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io9’s Environmental Writing Contest


We can't prevent environmental disasters without preparing for them. That's why io9 is going to pay $2000 each to two people who write the best stories about environmental disaster. It's io9's Environmental Writing Contest - for science fiction and non-fiction.

io9 is looking for stories that deal with environmental disaster, whether caused by random asteroid impacts or oil drilling accidents. We believe that the first step to solving planet-scale problems is to assess, honestly and critically, what it would mean to experience such a disaster. We need mental models that can help policy-makers, researchers, and individuals prepare for the kinds of cataclysmic events that have occurred regularly throughout Earth's history.

We're holding this contest to reward people for coming up with ideas that could help avert the next Deepwater spill and Pacific garbage gyre - or help people prepare better for the next Indian Ocean tsunami and Haiti earthquake. Storytelling is a powerful tool. We want you to use it well.

Our awesome team of judges includes Paolo Bacigalupi (author of Ship Breaker andWindup Girl) and Jonathan Strahan (editor of the Eclipse anthologies), as well as others to be announced.

Contest Guidelines
Your story should be between 3,000-5,000 words. It must be an original story that has not been published elsewhere.

The contest has two categories: Science Fiction and Non-Fiction. We will pick a winner from each.

Guidelines for Science Fiction Entries:
Your story should deal meaningfully and plausibly with some aspect of environmental disaster. There are no limits on the kind of disaster you explore. It could be an exploding star, a plague, tachyon pollution, nanotech diseases, climate change, or something else. What's important is that your story deal with causes and consequences. How did the disaster happen, who will benefit from it, how will people (or other creatures) respond to it? We don't want morality tales or after school specials here - just good stories that deal realistically with the subject matter.

Guidelines for Non-Fiction Entries:
Your story can be a piece of investigative journalism, a well-researched history, biographical/autobiographical narrative, or science/technology writing for a lay audience. You can write a profile of people or groups dealing with environmental disaster, analyze the science behind environmental problems, or cover the story of a disaster that has already happened. We prefer stories that involve reporting and research. Though the story must be original, you may base it on research you have already done for another project or piece of reporting.

Here's what you'll win:
Winning stories will be published on io9, and we will give $2000 each to the winners in each category.

Deadline for all stories is midnight PST, December 11.

How to submit your entry:
You may submit only ONE story. Please mail your submission as a .doc or .rtf attachment. In your cover letter, be sure to include your name and a reliable way to contact you. Also, please specify whether you are entering the science fiction or non-fiction category. Mail submissions to

Send an email to Annalee Newitz, the author of this post, at

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(REMINDER) One Act Play Competition for Writers 2010

Bottle Tree Productions

First Prize $1,000
Second Prize $250
Third Prize $100

One Act Plays of up to 70 minutes may be submitted
to Bottle Tree Productions
at 445 Southwood Drive, Kingston, Ontario K7M-5P8
Phone 613-542-0070 OR 384-8433 or email

Please have your copy bound and if you wish it returned, please include a manuscript-sized SASE. Or check out for email submissions, Paypal options and further details.

The entry fee for each submission is $25. Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions.

Multiple submissions accepted

Plays can have previously been produced but not professionally
Please do not attach your name or contact name to the script but have that information on a separate sheet of paper.

The competition runs until November 30th 2010.

Winners will be announced in January of 2011.

If you want a critical analysis of your work please enclose a cheque for $50 made payable to Bottle Tree Productions.

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2010 Passager Poetry Contest for Writers Over 50

2010 Passager Poetry Contest for Writers Over 50

Submit work: September 1, 2009 - April 1, 2010
Results announced for 2010 contest (projected date): July, 2010

Winner receives $300 and publication. Honorable mentions will also be published.

Reading fee: $20, check or money order payable to Passager
Reading fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to Passager.
Submit 3-5 poems, 50 lines max. per poem
Introduce yourself with a cover letter and brief bio.
Include name and address on every page.
Include a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE) for notification of winners.
Poems will not be returned.
No previously published work.

Simultaneous submissions to other journals are okay, but please notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere. No email submissions, please!

If you need more information, send us an email: (replace (at) with @), or call: 410.837.6047.

Send all submissions to:

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-5779

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2010 Family Circle Fiction Contest Rules

(This news courtesy Rhonda Browning White)

See the rules and entry information for the 2010 Family Circle Fiction Contest.


Contest begins March 1, 2010 and ends September 8, 2010. Entries must be postmarked on or before September 8, 2010 and received by September 15, 2010. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for illegible, lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or stolen entries or mail.

ENTRY: Submit an original (written by entrant), fiction short story of no more than 2,500 words, typed on 8-1/2x11paper. Entries must be unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. Include your name, address, daytime telephone number and e-mail address (optional) on each page and send to: Family Circle Fiction Contest, c/o Family Circle Magazine, 375 Lexington Avenue, Ninth Floor, New York, NY 10017.

LIMIT: Up to two (2) entries per person will be accepted but each entry must be a unique short story. No group entries. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, disqualify, modify, edit, and revise any entries, subjects, stories, or related materials that Sponsor deems to be nude, obscene, defamatory, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic, false, misleading, deceptive, or otherwise inconsistent with its editorial standards, audience expectations, or reputational interests or that Sponsor believes may violate any applicable law or regulation or the rights of any third party. By entering this contest, entrants consent to a background check, and Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to verify any element of any entry or related materials and to disqualify any entrant whose participation may subject the contest, Sponsor, or Sponsor's advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn, or ridicule.

ELIGIBILITY: Legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 21 years of age or older are eligible to enter, except employees of Sponsor, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement
or promotion of the contest and/or their respective agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and members of their immediate families or persons residing at the same address.

WINNER SELECTION: On or about October 15, 2010 a qualified panel of judges will judge eligible entries equally on the basis of sustained writing ability (25%), topic creativity (25%), originality (25%), and overall excellence (25%). One (1) grand prize winner and two (2) runners-up will be selected. In the event of a tie, a qualified panel of judges will determine the winner based on the criterion of overall excellence. Sponsor reserves the right to choose fewer than two runners-up if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries. Potential winners will be notified by phone and/or mail and the prizes delivered on or about November 30, 2010. Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects.

PRIZING: One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a prize package including a check for $750.00, a gift certificate to one (1) course of his or her choice, up to a value of $610.00, one (1) year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00 and a one (1) year On Demand Videos membership valued at $160.00. Total approximate retail value of grand prize package $1,575.00. One (1) Second Place winner will receive a check for $250.00, a one (1) year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00 and a one (1) year on Demand Videos membership valued at $160.00. Total retail value ("RV") of second place prize package $465.00. One (1) Third Place winner will receive a
check for $250.00 and a one (1) year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00. Total RV of third place prize package $305.00. One (1) prize per household. Prizes may not be assigned, transferred, or changed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. The
awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. The Grand Prize winner's story may, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, be published in a future issue of Family Circle magazine. Runner up stories may, in the sole discretion of sponsor, appear on the Family Circle website, currently located at Publication of winning entries is not guaranteed, and has no retail value.

CONDITIONS/WARRANTIES: Entrants agree to be bound by Official Rules and agree that if any winner fails to provide proof of identity, refuses to provide required affidavit, is found to have violated the Official Rules or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Entrants understand that Sponsor is not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this promotion and acceptance, possession and use of prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest or in the announcement of the prize. Decisions of Sponsor are final and binding in all respects.

PRIVACY: By entering and providing the required entry information, you acknowledge that Sponsor may also send you information, samples or special offers it believes may be of interest to you about its publications or other complementary goods offered by Sponsor. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS PROMOTION.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Except where prohibited, by participating Contest entrants agree that: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants and Sponsor and their agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Entrant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Contest, or awarding of the prizes,
shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the
State of New York and entrant hereby consents and submits to the
personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating
any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this
Contest, entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and
causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or
awarding of the prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort
to any form of class action; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and
awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred,
including costs associated with participating in this Contest but in
no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any
participant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all
rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any
other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any
and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. Some
jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability
for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to

GENERAL: Except where prohibited by law: (i) entry constitutes
permission to use entrants' entry, name, hometown, voice, likeness,
photograph and any statements regarding this contest for editorial,
public relations, promotional and advertising purposes on behalf of
Sponsor without compensation; (ii) potential winners will be required
to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership/Liability
Release, Publicity Release and License of Pre-Existing Work within ten
(10) days of notification or the entry with the next highest score may
become an alternate winner. If winner notification is returned as
undeliverable, the entry with the next highest score may become an
alternate winner. By participating and winning a prize, winners
release Sponsor, and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and
agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees and
agents from any and all liability with respect to the prize won and
participation in the contest. Subject to all U. S. federal, state and
local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited. Taxes on prizes are
sole responsibility of winners. Grand prize winner will be issued a
1099 tax form for the retail value of the prize. For winners' names,
available after December 15th, 2010, send a separate, self-addressed,
stamped envelope to Winners' List/Fiction Writing Contest, Family
Circle Magazine, 375 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017. VT
residents may omit return postage.

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(REMINDER) Past Loves Day Story Contest

To foster awareness of PAST LOVES DAY, SEPTEMBER 17, Spruce Mountain Press sponsors an annual Story Contest. The Contest, and the Day, offer an opportunity to acknowledge a truth that lingers in your heart.

First Prize: $100 Second Prize: $75 Third Prize: $50 Honorable Mention(s)

Winning stories will be posted (anonymously, if requested by author) on this website.

Some stories may also be selected for inclusion in an upcoming anthology, to be published by Spruce Mountain Press. Please specify if you would prefer that your story NOT be included in this selection process for the anthology OR for posting on this website. This in no way affects your eligibility to win.


Entries must be sent by midnight, August 17. Winning stories will be posted on this website within one month after Past Loves Day, September 17. Individuals who have won prizes will be informed when the selection process has been completed.

Learn all the details at their website

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Chapbook contest+magazine call for submissions: SpringGun

(This news courtesy R.S. White)

SpringGun Press / is excited to announce an open call for submissions to our 2011 Poetry Chapbook Prize. All entries will be judged anonymously by the editors with a cash prize of $500 and publication by SpringGun Press.

Contest Guidelines for the 2011 SpringGun Chapbook Prize, for any poet writing in English.

• Manuscript must be postmarked by August 16, 2010.

Send Manuscripts to:

Editors of SpringGun
450 W. 14th Ave
PO Box 48145
Denver, CO 80204

General Contest Terms:
• Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each manuscript must be accompanied by its own cover page and fee.
• We welcome simultaneous submissions. However, please notify us immediately at <editor(at)> (replace (at) with @) if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
• Entry fee of $10 must accompany each submission; make check payable to SPRINGGUN PRESS.
• No translations

Manuscript Requirements:
• 25-40 pages, paginated
• Securely bound with a removable clip or band
• Cover page with: name, address, telephone, and email
• Title page with manuscript title only
• Please DO NOT include acknowledgement or bio pages

• For notification of winner, please send an email to
<editor(at)> (replace (at) with @)
with the words CHAPBOOK SASE in the subject line.
• Manuscripts will not be returned

SpringGun's Journal - Third Issue Reading Period: 4/1/10-8/1/10

The reading period for the third issue of SpringGun is now accepting original and innovative poetry, flash fiction (up to 1000 words), digital poetry, essays, interviews and book reviews. Our journal has featured work by Stephen Graham Jones, Mez Breeze, J. Michael Martinez, Jason Nelson and many other incredible writers.

To see our current issue please visit:

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Salamander 2010 Fiction Prize (REMINDER)

(This news courtesy of Rhonda Browning White)

Salamander 2010 Fiction Prize
$1,500 Honorarium and Publication

Final Judge: Jill McCorkle

SEND ENTRIES: May 15 through June 15, 2010 READING FEE: $15
• All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously.
• Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 40 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry.
• Please submit two separate cover sheets with each entry, one with the title of the story ONLY, and the other with the title of the story and your name, address, phone number, and email. Your name should NOT appear anywhere on the story itself.
• Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-refundable if the submission is withdrawn. Please notify the editors as soon as possible if a submitted story is accepted elsewhere.
• Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere cannot be considered. Salamander’s definition of publishing includes electronic publication.
• No handwritten, faxed, emailed, or poorly copied/printed manuscripts will be considered.
• Salamander will not consider work from anyone currently or recently (within the past 4 years) affiliated with Suffolk University or the prize judge.
• If you wish to be notified of the arrival of your manuscript, please enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard. Please also include a self-addressed stamped business-sized envelope for notification of contest results.
• Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. Checks should be made out to Salamander. We will send your subscription to the address on your cover sheet unless instructed otherwise. Overseas addresses, please add $10 for subscription postage ($5 for addresses in Canada).

Please note that we cannot accept money orders or checks from foreign banks.

Jill McCorkle has published five novels and three collections of short stories, the most recent being Going Away Shoes (2009). Five of her eight books have been named New York Times notable books. She has received the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for
Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature.

She teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at North Carolina State.

SEND ENTRIES FROM MAY 15 THROUGH JUNE 15 (postmark deadline) to:

2010 Fiction Prize
Salamander/Suffolk University English Dept.
41 Temple Street
Boston, MA 02114

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Poetry and fiction book contests: Autumn House

(This news courtesy of R.S. White).

