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B & N Wants to Discover YOU!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The Discover Great New Writers program celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2015, having introduced readers to more than 1,800 extraordinary literary talents – many of whom have gone on to become household names — since its inception in 1990.

Publishers, not authors, submit books and 60 are chosen as winners, presenting a total of $35.000 to six writers.

Recipients of the Discover Award include Anthony Marra, Justin St. Germain, Cheryl Strayed, Amanda Coplin, Ben Fountain, Chang-rae Lee, Joshua Ferris, Elizabeth McCracken, and Hampton Sides, among others.

Publishers recommend writers making a strong literary debut. Authors cannot submit their own work to the program; self-published writers and titles published via print-on-demand or available only as NOOK books are also ineligible for submission.

Literary fiction, short story collections and literary non-fiction, such as travel essays, memoirs, or other non-fiction with a strong narrative will be considered. Books should be intended for an adult or a young adult audience.

The Discover Great New Writers program does not publish original work; please do not submit unpublished manuscripts for consideration.

Single titles authored by more than one person are not eligible for consideration.

Submissions must be made at least three months prior to publication date.

Once selected, participation in Discover Great New Writers™ includes:

 

  • Face-out display in the Discover bay in each of our bookstores (length of display is usually 12 weeks)
  • An individual shelf-talker with a teaser line placed under each face-out
  • A 20% discount on Discover titles for the length of the promotion
  • Promotion online at www.bn.com/discover and The B&N Review as well as via consumer emails, @BNBuzz and @BNDiscover Twitter feeds, and Nook features for the Discover Award finalists and Discover Seasonal selections.
  • Special consideration for Discover-selected writers for in-store events and book group discussionsAdditionally,
  • Debuting authors and writers with fewer than three previously published books who have yet to receive a major literary award are eligible for consideration. Exceptions are sometimes made for authors who have published more titles, but have yet to break out to a larger audience. Submissions must be original publications, penned by one author.
  • Deceased authors and those previously featured in the Discover program are ineligible. Books submitted for a prior season and rejected will not be reconsidered.

    2015-2016 Submission Deadlines
Season
Submission Deadline
Late Fall (November-December 2015)
Spring 2016 (January-March 2016)
Summer 2016 (April-July 2016)
June 18, 2015
September 10, 2015
October 8, 2015
Contact

For further information on submissions, contact:

Miwa Messer
Director, Discover Great New Writers
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
122 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (212) 633-4067

 

$$ Essay Writing Contest $$ YOU can WIN!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

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Essay Writing Contest

Want to try yourself in essay writing? Don’t miss the opportunity to receive the evaluation by professional writers and win a cash prize! Winners will be featured on our blog and social media pages.

Deadline

Essays are accepted from March 16, 2015 till May 17, 2015. Winners will be announced on May 25, 2015.

Rules

  • Your submission should be between 800 and 1,200 words and double-spaced
  • Essay should be written in English
  • Submit your work in the following format: Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf), PDF
  • By sending an essay, you confirm that your work is unique and previously unpublished. No plagiarism please!

Remember that we accept one submission per participant. No entry fee is required.

Topics

  1. Education in Digital Age: Opportunities and Threats
  2.  Creativity In School: How Art Can Be Leveraged
  3. Relevance Of Classic Literature For Today’s Students
  4. Do Colleges Actually Prepare Students For Successful Career?
  5. Writing Essays at College: Why It’s Important

Prizes

1st place – $400
2nd place – $250
3rd place – $150

How To Participate

Email your essay to [email protected]. Include your full name, date of birth, country and college/university name (if any). Subject line should be “JetWriters Essay Contest”. Attach your work and name it according to the topic you have chosen.

Share this opportunity on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and don’t forget adding #EssayContest and #EssayWritingContest.

If you have any questions, send them to [email protected] or leave a comment below.  For more information, visit http://jetwriters.com/essay-writing-contest/

Keep calm and write a winning essay!

Strange but True . . . Calling All Poets!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Chicks swim after dog
If your pet could talk
, what would he say?

Ever had a Strange But True experience?

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Who or what has been Unforgettable in your life?

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Have a Happy Ending to a story?

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Get out your pen or fire up your computer for the 11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest. 

11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

The 11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially began in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Only In America,” “Happy Endings,” “Strange But True,” “Unforgettable,” and “If Pets Could Talk.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible.  Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

If you would like a PDF copy of the Entry Form (including contest rules) to print copies needed for submission or have questions about the contest, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at [email protected]

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Early submissions are appreciated.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA.  Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

 

11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

 

The 11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially began in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Only In America,” “Happy Endings,” “Strange But True,” “Unforgettable,” and “If Pets Could Talk.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible.  Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

If you would like a PDF copy of the Entry Form (including contest rules) to print copies needed for submission or have questions about the contest, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at [email protected]

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Early submissions are appreciated.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA.  Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

 

$$ Free Spring Essay Writing Contest $$

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Essaymama’s Spring Writing Contest.

Why enter?

Get published. Fame and popularity! Three best works will be published on the Essaymama Blog. 

Get cash.
1st place – $450 
2nd place – $300 
3rd place – $200 

Deadline – May 25, 2015

 One essay per participant. 

 Essays will be checked by our team during the period from May 26, 2015 till June 01, 2015. The final results will be announced on June 02, 2015.

 The winners will be published on our site. Also, each winner will receive a personal email alert. 

Judging Criteria. Your essay will be evaluated by our team of writers and editors. Scale – from 0 to 100 points. You can get extra points for extra social sharing (see website). 

Entry Fee $ 0. Just follow Essaymama’s Google+ Page and share the post about Essaymama Writing Contest ( don’t have G+ account? Then you can “like” Essaymama Facebook page and share the post about Essaymama Writing Contest to your own Facebook page). Link to your shared post is the ‘entry fee’ to the competition, so do not forget to add it to your letter! – See more at: http://www.essaymama.com/contests/#sthash.LBSswQsQ.dpuf

Disclaimer: I like to post contests, but I can’t vouch for them. Please note this website gives extra weight for social sharing about them, which doesn’t seem fair.  This is also a writing service, not a nonprofit.

 

 

$ Essay Contest for High School Students $

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Calling all U.S. high school students/citizens, grades 9 – 12! 

Write an essay between 700 – 1000 words, “describing an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official that occurred during or after 1956, the publication date of Profiles in Courage. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level.  John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.”

Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.  Essays must have a minimum of five sources.

Deadline: Before Monday, January 5, 2015.

Submit essays online (preferred) or by mail.  Entrants must also submit a registration form.

The winner receives $10,000 — a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 to grow in a John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. The winner and his or her family are invited to attend  the Profile in Courage Award ceremony to accept his/her award. The ceremony is held in May at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston  for the winning student and his or her parents.

A second place winner receives a $1,000 cash award.

Up to five finalists each receive a $500 cash award.

All winners receive a hardcover copy of Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy.

The nominating teacher of the first place winner is also invited to attend the Profile in Courage Award ceremony and will receive the John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant in the amount of $500 for school projects encouraging student leadership and civic engagement.  Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston.

All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.

Winners and finalists will be notified by March 31. All participants will receive a letter announcing the winners and finalists by May 15.

For specific guidelines on writing the essay, source material, formats, and registration, visit http://www.jfklibrary.org/Events-and-Awards/Profile-in-Courage-Award/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx

$ Christmas Essay Contest! $

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Xmas tree

Essaymama announces its 2014 Christmas Essay Writing Contest.  Top three winners will receive $330. 

(This random prize amount piques my interest . . . There is no entry fee, but be aware that this is a business site, and not a nonprofit.)

Deadline: Dec. 25, 2014.  Results announced:  Jan 5, 2015 via email and their website.

Submission time:  Nov. 5 until Dec. 25.  Choose your BEST essay, as you are allowed to enter only one piece for consideration.

Fifteen best works will be included in “Best EssayMama’s Stories: Christmas Edition” book and published on the best resources for writers.

Submission Guidelines

  • Type Prose (no min, 4,000 words MAX).
  • Topic Christmas. The story can be written in any style – instructive, funny, sad, for children. The main thing – it must be about Christmas.
  • Language English only
  • Formats .doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx
  • 100% unique
  • Participation in the contest automatically constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and the rejection of any claim.
  • Mail title should be [EssayMama Christmas Writing Contest], your name.
  • Submit to info[at]essaymama.com

Visit EssayMama.com for more information.

$ Essay Writing Contest $

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Deadline

Submissions are accepted from August 20 through November 1, 2014.

The finalists will receive a notification via e-mail by November 5, 2014.

 Only one entry per candidate is allowed.

 NO ENTRY FEE.

Guidelines

  • Your entry should be 800-1000 words long.
  • Your contact information should be provided on a separate page.
  • Please submit the essay in one of the following file types: Word (.doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx). You can feel free to use images if you hold the rights for their distribution.
  • All entries must be free of plagiarism! You are not allowed to submit content that has been published before. The content will be checked with an advanced plagiarism checker and the candidates who don’t submit 100% unique work will be disqualified.
  • The essays must be written in English.
  • By submitting an entry to this essay contest, you agree to the terms and conditions and accept the decision of the judges as final.

Topics

Please provide an entry on one of the following topics:

  1. “Essay writing as one of the greatest trends and issues in contemporary education.”
  2. “The unbearable lightness of being: Is the accessibility of modern education a problem? Should everyone gain a degree?”
  3. “The significance of education in my life.”
  4. “How a book changed my life.”
  5. “Is college education inevitable for career readiness?”
  6. “Are contemporary educational tools diminishing the role of teachers?”
  7. “Teamwork in schools: is it inspiring or discriminating?”

 Prizes

Winner – $500

2nd place – $300

3rd place – $150

How to enter the contest

Please choose one of the provided topics and submit your entry by sending an e-mail message to [email protected], entitled “Essay Writing Contest.”

http://www.ninjaessays.com/blog/essay-writing-contest/

Pets and Poetry

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Calling all kids in third through eighth grades! 

The American Pet Products Association’s non-profit campaign, Pets Add Life (PAL) will accept submissions for the 7th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest beginning September 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015Students in grades 3rd through 8th grades are encouraged to write poems about the joys and benefits of owning pets of all types for a chance at top prizes. 

One student from each grade level nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a byline in a nationally circulated publication or online outlet.  Additionally, the six winning students’ classrooms will each win a $1000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education or to support a classroom pet.

Participants can submit poems via PAL’s Facebook page at facebook.com/petsaddlife, online at www.PetsAddLife.org or mail final poems and submission forms to:

Pets Add Life

661 Sierra Rose Dr.

Reno, NV  89511

Deadline:  January 31, 2015 at 5 p.m. E.S.T.

Teachers within the contest grade levels may submit poems in one entry on behalf of their classroom. 

 Cat Sleeps on Dog

 

 

 

Attention Poets! Enter Contest Now!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Voices of Lincoln:  10th Annual Poetry Contest

*1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners selected in each contest category.

*Five (5) categories include: Once Upon A Time,  Ten Years From Now,  It’s A Miracle,
A Journey Worth Taking, and  People Are Funny.
*Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest
categories and submit one poem from each.
*Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any
length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.
*Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will
compete in a special “Young Poets” category.
* Entry Forms and Contest Rules are available at the Front Desk at the Lincoln Public
Library at Twelve Bridges and can be downloaded from the following website:
www.libraryatlincoln.org

Contest Deadline: Poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 26,
2014. Early submissions are appreciated.Winners receive a commemorative chapbook of winning poems.

I won! Man in crowd

Who knows!  You may be a winner!
Presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln

Sponsored by the Lincoln Library and the Friends of the Lincoln Library

Poets Wanted Now! All Ages!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
High Schoolers Study
 
 
2014 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest    
 
Deadline:  July 26, 2014
For International artists’ 10th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest — Enter Now!
 
 As part of the celebration of National Poetry Month,  the contest presents five new categories: “Once Upon A Time,” “Ten Years From Now,” “It’s A Miracle,” “A Journey Worth Taking” and “People Are Funny.” 
Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories. Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.Entry Forms and Contest Rules are can be downloaded from www.libraryatlincoln.org

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 26, 2014.  Early submissions are appreciated.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA.  Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

Last year, one hundred thirty-three (133) poets submitted 272 poems. We had 56 entrants submit 81 poems in the “Young Poets” category. The 2013 contest had entries from 34 California cities and 10 out-of-state cities from eight (8) states. In addition, the Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest went international again last year. One entry came from Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. 

The Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest is presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln and is sponsored by the Lincoln Library and the Friends of the Lincoln Library.

Deadline: 07-26-2014
Poets Club of Lincoln
Lincoln, CA

Contact: Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator
email: [email protected]
Phone: 916.408.1274
Website: www.libraryatlincoln.org

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California Writers Club Young Writers Contest: 

I will post first, second and third place winners on this blog after they have been contacted personally.  (Process has begun!  Judging is complete!)  Fabulous entries from all over Contra Costa.