Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’

Short Story, Poetry, and Essay Contest! $1000 prizes for each category!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Hourglass Literary Magazine presents a short story, poetry, and essay competition. Winning Entry in each category will receive US$1000 as prize money.

Deadline:  April 30, 2017   ($5000 total cash prizes!)


We only accept submissions online via Submittable.

  • Entry fee: $15 USD per submission (except for Best Poem category where up to three submissions are accepted for the same price).
  • Entry fee for authors who want to compete with more than one work in the category for the best essay, best short story is 25 USD for three works.




Text for a short story should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words.



There are no strict limits, provided that poems should not have more than 3500 words. Author, writer competing in the category for the best poem can submit up to three works.



Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words.

Full guidelines and information can be found via following sites: or .

Attention Kids Grades 2 – 12! Write book reviews , poetry, fiction and more in Lafayette, CA

Monday, April 28th, 2014
Storyteller BookstoreStoryteller Junior Editors

Join a lively, opinionated discussion group on Thursday evenings throughout the summer as we read soon-to-be-published books and learn how to write and revise reviews.  This workshop is geared toward kids who love to read, write, share and revise.

 We meet on Thursday evenings throughout the summer.   June 19,  July 10,  July 24,  August 7

 Emerging Editors (grades 2-5):  5:00-6:30 p.m.

 Junior Editors (middle/high school):  7:00-8:30 p.m.

 $115 includes books, materials, light snack + copies of our published reviews.

Wordplay Writing Workshop

For creative writers ages 8-up   $25 /each workshop or  $85 /series package Saturday evenings   5:30-7:00 p.m. June 21: Summertime Rhymes  (poetry) July 5:  Time Travelers (historical fiction) July 12: Archetypes and Emblems (modern mythology)

 July 19: Midsummer Memories (narrative scrapbooks)


The Sun Magazine

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The Sun

I picked up a copy of this magazine and didn’t put it down until I had finished the entire copy.  Have you read it?  Short stories, essays, interviews, poetry and letters all written with depth, humor, and insight.  They don’t want opinion pieces or academia.  The best thing is they purchase one-time rights, which means you can sell them something you may have sold before. 

One section is devoted to Readers Write, which asks “readers to address subjects on which they’re the only authorities.  Topics are intentionally broad in order to give room for expression.” 

 Upcoming Topics

Breaking the Rules       January 1      Deadline             

Bullies                                    February 1            

In The Dark                        March 1                                        

Honesty                                April 1                                              

Trying Again                     May 1                                                 

Writing Prompts: 

  1. Choose one of the topics above and write a personal experience piece on this theme. 
  2. Choose one of the topics above and write a short story.
  3. Choose one of the topics and write a poem.



Haiku Contest – Anyone can PLay!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Do you haiku?  Love film noir?  (If you don’t know what it is, Netflix “The Maltese Falcon,” one of the greatest movies of this genre.)

Now write three lines in a 5-7-5 syllable pattern.  Can you work in references to “The Maltese Falcon,” Raymond Chandler, an author of other great stories in this genre, gumshoes or dames?

Want to play?  Send your haiku to [email protected] by noon (California time) Monday, Dec. 28.

Read more reader-written poetry at    or

Winners get published in the Contra Costa Times newspaper or in their online edition.

(Another credit is always good for the resume or college application!)

California Young Writers Contest Guidelines Posted NOW!

Friday, September 11th, 2009

2010 The school year is just beginning. Get started with your fabulous ideas for short stories, poems, and personal narratives for this year’s writing contest for 6,7, and 8 grade students in Contra Costa County! See the above link for specifics.

Ask me here.
Tips can be found on that web site or to the right.

Great Poetry Site!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

(Thanks Al!)

Get Ready for Poetry Month!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

On Anastasia Suen’s Blog Site, she is posting poems by K-12 students.
Are you ready for Poetry Month?
March 18, 2009
I’m the author of Pencil Talk and Other School Poems.

For Poetry Month 2009 I invite K-12 students to write their own school poems and send them to me so I can post them on this blog.

They always tell writers to write what you know!

(All poems posted in the comments will be emailed to me for review. I will post one poem a day during Poetry Month.)
Poetry Month blog: