Archive for August, 2013

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

26 August 2013

Submit Online or by Mail: September 30 Deadline

You’ve got just over a month to enter our 11th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. This year’s judge is Ellaraine Lockie. We’ll award $5,500 in prizes.

$2,000 Tom Howard Prize for a poem in any style or genre

Runner-up receives $500

$2,000 Margaret Reid Prize for a poem that rhymes or
has a traditional style

Runner-up receives $500

Five High Distinction Awards of $100 each will also be made (any category)

Entries may be published or unpublished

You may submit any number of entries

Fee: $8 for every 25 lines you submit

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Submit entries at:

All winners of cash prizes will be announced in our email newsletter and published on Read past winning entries and the judges’ comments.


The Raoul Wallenberg International Essay Competition

25 August 2013

The Raoul Wallenberg International Essay Competition
TYPE OF CONTEST: Essay Contest

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The Raoul Wallenberg International Essay Competition, jointly organised by Student Competitions, The Swedish Institute and Raoul Wallenberg’s International Foundation, is inviting all students to take part in an international essay competition. The participants are encouraged to reflect upon Raoul Wallenbergs extraordinary life and come up with creative ideas on how, through their actions, they can inspire acts of courage, tolerance and unselfishness in the world!  

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all students worldwide ( Bachelor/Master/PhD), between 18-30 years of age.

RULES AND REGULATIONS: The participants are encouraged to reflect upon Raoul Wallenbergs extraordinary life and come up with creative ideas on how, through their actions, they can inspire acts of courage, tolerance and unselfishness in the world!
PRIZE: Winners of the competition will receive the opportunity to win gift cards worth 1,000, 500 & 250 Euros!


Sign up for the competition here by entering your name and email.

Reflect on Raoul Wallenberg’s life and share your thoughts on how his qualities and humanitarian spirit have encouraged you to contribute to developmental and humanitarian work.

Submit the completed competition application on the competition website by the December 31, 2013 deadline. 

DEADLINE:December 31, 2013

MORE INFORMATION: For more information click here

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Ekphrastia Gone Wild Virtual Publication Party

25 August 2013

Save the date, Sunday September 15 at 2:00 pm (pacific) for an online publication event for Ekphrastia Gone Wild. Hear poets from the book read their work on a special Poetry Super Highway Live broadcast right here.

Ekphrastia Gone Wild: Poems Inspired by Art Now Available

Ain’t Got No Press is thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Ekphrastia Gone Wild: poems inspired by art. This anthology of ekphrastic poetry contains the work of 87 poets from all over the world, including nobel prize winning poet Wislawa Szymborska, Suzanne Lummis, Brendan Constantine, Gerald Locklin, Laurel Ann Bogen, Robert Wynne and many more. Click here to see the full list of contributors and to get your own copy.

Ekphrastia Gone Wild Cover Revealed

Head on over to our Facebook page HERE to see the brand (spanking) new cover art for our next anthology “Ekphrastia Gone Wild” which will feature poetry from a roster of 90 poets from all over the world including nobel-prize winner Wislawa Szymborska and more!

Ekphrastia Gone Wild – Submissions Now Closed

Thanks to everyone who submitted work for our upcoming anthology “Ekphrastia Gone Wild”. Submissions are now closed. We received work from hundreds of poets and will be spending the next couple of months carefully pouring through them to pull together the best possible anthology we can. We will respond to everyone who submitted so thanks in advance for your patience and stay tuned for more!

Ain’t Got No Press

Ain’t Got No Press is a small-press publisher of uniquely themed poetry anthologies such as “The Night Goes on All Night – Noir Inspired Poetry” and the Jewishly themed “A Poet’s Haggadah – Passover Through the Eyes of Poets.”  Please view our submission guidelines for information on submitting work for our upcoming anthologies.

Ekphrastia Gone Wild - Poems Inspired by Art


25 August 2013

One first place winner receives $1000 and publication. Two
honorable mentions receive $100 each.

Deadline September 10, 2013.
Enter an original unpublished piece of creative nonfiction, no
more than 10,000 words.

Visit the website:


25 August 2013

A minimum of $300 will be awarded, with at least $250 going to
first place and at least $10 to our four honorable mentions.
Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 11 of the magazine
due out in January 2014. Last year we awarded $585 in prize
money. For every entry over 25, an additional $5 will be awarded
to the first place story. Compose a short story entirely of
dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your
entry must be under 2,000 words. Your entry does not have to
follow standard rules for writing dialogue. Your entry cannot
use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said,
she said, etc.).

