Archive for October 14th, 2012

The Radiant Peace Education Awards – Fall 2012

14 October 2012

All students in grades 1-8 — from public and private schools, home schools, youth and after-school groups, and abroad — are welcome to enter the Fall 2012 national program of The Radiant Peace Education Awards®! The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their lives.

This year’s entries must be postmarked by December 11, 2012, with winners being announced in January 2013. All participants receive beautiful iron-on Radiant Peace Patches, and outstanding entries will also receive certificates and cash awards! Winner’s classrooms will also receive cash awards. In addition, many of the most creative or exceptional entries will be displayed in The International Museum of Radiant Peace.

Printable information is available here in PDF format: the complete packet of information (4 pages), which includes the contest guidelines, permission form and entry checklist; and the permission form and checklist only for submitting entries (2 pages). If you have any questions or need copies faxed or mailed, please contact the Foundation office.

The next contest program will be offered with an April 2013 postmark deadline. Materials will be posted online by January. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact the Foundation office to ensure that you receive an announcement.

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Laughs for Love Writing Competition

14 October 2012

The details:
– Prizes increase with every entry, in compliance with federal contest laws.

1st place begins at $100, and prizes are offered to 2nd and 3rd places.

Finalists receive a $5 off certificate for the next contest.
– Entry fee $15. Multiple submissions are accepted.
– 750-1500 word entries are accepted, and must answer the prompt, “What is your favorite school memory?”
– 20% of all contest revenue will be donated to the Shriner’s Hospital system.
– We focus on zero-censorship on webpage: cursing and controversial subject matter is accepted, though not encouraged.
– Winners will be published with, and on our Facebook fan-page.
– Contest open to all US citizens aged 18+.
Deadline: October 31, 2012
The contest listing may be located at:

Writing It Real Fall Contest – Deadline: December 31, 2012

14 October 2012

Writing It Real Fall Contest Reading Period from September 15 to December 31, 2012!

Do you have an essay, a memoir chapter, a short story or up to three poems to which you’d like to have professional response? Submit the work to our contest, and Sheila will respond in detail via email within a week of receiving the entry. Then you may revise the work and resubmit without additional fees for the final judging.  If entrants do not submit a revision, their original entry goes on to final judging.  Our final judge this time is Shanti Banwart, who will choose three winners. Prizes: 1st place – Two 30-minute consults with Sheila; 2nd and 3rd place, one 30-minute consult each.

 If you are not a current Writing It Real member, become a member now to enter our contest. The detailed response is worth the membership, and you’ll receive the many benefits of belonging to Writing It Real, including being able to enter other contests during the year to receive Sheila’s response for the low reading fee of $15.

To enter:

Send us up to 1500 words of prose or three poems via the email submission form along with a reading fee of $15 for members (it’s easy to join). Note: upon revision, prose may grow and will be accepted up to approximately 3000 words. 

 If you’d like, create a new draft (even a freewrite will do because it will get you started). If you’d like, use this prompt to begin:

When I turned the radio (or TV) on I heard (or saw)  ___________. I immediately thought of ___________.

The online form allows you to pay the reading fee of $15 via PayPal. Your entry must be attached as a double-spaced Microsoft Word document. We will not be able to read submissions that are in another file type.

If you’d like to submit hard copy, mail a double-spaced copy of your entry along with a check to Writing It Real, 394 Colman Drive, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

If you have questions, email us;   If you prefer, send your double-spaced manuscript and a check to 394 Colman Drive, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Either way, include a cover letter with your name, address, email address (as all responses are sent via email) and phone number as well as the name of your submitted pieces. Do not put your name on the submission itself.

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The Time and Place Prize Literary Competition

14 October 2012

The Time & Place Prize is a new international literary
award established to provide the two things every writer
requires . . .

the time and the place

to write.

Join us in France!
The winner of The Time & Place Prize receives a month-long stay in an idyllic
cottage nestled among the menhirs, myths and mists of Bretagne, France.The Prize includes:
Round-trip airfare to and from Paris, France
plus ground transport to and from the cottage
Room & board for the month of July in a
private cottage in bucolic Brittany
The cottage is equipped with all the tools a
writer needs, including library, computer,
internet access, a complete OED, etc.
Time and place to work on your ideas

The Time & Place Prize

All literary genres considered.
Winner(s) selected by independent, third party judges.
Submissions limited to 5,000 words.
A $25 submission fee will be charged.

The Award TimelineSubmissions for the 2012 Prize will be accepted through November 30, 2012.  
The short list will be posted by mid-February 2013.
The winner will be announced on March 30, 2013.
The winner will visit France for the month of July, 2013.
Submissions for the 2013 Prize will be accepted beginning December 1, 2012.

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Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition

14 October 2012

Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition

To celebrate, in partnership with the Poetry School, we’ve made three sets of discussion points (one for each of last year’s top three poems) available from our website. We hope that writing groups and classes might enjoy looking at the poems in more detail.

Each year the competition throws three winning poets into the spotlight. “There was a surge of interest,” says 2011’s second prize winner Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch. “Invitations to read at a variety of festivals followed including Ledbury, Cheltenham and the Penfro Book Festival in Pembrokeshire.” And, as all poems are made anonymous before they are judged, established poets and new voices compete on a level field.

Listings / e-newsletter copy: Established in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. The judges this year are Vicki Feaver, W.N. Herbert and Nick Laird. Winners include both established and emerging poets, and for many the prize has proved an important career milestone. The prizes are: £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third, with seven commendations of £100.

Entry fees

£6 for your first poem
£3 for each subsequent entry in the same submission.
FREE second entry for Poetry Society members (including those joining now).

The deadline is 31 October 2013.

Visit the website for details. Enter online or download an entry form at


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Sycamore Review 2012 Wabash Prize for Poetry

14 October 2012

 Sycamore Review is now accepting entries for the 2012 Wabash Prize for Poetry

judged by Nikky Finney and open to previously unpublished works of poetry.

Each entry may contain up to three poems (no more than six pages total).

The author of the winning piece will be awarded $1,000

and publication in a 2013 issue of Sycamore Review.

All entrants receive a year’s subscription to Sycamore Review.

Entry fee is $15 and $5 for each additional poem.

Submissions are accepted via the submission manager.

All entries considered for publication.

Deadline: November 1, 2012

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Magma Poetry Competition 2012

14 October 2012

The competition has two contests: 

Magma Judge’s Prize (judged by Gillian Clarke,

National Poet of Wales and recipient of Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2010):

Unpublished poems of 11 to 80 lines

First prize £500 / second prize / £200 / third prize £100

Magma Editors’ Prize (judged by Magma Poetry editors):

Unpublished poems of up to 10 lines

First prize £500 / second prize / £200 / Plus 10 Special Mentions £10 each

Winners will be invited to read alongside Gillian Clarke at our Competition

Celebration event in early 2013, plus while winning poems will be featured

in the spring 2013 issue of our magazine.

Entry fees and payment

You may submit as many poems as you like accompanied by the appropriate fee.

Non-subscribers i.e. anyone who does not subscribe to Magma magazine,

pay £5 per poem of either length, or £15 for four poems,

but subscribers to Magma magazine only pay £3 per poem of either length,

or £10 for four poems.

Postal entries must be accompanied by a cheque or money order in sterling only.

Make cheques or money orders payable to “Magma Poetry” and write your name on the back.

Online entries must be paid for online by credit card or PayPal in sterling only.

Entries are accepted online and by post from 16 October to 16 December 2012.

For online entries, please submit your poems via our


For postal entries, please download our entry form from the website (under ‘How to Enter’)

and send your completed entry to Magma Poetry, P O Box 68274, London W5 9LL.

Full details, submission fees and rules at

Fiction Fast-Track Writing Competition – Ongoing

14 October 2012

I’d like to introduce our newly launched creative writing competition, Fiction Fast-Track: 

It would be great if you would consider featuring the competition on your listings page, and sharing the information with your readers. 

Outline of the competition:

Apostrophe Books are on the hunt for outstanding new fiction. We know it’s out there – it’s just that conventional publishers can no longer afford to shoulder the risk.For far too many years now, the chances of new fiction and short-story collections by unknown authors getting published have been slim to non-existent.

That’s why we’re setting out to change the landscape. We’re going to find and publish a new author every month and sell their work through Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and more than 130 other digital retailers worldwide. All this – and we will split every penny from the title’s sales 50/50.

And because we like making things interesting at Apostrophe Books, we’re not going to decide who we publish – our readers and website and Facebook visitors are.

Competition details:

  • Name of the competition: Fiction Fast-Track
  • Competition run by: Apostrophe Books
  • Web link:
  • The maximum words: N/A
  • Genres: fiction – novels and collections of short stories
  • The theme: N/A
  • The prize: a winning entry is published as an e-book every two months
  • Entry fee: N/A
  • Closing date: ongoing – each round closes at the end of the month
  • Contact:

Unboxed Books – Fiction Contest – (novels, manuscripts and short story collections)

14 October 2012

The Prize in Fiction is open to all writers, regardless of publication history. We seek submissions of novels and short story collections. The contest is blind; your name and contact information will not be seen by anyone reading your work until a winner has been selected. Stories and excerpts previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion in submissions; manuscripts previously published or self-published in their entirety are not.

To avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest, friends and former students of the judge are ineligible to enter the competition.

You may submit your manuscript to other publishers while it is under consideration by Unboxed Books, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Submission Requirements

  • Submissions may only be made through our online submissions manager at
  • An entry fee of $35.00 is required.
  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman.
  • The title and page numbers should be included in the header.
  • Your name should appear nowhere in the manuscript. (Our online submissions manager will create a cover page that will be hidden from the judge.)
  • Do not include acknowledgements or dedications.
  • There is no restriction on manuscript length.

