Writing Contest for Bloggers and Reporters

The Writing Contest for Bloggers and Reporters is a great opp to find talent. Alexis Grant’s company which manages a handful of blogs, needs people to write for them – and they are willing to pay for reported blog posts.

Fee: Winners US$75/ per post for 3 winners on a selected topic AND  if “we choose to run your post, we’ll not only pay you for it  — we’ll also turn to you in the future when we want to assign paid posts.”

Deadline: July 15th 2014

Format: Google docs (Click HERE to understand how to use it.)


#1 — 9 Awesome Networking Events in San Diego

Blog: Brazen Life, which covers professional development, with a focus on networking. Here are guidelines for writing the post.

 #2 — Fun Jobs: Can You Really Turn a Profit Running a Bed and Breakfast?

Blog: The Penny Hoarder, which is about weird ways to earn and save money.Guidelines for writing the post are here.

 #3 — The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Building a Wine Cellar

Blog: IWA Wine, which covers all things wine, with a focus on storage. Here areguidelines for writing the post.

Please read all the RULES & FAQs carefully at the website.



Email them at  team@socialexis.com

2014 Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing (Trinidad)

The Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing, inaugurated in 2014, is an annual award for an original unpublished piece of critical writing on contemporary Caribbean art by a Caribbean writer aged 35 or under. Established by Alice Yard, the prize aims to encourage new writing on Caribbean art and artists, and to identify emerging voices in contemporary Caribbean art criticism. The winner will be announced in September 2014 to commemorate Alice Yard’s eighth anniversary.

Period for submission: May - 14 July 2014

Prize: cash award of US$1,000 and publication in The Caribbean Review of Books.


  • Entrants must  Caribbean citizens, whether resident in the region or abroad, and be under the age of 35 on the entry deadline, 14 July, 2014.
  • Each entry should be 3000 words maximum.
  • Each participant may submit only one entry. Participants need not have a formal background in art history or criticism.
  •  The piece must be UNPUBLISHED – ie not previously been published in print or online
  • The entry must be aimed at an intelligent general audience as much as an academic or professional one

Read the rules fully HERE.

The panel of 3 judges comprises:

  • Krista Thompson (Bahamas/US), chair
  • Charles Campbell (Jamaica/Canada)
  • Courtney J. Martin (US)

The Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing is conceived and established by the co-directors of Alice Yard, Sean LeonardChristopher Cozier, and Nicholas Laughlin, who will administer the prize and support the panel of judges in their deliberations.

For any queries about eligibility requirements or the submission process, please contact the prize administrators at:


Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (USA)

The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest – now in its 13th year – is open to writers of all nations. However, the works you submit should be in English. If you have written a work in another language, you may submit an English translation. 

Prizes: First Prize, USD$1,000; Honorable Mentions, 10 awards of USD$100 each

Entry Fee: NONE

Deadline: Apr 01, 2014

Submit one humour poem online. This poem should be your own original work. You may submit the same work simultaneously to this contest and to others, and you may submit a work that have been published or won prizes elsewhere.

Results Announced: Aug 15, 2014

Theme: Humour

Word Limit: Poem may be of any length

Online entry at website at this link.


Winning Writers, Inc.
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060-3961
Toll-free: 866-WINWRIT (866-946-9748)
Main: 413-320-1847
Fax: 413-280-0539
Adam Cohen, President

**Seawoman’s 2 cents: What is Wergle Flomp? Remember that scam POETRY.COM? Well, Wergle Flomp is a creation of poet David Taub. Mr. Taub submitted “Flubblebop” to poetry.com’s former (and not very selective) contest to see what would happen. LOL

2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (UK)

2014 Commonwealth Short Story PrizeThe 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize: winners are awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000 – 5000 words) in English. Submissions must be made by the author of the short story.

PRIZES: There will be five winners, one from each region, covering the Commonwealth regions of 1. Africa, 2. Asia, 3. Canada and Europe, 4. Caribbean and 5. Pacific. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money:  £2,000 for the overall winning story and £1,000 for a regional winning story.

Eligibility: Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country. The Commonwealth Foundation will request verification of citizenship before winners are selected, For regional purposes, entries will be judged by country of citizenship. Where the writer has dual citizenship, the entry will be judged in the region where the writer is permanently resident.

Deadline: November 30th 2013

Entry Fee: NONE

Read all the rules HERE carefully.

See FAQs  and TIPS on short story writing at the website.

Find out more about the 2014 Judges HERE!  Chair for the 2014 Prize is Ellah Allfrey.  Also included in the panel is Courttia Newland, Jeet Thayil, Michelle de Kretser, Doreen Baingana, and Marion James (from Jamaica). Submit your entries HERE online.


Commonwealth Writers
Commonwealth Foundation
Marborough House
Pall Mall London SW1Y 5HY
United Kingdom

Email writers@commonwealth.int

Writers Officer Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 6262

Prizes Officer Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 6328

NIFCA Calendar 2013 (Barbados)

2013 NIFCA calendar

Celebrate the Arts in Barbados. The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) is co-ordinated by the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados. You can also find updates to activities on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/BarbadosNCF

The Malahat Review (Canada)

The Malahat Review publishes poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction by new and established writers from Canada and abroad as well as reviews of Canadian books. They will also consider translations of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.  This is a paying market.

PAYMENT & RIGHTS: We purchase first world serial rights and, upon acceptance, pay $40 CAD per published page plus a one-year subscription. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.

In alternate years, it runs the Long Poem (two $1,000 prizes) and Novella (one $1,500 prize) Contests and the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction and the Far Horizons Award for Poetry ($1,000). It also holds an annual Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (one $1,000 prize), as well as the annual Open Season Awards (one $1000 prize in each of three categories: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction).


*Go to the website to read all rules carefully.

NO previously published work, entries via email nor simultaneous submissions will be accepted.

Poetry: Unsolicited poetry submissions should consist of five to ten poems on any subject and in any style. The magazine will often accept several poems by the same author; therefore, please do not limit your submission to a single poem.

Fiction: Unsolicited submissions of short fiction may range in length from 1,200 to 8,000 words. Unless the stories are very short, the editorial board discourages submissions consisting of more than one story. Please specify the number of words in each story submitted.  Very occasionally, it will “tentatively accept” a story of particular promise. With the author’s agreement, a fiction board member will work closely with him or her to revise the story in order to evolve to final publishable form.

Creative Non Fiction: Unsolicited submissions of creative nonfiction may range in length from 1,000 to 3,500 words. No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply. Creative Nonfiction is literary writing based in fact. It can include, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

Criticism: There are reviews of Canadian-authored books of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction in every issue. Most reviews are 800 to 1000 words in length. The magazine rarely publishes articles and interviews. Please query first by mail or email since we seldom consider unsolicited book reviews or other criticism. Samples of previously published work should accompany your query.

Response Times: Allow three months for poetry and nine months for fiction and creative nonfiction


All submissions must be typed and paginated. Poetry must be single-spaced; fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews must be doubled-spaced. Your name and contact information should appear on each page. Please include a short biographical note typed on a separate page.

Please only submit one genre per envelope.

All submissions and queries must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Submissions or queries without a SASE will not be returned or responded to.

No submission should be stapled or held together with one or more paperclips.

Entries from outside Canada require international response coupons (IRCs) or Canadian postage. Foreign postage, including U.S. stamps, is not acceptable for mailing in Canada. Canadian stamps may be purchased online from Canada Post atwww.canadapost.ca.

What does NOT previously published mean? (Read carefully.)

Previous publication is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, or Facebook. Please note that even if the print run or circulation of the print publication where the work has previously appeared is small, this is still considered previous publication. No work that has been excerpted elsewhere is eligible for submission; nor is a work that has been revised since its original publication.

Mail your submissions to:

The Malahat Review
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700
Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2

2013 Downloadable NIFCA Literary Arts Form (Barbados)

gavelThe National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Literary Arts 2013 forms are available!  This Arts Festival taking place in the last quarter of the year, is organized by the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados.

Download the  NIFCA Lit Arts 2013 Rules!

Eligibility: Citizens and legal residents of Barbados.  Barbadians from around the WORLD may also enter NIFCA.


  • Fee: None
  • ONE form per entrant.  See Appendix C (FORM)
  • All entries MUST be unpublished (except book entries) and original.
  • No more than three (3) pieces in each category
  • Entries may come from Professionals and Non-Professionals (Individuals/ Schools/ Groups)
  • Junior Entries are accepted from children aged 7 and older.  Junior entrants (under 18) must be signed by a parent, guardian or teacher.
  • Several special Incentive PRIZES include the annual Prime Minister’s Scholarship (valued at BDS$25,000.00) and new for 2013: The National Anti Doping Commission Prize (BDS$1,500)
  • Work exploring any theme accepted but should primarily reflect contact with the Barbadian or Caribbean environment
  • Recommended winning work will be published in an anthology.

Literary Categories include

  • Poetry
  • Plays
  • Essays
  • Fiction (flash fiction/ children’s story/ short story)
  • Manuscripts (Poetry/Novels/ novellas)
  • Published Books

DEADLINES: for entries by 4:30 pm as below:

  • Published Books – Friday, August 10th 2013
  • Adult Prose Entries – Friday, August 16th 2013
  • Adult Poetry Entries – Friday, August 23rd 2013
  • Adult Script Entries (plays/ screenplays etc) – Friday, September 6th 2013
  • School Entries – Monday, September 16th 2013
  • All Junior Entries – Monday, September 16th 2013

Entries accepted via: hand, mail or fax by deadline to:

The Chief Executive Officer
National Cultural Foundation
West Terrace
St. James
General Queries re: NIFCA Literary Arts should be referred to:
the Cultural Officer, Literary Arts Ayesha Gibson-Gill
Tel: (246) 417-6625 or email: ayesha-gibson-gill@ncb.bb
Seawoman’s 2 cents: Highly recommended addition for ALL Bajan writers! PLEASE READ ALL rules thoroughly – more than once.  This will ensure you are NOT ineligible.

Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences (Oscars) Intl Fellowships (US)

The  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are now open.

This international screenwriting competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship, and awards up to five fellowships of  US $35,000 each year.

The fellowships were established in 1986 to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Since then 128 fellowship and $3,425,000 has been awarded.

Deadline: In 2013, it is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 1. The online application form will be shut down at that time.

Click HERE to read FAQs carefully.


In addition to the cash prize, winners of the Nicholl Fellowships receive networking opportunities and professional mentoring to help complete their next script (it is a requirement that all fellowship winners complete a new script in the year of their fellowship).

In order to be eligible, applicants must submit an original feature film screenplay, approximately 90 to 120 pages in length (the shortest script to earn its writer an Academy Nicholl Fellowship was 85 pages long; the longest was 153 pages).

The fellowships are for emerging writers only – screenwriters who have earned more than US$25,000 for writing fiction work for television or film are not eligible to enter.

Nicholl Fellowships 2013 Timeline

  • January – entries open
  • 1 March – early bird entry deadline ($35 entry fee)
  • 10 April – regular entry deadline ($50 entry fee)
  • 1 May – late entry deadline ($65 late entry fee)
  • Late July / Early August – entrants notified by email as to whether their script as reached the quarter-final round. At this stage three selected industry professionals read the scripts, with three reads by three different judges for each script.
  • Late August – semi-finalists notified by email. At the semi-final stage, the scripts are read by Academy members. In 2012, 35 of the Academy member semi-final round judges had either won or been nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Late September / Early October – Finalists are notified and asked to submit supporting materials.
  • Late October – Fellowship recipients are notified and announced


Jingle Jangle TANGle Competition 2013 (Barbados)

The Jingle Jangle TANGle Competition is a songwriting/jingle writing competition sponsored by Armstrong Agencies and  organized by 104.1 Love FM radio in Barbados.  Entrants are to create AND sing lyrics for a 30 second jingle to the pre-recorded music found on LOVE FM’s website.

Prizes: BDS $250, $500 and $1,000

Highlights of Official rules:

1. Entrants must be legal residents of Barbados, 18 years and older

2. Preliminary judging will be done by members of the public calling in to specified Starcom radio station(s) to vote live. Final judging will be live before a panel of judges.

3. Participants can enter as many times as they wish.

4. Entrants must comply with Terms & Conditions available at LOVE FM 104.1 Facebook page, LOVE FM 104.1′s website and Armstrong Agency’s website.

ENTRY FEE: NONE EXCEPT PROOF OF PURCHASE OF TANG PRODUCT: Name and contact information on a plain slip of paper accompanied by (4) assorted sachets of Tang 30g b) original lyrics for a jingle to accompany pre-existing music.

Entries are to be dropped off in specifically marked boxes at Armstrong Agencies Ltd, Lower Estate or Starcom Network.

Deadline: March 1st 2013.

Competition runs February 6th-March 24th, 2013.

Copyright: NB. All entries become the property of Armstrong Agencies.

1. Entrants must be legal residents of Barbados, 18 years and older

2. You can enter as many times as you wish

FULL Official rules are found HERE.

International Flash Fiction Competition “Museum of Words” (Spain)

As one of the objectives of the César Egido Serrano Foundation is to value the ability that dialogue and words has to unite peoples, the slogan of this contest edition will be “Words and freedom”.

Submission Guideline Highlights

  1. The III Edition of International Award for “Museum of Words” Micro fiction is summoned.
  2. They may participate as many writers of any country in the world wish to do so.
  3. The originals whose theme will be free (two per author, maximum) will be written in any of the following languages: Hebrew, English, Arabic, or Spanish.
  4. An absolute of $20,000 prize money for the best flash fiction is set to any language authorized in the contest.
  5. $ 1,000 will be awarded to three runners up for the best stories from the languages supported in the competition.
  6. The Flash Fictions may not exceed the 100 words.
  7. The work MUST be unpublished including electronically.

Deadline: November 23rd, 2012 GMT+1, on the International Day of Words

Entries must be submitted online HERE.  You can also find FULL submission guidelines there.

César Egido Serrano Foundation

Calle Maldonado, 65. stair B, 1º left – 28006 Madrid (Spain)

 Phone: 91 5635947

 Email: info[at]museodelapalabra.com


Sourced by: Shakirah Bourne of getWrite!

2013 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (UK)

The Commonwealth Writers Prize  is one of the most prestigious international writing competitions for prose, co-ordinated  by the Commonwealth Foundation and the official opening date for entries is October 24th 2012 (You can also get reminders by following them on Facebook.)

The inserted video features winners of the 2012 Regional Commonwealth Writers’ prize.  Congrats to all but especially Caribbean regional winner Alecia McKenzie of Jamaica, who had her book published with Peepal Tree Press, UK.

The prizes target and identify talented writers from different regions of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Book Prize (CBP) is awarded for the best first book, and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (CSSP) for the best piece of unpublished short fiction.

For each prize we award four regional winners and one overall winner. The regions are Africa; Asia; Canada & Europe; Caribbean; and the Pacific.

The prizes are open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or over.

Opening date: The 2013 prizes will open for entry via the online entry form on 24 October 2012.

Book Deadline: Online entry forms must be submitted by Tuesday 18 December 2012 (12 noon GMT). Books must be received by the Prize Administrator no later than Wednesday 2 January 2013 (5pm GMT)

Short Story Deadline: Entries must be submitted via the online entry form by Tuesday 4 December 2012 (12 noon GMT) No entries will be considered if submitted after 4 December 2012 (12 noon GMT).

Rule Highlights


Book Prize Rules:  The book must have been first published between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012. Books published in earlier years, including books which have previously been published in countries other than the country of the current publisher, are not eligible.  Read ALL the rules carefully at the website.


Short Story Rules: The story must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full or in part. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.  Again, read ALL the rules carefully on the short story page at the website.



  • SHORT STORY PRIZE: There will be five winners, one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £1,000. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the overall winner will receive £3,750 and translator will receive £1,250; and the regional winners will receive £750 and the translator will receive £250.
  • BOOK PRIZE: There will be five winners, one from each region. One of the regional winners will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize will receive £10,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning book is a translation into English, the overall winner will receive £7,500 and translator will receive £2,500; and the regional winners will receive £1,875 and the translator will receive £625.

Address for Sending Books

After completing the online entry process, you must send two copies of each book to the prize organisers at the following address:

Prize Administrator, Commonwealth Writers
Commonwealth Foundation Marlborough House
Pall Mall London SW1Y 5HY United Kingdom

QUERIES? writers@commonwealth.int

You may be requested to send a further six copies in early January 2013.

Seawoman’s note: WELL worth your time!

Caribbean Short Story Competition 2011/2012 (Trinidad)

Caribbean Short Story Competition 2011/2012 is co-ordinated by Potbake Productions, a Caribbean publisher.  Author/Publisher Lyndon Baptiste effectively used humour and multi media to spread the word about the competition through the video in this post!

It’s their 2nd competition and the deadline has been extended to Saturday 31st August 2013. There will be a total of 10 finalists. The overall winner gets USD $ 250.00 and their story, along with 9 other winning stories, will be published as short story collection (likely in 2013-14 with the new extension):

  • Entrants must be citizens of the Caribbean.
  • Entrants must be greater than or equal to 13 years of age.
  • A maximum of 2 entries per entrant.
  • Finalists from the last competition set the bar high. Great, logical plots, clean, careful work, a variety of appropriately-used literary techniques. Do the same. You’re competing at a high level and want to stand out.
  • Stories must be a minimum of 2,500 words but no greater than 3,000 words. Other entries will not be considered.
  • Stories must be original works, having never been featured in any other publication, newspaper, magazine or otherwise.
  • Submissions must be in MS WORD or PDF format and must include the word count, author’s name and contact information
  • Entries submitted after deadline Saturday, 31st August 2013 will not be considered.
  • Entries can be sent via hard or soft copy
  • Email: submissions@potbake.com. Subject line must be: “CSSC.2011/2012″.
  • Hard copy submissions must be made to #3, 3rd Street West, Beaulieu Avenue, Trincity, Trinidad, West Indies.

