Archive for the 'Books/Chapbook Prizes' Category

The Shelterbelt Press 2017 Fiction Prize

30 October 2017

We are excited to announce the first Shelterbelt Press Fiction Prize. The winning book will be published by Shelterbelt Press, housed at the University of Illinois Springfield, in Spring of 2019. Winners receive a $500.00 award, 25 copies of their book, plus a trip to the University of Illinois Springfield for a reading and launch party.

We believe in literature’s potential to create meaningful social change. To ensure that our winning books make it into the hands of readers and become part of the cultural landscape, we develop a specialized promotion plan for each winning author. This includes sending out review copies, marketing the book at a range of regional and national book fairs, creating broadsides of individual pieces, providing promotional materials, featuring the book on the Shelterbelt website, and working with the author to schedule readings.

*Manuscripts should be between 120-200 pages, and should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF formats.

*We are happy to consider hybrid or collaborative works.

*Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections.

*Please remove your name and any identifying information from the manuscript itself. You may, however, include an acknowledgments page.

*The final judge for this year’s competition is Amina Gautier.

Amina Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction and received the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award; Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction, the International Book Award, a Silver IPPY Award in Multicultural Fiction, a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award Gold Medal in Short Fiction, and was Long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction; and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, an Eric Hoffer Legacy Award, and a First Horizon Award.

You can read more about Amina here: https://aminagautier.wordpress.com/

*We will accept manuscripts from September 1, 2017, 12am CST – December 31st, 2017, 12 am CST. 

*Submit your contest manuscript through Submittable. We cannot accept hard copy manuscripts at this time.

*The entry fee is $20.00. Payments may be made with a credit card or PayPal via Submittable.

*We cannot allow revisions to manuscripts during the contest selection process.

*Winners and 10 finalists will be announced in Spring of 2018.

Eligibility: Previous book publication is not a consideration. Students and former students of University of Illinois Springfield or of this year’s judge may not enter; close friends of the judge or acquaintances whose relationship with the judge might be seen as close for other reasons that would seem to be a conflict of interest are also not considered eligible. (Query the press if doubtful.)

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but entrants are asked to notify Shelterbelt Press immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Visit the website:

https://shelterbeltpress.submittable.com/submit/91573/the-shelterbelt-press-2017-fiction-prize

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2018 WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING

25 October 2017

Deadline for entries: January 31, 2018

Submissions are now being accepted for the 8th William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, the award recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.

Entries must be received by January 31, 2018. For entry forms and more information on the prize, visit the Saroyan Prize website: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan.

What works are eligible for the Saroyan Prize?
Works of fiction (novels, short story anthologies, or drama) or non-fiction (biography, history, or memoirs) by authors from around the world and first published during 2016-2017 are eligible for consideration. Works must be imprinted with either a 2016 or 2017 copyright date. Poetry will not be considered in this cycle. All entries must be predominately in English, and available for individual purchase by the general public. Works by members of The Saroyan Writing Prize Committee, members or officers of the William Saroyan Foundation, or previous winners are not eligible. Eligibility rules may be modified over time.

While all works fitting the above description are eligible, and all entries are welcome, note that the judges will be looking for works with strong literary merit that honor the Saroyan legacy. In past prize cycles, works that fell into a specific publishing sub-genre – juvenile, science fiction, Western, mystery, romance, erotic, self-help, religion, etc. – were frequently found to be outside of that legacy.

The award honors the Saroyan literary legacy. What is the Saroyan legacy or style?
Saroyan’s literary style is characterized by originality, stylistic innovation and what is often described as an “exuberant humanism”. It is this exuberance and desire to move art in new directions, rather than relevance to the particulars of Saroyan’s common settings or themes, that Saroyan Prize judges will be seeking. Of course, any artist’s work is best understood through direct experience, and judges for the Saroyan prize will make their choices based on their personal experience with Saroyan’s writings.

The prize is intended to encourage new or emerging writers. How is that defined?
Authors’ careers follow many different paths, and no single definition fits. Our judges will look at biographies and other background material to assess each submission. However, in general, authors who have published four or more books will not be considered new and emerging.

  • What if I have published other literary material such as poetry or essays, does that count towards the four book limitation?
    The four book limitation is a guideline for the Saroyan Prize Committee and for those determining whether or not they are an author that is new and emerging, no matter the genre. If you consider yourself new and emerging, please do submit your book.

What is the deadline for entry?
Entries must be received at the Stanford University Libraries on or before January 31, 2018.

What materials must I submit to be considered for the prize?
A complete entry, consisting of the materials listed below, is required for consideration.

  • A completed entry form, available here.
  • Five copies of the publication (or PDF file if submitting an e-book).
  • A $50 non-refundable entry fee. Payment may be made using Visa, MasterCard or American Express at the above website, or by check. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University/Saroyan Writing Prize, and must indicate the title(s) of book(s) being submitted. Multiple entries may be paid with one check.

What is the address for submission of entries?
Administrator of the Saroyan Prize
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6004

Must the publisher make the entry?
No, anyone (including the author) may submit an eligible entry.

Do you accept books that have been published outside of the United States?
Yes, we accept books that have been published from publishers in any country around the world.

Are self-published books eligible?
Yes, self-published books are eligible as long as they are available for individual purchase by the general public.

Are electronic books eligible?
Yes, books published electronically are eligible, assuming they are in a fixed state (such as a PDF) and readily available for purchase by the public. You may save a copy of your work on a flash drive and send it with your entry form and entry fee to the address above. Or, once you have submitted your form and entry fee, you may email the file directly to Sonia Lee.

Are translations eligible?
No, English translations of previously published foreign works are not eligible.

What is your Tax ID Number (TIN)?
94-1156365

I need a copy of your W-9 form to process a check for the entry fee. Where can I find the form?
You may find Stanford’s W-9 form here.

May I get my entry or entry fee back after I submit it to the Prize competition?
Entries are not returnable or refundable under any circumstance.

When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced in the summer of 2018.

How can I support the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing?
Individuals may encourage authors and publishers to submit excellent works for the competition. Individuals affiliated with Stanford University may also be eligible to help screen entries in early 2016. Please contact Sonia Lee at sonialee@stanford.edu for additional information about volunteering.

Administration of the prize also involves significant expense, and monetary support is always greatly appreciated. Tax-deductible cash gifts to the Stanford Libraries are, of course, always appreciated and can be directed specifically to the Saroyan Prize.

Who can I contact with further questions?
Please direct questions to Sonia Lee, sonialee@stanford.edu or 650-736-9538.

2017 Readers Choice Awards Contest by TCK Publishing

28 September 2017

2017 Readers Choice Awards by TCK Publishing

Winner will receive a Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet + A Book Review.

TCK Publishing is recognizing indie, self-published, and traditionally published authors and we’re inviting all of you to join this year’s Readers Choice Book Awards contest.

Get connected with your fans and ask them for their support by voting for you to boost your chances of winning!

Readers Choice Award Categories

  • General Non-Fiction
  • Advice
  • Self-Help
  • Business and Investing
  • Health
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Science Fiction
  • YA and Middle Grade
  • Children’s Book
  • Historical Fiction
  • General Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Religion

How the Contest Works

1. Self-published and indie authors may submit one (1) book in any of the given categories for FREE. Limit one free entry per author and per email address. Entries for additional books after your first may be purchased here.

2. Entries are subject to evaluation and review by the TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards committee (they’re not just automatically approved).

3. The TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards committee will review and determine the final book entries.

4. Successful entries will be notified through a confirmation email from TCK Publishing.

5. All approved submissions will be featured on the Readers Choice Voting Page.

6. Casting of votes will be open until December 10, 2017 (authors are allowed to vote once).

7. The book entry with the highest votes will be declared the winner.

8. Declaration of winner and awarding of prizes will be on December 17, 2017.

9. The winner will be notified through an email from the TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards committee.

Deadline for submission is until December 10, 2017. 

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://www.tckpublishing.com/2017-readers-choice-awards/

C&R Press is open for full length manuscripts

1 August 2017

C&R Press is open for full length manuscripts in all categories for our 2017-18 catalog. Novels, poetry, short story collections, creative non-fiction, memoir, experimental and hybrid work. 

C&R Press submissions are open for our Winter Soup Bowl Chapbook and New York reading series. 

