Monday, February 23, 2009

WOW! Winter 2009 Flash Fiction Contest



WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand column) and the flavor of our sponsor, if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That's not to say that our guest judge will feel the same... so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let's have some fun!


Maximum: 750 Minimum: 250

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word's word count to determine the submitted entry's word count.



That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. So, dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance! So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.


Janet Reid is an agent with FinePrint Literary Management. Her specialty is relentlessly commercial crime fiction but she also swoons over well-written projects in many other categories. Her asssssistant is a 12 foot long stuffed snake (given to her by Lee Child.) She maintains a blog at to rant about everything that makes her snarl from query letters to…well, query letters. She also runs Query Shark to critique query letters. After hours she stalks Jack Reacher.


FALL: September - November 30th Midnight (Pacific Time) - CLOSED WINTER: December - February 28th, Midnight (Pacific Time) - NOW OPEN! SPRING: March - May 31st, Midnight (Pacific Time) - CLOSED SUMMER: June - August 31st, Midnight (Pacific Time) - CLOSED

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

We are limiting the amount of entries to a maximum of 300 stories. Please enter early to ensure inclusion.

If we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.

This sounds like an awesome contest. Hurry and get your submission in before it’s too late! Also, not long ago I blogged about the below post (scroll down to Sunday, January 11th post), but I thought it was worth mentioning it again.

Good luck to those of you who decide to enter the contest!

WOW! is seeking writers for their upcoming themes:

- Finances - Genres - The Process

We are also looking for photo essays and video on a variety of subjects: workspaces, tours of author's homes, how-tos, speakers on craft of writing subjects, author interviews, event coverage, balancing work/writing with family, etc. If you have an idea for a photo essay (300-500 words), or a video, please query us with examples of photo essays/video work you've previously completed. Please review our submission guidelines on our Contact Page (scroll to the bottom) for pay rates and how to submit. We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, February 2, 2009

LSFW Mayke It Happen Challenge

Liberty States Fiction Writers Mayke it Happen Challenge (No, that's not a typo in Mayke! - the deadline for completion is May 31.) Write your personal "Great American Novel" in the LFSW Mayke it Happen Challenge.· The Goal: 60,000 words by midnight EST May 31, 2009· The Prize: Everyone who finishes their goal will be eligible to win a critique of their proposal (synopsis and three chapters) from a published author, agent or publishing house editor Who is Eligible: The Mayke it Happen Challenge runs from February 1, 2009 through May 31, 2009. A support loop, moderated by a number of published authors, will be available to help participants reach their goal. The cost for non-members is $25 and a link for payment will be available on February 1. This challenge is free for all Liberty States Fiction Writers members. The following published authors will be moderating the loop and providing guidance to Mayke It Happen participants: For details, meeting information or to join Liberty States Fiction Writers visit the website at: contact: Chris Redding

Sunday, February 1, 2009

2009 PNWA Literary Contest

Fron the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Website:

The 2009 PNWA Literary Contest presents an opportunity for writers to showcase their unpublished work.

Deadline is Febuary 20th, so hurry and get your entry in!
Contest Categories 1. Mainstream 7. Non-Fiction Book/Memoir 2 .Inspirational Genre 8. Screen Writing 3. Romance Genre 9. Poetry 4. Mystery/Thriller Genre 10. Short Story 5. Science Fiction/Fantasy Genre 11. Children’s Picture Book or Chapter Book 6. Young Adult Novel 12. Adult Short Topics: Article/Essay/ Short Memoir
Awards and Benefits
The eight finalists in each category will be notified before June 2009 prior to the PNWA Summer Conference on July 30 - August 2, 2009. Award Winners will be announced at the conference.
Every entry accepted in the contest will receive two –critiques—a useful tool for any writer.
Finalists who attend the PNWA Summer Conference will receive a Finalist ribbon for their name badge, giving them high visibility to the agents and editors at the conference. Finalists’ manuscripts will be made available to agents and editors during the conference. In addition, finalists entries are read and judged by an agent or editor to determine the top three in each category.
Winners are given the opportunity to attend the Agents and Editors Reception at the PNWA Summer Conference.
Awards will be given as follows:
First Place: $600 and the Zola Award The Zola Award honors founding member Zola Helen Ross for her vision in creating a writing community more than 50 years ago.
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $150
Entries must be postmarked no later than FEBRUARY 20, 2009.