Creative Non-Fiction

Knoxville Writers’ Guild Now Seeking Submissions for Contest

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is thrilled to announce submissions are being accepted now through midnight, Tuesday, June 30 for its 2015 writing contest. More than $1,000 in prizes are being offered in six different categories, including the Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry, the KWG Award for Creative Nonfiction, the KWG Award for Genre Fiction, the Young Writers’ Prize and the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction. “Every year the contest receives many submissions from out-of-state writers, which enhance the prestige of and esteem for our contest and the fine writers of Knoxville and East Tennessee,” 2015 KWG president, Donna Kapa, said. “This year’s contest chair, Jeff Shoffner, has reached out to the membership with a survey, as well as personal emails and phone calls to ensure the interests the Knoxville Writers’ Guild are represented by the contest categories and organization.” Judges will be announced shortly. Please see the below General Contest Guidelines, followed by Specific Contest Guidelines. Questions should be sent to contest@knoxvillewritersguild.org. For more information, please visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest.   General Contest Guidelines The following guidelines apply to all KWG contests. See specific guidelines under each contest heading for individual exceptions or additions. Contestants may submit work through midnight, June 30, 2015. Note: Failure to adhere to any rule renders your entry subject to rejection with forfeiture of contest entry fee. Please read the rules carefully; they help us process entries more efficiently and fairly. Contests are open to all individuals above the age of 18 with the following exceptions: Members of the KWG board of directors and contests committee may not submit entries to KWG competitions. Previous first prizewinners are barred from the contest they won for one year. Also, see Specific Guidelines under Young Writers Prize for exceptions to that contest. Use black type on a white page with 12 point Times New Roman or Courier fonts. Set your margins to one inch, and do not justify. Contestants may enter more than one contest simultaneously. Additionally, contestants may enter a single contest more than once, with the exclusion of the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction. A separate entry fee is required for each submission. All submissions must be emailed before midnight Eastern Standard Time on June 30, 2015. No printed copies will be accepted this year. Electronic versions only. You can submit entries in two ways. Fill out the form at knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest/entry, once for each entry. OR Send a separate email for each entry to contest@knoxvillewritersguild.org, with the subject line formatted as follows: Category, Entry Title (as it appears below) The email body should also indicate which contest you are entering and should include the following: -Author name -Mailing address -Phone number -Payment method and...

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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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Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2015

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… We are now in the 10th year of our mission to inspire, motivate, and encourage anyone having the desire or love for poetry and writing, to continue doing so without fear of failure or success. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! 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, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed. Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted. Postmark deadline: July 31, 2015 All winners will be announced on September 26, 2015 Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100. Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50. Entry fees: $10 per 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 on how to 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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Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015 – Now Open!

The 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open! Entries are now welcome for the 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize. We are looking for submissions in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. Prize for each category: £300 and publication in Wasafiri Magazine Deadline: 5pm GMT on Friday 24 July 2015. Judges Toby Litt Yasmin Alibhai Brown Roger Robinson The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Entries for Fiction and Life Writing should be no longer than 3000 words, and Poetry submissions should comprise of no more than five poems. To Enter: DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM HERE  Email your entry along with the form and proof or notice of payment to wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk. Or you can post the form, along with your entry and cheque or paypal receipt to: The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Wasafiri, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NP, UK Fees” £6 – one category £10 – two categories £15 – three categories Further Queries: Email wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk for any further details. Visit the website for further details and to enter:...

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Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $1,000 and publication in the literary journal.  We consider writers “emerging” if they have not published or self-published a book.  Submit three to five pages of poetry or up to 6,000 words of prose with a $24 entry fee (there is no entry fee for current subscribers), which includes a subscription to Ploughshares, Deadline: May 15, 2015 at noon EST. Visit the website for complete guidelines at:...

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Merrimack Media 2015 Outstanding Writer Contest

First place wins complete publication package, second place wins a book cover!  SUBMIT A SHORT SYNOPSIS AND FIRST CHAPTER DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: FRIDAY, MARCH 20th, 2015. FIVE SEMI-FINALISTS WILL BE SELECTED BY APRIL 20th, 2015. Semi-finalists will submit a full manuscript at that time. WINNERS WILL BY ANNOUNCED, MONDAY JUNE 1st, 2015. ENTRY FEE: $20 Upon payment, you will receive an email with instructions on submitting your synopsis and chapter. How to enter, visit: ...

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