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Enter Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

10 February 2017

Enter Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Judy JuanitaOur 25th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest welcomes your entries through April 30. Our final judge this year is Judy Juanita, author of the novel Virgin Soul and of De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland. She will be assisted by Lauren Singer. We will award $4,000 in prizes, including two top awards of $1,500 each. Winners are published on our website.

This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Each entry may have up to 6,000 words. You may enter as often as you like. The reading fee is $18 per entry.

Click to submit your stories and essays

Please enjoy Ms. Juanita’s advice to contestants:

My favorite bedtime reading is the great Irish writer Frank O’Connor. I never tire of his short stories or insights. Rather than pretending to have great advice, I defer to him because I have an affinity for what he terms “might-have-beens” or “outlawed figures wandering at the fringes of society.” O’Connor said, “There is in the short story at its most characteristic something we do not often find in the novel—an intense awareness of human loneliness.” (The Best of Frank O’Connor, Knopf, 2009). He also wrote extensively about childhood though he was an only child. He’s said, “Children…see only one side of any question and because of their powerlessness see this with hysterical clarity.” So that’s a small essential for writing—look at marginalia, the smallest, youngest, the never-was, the never-will-be.Tim O’Brien talks of the consoling power of stories: “If I’m lying in bed at night I’m a little less lonely in a lonely universe. Stories connect me not just to other people, but to myself.” Is that another way of saying you need to write a feel-good story? It is not. When we manage to plumb the heart, we touch the reader’s heart. It may sting, comfort, sadden, dishearten even, but the touch is the measuring rod.

Essays are a horse of a different color. Opaque doesn’t work well in essays; a through line does. I want to follow the complexity of an argument but need markers along the way, like subheadings and bullets. The main lesson I’ve learned from writing a column is the necessity of moving from the personal to the universal/global. Being 100% personal reads as smug or self-indulgent and tries the reader’s patience. Being transparent has enormous value, but the writer has to lead the reader from the deeply intimate detail, e.g. a family tragedy, through extrapolation to the deeper meaning in the detail.Sometimes, the elements of an essay are like a family—they don’t all get along. Some people suffer from too little or too much closeness to a relative. Nowhere is copy and paste handier than in essay writing. Set your essay with care like you would a family dinner. And, remember, you can’t invite everybody to everything, even if they are family. You can’t dump all your set pieces into one essay.

All the winning entries and judges’ comments from the past decade are available for reading in our website archives.

Submit your 2017 entries now at
WinningWriters.com/tomstory

F(r)iction’s Winter 2017 Literary Contests

10 February 2017

Contest Submissions


TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are four submission categories: 1) creative nonfiction ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 3) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 4) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

The Winter 2017 contests are now open for submissions! 

Creative Nonfiction Contest 

The winner of our creative nonfiction contest will be awarded $500.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $10.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2017

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Short Story Contest

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $15.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Flash Fiction Contest

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of 750 words.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Poetry Contest

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Winter 2017 Judges:
Simon Tolkien, renowned author and grandson of THE J.R.R., will be judging short story submissions. Bryn Greenwood, author of the gorgeous debut All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (which won second place in the Goodreads Choice Awards for fiction), will select the winning flash fiction. Linda Pastan, legendary American poet, is our poetry judge. And Sarah Hepola—New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Blackout—will be judging TBL’s first ever nonfiction contest!

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.

We strongly recommend checking out an issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can do so at the TBL Store.

Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL as soon as possible if your work is selected for publication elsewhere—work must be previously unpublished to be eligible for publication in F(r)iction. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication in F(r)iction Series, our triannual print journal.

Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner in any category if submissions do not meet our standards of publication.

Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.

Other Categories: Please visit our submissions page for more ways to submit your work to TBL for possible publication and learn about our free-editing policy for work submitted to our journal.

#Blink! TBL’s Twitter Contest

TBL is excited to announce a new Twitter contest!
If you think you can tell a story in 140 characters or fewer, we want to hear from you!

Every two weeks an acclaimed judge will choose the winning story. The winner will receive a free digital copy of F(r)iction, and potential publication of the Tweet in a future issue of F(r)iction.

Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! Tweet your tiny narratives using the hashtag #BlinkTBL, and be sure to check the @TethrdByLettrs and @FrictionSeries Twitter pages for start dates, deadlines, and judging info!

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/

 

Call for submissions: PANK Books Listing

10 February 2017

PANK Books.

We’re looking for poetry, fiction, short fiction, multi-genre work, experimental, traditional, nonfiction and collaborative work. Manuscript guidelines are open.

Visit the website for submission details:

http://pankmagazine.com/submit-2/

8th Annual Festival of Shorts Playwriting Contest

10 February 2017

Thank you for your interest in the 8th Annual Festival of Shorts hosted at the Wade James Theater by Edmonds Driftwood Players. The Festival this year will be presented in four performances – Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8 at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 at 2pm.

We are so excited to announce our theme for 2017:  “Unintended Consequences

How many times have you never meant to do something but ended up doing the very thing you tried to avoid? Or perhaps you wanted to help someone and ended up creating a bigger mess? Maybe you didn’t want to help someone and ended up being the biggest blessing they ever received. So often, our actions produce consequences that we never thought, never foresaw, never believed could happen. For good, for bad, for ugly, for interesting, for hilarious…the details are up to you!

In order to enter the festival, please DO the following:

  1. Submit an original, never before produced script for a play that will last no longer than 15 minutes with 6 characters or less, which can be staged with minimal sets, props, and costumes.
  2. Incorporate the theme of “Unintended Consequences” into your story.
  3. Submit two documents:
  1. A cover page with the name of the title and your full name, address, email address and phone number.
  2. Your play in ‘Standard Stage Play Format’ with the title of the play ONLY. No identifying information about the playwright is to appear in this “blind” copy. All plays which fail to submit a blind copy of their play will be disqualified. The blind copy of the script preserves anonymity in our judging process.
    1. Submit your play by 5:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST), on Friday, March 31, 2017.

In order to enter the festival, please DON’T do the following:

  1. Don’t submit a play with a single character. This means NO monologues, please!
  2. Don’t submit a play that includes nudity, excessive bad language or could in any way be construed as a hard ‘R’ or ‘X’ rating.
  3. Don’t include excessive props or things like glitter or feathers that would be hard to clean up and delay transitions for our festival. Eight plays will be presented at each performance (4 plays before intermission, 4 plays after intermission). Please don’t make it hard for our production team to stage your show.
  4. Don’t submit a play that has been produced on any stage, anywhere prior to March 31, 2017. We will do a search for each play before notifying our 8 finalists. Any evidence that a play has been previously produced will result in disqualification of the script from our festival.

We look forward to hearing from people all over the planet so have fun! Hopefully your story about unintended consequences will be a hit with our judges and we’ll see you in July for our 8th Annual Festival of Shorts!

Visit the website:  http://edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org/2016-2017-season/8th-annual-festival-shorts/

27th Annual Memoirs Competition

10 February 2017

The Writers’ Workshop 27th Annual Memoirs Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2017. 

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems)
line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: Choice of a 1-night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited

3rd PLACE: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited

Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

  • 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 is payable 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:  http://www.twwoa.org/entercontest.html

Literary Fiction Contest

10 February 2017

The Writers’ Workshop Literary Fiction Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by August 30, 2017. 

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems)
line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: Choice of a 1-night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited

3rd PLACE: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited

Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

  •  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: http://www.twwoa.org/entercontest.html

 

The Writers’ Workshop Hard Times Writing Contest

10 February 2017

Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2017. 

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems)
line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: Choice of a 1-night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited

3rd PLACE: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited

Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

  •  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.

ENTER HERE:  http://www.twwoa.org/entercontest.html

The Writers’ Workshop 28th Annual Poetry Contest

10 February 2017

Deadline: Postmarked by March 31, 2017.

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems)
line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: Choice of a 1-night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited

3rd PLACE: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited

Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

  •  All work must be unpublished.
  • Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. 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 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:  Annual Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Entry fee is payable online.
  • Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Poetry Contest” in the subject.

How to enter, visit: http://www.twwoa.org/entercontest.html

Last Call! TV One Screenplay Competition 2017

10 February 2017

TITLE: TV One Screenplay Competition 2017
WEBSITE: https://tvone.tv/screenplay-competition-abff
TYPE: Feature Length Film Screenplay 84 to 90 pages.
QUALIFICATIONS: The “TV  One  Screenplay  Competition”  (the  “Contest”)  is  open only to legal residents who are physically located in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, and are at least twenty-one (21) years of age or older.  Employees of Sponsor, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, distributors and other prize  suppliers, directors,  officers, and each of their immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner, parents, legal guardians,  in-laws, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren) and/or those living in the same household (whether legally related or not) of each are not eligible to enter the Contest or win. Void where prohibited by law.Previous Grand Prize Winners of the Contest are not eligible to enter again.
DEADLINE: Submit online by 11:59 pm EST, February 16, 2017
PRIZES: 3 finalists will receive a trip to the 21st Annual American Black Film Festival in Miami, Florida, taking place June 14, 2017 through June 18, 2017.  In addition to the trip, 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $5000 and the opportunity to have their script turned into a TV One film.

The TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017 is meant to encourage and promote the production of creative, contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays that can be turned into original movies for television. The competition is meant to:
  • Encourage filmmakers to offer a fresh perspective and submit contemporary stories with a focus on the American black cultural experience with wide audience appeal.
  • Encourage filmmakers to creatively center around entertaining, heart-felt and relatable topics that resonate and appeal to African American audiences.
  • Expand upon the genres/formats that tell these entertaining stories. Genres include, but are not limited to comedies, romantic comedies, dramas, and family adventures (submissions should be non-period stories).
One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected from three (3) Finalists and announced at the closing night event of ABFF.
Visit the website for details on how to enter:  https://tvone.tv/screenplay-competition-abff