Monday, April 28, 2014

CommuterLit & Whistle Radio team up for contest. Also wanted: gritty fiction, folded fiction & photography, and sports fiction and essays

Near to the Knuckle is a fiction site based in the UK. It publishes gritty short fiction across genres. No restrictions on length, but they favour short punchy fiction. They will consider serializations and strongly prefer previously unpublished work. No pay, just glory. Paste your story in plain text in the body of your email and send it to:
No attachments. Full submission guidelines here.

CommuterLit, in partnership with Whistle Radio 102.7 fm in Stouffville has launched a monthly literary competition. The winning story or poem, chosen by CommuterLit’s editor Nancy Kay Clark, will be posted on CommuterLit and, on the same day, read on-air on Whistle Radio’s bi-weekly show, Off The Top. The show, hosted by CommuterLit contributor Charlene Jones, can also be listened to live through the internet and podcasts or the reading can be downloaded.
Listen to an Off The Top podcast of Nancy’s story, “The Adventures of Adam Doolittle.” Visit the Off The Top homepage and follow instructions to download the April 15, 2014 show, Part 1 and 2.
We do plan to run this competition monthly. A new deadline and broadcast date will be announced at the start of each month. Enter here.
Competition for the month of May
Deadline: Wednesday, May 17. Broadcast date: Tuesday, June 17.
Submission specs: Poems (or a series of poems) and short stories with a maximum word count of 2,800.
Funds raised through the small entry fee of $6.78 including applicable taxes, will go towards the costs of running CommuterLit.
And of course CommuterLit continues to accept regular submissions. Details here.
P.S. I'm going to be in Stouffville May 24, with the wonderful literary agent Carly Watters to lead a How to Get Published workshop. Details here– Brian

Dear Brian,
Hope this message finds you well. We are Lorna and Laura, the Canadian founders and editors of Origami Journal, an online literary and photography journal. We publish quarterly and take pride in sharing stories and photography on a global scale, while giving new voices (and lenses!) an opportunity to gain exposure for their work.
We accept short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, that are unpublished and do not exceed 2,000 words. We accept all genres except children’s (including Young Adult) and erotica. Screenplays, plays, and poetry are not accepted.
We also accept original photography that has not been used elsewhere for publication. We’re open to pretty much anything that tweaks the imagination.
The deadline for the summer issue is May 21.
Kind Regards,
Origami Journal, Short Stories. Photography.

The Winning Writers’ third annual Sports Fiction & Essay Contest will award $3,000 in prizes, including $1,000 each for the best story and best essay. Submit a published or unpublished work of prose on a sports-related theme, up to 6,000 words. Fee is $16 per entry.
Deadline: May 31, 2014 See complete guidelines and past winners here.

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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