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The erbacce-prize for 2013 is now OPEN for submissions

28 March 2013

The erbacce-prize for 2013 is now OPEN for submissions

The winner’s prize:

           1) Publication of your collected works in perfect-bound format

               with full-colour gloss or matt cover           (the winner chooses)

             2) A publishing contract with erbacce-press

             3) Generous royalties

             4) Your own dedicated Sales-Page

             5) 10 free copies of your book





This year, as in the previous seven years, a New Poet WILL be launched

world-wide in what we believe to be the only totally FREE competition ever!

NOTE: At the discretion of the judges up to three runners-up will also be awarded the prize of a personal collection published by erbacce-press as a chap-book. They will also have their own dedicated sales-page, a publishing contract and six copies of their new book.

The rules are simple but if they are not followed

    exactly then your submission will not be read:

All submissions must come in ONE single MS Word attachment OR in the body of an email with ‘erbacce-prize’ in the subject line

You should submit five pages of poetry; we don’t mind if it has been previously published but do let us know: NOTHING ELSE; no bios… no photos… no frames… nothing… just poetry…

ONE (five page) submission per poet only please

Please include a full name and snail-mail address in the body of the email. If yo do not do this, then your submission will not be read.


……and that’s all there is to it; nothing complicated, no fees,

just submit by clicking on the button at the foot of the page

(If you have problems with the link, send your submission to

Once we have your submission we will acknowledge it and then your identification will be removed and the poems will be sent to five members of our selection panel who are all widely published poets and/or academics and they will make the recommendations for a short-list from which the winner will be chosen. In June 2013 we will place a short list on this page and then towards the end of June 2013 the winner(s) will be announced.

We would hope to have the winner’s book(s) ready for sale by Christmas 2013 but that depends on how quickly the winner(s) get their MS and wishes to us at erbacce We will work with the poet to produce a book they will be proud of; consulting and suggesting at every crucial stage…

PLEASE do enter! There really is no catch; it’s entirely FREE!!!!!

A word to the wise; which shouldn’t need saying but unfortunately it does: every year we get email submissions from poets with email addresses like and that’s really very witty if you’re aged six and a half. The email address probably belongs to someone called Peter Smith. However should Peter Smith win then we have to seek-out his email address among 7,000 others on our books. And of course he doesn’t exist; all that exists is the idiotic pluto-seminides… and so Peter Smith is never discovered and eventually his winning poems are dumped. PLEASE; send submissions in an email address containing your PROPER NAME. ALL publishers will reject daft email addresses; do yourself a favour; it would be tragic to win… and then to be dumped because we can’t find you…

Entries close end of May 2013; GOOD LUCK to everyone…



28 March 2013

What’s in a Name?

Boroughs 2013 Novella Contest

Has the title of a song ever inspired you to write? We’re betting it has…and that you can take that title and make it your own.

We invite you to submit your 25,000-40,000 word, completed novella based on the title of a song – any song – that you adopt as the title of your story to: no later than May 31st 2013.

Your submission MUST include a two paragraph synopsis of your story. The first round of voting will begin on June 10th 2013 and will be based upon your two paragraph synopsis so make it snap, crackle and pop.

First Round of Voting: By noon, PST, Monday, June 10th 2013 story titles and your synopsis will be posted ANONYMOUSLY on our website. Those that receive the top 25% of the vote in their sub-genre will be selected as SEMI-FINALISTS to go on to the…

Second Round of Voting: By noon PST, Monday, June 24th 2013 the story’s first 300 words (approximately 1 page) will be posted ANONYMOUSLY on our website for votes along with the title and the synopsis. In this phase, our Editors will weigh in and the top three vote-getting stories in each sub-genre will be selected as FINALISTS to go on to the…

Third Round of Voting: By noon PST, Monday, July 8th 2013, votes will be tallied one last time. The first 1,000 words (approximately 3-4 pages) of the story will be posted ANONYMOUSLY for consideration, along with the title and synopsis. The Winner of the WHAT’S IN A NAME contest will be announced at our Open House during the RWA national convention in Atlanta, Georgia (July 17th – 20th 2013) and we will have the results publicized on our website, FB page, Twitter feed and on Pinterest.


Beginning Monday, June 10th 2013, and for each phase of the contest, you and everyone you know should visit find the link to the WHAT’S IN A NAME contest, then cast your votes for stories that tickle your fancy and make you want more. You may vote for every story you like.


ALL FINALISTS will be offered:

  • A contract to have their story published and sold by Boroughs Publishing Group
  • A full editorial process to make their story shine

THE FINALIST with the most popular website votes will be offered:

  • A critique by an editor of a full-length manuscript submission to Boroughs, with a turn-around time of two months

THE WINNER, chosen from our FINALISTS by our editorial staff, will receive:

  • cover art specifically tailored to the story
  • a blog tour promoting your novella
  • A critique by our Editor-in-Chief of a full-length manuscript submissions to Boroughs, with a turn-around time of two months
  • 75% of the winning story’s net royalties

Sign up for contest results through our newsletter or check back whenever you like for results.



28 March 2013

DEADLINE: April 30, 2013

GENRE: Poetry

DETAILS: The Tapestry of Bronze is sponsoring a series of
international poetry contests to celebrate Greek and Roman
mythology and the Olympian gods. The subject of the current contest
is Hephaestus (also known as Vulcan), the God of the Forge. 30
lines max. There are two age ranges under 18 and adult.

PRIZE: $50 in each category


New writers conference launched in Glendale, CA

28 March 2013
Pacific Institute for Professional Writing to Expand its Highly Successful Writers Weekend Events
New Writers Conference to Launch July 20 & 21 in Glendale, CA
Writers wishing to learn more about the craft and business of publishable stories, memoir, and informative narrative, will find significant opportunities Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21 at Glendale College in Glendale, CA.

The PIPW Writers Weekend: Glendale, features publishing professionals as speakers and panelists for the educational seminars. The event, open to emerging and intermediate writers of all ages, is produced by the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing (PIPW). Co-sponsors are the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) and the Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN). Additional writers’ groups have been invited to join the weekend activities as sponsors.

“We’re pleased to produce this event in Glendale,” said Kate Sexton, Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing. “Last year, our Ventura County Writers Weekend was well received, with attendance growing 41% from the prior year. This year we will continue to offer professional advice writers need to know in order to grow into 21st century conventions and writing styles. We’ve secured two top west coast literary agents, a leading book editor, and a popular memoirist, to lead seminars.”
The educational focus will be for writers of novels and narrative nonfiction. Saturday’s theme is: “The Business of Writing.” Sunday’s theme is “The Craft of Writing.” Each session is 90-minutes long with time for Q&A. Interested writers may purchase a session ticket, a day pass, or a two-day pass.
The website, will launch May 1st with a schedule of sessions offered, and a list of the speakers.
Regional writing groups are welcome to co-sponsor the event and should contact Ms. Sexton at  805-524-6970  or for more details.
PIPW produces the annual Ventura County Writers Weekend event along with workshops and other services to deliver professional advise to area writers. Founded in 2010, PIPW’s mission: to promote the skills and standards for professional writing. The Institute’s goal: to see the art and craft of writing continue to be a prominent part of our communities by connecting unpublished writers with the professional community of editors, agents and publishers.
“We were founded to deliver professional level education for all genres of writing,” said Kate Sexton, executive director of PIPW. “We’ve been fortunate to have the support of area professionals who lead our workshops and participate on panels for the conferences. We began in Santa Barbara because of its rich literary traditions and the quality of authors, editors and publishers living there. Our programs quickly moved into Ventura County.”
PIPW has also sponsored other events including Ojai WordFest and Ojai Writers Conference, along with the series of very popular Writers Workshops with Toni Lopopolo and Fiction Writers Bootcamp with Ms. Lopopolo and legendary West Coast editor, author, and former professor from USC’s Masters in Professional Writing Program, Shelly Lowenkopf. Mr. Lowenkopf is a co-founder of PIPW.

To learn more about PIPW visit

So what really goes on at a writers’ retreat?

28 March 2013

There’s been a real boom in the popularity of creative writing weekends over the last few years.

There are some who say writers retreats are a waste of time, pandering to writers’ fragile egos

and encouraging people to believe they have writing talents which they, frankly, lack.

But on the other hand, many writers really enjoy them and swear that a weekend away

with other writers is a positive part of the creative process.

 The truth about writers’ weekends away By Mark Hoult:


Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2013 is now open for entries!

28 March 2013

The 2013 Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open!

We welcome entries from all writers anywhere in the world!

Categories: Poetry, Fiction or Life Writing.

Prizes: £300 for each category plus winners will be published in Wasafiri

Entry fees: UK Sterling £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories

Simply fill in the entry form and post it with your fee to:

‘Wasafiri New Writing Prize’

The Open University in London
1-11 Hawley Crescent
London NW1 8NP

Or send your entry via email to

The closing date is 5pm GMT on Friday 26 July 2013

Visit the website for details on how to enter:




28 March 2013

While the traditional view of formal poetry includes a very strict rhyme scheme that must be adhered to, the free verse style popularized by the great Ezra Pound largely eschews rhyme schemes altogether, instead relying on the power of the words themselves to paint a vivid portrait of the poet’s feelings. Free verse has become so widely accepted by publishers of modern poetry, in fact, that some won’t even entertain submissions of formal poetry. These are ten of the reasons why it’s okay to break the traditional mold in your own poetry, opting instead for something a bit less rigid.

Visit the website for details:

Recording Artist Gloria Gaynor Seeks Personal Stories of Survival for New Book: Paid Market

28 March 2013

Have you survived an illness, personal tragedy, devastating loss, abusive relationship, financial ruin, or other life experience that brought you to your knees? Did the song “I Will Survive,” by Grammy Award-winning songstress Gloria Gaynor, inspire you to rise, survive, and move forward? If so, we’d love to share your story in a new book of personal narrative essays that tell the story of how you survived the experience and how the song influenced your life (essential). We’re looking for real-life stories that read like fiction — similar to those in the Cup of Comfort book series, compiled and edited by Colleen Sell. The book, to be published by Gray Harbor Press, will include 50 stories of 1,000-1,500 words each. For each essay selected for publication in the book, the author will receive $75, a complimentary copy of the book signed by Gloria Gaynor, and a signed photo of Ms. Gaynor.

Submit by April 30, 2013

to or

How to submit, visit the website:

Canterbury Festival: Poet of the Year 2013 Competition

28 March 2013

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Now an established highlight of the Canterbury Festival calendar, Monday 11 March will see the launch of the 2013 Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition. The Festival is on the lookout for today’s best writers from all across UK and beyond, and is encouraging them to submit a poem or series of poems to the competition and perhaps be crowned this year’s winner.

With over 150 entries last year, the Festival is encouraging budding poets to send in their poem by the deadline on 14 June 2013.  Poems can be on any subject and previous entrants have written poems inspired by a variety of topics, conjuring images of the wilds of Africa, Italian rain and the blustery shoreline of Britain – evoking strong emotions and recalling experiences or creating new narratives with imaginative and compelling use of language.

Once all poems are submitted, an esteemed panel of judges will choose a long list of entries, which will then be included in a published booklet available to entrants and the general public.

The Competition Final will be held on National Poetry Day, Thursday 3 October 2013 – where the shortlisted poems will be performed and the Poet of the Year title decided. The event will take place in the Dominican Priory, Canterbury, from 8pm – and will whet the appetite for the beginning of this year’s Canterbury Festival, which takes place from Saturday 19 October to Saturday 2 November. The final will combine the poetry readings with live musical entertainment, and is one of the community literature highlights of the year.

The 2013 judging panel will consist of Nancy Gaffield, winner of the Aldeburgh Prize 2011, the ‘2012 Poet of the Year’ Graham Burchell and Luigi Marchini, Chairman of the Canterbury based SaveAs Writers’ Group. 

Entry is £5 per poem and they should be posted to the Festival Office (8 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent. CT1 2JA), along with an application form.

For guidelines and application form visit the website:

2013 Banneremail

Wags Revue Call for Submissions & Writing Contests

28 March 2013


Poets: read about the Heteronymicon challenge here. It closes April 30. The best will run in Issue 15, which will come out in the summer.

Submissions are currently open. Open reading periods are held from the beginning of March through May and from the beginning of September through end of November. There is no reading fee during open reading periods.

We hold two contests annually, the Winter Writers Contest Summer 2013, from June 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013. The contests are open to all three genres and are judged by the editors. For each, first prize is $1000 and guaranteed publication in the magazine, second prize is $500 and third $100. All pieces are considered for publication. There is a $20 reading fee per contest submission. Winners of the most recent Winter contest announced ahead of Issue 15.

We only accept submissions via our Submittable page. Please click there to find all guidelines and to upload your submission. While we allow for simultaneous submissions, if your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the piece on Submittable, rather than emailing us about it. If you are at all concerned about the status of your submission, feel free to write us, though we appreciate your patience if it takes us several months to respond to you about your piece—we are a small, mostly unpaid staff.
Wag’s Revue compensates its writers $100 per piece (interview, poem or group of poems, essay, or short story).
If you’re interested in interviewing a writer, comedian or some other some such waggish luminary for an upcoming an issue, send an email introducing yourself, the figure in question, why you want to interview him or her, and whether you have access to said person already, to
If you’re a visual artist interested in being considered for the Featured Artist title, visit the Submittable link and enter your work in the Visual  Artist category.

Visit the website:

First Chapter Writing Contest–So You Think You Can Make Me Laugh? Ha!

28 March 2013

First Chapter Writing Contest

Contest Submission Period: April Fool’s Day-June 1st, 2013

Entry Fee: Zilch. Nada. Zippo. It’s totally free to enter!

Contest Benefits: I will provide a short critique for all submissions highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly. This is a HUGE benefit of entering my contest. We writers crave feedback. Feedback makes us better.

Prize: The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Amazon. But wait there’s more! As the champion, your winning story, your picture, and a little blurb about YOU will be featured on my website. And I’ll talk about you in social media land.

What to submit: Your funny first chapter. True or not true or a mixture of both, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s funny. I will have a funny meter and you will receive a score as part of your critique.

What not to submit (Big No-No’s): Prose of a nasty, evil, mean-spirited, or pornographic/graphic nature.

Word Count: 1000 word max meaning do NOT exceed 1000 words.

Two Kinds of Entry formats accepted: 1. I’ll accept a video clip if you think an oral delivery will enhance the comedic nature of your work. Big risk, big potential pay-off IF YOU NAIL IT. If you don’t . . . well let’s just say you want the right kind of laughter.

2. I’ll accept your written entry as part in the body of an e-mail only. I WILL NOT OPEN attachments. Repeat after me. Terri will not open attachments.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Last call for entries: The Poets and Players Poetry Comp 2013 – Manchester, UK

28 March 2013

The Poets and Players Poetry Competition 2013

with the Whitworth Prize

The inaugural poetry competition run by Poets and Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events.


Jacob Polley was born in Carlisle, Cumbria. He is the author of three acclaimed books of poems, The Brink (2003), Little Gods (2006) and The Havocs (2012), all published by Picador, UK. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002, and both The Brink and The Havocs were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. In 2004 he was named one of the ‘Next Generation’ of the twenty best new poets in Britain, and his first novel, Talk of the Town, won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. He teaches at the University of St Andrews and lives in Fife, Scotland. Jacob Polley’s website can be found at


For this prize a long-list will be decided by the Poets and Players committee and judged by Jacob Polley.

1st Prize – £400
2nd Prize – £200
3rd Prize – £100


This prize will be judged by the Poets and Players committee together with a senior representative from the Whitworth Art Gallery.

Whitworth Prize – £300

All poems will be judged anonymously.

Winners will be informed by 20 May 2013 and will be invited to read alongside Jacob Polley at a launch ceremony on the afternoon of 8 June 2013 at the Whitworth Art Gallery where they will also receive their prize. If you have not been notified before June, we are afraid you have not been successful.


Open Prize

§  This Prize is open to anyone over the age of 16, except for members of the Poets and Players committee.

§  Poems must be in English.

§  Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form, but must be author’s own original work. They should not have appeared anywhere before, online or in print. Please do not submit poems that are currently under consideration elsewhere.

§  Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines (excluding title).

§  No changes can be made to poems once submitted and under no circumstances can we offer feedback or make refunds.

§  You may submit as many poems as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate payment.

§  All competition entries must reach us by Friday 5 April 2013, entries arriving after this date will not be considered.

Whitworth Prize

The rules for the Open Prize apply, with the exception that poems in this category should be inspired specifically by the Whitworth Art Gallery, or works of art or exhibitions displayed in the gallery. We would encourage you to include a brief note, headed ‘NOTE’ beneath the poem stating the connection between the poem and Gallery if this is not immediately obvious.

The following links to the Whitworth are provided for your information/inspiration:

Whitworth Art Gallery Home
Whitworth Art Gallery Collections


Please send your poems by post. ALL entries must be accompanied by a completed application form (see the link below):

Competition Application Form

§  Please complete and print out the competition application form; details required include your name, contact information and a list of the poems you are submitting.

§  If you wish to receive confirmation of your entry please enclose a prepaid envelope.

§  Poems must be printed on separate sheets, word processed (or typed) and clearly legible or they will be dismissed without refund.

§  We are happy to receive poems for both prizes from the same entrant. However, please indicate on each page whether the poem is to be entered in the Open or Whitworth Prize by writing ‘Whitworth’ or ‘Open’ (the same poem cannot be entered in both).

§  Please do NOT include your name or other identifying information on the same page as the poem/s.

§  You may enter as many poems as you wish but please ensure you add all poem titles to the application form.

§  Entry fee is £3 per poem or 4 for £10 (the 4 for £10 option can include poems for both the Whitworth and the Open Prize). Please do not send cash. Payment can be made by cheque or postal order. Please make payable to ‘Poets and Players’ and send together with your poem/s and application form to:

Poets and Players Poetry Competition
83 Ducie Street
MANCHESTER   M1 2JQ, United Kingdom


Entrants retain copyright of their poem, however we would expect permission to make a video recording of the winners reading at the awards ceremony for our website, and to publish the winning poems on our website and/or in the Whitworth Art Gallery for 1 year after the competition.

Last Call for Applications Submissions for Asian American Writer’s – Creative Nonfiction Fellowship

28 March 2013
Open City, an online magazine published by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, documents the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it’s being lived on the streets of New York right now. Covered by the Wall Street Journal and NPR, a collaborative partner with the New Museum and the Museum of Chinese in America, Open City grants a $5,000 fellowship, career guidance, and publishing opportunities to five Creative Nonfiction Fellows to write and produce both short-form and long-form editorial content on the vibrant immigrant communities of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.If you’re an emerging creative nonfiction writer looking for financial support, a place to publish, and career mentorship, apply to become a Creative Nonfiction Fellow. 

Applications Deadline: April 8th, 2013
Visit the website for submission details:

The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest: $1000 for one glorious poem

28 March 2013

Sponsored by TNQ editor Kim Jernigan and family in celebration of the man who sparked their love of poetry, this contest is for poems written in response to an occasion, personal or public-poems of gratitude or grief, poems that celebrate or berate, poems that make an occasion of something or simply mark one. We are interested in light verse and in verse more sober, in the whole spectrum of tones and occasions. One of Nick’s own poems, which we think captures the broadness of his (and our) sense of ‘occasion’, is pictured at left. For a bit lengthier background on the genre, you can also turn to Amanda Jernigan’s funny and thoughtful essay on poems and occasions, linked below. Both originally appeared in Issue 100 of TNQ.

We will award a grand prize of $1,000 to the poem judged most worthy. Another $1,000 in prize money will be distributed as the judges fancy. However the prize money falls, the best of what we see will be published in The New Quarterly, at our usual rates, and posted on our website.

Entry fee: $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems, $5 each for additional poems. Submissions include a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly and may be accompanied by a brief paragraph describing the event that occasioned the poem. 

Eligiblity: Entrants must be Canadian or currently residing in Canada. Entries may not be previously published, accepted, or submitted for publication elsewhere. There are no restrictions on length or number of entries, as long as the appropriate fees are paid. Entrants anonymity will be carefully preserved throughout the judging process.

Deadline: February 28, 2014

The decisions will be made by August 31, 2014; winner(s) and finalists will receive notification by mail. 

Visit the website to enter: