Almost Forgot…..Shadowbox’s 4th Anniversary Is Coming

Almost Forgot…..Shadowbox’s 4th Anniversary Is Coming

October 19 / 16

Hello….just one more thing to tell you: On November 10, Shadowbox will celebrate its 4th anniversary. 

As most of you know, well all of you know, that I’m the only person behind the scenes of this blog. This blog has been my baby from the time of its existence.

I’m very proud how far Shadowbox has come. What most of you don’t know is that I work a full-time job from 4:30 pm till 1:00 am and there are times when I have to work weekends and trying to keep up with this blog can be hard, but by the grace of God, I come out on top.

Now, I would love to devote full-time to Shadowbox and I know that’s going to happen soon. Real soon I hope.

So I just wanted to say thank you to the followers for reading and I will keep on sharing info that will benefit to creative people like you and me.

Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed.


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Last Wednesday Scene: WC&C Scholarship Competition

Last Wednesday Scene: WC&C Scholarship Competition

October 19 / 16

Hello the final post for today. For you literary people, if you want to sharpen those pencils and replace your pens with new ones, this could be right up your alley. From the Association of Writers and Writing Program come the WC&C Scholarship Competition.

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WC&C Scholarship Competition

Each year, AWP offers three annual scholarships to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, festival, retreat, or residency. The scholarships are applied to the event or workshop fees of the winners’ chosen program. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP.

Eligibility and Guidelines

• Previous recipients of WC&C scholarships, and former or current students of the judge are not eligible to submit.

• Writers’ names must not appear on the submissions or they will be disqualified.

• For fiction and creative nonfiction, up to 25 pages will be considered. Work must be double-spaced and presented in 12-pt font.

• For poetry, up to 10 pages will be considered. Each new poem must start on a new page.

• You may enter in more than one genre, and you may also enter multiple manuscripts in one genre, provided that each submission is accompanied by its own entry fee.

• Please send us your best unpublished work.

• A $10 reading fee must accompany each submission.


Submissions are accepted between December 1 and March 30 of each year. Submissions are only accepted online via Submittable at Mailed-in submissions will not be accepted nor returned.


All winners will be notified by email by May 15 and announced on AWP’s website and in the AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair program. Three winners will each receive a $500 scholarship to attend a WC&C member program. Winners have one year to use their prize, and funds are paid directly to the selected program. Member conferences reserve the right to determine participants in their programs; winning does not guarantee admittance to any program.

For more information, please contact Diane Zinna, Director of Membership Services at























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Wednesday Scene: Alice James Award

Wednesday Scene: Alice James Award

October 19 / 16

Good Morning! It’s been awhile since I posted anything in the literary department, but today I’m making up for it with two posts. The first one is the Alice James Award…….

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Alice James Books is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Alice James Award (formerly the Beatrice Hawley Award) postmarked through November 1, 2016. The Alice James Award welcomes submissions from emerging as well as established poets. Entrants must reside in the United States.

The winner receives $2000, book publication, and distribution through Consortium. In addition to the winning manuscript, one or more additional manuscripts may be chosen for publication as the Editor’s Choice.

Guidelines for Manuscript Submission:

  • Screening for the Alice James Award is blind. Because of this, no contact information is allowed within your manuscript, including within the filename, if electronically submitted. Electronic submissions will have contact information collected via Submittable, which is hidden from our screeners. Hardcopy submissions must include a separate title page, which lists the title of your manuscript and contact information (name, address, e-mail address, and phone number).
  • Do not include any preambles, bios, or acknowledgements within your submitted manuscript.
  • Manuscripts must have a table of contents.
  • No illustrations, photographs or images should be included.
  • Manuscripts must be typed in a no less than 12 point font, paginated, and 48 – 80 pages in length (single spaced). We accept double-sided manuscripts.
  • Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks of less than 25 pages, but the collection, as a whole, must be unpublished.
  • Translations and self-published books are not eligible.
  • No multi-authored collections, please.
  • MANUSCRIPTS CANNOT BE RETURNED. Please do not send us your only copy.
  • If electronic: send your manuscript via Submittable only with a cover page that lists the title of your manuscript. No personal/contact information is allowed to be included within your manuscript file.
  • If hardcopy: send one copy of your manuscript submission with two copies of the title page (one title page that includes just the title of your manuscript, the second which includes the title and your contact information [your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and an optional biographical note)]). Use only binder clips. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies.
  • For notification of winners, include a business-sized SASE.
  • If you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your manuscript, include a stamped addressed postcard. Winners will be announced in April 2017.
  • Entry fee for the Alice James Award is $30 for online and hardcopy submissions. Checks or money orders for hardcopy submissions should be made payable to Alice James Books.
  • Manuscripts may be submitted online or by regular mail. Mail hard copy entries to: Alice James Books, Alice James Award, 114 Prescott Street, Farmington, ME 04938. For online submissions (open until 11:59 PM EST on 11/1), click here.

Checklist for entry:

  • One (1) copy of manuscript enclosed (NO CONTACT INFORMATION WITHIN MANUSCRIPT)
  • Electronic: Title page that lists only the title of your manuscript (NO CONTACT INFORMATION)
  • Hardcopy: Two (2) copies of title page (one page that shows only the title, the second which shows the title and your contact information)
  • $30 entry fee enclosed
  • Self-addressed stamped postcard for notification of manuscript
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of award winner


You still have the time, but don’t diddle daddle too long though. November 1 is the deadline, so if your interested, please don’t waste anytime. Again, this was brought to my attention today, so bear in mind about that.


















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