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July 20, 2011  



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Jordan Reyne, New Zealand's premiere bloodthirsty Celtic rock and machine sounds superhero, has teamed up with Anarchy Books to bring you a dazzling short story writing competition
Jordan Reyne's new album, Children of a Factory Nation, is being released September 2011 and follows a family who lived in Wales in the late 1800s during the Industrial Revolution. Like many alive in their time, they faced problems relating to difficult working conditions, poverty, and the tyranny of circumstance. This album constructs stories from facts known about Johnathan, Mary, their children Molly and Thomas, and grandchild Wynne. The competition is to write a short story surrounding any character or sets of characters from Children of a Factory Nation using Jordan Reyne's lyrics or the facts about their real life counterparts as a starting point. The competition will be judged by Andy Remic, SFF author and co-owner of Anarchy Books, John Jarrold, esteemed agent with decades of experience in the publishing industry as both editor and agent, David Bradley, editor of the fabulous SFX magazine, Lee Harris, editor at Angry Robot Books, James Lovegrove, SFF New York Times bestselling author, Gary McMahon, rising star of the Horror Genre (and all-round nice-guy beer drinker), Jared Shurin of popular online magazine Pornokitsch, and the incredible Hugo award winner Ellen Datlow, veteran editor in horror and SFF fields.

First prize is publication in the album's accompanying magazine and on the website, £100, a t-shirt, signed copy of the album Children of a Factory Nation, and the first three Anarchy Books ebook releases, in all digital formats. Three runners up will receive a signed copy of Jordan Reyne's new album.

Stories should be no longer than 3,000 words, and submitted digitally in a single file (either .doc, .rtf or .pdf). Deadline for final entries is Sunday August 14. The winner(s) will be announced on Sunday August 28. Authors must be willing to give six months exclusivity on the story (from the time of publication) if they win the competition.

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New poetry competition from Delhi London Poetry Foundation
The Delhi London Poetry Foundation has announced an international poetry competition in conjunction with the Theatre of Devas.

Entries must be in English, no longer than 16 lines, and on one of the following two topics: "just war?" or "just evangelisation?". Winning poems will take the connotation of the above subjects, including the question marks. Winning poems will be based on sympathies of the poets to views in the non western world as expressed in the website with subjects of recent plays and poems.

Prizes include €1,000 for the winner and €500 for the runner up and several €100 consolation prizes in each category. All winning poems and consolation prize winners will be published in an anthology of new poems on the above subjects to be released in December 2011 by Delhi London Poetry Foundation.

SMASHCUT Screenplay Contest
The SMASHCUT Screenplay Contest is pleased to announce its call for entries for 2011.

Amongst other prizes, exposure, and agency review, the Overall Winner will be flown to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where he/she and the winning script will be the guests of honour at a highly-visible industry networking event in the heart of the fest! All entrants will receive an invite to the event.

The competition is open to un-produced feature-length screenplays, shorts and teleplays of all categories. For more information go to 



Hippocampus Magazine announces guest judges for The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction
$500 in prizes to be awarded; Contest benefits Alzheimer’s Association
Hippocampus Magazine
, an online literary magazine devoted to creative nonfiction, is giving away more than $500 in cash prizes this November while raising awareness for National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. The panel of notable guest judges has been announced: 

  • Kaylie Jones is the author of five novels, including A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, which was made into a Merchant-Ivory film. Her memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Jones has been teaching creative writing for almost 25 years at The Writer’s Voice, SUNY Stony Brook—Southampton MFA program and the Wilkes University low-residency MFA program. She is chairman of the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. 
  • Becky Bradway has published stories and creative essays in numerous magazines and anthologies—and her works have been cited as recommended reading in Best American Essays, Best American Stories and the Pushcart anthology. Her collection of short memoir and new journalistic pieces, Pink Houses and Family Taverns, was published by Indiana University Press. Her craft book on creative nonfiction was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009. Her current project is a novel about the turn-of-the-century writers Vachel Lindsay and Sara Teasdale. 
  • Jesse Waters is a visiting assistant professor in the English Department at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. His fiction, poetry and nonfiction work has been nominated for multiple Pushcart prizes, and has appeared in numerous journals, including The Adirondack Review, Cimarron Review, Concrete Wolf, Iowa Review, Plainsongs and Sycamore Review. His first book of poems, Human Resources, was released by Inkbrush Press in February 2011. Jesse is also director of Bowers Writers House, an interdisciplinary venue at Elizabethtown College. 
  • Philip Brady is co-founder and executive director of Etruscan Press, a national literary publishing house. His poetry and essays have appeared in over 50 journals in the United States and Ireland. He is the author of three poetry collections; his essay collection, By Heart: Reflections of a Rust-Belt Bard was named Essay Book of the Year by Foreward Magazine in 2008. His memoir, To Prove My Blood: A Tale of Emigrations and Afterlife was published in 2003. Brady is a distinguished professor of English at Youngstown (Oh.) State University. He also teaches in the Wilkes University low-residency MFA program. 

The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction is open now until September 15, 2011. Writers can enter memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 3,500 words. There is a $10 entry fee; $2 for each entry will be donated to Alzheimer’s Association. 

Hippocampus Magazine will select finalists and the guest judges will select winners. Winning stories will be published in the November 2011 issue of Hippocampus to coincide with National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Also, a reader’s choice award will be given to the story that garners the most comments / likes / traffic throughout the month. In addition to cash prizes for writers, readers of the magazine will also be eligible for prizes. Prizes to be awarded are as follows: (1) $150 grand prize; (1) $75 runner-up; (1) $50 third place; (3) $10 honourable mention; (1) $100 reader’s choice award; (10) $10 reader participation prizes. Contest details are available at

For more information on the judges or the contest, contact Founder/Publisher Donna Talarico at +1 (570) 417-8134 or


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The Manchester Writing Competition: The Manchester Fiction Prize 2011 
First prize: £10,000 
Deadline for entries: 12th August 2011 
Entry fee: £15 
Judges: John Burnside, Alison MacLeod and Nicholas Royle 

Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching the second Manchester Fiction Prize. The competition will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best short story submitted, and is open internationally to both new and established writers aged 16 or over; there is no upper age limit. 

All entrants are asked to submit a story of up to 3,000 words in length. The story can be on any subject, and written in any style or genre, but must be fiction and new work, not published or submitted for consideration elsewhere during this competition. 

The Manchester Fiction Prize celebrates the substantial literary achievements of Manchester, building on the work of the Manchester Writing School and enhancing the city’s reputation as one of Europe’s most adventurous and creative spaces. The prizes will be awarded at a gala ceremony on October 14 hosted as part of the 2011 Manchester Literature Festival, and featuring readings from the short-listed entrants and judges. 

You can enter online via the competition website: where you can also download a printer-friendly entry form if you would prefer to enter by post. If you would like to be sent a printed entry pack for postal submission, please send your name and address to:

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Reviewers and essayists required

David Caddy, editor of Tears in the Fence magazine, is looking for reviewers and essayists to contribute to future issues of the magazine.

Interested parties are invited to contact the editor via FaceBook. 

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Ascent Aspirations suffers loss of contributions

Ascent Aspirations has announced that, due to an email problem, all submissions made to the magazine from April 2011 up to July 1, 2011, have unfortunately been lost. 

Writers who submitted during this period are asked to re-submit their work.

For anyone else potentially interested in submitting their work, more details about Ascent Aspirations can be found by clicking here.

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