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1. Call for Submissions of Historical Crime and Mystery Fiction for Anthology: Darkhouse Books


Submissions remain open for an anthology of historical crime and mystery fiction

Darkhouse Books seeks stories for an anthology of historical crime and mystery fiction. For the purpose of this anthology we are defining historical fiction as, those works set more than a few decades prior to the present and written by someone without direct experience in the setting and events of the story. But should a truly superb story happen to stray from the above strictures and cross our threshold, we would happily consider it.

The submission period is now open and will remain open through 11:59pm (PST), December 31st, 2014.

We are seeking stories in the 2500 to 7500 word range, though if it’s knockout material, we’ll consider any length.

The anthology will contain between twelve and twenty stories, depending on the overall length. Authors will share equally fifty percent of royalties received.

We accept MS Word .doc and .docx files. Submissions must be in standard manuscript format. Links to formatting guides are available here.

Previously published work will be considered, provided the author has the power to grant us the right to publish in ebook, audio, and print versions, and that it has not been available elsewhere more recently than January 1st, 2014.

Submissions may be sent to:

submissionsATdarkhousebooksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please leave “Submission-“ in the subject line and add the name of your story.

Andrew MacRae
Darkhouse Books
www.darkhousebooks.com
Now available "The Anthology of Cozy-Noir"!

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2. Call for Submissions to Anthology: My Brush with Death

Deadline--January 31, 2015
 
Rain Drop Press, is reading for its first anthology, Life is a Journey. . . not a destination: Topic: My Brush with Death. Rain Drop Press  strives to share stories of those who survived a harrowing experience and are willing to leave their story as a legacy of their emotional journey.
 
My Brush with Death stories are inspirational, true stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary experiences; stories that will open the heart and rekindle the spirit. They are personal and filled with emotion and drama. For some who have had a personal brush with death, reading this anthology will be a moment of reflection and realization of their own mortality. For others, it will be a realization of how fragile life can be.
 
Read the complete guidelines here.
No Entry Fee

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3. Call for Submissions of Experimental Writing: Best American Experimental Writing 2015

Best American Experimental Writing 2015, to be published by Wesleyan University Press next fall, is now accepting unsolicited submissions. Fully 20% of the 2015 anthology will comprise unsolicited works selected blind by the series co-editors, Jesse Damiani and Seth Abramson, and this year's guest editor, Douglas Kearney. 

Interested poets and writers can read the guidelines and access Wesleyan's Submittable page here

The deadline for submissions is November 1st. We look forward to reading your work!

Jesse Damiani
Seth Abramson
Series Co-Editors, Best American Experimental Writing


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4. Call for Historical Crime and Mystery Fiction Submissions for Anthology: Darkhouse Books

Darkhouse Books seeks stories for an anthology of historical crime and mystery fiction. For the purpose of this anthology we are defining historical fiction as, those works set more than a few decades prior to the present and written by someone without direct experience in the setting and events of the story. But should a truly superb story happen to stray from the above strictures and cross our threshold, we would happily consider it.

The submission period is now open and will remain open through 11:59pm (PST), December 31st, 2014.


We are seeking stories in the 2500 to 7500 word range, though if it’s knockout material, we’ll consider any length.

 
The anthology will contain between twelve and twenty stories, depending on the overall length. Authors will share equally fifty percent of royalties received.

 
We accept MS Word .doc and .docx files. Submissions must be in standard manuscript format. Previously published work will be considered, provided the author has the power to grant us the right to publish in ebook, audio, and print versions, and that it has not been available elsewhere more recently than January 1st, 2014.


Submissions may be sent to:

submissionsATdarkhousebooksDOTcom Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please leave “Submission-“ in the subject line and add the name of your story.


Now available "The Anthology of Cozy-Noir"!

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5. Loitering

Loitering, Charles D'Ambrosio's new collection of essays, feels like a confession — a secret you aren't supposed to share but are unable to keep to yourself. He writes with such an urgent immediacy that the words seem to vibrate, unable to be contained by page or cover. Books mentioned in this post Loitering: New and [...]

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6. Call for Poems about Food and Eating: Richer Resources

Richer Resources, based in Arlington, VA, seeks poems about food and eating for an anthology to be published in 2015. Send up to 3 original poems. Simultaneous and previously published OK. Include full contact info and a brief bio in the body of an email to:

poetryeditorATRicherResourcesPublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Attach poems in Word or Rich Text. Replies in 2 months. Contributors receive one copy. Deadline: Nov. 1. Sally Zakariya, poetry editor.

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7. Call for Political Poetry for Anthology: Sundress Publications

Sundress Publications Seeking Political Poetry for Anthology 

In September 2014, NPR writer and critic Juan Vidal wrote an essay whose titular question, “Where Have All the Poets Gone?” provided a platform for various musings regarding the political state of contemporary American poetics. According to Vidal, “For centuries, poets were the mouthpieces railing loudly against injustice. They gave voice to the hardships and evils facing people everywhere... What has happened?” He further suggested that poets writing today have failed to create work that carries the same “weight” as the poems written by their literary forefathers.  

Should American poets still be trying to write "Howl"? Are Neruda, Kerouac, Baraka, and the rest of the Beat Generation the only viable prototypes for political literary expression in American culture? How does the influx of identities, voices, and life experiences that are now expressed in mainstream American letters potentially create and communicate new political vision(s) -- vision that may sound or appear different from Ginsberg's poetic/political tour de force, but is no less necessary, compelling, challenging, or iconoclastic? What do we even mean when we talk about the weight of a political work? How is that weight both carried and expressed by poetry today?  

To address these questions, Sundress Publications is now accepting poetry submissions for a new anthology on the politics of identity, to showcase the substantial amount of political writing that is being done today. This print anthology, edited by Fox Frazier-Foley and Erin Elizabeth Smith, will include multimedia features: we are open to submissions in audio/visual media (e.g., video files of ASL poetry, audio files of spoken word poetry, etc).  

This anthology is looking for submissions that contemplate ideas about race, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, educational background, different life experiences, etc. and how our identities shape and complicate how we see ourselves in the world.  

To submit, please send 3-5 poems and a bio (no longer than 75 words) to:

anthologyATsundresspublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Previously published work will be considered. If you send previously published work, please note where it first appeared.  

Submissions for this project are rolling.
Deadline: December 31, 2014, at 12:00 midnight PST.

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8. The Rude Burl of Our Masks

One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something for me and I grimaced and said something almost rude but not all the way rude and off I went on my bicycle. In autumn [...]

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9. Writing Competition for Anthology: Stories of Resilience

Family Shelter Service Writing Contest: "Stories of Resilience"

Wheaton, IL -- Family Shelter Service recently published a new book entitled Hope Grows Here, a compilation of stories and artwork by survivors of domestic abuse, available online through Amazon and CreateSpace.

In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the greater community is invited to add their voices to this exploration through the "Stories of Resilience" contest. Submissions are being sought that reflect the broad impact of abuse — through stories, personal essays or poems. Submissions will be considered for Volume II of Hope Grows Here.

Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, whose best-known books include The Shoemaker's Wife and Big Stone Gap, will judge the contest submissions.

The "Stories of Resilience" contest will offer a first prize of $500 and two second prizes of $100. Entries will be accepted through October 20th, 2014 and winners will be announced at an event on November 6th, 2014. For submissions and contest details, please visit our website.

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10. Call for Anthology Submissions: Family Blessings: Prayers, Poems, and Traditions

FAMILY BLESSINGS: Prayers, Poems, and Traditions by June Cotner & Nancy Tupper Ling.

All submissions for this book only should be emailed to:

submitATfinelinepoetsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Viva Editions is publishing Family Blessings in Spring 2016. Family Blessings consists of prayers, poems, toasts, traditions, rituals, and blessings for family gatherings. Your submissions should be inspiring, uplifting, and fitting for most faith traditions. The selections in Family Blessings will cultivate gratefulness for family life while nurturing and enriching the family bond. Each one should be universal (applicable to other families) and suitable to be read aloud at family gatherings.

Preliminary chapters include: 1) All-Occasion Toasts; 2) Graces & Mealtimes; 3) Birthdays; 4) Weddings; 5) Babies & Christenings; 6) Anniversaries; 7) Graduations; 8) Housewarmings; 9) Family Reunions; 10) Memorial Services; 11) Prayers & Blessings; 12) Holidays; 13) Appreciating Siblings; 14) Family Traditions; 15) Everyday Joys; 16) Special (misc. category to include Retirement, Bon Voyage, New Job, Move, and other family-related topics); 17) Legacies; and 18) Benedictions.

