I Would Want Queen Latifah to Play Miss Carmelia in My Novels Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two)

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This picture taken from the Queen Latifah Show website.

 

If you had your choice of actors or actresses to play the main characters in your books, who would you choose?  I would choose Queen Latifah to play Miss Carmelia Faye Lafayette, a Creole juke joint owner in my historical novels Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two).

 

Bootlegger Haze--Book One

Bootlegger Haze--Book Two

Miss Carmelia Faye Lafayette is a tough-as-nails owner of an early 1900’s barrelhouse-turned-sophisticated juke joint called The Hankering in the Deep South of Mississippi. At the Hankering, there’s a lot of fighting and a great deal of drinking bootleg whiskey, particularly Miss Carmelia’s own homemade Cherry Whiskers. And when it’s all said and done, a lot of lovemaking.  The Hankering is a short story that was developed into the novels Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two).

Miss Carmelia

 

I think Queen Latifah would make a wonderful Miss Carmelia.  If you liked her role in The Secret Life of Bees, you would understand why I think she would do well as Miss Carmelia.  She has a presence on screen, one that makes you feel for the character she is playing.  She tore my feelings to shreds when her character, August Boatright, finds her younger sister, May, dead at the wailing wall.  I felt her emotions and the heartrending loss.

Miss Carmelia is tough yet caring.  She also takes charge when she needs to and can take a man down if the situation calls for it.  Queen Latifah can play the tough role also.  Remember her character in Set It Off?  If something needs to be taken care of, she can do it.  Queen Latifah can definitely bring the character of Miss Carmelia to life.

I am on a mission to get Queen Latifah to play the role of Miss Carmelia in my novels Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two).  Will you help me spread the word?

 

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North Carolina Writers’ Network–Call for Submissions

Submission details are available to current members. Click on the links below, or log in to the NCWN website at www.ncwriters.org, go to the “Resources for Writers” tab, and select “Opportunities: Submit It!”

NEW! SIDNEY LANIER POETRY COMPETITION
Deadline: March 1
Award: $500 / $250 / $100
Fee: $15
The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina, South Carolina, or Georgia. Only poems that have not been previously published in any form are eligible for consideration. Poems are to be typed in 12-point font (single spaced) and may not exceed 40 lines. The final competition judge will be Dr. Joseph Bathanti, current Poet Laureate of North Carolina.

NEW! THE PATTERSON PRIZE FOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Deadline: March 15
Award: $500 (each category)
Categories: Pre-K to Grade 3; Grades 4-6; Grades 7-12. In each category one book will be selected, which in the opinion of our judges, is the most outstanding book for young people published in 2013. Publisher may submit more than one book for prize consideration.

NEW! WILLOW SPRINGS FICTION PRIZE
Deadline: March 15
Award: $2,000 and publication
Fee: $15
Every entrant receives a one-year subscription to Willow Springs. There is no word limit for submissions.

NEW! HURSTON WRIGHT AWARD FOR COLLEGE WRITERS
Deadline: March 21
Fee: $15
The Hurston Wright Award for College Writers was established by novelist Marita Golden to honor excellence in fiction writing by students of African descent. Winners are selected annually in April for the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt. Submit a novel excerpt, (up to but no more than 15 pages), or a short story (up to but no more than 25 pages); or three poems (no more than five pages)  for consideration for the Hurston Wright Award for College Writers.  Novel excerpts and short stories MUST BE 12 font and double spaced. At the time of submission applicants must be enrolled as a full or part-time undergraduate or graduate student in a  a U.S. College or university. Writers who have published a book in any genre are ineligible. The work submitted should be unpublished.

NEW! RUTH MOOSE FLASH FICTION PRIZE
Deadline: April 15
Award: $100 / $50 / $25 / Honorable Mentions
Fee: $5 (members) / $10 (non-members)
Entries must be oirginal and unpublished. For short fiction up to 500 words. Open to North Carolina and South Carolina residents. Sponsored by the Charlotte Writers’ Club.

NEW! WRITERADVICE FLASH PROSE CONTEST
Deadline: April 18
Award: $200 / $100 / $50
Fee: $15
WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges.

RANDALL JARRELL POETRY COMPETITION
Deadline: March 1
Award: $200 and publication in storySouth
Fee: $10 (members) / $15 (non-members)
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit).

CAROLINA WOMAN WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: February 28
Award: Publication
Entries of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction essays under 2,000 words. This contest is open to any Carolina Woman reader.

INTERNATIONAL LITERARY AWARDS
Deadline: February 28
Award: $1,000 (each genre)
Fee: $15
For fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Competitions are open to anyone living in the U.S. and writing in English, except current Salem Academy and College employees and students. All submissions must be previously unpublished. Each prose manuscript submission can be up to 5,000 words; each poetry manuscript submission can be up to 3 poems and each poem can have up to 100 lines. This year’s judges are Zelda Lockhart (Fiction), Veronica Galos (Poetry), and Samuel Autman (Creative Nonfiction). Sponsored by the Center for Women Writers at Salem College.

NPR/PBS ANTHOLOGY CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: February 28
Lummox Press in association with Nine Toes Press will publish a new anthology and is seeking submissions of poems and artwork inspired by shows and stories on NPR and PBS. There are so many quirky stories on these shows one could hear nowhere else, interviews, recipes, as well as unique personal takes on news stories. The anthology is called Liberal Media Made Me Do It! We are not looking for purely political commentary (although we will not exclude such commentary out of hand), but reflections on the wealth of stories one hears and sees on these programs, whether they concern culture and the arts, social issues, the natural world, or whatever. Please send your submission of 2-3 poems no longer than 60 lines (including spaces between stanzas and title).

 

MAIN STREET RAG ANTHOLOGIES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: February 28
Main Street Rag is now accepting submissions to three new themed anthologies, Cars, Crossing Lines, Homes and Houses.

THE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP 25TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST
Deadline: February 28
Award: Varies
Fee:$25
The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring its 25th Annual Poetry Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence. All work must be unpublished. First prize includes your choice of a three-night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or three free online workshops; or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff. 2nd, 3rd, and 10 honorable mentions also awarded. Sponsored by The Writers’ Workshop.

THE HEKTOEN ESSAY CONTEST
Deadline: March 1
Award: $1,500 / $1,000
Suggested topics include medicine and art or literature, history of medicine, ethics, music, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, etc. Clinical studies or case reports are not eligible. Essays should be 1,500 to 2,000 words.

UPSTREET MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 1
upstreet, an award-winning literary annual, is seeking quality submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, for its tenth-anniversary issue. The Editor/Publisher is NCWN member Vivian Dorsel, a part-time resident of Charlotte. The first nine issues of upstreet featured interviews with Jim Shepard, Lydia Davis, Wally Lamb, Michael Martone, Robin Hemley, Sue William Silverman, Dani Shapiro, Douglas Glover, and Emily Fragos. The upstreet number ten interview will be with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler.

WOMEN AND LOST FRIENDSHIPS ANTHOLOGY SEEKS SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 1
Have you ever lost a friend? Was that loss in some ways more painful than the end of a love affair? We want to hear your stories of broken friendships during any time in your life:  Friends who left you or others that you abandoned. The friendship that ended suddenly or the one that faded gradually. We are happy to announce a call for submissions for our next anthology. This collection — tentatively titled, My Other Ex: Women Write About Female Friendship Burnouts, Breakups, and Betrayals — will include essays from female writers about fractured friendships. Maybe there was a reconciliation later in time, maybe there wasn’t. Maybe the ending of that bond brought enormous pain or maybe its conclusion brought great relief. Submissions should be previously unpublished — or previously published material that has been reworked substantially — and between 1,000 and 4,000 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
Deadline: March 3
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $35
The South Carolina First Novel Prize recognizes one of South Carolina’s exceptional writers by providing a book contract with Hub City Press. The competition is a highly competitive, anonymous process. Publication by Hub City of at least 1,500 copies of the book will bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and opportunities. The book will be nationally distributed. Six to eight novels will be judged by nationally recognized novelist Ben Fountain.

BURLINGTON WRITERS CLUB ADULT CONTESTS
Deadline: March 8
Award: $25 / $15 / $10, certificate of merit, reading
Adult writers living in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Randolph, and Rockingham counties are eligible. Manuscripts, including poetry, must be the original, unpublished work of the contestant, not pending publication, and must not have received a first place award in any competition. Categories include Stories for Children; Nonfiction; Fiction; Poetry; Light Verse; and Poetry for Children.

CARTERET  WRITERS 23rd ANNUAL CONTEST
Deadline: March 11, at 1:00 pm (received by)
Award: $100 / $50 / $25
Fee: $5 (members) / $10 (non-members)
Five categories: fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s.

CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION
Deadline: March 14
Award: £5,000 / £500 / £250 / £50
Fee: £7
All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously, so this is a great opportunity to have your poetry judged on its own merits. Just make sure your poem is no longer than 50 lines long, is unpublished, in English and is not a translation of another author’s work. Literature Wales is delighted to announce that the 2014 competition will be judged by Lemn Sissay and Rhian Edwards with Samantha Wynne Rhydderch acting as Filter Judge.

GULF COAST PRIZES
Deadline: March 15
Award: $1,500 (each genre)
Fee: $23
The annual Gulf Coast Prizes award $6,000 in total prize money to poets, essayists, and fiction writers. This year’s judges are Andrea Barrett (Fiction), John D’Agata (Nonfiction), and Rachel Zucker (Poetry)! The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 27.1, due out in Fall 2014, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

HEYDAY MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 15
Heyday Magazine is a quarterly digital and print magazine of poetry and artwork. Featuring: articles, advice, interviews, and reviews from reputable columnists in all aspects of Art. Call for submissions to: poets, artists, and writers. Send us your music, videos, artwork, photography, poetry, art that goes along with your poetry, short fiction, comics, cartoons, ideas, suggestions, SEND US ANYTHING! We want to hear from you. Even if you haven’t been previously published or showcased, this is your chance to get an honest reading, hearing or viewing of your creative expression.

JABBERWOCK REVIEW EDITORS’ PRIZE FOR FICTION AND POETRY
Deadline: March 15
Award: $500 and publication (each genre)
Fee: $15 (includes 1-yr subscription)
Each winner (one for fiction and one for poetry) receives $500 and publication in Jabberwock Review, the literary journal published by Mississippi State University since 1972. All finalists are considered for publication. All entrants receive a one-year (two-issue) subscription beginning with the prize-winning issue. Each fiction entry should consist of one short story of any length. Novel excerpts may be submitted only if they are self-contained. Each poetry entry should consist of 1-3 poems. The winning entry may be for a single poem or group of poems.

NEIL SIMON FESTIVAL NEW PLAY CONTEST
Deadline: March 15
Award: Staged reading, production consideration
Fee: $25 ($55 with critique)
The Neil Simon Festival announces its fourth annual New Play Contest. The winning script will receive a staged reading during the 2014 Neil Simon Festival in Cedar City, Utah, July 9 – August 9. The selected script may also be considered for full production in a future season. The winning playwright will be invited to be a part of the staged reading process and will be offered a stipend to help them attend. Script must be full-length (80-120 minutes) and be a character-driven American comedy.

PENTIMENTO MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 15
We accept essays, short stories, poetry, and interviews by individuals with a disability or a community member. If you are an individual with a disability or part of the disability community as a family member, caregiver, special educator, or in any way connected to disability, we want to see your disability-related writing. We do not have any specific aesthetic criteria, except to say that we seek pieces of quality that demonstrate the writer’s attention to the piece. Word limit is 6,000, but we will consider a longer piece. Poems longer than two (2) pages will not be considered. We are committed to publishing new writers as well as experienced ones.

WRITER’S CENTER FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
Deadline: March 15
Award: $500 and invitation to read
Each year, The Writer’s Center awards $500 to the author of the best first novel published in the previous calendar year. All first novels published in print in 2013 are eligible, including those published by major, independent, and self-publishing presses. Only American authors publishing in English are eligible. Non-eligible books include short story collections, flash fiction, memoirs, biographies, and books published solely in electronic format.

DEANE RITCH LOMAX POETRY PRIZE
Deadline: March 18
Award: $100 / $50 / $25 / Honorable Mentions
Fee: $5 (members) / $10 (non-members)
Contest is for poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded. Entries must be original and unpublished. Sponsored by the Charlotte Writers’ Club.

WABASH PRIZE FOR FICTION
Deadline: March 21
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $15 (includes 1-yr subscription)
The 2014 Wabash Prize for Fiction is now open! Sycamore Review is accepting previously unpublished stories for consideration in the annual contest. This year’s prizewinning piece will be selected by acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai. All entries are considered for publication.

BARELY SOUTH CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 31
Barely South Review, the online literary journal out of Old Dominion University’s MFA program, is open for submissions. We accept submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.

DORIS BAKWIN AWARD FOR WRITING BY A WOMAN
Deadline: March 31
Award: $1,000 and publication
Carolina Wren Press will choose one unpublished full-length work (novel, short story collection, or memoir) by a woman to receive the 2014 Doris Bakwin Award. The final judge will be Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and A Visitation of Spirits. Submissions must be original, previously unpublished work, written by one person, in English.

GLINT CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 31
Glint Literary Journal is a creative endeavor produced by the student body of Fayetteville State University to provide an outlet for the literary and artistic. The literary, journalistic, and artistic works contained within Glint are that of the highest quality, created by a diverse group for a diverse audience. Accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, reviews, and more.

JOAQUIN MILLER POETRY SERIES SEEKS POETS
Deadline: March 31
The Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series (in 2011 the name changed to the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series) is the oldest summer reading series in Washington. The Word Works has a new venue and plan for the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series which takes place once a week during June and July. Two poets are usually featured, reading their original poetry. Well-established authors and first-time readers; local, out-of-town, and poets from around the globe share the podium. Kathi Morrison-Taylor, Rosemary Winslow and Deborah Ager are the co-directors for 2011. IF SELECTED, you will read your work at the cabin and receive a small honorarium.

PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARDS
Deadline: March 31
Award: Over $2,000 in prizes
Fee: $13
Enter to win money and publication in five categories: Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction, and Poetry. Prime Number is a Press 53 publication.

STONETHREAD SPECFIC SHORT STORY CONTEST III
Deadline: March 31
Awards: $60 / $50 / $40 / $30 / $20 / honorable mentions plus contributor copy
Fee: Donations accepted
For this contest we’re seeking speculative fiction short stories set in a post-apocalyptic world. It can be Earth or some other world. For our contests, speculative fiction is defined as any story in any genre that responds to the question “What if?” in a way that depends on science or on any fantastic elements. The genres include science fiction (hard or sociological), science fantasy, fantasy, magic realism, psychological horror (no slash and gash please), ghost stories, urban fantasy, paranormal romance (no erotica please), etc. With that in mind, send us your best effort.

WINSTON-SALEM WRITERS ANTHOLOGY CONTEST
Deadline: March 31
Award: Publication, contributor copy (each genre)
Fee: $5 (members) / $10 (non-members)
This Anthology edition offers twelve chances to win: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in four writing categories: Poetry (submit up to 3 poems, 10 pages maximum); Flash Fiction (fiction up to 750 words); Short Story (fiction up to 2,500 words); and Memoir/Essay/Creative Nonfiction (up to 2,500 words). Each entry must be original work and previously unpublished. The anthology will be launched at the 2014 Bookmarks Festival, and will be available at area bookstores.

AFRICAN LGBTI ANTHOLOGY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: April 15
Thanks to the high interest in the new African LGBTI Anthology and the engaging poems we received in our original call for submissions in poetry, we’ve decided to expand the focus of the anthology to include prose–more specifically short fiction and short (creative) lyric essays-–and some photography. As before, we encourage writers who identify as gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual, or transgender,living in Africa, and first or second-generation Africans living in the Diaspora (i.e. if you are African or one of your parents is African) to send their best work for consideration. Works will be chosen solely on merit. We prefer works that are unpublished. All prose should be no more than 600 words (exceptions can be made in rare circumstances) and in English or English translations.

ACCENTS PUBLISHING POETRY BOOK CONTEST
Deadline: April 30
Award: $300, publication, 30 author copies
Fee: $15
Accents Publishing is happy to announce its 2014 Poetry Book Contest. Two winners will be selected – one by an independent judge, Patty Paine, and one by the Senior Editor and founder of Accents Publishing, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. All contest entries will be considered for regular publication with Accents Publishing, as well.

TEN MINUTE PLAY CONTEST
Deadline: April 30
Award: $50 and staged reading
Fee: $5
The Ten Minute Play Contest is now open! A panel of judges will read all submissions and select their top five to receive a staged reading this summer. Play should average 10 minutes in length when read or performed (estimate 10 pages).

TOM HOWARD / JOHN H. REID FICTION AND ESSAY CONTEST
Deadline: April 30
Award: $1,000 and five $100 honorable mentions (each genre)
Submit published or unpublished work. All themes accepted. Word limit: 6,000 words. Final Judge: Arthur Powers.

ULTRA FLASH FICTION CONTEST
Deadline: April 30
This contest is open to any NCWN member in Chatham and Lee Counties, or to any member of Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out. Any subject, any style not to exceed 300 words, including the title. Only words of one syllable allowed. (Contractions pronounced as one syllable are OK. Exp:  I’m, I’d, I’ve, can’t, won’t, don’t. Also, possessives pronounced as one syllable:  Joe’s, Ann’s, Kate’s etc.). Yes, it can be done. You can write a story in 300 words, but you must make every word count. This requires some craftsmanship. Give it a try! Sponsored by Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out.

BROCKMAN-CAMPBELL BOOK AWARD
Deadline: May 1
Award: $200
Fee: $10 (members) / $20 (non-members)
The Brockman-Campbell Book Award is open for a book-length (20 or more pages of poetry) volume of poetry published in 2013. Entrants must be native-born North Carolinians or current residents who have lived in the state for at least three years at the time of the book’s publication. Sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society.

CREATIVE NONFICTION CALL FOR “THE MEMOIR ISSUE”
Deadline: May 31
Award: $1,000 / $500 and publication
Fee: $20
Creative Nonfiction is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to memoir. We’re looking for stories that are honest, accurate, informative, intimate, and—most important—true. Whether your story is revelatory or painful, hilarious or tragic, if it’s about you and your life, we want to read it. Submissions must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.

UNICORN PRESS FIRST BOOK CONTEST
Deadline: May 31
Award: $250 and publication
Unicorn Press will accept submissions of book-length poetry manuscripts by authors who have not previously published a book of poetry. The winner will receive $250 and the winning manuscript will be published by Unicorn Press. We will announce our decision on 1 December. Please submit 56-72 pages of poetry previously uncollected in book form. (For the purpose of this contest, we consider publications with more than 32 poems printed in a run of over 1,000 copies to be previous publication in book form.) Only one poem should appear per page. Manuscripts may contain previously published poetry.

TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN WRITERS EXCALIBUR AWARD
Deadline: June 1
Award: $500 and publication
Fee: $20
Tennessee Mountain Writers announces the Excalibur Award for a first-time novelist of a full-length juvenile (for middle school level readers) or young adult novel manuscript of publishable quality. Only first-time novelists who have never published or self-published a novel are eligible.

CROOK’S CORNER BOOK PRIZE
Deadline: June 30
Award: $1,000, one glass of wine a day for a year
Fee: $45
Submissions are now being accepted for the second annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize: $1,000 for the best debut novel set in the South (author may live anywhere). Inspired by the famous literary cafés of Paris, which have long given significant literary prizes, the award also entitles the winner to a free glass of wine per day for a year at the iconic Crook’s Corner Café & Bar in Chapel Hill, NC.  Books must be published between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, and may be submitted by authors or publishers. Self-published books are eligible, but works available only as e-books are not. Young adult books are not eligible.

BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW CALL FOR NONFICTION AND POETRY
We are excited to announce that our poetry and nonfiction genres are now open for submission. We are seeking poetry that engages with the unfamiliar and jarring; that articulates and provokes our starkest emotions; and nonfiction  that challenge us with their form and content, that offer a new perspective, an unvoiced thought, an overlooked association. We prize the lyric and the language driven, both the sparsely stated and the indulgently ruminative. So send us your best work! We can’t wait to see it!

EXHIBIT FOR CHRISTIAN AUTHORS
“Gospel and Gumbo” will take place Thursday, March 6, 6:00-8:00 pm at the Delta Fine Arts Center in Winston-Salem. Special celebrity gospel artist and St. Paul’s Men’s Choir and New Orleans style gumbo. Fun! Food! Great Music! There will be an opportunity for  Christian authors to set up a display to sell their books. The fee is a $35 donation. This will include a bowl of gumbo!! Your book cover will listed on our flyer also. Space is limited!

SANKOFA SPIRIT MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The publication is a quarterly, online Black history resource. Seeking writers/contributors of the first edition and welcome anyone looking for an opportunity to add to their portfolio and be a part of this project.

WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER ANTHOLOGIES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Western Trail Blazer plans to release several series of anthologies, each one 25-30,000 words, and then release each individual story from those anthologies as an e-book single. If you would like to submit a new story, or a previously published one to which you’ve retained the rights, send ‘em on! Visit website for a list of forthcoming titles.

WOMEN, GENDER, AND FAMILIES OF COLOR
Women, Gender, and Families of Color (WGFC) invites submissions for upcoming issues. WGFC is a new multidisciplinary journal that centers on the study of Black, Latina/o, Indigenous, and Asian American women, gender, and families. Within this framework, the journal encourages theoretical and empirical research from history, the social and behavioral sciences, and humanities including comparative and transnational research, and analyses of domestic social, cultural, political, and economic policies and practices. The journal has a rolling submission policy and welcomes manuscripts, proposals for guest-edited special issues, and book reviews at any time. Manuscripts accepted for review receive an editorial decision within an average of 45-60 days.

 

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Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the Doris Betts Fiction Prize

The North Carolina Writers’ Network offers two annual fiction contests: the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the Doris Betts Fiction Prize.  Both contests are currently accepting submissions.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize accepts unpublished fiction manuscripts up to twelve double-spaced pages. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.

The winner of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The deadline for submissions is January 30. For complete information, and to submit, click here.

The Doris Betts Fiction Prize awards the first-prize winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. Finalists will also be considered for publication in the NCLR.  The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. NCLR subscribers with North Carolina connections (live or lived in NC) are also eligible.

