew she was in real trouble this time….

The word count excludes the story title and the opening sentence. Your story must be written in English, be original and previously unpublished.

Competitors must be aged 18 and over to enter.


Witness to Murder Writing Competition

1st Prize: £200.00

2nd Prize: £150.00

3rd Prize: £100.00

4th Prize: £50.00

Closing date: 10th August 2012

Entry Fee: £4.00

Imagine that you have witnessed a crime and your life may be in danger. This competition is all about your story-telling abilities writing the story in the first person as the crime and any potential risks unravel for the reader.

You have a maximum of 2000 words excluding the title.  Entries must be original and previously unpublished. All submissions must be written in English.


4’33” 60 Second: Flash Fiction contest/ results

20 May 2012

Dear Writers –

We have just announced the winners and short listed entries for our 60 Second Story Contest.

You can find the results here:

Thanks for entering.  The standard was incredibly high and the judges (the small group of volunteer editors who run 4’33”) would like to hear more stories like the ones entered in the competition, so whether you were successful or not please do consider submitting to our site generally – we like stories of up to about 5 minutes or 1000 words in length.

Thanks again – and happy National Flash Fiction Day!

To submit a story, visit our website:

All the best,

Author Promote Thyself workshop series launched

20 May 2012
Author Promote Thyself workshop series launched by Pacific Institute for Professional Writing throughout California
Cost effective education for authors wishing to learn to promote their books

(Santa Barbara, CA – May 15, 2012) – To sell books in today’s market, novice authors must establish an online presence, then do most of the work of promoting their books themselves. Even when published by one of the Big Six legacy houses, new authors must PROMOTE to gain sales and recognition. Recognizing this trend and the need for writers to know how to market their books, the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing (PIPW) has created a series of workshops called:  “Author Promote Thyself.” Through these techniques, writers will learn ways to turn promotion efforts into direct points of sale. The first five-day workshops will be held at Ojai Writers Conference, June 18 – 23 and June 25-29 plus a weekend intensive July 14 and 15 in Santa Barbara. Additional locations throughout California will be announced in June.

“We began these workshops last fall,” said Kate Sexton, executive director of PIPW. “From the post seminar surveys, we learned that attendees required information on basic skills. At Ojai WordFest, we produced a longer class with more details on using social media, blogging, and websites. Again we found that attendees wanted even more basic information. To fulfill that need, we have created five workshops: Book Marketing 101, Social Media Networks, Way Fast Websites, The Fine Art of Blogging, and, Book Publicity for Beginners.”

At the Ojai Writers Conference in June, writers can attend five afternoons of classes, each building upon the next. Every day will cover another of the five workshops from a basic outline of what is book promotion to how authors can use social networks to promote their books. These will be hands on classes and limited to nine attendees so that each writer receives individual attention. Writers are encouraged to bring their laptops so they can work in the class on creating a website, setting up a blog and viewing social networks.

The Santa Barbara weekend intensive will run from 9:30 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15. This workshop will be limited to eight attendees. Writers are encouraged to bring their laptops as each segment of the intensive delivers hands on attention, helping writers craft an online image, a website, setting up a blog and proper social media for their book. Basic book publicity and marketing will be part of this class and writers will leave with one or two press releases they can send out promoting their book or an appearance.

As a bonus, attendees to both the Ojai Writer Conference APT workshops and the Weekend Intensive will receive a customized press list based on their book’s topic and genre. The list will be created from the world’s largest press database, Cision.

To learn more about each class and curriculum, visit:
All APT workshops are presented by the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing, a California educational nonprofit. Learn more about PIPW.
Media contact: Kathleen Kaiser, 805-524-6970 or
About PIPW
The Pacific Institute for Professional Writing is a California 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit, located in Santa Barbara, CA and serving California’s writing communities. For more information on the Institute’s programs, visit our website:

Winners of Fish Flash Fiction Prize

20 May 2012

Michael Collins comes up with the results of the 2012 

Fish Poetry Prize.


Serene Suburban Sunday, Spring Street by John Mulligan (Ireland)


Hard Times 2 by Mark Fiddes (England)


Give a Sucker an Even Break by John Mulligan (Ireland)


Birthday Letters by Jennifer Cairns (England)

Ferrets by Amalia Burne

To Rhonda by Sean Murphy (USA)

Neighbourhood Watch by Lezanne Clannachan (Denmark)

The Taste of Death by Mo Loughlin (England)

My Bag by Fiona Price (Ireland)

In The Beginning by Danielle McLoughlin (Ireland)


Many thanks to Michael Collins for his time and wisdom. We appreciate his interest in emerging writers and in Fish’s efforts to bring the best of them to publication.

First prize is €1,000. All of the ten stories selected by Michael Collins will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology. The launch and award ceremony will take place on 11 July at the West Cork Literary Festival. Chris Stewart, author and travel writer, will launch the Anthology. All are welcome.

The West Cork Literary Festival is a wonderful week for writers, readers, and revelers. Clem Cairns was the festival Director for 11 years before giving it up to run Fish Publishing full-time, so Fish’s involvement with it is long and deep. It is worth a visit for umpteen reasons – many of the readings are free, the workshops are varied and far-ranging in theme, and very reasonably priced, the line-up is superb, the festival is as small and friendly as the town it is in – the small fishing town of Bantry in West Cork, one of Ireland’s most beautiful places. Don’t miss it!


We have not been able to contact the author of Ferrets, one of the Honorary Mentions. The name we have is Amalia Burne, though its possible it may be Burnet or something like it. We are appealing for anyone who knows the author to ask her to contact Fish Publishing.


Author, journalist and Human-Rights activist John Mulligan is from Boyle in County Roscommon. He has had two non-fiction books published; “Dancing on the Waves”, and “Following in the Footsteps of the Four famous Flannerys” in 2007. His debut novel “No Place in the Sun” was published in 2010, and his latest novel “No Place Like Home” is available from Amazon in Kindle format. One of his song lyrics will be recorded by former Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan in August of this year. As well as writing newspaper features, John is working on a book about the Irish in Britain.

John is in the unprecedented position of coming both first and third in the Fish Flash Fiction Prize.

Visit the website:

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Announces 2012 Winners of Student Stowe Prize

20 May 2012

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Announces

2012 Winners of Student Stowe Prize


Hartford – The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center has selected Tess Domb Sadof of Amherst Regional High School (Amherst, MA) and Hannah C. Morgan of the University of Maryland (Washington D.C.) as the 2012 recipients of the inaugural Student Stowe Prize.

The Student Stowe Prize recognizes outstanding writing by United States high school and college students that motivates action for positive social change. The award follows last year’s Stowe Prize, presented to Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn for their work Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a ground-breaking epic in the tradition of Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

The two student winners will be honored at the Stowe Center’s Big Tent Celebration on June 5, 2012.  Annette Gordon-Reed, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, will present the award, which includes a $2,500 cash prize to Hannah Morgan, the college winner.  Former Connecticut State Senator Biagio Billy” Ciotto will present the award and the $1,000 cash prize to Tess Domb Sadoff, the high school winner.  The cash awards are funded by the Stowe Center.

The Big Tent Celebration will be held on the grounds of the Stowe Center and is a fundraiser supporting the Center’s education programs promoting civic engagement.  The Hartford Financial Services Group is the Presenting Sponsor of the Big Tent. U.S. Congressman John B. Larson is the Honorary Chair.

Tickets to the Big Tent Celebration may be obtained by contacting or calling 860-522-9258, ext. 305The $100 ticket includes cocktails, picnic supper and awards presentation.  The $150 ticket also includes a cocktail reception with Guest of Honor Annette Gordon-Reed.   A free public program, Inspiration to Action: Real Stories of Social Change, precedes the event from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Immanuel Congregational Church across the street from the Stowe Center.

