Archive for May 13th, 2016


13 May 2016

Deadline: July 4, 2016

Headmistress Press, publisher of poetry books by lesbians, Lesbian Poet Trading Cards, and Lavender Review, is proud to announce our second annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest.

Our first-prize winner will be selected by Ellen Bass and will receive a $250 honorarium plus 20 copies of the winning book. Headmistress Press will also announce finalists, and may choose to publish other books from among the submitted manuscripts.

Headmistress authors receive ten copies of their book and discounts on all further purchases. At your request, the mistresses of Headmistress Press will provide feedback on your manuscript.

We will be accepting submissions from May 4 to July 4, 2016 and will announce a winner in the fall. Although we do charge a reading fee, we have always had a sliding scale, and no one will be turned away for lack of entrance fee.


– $8, $14, $20
– $13, $19, $25 includes editorial feedback on your manuscript


– No more than 35 pages of poetry, excluding front and back matter.

– No bio or cover letter is necessary.

– DO NOT include your name, mailing address, or email address in your manuscript.

– Please keep your manuscript formatting simple and clean. Don’t worry about trying to make your manuscript look like a finished book. That’s our job.

– Use this Submittable link now until July 4, 2016 to submit:


A Writing Retreat Like No Other

13 May 2016

Two spots remain for Elephant Rock’s Fourth Annual Summer Solstice Retreat, June 12-17, 2016! This retreat is truly like no other. You will not workshop. You will not critique. You will not, for just one week, tear the work down. Instead, you will tap into your own fierce, original voice using some of the most innovative, unconventional writing exercises and techniques you will ever encounter. You will fall into open mode, allowing yourself to immerse in the beauty of language, the metaphor in all of life, and the absolute necessity of humor and play as a portal to the profound. All of this creative energy will be deepened by yoga, meditation, chanting, and an intensely supportive and inspiring community of fellow writers. Held on a beautiful secluded island at historic Stout’s Lodge at the height of summer, our retreat is nestled in the trees amid lapping waves and birdsong. Be prepared to surprise yourself, and to laugh, a lot. And be ready to leave with seeds for many projects to come. As one writer said last year, “I am still searching for words … because what happened at Stout’s was so huge.” That’s the heart of the Elephant Rock Summer Solstice Retreat. All levels and genres welcome. Tuition includes 5 nights’ lodging and all vegetarian meals, daily writing, yoga, & meditation, kayaks and outdoor activities, evening readings, bonfires, and music, Solstice Eve celebration, and more. Don’t wait. This retreat is nearly full and always sells out.

 For all retreat details, visit Elephant Rock Retreats at:

Contact: Jeannine Ouellette – or call 612-801-2566

North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

13 May 2016

We invite you to compete for our second annual North Street Book Prize for self-published books. The winners of our first competition were Gloria Taylor Weinberg (top left), Jenna Leigh Evans (bottom left), and Elizabeth Kirschner(bottom right).

This year’s deadline is again June 30. Submit a self-published book in one of the following categories, up to 150,000 words in length:

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction & Memoir

The winner of each category will receive $1,500, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value). Two honorable mentions in each category will receive $250. We will publish online excerpts (1,000-6,000 words) from all entries that win a prize, along with critiques from judges Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Lauren Singer will assist in the judging. The entry fee is $50 per book.

All contestants will receive a copy of The Frugal Editor by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (PDF), a $9.00 value, and free guides to successful publishing from BookBaby.

Submit Here

Narrative Magazine’s Spring 2016 Story Contest

13 May 2016

OUR SPRING CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize,the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in collections such as The Best American Short Stories,The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many others. View the recent awards won by Narrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.

Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $24 fee for each entry. With your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is July 31, 2016, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by August 31, 2016. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions, which will be final. The judges reserve the option to declare ties and to designate and award only as many winners and/or finalists as are appropriate to the quality of contest entries and of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

Visit the website to submit your work:


13 May 2016

Curating Jurors:
Kathryn Poindexter, California Museum of Photography
Mat Gleason, Coagula Curatorial

previous Top 40 exhibit

Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work.
All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable.
The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.

The selected winner receives 10 prints up to 44×60 inches on canvas or museum quality paper
(approximately a $2,500-$3,000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery.
The exhibit will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist.

Second place prizes: Ten second place winners will receive one print of their work up to 24×36 inches
($150-$200 in value) to be included in the winners’ exhibits and opening.

Deadline for Entries: May 23, 2016
Winnners Announced: May 30, 2016
Exhibit Dates: June 9-July 2, 2016

LACDA Artists’ Reception: Saturday, June 11, 6-9pm
Artwalk preview: Thursday, June 9, 7-9pm

Complete information:

Online registration only.
For questions email us at
No phone calls please.


los angeles center for digital art
104 East Fourth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Free eBook: Marketing your book on Amazon

13 May 2016

For authors serious about gaining more exposure on Amazon

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  • The Anatomy of an Amazon Book Sales Page
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How to download your free copy and learn how to promote your book on Amazon with stronger results, visit: