Archive for October, 2013

Enter Sentinel Annual Poetry & Short Story Competitions 2013

25 October 2013

Now in its 4th year, this competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English Language, on any subject, in any style, up to 60 lines long. Poets of all nationalities, age or gender, living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.
Judge: ROGER ELKIN – author of Marking Time
Prizes: £500 (First), £250 (Second), £125 (Third), £25 x 5 (High Commendation)
Fees: £5 per poem (1st 2 poems), £3.50 per poem thereafter (£5/1, £10/2, £13.50/3, £17/4, £20.50/5, £24/6, £27.50/7, £31/8, £34.5/9, £38/10 poems.)

Send Cheques/Postal Orders payable to: SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to:
Sentinel Poetry Movement
Unit 136
113-115 George Lane
South Woodford
E18 1AB
United Kingdom

Enter the POETRY CONTEST online or print off Entry Form (for postal entries) at:



Now in its 2nd year, this competition is for original, previously unpublished short stories in English Language, on any subject, in any style, up to 2000 words long. Authors of all nationalities, age or gender, living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.
Judge: DAVID CADDY – Editor of Tears in the Fence
Prizes: £500 (First), £250 (Second), £125 (Third), £25 x 5 (High Commendation)
Fees: £5 per story (1st 2 stories), £3.50 per story thereafter (£5/1, £10/2, £13.50/3, £17/4, £20.50/5, £24/6, £27.50/7, £31/8, £34.5/9, £38/10 stories.)

Send Cheques/Postal Orders payable to: SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to:
Sentinel Poetry Movement
Unit 136
113-115 George Lane
South Woodford
E18 1AB
United Kingdom

Enter the SHORT STORY CONTEST online or print off Entry Form (for postal entries) at:


Tribe Yoga Teacher Training and Retreats: Yoga Scholarship Competition 2014

25 October 2013

Yoga Scholarship Competition

1st Annual Tribe Scholarship Writing Competition

Win a scholarship on a forthcoming Tribe Yoga Teacher Training
or 500 Euros cash prize!


Competition ends 31st March 2014.

POST NOTE: after cancelling the scholarship competition due to very few entries some people wrote in to tell us they were still writing!! If you have a story hold on to it. We will relaunch the competition in Jan 2014. The 3 entries we did receive were truly beautiful reads and worthy to be shared . We still would love to make a yoga stories book and with your participation we can. So please prepare your story and tell your friends to send in their stories too.
The winning TTC scholarships will be for 2014/2015
The entry fee has been reduced to 15 euros per entry

Tribe is offering a great opportunity to combine the art of writing with the spirit of Yoga. If you have experienced yoga, practiced yoga, lived yoga or just observed yoga, then you probably have a story to tell.

We hope this competition motivates you to pick up a pen and paper and write down yoga stories that will inspire, educate, enthuse or simply entertain others about the yoga world, yoga community or yoga practice.

Submit your stories, memoirs, essays, poetry, etc before the end of March 2014 for the chance to get your entry published and/or win a scholarship for one of our upcoming Yoga Alliance-Certified Yoga Teacher Trainings or 500 euros prize money.

A selection of yoga stories from those submitted will be chosen for publication in a book which will also offer insight into yoga practice and yogic living. All featured yoga stories will be complimented by text that explores the theme, message, experience, etc. that each story tells.

Not sure what yoga story you have to tell? Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

A specific incident that happened on the yoga mat, that magical moment when everything clicked into place.

Your story of healing through yoga.

Experiencing a particular yoga practice or discipline.

How yoga changed the way you live, think, love, exist?

A funny experience in a yoga retreat or in a yoga class.

How learning about the yamas & niyamas can impact one’s life.

A tangible experience of the chakras.

A mind-blowing breakthrough, that ‘Eureka’ yoga moment which brought you to a new understanding of yourself or the practice.

Meeting a ‘famous’ yoga personality, an Indian Guru, a well-known yoga teacher.

