Glimmer Train – Short Story Award for New Writers Contest

Organizer: Glimmer Train

Open to: All
This particular competition is exclusive to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5000. (Entries must not have appeared in any print publication.)

Length: Recommended – 1,000 to 4,000 words (Maximum 12,000)

Prizes:

  • 1st place wins $2500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies.
  • 2nd place wins $500, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies.
  • 3rd place wins $300, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies.

Please read the competition rules carefully before submitting your manuscript.

Glimmer Train – Short Story Award for New Writers Contest

Open to: All
This particular competition is exclusive to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5000. (Entries must not have appeared in any print publication.)

Length: Recommended – 1,000 to 4,000 words (Maximum 12,000)

Prizes:

  • 1st place wins $2500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies.
  • 2nd place wins $500, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies.
  • 3rd place wins $300, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies.

Please read the competition rules carefully before submitting your manuscript.

British to American Spelling
Advice, Grammar

UK to US Spelling

Many people struggle when they need to write using a country’s spelling that isn’t their native tongue. After several years of looking up the differences, I now know most of them by heart. However, there are still a few that can catch me out. I thought I’d build up a translation table so I didn’t have to keep searching to check if I was right. I thought this might be useful to my readers, so here is a searchable table of the most common variances.

When moving from British to American English, there are some general rules that normally apply; Continue reading “UK to US Spelling”

Screenwriting Grammar Mistakes article photo
Advice, Creative Writing, Grammar, Screenwriting

7 Common Grammar Mistakes

Ensuring your writing is grammatically correct can be a huge irritation and a time-eating monster, or it can be costly to pay someone to do it for you. Do you really need to make sure each and every sentence complies with grammar rules?

YES, YOU DO! At least, you do if you want to be taken seriously as an author or screenwriter. The reason for grammar (and punctuation) rules is for clarity. Without them, what we think we’ve written could be read as something entirely different. Here’s an example of why the good old Oxford comma is important (contentious, I know);

“We had a party with the dogs, Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber.”
Or, “We had a party with the dogs, Taylor Swift, and Justin Beiber.” Note the additional comma.

The first sentence can be read that Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber are dogs, while the second one clearly states that the two pop stars were at the party with the dogs. Of course, if what you meant was to express your opinion of the two pop stars, then the first sentence is entirely correct.

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North Street Book Prize

Organizer: Winning Writers

Open to: All

Length: Maximum 150,000 words

Category(s):

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction & Memoir
  • Poetry
  • Chidren’s Picture Book

Genre(s): Any

Prizes:

  • Grand Prize winner: $3,000 plus other prizes
  • Category winner: $1,000 plus other prizes
  • One honorable mention for each category: $250

Deadlines: 
Final deadline: June 15th, 2018 – $60 submission fee

Please read the rules before entering the competition

Advice, Creative Writing, Screenwriting

How To Write Show Vs. Tell

“Show, don’t tell” must be one of the most often heard pieces of advice writers hear. But what on earth does it really mean? I think it’s easier to start with an example; “John felt scared,” is a perfect example of ‘telling.’ The same thing but done as ‘showing’ would be, “John cowered.” By using the second example, you are showing the reader how John felt; it puts a picture in the reader’s head. And, this is the golden rule to try and follow. Continue reading “How To Write Show Vs. Tell”

Freelance working photo
Advice, Creative Writing

Upwork Dissected – A Personal Review

After emigrating from the UK to Italy in April 2015 I needed to find work, and it wasn’t long before I discovered the Remote Working websites. There seem to be hundreds of these sites, but I found there were only a few that didn’t cost money to apply for work and were useful. These days, I have a stream of regular work from my long-term clients, but when I’m bored and looking for a gig, I have a look through Upwork.

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William Van Wert Award for Fiction

Organizer: Hidden River Arts

Open to: All

Length: Maximum 25 pages

Category(s): Short story, Novel excerpt

Genre(s): Fiction

Prizes:

  • First place wins $1,000 plus other prizes

Deadlines: 
Final deadline: June 30th, 2018 – $17 submission fee

Please read the rules before entering the competition

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Advice, Grammar

The Grammarly Tool Dissected – A Personal Review

Whether you’re a veteran or a virgin to the world of writing, Grammarly is one of those tools that can help improve your prose. As a proofreader, Grammarly is one of my sanity-checking tools. Even at the standard membership level, the functionality is useful.

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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Organizer: Lorian Hemingway

Open to: All
The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.

Length: Maximum 3,500 words

Category(s): Short Story

Genre(s): Fiction

Prizes:

  • First place wins $1,500 plus publication
  • Second and Third place wins $500

Deadlines: 
Regular deadline: May 1st, 2018 – $15 submission fee
Final deadline: May 15th, 2018 – $20 submission fee

Please read the rules before entering the competition