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Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp last year, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. From generating ideas to building an author platform, we’ll help you make significant progress on a writing project and start the year off right! For only $90, you will receive inspiration and motivation in the form of weekly e-mails with craft tips, writing prompts, excerpts from classic and contemporary writers, and links to other resources. Contact us today to get started!

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Submission Sunday 5.12.13

PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Program (Deadline August 12)

Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship program that aims to provide new writers, who lack access, with the tools they will need to launch a professional writing career. During the eight month fellowship, each Emerging Voices fellow participates in a professional mentorship, hosted Q & A evenings with prominent local authors, a series of master classes focused on genre, a voice class, a volunteer project, and several public readings. The fellowship includes a $1,000 stipend.

Participants need not be published, but the program is directed toward poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction with clear ideas of what they hope to accomplish through their writing.

Whidbey Writers Workshop Emerging Writers Getaway Contest
(Deadline May 24)

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Submission Sunday 5.5.13

Southern Indiana Review Thomas A. Wihelmus Editors’ Award (June 1 – $1500)

The Southern Indiana Review presents a cross-section of emerging and established artists and writers whose work is both regional and national in scope and degree of recognition. With the support of the Indiana Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts, SIR is published in October and May by the University of Southern Indiana and sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. The editors invite submissions of poetry, fiction, interviews, art work, photography, critical essays, and reviews between September 1st and April 30th.

Southern Indiana Review editors will award a prize of $1500 and publication for a work of creative nonfiction. All entries are considered for publication. Submit an essay of up to thirty-five pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry) by June 1, 2013. 

Writer’s Digest 
Annual Writing Competition
 (Deadline June 3 – $3000 + trip to NYC)

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Submission Sunday 4.28.12

Notting Hill Editions William Hazlitt Essay Prize (Deadline August 1 – £15,000)

Notting Hill Editions is delighted to launch an annual literary prize for the best essay in the English language, of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, published or unpublished, on any subject. The award is named in honour of William Hazlitt (1778-1830), the great master of the miscellaneous essay. Chair of judges author and journalist Harry Mount says ‘The British have always underplayed the importance of the essay, and yet we're naturally very good at them. The mixture of wit, brevity and original thought suits us down to the ground. Such a generous prize is bound to produce a fresh crop of first-rate essays from established and new writers.’

The prize will be judged on the originality of the ideas, the quality of the prose and the ability to communicate to a wide audience. All entries for the competition must be between 2,000 and 8,000 words. Award value £15,000. Five runners-up will each receive £1000.

Prada Journal Short Story Contest (Deadline June 18 – 5,000)


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Submission Sunday 4.14.12

Engine Books Novel Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)

Engine Books is a boutique fiction press publishing novels, short story collections, collected novellas, and related volumes. We seek to publish four titles each year, ensuring full attention to the editing, production, and promotion of each title.

Enter the 2013 Engine Books Novel Prize! Winners will receive a $1,000 advance and publication by Engine Books in 2014. The 2013 Novel Prize will be judged by Robin Black, whose story collection If I loved you, I would tell you this was a big hit from Random House in 2010 and was a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. Her stories present the whole world compacted into the space of a (long) story, novels in slightly smaller packages. She's been a friend to and supporter of EngineBooks before the press officially existed, and we're so grateful she's agreed to judge the contest.

The Rumpus Readers Report: Misery Loves Company (Deadline April 16)

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Submission Sunday 4.7.13

Paper Darts Short Fiction Award (Deadline May 15 — $800)

Founded in August of 2009, Paper Darts has become much more than the original 24 page zine we printed, assembled, and bound with a Singer sewing machine in our living rooms. Two years after Co-founders Jamie Millard, Regan Smith, and Meghan Murphy first launched the Paper Darts website the organization has expanded to include a publishing press, a creative agency for freelance hire, and three additional talented staff members.

The original PD publication, 
Paper Darts Magazine is our fuzzy little lovechild of literature and art. If babies were puppies and puppies were birthed by Paper Darts, this magazine would be like the awesomest, shiniest, most bitey (in a good way) puppy you ever tried to lure into a windowless white van. 

$800 for 800 words. Plus, the winning story will appear fully illustrated, all beautified and sexy on its very own custom website. Judge: Elliott Holt.

