PARIS _ The 2020 Paris Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual awards honoring the best of international publishing.

The 2020 Paris Book Festival will consider non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, compilations/anthologies, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, wild card (anything goes), photography/art, poetry, unpublished stories, spiritual/religious, business, and travel works. There is no date of publication deadline and entries can be in French or English.

Our grand prize for the 2020 Paris Book Festival is an appearance fee for our gala awards ceremony, exact date TBA.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:

1) General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.
2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

FESTIVAL RULES: Paris Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the package’s receipt via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site (www.parisbookfestival.com). Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond to e-mail inquiries.

Deadline submissions in each category must be received by the close of business on Sept. 25, 2020. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at parisbookfestival.com or may be faxed/e-mailed to you by sending a note to ParisBookFestival@yahoo.com. Please contact our office at the contact e-mail below for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

For more information, visit our web site at www.parisbookfestival.com.

ArtPoems 2020

Art Poems
ArtPoems is a creative collaboration of artists and poets. As a platform for the creation of new art and poetry it adds a unique vision and voice to the Southwest Florida cultural landscape each year. Founded in 2007 by Lorraine Walker Williams and Joe Pacheco, ArtPoems will celebrate its fourteenth year in 2020.
 
July 1-25, 2020 – Paintings and Poems from several GCWA members are being shown as part of an art exhibit for the 2020 Art Poems exhibit at the Arts for Act Gallery located in the River District at 2265 First Street, Fort Myers.  Hours 11 am – 5 pm Monday through Sunday.   The published book of the exhibit can be purchased on Amazon at:  https://www.amazon.com/ArtPoems-2020-Art-Poems-Collaboration/dp/B085RSFHQB

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! The mission of this contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 1000
Minimum: 200

$12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: July 31, 2020

TOPIC:

OPEN TOPIC!

You can write about any subject you want to explore, as long as it’s within the word count and nonfiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those essays you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

Click to Download the CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST Terms & Conditions PDF

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest

WOW flash fiction

SUMMER 2020 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Deadline: 08/31/2020

OVERVIEW:

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! Remember, we only allow for 300 entries, so enter early to ensure your spot. We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

OPEN PROMPT!

That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the SUMMER 2020 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#FlashFictionContest

 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2020 is going VIRTUAL!

New Dates: November 5 –7, 2020

The Writer’s Digest Annual ConferenceNEW DATES: November 5-7, 2020—is going virtual for the safety of our attendees, speakers, staff, exhibitors, and partners. We did not come to this decision lightly but feel it is the best course of action for all parties involved.

Now, on to the fun part! What can you expect from the virtual #WDC20? The best writing instruction, inspiration, and publishing advice possible all from the comfort of your own home with flexibility to view sessions when it works for you! We’ve done a lot of research and have partnered with an exciting virtual event platform called Intrado. While the platform is easy to use, it will not be your run-of-the-mill Zoom or GoToWebinar virtual experience.

Registration is now open and we’re working on some exciting surprises. We’ll be providing more information on what to expect, the new platform, and everything #WDC20 in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for announcements on our website www.writersdigestconference.com and on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime, keep writing and stay healthy!

Aesthetica
Aesthetica Magazine is looking for new writing talent and we want to make sure as many writers know about the opportunities with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award as possible.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an outlet for expression and just one way to keep connected with the world. We are looking for Poetry and Short Fiction entries. It would be great if you could share this opportunity with your network at The Gulf Coast Writers Association. Below please find further information as well as suggested copy for your social media.
The award is supported by some of the biggest names in the literary world, including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE, Bloodaxe Books and Redhammer Management.
Prizes include: £1,000 awarded to both the Poetry and Short Fiction winners, and publication within the inspiring Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthologywhich is awarded to 60 writers, shortlisted by a prestigious judging panel.

Entry Fee:  Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18)

Submissions close 31 August 2020

The Venus Prophecy
by Andrew Conlyn

Victoria Campos, a young scientist found proof that when Venus was hospitable to life, it did develop life—intelligent life. Venusians developed an advanced civilization, but unwittingly created a catastrophe that ended all life on their planet. Realizing it was too late to save themselves, they prepared a coded message telling us who they were and how they doomed their planet. We have that message! Dr. Campos, realizing we on earth are doing the same thing they did on Venus, is anxious to share the message with the world, but influential people want to stop her. Narrowly escaping murder, she is abducted by forces she does not understand. After an ingenious escape, she gives up all vestiges of her scientific past to take on a life as a barmaid on an exotic island. She is safe for a while, but the message from Venus has disappeared. Victoria is caught between people who want to silence her, those who want her to help her, and a mysterious third power who has stolen the message. The message contains amazing technological information that can be used to dominate the world, but at what price?

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