Archive for March 2nd, 2015

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

2 March 2015

Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

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.


Visit our website for details:

Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2015

2 March 2015

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… We are now in the 10th year of our mission to inspire, motivate, and encourage anyone having the desire or love for poetry and writing, to continue doing so without fear of failure or success. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! 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, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: July 31, 2015
All winners will be announced on September 26, 2015

Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.
Entry fees: $10 per 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

My Dream Blog Writing Contest 2015

2 March 2015

My Dream Blog Writing Contest 2015

Do you have a blog? Or would you love to start one soon? Then tell us why you started your blog or why you would love to start a blog, and you could win one of our amazing prizes.

My Dream Blog Writing Contest by is open to anyone of any age and nationality. There are 2 topics and you’re to write on only one:

  1. “Why I started my blog” (write on this if you already have a blog)
  2. “Why I would love to start a blog” (write on this if you don’t have a blog yet)

All entries MUST quote at least one sentence from this article: 29 Reasons Everyone Should Blog. In responding to the contest question, you can provide just one reason or many reasons. The choice is yours.

Seriously, let your imagination take over. Write the piece you want. Just make sure you read the above article on 29 reasons to start a blog and quote at least one sentence from it. You’re welcome to agree with or disagree with the quoted sentence from the article.

Here are the prizes you could win…

First place: A self-hosted WordPress blog with a premium theme and professional design (value: $354)

Second place: A self-hosted WordPress blog (value: $137)

Third place: Honourable mention

There are a few rules to note…

Each entry must be between 300 and 700 words and be formatted in Times New Roman, font size 12 with double line spacing. On the first page of your entry, include your name, email, phone number and country of residence.

The entry must be in MS Word (.doc or .docx) and the file name should be “Your Name_My Dream Blog Writing Contest”

You must read and quote at least one sentence from the above-linked article: 29 Reasons To Start A Blog.

Only one entry per participant is allowed. Save your entry in MS Word and submit it as an email attachment to Abdullahi [at] HowToStartABlogOnline [dot] net

The deadline for submission of entries is 12 April, 2015 (by 23:59 GMT). Any entry received after this date will not be considered.

For more details and to ask any question about the contest, see the contest page.

So, get your creative juice flowing, express yourself freely and enjoy your writing. You could be our winner!

Visit the website for details:

Rat’s Ass Review Call for Submissions

2 March 2015
Rat’s Ass Review is back in business and once again soliciting submissions.
Submissions info is at:
Submissions are to be sent to:
The info which you showed before remains correct:
Editor plans to publish poetry that he likes.
No theory, no themes, just his personal taste.
Also no pay.
Online only.
Visit the website:

Indiana Review 2015 Poetry Prize

2 March 2015

Indiana Review 2015 Poetry Prize


Winner receives $1000 and publication in Indiana Review plus a scholarship to attend Adrian Matejka’s workshop at this year’s Indiana University Writers’ Conference. All entries are considered for publication. We look forward to reading your work!

Submissions Deadline: March 15, 2015


Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Huizache, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Quarterly West. His work has been honored with a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, he currently lives in New York City.

Reading Fee: $20 USD—Includes a one-year subscription

The winner of our contest will receive $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. The winner will also receive a scholarship to attend Adrian Matejka’s poetry workshop at this year’s Indiana University Writers’ Conference.

All entries are considered for publication.

All entries are considered anonymously.

Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but the fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere.

Multiple entries are okay, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry.

Further, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judge.


  • Send up to 3 poems per submission (a single submission should not exceed 8 pages)
  • As of September 2014 we no longer accept hard-copy submissions.
  • Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
  • Cover letter must include name, address, phone number, and title. Entrant’s name should appear ONLY in the cover letter.
  • Each fee entitles entrant to a one-year subscription, an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose complete address information for subscriptions. International addresses, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada).
  • Be sure to select the genre “Poetry Prize” on the submission form.

How to enter, visit:

The 37th Nimrod Literary Awards

2 March 2015

The 37th Nimrod Literary Awards
The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction
& The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication
SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication

Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2015

Contest Rules:

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).

Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author’s name, full address, phone & email. Manuscripts should be stapled, if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. “Contest Entry” should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet.

Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s website. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2015 to enter the contest.

Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.

Entry/Subscription Fee: Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to Nimrod. $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues).

