Archive for June 8th, 2016

The Rattle Poetry Prize

8 June 2016

Deadline: July 15, 2016. The annual Rattle Poetry Prize is once again offering $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. The entry fee is a one-year subscription to Rattle (or a one-year extension for subscribers) at our regular $20 rate. Prior to May 1st, new subscriptions will start with the Summer 2016 issue, arriving in June. After May 1st, new subscriptions will start with the Fall 2016 issue, arriving September. Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension.

With the winners judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection, an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine—and a runner-up Readers’ Choice Award to be chosen by the writers themselves—the Rattle Poetry Prize aims to be one of the most writer-friendly and popular poetry contests around.

We accept entries online and by mail. See for the complete guidelines and to read all of the past winners.

Enjoy “Morning at the Welfare Office” by Valentina Gnup, winner of the 2015 Readers’ Choice Award.

How to enter:

Our 2016 Full-Length Contests for Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction are now open!

8 June 2016

The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in PoetryFiction, and Nonfiction. Send us your full-length manuscripts of poetry (50-80 pages), fiction (200-300 pages), and nonfiction (200-300 pages)! Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2016. To submit online, please visit our online submission manager. Please note that, at this time, Autumn House accepts unsolicited manuscripts only through these contests. Entry fee: $30 per manuscript.

Though we are open to all styles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, we suggest you familiarize yourself with previous Autumn House publications before submitting. We are committed not just to publishing the prominent voices of our age, but also to publishing first books and lesser-known authors who will become the important writers of their generation. Many of our past winners have been first-book authors. We encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit; it is our goal at Autumn House to develop a rich and varied literary tradition.

For further questions, feel free to email us.

The judges of the 2016 contests are:
  • Poetry: David St. John
  • Fiction: William Lychack
  • Nonfiction: Michael Martone

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Teen Online Writing Classes

8 June 2016

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Pressure-free, creativity-stretching, not-like-school courses for writers ages 13-17. Useful for expanding your talent or gaining skills bound to help with essays and schoolwork.

These Teen courses are offered both in New York City and Online. The NYC classes are conducted by Gotham Writers Workshop. The Online classes are a partnership between Gotham Writers Workshop and Teen Ink. All students in the online classes receive a free one-year subscription to Teen Ink.

Unbound: Teen Creative Writing

Explore creativity in writing, with both fiction and nonfiction.


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True Story: Teen Creative Nonfiction

Explore the creative forms of nonfiction—including memoir, essay, feature articles, and reviews.

Learn More

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Freelance Writing Market Opportunities

8 June 2016
Freelance Writing Opportunities:
ChristianWeek, Canada
An independent, national Christian newspaper published in Canada every two weeks. Primary need is for news. Writers are encouraged to submit articles about people or news events in your own region or denomination that would be of interest and importance to readers in other church communities and areas of the country.
Nightmare, USA
An online horror and dark fantasy magazine. Seeking original horror and dark fantasy stories. Length: 1500-7500 words, under 5000 words preferred. Pays 6 cents per word for original fiction, or 1 cent per word for reprints.
Canadian Newcomer Magazine, Canada
The mission of the magazine is to connect the diverse ethnic communities in Canada by providing free information, advice, entertainment and encouragement to new immigrants. Subjects covered include employment, housing, Canadian lifestyles, health, finances, ethnic media and education. Published six times per year with all issues available online in both English and French. Pays from $0.10 per word and up.
Caribbean Beat, Trinidad & Tobago
In-flight magazine of Caribbean Airlines. The magazine appears six times a year. It is a general-interest, pan-Caribbean publication, produced in the Caribbean by Caribbean people, with a strong focus on music and the arts, sport, personalities, festivals and the environment. Paying market.
The Diplomat, Japan
An international current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region. Covers: Geo-political Trends throughout the Asia-Pacific; Defense and Intelligence; Environment, Human Security and Development; Arts, Social Trends and Popular Culture.  “If you seek compensation, please indicate this clearly in your pitch, and whether the article has been published elsewhere. Any payment must be agreed by the editor in advance.”
Chatelaine, Canada
Chatelaine empowers Canada’s busiest women to create the lives they want. The magazine is organized into five sections: Style and Beauty, Home, Health, Life and Food. Pays $1.00 per word.
Gulf Coast Literary Journal, USA
A nationally-distributed journal of literature and fine arts, housed within the University of Houston’s English Department. There is a $2.50 reading fee. Pays $50 per page for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Submission period is from September 1 through to March 1.
Cincinnati Parent, USA
Parenting publication dedicated to promoting healthy families and positive parenting, and serving the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Paying market.
Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA
Changing the world one story at a time. Stories are inspirational, true stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They are stories that open the heart and rekindle the spirit. Pays $200 per story, $100 for devotionals.

