Archive for April, 2014


25 April 2014


The 2014 Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of

fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book.

The winner in each genre will be awarded $1,000.

We define an “emerging writer” as someone who has yet to publish a book,

including chapbooks, eBooks, and self-published works,

in any of the content genres: creative nonfiction, poetry, or fiction.

Deadline May 15, 2014.

Fiction and nonfiction entries should be under 6,000 words.

Poetry entries should contain 3-5 pages of poetry. For poetry,

we will be reading both for the strongest individual poem

and the general level of work, and may choose to publish

only some of the winner’s submitted poem.

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25 April 2014


Northern Colorado Writers is hosting its 4th annual Personal Essay/

Creative Nonfiction writing contest, open to everyone.

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

Winners and honorable mentions of this and the other two contests in the series

(Poetry coming up next) will be published in

and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology, POOLED INK.

Maximum 5,000 words.

Deadline June 30, 2014.

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25 April 2014


Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back,

sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently?

If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest.

You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay,

cartoon, graphic novel or poem.

First Prize: $5,000. Second Prize: $2,500. Third Prize: $1,500.

Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States

and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec),

who are 18 years and older.

Contest ends August 31, 2014.

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25 April 2014



$200 cash award plus 50 copies of the published book.

Additional copies will be available at an author’s discount.

All finalists will receive one free copy of the published book.

Deadline September 30, 2014.

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Tallenge Short Story and Poetry contests!

25 April 2014

Tallenge, which is a global talent platform. It has ongoing short story and poetry contest where writers amateurs and professionals from all over the world are invited to upload their works in any language.

TALLENGE WRITING CONTEST – the winner receives $100 prize money

The deadline for the contest is 11:59 PM GMT on 20-May-2014. The winner will be announced on 23-May-2014
You may enter as many times as you wish, provided that each submission is unique and satisfies the submission requirements
The submission must be the submitting entrant’s original work and not contain any third party copyrighted material, nor any obscene, defamatory or illegal material
By participating in the contest, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by the Official Rules and the decisions of Tallenge Inc.
No entrant will be eligible to receive a prize unless Tallenge determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, that such entrant’s submission has been or can be sufficiently cleared for legal purposes
No purchase necessary and no entry fee to participate
If you have any questions please email us at be sure to put “Tallenge Short Story Contest” in the subject line.
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TALLENGE POETRY CONTEST – the winner receives $100 prize money

The deadline for the contest is 11:59 PM GMT on 23-May-2014. The winner will be announced on 26-May-2014
You may enter as many times as you wish, provided that each submission is unique and satisfies the submission requirements
The submission must be the submitting entrant’s original work and not contain any third party copyrighted material, nor any obscene, defamatory or illegal material
By participating in the contest, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by the Official Rules and the decisions of Tallenge Inc.
No entrant will be eligible to receive a prize unless Tallenge determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, that such entrant’s submission has been or can be sufficiently cleared for legal purposes
No purchase necessary and no entry fee to participate
If you have any questions please email us at be sure to put “Tallenge Poetry Contest” in the subject line.
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Call for Submissions: Holocaust Remembrance Day

23 April 2014
The mission of the Poetry Super Highway
is to expose as many people to as many other
people’s poetry as possible.

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) is this Monday, April 28th. We’re looking for submissions of poetry written in response to the Holocaust for next week’s annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) issue.

  • Please read and follow these guidelines carefully. Because of the tight turnaround of this submission period, we will not be able to consider any submissions that do not follow the submission guidelines, and there will be no time to resubmit.
  • Submission deadline is this Friday, April 25th (midnight pacific) to be considered for this special issue.
  • Send no more than 3 poems in the body of an email (No Attachments)
  • Include a short bio which includes what city you live in.
  • Poems submitted or published for previous PSH Holocaust Remembrance Day issues (regardless of whether we publishd them) are not eligible for re-submission. We welcome your previously unpublished on Poetry Super Highway submissions.
  • The subject of your email should be “Holocaust Poetry Submission
  • E-mail your submission to (please note you will receive an automatic response indicating your work has been received for “weekly Poet of the Week consideration”…as long as you specify in the email subject that this is for the special Holocaust Remembrance Day issue, we will understand to consider it for this special issue.)

