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Weeknd Scene: Calling All Writers!….Writing Contests Opportunities

September 16 / 17 Hello, hello, and hello! The weekend is here and I’m playing catch up here so bear with me…..CALLING ALL WRITERS! Found a treasure trove of writing contest listings courtesy of Poets & Writers. Take a look for yourself…. Credit: Poets & Writers Mad Creek Books Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize Deadline: September 30, 2017 Entry Fee: $28 Cash Prize: $2,500 Website: A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Kathy Fagan will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Journal, the Ohio State University MFA program’s literary review, during the month of September. Visit the website for complete guidelines. Mad Creek Books, Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, c/o Journal, Ohio State University, English Department, 421 Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210. University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prizes Deadline: September 30, 2017 Entry Fee: …

Scene Weekend: Writers Conference & Workshop

June 4 / 16 Hey there! It’s been awhile since Shadowbox has put anything on literature, but I always find something in that department. (cred: AWP) Hampton Roads Writers Eighth Annual Writers’ Conference Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States HRW’s Eighth Annual Writers’ Conference, which takes place Sept. 15 – 17, 2016 at the Virginia Beach/Norfolk Conference center, Holiday Inn Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA, offers outstanding opportunities to network, improve your craft and marketing skills, and pitch work to agents. 1 evening plus 2 full days of workshops, 2 best-selling key notes, 2 first ten-lines critique sessions, 50 workshops during 10 breakout sessions, ten-minute agent pitches, NO-FEE, cash-prize contests for short fiction, short non-fiction, and poetry, FREE 90-minute networking social with food and drink, and evening 2-hr open mic session. Optional conference features include: first 10-pages manuscript review. Workshops cover fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, screenwriting, and the business of getting published. A book shop, book signings, and many networking opportunities will be available. Vendor tables available. Tuition includes lunch on Friday and Saturday, all-day beverage service …

Scene Wednesday: Writers Conferences & A Jazz Workshop

April 27 / 16 Hello! Three, yes, three things to share with you today. Two in literature, one in jazz. Read on…… (cred: Vermont Jazz Center)    Vermont Jazz Center Workshop 41st Annual Summer Jazz Workshops – 2016 August 7th -13th Our Putney campus offers comfortable accommodations and delicious food. Facilities include ample classrooms, grand pianos and an inviting performance space. Recreational options include hiking, cycling, swimming and tennis. Each year, the VJC hosts about 40 instrumental and 20 vocal participants from around the world for a challenging, invigorating weeklong summer workshop. The program is set up so that participants can focus intensively on the music: learning opportunities include classes in theory, composition and arranging, vocal studies, ensembles, listening, master-classes and jam sessions. The VJC summer workshop provides participants the opportunity to study in small groups with world-class faculty. Students and faculty live, study, and eat on the same campus, so there is plenty of time for interaction and personal attention. A warmth pervades the experience for all, and there is a strong feeling of …

Lit-Scene: America’s Premiere First Book Prize

September 23, 2015 Hey again….found something to get your writing fingers itching……   AMERICA’S PREMIERE FIRST BOOK PRIZE APR/Honickman First Book Prize An award of $3,000 Publication of a volume of poetry with an introduction by Nick Flynn Distribution by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium Open to all U.S. Poets Book publication in 2016 Judge: Nick Flynn Now Accepting Submission Online at The winning author and all other entrants will be notified in January 2016. An announcement of the winner will appear in the March/April 2016 issue of The American Poetry Review. For complete guidelines, visit or send a self-addressed, stamp envelope to: APR/Honickman First Book Prize The American Poetry Review The University of the Arts 320 S. Broad Street, Hamilton #313 Philadelphia, PA 19102-4901 Entry fee $25. Manuscripts, following guidelines format, must be postmarked or submitted online between August 1 and October 31, 2015. I just found this piece of poetry info, but you still have time to enter….so please be quick about it! Enjoy your Wednesday (Hump Day) and be blessed! …

Lit-Scene: Mercer University Press Book Awards

September 16, 2015 Hello! Wednesday has arrived and I found three flyers from Mercer University, which is located in Macon, Georgia. These flyers focuses on the Mercer University Press Book Awards. Here is one of them, The Will D. Campbell Award. The Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction The award is given to the best manuscript that speaks to the human condition in a Southern context. This catagory includes memoir, natural history, essays, and other genres of nonfiction (Note: Any fictionalized narrative or dialogue makes the work a work of fiction. This is strictly NONFICTION.) Award includes a book contract and $500 Advance Winners will be announced each December in Atlanta, Georgia during the annual Mercer University Press Authors Luncheon Will D. Campbell (1924–2013) was born in Amite County, Mississippi. A graduate of Wake Forest College, Tulane University, and Yale Divinity School, Campbell was a pastor from 1952–1954. He left the local church pastorate to become pastor to the South through his activities in support of the Civil Rights Movement. His later activities included …

Lit-Scene: A Short Story & A Poetry Contest….

September 9, 2015 Hi again. I’m finding some great things to share with those who have creativity with a pen, please read on…… THE 2015 RROFIHE TROPHY SHORT STORY CONTEST @ ANDERBO No entry fee. For an unpublished story of 3,500 to 5,000 words, the winning author will receive $500, a trophy, and publication on Deadline: October 15. Complete guidelines here:   INNER CIRCLE 2015 INTERNATIONAL POETRY CONTEST A prize of $1,500 and publication in Inner Circle is given annually for the best poem. Five poems maximum, up to 14 pages per entry; $20 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription to Inner Circle Magazine. December 31 postmark deadline. See for complete guidelines. Twitter: @platinumplumpub Address: Platinum Plum, 7322 Southwest Fwy., Ste. 1090, Houston, TX 77074 If you feel the urge to get your short story or poetry out there, then you really need to get going! Enjoy your Wednesday and be blessed!       featured image unknown

Lit-Scene Weekend: Ridgefield Writers Conference

September 5, 2015 Hello again! I have just found and I do mean just found this writers conference to post here for you. As always short and to the point…   RIDGEFIELD WRITERS CONFERENCE September 25 – 26, 2015 Ridgefield, CT Faculty: Michael White (fiction, master class), Chris Belden (fiction), Sonya Huber (nonfiction), Karen Osborn (storytelling), Adele Annesi (narrative), James Chesbro (creative nonfiction). Panels with editors, agents, publishers. Keynote by Lary Bloom. Friday and Saturday evening reading/receptions. Fee: $175 ($150 before July 1) like I said, I’ve just found this out….. If your interested in attending, better take advantage of it! A new Crimson Peak Fan trivia question will be here Monday. Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day Weekend, be blessed!     featured image unknown

Litscene: The North Coast Redwood Writers’ Conference

September 2, 2015 Hello again….For the literary lovers out there, here is a conference to take an interest in. Short and to the point! THE NORTH COAST REDWOOD WRITERS’ CONFERENCE  The conference will be held Friday & Saturday, September 18-19, 2015 @ Crescent City, California. For more information: or SASE to Ken Letko, North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference, College of the Redwoods, 883 W. Washington Blvd., Crescent City, CA 95531. Like I said, short and to the point. If your interested, visit the site above or SASE to the address. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend. Be blessed creative peeps!   Enjoy your Wednesday, be always blessed art peeps….come back this weekend for more Art & Lit stuff!       featured image courtesy of