Archive for May 22nd, 2012

Submit Poetry and Short Fiction to the 2012 LitPOP Awards

22 May 2012

Enter the 2012 LitPOP Awards

Matrix Magazine and POP Montreal are searching for poetry and short fiction submissions to the 2012 LitPOP Awards. Prize includes airfare, accommodation and a VIP pass to the POP Montreal Festival plus publication in Matrix Magazine. Entry fee $25. Visit: and for more information.

Deadline: July 1, 2012.

Incredible prizes for incredible writing:

The POP Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine have joined forces to bring you Canada’s most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for writing that makes ears ring and throats hoarse. So if you can bring the rock heat with poetry and/or short fiction, it’s time to break some hearts and/or scare some parents. If you have what it takes, you will get your work published in Matrix, and get free travel to POP Montreal for a night in your honour.
The winners, one from each category, will receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September 19-23, 2012, a VIP pass to the Pop Montreal Festival, free accommodation at a bed and breakfast, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and presentation at a special Matrix Litpop event during the festival.

Submit by July 1, 2012. Winners will be notified in August. Poets are asked to send no more than 5 poems; fiction and non-fiction writers should send stories of no more than 3000 words. Each entry is 25$ and entries and entry fees should be mailed to Matrix Publications, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W., LB 658, Montreal QC, H3G 1M8. Please include your email address. Cheques or money orders should be made out to “Matrix Publications.” PayPal is also available. Multiple entries are welcome. Entries can also be emailed to and will be considered valid once payment is verified. Full contest rules and regulations can be found at and

The POETRY judge is Ken Babstock, the author of Methodist Hatchet (Anansi 2011) and Airstream Land Yacht (Anansi, 2006) winner of The Trillium Prize for Poetry, finalist for the Governor General’s Award, The Griffin Prize for Poetry, and The Winterset Award. Earlier collections include Mean, winner of The Atlantic Poetry Prize and The Milton Acorn Award, and Days into Flatspin, winner of a K.M. Hunter Award and finalist for the Winterset Prize. All three books were listed in The Globe and Mail‘s Books of the Year. His poems have won Gold at the National Magazine Awards, appeared widely in anthologies in Canada, The US, and Ireland, and have been translated into French, German, Dutch, Serbo-Croatian and Czech. 

The FICTION judge is Melanie Little. Her debut book, the story collection Confidence, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and named one of the Globe and Mail’s Top 100 books of 2003. Her writing has appeared in the anthologies Scribner’s Best of the Fiction WorkshopsOutskirts: Women Writing from Small PlacesCertain Things About My Mother, and Nerves Out Loud, as well as in magazines including The Malahat Reviewsub-TERRAINPrairie FireEventThe Fiddlehead, and Books in Canada. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Globe and MailOttawa CitizenGeorgia StraightVancouver Sun, and National Post. She is a past winner of the Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition and the Periodical Writers’ Association of Canada Journalism Award. Little holds a Masters of Arts in English Literature from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of British Columbia, where she served as an editor of PRISM International. She is now the Senior Editor with Anansi Press.

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Red Hen Press Writing and Poetry Awards Listing

22 May 2012

Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

For a full manuscript of poetry.

48 page minimum.

Judge: Katharine Coles

Award: $3,000 and publication of the collection with Red Hen Press.

Entry: $25

Deadline: August 31, 2012


Short Story Award

Up to two stories can be submitted, maximum 25 pages each.

Judge: Mary Guterson

Award: $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review.

Entry: $20

Deadline: June 30, 2012


Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award

Up to three poems can be submitted, maximum 120 lines each.

Judge: Cynthia Hogue

Award: $1,000 & publication in The Los Angeles Review.

Entry: $20

Deadline: September 30, 2012


All submission to be submitted to:

Red Hen Press, [Award Name],

P.O. Box 40820, Pasadena, CA 91114

Include SASE for notification.

Names on cover sheet only.


Further information about all contests can be found at

Salamander Fiction Contest

22 May 2012

Salamander 2012 Fiction Prize
$1,500 Honorarium and Publication
Final Judge: Carolyn Cooke

Submit May 15 through June 15, 2012
Reading Fee: $15

Carolyn Cooke’s short fiction has appeared in AGNI, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and several volumes of Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. Her short-story collection, The Bostons, was a winner of the PEN/Bingham Award and named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. Her new novel, Daughters of the Revolution, was short-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and appeared among the New Yorker Magazine Reviewers Favorite Books of 2011. She teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Submit Entries Online or by Mail to:
2012 Fiction Prize
Salamander/Suffolk University English Dept.
41 Temple Street
Boston, MA 02114

Further information and guidelines can be found at
Questions can be sent to

The Fifth Annual Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest Rules

22 May 2012

Enter the Fifth Annual Real Simple Life Lessons Contest


and You Could Win $3000.

