Friday, February 3, 2017

Two paying markets, Two free contests and Screamin Mamas

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The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (from Matter Press) is a non-profit publisher of compressed creative arts, such as micro fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry, compressed poetry & visual arts, and whatever other forms compression might take. Pays $50 for accepted pieces. Publishes weekly bursts of compression & decompression and make as many varied word-plays on matter as they can.
Deadline: March 15, 2017. Submission guidelines here.
The Puritan magazine (Toronto) Seeks short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Pays $100 for nonfiction, $50 for fiction, and $15 per poem. 
Deadline: March 25, 2017. Submission guidelines here.
Bestselling author Kelley Armstrong,
 judge for the KOBO Emerging Writing Prize,
will be the guest speaker for the
"How to Write a Bestseller" workshop
on Saturday, Feb 18. See here
Third annual KOBO emerging writing prize – for first books published in 2016 – either traditionally published or self-published.
Rakuten Kobo is now accepting submissions for its third annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. The prize identifies, and puts at the forefront of the competitive publishing industry, exceptional books written by first-time authors from three categories: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction (this year Speculative Fiction; a different genre is showcased each year), and Non-Fiction. Each winning author will be awarded a $10,000 CAD cash prize as well as promotional, marketing, and communications support, with the winners announced in June.
This year, the final winners will be selected by top Canadian authors – Zoe Whittall for Literary Fiction, Kelley Armstrong for Speculative Fiction, and Ross King for Non-Fiction. They will choose from a shortlist determined by Kobo’s team of booksellers taking into account reading data.
Submissions will be accepted at
Eligibility: The award is eligible to Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents of Canada who have published debut books during the 2016 calendar year in the categories of Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction (Speculative Fiction this year; a different genre highlighted each year), or Non-Fiction. All submitted books must be available at
Nomination process: Publishers and authors (traditionally published and self-published) can submit debut books published in 2016 at
Selection: The author judges will select winners from a shortlist created by Kobo booksellers based on a combination of literary merit and reader engagement – completion rates, ratings, and reviews may be considered.
The Judges:

Zoe Whittall for Literary Fiction

Kelley Armstrong for Genre Fiction (Speculative Fiction)

Ross King for Nonfiction
Deadline: March 3, 2017. Full guidelines here.

The 16th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest welcomes your entry. There's no fee to enter. Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Lauren Singer. $2,250 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Winners are published on Winning Writers website.
This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Your poem may have up to 250 lines. One poem only, please.
Please enjoy the judges' remarks from the previous contest.
Deadline April 1, 2017. Submit here.

Screamin Mamas seeks creative, encouraging, and fun-filled stories that reach moms universally.   If you are a Mom and haven't written in awhile and are longing to, here is a great place to start.
Whether you are a novice or pro, all we ask is that you stick to the theme... Screamin' Mamas! Whatever your tale, be sure to include that moment of utmost stress where you just wanted to snap! We want all moms to know they are not alone in their struggles and the revelations will be that much greater.
Things to keep in mind:
Short Stories - We accept any genre and any work written by a certified mom. Others are welcome to submit as long as their story revolves around Moms and our themes. 
Humorous Rants! - Let off the steam!!! LOL  We want to hear the down & dirty 
Travel Pieces - Take us around the world, Mamas. Share a recent trip, or a old time trip with photos and fun places to visit. 
Resources/Fun Facts/Trivia - We love finding out new things. Anything historical, mythical, educational, resourceful. Educate us, inform us, entertain us, Mamas!
Recipes - We adore recipes! Especially ones that help stretch the buck. Pictures and stories behind the recipe make them even better.
Nostalgia - Take us down memory lane. We love sharing fond memories of the past.
Cover Photos/Stories - Each issue we scour for stories and photos that match our theme and portray a great image on the cover. Please visit our previous editions page or  shopping cart to get ideas.
Business Tips - Do you have a small business or small business idea that you would like get some feedback on? Moms are enterprising! We can encourage each other.
Links to your Work - We'll share your links, your work, your talent... whatever you'd like to get some exposure on
Illustrations - Witches and Goblins and Fairytale Hobnobs. We are always looking for illustrations to bring our pages alive and showcase your work.
Want to show off your child's talent? Send us some of their work. We feature kids in our summer/fall/back to school issues.
Pets - We adore pets. Send us your best and be sure to enter our Creative Non-Fiction Contest when it's in session.
Please submit your work to Lena at:
Full submission guidelines here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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