Monday, June 27, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 27, 2011

Song of the Day: Thank You by Dido

   Hello all! How was the weekend? Mine was not so good. Have you ever felt like you were stretching yourself too thin? What about when you do a bunch of work for someone and they don't even say thank you? This past weekend was consumed by a particular project I'm working on. The head of the project is nowhere to be found. I am now doing work that I never signed up to do, ALONE. When I told the "overseeing person" that this had consumed my entire weekend and that I still hadn't completed it, she seemed upset. Not even a thank you for sacrificing my ENTIRE weekend. I've even explained countless times that I am graduating from my MFA program in less than two months. What would you do in this situation? Jump ship? Or see the project through?

Here are the opportunities for this week. There is some good stuff!

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1. Theresa Frohock's Blog Contest

Theresa over at the blog Theresa Frohock is hosting a contest with AMAZING prizes. To enter, write a 250 to 300 word self contained fantastical short story. The prizes:

  • PACKAGE #1 -- autographed copy of MISERERE: AN AUTUMN TALE + 25-page critique from my agent, Weronika Janczuk + autographed MISERERE postcard*
  • PACKAGE #2 -- 50-page critique from my agent, Weronika Janczuk + autographed MISERERE postcard
  • PACKAGE #3 -- 25-page critique from my agent, Weronika Janczuk + synopsis critique from my agent + autographed MISERERE postcard
  • PACKAGE #4 -- 25-page critique from my agent, Weronika Janczuk + synopsis critique from my agent
  • PACKAGE #5 -- synopsis critique from my agent, Weronika Janczuk + query critique

2. Tahreh Mafi's Giveaway

Tahreh Mafi is giving away an ARC of her novel, Shatter Me. Visit her blog for details.

3. The Third Annual Bartleby Snopes Writing Contest

The challenge of this contest is to write a story that's composed of only dialogue. Entries must be under 2,000 words and cannot include narration (this includes tag lines such as "he said" or "she said," etc.) Prize is $250 to first place and $10 to four honorable mentions (amount of the prize increases if more money is generated from the contest entries) Entry Fee is $10 and the contest closes September 12, 2011.

4. Oregon Writers Colony Short Story Contest

Submit a story of up to 2500 words, fiction or non-fiction. First place will receive $200, second place will receive $100, and third place will receive $50. Additional honorable mentions will be mentioned on the OWC website. The fee to enter is $10 for OWC members and $15 for non-members. You may also submit an additional $10 for a critique of your story. Contest deadline is August 15, 2011.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Storyville Short Stories

Storyville accepts original work of high literary quality that has not been published as a stand alone story in a print or online literary journal. They do publish stories that have been previously, or are currently, published as part of a printed or ebook collection or anthology. There is payment for accepted stories.

2. About Place

About Place is a literary Journal published by The Black Earth Institute. They are currently looking for poems or non-fiction of up to 2000 words. The submissions are themed and the current theme is "A River Runs Through Us." Deadline is November 1, 2011.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is currently accepting fiction of all genres and poetry for possible publication. We'd love to see your work! Happy Writing!


  1. Wow. Tons of information there.

  2. Sorry you had a tough weekend. It's awful feeling overstretched and under-appreciated. :(

  3. Oi. Sorry for the crap weekend. I wish I had some advice, but when the day job cut into my non-day job life, I finally gave up and left the job. Maybe not the best advice...

  4. I know all too well about stretching myself too thin. In fact, I show no signs of slowing down--but I think it's always good to reward yourself with small things, like pedicures or watching a movie. :) Thanks for the links!

  5. Thanks for the links.

    I'm sorry you had to deal with an ungrateful person who was eating up your time. :(

    I used to be a complete pushover, but in the past few years I let people know I'm busy. And as for coworkers, I'm not afraid to tell them I don't give out my number and I don't owe them any favors when I'm at home.