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  1. Big in China Short Fiction Competition

    September 6, 2012 by Kiersi

    H.A.L. Publishing is putting on a short fiction competition with no entry fee and some very clever contest copy.

    According to their website, entries “are not to exceed 1,500 words,” and the theme is China.

    This does not mean the contestants have to write about China the nation nor take place in China, though those stories will be gladly read as anything else. The theme is open to interpretation and can center around China, the history of China, life in China, life after China, life without China, fortune cookies (which actually are not Chinese, but whatever, we don’t care, we are open to anything), grandma’s china plates, Chinese take-out, Shanghai, being shanghaied, stuff for sale at Target, trade deficits, foreign affairs, NAFTA, firecrackers or gunpowder, silk dresses, opium dens or railroads in the American Wild West, the struggle of Chinese immigrants to the West, Richard Nixon, Chinatown, or any other conceivable application of the theme  “China.”  We might not be ready to read Deadhead stories about China Cat Sunflower, but if that’s what you’ve got, send it in. We are always ready to be surprised.


    The deadline is October 1st, 2012. Despite what it says on the website (2015?) they actually mean 2012.

    The reward? A meager $50 USD, but that’s not the real prize. In addition to the bucks, you get:

    – “Publication on the interwebs at”

    – “One copy each of H.A.L.’s Party like it’s 1984stories from the people’s republic ofand Middle Kingdom Underground: stories from the people’s republic of, as well as a copy, upon publication, of H.A.L.’s forthcoming book I Am Barbie by H.A.L. author W.M. Butler.”

    AND, the “winning story will be read live, in whole or in part, at a H.A.L. LiT event in Shanghai by a regular contributor to H.A.L. Alternately, the winner may travel at his or her expense to perform the piece in person, or send an audio or video recording of the piece along like a literary postcard of freedom and joy.”

    Make sure to read the submission guidelines carefully, and have fun!

  2. Brave Little Blogger Contest

    March 15, 2012 by Kiersi

    Brave Little Blogger Contest 2012

    Are you a blogger? Do you want to win stuff and get noticed? Well, this year I’ll be one of four judges looking at all the contest entries for the Brave Little Blogger Contest on Emily Seuss’s blog, Seuss’s Pieces, and I want to see your blog win!

    The rules are pretty simple:

    -Write a 750-word (or less) blog post about the contest theme CENSORSHIP. The theme is a springboard for ideas. Don’t let it limit your creativity.

    -Publish your response to the prompt on your blog or website. (Must be your original work.)

    -Include the “official entry” button somewhere in your post. Go to the official rules page to grab your badge.

    -Upload a link to your blog post to the contest page.  Make sure you grab the actual post URL, and not just the URL to your blog’s home page. Won’t do you any good.

    So get cracking! It’s totally free to enter. The final due date for your post is Saturday, March 31st. Check out the Brave Little Blogger Contest on Seuss’s Pieces for tips on generating ideas and writing your blog post.

    And don’t forget–I’ll be reading them, so make it good!

  3. Second Round of the ABNA Contest!

    February 23, 2012 by Kiersi

    Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

    Hey! My book Fire and Brimstone has made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest! You can find me on the list of entrants to clear the first round of judgment here, under the name Kiersi Burkhart.


    That is all.

  4. Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

    January 23, 2012 by Kiersi

    Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

    Thanks to Erica Dreifus (Monday Markets, Jobs & Opportunities for Writers) for pointing me to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition by If you have a general fiction or YA fiction novel that’s polished up and ready to get noticed, make sure you enter this free contest. But be prepared: the contest requirements are hefty, though not difficult. They’ll want the following information about your entry:

    -A book description and a pitch (still not sure how/if these are different besides the fact that is viewed by the audience, and one is viewed by the internal judges)

    -An excerpt between 3,000 and 5,000 words

    -A bio

    -A short anecdote (if you have one)

    -An author photograph

    Last but not least, they want a full copy of your manuscript for evaluation if you make it to the quarterfinals.

    And the reward? It’s a big one. A publishing deal with Penguin and a $15,000 cash advance. So, with the cost of entry being zilch, why wouldn’t you enter? I certainly did–Fire and Brimstone was packed up and shipped off to the contest first thing this morning, and if I can, I’ll probably enter The School Under the Mountain as well.