The 2010 Autumn House Poetry and Fiction Contests Guidelines for the 2010 Autumn House Poetry Contest
Since 2003, the annual Autumn House Poetry Contest has awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500 to the winner. The 2010 judge is Claudia Emerson. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2010.
The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to participate in the 2011 Autumn House Master Authors Series in Pittsburgh.
The deadline is June 30, 2010.
We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
All finalists will be considered for publication.
The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Claudia Emerson.
All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible.
If you wish to be informed of the results of the competition, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
All entries must be clearly marked "Poetry Prize" on the outside envelope.
Twenty five dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
Send manuscript and $25.00 fee to:
Autumn House Press
PO Box 60100
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
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Fiction and poetry chapbook contest for LGBT authors: Bloom

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)



Please read the following guidelines carefully before sending any
questions to <queerarts(at)> (replace (at) with @).

1) Contest is open to any author who identifies as Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual or Transgender.

2) Any entry by an author who is not LGBT will be disqualified upon
BLOOM's confirmation of author's identity. Any entry fee will not be

3) Previous publication in BLOOM does not privilege or diminish an
author's eligibility.

4) For Fiction, material must be original and unpublished, either in
print or online. An excerpt from a larger work is eligible, but should
not be identified as such. The excerpt will be judged as a stand-alone
piece of work.

5) For Poetry, material must be original and at least 50% unpublished.
If poems have been published in literary journals, either in print or
online, please list the acknowledgments on the Submission Form and not
anywhere in the Manuscript. Poems published in books, including
anthologies and e-books, are not eligible.

6) No joint authors. An author may enter both contests, but each entry
requires a Submission Form (download PDF at, a Manuscript, and
an Entry Fee.

7) Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. The author's name should
appear only on the Submission Form that accompanies the manuscript and
nowhere else, including Headers and Footers.

8) No translations; manuscripts must be in English.

9) Manuscript Preparation:

Poetry – Every manuscript must have a Title Page, with the title of
the manuscript and a table of the contents (i.e. a list of the poems
included). Pages should be numbered in upper right corner, with the
Title of the manuscript in the heading. No more than one poem per
page; no more than 25 pages (does not include Title Page). A paper
clip is preferred, but staples are fine.

Fiction – Every manuscript must have a Title Page, with only title of
the manuscript (no personal information, no word counts, nada). Pages
should be numbered in upper right corner, with the Title of the
manuscript in the heading. Please double-space the text; use standard
margins; no more than 25 pages (does not include Title Page). A paper
clip is preferred, but a staple is fine.

10) ENTRY FEE: $15 by check (payable to BLOOM Magazine) or paid online. Each fee
entitles author to one issue of BLOOM.

11) DEADLINE: Submission must be postmarked or emailed by June 15, 2010.

12) REGULAR SUBMISSION: Send Submission Form, Manuscript, and Entry
Fee to BLOOM Chapbook Contest, 5482 Wilshire Blvd, #1616, Los Angeles,
CA 90036. If you want to be notified of receipt, please include a
self-addressed, stamped postcard or envelope.

13) ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: Email manuscript to
<queerarts(at)>(replace (at) with @) with one of two subject
headings (Fiction Chapbook Contest or Poetry Chapbook Contest).
Submission Form may be emailed or sent separately. Entry Fee may be
paid online or sent separately. NOTE: Work will not be considered
until all three items are present.

14) ANNOUNCEMENT: A list of finalists will be announced by September
1, 2010, and the winner by October 1, 2010.

15) Finalists and winners may be published in a future issue of BLOOM
or on BLOOM's website.

16) Each winner receives $250 and 25 copies of chapbook.

17) Additional guidelines may emerge if we forgot something, but we
tried to cover everything.

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Short essay contest: Sonora Review

(This news courtesy Rhonda Browning White)

Short Essay Contest: Sonora Review

$1000 and publication in Sonora Review will be given for the first annual Concentrated Nonfiction Contest. The inaugural contest will be judged by Ander Monson. Submit a work of unpublished nonfiction, up to 1,000 words, by June 1st. Entry fee is $15, which includes a copy of
the Summer 2010 issue of Sonora Review. Include a cover letter with full name, title of work, mailing and email address. The author's name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. No previous published work will be accepted.

By "concentrated nonfiction" we mean a short essay of any variety under 1000 words, not limited to any specific type of essay. In fact, we encourage creativity that projects the malleability of the form. We also are willing to publish multimedia essays as long as the main force of the essay is through language (and it is short).

Submit Online Through Submishmash

Simply click on the type of contest you'd like to submit to, register, pay, and we're all good to go.

Send Submissions To:

Sonora Review. Contest

Department of English, University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721

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