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Last call! Warren-Newport Public Library – Creative Writing Contest 2013

6 March 2013

Creative Writing Contest 2013

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The Friends of the Warren-Newport Public Library announce their 20th Annual Creative Writing Contest:

Categories

  • Short Story (fiction)
  • Poetry

Limit to two entries in each category per person.

Age Groups

  • Grades 3, 4 and 5
  • Grades 6, 7 and 8
  • High School
  • Adult

Short Story Length

  • Grades 3 through 8: 1-4 pages, double-space
  • High School and Adult: 3-5 pages, typewritten, double-spaced, font size 12.

Poetry Length

  • A minimum of 8 lines for all age groups.

Cover Page

  • Must include name, address, and telephone number and if student: age, grade, and teacher’s name  AND school attended.
  • Also, designate whether your entry is for the Short Story or the Poetry category.
  • DO NOT write your name on Poetry or Short Story pages. Only on the cover page.

Prizes

Will be awarded (with certificate) to winners in all categories (a total of 24 prizes!) as follows:

  • $50 First Place
  • $30 Second Place
  • $20 Third Place

Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mail or Deliver To:

Friends of the Warren-Newport Public Library

224 N. O’Plaine Road

Gurnee, IL 60031

Judges

  • Are selected by the Creative Writing Contest committee.
  • All decisions final.

Winners (Only)

  • Will be notified the week of April 9, 2013.

Awards

  • The Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Warren-Newport Public Library, Gurnee, IL 60031.

Please Note

  • Only original materials may be entered.
  • All materials may be used by the library for educational/informational purposes.
  • Winning entries will be on display at the library and may be placed on the library’s Web site.
  • Photographs, audio and/or videotaping may take place at the Awards Ceremony.

Visit the website:   http://www.wnpl.info/index.php/creative-writing-contest-2013/

Raging Aardvark Publications – Twisted Tales 2013 Flash Fiction

6 March 2013

Raging Aardvark Publications – Twisted Tales 2013 Flash Fiction

Closing date: Midnight (Australian EST) 7th of July 2013

Location: Open to International writers

Cost: FREE

More information: This Australian publisher seeks your flash-fictions of between 350-700 words for publication in an e-book and printed version.

Submissions via Submittable:  https://ragingaardvarkpublications.submittable.com/submit

Raging Aardvark Publications – http://ragingaardvark.com/  Twitter – https://twitter.com/raginaardvark

 

2012’s Twisted Tales is on Amazon here (just FYI) http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Tales-Flash-Fiction-twist/dp/0987138383/

Last call for entries! Zócalo Public Square’s Second Annual Poetry Prize

6 March 2013

Zócalo Public Square’s Second Annual Poetry Prize

It’s a no-fee contest with a $500 award to the U.S. poet

whose poem best evokes a sense of place.

Our March 15, 2013 deadline is approaching,

more information is available at:

http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2013/01/16/zocalo-public-square-poetry-prize/inquiries/prizes/

Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize Contest

6 March 2013

SRPR Editors’ Prize Contest

(http://www.srpr.org/contest.php)

First Place Prize: $1,000, publication, and introduction written by prominent outside judge

Entry Fee: $20, includes one-year subscription to SRPR (two issues).

Deadline: April 15, 2013 (postmark)

Submission: ONLINE as well postal

SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) is pleased to announce the opening of our annual Editors’ Prize Contest! One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners up will be awarded $100 each, and three-five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR. Please note that we are now accepting online submissions.

Recent judges include David Baker, C.S. Giscombe and Jeanne Marie Beaumont. Judges are announced after winners are selected. Please check our new website in August for announcement of winners.

For full guidelines, please visit our website: http://www.srpr.org/contest.php

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2013

6 March 2013

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2013

The competition is for ghost stories from 2,000 – 5,000 words.

Closing date: 31st May 2013

Prizes: First prize £500, second prize £100.

Entry fee:  £6 for one story; £9 for two stories submitted together.

For more details, see: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php

Feminist Odyssey Blog Carnival: Call for Submissions {Women in Art}

6 March 2013
One could travel down a million different paths when considering women in art, and I’m inviting you to pick one of these paths and write your heart out! I am excited to be joining up with Ashley from Small  Strokes as the editor of this month’s Feminist Odyssey Blog Carnival and I am calling on you to further shake the trees where women are missing, problematic, celebrated, or empowered making art. This means I will post a list of all of your blog posts with titles and blurbs on March 27, 2013.
The full guidelines for writers can be found here.
Most important bit of information is that your original posts are due on March 15, 2013. 
Submitting is easy, and can be done here. (The link will take you to BlogCarnival.com and prompt you to submit)
If you don’t have a blog and still want to write, contact me and I will happily find you a feminist friendly blog to host your post. Contact me at sallydeskins@yahoo.com
I have plans to share some poetry or thoughts inspired by the Femme Qui Bercent exhibit (featuring work on the figure by 10 artists who are women opening March 1) at Noyes Art Gallery in Lincoln – what about you?
–  Some topics to consider – 
Feminist Art. Lost Art. Contemporary Men Painting, Photographing or Drawing Women. Women Painting, Photographing or Drawing Women. Women making Collaborative Art. Women doing Erotica. Fan Art. Feminist Art Communities. The Female Body. Voice. Images of Women in Children’s Literature.
Visit the website for details:

http://femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/post/44149892170/feminist-odyssey-blog-carnival-call-for-submissions

Variations Theatre Group, Inc (VTG): Call for Play Submissions

6 March 2013

“Variations Theatre Group, Inc (VTG) is proud to announce its Unchained Theatre Festival as part of our core mission, namely, to provide an opportunity for artists to develop new, arresting work.”

DETAILS

The festival will run for three weeks starting from May 18th, 2013 at our brand new Chain Theatre in Long Island City, NY. Each play will be given four showings, and  votes from a panel of judges and audience will decide which plays which will be shown at the final performance.  

Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Ensemble, and Best Play will be presented on Saturday, June 1st, 2013 at7pm.  

You may submit up to two (2) plays/applications for the festival. Plays can be submitted in one of two categories: Short Plays (under 30 minutes) and Long Plays (30 minutes to 60 minutes).

Submissions should be sent by email to submissions@variationstheatregroup.com. Please include a completed application form, a character breakdown of your play, and a copy of your piece. We will accept either PDF or word documents.

If your piece is chosen to participate in the festival there is a non-refundable production fee of $200.00 for a short play and $400.00 for a longer play, to be paid immediately upon acceptance.  This fee will defray some of the expenses for publicity, ticketing, theater management and space rental incurred by us.

Each production will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Awards Ceremony/Final Performance.  Each production will also receive an advance code to sell tickets with and a percentage of those ticket sales will be given back to the production. There will be six (6) weeks between announcement of selection and performance but we urge all productions to be prepared upon acceptance. 

All playwrights are responsible for producing their own individual plays. Variations Theatre Group will assist with finding actors, directors, and any technical assistants needed. Variations Theatre Group will provide a stage manager for the festival, a general light plot designed by a lighting designer, and discounted rehearsal space if needed.

All submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday, March 29th, 2013

Click  here   http://variationstheatregroup.com/newsite/unchained-theatre-festival  for more information and to download an application and

please email it after completion to submissions@variationstheatregroup.com

 

Ojai WordFest to Host “A Celebration of Words” at Libbey Bowl Saturday, April 13th Day-long event will feature authors, poets, songwriters, and Book Fair

6 March 2013
The third annual Ojai WordFest will host “A Celebration of Words” at Libbey Bowl on Saturday, April 13th. The event will be the highlight to the 8-day Ojai WordFest, which runs Saturday April 6 through Saturday April 13. Scheduled festivities will include stage readings and performances by authors, poets, playwrights, songwriters, and other word-artists. A “Book Fair at the Bowl” will be held on the lawn above the bowl featuring authors and poets with books and other literary items for sale. The event is free to the public and will run from 10 am to 5 pm. “We’re thrilled to offer a full day celebrating the written and spoken word at Libbey Bowl,” said Sequoia Hamilton, WordFest director and co-founder. “The renovated Bowl is the perfect place to welcome the Ojai community and out-of-town guests to a free event showcasing the wealth of literary talent from this area.”Hamilton adds, “We invite you to return to WordFest or experience the literary festival for the first time. As an incentive to draw folks out, we have a special hour-long performance that promises to delight the literary community and book lovers. You’ll want to stay to the very end of the day for this surprise performance.”

