Calling All New and Emerging Writers! Win $2000 for your short story!

December 18th, 2016

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$2000 + Publication + Agency Review

The winning story will be awarded $2000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.

GUIDELINES:

  • Winner receives $2000, publication, and agency review
  • Second and third place prizes ($200/$100, publication, and agency review)
  • Stories under 7000 words
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
  • International submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: January 15, 2017
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication

Visit the website below to submit your story:

http://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers/

Writers – Do you like movies? Technology! Enter this essay contest for $!

December 13th, 2016

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Which Is The Better Essay Contest

You can write on any of the topics below.  Or you can also write on any topic related to technology.

  1. How Movies Affect Our Lives

       OR

      2. How Android Changed The World

Deadline 

March 31st, 2017.

Categories

Movies , Android , Mobile ,Technology

Entry Fees

No submission fees

Prizes

1st Prize (1 winner) :  Cash $300 + 1 year Premium Movie and Music  Subscription (Worth 250$)

2nd Prize (3 winner) : Cash $100 + 1 year Premium Movie and Music  Subscription (Worth 250$)

3rd Prize (5 winner):  Premium Android apps (worth 150$)

Eligibility needs:-

The competition is open to all writers.

How to Apply:-

* Essay should be minimum 300 words  and maximum 2000 words.

* The essay ought to be free from plagiarism. Repetition of written material isn’t acceptable.

* The essay should be written in English.

* In the subject line of your email, please include:-

1. Personal Details (Name, Phone, and Address).

2. Your story name

3. Your age

Send the document to office@whichisthebetter.com

http://www.whichisthebetter.com/essay-contest/

www.whichisthebetter.com

December 3rd, 2016

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Three local authors will share “Resources for Writers” at the next luncheon meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Jil Plummer will discuss resources for research: how to find correct flora, fauna, and climate, feel the mood of the setting, and capture the culture, religion, and history of your subject.

Bill Stong will talk about drawing the reader in with challenges and writing goals, vivid and vibrant writing, and using a support network to make your writing come alive.

Leslie Rupley will present choices for the independent publisher: boutique publishers, all-inclusive packages, and do-it-yourself.

Sign-in begins at 11:15 am, with a seated luncheon from 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm. Meal selection should be included in your reservation: New York steak, salmon, chicken parmesan, or pasta primavera. Speakers from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. $25 for CWC members, $30 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, December 7.

Contact Robin at cwcrobin.gigoux@yahoo.com or leave a message at: 925-933-9670 or sign up via PayPal: click “buy now” on the Mt.Diablo website.: http://cwcmtdiablowriters,wordpress.com/next-program/.  Add $2 transaction fee. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com

 

Essay Contest for Everyone! Win $1000!

November 29th, 2016

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ProEssayWriting Challenge: The Best

Essay Gets a Prize!

You don’t have any motivation to show your writing talent? Your professors assign boring topics, and they don’t value your efforts. You write your best paper, and you get points on it. Points! Then you have to complete several other homework assignments and study hard to get more points on the exam.

We have just the motivation you need. A prize! You finally have a reason to show what you can do with an essay topic.

You think you’re a great essay writer? Prove it!

Oops, we have a deadline, too!

We know how you hate deadlines. They are the worst. But, this time, you have a motivation. Plus, there’s tons of time for you to explore one of our topics and write your submission.

We accept submissions from November 25, 2016 through February 10, 2017.

We’ll notify and announce the winners by February 20, 2017.

Who can enter this contest?

Everyone! There is no entry fee for the contest! All you need to do is accept our challenge and follow our guidelines.

There are no age and geographical limits! You think you can write? That’s all it takes to become part of the ProEssayWriting Challenge.

What should you write about?

We thought of interesting topics that will stimulate you to think and write creatively and critically. All topics are related to education, since we want to get your opinions on how we can solve the problems in the current educational systems. See? You’ll have a chance to win a great prize, but you’ll also get your voice heard. You have an opportunity to make changes.

Pick one of the following topics. Please, don’t alter the topic you choose.

  1. Teleported to 2050: What Will Education Look Like?
  2. Is Google a Relevant Source of Knowledge?
  3. The Problems of Academic Writing: Why Do Students Struggle With It?
  4. The Problem with Common Core Standards: Same Expectations from Different Students
  5. The Role of Parents in the Educational Process
  6. Pros and Cons of Online Learning: Is It Taking the Educational System in the Right Direction?
  7. Student Disrespect for Teachers: Causes and Effects

The Prizes

Three participants will get prizes:

  1. $1000 for the Winner
  2. $500 for the 2nd place
  3. $250 for the 3rd place

We will publish these three essays on ProEssayWriting.com, and we’ll promote them via social media channels. You have a chance to get not only a prize, but exposure, too. The world we see what a great writer you are.

Who’ll Be the Judge?

The writers from our team are more than qualified to judge your essays. We chose the top PhD writers from ProEssayWriting to evaluate the essays and choose the lucky winners. The decision will be based on teamwork. The judges will read the essays thoroughly, and then they will discuss their quality.

Pay Attention: Submission Guidelines

  • Word count: 800-1000 words. Please keep your submission within this word count. All entries shorter than 800 and longer than 1000 words will be disqualified.
  • We accept the following file types: MS Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf and .odt). You are free to include images within the essays, solely if you have the right to use them.
  • No plagiarism: All submissions should be 100% original. We will check the content through sophisticated plagiarism detection software. If you are using quotes, make sure to reference them.
  • Language: For this contest, we only accept submissions written in English.
  • Only one entry per candidate. Pick one of the topics and write one essay.

How to Enter

Write your essays and send it in an email message to contact@proessaywriting.com, with the following subject line: “Essay Writing Challenge”.

Now is your chance to shine as a writer. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Finally, you have great motivation to write a brilliant paper.

Be Unique! Be Creative! Be Great!

http://www.proessaywriting.com/writing-challenge/

October 18th, 2016

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Journalist Joan Morris will discuss “Keeping the Hats on Straight” at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch, California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Zico Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Ms. Morris will explain how to balance deadlines, manage versatility, and the ever-shifting world of digital-first journalism, among other  challenges.

She is the pets and wildlife columnist for the East Bay News Group, as well as the garden page editor. Ms. Morris founded Our Garden, a demonstration garden operated by the Contra Costa Master Gardeners. The garden offers free classes on Wednesdays from April through October, and donates about 14,000 pounds of fresh produce each year to the Monument Crisis Center.

Born in Texas and raised in New Mexico, Ms. Morris holds a BA degree in Journalism, with a minor in Russian Studies from the University of New Mexico. She joined the Contra Costa Times staff in 1988, and has held a number of reporting and editing positions with the newspaper group.

Sign-in starts at 11:15 a.m. Luncheon 12-12:45 pm, and speaker from 1-2 pm at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA.

$25 CWC members, $30 guests.

Reservation deadline: noon on Wednesday, November 9.  To reserve, contact Robin at cwcrobin.gigoux@yahoo.com, leave a message at 925-933-9670, or sign up via PayPal: click “buy now”on the Mt. Diablo website. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is:

http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Calling All Students! Enter Essay Contest! Win $$$!

October 14th, 2016

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Custom-Writing.org awards scholarships of $1800 in total to the most vivid, versatile, and talented writers in our upcoming Essay Writing Contest.

  • The Essay Writing Contest starts on October 10, 2016, and lasts for two months.
  • Any student, regardless of academic level and location of studies, can participate.
  • Three winners will receive prizes totaling $1800.

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST 2016

The 2016 Essay Writing Contest focuses on two aspects:

  • The ability to think critically
  • The ability to express thoughts clearly and logically

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There are no strict requirements for participants. Custom-Writing.org requires the following:

  • Participants must be students of any educational institution in any location. Academic level and major do not matter.
  • Each student must write an essay on one of three given topics that fulfills all instructions and submit it before the deadline to contest@custom-writing.org.
  • Participants must share this post on their Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts and attach screenshots to prove it when submitting the essay.
  • By submitting an entry, students agree to the terms and conditions of the contest and acknowledge that the choice of the judges is final.

WHY PARTICIPATE

Scholarships of $1800 in total will be awarded to the best three essay writers:

1st place — $800

2nd place — $600

3rd place — $400

Winners get more than just significant cash prizes—their talent will be recognized by our proficient writers and editors, and their works will be published on the Custom-Writing Blog.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ESSAY SUBMISSION

Participants must follow all instructions to be eligible to win the contest.

