Criticism Contests

Call for submissions: Duenda online literary journal

Please send prose, poetry, hybrid work, translations, visual art & literary collaborations to DUENDE: the new, online literary journal of Goddard College’s BFA in Writing Program. DUENDE seeks authenticity & soulfulness, earthiness & expressiveness; as Lorca said, DUENDE “climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.” Submissions for our inaugural issue accepted through June 1, 2014. First issue debuts online in October. Writers from underrepresented groups especially welcome. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Letter to Potential Submitters: Duende…insinuates authenticity and soulfulness, earthiness, expressiveness and a chill up the spine.  It encompasses darkness and intensity.  It emotes.  It elicits sorrow and joy.  It wrests a response from the body.It is a word and concept that experts attempt to translate in paragraphs and pages. In a full lecture on duende given in 1933,  Frederico Garcia Lorca says that it brings the artist face-to-face with death.  The artist must fight to uncover its gifts.  He calls it “a sort of corkscrew that can get art into the sensibility of an audience” and says it “climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.” We ask you for your deepest and best work.  We who will read and accept your writing and art are fellow students of Goddard College’s undergraduate program (primarily the BFA in Creative Writing).  We chose Goddard due to its rich history of student-directed curriculum which allows eclectic, individualized focuses of study.  Thanks to our home at Goddard, Duende opens to include all forms of literature and art.  We welcome hybrids, collaborations, and other experiments in form, in addition to artful fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, etc. Push the envelope.  Push yourself and your work just a little more, make your offering just a bit larger, your understanding a layer deeper. Then send it to us.  We can’t wait to see it. Visit http://www.duendeliterary.org/ for complete...

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NERDWALLET’S ROTH IRA WRITING CONTEST

NERDWALLET’S ROTH IRA WRITING CONTEST NO ENTRY FEE Deadline May 12, 2013. Do you have an opinion on saving for retirement using a Roth IRA? We’re looking for short pieces showcasing views on Roth IRAs. The pros, the cons, and everything in between. First Place: $500 Second Place: $300 Third Place: $200 NOTE: NerdWallet Investing will publish all submissions that we deem relevant to our readers; not all submissions will be selected for publication or payment. Open to all states except Rhode Island....

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The Red Bridge Review: Bi-Weekly Creative Reports Competition

Do you like attending creative arts events ? Do you like interviewing up-and-coming artistes ? Do you enjoy writing commentaries on creative events and personalities ? Come have fun with us at Redbridge Review  www.redbridgereview.co.uk Send us your article up to 300 words (interview, commentaries etc) . Every two weeks we chose from the best submitted and we pay for it. plus you will have something to add to your portfolio. Send all submissions to: editor@redbridgereview.co.uk Please include this declaration with each submission : If my work is not selected please do the following : return / delete / use if you like [select] Visit the website:...

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Last Call for Submissions! Get Involved – Share your opinions, work and stories

 “RIOT – MELLAKKA” Submit your work to be featured on the HESA inprint blog with a chance to be published in our monthly magazine. We are looking for creative people with a vision and voice to share their opinions, work and stories not for a pay check but for the love of creating. This months issue theme is “RIOT – MELLAKKA ” if you feel like your work could be put in to this category we would love for you to submit it to HESA inprint and be in with a chance to get in to the web magazine, blog and magazine publication. Deadline is Midnight Finnish Time, October 30th 2012  IMPORTANT! Remember to include your full name, email address, titles and mediums for all work and an overall title for your submission! We also recommend adding an introduction text on the works submitted and how you see them fitting with the current theme. TO SUBMIT your works for our publication send it to submission@hesainprint.com in the subject box write: “submission – riot – Your Name – WORK TITLE”. For submission guidelines visit: http://www.hesainprint.com/how-to-get-involved HESA inprint is a Finnish-English web magazine, blog and art magazine publication. The theme for the issue is RIOT – MELLAKKA. The deadline is midnight (Finnish Time) October 30th 2012. Instructions on how to submit your work is available...

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Ukritic.com Review Writing Contest

Starting May 1st 2012  We are having a contest! To kick things off right, Ukritic.com is rewarding the memeber who submits the best review before May 15, 2012. Every review submitted will be a contender in the contest. Shortly after we’ll announce the winner on our home page and send them a thousand big ones. Contest Terms: $1,000 USD to the member who impresses us with what we consider to be the most compelling and engaging review, starting May 1st, 2012 and ending on May 15th, 2012. All reviews must comply with our rules and terms of use, and be approved by our moderators before becoming eligible for this contest. (We generally average a 24 hour moderation turnover). We will announce the winner within a week of the contest ending on the 15th… Sound good? Great! All you have to do is register with us and then start submitting the most compelling, most engaging, and most entertaining reviews that your witty self can compose – starting May 1st! Every review you submit between May 1st and May 15th is automatically entered into our contest, and will be evaluated by our panel of judges! Now – here’s a few things to keep in mind, and a couple rules, just to keep everyone honest… • You Need to Blow Us Away. Make us laugh. Make us really think about something. Be objective, but don’t hide your personality. Most importantly – whether the product is amazing or it stinks – be memorable.. It doesn’t matter if the product’s life-changing or a dud. Or even if it’s just “meh”. What matters is YOUR REVIEW. Some of the most memorable reviews I’ve read in the past have actually covered crappy or average products. My suggestion? Show us your ability to review all types of stuff. Great stuff, crappy products, mediocre services – whatever. We’re not judging the rating. We’re judging the review. • 100% Original Reviews Only. We won’t approve duplicate content anyway (stuff that’s found elsewhere on the web), and no, you can’t use “spun” content, PLR or anything that you didn’t write yourself, from scratch. • Mix It Up. Yes, we realize that your odds of winning increase if you submit multiple reviews/entries, but keep in mind – we can easily tell if you’re just submitting similar, formulaic reviews (either in format or style). • Different Products. Obviously, you can’t review the same product more than once. • Keep it Real. The rules still apply, you can’t just “make stuff up” for the sake of brevity, or give everything a glowing review. (Remember that you can recommend a better product when you review a bad/mediocre one). • Remember The Big Picture. Remember...

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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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