NCF Tuesday: 30th Annual Banned Books Week; Glimmer Train Fiction Contest Deadline; Idiot Whisperer


Banned Books Speak Out

Publishers Weekly reports on Banned Books Week taking place Sept. 24th-Oct. 1st.   Banned books will be read on a special YouTube channel to support freedom of speech and denounce censorship. Check out which controversial authors are participating in the virtual read-out.

What are you planning to do for Banned Books Week?

What Was That About?

Flavorwire put together a list of 10 classic novels known for giving readers a challenge.

Are there any that didn’t make the list?

20 Re-Imagined Book Covers

Which did you like best?

New Yorker Festival-Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Nate Freeman gives readers the writer and celebrity pair-ups at the 2011 New Yorker Festival coming up at the end of September.

Which pair would you like to see?


Glimmer Train Literary Journal
-       Fiction Open; 2,000-20,000 words
-       First Place Prize: $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue
-       Deadline: Sept 30, 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

Narrative Magazine
-       Fall 2011 Story Contest
o   Fiction & Literary Nonfiction: 15,000 words or less
o   First Place Prize: $3,250 and considered for publication
o   Deadline: November 30, 2011
o   Details here 
-       Narrative 30 Below Contest
o   Writers 18-30 years of age; Fiction & Literary Nonfiction: 15,000 words or less
o   Prize: $1,500
o   Deadline: October 29, 2011
o   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 

What would happen if Cesar Millan could speak his mind about dog owners? Check out Funny or Die. Enjoy!


Matthew MacNish said…
Great summary of a lot of cool stuff here. Thanks, Laura!
Alison Stevens said…
Great list! I'm glad you've let your imagination take charge and are happier for it. Doing what you love it so important!
J.L. Campbell said…
This is quite a round-up. I am participating ina giveaway hop for banned books week. Gotta check out the 're-imagined' covers.
Jen Chandler said…
Thanks for the reminder about Banned Books Week! I'm a huge supporter.

Off to check out the re-imagined covers. What a neat idea!!


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