Monday, June 6, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 6, 2011

Song of the Day: Heart of a Champion by Nelly

   Hello all! What was the weekend like this time? I had another productive one. I revised 60 pages of my novel, and also got a lot of other things done that I've been "meaning to get to." I also attended a Workshop on blogging sponsored by the Florida Writers Association. It was one of the best workshops I've attended and I can't wait to share with you all what I learned.

   I want to briefly touch on two major things that happened over the weekend. The first was the article published the the Wall Street Journal. It was about the YA genre. Being that the vast majority of my readers are YA writers, I'm sure you all heard about it. I finally read the article this weekend, and I must say that I was not happy with what was said. I felt like the article was an attack on the genre. I will be writing a blog post with more details on how I feel about this. Also, in literary news the author V.S. Naipaul bashed women writers. He basically said that women were "sentimental and unequal" to him. I was especially outraged by this particular piece of literary news because V.S. Naipaul is a Trinidadian writer and I'm also Trinidadian. I've known about him for some time but never supported him because he is truly a disgrace to our culture. My views on him, needs its own blog post, so I will be posting about that as well. It's a shame that this kind of negative news is forcing us to have to address them in a new week, but there are things I do believe need to be said, and I intend to say them. On a more positive note, here are this week's opportunities.


1. Narrative Magazine 3rd Annual Poetry Contest

Narrative Magazine hosts its third annual poetry contest. The First Prize is $1500, Second Prize is $750, Third Prize is $300 and ten finalists will receive $75 each. All entries will be considered for publication. The entry fee is $20 and the contest closes on July 15, 2011.

2. 2011 MDEW Maryland Prize

Maryland Editors and Writers is seeking manuscript submissions for prizes in the following categories poetry, fiction, non-fiction, script, collection by a single author, and/or MA/MFA thesis. The prize is a large print, paperback book publication with royalties and twenty free, author copies. Author portrait will appear on the front cover. Royalties will be $1 per book or 6%, whichever is greater (with that calculation based on the gross, brick and mortar bookstore list price established with their distributors). The entry fee is $10 and the contest deadline is July 1, 2011.

3. New Millenium Writings

New Millennium Writings is now accepting submissions for its thirty-second consecutive awards for Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction. Writing competition winners will be published in NMW and on this website. There will be a cash prize of $1,000. The last day to submit is June 17, 2011 and the entry fee is $17.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Tinge Magazine

Tinge Magazine is Temple University's new online literary journal. They are currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

2. Palabra Literary Magazine

Palabra invites Chicano/Latino writers to submit work that pushes the boundaries of Chicano/Latino lliterary art.

* I will be announcing a 150 follower contest, but I'm going to do it as a separate post.

Also, Black Fox is closed to submissions for consideration in our summer issue. However, our submission gates are still open for consideration in our fall issue. Feel free to submit your fiction or poetry. Happy Writing!


  1. I look forward to those posts!

    And thanks for sharing all the opportunities. :)

  2. Ugh- how dare that Naipaul guy say something so hurtful and awful :( And the WSJ article is ri-donc-ulous! Don't even get me started on that one...

  3. Thanks for the links, as always--and I can't wait to read your thoughts on the WSJ article. It definitely had me fuming...