Apr 17

Fee-based and Free Writing Opportunities: May and June 2014

This is our fourth article on fee-based and free writing opportunities in 2014. This set includes writing opportunities for May and June 2014. Lots of these are first day of the month deadlines, so check the order to be sure how soon you need to get working. We hope you find this helpful, and please feel free to share it with friends, family, and fellow writers.

Ongoing 2014 (free)

Durham Editing and E-books

Of course, we again had to make the top of our own list. We are a small editing and e-books site that offers writers of all experience levels various opportunities throughout the year to publish poetry, short stories, memoirs, or songs. Publishing opportunities vary throughout the year, but there are five planned anthologies for 2014.  The number of pieces allowed for submission also varies per collection. Deadlines and collection details will be updated as publishing approaches. Submission is always free. Durham Editing and E-books asks only one-time rights to publish in the specified anthology, and writers retain rights to any pieces accepted to the collection. We also offer coupon codes for free e-book editions via Smashwords.com for all contributors and their followers and friends. More information on past collections and future opportunities can be found at http://editingandebooks.com .

We are currently taking submissions for our upcoming short story anthology.

 

 

Midlife Collage

Again, Midlife Collage holds weekly nonfiction contests for writers over age 40. Pieces are short, ranging from 500-800 words, and the $50 first prize seemed like a good enticement to give the website a try. We would love to hear from anyone who has entered or won this contest in the past. More information can be found at http://midlifecollage.com

 

Poor Yorick Journal

Poor Yorick’s Journal, a journal of Rediscovered Objects, is a free online journal that takes submissions year round from any and every genre. Topics should be about lost objects and images of material culture. It seems like an interesting concept, but since the first edition will not launch until fall 2014, we don’t have any familiarity with the journal itself. You can find more information at http://www.pooryorickjournal.com/

 

Songs for a Passbook Torch

Cherry Castle Press is a new publishing company that is taking submissions of poetry for their upcoming anthology, Songs for a Passbook Torch, an anthology dedicated to Nelson Mandela. Publication is scheduled for June 2015, and submissions are open-ended at this time. Pieces should celebrate Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, the Mandela family, and/or the past and present fight for racial justice in South Africa. Find out more information at: http://www.cherrycastlepublishing.com/

 

Conclave: A Journal of Character Autumn 2014 Issue

Conclave is accepting Halloween poetry, short stories, photography, and short works of all creative forms. Anything Halloween is acceptable. Conclave chooses six of its best pieces each year as nominees for the Pushcart Prize. Find out more information at: http://www.conclavejournal.com/submissions/submissions.html

 

Sequestrum

Sequestrum accepts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork on a rolling basis. Prose should be under 5,000 words. Poetry should be under 35 lines. Possible payment for accepted pieces. Visit the website for more details: http://www.sequestrum.org/submissions

 

Dialogual

Dialogual is a new magazine seeking submissions year-round of dialogue-only prose. All genres except erotica. Pieces under 300 words.  Find out more at http://dialogual.wix.com/dialogual#!sub/cqh1

 

 

May 2014 (Free)

Broke Journal

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication

Contest: Accepting submissions from underrepresented writers, socially conscious subject matter, and stylistic outsiders. Full submissions guideline available online.

Website: http://www.brokejournal.com

 

2014 Emerging Writer’s Contest

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: $1000 for each category

Special Requirements: Writer must be an emerging writer, meaning that this person cannot have published a book, including chapbooks, e-books, or self-published works in creative nonfiction, poetry, or fiction. No book should be forthcoming before April 15, 2015.

Contest: Accepting submissions for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Fiction and creative nonfiction must be under 6,000 words. Poetry may be 3-5 pages of poetry. Only one entry per person per year.

Website: https://www2.pshares.org/submit/

 

 

Mason Road Literary Prize

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: $500 and publication

Contest: Mason Road is looking for unique and arresting pieces for their 9th issue.

Website: http://www.masonsroad.com/submissions/

 

The Boiler Journal

Deadline: May 16, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication

Contest: The Boiler Room Journal, originally started by a group of MFA students from Sarah Lawrence College, is accepting submissions for poetry, short stories, short memoirs and prose for summer 2014 issue. Submissions should be under 3500 words.

Website: http://www.theboilerjournal.com

 

Wordrunner e-Chapbooks

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: $65

Contest: Wordrunner e-Chapbooks publishes online collections of fiction and memoirs, featuring one author as well as an annual anthology. Stories should be 750-4,000 words per piece with collections 8,000-18,000 words total. Minimum 5 stories but no more than 20. Stories should belong together for a reason but each piece should stand alone, as well. Memoirs accepted on a rolling basis.

Website: http://www.echapbook.com/submissions.htm

 

 

Switched-On Gutenberg

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication in 2014 Issue

Contest: This is a poetry magazine looking for poems on the theme WEATHER. They are also soliciting photographs of the sky, particularly clouds.

Website: http://www.switched-ongutenberg.org

 

 

May 2014 (Fee-based)

Imaginary Friend Press Second Annual Poetry Award

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Entry Fee: $12 for entry or $17 for entry and a copy of the winning book

Prize: $250 honorarium and publication

Contest: Imaginary Friend Press is taking submissions of poetry manuscripts 48-96 pages in length. Okay for previously published individual poems, but overall piece must be unpublished. Open theme and no set style required. Multi-author books accepted, but only one prize is given for the group as a whole.

Website: http://www.imaginaryfriendpress.com/2014/02/second-annual-full-length-book-contest.html

 

William Faulkner_William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Entry Fee: Varies

Novel: $40 for manuscripts up to 100,000 words; $75 for manuscripts 100,001 to 175,000 words; $125 for manuscripts over 125,000 words

Novella: $35

Narrative Nonfiction: $35 for 75,000 words; $45 for over 75,000; $75 for over 100,000; $125 for over 125,000

Novel-in-progress: $35 (limit 12,500 words)

Essay: $25 (limit 12,500 words)

Poetry: $25

Prize: (Novel) $7500; (Novella) $2000; (Narrative Nonfiction) $2000; (Novel-in-progress) $1500; (Essay) $750; (Poetry) $750

Contest: Accepting submissions in novels, novellas, narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, essay, and poetry. Entry requirements vary by genre.

Website: http://www.wordsandmusic.org/2014%20Guidelines.html

 

 

Word Soup Poetry journal

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Entry Fee: $6 (proceeds go to fight hunger)

Prize: Publication in June 2014 issue

Contest: Accepting poetry.

Website: http://wordsoup.weebly.com/submit.html

 

 

Lorain Hemingway Short Story Competition

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Entry Fee: $15 ($20 late entry fee for those from 5/2/14 to 5/15/2014)

Prize: $1500 and publication of winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts; $500 (2nd and 3rd)

Special Requirements: Writer must not have been published in a journal with a circulation of over 5000 readers. Self-published or those who have published in online magazines will be considered on a case by case basis.

Contest: Submit original, unpublished fiction. Submissions must be typed, double-spaced, and may not exceed 3500 words in length. No theme or genre restrictions. Author retains copyright.

Website: http://www.shortstorycompetition.com/

 

 

2014 Moon City Poetry Award

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $1000, publication by Moon City Press, and a royalty contract

Contest: Moon City Poetry Award is seeking submissions for 2014 contest. Original collections of poems written in English by a single author are considered. Manuscript must be 48 pages or longer and cannot have been published as a whole (individually published pieces okay–just not the entire collection together).

Website: http://mooncitypress.com/poetrycontest/

 

 

The Emma Bell Miles Prize for Essay

Deadline: May 5, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: $150 (1st); $75 (2nd); $50 (3rd)

Contest: The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival and Lincoln Memorial University is accepting essays up to 4.000 words long for its current contest.  No set theme.

Website: http://www.lmunet.edu/mhlf/guide.shtml

 

 

The George Scarbrough Prize for Poetry

Deadline: May 5, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: $150 (1st); $75 (2nd); $50 (3rd)

Contest: The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival and Lincoln Memorial University is accepting single poems or a set of up to three poems for its upcoming poetry contest. No set theme.

Website: http://www.lmunet.edu/mhlf/guide.shtml

 

The James Still Prize for Short Story

Deadline: May 5, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: $150 (1st); $75 (2nd); $50 (3rd)

Contest: The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival and Lincoln Memorial University is accepting short stories under 4,000 words for its current contest.  No set theme.

Website: http://www.lmunet.edu/mhlf/guide.shtml

 

The Jesse Stuart Prize for Young Adult Fiction

Deadline: May 5, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: $150 (1st); $75 (2nd); $50 (3rd)

Contest: The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival and Lincoln Memorial University is accepting young adult short stories under 2,000 words for its current contest.  No set theme. Piece may not be simultaneously entered into the James Still Short Story Contest.

Website: http://www.lmunet.edu/mhlf/guide.shtml

 

River’s Edge Literary Magazine Poetry and Fiction Contest

Deadline: May 10, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: $1000 for each category

Contest: Accepting submissions for poetry and fiction.

Website: https://riversedge.submittable.com/submit

 

 

Slash Pine Press Chapbooks Contest

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Entry Fee: $3

Prize: Publication of 125 copies

Contest: Poetry manuscripts should be 15-25 pages long, not counting title page, acknowledgements, etc.

Website: http://slashpinepress.submittable.com/submit.

 

 

Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: $200

Contest: Each submission may include 3 poems (6 pages total).

Website: http://crabcreekreview.org/index.html

 

Pressgang Prize

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $1500, publication, and a reading at Butler University

Contest: A small Butler University press, Pressgang Press, is seeking novels, memoirs, and book-length collections of stories or essays.

Website: http://pressgang.butler.edu/submissions/

 

 

June (Free)

3 Elements Review

Deadline: June 1, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication in Issue 4

Special Requirements: Each piece must contain 3 Elelments. This issue requires: carnival, residue, and maudlin.

Contest: This is a themed journal that accepts prose and poetry that meet the special requirements above.

Website: http://www.3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines

 

 

The Norton Writer’s Prize

Deadline: June 16, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: $1500 (1st); $1000 (2 runner-sup)

Special Requirements: Contestants must be enrolled in undergraduate program at 2- or 4-year college or university in the 2013-2014 school year. Professor must nominate the writers.

Contest: Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered.

Website: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/norton-writers-prize/?mid=145

 

 

BorderSenses Literary and Arts Journal

Deadline: June 30, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication

Contest: Seeking poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and book reviews in both Spanish and English from throughout the world.

Website: https://bordersensesep.submittable.com/submit

 

 

June (Fee-based)

The Split Lip Magazine Uppercut Chapbook Award

Deadline: June 1, 2014

Entry Fee: $12

Prize: Published Chapbook, 75 Author copies, Featured poet in October issue (1st); Published Chapbook, 25 Author Copies, published in October issue

Contest: Seeking free verse, lyrical poetry, and flash fiction with a strong narrative. Unpublished books wanted. Looking for 20-32 numbered pages with a table of contents.

Website: https://splitlip.submittable.com/submit

 

 

Powder Horn Prize

Deadline: June 1, 2014

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $250, publication, and copies of the book

Contest: Sage Hill Press is accepting submissions for the Powder Horn Prize. This prize is for first poetry books. Manuscripts must be 48 pages long or longer.

Website: http://sagehillpoetry.com

 

 

ASF Short Story Contest

Deadline: June 1, 2014

Entry Fee: $20

Prize: $1000 and publication in fall journal (1st); $500 and consideration for publication (runner-up)

Contest: Accepting short fiction 2,000 to 6,500 words long. No previously published material. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Multiple entries allowed.

Website:  https://americanshortfiction.submittable.com/submit

 

 

Wielding Power Essay Contest

Deadline: June 1, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: $1000

Contest: Wielding Power is an online magazine that focuses on the political essay. They are currently seeking essays that address the question: “Is secession legitimate?” Answers should be 500-2000 words in length.

Website: http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/

 

 

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

Deadline: June 15, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: $50

Contest: Open call for submissions for compressed creative arts. They are seeking compressed prose fiction (including prose poetry) and compressed nonfiction.

Website: https://matter.submittable.com/submit

 

First Annual Blast Furnace Poetry Chpabook

Deadline: June 2, 2014

Entry Fee: $14

Prize: $200 and ten complimentary copies

Special Requirements:  US Residents only.

Contest: Poets may submit one manuscript of 19-27 pages in length.

Website: https://blastfurnace.submittable.com/submit/28911

 

 

Housatonic Awards

Deadline: June 15, 2014

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $500 travel stipend and hotel stay during residency (actual prize)  at WCSU MFA Creative and Professional Writing Program

Contest: There are awards for Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Children and YA, and Professional Writing. Publishers, authors, agents, or representatives of the athor may nominate authors for the awards and subsequent prize of residency at WCSU.

Website: http://housatonicbookawards.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Stoneslide Corrective Story Contest

Deadline: June 21, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: $3000 and publication (1st); $500 (2nd); $250 (3rd); Additional $100 prizes for wit, beguiling character, vivid description, and propulsive plot line and/or scene

Contest: Contest for best story told as fiction, nonfiction, or narrative poem form. Only previously unpublished works accepted.

Website: http://stoneslidecorrective.com/?p=4511 http://stoneslidecorrective.com/?p=4511

 

 

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Apr 03

Writing Opportunities in April

We’ve had a good bit of positive feedback from authors who have really enjoyed our blog posts that outline some of the writing opportunities out there floating in cyberspace. This is the third article in the series, and we hope you all find it as useful as the previous ones. The writing opportunities are in order by deadline and separated by free and fee-based opportunities.

 

Ongoing 2014 (free)

Durham Editing and E-books

Of course, we again had to make the top of our own list. We are a small editing and e-books site that offers writers of all experience levels various opportunities throughout the year to publish poetry, short stories, memoirs, or songs. Publishing opportunities vary throughout the year, but there are five planned anthologies for 2014.  The number of pieces allowed for submission also varies per collection. Deadlines and collection details will be updated as publishing approaches. Submission is always free. Durham Editing and E-books asks only one-time rights to publish in the specified anthology, and writers retain rights to any pieces accepted to the collection. We also offer coupon codes for free e-book editions via Smashwords.com for all contributors and their followers and friends. We greatly enjoyed our first anthology of 2014, Aspiring to Inspire. This was our first women writers’ anthology, and it turned out wonderfully. It even made it to #2 in Literary Collections on Smashwords. We also had great fun with our collections this past year, including Whispers, Shouts, and Songs: Exploring Poetry Through the Independent Voice; Summer Shorts: Airing Out Secrets; Leaves of Change: Lessons on Love, Laughter, and Living; and Wrapped Up In Ribbon: Stories and Tales of the Christmas Season. More information on past collections and future opportunities can be found at http://editingandebooks.com.

 

Midlife Collage

Again, Midlife Collage holds weekly nonfiction contests for writers over age 40. Pieces are short, ranging from 500-800 words, and the $50 first prize seemed like a good enticement to give the website a try. We would love to hear from anyone who has entered or won this contest in the past. More information can be found at http://midlifecollage.com.

 

Poor Yorick Journal

Poor Yorick’s Journal, a journal of Rediscovered Objects, is a free online journal that takes submissions year round from any and every genre. Topics should be about lost objects and images of material culture. It seems like an interesting concept, but since the first edition will not launch until fall 2014, we don’t have any familiarity with the journal itself. You can find more information at http://www.pooryorickjournal.com/.

