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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK, by Moira Allen
     The Things that Matter Most
FEATURE ARTICLE, by Maria Chatzi
     How to Always Be a Passionate Writer
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK - by Moira Allen
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The Things That Matter Most
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In my last two editorials, I talked about "the things we are good
at," and "the things we are not good at."  The things we are good
at, I said, can sometimes distract us from the things that are
important.  It's easy to get caught up in "things we are good at"
(things that are easy to do) at the expense of things that matter
more but that may be more difficult and therefore, more
intimidating.  Conversely, things we are NOT good at can prevent us
from accomplishing the things that matter, if those things are key
to actually ACHIEVING the things that matter.  Having difficulty
with grammar and punctuation, for example, can be a significant
hindrance in achieving one's writing goals.

But what ARE the things that matter most?  How do we identify what
really IS important, what we "should" be devoting our attention to,
versus the things that we may need to let go of and leave behind?

Today, I believe this is becoming an increasingly difficult choice
for writers.  More and more "must do's" are clamoring for our
attention.  We are being bombarded with demands and "requirements."
 Expert books and articles tell us that there are dozens of things
we must do to be "successful" -- many of which seem to have very
little to do with actual writing.  We're told that we simply MUST
get involved in this social platform, or that one, or the other
one.  We're told that it's vital to keep our presence fresh, that
we constantly "update" that presence (wherever it happens to be),
that we actively "follow" others and encourage others to "follow"
us.  We're urged to find more ways to "connect" with our readers. 
If we blog, it's not enough to simply write the week's entry; we
must also respond to every comment, and then comment on our
followers' blog entries, just to keep those "connections" going. 
Every new technology or opportunity becomes one more thing we "must
do" to keep abreast of, aware of, or involved in.

But what's REALLY important?

The answer, of course, will vary from writer to writer.  But the
underlying principle will always be the same: What is the CORE
ELEMENT underlying your writing goal?  What task is central or
foundational to your goal, and what tasks are peripheral?  Another
way to approach the question is to ask, "What is it that ONLY I can
do?"

If you are a novelist, for example, the core element of your
writing goal is to actually write a novel.  It may be your first
novel, or your second, or your 23rd.  But it is still the one thing
that MUST get done if you are, in fact, to be a novelist.  And it's
the one thing that ONLY you can do.  No one else can write that
novel for you (unless you're James Patterson).  

The core element of your writing goal is the thing that must be
done before any other task even matters.  It doesn't matter, for
example, if you have a wonderful novelist Facebook page and
hundreds of friends, if you have no novel to talk about.  It
doesn't matter if you have a fantastic blog or website, if you have
no novel to promote.  It doesn't matter if you have hundreds of
Twitter followers, if they have nowhere to follow you TO. 
Everything else is peripheral to that central, foundational core:
Your novel.

Another huge distraction for many writers is the wonderful world of
do-it-yourself publishing.  Again, there are scores of articles and
books assuring us that this is the wave of the future, and that by
choosing this route, we are "taking control of our own destinies." 
The only problem is, there are often parts of our destinies that we
aren't actually qualified to take control of.  In those bad old
days when our only option was to get published by a nasty, evil,
villainous "commercial publisher," hefty chunks of our "destiny"
were handed off to other people.  Skilled artists, for example,
created our book covers.  Skilled editors and proofreaders caught
our grammatical errors and typos (most of the time).  Skilled
salespeople actually went in person to bookstores across the
country and convinced them to buy copies of our books and put them
on their shelves.  Today, as we "take charge" of our destinies, we
bring a vast pool of unskilled labor to those same tasks: Ourselves.

Another distraction today is the constant emphasis on "connecting"
with our readers.  There's no doubt that many readers do like to
"connect" with their favorite writers -- it makes them feel good to
get a personal comment from an author they admire.  This is nothing
new; in the bad old days, successful authors generally had to hire
a secretary to help them keep up with fan mail.  Today, however,
we're told that we need to do this ourselves -- respond to every
comment, tweet and retweet, keep posting something fresh and new to
"entertain" our readers and keep them "engaged," and just generally
"be there."

But once again, the question gets back to that core element: With
nothing to read, you have no readers.  Most readers -- and
particularly the readers who love you the most -- would rather have
your next book than a friendly hello.  Hard-core readers are always
looking for something to READ, and if your next book isn't on the
shelves, they'll find another.  

So the final step in working out what tasks to focus upon lies in
identifying those tasks that truly matter.  We will never run out
of POTENTIAL tasks.  We will never run out of people telling us
that we "must do" this or that or the other to "be successful in
today's marketplace."  We will never run out of distractions.  

But unless we focus on the core elements of our writing goals --
the novel, the short story, the poem, the memoir, the song, the
life-changing how-to book -- we will run out of the things that
matter most: our hopes and dreams.

And, of course, our readers...

Copyright 2015 Moira Allen

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FEATURE ARTICLE: How to Always Be a Passionate Writer
By Maria Chatzi
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Do you ever feel envy for enthusiastic and inspired writers, who
are always motivated by a burning desire to write about almost
anything? Well, don't -- you can achieve this too. This article
reveals the secrets of how to always be a passionate writer.  

Why is passion important and necessary, and how is it related to a
writer's success? How do you grow and reinforce a passion for
writing?  How can you reconnect with the passionate writer you once
used to be?  What are the things every writer should know about
passion? Read on!

Why Be a Passionate Writer
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We all dream of a successful writing career.  However, to be a
successful writer you need to be a passionate writer, because
passion:

* helps you deal with your fears (enabling you to overcome writer's
block, go public, disregard failure) and spot new writing
opportunities.

* motivates you, brings more energy, keeps you focused and
committed, cultivates your interpersonal skills (for cooperation
and better relationships with fellow writers, publishers, agents
etc), sparks your creativity, leads to self-improvement.

* has a positive impact on others (helping you inspire anyone you
come in contact with). 

How To Grow, Maintain and Reinforce a Passion for Writing
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A. HOW TO GET STARTED

First, you need to get to know yourself better. So, keep notes of
any observations you make and any decisions you reach, in regard to
what you enjoy most. Do you feel happier when you:

a) write in a specific genre or field of interest (e.g. fantasy
fiction, educational issues, articles on any subject, tourist
guides etc.)? 

b) write with a particular subject or content in mind (e.g. cats,
or guerilla art, or baking, or rocks and minerals)? 

Start by identifying what you are passionate about (be as clear and
as specific as possible), so you can find where you belong and
focus on doing more writing of that specific type.  Also, valuing
your feelings and intuition will help you find what you are
passionate about quicker. 

The next thing you need to know is whether you are a generalist or
a specialist. Specialists explore their interests by narrowing
their scope as much as possible and by digging deep.  Generalists,
on the other hand, need to widen their scope as much as possible
and build their work on knowledge, skills and experiences gained
from a large variety of subjects and fields (they are the
polymathic "Renaissance" type of writers). 

Who says that if you are a doctor who writes health guides you
should only write about medicine? If fishing excites you, write
about fishing. If making art also inspires you, write about making
art.  Keep all this information neat and organized in a file. Then,
if you feel like taking your writing passion a step further, find
out what connects fishing, and/or art, to health. Now, you've got a
health guide that reflects your knowledge and expertise, your
skills, your experiences, your personality and what you are
passionate about.  Or, you may choose to stick to writing about
medicine but decide to devote yourself (as a writer and doctor as
well) to Alternative Medicine, which intrigues you and challenges
institutionalized medical practices.  

The final step is to find the "Why" behind your passion. For
example, ask yourself questions such as: Why do I love writing
about wild flowers? Why do I find writing about women's issues so
challenging? What fascinates me when writing about applied
psychology? Also, ask yourself why you hate to write what you don't
feel eager to write about? The more "Whys" you answer, and the
clearer and the more detailed your answers are, the easier you will
get to the roots of your passion as a writer.
  
B.   HOW TO MAINTAIN AND REINFORCE YOUR PASSION FOR WRITING

Following is a list of what to do and what not to do, to maintain
and reinforce your writing passion:

* Be a life-long learner. The more you learn, the stronger, the
more and the better connections you will be able to make between
various topics, themes, ideas that interest you. Learning opens
doors leading a passionate writer to untrodden, challenging paths.
Be open to new experiences.

