March 10, 2014
Welcome to the 37th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest. If you missed the last edition, you can see it here.
We aim to cover a range of writing competition and opportunity types, geared to a range of levels. If there are particular types of writing opportunities you are looking for though, please do let us know and we’ll see what we can find!
Are you ready to get creative? Let’s go…
Opportunity type – Submissions required for a quarterly literary journal (prose, creative non-fiction and poetry).
Theme – The object of our desire.
Word count – Short stories up to 3500 words, flash fiction any length, creative non-fiction up to 1500 words or less, and poetry unspecified.
Organiser/publisher – Haunted Waters Press.
Reward – Publication in their summer 2014 issue.
Eligibility – Aged over 18.
Deadline – May 25, 2014 (or until filled).
Link for info – Haunted Waters Press Submissions. (They periodically add new submission calls to this page).
Notes – As always, it’s good to browse the site well, and look at a past issue to get a feel for their style.
Opportunity type – Short story competition.
Theme – Elves.
Word count – Up to 1,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Legendary Post.
Reward – Mostly just the glory of winning, recognised by winners blog badges that winners can place on their own blog.
Eligibility – Any.
Deadline – March 31, 2014.
Link for info – Elven Story Writing Contest.
Notes – Note, they publish all entries on their site as they come in.
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March 5, 2014
Confession time: My current ‘bathroom book’ is a 1946 OUP version of ‘The Poems of John Milton’. In it I read an explanation of why ‘Paradise Lost’ was not rhymed poetry. (The editorial ‘The Verse’ was added in 1668 to the beginning of unsold copies of the first edition of ‘Paradise Lost’.) Here’s a short excerpt.
“THE measure is English Heroic Verse without Rime as that of Homer in Greek, and of Virgil in Latin; Rime being no necessary Adjunct or true Ornament of Poem or good Verse, in longer Works especially, but the Invention of a barbarous Age, to set off wretched matter and lame Meeter; grac’t indeed since by the use of some famous modern Poets, carried away by Custom, but much to thir own vexation, hindrance, and constraint to express many things otherwise, and for the most part worse then else they would have exprest them.”
This criticism of rhyme in poetry surprised me. At school (certainly Primary school, but I suspect later too) we were taught that poems rhyme. I remember spending long periods sucking on my pencil trying to find a word that rhymed with ‘jungle’ or ‘market’… Years later, when I returned to writing poems, I naturally began with rhymed poems because they seemed more like ‘real’ poems. But some subjects just didn’t want to be constrained. Some of my friends, those who don’t read poetry, would say that if it doesn’t rhyme then it is just an essay chopped into pieces, but that is most definitely not true; a verse can be beautiful and full of poetry, without a single rhyme. For example, here’s a passage from Robert Frost’s “Birches” which I defy anyone to call unpoetic! Continue reading
March 3, 2014
Welcome to the 36th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest. If you missed the last edition, you can see it here.
First up is one of the industry’s biggest screenplay contests; past winners from this one have gone on to Hollywood screenwriting success. Second on the list is a food writing competition for budding young food writers. Third is submissions required for an anthology; for this one they want stories that will make the reader think. Finally we have a flash fiction and poetry contest for a journal.
As always, do let us know of any writing successes you have had, we love to hear about them!
Opportunity type – Screenplay contest.
Theme – Any, within one of these genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy/Rom-Com, Drama, Family/Animated, Biopics, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller/Horror
Word count – Maximum 150 pages (but they would prefer it to be 90-100 pages).
Organiser/publisher – Final Draft Big Break Contest.
Reward – Winners share over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including The Final Draft/New York Film Academy Fellowship in Writing for Film & Television. Two Grand Prize Award Winners are flown to Hollywood for the Final Draft Annual Award Event.
Eligibility – International.
Deadline – Julu 31, 2014.
Link for info – Final Draft Big Break Contest.
Notes – As with most of the big screenwriting contests, there are entry fees. They are: $40 – Early Bird Deadline (Apr. 30, 2014). $50 – Standard Deadline (Jul. 15, 2014). $65 – Extended Deadline (Jul. 31, 2014).
Opportunity type – Food writing competition.
Theme – Non fiction feature on any food related subject.
Word count – 750 words.
Organiser/publisher – The Guild of Food Writers.
Reward – The winner will will receive a library of the books shortlisted for the 2014 Guild of Food Writers’ Awards, plus a visit to the delicious test kitchen. The winning piece will also be published on the delicious website
Eligibility – I’m afraid this one is only open to UK residents aged between 11 and 18.
Deadline – May 12, 2014.
Link for info – Guild of Food Writers competition.
Notes – They also run a young cook of the year competition, details here.
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February 27, 2014
Welcome to the 35th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest. If you missed the last edition, you can see it here.
Today we have some sci-fi, fantasy, child and teen books, poetry and humour! And all with ongoing deadlines…
Opportunity type – Short story submissions for a magazine.
Theme – Science fiction and fantasy.
Word count – 1,000 to 8,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Clarkesworld Magazine.
Reward – 10¢ per word for the first 4000 words, 6¢ for each word over 4000.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – Clarkesworld Magazine submissions.
Notes – Their average response time for submissions is two days.
Opportunity type – Annual poetry contest.
Theme – No particular theme, all styles are permitted.
Word count – Between 10 and 39 lines long.
Organiser/publisher – Best New Poems.
Reward – At the end of the year, they will give 50% of the profit from sales on their site to the winner – they sell tshirts, mugs etc. (There is no fee to enter the contest).
Eligibility – Must be aged over 13.
Deadline – Ongoing over the year (or until they receive 350 qualifying poems).
Link for info – Best New Poems submissions.
Notes – The poems that qualify get featured on their website for 7 days and are judged by any visitors to the site to who want to give opinions on the poems. At the end of the year, they will pick the best poem by assessing which were the most popular while they were featured. Those who judge the poems are also entered into cash prize drawings.
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