Another No-Cost Contest

Attention, Dr. Who fans: check out this essay contest (there’s no entry fee indicated):

“Announcing the ‘Why Should We Love Doctor Who?’ Contest

Deadline: April 14, 2006
Prize: $25.00
Word Limit: 2,000

In honor of Doctor Who arriving on the SciFi Channel, finally, the editors at Borderblur are sponsoring our first contest. We are ready to love Doctor Who, we really are, but we know nothing about it (gasp).

Base your essay on the title ‘Why Should We Love Doctor Who?’ You may interpret this as the new show, the old show, the person(s) Doctor Who, however you see fit. Be creative. The limit is 2,000 words.

The winner will receive a prize of $25.00. The winning entry and the two runners-up will be posted on to be viewed and worshipped by all.

Email entries to borderblur(at)
Please include ‘Doctor Who Contest’ in the subject line.
More information about the Borderblur journal at or

Source: Craigslist.

Call for Essays: Women Writers on Traveling Solo

Sometimes I just can’t keep up with Seal Press and their submission calls. It’s a good thing I’ve just checked in over at where I found news about this new Seal project: Go Your Own Way: An Essay Collection by Women Writers on Traveling Solo. Edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, and Christina Henry de Tessan, this book is planned as a companion volume to A Woman Alone, which was published in 2001.

The editors are looking for “original, personal stories by women on the experience of traveling alone – the highs, the lows, and everything in between – in all corners of the globe.” They’re seeking essays “that evoke a rich sense of place and present a strong narrative arc. Traveling alone as a woman can be thrilling and liberating, it can also be challenging and occasionally terrifying (if only momentarily). We are interested in stories that might reveal an insight, provide a glimpse into another culture, offer advice – in short, writing that informs, intrigues, and inspires.” Primarily looking for global (outside the U.S.) travel. Submit your work by May 15, 2006. See the Seal Press Web site for a list of sample topics and submission instructions. Payment: $150 plus two books.

Write What You Know?

Fiction writers often encounter the dictum to “write what you know.” But what does this really mean? How do you do it without re-hashing your own life story? If you’re in the Boston area, you’re invited to Grub Street, Inc., for a seminar on April 6. We’ll talk together about the limits and liabilities of the principle as well as some more rewarding (if sometimes risky) ways to employ it. The workshop will include short exercises plus excerpts from John Gardner, Mario Vargas Llosa, and others. Bring your thoughts and questions about work-in-progress and possible new projects. To sign up, visit the Grub Street site.

Call for Fairytales

Wild Child Publishing is now accepting submissions for its fairytale contest. They’re looking for original (or retold) fairytales, 2500 words maximum. Submissions will be accepted until May 10, 2006. There’s NO ENTRY FEE.

Eight winners will have their work featured in the June issue, and will receive a $25 prize (winners may choose to have the prize awarded as a check [US residents], an international money order [residents outside the US], or an Amazon gift certificate).

For more information/instructions, click here.

Call for Submissions: Poem, Revised

It had been awhile since I last visited inkygirl, but I checked in yesterday and found an announcement that will very likely interest the practicing poets out there.

Marion Street Press is looking for poems–accompanied by rough drafts and poets’ comments on the revision process–for a book to be published in 2007: Poem, Revised. Poets whose work is chosen for the book can opt for a $25 payment or $50 worth of Marion Street Press books. They’ll also receive two copies of Poem, Revised.

Submission deadline is September 1. For more information about the project, including submission instructions, visit the Marion Street Press Web site.