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Publisher Seeks Submissions for 2010 MOTIF Anthology

MOTIF is an anthology series published annually by MotesBooks of Louisville, Ky. Volume 1: Writing By Ear featured 116 writers, including Patty Griffin, Silas House, Buddy & Julie Miller, Maurice Manning, Evie Shockley, Neela Vaswani, Frank X Walker and Pamela Duncan.

Each volume in the MOTIF series focuses on a theme – for Volume 3 the theme is WORK.

Submissions may be poems, short stories, song lyrics, short memoirs, essays, letters, creative nonfiction, or other forms. Combinations of forms are acceptable up to the limits described: Prose must be under 3,000 words. Send no more than three poems/lyrics.  All genres will be considered as long as “chance” is referenced or illuminated in the works.  Submissions may address the theme either directly or indirectly, but “chance” should figure significantly and artfully in the piece.  The definition or concept of “chance” can be interpreted in any way the writer sees fit, but could include ideas related to chaos, serendipity, mistake, the occasion for wonder, kismet, accident, fate, destiny, cause and effect, encounters, and/or predestination.

Each contributor whose work is accepted will receive one (1) complimentary copy of the book upon publication as payment. Contributors will also receive an ongoing contributor's discount for unlimited purchases of additional copies to use or resell. Marketing outlets include,, and the publisher's website, Special marketing strategies will also be utilized, including one or more public readings with selected contributors by invitation of the editor or publisher.

Submit by email only. Send manuscript (Arial 12 pt., single-spaced) as a .doc or .rtf file (MS Word) to
IMPORTANT: Use "MOTIF Anthology" as the subject line (email containing blank subject lines will automatically be deleted; other subject lines may inadvertently be tagged as spam). Include all author contact information (including phone, snail mail, and e-mail address) with each submission.
Include a 50-60 word biographical note to appear in Contributor's section of the anthology in case of acceptance.
Do not send previously published or simultaneously submitted material.
Submission period closes September 1, 2010.

The Malahat Review's 2010 Creative Non-Fiction Prize

Deadline: August 1, 2010 (postmarked)
Prize: $1000 CAD
Submit one piece of creative non-fiction between 2000 and 3000 words in length.
Entry fee: $35 CAD for residents of Canada
$40 USD for residents of the United States
$45 USD for entries from elsewhere
(entry fee includes a one year subscription to the magazine)

For more information:

the next contest is:

The Malahat Review's 2011 Open Season Awards

Deadline: November 1, 2010 (postmarked)
Prize: $1000 CAD in each of three genres
Enter either: up to 3 poems; one short story under 2500 words; OR one piece of creative non-fiction under 2500 words
Entry fee (per entry): $35 CAD for residents of Canada
$40 USD for residents of the United States
$45 USD for entries from elsewhere

For more information:


 Inkspotter Fiction Contest


1st Prize: $60 plus publication
2nd Prize: $30 plus publication
Theme: Open
Genre: Fiction
Length: 500 words or fewer
Deadline: July 21, 2010 (postmark)
Entry Fee: $2.00 per story


- Write a self-contained short story in 500 words or fewer. No predetermined theme this year, so let your imaginations run wild!
- Be original. Be concise. Be spelled correctly.
- Send your story in plain text in the body of an e-mail to

 (subject line = "Annual Contest Submission") or to the address above. Do not indent
paragraphs. Leave one line space between each paragraph.

- All stories MUST have a title.
- Be sure to include your full name and e-mail address. If your story wins,
we'll contact you for your preferred method of payment.
- Enter as often as you like, but payment must be received for each entry.
- You retain copyright of your story.
- All entries will be acknowledged if an e-mail address is included.
- By entering the contest, you agree to have your name and email address
added to the subscriber list for InkSpotter News, our monthly ezine. Contest
news and winning stories appear in the newsletter. (Our subscriber list will
never be shared with or sold to a third party.)

NOTE: Please, do not submit fan fiction.


Oregon Writers Colony Annual Contests



Short Stories Both True and Imagined (fiction and non-fiction)

Awards: 1st place-$200, 2nd place-$100, 3rd place-$50, 1st Honorable Mention-Certificate of Achievement, Additional Honorable Mention credited in Colonygram and on the website

Deadline: Aug. 15, 2010




Hollywood, CA - and Executive Producer, Michael David Jensen present the 2010 Horror Screenplay Contest. 

Over $5,000.00 in cash and prizes will be given away this year.  Winning material has been requested by over 100 agents, managers, producers and studios. This contest is open to all writers, eighteen years and older.  The contest is limited to the first 600 entries and the submission deadline is July 20, 2010. Writers may also submit their material online. 


Open call for submissions for a Queer Gothic Anthology

    Details :

Start writing for the next scheduled anthology

    Galactic Glitterball

    Queer (GLBT) Empires out among the stars, where Amazon Queens command Space Armadas, Guilded Ambassadors spin intrigue and diplomacy and magenta nebulae boil away under the furies of destruction and creation...
    Your character MUST be part of a GLBT interstellar empire, how the intricacies work is   to you but please DO NOT send any lone gay captain/cadet of the USS Straight, or stories set aboard the only gay crewed vessel in the galaxy et cetera--we're not looking for angsty tales of isolation or unrequited acceptance.  This anthology is about the glorious melodrama of drag queens in space, sauve queer captain romeos and beautiful alien amazons dancing the light fantastic among glitterball stars! We want action, we want drama, we want Space Opera!  We are NOT looking for parodies! (3,000 to 20,000

    Submissions open: TBA
    Reading period begins: TBA
To be published by QueeredFiction

Fourth River Award for Poetry 2010 
Fourth River Award for Creative Nonfiction 2010


We are looking for poetry and creative nonfiction that capture the places—natural, built and imagined, urban, rural or wild—where humans and nature converge and collide. 

First place winner in each category will be published in the Fourth River and will receive a $500 cash prize upon publication. 

Contest judges to be announced. 

Contest Guidelines

Submissions should be postmarked no later than October 15, 2010

Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible. Students, faculty and employees of Chatham University are not eligible.

Include a title page with your name, address, phone number and the title of your submission(s). Your name must not appear on the actual manuscript.

The reading fee is $5 for three poems or one essay (7,000 word maximum), and includes a copy of Issue 7. Please make checks payable to Chatham University. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each submission must be accompanied by a reading fee. Manuscripts will not be returned. 
(Please note: the reading fee does not apply to regular submissions.)

Send your submission, your reading fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to: 

The Fourth River 
Chatham University 
Woodland Road 
Pittsburgh, PA 15232 
Attention: Fourth River Award for (please insert genre here--Poetry or Nonfiction).





Isotope Editors’ Prizes in Nonfiction, Fiction and Poetry
July 1 - October 15

Milwaukee Irish Fest


 An award of $100 will be given to the winning poem. This contest is open to all.

The Joseph Gahagan prize of $100 will be awarded in memory of the man who served as poetry consultant to Irish Fest for many years and was a lecturer in the English department of the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Only current residents of Wisconsin are eligible for this prize.

The awards will be given to the entries best reflecting Irish or Irish-American poetry traditions. While the poems do not necessarily need to have direct Irish or Irish-American themes, the winning entries should have a cultural/literary relation to either Ireland or Irish-America.

Submission Rules

Each contestant should submit no more than one poem; however, Wisconsin residents may submit one poem for each contest.

Entries must be received between June 15 and August 1, 2009. All entries must be typewritten and mailed. No handwritten,faxed, or e-mail submissions will be accepted.

Each entry should have a cover sheet that contains the poet’s name, address, telephone number, and/or FAX and/or e-mail address. It should indicate whether the poem is be
ing submitted for the Goodwin or for the Gahagan Prize, and it should be stapled to the entry. The poet’s name or other identifying information should not appear on the poem.

Each entry should be the poet’s original work and should not have appeared previously in any publication.

No entries will be returned. Contestants are urged to keep copies of their submissions and to put a clear return address on the envelope in case of non-delivery.

Send entries to Irish Fest Poetry Contests, c/o Milwaukee Irish Fest, 1532 Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213. The deadline is August 1, 2010.

Winners will be announced on the Hedge School stage at Irish Fest at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, during the poetry events. All entrants who are present will be invited to read their poems. The names of the winning poems and poets will be posted on the Irish Fest Web site ( by September 1 , 2009. Winners who are within the Milwaukee area during this year’s Irish Fest (August 13-16 ) will be notified by August 10 and will be sent free tickets and invited to read their poems at the Fest. Irish Fest is held on the Maier Festival Grounds (Summerfest) on the lakefront in downtown Milwaukee.

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest


Open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes.

Visit for further details, to print out an entry form or to enter online.

All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: July 31, 2010



Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

Writing Contest entry fee: $10 per short story.

Poetry Contest entry fee: $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: DREAMQUESTONE.COM

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for further details, to print out an entry form or to enter online.



Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry is now accepting prose poetry submissions

In addition to prose poems we are looking for relevant reviews, interviews, and essays. Previously published is fine, as long as it was in print and not online. Simultaneous submissions are also fine, but please notify us promptly when work is accepted elsewhere.
*Please read all guidelines before submitting. New submissions procedure.*
Deadline: July 31, 2010


Voices Israel Annual Anthology

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The Voices Israhel Group of Poets in English annually publishes an Anthology of poetry.


Deadline for submissions: October 9st , 2010 






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The Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Non-Fiction


Writers of comedic essays, articles, short stories, poetry, shopping lists and other forms are invited to submit. Works up to 750 words in length should be typed, double-spaced, accompanied by a money order or check for $5 to cover administrative costs, payable to "The Mona Schreiber Prize." No limit to entries but
each must have a separate fee. Put contact information on the first page.

No SASEs, please. Include e-mail address for notification of winners.
announcement of three winners: 1st: $500. 2nd: $250. 3rd: $100.
All receive copies of What Are You Laughing At?: How to Write Funny Screenplays, Stories and More by Brad Schreiber.

Entries are not returned and must be unpublished. Humor is subjective. Uniqueness is suggested. Weirdness is encouraged.

The Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Non-Fiction
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For more information and to read previous winners:

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All entries must be postmarked by December 1

Alligator Juniper's National Writing Contest

Alligator Juniper's National Writing Contest

$500 First Place Prize

Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry


An annual publication of Prescott College since 1995, Alligator Juniper recently won the AWP Directors' Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines

Annual contest awards $500 plus publication for the first place winner in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Additional winners selected for publication will be paid in copies (4). A $10 fee per entry goes toward payment of awards and guest judges. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2007 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in summer 2007. There is no theme for the 2007 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.

Postmarked Deadline: October 1, 2010

Memoirs, Ink.
 Annual Personal Essay Contest



Memoirs Ink is looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. The narrative must be in first person, other than that, the contest is open to any type, genre or style of story. Stories can be funny or sad, serious, artsy or fragmented. We are intersted in pushing the boundaries of memoir and also in just regular memoir that doesn't try too hard--so long as it moves us. This contest is open to any writer, any age, writing in English--that means Canadians, Brits, Australians, Ugandans and anyone else anywhere can enter.

Contest submission form - To enter, click here.

  1. Entry must be previously unpublished (this includes websites and blogs).
  2. Entry fee: $15 -we lowered it! And previous entrants get at $2 discount on entry fee. (Make check or money order to Memoirs, Ink.  Pay online at Paypal. The payment address is: memoirsink at gmail dot com. Please make sure to mail your reciept with your entry form and story.
  3. Prizes: First Prize: $1000. Second Prize: $500. Third Prize: $250.
  4. Word Limit: February Deadline: less than 1500 words; August Deadline: less than 3000 words.
  5. Annual Contest Deadline: August 14, 2010 (postmark); Late deadline: August 31, 2010 (late entries require additional $5 fee per entry);
  6. Half-Yearly Contest Deadline: February 15, 2011 (postmark) Late Deadline: March 1, 2011 (Postmark - Late entries require additional $5 entry fee per entry).
  7. Winners will be announced October 7 and April 30, respectively. We will announce them by e-mail and on our website.
  8. Send entries to:
    Memoirs Ink Writing Contest
    10866 Washington Blvd, Suite 518,
    Culver City, CA 90232



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