Posts made in August, 2009

FirstLineFiction.com Contest

firstlinefiction.com Firstlinefiction is dedicated to the art of writing short fiction. Our aim is to facilitate and promote the creation of short fiction through competitive writing contests. In order to motivate the firstlinefiction community, we will host periodic writing contests in which the contributing writers will choose the winners. Each contest will provide a unique first line which contributing writers will use to create their own short story. After the submission deadline, the contributing writers will be responsible for providing feedback on other’s stories in order to identify the community favorites. These favorites will be awarded cash prizes. It is our view that the traditional fiction model does not do enough to facilitate the creation of short fiction. While some contests and publications provide a great selection of contemporary short fiction, they do little to promote the production of fiction from their audience. The process of submitting and being published may not utilize internet technology and the selection process is usually very guarded. Those that submit are often fulfilling a personal desire with no real expectation of success or constructive feedback. FirstLineFiction offers a unique alternative; a contest that motivates writers with a first line, deadline, transparent evaluation and prizes. We believe this extra motivation assists writers in taking the difficult first step of participating in our contest and producing topnotch fiction. In addition, our evaluation process through peer review offers a level of transparency that cannot be found elsewhere. We believe that it is this accessibility that sets us...

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LadderWriters.com Monthly Contest

ladderwriters.com/contests.shtml – submit a story with a word limit of 1500 words, deadline 30th September. This is the first competition on a new site, so chances of winning are high! Uses Paypal so international entries welcomed. There is a £50 cash prize, and points given which allow you to rise up the ladder (the main concept). By earning more points you can become a paid critter and finally a paid competition judge. Entries costs...

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Call for Submissions Anthology

Working Title: And Then It Shifted: Women Open Up About Leaving Men for Women (Seal Press, 2010) 2,000-4,000 words Payment: Upon publication. Amount will vary, depending on experience and other variables ($50 and up). Please include a list of any previous publication credits with your query or submission. Contributors will also receive two copies of the published book. Deadline: December 1, 2009. That said, we strongly encourage you to send us a query well beforehand, so that we can review it, give you helpful feedback, and have a good sense of what will be coming our way that month. If you are able to submit the piece earlier, we prefer that you do. Editors: Candace Walsh and Laura André. Candace Walsh is the editor of the recently released anthology Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On (www.askmeaboutmydivorce.com). Although this book will evolve as we receive submissions, we welcome first-person essays from women 1) who were aware that they had always felt robust same-sex desires, but wanted to try to make it work in the straight world, and also 2) who identified as heterosexual at one time, but found that the situation they were in just naturally led to embarking on an intimate romantic relationship with a woman. We seek a diversity of voices, and welcome submissions from a variety of perspectives. We also welcome essays from women who don’t fit precisely into the above descriptions. As editors, we value specificity, detail, “showing, not telling,” honesty, epiphanies, clean, polished, yet real and un-prettied-up writing, and the sharing of insights. Please send your submission (Word document, double-spaced), along with a short bio and full contact information to: andthenitshifted@gmail.com More Information is available at...

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Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre Bob Lee Prize for Comedy

2009 Contest Rules and Regulations Types of Material: Full-length two or three act comedies only. No screen plays, musicals or adaptations. Frequency: Annual Remuneration: 1st place: $500 cash prize and a full production in our BackStage Theatre. *Cash Prize funded externally by the family of Bob Lee; no administrative fees go to fund the prize. Finalists (2nd and 3rd place): Announced and possibility of a staged reading in our BackStage Theatre. Guidelines: No screen plays, musicals or adaptations. Full-length two or three act comedies only. Unpublished, original work only. The script may not have been produced and have no rights, royalties or restrictions or received any other playwrighting award in the past two years. Winner may not have been employed by Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre in any way in the past five years. Scripts must be rated G to PG-13 and contain no nudity or strong language and be able to be produced on a unit set and contain no more than eight characters. * Reader/Admin Fee: $35 (you may submit more than one script. However the Reader/Admin Fee is required for each submission). Submissions: * Please provide two copies of the script. Copies should not be spiral bound or stapled. * Submissions should be made in standard manuscript form. This means no discs, no emails. All author information must be on the title page. * Please download and fill out the entry form at Play Writing Contest and send it and your two copies to the address below. * Please include you Reader/Admin Fee made out to: TAPS (Theatre Advancement Production Society) * If you would like a written response to your script, please include a SASE. Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked no later than November 15, 2009. Finalist Notification will go out in February 2010. 1st-3rd place will be announced May 1, 2010. CONTEST CONTACT: DIETZ OSBORNE co- director of audience development and contest coordinator bobleeaward@yahoo.com 615-646-9977 x 11 Send Submissions to: Bob Lee Prize for Comedy C/O Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre 8204 Hwy 100 Nashville, TN...

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Real Simple Life Lessons Contest

Enter Real Simple’s second-annual Life Lessons essay contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple; win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors; and receive a prize of $3,000. Deadline: September 7, 2009 For information:...

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