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The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers worldwide. First prize: £1000; 19 additional prizes available. Theme and subject open. Length: 4000 words max. Entry fee: £8 per story. Shortlisted writers published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9. Deadline: April 30, 2016.
The Turnip Truck(s) is interested in the dialectics of the human and its environment(s). Seeking submissions for their second issue and first contest, The Road. Interested in essays, poems, and stories. Welcomes work that addresses anything from a traditional hero’s journey to learning to traverse a foreign land; embraces a new perspective; or navigates the Internet super highway. Reading fee: $3. entry fee: $12. Deadline: March 1, 2016.
Entries are invited for the Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016. First prize: US$250. All long-listed entries (top 10-15) published in an anthology; non-prize winning published entries paid US$50 each. Theme: None. Genre: Open to literary fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. Length: 1500-7000 words. Entry fee: US$10. Deadline: March 31, 2016.
Submissions are open for the DISQUIET Prize for writing in any genre. Winners will be published in Guernica (fiction), Ninth Letter (non-fiction) or The Collagist (poetry). Grand prize: full scholarship, accommodations, and travel stipend to attend the sixth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon (July 3-15, 2016). Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will also be considered for financial aid. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: January 30, 2016.
The Freshwater Review (US), an annual journal of literature and art, is accepting submissions. $250 each awarded to best poem and prose piece. No entry fee. Deadline: February 15, 2016.
Room Magazine invites entries from writers who identify as women or genderqueer for their annual creative nonfiction writing contest. First prize: $500 + publication. Entry fee: $35 (includes subscription). Deadline: March 8, 2015.
Entries are invited for the 2nd Teignmouth Festival Poetry Competition. First prize: £500. The open competition is for original, unpublished poems in any style and on any subject, 35 lines max. International writers welcome. Entries from poets with TQ14 and EX7 postcodes entered in the Keats’ Footsteps competition (first prize: £100). Entry fee: £4. Deadline: January 31, 2016.
The Ginosko Flash Fiction Award (US) is for an unpublished work of flash fiction. Prize: $500. Submit up to 2 pieces, 800 words maximum each piece. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: March 1, 2016.
Tethered By Letters invites entries for the F(r)iction Winter Writing Contests. Three categories: short story (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction (up to 750 words), and poetry (max of three pages per poem). Encourages work that takes risks in theme, content, or aesthetic. Their motto: Publish Weird. Winners published in F(r)iction, (trianually-printed). All finalists will receive free professional editing on their submission and will be considered for later publication. Prizes of US$1000 – short story, US$300 – flash fiction, US$300 (USD) – poetry. Entry fees: $10-18. Deadline: March 31, 2016. Guidelines.
I can't believe it's already time for my annual Black Swagday Giveaway--but.... *double checks calendar*....Yep! THE TIME HAS COME!
(*whispers* If anyone can figure out how to pause time, that'd be AWESOME. kthanxbai)
Since this is the time of year where everyone has gifts on their minds--and I personally feel that books are THE BEST gifts anyone can give--I love doing this giveaway to help you guys make your gifts even more special (and btw--gifts for yourself totally count). But it only lasts for a few days so don't miss your chance!
So here's how this works.
If you buy any of my books (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Exile, Everblaze, Neverseen, Let the Sky Fall, and/or Let the Storm Break*) this weekend--which just so happens to be the biggest shopping weekend of the year, between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday--and fill out the form at the end of this post, I will send you the corresponding swag pack below.
