Archive for February 3rd, 2013

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

3 February 2013


Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 82nd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries will also be on display in the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Wondering what’s in it for you?

  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino*
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooks
  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • One on one attention with four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!

*A 30-Minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino: In this 30-minute session, Chuck Sambuchino will review your current platform-building efforts, discuss goals for your platform, then provide tailored advice and a specific strategy for launching or growing your platform to achieve the results you want.

Chuck Sambuchino is the author of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript (Writer’s Digest, 2009), the bestselling humor book How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack (Running Press, 2010), which has been optioned for film by Robert Zemeckis, and the forthcoming titles Red Dog, Blue Dog (Running Press, July 2012) and Create Your Writer Platform (Writer’s Digest, Nov 2012). Chuck is also the editor of the bestselling Guide to Literary Agents and Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market annuals (Writer’s Digest). Chuck is a former staffer of several newspapers and magazines. During his tenure as a newspaper reporter, he won awards from both the Kentucky Press Association and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. During the past decade, more than 650 of his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books. Chuck also speaks at more than a dozen writing conferences each year on the topics of securing an agent and building a platform.


How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form.

Early Bird Entry fees are $27 for the first manuscript; $20 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction. Poems are $15 for the first entry; $10 for each additional poem submitted submitted during the same transaction. Entries submitted after that May 6, 2013 Early Bird deadline are $32 for the first manuscript; $25 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction. Poems are $20 for the first entry; $15 for each additional poem submitted submitted during the same transaction.

Enter your work into one or more of these categories:

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Stage Play
  • Television/Movie Script
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $3,000 in cash
  • One on one attention from four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooks
  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino

First place will receive $1,000 in cash and $100 off any purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

Second place will receive $500 cash and $100 off any purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

Third place will receive $250 in cash and $100 off any purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

Fourth place will receive $100 in cash and $50 off any purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

Fifth place will receive $50 in cash and $50 off any purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

Sixth through Tenth place winners will receive $25 in cash.

All winners will also receive:

Be sure to check out more writing contests sponsored by Writer’s Digest.



About 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Collection
This special competition collection will be published in November 2013 and consists of the grand prize manuscript, the first place manuscript in each category, and the names of the top 10 winners in each category. You can purchase a copy online or order by mailing in the printable entry form. (You are not required to purchase the collection to enter the competition.)


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The Poetry Market Ezine Newletter is accepting poetry news, review submissions, contest info & more…

3 February 2013

Poetry News and Update Reminders:

Send in your poetry news for inclusion
in an upcoming issue (as space permits).
Poetry news can be of poem publications,
chapbook or book publications, or awards,
etc. News items have to be poetry or
writing related. Poetry contest info
needs to include contact info and be a
short condensed listing (i.e. don’t send
us a press release or a website link only)

TIPS: Do not send Press Releases.
No poems. We don’t publish poems.

Currently accepting review submissions of
poetry books or chapbooks. Guidelines
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Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

3 February 2013

Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

21st year. $5,550 in cash prizes, including a top prize of $3,000.
Seeks short stories, essays and other works of prose, up to 5,000
words. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on (over one million page views per year) and
announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 40,000
subscribers. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Fee
per entry is $16. Enter online or by mail. Postmark deadline:
April 30, 2013. Judges: John H. Reid, Dee C. Konrad. Winning Writers
is one of the “101 Best Writing Websites” (Writer’s Digest,

See guidelines, past winners, and enter at

The 12th Annual Poetry Super Highway Great Poetry Exchange

3 February 2013

The 12th Annual Poetry Super Highway
Great Poetry Exchange

The mission of the Poetry Super Highway
is to expose as many people to as many
other people’s poetry as possible.

What? – Send a book – Get a book

In February 2013, the Poetry Super Highway will coordinate a great free exchange of poetry publications amongst poets worldwide.

It’s not a contest. There are no judges, entry fees, winners, or losers.

Last year, 78 poets participated both sending their book and receiving another poet’s book from another randomly selected participant

By agreeing to participate, someone will be exposed to your poetry, and you will be exposed to someone else’s poetry.


To participate you must volunteer to mail one copy of one poetry book that you have written to one other person participating. Just one book. In exchange, you will receive in the mail one copy of one poetry book written by another participating poet.

E-books are not eligible for the Great Poetry Exchange. Your book must be physical entity. Even if it’s self published, or one of one that you printed from your computer and stapled together…but please no e-books. (Though we will be repeating our annual Great E-Book Free For All later in the year!)

To Join In:

Go to Make sure you’ve read all the guidelines and click on “ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM” to enter your book’s information

In early March, we will randomly assign the books to each participant and email to you the name and address of the person you are supposed to send your book to.

We will also list your book and description on this web page along with the link to your website for all to see. In addition we will list the new books in our weekly e-mailed update which goes out to thousands of people.

What else?

Please note, as the Great Poetry Exchange is open to everyone on planet Earth, it’s possible that you will be required to send your book to someone outside of your own country which will, of course cost you more in postage than it would to send it domestically.

Also, we’ll ask that you send us an e-mail in March once your book has actually been sent so we can keep track and make sure that all participants who send a book also get one.

You also must agree to send out your book within 2 weeks of being notified of who to send your book to.

Please note, it’s a circular exchange: You will be sending a book to a different person than you will be receiving one from.

Get all the details at

Able Muse Press Writing/Poetry & Flash Fiction

3 February 2013

ABLE MUSE WRITE PRIZE (Poetry & Flash Fiction) – $500 prize each & publication

Judges: Kelly Sherry – poetry; Thaisa Frank- fiction

Deadline: February 15, 2013

(There are entry fees)

Read the guidelines & ENTER now!


ABLE MUSE BOOK AWARD (Poetry) – $1000 prize, plus book publication

Judge: X.J. Kennedy

Deadline: March 31, 2013

(There is an entry fee)

Read the guidelines and ENTER now!

Call for submissions: Barrow Street, a Poetry Journal

3 February 2013

Submission Guidelines
Review the following guidelines carefully before submitting your work via our online submission manager. Please note: it is your responsibility to withdraw submissions on the submission manager containing poems or manuscripts accepted elsewhere. Do not send us an email notifying us. Instead, please withdraw your submission online, and resubmit.

Before submitting your own work, we highly encourage you to familiarize yourself with our previous publications. Sample poems from earlier issues of the journal and information about books can be found on the Journal and the Press pages respectively. You can subscribe to the journal here.

General Guidelines
Send your submission during the reading period by using our Online Submission Manager. Follow the directions on how to fill out the provided data fields. Once you have registered with the online submissions system, you will also be able to view the status of your submission, withdraw a submission, or query about a submission using the system. We are no longer accepting hard copy submissions. If you submit hard copies via snail mail, we will not be able to respond to, or return, the poems.

Upload only one file containing your work. Please include a brief cover letter, including a short list of any previous publications, in the “Comments” box. Submissions must be uploaded as a .doc(x), .rtf, or .pdf file. Any files that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered for publication.

Your saved file name should read: Last name_First name_Genre(.file extension). For example: Spicer_Jack_Poetry.docx or Rhys_Jean_Bookcontest.pdf.

Expect anywhere from one week to four months for a decision. Please do not query until at least two months have passed since the closing date of the reading period.

If your work is accepted for publication, you will be notified by the editors via email and will receive instructions about the pre–publication process. Barrow Street pays two contributor copies. See below for details about payment for the annual Book Contest award.

Book and general inquiries:
Journal inquiries:

Journal Submission Guidelines

Press Submission Guidelines


3 February 2013



WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less.

Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us.

Finalists receive responses from all judges.

Deadline: April 18, 2013

First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third
Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published.

Visit the website:

VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

3 February 2013

Ruminate Magazine is hosting their third annual VanderMey Nonfiction prize,

judged by Brian Doyle, award-winning author and editor of Portland Magazine.  

The winner will be awarded a prize of $1000 and publication in the Spring 2013 issue,

and the runner up will receive publication as well.

Submissions:  Creative Nonfiction of 7000 words or less


Winner:  $1000 and publication in Spring 2013 issue
Runner Up: Publication in Spring 2013 issue

Deadline: 15 Feb 2013


Contact e-mail:

Call for submissions for Green Blotter Magazine

3 February 2013

Green Blotter magazine

Call for Submissions

Deadline: Feb. 28

Entry Fee: None

Categories: Fiction, Poetry & Artwork

Prizes: Publication

We are looking for the best fiction, poetry and artwork by undergraduate students anywhere in the world.

Submit up to 5,000 words of fiction, 5 pages of poetry or 6 images to

See our website,, for full submission guidelines. Monthy Short Story Competition

3 February 2013

Frequency: monthly (submit by last day of each month – e.g. Feb 13 comp will close on 28th Feb 2013 with results posted last week of March)


Genre: Any theme unless specified for that month (but no children’s or non-fiction)

Location: Australia but international entries highly encouraged

Word count: 2,000 – 3,000

Entry fee: $8 AUD

Prizes: Placed entries will be published on Kindle and offered on Amazon within 2 weeks of the results being published. Monetary prizes will be dependent on number of entries.

Visit the website for complete details: – WC&C Scholarship Competition

3 February 2013

AWP offers two annual scholarships to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference,
center, retreat, festival, or residency. The scholarships are applied to fees for winners who attend
one of AWP’s member WC&C programs. Winners and four finalists also receive a one-year
individual membership in AWP.
Eligibility Requirements:
• Former or current students of the judge are ineligible. Previous recipients of WC&C
scholarships are also not eligible to submit.
• Submissions in fiction and poetry will be considered. Separate submissions in each genre are
• Writers’ names must not appear on submissions. A separate cover sheet must accompany
submissions and include the following: name, address, phone number, email address, title,
and genre. Please bind submissions by staple, binder clip, or paper clip. If you wish to be
notified that your manuscript was received please include a self-addressed, stamped
• All manuscripts must be single-sided and typed. Prose must be double-spaced. A maximum
of one short story (or novel excerpt) up 25 pages or 10 pages of poetry will be considered.
Each new poem must start a new page.
• You may enter in more than one genre, and you may also enter multiple manuscripts in one
genre, provided that each manuscript is accompanied by its own entry fee.
• A $10 reading fee, either as a check or money order in U.S. dollars made payable to AWP,
must accompany each submission.
Submissions are accepted between December 1 and March 30 of each year and should be mailed to:
WC&C Scholarship Competition
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Visit the website:

A Writing Competition for Any Aspiring Film Journalist

3 February 2013

My name is Stephen and I represent a London based film and TV website; we are holding a writing competition for any aspiring film journalists or anybody who wants to give a film review a go. If all goes to plan we aim to have one a month so people can give film writing a go on a regular basis and have a chance to get their review published and win a cash prize.  

The competition is free to enter. 

The winner gets a £25 prize, their review published on the site and opportunities of further writing commissions in the future. 

All you have to do to enter is to write a description of at one of the five films/series featured in our competition album on Facebook
and post your review/summary in the comments section. 

– You can enter as many times as you like: you can post a review under just one, or all five photos.  

– Entries must be no longer than 120 words and must sell the film to those who visit the site. We encourage people to include interesting facts, critical acclaim and awards won, etc.

– The closing date for entries is the 22nd February 2013

– Votes will be counted on the 1st March at 5pm.

– The winner with the highest number will receive a £25 prize. On top of this, they will have their work published as the description on the site, will become a member of our writing team and given future commissions when we release new seasons and content. 

The winner will be the person who gets the highest number of ‘likes’ on their 
comment by the closing date. 

In addition to the voting element we will invite the authors of entries we particularly like, 
even if they do not win the prize, to do further work for us in future.

The album can be found here:

Moby Reading’s “Best Ever” Children’s Story Contest

3 February 2013

1 Grand Prize of  $500
29 Prizes of $100


2000-2500 word short stories on the topic of your choice written at a 5th or 6th grade level.

Contest ends February 24, 2013  

Contest Text:

Moby Reading is curating stories for it’s popular web-based reading curriculum. In addition to awarding over $3,000 in prize money for great children’s stories, winning stories will be published and read by millions of students across the nation.
We will accept the top 30 stories, and multiple submissions are welcome. We will be accepting stories on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to submit as early as possible. Upon acceptance of your story, we will immediately pay you $100 and be eligible to win an additional $400 for our grand prize contest.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions are due by February 24, 2013, but we will accept stories on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to submit early.

You may submit multiple stories, and win multiple $100 prizes.

No submission fee

You must own all rights to your story and transfer all rights to us if your story is accepted.

Email your submission with your story as an attached .doc file to

Include “Best Ever Children’s Story Contest” in the subject heading.

Writing Specifications

You must follow all writer specifications described here:

You will be named as the author on the title page and receive subsequent feedback ratings from students across the United States. If your stories are rated highly, you will have an opportunity to continue writing for Moby.
Refer to for samples texts of 5th and 6th grade appropriate stories (page 63 and 77).


If one or more of your stories is accepted, you will be paid immediately through PayPal.

You will need to sign a contract transferring all rights to us and if a U.S. citizen, send a W-9 form.

Payment will be made immediately after the story is accepted and we receive a signed contract and W-9 Form.

The Grand Prize winner will be paid on March 1, 2013 and will receive an additional $400 in addition to the $100 paid upon acceptance.