Archive for December, 2014

2015 Arizona Mystery Writers 4th Annual – Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

31 December 2014

2015 Arizona Mystery Writers 4th Annual-

Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

Opens January 1, 2015
Deadline is: June 1, 2015

$10 entry fee.



We are now accepting – Mystery, suspense, or thriller stories.

2500 word maximum length.

Blind judging.

Contest rules and entry form on the website:

Past winners are posted on the website. We are an independent, nonprofit club supporting mystery writing in Arizona. Contest deadline: June 1, 2015.

This contest is open to all.


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Write a Play – Save an Endangered Species

31 December 2014
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:
We are a new and unique playwriting competition and we’d like to introduce ourselves.  Saving Endangered Species Int’l Playwriting Prize aims to get people talking about, and doing something about, saving our endangered species.
SES Prize is seeking 10-minute plays where writers will chose one or more species as listed with CITES, World Wildlife Fund, or other organizations that list endangered species.  8-10 plays will be chosen for a Staged Reading at a California theatre with an award of $100usd for each play.
Plays may be comedic, dramatic or for young audiences (performed by adult actors).  No adaptations or musicals.  Max. 4 actors.  Plays must be in English, or have been translated into English.  Previously produced plays are accepted, published plays are not.
NO ENTRY FEE.  Please go to for complete Guidelines.
Deadline is November 30, 2015.
We look forward to receiving exciting plays from around the world that will astonish the audience with the magnificence of the species – take us on an adventure – make us laugh, make us cry, make us weep if they’re gone – motivate us to save them!
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31 December 2014

Weathervane Playhouse (Akron, OH) is accepting original 10 minute plays for production at its annual TheatreFest on July 10, 11, 12, 2015.   8 Finalist plays will be performed over that weekend and cash prizes awarded, based on audience votes:

1st place $350

2nd place $250

3rd place $150

5 Runners-up $50 each.   

Deadline for entries is: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5:00PM

There is a $10 administrative fee per playwright.

Playwrights may submit a maximum of 2 entries for this fee. (CLICK HERE to read “why we charge a fee.”)

Please note that plays will not be considered until the fee is received.

IMPORTANT: Before submitting, please go to  for full and complete entering information.

Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

31 December 2014

Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2015

 First Prize: $200

 Second Prize: $150

 Third Prize: $100

Complete Guidelines:

 Spirit First is pleased to announce its Sixth Annual Meditation Poetry Contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, Stillness, or Solitude (we are referring to peaceful solitude—not loneliness). Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.

 Enter up to three submissions. Sending more than three poems will lead to those poems being disqualified.

 Please submit your poems by email unless you do not have access to the Internet. Poems will be accepted by U.S. Postal Service for those who do not have Internet access. All others are requested to be emailed. Poems sent by U.S. Postal Service will not be returned. Poems must be received by January 31, 2015.

 Please submit your poems all in one file or inside the body of an email (rather than three poems in three separate files). Be sure to include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. There is no cost to enter this contest. Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2015. Please note: We are sorry to say we are unable to provide personal evaluations/reviews of individual poems (we receive many requests for this).

 Winners will be announced on or before April 30, 2015, on the Spirit First website at . Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website, the Spirit First Facebook page, the Spirit First blog, and in a Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems).

How to submit:

By email: send to

 By U.S. Postal Service (for those without Internet access): send to the following address:

 Spirit First Poetry Contest

PO Box 8076

Langley Park, MD 20787

Visit the website for entry details:

 To all our participating poets, thank you for your beautiful words. We look forward to reading your poems!

Call for submissions: the 2015 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

31 December 2014

Milkweed Editions is pleased to open submissions for the 2015 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. This annual prize awards $10,000 as well as a contract for publication to the author of the winning manuscript.

Finalists will be selected by the editors of Milkweed Editions. The winner will be selected by an independent judge. The judge for the 2015 prize will be *Dana Levin.

Poets currently residing in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin are eligible to be considered for the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. Manuscripts must be complete, previously unpublished, book-length collections.

Submissions will be accepted from December 12, 2014 until February 15, 2015, with the winning collection to be announced in April 2015.

Hard copy submissions only, please. Emailed or online submissions will not be considered. There is no entry fee. For complete eligibility and submission guidelines, please visit our website:


*DANA LEVIN is the author of three collections of poems. Her first, In the Surgical Theater was awarded the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize, the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares, the Witter Bynner Prize from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Osterweil Award. Levin’s honors include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference,the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. Her work has been widely anthologized and has won several Pushcart Prizes. She currently resides Santa Fe and teaches at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Warren Wilson College.

Contact info:


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2014 Kids Write 4 Kids – Creative Challenge

31 December 2014

Kids Writing Contest – Open to Canadian Residents

Kids Write 4 Kids is excited to launch its third annual writing contest!  This year, we are seeking out students in grades 4 to 8 share their creative stories. Selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book.

Over the last two years our panel of judges have selected six authors. Each author has their ebook available on iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Click here to take a look at some of the previously published Kids Write 4 Kids ebooks. The selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book, and proceeds from its sale will go to support the author’s school. E-books are sold for $3.99 and net proceeds for all KW4K books sold in 2015 will be donated to the school(s) of this year’s author. Entries are accepted online only. View complete contest rules and download Kids Write 4 Kids brochure.

  • To be eligible, authors must be enrolled full-time in an educational institute in Canada
  • Authors must be in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8
  • Stories must be original and written entirely by the author
  • Only one entry per author will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories)
  • Stories are accepted in English only
  • Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry
  • Stories will be published in their original format, so please check spelling, etc. prior to submitting
  • There are no entry fee and no purchase is necessary
  • Story must have a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 7,500 words.
  • The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those captions for illustrations or photography.
  • Invented spelling is accepted.
  • Story must be typed and submitted as Word .doc
  • Optional images including photography can be submitted to accompany the story but must be original images created by the author
  • All images must be scanned and submitted in .jpg file format
  • Please keep original copies of images, if your story is selected a representative from Ripple Digital Publishing will contact you to obtain original images

Submission deadline: March 31, 2015.
Only entries submitted on this online form will be considered for publication.

– See more at:

The “Nivalis” Short Story Contest 2015

31 December 2014

Word Limit: Min 2500 words, maximum 6000 words
Theme: Nivalis, meaning winter.
Three Prizes –
1. First prize: US$150, publication and 2 copies of the anthology
2. Second Prize: US$100, publication and 2 copies of the anthology
3. Third Prize: US$100, and publication
All published authors get a copy of the anthology.

Entry fee: US$10

Submission deadline: 28 Feb 2015

Visit the website for details:

Past and present contest judges include Clare Wallace (literary agent with Darley Anderson), Joanna Ezekiel (Author), Brett Alan Sanders (Author), Leela Devi Paniker (Author), Anisha Bhaduri (Award winning Journalist)

Last Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2014 – 2015

18 December 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Extended Postmark deadline: January 10, 2015, 11:59PM, CST.
All contest winners will be announced on February 25, 2015
Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees:
$10 per short story, $5 per poem.
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”
Mail to:
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654
Visit for details on how to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One