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“We shall arrive soon” near-future science fiction contest

9 April 2018

“We shall arrive soon” near-future science fiction contest

As part of True North 2018, we are inviting submissions of original near-future fiction of 1,000 words or less on the theme “We shall arrive soon”.

We invite authors to imagine how technology will affect our lives in the coming decades. We want you to explore how technology may be used to improve human well-being, contribute to healthier and safer communities and bring about innovations that benefit us all. We also want you to examine how technology could be misused, or applied in ways that have negative impacts on individuals, groups or wider communities. We are looking for stories that depict a complex reality and fit the theme of True North’s vision of tech for good.

The winner will be selected by Erin Bow, physicist turned poet turned science fiction and fantasy author.

What to submit: Original, unpublished fiction of 1,000 words or less

Due date: 25 April 2018

Prizes: First place prize of $1,000, with two runners-up prizes of $250 each (Canadian dollars)

Who can enter: Anyone, anywhere in the world

Entry form and more info:  http://truenorthwaterloo.com/short-story-contest/

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Linda Flowers Literary Award

9 April 2018

Linda Flowers Literary Award Description

Deadline: July 18, 2018

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award.

With the annual award, the Council seeks to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people, like Linda Flowers, who not only identify with North Carolina, but who explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, the meanings, and the many cultures of North Carolina.

The winner of the 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The winner will be announced at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Fall Conference in November 2018.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures, bringing to light real men and women having to make their way in the face of change, loss, triumph, and disappointments.
  • Entries must be deeply engaged with North Carolina by drawing on particular North Carolina connections and/or memories.
  • Entries should celebrate excellence in the humanities.
  • Entries must be from authors who are at least 18 years of age and currently live in North Carolina
  • Entries, regardless of genre, should be original, unpublished works of no more than 10 pages. Entries that fall outside these length stipulations will be disqualified.
  • Entries should be typed in a standard 12 point font. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the work.
    • Prose should be double-spaced.
    • Poetry, whether a suite of poems or one long poem, should be single spaced.
    • If you submit an excerpt from a larger work, you must include a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole within the 10-page maximum.
  • Only one entry per writer will be accepted.

Submission Instructions

Entries will only be accepted electronically through the Council’s Foundant Application Portal. Submissions sent through email will be disqualified. Incomplete submissions and entries that fall outside the stated submission guidelines and instructions will be disqualified.

  1. Please review the submission guidelines (above) before completing your entry
  2. Review the application instructions and FAQs then watch this video tutorial on the application process.
  3. Get started on your entry by creating an account in our Foundant Application Portal. 
  4. Once you have created your account and are logged in to your Applicant Dashboard, click “Apply” in the upper left-hand corner to view an alphabetical list of all open Council opportunities.
  5. Scroll down and select “2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award” and complete your entry.

Contact the Program and Grants Manager, Caitlin Patton, if you have any questions.

Submission Timeline

  • Submission accepted beginning: April 9, 2018
  • Submission deadline: July 13, 2018 
  • Winner notified by the Council:  by October 15, 2018
  • Winner announced: November 2-4 2018 at the North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference

Selection Process

  • A panel of judges will select the Linda Flowers Literary Award winner.

Award Prize

  • The winner of The Linda Flowers Literary Award will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

History of the Linda Flowers Literary Award

The North Carolina Humanities Council was privileged to have Linda Flowers as one of its trustees from 1992 to1998. During the years we shared with Linda, she exemplified, above all else, what it means to live by one’s belief that “the humanistic apprehension is as necessary for living fully as anything else. Education in the humanities,” she wrote, “is equipment for living.”

In addition to honoring Linda Flowers (1944–2000) with an award named for her, the North Carolina Humanities Council wishes to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people like her, those who not only identify with our state, but who explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, the meanings, in lives that have been shaped by North Carolina and its many cultures.

Linda Flowers was somewhat surprised by the strong connections readers made to her book Throwed Away: Failures of Progress in Eastern North Carolina in 1990. She believed they were responses to “the book’s humanistic dimension: the focus on real men and women having to make their way in the face of a changing, onrushing and typically uncaring world.” This is true to the portraits in Throwed Away; it is just as true of “I Have Come Home,” the essay Linda wrote about her experience with cancer for NC Crossroads (May 1999). Both are superb examinations of intimate, provocative, inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures. The Linda Flowers Literary Award is intended for a literary work that demonstrates these powers of recognition.

Visit the website: http://www.nchumanities.org/content/2018-linda-flowers-award-details-and-guidelines

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

9 April 2018

Submissions for the 2018 contest will open May 1, 2018, and this year’s judge is Brian Turner, author My Life as a Foreign Country.

Deadline: June 1, 2018

This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in an issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.

