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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Writing Contests

Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest

Deadline: November 30, 2008

Genre: Poetry

Prizes: They will award $2500 in total prizes, including the $1000 cash grand prize. 10 Merit Award Winners will receive $150 writing instruments.

Details: Original, unpublished poem of any theme. Limit of 2 entries per contestant. Entries should not exceed 100 lines each.

Scribophile Novel Writing Contest

Deadline: November 30, 2008

Genre: Books

Prizes: First prize: $50 Amazon.com gift card. Second prize: $25 Amazon.com gift card

Details: Your entry must be the first chapter (up to 4,000 words) or first 4,000 words of a piece of long fiction. Your entry doesn't have to be a chapter, but it should not exceed 4,000 words.

The Writer's Digest 9th Annual Short Short Story Competition

Deadline: December 1, 2008.

Genre: Fiction.

Prizes: First Place: $3,000. The First-Place winner has the option of a FREE "Best Seller Publishing Package" from Trafford Publishing, a leading provider of book-publishing services. Second Place: $1,500. Third Place: $500. Fourth Through Tenth Place: $100. Eleventh Through Twenty-Fifth Place: $50 gift certificate for Writer's Digest Books.

Details: They're looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant...but brief. Send your best in 1,500 words or fewer.

Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards

Deadline: December 1, 2008

Genre: Poetry

Prizes: A total of $3,000 in prize money will be awarded to winners in 1st place, 2nd place, and honorable mention categories.

Details: This contest awards cash prizes for poems on the Jewish experience. 1 - 3 original, unpublished poems of no more than ten pages.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Deadline: December 7, 2008

For: Full-time US college undergraduates

Genre: Nonfiction

Prizes: $5000, $2500, $1500 and 2 honorable mentions $500.

Details: 3000–4000 word essays.

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. This year's suggested topics are:

  • What does your own experience tell you about the relationship between politics and ethics and, in particular, what could be done to make politics more ethical?
  • Articulate with clarity an ethical issue you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.
  • Carefully examine the ethical aspects or implications of a major literary work, a film or a significant piece of art.
  • Clearly analyze the relationship between religion and ethics in today's world.
  • How does a recent political or cultural event shed light on the ethics of rebellion/revolution?

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