Photo Highlights from Indie Author Day 2016!

We had such a great day at Indie Author Day on Saturday, October 8, at the Tufts Library in Weymouth! Take a look at some of our photos.

Indie Author Day is an event bringing together members of local libraries, writing communities, and indie authors across North America. The event features local authors, book signings, advice from publishers, and an overview of free library resources for writers! 

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Join Lisa Akoury-Ross for Indie Author Day — Tufts Library, Weymouth, MA, Sat., October 8

indieauthordayJoin Weymouth Public Libraries and libraries across North America as they host Indie Author Day, an event bringing together members of local writing communities. This event will feature a panel of local authors, book signings, advice from publishers, and an overview of free library resources for writers! 

At 2 p.m., everyone will join a nationwide digital gathering featuring a Q&A with writers, agents, and industry leaders who will bring together the larger indie community.

Saturday, October 8th, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Tufts Library, 46 Broad Street, Weymouth, MA 02188

Program

Moderator: Maureen Walsh

1:00-1:30         Welcome and What the Library Can Do For You: Kristy Lockhart, Head of Reference & Adult Services

1:30-2:00         Top Ten Questions Authors Should Ask a Publisher Before Committing to One: Lisa Akoury Ross, Literary Agent & Publisher

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2:00-3:00         Indie Author Day Digital Gathering: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd3_iMTcywC0H-zE4dF0JTA

3:00-3:10         Break for refreshments

3:10-4:00         Author Panel:

Lila Dooley, Each Step I Take

  • Michael Lewis, The Great Pirate Christmas Battle, Battle for the Knotty List
  • Maribeth MacDonald, Signing with Maribeth: Baby Sign Language
  • Tom MacDonald, The Charlestown Connection, Beyond the Bridge, The Revenge of Liam McGrew

4:00-4:30         Author Book Signings and Mingling

Register Online: http://www.weymouth.ma.us/weymouth-public-libraries/news/indie-author-day

Writing Contests and Journal Submissions for Summer 2016

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$300 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Got something short, sharp, and snappy to tell? Wow us with 1000 words of economical and brilliant storytelling. Final contest judge is flash fiction master, Bob Thurber. (Look him up! Seriously. You’ll thank me later.) Entry fee $15. Prize $300 and publication in Pulp Literature Issue 13. Limited to 300 entries. Critiques available. Details, details: pulpliterature.com/contests/the-hummingbird-flash-fiction-prize/

Swan Scythe Press Announces its 2016 Poetry Chapbook Contest

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Swan Scythe Press is now considering manuscripts for its 2016 Poetry Chapbook Contest. Submit a manuscript of 20-32 pages of poems that includes a title page with author’s name, address, phone number and email address and a second title page without personal identifiers, book title only. Submit to 1468 Mallard Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 or to swanscythepress.submittable.com/submit. Entry fee is $18.00 payable to Swan Scythe Press. Deadline is June 15th. Winner receives $200 and 25 perfect-bound chapbooks. For full guidelines and details, please visit www.swanscythe.com.

Slate Roof Press Chapbook Contest 2016 Elyse Wolf Prize $500

Extended Deadline: June 15, 2016

2016 Slate Roof Press Chapbook Contest/Elyse Wolf Prize. Slate Roof Press, an art-quality, member-run publisher, produces beautiful books with letterpress covers crafted by an award-winning printer. Send us 28 pages of your best, well-crafted poetry. The winner receives the $500 Elyse Wolf Prize, becomes an active member of the press, and gains valuable experience in many areas of publishing. Remote participation in Slate Roof Press through Skype/phone is possible. Slate Roof is a not-for-profit collaborative, publishing since 2004. Contest reading fee: $10. For additional information: www.slateroofpress.com

North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

Deadline: June 30, 2016
2nd year. Three authors will each win $1,500 plus additional benefits. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction/Memoir. $6,000 in total cash prizes. Fee: $50. Judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Submit online or by mail. Sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest) and one of the “100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016” (The Write Life). Guidelines: winningwriters.com/north.

The Conium Review Seeks Themed Submissions about “Dis/appearances”

Deadline: June 15, 2016

The Conium Review Online Compendium seeks flash fiction in response to the theme “Dis/appearances” from June 1st through June 15th. You may interpret the “Dis/appearances” theme broadly, but your story should include some variety of unexpected arrival or departure. This theme will be guest edited by Matt Tompkins, author of Studies in Hybrid Morphology and Souvenirs and Other Stories. If your piece is accepted, it will be published on our website, and you’ll receive a complimentary copy of Souvenirs. Send unpublished work under 1,000 words. No reading fee. Full guidelines here: coniumreview.com/themes/disappearances/

KYSO Flash Calls for Your Best Short-Shorts

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Online journal KYSO Flash (Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature) seeks to publish memorable literature and visual arts. Short forms (fiction, “faction,” poetry, and hybrids) up to 1,000 words each, including title. Please submit original, unpublished works only. Works accepted for publication will appear in Issue 6 online and may be considered for our annual print anthology. Payment: One complimentary copy per contributor. Reading Period: 15 April through 15 June 2016. Admin fee: $5 (USD) for up to five pieces. (No limit on total number of submissions, but each submission of 1-5 pieces must include an additional five-dollar payment.) Guidelines: www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx

2016 Slapering Hol Chapbook Competition

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Writers who have not yet published a collection in book form are warmly invited to submit manuscripts to Slapering Hol Press’ annual poetry chapbook competition. Awards include $1000 cash, ten copies of the published chapbook, a reading at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and up to $500 in travel expenses. Reading fees: $17 online or $15 hard copy. More details at www.writerscenter.org/shp-sanger-stewart-chapbook-competition.

Call for Submissions: Duality and Doppelgangers

Deadline: June 20, 2016

Split it, reflect it, flip it, multiply it—Cicada YA lit/comics magazine is looking for poetry, fiction, comics, and humor dealing in doubles, division, dyads, and dichotomies. Send us your terrible twosomes: distorted mirrors, shape-shifters, uncanny similarities, life-stealing doppelgangers. What might you find in a reflection? A perfect copy? Sometimes you might only understand a thing by looking at what it is not. Duality might mean pitting two opposite but equal forces against one another—and not just good/evil or light/dark! cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17820

2016 New American Fiction Prize

Deadline: June 24, 2016

$1,000 award and book publication. All full-length fiction manuscripts welcome, including novels, collections of stories and/or novellas, novels in verse, linked collections, collections of flash fiction, and others. Minimum 100pp, no maximum length. Final judge is Gina Frangello, author of the novels Every Kind of Wanting (Counterpoint, September 2016) and A Life in Men (Algonquin, 2014), as well as the story collections Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press, 2010) and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus, 2006). Reading fee: $22.50. Online submissions only, please. Visit website for more information newamericanpress.submittable.com/submit/

2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Bauhan Publishing is pleased to announce our sixth annual May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is now accepting submissions. The award goes to a previously unpublished book-length collection of poetry (50-80 pages). The winning poet will receive $1,000, publication of their collection, and 100 copies of the published book along with distribution through the University Press of New England (UPNE). The cost for submission is $25 per manuscript. Entrants may submit multiple manuscripts. Poet Betsy Sholl is our 2016 judge. Visit our site for complete guidelines: www.bauhanpublishing.com/may-sarton-prize/.

Milk Journal, Summer 2016

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Milk Journal is seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, for its second issue, set to be released in the Summer of 2016. We’re looking for work which illuminates underrepresented perspectives, makes us swoon, and pulls us in to a fevered relationship with your words. We will now also be welcoming submissions of artwork. For more information, please view our submission guidelines and our mission statement at: www.milkjournal.net.

July

2016 NANO Prize

Deadline: July 1, 2016

The 2016 NANO Prize, awarding publication and $1,000 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, will be judged this year by Kellie Wells! To celebrate NANO Fiction’s tenth birthday, the entry fee will only be $10 for up to three shorts, and all entrants will receive issue 10.1. Winners will be announced in mid-August nanofiction.org

2016 Seattle Review Poetry Chapbook Contest

Deadline: July 15, 2016

Judged by Claudia Rankine. Grand Prize: $1000 and 20 copies of the chapbook, printed by Paper Hammer. Top 2 finalists receive $100 each and publication in the Seattle Review. Length: 20-30 pages of poetry. Simultaneous submissions permitted. Entry fee: $20. All submissions considered for publication in SR. For full guidelines and to submit: www.theseattlereview.org/new-page/

Portable Story Series 2nd Contest

Deadline: July 29, 2016

Every four months, Portable Story Series holds a contest. Our current theme is “Time Travel”. Details can be found on our website. The winning story is recorded with a narrator at CDM Studios in Manhattan and is posted to portablestoryseries.com as a free download. Performance, recording, and mixing is valued at $5500 and the winning author receives a cash prize of $250 or 75% of the submission fees—whichever is greater. With each contest, we feature three charitable or non-profit organizations. When downloading the winning story, we encourage listeners to contribute to one of the featured organizations.

2017 Press 53 Award for Poetry

Deadline: July 31, 2016

A $1,000 advance plus a 1/4-page color ad in Poets & Writers magazine will be awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of poems. Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor, will serve as judge. Press 53 will publish the winning manuscript as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection under a standard publishing contract; all prizes will be awarded upon publication. Finalists will also be considered for publication. Deadline: Midnight Eastern Standard time, July 31, 2016. Winner and finalists announced on or before November 1. Reading fee: $30. Complete information at www.press53.com/Award_for_Poetry.html.

August

The Orison Anthology Awards

Deadline: August 1, 2016

The Orison Anthology Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry offer $500 and publication by Orison Books in The Orison Anthology for a single work in each genre. Judges: Ravi Howard (fiction), Catherine Reid (nonfiction), and Philip Metres (poetry). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1. Complete details at www.orisonbooks.com/submission-guidelines.

Profane Nonfiction Prize ($1000) Judged by Dinty W. Moore

Deadline: August 1 , 2016

The Profane Nonfiction Prize ($1,000), judged by author and Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore, is open for submissions through July. $10 to enter 2 pieces for consideration. There is no theme. Send us your best flash, essays, journalism, or narratives that will spoon out some space in our guts. www.profanejournal.com

The Geist Can’t Lit Without It CanLit Short Story Contest

Deadline: August 1, 2016

Shake up the CanLit canon! Generate a CanLit premise at canlitgenerator.com, use the premise as the basis for a story (the weirder the better!) and enter to win literary fame and fortune. 500 words or less, any genre. $1000 in prizes to be won. Winning entries published in Geist and at geist.com. Get details and submit at geist.com/canlit-contest.

September

Call for Submissions: Poetry, Fction, Nonfiction, Visual Art, Swamp

Deadline: September 1, 2016

Swamp Ape Review is the new beast in South Florida’s growing body of literature. We are a national online journal (produced by the MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University) looking for original work in 5 areas: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art (graphics/photography, multimedia, or video), and swamp—our fifth category for works that defy genre. Submissions will be accepted until September 1st for publication in winter. For more info and the “why” behind our name and nature, visit www.swampapereview.com.

Submissions Open for Black Warrior Review’s Twelfth Annual Contest

Deadline: September 1, 2016

Black Warrior Review’s 2016 Contest in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction awards $1,000 and publication to winners in all three genres. Runners-up receive $100 and will be considered for publication. This year we are honored to have Hoa Nguyen (P), Sofia Samatar (F), and T Clutch Fleischmann (NF) as our guest judges. The cost to enter is $20 and includes a one-year subscription: bwr.ua.edu

Conium Press 2016 Book & Chapbook Contest: $1,000 prize

Deadline: September 1, 2016

The Conium Press 2016 Book & Chapbook Contest is open for fiction and hybrid submissions. Winner receives $1,000, publication of the winning manuscript, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. This year’s judge is Matt Bell, author of Scrapper, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, Cataclysm Baby, How They Were Found, and the forthcoming collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall. September 1st deadline. $25 entry fee. Flexible word count. Full guidelines at coniumreview.com/contests.

First Edition Children’s Book Writing Contest

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Have you dreamed of having your children’s book published? The second annual First Edition Children’s Book Writing Contest is seeking manuscripts of 600 words or less for children birth to five years old. The winning author will have their manuscript edited, illustrated, printed, and promoted. The book will be sold online and in brick and mortar retail stores. The author will receive a $1,000 advance and 8% royalties. Submission fee of $50 which increases by $25 on August 15 and September 15. Manuscripts accepted beginning May 10, 2016. For more information and to submit your manuscript go to: www.firsteditionproject.com.

$5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize

Annual deadline: September 30

Every year, the University of Arkansas Press accepts submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Series and from the books selected awards the $5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize in the following summer. Applications are accepted year-round. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30th. The series and prize are named for and operated to honor the cofounder and longtime director of the press, Miller Williams. The series is edited by Billy Collins. For more information visit www.uapress.com.

 

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Writing Contests for June & July 2015

JuneJuly2015WritingContestsTiferet Journal $1500 in Prizes for Poetry & Prose

Deadline: June 1, 2015

$1500 in prizes for best poem, short story, and essay from Tiferet Journal. Judges are Aliki Barnstone for Poetry, Nahid Rachlin for Fiction, and Dr. Danielle Ofri for Nonfiction. One winner and two Honorable Mentions in each category. Publication for winners. Deadline June 1, 2015. Submit to www.tiferetjournal.com.

Smoky Blue #3 Now Accepting Submissions

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine welcomes submissions of art, photography, poetry, fiction, memoir, reviews, and essays for issue #3, online September 1. Begun by senior artists and writers in Asheville, NC, SBLAAM encourages contributions from those living life’s second half, but we are open to all writers and artists everywhere and to all forms, genres, and subjects. Established artists and writers are always welcome, but we especially encourage emerging ones. Visit http://sblaam.com/ to examine issues 1-2. Submission guidelines and a bit about our history are also there. If thinking of submitting images, please carefully follow our images guidelines.

