Earth Day Short Fiction Contest

Per the site:

Sapiens Plurum’s latest literary challenge is to personalize the consequences of climate change so readers feel as well as know them. But stories must offer hope, at least a possibility, for without hope people rarely act. Your job, as author, is to inspire scientists and states-persons around the world to live up to the promise of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Stories that promote the Sapiens Plurum mission will receive higher rankings than others. This does not mean that stories should be saccharine, naive or pollyanna-ish, but they should be heroic, even if the hero or heroine has feet of clay.

Deadline: April 22, 2016
Word count: 1,500-3,000 words
1st prize: $1,000

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Encuentros Open Call

The purpose of ENCUENTROS is to facilitate completion of feature films produced partially or entirely by Ibero-American based production companies, or from US Hispanic filmmakers, that are currently in post-production and will not be completed by March 2016. The 13th edition of the event aims to propel these projects towards their eventual debuts on the international stage. It will take place March 9-12, 2016 during the 33rd edition of Miami International Film Festival (March 4-13, 2016).

The Festival will invite selected producers to Miami and they will be awarding a cash prize of USD$ 10,000, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to the winning project as selected by a jury of industry professionals. ENCUENTROS takes place within the Festival’s VeoMiami industry section, and offers superb access to networking activities among professionals of the cinema industry.

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Strange New Worlds writing contest

In celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016, publisher Simon & Schuster is bringing back the popular fan fiction writing contest, Strange New Worlds! Here is your unique opportunity to present to this world and beyond that special Star Trek story that has never been told.

This contest is for writers of original and unpublished short stories, featuring established Star Trek characters. Ten winning selections will be published as part of an all-new official anthology, coming from Simon & Schuster in 2016.

The deadline for entry is 11:59 PM EST January 15, 2016.

Stories must be between 7,500 and 10,000 words.

Grand prize winners receive a $1,000 advance.

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We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program

Working to develop diverse writers and diverse books, We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™) announces a mentorship program partnering award-winning writers and illustrators recognized for their diverse publications with upcoming writers and illustrators who are diverse or working on diverse publications.

Year-long mentorships will be awarded in five categories: picture book text, illustration, nonfiction, middle grade fiction, and young adult fiction. The WNDB™ mentors include an impressive lineup: Coretta Scott-King Award winner Nikki Grimes, Robert F. Sibert Honor recipient Patricia Hruby Powell, William C. Morris and Lambda Literary Award finalist Malinda Lo, and Newbery Honor recipient Margarita Engle. The illustrator-mentor will be announced within the coming weeks.

Children’s writers and illustrators seeking mentorships are invited to submit applications between October 1 to October 31, 2015. The applicants will be reviewed for mentorship need and readiness, and manuscripts will be evaluated on such elements as craft, story, and diversity. WNDB™ mentorship recipients will be announced in December 2015, and mentees will begin working with mentors in 2016.

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Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest

The fourth incarnation of the Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest is coming. Pseudopod is leading the charge this time. Every author may submit up to two original stories of 500 words or less for consideration. Submissions are open now until September 15.

The competition will begin in October 2015. The three winning stories will be purchased and run as an episode of Pseudopod. Payment will be $30 so this will be considered a pro sale.

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We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest

We Need Diverse Books (“WNDB”) is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. WNDB is proud to announce that Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House, has acquired publication rights to the Middle Grade WNDB Anthology, working title “Stories For All Of Us.” Ellen Oh, President of WNDB, will edit the anthology, which will have a January 2017 release date.

WNDB is proud to announce that the anthology will have one story reserved for a previously unpublished diverse author. WNDB will fill that slot via a short story contest. The winner will be included in the anthology and will receive a payment of $1000 US.

Entries will be accepted after 9:00AM EST on April 27th until 5:00PM EST on May 8th, 2015. Submissions must be no longer than 5000 words.

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Ode to your ZIP Code Poetry Contest

O, Miami and WLRN-Miami Herald believe it’s time to pay tribute to the least poetic definition of where you live: The ZIP Code. This April, they’re asking you to memorialize your federally appointed numerical designation by writing an ode to your ZIP code.

Select ZIP Ode poets will be asked to read their work on air on WLRN, and 20 finalists are invited to read at a culminating event on April 29 at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The five winners will be selected by 2012 Presidential Inaugural Poet and Miami native Richard Blanco. Submissions close April 21, 2015, at noon.

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Plein Air Poetry Contest

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival’s “Plein Air Poetry Contest” seeks original poems of up to 30 lines inspired by the “En Plein Air” Exhibit running through March 8, 2015, at the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach.

The contest is open for submissions January 21-March 8, 2015.

The Contest Judge will be Stephen Gibson, author of five poetry collections.

Poems must be no longer than 30 lines and inspired by the designated artwork that is part of the En Plein Air Exhibit.

Entry Fee: No fee. Submit one poem only, please.
First Prize: $100
Second, Third, Fourth Prizes: 4 awards of $25 each
5 Honorable Mentions
Top 10 entries will be published online

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Paste’s “Write Start” Writing Contest

Submit a single opening paragraph—a collection of no more than 75 words—that leaves the reader intrigued and eager to know more. It should hook the reader from the outset, be rich in description and remain unburdened by fatty detail or flowery prose. Don’t cram in too much information; the best entries will balance omission with admission.

Submit your opening paragraph by January 26th to enter the contest. A team of editors from both Paste and Biographile will judge the entries, and the winner will be announced on February 2nd. In addition to having their piece published on Paste and Biographile on February 3rd, the winner will receive a 16 GB iPad Mini with Wi-Fi, a Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for their iPad Mini and a bundle of books curated by Biographile.

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The 2015 Ruby Prize

Southern Rep has announced that it will accept submissions for The Ruby Prize, effective immediately. The $10,000 annual award is named in honor of Ruby Bridges, who showed incredible perseverance in the face of formidable obstacles. The Ruby Prize seeks to support women playwrights of color whose work expands the reach of American theatre in the face of formidable obstacles.

The contest will be open to US citizens who self-identify as women of color, and may be either emerging or established playwrights. Materials must be received by November 25 for consideration for The 2015 Ruby Prize.

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