Posts Tagged ‘creative writing’

Call for submissions: Lagos Literary and Arts Journal

20 May 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the website:

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2014

7 March 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that is 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. All works must be original.


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

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014

All contest winners will be announced on September 20, 2014


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 short 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 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

The First Annual Virgin Awards Contest

19 October 2013

The Virgin Awards Contest is now accepting submissions!

Late Night Library is excited to announce the first annual Virgin Awards—a contest for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers.

Submissions: All entries must be previously unpublished. Entrants must submit in English approximately 1,000 to 5,000 words of prose, or 3-5 typed pages of poetry.

Eligible Poets & Writers: We define a literary virgin as anyone who hasn’t published a full-length book. If you’ve never published a full-length book, you may enter the contest!
First Prize: $300, publication, and three debut memoirs.
Second Prize: $200, publication, and two debut memoirs.
Third Prize: $100, publication, and one debut memoir.
First Prize: $300, publication, and three debut novels.
Second Prize: $200, publication, and two debut novels.
Third Prize: $100 , publication, and one debut novel.
First Prize: $300, publication, and three debut poetry collections.
Second Prize: $200, publication, and two debut poetry collections.

Third Prize: $100, publication, and one debut poetry collection.

Deadline: November 30, 2013


Specs: Nine prizes will be awarded annually in the genres of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. The contest is open to any writer who has not published a full-length book or collection.

Submit in the following manner: (1) an attached paginated file without any kind of identification, with the exception of the title and entry category, (2) the submission title and category in the Title field, (3) the following information in the cover letter field: name, address (street, city, and state with zip code), telephone number, and email address. A short bio should also be included.

Reading Fee: $10.

Process: Submissions will be read anonymously by our editorial staff. Ten finalists will be selected in each category and read anonymously by our judges. The decisions made by the judges will be final. Competition judges: Aisha Sabatini Sloan (creative nonfiction), Matthew Pitt (fiction), Rebecca Lehmann (poetry).

Additional Guidelines:
1. Participants must submit online through Submittable. Any submissions mailed to Late Night Library will not be considered or returned.
2. Staff and board directors of Late Night Library are not eligible to participate in the competition.
3. Family, friends, students, and former students of a contest judge are not eligible to participate in that judge’s category.
4. Reading fees are non-refundable.

5. Email for additional information. All inquiries should be addressed to the Editorial Staff. Please type the words “Virgin Awards Question” in the subject line.

Announcement of the Awards: Visit the website on January 15, 2014 for the announcement of the nine winners and twenty one honorable mentions. Winners will be contacted in advance.
Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Creative Writing Institute’s Spring Fling Anthology Contest – No Entry Fee!

31 January 2013

This is a themed contest.  Stories must be between 1000 and 1750 words and may be any genre, but the following sentence must appear in the story: Tonight we re-write the rules… ”

CASH PRIZES!  Three cash winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our first anthology and Ebook, entitledOVERRULED!We will endeavor to sell the anthology for ninety-nine cents. Proceeds will benefit Creative Writing Institute, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity that sponsors cancer patients in writing courses.
Accepting submissions from February 1, 2013 through February 28, 2013.
Entries must be received by midnight, February 28, 2013, USA Eastern Standard Time.  

Learn more at Hurry! CASH prizes. No entry fee. See your story in an anthology! Ends Feb. 28, 2013.

Last Call for Submissions! Get Involved – Share your opinions, work and stories

26 October 2012
 “RIOT – MELLAKKA” Submit your work to be featured on the HESA inprint blog with a chance to be published in our monthly magazine. We are looking for creative people with a vision and voice to share their opinions, work and stories not for a pay check but for the love of creating.

This months issue theme is “RIOT – MELLAKKA ” if you feel like your work could be put in to this category we would love for you to submit it to HESA inprint and be in with a chance to get in to the web magazine, blog and magazine publication.

Deadline is Midnight Finnish Time, October 30th 2012 

IMPORTANT! Remember to include your full name, email address, titles and mediums for all work and an overall title for your submission! We also recommend adding an introduction text on the works submitted and how you see them fitting with the current theme.

TO SUBMIT your works for our publication send it to in the subject box write: “submission – riot – Your Name – WORK TITLE”.

For submission guidelines visit:

HESA inprint is a Finnish-English web magazine, blog and art magazine publication. The theme for the issue is RIOT – MELLAKKA. The deadline is midnight (Finnish Time) October 30th 2012. Instructions on how to submit your work is available at

Briarpatch’s Second Annual Creative Writing Contest!

25 October 2012

Briarpatch Magazine is now accepting submissions of original, unpublished writing in the categories of short fiction and creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay, literary journalism) that bring to life issues of political, social and environmental justice. We want writing from the edges – from new writers who have something important to say, or from longtime writers who can show us a new way of seeing things. We want bold and courageous writing that pushes the boundaries between fact and fiction, between journalism and prose, and that deconstructs tough issues in inventive, original ways. With award-winning writers Zoe Whittall and Carmen Aguirre as our judges and $750 in cash prizes to give away, this opportunity is not to be missed! Your $25 entry fee gets you a full year’s subscription to Briarpatch (regularly $28.95), which makes it hard to lose. This fee helps to cover the costs of organizing, promoting and administrating the contest, as well as the cash prizes.

This year’s short story entries will be judged by acclaimed novelist and poet ZOE WHITTALL. She is the author of the Lambda award-winning Holding Still for as Long as Possible, and Bottle Rocket Hearts, which was named a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and is among the CBC Canada Reads Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade.

Creative non-fiction entries will be judged by best-selling author, actor, and award-winning playwright CARMEN AGUIRRE. Aguirre’s Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, which chronicles her story as a young resistance fighter against Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, won the 2012 CBC Canada Reads contest.

Contest winners will be published in Briarpatch Magazine and awarded $300. Honourable mentions will be featured online alongside contest winners at and will each receive $75.

The top entry from Briarpatch‘s hometown of Regina will be treated to lunch with award-winning author Sandra Birdsell.

Submissions should not exceed 2500 words.

The deadline for entry is December 1, 2012.

See for full contest details.