[NOTE: This is Carole Lanham's column, though it may appear under another byline owing to the fact that another author has posted it for her]
I’m off to FL for a family vacation in the morning and I’m not feeling too hot. Rather than posting an article this month, I thought I’d share some listings for a few interesting contests I’ve recently run across. Enjoy this first month of summer & happy writing!
“The robot felt…”
Simon & Schuster and novelist Paul Malmont are looking for a science fiction writer. To promote the July release of his WW2 novel about pulp writers Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and L. Ron Hubbard, The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown, the publishing house is hosting a story writing contest. The winner will have their story published in the paperback edition of the book.
In the novel, young Isaac Asimov begins a story with ‘The robot felt’ and ends it with, ‘In the end, the robot felt nothing. He wasn’t programmed to.’ The contest is looking for up-to-2,000-word sci-fi submissions that connect those lines. The top five finalists, selected by online voting, will be judged by the incredible Patton Oswalt, lit-agent Susan Golomb, and R/GA agency Creative Director, Dan Harvey and Malmont.
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s second annual Poetry Contest. Submit 2-4 original, unpublished poems. Awards: $1,000 grand prize, a VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the 26th annual Festival (March 21-25, 2012), publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine, and a public reading on a literary panel at the 2012 Festival. The top ten finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the 2012 Festival, and their names will be published on www.tennesseewilliams.net. Entry fee: $20 per entry.Deadline: postmark of August 18, 2011. Info:www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests.
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 2012 One-Act Play Contest. Award: $1,500, staged reading at the 2012 Festival, full production at 2013 Festival, VIP All-Access Festival pass for 2012 and 2013, publication in Bayou. Entry fee: $25. Deadline:November 1, 2011. Info: www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 2012 Fiction Contest. Award: $1500, domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the 2012 Festival in New Orleans, VIP All-Access Festival Pass, public reading at the 2012 Festival, publication in Bayou. Entry fee: $25. Deadline:November 15, 2011. Info: www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests
Bartleby Snopes Third Annual Dialogue Only Contest – Compose a short story entirely of dialogue; under 2000 words. Award: minimum$250 for first place, at least $10 to four honorable mentions; plus publication. Entry fee: $10. Deadline:September 12, 2011. Info: www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm.
For those of you attending Killer Con 3 –
The Erotic Horror Flash Fiction Contest
Before heading off to the late night parties or sneaking off to hit the slot-machines, blackjack tables, and strip clubs (oh, I know you better than you know yourselves) how about a little erotica to prime the pump? Announcing the Third annual Erotic Horror Flash Fiction Contest sponsored in part by Ravenous Romance!
Each contestant will have 3 minutes to arouse and terrify. This is not a Gross-out contest! We want romance and sensuality and genuine chills and terrors. Stories will be judged by our celebrity judges on style, originality, scariness, sexiness, and delivery.
Winners will receive valuable prizes including the first prize of a fifty dollar gift certificate to Victoria Secrets and more!
The contest will take place Saturday Night, September 24, 2011 and will be immediately followed by a cocktail party in the hospitality suite.