The Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee invites publishers of Christian fiction to submit titles for the Aquinas Award for fiction.

Any title published since January 1st 2015 qualifies.

Deadline for receipt of all titles is July 1st 2016.

The award will be presented at a conference at Aquinas College on Saturday, September 17, 2015.

Apart from the specially designed plaque, a cash award of $1,000 will be presented to the winning author.

The entries will be judged by a panel of five independent judges appointed by Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture. Professor Pearce will not be one of the judges and will have no say in the final decision.

Books should be sent to Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, Aquinas College, 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37205.

Read more here! Contest Info.


Are You Ready for a Challenge…Short Story and Essay Contests!

What Single Decision Changed Your Life?

Deadline: September 21, 2015

Would your world now be completely different—even unthinkable—if, at some point in the past, you hadn’t made a seemingly random choice? Tell us about it. Maybe you stayed a few extra minutes at a party—and met your soul mate. Maybe you decided to have lunch with a friend or quit a job or just took the long way home. If you can’t imagine the rest of your life without what happened next, write it down and share it with us.

Enter Real Simple’s eighth annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000.

Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition

Deadline: November 16, 2015

“We’re looking for short stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.”

Members’ Short Fiction on the Tuscany Press Blog

Every year Tuscany Press calls for submissions to The Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction. This contest is a literary prize to “promote writers and great undiscovered stories of Catholic fiction.” To learn more about Tuscany Press, click here.

Excerpts of Denise Y. Montgomery’s short fiction works
“Annie’s Life” and “A Package of SELF”
are featured on the Tuscany Press blog today.

So, drop by and take a peek!

And make a note to head back to Tuscany on August 30th
to read an excerpt from
published author Donna Volkenannt’s short story “Salvage.”


Tuscany Press


Chicken Soup for the Soul is Looking for Stories!

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“We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul® books in development and are adding new titles all of the time.  We are always looking for new stories and poems and hope you have some for us to consider.  Take a look at the list of our future book topics to see if you have a story or poem on a subject we are looking for and then please submit it to us.

If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but we are not collecting for that topic at this time, please save it and check back with us soon.  Our list of Possible Books Topics is added to frequently and hopefully, in the near future, we will add a topic that will be a perfect fit for your story or poem.”

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As a writer, what are your goals for 2014?

What are your goals for 2014? As a writer, you’ve probably scribbled down your goals, re-prioritized them many times already, revised the way you composed your goals, and reflected on and wondered what you accomplished as a writer in the past year…. I find that creating my resolutions is a project with its own (sometimes wild!) life.

Here are some basic suggestions to get you thinking about (and then maybe prioritizing) your writing life for 2014:

How about pulling out some of those “old” stories and finding a publishing home for them…it may be time to send those “babies” out into the real world of readers!

The 2014 Guidelines on how and when to submit your stories to Glimmer Train are here.

FamilyFiction announces their new “short short story” competition here.

Do you look forward to writing more often?

A post with great suggestions: The 3 Notebooks Every Writer Should Keep

Maybe you need support, encouragement, connections, and/or workshops: Attend a conference, workshop, or a writers’ retreat. For a list of 2014 gatherings, click here.

Let me know, what are your goals for this year?

September Seminar: Write to Win–Writing Tips from a Contest Judge

Write to Win: Writing Tips from a Contest Judge

Saturday, September 14, 2013 • 1–4 PM  Instructor: Donna Volkenannt

Good writing isn’t always enough to win writing competitions. Often it’s the little things that give winning entries the edge. During this seminar, frequent contest judge and first place winner of the 2012 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Writing Competition, Donna Volkenannt, will share tips and strategies she’s learned over years of judging and entering writing competitions. Click here to register online for this seminar.