Archive for June, 2014

2014 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

21 June 2014

2014 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

1st Prize $1500 | 2nd Prize $750 | 3rd Prize $500

Our Topic for 2014 – “Lincoln and the Hard Hand of War”

In 1864 the American Civil War became even more savage. Casualties rose and prisoner exchanges stopped. During William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea and Phil Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley campaign, civilian property was deliberately targeted. Was Lincoln in part responsible for this hardening and brutalization of war in 1864, or was it an unpreventable development–a consequence of war’s inertia? Should he have tried to mitigate it? Was this more brutal war and its hundreds of thousands of casualties and endless destruction justified in the effort to save the Union and destroy slavery – or was it not acceptable for any reason?

Contest Rules
  • Please examine the rules below closely before contacting The Lincoln Forum or the contest coordinator with eligibility questions.
  • The scholarship essay contest is designed for students who are FULL TIME, undergraduate students in an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the Spring 2014 semester. The July 31, 2014 deadline is designed to give these students time to finish their essays, if need be, after final exams.
  • You do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to be attending an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the eligibility period.
  • It is NOT open to high school students. Key question to consider; when we contact your college or university registrar will they be able to confirm that you were enrolled as a full-time college student during the spring 2014 semester? If the answer is no, you are not eligible.
  • The eligibility of entrants will be confirmed by the Lincoln Forum prior to the awarding of prizes.
  • Entries will be judged by the essay committee of The Lincoln Forum.
  • Deadline for entries is July 31, 2014
  • Entries must contain a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 5,000 words.
  • Essays may be submitted via regular mail (postmarked by July 31, 2014) or via e-mail (time stamped before midnight PST July 31, 2014) to the address below.
  • The essay must be typed and include a works-cited page or bibliography. End notes are suggested but not required.
  • There is no application form for the contest. The essay and your contact information serves as your application.
  • Applicants must include the name of their college or university with their entire and all contact information (regular and email address) must be put on the essay proper.
  • Judging will take place during the fall. The three winners will be announced at the Lincoln Forum annual meeting in Gettysburg on November 18th. Checks from the Lincoln forum will be sent to the winners in December 2014 The scholarship prize money is designed as a reward for academic excellence. It can be used for any purpose the winner desires.
  • The essay can be sent via email ( e-mail: ) or regular mail to the address below.

Don McCue, curator of The Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, California serves as coordinator of the Essay Contest.

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The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

21 June 2014

DEADLINE: July 31, 2014

PRIZES: $3,000
DETAILS: Open to Kentucky residents, or writers whose work is set in or is about Kentucky. Winner must be willing to travel to KY for readings and events. Submissions may include: a collection of poetry (48-100 pages); a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, a short novel, a collection of essays or creative nonfiction (to 250 pages). No history, scholarly works, children’s literature, plays, genre literature. No single stories or poems under 150 pages.

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature,

Sarabande Books, Inc.

2234 Dundee Road

Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40205



21 June 2014

DEADLINE: July 1, 2014
PRIZES: Advance against royalties of $10,000
DETAILS: Open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published “private eye” novel and who is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a “private eye” novel. Must be book-length (approx. 60,000 words) in English. A “private eye” novel is defined as: A novel in which the main character is an independent investigator who is not a member of any law enforcement or government agency, and who receives a fee for his or her investigative services.
CONTACT: PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition, Thomas Dunne
Books, St. Martin’s Press, 175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
(entry form will provide submission address)

Submit Work to Teen Ink & Get Published!

21 June 2014

Teen Ink has no staff writers; we depend completely on you to send writing, art, and photos. There is no charge to submit or be published. All submissions will be considered for publication in Teen Ink’s print magazine and website.

General Guidelines
  • All submissions of writing and artwork will be considered for publication in our monthly print magazine and on, and are also automatically entered into any relevant contests.
  • Teen Ink has no deadlines. We accept submissions year round. If, however, you are sending work that is holiday-specific, please submit it at least two months ahead.
  • You must be 13 to 19 years old to be a user and be published in Teen Ink magazine.
  • Requesting anonymity. If, due to the personal nature of a piece, you don’t want your name published, please check the anonymous box when submitting your work. We will respect your request and not publish your name in print or online, but we must still have accurate name and address information for every user.
  • All materials submitted become the property of Teen Ink. By submitting your work to us, you are giving Teen Ink and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to Teen Ink retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so. Teen Ink is copyrighted by the Young Authors Foundation, Inc.
  • Plagiarism. Teen Ink has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. We check the originality of all published work through WriteCheck.

How to submit, visit:


20 June 2014

Second Place: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $4
($3 for each additional entry)
Deadline: September 2, 2014
Maximum length: 1,000 words

All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
October 2014 Issue of Gemini.

Any subject, style or genre:
experimental, mainstream, noir, fantasy, humor, erotica….
Simply send your best, most powerful, unpublished work.

Why such a low entry fee? So EVERYONE can have a chance.
Both new and experienced writers have won our contests.

Visit the website for details on how to enter: is now reviewing nonfiction (how-to) articles on the business and craft of freelance writing

20 June 2014 is now reviewing nonfiction (how-to) articles on the business and craft of freelance writing. This also includes topics on how-to write fiction and poetry. Word length is between 700 and 1,200 words. Payment, on acceptance, is an honorarium of $25. The editors work with both emerging and seasoned writers. Writers are invited to submit a query letter with up to three article ideas at

FYI: We’ve been publishing new articles at over the last year.

Our full writer’s guidelines are at:

Freelance Writing Market Opportunites

20 June 2014

The Script Room is a place where you can send your script to be assessed by our team of experienced readers. We read all scripts as a calling card of a writer’s talent. This is not a free script-reading service, but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best new writing talent, offering writers without a track record, representation, or contacts the opportunity to have their work considered by the BBC. Shortlisted writers will go forward to access a range of development opportunities with BBC writersroom. Deadline July 7, 2014.

More prosaically, most features we publish hover in the 1500-2000-word range. We pay a flat rate for accepted work, paid within 30 days of publication. The rate varies from $250 to $800 for essays and reported work, with longer-form reporting paid at the higher end of the scale. For reported pieces, we pay additionally for photos, audio, and video, to be negotiated as part of the assignment. We can pay some modest expenses for reporting as well. The Magazine aims to publish articles “for curious people with a technical bent.”

Essay and nonfiction preferred 700 to 2,000 words. Also accepts poetry, lists, and flash. Swearing is acceptable and can be humorous, serious or sentimental. Deadline June 30, 2014. Average payment after publication is $125 per single 1,000-word essay.

Our fourth print issue of the year is themed ‘Medicine’. We want all your words and visuals that have to do with health, caring, illness, etc. We’re especially after two kinds of contributors for the Medicine Issue: excellent writers and artists tackling an issue related to medicine; and people who work in the medical industry. Deadline July 1, 2014. Payment (for the print magazine): $250/fiction or nonfiction feature story; $150/column or profile; $100 for poetry; and $50/flash fiction.

Shelf Unbound Magazine Launches Third Annual Contest to Discover the Best in Self-Published Books

20 June 2014

Now sponsored by Bowker, the annual competition for independent publishers is accepting entries through October 1, 2014.

Book review magazine Shelf Unbound is accepting entries for its third annual competition to crown the best from independent presses, self-published authors and publishers producing five or less titles per year. The winning entry, selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound, will be featured with runners-up in the magazine’s December/January 2015 issue – read by 125,000 book. This year’s competition is sponsored by Bowker, the official U.S. ISBN registration agency and creator of

“The publishing universe is transforming, opening to many more authors and providing an extraordinary new range of books for readers,” said Beat Barblan, director of Identifier Services at Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate. “Bowker has always played a key role in connecting publishers with readers. We see this wonderful competition as a way to extend that mission in a fun and exciting new way.”

