Monday, August 6, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- August 6, 2012

Song of the Day: The Remedy (I Won't Worry) by Jason Mraz

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I had a relaxing one. It was much needed after a week of working extended hours at the day job. I did manage to get some editing work done for a client. I am going to spend part of today working on my own novel, as my amazing writing buddy Megan, has sent me new comments. If there's time, I might also think about where I want to submit my short stories this month. By the way, it's now August. Have you thought about submitting any work this month? Remember, even having one piece out on submission is better than nothing. We're more than half-way through 2012. Just something to think about.


1. Art Affair 2012 Contests

Poetry Contest

Art Affair's poetry contest is open to any writer. Poems may be any style, any subject, and no more than 60 lines in length. Enter your own original work only. Prizes are: $40.00, $25.00, $15.00. Entry fee is $3 per poem. Contest deadline is October 1, 2012.

Western Short Story Contest

Art Affair’s western fiction contest (maximum: 5,000 words) is open to any writer. Enter your own original work only. Prizes are: $50.00, $25.00, $15.00. Entry fee is $5. The contest deadline is October 1, 2012.

General Short Story Contest

Art Affair’s short fiction contest (maximum: 5,000 words) is open to any writer. Enter your own original work only. Prizes are: $50.00, $25.00, $15.00. Entry fee is $5. The contest deadline is October 1, 2012.

2. 2012 Springfield Writers’ Guild 19th Annual Literary Awards

Jim Stone Grand Prize Memorial Awards:

Poetry- Any subject, any form. Limit: One page, single spaced.

Fiction- Any subject. Limit: 1,000 words, double spaced.

Non-Fiction- Any subject. Limit: 1,000 words, double spaced.

Awards: First place receives $100, second place receives $50, third place receives $25. There will be one Honorable Mention, plus certificates. Entry fee is $3 and the contest closes on September 30, 2012.

3. Wordharvest: Tony Hillerman Mystery Short Story Contest

Wordharvest wants your best mystery short story, set primarily in New Mexico. They're seeking compelling, original, well-written stories that have not been previously published. The entry fee is $20 and the contest ends on August 15, 2012.

4. Real Simple's Fifth Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest

If you could change one decision that you made in the past, what would it be? No, you can't go back in time, but here's the next best thing. Think of a decision that you regret—anything from a ridiculous choice of prom date to a serious lapse in judgment—and tell Real Simple what the mistake taught you about yourself. One first place winner will have their essay published in Real Simple, receive a prize of $3,000 and win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with the Real Simple editors. There is no entry fee listed and the contest deadline is September 13, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Trio House Press

Trio House Press will accept submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts (48-70 pp.) until August 15, 2012 for its open reading period.

2. New Rivers Press

New Rivers Press is pleased to announce that it will begin publishing popular fiction titles with literary value. For The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series competition, the press is seeking manuscripts from new and emerging authors in the genres of Action-adventure, Crime, Detective, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Western, Inspirational, and all sub-genres within and across those categories. Manuscripts will be accepted electronically until September 1, 2012.

3. The Watercress Journal

The Watercress Journal is currently seeking fiction submissions of up to 7500 words. The journal is also interested in creative non-fiction, plays, and poetry. Any and all themes are welcome.

4. The Lindenwood Review

The Lindenwood Review is the literary journal of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, produced by the university's MFA in Writing Program. The journal is published annually each spring. Fiction, poetry, and personal essays may be submitted from July 15, 2012 through December 15, 2012. Submissions are welcome from both new and established writers.

   As Always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Check out the Summer Issue, released last week! Happy Writing!

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