Posts made in May, 2008

2008 Caketrain FICTION Chapbook Competition

Caketrain Journal and Press is proud to announce our 2008 Caketrain Chapbook Competition, the fourth installment of our annual creative writing contest. This year, in an effort to further expand the horizons of our book series, we have decided for the first time ever to look at chapbook manuscripts in the fiction genre (never fear, poets — your genre of choice is slated to make its triumphant return in 2009). We’re very excited about this new development and the fantastic work that is sure to emerge. Each year, we bring a special guest into the selection process, a writer whose work we hold in very high regard, and this year is no exception: for 2008, we ourselves remain amazed by the news that Brian Evenson will serve as our final judge. Evenson is the Director of the Literary Arts Program at Brown University and the author of seven books of fiction, most recently The Open Curtain (a Time Out New York Best of 2006 selection) and The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection). He has translated work by Chrstian Gailly, Jean Frémon and Jacques Jouet. He has received an O. Henry Prize as well as an NEA fellowship. The winner of the competition receives a $250 cash prize and 25 copies of their chapbook. The chapbook will be published in a 200-copy run on sixty-pound, acid-free text stock bound with a full-color cover. We hear we’ve put together some gorgeous books so far — to see how they’ve turned out, please check out our previous winners, Elizabeth Skurnick’s Check-In (2005), Tom Whalen’s Dolls (2007), and Claire Hero’s afterpastures (2008). Eligibility and Reading Fee (Print and Electronic Formats): This competition is open to fiction manuscripts written in the English language — this can entail a single work (i.e. a novella) or a collection of shorter works. While previously-published stories or excerpts of stories may be included in the manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Translations and previously self-published works are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please note, however, that reading fees are non-refundable, and Caketrain is to be notified as soon as possible if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Manuscript revisions will not be considered during reading period. Please do not include cover artwork or photographs with your submission. Author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with Brian Evenson or any Caketrain Journal and Press staff member; if an author is unsure whether this policy applies to him or her, Caketrain will gladly address inquiries. In a change from previous years, the reader may now choose between two reading fee amounts: either $15 for consideration only or...

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The Next Big Writer Contest

Writers must be a member of the site to enter but membership is only $50 per year and gets recipients access to the feedback section of the site and entry into all contests we run, including the yearly Strongest Start Novel Competition. Tell us why you started writing and you might get published in our upcoming book project. Do you remember when you first realized you wanted, or even needed to write? When you realized it was an itch that wouldn’t go away? We’re looking for writers on TheNextBigWriter to tell us about their “gotcha” moment in a story between 1,500-5,000 words. The story must show the moment, or moments when you realized that you were destined to spend your life writing. We’re going to select ten that tell the most insightful, thought provoking, and interesting stories and offer the authors a paid publishing contract to have their work included in our upcoming TheNextBigWriter book My Writing Life. To enter: Posting your writing story anytime during the Contest period. The submission must include the tags My Writing Life (entered as my_writing_life) in it. Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on August 13, 2008 Awards: $50 publishing contracts to the 10 selected winners. Winning entries will be included in the My Writing Life book. Submit Your Story See all entries Questions and Frequently Asked Questions Competition, Rules, and Regulations Sample publishing contract Discuss the My Writing Life Project and Competition More info can be found at:...

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The Annual Dream Horse Press Poetry Chapbook Prize

Guidelines & Information for 2008 The postmark deadline for entries to the 2008 Dream Horse Press National Poetry Chapbook Prize is May 31, 2008. To enter, submit 20-28 paginated pages of poetry, in a readable font, table of contents, acknowledgments, bio, email for results (No SASE), and a $15.00 non-refundable fee for each manuscript entered. All manuscripts will be recycled. The winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of a handsomely printed chapbook. The 2007 winner was Charles Sweetman for Incorporated. Multiple submissions are acceptable. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere you must notify Dream Horse Press immediately. Entry fees are non-refundable. Judging will be anonymous; writers’ names should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Please include your name and biographical information in a separate cover letter. Please be sure to include your email address. C. J. Sage is the judge for the 2008 contest. Close friends, students (former or present), and relatives of the judge or the press owner are NOT eligible for the contest; the judge reads all entries and will immediately alert DHP if a close friend, student, or relative has entered. DHP will then disqualify that entry and return the entry fee. The Annual Dream Horse Press Poetry Chapbook Prize entries may be sent, following the guidelines above, to: Dream Horse Press P. O. Box 2080 Aptos, California 95001-2080 Make checks payable to: Dancing...

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Nation Student Writing Contest, 2008

Sponsored by the BIL Charitable Trust to recognize and reward the best in student writing and thinking. We’re looking for original, thoughtful, provocative student voices to answer this question: What have you learned from a personal experience that the next president should know before setting the agenda for the country? Essays should not exceed 800 words and should be original, unpublished work that demonstrates fresh, clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship. We’ll select five finalists and two winners–one from college, one from high school. Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a Nation subscription. The winning essays will be published and/or excerpted in the magazine and featured on our website. The five finalists will be awarded $200 each and subscriptions, and their entries will be published online. Entries (only one per student) will be accepted through May 31, 2008. A winner will be announced by September 4. Please send entries to studentprize@thenation.com. Eligibility The contest is open to all matriculating high school students and undergraduates at American schools, colleges and universities. Submissions must be original, unpublished work (the writing can have been published in a student publication). Each entrant is limited to one submission. Entries will be accepted through May 31, 2008. A winner will be announced by September 4, 2008. Submissions can be e-mailed to studentprize@thenation.com. Please include the essay in the body of the e-mail. All e-mailed submissions will be acknowledged. Each entry must include author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail and short biography and school affiliation – and say “student essay” in the subject line. Please email studentprize@thenation.com for...

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The Shya Scanlon 7-Line Contest

Opium’s wacky contests have led to loads of sensational work, from the 500-Word Memoir contest judged by Daniel Handler (for Opium5) to the 250-Word Bookmark Contest judged by Aimee Bender that will debut along with Opium6. Now it’s time to reignite Opium4’s contest–The Shya Scanlon 7-Line Story Contest–this time judged by Brian Evenson. The rules? Easy. Write a story that is seven lines or less within margins that are 8.5″ or less. Fiction, non-fiction, prose poetry or any other excellence is allowed. The winning story, along with a handful of finalists, will appear in Opium7 which will debut on Oct. 6. Below, read two shining examples–finalists from Opium4. Enter, and tell the world so they can enter, too! The Deadline: August 15, 2008 The Reward: $1,000, and publication in Opium7. The Cost: $10 for a single entry; $17.50 for two How to Submit: Send your story to OpiumPrize@gmail.com, and pay the entry fee(s) The Odds: We can’t know this until all entries are in, but know that we do publish many stories from our contests (10 appear in Opium6, along with over 30 on OpiumMagazine.com). The Judge: Brian Evenson is the Director of the Literary Arts Program at Brown University. He is the author of six books of fiction, most recently The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection) and The Brotherhood of Mutilation. He has translated work by Chrstian Gailly, Jean Frèmon and Jacques Jouet. He has received an O. Henry Prize as well as an NEA...

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