I’m pleased to announce that I am now listed on the Poets & Writers Directory! Check out my listing and find more information right here:
Just a couple of days ago, my poem “After Writing A Story and Hearing Others Ask for the ‘Real’ Ending” was published by Leaves of Ink!
Here’s an excerpt to get you started:
for a conclusion,
the end to the story,
we never know the end… (Interested? Read more here!)
I just published a poem about trauma on Medium, called “I Know What It’s Like-A Poem about Trauma”.
Excerpt is here (so you’ll seriously consider checking it out):
I know what it’s like to live in the dark,
to breathe it in,
to feel myself dying in it,
to try and exist far beyond it…. (read more here!)
So yesterday, I was published in 3 different places all in one day– A RECORD!!!… For me, that is. And so I want to share all of them with you here.
First off, my award-winning story, “The Last Time She Saw Her Brother” was published in the amazing The Box Under the Bed Anthology. It’s only 99 cents for the Kindle and has been climbing up the list of popularity quickly–and this is just the second day since it has been published (I repeat: second)! If you want to look more into it, check it out right here. You won’t want to miss it!
Second, three of my poems–“Bibliography”, “Librarians”, and “Revelation 12”–have been published by Foliate Oak and can be located right here. What was exciting for me about this was that I sent the maximum number of poems possible to send to Foliate Oak, and every single poem was accepted. That’s a first for me!
Lastly, I have been published for the third time in the amazing The Asexual. This is one of those literary journals I absolutely love and never want to stop contributing to. Check out my latest poem, “When You Say ‘Body’, I Say”, right here.
That’s all I want to say for now, except… WOW. Three publications in one day is pretty incredible!
I’ve been waiting months for this poem to be released, and it’s finally here! I wrote this last year and submitted it, thinking it wouldn’t even be seriously considered. Instead, it was accepted at my first try with The Voices Project, and I’m glad to be sharing it with you through this amazing publication!
Excerpt (so you’ll seriously consider checking out the link):
till your heart bleeds out
into a thousand glass pieces
scattered upon the blood-stained floor,… (read more here!)
I have appeared, once again, in two new literary journals! My poem, “The Thoughts That Cross My Mind When I Incorrectly Call Myself ‘Bisexual'” can be found in The Asexual‘s latest issue here, and my story, “A Pebble on the Road”, can be found in Planted Word‘s latest issue here.
I hope you enjoy these pieces!
Have you ever begun searching for contests and found that nothing rolls up your alley because… well… you have to pay an entry fee?
Seriously, sometimes these entry fees can reach upwards of $28. I don’t know if any of you have submitted to more expensive contests, but I’m sure some are out there.
But when you’re faced with an entry fee, it can be hard to choose whether to spend that money on a contest you may not win, or if you ought to spend it on something you’re 110% certain you’ll get–such as food. Or books.
If you’re faced with this problem, then here are Ten Writing Contests with NO entry fee (listed in no particular order).
1. Brilliant Flash Fiction
Brilliant Flash Fiction offers a quarterly writing contest with absolutely NO entry fee. Their due dates are usually in the 15th of January, March, June, and September of each year, and the winners are posted by the end of these months.
Of course, you must submit fiction, not poetry. In addition to this, the fiction must be flash fiction. I think it’s worth it, for sure.
If you’d like to read more about these contests, click here for more details.
2. Helen Literary Magazine
Helen Literary Magazine holds its own quarterly prompt writing contest with (surprise!) NO entry fee. The writing you submit must be based on the images they provide. It can be any genre you choose: poetry, fiction, nonfiction. All are welcome!
Winners are announced 15 days after they have closed submissions. Deadlines are usually at the end of January, March, June, and September. You can find out more about it here.
3. Spirit First
Yet another writing contest worth considering the next time they host one! Spirit First hosts a poetry writing contest annually. Writers must stick with the themes of meditation or mindfulness in order to be considered for publication. First place receives $200 and publication.
Be sure to check it out and watch for the next time they hold a contest! Deadline is usually at the end of January.
4. Foley Poetry Award
America Magazine typically holds its own annual poetry contest called the Foley Poetry Contest. They typically accept any unpublished poetry that’s under 30 lines. The cash prize is $1000 and, I think, is definitely worth a shot! Check here for one of the last times they held a poetry contest.
5. Inkitt Novel Contest
This one is a bit farther up the alley, because it is a free writing contest… for novels.
Now I know that not everyone is up for writing novels, but for anyone desperate to get their novels out there–well, here’s a way to do just that! You receive 25% royalties and they have a good marketing team helping you with your book along the way. It’s worth considering, at the very least!
6. Starkey Flythe Jr. Poetry Prize
This writing contest, hosted by Berry Fleming Book Festival, requires that you submit 3 poems of no longer than 30 lines per. Of course there are more details that you must adhere to, listed here, but it’s definitely worth submitting to. Their deadline is by the end of July for this year. Best get to submitting now for a possible $500 prize!
7. Poetry Nook Weekly Poetry Contest
There are some unique places out there who host contests often, but this one has a weekly contest with possible winnings up to $150. The results are posted every Sunday and can be about anything at all. On top of that, you can submit previously published poetry! This means that you have a chance to get a winning spot every week. Of course, you’d have to be a member of the site, but I think it’s definitely worth looking at. Check here for more details!
8. Winter Tangerine Awards
This writing contest, hosted by Winter Tangerine Review, is open once a year. They accept poetry or prose and give a $250 award for the winner. Finalists receive $20. They also request that you include an artist statement–and that you have not published any books whatsoever. So all emerging writers are definitely welcome here! Visit their website here for more details.
9. L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest
If you have any fantasy or science fiction pieces written (up to 17,000 words total), then this contest is right up your alley.
They host this contest quarterly (with awards of $1000, $750, and $500), and the annual grand prize is $5000. Definitely worth checking out, especially since this is hosted regularly. Their next deadline is June 30, 2017, so consider submitting!
10. Warner International Playwright Festival
I don’t limit writing to simply prose and poetry–we must also remember playwrights and screenwriters, who are also part of the circle of writers.
Warner holds an international playwright festival annually. They consider one-act plays that are no less than 12 pages, but no more than 30 pages. Though not exactly a competition, it is a chance to be among the selected playwrights whose play is featured. Definitely worth considering and submitting to.
So, those are all the writing contests I wanted to share with you! If you know of any more that I haven’t mentioned here, please share them here so that the list can be extended as time goes on. I hope to do more lists like these in the near future, so if we can find up to 25 writing contests with no entry fees… well, that’d be better than awesome, for sure!
Have a great day all! I’m off to see if I can submit to some writing contests myself…
I am pleased to inform you that Moledro Magazine, Issue 5 has been released! My two poems, “Pandora’s Box” and “A Flashback” can be found within the magazine. These poems are about my own experience living with the memories of a series of traumatic events and being forced to relive them (PTSD). Although it is a difficult topic to approach altogether, I took care to make sure that no event was explicitly mentioned in either of these poems.
I hope you all enjoy the magazine! Feel free to comment here, or via the contact form, what you think of my poems: whether you liked them or not, if you can think of any way for me to improve on my future poems, etc. Feedback is welcome and appreciated!
Have a wonderful day, folks!
Some of you may have read some literary works from the famous Ernest Hemingway, or at least you may have a clue of his existence because he’s a famous writer. Many of you may or may not know of his famous 6-word story, one that has sparked the internet with the development of 6-word stories. There are even a few literary magazines that love and accept 6-word submissions.
As a result, I decided to join the club and write a few of my own six-word short stories. Currently I am participating in a contest with Six Words from SMITH magazine, and so I thought I’d share my submission here in addition to sharing it on Twitter. The theme was, basically, a creative 6-word excuse you might use when faced with a problem. Check out Six Word’s contest here and, additionally, you are welcome to view my submission via Twitter here. Enjoy!
Hello again, everyone!
Once again, I apologize for this delayed poem for Colleen’s weekly Tanka Challenge found here. I found a little bit of time to jot this down. It’s very personal to me in a particular way, so I hope you like it and I hope everyone reading this has a wonderful weekend!