Visit the website:


21 August 2013

DEADLINE: October 1, 2013

GENRE: Books

DETAILS: Any genre of novel is accepted, as long as it includes a love story.

“Boy meets girl, girl meets girl, girl meets shark, shark meets pirate — anything goes.”

Previously unpublished novel, 50,000 words minimum, no maximum.

PRIZE: $10,000 and publication by Quirk Books.

There are no entry fees.



21 August 2013

DEADLINE: October 31, 2013
OPEN TO:  Writers aged 18 to 25 only. 
GENRE:   Nonfiction
DETAILS: Theme for the essay is: ""Dost thou love life? Then do not
squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of." 1000 - 1500
PRIZES: £750, £500 and publication. 


21 August 2013

DEADLINE:  October 1, 2013

GENRE:  Short Stories

DETAILS: Food and drink has to be at the heart of the tale. The story could, for instance, be fiction or fact about a chance meeting over a drink, a life-changing conversation over dinner, or a relationship explored through food or drink. It could be crime or intrigue; in fact, any subject you like as long as it involves food and/or drink in some way. Submit one unpublished story, 2,500 word maximum.

PRIZE: £7,500  



21 August 2013

 DEADLINE: September 30, 2013

GENRE: Nonfiction, short stories

DETAILS: One story or essay 10,000 words maximum.

PRIZE: $250, both categories compete together.


DoubleDragon Publishers Open to Science Fiction Novel Submissions

21 August 2013

DoubleDragon is an ebook publisher currently seeking science
fiction novels including Hard (Science) SF, Space Fiction, Sci Fi,
Future Fiction, Lost Civilizations, Utopias, Distopias, Disaster
Novels, Alternate Histories, Time Travel, Parallel Worlds, etc.,
and FANTASY, including Myth, Legend, Fairy Tales, Traditional
Fantasy, Magic Realism, Sword and Sorcery, Epic Fantasy, Horror,
Gothic, etc.
They pay royalties of 30%. 

For more details visit:

300 Days of Sun Open to Submissions

21 August 2013

300 Days of Sun is a student-run literary journal sponsored by the

Nevada State College Humanities Department. It is a print journal

featuring poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art.

It is open to original, unpublished work in English, from authors

and artists living in the Southwest (Nevada, California, Arizona,

New Mexico & Utah). They are open to submissions of poetry,

fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and hybrid forms.

For more details visit:


21 August 2013

* FEEDBACK. Get feedback for every poem and story that you write.

* CONTESTS. Over 50 contests are always open and free to enter.

* FUN! Get feedback, enter writing contests, and learn.

Now Open: Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

21 August 2013

Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2014
Winning Writers invites you to enter the 13th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. We’ll award $2,000, including a top prize of $1,000. Submit one humor poem online. No length limit. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. No fee to enter. Final judge: Jendi Reiter.

See the complete guidelines and past winners.

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Closing Next Month: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

21 August 2013

Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2013
Now in its 11th year. Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded, including $2,000 for a poem in any style and $2,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. The entry fee is $8 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. New judge: Ellaraine Lockie.

See the complete guidelines and past winners.

Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions!

21 August 2013
The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce a new 10-Minute 
Play Festival for spring of 2014. We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on August 1, 
2013; the submission period closes on October 15, 2013. 12-14 selected 10-minute plays will 
receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José 
Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants, 
amateur or professional. 
Submission rules:
• Scripts will only be accepted during a submission window of August 1 through 
October 15, 2013. Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The list of winning plays will be announced in early November.
• We will accept only one play per playwright.
• Scripts should fall in the range of 8-13 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page count does not include the title page.)
• Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30, or else there should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.
• Previously produced plays are not eligible.
• Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.
• Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.
• Please staple or paper-clip copies of the script. Do not use binders, covers, or folders of any kind.
• 12-14 winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2014. The festival will present an alternating bill of 6-7 plays per evening.
• Along with production of their plays, the winning playwrights will each receive an award certificate. There is no financial compensation for winning entries.
How to submit:
We will only accept hard copies of plays via mail. Scripts will not be returned. Please send two copies of your play in one envelope. One copy should include a cover page with all of the following information:
• play title
• your name
• your mailing address
• your phone number
• your email address
In addition, include a second copy of the same play for the judges with no contact information –just the title and the play itself. Mail both copies in one envelope to:
University of Houston
School of Theatre & Dance 
Dr. Robert Shimko
Ten-Minute Play Submission
133 CWM Center
Houston, TX 77204


21 August 2013

Entice us. Submit the opening (up to 1500 words) of your book (any

genre) to Writer Advice’s 2nd Scintillating Starts Contest. I’ll respond

like an agent/editor. You get perspective.

DEADLINE: October 18, 2013.

JUDGES: Writer and editor B. Lynn Goodwin will judge and may

consult with other writers as part of the process. All finalists are

winners (small cash award) & can say that to prospective publishers.

PRIZES: Small cash award split evenly among all winners. ENTRY

FEE: $20.


1. Include your name, contact information, and title in the

cover letter, but only include your title in the submission so

it remains anonymous.

2.   Tell us if the submission is fiction or memoir in the cover


3.   Since we judge these anonymously, please don’t tell us

      your background or where you’ve been published. If you

      are a finalist, we’ll ask for a bio.

 4.   Please double-space your submission.

 SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be submitted through Submittable.

Submit to Writer Advice.

You may enter UP TO THREE stories, but each is a separate

submission with a separate fee of $20.

Winning pieces will be posted in the fall issue of Writer Advice.

E-mail questions, but not submissions to editor B. Lynn Goodwin at

Visit the website:

Free Webinar: Secrets of an Acquisition Editor: How to Get the Attention of a Traditional Publisher

21 August 2013

Just wanted to let you know that Simon and Schuster and Archway Publishing are offering a free webinar. On August 22nd at 11:30 A.M, join Michael Szczerban, Editor at Simon and Schuster, as he reveals key tips on presenting yourself and your book to grab an editor’s attention.  This webinar will offer valuable insight and practical advice to help you get your book noticed–whether you’re pitching an agent, an editor or trying to engage a consumer. 

We thought this might appeal to your audience and would be grateful if you’d be willing to share the event.  In return, we would be happy to promote your site through our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Title:  Secrets of an Acquisition Editor: How to Get the Attention of a Traditional Publisher

Time: August 22nd at 11:30 AM EST


BWG Short Story Award 2014

16 August 2013

Announcing the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award 2014. 

Submissions open October 1, 2013 and the deadline is January 15th, 2014.

It is a short fiction or memoir contest, 2000 words or less on the theme “Food Stories”. 

First prize: $200, plus possible publication in BWG anthology.

Second prize: $100 plus publication in the Roundtable. 

Third prize: $50 plus publication in the Roundtable. 

Honorable Mentions may also be selected and published in the Roundtable. 

Entry fee: $10 per story

Go to: for more information.

THE VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB: Footsteps to Follow: How to go from Writer to Author

16 August 2013

Book Shepherd Ellen Reid Shares “Footsteps to Follow: How to go from Writer to Author” at VCWC September Meeting
The meeting will celebrate the club’s 80th anniversary. 

(Ventura, CA – September 3, 2013)  Ellen Reid has years of experience in assisting authors as they navigate the treacherous waters of self-publishing. At the Ventura County Writers Club meeting on September 10, 2013, she will give authors a clearer picture of the various options for getting a book into print. Ellen is fascinating and a gold mine of information that will put authors on the straight track to figuring out which self-publishing approach is best for them. The September 10th meeting will be at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo at 7:00 p.m.

Ellen brings her eclectic background to the task of assisting authors. She’s worked in the film industry, advertising, and in the intricacies of the ever-changing self-publishing business. It’s this combination of experiences that allows her to help produce books of outstanding quality, which is, she says, “a must in this age of ‘anyone-can-get-a-book-into-print.’”

As a “book shepherd” Ellen says she has “the unique ability to understand what the writer wants the book to do for them.” Branding is a big part of her business. Self-publishing “is more than hiring an editor, or book designer,” she says. “You need a book that is excellent in every way.” At the meeting she will elaborate on what those ways are.

She will also discuss her business philosophy. Ellen understands that “books are writers’ babies.” She says it’s important that she be “gentle and firm at the same time,” so that the author ends up with an “exceptional book whose cover copy, design and interior layout reflect the excellence of their message.”

Ellen became a book shepherd after attending Dan Poynter’s Self Publishing Manual seminars in Santa Barbara. She began studying with him in 1994, and attended his seminar as an expert in 1999.  She saw that many of the writers attending the seminars were excited about self-publishing, were good writers, but didn’t know much about the myriad details of book production and publishing. Poynter suggested she become a “book shepherd.” She did, and has been working with writers since 2000. Ellen happily affirms, “It is my honor and pleasure to bring indie books to life with excellence.”

Ellen has been named Beverly Hills Premier Book Publishing Consultant four years running. She is the author of the international award-winning book, “Putting Your Best Book Forward: A Book Shepherd’s Secrets to Producing Award-Winning Books that Sell.”

Chuck D. Martin, author of “Provocateur,” wrote to Ellen about his experience working with her: “Seriously, the launch of this book would have never happened without you guiding me all the way and your total commitment to excellence.”

Author Anne Lamont tells writers, “There is very little chance that you will get your memoir (or for that matter, your novel) published by a mainstream publisher.”

Those in attendance on September 10 will leave Ms. Reid’s talk knowing how to take the next steps toward self-publishing a book of excellent quality. The Ventura County Writers Club is honored to have Ellen Reid show us another path for our books’ publication.

Prior to Ms Reid’s speech, a special ceremony commemorating VCWC’s 80th anniversary will take place, recreating bits from the founding meetings of the club in Ojai. Club members Pat Caloia and Lee Wade have researched the archives of the Ojai Valley News to discover who the club’s founders were, and to unearth notes from their meetings.

Following Ms Reid, the celebration of the club’s anniversary will continue with deserts for everyone in attendance.

September Meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club
September 10, 7PM
Pleasant Valley Senior Center
1605 Burnley St, Camarillo, CA
Topic: Footsteps to Follow: How to go from Writer to Author
Open to Members and non-members. No fee
For more information on the Ventura County Writers Club, visit:

About Ventura County Writers Club

Since its formation in 1933 with four members in Ojai, the club has grown to more than 175 members and holds regular monthly general membership meetings. Members may attend, free of charge, a variety of Writers Workshops, groups that meet one or more times a month throughout the county to read and critique manuscripts and discuss many aspects of the business of writing. Monthly meetings are open to all interested writers and are held the second Tuesday of each month (except December).

For more information, contact:
Kathleen Kaiser, 805-524-6970,

Art Publication Call For Submissions

16 August 2013

Art School Horror Stories wants your funny, sad, horrific, art related stories for a book that will be released in December! Submissions can be fact or fiction and in any format. Poems, Haiku, short stories, etc. are all welcome. Any stories that are art related may be submitted.  It does not have to specifically be about school experience! We are also accepting drawings and photography. Details on website and Facebook (Art School Horror Stories).  October 31st, 2013 is the deadline for Volume One.

For details on how to enter, visit:

For Official Rules visit:!submit/c1ktj

Call for Submission for Midwest Anthology

16 August 2013
My name is Lance Sacknoff and I am the editor of an upcoming anthology by Ice Cube Press called Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland.
The anthology will showcase works of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry that address the culture, history, geography, etc. of the American Midwest.

2013 International Junior Authors Poetry Contest

16 August 2013
Opens: August 30th, 2013
Deadline: January 31st, 2014
Entry Fee: None
Prize: First place poet will be published on this website, receive a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Michelle Thomas and a certificate of achievement. Second to third place poets will be mentioned on this website and receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a certificate of achievement. Fourth through sixth place poets will be mentioned on this website and receive a certificate of achievement. 
 Contest is open to any writer worldwide between the ages of 9-21 and is divided into four separate age categories. Poems must be a maximum of 50 lines and should not include any illustrations or be typed with fancy fonts. Keep it easy to read.  
Judging. Each poem is judged on its literary merit as a poem including: form and structure; imagery and figures of speech; poetic devices and prosody; and unity.
SOMETHING TO ASPIRE TO… Choose a subject that you feel strongly about and then choose the poetic form that will best convey your thoughts and feelings to the reader. Use sound, imagery, figures of speech to amplify your theme and tone.

The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

16 August 2013


Application Deadlines :  Quarterly – 31 December, 31 March, 30 June and 30 September

The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest – Grand Prize is $5,000.00 – also quarterly prizes  (now in it’s 30th year) Worldwide competition – no age requirements:

The winners are published in the now famous anthology. We have launched the careers of 12 New York Times Bestselling authors. Also fly all yearly winners (12 people) – at our expense – to Los Angeles annually for workshop with famous writer judges. First prize of $1,000, a second of $750, and a third of $500 to new and amateur writers of science fiction or fantasy short stories or novelettes (under 12,000 words). The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year ends on September 30, every year. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. The quarterly first-place winners compete for an annual grand prize of $5,000. Submissions must be unpublished. Please check web site for more details

For Official Rules visit:

For questions e-mail:

Creative Competitor Contests- Poetry, Fiction, Photo Fiction, Ghost Writing, Flash Fiction, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

16 August 2013

Humorous Poetry Competition

1st Prize: £150.00

2nd Prize: £100.00

3rd Prize: £75.00

Closing date:  21st August 2013

Entry fee: £2.50

Enjoy writing poetry? Fancy writing something a little humorous to cheer us all up? Your poem can be about absolutely anything as long as it is amusing and importantly, it can be written in any style.

Maximum 40 lines

Must be original and previously unpublished

Must be written in English.



Gambling Flash Fiction Competition

1st Prize: £150.00

2nd Prize £100.00

3rd Prize: £75.00

4th Prize: £50.00

Closing Date: 3rd September 2013

Entry Fee: £3.00

If the prospect of winning £150.00 is an exciting thought, why not enter our fantastic new competition? All we ask is that you base your story around the photo and provide a well-thought out, imaginative story in 1500 words or less. The central theme is gambling and you must include the woman in the photo. Perhaps the woman is a professional gambler or is in a difficult situation and needs to win a large amount of money? The plot is up to you but we welcome creative submissions.

Your story must be original and previously unpublished

You must be over 18 years of age



Photo Fiction Writing Competition

1st Prize: £100.00

2nd Prize: £75.00

3rd Prize: £50.00

Closing date: 10th September 2013

Entry fee: £2.00

Using the photo to spark off your creative juices, your mission is to write a story in a maximum of 600 words ensuring that you include a reference to a photo or photos. Your entry could win you a fantastic cash prize so make every word count and we look forward to reading some imaginative responses.

Your submission must be original and previously unpublished.

You must be over the age of 18 to enter.



Descriptive Writing Competition

1st Prize: £100.00

2nd Prize £75.00

3rd Prize £50.00

Closing date: 28th September 2013

Entry fee: £2.00

We are looking for a beautifully crafted descriptive passage that captures the essence of the published photo and brings it to life with stunning, visual imagery. You have only 250 words excluding the title so make sure that every word counts.

It must be an original and previously unpublished piece of descriptive writing.

You must use the photo for inspiration.



Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Competition

1st Prize: £200.00

2nd Prize: £150.00

3rd Prize: £100.00

Closing date: October 6th 2013

Entry fee: £3.00

If you enjoy writing science fiction or fantasy stories or novels, then this competition is a must for you. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning any of our three great cash prizes is to send us the opening page of your story or novel. Maximum word count is 450 and so it’s important that you make every single word count. We are looking for a tightly-written opening page that is both compelling and creative. Make us want to read more. The theme must be science fiction or fantasy.

Submissions must be original and previously unpublished.

You must be over 18 years of age.

Submissions must be written in English.



Winter Ghost Story Writing Competition

1st Prize: £400.00

2nd Prize:£300.00

3rd Prize: £200.00

4th Prize: £100.00

5th Prize: £75.00

Closing date: October 21st 2013

Entry fee: £5.00

Our Winter Ghost Story writing competition is back. It is always one of our most successful competitions and this year we have increased the prize money substantially and there is now over £1000.00 up for grabs. If you are feeling creative and enjoy writing about things that go bump in the night, why not have a go at our latest competition?

Wow us with your creativity and write an old classic or a modern interpretation of a ghost story, our own stipulation is that it is set in the winter months. Create tension and set the pace and you could walk away with our top prize.

Maximum word count is 2500

Must be written in English


In Fact Books is seeking new essays about all things related to babies.

16 August 2013

Oh, Baby!

Deadline: October 14, 2013.

For an upcoming anthology–tentatively entitled, Oh, Baby: True Stories About Tiny Humans–In Fact Books is seeking new essays about all things related to babies.

We want well-written, true narratives about the art and science/wonder and struggle of birth, babyhood, and childrearing. Whether it’s about adopting them or making them, raising them or ‘sitting them, loving them or fearing them, if you’ve got a story about tiny humans at the outset of life, we want to read it.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,500 words. Multiple entries are welcome as are entries from outside the United States.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail Postmark deadline October 14, 2013
Please send manuscript, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; and SASE or email for response to:

In Fact Books
c/o Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Attn: Babies
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Online Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST October 14, 2013
To submit, click here. [Note: There is a $3 convenience fee to submit online.]