Writing Competitions

2014 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest

A complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer

Deadline: Postmarked/received by email by May 1, 2014

Entry Fee: $10 first manuscript, $8 each additional manuscript, $10 optional critique fee

Prizes: First-$100, Second-$50, Judge’s Merit-$25

Theme: “In this moment: (Can be any genre)

Flash Fiction is a complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer. The title is not included in the word count. The story must pertain to the theme, “In this moment”. All genres are welcome, and multiple entries may be submitted. An entry fee is required for each entry, however each entry after the first is discounted to $8 per. You can also opt for a completely optional critique of your piece by a published author for an additional $10 per entry. A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included with mailed entries if you would like it returned by mail. Winners will be notified by May 31, 2014. For complete rules and entry blank, please go to: http://www.pikespeakpenwomen.com/flash-fiction-contest.html. Visit the Pikes Peak website: http://www.pikespeakpenwomen.com/home.html and click on the Programs and Events tab.

Recent contests

Honolulu Branch Writing Contest

Call to Writers: The 2014 Biennial Lorin Tarr Gill Writing Competition is currently accepting submissions in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Online deadline is March 31, 2014. For information and submission guidelines go to: http://www.nlapwhonolulu.org
Click here for more info in PDF version.

NLAPW Biennial Letters Awards

Biennial Competitions,
Atlanta, Georgia
Soar Higher—Make Your Mark, April 24-27, 2014

LETTERS
General Guidelines
• All contests open to all active Letters members.
• Materials entered in previous Biennial contests will not be accepted.
• No books or manuscripts will be returned.
• Entries must be typed on 8½ by 11″ white paper.
• Prose should be double-spaced.
• Poetry should be single-spaced with double spacing between stanzas.
• The decisions of the judges are final.
• Winners will receive awards at Biennial. Should winners not be present at the Biennial, prize monies will be sent to the winners after April 22, 2014.
• Winners will be notified in March prior to Biennial.
• Entries will be accepted beginning December 5, 2013. The postmark deadline for entries is January 20, 2014.

Specifics: Poetry & Prose
• Submit two copies of each entry.
• Place category number and title of each entry in the upper right-hand corner of the cover sheet on both copies.
• On one copy include name, address and telephone number in the upper right-hand corner.

Entry Fees—Make checks payable to NLAPW, Inc.
• Poetry: $5 per entry.
• Article or Story: $10 per entry.
• Books (hard or softcover): $15 per entry.

Submit to: Katie Witek, Letters Chair, 3557 E. Blackhawk Drive, Milton, WI 53563

Winners will be invited to read from their work at the Margaret Mitchell Home on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Categories
A. MARION DOYLE POETRY AWARD. For “poets whose aim is communication; who believe poetry to be a medium of emotional release, of inspiration; that the mission of poetry is to build spiritual morale; to enrich life with perceptions, who have genius of expression and lack modern cynicism.” 1st-place: $100; 2nd place: $75; 3rd Place: $50; three Honorable Mentions: $20 each.
B. MARJORIE DAVIES ROLLER NON-FICTION AWARD. For best non-fiction article or book on any subject. 1st-place: $100; 2nd-place: $75; 3rd-place: $50; three Honorable Mentions: $30 each.
C. NORMAN E. AND MARJORIE J. ROLLER AWARD. For best article, story, or book on wildlife or outdoor life, exclusive of physical contact sports. 1st-place: $100; 2nd-place: $75; 3rd-place: $50; three Honorable Mentions: $30 each.
D. ANITA MARIE BOGGS MEMORIAL POETRY AWARD. For a poem written in Free Verse. 1st-place: $100; 2nd-place: $50; 3rd place $30; Honorable Mention: $20.
E. DELLA CROWDER MILLER POETRY AWARD. Established August 18, 1978. Awards for two categories:
1. Petrarchan Sonnets. 1st-place: $150; 2nd-place: $100; 3rd-place: $50; three Honorable Mentions: $30 each.
2. Free Verse. 1st-place: $150; 2nd-place: $100; 3rd-place: $50; three Honorable Mentions: $30 each.
F. CATHERINE CUSHMAN LEACH POETRY AWARD. Established September 19, 1978. For a poem of merit, published or unpublished. The poem may be on any subject and in any verse with the exception of free verse. 1st place: $100; 2nd place: $50; 3rd-place: $30.
G. ELIZABETH M. CAMPBELL POETRY AWARD. For a poem written in Traditional Form. 1st place: $100; 2nd-place: $50; 3rd-place: $30; Honorable Mention: $20.
H. HELEN SUTTON BOOTH NATIONAL MEMORIAL POETRY AWARD. Established October 11, 1986. 1st place: $150; 2nd place: $100; 3rd place: $50; three Honorable Mentions: $30 each.
I. FLASH FICTION AWARD. For a story of eight or fewer pages. 1st place: $100; 2nd-place: $50; 3rd place: $30.
J. THE ANNE MARX SESTINA AWARD. Established April 9, 1998. For a poem in sestina form on the subject of immigration and/or cultural exchange. The award shall be in the amount of $250.
K. MADELINE MASON SONNET AWARD. Offered by two of the League’s poets to encourage the continuance of a published or unpublished sonnet that speaks in a uniquely American voice. $100 will be awarded for 1st place, provided at least eight entries are submitted.

