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2 fun, free writing contests!


Medusa’s Laugh Press is currently actively seeking work for the following anthologies. Submissions are open until June 15th. There is no entry fee, maximum of three entries per person, per call. More information can be found on our website, http://www.medusaslaugh.com/.

  • Cadavre Exquis Anthology: “Exquisite Corpse” is the name of a part game re/invented by Surrealists. It is a collaborative activity in which multiple players contribute to a short literary text or visual image. In the text version, the first player writes some text at the top of a piece of paper, and then folds the paper over to conceal all but the last bit of writing. The next player adds to the piece, starting from the visible fragment. Each subsequent player writes something connected to whatever the previous player has left showing, and then conceals all but the final part of their section in this way. The game ends when all players have contributed, and the final work is read aloud. The game can also be played to produce a visual image.

    Medusa’s Laugh continues this tradition via this call for submissions. Use the first and last sentence provided below for a short work of fiction or poetry. The word limit is 2,000 words; works longer than that will not be considered. Other than the required opening/closing text, there is no limit on genre, writing style, length, or thematic elements. The more creative and playful, the better!

    Beginning Sentence: I have forgotten my umbrella.
    End Sentence: They are not shouting at the moment.

  • Miniature Book MicroText Anthology: We seek compelling short works for this anthology of microfiction, micro creative nonfiction and very short poems. This work will be produced as a limited edition miniature book. Our absolute word limit for this anthology is 1,000 words, although shorter works are preferred. There is no theme for this anthology, and all genres and approaches are welcome.

    We agree with microfiction writer Joseph Young when he decribes microfiction as work that “need[s] to use language, description, dialogue, character to tell a story that can’t be told any other way. It’s not just compression, and it’s not just leaving things out, background info on characters or such. Microfiction needs to carve out whole worlds in a space small enough to fit the eye. You look, just once, and there the whole story is, on the page.” This description applies to the kind of writing we’d like to publish, whether it be fiction, nonfiction or poetry.

Free flash fiction contest with iPad mini and $500 prize


Best-selling author James Patterson is behind this one. (Be sure to check out “The Kiss” in his Witch & Wizard series); deadline is Feb. 26; 500 words max; details HERE:


FREE contest about the Avengers superheroes


Win a Harley-Davidson Street Bob motorcycle and a trip to a world premiere of a Marvel movie; deadline Feb. 15, 2013; details HERE:


REMINDER: FREE fantasy story contest



Highlights: CA$H PRIZES / NO ENTRY FEE!!
Deadline: December 1, 2012 (less than one month – submit NOW)!!

Steampunk short stories and poetry wanted


Steam Punk writings wanted by New Orleans By Gaslight anthology; erotica OK; deadline Oct. 31, 2012; details HERE:


Free writing contest


Hello from Scribophile.com!


In honor of the season, we’re doing a Back to School contest. In no more than 3000 words of creative nonfiction, you must tell us your most memorable going-back-to-school moment.Whether you were the student, teacher, bus driver, principal, janitor, whathaveyou, we want to know it! Maybe you decided not to go back to school, we want to know that too. For more info, check out our contest page: http://www.scribophile.com/contests/back-to-school-contest/


First place: $50 cash via PayPal

Second place: $25 cash via PayPal

Chicken Soup call-out: Advice for making changes


From the Chicken Soup website:

Have you ever read a Chicken Soup for the Soul story that had a wonderful nugget of advice in it that made a difference in your life? We are looking for stories that contain great pieces of advice, whether they are little things that improve our everyday lives, or major epiphanies that can change a life completely. Topics we will cover include advice related to work and personal relationships, marriage, parenting, health and fitness, finances, constructive criticism, taking chances, and following your passion. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2012.

More info HERE: