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New Contests and Opportunities!

December 19, 2012

Don’t miss these great opportunities to submit your work:

Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest

Winner receives $3,000, publication, and 100 copies.
Electronic & postal submissions accepted between November 1, 2012 – January 15, 2013.
Judge: Cole Swensen
Entry fee: $25.00

All entrants with a U.S. mailing address who pay an extra $3 to cover shipping costs will be mailed a copy of any Omnidawn book of their choice, or a copy of the winning book when it is published.

For more details:


Glimmer Train Fiction Open

Deadline: January 2, 2013

1st place: $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train, 20 copies

2nd place: $1,000

3rd place: $600 ($700 if chosen for publication)

Open to all subjects, all themes and all writers.

Submissions to the Fiction Open usually run from 2,000 to 8,000 words, but stories of any length from 2,000 to 20,000 words are fine. More details:


Green Mountains Review – Neil Shepard Prize in Poetry and Ficton

Please consider submitting your work for our Green Mountains Review Prizes in Poetry and Fiction. First Prize winners will receive $500 and publication. Send up to three poems or one story, accompanied by a $15 reading fee. All writers will receive a free copy of the Fall 2013 prize issue in which the winners will be published, and all submissions will be considered for publica- tion. Please include an SASE and a cover letter with author’s name and contact information and titles of all entries submitted. The author’s name should appear nowhere on the manuscripts themselves. Additional work may be included by sending $3 per poem and $5 per story.

Fiction Judge:  Josip Novakovich
Poetry Judge:  Mark Halliday

Submission Deadline: April 13th 2013
All contest entries and their reading fees can be sent to:

Poetry Prize (or) Fiction Prize


Johnson State College

Johnson, VT 05656

All entries must be postmarked April 15, 2013 or earlier to be eligible for consideration.

contest opportunities recently announced

November 7, 2012

Have you been polishing a manuscript? A series of poems or a short story? You may want to check out these recently announced contests…

Creative Nonfiction

Online submissions/postmark deadline: January 15, 2013. For a special “Sustainability” issue and book, Creative Nonfiction is looking for true stories/essays that illuminate environmental, economic, ethical and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future. Deadline January 15, 2013. Best essay prize awarded by guest editor Donna Seaman. For more information:


2013 Colorado Prize for Poetry

$2,000 honorarium and book publication. Submit book-length collection of poems to the Colorado Prize for Poetry by January 14, 2013. Final judge is Stephen Burt. $25 entry fee includes subscription to Colorado Review (to US addresses only).


Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Entries accepted online from January 1st to January 31st. Winners receive $2,000 plus publication; all manuscripts will be considered for publication. This year’s judges: Tony Earley (Fiction), Lia Purpura (Nonfiction), and Martha Collins (Poetry). $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse. Upload your story, essay, or 3 poems through our website:


The Rose Metal Press Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest

Online Submission Deadline: December 1, 2012. The Rose Metal Press Seventh Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest submission period begins November 1 and ends December 1, 2012. Our 2012 judge will be Deb Olin Unferth. The winner will have his/her chapbook published in summer 2013, with an introduction by the contest judge. During the submission period, please submit your 25–40 page double-spaced manuscript of short short stories (fiction or nonfiction) each under 1000 words to us through our Submittable page with a $10 reading fee. More details at

fiction writing contest: Family Circle

August 15, 2012


Family Circle 2012 Fiction Writing Contest

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a check for $750.00, a course of his or her choice, up to a value of $610.00, a one-year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00, and a one year How-to Video membership valued at $99.00. The Grand Prize winner’s story may, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, be published in a future issue of Family Circle magazine. One (1) Second Place winner will receive a check for $250.00, a one-year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00, and a one-year How-to Video membership valued at $99.00. One Third Place winner will receive a check for $250.00 and a one-year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00. Runner ups’ stories may, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, appear on Subject to Official Rules at To enter, send your original (written by entrant), unpublished, fictional short story of no more
than 2,500 words to:

Family Circle Fiction Contest
c/o Family Circle Magazine
805 Third Avenue, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10022

All entries must be typed, double-spaced, and page-numbered on 8-1/2-x-11-inch paper, and must include your name, address, daytime phone number and e-mail address (optional). No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest begins March 1, 2012, and ends September 7, 2012. All entries must be postmarked on or before September 7, 2012, and received by September 14, 2012. Entries must be original (written by entrant), unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. Up to two (2) entries per individual will be accepted, but each entry must be a unique short story. Open to amateur writers who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, age 21 or older. Void where prohibited.


Sponsor: Meredith Corporation.

Hippocampus CNF Contest Judges Announced

August 8, 2012

A memoirist whose life story was turned into a popular movie. A prolific literary travel writer. An award-winning essayist. Hippocampus Magazine is honored to announce our guest judges for the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. Our three panelists bring with them decades of collective literary and publishing experience spanning genres and professions.

>>Meet the Judges Now!
The contest, which will award $400+ in prizes, is accepting works of creative nonfiction of up to 3,500 words until Sept. 15, 2012. Winning stories will be published in the November 2012 issue of Hippocampus, coinciding with National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. A portion of the $10 contest entry fee will benefit the organization.

To learn more about the contest and view submissions guidelines, visit our Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction page.

The Black River Chapbook Competition

May 16, 2012

The Black River Chapbook Competition

Deadline: May 31, 2012

The Black River Chapbook Competition is a semi-annual prize from Black Lawrence Press for a chapbook of short stories or poems. Entries should be between 16 and 36 pages in length. The winner will receive $500 and publication. Previous winners of The Black River Chapbook Competition include Helen Marie Casey, Frank Montesonti, D. E. Fredd, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Tina Egnoski, T. J. Beitelman, David Rigsbee, Lisa Fay Coutley, Amelia Martens, Charlotte Pence, Russel Swensen, and Nick McRae.

How to Enter

Please follow this link for information on how to submit your manuscript for The Black River Chapbook Competition.

The deadline for submissions is May 31.

Accents Poetry Chapbook Contest

April 25, 2012
2012 Poetry Chapbook Contest

(Click here to download the submission form)

Accents Publishing is happy to announce its 2012 Poetry Book Contest. Two winners will be selected – one by an independent judge, Lynnell Edwards, and one by the Senior Editor and founder of Accents Publishing, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. Each winner will have his/her submission published and will receive a $250 cash prize and 25 perfect-bound copies. All contest entries will be considered for regular publication with Accents Publishing, as well.

The entry fee is $10.00. Multiple submissions are allowed, as long as each one is accompanied by a separate entry fee and submission form. Winning books may be pre-ordered at the time of submission for $5.00 each.

A complete submission should include the following:

  • A completed submission form
  • Your manuscript, including:
    • An acknowledgement page, if necessary
    • Two title pages — one with name and contact information, one without
  • Your biography or CV
  • A check or a confirmation of payment via Paypal (see below) covering the $10 entry fee, plus any optional book pre-orders

Please do not include a SASE, as notification will be made by email only.

We will accept submissions until June 30th. Winners will be announced in July. The contest is open to any poet writing in English. Employees of Accents or family members of judges are ineligible to participate. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts should conform to the following guidelines:

  • 20 to 30 pages of poetry
  • Table of contents
  • Single spaced
  • Numbered pages
  • 11 pt font minimum

Your name should not appear anywhere within the manuscript. Please do not send the only copy of your work, as manuscripts will be recycled.

Entries should be mailed to:

Accents Publishing
Attn: Katerina Stoykova-Klemer
P.O. Box 910456
Lexington, KY 40591-0456

More information about Accents Publishing is available at

Screenwriters, Beggars, and Whores By Bill Prystauk

May 25, 2011

When I first heard about a one-page screenplay contest at Moviepoet, I gave pause. This site had offered this free contest in the past and my first one-page idea about a murder was ill received. The feedback, however, proved valuable and it was clear I hadn’t executed a story with a solid beginning, middle and end. And with the broad margins, type and spacing associated with screenwriting format, getting a story on one-page had proven difficult.

Though I never read the script, I’ve seen the short film “Shot of a Lifetime”  – a story told in a mere five seconds and it worked. This one-pager then, this one minute of film, was a challenge I wanted to meet head-on – Hell, I had another fifty-five seconds to play with. But coming up with a story that wasn’t the equivalent of a bad joke was far from difficult. I wanted to do something dramatic and poignant.  I’m not exactly sure where the idea came from, but I imagined a “manly” man cross-dressing for a contest, winning said contest, then going home in drag to confront his wife. I pounded out the story of “Catalyst” in short order, revised and tweaked and submitted.

When the results came out a month later, I was disappointed. My script hadn’t even earned an honorable mention. Most comments involved questions that could only be answered if the script was a feature. Many people (it’s open judging for any writer logging into the site once registering for free) could not determine where the “catalyst for change” even appeared in the script. Needless to say, it was evident I had written something obscure and I hadn’t delivered my tale completely.

Rejection Hurts, But Can Lead to Better Writing

Theme had apparently been unclear and my beginning, middle and end didn’t work. As a writer, I had failed. Regardless, I had other scripts to write and would simply learn from the exercise to tell a better story.

But that was a lie. I knew in my heart the story was solid and that in one-minute I had delivered a complete tale to the audience. The story made sense, the catalyst for change was clear and the theme was solid. Then, I received some more feedback from a couple of people who had voted on the scripts for the contest. They thought the script was “brilliant.” One, a close friend, Chris Messineo, who didn’t know I had penned the screenplay because it was blind viewing, thought it was the greatest short I had ever written. Damn. He encouraged me to send it elsewhere and try to get it produced. (When Chris is thrilled about something, he means it.)

Remarkably, I discovered a one-page script contest from WILDsound in Toronto. I entered and soon learned I was a Finalist. Actors in Toronto then performed the script on-stage and the clip was placed on the WILDsound site. The bad news: Judging would be determined by internet voting. For the first time, the fate of my work would not be handled by a group of professional writers, producers, directors or even agents. I was suddenly in the midst of a popularity contest.

Of course I wantedto win. After all, the winner would have his/her short produced. This meant the writer would receive that all-important screen credit – something every screenwriter lives for. So I did something I loathed and despised: I contacted everyone I knew via WebCT, Facebook and regular email to get them to vote – as well as their families and friends, and so on.

Even America's Sweetheart Spent Time on the Streets

I told Ken Vose, a screenwriter in the Wilkes University MFA Program, that I felt like a beggar and a whore, to which Ken replied, “You’re a screenwriter. You’ll be a beggar and a whore forever. Get used to it.” I continued to beg right up to the very end – but ultimately fell short by a handful of votes. “Catalyst” came in second place.

Chris Messineo, the man behind Off-Stage Films and the New Jersey Film School, made me feel a little better. Apparently, the winner of the previous WILDsound contest had his film shot and it was awful. Not the story per se, but its filming. I found the short films of previous winners and noticed that the lighting was bad, many camera angles were weak and the overall feel was one of sterility. Still, I was out of a much desired credit and now had another script that would just collect dust in a drawer. The announcement of “Catalyst” as a produced piece of creative work would not appear in my CV, making that tenure tract position at Kutztown University all the more harder to attain.

I was ticked.

Then, something unbelievable happened.  Out of the blue a high school friend, Debbie Valenta, contacted me from Los Angeles. She had produced several films and worked with Roger Corman for a couple of years. Debbie had recently formed a yet unnamed production company with two other women and was looking for a short script they could film. She knew I wrote screenplays, and even read “Catalyst” when I was “begging and whoring” for votes on Facebook. I submitted four short scripts – and they chose “Catalyst.” Collectively, they loved the story. Whew. The tale did indeed work and my original gut feeling was validated. The only dilemma, and it was a small one, was that they wanted the short to be five to ten minutes long.  Knowing Debbie’s level of expertise and penchant for detail, I am not concerned about the film’s quality. However, I realize that not winning the WILDsound contest may have been the best thing possible for me. This is made clear by the fact this new production company will use “Catalyst” as their calling card to attract investors and talent. In the world of screenwriting, that’s a big deal.  Regardless, even though the script hasn’t been shot yet, it has the best chance of seeing the light of day. And if it does, I will get that credit and maybe more opportunities will come my way if the short is well received. Time will tell.

Once again, the advice to all writers is not to quit. And even if your script is shopped around, this does not mean you can’t resubmit years later. Ken Vose recently sold a horror script that is older than me, as he told me.  As long as we’re honest about the quality of our writing, there is a chance that work will find a home somewhere, and this goes for all screenwriters, playwrights, poets, fiction and non-fiction writers.  Sure, we may feel like we’re a “beggar and a whore” on occasion, but as long as we’re respectful and devoid of cockiness, we’re simply just asking to be heard. We’re pitching. We’re selling. Just like we do in an interview for a job. And if we don’t sell ourselves we’ll never achieve anything with our writing.

Who is Bill Prystauk?

In 2011, Bill’s dramatic horror, “Ravencraft” is currently a Top-Three Finalist in the 2011 AWS Screenplay Contest. His dramatic ghost story, “Risen” was the First Place Winner in the 2010 Horror Screenplay Contest and is currently being shopped around Hollywood. Furthermore, Bill’s character driven, crime/action/horror script “Red Agenda” was the First Place Winner in the 2008 International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival and was a Top-Five Finalist at Screamfest. In 2006, he was the Second Place Winner of the Screenwriters Showcase Screenplay Contest for his erotic crime thriller, “Bloodletting,” which is now a novel under consideration by award winning, Akashic Books.

Bill Prystauk Loves a Pink Background

Bill has also won numerous awards for other screenplays as well as poetry. He completed the Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University in June 2011 to earn his MFA with concentrations in screenwriting and fiction. Bill currently teaches English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and is exploring the use of homes in horror movies in his book, “Home is Where the Horror is.”