Expatriate and Work Abroad Writing Contest
Guidelines for the 2012 Expatriate Writing Contest
TransitionsAbroad.com invites you to enter its 2012 Expatriate Travel Writing Contest.
Professionals, freelancers and aspiring writers are invited to write articles which describe their experience living abroad. Often your experience abroad may be extended by working or studying in the host country, so living, working, and studying abroad are often inextricable, and we are interested in these aspects as well.
Making the move to live abroad is for many the ultimate transition â€” often the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, in other cases the result of chance and circumstance. We are seeking inspiring articles which also provide in-depth practical descriptions of your experience moving and living abroad, including discussions of immigration, personal and family life abroad, housing, work, social interactions with the natives, food, culture, study, language learning, and potential prejudices encountered.
Apart from practical considerations what were the most important physical, psychological, and social adjustments necessary to integrate into the local communities? Feel free to include anecdotes about locals who may have aided in your adjustment to the physical conditions and social mores of the host community, as well as the role of expats in providing information and support.
Given the nature of the global economyâ€”which is booming in some areas but largely stagnant or in recession in othersâ€”more and more people are moving abroad to find various forms of work in addition to seeking spiritual fulfillment, so such stories are of great interest to our audience.
While we welcome a good narrative, a listing, sidebar, and/or reference to the most important websites, publications, and other practical resources which have aided you in the cultural adjustment process or enhanced your life abroad is strongly encouraged to help others who may find themselves in similar situations or even similar locations. The inclusion of useful sidebars will likely help determine the winners of the contest.
In sum, we seek your own perspective in which the host country remains the primary focus, such that the color and taste of the people and land remain in the foreground.
Please see the Living Abroad section of our site for some examples of the types of articles we are seeking and see our writers' guidelines for a sense of our editorial preferences.
TransitionsAbroad.com will publish the winners' entries and will provide links to the authors' website or blog if so desired.
Notification of your participation in the contest via Twitter, Facebook, or other social networking sites would be much appreciated (see our links/buttons at the top and bottom of this page).
The first-place winnerâ€™s entry will receive $500, the second-place winning entry $150, and the third-place winner $100.
Any other articles selected as runners-up for publication on TransitionsAbroad.com will receive a $50 payment.
Who is Eligible
The Contest is open to professional, freelance and aspiring writers from any location around the globe.
How to Enter
Submit an original and unpublished essay of between 1,000 and 3,000 words relating to your experience living, moving, or working abroad. Focus should be placed on a description of the experience abroad and not primarily on personal feelings, as the descriptions and perceptions of the author should imply the personal impact. Supporting photos as attachments in .jpg or .gif format are welcome to illustrate the experience and are considered part of the essay submission. Please read the writersâ€™ guidelines for Transitions Abroad Magazine, previous winners entries, as well as sample articles on this site for a sense of our editorial focus.
To enter the Contest, attach your essay in Word format or copy and paste it into an e-mail if you must (conversion to Word costs us time). Please include your full name, complete postal address, phone number, and the bio you wish to display in the body of the email and on the document. Please type "2012 Expatriate Writing Essay Entry" in the subject description of the e-mail and send the e-mail to email@example.com
The Contest begins May 31, 2011, and all entries must be received by February 15, 2012. Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will require first-time North American rights for all submissions which are accepted as contest winners and for publication. In addition, Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will reserve the right to reprint the story in a future publication.
Editors of TransitionsAbroad.com will judge entries based upon the following criteria:
Sensitivity to the people and culture being described
Ability to engage and inspire the reader
Practical information which others can use
Rich photographic/video illustrations
Winners will be chosen on or about February 22, 2012 and notified by phone, mail, or e-mail on March 1, 2012 for publication in early to May, 2012 to allow time for contact, acceptance, and international payment to writers, some of whom live in remote regions of the world.
There is no entry fee required for submissions.
Decisions of the judges are final.
Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, incomplete, or illegible e-mail or for any computer-related, online, or technical malfunctions that may occur in the submission process.
Submissions are considered void if illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, or obtained through fraud or theft.
Submissions will be considered made by an authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winnersâ€”along with any other runners-up accepted for publicationâ€”will be paid by Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. either by check or Paypal as preferred by the author.
All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the Contest winners.
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The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest
The following are the official contest entry rules for the 2011-2012 Friends of Merril Short Story Contest. If you still have questions, or require more information, after reading them, please see our FAQ page or send an e-mail to Michael Matheson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry (Periods and Fees)
Contest Period: The reading period for the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest is from November 15, 2011 to 11:59 p.m. EST (UTC-4) February 15, 2012. Any entries received after the contest closes will not be eligible for entry. If mailing a hard copy of your submission please send it at least one week before the contest closes so it has time to reach us. If hand delivering a hard copy to the Merril please do so before the Merril Collection closes for the day (6 p.m.). The submissions addresses (electronic and physical) are listed below in the Submissions section.
Entry Fee: All stories submitted to the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest must be accompanied by a $5.00 (CDN) entry fee (this fee is used to fund the winnersâ€™ purse). Please note we will not read a submitted story until we have received an entry fee for it. If you are submitting electronically, we recommend that you pay your entry fee first and then submit your story so that you can include your proof of payment in your submission cover letter. The entry fee can be paid in one of three ways:
Via the PayPal button in the navigation menu on the right hand side of the screen (available Nov. 15, 2011). If paying by PayPal please pay before you submit your story and include your Transaction ID (17 characters, letters and #s) in your cover letter as proof of payment. We will cross-reference this number with the contest PayPal account to corroborate payment of the entry fee.
By cash, either on its own (enclosed in a sealed envelope with a note telling us your name and the name of your story, the package to be dropped off at the Merril Collection front desk) if you submitted electronically and do not wish to use PayPal, or enclosed with your manuscript submission if you submitted a hard copy.
By cheque (if itâ€™s absolutely necessary), either on itâ€™s own (dropped off at the Merril Collection front desk) if you submitted electronically and do not wish to use PayPal, or enclosed with your manuscript submission if you submitted a hard copy. If you submitted multiple stories and are paying by cheque you may pay for them all with the same cheque, but please note the number of submissions the cheque is for in the memo line so we can track your submissions properly.
Content: All entries submitted to the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest must have a Speculative Fiction element (see the FAQ page for our definition). As the Friends of the Merril are tied to the Merril Collection of the Toronto Public Library system we do have to follow some display precepts since the winning stories will be posted up on this website, but you can see our FAQ page for more information related to submissions content.
Eligibility: The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest is open to all writers of all levels (published, unpublished, emerging, etc.), without restriction. The contest is international, so writers of any nation may enter. We do suggest that if you are not entering locally (in this case Toronto is our â€ślocalâ€ť) you should probably submit your entry electronically, but if youâ€™re more comfortable sending a hard copy then do so. However, we intend to treat all mailed manuscripts as disposable, so please do not include an IRC or SASE with hard copy submissions. No manuscripts will be returned. Do not send originals. We respond to all entries via e-mail (you must include an e-mail address in your submission package or your entry is considered invalid).
Number of Submissions: You are allowed to submit up to 3 entries during any contest year of the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.
Submission Type and Length: Your entries must be stories, and must be a maximum of 4,000 words in length. The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest does not accept poetry.
Submission Format (Electronic): Entries should be e-mailed to us at email@example.com with the words â€śSubmission: Story Titleâ€ť in the Subject line. All entries must use Standard Manuscript Format and be attached to your e-mail as a .rtf file only. Include a brief cover letter in your e-mail with your Contact Info (name, address, telephone number and e-mail address), story title and word count. We will request bios of the winning entrants so you donâ€™t need to include one.
Submission Format (Hard Copy): Entries should be mailed to us at
The Friends of the Merril Collection Short Story Contest
c/o The Merril Collection, Toronto Public Library
239 College Street, 3rd floor, Toronto, ON, M5T 1R5
Entries may also be handed in at the Merril Collection itself. If physically dropping off your hard copy entry please hand it to a Merril librarian behind the Collection desk. Do not simply leave it on the desk and walk away. All entries must use Standard Manuscript Format. Include a brief cover letter with the hard copy of your story with Contact Info (name, address, telephone number and e-mail address), story title and word count. We will request bios of the winning entrants so you donâ€™t need to include one.
Response Time for Submissions: We try to respond to all submissions within one weekâ€™s time of their arrival, but if you have not heard from us within two weeks of having submitted your entry please query us at the contest e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the words â€śQuery: Receipt â€“ Story Titleâ€ť in the Subject line. Please provide the date sent and let us know whether your entry was filed electronically or as a hard copy through the post or dropped off at the Merril.
Adjudication of Entries
Preliminary Judging: During the three month reading period, all stories will be read by a team of slush readers and those stories not selected as finalists will be rejected; notification will be sent by e-mail. All stories are judged blind (we will remove the names from all entries, please include them in your submission). No final decision as to the nine stories selected as finalists will be made until two weeks after the end of the reading period (March 1, 2012) to allow for the reading of entries submitted at the last possible moment. As of March 2012 a selection of nine finalists will be handed over to the Panel Judges for consideration and voting. At that time the story titles of the nine finalist entries will be posted to the contest website and the nine finalists will be notified via e-mail of their position on the short list.
Final Judging: The empanelled judges will each be allowed to vote for three of the nine stories, and the story with the most votes wins, and so on down through third place. Final selections as to the winning stories will be made no later than March 31, 2012, at which time all the finalists will be notified via e-mail to inform them of the results.
Prizes, Publication and Payment
Prizes: The prizes awarded to the winning entries are as follows:
First Prize: $350.00 (CDN) and 1 copy of the limited edition booklet containing the winning stories
Second Prize: $100.00 (CDN) and 1 copy of the limited edition booklet containing the winning stories
Third Prize: $50.00 (CDN) and 1 copy of the limited edition booklet containing the winning stories
These prizes are fixed amounts, funded by the contest entry fees. All monies raised in excess of the amount required to pay for the prizes will be used by the Friends of the Merril in support of the Merril Collection, in accordance with their mandate as stated on the Friends of the Merril Collection website.
Publication / Posting of Names and Stories to the Contest Website: The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest will require the three winning writers to sign (or if under the age of majority in their place of residence then a parent or legal guardian must sign on their behalf) a contract allowing for electronic display (for a defined period â€“ for more information see Rights below) of their respective stories. This contract must be signed and returned (electronically) before April 31, 2012 so that the stories may be posted and payment of prize money made. The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest reserves the right to leave the names and story titles of all nine finalists up on the contest website indefinitely.
Payment: The winning stories will be posted as soon as possible and monetary payment of the prizes will be paid to the winning authors no later than April 31, 2012 (pursuant to return of signed contract). Payment may be made either by cheque or through PayPal, as requested by the winning entrants.
Rights Purchased: The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest will purchase â€“ via contract â€“ from the winning entrants the following rights: 1. First Worldwide Electronic Rights. 2. Non-Exclusive Print and Electronic Anthology Rights (at this time there are no immediate plans to produce an anthology, or anthologies, related to this contest; but we have not ruled out the possibility of doing so in future), and First North American Print Rights (in order to produce the limited edition booklets being produced as part of the prize pool). We request the right to archive the winning stories on the contest website indefinitely unless requested otherwise by the authors.
Display Period For Winning Stories: The winning entries will be displayed on the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest website for a period of three calendar months after the conclusion of the contest. We will be archiving stories on the contest website unless requested otherwise by the storyâ€™s author. If you allow us to archive your story you may at any time later, for any reason, ask us to remove the story from the contest website archives and we will do so.
All entries submitted to the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest must be previously unpublished, original (plagiarism or fraudulent entries will result in disqualification) work. The exception to this rule is fiction not previously published in English: material previously published in another language and translated into English is acceptable.
We will not accept simultaneous submissions (this is grounds for disqualification), and any stories you enter in excess of the allowable 3 will be considered ineligible.
We reserve the right to edit stories as necessary regarding basic copyediting.
The Big Why (And How You Can Help Whether You Enter Or Not)
We know that for many writers the idea of entry fee based contests is a touchy subject, both because of the fraudulent practices that choke the field like the risen dead clawing their way free from rotting loam, and because of the idea of the fees themselves.
We, the Friends of the Merril Collection, would like to make very clear the fact that we are not charging â€śreading feesâ€ť. We are running a contest. We are charging an entry fee for each eligible submission because we are trying to raise funds to aid the Merril Collection, and to raise awareness of the Collection. We are potentially accepting donations toward the prize pool as well (query if interested), but as we are trying to refrain from drawing on the already accrued financial resources available to the Friends of the Merril in order to run this contest, we are charging entry fees.
However, our prize monies are guaranteed whether we hit our goal or not. Do not misunderstand us, we hope to do vastly more than simply raise the sum we need to meet the prize monies guaranteed. We are looking to engage good old fashioned barn-raising, put-on-a-show, shoot-for-the-moon fundraising. Some organizations run bake sales. We work with fiction. And what better way to work with fiction than by encouraging lovers and practitioners, amateurs and professionals, enthusiasts and connoisseurs of that craft to write and try for some cash prizes?
We hope youâ€™ll help. You donâ€™t even have to enter to do it. Help us spread the word. Tell a friend. Tell five. Tell ten. Blog about the contest. Tweet about it. Whatever you can and are willing to do to help, know that we appreciate it more than we can say. Because at its heart, the Merril Collection is about the love of fiction, be it Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, or any of the other of the indefinable branches of Speculative Fiction, and the wide world of mainstream Lit lying just beyond our doorstep. It is about discovery and change and imagination. It is about the power of the written word to motivate and move and foment and catalyze and crystallize and inspire.
It is about wonder.
And if that isnâ€™t something to get behind we donâ€™t know what is.
Discovering the Undiscovered Competition
$1000 Cash Prize In Fiction or Creative Nonfiction & Publishing Offers to Winners & Finalists
Open to all forms of fiction or creative nonfiction including novels, memoirs, or collections of short fiction & essays!
Manuscripts between 30,000-200,000 words. Our editors will, unlike most book-length contests, make exceptions on length. For special permissions, please email email@example.com
Manuscripts may be novels, novellas, memoirs, and works of creative nonfiction, collections of short fiction, creative essays, or a combination of the two.
All manuscripts must be in a standard 12 point font, reasonably edited for grammar and typographical errors, and sent electronically. We do not accept postal entries. Enough paper is wasted on this planet as it is.
Judging is blind at all levels. What that means is that the authorâ€™s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
Submissions should be uploaded through our electronic submission manager and incluse the authorâ€™s name, mailing address, email address, phone Number, and title of entry in the comments section of the submission form. Judging is blind so itâ€™s very important entrants include all required information in the proper place. No personal information should be included in the manuscript itself.
Initial judging will be conducted by a network of published writers and editors selected by Grace Notes Books. Finalists will be determined by a staff of editors from Grace Notes Books, NOTES Magazine, and Notesandgracenotes.com. Final judging will be conducted by Grace Notes Bookâ€™s primary editors.
Judgeâ€™s feedback and editors notes on entries made by the standard deadline will be sent out at the close of competition.
Entrants wishing to receive a copy of their judgeâ€™s feedback (regardless of finalist status) may do so by paying a small additional fee at the time of submission. Entrants may not do so after making their initial entry.
Entrants who choose the feedback option before the early bird deadline will receive their reader's notes by June 1st 2012 and will have the opportunity to revise and re-submit the manuscript for Â˝ the regular entry fee.
A non-refundable entry fee of $23 must accompany each manuscript. While we wish this were not required, we are a fledgling publishing company chasing a dream (in the middle of a national economic crisis) and an entry fee is a necessary evil. Entry fees will be contributed to prizes, with a percentage being donated to the free bi-monthly competitions hosted at notesandgracenotes.com, publishing costs for the winning title, and marketing for the winning book. In researching the subject of entry fees in similar competitions, we are confident you will find this fee more reasonable than most. There are competitions that charge as much for the entry of a single short story.
Prizes & Publishing Information:
Winning authors are not obligated to accept the publication offered by Grace Notes Books in order to receive their winnings. This is an optional offer.
The winning entry will receive a publication offer for their manuscript and the option of either a $1000 cash prize or an advance $350 against royalties and a standard publishing contract of 15% of the cover price (retail is generally $12.99 for our trade paperbacks).
The winning author will receive 5 contributor's copies of their book upon publication. They will also be able to use a discount for additional copies and pay only printing costs.
All finalists will be considered by Grace Notes Books for future publication and those offers may be made at the end of the competition.
In the case of a tie, winnings will be divided among entrants but the publishing options will remain the same and both manuscripts will be published.
All prizes will be paid upon publication of the winning titles. If the winning author turns down the publishing offer, prizes will be paid on the date publication would have taken place.
In the event that the winning author declines the publishing offer:
Grace Notes Books will select another of the finalist entries for the publication offer.
The winning author will receive the cash and product prizes they are entitled to. The publication offer that is made to a runner-up in this event may or may not come with an offer of advance payment, depending on funding at the time such an offer is made.
Just So We Understand Each Otherâ€¦
By entering this competition you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to abide by these rules and that you may be disqualified for breaching these rules without a refund of your entry fee. You are acknowledging that you understand the publishing offers to be presented and that you are under no obligation to accept the publishing offer should your manuscript be selected as the winner.
Mission Statement for this contest & all Grace Notes publishing endeavorsâ€¦
Grace Notes Books seeks works of quality and we do not believe that genre restricts quality. A great writer is a great writer whether theyâ€™re writing staunch literary epics or fun science fiction stories. We really enjoy stories that push the boundaries, blending styles, stories that have a strong entertainment value and are executed in the finest literary styling. In other words: Send us anything and everything-- as long as itâ€™s wonderful.
Contest Begins November 3, 2011
Early Bird Deadline February 15, 2012
Early Entry Feedback Sent June 1, 2012
Final deadline OCTOBER 1ST 2012
Finalists Announced October 31, 2012
Winners announced November 30, 2011
All requested feedback (for entries submitted after 2/15) sent on or before Jan.1st 2012.
Winning Book Published March 2013
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Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award
We are now accepting submissions of short fiction or memoir (2000 words or fewer) for the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award. The first place winner's story will be considered for publication in the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC's upcoming anthology, Seasonal Pursuits: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales. Our previous publication, A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales (2009), won two Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Best Anthology and Best Short Fiction.
Stories must be submitted using the form below
Entries must be no more than 2000 words
All entries must be previously unpublished, and adhere to our Terms and Conditions set out below
Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, February 15, 2012
Payments are requested within 24 hours of submissions. All payments must be received through PayPal no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on February 17, 2012
$10 per story.
First prize: $200 and consideration for inclusion in the upcoming BWG anthology, Seasonal Pursuits: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales, scheduled for publication in late 2012. If it is not accepted for publication in the print anthology, it will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. There is no guarantee of print publication
Second prize: $100 and publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
Third prize: $50 and publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
Honorable Mentions: Stories may be selected for Honorable Mention and offered publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
Initial judging will be performed by members of the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC. Finalists will be notified by March 15, 2012.
Final selection of winners will be done by The New York Times best-selling author, Jonathan Maberry. Prize winners will be notified by April 15, 2012.
Contest winners will be announced on the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable website and on the Bethlehem Writers Group website (www.bethlehemwritersgroup.com) by May 1, 2012.
Terms and Conditions:
1. Each story must relate to the theme "Seasonal Pursuits," broadly interpreted.
2. All submissions must be made using the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award Submission Form on this page. .
3. Each story must be the original and unpublished work of the author. Work is considered published if it has appeared in whole or in part anywhere in print or online.
4. Authors must be 18 years of age or older. Proof of eligibility will be required for all prize winners.
5. All entries must be in the English language.
6. Submissions are limited to 2000 words or fewer. Submissions of over 2000 words will be disqualified and entry fees will not be refunded. The title and author's name do not count toward the word limit.
7. Stories are judged anonymously. The author's name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s). Please include "Submission" and your story's title in the subject line of the submission form. Your name, address, phone and email address must appear in the appropriate blocks on the submission form.
8. Multiple entries by the same author are permitted. There is a $10 fee required for each entry.
9. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on February 15, 2012. Submissions received after the deadline will not be opened.
10. An entry fee of $10 is required for each entry. This fee is payable in response to our invoice through PayPal only. You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal for this purpose. Payment must be received by midnight (EST) on February 17, 2012. Payments received after the deadline will be returned minus PayPal fees.
11. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but immediate notification is requred if your work is accepted elsewhere for publication. Entry fees are not refundable.
12. By entering this competition, the author is agreeing to abide by these Terms and Conditions. Any violation of these rules will result in disqualification.
13. Members of the Bethlehem Writers Group, the celebrity judge, and members of any of their immediate families (in the same household) are not eligible to enter.
14. By submitting to the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, you certify that the work is solely your own, original work, is unpublished in any other electronic or print format, does not encroach on any trademark or copyright, and does not libel or defame any entity living or dead. You will indemnify and hold Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC harmless from any claims, causes of action, damages, or judgments arising out of publishing your submission.
15. Winners will grant Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC, first serial publication rights to the winning story. The copyright of the work remains the property of the author, who, one month following publication of the work by the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC, is free to publish the work elsewhere.
16. Awards are as follows: FIRST PLACE AWARD: $200 and consideration for publication in the print anthology, Seasonal Pursuits: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales. Publication is anticipated in late 2012. If the story that wins the First Place Award is not selected for inclusion in that anthology, it will be published in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, the magazine of the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC. SECOND PLACE AWARD: $100 and publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. THIRD PLACE AWARD: $50 and publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. HONORABLE MENTIONS (if any) will be listed on the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable website and may be offered publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
17. Award winners, including Honorable Mentions, will grant the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC, first serial publication rights in your work. The copyright of the work remains the property of the author, who, following publication of the work by the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC, is free to publish the work elsewhere. Upon any subsequent publication, the author will ensure that work is accompanied by a statement indicating that the work was originally published by the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable or by the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC, along with the date of such publication. If it was originally published in a print anthology, the name of the anthology will also appear in said statement.
18. The decisions of the judges are final.
19. This offer is void where prohibited by law.
Best of luck!
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