Archive for June, 2012

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2012-2013

15 June 2012

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: January 13, 2013

All winners will be notified, announced and published online in the Dare to Dream pages, February 23, 2013.

Prizes:

Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees: $10 per short story, $5 per poem

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details and enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

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June Writing Contest from Scribophile: Summer Solstice

15 June 2012

Scribophile.com is pleased to announce the Summer Solstice writing contest.

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

and is for fiction of 2500 words or fewer. 

Entries must fit into the Slipstream genre,

blending mainstream fiction and sci-fi/fantasy genres,

making the familiar strange by using sci-fi/fantasy elements.

Contest deadline is June 30, 2012.  

This contest is hosted by Scribophile–a friendly, knowledgeable,

and intensive online critique community for writers and poets.

E-mail entries will not be accepted.

For full rules and guidelines, see:

http://www.scribophile.com/contests/summer-solstice-contest/

8th Annual Writing Contest with DearReader.com

15 June 2012

Subject: Help spread the “words” — 8th Annual Write a DearReader Contest

Call the neighbors, wake the kids—DearReader is back with the eighth annual Write a DearReader Contest. Help spread the word to your readers, fans and followers beginning July 2, using the attached widgets.

You can write about anything as long as it is no longer than 650 words. Write about the day you wore your T-shirt inside out; about the stray cat or dog found curled up on your front porch, your favorite aunt, a bizarre and whimsical woman who vacuums her living room in the buff; the overwhelming love in your heart when you held their first grandchild, or write about your fear of writing. Just write!

Deadline: August 12, 2012

DearReader founder Suzanne Beecher will choose three winners. In addition to cash prizes, each winner will receive a signed copy of Suzanne’s book Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life, and the winning columns will be published on DearReader.com

For guidelines and prizes to go: http://www.dearreader.com/contest2012/

call for writing/art: Lit Undressed: Women in Disguise

15 June 2012

In Conjunction with (downtown) omaha lit fest Lit Undressed Presents:
WOMEN IN DISGUISE
October 24 & 25, 2012, 8pm House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St. $10, 21+ facebook.com/litundressed omahalitfest.com

The focus of this year’s (downtown) omaha lit fest (October 19-20) is Women Writers. Authors will participate in panels, readings and discussions by authors, who, according to VIDA Women in the Literary Arts “Count 2011” are underrepresented as writers in publications and getting books reviewed (For example, The New York Review of Books shows a strong bias. Among authors reviewed, 83% are men (306 compared to 59 women and 306 men), and the same statistic is true of reviewers (200 men, 39 women).)

For the fourth installment of LIT UNDRESSED, a project that combines performance and reading with an emphasis on literature beyond the naked, we are focusing on WOMEN IN DISGUISE. Historically to get around the bias of getting published as females, women writers often disguised themselves with pen names (Bronte sisters, Louisa May Alcott, Metta Victoria Fuller Victor, to name a few). Some writers were concerned more with gender identity, like Claude Cahun, born as Lucy Schowb, who began disguising herself at age 16 and whose work examined the issues of female self-identity and subjectivity before they were really formulated as such. Other literary works such as Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte, 1947), East Lynne (Reginald Easton, 1861), and Third Girl (Agatha Christie, 1966) had strong characters that spent much of their time in disguise or dressed as the opposite sex.

The nude performance (including male and female readers) will include classic excerpts such as these, as well as selected poems and prose from a call for entries on the theme of WOMEN IN DISGUISE.

New to this performance, a call for art will result in a visual exhibit only on view during the performances on the same theme.

“Under this mask, another mask I will never be finished removing all these faces.” ~Claude Cahun (artist/writer, 1894-­1954)

“To unclothe, to allow your body to be read—scars and all—may be the most primitive and powerful expression of all.”
–Timothy Schaffert, director/founder, (downtown) omaha lit fest

CALL FOR ENTRIES; POETRY, SHORT-SHORT FICTION
Lit Undressed is calling for poetry and short-short fiction inspired by “women in disguise” maximum of 400 words. Send to litundressed@yahoo.com by August 15, 2012 along with a 50-word bio. The selected pieces will be performed live by nude figure models and featured in the performance program; authors will also receive one free ticket to the performance. Notification by September 5, 2012.

