Thursday, January 07, 2010

University of New Orleans, Writing Contest for Study Abroad

(THIS NEWS COURTESY OF WVW'S GEORGE LIES)

University of New Orleans Writing Contest for Study Abroad

Deadline: January 31, 2010
Entry Fee: $25
Web site: www.unopress.org/writingcontest
E-mail address: bill.lavender@uno.edu

Three prizes to attend the writing program at the Ezra Pound Center for Literature in Dorf Tirol, Italy, or the Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. Writers who have not published a book of 45 pages or more in the genre in which they are applying are eligible.

The award includes full tuition and lodging, and the winning works are published in the Pinch. The editors of the Pinch will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages or up to 4,500 words of prose with a $25 entry fee by January 31. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

University of New Orleans, Writing Contest for Study Abroad, Division of International Education, Metropolitan College, New Orleans, LA 70148. (504) 280-7457. Bill Lavender, Program Coordinator.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Article regarding WVW's New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest

WVW's Regional Representative for Region 10 (Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral & Morgan counties) has penned an article for the Martinsburg Journal about WVW's New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest.

Check it out HERE.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Press 53 Open Awards 2010 Contest Now Open

The 3rd Annual Press 53 Open Awards Contest is underway and accepting entries for the 2010 Press 53 OpenAwards writing competition.

This year there are six categories: Poetry, Flash Fiction, Short-Short Story, Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, and Novella.

Details are online now at www.press53.com/openawards_2010.html .

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Writers Digest Popular Fiction Awards Contest

Writers Digest has opened their 5th Annual Popular Fiction Awards Writing Contest. Deadline for it is November 2 for the following categories:
  • Romance
  • Mystery/Crime Fiction
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Thriller/Suspense
  • Horror
See their website for entry requirements and all details.

http://www.writersdigest.com/popularfictionawards

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Writers Prompt Contest Now Open

Dear Writer Friends,

Our West Virginia Writers Group at http://www.writerscafe.org currently has two writer prompts for contests that will deadline on September 30. We need more participators, more poets entering their poems. Won't you help by going to each of the following contest sites and submitting something?

When we respond to writing prompts and enter contests, we achieve two things: we are inspired to write more poems and we also get to practice our writing craft.

Why not join us?

Here are the two contests. You have until September 30 to submit something.

1. A memoir: http://www.writerscafe.org/contests/8688

2. An etheree: http://www.writerscafe.org/contests/8689

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers

The Short Story Award for New Writers competition closes August 31. We're looking for original, unpublished stories by writers whose fiction has not been presented in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Word count range: 500 - 12,000. First-place wins $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories Issue 77. Second- and third-place winners win $500/$300 (or, if chosen for publication, $700).

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Writers Digest 2009 Short Story Contest accepting entries

(This news courtesy Fay Thompson, WV Writers Roundtable Forum moderator)

Writer's Digest is now accepting entries for its 10th Annual Short Short Story Contest. Enter your story of no more than 1500 words, any fiction genre. First place wins $3000, Second place $1500, with more cash prizes for other entries. The entry fee is $15. Deadline to enter is December 1, 2009. For more information and to enter online, go to http://writersdigest.com/short

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

LEISURE BOOKS PUTS OUT CALL FOR "FRESH BLOOD"

Leisure Books, the company “leading the way in publishing paperback horror,”* is partnering with Rue Morgue magazine in association with horror fiction web site ChiZine, to present “Fresh Blood,” a new writing contest specifically for unpublished horror authors. The winner will receive a contract for publication in Leisure’s 2011 lineup, as well as a contract from ChiZine Publications for a limited-edition hardcover release, also in 2011.

Leisure is looking for finished horror novel manuscripts, either supernatural or non-supernatural, of 80,000 – 90,000 words. A panel of experts, including Leisure Executive Editor Don D’Auria and editors at ChiZine, will judge entries. The finalists will be announced in November 2009.

From December 2009 through July 2010, monthly competitions in categories such as “Best Summary,” “Best First Line,” “Best Title,” and “Most Frightening Scene” will run on ChiZine.com. Readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites, and after each deadline, entries with the fewest votes will be eliminated.

The winner will be announced in August 2010 at Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear in Toronto, Canada, as well as on the Leisure and ChiZine web sites.

Entries should be sent to Submissions@dorchesterpub.com by September 30, 2009. “Fresh Blood” must appear in the subject line of the email.

For full entry details, visit www.dorchesterpub.com or http://chizine.com. Leisure Books is an imprint of Dorchester Publishing and publishes two horror titles every month by authors such as Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, and Sarah Pinborough.

Contest Rules
Submission materials should include:
A synopsis that tells the story from beginning to end.
The complete manuscript
The chosen finalists will later be asked to supply:
A dramatic, brief summary of the novel, similar to what would go on the back cover of the book. This should be no more than 200 words.
A description of your novel’s frightening element (the killer, the monster, ghost, vampire, evil presence, etc.). No more than 250 words.
A description of your novel’s protagonist. No more than 250 words.
The best dialogue scene in your manuscript. No more than 1500 words.
The most atmospheric scene in your manuscript. No more than 1500 words.
The most frightening scene in your manuscript. No more than 1750 words.
A brief bio and author photo

FAQ:
What does “unpublished” mean?
“Unpublished” refers to any author who has never had a novel published in book form. For example: If you have been e-pubbed, you are eligible.
If you have had short stories or anything under 40,000 words published in a magazine or anthology, you would still be eligible.

What formatting should I use?
Entries should be double-spaced and sent as a Word email attachment. The complete manuscript and the synopsis should be in two separate files attached to one email.

How long should the synopsis be?

There is no required length for the synopsis, though we find 3-7 pages is generally sufficient.
How do you calculate your word count?

If the manuscript is written in a standard font, our word count requirement generally means it will run about 340-400 pages. Your computer can help give you a rough estimate of what constitutes 80,000-90,000 words.

May I enter more than one title?

No. We request that you send only one submission.

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Marc Harshman 1st Place in Newport Review Flash Fiction Contest

Congrats go out to WV Writers member and previous conference presenter Marc Harshman for his 1st Place win in the Newport Review's Flash Fiction contest.

You can read his entry, entitled "The Company of Heaven" at the Newport Review site.

http://newportreview.org/?contest-winners/mharshman.html


Their 2009 Flash Fiction Contest will open for entries from June 1 through September 1, 2009. This year's guest judge will be fiction writer Hester Kaplan, author of The Edge of Marriage and Kinship Theory.

They are looking for works that are short in length but linger long in memory: small stories that pack a big emotional punch and make creative use of language.

Please note that this year, we are accepting slightly longer stories, up to a maximum of 1,000 words.

Complete Contest Guidelines:

Deadline: Postmarked by September 1, 2009

Word Count: Short-short stories up to 1,000 words

Entry fee: $7 per story, 3 for $20

Mail manuscripts w/check or money order (made out to Newport Review) to: Newport Review Flash Fiction Contest, P.O. Box 65, Warren, RI 02885

Manuscripts should include writer's name and complete contact information, including email and phone. Winners will be notified and posted on our blog and web site. Include a business-size SASE if you wish individual notification of contest results. Manuscripts will not be recycled unless return is requested; include SASE with sufficient return postage.

Writers may submit a total of six entries. The contest is open to all writers, published and unpublished, except writers personally affiliated with Newport Review, its editorial staff or board of directors. Past contest winners and those who have been published in the print edition of Newport Review are eligible to enter.

New prizes will be awarded:

First Prize: $150 and publication

Second Prize: $100 and publication

Third Prize: $50 and publication

Honorable Mention: Publication

Prize-winning stories and stories receiving honorable mention will be published in a future issue of Newport Review. Other stories may also be considered for publication.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Nanny Dish Writing Contest for Mothers

Vancouver, Thursday, May 26th 2009 - Nannies on Call and Fat Rock Productions - owned separately by locals Michelle Kelsey and independent film producer Karen Rebecca Black - have partnered to launch THE NANNY DISH: a unique mini-writing contest created specifically for mothers. The concept is simple: 300 words to write your "dish" -- a nanny story told from mom's point of view.

"The Nanny Dish was created to find a fun way to transition between blogging and writing a structured storyline - small-size!" Karen explains, "Michelle and I have been navigating the world of Twitter for our companies over the last six months - in the midst of research we were finding hundreds of entertaining and unexpected blogs, quirky Facebook rants and posts, the majority from moms..." Karen pauses to note that she is always on the lookout for raw female writing and directing talent. "The Nanny Dish is about inspiring moms to write in eye-catching, unexpected style -- while making every word count." Adds Karen, "you can't fake your way through 300 words!"

The grass-rooots PR and marketing campaign for The Nanny Dish will be executed across North America, with a mom-specific audience in mind. "We're building on the strengths we both bring to the project," says Michelle, "I'm focusing on my network of Canadian moms. Karen's production company is based here in Vancouver, but she primarily works with writers out of the US. She actually started out in the industry as an executive at The Weinstein Company in Los Angeles." Karen's LA ties also helped her bring a touch of Hollywood to the contest: TV writer Aury Wallington - of SEX AND THE CITY and VERONICA MARS - will join Karen and the YummyMummyClub's popular blogger EarnestGirl in judging the entries.

The Nanny Dish grand prize is a full-time nanny placement service from Nannies on Call valued at $1,500 and registration in Fat Rock's August session of the BETTER THAN CHOCOLAT Screenwriting Workshops (a four-week online screenwriting series for mothers). "The winning Dish will also be developed into an actual screenplay during the BTC workshops," Karen says. "This is a teaching tool exclusive to both The Nanny Dish and the BTC workshops - we're very excited!"

Along with the grand prize winner, judges will select three finalists to receive prizes from sponsors The Willamette Writers Conference, Urban Harmonie Handbag Designs, Munch Family Restaurant (the newly re-launched Babyeats) and Juliet's Room Organic Skin and Body Care.

Entry to The Nanny Dish is free and all winning Dishes will be posted on the website for the pubic to enjoy.

Submissions open June 1st at www.nannydish.com.

"Dish up your favorite nanny story - and win! There are three simple rules: write from a mother's perspective, feature a nanny as a main character, 300 words tops. That's it. Submissions close July 15th. Start Dishing - we can't wait to start reading!"

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

High Prairie Poets Poetry Contest

(FROM WRITER-EDITORS.COM)

High Prairie Poets – New Mexico State Poetry Society Bimonthly Contests. 32-line limit. Awards: $25, $10, $5 plus honorable mentions. Entry fee: $3 first poem; $1 each additional poem. Deadline: July 20, 2009. Info: SASE to Carol Dee Meeks, Silver Arrow Estates, 2601 South Elm Place, Apt. #108, Broken Arrow OK 74012; or c_pmeeks@hotmail.com.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest is open for submissions, as it is every three months.

Check out the rules and regs and submission guidelines at the following link...

http://www.writersofthefuture.com/rules.htm

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Open Thread Chapbook Contest

PITTSBURGH, PA – Pittsburgh-based arts organization Open Thread and artist collective Encyclopedia Destructica are accepting manuscripts for their new Tri-State Chapbook Contest, now supported in part by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund.

The Tri-State Chapbook Contest will produce one winning chapbook from each state in Open Thread’s target region – Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia – and package the three chapbooks as a collection. The goal of the contest is to promote emerging writers with a connection to the region and engage them with both a regional and national audience.

THE CONTEST
Open Thread will read manuscripts of poetry and prose until June 1st, 2009, officially ending the first round of reading. At that point, finalists will be announced on our website, and the finalist manuscripts will be sent to our final judges: Claire Donato for Pennsylvania, Tyler Meier for Ohio, and Isaac Pressnell for West Virginia.

THE PRIZE
The three prize winners will be announced later in June, and Encyclopedia Destructica will produce the chapbooks for release in July. Each winner will receive 20 free copies of her/his respective chapbook, the opportunity to read at the release event, and distribution through Open Thread's website and book fairs such as SPF 2009 in Pittsburgh and AWP 2010 in Denver.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Eligible writers are either natives or current residents of the tri-state area and must not have previously published a full-length book of creative writing. Poetry and prose manuscripts will both be considered, though there will be only one winner per state, regardless of genre.

HOW TO ENTER
Entrants should upload manuscripts on our website before midnight on June 1st. Poetry manuscripts must be at least 15 pages and no more than 35 pages long. Prose manuscripts must be at least 10 pages and no more than 20 pages long.

THE ORGANIZATIONS
Open Thread, known for its “Variety Variety Variety!” cabaret events at the Brillobox, was formed in early 2007 by co-directors Scott Andrew and Adam Atkinson. They just released their first volume of the Open Thread Regional Review, a compilation of regional art and writing.

Encyclopedia Destructica, an artist collective founded in 2005 by Chris Kardambikis and Jasdeep Khaira, has just released its 20th book and celebrated its 4th anniversary. They will manufacture each chapbook at their studio in Lawrenceville.

Images available:
Tri-State Chapbook Contest: http://www.openthread.org/press
Encyclopedia Destructica books: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16927442@N03/sets/
Open Thread Regional Review Vol. 1: http://www.openthread.org/press

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Redbook and Adams Media Silver Lining Contest

Here's a contest from Redbook magazine, no entry fee required:


Click here: Cup of Comfort - Redbook and Adams Media Silver Lining Contest

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Camber Press Fiction Chapbook Award

(This news courtesy George Lies' WVWriters eNews list)

A prize of $1,000 and publication as a chapbook by Camber Press will be given annually for a short story. Ron Carlson will judge. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee by April 30. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Camber Press, Fiction Chapbook Award,
1160 Midland Avenue, Suite 3F,
Bronxville, NY 10708.

Ron Egatz, Editorial Director.
info@camberpress.com
www.camberpress.com

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Southwest Review David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction

(This news courtesy George Lies' WVWriters eNews list)

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually to a fiction writer who has not published a book. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $25 entry fee by May 1. Send an SASE, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Southwest Review,
David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction,
P.O. Box 750374,
Dallas, TX 75275-0374.

Jennifer Cranfill, Fiction Editor.
www.smu.edu/southwestreview

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

(This news courtesy George Lies' WV Writers eNews)

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $17 entry fee by May 15 ($12 before May 1). Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition,
P.O. Box 993,
Key West, FL 33041.
Carol Shaughnessy, Codirector.
calico2419@aol.com
www.shortstorycompetition.com

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Monday, April 20, 2009

West Virginia Fiction Award and Competition

(This news courtesy George Lies' WVWriters eNews list)

Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage Literary Project announces the West Virginia Fiction Competition, a literary competition to encourage writers and storytellers, whose talent and ability in creative writing is distinctive and promising, and to foster an appreciation of Appalachian culture and values represented in the diverse writing of the region. Submissions are encouraged from any resident of West Virginia or student in West Virginia who meets the criteria below. Click here to view a list of past Fiction Competition winners.

What are the limitations upon submissions? Any original, unpublished work of fiction, between 500 and 2,500 words, one submission only. The submission may not have received any other award, recognition, or special honor. What is the deadline for submissions? May 1, 2009. Where should submissions be mailed?

West Virginia Fiction Competition
Department of English
Shepherd University
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000
Electronic submissions should be sent to bfeltner@shepherd.edu.

What should accompany submissions? WEB PAGE for The application form - http://www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/

What prize will be awarded? $500.00 First Prize Award and possible publication, $100 each Second and Third Prize Awards.

Who will select the fiction contest winner? A panel of writers, editors, and creative writing instructors will choose finalists, and the 2009 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence, Silas House, will select first, second, and third place winners from these finalists.

The first place winner will receive the West Virginia Fiction Award and accompanying $500 prize on the night of Thursday, October 1, 2009, at the Appalachian Heritage Awards Presentation; and the winning story will be read at the Appalachian Heritage Festival Concert the following night. Both events are part of the 2009 AHWIR residency: "The History of Every Country": Place in the Poetry and Fiction of Silas House. Mr. House will present the awards and offer story critiques to the competition finalists. First, second, and third place prize winners will dine with Mr. House on the evening of the awards. The fiction competition is supported by the West Virginia Center for the Book and the Shepherd University Foundation.

When will the winner be notified? August 1, 2009.

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Friday, April 03, 2009

The Light of the Stars Annual Poetry Contest

THE LIGHT OF THE STARS
Annual Poetry Contest
(co-sponsored by LONE STARS MAGAZINE and CONCEIT MAGAZINE)
DEADLINE: October 31
Judging by MILO ROSEBUD: November,
(visit him at: http://www.lonestarsmagazine.net)
Winners announced: December
READING FEE: $2.00 per poem entered - UNLIMITED ENTRIES
Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.
Entries are to be 32 lines or less, single spaced, camera ready - the way you want to see it in print. Include SASE or postcard for acknowledgement. One-time magazine publication rights to each publisher - different months. Author’s own copyright guaranteed.
40% of fees collected - First Prize
20% of fees collected - Second Prize
20% of fees collected - Third Prize
PLUS: 1 YEAR Subscription to LONE STARS MAGAZINE
6 MONTH Subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE
E-mail entries to: Lonestarsmagazine@yahoo.com
or
Conceitmagazine2007@yahoo.com
PayPal users go to the Websites
LONE STARS MAGAZINE
http://www.lonestarsmagazine.net
or
http://www.myspace.com/conceitmagazine
Snail Mail entries and reading fees to:
Milo Rosebud, Editor & Publisher
THE LIGHT OF THE STARS Poetry Contest
LONE STARS Magazine
4219 Flinthill Drive
San Antonio, TX 78230
or
Perry Terrell, Editor
THE LIGHT OF THE STARS Poetry Contest
Conceit Magazine
P. O. Box 884223
San Francisco, CA 94188-4223
(NOTE: Entries can be e-mailed or U.S. Mail)
(Cash, check or money order - Make payable to Milo Rosebud or Perry Terrell)

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

WV Writers 2009 Writing Contest Closes

The WV Writers 2009 Spring Writing Competition is now closed for all entries. Please join us at the 2009 WV Writers Summer Conference (June 12 - 14, at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV) where we will announce the winners of the contest at our annual awards banquet.

Which is another way of saying, the 2009 Conference is now open for pre-registration.


Our 2010 contest will reopen for entries on January 2, 2010.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

This is IT

(Courtesy President Terrence McNemar.)