Entrants to the Doris Betts Fiction Prize should submit unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words. One entry per writer. No novel excerpts. Stories do NOT have to relate to NCLR’s annual special feature topic.

The deadline for submissions to the Doris Betts Fiction Prize is February 15. For complete details, and to submit, click here.

Marianne Gingher is the final judge of this year’s Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. NCLR fiction editor Liza Wieland will judge the Doris Betts Fiction Prize.

We look foward to receiving your submission(s).

Charles Fiore
Communications Director
North Carolina Writers’ Network
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120
336-293-8844

Announcing the Prime Number Magazine Awards!

Enter to win $$ and publication in 5 categories: Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction, and Poetry

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) announces the inaugural Prime Number Magazine Awards with over $2000 in prizes and publication for our winning entries in Poetry, Flash Fiction, Short Story, Flash Nonfiction, and Creative Nonfiction. Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.
Submission period: Now until March 31, 2014 online using Submittable, your free, online submissions manager. Multiple submissions are accepted; each entry requires a separate reading fee.
Finalists announced: No later than June 1, 2014
Winners Announced: No later than August 1, 2014
Reading Fee: $13 per entry
Deadline: March 31

Judges: Jacob Appel (Short Story); Ned Stuckey-French (Creative Nonfiction); Kathy Fish (Flash Fiction); Dinty Moore (Flash Nonfiction); and Erica Dawson (Poetry)

For complete guidelines and information about prizes and judges visit their website.

 

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Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes)

New Call for Submissions from the North Carolina Writers’ Network

North Carolina Writers’ Network — Click on the links below, or log in to the NCWN website at www.ncwriters.org, go to the “Resources for Writers” tab, and select “Opportunities: Submit It!”

NEW! CALL FOR POETRY: WOMAN MADE GALLERY LITERARY SERIES
Deadline: December 22
Woman Made Gallery’s first art exhibit of the year is Equilibrium: Art for a Changing World. The exhibit seeks to explore the tensions, demands, and challenges inherent in living in a rapidly changing world: from environment, population, politics to social and cultural trends. The poetry reading in conjunction with this exhibit will also explore Balance and Imbalance in the context of change. Do you take the idea of “maintaining equilibrium” to suggest achieving healthy balance OR maintaining the status quo? What might change look like? Writers are encouraged to interpret this theme broadly. Selections will be made with an eye to assembling a program that represents a diversity of poets, styles, and approaches to the theme. Selected poets MUST be available to read in person. Please send 4–6 poems on the theme: Balance vs. Imbalance in a Changing World. Reading: Sunday, February 2, 2014, 1:30–3:30 pm. Woman Made Gallery is in Chicago, IL.

NEW! GERTRUDE STEIN AWARD IN FICTION
Deadline: December 31
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $10
The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review is accepting submissions for our Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction. Eckleburg is a print and online literary and arts journal housed in Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in Writing Program. Our aesthetic is eclectic—anything from literary mainstream to experimental. We’re in love with fusion forms such as magical realist, surrealist, meta-realist, and anything with an offbeat spin! We are accepting stories of 8,000 words or less. This year, the contest will be judged by Cris Mazza.

NEW! SOUTHERN LITERARY CONTEST
Deadline: December 31
Awards: $25 / $15 / honorable mentions (each genre)
Fee: $6 (ficiton/nonfiction) / $3 (poetry)
The Union County Writers Club is honored to announce that we will again sponsor a literary contest. This year we are accepting entries from North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. There will be three (3) categories:  Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry.  While we are calling it a Southern contest it is not limited to southern themes. Entrants must be 18 years of age and U.S. residents. Poetry may be in any form, on any subject, not longer than 40 lines. Short fiction and creative nonfiction word limit is 3,000 words.

NEW! ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD
Deadline: January 21, 2014
Award: $2,000
Fee: $50
The Eric Hoffer Book Award recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Prizes awarded by genre, press, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vince Eye, the First Horizon Award, and the Hoffer grand prize. Categories include Art, Poetry, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Young Adult, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference, Home, Health, Self-Help/Spiritual, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction, E-book Fiction, and E-book Nonfiction. Awards are open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction category.)

NEW! THE EXAMINED LIFE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Deadline: January 17, 2014
It’s that time again. The call for the next issue of The Examined Life Journal is open. Accepting poetry and prose.

ROSE POST CREATIVE NONFICTION COMPETITION
Deadline: January 17, 2014
Award: $300/$200/$100 and publication
Fee: $10 (members) / $12 (nonmembers)
The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles, or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Final Judge: Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams.

THOMAS WOLFE FICTION PRIZE
Deadline: January 30, 2014
Award: $1,000 and possible publication
Fee: $15 (members) / $25 (non-members)
The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. For the first time ever, entrants may submit their short stories electronically through Submittable.com. Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12 double-spaced pages (1″ margins, 12-pt. font). Final Judge: Marianne Gingher. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

CALL FOR WOMEN- AND NATURE-THEMED ISSUE
Deadline: December 15
In honor of the 35th year since the publication of Susan Griffin’s eco-feminist classic Woman and Nature: the Roaring Inside Her, The Fourth River announces a 2014 themed issue on Women and Nature. We are looking for poetry and creative nonfiction, written by women, inspired by the natural world or addressing environmental concerns. Although we will accept lined poems and traditional essays, we are most interested in seeing prose poetry or lyric essays. In the words of Adrienne Rich, who reviewed Griffin’s book, we are looking for any work that “demands of us activity, not passivity; which enlarges our sense of female presence in the world; . . . which uses language and sensual imagery to impart a new vision of reality, from a woman-centered location; . . . which expands our sense of the connections among us in the bonds of history; . . . which drives us wild, that is, helps us break out from tameness and repetition into new trajectories of our own.”

PERMAFROST MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: December 15
Fee: $3
Permafrost Magazine: the farthest north literary journal for writing and the arts. We’re proud of Permafrost’s thirty-five years as interior Alaska’s foremost literary magazine. We welcome prose submissions of less than 8,000 words (more if it’s really great).No length maximums for poems.

NASSAU REVIEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: December 20
The Nassau Review’s open submission period has begun.  ALL literary work submitted during this period will be under consideration for the Writer Awards. You do not have to send any separate submissions for the contest.  The THEME for the submission period of 2013-2014 is The Art of Science. Biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and so many other realms of reasoning and discovery constantly overlap with the world of art and writing. Please submit works inspired by your interaction with and observation of science. Please do not submit works written for the sole purpose of catharsis, works that are overly-sentimental, or scientific papers or studies. Rather, submit creative works that delve into the scientific mind in some way. We welcome submissions of many genres, preferring work that is innovative, captivating, well-crafted, and unique, work that crosses boundaries of genres and tradition. You may be serious. You may be humorous. You may be somewhere in between. We are looking simply for quality. New writers and seasoned writers are both welcome. All work must be in English.

FOURTH RIVER CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ISSUE ON WOMEN AND NATURE
Deadline: December 15
In honor of the 35th year since the publication of Susan Griffin’s  eco-feminist classic Woman and Nature:  the Roaring Inside Her, The Fourth River announces a 2014 themed issue on Women and Nature.  We are looking for poetry and creative nonfiction, written by women, inspired by the natural world or addressing environmental concerns.  Although we will accept lined poems and traditional essays, we are most interested in seeing prose poetry or lyric essays. In the words of Adrienne Rich, who reviewed Griffin’s book, we are looking for any work that “demands of us activity, not passivity; which enlarges our sense of female presence in the world; . . . which uses language and sensual imagery to impart a new vision of reality, from a woman-centered location; . . . which expands our sense of the connections among us in the bonds of history; . . . which drives us wild, that is, helps us break out from tameness and repetition into new trajectories of our own.”

IN DIGEST MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: December 15
We’re accepting poems, comics, videos, stories, flash fiction, and anything else you’d like to send our way. On top of our normal submissions for the upcoming issue, we’re taking submissions for a special sub-issue. Maybe you remember last year’s online marathon reading for the Mayan apocalypse called “The Last Reading on Earth, Ever.” This sub-issue will be themed around the Olympics, it’s called “A Reading About the Olympics That Definitely Doesn’t Have the Word Olympics in the Title.”

TYPHOON HAIYAN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: December 15
The impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines is devastating. People around the world are mustering to offer aid. In addition to physical and monetary assistance, we can offer solidarity, hope, and art. These things matter, too. At Broadsided Press, we believe art and literature are as necessary as the news to understanding the world. They demonstrate the vitality of our interconnectedness. “Responses” provides writers and artists with a channel to offer creative work as comfort, contemplation, and demonstrations of empathy to world events. Other “Responses” features have been to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and 2012′s Superstorm Sandy. Artists Maura Cunningham, Ira Joel Haber, and Cheryl Gross have offered artwork in response to Typhoon Haiyan. We now invite you to respond with words. Send us stories or poems inspired by the images we’ve posted.

VERMILLION LITERARY PROJECT CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: December 15
The Vermillion Literary Project (VLP) at the University of South Dakota is currently seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction for its April 2014 issue of the VLP magazine, the University’s only student-produced literary journal.

ANISFIELD-WOLF BOOK AWARDS
Deadline: December 31
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Awards are given for both fiction and nonfiction.

MICHAEL SHAARA BOOK PRIZE
Deadline: December 31
Award: $5,000
The Michael Shaara Book Prize is given annually for a novel about the Civil War published during the previous year to “encourage fresh approaches to the Civil War.” No entry fee.

PRESS 53 AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION
Deadline: December 31
Award: $1,000 cash advance, publication, travel
Fee: $30
Press 53 is proud to announce the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction, to be awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States. The winner of this contest will receive publication, a $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special reading and book signing party at Press 53 headquarters at the Community Arts Café in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, attendance to the 2014 Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers, and ten copies of the book; all prizes will be awarded upon publication.

JULIE SUK PRIZE FOR BEST POETRY BOOK
Deadline: December 31
Award: $500
Fee: $10
Jacar Press is pleased to announce the first annual competition for the $500 Julie Suk Prize for Best Poetry Book. The award competition is open to any poetry book published by an independent press in 2013. All books published by a literary, university, non-profit or any press not considered one of the major commercial publishing houses  are eligible.  There is no length limit on books submitted. No limit on how many books a poet may submit. All submitted books must contain a Copyright page that shows a 2013 Copyright. Books published by Jacar Press are not eligible.

PRESS 53 CALL FOR SHORT FICTION
Deadline: December 31
In the 21st century, knowledge of the world around us grows increasingly important, and fiction set in other countries has become extremely popular. Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Edited by Clifford Garstang, to be published by Press 53 in Fall 2014) is an anthology (and potential series) of short fiction (short stories of any length, short shorts, and flash) set around the globe, including the United States. The anthology will consist of 20-25 fictions, with no more than one story set in any one country. Included stories will be a mix of previously published and new work. Each contributor will be entitled to a contributor copy and author discounts on additional copies. Stories may be any length.

SOUTHERN WRITERS SYMPOSIUM EMERGING WRITERS CONTEST
Deadline: January 3, 2014
Award: $300 / $200 and their work read aloud at symposium
Fee: $15
Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Contest. This year categories will feature fiction and poetry. The contest is open to writers who meet at least two of the following criteria: currently live in the South; are natives of the South; write about the South. Additionally, writers must have not yet published a full-length volume in the genre that they are entering. For example, writers are still eligible for the emerging fiction writers contest if published in volume form in nonfiction or poetry.

BETTER LITERARY CONTESTS (FICTION AND POETRY)
Deadline: January 7, 2014
Award: $1,000 and publication (each genre)
Fee: $15
For Fiction: Submit either one previously unpublished story up to 10,000 words in length, or up to five previously unpublished works of flash fiction totaling no more than ten pages. For Poetry: Submit up to five previously unpublished poems in one document, no more than fifteen pages in length.

NCPS ADULT CONTESTS
Deadline: January 10, 2014
Awards: Vary
Fees: Vary
The North Carolina Poetry Society offers annual awards in many different poetry categories. All judges will be distinguished poets residing outside North Carolina. All winning poems will be published in the NCPS poetry contest anthology Pinesong. Winning poets will be invited to read their winning poems at Awards Day in May 2014.

10-MINUTE PLAY CONTEST
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Award: Staged reading April 12, 2014
Fee: $15 (members) / $20 (non-members)
The 10-Minute Play Contest and subsequent staged reading of winning entries have become highly anticipated events on the Winston-Salem Writers’ calendar. Are you ready to see your words on stage? Contest is open to North Carolina residents only, including full-time students in a North Carolina school. Each entry must be original and previously unpublished. It can be a complete play or a segment of a play. Winning playwrights will chose their own director for the staged reading event.

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD POVERTY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: January 31, 2014
SAGE’s Encyclopedia of World Poverty 2nd Edition is now under development (1st Edition: Library Journal Best Reference, Booklist Editor’s Choice). This completely updated five-volume reference will provide extensive and current information on the changing world of poverty, as well as insight into the contemporary debates. Over 850 signed articles will explore poverty in various regions of the world, and examine the difficulties associated with the definition and measurement of poverty, along with its causes and effects. If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today’s terms. Moreover, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

PER CONTRA CALL FOR FICTION SUBMISSIONS
Per Contra welcomes submissions of literary fiction to 4,500 words, including literary flash fiction to 1,000 words. We publish both well-established authors and occasionally also talented writers with few previous credits.

PIEDMONT LAUREATE APPLICATIONS
Extended Deadline: January 9, 2014
The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from writers of short fiction for 2014. The mission of the Piedmont Laureate program is to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region. The program is sponsored by the Alamance County Arts Council, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County.

THE GOVER PRIZE FOR VERY SHORT FICTION
Deadline: January 10, 2014
Award: $250 and publication
The Gover Prize, named after groundbreaking author Robert Gover, awards an annual prize and publication in Best New Writing for the best short fiction and creative nonfiction. Entries limited to 500 words or less. The Gover Prize includes $250 to Gover Prize Winner and finalists published in the upcoming Best New Writing edition.

LABEL ME LATINA/O CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: January 12, 2014
Label Me Latina/o is an online, refereed international e-journal that focuses on Latino Literary Production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The journal invites scholarly essays focusing on these writers for its biannual publication. Label Me Latina/o also publishes creative literary pieces whose authors self-define as Latina or Latino regardless of thematic content. Interviews of Latino authors will also be considered. The Co-Directors will publish creative works and interviews in English, Spanish, or Spanglish whereas analytical essays should be written in English or Spanish. Scholarly submissions should be between 12-30 pages in length and should follow the MLA Style Manual. Creative poetry, essays and short fiction should not exceed 30 pages, 12 point font, double-spaced.

