Archive for October 26th, 2012

Almond Press – 2012 Short Story Contest

26 October 2012

Short Story Contest
1st Place – £100

Newly established Scottish publisher is currently looking for talented writers.
First prize is £100. All shortlisted entries will be collected and published in a collection.

Space permitting, authors may also be featured in a short Q&A next to their story.

Contest is not limited to UK. International entries are welcome.

Short Story
The theme for the story is “Fall” (in all meanings of the word).
We’re not looking for a particular kind of fiction either, it could be a romance, a thriller, a comedy or anything!

Story Length
All entries must be between 3000 and 5000 words in length.

Entry Fees
The competition is free to enter!

Previous Use
All entries must be original and previously unpublished in English
(in print, digitally, or on the web.)

Competition Closing Date
The final date for entries is the 30th of November 2012.

How to Submit Your Entry
Entries must be sent as either a Word doc file, or a plain txt file.

Make sure each entry includes the title of the piece in the file but not your name and details.

Please add your name and address to the email.

No more than two entries are allowed per person.

By submitting your story, you confirm that you accept the contest terms and conditions.

Send your story to:

Last Call for Submissions! Get Involved – Share your opinions, work and stories

26 October 2012
 “RIOT – MELLAKKA” 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 “RIOT – MELLAKKA ” 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, October 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 – riot – Your Name – WORK TITLE”.

For submission guidelines visit:

HESA inprint is a Finnish-English web magazine, blog and art magazine publication. The theme for the issue is RIOT – MELLAKKA. The deadline is midnight (Finnish Time) October 30th 2012. Instructions on how to submit your work is available at

TheNewerYork! TSA Contest

26 October 2012

The TSA Contest –

Submit an experimental-fiction piece about the TSA

Ideas:  When writing, think internal documents, from the mundane manuals and forms to blacked-out communiqués, signs, warnings, carbon copies.

Literary forms we have accepted in the past include: comics, users manuals, PSAs, iPhone screenshots, Classified Ads, Book reviews, personal letters, press releases, employment applications etc.

Deadline: November 5th 2012

Winner gets $175 towards a JetBlue flight and published on (and potentially the next print issue of the magazine).

Entry fee: $3.00 per story

Guidelines: More than 5 readable words, less than 8 pages long.

Get weird! We’re excited to see what you come up with!

Winner will be revealed November 10th. 

Small Print: Offer lasts until July 1st 2013. You choose the flight and give us your information. We buy the ticket and charge you for the difference. If the flight is less than $175 you do not receive the difference in cash or credit of any kind. The submissions will be read and evaluated by Chuck Young and JSR, editors at theNewerYork.

Visit the website:

How to enter:

Printerinks Short Story Competition

26 October 2012

Are you a budding writer? Fancy putting your skills to the test in our short story competition?

By entering our competition you have the chance to get your book printed in hard copy.

This prize is perfect for any author who would like to get their work published.  

The winner will receive 10 copies so they can share their winning story with family and friends. 

The runner-up will receive £50 worth of Amazon vouchers.

The theme for the competition is ‘autumn’ and entrants are asked to write a maximum of 3000 words.

For a chance of winning this amazing prize, email your story in a Word document to

The competition is free to enter.

The competition closing date is for the 1st of December 2012

New Gemini issue/Poetry Open Competition

26 October 2012


The new issue of Gemini Magazine is now online

and our third annual Poetry Open competition is open.

This issue features debut fiction by IT engineer Jack King about a Yuppie junkie
on a downward spiral, as well as poetry, memoir and more fiction.
Grand prize for the Poetry Open is $1,000.
Second and third place receive $100/$50 and there will be three honorable mentions.
Deadline: January 2, 2013
All six finalists will be published online in the March 2013 issue of Gemini.
Also check out our new “News” page. Writers and artists who have been published in Gemini:
send us info about your new books, awards or other noteworthy events and we will try to spread the word.
Coming late October (possibly early November): results of our fourth annual Flash Fiction Contest.
Visit the website:

Last Call: Scribophile’s Gothtober October 2012 Contest

26 October 2012

Deadline: October 31, 2012

 Entry is free.

First prize: $50 cash via PayPal.

Second prize: $25 cash via PayPal.

Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I wanted to make this month’s contest interesting.

The theme is gothic literature, but with a twist. Traditionally,

gothic literature can be broken into two genders.

The male gothic heavily features the supernatural, often in a struggle with the main character.

