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The 2013 Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests

2 April 2013

The 2013 Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests

Naomi Shihab Nye, Poetry Judge
Kathleen George,
Fiction Judge
Phillip Lopate,
Nonfiction Judge

Scroll down for separate contest guidelines for each genre.

Guidelines for the 2013 Autumn House Poetry Contest

Since 2003, the annual Autumn House Poetry Contest has awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500 to the winner. For the 2012 contest, the preliminary judge is Michael Simms, and the final judge is Naomi Shihab Nye. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2013. For further questions, feel free to email us, message us on Twitter, or ask us through our Facebook Fan Page.

  • The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2013.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Naomi Shihab Nye.
  • All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible.
  • The results of the contests will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org.
  • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
  • All entries must be clearly marked “Poetry Prize” on the outside envelope.
  • Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
  • MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:

Autumn House Press

PO Box 60100

Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Electronic submission option: Poetry manuscripts may be submitted electronically by sending the entry by email attachment to autumnh420(at)gmail.com and paying the $30 entry fee through the “Donate” button on the Autumn House homepage.

Visit the website for details: http://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/#poetry

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Guidelines for the 2013 Autumn House Fiction Contest

We are pleased to announce the sixth annual Autumn House Fiction Contest. For the 2013 contest, the preliminary judge is Sharon Dilworth, and the final judge is Kathleen George. The winner will be awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2013. For further questions, feel free to email us, message us on Twitter, or ask us through our Facebook Fan Page.

  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2013.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Fiction Prize is Kathleen George.
  • Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible.
  • Contest results will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org.
  • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
  • All entries must be clearly marked “Fiction Prize” on the outside envelope.
  • Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
  • MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:

Autumn House Press

PO Box 60100

Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Electronic submission option: Fiction manuscripts may be submitted electronically by sending the entry by email attachment to autumnh430(at)gmail.com and paying the $30 entry fee through the “Donate” button on the Autumn House homepage.

Visit the website for details: http://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/#fiction

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Guidelines for the 2013 Autumn House Nonfiction Contest

We are pleased to announce the second annual Autumn House Nonfiction Contest. For the 2013 contest, the preliminary judge is Caroline Tanski, and the final judge is Phillip Lopate. The winner will be awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2013. For further questions, feel free to email us, message us on Twitter, or ask us through our Facebook Fan Page.

  • The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2013.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Nonfiction Prize is Phillip Lopate.
  • Nonfiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All nonfiction subjects (including personal essays, memoirs, travel writing, historical narratives, nature or science writing…) or any combination of subjects are eligible.
  • Contest results will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org
  • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
  • All entries must be clearly marked “Nonfiction Prize” on the outside envelope.
  • Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
  • MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:

Autumn House Press

PO Box 60100

Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Electronic submission option: Nonfiction manuscripts may be submitted electronically by sending the entry by email attachment to autumnh440(at)gmail.com and paying the $30 entry fee through the “Donate” button on the Autumn House homepage.

Visit the website for details:

http://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/

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$10,000 Walton Sustainability Solutions Best Creative Nonfiction Essay Award

2 April 2013

Postmark Deadline: May 31, 2013

Creative Nonfiction and Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability are looking for remarkable true stories that illuminate and present the human side of environmental, economic, ethical, and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future.

We welcome personal essays or stories about extraordinary individuals or communities, and stories about innovative solutions to sustainability. We seek essays on topics that range from global to local, from “big” (e.g., Resilience after natural disasters; New technology solutions vs. common sense; Energy harvesting) to “small” (e.g., Personal decisions about consumption; Reuse, recycle, up-cycle, bicycle?; Green, clean—what does it mean?; What can we learn from past generations?). Whatever the subject, we want to hear about it in an essay that blends facts and research with narrative—employing scenes, descriptions, etc.

Your essay can channel Henry David Thoreau or Henry Ford, Rachel Carson or (a literary) Rush Limbaugh; but all essays must tell true stories and be factual and scientifically accurate (we will fact-check, so please keep your documentation).

All essays submitted will be considered for publication in a special “Human Face of Sustainability” issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine. One writer will be awarded the $10,000 Walton Sustainability Solutions Best Creative Nonfiction Essay Award.

The prize recipient will be invited to a special launch event hosted by Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction—U.S. submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).

You may submit essays online or by regular mail. To submit by mail, please send manuscript and a cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count, a SASE or email address for response, and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Sustainability
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

On The Premises Short Story Contest (no fee)

2 April 2013

Online Submission Deadline: May 31, 2013
77% of web-based fiction magazines pay their fiction writers nothing.

So do 60% of print-only fiction magazines!

If you’d like to try getting paid for your fiction, why not consider us? Since 2006, On The Premises magazine has aimed to promote newer and/or relatively unknown writers who can write creative, compelling stories told in effective, uncluttered, and evocative prose. We’ve never charged a reading fee or publication fee, and we pay between $40 and $180 for short stories that fit each issue’s broad story premise. We publish stories in nearly every genre (literary/realist, mystery, light/dark fantasy, light/hard sci-fi, slipstream) aimed at adult readers (no children’s fiction).

The premise of our 20th contest is “Inner Workings”. One or more characters must examine the inner workings of something important to the story. The “something” can be a physical object, a person’s mindset, a relationship, an idea…anything so long as the concept of “inner workings” can be applied to it literally or metaphorically.

Any genre except children’s fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine. We will not accept parodies of another author’s specific fictional characters or world(s). No exceptions!

You can find details and instructions for submitting your story at http://www.onthepremises.com/current_contest.html. To be informed when new contests are launched, subscribe to our free, short, monthly newsletter.

On The Premises magazine is recognized in Duotrope, Writer’s Market, Ralan.com, the Short Story and Novel Writers guidebooks, and other short story marketing resources.

