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2017 San Francisco Writing Contest

26 August 2016

The San Francisco Writers Conference is pleased to announce the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest. The contest is open to all writers everywhere, including those attending the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference. The entry fee is $35 per item.

Your entry must fit into one of the following categories:
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books

Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more).

Please use the contest registration form on this web site SFWriters.org/contest-registration to upload your entry/entries and pay. It’s easy! If you prefer to send your fee by check, mail both the entry and check to SF Writing Contest, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561.

All fees and entries must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2017.

Finalists will be announced on the website on February 3, 2017.

Winners will be announced during lunch on Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Conference.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $250 and a 15-minute in-person meeting at the conference or a 15-minute scheduled telephone call with a literary agent who represents work like yours. First place winners in each category will receive checks for $100.

Questions? Problems? Contact Contest Coordinator Tricia Skinner at SFWritingContest@gmail.com.

Contest Rules:  https://sfwriters.org/2017-contest-rules/

Call for submissions: Lagos Literary and Arts Journal

20 May 2016

Lagos Literary and Arts Journal is always in search of exceptional talents to promote.

If you feel you believe you are a good writer whose voice should be heard all over the world, send us your best short fiction, essay or poem.
If you have taken some extraordinary photographs, and you think you should rank amongst the best, send them to us with your bio.
If you have written a review about a book you have just read, and you want other people to know about the same book, send us the review and we will pass the message along.
If you have met a great artiste (writer, musician , artist) you think is so amazing and is worth promoting, send us your report .
If you have interviewed any of them, all the better, send us the interviews and some pictures, we will do our best

Lagos Literary and Arts Journal publishes all genres of creative writing and media related to creative endeavors – including but not limited to poetry, fiction, essay, memoir , drama; political essays, satire, profiles, book reviews, anything to stimulate public interest in Nigerian art and culture. As much as possible please keep the length of all submissions below 2500 words; and the size of other media (image. video. audio) less than 3MB
You may submit files of following type; doc , rtf, jpg , gif , png,
Submissions are invite from all over the world.
All work to be considered for publishing should be sent to the editor at the following : editor@lagosliteraryjournal.com.

Payment
LLAJ is primarily a promotional publication, aiming to bring to light the work of new talents. We generally only pay an honorarium of $20 ($10 for poetry) for any work used in the print edition.

To obtain a sample copy of the journal (N800), visit our editorial and fulfillment office at:
AM Book and Team Publishing Limited
1 Olanipekun Street, Ososami Road,
Ibadan

Visit the website:  http://www.lagosliteraryjournal.com/content/submissions

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

26th Annual Memoirs Competition

24 March 2016

26th Annual Memoirs Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2016. 

  •  Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.
  • Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
  • The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members). Entry fee ispayable online.
  • Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not send via Fedex, certified mail, etc.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject.

Enter here

WRITERS DIGEST ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION

23 March 2016

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 85th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! 501 winners will be chosen.The top winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Prizes
One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest (subscriber issues only)
  • $5,000 in cash
  • An interview with the author in Writer’s Digest
  • One on one attention from four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino

The First place winner in each category will receive $1,000 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Second place winner in each category will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Third place winner in each category will receive $250 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fourth place winner in each category will receive $100 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fifth place winner in each category will receive $50 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Sixth through Tenth place winners in each category will receive $25 in cash and $25 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

All top winners will also receive:

  • A one-year Writer’s Digest VIP membership, which includes a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine, access to WritersMarket.com for one year, discounts on Writer’s Digest University workshops and discounts off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com.
  • Their names listed in Writer’s Digest, on WritersDigest.com and in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

All Honorable Mentions receive:

  • 20% discount off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com
  • Their names listed in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

Categories

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Stage Play
  • Television/Movie Script
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

How to Enter

  • Enter online or submit your entry via regular mail. Offline entries must be accompanied by an Entry Form, and the required entry fee (credit card information, check or money order made payable to F+W Media, Inc.). If you are entering more than one manuscript, you may mail all entries in the same envelope and write one check for the total entry fee; however, each manuscript must have its category indicated in the upper left-hand corner. You may enter online even if you are paying with a check. All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition final deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished* and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Writer’s Digest retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the Grand Prize and First Place winning entries in each category to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication.* Entries in the Magazine Feature Article category may be previously published. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published. For poetry, all online postings are considered published.
  • If you are submitting your entry via regular mail (NOT using the online entry form), the entry must be typed on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 white paper. Scripts and poems may be either double-or single-spaced; all other manuscripts must be double-spaced. The competition category and word count/line count must appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page —otherwise your entry is disqualified. The first page should also include the entry’s title. As judging is blind, do not include your name, address, phone number, email address or other identifying information in the upper left-hand corner of the first page.
  • BE SURE OF YOUR WORD COUNT! Entries exceeding the word or page limits will be disqualified. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title) at the top of the manuscript.
  • Mailed entries that are more than one page in length must be stapled.
  • Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Sudan.
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter:  http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition

The 2015 RRofihe Trophy No-Fee Short Story Contest

23 April 2015

2015 RRofihe Trophy

For an unpublished short story
(Minimum word count: 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words)

Winner Receives:

$500 cash
Trophy
Announcement & Publication on anderbo.com

Judged by Rick Rofihe

2015 Contest Assistant: Carolyn Wilsey
Carolyn Wilsey has read fiction for Esquire and Swink,
and is the Managing Editor of Anderbo. She teaches
writing privately and at colleges in New York City.

2015 Contest Reader: Jean Hartig
Jean Hartig is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is
former associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine and
has served on the editorial staff of A Public Space and Lumina,
published by Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned her MFA.
  Guidelines:
–Stories should be typed, double-spaced, with the author’s
name, the story’s title, and contact information on the
first page
–Submissions must be received by October 15th, 2015
–Limit one submission per author
–Author must not have been previously published
on Anderbo
–E-mail submissions to: editors@anderbo.com with
RROFIHE TROPHY in the subject line
–YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR STORY-MANUSCRIPT
ENTRY WITHIN THE BODY OF THE E-MAIL—NO
ATTACHMENTS!
–THERE IS NO READING FEE and all literary rights will
remain with the author

Contest Judge Rick Rofihe is the author of FATHER MUST, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on epiphanyzine, slushpilemag, and fictionaut. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SPY, and The East Hampton Star, and on mrbellersneighborhood. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught MFA writing at Columbia University. He currently teaches privately, and was an advisor to the Vilcek Foundation for their 2011 prizes in the field of literature. Rick is the Editor of Anderbo.

Visit the website for guidelines:
anderbo.com

Highfield Press Spring Essay Contest 2015

1 April 2015

HIGHFIELD PRESS – “Picture Worth 1000 Words” Spring 2015 Essay Contest

$1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Writer retains all rights.

Highfield Press invites you to submit an unpublished essay (500-1000 words) inspired by the theme, “Spring Fever.” Submission may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. It must reflect the inspirational photo shown on the website, and theme of the contest.

$20 ENTRY FEE.

Deadline April 30th, 2015.

Visit the website: http://highfieldpress.wix.com/contests

Call for Submissions: 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice

14 March 2015

Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and just sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster filled with A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why five years ago we started our free fellowship to theOffice. And we’re happy once again to offer it to you.

Announcing our 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice.

It works like this:

You send us an example of your best piece of writing along with a paragraph or two explaining why this fellowship would help you. We select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. Winner gets his/her own door code to the space with the ability to come and go even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including unlimited, free coffee & tea, wifi, ergonomic workstations with Aeron chairs, a small reference library and all the peace and quiet you can handle.

The fellowship starts May 1st and goes through October 31st, 2015. It is completely free to enter. Winner will be announced the last week of April. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive.

Think of this as your very own writer’s retreat right here in the city.

Here’s what we need from you:

  • An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email.
  • In the body of the email, please explain why you need this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it. (200 words or less, please)
  • A 10 page .pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions. All other attachments will be deleted.

Email to: theOfficeFellowship(at)gmail(dot)com by April 15, 2015. That’s it. You’re done!