The female gothic is more about misunderstood circumstance,

where the cause of mystery could be supernatural, but it’s more normal with misread situations.

The task is to reverse these genders. There’s more to it than man solves Scooby Doo-esque mystery,

woman fights ghosts though, so check out our contest page for more info:


Last Call for Entries – The Narrated Tales Competition – Deadline: November 14, 2012

26 October 2012

A month or so back I was scanning Google for writing sites when I discovered Radio Wildfire; an online radio broadcast that concentrates on literature, spoken word performances and oral art. I listened to their latest broadcast (known as The Loop) and loved it. When I’d finished I read the ‘About’ page and discovered they’re also based in the West Midlands! So I emailed them.

It turns out Radio Wildfire is run by a collective which includes Dave Reeves; a writer, performer and editor whose writing has been commissioned for inclusion in public art and by BBC national radio, and has appeared in publications which include Poetry Australia and Norwegian text books. As an editor he previously edited Raw Edge; a literary magazine in the West Midlands.

Having taken up far too much of his valuable time on the telephone, I can also reveal Dave is a very friendly, approachable and interesting chap who has kindly agreed to help me with our next competition.

So, the competition rules:


There is no set theme; your bursts can be about anything you like – whatever you feel would make a good narrated tale.

The judges

There will be two judges from the Radio Wildfire team and one Guest Judge invited by Radio Wildfire:

Dave Reeves – writer, editor and presenter of re:Lit, the live literature programme on Radio Wildfire.

Vaughn Reeves – producer of re:Lit, curator of The Loop on Radio Wildfire, and currently developing a non-league football show, Project Football.

And the Radio Wildfire guest judge, Roz Goddard – short story writer, poet and
coordinator of the West Midlands Readers’ Network.


The competition will run for 2 months from October 1st until November 12th.


All submissions must include a narrated audio track of no more than 1,250 words. To submit an entry, post your audio burst on and mark it for the competition by including the words ‘Radio Wildfire Entry’ as the first line in the initial comment. You can submit more than one entry.

Who can take part

The competition is open to all Burrst writers (except those directly involved in running the website).


The winner will receive £50 and have their audio burst broadcast on the December edition of re:Lit on Radio Wildfire, and later in The Loop, with the option to record a longer piece for broadcast on a later edition of The Loop. The winner will also be interviewed for transmission in the same edition of re:Lit (dependent upon the individual having a suitable Skype connection).

The runners-up will have their audio burst broadcast on an edition of re:Lit and in The Loop on Radio Wildfire.

Radio Wildfire reserves the option of transmitting other shortlisted audio bursts.

My background, as many of you will be aware of by now, is predominantly web, and so for the benefit of the community (all of us), I’m actively looking to collaborate with people with far stronger writing backgrounds than myself. I believe this will further establish the credibility of Burrst as a writing community and better promote the writing of our members. I very much hope this is the first of many collaborations with Radio Wildfire and Dave Reeves. If you haven’t already, I recommend you visit the Radio Wildfire website and listen to the latest edition of The Loop at

Radio Wildfire transmissions

re:Lit is transmitted live online on the first Monday of each month at 20.00-22.00 hrs, UK time. It is not recorded and cannot be heard in its entirety at any other time.

The Loop is curated from tracks played on re:Lit and other material and plays at all times between the live transmissions. It is updated monthly.


2012 Ladies’ Home Journal Personal Essay Contest

26 October 2012

For our second annual Personal Essay Contest, we want to hear about a memorable moment in your life — the day, or the hour, or the second that changed everything. We urge you to be poignant, reflective, funny. Make us howl with laughter. Make us blubber in our cubicles (we can take it!).

Tell Us About the Day That Changed Your Life

Ladies’ Home Journal is a community that shares stories — and we’re dying to hear yours.

If you win our essay contest, we’ll give you $3,000 and the chance to have your essay published in the Journal. You’re free to interpret the topic in whatever way you like, but remember that we value creativity and clarity above all.

Essays will be judged on their emotional power, originality, and the quality of their prose. They should be no more than 2,000 words and ideally typed or written in a Microsoft Word document.

You can enter the contest by e-mailing your submission as an attachment (with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address) to or by mailing a copy to Personal Essay Contest, Ladies’ Home Journal, 805 Third Ave., 26th Fl., New York, NY 10022.

Entries are due by December 7, 2012.

