Wednesday, January 17, 2018

You've Got This!


If our blog challenge has you nibbling on your nails and your knees shaking, take heart. It’s not as terrifying or dare I say, challenging, as it seems. 

The beauty of blogging is there are no rules, no word counts (in fact, the shorter, the better) and tons of cheerleaders. 

The idea is to write, regardless of how simple or tedious your day might be, we want to hear it. Each blogger will be “liking” or “commenting” on a fellow bloggers. We’re all in it together.

And get this, you can even blog about not having anything to blog about. Twenty six posts in thirteen weeks, you’ve got this!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Contests & Competitions


Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize

Deadline: 
January 31, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000
E-mail address: 
diane@blacklawrencepress.com
Website: 
http://www.blacklawrence.com/submissions-and-contests/the-big-moose-prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000 pages with a $25 entry fee by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Black Lawrence Press, Big Moose Prize, 326 Bigham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211. (412) 488-8833. Diane Goettel, Executive Editor.

Red Hen, Women’s Prose
Deadline: 
February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000
E-mail address: 
editorial@redhen.org
Website: 
http://www.redhen.org

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Lidia Yuknavitch will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay collection, a novel, or a memoir of 45,000 to 80,000 words with a $25 entry fee by February 28. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Red Hen Press, Women's Prose Prize, 1335 North Lake Avenue #200, Pasadena, CA 91104. (626) 356-4760. Keaton Maddox, Associate Editor.

James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$10,000
E-mail address: 
jamesjonesfirstnovel@wilkes.edu
Website: 
http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1159.asp

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in Provincetown Arts. Runners-up will each receive $1,000. Submit the first 50 pages of a novel-in-progress and a two-page outline with a $30 entry fee ($33 for electronic submissions) by March 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
James Jones Literary Society, First Novel Fellowship, Wilkes University, Creative Writing Program, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. Bonnie Culver, Program Director.

Sarabande Books
Morton and McCarthy Prizes
Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$29
Cash Prize: 
$2,000
E-mail address: 
info@sarabandebooks.org
Website: 
http://www.sarabandebooks.org

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $29 entry fee by March 15. Ocean Vuong will judge. For the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 250 pages of stories, novellas, or a short novel with a $29 entry fee by March 15. Aimee Bender will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Sarabande Books, Morton and McCarthy Prizes, 822 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40206.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dan McGuire Blog Challenge

Dan took a detour to Smith’s Bakery every time we had a board meeting. He’d show up with Apple Fritters and a joke or two in his pocket. The last time time I went to lunch with him, we joked about how food filled his belly and his blog. 

The Tuesday after he died, I bought an Apple Fritter. I couldn’t eat it and wound up giving it to a mother with a crying toddler. The loss of Dan still catches me off guard but there’s hope in continuing his legacy. 


Dan published his (now defunct) blog, Bako Heat three times a week. There are times I still scroll through his site, mostly to hear his humor. And his voice. He was a man easy to love and hard to forget. 

In his honor, we’re hosting the Dan McGuire Blog Challenge.

From February 5th to May 6th each participant will post 26 articles on his or her blog—and comment on fellow bloggers.


Please join us in our tribute to a great man.


Participants: please email me your blog (I’ll be listing each blog to encourage participation).

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Live Webinar Kick off!

Writers, 

Thank you for your wishlist feedback. We’re kicking off 2018 with not just one live webinar, but a series. 
First up, Queries!

Join our Query Camp on January 30th from the comfort of your couch. No matter where you are in the publishing journey, we’ll help explain, critique and polish your query.


Click here to register!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Help!

I seem to be having some technical difficulties. 

Certain links and fonts are out of sync. If you know someone who can tweak a blog like a boss, send them my way!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Contests & Competitions


Tucson Festival of Books: Literary Awards
Deadline: 
October 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the annual Tucson Festival of Books and attend a workshop on the University of Arizona campus in March 2018. Using the online submission system, submit five poems of any length or a short story, essay, or excerpt from a novel or memoir of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Tucson Festival of Books, Literary Awards, P.O. Box 855, Cortaro, AZ 85652. Meg Files, Director.


Southeast Missouri State University Press
Deadline: 
November 1, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$2,000

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Southeast Missouri State University Press, Nilsen Literary Prize, 1 University Plaza, Mail Stop 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. James Brubaker, Publisher.

Fiction Collective Two: Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest
Deadline:
November 1, 2017
Entry Fee:
$25
Cash Prize:
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published a book with Fiction Collective Two are eligible. Noy Holland will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length with a brief bio and a $25 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Fiction Collective Two, Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest, University of Alabama Press, P.O. Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. (773) 702-7000.

Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: 
November 1, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$15
Cash Prize: 
$1,333
A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by November 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Reed Magazine, Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction, San José State University, English Department, One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192. (408) 924-4425.
Reed Magazine: John Steinbeck Fiction Award

Deadline: 
November 1, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$15
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by November 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Reed Magazine, John Steinbeck Fiction Award, San José State University, English Department, One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192. (408) 924-4425.

Writer's Digest: Short Short Story Competition
Deadline: 
November 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$3,000

A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 and publication is also awarded. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 1,500 words with a $25 entry fee ($20 for each additional entry) by November 15, or with a $30 entry fee ($25 for each additional entry) by December 15. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Writer's Digest
, Short Short Story Competition, 10151 Carver Road, Suite 200, Blue Ash, OH 45242. 

Ruminate: VanderMey Nonfiction Prize
Deadline: 
November 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by November 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ruminate
, VanderMey Nonfiction Prize, 1041 North Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins, CO 80521. Brianna Van Dyke, Editor in Chief.

Pushcart Press: Editors’ Book Award
Deadline: 
November 15, 2017
Cash Prize: 
$1,000
Website: 


A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that have been overlooked by today's high-pressure, bottom-line publishing conglomerates.” Manuscripts must be submitted with a formal letter of nomination from an editor at a U.S. or Canadian publishing company by November 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Pushcart Press, Editors’ Book Award, P.O. Box 380, Wainscott, NY 11975. (631) 324-9300. Bill Henderson, President.
Nowhere Magazine: Travel Writing Contest
Deadline: 
December 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000
Website: 


A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will judge. Unpublished and published pieces that have not already been chosen as a contest winner are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay of 800 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by December 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Nowhere Magazine
, Travel Writing Contest, 1582 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213. 
Glimmer Train Press: Family Matters
Deadline: 
January 2, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$18
Cash Prize: 
$2,500
Website: 


A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given annually for a short story about families of any configuration. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 12,000 words with an $18 entry fee by January 2, 2018. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Glimmer Train Press, Family Matters, P.O. Box 80430, Portland, OR 97280. (503) 221-0836. Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, Coeditors.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Kind Girls Make Strong Women

There are countless lines of donors waiting and willing to give their blood. Food, money and volunteers are pouring in. Moments like these restore the humanity in each of us.

Just a few months ago, my daughters watched the Charlottesville protest in horror. Innocent and a bit naïve, they began selling t-shirts. They can’t save the world but they could at least start a dialogue. In a few short weeks, their t-shirts began showing up across the nation, a few in England and Canada.

I suppose it takes a bit of childlike wonder to make a change. They’ve cleaned parks, visited the unfortunate (and more importantly begun to be more sensitive to each other)…and now they’re organizing a food drive for the hungry.

It’s a simple saying, kind girls make strong women but it sends a powerful message. These girls scrimped and saved to pay for the first shipment of shirts (they don’t make any money on them). They sold lipstick and babysat to make sure they could keep the cost down. But here’s the funny thing, while the world is shaking their head—they’re doubling down, trying to figure out what more they can do.

They can’t do everything or save everyone. But they can do something. And they will.


For upcoming Kind Revolution events, follow them on Instagram (@littlechicksbeautyboutique) or Facebook (Little Chicks Beauty Boutique). To purchase t-shirts click here.