WOW! Women On Writing: Flash Fiction Contest – Winter 2017

24 January 2017

Winter 2017 Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Open Prompt: You can write about anything in any genre as long as it’s fiction.
Word Count: 250 words minimum; 750 words maximum
Submission Types: Electronic submissions via e-mail only; no postal submissions; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail, simultaneous submissions are okay.
Entry Fee: $10 per story; option to purchase a critique for an additional $10
Guest Judge: Literary Agent Abby Saul
Literary Agent Abby Saul

Abby founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s worked with and edited bestselling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. At each publishing group she’s been a part of, Abby also has helped to establish ebook standards, led company-wide forums to explore new digital possibilities for books, and created and managed numerous digital initiatives.

A zealous reader who loves her iPad and the ebooks on it, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing adult commercial and literary fiction. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends–when she’s not reading–cooking and hiking with her husband.

Find Abby @BookySaul on Twitter.

Check out Abby’s manuscript with list: http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/abby-saul/

Prizes:

20 winners total! $1,200 in cash prizes.

1st Place: $350 cash prize; $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

2nd Place: $250 cash prize; $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

3rd Place: $150 cash prize; $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

7 Runners Up: $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

10 Honorable Mentions: $20 Amazon Gift Certificate; Name and title of story published on WOW!

How to Enter: Visit the Contest Page and download the Winter 2017 Flash Fiction Contest PDF for full guidelines, pay the entry fee on the contest page (link below), and submit via e-mail to contest[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com.

Limit 300 entries! Submit early to ensure your spot.

Visit the website: http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php


2017 GINOSKO FLASH FICTION CONTEST

13 January 2017

$500 Award, $5 entry fee

Deadline March 1, 2017.

Submit up to 2 pieces, 800 words maximum each piece.
Awarded work will be published on Ginosko Literary Journal website and in forthcoming issue, http://GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com.

Procedures and Considerations
Please submit work, along with a brief bio and cover letter if desired, by Submittable: https://ginosko.submittable.com/submit. Name of author not to be on submission.

Guidelines and Eligibility
The Ginosko Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of flash fiction. Awarded piece is selected through a submission process open to all writers with the following exception:
Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the submitted manuscript.

Final Judges
Amanda Yskamp, Michael Hettich, Gary Lundy, E M Schorb, Andrena Zawinski, Andrei Guruianu, Robert Paul Cesaretti.


The Editor’s Choice Award

13 January 2017
Our deadline is January, 27 2017,
 with a grace period extension until February 5, 2017.

Thanks to a patron of the arts founding our Editor’s Choice Award, we are able to give $100 to a work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or artwork.  The Editor’s Choice Award will be given to the work that best embodies and achieves the goal of States of the Union. All contributors will be considered. If you have already submitted, your work will be in the running. We hope you will submit to us your thoughts on the election of Donald J. Trump. Whatever your medium, perspective, or age, we welcome your contributions.  Thank you!

Website: www.statesoftheunionbook.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/StatesOf

Twitter: @StatesOf_

Instagram: StatesoftheUnion

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/statesof/states-of-the-union-book?ref=c8ysre


Dangerous Creations: Real-life Frankenstein Stories

12 January 2017

Deadline: March 20, 2017

In the summer of 1816, in response to a challenge from friends to write the most terrifying possible ghost story, the young Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley dreamed up the story of a young scientist and his monstrous creation. The “Frankenstein monster” has fascinated the imagination ever since.

In conjunction with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Creative Nonfiction magazine is daring writers (as Mary Shelley was dared in Geneva) to write original and groundbreaking stories in the spirit of Frankenstein—but nonfiction. That is to say, we’re looking for true stories that explore humans’ efforts to control and redirect nature, the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology, and contemporary interpretations of monstrosity.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re open to a broad range of interpretations of the “Frankenstein” theme, with the understanding that all works submitted must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Above all, we’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

Creative Nonfiction editors and a judge (to be announced) will award $10,000 and publication for Best Essay and two $2,500 prizes and publication for runners-up. All essays will be considered for publication in the winter 2018 issue of the magazine.

Guidelines:  Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current subscribers. You can also submit and become a subscriber, extend your subscription, or give a gift subscription by submitting $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction (US addresses only). Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).