Ms. Sadof’s winning entry took on the subject of bullying.  Her editorial, “Young Witnesses to Bullying Must Be Part of Solution,” appeared in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.  Ms. Sadof argues that bullying is not just between bully and victim, and that those who witness bullying make a choice to ignore it or intervene.  “I am committed to using dialogue to build a community where individuals take responsibility to acknowledge, address and respond to injustice,” says Sadof.  In addition to her writing, Ms. Sadof formed the first-ever School Climate Group at her high school to fight bullying and create a safe environment for all.

Ms. Morgan, a budding journalist, submitted her entry from Street Sense, a newspaper sold by homeless individuals in Washington D.C., shining a light on the harrowing life stories of those living on the edge of society.  Whereas many avoid making eye contact with people living on the street, Ms. Morgan wandered the city talking to homeless people and learning their stories.  She gave voice to their struggles through a series of articles which were also published by the Huffington Post and DC Impact.  “I heard harrowing tales of survival through hypothermia season, hurricanes, drug abuse and family tragedies,” says Morgan.  “And through all of this, I solidified my commitment to journalism.”

The winning entries were chosen from submissions from high school and college students throughout the country.  The panel of judges included Dr. Eugene Leach, Trinity College; Renwick Griswold, University of Hartford; Elizabeth Devine, Hall High School, West Hartford, CT; and Dr. William Silva, Lewis S. Mills School, Burlington, CT.

Harriet Beecher Stowe recognized the injustice of slavery and was compelled to take pen to paper and write Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  The Student Stowe Prize winners carry on Stowe’s work by fighting for social justice in our time.  The prize will be awarded every other year, alternating with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize for Writing for Social Justice.  Both prizes are integral to the Stowe Center’s mission to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, a museum, program center and research library, is located at 77 Forest Street in Hartford, CT.  The Stowe Center is open year round for tours and programs. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center preserves and interprets Stowe’s Hartford home and the Center’s historic collections, promotes vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspires commitment to social justice and positive change. 

Visit the website:



20 May 2012



The Ether Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing Contest is open to any aspiring writer, anywhere in the world. We are looking for Sci-fi and fantasy stories of 3000 words or less, for downloading and reading on iPhones. Ether calls these ‘Quick Reads’. The stories will be available on our FREE app, which offers hundreds of quality short stories for any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch user.


Ether provides fantastic Quick Reads from both new and seriously famous writers like Hilary Mantel, Lionel Shriver, Paul McCartney, Alexander McCall Smith, Fay Weldon and many more. We currently publish our Quick Reads on iPhones and will be adding many more mobile devices during 2012. Have a look around some of the other blog posts on here and get to know us! We LOVE our writers and that’s why an important part of what we do is to give them a friendly, supportive community where they can connect with each other, share ideas, and make friends. Even though you will be taking part in a competition, you will benefit from this ethos in our dedicated contest Facebook group. You can see details of our product in the iTunes app Store. Enter, and your photo and story will be available for everyone to read on their iPhone, alongside those famous names. It’s free to enter and your writing career can begin!


We want short stories from sci-fi and fantasy writers! That means ANYONE can enter. You should remember that we publish to iPhones – make sure your story works for reading on a mobile. For this contest we are looking for 3000 words or less. Your story could be about anyone, anything or anywhere, it just has to fit one (or both!) of these two genres.  ALL ENTRIES WILL GET PUBLISHED!


We have an online submission process, which allows you to enter a story in the special genre we have set up for the competition. You will need to have a photo ready (a headshot please) and fill in some details and then you will be able to access our submission page. One entry per person please. It is open NOW!


We will have a period for submissions and a period for downloads. This means that we will close to new entries and then everyone’s story will be released on the same date so everyone will have the same amount of time to promote it. We are talking Facebook, twitter, blogs, videos, hot air balloon…. The more imaginative the better because the story with the most downloads wins! The Ether app is free to download in the iTunes App Store. Your content will appear in our app and will be free to download, so spread the word! People will be able to find your story by searching for it once they are in the app. Please note that we are looking for a minimum of 50 entries before we release the stories onto the app.


We will keep you updated on our Facebook page by producing leader boards. So like us and stay in the loop. The numbers change all the time so the competition will be hot!

Email with your name and email with any questions!


Month Long Writers Conference in Ojai, California

20 May 2012
Literary Vibe in Ojai: Summer Writers Workshops Offered the Entire Month of June. Ojai Aims to Attract Writers from Across the Nation and Around the World
(Ventura, CA – May 14, 2012) During June – the month of the Summer Solstice when the sun is highest in the sky and the sunset casts the most vibrant hues of pink across the Topa Topa mountain range – writers from around the world are invited to return to Ojai (or visit for the first time) for professional writing workshops offered by some of the best writing teachers on the planet.

“For writers worldwide, we want the month of June to become synonymous with writing in Ojai,” says Sequoia Hamilton, founder of Ojai Writers Conference and Ojai Summer Writers Workshops. “Last year, writers traveled as far away as Europe, Asia, South America, and Canada proving what many locals and visitors already know-that Ojai has international appeal and is a writer’s dream destination.”

“June in Ojai will be 30 days of cultural decadence,” adds Hamilton, “We’ll offer professional writing workshops and an eclectic mix of literary events such as Open Mic Poetry Jams, Well Red – a robust ‘Writers & Wine’ pairing, and a ‘Book Tea’ benefiting the Ojai Library featuring renowned authors and lecturers. Writers can also enjoy The Ojai Music Festival, The Ojai Wine Festival, The Lavender Festival and other vibrant community events. There’s no other place on earth I’d rather be in June than in my own hometown of Ojai.”

The writing workshops and literary events run Friday, June 1 thru Saturday, June 30 and range in price from $99 to $499 depending on topic and length. For those who live in the area or who plan to spend an entire month in Shangri-La, an all-access monthly pass is available for $1,499. For reservations or more educational information,
Visit or call (805) 669-7373.


Educational Programs for the Ojai Writers Conference and Workshops
June 2 – Memoir Workshop
June 3 – Screenwriting Workshop
June 9 – Memoir Workshop
June 10 – Humor Workshop
June 16 – Mythology: The Hero’s Journey
June 18 – 22 – Week long Workshops – Poetry Workshop; The Art of Memoir; The 10-day Book Project; Author Promote Thyself; Make Your Best Better: Perfect the First Paragraph, First Sentence, First Chapter; Playwriting Jumpstart; and, Spa-tacular Writing.
June 25-29 – Week long Workshops – Novel Lab for First Time Novelists; Poetry Bootcamp; The Short Story: Your Ticket to Publication; Author Promote Thyself; From Page to Stage; The 10-day Book Project, and, Spa-tacular Writing.
June 30 – Half-day workshops – Why Comics?; Book Marketing 101; I’ve Written a Great Screenplay- Now What?; Memoir

All classes take place in Ojai. Locations depend upon class.

Visit for full schedule, curriculum and instructors, or call (805) 669-7373.

Philip Booth Poetry Prize

20 May 2012

 Philip Booth Poetry Prize

$500 & publication in Salt Hill

Submission Period: May 15th – August 1st 2012

Guest judge will be National Book Award Finalist Bruce Smith.


  • Enter up to three poems, any length, any style, each starting on a new page. Submit all poems in one document.
  • Only previously unpublished work is accepted.
  • The Philip Booth prize is judged anonymously: your name and other identifiers (phone number, address, etc.) should NOT appear on any of the poems. 
  • All submissions will be considered for general publication. If you would like to provide a bio, include it in the comments section when submitting. If you do not want your poems considered for general publication, include this in the comments section.
  • There is a $15 submission fee which includes the issue in which the winning poem appears.
  • Simultaneous submissions will be accepted as long as you notify us immediately of its acceptance elsewhere – unfortunately, for withdrawals, we cannot issue refunds. Multiple submissions are permitted, each with a paid submission fee.
  • Family, colleagues, current and former students of the last two years of the guest judge are ineligible to submit. As are graduates and those affiliated with the Syracuse University Creative Writing Program.