2018 Contest Rules

  • Submit a manuscript in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 20 pages. Prose submissions must be double-spaced. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
  • The judge will select winners from a group of finalists chosen by Iowa Review editors. All manuscripts, whether selected as finalists or not, are considered for publication.
  • Proof of military service is not required when submitting. (We request documentation only when a writer’s work makes it to the final round of judging.)
  • To submit online, please visit https://iowareview.submittable.com/submit between May 1 and June 1, 2018, and follow the instructions.
  • To submit via mail, please follow these guidelines:
    1. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.
    2. Label your envelope as a contest entry and note its genre. For example: “Veterans’ Contest: Fiction.” One entry per envelope. (Note: multiple poems or prose pieces can comprise a single entry if the total number of pages does not exceed 20. For instance, you may submit two short stories of ten pages each in a single envelope, with a single entry fee.)
    3. Enclose a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) for final word on your work. Manuscripts will not be returned.
    4. Postmark submissions by June 1, 2018, and mail to the address below:

The Iowa Review
308 EPB
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

There is no entry fee.

Read Sample Submissions

These were named winner or runners-up in our 2012 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans contest and were published in our Spring 2013 issue. We announced the winners and runners-up of our 2014 contest the following September (read the announcement); their work appeared in our Spring 2015 issue. For more veterans’ writing, as well as resources for veteran writers, please visit our Veterans’ Writing Gallery.

Eligibility and Conflicts of Interest

Current students, faculty, or staff of the University of Iowa are not eligible to enter the contest.

Work is ineligible to win our contest if it is slated for publication before April 2019, whether in another magazine or as part of a book, or if it has been named the winner or runner-up in any other contest. Please withdraw work from our contest immediately if these conditions apply.

The judge has been instructed not to award the prize to entrants with whom he has had a personal or professional relationship. Despite reading the entries with author names removed, the judge may sometimes be able to guess the identity of the entrant. Even if he can’t tell during the judging process, he has the right to change his decision if it turns out that the entrant is someone with whom there is any appearance of a conflict of interest. Therefore, we advise entrants not to enter the contest if the judge is someone they know personally or have worked with professionally.

Visit the website: https://iowareview.org/veteranswritingcontest

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans is supported by a 2016 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

9 April 2018

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Welcome to the 26th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $5,000 in prizes.

Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Prizes:

  • STORY: First Prize, $2,000
  • ESSAY: First Prize, $2,000
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online

For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Judge: Dennis Norris II, assisted by Lauren Singer. Please submit as many entries as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words. No restrictions on age or country. Please click the Submittable button below for full details. Fee: $20 per entry. The results of our 26th annual contest will be announced on October 15, 2018.

How to enter, click here —-> WinningWriters

Teen Ink Writing & Poetry Contests

9 April 2018

Fiction Contest

If it has a beginning, middle and end … if it has a well-developed plot and interesting characters … it if takes place in the past, present or future … then submit your story to Teen Ink’s Fiction Contest.

Prizes

Winning stories are published in Teen Ink magazine and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine featuring their work. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively from Teen Ink.

Guidelines

Teen Ink will only consider original fiction written by teens. Entries of all genres are accepted, whether fantasy, horror, historical, sci-fi, or romance. Short stories should be between 500 and 2,500 words.

Submit entries through our website. All fiction pieces submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.

Deadlines

There are no deadlines. Entries are accepted and considered for publication in Teen Ink magazine and online throughout the year. Winning fiction pieces are announced in June.

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Nonfiction Contest

Make us laugh, move us to tears … write a fabulous, memorable nonfiction piece and you may be one of our two monthly winners. Eligible sections include: Nonfiction, Focus/Special Issue, College Essays, Heroes, Pride & Prejudice, Health, Points of View, and Sports.

Prizes

Winning articles are published in Teen Ink magazine, and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine featuring their work. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively through Teen Ink.

Guidelines

Teen Ink will only consider original writing by teens. Entries of all kinds are accepted – serious, funny, long or short. We like to read it all!

Submit entries through our website. All nonfiction works submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the monthly contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.

Deadlines

There are no deadlines; entries are accepted throughout the year. Winning nonfiction pieces are published in Teen Ink magazine and online each month. Keep in mind if your submission has a seasonal or holiday theme, it’s best to send it in early.

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Poetry Contest

Are you inspired by Maya Angelou, e.e. cummings or Dr. Seuss? Do you love writing haiku? Do verses just run through your head? Submit your work to Teen Ink. Of all the poems published each month in Teen Ink, up to three will be selected as contest winners.

Prizes

Winning poems are published in Teen Ink magazine and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine featuring their work. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively from Teen Ink.

Guidelines

Teen Ink will only consider original poetry written by teens. Entries of all kinds are accepted – serious, funny, long or short.

Submit entries through our website. All poems submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the Poetry Contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.

Deadlines

There are no deadlines; entries are accepted and published throughout the year.

For more contests to enter at Teen Ink, visit: http://www.teenink.com/Contests