Writing Contests: Writer’s Digest prompt

Choose your weapon for these writing contestsEvery other month the folks at Writer’s Digest sponsor some writing contests. This month’s contest is featured around the following prompt:

You come home from a relaxing vacation and realize you have the wrong suitcase.

Stories have to be fewer than 750 words (not including the title) and can be in any genre you prefer. You have until June 2 to figure out your story details and submit it here.

Submissions are voted on and the winners are chosen based on those results.

Good luck!

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Writing Contests: Literary Mama special issues

I find that for most writing contestsWriting contests require your final draft, a little preparation is necessary. This one is no different. Literary Mama is looking for writing submissions for its special theme issues. The catch is that it wants submissions three months before the special issue is published. So, although it is too late to get into the game for the Mother’s Day issue, you can probably still make the Father’s Day issue if you act now.

By its own admission, the magazine is looking for real, raw emotions (pain, humor, joy), strong narratives and something with depth. You can get all their nitty gritty guidelines at the link above.
Good luck!

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Writing Contests: For Women

Enter writing contests to tell your storyBudding female authors with an unpublished full-length work are encouraged to enter one of Carolina Wren Press’s annual writing contests for women. The nonprofit organization is inviting women to submit their novel, short story collection or memoir to win the Doris Bakwin Award, which includes a $1,000 prize and publication.The organization is accepting submissions through March 31, 2014, via submittable. All the guidelines for submission entries can be found on the Carolina Wren Press website.Good luck, ladies!

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Writing Contests: Writer’s Digest – Opening Sentence

Writing contests require your final draftWriter’s Digest hold several writing contests throughout the year, and the current one is asking for a simple sentence. Well, maybe not that simple. Go to the digest’s website and take a look at the photo they have posted there. Once you’ve done that, come up with the opening sentence to the story that goes with that picture. Keep in mind, they just want one sentence (of 25 words or less), and it can be serious. funny, intriguing – however you want to go.

Make sure to use the submission form online to upload your entry and keep in mind that all entries are due by April 14, 2014.

Good luck!

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My Story: The Virus Is the Cure

My story today features a beautiful virus.A familiar, soft buzzing noise is at the heart of my story.

It’s amazing how that little buzz/ping/beep has integrated into our days. There is the phantom buzz where you think you heard your phone, but aren’t sure. And there is even the buzz check where you haven’t heard a buzz in so long, you have to check your battery.

But what if there was just silence? Imagine that your phone stopped talking to you.

There was once a time when he had to corral people and demand they stack their phones in the center of the conference table just to keep their attention for the 15-minute meeting. He thought of how they would look now – a tower of empty boxes.

Listen to: The Virus Is the Cure.

That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

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