More than 391,000 books were self-published in 2012 – more than 400% growth in just five years, according to Bowker’s renowned industry tracking. While traditional book reviewing media rarely feature titles from small presses, Shelf Unbound curates the best of independently published books, helping to connect readers with high-quality titles that might otherwise be missed. Two years ago, they founded the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book. Past winners include The Last Death of Tev Chrisini by Jennifer Bresnick and The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock.

“The quality of the best of self-published books is extraordinary, and we are thrilled to discover and promote the cream of the crop,” said Shelf Unbound Publisher Margaret Brown. “The December/January issue of Shelf Unbound featuring our competition winners, finalists, and notable books has become one of our editors’ and readers’ favorites – a place to find the best indie books in a variety of genres.”

Any independently published book or e-book in any genre with any publication date is eligible for entry and the competition is open to authors around the globe. This year the competition also introduces the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of Lamb to the Slaughter.

Entry fee is $40 per book. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter. The deadline is midnight on October 1, 2014, with winners notified by November 2, 2014. Rules and submission details can be found at

About Shelf Media Group
Dallas-based Shelf Media Group is the publisher of Shelf Unbound, a book review magazine that presents the best of independent publishing in a digital format. Curated by editors with their fingers on the pulse of small press, independent, and self-published books, Shelf Unbound features “must read” new fiction and nonfiction releases in a rich, visually engaging design.

Media Contact: Beth Dempsey, for Shelf Unbound

Email or 248-915-8160

SOURCE Shelf Media Group

Artistic Research & Development Grant/Writing Residencies Applications

20 June 2014

Deadline September 18, 2014. Artist Research and Development Grants are designed to support individual artists from all disciplines. The purpose of this grant is to support the advancement of artistic research, aid in the development of artistic work and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona’s communities.

Location Nebraska City, NE. Deadline September 1, 2014. Offering two to eight week residencies writers, visual artists and music composers. Housing, studio space and stipend are provided.

The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Barbados is pleased to announce an open call for the Colleen Lewis Open Archive Residency between September and November 2014. Applications from artists worldwide are welcomed. This residency aims to support visual artists, writers and creatives by offering a peaceful working space for a minimum of 4 weeks, and the opportunity to interface with the Colleen Lewis Reading Room (CLRR) as an archive with which to engage, respond and activate.

The Artist-In-Residence program is open to professional American writers, composers and visual artists, including photographers, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by this superb Michigan scene. It provides resident artists the opportunity to capture the moods of Sleeping Bear Dunes in their particular medium. The program provides rent-free use of either a park house located in the vicinity of the village of Empire (no pets), or a campsite in one of the developed mainland campgrounds.


Post marked application deadline for the 2014 season is November 15, 2014. All proposed residency projects must promote and celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park’s upcoming centennial celebration in 2015. The Artist-In-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a historic cabin for two-week periods from June through September. No stipend is provided.


HARD TIMES WRITING CONTEST – Deadline Extended to July 30, 2014

20 June 2014
Deadline: Extended to July 30, 2014



1ST PLACE: Your choice of a 3 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.                                                                             

2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at our B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited.                                 

3rd PLACE: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.                                                                            

10 Honorable Mentions



Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).


Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).Multiple entries are accepted. Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not use Fedex, certified mail, etc.

Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  
Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.                                          Emailed submissions may be sent to, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Please put your entry and cover sheet in one document (Word). 
The entry fee is payable online at:


20 June 2014

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce the debut of an annual contest,

beginning this year with Prose & Poetry awards.

We’re interested in poems, stories, and essays with a fairy-tale feel

— mainstream to experimental, genre to literary, realist to fabulist.

Both contests will award $1,000, and all submissions will be considered for publication in The Mauve Issue.


Deadline July 15, 2014

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Call For Submissions: “Dammit, I Love You”

20 June 2014

Brandt Street Press is now accepting story submissions

for the next anthology in our Dammit Nonfiction Series: “Dammit, I Love You.”