Please email no more than three submissions, each as a separate Word document and within one email message. Please use "FAMILY BLESSINGS" + your last name as your subject line and suggest a chapter from the headings above for each of your submissions. If your submissions are exactly what we are seeking, you will be invited to submit more.

All submissions must be single-spaced in Times New Roman 12 with all of your contact info in the upper left corner. For desired spiritual tone, refer to my book, Baby Blessings, or you may request guidelines and samples as a Word document by emailing:

submitATfinelinepoetsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Payment is one copy of the book for each published selection for non-exclusive rights. Submissions close: November 30, 2014.

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11. Essay Competition: Sacrifice Anthology Contest

Sacrifice Anthology Contest

Sacrifice Anthology Writing Contest – No Entry Fee
Email your submissions by midnight September 30, 2014 EST. to:


contestATsacrificeanthologyDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Submissions accepted from June 15 – September 30, 2014
Winners will be announced by October 30, 2014.


Prizes:
1st Place: $50 and two copies of the anthology and will be included in the published anthology.
2nd Place: $30 and two copies of the anthology and will be included in the published anthology.
3rd Place: $20 and two copies of the anthology and will be included in the published anthology.

All other submissions accepted for publication in the anthology will receive one copy of the anthology. 


Theme: We seek submissions for inclusion in the upcoming inspirational essay anthology – Sacrifice – What Would You Give? Submit a personal essay about someone who sacrificed for you or for someone else, in whatever style you feel best expresses the story. Tell us what was done and how it impacted you or the person who received the benefit of the sacrifice.

Word Count: 1,000 – 2,000 word double spaced pages. Times New Roman 12pt.
If selected, your name and story will be in the book.

Open to legal residents of the United States age 18 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.) The three winners of the contest will be selected in a blind reading process. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

The anthology essays will be collected by inspirational book and children’s book writer Eric Allen Jacobson and edited by published fiction and YA author Kelly Ann Jacobson. Original photographs by Eric Allen Jacobson

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12. Guy Read: True Stories

Guys Read: True Stories  edited by Jon Scieszka illustrated by Brian Floca Walden Pond Press, 2014 ISBN: 9780061963827 On shelves: Sept. 16, 2014 Grades 4 and up The reviewer received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher. Author, Jon Scieszka, has dedicated his life to inspiring boys to read, and he's succeeding. Not only did he serve as the National Ambassador for Young People's

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13. Call for Nonfiction by Veterans on Theme of Homecoming: So Say We All Anthology

Non-fiction submissions by Veteran writers welcome on the theme of, "Homecoming."

Veteran writers, let's get you published: in partnership with Cal Humanities and the Center for the Book, So Say We All requests non-fiction submissions on the theme of, "Homecoming," for a 2014 anthology to be published this winter. We aim to creation a collection from multitude of voices, across generations and branches of service, that examine the transition from military to civilian life. Various interpretations of the theme are welcome, from the literal to the more abstract. 


Average submission length is around 1,400 words but longer works will be considered (shorter is always welcome too.) All submissions will be considered as first drafts, and we expect chosen participants to work with our editors on a rewrite. Compensation is in the form of two copies of the book.

Deadline: September 1st, 2014.

Submit online here.

Visit our website for more information.

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14. Call for Science Fiction Submissions: Building Red--The Colonization of Mars


A new science fiction anthology—Building Red-The Colonization of Mars—is currently accepting submissions. Payment is $25 per story accepted, five free contributor copies, and 50% off copies contributors purchase
 
Deadline for entries is November 1, 2014
 
Complete submission guidelines. Included on the blog are web resources regarding the technicalities of getting to and living on Mars. Please note: we're looking for science fiction, not fantasy stories. Submissions can be funny, dark, quirky, serious, etc., but must include hard/believable science in the fiction. Send questions to:
 
janetcannoneditorATgmailDOTcom (Change At to @ and DOT to . )

Janet L. Cannon, Acquisitions Editor
Walrus Publishing, Inc.



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15. Nominations Open for 2014 Best of the Net Anthology: Sundress Publications

Sundress Publications is now open for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology nominations. This project continues to promote the diverse and growing collection of voices who are publishing their work online.

