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WATERSTON DESERT WRITING PRIZE

24 January 2017

Deadline April 1, 2017

NO ENTRY FEE.
Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting. Will recognize one writer with a $2,000 cash award, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a four-week residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon.

Visit the website:

http://www.writingranch.com/waterston-prize-for-desert-writers

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Narrative Magazine: Winter 2017 Story Contest

3 January 2017

Winter 2017 Story Contest

OUR WINTER CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won byNarrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.
Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $25 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2017 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

DEADLINE: The contest deadline is March 31, 2017, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2017. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines at http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/360 for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

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

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2016 – less than one month to go

1 July 2016

Set up in 2009 to support emerging writers in competitive times,

the NWP has been successful in helping to boost the confidence of

creative voices of all ages and from all around the world.

Supported by renowned names in world literature, including Brian

Chikwava, Colin Grant, Maya Jaggi, Jackie Kay, Tabish Khair,

Toby Litt and Blake Morrison, we are delighted to have Diran Adebayo,

Imtiaz Dharker and Vesna Goldsworthy as this year’s judges,

with Wasafiri’s Founding Editor Susheila Nasta.

The prize welcomes submissions in three categories,

Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing,

HOW TO ENTER

The competition is open to anyone who has not published a complete book in the category entered. We welcome submissions in one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.

Simply fill in anentry form and send it to us with your entry and fee of UK Sterling £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories (please see the terms and conditions).

The closing date is 5:00pm GMT, on 15 July 2016. Entrants who are visually impaired or who are prevented from typing through disability can enter their work on audio CD.

PRIZES

£300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and the work will be published in Wasafiri.

JUDGES

Susheila Nasta MBE (Chair) Founding Editor of Wasafiri and Emeritus Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University.

Diran Adebayo Named ‘one of the Best Young Novelists’ in 2002, Adebayo is also a cultural critic, academic and journalist.

Imtiaz Dharker World-renowned prize-winning poet, Dharker also works as an artist and film-maker.

Vesna Goldsworthy Award-winning writer, former BBC World Service journalist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

and is open until 5pm GMT on Friday, 15 July 2016.

Further details are at: www.wasafiri.org/wasafiri-new-writing-prize.asp

Narrative Magazine’s Spring 2016 Story Contest

13 May 2016

OUR SPRING CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize,the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in collections such as The Best American Short Stories,The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many others. View the recent awards won by Narrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.

Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $24 fee for each entry. With your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is July 31, 2016, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by August 31, 2016. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions, which will be final. The judges reserve the option to declare ties and to designate and award only as many winners and/or finalists as are appropriate to the quality of contest entries and of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

Visit the website to submit your work:  http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/332521

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Winner: $60,000; Finalists: $5,000

25 April 2016

Prize Guidelines

A prize of $60,000 will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book published between September 18, 2015 and September 30, 2016 that, in the opinion of the jury, is the year’s best book of nonfiction. Literary nonfiction includes, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography. Finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. The overall effect of such writing should provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the issue at hand. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Titles must be published in Canada between September 18, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Books that are not yet in final published form by the final deadline of July 27 may be submitted as bound galleys.
  • Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books published by a Canadian press, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Previous publication in another country does not disqualify a book.
  • Translations from other languages into English are eligible and will be considered in the year in which the English translation is published. In the event of a translation winning the prize, the prize money will be divided as follows: $45,000 to the author, $15,000 to the translator.
  • To be eligible publishing houses must have a professional editorial process independent from the authors whose books are submitted for consideration. They must not charge authors for publishing their works.
  • All books must have an ISBN number and be available in Canadian bookstores.
  • Titles may be single-authored or co-authored. Multi-authored collections, anthologies, and conference proceedings are not eligible.
  • Self-published books are not eligible.
  • Ghostwritten books are not eligible.
  • No more than 20% of the manuscript can have previously been published in book form.
  • Books whose author was deceased at the time of publication are not eligible.
  • Publishers should note that the prize is for literary excellence; they should only submit books deemed outstanding in this regard.