Your yoga story can be something you want to share or something you want to say. It can be philosophical, funny, moralistic, educational, touching, dramatic, etc. It can be told from a personal view or in the third person.
Writers of the top three winning stories will be awarded a choice of a FREE place in a Tribe Yoga Teacher Training (as below) or a 500 Euros cash prize. The winning submissions along with other top stories will be published by Tribe in the forthcoming ‘Yoga Stories’ book.

All writers of any story published in the ‘yoga stories’ book will be credited in the book and will recieve a free copy.

Level 2 300hr Yoga Teacher Training in Austria, 8th June – 4th July, 2014 (Tribe Level 1 Graduates only)

Level 1 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, 23rd Nov – 19th Dec, 2014

Level 1 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, 4th Jan – 30th Jan, 2014

OR 500 euros prize money

Judging Criteria: Winners will be selected based on:

Personal Style (33%);

Content/Creativity (33%); and

Writing Skills (34%).

The winning stories will be selected by a panel of 3 judges. All jugdes are Tribe Faculty Teachers. In the event that a decision on 3 winners cannot be made the finalist entries will be placed in a hat and drawn at random.

Entry Fee

The 15 Euros entry fee payable when you submit your story contributes towards the publishing cost for the ‘Yoga Stories’ book. Any excess funds will be given to a charity of Tribe’s choice. You can enter as many individual stories as you like.

Competition ends 31st March 2014.

All entrants must be 18 years or older to enter.


YA Novel Discovery Contest

25 October 2013

Serendipity Literary Agency in conjunction with Sourcebooks Inc. is hosting their fifth annual 


No query? No pitch? No problem!

Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win exposure to editors and a review of your manuscript from one of New York’s TOP young adult literary agents, Regina Brooks.?


In honor of National Novel Writing Month (—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days—this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.

The contest opens November 1st and closes November 30th, 2013 at 11:59PM.


The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks AND receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from!

The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions with editors from Scholastic, Feiwel and Friends, Random House/Penguin, Kensington, Kimani Tru, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, and Sourcebooks. In addition, they will receive a year’s subscription to The Writer magazine!

First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.

YA literary agent Regina Brooks and her team will read all of the entries and determine the top 20 submissions. These submissions will then be read by Deidre Jones Little Brown, Nicole Raymond Candlewick, Aubrey Poole Sourcebooks, Kendra Levin Viking Penguin, Mercedes Fernandez Kensington, Annie Nybo Simon and Schuster, Erica Finkel Abrams Books, Monica Jean Random House/Penguin , Catherine Laudone Simon and Schuster, Stacey Friedberg Penguin Group, Laura Whitaker Bloomsbury, Anna Roberts Feiwel and Friends.

These judges will whittle the top 20 down to five, and each of the five winners will be provided commentary on their submissions.

One entry per person; anyone age 14+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1st, 2013 until 11:59pm November 30th, 2013 (ET). There is a $15 entry fee.”

What are the judges looking for in a submission? 
Entries will be judged based upon creativity, word usage, and the ability to instantly draw a reader into a story. Since the contest is limited to a title and 250 words, each word must be carefully chosen to have the most impact. This simulates the browsing experience of the average book buyer, who reads the title and first paragraph of a book before making a purchasing decision.

Visit the website for complete guidelines:

Call for Submissions – The Round Up Writer’s Zine

25 October 2013
The Round Up Writer’s Zine is a fresh space devoted to trangressive pieces, dark humor and works laced in sarcasm. In fact we are partisan to works that are edgy and/or possibly offensive.
We are currently looking for submissions for our next full fledged issue to come out in January 2014. Submissions include short stories, poetry and essays or musings.
To be considered for our next issue of the Round Up you must submit by December 20, 2013.
For information specifications and guidelines go to

Last call for the Last Word Press Flash Ficton Halloween Contest

25 October 2013

Last Word Press Flash Fiction Halloween Contest

Closing date: October 30, 2013
Max word length : 750

No entry fee

As the solstice approaches, and our thoughts turn (well, occasionally) to thoughts of otherworldly activity, what better time than to think up a tale or two to tell by candlelight?