Christopher Fielden’s Annual Short Story Competition

8 June 2016

A Humorous Writing Contest – Deadline: July 31, 2016

Quick links on this page:

prizeskey datesruleshow to enterterms & conditionsextra details

2015 results2016 competition now open

The 2016 To Hull & Back Competition


The third ‘To Hull & Back’ Short Story Competition is an annual short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world. Some highly prestigious writing contests offer huge cash prizes – Writers of the Future award a top prize of $5,000, the BBC award £15,000 and the Sunday Times give a whopping £30,000 to their winner. What can you win by entering this competition that contends with these short story prize giving heavyweights? THE most amazing, innovative and sought after writing prize on the planet! Forget the Pulitzer. THIS is the badger*.

Admittedly, I may have slipped into sales-pitch-chaos-mayhem-overdrive-mode whilst writing the first paragraph, but I firmly believe that I can live up to expectation. See if you agree.


If you’re selected as a winner:

You Will Win Cash

1st Prize: £1,000

2nd Prize: £150

3rd Prize: £75

But it doesn’t end there, my fine writing friends, oh no, not by a LONG shot.

You Will Be Published

All winners and short listed entries will be published in the To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology. This will be available as a professionally published, printed book and as a Kindle download. The book will have an ISBN number.

If you’re published in the book, a writer’s profile will appear alongside your story and on my website. This will consist of a delightful picture of you, a short bio telling readers all about how amazing you are and details of your website, if you have one.

In addition to this, an author interview with the winner will be published alongside their story.

And there’s more…

You Will Win the Most Awesomely Awesome in its Awesomeness Writing Prize in the Known Macrocosm

This is the bit that will send tingles down your spine. Joy will ravage your very being and you will feel compelled to dance naked for no reason, no matter where you might be. I guarantee it**.

The winner will be taken to Hell Hull and back.

Allow me to explain.

The winner’s face will appear on the front cover of the To Hull & Back Anthology. They will be depicted riding a flaming motorcycle and holding a quill of wrath. Each year, the cover will be unique and created by a different artist.

Hull is a city in the UK that sounds (and looks) like somewhere else reported to be rather unpleasant, fiery and obsessed with eternal damnation. I dwell in the fair city of Bristol. I will ride the book to Hull. And back.

OK. So now you have to enter, right? Before doing so, PLEASE read the rules and terms and conditions. If you don’t abide by the rules, you may be disqualified.

I’ve been involved with administrating other competitions. The number of stories that are disqualified because writers can’t be bothered to read the rules is staggering. One year, 40% of entries were disqualified for sending in stories that did not obey the rules. PLEASE READ THE RULES AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS THOROUGHLY BEFORE ENTERING.

Key Dates

The competition closes to entries 11.59pm GMT (Greenwich meantime, the time in London, UK) on 31st July 2016*. The competition is run annually, so stories received after this deadline will be entered into next year’s competition, which opens immediately after the current contest closes.

The shortlist will be announced on this website by 19th September 2016.

Winners will be contacted by email or telephone by 30th September 2016 and announced on this website, celebrated and generally adored by 1st October 2016.

Prize money will be paid to winners via PayPal in October 2016.

The ‘To Hull and Back Anthology’ will be released on 31st October 2016. ‘Hulloween’ seemed like an appropriate launch date…

The winner’s book will be taken to Hull and back during spring 2017 (usually around March/April), weather permitting. Shortly afterwards the winner’s copy of the anthology will be delivered to them and the video of the book’s journey will be made available on YouTube and this website.

* Previous competitions have closed on the 31st August. Due to the large volume of entries received in the most recent competition, the contest will now close in July to allow more time to read entries and compile the shortlist.

Visit the website for complete guidelines on how to enter: