Archive for August 9th, 2016

Creative Writing Institute’s Annual Short Story Contest

9 August 2016

Get Published in our 2016 Anthology

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016

First, second and third place winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our fourth annual anthology, and for the first time, we are awarding professionally designed eMedals to post on your site or blog. You’ll love them! Make them any size you want.

First place: Professionally designed Gold eMedal and $100, plus publication

Second place: Striking Silver eMedal and $50, plus publication

Third place: Brilliant Bronze eMedal and $25, plus publication

 Fourth and Fifth place: Finalist eMedal and publication

This is a themed contest and this exact sentence must appear in the story:

“Explain how that happened.”

  • Open genre
  • Your story must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
  • No swearing, profanity, explicit sexual scenes, graphic violence, etc.
  • Your story must not have been published before. By entering this contest, winners grant minor editing rights for publication; Creative Writing Institute has first, non-exclusive, electronic rights to publish the winners and Judge’s Choice stories in our anthology. All Rights return to the author upon publication.
  • ONE submission per person, please
  • Entry fee: $5
  • Accepting submissions until September 15, 2016, midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time. No early or late submissions, please.
  • Entries will only be accepted through the form at
  • As you go through the submission process, there will be a space for you to copy and paste your document. Do NOT email attachments as these will not be accepted.


Please direct questions to Ms. Jo Popek, head judge, at special thanks to assisting Competition Co-coordinator and award winning author, Jianna Higgins.


9 August 2016

DEADLINE: August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!


WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!


Maximum: 750

Minimum: 250

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.



That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. So, dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the SUMMER 2016 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

How to enter:

Hourglass Literary Magazine

9 August 2016
I am writing to you on behalf of the board members and editors of Hourglass Literary Magazine (CLMP member). Hourglass Literary Magazine needs you!– we solicit your kind support for our magazine. As we are currently crowdfunding, (just) by pre-ordering our magazine you will help us! Hourglass is founded in former Yugoslavia where cultural oppression is blossom. Our magazine is staffed mostly by volunteers; it is first international literary journey that brings you both emerging and yet to be discovered authors along with widely recognized writers.
PLEASE, take a look at our crowdfunding campaign at; pre-order/contribute/learn even more about Hourglass Literary Magazine/share if you cannot (to) contribute. Become part of this beautiful journey! A BIG THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
At last, do let us know may we add your e-mail to our monthly newsletter?
Warm, warmest regards,
Voki Erceg
Hourglass Literary Magazine

Mike’s Not-Entirely-Serious Wantonly-Rule-Breaking Adverb Writing Challenge

9 August 2016

Greetings from Bristol,

In the last couple of emails I’ve mentioned the rather fun and not particularly serious Adverb Writing Challenge. I’m pleased to say we have received over 20 stories, so the challenge now has a dedicated page on my website.

I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all the writers that have submitted their stores and supported this rather crazy project. Special mentions go to Mike Scott Thomson, for co-creating the challenge with me, and Allen Ashley, who has spread the word like a madman and encouraged many of the entries.

Because everyone is giving their time for free, Mike and I thought it would be nice if the challenge were to support a charity. So, this is how it will work…

How the Adverb Challenge Works

  • 100 words max
  • Cram your story with as many adverbs as you can
  • Entry is FREE
  • EVERY story is published
  • If we receive over 100 stories, we’ll produce an anthology

If we do get to 100 stories, the anthology will be released in print and eBook formats.

Any profit made from book sales will be donated to First Story, a charity that supports and inspires creativity, literacy and confidence in UK secondary schools where over 50% of the pupils are considered deprived.

So, by writing a short adverb-riddled tale, you will be supporting a very worthy charity and you’ll be published. Everyone wins 🙂 You can learn far more details and read all the entries on the Adverb Writing Challenge page.

First Edition Children’s Book Writing Contest

9 August 2016

Southwest Human Development is seeking children’s book manuscripts

in the First Edition Children’s Book Writing Contest. The manuscript should

be 600 words or less and suitable for children birth to five years old.

The winning author will receive a $1,000 advance, an 8% royalty,

and have their book professionally edited, illustrated and promoted.

The book will be sold using a buy one-give one model similar to Tom’s Shoes.

Submission fee is $50 until August 31 and $75 September 1 – September 30, 2016.

Late submission from October 1 – 15  is $100.

Get your submission in early!

For full details or to submit your manuscript

go to:

Send questions to:


9 August 2016

This year’s competition is for poetry on any subject or theme.  There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. 

1st prize is £100.

The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN


Entry is by email to  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of

all entries must be received before midnight 10th October 2016

Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows; 

1 poem    £3.50  

3 Poems  £8.00

5 poems  £10

Competition Judge;  TBA

Competition Rules

Poems, which must be in English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style . 

There are no restrictions on content. Though if there is any doubt the poet might be asked to justify how their poem engages the theme.

All poem must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition.

The actual given name of the entrant must be given, even if the poem is to be published under a pen name.

Poems should not have any indication within them to allow for the identification of the poet.

There is no length or content restrictions and a short poem is just as likely to win as a longer one.

Poems must be entered by email to  the appropriate fee is paid through PAY PAL in Pound Sterling (GB Pounds).

Please attach all entered poems in one attachment using a standard Word file

Poems will not be accepted by post.

We cannot accept alterations to the poem once it has been submitted.

Poems cannot be withdrawn from the judging process once they have been entered.

Although copyright will remain with the poet, we reserve the right to publish any shortlisted poem on our website.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.




9 August 2016



If inspiration, landscape, mouthfuls of words and food and wine are what you’re looking for, 

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Then come join us.

Spend seven days and six nights of writing and nurturing your creative self in a farmhouse nestled in the Chianti region of Italy. Through daily morning yoga, workshops, writing prompts and using all that the countryside has to offer, this retreat is guaranteed to transform your writing and your connection to your senses.

To hear what past participants have said about us and our retreats, visit our Praise page.


The cost in a shared room is $2150 and includes all meals (and wine!), workshop fees, private transportation between the farmhouse and Florence.  Limited single rooms available at a supplemental cost.  A non-refundable deposit of $250 is necessary to secure your spot. 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:  Act fast, the retreat is filling up! 

If you have any questions about whether or not this retreat is for you, please contact us.  We’d be happy to answer your questions or even put you in touch with a past participant.

For more information or to sign up, contact us below: