Archive for June, 2013

Then and Now – Anthology Contest – (Michigan Residents Only)

4 June 2013
THEN AND NOW Anthology Contest
MIFIWriters is currently accepting submissions for their 3rd annual Anthology of speculative fiction. 
The contest is open to Michigan residents only. 
YA-Adult short stories, up to 12,000 words on their 2014 theme, time travel. 
There is no reading fee. 
Winners receive publication and 1 cent per word up to $50 for first time publication rights. 
Deadline is November 1, 2013
Guidelines and submission information is found on their website:
It is suggested that submitters review the previous two anthologies for an idea of the type of work most likely to be accepted.

Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize – Now Accepting Short Stories and Prose Poetry

3 June 2013


Reading Fee: $20

(includes one-year subscription)

The winner of our contest will receive $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review.
All entries are considered for publication.
All entries are considered anonymously.

Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but the fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere.

Multiple entries are okay, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry.

Further, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judge.


Send no more than three short shorts or prose poems per entry, maximum 500 words each. Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.

Read examples (by J. Bowers and Megan Moriarty) of 2012 Half-K Finalists to be published in our forthcoming Summer 2013 issue!

Each fee entitles entrant to a one-year subscription, an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose complete address information for subscriptions. International addresses, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada).

We prefer that you pay online. If online payment is impossible, please make checks payable to Indiana University. Please note that we cannot accept money orders or checks from foreign banks. We cannot accept checks made out to Indiana Review.

If submitting electronically, please click here for our submission manager. Be sure to select the genre “1/2 K Prize 2013.”

If submitting by post, please click here for our official entry form. With your entry, include a printout of your payment confirmation receipt e-mail. If desired, include self-addressed stamped envelope for notification. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Send entries to:
½ K Prize
Indiana Review

Ballantine Hall 465
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103

Remember: If submitting payment via regular mail, please make checks payable to “Indiana University.” We cannot accept checks addressed to “Indiana Review,” and correcting this can cause significant delays to your submission.

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Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award

3 June 2013

The Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards are an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. The Poetry Awards include three age categories: Adult, Youth 13-18, and Youth 12 & Under. The contest is open to people worldwide. Poems must be original, unpublished and in English.
DEADLINE: 07-01-2013
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $15.00

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Writing Markets – Income Opportunities

3 June 2013

North American Review, USA 
The oldest literary magazine in America, published at the University of Northern Iowa. Interested in high-quality poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on any subject; especially interested in work that addresses contemporary North American concerns and issues, particularly with the environment, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class.
According to their guidelines fiction and nonfiction submissions should have reopened on 1st May. Pays $1 per line for poems or $5 per 350 words of prose (minimum payment for either genre is $20, maximum $100).

Leading Edge, USA
A semi-professional speculative fiction magazine produced at Brigham Young University. Dedicated to the presentation of new and upcoming talent. Accepts science fiction and fantasy short stories, novelettes, novellas, and poetry, as well as scholarly articles, book reviews, and interviews that deal with current popular authors. Fiction payment is 1 cent per word, $10 minimum, $50 maximum.  Poetry: $10.

New England Review, USA
Literary journal published quarterly. Welcomes submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, and cover art. Pays $10 per page ($20 minimum) or $100 for cover art.

Law Officer Magazine, USA
Monthly publication for law enforcement personnel across the United States. Emphasizes tactics, technology and training in every issue. Pays $200 to $350 for features, $150-200 for departments. $25 for news items.

New Humanist, UK
A bi-monthly magazine that supports and promotes humanism and rational inquiry, and opposes religious dogma, irrationalism and bunkum wherever it is found. Carries articles with a humanist perspective. No fiction. Length: Up to 2,000 words. Nominal payment for features.

E Magazine, USA
The voice for the environmental movement and as a vital information source on national and international coverage of environmental issues. “Green Living” section features regular departments: Your Health, Eating Right, House and Home, Going Green, Money Matters, Consumer News and Tools for Green Living. Features are 3,200 to 4,200 words. Pays $0.30 per word.

Parents, USA
National publication interested in stories that will appeal to a wide variety of parents. All articles include expert advice and real-parent examples as well as study data. Query first. High-paying market.


3 June 2013

DEADLINE: July 1, 2013
GENRE:  Nonfiction
DETAILS:   Award for promising new journalist or essayist whose
work contains warmth, humor, wisdom and social justice.  Submit two
samples of your writing (published or unpublished) 30 pages max.
PRIZE: $5000 and one month residency at Blue Mountain Center.


3 June 2013

DEADLINE: June 30, 2013
GENRE: Short stories
OPEN TO: Those who have not had professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits for online publication.
DETAILS:  Fantasy, Sci-Fi or Horror: All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements, are welcome. 17,000 words max.
PRIZES:  $1,000 first prize awarded each quarter, 2nd Prize $750, 3rd Prize $500. One of the quarter winners also receives the $5,000 annual “Gold Award” grand prize.


3 June 2013


DEADLINE: June 30, 2013
GENRE: Humour
DETAILS:  Write a bad opening line to a novel.  The sentence
shouldn’t be longer than 50 – 60 words.  All genres accepted.
Multiple entries accepted. All original and unpublished.
PRIZES:  a pittance


3 June 2013

DEADLINE: June 30, 2013
GENRE:   Short stories
DETAILS:  5000 word maximum apocalyptic/dystopian short story. 
PRIZE:  $£100 and publication


3 June 2013

DEADLINE:  June 30, 2013
GENRE:  Short stories
DETAILS: A two thousand word tale with crime at its heart. 
PRIZE:  £100, £50, £25 and publication


3 June 2013

DEADLINE: June 15, 2013
GENRE: Short Stories
DETAILS:  Quarterly contest for science fiction and fantasy
stories. 1000 – 5000 words long, previously unpublished stories
PRIZE:  £50 and publication.


2 June 2013

The mission of The Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts is to offer a place where gifted creative artists and scholars in various disciplines may find the conditions of quiet solitude and privacy in which to pursue their work. The Center offers each resident a furnished cottage, which includes a bathroom and a kitchen facility. A fee of $100 per week is charged to help defray the basic expenses of maintenance and operation. It is anticipated that the length of each residency period shall be negotiable between the applicant and the director. Location Clayton, GA.

Applications will be accepted from August 15th, 2013 to June 1, 2014

All inquiries re: The Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts should be addressed to Nancy Smith Fichter at the following address:
August 15-June 1: 710 Waverly Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312
June1-August 15: P.O.Box 467, Clayton, GA 30525
Email: Dr. Nancy Smith Fichter, Director.

Visit the website for details and application:


2 June 2013

Apply from August 1st through September 15th for the mid-February through April residency period. Hambidge is closed from mid-December
to mid-February. All new applicants will automatically be considered for the NEA Fellowship which provides a $700 stipend and waives the $400 residency fee for two-week residencies. This is offered to the nine top scoring candidates. $30 application fee. Submit up to 30 pages of a novel, play, short story or other written work. Please include a synopsis if necessary. Poets submit 5 to 8 poems or appropriate excerpts from longer works. For writers who work in languages other than English, submit both original language examples and English translations. Location Rabun Gap, GA.

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2 June 2013

Notting Hill Editions is delighted to launch an annual literary prize for the best essay in the English language, of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, published or unpublished, on any subject. Award value £15,000. Five runners-up will each receive £1000.

Deadline August 1, 2013.

Authors of any nationality are eligible, but submissions must have been written originally in English. If already published, the essay must have appeared for the first time in periodical (print or online) but not book form, between 1 January 2012 and 31 July 2013.

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2 June 2013

We seek well crafted, character driven literary fiction in any genre
with a maximum of 10,000 words per story. Each of the selected story
authors will receive national publication and distribution, author
discount, and two complimentary copies.

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250


Deadline: June 15, 2013

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2 June 2013

Deadline July 12, 2013.

The contest is for fiction about exploration for kindergarteners up to 150 words. The story should be appropriate to children 5 to 7 learning to read on their own. The theme of exploration could be set at home, down the block, at school, on vacation, in books: Use your imagination! The story should be fun, colorful, use well-targeted words, and have special interest for the age group. Do not write too high for this readership. Know what a five or seven-year-old can and cannot read. Originality and the overall quality of writing will also be considered. Publishability is the ultimate criterion.

There are five cash prizes:

$500 for the top winner,
$250 for second place,

and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places.


If you’re not currently a subscriber to Children’s Writer,
the reading fee will also pay for an introductory eight-month subscription
to Children’s Writer.