The MacGuffin’s Poet Hunt Contest

Deadline: June 3, 2015

The MacGuffin is once again on the hunt for the best poems we can find! Our 20th National Poet Hunt Contest runs from April 1 to June 3. This year, we’re bringing in poet Laura Kasischke to be our guest judge. To enter, please send three unpublished poems (without author info) along with a check/money order for $15, payable to Schoolcraft College, and an index card with your Poem Titles, Author Name, and Contact Info. For full rules, please see www.schoolcraft.edu/macguffin. Mail all entries to: The MacGuffin Poet Hunt • Schoolcraft College • 18600 Haggerty Road • Livonia, MI 48152-2696.

TTR’s Emerging Voices Poetry Contest

Deadline: June 15, 2015

The Tishman Review’s Emerging Voices Poetry Contest is open for submissions through June 15, 2015. Our final judge is award-winning writer Barrett Warner. 1st place wins $500 and publication, 2nd place $100 and one honorable mention $50. All entries considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions welcome. Entry fee $15. See full contest details and an interview with the judge on our website: thetishmanreview.com.

Equality Writing Competition

Deadline: June 15, 2015

No entry fee, 300-word limit, unlimited entries. Judge: Liz Nugent, Author of Unraveling Oliver. Submit the best story written on the theme of equality and win 50 euro first prize. Deadline: June 15, 2015. brilliantflashfiction.com2015 Curt Johnson Prose Awards in Fiction and Nonfiction

Curt Johnson Prose Awards in Fiction and Nonfiction

Deadline: June 15, 2015

december invites submissions to its Curt Johnson Prose Awards in Fiction and Nonfiction from April 1-June 15. Fiction Judge: Joyce Carol Oates. Nonfiction Judge: Albert Goldbarth. Winners in each category receive $1,500 and publication; Honorable Mentions in each category receive $500 and publication. All finalists considered for publication. Original, unpublished work only; 8,000 word limit. $20 entry fee includes copy of awards issue. Please go to decembermag.org/december-awards/ for contest guidelines and to submit your work online.

Mercer University Press Book Awards & Literary Titles of Interest

Deadline: June 30, annually

Established in 1979, Mercer University Press has published more than 1400 books in the genres of Literary Fiction, Poetry, Literary Criticism, Philosophy, Southern Studies, History, Civil War History, African American Studies, Appalachian Studies, Biography & Memoir, and Religion. Publishing authors from across the United States and abroad, the Press focuses on topics related to the culture of the South. In 2010, MUP established three named book awards in the areas of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Announced each December, the winning manuscripts receive a $500 advance and book contract, with a publication date 15-18 months later. See flyer for details. www.mupress.org

May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize Call for Submissions

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Bauhan Publishing-May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is accepting submissions (US Mail and submittable.com). $1,000 and book publication for a full-length poetry collection. Open to all poets. Entry fee $25. Judged exclusively by Mekeel McBride, University of New Hampshire. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. For guidelines: www.bauhanpublishing.com/contest.

Door is a Jar: Call for Submissions

Deadline: July 1, 2015

Door is a Jar is looking for well-crafted poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and artwork for the first issue of its biannual publication (Released September 2015). For more information on our submission guidelines, please visit www.doorisajarmagazine.com.

Bellevue Literary Review Annual Prizes

Deadline: July 1, 2015

Bellevue Literary Review’s annual prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. $1,000 Fiction Prize (Judge: Paul Harding), $1,000 Nonfiction Prize (Judge: Mark Vonnegut), $1,000 Poetry Prize (Judge: Ada Limón). Deadline July 1. Entry fee $20 ($30 includes subscription). Find the complete guidelines and submit online: www.blreview.org.

The Rattle Poetry Prize

Deadline: July 15, 2015

In honor of its 10th anniversary, we’re doubling down: The annual Rattle Poetry Prize now offers $10,000 for a single poem—plus a total of $3,000 and publication to ten finalists! With the winners judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection (past winners have ranged from the well-known to the previously unpublished poets), an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine, and a large Readers’ Choice Award chosen by the writers themselves, we’ve designed the Rattle Poetry Prize to be one of the most writer-friendly contests around. www.rattle.com

 

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Building Your Author Platform

Beginning to Build Your Author PlatformFor indie and self-published authors, there’s a lot of talk about building your author platform and/or your marketing platform. Some people see these as two distinct entities while others may argue that they are the same thing. We won’t get into the semantics of that. The key is really just creating a platform, which means you have visibility, authority, proven reach, and a target audience in your topic area. It’s great to be able to start with your family and friends, but you really need to reach beyond them as you’re developing a platform. Social media and online marketing can play a role, but you need to be doing a lot more than this. There are four things to keep in mind as you start to think about building your author platform:

  • It’s about engaging your potential readership/audience.
  • It’s a process that takes time. It’s a good idea to start working on it before your book is published.
  • It takes persistence and consistency.
  • It’s an art, not a science, and it’s likely that there will be a lot of trial and error.

