Archive for November, 2014

The Boston Review: Annual Poetry Contest

21 November 2014

Deadline: June 1, 2015
Judge: TK
First Prize: $1,500 and publication

Complete guidelines:
The winning poet will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the November/December 2015 issue of Boston Review. Submit up to five unpublished poems, no more than 10 pages total. Any poet writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge. Mailed manuscripts must be submitted in duplicate, with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, email, and phone number. No cover note is necessary for online submissions. Names and other identifying information must not be on the poems themselves. Simultaneous submissions are not permitted, submissions will not be returned, and submissions may not be modified after entry. Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified. A non-refundable $20 entry fee, payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order or by credit card, must accompany all submissions. All submitters receive a complimentary half-year subscription (3 issues) to Boston Review. Mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2015.

The winner will be announced in the fall on the Boston Review Web site. All poems submitted to the contest will be considered for publication in Boston Review.

Please enter online using our contest entry manager. This requires payment using a credit card.

Or mail submissions to:

Poetry Contest, Boston Review
PO Box 425786
Cambridge, MA 02142

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Doubleday Books presents the Haunted City Short Story Contest

19 November 2014

Want to see your frightening and fantastic work in 2015’s most entertaining collection of horror fiction? Blumhouse Books, from the producers of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge, will launch in July 2015, with the publication of THE BLUMHOUSE BOOK OF NIGHTMARES: THE HAUNTED CITY, an anthology of original short fiction written by some of the most inventive voices in horror today. And you have the chance to be included!

Doubleday and Blumhouse Books invite you to submit your short story, on the theme of urban horror, for inclusion in The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City.

Your story:
– Must fit the theme of urban horror.
– Must be less than 2000 words.
– Must be your original work.
– Must be written in English.

Once submissions close, on December 1, 2014, Doubleday and Blumhouse will select six finalists.

Final stories will be posted on the Blumhouse Books and Knopf Doubleday websites and social media, where fans can vote on their favorite story. Voting will be open for a period of two weeks after finalists are announced and stories are posted.

The winning story will be announced on or around January 1, 2015 and will be included in the e-book and print editions of The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City.

All finalists will receive a hardcover edition of The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City.

Enter here! http://blumhousebooks.com/#

Share Your Driving Stories and Earn Cash!

19 November 2014

Share Your Driving Stories and Earn Cash!
Safe2Drive is seeking true stories about your experiences as a new or young driver to be published in our driver education course and textbook. We want to hear from teens about what it’s really like out there on the road. What experiences challenged you? Changed you? Scared you straight? Made you proud of your defensive driving skills?
Below are some of the topics you may choose to write about, though you are not required to write about any of these topics as long as your story is related to driving.

• Getting your permit or license
• Challenges or fears you faced when you first started driving
• Mistakes you made or witnessed while driving
• Aggressive driving or road rage
• Drinking and driving
• Texting and driving
• Being distracted while behind the wheel
• A time you did or did not use IPDE
• An accident caused by tailgating or not using proper space management
• Giving the right-of-way correctly/incorrectly
• Parallel parking
• Sharing the road with trucks, motorcycles or vulnerable roadway users
• Vehicle breakdowns or malfunctions
• Taking a road trip

Writing Guidelines:
• Your story must be written in the first person and be about you.
• Your story must be true. No fictional accounts.
• Your story must be between 250-1,200 words.

Writing Tips:
• Make it a story—something funny, exciting, or scary—that readers can relate to. We are not looking for an essay with a thesis or a journalistic article that you would see in a newspaper. This should feel personal.
• Try incorporating dialogue and descriptions of the people and setting to draw the reader in and make them feel like they are really there, experiencing this along with you. Try evoking the five senses.
• Think about having a beginning, middle, and end to the story. In the beginning, you should introduce the setting (i.e. time and place).
• Start as close to the main action/event as possible.
If Your Story is Chosen
If we choose your story for publication in our course, we will notify you by email and request your permission to publish it. You will be paid $100 for all rights to your work. You may use a pen name if you do not feel comfortable using your real name.

Submission Deadline: January 1, 2015

Please submit your story to:  safe2drive1@gmail.com

Visit the website:  http://www.safe2drive.com/

Last Call for Submission: Poetic License 6@6 Reading Series – Deadline: November 20, 2014

19 November 2014
Poetic Theater Productions is seeking submissions for the 6@6 Reading

Series in Poetic License: our 4th annual festival of new poetic

theater, taking place February 2-22, 2015 at Wild Project.

To Submit:

Please fill out the form on our website, poetictheater.com, and e-mail a PDF of your play to submit@poetictheater.com by Thursday, November 20, 2014 for consideration.

Please include your name and contact information along with the script in .PDF format with the file name LastName_FirstName.PDF (i.e. Doe_John.PDF).

Due to the festival time constraints, scripts should be no more than 75 minutes in length.

17 shows have previously been read in the 6@6 Reading Series. Highlights include: Foreign Bodies by Eboni Hogan, faith by Caroline Rothstein, Ricky’s Way by Maurice Decaul, and Paradox of the Urban Cliché by Craig muMs Grant Poetic Theater Productions seeks to define the modern genre of “poetic theater” by connecting and fostering a community of artists who are passionately creating relevant and accessible work and reinvigorating a conscious theater of language.  Through a multi-runged platform of developmental programming, Poetic Theater Productions offers resources and opportunities for poets, playwrights, and theater artists to develop new work and see it through to production. PTP seeks out and creates opportunities to connect with communities affected by the issues of topic within our productions, in NYC and nationwide, through collaborative projects and exchanges of art and ideas.

Visit the website:  poetictheater.com

Essaymama’s Christmas Writing Contest

19 November 2014
Christmas is fast approaching and Essaymama is here to treat the most talented writers with great prizes!With what do you associate Christmas? For EssayMama there are Christmas decorations, flashlights, frosty smell of pine needles and of course “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Christmas gives us inspiration; you just need to add a little motivation and effort!
So, (attention!), EssayMama essay writing helper announces Christmas Writing Contest! Yes, exactly. This is a great opportunity for all talented writers to express themselves.

Why compete in Essaymama Christmas Writing Contest?

  • Get published. Fame and popularity! 15 best works will be added to the printed “Best EssayMama’s Stories: Christmas Edition” book and published on the best resources for writers.
  • Get cash. $ 330 will be given to each of the top 3 writers.
  • Get discovered. Share your Christmas spirit with the world!

Terms and Conditions:

Deadline – December 25, 2014Submit your stories from November 5 till December 25, 2014.

One participant can send only one story!

Stories will be checked by our team during the period from December 26, 2014 till January 04, 2015. The final results will be announced January 05, 2015.
The winners will be published on our site. Also, each winner will receive a personal email alert.

Entry Fee $ 0. Just “like” Essaymama Facebook page and share on your own Facebook page the post about Essaymama Writing contest. Link to your shared post on Facebook is the ‘entry fee’ to the competition, so do not forget to add it to your letter!

Submit to:  info[at]essaymama.com

First prize. Each of the top 3 writers will be awarded with $330.

Additional Prizes. 15 best works will be added to the printed “Best EssayMama’s Stories: Christmas Edition” book and published on the best resources for writers. Every winner will get his/her own copy via mail. Christmas dreams come true – you will become popular!

Submission Guidelines

  • Type Prose (no min, 4,000 words MAX).
  • Topic Christmas. The story can be written in any style – instructive, funny, sad, for children. The main thing – it must be about Christmas.
  • Language English only
  • Formats .doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx
  • 100% unique All submissions will be checked via Copyscape.
  • Participation in the contest automatically constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and the rejection of any claim.
  • Mail title should be [EssayMama Christmas Writing Contest], your name.

– See more at: http://www.essaymama.com/blog/essaymamas-christmas-writing-contest/#sthash.xCaOw8Kn.dpuf

Last Call! RoseQuill Press’ First Annual Crappy Query Contest

19 November 2014

Submit your most hilarious, most awfully,

awesome novel queries by midnight,

November 21, 2014, Midway Island Time.

Who knows, if it’s based on a real manuscript

you might even score a request! 

The Crappy Query Contest does not discriminate

on the basis of genre, sub-genre, or sub-sub-genre.

Prizes

Third through First Prize gets a quarter and a certificate!

Winning queries will also be featured in our RoseQuill Quickies e-zine.

To Enter –

It’s free to enter. Send your Crappy Query to submissions@rosequill.com

Deadline: November 21, 2014, midnight – Midway Island Time

Make sure your email subject says “Crappy Query Contest.” 

If your Crappy Query is based on your (unpublished, and completed)

Romance novel include a P.S. alerting us to that fact. We just might request it!

