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February 23-March 14, 2014
Twitter Haiku Contest is sponsored by the Birmingham Public Library and the Southeast Chapter of the Haiku Society of America (HSA). One division is open for youth aged 13-17 and another for adults 18 and up. A winner from each division will be selected for the week of February 23, the week of March 2, and the week of March 10. HSA judges would then decide first, second, and third place winners. The winners’ rankings will be announced at the Sakura Festival at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Saturday, March 22, and they will receive cash prizes of $50, $30, and $20.
Haiku may be submitted by e-mail at email@example.com. Please include name, age, and mailing address. See website for complete guidelines..
Deadline: March 1, 2014; $25 reader’s fee
The Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award is an annual collaboration between Persea Books and The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. It is open to any American poet who has previously published at least one full-length book of poems. The winner receives an advance of $1,000.00, publication of his/her collection by Persea, and the option of an all-expenses-paid residency at the Anderson Center, a renowned artists' colony in Red Wing, Minnesota. See website for complete guidelines: http://perseabooks.com/editorschoiceaward.php
Deadline: April 30, 2014 (postmark date). Entry fee in each category is $5 for members of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave and $8 for nonmembers. (Checks should be made to the Alabama Writers’ Conclave and should accompany submissions.) Submissions are now open for the Alabama Writers Conclave 2014 competition. Awards of $100, $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded for the first through fourth place in the following categories (maximum word count is listed for each category): First Novel Chapters (1,500 wds.); Short Story (1,500 wds.); Flash Fiction (500 wds); Juvenile Fiction (1,500 wds); Creative Nonfiction (1,500 wds); Poetry (1,000 wds. may include more than one poem, but total word count may not exceed 1,000 wds.)
Author name should not appear on the submission nor should any contact information. The submission should include only a title, category, and word count. Submission title, name and contact information should, however, be included on a separate page.
Submissions should be sent to the contest chair: Dr. Linda Busby Parker, Department of English, University of South Alabama, 307 N. University Blvd., Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002. Include an SASE if you would like a list of the winners. Awards will be presented at the annual convention in Fairhope, Alabama July 11-13. See website for details about the conference and for information on the contest judges: http://www.alabamawritersconclave.org/
Reading Period: April 1-May 31, 2013
Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short stories between 16 and 36 pages in length. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $500 cash award, and twenty-five copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication. The annual deadlines for the prize are May 31 for the Spring contest (we accept entries starting on April 1) and October 31 for the Fall contest (we accept entries starting on September 1). See website for more information.
Deadline: Open Year Round
Darker Times Fiction is host to a monthly short story competition open to UK and international writers. They accept stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of 'darker times.' The competition closes on the last day of each month at midnight GMT and winners and runners up will be announced on the 5th of the next month. Entry fee of £5 required for each submission. See website for more information and complete guidelines.