  1. Write one essay on one of following three topics:
  • Why do you think it is important for students to improve their essay writing skills?
  • How can having less homework help improve learning?
  • Are the requirements of academic writing too strict? Should writing be simpler for students?
  1. Essay requirements:
  • Has a word count of 450 – 650 words (excluding footnotes, bibliography, title page, and article title)
  • Is written in US English
  • Contains no plagiarism
  • Has a file name of “Essay Writing Contest_Last Name”
  • Is submitted in .doc or .docx format
  • Has a bibliography that lists two or more peer-reviewed sources and no sources older than five years
  • Uses the APA formatting style

Please note that to be accepted, your essay must contain all required elements of APA formatting style:

  • Title page formatted correctly
  • Header with running head and page numbers on each page
  • References page

You can find the full list of requirements in this APA formatting checklist.

Send your completed essay to contest@custom-writing.org by the deadline given below. Late submissions will not be accepted.

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST SCHEDULE

Start of Essay Writing Contest — October 10, 2016

Duration — 2 months

Final deadline for submission — midnight EST on December 10, 2016

Winners announcement — January 20, 2017

GRADING CRITERIA

Each participant can earn 100 points in total.

All works will be checked by the team of professional writers and editors at Custom-Writing.org.

Review the grading criteria below to make your essay perfect:

  • Correct APA style — 20 points
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation— 20 points
  • Focused content — 20 points
  • Clear expression of thought and style — 20 points
  • Strong organization — 20 points

ONLINE VOTING

On December 28, 2016, the best 15 essays will be published on the Custom-Writing Blog, where readers will have the opportunity to help us determine the three winners.

Each reader will be able to vote for his or her favorite essay by sharing it only once on each social media account: Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Online voting will last until midnight EST on January, 18, 2017.

Taking into consideration the results of online voting and the grades from our expert writers and editors, we will determine the final three winners of the Essay Writing Contest.

AWARDS

Winners will be announced on January 20, 2017, on the Custom-Writing Blog.

To receive a prize, winners must provide proof of enrollment. In case the winner is unable to provide proof of enrollment, the prize will be given to the next eligible participant.

 

 

 

 

http://custom-writing.org/blog/essay-writing-contest-by-custom-writing-org

Dating Your Character

September 24th, 2016

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Producer, teacher, and personal manager Marilyn Atlas will conduct a three-hour breakfast workshop on “Dating Your Character” at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Ms. Atlas will offer insights and guidance in a hands-on workshop on creating character. She will discuss what makes a character three-dimensional, creating conflict, a powerful subtext, and how to get into a character’s head.

She produced the award-winning Real Women Have Curves for HBO The Choking Game for Lifetime, numerous films and plays. Her co-authored book Dating Your Character (Stairway Press) was released August 30, 2016.

Sign-in at 8:30 am, full breakfast from 9 to 9:30 am. Workshop from 9:30-12:30. The cost is $40 for CWC members, $50 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Contact Robin at cwcrobin.gigoux@yahoo.com, or phone 925-933-9670. To sign up via PayPal, click “Buy now” on the Mt. Diablo branch website, http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/next-program/. Add $2 transaction fee.

Philip Levine Prize for Poetry 2016 $2,000

August 26th, 2016

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Guidelines: Philip Levine Prize for Poetry 2016

Contest Opens: July 1, 2016

Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2016

Final Judge: Peter Everwine


Award: $2,000 prize, and publication by Anhinga Press

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry 2016 includes: a cash award of $2,000; publication of the manuscript by Anhinga Press; 25 author’s copies of the finished manuscript; and a public reading at California State University, Fresno.

Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.

 Who May Submit

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry is open to any poet writing in English. Translations are not eligible for this prize, nor are previously self-published books. Current and former faculty and students of California State University, Fresno are not eligible. Close friends and family members of the final judge are also not eligible.

Manuscript Requirements

Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript. You must include a table of contents. Please paginate your manuscript (number your pages). Manuscript should be 48-80 pages in length (not including title pages, acknowledgements, table of contents, etc.) and no more than one poem should appear on each page. No cover letters or biographical notes, please.

If you are submitting an online manuscript: Within the document, please include a single cover page with the title of the manuscript only, so that your manuscript document remains anonymous. Do NOT include your name or personal information in the file name or in the title of the manuscript. Within Submittable, for our administrative purposes, you can include your contact information (author name, address, telephone number, and email address).

If you are submitting a paper manuscript: Please include two cover pages. One cover page should include the title of the manuscript only, so that your manuscript remains anonymous. The second cover page, for our administrative purposes, should include the title of manuscript, author name, address, telephone number, and email address.

Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. If applicable, include with your manuscript an acknowledgments page for prior publications.

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify Levine Prize staff promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

 

Ethical Principles

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry endorses and abides by the Ethical Guidelines of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP):

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to:

1. Conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;

2. To provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and

3. To make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.

This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contest contributes to a vibrant literary heritage.

 

Notification of Receipt

To confirm receipt of your paper manuscript, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Online submissions will receive automated notification of receipt. Please keep these for your records.

Please do not enclose a SASE for return of a manuscript. All paper manuscripts will be recycled at the conclusion of the competition.

 

Notification of Results

To receive mailed notification of the winner and finalists, you may send a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Results will be announced in early January 2017. We notify all entrants in three ways: via postal mail to those who included a SASE with their paper manuscript; via email to those who included an email address with their paper or online manuscript; and online via our MFA program’s website, social media, and elsewhere.

 

Deadline

All entries must be certified by Submittable (online) or postmarked (hard copy) by September 30, 2016.

 

Entry Fee

There are two ways to pay your entry fee:

Via Submittable online: An entry fee of $28 (U.S.) must accompany each online submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission a separate entry fee accompanies each submission.

Via postal mail: An entry fee of $25 (U.S.) must accompany each hard-copy submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission a separate entry fee accompanies each submission. Checks or money orders can be mailed to the address below, and they should be made payable to “Fresno State – Levine Prize.”

 

Submit Your Manuscript

There are two ways to submit your manuscript:

Via Submittable online: Submissions are accepted July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016 only. Be sure that your document is complete and formatted correctly before uploading. Reminder: do NOT include contact information in the body of your manuscript, in the file name, or in the title of the manuscript. Include a title page with manuscript title only and enter your contact information separately into Submittable so that the manuscript remains anonymous.

Via postal mail: The Levine Prize encourages online submissions to save paper, but we still welcome mailed manuscripts. Be sure to include your check or money order.

You can mail your submission to:

Philip Levine Prize for Poetry

Fresno State, Department of English

5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB98

Fresno, CA 93740

 

Contact Information

Corrinne Clegg Hales, contest coordinator: connieh@csufresno.edu

Levine Prize staff: levineprize@gmail.com or 559.278.1569

Writing from the Inside Out

August 22nd, 2016

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Anita Amirrezvani will present “Write from the Inside Out” at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Ms. Amirrezvani will discuss how to create meaningful and unique writing: mine the existential truth of your everyday life, draw on the richness of your cultural heritage, and how to use simple research techniques to deepen your work.

She was born in Tehran and raised in San Francisco. Her first novel, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in 31 languages, and was long-listed for one of the U.K.’s top literary prizes, the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her second novel is Equal of the Sun, and she’s co-edited an anthology with author Persis Karim. She has given international book readings, and teaches at the California College of the Arts.

Sign-in is 11:15 am. Luncheon 12:00-12:45 pm. Speaker 1-2 pm. Registration is $25 for CWC members, $30 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, September 7th. Contact Robin Gigoux at cwcrobin.gigoux@yahoo.com or by phone at (925) 933-9670.  Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation. For PayPal, click “Buy Now’ on the Mt. Diablo website: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.comnext-program/. Add a $2.00 transaction fee.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/

 

LeeAnne Krusemark: Writing Irresistible Query Letters

June 1st, 2016

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LeeAnne Krusemark will present “Writing Irresistible Query Letters” at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

LeeAnne Krusemark will discuss: What to include and leave out, how to establish credibility in your query, how to create an effective “elevator pitch” and other query letter essentials.

She is an adjunct online publishing professor for Harvard, and more than 1,000 other facilities worldwide, a speaker, former journalist, editor, and author of magazine articles and several business books. She also represents writers as an editor and agent.

Sign-in is 11:15 am. Luncheon 12:00-12:45 pm. Speaker 1-2 pm. Registration is $25 for CWC members, $30 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, June 8th. Contact Robin Gigoux at cwcrobin.gigoux@yahoo.com or by phone at (925) 933-9670.  Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation. For PayPal, click “Buy Now’ on the Mt. Diablo website: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.comnext-program/. Add a $2.00 transaction fee.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/