September 6 Deadline for Grand Prairie Entries

Writers interested in submitting work for the Creative Writing division of the Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts (September 27-29) have until September 6, 2013. The Festival is held in Stuttgart, Arkansas. This it its 57th year. For details, visit www.grandprairiearts.com

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Flash Fiction/Short Story/Novel Contests Open

The Iron Writer Challenge 500 word maximum -No entry fee; no prizes 2013 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest 100 word maximum – Entry fees; prizes Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 3,500 word maximum – Entry fees; prizes Ballot Press Monthly contest with complicated rules Information says that a… Continue reading Flash Fiction/Short Story/Novel Contests Open

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NaNoWriMo 2012

It’s here again! The November challenge to all would-be novelists to produce a 50,000- word draft in 30 days: NAtional NOvember WRIting MOnth. If you live in Arkansas and are participating this year, respond to this post by putting your name in a comment so that other participants can buddy up and cheer you on.… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2012

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Just For Fun

Western novelist Brett Cogburn is sponsoring a “Western Mini” contest. He’s asking for a 4-sentence story according to this model: “The horse died.  My saddle rotted and my stirrups fell into the creek.  The Indians shot my partner through the hat.  The End.” – Wallace Johnston, Amarillo, TX The contest closes at midnight on September… Continue reading Just For Fun

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Contest for Self-published Books

Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Self-Published Book. Any self-published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $10 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine. To submit an entry, email a PDF of your entire book,… Continue reading Contest for Self-published Books

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Plan Ahead for Fall Conferences and Contests 2012

The WordWeavers writing group of Bartlesville, Oklahoma will be teaming up with the Bartlesville Library in September to offer an authors’ event on September 15 from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The targeted audience is the reading public, but writers will have the opportunity to sell books. Owing to limited space, organizers will give first… Continue reading Plan Ahead for Fall Conferences and Contests 2012

The Southern Sin Essay Contest

Creative Nonfiction (CNF) and the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference & Workshop are looking for essays that capture the South in all its steamy sinfulness. For example: skipping church to watch football, coveting your neighbor’s Real Housewife of Atlanta, or just drinking an unholy amount of sweet tea. Contest sponsors invite writers to confess their… Continue reading The Southern Sin Essay Contest

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May 14 Deadline for Fiction500 Contest

The entry fee is $12, the window for submission is May 1-14, and the first prize is $500. The Fiction500 contest is sponsored by the not-for-profit Fiction500 Foundation (status pending) in San Diego, California. According to its website, the contest was inspired by the Three-Minute Fiction Writing Contest that National Public Radio began in 2009. Here’s… Continue reading May 14 Deadline for Fiction500 Contest

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Lorian Hemingway Release Good Example of How Not to Ask for Publicity

I just got a lengthy email asking me to announce a short story contest. Naturally I wanted to pass the information on to Arkansas writers, but when I started reading the announcement, I found myself wandering in a morass of irrelevant material, looking for information that should have been presented in the first 300 words.… Continue reading Lorian Hemingway Release Good Example of How Not to Ask for Publicity

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