Nomination Process

The schedule for submissions is tied to publication dates as follows:

Deadline 1: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 
For books published between September 18, 2015 and March 22, 2016

Deadline 2: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 
For books published between March 23, 2016 and May 24, 2016

*Deadline 3: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 
For books published between May 25, 2016 and September 30, 2016

Publishers are strongly encouraged to submit books prior to the deadlines. Submissions upon release of titles are appreciated. If a publisher, for any reason whatsoever, feels they cannot submit titles in accordance with the above schedule it is requested that they contact the Program Manager to discuss the possibility of an extension.

Number of Submissions

All Canadian-based publishers of original manuscripts may enter two books; companies publishing more than ten eligible nonfiction titles may add one book for every additional ten eligible books (or fraction thereof) on their nonfiction list, up to a maximum of five. See the chart below for reference.

Books Published:  Eligible to Submit:
10 or fewer 2
11 – 20 3
21 – 30 4
31 or more 5

 

Required Materials

The following must be submitted by the final deadline on July 27, 2016:

  • Five copies of each eligible title in book form; or three bound galleys, with at least two copies of the finished book to be received by the Writers’ Trust upon publication
  • A Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction submission form listing all submitted titles and planned submissions sent with the first shipment of books (do not send multiple copies unless you make changes to your submission plans)
  • Publishers submitting more than two titles must provide a list of all titles published during the calendar year on which that publisher’s eligibility is based. This list should include authors, titles, and dates of publication.
  • Electronic images of the author and book cover suitable for reproduction in print materials – please name each file as follows: “Nonfiction_AuthorLastName_FirstName” and “Nonfiction_AuthorLastName_BookTitle”. Contact the Program Manager for instructions on sending large images.

 

Jury Composition

The finalists of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction are chosen by a three-person jury. Each juror may request an unlimited number of additional titles from a publisher’s list. Such titles are on equal footing with all other submissions, provided that their publishers agree to abide by the conditions laid out in this document. The jury acts independently of the Writers’ Trust and is charged with interpreting the mandate and eligibility criteria of the prize, as well as determining which of the submissions best reflect the prize mandate. In evaluating the writing, literary merit is the sole criteria. The judgment of the jury in selecting the winners, determining eligibility, and interpreting these rules is final.

Announcement of Nominees & Winners

The list of finalist authors will be announced in September 2016 and the award will be presented in November 2016 at an event in Toronto.

Publisher Obligations

If an author is a finalist the publisher will agree to:

  • Supply the Writers’ Trust with 18 additional copies of the shortlisted book for publicity.
  • Affix stickers provided by the Writers’ Trust to all outgoing copies of the current edition of the finalist and winning books and include prize sticker artwork on any subsequent editions.
  • Participate in promotion and publicity efforts undertaken by the Writers’ Trust and stress the importance of this with their authors.

Send submissions to:

Amanda Hopkins, Program Manager
Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Writers’ Trust of Canada
600 – 460 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON  M5V 1Y1

Visit the website:  http://www.writerstrust.com/Awards/Hilary-Weston-Writers-Trust-Prize/Prize-Guidelines.aspx

THE $4,000 NARRATIVE PRIZE

11 April 2016

THE $4,000 NARRATIVE PRIZE is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative.

The deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15, 2016.

How to Send Us Your Work: We accept submissions only through our electronic submission system. We do not accept submissions through postal services or email. You may send us manuscripts for the following submission categories: General Submissions, Story of the Week, Readers’ Narrative, or a specific Contest. Your manuscript must be in one of the following file forms: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Technical Difficulties: If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please Contact Us.

Formatting Your Manuscript: All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. Contributors are asked to include a brief biographical note with their submissions.

Timing: Submissions may be sent to us at any time, year-round.

Simultaneous Submissions: We accept multiple submissions, since we feel that it’s unreasonable to expect writers to give a magazine an exclusive look at a work unless the magazine can respond within two to three weeks. We want writers to have every possible opportunity for success, so we’re willing to risk losing a story we want when someone at another magazine may have done their reading before we have, and in that case we’ll be sorry to lose the piece but happy for the writer.

Response Time: Our response time varies from four to twelve weeks, with the slowest times usually being August/September and December/January.

Submission Fees: Narrative is a nonprofit organization with the ambition of encouraging good literary work. We do not charge readers for the magazine. However, for unsolicited submissions, we do charge a nominal fee, which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to receiving, reading, and responding to submissions. Also, a portion of the reading fee helps fund our annual Narrative Prize. Our desire is to connect readers and writers, and we strongly encourage anyone interested in submitting work to read the magazine before submitting. You may read the magazine for free. If you enjoy reading it and wish to submit, we hope you will feel that the reading fee, which is lower than most literary magazine subscription fees, is more than justified by the quality of the work the magazine offers. We are strongly committed to publishing debut and emerging writers, and those writers account for a third of the three to four hundred works we publish each year.

Open Reading Periods: During the first two weeks of April, we do not require a reading fee for general submissions made specifically to the Open Reading category via our submissions page. However, manuscripts submitted during this period are not eligible for the Narrative Prize.

Payment to Authors: Narrative is strongly committed to supporting our authors’ work. Our current rates for work are as follows:

—$150 for a Story of the Week, with $400 each for the annual Top Five Stories of the Week.
—$150 to $350 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts.
—$350 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts.
—Rates for book-length works vary, depending on the length and nature of the work.
—$50 minimum for each accepted poem and audio piece. ($25 for poetry reprints.)
—$200 each for the annual Top Five Poems of the Week.
—$100 for Readers’ Narratives.

All submissions with a reading fee, from new or emerging writers, are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize, awarded annually.

$4,000 Narrative Prize: The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. The deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15. The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The winner is widely publicized and is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize is judged by the magazine’s editors and, in some years, may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.

Word Count Guidelines:

SHORT SHORT STORY manuscripts must be between two and five pages in length, and no less than 500 and no more than 2,000 words.

MANUSCRIPTS OF 2,000 to 15,000 WORDS can include short stories, essays, one-act plays, and other complete short works of nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of fiction and nonfiction.

NOVELLAS and other long works that are less than book length may run between 15,000 and 40,000 words. For works of this length, please submit the first 15,000 words with a synposis. (Based on our reading of the first 15,000 words, we will ask to see the complete manuscript if we think the work is suitable for Narrative.)

SERIALIZATION OF BOOK-LENGTH WORKS. For consideration for serialization, please send the first chapter and a one-page synopsis of the book. (Based on our reading of the first chapter and synopsis, we will ask to see the complete book manuscript if we think the book is suitable for serialization inNarrative. For further information on our program of serializations, please click here.)

POETRY submissions may contain up to five poems. The poems should be contained in a single file. Your submission should give a strong sense of your style and range. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres but do not accept translations.

ONE-ACT PLAYS: We are particularly interested in finding dramas whose impact can be experienced as much on the page as in production. We are open to plays that have been previously published but are out of print, to plays that have been produced, and to ones that have never been produced or published. Length can run up to 15,000 words.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD AUDIO PROSE submissions may be fiction or nonfiction but should take a storytelling form. Audio prose submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD AUDIO POETRY submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD VIDEO submissions may be short films and documentaries of up to 15 minutes. Submissions must be in .mp4 or .mov format.

READERS’ NARRATIVES may run up to 1,500 words.

How to submit:  https://www.narrativemagazine.com/submission

Visit the website:  http://www.narrativemagazine.com/

Call for submissions: PRISM international

11 April 2016

PRISM international publishes exciting, original, literary material from established and emerging writers in Canada and around the world. We accept submissions year-round. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive each month, reply times range between 2 to 6 months, depending on the time of year.

