AWARDS, CONTESTS and COMPETITIONS 12/14/08

 REDLANDS AROMATHERAPY FOUNDATION WRITING CONTEST

http://rafgardens.org/naturewritingcontest.html

$15 ENTRY FEE
Categories poetry, short fiction and personal recollection
essays. Publication on the web site and in newsletter.
Looking for original literary works based on the healing
power of nature, including, but not limited to: gardens,
nature, flowers, and aromatherapy. The contest is open to
any genre and is open to any writer of any age, writing in
English. Entries should be limited to less than 3,000 words.
Deadline December 31, 2008. Winners will be contacted
January 15-20, 2009.

First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $50

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PECAN GROVE PRESS

http://library.stmarytx.edu/pgpress/contest/index.html

$15 ENTRY FEE
Chapbook manuscripts should be between 28 and 32 pages.
The poems should work together as if they were paintings
in an exhibition. The winning chapbook is published the
following summer.  All PGP chapbooks will be perfect bound
and professionally printed with full color covers. The poet
with the winning chapbook submission will receive $250 plus
10 copies of the chapbook.

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TINSEL TALES CONTEST

http://www.writelink.co.uk/tinseltales

ENTRY FEE £4.50
This is a flash fiction competition with a difference!  Post
a 250-word Christmas-themed story direct to the contest web
page and watch it gain votes and comments from your friends,
family and other writers. The site will generate a top 10
shortlist, but final judging will be by human editor who will
cherry pick up to five other entries.  There are cash prizes of
£50, £30 & £20 plus other prizes.  All entrants will receive
notification of when their story receives comments and a daily
email detailing their position in the voting. Entries are
limited to 100 so register now and send in your entry
before the closing date December 31, 2008.
 
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GRACE NOTES

http://notesandgracenotes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18&Itemid=27

ENTRY FEE $8 FOR TWO ENTRIES IN ANY CATEGORY
Grace Notes Entries will first undergo a peer voting process.
These totals will be compiled daily/weekly/monthly so that even
entries coming in toward the end of the month have a fair chance
of moving on as finalists. At the end of each day voting totals
and user comments will be examined to determine the highest
ranked entries for the day.  This is dependent not upon the
number of hits but on the ranking, number of votes, and user
feedback. At the end of the week, totals will be examined again
and from the highest weekly scores and positive reviews
finalists will be chosen as the month progresses. Between peer
feedback and our administrator’s readings, ten finalists in each
category will be chosen and forwarded to our professional judges
who will read and rate each piece. All finalists will receive a
copy of their judges’ report card and judges’ comments. Winners
will receive 50% of the site’s total revenue for the month. A
minimum prize of $50 per category will be awarded, however, even
if the site doesn’t earn as much. All contest entries in the
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry categories will be
considered for our Quarterly Anthology. Poetry: Up to 200 lines.
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: No more than 5,000 words.

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PANOPLY TEN-MINUTE PLAY COMPETITION

http://www.panoply.org/Competition+-+Ten-Minute+Playwright.aspx

NO MENTION OF ENTRY FEE
Ten-minute plays are a relatively new dramatic structure
wherein the playwright develops a full plot with a beginning,
middle, and end within a production running time of seven to
ten minutes.  In our “fast-food society” of short attention
spans and commitment phobia, the Ten-Minute Playwright
Competition is the perfect literary-theatric combo special
by which one may expose and educate the general public to
bite-sized portions of the arts. The selected playwrights
will receive a $50 stipend for their work and will also be
invited to attend Panoply and watch as their play is produced
for the first time. Deadline December 31, 2008.

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REVIEW FUSE HOLIDAY PRIZE

http://www.reviewfuse.com/blog/2008/12/review-fuse-holiday-story-contest-100-prize/

NO ENTRY FEE
Your story must be an original work of no more than 3,000
words. You must include the line of dialog, “What do I look
like, some sort of djinn?” somewhere in your story. Why
“djinn”? It was the first word that came up on my word-of-
the-day screensaver while drafting these rules. Extra points
if you can make it sound natural. Your story must be holiday
themed. It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza,
Festivus or some combination of them all, just make sure it
deals with this great time of year. Deadline Midnight (MST)
December 20, 2008. Review Fuse is a critique web site.

HIDDEN RIVER ARTS POETRY COMPETITION

http://www.hiddenriverarts.com/

$17 ENTRY FEE
Annual prize of $1,000 and publication of a the winning poetry
manuscript by Hidden River Arts, a literary arts organization
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Length should be between 48 –
64 pages. There is no restriction in style of poetry. Deadline
December 20, 2008.

NOTE: Say you saw the posting in FundsforWriters, and they’ll
five you a ten-day extension to December 30, 2008.

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AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL CONTEST

https://www.createspace.com/abna

NO ENTRY FEE
Have an unpublished novel you know Amazon.com readers will love?
Enter your manuscript in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for a
chance to win a $25,000 publishing contract with Penguin Group (USA)
and the distribution of your novel on Amazon.com . Enter your unpublished,
English-language, fiction manuscript beginning February 2, 2009. Entries
will be accepted until February 8, 2009 or until 10,000 entries have been
received, whichever comes first.

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ODDCON SCI-FI AND FANTASY PROSE POEM AND FLASH FICTION CONTEST

http://oddcon.com/contest.html

Deadline: January 1, 2009.
Adult division:   18 and over, $10 entry fee per story/poem;
multiple entries allowed. $500 + OddCon membership to first
place; books, etc. to top three.
  
Youth division: under 18 as of Jan. 1, 2009, NO entry fee,
but send no more than one entry. $50 + OddCon membership to
first place; books, etc. to top three.

Send 500 words or less of speculative (SF & F) fiction or
prose poetry (paragraph form).

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TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID SHORT STORY CONTEST

http://tomhowardpoetry.bravepages.com/

Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2009
Now in its 17th year. Prizes of $2,000, $1,000, $500 and $250
will be awarded, plus five High Distinction awards of $200 each
and six Most Highly Commended Awards of $100 each. Submit
any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 5,000
words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes
elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. $15 entry fee.
Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged.
  Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad.

 

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WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST – NO FEE

Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2009
Winning Writers invites you to enter the eighth annual
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, called “famous” by Writer’s Digest.
Fifteen cash prizes totaling $3,336.40 will be awarded, including a top prize
of $1,359. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter. See the complete guidelines and past winners.
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WAR POETRY CONTEST

Postmark Deadline: May 31, 2009
We seek 1-3 original, unpublished poems on the theme of war for
our eighth annual contest, up to 500 lines in total. We will award
$5,000, including a top prize of $2,000. Submit online or by mail.
The entry fee is $15. Judge: Jendi Reiter. See the complete guidelines and past winners.
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MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST FOR TRADITIONAL VERSE

Postmark Deadline: June 30, 2009
Now in its sixth year, this contest seeks poetry in traditional verse
forms such as sonnets and free verse. Both published and unpublished
poems are welcome. Prizes of $2,000, $1,000, 500 and $250 will be
awarded, plus five High Distinction awards of $200 each and six
Most Highly Commended Awards of $100 each. The entry fee is $7 for
every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged.
This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers.
Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.
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TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID POETRY CONTEST

Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2009
Now in its seventh year, this contest seeks poems in any style, theme or genre.
Both published and unpublished poems are welcome.  Prizes of $2,000, $1,000,
$500 and $250 will be awarded, plus five High Distinction awards of $200 each
and six Most Highly Commended Awards of $100 each.  The entry fee is $7 for
every 25 lines you submit.  Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. 
This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers.
  Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.
Winners from the 2008 contest will be announced this coming February 15.

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12/31: ANISFIELD-WOLF BOOK AWARDS

http://www.anisfield-wolf.org/AboutUs/
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest for published books offers two awards
of $10,000 each: one for a book of fiction or poetry, the other for a book
of nonfiction. The nonfiction category covers both creative nonfiction and
scholarly works (biography, history, etc.) This award honors books that
have made important contributions to our understanding of racism or
our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Books must have
been published in the current calendar year. Plays, screenplays, unpublished
and self-published works not eligible. Author or publisher should submit
5 copies plus entry form from website.
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12/31:  EUPHORIA ANNUAL POETRY CONTESTS

Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest offers $100 and online publication for the
best set of 1-5 poems, 50 lines maximum per poem.
Submit by email only. Previously published poems accepted.
Best for emerging writers.
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12/31:  GRIFFEN PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN POETRY

http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/home.php
Highly recommended free contest offers two prizes of C$50,000 for
poetry books published in the current calendar year. One prize will
go to a living Canadian poet or translator, the other to a living poet
or translator from any country (including Canada). See website for
detailed eligibility rules. Publisher should send 4 copies of book plus
a press packet. This is one of the most lucrative poetry prizes around,
as well as one of the most prestigious.
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12/31:  HAROLD MORTON LANDON TRANSLATION AWARD

http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/112
Highly recommended free contest from the Academy of American
Poets offers $1,000 for the best book of poetry in translation published
in the US during the current calendar year. Translator must be a living
US citizen. 3 copies of book should be submitted by publisher.
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12/31: JAPANESE LITERARY TRANSLATION PRIZE

http://www.donaldkeenecenter.org/content/view/58/76/

Formerly February 1
Recommended free contest offers $6,000 for book-length translations
of classical or modern Japanese literary works: novels, collections of short stories,
literary essays, memoirs, drama, or poetry. Entries may be published or unpublished.
Prize may be split between two winners. Either publisher or translator should
submit 7 copies of translated book and 7 copies of the entry form plus
one copy of the original title in Japanese.
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12/31: MERTON PRIZE FOR POETRY OF THE SACRED

https://www.mertoninstitute.org/merton_prize.php

Recommended free contest offers top prize of $500 and publication
for an unpublished poem of 100 lines maximum that “expresses, directly
or indirectly, a sense of the holy or that, by its mode of expression,
evokes the sacred. The tone may be religious, prophetic, or contemplative.”
Send by mail or email.
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1/15:SUMMERFIELD G. ROBERTS AWARD

http://www.srttexas.org/sumfield.html

Neutral free contest offers $2,500 for the literary manuscript or
published book that “best portrays the spirit, character, strength,
and deeds of those who lived in the Republic of Texas” (1836-46).
Entries may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, plays, short stories,
novels, or biographies. Send 5 copies.
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