Posts made in March, 2015

Call for Submissions: 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice

Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and just sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster filled with A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why five years ago we started our free fellowship to theOffice. And we’re happy once again to offer it to you. Announcing our 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice. It works like this: You send us an example of your best piece of writing along with a paragraph or two explaining why this fellowship would help you. We select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. Winner gets his/her own door code to the space with the ability to come and go even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including unlimited, free coffee & tea, wifi, ergonomic workstations with Aeron chairs, a small reference library and all the peace and quiet you can handle. The fellowship starts May 1st and goes through October 31st, 2015. It is completely free to enter. Winner will be announced the last week of April. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive. Think of this as your very own writer’s retreat right here in the city. Here’s what we need from you: An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email. In the body of the email, please explain why you need this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it. (200 words or less, please) A 10 page .pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions. All other attachments will be deleted. Email to: theOfficeFellowship(at)gmail(dot)com by April 15, 2015. That’s it. You’re done! Some important points to remember: Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. Be honest, if you live in Pasadena and won’t want to drive across town to write every day, then this fellowship isn’t for you. If you don’t flourish in...

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Tethered by Letters Spring Literary Contest

Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Literary Contest We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in F(r)iction. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $500 (USDA) for the short story winner, $150 (USDA) for the flash fiction winner, and $150 (USDA) for the poetry winner. Winners will be announced publicly in August. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors! Deadline: May 31, 2015 Prize: $500 for Short Story, $150 for Flash Fiction, $150 for Poetry Entry Fee: $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com ——————————————————————————————- Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Short Story Contest We are currently accepting short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words. The short story contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome. Deadline: May 31, 2015 Prize: $500 and publication in the quarterly journal Entry Fee: $15 per entry URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest We are currently accepting flash fiction submissions of 55, 250, or 500 words in length. The flash fiction contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome. Deadline: May 31, 2015 Prize: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal Entry Fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Poetry Contest We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single-spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL online monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome. Deadline: May 31, 2015 Prize: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal Entry Fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries...

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Spoon River Poetry Review (SRPR) Editors’ Prize Contest

First Place Prize: $1,000, publication, and introduction written by prominent outside judge Entry Fee: $20, includes one-year subscription to SRPR (two issues). Deadline: April 15, 2015 (postmark) Submission: ONLINE as well postal SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) is pleased to announce our annual Editors’ Prize Contest! One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners up will be awarded $100 each, and three-five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR. Please note that we are now accepting online submissions. Recent judges include Joshua Corey, Juliana Spahr, David Baker, C.S. Giscombe and Jeanne Marie Beaumont. Judges are announced after winners are selected. Please check our new website in August for announcement of winners. For full guidelines please visit our website:...

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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest – Last Call (no fee)‏

Enter Our Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest Our 14th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest welcomes your entry through April 1, 2015. There’s no fee to enter. Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Lauren Singer. We’ll award $2,000 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Winners are published on our website. This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Your poem may be of any length. Click to submit online. After screening last year’s 4,484 entries, Lauren has advice for this year’s contestants: Parodies based on Poe, “The Night Before Christmas”, Yeats, and Frost: If you are going to have a “With Apologies To…” poem, it needs to be clever enough to back up the fact that it is based on a famous original. So many of these poets jumped ship somewhere in the middle and did not utilize any clever parodying qualities, and merely wrote poems that were completely separate from the originals. Just stealing the voice of a dead poet does not a good poem make! Poems that I found particularly arduous to read: Poems about pooping, farting, vomiting, getting fat, having saggy boobs, tricking your husband so that he would stay with you, tricking your wife so that she would leave you, wrinkles, chocolate addiction, unoriginal limericks that began “There once was a man from Nantucket” that ended with “f*** it!”, poems that invented their own language without a glossary and just translated as wan gibberish. Poems that were offensive: Ones that embraced a pro-rape culture (there were more of these than you might think, and it was quite disheartening); poems that described women as objects; poems that led the reader to believe they were about women and then turned into poems about an object (odes to a car, boat, La-Z-Boy, golf club, burger, guitar, etc.); homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, racist poems, of which there were many; poems that mock a lifestyle in attempts to undermine it (making light of stay-at-home moms/dads, that sort of thing); poems that made light of mental illness, addiction, and recovery, in an offensive way as opposed to a self-deprecatingly humorous way. “I’m getting so old” poems: These were by far the highest number of poems submitted in 2014. These have the ability to be funny, but more often than not there is SO much overlap. “I used to be so attractive, thin, energetic. Now I’m fat, wrinkly, and don’t have sex. I can’t bend over anymore, I can’t sit up without grunting, I can’t eat fried foods, I can’t enjoy life because I’m over 60.” These become tiring and disheartening after a while. There were a few that embraced an original voice and those made the cut, but the vast majority...

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4th Women Inspirational Poetry Contest

4th Women Inspirational Poetry Contest This poetry contest is a celebration of inspirational women. Our journey as people and writers is to recognize those who display great attributes, those who endure through diverse challenges, and those who enrich us with their words. This contest is dedicated to all those women who have added to our lives, and made it easier for us to have hope. We encourage all writers to commemorate their loving memories of a phenomenal woman. This is a call to all poets who write about WOMEN. Write about someone who inspires you. You may use a character depiction, a triumphant situation; can surprise us with your talent. ALL writers welcome; written in english, original and unpublished entries. Winners will be notified in August 2015 by Oneal Walters; their names and the title of their winning poems will be published on www.wipconline.com. All poems remain the property of the poet. 1st Place $500 US, Interview 2nd Place $300 US 3rd Place $200 US Since writing is your passion, this contest is your chance to create the masterpiece that will showcase your talent for all to read and appreciate. Submission fees $31.00 US 1-2 poem submission. $51.00 US 4 poem submission. $41.00 US 3 poem submission. Don’t miss your chance to be named the 2015, 4th Women Inspirational Poetry Contest Winner! Submit online at contest@wipconline.com Deadline of June 24, 2015 There are two options for the submission fee; through mail by money order or certified cheque, or online through PayPal. Printed mail entries and submission fees mailed to: Women Inspirational Poetry Contest 2 Bloor Street West, Suite 700 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4W 3R1 Make US money order or certified cheque payable to: Women Inspirational Poetry Contest. Printed on a separate sheet of paper, please include your contact information (name, address, email and number) Contact:  contest@wipconline.com How to enter online, visit:...

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