2014 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

19 April 2014

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2014 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-four year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.
Prizes and Publication:
The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of his or her winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. The second – and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise. Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts was founded by editor-in-chief Pamela Uschuk, winner of the 2010 American Book Award for her book Crazy Love: New Poems, and by poet William Pitt Root, Guggenheim Fellow and NEA recipient. The journal contains some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry in print, and the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is both proud and grateful to be associated with such a reputable publication.
Eligibility requirements for our 2014 competition are as follows:
What to submit:
• Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. We have extended our word limit for the first time in thirty years to 3,500 words rather than 3,000. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.
Who may submit:
• The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.
Submission requirements:
• Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required.

• The author’s name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.
Deadlines and Entry Fees:
• The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2014. The late entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 15, 2014. We encourage you to enter by May 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline. Entries postmarked after May 15, 2014 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 15, 2014 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2015 competition beginning May 16, 2014.
How to pay your entry fee:
• Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid — in U.S. funds — via a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.
Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:
Winners of our 2014 competition will be announced at the end of July 2014 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by January 1, 2015. All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041 or submitted online.

For more information, please explore the website at:

or e-mail:

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

19 April 2014

DEADLINE: June 30, 2014
GENRE: Short Stories
DETAILS: Submit the worst possible opening sentence for a story
up to 60 words max. Enter as many times as you like.
PRIZE: a pittance

The rules to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest are childishly simple:

Each entry must consist of a single sentence but you may submit as many entries as you wish. (One fellow once submitted over 3,000 entries.)

Sentences may be of any length but we strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words. Entries must be “original” (as it were) and previously unpublished.

Surface mail entries should be submitted on index cards, the sentence on one side and the entrant’s name, address, and phone number on the other.

E-mail entries should be in the body of the message, not in an attachment (and it would be really swell if you submitted your entries in Arial 12 font). One e-mail may contain multiple entries.

Entries will be judged by categories, from “general” to detective, western, science fiction, romance, and so on. There will be overall winners as well as category winners.

The official deadline is April 15 (a date that Americans associate with painful submissions and making up bad stories). The actual deadline is June 30, 2014.

The contest accepts submissions every day of the livelong year.

Wild Card Rule: Resist the temptation to work with puns like “It was a stark and dormy night.“

Finally, in keeping with the gravitas, high seriousness, and general bignitude of the contest, the grand prize winner will receive … a pittance.

You may inflict your entries either by electronic or surface mail.

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19 April 2014

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014
GENRE: Books
OPEN TO: Authors with no published fiction books
DETAILS: Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the
heart of the story, and emphasis is on the solution rather than the
details of the crime. The story’ primary setting is the
Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following
states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Texas, and/or Utah. 60,000 words max.
PRIZE: $10,000 advance against royalties


19 April 2014

DEADLINE: May 31, 2014
GENRE: Short Stories
DETAILS: One story of up to 12,000 words
PRIZE: $700 and publication in Glimmer Train


19 April 2014

DEADLINE: May 31, 2014
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: US students in Grades 11 and 12
DETAILS: Poems submitted should, in any way possible, evoke
humankind’s awareness of the natural world and nature as such. One
poem, any length or form.
PRIZE: $200

Criminal Lines

19 April 2014


DEADLINE: May 5, 2014

OPEN TO: Unagented debut authors born or resident in UK or Ireland

GENRE: Books DETAILS: Submit the first 15,000 words of your crime/thriller novel and a synopsis of a maximum 800 words.

PRIZE: £1000 and chance to meet with AM Heath agents.


Tell It Strange Essay & Story Contest

19 April 2014

Deadline: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Entry Fees:

$15 per entry March 2 through May 31, 2014


First Place: $1,000 (USD); publication, along with the finalist judge’s comments, in The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop offered in New York City or online by Gotham Writers Workshop ($445 value); and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.

Second Place: $500 (USD); publication on The Writer website (; one-year subscription to The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop, either in New York City or online, offered by Gotham Writers Workshop.

Third Place: $250 (USD); publication on The Writer website (; and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop, either in New York City or online, by Gotham Writers Workshop. Gotham Writers Workshop will also publish an excerpt of this story on its website.


Choose one of the Ms. Proulx’s insightful quotes to respond to:

“We’re all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up.” –The Shipping News

“There’s something wrong with everybody and it’s up to you to know what you can handle.” –Close Range

Entries may be in any genre — including fiction, memoir, essay and poetry.

Contact Information


Nowhere Magazine’s Spring 2014 Travel Writing Contest

19 April 2014

Deadline:Thursday, May 15, 2014

Entry Fees

$15 entry fee


The winner will be awarded $300 and published in an upcoming issue of Nowhere. The top 10 stories will be announced on the website and published on .


Award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is teaming up with Outside Magazine Executive Editor Sam Moulton for the first Nowhere Spring Travel Writing Contest. We are looking for young, old, novice and veteran voices with a powerful sense of place in their writing. Stories can be fiction or nonfiction, but please indicate which at the top of each manuscript. Entries should be be between 800-5,000 words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted, but again, please indicate this. Every submission will be read blind.

Contact Information

Porter Fox, Editor

Nowhere Publishing LLC
694 Myrtle Ave, #377
Brooklyn, NY 11205


Bastion Science Fiction Magazine Needs Stories for June Issue – Pays $50/story

19 April 2014

Bastion Science Fiction Magazine, which released its first issue this month, is currently accepting submissions for a limited time for the June 2014 issue. (Submissions for the May 2014 issue have already been filled.) R. Leigh Hennig, editor-in-chief, is reviewing electrifying works of the weird and eccentric, mainly short sci-fi stories, 1K to 5K words. He will consider other fiction genres, such as horror, crime and thriller, provided that the story includes strong sci-fi elements. Payment: up to a max of $50/story for First Rights. Rights revert to authors after 30 days. The debut issue included eight stories by emerging and experienced writers. R. Leigh Hennig plans to publish a monthly issue, plus an annual anthology. Deadline: soon.

Learn how to submit here –

Freelance Markets and Job opportunities

19 April 2014


ADOPTIVE FAMILIES — Adoptive Families is the leading information resource for families before, during, and after adoption. The award-winning national bimonthly magazine provides independent, authoritative adoption information in an accessible and reader-friendly format.


PARENTLIFE – — A Christian parenting magazine designed to take parents from pregnancy through the preteen years. ParentLife brings a Christian worldview to today’s top parenting and cultural issues, covering topics related to health, development, education, discipline, and spiritual growth. Each issue of ParentLife gives practical ideas and insights to help parents meet the responsibilities and celebrate the joys of parenting. ParentLife is set apart from other secular parenting magazines in that it alone addresses the whole child: physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally … and spiritually. Pays up to $350 for articles of 350 to 1,200 words.


HOW – — HOW is the business magazine for graphic designers and a leading source of ideas and creative solutions for the industry. Published bimonthly, it’s about 75 percent freelance written. Articles include: detailed information on industry trends; outstanding examples of design / illustration / photography (whether in the form of printed material, identity design, videos, CDROM, Web sites, signage programs, etc.); profiles of noteworthy industry figures, usually in conjunction with a specific project they’ve completed; business tips; new technology; new disciplines for graphic designers; and pressing industry issues. Columns typically run around 1,200 words. Features run 1,500 to 2,000 words. Payment ranges $250-$800. 20 percent kill fee.


COLUMBIA KIDS – — COLUMBIAKids is a free online magazine that features exciting, interesting, and informative articles and stories based in Pacific Northwest history. Our target readers are children up to age 14 who live in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, but we also welcome subscribers from all over the world. All articles considered on spec. Features- Length: 800-1,200 words each; $200. Departments 200-800 words each; $50-$500.


FLW OUTDOORS – — Provides information to avid anglers to include techniques, tips, destinations, and tournaments. Has a children’s pull-out section as well. Welcome family-oriented topics as well as competitive fishing information. Articles are up to 200 words. Fiction accepted up to 500 words. Several other columns open to freelancers. Pays $200 to $500.



KPOPSTARZ – FREELANCE WRITERS Location Virtual — KMEDIA Group is hiring energetic and internet-savvy K-Pop news reporters/writers (I.C.) who have experience writing for online media, are willing to be passionate in this entertainment field, are willing to research, write and meet daily deadlines and goals. Reporters/writers will write about Korean pop and entertainment that are trending in real time. Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field. Minimum of 1 year of journalism experience for online multimedia. Proficient in AP Style.


COPY EDITOR/WRITER – VIBEVIXEN.COM Partial Virtual/part New York – — Does bad grammar give you a grimace and careless copy make you cringe? Vixen, VIBE Magazine’s sister brand, is looking for a grammar-obsessed copy editor/writer to top edit (and cover) beauty, fashion, entertainment, and celeb interviews for Candidates must have a highly developed editorial voice with a distinctly feminine perspective and urban edge. We’re only looking for a part-time commitment of three days per week—two of which can be worked remotely!

Grants, Scholarships, Fellowships, Crowdfunding Opportunities

19 April 2014

SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER GRANT – The Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a female playwright to be supported by three extraordinary institutions over the course of a year while she writes and develops a new play. In addition to a cash prize of $10,000, the playwright will receive residencies at three geographically distinct institutions—AROHO, Hedgebrook, and the Lark Play Development Center—each one providing a different kind of support at successive stages in the playwright’s process. The fellowship seeks to make possible for the playwright a breakthrough into the kind of new work she would not have had the freedom or the resources to create otherwise. Deadline July 1, 2014.


EUGENE C. PULLIAM FELLOWSHIP FOR EDITORIAL WRITING – Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship was established to enable a mid-career editorial writer or columnist to have time away from daily responsibilities for study and research. The cash award allows Pulliam Editorial Fellows to take courses, pursue independent study, travel, pursue other endeavors that enrich their knowledge of a public interest issue. The Pulliam Fellowship awards $75,000 to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Deadline June 22, 2014.


ARTS IN EDUCATON ARTIST ROSTER APPLICATONS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE – Council invites applications from professional artists in all disciplines who are experienced in their field/s and can make a strong personal commitment to working in an educational setting with students, educators, administrators and parents to apply to the Arts in Education (AIE) Roster. Interested artists should contact the Arts in Education (AIE) Coordinator Catherine O’Brian to discuss their application prior to submitting it. Deadline May 2, 2014.


ILLINOIS ROAD SCHOLAR PROGRAM – Deadline May 5, 2014. From the history of Motown to the moral tribulations of Albert Einstein, our curiosity can lead us to unexpected places. As an IHC Road Scholar, you’ll have the freedom to wander….take Illinois along with you!


PUBSLUSH – — Founded by mother and daughter entrepreneurs, Hellen and Amanda Barbara, Pubslush is a global, crowdfunding and analytics platform only for books. Our platform allows authors to raise money and gauge the initial audience for new book ideas, and for readers to pledge their financial support to bring books to life. Pubslush is entirely about giving: giving an opportunity to authors, giving a voice to readers, and giving books to children without access to literature.


19 April 2014


Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length,

Submitted by May 31, 2014.

Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction

that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series.

The mystery should be “traditional” in flavor.

The crime must be solved using the deductive abilities of the sleuth.

No coincidences.

The detective could be a professional or amateur.

The setting could be NYC or Boston or wherever.

We’re not looking for anything derivative of the Nero Wolfe character, milieu, etc.

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19 April 2014


Deadline May 1, 2014.

Minimum of 30,000 words. Must be in English.

One Grand Prize winner will receive Hay House Insights contract and $5,000 advance.

First Place winner will receive FREE Discover publishing package with Balboa Press,

video press release and distribution upon publication, Hay House Radio Interview.

Second Place winner will receive FREE Connect publishing package with Balboa Press.

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19 April 2014


Open to all military personnel, veterans, and their families.

Call for Submissions and Contest for Volume 3,

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.

Deadline: June 1, 2014 (postmarked).

Five categories for the contest, $250 prize in each.

Poetry, Short Fiction, Essay, Photography, Interview with a Warrior.

Poetry: up to 3 poems (5 pages maximum).

Fiction, essay, interview: 5,000-word limit.

Interviews are with military or veterans.

Questions?: contact the University Press at


Sonora Review 2014 Short-Fiction Contest Submissions Now Open

19 April 2014

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014

JUDGE: Matt Bell, author of In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods.

WHAT WE WANT: Your absolute best, most imaginative fiction up to 1,000 words. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced. Include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any other pertinent information about your submission. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know as soon as possible if the work is accepted elsewhere; multiple submissions are also fine, although you will have to pay the contest fee again. Please remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before submitting.

HOW TO DO IT: Submit online or send a SASE to Mike Coakley and Laura Miller, Editors-in-Chief / (c/o Fiction Editorial Board) / Sonora Review / Dept. of English / University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ 85719.

WINNER RECEIVES: 1,000 dollar cash prize and publication, finalists will be considered for publication in Issue 66 of Sonora Review.

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19 April 2014

— $15 ENTRY FEE.

Deadline May 15, 2014.

Essays and nonfiction up to 6,000 words.

Hybrid projects warmly welcomed.

Winner receives $1,000 prize and publication,

and finalists will be considered for publication

in Issue 66 of Sonora Review.

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19 April 2014

Fiction Contest


Deadline May 1, 2014.

Grand prize $250, publication in short story bonus issue, photo on cover, year’s subscription, five free online subscription to friends/family, guest appearance on radio show and full access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Second place $100 plus publication, photo, online subscription, three guest online subscriptions, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Third place $50 plus publication, photo, online subscription, a guest online subscription, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Ten runners-up receive publication, online subscription, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Manuscript must be 1500 words or less.

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Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry

19 April 2014

“Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry. 

Briery Creek Press will be reading for the 2015 contest.

Deadline:  May 31, 2014.  No late mss. 

Winner receives publication, 50 copies, $1,000. 

Entry fee: $20.00.

All entries receive a copy of the winning book.

Guidelines for SASE to:

DPR/Briery Creek

Department of English

Longwood University

201 High Street

Farmville, VA 23909 

or visit:  for details on how to enter!

Our judge for the contest, based out of Longwood University in Farmville, Va., is Dr. Craig Challender.

Birmingham Poetry Prize 2014

19 April 2014

For unpublished poems up to 40 lines or fewer on any subject, theme or form.
Prizes: £750 + 5 runner up prizes of pamphlet collection.
Entry fee: £2 per poem. £1 for each subsequent poem.
Judges: Roy McFarlane & Charlie Jordan
Closing date: 31 May 2014

The Birmingham Poetry Prize 2014 is organised by The Magpie’s Nest, a literary magazine which provides a platform for emerging and established poets and writers. the magazine welcomes submissions of original poetry and short fiction.

Postal address: The Magpie’s Nest, 338 Gibb Street, Custard Factory, Digbeth,
Birmingham, United Kingdom, B9 4AA

To obtain a free electronic issue of The Magpie’s Nest email

For further information please visit