Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 34

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 34th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest. If you missed the last edition, you can see it here.

Have you ever received a rejection as a writer? Who hasn’t, right? Well now you have the opportunity to turn that rejection into something positive by writing about it for an anthology; see the first on today’s list. We also have a magazine looking for contemporary pieces, and a poetry review annual seeking poems about secrets. Last on today’s list is a publisher taking an unusual approach, check it out…


Opportunity type – Call for submissions for an anthology (essays, short stories and poems).
Theme – Writers and rejection.
Word count – Between 100 and 5,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Cairn Press.
Reward – 2 copies of the anthology, plus $10 to $100.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – March 31, 2014.
Link for info – Writers and rejection anthology.
Notes – They say “Regarding tone, we’re hoping for humorous, sarcastic and pithy, rather than sitting at the edge of the bed, staring at the floor.”


Opportunity type – Submissions for a magazine.
Theme – They say “We want to see the best of your literary and artistic expressions through image and metaphor: develop your subject thoroughly and harness creative impulses to give way to clarity, precision and restraint”. Including but not limited to:  poetry, short stories, prose, personal essays, memoir, diary, lyric and creative non-fiction.
Word count – Not specified as far as I can tell, other than saying you should limit poetry submissions to five poems.
Organiser/publisher – Agave Magazine.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility – Worldwide.
Deadline – April 15, 2014 (for this quarter).
Link for info – Agave Magazine submissions.
Notes – They are looking for contemporary pieces.


Opportunity type – Submissions/contest for a poetry review magazine annual.
Theme – “SUB ROSA, a phrase from the Latin meaning ‘under the rose.’ While this phrase has come to be associated with a thing done in secret (and while we celebrate and hope to receive poems in that vein), our net will be cast wide to include more literal and/or imaginative interpretations. Send us your poems about secret societies, secrets between you and the elm, your meditations in a locked room, visions of xylem, thoughts on the worm, the cloaked figure, the sleeping wife, eventide, dawn, the cut leaf, loam, pistil, wasp, the watch that has stopped”
Word count – Maximum of five pages, with each poem being no more than 50 lines.
Organiser/publisher – Sharkpack Poetry Review.
Reward – Winner(s) will receive $250.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – March 15, 2014.
Link for info – Sharkpack Poetry Review.
Notes – Take some time to explore the site before writing anything for them to get a feel for their style.


Opportunity type – Book publisher with a different approach to publishing.
Theme – Different genres during different submission periods, see website.
Word count – Over 50,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Bookkus Publishing.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility –  Not specified.
Deadline – 4 annual deadlines, next is April 20, 2014.
Link for info – Bookkus manuscript submissions.
Notes – They have a panel of authors and readers who read a section of the manuscript, debate, critique and rate it; it could be read by 30 to 40 people. After one month, the publisher then decides whether to take the book forward, depending on the comments and ratings from the panel. They appear to be a very new publisher, so it will be interesting to see if this different approach takes off. I’m all for trying something new, and wish them success in their endeavour!


Good luck everyone!

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information given here, but please verify details yourself before submitting anywhere as Limebird Writers cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies. Listing of opportunities here is not necessarily an endorsement of them.

11 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 34”

  1. Thank you so much for your weekly submission suggestions – I find these really helpful. 🙂

  2. Rejection, you say? Why, yes, I have a wee bit of experience on that front.

    • And you’ve also had success! Maybe it’s easier to view rejection in a positive way when it’s been followed by success? (I’m not saying that’s true, just wondering!).

      • You might be right, but I would argue that once one find success, there is a greater expectation to get more of it. In a way, my (many) post-book failures were important and necessary for me. A big ego gets you nowhere, after all.

  3. Rejection? What’s that? *Don’t I WISH!* LOL

  4. Once again, I find one for me in this list. Thank you so much! 😎

  5. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.
    I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are not
    already 😉 Cheers!


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