In celebration of Halloween therefore, Lost World Press is hosting a Flash Fiction Competition:

Whether recalling the ancient Samhain or Celtic Calan Gaeaf, or plain pumpkin bashing in your neighbourhood, think up something speculative (lost worlds, sci-fi, parallel/alternative, parody,steam/clockpunk…) pertaining to that special time of year when :

“  … the Night Hag shall ride

And all her nine-fold sweeping on by Her side,
Whether the wind sing lowly or loud,
Stealing through moonshine or swathed in cloud…”

                                                                  (Sir Walter Scott)

Authors are welcome (actively encouraged in fact!) to illustrate their own tales (if you use an image not created by you, please ensure it is either in the public domain or that you have the artist’s permission to use it).


Max word length : 750

Entries in by October 30th via the main contact page, or email as attachments either to:

(with ‘Halloween Flash’ as email heading)

Winning entries will be posted here on the competition page; and to further whet the appetite of potential spooky scribes there will also be special prizes of Amazon gift vouchers:

1st prize: £20 Voucher (approx $32.00)

2nd prize:£15 Voucher (approx $24.00)

3rd prize £10 Voucher (approx $16.00)

Visit the website:

Last Call! The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville Literary Fiction Contest: Deadline: October 30, 2013

25 October 2013

Literary Fiction Contest  (deadline: Oct. 30, 2013)

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring a Literary Fiction Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence. The awards are:


                 1ST Place:  Your choice of a 3 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free online workshops; or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff


2nd Place: 2 night stay at the B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited


3rd Place:  One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited


10 Honorable Mentions




     Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.


     Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.


     The entry fee is $25 per story.  Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.


     Emailed submissions may be sent to, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject.  No cover sheet or SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at

Visit the website:

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville: 22nd Annual Memoir Competition

25 October 2013

22nd Annual Memoir Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2013. 

Enter here

  •  Submit a memoir of 4,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.
  • Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
  • The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members). Entry fee is payable online.
  • Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not send via Fedex, certified mail, etc.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Electronic submission may be sent to, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject.

Visit the website:

Sanguine Theatre Company announces our 4th annual playwriting competition

25 October 2013

Sanguine Theatre Company announces our 4th annual playwriting competition.

Project Playwright is a result of Sanguine’s love for playwrights and new
works. Once all submissions have been read a panel will select a number of
scripts from which Sanguine Theatre Company will produce a staged reading in
New York City of excerpts from the plays that will be determined by Sanguine
Theatre Company in collaboration with the playwrights. From there, a grand
prize winner will be chosen and have his or her play fully produced in a New
York City theatre along with opportunities to workshop their script.

*No submissions will be accepted after November 30, 2013 at 5pm EST
*A $5 non-refundable administrative fee is due at the time of submission. It can be paid through PayPal on our submission page. 
*We are a contemporary theatre group looking for pieces that deal with contemporary issues, and our target audience is generally in their 20’s to 30’s.

Please check out our website ( to get a sense of who we are.

For submission guidelines please visit:

Last Call! 2013 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

25 October 2013
We are invite you to enter the 2013 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, and we are pleased to announce that the finalist judge is Melissa Pritchard.
As with all our submissions, we highly recommend reading a copy of the magazine to better understand what we are looking for. The 2013 Short Story Prize winning story “Saturdays He Drove the Ford Pickup” by David Brendan Hopes appears in Issue 27: Glimpses. The 2012 Short Story Prize winning story “Stories My Mother Told Me” by Nahal Suzanne Jamir appears in Ruminate’s Issue 23: The Stories We Tell.
Please submit all stories to:
  • The submission deadline for the short story contest  is November 1st, 2013.
  • The entry fee is $18 (includes a free copy of the Spring 2013 Issue).
  • You may submit one story per contest entry fee and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
  • $1500 will be awarded to the winner and publication in the Spring 2013 Issue. $200 will be awarded to the runner-up story and publication in the Spring 2013 Issue.
  • A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of RUMINATE readers, who will select 10 short stories as finalists.
  • Close friends and students (current & former) of the finalist judge, Melissa Pritchard, are not eligible to compete. Nor are close friends or family of the Ruminate staff.
  • Winners will be announced in the Spring Issue, March 2014.
  • We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in mid-January, 2014.
  • Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.
  • We are sometimes asked if Ruminate is seeking or only accepts “Christian” or “spiritual” stories. The answer to that question is no. We are simply looking for good stories, and there are no restrictions on the subject matter or content for submissions. The best way to understand the work we publish is to read a past issue.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

The Lascaux Short Fiction Prize

25 October 2013

The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction

Stories may be previously published or unpublished. Length should not exceed 10,000 words. Entry fee is $5, and authors may enter more than once.

The editors will select a winner and nineteen additional finalists. The winner will receive $500 and publication in The Lascaux Review. Both winner and finalists will earn the privilege of displaying a virtual medallion on blogs and websites:

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And all twenty stories will appear in The Lascaux Prize Anthology:

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Two copies of the anthology will be supplied to every writer appearing in it. The deadline for submission to the 2013 contest is 31 December 2013. The following link will take you to our online submissions form at Submittable:

5th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest – (Free to Enter)

25 October 2013

5th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

Deadline to Enter: January 31, 2014

First Prize: $175
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $75

Complete guidelines:

Spirit First is pleased to announce its 5th Annual Meditation Poetry Contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, Stillness, or Solitude (but only peaceful solitude, not loneliness). Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.

Please do not enter more than three submissions. Sending more than three poems will lead to those poems being disqualified.

Please submit your poems by email unless you do not have access to the Internet. Poems will be accepted by U.S. Postal Service for those who do not have Internet access. All others are requested to be emailed. Poems sent by U.S. Postal Service will not be returned. Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2014.

Please submit your poems all in one file or inside the body of an email (rather than three poems in three separate files). Please be sure to include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. There is no cost to enter this contest.

Winners will be announced no later than April 30, 2014, on the Spirit First website: Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website and the Spirit First blog, and in the Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems).

How to submit:

By email:

By U.S. Postal Service (for those without Internet access):

Spirit First Poetry Contest
PO Box 8076
Langley Park, MD 20787

Visit the website:

We look forward to reading your poems!

The Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop at the November Ventura County Writers Club Founders

25 October 2013
The Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop Lead by Poet Cathryn Andresen to Take Over VCWC November Meeting
Wrights write right now — go home with a poem!
(Ventura, CA – October 10, 2013) In preparation for its upcoming Poetry Contest, which opens in January 2014, the Ventura County Writers Club will host the “Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop” led by area poet and club member Cathryn Andresen. The evening will engage attendees to write right on the spot and get their creative juices flowing over the holidays prior to the contest. The meeting takes place Tuesday, November 12 at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo.

This will be a fun, fast, interactive workshop covering:

  • A quick start with instant, easy forms
  • Inspiration and ignoring the dreaded block
  • A poetic device or few
  • Online tools
  • Don’t do this – tips on what is not a poem
  • How to edit your poem and be glad you did
  • Reference material that can keep you writing
  • Where to join our county’s poets for poetry readings

“I want everyone to bring a notepad, pen and verve,” Andresen said. “ By verve I mean the excitement of imagination such as animates a poet, artist or musician, in composing or performing; rapture; enthusiasm; spirit and energy. We have many poets in Ventura County and as members of the club. But other writers can benefit from the art of concise words painting brief images.”

Cathryn Andresen’s poetry reflects her interest in relationships between nouns – proper and common.  From time to time, her poetry wins an award, appears in print, or is an invited guest at readings.  Cathryn edited Quintessence – an Anthology (VCWC Press-2008), and has published her first chapbook, “human/Nature”.  She has hosted the PoemCrafters Guild workshop since its beginnings in 2005.  Home is a small ranch in Southern California.  She’ll tell you  “I live in a garden.”  Cathryn has been featured at Moonday, Moorpark College, Friday’s Saturday Night, Tuesday Night Poets, and has accepted invitations to read at numerous poetry, school and organization events.

She recently built and launched a web site that invites an on-line community of poets and writers to submit work for publication on the site and compete in the site’s prompt-inspired contests.  Visit:

The opening speaker is a young poet, Rachel Phillips who recently published a chapbook.

November Meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club
November 12, 2013
Pleasant Valley Senior Center
1605 Burnley St., Camarillo, CA
Topic: The Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop Lead by Poet Cathryn Andresen
Open to all; no fee

For more information on the Ventura County Writers Club, visit:

About Ventura County Writers Club

Since its formation in 1933 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).

The William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

25 October 2013

William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Nominations are now being accepted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and nonfiction. Cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, the awards are intended to “encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation.”

The Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation jointly award the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a biennial competition for newly-published books.

The prize commemorates the life, legacy and intentions of William Saroyan – author, artist, dramatist, composer – and is intended to encourage new or emerging writers, rather than to recognize established literary figures.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Prize and must be received by January 31, 2014. Please view the FAQ page for further information.

Funding sponsored in part by Stanford Associates.

Terms and conditions

The following provisions govern the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing awarded by Stanford University Libraries.

  1. The Saroyan Prize Committee will be appointed by the Stanford University Librarian in consultation with the President of the Saroyan Foundation, and will be responsible for all aspects of the administration of the Saroyan Prize.
  2. The Stanford University Librarian in consultation with the President of the Saroyan Foundation, will appoint a team of no fewer than three Nominating Jurors for each Saroyan Prize to be awarded.
  3. Two prizes of $5,000 will be awarded, one each in fiction and non-fiction. Poetry and other literary forms will not be considered.
  4. Only works published in book form between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013, available for individual purchase by the general public, and primarily in English are eligible for the Saroyan Prize in 2014.
  5. Works by members of The Saroyan Prize Committee, members or officers of the William Saroyan Foundation, or previous winners are not eligible for the 2014 Saroyan Prize.
  6. Only complete entries received by Stanford University Libraries no later than January 31, 2014 will be considered.

    A complete entry includes:

    • A completed entry form. Complete form here.
    • Three copies of the work.
    • A non-refundable $50 entry fee. Payment may be made using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express at the above website, or by check. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University/Saroyan Writing Prize, and should indicate the title(s) of the work(s) they accompany.

    Completed entries should be sent to:
    Administrator of The Saroyan Prize Committee
    Stanford University Libraries
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6004

  7. The Saroyan Prize Committee will assemble and manage a team of Stanford University alumni and Stanford University Library staff to perform an initial screening of all entries.
  8. The Nominating Judges for each Saroyan Prize will review the screened entries, and put forward to the Stanford University Librarian a list of not less than three and not more than five Finalist works for each Prize.
  9. The winner of each Prize will be selected by the Stanford University Librarian, in consultation with the President of the William Saroyan Foundation, and based on the recommendations of the Nominating Judges. However, the University Librarian has the authority in extraordinary circumstances to award the Prize to any qualified entry.
  10. Nothing in this plan shall be deemed to limit in any way the authority and control of The Saroyan Writing Prize Committee.
  11. Finalists and prizewinners of the Prize will be listed permanently at this website.
  12. Terms and conditions subject to change without notice.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

For more information — including entry forms, contest rules, complete guidelines, and press materials —visit the website at

The Redline Writing Competition is accepting submissions

25 October 2013

We have started a magazine aimed at encouraging writers

to produce quality work in the short story form.

Being writers ourselves we found being charged to submit work a bit dry,

albeit necessary for the larger prizes.

We wanted to fill that gap for writers of the short story

who want to have a bit of fun and get some exposure,

as well as all-important constructive feedback.

The competitions are bi-monthly, themed, and carry a fifty pound prize.

You can find us, and all of the details about how to enter, at

The current theme that we are accepting submissions for is “Urban Fiction”.

Last Call! Red Theater Playwriting Competition 2013: Deadline: October 31, 2013

25 October 2013


We are looking for work that is THEATRICAL and PERSONALTheatrical means a work that could only be fully realized in a theater. It should take full advantage of the temporal and connective nature of human performers interacting with a living audience.

Personal means that the work uniquely and vividly wrestles with the dualities present in the human condition. For example: that we are alive but will die; that the more knowledge we have, the more foolish we feel.
Please surprise us with difficult ideas, impossible stagings, and a powerful heart.


1) The play needs to be at least 60 minutes running time and no longer than 120.
2) The play can not have received a professional production.
3) Adaptations are accepted as long as the author has complete rights.
4) The play should be written in, or translated into, the English language.
5) We can only accept one submission per playwright.
6) Please submit your play as a PDF to the following email:
7) Please ensure your script includes a list of characters and that the pages are numbered.
8) In the interests of impartiality, please do not include your name anywhere on the script (or in the PDF title). Please provide your contact details in the email only.


Deadline for submissions: October 31st, 2013.

Winners and a shortlist will be announced on or before January 31, 2014.

Performances of selected material will occur during the Red Theater main-stage performance running in March 2014

More information about the company and competition, including past winners, can be found here:

The Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition 2014

25 October 2013
The Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition 2014 is open now,
with a deadline of January 31st, 2014.
The first prize is £200, and there are four finalist prizes of £25 each,
with the winner and finalists published in an upcoming Fiction Desk anthology. 
Stories should be between 250 & 1,000 words in length.
Entries cost £3 for one, or £7.50 for three stories submitted together. 
Full details and the entry form are available at:

Last Call for Entries: 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

25 October 2013


2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Regular Deadline: Tuesday, October 15th 2013
*Final Deadline: November 15th, 2013*
Features – $65, Shorts – $50 ($29 for Students)


The BlueCat Screenplay Competition dedicates itself to the development of screenwriters worldwide and we are proud to continue our tradition of giving written feedback to all screenplay submissions – shorts will receive one written analysis and features will receive two from our readers.


Students may enter their short screenplays at a discounted rate of $29 (regular $50).


Screenplays submitted by our October 15th deadline will receive feedback by November 10th.  Writers will have the opportunity to rewrite their screenplays and resubmit before our final deadline on November 15th.


Screenplays submitted after October 15th will receive their feedback by March 1st, 2014.  These screenplays will not be eligible for resubmission. Entry fees will increase after the October 15th deadline to $70 for Features and $60 for Shorts.




• Best Feature Screenplay – $15,000 USD Grand Prize;
Four Finalists will receive $2,500 USD


• Best Short Screenplay – $10,000 USD Grand Prize;
Three Finalists will receive $1,500 USD


• The Cordelia Award for Best UK Feature Screenplay – $1,500 USD Prize


• The Joplin Award for Best International Feature Screenplay – $1,500 USD Prize


For submission guidelines,




BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Creative Justice Press 2013 Contests

25 October 2013

2013 Creative Justice Winter Chapbook Competitions in Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry

Electronic submissions only. Submissions will be accepted from August 28 to December 30, 2013

General  Guidelines: 

The 2013 Creative Justice Winter Chapbook Competitions are open to any  writer writing in English. The prize includes $100, Summer 2014 publication by Creative Justice Press, and 1 copy of the chapbook. Winner can order more chapbooks at a discounted rate. Manuscripts will remain anonymous until a winner is selected. The reading fee for each manuscript is $25.
Winning chapbook will be published by July, 2014.

Winner and finalists will be announced May 1st, 2014 —Manuscripts must include one cover page with title of manuscript only. Please do not include any other identifying information in or with the manuscript. Please do not include acknowledgments page, cover letter, or bio.

– Manuscript must be typed using 12 point, Times New Roman font and must be single-spaced.

—Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us with an email to if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.

—Multiple submissions to this contest are acceptable, but each manuscript must be submitted separately, with a separate entry fee.

—Please notify us of changes in your contact information with an email to

—No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be allowed during the contest.

— All manuscripts will be deleted or recycled at the end of the contest.

—We will announce contest results by email, as well as at

—All entrants will be considered for publication in our 2014 Anthologies, All Poetry is Prayer Vol II, True? Vol. I – nonfiction, or Graphite Vol. I – a fiction anthology.

– Winner and finalists will be invited to do at least one public reading of their work.

Deadline: December 30, 2013
Link for details on how to enter:

All manuscripts will then be read by at least three different editors. These editors will not have access to the identities of the submitters. For the sake of avoiding any conflict of interest, if an editor believes that he/she recognizes the work of a colleague, student, or friend, then that manuscript is given to another editor. The editors will select the semi-finalists to be sent to the judge. The judge will then select the winner and three finalists.

Visit the website:

Creative Justice Press abides by The CLMP Code of Ethics. CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Gemini Magazine is now accepting entries for its fourth annual Poetry Open competition.

25 October 2013
The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2014 issue of Gemini. The entry fee is $5 for each batch of three poems.
Deadline: January 2, 2014
We are open to any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length. Scroll down the Poetry Open page to see the broad range of work from previous winners and finalists.
Coming late October (possibly early November): results of our fifth annual Flash Fiction Contest.
In the meantime, please enjoy the August issue of Gemini featuring the winners of our Short Story Contest and more. Plenty of great reading with back issues a click away.

Last Call! “Dark” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline October 31, 2013

25 October 2013

“Dark” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline October 31, 2013

The competition theme is Dark. Shadows, expectation, foreboding, mystery, villains, secrets, memories, challenges, hauntings. Show us the darkness you have imagined.

Entries may include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 1000 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Writers retain copyrights.

$50 cash prize and artist profile feature in ArtAscent Art and Literature Journal for the gold winner. At least 3 additional writers will win publication in ArtAscent Art and Literature Journal including links to your website, promotion on ArtAscent website writer directory, and exposure in social media.

Submission deadline: October 31, 2013
Entries are $7

See for submission details and to enter.

Story Share $50,000 Writing Contest – to benefit teen and adult beginning readers

25 October 2013

Story Share $50,000 Writing Contest

Benetech, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) and Orca Book Publishing have come together to expand the body of contemporary leveled reading material available to young adults aged 13+ who struggle with reading.
Prior experience writing for struggling reader audiences is not required. A step-by-step guide available at will assist writers in leveling their stories.
At the close of the contest on December 7, 2013, all writer submissions will be added to free open platforms that will serve as easily accessible online libraries for struggling or beginning readers of all ages.
Deadline: December 7, 2013
Open to all writers; emerging authors are especially encouraged to submit original stories
Genre(s): fiction, non-fiction, short story, book series
Total prizes: $50,000
Grand prize: $10,000
Entry fee: $0
Visit the website for details on how to enter:

The INaugural Travel Expert Writing Competition

19 October 2013

Welcome to the inaugural Travel Expert Writing Competition

First of all this competition is Free To Enter and offers a cash prize to the author of the best entry (to be judged by the editors of

Political rally KeralaWe are seeking the best travel writers to send us exciting, original, even abstract travel writing in any form you choose: fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose. The only requirement is that your piece of writing presents a real sense of the location in which it is set.

The contest is open to those aged 18 years and older and you may write about any subject, as along as it relates to travel in some way (however tenuous).

Entries should be limited to a maximum length of 1500 words and must be written in English (we’ve travelled a fair bit but our language skills are embarrassingly poor!).

Please read the full Travel Expert Writing Competition Terms and Conditions (located at the foot of the page) before entering. The closing date for entries is midnight on Thursday, 1st May 2014,

The winning entry will receive a prize of £50!

The winning entry – and other notable entries – will also be published on our website.

When you are ready to submit your entry, please fill in and submit the form below. If you’d rather check out what others are writing about, take a little journey around our site to read some of the travel articles we have published recently.

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Fish Short Story Prize 2013/14

19 October 2013

Ten Best Stories Published
Claire Kilroy is the judge.

We are honoured that she will select the best ten stories for publication in the 2014 Fish Anthology.

Clare Kilroy is the acclaimed author of 4 novels including All Summer, (recipient of the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and was short-listed for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award), Tenderwire (shortlisted for the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel Award), All Names Have Been Changed and The Devil I Know.

In 2002 she received an Arts Council Literature Award.

Closing Date: 30 November 2013.

Word limit is 5,000. There is no restriction on theme or style, and the prize is open to writers from all countries who are writing in English.

First Prize: €3,000, of which €1,000 is for travel to the launch of the Fish Anthology in July 2014 at the West Cork Literary Festival.

Second Prize: a week at the Anam Cara Writers Retreat in West Cork, plus €300.

Third prize: €300.

Entry fee: €20 (€10 subsequent entries). Online Entry. Once you register and enter online, you can login and check your entry(ies) at any time.

Results will be announced on 17 March on the Fish website, and sent out in the newsletter.


Enter Online


Stories must not have been published previously, and must be eligible for publication in the 2014 Fish Anthology.

Stories cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered. Judging at all stages is anonymous. Names or addresses must not appear on the stories, but on a separate sheet if entering by post, or in the appropriate place if entering online.

Postal entries: €22 (€12 subsequent entries)

Address: Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland.

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The First Annual Virgin Awards Contest

19 October 2013

The Virgin Awards Contest is now accepting submissions!

Late Night Library is excited to announce the first annual Virgin Awards—a contest for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers.

Submissions: All entries must be previously unpublished. Entrants must submit in English approximately 1,000 to 5,000 words of prose, or 3-5 typed pages of poetry.

Eligible Poets & Writers: We define a literary virgin as anyone who hasn’t published a full-length book. If you’ve never published a full-length book, you may enter the contest!
First Prize: $300, publication, and three debut memoirs.
Second Prize: $200, publication, and two debut memoirs.
Third Prize: $100, publication, and one debut memoir.
First Prize: $300, publication, and three debut novels.
Second Prize: $200, publication, and two debut novels.
Third Prize: $100 , publication, and one debut novel.
First Prize: $300, publication, and three debut poetry collections.
Second Prize: $200, publication, and two debut poetry collections.

Third Prize: $100, publication, and one debut poetry collection.

Deadline: November 30, 2013


Specs: Nine prizes will be awarded annually in the genres of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. The contest is open to any writer who has not published a full-length book or collection.

Submit in the following manner: (1) an attached paginated file without any kind of identification, with the exception of the title and entry category, (2) the submission title and category in the Title field, (3) the following information in the cover letter field: name, address (street, city, and state with zip code), telephone number, and email address. A short bio should also be included.

Reading Fee: $10.

Process: Submissions will be read anonymously by our editorial staff. Ten finalists will be selected in each category and read anonymously by our judges. The decisions made by the judges will be final. Competition judges: Aisha Sabatini Sloan (creative nonfiction), Matthew Pitt (fiction), Rebecca Lehmann (poetry).

Additional Guidelines:
1. Participants must submit online through Submittable. Any submissions mailed to Late Night Library will not be considered or returned.
2. Staff and board directors of Late Night Library are not eligible to participate in the competition.
3. Family, friends, students, and former students of a contest judge are not eligible to participate in that judge’s category.
4. Reading fees are non-refundable.

5. Email for additional information. All inquiries should be addressed to the Editorial Staff. Please type the words “Virgin Awards Question” in the subject line.

Announcement of the Awards: Visit the website on January 15, 2014 for the announcement of the nine winners and twenty one honorable mentions. Winners will be contacted in advance.
Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Last Call! 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition – Final postmark deadline: November 15, 2013

19 October 2013
2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline: Friday, November, 15th 2013
Features – $70, Shorts – $60, Student Shorts – $25
The BlueCat Screenplay Competition dedicates itself to the development of screenwriters worldwide and we are proud to continue our tradition of giving written feedback to all screenplay submissions. Shorts will receive one written analysis and features will receive two by March 1st.
Students may enter their short screenplays at a discounted rate of $29 (regular $50).
• Best Feature Screenplay – $15,000 USD Grand Prize;
Four Finalists will receive $2,500 USD
• Best Short Screenplay – $10,000 USD Grand Prize;
Three Finalists will receive $1,500 USD
• The Cordelia Award for Best UK Feature Screenplay – $1,500 USD Prize
• The Joplin Award for Best International Feature Screenplay – $1,500 USD Prize
For submission guidelines, visit
BlueCat Screenplay Competition