For writers and readers of the romance genre
Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition
Deadline: December 3, 2007
Writer's Digest is accepting entries in the 8th Annual Short Short Story Competition. We're looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant...but brief. Send us your best in 1,500 words or fewer. But don't be too long about it-the deadline is Monday, December 03, 2007. Winners will be announced in the June 2008 issue of Writer's Digest. You could win Cash and Prizes including the First place prize of $3,000.
Writer's Digest Poetry Awards
Deadline: December 20, 2007
We are now accepting entries in the Writer's Digest Poetry Awards. Don't miss your chance to enter the only Writer's Digest competition exclusively for poets! Along with cash prizes, winners' names will appear in the August 2008 issue of Writer's Digest.
Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition
Deadline: May 15, 2008
Writer's Digest is now accepting entries in its 77th Annual Writing Competition. There will be 1,001 winners and more than $30,000 in cash and prizes. Top winners will be listed in the December 2008 issue of Writer's Digest.
Writer's Digest Self-Publlished Book Awards
Deadline: May 1, 2008
Writer's Digest is searching for the best self-published books of the past few years. Whether you're a professional writer, part-time freelancer, or a self-starting student, here's your chance to enter the only competition exclusively for self-published books! More than $15,000 in prizes.
Another competition I thought some of you might be interested in.
The social networking site Gather.com is hosting this competition in connection with Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books Imprint and Borders, and the winner gets a guaranteed publishing contract and a $5000 advance!
Between August 1 and August 22, 2007, submit the first chapter of your completed romance novel to the First Chapters Romance Group for voting by the Gather community. The five finalists will then be submitted to panel of judges. The grand prize winner will be announced October 30, 2007.
You need to be a member of Gather to participate, but signing up is free and easy. You also need to be over 18 and a legal resident of the United States
Via Jane Espenson (who has written for many tv shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer):
The ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship program, which gave her her own start in the business, is underway for the year. From the site: Fellows receive a weekly salary for a one-year period, subject to change, but currently amounting to $50,000/year plus benefits. The program is an intensive, hands-on experience that involves workshops, seminars and mentorships with creative executives from ABC, ABC Television Studio, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Lifetime and Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group. It does require relocating to LA for the year, but they provide airfare and one month's accomodations.
The deadline for script submissions (feature film or television spec) is July 1, which probably isn't enough time to finish a film script, unless you've already got something, but ought to be plenty of time to finish a tv spec script. The program doesn't accept spec pilots, only spec episodes of any currently running show. For a one hour show like Grey's Anatomy, House, or Heroes, that's about 50-60 pages, which isn't nearly as scary as it sounds due to the massive amounts of white space in script formatting. (There are programs like the open-source Celtx to help with that.)
Could be a really great opportunity for anyone interested in writing for Hollywood.
I ran across this helpful little table yesterday in a discussion about plots on LiveJournal and thought others might enjoy it as well: The Five Basic Plots.
Anybody up for some Jeopardy? ;-)
This quote has been in my "inspiration" folder forever. What can you do with it?
"I might be catching so don't touch
You'll start believing you're immune to gravity and stuff"
~Girl Anachronism, The Dresden Dolls