NCF Tuesday: NYC Poetry Festival; Writing Contests; Hilarious Book Titles


NYC Poetry Festival 

Over 130 poets from all corners of the U.S. will gather on Governors Island this weekend for New York’s first poetry festival, Saturday, July 30th-Sunday, July 31st. Check out the official festival website here.

What literary festivals have you attended?

Going Extinct: Copy Editing 

Virginia Heffernan discusses the affect of technology on the publishing industry. She says publishing houses don’t hire as many copy editors as they did in the past, which leads to typos sneaking into print.

Do typos in published work turn you off or do you find them endearing?

YouTube Time Machine 

Ever wonder what Leo Tolstoy or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would look or sound like on video? Booklicious Blog posted videos of six famous authors, including Mark Twain and Ian Fleming.

What author from the past would you like to hear speak?


Glimmer Train Literary Journal
-       Very Short Fiction Award; 3,000 words or less
-       First Place Prize: $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue
-       Deadline: July 31, 2011
-       Details here 

Narrative Magazine
-       Spring 2011 Story Contest: Fiction and Nonfiction of 15,000 words or less
-       First Place Prize: $3,250, considered for publication
-       Deadline: July 31, 2011
-       Details here 

Writer’s Digest Magazine
-       Short Short Writing Competition
o   Fiction: 1,500 words or less
o   First Place Prize: $3,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference
o   Deadline: November 15, 2011
o   Details here 
-       5-Minute Memoir, “Tales From the Writing Life”
o   Personal Essay (600 words or less)
o   Prize: Publication in Writer’s Digest magazine
o   Deadline: Rolling submissions
o   Details here 

Zoetrope All-Story Magazine
-       Fifteenth Annual All-Story Short Fiction Contest: 5,000 words or less
-       First Place Prize: $1,000, online publication and possible representation
-       Deadline: October 3, 2011
-       Details here 

Writer’s Digest Magazine
-       7th Annual Poetry Awards Competition
o   Poetry: 32 lines or less
o   First Place Prize: $1,500 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference
o   Deadline: December 1, 2011
o   Details here 

Check out Huffington Post’s article on some of the most hilarious books titles ever printed. Numbers 2, 5, 6 & 7 made me laugh out loud. Enjoy!


magpiewrites said…
Hey Laura - hope the summer is treating you well. As for me, I can't wait until September! Itching to get back to our group!

Just wanted to let you know, I've given you an award. check it out here:
Anonymous said…
Let's see... I've been to the Campbell conference, the Night of Writing Dangerously, and a lot of conventions that have some science fiction writing content, like Polaris and Ad Astra.

If you get a chance, check out a fellow writer's zombie story and help me make him wear an embarrassing shirt next year! It's the ultimate grudge match between social media and the zombies. Details are here:
Josh Hoyt said…
Thanks for the heads up on the contests.

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