*I'm not including pre-orders of Let the Wind Rise because I'll be doing a separate giveaway for that closer to the book's release
And here's what's up for grabs:
If you buy any of the KEEPER books and fill out the form, I'll send you this*:
- a signed bookplate - a signed, limited edition Verdi art print- a Black Swan sticker- a 5x7 character art print (featuring the awesome illustrations by Courtney Godbey)
AND, if you buy more than one KEEPER book, I'll throw in extra goodies as well--and if you want an example of what some of those goodies could be, here's a pic:
(Obviously you won't get everything you see in this pic--but you'll get some of it, chosen randomly at mailing. And the more books you buy, the more you'll get)And if you buy LET THE SKY FALL and fill out the form, I'll send you this*:
- a LTSF signed bookplate
- a LTSF bookmark
- a LTSF sticker
- a Keep Calm and Let the Sky Fall sticker
AND if you buy LET THE STORM BREAK and fill out the form, I'll send you this*:
- a LTSB signed bookplate
- a LTSB bookmark
- a LTSB sticker - a Keep Calm and Let the Storm Break sticker**Please note** This giveaway ONLY applies to books purchased between 11/25/15-11/30/15, and does NOT include books previously purchased. Of course I super-appreciate if you've bought my books before now, but I've also done previous giveaways that you would've had a chance to take part in (sorry if you missed them). So this is only for new purchases, and if you are desperate for the swag, you could always buy a book to give as a gift (what better gift could there be, really?) and keep the swag for yourself--I won't tell! :)
All of this swag is only available here and hand signed by me!*And should supplies run out of any particular item, it will be substituted with a comparable piece of swag
Everyone who fills out the form below between today (11/25/15) and 11:59 pm pacific time on Monday, 11/30/15 WILL get their swag mailed to whatever address they provide. I'll do my best to have them in the mail straight away, so that you get it in time for whatever you're celebrating. No proof of purchase required. If you say you bought it, I believe you. But remember, every time you lie, it makes Keefe, Fitz, and Dex cry.
It also doesn't matter where you buy the book (though supporting your Local Indie Bookstore guarantees you a life of sunshine and happiness) or if you buy a paperback or a hardcover (ebooks and audiobooks count too!). And you're welcome to buy as many books as you want! (Just make sure you fill out the form accordingly so I know to send you the proper amount of swag).
Giveaway is also open internationally!!!
Um... I *think* that covers everything--but if I missed something, of course feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments (but make sure you leave those comments in the post on my website, not on goodreads or any of the other places this blog feeds out to, otherwise I won't see them).
If the form won't load, click HERE
to access it. Otherwise scroll down!
So nice of you to drop by on Monday and visit me! I missed you so over the weekend :)
And you won't be sorry for coming over!
I have SUCH exciting news!!!
I have invented a new recipe!
Yes! It's true!
I must give credit where credit is due. I was inspired by Shelley Kinder in a blog comment on the Halloweensie Winner's post. During all the talk about nuts vs. no nuts in dessert, she suggested the benefits of peanut butter chips... and an idea was born!
Lo and behold, my new recipe:
Take the brownie recipe of your choice and add 1/2 (or 1/2 +) cup of peanut butter chips! YUM!
And this gave rise to ANOTHER idea... add 1/2 (or 1/2+) cup of toffee chips!
OR add 1/2 (or 1/2+) cup of crushed peppermint!
OR go the s'mores route and add 1/2 cup mini marshmallows and 1/4-1/2 cup graham cracker cereal! (Although that might get mushy... I'll have to experiment...! Maybe crushed graham cracker at the bottom with the brownie batter mixed with marshmallows added on top...?)
And you're welcome, because I know I have just given you a whole new outlook on your holiday baking plans! :)
At least, I've given MYSELF a whole new outlook on MY holiday baking plans! :)
And the added benefit? An unexpected Monday Something Chocolate Snack:
Please forgive the photos - I'm a baker not a photographer :) - but I promise they taste delicious!!! :)
So, thanks for stopping by. I hope it was worth your time. And I hope you weren't expecting anything else...
You were expecting something else?
Well in that case...
...maybe I should tell you...
...that it's time for...
The 5th Annual Holiday Contest!!!!
The Contest: Write a children's story (children here defined as approximately age 12 and under) beginning with any version of "Rocking around the Christmas tree at the Christmas party hop." You may use that actual opening, or you may change it to any similar version "[Verb of your choice]ing [any preposition you choose] the [any item you choose] [any preposition you choose] the [venue of your choice]." For example, "Surfing along the wind-whipped waves at the Yuletide barbeque," or "Wandering through the pine-sweet woods at the cut-your-own tree farm," or "Quarreling in the checkout line at the local Toys R Us," or "Waltzing among the candy canes at the Holiday Bazaar".... You get the idea, I'm sure :) But "Rocking around the Christmas tree at the Christmas party hop" is completely acceptable too - whatever works for you :) Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 350 words (I know! So much freedom after the Halloweensie Contest :)) (It can be as short as you like (the judges will be grateful :)), but no more than 350!) The field is wide open! Have fun! The more creative the better! No illustration notes please. (And yes, if you feel compelled to submit more than one entry you may, just remember you're competing against yourself!)
Post: Your entry should be posted on your blog between 12:01 AM EST Monday December 7 and Friday December 11 at 11:59 PM EST, and your post-specific link should be added to the link list on the official holiday contest post which will go up on my blog on Monday December 7 and remain up through Sunday December 13 (no WYRI or PPBF during that week.) If you don't have a blog but would like to enter, please copy and paste your entry into the comments on my December 7th post. (If anyone has trouble commenting, which unfortunately happens, please email me and I'll post your entry for you! But please don't send attachments! Just copy and paste your story into the email.)
The Judging: My lovely assistants and I will narrow down the entrants to 10-12 finalists (depending on the number of entries) which will be posted here on either Monday December 14 or Tuesday December 15 (depending on the number of entries :)) for you to vote on for a winner. The vote will be closed on Thursday December 17 at 5 PM EST and the winners will be announced on Friday December 18. Whoever gets the most votes will be first and so on down to tenth place. Judging criteria will be kid appeal/kid-friendliness, creativity, quality of story, quality of writing, and originality.
: Ok, so I'm still working on the prize list and will have to update, but here are some of the prizes that will be offered, and I think we're going to have some additional awesomeness to add! (items in color are links for more info!):
- A picture book manuscript critique by talented author/illustrator Iza Trapani
, author of JINGLE BELLS, OLD KING COLE, ITSY BITSY SPIDER, and many, many more!
- a picture book manuscript critique by the fabulous Lori Degman
, author of 1 ZANY ZOO and COCK-A-DOODLE OOPS!
- Enrollment in Making Picture Book Magic
(my online picture book writing class - in January or a later month to be mutually agreed upon by the winner and me)
- 2016 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market
and a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
- a pack of Susanna Leonard Hill's amazing What's The Story Cards
(hitherto un-introduced to the world!)
I can't thank these authors enough for their incredible generosity! Please visit their sites, buy and recommend their books to your friends with kids, write them nice reviews on Amazon, GoodReads etc if you've read and liked their books, and show your appreciation to them in any way you can!
And now! Sharpen those pencils! Top off those coffee mugs! Get those derrieres in your chairs! And start writing those prize-winning entries!!!
I can't wait for the festivities to begin! :)
The Dream Quest One.com invites international entries for their Poetry & Writing Contest. Accepting poems (30 lines max.) and short stories (5 pages max.) on any subject or theme. First prize poetry: US$250; first prize short fiction: US$500. Entry fees: US$5 (poetry) and US$10 (fiction).
Deadline: January 24, 2016.
The Munster Literature Centre (Ireland) invites entries for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition. First prize: €1000, a writer’s retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, a trip to Ireland, and publication in Southword Journal. More prizes available. Open to international entrants. Length: 40 lines. Theme: open. Deadline: November 30, 2015. Guidelines.
Cosmonauts Avenue invites entries for their inaugural CA Poetry Prize, judged by Claudia Rankine. Winner receives $500 and publication. Submit two poems max. per entry. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: November 30, 2015. Guidelines.
It’s time to be a #HarryPotterSpotter! From now through November 2, Bloomsbury Publishing is sponsoring a Harry Potter artwork scavenger hunt. Twelve prints of Jim Kay’s illustrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are currently on display in twelve art museums across Britain, and fans are invited to find them all and document their search on social media.
The hunt is in collaboration with Kids in Museums and The Telegraph. Clues to the locations of the prints within the museums in the UK and Ireland are on the Bloomsbury website. Each print is on display in a free museum or in free areas of museums. Only one print needs to be found to enter the contest, but participants are welcome to search for all twelve.
The overall winner of our Harry Potter Spotter competition will receive family tickets to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, a Jim Kay signed print of their choice and a copy of the Deluxe Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Twelve additional prize winners will receive a Harry Potter tote bag, a Jim Kay signed print (of the print they spotted) and a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition.
To play, simply take a photograph of yourself in front of one of the prints on display in a museum. (If you don’t want to be in the photo, you can just take a picture of the print.) Share your photo on Twitter or Instagram, using #HarryPotterSpotter. Images should be tagged to @KidsBloomsbury and the specific museum on Twitter, or @BloomsburyPublishing and the specific museum on Instagram. Don’t forget to see more of the museum while you are there!
For a full slideshow of the artwork, participating museums, and clues, see here.
Guest Blogger: Chuck Sambuchino, editor and writer for Writer’s Digest, and host of the Guide To Literary Agents blog.
September 2015 sees the release of three of my new books, the 2016 Guide to Literary Agents, the 2016 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, and the anti-clown humor book When Clowns Attack: A Survival Guide.
To celebrate their release, we are bringing back a popular recurring contest: The “Worst Storyline Ever”—a competition that encourages terrible loglines. Winners get prizes.
The “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest 2.0
A logline is one sentence that explains what your story is about and shows the “hook” – the unique idea that makes people want to see more. You see loglines all the time on the back of DVD boxes. Here are some examples:
- “Three middle-aged men defeat their midlife crises by starting a college fraternity.” (Old School)
- “When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an evil emperor, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.” (Gladiator)
- “In a future where criminals are arrested before the crime occurs, a cop struggles on the lam to prove his innocence for a murder he has not yet committed.” (Minority Report)
But that’s all the examples I’m going to give you, because I’m not looking for good examples of a logline; I’m looking for bad examples. Terrible, stupid, “oh-my-gosh-that-idea-REEKS” examples.
Examples of Bad Loglines (Previous Winners/Finalists):
- “After an unidentified cow swallows an armed nuclear device in a botched Homeland Security raid, Agent Tom Anderson is thrust into an unlikely partnership with buxom organic farmer Daisy Jones to sift through three hundred cows and 10 barns full of manure as the clock runs down in a desperate quest to save Kansas City from a moo-clear disaster.”
- “A young woman discovers she is half unicorn after farting a rainbow at her bat mitzvah, and must go on a hijinx-filled voyage of self discovery to find her real father and fit as ‘one of the herd.’”
- “Leonard the narcoleptic snail sets out on his lifelong dream of running the Boston Marathon while humming ‘Macarena,’ and invites you to join the excitement in real time.”
Stick to the format, but have fun with the idea. Your logline must be one sentence, 60 words or fewer, and explain what the movie/book is about. It’s what you put in that one sentence that will win you this competition. The trick is to make your logline a terribly creative idea that’s pitched in a minimal, professional manner.
The contest will go until the end of the day, 11:59 p.m., PDT, Tuesday, October 20th, two weeks from today. Submissions received after that will not be considered.
Chuck will judge the contest, with some possible input from other WD and WD Books staffers.
To participate, simply leave a comment at the end of this post with your submission and your full name. Make sure we are able to reach you through your website or email. Comment by clicking: HERE.
You can submit up to two (2) bad loglines. You can include both in the same comment if you wish.
The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA’s publisher, F+W: A Content and eCommerce Company (formerly F+W Media).
If you have any questions about the contest, e-mail Chuck directly at email@example.com. Do not leave them in the comments and do not e-mail Rachelle.
You do not have to share news of this contest to enter, but if you want to share this fun contest with others, here is an easy tweet:
Create the worst storyline you can – and win writing prizes. http://bit.ly/1KClppO via @chucksambuchino and @rachellegardner. Click to Tweet
There will be 3 winners.
Each winner receives:
- A critique by Chuck Sambuchino of either your one-page query letter or one-page synopsis .
- Your pick of a free book from any of his 3 recent releases:
2016 Guide to Literary Agents
2016 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
When Clowns Attack: A Survival Guide.
Chuck Sambuchino is an editor and instructor for Writer’s Digest Books. Find him on Twitter.
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PRISM international is now accepting submissions for their 2016 Short Fiction Contest, judged by Lee Maracle. First prize: $1500 + publication; more prizes available. Length: 6000 words max. Entry fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: January 20, 2016. Guidelines.
Words & Brushes invites writers to write a short story (length: 2000-5000 words) around an artwork from their image gallery. First prize: $300. Participants may enter as many stories as they like. No entry fee. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Guidelines.
Our Red Light Green Light competition has been going on for weeks now, and it's finally come time to announce our winners! After voting closed on Monday night, we tallied the votes from our judges and you, our fabulous community, and pulled out our Top 10. The entries below had the highest score overall, and will all receive a critique from a published (or soon to be published) author, or an agent.
Our overall winner and two runners up will be revealed next week. The runners up will be receiving critiques from some of the industry's most sought after agents, and our overall winner will receive a partial request from the amazing Ammi-Joan Paquette.
Congratulations to our finalists (in alphabetical order) below!
Read more »
Our Red Light, Green Light contest has come to its very end... which means it's time to announce our top three. We had some amazing entries in this contest, and we wish each and every one of our contestants the best in their future writing! At the end of the day, however, you - our amazing community - and the judges have spoken.Read more »
Hello, friends! Guess what? I’m all moved from Florida to New York. We’re in a rental house for now while our house is being finished, so there are still boxes everywhere and half our stuff is in the garage. But I’m so excited to be here. It’s September, and the weather is beautiful; my kids are actually playing outside without having to be bribed with popsicles. The deer like to wander across our yard to eat the apples that are falling off the tree across the street. SIGH. So happy!
The move itself was crazy, and since my kids got out of school in May and didn’t start up here until last week, it was the longest summer of all of our lives. So I hope you’ll understand why I didn’t run the critique contest last month :). But everything’s good now, and I’m ready to get back to the fun stuff. Because it’s been awhile, let me just restate the rules…
If you’re working on a first page and would like some objective feedback, leave a comment that includes:
1) your email address. Some of you have expressed concern about making your email address public; if you’re sure that the email address associated with your WordPress account is correct, you don’t have to include it here. But if you do win and I’m unable to contact you through that email address, I’ll have to choose an alternate winner.
2) your story’s genre (no erotica, please)
3) the intended audience
~ONLY ENTRIES THAT FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED~
Three commenters’ names will be randomly drawn and posted tomorrow. If you win, you can email me your first page and I’ll offer my feedback. Best of luck!
And just a reminder that we’re less than a month away from the One Stop for Writers release. If you’d like more information about this research tool that includes all of our thesaurus content (plus more awesome stuff) in one convenient place, sign up for our newsletter!
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Carmela here. I've been on a blogging break for much of this year, busy working on other projects, both personal and professional. (I have continued behind-the-scenes as our TeachingAuthors blog administrator, though, so I haven't been completely out of touch.) Today, I'm back to celebrate the publication of two of my articles in the just-released 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market (also known as the CWIM) edited by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer's Digest Books).
At the end of this post, you'll have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win your very own copy
of the 2016 CWIM
(courtesy of Writer's Digest Books)!
Since today is Poetry Friday
, I'll also be sharing a poem--an excerpt from Barney Saltzberg's new picture book Inside this Book (Are Three Books)
, published by Abrams Appleseed. One of my articles in the 2016 CWIM is an interview with Barney, who is an amazing author, illustrator, singer, and songwriter. More about him and his new book below.
First, I'd like to talk a little about my other article in the 2016 CWIM: "Make a Living as a Writer."
[My original title was "Making a Living Writing, Even If You’re Not a Bestselling Author"
but I guess that was too long. :-) ]
For "Make a Living as a Writer,"
I invited four traditionally published trade book authors who are also successful freelancers to share their experiences and advice regarding ways to supplement book royalty income. The four authors included my fellow TeachingAuthor
, JoAnn Early Macken
, former TeachingAuthor
, Laura Purdie Salas
, author and writing coach, Lisa Bullard
, and scientist-turned-children's author, Vijaya Bodach
. The article includes their tips on landing work-for-hire assignments, balancing work-for-hire with other career goals, and preparing submission packages for educational publishers.
The four authors also shared specific resources for finding supplemental income, including:
Over the next few weeks, my fellow TeachingAuthors will continue the conversation on this topic by sharing their own advice related to finding supplemental income. And Laura Purdie Salas will return to post a special Guest Wednesday Writing Workout on September 30, called "Is Writing on Assignment Right for You?" If this topic is of interest to you, be sure to enter our giveaway so you can read more about how to "Make a Living as a Writer."
Even if you're not looking for ways to supplement your writing income, you'll want your own copy of the 2016 CWIM for my interview with the amazing Barney Saltzberg, along with all the other helpful articles, interviews, and market information!
Barney Saltzberga Rafflecopter giveaway
, for those of you who may not know, is the author and/or illustrator of over FIFTY
books. Back in January, April wrote a great post in honor of Beautiful Oops! Day
, a day inspired by Barney's wonderful book, Beautiful Oops!
(Workman Publishing). Since then, Barney has published three more books: The first two books in a new board book series from Workman Publishing, Redbird: Colors, Colors Everywhere
and Redbird: Friends Come in Different Sizes,
and the picture book Inside this Book (Are Three Books),
published by Abrams Appleseed. Here's a brief description of Inside this Book:
"Inside This Book is a tribute to self-publishing in its most pure and endearing form. Three siblings create three books of their own using blank paper that they bind together (in descending sizes to match birth order). One sibling's work inspires the next, and so on, with each book's text and art mirroring the distinct interests and abilities of its creator. Upon completion of their works, the siblings put one book inside the other, creating a new book to be read and shared by all.
The second sibling in the book is named Fiona. She is "an artist and a poet," so her "book" is filled with poetry. In honor of Poetry Friday
, here's an excerpt from Fiona's section of Inside this Book.
from Inside this Book, Too, by Fiona . . . Can you tell I love to rhyme? I play with words all the time. I write a poem every day. My new favorite is “Who Wants to Play?” . . . © Barney Saltzberg, used with permission, all rights reserved
I've kept this excerpt short to inspire you to get Barney's book for yourself. After you've read it, you'll understand why the School Library Journal
review of Inside this Book
"Readers may well be empowered to write their very own stories or books."
Be sure to check out today's Poetry Friday
roundup over at the Poetry for Children
you enter our giveaway drawing.And now, for our giveaway info:
Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win your own copy of the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market
, You may enter via 1, 2, or all 3 options. If you choose option 2, you MUST leave a comment on TODAY'S blog post. If your name isn't part of your comment "identity," please include it in your comment for verification purposes!
(If you prefer, you may submit your comment via email to: teachingauthors [at] gmail [dot] com.
if you received this post via email, you can click on the Rafflecopter link at the end of this message to access the entry form.
The giveaway ends October 10
and is open to U.S. residents only.
Tethered By Letters is accepting submissions for the TBL Fall Literary Contest. Categories: Short story (1000-7500 words; $500 prize); flash fiction (55, 250, or 500 words; $150 prize); and poetry ($150 prize). Looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. Winners published in F(r)iction. Entry fees: $7-$15. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Guidelines.
PRISM international is accepting submissions for their 2016 Poetry Contest, judged by Kayla Czaga. First prize: $1500 + publication. More prizes available. Maximum of three poems per entry. Entry fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: January 20, 2016. Guidelines.
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Entries are invited for the Writer Advice’s Fourth Scintillating Starts Contest. Three prizes of $100. Submit opening paragraphs, up to 1500 words, of an unpublished memoir or novel (or other prose genre). Open to works in progress as well as finished manuscripts. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: November 10, 2015. Guidelines.