Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Online journal seeks prose and poetry; New historical fiction journal seeks stories; and the notorious 3-day Novel Contest is open for submissions

Biannual, digital publication Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is seeking fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, book excerpts (up to 5,000 words) and artwork for their Fall 2013 issue.
Deadline: August 31, 2013. Guidelines here.

Circa is new biannual online journal dedicated to historical fiction.  The first issue came out in April, the second issue will be published in October 2013. “Join us!” says editor Jen Falkner.

Have you got a love story set during the Great Fire of London, a mystery among the Mayans, an homage to all things Victorian?  We’d love to read it! Circa loves anything that provides a fresh take on history and resists cliche.  We love genre-crossing, speculative and alternative history, too.  Be original, bold and striking!

Circa accepts fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews and articles on an historical theme.   Short stories and creative non-fiction should not exceed 2,500 words, reviews and articles should not exceed 800 words.  As a Canadian journal, we have a special place in our heart for Canadian stories.  Novel excerpts are welcome, but only if they can stand alone.

Email submissions only.  All manuscripts must be formatted in 12pt font, double spaced, and sent as a .doc attachment to:  

Full submission guidelines here.

The International 3-Day Novel Contest is now accepting registrations
It started as a bet in a beer hall in 1977.  Now you can join writers everywhere as you lock your door, grit your teeth and strive to produce a masterwork of fiction in a mere 72 hours. It’s a killer, a thrill, a trial by deadline and a fantastic creative kick-start. 

The annual International 3-Day Novel Contest is runs every Labour Day long weekend, and now attracts writers from all over the world. Read the Rules, About and FAQ pages to find out more, then sign up by Labour Day weekend (August 31 to September 2, 2013) to find out for yourself.

Grand Award: Publication by Anvil Press
Second Award: $500;  Third prize: $100
Entry fee: $50

The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar on sale now. If you’re looking for places to send your work, you should put contests on your list. The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar is a book that provides gives a full listing of annual contests in Canada arranged by deadline date. Since these contests recur each year, your Contest Calendar lasts a long time. It lists contests for short stories, poetry, children’s writing, novels, and nonfiction – contests for just about everyone.
Regularly, the Calendar costs $20 at one of Brian Henry's workshops or classes or $23.50 by mail. It is now on sale for just $17 at a class or workshop or $20 by mail. (all taxes and shipping included). 
To order, email

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Bracebridge, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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