Submit Your Essay >>

Read Last Year’s Winning Entry  >>

Official Rules >>

Last Call! THE 2nd Annual JCC METROWEST JEWISH PLAYWRITING CONTEST – Deadline: November 1st, 2012

26 October 2012

Carol Berman, Director of the Arts at JCC MetroWest and David Winitsky, Artistic Director of the Jewish Plays Project are excited to announce the return of their competition for full-length plays dealing with contemporary Jewish themes. Using a curated jury process followed by a series of live selection events, the Contest will give equal voice to Jewish audiences and artists in creating Jewish theater for the 21st Century.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. We believe that Jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. “Matrilineal descent” is neither important nor necessary.

ELIGIBILITY: Full-length plays that deal with contemporary Jewish themes that have never been produced in New York City. The following must be true of a submitted play:

1. It is not a Yiddish play.

2. It is not a Holocaust play. (We have a separate category for those. See
3. It contains significant Jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.
4. It does NOT fall into the beloved category of “ethnically stereotypical comedy” (No ‘Yiddishemammeh” plays, no “My Afternoon With Bubbe”, no “Jewtopia”)
5. It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region.
6. It is NOT a musical (plays with music may apply).

SUBMISSION: Entries are due by November 1 at 6 pm. There is NO fee to apply, but there is a one (1) submission per person rule. Plays that were submitted to the 2012 Contest ARE eligible.

For the full Contest RFP, visit:

Or contact:

David Winitsky, Artistic Director:

THE PRIZE: The winning plays will be developed in the spring of 2013 by a company of stellar actors, directors and designers. During the JPP’s OPEN Residency in June, 2013, a final New York City Contest will be held, with the ultimate winner continuing directly on to a 2-week workshop and 2 performances.

ABOUT THE JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT: The Jewish Plays Project puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. The JPP’s innovative and competitive development vehicle invests emerging artists in their Jewishidentity; engages Jewish communities in the vetting, selecting and championing of new voices; and secures mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays.

Last Call for Entries!: Lumina Journal Fiction Writing Contest – Nov. 1, 2012 & Call for Submissions – fiction, non-fiction, poetry

26 October 2012

Fiction writers may submit up to two pieces, 5,000 words maximum per piece. Please double space and number pages. Previously published works will not be considered. If your work is selected by us, rights will revert to author after publication in Lumina; subsequent publishers should credit us for first appearance.

You may submit multiple selections, but please submit them in a single document. DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission. Please include a three-sentence biographical statement with your submission in the cover letter box provided. Any information provided on the submissions documents besides your stories will be disregarded.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify LUMINA immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere via email ( or submittable.

Deadline for Contest Submissions is November 1, 2012

We look forward to reading your work!

Full contest entry details can be found here:
We are also having a general call for submissions in all genres, the details of which can be found here:

Glamour Essay Writing Contest

26 October 2012

Have an Amazing Real-life Story? Tell It to Glamour!

Enter our ninth essay contest and you could:
• Win $5,000
• Have your story considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Glamour.
• Meet with a top literary agent.

Every woman has an inspiring true story somewhere inside her—and we want to hear yours. Is it about the time you overcame an obstacle, tested your courage, met the love of your life, or found your passion? Start writing it now!

A panel of authors—among them Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley—will help choose the winner. Our judges will be looking for strong writing, original style and a compelling story.

Your nonfiction essay entry should be:
-formatted as a Word document (.doc or .docx)
-2,500 to 3,500 words in length

Upload your entry to the form. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 30, 2012; they will become the property of Glamour and will not be returned.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. For full rules, click here. Starts at 12:01 PM ET on July 1, 2012 and ends 11:59 PM ET on November 30, 2012. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States/D.C. 18 or older, except employees of Sponsor, their immediate families and those living in the same household. Void outside the 50 United States/D.C. and where prohibited. A.R.V. of prize $5,000: Sponsor: Conde Nast.

Visit the website:

Call for entries: Keller Media – Nonfiction Writers Contest

26 October 2012

You can find our contest info page and entry form here; ,

And here’s the link to the entry form:

Our website is


Nonfiction Writer’s Contest

Submissions due by Dec 7, 2012

Winners announced Jan 2, 2013


The Submission

·         A full proposal (as described here:


·         Two sample chapters

·         Author bio

·         Author presence on this subject (professional speaking, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, television appearances, blogging, etc.)

·         $10.00 Entry Fee

Grand Prize:

·         Agency Representation and expert guidance to help you develop your project so we can present it to TOP publishers on your behalf.

·         Cash Prize of $300 USD – to keep you supplied with coffee, toner, printer paper and red pens while you craft your masterpiece!

·         One FREE month of social media, clerical, back office and marketing support provided by 123 Employee, the leading outsourcing company in the world.$347 + $199 setup. (

·         FREE Platform Building Course created by super-agent Wendy Keller

·         FREE admittance to the two-week intensive Facebook Mastery Program that will catapult your social media presence + 1/2 hour call with the genius guys at eRocket Fuel. Work with the author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Facebook Marketing to pinpoint what you are doing well, and what needs improvement. (

·         Win the chance to work with legendary book development coach Christine Kloser to make your book as exceptional as you dream it will be.


2nd Prize

·         Agency Representation and expert guidance to help you develop your project so we can present it to TOP publishers on your behalf.

·         Cash Prize of $150 USD

·         FREE entrance to Christine Kloser’s profound program for breaking through writer’s block and crafting the book that resonates with who you really are and what you really want to say.

·         FREE Platform Building Course created by super-agent Wendy Keller, so you can get your book all the attention it deserves before, during and after publication. A $1,499 value!(

·         FREE complete set of our informative audio program “Success Accelerator: How to Build Your Platform Faster, Better and Easier”. It teaches you how to grow your fan base of future book buyers (platform) right now using the media, your natural talents, paid speaking, list building and social media.

3rd Prize

·         Two hours of our expert advice and guidance to help you develop your project so we can present it to TOP publishers on your behalf.

·         FREE complete set of our informative audio program “Success Accelerator: How to Build Your Platform Faster, Better and Easier”. It teaches you how to grow your fan base of future book buyers (platform) right now using the media, your natural talents, paid speaking, list building and social media.

All Fish Competitions Now Open

26 October 2012

The Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2013


Judge: Molly McCloskey
Closes: 31 January 2013
Results Announced: 1 April 2013
Max Length: 4,000 words
All memoirs must be written in English and must not have been published previously.

Best 10 memoirs will be published in the 2013 Fish Anthology.

First Prize: €1,000.

Online Entries: €16 (€10 subsequent entries). Postal entries: €18 (€12 subsequent entries)



The Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2013

Judge: Peter Benson
Closes: 28 Feb 2013
Results Announced: 10 April 2013
Max Length: 300 words

All memoirs must be written in English and must not have been published previously.

Best 10 stories will be published in the 2013 Fish Anthology.

First Prize: €1,000.

Online Entries: €14 (€8 subsequent entries). Postal entries: €16 (€10 subsequent entries)



The Fish Poetry Prize 2013

Judge: To be announced
Closes: 31 March 2013
Results Announced: 15 May 2013
Max Length: 300 words

All poems must be written in English and must not have been published previously.

Best 10 poems will be published in the 2013 Fish Anthology.

First prize: €1,000.

Online Entries: €14 (€8 subsequent entries). Postal entries: €16 (€10 subsequent entries)


Fish Short Story Prize 2012/13 (€3,000)

26 October 2012

Enter Online

Philip O’Ceallaigh  is the judge.

We are honoured that he will select the best ten stories for publication in the 2013 Fish Anthology.

Philip is the acclaimed author of two collections of short stories, Notes From a Turkish Whorehouse, and The Pleasant Light of Day. He is described by Joseph O’Connor as an author who is “touched by greatness.”

Closing Date: 30 November 2012.

Word limit is 5,000. There is no restriction on theme or style, and the prize is open to writers from all countries who are writing in English.

Ten best stories published.

First Prize: €3,000, of which €1,000 is for travel to the launch of the Fish Anthology in July 2013 at the West Cork Literary Festival.

Second Prize: a week at the Anam Cara Writers Retreat in West Cork, plus €300.

Third prize: €300.

Entry fee is €20 (€10 subsequent entries). Online Entry. Once you register and enter online, you can login and check your entry(ies) at any time.

Results will be announced on 17 March on the Fish website, and sent out in the newsletter.

Stories must not have been published previously, and must be eligible for publication in the 2013 Fish Anthology.

Stories cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered. Judging at all stages is anonymous. Names or addresses must not appear on the stories, but on a separate sheet if entering by post, or in the appropriate place if entering online.

Postal entries: €22 (€12 subsequent entries)

Address: Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Roddy Doyle, Dermot Healy and Colum McCann are honorary patrons of the Fish Short Story Prize.

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