Jane Friedman says, “Platform building is an organic process and will be different for every single author.” It can be an arduous process and can be almost as much of creative endeavor as writing and publishing your book. However, if you commit to working on building your platform it can be extremely rewarding and pay off in the long run.

Determine what your goals are for your book marketing – Of course many people have the idea that they’d like to sell millions of copies and become famous. However, that might not be realistic. Take some time to figure out what your specific goals are for your book. Is your goal to increase your business, position yourself as an expert, educate, or entertain? Make sure you know, so you can tailor your efforts accordingly.

Learn about your specific audience – Once you know your goals for your book, start to drill down on who your audience is and what may drive them to buy your book. Hang out in online groups or forums where they hang out. Attend events, such as book clubs, book fairs, or events specific to your topic area.  Once you gain a better understanding of who your audience is, you can tailor your content  to increase engagement.

Create great content – Identify what makes your book unique and figure out ways that you can deliver meaningful content based off that. What is going to make you stand out? There are lots of great tools out there online that you can use to help spread your message, whether it’s images, video, blogging, or other social media. However, as we mentioned previously, social media is really only a tool. Once it’s set up, you need to make sure that you’re populating your social media profiles with good content that’s going to engage your readership and keep them coming back for more.

As always, if you have questions about the most effective ways to market your books, please contact us.

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Writing Contests for May 2015

May2015WritingContestsWriter’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Writer’s Digest hosts the 23rd Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer, or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter WD’s competition exclusively for self-published books. http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awards

The Healing Muse

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Healing Muse, annual journal of literary and visual art published by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities, is looking for artists and writers for our 2015 fall publication. We welcome fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs, drawings, photography, and graphic art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine and healing. Submission period: September 1, 2014 through May 1, 2015. Original and unpublished works only. Detailed guidelines can be found on our website: http://thehealingmuse.org.

Slipstream Seeks Poems Exploring the Theme of “Elements”

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Slipstream is currently reading for Issue #35, which will be published in 2015. We seek poetry that explores the theme “elements.” Creative interpretations are welcome. Submit up to five (5) poems in one document file only. We also are seeking artwork for the issue. Please do not submit again until you have received a response on the status of your current submission. We also accept mail submissions with a SASE: Slipstream, PO Box 2071, Niagara Falls NY 14301. Deadline for submissions for this issue is May 1, 2015. Submit only unpublished work. Please refer to our submission guidelines on our website www.slipstreampress.org.

Prairie Schooner General Submissions

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Prairie Schooner, aims to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. In print since 1926, our quarterly issues feature short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Read the full guidelines on our website: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=submit. Then send us your best.

The Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest is open for submissions. Winner receives $500, publication in the next print edition, five copies of the issue, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. This year’s judge is Amelia Gray, author of Gutshot, Threats, Museum of the Weird, and AM/PM. May 1st deadline. $15 entry fee includes free digital download of the next issue. Guidelines available at http://coniumreview.com/contests/.

2015 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Meyerson contest searches for emerging writers who have not yet experienced publication of a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. This annual prize consists of $1,000 and publication in the Southwest Review, which is celebrating 100 years (1915–2015) in print. Visit www.smu.edu/southwestreview for more information.

Gold Man Review

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Gold Man Review, a West Coast journal, is currently seeking submissions from writers residing in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. We are looking for previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We love work that pushes boundaries whether in form or content. Please visit our website, www.goldmanreview.org, for specific submission guidelines. We look forward to reading your work!

The Personal Aftermath of War

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Call: Seeking stories for an important anthology that will help us comprehend the powerful, often invisible events that shape the hours, days, nights, weeks, months, and years after coming home. Open to all affected by the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts (veterans, families, children, friends). Editor: Dario DiBattista, Marine combat veteran of the Iraq War, Veterans Writing Project instructor. Award: $200 + publication. http://hudsonwhitman.com

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

Deadline: May 4, 2015

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 84th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

2015 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Carve Magazine’s 2015 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is open April 1-May 15, featuring guest judge Andre Dubus III. Prizes: $1,000, $500, $250, and 2 Editor’s Choice $125 each. All 5 winners published in Fall 2015 issue and considered by three lit agencies. Entry fee $17 online/$15 mailed. No limit to number of entries. Max 6,000 words. www.carvezine.com/raymond-carver-contest/.

