Posts made in June, 2012

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2012-2013

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 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, 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: January 13, 2013 All winners will be notified, announced and published online in the Dare to Dream pages, February 23, 2013. 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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June Writing Contest from Scribophile: Summer Solstice

Scribophile.com is pleased to announce the Summer Solstice writing contest. This fee-free contest has a $50 first prize and a $25 second prize, and is for fiction of 2500 words or fewer.  Entries must fit into the Slipstream genre, blending mainstream fiction and sci-fi/fantasy genres, making the familiar strange by using sci-fi/fantasy elements. Contest deadline is June 30, 2012.   This contest is hosted by Scribophile–a friendly, knowledgeable, and intensive online critique community for writers and poets. E-mail entries will not be accepted. For full rules and guidelines, see:...

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8th Annual Writing Contest with DearReader.com

Subject: Help spread the “words” — 8th Annual Write a DearReader Contest Call the neighbors, wake the kids—DearReader is back with the eighth annual Write a DearReader Contest. Help spread the word to your readers, fans and followers beginning July 2, using the attached widgets. You can write about anything as long as it is no longer than 650 words. Write about the day you wore your T-shirt inside out; about the stray cat or dog found curled up on your front porch, your favorite aunt, a bizarre and whimsical woman who vacuums her living room in the buff; the overwhelming love in your heart when you held their first grandchild, or write about your fear of writing. Just write! Deadline: August 12, 2012 DearReader founder Suzanne Beecher will choose three winners. In addition to cash prizes, each winner will receive a signed copy of Suzanne’s book Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life, and the winning columns will be published on DearReader.com For guidelines and prizes to go:...

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call for writing/art: Lit Undressed: Women in Disguise

In Conjunction with (downtown) omaha lit fest Lit Undressed Presents: WOMEN IN DISGUISE October 24 & 25, 2012, 8pm House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St. $10, 21+ facebook.com/litundressed omahalitfest.com The focus of this year’s (downtown) omaha lit fest (October 19-20) is Women Writers. Authors will participate in panels, readings and discussions by authors, who, according to VIDA Women in the Literary Arts “Count 2011” are underrepresented as writers in publications and getting books reviewed (For example, The New York Review of Books shows a strong bias. Among authors reviewed, 83% are men (306 compared to 59 women and 306 men), and the same statistic is true of reviewers (200 men, 39 women).) For the fourth installment of LIT UNDRESSED, a project that combines performance and reading with an emphasis on literature beyond the naked, we are focusing on WOMEN IN DISGUISE. Historically to get around the bias of getting published as females, women writers often disguised themselves with pen names (Bronte sisters, Louisa May Alcott, Metta Victoria Fuller Victor, to name a few). Some writers were concerned more with gender identity, like Claude Cahun, born as Lucy Schowb, who began disguising herself at age 16 and whose work examined the issues of female self-identity and subjectivity before they were really formulated as such. Other literary works such as Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte, 1947), East Lynne (Reginald Easton, 1861), and Third Girl (Agatha Christie, 1966) had strong characters that spent much of their time in disguise or dressed as the opposite sex. The nude performance (including male and female readers) will include classic excerpts such as these, as well as selected poems and prose from a call for entries on the theme of WOMEN IN DISGUISE. New to this performance, a call for art will result in a visual exhibit only on view during the performances on the same theme. “Under this mask, another mask I will never be finished removing all these faces.” ~Claude Cahun (artist/writer, 1894-­1954) “To unclothe, to allow your body to be read—scars and all—may be the most primitive and powerful expression of all.” –Timothy Schaffert, director/founder, (downtown) omaha lit fest CALL FOR ENTRIES; POETRY, SHORT-SHORT FICTION Lit Undressed is calling for poetry and short-short fiction inspired by “women in disguise” maximum of 400 words. Send to litundressed@yahoo.com by August 15, 2012 along with a 50-word bio. The selected pieces will be performed live by nude figure models and featured in the performance program; authors will also receive one free ticket to the performance. Notification by September 5, 2012. Above: “Baroness Karen Blixen,” painting by Elbert Price; Behind a Mask, Or, a Woman’s Power, by Louisa May Alcott (“A.M. Barnard” 1866); Pope Joan, by Donna...

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A Tribute To Ray Bradbury at Ojai Library Saturday June 23 Bradbury’s goddaughter to speak about growing up around “Uncle Ray”

(Ojai, CA – June 8, 2012) Author Ray Bradbury loved books and libraries. He divined his inspiration for the futuristic “Fahrenheit 451” while wandering through the stacks of books in the UCLA library. To honor his memory, the public is welcomed to a series of Bradbury events on Saturday June 23 to celebrate his illustrious writings, career and life. The events are hosted by Ojai Writers Workshops, which is offering numerous writing workshops and literary events throughout the month of June. June 23 events include a morning Book Tea to benefit the Ojai Library and an afternoon tribute to Ray Bradbury with readings from his classics by community members. “Both events are open to the public,” states Sequoia Hamilton, founder of Ojai Writers Workshops, “and are intended for anyone who loves books and values local libraries.” The Book Tea will be from 10-11:30am at World University, 107 N. Ventura Street in downtown Ojai and includes a buffet of lavender-infused scones, organic fruit, honey and jams from local Ojai growers and Zhena’s Gypsy Teas. The event till honor four area literary volunteers for their contributions to the community and feature Yorkshire-born screenwriter, actor, artist and musician Peter Bellwood, who will offer a keynote on “Passion.” Tickets for the fundraiser are $30 each or $250 for a reserved table of six persons. The free afternoon literary event, from 2-5pm at the Ojai Library, includes a talk by Bradbury’s goddaughter E.E. King whose father and “Uncle Ray” meet in her home each Thursday for their weekly writers group. Evie Elizabeth starting writing after listening in to the weekly literary discussions between her father, Dolph Sharp, and his writers’ group containing Ray Bradbury, Sanora Babb, Wilma Shore, Joseph Petracca, Elliott Grennard and Ben Maddow. Ray Bradbury would often ask E.E. throughout her life -until just months ago – to read him her stories and afterward would offer candid comments such as “Throw it up in the morning and clean it up in the afternoon!” In her one-hour talk E.E. will share the imagery and imagination of Ray Bradbury and other classic short story techniques such as the O’Henry twist and the brevity of Hemingway. She’ll discuss how short stories can grow into longer works and illustrate how fact is utilized in fiction, no matter how strange. E.E.’s talk will be followed by readings of Bradbury’s classics by community members. Ray Bradbury authored more than 27 novels and 600 short stories most notably in fantasy and in the newly emerging genre of science fiction. He is best known for his masterpieces –  “The Martian Chronicles,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” – mixing small-town charm with otherworldly settings. “The Ojai...

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