Archive for August, 2014

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Competitions

12 August 2014


For original, previously unpublished short stories in English language on any subject, in any style up to 1500 words long.

Closing Date: August 31, 2014

Judge: Brindley Hallam Dennis

Prizes: £200 (1st), £75 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation)

Fees: £5/1, £8/2, £10/3, £12/4

Enter competition now



For original, previously unpublished poems in English language on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long.

Closing Date: August 31, 2014

Judge: Will Daunt

Prizes: £200 (1st), £75 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation)

Fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10

Enter competition now


MILKEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES NEW PLAYWRITING PRIZE – International search for plays written for teens to perform

12 August 2014


Milken Playwriting Prize photo

Milken Community Schools is excited to announce the creation of a major international playwriting prize for plays written to be performed by teenagers.  The prize includes a cash award of $2,000, a script development process, and a full production of the play. A professional dramaturg will assist the playwright and provide readings as needed during the rewriting process. The winner will be promoted to theatres and high schools internationally.

This much-needed award encourages the writing of plays meant for teenagers to perform. High schools, unlike theatres, are constantly looking for large-cast plays with a majority of female actors. Although a variety of grants currently exist for both plays written for adults to perform and plays created by children, the Milken Playwriting Prize is for plays written to be performed by teens.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity for playwrights,” says Milken Playwriting Prize Director Robert Menna . “Our hope is that an increasing number of writers will focus on plays for younger performers. It’s also a chance for writers to challenge themselves in a new way, with the assurance of a professional-level development process and a full production.”

SUBMISSION POLICY:  Professional playwrights and authors are especially encouraged to submit. There is no entry fee. The plays must be unproduced and unpublished, have casts larger than 10, use a majority of female actors, and be between 30 and 90 minutes in length. Other parameters can be found on the Milken Playwriting Prize web page:

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:   September 15, 2014 .
Prize announced: January, 2015
Development process:  through April, 2015
Production opens:  November, 2015 

Robert Menna , Director of the Milken Playwriting Prize, has extensive experience working with playwrights. He served as Dramaturg/Literary Manager at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, founded the Seattle Playwrights Alliance, and worked as co-director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. He has written and directed dozens of plays, working with noted writers and receiving a commission from the Denver Center to adapt Newbery Award Winner Avi’s The End of the Beginning  . As an educator, Menna  taught in the MFA Acting Program at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver as well as in various high schools.  For more than eight years, he has taught at Milken Community Schools. He has also co-directed the Denver Center’s Living History program, which reached more than 10,000 high school students annually with its mix of theatre, history, ethics and literature. He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington. 

About Milken Community Schools
Milken Community Schools is one of the largest Jewish, independent, co-educational schools in the country. Serving grades 7-12, Milken is a place of rigorous academic exploration and intellectual inquiry built on a foundation of spiritual and ethical practice, developing students with sharp minds, generous hearts, and kind souls. The school’s 10-acre campus is located in the Santa Monica Mountains along the Mulholland Corridor.

Summer of Content: Blog Contest

12 August 2014

Are you enthusiastic about bridging the gap between marketing and writing? Do you feel that you have what it takes to be a blogger? Would you like to see your work published and recognized as a part of the nDash brand?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re in luck! nDash Marketing is launching our first blog writing contest,Summer of Content!

All submissions to Summer of Content must reflect on one of these pivotal topics: 

  • Your reaction/insight on an article in the news that reflects on content marketing (must quote/credit).
  • A personal reflection on content marketing, and its usefulness for b2b and/or b2c companies.
  • How you believe content marketing affects the way a business is viewed (negative or positive).
  • Why you are interested in the concept of content marketing.

We are looking for submissions that shed light on these questions in a fun, unique and up-beat way.

Blog Guidelines:

  • Articles submitted must be between 400-600 words
  • All articles must be original content.  If you do write an article as a reflection of a previously written article, by a different author, then you must cite.
  • Articles must not have been opted elsewhere/published previously
  • All posts must be written in English


  • Contestants will be paid via PayPal.  You must have a PayPal account to enter.
  • All articles must be submitted in the body of the email; no attachments will be opened/accepted.
  • Contestants must include their first and last name, and the email address utilized by their PayPal account, within their submission email.
  • No submissions will be accepted after August 31, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. 
  • Must comply with the Terms & Conditions.