If there are questions or a need to retract a poem please send us an email:


20 May 2012


Enter the free poetry contest
for a chance to win money!
Help judge the poetry contest
for a chance to win money!

Submission Guidelines:

Only 1 poem will be accepted from each poet to be featured for each yearly contest. If you do not receive an acceptance Email within 5 days, you may submit up to 2 more poems to be considered.

The best new poems you submit must be your own original material that has not been previously published on any other public media platform.

Poems must be at least 10 lines and no more than 39 lines long.

The best new poems submitted must not contain curse words or adults only subject matter, keep em’ clean.

All styles of poetry are allowed.

All poems must be formatted into lines. Poems submitted in the form of a continuous paragraph will be discarded.

I reserve the right not to feature any poem submitted to the contest for any reason.
Note: The contest has a maximum of 350 poets that it can accommodate, so I can’t set a date. Once I receive 350 submissions that meet the submission guide lines, I will stop accepting submissions.
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Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story contest

20 May 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. We accept entries from July 1, 2012; the deadline is 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.

Creative Competitor: Young Adult Fiction Contest

20 May 2012

Young Adult Fiction Contest

1st Prize:£200.00

2nd Prize:£150.00

3rd Prize: £100.00

Closing date: June 12th 2012

Entry Fee: £3.50 Free to Creative Competitor Premier1 Members

To win any one of our three fantastic prizes, simply create the opening page to  a young adult fiction story and send to us. There is no set word count but please note that your entry must fit onto one A4 page including the title.

Now remember that this story is aimed at the young adult market, so consider your terminology and style.

Your entry must be unique and previously unpublished. All submissions must be written in English.

More info:


20 May 2012


Now open for entries. 

Closing date 31 July 2012

There are six prizes available:  

Winner:  £300        

Runner Up:  £50                

4 x Highly Commended:  £25.00

All prize-winners will have their story published to the InkTears Readership and their Bio published on the InkTears website.

Fees: 1 entry £3.00 GBP; 2 entries £5.00 GBP; 3 entries £6.50 GBP; 4 entries £7.50 GBP

Length – submissions must be 500 words or less in length, any theme.

Full results will be posted on the InkTears website by 31st October 2012.

NB: stories may have been previously published (in a magazine or online providing the author still owns the copyright and there is no exclusivity with the prior publication) or unpublished. for full details.  

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Summarize This! Weekly Twitter Writing Contest

20 May 2012

Do you think you can write concisely and precisely?

Develop your writing skills by 

participating in our Summarize This!

Twitter contest.

We are giving you a chance to prove it!

Summarize This! is a weekly contest that requires you to tweet a summary of our featured topic.

How it Works

Every Friday at 11 AM, we will announce the topic of the week. Entrants must write a 140-character-or-less tweet, mention @Scribendi_Inc, and summarize the topic of the week. The contest closes the following Thursday at 11 AM.

This Week’s Topic

May 18 – May 24: Summarize the taste of chocolate cake.

This Week’s Prize

May 18 – May 24: 1000 words of free editing!

The Last Winner

Topic: Summarize the plot of Harry Potter.

Winner: Ali

Entry: A scrawny speckled boy finds some specialty in his striking scar and saves the secret school whose rules he seldom cared for.

Rules & How to Enter, visit:

Call for submissions for upcoming issues of Able Muse

20 May 2012

ABLE MUSE – Submission Guidelines for Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Book Reviews & Art


We invite submission for forthcoming issues of Able Muse.


Able Muse predominantly publishes metrical poetry complemented by art and photography, fiction and non-fiction including essays, book reviews and interviews with a focus on metrical and formal poetry. We are looking for well-crafted poems of any length or subject that employ skillful and imaginative use of meter and rhyme, executed in a contemporary idiom, that reads as naturally as your free verse poems. All forms of formal poetry are welcome. We will also publish, occasionally, the exceptional  free verse poem. For an example of what we’re interested in, check the poetry of Philip Larkin, James Merrill, Elizabeth Bishop, Derek Walcott, Marilyn Hacker, Richard Wilbur, Anthony Hecht….

