Archive for May, 2016

May 2016 Poetry Super Highway’s Worldwide Open Reading

14 May 2016

May 2016 Worldwide Open Reading

Sunday, May 15, 2016 ~ 2:00 pm (pacific) – Today!

Join Poetry Super Highway’s monthly online open poetry reading. Tune in to listen to poets from all over the world read their poetry. Better yet, plan on calling in to read a poem live on the air. No content or style restrictions. Use it as an opportunity to promote your new poetry book or project and let us know what’s happening in your local poetry world! Hosted by Poetry Super Highway’s Rick Lupert.

Visit Rick’s Blog Talk Radio Page, Sunday, May 15, 2016, PST





14 May 2016

Calls for Submissions – Photography – Oil Art Organization

DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 – $3000 in Awards

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is given to a North American photographer pursuing work of creative or social importance. While there are other sources for grants and fellowships in photography, the chance to have the editorial, design, production, and marketing support to realize a body of work in print is rare: The prize’s focus is on creating an opportunity for photographers who are engaged in the creation of a continued, active, and vital body of work to publish a first book. Winners of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography receive a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of the prizewinners. The winner also receives a solo exhibit; the photographs are then placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library. Submissions accepted June 15 through September 15, 2016.

To learn more, go to:

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, North Carolina, 27705, United States

The Central Coast Writers Contest

14 May 2016

The Central Coast (CA) Writers Contest call for entries ends July 15, 2016.  Short Stories, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Screenwriting must depict the theme of The Final Word.

Prizes up to $1,000.

Entries will be judged by an array of best-selling and award-winning authors, editors, and publishers.

For further details, submission guidelines, contest rules, judges profiles and to submit your entry electronically please visit:

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Writers Bloc present Senator Barbara Boxer in conversation with Paula Poundstone

14 May 2016
Senator Barbara Boxer 
with Paula Poundstone
June 12, 2016, 4:00pm
The Wallis Annenberg Center
 Tickets here

Senator Barbara Boxer will vacate her Senate seat after 24 years.  Since 1992, Barbara Boxer has stood for progressive politics in the United States Senate.  Before that, she served us in the House. She has been a steadfast advocate for women’s rights, environmental protection, and healthcare.  In The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life, her new memoir about her decades in politics representing California’s interests in the House and in the Senate, Senator Boxer unveils her weaknesses and reminds us of her great strength as a pioneer in Washington.  She takes us back to her involvement in significant political struggles, which included the Clarence Thomas hearings; the war in Iraq; and environmental challenges such as climate change front and center. Lauded by the left and vilified by the right, and sometimes criticized by her own party, Senator Boxer has consistently spoken truth to power, backed by evidence and clarity.  Sometimes she’s won, and often she (and we) have lost.  But she proves that by speaking up and speaking out,  doing the right thing matters.

The Senate is indeed a perplexing place, and although it has its shining moments, it is not really what we would call hilarious. But Paula Poundstone is.  We are not alone in our estimation that Paula is one of the funniest comedians working today: Comedy Central ranks her as one of the best American comedians of all time, and she is a member of the Comedy Hall of Fame. She was the first woman to host the Washington Press Club dinner, and is the spokesperson for the esteemed American Library Association. She’s had comedy specials on HBO and Bravo, has appeared regularly on late night television. You can catch her comedy acts all over the country, and hear her on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” NPR’s most popular radio show thanks to Paula.

Each ticket includes a copy of Senator Boxer’s book, The Art of Tough. Books must be picked up at the event.

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Writers Bloc present Senator Barbara Boxer in conversation with Paula Poundstone

June 12, 2016, 4pm
At the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Each ticket includes Senator Boxer’s book.

Writing Grants & Scholarships

14 May 2016

The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, now in its 25th year, returns to Woodstock this summer for workshops plus a one-week retreat. The fiction/nonfiction workshops run August 22–29 followed by a retreat with writing exercises and individual tutorials from August 29 through September 5. Writers may participate in one or both weeks. Work/Study Scholarship: (Live-in participants only) – $500 off the final bill. To apply send 15 double-spaced pages of writing by June l, 2016; plus a short biography, including writing experience and publications, if any. This work/study scholarship is awarded in exchange for help in preparing and cleaning up after daily breakfasts and help with home dinners.


Murphy Writing of Stockton University is offering two scholarships to first-time participants. The Shore Thing Writing Getaway program will take place June 4, 2016 in Atlantic City, NJ. This writing retreat is open to poets, fiction, memoir and nonfiction writers. Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City’s famous beach and boardwalk, this workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing and the glow that comes from spending the day with an encouraging community of writers. Application deadline June 9, 2016.


The Artist in Residence program at Badlands National Park was founded in 1996 and is open to all professional artists. Writers, composers and all visual and performing artists are invited to interpret this wind-swept environment through their work. The program provides time for artists to get away from everyday responsibilities to focus on their surroundings and their medium.


The Artist Residency Program currently awards two residencies per year, allowing artists to benefit from studio space, ample time to create, and a supportive community. Artist Residents focus on community engagement, and are encouraged to explore ways in which their work can be applied to the community, and how Lanesboro’s rural community can inform their work. The annual deadline for the Artist Residency Program is July 30, 2016. 


14 May 2016



The Little Bird Writing Contest is an annual, international contest created by Sarah Selecky exclusively for innovative, emerging short fiction writers. Limit 2,500 words. Winner: $1,000. First runner-up: $250. Second runner-up: $250. Bonus prize won by a draw: a full scholarship to The Story Intensive.

Deadline May 27, 2016.

Visit the website for details:

Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Writing Competition

14 May 2016

The story of Elgin’s past 1,000 years is now being developed into an exciting visitor experience through the Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere heritage initiative due to be completed by the winter of 2016 and which invites visitors to walk through Elgin’s historic streets and discover its rich history while accessing information onsite and online through an exciting variety of approaches. There will also be an interactive website for virtual visitors.

In short, the mission is to make Elgin a compelling city, giving visitors an unforgettable sense of place.

A key part of this initiative is to present and promote Elgin as a compelling experience through a collection of short stories.

Writers are therefore being invited to submit a previously unpublished short story of no more than 3,000 words set in Elgin and the surrounding area during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The winning entry will receive £350 and the second place £150.

The closing date for submissions is 31st May 2016. Entry is free.

Click here for Guidelines for Authors, a summary of Elgin’s Compelling History and the Entry Form.

The Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Writing Competition is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Elgin.

Visit the website:

For more information please email:


14 May 2016



With the opportunity to win £6,000 and open to all writers age 16 or over,

this competition provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

This year’s category is stage play.

Applicants should submit a full script along with a one-page synopsis and a short writing CV by Monday, May 30, 2016.

Visit the website for details:


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

Getting noticed on Amazon can feel like screaming your phone number at Bruce Springsteen from the back of an arena. There are countless like-minded authors out there also in search of recognition. But with Marketing Your Book on Amazon, you’ll gain a leg up on your competition with a number of tips to help you augment your book selling strategy.

This free eBook includes step-by-step help on topics such as:

  • The Anatomy of an Amazon Book Sales Page
  • Choosing the Best Categories for Your Book
  • Creating a Compelling Book Description
  • Getting Customer Reviews for Your Book
  • Promoting via social media
  • And much more!

How to download your free copy and learn how to promote your book on Amazon with stronger results, visit:


Salamander Magazine Fiction Contest

11 May 2016

Deadline: JUNE 1, 2016

Salamander magazine will award a cash prize of $1,500 plus publication for the best fiction story. All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. There is a reading fee of $15, and all contest results will be posted on by August 1, 2016.

Judge: Joan Wickersham

Joan Wickersham is the author of The News From Spain and The Suicide Index, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her fiction has appeared in One StoryPloughsharesAGNI, and many other publications, and her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has written a regular op-ed column for The Boston Globe, and her pieces have run in The International Herald Tribune and on NPR. Joan has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has taught writing at Emerson and at Harvard, and currently teaches in Bennington’s MFA program.  Deadline: June 1, 2016

Submit Entries Online ( by Mail to:
2016 Fiction Prize
Salamander/Suffolk University English Dept.
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

Visit the website for submission details: