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 New Millennium writing awards

$4,000 in Prizes, plus publication in NMW and on the Web at

$1,000 for best Fiction; $1,000 for best Poem; $1,000 best Nonfiction; $1,000 best Short-short Story

(Nonfiction includes humor, memoir, creative nonfiction, travel, opinion, essay, interview, features, investigative reporting, etc.)

To Enter, follow these Guidelines, or enter on-line at and click on awards and contests or click here (shortcut). When entering online, include title page or cover letter in the file with your submission. It's easy.

1. No restrictions as to style, content or number of submissions. Enter as often as you like.
2. Winners and selected finalists---including all poetry finalists---will be published in our 2009-10 issue and/or on-line at
3. Send between now and midnight of June 17, 2010. This deadline may be extended once-only.
4. Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome.
5. Each fiction or nonfiction piece is counted as a separate entry, and should total no more than 6,000 words except Short-short Fiction (no more than 1,000 words). Winners plus selected finalists will be published.
6. Each poetry entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total per entry. Famed poet and essayist Nikki Giovanni will serve as top poetry judge, and all 20 poetry finalists will be published.
7. Include name, phone, address, email & category on cover page only and upload along with each submission in a single file.
8. Manuscripts not returned. Include email address or SASE for list of winners.
9. Include $17 check payable to NMW with each submission.
10. Enter online at or send by U.S. Mail or other carrier to: "NMW" Room EM, PO Box 2463, Knoxville, TN, 37901.

To order a sample issue, add $12.


A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanities is a new literary magazine looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and artwork dealing with illness, the body, healing, and the culture of medicine. For submission/subscription info, see

Writers Wanted: The Paris Review


The esteemed literary magazine says they are looking for new writers. If you've got great poems and short stories.  All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished. Translations are acceptable and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text. Simultaneous submissions are also acceptable as long as we are notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere. A cover letter is not necessary, but be sure to include phone and (if possible) email contact information. Please submit only one story manuscript at a time. We suggest to all who submit that they read several issues of The Paris Review to acquaint themselves with material the magazine has published. 

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Wags Review


Submissions of poetry may include multiple poems but should not exceed 10 pages. Fiction and essay submissions should not exceed 10,000 words. All submissions should be previously unpublished. Wag’s Revue asks for first serial rights to all published work; all other rights revert to the author upon publication.   


Hollywood Book Festival - Call for Entries


The  Hollywood Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating books
that deserve greater recognition from the film, television, game and multimedia communities.

Based in the capital of show business, the Hollywood Book Festival aims to (1) spotlight literature worth of further consideration by the talent-hungry pipeline of the entertainment industry; and (2) facilitate getting those works into the proper hands for consideration.

The 2Hollywood Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, 'zines, comics, e-books, fan fiction, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories and genre-based works.  There is no publication date deadline – books from any year are eligible. 


New Letters Awards for Writers


$4,500 total prizes for writers
Next postmark deadline:  May 18, 2011.  

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry
for the best group of three to six poems

The $1,500 Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay
for the best essay

The $1,500 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction
for the best short story


Submit by regular post or electronically.  Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.  For electronic entries, go to our website at

Enclose with each entry:
*$15 for first entry; $10 for every entry after. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription, renewal, or gift subscription to New Letters.  Make checks payable to New Letters.

*Two cover sheets: the first with complete name, address, e-mail address, phone number, category, and title(s); and the second with category and title only.  Your personal information should not appear anywhere else on the entry.A stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt and entry

*A stamped, self-addressed envelope for a list of winners.  This is optional.  Please send only one envelope if submitting more than one entry.

All entries will be considered for publication in New Letters. Entries are not to exceed 8,000 words.  Poetry entries may contain up to six poems.  They need not be related. Multiple entries are welcome with appropriate fees. Manuscripts will not be returned. No substitutions after submissions.  No refunds will be offered for withdrawn material. Current students and employees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and  current volunteer members of the New Letters and BkMk Press staffs, are not eligible.

New Letters Awards for Writers
UMKC, University House, Room 105
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO  64110-2499

Postmark deadline by May 18, 2011.

   A Story is a Promise offers a fresh new model for mastering the elusive art of writing dramatic and engaging stories. In order to illustrate its major principles, the book includes reviews and analyses of over a dozen popular films, novels, and plays. Complete with prompts and questions at the end of each chapter, A Story is a Promise can be used as a workbook to help writers internalize the principle that underlies all well-told stories: that a story should be a promise and that a promise should be kept. The inclusion of familiar examples makes this book accessible and useful to all writers of fiction, plays, and screenplays.

Bill Johnson has been using the manuscript of A Story is a Promise in his workshops for years. Many editors also use the workbook to teach blossoming writers the craft of storytelling.

In his widely read guides How to Write a Damn Good Novel and How to Write a Damn Good Novel II: Advanced Techniques, popular novelist and fiction-writing coach James N. Frey showed tens of thousands of writers how--starting with rounded, living, breathing, dynamic characters--to structure a novel that sustains its tension and development and ends in a satisfying, dramatic climax.


Now, in The Key, Frey takes his no-nonsense, "Damn Good" approach and applies it to Joseph Campbell's insights into the universal structure of myths. Myths, says Frey, are the basis of all storytelling, and their structures and motifs are just as powerful for contemporary writers as they were for Homer. Frey begins with the qualities found in mythic heros--ancient and modern--such as the hero's special talent, his or her wound, status as an "outlaw," and so on. He then demonstrates how the hero is initiated--sent on a mission, forced to learn the new rules, tested, and suffers a symbolic death and rebirth--before he or she can return home. Using dozens of classical and contemporary novels and films as models, Frey shows how these motifs and forms work their powerful magic on the reader's imagination.

The Key is designed as a practical step-by-step guide for fiction writers and screen writers who want to shape their own ideas into a mythic story.

Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression


We are currently accepting submissions for Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression.  This literary journal is designed for authors who want to write seriously, but struggle to find an outlet for poetry and stories that have a faithful slant.  Their goal is to publish poems and short stories that push the envelope beyond stereotypically "fluffy" Christian writing, so please feel free to stand out on the edge.

Cash prizes will be awarded to "Editor's Choice" for each genre.

Submissions will only be accepted through our online submission process.

Questions about Relief?  Send inquiries to:






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