Above: “Baroness Karen Blixen,” painting by Elbert Price; Behind a Mask, Or, a Woman’s Power, by Louisa May Alcott (“A.M. Barnard” 1866); Pope Joan, by Donna Woolfolk Cross, 2009)

CALL FOR ART

During the performance October 24 & 25 at House of Loom, Lit Undressed is also calling for 2-dimensional art on the theme of “women in disguise.” Artists must be able to deliver and pick up work to House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th Street in October 2012. Art will also be considered for Lit Undressed: Women in Disguise press images. Email up to 5 .jpg images including title, dimensions, medium, and 50 word artist bio to litundressed@yahoo.com before September 1. Notification by September 14, 2012

Sally Deskins

sallydeskins@yahoo.com

402-880-5579

Visit the website: Les Femmes Folles: Celebrating Women in Art

A Tribute To Ray Bradbury at Ojai Library Saturday June 23 Bradbury’s goddaughter to speak about growing up around “Uncle Ray”

15 June 2012

(Ojai, CA – June 8, 2012) Author Ray Bradbury loved books and libraries. He divined his inspiration for the futuristic “Fahrenheit 451” while wandering through the stacks of books in the UCLA library. To honor his memory, the public is welcomed to a series of Bradbury events on Saturday June 23 to celebrate his illustrious writings, career and life. The events are hosted by Ojai Writers Workshops, which is offering numerous writing workshops and literary events throughout the month of June.

June 23 events include a morning Book Tea to benefit the Ojai Library and an afternoon tribute to Ray Bradbury with readings from his classics by community members.

“Both events are open to the public,” states Sequoia Hamilton, founder of Ojai Writers Workshops, “and are intended for anyone who loves books and values local libraries.”

The Book Tea will be from 10-11:30am at World University, 107 N. Ventura Street in downtown Ojai and includes a buffet of lavender-infused scones, organic fruit, honey and jams from local Ojai growers and Zhena’s Gypsy Teas. The event till honor four area literary volunteers for their contributions to the community and feature Yorkshire-born screenwriter, actor, artist and musician Peter Bellwood, who will offer a keynote on “Passion.” Tickets for the fundraiser are $30 each or $250 for a reserved table of six persons.

The free afternoon literary event, from 2-5pm at the Ojai Library, includes a talk by Bradbury’s goddaughter E.E. King whose father and “Uncle Ray” meet in her home each Thursday for their weekly writers group. Evie Elizabeth starting writing after listening in to the weekly literary discussions between her father, Dolph Sharp, and his writers’ group containing Ray Bradbury, Sanora Babb, Wilma Shore, Joseph Petracca, Elliott Grennard and Ben Maddow. Ray Bradbury would often ask E.E. throughout her life -until just months ago – to read him her stories and afterward would offer candid comments such as “Throw it up in the morning and clean it up in the afternoon!”

In her one-hour talk E.E. will share the imagery and imagination of Ray Bradbury and other classic short story techniques such as the O’Henry twist and the brevity of Hemingway. She’ll discuss how short stories can grow into longer works and illustrate how fact is utilized in fiction, no matter how strange.

E.E.’s talk will be followed by readings of Bradbury’s classics by community members. Ray Bradbury authored more than 27 novels and 600 short stories most notably in fantasy and in the newly emerging genre of science fiction. He is best known for his masterpieces –  “The Martian Chronicles,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” – mixing small-town charm with otherworldly settings.

“The Ojai Library is grateful for the support,” said Mary Lynch, city librarian. “Our book budget was cut by 65% this fiscal year so any donations will go to buy new books.” The Ojai library, which opened in 1893 on Montgomery Street, has been at its current location on the corner of Ojai Avenue and Ventura Street since 1928.

For more information, to buy a ticket or to make a donation:
(805) 669-7373 or www.OjaiWritersWorkshops.com

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2012 – Call for Entries

15 June 2012
Categories: Fiction; Poetry; Life Writing
Word limit: 3000 (or five poems)
Deadline: 27 July 2012 5pm GMT
Prize: £300 and publication in Wasafiri magazine
Fee: £6.00 if entering one category, £10 for two and £15 for all three
The prize is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book in the category they wish to enter. Other terns and conditions apply, please visit www.wasafiri.org for further information and to download the application form, or email wasafiri@open.ac.uk

Announcing Writing Contests for 2013 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

15 June 2012

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is pleased to announce that our annual fiction and one-act play contests are now accepting submissions. Our team is gearing up for our 27th celebration of our namesake playwright and the city in which he found his “spiritual home.” Details are below.


5th Annual Fiction Contest

Judge: Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours

Grand Prize

  • $1,500
  • Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the 2013 Festival in New Orleans
  • VIP All-Access Festival Pass ($500 value)
  • Public reading at a literary panel at the 2013 Festival (March 20-24)
  • Publication in Louisiana Literature

Top Ten Finalists

  • Names will appear on website. Finalists will also receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the 2013 Festival.

Submit unpublished short stories up to 7,000 words. Unlimited entries per person.

Deadline: November 15, 2012

**For eligibility and full guidelines see our contest page: www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests

Contact: contests@tennesseewilliams.net

25th Annual One-Act Play Contest

Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • Staged reading at the 2013 Festival (March 20-24)
  • Full production at the 2014 Festival
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass for 2013 and 2014 ($1,000 value)
  • Publication in Bayou

Top Ten Finalists

  • Names will appear on website. Finalists will also receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the 2013 Festival

Submit unpublished, never publicly performed one-act plays up to one hour in length.

Deadline: November 1, 2012

**For eligibility and full guidelines see our contest page: www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests

Contact: contests@tennesseewilliams.net

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans
Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113
504-581-1144
www.tennesseewilliams.net
facebook.com/TWFestNOLA
twitter.com/TWFestNOLA

Writing contests for playwrights, poets, and short story writers. Big prizes! www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests

27th annual Festival: March 20-24, 2013

The Festival’s mission is threefold: to serve the community through educational, theatrical, literary, and musical programs; to nurture, support, and showcase regional, national and international writers, actors, musicians, and other artists; to honor the creative genius of Tennessee Williams, who considered this city his spiritual home.

MOBIUS THE POETRY MAGAZINE Contest 2012 DEADLINE EXTENDED TO June 25, 2012

15 June 2012

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

THEME  from our 8 Mobius categories –website: www.mobiuspoetry.com

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

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS

Length: 50-line limit  (Name, Mailing Address, Tel, Email & category on each poem & cover letter, if one.)Deadline Extended to: June 25, 2012

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

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

Mobius, The Poetry Magazine

Dr. Zylpha Mapp Robinson International Poetry Award, 2012

P.O. Box 671058

Flushing, NY 11367-1058

USA

More guidelines online mid February. www.mobiuspoetry.com Do not send submit before March 1 for our contest or regular submission as we celebrate 30-year longevity of  Mobius, The Poetry Magazine

Musicworks magazine’s 2nd Annual Sonic Geography Writing Contest

15 June 2012
Cash prizes, and winners are published in Musicworks magazine!
Details: Write 500 words about the sound of a specific location. How does it influence the space?
Check out http://issuu.com/musicworksmagazine/docs/2012_contest
for some examples of Sonic Geographies.
To enter: www.musicworks.ca/contest/contest.asp
Deadline: June 25, 2012
Each $20 entry fee includes the price of a 1 year subscription to Musicworks (3 magazines and 3 CDs)
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The beautiful new issue of Bare Hands is now online!

15 June 2012

The beautiful new issue of Bare Hands is now online!

It features stunning work from Malta, Ireland, Pittsburgh, New York, British Columbia and the UK.

Read it here – http://barehandsissueeight.tumblr.com/

We are going to start making podcasts for the journal and I would love for all of you to be involved! Simply email us an mp3 file by June 30th. It doesn’t have to be you reading it (poets can by shy) as long as it’s a nice clear recording. Include the text of the poem in the email like you would with a normal submission. See our full submission guidelines here.

Our Bare Hands Competition postcards have arrived fresh from the printers and we will be sending them to independent bookshops around the world this week – click here to read the winning entries and see where you can pick one up for free!

We have recently joined Pinterest so do follow us if you can.

Finally I would like to say congratulations to Sarah Clancy, Colm Keegan, Peadar O’ Donoghue and Afric McGlinchey who have all appeared in Bare Hands and have all launched debut poetry collections with Salmon in the last few weeks. Well done all of you!

I am delighted by how much Bare Hands has grown in such a short time and I’d like to do as much as possible to keep promoting our poets. If any of you have poetry collections coming out, or any other kinds of lovely writing news, do let me know and we’ll mention it on Facebook and Twitter.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Kerrie O’ Brien

Find Bare Hands on Facebook

Twitter @BareHandsPoetry

Call for Entries: HESA Imprint Contest: Theme is FEAST – PIDOT

15 June 2012
Call for entries FEAST – PIDOT. 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 “FEAST – PIDOT” 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, June 29th 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 submission@hesainprint.com in the subject box write: “submission – feast – Your Name – WORK TITLE”.

For submission gudelines visit: http://www.hesainprint.com/how-to-get-involved

HESA inprint is a Finnish-English web magazine, blog and art magazine publication. The theme for the issue is FEAST – PIDOT The deadline is midnight (Finnish Time) June 29th 2012. Instructions on how to submit your work is available at http://www.hesainprint.com/how-to-get-involved

The New Guard 2012 Contests

15 June 2012

 

The New Guard 2012 contests will run from March 1-June18 2012 (midnight/postmark). Entries are $15. International submissions are welcomed.

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

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

The New Guard 2012 contest readers are looking forward to reading your work! You can submit online via our submissions manager or by postal mail with a check for the entry fee. Contest winners and all finalists get two copies of TNG, and each submission will be carefully considered for publication. Final judging is done blind.

Enter online at www.newguardreview.com or via postal mail with a check/SASE to:

The New Guard/ P.O. Box 10612/ Portland, ME 04104

More information:

Here is our mailchimp email blast about the contest:
http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5fc02b9c1f19e2853b8fba7c1&id=7c15040a1d&e=e4e942b092

“Write Your Book Now: A Proven System to Start and Finish the Book You’ve Always Wanted to Write” is the topic for VCWC July meeting

15 June 2012
Emmy Award-winning comedy author Gene Perret will discuss how anyone
following his formula can complete a book

(Ventura, CA – June 5, 2012)  We’ve heard for years that laughter is the best medicine.  A study at Stanford Medical School confirmed that, indeed, laugher is good medicine. Blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension subside after a good laugh. Certainly then, the audience will leave Gene Perret’s presentation at the Ventura County Writers Club July 10 meeting feeling more relaxed and more healthy than when they came in.
Gene Perret is funny. He wrote comedy for many of TV’s top rated shows. He won three Emmys for his work on “The Carol Burnett Show.” He wrote for Bob Hope for almost thirty years, the last twelve as Bob Hope’s head writer. He also wrote for Phyllis Diller, “The Jim Nabors Show,” “Laugh-in,” “The New Bill Cosby Show” and others. He was the head writer/producer for “Three’s Company,” “The Tim Conway Show” and “Welcome Back Kotter.”

 He has published humorous articles in many magazines including “Reader’s Digest,” “Good Housekeeping” and “Toastmaster.” For nine years he wrote a humor column, “Wit Stop,” for “Arizona Highways Magazine.” Gene has published over forty books, one of which was the top selling book on writing comedy. His most recent book, “Write your Book Now! was listed in the December 2011 issue of The Writeras one of the year’s ten best books on writing. Gene will share the wisdom from that book at the VCWC July meeting.More specifically, he will tell those present how to organize different segments of a book into a logical format and then create a writing schedule, which includes the planning, the writing, the rewriting, the publication, and the marketing. But above all, he’ll admonish all, “Have some fun with this.” That became his motto when he started teaching aspiring writers: “Whatever you’re writing, have fun with it.”

Gene has always had fun with his writing, but writing comedy was just a hobby at the beginning of his work years. He paid the bills by working at an industrial plant. One day, a fellow worker asked him to emcee at a retirement party for which he received such rave reviews that he was asked to emcee another and another until another worker who was interviewing Phyllis Diller for a local paper told her about Gene’s comedy writing. She asked to see some of his jokes; his career changed.

His process is guaranteed to help all writers: those who aspire to become renowned authors as well as those who simply want to write for friends and family. And the guarantee for non-writers in the audience is, besides having some great laughs, they will go home more relaxed and healthier.