The internet continues to be a rapidly evolving medium for the distribution of new and innovative literature, and the Best of the Net Anthology aims to nurture the relationship between writers and the web. In our first seven years of existence, the anthology has published distinguished writers such as Claudia Emerson, B.H. Fairchild, Ron Carlson, Dorianne Laux, and Jill McCorkle alongside numerous new and emerging writers from around the world. This year’s judges are Kathy Fagan, Lily Hoang, and Michael Martone.

Kathy Fagan's fifth collection of poems, Sycamore, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2016. Winner of the National Poetry Series and Vassar Miller prizes, she has received grants from the NEA, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council, and her work has appeared in venues such as FIELD, Narrative, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review, and Poetry. Fagan teaches in the MFA Program at Ohio State, where she also serves as Series Editor of the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize.

Lily Hoang is the author of four books, including Changing, recipient of a PEN Open Books Award. With Blake Butler, she edited 30 Under 30, and with Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she is editing the forthcoming anthology The Force of What's Possible: Writers on the Avant-Garde and Accessibility. She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she is Associate Department Head, and she serves as Prose Editor for Puerto del Sol.

Michael Martone's most recent book of essays is Racing in Place. The Flatness and Other Landscapes was the winner of the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize. He has authored a dozen books of short fiction and edited several collections short prose including The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. He currently teaches at the University of Alabama and has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University, Syracuse University, and Warren Wilson College.

Nominations for the 2014 edition must be sent to:

bestofnetATsundresspublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

between July 1st and September 30th, 2014. Further submission guidelines can be found here.

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16. Call for Submissions: Blue Skirt Productions and Blue Skirt Press

We have three calls for submissions right now. One is for our website: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art, video and audio. The second is for our Microfiction magazine. Those are ongoing at this point.

And the final one is for an anthology on the theme of the loss of a parent. Deadline for the anthology: Sep. 30, 2014

For more information, please visit our official submissions page. Thank you!

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17. Call for Short Prose Submissions: Brandt Street Press

Brandt Street Press is now accepting story submissions for the next anthology in our Dammit Series: "Dammit, I Love You."

We seek stories that reveal a lesson learned from love. The story must be true and not published somewhere else.


It should amaze and inspire. And, more than anything else, it should be entertaining. 


Deadline: October 15.
 
For complete submission guidelines, please visit our website and click on the "Want to be a Dammit Author?" link.


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18. Call for Poetry Submissions to Anthology: Longish Poems

Anthology Call for longish poems between 3-6 pages or 100-200 lines

Warning, Poems may be longer than they appear: an anthology of Longish Poems is looking for poems between 3 to 6 pages or 100 to 200 lines on any theme or subject.
Please submit 1 longish poem or a series of strongly linked poems (not linked merely by theme) to the editors at:

longishpoemsATgmailDOTcom (Change At to @ and DOT to . )

between now and September 15. Include a brief 150 words or less bio and attach poems in Word or RTF. We will consider previously published poems so long as you acknowledge it was previously published in the cover letter and let us know if the anthology can obtain reprint rights for free or low cost. Obviously, rare exceptions may be made. If you are submitting a previously published poem, you may submit a second longish poem that is unpublished. At this time, we do not have a press.

Editors: Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum and M. E. Silverman, foreword by T. R. Hummer.

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19. Call for Poetry and Art Submissions: Lummox 3

Lummox 3, the annual Poetry Anthology published by Lummox Press is looking for submissions of poetry and artwork.

Reading period is May 1 to Aug. 1 and the themes are DESIRE or ROAD KILL.

Please visit our website for further details.

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20. Writing Competition and Anthology: Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors Annual Contest and Anthology

All Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families are eligible to submit for Volume 3, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.

Deadline: June 1, 2014 (postmarked)

No fee. Judges, TBA

5 categories for the contest, $250 prize in each:

Poetry

Short Fiction

Essay

Photography

Interview with a Warrior

Theme: Created by the Missouri Humanities Council, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press, this series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation's history.

Two types of entries: 1) anthology only; 2) contest and anthology
1. Anthology-only entry: mail your previously unpublished work with self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification to:

Warriors Anthology
Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

2. Contest and Anthology entry: email previously unpublished work to:

upressATsemoDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Contest:

· $250 first prize and publication in each category; all entries also considered for anthology.

· Entries must be sent electronically as Microsoft Word docs (or .docx).

· Keep poems in one document (with 1st poem as title).

· Put your name and contact info on 1st page and nowhere else on the manuscript.

· Writers may win in any category no more than twice, but may always submit their work for consideration in the anthology.

For both mailed and electronic submissions:

· Limit one submission in each category per person.

· Poetry: up to 3 poems (5 pages maximum).

· Fiction, essay, interview: 5,000-word limit. Interviews are with military or veterans.

· Photography: up to 3 good-quality photos (will be printed in the book as b&w).

· Submissions exceeding the limits will be disqualified.

· Include a bio of 75 words or less with your submission.

· Winners & contributors will be notified by Nov. 1, 2014

· Questions: contact the University Press at:

 upressATsemoDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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21. Call for Creative Nonfiction and Fiction: Out of Many: Multiplicity and Divisions in America Today


Call for Writers: Anthology of Creative Nonfiction and Fiction  
 
We are seeking great stories for the anthology, Out of Many: Multiplicity and Divisions in America Today. Out of Many will showcase emerging writers for an emerging generation. The anthology is already under contract with an academic publisher and will feature a broader spectrum of voices than those typically found in prose readers. 5000 words maximum. Minorities of all stripes are encouraged to submit.
Send us your most delightful, insightful, and alive. Experimentation welcomed. Submit your creative nonfiction or fiction to:
 
OutOfMany2015ATgmailDOTcom (change AT to @ and DOT to . )
 
as an attachment. Include a brief biography within your email. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, paginated, with the author’s name and submission title on each page.  
 
Deadline for submissions is Friday July 23, 2014.  
 
Possible multipliers or dividers may include ideology, religion, class, race, gender, sex, sexuality, ethnicity, culture, language, generation, color, nationality, aesthetics. This list is far from exhaustive, and could be seen as merely suggestive. What matters most is the power of your story: the bigness of its heart, the freedom of its language, and the beauty of its vision.

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22. Writing Competition: New Rivers Press American Short Story Award 2014

American Fiction Short Story Award 2014   

New Rivers Press will publish approximately twenty short stories in American Fiction Volume 14: The Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers. We seek well crafted, character driven literary fiction in any genre. $1,750 in prizes for short fiction ($1000 1st Place, $500 2nd, $250 3rd). Each of the selected story authors will receive national publication and distribution, author discount, and two complimentary copies. Publication date is set for October 2015. Finalist judge is New York Times Bestseller and Pulitzer prizewinning author, Elizabeth Strout. Maximum 10,000 words per story
  
Reading Fee of $16 for each online submission from February 1 to June 15, 2014 at Submittable website.
 
For more information about New Rivers Press, go here.

About our American Fiction anthologies: After an 11-year pause, New Rivers Press revived its American Fiction anthology series with American Fiction, Volume 11: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, an anthology of stories selected through a national competition. We published Volume 11 in 2010, Volume 12 in 2012, and Volume 13 will be released in October of 2014. The series was originally carried by Birch Lane Press/Carol Publishing Group. Past judges have included Ray Carver, Wallace Stegner, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Louise Erdrich, Clint McCown, Josip Novakovich, and Michael White.

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23. Call for Cozy-Noir Fiction: Dark House Books

An Anthology of Cozy-Noir Fiction

The submission period is now open and will remain open through June 30th.

For this anthology, we're seeking stories in the 2500 to 7500 word range, though if it's knockout material, we'll consider any length.

eBook versions for every major platform will be released with POD paperback copies available through a distributor.


Each author will receive royalty payments in an equal share between the other authors and the editor.

Submissions will be accepted through midnight (PDT) June 30th. Each story will be read by the editorial team, and all authors will receive a reply by August 15th. The anthology will contain between twelve and twenty stories, depending on the overall length.

We will only accept MS Word .doc and .docx files. Submissions must be in proper manuscript format.

Submissions may be sent to:


submissionsATdarkhousebooksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please leave "Submission-" in your subject line and add the name of your story

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24. Call for Submissions to Anthology Inspired by The Great Gatsby: The Silver Birch Press

April 10, 2015 will mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — a book that many people believe is the best novel of all time. To celebrate the occasion, we are planning ahead — and getting started with our latest anthology: The Silver Birch Press The Great Gatsby Anthology, a collection of poetry, prose, art, collage, photography, and other work that celebrates this remarkable novel.

