Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Exciting World Of Flash Fiction! Contest!

Great news to for all of my flash fiction writers! We hear at "Literary Diva's House Of Coffee" blog are looking for fantastic flash fiction stories. We will be accepting submissions starting Monday August 3 through Monday Aug 31.

The contest is free to enter and is limited to one flash fiction story per person. We will announce a winner in October 2009. At that time the winner will be contacted no later than October 2009 with all the details. The winner will receive his/her flash fiction story posted on "Literary Diva's House Of Coffee" blog. We will also announce the winner on "Literary Diva" talk radio. The winner will also be featured as a guest for "Literary Wednesday" at Diva's House on blog talk radio. So remember to write the best flash fiction story that your creative mind can come up with.

The contest is open U.S citizens/residents who is 18 yrs of age and up. Please send your submissions to:

Email submissions only in proper format

Keep it clean but interesting!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

International Reading Association! Read! Write! Have Fun!

International Reading Association

Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 85,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Our members promote high levels of literacy for all by:

Improving the quality of reading instruction

Disseminating research and information about reading

Encouraging the lifetime reading habit

The mission of the International Reading Association is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.

International Literarcy Day!

The Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 ILD event will be co-hosted by the Library of Congress (LOC) Center for the Book and held in the beautiful and historic Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress from 10:00 a.m. to noon.


More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education.

For more information on the National Reading Association, hit them up at:

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Author E. Lynn Harris dies at age 54. RIP

Long before the secret world of closeted black gay men came to light in America, bestselling author E. Lynn Harris introduced a generation of black women to the phenomenon known as the "down low."

Harris endeared such characters to readers who were otherwise unfamiliar with them, using themes and backdrops familiar to urban professionals, conditioned by their upbringings, their church leaders or their friends to condemn and criticize homosexuality in the African-American community. A proud Razorback cheerleader at the University of Arkansas who struggled with his own sexuality before becoming a pioneer of gay black fiction, Harris died Thursday at age 54 while promoting his latest book in Los Angeles.

Publicist Laura Gilmore said Harris died Thursday night after being stricken at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, and a cause of death had not been determined. She said Harris, who lived in Atlanta, fell ill on a train to Los Angeles a few days ago and blacked out for a few minutes, but seemed fine after that.

An improbable and inspirational success story, Harris worked for a decade as an IBM executive before taking up writing, selling the novel "Invisible Life" from his car as he visited salons and beauty parlors around Atlanta. He had unprecedented success for an openly gay black author and his strength as a romance writer led some to call him the "male Terry McMillan."

In 15 years, Harris became the genre's most successful author, penning 11 titles, ten of them New York Times bestsellers. More than four million of his books are in print.

He went on to mainstream success with works such as the novel "Love of My Own" and the memoir "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted."

Harris' storytelling fell into several categories, including gay and lesbian fiction, African American fiction and urban fiction. But he found success in showing readers a new side of African American life: the secret world of professional, bisexual black men living as heterosexuals.

His readers, many of them young black, professional women of dating age, were fascinated and shocked to learn that the men in their lives could be attracted to other men. Harris' vivid storytelling — at least somewhat grounded in his reality and of others whom he knew — pulled back the curtain for some and held up the mirror for others.

"He was a pioneering voice within the black LGBT community, but also resonated with mainstream communities, regardless of race and sexual orientation," said Herndon Davis, a gay advocate and a diversity media consultant in Los Angeles. "Harris painted with eloquent prose and revealing accuracy the lives of African American men and the many complicated struggles they faced reconciling their sexuality and spirituality while rising above societal taboos within the black community."

For years, he was alone in exposing the "down low," but the phenomenon exploded into mainstream culture in 2004, a decade after "Invisible Life." That year, J.L. King's "On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of 'Straight' Black Men Who Sleep With Men" hit bookstores and the author appeared on Oprah Winfrey's TV show.

Harris said that the courage readers got from the book empowered him to be honest about himself. He continued to tell stories dealing with similar issues, to tell black middle class readers about people they knew, but who were living secret lives.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Literary Wednesday Presents; Best-Selling Romance Author Brenda Jackson!

Join me for a very special Literary Wednesday. We will be chatting with best-selling romance author Brenda Jackson about her book "Taste Of Passion." She has written over thirty books and won countless awards for her writing. She continues to write and engage her fans. She definitely continues to stay on her game and put out fantastic and juicy books. Mark your calenders for a special chat with the one and only Brenda Jackson.

July 29@ 1pm pst/4pm est

For more info contact:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Judge approves deals to reprint `Moonwalk'!

A judge has approved a deal that will bring Michael Jackson's autobiography, "Moonwalk," back to store shelves.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff on Thursday approved a request by the temporary administrators of the pop icon's estate to enter into new publishing deals.

Details of the agreements were filed under seal. But the deals will allow the 1988 book to be reprinted in the United States, Canada, England, Germany and France.

Court records state "Moonwalk" could hit store shelves in France by August. The records don't indicate when sales in other countries would begin, but the estate's administrators say sales would be maximized the sooner the book was rereleased.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Fabulous World Of Poetry! Engage Yourself!

Today on the show we talked about prose, and prose poetry also tradtional poetry. We also talked Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, and Tupac Shakur. These poets all had their own style but yet are connected. Here are some great works of poetry by Edgar Allan Poe and Tupac Shakur. Enjoy!

Poetry is truly an intriguing art form that keeps getting better with time.
Here are some poems we talked about and read on the show. Enjoy!

Edgar Allan Poe ("A Dream Within A Dream")

A Dream Within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow--
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand--
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep--while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Tupac Shakur ("I Cry") ("And Tomorrow")

I Cry

Sometimes when I'm alone
I Cry,
Cause I am on my own.
The tears I cry are bitter and warm.
They flow with life but take no form
I Cry because my heart is torn.
I find it difficult to carry on.
If I had an ear to confiding,
I would cry among my treasured friend,
but who do you know that stops that long,
to help another carry on.
The world moves fast and it would rather pass by.
Then to stop and see what makes one cry,
so painful and sad.
And sometimes...
I Cry
and no one cares about why.

And Tomorrow

Today is filled with anger, fueled with hidden hate. Scared of being outkast, afraid of common fate. Today is build on tragedies which no one want's to face. Nightmares to humanity and morally disgraced. Tonight is filled with Rage, violence in the air. Children bred with ruthlessness cause no one at home cares. Tonight I lay my head down but the pressure never stops, knowing that my sanity content when I'm droped. But tomorrow I see change, a chance to build a new, build on spirit intent of heart and ideas based on truth. Tomorrow I wake with second wind and strong because of pride. I know I fought with all my heart to keep the dream alive.

You can also pick up Tupac's book called "The Rose That Grew From The Concrete." It's a compelling and passionate book from a poet like no other.

Even in death, McCourt's `Ashes' divides Limerick!

Bitterness over Frank McCourt's memoir "Angela's Ashes" still smolders in his hometown of Limerick. Residents of the western Irish city have never agreed whether his Pulitzer-winning account of childhood survival amid soul-crushing poverty was more fact than fiction.

Limerick City Hall opened a book of condolence in memory of its most famous writer Monday, the day after McCourt's death and 13 years after "Angela's Ashes" put the city by the River Shannon on the literary map.

The vocal minority who have long branded McCourt a self-promoting liar kept a respectful silence — but observers wondered how long this restraint would last.

"The book was a delight and 80 percent true," said Tony Browne, a Limerick amateur historian who has found himself caught between two verbally warring camps in his past career as a local radio host. "Some people will keep saying it's all lies. They'll go to their deathbeds still in denial."

Official Ireland offered united condolences for the 78-year-old writer, who at age 19 left behind a Limerick that — through a combination of wretched housing, sanitation, sickness and hunger — had claimed the lives of three young siblings.

