Posts made in April, 2012

Call for entries: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2012

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com Guidelines: Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed. Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted. Postmark deadline: July 31, 2012 All contest winners will be announced on August 31, 2012 Prizes: Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100. Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50. Entry fees: $10 per short story, $5 per poem. To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM” Mail to: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest P.O. Box 3141 Chicago, IL 60654 Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details and enter!   No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest...

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The CZP / Rannu Fund For Writers of Speculative Literature

Submission period: March 1, 2012 – May 31, 2012 Winners announced: September 1, 2012 Submit entries WITHIN THE BODY OF YOUR E-MAIL to:  rannufund (at) gmail (dot) com ABSOLUTELY NO ATTACHMENTS. Your submission will be deleted unread if it is in an attachment. $10.00 CDN or U.S. fee per entry, or $15.00 CDN or U.S. to enter both fiction and poetry categories. Please pay only via PayPal to rannufund (a) gmail (dot) com All entries must be in English. If writing in a language other than English, please provide a translation.  All entries in both fiction and poetry MUST be “speculative literature” in content; in other words: science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, alternate history, steampunk, etc. Non-genre entries will be automatically disqualified, and will not receive a refund. PLEASE NOTE that all judging will be blind.  Poetry Award: $500 prize -submit up to 5 poems (unpublished work), not to exceed 10 pages -single-spaced -plain text format – _underlines_ to mark bold or italics -include name, address, telephone number and e-mail address -include a one-paragraph biography  Fiction Award: $500 prize -submit one short story or a novel excerpt (unpublished work) of no more than 7,000 words -double-spaced -if submitting a novel excerpt, include a brief synopsis -plain text format – _underlines_ to mark bold or italics -include name, address, telephone number and e-mail address -include a one-paragraph biography  Two Honourable Mentions in each category will win $50. Visit the website:...

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2012 Hazel Hilles Memorial Short Fiction Prize

My partner, Robert Hilles, and I began dating in February 1997. Since then, nearly every Sunday for fifteen years, he called his mother and spoke to her on the telephone. I can count on one hand the number of times he missed making that call. In the early years of our relationship, Hazel Hilles was in her sixties. She had already lost Robert’s father, and she lived in an independent living complex in Winnipeg, Canada. On our visits, her eyes sparkled and the smile seldom left her face. She saved chairs for us at her table in the residents’ dining hall and pulled employees and other residents forward to meet Robert. My son, she’d say. He writes books. Never was a mother more loving or supportive. She instilled in Robert a passion for poetry, and a desire to write. Without her influence, he says, he may never have become an author. On January 20th, 2012, Hazel Hilles passed away to the great sadness of her surviving children and their families. Robert and I have sponsored this short story contest in her memory. We look forward to reading your submissions. Rules and Prize Details Prizes: 1st $500 2nd $100 3rd $100   Deadline: All entries must be received on or before September 18th, 2012 Length: No minimum. Maximum 5000 words Entry Fee: CAN $6 Contest Judges: Robert Hilles and Pearl Luke. Contest Rules: Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, but there are no geographical restrictions. The contest is open to anyone writing in English. The maximum length of submissions is 5,000 words. Stories can be in any genre and address any theme. Authors may enter multiple stories, but entry fees apply to each story submitted. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please contact us immediately to withdraw your work should you learn that it is a finalist or winner in another competition. Entries will not be returned and no corrections may be made after submission to the creative writing contest. All entries must be previously unpublished. Entries must be the original work of the entrant. Any entries found to have been plagiarized will be disqualified. Authors retain all copyright to their work. However, Be-a-Better-Writer.com will have first publication rights to the winning stories, which will be published in Page 47 online anthology. Winners will be contacted by October 30, 2012. Results will also be posted on the contest website and sent by newsletter to registered members. Only winning contestants will be notified individually. The judge’s decision is final and neither the judge nor the editor of www.be-a-better-writer.com will enter into a discussion about the decision. Entries that fail to comply with the entry rules and requirements will be...

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Calls for Submissions: Switchback Contests

Each month Switchback provides a prompt and we want you to send us your best work inspired by that prompt. The winning entry as decided by our editors will be featured on Switchback. Contest submissions can be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or even art but must be 500 words or under. Please send us only one submission per prompt and only previously unpublished works. We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Make sure your name DOES NOT appear on the submission itself. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on the last day of the month. The April prompt is: “Thought is made in the mouth.” For more information visit www.swback.com/call Switchback is a publication of the MFA Program at the University of San...

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Winners of the 11th Annual Poetry Contest to be feted Tuesday, April 10th Ventura County Writers Club’s contest drew entries across all age groups

(Ventura, CA – April 2, 2012) The public is invited to enjoy an evening of poetry on Tuesday, April 10th when the winners of the 11th annual Ventura County Writers Club Poetry Contest will be announced. The winning poets have been invited to perform their works at the April club meeting, and they and their families will be honored at a reception with refreshments following the readings and presentation of plaques. Winners will be notified in advance so they can attend and read their poems. The names of the winners will be withheld from all but the winners until the night of the presentation. The club would like to thank Maggie Westland for chairing the contest this year and to all of the poets who volunteered to be judges. This year there will be more winners as the club received six entries in our new, exciting Audio/Visual category. The other categories are: Adult, Youth under 12 and Youth 12 – 18. “The Audio/Visual category added a new level of creativity to the contest,” stated Maggie Westland. “Poetry is no longer simply words. It sings aloud, delights our eyes and encompasses concrete poems, collage, cartoon, calligraphy, animation, spoken word, slam, hip hop, and lyrics. Audio and video come together as poets perform before cameras with sound tracks. Depending upon the winning A/V entries, we may have them perform live or set up a way to view the winners from YouTube.” There were 137 total entries this year, including 27 from young people. “As our Educational Outreach program takes off,” said Kate Sexton, club president, “we hope to work with schools and receive a larger number of entries from students next year. Inspiring a new generation to embrace poetry and other forms of written communication goes to the core of VCWC’s mission-to encourage the craft.” Winning poems will be published in the club’s newsletter, The Write Stuff and an upcoming edition of the club’s anthology. CALENDAR INFORMATION April Meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club April 10, 2012 7 PM Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnley St, Camarillo, CA Topic: Announcement of Poetry contest winners and the reading of winning entries Open to Members and non-members. No fee. For more information on the Ventura County Writers Club, visit: http://www.venturacountywriters.com/ About Ventura County Writers Club Since its formation in 1933 with four members in Ojai, the club has grown to more than 150 members and holds regular monthly general membership meetings. Members may attend, free of charge, a variety of Writers Workshops, groups that meet one or more times a month throughout the county to read and critique manuscripts and discuss many aspects of the business of writing. Monthly meetings are open...

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