A good deal of our content is generated from our annual Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Please visit our contest page for more details.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Please submit to only one genre at a time, and await a reply before submitting
again. See the particular guidelines for each genre below.

Guidelines for Prose (Short Fiction, Literary Non-Fiction, Drama)

  • Please submit only one piece at a time, unless you are submitting flash fiction or non-fiction (under 1000 words), in which case you can submit up to three pieces in a single document. While we accept submissions of up to 25 pages (6,250 words), it is generally easier to place shorter work. If you’re going to write long, it should really blow our socks off.
  • Include in your cover letter your full contact information (including email address) and a short bio. Please also specify the genre you are submitting.
  • Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. No wacky fonts, please.
  • Non-fiction pieces should be creative, exploratory, or experimental in tone. We do not publish rhetorical, academic, or journalistic non-fiction.
  • We welcome translations into English. Such works must be undertaken with the permission of the original author. Please include a copy of the original work with your submission.
  • We strongly prefer online submissions, and to reply to mailed submissions via email. Please only include a SASE if you cannot be reached via email. And remember: we’re in Canada – unless you are too, your stamps don’t work here.
  • We do not accept email submissions. Online submissions must be submitted through Submittable, and come with a $3 submission fee.
  • We do not return manuscripts. Please ensure that you retain a copy of your submission for your files.
  • Please send only one submission per three-month period.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your piece is accepted elsewhere please let us know immediately.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished, in print and online.
  • We purchase first North American serial rights, and pay $30/printed page for prose. Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Click here to submit Fiction, Non-Fiction and Drama via
Submittable.

If you prefer to send your submission via post, please mail it to:
Christopher Evans
Prose Editor
PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC
Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Canada

If you have any questions about these guidelines, or a piece you’ve already
submitted, please email Christopher at prose@prismmagazine.ca.

Guidelines for Poetry

  • Submit one to four poems.
  • Include in your cover letter your full contact information (including email address), a short bio, and the number of poems you are submitting.
  • Submissions should be typed and single-spaced.
  • We welcome translations into English. Such works must be undertaken with the permission of the original author. Please include a copy of the original work with your submission.
  • We strongly prefer online submissions, and to reply to mailed submissions via email. Please only include a SASE if you cannot be reached via email. And remember: we’re in Canada – unless you are too, your stamps don’t work here.
  • We do not accept email submissions. Online submissions must be submitted through Submittable, and come with a $3 submission fee.
  • We do not return manuscripts. Please ensure that you retain a copy of your submission for your files.
  • Please send only one submission per three-month period.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished, in print and online.
  • We purchase first North American serial rights, and pay $40/printed page for poetry. Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • The editorial board awards an annual $500 prize to an outstanding poetry contributor each year.

Click here to submit Poetry via Submittable.

If you prefer to send your submission via post, please mail it to:
Dominique Bernier-Cormier
Poetry Editor
PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC
Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Canada

If you have any questions about these guidelines, or a piece you’ve already
submitted, please email Dominique at poetry@prismmagazine.ca.

Guidelines for Cover Art

  • We accept photography only, submitted by email in high resolution PDF, TIF or PNG files. We pay $300 CAD for the cover of one issue, along with three copies of that issue. An image of the cover will also appear on our website, the British Columbia Association of Magazine Publishers website, and the affiliated websites of Magazines Canada.
  • Please send photography submissions to Jen Macdonald, Executive Editor, Circulation at circulation@prismmagazine.ca.

Reasonable exceptions to our guidelines will be made for submissions from
writers in prison.

Please note: PRISM does not accept submissions from current and incoming
students and faculty of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing
Program (this includes the UBC Optional-Residency MFA Program). Work submitted by incoming students prior to their acceptance to the UBC Creative Writing Program, if still under consideration, must be withdrawn. In order to submit, UBC alumni cannot have taken a UBC Creative Writing Program course during the previous two years.

Please note that it is also our policy not to publish the same writer more than once within a twelve-month period.