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University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prize for Fiction (Deadline Today)

Since 1976, the University of Massachusetts Press has annually awarded the Juniper Prize for Poetry, publishing the winning collection of poems. Since 1990, it has also published the annual winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, in cooperation with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.  In 2004, in collaboration with the UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Press established a third contest—the Juniper Prize for Fiction—to honor and publish outstanding works of literary fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $1,500 upon publication.

Hunger Mountain: The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Hunger Mountain is both a print and online journal of the arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, writing for stage and screen, interviews, reviews, and craft essays. Our print issue comes out annually in the fall, and our online content changes on a regular basis. The Hunger Mountain editorial offices are located at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in historical Montpelier, Vermont. 

One first place winner receives $1000 and publication on Hunger Mountain online. (All work published online is also considered for the annual print issue.) Two honorable mentions receive $100 and publication on Hunger Mountain online. Deadline December 10.

Poisoned Pencil and Carolrhoda Books Call for YA Submissions

Good news for those of you with a stellar unpublished YA manuscript sitting on your desk right now: The Poisoned Pencil and Carolrhoda Books are now accepting submissions. Opportunities abound!

Let's start with The Poisoned Pencil, the brand-new YA imprint from independent mystery publisher Poisoned Pen Press. Firstly, you have live in the U.S. or Canada and must not have published a YA mystery before. If you've got an agent, they can submit for you, but you don't need one, so feel free to skip that whole finding-the-right-one process...

Another option is to submit to Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, between October 1 and October 31. Editorial director Andrew Karre is unapologetically opinionated, so read the submission guidelines carefully so that your masterpiece doesn't end up the dreaded Land Of Deleted Emails.

Women's National Book Association 1st Annual Writing Contest

The Women’s National Book Association, established in 1917, is a vibrant national organization...WNBA is a broad-based non-profit organization with some 800 members across the country, three distinguished national awards, and a history of lively events in chapter cities and elsewhere. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book.

We will be reviewing submissions for our 1st annual Writing Contest. The Women’s National Book Association is a 90+ year old venerated organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. Our membership includes Editors, Publishers, Literary Agents, Professors, Academics, Librarians, Authors, Book Marketers and many others involved in the world of books. After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women and others in the field, we have decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers. Deadline November 1.

Flyway 2012 Notes from the Field: Creative Nonfiction Contest

Notes from the Field is a non-fiction contest celebrating writing about experience—whether that be abroad, on a familiar sidewalk, in one’s line of work, in a field of interest, or in the most unexpected of times and settings. We are open to writing about many kinds of experience, and while we are not strictly looking for essays about solely about place or with an environmental focus, as always, we look for work that keeps the tension of surroundings in mind. Deadline November 7. 

Lit Camp Writers Conference (SF Bay Area - April 4-7, 2013)

Lit Camp is the SF Bay Area’s first juried writers conference. Lit Camp is only accepting 40 quality writers of fiction and narrative nonfiction, allowing for an amazing ratio of faculty to writers (roughly 1 to 3) over the course of the four days of the conference. It's a joint venture between two of San Francisco's most respected literary organizations – Litquake and the SF Writers Grotto – and will feature representatives from the city's top literary players: McSweeney's, The Believer, ZYZZYVA, The Rumpus. Application deadline December 31.

America's Next Author Short Story Contest

Welcome to America's Next Author! You've discovered the first real social writing contest, where the winners will be chosen based on a unique combination of votes from readers and judging by industry experts. No entry fee! Grand Prize: $5000. This is not your average writing contest. In most writing contests, authors are left in the dark without ever knowing what other people entered or why they didn't win. We decided to change all that and make this writing contest a transparent and social experience.

Step forward and enter this contest if you dare to put your work in front of the world! Readers will be voting for their favorite stories and leaving feedback for authors. Are you up for it? America's Next Author is a fun and exciting new concept for those authors who aren't afraid to get serious feedback about their writing.

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