Archive for March 5th, 2013

Emerging Writers Getaway Contest

5 March 2013
First Novel Contest:
Emerging Writers Getaway by Whidbey Writers MFA Alumni Association.
Grand prize:
$300 and 7-day retreat at a Smoky Mountain cabin.
Final judge Rikki Ducornet, NBCC award finalist.
Top three entries reviewed for agent representation.
Entry fee: $25.
Submissions (first 25 pages)
Deadline:  May 24, 2013
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Poisoned Pen Press invites aspiring mystery novelists to write, win, publish:

5 March 2013

Poisoned Pen Press Now Accepting Submissions for the Second Annual Discover Mystery Award;

will award a $1000 cash prize and publishing contract to this year’s winner


Poisoned Pen Press is now accepting entries for its second annual Discover Mystery Award. A first book contest specifically for unpublished writers trying to break into the mystery genre, the Discover Mystery Award will include a $1000 cash prize, the Discover Mystery title, and a publishing contract from Poisoned Pen Press.

Writers unpublished within the mystery genre are invited to submit their original mystery fiction manuscripts of between 60,000 and 90,000 words.

Entries must be received by 11:59 PM Pacific on March 30, 2013.

The Discover Mystery Award will be announced on May 31, 2013.

A $20 entry fee applies for all submissions. For full details, eligibility requirements, and manuscript submission instructions, visit:

Entries submitted for the Discover Mystery Award will be judged by members of the Poisoned Pen Press editorial staff, along with an as-yet-to-be-named celebrity guest judge.

Poisoned Pen Press published Ronald Sharp’s No Regrets, No Remorse, the winner of 2012 Discover Mystery Award, in November.

Jessica Tribble, Publisher at Poisoned Pen Press, stated, “ Poisoned Pen Press is always looking to discover something new, which is why we launched the Discover Mystery Award last year.  We were overwhelmed both by the volume and quality of submissions we received. While the competition was stiff, we were thrilled to publish No Regrets, No Remorse by Ronald Sharp, the winner of the first annual Discover Mystery Award. And now we are looking for the next winner.  We can’t wait to see what we discover.”

In addition to the grand prizes, Poisoned Pen Press will also provide support in publicizing the winning work, and sharing information with prominent booksellers. However, should no entry meet the standards of the editorial team, Poisoned Pen Press reserves the right not to declare a winner, or to offer the cash prize without publication.

Found in 1997, Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher specializing in the highest quality mystery books. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Poisoned Pen Press is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world.

Visit the new Poisoned Pen Press author blog and Discover Mystery™ at:

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Valentine’s Day Ideas Romantic Story Writing Content

5 March 2013

Valentine’s Day Ideas Romantic Story Writing Content, an international contest on love and friendship. The competition is open to authors worldwide. is specially designed for all those people who are in love or are searching for their soul mate.  Since Valentine’s Day is here so we are starting a writing competition where people can share their special moments in form of a story. Love is a special feeling which brings in lots of emotion and all of us at one time or the other has experienced it. So this writing competition will give an opportunity to all the love birds to pen down their story and share with the others.  Those who fall short of words while expressing themselves, sending pictures and drawings of their special moments will also work great.

 The complete details of the competition are given below:

Name of the Competition Romantic Story Writing Competition
Starting Date 14th February, 2013
End Date 14th February, 2014
Entry Fees Free
Website Name


Competition Link


Competition Email
Details Pen down your love story which is special and interesting. The story should be original and of 3000 words. If words are not your friends then you can also send in your romantic drawings or photographs to enter the contest. Complete details regarding the rules, eligibility and others are present on the site.


Prizes The judges will select 10 best stories. First prize $1000. Nine authors will get one of nine $100 Amazon Gift Cards. Moreover the best stories will be published on the site and will be given a space in an e-Book.

The 2013 Open City Magazine No-Fee RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest @ Anderbo

5 March 2013

2013 RRofihe Trophy

For an unpublished short story
(Minimum word count: 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words)

Winner Receives:

$500 cash
Announcement & Publication on

Judged by Rick Rofihe

2013 Contest Assistant: Carolyn Wilsey
Carolyn Wilsey has read fiction for Esquire and Swink,
and is the Managing Editor of Anderbo. She teaches
writing privately and at colleges in New York City.

2013 Contest Reader: Jean Hartig
Jean Hartig is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is
former associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine and
has served on the editorial staff of A Public Space and Lumina,
published by Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned her MFA.

–Stories should be typed, double-spaced, with the author’s
  name, the story’s title, and contact information on the
  first page
– DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by January 7th, 2014
–Limit one submission per author
–Author must not have been previously published in
  Open City Magazine or on Anderbo
–E-mail submissions to with
  RROFIHE TROPHY in the subject line
–THERE IS NO READING FEE and all literary rights will
  remain with the author

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Contest Judge Rick Rofihe is the author of FATHER MUST, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on epiphanyzine, slushpilemag, and fictionaut. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SPY, and The East Hampton Star, and on mrbellersneighborhood. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught MFA writing at Columbia University. He currently teaches privately in New York City, and was an advisor to the Vilcek Foundation for their 2011 prizes in the field of literature. Rick is the Editor of Anderbo.

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Announcing the 2013 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest

5 March 2013

Announcing the 2013 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest

Attn: This contest is open to everyone–you don’t need to be a member; open to men and women.

Write a complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer

Deadline: Postmarked/received by email by May 1, 2013

Entry Fee: $10 first manuscript, $8 each additional manuscript, $10 optional critique fee

Prizes: First-$100, Second-$50, Judge’s Merit-$25

Theme: Hidden Amongst These Worlds (Can be any genre)

Flash Fiction is a complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer.  The title is not included in the word count.  The story must pertain to the theme, “Hidden Amongst These Worlds”  All genres are welcome, and multiple entries may be submitted.  An entry fee is required for each entry, however each entry after the first is discounted to $8 per.  You can also opt for a completely optional critique of your piece by a published author for an additional $10 per entry.  A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included with mailed entries if you would like it returned by mail.  Winners will be notified by May 31, 2013.

For complete rules and entry blank, please go to or 

and click on the Contests tab or email:

The Bare Hands International Poetry & Photography Postcard Competition 2013

5 March 2013

The Bare Hands International Poetry & Photography Postcard Competition 2013

We are delighted to be running our postcard competition again! Four winners will be selected and there will be a shared cash prize of €400. The two winning poems and two winning photographs of the competition will be turned into 2,000 beautiful postcards distributed to leading independent bookshops around the world including Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Derry, Galway, Cork, Paris, Berlin, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Greece, Sydney, Toronto & Vancouver. They’ll be free so people can just pick them up! Click here to view the winning and highly commended entries from last year.

The theme of the competition is Bare Hands

Deadline: March 31st 2013

How To Enter

Please select the ‘Competition €5’ choice from the PayPal dropdown on our website then click the buy now button. Please copy and paste your PayPal Transaction ID into the body of your email submission. 

Poetry: Mark the subject field as ‘Competition Entry Poetry’ and send maximum three poems of under twenty lines each within the body of an email to

Photography: Mark the subject field as ‘Competition Entry Photography’ and send maximum three photographs as jpeg attachments to and please ensure that your images are high enough quality for printing

Some extra little things that you should know

The theme of the competition is Bare Hands – please make sure your poetry/photography is bare hands related 😉

The competition fee for one entry is €5 for maximum three poems or three photographs. Multiple submissions are accepted and you are allowed to enter both categories.

The deadline is March 31st 2013. The winners will be announced in May and the postcards will be distributed to independent bookshops around the world in June 2013.

The four winners will receive a cash prize of €100 each. Four highly commended entries in each category will also be published online and their names will also appear on the distributed postcards. Click here to see that ones from last year. 

We can’t wait to see your work!

Visit the website for details: