Friday, August 19, 2011

3 contests

Here are three writing contests that might be of interest:

- Green River Writers Contest: This contest has a $5 entry for the grand prize categories -- one for fiction and one for poetry -- with prizes of $175, $100, and $50, and a $3 entry fee for the other categories, where prizes range from $10 to $50, depending on the category and how you place. The contest deadline is Sept. 30th.

- Pudding House Chapbook Competition: Like many chapbook contests, this one has a large prize ($1000) and a large entry fee ($15). If you think your collection has a chance, go for it. Manuscripts should be 10-36 pages, and the winner will also get 20 free copies. Deadline is Sept. 30th.

- Baltimore Review Contest: This contest is open to fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and the three prizes ($300, $200, $100) could go to any of the three. This is a themed contest, and the theme (to be interpreted loosely) is "room." There is a $10 entry fee, and the deadline is November 30th.

For your reading pleasure, here's a light Issa haiku from HaikuGuy.com with a little play on words.

Lastly, if you have a book of poetry that you want reviewed, send it to The Poetry Market Ezine for consideration. You can email them at thepoetrymarket@yahoo.com for details. Also, if you have written a review of someone else's book of poems, you can submit it to TPME for publication, and if they use it they'll pay you $5. (Guidelines are on the right hand side of the site.)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Some August writing contests

Here are a few contests (and one anthology) with deadlines in August:

- Ligonier Valley Writers Flash Fiction Contest: There is no entry fee for this contest, but stories must be set in a cemetery or similar location, and the words "twenty-five," "anniversary," and "silver" must be used in the story. Entries should be emailed and must be 1003 words or less. The contest deadline is August 14th.

- Halloween Short Story Contest: This contest, put on by Water Forest Press Books, Skyline Publications, and Night Wind Publishing, is for unpublished horror or fantasy stories, any length. The winner will have a collection of his or her short stories published, and will receive 10 copies of the book. There is a $10 entry fee for each story. The deadline is August 15th.

- Uncle John's Flush Fiction anthology: The editors of this collection are looking for short stories (1000 words or less) that can be read in the bathroom. There is no genre requirement, and humor is welcome. Simultaneous submissions and reprints will both be considered. Payment for accepted stories will be $50 and two copies of the anthology. All entries must be postmarked by August 31st.

- The Annual Harold G. Henderson Awards for Best Unpublished Haiku: Sponsored by the Haiku Society of America, this contest is open to both members and non-members. Up to 10 haiku may be submitted on index cards. The entry fee is $1/haiku for HSA members, $2/haiku for non-members. Three prizes will be awarded -- $150, $100, and $50 -- and winning poems will be published in Frogpond. All poems must be submitted by August 31st.

The HSA also has two other contests with similar guidelines and the August 31st deadline: the Annual Gerald Brady Memorial Awards for Best Unpublished Senryu, and the HSA Contest for Best Unpublished Haibun. Guidelines for both contests can be viewed on the same page as the Harold G. Henderson contest guidelines.

Friday, August 5, 2011

New issues of Apex and Front Porch

The new issue of Apex Magazine, #27, is available from the Apex Book Company for just $2.99. It contains fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including a story by Lavie Tidhar.

Front Porch #18 is also now available. The issue can be read for free on the Front Porch website. It includes an article about found poetry, which might be of interest to anyone entering Sketchbook's Found Poetry Contest.

(NOTE: The link to Apex's guidelines on the sidebar has been fixed.)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sketchbook's Found Poetry Contest, Chrysanthemum, an Apex discount

The online journal Sketchbook is hosting a Found Poetry Contest. This contest is open to all poets, and there are two prizes: $50 and $25. Each poet can enter up to two poems, but each poem must be in a separate genre and must be submitted in a separate email. The submission deadline is December 1st. See the Sketchbook website for complete rules.

Chrysanthemum, an online haiku journal, has recently re-released its very first issue from April 2007. This issue contains some good haiku (including several nice poems by Collin Barber and Laryalee Fraser) and if you didn't get to read it the first time around, you should check it out now. It can be read online as a PDF or downloaded.

If you're thinking of buying any speculative fiction any time soon, Apex Publications has a sale going on. You can get 20% off any order (print or digital books) by entering the code RELAUNCH20 when you check out.