Archive for March 4th, 2014

Call for submissions: NOVELLE – Magazine for Experimentalism #3 (June 2014):

4 March 2014

The enthusiastic response and the amount of submissions for the first and second issue of our new magazine NOVELLE were quite overwhelming. Now it’s time to gather some great material for issue #3 to be released in June 2014.

Submission guidelines:

•          The submitted work may be unpublished or published – in the latter case please make sure there is no third-party infringement involved.

•          We are interested in all sorts of fictional and non-fictional texts, regardless of genre and form (poems, essays, flash fiction, reviews, comics, drawings, paintings, interviews, ads, investigative reports, etc.). We are especially looking forward to receiving submissions that transcend the purely textual …

•          The submissions should be experimental in nature.

•          Topic for #3: Dead Places

•          Max. 5 pages per submission, 1 submission per author

•          File formats: doc / docx / odt / rtf / tiff / jpeg / bmp / png (graphics: b/w, minimum resolution: 300 dpi)

•          All published authors will receive one free copy of the NOVELLE (unfortunately, we are not able to offer payment yet, but this may change in the future …)

•          Please send us your work until May 31th, 2014, with the reference subject “NOVELLE #3” via email to, and don’t forget to add a short CV, including name, address, email, and a list of publications (if available)

We are looking forward to your creative/eccentric/idiosyncratic awesomeness!

Experimentally yours,


The Annual Gulf Coast Prizes: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

4 March 2014

Enter to win the annual Gulf Coast Prizes, judged by Andrea Barrett (Fiction), John D’Agata (Nonfiction), and Rachel Zucker (Poetry). Be sure to get your entries in before the March 15th, 2014 deadline!

The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 27.1, due out in Fall 2014, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. To view past winners and judges, please visit here.

The entry fee includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2014. Click here for how to enter.

About the 2014 Gulf Coast Prize Judges

Andrea Barrett will judge the 2014 Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction. Andrea Barrett teaches writing at Williams College and lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, with her husband, photographer Barry Goldstein. She’s the author of six novels, most recently The Air We Breathe, and three collections of stories: Ship Fever, which received the 1996 National Book Award, Servants of the Map, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and, most recently, Archangel.

John D’Agata will judge the 2014 Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction. John D’Agata is the author of a few books of nonfiction, including About a Mountain and Halls of Fame, and the editor of The Lost Origins of the Essay and The Next American Essay. He teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa, where he is the director of the Nonfiction Writing Program.

Rachel Zucker will judge the 2014 Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry. Rachel Zucker is the author of seven books, most recently, Home/Birth: a poemic (co-written with Arielle Greenberg) and Museum of Accidents. She lives in New York with her husband and their three sons and teaches at New York University.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Skyblue Theatre Playwriting Competition

4 March 2014

1. The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.

2. Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time of between 10 and 30 minutes.

3. By entering the competition the writer affirms that their entry is original and they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.

4. Plays must be submitted using a pseudonym to ensure impartiality and the author’s real name removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.

5. The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 50 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.

6. Each play script must be accompanied by an entry form which can be downloaded from this page.

7. Scripts and entry forms must be submitted together as attachments in Word or PDF documents with the title of the play in the subject line to

8. Entries must be submitted with full payment of £15 per play. Entrants may submit any number of plays and each play must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.

9. The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.

10. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.

Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer or refund of entry fee.

The closing date for all entries is 30th March 2014. Please see the website for further information/ entry form or contact

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Quarterly Writing Contest (Spark: A Creative Anthology)

4 March 2014

Contest Five: “Fables”

Contest Five opens for submissions on March 15, 2014.


The theme for this contest is “Fables.”

Fables have been a part of storytelling as long as we’ve been telling stories. Fables do more than entertain: they also present a lesson or attempt to teach a moral. Traditionally, fables feature anthropomorphic animals as main character(s).

For the best chance of winning this writing contest, your story or poem should feature at least one animal as a primary character—does not have to be the protagonist, and does not have to speak, but certainly can do both—and should contain a lesson or moral. The lesson or moral may be humorous or somber.


The artwork for this contest is the custom creation of Goodloe Byron and features interlocking animal shapes.

We have a fun theme for the current quarter’s contest: “Fables.” Full information is available at

And, as always, past and upcoming contests can be found at

NCW Short Fiction contest

4 March 2014

Northern Colorado Writers is hosting its 4th annual contest series, beginning with Short Fiction.

You do not need to be a member of NCW or in Colorado to enter.

Prizes are 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100. W

inners and honorable mentions of this and the other two contests in the series (Creative Nonfiction & Poetry)

will be published in and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology, POOLED INK.

Entry fee is $20.

Final judge for Short Fiction is Seth Brady Tucker.

Any style or genre; max. 5,000 words.

Deadline is March 31, 2014.


(under Events > Writing Contests) for submission guidelines.

May 15-18: Writers’ Retreat at Folly Beach, S.C.

4 March 2014

The Writers’ Workshop 15th Annual Writers’ Retreat will be held May 15-18, 2014 at Folly Beach, SC. It is open to a small group of beginning or experienced writers, and is an ideal place to relax, write and review participant’s work. Daily sessions in fiction, creative non-fiction and memoirs will be led by The Writers’ Workshop instructors. Participants stay at a beach house across from the ocean. The all-inclusive rate (except for meals) is $495 for a private room, or $450 shared.

The commuter rate is $55 per session.

Please register a.s.a.p. since space is limited, at,

or contact 828-254-8111/ for more information.

Call for submissions: The Casserole Art & Literary Joural

4 March 2014

The Casserole is an art + lit journal based out of the University of Toronto. 

We are now seeking submission for our spring issue, as well as online publication to our website.

We are looking for content that expresses the human experience and identity.

We publish art, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, personal essays, rants, tweets, and interview.

To see our work: 

For info on submitting:

The Rosemary Contest for Unpublished Young Adult and New Adult manuscripts

4 March 2014

Young Adult Romance Writers of America (YARWA) is proud to announce the Rosemary Contest for Unpublished Young Adult and New Adult manuscripts, in all genres.

New Adult
YA Contemporary
YA Historical
YA Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal
YA Fusion (Any YA novel that doesn’t fit into one of the above categories.)

*Romantic Elements in the novel are NOT required to enter this contest and RWA Membership is NOT required to enter. All authors, regardless of publishing status, are welcome to enter this contest.*

Submitted manuscripts must be new, original YA or NA fiction that has not been published, self-published, or contracted to be published. Manuscripts must have a word count of at least 40,000 words.

Fee: $15 YARWA members/$25 non-members

The contest will run from March 1 – March 31, 2014. Finalists will be announced by June 1 and winners will be announced at the 2014 Day of YA event in San Antonio, TX.

For a complete list of rules and a list of final round judges, visit

While there is no remuneration, contest finalists in each category will have their work read by an agent, and 2 editors, and has the potential for a manuscript request.

Call for your best 10 pages: theOffice Annual Fellowship – LA WRITERS ONLY

4 March 2014

Fee: None

Due Date: March 15th, 2014

Winner Announced: Last week of March 2014

We are once again offering a FREE 6-MONTH FELLOWSHIP to theOffice. theOffice is a quiet, communal workspace in Brentwood, CA. Our members get free coffee & tea, wifi, Aeron chairs and peace of mind, all in the company of likeminded writers.

The fellowship works like this:

You send us a sample of your best piece of writing along with why you want this. We select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. Winner gets his/her own door code to the space with the ability to come and go even when staff isn’t here.

The fellowship starts April 1st and goes through September 30th 2014. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive. Think of this as your very own writer’s retreat right here in the city.

And here’s what we need from you:

An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address.

In the body of the email, please explain why you need this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it. (200 words or less, please)

A 10 page .pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions. All other attachments will be deleted.

Email to: theOfficeFellowship(at)gmail(dot)com by March 15, 2014. That’s it. You’re done!

Some important points to remember:

The field is open to ALL new writers. Submit 10 pages of your screenplay, play, short story, novel, memoir, poem, etc. We’ll read it all.

By “new writers” we mean you can have no feature film credits as a writer on IMDb (short films are okay) and no more than 1 hour of television credit as a writer on IMDb. For fiction writers, we just want to make sure you’re not someone with a three book deal and money to spare. Key words here are new/aspiring/struggling.

You must have sole writing credit for the sample pages you submit. This fellowship is for one (1) free membership and is non-transferrable.

If you have any questions, please comment here or email the fellowship gmail address listed above. theOffice staff will NOT be able to assist you so please DO NOT call, email, or drop by theOffice with questions.

If you’ve never been to theOffice and would like to try it out before submitting, please do! You’re welcome to do the free WEEK PASS. Just be sure to call first for availability. Contact info here. More photos of the space here. Again, staff will not handle contest queries.

Lastly, and importantly, do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. We want this to be of major value to the winner. Serious submissions only please.

This fellowship is an opportunity to take your craft and your career to the next level. If you are looking for a place to be inspired, a place to write with the big guns, a place to GET IT DONE, submit now. We look forward to reading your work!

*theOffice is closed to ALL members Mondays 6PM-11PM, Saturdays 8AM-10AM, Sundays 8AM-10:30AM due to outside rentals. Otherwise, the space is yours.


4 March 2014

Do you wish there was a place you could go for writing inspiration and practice? Where you could hang out with other writers? Without needing to make a long-term commitment or spend a lot of money?

Gotham Write-Ins are that place.

Here’s what happens. The teacher gives an interesting writing prompt. Everyone writes for a while. Then, those who want to read aloud their work. You take a break and socialize. Then you go through the process one more time. Then you partake of free drinks and snacks and socialize a little more. It’s 90 minutes plus social time afterwards.

There is no pressure, no critiquing, no angst. Just freewheeling creativity. It will get your juices flowing no matter what type of writing you favor.

You can sign up in advance or you can just drop in. It’s like an exercise class for writers. And it’s really fun.

Each session costs $20. Or you can buy a pass for three sessions for $45.
NOTE: For walk-in registrations, we only accept cash.

Write-In Times and Locations

Friday evenings, Manhattan
Gotham Headquarters
555 8th Avenue
(between 37th and 38th Streets)
Suite 1402

Saturday afternoons, Brooklyn
Two Moon Cafe
315 4th Avenue
(between 2nd and 3rd Streets)
Park Slope, Brooklyn

Credit and Refunds Policy
If you withdraw from a Write-In two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full Gotham credit toward another Write-In. No refunds are available.
Three-Session Pass:  If you withdraw from your Write-In two hours or more before the first class begins, you will receive a Gotham credit toward another Write-In. If you contact Gotham to withdraw two business days or more before the first Write-In is due to meet, you can receive a refund less $20 or receive a credit that can be applied toward any Gotham class
All Gotham credits are good for one year.