Monthly Archives: October 2016

Idaho Writers Guild

Idaho Writers Guild announces annual contest.

This year’s categories:
* Short Story (3500 word max)
* Novel first ten pages (adult or new adult novel)
* Non-fiction (2500 word max)
a. Memoir
b. newspaper/magazine article/essay

So, let the writing begin! Entries can be submitted now through the first of March. Final deadline March 5, 2017! But wait…there’s more! Each entry will be judged by two or more industry professionals AND you will receive the Judges’ scorecards – FREE with each entry!   For questions contact the Contest Director at Download your submission guidelines and application today at  $100 – First place winner in each category $50 – Second place winner in each category Third place certificate *Entries must score above a 75 to qualify as a winner.

Anthology deadline approaching

For members of the HWG who are considering submitting to the annual anthology, the deadline for submissions on Writer’s Bloc 8 is fast approaching. You have until midnight of October 31, 2016. Rules are below:

What to Submit:
Your best one (1) edited work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or a teaser from your novel
How to Submit:
Email your completed submission to —
HWG Secretary Audrey Balzart at
Formatting Guidelines
No more than 4,000 words
Word document (Word 97-2003 or later, electronic format only)
One (1) inch margins all around
Times New Roman or Courier 12 pt font
Work should include a Header with the Work Title and Page Numbers (may include author’s name)
Cover page with:
Author’s Name
     Title of Work
     Type of work (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, teaser)
     Word count
The cover page can be part of the work’s document or a separate Word document—NOT just in the body of the email.  Do not add the words from the cover to the work’s overall word count.
Submissions not following these guidelines will be returned and can be resubmitted if they meet the deadline.

Spooky Story Night

Don’t forget the 3rd Annual Spooky Story Night, Friday, October 28, 6:30pm. There will be food and fun. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. Plus, it’s the Spooky Story Flash Fiction contest with prizes!

Flash Fiction Rules
Contestants must attend Spooky Story Night event in order to be entered.

Entries cannot exceed 500 words.

Only one entry per person.

All entries must be e-mailed to, with SPOOKY STORY NIGHT as the subject heading, no later than Wednesday, October 26.

Entries limited to first 20 stories submitted. (first come, first serve)

But wait…there’s more. (Didn’t think we’d make it that easy, did you?) To be considered, each piece MUST contain the following ten words somewhere in the story.

Let’s see how creative you can be.

Henderson Writers’ Group

Spooky Story Night attendees will vote on their favorite story. Winner’s (top 3 places) will receive a prize.

Tickets are $10 and Guests are Welcome and Encouraged!

No entry fee Visual Prompt Contest

The Neon Museum Visual Prompt Contest with Helen Magazine is now on progress.  There’s no entry fee for this one, and the award is $25 and a Neon Museum gift bag with tickets, and a goodie bag provided by The Writer’s Block indie bookstore. Deadline is October 31, 2016; winner will be announced November 15, 2016.

Submission details and Images: Helen Magazine

Support your local lit magazine & Indie bookstore

VIVA VEGAS LIT: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at The Writer’s Block


Join Heather Lang with The Literary Review and Jocelyn Paige Kelly with Helen: A Literary Magazine for a celebration of both publications’ Las Vegas contributors.

Featuring TLR contributors: Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell, Jocelyn Paige Kelly, and Angela M. Brommel; and Helen contributors: Jennifer Battisti, Arika Elizenberry, Caroline Horwitz, Michael Kroesche, Ingrid Taylor, and Sarah Vernetti.

The Literary Review is an international print journal of contemporary writing that has been published quarterly since 1957 by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Helen: A Literary Magazine is a Vegas-based literary and arts magazine published biannually in innovative print and digital media.

Masters Review

The Masters review announces their Fall Fiction Contest. Accepting submissions until November 15. This one will be judged by Kelly Link.

  • Winner receives $2000, a year’s subscription to Duotrope, and publication
  • Second and third place prizes ($200, $100, and publication)
  • Stories under 7000 words
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
  • International submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication

Submit to: The Masters Review