Archive for May, 2012

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Send only previously unpublished poems.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:


Online writing workshops expanded by Lopopolo Literary Management

20 May 2012

Online Writing Workshops Expanded by Lopopolo Literary Management

Writers fine-tune their books with this weekly live interactive workshop

 Harnessing the power of the internet to bring writing workshops to authors around the country, Lopopolo Literary Management offers fiction and nonfiction writers the ability to participate in weekly online classes, beginning in June.
“When I first opened my agency, I noticed that most of the submissions I received were not ready for prime time. I developed workshops to assist first-time fiction and nonfiction writers to master the skills they need to make their manuscripts publishable. These workshops are part of my literary management services and make use of my past experience as an executive editor at Macmillan then St Martin’s Press, to ready manuscripts for submission to publishers. With this convenient online service, I can reach writers throughout the country and they can participate from the comfort of their homes.”

When Toni relocated her company to Santa Barbara, California, she could no longer hold her ongoing fiction and nonfiction workshops for her east coast writers living close enough to attend her classes. Toni tested several services and found that the worked best, had the clearest sound and image, plus came cost free to writers.

“Toni Lopopolo transformed me from someone who writes into someone who’s a writer,” say Dr. Eydie Ellis Miller, of Philadelphia. “I’m working on a medical thriller and Toni’s workshops are the highlight of my week. The ooVoo sessions provide me with deadlines without which I’d never write a word, all in the comfort of my home. Input from Toni and the other writers in the group provide me with invaluable guidance in plot development and building suspense/tension. Also, targeted input along the way keeps me from writing too far in the wrong direction. Toni’s knowledge of and experience in the publishing world combined with her passion for developing writers make her workshops top notch. Her guidance and encouragement keep me writing.”
 Each meeting begins with a short lecture from Toni re: the mastering of skills and techniques essential to write book-length fiction and narrative nonfiction. “I focus on the killer first sentence and first chapter, plus charged dialogue,” said Lopopolo. “Editors and readers look for the story that grabs and holds their interest. We discuss concept, character, story, plot, pacing, scene, and other important skills. .”

“These workshops are consciousness-raisers,” said Susan Setteducato of Bucks County, PA. “Things they never told you about in college and conference writing classes. We look at character and character arc, voice, writing charged dialogue, constructing a plot. We also learn point-of-view, which is one of the most powerful tools to have in your belt, plus Toni’s laser sharp editing hits home every time”

Online workshops will include no more than six writers. Each writer submits ten pages four to five days in advance. Toni and the other workshop members edit and comment on the work then email to each writer. During the workshop, writers submit their revisions, then listen to Ms Lopopolo read these pages aloud. After the reading everyone comments.

“I find unpublished writers are often too attached to parts of their writing that don’t work,” said Lopopolo. “I tell writers they must learn to: Kill Your Darlings. They must let go of writing holds their story prisoner. Learning to self-edit is a key skill to a writer’s success.”

In a four-week session, writers receive up to forty redlined, i.e. edited pages from Toni as part of the workshop. The $245 fee covers four online workshops. The ooVoo software is free and easy to download.
Writers interested in joining this ongoing, online workshop should contact Toni Lopopolo at: 215-353-1151 or email her at To be accepted, writers must submit the first ten pages of the first chapter of their novel, or nonfiction book. To learn more about Lopopolo Literary Management, visit:

32 iPad Apps That Writers Just Love

20 May 2012

Today’s writers benefit from an incredible assortment of digital tools from which they can draw inspiration and productivity. Although some writers prefer to stick to old-fashioned pen and paper or even typewriters, there’s a vast population of others that are happy to take advantage of all the new tools out there. Some of the brightest of these tools can be found on the Apple iPad, and we’ve highlighted 32 of them here. Whether you’re looking for a place to scribble ideas, organize plot lines, or just find your zen before sitting down to write, these apps have got you covered.

Visit website:

Call for entries: HESA inprint blog submissions theme: REFLECTION – PEILIKUVA

20 May 2012

Call for entries REFLECTION – PEILIKUVA.

Submit your work to be featured on the HESA inprint blog with a chance to be published in our monthly magazine. We are looking for creative people with a vision and voice to share their opinions, work and stories not for a pay check but for the love of creating.

This months issue theme is “REFLECTION – PEILIKUVA” if you feel like your work could be put in to this category we would love for you to submit it to HESA inprint and be in with a chance to get in to the web magazine, blog and magazine publication. 

Deadline is Midnight Finnish Time, May 30th 2012 .

IMPORTANT! Remember to include your full name, email address, titles and mediums for all work and an overall title for your submission! We also recommend adding an introduction text on the works submitted and how you see them fitting with the current theme.

TO SUBMIT your works for our publication send it to in the subject box write: “submission – reflection – Your Name – WORK TITLE”.

For submission guidelines visit:

2012 Anderbo Self-Published Book Award

20 May 2012

Anderbo Self-Published Book Award

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

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.

–Any currently-available self-published fiction or nonfiction
  book or e-book
  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-22, 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:

Visit the website:

Switchback Flash Contest – May 2012

20 May 2012

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 will be 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 May prompt is: “It’s a lot easier to say when something ended
rather than when it began. Most of us can recognize the end from a
mile away, but the beginning always slips up on us, lulling us into
thinking what we’re living through is yet another moment, in yet
another day.”

Visit the website:

Best Article Competition bloggers, journalists, writers, students: get published, paid and popular!

20 May 2012

We would like to invite writers to take part in our Best Article Contest. 

The task in this competition is to write an article that fits in one of the following topics:






The article must be at least 500 words long, be based on good research, include photos etc. Once submitted, it will be reviewed by our staff and – if it meets our standards – published on Red Sky’s new website.

The real fight begins the moment an article goes online. The more likes, visits, shares etc. it gets, the bigger a chance of winning. And the prizes are:

First 10 Places – 150 dollars each

Next 20 places – 100 dollars each

Next 70 places – 50 dollars each

For one of the winning authors we may offer a job as a Content Manager with one of our portals.

All entries must be submitted through the on-line form by the 31st of May, 2012.

Selected participants will receive an e-mail with a web address which they need to follow in order to register and become able to add articles to their profiles. The deadline for this is the 3rd of June.

On the 6th of June all submissions will be published, and the rating process will begin and last one week.

Winners list will be announced after the 13th of June, 2012.

To take part in the contest, an author has to visi in order to sign up, and send us an article.

Writers’ Village Short Story Contest Summer 2012

15 May 2012

$660 prize for short fiction in Writers’ Village Contest Summer 2012

$660 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the summer 2012 round of the Writers’ Village ‘Best Writing’ award.

The second prize is $160 and third prize is $80.

The five shortlisted entrants also gain a free entry in the next round.

All contestants gain a helpful critique of their story, win or lose – a feature thought to be unique among low-fee writing contests.

Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village Best Writing summer 2012 Award’ and see their work showcased online.

Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide.

The fee is $16 and multiple entries are permitted.

Deadline is 30th June 2012.

Entry rules plus all winning stories since 2009 can be found at:

The Suitcase Fiction Writing Competition

15 May 2012

1st Prize:£200.00

2nd Prize:£150.00

3rd Prize: £100.00

4th Prize: £75.00

Closing date: May 25th 2012

Entry Fee: £4.00 *Free to Creative Competitor Premier1 Members

To stand any chance of winning any one of our fantastic cash prizes, simply craft a story around this suitcase (photo on site) and use your creative skills to conjure up an imaginative and excitingly written original work of fiction.

Stories must be unique and previously unpublished.

Word count is 1500. Excluding the title.

All submissions must be written in English.

Visit the website:

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2012: Extended Deadline: May 31

15 May 2012

**IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to a web hosting problem that has now been resolved, we have extended our 2012 deadline to May 31, 2012. This applies to our 2012 competition only.

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition


Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2012 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a 32-year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.

Prizes and Publication:

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of his or her winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts.The second – and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise. Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts was founded by editor-in-chief Pamela Uschuk, winner of the 2010 American Book Award for her book Crazy Love: New Poems, and by poet William Pitt Root, Guggenheim Fellow and NEA recipient. The journal contains some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry in print, and the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is both proud and grateful to be associated with such a reputable publication.

Eligibility requirements for our 2012 competition are as follows:

What to submit:

* Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. We have extended our word limit for the first time in thirty years to 3,500 words rather than 3,000. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.

Who may submit:

* The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.

Submission requirements:

* Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required.* The author’s name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

Entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 31, 2012.  Entries postmarked after May 31, 2012 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 31, 2012 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2013 competition beginning May 16, 2012.

How to pay your entry fee:

* Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid — in U.S. funds — via a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.
Visit the website for details and enter:

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:

Winners of our 2012 competition will be announced at the end of July 2012 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by October 1, 2012. All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041 or submitted online. For more information, please explore this website or e-mail:

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.

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