Rose Metal Press Call for Submissions (Deadline May 1)

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Submission Sunday 3.31.12

Via Arts Journal 

The Appendix: A New Journal of Narrative and Experimental History Call for Submissions

The Appendix is a quarterly journal of experimental and narrative history; though at times outlandish, everything in its pages is as true as the sources allow. The Appendix solicits articles from historians, writers, and artists committed to good storytelling, with an eye for the strange and a suspicion of both jargon and traditional narratives. A creature of the web, its format takes advantage of the flexibility of hypertext and modern web presentation techniques to experiment with and explore the process and method of writing history.

The Appendix seeks compelling writing and art about neglected histories. We publish essays and articles based on archival research; reported non-fiction about memory and the past; book reviews; historical fiction, poetry and comics; image portfolios; and interviews with practitioners or subjects of history. The Appendix is particularly fascinated by sources – a forgotten photo, a dead-end manifesto, an unread letter – that shed light on forgotten worlds. We like to publish these sources whole. Tweet from March 28: The Appendix wants your fiction! Historical like David Mitchell: not corny. Sound-related ideal. Email editors@theappendix.net. 

Green Mountains Review
2013 Neil Shepard Prizes in Poetry and Fiction
(Deadline April 15 – $500)

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Submission Sunday 3.24.13

Narrative Magazine
Winter 2013 Story Contest
(Deadline March 31 – $2500)

OUR WINTER CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. 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.

Prior winners and finalists in Narrative contests have gone on to receive other awards, and to be published in prize collections, including the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Atlantic prize, and others. View some recent awards won by our writers.

As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize (Deadline April 1 – $500)

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Submission Sunday 3.10.13


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Sundog Lit Call for Submissions – Theme Issue: Games (Deadline June 1)

Sundog Lit publishes writing that scorches the earth. Sundog Lit is all about what emerges from the ruins, not what idles in the calm before the storm. Sundog Lit is blood, rusty gears, the sweat of toil, working-class, revolutionary, everyday. Sundog Lit is literature that rages. 

Sundog Lit's FIRST theme issue centers on: GAMES.We're looking for all that great lit - fiction, creative nonfiction (personal narrative, hybrid, lyric, segmented essays, heavily-researched essays), poetry - that deals with games, with playing, with sport. We're leaving that interpretation up to you, the writer. Video game lit. Baseball lit. Games of the heart lit. Bareknuckle lit. Game of Thrones lit (maybe). Be earth-scorching (as always), be edgy, be fiery, be interpretive. We're looking for your work of 2,000 words or less. 

Beecher's Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction Prizes (Deadline March 31)

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Announcing the WordCraft February Sale!

February is the month that writing resolutions may start to waver, and we would like to help. Throughout the month of February, we’ll be having a sale on all of our services.

Any order placed this month will receive 15% off the regular price. Any service priced by project — a manuscript edit, copywriting, a critique — will have 15% deducted from the total. Any service priced by the hour — coaching, tutoring, consulting — will have 15% deducted from the hourly rate for up to ten hours. 

February 1–12       Authors

February 13–20  Students

February 21–28  Writers at Work

For the first phase of the sale — February 1–12 — the discount can be applied to all of our author services. Working with authors is a particular strength of the WordCraft collective. Our consultants have a wide range of experience: from managing projects to developmental editing, from personal coaching to group writing instruction, from research and indexing to marketing consultation. 


Sometimes a writer may have a great idea but not know exactly how to proceed. Other times, a writer knows exactly where she wants to go with a concept, but motivation and time management are standing in her way. Hiring a writing coach can remove both of these obstacles to a completed manuscript, whether it be a short essay or story or a book-length project. We will custom design a coaching program for you based on your aspirations and writing practice to help you get where you want to be. 

Manuscript Preparation

With experience at established publishing houses, newspapers, academic presses, literary journals, and graduate programs, our consultants have worked with almost every possible kind of manuscript. We can join you early on in the process (providing feedback on style and structure) or when you have completed your project (proofreading and line editing to perfect the expression of your ideas) or at any time in between. We offer a full range of manuscript preparation services, including line and developmental editing, ghostwriting, research, fact checking, indexing, and consultation on format and design.

Submission and Marketing Consultation

Even though a project may be complete, the publication process is far from over. Whether you need to determine which publications or agents would be most receptive to your work, decide whether self-publishing is the best course for you, or get assistance with publicity and self-promotion for a published work, our consultants can help you to get your work before a larger audience. 

If you are an author, contact us before February 12 to receive 15% off your project. Later in the month, we will highlight our other client categories: Students and Writers at Work.

We look forward to working with you!
Chris, Megan, Sacha, and Jennifer

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