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THE EIGHTH ANNUAL GeminiMAGAZINE SHORT STORY CONTEST

4 March 2017

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Gemini Magazine $1,000 Short Story Prize

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
SECOND PRIZE: $100
HONORABLE MENTIONS (3): $25 each
Entry fee: $5

Deadline: March 31, 2017

All five finalists will be published online in the June 2017 Issue of Gemini.

We have no rules on content. We are open to ANY subject, writing style, genre or length. Stories must be unpublished but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.

All entries are read blind—without the authors’ names or any identifying information. We delete this information when forwarding pieces to staff readers so all they see are the title and body of the story. Who can enter? Anyone from around the world. This is our eighth annual short story contest and both new and experienced writers have won the top prize. All three dozen previous winners and finalists may be read online.

PANNING FOR GOLD: HOW THE SELECTION PROCESS WORKS

We get a lot of entries and don’t want to miss any stories that might be potential winners. So here’s how our selection process works: On the first go-round, we break the entries down into two categories: MAYBE and NO. We read each one with an open mind, and if there’s a spark or something that even remotely captures a staff reader’s interest, we put it into the MAYBE pile. For emailed entries, we do this by clicking “Flag for Follow-up.” So what happens if we’re not sure? We click “Mark as Unread” and this entry gets a second chance too.

Snail mailed entries that show promise get a check mark on the back of the envelope. Those that don’t pique our interest get an X. Any undecideds go back into the initial pile for another read. We don’t call this a slush pile. We call it a gold mine.

At last the final story or poem has been read. Now comes the truly fun part because just about any piece we open in the second round will be good. We’re more at ease to enjoy the writing and fall into the world that it creates.

Every single piece that’s been flagged or checked gets another read. If an emailed entry doesn’t make this cut, we clear the flag. If a paper entry doesn’t survive, the check mark gets turned into an X.

At this point, the special pieces have started to rise. The ground starts to rumble. Tension and electricity fill the atmosphere and much discussion is generated. Friends, acquaintances—even complete strangers—are likely to hear a synopsis or a quote. In a way, the world becomes the judge.

By the third or fourth round, we are down to a short list of perhaps a dozen or so stories and it is time to pick the winners. But wait! Just to be sure and fair (and perhaps because the editor is a bit obsessive), we randomly go through many of the NO entries and take another look.

This is how Beverly Akerman’s wonderful story “Pie” was discovered in our first Flash Fiction Contest. It hadn’t been flagged or even marked as unread. But we gave it another look and it leaped to the top when we realized it wasn’t just about a recipe for pie; rather, it showed us a woman who swore she would never again bake her son’s favorite rhubarb pie—or any other pie—until he returned from war.

So here at Gemini, we’re very happy that nearly every entry gets a second look—and a second chance.

What are you waiting for? As Stephen King put it, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Enter at www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html.

2017 Arizona Mystery Writers Contests are now accepting entries!

1 March 2017

Cash prizes! Two short story contests.

Arizona Mystery Writers is proud to announce a new contest for youth ages 9-14

PLUS our annual short story contest for ages 15+.

2017 Arizona Mystery Writers Annual Jim Martin Memorial Short Story Contest for ages 15+

(entry fee $15, Prizes: 1st=$200, 2nd=$100, 3rd=$75)

DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2017

~AND~

Mary Ann Hutchinson Short Story Contest for ages 9-14,

(Entry fee $5, Prizes: 1st=$25, 2nd=$20, 3rd=$15)

Mystery, suspense, or thriller, 2500 words max. Blind judging.

DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2017

Past winners are on the website. We are an independent, nonprofit club supporting mystery writing in Arizona.

Contests are open to all.

For all contest rules and entry forms on the website, visit:

http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449 

Contact email: amwcontest@gmail.com with questions.

The Writers’ Workshop 28th Annual Poetry Contest

10 February 2017

Deadline: Postmarked by March 31, 2017.

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems)
line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: Choice of a 1-night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited

3rd PLACE: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited

Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

  •  All work must be unpublished.
  • Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for up to three entries.
  • Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.
  • 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:  Annual Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Entry fee is payable online.
  • Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Poetry Contest” in the subject.

