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Upcoming Writers Contests!

20 Feb

Old TypewriterThe literary publishing journal, Tethered By Letters have several new writing contests open to published and unpublished writers in the short story, flash fiction and poetry categories!

WINTER 2015 SHORT STORY CONTEST

Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.

Deadline: February 28th, 2015

Awards: 1st prize receives $500.00 and publication as the featured short story in our Literary Journal. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications as well as our online Noteworthy publication. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.

Submission fee: There is a $15.00 entry fee for each submission.

Judging: All submissions will be judged by the professional editing team at TBL and the winner will be announced publicly in May, 2015. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges by the end of April, 2015. Judges decisions are final.

WINTER 2015 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words.

Deadline: February 28th, 2015

Awards: 1st prize receives $150.00 and publication as the featured flash fiction in our Literary Journal. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications and win free edits from one of our Senior Editors.

Submission fee: There is a $7.00 entry fee for each individual submission or a $15.00 entry fee for three flash fictions.

Judging: All submissions will be judged by the professional editing team at TBL and the winner will be announced publicly in May, 2015. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges by the end of April, 2015. Judges decisions are final.

WINTER 2015 POETRY CONTESTS

Criteria: Our editors ask that any submissions be previously unpublished, of original content, and be no more than two pages in length

Deadline: February 28th, 2015.

Awards: 1st prize receives $150.00 and publication as the featured poem in our Literary Journal. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications as well as our monthly short story selection. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.

Submission fee: There is a $7.00 entry fee for each submission or $15.00 for three submissions.

Judging: All submissions will be judged by the professional editing team at TBL and the winner will be announced publicly in May 2015. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges by the end of April, 2015. Judges decisions are final.

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible. Click here to start the submission process.

* Tethered by Letters reserves the rights to NOT award a winner in any of the above categories if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has never come to pass in our four-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

2015 ACFW GENESIS CONTEST

The ACFW Genesis Contest is for unpublished Christian fiction writers. With ten categories to enter, Genesis provides the opportunity for unbiased feedback on writers’ work by published authors and experienced judges, and the chance for finalists to have their work read by Christian publishing house editors and literary agents.

ELIGIBILITY:

1. Any author whose work has not been previously published in novella or book-length fiction (in ANY print or online form) is eligible to enter Genesis.

2. Authors who are published in non-fiction, children’s, and short story are eligible to enter an unpublished fiction manuscript.

3. There is no limit to the number of entries AN AUTHOR may submit, however, a single manuscript may not be entered into multiple categories.

4. Contest is open to ACFW members and non-members.

5. Any author contracted for publication before March 15, 2015 is not eligible to enter Genesis. If an entrant receives a contract on a manuscript entered in the contest after March 15, 2015, that manuscript may remain in the contest.

6. Co-authored entries are allowed to enter. If one of the authors is a current ACFW member, then the entry can be submitted for the member entry fee. Both authors must be unpublished in fiction.

7. In any category, if fewer than seven (7) entries are received, the category shall be dissolved and the entrant’s alternate choice category on their submission will be used. The author is responsible for choosing the appropriate category for their entry.

8. Previous winning entries of the Genesis are not eligible to be entered in this year’s contest. Previous finalist (not winning) entries may be entered again. First Impressions entries are eligible as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements as stated.

9. The manuscript should not contain profanity, graphic sex, gratuitous violence or other objectionable material, and must otherwise conform to generally accepted standards of the CBA. The ACFW Executive Board may order the disqualification of submissions not meeting this requirement.

10. Manuscripts must be complete in order to enter Genesis.

JUDGING:
FIRST ROUND: During the first round, three judges (published authors or experienced writers trained in judging the Genesis) will score each entry, up to a maximum of 100 points per entry. All three scores will be averaged.

SEMI-FINAL ROUND: The top 10 entries from each category will then move on to the semi-final round. The semi-final judges will be published authors who will use the same scoresheet as the first round. All three judges’ scores are averaged to determine the entry’s standing.

FINAL ROUND: The top three semi-final round entries in each category–category finalists–will continue to the final round. In the event of a tie, the previous round scores of the tied entries will be used to break the tie. Finalists will be allowed 48 HOURS ONLY to review the judge’s scores from the previous rounds and polish and resubmit their entries before the entries are sent to the final round judges. If you are unable to polish and resubmit, then your original entry will be sent to the final round judges.

During the final round, three final round judges will score each entry, and the three scores will be averaged. Discrepancy judges will NOT be used. In each category, the entry receiving the top final round score becomes the category winner. The final round scores alone determine the category winners. If any category winner is disqualified or withdraws for any reason, the next highest-scoring finalist will be moved up to become category winner.

For the final round, the final round judges (editors and agents) will not utilize the scoresheet used in the first and second rounds of judging. Instead, final round judges will simply give a numerical score of up to 100 points for each final round entry. Final round judges have the option of giving comments on the final round entries, but are not required to do so. All three scores will be averaged.

All judging is blind. Entrants’ names are only known by the coordinator.

PROJECTED CATEGORIES:

For all the stories, one or more characters’ Christian beliefs are blended with and form a part of the story. However, the presence of a Christian character or the use of Christian phrases and scripture are not the indicators of the spiritual content in the stories. For Speculative Fiction, the traditional Christian terms are often replaced by other words more suited to the fictional setting.

Contemporary: Novels or sagas set in any location, in contemporary setting. This category includes literary fiction, women’s fiction, and mainstream fiction. The stories in this category can be dramatic or comedic.

Historical (through Vietnam era): Novels or sagas set in any location, in which the time frame of the majority of the story is a historical context rather than a contemporary one. The time period can be up to and including the Vietnam era.

Historical Romance (through Vietnam era): Novels or sagas set in any location, but in which the time frame of the majority of the story is a historical context rather than a contemporary one. The time period can be up to and including the Vietnam era. The love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the story is emotionally satisfying. The stories in this category can be dramatic or comedic.

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Novels set in any location in which the suspense or mystery is the primary plot. In suspense, “often the reader learns very early in the story who did what, and how, and even why, so that the tension results from the manner in which an expected conclusion is achieved” (Jessica Mann). In thrillers, “tough, resourceful . . . heroes are pitted against villains determined to destroy them, their country, or the stability of the free world” (Steve Bennett). “The detective novel, or mystery, is generally driven by a single protagonist and follows the process of detection, functioning like a puzzle” (Ginny Wiehardt).

Novella: Contemporary or historical stories in any of the genre categories in this contest. Word count is 15K – 45K.

Romance: The love story is set in any location in a contemporary setting, and is the main focus of the novel. The end of the book is emotionally satisfying. The stories in this category can be dramatic or comedic.

Romantic Suspense: A suspense plot is blended with a love story, which is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying. The story can be in any location, but the time frame should be a contemporary setting. Historical romantic suspense stories should be entered in the Historical Romance category.

Short Novel: Contemporary or historical shorter novels 45K-70K in length.

Speculative: Novels in which the science fiction, the future, other planets, a fantasy world, or paranormal happenings are a major element of the plot or setting. This category includes speculative, visionary, science fiction, paranormal, futuristic, allegory, and alternate history fiction. Stories targeted primarily at young adult readers should be entered in the Young Adult category.

Young Adult: Novels targeted toward young adult readers ages 12 through 18. The stories in this category can be dramatic, comedic, romantic, or non-romantic. Science Fiction/Fantasy/Allegory stories targeted primarily at young adult readers can be entered in this category. Stories targeted to Middle Readers are included in this category.

PRIZES:

Each category will have one first place winner. The first place entry in each category will receive a winner’s award and a gold Genesis lapel pin. The winners will be announced at the 2015 ACFW Annual Conference in September. The finalists in each category will receive a certificate and silver Genesis pin.

TIMELINE:

Contest opens: January 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM central time.

Contest closes: March 15, 2015 at 4:00 PM central time.

The top 10 semi-finalists in each category will be announced by May 5, 2015.

The three finalists in each category will be announced by June 15, 2015.

Winners will be announced at the Gala during ACFW’s national conference in September.

For contest fees, rules, further guidelines, and a sample scoresheet, click here for more information.

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize Call for Submissions 2016

The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. The winner will be announced in December or January. No information about the winner will be released before the official announcement. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about manuscripts. Please do not call or e-mail the Press.

Eligibility

1. The award is open to writers who have published a novel, a book-length collection of fiction, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals of national distribution. On-line publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement.
2. The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States.
3. University of Pittsburgh employees, former employees, current students, and those who have been students within the last three years are not eligible for the award.
4. Translations are not eligible if the translation was not done by the author.
5. Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 typed pages. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic) makes it ineligible.
6. Stories or novellas previously published in magazines or journals or in book form as part of an anthology are eligible.

Dates for Submission

Manuscripts must be received during May and June 2015. That is, they must be postmarked on or after May 1 and on or before June 30.

Send submissions to:
Drue Heinz Literature Prize
University of Pittsburgh Press
7500 Thomas Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please e-mail info@upress.pitt.edu

Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf will be awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre.

The next prize will be awarded to a manuscript in progress. We request that authors send a long sample from their manuscript, as well as a description of the work, as detailed below. We expect that we will work with the winner of the prize and provide editorial guidance toward the completion of the project. The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize emphasizes innovation in form, and we want to see projects that test the boundaries of literary nonfiction. We are less interested in straightforward memoirs, and we turn down a large number of them every year. Before submitting your manuscript for the prize, please look at the books previously published as winners of the prize for examples of the type of work that we are seeking.

Brigid Hughes, founding editor of A Public Space, will judge the prize. The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize seeks to acknowledge—and honor—the great traditions of literary nonfiction. Whether grounded in observation, autobiography, or research, much of the most beautiful, daring, and original writing over the past few decades can be categorized as nonfiction. Submissions to the prize might span memoir, biography, or history.

Eligibility: Any writer who has published at least one previous book (in any genre) and resides in the United States is eligible. We will consider one submission per person. Graywolf’s editors and the prize judge reserve the right to invite submissions. Agented submissions are also welcome. Manuscripts submitted for previous years’ prizes will not be reconsidered unless resubmission has been specifically requested by Graywolf’s editors or the judge.

Timeline: Only electronic submissions will be considered. The online submission manager will be open for Nonfiction Prize submissions during the submission month only. The last submission month for the prize was May 2014. The next submission period will be posted once that announcement has been made.

DeadlineAnnually in May. Follow this blog and stay updated on the Graywolf Press 2015 submission period and further announcements on more upcoming writers contests.

BlogPhoto ResizedKara loves to read and write supernatural suspense thrillers and is an ACFW Genesis 2013 Finalist in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category. But Kara also loves to share stories about God’s love, mercy and faithfulness. One of Kara’s favorite non-fiction quotes comes from noted author Corrie Ten Boom, “It was at a church service in Munich that I saw him, a former S.S. man who had stood guard at the shower room door in the processing center at Ravensbruck. He was the first of our actual jailers that I had seen since that time. And suddenly it was all there – the roomful of mocking men, the heaps of clothing, Betsie’s pain-blanched face.

He came up to me as the church was emptying, beaming and bowing. “How grateful I am for your message, Fraulein.” He said. “To think that, as you say, He has washed my sins away!” His hand was thrust out to shake mine. And I, who had preached so often to the people in Bloemendaal the need to forgive, kept my hand at my side.

Even as the angry, vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him. I tried to smile, I struggled to raise my hand. I could not. I felt nothing, not the slightest spark of warmth or charity. And so again I breathed a silent prayer. Jesus, I prayed, I cannot forgive him. Give me Your forgiveness.

As I took his hand the most incredible thing happened. From my shoulder along my arm and through my hand a current seemed to pass from me to him, while into my heart sprang a love for this stranger that almost overwhelmed me. And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself.”

Kara will share more on her thoughts about forgiveness, faith and God’s unending mercy in bi-monthly posts on this site. She will also keep you updated on the latest new releases in Christian fiction and upcoming contests. Grab a cup of hot tea and join Kara on this journey of fiction and faith every other Friday, right here on Quid Pro Quills.

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