 

Songs for a Passbook Torch

Cherry Castle Press is a new publishing company that is taking submissions of poetry for their upcoming anthology, Songs for a Passbook Torch, an anthology dedicated to Nelson Mandela. Publication is scheduled for June 2015, and submissions are open-ended at this time. Pieces should celebrate Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, the Mandela family, and/or the past and present fight for racial justice in South Africa. Find out more information at: http://www.cherrycastlepublishing.com/.

 

Conclave: A Journal of Character Autumn 2014 Issue

Conclave is accepting Halloween poetry, short stories, photography, and short works of all creative forms. Anything Halloween is acceptable. Conclave chooses six of its best pieces each year as nominees for the Pushcart Prize. Find out more information at: http://www.conclavejournal.com/submissions/submissions.html.

 

Sequestrum

Sequestrum accepts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork on a rolling basis. Prose should be under 5,000 words. Poetry should be under 35 lines. Possible payment for accepted pieces. Visit the website for more details: http://www.sequestrum.org/submissions

 

Dialogual

Dialogual is a new magazine seeking submissions year-round of dialogue-only prose. All genres except erotica. Pieces under 300 words.  Find out more at http://dialogual.wix.com/dialogual#!sub/cqh1.

 

 

April 2014 Free

River & South Review

Deadline: April 7, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication

Contest: River & South is now accepting short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions for pieces not previously published. Prose should be less than 1500 words. Poets can submit up to 5 poems. Each piece must have a 50-word author bio. One-time rights to publish. Writers can only submit one genre at a time.

Website: http://riverandsouth.blogspot.com/p/guidelines.html

 

 

The Human Journal

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication

Contest: Publication of poems about living or traveling to another country or about created countries. Preferably poetry about lesser written about countries such as Bosnia Herzegovina and Ireland.

Website: http://humanjournal.org/index.php/submission/guidelines

 

 

Mountain West Poetry Series

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication

Special Requirements: This contest is only open for residents of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, & Wyoming.

Contest: Submit your poetry manuscript of 60-100 pages long. Individual poems may have been published before, but the collection should not have been published or self-published.

Website: http://mountainwestpoetryseries.submittable.com

 

No Tokens Journal

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication and two contributor’s copies

Contest: Accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.

Website: http://notokensjournal.com/submit/

 

Proximity

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication

Contest: Accepting submissions in the form of essays or other storytelling about the theme STUFF.

Website: http://proximitymagazine.org/submissions/

 

 

April 2014 (Fee-based)

Sundress Publications

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: $200 plus publication as a full-color PDF available online.

Contest: Sundress Press is looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any combination thereof. Manuscripts must be 12-20 pages long (one piece per page). Individual pieces may have appeared in anthologies, print journals, or online journals. Translations are not eligible. Include cover letter, Table of Contents, and acknowledgements and dedication.

Website: https://sundresspublications.submittable.com/submit/27713

 

Lime Hawk’s Mental Health Anthology

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: Publication

Contest: Lime Hawk accepting creative nonfiction essays on mental health and mental illness. Word limit 5,000 words. Anthology seeks to promote awareness and help end the stigma of mental illness.

Website: http://www.limehawk.org/projects

 

Writer Advice 9th Flash Prose Contest

Deadline: April 18, 2014

Entry Fee: $15

Prize: $200 (1st); $100 (2nd); $50 (3rd); Publication for honorable mention

Contest: Writer Advice accepting flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction 750 words or less.

Website: http://www.writeradvice.com/

 

Ninth Letter Literary Awards

Deadline: April 25, 2014

Entry Fee: $17

Prize: $1000 and publication in Fall/Winter 2014-15 issue.

Contest: Accepting entries for four categories: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Literature in Translation. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Ninth Letter.

Website: http://www.ninthletter.com/contest

 

 

Center of the World Festival Playwright Contest

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $10 minimum donation required by check

Prize: $500 grant

Contest: Contest is for 10-minute manuscripts that are complete and appropriate for reader’s theater. No mature audience material. Theme is social issue topics, such as ecology, justice, peace, equality, crime prevention, freedom of speech, and so on. No collaborations allowed.

Website: http://www.cowfest.org/playwright-contest

 

 

2014 Bristol Short Story Prize

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: 8 pound

Prize: $1600 (1st); $1100 (2nd); $640 (3rd); 17 more $169 prizes

Contest: Writers in the UK and abroad over age 16 may submit short stories on any theme or subject. The 20 finalists will also be invited to awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2014. Graphic, verse, and genre-based stories accepted

Website: http://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules.html

 

 

2014 Trio Award for First or Second Book for Poets

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $1000, publication, and twenty books (1st); $1100 (2nd)

Contest: Looking for 1st or 2nd book of poetry by emerging poets.Must not have more than 2 books published.

Website: http://www.triohousepress.org/

 

 

2014 Louise Bogan Award for Poets

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $1000, publication, and twenty books (1st)

Contest: Awarded for artistic merit and excellence in any poet, no matter publication status. Book of poems should contribute in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry.

Website: http://www.triohousepress.org/

 

The Ledge 2014 Poetry Awards

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $1000, publication in The Ledge Magazine (1st); $250, publication in The Ledge Magazine (2nd)

Contest: All poems must be previously unpublished. No criteria for theme, subject, style, or form.

Website: http://www.theledgemagazine.com/print%202009%20Poetry%20Awards%20guidelines.html

 

Snyder Memorial Poetry Prize

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $25 ($27 for online)

Prize: $1000, publication, and 50 copies in lieu of royalties

Contest: Poetry books 50-80 pages, no more than one poem per page, single-spaced.

Website: http://www.ashlandpoetrypress.com/guidelines/snyder-prize

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Apr 01

Our April Featured Author: Julia Rose Grey

Our Featured Author for April is Julia Rose Grey. Julia began working with us in 2013 on a cover for her book Cry Before Supper. A beautiful relationship was born, and we have gone on to work together on a second book cover and three anthologies, as well. Her smooth, witty style and true-to-life characters are easy to relate to and a delight to read. Her stories are featured in Leaves of Change: Lessons on Love, Laughter, and Living, Wrapped Up In Ribbon: Stories and Poems of the Christmas Season, and Aspiring to Inspire, our 2014 women writers’ anthology. Julia has also written The Dream Catcher and various one-act plays.

 

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Julia resides in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, with her husband of 31 years. She is active in a rug hooking guild and enjoys yoga. Writing, however, seems to take center stage. Julia is involved in local writing groups, including the Philadelphia Drama Center that promotes playwriting and performing and the Wellington Scribblers, a bi-monthly writing exercise group that she co-founded with a friend. She has also joined us for writing exercises online through Writer’s Crown, a Linked In writers’ group.

 

An eternal optimist, Julia has overcome adversity to blossom into a brilliant, uplifting author. Despite a critical home environment as a child, Julia remained resilient and hopeful. Her writing journey started at a young age, and in high school her humorous tone began to come out in parodies, such as her version of Poe’s The Raven in which she lamented homework as a task that would last “evermore.”

 

Julia’s more recent works have a truly nostalgic feel, bringing to life imaginings of Main Street, USA. Julia is currently working on another novel, a timeless piece set in the summer of 1957.

 

We were able to catch up with Julia and enjoy a bit of her wit and wisdom, both of which would outshine Erma Bombeck’s. Here’s what she had to say about writing, reading, and what you might expect from this amazing lady next.

 

When did you first start writing?

I started writing stories when I was a girl.  In my career, I wrote non-fiction–proposals, manuals, and competitive bid contracts.  Now that I am retired, I employ myself to do what I love, spinning yarns that engage people with characters and their stories.

 

Where did you grow up, and how did it influence your writing?

I grew up in small suburban towns outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.  It’s so much the location of the town–except that the area was steeped in American History, and I loved that aspect–but there were always books around, in school, in our home, and I loved to read.

 

Where do you write? Describe this area for us.

My office is in a small, 10’ by 12’ room at the back of our house.  I have a desk, a table for the printer, and two bookcases filled with reference books and file storage boxes.  I also have a radio so I can listen to music.  There’s a double window that faces the equestrian trail surrounding our development and I can rest my eyes while watching riders on their horses pass by.  It’s a very cozy place, and I painted the walls a mid-green to enhance my ability to relax there.

 

When you aren’t writing, how do you spend your time?

Oh my gosh, I do so much and love what I do.  I don’t have hobbies, I have passions.  I read a great deal; teach workshops on letter-writing and reading appreciation (how to get more out of what you read); a writers’ workshop in which we jot down thoughts in response to prompts; review books on writing for the local independent book store; rug-hooking, which is calming; walking and yoga.

 

What inspires you to get out of bed each morning?

There’s always something to look forward to each day.  I try to keep my life filled with things I love to do and wonderful people to do them with.

 

What are your five favorite books, and why?

Pride and Prejudice because of the wonderful way Jane Austen relates a story; Winter’s Tale because of Mark Halperin’s lyrical language; Les Miserable because of Victor Hugo’s extraordinary characters (who stayed swirling in my head for months after I finished the book); To Kill a Mockingbird because of Harper Lee’s simplicity in telling a compelling story; and Jane Eyre because of Charlotte Bronte’s story-telling techniques.

 

What is the best writing advice you can give another writer?

Keep writing.  Keep learning how to write better.

 

What are you working on now?

I am working on another novel, whose working-title is They Ran Out of Rhyme.  It takes place in the summer of 1957, and I hope to publish it later this year.

 

You can catch up with Julia Rose Grey or find out more about her writing on any of the social media sites here.

 

Twitter:  @jrgrey602

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/juliarose.grey

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elegance0698/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6555819.Julia_Rose_Grey

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Mar 20

Aspiring to Inspire Release and Launch Party

Hip, hip, hooray! Aspiring to Inspire is available in both e-book and print editions. You can purchase an e-book edition on Smashwords.com, Amazon, Kobo, Deisel, Apple iStore, Barnes and Noble, Page Foundry, Baker and Taylor Blio, Flipkart, Oyster, and Scribd. You can also get a print edition in trade paperback on Createspace. Once the print book is available on Amazon, you can get the e-book for free with purchase of a print edition. The e-book is regularly $2.99, and the paperback is regularly $8.99.

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Aspiring-Inspire-Durham-Editing-E-books-ebook/dp/B00J3C41YW/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/420499

Createspace:https://tsw.createspace.com/title/4721882

 

Aspiring to Inspire has already reached the #1 Bestseller on Smashwords Women Writers’ Literary Collections Bestsellers’ List. Way to go, ladies!

 

Join us for the official launch party on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT on our Facebook Event Page. We will be giving away coupon codes for free copies of the anthology, chatting with the authords from the collection, and playing trivia to win FREE prizes! Don’t miss out!

Facebook Launch Party Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/653850121317187/

 

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Mar 01

Linda Harris Sittig: Our March Featured Author

Our featured author for March is Linda Harris Sittig.  Linda has published stories with us in Summer Shorts: Airing out Secrets and also in Leaves of Change. She has also published non-fiction text, newspaper columns, and national newsletters. Linda also has a historical novel ready for future publication. Her strong passion for, and background in, women’s history makes her an excellent choice for March, Women’s History Month. Linda’s writing is heartfelt, close-to-the-cuff, and captures the realism of the everyday trials that make up womanhood.

Linda was born in New York City and raised in northern New Jersey before being lured to study in Lausanne, Switzerland. She returned to the United States, earning a B.A. in History and M. Ed. in Reading.

Linda’s initial reading inspirations were Lad, a Dog and the mysteries of Nancy Drew, Girl Detective. Her passion for history, stories, and the need for literacy led her to publish commentaries on how parents could encourage the love of reading with their children. That led to a 20-year weekly newspaper column, “KinderBooks” (Loudoun Times-Mirror); a non-fiction text, New Kid in School (Teachers College Press); and writing for a nationally syndicated educational newsletter, The Connection (PSK Associates).  Twice recognized by the Virginia Press Association, she holds two Certificates of Merit for journalism.

Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Reston Connection, and The Purcellville Gazette, in addition to numerous professional journals. In 2005 she launched her own staff development company, KINDERBOOKS, LLC, helping teachers implement the best practices of literacy instruction.

Currently seeking an agent for her novel, Cut From Strong Cloth, Linda is paying tribute to an ancestor who in 1860 Philadelphia struggled to become a successful textile she-merchant; while jealousy, deceit, and prejudice threatened her very existence.

Linda lives in Purcellville, Virginia, where, she says, “the Blue Ridge Mountains are the first to greet the dawn.”

We spoke with Linda about her longtime loves of reading and writing, her strong yearning to relate the tales of unsung women heroes, and how a story about a nonexistent dog can be an inspiration to all writers.

 

When did you first start writing?

I started writing in elementary school but became discouraged when a teacher challenged me on a story about our family dog – because we didn’t own a dog.  It took years before I wrote for public reading again.

 

Where did you grow up, and how did it influence your writing?

I was born in Manhattan, but we moved out to the northern New Jersey suburbs when I was five.  My parents were voracious readers, and my father would take us to see where real authors had lived. I still remember standing at the edge of the lane where Albert Payson Terhune lived. He was the author of Lad, a Dog.

 

Where do you write? Describe this area for us.

I am quite fortunate to have an entire room all to myself for my writing. I compose on a laptop which sits on an antique library table that my husband found for me.  The room is surrounded by book cases stacked with all my research and travel materials, and on the top of the bookcases are objects that keep me inspired – like an old miners’ canary cage which will appear in my next novel.  Looking out the window, I can gaze on the town library across the block from our house and make the wish that someday all my books will be there.

 

When you aren’t writing, how do you spend your time?

I love to travel and am usually ready to plan a trip at the drop of a hat. During the week I take a yoga class, and I belong to both a Readers Group and a local Writers Group.

 

What inspires you to get out of bed each morning?

When I open my eyes, the first thing I say is, “Thank you, God for giving me another wonderful day of life.”  Then I start thinking about my writing – really! Even before my first cup of coffee.

 

What are your five favorite books, and why?

I have been a sucker for historical novels ever since I turned 12 and was able to move from the children’s library up to the adult library where I discovered Ana Seton. She was an incredible historical fiction writer, and, by the time I graduated from college, I had read everything she wrote.  I guess I am still drawn to historical novels because they combine my two favorite passions: history and travel.

 

What is the best writing advice you can give another writer?

Study how you can improve your writing, network with other writers for support, and never give up – even if a teacher tells you that you must own a dog in order to write about one.

 

What are you working on next?

I am in the process of trying to get my historical novel, Cut from Strong Cloth, picked up by a literary agent.  In addition, I just sent off an essay on obtaining personal freedoms to a small press, and I am working on my monthly blog, www.strongwomeninhistory.wordpress.com. April will mark the beginning of my third year of writing the blog! I highlight women who made a significant contribution to making this world a better place, but perhaps did not receive all the accolades they deserved. I feel it is a privilege to highlight their accomplishments. This month (March) is on Elizabeth Kenny, an Australian woman whose unorthodox techniques in the 1940s helped many children with polio be able to walk again – but because she was not an accredited nurse she was not revered by the medical establishment. I love her even more because eventually her techniques became the basis for today’s rehabilitation in physical therapy.

 Linda Harris Sittig

 

You can find out more about Linda and her works at the following links:

Website: www.LindaSittig.com

Twitter: @LHSittig

Facebook: Linda Harris Sittig

Blog: www.strongwomeninhistory.com

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Feb 25

Fee-based and Free Writing Contests, March 2014

In January, we posted a piece about the writing opportunities we had discovered for writers. These included fee-based and free writing contests for writers. The piece seems to have been very beneficial for the writers we work with here at Durham Editing and E-books, as well as for many authors who simply visited our blog to take a look at what we discovered. With March around the corner, we wanted to be sure to post the contests for writers accepting entries in the month of March. Some of these may be short notice, but we hope that you all find the list beneficial. Happy writing!

 

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Ongoing 2014 (free)

Durham Editing and E-books

Of course, we had to make the top of our own list. We are a small editing and e-books site that offers writers of all experience levels various opportunities throughout the year to publish poetry, short stories, memoirs, or songs. Publishing opportunities vary throughout the year, but there are five planned anthologies for 2014.  The number of pieces allowed for submission also varies per collection. Deadlines and collection details will be updated as publishing approaches. Submission is always free. Durham Editing and E-books asks only one-time rights to publish in the specified anthology, and writers retain rights to any pieces accepted to the collection. We also offer coupon codes for free e-book editions via Smashwords.com for all contributors and their followers and friends. We had great fun with our collections this past year, including Whispers, Shouts, and Songs: Exploring Poetry Through the Independent Voice; Summer Shorts: Airing Out Secrets; Leaves of Change: Lessons on Love, Laughter, and Living; and Wrapped Up In Ribbon: Stories and Tales of the Christmas Season. More information on past collections and future opportunities can be found at http://editingandebooks.com.

 

 

Midlife Collage

Midlife collage holds weekly nonfiction contests for writers over age 40. While we did not see an entry fee posted, there are a good many ifs, whys, and buts in their instructions that writers should read thoroughly to make sure they are okay with the conditions set forth. It seemed like an interesting opportunity for nonfiction essay writers who enjoy writing on a given topic. These topics change regularly, so we have decided to decline to post the topic here since it very well may have changed. Pieces are short, ranging from 500-800 words, and the $50 first prize seemed like a good enticement to give the website a try. We would love to hear from anyone who has entered or won this contest in the past. More information can be found at http://midlifecollage.com.

 

 

March Free Contests

The Carriage House Poetry Prize

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Fee: FREE

Prize: $250 (first prize)

Contest: Poem must be unpublished and contain a reference to a tree or trees, not necessarily a poem about trees. Up to two submissions per person, no more than 40 lines long each. Submit via mail.

Website: http://carriagehousepoetryseries.blogspot.com/

 

 

Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Fee: FREE

Prize: $1000

Contest: Poetry books in English, over 48 pages long, published in 2013 will be considered. Writers must submit three copies of the book along with completed application from the website. Books cannot be returned, but, instead, they will be donated to the university and county libraries.

Website: http://www2.binghamton.edu/english/creative-writing/binghamton-center-for-writers/binghamton-book-awards/kessler-guidelines.html

 

 

The Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Fee: FREE

Prize: Two Month Residency at Lake Forest College in Illinois ($10,000 stipend with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the college), as well as publication of the manuscript.

Special Requirements: Writer must be under age 40 with no major book publication. Poets only for 2014.

Contest: 20 to 30 page manuscripts in progress maybe submitted online. Include one-page plans for completion of the book. Cover letter should include education, employment, significant publications, etc. in narrative form.

Website: http://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/english/press/plonsker.php

 

 

Words of Fire and Ice, Second Annual Poetry Anthology Compiled by Durham Editing and E-books

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication in 2014 Poetry Anthology, Words of Fire and Ice

Contest: Open submissions for poetry. No set theme. Writers may submit up to five pieces. Published and un-published material considered.

Website: http://editingandebooks.com/publishing-opportunities/2014-poetry-anthology-words-fire-ice/

 

 

Foley Poetry Contest

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Fee: FREE

Prize: $1,000 and publication in America, runners-up will be published in later editions of America

Contest: Writers may submit one typed, unpublished poem of 30 lines or fewer that is not considered elsewhere. Submit via mail.

Website: http://americamagazine.org/foley-poetry

 

 

 

March Fee-Based Contests

South Carolina First Novel Prize

Deadline: March 3, 2014

Fee: $35

Prize: $1,000 advance against royalties and publication by Hub City Press

Special Requirements: Must be first novel and SC resident

Contest: Writers submit up to three novels. Novels should be 150-400 pages long single-spaced.

Website: http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/firstnovel/

 

 

CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

Deadline: March 16, 2014

Fee: 10 pound

Prize: 1,000 pound

Special requirements: Must be unpublished and meet Margery’s definition of a mystery, “The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.”

Contest: Writers may submit a story up to 3,500 words long that fits the above requirements. Submissions must be done through CWA website.

Website: http://www.emperorsclothes.co.uk/2013/10/the-cwa-margery-allingham-short-story.html

 

 

Northern Colorado Writer Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Fee: $20

Prize: $1,000 (1st), $250 (2nd), and $100 (3rd): Winners and honorable mentions will be included in Annual Winner’s Anthology, Pooled Ink

Contest: Writers may submit short fiction on any subject in any style. Pieces must be under 5,000 words. Personal essays and creative non-fiction accepted April through June. Poetry accepted in September.

Website: http://northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-contests

 

Glimmer Train Family Matters

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Fee: $15

Prize: 1st prize: $1500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the issue; 2nd prize: $500 (if acceptable for publication $700 and 10 copies of publication); 3rd prize: $300 (if acceptable for publication $700 and 10 copies of publication)

Contest: Stories should be about families and will be presented as fiction. Maximum word count: 12000 words. Also accepting entries for the same subject matter in September.

Website: http://www.glimmertrain.com/familymatters.html

 

 

 

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Feb 15

2014 Poetry Anthology- Now Accepting Submissions

In honor of National Poetry Month, April 2014, Durham Editing and E-books will be compiling our second poetry anthology. We accept poems from writers of all experience levels.

Our goal is to help independent authors increase their audiences. We have found that one of the best ways to reach new readers is to work with other independent writers. Our aim is to compile a collection that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. To do this, we ask that pieces not contain or describe any obscene, vulgar, offensive, profane, provocative or otherwise inappropriate material. They should also not defame, libel, or slander any person or entity. Stories must be original to the person submitting the piece and should not violate the rights of any other person or company.

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Submission Guidelines:

  • Deadline is March 31, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Submissions should be submitted via email to wordsoffireandice@editingandebooks.com.
  • This collection is open to writers over age 18 with any experience level.
  • There is no set theme for this collection.  We are looking for exceptional writing by exceptional writers.
  • Each author may submit up to five pieces total.  (Fiction and nonfiction accepted.) Please include each submission in a separate document (file name: YOUR NAME-Piece title).
  • Each poem should be less than 8 pages long.
  • Each author will also contribute a short bio for the collection. To maintain continuity, we reserve the right to rewrite bios to fit within a consistent length and point-of-view for this collection while using the information in the bio provided (approximately 250 words in length, third-person point-of-view). Please include this bio in a separate document along with your submission (file name: YOUR NAME-Bio).
  • Each author needs to include a written answer to the following: What part do emotions play in your poetry? Answers should be 100-1000 words. Please include this in a separate document along with your submission (file name: YOUR NAME-Guiding Question).
  • Each author may include up to four links to social media or websites where readers may connect with her in the future. Please do not include email addresses. Please include these in a separate document with your submission (file name: YOUR NAME-Social Media).
  • All submissions may be sent in one email. In the email, please include your name and a little about you. Please also include any information that might be helpful in understanding your pieces (i.e. background on the selection if applicable).
  • Each submission must include the following acknowledgement and agreement to the terms and conditions of publication in this collection. Please copy and paste and fill out completely.

