Archive for August, 2012

Modern Grimmoire: Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore Anthology Contest

16 August 2012

| $1,000 Writing Prize | $500 Illustration Prize |

Details for the competition are below, and full guidelines and online submission are available here:

The anthology Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore will be open to submissions from Apr. 1 to Sept. 1, 2012.


A single award of $1,000 and publication will be given to the best emerging author of an unpublished work, either a selection of poems, a short story, or short drama. The winning work will be selected by publisher’s editorial committee.

In addition, a $500 prize and publication will be awarded to the best illustration submitted.

Contest winners and finalists will be published in 2013. Winners and finalists will be announced in Oct. 2012. All finalists (authors and artists) published in the book will receive one (1) copy of the anthology. No other compensation aside from the two anthology awards, and these copies, will be paid to any authors or artists included in the anthology (see terms, below).


For a reader’s fee of $15, original, previously unpublished/unproduced works in English, and illustrations, may be submitted as follows:

• Three (3) poems (under 100 lines)
• One (1) short story (up to 5,000 words)*
• One (1) piece of short drama (not to exceed 35-minute running time)*
• Two (2) black & white illustrations (must be digitally created or scanned, and submitted at no less than 300 dpi)

*Please include a brief synopsis.

All submissions must be submitted electronically using the online form. Absolutely no mailed manuscripts will be accepted and any hardcopy submissions received will be discarded without being opened.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please alert us ASAP if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Winners and finalists will be notified and a full list will be posted online at in Oct. 2012.


Fairy tales, folklore and fables are bound in magic and mischief, with entertainment and enlightenment, with savagery and anticipation, with romance and cruelty, with heroism and symbolism. We are seeking submissions for an anthology that captures modern, literary tales told through poetry, short fiction, short drama and illustrations.

Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, better known as The Brothers Grimm, published a collection of tales to ensure that the various German fables, tales and folklore of their age and before would not die out.

In 2013, two centuries later, we will publish our third book, Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore. The goal of the anthology is to offer emerging writers and artists the opportunity to showcase new literary tales, fables and folklore, weaving new threads into the literary fabric.

The recent resurgence in fairy tale fandom, evidenced by both silver screen and television screen debuts, the long-lasting success of the Disney-ified tales for our children, and the fact that new, modified and mollified editions of the Grimms’ tales spring up again and again throughout the generations, all begs the question, “why are fairy tales so enduring?” and perhaps, too, “why is storytelling so engrained in our culture?”

Though often reimagined and, in the end, unrecognizable to the Grimms’ original tellings, these tales and others like them are used to entertain, and of course, to educate, instill values, assurance and doubt.

And those tales you remember from childhood, for better or worse, inform subconsciously our present day motives and actions. All collected, the tales that were assembled by the Grimms during their lifetime cover almost the entire gamut of plot structures and character arcs that we see in literature today, albeit the settings may be a bit altered. These stories are undeniably a dynamic, entwined portion of our culture.

Our collection seeks not to reinvent or reimagine Grimm’s Fairy Tales (case in point: we’re not looking for Cinderella with a cell phone). Our goal is to collect, as the brothers did 200 years ago, tales by and for the current (and future) generation, and to see how our creative collection is inevitably informed by those that came before it. Tales and lore are enduring. They are transformational. Indigo Ink Press’s very reason for being is to publish the work of new and burgeoning writers and artists – those who have the power to transform us, but need the means. This anthology is one in a hopeful line of future of mode and means.

We won’t limit your creative executions with a list of “dos and don’ts,” and we won’t bore you with our interpretation of what defines fairy tales, fables and folklore, or denote their motifs, structures and content. We’ll leave that to you, urge you to pick up your copy of Grimms’ Fairy Tales for inspiration (only) and send to us your most original, creative pieces of writing and illustrations.

The only thing we ask is that your work embody your interpretation and fervor for modern fairy tales, fables and folkore.

Visit the website for details and enter:

Meridian Writing Autumn competition 2012

16 August 2012
  • Meridian Writing Autumn competition

  • Length: max 3,000 words but with no lower limit
  • Theme/Genre: Any
  • Prizes: 1st Place – £100, 2nd Place – £50 and 3rd Place – £25, plus a voucher worth £10 for each winner
  • Entry Fee: £5 per story
  • Eligibility: New and Published authors
  • Other info: Critique service available


  • Closing Date – 30th September, 2012

48 iPad Apps That Teachers Love

16 August 2012

48 iPad Apps That Teachers Love


Apple’s iPad and other tablet computers have certainly been garnering ardent support from the edtech community.

Gadget geek teachers love the thousands of apps available to give their courses a multimedia edge, and students love

how so many reach out to different learning styles. For the connected classroom, the following stand out as either

great supplements to various lessons or essential, time-saving streamlining strategies.


Visit the website:

The Writing Contest

16 August 2012

Enter to Win the Writing Contest! You could win $100 visa gift card!

Share with us your knowledge or experiences about homesteading, or growing food,

raising live stock, simple living, saving money, etc… and win some money!

Please note that any writing contest submission not meeting the criteria below will be disqualified.


  • Your submission must be on original work. Plagiarism is absolutely not allowed.
  • Quoting other work must be cited. Always. Quotes should be kept short and to a minimum. If quoting, you must use quotes and site the original author.
  • Your submission must be related to the topics discussed on our website. Articles related to homesteading, self sufficiency, farming, gardening, and survival will have an advantage.
  • Your submission must be at least 750 words. 1000 or more is preferred.
  • You retain ownership of your submission, granting use of your work in perpetuity. You may use your work anywhere else one month after it is published on as long as you link to the original post on
  • Anyone sending a letter or article grants the right for posting, reproduction, or any other use. Non-fiction articles only. (No fiction, poetry, or prose pieces accepted.)
  • We reserve the right to edit your submission for length, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and to remove any off topic sections.
  • We reserve the right to accept and publish only what we deem acceptable.
  • Assumption or Conjecture is not allowed.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like during the contest period as long and they are relevant and original works.
  • Please submit your work to us via email at As a plain text document. (notepad is great) I can open .doc files but not .docx, so please, no newer word documents. HTML is okay too.
  • We reserve the right to cancel or modify the contest at any time. (Highly unlikely)
  • By submitting your work you agree to the terms of the contest
  • Deadline: August 31st, 2012

Are YOU the next AMERICAN LITERARY MERIT AWARD recognized writer?

16 August 2012


**1st Place: $1,000 cash, acceptance into the 2013 ALMA Short Story Compilation, author bio and link to author’s website or social media page on

**2nd Place: $100 cash, story featured as a free read and link to author’s website or social media page on

**3rd Place: $50 cash, story featured as a free read and link to author’s website or social media page on

****All three places will receive a digital award medal to use on their website and social media. Honorable Mentions may be recognized.****

To ENTER please visit:

Entry Guidelines (partial):


Word Count: Stories must be a maximum of 3,000 words (computer word count). Stories over the word limit will not be judged.

Entry Deadline: November 10, 2012

Entry Fee: Early registration (until August 20, 2012) $15.00 (US). Standard registration $20.00 (US) after August 20, 2012.

Also check out American Literary Merit Award THEMED CONTESTS

(PRIZES for Themed Contests are listed on the website. Prizes for Themed Contests are NOT the same as listed above.)

THEMED Word Count: Stories must be a maximum of  1,500 words (computer word count). Stories over the word limit will not be judged.

Entry Deadlines Vary.  See Website for details.

(Optional) Critique Fee: $10.00 (US) Entrant may elect to purchase a critique of their entry. Critiques will be professional and given in the spirit of helping the entrant improve his/her craft. Critiques are the opinion of a single judge, and should be received as such by the entrant. Note: If you don’t want honest feedback, DO NOT elect to purchase a critique. No refunds will be issued for critiques. This is a service offered primarily for new and/or unpublished authors who are looking to improve their craft.

For full entry guidelines and details, please visit:

Tuscany Prize For Catholic Fiction – 2012

16 August 2012

The Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction is a literary prize to promote writers and great undiscovered stories of Catholic fiction. What is Catholic fiction? Stories infused with the presence of God and faith — subtly, symbolically or deliberately.

Flannery O’Connor, Graham Greene or G. K. Chesterton and many others whose writings reflected the thoughts of great writers such as Gerard Manley Hopkins: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.”

This is the “stuff” of literature that wins the Tuscany Prize.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2012

The Tuscany Prize Committee is calling for manuscripts in three categories: Short story, Novella and Novel.

The Prize Criteria are:

Original unpublished work of Fiction

Great Story

Well Written

Captures the imagination of the reader

A story infused with the presence of God and faith
—  subtly, symbolically or deliberately


Short Story Novella Novel
– Fiction – Fiction – Fiction
– Unpublished work – Unpublished work – Unpublished work
– 1,000 to 10,000 words – 12,500 to 25,000 words – More than 37,500 words
Prizes Prizes Prizes
1st Place – $500 1st Place – $750 One Prize – $1,000
2nd Place – $150 2nd Place – $250
3rd Place – $ 75 3rd Place – $150
Honorable Mention 1st – $50 All novels will be considered for publication by Tuscany Press.
Honorable Mention 2nd – $50
Published by Tuscany Press Published by Tuscany Press Published by Tuscany Press
Anthology: Paperback and eBook Individually: Paperback and eBook Paperback and eBook
Standard Royalty Contract – non-exclusive rights Standard Royalty Contract Standard Royalty Contract
Reading Fee: $10 Reading Fee: $10 Reading Fee: $10

An e-mail notification of the prize winners will be sent to all the participants at the end of October/November.

For details, visit the website —

Included on the website is a FAQ and contracts.

New Rivers Press to publish popular fiction titles with literary value Press accepting manuscripts for The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series

16 August 2012

New Rivers Press is pleased to announce that it will begin publishing popular fiction titles with literary value. For The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series, the press is seeking manuscripts from new and emerging authors in the genres of Action-adventure, Crime, Detective, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Western, and Inspirational, and all sub-genres within and across those categories.

Manuscripts will be accepted electronically through Submittable (formerly Submishmash) until Sept. 1, 2012.

There is a $20 reading fee. Each author selected for publication will receive a $250 honorarium and a standard electronic book contract. All books will be distributed internationally in e-book formats.

The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series will be administered by Associate Editor Ryan C. Christiansen, a writer, editor, publisher, and educator living in Fargo, ND. Mr. Christiansen received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for fiction as well as his Certificate in Publishing from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he was the managing editor for the literary journal Red Weather. He brings twenty years career experience as a writer and editor to the position, including stints as a small-town newspaper editor, military journalist, technical writer, and trade journal editor. This fall, he will be teaching English at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

About New Rivers Press

Since 1981, New Rivers Press has held distinguished annual competitions to find new and emerging writers. (An emerging writer has not published more than two books of creative writing with a commercial, university, or national small press.) The mission of New Rivers Press at Minnesota State University Moorhead is to publish and promote enduring contemporary literature and to create academic learning opportunities. New Rivers Press acquires, publishes, and markets high quality, imaginative work from emerging and established writers. Founded in New York in 1968 by C.W. “Bill” Truesdale, the not-for-profit press has now published over 330 books.

Visit the website:

Submit entries at:


Suzzanne Kelley

Managing Editor

New Rivers Press

c/o Minnesota State University Moorhead

1104 7th Ave. S.

Moorhead, MN 56563



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Valhalla Press Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest

16 August 2012

Valhalla Press announces the Valhalla Press LiteraryFiction and Creative Nonfiction Contest.

The contest seeks out the best in original short literary fiction and nonfiction work written in English.

Contestants will vie for prizes including $500 and an ereader plus publication in Ragnarok, an e-lit journal.

Deadline August 30, 2012.  

Winners will be announced by September 30, 2012.

Entry fee is $15 per submission and works are limited to 5,000 words. International submissions are welcome.

Winners retain all rights except first-time International electronic rights. All other authors retain all rights.

For more information and to enter the contest, go to

About Valhalla Press

Valhalla Press is a publisher of an eclectic list of ebooks and soon the e-lit journal, Ragnarok.

Our authors include seasoned published writers as well as newly discovered writers. 



16 August 2012

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – SAWMILL; Submissions are currently open for the January 2013 issue of SAWMILL, the web-based literary magazine from Typecast Publishing. For this issue, we will focus on FLASH FICTION, and interested authors should select one piece which they feel best represents their writing ability and style – authors submitting more than one story at a time will not be considered for publication (we have our reasons, we promise) – and submit it as an email attachment. Please do not embed your submission in the body of your email. SAWMILL accepts simultaneous submissions, but will not consider work that has been previously published elsewhere. At this time, we do not pay for publications.

Please send your submission of 1,500 words or fewer to: WESLEY@TYPECASTPUBLISHING.COM.

Submissions will be open until September 1, 2012