It’s time for the 8th annual Tempe Writing Contest & Cover Design Contest sponsored by Tempe Public Library, Arizona State University, and The Friends of the Tempe Public Library. The submissions are open now until February 14.
Who can enter? The contest is open to High School students, College students, and adults in the Phoenix area.
What are the submission guidelines?
Poetry – a poem up to 100 lines
Fiction – a short story up to 3500 words
Creative Nonfiction – a work of creative nonfiction up to 3500 words (including essay, memoir, and literary journalism?
Learn more about eligibility, submission guidelines, and cover design specifications on the Tempe Writing Contest website. Winners will be announced on March 12 and the winning entries will be published in print and online on the Tempe Public Library website.
Off the Grid, an imprint of Grid Books, is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Off the Grid Poetry Prize. The Off the Grid Poetry Prize was founded in 2011 for older poets who are sometimes overlooked. They are looking for work by poets over 60 who are willing to promote their work through reading and other networks. Submissions are open until August 31st. The full submission guidelines can be found here.
The previous winners are Peter Nash, Elaine Terranova, Dicko King, Patricia Corbus, and Keith Althaus.
The Tempe Community Writing and Cover Design Contest deadline has been extended, and is now OPEN for creative writing submissions until Monday February 22, 2016! Submissions are accepted in poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction (memoirs, essays). ASU undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any on-ground campus are invited to submit, as well as Tempe community residents including high school students and adults.
This is a great opportunity for emerging writers to get published! Winners will be selected in each genre and age group. Winning submissions will be published in the Tempe Writer’s Forum v.2 to be released in April 2016.
Winners will be recognized at a celebration at the Tempe Public Library on April 13 and will read from their work. Friends and family are invited to attend!
Click here for more contest information and the submission link.
Arizona State University and Tempe Public Library are partnering once again to host the second annual Tempe Community Writing and Cover Design Contest. The contest first launched a year ago as a collaboration between Arizona State University’s College of Letters and Sciences, the writing programs in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Tempe Public Library.
“We had a fantastic response for the first contest, receiving 190 writing submissions — many from ASU students,” said Tempe Public Library adult-services librarian Jill Brenner, who teamed up with Jeanne Hanrahan, faculty associate and liaison for ASU Academic Success Programs, to organize the contest.
Last year’s winning contributions included imaginative, expressive poetry; fiction that ran the continuum from funny to fear-inducing; and memoir writing that took readers into some of life’s most fragile emotional spaces — from nurturing premature babies to health, to helping hospice patients die with grace.
Tempe residents, Tempe Public Library cardholders, high school students, and ASU students are invited to submit one work of poetry, short fiction, or creative nonfiction (including essays and memoirs). There is also an opportunity for designers to submit one 9.5-inch by 6.5-inch vertical color design for both online and print publication. Submissions for both portions of the contest will be be open until February 15th.
Writing contest entries are read anonymously by members of the ASU creative writing community, and winners will be chosen from each genre for the three entry categories: high school student, college student, and community adult. In addition to having their work published in volume two of the printed Tempe Writers Forum and on the library’s website, the winners will be celebrated at a reception event at Tempe Public Library in the spring.
For more information on the contest and submission details, visit Tempe Public Library’s website.
Climate change is a creeping calamity, ever-present but so gradual and pervasive that it can be tough to grasp. Climate fiction, an emerging subgenre of speculative storytelling, can help us imagine human futures shaped by climate change by breaking though policy debates and obscure jargon with thrilling stories grounded in real science.
The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University, in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is seeking submissions for its Climate Fiction Short Story Contest.
The first place winner will be awarded $1,000, and the top three winners will receive book bundles signed by climate fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi. A collection of the best submissions will be published in a forthcoming online anthology, and considered for publication in the journal Issues in Science and Technology. There is no entry fee to submit your story, and the submission deadline is January 15, 2016.
The competition will be judged by science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson, New York Times-bestselling author of the Mars Trilogy, 2312, The Years of Rice and Salt, Forty Signs of Rain, and most recently Aurora.