Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ascent Aspirations Publishing
Poetry/Flash Fiction Contest
Ascent Aspirations Spring 2011 Anthology

We have decided to create one anthology a year in the spring and for this year we have massaged the theme and are open to your best and most exciting work within our guidelines. We still like the theme of work and social issues related to work and daily life. After all no matter what we are doing in life, work is definitely involved. So you can bend and twist your material to fit the theme. In other words interpret the theme very broadly and come at it from whatever direction you wish.

Poems or prose can be widely viewed in terms of work; we all work in some fashion, even the animals and plants in their own way so that opens it up to nature. Lovers work at being and staying in love. The theme doesn't have to deal with the traditional nine to five.

Poetry/Flash Fiction Contest

Contest closes October 10th, 2010 (Cover Art Tentative)

The anthology (ISBN) will be published by the end of February 2011. Email

The publication will be a perfect-bound book (ISBN rather than ISSN) with a glossy art designed cover.

First Prize for Poetry - $100 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology

First Prize for Flash Fiction - $100 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology

Second Prize for Poetry - $50 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology

Second Prize for Flash Fiction - $50 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology

Third Prize for Poetry - $25 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology

Third Prize for Flash Fiction - $25 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology

Plus 6 - $10 (CND) honourable mention awards with 1 copy of the anthology

Plus all additional contributors in the collection will receive one copy of the anthology.

The goal is for the contest to generate the costs for publishing the anthology. If the entry fees and sales of the anthology exceed the costs, then the additional money will be used to fund future print anthologies with prize money being more widely distributed among all the authors who appear in the anthology.

Rules & Guidelines:

The anthology will contain poetry and flash fiction.

Poems and flash fiction can be published elsewhere as long as the author holds the copyright or unpublished and not sent elsewhere. Submit your poem(s)/flash fiction with a brief bio by e-mail to

In the subject heading say Spring 2011 Work Anthology.

By mail with your contest fee include a cover page with the poem(s)/flash fiction title(s) and the first line beside each title, your name, address, phone number and e-mail. IN ADDITION ALSO INCLUDE EACH POEM/FLASH FICTION ON A SEPARATE PAGE WITHOUT YOUR NAME. We will be using the printed copies of your poems for judging and the electronic copies sent by email for the designing of the book pages should you be included in the anthology.

Maximum length of each poem is 60 lines and spaces between the stanzas count as lines. The maximum length for flash fiction is 800 words.

Contest fee: $5 for one poem or 3 poems for $10. $10 for each piece of flash fiction. You can send as many poems/flash fiction pieces as you wish.

Send your entry information, and POEMS/FLASH FICTION with payment to:

either David Fraser, or Ascent Aspirations Publishing

1560 Arbutus Drive

Nanoose Bay, BC

V9P 9C8

Please do not send a SASE as in the past, as we will be publishing the winners' list on the web and will notify everyone.

All submissions will remain the copyright of the author.

*Additional copies of the perfect-bound anthology will be available at time of publication.

Retail Prices without shipping costs $16.95 CND/16.95 US

The prices of additional copies including shipping and handling are as follows:

In Canada and USA ($19.95 CND and 22.95 US)

To Other International Destinations ($24.95 US)

Advanced Ordering of the Spring 2011 Issue can be done by email.

Pricing at this point is an estimate based on current postal rates and may be subject to slight changes without notice when advanced ordering is announced.

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