Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- August 20, 2012

Song of the Day: Zoom Zoom by Lionel Ritchie & The Commodores
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   Hello all! We've made it to another week. I have been so tired lately. It's like my body can't seem to get enough sleep. Have you ever had times like that? It always leaves me wondering if I'm doing too much. I didn't get a chance to say this earlier but my flash story was a week four winner in the Sizzling Summer Flash Fiction Contest over at Writer Unboxed. If you're interested in reading the story you can find it here. The win qualified me as a finalist for the Grand Prize. Unfortunately, I didn't win overall, but it was fun participating and I enjoyed the weekly prompts. There's always next year!




Contests:


1. The 2012 Open City Magazine No-Fee RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest at Anderbo

The contest is for an unpublished short story (Minimum word count: 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words). Winner Receives: $500 cash, trophy, announcement & publication on anderbo.com. There is no reading fee (I repeat, there is NO reading fee) and the contest deadline is December 31, 2012.

http://www.anderbo.com/anderbo1/no-fee-rrofihe-trophy2012.html

2. Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize 2012

A prize of $2000 and publication by Anhinga Press will be given to a manuscript of original poetry. There is an entry fee of $25 and the contest closes on September 30, 2012.

http://www.fresnostate.edu/english/mfa/levine/



Calls for Submissions:


1. Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley Review will be reading submissions of short fiction, personal essays, and poetry for its Fall 2012 issue (Vol. 7, No. 2). Reading period ends September 15, 2012.

http://www.applevalleyreview.com/

2. Heron Tree

Heron Tree, an online journal of poetry, will accept submissions from September 1, 2012 through December 1, 2012.

http://herontree.com/

3. Split Lip Magazine

Split Lip is looking for fiction, memoir, poetry, music and interviews. Make sure you follow the submission guidelines.

http://www.splitlipmagazine.com/#!submit/con8

4. Free Flash Fiction

Free Flash Fiction accepts flash fiction stories that are 200-1000 words. They're looking for stories in the following genres: Action & Adventure, Literary & Contemporary, Horror & Thrillers, Romance & Erotica, Satire & Humor, Science Fiction & Fantasy.

http://www.freeflashfiction.com/index.php/submissions/fiction-submissions/

5. Prism Review

Prism Review is now open for submissions of contemporary literary fiction and poetry.

http://sites.laverne.edu/prism-review/submissions/

6. Dagan Books

Dagan Books is currently open for submissions of speculative fiction novellas–stories between 17,500 and 40,000 words in length.

http://daganbooks.com/current-projects/submissions-novellas/


   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- August 13, 2012

Song of the Day: Free Me by Joss Stone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0tGE2N3NKE

   Hello all! How about that weekend? I had a very productive one. First, I got a lot of reading done. I was actually able to finish a whole book, which (shamefully) hasn't been easy as of late. Second, I was able to attend my friend's wedding. And third, I organized my house. I have to stay on top of that last one because I'm very sentimental and it's hard for me to throw things out. Shows like Hoarders, freak me out and force me to get rid of junk. I don't think I'll ever be that bad, but still. I also got a chance to do some research for my novel. I'm still trucking along on my editing. How are you doing with submissions? It's never too late to get your work out. Wouldn't it be nice to have something published before the year's over?


Contests:

1. The PRISM International 2012/2013 Contest Season

Literary Non-Fiction Contest

Prizes are: $1500 grand prize, $300 runner-up, and $200 2nd runner-up. Entry fees are: $35 for Canadian entries; $40 for U.S. entries; $45 for International entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension). Deadline is November 28, 2012.

Short Fiction Contest

Prizes are: $2000 grand prize, $300 runner-up, and $200 2nd runner-up. Entry fees are: $35 for Canadian entries; $40 for U.S. entries; $45 for International entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension). Deadline is January 25, 2013.

Poetry Contest

Prizes are: $1000 grand prize, $300 runner-up, and $200 2nd runner-up. Entry fees are: $35 for Canadian entries; $40 for U.S. entries; $45 for International entries (up to three poems may be submitted with each entry, each entry includes a one-year subscription or extension). Deadline is January 25, 2013.

http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/


Calls for Submissions:

1. Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts

Cutthroat is currently accepting submissions of fiction and poetry. The reading period ends October 1, 2012.

http://www.cutthroatmag.com/submissions.html

2. Paradise Review

Paradise Review is seeking fiction, poetry and art on a rolling basis.

http://paradisereview.org/lost-about-submissions/guidelines/

3. Sleet Magazine

Sleet is now open to submissions of fiction and poetry.

http://www.sleetmagazine.com/pages/submissions.html

4. Multiverses Journal

Multiverses is an online literary journal featuring haiku and related forms. They accept submissions on a rolling basis.

http://www.multiversesjournal.com/submissions.html

5. Memoir Journal

Submissions for Issue 12 of Memoir are open now through August 16, 2012.

http://www.memoirjournal.net/submit/

6. Labletter

For their Monthly Notes series, Labletter will consider short pieces of prose (500 words or less), poems, and images on an ongoing basis.

http://www.labletter.com/submit

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!

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

Song of the Day: The Remedy (I Won't Worry) by Jason Mraz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHki6sF_ypE

   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.


Contests:

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.

http://www.shadetreecreations.com/ArtAffair_Announcements.htm

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.

http://www.springfieldwritersguild.org/files/Contest_2012_Guideline_form.pdf

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.

http://www.wordharvest.com/contest.php

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.

http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/inspiration-motivation/second-annual-life-lessons-essay-contest-00000000013682/


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.

http://triohousepress.submittable.com/submit

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.

http://www.newriverspress.com/

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.

http://www.watercressjournal.com/index.php/submissions

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.

http://www.lindenwood.edu/lindenwoodReview/submissions.cfm


   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!

Weekend of Awesome Writers Retreat

Song of the Day: Paperback Writer by the Beatles
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   Hello all! Well, to say that it's been an exhausting week would be an understatement. I'm just glad I made it to the weekend. I have been promising this post for a long time. I was lucky enough to attend a writers retreat a couple of weeks ago with some awesome writers from my MFA program and some that I "met" through Blogger.

   The experience was incredible. I don't have many writer friends in my area, so to be surrounded by writers for almost 72 hours was a treat for me. We stayed at a cozy lake house in North Carolina. We woke up and wrote, ate junk food, watched Dr. Who, wrote some more, ate dinners together, discussed publishing and wrote some more. It was what I like to call a very literary weekend.

   While everyone was writing, I was editing my novel. It really made me think about a few things. The girls on the retreat challenged me to look at my novel on a much deeper level. I was forced to ask myself some very tough questions. I needed to figure out why I was dragging my feet on editing the damn thing. I've never gone through so many emotions about a piece of my writing. EVER. One minute I hated it, the next I absolutely loved it.

   I think what I've taken away from it all, is that I do love this novel. When I got home I really took some time to read through the whole thing and reflect. I realized that I only hated the beginning and the end, but I loved the middle. It sort of lit a little spark. My writing buddy Megan has it now and I've been fixing grammar issues while I wait for the comments on the "big picture" issues.

   I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to meet with such amazing writers and what I took away was invaluable. I can't wait until next year!

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