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Maiden’s Veil – Novel Short-Listed for Award & Won!

 

… and she received the Award!  CONGRATULATIONS Lisa Costantino
Wonderful News for Lisa today, January 16, 2013:  
Her book  “Maiden’s Veil” received INDIE 1st Place Blue Ribbon Award,
Women’s Fiction  Read all about her books success here

 


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In the remote English countryside, tapestry weaver Clarinda Asher performs a pagan fertility ritual with a local landed man—a sacred union that ignites a firestorm and ultimately has her banished to a lonely hilltop above her village.

Three hundred years later, American Jess Barlow arrives in Maidenvale as the village celebrates a diluted version of that long-ago holy day. Together with the fair’s king of the May, Jess rediscovers—and ultimately reenacts—the ancient rite, which soon rips their lives apart. But the ritual’s potency has been revived, and events take an unexpected turn.

Maiden’s Veil’s alternating stories explore the psychological power of ritual, the complexities of love, and the small actions that can cause devastation far beyond our own hearts and out into our fragile communities.

This fascinating novel, written by Lisa Costantino, is already short-listed for the Best Indie Historical Fiction for 2012 Award. It is available in print and as an e-book on Amazon, Kobo and B&N for Kindle, Kobo and Nook – or your tablet or laptop. 370 pages. 

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From Numerous 5-Star Customer Reviews:

A wonderful new author!

“A very unique and magically woven story. This author transports you through time with vivid descriptions. You will love the characters and the events that connect them.”

“I loved so many things about this book: the history, writing, characters and the twining stories. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for an entertaining read with amazing female characters.”

“This author clearly knows her way around the alphabet. She loves words and paints a rich tapestry of colors, smells, textures, and dialogue that puts the reader in the middle of the action. Maiden’s Veil captures the sense of village life in pre-industrial England and shows it’s lingering effects on modern society.”
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Author Bio
Lisa Costantino writes:

Typing Gothic novelettes on paperback-size sheets of paper and stapling them
together: my very first LisaCostantino“publications.” I’ve been writing since my tween years, churning out short stories, poetry, and unfinished novels. But up until now, most of my writing has manifested in travel articles for Virtuoso Life magazine and copious amounts of content for Microsoft, Expedia, Amazon, and many other companies.

Maiden’s Veil is my first full-length published novel. I have two new novels in the works. The Herbalist is a young adult novel set in fifteenth-century Wales that tells the story of a young woman on the run from an arranged marriage who becomes a healer.The Reluctant Occultist follows the psychological arc of a skeptical woman who joins a school of magic and mysticism, where she comes to realize her own power and the dangers in ignoring its influence.

As well as creating content for a living, I also write book reviews for Kirkus and Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media, and my travel writing looks to pick up again in 2013. My editing services tackle everything from readying manuscripts for publication to proofreading fishing magazines. Photography is more a strong love than a profession, but I do have a dozen or so of my photographs displayed at Swedish Hospital Issaquah (in Seattle).

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2 More Writing Contests

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Monthly TWITTER Writing Contest

Scribendi.com is hosting a writing contest. The first day of every
month at 11 AM, we will announce the topic. Entrants must write a
140-character-or-less tweet, mention @Scribendi_Inc, and summarize the
topic. The contest closes the last day of the month at 11 AM.
Summarize This! promotes concise and precise writing skills in a
fresh, fun way http://www.scribendi.com/summarize_this

Prizes range from free editing to Scribendi.com swap

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Neil Postman Award
Rolling Deadline. Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic,
Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do
with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world.

Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are
as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently,
metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school
poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between
“like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study
of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were
omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience. In
honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on Oct 5, 2003, we
have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation
for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his
or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate)
Postman’s work and the typographical mind. Each spring the editors
will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle
during the previous year.

The author of the chosen poem will receive $ 500.

