Monday, February 28, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World

Song of the Day: All I Do Is Win (Remix) by DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain,  Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Fabolous, et al.

   Hello all! Only one blog post last week! ***Hangs head*** It was an intense week and something had to give. Fear not, I've returned and with opportunities in hand. Read on. Oh, and by the way, the contest winners of my 100 Follower EXTRAVAGANZA are posted after the opportunities. Enjoy!


1. The Write of Spring Tweet Writing Contest has teamed up with Gotham Writers' Workshop for a tweet contest. They ask that you dazzle them with a piece of writing in 140 characters or less on any subject you choose. The piece can be poetry, fiction, or non-fiction. The winning tweet will be published in the next Gotham catalog and online at The winner will also receive a free 10-week writing workshop and a membership. Some of the leading entries will be posted on Gotham Writers twitter page. Entry is free and the deadline is April 24, 2011. Click the link below for more information.

2. National Grammar Day Short Story Contest

   That's right! The Grammar Girl is hosting a short story contest. The winner will have their short story read on the Grammar Girl podcast on National Grammar Day. The story will also appear on the Grammar Girl website. This is a fiction contest and stories should be 1000 words or less and somehow incorporate National Grammar Day or some other grammar theme. The contest is free and the deadline is February 28, 2011 (today!) I just found out about it but hey, the word count is low. Make it happen! Check out the website for official details.

3. The 33rd Nimrod Literary Awards

    Two contests: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. The first place winner will receive a prize of $2,000 and publication and second place will receive a prize of $1,000 and publication. Poetry can be 3-10 pages (one long poem or several short) and fiction submissions should be 7,500 words or less. Entry fee is $20 and the deadline is April 30, 2011. All entrants will receive a one year subscription to the magazine. Click the link below for official guidelines.

The Black Fox Fiction Contest is still going on. We are also looking for flash fiction and poetry for weekly segments. Visit out website for more information.

And alas, my 100 Follower EXTRAVAGANZA winners! I just want to let everyone know how much I really appreciate your support. Thank you for reading my blog and entering my contest. I really wish I could give a prize to each of you, but sadly I'm no Oprah Winfrey! If I ever do become as rich as Oprah, you have my word that all of you will receive a prize! ;) The winners....

Amazon Gift Cards
$50 to Erinn from Something Else to Distract Me
$30 to Jolene Perry from Been Writing
$10 to Janet Johnson from Musings of a Children's Writer

Cupcakes in a Jar to be delivered:
Jenna Wallace from Writing in a Dreamstate
Pam Harris and Marquita Hockaday from Y(A)? Cuz We Write! 

I considered how you responded to the question asked, your tweets and your blog posts/sidebar additions. Please email me at with your addresses. Thanks to everyone who entered, and I'll be hosting more giveaways frequently so stay tuned! ;-)



  1. Woo hoo! Cupcakes in the mail! Can't think of anything better. Thanks Racquel!

  2. Thanks for the contest links and congratulations to the winners! :-)

  3. Cupcakes in a jar! Hells yeah!!!! Thanks so much darling--we'll toast to you whilst we eat those delicious cupcakes :) Congrats to the other winners...BTW- I saw that tweet contest and was considering entering it, but I'm waaaay too long winded for that :)

  4. Yay!! I literally did a happy dance with Quita when I saw we won the cupcakes, bum knee and all. :) Thanks so much!! Oh, and congrats to everyone else. :)

  5. I wish I could have won, but congrats to the winners!

  6. Oh, wow! Thank you! What a fun little surprise. :D Congrats again on 100 + followers. And congrats to all the other winners!

    And thank you for all the contest links. So many great opportunities out there. :)