The Best Poetry Prizes
(Anyone Can Win)
This is our list of the best poetry prizes. We always get emails when we write lists like this, but usually we are hoping to point out something that has been overlooked. In this case we are looking for poetry prizes that anyone can win. We know the Pulitzer Prize or the Noble are good prizes, but most people just aren’t in a position to win them. We are looking for the most practical poetry prizes that anyone can win, and that pay well.
The problem we have come across is that there are very few contests or prizes that really pay well for poetry. Many times the prize is $1000 FOR A FULL LENGTH manuscript. Other prizes may be more substantial, but they require a life time achievement award or the best work of poetry from 2 years ago.
These are the best poetry prizes you can win without a lifetime of writing. We respect large literary prizes like the Pulitzer and Nobel or National Book Awards, but we wanted more practical awards.
We had planned on doing 10 prizes, but honestly we couldn’t find 10 prizes that we wanted to list. Please help us. Leave a response in the comments. Anything $1000 or over for a single poem, or much higher value for a collection or a chapbook. Leave the comment, if we agree we will add it to the list.
1. Montreal International Poetry Prize
This is $20,000 or $50,000 for one poem. It is certainly one of the most substantial poetry prizes, but they seemed to lower the value of the prize in the last few years. We do not know a lot about this prize. We cannot find any information about the 2014 prize, so…
This is $5000 for one poem. Anyone can enter. The prize has been around since 2006. This will be number 1 if the Montreal Prize is not longer publishing. The Rattle Poetry Prize is the most stable prize on our list. They have not change the value of their prize and the deadline is coming soon.
3. Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
This is $1000 for one Sonnet. The award is given by The Formalist which is published by the Creative Writing Department of the University of Evansville.
The award gives $10,000 to a new poet for a first collection of poetry.
Is a prize that allows a poet to live in the country (out of the United States) for one year. The award is based on an application and poems submitted by the poet.
Is $5000 and a one month residency at Vermont Studio Center for a first book length collection of poetry.
The prize is from the UK. It awards $2000 for a single poem. It is an international poetry award.
The prize is hosted by the University of Wales. Poets from all over the world are open to submit poetry. The award is £2000 for one poem.
Top 10 Science Fiction Magazines
In creating our Top 10 Science Fiction Magazine list, we used 3 main factors to decide what we feel are the best magazines out there. 1. We looked at the popularity of the magazine. 2. We looked at the awards the magazine has won. 3. We looked at how long the magazine has been publishing. If you check around the web and in your local library or a neighborhood used book store you might be lucky enough to run across an old pulp science fiction magazine from the “golden age.” You’ll also notice that there are many more defunct science fiction magazines out there than science fiction magazines that are currently in publication.
This list was very difficult to put together, and we do not think it is perfect. We have tried to put high quality science fiction magazines on this list. We’ve found that the amount of professionally published science fiction magazines in publication are too few to make this list a completely professional list, so we’ve picked what we felt were the best professional and the best fanzines. We did not want them to be transient, but the market for science fiction magazines is tough. Many people love scifi, but too few support the publications. The following list is our Top 10 Science Fiction Magazines publishing today. You’ll find that some of these websites aren’t the most aseptically pleasing, but the print publications behind them are. We hope you find this list helpful. All of these magazines have worked hard to keep science fiction writing alive. If you have a comment you can post it in the comments.
1. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
This is a professional magazine that began publishing in 1949 which makes it the second oldest continually publishing science fiction magazines in the country. They have one up on the oldest however, popularity. The publication is tremendously popular. It is the most widely read science fiction magazine in the country. It is consistently outstanding and publishing outstanding authors like (from their site) “Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz.” This magazine is the cream of the alien crop.” Fantasy & Science Fiction magazines represents all of what’s best in science fiction today. The publication has an Alexa rating of about 135,000.
This is a professional magazine that began publishing started publishing 1930 and is as they say “often considered the magazine where science fiction grew up.” They do it very well and have published many outstanding science fiction authors including “Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Spider Robinson, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Michael F. Flynn.” The publication is the oldest science fiction magazine in the country, and they are consistently nominated for award after award. This publication has done an unequivocal job over the last 80 years of keeping great science fiction writing alive in print. They have an Alexa rating of about 691,000.
This is a professional magazine that began publishing began publishing in 1977 and is simply a high quality science fiction magazine that showcases some of the best in science fiction today. They publish great authors and the publication is one of the best science fiction magazines ever published, hands down. They have an Alexa rating of about 304,000,
Began publishing in 2000. They are a very popular online science fiction magazine. In 2007 they were nominated for a Hugo award. Works from their issues are consistently chosen for inclusion in many national anthologies. They are a science fiction magazine of the best kind. Strange Horizons represents where science fiction magazines are going in the future. The publication has an Alexa rating of about 200,000.
5. Space and Time Magazine
Space and Time Magazine began publishing in 1966. They publish high quality speculative fiction, and they have been doing it for a long time. The magazine publishes 4 times a year.
Began publishing in 1982. They are the longest running science fiction magazine in the UK. They have published many greats including: “Brian Aldiss, Sarah Ash, Michael Moorcock, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, M. John Harrison, Stephen Baxter, Iain M Banks, J.G. Ballard, Kim Newman, Alastair Reynolds, Harlan Ellison, Greg Egan,” and many more. They are an outstanding magazine that has fought the odds to keep science fiction alive. Has an Alexa rating of about 1.4 million.
7. Weird Tales
Weird Tales began publishing in 1923. They stop publishing a couple of times and started again in in 1988 and was “revamped” in 2007. They are currently publishing speculative fiction.
GUD is a publishes genre fiction, poetry and much more. Check them out, if you haven’t read them already.
Was established in 1993. They have been nominated for a Hugo award many times. They work hard to publish great science fiction. The publication has an Alexa rating of about 6.1 million.
Clarkesworld is the newest magazines on our list established in 2006, but the magazine came on in a blaze of glory. They have won many many awards in the science fiction world, and they publish a yearly chapbook of all the stories that have appeared in their magazine. Clarkesworld is where we hope science fiction magazines are going. It is professionally done, full of outstanding science fiction writing, and devoted to creating a presence on the web and in the real world. Everyone science fiction writer trying to publish their stories should give series consideration to this magazine. They have an Alexa rating of about 1.1 million.
Literary Magazines that Pay
Here is our new and growing list of literary magazines that pay. This list will be updated, annotated, and expanded. We believe writing is worth it. Your work is valuable, and you want to get paid! All of the literary magazines below will pay you. Stop back often for more updates. Why not get paid for your work? With so many publications folding it’s great to see successful literary magazines giving back to their writers!
For now, here is a long list of literary magazines that pay you for submissions. We will update our literary magazines lists, and this list will eventually get it’s own page. Please keep in mind it is not easy for these magazines to pay their writers. They are not making a profit, and by paying their writers they are giving up the very little bit of money that they make. Please consider buying these magazines. Support them, they support you.
We hope you enjoy it.
For a complete and searchable list of literary magazines that pay, click here.
Black Warrior Review
Hayden’s Ferry Review
The New Quarterly
If you know of more literary magazines that pay that we’ve missed please put them in the comments. If any of the links are dead, please let us know. It helps so much. Thank you for your support!
Greatest Classic Horror Stories of all Time
When looking at the Greatest Classic Horror Stories of all time we are defining classic here as anything that has not been published in contemporary times. I’m not defining contemporary times in any strict way here. I would say the author needs to be dead, or it has to be before WWI, but I’m not going to do that. We know that Stephen King is contemporary. I’m sure his work will be classic someday, but for now we are going with authors who have passed away or who were not writing in contemporary times. These are not in any order
Famed in cartoon and after-school specials, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of those chilling stories that you cannot put down. It might be the matter of fact tone that Irving takes in his writing. It seems so unreal and real at the same time. The story has impacted our culture so much that every in town, city and village across this country, we have a story about a headless figure that haunts the night. Now they ride motorcycles instead of horses. People still fear the headless rider. Read the Story
A twisting story of reward and regret. The idea behind this story is creepy and the ending is shocking. Hollywood wishes it could do so well to evoke feelings in its viewers. The first time I read the Monkey’s Paw, it was a rainy night. I was 12. I sat by the window of my bedroom, as I read I moved away from the dark window and into the light of the living room. Something about this story, doesn’t want you to read it alone, like the best of the best horror stories. The ending, the final terror, taking place off the page. You couldn’t ask for more in a horror story.
To this day (after 1st reading this story over 20 years ago) I STILL want to know why. Why, why does he wear the veil? Another part of me, doesn’t want to know. You become afraid of it as you read, and seeing under it, to me, was completely out of the question. I would like to know why, but I don’t want to know what.
The Masquerade of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
This story is still relevant. From the swine flu to the latest outbreak of Ebola, it is still so scary! I could have picked many of Poe’s stories, but this one, to me, it’s darkness, it’s revenge, it’s realistic possibilities, scares me the most.
Man this story is one of my favorites. It not only puts the horror in death, it takes the hero and luck out of life. You want hope? There isn’t any in this story, and it will keep you awake at night thinking about, maybe, just maybe, what your last few moments on earth will be like. What could terrify us more than false hope from death?
Would you sell your soul for money? People have been asking this questions, I’m sure, for 1000s of years, and this story illustrates the difficulty with answering the questions. The young man might, but the old man thinks much much harder. It’s a classic dilemma that is at the heart of this life and the next. The story is so different, so odd to be written so long ago, it would make an awesome modern day horror film.
An oxymoron to say the least. The story is creepy and chilling even with all our knowledge of Dracula. After bunches of movies and modern day vampires, this story still manages to be scary.
The Vampyre by John William Polidori
The first vampire story. It pre-dates Stoker’s novel by almost 80 years. It is also creepy and scary, and to think of it being written so early in the 1800s makes it even creepier. I’m not sure why. It is a must read for vampire lovers.
The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft
The Mummy, Dracula, zombies, Wolfman, aliens, are enduring horror monsters, but they are based on legend. I’m not saying writing tales about these monsters is easy, but you have a sort of template to go off. You know that oral tradition tells of them. Now, sit down and try to come up with a lasting horror monster that will stand the test of time and that you just pull off the top of your head. It’s very difficult. Frankenstein, might be one example. Cthulhu is the other. The story and the monster have stood the test of time, and they are still scary. Every die hard horror writer loves this story.
Creepy Angels? Yep. The story was mistakenly printed as being true in the newspaper, and for 100 years after officials and media like the BBC have had to tell people that this story really did not happen. It has that feel to it though, and the documentary nature adds to the horror.
Monster Categories a Writer’s Guide
I honestly think if you can create a real original monster, you can make your fortune in writing or film. Here we’ve created a list of all the kinds of monsters we could think of and their first or best example. These examples are the icon that influenced all the rest. These are not in any particular order. These are the icons of horror monsters. We are also boldly naming these new categories/archetypes.
We are doing this in hopes that one of you will break these molds. We believe the more you know about a genre, the more you understand the conventions, the easier it is to create something new.
Honestly this list is a draft, feel free to point out mistakes in the comments or make suggestions for new categories or classifications
Dracula, Stoker’s version and all the movie versions after him have influenced countless copies. At first Dracula after Dracula was born, and then, twist after twist…..Twilight, Lost Boys, Vamp, Interview with a Vampire are all unique copies of the same thing, the same monster.
Giant Mutations/ Monsters (Godzilla)
Honestly I was going to pick King Kong, but most copies of this Icon are lizards. How could we pick anyone but Godzilla for this? All the giant movie monsters that follow, Food for the Gods, Ants, and Jurassic Park are just a twist on this original.
The Enlivened Corpse (Frankenstein)
All reanimated dead things, of course, owe their lives to Dr. Frankenstein. A terrific story, with several amazing versions.
Mutated by Science (The Fly)
Mad science gone wrong but not dead. These are the monsters, sometimes humans, who are set upon the world by science. Many superheroes would fall into this category. After The Fly in 1958 many copies were made. Many mad science experiments turned people into bugs or monsters. Films like Species owe their existence to The Fly.
Animal Transformation (Wolfman)
If you transform into an animal on screen be it a panther or a lizard or even a turtle, you owe that transformation to the Wolfman. Many copies have come after this film, so many faces, I’m not going to bother to list to many examples: Cat People, American Werewolf,
Formless manifestation (Blob)
The Myst, Fog, the Raft, all owe their creepiness to the blob. The formless mass or science or witchcraft has been copied many times. Whatever goes in, never comes out.
Creature from Outer space (War of the Worlds)
War of the Worlds is by far the best alien movie ever, I think. The monster itself is inventive and terrifying, and oh so many films copied it. I know there were aliens from outer space before this one, but honestly, it made it unforgettable mark.
Unreal Stalker (Freddy)
If you are in a horror film, and you are being chased or teased or even harassed by a figure that can hurt you but has no form, you are problems being stalked by the unreal stalker. Freddy is of course the iconic figure representing this monster genre. Others did come after him, Shocker, Final Destination…
Destructive Artificial Intelligence (Terminator)
End of the world AI anyone? Ultron came before Terminator in comics, but how can anyone be more iconic than Arnold? Any time you see a computer calculating to take over the world, you to think of the original Terminator.
Indestructible Slasher (Michael Myers)
If you are running from an unstoppable, unkillable, unflinching plain faced killer you are most likely being chased by the indestructible stalker. Michael Myers was the first and Jason was probably the most exploited. Many others can be listed.
Natural Terror (Jaws)
Anything we know in nature that either grows to great lengths or into massive numbers, usually is a natural terror. Jaws we put as the example here, but there have been many. Bears, swarms of bees, spider hoarders (not gigantic spiders see giant mutations).
Reanimated corpses (Night of the Living Dead)
Anything that is dead, fast or slow, and more or less mindless….
Natural Mutations (Freaks)
Generally people who have been mutated and are either killers or friendlies.
Demonic Possession (Exorcism)
This one goes without saying and is already classified. One of the scariest movies ever, and all the copies tend to be really scary too. If a living thing is taken over and controlled by a dead thing, it’s usually going to fall here.
Manifested Demons (The Evil Dead)
These are the demons who take form and hurt you. Ash has his hands full through all 3 movies with the manifested demons who have sprung from the Necronomicon
Ghosts (House on Haunted Hill)
Honestly Poltergeist might be a better example, but House on Haunted Hill was an original for sure. If you have unseen (more mischievous than evil most of the time) spirits, you are probably dealing with a ghost.
Realistic Serial Killer (Psycho)
Realistic/explainable by real psychological conditions and adhering somewhat to the real world. Norman and Hannibal are of course the 2 most famous examples, but there are many others.
Undocumented Creature from an Abyss (Creature from the Black Lagoon)
When some people think of monsters, these are the only ones they seem to come up with. These creatures tend to be very strange, something outside the real world, but at the same time oddly believable. In recent years the Crawlers from the Descent are good examples.
Mythological Monsters (The Clash of the Titans, The Kraken)
These are monsters handed down from another world. They usually have some type of spiritual significance. Monsters like Medusa or Cerberus coming from hell or heave have more meaning generally than just a monster. I will say that monsters inside of myths that do not hold spiritual significance can still fall into other categories. Giant scorpions like in Clash of the Titans are still giant mutations for example.
Humanoid Aliens (Fire in the Sky)
To me these are the aliens who are more terrifying. They are slightly different than humans, usually far more advance, and fascinated with dissecting humans. Some people report them to be real.