Saturday, March 12, 2011

Writing Competition - Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards (Deadline April 2011)

19th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards
Co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC


DEADLINE : April 15, 2011

Win $3,000 in cash! Gain international exposure for your book! Catch the attention of prospective editors and publishers!

Writer's Digest is searching for the best self-published books of the past few years. Whether you're a professional writer, part-time freelancer, or a self-starting student, here's your chance to enter the only competition exclusively for self-published books!


ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be awarded $3,000 cash and a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City. The editors of Writer'sDigest will endorse and submit 10 copies of the Grand Prize-Winning book to major review houses. Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC will provide a one-year membership in Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), guaranteed acceptance in a special-sales catalog giving you national representation through 1800 salespeople selling to non-bookstore markets, guaranteed acceptance by Atlas Books, a top distributor to wholesalers, chains, independents, and online retailers, six hours of book shepherding from Poynter Book Shepherd Ellen Reid and a guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review.

10 FIRST-PLACE WINNERS will receive $1000 cash and promotion in Writer's Digest. In addition, Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC will provide a one-year membership in Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN), a guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, a one-year membership to Book Central Station where you can find lists of suppliers rated by previous clients, an ebook of Beyond the Bookstore by Brian Jud (with CD) and a copy of Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers by Shel Horowitz.

Plus, all Grand Prize and First Place winners will receive promotion on the Writer's Digest Web site at, a copy of The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, 4th Edition by Tom and Marilyn Ross, $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and a Notable Award Certificate.

HONORABLE MENTION WINNERS will receive promotion at, $50 worth of Writer's Digest Books and a Notable Award Certificate.

All other entrants will receive Certificates of Participation, a brief judge's commentary and a listing with a link on the Writer's Digest Web site, provided an accurate URL is provided.

  1. Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  2. Genre Fiction
  3. Nonfiction
  4. Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age)
  5. Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
  6. Children's/Picture books
  7. Middle-Grade/Young Adult books
  8. Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books)
  9. Poetry

  1. The competition is open to all English-language self-published books for which the authors have paid the full cost of publication, or the cost of printing has been paid for by a grant or as part of a prize.
  2. You may register and pay online for faster service.
  3. Entrants must send a printed and bound book. Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality and overall quality of production and appearance. No handwritten books are accepted.
  4. All books published or revised and reprinted between 2006 and 2011 are eligible. (Writer's Digest may demand proof of eligibility of semifinalists.)
  5. All books must be accompanied by an Official Entry Form. Photocopies of the Official Entry Form are acceptable. You may enter more than one book and/or more than one category; however, you must include a separate book, entry form and the additional fee for each entry.
  6. Check, money order or credit card payment for the required judging fee of $100 for the first entry, $75 for each additional entry must accompany submissions.
  7. All entries must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2011. All winners will be notified by October 14, 2011. If you wish to receive confirmation that your entry was received before the deadline, we recommend using certified mail or some other tracking method to send your entry.
  8. Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category. Judges reserve the right to recategorize entries.
  9. Books which have previously won awards from Writers Digest are not eligible.
  10. Employees of F+W Media, Inc. and Book Marketing Works, LLC and their immediate families are not eligible. Books published by Abbott Press are not eligible to participate.
  11. Writer's Digest is not responsible for the loss, damage or return of any books submitted to the competition.


First entry : $100
Additional entries : $75 each


Click here to register your entry online
Click here for a printable entry form

SEND books, entry forms and fees (if applicable) TO :

Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236

DEADLINE : April 15, 2011

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Thursday, March 3, 2011



  • Are you an emerging short filmmaker looking for your big break ?
  • Do you dream of premiering your film at a major film festival like Vail ?
  • Do you long for new unique filmmaking challenges?
  • Do you have what it takes to create a short film that will get you $5,000, loads of equipment, a meeting with a major Hollywood movie producer and exposure from a major brand in just two days?
  • If you answered “yes,” to any of these questions, the Vail Film Festival has a contest for you.
  • This year the 2011 Vail Film Festival is proud to partner with Olympus Imaging America to create a one-of-a-kind filmmaking contest called the Olympus PEN Your Short 48 Hour Film Contest.

  • Olympus will loan each registered filmmaker an Olympus PEN® E-PL2 compact system camera, lenses and accessories. Just like other PEN cameras that have been used in the making of major Hollywood films and by top National Geographic and Magnum photographers, the E-PL2 offers HD video capture, audio capture and an array of built in creative functions allowing film makers to maximize their creative control right with the camera. The PEN camera was even used by Olympus to shoot its most recent network television commercial.
  • After a short tutorial from award-winning cinematographer, producer and cameraman, Kris Krosskove, and an overview on the product by the Olympus technical staff, it’s lights, camera, action and the two day competition in one of North America’s most famous and beautiful winter playgrounds begins.

The winning team of filmmakers (limit five per team) will receive a cash prize of $5,000, an Olympus PEN interchangeable lens camera kit, VIP passes to the 2012 Vail Film Festival and a private meet-and-greet with an award-winning Hollywood filmmaker.

  • All competitors who submit approved completed entries will have the chance for VIPS, celebs, industry experts and marketers to see their work appear on the big screen at the Vail Film Festival and the opportunity to appear in an Olympus Behind the Scenes Contest Documentary and the chance to have your footage, vision and possibly even your film appear on the Vail Film Festival and Olympus Imaging America Websites and social media channels (Facebook, YouTube and Twitter), where it could reach hundreds of thousands of additional viewers around the world.
  • Additionally, top teams may be introduced to trade, industry and lifestyle media which may even garner additional attention for your work.

  • Originality and creativity - 1/3
  • Creative use of the PEN camera - 1/3
  • Technical Quality - 1/3

Registration begins March 1, 2011 and will continue through 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011. Interested filmmakers are encouraged to either register in advance of the festival by sending an email to, or register in person at the festival Will Call Office beginning Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Signups may be limited by equipment availability, so sign up sooner rather than later!

CONTEST RULES (Download the PDF below)
2011 Olympus 48HR Contest Rules .pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document [87.3 KB]
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kids Photo Contest (Deadline March 2011)

Eligibility :
U.S. elementary school students age 8-13

Entry eligibility :
One original and unpublished photo taken by entrant between August 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011

Link :,28277,1966771,00.html

Entry Fee : none, free

Prizes :
Grand Prize : Digital Camera ARV $300 and winning photo publication in the April 22, 2011, Earth Day issue of TIME For Kids
Finalist Prize : Nine semi-finalists' photos published in the gallery of

Size/Format : JPEG, 300 dpi, 5 x 7 inches, max file size 10 MB

Electronic Submission :
Yes, via email. See #1 under rules, "how to enter" at link provided above for email address and additional information required with the entry.

Description :
In celebration of Earth Day, TIME for Kids magazine invites you to submit your original photo in answer to the question "Why is Earth Day important to our plant?" Include a caption describing the picture, what is happening, where the photo was taken, the date the photo was taken and why you chose to enter this image. Limit one entry per person.

Additional Info :
A parent, teacher, or guardian's email address is required with the entry.

Photo credits:

Earth flag : Public Domain by Dcoetzee on Wiki Commons

Page :

Rotating earth : By Marvel on Wiki Commons, GNU Free and Creative Commons Attribute Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Page :

Kids Photo Contest - Deadline March 31, 2011

Type : Digital, theme

Theme : Why is Earth Day important to our planet?

Categories : Theme
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Synapse Sustainability Trust Community Poet Georgia Popoff Announce Poetry Contest – Syracuse Standing Witness – Standing Proud (Deadline March 2011)

The Synapse Sustainability Trust is a not-for-profit 501C3, community based organization whose stated mission is to: lesson the burdens on government/education institutes; foster public awareness and participation in sustainable environmental initiatives; and provide technical assistance to local government, educational, and community stakeholders.

The Synapse Sustainability Trust is currently working in conjunction with “Duke” Epolito, artist of “Waiting for the Night Train”; a collection of six adult statues, two children and a set of luggage that first appeared in 1981 on the platform of the former Mail and Freight Depot. The train trestle that up until a few weeks ago were home to the statues is in need of a restoration. The trestle is falling apart with chunks of the trestle overhead falling and platform beneath caving in. The statues were getting damaged due to the lack of coverage and getting hit by falling debris.

The Synapse Sustainability Trust as part of a larger project will be fundraising to repair the statues and when returned to the platform have them protected from falling debris. The poetry contest is designed to speak about the positive changes that have transformed the Syracuse Community over the last 30 years, the length of time the Statues have watched Syracuse. These poems will put words into the mouths of the Statues.

Synapse Sustainability Trust in partnership with Community Poet, Georgia A. Popoff is introducing the first annual poetry contest, Syracuse: Standing Witness – Standing Proud. Poems must be received by March 30th, 2011; winners will be announced April 28th at an award ceremony.

Poetry winners will be selected by a panel of professional poets and a mix of celebrity judges. Final judging to be completed by Georgia A. Popoff and Quarysh Ali Lansana. There is a free submission for children and an adult submission with an entry fee of $5 per poem. Adult contest 1st Prize is $250. Poems must be focused on the positive change over the last 30 years in the Syracuse area. For official entry form and contest rules please go to

Synapse Sustainability Trust’s “Eastern Gateway Revitalization” campaign has already raised $250,000 and aims to raise an additional $350,000 as match to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of the Eastern Gateway into Downtown Syracuse. This entrance sees over 110,000 vehicles passing it daily and is in deplorable condition with overgrowth and trash.

For more information or to sponsor a statue please contact the Synapse Sustainability Trust at 315-477- 9749. To learn what the Statues are up to visit them on Facebook at I690Commuter, “White Statues” and on Twitter at I690Statues.

“Syracuse : Standing Witness – Standing Proud” Poetry Contest Registration Form "

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Litro and IGGY International Young Person’s Short Story Award (Deadline July 2011)

‘Words take you further’

Inspiring, encouraging and acknowledging the creativity of young people is a common goal for London based Litro Magazine and the International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) at the University of Warwick. Litro is proud to announce that the Litro & IGGY International Young Person’s Short Story Award will be held again in 2011.

The “Young Person’s International Short Story Award”, is funded by alumni from the University of Warwick, and is open to young people from around the world aged 11-19. In addition to a cash prize of £2,500 the winner will be published in the free short story and poetry magazine Litro Magazine and will see parts of their work displayed on a poster in a London Underground station. The winner and two runners-up will also have their story published on Litro Online ( and on the IGGY website (

Author Abdelkader Benali will be one of our judges.

An illustrious panel of judges for the 2011 award include the internationally acclaimed author Abdelkader Benali, poet Sabrina Mahfouz, George Ttoouli from the University of Warwick’s Creativity and Performance in Teaching Learning Centre and Cathy Galvin, 
Deputy Editor of 
The Sunday Times Magazine.

The competition starts in March 2011.
The deadline for entries is 25th July 2011.
A shortlist of six entrants will be announced on 5th September 2011, with the winner being announced at the Award Ceremony at the end of October 2011.

The email address for submissions is :

Submissions should be no more than 3,000 words in length.

Litro and IGGY International Young Person’s Short Story Award

Deadline : 25 July 2011

More information here.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

8th Annual PNC Bank Essay Contest (Deadline May 2011)

"What the American Flag Means to Me"

PNC and the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning are once again inviting New Jersey students in grades 2 through 12 to take part in the 8th annual PNC “American Patriot Essay Contest” by writing a short essay on the topic

"What the American Flag Means to Me."

This year’s Grand Prize winner will receive a visit to his or her school by a gigantic, 75-foot-tall hot air balloon in June and a balloon essay winner 2010 award.JPGspecial VIP package at this year’s Festival: a hot air balloon ride for two, four Blue Sky Club VIP tickets, and the opportunity to meet one of this year’s concert headliners. Past teen sensations to perform at the Festival include the Jonas Brothers, Meaghan Martin, and Disney stars Demi Lovato and Emily Osment.

To further reward students and educators for entering this year’s contest, we’re giving away more prizes than ever before!

In addition to awarding 2nd and 3rd place prizes consisting of free Festival admission and merchandise, each of the Grand Prize winning student’s immediate classmates will receive one complimentary general admission ticket to the Festival and the winning student’s teacher and school principal will each receive two free Blue Sky Club VIP tickets !!!

Every teacher in the state who submits a group of 15 essays or more on behalf of their students will receive two free general admission tickets to the Festival, regardless of whether one of their students submits the winning essay.

The essays should be 100 words or less. They will be judged by a panel of representatives from PNC and the balloon festival. Winning essays will be selected based on creativity, poignancy and clarity with consideration given to the grade level of the contestant. Contestants are not required to be U.S. citizens.

Entries should be submitted by May 1, 2011 to :

Essay Judges
Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
363 Route 46 West, Suite 200
Fairfield, NJ, 07004

or emailed to with ESSAY CONTEST in the subject. **Please include the student's name, address, phone number, age, grade, school name and name of his or her teacher along with entry.**

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

African American History Contest 2011

African American History Contest

For a Chance to Win $500 !

Winners will be awarded in the following age categories:
  1. Ages 6-9
  2. Ages 10-13
  3. Ages 14-18

Bynums Marketing & Communications, Inc., in partnership with The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers,
is launching the 19th Annual African American History Contest. This year, the contest will focus on the
contributions of African American pioneers in medicine and healthcare.
  1. Along with their essays, students can submit poetry, video, music and artwork entries for extra points.
  2. Children ages 6 through 18 are invited to enter for a chance to win $500. The 2011 essay contest question
  3. is as follows: "What African American healthcare worker or supporter do you admire, and why? How has that
  4. person impacted society?" For more information, call 412-471-4332, or send email to:
To enter : ENTRY FORM

Contest Rules : CONTEST RULES

Judging Criteria : JUDGING CRITERIA

Post information about the contest
at your school or organization.
To print the official contest poster, click here.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Geoscientists Essay Contest The Future of the Geological Sciences (Deadline March 2011)

IUGS-IGCP-YES Network Early Career Geoscientists Essay Contest : The Future of the Geological Sciences.

If you are an early-career geoscientist who is under the age of 35, please consider entering this contest to share your view of the Future of the Geological Sciences.

Guidelines for submissions :
  1. Abstract : 200 words
  2. Paper : minimum 3000 words; maximum 5000 words
  3. Language : English
  4. Theme : The Future of the Geological Sciences
  5. Submitted by : geoscientists under the age of 35 years
  6. Submission deadline : 7 March 2011
  7. Submit essays to : Wesley Hill

The winning essay will be published as the lead article in Episodes magazine, the global publication of IUGS which is distributed in 150 countries. The winner will also receive free registration to the next International Geological Congress (IGC) to be held in Brisbane, Australia in August 2012. The winner will be acknowledged formally with a Medal to be presented at the IUGS awards ceremony during IGC Australia. For more information, download the contest flyer from


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Writing Competition Open Fiction Competition (Deadline June 2011)

To be in with a chance of winning any one of our fantastic prizes, simply write the best story that you can and submit it to us by the closing date.

The theme is open so your story really can be on any subject or in any style. Be as creative and as imaginative with your entry as you like.

Word count is a maximum 2000.

Submissions must be original and previously unpublished.

Send your submission within the body of the email to and mark the subject line Open Fiction Competition

If you are a Creative Competitor Premier 1 subscriber and can enter any or all of our competitions for free, then please remember to also add your membership number to the subject line.

If you are in the UK and wish to submit your entry by post and pay by cheque, check out the details here

As our writing competitions are for money, writers must be 18 and over to win a cash prize.

Please note that it can take some time for our writing competitions to be judged and the winners announced. The length of time is dependant on the number of submissions received. We take the judging process very seriously and ensure that the best submission wins. This means that each submission is read and re-read to build up a high quality short list and then the process begins again.

Entry to this or any of our competitions implies acceptance to our rules.

  1. 1st Prize : £500.00
  2. 2nd Prize : £250.00
  3. 3rd Prize : £100.00
  4. 4th Prize : £75.00
  5. 5th Prize : £50.00
  6. 6th Prize : Personal e-Coaching Sesssion
  7. 7th Prize : 3 Months Premier 1 Membership

Closing Date : 5th June 2011

Entry Fee : £5.00

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Writing Competition Treasure Map Mystery (Deadline May 2011)

Can you craft a superb mystery tale involving a newly discovered treasure map ??

If yes and you fancy writing a story that would give Indiana Jones a run for his money, then you could be in with a chance of winning our top prize of £200.00

Your story must be original and previously unpublished and be written in a maximum of 3000 words.

We are looking for a compelling and fast paced story that offers tension, excitement and oozes adventure.

Your submission must be with us on or before the 1st May to be in with a chance of winning.

We prefer submissions to be sent by email to and please add your name, address and contact telephone number to your email in case we need to contact you to tell you that you have won.

If you live in the UK and prefer to pay by cheque and post your submission, click here

As our writing competitions are for money, writers must be 18 and over to win a cash prize.

Please note that it can take some time for our writing competitions to be judged and the winners announced. The length of time is dependant on the number of submissions received. We take the judging process very seriously and ensure that the best submission wins. This means that each submission is read and re-read to build up a high quality short list and then the process begins again.

Entry to this or any of our competitions implies acceptance to our rules.

Treasure Map Mystery

  1. 1st Prize : £200.00
  2. 2nd Prize : £150.00
  3. 3rd Prize : £100.00
  4. 4th Prize : £75.00
  5. 5th Prize : Writing Course to the value of £65.00

Closing Date : 1st May 2011

Entry Fee : £3.50

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Iran Progressive Youth Essay Competition (Deadline April 2011)

“Prospect of Change in Iran”. Share your ideas and prospects concerning the possibilities of change in Iran. The top three essays will be published in accredited journal(s) and will also receive a cash prize

Iran Progressive Youth Essay Competition

Share your ideas and prospects concerning the possibilities of change in Iran. The top three essays will be published in accredited journal(s) and will also receive a cash prize

Since the Presidential Election in Iran in June 2009, there has been an ongoing debate among and between different national and international political and social groups about the possibilities of change in Iran. Nevertheless, the issue has not been dealt with from an academic perspective sufficiently and adequately.

The Iranian Progressive Youth (IPY) is an independent association which aims at establishing a platform for political, cultural and social activities with special focus on the Iranian struggle for freedom and democracy. As part of its ongoing efforts, IPY has organized an International Essay Contest among students and researchers from different disciplines and has called for answers to the following question:

What are the ways to bring about a democratic change in Iran?

The IPY “International Essay Contest” encourages the interested parties to investigate and explore their ideas – from the idealistic to the realistic – in response to this question from either one, or a combination of, the following perspectives :
  1. The role and prospect of the Civil Society;
  2. The influence of the Political Structure;
  3. The position and responsibility of International Community.

The top three essays will be published in internationally accredited journal(s) and
  1. the first-prize essay will receive €500 and the IPY Essay Award;
  2. the second-prize essay will receive €250;
  3. the third-prize essay will receive €150.

Moreover, all the submitted essays will be published on the essay contest’s website.

Participation in this essay contest is open to any (former) student and researcher of any institution of higher education in any field and discipline.

The theme of the essays should be directly linked to Iran and the 2009 Presidential election and its aftermath and will be judged on two criteria :
  1. Scientific quality, especially in deepening the understanding of the subject and its social relevance.
  2. Innovative elements, creativity and originality in subject matter and its effects, and/or delving into a subject that has been presented but not explored in sufficient depth.

Submitted essays must :
  1. be in English or Dutch;
  2. be between 1500 – 2500 words. Essays longer than 3000 will not accepted;
  3. be in Word Document format (.doc and not .docx) (font ‘Times New Roman’, size 12, double spacing);
  4. be delivered digitally to / CD-ROM, Floppy Disks, videos and tapes are not accepted.
  5. be received by 10th April 2011 9:00 PM GMT

The participants are requested to download and fill out the ‘Participation Form’ from the essay contest website. (link)
  • IPY will appoint a jury which will consist of 3 university teachers/professors from Dutch Universities in different fields and 3 Parliamentarians from the Dutch Parliament and the European Parliament. The IPY Board holds one vote in this jury.
  • The members of the jury will be announced in due time.

Participants in the contest will receive a confirmation of their submission. The authors of the selected essays will be informed by 25th April 2011; the essays which have not been selected will receive a notification around the same time.

Only papers that meet all the conditions mentioned in this document will be assessed.
The decision of the jury is not subject to appeal.
For more information about the contest refer to Essay Contest Website, or contact us at

Confirm your attendance at the Facebook event here


Deadline : 10th April 2011
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

MoCo Student Film Festival (Deadline March 2011)

Film Festival Features Young Talent As Well As Support for a Worthy Cause

Bring your cinematic story to the big screen and raise funds for a good cause, too. High school film-makers from around Montgomery County, Maryland, are encouraged to participate in the first ever county-wide student Film Festival.--the 2011 MoCo Student Film Festival.

"The Movies" at Westfield at Montgomery Mall will be the cinematic venue for a day-long exhibition of films written, directed, and edited by local high school students. All Film Festival registration and admission fees will benefit Free the Children -- an international non-profit group that raises money to build schools in third-world countries. There is a $10 registration fee for film-makers, which includes a Festival T-shirt and free admission for one guest. The March 31st event is open to the public. Admission to the event is $5 and includes viewing of all film submissions as well as a chance for audience members to vote for their favorite film.

Categories include animation, comedy, drama, documentary, music video, and more. Films of up to a 10-minute length will be judged by professionals in film and the arts, with winners announced at the Festival on March 31st. Film submissions are due March 4, 2011.

To register, complete the registration form, print it out, and return it with a $10 check made out to Free the Children. Send your completed form and a copy of your film to:

Winston Churchill High School
11300 Gainsborough Drive
Potomac, MD 20854
Attn: Ms. Perrett, 2011 Student Film Festival

Please return this form with a check made payable to Free the Children. 100% of the fees raised will benefit Free the Children. For more information, please contact :


As part of the Festival prize, "The Movies" will list the winning films on Fandango, the Washington Post, yahoo, and as a special $5 presentation. The winning film-makers will see their titles on the marquee. If the show is sold out, the winning entrants could receive up to :
  1. $400 for the first-place winner
  2. $250 for the second-place winnter
  3. $150 for the third-place winner
  4. Fourth, fifth, and sixth place winners could receive up to $100 each

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Smithfield & Isle of Wight “Pork-a-razzi” Photo Contest (Deadline 2011)

Once again, we're calling all local shutterbugs to capture the Quintessential Image that depicts the essence of Smithfield & Isle of Wight County. The Grand Prize winner, with a photo credit, will be featured on the cover of our 2011 brochure (100,000 copies distributed). Additionally all of the entries in the contest will be displayed at the Arts Center@319 during the first two weeks of May !

"Follow Your HeART to Smithfield & Isle of Wight County" Category Competition

In keeping with Virginia Tourism Corporation’s LOVE Campaign and in honor of downtown Smithfield’s recent designation as an “Arts & Culture District," we'll also be awarding 5 prizes in our each of the following categories :
  1. “Love is at the HeART of it all” - Images of Families enjoying Smithfield & Isle of Wight.
  2. “Make falling in LOVE a Historic Occasion in Smithfield & Isle of Wight” – Wedding images taken in one of the many uniquely beautiful wedding venues in the area such as: the Smithfield Center, the Isle of Wight Wedding Chapel, Windsor Castle Park, Historic St. Luke’s Church, Boykin’s Tavern, the Old Courthouse of 1750, Smithfield Station, the Smithfield Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Mansion on Main Bed & Breakfast.
  3. “Where LOVE Blooms” – Images of Smithfield’s new Windsor Castle Park
  4. “LOVE to Explore?” – Images of the area’s many significant Historic Sites such as: the Isle of Wight County Museum, Historic Fort Huger, Fort Boykin Historic Park, Boykin’s Tavern, the Schoolhouse Museum, Nike Park, the Old Courthouse of 1750, the 1800 Courthouse, or one of the many beautiful buildings featured on Smithfield’s Historic Downtown Walking Tour.
  5. “Grown with Lots of LOVE” – Images celebrating Smithfield & Isle of Wight’s rich Agricultural Heritage.
  6. “The HeART of Downtown Smithfield” - Images depicting Historic Main Street.

Contest Details
  1. The contest is open to amateurs and professionals alike of any age.
  2. Each photographer may enter up to 5 images and images can win in more than one category.
  3. All entries will be eligible for the Grand Prize and all images will be eligible for each of the 5 additional categories.
  4. Photographers may suggest a category that their image fits into, but are not required to do so.
  5. The image must have been taken in Smithfield and/or Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
  6. The image should feature Smithfield and/or Isle of Wight County as the subject matter.
  7. The photo can be digitally manipulated, “photo-shopped,” or cropped as the photographer chooses.
  8. The photo cannot be a composite image featuring more than one photo.
  9. The photos must be original and not have previously been published in any promotional material, website, etc.
  10. Each photographer can enter up to 5 images and can win in more than one category.
  11. Images can be color or black and white.
  12. Entries must be submitted digitally via email or burned on a CD. Prints are not necessary.
  13. Digital entries must be high resolution files in the JPG (jpeg) format and should be no smaller than 500 kb (kilobytes) in size. Image size should be no smaller than 10” on their longest edge.
  14. Name the digital file as follows: Photo’s Title by Photographer’s Name (example: Morning by John Doe)
  15. You do not have to choose a category for the entries.
  16. Email address :
  17. Address for CD: 319 Main Street, Smithfield, VA 23430…please mark “PHOTO CONTEST” on package. Arrangements can be made for the CD to be picked up at the Visitors Center after the contest is finished.
  18. Entries must include a signed entry form which can be mailed separately if necessary.
  19. If the image contains distinguishable faces of people, the entry must include a photo release signed by each person.
  20. All photos submitted as entries to the contest become the property of the Smithfield & Isle of Wight CVB. Entrants give rights thereof to the CVB. The CVB reserves the right to use the entries and publish the image. The CVB reserves the right to refuse to display any image on its website for aesthetic or other reasons.
  21. Entry indicates participants agree to be bound by the terms of the photo contest.
  22. The winner will be announced at the Visitors Center in May (date tba) and entries will be displayed at the Arts Center@319 the first 2 weeks of May.
  23. Entry deadline : via email or postmark is April 25, 2011 by 4:30 p.m.

