Submissions Deadline for Seshat Literary Magazine

Remember to consider submitting to Seshat-a Magazine with a strong preference to those involved, or those who have been involved, in homeschooling. The deadline is September 1, 2017. Make sure you submit your pieces before then! We accept poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Click the link listed here for more details and to learn how to submit: http://seshatlitmag.wordpress.com/

Thank you all and I hope to receive your submissions there shortly!

Ten Writing Contests with NO Entry Fee

Hey all!

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…

Update (Since I Didn’t Post Last Month): Good News and Bad News

I haven’t updated in a while, and I sincerely apologize for that. With college classes drawing to an end, I had difficulty even finding the time to write! However, I’m back now with news–both good and bad ones.

As is customary, I’ll begin with the good news. I have a link with my published works up which you can view here.

Exciting, right?

Not as exciting as this next bit:

I GOT 5TH PLACE IN A CONTEST!!!

Yes, I put it as a link, because it truly is exciting news! I’m more than honored to have received a writing award because I truly did not expect it. My piece will be featured on the website next Saturday, and I will be placing the link through my list of published works and–hopefully–through a blog post as well. Let’s hope!

Now I said there was bad news…

Unfortunately my radio show, The Maddie Show, will be temporarily cancelled until further notice. As of now, I’m not sure whether or not it will be permanently cancelled or temporarily cancelled. I’ll let you know as time moves on.

That’s all the time I have for now. Hope everyone is doing well!

Longlisted in the Brilliant Flash Fiction Writing Contest

I just thought I’d share some exciting news. My story, “The Last Letter”, was longlisted in the Brilliant Flash Fiction Writing Contest! You are welcome to see the award listing here:

BRILLIANT Flash Fiction Writing Contest – Overseas Travel

Unfortunately, I won’t be posting the story here on my blog, because I will be trying to get it published. However, I feel that this was a pretty nice accomplishment: Getting into the third rounds.

Have a great day, all, and stay warm!

The Mistaken Sisters – A 6-Word Excuse Story

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!

6-word-excuse-submission

Tanka Poem – Transformative Renewal

This poem is for the weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge, which you can find here.

Coming up with a title for this particular poem was a tricky process, but eventually I discovered what title this one needed. I hope it worked out, but even this title doesn’t please me as I believe it ought to. Also, finding the time to write this was especially hard, but I managed to squeeze in a little time to join this challenge (though I joined in later than most others did).

I hope you enjoy reading my poem below!

transformative-renewal

Friday News – Literary Magazines + A New Radio Show On the Block

Hello, and welcome to my update for this Friday!

First and foremost, I will be published in a few different places within the upcoming year: Moledro in March, and The Voices Project in September. I will be posting links to their issues once several of my poems have been published there. I am also being reviewed by several other Magazines, so stay tuned for more news on that.

Also, on Twitter I am currently watching and posting with the hashtag #writingwithpassion, because I absolutely love writing with passion and sharing that passion for writing with others. It is passion that drives the world, and I would like to encourage that same passion I feel on a daily basis. I will regularly post with this hashtag, so you may keep on the lookout for that.

I am also going to be hosting my own radio show, The Maddie Show. It will be appearing every Tuesday from 10 AM to 11 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the WLMU Radio Station. You can find out more information about where to locate the radio show here:

http://www.lemoyne.edu/Experience/Getting-Involved/Broadcasting-Student-Media/WLMU-Radio/

In my radio show, I plan to feature: Positive News Story of the Week, Independent/Growing Artists, and Le Moyne’s Featured Poet of the Week. Feel free to tune in! If you would like to have one of your songs/instrumentals featured, please contact me through the contact form on this blog or via Twitter here, and I will decide if your song is eligible to be shown at my show. This process will be decided according to the criteria of the College and according to my own individual criteria. The song must be clean and free from vulgar language, must be clearly heard (make sure it’s not staticky, or at least not too staticky), that it’s not hard to hear your voice/instrument, and that it is profound/outstanding.

Unfortunately at this time I can only feature poets from the realm of the Le Moyne College campus, but I plan to extend this to others by next semester. Stay tuned.

That is all for this week’s news. Tune in this upcoming Tuesday from 10 AM to 11 AM. Mark your calendars, and have a blessed weekend!