April Deadlines

updated 2010

WestBow Press Writing Contest

must enroll in OC Christian Writers Conference

no entry fee, but must be present to win…

deadline for application 4/1/10

details @ http://www.occwf.org/westbowwritingcontest.html


The Amazing Creativity Tool!

Instructional Humor Writing Contest

deadline 4/1/10 (scroll midway)

details @ http://www.coachingyourcreativity.com/humor/amazing-creativity-tool.shtml



The 2010 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest

Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words

that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out)

of manned space exploration

deadline 4/1/10

details @ http://www.williamledbetter.com/contest.htm


So You Think You Can Garden Contest

open to Canadian residents over age 18

6-month writing contract plus cash for winner

deadline 4/6/10

details @ http://bloggercontest.canadiangardening.com/rules?rules=true


The Vogue Talent 2010 Contest

open to writers under age 25

Closing Date: 4/9/10

details @ http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/daily/100204-the-vogue-talent-contest-2010.aspx


Leaf Garden, issue #9

now accepting submissions of experimental works (see site)

through beginning of April 2010

details @



Fourth “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest

Middle Grade and Young Adult

with agent Regina Brooks

deadline 4/14/10

details @ http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/CategoryView,category,Contests.aspx



The LBJ: Avian Life, Literary Arts

“seeks previously unpublished submissions of creative nonfiction,

fiction, poetry, literary journalism, and narrative scholarship…” 

review period is August 15 to April 15

details @ http://www.literarybirdjournal.org/submit


Casey and Bella Story Contest

open to third, fourth, and fifth graders…

deadline 4/15/10

details @ http://www.cuddlybooks.com/index.php?pr=Contest




sponsored by Random House

deadline 4/15/10

details @ http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/fiveancestors/news/news.html


Up The Staircase

open to submissions for our Spring issue!
accepting Poetry, Short Stories, Flash Fiction, & Prose

deadline is 4/15/10

details @ http://www.upthestaircase.org/subguides.htm







The contest deadline is April 15, 2010.

details @ http://www.PawsforPoetry.org.

(many thanks to Donna Guthrie for this info.)


Claudia Ann Seaman Awards

for Young Writers (grades 9-12)

poetry, stories and essays accepted

$200.00 award for each genre

deadline 4/15/10



Picture Postcard Press’ First Contest

response to artwork at site

using Flash Fiction, Micro Memoir, Poetry

deadline 4/15/10



Iggy’s Next Adventure

GoodNites Bedtime Theatre Contest

deadline 4/15/10

details @ http://www.goodnites.com/na/Bedtime-Games-Stories/Bedtime-Theater/Contest.aspx


Darkness Is For Everyone Story Contest

sponsored by Campaign For Real Fear

seeks entries under 500 words

Hurry! deadline April 16, 2010

details @ http://campaignforrealfear.wordpress.com/faq/


“GMA’s” Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed Contest with Emeril Lagasse.

open for short essays (less than 100 words)

Hurry contest ends 04/16/10



Live with Regis & Kelly Show

accepting essays for the following competitions:

Top Teacher Search

deadline 4/15/10

New Mom Makeovers

deadline 4/19/10

Amazing Animals

no current deadline

Super Seniors

no current deadline

details for all @ http://bventertainment.go.com/tv/buenavista/regisandkelly/submissions.html


Carcinogenic Poetry at Virgogray Press

VGP Chapbook Anthology No. 4. Title tba. Theme: “mother.”

Deadline: April 20, 2010.

details @ http://virgograypress.wordpress.com/submissions/

(Scroll midway to find)



“Boost Your Curb Appeal Contest”

sponsored by This Old House & Cub Cadet

original 200word or less essay

deadline 4/22/10

details @ https://thisoldhousecontests.com/curbappeal/rules

(note the addition of ‘s’ in http…)


First Annual Peter K. Hixson

 Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writers

sponsored by Writers Relief

“…Three writers will each receive…scholarships”

deadline April 23, 2010

details @ http://www.writersrelief.com/peter-k-hixson-writing-scholarship.aspx


Weekly Reader is sponsoring

“My Best Teacher Ever” Essay Contest

open to all students enrolled in grades 2 through 12

deadline April 23, 2010

details @ http://www.weeklyreader.com/teens/contests.asp


One Chicago One Nation Film Contest

share your personal story in or about Chicago…

deadline 4/23/10

details @ http://www.linktv.org/onechicago?hmb



The Fountainhead’s 25th Annual Essay Contest

for 11th & 12th graders

deadline 4/26/10

details @ http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_contests_tf


Blood Bound Books accepting for Anthology

Seasons in the Abyss

flash fiction accepted until 4/28/10

details @ http://www.bloodboundbooks.net/projects.html


Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards for Creative Nonfiction

sponsored jointly by The Norman Mailer Writers Colony

and the National Council of Teachers of English

three awards: High School, Two-Year College, & Four-Year College

Hurry! entries accepted April 1–April 29, 2010, Noon CST

details @ http://www.ncte.org/awards/student/nmwa


Pagan Imagination Spring Time edition Ten

accepting Cover Art for their anthology contest

Hurry! Deadline is April 30th

details @ http://www.paganimagination.com/Welcome.html


Emerging Writer Fellowships

accepting submissions for Fall 2010

writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experiences may apply

Hurry! deadline April 30, 2010

details @ https://www.writer.org/news/news.asp?id=216


2010 Friends of Acadia Poetry Competition

accepting nature-based poems of 30 lines or fewer

Hurry! deadline April 30, 2010

details @  



The Letter Poetry Contest

accepting Letter Poems

Deadline for Submission: April 30, 2010

details @ http://www.downdirtyword.com/contestspage.html


Holly Rose Review

Poetry and Tattoo Literary Arts Journal

Issue Four Theme, WORRY

“…must express the theme but do not have to be about tattoos…”

subs accepted through April 30, 2010.



Music From Another World

An Anthology of Strange Fiction

seeking Fantasy and Science Fiction stories about music…

deadline 4/30/10

details @



Turtle Quarterly

Theme: Work

accepting poetry, short fiction, memoir, essay, criticism,

images including photographs, drawings, photographs of paintings,

sculpture, and graphic novel excerpts

Deadline is April 30, 2010

details @  http://turtlequarterly.com/


Diabetes Friends Forever

sponsored by Dreamfields Pasta

create an original story…in 250 words or less

deadline 4/30/10

details @ http://www.diabetesfriendsforever.com/


Blogger Barnstorming Tour Contest

sponsored by Stonyfield Farms

open to bloggers only

accepting “100-word essays on why want to learn more about organics,

and why you should join the first-ever Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming Tour.”

deadline April 30, 2010

details @ http://www.stonyfield.com/barnstorming/


Addressing Psoriasis™ Contest

submit an essay about the challenges of living with psoriasis & a photo

that creatively illustrates the story

deadline April 30, 2010

details @ http://www.addresspsoriasis.com/register-splash.html


Mother’s Day Sleep-stakes Contest

sponsored by Ambiente Furniture

submit in 250 words or less why your mom…

deadline April 30, 2010

details @ http://www.ambientefurniture.com/ilovemymom/



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