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  • Your manuscript must be an original work of which you are the sole author.
  • Any manuscript not in compliance with the eligibility requirements, format guidelines, and entry requirements will be disqualified.
  • No entry fees or manuscripts will be returned.
  • This competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  • The decision of the judge is final. In the event the judge does not choose a winner, Unboxed Books will select one.

About the Contest

We seek submissions of novels or short story collections from all writers, from the unknown to the well-known, and everyone in between.

The submission deadline is December 1, 2012. The winner will be announced February 1.

The winner will receive $5,000, and his or her book will be published in both print and digital formats in the Fall of 2013.

About the Judge

Francine Prose is the author of many bestselling books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her nonfiction book Reading Like a Writer was a New York Times bestseller. Her latest novel is My New American Life. She is the former president of PEN American Center.

About the Prize

The prize is funded by the deGroot Foundation in association with Provincetown Arts.


Liternational’s 1st Annual Santa Claws Contest

14 October 2012

$500 Fiction | $500 Non-Fiction | $250 Runner-Up  



THE SANTA CLAWS CONTEST is for aspiring fiction and creative non-fiction writers who have not professionally published. This contest covers TWO issues: the October Issue (horror / suspense) and the December Issue (holiday / fantasy). SUBMISSIONS for the December Issue ( holiday / fantasy) are NOW OPEN! Please DO NOT submit horror material. Liternational Editor’s will select the semi-finalists for publication and judging begins AFTER the December Issue’s release. Winners will be announced on or before St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). For submission guidelines, click HERE.


WENDELL MAYO is a widely published, award-winning author of over one hundred short stories and three books. His work has appeared in the Yale Review, Harvard Review and Chicago Review, to name a few.  He is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship and a Fulbright to Lithuania. His awards include a Master Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission; OAC Individual Artist Fellowship; the HarperCollins Fellowship; and resident writer appointments at the MacDowell, Djerassi Foundation, Yaddo, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and Millay Colony for the Arts. Click HERE for more info.

FELICE COHEN has published over one hundred opinion columns and articles in amNew York, the New York Daily News, and Metro (New York, Boston and Philadelphia editions), many of which were picked up by the She is also the author of award-winning memoir What Papa Told Me. Read more about the book HERE.


  • 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: 1,000 to 5,000 words.
  • SEMI-FINALIST: ALL semi-finalists will be published in the October issue (horror / suspense) and / or December issue (Holiday / Fantasy) of LITERNATIONAL.
  • FINALIST: All finalists will receive cash prizes as follows: $500 for Fiction and Non-Fiction winner, $250 for the Runner-Up (in both categories).
  • DEADLINE: December 1, 2012 for Fantasy (please DO NOT submit horror themed material as those submissions are now CLOSED).
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Winners will be announced by SAINT PATRICK’S DAY (March 17th).
  • 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 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 your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • CONTEST RULES: Be sure to familiarize yourself with Contest Rules.

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Call for Submissions: Pithead Chapel – an online journal of short fiction

14 October 2012
Pithead Chapel is a small, independent journal out of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,
run by people who love to read and write fiction.

At Pithead Chapel, we’re looking for engaging stories told in honest voices.

Most of all, we want to feel something.

We want to reach the last word and immediately crave more.

We want your story to leave a brilliant bruise.

Send us your best flash or short story and we’ll do our best to get your voice heard.

Sorry, we’re not into genre pieces (e.g. science fiction, horror, fantasy, and romance).

Check us out:

Submission guidelines:

Now accepting submissions for Sex Story

14 October 2012

Now accepting submissions for Sex Story

Now accepting submissions for a collection of erotic fiction about/from Kentuckians, or with the setting of Kentucky or the south. Not looking for porn, stories should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Your work can be 500 – 4,000 word short story. Please edit and fine tune your text before sending it in a .doc, .docx, or rtf file. Inside your file, provide a bio, and one sentence describing each of your submissions. You can submit up to five works at a time.

Bios should be in third person, and begin with your name. For instance, “firstname lastname is blah, blah, blah…” You only need one bio per submission package.

The one sentence describing your submission should include your title. If you have five submissions, provide five of these sentences, one for each submission.

No fees ever, but also no payments.

You will be provided with a free ebook to share with your family and friends. You can also use it for publicity. A printed book will be available for sale on Amazon at a reasonable price. (less than $15 in most cases, or as close to cost as possible)

Deadline November 15, 2012. Notice within 10 days after submission deadline.

Send all submissions to

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Accepting Submissions for Appalachian Story

14 October 2012

Accepting Submissions for Appalachian Story

Seeking short stories in Appalachian ‘style,’ or about Appalachia, for anthology in print and ebook formats.

500-4000 words

No fees, no payments. This agreement is for one time publication rights. You can submit stories previously published elsewhere.

All rights revert to the author after publication. Rights will also include one time ebook publication.

Deadline December 15, 2012

Send story, short bio, and one sentence describing your story to

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