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Writing Contests: Poetry Collections

Enter writing contests to tell your storyMost poetry writing contests ask you for one or two entries. This one asks you for an entire collection. Writers & Books awards the Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize to a poet with an outstanding unpublished book-length collection of poetry. The prize includes $1,000, publication of the collection and a fellowship at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes.

All collections are due by January 31, 2014. There is a entry fee of $25. You can download the entry form and see all the rules at the Writers & Books website.

Good luck!

Scroll through this page for the latest information on a variety of writing contests.

My story: Waking up with Strangers

My story may require an alarm clock.My story today has a happy ending.

A lot of my storytelling podcast posts don’t have a happy ending. I think that is part of the problem with stories — outside of certain genres (romance novels, fairy tales), most stories don’t have a happy ending. In Waking up with Strangers, however, the listener can be assured a happy ending — it may just be the rest of the story that they have a problem with.

Do you like happy endings to stories?

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

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Writing Contests: Phoebe Journal wants your work

Pull out your quill and enter some writing contestsPhoebe 43.1 is holding some of its annual writing contests. Winners will be featured in the spring issue of the journal and you could win up to $1,000.

Works in a variety of formats are being accepted: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction – all with a $17 entry fee.

The deadline for entering the writing contests is February 1, 2014. For additional rules and to enter the contests, visit the Phoebe Journal.

Scroll through this page for the latest information on a variety of writing contests.

Good luck!

 

 

My story: Woman with Eggs on Bus

My story title will make sense later.My story today has an unusual title, but stay with me.

This storytelling podcast explores that cast of background characters that seem to follow people in their daily lives. You see the same faces everywhere — on your morning commute, in line at the supermarket or even just walking along the street. In Woman with Eggs on Bus, we find that the background characters can lead some of the most interesting lives.

It occurs to Harriet that if she should die, she should probably leave her parents a note about the small plastic gnomes in the bottom drawer of her kitchen. The drawer wasn’t always devoted to gnomes – at one point it contained pots and pans. But then there was that Black Friday six years ago where she was trolling an online auction site and found a gross of them for sale.

Maybe this story will inspire you to reach out to those near strangers and say hello.

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

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Writing Contests: Try for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

type your way into writing contestsTake some time near Christmas to enter some writing contests, like the 2014 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. This contest, named in honor of North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe, is open to all writers regardless of geographical location.

Submissions should be shorter than 12 pages (one-inch margins, double-spaced). Just keep in mind that submissions are due by January 30, 2014.

Submissions are being collected by Submittable. Keep in mind there is an entry fee of $15 for North Carolina Writers Network members and $25 for non-members. To submit by regular mail, send to Professor Tony Abbott, PO Box 7096, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28035.

Scroll through this page for the latest information on a variety of writing contests.

Good luck!