The best way to become acquainted with any publication is to read its recent issues. We invite you to enjoy and study our online archives or—better yet—to subscribe to Able Muse print edition at the Able Muse Press website here.

Able Muse seeks to publish established as well as new voices. We read everything and publish only the best. Send your best!
Send only previously unpublished poems. No simultaneous submissions, please. Contributions that have already been published or are being considered for publication elsewhere are not eligible to be considered for publication in Able Muse, unless a cross-publishing arrangement has previously been negotiated.


Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief bio. A cover letter would be nice but is not mandatory.  E-mail is the preferred medium of submission, but we also welcome snail mail. When submitting multiple poems via email, please we encourage sending us just one email containing all the poems for consideration as opposed to one email per poem. For long poems accepted by snail mail, we may expect a computer disk. Response time varies from 2 to 12 weeks.

Able Muse also welcomes humorous or light poetry.

We also invite submission of short fiction (maximum of 2 stories per submission, 4000 words or less per story). We will consider longer pieces of exceptional merit. Our emphasis is on literary fiction; Able Muse is not a venue for fantasy, romance, horror, action-adventure, gratuitous violence, or inspirational/sentimental genres.

Also welcome are interviews, book reviews and essays on metrical poetry (maximum of 2 essays per submission, 4000 words or less per essay, but here also, we’ll consider longer pieces of exceptional merit,) photography and artwork (black & white preferred, although we will also consider colored work. Submit in JPG or GIF format, or a URL with the images. When sending a URL, please indicate the specific images you are submitting, not just a link to your website or blog.)


Able Muse now accepts submissions throughout the year, and we endeavor to publish new issues two to three times a year. Accepted work of poetry, fiction, nonfiction or art will be targeted to the appropriate forthcoming issue. After making a submission, please do not send us another of the same type until we have had a chance to respond to the previous one.


Able Muse acquires first-time electronic publication rights. We also reserve the right to republish it in a future electronic and/or print anthology. Back issues are archived indefinitely. Rights return to the author after publication: authors retain their copyright, however, so after their contribution has appeared in Able Muse, they may republish their text in any manner they wish—electronic or print—as long as they clearly acknowledge Able Muse as its original place of publication.

Able Muse is a not-for-profit publication. For the print edition, we pay in contributors’ copies.


Please, track your submissions and our response time on Duotrope.

This is the preferred method of submission —
It’s simple and even provides you a means of tracking the status of your submission online. Besides, we will be able to process and respond to your submission faster than with other methods!

Use our online submission system here .


We describe here the email and snail mail submission methods.

(Note that the e-mail submission method is being phased out. We strongly encourage using the online submission method described earlier, which is the preferred method.)

If you still must submit by e-mail, then send your submissions as Word, WordPerfect, HTML, PDF, ASCII attachments (or simply copy ‘n paste into the e-mail)  to:

If you cannot use the online or e-mail method, then you may submit by snail/postal mail: send your submission to (including SASE). Be aware though that we’re phasing out snail mail submissions soon, so it’s strongly recommended that you submit using the electronic method indicated above. Also for snail mail submissions, expect twice the delay, if not longer, in getting a response back from us! But if you must still, send to the address below, exactly as indicated, or else, it may be returned to you unopened! —

NOTE: WE NO LONGER ACCEPT SNAIL MAIL SUBMISSIONS FOR GENERAL SUBMISSIONS. Submit only using the electronic methods indicated above. The address below is provided as an option ONLY for those entering our contests, the Able Muse Write Prize, and/or the Able Muse Book Prize. Even then we still strongly discourage snail mail submissions and recommend that contest submissions be made through one of the electronic methods indicated above. Any non-contest snail mail submissions will be returned to you, unopened! And you’ve been warned!

Alex Pepple, Editor
Able Muse Review
467 Saratoga Avenue, #602
San Jose, CA

Visit the website:

Literary Review International 1st Annual Writing Contest

20 May 2012


1st Annual

C O N T R I B U T O R S   P R I Z E

$500 Fiction | $500 Non-Fiction $250 Runner-Up SUBMIT NOW!!