C&R Press is engaging more than ever in our community, seeking diverse and submerged voices, hosting readings and events at festivals from the Brooklyn Book Festival and the Miami Book Festival, to Sewanee and the Texas Book Festival, to off-site gatherings at AWP. (Next Spontaneous Literary Mixer is 9/16/17 in NYC – Concrete&Water). 

C&R has never held a formal reading period. We accept work that will hold people’s attention for years to come. It’s true that not all submitted work can be taken for publication, but please know each contribution helps support our cause (we’re poets and writers, too!)—which is to celebrate and promote literature. The funds created by the reading period go toward one goal: the creation of author-friendly contract models and opportunities to market and promote essential literature. 

We look forward to seeing your work!

*Please note that for work we’ve classified In Progress we do not allow edits or changes to the manuscript. 

Entries to our Summer “Tide Pool” Chapbook Series are open from the Summer Solstice (June 21) to the Autumnal Equinox (Sept 22). 

In Spring 2018 C&R Press will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories, or other types of literary or mixed work. Summer Tide Pool Chapbooks of poetry are between 20-40 pages, and chapbooks of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and mixed work are between 25-60 pages not including front matter. There are entry fees. Manuscript authors selected for publication receive ten copies of the book, $100 dollars and a reading in New York City. 

We are looking for work that is developed, polished, and has a strong singular voice. We encourage emerging and established authors in the manuscript process to submit their best work. 

Please visit our Submittable for all submissions or our website for more information at:

http://www.crpress.org/submissions

 

The $50,000 St. Francis College Literary Prize

1 April 2017

$50,000 for a 3rd to 5th
published work of fiction
Congratulations to
Maud Casey (The Man Who Walked Away)
for winning the 2015 St. Francis College Literary Prize.

About the $50,000 St. Francis College Literary Prize

The biannual $50,000 Literary Prize is sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction.

  • Self-published books and English translations are considered.
  • The next Prize will be for work published between June 2015 and May 2017.

Deadline for Prize Submissions: May 15, 2017

Shortlist Announced: August 15, 2017
Winner Awarded: BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL GALA, SEPTEMBER 2017.
Jury (read more about the jurors below):

    • Ellen Litman (University of Connecticut)
    • Jeffery Renard Allen (University of Virginia)
    • Rene Steinke (Fairleigh Dickinson University

3rd through 5th published works of fiction published between June 2015-May 2017.

To Enter, Please Submit 5 Copies of the Work to:
SFC Literary Prize
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Questions?: Email: Professor Ian Maloney

– Visit the website for details: http://www.sfc.edu/news/sfcliteraryprize

The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize 2017

1 April 2017

The 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Competition

The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems. Named after the first director of the Press, the prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press in the Pitt Poetry Series under its standard royalty contract. The winner will be announced in the fall; no information about the winner will be released before the fall announcement. The Starrett Prize is our only venue for first-book poetry manuscripts. The volume of manuscripts received prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into correspondence about manuscripts other than the one chosen for publication. Please do not call or e-mail the press.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will not be returned. Please keep a copy of the manuscript.

Past Winners of the Agnes Lynch Starret Poetry Prize

 

Eligibility

The award is open to any poet writing in English who has not had a full-length book of poetry published previously. We define “full-length book” as a volume of 48 or more pages published in an edition of 500 or more copies. Books whose publication costs have been borne by their authors are excluded from this definition. University of Pittsburgh employees, former employees, current students and those who have been students within the last three years are not eligible for the award.

Format for Submissions

Please send one copy of your manuscript on good quality white paper, with no fewer than 48 and no more than 100 typescript pages. Clean, legible photocopies are acceptable. Your name, address, phone number, and email address should be on your title page. These are our only format requirements. Please also include your curriculum vitae.

Results will be announced in major poetry and writing magazines once a winner has been chosen. Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt and a SASE for contest results.

Fee for Submission

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a check or money order in U.S. dollars only for $25.00 payable to “University of Pittsburgh Press.”

Multiple Submissions

Manuscripts being considered by other publishers are allowed, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify the Press in writing.

Dates for Submission

Manuscripts must be received during March and April 2017. That is, they must be postmarked on or after March 1, 2017 and on or before April 30, 2017. The address for submissions is:

 

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press

7500 Thomas Blvd.

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tel: (412) 383-2456

Fax: (412) 383-2466

 

Note: 15260 is the correct and exclusive zip code for the University of Pittsburgh and the Press. For UPS, FedEx, etc., zip code 15208 should be used.

