Archive for April, 2013

Freelance Inc. Op: Write for Parentlife Magazine

28 April 2013


A Christian parenting magazine designed to take parents from
pregnancy through the preteen years. ParentLife brings a
Christian worldview to today’s top parenting and cultural
issues, covering topics related to health, development,
education, discipline, and spiritual growth. Each issue of
ParentLife gives practical ideas and insights to help parents
meet the responsibilities and celebrate the joys of parenting.
ParentLife is set apart from other secular parenting magazines
in that it alone addresses the whole child: physically,
cognitively, socially, emotionally … and spiritually. Pays
up to $350 for articles of 350 to 1,200 words.


Freelance Op: Write for How Business Mag for Graphic Designers

28 April 2013


HOW is the business magazine for graphic designers and a leading
source of ideas and creative solutions for the industry. Published
bimonthly, it’s about 75 % freelance written. Articles include:
detailed information on industry trends; outstanding examples of
design / illustration / photography (whether in the form of
printed material, identity design, videos, CDROM, Web sites,
signage programs, etc.); profiles of noteworthy industry figures,
usually in conjunction with a specific project they’ve completed;
business tips; new technology; new disciplines for graphic designers;
and pressing industry issues. Columns typically run around 1,200
words. Features run 1,500 to 2,000 words. Payment ranges $250-$800.
20 percent kill fee.

Inc. Op: Freelance Writing for Columbia Kids

28 April 2013


COLUMBIAKids is a free online magazine that features exciting,
interesting, and informative articles and stories based in
Pacific Northwest history. Our target readers are children up
to age 14 who live in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho,
and Alaska, but we also welcome subscribers from all over the
world. All articles considered on spec. Features- Length:
800-1,200 words each; $200. Departments 200-800 words each;

Inc. Op.: Write Freelance for Humpty Dumpty Magazine

28 April 2013

(ages 5-7)

FICTION: Short stories 450 words or less. Payment: $70 and up.


NONFICTION: We accept short articles of 300 words or less on
science and nature, as well as age-appropriate how-to projects.
Payment: $70 and up.


POETRY: We accept poems 4-12 line poems. Please remember the
age of your audience. Payment: $35 and up.


RECIPES: We accept simple, healthful recipes of 200 words or
less that generally require no cooking and minimal adult help.
If possible, include a photo of the recipe with submission.
Payment: $40 and up.


CRAFTS: We accept fun crafts of 250 words or less that young
children can make with a bit of adult help. Payment: $40 and up.



28 April 2013



Deadline May 12, 2013.

Do you have an opinion on saving for retirement
using a Roth IRA? We’re looking for short pieces showcasing views on
Roth IRAs. The pros, the cons, and everything in between.

First Place: $500
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200

NOTE: NerdWallet Investing will publish all submissions that we
deem relevant to our readers; not all submissions will be selected
for publication or payment. Open to all states except Rhode Island.

Young Voices of America Write Their Stories Contest

28 April 2013

Students in Grades K-12 are invited to participate.

Accepting Submissions March 15, 2013 – May 31 2013
Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation Count

Follow ALL the rules for submitting your work. 

In every contest we have to disqualify a very large number of very good entries because the writer didn’t follow the rules for submitting his or her work. Don’t let that happen to you.

Young Voices of America Contest Rules

Remember to send your very best work. Have it proofread by someone skilled at writing. Errors can cost you a win. Failure to follow ALL Contest Rules will result in disqualification.
  • Entries must be original and previously unpublished. You pick the subject and genre.
  • We are seeking fiction and nonfiction short stories, NOT essays. Short stories have a plot, characters, and dialogue as well as a sense of time and place.
  • Give your story a title. We receive hundreds of entries and having a title on your entry helps us identify it.
  • Proofread your work. Proofread it again. Have a teacher or parent proofread it one more time. Send only your best work.
  • Parents of very young writers may transcribe (type) the story for their child. Technical ability must be consistent with grade level. Obvious re-writing by an adult will result in disqualification. Proof reading is not only OK, it’s encouraged. See above.
  • In the upper LEFT corner of PAGE 1 you must include name of author, age and grade level and category (Category 1 = Grades 7-12, Category 2 = Grades 3-6, Category 3 = PreK-2), name of parent or guardian, complete address including street number and name, city, state and zip code, telephone number, and email. We have to be able to contact winners.
  • No Fancy Fonts – No Fancy Formatting – No Colored Text – No Pictures – No Text Boxes. This is a writing contest. We want to see your story written in a normal readable font. Times New Roman 12 is a good choice.
  • Entries containing profanity, violent and/or sexually explicit material are not considered appropriate for this contest and will not be considered.
  • Entries MUST be written in English.
  • Multiple Submissions are  NOT allowed. One story per person.
  • Please: Send your entry via email to
  • Entries MUST be received by midnight, May 31, 2013
  • Entries WILL NOT be returned. It is important that you maintain a copy for your files.
  • Winners will be announced and prizes awarded 30 – 45 days of close of the contest. Information about the awards will be made public on the Young Voices Foundation Website.
  • Decision of the judges is final.

Please: Send your entry via email to


28 April 2013

Room Magazine’s Annual Contest

Calling all women writers: Sharpen your pencils or fire up your laptop and send us your fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction contest entries.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than July 15, 2013.

Entry Fee: $30 per entry. Non-Canadian entries: $42 Canadian dollars.

Each submission includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Room. Writers who submit more than one entry will get a multiple year subscription.

Prizes: 1st prize in each category – $500, 2nd prize – $250. Winners will be published in a 2014 issue of Room. Honourable mentions will be featured on Room’s website.

For more details: visit:


Fiction: Yasuko Thanh
Poetry: Jane Munro
Creative Non-Fiction: Betsy Warland

4 Keys to a Killer Book Cover Design—a free webinar

28 April 2013

INTRODUCING the 4 Keys to a Killer Book Cover Design—a free webinar!

Your book cover is often the most powerful and sometimes the best marketing tool to help grab attention at bookstores and online. So you want to make sure you know the keys to designing a great cover.

In this free webinar, hosted by Archway Publishing, Jason Heuer, Assistant Art Director at Simon & Schuster will reveal the keys to creating eye-catching covers for fiction and non-fiction books. Whether you plan to pay a designer or do your own design, you don’t want to miss this event.


Thursday, May 2, 2013 – 12:00 pm EST

Registration Link:

Last Call: Crow Woods Publishing: New!! 1st Art Inspired Story Writing Contest

25 April 2013

New!!! 1st Art-Inspired Story Writing Contest
A short story inspired by a work of art in the Crow Woods art books

Submission Guidelines

Entry deadline – April 30, 2013

Results Announced – June 30, 2013

First prize – $500

Second prize – $300
Third prize – $200

Tony Ardizzone, originally from the North Side of Chicago, is the author of eight books of fiction, including the novel The Whale Chaser (2010) and the recently completed interconnected collection, The Calling of Saint Matthew: Stories of Rome. He is a winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and a Chancellor’s Professor of English at Indiana University.

The decisions of the judge are entirely his own, and are final. Winners will be notified by email.

All entries will get feedback. Winning short stories will receive a short paragraph from the judge and will be published.

Signing Up
Sign up at this site. A $35 reading fee includes a complimentary copy of one of the Crow Woods art books: The Chicago Art Scene, or Living Artists. Payment is handled through Paypal or by mail.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest – Last Call!

25 April 2013

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest – Last Call!

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. Winning Writers

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, 2005-2012).

See guidelines, past winners, and enter now at:

Last Call: BookBaby’s Mega Book Launch Sweepstakes

25 April 2013

Enter to win $16,000 in prizes!

This is our most amazing grand prize package ever! Featuring everything an indie author could possibly need to publish, promote, and sell their book, this grand prize is positively packed with goodies.

Deadline for entries is 04/30/2013!

The Grand Prize includes:

  • BookBaby – Premium eBook Publishing Package (A $249 value!)
  • BookBaby Print – 300 Books, Deluxe Cover Design, Interior Formatting (A $3,000 value!)
  • HostBaby – 12 Months Web Hosting (A $199 value!)
  • BEA Trip – BEA Passes, Transportation, Hotel, Book Signing (A $4,000 value!)
  • – Interview & Review (A $500 value!)
  • Circle of Seven Productions – Book Trailer Production/Distribution (A $2,000 value!)
  • Smith Publicity – Press Release, Media Blast (through Net Galley), Publicity Consultation (A $3,000 value!)
  • – CityStand Book Stands (A $80 value!)
  • JKSCommunications – 15-Date Virtual Book Tour (A $1,750 value!)
  • PR Newswire – Web ReachPLUS Press Release Distribution (A $400 value!)
  • PR by the Book – Social Media Consultation (A $900 value!)

Total Prize Value: $16,078

There’s no cost to enter. Hurry! Deadline for entries is 04/30/2013.

Void where prohibited by law.

View complete sweepstakes rules here.

Write Reality: The Reality Show Idea Contest

25 April 2013

Write Reality is a competition dedicated to finding the next hit reality show idea.

Entrants are asked to write a short summary of their idea for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $2200 and consideration by top reality production companies such as MPH Entertainment (The Dog Whisperer), 44 Blue Productions (Lock Up), GRB Entertainment (Intervention), Buck Productions (Cake Walk), T Group Productions (Storage Wars) and Paper Route Productions (Yukon Men).

The deadlines and fees are as follows: Early: May 31/$30.  Regular: August 31/$40. Late: Oct 31/$50. Final notification for winners will be December 30th.

For more info, please visit: Contact:

Last Call For Writers Deadline April 30, 2013 – International Writing Competition

25 April 2013


Three prizes of $50, publication in ArtAscent Magazine including your name a link to your website, as well as exposure in ArtAscent website and social media. Non-winning entries will not be published. You retain rights to your work.

The competition theme is Emergence. Emergence can mean the gradual beginning or coming forth; the event consisting of the start of something; a growth in strength or number or importance; the becoming visible. How you interpret it – literally or symbolically – is up to you.

This call for entries may include original fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 500 words).
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2013
Entry $7
See for submission details and to enter.

Last Call! for Personal Stories of Survival, Inspired by Gloria Gaynor’s Song “I Will Survive”

25 April 2013

Deadline: April 30, 2013

Have you survived an illness, personal tragedy, 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 the stories in the Cup of Comfort book series, compiled and edited by Colleen Sell. The book 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, or

Mystery Short Story Competition 2013

25 April 2013

Mystery Times 2013

Last year, we received over 100 submissions from new and established authors alike. Never before published, they were gathered together in our Second Annual Mystery Times collection. Each story was read and rated on the same set of parameters; each judge brought his or her own unique talents and tastes to the task at hand.

The quality of the stories was outstanding and the 2012 book rode the #1 and 2 spot on the Amazon Hot New Mystery Release List for FOUR weeks!

So, yep, we’re doing it again!

Our 2013 Showcase Mystery Times 2013 seeks new mystery short stories.

Submission Guidelines:

Theme: Mystery–It can be it murder, cozy, paranormal, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, police procedural, suspense, thriller, or amateur detective.

What is a mystery? In a mystery, the main character must track down the truth about an event, often a murder. If the protagonist is in any danger, it usually becomes a problem only as the detective/protagonist approaches the truth. That’s your base, how it plays out is up to you!

No gratuitous sex or violence.

The competition is open to all writers in English except current employees of Buddhapuss Ink LLC.

Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2013 to July 15, 2013.

You must be 18 or older to enter.

No previously published work(s)

Simultaneous submissions are not permitted.

Entries should be between 3000-7000 words in length.

Send your submissions via email with the subject line “Submission for MYSTERY TIMES TEN” from <your name> with your story as an attached file in .doc or .docx (Word) format PLEASE INCLUDE in the body of the email:

Your name and contact information

A brief author bio (2-5 sentences)

Entry should be single-spaced in at least a 12 pt. readable font. We suggest Times New Roman, Courier, or Arial.

Send emails to:

NOTE: You will receive an email acknowledging our receipt of your entry within 24 hours. If you do not receive this email: (check your junk/bulk/spam folder first!) please re-submit your entry and change the subject line to: “RESUBMISSION for MYSTERY TIMES TEN”.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.

Notifications will be sent to finalists via email August, 2013.

There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. There is no fee to enter.

Buddhapuss Ink LLC reserves the right to close or extend the competition if not enough suitable entries are received.

Winning Selections:

The Winning entries will be published in the 2013 Showcase titled Mystery Times 2013  to be published by Buddhapuss Ink LLC.

FIRST and SECOND PLACE winners will receive a new Kindle, featured placement in the book, and Buddhapuss Ink swag.

THIRD PLACE winner will receive a $25 Gift Card, featured placement in the book, and Buddhapuss Ink swag.

ALL WINNERS will receive: two (2) copies of the finished book and the opportunity to “fast track” their next manuscript with our Editorial staff. “Fast track” does not mean you will receive a publishing contract, but we will guarantee that your manuscript is given a priority reading.

Some winning entries will also be featured on our website, blog, and/or Facebook page.

Buddhapuss Ink is all about our readers and all entries will be read by an independent panel of readers and rated on the same scale and parameters. The top 20 entries-based on the aggregate scores-will go on to the final round where they will be read and scored by our Editorial Review Panel made up of publishing professionals. The decisions of the judges will be final

No manuscripts will be returned.

Winners will be notified & announced in August 2013.

Publication is scheduled for October/November 2013.

Send your best words our way! We publish newcomers and established writers alike.

Key dates: Contest ends: July 15, 2013
Winners announced: August 2013
Publication: October/November 2013

Send entries to:

Visit the website:


Last Call: Poetic Republic 2013 Poetry Competition

25 April 2013

2013 Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30th April 2013

Peer Review Process and eBook Publication

The Poetic Republic Poetry Prize is a process for the selection of poems for publication based on anonymous peer review.

Selection systems are typically driven by judges of repute, celebrities, editorial teams, fan bases or “vote for me” campaigns. Increasingly, celebrity pervades publication decisions.

The Poetic Republic Poetry Prize is different. It is a rigorous process where participants read each other’s work in isolation unaware of other participants’ opinions, comments or identity. It is a neutral space.

Participation is anonymous.

The event is structured so that participants can question their own understanding and learn from others whilst simply enjoying the experience of taking part.

There will be a digital eBook publication featuring the best work from the prize. This will be our second co-created publication where the act of taking part accomplishes the editorial process.

Publication may be under an entrant’s real name or under a pseudonym.

2013 Poetic Republic Poetry Prize

Single poem prize


Portfolio prize (two poems)


The two prizes may be awarded to the same person. Qualification for the portfolio prize requires two entries.

The Judging will take place over 7 weeks in May and June.

Participants read each other’s work in small groups of 12 poems in a three round process. The combined effect is very powerful. In the final (third) round, everyone reads the shortlisted 12 poems.

During judging, participants have access to groups of poems but poems are not published on the website.

From each group of 12 poems participants select their preferred 4 poems and leave a short twitteresque comment against their choices.

Commenting is a valuable part of the process but it is also fun and fascinating. We have set out some “thoughts about comments” which may be useful.

Participants can read comments left against their own poems after the judging has finished.

The eBook Publication will include 48 poems together with a selection of the best or most interesting comments. To be short listed or included in the publication entrants must have taken part in the first two rounds of judging.

The selection of poems for publication will be made by the contribution of all the participants. The published poets will be invited to provide background details for inclusion in the publication. The short listed poets will be invited to make the selections of comments for publication.

Any subject. Style: Poetry or Prose Poetry. Maximum 42 lines. Previously unpublished work. £7 per poem.

See poetry competition rules for full details.

The competition is run on a not-for-profit basis.

Poetry competitions are no longer simply poetry competitions!

