FRESH BLOOD CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE
Leisure Books is partnering with Rue Morgue magazine in association with horror fiction web site ChiZine, to present “Fresh Blood,” a new writing contest specifically for unpublished horror authors. The winner will receive a contract for publication in Leisure’s 2011 lineup, as well as a contract from ChiZine Publications for a limited-edition hardcover release, also in 2011. Leisure is looking for finished horror novel manuscripts, either supernatural or non-supernatural, of 80,000 – 90,000 words. Entries should be sent to Submissions@dorchesterpub.com by September 30, 2009. “Fresh Blood” must appear in the subject line of the email.
AMERICA’S NEXT BEST CELLER
Dorchester Publishing and Textnovel announce their partnership in an innovative writing competition for aspiring novelists. Authors ages 18 and older are invited to participate in America’s Next Best Celler, a literary challenge that pairs the emergent cellular generation with the traditional publishing model. The contest will award a guaranteed publishing contract with Dorchester Publishing. The site encourages readers to subscribe to developing works of fiction which are disseminated in chapter-length installments via cell phones and email over a period of time. Subscribers offer direct feedback to authors and vote for their favorite serials, fostering an intimacy between artist and fan similar to reality television. Dorchester is seeking contest entries in any of the following romantic sub-genres: historical, paranormal, urban fantasy, high fantasy, futuristic, romantic suspense or humorous contemporary.
HILLHOUSE WRITERS RETREAT
Hill House Writers Retreat is a Grant-Based Writers sanctuary. The value for a one week stay is $750. Residency space is limited to four guests/couples per week. Although the grant will cover a one-week stay, shorter stays are permitted. Our current focus is on the craft of writing but will be branching out to the other arts in time. Location: Nashville, TN.
ELIZABETH GEORGE FOUNDATION
Elizabeth George, Director
PO Box 1429, Langley, WA 98260
4111 Shorebreak Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649-2184
The foundation makes grants to unpublished fiction writers, for unpublished and published poets, and for emerging playwrights. There is no website, and you request assistance through a well-written letter. Deadline July 1, 2009. Suggest you emphasize the importance of your project, the marketability of your work, a rough financial message about your situation, and details on how you’d utilize funds. Keep requests reasonable in light of these economic times. FROM HOPE: I doubt they’ll entertain requests in the five-figure range, but there are no guidelines to confirm one way or the other. Think hard about your proposal best suiting your needs and raising your odds of acceptance.
RAGDALE ALICE HAYES WRITING FELLOWSHIP
This award is for writers who are working on a project designed to bring awareness to a contemporary issue having to do with peace, social justice, or the environment. The work may be fiction or nonfiction. The fellowship is in memory of Alice Hayes, who created the Ragdale Foundation in what had been her family home. All her life she was committed to working for a just and peaceful world. The winner will be given 4 weeks residency at Ragdale free of charge and a stipend of $500. Deadline September 15, 2009.