CALENDAR INFORMATION

July Meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club
July 10, 7 PM
Pleasant Valley Senior Center,
1605 Burnley St, Camarillo, CA
Topic: Write Your Book Now! A Proven System to Start and Finish the Book You’ve
Always Wanted to Write
Open to Members and non-members.  No fee

For more information on the Ventura county Writers Club, visit:
http://www.venturacountywriters.com/

On the Same Page, Ashe County’s Literary Festival

15 June 2012

On the same page,

Ashe County’s Literary festival,

announces 2012 authors and dates

 

Libby Bagby, Tim Gautreaux, Georgann Eubanks, Gyleen Fitzgerald, Vicki Lane,

D.G. Martin, A.J. Mayhew, Jim Minick, and Lee Smith will share their own writing journeys, as well as the journeys of characters in their recent works.

  • In its fifth year, On the Same Page welcomes back Lee Smith, author of a dozen novels and several collections of short stories, as well as part-time Ashe County resident.
  • The annual festival takes place in West Jefferson, NC.
  • The 2012 festival will run from Wednesday, September 12 – Saturday, September 15, 2012.
  • The festival includes Preface and Postscript events beginning with a Community Read of Lee Smith’s Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger.

WEST JEFFERSON, NC . . . On the Same Page, Ashe County, NC’s Literary Festival, is celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2012 with talented, well-known authors, as well as plans for a festival filled with reading, drama, a book fair, a book release, writing, a gallery crawl, a farmers market, quilts and more, according to Jane Lonon, executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council and chairperson of the festival. This year’s festival is scheduled for Wednesday – Saturday, September 12th – 15th.

“The 2012 On the Same Page festival promises to be our most exciting yet,” Lonon went on to say. “Starting with an exceptional group of authors who will share their work, to the special events and opportunities that will take place throughout the festival, Ashe County will simply be the place to be this September for those who enjoy the arts and the great outdoors.”

Authors who will read from their works, participate in question and answer sessions, talk with fans at “lunch with an author” events, and/or serve on a panel for a special discussion at venues across West Jefferson, NC, include D.G. Martin, the host of UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch,” as well as:

Libby Bagby                                                   After rescuing an injured dog she named Lucky, she decided to make it her life mission to spread the word about North Carolina’s courageous hunting hound.  She began by writing a children’s book, Lucky’s Plott, A Plott Hound Tale. It is the heart-warming story of her Plott Hound’s journey into her life.

Tim Gautreaux                        He is the author of three novels and two collections of short stories, one of which, Welding With Children, was selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, GQ, and Zoetrope, and also in volumes of The O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, and New Stories from the South. He is a professor emeritus/writer in residence in the English Department at Southeastern Louisiana University and a part-time resident of Ashe County.

Georgann Eubanks                        A festival favorite, she returns to give us an update on her Literary Trails series and to conduct her popular writer’s workshop. She has published stories, poems, reviews and profiles in magazines and journals including: The Washington Monthly, Oxford American and Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. She is director of the Table Rock Writers Workshop.

Gyleen Fitzgerald                        Both author and artist, she achieved “Best in Show” recognition as an artist, and with Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings, she achieved award-winning status as a writer and publisher.

Vicki Lane                                                      Our mystery lovers’ guest this year is a North Carolina mountain writer. She will read from and discuss her Elizabeth Goodweather mystery series. The latest of her books is Under the Skin.

A.J. Mayhew                                                   With her first novel, The Dry Grass of August, she has captured the attention and loyal following of readers.

Jim Minick                                                      His non-fiction Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family was the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Association non-fiction book of the year in 2011.

Lee Smith                                                      A Southern favorite, she has written twelve novels and four collections of short stories. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

The Festival will be preceded by a Community Read of Lee Smith’s recent collection of short stories, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-eyed Stranger.

The 2012 Festival focuses on the theme of “Journeys,” and festival authors will share their personal journeys of the writing life, the role of journeys in their writing and in the lives of their characters, and attendees will experience the journey of the written word in the capable hands of master storytellers.

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For more information about the festival’s history, about Ashe County, and more, visit:  www.onthesamepagefestival.org.

The Cincinnati Review: Robert and Adele Schiff Prizes in Poetry and Prose 2012

15 June 2012

The Cincinnati Review is now accepting entries for the 2012

Robert and Adele Schiff Prizes in Prose and Poetry.

One winning poem and one prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction)

will be chosen for publication in our 2013 prize issue,

and the two winners will each receive $1,000.

The entry fee of $25 includes a year-long subscription,

and submissions will be accepted in June and July.

All entries will be considered for publication.

For complete contest guidelines,

Visit http://www.cincinnatireview.com/blog/contests/robert-and-adele-schiff-prizes-in-poetry-and-prose/

Last Call: Switchback: June 2012 Contest

15 June 2012

Each month Switchback provides a prompt and we want you to send us
your best work inspired by that prompt. Entries need only be inspired
by the prompt, they do not need to incorporate the text directly. 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 June prompt is: “Two people face each other, each hoping the
other would do something they both want.  They wait.  To break the
silence, to spark negotiations, one of them says, ‘I accidentally ate
the whole thing.'”

Visit the website: http://www.swback.com/call/

Call for Submission: The Quotable

15 June 2012
The Quotable is a new quarterly literary magazine showcasing tomorrow’s
quote-worthy authors. Each issue will appear online and in print and
feature short stories, creative non-fiction, poetry and artwork based
on a specific theme and quote.  The theme of our seventh issue is “Feast or Famine.”
We’re seeking flash fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction,
poetry and original art & photography.
Please see our website for more information
and to submit your work.
Visit the website for details: http://thequotablelit.com/

Seeking One Act Plays for Festival

15 June 2012

Attention Aspiring Playwrights!

Have your script produced at the

Canton One Acts Festival

CASH PRIZES AVAILABLE

 

Canton, MI—TLC Productions is accepting scripts for the 2013 Canton One Acts Festival, postmarked no later than August 24, 2012.  This Festival will take place January 18-20, 2013 at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, MI.

TLC Productions is made up of Canton’s very own: Tim Chanko, Linda Pohl and Christopher Tremblay. They said this about the event that will showcase great local talent:
“This festival brings new plays to the Canton community and Village Theater at Cherry Hill stage. As aspiring playwrights, we looked for other venues to submit our one-act musicals, but there weren’t any nearby groups organizing any competitions or festivals. Since we have been afforded the opportunity to present our new works at The Village Theater, we wanted to provide a process, venue and event to showcase other emerging playwrights of plays and musicals as well as to aspiring directors. Thanks to the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities, this festival is now a theatrical tradition in Canton.”

TLC is looking for original plays in length from 15 minutes to 20 minutes. Multiple submissions from a playwright are welcomed, however, no children shows will be considered. For a list of complete guidelines and for information on the judging process go to cantononeacts.com.

The deadline for works is August 24, 2012.

In October, semi-finalists will be notified. In October, TLC will present dramatic readings of the semi-finalists’ scripts. Selected shows for the One-Acts Festival will be announced online at cantononeacts.com by October 31, 2012.  In November, there will be auditions for the selected plays.  Playwrights can request to direct their own show if show is selected or TLC Productions will appoint a director. Preference will be given to aspiring directors.

TLC Productions will award first, second and third place awards based on audience votes.

The One-Acts Festival is organized by TLC Productions, sponsored by the Partnership for the Arts and the Humanities, and offered in partnership with The Village Theater at Cherry Hill.

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact tlcproductions@wowway.com or cantononeacts.com.

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

15 June 2012

Red Sky Ltd. is currently organizing an article writing contest for all the talented authors out there.
The prizes are definitely worth your while:

The 10 Top-Rated Articles get $150.
The next 20 Top-Rated Articles get $100.
The remaining 70 of the best 100 submissions get $50.
One of the winning authors may be offered to join our editorial staff.

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:

Entertainment

Technology

Culture

Science

History

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.

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

To take part in the contest, an author has to visihttp://contest.red-sky.pl/?utm_source=cw_writingcontests&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=contest in order to sign up, and send us an article.

We will be accepting submissions until 21st of June 2012

If you believe you have what it takes, and wish to know more please visit:

http://contest.red-sky.pl/?utm_source=cw_writingcontests&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=contest

Well Red – a Writers and Wine Pairing – Featured Last Two Saturdays in June More than a Dozen Authors & Poets to Present New or Notable Works In Ojai

15 June 2012
(Ojai, CA – May 29, 2012) – More than a dozen area authors, poets and spoken word artists will be reading excerpts from their recently published books or perennial best-sellers over two evenings in June -Saturdays June 23rd and 30th. Attendees of Well Red will listen intently to a different set of Open Mic performers and authors each evening before offering them a collective toast for their new and notable works. Well Red starts with Open Mic at 7pm with 5 featured performers, followed by scheduled authors 7:30-9pm at The Well, 214 W. Aliso Street in downtown Ojai. Tickets are $10 and will benefit Ojai WordFest. Well Red is one of more than 30 literary events held during the month long Ojai Summer Writers Workshops June 1-30.