E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest

2 April 2013

Postmark Deadline: April 30

First Place $1,100; Editors’ Choices, $100. Seeks unpublished stories, 3,000 words maximum. Any style, any theme. $15 fee for one story, $10 each additional story, payable to Koeppel Contest. (If sent from outside the USA, send money order in US funds—no cash or foreign funds.) Send one title page with author’s name, address, phone, email address, and short bio. Send second title page with title only. No other kinds of identification may appear on this title page or on the manuscript which will be used in judging. Read the complete guidelines. Read past winners.

Postmark Deadline, April 30, 2013

Attention Students: $500 P.L. Titus Scholarship
The P.L. Titus Scholarship is an annual award given to a student if the student wins our E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest. The winner, if a student, will receive the $500 P.L. Titus Scholarship plus the full $1,100 prize money. If the student is an editor’s choice recipient, he or she will receive a $50 scholarship plus the editors’ choice prize money. Proof of college, university, or school enrollment at the time the student submitted the story is required for the student to be eligible for this award.

Writecorner Press judges all submissions anonymously. Winning poems and stories will be published on our literary site, www.writecorner.com. After publication, writers retain all rights. No email entries, please. Fees are used to pay awards and site expenses. Read the contest guidelines, then mail your submissions to Koeppel Contest, P.O. Box 140310, Gainesville, FL 32614.

For complete guidelines, visit the website:

http://www.writecorner.com/award_guidelines.asp

Announcing the free The Character-Driven Tale Writing Contest

2 April 2013

The Character-Driven Tale contest is about writing great characters.  

To enter, submit a short story of under 3,000 words in which

the focus of the story is on the characters.

Acclaimed author David Corbett will judge the entries based on the richness,

uniqueness, and complexity of the characters you create.  

Entry is free

Deadline is April 30, 2013.

1st place receives a 50-page manuscript critique from David Corbett (worth $350), $100 in cash, and a copy of The Art of Character (Penguin).  2nd place receives $75 in cash and a copy of The Art of Character.  3rd place receives $50 in cash and a copy of The Art of Character.

The URL for the contest is: http://www.scribophile.com/contests/the-character-driven-tale-contest-with-david-corbett

You can find Scribophile at: http://www.scribophile.com

Drunk Monkeys Short Fiction Contest Summer 2013

2 April 2013

The Drunk Monkeys Summer 2013 Short Fiction Contest is here!

We will consider short fiction and flash fiction pieces. Nothing shorter than 400 words or longer than 2,000.

The theme of the contest is, appropriately enough, “SUMMER”. You can work the theme into the story in any way you choose, but it must be present.
Entries will be accepted from April 1, 2013 to June 7, 2013.

First prize will win $50 in cash money and publication in an upcoming edition of our eBook anthology series.
Second and Third prize winners will be published on the website.

There is a $3.00 non-returnable entry fee.

All entries will be received blindly. There is no need for a cover letter, just your best piece on the theme. Winners will be contacted a week after the close of the contest.

For details on how to enter, visit the website:

http://www.drunkmonkeys.onimpression.com/submit/contest/drunk-monkeys-fiction-contestwinter-2013/

Love + Lust – Open Call for Writing – Juried Book Competition

2 April 2013
Open to Interpretation brings together photographers and writers in an exciting and innovative book project that has never been done before. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers’ submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image. 
 
Announcing Love + Lust

 

The photographers sent us their images and interpretations of Love + Lust. Now it’s the writers turn to use the images to inspire your words. Poems and stories may include a literal description of the work, personal memories, metaphorical associations, or your mood inspired by the image. 
 
Poetry, flash fiction, narrative, ekphrastic poetry, short story, memoir, non-fiction, song lyrics, myth, tall tale or fairy tale – all genres are acceptable.
 
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Book Title: Open to interpretation
Theme: Love + Lust
Judge: Dorianne Laux
Submission Fee: $15 for first submission, $10 additional
 
Deadline for submission: August 6, 2013
 
Awards:  $500 Judge’s Selection Award
 

For full details go to Open to Interpretation’s site.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: “A CELEBRATION OF WORDS” IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

2 April 2013

“A CELEBRATION OF WORDS” IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Final day of Ojai WordFest needs helpers at Libbey Bowl event

 
(Ventura, CA – April 1, 2013) Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of positions for “A Celebration of Words,” the daylong finale of Ojai WordFest on Saturday, April 13. Scheduled festivities will include stage readings and performances by authors, poets, and songwriters. There will be a create workshop for children, a poetry panel discussion and a special presentation of “I Sing Walt Whitman!” by actor/playwright John Slade.
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.
There are several ways to assist:

Stage Manager: Will work with the authors, poets and emcee to bring people to the staging area, escort on stage and monitor the sound system. We would like one person but could split morning and afternoon duties.

Move in or Move out: Starting at 8 AM, we need people to direct the exhibitors where to unload their cars and where to set up their tables. Starting at 4 PM, we need a second shift to direct traffic at the Bowl’s loading dock as they pack up and move out.

Welcomers: We will position two people to stand near the entrance arch and welcomes people to the event, answers questions, and hands out programs. There will be a third person at the top of the bowl to direct people and oversee water distribution. These will go in two-hour shifts.

Table Sitters: Several of our authors are both speaking and exhibiting. We need people to sit at their exhibit table while they are reading on stage.

Help with Anything: There will always be places where we need a person to sit or direct people, help exhibitors find their tables, etc. Good-natured people required to move from one position to another.

To learn more visit: http://www.wordfestbookfair.com and click on Volunteers at the top or contact Kate Sexton, Event Coordinator, at Kate@KateSexton.com