The latest issue of
firstwriter.magazine has also just been released,
featuring quality fiction and poetry submitted from around
the world, plus your first chance to see not just the
winning poem from our Thirteenth International Poetry
Competition, but also all ten Special
Commendations. To view the magazine
click here. To enter your work in our
International Poetry Competition
All those whose work has been included
in issue 27 have now been notified, so if you submitted work
for issue 27 and have not received notification of inclusion
then, regrettably, on this occasion your submission was not
successful. Please do feel free to try again, however,
Now accepting submissions of poetry and
short fiction for Issue 29
With the release of issue 27 we have now
begun accepting submissions for issue 29. We are open to
submissions of fiction up to 3,000 words and poems up to 30
lines. Submissions are accepted from anywhere in the world (as long as they are in English), and can be submitted online
for free at
Looking to sign your first book
contract, switch from a small press to a large publisher
or simply explore another genre of romantic fiction? Turn
up the heat on your writing career with the Hot Prospects
grand prize winner of the contest will have their entire
Romance manuscript (400 pages, Courier, 12pt, Double spaced)
reviewed by two professional editors at Novel Needs
Valley of the Sun RW Members: $25
Non-Chapter Members: $30
Deadline: September 1, 2015 E-Submit Deadline:
September 1, 2015
The Hot Prospects
Contest is open to any Romance work uncontracted and
unpublished at the time of entry.
Categories / judges
Trained judges for preliminary round, Editors for final
Single Title Contemporary
released as individual titles, not usually part of a series.
Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
– Leanne Morgena, The Wild Rose Press
– Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks, Inc.
suspense/mystery/thriller plot is integrated within a
romantic novel. Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
Editor – Amy Stapp, Tor/Forge
Editorial Director -
Angela James, Carina Press
Historical / Regency
Romantic novels set in a time period prior to 1945.
Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
For the details of over 120
other writing competitions,
VerbalArt call for
The new issue of Phenomenal
Literature has been released and its details are
available on the website at
www.phenomenalliterature.com. Submissions are now
sought for anything on poets and poetry for the next issue
of VerbalArt: A Global Journal Devoted to Poets and
Poetry. The submission guidelines can be found at
The last date of submission is July 31, 2015 and the next
issue will come out by September 30, 2015.
Wadars, the animal rescue and rehoming
charity based in Ferring, West Sussex, has set a challenge
to established and aspiring poets.
Words for Wadars invites competitors
to submit their poems on the subject of animals – whether
pets or wildlife. A panel of judges will select the best
poems in two categories, adults and younger poets, for
inclusion in an anthology to be published later this year.
The outright winner in each category will receive a free
copy of the anthology plus a cash prize. The runners-up
will also win a free copy plus a gift voucher.
The deadline for entries is July 31,
2015, and the anthology will be launched later in the year
at an event to which all the published poets will be
invited. Judges for Words for Wadars are Melody
Bridges, artistic director of the Worthing arts festival
WOW; local vet Tracy Rhodes and West Sussex author Patrick
J. Stoner. (Editors please note: judges’ bios and contact
details follow at the end of the release).
Words for Wadars is generously sponsored by The Local Pet
Shop in Sea Lane, Rustington. All profits from the
competition and subsequent sale of the anthology will go
towards supporting Wadars in this valuable work.
Wadars, a registered charity, was established in 1969. Its
main objectives are the rescue and rehabilitation of
wildlife and the rescue and rehoming of domestic animals.
Every year Wadars rehomes more than 500 cats, dogs and other
companion animals, and rescues and releases more than 2,000
wild creatures back to their natural environment.
For more details please visit
www.wadars.co.uk. Entry forms are available on the
website and will also be available at all Wadars events.
Script your own Hollywood
Calling all screen writers, movie
lovers and accomplished pen smiths!
A brand new competition is searching
for the UK's most inventive and creative writers to take
on Hollywood and come up with an alternate ending to a
movie classic for a chance to win £2,000.
If you ever thought you could do a Scorsese, Lucas or
Spielberg better, then this competition – sponsored by
– is for you. Whether it’s getting ET
home, Bogart and Bergman at the airport, that twist in Sixth
Sense, it is the ending that can truly make a movie and this
is your chance to give it a rewrite. All The Alties needs is
for you put pen to paper and submit 750 words, either as
prose or scripted dialogue. Visit
for full details.
There are five categories to enter:
best comedy or rom-com; best action or adventure; best
fantasy; sci-fi or horror; best family or animation; and
best drama or thriller.
Entries will be judged by jury
panel of three acclaimed industry experts: Manchester
Metropolitan University's senior Lecturer of Film Studies
Andy Moor, Film and Theatre Critic Kevin Bourke and script
writer Martin Paul Roche.
They will award the winning
entry with the £2,000 prize fund to be invested as the
winner desires – be it a cutting edge home cinema, an
adventure to fire your creative juices or a pilgrimage to
the heart of film, Hollywood, it's completely up to you. We
just want to reward your fun and creativity handsomely. Two
runners-up will receive £250 and we will be awarding two
further entries from each category a box set to the value of
£30. They will award the winning entry with a £2,000 cash
prize to be invested as the winner desires – be it a film
equipment, experiences to fire your creative juices or a
trip to movie-making heaven. Two runners-up will receive
£250 and we will be awarding ten further entries from each
category a box set to the value of £30.
Bourke believes everyone has got an alternate ending tucked
away waiting to be unleashed. He says: “Every film has
twists and turns right up to the end, that’s why we love
them so much. Imagining a different twist than the one you
see on screen is something everyone has done in the cinema.
“It’s best to start with a film you really love and
characters you know inside out – that will make it easier to
imagine how else their story might have played out.
“After that, it really is limitless, these people are under
your control and you can come up with a finale more
explosive than anything Spielberg, Coppola, Scorsese or
Orson Welles could imagine!”
Ian Cowley, managing
director of cartridgesave.co.uk, comments: “We are massive
movie fans and love the idea of challenging writers to
imagine ‘what if…?’ with their favourite films from over the
“It’s the ultimate director’s cut – to re-do a
classic movie the way they’ve always wanted to see it.”
Closing date for entries is September 5, 2015.
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