Happy Pi Day!
- Are you still on Google Plus?
Google Plus is leaving us for good. Time to “ungoogle+”.
Anne R. Allen takes you through all the steps of doing it properly.
Do it now — April 2 will be here before you know it.
Why not write a fun poem, and submit it to a contest?
Why Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest?
- No Entry Fee.
- Published poems are eligible.
- In addition to English submitted poems may contain “inspired gibberish.”
- First prize is $1,000.
- Sponsored by Winning Writers and Duotrope — legit.
Deadline is April 1, 2019.
Write and submit!
Image: Pi Pie, created at Delft University of Technology, applied physics, seismics and acoustics; Public Domain
- Are you a poet residing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan?
Submit your previously unpublished book-length collection for a chance to win The Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry.
The prize awards $10,000, publication by Milkweed Editions, and other cool things.
Deadline: February 15, 2019.
- Are you a writer with a track record of publishing creative writing in the UK or Ireland?
Don’t miss your chance to win £30,000 (!)
Submit your writing to The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award — the world’s richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story.
Deadline: February 15, 2019.
Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Fruit and Bonbonnière, c. 1915–1917. Oil on canvas, Overall: 9 7/16 x 12 5/8 in. (24 x 32 cm). BF39. Public Domain.
- Do you write short fiction?
Entries are now being accepted for the Chicago Tribune’s 2019 Algren Awards contest.
There will be one grand prize winner ($3,500) and five finalists ($750). No entry fee.
Revise your original short fiction, and submit. Deadline: January 31, 2019.
The Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize is accepting submissions.
The prize ($500, and a published interview) will be awarded to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place.
‘“Place” may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary, or metaphorical landscape.’
Deadline: February 4, 2019.
Image: James Wilson Morrice. Snow Scene, c. 1905. Oil on canvas board, Overall: 9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm). BF2053. Public Domain.
- How does a publishing deal with a writer’s advance of £15,000 sound to you?
Have you written an adventure novel exceeding 50K words? You may be the next winner of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.
What’s particularly good about this opportunity is that self-published novels are eligible for the Best Unpublished Manuscript Prize.
Is your manuscript too long? Janice Hardy shares advice on how to give your manuscript a necessary trimming.
Submissions are open. Read the guidelines, revise your work, and submit.
Image: Georges Seurat. Two Sailboats at Grandcamp (Deux voiliers Ã Grandcamp), c. 1885. Oil on panel, Overall: 6 1/4 x 9 13/16 in. (15.8 x 25 cm). BF1153. Public Domain.
- Do you feel like poeming about teaching?
Go ahead. Write about K–12 teaching, and/or teachers, and submit your unpublished poem for a chance to win The $1,000 (!) On Teaching Poem Prize. No entry fee. Deadline: January 1st, 2019. Restrictions apply, read the guidelines carefully. Good luck!
- Do you publish your poetry on Instagram?
Summer 2019 issue of Rattle will be dedicated to Instagram Poets. Submit your poems for a chance to be discovered, and promoted by the notable poetry magazine. You can also nominate poems written by other poets. Deadline: January 15th, 2019.
- Have you put together your submission to Measure Review?
Guided by the editorial vision of Ashley Anna McHugh, Measure Review, an online magazine of formal poetry, will advance the legacy of Measure. Submissions will open in January, 2019. Get your unpublished sonnets, haiku, etc. ready.
Image: Paul Gauguin. Mr. Loulou (Louis Le Ray), 1890. Oil on canvas, Overall: 21 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. (55.2 x 46.4 cm). BF589. Public Domain.
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.
- Do you write formal poetry?
You might want to start putting together your submission to Measure Review.
Guided by the editorial vision of Ashley Anna McHugh, Measure Review, an online magazine of formal poetry, will advance the legacy of Measure.
So, if you happen to write a sonnet or two, don’t be in a hurry to publish them on your blog — save them until January, 2019. It’ll be here before you know it.
Love? Life? The universe? You might be doing it all wrong. Check your skin color.
If it’s white, you should–according to Ms. Angela Pelster-Wiebe–write about white supremacy. Why? Because “those who benefit from racism (that’s you) should be on the front lines fighting it.”
Ms. Pelster-Wiebe is apparently a successful author, “a white woman writing about the toxic inheritance of white supremacy.” Hmm..who’s benefiting from racism now?
You might want to follow in Ms. Pelster-Wiebe’s footsteps and start apologizing in writing for being born white — it’s not unlikely that you’ll achieve publication and success.
The alternative is to have respect for yourself and others, and very likely remain unpublished and unknown. (There’s always self-publishing, though.)
“…authors of all types could simply write what they would like to write because they have not contributed to white supremacy and are in no way responsible for the previous bad actions of white people to which they did not contribute.”
Now go write a love poem.
Image: Charles Demuth. In Vaudeville: Two Acrobat-Jugglers, 1916. Watercolor and graphite on wove paper, Overall: 11 3/16 x 8 in. (28.4 x 20.3 cm). BF602. 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.
- Are you looking for a friendly and supportive online community of poets?
Poetic Bloomings is “the best garden for verse”. Established in 2011, the site now reunites Marie Elena Good and Walter J Wojtanik “to help nurture and inspire the poetic spirit”.
Marie Elena and Walt are posting prompts every Sunday. Here’s the latest one.
- Looking for a contest that accepts published poems?
Submit your work (published and unpublished) to Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest by September 30, 2018.
TOM HOWARD PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre
MARGARET REID PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Vase of Flowers (Vase de fleurs ), c. 1889. Oil on canvas, Overall: 16 1/4 x 13 in. (41.3 x 33 cm). BF156. Public Domain.
- If you don’t mind $20-25 submission fees, here’s something to consider:
If you have an unpublished poetry or short story collection, and you haven’t published a full-length collection yet — submit to Black Lawrence Press for THE ST. LAWRENCE BOOK AWARD. The winner receives book publication, $1000, and 10 copies of the book. Entry Fee: $25 Deadline: August 31
Are you a writer, and a parent? The Sustainable Arts Foundation is awarding $5000 each to twenty writers and artists, who combine creative work with raising a family. It’s an opportunity for writers of creative nonfiction, fiction, graphic novels, poetry, and more. Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: August 31
- And if you aren’t a fan of paying-to-play, here’s a free opportunity for you:
Have you published (or considered publishing) your book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk? Submit to Kindle Storyteller Award (UK). No entry fee. Prize: £20,000. Deadline: August 31, 2018.
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Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Lemons and Orange (Citrons et orange), c. 1913. Oil on canvas (later mounted to fiberboard), Overall: 9 1/4