Send to:

Nimrod Journal
Literary Contest–Fiction or Poetry
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

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The Radiant Peace Education Awards 2015

2 March 2015

The Radiant Peace Education Awards

Spring 2015 (The Twenty-fifth Annual)

All students in grades 1-12 — from public and private schools, home schools, youth and after-school groups, and abroad — are welcome to enter the spring 2015 national program of The Radiant Peace Education Awards®! The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their own lives in essays, art, videos and projects.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2015,

with winners being announced around May 18, 2015. All participants receive beautiful iron-on Radiant Peace Patches, and outstanding entries will also receive certificates and cash awards! Winner’s classrooms will also receive cash awards. In addition, many of the most creative or exceptional entries will be displayed in The International Museum of Radiant Peace.

Printable information is available here in PDF format: the complete packet of information (5 pages), which includes the guidelines, permission form and entry checklist; and the permission form and checklist only for submitting entries (2 pages). If you have any questions or need copies faxed or mailed, please contact the Foundation office.

The next program will be offered with a December 2015 postmark deadline. Materials will be posted online in the fall. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact the Foundation office to ensure that you receive an announcement.

Visit the website for details:

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015 – Now Open!

2 March 2015

The 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open!

Entries are now welcome for the 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize.

We are looking for submissions in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.

Prize for each category: £300 and publication in Wasafiri Magazine

Deadline: 5pm GMT on Friday 24 July 2015.


Toby Litt

Yasmin Alibhai Brown

Roger Robinson

The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book in their chosen category.

Entries for Fiction and Life Writing should be no longer than 3000 words, and Poetry submissions should comprise of no more than five poems.

To Enter:


Email your entry along with the form and proof or notice of payment to

Or you can post the form, along with your entry and cheque or paypal receipt to: The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Wasafiri, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NP, UK

£6 – one category
£10 – two categories
£15 – three categories

Further Queries:
Email for any further details.

Visit the website for further details and to enter:

Creative Competitor Writing Competitions

2 March 2015
The Fortune-Teller Writing Competition

1st Prize: £395.00

2nd Prize: £250.00

3rd Prize: £150.00

Closing date: 10th March 2015

Entry fee: £5.00 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members

All you have to do to win this exciting new writing competition is to craft a story around a fortune teller in a maximum of 1000 words including the title. Consider your starting point carefully to maximise the strength of your story. We want to be hooked by every word. Rules online.


Twist in the Tale Writing Competition

1st Prize: £195.00

2nd Prize: £125.00

3rd Prize: £100.00

Closing date: 21st March 2015

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

To stand a chance of winning this exciting writing competition, all you have to do is create a strong, compelling story in 1100 words or less, but, it must have an unique twist ending. We want you to surprise us with your fantastically, unexpected ending.


65 Little Words Writing Competition

1st Prize: £260.00

2nd Prize: £195.00

Closing date: May 10th 2015

Entry fee: £2.00 or FREE to Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish Members

You have just 65 words or less including the title to write a complete story. It’s a tough one but you can do it and we look forward to receiving your submissions.

Of course it doesn’t have to be exactly 65 words but if you win the top prize, it’s equivalent to £4.00 per word.

Your submission must be inspired by the photo published online.

Spring 2015 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

2 March 2015

Fiction Contest

Welcome to the 2015 Leapfrog Fiction Contest page!

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Adult, YA, and middle grade novels, novellas and story collections; minimum length 22,000 words. 

Finalist: $150 plus manuscript critique by this year’s finalist judge, author Mark Brazaitis.

First prize: Finalist awards plus publication contract with $1,000 royalty advance.

Past Winners: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

the entry fee is $30.

What to Enter

Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Individual stories in a collection may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “:unpublished” if fewer than about 200 copies were printed.

We look for literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction. Generally we are less interested in strict genre fiction, but if a manuscript is good and grabs our attention, we don’t care what the genre is.

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted by email to . Subject line: “Contest entry Book Title–adult novel.” Use your actual manuscript title or part of it, and indicate whether it is a novel, story collection, novella, YA novel, or MG novel. If you are unsure whether it is for adults or young adults, or should be called a novel or a novella, just take a guess. We are not picky about category.

In the body of your email message, please include your name, complete manuscript title, mailing address, and email address. Please do not include any biographical information. Indicate whether your entry fee will be coming by check or via PayPal/credit card. This helps us match PayPal payments to manuscripts.