"Limerick is very proud of, and will never forget, Frank McCourt," said the mayor, Kevin Kiely, who plans to attend the U.S. funeral service and expressed hopes that McCourt's family would set aside some of the author's own ashes to be scattered on the Shannon. McCourt himself once expressed that hope — later adding the barb that he hoped his ashes would pollute the river.

For many locals, McCourt's memoirs have forever tarnished their own families' reputations and their parents' sentimental memories of a happy, harmonious Limerick.

The Limerick Leader — which in the past published criticisms of McCourt, once reprinting pictures of him as a smiling Limerick boy scout and asking "Is this the picture of misery?" — led the public eulogies Monday.

It reprinted pictures of McCourt's last visit to the city in August 2008, when the author admitted to mixed feelings about the impact his book had on local sensitivities.

"I've had such a turbulent relationship with the city," the newspaper quoted him as saying. "It's what I had to write about when I finally started writing after teaching for 30 years. I had to get it out of my system, but you never do. People say it's a catharsis, but it's not. Look at me — I'm back here again."

The author's younger brother Malachy said last week that, even from his Manhattan death bed, McCourt was ruminating on "his unfinished emotional business with Limerick."

The split in Limerick has long pitted a pro-McCourt majority — which views "Angela's Ashes" as an honest portrait of the poverty and smothering conservatism of bygone Ireland — against a vituperous minority. The critics charge McCourt with portraying his own family as poorer than it really was, and blackening the names of their own dead relatives, particularly by placing them in immoral sexual situations with McCourt himself and his late mother, Angela.

The leader of the critics, former bookshop owner Gerard Hannan, published two anti-McCourt books that became Limerick best-sellers in their own right. The first, "Ashes," openly questioned McCourt's accounts and denounced him as a snob. The second — timed to coincide with McCourt's sequel "'Tis" and titled "'Tis in Me Ass" — lauded those who stayed in Limerick rather than emigrated to America.

The Associated Press was unable to reach Hannan, who was not picking up his home or cell phones Monday.

Michael O'Donnell, a 70-year-old Limerick guide who since 1998 has run "Angela's Ashes" walking tours of the city, said he grew up in the same tenement conditions as McCourt and considers the late author "a brilliant and courageous man. He shone a spotlight on a reality that people wanted to keep buried."

"Having come from that background, I can tell you that Frankie wrote the truth," said O'Donnell, whose tours today emphasize the city's wholesale redevelopment and relative prosperity — leaving no trace of the northside Limerick slums, called "the lanes," central to the book.

In August, O'Donnell took McCourt, his wife and about 15 American tourists on his tour. Although McCourt had been traveling frequently to the city, at times teaching writing at nearby University of Limerick, it was his first time on the "Angela's Ashes" tourist experience that his writing had spawned.

"Frankie was concerned he might get some lip from the begrudgers," said O'Donnell, using an Irish term for people who resent others' success. "But the response he got was overwhelmingly positive. Everywhere we went it was `Welcome home Frank, you're looking good, what are you writing next?'"

O'Donnell said McCourt had told him of plans of spend six months at a time in Limerick as he worked on a book about his post-"Angela's Ashes" experiences — including the occasional hostility he suffered in book signings and on talk shows.

But Browne said the true source of local resentment was simply that McCourt had risen from his poverty and succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams.

"People didn't want their past being revealed, and they really didn't want Frank McCourt making any money out of it," he said. "I remember people laughing at the idea of Frank writing a book at all. Their noses were completely out of joint when he won the Pulitzer Prize. There's a few people here who really do hate him, but it's just jealousy."


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Angela's Ashes Author Frank McCourt Passes Away at 78

Frank McCourt, the beloved raconteur and former public school teacher who enjoyed post-retirement fame as the author of "Angela's Ashes," the Pulitzer Prize-winning "epic of woe" about his impoverished Irish childhood, died Sunday of cancer.

McCourt, who was 78, had been gravely ill with meningitis and recently was treated for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer and the cause of his death, said his publisher, Scribner. He died at a Manhattan hospice, his brother Malachy McCourt said.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Literary Diva Presents; The Fabulous World Of Poetry!