There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send
up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed & stamped envelope
(SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604.
To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit
electronically, visit: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/prize/about/

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Book Award Deadlines January and February

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There are many benefits for authors to participate in writing contests and awards:

  • The award website posts usually a list of participating books and names of authors
  • It gives you a great opportunity to talk on social media & on your blog or website about your partizipation
  • Some contests even seek votes publicly over the internet let additionally to the jury
  • Literary awards such as Dzanc Books/Guernica have very attractive prizes, such as travel to Europe and a scholarship

If you win or be short-listed in an award you certainly can use this fact to advertise for and print it on your books cover, or even place a badge on it and on any promotional material, including your website or blog, casting a positive light on your book.

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Eco Arts Awards
An ecologically themed arts competition. The literature category accepts poetry, essays, novellas, short stories, and well developed blog posts. Maximum no more than 5,000 words.
Awards: $1000 for first place, plus gifts for 2nd and 3rd place.
Entry fee: $30. Deadline: January 15, 2013.
http://www.ecoartsawards.com
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The Dzanc Books/Guernica Intl Literature Award
is granted yearly to the best fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. Any work with a global bent is welcome. Awards: The winning piece will be published in Guernica, one of the best literary and cultural magazines on the web, and the winner will receive a full scholarship (airfare, tuition and lodgings) to the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, to take place June 30 – July 12 2013. Finalists and other select entrants will be offered partial scholarships.
Entry fee: $15. Deadline: January 31, 2013.
http://www.disquietinternational.org
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Fourth Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest
Accepted themes: Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, or Stillness. Awards: $175, $125, $75. Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website, the Spirit First blog, and in a Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems).
NO entry fee. Deadline: January 31, 2013.
http://www.spiritfirst.org
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2013 Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest for fiction
Short story or novel excerpt, nonfiction: maximum 15 pages, poetry up to 3 poems per entry. Awards: Publication plus expense-paid packages to attend programs in Vilnius, Lithuania (summer 2013) or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December). Entry fee: $17. Deadline: February 28, 2013.
http://sumlitsem.org/contest.html
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Annual Writers-Editors International Writing Competition
Nonfiction – published & unpublished; Fiction – Short Story & Novel Chapter; Children’s Literature; Poetry. Awards: $100, $75, $50.
Entry fee: $3–$20.
Deadline: March 15, 2014.
http://www.writers-editors.com/Writers/Contests/Contest_Guidelines/contest_guidelines.htm
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2013 Bristol Short Story Prize
Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Maximum length 4,000 words. Awards: 1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card; £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card; £400 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card; 17 further prizes of £100 for shortlisted stories. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 6. The winning story will, also, be published in Bristol Review of Books magazine. Entry fee is £8 per story. Deadline: April 30, 2013.
http://www.bristolprize.co.uk

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Third Annual Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards
For e-books released during 2011, 2012, or 2013 in more than 95 categories. The “Guru” of self-publishing (real self-publishing that is) started this award and is for sure a fountain of promotional opportunities. Accepting entries from e-book authors and publishers.Award: Multiple publicity opportunities. Entry fee: $79;
Deadline: April 30, 2013.
http://globalebookawards.com
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More writing contests and awards can be found at Canadian Authors Organization and Creative Writing Contests.  As always:  Read the fine print before you submit!

When entering a writing contest, you gain experience, and you get feedback on your writing. It boosts your self-confidence, which in turn encourages you to write more.  Good luck to all of you!

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Book Contest: Try New England Book Festival

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The grand prize for the 2012 New England Book Festival winner is $1,500 cash and a flight to the awards ceremony in Boston in January, 2013. Submitted works will be judged by a panel 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.

The 2012 New England Book Festival will hold its annual program honoring the best books of the holiday season on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Omni Hotel in Boston. We are currently accepting speaker proposals and exhibitor applications for the day festival.  Entry forms are available online at newenglandbookfestival.com/enter.html

The competition is currently accepting entries in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, biography / autobiography, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography / art, poetry, spiritual works, compilations/anthologies, gay, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don’t neatly fit elsewhere). All entries must be in English. Books published on or after January 1, 2010 are eligible. E-book entries are welcome.  Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.
$50 Entry Fee. Deadline is November 25, 2012.

