Monday, April 18, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- April 18, 2011

Song of the Day: Push it to the Limit by Paul Engemann

   Hello all! Hope your weekend was phenomenal. Mine was very busy. Today, I ask you again, have you been submitting your work? What steps have you been taking to get your work out there? A blogger friend of mine (Alicia Gregoire over at Slice of Blog Pie) suggested that I write a post on how writers can find the time to submit their work while working on WIPs and trying to balance life. I thought it would be a great idea to create a post with tips on how to balance life with trying to get your foot in the door. Look out for that upcoming post this week. Thank you for the suggestion Alicia!


1. Writers' Journal Short Story Contest

Writers' Journal hosts its annual short story contest. First place will win a prize of $350.00; Second place will win a prize of $125.00; Third place will win a prize of $75. First, Second, Third, and selected honorable mentions will also be published in a future issue of Writers' Journal. The entry fee is $10 and the contest ends on May 30, 2011.

2. Narrative Magazine Spring 2011 Short Story Contest

Narrative Magazine's short story contest is open to all fiction and non-fiction writers. They're looking for short stories, short shorts, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, one-act plays, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and non-fiction. Entries should be no longer than 15,000 words and previously unpublished. First prize is $3,250; Second prize is $1,500; Third prize is $750; and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication. Submission fee is $20 and the contest closes July 31, 2011.

3. The Ledge Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Ledge is given annually for one poem. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $12 reading fee. The contest ends on April 30, 2011.


1. DC Library presents: Author Eugenia Kim- 2 Day Workshop

For those of you in the DC area, the DC Library will host a 2 day workshop with Eugenia Kim. Eugenia Kim is the author of the novel, The Calligrapher's Daughter. Writers who attend the workshop will have the chance to examine how culture shapes a story, learn key elements of craft and exercises, and discuss the influence of culture on their own writing. The workshop is free but you must submit a writing sample by May 1, 2011.

I thought I had a link for a cool new YA lit magazine for all my YA followers, but I went to the link and it didn't work. I'm going to double check on it and if it's just a glitch, I'll post the link next Monday.

For those of you who won cupcakes I finally figured out that Bangerang Bakery went out of business! I'm SO disappointed. So, since the cupcakes were going to cost me about $7, I will give each of you a gift card to Amazon or a bookstore of your choice for $8. It will be a virtual gift card, so leave your email in the comments, or email me directly. Thanks for your patience and I apologize for the inconvenience (I know some of you really wanted those cupcakes!)

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting general submissions and also fiction contest submissions. We are also looking for poetry and flash fiction for our weekly web features. We're very close to launching our new site, so be on the look out for that as well! Happy Writing!


  1. Hi Racquel,
    Yes, that's my case at the moment. I have no time to submit stories or anything at the moment. I hardly find time to write a blogpost per week :(
    Thanks for those links you provided. ;)

  2. I'm super-excited about the tips. Hooray!