 

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please email info@upress.pitt.edu

Now you can submit your Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize manuscript online!

Save time, printing, and postage!

During the submission period (March 1, 2017 – April 30, 2017) simply click the link below. You’ll be taken to our secure submittable.com web page where you’ll find easy-to-follow instructions:

https://upress.submittable.com/submit

 

Visit the website:

http://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderHtmlPage.aspx?srcHtml=htmlSourceFiles/starrett.htm#6

42 Miles Press Poetry Award

24 January 2017

42 Miles Press Poetry Award

David Dodd Lee

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Judge: David Dodd Lee, Series Editor

The 42 Miles Press Poetry Award was created in an effort to bring fresh and original voices to the poetry reading public. The prize is offered annually to any poet writing in English, including poets who have never published a full-length book as well as poets who have published several. New and Selected collections of poems are also welcome.

Manuscripts submitted for the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award should exhibit an awareness of the contemporary “voice” in American poetry, an awareness of our moment in time as poets. We are excited to receive poetry that is experimental as well as work of a more formalist bent, as long as it reflects a complexity and sophistication of thought and language.

Urgency, yes; melodrama, not so much.

The winning poet will receive $1,000, publication of his or her book, and 50 author copies. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at Indiana University South Bend as part of the release of the book. The final selection will be made by the Series Editor. Current or former students or employees of Indiana University South Bend, as well as friends of the Series Editor, are not eligible for the prize.

Winners will be announced via our website in the summer of 2017. We will also announce the winner in major magazines such as Poets & Writers. The winning book will be published in September 2018 and be available to purchase on SPD and Amazon. Previous 42 Miles Press publications include books by Allan Peterson, Betsy Andrews, Bill Rasmovicz, Carrie Oeding, Erica Bernheim, Kimberly Lambright, Nate Pritts, Tracey Knapp, and Christine Garren.

See the complete guidelines and submit by mail or email.

The Romance Novelist Contest

3 December 2016

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The Romance Novelist Contest

Submit your finished romance novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Deadline: December 15, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

inkitt.com/romancenovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests

 

The Sci-Fi Novelist Contest

2 December 2016

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 The Sci-Fi Novelist Contest

Submit your finished sci-fi novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Dates: Nov. 21 – Dec. 04, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

www.inkitt.com/scifinovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests

The Fantasy Novelist Contest

2 December 2016

Visit the Fantasy Novelist Contest at www.Inkitt.com

 

The Fantasy Novelist Contest

Submit your finished fantasy novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Dates: Nov. 28 – Dec. 11, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

www.inkitt.com/fantasynovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests

PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST

2 December 2016

PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST

Deadline: May 15, 2017.

$10 ENTRY FEE.

Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid genres.

Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible.

The $10 entry fee comes with an electronic issue of Palooka.

The winner receives publication by Palooka Press (a perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover),

$200 honorarium, 20 free copies of the book, a bio and photo featured on our website,

and chapbook sent out for review and promotion.

Visit the website:  https://palookamag.submittable.com/submit

DEVIL’S KITCHEN READING AWARDS

2 December 2016

DEVIL’S KITCHEN READING AWARDS

Postmarked deadline: February 2, 2017.
$20 ENTRY FEE. One book of poetry (book-length work or single-author collection of poems), one book of fiction (novel, novella, or single-author short fiction collection) and one book of prose nonfiction (literary nonfiction, memoir, or single-author essay collection) will be selected from submissions of single-author titles published in 2016, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2017 festival will be October 25-27, 2017. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the three winners.

Visit the website:  http://grassroots.siu.edu/dkawards.html

Romance Me: A Novel Contest

2 December 2016

ROMANCE ME

Be it historical or contemporary, a grand love story or the gripping tale of a torrid affair,

through December 15, 2016, submit your Romance novel for the chance to win prizes

and be read by judges from Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group.

This is an open call for writers of romance novels targeted towards an adult audience

or a young adult/adult crossover audience. The submission must be a Romance novel,

i.e. a narrative that is driven by a romantic relationship and has a satisfying ending.

Deadline December 15, 2016.

