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March 2014  

  

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Short story contest deadline delayed

The deadline for firstwriter.com's Tenth International Short Story Contest has been delayed by one month to May 1, 2014, to allow for last minute entries. 

The competition is seeking short stories up to 3,000 words, and is open to stories on any subject and in any style: literary fiction; genre; romance; horror; science fiction; experimental – all are acceptable and will be treated equally – the only criteria on which they will be judged is the quality of the story and of the writing.

The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of 200, or the equivalent in your currency (that's around $300). Not only that, but there will also be ten special commendations awarded. All eleven winners will be published in firstwriter.magazine and receive firstwriter.com vouchers worth $36 / 24 / EUR36. These vouchers are enough to cover the cost of creating an annual subscription to firstwriter.com, allowing access to our daily updated databases of over 100 writing competitions, over 850 literary agencies, over 1,550 book publishers, and over 1,750 magazines – as well as the option to receive daily alerts by email of new and updated listings which match your interests.

Another advantage of the firstwriter.com competition is that submissions are made online – saving you the hassle of printing and posting. To enter your story online in seconds go to https://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest/ 

    

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Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2014

The fifth Battered Moons Poetry Competition will be open from March 1, 2014, to all UK residents aged 18 or over, and accepts poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines. Main judge David Morley and Cristina Newton will both read all the poems.

The 3 winners and 4 commended poets will be invited to read their poems at the Swindon Festival of Poetry on Saturday October 4, 2014, when David Morley will present the prizes and read from his own work. Winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons pamphlet and website.

First prize, 500; second, 300; third, 100, plus four commendations of 25 each. Entry fee: 5 for the first poem and 3.50 thereafter. Closing date for entries is June 30, 2014. Online and postal entries accepted. For further information and to enter online, visit http://batteredmoons.com

For details of more than 100 other competitions, click here

 

   

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2014 Competition

The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2014 Competition was launched on March 3, 2014. Last year there were over 180 entries from as far afield as Australia. The organisers have praised the quality of all the entries, and hop this year to receive even more.

The competition is open to poems and poem sequences of any style or subject, up to 60 lines, from anywhere in the world.

Entries must be sent by June 20, 2014, to: Adult Poetry Competition, Canterbury Festival Office, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JA, along with an entry fee of 5 per poem.

Longlisted entries will be selected for publication in the 2014 Anthology. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poems at the Awards Evening on October 2, 2014 (or to nominate a reader on their behalf). Prizes include book tokens and wine.

For more information about the Canterbury Festival go to www.canterburyfestival.co.uk

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Editor's pick: New publisher and magazine listings in March

The Editor's pick of new literary agent and magazine listings added to the firstwriter.com databases in March:

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Poetry;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Small, independent publishing company primarily producing limited-run poetry chapbooks. Send 20-30 poems between June 1 and November 30, only, by post or by email. See website for full guidelines.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1938

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Reviews;
Areas include: Horror; Mystery; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers;
Markets: Adult

Magazine of suspense, mystery, horror, and thriller fiction. Send stories up to 5,000 words in the body of an email. No attachments. Response not guaranteed unless story is accepted.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1937

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Markets: Children's; Youth

Canadian publisher committed to publishing Canadian authors. Publishes fiction and nonfiction for children aged six months to twelve years and young adults. Not currently accepting picture book submissions. No submissions by fax or email. See website for full submission guidelines.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1940

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Articles; Essays; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Arts; Criticism; Culture; Drama; Fantasy; Horror; Literature; Mystery; Philosophy; Sci-Fi; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult; Youth;
Preferred styles: Commercial; Contemporary; Literary; Mainstream; Progressive; Satirical

Founded by graduates of creative writing programs. This magazine has faithfully published award-winning writers and new voices alike for its 1,000+ monthly readership since its advent.

We accept and publish manuscripts on a rolling basis, and maintain our archives for the public free of charge. We only accept submissions through our online submission system. Hard copy or otherwise emailed submissions will not be read.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1938

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Criticism; Literature;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry paperbacks and literary magazine, including poetry, reviews, essays, and criticism. Query for guidelines.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1941

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Adventure; Arts; Autobiography; Business; Cookery; Current Affairs; Historical; Military; Nature; Science; Travel;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Send query by email with a brief cover letter; one-to-two page synopsis; annotated chapter outline; market analysis, including competitive research; 1-2 sample chapters; author bio, including list of all previous publishing credits.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1942

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes collections of poetry and short stories. No novels or book length fiction. Finds authors through its competitions, and through writers being active in the literary community and literary magazines.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1943

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Erotic; Romance;
Markets: Adult

Print and electronic magazine publishing erotic and romantic short fiction between 10,000 and 15,000 words, plus poetry up to 30 lines.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1942

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Biography; Historical;
Markets: Adult

Publishes general trade books in the fields of history, biography, and fiction. Will respond to email queries, but prefers queries by post with SASE. No unsolicited mss.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1945

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Cookery; Humour; Short Stories; Markets

Publishes books on cookery, ghosts, humour, and folklore. Send query with SASE. Also offers services for which writers are charged.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1946

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes literary fiction up to 10,000 words, and poetry/fiction crossovers: poetry that tells a story; or flash fiction that has a lyrical feel, etc. No genre fiction or previously published fiction. Submit by post for free, or via online submission system for $3. See website for full guidelines.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1945

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Adventure; Military; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Publishes stories of action and adventure set in times of war, told in graphic novel format. May be wars of the modern age or ancient wars, or even occasionally wars of the future. Encourages new writers. Send synopsis in first instance.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1946

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Arts; Health; Philosophy; Psychology; Science; Sci-Fi; Self-Help;
Markets: Adult; Youth

Publishes Life Sciences and Self-Help Books for Teens; Young Adult: Psychology, Science and Philosophy; Science Fiction for Teens; Adult Health and Recovery; Meditation; Living with Disabilities; Wildlife Rehabilitation. See website for submission guidelines. No submissions by email.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1948

  

   

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