Closing date: 30th April 2013

Vist the website for details on how to enter:


25 April 2013

West Jefferson, NCAshe County’s On the Same Page Literary Festival, now in its sixth year, is opening the Festival’s annual writing competition. In association with the 2013 Festival, which will take place September 17-21 in Ashe County, NC, the Page Crafter’s Prize recognizes writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with cash awards. Winning writers will have the opportunity to read their work during the On the Same Page Literary Festival.

The Page Crafter’s competition is designed to encourage and acknowledge emerging writers and to reinforce the annual theme of the On the Same Page Literary Festival, which for 2013 is “Secrets.

Page Crafter’s Prizes will be awarded for first and second place in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Prize money totaling $900 will be presented: $200 for first place, $100 for second place, in each category.

Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2013,

(postmarked snail mail or email submissions) and winners will be notified by August 19, 2013.  Entries should be centered on the 2013 festival theme “Secrets.” Prose entries are limited to 1,000-words; no more than 50 lines of poetry will be accepted. A non-refundable entry fee of $10 (U.S.) per submission is required. There is no limit to the number of entries per person. 

The Festival’s website, , provides further details, including format requirements for the blind-copy submission process. Only previously unpublished entries qualify. Authors retain all rights to submitted works. Winners need not be present to win, but are encouraged to attend the Festival and read their work at the Saturday, September 21, 2013, 2:30 p.m. Page Crafter’s award presentations.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Paper Darts Short Fiction Award

25 April 2013

Deadline: May 15, 2013

Write Words. Make Money.

Paper Darts Short Fiction Award

$800 for 800 words. Plus, the winning story will appear fully illustrated, all beautified and sexy on its very own custom website.

JUDGE: Elliott Holt

Holt’s short fiction has appeared in The Pushcart Prize XXXV (2011 anthology) among other places. Her debut novel You Are One of Them will be published by The Penguin Press on May 30, 2013.

Submission process:

• All short fiction entries must be unpublished and 800 words or less.
• The entry fee is $6.
• Enter as many times as you please. Each entry requires an entry fee of $6. If you include more than one story in your uploaded file without paying an entry fee for each, your submission will not be considered.
• Entrant’s name should not appear anywhere in the uploaded material. Do not submit a cover letter—the readings are blind, so you won’t need to butter us up.
• Previously published stories and stories forthcoming in other publications (print or online) will not be considered.
• Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but the entry fee will not be refunded if the story is accepted elsewhere.
• Notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is accepted elsewhere.
• Winner will be announced on the Paper Darts website by June 1, 2013.
• All submissions are eligible for publication by Paper Darts in print or online.

• Deadline: 5-15-2013 (subject to extend as we see fit as we are the boss ladies).

Visit the website for details on how to enter:


25 April 2013


Postmark deadline/Online submission deadline: May 15, 2013

The Georgia Review announces the first annual

Loraine Williams Poetry Prize—$1,000 and publication

in The Georgia Review for a single poem,

originally written in English and never before published either in print or online.

The submission period is April 1, 2013–May 15, 2013,

with the winning poem to be announced on August 15, 2013.

Current subscribers may enter free of charge; non-subscribers

may begin a subscription at the time of entry—$35 for four issues,

which is $5 off the regular price—or pay an entry fee of $15.

The Georgia Review editors will judge.

Poems may be submitted electronically or by post.

For full submission details,

Visit the website:

Fiction Writing Bootcamp May 3-5, 2013

25 April 2013

Two Publishing Pros to Offer Fiction Writing Bootcamp May 3-5 in Santa Barbara

Two literary insiders team up to help budding authors craft novels that will catch the eye of agents and publishers. Shelly Lowenkopf and Toni Lopopolo began the bootcamps in 2010 in the Santa Barbara/Ventura area. The latest edition is “Bare Knuckles Bootcamp” which brings their accumulated knowledge and street creds as Executive Editors with Macmillan, St. Martins, Bantam and Dell, along with Ms. Lopopolo’s literary agency work, to help writers achieve their dreams of publication.
“We’re looking for a few good writers who have the stamina and imagination to reach the level of marketable authors,” Ms Lopopolo said. “We wanted to hone the skills of more talented area writers.” The camp is a three-day intensive limited to ten writers who must submit up to ten pages and a synopsis in advance to be accepted.