Attach your complete manuscript to your message as a Word or PDF file. Please REMOVE any identifying information from the file before sending: no author name or address should be included. This includes information in page headers/footers, title pages, and so forth. If you forget, don’t worry: we’ll remove the information before the manuscript reaches the judges.

We ask that you do not attach a file greater than bout 1.5 MB. If this is a problem, please contact us. You may send larger files by Hightail or some other file-sharing system, but we need to know in advance if you are doing so. However, there is no reason for any manuscript file to exceed a couple of MB at the most. If yours does, it has illustrations that need to be removed or made smaller (lower resolution).

Finally, use the PayPal link below for your entry fee of $30, or send a check to Leapfrog Press 2015 Fiction Contest, PO Box 505, Fredonia, NY 14063.

Visit the website for complete guidelines:

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest

2 March 2015

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission,

the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes

work by an emerging writer in each of three genres:

fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

One winner in each genre per year will receive $1,000

and publication in the literary journal. 

We consider writers “emerging” if they have not published

or self-published a book. 

Submit three to five pages of poetry or up to 6,000 words of prose

with a $24 entry fee (there is no entry fee for current subscribers),

which includes a subscription to Ploughshares,

Deadline: May 15, 2015 at noon EST.

Visit the website for complete guidelines at:

Palaver Journal call for submissions

2 March 2015

Palaver is UNCW’s online interdisciplinary journal housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies program.

Palaver seeks creative and academic submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline.

We accept art submissions in any medium, including video, still image, and multimedia.

Visit us at to peruse our past issues and to submit your work!

Email us at: with any questions.

Please make sure you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Spring Essay Writing Contest for writers

2 March 2015

Essaymama Spring Essay Writing Contest

Spring is coming! It’s time for a new writing contest from Essaymama essay writing service. EssayMama announces Spring Essay Writing Contest! Yes, exactly. This is a great opportunity for all talented writers to express themselves.

Why compete in Essaymama Spring Essay Writing Contest?

Get published. Fame and popularity! Three best works will be published on the Essaymama Blog.

Get cash.
1st place – $450
2nd place – $300
3rd place – $200

Get discovered. Share your Spring spirit and writing talent with the world! We can give participation badges and certificates (on request).

Terms and Conditions

(Please, read Terms and Conditions carefully)

Deadline – May 25, 2015

One participant can send only one essay!

Essays will be checked by our team during the period from May 26, 2015 till June 01, 2015. The final results will be announced on June 02, 2015.

The winners will be published on our site. Also, each winner will receive a personal email alert.

Judging Criteria. Your essay will be evaluated by our team of writers and editors. Scale – from 0 to 100 points. You can get extra points for extra social sharing (see the information below).

Entry Fee $ 0. Just follow Essaymama’s Google+ Page and share the post about Essaymama Writing Contest ( don’t have G+ account? Then you can “like” Essaymama Facebook page and share the post about Essaymama Writing Contest to your own Facebook page). Link to your shared post is the ‘entry fee’ to the competition, so do not forget to add it to your letter!

ATTENTION! You can get extra points for extra social sharing! Share/follow/like other our social pages and get more points to your essay score! You can find the links to Essaymama social pages in the sidebar. Page follow – 5 extra points, post sharing – 2 extra points. – See more at:

 Submit to contest[at]

Submission Guidelines

Type Essay (800 – 1300 words).


  1. Successful Writer: What Does It Mean Nowadays?
  2. Connection Between Writing and the Formation of Personality
  3. How Essay Writing Can Help You In Your Life?
  4. Future of Education: Trends and Forecasts
  5. The Most Inspiring Book You’ve Ever Read
  6. Life Obstacles: The Punishment or The Necessary Impetus?
  7. Novel ‘1984’ by George Orwell – Dystopia or possible reality?
  8. Modern Art And Modern Education: What Is Common Between These Two Concepts

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 Spring Essay Writing Contest], your name.

Merrimack Media 2015 Outstanding Writer Contest

2 March 2015

First place wins complete publication package, second place wins a book cover!




Semi-finalists will submit a full manuscript at that time.


Upon payment, you will receive an email with instructions on submitting your synopsis and chapter.