Recent Contest Winners

Muncie Branch Writing Contest Results

The NLAPW Muncie, Indiana Branch sponsored The Fun of Writing contest for senior citizens.

Deborah Musick (left) receives a certificate from Indiana's Muncie Branch President River Lin and prepares to give an interpretive reading of her poem "Wings" at the awards ceremony of The Fun of Writing Contest.

Deborah Musick (left) receives a certificate from Indiana’s Muncie Branch President River Lin and prepares to give an interpretive reading of her poem “Wings” at the awards ceremony of The Fun of Writing Contest.

President River Lin presented monetary awards and a copy of the 2013 publication containing their works to the following authors:
Poetry
1st Glenda Barry, “Still the Lilies Bloom” about 9/11
2nd Deborah Musick, “Wings”
3rd Nick Nottingham, “Egg Shell Blues”

Fiction
Carol White of Boca Raton, Florida for “The Dating Game” and “Myra”

Non-fiction
1st Nancy Turner, “Dukie”
Tie for 2nd
Paul Nesper, “Remembering;” and Patricia Finley, “Mom’s Hands”

Honorable mention awards were presented to Joy Grady for “Critter Stories;”
and to Vicki Fisher for “How an Ice Cream Cone Can Change Your Life.”

2013 Cape Cod Branch
NLAPW, Haiku Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 haiku contest, sponsored by the Cape Cod, MA, Branch. Appreciation to our judge, Anna Di Bella, past national president and member of the All Cities, NY, branch. Below are the winning haiku and the judge’s comments.

First prize: by Elaine Erickson, Urbandale, IA

a crack of thunder
sparrows toot their piccolos
a curtain of rain

It has the sound (crack) and rhythm of a haiku. The image in the second line is original. The haiku is successful in spite of the use of two prepositions. The word “crack” and the image of “curtain” empower the piece. “Toot” is a strong verb, and “piccolo” suggests its own image.

Second Prize: Alice Bachelder, Falmouth, MA.

Maze of umbrellas
Blankets bright on burning sand —
Ah, the silken sea

Judge’s comment: This piece is bound by timelessness. The “ah-ha” in the last line is memorable. Note the use of “maze” and “blankets” ….

Third Prize: Harvey Williamson, Mashpee, MA

Soft white pine
Dancing in the wind
Broken by a gust

Judge’s comment: A “typical” nature haiku. The surprise would be greater if the first and third lines were reversed. This inversion would create more of an “ah-ha” moment.

Honorable Mention: Louise Kantro, Modestao, CA

On the porch of ghosts
sits the cat, content to bask
In a spot of sun.

Judge’s comment: Creative and original first line. There is a juxtaposition of the unexpected. “Basking in a spot” of sun is a surprise phrase.

Honorable Mention: Christina Laurie, West Falmouth, MA, Cape Cod Branch

morning sun
in the rusted wagon
puddle of snow

Judge’s comment: I like this a lot. This haiku tells a story; it does more than present an image. The introduction of the rusted wagon and puddled snow is fun! It’s an image that “sticks” with you. The use of assonance of su-n, ru-sted, pu-ddle add to the skill of the writing.

General comments by Judge: Many of the submitted pieces are little gems, three line poems, but not haiku. The most important part of a haiku is its final line, the “ah-ha” moment of the writer’s observation, the twist in thought. Many of these entries lacked that unique surprise.

Although the haiku form has been westernized and urban haiku is popular in the genre, the traditional haiku is concerned with nature, a moment in time, as it catches a fleeting image. The instant in time, which changes the universe for the observer or reader is key. Each haiku reflects a light of its own. Without an image, which twirls instantaneously, there is no intense interpretation, and, therefore, no realized haiku. What must always happen is an interaction and reaction to the image observed.