Tell us:  If you could change one decision that you made in the past, what would it be?

•  $3,000 
•  Round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors 
•  Publication in Real Simple Magazine 

Contest entries should be typed, double-spaced, and a maximum of 1,500 words.  No purchase necessary.  Contest begins at 12:01 A.M. on May 12, 2012, and ends at 11:50 P.M. on September 13, 2012.  Open to legal residents of the United States 19 or older at the time of entry.  Void where prohibited by law.  (All entries will not be returned.) 

TO ENTER send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft  Word attachment) by e-mail to  

For contest rules, visit:

Sheila Bender’s current contest

22 May 2012

Does the World Inspire You?

Summer Contest Reading Period May 30 to July 30, 2012

Do you have an essay or poems inspired by your observations of the world around you? It could be a scene or event in nature or even the world outside your window. Perhaps we can challenge you to write one especially for this contest.

Like some of our past contests, this one includes the opportunity for revision because Sheila believes in second chances. She will read and respond to your essays of up to six pages (1500 words) or three poems submitted online or through the mail along with a reading fee of $15 for members (it’s easy to  join). Entrants may revise and resubmit their work for final judging by a guest judge (to be announced) at no extra cost. Our contest deadlines offer you an incentive for creating new work and/or dusting off older work you’ve wanted to develop.

The guest judge will choose three winners from among all entrants; the winners receive free consults with Sheila as well as publication of their winning essay.  Sheila wants everyone to be a winner and by receiving her detailed response to your submitted writing, you get a head start in making your writing sing.

If you are not a current Writing It Real member, sign up to receive our quarterly announcements of events, classes and upcoming contests or become a member now.

Send us what you have already written on this topic (up to 1500 words or three poems) or create a new draft (even a freewrite will do). If you’d like, use this prompt for your freewrite: This is what I see from where I sit: ___________. And this is what I think of when I look more closely: ___________.

The online form allows you to pay the reading fee of $15 via paypal or you can mail a check to Writing It Real, 394 Colman Drive, Port Townsend, WA 98368. You’ll receive Sheila’s detailed response within one week. Revise and resubmit (at no extra charge) for the guest judge’s consideration.  The detailed response is guaranteed to speed you on your way to a finished piece, which may, of course, be longer or shorter than the original, as revision frequently means putting in what we left out or leaving out what turns out to be unnecessary. 1st place – two 30-minute consults with Sheila; 2nd and 3rd place, one 30-minute consult each.

Prepare your entries and enter soon!

The contest fee for nonmembers includes a $35 Courier level year’s membership to Writing It Real, plus the contest reading fee of $15. Please go to Writing It Real Contest to join now. If you are already a member, please login now to pay the $15 reading fee and make your contest submission.  After you submit your payment, you will be routed to the contest submission form.

If you have questions, email us; be sure your submission is attached as a double-spaced Word document. We will not be able to read submissions that are in another file type. If you prefer, send your double-spaced manuscript and a check to 394 Colman Drive, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Either way, include a cover letter with your name, address, email address and phone number as well as the name of your submitted pieces. Do not put your name on the submission itself.

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Receive Global Exposure for Your Talents (Writers, Animators, Illustrators, and Musicians)

22 May 2012

The app development team at Wickedly Sisters is sponsoring a contest to find writers, animators, illustrators and musicians to expand the storyline of the new, award winning iNovel app Spoon and the Moon

Spoon and the Moon is an interactive iNovel app with hot music performed by musicians from North America and Europe, along with whimsical animations and illustrations all woven through a magical storyline. Spoon and the Moon, International Gold Medal eLit Award winner for Illuminating Digital Publishing, is among the TOP 20 best selling apps from Amazon for Android™ Tablets and Kindle Fire™.

Here is a chance for you to get some global exposure for your talents by winning a spot in the next update and a $100.00 cash prize for the winners in each category. For contest details and rules, please go to

The only fee to enter is the cost of the app, which is on sale now at an introductory .99 cents in the Amazon Apps for Android Store.

Davis Studio LLC

Wickedly Sisters

PO Box 4714-0714

Louisville, KY 40204



US Essay Contest to Honor Veterans and Win a Trip to Korea

22 May 2012

June 30 submission deadline; Winners and their companions to receive All-Expenses-Paid VIP Trip to Korea in Sept. 2012; Students and military families are encouraged to submit.

The first US nation-wide essay contest entitled “Korean War Veteran’s Enduring Legacy” will be hosted by Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI USA), a Korean government agency in New York, to pay tributes to Korean War veterans. The contest, a part of the 2012 Body & Seoul – Korean War Veterans & Families Health Appreciation Event, is held in partnership with the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA).

