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September 19, 2011

Got A Story To Tell?

Everybody seems to like to read or hear stories. Some, or maybe even all of us...

...also like to tell stories.

If you have stories to tell, whether they are stories you make up or if you want to share something that has happened to you, I have some great resources for sharing your stories with the world.

One great resource is the DZANC BOOKS/GUERNICA DISQUIET INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE AWARD - http://www.disquietinternational.org.

Here's an excerpt from their website - "Award for poetry, fiction, or nonfiction set outside North America or dealing with international themes. Work should seek to address, alter or break down geographical and other boundaries."

There is a $15 entry fee and the winner will be published in Guernica and receive full airfare, tuition, and accommodations to the July 2012 DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Postmark deadline: January 31, 2012.

If you are based in the USA, the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize is awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. "Place" may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political or personal importance;it may be a literal, imaginary or metaphorical landscape.

We are looking for one poem that offers our readers a fresh, original and meaningful take on the topic. Winner receives $1,000. Poems must be original and previously unpublished work. Deadline November 5, 2011. No entry fee for this one.

And, if you happen to be in a strange mood, consider the THE MONA SCHREIBER PRIZE FOR HUMOROUS FICTION AND NONFICTION

Limit 750 words. All entries must be postmarked by December 1for a December 24 announcement of three winners: 1st: $500. 2nd: $250. 3rd: $100. Entries are not returned and must be unpublished. Winners will have their entries posted on www.brashcyber.com. All other rights belong to the authors.Humor is subjective. Uniqueness is suggested. Weirdness is encouraged.

ELECTRIC LITERATURE - http://electricliterature.submishmash.com/submit. Electric Literature only publishes fiction. Stories or stand alone novel excerpts should be between 1,500 and 10,000 words. Please only submit one piece at a time. For each story accepted, the writer receives $1,000. This is a payment, not a prize.

Or consider VERBATIM MAGAZINE - http://www.verbatimmag.com/writers.html.

VERBATIM publishes original articles dealing with any aspect of language. Payment is made at the time of publication, and ranges from $25 to $500, depending on length, wit, and other merit.

And if you are in a mystery mood, you might want to try FELONY & MAYHEM PRESS - http://felonyandmayhem.com/committing-your-own-mayhem-submissions.

Here's an excerpt from their website - "We publish exclusively mystery fiction with a marked literary bent, and have a particular interest in books with themes related to art, music, history, academia, anthropology, and other cultures. Anything that might be described as "cutting- edge," "neo-noir," or "gritty and urban" is not appropriate for us; nor do we publish thrillers, sci-fi crossovers, short stories, true crime, or, for the most part, U.S.-based hard-boiled."

And, if you want to stay abreast of writing contests, you better bookmark JUST A CONTEST - http://www.justacontest.com/ .

I don't know about you, but these seem like a lot of fun to me. Who knows? If my schedule allows, I just might enter one of these.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just regular people might find interesting or useful.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.


Posted by mmorf at September 19, 2011 10:44 PM

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