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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: www.bwgwritersroundtable.com for more information.

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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.

CALENDAR INFORMATION
 
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:
http://www.venturacountywriters.com/

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, Kathleen@KathleenKaiser.com

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:

http://br0250.wix.com/artschoolhorror

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For Official Rules visit:

http://br0250.wix.com/artschoolhorror#!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.
 
Website: http://www.juniorauthorspoetrycontest.com/

The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

16 August 2013

NO ENTRY FEE

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  www.writersofthefuture.com

For Official Rules visit: http://www.writersofthefuture.com/Contest-Rules-Writers

For questions e-mail:  contests@authorservicesinc.com

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.

Email: info@creative-competitor.co.uk

http://creativecompetitor.com/competitions/new-competitions/humorous-poetry-competition/

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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

Email: info@creative-competitor.co.uk

http://creativecompetitor.com/competitions/new-competitions/gambling-flash-fiction-writing-competition/

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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.

Email: info@creative-competitor.co.uk

http://creativecompetitor.com/competitions/new-competitions/photo-fiction-competition/

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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.

Email: info@creative-competitor.co.uk

http://creativecompetitor.com/competitions/new-competitions/descriptive-writing-competition/

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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.

Email: info@creative-competitor.co.uk

http://creativecompetitor.com/competitions/new-competitions/science-fiction-and-fantasy-writing-competition/

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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

Email: info@creative-competitor.co.uk

http://creativecompetitor.com/competitions/new-competitions/winter-ghost-story-writing-competition/

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.]

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about mistakes

16 August 2013

Deadline: November 1, 2013

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about mistakes—major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful. We’re looking for stories about poor decisions, missteps, or miscalculations; we want to read about embarrassing boo-boos, dangerous misjudgments, or fortuitous faux pas in well-crafted stories that explore the nature and outcomes of human fallibility.

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.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1000 for Best Essay & $500 for runner-up.

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—US 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). All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Mistakes” issue.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail Postmark deadline November 1, 2013
Please send manuscript, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; SASE or email for response; and payment to:

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

Online Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST November 1, 2013
To submit, please click the appropriate link:

Reading fee + 4-issue subscription ($25; US submitters only)
Reading fee only ($20)

2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Call For Submissions

16 August 2013
Kubrick on his first feature.

Kubrick on his first feature.

 

In the spirit of our commitment to the development of screenwriters worldwide, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition holds a longstanding tradition of giving written notes to every screenplay submitted. Each Feature screenplay entered receives two analyses, while each Short screenplay receives one.

 

All screenplays submitted by September 1st, 2013 will receive their feedback by October 1st, 2013  ($60 features, $40 shorts)

 

 

 

Students will be eligible to submit their short screenplay at a discounted rate of $29 for the duration of the competition.

 

Entrants will be able to submit a short screenplay with an option not to receive feedback, and all submissions will be eligible for a Resubmission entry if received by the October 15th, 2013 deadline.

 

 

 

This year, BlueCat will accept short screenplays and establish one of the largest cash prizes in the world for a short screenplay contest, with the winner being awarded $10,000. Three Finalists will be receiving $1500 each. The Grand Prize for the Best Feature Screenplay increased to $15,000.

 

BlueCat prides itself in its leading reputation as a community for developing screenwriters. We hope these great changes will cement our mission—-to support and develop the undiscovered screenwriter——in all of us, today and days ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY

 

 

 

 Best Feature Screenplay

 

$15,000 Grand Prize

 

Four Finalists

 

$2500 Prize

 

 

Best Short Screenplay

 

$10,000 Grand Prize

 

Three Finalists

 

$1500 Prize

 

 

The Cordelia Award

 

Best Feature Screenplay from the UK

 

$1500 Prize

 

 

The Joplin Award

 

Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK

 

$1500 Prize

 

 

Movie Title Contest: Three Winners $250 each

 

All screenplays entered by August 1 are eligible

 

 

 

Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:

 

 

 

  • Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham”, a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.

 

  • Elijah Wood produced Ana Lily Amipour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”, set for release in late 2013.

 

  • Aaron Guzikowski’s “Prisoners”, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo, will be released September 2013.  The Sundance Channel recently bought Aaron’s TV pilot, “The Descendents”, making it their second scripted show after “Rectify.”

 

  • Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell”, to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.

 

  • “SomaCell”, along with “Rodham”, were two 2012 Blacklist Scripts written by BlueCat Alumni.

 

 For full competition details, please visit the Rules & Guidelines and FAQ.

2013 Doug Fir Fiction Award

16 August 2013

Bear Deluxe Magazine Presents:
The Doug Fir Fiction Award
Every Story Begins Somewhere

Grand Prize: $1,000, writer’s residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology*, national publication and manuscript review

Finalists: Manuscript review, recognition, publication consideration

Deadline: September 3, 2013 (postmark)*

Award Judge (2012-13): Lidia Yuknavitch’s most recent books include Dora: A Headcase, a novel, and The Chronology of Water: A Memoir. She is also the author of three works of short fiction (Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel) and as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence.

Co-sponsor: Sitka Center for Art & Ecology
Associate sponsors: Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books
(Note: Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books will provide manuscript review for one story of the author’s choice from award winner and finalists.)

Entry Fee: $15
Word limit: 5,000

The Bear Deluxe Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines.

For complete guidelines: www.orlo.org or email bear@orlo.org (website is under redesign)

*Online submissions: Online payments can be made at www.orlo.org/donate (please indicate “Doug Fir submission 2013-14” in the notes with your payment). Once payment is made, submissions can be emailed to bear@orlo.org with subject line “2013 Doug Fir Award). See preferred formats below.

Deadline, Mailing Address, Online Submissions
Entries must be postmarked by September 3, 2013. Mail your entry to Doug Fir Fiction Award/Bear Deluxe Magazine, 810 SE Belmont, Studio 5, Portland, OR 97214. Online submissions and payments can be made at www.orlo.org/donate (please indicate “Doug Fir submission 2013-14” in the notes with your payment).
Once payment is made, submissions can be emailed to bear@orlo.org with subject line “2013 Doug Fir Award).

The Poetry Society : 2013 National Poetry Competition

16 August 2013

Accepting entries!

The National Poetry Competition is currently accepting entries. Before entering please be sure to read the rules, and if you have any questions please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.


The closing date is 31 October 2013 (midnight, UK time). If you would rather enter by post,
print a postal entry form [PDF].

Prizes

First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Seven Commendations: £100

The top-three winning poems will be published in Poetry Review. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July 2014. Up to 150 entrants will also be offered a discount on selected activities from the Poetry School. Winning and commended poems will be published on the Poetry Society website when the competition prizes are announced in spring 2014.

Judges

The judges of the 2013 National Poetry Competition are: Julia Copus, Matthew Sweeney and Jane Yeh. The National Poetry Competition is an award for individual poems that are previously unpublished. Each entry remains anonymous throughout the judging process.

Entry fees

£6 for your first poem
£3.50 for each subsequent entry in the same submission.
FREE second entry for Poetry Society members (including those joining now).

About the National Poetry Competition

Established in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. Winners include both established and emerging poets, and for many the prize has proved an important career milestone. Win, and add your name to a roll-call that includes the current UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Tony Harrison, Ruth Padel, Philip Gross and Jo Shapcott. Read poems by previous winners of the National Poetry Competition.

Visit the website:  http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/npc/

WOW! Award €2100-00 Prize Money

16 August 2013
The WOW! Award is back with €2100 in Prize money plus publication
Prizes for fiction and poetry. Stories up to 3000 words. Poems up to 100 lines.
Entries open July 1st 2013 and close November 1st 2013
Results, prize-giving and Anthology launch Friday February 28th 2014
Submit by email or by post
Postal address: Wordsonthewaves, 6 San Antonio Park, Salthill, Galway, Ireland
Winners in both fiction and in poetry will each receive:
€750 1st Prize plus publication in the 2014 WOW! Anthology.
€150 2nd Prize plus publication in the 2014 WOW! Anthology.
10 short-listed entrants (5 fiction and 5 poetry) will be published in the 2014 WOW! Anthology and will receive a publication fee of €30.
For full submission details, entry fee and information on the WOW! Anthology click on to the web address:

A Clean Well-Lighted Place is now accepting submissions

16 August 2013

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions are open year round.  Please submit one to two prose pieces or up to five poems at a time.
We are looking for flash and short fiction so pieces over 3000 words will not be considered. Simultaneous
submissions are accepted as long as they are marked as such and we are made aware of their publication
elsewhere. If you can, please take a look at a back issue before you submit. This will give you a very clear
idea of what we tend to publish. It also helps support the journal so that we may continue to read submissions.

Our online journal is published on a rolling schedule while the print journal is published in fall and
spring editions (September and March). All submitted work will be considered for both print and online
publication.  By submitting to our journal, you are giving us first North American serial rights. All other
rights revert to the author at publication. We ask that whenever work that first appeared in our pages is
reprinted, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place be given acknowledgment for the specific work(s) involved.  At this
time, payment for your contribution is in a complimentary copy of the journal.

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place has an average reading time of ten to thirty days. Please do not contact
us about your submission until 40 days have passed. Any questions about submissions can be directed to
info@lightedplace.com.

All submissions should be made online at the following link: http://acwlp.submishmash.com/Submit
Please make sure that your contact information (name, email address, mailing address, short biography) on
Submittable is accurate and up-to-date.
We cannot accept mailed submissions at this time.