Judges :
Brett England, Lee Poe (Fairfield Photography) and Lois Chapman (Smithfield & Isle of Wight CVB)

Judging Criteria :
  1. Entries will be judged on overall photographic and artistic quality, promotional appeal, reproducibility and best expression of the theme.
  2. Prize: The winning photo will be printed on the cover of Smithfield & Isle of Wight CVB’s 2011 Rack Brochure (with photo credit), 100,000 in print, distributed throughout the region and beyond.
  3. The winners will be announced at the Visitors Center in May during National Tourism Month (date TBA).
  4. For further information go to :
  5. or contact Lois Chapman, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, 319 Main Street, Smithfield, VA 23430,
  6. (757) 357-8084 or via email at mailto :


Deadline :  APRIL 25, 2011
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Samui International BODYPAINTING Competition (March 2011)

March 26 - 27, 2011/ 17.00 - 23.00
At the Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Koh Samui Municipality are staging the Samui International Body Painting Competition, March 26-27, 2011, on Koh Samui, Surat Thani province.

Koh Samui, Thailand’s paradise island resort, aims to compete as a venue for top international body painting competitions, such as the International Body Painting Festival in Germany, World Body Painting Festival in Austria and the Canadian Body Painting Festival.

The event is expected to attract both local and international tourists, and stimulate interest in Thai art. It will bring together artists and models from countries including Austria, Germany, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the US and Thailand. Together they will create exquisite art on Koh Samui’s beaches under the theme ‘Preserve the Paradise.’

The audience can be a part of the event, as well. There will be nail painting, henna painting, doll painting, and painting on recycled goods. Participants can also be models or paint on themselves.

Koh Samui is one of the most important tourism spots in the Gulf of Thailand. Tourists come for its fabulous beaches and paradise ambience, making it perfect for art events.

The Samui International Body Painting Competition will be held on the weekend of March 26 and 27, from 17.00 to 23.00 hrs in front of The Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort on Lamai Beach. Entry is free.


Event dates and programme details may be subject to change.

Many of the festivals and events listed on Thailand's official calendar of annual events are traditional Buddhist or folk festivals, the date of which is either determined by the Buddhist lunar calendar and waxing and waning moon. These are not staged events. The festivals reflect the rhythm of life in rural Thai villages and local traditions as observed in times past. To ensure you have the most updated information, please reconfirm details prior to travel.

Contact :
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Email :
Website :
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 (120 automatic lines)
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 5511 (two automatic lines)

please call 1672.

Address :
1600 Petchaburi Road, Makkasan, Rajatevee
Bangkok 10400

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Friday, February 25, 2011

The Johnson County Library Writing Competition (Deadline March 2011)

The Johnson County Library is sponsoring a writing contest in honor of National Library Week, April 11-17.

The contest runs through March 11 and is open to all ages.

To enter, create an original memoir — a nonfiction essay describing a personal experience, reminiscence, description of an event from your family’s history, or something similar.

Subject matter may vary, but the events described must be factual and unembellished. The essay must be in English and no longer than 1,500 words.

The contest is limited to one entry per writer, its sole creator. The memoir may not have won a previous award or been published.

All entries become the property of Johnson County Library and none will be returned.

The first-place prize is $250 plus publication in the 2011 issue of Kansas City Voices magazine and at

The second-place winner will receive $150 and be published on the library website. The third-place winner will receive $100 and be published on the website.

E-mailed submissions, which are preferred, can go to

Submit written entries at any Johnson County Library location or mail it to John Mark Eberhart, Reader’s Advisory Coordinator, Johnson County Central Resource Library, P.O. Box 2933, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201-1333.

Entries must include the writer’s name, address, telephone number and, if available, e-mail address.

For more information go to or call 913-826-4600.

Deadline : March 11, 2011
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