Tuesday, September 27, 2011

WRITING CONTESTS, Screenwriting Contests, Poetry Contests, Journalism Competitions

WRITING CONTESTS, Screenwriting Contests, Poetry Contests, Journalism Competitions
As I prepare to enter some writing contests I can't help but wonder if what I have heard is true: 1) that contest are rigged 2) that contest judges and or contest sites use entires to make up their own stories 3) use contest only to get revenue. Comments are welcomed and appreciated.

Carve Magazine

Carve Magazine

Tell us a Story...

Carve is seeking the highest quality literary short fiction (short stories). We want emotional jeopardy, soul, and honesty. Craft and control are tantamount to our connection to the characters. We highly recommend reading our most current issues to get an idea of what we're looking for.
» Please submit only one short story. Wait for a response before you send another. Please see sidebar for current response times.
» We do not accept genre fiction or poetry; novel excerpts only if it stands alone as a short story. We have a soft word count limit of 10,000 words.
» We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if it is accepted elsewhere; we'll send you congratulations. (We know how hard it is to get published out there!)
» Please note, Carve readers are careful and thorough. Though we can't accept every story, we may feel compelled to offer comments or suggestions on some stories we return. Because of this, our response time may be lengthy.
» We pay our contributors as funds allow. Compensation varies between $20-$50 for your story. All authors are paid the same rate per story within a single issue.
How to Submit

We do not accept submissions by email.
We now utilize Submishmash to handle online submissions. This simple service allows you to track your submission and makes communication between submitters and editors more streamlined. There is no fee for creating an account on Submishmash, however we charge a $3 reading fee. This is comparable to the cost of postage, including a SASE, for mailed submissions.
There is no fee for mailed submissions. (But you still have to pay for postage.)
For printed submissions, please mail via USPS to:
Carve Magazine
P.O. Box 701510
Dallas, TX 75370

Include a brief cover letter and contact information. Provide S.A.S.E. for response (or email if international submission.)

The California Writers Club

Call for Entries! 
Fault Zone: Words from the Edge, an anthology of short stories, will be published this fall by the SF/Peninsula Branch of California Writers. Non-members of our branch are encouraged to submit their short stories in our writing contest. Your piece should relate to the anthology’s theme in some way. Interpret as you wish and have fun. We can’t wait to see it! 
First Prize is $300 and publication in our Fault Zone anthology. Second Prize is $100. Third Prize is $50. Contest deadline is Sept 30, 2011. Reading fee is $15. 
Previously published work will be considered. Novel excerpts must stand on their own. 
Submission Guidelines:  
Hard Copy Mailed In Submissions: 
Submit 2 copies of your short story or stand-alone novel excerpt. Title and author should be on each page, as well as page number. Include word count on first page. 
Please submit work typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. Times Roman, with standard margins.  
Word limit: 2,500 max. (more or less, within reason). Shorter entries are encouraged!  
Mail to: SF/Pen CWC, P.O. Box 853, Belmont, CA 94002 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Criminal-E: Les Edgerton interview: Just Like That

Criminal-E: Les Edgerton interview: Just Like That: "Just Like That by Les Edgerton £3.50/$4.99 Amazon UK , Amazon US Les Edgerton is an ex-con who was a writer even when he was robbing folk..."

My comments: Ok that was a mind-blast. I’ve already done the get out and do so I “plop” my “ass into a chair and write” about all kinds of things.
You do “write great frickin’ dialog” and tell what you mean and mean what you say.
I also like dark but not a fan of crime novels, “like kittens or some such crap” protagonists. I will read Killshot by Elmore Leonard and Harry Crews’ A Feast of Snakes and Camus’ The Stranger because you consider them “perfect books” if I can’t get past the first 10 pages I stop reading a book.
I write poetry and some say that my writing is to “poesy” I think it all depends on what I’m wiring.
I LOL, because I belong to a “writer’s clubs” that you think “a vast number of these folks shouldn’t be published... ever. They’re not writers for the most part; they’re typists.”
I love your “This is an art form in which practitioners should either be geniuses” That folks who “take some classes, read some craft books, maybe get an MFA (now, that’s a huge crock, and I have one and would have spent the money and time more wisely on a hooker)”
That “many writers who actually are good turn to self-publishing lately.” I think is because publishing houses and agents want only done deals. Your mentioned “new kids on the block like Bare Knuckles Press, Snubnose Press, StoneGate Publishing” gives me hope.