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Announcing the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Competition $500 First Prize

2 June 2013

Cat & Mouse Press, a small publishing company based in Lewes, DE has announced a new contest and invites writers to submit short pieces of fiction or nonfiction that are entertaining, interesting, humorous or just plain fun. The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Competition features a $500 first prize sponsored by Browseabout
Books in Rehoboth Beach. The theme for the contest is The Beach House. Each story must incorporate that theme and also have a strong connection to Rehoboth Beach. A panel of judges will select the best entries, which will be published in a professionally designed
paperback book.


  1. Submissions must fit the theme.
  2. Written works may be fiction or nonfiction, but must be plausible as a “beach read” (engaging, entertaining, and/or humorous).
  3. No poetry, erotica, children’s literature, or religious material.
  4. All work must be original, unpublished, and free from libelous material.
  5. Length must be 500-5,000 words
  6. Work must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word.
  7. Work should be publication-ready (in final form, and free from grammatical, spelling, or structural mistakes).
  8. Writers retain copyright but must grant first publication rights if their work is selected
  9. There is no guarantee of publication
  10. Limit of three entries per person
  11.  Publisher reserves right to edit for grammar and spelling.
  12. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.
  13. Each entry must be accompanied by a $10 fee.
  14. Writers do not have to reside in Rehoboth, but the written piece must include a substantive connection to the area.
  15. Work will be judged on creativity, quality of writing, suitability as a beach read, and fit with the theme.

The deadline for entries is July 1, 2013.

Visit the website for complete guidelines and details on how to enter:

Win the $1,000 cash prize for Chanticleer Book Reviews Grand Prize for Best Book 2013

2 June 2013

Grand Prize Blue Ribbon for Best Book 2013

will receive $1,000 plus prizes and promotion.


The winner will be announced in early
October 2013. There will be only one CBR Grand Prize Blue Ribbon
Winner 2013. Only First Place Genre award winners may compete for
the Grand Prize for Best Book 2013. If a manuscript wins, it will
be eligible to be forwarded to literary agents who have contacted
CBR for first peeks at outstanding manuscripts (upon author approval).

Visit the website for complete details:

The Producers Club Short Play Contest

2 June 2013

The Producers Club Short Play Contest for fall is back! This 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. We are in the middle of producing previous contest’s five short plays. We have have directors like Richard Kline, Bob McAndrew and John J Bruno directing the plays. They are scheduled for July 21st, July 22nd and July 23rd at the Producers Club.

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 Producers 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

Entries must be submitted by June 21st 2013.
All entries must the writer?s original work.
The entries should be between 10 and 15 minutes.
Maximum number of actors/actresses is 5 per entry.
The play will be produced with minimal set/props/costuming.
The judges will announce their selections on or about June 28th 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 fully 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)

Contact us at

The Next Novelist Novel Contest

2 June 2013

We’re Looking For

We want page-turning thrillers, crime novels and mysteries. The finalists will be voted on by the public, so readers need to be pulled in for you to win.

Submit a novel of at least 50,000 words and no more than 150,000. We’d be happy with a great beginning to a series.

Include your name and the title on every page of the manuscript.

We will only judge one submission per person. If you submit multiple, the first submission will be judged.

The Judging Process

Our editors will choose the finalists.

We release one section of each finalist book to the public each week, giving the audience the ability to vote for their favorites.

Each week we eliminate half the books, release another section of the remaining books, and repeat the process until we have a champion.


The winning author receives a $5,000 advance and a publishing deal with Atlatl.

Finalists will be promoted to 5,000+ readers on The Next Novelist website and receive 50% royalties from sales of their eBook.

How to Enter

Read the Official Rules.

Fill out the submission form.

Submissions before June 21st are free. Otherwise, there is a $20 submission fee.

Submissions for this round of the competition will close on August 31st or after 5,000 submissions.

Finalists will be announced by October 31st.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:


2 June 2013

Our competition this year is for poems on the theme of “stories” (this can be broadly interpreted).
There are no style or length restrictions
but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one.
Competition Judge; Jim Bennett
1st prize is £100.
All shortlisted poems will be published as a “Poem of the Week” on the PK Blog and the top five will
be invited to be part of our CITN Featured Poet series.
Entry is by email to after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account
and all entries must be received before midnight 30th September 2013
Entries received after this time will be discarded.
First prize is £100 and the winning poem plus those selected for special commendation will be published at the
Poetry Kit website.
Entry fees are as follows;
1 poem £3.50, 3 Poems £8.00, 5 poems £10

For more details please go to our dedicated page at