Deadline: Saturday, 31st August 2013


  •  The overall winner will receive a cash prize of USD $ 250.00. (Hopefully, we’ll be able to attract sponsorship, and the prizes will become more attractive. We’re working on it. :-)
  • The top 10 stories will be compiled in a book and each winner will receive a free copy.
  • An about the author page will be included in the publication for each of the 10 winners.
  • The authors will retain the copyright for their stories.
  • Potbake Productions will retain distribution rights for the top 10 stories.
  • There is no other monetary gain for the winning authors. There are no royalties to collect on sales.
  • However, winners can buy an unlimited copies of the book in which their story appears for cost price. This way, every individual can sell copies and make a profit.

Seawoman’s note: We let you know about the 1st RIGHT here! Yours truly with my short story “Big Rock Soup”, as the only finalist from Barbados, is proud to have been published in “Across The Caribbean: West Indian Short Stories”.

NIFCA 2012 Calendar (Barbados)


National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) 2012 Calendar by the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados NCF). Go to their website for news and events of NIFCA 2012.

Look out for the activities in all the disciplines. (Click on the image to zoom in)

St. Somewhere Annual Literary Contest

St. Somewhere Journal, a premier Caribbean literary ezine,  has launched a new annual contest in June 2010, “to encourage and reward talented writers.”

There will be  three annual prizes to  contributors.  The Editor advises, “This is not a contest in the traditional manner practiced by many literary journals and magazines. There are no special entry guidelines or fees. Winners will be chosen from among the journal’s regularly selected contributors. “

Award winners will be decided in January of each year and all contributors from the preceeding year will be eligible for selection. The prizes are as follows:

Jack Mandora Prize for Fiction – $75.00 USD

Awarded to a single recipient in recognition of their prose fiction work. May be awarded on the merit of one or more short stories featured in St. Somewhere.

St. Somewhere Prize for Poetry – $50.00 USD

Awarded to a single recipient in recoginition of their poetic work. May be awarded on the merit of one or more poems featured in St. Somewhere.

Caribbean Spirit Award – $25.00 USD

Awarded to a single recipient in recognition of their effective use of Caribbean dialect or nation language, whether in fiction or poetry. May be awarded on the merit of one or more works of poetry and/or fiction featured in St. Somewhere.

All submissions should be sent via email to: editorAT stsomewherejournal.com

Read the SUBMISSIONS Guidelines carefully (opp also here at Seawoman) and Click on the PRIZES link at the top under the masthead.


Randy Baker
St. Somewhere Journal

**Seawoman’s 2 cents: I suggest you study past volumes of this Journal at the site to get a feel of the flavour and standard.  Well worth your time!

Caribbean Short Story Competition 2009/2010 (Trinidad)

Caribbean Short Story Competition 2009/2010 by Caribbean-based publisher Potbake Productions, is offering one overall winner US $ 250 and publication in their anthology for their unpublished short story. 16 other winners will also have their work published in a short story book collection in November 2010 along with a free copy.

Deadline: Tuesday, August 31st 2010

Submission Guidelines

  • Entrants must be citizens of the Caribbean. (Seawoman LIKES THIS!!)
  • Entrants must be greater than or equal to 13 years of age.
  • A maximum of 2 entries per entrant.
  • Stories must be a minimum of 2,500 words but no greater than 3,000 words. Other entries will not be considered.
  • Stories must be original works, having never been featured in any other publication, newspaper, magazine or otherwise.
  • Submissions must be in MS WORD or PDF format and must include the word count, author’s name and contact information
  • Entries submitted after Tuesday, 31st August 2010, will not be considered.
  • Entries can be sent via hard (see address below) or soft copy
    • Email: submissions@potbake.com. Subject line must be: “CSSC.2009/2010″.

Rights: The authors will retain the copyright for their stories. Potbake Productions will retain distribution rights for the top 17 stories

Full guidelines are HERE!


Potbake Productions
#3, Third Street West
Beaulieu Avenue
West Indies

Telephone: (868)640-3724
Mobile: (868)487-9115
Fax: (868)640-3724
Email: admin@potbake.com