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Canada Writes Contests

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CANADIAN SHORT STORY PRIZE

Canada Writes, with partners CBC, Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre, are pleased to announce the Grand Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website.

She or he will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio. The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.

Submissions to the short story category must be between 1,200 and 1,500 words.  A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry. Deadline to submit: November 1, 2012. This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished short story, submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate. The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select the Grand Prize winner and 4 runners-up.

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POETRY

The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her poetry published in Air Canada’s “enRoute” magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio’s “The Next Chapter” with Shelagh Rogers.

This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate. The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place winner and 4 runners-up.

The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website. Submissions to the poetry category must be between 400 and 600 words.  A fee of $25.00 for administration purposes is required for each entry.

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About the Banff Centre
The first-prize winners in the Short Story, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry categories in both English and French Literary Prizes will be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony.  All meals at The Banff Centre are included, as is access to The Banff Centre’s events and performances.  Winners must use their residency within one year of the prize award, at a time that the prize winner and The Banff Centre both agree upon.

Writers have been polishing their words at The Banff Centre in the heart of the Canadian Rockies since the 1930s. The Centre is a hot-bed of creativity, providing time, tools, and mentor-ship for the creation of new work in all artistic disciplines. The Centre’s varied Literary Arts programs are led by some of Canada’s top writers, including Ian Brown, Daphne Marlatt, Nino Ricci, and Fred Wah — Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Writers, emerging and seasoned, gain input and inspiration in a retreat setting. Programs are offered in fiction,
nonfiction, poetry, digital literature and innovative forms, and spoken word.

More Grants for writers in Canada:
http://www.canadacouncil.ca/grants/writing/ri127227329682968750.htm

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2 Great Writings Contests

LADIES HOME JOURNAL Personal Essay Contest

NO ENTRY FEE !
Tell Us About the Day That Changed Your Life
Ladies’ Home Journal is a community that shares stories — and we’re dying to hear yours. If you win our essay contest, we’ll give you $3,000 and the chance to have your essay published in the Journal. You’re free to interpret the topic in whatever way you like, but remember that we value creativity and clarity above all. Essays will be judged on their emotional power, originality, and the quality of their prose. The manuscript may not be previously published and may not have won any prize or award.

They should be no more than 2,000 words and ideally typed or written in a Microsoft Word document. You can enter the contest by e-mailing your submission as an attachment (with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address) to LHJessaycontest@meredith.com or by mailing a copy to Personal Essay Contest, Ladies’ Home Journal, 805 Third Ave., 26th Fl., New York, NY 10022.
Deadline is December 7, 2012.
Rules for this contest: http://www.lhj.com/lhj/file.jsp?item=/contests/2012-essay-contest

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Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Fiction Contest

$25 Entry Fee
Our Annual Fiction Contest accepts submissions by mail and online from June 1 through November 15 each year.  Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next Festival in New Orleans
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($500 value)
  • Public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival
  • Publication in Louisiana Literature
  • Top ten finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the next Festival.

Open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Published books include self-published books with ISBN numbers. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible. A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words. Do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.

http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests/2012-fiction-contest

 
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Why Not Partizipate in the Indie Book Awards?

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Indie Book Awards is calling all indie book authors and publishers – including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the most exciting and rewarding book awards program open to independent publishers and authors worldwide who have a book written in English with a 2012 or 2013 copyright date.

These awards are:

  • Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide
  • The largest not-for-profit awards program for independent publishers
  • Enter books released in 2012 or 2013 or with a 2012 or 2013 copyright date
  • 60 categories to choose from
  • Cash prizes and fabulous awards
  • Exposure of top 60 books to leading New York literary agent
  • Gala awards reception held at a world famous landmark in New York City
  • Earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book

Learn about the chair persons and judges for this award and get all your questions to details answered.

Good luck for your submission!

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