First prize $200, second prize $100, third prize $50.

All three winners become featured submissions to the partner publishers and agents.

Fill out the forms and upload a minimum of the first 30 pages.

Complete manuscripts are welcome.

Visit the website:  https://www.authors.me/romance-contest/

DOWNLOAD 54 E-BOOKS FOR FREE NOW!

1 December 2016

Deadline: December 1, 2016, at Midnight, PST!

The 12th annual Poetry Super Highway E-book Free-For-All is on now. 51 e-books have been donated by poets from all over the world and they are now available to download for the next 24 hours for free. Click HERE to get your free e-fill.

This is a limited time offer…the free download links will disappear tonight at midnight (pacific – the evening of December 1st) and we’ll post a new page shortly thereafter letting everyone know how many times each book was downloaded.

So get to that e-book downloading now…it’s a free-for-all!

Please support this Kickstarter Project by poet & author LB Sedlacek – “MARS OR BUST” Project!

20 November 2016

This project will only be funded if at least $250 is pledged by Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 7:48 AM, CST.

Adventurous poems about traveling to Florida: I-95, Kennedy Space Center, Legoland, Savannah by poet and publisher L.B. Sedlacek.

View LB’s “MARS or BUST” Mission Statement Video by clicking on the link provided below:

About this project:

I’m a long-time poet and I love to read and write poetry. I had the privilege to be a poetry seminar class with Maya Angelou in graduate school. Since then I started a free poetry resource for poets, “The Poetry Market Ezine” and I’ve been publishing it for more than 10 years. We have over 2,000 subscribers. “Mars or Bust” is full of poems about my family’s annual trip from North Carolina to Florida. We love Legoland! We love Kennedy Space Center! We love Florida! My son is my co-collaborator on many of my projects and draws my cover art. I believe the Arts are so important in education so I truly enjoy working on projects that encompass more than one of the Arts at a time. These are fun whimsical poems about a rather unusual (but not so unusual for us) family vacation in Florida and also traveling through South Carolina and Georgia at Christmas time.

I plan to offer free copies of my ebooks from the popular series for poets “The Poet’s Survival Guides” and to also offer a free copy of my chapbook when published, and other goodies depending on the level of commitment. With funds from my project, I plan to publish “Mars or Bust” as a chapbook and ebook and to sell it online and at readings.

I’m a true poet’s poet:  I read poetry every day, I subscribe to poetry magazines, I buy and read poetry books.  I truly love poetry.  “Mars or Bust” will help me to continue to introduce poetry to folks who may come to love it as much as I do!

Thank you for your support!

 This project will only be funded if at least $250 is pledged by Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 7:48 AM CST.

RISKS and CHALLENGES:

Some of the obstacles I’d face is that is hard to get people interested in poetry. I offer my chapbooks at readings and also online as ebooks. That helps keep the expense down and make it affordable for people to try it out. If I break even on my chapbooks and maybe make a few extra dollars that is my goal as I’m mainly trying to cover my expenses and publishing and promoting my chapbook. Just getting one more person interested in poetry is a win! Just like one small step for mankind, it’s one more small step for poetry to get a new poetry reader!

PLEASE VISIT THE MARS OR BUST KICKSTART PAGE AND SUPPORT. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/342889535/mars-or-bust

Laura “LB” Sedlacek is an award-winning poet with poems published in numerous journals, e-zines and magazines. She is also a publisher, editor, reviewer, and does poetry critiques. LB has also had several short stories published.

 This project will only be funded if at least $250 is pledged by Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 7:48 AM CST.

Websites:

Note: This kickstart mission is near fruition. Give whatever you can and pass along the information to others if you will. Thank you for your support! : )

The Romance Novelist Contest

11 November 2016

 Visit the Romance Novelist Contest at www.Inkitt.com!

The Romance Novelist Contest

Submit your finished romance novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Dates: Nov. 14 – Nov. 27, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

inkitt.com/romancenovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests

 

The Sci-Fi Novelist Contest

11 November 2016

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 The Sci-Fi Novelist Contest

Submit your finished sci-fi novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Dates: Nov. 21 – Dec. 04, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

www.inkitt.com/scifinovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests

The Fantasy Novelist Contest

11 November 2016

Visit the Fantasy Novelist Contest at www.Inkitt.com

 

The Fantasy Novelist Contest

Submit your finished fantasy novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Dates: Nov. 28 – Dec. 11, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

www.inkitt.com/fantasynovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests

The 2016 Siskiyou Prize

4 November 2016

Judge: JoeAnn Hart

The winner will receive a cash award of $1,000

A four-week residency at PLAYA (Details below)

 

The contest is open to published or unpublished full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections.

Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books).

Published books eligible for the prize must have been published within the past five (5) years; books published in the year 2010 or earlier are not eligible.

About:

“New environmental literature” refers to literary works that focus on the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife.

We’re looking for work that redefines our notions of environmentalism and sustainability, particularly when it comes to animal protection. We are not seeking books about hunting, fishing, or eating animals—unless they are analogous to a good anti-war novel being all about war. Under these basic guidelines, however, we’re open to reading a wide range of fiction and nonfiction with environmental and animal themes.

About the name:

The Siskiyou Prize is named for the Klamath-Siskiyou region of northern California and southern Oregon, one of the most diverse eco-regions in the world. The Klamath-Siskiyou has the highest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the nation, the largest area of roadless wildlands in the Pacific Northwest, and the tallest old-growth trees on earth. Due to this large network of still-intact lands, the region is a refuge for fish and other wildlife that struggle for survival in other parts of the world. Considered a global center of biodiversity, the Klamath-Siskiyou region is an inspiring example of the importance of preservation.

Contest Guidelines:

Manuscripts must be received between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

All submissions must be made online via Submittable and must include the following:

  • a cover letter with author’s full contact information, including name, address, phone number, and email address; if the manuscript is a collection of stories or essays, please include acknowledgments in the cover letter
  • the full manuscript, including a table of contents, if applicable
  • a nonrefundable $17 reading fee

A Few More Details…

  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but each must be submitted separately and accompanied by the $17 reading fee.
  • The $17 reading fee is nonrefundable, and we are unable to accept changes or additions once manuscripts are submitted.
  • Because our goal is to celebrate and promote all new environmental literature, both published and unpublished books are eligible for The Siskiyou Prize.
  • We require electronic submissions via Submittable for unpublished manuscripts. We strongly prefer electronic submissions via Submittable for published books as well (please send the final version of the book as a PDF). If you must submit a hard copy of the book, however, please use Submittable to pay the fee and include a cover letter letting us know the book will arrive via U.S. mail (Ashland Creek Press, Attn: Siskiyou Prize, 2305 Ashland Street, Suite C417, Ashland, OR 97520). Please note that authors/publishers may be asked to submit a second hard copy if their books are chosen as finalists.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Visit the website for details:  http://www.siskiyouprize.com/

About PLAYA

On the edge of the Great Basin in central Oregon, PLAYA offers creative individuals the space, the solitude, and the community to reflect and to engage their work. The winner of the Siskiyou Prize will receive a four-week residency at PLAYA.

A residency at PLAYA provides private lodging in a fully equipped cabin with kitchen/living room, a place to write, and two dinners a week (Mondays & Thursdays) with a cohort of residents, at no charge. (Transportation and other meals are not included.) Playa allows uninterrupted time and solitude amidst a spectacular landscape.

PLAYA is a nonprofit organization supporting innovative thinking through work in the arts, literature, natural sciences, and other fields of creative inquiry.

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Poetry Super Highway: Great Poetry E-Book Free-For-All!

4 November 2016

Announcing: the 12th annual:
Great Poetry E-Book Free-For-All!

The mission of the Poetry Super Highway
is to expose as many people to as many other
people’s poetry as possible.

What?

A crazy project in which your poetry e-books will be freely available to all interested humans on Earth for a 24 hour period.

Throughout November we will collect e-books from poets and writers interested in participating.

Then on December 1st, 2016 for a 24 hour period, a special website will go live with links to all of the e-books. For 24 hours anyone will be free to download, for free, as many of these e-books as they like…a poetry e-book free-for-all.

How?

To participate, read all of the guidelines below and then click on our Online Submission form. That’s it. It’s simple. By doing so, your e-book will be included.

The E-Book has to be written by you.

E-books should be in PDF Format for universal compatibility with anyone’s computer.

If you have an e-book in Microsoft Word or another format, please convert it to PDF. One way to do this (if you don’t know how) is to visit the website http://www.freepdfconvert.com/. From there you will be allowed to select the file on your computer which will uploaded and e-mailed back to you in PDF format.

When creating your e-book file, please keep it smaller than 1 megabyte.

Once you’ve created your e-book (not before), click on our Online Submission Form to join in!

Do not fill out the form and then e-mail us your e-book later. Please fill out the form and use it to upload your e-book to us.

We are not accepting e-books or submissions by e-mail. The only way to join in is by clicking on the Online Submission Form below.

On December 1, 2016 at Midnight (the evening of November 30), we will distribute a special e-mail letting people know the location of the web page with links to all of the e-book files. People will be free to download any or all of the titles and your poetry will be freely, electronically, travelling all over the world. This web page will go off line 24 hours later at Midnight on December 2nd.

We will also list your e-book and description on this web page along with the link to your website for all to see.

When it’s over, we’ll produce a list of how many copies of each book were downloaded for no reason other than you may find it interesting.

To submit your book, please go to our
ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you doing this?
To expose as many people to as many other people’s poetry as possible.

Why isn’t this a one-one exchange like the Great Poetry Exchange?
The immediate accessibility of the internet, and zero costs for producing e-books makes this a much more attractive opportunity for an immediate larger audience for your books. We don’t want to limit your potential readers to other producers of e-books, nor to one other person.

Why does the e-book have to be written by me?
Unlike the Great Poetry Exchange, were one can participate by pledging to send a book by someone else or an anthology they’ve edited, since e-books are not purchased physical entities, and because they will be available in unlimited quantities during the 24 hour period on December 1st, only you have the rights to your poetry. You can’t authorize the free distribution of someone else’s poetry, the rights of which you don’t own, to the world.

This sounds cool but I don’t have an e-book.
That’s not really a question, but anyway, why not make one? Do some basic design and layout of your poems in your favorite word processing program. Make a title page. Design a nice cover. Use any pictures you want. Turn it into an PDF. You’ve got an e-book. There’s no time like the present. Maybe you’ll take it to print later?

I participated last year and I want to submit the same book, can you just use the file and info you have already?
This creates more work for us and is a little more difficult for us to manage. It would really help out if you could click on the Online Submission Form so we can have everything in the same place, we’d appreciate it.

I’m concerned about my book being free for everyone on the planet.
Also not a question but we understand. Maybe this isn’t for you. Maybe you sell e-books on your website and don’t want to give unlimited copies of one away over a 24 hour period. Hey, it’s cool.

Are these really frequently asked questions?
Actually no, all these were written before we received any questions, imagining what some of the questions might be.

More info:

Visit Poetry Super Highway and click on “Great E-Book Free-For All” for updated details and for the list of participating authors/e-books.

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Last call! HUMAN RELATIONS INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2016

30 October 2016

Deadline: November 7, 2016

2016 Human Relations Indie Book Awards Judging Guidelines

The purpose of the Human Relations Indie Book Awards is to recognize indie authors who have written books with a human relations focus related to various interactions among people in different settings such as work, organizations, school, home, family or in personal lives. Book entries for the 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Awards should be published between 2010 and 2016 and must be received in print version (no ebooks accepted) and written for an English speaking audience.Books can be self-published, independently published or have a creative or scholarly writing approach from smaller publishing companies or presses where the author had a voice in the publishing process.

Each contest category (depending on the number of entries) will recognize Gold, Silver and Bronze Winners and Honorable Mention (s) may also be given to recognize honorable writing in the area of human relations. All book entries will also be considered for Director’s Choice awards who exhibit outstanding writing in the area of Human Relations and the selected Director’s Choice winners will receive the following: a book tweeting package provided by BookTweeters.com, a social media press release provided by Online PR Media and a cinematic trailer provided by International Book Promotion.

Each author should complete a book submission form with three copies of the book and the entry fee for each entry. Authors may enter more than one book category, but will need to mark the additional categories on the book submission form and add the additional entry fee for each category.  Entry fees should be paid in check in U.S. dollars or sent with a U.S. postal service money order. No books will be returned after the contest and will be donated to libraries, charities, educational programs or those in need.  Entry fees start at $65.00 for the first category ($55.00 for the first category if entry is postmarked by October 1, 2016), $45.00 for the second category and $35.00 for the third category.