WHAT: Poetry, prose, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other work inspired by The Great Gatsby. 


TYPES OF WRITTEN MATERIAL:
Poems (up to three — either original work or found/erasure poetry based on The Great Gatsby)
Short stories (up to 2,000 words)
Essays (up to 1,500 words)
Creative nonfiction (up to 2,000 words)
Short plays or screenplays (approximately 5 typed pages)
Other literary forms (up to 2,000 words)


TYPES OF VISUAL MATERIAL (send jpg files of approximately 1MB):
Photographs
Collage
Paintings
Drawings


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 1, 2014 


RELEASE DATE: April 2015 


HOW TO SUBMIT: Please email written entries as MSWord attachments and visual entries as a jpg attachments to:


silverATsilverbirchpressDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

along with your name, mailing address, email address, and one-paragraph bio. (If submitting an erasure poem, provide the edition and publication date.)

PAYMENT: All participants will receive a copy of the Silver Birch Press Great Gatsby Anthology.

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25. Writing Competition for Catholic Fiction: Tuscany Prize

Please visit our website for additional information.

Guidelines for the Catholic novel (1st  Place $5K): 
--50,000 words or more 
--It captures the readers' imaginations. 
--It has a distinct beginning, middle, and end. 
--It has well-formed characters. 
--Its dialogue is authentic—and the dialogue furthers the plot (rather than being dialogue merely for speaking's sake). 
--It is moral fiction (but is not "preachy"definitely no homiletics) that point to sustaining values.
--The story represents Catholicism in more than a limited sense (e.g., characters that simply pray or say the Rosary). Instead, it shows Catholicism in the broad sense of John Paul II and Flannery O'Connor. 
--Catholic meaning—that is, small instances of the theme(s) being explored, sprinkled throughout the story, culminating in a Catholic theme that somehow presents a Catholic message or truth that we (and maybe the protagonist) can discover or realize more fully or in a new way.
--It has "closure" of some kind—in all the ways the acclaimed John Gardner states.

For more information, please see the Tuscany Press website, the Writers Resources tab on the menu bar: Required Reading for Writers of Catholic Fiction. We strongly recommend you read Pope John Paul II's Letter to Artists and the recommended books.

Note: All submitted manuscripts, not just the prize-winner, are considered for a publishing contract.

 Guidelines for the YA Novel (1st Place $3K): 
--50,000 words or more.
--The protagonist/narrator must be young (between the ages of 12 and 17).
--Characters must be well drawn and believable. The actions and dialogue should be appropriate for the ages of the characters.
--The story must contain a Catholic perspective. Our young adult fiction must have characters or heroes that support and exemplify a Catholic worldview. (See our "novel guidelines" for an explanation of what makes Catholic fiction.) 
--The characters may not start out with a Catholic perspective, but should end with a Catholic perspective. Also, not all characters will have a Catholic perspective. Good fiction contains conflict. Young adults understand that not everyone or every action is morally good. 
--Please note that good Catholic young adult fiction might never mention Christ, the Church, or the faith. Instead, Tuscany Press YA fiction is infused with grace and a morality consistent (through characters and their actions) with Catholic teaching. 
--Tuscany Press YA fiction must be good writing for a YA audience. 
--Young adult fiction is not an excuse for poor writing. Teens don't appreciate (or tolerate) being talked down to. Don't shy away from or sanitize real life. The story must be entertaining. The story must capture readers' imaginations, engage their interest immediately and be well paced throughout the book and chapters.

Guidelines for the Short Story (1st Place $1K): 
--Greater than 1,000 words; less than 9,000 words.
--Distinct beginning, middle, and end. "Set-up", the first two paragraphs, must have tension/conflict to drive the reader forward. 
--Protagonist has development or growth in character.
--It is moral fiction (not preachy or didactic) that points to sustaining values.
--The short story represents Catholicism in the broad sense of John Paul II and Flannery O'Connor, not a limited sense (e.g., characters that simply pray or say the Rosary).
--The story's central character or protagonist and/or reader has an epiphany at the story's end.
--The story ends on Christian hope. It captures the reader's imagination.
--All submissions considered for a publishing contract, not just winners. Multiple submissions OK. Additional runner-up prizes in all categories.

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