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Writing Contests: Virginia is for writers

Finish your entry to some writing contests.As far as regional writing contests go, the Sherwood Anderson Short Story contest does a nice job of celebrating new talented writers along with the old. Held in honor of a proliferate Southern Virginia writer, this contest has categories for writers of all ages: from first graders to adults.

The contest calls for works shorter than 6,000 words centering on rural life or living in small-town America. Only natives of Southwest Virginia or areas of states bordering Southwest Virginia are eligible to enter.

All entries need to be postmarked before May 31, 2014. For full rules and guidelines on submissions, visit the Smyth-Bland Regional Library’s website.

Good luck!

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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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