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Up to six (6) Musepaper Prizes will be awarded to the top submissions of each writing prompt category. 

There are two new writing prompts to choose from each month.

Musepaper Prizes include publication (online and in print), as well as Musepaper’s infamous “Enigma Gift.” 

PROMPT: MANIFESTO

DEADLINE: January 31, 2021 @ Midnight


For this Monthly Musepaper craft a story, essay, or 1-2 poems, in 1000 words or less, inspired by manifestos.

  • The ___________ Manifesto (create your own; any subject; any style)
  • Declaration of intentions, motives, views, or one's life stance
  • Proclamation of a new idea, with or without guidelines, instructions, or actions necessary to fulfill a stated goal
  • Affirmation of love, support, commitment, or solidarity to someone or something
  • Transformation, critique, or parody of an existing manifesto, public opinion or consensus, or societal norm
  • Refutation of Texas lawsuit claim (i.e. Biden's chance of winning is “one in a quadrillion to the 4th power”)
  • Attestation of one's close encounter of the third kind
  • Gentlemanifesto/Gentlewomanifesto (nice)
  • Boogiemanifesto (scary)
  • Shamanifesto (psychedelic)
  • Lemonifesto (sour)
  • Salmonifesto (copper)


As always, these are just a few ideas to throw on the wall. Manifestos are fertile ground for inspiration. Set your intention, relax, let it go, and it will grow.

Also, feel free to check out some of the "notable manifestos" of the past (by category): Political, Artistic, Scientific and educational, Professional, Technology.

NOTE: Wikipedia's "Notable Manifestos" page includes manifestos dating back as far as 1011 AD, yet the total number is a mere 116. Well, we think the Musepaper Prize-winning manifestos will undoubtedly be "notable." As such, we will be doing everything we can to see that they get added to that page. The world is ripe for new manifestos!

The top three entries will be published at Musepaper.org and in a special print anthology.

Winners will also receive the ever-changing Enigma Gift. (That's right, we're not telling! We promise it will be thoughtful. It may also be fun, funky, profound...or maybe all three.)

GUIDELINES

  • No restrictions on style.
  • Stories or essays should be 1000 words or less.
  • Poetry entries may include one or two poems, and should not exceed 1000 words in total.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • All entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Anonymous Judging: The submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, poem. Cover letters are optional and may be added separately.
  • Winners are usually announced within 60-90 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $15.* * *
  • Submissions must be received by January 31, 2021




* * * Musepaper offers a subscription for aspiring poets and writers. It's quick and easy, and you are invited to join us. All subscriptions include a Monthly Musepaper submission each month.

If you're interested, visit musepaper.org/subscribe.

If you have any questions, shoot us an email and we'll be happy to help: hello [at] newmillenniumwritings [dot] org

PROMPT: BREAKING NEWS!

DEADLINE: January 31, 2021 @ Midnight

For this Monthly Musepaper, craft a story, essay, or 1-2 poems, in 1000 words or less, inspired by “BREAKING NEWS.”

  • "This Just In..." (create your own news report; any subject; any style)
  • Life-Changing News (paradigm breaking; worldview enriching; action taking)
  • Breaking the Story (investigative journalism; whistleblowers; leaks)
  • Unforgettable Moments (an assassination; an election; an insurrection)
  • Discord Fomentation (breaking civil society; creating division)
  • News? Entertainment? Both?
  • Breaking Up the News and Mass Media Conglomeration Bonanza-Extravaganza!
  • "Dang, it fell on the floor and broke." (no room; out of time; accidental/intentional omission) 
  • And just who's fact-checking the fact-checker's fact-checker, huh?


As always, all stories, essays, and poems of any subject matter are welcome. Taking cues from your muse is the important part.

The top three entries will be published at Musepaper.org and in a special print anthology.

Winners will also receive the ever-changing Enigma Gift. (That's right, we're not telling! We promise it will be thoughtful. It may also be fun, funky, profound...or maybe all three.)

 

GUIDELINES

  • No restrictions on style.
  • Stories or essays should be 1000 words or less.
  • Poetry entries may include one or two poems, and should not exceed 1000 words in total.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • All entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Anonymous Judging: The submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, poem. Cover letters are optional and may be added separately.
  • Winners are generally announced within 60-90 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $15.* * *
  • Submissions must be received by January 31, 2021




* * * Musepaper offers a subscription for aspiring poets and writers. It's quick and easy, and you are invited to join us. All subscriptions include a Monthly Musepaper submission each month.

If you're interested, visit musepaper.org/subscribe.

If you have any questions, shoot us an email and we'll be happy to help: hello [at] newmillenniumwritings [dot] org

POETRY • FICTION • FLASH FICTION • NONFICTION

$4,000 IN AWARDS + PUBLICATION (in print and online)
Final Deadline: January 31, 2021

PRIZES
 

  • First Place in each category receives a $1000 cash prize, a certificate to document the success, publication online and in print, in New Millennium Writings, and two complimentary copies.
  • Select Finalists, and all Poetry Finalists, will be published in New Millennium Writings (online and in print) and receive two complimentary copies. 

  
GUIDELINES
 

  • No restrictions on style or subject matter.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Previously published works accepted if: Print circulation was under 5,000, or the work was published online only.
  • Fiction (all types welcome) - 7,499 words or less
  • Nonfiction (all types welcome) - 7,499 words or less
  • Flash Fiction (aka: Short-Short Fiction) - 1,000 words or less
  • Poetry - each entry may include three poems, up to five pages total. 
  • Anonymous Judging: Submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, or poem(s). Cover letters are optional and may be uploaded separately.
  • For mail/postal submissions click here for instructions.
  • Submit your work (or postmark) by January 31, 2021

  
ENTRY FEES AND MULTIPLE ENTRY SUPPORT

 For any category or combination of categories:

 

  • 1 Entry - $20
  • 2 Entries - $35 (reg $40)
  • 3 Entries - $45 (reg $60)
  • 4 Entries - $60 (reg $80)
  • 5 Entries - $75 (reg $100)

  Note: Poetry may include up to three poems per Entry.

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