“From the ashes of war, the Korean people today can enjoy our vibrant democracy and coveted economic prosperity. We owe our deep gratitude to the men and women who served to defend the freedom on the Korean peninsula against the reckless aggression from the communist North,” said Amb. Young-mok Kim of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York. “Korean War Veterans’ Enduring Legacy” is a noble and much needed endeavor to preserve the memories of the Korean War veterans and their valor and sacrifices.”

Open to all US Korean War veterans and their families, the commemorative essay contest marks the 59th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, of which date July 27 was proclaimed by President Barak Obama in 2010 as the National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.

One person per veteran’s family (veteran, or a family member) is eligible to submit. Veterans may share his/her own recount of the Korean War, or family members may submit the story of their Korean War Veteran’s enduring legacy (living or deceased).

“As President of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc., I believe that our members will welcome the opportunity to take part in this US nation-wide essay contest called the “Korean War Veterans Enduring Legacy.” I hope that many of our members or their families throughout the United States will take the time to submit their essay.” Said KWVA president William F. Mac Swain. “As Veterans of the Korean War, we need to take the time to relate to our nation what was accomplished when we stopped communism from spreading around the world. We appreciate the KHIDI USA for undertaking this project.

Two contest winners will receive grand prize of an exclusive, all-expenses-paid VIP trip to Korea for themselves and one additional travel companion each. The prize includes round trip business-class air tickets; hotel accommodation; KWVA Korea Revisit Program — — that includes a guided tour to Panmunjom, DMZ, Joint Security Area, Korean Folk Village Tour and banquet hosted by MPVA and KVA. Winners and their companions will also enjoy as part of the trip a health appreciation services at renowned hospitals in Seoul. The trip will take place Sept. 12-19, 2012.

”Since the armistice, the Republic of Korea has progressed by leaps and bounds, especially in the 21st Century’s innovative healthcare and well-being management as a global leader,” said KHIDI USA director-general Do-hyun Cho. “Commemorating the Korean War veterans’ immeasurable sacrifice and courage, we are proud to share Korea’s remarkable postwar achievements with them through this meaningful contest.”

To participate in the contest, submit an essay at least 1,000 words in length, in English, double spaced, and formatted for 8-1/2″ by 11″ paper as attachment. The essay topic is “The Korean War Veteran’s Enduring Legacy,” which should be specified in the email subject line as well. The body of email must contain contestant’s name; relationship to the veteran; veteran’s name, rank and year of service; home address; email; telephone number; and a recent photo of the contestant. All entries with appropriate information and attachments must be submitted to event(at)khidiusa(dot)org via email no later than June 30, 2012. Select entries will be published online and as a print publication to mark the occasion. The winners will be announced in July at an official ceremony in Washington D.C.

For more information, contact KHIDI USA at event(at)khidiusa(dot)org, (646) 380-1143, or visit The essay contest is supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the General Consulate of the Republic of Korea New York, Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH), St. Mary’s Hospital, Chaum and Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine.

About KHIDI:
Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), a government institution in the Republic of Korea with offices around the world and in the U.S., is established to promote global healthcare partnerships and business, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, foods and medical tourism.


Korean War and Korea Service Veterans – A Continuity of Service in the Defense of Freedom.

Gemini May issue: fiction, poetry, memoir & The 2012 Flash Fiction Contest

22 May 2012

“Let’s Rob a Bank” (debut fiction from Anders Benson), “A Faithful, One Handbag Woman” (Sudha Balagopal), “Personal Foul” (Don Riesett) and other thought provoking work can now be found online in the May issue of Gemini Magazine.

THE 2012

Grand Prize: $1,000
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50
Three Honorable Mentions
Entry fee: $4
($3 for each additional entry)
Deadline: August 31, 2012
Maximum length: 1,000 words

All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
October 2012 Issue of Gemini.

Absolutely no restrictions on content, style or genre.
Simply send your best, most powerful work.

Why such a low entry fee for a major contest? So
EVERYONE can have a chance. Both new and experienced
writers have won our contests.
Visit the website for results of our previous fiction contests.


8 Apps Every Writer Should Have

22 May 2012

If you’re tired of your Moleskine and think that Microsoft Word is for laughable tech dinosaurs, consider going mobile with your writing. With non-verbal communication becoming the norm in today’s fast-paced, tech-forward world, there are many new tools designed to help you get the most out of your writing time, and, indeed, your words. If you’re struck with inspiration when you’re on the go, at least one of these eight essential apps should be available at your fingertips. Beware, wannabe writers! Once you’ve downloaded any or all of these tools, you’ll have less of an excuse to say that you “just can’t find the time” to write. For professionals and amateurs alike, these eight mobile-friendly writing apps are great assets to your toolkit. 

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