Bridport Prize – Deadline May 31

The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure.

The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas.

All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form.  However, we do not recommend poems or stories written for children.

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Ideas Tap Short Story Competition

Are you a short-story writer looking for expert feedback?

Mardibooks are looking for short stories of between 1,200 and 5,000 words from IdeasTap members of all ages. Up to 12 submissions will be selected to receive one-to-one expert feedback from Mardibooks’ founders, writers Martin Godleman and Belinda Hunt. Stories selected for feedback will also be considered for entry into a Mardibooks short-story anthology, to be published as an ebook on Amazon at the end of 2013.

Belinda and Martin founded Mardibooks in 2011, to publish and promote writers with talent but no access to the closed publishing world. Mardibooks primarily give their time to writers, providing advice, editing, proof reading and preparing texts for publication as ebook and/or hard copy. They then manage the publishing and distribution, including advising writers on how best to promote themselves.

A Mardibooks short-story competition will be open twice a year on IdeasTap; the next one will open on Wednesday 28 August and close on Tuesday 26 November. Up to 12 writers will be offered feedback each time, totalling up to 24 over the whole of 2013.

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Anthurium – A Caribbean Studies Journal

Submission Guidelines:

All documents should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word attachments to the editor at anthurium.cls@miami.edu and must be accompanied by a brief biographical sketch.

Critical essays:
No more than one essay, 3,500-6,500 words. Prepare manuscripts in accordance with the most recent edition of The MLA Style Manual, which encourages the use of intratextual documentation wherever possible and mandates the inclusion of a list of works cited (with full pagination) at the manuscript’s end.

Poems:
No more than four poems at a time

Fiction:
No more than one story, a maximum of 5,000 words.

Book reviews (or short review essays):
2,000-2,500 words. At the beginning of the review, please include the title of the book being reviewed as well as the book’s publication information. Books should have been published no more than two years previously.

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Caribbean Short Story Competition – Deadline August 31st

At Potbake Productions, part of our vision is promoting the growth of literature. In light of this, we are launching another Caribbean Short Story Competition, a short story competition with a twist. The last competition had 16 winners and their titles were released in a book called Across The Caribbean. The book launch was at NAPA, Trinidad.

This time around, there will be a total of 10 finalists. The overall winner gets USD $ 250.00 and their story, along with the 9 other winning stories, will be published as a short story collection in 2013.

 Guidelines

  • Entrants must be citizens of the Caribbean.
  • Entrants must be greater than or equal to 13 years of age.
  • A maximum of 2 entries per entrant.
  • Finalists from the last competition set the bar high. Great, logical plots, clean, careful work, a variety of appropriately-used literary techniques. Do the same. You’re competing at a high level and want to stand out.
  • Stories must be a minimum of 2,500 words but no greater than 3,000 words. Other entries will not be considered.
  • Stories must be original works, having never been featured in any other publication, newspaper, magazine or otherwise.
  • Submissions must be in MS WORD or PDF format and must include the word count, author’s name and contact information
  • Entries submitted after Saturday, 31st August 2013, will not be considered.
  • Entries can be sent via hard or soft copy
    • Email: submissions@potbake.com. Subject line must be: “CSSC.2011/2012”.
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Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award – Deadline March 22nd

 P.A.C.E (Canada) is now accepting submissions to the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award. This award is a cash grant of $1,000 and is intended to encourage the development of literature for young children.
Helen Isobel Sissons was committed to human rights and equity. She contributed a great deal to the initiatives taken by the Toronto school system to make the city a welcoming environment for immigrant and refugee children and their parents during the challenging seventies and eighties.
Awards Criteria and Submission Guidelines
– Unpublished up to the time of application
– Written by a resident of Canada or the Caribbean
– Have special appeal for children up to seven years of age
– Reflect the diversity of the world’s population and values desirable in global citizens
Manuscript Submission Guidelines
– Length should be appropriate to the genre of the story and the age of the children for whom the story is written.
– If illustrations are central to the storyline, a brief description of these should be included with the manuscript. Please do not include original artwork.
Deadline: Friday March 22, 2013.
Full submission guidelines here.

Squaw Valley Conferences – Deadline April 2nd

Every summer for over 40 years, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets, prose writers and screenwriters for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. Our aim is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus move them closer to achieving their goals. The Community has a competitive admissions procedure and the level of writing is high, but interested writers and poets should not hesitate to apply.

Poetry ProgramRobert Hass Individual Conference

A Brief History

The Community of Writers was established in 1969 by novelists Blair Fuller and Oakley Hall, who were both residents of the valley. It was originally staffed by a band of San Francisco writers including David Perlman, Walter Ballenger, Barnaby Conrad and John Leggett, the latter two of whom went on to found, respectively, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and the Napa Writers Conference. The Community of Writers continues to be directed by Brett Jones.

Over the years the community has mounted workshops in Fiction, Nonfiction, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, and Nature Writing (the Art of the Wild Program, which was co-produced by the University of California at Davis), and Writing the Medical Experience. Lisa Alvarez and Louis B. Jones now co-direct the Fiction Program and Michael Carlisle directs the nonfiction Program of the Writers Workshop, which were for twenty years directed by Carolyn Doty. Literary agent Michael Carlisle directs the Nonfiction Program. Galway Kinnell directed the Poetry Program for 17 years and Robert Hass has directed it since 2004. Diana Fuller directs the Screenwriters Workshop, which was founded by screenwriters Tom Rickman and Gill Dennis.

The Community publishes the Omnium Gatherum & Newsletter,chronicling the publishing and other successes of its participants and staff.

http://www.squawvalleywriters.org/index.html

The MacDowell Colony (Residency) – Deadline April 15th

The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.

The sole criterion for acceptance to The MacDowell Colony is artistic excellence. MacDowell defines excellence in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encouraging applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics.

We welcome artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice who are investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. We apply the same egalitarian standards for all those who serve MacDowell either in a staff, volunteer, or representative capacity.

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.

http://www.macdowellcolony.org/apply-appguidelines.html

St Somewhere Journal

Now accepting submissions for April 2013. 
Deadline March 1, 2013

Submission Guidelines

St. Somewhere Journal is published quarterly. New issues will be released in January, April, July and October. We accept English language submissions for publication in our online journal. Works written in English lexicon dialect/creole are also encouraged, as well as translations. Submissions are accepted via email only.

We welcome all genres, though we lean toward what is typically referred to as literary. The Caribbean region is our primary focus, with secondary emphasis on works with an international or general appeal. Work that has a strong connection to these areas, either literally or philosophically, has the best chance of acceptance. However, quality carries its own weight, regardless of subject matter.

Fiction: Please submit short fiction of 5,000 words or less. Submit your fiction as an attached document or in the body of your email. We prefer a web-friendly format, meaning that we’d appreciate it if you’d single space your paragraphs and double space between paragraphs, with no indentations.

Poetry: Any form is acceptable. Unlike some publications, we have no particular bias for or against rhyming poetry or free verse. Send no more than 5 poems, single spaced in the body of your email.

Essay: Please submit essays of 5,000 words or less. Submit your essay as an attached document, or in the body of your email. We prefer a web-friendly format (see above under “fiction”). For our purposes, we consider an essay to be literary, film or cultural criticism, book reviews or creative non-fiction.

Visual Art: Submissions of visual art will be accepted and considered for use as cover art for our publication, as well as interior art. Scanned images of visual works are acceptable, as well as photography. For photography that includes identifiable individuals, you must be able to provide a copy of a signed model release form. Please submit your art work as an attachment in .jpg format.

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