Monday, May 9, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- May 9, 2011

Song of the Day: Move Along by The All American Rejects

    Hello all! How was the weekend? I hope all the mothers out there had an awesome Mother's Day! I know my mother did. My sister and I bought her jewelry and a specialty cake, (raspberry with white chocolate--her favorite) both of which she loved! I did get a chance to sneak in some editing for my thesis and do a little planning for submissions. I haven't really asked in a couple weeks, but are you submitting your work? It's important to hang in there. I wrote a post last week on how you can find the time to submit your work. You can find that here. Even if you only submit something once a month, it's better than nothing. I already do the hard work for you, all you have to do is pick one and submit. Easy as Pie.


1. Query Tracker Blog May Contest: Young Adult Novels

Agent Roseanne Wells from Maryanne Strong Literary Agency will judge the next contest. The contest will open today (May 9th) at 9 am and will run for 24 hours (closing at 9 am on Tuesday.) Agent Roseanne Wells would like to see the first page  of COMPLETED Young Adult Novels. You can submit your manuscript via their submission form. Online entries only. For more information visit the Query Tracker Blog. Act Fast!

2. Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

An Award for short story collections by emerging writers. Manuscripts submitted must be between 40,000 to 75,000 words. Authors of winning manuscripts will receive a prize of $1,000 and their collections will be subsequently published by University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract. The contest closes May 31, 2011. Entry fee is $25.

3. Boston Review Poetry Contest

An annual prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given to one poem or group of poems. All entries will be considered for publication. Poets should submit up to five poems totaling no more than ten pages. Entry fee is $10 and contest deadline is June 1, 2011.

4. Jamie Manning's Blogoversary Contest

Jamie Manning is celebrating the one year anniversary of his blog! All you have to do is leave a comment on the post found here. It would also be nice if you could tweet about the contest too. For more information visit Jamie's blog.

Call for Submissions:

1. Flywheel Magazine

Flywheel is currently accepting submissions. They are looking for fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

***Black Fox Literary Magazine's 100 Twitter Follower Contest***

Details can be found on our Facebook page found here.

As always don't forget about the Black Fox Fiction Contest. Deadline has been extended to June 1, 2011. We are also accepting general submissions of fiction and poetry. Happy Writing!


  1. I'm making Quita enter that YA contest on QueryTracker. As always, thanks for the links, sis! :)

  2. I entered the YA contest :D Fingers crossed for me! Thanks for the links--you RAWK!

  3. I entered the QT contest too. Let's keep fingers crossed.

  4. Thanks for the comments everyone and good luck Quita and Alicia!:)

  5. Dearest I followed your link to the QueryTracker Blog, already a member of, I followed that rabbit hole too, but I can't find the link for the contest. I'll probably be too late for this comment by the time you get, Ugh! I'm glad to find you anyway, thanks for following my blog!

  6. Great list. I agree with your advice - it's always a good idea to keep sending out work. Sometimes, that's encouraging all by itself.

  7. Oh some great links! Hey I live in Tampa too. Are you going to SCBWI workshop in June in Orlando?
    I'm new to your blog. Anyway, would be nice to know someone there. Nice to meet you! :)

  8. Cool contests! Good luck to everybody who enters!

  9. You're right about submitting at least once a month - surely everyone, no matter how busy, can manage that! Just the boot in the behind I need. I struggle with time constraints like everyone else, but if I'm honest I also struggle with laziness, disorganization, and self-doubt. So, now that I'm following your blog now, with all of this info and links, I can't claim that I 'don't know where to submit stuff'. :)

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