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Mini-Scoop! A Few Upcoming Writing Deadlines

I'm sure you are working away on all sorts of writing for the contests and markets from the last Scoop, but you may have something for one of these. (Not signed up for the free Excuse Editor newsletter yet? Sign up and get the Scoop, a list of  at least 35 writing contests and markets, starting today!)

Deadline: 3/16/10
Essay Contest (Write an original essay describing creative ways in which you are helping (or supporting) the environment)
250 words max
Adams peanut butter Cause a Stir contest
Grand Prize: 5-day/4-night trip for winner and up to 3 guests to Yosemite National Park, CA. Four First Prizes: $100 REI Gift Cards

Deadline: 3/31/10
Short Story Contest
No restrictions on content, style, genre or length
Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest
$4 entry fee
Grand Prize: $1000, 2nd place: $100, Three Honorable Mentions (all 5 winners published in Gemini Magazine in June)

Deadline: 4/15/10
Creative Nonfiction Contest
5000 word max
EVENT 2010 NonFiction Contest
Three winners of $500 plus payment for publication


  1. You have really helped me get focused. Thanks so much. :)


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