Archive for April 6th, 2014

The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

6 April 2014
The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions each year from January 1st to September 30th through our online submissions manager. The judges for this year’s prize are Margaret Atwood (for poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (for fiction).
In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 in addition to a prize pack of books, each valued at approximately $700.
This year’s growing list of donating presses includes:
  • BookThug
  • Brick Books
  • Chaudiere Books
  • Coach House Books
  • Cormorant Books
  • ECW Press
  • Freehand Books
  • Gaspereau Press
  • Goose Lane Editions
  • House of Anansi Press
  • Insomniac Press
  • Mansfield Press
  • The Porcupine’s Quill
All submissions must be in size 12, Times New Roman, Garamond, or Arial typefaces. Submissions must be in .doc or .rtf format. Each poetry submission is limited to four poems or four pages, whichever comes first. Each fiction submission must be double-spaced and must be no more than 8,000 words. Nevertheless, authors may submit multiple times in one or both fields.
Any submission that does not abide by the above guidelines will be rejected without refund.

Every submission to The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize must be accompanied by a PayPal donation of $15. If the name on your PayPal account differs from the name on your submission, please be sure to indicate this in the body of your submission or in your PayPal comments. Upon receipt of your donation and literary submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Winning entries are announced in October, 2014.

More information can be found at:



Poetic Republic Short Story Prize and Poetry Prize

6 April 2014

Poetic Republic Short Story Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 15th April 2014

First Prize £2,000. Best Commentator prizes 2x £250.

Anonymous peer review online short story competition judged by the entrants themselves.

The event culminates with a collaborative eBook publication featuring the best short stories as chosen by the participants.

For Short Stories from 500 to 3,000 words.

Entry fee:  £12 per story; one entry per person.

Enter online at:


Poetic Republic Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 30th April 2014

Single Poem Prize £2,000. Portfolio Prize £1,000.

Anonymous peer review online poetry competition judged by the entrants themselves.

The event culminates with a collaborative eBook publication featuring the best poems and comments as chosen by the participants.

For poems up to 42 lines.

Entry fee:  £7 per poem

Enter online at:

The Georgia Review announces the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

6 April 2014

Postmark deadline/Online submission deadline: May 15, 2014

The Georgia Review announces the second annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

—$1,000 and publication in The Georgia Review for a single poem,

originally written in English and never before published either in print or online.

The submission period is April 1, 2014–May 15, 2014,

with the winning poem to be announced on August 15, 2014.

Current subscribers may enter free of charge;

nonsubscribers may begin a subscription at the time of entry

—$35 for four issues, which is $5 off the regular price

—or pay an entry fee of $15. 

The Georgia Review editors will judge.

Poems may be submitted electronically or by post.

For full submission details, visit

Writing Contest: Describe a Movie Clip and You Could Win $2000!

6 April 2014
Take a look at this. CaptionMax, a subtitle and video description company, is inviting writers to describe a short movie clip. The best entry wins $2,000 (or $1,000 for second, $500 for third). That’s a lot of money for describing 90 seconds of video!
And it’s for a good cause. Description, as it’s called in the industry, helps people with vision loss enjoy movies and TV programs. Writers translate visual information into words, inserting description of the scene into the pauses between spoken words in the original soundtrack.
CaptionMax is looking to promote the next generation of Description writers. Is it one of your writers?
Help me spread the word in any one of these ways:
1.  Invite the writers that you know to participate.  Details are found at
2.  Post the news on FB or tweet all this goodness.
3.  Place a banner on your site or page using the contest graphics (I can send these to you).
Let’s get some writers paid for doing good work.
Submissions due by April 30, 2014 
If you have any questions, I’d be happy to get you answers. Cheers!
Luke Finsaas


The Society of Women Writers Tasmania – Short Story Writing Competition

6 April 2014


The Society of Women Writers Tasmania is presenting a great opportunity for YOU to demonstrate your short-story writing skills by entering a short-story competition. The inaugural Launceston Tasmania Literary Award is inviting entries from all writers (both male and female) worldwide. Generously sponsored by the Launceston City Council, a first prize of $2,500, a second prize of $750 and a third prize of $500 is being awarded, as well as ‘Highly Commended’ and ‘Commended’ certificates. Entries of between 1300 and 1500 words on an open theme are being accepted, online, until midnight June 13th 2014.

For more details on how to enter this Literary Award, please go to


Announcing The Hal Prize Creative Contest Open to All

6 April 2014

The Peninsula Pulse, a news, art and entertainment publication based in Door County, WI, proudly presents the 2014 Hal Prize.
The Hal Prize is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States. Judges for each category include prestigious and professional authors and photographers including authors Heid Erdrich, Michael Perry, and Lesley Kagen and photographers Len Villano and Kelly Avenson.
The Hal Prize offers publication in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue, reading a readership of 17,000. Cash awards of up to $150, a week stay at Write On, Door County (a literary retreat located in the heart of the Door Peninsula), a class at Peninsula School of Art (a nationally recognized year-round destination for artists and art appreciators), and other prizes will be awarded.
Judging this year’s poetry contest is Heid Erdrich, author of four poetry collections, most recently Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems. Her collection National Monuments received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. She is the author of Original Local: Indigenous Food Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest and teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Augsburg College.
Juding this year’s nonfiction contest is Michael Perry, whose bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an amateur pig farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down Records). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues and is currently finishing his first young adult novel.
Judging this year’s fiction contest is New York Times bestselling author Lesley Kagen, a Milwaukee native whose novels include Whistling in the Dark (which appeared on the American Booksellers list, Midwest Booksellers list, and won the Midwest Booksellers Book of the Year), Land of a Hundred Wonders, Tomorrow River, Good Graces, and Mare’s Nest.
The judges for this year’s photography contest include Len Villano and Kelly Avenson.
Photography Director for the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living Villano is also an artist, musician, recording engineer and producer, who left a promising career in architecture years ago to devote his life to capturing the beauty of nature on film.
Kelly Avenson, owner and photographer at Avenson Photography (located on Third Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay), specializes in real life and portraiture photography. Her work can be found in the pages of the Door County Advocate, the walls of Greco Gallery “an artistic boutique,” and many homes throughout the county, state and country. She was honored to be chosen for the Art of Photography Show in San Diego in 2010 along with being published in Budget Travel Magazine, National Geographic Kids and other publications throughout the country.
The Hal Prize is presented in collaboration with Write On, Door County, a nonprofit organization promoting writing and reading to year-round and seasonal residents in the county.
The Hal Prize is held in the spirit of the late Hal Grutzmacher, a professor and Door County bookstore owner, by offering commentary and encouragement to promising writers and photographers.
All submissions will be accepted digitally. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 27, 2014; the deadline for next year’s contest will be Friday, April 25, 2015.
For complete submission guidelines and to submit your creative work, visit:
Email questions to:
Learn more about Peninsula Pulse at and Write On, Door County at: