Archive for March 24th, 2016

POETRY SUPER HIGHWAY wants you to send a writing prompt!

24 March 2016

Poetry – A Writing Prompt-A-Day

In honor of National Poetry Month, for the fourth year, we will publish a poetry writing prompt every day during the month of April. Where will we get these prompts? From YOU of course!

Check out last year’s writing prompts here.

Submit your best writing prompt below…Get our creative juices flowing…Send us in unexpected directions…Help us discover poetry where we never knew it existed.

We’re particularly looking for prompts that provide a specific direction as opposed to a prompt consisting only of a phrase or stanza of poetry – though feel free to include that as example referred to in your direction.

Fill out the form below (just once please) and we’ll choose one every day to publish on the our website and Facebook page. If we use your prompt, we’ll give you credit as well as include your website link (if you include one in the form below.)

Not sure what a writing prompt is? Check out Poets and Writers offerings here: http://www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises – (scroll within the “Poetry Prompts” box on that page. Yours doesn’t have to be as complex or as detailed as those (though it could be more so if you want.) Make sure to give a direction of some kind in your prompt.

Hot to submit:  http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/a-poetry-writing-prompt-a-day/

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Last Call! Able Muse Book Award (for Poetry) — 2016

24 March 2016

$1000 prize plus publication of the winning manuscript by Able Muse Press.

Finalists will also be considered for publication.

Entry deadline: March 31, 2016

Final Judge:
A.E. Stallings - Final Judge
A.E. Stallings

Guidelines:

  • Blind Judging by the Final Judge A.E. Stallings.
  • Initial screening will be done by readers from our contest selection committee—consisting of accomplished and award-winning poets, with members renewed yearly—who will also be reading the entries blind. Thus, judging of the contest will be completely anonymous from start to finish!
  • Entries may not be previously published, but individual poems and chapbook-length sections may have been if the previous publisher gives reprint permission. (Still, more than half of the manuscript may not have been previously published as a collection.)
  • Entries consisting in part or whole of translations into English are also welcome, provided that the original-language poems are in the public domain, or where the original-language poems are still under copyright protection, written permission from the rights holder to translate into English is provided.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted as long as we’re immediately notified if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Unlimited entries per person—if you wish to enter more than once, then a separate entry fee and submission form must be completed for each entry.
  • All poetry styles are welcome (metrical or free verse).
  • A poetry manuscript of 50 to 120 pages.
  • Acknowledgments may be included in the manuscript but are not required.
  • We prefer online entries, however, paper/snail mail entry is available for those who insist on the traditional submission method.
  • If you’re entering by paper/snail mail, the manuscripts cannot be returned so, do not send us your only copies.
  • For paper/snail mail entries, include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to receive the announcement of the winner.
  • The contests will be judged blind by the final judge, so:
    • Author’s name should only appear on cover page/cover letter and nowhere else.
    • Initial screening will be done by the editors of Able Muse.
      1. The final judge will received anonymized manuscripts (five to ten depending and the number of total entries and their quality).
      2. The final judge will be instructed to disqualify any work that he recognizes. The entry fee the work thus disqualified will be refunded.
    • Include on your cover page ONLY:
      1. the title of your manuscript
      2. a brief bio
      3. the poet’s/writer’s name
      4. address
      5. phone number, and
      6. email address.

Entry Methods:

  1. Preferred method is our online entry form
    1. DO NOT type or copy and paste your manuscript in the poem text box. Rather, upload your submission file from the upload field (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).
    2. Only send one file attachment with everything (50 to 120 pages), with the cover page prepared as described in the blind judging section above (do NOT attach a separate file for each poem!)
    3. There should be no identification in the manuscript file itself as described in the blind judging section above.
    4. Enter at http://www.ablemuse.com/enter-contest online.
  2. Second favorite entry method is via e-mail—
    1. Again, do not type your submission in the body of the email. Rather, attach your submission file to the email (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).
    2. The subject of the email should be: “<Your Name>: Book Award (poetry)”
    3. Email your entry to submission@ablemuse.com without any identification in the manuscript file itself as described in the blind judging section above.
  3. Least favorite entry method is paper by snail mail—
    1. The manuscript should be without any identification as explained in the blind judging section above.
    2. The cover page should be prepared as explained in the blind judging section above.
    3. Duplicates not required, so do NOT send duplicate of the manuscript.
    4. Send your entry to:Able Muse Review
      Book Award for poetry Contest
      467 Saratoga Avenue #602
      San Jose, CA 95129
      USA

Entry Fees:

  • $25 for a manuscript of 50 to 120 pages.
  • No matter how you choose to enter (online or email or snail mail) you may choose to pay:
    1. Online OR,
    2. By check: Able Muse Review, and sent to the contest address indicated above.
    3. In the event of a withdrawal, entry fees are non-refundable.
    4. To enable us to match your payment to your entry, be sure to indicate the name you entered with in your manuscript (i.e. your pen name, etc), if it’s different from the one under which payment was made, and this applies for online or check payment by snail mail.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:  http://www.ablemusepress.com/ablemuse-book-award

26th Annual Memoirs Competition

24 March 2016

26th Annual Memoirs Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2016. 

  •  Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.
  • Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
  • The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members). Entry fee ispayable online.
  • Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not send via Fedex, certified mail, etc.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject.

Enter here

Literary Fiction Contest

24 March 2016

Literary Fiction Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by August 30, 2016.

  •  Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.
  • Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
  • The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members). Entry fee is payable online.
  • Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. No cover sheet or SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org.

Enter here

Hard Times Writing Contest

24 March 2016

Hard Times Writing Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2016.

  •  Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).
  • Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).
  • Multiple entries are accepted.
  • 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:  Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable online.

Visit the website:  http://www.twwoa.org/

Enter here

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville – 26TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

24 March 2016

THE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

387 Beaucatcher Road     Asheville, NC 28805

www.twwoa.org *  828-254-8111 *    writersw@gmail.com

 

 26TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

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

The deadline has been extended to April 30, 2016.

AWARDS:

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

 

GUIDELINES:

– 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 entries. –

– Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.

– Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.  Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Annual Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

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

Visit the website:  www.twwoa.org

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The Chattanooga Writers’ Guild 2016 Spring Writing contest

24 March 2016

The Chattanooga Writers’ Guild is sponsoring its

2nd Annual Spring Writing
Contest

Eligibility:
Open to any piece that has not been previously published.

Deadline: April 15, 201​6

Categories:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-fiction

Length:

  • Poetry: 40 lines or fewer
  • Prose: 2,500 words or fewer

Judging:
CWG Board Members will select the finalists in a blind judging. Winners will be selected by:

Initial judging by CWG board: April 16 to May 15

Final judging by guest judges: May 16 to May 31

​Winners will be notified by email and announced at the CWG monthly meeting on June 14 and on the website in early June.

Fees:
$5 per entry for CWG members; $10 per entry for non-members. Pay below via PayPal or mail a check payable to:
Chattanooga Writers’ Guild
2288 Gunbarrel Rd, Ste. 154-251
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Prizes (for each category):
First place: $50
Second place: $30
Third place: $20

​All winners and honorable mentions will also be published in the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild 2016 Anthology! 
Click here to buy a copy of last year’s anthology.

How to Submit: 

  • All submissions must be attached as a Word document, with no identifying information on the manuscript itself.
  • A cover page must be attached separate from the manuscript, with your full name, address, phone number, email address, and title of the manuscript.
  • Email entries to submissions@chattanoogawritersguild.org, or click the button at the top of the page.
  • Don’t forget to pay your entry fee!

Any questions? Contact: Rosemary Walch (info@chattanoogawritersguild.org)

Visit the website for details and PayPal entries:

http://www.chattanoogawritersguild.org/2016-spring-writing-contest.html

THE DEADLY QUILL SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST

24 March 2016

What we want: We want stories that reach out and grab us and won’t let us stop reading until we get to the very last sentence. Multiple submissions are welcome but we do not want simultaneous submission.

Entry fee: $10.00 CAD payable through PayPal to lorne@deadlyquill.com. Be sure to include payment number in the body of the email so we can mark down that you are entered.

Length: 1500 to 3000 words. This is absolute. If you send a story with 1499 or 3001 words, your story will be disqualified. That number does not include the title.

Judges: Renowned author Edward Willett (EC Blake)

             Author and editor of Deadly Quill Lorne McMillan

             Author Colin Douglas

             Another yet to be determined

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

Prizes: 1st 2nd and 3rd prize will all include payment for their stories – $250.00, $200.00, and $150.00 respectively – and publication in an anthology of all the winners. They will also receive a free hard copy of the anthology. 4th place to 10th will receive publication and a hard copy of the anthology. Places 11 to 25 will get published in the anthology and receive free ebook editions. The top 5 will also receive two years free subscription to the Deadly Quill Ezine. All monetary prizes are in CAD.

Rights: Deadlyquill.com and Lorne McMillan gets one time non-exclusive publication rights to all contest entrants, even non-winning entries, for later publication in the Deadly Quill ezine.

How to submit: Stories must be in standard manuscript professional submission style. No unusual fonts. Anything hard to read won’t be read, the same going for if it isn’t formatted professionally. Add all your information, as well as a short bio in the body of the email. Don’t forget to include the PayPal transaction number. Make sure stories are sent as attachment in .docx format. If it doesn’t open easily, it will be disqualified. If for some reason you are not able to send in this format, please state reason in body of email so that can be given consideration. Email entries to: contest@deadlyquill.com

Contact:  lorne@deadlyquill.com

Visit the website for details: http://www.deadlyquill.com/#!the-contest/dy4nv

The Chatelaine Awards ~ Romantic Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2016

24 March 2016

Chatelaine Awards

Deadline:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Entry Fees:

$55

Prizes: Chanticleer Book Reviews runs 14 genre writing competitions during the year, all together there are 78 first place category winners, who receive a Chanticleer prize package (including ribbon, book stickers and digital badge, and an editorial book review and marketing package (over $345 value), 14 grand prize genre winners, who receive $200, and 1 overall grand prize winner, who receives $1,000.

Grand prize winners announced in April 2017 at our Chanticleer Awards Gala. The gala features includes a PNW dinner buffet and is a part of our Chanticleer Authors Conference, which hosts authors from around the world and focuses on the business side of writing.

Description:

Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring romantic themes and adventures of the heart, historical love affairs, perhaps a little steamy romance.

Categories:
Contemporary romance,
Romantic adventure & suspense,
Historical romance,
Inspirational/restorative romance,
Romantic steamy/sensual

Contact Information:

editor@chantireviews.com (submissions via website only please)

Visit the website:

http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Romance-&-Womens-Fiction-Writing-Contests/p/21521080/category=5193080

The Laramie Awards ~ Western, Pioneer, Civil War Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2016

24 March 2016

Laramie Awards

Deadline:

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Categories

FictionYoung Adult

Entry Fees

$55

Prizes

Prizes: Chanticleer Book Reviews runs 14 genre writing competitions during the year, all together there are 78 first place category winners, who receive a Chanticleer prize package (including ribbon, book stickers and digital badge, and an editorial book review and marketing package (over $345 value), 14 grand prize genre winners, who receive $200, and 1 overall grand prize winner, who receives $1,000.

Grand prize winners announced in April 2017 at our Chanticleer Awards Gala. The gala features includes a PNW dinner buffet and is a part of our Chanticleer Authors Conference, which hosts authors from around the world and focuses on the business side of writing.

Description

Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring cowboys, the wild west, pioneering, civil war and early North American history.

Eligibility: Work must be at least 40,000 words in length. Books may be published, unpublished, indie or traditional. More eligibility requirements: http://www.chantireviews.com/contests/contest-guidline/

Submissions are online, entries must be the full work as PDF or DOC file format. Fee: $55

Genre: Western/pioneer/Civil War fiction

Categories:
Western romance
Adventure/caper
Classic
Civil War/prairie/pioneer
Contemporary western
Western YA

Contact Information

editor@chantireviews.com (submit via website only)

Visit the website:

https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Western-Pioneer-&-Civil-War-Historical-Fiction-Novels-Pre-1900s/p/21521125/category=5193080

Saturday Evening Post 2017 Great American Fiction Contest

24 March 2016

Saturday Evening Post 2017 Great American Fiction Contest

Deadline:

Friday, July 1, 2016

Entry Fees:

$10

Prizes

Winning story will be published in the January/February 2017 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive $500. Five runners-up will each receive $100 and will also have their stories published online.

Description

In its nearly three centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of American authors — Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Louis L’Amour, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Sinclair Lewis, among many others — ultimately helping to define what it means to be an American.

Now you have the opportunity to join this illustrious lineup by entering The Saturday Evening Post’s Fifth Annual Great American Fiction Contest.

Submission guidelines
• Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words in length.
• All stories must be previously unpublished.
• No extreme profanity or graphic sex scenes.
• All stories must be submitted by the author and in Microsoft Word format with author’s name, address, telephone number and email address on the first page.
• Entries should represent the highest quality fiction, regardless of genre.
• All entries must be received electronically (see http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest for more entry details and other guidelines).

Contact Information

For more information and guidelines, visit us at http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest

Visit the website:

http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest

The Impress Prize for New Writers 2016

24 March 2016

The Impress Prize for New Writers

Deadline:

Friday, July 1, 2016

Entry Fees:

£15

Prizes:

Winner gets a publishing contract, and their book is published with the following year in ebook and paperback forms. Runners up also considered for publishing potential.

Description:

The prize was created to discover and publish new writing talent. Entries are assessed by the Impress team and a shortlist produced from which a panel chooses the winner. The panel is comprised of representatives from the publishing industry and the writing community.

The winner of the prize is offered a publishing contract with Impress Books with the aim of publishing the book in the year following the award. The Impress team also looks at all entries, whether on the shortlist or not, with a view to publication by Impress Books. Numerous entries from previous years have gone on to be published by Impress Books and other publishers, and many authors who have entered the prize have also gone on to be represented by agents.

It is our firm belief that the prize is not just about the winner but should also encourage emerging authors to write and to provide them with a focus and forum for their talent.

Contact Information:

enquiries@impress-books.co.uk

Visit the website:

http://www.impress-books.co.uk/impress-prize/

Goethe Awards

24 March 2016

Goethe Awards

Deadline:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Entry Fees:

$55

Prizes:

Prizes: Chanticleer Book Reviews runs 14 genre writing competitions during the year, all together there are 78 first place category winners, who receive a Chanticleer prize package (including ribbon, book stickers and digital badge, and an editorial book review and marketing package (over $345 value), 14 grand prize genre winners, who receive $200, and 1 overall grand prize winner, who receives $1,000.

Grand prize winners announced in April 2017 at our Chanticleer Awards Gala. The gala features includes a PNW dinner buffet and is a part of our Chanticleer Authors Conference, which hosts authors from around the world and focuses on the business side of writing.

Description:

Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring late period historical fiction. Regency, Victorian, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, World and other wars, history of non-western cultures, set after the 1750s.

Eligibility: Work must be at least 40,000 words in length. Books may be published, unpublished, indie or traditional. More eligibility requirements: http://www.chantireviews.com/contests/contest-guidline/

Submissions are online, entries must be the full work as PDF or DOC file format. Fee: $55

Genre: Historical fiction post-1750

Category:
Regency, Victorian, 1700s/1800s
Turn of the century
20th Century
World wars and other wars
World/international history post 1750s
U.S. history

Contact Information:

editor@chantireviews.com

Visit the website:

https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Late-Historical-Fiction-Writing-Contest-Chanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/57936173/category=5193080