A note about fact-checking: Essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfiction undergo a rigorous fact-checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and it should, at least to some degree), editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources and to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail:

Postmark deadline March 20, 2017

Please send manuscript, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; SASE or email for response; and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Frankenstein
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Online:

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm Eastern Time, March 20, 2017

How to enter:

https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/dangerous-creations-real-life-frankenstein-stories

Upload submissions here >>


TheNextBigWriter – Locked Room Mystery Writing Contest

12 January 2017

The challenge of this contest is to write a locked room mystery that takes place somewhere other than earth, where one of the main characters is either deaf, dumb, or blind.

Don’t know what a locked room mystery is?  A locked room mystery is one in which the perpetrator commits a crime, usually a murder, under circumstances which seem impossible. For instance, a murder is committed in a room that is locked with no windows. How did the perpetrator get into the room? How could the crime be committed? In locked room mysteries there is usually a crime scene with no indication of how the perpetrator could have entered or exited, or committed the crime. For more of an explanation, as well as examples, please visit the following links:

Wikipedia – Locked-room mystery

TV Tropes – Locked Room Mystery

You can find additional examples by Googling the term.

Criteria:

  • Locked room mystery.
  • Does not take place on earth.
  • One of the characters must be deaf, dumb, or blind.

There is no minimum length. The maximum length is 5,000 words.

Two entries are allowed per member. In the case of more than two entries, the first two entries submitted will be judged.

The first-place winner will receive $100. Two second-place winners will receive $25. We’re looking for the most original and entertaining stories. Good luck!

Open to Premium Members of TheNextBigWriter.

Start: January 09, 2017

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Posting Date: Postings that are eligible for this contest must be published on site after January 09, 2017

Prize: $100 First-place, Two $25 Second-place prizes.

How to enter:  https://www.thenextbigwriter.com/guide/contest-how-to-enter


Last Call! The Masters Review: Short Story Award For New Writers

3 January 2017

Awards for New Writers

$2000 + Publication + Agency Review

Because of the popularity of our Short Story Award this summer and because the agents we work with were eager to see more, we are hosting a winter award. The winning story will be awarded $2000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.

GUIDELINES:

  • Winner receives $2000, publication, and agency review
  • Second and third place prizes ($200/$100, publication, and agency review)
  • Stories under 7000 words
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
  • International submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: January 15, 2017
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication

||| SUBMIT NOW |||

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

https://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers/

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About The Masters Review:

At The Masters Review, our mission is to support emerging writers. We only accept submissions from writers who can benefit from a larger platform. Typically, writers without published novels or story collections, or, publications with low circulation. We publish fiction and nonfiction online year round and put out an annual anthology of the ten best emerging writers in the country, judged by an expert in the field. We publish articles and book reviews on the blog and hold workshops that connect emerging and established writers.

 


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


Last call! WRITERS@WORK COMPETITION

3 January 2017

Deadline January 31, 2017.

$20 ENTRY FEE.

Submissions are accepted in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

First prize is awarded in each category:

$1,000 OR full scholarship to the Writers@Work Generative Conference

(June 7-11, 2017 at Alta Lodge, Alta, UT), and publication in Quarterly West.

Open to any writer who has not yet published a book-length volume of

original work in the genre in which they submit a manuscript.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.writersatwork.org/wp/?page_id=6

 


Last call! WOMEN’S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION – WRITING CONTEST

3 January 2017

Deadline January 15, 2017

$15 – $20 ENTRY FEE.
First place winners receive $250. There will be four awards in each category: 1, 2, 3, and Honorable Mention. All four winners will be published in a special Contest Edition of the WNBA’s National Newsletter, The Bookwoman. Fiction: 3,000-word maximum length, no theme required. Creative Nonfiction/ Memoir: 2,500 word maximum. Poetry: three to five pages of poetry (double-spaced).

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://wnba.submittable.com/submit


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

ENTER NOW!

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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!


BOOK NOW FOR OUR POETRY COURSES START JANUARY – a few spaces left

3 January 2017

POETRY KIT ONLINE POETRY COURSES

We currently offer four online courses, suitable for the beginner, intermediate or more experienced writer.

New courses starting the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Individual Online Mentoring and Development for Poets is also available – Start at any time.

For details of fees and enrolment please go to:
http://www.poetrykit.org/pkcourse/pkcourses.htm

If you have any questions regarding the service we offer please email; info@poetrykit.org

*All courses conducted using email and occasional online downloads.
*Students set their own work times and pace.
*The only requirement is internet access.
*All required reading materials supplied or available free online.
*Full feedback and critique on all assignments.
*Courses available for every level of experience

*All courses supervised by Jim Bennett (http://www.poetrykit.org/jim/index.htm)

*See FAQ – http://www.poetrykit.org/pkcoursesfaq.htm

Mentoring

Ideas are discussed and developed working through drafts to completed poems. This is a mentoring experience and will work with strengths and identify weaknesses in writing style.  All content is chosen to meet the needs of the student.
The purpose of this course is to offer individual mentoring and the time taken will depend on the individual, with each of 10 units taking approx 2 weeks depending on the speed of the student.
People wishing to take this course do not require any previous qualifications, they do however need to be able to identify themselves as writers. Those who have previously taken the Poetry Kit Poetry 1 or 2 course will find this a natural development but it is not necessary to have done either to get the most from the experience.

For details of fees and enrolment please goto:
http://www.poetrykit.org/pkcourses.htm


Narrative Magazine: Winter 2017 Story Contest

3 January 2017

Winter 2017 Story Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Writer: “YOUR TURN” Essay Writing Contest

3 January 2017

To celebrate our 130th year in print, we’re opening up our pages to our readers. Our “Your Turn” essay contests asks readers to write a 2,000-word essay about any aspect of the writing life. Any topic is fair game, so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing.  You only have until February 25th, 2016 to enter!

Deadline: February 25th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine. However, every essay we receive will be considered for paid publication in The Writer.

Word count: 2,000 words or less

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 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 25th, 2017. Please note that the deadline is eastern standard time. If you are unsure when that would be in your time zone, we recommend using an online time zone converter, such as thetimezoneconverter.com. Every year, we receive emails from writers who waited until the last minute to enter and experienced a technical glitch or another emergency. To be safe, we recommend submitting before the final deadline to account for any problems, especially since our staff is out of the office on weekends. If you do experience a technical problem, contact customerservice@madavor.com and we will do our very best to help you.

• 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 essays – 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.

• While we enjoy good writing in all forms, our magazine is strictly about writing and publishing, as either a career, a passion, a craft, or a lifestyle. No matter how strong an essay may be, if it does not somehow tie into some aspect of writing, we most likely will not be able to find a place for it in our magazine. For examples of the types of essays we accept, look to essays we’ve published in our magazine and on writermag.com.

• You may enter simultaneously submitted work.

• This is an essay (nonfiction) contest. Do not submit short stories, poetry, or other works of fiction. 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. This is a blind contest and your confidentiality is essential. Once we close the contest and determine our winners, Submittable will allow us to contact you via your account information. There is no need whatsoever to include your personal information in your document.

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

• $1,000 and publication in the June 2017 issue will be awarded to the winner.

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

• All submissions must be submitted and paid for via our online submission form manager. Again, we will not accept mail or email submissions.

• We prefer Word documents, but we do accept some other file types (such as PDFs).

• 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/

 

 


Last Call! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2016 – 2017

3 January 2017

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.

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Note: All postmarked and electronic entries are accepted now until January 31, 2017 – 11:59 PM, CST.

All contest winners will be announced on March 26, 2017

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


EVENT 2017 Non-Fiction Contest

2 January 2017

Genre: Creative Non-Fiction.

Prize: $1,500 in prizes plus publication in EVENT. EVENT reserves the right to award the prize money as it sees fit (e.g.,  two prizes valued at $750, three at $500, or one at $1000 and one at $500, etc.) in accordance with the judge’s decision. Published entries will be paid our standard publication payment in addition to any prize money.

Cost: $34.95 per entry; includes a one-year subscription to EVENT and all applicable taxes and shipping—a great deal!

Deadline: April 15, 2017 (postmarked or submitted online)

Three Ways to Submit:

  1. Use our online submission form
  2. Email entries to event@douglascollege.ca (Subject: Non-Fiction Contest Entry) and pay the entry fee on our buy page via PayPal.
  3. Send your manuscript, along with a cheque or international money order, payable to EVENT, to the address below. (American entrants please pay in US dollars.)

EVENT
Non-Fiction Contest
PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC
Canada, V3L 5B2

Rules

  • 5,000 word limit on entries.
  • Entries must not have been previously published, either in print or online, been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • Do not identify yourself on the entry.
  • If not using our online submission form, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number / email, and title(s).
  • Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own $34.95 entry fee.
  • If already subscribed to EVENT, you will receive a one-year extension.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • If entrants wish feedback and commentary on manuscripts, please check out our Reading Service for Writers.
  • Preliminary judging is done by the Editor and editorial assistants at EVENT.
  • Douglas College students, employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Douglas College students may enter two years after completing courses.
  • Entries must be postmarked or submitted online by April 15.
  • Contest results are posted on our website and through social media in August. The winning entries and judge’s essay are published in the December issue of EVENT.
  • For more information, contact us at event@douglascollege.ca or 604-527-5293.

Playwriting Competition Call for Submissions

13 December 2016

The Princeton Theatre Group

invites submission of scripts to be considered for the 2017

New Works Festival

Two categories

One-Act Scripts and Ten-Minute Plays

Winners will receive a staged reading by professional actors

during Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theatre festival.

The New Works Festival will also include a playwrights’ reception

and opportunities to receive feedback of the winning works.

No entry fee — No cash prizes

Timetable

  • Submission deadline: 1 March 2017
  • Winners will be notified by 1 May 2017
  • Production dates: August 4 and 5 2017

Competition Rules

  • Only complete scripts will be considered; no excerpts from longer works.
  • Scripts must be original, unpublished, and not previously produced.
  • Each playwright may submit only one script per category. It is possible for a playwright to win in both categories.
  • Competition is open to adult playwrights around the English-speaking world. No juvenile writers.
  • Target audience: adults, including young adults.
  • Genre: comedy, drama, tragedy, farce, hybrid; theatrical storytelling. No monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, or musicals.
  • Cast may contain any number of characters of any race, ethnicity, or gender.
  • Theme and subject matter are open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.
  • Winners will grant Festival 56 and Princeton Theatre Group first production rights. Playwrights retain copyright.
  • At least one One-Act and up to six Ten-Minute scripts will be selected for staged readings. Total number of winners will depend upon the number and range of submissions.
  • The decision of the judges is final. Judges will not provide any written or verbal critiques.
  • Winning playwrights are strongly encouraged to attend their readings, although attendance is not a requirement for winning. If the playwright is present, a talkback with the audience and actors will immediately follow the reading of each script.

Criteria for selection

  • Well developed storyline within a short work
  • Natural and creative dialogue
  • Quality of writing and dramatic structure
  • Ability of script to connect with an audience

Submission Guidelines

  • Type script with 1-inch margins on all four edges, using a 12-point serif type such as Times New Roman, Palatino, or Courier.
  • Use standard script format including cast of characters, setting, etc.
  • Do NOT put your real name on your script! On the first page of the script, under the title, put a pen name of your choice.
    Use the script title as the name of this document.
  • Create a separate document giving your real name, address, email, phone, the title of your script, and either your real age or the statement “I am over 18.”
    Use your pen name as the name of this document.
    This document will not be opened until after winners have been selected.
  • Attach both the script document and the identifying document to an email as a Word doc, Pages doc, or PDF.
  • Send One-Act entries to Festival56oneact@gmail.com by 1 March 2017.
    Send Ten-Minute entries to Festival56tenmin@gmail.com by 1 March 2017.

For a list of winners, see the Festival 56 website after 1 May 2017.

Princeton Theatre Group

Grace Performing Arts Center

316 South Main Street

Princeton IL 61356


The Romance Novelist Contest

3 December 2016

 romance-noprel

 

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

 


Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

3 December 2016

Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

Deadline December 16, 2016 (must be received by this date). Recommended free contest awards four prizes of $500 for books of fiction, nonfiction, first novel, and poetry written by an African-American and published in the US during the current year. The awards honor books that depict the “cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the African Diaspora”. Must be nominated by the publisher. Sets and multi-volume works are eligible but inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are not. Send hard copy to each member of the judging committee, along with all available information regarding the submission (e.g., promotional material, author biography, available news articles, and reviews).

Contest Basics

Sponsored By:

Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Guidelines URL:

http://bcala.org/book-award/

Address:

Black Caucus of the American Library Association
P.O. Box 5837
Chicago, Illinois 60680
United States

Contest Status:

Active

Recommendation Level:

Recommended

Poetry Contest Type:

Published Poetry Book

Prose Contest Type:

Published Prose Book

Fiction, nonfiction, and first novel

Deadline:

12/16/16

Deadline Type:

Received By Deadline

Deadline Comment:

“2017” contest has a 2016 deadline. Note the new deadline for 2016 (formerly December 18).

Contest Frequency:

Annual

Top Award:

$500.00

Top Award Comments:

$500 in each genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and first novel)

Other Awards:

Honor Book citations may also be awarded in each category. In addition, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation is awarded. (These citations are awarded without any accompanying remuneration.)

Publication of Winners:

No

Entry Details

Genres:

No Restrictions

Themes:

Entries “must portray some aspect of the African-American experience past, present, or future”. BCALA presents four monetary awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novel, and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

– The Fiction Award recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.

– The Nonfiction Award honors cultural, historical, political, or social criticism or academic and/or professional research which significantly advances the body of knowledge currently associated with the people and the legacy of the Black Diaspora. (Categories could include the humanities, science and technology, social and behavioral sciences, and reference.)

– The First Novelist Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first-time African-American fiction writer.

– The Poetry Award strives to recognize and promote emerging and established poets that introduce and foster the joys of poetry writing.

Length Limit:

Book-length

Unpublished Submissions:

No

Exclusive Submissions:

No

Submission Methods:

Postal Mail Only

Other Restrictions:

Must be submitted by publisher. Sets or multi-volume works are eligible. New editions of previously published works are eligible only if more than 30% of the total content is new or revised material. Inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are ineligible. Only finished, published books should be submitted; galleys (bound or unbound) and chapbooks are unacceptable.

Eligibility Details

Experience Level:

Authors with Published Books

Geographic Eligibility:

US Only

Geographic Eligibility Comments:

All authors, editors, and contributors must be African-American(s) born in the United States, and books must have been published in the US during the current calendar year.

Gender/Ethnic Eligibility:

Black Authors Only

Age of Entrant:

No Restriction

Winning Writers Editor’s Comments:

Books must be sent to the individual judges’ addresses, NOT to the BCALA office.

Contest Background

Sponsor Details:

BCALA’s purpose is to call to the attention of the American Library Association (ALA) the need to respond positively on behalf of the Black members of the profession and the information needs of the Black community by reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and recommending to the ALA actions on the needs of Black librarians that will influence their status in the areas of recruitment, development, advancement, and general working conditions.

These awards acknowledge outstanding literary works for adult audiences by African-American authors. Recipients of this award offer compelling depictions of the cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable.

Contest Judges:

See http://bcala.org/literary-award-committee/ for a list of the judges.

Recent Winners:

(Contest year is designated based on when prizes are awarded, which is the year after the deadline.)

2016:
Fiction: Toni Morrison, ‘God Help the Child’
Nonfiction: Pamela Newkirk, ‘Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga’
First Novel: Angela Flournoy, ‘The Turner House’
Poetry: Nate Marshall, ‘Wild Hundreds’

2015:
Fiction: Lalita Tademy, ‘Citizens Creek: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Jeffrey B. Leak, ‘Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas’
First Novel: Dwayne Alexander Smith, ‘Forty Acres: A Thriller’
Poetry: Kevin Young, ‘Books of Hours: Poems’

2014:
Fiction: James McBride, ‘The Good Lord Bird: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Craig Steven Wilder, ‘Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities’
First Novel: Edward Kelsey Moore, ‘The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat: A Novel’
Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, ‘Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid’

Winners Notified:

June

Contest Established:

1994


37th Annual High School Writing Contest

3 December 2016

37th Annual High School Writing Contest

Deadline:

12/11/16

Prizes in Each Category

  • 1st-$100
  • 2nd-$50
  • 3rd-$25

All Finalists will receive a Certificate of Honorable Mention
All Winners will be considered for publication in Venture, Rider’s literary magazine

Categories

  • ESSAY: Write a personal essay, labeled ESSAY, on a topic of your choice of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • FICTION: Write a short story, labeled FICTION, of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • POETRY: Write a poem of no more than 50 lines.

Rules

  1. Type on the entry:
    Your Name and address
    Grade
    Teacher’s Name
    School Name and address
  2. Include a letter from a teacher stating that the work is original and by you.
  3. Entries must be typed.  Handwritten entries will not be read.  Stories and essays must be double-spaced.  Single-spaced prose will not be read.  Please give your story, essay and or poem a title.
  4. Only one entry per category will be considered.  Choose your best writing and send only one.
  5. Mail your entry postmarked no later than December 11, 2016 to:
    Dr. Roberta Clipper
    English Department
    Rider University
    2083 Lawrenceville Road
    Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

Entries cannot be returned.  Winners will be announced by May 2017.
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive a list of winners.

GOOD LUCK!

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS: 

http://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/college-liberal-arts-education-sciences/liberal-arts-programs/english/annual-high-school-writing-contest


BRIO Literary Arts Awards

3 December 2016

Deadline December 9, 2016 (must be received by this date) Recommended free contest awards 25 grants of $3,000 to literary, visual, media, and performing artists aged 18+ who reside in the Bronx, NY. Full-time college and graduate students are not eligible. Works submitted must have been created in the past 5 years. See website for rules and length limits for each genre. Submit online. Sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts.

Sponsored By:

Bronx Council on the Arts

Guidelines URL:

http://www.bronxarts.org/brio.asp#brio16

Address:

Bronx Council on the Arts
1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, New York 10461-1486
United States

Contest Status:

Active

Recommendation Level:

Recommended

Poetry Contest Type:

Fellowship

Prose Contest Type:

Fellowship

Deadline:

12/09/16

Deadline Type:

Received By Deadline

Deadline Comment:

Note new deadline for 2016 (formerly December 2). “2017” contest has a 2016 deadline.

Contest Frequency:

Annual

Top Award:

$3,000.00

Top Award Comments:

At least 25 grants of $3,000 will be awarded across all genres (literary arts category competes against media, performing, and visual arts categories)

Publication of Winners:

No

Entry Details

Genres:

No Restrictions

Genre Comments:

Literary Arts Categories: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction (includes essays, criticism, journalism, memoirs, and biography), Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Illustrated Text
(See website for categories within media, performing, and visual arts.)

Length Limit:

Poetry: 5-15 single-spaced pages; Prose: Maximum 30 double-spaced pages

Unpublished Submissions:

Yes

Exclusive Submissions:

No

Submission Methods:

Electronic Only

Other Restrictions:

Limit one application per artist. Works submitted must have been created in the past 5 years (i.e., between 2011-2016 for current contest). Author must have an email address and a Social Security number to enter. Full-time college and graduate students are not eligible. Recipients of any previous Bronx Council on the Arts award may not enter for one year. All BRIO awardees are subject to verification and proof of Bronx residency at time of award notification. $2,500 of the award will be given upfront at awards ceremony in June; the remaining $500 will be paid when the recipient completes a public service activity.

Eligibility Details

Experience Level:

All Authors

Geographic Eligibility:

US Regional Only

Geographic Eligibility Comments:

Entrants must reside in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Age of Entrant:

Adult Only

Age of Entrant Comments:

18+

Winning Writers Editor’s Comments:

Sponsor confirmed length limits for submissions via email on 11/14/16 and also indicated that applications should only include unpublished work.

See website for detailed application instructions.

Contest Background

Sponsor Details:

BRIO stands for “Bronx Recognizes Its Own”. Since its inception in 1989, BRIO has provided direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. Over its 25 years, BRIO has grown from 10 annual awards of $1,500 to 25 annual awards of $3,000.

BRIO is administrated by the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA), which is a private, nonprofit membership organization that has been the official cultural agency of Bronx County since 1962. Recognized nationally as a leading arts service organization in providing cultural services and arts programs, BCA serves a multicultural constituency of almost 1.4 million residents. BCA provides an array of services to 5,000 artists and more than 250 arts and community-based organizations.

Contest Judges:

The selection of the awardees is based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted and judged anonymously by a panel of arts professionals (different panelists each year) working in each respective field.

Recent Winners:

(Contest year is designated based on when the winners are announced, which is sometimes the year after the deadline.)

2016 (Literary Arts):
Poetry: Alison Koffler, Sarah Stern
Fiction: Court Wayne, Maryrose Wood
Screenwriting: Dominic Colon
Read about all the 2016 BRIO winners at:
http://www.bronxarts.org/brio_winners_2016.asp

2015 (Literary Arts):
Poetry: Rachel Ansong, Jose Olivarez
Fiction: Jon Lewis Katz
Nonfiction: Chiseche Salome Mibenge, A. A. Weiss
Playwriting: Antoinette Mullins
Illustrated Text: Derrick Michael Charles
Read about all the 2015 BRIO winners at:
http://www.bronxarts.org/brio_winners_2015.asp

2014:
Poetry: Judith Baumel, Paul Bulman, Orlando Ferrand-Rodriguez, Matthew Thorburn
Fiction: Mercedes Augusta, Gina Clark, Bruce Tallerman
Nonfiction: Nahshon Ratcliff
Read about all the 2014 BRIO winners at:
http://www.bronxarts.org/brio_winners_2014.asp

See links to past winners since 2009 on sponsor’s website.

Winners Notified:

Four months after deadline

Contest Established:

1989


Adverbially Challenged Volume 1 is OUT NOW!

2 December 2016

www.ChristopherFelden.com

Adverbially Challenged Volume 1 is OUT NOW!
It’s my pleasure to announce that Adverbially Challenged Volume 1 has been released and is available for purchase.

The book contains 100 flash fiction stories from 91 authors located all over the planet. Profits from book sales will go to First Story, a charity that uses writing to foster creativity and communication skills in schools.

You can learn how and where to buy the book here.

Please like it, share it, buy it, fill Christmas stockings with it and review it. The more exposure the book receives, the more money we can raise for charity. Thanking you all muchly in advance 🙂
Wicked Game Special Offer

To celebrate the launch of Adverbially Challenged Volume 1, and as a big thank you to all of you for your ongoing support, I am offering my book Wicked Gameat reduced prices for a limited period.
From 8am (GMT for the UK, PST for rest of world) on 24th November to 11pm 30th November:

  • You can buy Kindle copies of WG on Amazon.co.uk for 99p
  • You can buy Kindle copies of WG on Amazon.com from 99¢ (might vary slightly, depending which country you live in)

 

To Hull & Back Anthology Book Launch
The To Hull & Back 2016 book launch party is happening on 10th December at Left Bank in Bristol. Full details can be found on Facebook.
‘How To’ Book FREE Taster PDF

For those of you that are new to the newsletter, first, welcome 🙂 Second, you can now order a free sample of my book How to Write a Short Story, Get Published & Make Money.

The book uses my published short stories as case studies, so you can clearly see how all the advice and tips were used in practice to achieve publishing success.

If you want to buy the full book, here is a discount code for you to use on my website:

  1. PDF01gives you 33% off PDF copies of the book

Cheers, Chris 🙂


Christopher Fielden’s Annual Short Story Competition

2 December 2016

“To Hull & Back”

A Humorous Writing Contest

Quick links:

prizeskey datesruleshow to enterterms & conditionsextra details

2016 results coming soon – 2017 competition now open

Welcome!

We have launched the fourth ‘To Hull & Back’ Short Story Competition, an annual short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world.

Some highly prestigious writing contests offer huge cash prizes – the BBC award £15,000 and the Sunday Times give a whopping £30,000 to their winner. What can you win by entering this competition that contends with these short story prize giving heavyweights? THE most amazing, innovative and sought after writing prize on the planet. Forget the Pulitzer. THIS is the badger*.

Admittedly, I may have slipped into sales-pitch-chaos-mayhem-overdrive-mode whilst writing the opening paragraphs, but I firmly believe that I can live up to expectation. See if you agree.

 

Prizes

If you’re selected as a winner:

You Will Win Cash

1st Prize: £1,000

2nd Prize: £200

3rd Prize: £100

3 x Highly Commended: £50

14 x Shortlisted: £25

But it doesn’t end there, my fine writing friends, oh no, not by a LONG shot.

You Will Be Published

All winners and short listed entries will be published in the To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology. This will be available as a professionally published, printed book and as a Kindle download. The book will have an ISBN number.

If you’re published in the book, a writer’s profile will appear alongside your story and on my website. This will consist of a delightful picture of you, a short bio telling readers all about how amazing you are and details of your website, if you have one.

In addition to this, an author interview with the winner will be published alongside their story.

And there’s more…

You Will Win the Most Awesomely Awesome in its Awesomeness Writing Prize in the Known Macrocosm

This is the bit that will send tingles down your spine. Joy will ravage your very being and you will feel compelled to dance naked for no reason, no matter where you might be. I guarantee it**.

The winner will be taken to Hell Hull and back.

Allow me to explain.

The winner’s face will appear on the front cover of the To Hull & Back Anthology. They will be depicted riding a flaming motorcycle and holding a quill of wrath. The covers from previous competitions can be seen below. Each year, the cover will be unique and created by a different artist.

Now that’s a prize.

But it doesn’t end there.

The winner will also receive a printed copy of the anthology. Before being sent to them, their book will be strapped to the handlebars of a two-wheeled chariot of delight (otherwise known as a Harley Davidson FLSTFi Fatboy 1584cc V-Twin motorcycle) and filmed being ridden to Hull and back.

Entry fee:

  • There is an ‘early bird’ entry fee from 1st August to 30th April. It is a £7 (seven pounds GBP) entry fee for 1 (one) entry, a £12 (twelve pounds GBP) entry fee for 2 (two) entries and a £15 (fifteen pounds GBP) entry fee for 3 (three) entries.
  • The ‘early bird’ entry fee closes at 11.59pm GMT on 30th April. From 1st May the entry fee will be £9 (nine pounds GBP) entry fee for 1 (one) entry, £15 (fifteen pounds GBP) entry fee for 2 (two) entries and a £18 (eighteen pounds GBP) entry fee for 3 (three) entries.
  • Please pay BEFORE sending your entry.

Key Dates

Entries will be accepted from the 1st August 2016 to the 31st of July 2017!

There is an ‘early bird’ entry fee in place until 30th April 2017: £7 for 1 story, £12 for 2 stories, £15 for 3 stories.

From 1st May 2017 to 31st July 2017, the entry fee increases to: £9 for 1 story, £15 for 2 stories, £18 for 3 stories. I’ve put the ‘early bird’ fee in place because in 2016 I received approximately 60% of the entries in the final month. As the number of entries goes up every year, I hope the ‘early bird’ fee will encourage people to enter earlier so reading all the stories and preparing the shortlist is more manageable.

The competition closes to entries at 11.59pm GMT (Greenwich meantime, the time in London, UK) on 31st July 2017. The competition is run annually, so stories received after this deadline will be entered into next year’s competition, which opens immediately after the current contest closes.

The shortlist will be announced on this website by 20th September 2017.

Winners will be contacted by email or telephone by 30th September 2017 and announced on this website, celebrated and generally adored by 1st October 2017.

Prize money will be paid to winners via PayPal in October 2017.

The fourth ‘To Hull and Back Anthology’ will be released on 31st October 2017. ‘Hulloween’ seems like an appropriate launch date…

The winner’s book will be taken to Hull and back during spring 2018 (usually around March/April), weather permitting. Shortly afterwards the winner’s copy of the anthology will be delivered to them and the video of the book’s journey will be made available on YouTube, Facebook and this website.

The Rules:

They’re quite simple, but please read them carefully. Visit the website for official rules and details on how to enter:

http://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-competition/


How to Write a Personal Essay That Sells

2 December 2016

Welcome to the home of The Writer‘s free webinar series!

Come spend an hour with us as we cover every aspect of the writing life in real time, from writing to revision to publishing – all taught by leading experts in the field and hosted by The Writer’s editorial staff.

Our next webinar:

How to Write a Personal Essay That Sells

December 6th at 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST

Presented by contributing editor Melissa Hart

All of us have a story to tell. But did you know there are hundreds of magazines and newspapers willing to publish and pay for those stories? In this webinar, you’ll learn the “hows” and the “whys” of essays that sell, from craft to revision to pitching the final product. We’ll cover:

  • The three questions editors ask when reading your essay pitch
  • Where professional essayists get their ideas
  • Key elements of successful and surprising essays
  • Crafting the perfect nonfiction scene
  • Revision strategies to adopt before you hit “send”
  • A list of publications that publish essays

How to Register, visit:

http://www.writermag.com/webinars/


The Sci-Fi Novelist Contest

2 December 2016

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 The Sci-Fi Novelist Contest

Submit your finished sci-fi novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Dates: Nov. 21 – Dec. 04, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

www.inkitt.com/scifinovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests


The Fantasy Novelist Contest

2 December 2016

Visit the Fantasy Novelist Contest at www.Inkitt.com

 

The Fantasy Novelist Contest

Submit your finished fantasy novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Dates: Nov. 28 – Dec. 11, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

www.inkitt.com/fantasynovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests