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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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bluecatwriters

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

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26 July 2016

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Narrative Prize

7 June 2016

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

The deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15.The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The award, citing the winner’s name and the title and genre of the winning piece, is widely publicized, and each winner is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize will be given to the best work published each year in Narrative by a new or emerging writer, as judged by the magazine’s editors. In some years, the prize may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.

(SEE OUR GUIDELINES.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Word Count Guidelines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the website for guidelines:  http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/360

Merrimack Media 2015 Outstanding Writer Contest

2 March 2015

First place wins complete publication package, second place wins a book cover!

 SUBMIT A SHORT SYNOPSIS AND FIRST CHAPTER

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: FRIDAY, MARCH 20th, 2015.

FIVE SEMI-FINALISTS WILL BE SELECTED BY APRIL 20th, 2015.

Semi-finalists will submit a full manuscript at that time.
WINNERS WILL BY ANNOUNCED, MONDAY JUNE 1st, 2015.

ENTRY FEE: $20

Upon payment, you will receive an email with instructions on submitting your synopsis and chapter.

How to enter, visit:  http://merrimackmedia.com/2015-outstanding-writer-contest/

Sequestrum: Editor’s Reprint Award – 2015

19 November 2014
Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our first annual Editor’s Reprint Award! For complete guidelines, visit:  http://www.sequestrum.org/contests
Contest Guidelines:
  • Open to reprints of fiction and nonfiction in any original format (electronic or print).
  • One $200 prize plus publication.
  • One runner-up prize including publication and payment (just above our usual rates). Finalists listed on the site.
  • $15 entry fee.
  • Tentative close date of April 30th, 2015. (See site for details)
  • Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter.
  • Length and subject are open.
  • Submit via our online submission system.
  • Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis.
  • Multiple submissions allowed.
  • No identifying information should be on your manuscript.
Not previously published? No worries! We’re always accepting general submissions: http://www.sequestrum.org/submissions
 
About Sequestrum:
We average 1,000+ readers a month, keep our archives free and open to the public, are a paying market, and pair all our publications with stunning visual arts created by outside artists or our staff. Our contributors range from award-winning novelists and poets (with other works featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, many other university periodicals, and Best American Anthologies) to emerging voices and first-time writers.
We’re proud of our little plot on the literary landscape and the writers and artists we share it with. Come see why.
Visit the website:  http://www.sequestrum.org/contests

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

21 June 2014

DEADLINE: July 31, 2014

NO ENTRY FEES
PRIZES: $3,000
DETAILS: Open to Kentucky residents, or writers whose work is set in or is about Kentucky. Winner must be willing to travel to KY for readings and events. Submissions may include: a collection of poetry (48-100 pages); a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, a short novel, a collection of essays or creative nonfiction (to 250 pages). No history, scholarly works, children’s literature, plays, genre literature. No single stories or poems under 150 pages.
CONTACT:

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature,

Sarabande Books, Inc.

2234 Dundee Road

Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40205

WEBSITE: http://www.sarabandebooks.org/submissions-bruckheimer

10 Easy Things You Can Do Now To Prepare Your Manuscript For Publishing As An Ebook

12 April 2014

10 Easy Things You Can Do Now To Prepare Your Manuscript For Publishing As An Ebook

By Jack Dunigan

Before you do too much formatting, consider these preliminary steps in Microsoft Word to make your life easier when it comes time to self-publish your ebook. This is NOT a comprehensive guide for formatting your ebook, but I’ll show you where to get that information for free and don’t fret; it’s easier than you think!

1. Prepare a cover. Check with the publishing platform (see the links below) for their formatting guidelines. For example, Kindle wants a .jpg file at least 1000 pixels long on the longest side with a height/width ratio of 1.6.

2. Set Word to show all the formatting marks. In Word 2010, go to File -> Options -> Display. Click on the “Show All Formatting Marks” box. Your manuscript will become littered with hundreds of little marks. This will allow you to see what formatting cues will influence the ebook platform.

3. Choose either paragraph indents or a blank line between paragraphs but NOT BOTH. Fiction usually uses indented paragraphs while non-fiction uses no indents and a blank line.

4. For indents, remove any paragraph indents you may have created using the space bar or the tab key. It causes weird things to happen in an ebook. Then change the paragraph style in Word’s File tab located in the Home menu bar’s Paragraph section. In the lower right corner click on the down arrow. Set the Indentation to between 0.25 and 0.5 in the “First Line” box.

5. If you used the enter key to insert a blank line between paragraphs remove them. Using the paragraph tool again and set the “spacing after” setting to your preferred spacing. 10 pts is about right for most books.

6. Next, remove all Headers, Footers and page numbers. Ebooks don’t have them.

7. Set all your chapter titles to the “Heading 1” style. You will use this to set up a Table of Contents.

8. Insert page breaks at the end of every chapter. Do not use the enter key for spacing. Since ebooks do not have page numbers you will use internal hyperlinks to set the Table of Contents.

9. Move much of your book’s front matter to the back. In Kindle’s free sample, you want readers to experience your book, not the preface, foreword, or acknowledgements. Give them more of the book. Make it easier for them to decide to buy. Remaining front matter should include:

a. The title and your name on the first page terminated by a page break.

b. The publisher’s name, if there is one, copyright info, and a link to your website followed by another page break.

c. A dedication, if you have one, then another page break.

d. The Table of Contents, then another page break.

e. Your chapters. See #7.

At the end of the book, finish with acknowledgements, a link to your website, and any other info to connect the reader to you including Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to ask for a review.

10. If you used the “paste” function to put in images, take them out. Use Insert -> Pictures instead.

11. If you’ve used font size to emphasize text remove it. It won’t work and will only confuse the ebook platform.

Now you’re ready to copyedit and convert the file. Each publishing platform has its own formatting requirements. Use these free resources to find precisely what each requires.

Building Your Book For Kindle

Building Your Book For Kindle for Mac

Nookpress’s formatting guide (Nookpress registered users only to access it but it is free.)

Kobo’s conversion guidelines

It really is much simpler now than it used to be. Take your time, proceed methodically, and in a short time your book will be ready.

Bio – Jack Dunigan, a trainer and consultant for business and non-profit leaders, has been writing and publishing for nearly 40 years. He lives in Florida with Sue, his wife of 42 years, and Chumley, a fuzzy white Cairn Terrier of 7 years. www.JackDunigan.com and www.ThePracticalLeader.com

William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

20 March 2014

Deadline Thursday, May 1, 2014 

Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Entry

Fees: Between $10 and $200 depending on category and manuscript length.

Prizes: Between $750 and $7,500 depending on category

Description: Accepting entries in eight categories: novel, novella, book-length narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student. Only unpublished work accepted. No self-published or web-published material. See website for category details. Submit by regular mail.

Contact Information: Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116.

Email: faulkhouse@aol.com

Website:  http://www.wordsandmusic.org/competition.html

The Rosemary Contest for Unpublished Young Adult and New Adult manuscripts

4 March 2014

Young Adult Romance Writers of America (YARWA) is proud to announce the Rosemary Contest for Unpublished Young Adult and New Adult manuscripts, in all genres.

New Adult
YA Contemporary
YA Historical
YA Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal
YA Fusion (Any YA novel that doesn’t fit into one of the above categories.)

*Romantic Elements in the novel are NOT required to enter this contest and RWA Membership is NOT required to enter. All authors, regardless of publishing status, are welcome to enter this contest.*

Submitted manuscripts must be new, original YA or NA fiction that has not been published, self-published, or contracted to be published. Manuscripts must have a word count of at least 40,000 words.

Fee: $15 YARWA members/$25 non-members

The contest will run from March 1 – March 31, 2014. Finalists will be announced by June 1 and winners will be announced at the 2014 Day of YA event in San Antonio, TX.

For a complete list of rules and a list of final round judges, visit http://yarwa.com/contest-2014/

While there is no remuneration, contest finalists in each category will have their work read by an agent, and 2 editors, and has the potential for a manuscript request.

Writing-World.com – Helpful Articles on Querying and Submissions

6 June 2013

In case you didn’t already know, Writing World has some helpful articles on querying and submissions on their Successful Queries and Submissions page, which you can find here:

http://www.writing-world.com/queries/index.shtml. If you’ve got questions about how to format a manuscript, who to address your query letter to, and what to do if you don’t have clips,

this is the place to go. You know you need to write a query letter that’s professional yet compelling. But what does a “good” query letter look like? How much information should you include in

your query? Should you tell the editor your age, your job title, your education level? In the eBook “21 Query Letters That Sold,” you can read real query letters that resulted in sales to TIME, The

New York Times, Elle and other well-known publications. Go to journalist Mridu Khullar Relph’s website to sign up for her weekly newsletter and get a free copy of the eBook:

http://www.mridukhullar.com/ebook-queries/.

The Return of the Miami University Press Novella Contest!

2 May 2013

After a brief hiatus, Miami University Press invites submissions to the 2014 Novella Contest. This award has been given annually since 2005 to a novella length manuscript of original fiction. The winning manuscript will receive $750 and publication.

Submissions are currently open. All entries will be reviewed blindly.

  • Deadline: October 14, 2013
  • Submission Fee: $25
  • Judge: Joseph Bates, author of Tomorrowland

For more information on how to enter, please visit the website, http://www.orgs.muohio.edu/mupress/

The 2013 Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests

2 April 2013

The 2013 Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests

Naomi Shihab Nye, Poetry Judge
Kathleen George,
Fiction Judge
Phillip Lopate,
Nonfiction Judge

Scroll down for separate contest guidelines for each genre.

Guidelines for the 2013 Autumn House Poetry Contest

Since 2003, the annual Autumn House Poetry Contest has awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500 to the winner. For the 2012 contest, the preliminary judge is Michael Simms, and the final judge is Naomi Shihab Nye. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2013. For further questions, feel free to email us, message us on Twitter, or ask us through our Facebook Fan Page.

  • The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2013.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Naomi Shihab Nye.
  • All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible.
  • The results of the contests will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org.
  • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
  • All entries must be clearly marked “Poetry Prize” on the outside envelope.
  • Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
  • MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:

Autumn House Press

PO Box 60100

Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Electronic submission option: Poetry manuscripts may be submitted electronically by sending the entry by email attachment to autumnh420(at)gmail.com and paying the $30 entry fee through the “Donate” button on the Autumn House homepage.

Visit the website for details: http://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/#poetry

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Guidelines for the 2013 Autumn House Fiction Contest

We are pleased to announce the sixth annual Autumn House Fiction Contest. For the 2013 contest, the preliminary judge is Sharon Dilworth, and the final judge is Kathleen George. The winner will be awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2013. For further questions, feel free to email us, message us on Twitter, or ask us through our Facebook Fan Page.

  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2013.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Fiction Prize is Kathleen George.
  • Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible.
  • Contest results will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org.
  • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
  • All entries must be clearly marked “Fiction Prize” on the outside envelope.
  • Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
  • MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:

Autumn House Press

PO Box 60100

Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Electronic submission option: Fiction manuscripts may be submitted electronically by sending the entry by email attachment to autumnh430(at)gmail.com and paying the $30 entry fee through the “Donate” button on the Autumn House homepage.

Visit the website for details: http://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/#fiction

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Guidelines for the 2013 Autumn House Nonfiction Contest

We are pleased to announce the second annual Autumn House Nonfiction Contest. For the 2013 contest, the preliminary judge is Caroline Tanski, and the final judge is Phillip Lopate. The winner will be awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2013. For further questions, feel free to email us, message us on Twitter, or ask us through our Facebook Fan Page.

  • The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2013.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Nonfiction Prize is Phillip Lopate.
  • Nonfiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All nonfiction subjects (including personal essays, memoirs, travel writing, historical narratives, nature or science writing…) or any combination of subjects are eligible.
  • Contest results will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org
  • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
  • All entries must be clearly marked “Nonfiction Prize” on the outside envelope.
  • Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
  • MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:

Autumn House Press

PO Box 60100

Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Electronic submission option: Nonfiction manuscripts may be submitted electronically by sending the entry by email attachment to autumnh440(at)gmail.com and paying the $30 entry fee through the “Donate” button on the Autumn House homepage.

Visit the website for details:

http://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/