We seek stories that reveal a lesson learned from love.

The story must be true and not published somewhere else.

It should amaze and inspire. And, more than anything else, it should be entertaining.

Deadline: October 15, 2014

For complete submission guidelines, please visit

and click on the “Want to be a Dammit Author?” link.

We are a very author-friendly press and pay royalties at or above industry standard.


20 June 2014

We will hold our annual flash fiction contest for the Fall 2014 issue.

Submit a story 750 words or fewer.

Enter a maximum of two stories.

First place $500. Second place $250. Third place $100.

Winners will be published. We also may publish other admirable submissions.

Winners will be notified after the contest has closed.


Visit the website:


20 June 2014

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine,

invites emerging and established writers from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter.

$1,000 awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir,

narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography,

all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

All entries should be previously unpublished, and between 2,000-3,000 words in length.

ENTRY FEE $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for U.S. entries, and $45 elsewhere.

Deadline August 1, 2014 (postmark date).

Visit the website for details:

The New Guards Contests in Fiction & Poetry

20 June 2014
THE NEW GUARD VOLUME IV contest submission period runs from February 10 to July 14, 2014. The entry fee is $15. Guidelines are below. Click the link below to submit via Submittable’s online submission manager. We are looking forward to reading your work!
MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. We do not publish illustrations.
Judged by Letters to Wendy’s author Joe Wenderoth.
KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional poem in any form. Three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem.
Judged by National Book Award Finalist and author of Fast Animal, Tim Seibles.
We accept .doc or similar files–no PDFs, please. We do pay strict attention to word and line count. We accept previously unpublished work only. Any size print run or online publication (including blogs and/or social networking) disqualify an entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided we’re notified upon publication elsewhere. If we accept your story or poem for publication, we trust you will remove that story or poem from all other contests upon our acceptance of your work.
Contest winners and all finalists get one free copy of The New Guard, and each submission will be carefully considered for publication. Final judging is blind.
TNG retains standard first publication rights; all rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication. We are presently accepting contest submissions only. Please note that we no longer accept submissions via postal mail.
Please direct all submission questions to:
Visit the website for details:


20 June 2014

Accepting short stories of Canadian fiction in English from 3,000 to 3,500 words.

The finalist receives a cash prize of $2,000

and a cast pewter medallion.


Deadline August 5, 2014

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20 June 2014


Four Orlando prizes of $1,000 each and publication in The Los Angeles Review

are awarded twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story,

and an essay by women writers.

Deadline July 31, 2014

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Welcome to the 2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

20 June 2014


The BlueCat Screenplay Competition accepts both feature length and short screenplays, and in keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis, with our best screenplays receiving over $40,000 in cash prizes.

The Special Early Entry Fee for all scripts received by June 15th is $55 for features and $35 for short screenplays.

All submissions received by June 15th will receive their written analysis by July 1st. The next analysis deadline isn’t until September!

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.
$15,000 Grand Prize
Four Finalists
$2,500 Prize
$10,000 Grand Prize
Three Finalists
$1,500 Prize
Best Feature Screenplay from the UK
$1,500 Prize
Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK
$1,500 Prize
Three Winners: $250 each
All screenplays entered by August 1st are eligible
Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:
  • Aaron Guzikowski’s #1 Film “Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo, was released in September 2013. He is also the creator of “The Red Road,” a Sundance Channel original series.
  • Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham,” a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
  • Ana Lily Amipour’s debut feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”, premiered at 2014 Sundance.
  • Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell,” to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.


BlueCat Screenplay Competition


The Creative Writing Competitions

20 June 2014

Descriptive Mystery Story Competition

1st Prize: £100.00

2nd Prize: £75.00

3rd Prize: £50.00

Closing date:  16th August 2014

Entry fee: £2.00 or Free to Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members

We want you to write a story inspired by the photo published online.   Consider that something unusual or unexplained happened here.  Importantly, we want you to bring the scenes to life by making it beautifully descriptive.