BETHLEHEM ROUNDTABLE SHORT STORY AWARD
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Award: $200 / $200 / $50 and publication
We are now accepting submissions (2,000 words or fewer) on the theme of “Food Stories” for the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: THE SOUTHERN POETRY ANTHOLOGY, VOLUME VII: NORTH CAROLINA
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Editors William Wright, Jesse Graves, and Paul Ruffin now seek submissions for  the seventh in our series, The Southern Poetry Anthology, featuring North  Carolina poets. The anthology will be published by Texas Review Press in 2014. If you are a North Carolina native, or if you have lived in North Carolina for  more than one year, please feel free to send up to five poems for consideration. This anthology is not limited to those who have published before; we invite  first-time submitters as well as those who have had full-length works of poetry published with national presses. The only rules: Poems must be original and of  high quality. We consider formal poems and free verse. Poems about North Carolina are not  necessarily championed over other motifs and themes, as we wish for the “sense  of place” to manifest in different ways, with different voices. Please note that the success of this anthology depends a great deal on word of mouth. Notify your poetry students, poetry-writing friends, and gifted nemeses of this opportunity.

GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: January 15
great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our annual print anthology. Our focus is on edgy and experimental themes and styles. We highly recommend coming to one of our events, or reading our collections The Understanding between Foxes and Light and It’s Animal but Merciful, to see the type of work we are interested in. Let us know in your cover letter how you found us, and any feedback on what we have done so far. We are based in New York City and welcome submissions from both national and international writers.

THE INDIAN RIVER REVIEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: January 15, 2014
The Indian River Review is currently soliciting submissions for its third issue scheduled for publication in late spring/summer 2014. The theme for this issue is “Technology,” and we plan to take a very broad view of this theme. As man moved from an oral to a literate culture, technology has affected the way we communicate and live. At one time, even the simple number 2 pencil was a technological advancement. From quills to computers, from knitting needles to the Mars Rover, technology comes in many forms, and we would like to explore this concept in our third issue. Genres include short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, critical essays, black and white photography, and book reviews.

SPECULATIVE FLASH-PROSE POEM CONTEST
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Award: $500 and membership
Seventh Annual OddContest, sponsored by OdysseyCon, a science-fiction convention in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, April 4-6, 2014. Send 500 words max of speculative (science-fiction, fantasy, or horror) fiction or prose poetry (paragraph form). No previously published work.

SLIVER OF STONE CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: January 15, 2014
We are a bi-annual, online literary magazine dedicated to the publication of work from both emerging and established poets, writers, and visual artists from all parts of the globe. Check out our past contributors, such as Lynne Barrett, Kim Barnes, Joe Clifford, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Allison Joseph, Winty W. Moore, Matthew Sharpe, and many talented others. Past interviews with Edwidge Danticat, Dean Koontz, Susan Orlean, Les Standiford, and Mark Vonnegut. We’re now looking for submissions for our eight issue!

WILLIAM MATTHEWS POETRY PRIZE
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Award: $1,000 / $250 / publication and featured reading
Fee: $20
The Asheville Poetry Review is now considering submissions for the 2014 William Matthews Poetry Prize! The final judging process will be “blind” (all identifying information will be removed from the poems). Final Judge: Billy Collins. All submissions will be considered for publication. All finalists will take part in a featured reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore and be published in the Asheville Poetry Review.

ANTHOLOGY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: POEMS INSPIRED BY PUBLIC RADIO
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Seeking submissions of poetry and artwork for an anthology of work inspired by NPR and PBS to be published on Nine Toes Press, an offshoot of Lummox Press  and tentatively entitled The Liberal Media Made Me Do It!.  The poems may have been inspired by stories, quotations, or lines heard/seen  on NPR or PBS, and should, if possible, name their original source (the show and subject matter of the story). These can include poems with subject matter and/or lines taken from interviews and news stories, recipes, even book reviews or documentaries. Contributors will receive an e-copy of the book or reduced cost on the hard copy.  Previously published poems or poems printed on blogs are permissible, if the author  owns the rights, though the place of first publication should be named.

MAIN STREET RAG POETRY BOOK AWARD
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Award: $1,200 plus 50 contributor copies
Fee: $25 ($27 if submitting online)
Send between 48 and 84 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, 12 point type in an easily readable font like Arial or Times New Roman. Our goal is “blind” judging. No restriction on content style or subject–we’re looking for the best manuscript. Runners up also considered for publication.

POETRY JUMPS OFF THE SHELF CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: January 31, 2014
“Up to the Cottage” is the theme, and we seek poems that embody, reflect or otherwise acknowledge the phrase “up to the cottage,” as in “We’re going up to the cottage,” and whatever that concept invokes for you.  It could be your own cottage, a friend’s cottage, the cabin you rent year after year, or a place you never actually visit except in your own mind.  Please note: the phrase “up to the cottage” does NOT have to be part of the poem. Selected poems will be produced as bookmarks and postcards available to houseguests in Wisconsin & Vermont rental cottages to send to friends or to read while there. Poems also sought that involve maple syrup (think French toast breakfasts) to be attached to jugs of maple syrup sold in stores and at farmers markets. Selected contributors will receive copies of everyone’s poem along with photographs of participating cottages.

WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Award: $5,000 (each genre)
Nominations are now being accepted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and nonfiction. Co-sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, the awards are intended to “encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation.”

THE NEW SOUND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: February 1, 2014
The New Sound: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Art & Literature publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, art, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit. Please limit your submission to no more than 5 poems, 2 short plays, or 7,000 words of prose, either critical or creative.

TIDE LOCK PRIZE FOR FICTION
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Fee: $5
Waxing Press announces its inaugural contest for works of fiction, the Tide Lock Prize. We are seeking new work in the form of a novel, novella or collection of short stories. A single prizewinner will be selected and awarded with publication in both print and digital editions. Based out of Cincinnati, OH, Waxing Press is an independent small book publisher. We prize, above all else, literary excellence and work that pushes the bounds of what fiction does, what fiction can do and what fiction should do. Writing that is deeply intellectual. Work with big ideas, and navigates risk and experimentation with a masterful hand.

CUTBANK CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: February 15, 2014
CutBank magazine is now open for submissions! We welcome original, unpublished work from established and upcoming writers alike. We’re looking first and foremost for excellent writing. We love to read, and are always excited to find a piece that startles us, engaging us emotionally and challenging us intellectually. For the print version of CutBank, we accept poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Please only submit online; paper submissions will be recycled. Submit unpublished, original work.

COMPOSITE ARTS MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: February 17, 2014
Composite Arts Magazine is now accepting flash fiction and prose poem submissions of no more than 500 words for its Special Issue, No. 15 Still Life. We are looking for snippets of the everyday and all its complexity. Moments that extend far beyond the physical words on the page. We want characters who live between the lines. Language that enchants. Show us how far we can push the idea of a Still Life, and how much further it can push us.

THE HEKTOEN ESSAY CONTEST
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Award: $1,500 / $1,000
Suggested topics include medicine and art or literature, history of medicine, ethics, music, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, etc. Clinical studies or case reports are not eligible. Essays should be 1,500 to 2,000 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
Deadline: March 3, 2014
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $35
The South Carolina First Novel Prize recognizes one of South Carolina’s exceptional writers by providing a book contract with Hub City Press. The competition is a highly competitive, anonymous process. Publication by Hub City of at least 1,500 copies of the book will bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and opportunities. The book will be nationally distributed. Six to eight novels will be judged by nationally recognized novelist Ben Fountain.

NEIL SIMON FESTIVAL NEW PLAY CONTEST
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Award: Staged reading, production consideration
Fee: $25 ($55 with critique)
The Neil Simon Festival announces its fourth annual New Play Contest. The winning script will receive a staged reading during the 2014 Neil Simon Festival in Cedar City, Utah, July 9 – August 9. The selected script may also be considered for full production in a future season. The winning playwright will be invited to be a part of the staged reading process and will be offered a stipend to help them attend. Script must be full-length (80-120 minutes) and be a character-driven American comedy.

GLINT CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Glint Literary Journal is a creative endeavor produced by the student body of Fayetteville State University to provide an outlet for the literary and artistic. The literary, journalistic, and artistic works contained within Glint are that of the highest quality, created by a diverse group for a diverse audience. Accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, reviews, and more.

BROCKMAN-CAMPBELL BOOK AWARD
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Award: $200
Fee: $10 (members) / $20 (non-members)
The Brockman-Campbell Book Award is open for a book-length (20 or more pages of poetry) volume of poetry published in 2013. Entrants must be native-born North Carolinians or current residents who have lived in the state for at least three years at the time of the book’s publication. Sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society.

CREATIVE NONFICTION CALL FOR “THE MEMOIR ISSUE”
Deadline: May 31, 2014
Award: $1,000 / $500 and publication
Fee: $20
Creative Nonfiction is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to memoir. We’re looking for stories that are honest, accurate, informative, intimate, and—most important—true. Whether your story is revelatory or painful, hilarious or tragic, if it’s about you and your life, we want to read it. Submissions must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.

TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN WRITERS EXCALIBUR AWARD
Deadline: June 1, 2014
Award: $500 and publication
Fee: $20
Tennessee Mountain Writers announces the Excalibur Award for a first-time novelist of a full-length juvenile (for middle school level readers) or young adult novel manuscript of publishable quality. Only first-time novelists who have never published or self-published a novel are eligible.

2S THEATRE PLAY CONTEST
Award: $25 per performance; staged reading
2S Theatre is currently accepting submissions for new, previously unproduced plays by emerging playwrights for its 2013-2014 Season. Plays are being accepted in each of the following categories: Comedy, Christmas, Romantic Comedy, and Children’s Theatre. Selected plays will receive a fully produced staged reading before a live audience in the Los Angeles area. Authors of selected works will be awarded an honorarium of $25 per performance. Scripts must be unpublished and non-professionally produced at the time that they are being staged by 2S. Workshops and readings are acceptable. Submissions must be of plays written expressly for the stage. Submissions should be of plays that include at least two characters that can be realistically portrayed by actors of any ethnicity. For example, a play about a family from the foothills of South Dakota must also include at least two characters who are not members of that family. Selected playwrights must be in attendance for all performances of their work.

BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW CALL FOR NONFICTION AND POETRY
We are excited to announce that our poetry and nonfiction genres are now open for submission. We are seeking poetry that engages with the unfamiliar and jarring; that articulates and provokes our starkest emotions; and nonfiction  that challenge us with their form and content, that offer a new perspective, an unvoiced thought, an overlooked association. We prize the lyric and the language driven, both the sparsely stated and the indulgently ruminative. So send us your best work! We can’t wait to see it!

BYTESTORIES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Bytestories, a web ‘zine that publishes short prose under 1,500 characters (about 200-250 words), is 100 percent dedicated to sharing stories based on personal experiences. It’s about sharing the funny, sad, dangerous, and/or embarrassing things that happen while at home or abroad.

I-70 REVIEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: January 31, 2014
The I-70 Review is now accepting submissions of poetry and short fiction or nonfiction.

INCH CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Inch is a quarterly magazine devoted to tiny poems and tiny fiction. We believe that good things come in small packages, so we focus our eight pages on poems of one to nine lines, or fiction of 750 words or fewer. Don’t send us a few good lines or paragraphs–send us complete poems and stories that bite, resonate, or sleep with giants. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry.

PASSAGES NORTH CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Contribute to Passages North’s online “Writers on Writing” column. Send us short essays about how you write, craft tricks you’re willing to disclose, frustrations about your muse. Send us your lamentations and praises. Tell us stories about stories. Share your insider info.

POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Winston-Salem Writers is issuing an ongoing call for submissions for Poetry in Plain Sight, a program in which four poems /month are printed on posters and displayed throughout the arts district and other areas of Winston-Salem. Residents of North Carolina may submit one poem per month. Poems are a maximum of 20 lines with a maximum of 50-60 characters per line including spaces. Poems may be  excerpts from a longer poem. The winning poems and their authors will also be featured in a monthly reading, “Four Poems and a Party” held on the first Saturday.

SIMPLY ELEVATE MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Simply Elevate Magazine: Uplifting Artistic People, is seeking submissions. Our mission is to “Simply Elevate” undiscovered artistic talent such as musicians, photographers, models, writers, actors, lawyers… Well just kidding about the lawyers thing.

THORNAPPLE BOOKS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Thornapple Books, the literary fiction imprint of Levellers Press, publishes engaging, distinctive, and emotionally resonant work. We are dedicated to publishing a small number of novels that exemplify extraordinary writing. Thornapple Books exists to publish novels that are rare and fine. We seek works of beauty and depth, lyricism and heart, fiction distinguished by an understanding of the human desire for meaning, connection, and transcendence.

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Are You a Good Friend? — Joel Olsteen Ministries

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I just finished watching a message from Joel Olsteen.  He used an airplane analogy to categorize people.  He says people fall into one of four categories:  Lifters, Thrusters, Weights, and Drags.

  • A Lifter is someone who lifts you up when you spend time with him or her.  You feel good about yourself when you leave that person.
  • A Thruster is someone who encourages you to go after your dreams.  He or she pushes you to become a better person.  You feel empowered when you leave that person.
  • A Weight is someone who weighs you down whenever you are around him or her. His or her problems weigh heavily on you, even when you are not around him or her.  You spend much of your time trying to fix him or her or his or her problems.
  • A Drag is someone who drags you down to his or her level.  He or She is constantly down, complaining about his or her problems all the time.  Nothing you can do to help will pull him or her out of the doldrums.

“What kind of friend are you?”  Are you being an inspiration to the people around you?  Are you encouraging people to go after their dreams or to become better people?  Or are you a weight and a drag on the people around you?  Do you complain about your problems every time you see someone?  Is your life a sob story–full of strife and chaos?  When you are given advice, especially when you do not want to hear it, do you take it, or do you try to make the person trying to help you feel guilty because you just want to wallow in your own self pity?

“What kind of friends are you hanging around?”  Are you spending the bulk of your time with Weights and Drags?  Do you feel drained after spending a short time with them, like you have just run a marathon?  For what you do for them, is it enough, or do they demand more of you time and energy than you would like to give?  If so, then cut those ties to the friends who are Weights and Drags.  You don’t have to stop being their friend.  Just stop letting them drain you dry.  Make the decision that if you help them, are you going to feel good about yourself afterwards?  If the answer is no, then say “No” to whatever they ask of you.  And if they try to make you feel guilty or say that you are uncaring, say “I’m sorry you feel that way,” and keep it moving.  Don’t let their guilt trips make you feel guilty.  Do what is going to make you feel good about yourself.  Sometimes distancing yourself from negativity is the best thing you can do for your sanity and your friendship.  Sometimes you have to handle some of your friendships with a long-handled spoon.

“Do you surround yourself with friends who are Lifters and Thrusters?”  If not, this should be your goal.  Assess the friends in your life and see in which of the four categories they fall.  If the majority of them fall into the Weights and Drags categories, you really need to change your friends.  If the majority fall into the Lifters and Thrusters categories, you are off to a great start to achieve your goals.  You should feel good when you spend time with your friends.  If you don’t, look for friends in the Lifters and Thrusters categories.

When I was younger, the majority of my friends fell into the Weights and Drags categories.  I didn’t realize it until I got older and my life changed–job responsibilities, marriage, illness–who my true friends were.  I was always the one “being there” for my friends (or so-called friends), but when I needed them in the same way I was there for them, they were no-shows.  That woke me up to the type of friends I hung around.  I started streamlining the friends in my life to just a handful that I consider “True Friends.”  Those friends are still in my life today 30 years later.   I felt guilty at first distancing myself from some of the Weights and Drags friends in my life, but after I decided I was not going to associate with negative people, that guilt faded quickly.  It took a minute, but now I don’t waste a night of sleep dealing with people that don’t bring joy to my day.

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Members’ Book Readings from the North Carolina Writers’ Network

The following writers are giving book readings on their respective works.  These readings would make a great evening or weekend outing.  The writers are members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

 

Friday, November 8
Interview on WCOM – TV/Radio with Jackie Helvey
Judy Hogan’s new books are Beaver Soul and Farm Fresh and Fatal. She will also appear:

  •  Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm, Goldsboro Library, 1001 E. Ash St., Goldsboro
  •   Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 pm, Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham

Friday, November 8, 2:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh
Scott Huler will join the Pullen Readers Book Club in discussing his book, On the Grid.

Saturday, November 9, 2:45 pm
Other Words Literary Conference, St. Augustine, FL
Linda Heuring will read from her short stories.

Sunday, November 10, 1:00-4:00 pm
1201 W. Lenoir St., Raleigh
Margaret A. Harrell, author of Keep this Quiet! and Keep this Quiet Too! about the authors adventures with Milton Klonsky, Jan Mensaert, and Hunter S. Thompson, will read as part of the 2nd Annual Raleigh Artists and Authors Showcase.

Sunday, November 10, 3:00-6:00 pm
Stondefield Cellars Winery, 8220 NC 68, Stokesdale
Award-winning author Mary Flinn launches her fifth novel, The Nest. For more information visit www.TheOneNovel.com.

Monday, November 11, 7:00 pm
Park Road Books, 4139 Park Rd., Charlotte
Nancy Stancill will read from her debut novel, Saving Texas. In the newly released thriller, Houston reporter Annie Price hopes for a career-defining story when she profiles Tom Marr. the state’s first secessionist candidate for governor. But the big Texas story comes with a corrupt college president, a dangerous ex-CIA agent and a beautiful, deadly Peruvian assassin. Annie must grapple with two murders and a love triangle that will test the limits of her ethics and her heart. Will she get the story before her struggling newspaper implodes or her ruthless enemies get her? Stancill, of Charlotte, is a former investigative reporter for the Charlotte Observer and Houston Chronicle.

Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 pm
Shirley Recital Hall, Elberson Fine Arts Center, Salem College, Winston-Salem
“An Evening with Penelope Niven.” Reception and Book Signing will follow. Admission is free. No reservations required. Niven, the critically-acclaimed author of Carl Sandburg: a Biography; Steichen: a Biography; Thornton Wilder: A Life; and Swimming Lessons, will return to Salem for the paperback release of Thornton Wilder: A Life, published by HarperCollins and praised by Edward Albee as “a splendid and long-needed work.” Niven served as Salem College’s writer-in-residence for twelve years until her retirement. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Thornton Wilder Visiting Fellowship at the Beinecke Library at Yale and was awarded the North Carolina Award in Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor, for her work as a writer and a teacher.

Wednesday, November 13, 5:00 pm
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Lissa Brown will speak about her book, Another F-Word, and lead a discussion on bullying of LGBT kids. She will also speak:

  • Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 am, Courtyard Marriott, 1050 N. Carolina 105, Boone, at the Boone Sunrise Rotary meeting

NEW! Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm
The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham
North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Allan Gurganus will read from his new collection of novellas set in the familiar community of Falls, NC: Local Souls. “Allan Gurganus has the uncanny ability to make you laugh and shudder at the same time. That rare gift is on full and glorious display here” (TC Boyle).

Thursday, November 14, 3:30-5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill
Nancy Peacock will read from and sign her new book, The Life & Times of Persimmon Wilson, as part of “Meet the Author Tea and Reading”. To read the first chapter, visit www.nancypeacockbooks.com. She will also read:

  • Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 pm, Burwell School, 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough

NEW! Friday, November 15, 11:00 am
Cut Worm Phillips Store, 4637 Downings Creek Rd., Hayesville
Dr. Eva Nell Wike, Ph.D. plans to be meeting and greeting folks and signing copies of her new book Fiddler of the Mountains — Attuned to the Life and Times of Johnny Mull in the Bookstore next to the Moss Memorial Library. Later in the afternoon on the 15 and morning of the 16, Eva Nell will move to a mighty special place on the Square where she will be signing.

November 16-17
North Carolina Renaissance Fair, Huntersville
Timothy W. Tron will give a brief talk on the Waldensians and his book, Bruecke To Heaven, as part of the “Time Traveler” weekend and author signing event.

NEW! Saturday, November 16, 4:30-5:30 pm
Holiday Inn Resort, 1706 North Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach
Ellyn Bache, Sheila Boneham, Emily Colin, Mark Cox, Bridgette Lacy, Rebecca Lee, Peter Makuck, Jen McConnel, Alice OsbornAnna Lena Phillips, Susan Steadman, and Michael White will read as part of the Faculty Readings at the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2013 Fall Conference.

Monday, November 18, 7:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh
Lee Smith will discuss her new book Guests on Earth, a 2013 Fall Okra pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. She will also read:

  •  Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 pm, Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Chapel Hill
  •  Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm, The Regulator Bookshop, 710 Ninth St., Durham

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh
Susie Wilde presents The Wilde Awards live! Wilde gives us her take on the best children’s and teen books of 2013 as part of View From Tuesday.

NEW! Saturday, November 23, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Last Word, 230 E W T Harris Blvd, Charlotte
Ben Sharpton will be signing copies of his controversial new international thriller, The 3rd Option (Belle Isle Books). “Allan Chappel enrolled in seminary to change the world, but people lied and people died, and he turned in his clerical collar for an office cubicle. Now, years later, the ghosts of his past are back to haunt him, and they’re uglier and more powerful than before. When the offices of a new medical think tank called Inc.Ubator are destroyed in a fiery blast, Allan finds himself the prime suspect and the target of an international manhunt. Forced into hiding, he sets out to find the terrorists responsible and clear his name. But his quest for answers only leads to more questions: What were the researchers at Inc.Ubator hiding? And who was willing to spill blood to keep their work a secret? Allan must stay alive long enough to untwist the truth. Unfortunately, the forces opposing him will stop at nothing to prevent the release of the 3rd Option.”

NEW! Saturday, November 23, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The White Squirrel Shoppe, 2 W. Main St., Brevard
Judy Pierce will be signing her fantasy fiction book Tales from Farlandia: Ozette’s Destiny at the 25th annual Christmas Open House. There will be refreshments and live music.

Saturday, November 30, 1:00pm
The Vintage Locket, 9 East Main St., West Jefferson
Janet Pittard and Stephen Shoemaker, co-authors of Stephen Shoemaker, The Paintings and Their Stories, will usher in the holiday season with “Christmas Memories,” a special reading and book signing. Refreshments will be served.

NEW! Saturday, December 7, 11:00 am
Blue Ridge Books, 152 S Main St., Waynesville
Anna Browning will read from her first children’s book, Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks. This would make a great present for anyone ages 1-99, so stop by to get your copy signed! To learn more about Anna, visit her website: www.anna-browning.com.

Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
LaVerne Banquet Hall, Wingate University
Jill McCorkle will give an author talk, Q&A session, and book-signing as part of the Annual Evening Fundraiser.

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Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes)

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