  • COPYRIGHT: All story rights remain the property of the author.
  • GENRE: Fiction and / or Non-Fiction (please do NOT submit work targeted at children).
  • WORD COUNT: up to 5,000 words.
  • ELIGIBILITY: Writers with original fiction and / or creative non-fiction who are over the age of eighteen and HAVE NOT published professionally are eligible. Staff members and featured guest artists (such as Jim Crace) are NOT eligible.  (See Contest Rules for more information.)
  • SUBMISSIONS: You may submit in BOTH categories. You may also make MULTIPLE submissions. However, each contestant is only eligible for ONE prize. (If you win Fiction, you may NOT win Non-Fiction or the runner-up prize in either category.) Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but it is YOUR responsibility to inform us if accepted elsewhere. SUBMIT NOW!
  • RUNNER-UP: A runner-up will be awarded for BOTH Fiction and Non-Fiction.
  • SEMI-FINALIST: ALL semi-finalists will be published in LITERNATIONAL.
  • DEADLINE: August 15th, 2012
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Winners will be announced by THANKSGIVING.
  • CONTEST RULES: It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with Contest Rules.


Room Magazine’s Annual Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest

20 May 2012

Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest

Our annual writing contest is back—with $2250 in prizes! Send us your best fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction entries by June 15, 2012  for your chance to win!

Calling all women writers: sharpen your pencils or fire up your laptop and send us your fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction contest entries.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than June 15, 2012.
Entry Fee: $30 per entry (includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Room). Non-Canadian entries: $42 Canadian dollars.
Prizes: 1st prize in each category – $500, 2nd prize – $250. Winners will be published in a 2013 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may be published.

Fiction: Cathleen With
Poetry: Miranda Pearson
Creative Non-Fiction: Kathy Page

Rules & Details:
Poetry: max. 3 poems or 150 lines | Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: max. 3,500 words

More than one entry will be accepted as long as fee is paid for each entry. No manuscripts will be returned. Only winners will be notified.

There will be blind judging, so please don’t put your name or address on your entry submission. On a cover sheet (for mail entries) or in the body of your e-mail (for electronic entries), include your name, address and phone number, as well as the title(s), category and word count of your submission. Entries must be typed on 8.5 x 11 white paper, and prose must be double-spaced. Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

For details on how to enter, visit the website:

The 1st Playing Bingo Short Story Competition

20 May 2012

Keeping up our tradition of celebrating the culture and heritage of bingo in the UK, Playing Bingo is launching its first Short Story Competition.

Taking inspiration from our very small Your Stories section of the site, the aim is to generate some great fiction about our favourite game.

There’s some great prizes up for grabs as well as the chance to entertain our readers with your finely crafted piece of bingo fiction.

Competition Entry Details

Fancy entering? Here’s all you need to know. Please read the terms and conditions thoroughly, to ensure your eligibility to enter the competition and win one of the prizes available.


We’re offering a range of prizes for people taking part as follows:

  • 1st Place – £300
  • 2nd Place – £100
  • 2 x Runner’s Up Prizes – £50
  • All shortlisted entries will be collected and published in an anthology for the shortlisted writers, as well as being featured on this site in the Your Stories section.

Story Theme

The theme for the fictional short story is “Bingo”.

Here’s some ideas for potential areas the theme could embrace. It could be about a bingo hall and the staff, the game being played in a social club, charity bingo games, bingo games in school, bingo online, a bingo site chat room or whatever, the only stricture is that something to do with the game of bingo is featured in the piece.

We’re not looking for a particular kind of fiction either, it could be a romance, a thriller, a horror, a comedy or anything!

Story Length

The minimum length for the fictional story is 1500 words, the maximum 3000 words.


All entries must be in English.


Judging will be done by the editorial team of Playing Bingo, a number of whom are published writers. We’ve also enlisted the help of award winning novelist and short story writer Rachel Trezise to participate in the final judgement.

Entry Fees

The competition is free to enter, the only thing we ask is if you have a blog or a website, please share a link* to the competition for other budding writers (*completely optional!)

Previous Use

All entries must be original and unpublished (in print, digitally or on the web.)

Competition Closing Date:

The final date for entries is the 28th of February 2013.

Guidelines/how to enter, visit the website:

Announcing the Two Ways Writing Contest

20 May 2012 is pleased to announce the Two Ways writing contest.

This fee-free contest has a $50 first prize and a $25 second prize. 

To enter, write a piece on any theme which contains

both a prose section and a poetry section. 

These two sections can be integrated or discrete,

but must address the same core story. 

Entries must be 2500 words or fewer. 

Contest deadline May 31, 2012. 

This contest is hosted by Scribophile—

a friendly, knowledgeable, and intensive online critique community

for writers and poets. 

Entrants must create a free account on to participate. 

E-mail entries will not be accepted.

For full rules and guidelines,


Tennessee Williams Annual Poetry Contest – Accepting Submissions Now!

20 May 2012

Our Annual Poetry Contest accepts submissions each year from April 15th through August 15th.

The judge of the Third Annual Poetry Contest is Ava Leavell Hayman.

Grand Prize:


VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the next Festival

Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine

Public reading at the next Festival

August 15th 2012 (postmark).

The top ten finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the next Festival,

and their names will be published on this site. The winner will be announced by January 15th.


Submit 2-4 original poems of any style or theme, written in English, with a combined length of up to 400 lines.

Include a separate cover page with name of collection, poem titles, number of total lines, plus poet’s name, address, phone, and email address.

Give your collection of poems a title. Include this title on the first page of the manuscript, above the title of the first poem in the collection.

Type and number all pages in your entry (not including cover page).

Please use standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia in 10, 11, or 12 point font size.

Author’s name should only appear on cover page.

Unlimited entries per person. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify the Festival if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.


Only open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry. Authors who have self-published or have published chapbooks are eligible provided that their poetry collection does not have an ISBN number.

Authors who have published in other genres are eligible.

Only previously unpublished poems accepted.

Entry Fee:

Visit the website for guidelines/how to enter:

NCW Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction Contest Announcement

20 May 2012

NCW Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction Contest
Northern Colorado Writers, LLC announces the second contest in its 2012 contest series: Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction.

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 and receive a free copy of 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 e-mailed.

The final judge for this category is writer, poet, and songwriter, Mr. Kim Stafford. Stafford’s books include The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft; Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford; Having Everything Right: Essays of Place; and many others.

Contest deadline is June 15.

Details can be found at by clicking on Writing Contests.

The winners and judges of last year’s contests as well as the 2012 Short Fiction category can be viewed on the contest Web page.

Enchanted Conversation Monthly Contest

20 May 2012

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine

is holding monthly contests for poetry and stories based on classic fairy tales.

Submission windows open at 12 a.m., on the first day of the month,

and close at 11:59 p.m. on the second day of each month, Eastern Standard Time.

Two prizes of $25 each, US dollars only, will be awarded in the form of electronic

gift certificates, each month. Unpaid honorable mention is also possible, if the writer is willing.

There is no fee to enter, but the submission guidelines are very specific.

Please find them at:

The Definitely on Purpose Project

20 May 2012

Today is May 7, 2012 and it will go down in my mind as the day The Definitely on Purpose Project was born.

Have you ever experienced a defining moment in your life that was beyond coincidence or happenstance? A moment so serendipitous you just knew it occurred by design not chance; destiny not fluke; intention not accident. 

There are two types of people: those who will tell you they have had numerous divine moments and those who say they have experienced none. The only difference between these two types of individuals is not in the count of these Definitely on Purpose moments they experience, but in the person’s ability to acknowledge them.

Take a moment and look at your life. Think of moments where coincidence seemed less likely than leading; where random seemed impossible; and where order outnumbered chaos. This is the site to share and learn about these awakening moments where things happened definitely on purpose.

Do you have a story to share or just want to learn more about this project?

Wishing you a life that is definitely on purpose.

Visit the website for details: