- What do haiku and soap have in common?
There’s still time to submit your haiku to 2019 Soap Haiku Contest. It’s a fun contest, the entry’s free — hurry!
Just a few days left to submit to Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon #3. No cost to enter, big prizes — don’t miss!
Ugly Duckling Presse is starting a new poetry periodical.
UDP will accept up to 5 pages of poetry by December 31, for possible inclusion in the first issue, to be released in early 2019.
Submissions from new writers, translators, and people living outside the US are especially encouraged.
Read the guidelines carefully, and submit.
- December is a great month for writing contests!
Plenty of FREE writing contests to choose from.
Again, read the guidelines carefully, and submit your work. Good luck!
Image: Paul Cézanne. Mont Sainte-Victoire (La Montagne Sainte-Victoire), c. 1900. Watercolor and graphite on laid paper, Overall: 12 3/8 x 19 1/8 in. (31.5 x 48.5 cm). BF652. Public Domain.
- What book are you reading now?
A story I’ve read recently–“The Basement Room”–made me think that it might not be long before Graham Green is added to the growing list of racist authors.
He used the N-word! More than once!
Does it matter that it’s a fictional character that uses the word? Does it matter that it’s important to the story? Does it matter that it’s a slice of history?
Apparently, it today’s world it doesn’t.
So, hurry. Read “The Basement Room” before it’s banned.
It’s a masterful, haunting story. What a great, great writer.
- Have you penned a story, or two?
Glimmer Train has two contests you can still submit your work to: Very Short, & Fiction Open. Deadline’s tomorrow, August 31. HURRY!
Image: Horace Pippin. Supper Time, c. 1940. Oil on burnt-wood panel, Overall: 12 x 15 1/8 in. (30.5 x 38.4 cm). BF985. Public Domain.
Happy July to you!
- Got a poetry chapbook, or a book-length poetry manuscript?
Consider entering these free contests:
Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, an annual (16th) prize awarded to the author of the winning book-length manuscript. Participating poets must reside in the Mid-Atlantic states (DE, MD, VA, PA, NJ, NY, WVA, NC and District of Columbia). The winner receives $500, two cases of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Beer, manuscript publication by Broadkill River Press, and 10 copies of the book (in lieu of royalties). Deadline: August 15, 2018.
The Broken River Prize, an annual poetry chapbook (20–40 pages) contest from Platypus Press. Open internationally. The winner receives $250/£200 and publication. Submit your manuscripts by August 31, 2018.
Try writing to weekly prompts from The Sunday Whirl. Play with words. It’s fun.
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Image: William James Glackens. The Bathing Hour, Chester, Nova Scotia, 1910. Oil on canvas, Overall: 26 x 32 in. (66 x 81.3 cm). BF149. Public Domain.
“Everyone, including aspiring poets, including even those stuck in the MFA system, would be better off if the contest system were abolished, and publishers once again took responsibility for promoting individual strong aesthetics, rather than outsourcing the decision at every stage, and supporting safe conformist meeting-room-style outcomes.”
“Numerous contest finals and wins validated my work. Indeed, I ultimately found my agent and publisher through contests.” — Kristin Bartley Lenz
So, how do you feel about contests? Share in the comments.
- In case you feel like entering a free poetry contest, try the rhupunt challenge for a chance to get published in Writer’s Digest.
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Image credit: Paul Cézanne. Young Man and Skull (Jeune homme à la tête de mort), 1896–1898. Oil on canvas, Overall: 51 3/16 x 38 3/8 in. (130 x 97.5 cm). BF929. Public Domain.
“What I advise you to do is, not to be unhappy before the crisis comes; since it may be that the dangers before which you paled as if they were threatening you, will never come upon you; they certainly have not yet come.” — Seneca, “On Groundless Fears”
Check out this list of contests with September deadlines compiled by The Masters Review.
Find out why I write poetry.
Check out these poetry contests with a deadline of August, 31.
Free Photo Contest, deadline August, 31. Hurry.
“And then, of course, the biggest crime of all was that she had come here only five years ago from Earth, and she remembered the sun and the way the sun was and the sky was when she was four in Ohio. And they, they had been on Venus all their lives, and they had been only two years old when last the sun came out and had long since forgotten the color and heat of it and the way it really was.
But Margot remembered.”
— Ray Bradbury, “All Summer in a Day”
The article focuses on writing contests, but the same principles apply to other contests as well. See why contests are good for you.
Short story contests can be a great thing for both beginning and established writers.
However, when picking a contest you have to watch out for red flags.
Nancy Sakaduski provides you with a “write-to-win-blueprint.”