Friday, 30 November 2018

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Welcome to Our November Newsletter

Adam CohenWe found over four dozen high-quality poetry and prose contests that are free to enter with deadlines between November 15-December 31.
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In this issue: Please enjoy an extract from Each in His Narrow Cell, a graphic novel about the British conquest of New France (Canada) by Julian Peters.
Open at Winning Writers, co-sponsored by Duotrope
Free to enter, $2,250 in prizes, including a top award of $1,000.
$5,000 in prizes, including two top awards of $2,000 each. $20 entry fee.
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Featured Sponsor: Enter Dozens of Contests for One Low Price

Don't miss these contests. All have cash prizes. At FanStory you can enter all these contests with upgraded membership. Every week enter a new contest with a cash prize. Find out more.
Faith Poetry Contest
We are looking for poems that relate to faith. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented. Cash Prize!
Deadline: Nov 15 (today!)
Dialogue Only Writing Contest
Write a story using only dialogue. No narration, descriptions, or sentence tags. Any length. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Nov 20 (five days!)
Haiku Poetry Contest
Write a haiku to paint a mental image in the reader's mind. The challenge is to convey the poem's meaning and imagery in only 17 syllables over three lines. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Nov 28
Flash Fiction Writing Contest
Write a flash fiction story that takes place during a hot summer night. Limit: 500 words. Cash prize to the winner. Deadline: Nov 30
3-Line Poetry Contest
Write a poem addressed to a loved one that has a syllable count of either 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. This poem should not contain rhyme. Cash prize for the winning entry. Deadline: Dec 1
I Can't
Write a poem that begins with the words "I Can't". You may add words and change capitalization. For example: "I can't believe". All poetry types accepted, any length. Cash prize to the winner. Deadline: Dec 3
These are just a few of our contests. View the listing.

Recent Honors and Publication Credits for Our Subscribers

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Congratulations to Howard Faerstein (featured poem: "I Had Buckets"), Dean Kostos, Kaecey McCormick (featured poem: "Thanks"), Gary Beck, Diane Lockward, William Huhn, Robert Walton, Roberta George, Reggie Marra, Judith Barrington, Cady Vishniac, Jennie MacDonald, R.T. Castleberry, Mike Tuohy, and James K. Zimmerman.
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter's poems “Of Mice and Women”, “October Creed”, “50 Years Later, a Poetry Critic Blogs About Fingering His Girlfriend”, and “Rubber Poem” were published at Poetry Hotel. Poetry Hotel is a project of Yossarian Universal News Service, a “professional parody news and disinformation service” co-founded in 1980 by poets Paul Fericano and Elio Ligi.
Winning Writers fiction & essay contest judge Dennis Norris II's story “Last Rites” was published in the anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Simon & Schuster, 2018), edited by Jennifer Baker. Notable contributors to this book include Alexander Chee, Yiyun Li, Nelly Rosario, and Brandon Taylor. Reviewing the collection on the Ploughshares blog, Rajat Singh observed that Norris “created stunning characters” that show how “queerness becomes a means of living outside one's own body.”
Our past fiction & essay contest judge Judy Juanita's book De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland (EquiDistance Press, 2016) was favorably reviewed at Online Book Club: “The familiarity I found within Juanita's compilation narrative is invaluable to me. I was able to find myself again and again within her stories as a black woman, as a feminist, as a human being.”
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Creative Nonfiction Seeks Essays for "Games" Issue

Deadline: November 19
Creative Nonfiction, in partnership with the Center for Games & Impact at Arizona State University, is looking for new work about the role of games and play in our everyday lives. For this special issue, we're seeking true stories that explore the ways our society integrates games, and especially games whose impact transcends entertainment and changes us in ways outside of the gaming context.
We're looking for stories that illuminate the great variety of ways in which games have affected the lives of diverse individuals and communities—offering opportunities to fail forward within a safe context, play with possible selves and futures, collaborate with people from different backgrounds, develop professional or other skills, become protagonists in simulated worlds, or collaborate with others on solutions to real-world problems.
Above all, we are looking for vivid narratives—illuminative stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that offer unique insights into the subject. We want evocative narratives that allow readers to step into ideas, and stories should be grounded in factual occurrences and true events. All essays submitted will be considered for publication; this is a paying market.
Creative Nonfiction


The Two Sylvias Press Advent Calendar is filled with surprise prompts to help you write new poems throughout December!
Our online virtual Advent Calendar is easy to use—simply click on the calendar date and a prompt appears. Each prompt is no more than three sentences in length, guiding you with ideas and suggestions for a new poem.
Once you open a prompt, it remains accessible, so no problem if you skip a day or two—the prompts will be waiting for you. The calendar and all of the prompts will be available through the month of January.
You will receive an access code for the Advent Calendar's web page at the end of November. Your daily surprise prompts will be ready for you to click on December 1st.
And, you can give our Online Poetry Prompt Advent Calendar as a gift (see our website for more details).
To see a sample prompt and order your Advent Calendar, please visit Two Sylvias Press.

Final two weeks to submit to DECEMBER MAGAZINE's Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize

Kim Addonizio
Deadline: December 1
JudgeKim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry. She is an NEA and Guggenheim Foundation fellow, has won two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me.
Prizes — $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention); all finalists will be published in the 2019 Spring/Summer awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems. $20 entry fee includes copy of the awards issue.

LitMag's Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction

First Prize: $3,500, publication in LitMag, and agency review
Second Prize: $1,000 and agency review
Finalists: Five finalists will receive $100 each
Agency review by Sobel Weber Associates (clients include: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Richard Russo, Laura Lee Smith)
All finalists will be considered for possible agency review.
All entries will be considered for publication.
Deadline: December 15, 2018.
Contest Fee: $20.
Submission Guidelines: Entries must be short stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Please use 12-point type, preferably Times New Roman, and submit your short story as either a Word doc or a PDF. Only previously unpublished short stories are eligible. Writers may submit multiple stories, each of which requires a separate submission. Submissions through Submittable only.
Notification: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. The winning short stories and finalists will be announced publicly on our Web site and social media as well as by email to all contestants in March of 2019.

The World's Most Dangerous Online Short Story Contest Returns

Deadline: December 31
·         PUBLICATION IN BROKEN PENCIL: MAGAZINE of Zines and Underground Writing
·         THE INDIE WRITERS MAKEOVER: Consultation with an Editorial Director, Literary Agent, and Acclaimed Writer
·         $400 CASH
How it works:
·         This international contest is open to all. Enter with ease at Submittable.
·         Submit original unpublished works of fiction, up to 3,000 words.
·         The top 16 stories will be selected by the Broken Pencil fiction team. These 16 stories will compete in a weekend-long royal rumble. Readers will be able to vote for one story every hour, and all 16 stories will share one conglomerated comment feed. Whichever eight stories receive the most votes will become the quarter-finalists and move on to the one-on-one portion of the competition.
·         Finalists and winner will be determined by voting on the Deathmatch website in a series of one-on-one challenges between stories.
·         The top three finalists will receive $100, a Broken Pencil Prize Pack worth $100, and publication in the issue. The four remaining stories out of the Top Eight will receive a Broken Pencil Prize Pack.
·         Entry fee is $28, which includes a subscription to Broken Pencil.
·         All fees and prizes are quoted in Canadian dollars.

Rattle Chapbook Prize

Rattle Chapbook Prize
Deadline: January 15, 2019
The annual Rattle Chapbook Prize gives poets something truly special. Every year, at least one winner will receive: $2,000 cash, 500 contributor copies, and distribution to Rattle's 7,000 subscribers.
In a world where a successful full-length poetry book might sell 1,000 copies, the winning book will reach an audience seven times as large on its release day alone—an audience that includes many other literary magazines, presses, and well-known poets. This will be a chapbook to launch a career.
And maybe the best part is this: The $25 entry fee is just a standard subscription to Rattle, which includes four issues of the magazine and all of the winning chapbooks. Rattle is one of the most-read literary journals in the world—find out why just by entering! For more information, visit our website.
We congratulate our three winners from our 2018 contest:
·         Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, Tales From the House of Vasquez (sample poems)
·         Nickole Brown, To Those Who Were Our First Gods (sample poems)
·         Elizabeth S. Wolf, Did You Know? (to be published in 2019)

Creative Nonfiction seeks new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to MEMOIR

Deadline: February 25, 2019
We're looking stories that are honest, accurate, informative, intimate, and—most importantly—true. Whether your story is revelatory or painful, hilarious or tragic, if it's about you and your life, we want to read it.
Submissions must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.
Creative Nonfiction editors will award $2,500 for Best Essay and two $500 prizes for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special "Memoir" issue of the magazine to be published in 2020.
Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.
Creative Nonfiction

An Incomplete List of My Wishes - Available Now!

An Incomplete List of My Wishes
Jendi Reiter's debut story collection, An Incomplete List of My Wishes, was runner-up for the 2017 Sunshot Prose Prize and is now available from Sunshot Press/New Millennium Writings. The stories in An Incomplete List of My Wishes have won prizes from such journals as The Iowa Review, New Letters, Bayou Magazine, Solstice Lit Mag, and American Fiction. These tales explore the fraught relationships among queer and straight family members, the search for a post-traumatic spirituality, and the fine line between soulmates and intimate enemies.
"This short story collection is the product of a wonderful mixing of novelist and poet. For each of Jendi Reiter's stories, the tension is expertly built but never released. By exposing the fraught nature of different relationships, the reader must sit in their own discomfort, wondering about the things never said."

Spotlight Contests (no fee)

Some contests are best suited to writers at the early stages of their careers. Others are better for writers with numerous prizes and publications to their credit. Here is this month's selection of Spotlight Contests for your consideration:
Emerging Writers
Frontier New Voices Fellowship. Awards a $500 grant to be used toward covering industry submission costs, multiple publications (original poetry and prose) in the journal Frontier Poetry, participation in their editorial community, and introductions to agents and presses. For the Winter 2019 fellowship, applicants should be poets who are from native nations and/or who identify as indigenous writers. Due November 30.
Intermediate Writers
UNT Rilke Prize. The University of North Texas awards $10,000 for a published book by a mid-career poet. Prize includes travel expenses for readings at UNT in April of the following year. Entrants must have published at least two previous books of poetry (excluding chapbooks) and be US citizens or legal residents. Eligible books must have been published between November 1 of the preceding year and October 31 of the deadline year. Due November 30.
Advanced Writers
Four Quartets Prize. The Poetry Society of America and the T.S. Eliot Foundation award a top prize of $21,000 for a unified and complete sequence of poems, 14 pages minimum, published in the US in a print or online journal, chapbook, or book during the current year. Self-published, multi-author, or translated works are ineligible. Due December 22.
See more Spotlight Contests for emerging, intermediate, and advanced writers within The Best Free Literary Contests database.
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Calls for Submissions

·         Black Lawrence Press: November Open Reading Period (book-length manuscripts of poetry, prose, and German-English translations - November 30)
·         Foreign: A Literary Journal (creative writing "for those who have left home" - December 3)
·         Peregrine ("diverse, unpretentious" poetry and short fiction - January 15, 2019)
·         Gulf Coast: Stonewall 50th Anniversary Issue (poetry and short prose about LGBTQ civil rights milestone - March 1, 2019)
·         OUT/CAST (queer Midwestern literature - deadline extended to March 1, 2019)
·         Breakwater Review (poetry, prose, and visual art - April 30, 2019)
·         Story Magazine (short fiction and essays - rolling deadline)

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Extract from Each in His Narrow Cell by Julian Peters

Julian Peters writes, "On the morning of September 13, 1759, a British army under the command of General James Wolfe defeated a French army under the command of the Marquis Louis-Joseph de Montcalm just outside the walls of Quebec City. Wolfe's victory at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, as it came to be known, would give the British command of the city after a more than two-month-long siege, and greatly contribute to the final conquest of New France one year later.
"The outcome of the battle was largely a result of the surprise effect achieved by the British in attacking the city from the cliff-lined westward side, rather than from the more accessible eastern end, as Montcalm was convinced they must do. This extract from my ongoing graphic novel project, Each in His Narrow Cell, depicts the moment in which Wolfe first conceived of the incredibly risky plan of sneaking his troops up the cliffs along a narrow path leading up to the Plains of Abraham from the Saint-Lawrence River. It should be explained that the young British general is acting uncharacteristically spacey due to a temporary laudanum addiction. Click here to read the full 60-page sample section of the graphic novel that I have completed so far."
Each in His Narrow Cell
Each in His Narrow Cell
Each in His Narrow Cell
Each in His Narrow Cell
Reprinted by kind permission of Julian Peters. Learn more at Mr. Peters' website.

The Last Word

Jendi Reiter
Inner Rings and Structureless Cliques
C.S. Lewis points out the universality of the discontent and self-blame I felt in college–the intuition that someone, somewhere, has discovered the secret of belonging in this community where you remain an outsider. However, this intuition is illusory. You will never actually arrive at the center of society because it doesn't exist: it is a "place" wholly defined by your fear of missing out. "The invisible line would have no meaning unless most people were on the wrong side of it. Exclusion is no accident; it is the essence." Moreover, in the process of trying to get there, you will inevitably make moral compromises to please higher-ups, and turn into someone you never planned to be.
Jendi Reiter is the editor of Winning Writers.
Follow Jendi on Twitter at @JendiReiter.

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The 2018 ScreenCraft Short Story Contest is accepting submissions!
Featuring judges from The Paris ReviewGranta Magazine, The Best American Short Stories and more! 
Our jury is looking for short stories (not scripts) with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, we want to read your story! The top 5 finalists will be shared with our network of over 60 literary and entertainment industry professionals.
The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, producers and publishers.

All rights and ownership to stories submitted to this contest remain with the author, until and unless other agreements are made.

Final Deadline is December 16th.

Enter Now

Meet the 2018 Jury:

·         Emily Nemens: Emily Nemens is an American writer, editor and illustrator. Since April 2018 she is the editor of The Paris Review, a quarterly literary magazine that has published works by Jack Kerouac, Phillip Roth, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. 
·         Heidi Pitlor: Heidi Pitlor is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been the series editor for “The Best American Short Stories” since 2007.
·         Eleanor Chandler: Eleanor Chandler is an editor at Granta Magazine, a UK-based literary magazine and publisher that has published works by A.A. Milne, Stevie Smith and Sylvia Plath.
·         Dina Nayeri: Dina Nayeri is an Iranian-American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. In 2015, she won the O. Henry Award for her short story “A Ride out of Phrao”.


ENTER HEREFinal Deadline: December 16 

Our mission is to connect great writers with great producers, managers and development executives. This year’s jury is seeking uniquely cinematic short stories (prose, not scripts). We’d love to read your work.

As always, keep writing, 
- Team ScreenCraft

Don't miss this upcoming deadline!


The inaugural 2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Contest is now accepting submissions. Jury features top literary and Hollywood professionals including Hannah Vaughn from The Gersh AgencyManal Hammad from Abrams Artists AgencyKate Gale from Red Hen Press and Tracy Kopulsky from MXN Entertainment.

Winner will receive $1,000 prize + introduction to Hollywood literary agents, managers, producers and development executives at studios and publishing companies.

Final Deadline: December 15th, 2018

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