Friday, June 14, 2013

Writing Prompt #2

Song of the Day: Layla by Eric Clapton

   Hello all! I was searching the Internet for wallpapers and came across this mysterious woman on I thought it might be a nice idea for a prompt. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you see this image? Go with it! Happy Friday! 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 10, 2013

Song of the Day: Wings by Little Mix

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I will be quite brief over the next couple of weeks due to a temporary change in my work schedule. I'm working extra days in order to take some much needed time off! I can't wait. I've been swamped lately, and I'm looking forward to getting some writing done over this break. I've been spreading myself thin and my own writing has suffered. Time to figure out a way to balance and get back on track. Hope my new series of prompts are helping you all. A new one will be posted this Friday. Check out the opportunities and submit your work somewhere, even if it is to just one market. 


1. Quirk Books Looking for Love Fiction Contest

Announcing the Quirk Books “Looking for Love” Fiction Contest. First prize is $10,000 AND publication by Quirk Books. They’re looking for love stories that are fresh, fun, and strikingly unconventional. Boy Meets Girl. Girl Meets Girl. Girl Meets Shark. Shark Meets Pirate. Anything goes! Except vampires. NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline is October 1, 2013.

2. Narrative Magazine's Spring 2013 Story Contest

Narrative's spring contest is open to all fiction and non-fiction writers. Categories for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary non-fiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and non-fiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication. Entry fee is $22 and entries are due by July 31, 2013.

3. Glimmer Train's Open Fiction Prize

There are no theme restrictions. Word count generally ranges from 2000-8000, though up to 20,000 is fine. First place has been increased to $2500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. Second/Third: $1000/$600 and consideration for publication. Deadline is June 30, 2013

Calls for Submissions:

1. Ardor Literary Magazine

Ardor Literary Magazine is looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography for issue #3. Reading period deadline is July 31, 2013

2. Ginosko Journal

Ginosko is now accepting fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, social justice views, and spiritual insights. 

The Literary Yard invites stories, articles on literature, literary criticism, opinion articles on literature and literary trends and much more.

4. JMWW Magazine

JMWW accepts fiction, essays, non-fiction, poetry and art year-round.

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

Friday, June 7, 2013

Writing Prompt #2

Song of the Day: Goodbye by Alicia Keys

   Hello all! I have been thinking a lot of goodbyes lately. A co-worker and friend of mine is leaving the firm where we work because she is on to bigger and better things. Goodbyes can be sad, happy or a combination of both. This week's writing prompt is inspired by the power of goodbyes. Happy Friday! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 3, 2013

Song of the Day: Steer by Missy Higgins

   Hello all! I hope you all enjoyed (and found useful) my writing prompt from this past Friday. Now you have no excuse for writer's block! If you're currently working on a project then you can always save the prompts for moments when you get stuck or just need a break. It's SO important that we practice as much as we can. I am also going to be using the weekly prompts to keep myself writing. I'm currently working on a post for new writers. If I don't get to post it this week, then I hope to complete it by next week. Check back this Friday for a new writing prompt. Until then, here are the opportunities for the week.


1. The Barrow Street Press Book Contest

The Barrow Street Press Book Contest award will be given for the best previously unpublished manuscript of poetry in English. The winner will receive book publication by Barrow Street Press, and $1,000.00. Entry fees: $25.00 (regular mail submission) or $28.00 for online submission (the additional $3.00 cost is to offset printing and collating costs). Deadline is June 30, 2013.

2. Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Contest

The University of North Texas Press announces the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. The Winner of this annual award will receive $1,000 and publication by UNT Press. Entries will be judged by an eminent writer. There is a $25.00 entry fee and the contest ends on July 16, 2013.

3. The Bechtel Prize

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) honors the author of an exemplary essay on literary arts education. The essay selected will appear in Teachers & Writers Magazine and on the T&W website, and the author receives a $1,000 honorarium. Submissions for the award will offer compelling portraits of the work done in creative writing classrooms, address important issues in creative writing education, and/or explore the nature of the writing life. Possible topics for Bechtel Prize submissions include contemporary issues in creative writing education, innovative approaches to teaching literary forms and genres, and the intersection between literature and imaginative writing. Entry fee is $20.00. The contest will close on July 1, 2013.

4. 2013 Romancing the Craft of Poetry & Fiction Contest

An annual contest that has no submission fee and is open to all themes and genres of poetry and fiction. Emerging and established writers are encouraged to participate. Please submit three poems or a fiction story with 3,000 words or less. All types of work will be considered. All submissions received towards this contest will automatically be considered for Torrid Literature Journal. The prizes are as follows:

Third Place: $25 USD Visa Gift Card; and 1 print copy of the Torrid Literature Journal Vol. VIII.
Second Place: $50 USD Visa Gift Card and 1 print copy of the Torrid Literature Journal Vol. VIII.
First Place: $100 USD Visa Gift Card and 1 year print subscription to the Torrid Literature Journal (Vol. VIII - IX).

FREE entry. Deadline: June 30, 2013.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Looseleaf Tea

Looseleaf Tea is calling for prose, poetry, or visual art submissions. Looseleaf Tea is a literature and arts journal aimed toward building awareness and knowledge of the traditions and perspectives of various cultures, and of the emotions and ideas of those subdued and forgotten.

2. Story|HoustonStory|Houston, would like to invite you to submit your best short story fiction and creative non-fiction for the Summer 2013 issue. There is no submission fee or cover letter required, and they award $200 per published work.

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