“Well Red is a signature event offered every year during Ojai WordFest, our community literary festival in March,” said Sequoia Hamilton, co-founder of that festival and founder of Ojai Summer Writing Workshops. “It was so popular we decided to bring it back in June, offer it over a couple of weekends, and donate all of the proceeds.”

Notable among the authors are:
o Ojai’s Charlene Spretnak, author of many books over the last 30 years
o Former Laker player and Los Angeles sportscaster, Tommy Hawkins
o Childrens author of the Scary School series, Derek Taylor Kent
o Los Angeles poet Kim Dower

SCHEDULE OF AUTHORS AND TITLES

June 23
James Mihaley – You Can’t Have My Planet but Take My Brother Please
Caroline OConnell – Every Woman’s Guide to Romance in Paris
Kim Dower – Air Kissing on Mars
Charlene Spretnak – Relational Reality: New Discoveries of Interrelatedness That Are Transforming the Modern World
John Aaron – Romancing the Smoke: Reflections of a Nicotine Addict”
E.E. King – Dirk Snigby’s Guide to the Afterlife

June 30
Derek Taylor Kent – Scary School series
Chris Cryer – Tolstoy in Riyadh – A Story of a Teacher and her Muse
Carol Tanzman – Dancer Girl
Tommy Hawkins – Life’s Reflections: Poetry for the People
David Edmund Moody – The Unconditioned Mind:  J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School

CALENDAR INFORMATION
Saturday, June 23 & Saturday, June 30
Well Red – A ‘Writers and Wine’ Pairing. A Toast to Authors of New & Notable Works
Three Performances: – Different Readers Each Night
Open Mic: 7 p.m. & Authors/Readers: 7:30-9 p.m.
The Well, 214 W. Aliso St., Ojai
$10 (Tickets at door)

For more information contact:
Sequoia Hamilton

Tel.# 805-669-7373
OjaiWritersWorkshops@gmail.com
Visit the website: http://ojaiwritersworkshops.com/

New Horror Contest!

15 June 2012

Calling All Horror Scribes!

Calling All Horror Scribes!

Note: We’ve upped the winnings to the contest to $500.00 (check-out the themes below):

We have eight themed magazines completed now, but the editors need 11 newsletters completed in 13 weeks! Therefore, we need more submissions to fill up our remaining themes. Our goal is to send out a semi-monthly, subscription-based digital horror magazine to email boxes, and we hope you can help us accomplish this goal by sending us your themed submissions as soon as possible. Enter in the contest for a chance at extra money, or submit the regular way. Either way, we need those submissions fast so we can have our backlog of issues ready for mailings of our quality horror stories.

Submit to the contest. Here’s the chance to win recognition for your story on our Purgatory Blogs and $500.00 extra in cash to hang on your wall (oh wait, perhaps you’ll want to spend it). At any rate, we’ll be interviewing you for a special article to be featured on our site and in the themed issue you will appear in, where you will not only be the first (featured) story in that week’s issue, but you will also get your interview printed inside our magazine to show to all your little ghoulish fiends (er, I mean, friends). Oh yeah, and we can put a photo of you in there too (or an avatar that captures the “real you”).

To enter, choose one of the listed themes (below) and submit it in this category rather than in the regular submission category. Pay your fee, and you will be notified if you win the grand prize by July 31, 2012.

Contest Only Themes

Zombies and Children (story must contain at least one zombie and one child).

Vampires as Businessmen (story must have a vampire in some kind of a commercially profitable venture).

Freaks of Society (story must contain a physically disfigured character).

Campus Horror Fest (story must take place on a high school or college campus).

Monsters of Mythology (story must contain at least one recognizable and monstrous character or demon from ancient mythology).

Terror in the City (story must take place in a major metropolitan city).

Lusting Werewolves (story must have a werewolf who needs a woman or “she wolf” really badly).

Really Bad Teachers (story must revolve around a teacher who for some reason goes bad).

Horrible Practical Jokers (story must have a jokester in it).

On the Way to Grandma’s House.

Astrological Anathemas (story must contain a curse or other astrological/melancholic influence gone wrong).

Once More to the Woods (story must take place in a wooded area of some kind).

Haunted Amusement (story must feature some kind of possession inside an amusement park or ride).

Serial Killers on Vacation (story must have the killer at some kind of vacation spot or on a cruise).

Fortunetellers (story must feature some kind of a fortuneteller or witch).

Riding the Rails (story must take place on a train).

Horror in Outer Space (story must take place on a distant planet).

Living La Vida Loca (story must feature at least one insane character).

Climb Every Mountain (story must take place while climbing an edifice of some kind).

Memories are Made of This (story must feature memory lost or regained in some manner).

My Unluckiest Holiday Ever (story must feature some major holiday that goes disastrously wrong).

Home Alone (story must feature someone or something inside a house of some kind).

Sports Run Amuck (story must contain a sport wherein a life hangs in the balance).

TV Jeebies (story must relate to television in some way).

Monastery Monstrosities (story must take place inside a religious commune or other sect/cult).

Time Travel Horror (story must feature time travel combined with a horror element).

Interested in winning $500 (plus what we pay for an accepted theme story)?

Go here to enter: Submit to Horror on the Installment Plan

Visit the website for details and enter:

http://www.contempinstruct.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=6

Vallum Award for Poetry 2012

15 June 2012

Vallum Award for Poetry 2012

DEADLINE JULY 15, 2012 (postmark)

Some of the best poets in the world have graced the pages of
Vallum: new international poetics. Time to join the ranks!

Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2012.

ENTRY FEE:

$20 CDN for Canadian residents, $20 USD for international entrants, which includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum. Payment can be made by cheque (payable to “Vallum”) or through our online store hosted by PayPal.

CONTEST RULES:

Submit up to 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. Do not label your poems with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information.

Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published.

1st prize is $500, 2nd $250. Both 1st and 2nd prize-winning poems will be published in Vallum Magazine and on Vallum’s website. Honourable Mentions may be selected and published but are not eligible for cash prizes. 

If mailing your entry, please send it to:

Vallum Contest
PO Box 598, Victoria Station
Montreal, QC – H3Z 2Y6
CANADA

YOU NOW HAVE THE OPTION TO SEND CONTEST SUBMISSIONS FOR THE VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY ELECTRONICALLY, FOLLOWING PAYMENT OF ENTRY FEE.

Please write your name, contact information and each poem’s title in the body of the email. Include your poems in an attachment, without any identification. The contest is judged blind. Also write “VALLUM AWARD” in subject line of your email. Your contact information and poem titles must be clearly delineated.
SEND TO:  vallumcontest[at]gmail[dot]com

Visit the website for details and enter: http://vallummag.com/contestrules.html

Lake journal non-fiction contest

15 June 2012

Lake: A Journal of Arts and Environment invites creative non-fiction

submissions on the topic “Places That Shape Us.” Lake publishes essays,

creative writing and visual art related to the environment.

The winner will receive $250 and publication in issue #8 of Lake.

Non-fiction may include personal essay, lyric essay, narrative essay, and memoir.

The $20 entrance fee includes a one-year subscription to Lake, starting with issue #7.

Entries should consist of a double-spaced, computer-printed copy with no name or

other identifying marks on the manuscript.

The deadline for this contest is June 15, 2012 EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 15 2012.

Enclose a SASE if you would like your manuscript returned.

Lake is published out of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British

Columbia, Okanagan campus. This contest is sponsored by Meiklejohn Architects Inc.

For further contest and submission details, visit us at: http://www.lakejournal.ca/submissions.html

Please follow all submission guidelines carefully to avoid disqualification.

Send all submissions to:

LAKE, Dept. of Creative Studies

FIN 161

University of British Columbia

3333 University Way

Kelowna, BC

V1V 1V7

Canada

Lake does not accept email submissions. Please print economically by using both sides of the page.

The Lake encourages you to share these contest details with any interested and relevant parties,

such as creative writing classes, environmental awareness organizations, eco-artists, and other writing groups.

Contact Nancy Holmes at 250-807-9369 or nancy.holmes@ubc.ca for more information.