Song of the Day: If I can Dream by Elvis Presley
Hello all! So, who saw The Hunger Games Movie this weekend? I did! I love getting to see a good book come to life. You have all of your own images in your head when you're reading and to finally see some of those images take form is awesome! I must say, I wasn't picturing Peeta like the actor chosen to play his part. And if that's how he looks, well then I'd go with Gale. Man, was he cute! I thought the movie did a pretty good job of depicting the book. Most (not all) things were accurate. I have never thought that a movie was better than a book and rarely do I say that they were equal. I'm going to have to say that the book was better than the movie, though I'm satisfied with the movie.
Suzanne Collins is also set for life after this weekend. I heard on Saturday that a ticket to The Hunger Games was being sold every ten seconds online! AND it beat Harry Potter's record! WOW! I'm always thrilled for writers who have this kind of success. Helps us all keep hope alive. It can happen to anyone! Here are the opportunities. Take Advantage of them because you never know...
1. The Saturday Evening Post's Fiction Contest
The winning story will be published in the Jan/Feb 2013 edition of the magazine and on the website. The winning writer will receive a payment of $500. Five runners-up will be published on our website and receive payment of $100 each. Entries must be character or plot-driven stories in any genre of fiction that falls within the Post's broad range of interest. Stories should be 1,500-5,000 words in length. The entry fee is $10 and the contest ends July 1, 2012.
2. The Elixir Press 2012 Fiction Award
Elixir Press is sponsoring a fiction contest open to all writers writing in English. Both short story collections and novels are eligible. The prize will be $2000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 copies of the book. Entry fee is $40 and the contest closes May 31, 2012.
3. The Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Award
Elixir Press is sponsoring a contest for a first or second book of poetry. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000. The winning manuscript will be published by Elixir Press. All entries will be considered for publication. There is an entry fee of $30 and the contest will end on March 31, 2012.
4. The Fugue Prose and Poetry Contest
Fugue is proud to announce its 11th annual writing contest. This year they will be accepting submissions of poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction). First place winners receive $1,000, publication and a year's subscription. Runners-up will be considered for publication and will receive a year's subscription. The entry fee is $15 and the contest deadline is May 31, 2012.
5. 2012 Annual Pocataligo Poetry Contest
Yemassee Journal is accepting submissions to their 2012 Pocataligo Poetry Contest through March 31. A prize of $500 will be awarded to one poem. Entry fee is $10. INSIDER INFO: They only have around 30 entries so far, which gives you pretty good odds at that prize.
Calls for Submissions:
1. Lunch Ticket
Lunch Ticket, a biannual journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University of Los Angeles, is officially open for submissions for their debut issue. The theme is "Occupy," but they will consider submissions of all thematic content for inclusion in the publication. They are accepting fiction, non-fiction, young adult fiction, poetry and art.
Extract(s) is looking for submissions for their Poems, Stories, and Haiku features, as well as excerpts from upcoming novels, memoirs, and poetry and story collections.
3. Diverse Voices Quarterly
Diverse Voices Quarterly is open to poetry, short stories, and personal essays/creative nonfiction submissions.
As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. Last day to be included in the Spring 2012 issue is March 31, 2012! Happy Writing!