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Writing Competitions – Deadline December 2015

writing-1The weather is getting chillier and it’s the perfect time to curl up in front of the fire and submit your writing to one or more of the following competitions that have deadlines in December…

…and remember to let me know how it goes!


The Restless Books

http://www.restlessbooks.com/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing
December 31, 2015
Fiction submissions accepted September through December, 2015. Nonfiction submissions accepted fall, 2016.Winner receives $10,000 and publication by Restless Books

Tethered by Letters

http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissions/
December 1, 2015
BL is pleased to announce our third annual Summer Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. For these contests we are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles.

Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction

December 1, 2015
Entries for the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize should be approximately 1500 words or less. Submissions should be unpublished and in .rtf, .doc, or .pdf format. Feel free to submit multiple stories, but please DO NOT submit multiple Word documents as one submission or one text document containing multiple stories. Instead, please submit each story as a SEPARATE entry (so that you complete an individual submission process for each story).

Magic Oxygen

December 31, 2015
You must ensure you have read and comply with all the rules before you enter. By entering the competition and uploading or sending us your work, you agree that you are in full acceptance of them. Any failure to comply with them may result in your entry being disqualified.

Soundwork Short Story Competition

http://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions
December 31, 2015
To submit a short story to the Soundwork competition, send it as an attachment to info@soundwork-uk.co.uk and, on the cover page of the story, put your name and email address, but these should not appear anywhere else in the attachment. Your story should not be longer than two thousand words and may be on any theme. There is no fee to enter the competition and no acknowledgement of receipt will be sent. An entrant may submit any number of entries. The winner, and possibly others, will have the story recorded by Soundwork and posted on the website, along with a photo and details. Copyright will remain with the authors and Soundwork will retain rights to the recordings. Entries may have been broadcast/published elsewhere. Closing date 31st. December 2015. Keep an eye on this website for results – expected in January 2016.

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

http://www.henshawpress.co.uk/
December 31, 2015.
Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme.
Entries must be on A4, double spaced and page numbered with the title on each page.
The author’s name must not appear on any page either as a header or in the content.
All entries must be the original work of the Author, must not have been published before the date of submission and must be accompanied by a single page containing the author’s name, address and telephone number.

T S Eliot Writing Competition

http://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/15/
December 11, 2015.
Read the 20 poems we’ve selected, 2 by each of the shortlisted poets for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Pick your favourite poet. Then get writing!
The Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition 2015

December 1, 2015
The competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. Entries from outside the U.K. are welcome, but must be written in English.

Earlyworks Press Web Poetry Competition 2015

http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competition_poetry_details.htm
December 1, 2015
The competition is open to anyone over 16. The best entries will be published, online initially, but with an option of publication in our next paperback anthology. The authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology. 10-20 will be included, depending on length and quality. All winners will be offered further copies at a reduced price if they request them.

Travel and Water Writing Competition

December 31, 2015
Our exciting Writing Competition is Free To Enter and offers a prize of £100 to the author of the best entry, as judged by the Editorial Staff of SeniorTravelExpert.com.

Brave New Ending Writing Challenge

http://theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/writing-challenge-can-you-pen-a-brave-new-ending
December 31, 2015
Our Brave New Ending Writing Challenge is brought to you in partnership with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company ahead of their forthcoming major new adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s future-shock literary classic. This Creative Project is open to aspiring writers of all ages. And there’s a very starry prize for ten lucky winners… – See more at: http://theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/writing-challenge-can-you-pen-a-brave-new-ending#sthash.2Ozdw1qH.dpuf

Flash Fiction Competition

http://www.multi-story.co.uk/competitionrules.html
December 1, 2015
Our competitions are open to writers of all ages and nationalities but entries must be in English.
Kingston Libraries Annual Poetry Competition
https://arena.yourlondonlibrary.net/web/kingston/poetry
December 3, 2015
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and over.

Beaumont Park’s Beautiful Poetry

http://www.fobp.co.uk/index.php/beaumont-park-s-beautiful-poetry
December 25, 2015
The idea was to hold a poetry competition with various categories, open to all ages, but with the common theme being Beaumont Park. The winning 25 poems will then have their poem published in a book but more excitingly it will be part of a Poetry Trail with a permanent copy of the poem located at various points around the Park.

Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2015

http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/poetry.html
December 31, 2015
Poets of all ages, gender, and nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Cinnamon Press Mini-Competition

http://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/mini-competitions
December 31, 2015
Results will be sent individually to all winners and runners up, published on the Cinnamon website, and included in our newsletter, within 6–8 weeks of the mini-competition’s closing date.

Writing My Book: Listen To The Critics

Listen To The Critics

Back in 1999, I wrote my very first self-published book. I wrote it in Microsoft Word®, then took it down to Kinko’s to be copied and bound. I sold several of those books without one ounce of feedback, good or bad.

Then a retired minister contacted me; he told me the book was good, but could be so much better. It was hard hearing his constructive criticism but I listened. I made the changes as fast as I could and then I sent him a complimentary copy. He emailed me immediately, ecstatic that I had rewritten the book because it was exactly what he needed. In fact, he was so thrilled with the new content that he offered to pay me for the second copy. (I declined his offer.)

I stopped printing and began selling the e-book version. The e-book began to make more money and word of mouth spread.

A few years later, I received an email from another gentleman who loved the e-book but felt it was lacking information. I asked what he felt was missing and where he was having trouble. He emailed me back some specifics. Once again, I went to work to improve the material in that e-book and sent him the finalized draft. A few weeks later he wrote back to tell me that the e-book was a hit! In fact, he was praising it all over the Internet and had received several job leads because of it.

Had I insisted my e-book was fine just the way it was, I would have made a few hundred bucks a month, but thanks to the feedback I received and my willingness to improve my book to meet the needs of its audience, I now sell over $1,000 per month of that very e-book! (And that is all by word of mouth…I have yet to pay for advertising for that e-book.)

So how do you go about getting feedback? You ask for it!

1. Include a questionnaire with every item you sell. Provide a multiple choice or fill in the blank survey.

2. Send an email to every customer who provided you with an email address. After three weeks from the date of purchase, send your customer an email asking for feedback on the product/service purchased. In exchange you will enter his/her name into a drawing for a prize at the end of the year. (Make sure you have your drawing rules and disclaimer in the email or a link back to a web page on your company site.)

3. Send a sample of your product to trusted friends, colleagues, and/or business associates and ask for their honest feedback. (Remind them that you’ll return the favor.)

4. Hire an outside company to get a survey going.

Sometimes, we don’t know everything and listening to feedback from our customers can improve our bottom line if we’re willing to improve our product or service.

About the Author

Alyice Edrich
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www.alyiceedrich.net
www.thedabblingmum.com