Posts made in August, 2011

The New Guard Literary Review 2011 Contests

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST $1,000 for an exceptional work of narrative or experimental poetry. Three poems per entry. Up to 300 lines per poem. Judged by former U.S. Poet Laureate CHARLES SIMIC. MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST $1,000 for an exceptional work of literary or experimental fiction. Submit up to 7,500 words of prose: we’re accepting flash, long stories and everything in between. Novel excerpts are welcomed, as long as the manuscript functions as a stand-alone story. Judged by novelist and author of The Pure Lover, DAVID PLANTE.  Previously unpublished work only. Each submission will be considered for publication. The fee for each contest entry is $15. Judging is blind. We take contest ethics very seriously and are a proud member of CLMP (please see www.clmp.org for more details). Entries may be made online via our submissions manager or through postal mail to the address below with a check for $15 and a SASE. This year’s submissions period runs until Sept. 22 for both genres. International submissions are accepted. THE NEW GUARD P.O. Box 10612 Portland, ME 04104 Visit the website for submission details:...

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Last call! Wag’s Revue Summer 2011 Writers’ Contest

Undergraduates are returning and locusts are dying. Summer is ending, in other words, and so is the Wag’s Revue Summer 2011 Writers’ Contest. You have until this Wednesday, August 31st, to get your entry to us. We’ll be awarding a first prize of $1000 and publication in Issue 11, a second prize of $500 and  a third of $100 to the three best entries–poetry, fiction or essay. Read all guidelines and such, or upload your entry at the Submit page. Winners will be announced with the publication of Issue 11. Look out for the release of Wag’s Revue Issue 10 in September, our first-ever Music Issue. It’ll...

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Announcing The Watty Awards 2011, Our Annual Reader-Voted Story Awards

The Watty Awards are back with a vengeance! Wattpad, the best way to discover and share stories, is thrilled to announce exciting changes to this year’s writing contest. Similar to the MTV Movie Awards, the Watty Awards is an annual reader-voted competition that celebrates the stories beloved by fans in categories such as Best Cast, Best Imaginative Setting, Best Fictional Couple, Best Sci-Fi Novel and Best Mystery. For the first time ever, Wattpad is introducing 3 nomination levels: “Most Popular”, “On the Rise”, and “Undiscovered”. Now each genre category will have three winners, giving novice authors a better chance to make their mark and win amazing prizes. To enter, writers can share their completed stories on Wattpad until the end of November. Finalists will be announced the first week of December and readers can vote for their favorite entries until December 31st. The winners will be announced in January! Readers will be able to vote for their favorite stories using the Wattpad mobile app and on www.wattpad.com. For complete contest rules and details, please visit: http://www.wattpad.com/wattyinfo About Wattpad Wattpad is the best way to discover and share stories. Founded in 2006, it is a new form of entertainment where readers and writers interact, share content and tell stories across text, video, images and through the conversations they engage in. Wattpad stories are always available everywhere. Wattpad users connect with other readers, discover new stories and chat with writers from around the globe on wattpad.com and through apps available for over 1,000 different tablets and mobile devices including iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows Phone 7 and...

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Win a £500 General Critique by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy

FREE ENTRY   So, you know how we’ve been kind enough to give you lot some pretty damned fine prizes on comp corner over the last few months, yes? Prepare to spit out your coffee and stand on the cat in amazement at what we’ve got on offer this time. Helen Corner, of acclaimed Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (and our brand new regular contributor), has only gone and offered one lucky reader the chance to win a free General Report on a manuscript up to 100,000 words in length, offering pointers for the author to polish their novel and raise it to the next level, and if it goes on to be ‘submission to agents’ worthy then Helen will let you know as there’s a marketability section within the report. This would normally cost you 500 of your British pounds (which is approximately the value of the entire NHS pension fund these days) and you could get it for nothing! Well, not nothing, as you’ll have to actually enter the comp. Still good though, innit? To Enter: Send us the opening paragraph of your as yet unpublished novel, the one you want to get the full works if it wins. That’s it. No tricks, no hidden trapdoors or poisoned darts, just one single itty bitty paragraph up to 100 words. The emphasis isn’t so much on making us laugh as it is on impressing Helen enough that she wants to read on. You can enter online at www.wordswithjam.co.uk/compcornercornerstones The longlist will be notified and required to submit the first page of their novel after the closing date, from which Helen will be picking a winner! Deadline: 5th November 2011 Entry Fee: Free The shortlist and winner will be announced in the December 2011 issue of Words with JAM. A full set of rules can also be viewed on the above...

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Words With Jam: Short Story Competition 2011 – Now Open!

It’s that time again, our second annual Short Story Competition is now open for submissions, and this year we’ve bumped the first prize up to £500! What are we looking for: the best short story of up to 2,500 words. Stories can be any genre, but as we’re always on the lookout for the Best Short Story, we advise not sending bribes. They’re welcome, obviously, but we retain the right to keep them even if you don’t win. Prizes: 1st Prize – £500 2nd Prize – £100 3rd Prize – £50 Closing Date: 27th January 2012 Results: All three winning entries will be published in the April 2012 issue of Words with JAM. Judge: Douglas Jackon Doug Jackson is the writer of four successful historical novels and one mystery thriller. He was born in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders and history has always been in his blood. He left school aged 15 and spent three months restoring a Roman camp in the Cheviots before joining the local paper because he enjoyed writing and had no idea what to do with his life. Reporter, sub-editor, chief sub and night editor, he eventually spent nine heady years as assistant editor of The Scotsman. In 2005 he began what he describes as ‘digging an escape tunnel on the train with my laptop’, which was actually The Emperor’s Elephant, a project that turned into the novels Caligula and Claudius. In July 2009 he gave up the day job when he received a contract to write a new trilogy. The series began with Hero of Rome and has now been followed by Defender of Rome. His first thriller, The Doomsday Testament, written under the name James Douglas, was published in August. http://www.douglas-jackson.net/ CLICK HERE for more entry...

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