The family-friendly event is open to authors, poets, playwrights, songwriters and word-artists, representing all genres and ages wishing to participate. For consideration, please submit a copy of what you wish to read to Catelyn Howard at Catelyn@zaziepress.com. To reserve a booth at the Book Fair or share a space, please contact Kate Sexton at Kate@KateSexton.com or register at www.WordFestBookFair.com. Saturday’s events are sponsored by the Ventura County Writers Club, the Ojai Academy of Arts, Ojai Writers Conference & Workshops, Soul Centered Metaphysical Shoppe & Dome and the Krishnamurti Foundation of America.”We’re grateful for the outpouring of support from local businesses, organizations and individuals including an arts grant from the City of Ojai,” said Hamilton.

For more press information on “A Celebration of Words” at Libbey Bowl on Saturday, April 13th, call  (805) 524-6970  or email Kathleen@KathleenKaiser.com.
 
For general information on Ojai WordFest, visit www.OjaiWordFest.com

Gotham Writers’ Workshop: A Very Short Story Contest

6 March 2013

A Very Short Story Contest

It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. One version of the story places the bet at the famed Algonquin round table. Whether true or not, there is an actual bet-winning short story attributed to Hemingway:

For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.
 
You have to admit its pretty good. It builds, and there’s a whole world of background and emotion lurking beneath those words.
 
We would like to make a similar bet with you. Write a great short story in ten words or fewer. (You may use a title, but that goes into the word count.) Submit it to our contest. Entry is free. Winner of the bet gets a free Gotham ten-week workshop.

One entry per person only.

The deadline for entering the contest is April 23rd, 2013

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/10W.php

The 2013 EVENT Non-Fiction Contest

6 March 2013

The 2013 EVENT Non-Fiction Contest

$1500 in prizes available, plus publication. EVENT reserves the right to award the prize money as the judge sees fit (i.e., two prizes at $750 each, or three at $500 each, or one at $1,000 and one at $500). Publication in EVENT 42/3 (December 2013), with standard publication payment. Other manuscripts may be published. Preliminary judging by the editors of EVENT.

Final Judge: Russell Wangersky. Wangersky’s most recent novel, The Glass Harmonica, won the 2010 BMO Winterset Award and was long-listed for the ReLit Awards. His previous book, Burning Down the House, won non-fiction awards from both coasts, as well as the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. The Hour of Bad Decisions was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Wangersky lives and works in St. John’s, where he is an editor and columnist with the St. John’s Telegram. His new book, Whirl Away, is a collection of short stories, and has been nominated for the Giller prize.

Details: Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form. Check your library for back issues of EVENT with previous winning entries and judges’ comments. Contest back issues are available for $9 (includes taxes and postage; US$12 for American residents; CAN$15 for overseas residents).

Rules:    http://eventmags.com

Previously published material, either in print or online, or material accepted elsewhere for publication, cannot be considered.

No simultaneous submissions.

Do not identify yourself on the entry. Include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number / email, and title(s). Send to EVENT (see address below).

Entries will not be returned.

If entrants wish feedback and commentary on manuscripts, please check out our Readers Service for Writers page on our website.

Douglas College students, employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Douglas College students may enter two years after completing courses at Douglas College.

Contest results are posted on our website and through social media in August. The winning entries and judges essay are published in the December issue of EVENT.

Entry fee: Multiple entries are allowed, however, each entry must be accompanied by a $34.95 entry fee (includes taxes and a one-year subscription; make cheque or international money order payable to EVENT). Those already subscribing will receive a one-year extension. American and overseas entrants please pay in US dollars. Payment can also be made via our website and PayPal (see Contest page).

Deadline for entries: Postmarked April 15, 2013

Send entries to:  

EVENT Non-Fiction Contest

P.O. Box 2503

New Westminster, BC

Canada   V3L 5B2

 

Tel.:  (604) 527-5293 

email: event@douglascollege.ca

Visit the website: http://eventmags.com

Writer Advice’s 8th Flash Prose Contest

6 March 2013

Writer Advice seeks flash fiction, memoir,

and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less.

Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us with your prose.

Finalists receive responses from all judges.

Submit your work to the 8th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest 

Deadline: April 18, 2013

Complete details and Submittable link at www.writeradvice.com

Call for Entries: The 35th Nimrod Literary Awards!

6 March 2013

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction &

The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

 

Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

 

FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication

SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication

 

Contest Rules

Contest Begins: January 1, 2013

 

Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2013

 

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).

 

Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

 

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere.  Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.  Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author’s name, full address, phone & email.  “Contest Entry” should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts should be stapled, if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. Manuscripts will not be returned.  Nimrod retains the right to publish any submission.  Include SASE for results only.  If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s website. Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2013 to enter the contest.  Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. All finalists will be considered for publication. 

 

Entry/Subscription Fee: Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee.  Make checks payable to Nimrod. $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues).

Send to:

Nimrod Journal

Literary Contest–Fiction or Poetry

The University of Tulsa

800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104   

Web: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod

Email: nimrod@utulsa.edu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nimrodjournal

2013 Winkie Convention “Wizard of Oz” Writing and Art Contests

6 March 2013

2013 WINKIE RESEARCH TABLE

Submissions are invited for the 2013 Winkie Research Table. Our goal is to put on a great research table, with a large number of quality submissions, to encourage new writers and artists, and to explore a large range of Oz expression.

Authors, Researchers and Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration for awards at the 2013 Winkie Con. The three categories that will be judged are Fiction, Non-fiction, and Art.

There is no entry fee. All work must be original, related to the world of Oz, and not previously published of exhibited in any form, including online and digital publication. Items may also be submitted for the 2013 Winkie Convention Program Book or may have already been accepted for publications to be released after the convention, but please send a separate copy in to the research table.
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Fred Otto Prize for Oz Fiction

$100 First Prize
$50 Second Prize

“Oz Fiction” is defined as any original, fictitious story about or pertaining to the Land of Oz as originally created by author L. Frank Baum in the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and its sequels, but stories need not be confined to Baum’s vision. Submissions about or pertaining to the Land of Oz in any of its forms will be accepted. Stories may follow on from Oz books, Oz plays, Oz movies, Magic Land, or any other version of Oz.

Maximum length for submissions is 10,000 words long. Excerpts from longer pieces will also be accepted. Work should be submitted electronically. Hard copy may be submitted if needed.

Use standard manuscript style: double-spaced, 12 point type, 1 inch margins, page numbers at top right. Include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number at the top of the first page of each submission. Include the title of your submission halfway down the first page and at the top left of every subsequent page.

Electronic submissions in .pdf, .txt, .rtf, and .doc formats will be accepted until April 30, 2013 at research@winkies.org. Put the words “Oz Fiction” in the e-mail subject line. Hard copy submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2013 at Eric Gjovaag, 1521 S 15th St., Sunnyside, WA 98944-2513. All submissions will also be submitted to the editor of “Oziana”, the International Wizard of Oz Club’s annual fiction anthology, for consideration.
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Warren Hollister Prize for Oz Non-Fiction

$100 First Prize
$50 Second Prize

“Oz Non-Fiction” is defined as any original, non-fiction article or essay about or pertaining to the Land of Oz as originally created by author L. Frank Baum in the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and its sequels, but stories need not be confined to Baum’s vision. Submissions about or pertaining to the Land of Oz in any of its forms will be accepted. Submissions may follow on from Oz books, Oz plays, Oz movies, Magic Land, or any other version or aspect of Oz.

Maximum length for submissions is 10,000 words long. Excerpts from longer pieces will also be accepted. Work should be submitted electronically. Hard copy may be submitted if needed.

Electronic submissions in .pdf, .txt, .rtf, and .doc formats will be accepted until April 30, 2013 at research@winkies.org. Put the words “Oz Non-Fiction” in the e-mail subject line. Hard copy submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2013 at Eric Gjovaag, 1521 S 15th St., Sunnyside, WA 98944-2513. All submissions will also be submitted to the editor of “The Baum Bugle”, the International Wizard of Oz Club’s journal, for consideration.
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Rob Roy MacVeigh Prize for Oz Artwork

$100 First Prize
$50 Second Prize

“Oz Art” is defined as any original expression that does not fall into either of the other two categories, and is about or pertaining to the Land of Oz as originally created by author L. Frank Baum in the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and its sequels, but stories need not be confined to Baum’s vision. Submissions about or pertaining to the Land of Oz in any of its forms will be accepted. Submissions may follow on from Oz books, Oz plays, Oz movies, Magic Land, or any other version or aspect of Oz.

Artwork will be judged at the Winkie Convention. Therefore all art submissions need to be either brought to or sent to the convention, or arrangements must be made by the artist to deliver and, if needed, return pieces. Any portable form of art or craft work is acceptable, but costumes are only eligible for either the research table or the costume contest, not both.

If you wish to enter art for the research table, please inform the research table folks at research@winkies.org and provide a description or electronic version by May 30, 2013. Put the words “Oz Artwork” in the e-mail subject line. Hard copy submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2013 at Eric Gjovaag, 1521 S 15th St., Sunnyside, WA 98944-2513. All submissions that can be printed will also be submitted to the editor of “Oziana”, the International Wizard of Oz Club’s annual fiction anthology, for consideration.

Awards

Prizes will be awarded at the 2013 Winkie Con, June 21-23, 2013. To enter and win you need not be present at the Winkie Con, though attendance is encouraged: http://hungrytigerpress.blogspot.com/p/winkie-convention.html
http://hungrytigerpress.com/winkiecon_registration_2013.pdf
To enter and win you need not be a member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, though membership is encouraged: http://www.ozclub.org/The_International_Wizard_of_Oz_Club.html
Winners not in attendance will be notified in the week following the 2013 Winkie Con and prizes mailed.
To keep things fair, each winner will be limited to only one award in a category.

For further inquiries and questions, e-mail research@winkies.org.

Words with JAM First Page Competition 2013

6 March 2013

Our popular first page competition is back. We’re looking for the most captivating first page (up to 400 words) of a story. Entries can be from a novel previously unpublished, a part written novel, or simply a first page written purely for the competition. Entries will be judged anonymously. 

 

Prizes

1st Prize – £500

2nd Prize – £100

3rd Prize – £50

 

Closing Date:

31st May 2013

You can submit more than one entry. 

First entry submitted is £6, and £4 per entry thereafter, regardless of category.

Results

All three winning entries will be published in the August 2013 issue of Words with JAM.

Judge: Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She’s an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She’s a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: “The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law,” she has said, “but people do get their just desserts.” And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents. www.suegrafton.com/sue-grafton.php

ENTRY DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://wordswithjam.co.uk/#/first-page-competition-2013/4573741026

Sweet Violet Bride Dream Wedding Essay Contest

6 March 2013
Sweet Violet Bride Dream Wedding Essay Contest
Could you use an extra grand for your wedding?
I thought so.
I’m super excited to announce that Sweet Violet Bride
is having an essay contest and the winner will get $1,000
to help make their wedding dreams come true!
There is a lot you can do with $1,000
and we want to hear your creative ideas.
Prize $1,000
Reading Fee: $5
Enter by May 1st, 2013
Visit the website for details:
http://sweetvioletbride.com/2013/02/dream-wedding-essay-contest-win-1000/