Some important points to remember:

  • Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. Be honest, if you live in Pasadena and won’t want to drive across town to write every day, then this fellowship isn’t for you. If you don’t flourish in a quiet space, skip it. We want this to be of major value to the winner.Serious submissions only please.
  • If you’ve never been to theOffice and would like to try it out before submitting, please do! You’re welcome to do the FREE WEEK. Just be sure to call first for availability. Contact info here. More photos of the space here.
  • The field is open to ALL new writers. Submit 10 pages of your screenplay, play, short story, novel, memoir, poem, article etc. We’ll read it all.
  • By “new writers” we mean you can have no feature film credits as a writer on IMDb (short films are okay) and no more than 1 hour of television credit as a writer on IMDb. For fiction writers, we just want to make sure you’re not someone with a three book deal and money to spare. Key words here are new/aspiring/struggling.
  • DEADLINE to enter is April 15th, 2015. No submissions accepted past midnight PST.
  • You must have sole writing credit for the sample pages you submit. This fellowship is for one (1) free membership and is non-transferrable.
  • If you have any questions, please comment here, email the fellowship gmail address listed above or ask us on Twitter:@theOffice_LA. theOffice staff will NOT be able to assist you with the fellowship so please DO NOT call, email, or drop by theOffice with questions.
  • Winner will be announced and notified by April 30thThis fellowship is an opportunity to take your craft and your career to the next level. If you are looking for a place to be inspired, a place to write with the big guns, a place to GET IT DONE, submit now. We look forward to reading your work!

*theOffice is closed to ALL members Mondays 6PM-11PM, Saturdays 8AM-10AM, Sundays 8AM-10:30AM due to outside rentals. Otherwise, the space is yours.

Visit the website:

http://theofficeonlineblog.com/2015/03/02/call-for-submissions-2015-fellowship-to-theoffice/

Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2015

2 March 2015

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… We are now in the 10th year of our mission to inspire, motivate, and encourage anyone having the desire or love for poetry and writing, to continue doing so without fear of failure or success. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: July 31, 2015
All winners will be announced on September 26, 2015

Prizes:
Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.
Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem

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 http://www.dreamquestone.com 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

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015 – Now Open!

2 March 2015

The 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open!

Entries are now welcome for the 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize.

We are looking for submissions in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.

Prize for each category: £300 and publication in Wasafiri Magazine

Deadline: 5pm GMT on Friday 24 July 2015.

Judges

Toby Litt

Yasmin Alibhai Brown

Roger Robinson

The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book in their chosen category.

Entries for Fiction and Life Writing should be no longer than 3000 words, and Poetry submissions should comprise of no more than five poems.

To Enter:

DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM HERE 

Email your entry along with the form and proof or notice of payment to wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk.

Or you can post the form, along with your entry and cheque or paypal receipt to: The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Wasafiri, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NP, UK

Fees”
£6 – one category
£10 – two categories
£15 – three categories

Further Queries:
Email wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk for any further details.

Visit the website for further details and to enter:

http://www.wasafiri.org/wasafiri-new-writing-prize.asp

Palaver Journal call for submissions

2 March 2015

Palaver is UNCW’s online interdisciplinary journal housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies program.

Palaver seeks creative and academic submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline.

We accept art submissions in any medium, including video, still image, and multimedia.

Visit us at palaverjournal.com to peruse our past issues and to submit your work!

Email us at:  admin@palaverjournal.com with any questions.

Please make sure you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Visit the website: http://palaverjournal.com/submit-to-palaver/

Narrative Magazine’s: Winter 2015 Story Contest

21 January 2015

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 by Narrative 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 $22 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 2015 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is March 31, 2015, 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, 2015. 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 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.

22nd ANNUAL MEMOIRS COMPETITION

13 October 2014

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2014.


AWARDS:

1ST Place:  Your choice of a 2 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free workshops (in person or online); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd Place: Two free workshops; or 35 pages line-edited

3rd Place:  One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited

10 Honorable Mentions

GUIDELINES:

Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.

Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, email, phone and title of work also on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font. The entry fee is $25 per story, or $20 for Workshop members.

 Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners.

Please make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:

Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent to: writersw@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject. No SASE is necessary.

The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org

Call for submissions: GeminiMagazine

11 October 2014

We have no guidelines or restrictions on
writing style or content—nada, zilch, keine. As
Charlie “Bird” Parker pointed out, “There’s no
boundary line to art.” We don’t want to set any
boundaries so we use a clean, simple selection
process: if it strikes a chord with us we print it.

Payment: $10 per published piece

TO SUBMIT BY EMAIL (except contest entries):

Paste previously unpublished fiction, poetry,
essays, memoirs, short plays or other
interesting work into body of email and send to:

submissions@gemini-magazine.com

No attachments except JPEG images for art and
photography. Don’t send contest entries to this
email address. See box at top for contest info.

TO SUBMIT BY SNAIL MAIL:

Gemini Magazine
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

(include SASE/email address for reply)

*****

Submission period: 365 days per year

Response time: We have a large backlog and
are making every effort to catch up. After 60
days please feel free to inquire about your
submission. We will respond to all submissions.

Rights: All rights revert to author upon
publication in Gemini Magazine.

Visit the website:  http://www.gemini-magazine.com/submit.html

Houston Writers Guild Fall Contest 2014

6 July 2014
2014 Houston Writers Guild Fall Contest is open for submission!

Entry fee $35 for fiction/nonfiction. $25 for poetry.
Open to all writers, regardless of publishing status.
Winners will be announced at our annual Fall Conference.
$75 prize awarded to first place in each category.
Entering is easy. Deadline is September 1, 2014.

For more information visit:  http://houstonwritersguild.org/contests

HARD TIMES WRITING CONTEST – Deadline Extended to July 30, 2014

20 June 2014
Deadline: Extended to July 30, 2014

 

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Your choice of a 3 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.                                                                             

2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at our B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited.                                 

3rd PLACE: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.                                                                            

10 Honorable Mentions

 Guidelines:

 

Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).

 

Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).Multiple entries are accepted. Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not use Fedex, certified mail, etc.

 
Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  
Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.                                          Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Please put your entry and cover sheet in one document (Word). 
The entry fee is payable online at:
http://www.twwoa.org/
 

CONSTANCE ROKE CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST

20 June 2014

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine,

invites emerging and established writers from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter.

$1,000 awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir,

narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography,

all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

All entries should be previously unpublished, and between 2,000-3,000 words in length.

ENTRY FEE $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for U.S. entries, and $45 elsewhere.

Deadline August 1, 2014 (postmark date).

Visit the website for details:

http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, NC: National Writing Contests

31 May 2014

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, NC is sponsoring four annual contests, open to any writer regardless of residence.

Guidelines can be found at www.twwoa.org., or by emailing writersw@gmail.com or calling 828-254-811.

The awards for all contests are:

 

1ST PLACE: Your choice of a 3 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

 

2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at our B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited.

 

3rd PLACE: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.

 

10 Honorable Mentions

 

Hard Times Essay Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2014.

Literary Fiction Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by August 30, 2014.

24th Annual Memoirs Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2014.

26th Annual Poetry Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by Feb. 28, 2015.

 

  Guidelines can be found at www.twwoa.org

ORDINARY GURU CONTEST

25 April 2014

NO ENTRY FEE.

Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back,

sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently?

If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest.

You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay,

cartoon, graphic novel or poem.

First Prize: $5,000. Second Prize: $2,500. Third Prize: $1,500.

Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States

and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec),

who are 18 years and older.

Contest ends August 31, 2014.

Visit the website:  http://ordinarygurus.com/

SLO NightWriters 25th Annual Writing Contest

12 April 2014

The 2014 Golden Quill Awards

Short Story/Memoir – 1,000 word maximum; Poetry – 40 line maximum

Entries must include the words ‘Déjà vu’ and depict the theme.

Entry Fee: $15 per entry, multiple entries are allowed in both categories

Prizes: $750 – First Prize, $400 – Second Prize, for each category, plus Honorable Mentions

Deadline: June 30th, 2014

ALL WRITERS ARE WELCOME!

Visit our website for more contest details at:  www.slonightwriters.org

Tom Snow, Contest Director

Contest email:  nightwriterscontest@gmail.com

In association with The Central Coast Writers Conference

www.communityprograms.net

Tribe Yoga Teacher Training and Retreats: Yoga Scholarship Competition 2014

25 October 2013

Yoga Scholarship Competition


1st Annual Tribe Scholarship Writing Competition

Win a scholarship on a forthcoming Tribe Yoga Teacher Training
or 500 Euros cash prize!

SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION DEADLINE EXTENSION
YOU HAVE MORE TIME TO WRITE YOUR STORY
RELAUNCH OF COMPETITION IN JANUARY 2014

Competition ends 31st March 2014.

POST NOTE: after cancelling the scholarship competition due to very few entries some people wrote in to tell us they were still writing!! If you have a story hold on to it. We will relaunch the competition in Jan 2014. The 3 entries we did receive were truly beautiful reads and worthy to be shared . We still would love to make a yoga stories book and with your participation we can. So please prepare your story and tell your friends to send in their stories too.
The winning TTC scholarships will be for 2014/2015
The entry fee has been reduced to 15 euros per entry

Tribe is offering a great opportunity to combine the art of writing with the spirit of Yoga. If you have experienced yoga, practiced yoga, lived yoga or just observed yoga, then you probably have a story to tell.

We hope this competition motivates you to pick up a pen and paper and write down yoga stories that will inspire, educate, enthuse or simply entertain others about the yoga world, yoga community or yoga practice.

Submit your stories, memoirs, essays, poetry, etc before the end of March 2014 for the chance to get your entry published and/or win a scholarship for one of our upcoming Yoga Alliance-Certified Yoga Teacher Trainings or 500 euros prize money.

A selection of yoga stories from those submitted will be chosen for publication in a book which will also offer insight into yoga practice and yogic living. All featured yoga stories will be complimented by text that explores the theme, message, experience, etc. that each story tells.

Not sure what yoga story you have to tell? Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

A specific incident that happened on the yoga mat, that magical moment when everything clicked into place.

Your story of healing through yoga.

Experiencing a particular yoga practice or discipline.

How yoga changed the way you live, think, love, exist?

A funny experience in a yoga retreat or in a yoga class.

How learning about the yamas & niyamas can impact one’s life.

A tangible experience of the chakras.

A mind-blowing breakthrough, that ‘Eureka’ yoga moment which brought you to a new understanding of yourself or the practice.

Meeting a ‘famous’ yoga personality, an Indian Guru, a well-known yoga teacher.

Your yoga story can be something you want to share or something you want to say. It can be philosophical, funny, moralistic, educational, touching, dramatic, etc. It can be told from a personal view or in the third person.
Winners:
Writers of the top three winning stories will be awarded a choice of a FREE place in a Tribe Yoga Teacher Training (as below) or a 500 Euros cash prize. The winning submissions along with other top stories will be published by Tribe in the forthcoming ‘Yoga Stories’ book.

All writers of any story published in the ‘yoga stories’ book will be credited in the book and will recieve a free copy.

Level 2 300hr Yoga Teacher Training in Austria, 8th June – 4th July, 2014 (Tribe Level 1 Graduates only)

Level 1 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, 23rd Nov – 19th Dec, 2014

Level 1 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, 4th Jan – 30th Jan, 2014

OR 500 euros prize money


Judging Criteria: Winners will be selected based on:

Personal Style (33%);

Content/Creativity (33%); and

Writing Skills (34%).

Judges
The winning stories will be selected by a panel of 3 judges. All jugdes are Tribe Faculty Teachers. In the event that a decision on 3 winners cannot be made the finalist entries will be placed in a hat and drawn at random.

Entry Fee

The 15 Euros entry fee payable when you submit your story contributes towards the publishing cost for the ‘Yoga Stories’ book. Any excess funds will be given to a charity of Tribe’s choice. You can enter as many individual stories as you like.

Competition ends 31st March 2014.

All entrants must be 18 years or older to enter.

VISIT THE WEBSITE TO READ THE COMPLETE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

http://www.tribe-yoga.com/competition-entry.html

YA Novel Discovery Contest

25 October 2013

Serendipity Literary Agency in conjunction with Sourcebooks Inc. is hosting their fifth annual 

YOUNG ADULT DISCOVERY COMPETITION

No query? No pitch? No problem!

Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win exposure to editors and a review of your manuscript from one of New York’s TOP young adult literary agents, Regina Brooks.?

NOVEMBER IS NaNoWriMo

In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org)—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days—this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.

The contest opens November 1st and closes November 30th, 2013 at 11:59PM.

GREAT PRIZES

The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks AND receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from Possibiliteas.co!

The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions with editors from Scholastic, Feiwel and Friends, Random House/Penguin, Kensington, Kimani Tru, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, and Sourcebooks. In addition, they will receive a year’s subscription to The Writer magazine!

First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.

YA literary agent Regina Brooks and her team will read all of the entries and determine the top 20 submissions. These submissions will then be read by Deidre Jones Little Brown, Nicole Raymond Candlewick, Aubrey Poole Sourcebooks, Kendra Levin Viking Penguin, Mercedes Fernandez Kensington, Annie Nybo Simon and Schuster, Erica Finkel Abrams Books, Monica Jean Random House/Penguin , Catherine Laudone Simon and Schuster, Stacey Friedberg Penguin Group, Laura Whitaker Bloomsbury, Anna Roberts Feiwel and Friends.

These judges will whittle the top 20 down to five, and each of the five winners will be provided commentary on their submissions.

One entry per person; anyone age 14+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1st, 2013 until 11:59pm November 30th, 2013 (ET). There is a $15 entry fee.”

What are the judges looking for in a submission? 
Entries will be judged based upon creativity, word usage, and the ability to instantly draw a reader into a story. Since the contest is limited to a title and 250 words, each word must be carefully chosen to have the most impact. This simulates the browsing experience of the average book buyer, who reads the title and first paragraph of a book before making a purchasing decision.

Visit the website for complete guidelines: https://tellitslant.com/home/journal_details/31

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville: 22nd Annual Memoir Competition

25 October 2013

22nd Annual Memoir Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2013. 

Enter here

  •  Submit a memoir of 4,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.
  • Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
  • The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members). Entry fee is payable online.
  • Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not send via Fedex, certified mail, etc.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Electronic submission may be sent to WritersW@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject.

Visit the website: http://www.twwoa.org/

Call for Creative Writing Submissions at Zymbol

19 October 2013
Zymbol accepts work inspired by Symbolism & Surrealism year-round.
Currently reading for S/S 2014: Exploration of radicalism, deviancy and surrealism. Outsider thinking and artistic expression.We welcome submissions that transcend the boundaries of genre and form—as long as the “form” you’re transcending isn’t one of our supported file formats.

  • Art and Graphic Storytelling Guidelines

    Zymbol accepts submissions of visual art and graphic storytelling year-round. Email work in .jpg, .pdf or .tiff format to editor@zymbolmag.com with the subject line “A/G SUBMISSION.” Please keep files under 10MB (if accepted, we will ask you for the large high-quality file).

  • Poetry Guidelines

    We strongly recommend submitting .doc or .docx files written in 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced (.pdf format is acceptable for works that require special formatting). We accept up to 5 poems per submission. If submitting multiple poems, please put your last name and the number of poems submitted in the “Submission Title” field; for example: “Smith, 5 Poems.” Simultaneous submissions are fine—please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Zymbol will consider work previously self-published or posted to a personal blog. We endeavor to respond to submissions within 10 weeks; you can log into the submissions manager to check on the status of your submission. If you encounter any technical problems, email us at tech@zymbolmag.com.

  • Fiction, Memoir, and Essay Guidelines

    We strongly recommend submitting .doc or .docx files written in 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced (.pdf format is acceptable for works that require special formatting). Submissions under 7,000 words are given preference over longer works; however, the editors will consider works of exceptional merit up to 10,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are fine—please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Zymbol will consider work previously self-published or posted to a personal blog. We endeavor to respond to submissions within 10 weeks; you can log into the submissions manager to check on the status of your submission. If you encounter any technical problems, email us at tech@zymbolmag.com.

  • Visit the website for details on how submit your work at:

http://zymbolmag.com/submission-guidelines/

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