Maximum word count: 1200 including the title

Erotic Fiction Writing Competition

1st Prize: £200.00

2nd Prize: £150.00

3rd Prize: £100.00

Closing date: 25th August 2014

Entry fee: £3.00 or FREE to Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members

Using the photo published online for inspiration, create a story that both captivates and tantalises the reader. The story can be deeply moving, sensual, sexual or even contain moments of humour, but it should be well-written, with a start, middle and ending. Please note that gratuitous sex scenes are not permitted.  Erotic content should be relevant to the progression of characters and plot.
Maximum word count: 2000 excluding the title

This Living Planet Poetry Competition

1st Prize: £150.00

2nd Prize: £100.00

3rd Prize: £75.00

Closing date: September 1st 2014

Entry fee: £3.00 or Free to Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members

Craft a poem around any aspect of our living planet and you could be in with a chance of winning our top prize of £150 plus publication.

TLC Productions: 3rd biennial One Acts Festival!

20 June 2014

The  Canton One Acts Festival 2015 will be produced at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill the weekend of January 16-18, 2015.  Check our our One Acts page for more details.

We are now accepting one act scripts of up to 15 minutes in length.  Only the first 100 scripts received that follow the submission guidelines will be accepted. At this time, we have already received 50% of the scripts!    There will be a donation fee of $15 to Canton’s One Acts Festival,  which supports the overall production of the festival, must be submitted to have a script entered into the Festival for consideration.  This donation/fee entitles the author to submit up to 2 scripts.

TLC Productions is also seeking directors for the plays that will be selected. If interested,  please fill out the director submission form. The number of directors selected will depend on the number of plays selected.

Auditions will be held at the Canton Administration Building public meeting rooms on October 13-14, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Visit the website:

The Atlantis Short Story Competition 2014

20 June 2014

Cash prizes ($450, first prize is $300) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers.

No theme or genre restrictions.

Maximum 2,500 words.

Entry fee: starts from $10 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place)

Deadline: November 30, 2014


Contact e-mail:

For further updates & announcements (dates), check !

Tethered by Letters: Fall Literary Contests 2014

20 June 2014

Contest Submission


TBL is pleased to announce our second annual Fall Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. For these contests we are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles.

Deadline: July 15th, 2014. Midnight EST.

Judging: All submissions will be judged by the professional editing team at TBL and the winner will be announced publicly on August 1st, 2014. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges by the end of July 2014. Judges decisions are final.

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.

Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL if your work is selected for publication elsewhere as soon as possible. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication in our quarterly journal.

Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner in either category if the submissions do not meet our standards of publication.

Other Categories: Please visit our submissions page for more ways to submit your work to TBL for possible publication and learn about our free-editing policy for work submitted to our journal.


Short Story Contest


The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $250.00 and publication as the featured short story in our Literary Journal. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications as well as our monthly story selection. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.*

Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.


There is a $10.00 USDA entry fee for each submission.


Click here to submit your story!


Flash Fiction Contest


The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $50.00 and publication as the featured flash fiction in our Literary Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications as well as our monthly story selection. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.*

Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words.


There is a $4.00 reading fee per entry, or you may choose to submit three entries for $10.00.

Click here to submit your story!


Poetry Contest


The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $100.00 and publication as the featured poem in our Literary Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications as well as our monthly poem selection. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.*

Criteria: Any genre or form, three three pages or less per poem.

There is a $5.00 reading fee per entry, or you may choose to submit three entries for $12.00.

Click here to submit your poetry!


