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The Fourth Annual OddContest
Participate in this annual competition for speculative
(science fiction, fantasy, or horror) stories or prose poems no longer than 500
words. The contest has been sponsored since 2008 by OdysseyCon, a
science-fiction convention held each
spring in Madison, Wisconsin. Cash prizes of $500 for the Adult winner and $50
for the Youth winner; convention memberships and books are awarded to the top
three places in both the Adult and Youth divisions.
Entry deadline January 15 each year; results are
announced by March 15. Free entry (no more than one entry) for Youth under 18
years as of January1, 2011.$10 entry fee for Adult 18 and over.
The 2011 judge is SF poet and professor emerita Marion Boyer. An awards ceremony
and reading of the winning stories will be held at OdysseyCon April 8-10, 2011,
at the Radisson Hotel in Madison,WI and the stories will be
published in the OddCon program and on the website (if desired).
Gemini Magazine is pleased
to announce its 2011 Short Story Contest
featuring a grand prize of $1,000
Absolutely no restrictions on content, style, genre or
length--just send your best. Second place wins $100 and there will also be three
honorable mentions. All five finalists will be published in the June 2011 issue.
Entry fee: $4. Deadline: March 31, 2011. Full
Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction
The annual winner receives a
$500 Prize and Publication in Summer Issue of Harpur Palate
Short story submissions should be: 1) 8000 words or less, and 2) previously
unpublished. You may enter as many stories as you wish. The entry fee is $15
per story. Please send checks drawn on a U.S. bank or money orders. Please make
sure your checks are made out to Harpur Palate, or we won’t be able to process
them (or accept your submission).
Please include a cover letter
with your name, address, phone number, your preferred e-mail address and story
title. Entrant's name should ONLY appear on the cover letter and should not
appear anywhere on the manuscript. Manuscripts cannot be returned, so please
only send disposable copies.
Send entries along with a
SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) for contest results to:
Contest Submissions Timeline : Opens February 1, deadline: April
Literary Journal Seeks Submissions
Manifestations: the literary journal of the
Fourth Order of Francis and Clare is seeking poetry, short story, nonfiction,
book excerpts, essays, interviews, book reviews, and visual art and media that
address interfaith edges, archetypal themes of spiritual passage from any
tradition, or the spirituality of relationship with the earth/cosmos are
encouraged at this time. All submissions must in someway speak to the spiritual
life. They may reflect a religious tradition or not. Submissions should be sent
We look for work that penetrates experience seeking the unifying voice beneath
the world's apparent divisions, a voice that hums in the timbre of the great
cross cultural wisdom traditions. We are enchanted by works that reflect both
the beauty and terror of life and dialogue in a vital way with the human
condition. We do not accept gratuitous piety, sexuality or violence. Please
check out the last issue of Manifestations from the link at
At Length is now considering
submissions of poetry and prose
Please see below for specific guidelines, and
that open reading period will end on March 31.
We’re interested in poems and sequences that are at least 7 single-spaced pages
long. Please send a Word document or PDF to email@example.com.
Simultaneous submissions are fine, but be sure to mention it in the body of the
email, and if parts of the work have already appeared in other venues, please
note that as well and provide all relevant details. We will attempt to respond
to all submissions within one month, and we ask that you only submit one poem at
We’re looking for fiction and non-fiction of at least 7,500 words in length. We
welcome novellas, novel excerpts, memoirs, narratives, essays, and long short
stories. No academic papers, please. Simultaneous submissions are fine;
previously published pieces, not so much. Please send your work in a Word or .pdf
firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a short biographical note. We’ll do our
best to respond within a month.
Additionally, At Length is seeking submissions from writers of all stripes for a
recurring feature in its art section. The feature will
include and promote prose pieces (essays, prose poems, letters-to-the-world)
that explore one work of art. The first installment, an essay by poet Anna
Journey on Remedios Varo’s Catedral vegetal, can be found here. Please send a
query letter with a brief synopsis to At Length’s art editor, Elaine Bleakney,
New Plains Review
Submit to: Submissions, PO Box 184, University of Central Oklahoma,
Edmond, OK 73034. Or e-mail (via Word attachment) to:
New Plains Review, the
University of Central Oklahoma’s literary journal, solicits original works in
prose, poetry, drama, art, and photography.
Theme: Service. “Military, community service, school service requirements, jury
duty, all forms of volunteering, religious services, food service, customer
service, serving a subpoena or tennis ball, etc.”
Deadline: Jan 15
The NFSPS conducts yearly poetry contests.
Amy Writing Awards
or The Amy Foundation, PO Box 16091, Lansing MI 48901.
For articles that present the biblical position in a sensitive, thought-provoking
manner - must be published in a mainstream, non-religious publication.
No entry fee. Awards: $10,000 - $1,000.
Deadline: January 31, 2010.
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
Entry fee required.
The 17th annual Tom Howard/John H.
Reid Short Story Contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books. Any type of original
short story, essay or other work of prose is eligible. Prizes totaling $5,350
will be awarded, including a top prize of $2,000.
Click here to read winning entries from the past.
Entries accepted July 15-March 31 (postmark dates).
Early submission is encouraged.
What to Submit
Short stories, essays or other works of prose, up to 5,000 words each. There are
no restrictions on style or theme. Each entry should be your own original work.
You may submit the same work simultaneously to this contest and to others, and
you may submit works that have been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long
as you own the online publication rights.
The Frost Farm Prize
$1,000 Prize for a single metrical poem. Includes
an invitation (with honorarium) to read for The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the
in Derry, New Hampshire in the summer of 2011.
Sponsored by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm and The Hyla Brook Poets
Judge: William Baer
Deadline: Postmarked by April 1, 2011
Entry Fee: $5 per poem
Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). No
translations. There is no limit to the number of poems entered by an
individual, but an entry fee of $5 US per poem must accompany the submission
(entry fees from outside the United States must be paid in cash or by check
drawn on a U.S.bank). Make checks payable to the "Trustees of the Robert Frost
Farm." Please type the author's name, address, phone number and e-mail address
on the back of each entry. Entries will be submitted to the judge anonymously.
Send entries to:
The Frost Farm Prize
26 Pond Rd
Derry, NH 03038
Enclose a SASE for notification of the contest results.
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors
internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner
receives $1,000 and possible publication in the Thomas Wolfe Review.
Eligibility and Guidelines
The competition is open to all writers without regard to geographical region or
Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12
Names should not appear on manuscripts but on separate cover sheet along with
address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and
An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 NCWN for members, $25 for
nonmembers. You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your
submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’
Network. Entries will not be returned.
Postmark deadline: January
Submissions Accepted from December 1 – January 30
The winner is announced in April.
Send submissions, indicating name of competition,
Professor Tony Abbott
PO Box 7096
Davidson, NC 28035
Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network
Call for Submissions: New Self-Help Book for
What’s your success secret? How did you
find the courage to try out for the sports team or to stick up for a friend
getting bullied? What helped you to overcome a huge mistake, deal with a
family crisis, or accept your body for the way it is? How did you break out of
the mold and try something new?
We want to know what success secret
helped you the most as a teen. On the flip side, we’d also love to hear what
tips and tricks you wish you had known as a teen. What would have helped you
to enjoy life more, maintain healthier relationships, or avoid dangerous
In your submission, describe the situation
you were in and what success secret helped you to arrive at a solution. You
might also suggest practical ways teens can start applying your advice to
their own lives.
Entries should be approximately 150-700
words. If your submission is chosen for publication, we will pay you $50 for
all rights to publish it in an anthology. Deadline: January 24, 2011. Send
your submission to email@example.com.
Whispering Angel Books Seeks
Nurturing Paws, is currently accepting positive and uplifting
short stories and poems that illustrate the healing power of animals in our
lives. The deadline is March 15, 2011 and there is no submission fee.
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