  • 1st Place: $700
  • 2nd Place: $150
  • 3rd Place: $100
  • 4th Place: $50

How to Enter:

Please submit your blog post to

Posts should be in the body of the email (no attachments!) 


August 31st, 2014 @ 11:59pm EST

The winners will be announced on September 15th, 2014 on this webpage, in addition to Facebook, Twitter andLinkedIn.


If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the nDash Marketing Team at:

Cheers! And may the best blogger win!

-The nDash Team


Call for Entries: Self-Published/Independently Published Authors

12 August 2014

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Announcing the Third Annual Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker.

Details and rules are here:

The winner, finalists, and more than 100 notable books from the competition

will be featured in the December/January 2015 issue of Shelf Unbound magazine.

The overall winner will receive a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound magazine

(rate card value $6,000).

Entry fee: $40 per book

Contact: Margaret Brown, publisher,


12 August 2014

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition awards the world’s largest cash prize for best short screenplay: $10,000, with three finalists each receiving a cash prize of $1,500.      

In keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis. All submissions entered by September 1st, 2014 will receive their written analysis by October 1st, 2014.

If you enter during our next submission period (September 2nd – October 15th), you will not receive your analysis until November 10th.


ENTRY FEES: $40 for short screenplays, $60 for feature length screenplays. Students will be eligible to submit their short screenplay at a discounted $35 rate for the duration of the competition.   


  • All screenplays submitted early, by September 1st, 2014 will receive their written analysis by October 1st, 2014. ($60 Features, $40 Shorts)


  • All screenplays submitted by October 15th, 2014 will receive their written analysis by November 10th, 2014. ($65 Features, $50 Shorts)
  • All screenplays submitted by November 15th, 2014 will receive their written analysis by March 1st, 2015. ($70 Features, $60 Shorts)
  • All analyses will be returned by March 1, 2015.

Short screenplays must be between 5 and 40 pages in length.

Check out these interviews with last year’s Short Winner and Finalists:

Interview with 2014 Short Screenplay Winner Jennifer Cui

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Wenonah Wilms

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Athenia Paris Mekarnia

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Jeremy Lerman

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.

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.











12 August 2014

CONTEST DETAILS: A prize of $2000, manuscript publication, and 25 copies will go to a single winner. Two runner-ups will be chosen for publication. Manuscripts that do not win will be considered for regular publication in the future. The final judge is Amy King of New York.

SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted online, Deadline: October 15, 2014(entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (CST)). Please do not make revisions once your work is submitted; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with an editor before the manuscript is published.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS: All entries and payment should be made online through Submittable.
Manuscripts should be a minimum of 50 pages to a maximum of 125 pages. Please submit your file in .doc, .docx format. Manuscripts must be typed in 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times. Please make your file name the same as your manuscript title. 

Include a single title page with only the manuscript title. Only one poem should appear on a page. Include a Table of Contents as well as an acknowledgments page listing poems that have been previously published. No more than ten poems may have been previously published in a book. There is no limit on the amount of poems that have been published in journals and magazines, but be aware that the editors prefer new work. The author’s name should appear nowhere in your manuscript or in the file name.

ENTRY FEE: $25.00 per manuscript. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author.

Visit the website for details:

The Magic Oxygen Literary Competition

12 August 2014

Our short story and poetry competition has an incredible prize fund of £3,000, which will be awarded to each category as follows:

  • First Prize – £1,000
  • Second Prize – £300
  • Third Prize – £100
  • Two Highly Commended – £50

In addition, we will be planting a tree in Kenya for each entry, so every entrant is a winner! When the contest closes we will email the GPS co-ordinates of your tree to you.

Brief guidelines:

  • Short Stories up to 4,000 words, excluding title
  • Poetry up to 50 lines, excluding title and lines between stanzas
  • The theme is open
  • Online entries preferred but written entries are also accepted
  • Open to writers all over the world
  • Entrants must be 16 or over at the time of submission
  • Entries must be written in English and must be your own previously unpublished work
  • Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title.
  • You may submit as many entries as you wish
  • £5 per entry
  • Closing date midnight 30th November 2014

For complete guidelines on how to enter, visit