Archive for November 24th, 2012

Last Call for Entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2012 – 2013 – Enter Now!

24 November 2012

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


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, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Extended Postmark deadline: January 28, 2013

All contest winners will be announced on March 9, 2013


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 for details on how to enter!

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24 November 2012

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6th Annual – Jr. Authors Short Story Writing Contest 2013

24 November 2012

Jr Authors Short Story Writing Contest 2013

Attention! – Writing Contest Opens: January 1, 2013

Deadline: Postmarked by June 30, 2013

Top 10 finalists in each Category Announced: September 20, 2013

Winners Announced LIVE at Junior Authors Writers Conference

STILL Free to Enter
MORE Categories
NEW Prizes
NEW Submission Dates
NEW Digital Submission Process
NEW Story Feedback Service
NEW Writers Conference

Category I Ages 18 – 21*
Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website and be eligible for paid writing opportunities with Laura Thomas Communications. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below. *You can be no more than 21 years old as of June 30, 2013.

Category 2 Ages 15 – 17
Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website and be eligible for paid writing opportunities with Laura Thomas Communications. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below.

Category 3 Ages 12 – 14
Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below.

Category 4 Ages 9 – 11
Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below.

Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest Rules:

  1. Contest open to any student between 9 and 21 years old as of June 30, 2013. Proof of age may be required.
  2. It does not matter where you call home. Entries from any country are welcome.
  3. Your story can be about anything you like. Be creative and have fun.
  4. Your story must be in English.
  5. Maximum length is 1000 words.
  6. No images, illustrations or fancy fonts. Keep it easy to read. Not sure which font to use? Try Times New Roman 12 pt.
  7. Make sure your name and the title of your story are on the first page of your story.
  8. Complete the online entry form and upload your story. This will be available on January 1st. No entries will be accepted early.
  9. Pay the optional FEEDBACK fee.*
  10. One story per student.

*New FEEDBACK OPTION for 2013. For a small fee paid when your story is submitted, you will receive a feedback package after the contest winners are announced. The package will contain your score broken down into the four criteria (unity, style, description and story structure), along with some suggestions from Laura about how to improve the story. Stories may be worked on and resubmitted in 2014. You will be able to sign up and pay for this service on the online entry form.

Visit the website for details:

“BETRAYAL” – A Cha Poetry contest

24 November 2012
This contest is run by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. It is for unpublished poems about “Betrayal”.  


  • Tammy Ho is a Hong Kong-born poet. She is a founding co-editor of Cha and an assistant editor of Fleeting Magazine.
  • Andrew Barker is the creator of the online lecture website Mycroft, where examples of his poetry lectures can be seen. He is the author of the poetry collection snowblind: from my protective colouring (Chameleon Press) and holds a PhD in American Literature and an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature. He currently teaches at the University of Hong Kong and Lingnan University.


  • Each poet can submit up to two poems (no more than 80 lines long each).
  • Poems must be previously unpublished.
  • Entry is free.
Closing date:
  • 15 January 2013
  • First: £85, Second: £55, Third: £35, Highly Commended (up to 5): £15 each. (Payable through Paypal.)
  • All winning poems (including the highly recommended ones) will receive first publication in a special section in the March 2013 issue of Cha.
The prizes were generously donated by a reader from the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Submissions should be sent to with the subject line “Betrayal”.
  • Poems must be sent in the body of the email.
  • Please also include a short biography of no more than 30 words.

Previous Cha contests:

Visit the website for details:


Sleighing With the Devil: A Very Special Christmas Fairy Tale Contest

24 November 2012

Enchanted Conversation normally now has monthly, non-themed fairy-tale-inspired fiction and poetry contests. We will resume the monthly contests in January of 2013.

But for December, there is no monthly contest. Instead, there will be a very, very EC fairy tale contest:

That’s right, instead of a regular December fairy tale contest — which will not actually be held, EC is celebrating the spirit of Krampus instead. The basics of content, etc., are the same as under the regular submission guidelines, so PLEASE check those.

But stories for the Krampus contest must feature Krampus somehow. They must be stories OR poems. No non-fiction will be accepted. Stories must be between 1,000 and 3,000 words long. Only one submission per person. The stories should reflect an understanding of Krampus lore, but he needn’t be the focal point of the story. As ever, the stories should NOT be for very young audiences, but rather well-read teens on up in age.

Five winners will be chosen and each will receive a $25 give certificate from Amazon (in US dollars only). The submission deadline is DECEMBER 13, 2012 at 11:59 p.m., EST. The winning entries will be published in December.

PLEASE FOLLOW ALL OTHER NORMAL RULES FOR SUBMITTING FOR WRITING CONTESTS LISTED UNDER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. The rules for submitting here are pretty specific, if you aren’t a big fan of rules, this may not be the contest for you.

As always, there is NO FEE for entering this contest.

Who or What is Krampus?

Krampus has been around a very long time in countries like Austria and Germany. I guess you could say he’s a scary, devilish-looking figure who hangs with St. Nicholas and punishes bad children for the jolly old gift giver. But that’s a pretty meager description. For an in-depth look at Krampus, check out the awesome site, There, you kind find absolutely everything you could want to know about Krampus and see some outstanding and disturbing old Krampus images.

For a less pro-Krampus take on St. Nicholas’s evil helper, check out The St. Nicholas Center, a far more benign destination. One thing seems pretty sure: Krampus serves Santa, meting out punishment to naughty children.

In the US, Krampus never got real traction, as we even dropped the “lump of coal” tradition for bad kids on Christmas morning. Yet, in recent years, Krampus has begun to become popular, as more Americans look for a different way to have holiday fun.

More on Krampus as the need arises, but here are some more images to inspire you. But before I go, one thing needs to be said: This Krampus contest is not about religion–for it or against it. It’s still about fairy tales.

Visit the website for details:

Call for submissions: Indian Ink – bi-monthly magazine

24 November 2012

Indian Ink, a bi-monthly magazine, is a locus for creative expressions in English, and aspires to address the lacunae in the little magazine circuit. The sober realization that Kerala has not been able to sustain the sporadic attempts at establishing a literary space for creative writing in English, explains the rationale for launching Indian Ink. Accommodating established and new voices in a happy mix, Indian Ink aims for a pan Indian reach, and will have room for artistic innovations, mixed genres and dialogues among languages and regions.

Indian Ink, a well-received and beautifully illustrated little magazine in print,

published from Kerala, India, is open to  flash fiction, poems, creative non-fiction,

translations, art work, jokes, reviews, sms poems and irregulars.

Submissions (of less than 120 words), with a short bio, may be mailed to:

Check out our blog at

Call for Submissions: Short Stories and Poems that Lasts as Long as Your Cup of Coffee

24 November 2012

Sips Card puts short fiction and poetry into local coffee shop venues around the country (and in Scotland). We are a publication run by artists, for artists. Each card contains a QR code, loaded with a short story, or set of poems, from a writer meant to last as long as a cup of coffee. The cards include the issue’s author, story title, and website/e-mail.

Submissions for our Winter Issue (January) will be open from Monday, October 29th through Friday, December 7th. You will be notified by Friday, December 14th. Every submission will receive notification of their acceptance status by this date.

The Winter Issue will contain two short story cards (each with one short story) and two poetry cards (each with one poem).

Compensation: It is important that we give our authors and poets a little something in return for allowing us to use their work.

  • Authors of accepted short stories will receive $50.
  • Poets of accepted poems will receive $30.
  • Each accepted writer will also receive copies of their issue.

Submission Fees: Submission fees help us to pay our writers while continuing to publish a quality publication. Sips Card consists of artists, working to help other artists, and while we know submission fees may be a hindrance toward submitting work, we also know that they help the operation of the publication as well as the quality of submissions.

  • Authors may submit 2 stories of up to 3,000 words for $5.
  • Poets  may submit up to 2 poems of up to 150 lines for $3.

How to Submit: Visit  . Work may be submitted to  Once Sips Card has received your submission(s) and payment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Guidelines: Submissions should be double-spaced, and in a standard font such as: Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana or Trebuchet MS. Please submit your work at using one of the following formats: .doc .docx .rtf.

Rights: As fellow artists, we want our authors and poets to maintain the rights to their work. We ask for a ninety (90) day non-compete agreement. This means that for ninety (90) days, you will allow only Sips Card to publish your story or poem. What we are trying to do with this non-compete agreement is track the ‘read’ traffic for each story/poem. We can supply these numbers to the authors and poets through their issue’s run dates, giving them an idea of how many people have read their work. We think this is a neat feature and want to do more for our writers than just publish their work.

What we look for: We want to stand apart from traditional literary publications that set their focus on various themes throughout the year. We want to challenge writers to write from their gut and send us what they believe is some of their best work. Keep in mind, our primary reader base is made up of coffee shop patrons with a variety of taste; therefore, we primarily interested in general fiction.  We look for stories that breathe with a life of their own.

Visit the submission page at:


Deep Sea Publishing Writing Contests

24 November 2012

Deep Sea Publishing is announcing several new contests!

To find out more about these contests, go to

Authors’ Contest: Deep Sea Publishing is announcing a new contest for authors.   DMT will select a minimum of  5 authors to publish free of charge. Winners will be announced on this website on January 31, 2013.  The publication goal is to have all authors published by May 15, 2013.  Valued at over $1,000, this is a dream offer to first-time or seasoned authors.   The winners receive:

  • paperback book up to 450 pages (in 5 x 8 format) published free of charge;
  • e-book published free of charge;
  • 2 ISBN’s (one for paperback and one for e-book);
  • free deluxe book cover design;
  • free book editing, proofing, and formatting;
  • 10 copies in paperback form;
  • low-cost copies for the author whenever more copies are desired;
  • book listed and sold on (paperback and e-book), (e-book), and others;
  • book listed and sold on Deep Sea website;
  • author webpage on Deep Sea website;
  • book webpage on Deep Sea website;
  • social media advertizing on Facebook and Twitter;
  • advertizing on other channels.
  • Entrance fee: $5
  • Submittal deadline is: January 15, 2013. Early submittal is encouraged.

Check out all details at:

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS:  Deep Sea Publishing is going to have a contest for your reading, English and literature classrooms. We will be looking for great, well-written stories written collectively by students in class. Starting December 1, 2012 for high school reading and literature classrooms. Check out our link for more details:

Young Adult Authors: DSP is launching a contest just for you. Find out more details at: . The deadline for all entries is  9:00 pm EST,  February 28, 2013.   The award winner will be announced by March 17, 2013.  Early entrance is suggested.

Free Books:   Deep Sea Publishing gives away free copies of its books every month.   To enter the book contest, register (subscribe) at this site or send an email to and put Free Book in the subject or body of the email.

Deep Sea Publishing had a number of winners for its free book give-aways. People like Anna Jones of Midlothian, Virginia, Blake Kaplan of Gautier, Mississippi, and Meredith Booker of Sarasota, Florida won free copies of The Bryant Family Chronicles: Death and Gold in Zara Zote.  You can also check for free books on our Facebook page:!/pages/Deep-Sea-Publishing/192930410753256 or on Twitter: @DeepSeaPublish .    Free shipping is only within the USA.  See more information plus our prize puzzles at our prize page: a good crossword puzzle, here’s one for our readers:

Last Call for Entries: Fish Short Story Prize 2012/13 (€3,000)

24 November 2012

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

CLOSES: 30 NOV 2012


Enter Online Here

Judge: Philip O’Ceallaigh 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.”

Closes: 30 November 2012

Word limit: 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.

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

Results: 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.

Full Details *

Last Call for Entries: HESA Imprint – Apocalypse Maailmanloppu

24 November 2012

We are now accepting submissions for our next issue APOCALYPSE. The final deadline is November 29th 2012, midnight FINNISH TIME. We strongly suggest that you send your work in before then.

Haku MAAILMANLOPPU julkaisuumme on alkanut. Viimeinen ilmoittautumispäivä on marraskuun 29 päivä, keskiyöllä SUOMEN AIKAA. Suosittelemme kuitenkin, että lähetätte töitänne jo aikaisemmin.

You don’t have to be a professional artist, writer, photographer or a filmmaker to get involved with HESA inprint. We are looking for anyone with a vision and voice to share their opinions, work and stories not for a pay check but for the love of creating. You are welcome to write in English, Finnish or even Finglish. Those who can and so choose are encouraged to translate their work so it can be enjoyed by a broader audience. If your work is chosen for our monthly publication it will be translated to the subsequent language needed by our HESA inprint team.

How to get involved

TO SUBMIT your works for our publication send it to in the subject box write: “submission — APOCALYPSE – Your Name– Work Title “. You can also include in the email, your website URL and twitter username so we can link back to you.

IMPORTANT! Remember to include your full name, email address and titles for all work submitted in your email! We also greatly welcome introduction texts on the series (work) submitted and how you see it fitting with the current theme.

Written work can be in any form that fits the piece. (Essay, poetry, story etc.) The submission however should not exceed the 500 word limit. Longer pieces will be considered for the blog but will not be eligible as submissions for the magazine and zine publications.

Images we welcome visual essays, art works and photographs of all kinds but ask that the email size does not exceed 2Mb. The submitted images sent should be 72dpi with the longest side no bigger than 1280 pix. In the case of a series of images that go together we ask there are no more than 6 images included. If you want your work to be considered for the monthly issue you must be able to provide images with 300 dpi on request.

Video work can be broadcast on our blog, but will not be available in the monthly publication. If you wish you can submit up to 6 images and a synopsis from the video for inclusion in the magazine. All video should be formatted through Vimeo or youtube and sent as a link with information about the film. Videos should not be longer than 30 minutes.

Artwork submission to HESA Inprint is subject to approval of our Terms & Conditions.

What’s next

Once we received your submission and don’t need any further information, your work will be published on the blog. Once submissions for the current theme are closed, a curated selection of the work will be featured in the magazine, online and in the printed version. You will be notified by email if your work is selected for the magazine

Call for Submission: Synesthesia – riff. cross pollinate. inspire.

24 November 2012

I have created a new site in which I hope to cross pollinate artists using different media:

How it works:

I post a picture. 

You submit a response: a picture, a poem, a story, a song, a video, an animation.

Or submit a call of your own: a picture, a poem, a story, a song, a video, an animation.

I’ll post the calls and responses that resonate.


Please include the date of the post you’re responding to (if any), copyright info (title, your name, date), where you live, and a link to your site if you have one. Pictures should be in .jpeg format, 1000 pixels width.

Thank you!

Visit the website for details:


 Isabella La Rocca – 

Berkeley, CA – synesthesia blog creator.

Wingfeather Books – Writing Competition, Cash Prizes – Disaster Relief Benefit

24 November 2012

Sponsor: Wingfeather Books, a small press

Event: Short Story Competition Benefiting Disaster Relief Fund (use of “American Red Cross” brand permission pending)

A portion of the proceeds, after contest costs are recovered, will be donated to the Disaster Relief Fund

Entry Fee: $10

 Genre: Paranormal Romance – Short Story Competition – 4,000 words or less

Cash Prize: $375 total, $100 first place

 Prize Includes: Publication

 Deadline: 12/31/2012


 Feel free to ask questions in the comments below or email us:

Last Call for Entries: First Annual Legendary Women, Inc. Literary Contest

24 November 2012
My name is Margaret Bates and I am the co-founder and treasurer of Legendary Women, Inc. ( We are an organization dedicated to promoting positive portrayals of women in the media and to empowering women in their daily lives via philanthropy. We have teamed up with Random Acts ( to host a literary contest to encourage individuals to create one thousand to five thousand (maximum) word stories that feature strong female protagonists. 
For this first contest, original fiction only please. Due to copyright issues, no plagiarized works or fan-fiction will be eligible to win.
The first prize is fifty dollars, an author interview with us, and to have the story posted on our site.
The second pace is to have the story posted on our site.
The third place is to have the story posted on our site.
There are no entry fees.
Our full rules and information are here –
The deadline is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (US) on November 30, 2012.
and any questions about the contest can be further sent to

Last Call for Entries! Baltimore Review’s Winter Contest

24 November 2012

The theme for The Baltimore Review’s winter contest is Destination.

Where are your characters going? Why? How will they get there?

And what awaits them at the end of their journey?

Only one way to find out.

Hop in your car, train, plane—at least shake out those typing fingers—and get going.

Three winners will be selected from among all entries.

3,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction.

One to three poems in an entry.

All entries considered for publication.

Prizes are $300, $200, and $100.

Entry fee is $10.

Deadline is November 30, 2012

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