ESME’s Annual Showcase Awards
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2016 Showcase Writing Awards Update
We are pleased to announce that critically acclaimed graphic novelist, and Solo Mom, Anya Ulinich will judge the 2016 ESME Showcase Writing Awards. Check out our interview with Ulinich and read an excerpt from her book, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel.
All creative work published by Showcase is considered for ESME’s Annual Showcase Awards. Once a year, a knowledgeable judge will select 20 honorable mentions and awards of first ($500), second ($350) and third ($150) from submissions within the categories below. If there are fewer than 50 submissions in a category, we reserve the right to extend the judging period. Anyone who is not a Solo Mom or affiliated with ESME/FlowerHen LLC is excluded from consideration. Awarded content will be republished when awards are announced.
Writing – (Winter), Short fiction - Nonfiction Essay - Poetry
July Announcement (submissions prior to 6/30)
Judge: Anya Ulinich
Please submit poetry, short stories, nonfiction essays, memoirs, and blog posts. We only accept 2 entries every six months. Writing must be by Solo Moms and an original (not previously published) work. Poetry guidelines include: 1-2 poems per submission, maximum 2 pages each poem. Nonfiction essays, memoirs, and blog posts should not exceed 1,500 words. Short stories should be no more than 8,000 words. We do not offer payment for creative writing showcased on ESME, but you retain full rights and all published writing is considered for the ESME's Annual Showcase Awards.
Visual Art – (Spring) All Styles
June Announcement (submissions prior to 4/1)
ESME appreciates Visual Art of all styles. Images must be .jpg or .png format and no more than 8MB in size. We only accept 2 entries every six months and all work must be original (not previously published). We do not offer payment for visual art showcased on ESME, but you retain full rights and all published visual art is considered for the ESME's Annual Showcased Awards.
Music (Summer) – All Genres
September Announcement (submissions prior to 7/1)
ESME appreciates music from any genre by Solo Moms that is under 5 minutes and mp3 format only. We accept 2 submissions every six months and all work must be original (not previously published). We do not offer payment for music showcased on ESME, but you retain full rights and all showcased music is considered for recognition in ESME's Annual Showcase Awards.
Short Film (Fall) – All Genres
December Announcement (submissions prior to 10/1)
ESME appreciates short film by Solo Moms of any genre that is under 12 minutes and in .avi, .mp4 or .mpeg format. Submission must no more than 200 MB in size. We only accept 2 submissions every six months and all work must be original (not previously published). We do not offer payment for short films showcased on ESME, but you retain full rights and all showcased film is considered for recognition in ESME's Annual Showcase Awards.
Past Winners 2015
We are excited to announce the 2015 poetry and essay award winners. Thank you to everyone who submitted and a big thank you to GOLDIE GOLDBLOOM for making the final selections (see her comments below).
Congratulations to all the winners! Be sure to read these wonderful submissions - and submit your work for 2016!
"I loved the gentle dignity, the yearning, the acceptance of what is, without judgement."
"An elegy to all the kinds of loss."
"I was reminded of all the things I wished I'd asked my mother before she died."
"A surprising and delightful vision of being single."
"I found this to be a realistic examination of some of the struggles post-divorce"
"I loved this essay for curious reasons having to do with my own failing memory and aging body.
CODE OF ETHICS AND CONTEST PROCEDURES
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of Ethics
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to pro- vide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.
ESME Creative Writing Award Contest Selection Process
1st Round of Judging: Blind Read by Editors. Finalists (approximately 10 poems, 10 pieces of
fiction, and 10 nonfiction essays/memoirs) will then be forwarded to the contest judges for
the 2nd Round of Judging.
2nd Round of Judging: Blind Read by Contest Judges. Judges change on a yearly basis.
Conflicts of Interest: Similar to our regular editorial policy, staff and administrators currently affiliated with FlowerHen LLC and ESME.com are ineligible for consideration or publication. Additionally, anyone with affiliation with a judge is ineligible to enter in that category. Questions about the contest? Please write us at contact us.