How to enter, visit:

FormSwift $1,000 Scholarship Contest (New April 30, 2015 Deadline)

2 March 2015

Either Write a One-Page Business Plan, Make a Brief PowerPoint, or Make a Two-Minute Video about one of the following topics for a chance to win the FormSwift Scholarship:

  • How Student Organizations Could Use FormSwift
  • The Benefit of FormSwift to Schools & Colleges
  • Registration Documents That Should Be Online
  • How Volunteer Groups Could Use FormSwift
  • The Environmental Benefits of E-Signature/Paperless Documents


Scholarship Prize: $1000      

To be eligible:

1. You must be a graduating senior in high school or either a freshmen, sophomore or junior in college.
2. You may not be related to any of FormSwift’s staff or our extended family.
3. You must be graduating high school or in college between the ages of 16 and 35.
4. We reserve the right to verify date of high school graduation and/or college enrollment.

Here is how you enter:
1. As mentioned above, either write a one-page business plan, make a brief PowerPoint, or make a two-minute video about one of the suggested topics.
2. Send your entry to jamie[at] by April 30, 2015 with the email subject line “FormSwift Scholarship Entry”
3. Make sure to include your full name, state, and date of birth within your submission.

We will notify and announce the winner on May 15, 2015.

*All submissions become the property of

Visit the website for details:

The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2015

2 March 2015

The London Magazine has been home to the likes of Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Christopher Reid, Helen Dunmore and many more. We are on the hunt for new talent – unpublished poems from across the world. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for writers across the world to get published in the most prestigious literary journal in the UK plus winning a cash prize. First prize wins £200 and publication the magazine, whilst second and third prize win £150 and £100 respectively, with all three poems being published on our website. Poems will be judged by Holly Howitt-Dring and Tristam Fay Saunders.

Submissions open on 1st April 2015 and the deadline is 31st May 2015.

Entry fee is £5 per poem and there is no limit to the number of poems that you can submit; a line limit of 40 applies. The winners will be announced at a special London networking drinks reception; this is a fantastic networking experience and gives the winners a chance to meet The London Magazine team.

For more details:

Last Call! TulipTree Review Writing Contests

2 March 2015

TulipTree Review is looking for contest entries for its inaugural issue.

Enter short fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry (optional theme: Begin)

Deadline: March 9, 2015

Prizes are $1,000; $200; and $100 in for 1st-3rd place in each category.

Entry fee is $20 (enter up to 3 poems per entry fee). Editors will judge.

See for details.

Legendary Women Literary Contest 2015

2 March 2015

Is your literature LEGENDARY?

Are you 16 years or older?

 If you fit the bill, now is your chance to prove it. Legendary Women, Inc. invites you to submit your piece of Legendary literature to our Second Annual Literary Contest.

As a celebration of women in fiction, we will be accepting English-language entries that feature women protagonists and follow the criteria outlined in our Official Contest Rules, which can be found here:
The final round of judging will be conducted by a panel of professional authors, feminist scholars, and activists, so you can be sure that your work rests in capable hands.

All stories must be sent in with the nonrefundable, $5.00 U.S. entry fee.

Prizes for our Top Three Winners’ Circle include having your story published and promoted on our website, featured interviews, and cash prizes totaling $200 USD. Of course, bragging rights come standard.

Third place: You will win $25.00 USD have your story published on our site, and also have a short paragraph written up about you and featured on our site.

Second place: You will win $50.00 USD, have your story published on our site, and have a short interview with you featured on our site.

First place: You will win $125.00 USD, have your story published on our site, and have a long form interview featured on our site. All bragging rights are implied!

Deadline: March 31st, 2015, 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time in the United States.

We can’t wait to read what you’ve created!

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at:

Visit the website for guidelines:

The Citron Review Poetry Contest

2 March 2015

We are excited to announce The Citron Review 2015 Poetry Contest!
The contest calls for poems in the spirit of Carl Sandburg. There is an entry fee of $10. Send us three to five poems that you feel channel his spirit. Our normal line limits (30 lines per poem) still apply. The winner will receive $250, publication and mention in The Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara newsletter. Three other finalists will receive publication alongside the winning poem.

Visit our website for details on guidelines and to pay your entry fee and submit your work. Submissions are open now until April 1st, 2015.

*Any remaining funds (after the $250 grand prize) will go to a Collections Management Intern/archivist fund for The Carl Sandburg Estate in Flat Rock, NC. Currently, there is one archivist in charge of Sandburg’s personal effects, which total over 300,000 documents.