For more information: www.rosequill.com

Call for submissions: Creative Nonfiction.org

19 November 2014

“Exploring the Boundaries”

$3 reading fee

Deadline: January 20, 2015

“Exploring the Boundaries” is a recurring section of our magazine. We’re looking for writing for our next issue that is ambitious, pushes against the conventional boundaries of the genre, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules.

https://creativenonfiction.submittable.com/submit/19757

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Beyond Crazy, book

$3 reading fee

Deadline: February, 9, 2015

For an upcoming anthology, we’re seeking original stories that address—either directly or obliquely—the trials of living with mental illness. 

https://creativenonfiction.submittable.com/submit/35836

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Becoming a Teacher, book

$3 reading fee

Deadline: March 9, 2015

For an upcoming anthology, we’re looking for stories by and/or about elementary and secondary school teachers, recalling and reflecting on the most salient moments of their careers.

https://creativenonfiction.submittable.com/submit/35652

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The Weather issue essay contest

$20 reading fee, $25 with magazine subscription

Deadline: April 13, 2015

We’re not just making idle chit-chat; the weather affects us all, and talking about the weather is a fundamental human experience. Now, as we confront our changing climate, it may be more important than ever. Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning.

First place prize: $1,000

Runner-up prize: $500

https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/weather

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Visit the website:  https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions
Contact information@creativenonfiction.org with questions

The 2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction: Extended deadline: 12/31/2014

19 November 2014

The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. —Walker Percy

We are looking for well-crafted, dynamic writing that demonstrates attention to the language, writing that engages, surprises, and moves us. We subscribe to the belief that in order to truly write well, one must master the basics: grammar and syntax, punctuation, diction, the sentence, the paragraph. Beyond that, we are looking for writing that has something honest to say about human experience—writing that, in the spirit of Walker Percy, is onto something.

Winner receives $1,000 and publication in New Orleans Review. All finalists considered for publication.

Enter previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Entries may be simultaneous submissions but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the story is accepted elsewhere. Please notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is taken elsewhere. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.

Contest open to all writers in English with the exception of current students or employees or others affiliated with New Orleans Review or Loyola University New Orleans. Writers who have a strong personal or professional relationship with the editorial staff or with the final judge are asked to abstain from entering the contest in order to prevent a conflict of interest. We comply with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Code of Ethics. The final judge is now Tim Parrish (http://timparrishauthor.com/index.php/about/about-the-author)

Entry fee: $15.00

Extended Deadline: December 31, 2014.

Winner announced and published in 2015.

How to enter, visit:  https://walkerpercy.submittable.com/submit

Sequestrum: Editor’s Reprint Award – 2015

19 November 2014
Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our first annual Editor’s Reprint Award! For complete guidelines, visit:  http://www.sequestrum.org/contests
Contest Guidelines:
  • Open to reprints of fiction and nonfiction in any original format (electronic or print).
  • One $200 prize plus publication.
  • One runner-up prize including publication and payment (just above our usual rates). Finalists listed on the site.
  • $15 entry fee.
  • Tentative close date of April 30th, 2015. (See site for details)
  • Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter.
  • Length and subject are open.
  • Submit via our online submission system.
  • Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis.
  • Multiple submissions allowed.
  • No identifying information should be on your manuscript.
Not previously published? No worries! We’re always accepting general submissions: http://www.sequestrum.org/submissions
 
About Sequestrum:
We average 1,000+ readers a month, keep our archives free and open to the public, are a paying market, and pair all our publications with stunning visual arts created by outside artists or our staff. Our contributors range from award-winning novelists and poets (with other works featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, many other university periodicals, and Best American Anthologies) to emerging voices and first-time writers.
We’re proud of our little plot on the literary landscape and the writers and artists we share it with. Come see why.
Visit the website:  http://www.sequestrum.org/contests

Last call for prose, translations, hybrid work and visual art submissions at Duende!

19 November 2014

We are open for submissions until November 30, 2014 for prose, translations, hybrid work and visual art. (The deadline for poetry submissions was November 15, 2014.)

Duende welcomes submissions of prose, hybrid writing, and visual art. We are especially interested in collaborations between two or more writers, or between writers and visual artists. We accept submissions from writers working in English, or translating into English, from anywhere in the world.

Duende tastes good on the tongue and caresses the ear. Duende seeks authenticity & soulfulness, earthiness & expressiveness, a chill up the spine. It encompasses darkness and intensity; elicits sorrow and joy; wrests a response from the body.

Duende aspires to represent the true beauty and diversity of the U.S. literary ecosystem. A majority of the work we publish will be from writers and artists who are queer, of color, differently abled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and / or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. Please send us your work!

DUENDE Literary Journal seeks your literary and visual art for its Spring 2015 issue. If your fiction will make us feel more human and less alone; if you enjoy exploration of new forms at the edges of the literary universe; if you can bring us elegant translations of literature from far corners of the globe; if your nonfiction is wild and honest; if your visual art is raw and earnest, we want to see it. Our mission is to publish work from writers and artists from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. Open for submissions until November 30, 2014. DUENDE is edited, curated and produced by students in Goddard College’s BFA in Writing Program. http://duende.submittable.com

Visit the website for submission details:
http://www.duendeliterary.org/submissions/

Last Call! Full Fathom Five’s $10,000 Fiction Contest – Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014

19 November 2014

Submit your manuscript to Full Fathom Five’s Fiction Contest!