* Live your passion. Your home, your lifestyle, your hobbies and
other leisure activities, what you read and research, what you love
talking about, will all mirror your passion as a writer. 

* Go public with what you feel passionate about.  Telling the world
(your readers, agents, publisher, friends, anyone) about your
passion is like signing a secret contract that you will continue to
care and pursue your passion. It is like announcing you are on a
mission. 

* Be true to yourself when it comes to accepting your real passion.
If you are born to be a writer, there is no such thing as an
"elite" writing passion -- whether you love to write about the
stock market and multimillionaires' lifestyle or about cleaning and
organizing your space, your writing will shine the same. 

* Do not judge whether it is worthwhile writing on a topic you are
passionate about.  Such thoughts will replace your eagerness and
the zest with self-doubt, disappointment, stress. Once you have
identified what you are passionate about, just take the ride to
where it leads you to. You cannot know where it ends until your get
there. Passion is born from what matters most to you.

* Do not be afraid to say "No" or "Goodbye" to a writing job you do
not feel excited about. Do not write about anything you have no
enthusiasm for.  If the job helps pay your bills keep it long
enough to replace it with another one, one that touches your heart.

* Do not hold back on trying things out. Passionate writers know
that when one method or approach won't work, another one will.
Testing, exploration and a positive attitude are the core of all
creative activities, writing being one of them. 

* Do not spend too much energy on your day job, if you are not a
full-time writer. To be a passionate writer, you need to live a
balanced life because passion itself is energy (strong and
positive), which disappears if you overwork. Entertainment,
relaxation, healthy eating and exercise are absolutely necessary. 

C.   HOW TO RECONNECT TO YOUR LOST PASSION

Were you once a passionate writer who has lost that passion for
writing? If your answer is "Yes," here is a remedy. Before you
proceed to reading it, keep in mind that if you want to fix the
problem you need to be patient, hard-working and persistent. 

* Identify the main reason (the cause) that you lost your writing
passion. Was it lack of interest in the topics or the
field/profession? Was it the writing environment (the people you
were cooperating with or the physical place)? Did you run out of
ideas? Did you block your own way to success out of some type of
fear (of rejection, of change and the unknown, of success)? Once
you have found the reason, challenge your problem-solving skills. 

* Remember what it felt like to be a passionate writer. Remember
your thoughts, your dreams and wishes, your beliefs and values,
your aims and goals. Reconnect with why you loved doing what you
did.  What is missing or has changed now?  Find the purpose you
once had (e.g. to help people, to entertain, to teach), that made
writing worthwhile. 

* Look back at your best moments in your writing career (successes,
tasks you enjoyed a lot, great relationships you got into, etc.).
How did you get there? What did you do (or write about)?

* Try learning more about the writing craft and hone your skills,
even if you are an experienced writer. Also learn more on anything
else you find interesting (sign up for webinars and writing
courses, visit public libraries, buy new books, watch videos). Scan
all incoming knowledge to pick what sparks again the feeling of
strong devotion to your writing. 

* Use affirmations to get rid of any negative thoughts you may have
on reconnecting with the passionate writer you once were. Believe
that your passion for writing is still within you, because it is;
you have only lost touch with it temporarily. 

* If your interests have changed (for example, your writing was
once inspired by colors but now you may be enchanted by rocks and
crystals), you may wrongly believe you have lost touch with your
previous passion as a writer. Embrace your new interests with
enthusiasm and you will reawaken your writing passion, combining
the old with the new. 

* Team up with fellow writers who have succeeded in finding their
lost writing passion. Surround yourself with support and positive
spirit. But remember, not everything that has worked for others
will also work for you.

D.   FIVE THINGS EVERY WRITER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PASSION 

1.   Passion is a magnificent combination of emotion, spirit and
attitude.  Money and fame cannot turn you into a passionate writer.
However, if you become famous due to your passionate writing, fame
may help your passion grow even stronger, but only if you believe
your fame reflects the success of your mission as a writer.   
       
2.   The more fun you have writing and the less you care about
money and fame, the deeper the roots of your passion go. 

3.   Collaborative work and joint projects could build, maintain or
intensify passion for writing.     
                
4.   Passionate writers allow themselves to be vulnerable -– they
are open to everyone and think of their readers as their friends.
As a result, they are not afraid of being transparent, nor of being
wrong, misinterpreted or rejected.     
  
5.   The ultimate success is to combine what YOU are passionate
about as a writer with what YOUR READERS are passionate about. 

Nothing great has ever been achieved without passion. We writers
have to know how to explore it, cultivate it, maintain it and
reinforce it. However, passion is fragile and it may suddenly
disappear as well.  So, we also need to know how to mend it and
reconnect to it. Being always a passionate writer takes patience
and determination, but it pays back with a happy and successful
writing career.


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Maria Chatzi is a teacher, a writer, a self-taught artist, and a
craft designer. Her goal is to help children and adults acknowledge
their creative identity and discover their potential, so they can
play an active part in the new creative culture.  Her teaching and
writings aim at equipping people with the techniques they need to
acquire self-knowledge, be creative thinkers, build their
self-esteem and succeed.  She does a great deal of volunteer work,
especially for public libraries, leading Arts and Crafts Workshops
(for adults and children) and Creative Writing Workshops (mainly
for children). Find out more at 
http://www.creativity-portal.com/howto/a/maria-chatzi/ 

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Copyright 2015 Maria Chatzi

This article may not be reprinted without the author's written
permission.

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Authors Guild Urges Congress to Crack Down on E-book Piracy
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The organisation that works for authors by supporting free speech,
fair contracts, and copyright has written to the Congress to review
and change the rules of dealing with copyright infringement. They
are urging the House Judiciary Committee (which is spearheading a
review of U.S. copyright law) to revise the current Digital
Millennium Copyright Act's 'Notice and Takedown' provisions, which
allow pirated copy to be posted back up after a complaint to take
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Price Comparisons of a Different Kind
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An amusing infographic that depicts the currencies of fictional
worlds of print and electronic media in terms of currencies of the
real world, "by taking prices of items in the fictional world and
comparing it with the real world equivalent price, which then
allowed us to come up with the exchange rate." So 10 Galleons are
just over $73 in the world of witchcraft and wizardry, while 10
Clams would fetch you $32 during the Stone Age. Whether you collect
bottle caps or gold dragons, you can be a millionaire in a parallel
universe! For more, visit:
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200,000 Bundles of Joy Arriving Soon
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The Washington Times reports that agencies in New York City, under
the auspices of the 'Reach Out and Read' program, will be
distributing 200,000 baby books over two years to families with
newborns and preschoolers, to encourage not only language
development but also filial affinity. The books are donated by
Scholastic Inc.

Read a Book to Sleep... in a Bookstore
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Japan's space problems might just be a fraction closer to a
solution with a new concept of book-and-bed instead of the more
traditional bed-and-breakfast. Tokyo's Book and Bed is a
bookstore/hostel that allows shoppers to buy books during the day
and offers cheap lodgings in beds set up against book shelves at
night. It is produced by R-Store (although we can't help think that
a better name would have been Z-Store!) For more, visit: 
http://bookandbedtokyo.com/

Audio Books Selling Like Hot Cakes
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The Audio Publishers Association has released estimates that the
sales of audio books rose nearly 14% (unit sales up 20%) last year
compared to the year before. "The growth of the industry is largely
due to the growing popularity of the digital download and
increasing awareness and profile for the audiobook format." 87% of
the sales come from adult titles, while children's books are also
on the rise with a 4% increase. Fiction rules the roost with 77%
share, versus non-fiction with 23%. For more, visit:
https://www.audiopub.org/press/Sales_Survey_APA_2015_Final.pdf and
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NO-FEE WRITING CONTESTS FOR SEPTEMBER
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. Unless 
otherwise indicated, competitions are open to all adult writers. 

IMISON RADIO DRAMA AWARDS (UK)
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DEADLINE: September 17 
PRIZES:£1,500 in total prize money
DETAILS: Any radio drama first transmitted within the UK during the
period preceding year by a writer or writers new to radio. Must be
an original piece for radio, and must be the first dramatic work by
the writer(s) that has been broadcast. May include the first
episode from an original series or serial.
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: No
CONTACT: Jo McCrum, Awards Secretary, The Society of Authors, 84
Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB, UK, JMcCrum@societyofauthors.org
WEB: http://www.societyofauthors.org/imison-award

HELEN SCHAIBLE SHAKESPEAREAN/PETRARCHAN SONNET CONTEST
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DEADLINE: September 1 
PRIZES: $50, $35, $15
DETAILS: Sonnets using Shakespearean or Petrarchan rhyme-scheme. 
CONTACT: Barbara Eaton, 416 Gierz St., Downers Grove, IL 60515
WEB: http://poetsandpatrons.net/Schaibel.html

MILDRED & ALBERT PANOWSKI PLAYWRITING AWARD
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DEADLINE: September 1 
PRIZES: $2,000 and production, plus residency
DETAILS: There is a broad theme selected each year for the
competition that entries for that year must adhere to.  There is no
restriction to style. Musicals accepted; no one-act plays.
CONTACT: Playwriting Coordinator,  Panowski Playwriting
Competition, Forest Roberts Theatre, Northern Michigan University,
1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855-5364, newplays@nmu.edu
WEB: http://www.nmu.edu/forestrobertstheatre/node/40

CABELL FIRST NOVELIST AWARD
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DEADLINE: September 14 (based on publication date)
PRIZES: $5,000 and meetings with editors, agents, etc.
DETAILS: Created to recognize a rising new talent in the literary
world who has successfully published a first novel, nominations are
solicited from MFA programs nationwide as well as from publishers,
editors, agents, and writers. Submission must be the author's first
novel, published within the calendar year and first published in
the US.  No self-published or e-book-only novels.  No children's/YA
fiction.  Author must agree to attend award event.
CONTACT: VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, Department of English,
900 Park Avenue, Hibbs Hall, Room 306, P.O. Box 842005, Richmond,
VA 23284-2005
WEB: http://firstnovelist.vcu.edu/

REAL SIMPLE LIFE LESSONS ESSAY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: September 21
PRIZES: $3,000 and publication, plus round-trip tickets to New York
and other prizes
DETAILS: Have you ever had a eureka moment? Tell us about it. Think
back on the instant when everything became clear. The split second
when you realized that you had chosen the right career. Or the
moment when you knew that your dearest friendship would last
forever. Whether your epiphany changed your life or just made your
day, write it down and share it with us.
CONTACT: Essay Contest, Real Simple, 1271 Avenue of the Americas,
9th floor, New York, NY 10020, lifelessons@realsimple.com
WEB: 
http://www.realsimple.com/magazine-more/inside-website/contests-sweepstakes/life-lessons-essay-contest-rules

THREE CHEERS AND A TIGER SF/FANTASY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: September 19 (held the weekend closest to September 21)
PRIZES:Amazon gift cards; 1st place is $35-$50 depending on # of
entries
DETAILS: A 48-hour story contest; entries must be posted within the
contest time-frame. The theme and word-count will be provided at
the opening of the contest.  
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: Yes, required
CONTACT: editors@toasted-cheese.com
WEB: http://tclj.toasted-cheese.com/three-cheers-and-a-tiger/

SUNDAY TIMES EFG PRIVATE BANK SHORT STORY AWARD (UK)
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DEADLINE: September 24
PRIZES: £30,000; 5x £1,000
DETAILS: Open to short stories from authors around the world. The
author must have a prior record of publication in fiction writing
and have had works of prose, drama or poetry published by an
established UK or Irish publisher (excluding self-publishing) or
established printed magazine in the UK or Ireland, or broadcast by
a UK or Irish national TV or radio station. Max. 6000 words. 
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: Yes - sundaytimesEFG@booktrust.org.uk
CONTACT: The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, c/o
Booktrust, Book House, 45 East Hill, London SW18 2QZ, UK,
sundaytimesEFG@booktrust.org.uk
WEB: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/5/

ERIC HOFFER AWARD FOR PROSE
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DEADLINE: September 30
PRIZES:$250
DETAILS: Open to short works of fiction and creative nonfiction, to
10,000 words, unpublished (do not submit if published online).
CONTACT: The Eric Hoffer Award, P.O. Box 11, Titusville, NJ 08560,
info@hofferaward.com
WEB: http://www.hofferaward.com/HAprose.html

IOWA SHORT FICTION AWARD 
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DEADLINE: September 30 
PRIZES: Publication/ standard royalty agreement
DETAILS: Any writer who has not previously published a volume of
prose fiction. Manuscript must be a collection of short stories in
English of at least 150 pages.
CONTACT: Iowa Short Fiction Award, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 507 N.
Clinton St., 102 Dey House, Iowa City, IA 52242, uipress@uiowa.edu
WEB: http://www.uiowapress.org/authors/iowa-short-fiction.htm

L. RON HUBBARD'S WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST
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DEADLINE: September 30
PRIZES: $1,000, $750, $500, plus $5,000 grand prize for best story
of year
DETAILS: fantasy and horror with fantastic elements, 17,000 words
max. Open only to those who have not had professionally published a
novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than
three short stories, in any medium. 
CONTACT: Writers of the Future Contest, P.O. Box 1630, Los Angeles,
CA 90072
WEB: http://www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules-writers/

LEE AND LOW NEW VOICES AWARD
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DEADLINE: September 30
PRIZES:$1,000 and publishing contract; Honor Award of $500
DETAILS:Open to writers of color who are residents of the US and
have not previously had a children’s picture book published.
Writers who have published in other venues are eligible.
Manuscripts should address the needs of children of color by
providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and
which promote a greater understanding of one another. Submissions
may be fiction, nonfiction or poetry for ages 5-12. No folklore or
animal stories. Max. 1500 words. 
CONTACT: Lee & Low Books, Attn: New Voices Award, 95 Madison Ave.,
Suite 1205, New York, NY 10016, general@leeandlow.com
WEB: https://www.leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-voices-award

PRESIDIO LA BAHIA AWARD
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DEADLINE: September 30 
PRIZES: $1,200; a second place may be awarded
DETAILS: To promote suitable preservation of relics, appropriate
dissemination of data, and research into our Texas heritage, with
particular attention to the Spanish Colonial period. Material may
be submitted concerning the influence on Texas culture of our
Spanish Colonial heritage in laws, customs, language, religion,
architecture, art, and other related fields.  Though this is
primarily a book prize, there is also a separate category with a
prize for the best published paper, article published in a
periodical, or project of a non-literary nature.
CONTACT: SRT Headquarters, 1717 8th St., Bay City, TX 77414 
WEB: http://www.srttexas.org/#!presidio-la-bahia/c6ns


MONTHLY/RECURRING COMPETITIONS:
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The competitions below are offered monthly unless otherwise noted;
all require electronic submissions.

FANSTORY.COM
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PRIZES: $100 and other prizes
DETAILS: Various monthly fiction, nonfiction and poetry contests;
for some, you must become a member of the site.
WEB: http://www.fanstory.com/contests.jsp

FICTUARY
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PRIZES: $50, promotion, publication; 2 runners up - publication
DETAILS: Monthly short fiction contest.  Winning stories featured
in Feed Me Fiction short story magazine.  Any type of fiction;
1000-4000 words.  Monthly; winners announced by 15th of following
month.
WEB: http://fictuary.com/short-story-contests/

THE NEXT BIG WRITER
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PRIZES: $100, $50, $25, plus review and membership
DETAILS: Must be a member. Competitions throughout the year,
including novels and flash fiction. 
WEB: http://www.thenextbigwriter.com/competition/index.html

PENN COVE LITERARY ARTS AWARD
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PRIZES: $50
DETAILS: Submit fiction, creative nonfiction, prose poetry, and
writing for children/young adults to 1,000 words. The first story
that "knocks the judges' socks off" each month is declared the
winner. Use the link below to access the submission page - that
page has links to the guidelines for submissions.
WEB: http://whidbeystudents.com/student-choice-contest/

SCRIBOPHILE WRITING CONTESTS
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Bimonthly/Quarterly
PRIZES: $50 to $100 Amazon gift certificates
DETAILS: Short stories, flash fiction, poetry, on themes posted on
website.
WEB: http://www.scribophile.com/contests/ 

WRITER'S DIGEST YOUR STORY COMPETITION
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Bimonthly
PRIZES: $100 in WD books
DETAILS: We'll provide a short, open-ended prompt. In turn, you'll
submit a short story of 750 words or fewer based on that prompt.
You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your
story. 
WEB: http://www.writersdigest.com/your-story-competition

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