Monday, December 6, 2010

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World

Song of the Day: Firework by Katy Perry

   Hello all! I'm back to the regularly scheduled program on the blog now that the hype over National Novel Writing Month is gone. I must admit, I miss they daily hustle of trying to get my word count in. I'm still writing, just not that intensely. Anyway, I've tracked down some opportunities. Take a look.


1. Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

    This is more of a reminder. I've listed this competition before. The deadline has been extended until December 8, 2010. Don't panic though, it's only for short short stories. Stories can only be 1,500 words or fewer. If you completed National Novel Writing Month then this should be pie. Just make sure you edit! First place wins $3,000 and a trip to New York City for The Writer's Digest Conference and publication. There will also be prizes awarded to second through twenty fifth place. The entry fee is $20. See the website for official details.

 2. Black Caucus of the American Library Association

   Three prizes are given annually to a book of nonfiction, a book of fiction, and a novel written by an African American Author and published in the United States in the current year. Publishers must nominate the book and the deadline is December 17, 2010. There is no entry fee.

3. Meridian Editors' Prize

   One poem and one short story will receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in the Spring/Summer issue of Meridian. The entry fee is $16 and with that fee contestants will receive a subscription to Meridian. Entries must be submitted by December 17, 2010. See their website for official rules.


1. Writer's Digest Conference

    The conference will run from January 21-23, 2011 in New York City. Some topics that will be covered include, "Perfecting Your Pitch at the Pitch Slam," "Getting Published in the Digital Age," and "Platforms and Social Media." Workshops include, "Your Publishing Options," and "Ask the Agents Panel." If you register early you can receive the early bird rate which is $425 for the whole conference. For more information visit the link below.

Also, don't forget about the contest going on at the literary magazine I co-founded with Pam Harris and Marquita Hockaday. Visit The Black Fox Literary Magazine for Details.

Good Luck Folks and Happy Writing!


  1. I'm kind of addicted to that Katy Perry song right now. Good choice! :D

  2. I want to go to that Writers Digest conference SO BAD! Alas, I have to work in order to pay bills. :(

  3. These are some really good opportunities here :) I am interested in the AA one. And that Writers Digest conference is looking pretty good- too bad it costs a-gazillion dollars!

  4. Thanks so much for all the links. I would LOVE to go to the Writer's Digest conference. :-)

  5. Wow, a lot of good stuff out there.
    Love Katy Perry!

  6. I hadn't heard of some of these opportunities, thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for the comments everyone! And I want to go to the Writer's Digest Conference too! There's always 2012! :)