2014 Poetry Anthology- Words of Fire and Ice

Author’s Full Name:

E-mail Address:

Submission Title:

By typing my name below, I accept the terms of agreement for submission to/inclusion in the Durham Editing and E-books 2014 Poetry Anthology- Words of Fire and Ice. I also certify that I am 18 years of age or older.

(Type Name Here)

Terms of Agreement: All contributors must be 18 years of age or older. Contributors may submit original work only. If plagiarism is found, submissions will be excluded and original authors will be notified if applicable. Furthermore, Durham Editing and E-books and all other contributors will be in no way implicated or involved in the plagiaristic act. Submission to or acceptance of individual or multiple submissions implicates absolutely no financial agreement between participants and Durham Editing and E-books. Submission to or publication in the Durham Editing and E-books 2014 Poetry Anthology- Words of Fire and Ice does not establish or precede a publishing contract between this company and any participants. By submitting written works for consideration, authors grant Durham Editing and E-books one-time rights to publish any submitted written work, About the Author information, submitted social media/website links, and answers to any questions requiring written responses asked as part of the submission process in the 2014 Durham Editing and E-books Poetry Anthology- Words of Fire and Ice in the digital/print/audio versions of the 2014 Poetry Anthology- Words of Fire and Ice.  Author retains all official rights to submissions and may submit/print/publish/distribute submitted pieces in any way they choose outside this collection. All entries may be proofread or edited for clarity and any/all spelling or grammatical errors corrected, unless such errors were deliberate on the part of the author. No cash or material prizes are rewarded for submissions. There is no charge for submission, and no purchase is required. Electronic copies will be offered free of charge via coupon codes to an online e-book vendor at various times throughout the year, and coupon codes may be awarded as prizes during future contests and promotions. Contributing authors may share these codes with their friends, family, and social media followers. Generally these coupon codes are made available through Smashwords.com. Print books will also be available for purchase. All accepted entries may be used in promotional purposes related specifically to and limited by the 2014 Durham Editing and E-books Poetry Anthology- Words of Fire and Ice.

We look forward to working with you!

Please submit your works via email to wordsoffireandice@editingandebooks.com.

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Feb 03

Mellissa Black- Our Featured Author for February

We are proud to introduce our very first Featured Author, Mellissa Black. Mellissa has had poems appear in our first anthology, Whispers, Shouts, and Songs, as well as short stories in Summer Shorts and memoirs in Leaves of Change. She has had work published by Storey Publishing (“Mini Craft and Tool Belt” as Mellissa Abreu) and is awaiting the spring release of “Barney” with Fringeworks. Mellissa’s poetry melds the classicism of Browning with the stark intensity of the 21st century. Her stories shift from modern literary to supernatural and beyond. Her voice really hits its stride in the recollections and narratives of her southern heritage. Whatever genre Mellissa takes on, she is, without a doubt, a literary heroine.

Mellissa is a small town southern girl who, since high school, has lived across the United States. She has a BS in Computer Science from Limestone College and is currently working on her Masters in English from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She now resides in Vinemont, Alabama, where she spends time with her two children, works on her writing, and lives the life of a busy grad student.

We caught up with Mellissa and asked her a few questions about her writing. We are proud to work with Mellissa and have her join us as this month’s featured author.

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When did you first start writing?

I started writing in 2010. I’m not like most writers who dabbled as they grew up. My family wasn’t the type to foster and support creativity. In a way, I’m glad I came to writing when I was mature. At the age of 33, I’d seen and understood much more of the world than I had up until that point. I guess you could say I finally grew up.

 

Where did you grow up, and how did it influence your writing?

I grew up in Westminster, South Carolina. All my works contain southern characters and a lot of colloquialisms. I love the way southerners talk and try to convey that in every story.

 

Where do you write? Describe this area for us.

Lord have mercy. I can’t describe all the places I write. Writing is a mobile hobby, and I write everywhere. I’ve been known to write on anything I can find, like wrappers and receipts. I write at school and at home and most anywhere I’m standing when an idea hits me.

 

When you aren’t writing, how do you spend your time?

I’m an English Masters student, so I am constantly reading. I have to read about three novels (or plays) a week and the corresponding critical analyses of the works. When I finally have free time to do what I want, I am a reality show fanatic. This is the way I study people and come up with characters. Reality shows are my guilty pleasure. I should be ashamed, but I’m not.

 

What inspires you to get out of bed each morning?

Mainly my doggie needing to go pee. No, really. It is her because I love to lay in the bed and think up stories in my head. If it wasn’t for her, I’d be in there ‘til I had to go to class.

 

What are your five favorite books, and why?

Oooo…hard one. I never have a favorite anything. One mood or the other usually dictates what I’m into. I really love Apocalyptic Sci-Fi and Fantasy, though. I’m also a big cyberpunk fan. So, I’ll do my best to pick five.

  1.       Snow Crash (for its beautiful use of present tense)
  2.      Lucifer’s Hammer (because it dares challenge what morals we can afford)
  3.      The Mote in God’s Eye (because it asks what not is better but what is best)
  4.      Glory Road (because every person should answer an ad in the paper and find adventure)
  5.      The Book of Margery Kempe (there is always someone crazier than me…or as crazy anyway)

 

What is the best writing advice you can give another writer?

Do it and do it a lot. Writing only gets better by writing, and you will suck at first and you will suck later, but in between all the suck fests will be beautiful works you will pour your heart and soul into, and they will sing. Never, ever, never be afraid.

 

What are you working on next?

I’m working on several things. I have a couple poems that are slow in coming. I have a Mainstream novel that first was formed as a short story but needs expansion. I also have an epic fantasy that will probably take me years because of the intricacy, but it is by far my favorite thing to work on right now. I have a middle grade novel that my kids are in love with so far. I always have projects going, and I’m sure next week I will have three other things I’m writing.

 

 

You can find more about Mellissa and her works at the following links.

Blog: http://terminalsunshine.com

Twitter: @black_mellissa

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mellissa-Black/242135835815021

You can read Mellissa’s works in these publications:

Whispers, Shouts, and Songs: Exploring Poetry Through the Independent Voice

Summer Shorts: Airing Out Secrets

Leaves of Change: Lessons on Love, Laughter, and Living

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Jan 26

Aspiring to Inspire: Our Upcoming Women Writers Anthology

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In honor of Women’s History Month (March, 2014), Durham Editing and E-books will be compiling an anthology of works by women authors. We will be accepting poetry, short stories, personal/narrative essays, and memoirs written by women writers.  There is no set theme for this collection. We are seeking great pieces by great women. We know each writer has a story, and we would like to share the works of women in the independent publishing world. We accept pieces from writers of all experience levels.

Our goal is to help independent authors increase their audiences. We have found that one of the best ways to reach new readers is to work with other independent writers. Our aim is to compile a collection that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. To do this, we ask that pieces not contain or describe any obscene, vulgar, offensive, profane, provocative or otherwise inappropriate material. They should also not defame, libel, or slander any person or entity. Stories must be original to the person submitting the piece and should not violate the rights of any other person or company.  Last year, we released four very successful anthologies of works written by independent authors. This collection of women writers will be our fifth anthology.

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Submission Guidelines:

  • Deadline is February 28, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • This particular collection is only for women writers.
  • There is no set theme for this collection. If you have pieces concerning inspiration or women, please feel free to include them in your submissions. This is not a requirement. We are looking for exceptional writing by women authors.
  • Each author may submit up to five pieces total.
  • Poetry, prose, personal/narrative essays, and memoirs by women writers will be considered. (Fiction and nonfiction accepted.) Please include each submission in a separate document (file name: YOUR NAME-Piece title).
  • Stories should ideally be in the 500-8,000 words range.  Each poem or essay should be less than 8 pages long. These lengths are an estimate. If you have an awesome short story that is 10,000 words long, we will be happy to consider it.
  • Each author will also contribute a short bio for the collection. We ask that bios not exceed 250 words. Please include this bio in a separate document along with your submission (file name: YOUR NAME-Bio).
  • Each author needs to include a written answer to the following: What woman has inspired you the most in your life? Explain how this person is an inspiration to you and why you find her inspiring. Please also include how you hope to inspire others. Answers should be 100-1000 words. Please include this in a separate document along with your submission (file name: YOUR NAME-Guiding Question).
  • Each author may include up to four links to social media or websites where readers may connect with her in the future. Please do not include email addresses. Please include these in a separate document with your submission (file name: YOUR NAME-Social Media).
  • All submissions may be sent in one email. In the email, please include your name and a little about you. Please also include any information that might be helpful in understanding your pieces (i.e. background on the selection if applicable).
  • Each submission must include the following acknowledgement and agreement to the terms and conditions of publication in this collection. Please copy and paste and fill out completely.

2014 Aspiring to Inspire Women Writer’s Anthology

Author’s Full Name:

E-mail Address:

Submission Title:

By typing my name below, I accept the terms of agreement for submission to/inclusion in the Durham Editing and E-books 2014 Aspiring to Inspire Anthology. I also certify that I am 18 years of age or older.

(Type Name Here)

Terms of Agreement: All contributors must be 18 years of age or older. Contributors may submit original work only. If plagiarism is found, submissions will be excluded and original authors will be notified if applicable. Furthermore, Durham Editing and E-books and all other contributors will be in no way implicated or involved in the plagiaristic act. Submission to or acceptance of individual or multiple submissions implicates absolutely no financial agreement between participants and Durham Editing and E-books. Submission to or publication in the Durham Editing and E-books 2014 Aspiring to Inspire Anthology does not establish or precede a publishing contract between this company and any participants. By submitting written works for consideration, authors grant Durham Editing and E-books one-time rights to publish any submitted written work, About the Author information, submitted social media/website links, and answers to any questions requiring written responses asked as part of the submission process in the 2014 Durham Editing and E-books Aspiring to Inspire Anthology in the digital/print/audio versions of the 2014 Aspiring to Inspire Anthology.  Author retains all official rights to submissions and may submit/print/publish/distribute submitted pieces in any way they choose outside this collection. All entries may be proofread or edited for clarity and any/all spelling or grammatical errors corrected, unless such errors were deliberate on the part of the author. No cash or material prizes are rewarded for submissions. There is no charge for submission, and no purchase is required. Electronic copies will be offered free of charge via coupon codes to an online e-book vendor at various times throughout the year, and coupon codes may be awarded as prizes during future contests and promotions. Contributing authors may share these codes with their friends, family, and social media followers. Generally these coupon codes are made available through Smashwords.com. Print books will also be available for purchase. All accepted entries may be used in promotional purposes related specifically to and limited by the 2014 Durham Editing and E-books Aspiring to Inspire Anthology.

We look forward to working with you! Please submit all submissions via email to aspiringtoinspire@editingandebooks.com.

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Jan 20

Fee-Based and Free Writing Contests 2014

The internet is both a help and a hindrance when it comes to looking for opportunities for writing recognition. List upon list exist of different writing opportunities. Some are out-of-date. Others have information but no links to find the original site. This weekend, we took a little time and sifted through a hundred or so links. We were able to put together a decent list of opportunities. Some are truly limited in scope and only apply to certain locations or certain genres, and some require a publication from the previous year while others require new material. There are also opportunities that are free to enter while others require a ‘reading fee’ or entry fee.

We decided to narrow things down and create a list that was relatively easy to use. As a result, we hae compiled our own list of fee-based and free writing contests for 2014.  This article is dedicated to fee-based and free writing contests for January and February 2014. Other articles will follow with contests later in the year. All contests for novels included in this article are open to independently published novels and/or novels sold in e-book format. Other requirements vary per contest.

Ongoing 2014 (free)

Durham Editing and E-books

Of course, we had to make the top of our own list. We are a small editing and e-books site that offers writers of all experience levels various opportunities throughout the year to publish poetry, short stories, memoirs, or songs. Publishing opportunities vary throughout the year, but there are five planned anthologies for 2014.  The number of pieces allowed for submission also varies per collection. Deadlines and collection details will be updated as publishing approaches. Submission is always free. Durham Editing and E-books asks only one-time rights to publish in the specified anthology, and writers retain rights to any pieces accepted to the collection. We also offer coupon codes for free e-book editions via Smashwords.com for all contributors and their followers and friends. We had great fun with our collections this past year, including Whispers, Shouts, and Songs: Exploring Poetry Through the Independent Voice; Summer Shorts: Airing Out Secrets; Leaves of Change: Lessons on Love, Laughter, and Living; and Wrapped Up In Ribbon: Stories and Tales of the Christmas Season. More information on past collections and future opportunities can be found here on our website, http://editingandebooks.com.

 

Midlife Collage

Midlife collage holds weekly nonfiction contests for writers over age 40. While we did not see an entry fee posted, there are a good many ifs, whys, and buts in their instructions that writers should read thoroughly to make sure they are okay with the conditions set forth. It seemed like an interesting opportunity for nonfiction essay writers who enjoy writing on a given topic. These topics change regularly, so we have decided to decline to post the topic here since it very well may have changed. Pieces are short, ranging from 500-800 words, and the $50 first prize seemed like a good enticement to give the website a try. We would love to hear from anyone who has entered or won this contest in the past. More information can be found at http://midlifecollage.com.

 

January 2014 FREE

Bethesda Literary Festival Essay and Short Story Contest

Deadline: January 24, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE (limit 1 submission)

Prize: Adult- 1st prize=$500, 2nd prize= $250, 3rd prize=$150; High School- 1st prize=$250, 2nd prize=$150, 3rd prize= $50.

Special Requirements: This contest is only open for residents of Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Contest: Writers must write an essay of 500 words or less on a topic of the writer’s choosing.

Website: http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/writing-contests

 

American Kennel Club Fiction Writing Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: 1st prize= $500; 2nd prize= $250; 3rd prize= $100

Contest: Writers may submit one short story (less than 2,000 words) on any topic, as long as the story features a dog. The dog does not have to be a purebred dog or one registered with the American Kennel Club. They basically just want a really good story about a dog.

Website: http://www.akc.org/pubs/fictioncontest/

 

Highlights Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: $1000

Contest: This is a holiday-themed short story contest for writers over the age of 16. The audience is children, generally upper level elementary school children, so no violence, crime, or derogatory language is allowed. This tidbit of knowledge should also help you focus the rest of the content, as well. Stories can be up to 800 words long.

Website: http://www.highlights.com/highlights-fiction-contest

 

Nelsen Algren Literary Award

Deadline: January 31, 2014 (extended to 2/1/14 as of 1/24/14)

Entry Fee: FREE (limit 2 submissions)

Prize: Grand Prize= $3500; Finalist Prizes (4) = $1000; Runner-Up Prizes (5) = $500

Contest: This contest is for short stories no longer than 8,000 words and not previously published. All characters must be fictional and no mention of trademarked items is allowed. Stories must be suitable for publication. Stories should not include obscene, vulgar, offensive, profane, provocative, or otherwise inappropriate content.

Website:  http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-26/news/chi-2013-nelson-algren-award-official-rules-20120906_1_grand-prize-enter-or-win-chicago-tribune-company-llc

You can also visit the page for submissions for this contest for basic information and to submit your piece: algren.submittable.com.

 

Imagine Little Tokyo: Short Story Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: 1st prize= $1000, 2nd prize= $500

Special Requirements: Specified setting of the story is Little Tokyo.

Contest: Writers must write a 2,500 word short story that is fiction. The story may be set in past, present, or future, but the setting must be Little Tokyo. Selection will be judged on storytelling and best use of Little Tokyo as a cultural setting.

Deadline: http://www.littletokyohs.org/short-story-contest.html

 

January 2014 Fee for Submission

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Entry Fee: $15 for North Carolina Writer’s Network members/ $25 for non-members

Prize: $1000 and possible publication in the Thomas Wolfe Review

Contest: Writers may write a short story up to 12 pages, double spaced, with one-inch margins. Submissions can be online or via mail.

Website: http://www.ncwriters.org/news/network-news/4183-thomas-wolfe-fiction-prize-open-now-accepting-online-submissions

 

New Millennium Writings

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Entry Fee: $20 per submission

Prize: $1000 for each category (poem, fiction, nonfiction, and short-short fiction) and publication in New Millennium Writings and their website

Contest: Writers may submit in the categories of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and short-short fiction. Fiction and nonfiction may be up to 6000 words. Writers may submit in one entry up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total. Works previously published online are accepted. Honorable mention poems will also be published.

Website: http://www.newmillenniumwritings.com/awards.php

 

CYGNYS Sci-Fi and Fantasy Awards

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Entry Fee: $40

Prize: Grand prize= $1000; 1st place= $250; winners also have the opportunity to be placed on the Chanticleer Book Shelves which promote and see the winning titles, blue ribbon, and a Chanticleer Book Review

Special Requirements: Accepted genres include Steampunk, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythological, Soft Sci-Fi, Young Adult, and Speculative non-fiction. No erotica or graphic violence.

Contest: Writers may submit novels over 30,000 words long. Novels will fall into two general categories, published and not published.  Self-published books can be submitted in the published category.

Website: http://chantireviews.com/store/#!/~/product/category=5193080&id=21521218

 

William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Entry Fee: $50 per submission

Prize: $5000 for fiction and $5000 for nonfiction

Special Requirements: Work must have been published (self-published accepted) in 2012- 2013.

Contest: This contest is for novels, short story anthologies, drama and nonfiction (biography/memoirs/history) published in 2012-2013. No poetry collections will be accepted this year. Self-published e-books are accepted as long as they are available for purchase online. Entries must be mailed.

Mailing Address:

Administrator of the Saroyan Prize Committee

Stanford University Libraries

557 Escondido Mall

Stanford, CA 94305-6004

Website: http://library.stanford.edu/projects/william-saroyan-international-prize-writing

 

February 2014 (FREE)

Glamour Magazine My Real-Life Story Essay Contest

Deadline: February 10, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE (1 submission only)

Prize: $5000

Contest: Writers should write a personal essay based on the theme “My Real-Life Story.” Pieces should be between 2,500 words and 3,500 words long. All entries must be typed and double-spaced and formatted in one document.

Website: http://www.glamour.com/win/2013/10/2014-real-life-story-essay-contest-rules

 

Winter 2014 INSPIRATION Travel Writing Contest

Deadline: February 14, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE (up to 5 submissions allowed)

Prize: 1st prize= $1000, 2nd prize= $500, 3rd prize= $250

Special Requirements: The theme is inspiration, a place that inspires you to spend your time wisely with no regrets.

Contest: Submissions must be in Standard English, edited and proofread for proper grammar and language. All pieces must be related to the chosen theme and family-friendly (G-rated). Pieces must be 500-800 words in length and previously unpublished. All submissions which meet the requirements will appear on the WeSaidGoTravel.com website.

Website: http://www.wesaidgotravel.com/writing-contest

 

AARP and the Huffington Post Post-50 Memoir Contest

Deadline: February 15, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: $5000, book publishing contract with S&S for publication of memoir in hard cover, trade paperback, and e-book (advance of $5000 on contract), excerpt from memoir published in AARP magazine and on their website

Special Requirements: Writer must be a legal resident of the 50 states born before December 31, 1964.

Contest: Writers will submit a synopsis of their memoir as well as the first 5,000 words of the memoir.

Website: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/22/memoir-contest-rules_n_4317794.html

 

Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Contest

Deadline:  Begins 2/16/2014, Ends March 2, 2014 or once 10,000 novels have been submitted.

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Grand prize=$50,000 contract advance and publishing contract through AmazonPublishing and advance of $15,000; First prize= publishing contract for $15,000. Second and third prize will receive reviews from either Publishers weekly or Amazon Editors.

Contest: This contest is for novels in the genres general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult. Works must be 50,000 to 125,000 words long. The first 3000 to 5000 words of the novel excluding the tableof contents and front material and a pitch of the manuscript up to 300 words long must be included, as well.

Website: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000633821

 

February 2014 Fee for Submission

2014 Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest

Deadline: February 1, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: 1st prize= $1000; 2nd prize= $500; 3rd prize= $500

Special Requirements: Authors must live within 150 miles of Memphis, Tennessee.

Contest: Writers may submit short stories on a theme of the author’s choice. Pieces may be between 3000 and 4500 words. Stories do not have to have a Memphis or southern theme.

Website: http://www.memphismagazine.com/Fiction-Contest-Rules/

 

 

Phoebe Winter Writing Contests

Deadline: February 1, 2014

Entry Fee: $17 (limit one submission)

Prize: $750 plus subscription to and publication in the Phoebe Journal for nonfiction; $1000 plus subscription to and publication in the Phoebe Journal for fiction

Contest: This contest is for creative nonfiction pieces up to 5,000 words long or creative fiction up to 5,000 words long.

Website: http://www.phoebejournal.com/2014-winter-writing-contests/

 

Greg Grummer Poetry Award

Deadline: February 1, 2014

Entry Fee: $17

Prize: $1,000 plus publication in and 1-year subscription to Phoebe 43.1 Journal

Contest: Writers may submit up to four poems per submission. One submission should not exceed ten pages.

Website: http://www.phoebejournal.com/2014-winter-writing-contests

 

Doris Betts Fiction Prize

Deadline: February 15, 2014

Fees: $10 for North Carolina Writer’s Network members, $20 for nonmembers

Prize: Publication in N.C. Literary Review

Special Requirements: Must be a N.C. resident, member of NCWN or N.C. Literary Review Subscriber with N.C. connections.

Contest: Writers may submit short stories up to 6,000 words long in either Word or RTF formats.

Website: http://www.ncwriters.org/

 

Erma Bombeck Writing Competition

Deadline: February 17, 2014

Entry Fees: $15 (limit one submission)

Prize: $500 and free registration for the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop

Special Requirement: Must meet the following criteria: “A personal essay ‘deals lightly, often humorously, with personal experiences, opinions, and prejudices, stressing especially the unusual or novel in attitude and having to do with the various aspects of everyday life.’ Phillip Lopate, The Art of the Personal Essay.”

Contest: Writers may submit a 450-word personal essay that has not been previously published in a book, blog, magazine or website.  All entries must be human interest or humorous, preferably both. Writers must be over age 14.

Website: http://www.wclibrary.info/erma/

 

Wag’s Revue Winter Contest

Deadline: February 28, 2014

Entry Fee: $22.09

Prize: 1st prize= $1000 and publication, 2nd prize= $500, 3rd prize=$100

Contest: This contest is open to poetry, prose, and essays. Editors of Wag’s Revue serve as editors in the competition. Sixteen previous issues of the journal are available online for writers to read for free and see the type of material the journal prefers. This contest also has a summer version.

Website: http://www.wagsrevue.com/submit

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