2016 Human Relations Indie Book Awards final deadline for entry is November 7, 2016, but earlier entries are encouraged to allow more time for judging the book entries. Winners will be announced on or before Dec. 15, 2016.

Judges names will not be posted due to confidentiality. Books will be judged on book content, book organization, book presentation and the human relations message conveyed in the book. Judges decisions are final.

A broad range of book categories will provide authors the opportunity to enter one or more categories that may be related to the book’s human relations content. There are over 30 categories that include topics related to human relations issues, children’s books with a human relations focus, poetry human relations books and general human relations categories.

If you would like to enter-simply request a book submission entry form by filling out the contact form or sending your email to: humanrelationsindiebookawards@gmail.com       Thanks!

http://humanrelationsindiebookawards.com

“Romance Me” Novel Writing Contest

30 October 2016
Deadline: December 15, 2016
Winners announced: February 14, 2017
Cost: Free; must create an AUTHORS.me account (which is also free)
AUTHORS.me is now accepting submissions for their first-ever romance genre novel contest, “Romance Me.” Through December 15, 2016, writers may submit an original romance novel to the contest for the chance to win cash prizes, query consultations, and featured excerpted publication on RomanceJunkies.com. The top three manuscripts will be featured in the company’s select titles sent to their more than 40 partners, including Trident Media Management, Forever, and more. The contest will be judged by editors and marketers from Penguin Random House, Macmillan, and Hachette Book Group.
Contest page: http://www.authors.me/romance-contest
Sign Up Page: https://app.authors.me/#sign-up

Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition

26 August 2016

Deadline: October 1, 2016

Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $50 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.

“Independently Published” books include self-published books and e-books (such as those published through CreateSpace, Lulu.com, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year’s competition are eligible for re-submission in this year’s competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book is eligible. The competition also includes the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of the novel Lamb to the Slaughter.

The official rules for the competition can be found at here. Entries are not divided into genre categories.

To submit an entry, email a PDF or Word Doc of your entire book, including the cover, tocontest@shelfmediagroup.com, subject line Contest Entry (or mail a physical copy of your book to: Shelf Media Group, PO Box 852321, Richardson, Texas 75085-2321; be sure to include your email so we can send a receipt confirmation), and submit entry fee of $50 via PayPal to Margaret@shelfmediagroup.com. If you prefer to send a check, make it out to Shelf Media Group and send to Margaret Brown, Shelf Media Group, PO Box 852321, Richardson, Texas 75085.  All entries received (and entry fee paid) will be considered. Please include your email and book title with your entry if sending by mail. OUR PREFERENCE IS EMAIL SUBMISSIONS.

The author of the book named as the Best Independently Published book will receive $500 and editorial coverage in the December/January 2017 issue of Shelf Unbound. Five finalists will receive editorial coverage in the December/January 2017 issue of Shelf Unbound. More than 100 books deemed by the editors as “notable” entries in the competition will also be featured in the December/January 2017 issue of Shelf Unbound.

The winner of the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book will receive $1,000.

The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2016.

The winners will be notified by November 2, 2016. Additional information and rules can be found on our contest rules page at www.shelfmediagroup.com.

For further information, please feel free to contact Margaret Brown, Publisher, via email: Margaret@shelfmediagroup.com.

Shelf Unbound book review magazine, the 2015 Maggie Award Winner for Best Digital Publication, reaches more than 125,000 avid readers in the U.S. and in 65 other countries around the globe. Subscriptions to Shelf Unbound are free at http://www.shelfmediagroup.com.

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: www.firsteditionproject.com

Send questions to: lcroy@swhd.org.

2016 Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest

10 June 2016

2016 Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest

Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2016

Entry Fee: $25

Prize:

$1,000 prize, publication of the winning manuscript, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book.

Description:

Word count is flexible. Chapbooks and full-length books receive equal consideration. Conium Press is a publisher of innovative fiction. We lean toward unconventional plots, bizarre settings, and experimental language. This year’s contest judge is Matt Bell, author of Scrapper, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, Cataclysm Baby, and How They Were Found.

Visit the website:

http://coniumreview.com/contests/book-chapbook-contest/