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Call for Writers - Short Story Contest (up to 1231 words)

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In the Short Story Contest we give you a genre, a character prompt, and a location prompt. You write the best story you can, within the word count given.

This contest has the potential of several rounds. The first round you will have the shortest word count and shortest timeframe before the submission deadline.

If your story is selected to advance to the next round then you will receive a new set of prompts, with a different word count and a longer timeline to compose your submission before the entry deadline.

There will be as few as one round to as many as three rounds depending on the number of participants.

Although, you may only submit one story per round. Multiple rounds mean you could get more than one finished story out of the experience and can explore different creative avenues throughout the process. This contest is a great opportunity to try new genres and explore new ways to express your writing voice and style.

You are assigned a randomized genre for each round which may include a mix of traditional flavors and new twists Including (but not limited to):

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Steampunk, Mystery/Thriller, Drama,Romance, Horror, Historical Fiction, Heist, Comedy, Supernatural, Hybrid, and Choose-your-own.

Prize money is GUARANTEED, no matter how many contestants enter. This is the first year, and we have literally no idea how many entries to expect. If only ten people sign up, we are still paying $1000 in cash between the top three entrants.

Details and directions for the contest will be e-mailed to you so check your junk/spam folder if you don’t see it come through after registration.

Submissions cannot be accepted or accessed after the deadline, so make sure you plan ahead and upload your story in plenty of time.

Prize summary: 
Win up to $500 in cash prizes.
Prizes Details: 
  • 1st $500 and “Ask the author?” Zoom session ALL the featured judges published books in your chosen format
  • 2nd $350 and “Ask the author?” Zoom session and the 2 new releases from the featured judges in your chosen format
  • 3rd $150 and “Ask the author?” Zoom session and select e-books from featured judges
Deadline: 
04/22/2021

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Fee Detail: 
Early Registration ($25) Ends April 1st / Registration ($35) Ends April 22nd
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Call for Writers - Dialogue Only Contest (up to 250 words)

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Who here has ever skimmed over rich detailed paragraphs of description scrambling to find the next section of dialogue?

Yup! Guilty.

Well written dialogue can move your story forward more effectively than pages of narrative.

The Dialogue Only Contest is an opportunity to create a clear and compelling story using nothing but dialogue.

Your entry can be up to 250 words. Even the smallest words add to the word-count (we believe in the power of the little guys) and contrractions count as one word (because working together makes us better!)

You may have as many characters as you choose, but the dialogue must stand on its own without any description, gestures, narration, or dialogue tags (i.e. he/she/they said).

For this contest grammar is secondary and your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue.

Prize summary: 
up to $200 cash
Prizes Details: 
  • 1st place wins $200 cash and a book from one of our judges in your chosen format.
  • 2nd place wins $100 cash. 
  • 3rd place wins $50 cash. 
Deadline: 
03/25/2021

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Early Registration ($20) Ends March 18th / Registration ($25) Ends March 25th
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Literary Arts | Spring Writers Retreat 2021 Online

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This 8-day session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty Jenna Butler and angela rawlings. Faculty will share their own work, present talks and field questions about craft, and work with writers to hone their writing in progress. The session will open with longer intense workshops followed by 5 days of short one-on-one meetings, and then a closing reflective session.

What does the program offer?
This online residency provides thematic teaching from faculty members, Q&A sessions and one-on-one workshopping. 
Instructors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that participants may be encountering with their writing across genre.

Who should apply? 
Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record. 

We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.

*Financial Aid of 100% of the program fee is available for this program.

Program Dates: March 20 - 27, 2021
Program Deadline: February 3, 2021
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/2LMaLrG 

Deadline: 
02/03/2021
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Indigenous Arts | Writing Over Here: Open Rezidency ONLINE

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Write Over Here: Open Rezidency is a three week online self-directed residency, where self-motivated writers are invited to work within their community to engage with faculty to support their practice.  Participants will meet with the faculty team via Zoom for weekly gathering where they cohort will come together to connect, share readings, and have deeper discussions on their process. 

Throughout the residency, faculty will offer one-on-one meetings, as well as workshops that explore different writing practices. Writers will have the opportunity to engage with faculty throughout their time as needed and scheduled, and are encouraged to connect with their peers, as well as continue to engage in their independent writing practice on and offline.

What Does the Program Offer?

Write Over Here: Open Rezidency offers participants the opportunity to focus on tools to help create the time and space to write from home. Writers will deepen their artistry and technical application with Literary mentorship from faculty of various writing genres, create peer relationships and expand their professional networks, and have the opportunity for possible collaborations following their time with at Banff Centre. This is a self-motivated residency and encourages participants to discover best practices to engage and inspire writing to happen at home. 

Who Should Apply?

This residency is open to Indigenous people from all regions locally, nationally, and internationally, however participants will need to factor in the time zone consideration as online activities will be centered within Mountain Standard Time. This residency is an ideal fit for both Indigenous emerging writers, and established writers with a professional writing practice, who are comfortable reading and sharing their original material.

Artists should have produced at least one published body of work, and received recognition through public presentation in performance or recordings as well as from their peers.

Program Dates: March 08 -  27, 2021
Application Deadline: January 20, 2021
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/3gOIzPY

Deadline: 
01/20/2021
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Banff Centre | Winter Writers Session 2021

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This 3-day session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty Waubgeshig Rice and Emma Healey. Faculty will share their own work, present talks and field questions about craft, and work with writers to hone their writing in progress. The Winter Writers Session is a small cohort program that provides writers with a chance to learn from each other and faculty, attend exclusive talks, ask questions and develop their practice.

What does the program offer?
The Winter Writers Online Session is a small cohort program that writers a chance to learn from each other and faculty, attend exclusive talks, ask questions and develop their practice. Participants have a chance to interact with our exceptional faculty focusing on writing across genres. Our marvelous faculty members Waubgeshig Rice and Emma Healey will offer readings, talks and workshopping opportunities, and Q&A sessions all delivered digitally over Zoom. Participants should expect dynamic sessions of focused learning, a chance to develop their writing, and forward-looking perspectives on writing.

Who should apply? 
Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record. We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.

Program Dates: January 29 - January 31, 2021
Application Deadline: November 25, 2020
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/32tyZfr

Deadline: 
11/25/2020
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