Mr. Procrastinator folds the thin sheaf and presses the creases tighter before sliding the pages into the envelope. He peels the sealing strip from the flap and slowly pushes the flap down against the back of the envelope, then slides his thumb the length of the white vellum capsule. Balancing it by two corners, he flips it over and proofs the front. He sees his name and address on the top left corner, a bright waving American flag on the right, and in the center it reads: WV Writers, Inc.; c/o Steve Goff….

“Medium house blend, non-fat creamer, and two sugars!” he barks into the menu board beside Starbucks.

“Thank you, that’ll be one dollar and nine….” He knows the price by heart. He’s not paying attention to the clerk. He’s looking to the left, past the Long John Silvers, beyond the Farm and Fleet Store, and just past the steakhouse, to the Post Office. He smiles.

He holds the door for a lady pushing a walker, and then follows the red carpet to the slot that says ALL MAIL. It reminds him of one of those WWII movies where the funeral takes place on deck of a ship and then they slide the body overboard only this isn’t a reason to mourn. The envelope slides through the slot.

He watches himself approach the glass doors, cool sunglasses, wicked smile, and though the lettering on the hat reads backward in the reflection frem the glass, he know it says – Confident!

Wow, I still had five hours to spare, he thought. Just think, in fifteen days, four hours, and a few minutes, I’ll be filing my tax return. He returns to his seat in the car and hits the key. The coffee smells terrific. The song on the radio reminds him of Ripley.

In other words, TODAY is the final day for submissions to the 2009 WV Writers Writing Contest. Get ye busy and Good luck!

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hey... Just Do It!

(FROM WV WRITERS' PRESIDENT TERRY McNEMAR)

If you’re reading and re-reading this piece that you wrote and you just can’t decide whether to fill out the entry form and send it in, let me help with your decision. This is “YOUR” contest. We are doing it just for you. We have categories that are specific to the talent of the people in this group. It’s not a Bud, but this one’s for you. Then plan on attending the conference and the awards banquet and it might just be your year to receive that honor.

It would mean a lot to us to see all our efforts go to good use. It would be like you saying ‘Thank You’ and you already know that you’re welcome.

http://www.wvwriters.org/contest.html

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Book in a Nutshell Contest

(This news courtesy of Fay Thompson of the WV Writers Roundtable)

The Knight Agency is holding a Book in a Nutshell Contest Submit three compelling sentences (150 words max) about your completed, unpublished manuscript to submissions@knightagency.net

Write BOOK IN A NUTSHELL in the subject line or it will not be deemed eligible. One submission per project, please. Twenty of the best submissions will be chosen and requested by various agents who will then give feedback on your work... and it may even lead to possible representation.

Hurry, the deadline is April 20, 2009. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2009. For more info, go to http://tinyurl.com/cnfe9d.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WV Writers Contest Accepts Late Entries!

(This news courtesy George Lies WVW eNews)

West Virginia Writers 2009 Spring Writing Competition will accept late entries through Tuesday, March 31 for the annual Spring Writing Competition. WVW, Inc., the state's largest organization serving writers of all ages, will award $6,000+ in cash awards to adults and young
writers (Grades 1-12) in this writing competition. It is open to all WV state residents. If you live outside the state, you can enter simply by joining as a WVW member.

A WVW membership offers benefits including discounts off all West Virginia Writers' sponsored writing programs. TIP: WVW offers a big discount to any writer who enters this year's competition. Enter 3 manuscripts but send entry fees for only 2 entries (plus a $2 late fee for each, since these are late entries posted after March 15). Winners will be announced at WVW's Annual State Writers Conference, Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Cedar Lakes in Ripley, WV at
http://www.wvwriters.org/conference.html

OFFICIAL ENTRY FORMS:
West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Writing Competition
West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Youth Writing Competition
GO TO - http://www.wvwriters.org/contest.html

MAIL CONTEST ENTRIES TO:
West Virginia Writers, Inc., Steven Goff, Contest Administrator, Rt. 2,
Box 46, Salem, WV 26426. Check or money order for entry fees should be
made payable to West Virginia Writers, Inc.
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West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Writing Competition cash awards:
FIRST PLACE - $250.00
SECOND PLACE - $125.00
THIRD PLACE - $75.00

Adult Competition Category Descriptions:

#___Stage Play (All lengths) - Joe McCabe Memorial Playwriting Award.

Sponsored by Friends of Martinsburg Public Library and WVW.
#___Nonfiction (up to 5,000 words). Includes article, essay and
memoir.
#___Children*s Picture Books and Full-Length Books for youths to age
16. Submit 3 chapters or up to 5,000 words and a 1-page synopsis.
#___Humor (up to 5,000 words). Prose or poetry.
#___Appalachian Writing (up to 5,000 words). Prose or poetry.
#___Book Length Prose. Fiction or Non-Fiction. Submit up to 7,500
words and a 1-page synopsis. Book Length: $12 ENTRY FEE *
#___Long Poetry: Poetry 21 lines, maximum 4 pages in length; any form.
#___Short Poetry: Poetry 20 lines or shorter in length; any form.
#___Short Story: Fiction (up to 5,000 words).
#___Emerging Writers: Poetry. Any poetry form, any length up to 4
pages.
#___Emerging Writers: Prose (up to 5,000 words). Specify fiction or
nonfiction.

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
Entry Form: Fill out and mail this form with your check or money
order.
Late Entry Deadline: March 31, 2009, add $2.00 fee for each
manuscript.
Questions? Email sgoff53@hotmail.com or call 304-782-3267.
Downloadable entry form and additional information is available at
http://www.wvwriters.org.
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SUMMARY:
Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW Annual Spring Competition are not eligible. Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2009, are not eligible. A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more, or if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1000 or more viewers annually. Emerging Writers Eligibility: Writers who have never won a cash award in this WVW Annual Competition AND who have not been published in a publication with a greater than 5000 circulation are eligible to enter this category. Eligibility: Entrant must be a West Virginia resident or a current member of West Virginia Writers, Inc.

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West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Youth Writing Competition
http://www.wvwriters.org/contest.html

CASH PRIZES IN EVERY CATEGORY
Elementary: Grades 1 - 5
Middle School: Grades 6 - 8
High School: Grades 9 - 12
FIRST PLACE - $100.00
SECOND PLACE - $50.00
THIRD PLACE - $25.00

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
Entry Fees: A fee of $2.00 per entry must be submitted with the fully
complete entry form. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Only one
entry form per student is necessary.

NOTE: Teachers may submit work from their entire class for a flat $25.00 fee. Schools may enter all their students for a flat $100.00 fee.

Late Entry Deadline: If mailed between March 16 and March 31, 2009, add $1.00 fee for each manuscript.

Eligibility: Entrant must be in grades 1 - 5 for the Elementary Competition, grades 6 - 8 for the Middle School Competition, or grades 9 - 12 for the High School Competition, and must either be a West Virginia resident or a current member of West Virginia Writers, Inc. Entries must be original work of the entrant. Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW Annual Spring Competition are not eligible. Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2009, are not eligible.

Guidelines: Send copies only. Manuscripts must be titled, typed in standard 12-point font on one side of 8.5 x 11 white paper. (A parent or teacher may type the entry.) Prose (fiction or nonfiction) must be double-spaced. Poetry may be single-spaced. The work is limited to 2000
words. The author*s name must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript. The entry form should be paper-clipped to the manuscript.

Schools may combine entry forms in a single envelope with one check, although each student must have a separate entry form. Address

West Virginia Writers, Inc.
Steven Goff, Contest Administrator
Rt. 2, Box 46
Salem, WV 26426

OFFICIAL ENTRY FORMS: West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Writing
Competition and West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Youth Writing
Competition
GO TO - http://www.wvwriters.org/contest.html

MAIL CONTEST ENTRIES TO: West Virginia Writers, Inc., Steven Goff, Contest Administrator, Rt. 2, Box 46, Salem, WV 26426. Check or money order for entry fees should be made payable to West Virginia Writers, Inc.

WVW MEMBERSHIP: Adult, $20.00; Student, $10.00; Youth (under age 18),
$5.00.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

BEWARE OF THE IDES OF THE WV WRITERS, INC. WRITING CONTEST!

FROM PRESIDENT TERRY McNEMAR

March 16, 2009

THE WV WRITERS, INC. ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION IS HEADING FOR THE FINISH LINE!!!

That's right folks, it's time to get those short stories, poems, essays, and novels tuned up and mailed to our contest administrator. You only have until the 16th of March (TONIGHT), so don't 'po'crastinate'. After tonight we go into overtime and you can still enter, it will just cost a little more. And remember, this thing has far better odds than the lottery. The more you enter, the more chance you have to bring home the bacon (or prime rib as the case may be).
What is really cool is going to the conference and sitting there sweating it out until they call the winning entry. Kinda like the Oscar ceremony without all of the glitz, glam, and cheezy comedy(Well, there is some glitz and glam....and some cheezy comedy as well). The contest is the engine that drives the train that gets the conference and the great guests and presenters. So, go ahead and get that little diddy that you wrote when the cable went out last October and format it to our specs and send it in and if the cable went down three times last fall . . .well, send all three because the third one is free. Enough said.

WV Writers, inc. will give away over $6,000.00 in prize money!

To enter go to our website and follow the instructions closely. I'll list those web addresses below.

Now, I need a favor.... a big favor. If you are a student, if you know a student, or teacher, or parent of a talented up and coming writer, please forward this message to everyone, regardless of age, location, or affiliation. We have requested help from many schools, media, and government agencies and they have been wonderful but it only takes one person to break this chain. Fortunately, we have our members and friends to help this contest reach more students every year. The more entries we have from students, the more we will be able to do for them.

Thank you so much, and GOOD LUCK!

http://www.wvwriters.org/

http://www.wvwriters.org/contest.html

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Persimmon Tree Poetry Contest for Women

Persimmon Tree ( http://www.persimmontree.org ) is pleased to announce the upcoming poetry contest for women over sixty in the Southern U.S. region. (States include AZ, NM, TX, OK, AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, TN, KY, WV, VA, DC, NC, SC, MD.)

Submissions will be accepted May 1 - June 15, 2009, only at poetryentry@comcast.net; Jill Breckenridge is the guest poetry editor for this contest. The selected poems will appear in the September 2009 issue. See the "Submissions" link on the website (you have to log on first) for necessary further details.

http://www.persimmontree.org
editor@persimmontree.org

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Location!Location!Location! Play Competition Open for Submissions

THE CROSSING
“I don’t think you really want to go there.”

The Charleston Stage Company & Festivall announce the 2009
Location!Location!Location! Play Competition

This year the play will take place in the new Dickinson Street Pedestrian Overpass between Triana Energy and the parking garage. It’s at the foot of the South Side Bridge on the downtown side.

The theme of this year’s play contest is defined by the space. Every journey begins with a crossing whether it’s a doorway, street, river, ocean, space, or time. The crossing in this play can be real or imaginary, mundane or grand, silly or tragic, literal or metaphoric. Just go with whatever crosses your mind.

As long as you follow the rules which are as follows: Plays must have 2-4 characters of any age or gender. The play should have a running time of 10 minutes. The title must be: The Crossing. The first line of the play has to be: “I don’t think you really want to go there.”

The two winning plays will be performed in the overpass six times on Saturday June 27, 2009.

This is the fourth year for Charleston Stage Company’s Festivall! Previous productions have included the Elvis Play (back this year by popular demand) and the wildly successful Trolley Play.

More Rules

1. All playwrights must be West Virginia residents.

2. The play must not have been produced previously.

3. All plays must be type written and mailed to the Charleston Stage Company at 123 Summers Street Charleston, WV 25301 by May 1, 2009.

4. Playwrights can submit more than one play. Collaborations between writers are also acceptable.

5. Playwrights must be available to attend the first performance on June 27, 2009.

The plays will be read and judged by judges who will consider (among other things) creative use of the dramatic possibilities of the space. For more information check out the Festivall Play Contest at www.charlestonstagecompany.com.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Old Opera House Theatre Company's New Voice Play Festival

The Old Opera House Theatre Company in Charles Town, WV, is now accepting submissions for the 9th Annual New Voice Play Festival to be held on June 26-28, 2009.

Each year this one-act play writing competition has attracted some of the country’s most gifted new playwrights.

Winners of this festival receive a cash award and the winning plays are performed during the festival. To enter this year’s festival, submissions must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2009.

See their site for all the submission details.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Judges for WV Writers Writing Contest

I always get just a little more excited about entering the West Virginia Writers, Inc. Writing Competition when I find out who will be reading “MY” work. When I read a judge’s work and hear their presentations, it simply isn’t as personal as to have them read my ‘stuff’. This is the kind of validation that will inspire us to write long and write well.

We’ve been working at gathering a group of judges this year who are at the top of their respective fields of writing and veritable champions of West Virginia and Appalachian lit. We are hoping that this will inspire you to stuff your envelope with several entries when entering the contest.

And remember, every third entry, per mailing….IS FREE.

The Joe McCabe Memorial Playwrighting Award will be judged by Scott Frank
Scott Frank is a playwright and storyteller. After living and working as a writer in New York, Scott returned to Western Pennsylvania, where he presently teaches in the Theatre and Communication Department at Washington & Jefferson College, in his hometown of Washington, PA. His play “Butter’s Goat” has been performed in New York, London, and Pittsburgh and he has also directed for the stage in those cities as well. He lives on the Northside of Pittsburgh with his wife Sarah Frank. He is currently reading for the American College Theatre Festival.

The Nonfiction Category will be judged by Valerie Nieman. Valerie is the author of Wake Wake Wake, a poetry collection published in 2006, a collection of short stories, Fidelities, from West Virginia University Press- 2004. Her first two novels were set in West Virginia: Neena Gathering, a science fiction novel, and Survivors - a story of family loss and recovery in the 1970s. Feral, a novel set in North Carolina, will appear in 2010. A longtime newspaper reporter and editor, she continues to free lance articles on travel and sailing. She has received an NEA creative writing fellowship, two Elizabeth Simpson Smith prizes in fiction, and the Greg Grummer Prize in poetry. A graduate of West Virginia University and the M.F.A. program at Queens University of Charlotte, she teaches writing at N.C. A&T State University.

Children’s Picture Books and Full-Length Books for youths to age 16 will be judged by none other than Brenda Seabrooke. Brenda is the award winning author of ‘Judy Scuppernong’, ‘The Bridges of Summer’, and of course ‘The Haunting of Swain’s Fancy’, and her latest book, CEMETERY STREET has been nominated in the Best Juvenile category for a 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award.

The Humor Category brings us one of the finest humor writers in the country as our judge - Susan Reinhardt. Susan is a humor columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times, a radio personality, and author of: Not Tonight Honey, Not Til I’m A Size Six; Dishing With the Kitchen Virgin; and Don’t Sleep With a Bubba Unless Your Eggs Are In Wheelchairs. She’s become a return guest at the Erma Bombeck Writers Conference and the Today Show.

Long Poetry will be judged by Rick Mulkey. Professor Rick Mulkey, Director of Creative Writing Programs of Converse College is the author of Before the Age of Reason, Bluefield Breakdown, Greatest Hits: 1994-2004, and Toward Any Darkness. His work appears in the anthologies American Poetry: the Next Generation, The Southern Poetry anthology, and A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry, among others.

Short poetry judging will be handled by Jeff Mann. Jeff is published everywhere, is a frequent visitor to the WVW Conference and the Appalachian Studies Association Conference at Marshall U. Jeff is Assistant Professor, Department of English, Virginia Tech and author of: Loving Mountains, Loving Men; Bones Washed with Wine; Edge; Flint Shards from Sussex. Arlington, Virginia: Gival Press. Winner of the 1999 Gival Press Poetry Prize, Mountain Fireflies. Yosemite, California: Poetic Matrix Press. Winner of the 1999 Poetic Matrix Chapbook Series, and Bliss. Baltimore, Maryland: BrickHouse Books. Winner of the 1997 Stonewall Chapbook Competition.

Emerging Writer: Prose will be judged by none other than June Berkley. June, a favorite of many WVW conferences and author of Shannaganey Blue has been described as a writer who imagines her family saga in storytelling performances and fiction. Her multi-faceted career in education includes public school and university teaching and nationwide consulting.

Emerging Writer: Poetry will be judged by Dana Wildsmith. Wildsmith’s first chapbook Alchemy, sold out its first printing within a matter of months—an almost unheard-of event in the world of small poetry presses. Her subsequent poetry collections, Annie , Our Bodies Remember, One Good Hand, and the audio collection, Choices, have also been well-received. The University Press of Kentucky included Wildsmith in its highly acclaimed anthology, Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia, and her work appears in other anthologies. Her poems and essays have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Yankee, The Kentucky Poetry Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, Calliope, The Chattahoochee Review, and others.

The Book length - Fiction and Nonfiction category will be judged by Keith Maillard. Keith is originally from Wheeling WV and now resides in Canada and He is currently a full professor and co-chair of the English department of the University of British Columbia, and specializes in fiction and poetry. He is the award winning author of: Gloria, The Clarinet Polka, Running, Morgantown, Lyndon Johnson and the Majorettes, and Looking Good.

This leaves two adult categories and for the 2009 WV Writers Competition, the judges for these last two categories are WVW past conference presenters, noted novelists and heros of the Outlaw Writing tour. That’s right folks, the judges for Short Story and Appalachian Theme are none other than WVW favorites – Chuck Kinder and Lee Maynard.

The Short Story category will be judged by the real wonder boy, Chuck Kinder. Chuck directs the writing programs at the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of The Last Mountain Dancer, Snakehunter, and Honeymooners, a cautionary tale. Among his many awards are: the Edith Mirreelles Writing Fellowship at Stanford, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Fiction, A Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Award in Fiction, and an Appalachian Heritage Denny C. Plattner First Place Award for Nonfiction.

The Appalachian Theme category will be judged by Lee Maynard. Novelist Lee Maynard was born and raised in Wayne County, West Virginia, in the small mining town of Crum. He graduated from Ceredo-Kenova High School and then earned a BA from West Virginia University. He published his first novel, Crum, in 1988. Since then, he has been published many times in periodicals, including Reader's Digest, The Saturday Review, and the Columbia Review of Literature. He has also worked as an editor and screenwriter. In 1995, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship in Fiction for his novel Screaming with the Cannibals. Lee Maynard lives and writes in New Mexico.

The judges for our young writers categories are as equally distinguished and many are members of West Virginia Writers, Inc.:

Elementary School Prose -- Nadine McKinney, author of Eyes in the Attic

Elementary School Poetry -- Molly Feldman, University of Kentucky

Middle School Prose -- Patsy Pittman, author of Blood Kin and Other Strangers

Middle School Poetry -- Wilma Acree, author of Wilma Acree’s Greatist Hits!

High School Prose -- Karin Fuller, columnist, Charleston Gazzette

High School Poetry -- Cheryl Denise Miller, author of I Saw God Dancing

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Inspiration for Writers Contest Deadline Looms

The deadline for the Inspiration for Writers Can't Lose Novel Contest is Thursday. Submission fee is $40, and EVERY entry receives a detailed critique of the submission package, a comprehensive edit of the first 500 words, and an electronic copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook. This is a great way to have a professional editor look over your submission package and prepare it for submission.

First prize is a gift package worth over $500, including a professional edit and critique of up to 15,000 words (value $450) of a single document; books on the craft of writing, including a bound copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook complete with reproducible worksheets ($25.00), The Little Brown Compact Handbook by Jane E. Aaron (fifth edition, $62.40), Marc McCutcheon's The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters ($14.99), The Writer's Digest Writing Clinic ($21.99); a magnetic copy of The Writer's Prayer ($3.00); set of ten Writer's Prayer note cards ($15.00); and 2 Inspiration for Writers pens ($2.00).

Submit a one-page synopsis and the first three chapters of a completed, unpublished novel or book-length memoir. A manuscript will be considered published if 1000 or more copies have been printed.

For more information, see www.InspirationForWriters.com/contest.html or just email me at Sandy@InspirationForWriters.com.

Also, if you missed our winter edition of the Inspiration for Writers Newsletter, download your copy at http://www.inspirationforwriters.com/IFW%20newsletter-Winter%202008.pdf. This issue includes an interview with publisher Cathy Teets, a book excerpt by author Patsy Pittman's National Best Book Awards Finalist Blood Kin and Other Strangers, a detailed discussion of the craft of Point of View, and Fiction First Aid.

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Kenyon Review soon to accept submissions

(This news courtesy of WVW's own Tammy Whisman)

The Kenyon Review will begin accepting submissions for the second annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize on February 1, 2009. The contest is open to all writers under 30 years of age. Submissions must be 1,200 words or less to qualify for the contest. Richard Ford will be the final judge.

The contest winner will be receive a full scholarship to attend the 2009 Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, June 20-27, in beautiful Gambier, Ohio. In addition, the winning story will be published in a special section in the Winter 2010 issue of The Kenyon Review.

Submissions will be accepted beginning February 1, 2009, and concluding February 28, 2009. Entries must be submitted through the Review's website, where an entry form will be available. Find the full contest guidelines here.

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Friday, January 02, 2009

WV Writers Contest Grand Opening TODAY!

The 2009 West Virginia Writers, Inc. Annual Writing Competition is now officially accepting entries.

Please note, things have changed a little bit with the contest this year.

  • Entry fees for the contest are now set at $10 each (except for the book-length prose category, which is set at $12 each). However, a new feature in the rules of the contest is that every third entry is absolutely free. That's right, you can submit three entries for the price of two, or six entries for the price of four, etc. There's no limit. And if you do the math, under last year's $8 per entry fee, you'd pay $24 for three submissions; this year, you'll pay only $20. In other words, it pays to submit more than two entries.
  • Be sure to pay attention to the address you send your entries to. We have a new contest administrator this year, Mr. Stephen Goff of the Salem area. He'll be taking all your entries and sending them out to our judges.
  • And this year we have removed the $1 handling fee per mailing (saving you even more).
  • For the youth, we have now combined our annual high school competition as part of our student form. This form now has three separate age categories, Grades 1-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12, with prizes of $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd and $25 for 3rd place in each age group.
  • Please visit our contest page for all the details and for copies of our entry forms.

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    Monday, October 27, 2008

    Can't Lose Novel & Memoir Contest

    Want to bring your writing up to the next level? Enter our Can't Lose Novel and Memoir Contest. Not only will you have the chance to win a prize package that will polish your prose and strengthen your writing skills, every entry receives a detailed critique of the submission package, a comprehensive edit of the first 500 words, and an electronic copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook. Now is the time to invest in your writing--and yourself.

    First prize: Gift package worth over $500, including a professional edit and critique of up to 15,000 words (value $450) of a single document; books on the craft of writing, including a bound copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook complete with reproducible worksheets ($25.00), The Little Brown Compact Handbook by Jane E. Aaron (fifth edition, $62.40), Marc McCutcheon's The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters ($14.99), The Writer's Digest Writing Clinic ($21.99); a magnetic copy of The Writer's Prayer ($3.00); set of ten Writer's Prayer note cards ($15.00); and 2 Inspiration for Writers pens ($2.00).

    Second prize: A certificate for 20% off any one service.

    Third prize: A certificate for 20% off any one service.

    Entry fee: $40. ALL ENTRIES receive a detailed critique of the submission package (approximate value of $75), a complimentary edit of the first 500 words ($15 value*), and an electronic copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook ($10 value). Payment may be made by paypal or by personal check or money order drawn on US funds and sent to: Inspiration for Writers Contest, 1527 18th Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101 USA.

    Click on the icon below to pay by paypal. IMPORTANT: When you receive your payment confirmation screen, be sure to click on the little box on the bottom of the screen that says, "Return to Merchant." This will take you to the screen to download your workbook. If you do not click on this box, you will need to email Sandy to get the download. Once your payment has been sent, you may email your submission package to the contest administrator as detailed below.

    Entry Deadline: January 15, 2009. Entries will be considered received when both the manuscript package (as described below) is received and the payment of the $40 entry fee is received. A confirmation email will be sent to you within 1 business day. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please send a query to contest@InspirationForWriters.com or phone Sandy at 304-428-1218.

    Inspiration for Writers will announce the winners on or before March 31, 2009. Inspiration for Writers is not responsible for entries or payments not received. We WILL send confirmation emails.

    Submit: A one-page synopsis and the first three chapters of a completed, unpublished novel or book-length memoir. A manuscript will be considered published if 1000 or more copies have been printed.

    Submission package: It is preferred that submissions be made electronically, sent by email to contest@InspirationForWriters.com. Email subject should be "Novel Contest." Email text should state the author's full name and the statement, "Please enter my attached manuscript in your Inspiration for Writers Novel Contest." We will not open attachments without this statement. (It's fine to include additional text within the body of the email.)

    Manuscripts should be formatted as detailed below and saved in Microsoft Office Word (any version with .doc or .docx extensions) or Rich Text Format (.rtf extension). The submission package should be sent as a single document. The cover page should contain the author's name, address, email address, and telephone number in the upper left corner. The center of the page should contain the name of the manuscript, the genre (memoir, romance, mainstream, etc.), and the word count of the completed manuscript (not just what is being sent). The next page should be the synopsis. The first three chapters should follow.

    The manuscript should be formatted as follows:

    All pages should be in Times New Roman 12-point font.
    The author's name should appear on the cover page only.
    The heading should include the title of the manuscript on the left and the page number on the right.

    All pages should be left adjusted with a ragged right margin.
    Paragraphs should be indented ¼ to ½ inch; a line should not be skipped between paragraphs.
    The synopsis should be single-spaced.
    Chapters should be double-spaced.

    The fine print:

    All entries must be in English only.

    All entries must be the original work of the submitter.

    This competition is open to writers of any age, from anywhere in the world (unless prohibited by local regulations). Employees and contractors of Inspiration for Writers and immediate family members of Inspiration for Writers employees and contractors are prohibited from entering.
    Entries will be judged based upon literary merit, adherence to guidelines, quality of writing, and clarity of prose.

    Should any viruses be detected within the email or the submission package, the manuscript will be disqualified.

    Chances of winning depend upon the number of entries received.

    Inspiration for Writers is not responsible for any delay in receiving your manuscript.

    Once judging begins, correspondence concerning the submission package is prohibited.

    If the first place winner resides outside the United States, he or she must pay for actual shipping costs of prizes. If submitted electronically, there are no shipping fees for the professional edit and critique, and there are no shipping fees for winners residing within the United States. Other than the $40 submission fee and the shipping fee for winners outside the United States, there are no other fees associated with submitting, winning, or claiming prizes.

    If not now, when?

    * Note: $15 value is based upon word count, not the $45 minimum charge per submission.

    Questions? Email Contest@InspirationForWriters.com

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    Friday, October 10, 2008

    Greenbrier Valley Theatre announces “New Voices” Short Play Festival

    Greenbrier Valley Theatre is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for local playwrights to submit their short plays in GVT’s “New Voices” Short Play Festival.

    The best plays will be given a public performance at GVT’s Festival of Community Plays in January 2009. Plays should be 10-15 minutes in length and include between two and five characters. Plays should be appropriate for all ages and should be written to be played by adult actors. The deadline for receipt of entries is December 1, 2008. A panel of professional theatre artists will judge the pieces and winners will be chosen in early December.

    Who: Submissions are welcome from anyone but local playwrights in the Greenbrier Valley are especially encouraged to participate.

    What: There is no official theme for the plays. Plays should be suitable for all ages, with minimal offensive material. Adult actors (15 and up) will be playing the parts during the festival, so characters should be geared towards that age range. Musicals will not be accepted.

    When: Entries must be received by GVT no later than Dec 1. The public festival performance dates will be announced at a later date.
    Other important information

    By submitting a play to the New Voices Festival you will be granting GVT the rights to perform your play at the festival in January 2009, if chosen.

    Please do not submit an original copy of your play, as copies will not be returned.
    The number of winners selected to be performed will vary on the length of the selected shows. Anywhere from 4-7 may be chosen for performance.

    If an inadequate number of entries are received, GVT reserves the right to not select any play for performance.

    For complete details visit www.gvtheatre.org or contact GVT Education Director, Kurtis Donnelly 645-3838 or kurtis@gvtheatre.org.

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    Tuesday, October 07, 2008

    Letters About Literature Contest

    THE CONTEST

    Books have wings. You can’t see them, but they are there just the same. On books’ wings, readers can soar to new places where they meet intriguing characters and experience exciting adventures. But a book’s wings can also help a reader rise above difficult situations - like peer pressure, bullying or prejudice, or to cope with disappointment and loss.

    Have you ever felt the power and lift of literature? Has one book, or perhaps one author, inspired you to change your view of yourself or of the world? If so, we encourage you to enter this year’s Letters About Literature writing competition. All you have to do is write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work affected you.

    COMPETITION LEVELS
    The contest has three competition levels:
    Level I: grades 4-6 Level II: grades 7 & 8 Level III: grades 9-12

    For more information, go to… http://www.wvcenterforthebook.org/Letters_About_Literature/Letters_About_Literature.htm or…
    http://www.wvcenterforthebook.org/Letters_About_Literature/LAL%202008%20Entry%20Guidelines.pdf

    A great opportunity for kids!

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    Friday, September 19, 2008

    48 Hour Writing Contest Starts 5 p.m. Today

    (This news courtesy George Lies and the Morgantown Writers Group Bulletin)

    48 Hour Writing Contest Starts 5 p.m. Today

    Toasted Cheese Literary Journal 48-Hour Writing Competition
    http://www.toasted-cheese.com/tclj/contest.htm

    Three Cheers and a Tiger: FALL is a science fiction / fantasy contest.

    This is a 48 hour competition that opens today. The September 2008 contest opens at 5:00 pm Eastern Time, Friday, September 19, 2008 with details posted at Just the Place for a Snark. Web - http://forums.toasted-cheese.com/viewforum.php?f=4

    Deadline: E-mail entries to threecheers08[at]toasted-cheese.com by 5:00 pm Eastern Time, Sunday, September 21, 2008. Your subject line must read: Three Cheers and a Tiger Contest Entry.

    Entries are blind-judged by Boots & Ana. The judges' decision is final. Winners are announced October 31. Winning stories are published in the December issue of Toasted Cheese. Winners receive Amazon gift certificates: $20 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third.

    Toasted Cheese Regular Submission Guidelines are at -
    http://www.toasted-cheese.com/tclj/submit.htm

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    Thursday, September 04, 2008

    Union County Writers' Club Annual Adult Literary Contest

    Rules for Union County Writers' Club Annual Adult Literary Contest.

    Each year the deadline for our contest is October 31st.

    Categories for 2008 include: short story, fantasy, poetry, and childrens' story.

    Rules for the Union County Writers' Club Annual Contest are as Follows:

    Entrants must be at least eighteen years old and U.S. residents.

    Entry fees are: $3 per poem, or 2 for $5; $5 per short story, childrens' story, or fantasy story.

    Each entry must be an original work that is previously unpublished in a paid publication.

    Poetry may be any form, on any subject, but not longer than 40 lines.

    Short stories are 1000 - 5000 words.

    Childrens' stories are for children in the age range of pre-school through junior high and are limited to 3000 words.

    Fantasy is limited to 300 words maximum.

    Material of explicit sexual nature is discouraged.

    Entries that have won or placed second or third in either of the previous 2 years are not eligible for entry.


    PRIZES

    Short Stories and Childrens' Stories: First Place $30, Second Place $25, Third Place $10.
    Poetry and Fantasy: First Place $25, Second Place $15, Third Place $10.
    Honorable Mentions will receive a certificate.


    HOW TO ENTER

    Entries must be typed and submitted on standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Poetry single spaced, short stories double spaced. Two copies of each entry must be submitted without author's name, address, or any other identifying information on the entry. A cover letter must accompany the entry giving the author's name, address, phone number, and the title of the submitted story or poem. Multiple entries are accepted and may be listed on the same cover letter.

    Checks must be made out to: Union County Writers' Club and mailed with entries to P.O. Box 496, Monroe, NC 28111

    Authors should retain copies of their submissions. They will not be returned.

    Please indicate on the envelope or cover letter which category is being entered for each submission.

    OTHER INFORMATION

    Judges are selected from among writing teachers, college staff members, or members of professional writing organizations. They do not live or work in Union County. Contest winners will be notified by mail of the time and place for the Awards Ceremony. Contest winners will be invited to read their winning entries at the Awards.

    Call either 704 291-7829 for more information. Or email to ghost2@carolina.rr.com
    or writer19@gmail.com

    Prize checks will be presented at the January meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. Winners are invited to attend and read the winning entries. Checks and certificates will be mailed in January to winners who are unable to attend.

    Union County Literary Contest Winners 2007

    Many thanks to all those who entered.

    Congratulations to the winners. The judges were very pleased with the high quality of the entries.

    SHORT STORY:
    1st place: Mr. Dearborn's Big Vacation - Philip Loyd, Houston, TX
    2nd place: Southern Girl - Philip Loyd, Houston, TX
    3rd place - Like Father, Like Son - Philip Loyd, Houston, TX
    Honorable mention 1: Equal Gifts - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC
    Honorable mention 2: Nickel Bread and Hope - J. Dixon Hearne, Huntington Beach, CA

    FLASH FICTION:
    1st place: Catalog Fantasies - Janet Hartman, Beaufort, NC
    2nd place: Westward with Hope - Claudia Shelton, O'Fallon, MO
    3rd place: The Equator - Donna McClanahan, Irvine, KY
    Honorable mention: The Toughest Kid in Town - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC

    CHILDREN'S STORY:
    1st place: Fraidy-Cat - Bonnie Brown, Industry, ME
    2nd place: The Little Old Fire Truck - Emily Soares, Decatur, GA
    3rd place: Native Heart - J. Dixon Hearne, Huntington Beach, CA
    Honorable mention 1: Sonny - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC
    Honorable mention 2: Kicks Are for Kids - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC
    Honorable mention 3: The Carpenter's Cup - Dana Williams, Arlington, WA

    POETRY:
    1st place: Perfection - Dr. Billy O. Fleming, Jr., Waxhaw, NC
    2nd place: Sound Effects - Olga Penzin, Rock Hill, SC
    3rd place: Autumn Song - Doris Jeane Haigler, Monroe, NC
    Honorable mention: The Edge of Darkness - Phyllis McManus, Monroe, NC

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    Monday, September 01, 2008

    WV Autumn Festival writing contest

    The WV Autumn Festival is sponsoring a writing contest featuring categories for all ages and skill levels. The categories are Short Story, Essay, and Poetry. Although the contest judges haven’t been announced, they come from the writing community of West Virginia. All entries will be copied to each judge in advance. There is one adult age division, and the children's age levels are: six and under, seven to twelve, and thirteen to seventeen.

    Any questions may be sent to: Renita Loyd, at: wvwriter007@hotmail.com

    Entry fees are: Children -- $3.00 per entry and; Adults -- $5.00 per entry
    Entry must be postmarked by October 2, 2008.

    Prizes include:
    Ø Age Division Winners -- $5.00 cash, a gift and a trophy.
    Ø Children Category Winners -- $20.00 cash, a gift, and a trophy
    Ø Best Overall Children Writer --$50.00 CASH, a gift, and trophy
    Ø Best Overall Adult Writer -- $100.00 CASH, a gift, and trophy

    NOTE: Depending on response, award values may increase.

    All entries should be sent to: WVAF, P.O. Box 102, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

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    Sunday, June 29, 2008

    Conceit Magazine Pet Peeve Contest

    Pet Peeve Contest

    In 100 words or less, let's see if what bothers you, bothers anyone else.

    The PET PEEVE that gets the most votes will win as follows:

    Crocheted Afghan by Eunice - 1st Prize

    $40.00 - 2nd Prize

    $30.00 - 3rd Prize

    $20.00 - 4th Prize

    $10.00 - 5th Prize

    $1.00 scratch off lottery ticket - 6th to 10th prizes

    (

    1st to 5th prize winners will receive a 6 month subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE)

    A CONCEIT MAGAZINE PET PEEVE DIGEST booklet will be published.

    CONCEIT MAGAZINE subscribers, members and contest participants will vote on who wins the prizes. Each voter must vote for

    4 contestants.

    PET PEEVE DIGEST booklet and reading fee:

    $5.00

    "ALL" writers welcomed, unlimited entries

    DEADLINE: July 31, 2008

    Email entries and queries to:

    Conceitmagazine2007@yahoo.com

    PayPal users go to the

    CONCEIT MAGAZINE Website

    http://www.myspace.com/conceitmagazine

    or

    Snail mail entries and fee to:

    Perry Terrell, Editor

    PET PEEVE CONTEST

    P. O. Box 884223

    San Francisco, CA 94188-4223 - USA

    (Make payable to: PERRY TERRELL)

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    Sunday, June 15, 2008

    WV Writers Contest Winners 2008

    Ladies and gents, the contest winners for the West Virginia Writers 2008 Writing Contest may be found at the following link...

    http://www.wvwriters.org/WINNERS_LIST_2008.pdf



    This is just a quick .pdf scan of them. A better looking version will be available within a day or so.

    Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who entered. And thanks to everyone who braved the gas prices and made it out to the conference this weekend. There were certainly a lot of you and I was glad to continue putting faces with names and meeting so many great people.

    --eric
    el presidente (at least til the end of the month)

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    Wednesday, May 28, 2008

    Love Poem Contest

    (This news courtesy of WV Writers member Tammy Whisman)

    “CALL to ALL who write LOVE POEMS”
    ONEAL WALTERS’
    LOVE POEM CONTEST
    (offering the largest prizes given by a CONCEIT MAGAZINE author)
    Visit Oneal at: Oneal's love poems at Allpoetry! www.allpoetry.com/oneal and Oneal's poetry book available at Myspace! www.myspace.com/onealwalters

    $110.00 - First Prize
    $60.00 - Second Prize
    $30.00 - Third Prize
    (1st prize winner will receive a 1 year subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE)
    $3.00 per poem
    “ALL”
    writers welcomed, unlimited entries

    DEADLINE: June 06, 2008
    Winners notified in July by the LOVE POET himself, Oneal Walters


    Email entries and queries to:

    Conceitmagazine2007@yahoo.com

    PayPal users go to the CONCEIT MAGAZINE Website
    http://www.myspace.com/conceitmagazine
    or
    Snail mail entries and reading fees to:
    Perry Terrell, Editor
    Oneal Walters’ Love Poem Contest
    P. O. Box 8544
    Emeryville, CA 94662 - USA

    (Make payable to: PERRY TERRELL)

    NOTE: $1.75 to Oneal Walters’ THE AGE BEGINS BOOKS and $1.25 to the $100.00 monthly stipend fund for CONCEIT MAGAZINE writers

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    Tuesday, April 22, 2008

    Mother's Day Celebration Short Story Contest

    Mother‘s Day Celebration Short Story Contest
    (short stories about mothers)
    (sponsored by the United Black Writers Association (UBWA) in support of CONCEIT MAGAZINE)

    DEADLINE:
    April 26, 2008

    Judging by the UBWA Board

    Winners announced at the 2008 Afrocentric Book Expo -- Mother’s Day Celebration
    Saturday, May 10, 2008

    READING FEE: $3.00 per short story entered

    Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.

    One time publication rights to CONCEIT MAGAZINE.
    $50.00 - First Prize
    $30.00 - Second Prize
    $20.00 - Third Prize

    E-mail entries to:
    Conceitmagazine2007@yahoo.com

    PayPal users go to the CONCEIT MAGAZINE Website
    http://www.myspace.com/conceitmagazine

    or
    Snail Mail entries and reading fees to:
    Perry Terrell, Editor
    Mother‘s Day Celebration Short Story Contest
    c/o Conceit Magazine
    P. O. Box 8544
    Emeryville, CA 94662

    (NOTE: Entries can be e-mailed or snail mailed)
    (Cash, check or money order - Make payable to Perry Terrell)

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    Monday, March 31, 2008

    MiPOesias Magazine's Call for Chapbook Manuscripts

    (This news courtesy of Tovli Simiryan)


    MiPOesias Magazine has issued a Call for Chapbook Manuscripts.

    MiPOesias Magazine is now seeking submissions of chapbook manuscripts from writers who have never published a chapbook or first book. Individual published pieces are fine, but the manuscript as a whole should be unpublished.

    Send manuscripts through April 1st 2008. Manuscripts should include between 24-48 pages, a title page, a table of contents page, and a page including your name, email address, and mailing address. Please DO NOT send illustrations. Manuscripts that fail to meet our guidelines may be disqualified. We are interested in manuscripts of free verse, formal, or prose poetry. We are also interested in a collection of short stories, memoirs, or one story/memoir/poem that meets the page count guidelines. Interdisciplinary or collaborative work will also be considered. All subjects welcome. Translations will not be accepted.

    Please use a standard font like Times New Roman (12pt) or Ariel (10pt). Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, attach file as either a Word for Windows .doc or .rtf file, and let us know it’s a chapbook submission in the subject line of the email. No submissions within the body of the email will be accepted or considered.

    There are no reading or entry fees. The chapbook selected will be published by Didi Menendez (Menendez Publishing) and available via a print on demand service. Please send manuscripts to jrussellhughes@yahoo.com.

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    66: The Journal of Sonnet Studies is seeking submissions.

    (This news courtesy of Tovli Simiryan)

    For those of you who really enjoy writing sonnets, 66: The Journal of Sonnet Studies is seeking submissions.

    They are seeking submissions for a special supplement consisting entirely of original sonnets in English. This chapbook, available only to subscribers, is published annually in November.

    Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis, but materials must be received by August 31st in order to be considered for the November 2008 chapbook or the February 2009 journal.

    Manuscripts and inquiries may be sent by email to sonnetjournal@gmail.com or by post to:
    66: The Journal of Sonnet Studies
    attn: Zachary Bos, Editor
    95 Melville Avenue
    Boston, MA 02124

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    Sunday, March 30, 2008

    Silas House Announces Writing Contests

    Writer Silas House has put the word out on a few writing contests via the Appalachian Writers Forum Blog.

    The information is below, or you can see it in its original context HERE. Thanks go to Granny Sue Holstein for sending us in that direction...

    FROM SILAS HOUSE:

    We thought your members/readers might want to know about a couple of great opportunities for writers. If you could pass this on we'd sure appreciate it. We're especially excited about the Ritchie Fellowship, in which your members are sure to be interested.

    1. The Third Annual Mountain Heritage Literary Festival Writing Awards

    2. The Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing-a $1,500 award for a deserving Appalachian writer

    1. The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University announces its third annual writing competition. Visit our website at www.lmunet.edu/mhlf

    The Jesse Stuart Prize for Young Adult Fiction will be judged by Anne Shelby http://www.anneshelby.com/ , beloved author of The Adventures of Molly Whuppie. Entries for this prize are limited to no more than 2,000 words and may not be entered simultaneously in the Still contest.

    The James Still Prize for Short Story will be judged by Chris Holbrook http://www.moreheadstate.edu/eflp/index.aspx?id=6752 , author of the modern classic Hell and Ohio. Entries for this prize should be no more than 4,000 words and there is no restriction on subject matter.

    The George Scarbrough Prize for Poetry will be judged by Lyrae Van Clief Stefanon http://www.upress.pitt.edu/BookDetails.aspx?bookId=35423 , Academy of American Poets award-winning author of Black Swan. There are no restrictions on subject matter or length for this prize and an entry is considered one set of up to three poems. If the winners so choose, the top three prize poems will be published in The Emancipator literary journal.

    The Emma Bell Miles Prize for Essay will be judged by Karen McElmurray http://al.gcsu.edu/ksmcelmurray.htm , award winning author of Surrendered Child and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven This prize is restricted to essays that address Appalachian life, literature, religion, folklore, culture, and/or values. Entries for this prize should be no more than 4,000 words.

    Submitted entries must be unpublished. Photocopies are accepted. Submit two copies with a title page that includes your name, address, telephone number, email address, the title of the piece and the name of the contest to which you are submitting. Make sure that your name does not appear anywhere besides the title page to insure blind judging. Judging for this contest is completely blind and will go through a series of readers before getting to the final judge, who will pick the top three entries in each category. Contest entry fees cannot be refunded and no entries will be returned. Prizes will be awarded at the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at LMU on June 14, 2008. Those winners not present will be mailed their prizes. Deadline for postmark is May 20, 2008. Any entry that is not postmarked will not be opened and failure to follow the above guidelines will result in disqualification.

    Please enclose an $8 fee per entry (make check payable to LMU) and send your submission to Mountain Heritage Literary Festival Writing Contest, Kresge Hall, Lincoln Memorial University, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752. Please send email inquiries about the contest to Denton Loving at denton.loving@lmunet.edu but please make sure your answer cannot be found above.

    2. THE JEAN RITCHIE FELLOWSHIP IN APPALACHIAN WRITING

    Through literature, a region tells stories to its citizens and the world. The Jean Ritchie Fellowship seeks to support, encourage and honor writers from the Southern Appalachians.

    The fellowship is the first of its kind for the region's writers, and is committed to Appalachian voices.

    Jean Ritchie of Viper, Kentucky, and Port Washington, New York, is a musician, author of prose and poetry, social activist, teacher, historian and folk music collector. The fellowship strives to support artists who, like Ritchie, create works of beauty and social relevance, while honoring traditional heritage and forging a new path.

    Find out more about Jean Ritchie at http://www.jeanritchie.com/.

    Award amount: $1,500

    Fellowship Guidelines:

    Poetry: Submit no more than ten pages.
    Prose (Fiction and Nonfiction): Submit no more than twenty pages.

    All work samples must be double-side printed and page numbered. Previously published material will not be accepted. No collaborative work samples or joint applications, please. Include a very brief, one page cover letter. To ensure an anonymous reading process, please do not put your name on any application materials excepting the cover letter.

    For all genres, include a statement of purpose-no more than two pages-summarizing:

    1. What Appalachia means to you (for example: identity, culture, sense of place, values, economics, environment).

    2. What does writing mean in your life?

    3. Your current writing project.

    4. How would you utilize the fellowship funding?

    Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

    If awarded a fellowship, you will not be eligible to apply for another five years.

    http://www.lmunet.edu/mhlf/map.html Please consult the map http://www.lmunet.edu/mhlf/map.html http://www.lmunet.edu/mhlf/map.html to determine if the county and state in which you live, or are originally from, is eligible as defined by the fellowship requirements. Indicate your county and state in the cover letter.

    Fee: Five dollars per submission. You may apply in more than one genre. For each genre in which you apply, there is an additional five dollar reading fee.

    Check or money order made out to LMU, Jean Ritchie Fellowship. No cash.

    Submissions will be accepted from February 1 - April 1, 2008.

    Postmarked deadlines are firm. Early, late, ineligible, and incomplete applications will be rejected. Manuscripts will not be returned but will be recycled.

    Fellowship winner will be announced at the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival, June 14, 2008, and posted on this website by June 17.

    Please do not seek information on the status of your application before the announcement date listed above.

    Please mail your submission to: The Jean Ritchie Fellowship c/o Silas House Lincoln Memorial University P.O. Box 2005 Harrogate, Tennessee 37752 If you have questions, email:
    denton.loving@lmunet.edu or 423.869.6432

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    Monday, March 24, 2008

    Shepherd University West Virginia Fiction Competition

    (This news forwarded by Granny Sue Holstein)

    This is to announce the WV Fiction Writers Competition. Adriana Trigiani, the 2008 Appalachian
    Heritage Writer-in-Residence, will select the winners of the competition, and she will provide written critiques for all finalists' stories.

    This is a terrific opportunity for talented writers to have their writing reviewed by an award-winning novelist. The first-place story will receive a prize of $500.

    See the submission form below or go to the Appalachian Heritage websites at
    http://www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb and
    http://www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/new_writers.html.

    Electronic submissions are acceptable. The deadline is May 1. The West Virginia Fiction Writers
    Competition is supported by The WV Center for the Book and The Shepherd University Foundation.

    Fiction Competition and Award

    Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage Literary Project announces the West Virginia Fiction Competition, a literary competition to encourage writers and storytellers, whose talent and ability in creative writing is distinctive and promising, and to foster an appreciation of Appalachian culture and values represented in the diverse writing of the region. Submissions are encouraged from any resident of West Virginia or student in West Virginia who meets the criteria below. Look here to view a list of past Fiction Competition winners.

    http://www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/FictionWinners/index.htm

    Who can submit? Any resident of West Virginia or student attending school in West Virginia.

    What are the limitations upon submissions? Any original, unpublished work of fiction, between 500 and 2,500 words, one submission only. The submission may not have received any other award, recognition, or special honor.

    What is the deadline for submissions? May 1, 2008.

    Where should submissions be mailed?

    West Virginia Fiction Competition
    Department of English
    Shepherd University
    P.O. Box 3210
    Shepherdstown, WV 25443

    Electronic submissions should be sent to bfeltner@shepherd.edu.

    What should accompany submissions? The application form below.

    What prize will be awarded? $500.00 and possible publication.

    Who will select the fiction contest winner? A panel of writers, editors, and creative writing instructors will choose finalists, and the 2008 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence, Adriana Trigiani, will select first, second, and third place winners from these finalists.

    The first place winner will receive the West Virginia Fiction Award and accompanying $500 prize on the night of Wednesday, October 1, 2008, at the Appalachian Heritage Awards Presentation; and the winning story will be read at the Appalachian Heritage Festival Concert the following night.

    Both events are part of the 2008 AHWIR residency: "The Voice of 'Ferriner': The Fiction and Film of Adriana Trigiani." The focus of this year's residency is on the "outsider."

    Ms. Trigiani will present the awards and offer story critiques to the competition finalists. First, second, and third place prize winners will dine with Ms. Trigiani on the evening of the awards. The fiction competition is supported by the West Virginia Center for the Book and the Shepherd University Foundation.

    When will the winner be notified? August 1, 2008

    ________________________________


    West Virginia Fiction Competition


    Name:__________________________________________________________

    Title of
    Submission:___________________________________________

    Address:__________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________

    E-mail:_______________________________________________
    Phone:________________________________________________

    Brief Biography (limit 100 words):

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    Friday, March 14, 2008

    WV WRITERS CONTEST DEADLINE LOOMS NOW!

    The deadline for sending entries in to WV Writers annual writing contest is nearly upon us. Oh, how it looms! It LOOMS!

    Fear not, citizens, for while March 15 is indeed the cut-off point for accepting entries... at the cheapest rate possible... WV Writers will continue to accept your entries through the end of March, albeit with a slight adjustment in price. Instead of our usual $8 per entry, come March 16 we're looking at a full $9 per entry due to that pesky $1 late fee we tack on.

    You wouldn't believe the number of people who willingly incur that dreaded late fee each year because they don't have their entries together and post-marked before March 15. You're welcome to do this, of course, but I just wanted to warn you in advance.

    While I'm mentioning deadlines, let me just alert you to the fact that the low, low, pre-order price of $12 each (or five for $10 each) on the new WV Writers Anthology, Seeking the Swan, is also an endangered species. This lovely tome is also less than a month away from publication and will soon increase to its regular retail price of $16 each. If you'd like to get in on some of this cheap anthology action, I suggest you consult the retail page of our latest newsletter, or pop on over to our online store where you can either purchase them through Pay Pal or by regular snail mail.

    Or, if you're a truly daring soul, you can wait and see what sort of nifty Multi-Anthology Super-Package we come up with, wrapping up all five anthologies into a single brick of WV-authored goodness. We'll likely unveil such a creature at the 2008 Conference.

    And speaking of which...

    While WV Writers has not yet opened for conference pre-registration, that blessed day when we do is also fast approaching. I'm thinking Aprilish looks pretty good on that one. (Keep watching this space and our website for details.) In the meantime, to whet your appetite, you may have a small taste of what's in store for the conference via our 2008 Conference Flyer.

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    Tuesday, March 11, 2008

    Love Poem Contest

    “CALL to ALL who write LOVE POEMS”

    ONEAL WALTERS’ LOVE POEM CONTEST
    (offering the largest prizes given by a CONCEIT MAGAZINE author)

    Visit Oneal at: Oneal's love poems at Allpoetry!
    www.allpoetry.com/oneal and Oneal's poetry book available at Myspace! www.myspace.com/onealwalters

    $110.00 - First Prize
    $60.00 - Second Prize
    $30.00 - Third Prize
    (1st prize winner will receive a 1 year subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE)

    $3.00 per poem

    “ALL” writers welcomed, unlimited entries

    DEADLINE: June 06, 2008

    Winners notified in July by the LOVE POET himself, Oneal Walters

    Email entries and queries to: Conceitmagazine2007@yahoo.com

    PayPal users go to the CONCEIT MAGAZINE Website
    http://www.myspace.com/conceitmagazine

    or
    Snail mail entries and reading fees to:

    Perry Terrell, Editor
    Oneal Walters’ Love Poem Contest
    P. O. Box 8544
    Emeryville, CA 94662 - USA

    (Make payable to: PERRY TERRELL)

    NOTE:
    $1.75 to Oneal Walters’ THE AGE BEGINS BOOKS and $1.25 to the $100.00 monthly stipend fund for CONCEIT MAGAZINE writers

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    Monday, March 10, 2008

    2008 PENUMBRA POETRY & HAIKU CONTEST

    2008 PENUMBRA
    POETRY & HAIKU CONTEST
    ALL ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JUNE 30, 2008
    Sponsor web site www.tallahasseewriters.net
    Contest email: poetry@tallahasseewriters.net

    Categories No limit on entries in either or both categories. All skill levels welcome.
    Poetry up to 50 lines, any style or subject; line length may be edited to fit chapbook publication format 3-line haiku (need not conform to strict syllable count)

    Contest does not accept simultaneous submissions or work previously published or having received awards in other competitions

    Prizes Poetry $200, $60, $40; haiku, $100, 40, $20.
    Top winners and finalists in each category are published in the annual contest chapbook and mailed a complimentary copy.

    Entries Submit 2 copies of poetry on 8-1/2x11 paper; haiku on 3x5 index cards.
    One copy should show name, address, phone, email and source of contest info; 2nd copy should be anonymous for judging purposes. Include a brief bio with most recent or noteworthy awards and publications.

    Notification: Winner and finalist notifications mailed no later than August 31 2008.
    Winners list returned to entrants if SASE included. List posted to sponsor web site no later than September 30 2007.

    Fees: $5 per poem; $3 per haiku in $US check, cash or money order

    Mail entries, fees, SASE for winners? list and book orders to :
    TWA Penumbra
    P. O. Box 3428
    Tallahassee, FL 32315-3428

    Judging Judges are published, recognized poets and haiku experts.

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