* Tethered by Letters reserves the rights to NOT award a winner in any of the above categories if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has never come to pass in our four-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

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Call for poems between 3-6 pages or 75-200 lines

20 June 2014

Warning, Poems may be longer than they appear: an anthology of Longish Poems is looking for poems between 3 to 6 pages or 100 to 200 lines on any theme or subject. Please submit 1 longish poem or a series of strongly linked poems (not linked merely by theme) to the editors at between now and September 15, 2014. Include a brief 150 words or less bio and attach poems in Word or RTF. We will consider previously published poems so long as you acknowledge it was previously published in the cover letter and let us know if the anthology can obtain reprint rights for free or low cost. If you are submitting a previously published poem, you may submit a second longish poem that is unpublished. At this time, we do not have a press. Editors: Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum and M. E. Silverman, foreword by T. R. Hummer.

Essay Tigers Writing Contest – 2014

20 June 2014

Submissions for Essay Tigers Writing Contest are now open!

Deadline – August 1, 2014.

Welcome to essay writing contest created by Essay Tigers! We invite all the writers internationally to submit previously unpublished entries and showcase your creative talent!

There Is No Entry Fee!

Please choose one of the following topics:

1) According to Jim Morrison, a friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. Does social media allow to experience friendship to the fullest, or does it only make us more self-centered?

2) Studying abroad is a beneficial experience that offers a world of new opportunities. Discuss some of the arguments for and/or against this prospect.

3) What can be done to promote LGBT tolerance in colleges? Write an essay to support your ideas.

Deadline: August 1, 2014.

The Prizes

  • Winner – $250
  • First runner up – $100
  • Second runner up – $100

Honorable Mentions
Several notable essays will receive an honorable mention on our website.


Essays submitted will be judged by a jury consisting of two judges, selected by Essay Tigers. Your anonymity will be preserved during the examination. Please enter your contact information on a separate page. The submission should contain only the title and the text of the essay.

Essays are judged on the basis of creativity, interestingness, and ability to express the idea.
Winners will be announced on the website, Facebook, and Twitter. Follow us to stay updated.


Word count: Minimum – 700. Maximum – 1100.
Essays should be double-spaced.

File types accepted: Word (.doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx).

Entries must be written in English, original, and never published before. Contact information should be written on a separate page.
By entering this essay contest, you accept its rules and understand that judges’ decision is final.
Only one entry per person is allowed.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Essay Tigers does not discriminate participants on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, gender, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression.

To Enter the Contest

Submissions should be sent to, with the subject line: “Essay Contest”.

Finalists will be notified by August 4, 2014.

Visit the website:

If you have any questions, please contact us!

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Call for submissions: A Letter To My Mom book project

20 June 2014
I work at a small production company in Los Angeles, and our next book, A Letter to My Mom, honors the powerful, loving, complicated, one-of-a-kind relationships we all have with our mothers. It’s a collection of personally-crafted letters to moms written by individuals from all walks of life including celebrities, influencers, everyday people and kids.
We are trying to include letters from all over the country, which is why I am reaching out to you.  We want to get as many letters as possible – and provide the letter-writers a chance to be published in our book.
Here is a little more info on the books we’ve done: 
A Letter to My Mom will be published by Crown Archetype, a division of Random House, and is the third book in the “A Letter to…” series created by Lisa Erspamer, former co-EP of The Oprah Winfrey Show and Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President of the OWN network. The publication date is May 2015.
The first book, A Letter To My Dog, and the highly anticipated follow-up, A Letter To My Cat, feature letters from celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Dr. Oz, Hilary Duff, Chelsea Handler, Dita Von Teese, Amy Smart, Mariel Hemingway, Tyler Perry, Cynthia McFadden, Robin Roberts and more.
A portion of the proceeds from every book in the series goes to charity, and for A Letter To My Mom, we are teaming up with Baby2Baby.  Baby2Baby supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children up to age 12. By distributing new and gently used items to over 50 non-profit organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs and hospitals, Baby2Baby serves over 67,000 children each year.
Again – we would love your help getting members from your organization to submit letters and join us in this special project honoring our moms!
If they are willing to participate, they’ll need to write a letter with a maximum of 700 words, and provide a couple of favorite photos of his/her mom, as well as a couple of shots of them together, from various stages of their lives.
Here is our landing page where folks can go to submit letters: