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Scare The Dickens Out of Us
The “SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US” Short Story Contest 2011
AND
The JUNIOR “SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US” Contest 2011 FOR AGES 12-18
Sponsored by the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas.
First prize, $1000.00 and a trophy.
Second prize, $500.00 and a ribbon.
Third prize, $250.00 and a ribbon.
Junior contest prize $250.00 and a trophy.

Download contest entry form here.
Download junior contest entry form here.
Entry fee $20.00 (check or money order).
Junior contest entry fee $5.00 (check or money order).

The Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story contest and the Junior Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story contest share identical rules except the entry fees and the following: Junior contest writers must be age 12-18. Winners will have to provide proof of age.

All publication rights remain with the author.

The contest is a Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library fundraiser and is privately funded. All entry fees go to the Friends and are used for library projects.

The “Scare The Dickens Out of Us” Short Story Contest is in conjunction with the annual “A Dickens Christmas In Lockhart” which is held on the first weekend in December (Friday night, Saturday) in Lockhart, Texas.

We want ghost stories. Any genre, any tone, any subject, whatever type of ghost story you can come up with.

CONTEST RULES:
1. The contest is open to published and unpublished writers alike. All publication rights remain with the author.

2. The ghost story must be 5,000 words or less, in English, and typed double-spaced. Entries must be original and unpublished. There are no other restrictions.

3. Only one entry per writer.

4. The judging will be done in a blind format. Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the manuscript itself except for the name of the story. Download, print and submit our entry form or our junior contest entry form. The information will include the name of your story, the author’s name, address, phone number, and email address, where you heard of this contest, and your permission to have your story read out loud at a literary gathering if you are one of the winners.

5. Your manuscript and entry fee must be mailed to us at P.O. Box 821, Lockhart, TX 78644 and must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2011. We will accept entries beginning July 1, 2011.

Winners will be contacted at contest end. Winners also will be announced at the “A Dickens Christmas in Lockhart” festival in December, and will be posted at our web site www.clarklibraryfriends.org

No manuscripts will be returned. Keep the original copy. At the end of the contest entries will be shredded.

Send your manuscript with entry form and entry fee to:

“Scare The Dickens Out of Us” or Junior “Scare The Dickens Out of Us” Short Story Contest, co/Friends of the Library
PO Box 821, Lockhart, Texas 78644.

Make out your check or money order to Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library. International entries, please send your entry fee via international money order if possible.

Administrators of the contest, the judges of the contest and the immediate family members of the judges are ineligible to enter this contest.

http://clarklibraryfriends.com/

 
             
Spilling Ink Fiction Prize
Closing Date: October 1, 2011
Winning and short-listed entries notified no later than October 31, 2011+++
1st Prize – £500, publication, 1 free copy of annual print anthology
2nd Prize – £250, publication, 1 free copy of annual print anthology
3rd Prize – £125, publication, 1 free copy of annual print anthology
Shortlisted Entries* – publication, 1 free copy of annual print anthology
Entry fee £5
* Number of entries shortlisted will be determined by the quality of submissions
Competition Guidelines

* 3,000 words max (no minimum).
* There is no theme. All styles (including experimental) and genre-based fiction (mystery, crime, fantasy, science fiction, historical) are welcome.
* Multiple entries are accepted but must be accompanied with an entry fee. Entry fees may be paid securely online via PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account) or via post. Postal payments should be made by cheque. Cheques must be from a UK bank and should be payable to ‘Spilling Ink Review’.
* Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please let us know as soon as possible if your entry has been accepted elsewhere or won/placed in another writing competition. Entry fees will not be refunded in this case.
* Entries may be submitted via email or post. Entries submitted via email must be attached in the form of a Word (doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf). Entries submitted via post must be printed on standard-size paper and double-spaced. Entries sent via post will not be returned (please don’t send your only copy). Send postal entries to: Spilling Ink Review /PO Box 16864 / Glasgow / Scotland / G11 9DJ
* Please be kind when formatting and adhere to general rules of courtesy (i.e. 12pt standard font, double-spaced, pages numbered).
* Submissions must be entrant’s own original work and must be previously unpublished (work that has appeared online, in print or has been broadcast is not eligible).
* International submissions are welcomed but all entries must be written in English.
* As a condition of submitting, the author agrees that SIR has permission to publish the material online and in print. Copyright remains with the author.
* Entries will be judged anonymously and all decisions are final.
* All submissions will be considered for publication in the SIR e-journal.

How to Enter

* You have two payment options. You may use the secure, pay-online PayPal option below or you may send a cheque (from a UK bank only) to the following address: Spilling Ink Review, PO Box 16864, Glasgow, Scotland G11 9DJ.

£5 Entry Fee use this PayPal Button:

* Once you have a receipt/transaction number submit your entry via email to: spillingink.email@gmail.com
* Be sure to cut and paste your PayPal receipt/transaction number into the body of the email (or let me know that payment has been sent via post)
* State the competition category in the subject line of your email
* In the body of the email please include the following:

* Name
* Postal Address
* Title of Entry and Word Count
* PayPal Receipt/Transaction Number

* Don’t forget to attach your story!

Announcement of Winners
Winners and runners-up will be notified by email after the closing date and results posted on the SIR website.
All entries must be available for publication online and in print.

http://spillinginkreview.com/
http://spillinginkreview.com/competit ... illing-ink-fiction-prize/

 
             
Caketrain Chapbook Competition
DEADLINE
October 1, 2011

FINAL JUDGE
Rosmarie Waldrop

AWARDS
publication, $250 cash prize, and 25 contributor copies to winner
publication and 25 contributor copies to runner-up

ELIGIBILITY
This competition is open to English language poetry manuscripts. While previously-published stand-alone pieces or excerpts may be included in a manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Translations and previously self-published collections are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please note, however, that reading fees are non-refundable, and Caketrain is to be notified as soon as possible if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Manuscript revisions will not be considered during the reading period. Please do not include cover artwork or photographs with your submission. The author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with Rosmarie Waldrop or any Caketrain Journal and Press staff member; if an author is unsure whether this policy applies to him or her, Caketrain will gladly address inquiries.

READING FEE
Entrants may choose between two reading fee amounts: either $15 for consideration or $20 for consideration and a copy of the winning chapbook upon its release in May 2012. (The $20 option is available to domestic U.S. entrants only.)

GUIDELINES (FOR PRINT SUBMISSIONS)
Print entries must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2011. Please submit 40 to 80 pages of typed poetry. Include page numbers, table of contents, and, if applicable, an acknowledgments page. Submissions should include two cover pages: one with the manuscript’s title, the other with the title, author’s name, postal address, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Print manuscripts will be recycled at competition conclusion. Please submit manuscripts through the United States Postal Service. A reading fee of either $15 or $20 (entrant’s choice, as detailed above) must accompany each submission, made payable to Caketrain Journal and Press. Submissions may include an SASE for notification of competition results. Results will also be announced via e-mail and posted at www.caketrain.org in January 2012. Submit print entries to Caketrain Journal and Press, Box 82588, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

GUIDELINES (FOR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS)
Electronic entries must be received no later than October 1, 2011. Please submit 40 to 80 pages of typed poetry as an e-mail attachment in either DOC, PDF, or RTF format. Include page numbers, table of contents, and, if applicable, an acknowledgments page. Submissions should include two cover pages as the first two pages of the attached document: one with the manuscript’s title, the other with the title, author’s name, address, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Once the manuscript has been sent, the reading fee of either $15 or $20 (entrant’s choice, as detailed above) can be paid by credit card through Paypal by using the following links: $15 reading fee, $20 reading fee with copy of winner. A reply e-mail will be sent once the manuscript is downloaded and verified intact. Results will be announced via e-mail and posted at www.caketrain.org in January 2012. Submit electronic entries to caketrainjournal@hotmail.com

http://caketrain.org/
http://caketrain.org/competitions/

 
             
Once Upon a Van Gogh...
Every picture tells a story. The best part is... it's a different story for everyone who sees it! It's all up to your imagination.

Topic
Choose a painting by Vincent van Gogh and make up a story about what is happening in the picture. Think of the painting as an illustration for your tale. Maybe there's a funny tale to be told about a postman, a fairytale about a mouse who lived in an artist's bedroom, or a magical story about a star-filled night... use your imagination!

One place to view Vincent's work online is The Van Gogh Gallery.

Prize
A personally dedicated copy of Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists for Kids for each winner in addition to a copy for his or her school library. Winning stories will be published on CarolBooks.net.

Format
Your entry should be in the form of a short story and contain 1000 words or less. Be as descriptive and imaginative as you can.

Rules
The contest is open to children ages 9 to 11 and 12 to 14. Each age group will have a winner. All contest entries must be your own, original work.

Deadline
All contest entries must be submitted by midnight EST on Saturday, October 1st, 2011.

How winners will be picked
Carol Sabbeth, along with select judges, will choose one entry in each age group that they feel best meets the topic of the contest. Winning entries will be clever, well-written, and insightful.

How to submit an entry

1. Paste your story into an e-mail message and send it to: contest@CarolBooks.net .
Files sent by attachment will not be opened.

2. Proofread thoroughly and keep your text format simple. Entries with spelling, grammar or punctuation errors may be disqualified without notice. Do not include any clip art, images, or photos with your entry. Words only, please. Stories longer than 1000 words will not be considered. One entry per person.

3. Include your name, age, and e-mail address in your e-mail, as well as the title of your chosen painting by Vincent van Gogh.

4. Entries must be received by October 1, 2011. Winners will be notified by October 30, 2011.

Note: CarolBooks seeks permission to publish your work on this web site. Authors retain the copyright to their work. Once selected, winners must send their school information and a mailing address so prizes can be sent.

http://carolbooks.net/
http://carolbooks.net/WritingContest.html

 
             
Parables for Today Writing Awards
Contest Rules

1. The contest is open to manuscripts of 3,000 words or less. Longer entries will be disqualified, and no refunds will be issued therefor. You may enter as many manuscripts as you wish.

2. Each entry much be typewritten, double-spaced, and saved either as a PDF (.pdf), or a Word document (.doc). The parable title should be used as the file name. On the first manuscript page, include the title and the word count. The author's name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

3. The entry fee is $25 for the first manuscript, $15 for additional entries. We prefer payment through Paypal. However, if you are unable to use Paypal, mail your entry to the address above, accompanied by a check for the proper amount. Entries will not be returned.

4. All entries must be in English, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere at the time of submission. If you are using Paypal to pay your entry fee, email each entry as a single attachment to submissions@parablesfortoday.com, with "Parable: 'Entry Title'" in the subject line. If you are mailing your submission along with a check for the entry fee, send your package to the address above.

5. Parables for Today retains publication rights to the entries selected for the Anthology, as well as the right to publish all entries on our website.

6. Entries must arrive by 11:59 pm, MST, October 1, 2011.

7. Winners will be notified by January 1, 2012. If you have not been contacted by this date, you may assume that your entry is not a finalist and may be marketed elsewhere. Prize money will be mailed by check.

8. We cannot notify you personally of your entry's status before the winners are announced.

Prizes

1st Prize: $500
2nd Prize: $400
3rd Prize: $300
4th Prize: $200
5th Prize: $100

PLUS a free copy if your entry is selected for publication in the Parables for Today anthology!

http://parablesfortoday.com/

 
             
Writer's Digest Young Adult Fiction Competition
First Annual Young Adult Fiction Competition from Writer's Digest

YOUNG ADULT

Deadline: October 1, 2011

COMPETE and WIN with your best fiction!

Sink your teeth into the world of Young Adult fiction! Enter by October 1, 2011.

Entry Fee: All entries are $20.00. You may pay with a check or money order, Visa, Mastercard or American Express when you enter online or via regular mail.

Prizes

First Prize: The First Place-Winner receives $1,000 cash, promotion in Writer's Digest, $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books and the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.

Second Prize: The Second Place-Winner receives $500 cash, promotion in Writer's Digest, $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books and the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.

Honorable Mention: Honorable Mentions will receive promotion in Writer's Digest and the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.

Entry Deadline: October 1, 2011

Competition Rules


This competition is open to all ages. You may enter as many manuscripts as you like. All manuscripts must be 4,000 words or fewer.

Preparing Your Entry:

If you are submitting your entry via regular mail, the entry must be accompanied by an Official Entry Form or facsimile, and the required entry fee (credit card information, check or money order made payable to F+W Media, Inc.). If you are entering more than one manuscript, you may mail all entries in the same envelope and write one check for the total entry fee; however, each manuscript must have its category indicated in the upper left-hand corner.
Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Writer's Digest retains one-time publication rights to the First Prize, Second Prize and Honorable Mention winning entries in each category to be published in a Writer's Digest outlet.
If you are submitting your entry via regular mail, the entry must be typed on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 white paper (computer printout acceptable) or A4 paper. Manuscripts must be double-spaced. If you are entering via regular mail, your name, address, phone number and competition category must appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page—otherwise your entry is disqualified. No refunds will be issued for disqualified entries. Online entries must be submitted in one of the following file types: doc, docx, rtf or pdf. We recommend that you avoid adding your own symbols/punctuation in file names of the documents you are uploading.
Be sure of your word count! Entries exceeding the word limit will be disqualified. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title) at the top of the manuscript.
Mailed entries must be stapled.

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Judging and Notification

Every entry will be read by the judges. Judges' decisions are final.
Judges reserve the right to re-categorize entries.
Entries must be entered online or postmarked by 11:59 pm EST on October 1, 2011. We cannot return submitted manuscripts; however, to receive notification of the receipt of your manuscript, send a self-addressed stamped postcard along with your entry. Please note that it may take up to 30 days after the deadline for all entries and payment to be processed.
The following are not permitted to enter the contest: employees of F+W Media, Inc., and their immediate family members; Writer's Digest contributing editors and correspondents as listed on our masthead; Writer's Online Workshops instructors; and Grand Prize Winners from the previous three years in any Writer's Digest competitions.
Top Award Winners will be notified by mail by December 31, 2011. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2012 issue of Writer's Digest, and on www.writersdigest.com after the May/June 2012 issue is published.

Questions?
For questions, contact us at (715) 445-4612 ext. 13430 or email writing-competition@fwmedia.com

FAQ

Q: Is it okay to have illustration pictures on the cover?
A: Please send the text only

Q: If there is a word count, how many words per page am I allowed?
No preference

Q: How large of print is allowed?
No preference

Q: Are pen names allowed?
Pen names are fine. Write your pen name on all forms etc. so there is no mistakes on credits. Please be advised that we only need your real name if you are chosen as a winner (in order to issue prizes).

Q: What if I am not a U.S. resident?
WD writing competitions are open to non-U.S. residents as well. Please refer to the entry form and guidelines. All entry fees are due in U.S. Dollars.

Q: Is there an age limit for entrants?
No

Q: What if I wanted to submit only part of my novel into the competition (to stay with in the maximum number of words)?
If you submit a portion of a novel, please understand that it will be judged as a complete story, not part of another work, so it needs to be a complete story in and of itself.

Q: When will winners be notified?
Top Award Winners will be notified by December 31, 2011. Winners in each category will be listed in the May/June 2012 issue of Writer's Digest and on www.writersdigest.com after the May/June 2012 issue is published. Prizes/awards certificates will be mailed by April 30, 2012.

Q: What are the word count requirements?
The word count is 4,000 words maximum.

Q: How do I order books published by F+W Media?
www.fwbookstore.com/category/writers-digest

Q: How do I subscribe to Writer's Digest?
visit www.writersdigest.com and click on the link

Q: Are there other writing competitions?
Yes! Visit www.writersdigest.com/competitions for other competitions for writers

Privacy Promise
Occasionally we make portions of our customer list available to other companies so they may contact you about products and services that may be of interest to you. If you prefer we withhold your name, simply send a note with your name, address, and the competition name to: List Manager, F+W Media, Inc., 4700 E. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

Entry Form

To submit your entry online, visit our secure online entry form.

To enter via regular mail, use the printable form, and send it with your manuscript(s) and entry fee to:

WD Young Adult Fiction Competition
4700 East Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236

http://www.writersdigest.com/
http://www.writersdigest.com/young-adult-competition

 
             
Last Line Fiction Writing Competition
1st Prize: £100.00

2nd Prize: £75.00

3rd Prize: £50.00

Closing date: 1st October 2011

Entry fee: £2.50

Our latest competition tests your creativity to the full as you have to create a story ending with our given sentence.

Whoever coined the phrase ‘Don’t Get Mad, Get Even’ had been so right she realised and smiled with a sudden sense of purpose.

Stories must be original and previously unpublished and the maximum word count including the title and the sentence provided is 1500 words.

You must be over 16 years old to enter.

Submissions must be in English and typed.

We prefer submissions by email to info@creative-competitor.co.uk and payment by PayPal.

UK residents can submit their entries by post and pay by cheque if preferred.

http://creativecompetitor.com/
http://creativecompetitor.com/competi ... tion-writing-competition/

 
             
Prolitzer Prize for Prose Writing
The Prolitzer Prize: a competition for prose, either fiction or creative nonfiction.

We’re looking for writing that exemplifies the editorial ambition of Prole: to make writing accessible to all while not sacrificing quality - writing that engages, entertains and challenges. Any genre of writing within fiction and creative nonfiction is welcome.

Guidelines

Pieces should be no longer than 1500 words.

Include your name and contact details with the piece.

Pieces can be emailed to prosecompetition@prolebooks.co.uk (Include your entry in the body of the email - we do not open attachments.) or posted to Prolebooks, 15 Maes-y-Dre, Abergele, Conwy, LL22 7HW

Postal entries should have name and address printed on the back of each numbered sheet.

When the competition is judged and winners announced, postal entries will recycled. Please do not send return postage.

Prizes

The winner will receive £130 and publication in Prole and on the website.

Two runners up will receive £30 each.

We may publish runners up in Prole or on the website.

Entry fees

The cost per entry is £4.

If entering via email, please please use the PayPal buttons below. You do not need a PayPal account to use this facility. Please include the PayPal transaction number in your entry email so we can cross reference.

If entering by post, please enclose a cheque made out to Prolebooks.

Time scale

The competition is open from April 2nd to October 1st 2011

The winners will be announced in issue 6 and on our website, December 3rd 2011

We have secured the services of Stephen Ross, a much published short

story writer, an Edgar and Derringer nominee, to judge our shortlist.

Any profit made from The Prolitzer Prize will be invested in Prole to help secure a sound future.

http://www.prolebooks.co.uk/
http://www.prolebooks.co.uk/page8.html

 
             
Alligator Juniper National Writing Contest
2012 National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry
$15 Entry Fee
*** $1,000 First-Place Prize ***



Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2011

Our annual contest awards $1,000 plus publication for the first-place winner in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Finalists will be noted as such in our journal, selected for publication, and paid in copies. $15 entry fee, checks or money orders payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2012 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in late spring 2012. There is no theme for the 2012 issue. Work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest you agree to allow us to select your work for publication even if it does not place first. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, especially emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; please inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately if your work is selected elsewhere.
Submission Guidelines

Submissions accepted August 15 through October 1, 2011 (postmark deadline)
--NO EARLIER OR LATER SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED, nor will they be returned.
Include a brief cover letter, including the statement below (see "Important").
Include S.A.S.E for response only; manuscripts are recycled, not returned.
Include a $15 entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story or essay (30-page limit per entry), or up to five poems.
Additional entries require additional fee.
Indicate category with a large F, NF, or P on cover letter and mailing envelope.
Manuscripts must be typed with numbered pages. Prose double-spaced.
Double-sided copies encouraged.
No email submissions.
Send to: Alligator Juniper, Prescott College, 220 Grove Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301.

IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, due to recent problems with misinformed entrants and withdrawals, we ask that you include the following statement in your signed cover letter: “My work may be considered for publication, even if it doesn’t win the contest. This signed statement constitutes permission for publication if it is selected.”
Selection Process

All entries are read and discussed by Prescott College students in the Alligator Juniper practicum class. This class is overseen each fall by two faculty members, both of whom are published writers, one a poet and one a prose writer.

All entrants receive a personal letter from one of our staff regarding the status of their submission. We usually inform in late January. The individual attention we devote to each manuscript takes time. We appreciate your patience.

http://www.prescott.edu/experience/publications/alligatorjuniper/
http://www.prescott.edu/experience/pu ... g-contest-guidelines.html

 
             
American Literary Review Contest
Please note that we do not accept submissions via email.

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2012 issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay.

Submit up to three poems, a short story of up to 8,000 words, or an essay of up to 6,500 words with a $15 entry fee between June 1 and October 1, 2011. Make checks payable to American Literary Review. Entries submitted before June 1 or after October 1 will be returned unread.

Include a cover page with author's name, title(s), address, and phone number.
Do not include any identifying information on subsequent pages except for the title of the work.

Enclose a $15.00 reading fee (includes subscription) and a SASE for contest results. Multiple entries are acceptable; however each entry must be accompanied by a reading fee. (Note: only the initial entry fee includes a subscription.
Subsequent entry fees go to contest costs only and will not extend the subscription.) Make checks payable to American Literary Review.

Short Fiction: One work of fiction per entry ($15), limit 8,000 words per work.

Creative Nonfiction: One work per entry fee, limit 6,500 words per work.

Poetry: Entry fee covers up to three poems (i.e. one to three poems would require an entry fee of $15; four to six poems would be $30, and so on).

Label entries according to contest genre and mail to ALR's regular submission address:


For example: American Literary Review Short Fiction Contest
P.O. Box 311307
University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203-1307

http://www.engl.unt.edu/alr/
http://www.engl.unt.edu/alr/contest.html

 
             
Mighty River Short Story Contest
About the contest:

We're searching for the best short story of any theme.

Semi-finalists will be chosen by a regional team of published writers. The final manuscript will be chosen by Susan Swartwout, publisher of Southeast Missouri State University Press.

Winner receives an award of $500 and publication in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

Winner will be announced January, 2012.

Guidelines:

• Work must not be previously published.

• Send maximum of 30 double-spaced pages, with no identifying name on the pages, and a separate cover sheet with story title, author's name, address, and phone number.

• No e-submissions are accepted.

• Send SASE for notification of results; all manuscripts will be recycled.

• $15 reading fee includes a copy of the issue of Big Muddy in which the winning story appears.

Mail manuscripts to:

MRSS Contest
Southeast Missouri State University Press
One University Plaza, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress/
http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress/mrss.htm

 
             
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
Deadline: October 1, 2011
Judge: Samuel R. Delany
Prize: $1,500

Complete guidelines:
The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, the summer of 2012. First runner-up will be published in a following issue, and second runner-up will be published at the Boston Review Web site. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Mailed manuscripts should be double-spaced and submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, and phone number. No cover note is necessary for online submission. Names should not appear on the stories themselves. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close personal friend of the judge. Simultaneous submissions are not permitted, submissions will not be returned, and submissions may not be modified after entry. A non-refundable $20 entry fee, payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order or by credit card, must accompany each story entered. All submitters receive a complementary half-year subscription (3 issues) to Boston Review. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2011. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner will be announced no later than May/June 2012, on the Boston Review Web site.

Please enter online using our contest entry manager. This requires payment using a credit card.

Or mail submissions to:

Short Story Contest, Boston Review
PO Box 425786
Cambridge, MA 02142

http://bostonreview.net/
http://bostonreview.net/about/contest/index.php

 
             
Newport Review Flash Fiction Contest
$500 in Prizes
All Stories Considered for Publication
Guest Judge: Meg Pokrass, author of Damn Sure Right (Press 53, 2011)
Contest Guidelines:

Format: Original, unpublished flash fiction stories, including prose poetry and experimental forms.

Deadline: Opens June 1, 2011, at midnight; Closes October 1, 2011, at 11:59 p.m.

Word Count: Stories up to 1,000 words maximum; no minimum

Entry fee: $8 for one story; 3 for $21

How to Submit: Please submit online using our automated submission manager. Choose "Flash Fiction Contest" as the genre of your entry. You will be prompted to pay before submitting stories.

Writers may submit a total of six entries.
The contest is open to all writers ages 13 and above, except writers who have close personal affiliations with Newport Review, its editorial staff, contest judges or advisory board. Past contest winners and those who have been published in past issues of Newport Review are eligible to enter.
Winners will be notified and posted on our blog and web site.
Submit online through Submishmash, our online submission system. Make sure you choose "Contest Entry" as your category.
Questions about contest rules (NOT entries) may be addressed to edit (at) newportreview.org.

$500 in prizes, along with publication, will be awarded.

First Prize: $250 and publication in Newport Review

Second Prize: $150 and publication in Newport Review

Third Prize: $100 and publication in Newport Review

Honorable Mention: Publication in Newport Review

Prize-winning stories will be published in the Winter 2012 issue of Newport Review. Other stories may also be considered for publication.

http://www.newportreview.org/
http://www.newportreview.org/?contests.html

 
             
Joy Harjo Poetry Award & the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award
First Prize in each genre: $1250 and publication
**Second Prize in each genre: $250 and publication. **

All finalists are acknowledged in CUTTHROAT and considered for publication. Winners are announced in POETS & WRITERS, WINNING WRITERS and the AWP Chronicle.

Our 2011 JUDGES are:
ALISON HAWTHORNE DEMING, Joy Harjo Poetry Prize
LUIS ALBERTO URREA, Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Prize

Submit up to three unpublished poems (100 line limit for each) or one unpublished short story (5000 word limit), any subject, any style, postmarked between July 15 and October 1, 2011. Winners announced in late December 2011. Author name must not appear on any manuscript page. Include a cover sheet with name, address, phone, email, genre and title(s) submitted. Writer MUST include a SASE for announcement of winners or submission will not be read. A stamped postcard for receipt of ms. is optional. Manuscripts must be in 12 point font.
Fiction submissions must be double-spaced. All manuscripts are recycled. Writers may submit as often as they wish. Simultaneous submissions accepted as long as author informs us immediately should a piece be accepted elsewhere. There is a $15.00 nonrefundable reading fee per submission (one story or three poems). Make checks payable to Raven's Word Writers Center. No relatives of or employees of CUTTHROAT, no friends or students of the judges are eligible for these prizes. No stories or poems that have been previously published or have won contests are eligible. No friends, relatives or students of judges nor CUTTHROAT staff are eligible for prizes.

For more information call 1-970-903-7914 or email us @ cutthroatmag@gmail.com

http://www.cutthroatmag.com/
http://www.cutthroatmag.com/contest.html

 
             
Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry
$5,000 Fiction | $5,000 Poetry | $5,000 Essay
Submissions must be postmarked by Oct. 1.
Complete Guidelines
Page restrictions: Please include no more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages in total. Each story, essay, or group of poems constitutes one entry.
Entry fee: $20 for each entry (make checks payable to The Missouri Review). Each fee entitles the entrant to a one-year subscription to TMR (print or digital!), an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Please enclose a complete address for subscriptions.
Entry instructions: Include the printable contest entry form. On the first page of each submission, include author’s name, address, e-mail and telephone number. Entries must be previously unpublished and will not be returned. Mark the outside of the envelope “Fiction,” “Essay,” or “Poetry.” Each entry in a separate category must be mailed in a separate envelope. Enclose a #10 SASE or e-mail address for an announcement of winners.
Mailing address:
Missouri Review Editors’ Prize
357 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Or go Green: Enter Online! We are also accepting electronic submissions to the Editors’ Prize at <http://www.missourireview.com/contest/>.

http://www.missourireview.org/
http://www.missourireview.org/contest/editors_prize.php

 
             
Palooka Prize
$200 IN PRIZES

$100 WINNER

$25 TO 4 FINALISTS



DEADLINE: October 1st, 2011

HOW IT WORKS

As always, we take great pride in reading every word and giving each piece its due attention and thorough consideration. Five submissions will be chosen by the editor of Palooka and their pieces submitted to an outside judge who will pick the winner. The winner will receive $100, have a bio and photo featured on our website with an author interview about the winning story, and have their story published in issue #3 of Palooka. Four finalists will be given $25 each, will be announced on our website, and recognized in issue #3. All entries will also be considered for publication.

JUDGING

All submissions will be read "blind" to ensure pure contest ethics. Palooka also prohibits submissions from any current or recent students, friends, or family members of the outside judge.

The outside judge this year is Todd Mitchell, short story writer and author of two well-reviewed novels, The Secret to Lying and The Traitor King.






GUIDELINES

*Amount: Multiple submissions are permitted, but each submission must be accompanied by the proper entry fee and submitted to the proper Submishmash category.

*Word count: Up to 15,000 words per story.

*Formatting: NO AUTHOR INFORMATION ANYWHERE ON THE MANUSCRIPT. Please put author information only in the Cover Letter/Biography section when submitting. 12-point font, one-inch margins, double-spaced.

*Entry fee: $6 for one submission, $10 for two submissions, $14 for three submissions.

*Cover Letter/Biography section should include: story title, approximate word count, author's name, phone number, and e-mail address.

*Simultaneous submissions are encouraged as long as you withdraw your piece if accepted elsewhere (or e-mail us if you've chosen to submit multiple stories). As always, we will offer you a sturdy *e-handshake for your accomplishment.

SUBMIT

Palooka Submission Manager

CONTACT

For questions, please e-mail us at palooka@palookajournal.com

http://www.palookajournal.com/
http://www.palookajournal.com/palookaprize.htm

 
             
Prime Mincer Poetry Contest
Prime Mincer is pleased to open our 2011 poetry contest. Rodney Jones will serve as final judge.

First Prize- $300, publication in the Winter 2011 issue of Prime Mincer Literary Journal and ten copies.

Runner Up- $50, publication in the Winter 2011 issue of Prime Mincer Literary Journal and five copies.

All entries will be considered for publication.

Fee- $10 for three poems (up to ten pages collectively).

All submissions must go through our submission manager and should contain a cover page with author’s name and contact information. No identifying information should be on the manuscript. This contest is open only to previously unpublished work. We consider anything that has appeared on the internet in any form to be published.

Deadline for entry is October 1st. The winner will be announced mid-November.

Rodney Jones is an American poet and professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Jones was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award. His other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Peter I.B. Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Southeast Booksellers Association Award, and a Harper Lee Award.

http://primemincer.wordpress.com/
http://primemincer.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/2011-poetry-contest-2/

 
             
Rhino Founders' Prize
Guidelines:

SUBMISSIONS BY MAIL

Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total). No identifying information should appear on the poems.
Submissions must include a cover letter to “Founders’ Prize Contest” listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number and titles of your poems, and how you learned of the contest.
Enclose a $10 entry fee (make checks payable to RHINO)
Manuscripts will not be returned. Include a SASE for notification of results.

Mail your submission to:

“Founders’ Contest“
RHINO Poetry
P.O. Box 591
Evanston, IL 60204

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS

Group your poems into one document – no identifying information should be on this document; Upload a single file in Word .doc or .docx format
Cover letter – to “Founders’ Prize Contest” listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number and titles of your poems, and how you learned of the contest. Copy your cover letter and then paste it in the “comments” field.
Pay your $10 entry fee through the online submission page (preferred), or send your check made out to RHINO with a copy of your cover letter to the address above, and note in the “Comments” field that your check is on the way. PLEASE NOTE that your entry will not be considered until your check is received and processed.
Click here for the electronic submission manager

http://rhinopoetry.org/
http://rhinopoetry.org/contests/founders-prize/

 
             
Kinereth Gensler Awards
Alice James Books will be accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts postmarked through October 1, 2011. The Kinereth Gensler Awards welcome submissions from emerging as well as established poets. Entrants must reside in New England, New York State or New Jersey (beginning no later than December 1, 2011).

The Kinereth Gensler Awards winners receive $2000, publication, and distribution by CBSD. Winners serve a 3-year term on the Alice James Books Cooperative Board (click here for description), beginning with attendance at the January board meeting immediately following award acceptance in December.

Guidelines for Manuscript Submission:

Manuscripts must be typed in a no less than 12pt font, paginated, and 48 – 80 pages in length (single spaced). We accept double sided manuscripts.

Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks of less than 25 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. No multi-authored collections, please.

Manuscripts must have a table of contents and include a list of acknowledgments for poems previously published. The inclusion of a biographical note is optional. Your name, address, and phone number should appear on the title page of your manuscript. MANUSCRIPTS CANNOT BE RETURNED. Please do not send us your only copy.

No illustrations, photographs or images should be included.

Send one copy of your manuscript submission with two copies of the title page. Use only binder clips. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies.

For notification of winners, include a business-sized SASE. If you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your manuscript, include a stamped addressed postcard. Winners will be announced in December 2011.

Entry fee for the Kinereth Gensler Awards is $25 for hardcopy submissions, $28 for online submissions ($3 processing fee). Checks or money orders for hardcopy submissions should be made payable to Alice James Books.

If you wish to receive a free book (we will surprise, and hopefully delight you, with our choice) from our catalog, include a self-addressed envelope, at least 6” x 9”, with $3.99 postage attached. (This is in addition to the business-sized SASE for notification.) Due to administrative and shipping costs, we are unable to send a book if these requirements are not met.

Manuscripts may be submitted online or by regular mail. Mail hard copy entries to: Alice James Books, Kinereth Gensler Awards, 238 Main Street, Farmington, ME 04938. For online submissions, click here.

Checklist for entry:

One (1) copy of manuscript enclosed, with acknowledgements
Two (2) copies of title page with name, address, and contact info
$25 entry fee enclosed ($28 if submitting online)
I have included a SASE for a free book (if desired)
Business-sized SASE enclosed
I have read the description of the AJB Cooperative Board

http://alicejamesbooks.org/
http://alicejamesbooks.org/pages/kinereth_gensler_award.php

 
             
Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize
• The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Book Competition is open to all American writers, regardless of previous publication. Translations are not accepted.

• Submit one copy of a complete poetry book manuscript of at least 48 pages. The manuscript must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2011. Send to:

Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize
Pleiades Press
Department of English, Martin 336
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093

• With each manuscript, include two cover sheets: one with the title of the manuscript, your name, telephone number, and address; the other with only the title of the manuscript.

• Poems previously published in journals, chapbooks, or anthologies are acceptable. If poems in the manuscript have been previously published, enclose an acknowledgements page.

• With each entry, include a check or money order made out to Pleiades Press for $20. Reading fees will be used only for book production, advertising, and other costs of running the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series. Pleiades Press and the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series are non-profit organizations staffed by faculty members at University of Central Missouri and Winthrop University and volunteer readers.

• Each entry should be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). If the entry arrives with an additional large, self-addressed envelope with $1.68 postage affixed, the entrant will receive a copy of the winning book when it appears.

• The initial screening will be directed by Susan Ludvigson, Wayne Miller, Kathryn Nuernberger, Kevin Prufer, and Joy Katz. The initial screeners will choose ten or more finalist manuscripts, which will be forwarded to a well-known judge for selection of the winning collection. The judge for 2011-12 will be Melissa Kwasny .

• No screener may previously know or have published any poet whose work (s)he considers for the contest. As such, no one who has published work in Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing within the last five years will have his/her manuscript screened by any poetry editor of the journal. Manuscripts submitted by such contributors to the journal will, instead, be sent to screeners at another location. We respectfully request that former students or colleagues of the LMWT judge—as well as any poet whose relationship with the judge constitutes an unfair conflict of interest—refrain from entering the contest. All finalists will be asked to confirm that they have no conflict of interest with the judge. The LMWT staff reserves the right to disqualify entries deemed conflicts of interest and will return those entry fees.

• The final judge will not be sent the names of the finalists. Only their manuscripts, without identifying information, will be forwarded.

• The winning writer will receive $1000 and the winning collection will be published in paperback by Pleiades Press and distributed by Louisiana State University Press. In addition, the winning writer will be invited to read at the University of Central Missouri.

• Questions about the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series can be directed to Wayne Miller.

http://www.ucmo.edu/pleiades
http://www.ucmo.edu/pleiades/lmwt/

 
             
Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award
Southern Indiana Review will award a prize of $1500 for a short story, novella, or stand-alone novel excerpt submitted under the following guidelines. Each submission must:

Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 19, No. 1 of SIR. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is published/accepted by another publication while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry.
Include an entry fee of $20 ($5 for each additional entry). This non-refundable fee includes a year's subscription to SIR. Make check or money order payable to Southern Indiana Review.
List the author’s name, street address, email address (if applicable), phone number, and title of submission on a cover page.
List only the title of submission on each page thereafter.
Be fewer than 40 typed pages (12-point font) per each individual submission.
Be addressed to Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award, Southern Indiana Review, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, 47712.
Be postmarked by October 1, 2011.
Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will be posted on the SIR web site.
Current and former students and employees of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible for the Award.

All submissions will be considered for publication. All themes and/or subject matters are eligible.

http://www.usi.edu/sir/
http://www.usi.edu/sir/mohrguidelines-fiction-2011.aspx

 
             
The Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: October 1, 2011

About the contest:

We're searching for the best short-short story of any theme.

Semi-finalists will be chosen by a regional team of published writers. The final manuscript will be chosen by Susan Swartwout, publisher of Southeast Missouri State University Press.

Winner receives an award of $300 and publication in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

Winner will be announced January 2012.

Guidelines:

• Work must not be previously published.

• Send maximum of 500 words, double-spaced, with no identifying name on the pages, and a separate cover sheet with story title, author's name, address, and phone number.

• Send SASE for notification of results; all manuscripts will be recycled.

• $10 reading fee includes a copy of the issue of Big Muddy in which the winning story appears.

Mail manuscripts to:

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest
Southeast Missouri State University Press
One University Plaza, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress/
http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress/hearne.htm

 
             
The Consequence Prize in Poetry
Each year a distinguished poet is invited to select the winner of The Consequence Prize in Poetry. We are delighted to announce that award winning poet and translator, Martha Collins, will select this year's winner. The prize recognizes exceptional work addressing the consequences of armed conflict or social injustice. The award for best poem includes a cash prize of $200. The winning poet and three finalists will have their work published in the Spring 2012 issue of CONSEQUENCE Magazine.

No entry fee is required to submit your poem.

Guidelines:
Please observe these guidelines carefully.

There is no entry fee.
The poem(s) should address the consequence of war, or social injustice.
Please submit no more than three poems of any length.

Submissions for the contest may be emailed to Consequence.Mag@gmail.com or mailed to: CONSEQUENCE, PO Box 323, Cohasset, MA 02025-0323, Attention Poetry Editor.

If you submit multiple poems, each must begin on a separate page.
Include your name and contact information in a cover letter only. Please do not identify yourself on the page(s) containing your poem.
In your cover letter include a short biography of no more than 75 words.

Your submission should be received by October 1, 2011.
If you submit by regular mail, and you want confirmation that your entry has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped post card.
If you want mailed, original copies returned, include a SASE.

Visit our website at www.consequencemagazine.org on or after November 25, 2011 to see the winning poet's work, and the names of the three finalists. Due to the large number of submissions, the announcement on our website will be the only notice of contest results.

We look forward to reading your poems.

http://www.consequencemagazine.org/
http://www.consequencemagazine.org/poetrycontest.html

 
             
The Beautiful Britain Family Travel Writing Competition
To celebrate a new look Have a Lovely Time, we’re launching a travel writing competition with a simple theme.

With a title of Beautiful Britain, our family travel writing competition aims to celebrate all that’s great about family adventures in our stunning land. That might include breathtaking adventures in the Lakes, laughing til your sides ache at a family-friendly Edinburgh festival, savouring the splendour of the West Wales coastline, a Devon cream tea or a knees up at a holiday park…or of course plenty more.

Wherever you love to find quality family time in Britain – we want to hear about it.

We’re looking for entries about family holidays, breaks, days out or adventures.

Perhaps your stories could be inspired by firing your imagination at an English Heritage property – as we’re delighted they are backing our contest – and there are so many adventures to be had for you and your family.
Whether you’re serious about a career in writing and fancy being able to show off an ‘award-winning’ status or would just like to make us smile with your account of a family trip, we’d love to hear from you. A first entry is free and as well as prizes on offer for those selected as winners by our judges, we’ve also a Reader’s Prize up for grabs.
We won’t tell you what we mean by ‘family’ – so long as you feel the title fits, that’s fine by us. Perhaps the break you want to write about is a first one without children when they’ve flown the nest. Maybe you don’t have children but consider a beloved pet part of your family.

There’s a cash prize for the winning entry, to be chosen by our two judges, family passes courtesy of English Heritage for our winner and runners-up, plus a fabulous weekend in York for up to two adults and two children for our second prize winner.
All you have to do is follow our instructions to email your entries in our competition to be in with a chance of winning. Write about why you had a lovely time – or perhaps why you didn’t!

Your first entry is free but if you’d like to try more than once, there’s a fee of £5 per subsequent entry. If you’d like a professional critique of your submission you can pay £12.50 for feedback on your style, structure and content.

By entering more than once or requesting a critique, you’ll also be helping our chosen charity, CCPA (formerly NACCPO) and their support for an organisation called the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network. This is a network of hotels, accommodation providers, tourist attractions and businesses committed to helping give away free action packed holidays, to families who have seriously ill life threatening/limiting, terminally ill and recently bereaved children.

Prizes:
1st prize
• £200
• English Heritage family day pass to visit a property of your choice
• Copy of Travelling with Children by Catherine Cooper

2nd prize
• Weekend break at the Park Inn, York
• English Heritage family day pass to visit a property of your choice
• Copy of Travelling with Children by Catherine Cooper

3rd – 10th prizes – Highly commended
• English Heritage family day pass to visit a property of your choice
• Copy of Travelling with Children by Catherine Cooper

How to enter
Email your entry to competition@havealovelytime.com

Your entry should be in the following format:
Page One: Word document: Your name, your address, your phone number, your email address, your blog and/or professional writing site URL if you have one. The title of your submission.

If you are entering more than one submission, then please include all titles on Page One and please refer to submission charges below.

If you’d like to request a critique of your work, please state this one Page One and please refer to our submission charges below.

Page Two: Please do not include any details to identify yourselves to our judges.

Please include a title. Please submit your article in the following format: Times New Roman, 12 point, double spaced.

The article should be no longer than 800 words.

No images are required.

Closing date:

October 1 2011, 6pm

Judging:
As soon as the competition closes, the judges will choose their top ten entries based on a number of factors including how compelling, evocative and entertaining the submission is. Entries will be judged anonymously. We’ll aim to announce the top two a week after the competition closes.

A shortlist of eight other entrants will also be informed that they have been highly commended.

Readers’ Prize
All of the shortlisted entries (excluding the top two) will be featured on Have a Lovely Time in a series of posts in October. Readers will be asked to vote for their favourite and the article with the most votes will be awarded the Have a Lovely Time winner’s mystery ‘readers’ prize’.

About English Heritage
Have you ever wanted to explore a haunted castle? Do you fancy walking alongside Queen Victoria or Mary Tudor? With English Heritage you can do just that and more, by joining some of the 11 million people each year who enjoy a day out to remember at its 400 plus historic properties, locations and monuments. Whether it’s Stonehenge or Hadrian’s Wall, Tintagel Castle or Osborne House that grabs your attention, there is a property for everyone to enjoy. And if this wasn’t enough, English Heritage also runs a packed programme of captivating events throughout the year, ranging from the dramatic Grand Medieval Joust at Eltham Palace and Gothic twilight tours of the spooky Whitby Abbey to the ultimate Festival of History adventure at Kelmarsh Hall. With buckets full of myths, legends and true, yet unbelievable, tales, English Heritage offers the ultimate day out for the whole family!

About the Park Inn, York
The Park Inn is a vibrant hotel in the heart of historic York. Guests enjoy 24-hour room service, air conditioning and free use of the hotel’s Innaction Health and Fitness Club, and flat-screen 26” digital TVs. Five minutes from the station, the hotel is also close to brilliant shopping and major tourist attractions. World famous attractions nearby include the Jorvik Viking Centre, York Minster and the unique National Railway Museum. Excellent dining at RBG Bar & Grill restaurant with river views and an elaborate buffet breakfast available daily

About Travelling with Children, the Essential Guide
Travelling with Children provides information on a variety family holidays, from UK ‘staycations’, short-haul package holidays, back-packing and city breaks to skiing, long-haul trips and luxury breaks. The book will address the practicalities of travelling with children of all ages, from baby travelling on their first holiday, toddler-friendly holidays to teenagers and family travel, and it also discusses how to deal with a group of mixed-aged children and the issues that might arise.
Different modes of travel are addressed, the pros and cons of kids’ clubs and how to get good deals if you are on a tight budget. There will also be vital information on what to do if anything goes wrong, how to avoid potential problems before you leave and what to do if you’re not happy with your holiday. Written by a parent and travel journalist, this book is a must-have title for families who want to make the most of holidays with their children.

About CCPA (formerly NACCPO)
Have a Lovely Time supports CCPA to help seriously ill children enjoy a holiday. We’re delighted that on this occasion our donations will be split with THHN.
The Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance is a national umbrella charity that supports families of children and young adults with cancer throughout the UK.

CCPA is there to give support, information and help to families. It also recognises the importance of families spending quality time together and are pleased to offer holidays to families through the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN).

Judges:
Catherine Cooper is a freelance journalist specialising in travel with children. Her clients include The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Baby Directory, Practical Parenting and several airline magazines.
Catherine has written extensively about travels she has taken with her own children since they were babies. Family trips have included mule-trekking in the Atlas Mountains, a city-break to Marrakech, donkey-trekking in France, beach holidays and skiing holidays as well as visits to Butlins, camping in the UK and abroad, self-catering cottage holidays and many others. Last year Catherine and her family relocated from London to the South of France.
Linda Jones is editor of Have a Lovely Time and Ready for Ten. She wrote her first freelance travel article in 1994 when she was working in St Petersburg, Russia and helped launch a travel and lifestyle magazine called Pulse. She has reported from France, Spain and the US for regional UK evening newspapers and as a freelance has contributed features to most women’s weekly magazines and national newspapers. These days Linda is the director of Midlands agency Passionate Media where she also runs popular workshops for established and aspiring writers.

About the competition: Terms and conditions
Copyright stays with the author.

Your entry can have been previously published on a blog but not included in a newspaper, magazine or website as a paid submission.

Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 and over.

You can have previously submitted guest contributions to Have a Lovely Time, Ready for Ten or any other website/publication connected with the judges – entries will be judged anonymously.

Anyone related to the team at Passionate Media, publishers of Have a Lovely Time can’t enter.
You can enter as many times as you like. The first entry is free. Subsequent entries are charged at £5 each.
Entrants can request an optional critique of their submission. This costs £12.50 and includes feedback on content and structure of the article.
£1 from each entry fee paid will go to charity. £2.50 from each critique will go to charity. CCPA and THHN will split the proceeds 50-50.
Payments for more than one entry and critiques should be made by cheque to Passionate Media or by BACs.

Please email competition@havealovelytime.com for address or BACs details.

If you are only submitting one article, you can still donate direct to NACCPO, or you can donate without entering the competition by visiting our Just Giving page.
It’s a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The winner may be asked to participate in publicity.
Transport to and from York is not included.
Any personal data collected when you sign in to comment is only used for the purpose of administering the competition.
Events may occur that render the prize draw itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter (Passionate Media) and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the competition and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.
Picture shows the Chapel at Mwnt – a gorgeous spot for exploring with your family, with a beautiful beach just yards away.

http://havealovelytime.com/
http://havealovelytime.com/2011/07/th ... -writing-competition.html

 
             
Miami University Press Novella Contest
About the novella and our contest

photo of a trophyThe novella form has had a long and distinguished place in American literature, and has triumphed in the hands of Herman Melville, Henry James, Katherine Anne Porter, Stanley Elkin, Cynthia Ozick, Jane Smiley, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, William Gass, John Gardner, Andrea Barrett and Tobias Wolff, to name just a few.

As commercial publishers are driven more and more by marketplace concerns, novellas, by nature of their length, often fall between the cracks of short story collections and novels and wind up being published—if at all—not as individual volumes but as part of a collection of stories. Because the form is such a pleasure for readers and writers alike—short enough to be read at a single sustained sitting, but long enough to allow the writer greater freedom in character and plot development than does the short story—we are happy to present a rare venue for publishing individual novellas as stand-alone volumes.

Manuscripts submitted for the award will be read and evaluated by our creative writing faculty, all of whom are active publishing writers. The manuscripts will be read “blind;” in other words, all identifiers will be stripped from the pages before the manuscripts are read, and the author’s history of previous publication will not be available to readers. Each year a different member of our faculty will serve as the final judge and will decide from among the list of finalists submitted by the other readers.

Students, former students, faculty, former faculty, or anyone connected to Miami University will not be considered for the award. Though we believe strongly in the talent of those we have worked with and taught, we will do everything we can to assure that this prize is administered impartially, fairly, and without regard to association.

Miami University Press is a non-profit organization. Though we are requiring a reading fee (currently $25), we wish to make it clear that this money will be used to pay for the administrative costs of the contest, to help with the costs of publishing a book of high quality, and to allow each entrant to receive a copy of the winning volume. We want that book to be a pleasure to hold in the hands and to read. The winning volume will be distributed nationwide.
Submission rules and guidelines

Entries must be accompanied by:
(1) a completed Entry Form
(2) a title page with only the entry title and word count (do not include your name on the title page), and
(3) the required reading fee of $25 U.S. Dollars (check or money order made payable to Miami University Press). We are unable to accept credit cards or cash.

Winning entry receives book publication and a $750 advance against royalties.
Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2011.
If you are entering more than one manuscript, you may mail all entries in the same package and include one check or money order for the total reading fee ($25 per manuscript); however, each manuscript must be accompanied by a separate entry form and title page.
The reading fee is non-refundable.
Our contest is open to residents of any country, but please note that the reading fee must be paid in U.S. dollars.
Manuscripts must be 18,000–40,000 words—exceptions cannot be made. Include the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title and contact information) on the cover page.
Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, in a legible font on white 8½" x 11" or A4 paper. Loose pages, held together with a binder clip or rubber band, are acceptable.
Previously published works are not eligible.
Simultaneous submissions are welcomed; please notify us if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere; your entry will be pulled from our pool. We regret that we cannot refund the entry fee.
We cannot return submitted manuscripts.
To receive notification of receipt of your manuscript, send a self-addressed stamped postcard along with your entry.
All entrants receive a copy of the winning book.
Results will be announced on our website by early February 2012.

Mail to:
MU Press Novella Prize
English Department
356 Bachelor Hall
Miami University,
Oxford, OH 45056

http://www.orgs.muohio.edu/mupress/
http://www.orgs.muohio.edu/mupress/novella.html

 
             
Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize and Chapbook Competition
Poets & Writers Ad
CITYLIT PROJECT announces the Third Annual Harriss Poetry Prize (chapbook).
Judge: Tom Lux. The prize is named in honor of Clarinda Harriss, eminent Baltimore poet, publisher, and professor of English at Towson University. Send $20 entry fee and manuscript of not more than 30 pages of poetry with table of contents, acknowledgments, and two coversheets (one with title only) to Harriss Poetry Prize, c/o CityLit Project, 120 S. Curley Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. All submissions must be postmarked before October 1. Winner receives publication by CityLit Press, $250, and 25 copies. Complete guidelines at www.citylitproject.org

Submission Guidelines
1. This chapbook competition is open to any poet who has not had a full-length book of poetry published by a professional press. CityLit Project staff, interns, board members, and their immediate family are ineligible.
2. Send one (1) copy of a single manuscript, one submission per poet. Manuscripts must be typed and available in electronic format. Submit no fewer than twenty (20) and no more than thirty (30) pages of poetry. All poems must be original (translations are not accepted).
3. Manuscripts must be unbound. Use binder or paper clips (no staples).
4. Include on separate pages
a. A cover sheet listing poet’s name, mailing address, contact telephone number, email address (important for acknowledging receipt and notifications), and collection title. Author’s name should not appear on any pages within the manuscript.
b. List of acknowledgments of previously published poems (if applicable).
c. Brief one paragraph brief bio not to exceed 200 words.
d. Separate page with title of collection only (to be forwarded to the final judge).
5. Manuscripts will not be returned; after the winner has been selected, all other manuscripts will be recycled. Please do not send your only copy.
6. Simultaneous submission to other awards should be noted. Immediate notice upon winning an award is required.
7. Entry Fee: $20 (made payable to CityLit Project) along with submission to:
Harriss Poetry Prize
c/o CityLit Project
120 S. Curley Street
Baltimore, MD 21224

FINALIST MANUSCRIPTS WILL BE JUDGED ANONYMOUSLY.

Postmark Deadline: October 1 (annually).
Notification: Winner will be notified in February with the winning chapbook published in the Spring.

Prize Winner: The winner of the Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize receives $250, publication by CityLit Press, and 25 copies of the winning chapbook.

Prize Honoree: Clarinda Harriss
Clarinda Harriss teaches poetry, poetic structure, and editing, and, for decades, has been the faculty adviser to Grub Street, Towson University’s literary magazine, which has recently won both Gold and Silver Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Harriss chaired the Towson University English Department for a decade before stepping down to concentrate fully on writing and teaching. Harriss, educated at Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College, is a widely published, award-winning poet (her most recent collections are Dirty Blue Voice and Mortmain, both published by Half Moon Editions) and, off campus, serves as editor/director of BrickHouse Books, Inc., Maryland’s oldest literary press.
Clarinda’s poems as well as her essays and reviews appear frequently in magazines and newspapers both locally and internationally. She is also the co-author of two academic texts: Forms of Verse: British and American, and Crofts’ Classics’ edition of The Pearl, a translation using the complicated original verse form, of a book-length Medieval poem. One of her main research interests is writing by prison inmates.

2011 Prize Final Judge: Tom Lux
2010 Winner: Bruce Sager, Famous
Dick Allen, Judge
2009 Winner: Laura Shovan, Mountain, Log, Salt, and Stone
Michael Salcman, Judge

Prize Sponsor: CityLit Project

CityLit Project nurtures the culture of literature in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.
CityLit builds and connects a community of avid readers and writers through public events, workshops, web resources, and publishing. Its signature event—CityLit Festival—was selected “Best of Baltimore” by Baltimore magazine in 2005 and 2009, and is now a “can’t miss event on the city’s cultural scene.” In 2010, the magazine noted that CityLit Project “has blossomed into a local treasure on a variety of fronts—especially its public programming and workshops—and it recently added a publishing imprint {CityLit Press} to its list of minor miracles.”

http://www.citylitproject.org/
http://www.citylitproject.org/index.cfm?page=news&newsid=24

 
             
The Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award & The James Wright Poetry Award
The Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award
First Prize: $1,000 and publication
Four Finalists: Notation, possible publication

2011 Judge: Laura van den Berg, author of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us.

The James Wright Poetry Award
First Prize: $1000 and publication
Four Finalists: Notation, possible publication

2011 Judge: Mary Biddinger, author of Saint Monica and Prairie Fever.

Sending via the USPS:

The postmark deadline for both the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award and the James Wright Poetry Award is October 1, 2011. Each contest requires a $10 entry fee (check or money order, made out to Mid-American Review) for each story up to 6,000 words or each set of three poems. The competitions are strictly for previously unpublished work only; all work appearing in print or online or contracted for such is ineligible. Submissions will not be returned; send an SASE for early results. Entries need not be left anonymous, but contact information should appear somewhere inside the submission. All participants will receive MAR v. XXXII, no. 2, where the winners will be published. The competitions are open to all writers not associated, past or present, with the contest's judge or MAR. Our judges' decisions are final.

Send submissions to:
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Dept of English BGSU Bowling Green, OH 43403



Sending Electronically:
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Once inside our Submissions Manager, you can submit an entry to either contest, but be sure to mark the appropriate genre in the "Genre" field: Sherwood Anderson or James Wright.

The deadline for electronic submissions is 11:59:59 p.m., October 1, 2011. The competitions are strictly for previously unpublished work only; all work appearing in print or online or contracted for such is ineligible. Send an SASE for early results. Entries need not be left anonymous. All participants will receive MAR v. XXXII, no. 2, where the winners will be published. The competitions are open to all writers not associated, past or present, with the contest's judge or MAR. Our judges' decisions are final.

Please send the required $10 entry fee (check or money order, made out to Mid-American Review) for each story up to 6,000 words or each set of three poems via USPS to

Online Contest Submission
Mid-American Review
Dept of English
BGSU
Bowling Green, OH 43403

All queries regarding the contests can be directed to Managing Editor Jason Teal.

http://www.bgsu.edu/studentlife/organ ... americanreview/index.html
http://www.bgsu.edu/studentlife/organ ... eview/fallcontests11.html

 

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