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The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest

9 January 2016

The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Entry Fees:





“Whenever something new develops in poetry, many will argue, ‘That’s not poetry.’ Think of the reception of William Carlos Williams . . . spoken word poets, poets who incorporate graphics, poets who write in code so robots can read them. It’s all poetry.” –Joyce Peseroff

Breakwater Review is proud to announce The Second Annual Peseroff Prize: publication and $1,000 for a single poem. The Peseroff Prize honors Joyce Peseroff’s work as a poet, teacher, editor, innovator and mentor. She helped found the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston, served as its first director, and retired from teaching in 2014.

Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee from September 1 to May 15, 2016. There are no restrictions on length, content or form: “it’s all poetry.” Submit through our online submission manager; all submissions will be considered for publication. Winners will be announced in September 2016.

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Freelance Writing Market Opportunities

9 January 2016

We require television expertise and clear, lively writing. We do not run highly technical articles, nor do we accept academic or fan-magazine approaches. Most departments are written by regular contributors, but newcomers can break into Labors of Love — 500-word, front-of-the book profiles of TV people and their passions.

Girls’ Life accepts unsolicited manuscripts on a speculative basis only. Girls’ Life magazine does not accept poetry submissions. Each issue of GL is packed with the stuff girls crave—real information and advice—from academic success to peer pressure to time-management and stress-relieving tips; from growing up to boosting self-esteem. Plus, GL profiles real girls facing real challenges that have amazed and inspired readers for almost two decades.


Richmond Family Magazine is a full-size, full-color monthly magazine published for the Metro Richmond, Virginia readership. Articles vary in length from 600 to approximately 2,400 words. Our articles are informative and topical with regional or local relevance and written for parents with kids of all ages – from babies to teens. Writing style is upbeat and informal.


Pays up to $1/word. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;; AARP TV & Radio; and AARP Books. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. Devoted to readers 50 years of age and older.

Vancouver Writer in Residence – (must be a Canadian Resident)

9 January 2016

Deadline: January 22, 2016


Vancouver Public Library will host a resident thriller or mystery author,

between August 29 and December 16, 2016.

The Writer in Residence program promotes Canadian writing and literature to Vancouver citizens.

The aims of the residency are to foster greater public appreciation for Canadian writing,

provide opportunities to interact with the resident author and to provide the space,

time and resources for a Canadian author to write.

The Writer in Residence will develop exciting public programs

and provide advice to emerging writers through one-to-one consultations

and group workshops, as well as outreach to targeted communities.

This full-time position (35 hours/week) requires 40 percent of the author’s time

be spent on library programs or projects, leaving 60 percent of the work week available for creative writing.

Must be a Canadian resident.

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SUMMER POET IN RESIDENCE at the University of Mississippi

9 January 2016


Deadline: January 15, 2016. 

The residency is designed for poets who have at least one full length book

(either published or under contract) and no more than two books.

Chapbooks are not full length books.

Eligible poets are encouraged to apply.

The SPiR receives housing, a travel reimbursement,

and an honorarium of $3,000 thanks to the generosity of The Department of English,

The College of Liberal Arts, and the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education.

In addition, the SPiR will receive ten broadsides of his or her work designed by Jan Murray.

The Summer Poet in Residence (SPiR) is at the University of Mississippi.

The residency supports a poet who desires a quiet,

beautiful location in which to further his or her work,

and it lasts four weeks, from June 15 to July 15, 2016.

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DEBORAH ROGERS FOUNDATION – must be from the Commonwealth or Ireland

9 January 2016


A £10,000 award to a first-time writer who needs financial support to complete their work.

Entrants must be from the Commonwealth or Ireland

and submissions should take the form of 20-30,000 words

of a work in progress (fiction or nonfiction) which is not under option or contract.

Deadline: January 31, 2016

Visit the website:


9 January 2016


The purpose of Alderworks is to enhance the creative process.

If you are accepted, how you succeed at creating new or better work is pretty much up to you.

What we provide is a simple setting, secluded on the edge of wilderness, that is meant to inspire.

If something wonderful comes from this experience,

whether a work of art or a jumbled puzzle of brilliant ideas that need more honing,

then we are happy and hopefully you will be too.

We do ask that you do something for the community while you are here,

whether giving a reading, having a small show, or hosting a workshop.

You also are welcome to help in the garden if you want to.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2016. 

Visit the website for details:

The Heartland Review 2016 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize

9 January 2016

The 2016 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize


  • $350 First Place
  • $100 Second Place
  • $75 Third Place

All finalists will be published in THR´s spring 2016 issue. To enter the contest, participants should mail a $10 donation by check or money order (we cannot accept cash) made out to The Heartland Review and up to three (3) poems to:

2016 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize
c/o Sandi Howard
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Or you can enter the contest electronically here… (The subject line should read JBB2016)

The donations will fund the contest, creation of the journal, and scholarships for creative writing students.

No simultaneous submissions please.

Provide a cover page that includes name, address, email, and a 30-40 word biography with the poems. No contact information should appear on the manuscripts. All forms are welcomed.

Deadline for entries is postmark February 1, 2016.

Winners will be announced in April.

This year´s judge is the award-winning poet Gary Jackson .

Visit the website for details:


9 January 2016



Deadline January 11, 2016 at 5pm, EST.
All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights

(as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights)

are eligible to apply for the FEWW Prize.

Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply,

but the play must be written in English.

Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure.

One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations,

and any other wild (or deceptively tame) format will be considered with equal seriousness.

The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater.

The 2016 winner will be presented her award as part of the 2016 Lily Awards,

which honors the work of women in American theater.

The winner will also receive a cash award of $2,500

as well as a staged reading of her play hosted by FEWW

at a theater in New York City. In addition, a stipend of up to $700

for travel and accommodation may be provided by FEWW if necessary.

Visit the website:


9 January 2016


15th annual free contest. $2,250 in cash prizes, including a top prize of $1,000.

No fee to enter.

Submit one humor poem online by April 1, 2016 deadline.

Both published and unpublished work welcome.

All entries that win cash prizes will be published on

and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter,

with over 50,000 subscribers. Final judge: Jendi Reiter.

We are one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest).

See guidelines, past winners, and submit online at:

For writing resources and contest opportunities, join our 56,000 followers on Twitter at @winningwriters


9 January 2016


Bitch Media, for almost 20 years an independent, nonprofit feminist media organization,

is pleased to announce the Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers,

a series of three-month intensive writing fellowships whose goal is to develop,

support, and amplify emerging, diverse voices in feminist, activist, and pop-culture media.

We are pleased to add four three-month fellowships to our offerings,

each of which pay a stipend of $1,500 for the three-month period.

We seek fellows who are passionate, engaged, and interested in developing their unique voices.

Visit the website for details:

Perugia Press Poetry Prize – for a First or Second Book by a Woman

9 January 2016

Prize: $1000 and publication


  • Poet must have no more than one previously published book. Chapbooks and books in other genres do not count.
  • Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible.
  • If you have hired Perugia Press editor Susan Kan for a personal manuscript review of any of your work, you are not eligible to enter.
  • Individual poems may have been published previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, and chapbooks of fewer than 48 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine. Notify Perugia Press if accepted elsewhere.


  • Manuscripts are generally between 45 and 80 pages. Please submit manuscripts that fall within or close to this page count. Use 8.5 x 11-inch white paper with legible typeface, pagination, contents, and no more than one poem per page.
  • A non-refundable entry fee of $26 must accompany each submission. You may submit more than one manuscript; each is considered separately and must include a separate entry fee.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted between August 1 and November 15 (postmark). Winner is announced by April 1.
  • All manuscripts will be recycled or deleted at the conclusion of the competition. Please do not send your only copy.


  • To be certain that manuscripts receive the fairest consideration, all manuscripts are submitted to the judging panel anonymously. Take care to follow instructions so that we can remove your name.
  • All readers are trusted and respected by Perugia Press.
  • We adhere to the CLMP Ethics Statement. See below.

Online Submissions

Submitting to us online is easy, saves you money in postage, and saves trees.

  • Remove identifying material (name, address, email, bio, etc.) from your manuscript and save as a single electronic file in .pdf format (e.g. poems.pdf). Other accepted formats are .rtf (rich text format), or .doc or .docx (MSWord).
  • Read and follow all application instructions on the online submissions page.
  • Use the submission form to upload your manuscript file.
  • Make your payment of $26 using your credit card at our secure site.

By Mail

  • Attach two cover pages: one with title of manuscript, name, address, telephone number, and email address, and one with title of manuscript only.
  • Remove your name from any other manuscript pages.
  • Cover letter and bio not required. Publications acknowledgments may be included.
  • Include a $26 check or money order made out to Perugia Press.
  • Fasten the pages with a removable clip.
  • Send manuscript and fee via USPS (not FedEx or UPS) to:

Perugia Press Prize
PO Box 60364
Florence, MA 01062

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9 January 2016

Two winners will be chosen for the College Undergraduate Poetry (CUP) Competition,

one receiving the Edna Meudt Memorial Award;

the other receiving the Florence Kahn Memorial Award.

For each winner, prizes include: $500 prize, publication of the manuscript as a perfect-bound 6″x9″ chapbook,

to be marketed through,

75 free copies of the chapbook,

invitation to read from winning work at the 2016 NFSPS Convention,

to be held June 9-13 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Also $300 travel stipend, if attending the convention and complimentary registration for the entire convention.

Submissions open until midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on January 31, 2016.

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Calls for submissions: NEON LITERARY MAGAZINE

9 January 2016


Before sending your work for possible publication… please read the magazine! Doing so is the only way to understand what I want to publish, and doesn’t cost much. In fact, digital issues are free and print issues cost less than a sandwich and a coffee. By subscribing, purchasing a sample copy, or making a donation you’ll be helping to keep the magazine alive, and allowing me to pay the authors I publish.

You can find a wealth of good reasons to subscribe to Neon in this article. I hope that you’ll consider doing so; if just one in ten people who submitted work also subscribed to the magazine, Neon would never be short of funds. If you do support the magazine with a purchase, subscription or donation, please mention this in your cover letter. As a thankyou for your support, I’ll try and provide some personal feedback on your submission.


1. What I’m Looking For

There is no set word limit, but please send enough work to cover approximately three pages of the magazine. This could be one story, a couple of flash fictions, or several poems. I prefer darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative. I am open to reading anything, however, and am often surprised by pieces that don’t fall into these categories.

Images, comics and graphic poems are also welcome, as are self-contained extracts. If you have any doubts about whether something is suitable, please send it anyway and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


2. Terms

Reprints and simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let me know if a piece is published elsewhere. On acceptance Neon takes one-time non-exclusive rights to your work, as well as the right to archive it. Accepted authors receive one contributor copy, as well as a royalty derived from sales, subscriptions and donations – usually about £8.


3. How To Submit

Include a covering letter and a 50-word biography in the body of the email. The subject line should include the word “Submission”. The editor is Krishan Coupland. Send work by email to Paste work into the body of the email if possible.

Please add Neon to your “Safe Senders” list, and query if you have received no response after two months. You may also wish to follow Neon on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, or join the mailing list, to be kept informed of any submissions-related news.

If you are new to sending your work out for publication, you might find this guide useful.


4. Feedback

If you are a current subscriber to the magazine, or if you have recently made a donation orpurchased a sample copy, please mention this in your covering letter. I’ll try and give some personalised feedback in my response. All submissions are given equal consideration, regardless of whether or not the author supports the magazine.

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Call for submissions: LUNARIS REVIEW Journal

9 January 2016


We publish literary fiction (flash fiction, short story and creative nonfiction). Lunaris Review accepts submission of flash fiction up to 1,000 words; short story, creative non-fiction up to 4,000 words and essay not longer than 7,500 words. We do not accept sci-fi and erotic compositions.

Submission should be sent as attachment in .doc or .pdf format using double line spacing. The attachment should include your name, email address, the title of the story and the word count. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: FICTION/ESSAY SUBMISSION.

Guidelines for Poetry

Lunaris Review accepts poems of diverse thematic pre-occupations, forms and styles. Please do not send more than four poems per submission period and the length of individual poems should not exceed 40 lines. Although, longer poems would not be declined, but shorter poems would be given first consideration.

Submission should be sent as attachment in .doc or .pdf format using double line spacing. The attachment must include your name, email address, the title of the poem(s) and the number of lines. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: POETRY SUBMISSION.

Guidelines for Artwork and Photography

Visual Artwork (photographs inclusive) will be considered for the cover and/or interior of each issue. Please do not send more than seven pieces per submission period. Any format is acceptable

Attach your works as high-resolution files. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: ARTWORKS/PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMISSION.

General Guidelines and Policy

In the body of the email, include; your name, your email, and a brief biography. We publish only works that have not been previously published, either online or in print. Multiple submissions are not accepted. We accept simultaneous submissions; however let us know right away when/if such work has been accepted elsewhere, in the case of which you would need to withdraw your submission through an email notification. All submissions should be sent to

By sending us your work you are stating that the work is your own, and do not infringe on any copyright. You are also stating that we acquire first rights (that is, we do not accept previously published works) to publish your work in the event that it is accepted. The rights of any published work in this journal remain with the contributor, and we ask that you acknowledge Lunaris Review if you republish such work.

We reserve the right to copyedit your work before publishing it. Any significant changes to content will be approved by the author prior publication. We also reserve the right to use your work in all promotional material for the journal. We do not charge submission fees and do not pay contributors for now but would put up necessary information should/whenever that change.

Entrust us with your best work and let us share your creativity.


    • January issue: October 1st – November 30th
    • April Issue: January 1st – February 28th
    • July issue: April 1st – May 31st
    • October Issue: July 1st – August 31st

Any work received after the deadline would be automatically considered for the following issue.

How to submit, visit:

24th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

9 January 2016

Deadline: Apr 30, 2016

Results Announced: Oct 15, 2016

Theme: All themes accepted

Length Limit: 6,000 words

Entry Fee: $18 per entry. Please submit entries one at a time.


  • FICTION: First Prize, $1,500
  • ESSAYS: First Prize, $1,500
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online

Visit the website for details:


Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest

9 January 2016


The competition is international and is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin.) There are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries. Work must be original and unpublished. One author can compete in all categories, for all three awards respectively. Limited multiple submissions are allowed (as well as simultaneous submissions).

Short story: should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words.

Poetry: Poems should not have more than 3500 words. Writers can submit up to three works.

Essays: Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words.

Please read General criteria of the competition carefully:


For the competition winners, in addition to symbolic prize, there is $ 1000 in prize money for each category (Best Short Story, Best Essay, Best Poem). The jury, comprising highly respected authors Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox has the right to give a special prize (US$ 500 for entry in each category).
Ten Finalists in each category will be published in the first issue of the literary magazine.
All published works will be financially compensated and finalists will be provided with one copy of the printed edition of the Hourglass Literary Magazine.

$13.59 per paper
$20 for up to three pieces
(Except for poetry where up to three submissions are accepted for $13.59.)

We only accept submissions online via Submittable tool: . The document (work for submission) should only contain the name and text of the story, poem(s), essay. Personal details should be included in the Cover letter of the Submittable’s submission tool.

11:59 P.M. on May 31st 2016 (US Central time)

Voki Erceg
contest (at)
press (at)

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The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville – 26th Annual Poetry Contest

9 January 2016

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring its 26th Annual Poetry Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence.

The deadline is: postmarked or emailed by Feb. 28, 2016.


1st Place: Your choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 10 poems line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 8 poems line-edited.

3rd Place: One free workshop; or 5 poems line-edited.

10 Honorable Mentions


– All work must be unpublished.

– Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on the first page. The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for up to three poems. Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.

– 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:  Annual Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Entry fee is payable online at

– Emailed submission may be sent to, with “Poetry Contest” in the subject.

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The 2015-16 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.

9 January 2016

The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.

The 2015-16 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.

Essays must be under 500 words.

There are three essay topics to choose from:

Target 1. Saturn’s rings and three moons: Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas

Target 2. Jupiter, as seen from a billion miles away

Target 3. Saturn’s moon, Tethys, passing behind Rhea (27-frame movie)

Students choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft. What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?

The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards.

For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit: 

The contest deadline is Friday, February 26, 2016.

All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher (or parent, if homeschooled). If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.

All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation. U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists. U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.

For questions about the contest or to sign up for the contest’s email distribution list, contact Good luck!

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The 8×10 TheatreFest — Weathervane Playhouse’s Annual 10-Minute Play Contest and Festival

9 January 2016

Call for entries: Now through May 13, 2016
Performances: July 15 to 17, 2016


The deadline for entries is midnight on Friday, May 13, 2016

All entrants will receive:
• Acknowledgment of receipt of submissions and administrative fee.
• Notification of 8 Finalist plays, preceding TheatreFest.
• Notification of winners, following the conclusion of TheatreFest

All information will be posted to this website.


Each of the eight finalists will receive a full production of his or her play and two complimentary tickets to TheatreFest. (We can’t offer travel and room accommodations for finalists, those who are able to attend will be greeted, feted, and showered with recognition!)

Additionally, we will send out press releases about the finalist playwrights to our local publications and to any of the playwrights’ respective outlets.

First Place: $350
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Five Runners Up: $50/each



  1. Each play must include the 2016 prop, an envelope of cash.  See description below.
  2. Maximum running time is 10 minutes.  Less is fine.
  3. Cast maximum is three. Any combo, gender-wise.  No characters under the age of sixteen.
  4. Technical requirements must be minimal. Plays produced are performed on a bare stage utilizing wooden blocks and simple furniture to signify a variety of things. Costume, sound and lighting requirements must also be simple.
  5. No one-person plays, no musicals, or children’s plays.
  6. Playwrights must be at least 18 years old.
  7. Submitted plays must be un-produced and un-performed outside of readings, workshops, and festivals. Submitted plays may have been entered in other contests.
  8. You must be the sole creator of the play and entitled to confer performance rights.
  9. If chosen as a finalist, you grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Weathervane Playhouse for three performances during the 2016 8×10 TheatreFest.
  10. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.


Each year at TheatreFest, the audience chooses a special prop that must be incorporated into the following year’s plays.

Our 2015 audience members chose an envelope of cash.  The envelope is a security envelope 6.5″ x 3.5″.  The cash consists of $3,000 in $100 increments, bills are printed back and front.  The bills and envelope cannot be damaged or destroyed in your script.

Please note:  Although the bills provided are specific, the rules don’t require that you open the envelope to display the currency or use the amount provided. 

How to enter:

Last call for entries! DISQUIET Literary Prize

9 January 2016

DISQUIET Literary Prize

Submissions are now open for the DISQUIET Prize for writing in any genre. Winners will be published in Guernica (fiction), Ninth Letter (non-fiction) or The Collagist (poetry). One grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship, accommodations, and travel stipend to attend the sixth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon taking place July 3-15, 2016. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will also be considered for financial aid.

Deadline: January 31, 2016.

Reading fee: $15

For contest guidelines, visit:


Fabula Press Short Story Contests

9 January 2016

Contest deadlines: Each year, the winter (Nivalis) contest opens on 01 January, and submissions will be accepted till 31 March. Summer (Aestas) contest begins on 01 July and runs till 30 September, every year. 


Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:

  1. First Prize:      US$250
  2. Second Prize:US$150
  3. Third Prize:     US$100


All longlisted entries (top 10-15) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each.


Theme: None. There is no restriction on genre either, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science based / alternative history based literary works. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team.


Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000. At the editors’ discretion some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit.


Entry fee: US$10.


Judges: The panel of judges includes literary agents, authors and essayists.


For detailed guidelines, visit:

Playwriting Competition Call for Submissions

9 January 2016

The Princeton Theatre Group invites submission of scripts to be considered for the 2016 New Works Festival

Two categories

One-Act Scripts and Ten-Minute Plays

Winners will receive a staged reading by professional actors

during Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theatre festival.

The New Works Festival will also include a playwrights’ reception

and opportunities to receive feedback of the winning works.

No entry fee — No cash prizes


  • Submission deadline: 1 March 2016
  • Winners will be notified by 1 May 2016
  • Production dates: July 23 and 24, 2016

Competition Rules

  • Only complete scripts will be considered; no excerpts from longer works.
  • Scripts must be original, unpublished, and not previously produced.
  • Each playwright may submit only one script per category. It is possible for a playwright to win in both categories.
  • Competition is open to adult playwrights around the English-speaking world. No juvenile writers.
  • Target audience: adults, including young adults.
  • Genre: comedy, drama, tragedy, farce, hybrid; theatrical storytelling. No monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, or musicals.
  • Cast may contain any number of characters of any race, ethnicity, or gender.
  • Theme and subject matter are open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.
  • Winners will grant Festival 56 and Princeton Theatre Group first production rights.

Playwrights retain copyright.

  • At least two One-Act and up to six Ten-Minute scripts will be selected for staged

readings. Total number of winners will depend upon the number and range of submissions.

  • The decision of the judges is final. Judges will not provide any written or verbal critiques.
  • Winning playwrights are strongly encouraged to attend their readings, although attendance is not a requirement for winning.
  • If the playwright is present, a talkbackwith the audience and actors will immediately follow the reading of each script.

Criteria for selection:

  • Well developed storyline within a short work
  • Natural and creative dialogue
  • Quality of writing and dramatic structure
  • Ability of script to connect with an audience

Submission Guidelines:

  • Type script with 1-inch margins on all four edges, using a 12-point serif type such as Times New Roman, Palatino, or Courier.
  • Use standard script format including cast of characters, setting, etc.
  • Do NOT put your real name on your script! On the first page of the script, under the title, put a pen name of your choice.

Use the script title as the name of this document.

  • Create a separate document giving your real name, address, email, phone, the title of your script, and either your real age or the statement “I am over 18.”

Use your pen name as the name of this document.

This document will not be opened until after winners have been selected.

  • Attach both the script document and the identifying document to an email as a Word

doc, Pages doc, or PDF.

For a list of winners, see the Festival 56 website after 1 May 2016.

Princeton Theatre Group

Grace Performing Arts Center

316 South Main Street

Princeton, IL 61356


9 January 2016


$50 First Place Cash Prize
$20 Amazon Gift Card 2nd Place
$10 Amazon Gift Card 3rd Place


Saturday, January 9th, 2016 – Monday, February 15th, 2016
**contest will close at midnight 02/15/2016 EST
***winners will be announced on Saturday, February 20th, 2016

1st Place wins $50, publication on both Fictional Black Ink and Black Ink Contests along with nomination for the Edward Bulwer-Lytton Creative Fiction Award, which will be announced in May 2016.

Somewhere in your story you must use:  Parting is such sweet sorrow

“Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
~ William Shakespear, Romeo and Juliet

The contestant with the best story and most creative use of the phrase – Parting is such sweet sorrow – will win $50 and publication on both Fictional Black Ink and Black Ink Contests.  2nd Place winner will take home a $20 Amazon Gift Card, and the 3rd Place winner gets a $10 Amazon Gift Card.  FREE to enter!

SUBMISSIONS – All contest guidelines will be announced on Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Only online entries are being accepted at this time


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Tethered by Letters F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition

9 January 2016

TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter 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 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

Deadline: March 31, 2016. Midnight PST.

Short Story Contest

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $18.00 USD entry fee for each submission.


Flash Fiction Contest

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of 750 words.
Fees: $10.00 per entry, or three entries for $15.00.


Poetry Contest

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $10.00 per entry, or three entries for $15.00.

Judging: Judges will be announced shortly.

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting 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.

We strongly recommend checking out an issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can do so at the TBL Store.

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 inF(r)iction Series, our triannual print journal.

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

Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.

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.

How to enter:

Essaymama Winter Essay Writing Contest 2015-2016

9 January 2016

Writing Contest from EssayMama writing service is a great opportunity for both young and experienced writers to express themselves. So don’t hesitate – enter the contest and win great prizes! Entry Fee – $ 0!

Why compete in EssayMama Essay Writing Contest?

Get cash.

  • 1st place – $550
  • 2nd place – $400
  • 3rd place – $250

Get published.

Get fame and popularity! Three best works will be published on the EssayMama Blog.

Get discovered.

Share your writing spirit and talent with the world!

Deadline and Judging Criteria

Deadline – February 29, 2016.

Essays will be checked by EssayMama team of professional writers and editors from March 1, 2016 till March 8, 2016. Scale – from 0 to 100 points. You can get extra points for extra social sharing (see the information below).

The final results will be announced on March 9, 2016. The winning essays will be published on EssayMama blog. Each winner will receive a personal email alert.

How to enter EssayMama Winter Essay Writing Contest?

To enter the contest you need to “like” EssayMama Facebook Page and share the post about EssayMama Writing Contest on your own Facebook page OR to follow EssayMama Twitter Profile and retweet the tweet about EssayMama Writing Contest. When submitting your essay via email, please, add a screenshot where you like EssayMama page and share the post about contest.

! Please, do not forget to send us a screenshot where you like EssayMama Facebook/Twitter page and share the post/tweet about contest – it is the ‘entry fee’ to the competition !


You can get extra points for extra social sharing! Share/follow/like other EssayMama social profiles (Google+, Tumblr,Pinterest) and get more points to your essay score! Page follow – 5 extra points, post sharing – 2 extra points.Send us screenshots where you like EssayMama pages and posts.

Submission Guidelines

Type Essay (800 – 1300 words) – one participant can send only one essay!


  1. How Necessary Is a College Education For You?
  2. Why Do We Enjoy Watching Rich People on TV and in the Movies?
  3. Does ‘Shame and Blame’ Method Work to Change Student’s Behavior?
  4. Are Anti-smoking Advertisements Effective?
  5. How Concerned Are You About Where Your Food Comes From?
  6. Which Is More Important: Talent or Hard Work?
  7. Can a Video Game Be a Work of Art?
  8. Is Academic Cheating Getting Worse?

Language English only

Formats .doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx

100% unique All submissions will be checked via PlagTracker.

Participation in the contest automatically constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and the rejection of any claim.

Mail title should be [EssayMama Essay Writing Winter Contest], your name.

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