The bootcamp will delve into: your opening page (velocity vs. set up); refining point of view; how to avoid fatal story errors; and an area where many writers never do enough, revision, revision, revision. Other areas covered include: creating charged dialogue; how to create your character’s defining moment; how to make your story win every round; and, much more.

“So many people dive into writing without understanding that novel writing is not like a thesis for an English Lit class,” Shelly Lowenkopf said. “To be published, a writer must meet a high standard, one that is achievable IF you know where the bar is. Toni and I have been raising that bar for years and will now pass on our experience to new writers.”
Shelly Lowenkopf has held major editorial positions with Sherbourne Press (Editor-in-Chief); Dell Publishing (Director, Los Angeles office); Clio Books (Editor-in-Chief); Ross-Erickson (Editor-in-Chief); and, Capra Press (Advisory and Acquisitions Editor). He has seen over seven hundred books and hundreds of short story and essay projects through the publishing process.  Currently a freelance consultant and teacher, his clients include novelists, retired and active academics, and the humorist creator of one of the most popular television series of all time.  For over 30 years, he was a fixture at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, running his famous nightly Pirate Sessions.

Lowenkopf taught courses in short story, novel, dramatic writing, editing, genre fiction, and revision at the graduate level in one of the most prestigious writing programs in America at University of Southern California, where he was given a Lifetime Teaching Award.  He is a past regional president of the Mystery Writers of America. His most recent book, The Fiction Writer’s Companion, is a guide to terms, concepts, and forms related to storytelling.

Literary Agent, Toni Lopopolo, brings a book publishing resume that began in 1970 in the publicity dept of Bantam Books, where she helped publicize authors such as Philip Roth, Barbara Cartland, Isaac Asimov, and Louis L’Amour.

She next served as Library Promotion Director at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, until Houghton Mifflin offered her a position in Boston as Marketing Manager, Paperback Books. Her big campaigns included Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins.  When Macmillan offered Toni the title of Executive Editor, she moved back to New York City and published Judy Mazel’s Beverly Hills Diet, Elvis 56 by Al Wertheimer, among other hits. Next St. Martin’s Press made an offer she couldn’t refuse and Toni became Executive Editor from 1981 to 1990. She published Hot Flashes by Barbara Raskin and Rich and Famous by Kate Coscarelli plus Elsa Lanchester, Herself, by Elsa Lanchester, On The Other Hand by Fay Wray as well biographies of Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and many other titles. She has taught fiction and narrative non-fiction writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.

In 1991, Toni opened Literary Management and has sold books for authors Sol Stein, Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, Flo Fitzgerald, Judith Smith-Levin, Howard Olgin, Jeanette Baker, Larry Seeley, Shelly Lowenkopf, and many others.

To learn more about the bootcamp curriculum or how to submit pages for acceptance, visit: or email Toni Lopopolo at

The bootcamp is presented by the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing, a California 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit,
WHAT:  Bare Knuckles Bootcamp
WHEN: May 3-4-5

TIME: Friday: 5:30 to 8:30 pm – Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

PLACE: Private home in Santa Barbara


Last Call: The Producer’s Club Short Play Contest

25 April 2013

The Producer’s Club Short Play Contest is to encourage emerging writers and find original shows we can produce. There is no fee to submit your play to the contest. We select the best of 5 plays from the submissions we receive. Once you are accepted, a $300 refundable deposit will be required. The deposit will be returned as long as your play sells 20 tickets in total to all three performances assigned to your show.

All plays selected will be given a three-performance run at the Producer’s Club on 44th street and 9th Ave in Midtown Manhattan, NY.

Submission Rules
In order to submit a play, please send the following via email:
1. A 200- to 300-word synopsis of the play
2. The complete script in either a word document or PDF file
3. Your telephone number and home address
4. Your bio

Play Guidelines
1.    Entries must be submitted by May 10th 2013.
2.    All entries must the writer’s original work.
3.    The entries should be between 10 and 15 minutes.
4.    Maximum number of actors/actresses is 5 per entry.
5.    The play will be produced with minimal set/props/costuming.
6.    The judges will announce their selections on May 24th and the successful writers will be notified via email.

As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines. The refundable $300 deposit should be paid before the show rehearsals and will be refunded after the sales of the first 20 tickets; that means an average of 7 people per performance = 20 audience members in total to all three performances assigned. Each ticket will be $15.00 and will be admission to 5 short plays, that’s a full evening of great theater for $15.00 for your friends and family.

After all plays have had their three-performance run, the first place play will receive the $2,000.00 video package. The video will be a three-camera shoot of the play with pickup shots, close ups, etc.  The video will then be edited and a DVD will be created.  The producer/submitter of the play will be given 10 copies of the DVD.  You will own the video and can use it for any legal and non-derogatory purpose.

During the course of the performances three judges will attend, one per performance, to judge the plays. This panel of judges will choose the winning play and all decisions are final decision. Winners will be announced one week after the last performance.

Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in participant deposit, which is full refunded if at least 20 people buy a ticket to see your play. (Each play will be listed separately on our website for ticketing purpose.)

All plays may be filmed for a fee. There are different levels of video production ranging in price from $500.00 to $2,000.00. To know more about the services please visit our site

Contact us at:

Last Call for Entries – The Cupboard’s Third-Ever Contest –

25 April 2013
– The Cupboard’s Third-Ever Contest –
Deadline:  Tues., May 7th, 2013
Prize: $500 & publication
Judge: Kevin Wilson!
There’s still time to submit to The Cupboard’s Third-Ever Contest. The winning author receives $500, and the manuscript will be published as an upcoming volume. We’re looking for prose submissions between 4k and 10k words. In the past, we’ve published short stories, essays, collections of flash fiction and prose poems, and combinations thereof. Send us your best work. Reading fee is $10. Submissions are received and read anonymously, and all submissions are eligible for regular publication. Kevin Wilson will serve as final judge.
To submit, go to:
Please email with any questions.
Kevin Wilson is the author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco/Harper Perennial, 2009), and The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011). His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, One Story, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere, and has appeared in four volumes of the New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best anthology as well as The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the KHN Center for the Arts. He’s an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of the South.
The Cupboard is published four times a year. Each volume features a body of work by a single author. Previous authors include Jesse Ball, Mathias Svalina, Courtney Maum, Joshua Cohen, and Anne Marie Rooney.
More information can be found at

The Glint Awards

25 April 2013


The topic for Volume I of the Glint Awards Anthology is open.  In general, submissions should aspire to “show, not tell” in keeping with the spirit of our organization’s adopted quotation by Anton Chekov, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

The contest is open to all writers age 18+.  All submissions must be original, the writer’s own work and previously unpublished in any format.


  • Prose
    • Short stories from 1,000 – 6,000 words.  You may submit one short story in a single entry.
    • Flash prose pieces should not exceed a 1,000 word count limit.  You may send up to three flash prose pieces in a single entry.
  • Poetry
    • Poems should not exceed a 1,000 word count limit.  You may send up to three poems in a single entry.


  • Prose
    • First Prize – $250.00, publication as the “Glint Prose Award Winner” in the Glint Awards Anthology and 3 contributor copies.
    • Second Prize – $100.00, publication as the “Glint Prose Award Runner-Up” in the Glint Awards Anthology and 3 contributor copies.
    • Honorable Mentions – up to 20 works of prose will be granted an Honorable Mention and published in the Glint Awards Anthology.  Each contributor will receive a complimentary copy.
    • All individuals submitting to the contest will receive a subscription to our sponsor’s weekly digital publication, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine.
  • Poetry
    • First Prize – $250.00, publication as the “Glint Poetry Award Winner” in the Glint Awards Anthology and 3 contributor copies.
    • Second Prize – $100.00, publication as the “Glint Poetry Award Runner-Up” in the Glint Awards Anthology and 3 contributor copies.
    • Honorable Mentions – up to 20 works of poetry will be granted an Honorable Mention and published in the Glint Awards Anthology.  Each contributor will receive a complimentary copy.
    • All individuals submitting to the contest will receive a subscription to our sponsor’s weekly digital publication, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine.

$15 per entry, non-refundable.  Multiple entries are acceptable.  (Please note the category guidelines above for information about sending multiple submissions in a single entry.)  Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify us know immediately if work is accepted elsewhere.  All entries must be received via our online submission manager.  Submissions sent by mail or e-mail will not be read.

Submissions must be received by November 30, 2013

Winners will be notified via email and announced on the website in December 2013.  Results are final and not open to appeal.  Recipients of a First Prize, Second Prize or Honorable Mention will be sent a contract establishing first publication rights for their work to be included in the Glint Awards anthology.  All copyright reverts back to authors upon publication.  Winners will be included in the anthology and receive prizes only upon receipt of this completed contract.  The Glint Awards Anthology will be published in conjunction with our sponsor and available for purchase on Amazon.  Further distribution may be attained through cooperation with a third party agency.

View complete Official Rules at

Any entry found to violate the Glint Award guidelines or rules will be disqualified.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competiton 2013

25 April 2013

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-three year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.

Prizes and Publication:

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of his or her winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. The second – and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise. Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts was founded by editor-in-chief Pamela Uschuk, winner of the 2010 American Book Award for her book Crazy Love: New Poems, and by poet William Pitt Root, Guggenheim Fellow and NEA recipient. The journal contains some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry in print, and the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is both proud and grateful to be associated with such a reputable publication.


Eligibility requirements for our 2013 competition are as follows:


What to submit:

* Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. We have extended our word limit for the first time in thirty years to 3,500 words rather than 3,000. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.

Who may submit:

* The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.

Submission requirements:

* Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required. * The author’s name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

* The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2013. The late entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 15, 2013. We encourage you to enter by May 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline. Entries postmarked after May 15, 2013 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 15, 2013 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2014 competition beginning May 16, 2013.

How to pay your entry fee:

* Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid — in U.S. funds — via a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.


Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:

Winners of our 2013 competition will be announced at the end of July 2013 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by October 1, 2013. All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041 or submitted online. For more information, please explore our website or e-mail: shortstorykw <at> gmail <dot> com

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2013 SFWP literary awards program

25 April 2013

SFWP literary awards program

Fiction Award Program deadline: July 15th, 2013.

Creative Nonfiction Award Program deadline: July 15th, 2013.

The 2013 Awards Programs are underway! Keep an eye on the blog and the Facebook page for updates. This years judges are David Morrell for fiction and Lee Gutkind for nonfiction.

The prize amounts this year will be: $1000 for the Grand Prize (one each for fiction and nonfiction), and two runner ups per category (a total of four), each of whom will receive $650. A total of $4600 in prizes. We will also be reviewing all entries for potential publication in 2014 via our press. Selected entries will receive a full worldwide print/ebook release.

What are we looking for?

All work will be eligible despite genre, form, or length. So we’ll take full length manuscripts, collections short or long, and excerpts. You can send a PDF galley of your work, or even the bound hardcopy book. We don’t care about what the big presses believe to be “marketable,” we want to see excellence in writing, no matter the form it takes. Find out more about eligibility!

First time here? What’s this all about?

Since 2000, the SFWP Literary Awards Program has recognized excellence in writing, judged by National Book Critics Circle Award-winner and NBA finalist Jayne Anne Phillips, two-time NEA fellow and Hemingway Award finalist Richard Currey, Granta “best novelist under 40″ and Guggenheim fellow Chris Offutt, popular essayist Ayun Halliday, Pulitzer prize-winner Robert Olen Butler, NPR’s “Voice of Books” Alan Cheuse, and the “Queen of the Zines,” Pagan Kennedy. In 2013, the judges are David Morrell and Lee Gutkind. (And, no, you do not have to live in Santa Fe. The program is open to everyone, everywhere in the world.)

Winning the Grand Prize for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program launched the best year of my professional life. SFWP is a first class organization, one that actually uses its program to promote writers.
K.L. Cook, author of Last Call and The Girl from Charnelle

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