If and Only If

Deadline: May 15, 2015

If and Only If: A Journal of Body Image and Eating Disorders seeks submissions related to body image, the body and eating disorders for our Summer 2015 issue. We accept art, fiction, nonfiction and poetry for publication in our online journal. We’re also interested in interviews and audio/video submissions for publication on our website. Go to www.ifandonlyifjournal.com for guidelines and to submit your work.

Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry – $2000 plus publication

Deadline: May 15, 2015

The 19th Annual Blue Lynx Prize, $2000 plus publication, is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems by a U.S. resident or citizen. Send a manuscript of at least 48 pages, a $28 reading fee plus SASE (for notification) to Lynx House Press, P.O. Box 940, Spokane, WA 99210; or electronically to lynxhousepress.submittable.com. Postmark deadline: May 15, 2015. Make checks payable to Lynx House Press. The 2014 winner was Prartho Sereno for Elephant Raga. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, Robert Wrigley, Dorianne Laux, Dara Wier, and David Wojahn. More details at www.lynxhousepress.org.

Buddhist Poetry Review Volume Two

Deadline: May 25, 2015

Buddhist Poetry Review is seeking submissions for Volume Two, Issue One. The reading period will begin on April 1st and continue through May 25th, 2015. There will not be a theme for this issue, but poems should, as always, be inspired/informed by Buddhism in some way. www.buddhistpoetryreview.com/home

Baltimore Review Summer Contest – Crime

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Baltimore Review Summer Issue Contest Theme: Crime. From infractions to felonies. Prizes are $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. All contest entries, regardless of genre, should be submitted through the Contest link in Submittable. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. 3,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction (5,000-word limit for non-contest, non-theme submissions). One to three poems in an entry. All entries considered for publication. Final judge: Sujata Massey. See guidelines at http://baltimorereview.org.

BALLOONS Lit. Journal seeks submissions for the young

Deadline: May 31, 2015

BALLOONS Lit. Journal (BLJ), an independent biannual online journal for children and young adults readers, invites well-crafted and mind-blowing submissions for our audience (12+). We would love to have new poems, fictions, artworks, etc. for our Issue 2. Typical pieces for kids will be unlikely to get through. Visit us at www.balloons-lit-journal.com for the complete guidelines.

Glimmer Train’s May Short Story Award for New Writers

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Open to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation >5000. First places wins $1500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second/third win $500/$300 and consideration for publication. Results announced on August 1. Held quarterly. All four of last year’s winning pieces were their authors’ first fiction in print. www.glimmertrain.com

From the Depths 2015: Backroads & Porch Swings

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Haunted Waters Press is currently seeking works of fiction and poetry for the 2015 issue of our literary journal, From the Depths. Backroads and Porch Swings will feature works depicting a slice of life in rural America. Captivate us with the romance and simplicity of country living. Bring us subtle Midwestern tales of lives rooted in soil. Show us the other side of the tracks with darker fiction inspired by the great Southern Gothic and Country Noir storytellers. Most of all, take us back to the places that haunt our memories and call us home. http://hauntedwaterspress.submittable.com/submit

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Writing Contests for April 2015

April2015WritingContestsThere seem to be so many writing contests for the upcoming year! So, we’ve decided to break them up by month to make it easier for people to digest and submit. On the fence about submitting your writing to contests or journals? Take a look at our post Why You Should Submit to Writing Contests and Literary Journals, and good luck!

“‘Dear You’: The Third Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest” by Garrison Keillor

Deadline: April 4, 2015

We love poetry at Common Good Books, and to prove it our proprietor is putting his money where his mouth is. Garrison Keillor is offering five thousand dollars in prize money to the seven winners of “‘Dear You’: The Third Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest.” Three poets will receive grand prizes of $1000 each, and four poets will receive $500 for poems of particular merit. http://commongoodbooks.com/%E2%80%9C%E2%80%98dear-you%E2%80%99-third-annual-common-good-books-poetry-contest%E2%80%9D

Album Review Writing Contest

Deadline: April 14, 2015

What’s in your music library? A few crowd pleasers, that album that was better than you first thought… and too many embarrassing guilty pleasures to mention? If you love listening to music, you just might like to write about it too… If so, check out Write the World’s newest competition for young writers, ages 13-18. The Album Review Competition opens Monday, March 30, 2015. Cash Prizes and Public Praise! http://writetheworld.com

SRPR Editors’ Prize $1000

Deadline: April 15, 2015

SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) 2015 Editors’ Prize. Winner awarded $1000, an honorarium to read at our annual gala reading event, and a published introduction to the winning poem written by this year’s judge. Two runners up awarded $100 each. Three-five honorable mentions. All winning poems & several finalists are published. 2014 judge: Joshua Corey. 2015 judge announced after winners are selected. Submit up to three poems by 4/15/2015. Entry fee of $20 includes subscription (two issues). See website for guidelines www.srpr.org.

Beecher’s 2015 Contest Has Begun!

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Beecher’s Magazine, an annual print journal produced by graduate students at the University of Kansas, is open to contest submissions from February 15-April 15, 2015. Judges are LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Poetry), Matt Bell (Fiction), and Alissa Nutting (Nonfiction). Winners receive $200 and publication in Beecher’s 5. Runners-up may also be considered for publication. The entry fee is $12 per submission. All entrants will receive a copy of Beecher’s 5. To submit, visit http://beechersmag.submittable.com/submit.

Sycamore Review Wabash Prize in Fiction

Deadline: April 17, 2015

Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize in Fiction is open to submissions March 1 through April 17. This year, Kelly Link will judge. Winner receives $1,000 dollars and publication in Sycamore Review. All entries considered for publication. Reading fee of $20 includes copy of the prize issue. For more details, see www.sycamorereview.com.

Passages North Nonfiction and Poetry Prizes Open

Deadline: April 20, 2015

Passages North will accept submissions for the Thomas J. Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize and Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize through April 20, 2015. Contest judges will be Steven Church and Lynn Emanuel, respectively. One winner in each contest will receive $1000 and publication in Passages North Issue 37. Entry Fee is $15 and all entrants will receive a copy of Issue 37. See full contest details at http://passagesnorth.com/contests/. Issue 37 will also feature the winner of Little Presque Books’ 2015 Novella Contest. Entry fee is $20 and submissions close April 24. Novella contest details at http://littlepresquebooks.com.

Epiphany Magazine’s Chapbook Competition

Deadline: April 20, 2015

Reading Fee: $6 per submission. Fiction (judged by Luis Jaramillo), poetry (judged by Katie Peterson), literary nonfiction (judged by Kristin Dombek), and graphic literature (judged by Lydia Conklin) accepted. For fiction, nonfiction, and graphic lit: total of 5k-10k words, double-spaced, 12pt font. You can submit a single story or several stories within that limit to be published as a whole. Graphic lit entries must be black and white illustrations only. For poetry: one poem per page, total page count should not exceed 20 pages. All poems should be unpublished. All poetry forms are acceptable and welcome. Award: Publication, cash prize in each genre, and 5 contributor copies. http://epiphanyzine.com/submit.html

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Deadline: April 30, 2015

23rd year. $4,000 in cash prizes, including two top awards of $1,500 each. Seeks short stories and essays up to 6,000 words each. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on WinningWriters.com (nearly one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Fee per entry is $16. Final judge: Arthur Powers. See guidelines, past winners, and enter at www.winningwriters.com/tomstory

Inlandia Institute announces The Hillary Gravendyk Prize poetry book competition

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Inlandia Institute is proud to announce The Hillary Gravendyk Prize, an open poetry book competition for all writers regardless of the number of previously published poetry collections. Two winners, one entry fee: National and Regional, $1000 each. Submit a poetry manuscript between 48 – 100 pages. Submissions accepted via Inlandia’s Submittable portal: http://inlandiaaliteraryjourney.submittable.com/submit/37899. Submissions must be received by April 30, 2015 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $20. The winners will be announced in September 2015, and we expect to publish the winning books in December of 2015.

Cloudbank Magazine Poetry/Flash Fiction Prize Call for Submissions

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Cloudbank magazine is offering a $200 prize for one poem or flash fiction published in the upcoming issue, Cloudbank 9. The winning poem or flash fiction is chosen by editors Michael Malan and Peter Sears, Oregon’s poet laureate. Revive us with your fire! Send up to 5 poems or short prose pieces with the $15 fee by April 30. Fee includes a two-issue subscription, starting with the current issue. Send to: Cloudbank, P.O. Box 610, Corvallis, OR 97339. Full guidelines and more at www.cloudbankbooks.com.

Competition for Imagine This! An Artprize Anthology

Deadline: April 30, 2015

For writers of poetry, short stories (1500 words) and personal essays (1500 words). Submissions through April 30, 2015. First Prize: $1,000. Second Prize: $500. Third Prize: $250. Top 25 entries will be published in anthology. Submission fee: $20. Managed by the Cascade Writers’ Group and Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology will be sold through the ArtPrize hub and other venues. ArtPrize is an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 1,000,000 visitors and 25,900,000 page views each year. Named by Time as one of the top five festivals of the year. http://readwritelive.org/anthology-competition-2015

$6,000 in Prizes with the Nimrod Literary Awards

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The 37th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards are now open! Submit to The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, with first prizes of $2,000 and publication, and second prizes of $1,000 and publication. All finalists will be considered for publication. For poetry, submit 3-10 pages (one long poem or several short poems); for fiction, one short story, 7,500 words maximum. Each entry must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Nimrod. For more information and complete submission guidelines, visit www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

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Why You Should Submit to Writing Contests and Literary Journals

SubmitWritingContestsThere are lots of great contests and journals that are almost always accepting submissions  for many different types of work, including fiction, non-fiction, fan and flash fiction, essays, short stories, poetry, novels, ebooks, chapbooks — you name it! Why enter writing contests, you ask?

  • Entering these types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going.

  • Submitting to writing contests is a great way to gain credibility as a writer/author.

  • They can help create interest in your work, leading to other opportunities and potentially, to sales.

  • An award will give you an edge, which may be all the difference needed to propel your work into bestseller territory.

  • When you win or get placed, you can say you are an “award-winning author,” giving your writing a boost that comes from a third-party endorsement.

  • Awards can help you gain credibility with readers, reviewers, reporters, agents, and publishers.

If you want advice on other ways that you can help increase your status as a writing or published author, please contact SDP Publishing.

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Creative Ways You Can Monetize Your Author Status

Creative Ways You Can Monetize Your Author Status“Most authors obsess over one statistic: the number of books sold,” Joan Stewart starts her recent article in The Future of Ink: “33 Revenue Streams For Authors – Even If You Write Non-Fiction.” You might be saying to yourself: “Well … duh, of course. That’s what authors should be obsessing about!” Certainly, that’s an important part of being an author. As writers, we want people to be reading our books. We want to sell books. However, in her article, Stewart points out that you should see your books as potential starting points for other opportunities: “For the really smart, savvy authors, only one number really counts: how many revenue streams they can create from a book.”

There seems to be something for every kind of author in her piece. She breaks her 33 ideas for thinking about multiple revenue streams into a number of categories that speak to different genres, including:

  • For Beginning Authors
  • Teaching & Training
  • For Author Experts Only
  • Branded Retail Products
  • Consulting
  • Publishing Services

Some of our favorite suggestions include:

7) Pocket Guidebooks.

A Foodie’s Guide to New Orleans would be a perfect spinoff product for an author who writes a murder mystery about New Orleans.

24) Board Games

The Settlers of Catan board games, which have sold more than 18 million copies worldwide, are being turned into a book, proof that the book doesn’t always come first.

28) “Rent My Brain”

People who don’t need long-term access to you can rent your brain for an hour. At the end of their session, try to upsell them to a longer-term coaching or membership program.

You can the rest of the article for all of her 33 ideas.

The great thing about many of her suggestions is that they can help you create buzz for your book even before it’s completed. And, it’s likely that these types of spin-off products or booklets will help you sell more books in the long run. If you think about it, the sky is the limit. For example:

  • If you’re a children’s book author, you can create greeting cards or postcards that feature your characters and include important phrases from your book.
  • If you’ve authored a book of recipes, you can produce some short online video programs that feature your recipes.
  • If you’ve written a mystery novel, you could partner with a local establishment to host mystery dinners or tours.

We’d love to hear other ideas for creative ways that authors can promote their books. Drop us a line on Facebook or via our website.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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A Guide to Indie Publishing: A Savvy Workshop with Lisa Akoury-Ross of SDP Publishing Solutions

WorkshopDo you have a book in you? If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this event is for you! Join Lisa Akoury-Ross of SDP Publishing and Savvy Workshop to learn about how to successfully publish your own book!

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Where: Savvy Workshop
55 South Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101

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Indie publishing is a growing phenomenon. Books of all genres are being published every day – as e-books, print, or both – by people just like you, often with minimal resources.

Join Savvy Workshop and self-published author and publishing expert Lisa Akoury-Ross to get started the top questions about indie publishing, including:

  • What does “Indie Publishing” mean?
  • Why is indie publishing a viable option for authors today?
  • Top indie authors and how did they do it?
  • Choosing a publishing channel – e-book, print, or both?
  • Top ten questions authors should ask an indie publisher before committing to one (including online, hybrid and vanity presses).

Meet Our Speaker:

Lisa Akoury-Ross began her career in the book production business over 25 years ago, serving the largest publishers in the world in the medical, education, and trade industries. Her family business provided full production services for publishers such as Pearson Education, Houghton Mifflin, Aspen Law & Business, and others.

Lisa launched SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC to help the individual author independently publish their work professionally and cost-effectively. SDP provides publishing services for authors based on their needs and budget, including developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, and publishing for print and e-book formats.

Visit Savvy Workshop at http://www.savvyworkshop.com/ for more event details

About Savvy Workshop:

Savvy Workshop is a multi-channel, business-to-business branding agency, specializing in the production of education-based marketing events, developing customized brand standard guidelines and providing practical B2B marketing strategy for business-Savvy clients.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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