01 May 2012

opportunities for writers 5/1

The focus for this week's opportunities for writers is contests across the genres. Whether you're a fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry writer, there is something here for you today. And the best news is, they're all free of charge! Enjoy!

Start prepping your pencils for these upcoming opportunities
for writers! (Image: "pencils" by Borbas Krisztian)
Creative Nonfiction:
Richard J. Margolis Award

The Blue Mountain Center, a writers and artists colony in the Adirondacks in Blue Mountain Lake, New York,  is sponsoring the Richard J. Margolis Award, which offers a stipend of $5,000 and a month-long residency at the Blue Mountain Center. This annual prize is offered annually to "a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice." The Blue Mountain Center is looking for work that reflects the work of Richard J. Margolis, a journalist, essayist, and poet who "gave eloquent voice to the hardships of [those] whose voices are seldom heard." Applicants should submit three copies of at least two writing samples (totaling no more than 30 pages) and a project description.
Deadline: July 1, 2012
Prize: $5,000 stipend and month-long residency
Website: http://award.margolis.com

Drue Heinz Literature Prize
The University of Pittsburgh Press is offering its annual Drue Heinz Literature Prize, which offers a prize of $15,000 plus publication by the UPP for a collection of short fiction. The Drue Heinz Literature Prize is open to writers who "have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals." Manuscripts should be double-spaced on "quality white paper, unbound" with consecutively numbered pages.
Deadline: Manuscripts must be received between May 1 and June 30, 2012
Prize: $15,000 and publication through University of Pittsburgh Press
Website: For full competition guidelines, visit the University of Pittsburgh Press website here

Marie Alexander Poetry Series
The Marie Alexander Poetry Series will host an open submission period during the month of July. An award of $500 and publication will be given for a collection of prose poems by a U.S. poet. (Note: according the the MAPS website, collections of flash fiction are also eligible for this prize.) The manuscript must include at least 48 pages, which "can include some lineated pieces," with a cover letter and an SASE for notification only. Entries should be both mailed and submitted electronically to editor@mariealexanderseries.com.
Deadline: Manuscripts must be postmarked between July 1 and July 31, 2012.
Prize: $500 and publication
Website: For full contest guidelines, see the Marie Alexander Poetry Series "Submissions" Page.

Happy Writing!

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  1. Thanks again for this post. Did you submit to these too? ;) I have to gauge my competition!

    Also, I participated in the poetry a day challenge too. I don't think I had a favorite prompt, and like you each new prompt made me think a million things. If anything, I learned that I like to write the most right before bedtime. Which is ok with me, as long as I'm not too tired from work.

    Right, so, I nominated your blog to the Liebster Blog award, you can see it here: http://sopphey.onimpression.com/2012/05/crazy-dreams-nominations.html

    The Liebster Blog Award is kind of like a big Internet hug one blogger gives to another because they're so cool. You're cool :)

    ♥ Sopphey

  2. Hi, Sopphey. Thank you for the nomination! I haven't submitted to any of these yet myself; I only have materials for the poetry competition, and that doesn't open up until July ... But good luck if you submit!


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