“I really think that if there’s any one enemy to human creativity, especially creative writing, it’s self-consciousness.” --Andre Dubus III
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Contests & Markets
April through June 2013
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For detailed information on all opportunities identified below, visit the website or e-mail the contest organizer.
WriterAdvice flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us with your prose. Finalists receive responses from all judges. Submit your work to the 8th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest April 18, 2013. Complete details and Submittable link at writeradvice.com. We'd love to read your work.
From Ellen Bass:
PERSIMMON TREE'S SHORT TAKES ON MONEY AND INTIMATE RELATIONS
Persimmon Tree invites women over sixty to submit a short nonfiction piece (250-500 words) for Short Takes. They especially interested in hearing about your experiences, but you can include your thoughts, dreams, and ideas. Humor and irony are always appreciated.
Topic: Intimate Relations DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2013
Back to Joy: Little Reminders to Help Us Through Tough Times will provide positive reminders for people who tend to be happy, but have just lost their way due to challenging circumstances.
DEADLINE: April 15, 2013
Toasts: The Essential Collection of More Than 500 Toasts, Graces, and Blessings will offer inspiration and confidence to those who will be giving toasts. Readers should be able to find toasts that will be appropriate and enjoyable for every occasion. While the book will include several tried and true toasts, the desire is to find new and creative toasts that will appeal to a broad range of readers.
DEADLINE: April 30, 2013
Monterey Poetry Reviewis After a hiatus, the Monterey Poetry Review is back and looking to publish the highest quality of poetry online in succeeding issues from the many talented poets in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, as well as from poets anywhere with a connection to the Monterey Peninsula.
Cleaver Magazine was established in 2013 to share cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. Cleaverpublishes poetry, short stories, essays, dramatic monologues, flash prose (300 words or less), and visual art.
From Writer’s Relief
Submit to: BOMB's Fiction Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Short Stories (~5,000 words MAX, less than 20 pages)
URL: BOMB's Fiction Contest
Submit to: Trio House Press Contests: Trio Award for First of Second Book -OR-
Louise Bogan Award. Online Form.
Entry Fee: $25 (per contest)
First Prize: $1,000 plus 20 copies of publication
Type: Poetry (48 to 70 pages)
URL: Trio House Press Contests
Submit to: Creative Nonfiction, Attn: Sustainability, 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202,
Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Or send online. Online Form.
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $10,0000 plus publication
Type: Essays (4,000 words MAX) on the topic of "Sustainability"
URL: Creative Nonfiction
Submit to: Robert Pesich, Editor, Swan Scythe Press 1368 Mallard Way,
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Entry Fee: $17
First Prize: $200 plus 25 copies
Type: Poetry (20 to 32 pages)
URL: Swan Scythe Press
Submit to: Blue Light Press Poetry Prize, 1563 - 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $100 plus 50 copies
Type: Poetry (10 - 24 pages MAX)
URL: Blue Light Press Poetry Prize
Submit to: BLR Literary Prize. Submission Link
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (up to 3 poems, 5 pages MAX) or prose (5,000 words MAX)
URL: BLR Literary Prize
Submit to: Composite Arts Magazine. Online Form
Type: Flash fiction and micro-essays (1,000 words MAX)
URL: Composite Arts Magazine
Submit to: Dreams. Send via email. Email Address
Theme: Dreams. MUS BE animal-based characters and writing
Type: Stories (10,000 words MAX)
Submit to: Lake Region Review. Online Form
Theme: Writers from Minnesota or the eastern Dakotas
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX, but upload one at a time), short stories
(3,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (2,000 words MAX)
URL: Lake Region Review
MuseWriteCommunity seeks submissions for an anthology that will focus on stories about
major life shifts regarding unspoken needs, social change, community, and defining self.
This book will be written by and for women about change.
Submissions can be short stories, essays, plays and poems. 3,000 word maximum.
Submit to musewritecommunityATyahooDOTcom
Deadline: June 1, 2013.
CALL FOR CONTESTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS, also from Ellen Bass:
MCWC FIVE UNDER TWENTY-FIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM The Mendocino Coast Writers Conference is offering full-tuition scholarships for up to five young writers who live or attend school in one of five Northern California counties: Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, or Sonoma. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time of the conference, which takes place July 25-27, 2013. DEADLINE: May 1, 2013.
PHYLLIS L. ENNES POETRY CONTEST The Skagit River Poetry Foundation is accepting submission for the Phyllis L. Ennes Poetry Contest, open to all Pacific Northwest poets. Ellen Bass will be the contest judge. DEADLINE: October 15, 2013
BLACK LAWRENCE PRESS'S HUDSON PRIZE Black Lawrence Press seeks to publish intriguing books of literature and creative non-fiction: novels, memoirs, short story collections, poetry, biographies, cultural studies, and translations from the German and French.
Open Reading Period 1: June 1 - June 30
From Dream Quest One
Title: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest
Description: Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject and/or a write short story,
5 pages maximum length, on any theme, for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.
Deadline: July 31, 2013
April 2013 - June 2013
Journaling: Gateway to Self Discovery is available by special arrangement. Contact
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