Recent Contests

2013 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest

A complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer
Deadline: Postmarked/received by email by May 1, 2013

Entry Fee: $10 first manuscript, $8 each additional manuscript, $10 optional critique fee
Prizes: First-$100, Second-$50, Judge’s Merit-$25
Theme: Hidden Amongst These Worlds (Can be any genre)
Flash Fiction is a complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer. The title is not included in the word count. The story must pertain to the theme, “Hidden Amongst These Worlds.” All genres are welcome, and multiple entries may be submitted. An entry fee is required for each entry; however, each entry after the first is discounted to $8 per entry. You can also opt for a completely optional critique of your piece by a published author for an additional $10 per entry. A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included with mailed entries if you would like it returned by mail. Winners will be notified by May 31, 2013. For complete rules and entry blank, please go to www.ppb-nlapw.org/contests.php or www.ppb-nlapw.org and click on the Contests tab or email thewarriormuse@gmail.com

2013 One Act and 10-minute Play Competition

Deadline: May 30, 2013

CALL FOR ENTRIES

ONE ACT and TEN MINUTE Plays Sought for New Rocky Mountain Voices 2013 Competition

The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts announces New Rocky Mountain Voices 2013, the organization’s fifteenth annual play competition. New Rocky Mountain Voices is a program dedicated to showcasing new works by playwrights in the Rocky Mountain States and is sponsored by the non-profit Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts in Westcliffe, Colorado.

A panel of jurors from the local and regional theater community will review submissions and select, anonymously, the winning plays which will be produced on the Westcliffe Center’s Jones Theater stage September 6th and 7th, 2013. Cast members will be drawn from the local actors’ group, the Westcliffe Center Players. An experienced director will be chosen to mount the plays. A special invitation to view the winning plays will be sent to directors and producers of other Colorado theatre companies.

For rules and regulations please go to our website at: www.jonestheater.com

Cape Cod, MA, Branch Seventh Annual Haiku Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by April 30, 2013

Entry fee: $3 per haiku; $10 for maximum of four

Checks made out to: “Cape Cod Branch, NLAPW”

Prizes: 1st – $75, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $25 and possibly honorable mention.

Purpose: To sponsor 2 youths to the Young Writers Conference of the Cape Cod Writers Center annual writing conference in August

Rules: Type each haiku on a separate 8 ½ by 5 ½ sheet horizontally. On the back print name, address, phone, email. No previously published haiku or haiku that has appeared elsewhere (including contests, newsletters, e-zines, personal publications or e-discussion groups)

Send to: Haiku Contest, PO Box 936, West Falmouth, MA 02574. For a list of winners and judge’s comments, please include an SASE

Results: will be posted on the Pen Woman web site after May 15 and read at the branch June meeting.

Greenwich Branch Poetry Contest and Publication

Title of book: Women’s Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences That Shape Women

Prizes: One first prize — $500
Two second prizes — $200 each
Two third prizes — $100 each

The Greenwich branch is delighted to announce that Leigh Grant won first prize in their poetry contest with her entry, “The Place that You Found”. According to President Joyce French, two second prizes were awarded; to Betty Prisendorf for “Last Letters” and Marybeth Weston for “Walking Toward Each Other”. Third place winners were Josephine Darner’s, “On Turning 80” and Fletcher Ship’s, “A Song about Falling”. Contest finalists include: Judy Crystal, Nancy Burke, Dorothy Fletcher, Ariel Smart, Dorothy Kamm, Jean P. Moore, Marcia Hamilton, Lee Paine, Josephine Darner, Arlene Mark, Dotti Reiss, Sheila Phelan Wright, Mimi Aloia, Virginia Hagen and Christina Laurie. Seventy-eight entries by NLAPW members in 30 branches participated in the contest. Fifty-eight of these poets will be published this spring in “Women’s Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences that Shape Women’s Lives.”

2013 Boca Raton Branch, FL Short Short Contest Winners

Boca Raton Branch
NLAPW
2013 Short Short Contest

Winners, their branches, and the titles of their works.

Congratulations!!

1st $100–Mimi Paris, Boca Raton No Choice but Murder

2nd $50.00–Caryl Traugott, MAL* New Hampshire Summer

3rd $25.00–Marylin Warner, MAL Ties That Bind

Honorable Mentions

1st Etta Schaeffer, Boca I’m With The Band

2nd Bunny Shulman, Boca Scent

3rd Barbara Bixon, Boca Living in Florida

Certificates of Merit

1st Marylin Warner,MAL Wedding Day Blues

2nd Jacqueline Moffett,Boca Bridge of Sighs

3rd** Sheila Firestone, Boca A New Direction
Joan B. Lindsley, Boca, A Little Bit Touchy

*Member at Large

** Tied for Third

2012 Cape Cod Branch Haiku Contest Results

Many thanks to our judge Anna Di Bella, past national president, and member of All Cities Branch.

Judge’s general comment:

The judges decided to present three Honorable Mentions, as these best iillustrated the concept of the haiku form. In looking over the body of work, many submissions were not haiku, but were short poems, which, however, are very worthy in poetry. Many submissions did not adhere to rules. For example: haiku have no titles; an “ah-ha” reaction is anticipated in the third line; there should be no overuse of prepositions; use of clichés and/or trite phrases should be avoided.
A haiku is a moment in life, which creates an immediate reaction and refreshes. Many pieces did not stay with the moment, but traveled over time – past, present, future. Some pieces were narrative, others didactic. Neither is acceptable in haiku.
Haiku does not introduce human beings, although there are other Japanese forms of poetry which permit this. The traditional haiku is written in a 5-7-5 syllabic sequence. Westernized haiku no longer adheres to that requirement. A more perfect haiku will not utilize punctuation.

First Prize

Flock of terns gather
Squabble over shore dinner
Waves lick leftovers

Katherine Sherin-Zauner, Venice, Fl, Sarasota Branch

Judge’s comment:
Writer is on target on noting images in nature. It’s arresting because there are new images.

Second Prize

Proud male peacock struts
Parading brilliant feathers
On the prowl again.

Jane Allen, Arab, AL, Huntsville Branch

Judge’s comment:
Good active verbs: “struts,” “prowls.” Although the haiku lacks the ah-ha moment, the subject is interesting and it captures an instant in time.

Third Prize

Nightly collections;
Fireflies dance in jelly jars,
Coffee cans spill snails.

Sharon Anthony, Sandwich, MA

Judge’s comment:
I chose it because I can feel the moment-in-time action. It would work better if the lines were reversed: line 1 coffee; line 2 fireflies; line 3 nightly. The third line would then be an ah-ha. Remove punctuation. Please note that haiku don’t happen over a period of time. Yet, this piece is innovative and lacks the failings prevalent in many of the submissions.

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Judge’s comment: Three H.M. which were representative of the genre, were awarded. They properly illustrated the haiku form. Many of the submissions were “out of sync” with the requirements of the haiku.

Mouse prates her hymn
squeals in latticed crocus wings
deafens ignorance

Rose Klix, Johnson City, TN, Watauga Branch

Icy fence
mourning dove alights
sidesteps rosehips

Susan Tingey, Quincy, MA, Wellesley Branch

Hungry butterfly
Brilliant majesty alights
Food for jealous crows

Maria Mercuri, Edgartown, MA

Past Contests

Short Short Competition – From the NLAPW Boca Raton Branch, Florida

Make it sweet, sad, sassy, silly, satirical, informative, but
MAKE IT SHORT! 350 WORDS OR LESS

DEADLINE: ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY March 21, 2013
Winners will be notified by email

MAIL TO: Carol White, Letters Chair
Boca Raton Branch, NLAPW
5284 Bodega Place, Delray Beach, FL 33484

ENTRY FEE: $5.00 per short, or three for $12.00
Make check payable to Boca Raton Branch NLAPW
Send only one copy of each short
Email polowhite@aol.com for information ONLY

PRIZES:
First Prize: $100.00
Second Prize: $50.00
Third Prize: $25.00

Three Honorable Mentions *** Three Certificates of Merit

ENTRY RULES: Any Pen woman (including Patrons) in good standing may submit original, unpublished short pieces. NO POETRY
YOU MUST HAVE EMAIL ACCESS TO ENTER

GUIDELINES: 350 words or less. Double-spaced, typed on one side of regular 8 ½ x 11 bond paper. SEND ONLY ONE COPY OF EACH ENTRY

Short Shorts: Fiction – any genre, or essays, or travelogues, or children’s stories. Any questions: email me polowhite@aol.com
• Do not send SASE or originals – Entries not returned
• Winning entries not published, you retain all rights
• Use 12 point font – New Roman or Arial
• Entries must be mailed with check
• Entries over the 350 word limit will be disqualified
• Two cover sheets must be included for each entry
• Word count must be listed on both cover sheets
• For example: if more than one essay is submitted, then each essay must have two cover sheets

Cover sheet 1: NOT to be stapled to your entry – Must indicate:
• Title of short, your name, address, phone number, email, and name of your branch, plus word count

Cover sheet 2: MUST be stapled to your story – Must indicate:
Title of short ONLY, plus word count