Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. – Oprah Winfrey
FUNDSFORWRITERS ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST
“They Actually Paid Me to Write”
NO ENTRY FEE / $5 ENTRY FEE – your choice. Theme: “They Actually Paid Me to Write.” Up to 700 words in essay form. Deadline October 31, 2005. Two categories open to applicants. $5 entry fee makes entrant eligible for the $150 first prize. No entry fee makes entrant eligible for the $50 first prize. Second prize $30 in both categories. Third prize in the ENTRY FEE category is the Well-Fed Spread autographed by Peter Bowerman (http://www.wellfedwriter.com). Third prize in the NO ENTRY FEE category is The Shy Writer autographed by C. Hope Clark (http://www.theshywriter.com). No limit to the number of submissions. Essays must be unpublished, original, and in English. Winners announced December 1, 2005. See website for guidelines and details.
COCA-COLA BIG IDEA CONTEST
Coke’s new president of marketing recently rejected their agency’s proposed marketing ideas. Frustrated, they have recently invited eight top agencies to come up with ideas for them. Somehow in their exuberance, they forgot to invite Adcandy to the party. An egregious oversight, but in the spirit of party-crashers everywhere, we’re going to bum rush the show.
For this contest, we’re going to up the ante with 5 prizes. First prize will be $500!, plus more prizes. Coke is in no way sponsoring or endorsing this contest, but we’re not going to let that stop us. Here’s a quote we love and live by: “Those who ask permission seek denial.”
We’re going to let the creativity fly here. You can submit ANYTHING that you think can improve or extend Coke’s marketing efforts: Concepts, sponsorships, product improvement ideas, marketing ideas, slogans, new product ideas, licensing ideas etc. We’ve extended the character limit so you submit more
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250
Third Prize: $100
Fourth Prize: $75
Fifth Prize: $50
In addition, we will try to sell the ENTIRE CONTEST ENTRY DATA to Coke. In the event that they buy the data, we will split our profit with our top twenty submissions. Deadline November 30, 2005. 750-word limit.
CALL FOR NEW PLAYS BY WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS OF THE SOUTHEAST
NO ENTRY FEE. The Women Playwrights’ Initiative (WPI) will produce a full-length original play written by a woman playwright living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia. The first 15 pages of no more than two scripts may be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or postmarked no later than November 1, 2005. A workshop process will begin with the winning playwright in Spring 2006, with a fully-staged production to follow in Orlando. For more information, please call Julia Gagne at 407-273-9723, or email her at email@example.com.
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESS POETRY PRIZE
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 30, 2006. Seeking 50-150-page poetry collections, originally in English, for publication. Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition.
JAMES PATTERSON PAGE TURNER AWARDS
Deadline October 15, 2005. An annual cash prize intended to single out and support the people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to promote the excitement of books. Within each yearly application cycle, there will be two awards of $25,000 each plus twenty-five $1,000 awards of merit for runners-up. PageTurner nominees must be able to demonstrate outstanding accomplishments (or ongoing efforts that have taken place) within the given calendar year. US citizens only.
LEEWAY FOUNDATION ART AND CHANGE GRANTS
Grants of up to $2,500 given quarterly to Philadelphia-area women artists, including poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Women living in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties who are 20 years of age or older and who are not full-time students are eligible. Applicants must have a project commitment from a recognized institution, organization, or mentor. Submit a project description and resum�. Deadline October 31, 2005.
AMY LOWELL POETRY TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP
Any poet of American birth who is able to spend one year outside the continent of North America is eligible. There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education program. While many recent winners have been published poets, there is no requirement that applicants have previously published their work. Deadline October 15, 2005. The 2006-2007 Scholarship award will be approximately $40,000.
P.S. Watched Stargate tonight. Was not so impressed. Am saddened by this. Thought Stargate Atlantis was much, much, better. It really all comes down to cast chemistry, and at the moment, SG1 is still trying to find some.