Archive for May, 2021

Arizona Mystery Writers

25 May 2021

Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

Open to Adults 18 Years and Over


Get admiring applause at the awards luncheon, your winning story posted on the AMW website, and validation as a writer.

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2021

Awards Luncheon: TBD

Who Can Enter: Anyone who can write a mystery story in English. You don’t have to be a member of AMW. No prior experience necessary. Writer must be a Southwestern state resident (Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, California, Colorado).

What Kind of Story? Any sort of mystery, suspense, or thriller. The Requirements Here.

Who was Jim Martin? Jim Martin was a long-time member of Arizona Mystery Writers. His family left a generous contribution to the club and we remember him by dedicating the annual story-writing contest to him.

How to Submit: See the Requirements page and the Entry Form for official rules. Entries are judged “blind,” that is, without the judges knowing who wrote the stories.  A correct entry form must accompany EACH submission.

Past Winners: You can read the most recent winning stories from the contest for all ages by clicking the “Winners” tab under the “Contest” tab.

Questions? email

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Ruminate Magazine Editor – Employment Opportunity

22 May 2021

Ends on June 15, 2021


Founded in 2006, Ruminate is committed to cultivating authenticity through nourishing conversations while spiritually sustaining life together through action & art. We do this by publishing an award-winning quarterly literary arts print magazine, Ruminate Magazine, hosting our online publication, The Waking, and serving our local and broader community through online and in person events.


The Editor will uphold Ruminate’s mission of supporting our community of artists, seekers, and readers seeking spiritually nourishing conversations, and will develop and maintain a long-term editorial strategy that continues the high editorial standards and Ruminate’s distinctive contemplative sensibility. The Editor will prioritize expanding the range of editorial and contributor voices to reflect a growing and changing audience and will continue to grow Ruminate’s audience beyond its original roots in the Christian community by pursuing new networking and relationship opportunities.

Reporting to the Conservator of Ruminate, the Editor is responsible for overseeing production of the print magazine, mentoring and supporting the magazine contract staff editors, and working closely with the operations team to ensure the print quality, accuracy, and on-schedule publication of each issue. The Editor also is responsible for managing and overseeing the magazine staff schedules and responsibilities and contributing to editorial planning for both the print journal and online content. This position requires impeccable editing and task management skills, a heart for all that Ruminate represents, and compassionate management skills. This is a highly responsible position that requires considerable independent judgment and long-term vision planning.

Salary & Time Commitment:

  • average hours are 15-20 hours/week, $15,000/annually
  •  3-month trial period to ensure that the position is a good fit

Editorial duties include:

  • Deciding the theme for each issue based on feedback from staff, reviewing manuscripts as needed, planning special issues
  • Communicating and coordinating with the Operations Team & The Waking staff regarding publication strategies & marketing schedules
  • Initiating communication and direction setting for genre editors, including occasional meetings, workflow discussions and assigning tasks
  • Managing and overseeing magazine staff invoices and annual reviews
  • Overseeing and consulting with editors and readers to ensure they are meeting their respective production deadlines
  • Assisting with management of the submissions queue, ensuring timely responses to submittors, the timely opening & closing of contest calls, quarterly calls for Reader Notes & regular submission periods
  • Managing contest readers/panelists, occasionally soliciting panelists and judges
  • Managing & maintaining publication files in an orderly & efficient manner
  • Outreach to contributors and other editors in the literary community for cross-promotion & networking events
  • Responding to communication from submitters and contributors to maintain strong, positive relationships with Ruminate’s wider community
  • Writing the editor’s note for the magazine each quarter, and writing a monthly e-newsletter
  • Collaborating with the Operations Team as needed regarding marketing
  • Collaborate with the Operations Team as needed to ensure magazine content hosted on the website is accurate and up-to-date
  • Assisting in interviewing and hiring contract editors and other organizational positions when needed
  • Attending regular Leadership Team meetings with the Director of Operations, The Waking editor, and the Conservator
  • Production duties include working with the contracted typesetter and printer, approving layout of all content and artwork, and approval of all final copy, as well as:
  1. Establishing and maintaining a production schedule
  2. Proofreading page proofs and checking all corrections
  3.  Overseeing and coordinating with an outside proofreader when needed
  4. Sending page proofs to editors and placing final corrections
  5. Working with printers regarding production scheduling, etc
  6. Selecting, developing and editing web content in coordination with Operations & The Waking

The Editor may also be involved with the following: evaluating submitted manuscripts, grant writing, and representing Ruminate at national events.

Physical Demands:

Ability to sit for long periods of time working at a computer. We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.

How to apply, visit:

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2021

14 May 2021

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original.


Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: September 22, 2021

All contest winners will be published on May 31, 2021


Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$5 per poem, $10 per story

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for details on how to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One


Segora International Writing Competitions

13 May 2021

Poetry: first prize £300, Judge Derek Sellen, single entry £5, deadline 15th June 2021 – Max 50 lines, Discounts for multiple entries rules/ submissions

Short Story: first prize £300, Judge Isabelle Llasera, single entry £8, deadline 15th June 2021 Minimum length 1,500 max 3,000  rules/submissions

Vignette: first prize £100, Judge Oz Hardwick, single entry £5, deadline 15th June 2021 max 300 words rules/submissions

Play: first prize £100, Judge Oliver Eade, single entry for 10 minute or 35 minute play £12, deadline 15th June 2021 rules/submissions

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Fabula Press’ Aestas Short Story Contest 2021

13 May 2021

Deadline: July 31, 2021 

Word Limit: Min 2000 words, maximum 6000 words

Theme: None. We are not very strict about genre either, and are happy to read literary fiction, crime/mystery, horror, and light science fiction (e.g. alternative history) – what we are looking for is brilliant writing around a plausible plot. However, for the sake of consistency of the publication, we are unable to consider hard / highly technical science fiction, fantasy, YA, or Chick-Lit.


  1. First prize:  US$500 and publication 
  2. Second Prize: US$250 and publication 
  3. Third Prize: US$150 and publication 

Apart from the winners, all other longlisted authors selected for publication in the anthology will be paid an honourarium of USD$75 each. 

Entry fee: US$10

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Past and present contest judges include Clare Wallace ( Literary Agent   with Darley Anderson), Sandra Sawicka (Literary Agent with Marjacq Scripts), Brett Alan Sanders (Author/Columnist), and Anisha Bhaduri (Award winning Journalist)

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Last call for entries! Jokes for Teachers Contest – Extended deadline: May 22, 2021

3 May 2021

$1000 PRIZE!!!

Extended deadline: May 22, 2021

No Entry Fees.

Teachers have the most difficult, important, and absurd job on Earth.Why aren’t there more jokes about that work? Help us find the funny in teaching. 

If you’ve ever known a teacher, you’re eligible. If you’re a working comic, even better.

First prize is $1000. Runners up get $100. 

Winning jokes will be featured wherever we can place them. 

The great Bonnie McFarlane will be the judge. Nowadays, she’s everywhere, but Bonnie made her national breakthrough on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has performed many times on The Late Show and The Tonight Show and in specials on HBO and Comedy Central. 

• Everyone is welcome to submit. You don’t have to be a teacher.
• You do have to be 18 or older.
• Jokes must center on a K-12 teacher.
• Only video submissions under 60 seconds.
• Only one submission per person.
• Entries must be original and never-before-published.
• Sentimentality is discouraged and education jargon is forbidden, unless it’s funny.
• Roast jokes okay, just not too mean.

The extended deadline is May 22, 2021.

Judged by Bonnie McFarlane

Winners will be announced by mid-June.

Why aren’t there more jokes about that work?

Visit the website for details about how to enter at