FFF Digital is a new publisher of quality fiction e-books.

We are searching for some of the best original fiction
out there, and hosting a contest to find it.

Four Finalists will receive an offer for a publishing deal with FFF Digital,
and one Grand Prize Winner will take home $10,000!

Worried you might not win? Don’t be!

Non-Finalists are still eligible to receive
an offer of a digital publishing contract.

So get crackin’, because our team is excited to read your work.

Here’s everything you need to know:

(1)Deadline: November 30th, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST).

(2) It is FREE to participate

(3) Participants must be at least 13 years of age

(4) Full Fathom Five employees, family members, or those living in the same household as FFF employees are not eligible to participate. All other participants are welcome, unless participation is prohibited by local law.

(5) Participants may enter multiple submissions

(6) Works written by multiple participants (“co-authors”) may be submitted as a single entry—but you’ll have to split the prize money!

All submissions must include:

(1) Participant’s legal name (which will be kept anonymous)

(2) Participant’s email address and phone number

(3) A full manuscript (DOC, DOCX, or PDF) of at least 50,000 words

(4) A brief pitch and synopsis of the manuscript (excluding name and/or pseudonym)

Your submission must be: 

(1) An original unpublished or self-published work of fiction

(2) A minimum of 50,000 words. There is no word limit, and entries may be part of a larger series. We love series!

(3) Written for an Adult, New Adult, and/or Young Adult audience

(4) Identified as ONE of the following genres*:

        – Horror
        – Romance
        – Science Fiction/Fantasy
        – Mystery/Thriller

*Submissions will be separated for judging by genre. Each individual submission may include more than one genre, but must be categorized by the participant under one of the four applicable genres for judging.

(5) Complete & Final. Submitted manuscripts cannot be edited or resubmitted after the fact. (If you believe you have made an error after submitting, please email contest@fullfathomfive.com within 48 hours of the initial submission.)

Judging: 

(1) All submissions will be judged by a team of Full Fathom Five editors.

(2) To ensure anonymity during the judging process, all entries will be filtered through a third party. Submissions will contain none of your identifying information once it reaches our judges’ hands.

(3) Submissions will be judged against entries submitted within the same genre (horror, romance, science fiction/fantasy, or mystery/thriller).  One Finalist will be selected from each of these genres, with a total of four Contest Finalists.

(3) One submission out of the four Finalists will be selected as the Contest Winner. Finalists and the Contest Winner will be notified at least 15 days prior to the winning announcement on February 25th, 2015.

(4) Submissions will be judged on a scale of 1­–20 in each of the following categories, for a combined scored out of 60:

       – Originality of concept /idea

       – Quality of writing and structure

       – Execution of concept, character and plot developement

PRIZES! 

(1) We’ll announce the Contest Winner right here, at www.fullfathomfive.com/contest, on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 4PM EST.

(2) The Contest Winner will receive a prize of $10,000, and an offer for an exclusive publishing contract with Full Fathom Five Digital.

*Bonus: The $10,000 is not an advance to earn out—it’s yours to spend!*

(3) The remaining three Finalists will receive an offer for an exclusive publishing contract with Full Fathom Five Digital.

(4) Many wonderful submissions won’t make the final cut—but we may still be interested in publishing your work! If that’s the case, we promise to notify you within 90 days of completion of the contest.

READY, SET, SUBMIT! VISIT:

http://fullfathomfive.com/?page_id=780

Sanguine Theatre Company announces our 5th annual playwriting competition.

19 November 2014

Deadline: November 30, 2014 at 5PM, EST.

Project Playwright is a result of Sanguine’s love for playwrights and new works. Once all submissions have been read, a panel will select a small number of finalists. Sanguine Theatre Company will produce a festival evening of staged readings in New York City with excerpts from the finalists’ scripts. Excerpts will be determined by Sanguine’s team in collaboration with the playwrights. On the evening of the Festival, a grand prize winner will be chosen and have his or her play fully produced in a New York City theatre as a part of Sanguine’s season, along with opportunities to workshop their script.

  • No submissions will be accepted after November 30, 2013 at 5pm EST
  • A $5 non-refundable administrative fee is due at the time of submission. It can be paid through PayPal on our submission page.
  • We are a contemporary theatre group looking for pieces that deal with contemporary issues, and our target audience is generally in their 20’s to 30’s.

Please check out our website (http://www.sanguinenyc.com) to get a sense of who we are.

For submission guidelines please visit:

http://www.sanguinenyc.com/#!project-playwright/cihc