Archive for February 2nd, 2013

Free Flash Fiction Writing Contests

2 February 2013

Free Flash Fiction is hosting a new flash fiction writing contest every month. Each month’s contest will have its own unique theme. There will be one First Prize winner and a number of stories chosen for a shortlist.

Entry Fee: Free

First Prize: $10, publication at freeflashfiction.com, inclusion in an upcoming anthology, a badge for your website, and the right to claim that you’re an award-winning author.

Shortlist Prizes: Publication at freeflashfiction.com, inclusion in an upcoming anthology, a badge for your website, and the right to brag about how your story was shortlisted in a Free Flash Fiction writing contest.

Contest Rules

One entry per person.
Prize money will be awarded via PayPal. You may also choose to donate your winnings back to Free Flash Fiction.
Stories must be 200-1000 words.
No poetry accepted.
Stories must be written in English.
Stories must not be previously published online.
No fan fiction or stories based in another author’s universe.
The publication rights outlined in the regular contract apply to contest entries.

See this month’s theme and enter at:
http://www.freeflashfiction.com/index.php/contests/current-contest/

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Meridian Writing Spring Competition 2013

2 February 2013

  Unpublished short stories of up to 3,000 words but with no lower limit
      Any genre/theme
•       Prizes of £100, £50 and £25 plus a firstwriter.com voucher for each winner
•       Closing date: 31st March 2013
•       Entry fee – £5/story. Multiple submissions permitted
•       Critique options available. See website for full details
•       Website: www.meridian-writing.co.uk

The Red Bridge Review: Bi-Weekly Creative Reports Competition

2 February 2013

Do you like attending creative arts events ? Do you like interviewing up-and-coming artistes ?

Do you enjoy writing commentaries on creative events and personalities ?

Come have fun with us at Redbridge Review  www.redbridgereview.co.uk

Send us your article up to 300 words (interview, commentaries etc) .

Every two weeks we chose from the best submitted and we pay for it.

plus you will have something to add to your portfolio.

Send all submissions to: editor@redbridgereview.co.uk

Please include this declaration with each submission :

If my work is not selected please do the following : return / delete / use if you like [select]

Visit the website: www.redbridgereview.co.uk

Call for submissions to AndWeWereHungry: A New Online Arts & Literary Magazine

2 February 2013

AndWeWereHungry, a new online arts & literary magazine, seeks literary prose (fiction, nonfiction and essay), poetry, photography and artwork for debut issue & calls for entries to its short story competition! The debut issue and short story contest (four winners shall share a total prize fund of $5000), is sponsored by “Ashes & Snow” artist Gregory Colbert. Debut issue & contest submission theme or creative prompt is “And we were hungry. . . .,” or more broadly, “HUNGER.” For after all haven’t we all experienced hunger? And isn’t it, in the words of Ray Bradbury, that very hunger or “lack that gives us inspiration?” Consideration for contest’s top prize of $2000 is reserved for stories that connect the theme with nature. Contributors are encouraged to otherwise freely interpret the theme. Submission deadline is March 31, 2013. Guidelines, more info and themes & deadlines for future issues are found at http://andwewerehungry.org

While there are no contest entry or submissions reading fees, we are not a paying market at this time.

AndWeWereHungry.org
Short Stories and More

Submit your fiction, essays, poetry and art here.

Follow AndWeWereHungry on: Facebook & Twitter.

What’s in it for you, if you decide to submit your work for publication on AndWeWereHungry? We do not pay for contributions at the moment, but our aim is to create a beautiful and elegant platform that showcases and enables us market the hell out of our contributors.  And as new kids on the online literary magazine block, we take the collaboration and promotion of our contributors seriously: the whole will only be as great as its parts! As part of this collaboration we are building an elegant and beautiful responsive website that will be fully accessible on all mobile devices. Website design and aesthetic is forethought, and hunting down stunning art will be as important as featuring the best quality writing we can get our hands on. We believe that this dual focus on both stunning art and beautiful prose will be our key weapon in finding and growing an audience for the work of all of our contributors, and thereby increase every individual contributor’s exposure to new audiences and new opportunities. If after checking us out online, you feel like we would be a nice home for your work, you may submit your work directly via this link:

http://andwewerehungry.submittable.com/submit

2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Call for Entries – Over $10,000 in Monetary prizes, 60 categories

2 February 2013

Call for Entries for 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

If you would like to receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards and exposure for your books, here is an opportunity not to miss. Enter the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards at www.IndieBookAwards.com

Calling all indie book authors and publishers – including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2012 or 2013 or with a 2012 or 2013 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program.

It offers 60 Categories – More than 60 Awards – with over 60 monetary prizes totaling more than $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!

Entry Deadline for the 2013 awards program – February 22, 2013.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest NOT-FOR-PROFIT book Awards program for independent authors and publishers and the only book awards program of its kind offering more monetary prizes, more awards, recognition and exposure including exposure to a leading Literary Agent for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights!

Presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) in conjunction with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the top independently published books of the year. IBPPG was formed to provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession and we encourage all independent authors and publishers to enter their books in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards so that they too can earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book!

 

Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

– $1,500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the best Fiction Book

– $1,500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the best Non-Fiction Book

– $750 cash prize and trophy awarded to the second best Fiction Book

– $750 cash prize and trophy awarded to the second best Non-Fiction Book

– $500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the third best Fiction Book

– $500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the third best Non-Fiction Book

 $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the 60 categories

– Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to four finalists in each of the 60 categories

 

Finalists and Winners will also receive:

– An invitation to the gala awards ceremony held at the world famous Plaza Hotel in New York City in June 2013

– A listing in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!

– Exposure for a full year at  www.IndieBookAwards.com  as a Winner or Finalist.

– The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book.

– Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).

PLUS , the top 60 books will be sent to be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas that could generate even more revenue for your book (unless an entrant prefers not to have their book forwarded to the agent). Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.

“Independently-published books have become a major source for quality fiction and non-fiction, but often go unrecognized by the mainstream publishing industry,” notes Marilyn Allen. “Finally, an award program has been created to recognize talented authors from this important segment of our industry. Our agency represents over 100 authors and we’re always looking for new talent, so it is a great pleasure to be part of this program. We look forward to reviewing the works of the 60 best candidates and helping these authors gain the recognition they deserve.”

All Finalists and Winners will be notified prior to May 30, 2013.

ENTRY FEE:

The 2013 entry fee is $75 per title for the first category entered. Plus, there is a $50 fee for each additional category entered. For example, if you enter one book in one category, the total fee is $75. However, if you enter one book in three categories, the total fee is $175 ($75 for the first category plus $50 for the second category plus $50 for the third category).

ENTRY GUIDELINES AND CATEGORIES: For complete entry guidelines AND to see a list of the 60 categories you can enter go to:  http://www.indiebookawards.com/entryguidelines.php

ONLINE ENTRY FORM: To enter online now go to  http://www.indiebookawards.com/onlineentryform.php 

The Creative Competitor Writing Contests

2 February 2013
Romantic Fiction Writing Competition

1st Prize: £100.00

2nd Prize: £75.00

3rd Prize: £50.00

Closing date: February 14th

Entry Fee: £2.00 per entry

Using the photo for inspiration, write a story that has an integral romantic element and leaves us gripped by every word. There is no set word count, the story can be as long or as short as you like, but it must have the ring as a core element. Full rules online.

All of our writing competitions are now judged and published within 12 weeks from the closing date. New winning entries are currently online.

http://creativecompetitor.com/competitions/new-competitions/romantic-flash-fiction-writing-competition/

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Success Writing Competition

1st Prize: £150.00

2nd Prize: £100.00

3rd Prize: £75.00

Closing Date: 9th March 2013

Entry Fee: £2.50

If you would like a chance of winning £150, all you have to do is create a story that has a central theme of success. You can interpret the theme in any way that you like, in fact we welcome intuitive submissions. Full rules online.

All of our writing competitions are now judged and published within 12 weeks from the closing date. New winning entries are currently online.

http://creativecompetitor.com/competitions/new-competitions/success-writing-competition/

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Twist in the Tale Writing Competition
 
1st Prize: £150.00

2nd Prize: £100.00

3rd Prize: £75.00

Closing Date: 28th March 2013

Entry Fee: £2.50

If you would like a chance of winning £150, all you have to do is create a story that has a strong twist in the tale ending but the ending should be both natural and effective. You can interpret the theme in any way that you like, in fact we welcome intuitive submissions.

Full rules online and competitions from 2013 are judged, awarded and announced within 12 weeks from the closing date.

Email: info@creative-competitor.co.uk

http://creativecompetitor.com/competitions/new-competitions/twist-in-the-tale-writing-competition/

Ideas Tap: Bursary for arts students and recent graduates – Must be United Kingdom based

2 February 2013

Saddled by student debt? Whether you’re a first-year student or a graduate, if you embarked on a BA or BMus in 2006* or later, you could benefit from having £9,000 wiped off your Student Loans Company balance by IdeasTap. 

For a chance to win, simply tell us in 100 words or less what you could offer to IdeasTap’s network in exchange for the money. It could be an idea or a service, for example “This is how you could improve your site…” or “I’ll run this Spa event for your members…” – the more imaginative, original and feasible the idea, the better!

We’ll then invite a shortlist of our favourite 50 ideas to submit further information, from which we’ll select one lucky winner of a £9,000 lump sum, paid directly to the Student Loans Company – and four runners-up, who will each receive a £500 lump sum, also paid directly to the Student Loans Company. The winner will then be required to deliver their idea with appropriate support from IdeasTap.

To be eligible to enter, you must be UK-based and have:

• embarked on a Bachelor of Arts or BMus degree in 2006 or later.

• £9,000 or more in debt (we’ll ask to see a Student Loans statement, if shortlisted).

• studied in the UK and taken out a loan with the Student Loans Company.

• a first degree – we won’t pay towards a Masters or Postgraduate qualification.

• a profile picture on your IdeasTap profile.

• intellectual property of the ideas submitted – IdeasTap must be able to use any of the ideas from submissions, shortlisted entrants, runners-up and the winner.

 Find out more and apply by 29 March at www.ideastap.com/unifeefund

The brief closes on Friday 29 March at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 18 and over. If you have any technical queries, please visit our Help Centre. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.
*Please note, this opportunity is open to those who commenced Higher Education study in September 2006 onwards, to reflect the introduction of £3,070 per year top-up fees.

Big Universe Writing Contest For Common Core Curriculum

2 February 2013

Big Universe is sponsoring a Nature Writing Contest for students in grades K-8, with a focus on the new Common Core curriculum. It’s time to get excited about writing!

Writing Prompt

Take a look at the world around you. From the animals, to the plants and trees, to the weather and climate, and even outer space and the environment — these are all parts of nature. Write a real or imaginary narrative, which includes some aspect of nature and the world around you. Your story can involve anything from a simple hike in the woods, to gardening, to the life cycle of a bumblebee. This is your chance to be as creative as you can!

How It Works

  1. Students create a contest entry book using our authoring tool in the WRITE section of Big Universe.
  2. Entries are then published to the teacher’s account for final review and submission into the Big Universe Nature Contest.

Contest Requirements

  • Entries will be accepted from Big Universe members only.
  • Entries will be accepted in three age groups: Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.
  • Each book should have no more than 200 words.
  • Limit one entry per student for each competition.
  • Entries must be original, unpublished material and written in English.
  • Entries must be submitted by midnight US Eastern Standard Time on February 28, 2013.

Visit the website for complete details: http://www.biguniverse.com/contest