How to enter, visit: http://www.twwoa.org/entercontest.html

2017 Arizona Mystery Writers Contests are now accepting entries!

30 January 2017

Cash prizes! Two short story contests.

Arizona Mystery Writers is proud to announce a new contest for youth ages 9-14

PLUS our annual short story contest for ages 15+.

2017 Arizona Mystery Writers Annual Jim Martin Memorial Short Story Contest for ages 15+

(entry fee $15, Prizes: 1st=$200, 2nd=$100, 3rd=$75)

DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2017

~AND~

Mary Ann Hutchinson Short Story Contest for ages 9-14,

(Entry fee $5, Prizes: 1st=$25, 2nd=$20, 3rd=$15)

Mystery, suspense, or thriller, 2500 words max. Blind judging.

DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2017

Past winners are on the website. We are an independent, nonprofit club supporting mystery writing in Arizona.

Contests are open to all.

For all contest rules and entry forms on the website, visit:

http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449 

Contact email: amwcontest@gmail.com with questions.

Call for submissions: Christopher Fielden’s Writing Challenges

24 January 2017

Adverb Challenge:
We sold 101 copies of Adverbially Challenged Volume 1 on the run up to Christmas, so we donated £101 to First Story at the beginning of January. The charity asked me to say a big thank you to everyone involved. If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, you can do so here.
We’ve almost reached the next milestone – 200 submitted stories. This means Adverbially Challenged Volume 2 will go into production soon. If you want to be in the book, you can submit your stories here. Be quick – there are only a few spaces left.

Nonsense Challenge
We’re also over halfway to our goal of 100 stories for the first nonsense challenge anthology. There have been some amazing submissions so far. You can read them and submit your own stories on the nonsense challenge page.

Sensory Overload Challenge
This is a new challenge, conceived by Allen Ashley. We’ll be launching it in March 2017. You can learn a bit more about it (and see a wonderful photo of me and Allen that definitely hasn’t been anywhere near Photoshop) on the main writing challenges page.

Preposition Challenge
This is another new challenge, conceived by Ville Nummenpää. We’ll be launching that one later in the year. Again, see the main writing challenges page for details.

Visit the website details on all writing challenges:

http://www.christopherfielden.com/writing-challenges/

 

Screen Play and Novel Resources

3 January 2017

ScreenplayCoverage.com – along with its sister site NovelCoverage.com – is a trusted writers’
resource, serving thousands of authors over the last 8 years. The top 3 screenplays each month
are offered exposure to thousands of industry professionals. They have the most experienced
staff you’ll find anywhere online, many of whom read for agents and studios for over 10 years
before coming aboard.

They prepare coverage reports, treatments, proofreading, and even perform audio of your script!
They haven’t raised their rates since they began, and if you tell them Hope sent you, they’ll
knock 20% off for first-time clients as an introduction to the service.

Just e-mail Skyler at info@screenplaycoverage.com and ask about the discount, or see if
they’re online right now through the chat widget on their site. http://www.ScreenplayCoverage.com

January 2017 Artist of The Month Contest – Deadline January 28, 2017

3 January 2017

Deadline: January 20, 2017 – Don’t Miss Out!

Sponsored by TheArtList.com and online art supply company Jerry’s Artarama.com. Each month we host a FREE contest. The Artist of The Month Contest is open to *ALL* artists and photographers who have not previously been winners in the Artist of the Month contest.

Grand PrizeWinner selected by TheArtList.com Editors

  • Featured Artist interview page on TheArtList.com website that showcases several pieces of your work.
  • Featured on the homepage of TheArtList.com website for the month of February 2017.
  • Artwork featured on TheArtList.com’s Facebook page cover image during the month of February 2017.
  • $75 Gift Certificate to JerrysArtarama.com
  • NOTE – Grand Prize winner is selected by TheArtList.com Editors, NOT the highest number of votes.

2nd Place – Runner Up Winner selected by TheArtList.com Editors

  • Promoted on TheArtList.com’s Facebook page to thousands of artists and art enthusiasts.
  • $50 Gift Certificate to JerrysArtarama.com
  • NOTE – winner is selected by TheArtList.com Editors, NOT the highest number of votes.

Viewers Choice selected by Facebook users voting. Highest # of Votes Wins!

  • Promoted on TheArtList.com’s Facebook page to thousands of artists and art enthusiasts.
  • $25 Gift Certificate to JerrysArtarama.com

The Deadline to submit is January 20, 2017 and it is FREE to enter.

IMPORTANT:  If you are selected as the Grand Prize winner, we will email you an interview survey to be filled out for your February AOM page. This will need to be completed by January 30, 2017.

For an example of an Artist of the Month page go to:
http://www.theartlist.com/aom_01_17.html

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About Jerry’s Artarama


JerrysArtarama.com provides more than just incredible discount prices on art supplies. They also provide instructional workshops, new art supply demos, and special art-related events, encouraging a sense of community for artists across the country.

Shop www.jerrysartarama.com online for discount art supplies and materials from an art supply store offering quality, selection, and the lowest prices!

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

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

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

Our Darkest Hours: Deadline – Nov. 15, 2016

4 November 2016

Ends on November 15, 2016

As the days grow darker, so do The Writer’s contests. Write a 2,000-word fictional short story using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word “dark.”

Deadline: November 15th, 2016

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less

Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well.

Not the writing contest for you? Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear when we launch a new one.

Guidelines:

• The submission deadline is midnight eastern time on November 15th, 2016.

The entry fee is $25 (including processing fees). All entries MUST be submitted through Submittable to be considered. We cannot accept mailed or emailed submissions.

• We encourage you to submit multiple stories – for a discounted entry fee of $15. All entries must be submitted on the same transaction in order to get the discounted rate. The first submission will be $25 and each additional submission (up to 5 per transaction) will be $15.

• You may enter simultaneously submitted work.

• This is a prose fiction contest. Do not submit essays, poetry, or other works of nonfiction. Do not submit any work over 2000 words or it will be disqualified.

Please remove your name, bio and any contact info from the file that you submit – including title page, header and footer.

• A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by the editorial staff of The Writer.

• $1,000 and publication in the March 2017 issue will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $500 and publication on writermag.com. Third place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com.

• Close friends and colleagues (current & former) of the The Writer staff and Madavor Media are not eligible to compete.

• All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. We will not accept mail or email submissions.

• All submissions must be previously unpublished.

• Entry fees are non-refundable.

• International (non-US) writers are welcome to submit.

• Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:  http://www.writermag.com/writing-resources/contests/

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.

Learn more about PLAYA

FALL 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

4 November 2016

OVERVIEW:

WOW! Women on Writing hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter, and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right-hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750

Minimum: 250

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.

PROMPT:

OPEN PROMPT!

That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. So, dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the FALL 2016 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

CONTEST DEADLINE:

November 30th, 2016 – 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

This is not a reading fee. Entry fees are used to award our 20 winners as well as administrative costs.

We are limiting the number of entries to a maximum of 300 stories. Please enter early to ensure inclusion. If we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

Wow! Women-on-Writing is Seeking Bloggers for The Muffin

4 November 2016
If you’re a blogger and a WOW! subscriber, you may be the perfect fit for this position!
We are looking for a writer who is motivated and active in the writing community. Someone who isn’t afraid to share her personal experiences in the writing/publishing industry and wants to help fellow writers.
Posts are roughly 500 words, and can be about anything you’d like to write about, as long as it’s helpful to writers.
Some of the topics we cover are:
– How-tos on a variety of writing topics (how to query, how to craft a character, etc)
– In the trenches stories (your experiences or other writers’ experiences in the publishing industry, as a freelancer, etc)
– Inspirational writing advice or reading (no straight book reviews unless it’s tied in to a writing lesson)
– Interviews with authors/agents/editors/publishers (these types of posts are usually assigned and pay more)
– Author platform and book marketing advice
– Listicles related to writing
– Balancing life and writing
– Event coverage (writing conferences, festivals, literary events)
– Market profiles (how to write for a paying magazine or website)
& more! 

How it works: If you are chosen, you will be added to a Google calendar and entered into the blog’s posting rotation. You are responsible for writing, proofreading, choosing an image, and scheduling your post to publish on the day that you are assigned. We publish in the early morning, typically between 12:30am and 4am PST, and that’s why we call it The Muffin. The Muffin is meant to be read with your morning coffee, tea, or juice. 🙂 At the end of the month, you’d send an invoice via PayPal for all the posts you’ve written during the month. Please note, we do not issue checks any longer. The Muffin pays $10 per post you come up with yourself, and more for special assignments like interviews ($15-$40, depending on the interviewee) or assigned book reviews ($20). All posts are roughly around 500 words, give or take, but interviews tend to run longer.

The Muffin has roughly 36,000+ pageviews a month, over 1,000 email subscribers and a few hundred blogger followers. We promote posts heavily on our social networks (Facebook & Twitter), as well as in our email newsletters that go out to subscribers to our main site (WOW! Women On Writing, over 38,000 email subscribers).

Apply: If you’d like to join our team, focus on your writing career, and help other writers, please e-mail us at muffinblogger@wow-womenonwriting.com (both blog manager Marcia Peterson, and publisher Angela Mackintosh will receive the application).
– Tell us why you’d like to write for The Muffin and where you are headed with your writing career.
– Please include samples of blog posts you’ve written, your current bio, and provide us with a few possible headlines of posts you’d like to write.

NOTE: If you are interested, please apply ASAP. We posted this call on Sunday on The Muffin and already have received many wonderful applications from qualified candidates. We will most likely make a decision this week!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Visit our website: http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

[The Poetry Market Ezine] October 2016 Poetry News

13 September 2016

Poetry News Update Reminders:  Send in your poetry news for inclusion in an upcoming issue (as space permits).  Poetry news can be poem publications, chapbook or book publications, awards, etc.  News items must be poetry or writing related.  Poetry contest info should include contact info.

TIPS:  Do not send Press Releases.  We don’t publish poems.

EMAIL NEWS ITEMS TO:
thepoetrymarket@yahoo.com

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THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDES:

The Popular Series from The Poetry Market Ezine continues:

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 4
“Active Duty”
The fourth ebook in the popular series just for poets continues with “Active Duty!”  Are you a poet?  Is it tough surviving life as a poet?  Do people still look at you funny when you say you are one?  Do they want you to write toasts for their weddings or love poems?  What does it mean to be a poet? In this offering, you will learn that “Yes, You Are a Poet!”  Plus more on being a performance artist, persistence, how to refresh your poetic skills, and use poetry to help others. Plus there’s the bonus of more Secret Poetry Weapons – skills to keep your life
as a poet (no matter what you may or may not do for a living!)

From Chapter 5:  Persistence:
“Is it hard to be a poet?  Oh yes!
How many people look at you funny
(that aren’t writers or poets themselves)
when you say you are one?  Besides the
fact, you won’t find many readers of it
anyway they will wonder just what it is
you do and then the next inevitable
question will be do you make a living
with it.  You have to live, breathe, eat,
sleep poetry to be a poet.  If you
don’t know what that means, are you
living up to your true poetical nature?

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 1
“How to Write and Make $ With Your Poetry”
17 chapters for new or established poets trying
to earn and make a living with poetry.

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 2
“In The Trenches”
Features more of what you should know and do to
make a living or a part-time living writing poetry.
11 chapters on how and where to sell your poems.
Includes PR tools.

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 3
“Back to Boot Camp”
The Poet’s Survival Guide series is back with a part 3, a new offering for 2012.  In this guide for poets, get back to the basics to sustain your life as a poet.  Improve your odds.  Create your best poems.  Figure out which way to go:  electronic or paper. Branch out and get your poetry fix while creating and maintaining new and tried and true ways to continue your career as a poet.

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NEW MEMOIR NOW AVAILABLE:
People don’t drive cars through buildings –
that’s what I used to laugh and say when I
would see it on TV or in the movies. A few
days before, I had seen a movie, a comedy,
where a car drove through a building and
I had said that never happens – people
don’t drive through buildings. But then,
then it happened to me. I wasn’t in the
car. I was in the building. This is my
story … “Life after Wreck” a memoir
by LB Sedlacek available on Kindle:
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NEW from the Publisher of The Poetry
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E.P. Huntington is just a maintenance guy
for the GBT (Great Big Thing) and the other
telescopes and labs at the National Radio
Astronomy Observatory. An artist, a poet,
and a novice astronomer, Janise Birch was
all that until she disappeared. She left
something behind. Does her last poem, her
most ingenious work contain an important
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“District of Confusion (The
Washington, DC poems)” by
LB Sedlacek

Poems written April 2012 and
they are one poet’s return to
Washington, D.C. They were written
on this particular trip back to
visit Washington, D.C. where I
lived for many years.  Poems include
“True Story:  Outside Ford’s Theatre,”
“Cups for Money, Cups for Food,”
“The Former Court of Neptune,”
“Red Brick and Cobblestone,” and
“Union Station Poem (Washington, DC).”

To order:
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Also by LB Sedlacek, now on Kindle:
“The Cat and the Carroll A. Deering
and Other North Carolina Poems”
http://tinyurl.com/az46d6z

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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.

BlueCat Announces GOALPOST: Write a Script in One Month!

4 August 2016

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition Launches Writing Challenge in August!

Writers will gather for a virtual write-in on Facebook to complete a screenplay in 31 days. 

This August, join hundreds of writers and complete a feature-length screenplay in one month! It’s completely free. Throughout the whole month, BlueCat’s writers will write 3 pages per day, led by BlueCat judge and founder Gordy Hoffman. Every day, writers will share their daily progress on our Facebook Group and encourage each other in the pursuit of completing an entire screenplay in one month. No rules, no judgement——simply write a script by the end of August!

Here is what you have to do:

  1. Join our Facebook Groupto share your progress with others as you write your script
  2. Subscribe to our Newsletter to receive updates throughout the challenge
  3. Find an idea and get ready to start writing August 1st!

Check out this video with Gordy Hoffman explaining more about Goalpost:

http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/blog/new-goalpost-video-gordy-introduces-screenplay-writing-challenge/

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.

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

Please share our news with your community!

Thank you!

Claudia Summerfield

Contact:

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

PO Box 2635

Los Angeles, CA 90078

 

Website:  http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com

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Newsletter: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/bluecat-newsletter

Become an Authorpreneur with this free 7-Step Guide‏

26 July 2016

Ok, just what is authorpreneurship?

Award-winning author Rochelle Carter defines it as, “Coming up with an idea centered on book publishing and turning it into a profitable business.” It’s a process any author selling their book can benefit from?and now you can get this eBook that has helped countless authors become authorpreneurs for free (a $9.99 value!).

The 7-Step Guide to Authorpreneurship explains how to

  • Write and polish your manuscript
  • Create your business plan
  • Create your author platform
  • Engage your audience
  • Prepare for your book launch
  • Maintain your momentum
  • Sharing the value of your success

Get your free copy of Rochelle’s enlightening eBook now.

Download at:  https://goo.gl/siIZKa

Free Guide – How to Find a Literary Agent

26 July 2016

You’ve polished your drafts and completed your manuscript. The next step? Finding a literary agent to represent your hard work in the industry.

But seeking out the best literary agents in the biz can seem like searching for a tiny needle in a giant Google haystack. That’s why we’ve collected the submission details and contact information for 88 agencies looking for queries.

We’ve also rounded up what genres and subjects each agency is looking for as well as tips from published authors on finding the right literary agent for you.

So go ahead, scribes: Start your querying journey today.

Download our free literary agent guide now.

Free Download – Guide to Finding an Agent

Visit http://www.writermag.com/find-a-literary-agent/

Last call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2016

19 July 2016

Attention: The contest deadline has been extended! All entries must be submitted via postal mail or electronically by August 18, 2016 – 11:59PM – Central Standard Time (CST).

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

Guidelines:

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

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

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Extended deadline: August 18, 2016, 11:59PM, CST.

All contest winners will be announced on October 9, 2016

Prizes:

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

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

How to Use Backstory to Keep Readers Reading

1 July 2016

by K.M. Weiland, @KMWeilandV8374c_JaneEyre.indd

Backstory is a weapon. And just like any weapon, it can end up doing more harm than good to those who wield it without proper experience and care. But in the hands of a writer who knows exactly what it’s capable of and how to wield it to advantage, backstory can take even ordinary stories to extraordinary places.

Arguably, the most important function of backstory is its ability to hook readers’ curiosity. Forget explaining the protagonist’s past and what motivates him. Try notexplaining it. When we let readers know there’s somethingdelicious and dark in a character’s past, without telling them what that something is, we’ll hook their curiosity so deeply they’ll keep reading just to solve the mystery.

Charlotte Brontë understood how to wield the weapon of backstory as well any author. In her beloved Gothic romance Jane Eyre (which I analyze in-depth in my book Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic), she creates almost her entire plot out of the tantalizing hunt for the backstory. What can you learn from her and how can you apply it to your own novel? Start by answering the following questions.

What Is Your Backstory?

Before you can use backstory to hook readers, you first have to have a backstory. When creating your characters’ histories, look beyond just the obvious necessities of birthplace and parents. Look for secrets. Look for tragedy and shame. Look for hidden motivations. You don’t want to bore readers with tedious home videos. You want to thrill them with tabloid-worthy escapades.

Protagonist Jane Eyre’s tragic backstory is shared straight-up (for the most part). However, the story is powered by her need to uncover the shocking history of her mysterious employer Mr. Rochester. Something strange and possibly supernatural is afoot in the tower of Mr. Rochester’s Thornfield Hall, and he hints to Jane, again and again, that the mystery is all tied up in the sins of his youth. What better incentive for readers to keep reading?

How Does Your Backstory Power the Plot?

Even relatively mundane backstories can capture readers’ attention, but only if they matter to the story as a whole. An outrageous skeleton in the family closet only becomes interesting if it affects the outcome of the central conflict. Why does the discovery of the backstory matter to the protagonist? How will it help or hinder him in obtaining his main story goal?

Mr. Rochester’s history isn’t important just because Jane happens to be curious about him. As it turns out, its revelation—in one of the most enduringly and delightfully shocking moments in literature—affects Jane’s every hope of happiness and love. Readers are more than just curious about Brontë’s backstory; they care about the backstory because of how sharply it will turn the plot and affect all the characters.

What Is Your Backstory’s Hook?

Once you’ve come up with a great backstory and figured out why it is an integral piece within your main plot, you then have to artfully plant its hook. You must let readers know there is a great backstory without giving too much away. One or two solid details will often be enough to get the ball rolling, especially if you solidify their importance by making some of the characters adamant about hiding the past, just as other characters are adamant about uncovering it.

Brontë builds her hook into the very walls of Thornfield Hall. From the moment Jane arrives in the symbolically dark and dusty manor, readers sense something is afoot. The housekeeper warns Jane to stay away from the tower, Rochester himself speaks of the great mistakes of his youth, and creepy laughter wafts through the halls at night. With minimum effort, Brontë hooks her readers for the long haul.

How Can You Tantalize Readers With Clues?

After that first hook, keep the clues coming. To some extent, you can repeat some of those clues, since all you’re needing to do is keep reminding readers of their curiosity. But eventually, you’re going to have to add new information. The trick, of course, is to provide new clues to whet the readers’ appetite without giving away the whole mystery.

A good rule of thumb on backstory is to avoid sharing information until it becomes vital to the story. Clues need to be more than just breadcrumbs of information; they need to each be catalysts that drive the plot.

Brontë is one of the best at scattering her clues. She deftly adds new information, leading readers right up to the brink of the truth, only to cleverly misdirect them into believing what they think is the truth can’t possibly be right.

Why Will Your Backstory’s Payoff Matter to the Story?

Readers wait throughout your entire story to reach the truth about the backstory. You can’t afford to disappoint them. This is why it’s so important to come up with a humdinger of a backstory in the beginning. If you tantalize readers with promises of shocking discoveries only to back off in the end and say, “Surprise! The butler did it!”—they’ll probably chuck your book across the room.

Brontë perfectly times the revelation of Mr. Rochester’s backstory. The revelation arrives at the crucial Third Plot Point (at the end of the Second Act), which allows it to be the catalyst that powers Jane’s decisions and actions throughout the climactic Third Act. Every bit as important as the timing, Rochester’s backstory is just as powerful and moving as Brontë promised her readers it would be. Anything less, and we would have been disappointed. Instead, we were transported.

Powerful backstory can elevate otherwise commonplace stories to astonishing heights. Without Rochester’s backstory, Jane Eyre is just another nice tale of a poor orphaned governess falling in love with her wealthy employer. With that backstory, it has become a timeless classic that has thrilled and moved centuries’ of readers. With the right backstory, your story could do the same!

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survivesK.M. Weilandprimarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning websiteHelping Writers Become Authors.

Contests – Gotham Writers

1 July 2016
Invent a Word
Deadline: August 15, 2016
Description: 
“We invite you to invent a word. Not just any word. A word you think will greatly enhance the English language.

Give us your word, a one-sentence definition, and use the word in a sentence.

The winner gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.

Submit your entries here: https://www.gothamwriters.com/contest/invent-a-word-contest-2016
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#storieseverywhere
Deadline: monthly
Description:
“Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #storieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class.

Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to our monthly “themes.” 

Our theme for the month of June: Superhero.”
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We’re always hosting contests. Writers can go to “https://www.gothamwriters.com/contests” to check them out.

One Acts Festival Script Submissions & Timeline

17 June 2016

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Seeking All Original Plays (up to 12 minutes)

Canton’s Biennial One Acts Festival

Cash Prize Awarded

 January 13-15, 2017

  2016-17 GUIDELINES
1. Scripts in length up to 12 minutes are welcomed-max characters: 4.
2. No children shows or shows with children as characters will be considered.
3. Up to two submissions from a playwright are welcomed ($10 per script).
4. Only original scripts will be accepted. Rewrite of existing story/play not allowed.
5. Scripts will not be returned.  If script is selected, TLC Productions receives full rights (without a cost for royalties) to produce the show for only the Canton One Acts Festival.
6. ONLY the first 50 scripts will be considered that follow the above guidelines, even if all are received before the stated deadline below.
7. Non-staged scripts submitted in previous years are permitted for re-submission.
8. Authors should be mindful that all plays need to keep the sets minimal as shows will be performed on a stage, approximately 16′ x 16′, in the Biltmore Studio at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill.

PROCESS
Judging and selection will be a blind review process. Authors’ information should appear on cover sheet ONLY. Remove all personal information within the script being submitted. Semi-finalists and finalists will be notified by phone or e-mail.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY
STEP 1:  Complete Cover Sheet for each script
STEP 2:  E-mail script as PDF to Script2017@Cantononeacts.com
* Subject Line should read: “FESTIVAL SCRIPT”
* Title of script should appear in a header or footer on all pages
* Only one script per email

SUBMISSION DONATION
A donation/fee of $10 per script to the Canton One Acts Festival must be submitted for entry.

TIMELINE
August 31, 2016           Date Stamp Deadline for Script Submissions (E.D.T.)

September, 2016           Judging/Semi-Finalists Selected
October 3, 2016             Dramatic Readings of Semi-Finalists/Selection of Shows
October 17-18, 2016       Auditions/Cast selection
October 20, 2016           Cast and Crew overview meeting
November 2, 2016          Rehearsals begin
January 8-12, 2017         Tech Week for Shows
January 13-15 2017        3 Performances in the Biltmore Studio at
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill (Canton,  MI)
(8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday)

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SHOWS
Selected shows for the One-Acts Festival will be announced online attlcproductions.org by October 5, 2016.

PRODUCTION PROCESS
Rehearsal space to be provided at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill (VTCH). Production team from TLC Productions to provide support and supervision. Rehearsals at VTCH are required. A limited budget for each show to be provided, along with joint printed programs and technical support (lights/sound/stage management). No remuneration for actors or production team members available.

DIRECTOR SUBMISSION FORM AND OTHER NOTES
Playwrights can request to direct their own show if show is selected or TLC Productions will appoint a director. Preference will be given to aspiring directors.  Director Submission Form can be found here! Previous experience is not necessary.

QUESTIONS?

Contact info@cantononeacts.com or (734) 926-TLC-R

Visit the website:  https://tlcprod.wordpress.com/one-acts-festival-script-submissions/

Produced by TLC Productions
Offered in partnership with The Village Theater at Cherry Hill