Democracy by Langston Hughes

Democracy Will Not Come
Today, This Year
Nor Ever
Through Compromise And Fear

I Have As Much Right
As The Other Fellow Has
To Stand
On My Two Feet
And Own The Land

I Tire So Of Hearing People Say,
Let Things Take Their Course.
Tomorrow Is Another Day.
I Do Not Need My Freedom When I'm Dead.
I Cannot Live On Tomorrows Bread.

Is A Strong Seed
Planted In A Great Need.

I Live Here, Too.
I Want Freedom
Just As You.

Great work by poet Langston Hughes. His Book "The Weary Blues" was published in 1926 along with other great literary works by the innovative poet.

Also check out the Poetry Foundation at for great updates on books and what's happening in the genre of poetry.

Poetry Event

Fifth Annual Printers Ball (Chicago)
1104 South Wabash Avenue
Ludington Building
Fri July 31
5pm to 11pm
Free Admission to public and all ages

This event was founded by Poetry Magazine and Chicago literary organizations.
The Printers’ Ball is an annual celebration of print culture, featuring thousands of magazines, books, and broadsides available free of charge; live readings and music; letterpress, offset, and paper-making demonstrations; and much more. This year’s Printers’ Ball is co-produced with Columbia College Chicago and the Center for Book & Paper Arts, and is set to take place in the landmark Ludington Building, former home to the American Book Company. Select events during the Printers’ Ball are being recorded for Chicago Public Radio’s Chicago Amplified.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Authors to boycott UK schools over sex register!

Check this out!!!!!

Award-winning children's author Philip Pullman said on Thursday he would stop visiting schools in England because of an "absurd" rule forcing him to register first with a government anti-pedophile database.

Pullman, writer of the "Dark Materials" trilogy, said he was never alone with pupils and a teacher was always present.

"Why should I have to pay 64 pounds to a government agency to give me a certificate saying I am not a pedophile?," Pullman, 62, told BBC radio. "It's actually quite dispiriting and sinister."

Pullman, whose books have been adapted for television and film, including 2007's "The Golden Compass," said it was unfortunate that children would miss out because of his boycott but said he was not to blame.

"It's the fault of the government that set up this absurd rule," he said.

From October adults working with children on a regular basis will have to register with a vetting database run by the government's Independent Safeguarding Authority.

It is the latest measure to improve child safety following the murder of two 10-year-old schoolgirls by Ian Huntley in Soham, Cambridgeshire in 2002, whose criminal record had been missed when he was hired as their school caretaker.

But the new rules also apply to writers such as Pullman who pay regular visits to schools, a Home Office spokesman confirmed.

Other children's authors backed Pullman's stand, saying they would stop visiting schools if they had to register on the database, the Independent newspaper reported.

Anthony Horowitz, who wrote the "Alex Rider" spy novels, told the paper the scheme was "ludicrous."

Former children's laureate Anne Fine said: "I will only work in foreign schools, where sanity prevails."

Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake said the government was guilty of a "grotesque misunderstanding," while author Michael Morpurgo said the database was a "nonsense."

The government said it would be irresponsible to allow adults to work regularly with young children without conducting background checks.

"This applies as much to famous authors as it does to cleaners, administrative staff and visiting firemen," said a spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Author tackles Facebook, controversy with new book! Critics are blasting it!

Author Ben Mezrich wants readers to enjoy his new book about the founding of social networking website Facebook like a page-turning thriller and ignore criticism of his reporting methods.

Mezrich's book "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal" hit bookstores on Tuesday and already is being blasted by some as more about fun than facts.

BusinessWeek called the book, published by Doubleday, a "tawdry mishmash" and said Mezrich wrote "a fictionalized account of the founding of Facebook."

Mezrich dismisses that as elitist claptrap.

"It's a nonfiction book. It's a true story," he told Reuters in an interview. "I am a narrative nonfiction writer in a way that other people don't write. I'm trying to create my own genre of nonfiction."

Mezrich did not interview Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and critics say the author fails to explain properly Zuckerberg's transformation from anti-social Harvard University student into Silicon Valley's hottest property.

Mezrich is no stranger to controversy. His book "Bringing Down the House," about a group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students who won millions playing blackjack and counting cards in Las Vegas casinos, was criticized by the Boston Globe for having made up scenes and characters.

Mezrich insists he follows normal journalistic practice -- conducting interviews, talking with sources, combing through documents and piecing material together into a story.

In one scene from the book, he speculates that Zuckerberg broke into a Harvard dormitory to hack into a computer server, describing him hiding behind a sofa waiting for a couple locked in a steamy clinch to leave the room.

"I can either write a sentence that says an engineer says that this is how (Zuckerberg) did it, or I can recreate that scene," Mezrich said. "I choose to write the scene."

"I'm much more into entertainment than literature," he said, citing fiction writers Stephen King, Michael Crichton and John Grisham as his "heroes."


Asked to comment, Facebook spokesman Elliot Schrage said in a statement: "Ben Mezrich clearly aspires to be the Jackie Collins or Danielle Steele of Silicon Valley."

But Mezrich stands by his book.

"Anybody who read this book who was in it, Mark Zuckerberg for instance -- what he says publicly is different -- but if he sat in his room and read it, he would put it down and say, 'Yeah, that's what happened,'" Mezrich said. "And that's what makes it nonfiction."

The book captures the breathtaking speed with which Facebook, established as a website for Harvard students in 2004, became ubiquitous. It also details the geeky social scene at Harvard and the legal disputes over who founded Facebook and who came up with the original concept.

On Monday, Russia's Digital Sky Technologies boosted its Facebook stake to as much as 3.5 percent, valuing the company at about $6.5 billion.

"I really believe Facebook can continue forward and get bigger and bigger and bigger and be really one of the most valuable companies in the world," Mezrich said, likening Zuckerberg to a young Bill Gates of Microsoft.

"It becomes your social life," he said. "It's the next step in human evolution. I know that sounds really grand but I think we have gone from the village to city to Facebook."

Mezrich said his book is slated to be made into a movie, scripted by Aaron Sorkin, famed for his hit television show "The West Wing," and produced by Academy Award-winning Kevin Spacey, who produced and starred in the film "21," the screen adaptation of "Bringing Down the House."

Mezrich says he has no idea what his next project is but, having written about young people doing extraordinary things, the main character in his next book will likely be young.

"I always keep my eyes open when I see a Ferrari go by. If the kid's under 30, I always think 'He's probably got a story,'" Mezrich said.


Edinburg Book Festival Director Steps Down!

Edinburgh International Book Festival director Catherine Lockerbie said on Tuesday she was resigning after nine years during which she helped make it one of the top literary gatherings of its kind in the world.

Lockerbie handed over the reins for this year's festival to Richard Holloway as interim director due to ill health.

Festival organizers said the search was underway for a new director in time to shape the 2010 event, which attracts around 200,000 visitors annually.

Lockerbie said in a statement she would be taking up a consultancy role on the impact of literature, culture and festivals at home and abroad.

"Obviously I will be leaving with considerable sadness, but also with intense pride and optimism. I'm handing on the festival at a point where it is artistically and organizationally in the most robust health."

Canadian author Margaret Atwood, a frequent participant who will launch her new novel "The Year of the Flood" at this year's festival, paid tribute to Lockerbie for her "passion and dedication and wild Scottish fervor.

This year's festival in the city center runs from August 15 to 31 in parallel with the Edinburgh International Arts Festival and Fringe.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Literary Wednesday Presents; Anthony Littlefield! Chatting Live About His new novel!

Join us as we chat with author Anthony Littlefield about his new novel "Bitter Sweet Journey: The Story Of Healing And Triumph Of A Family." We will get to know Anthony Littlefield and his journey in writing his novel and becoming an author. As well as chat about his show on btr. Mark your calenders for fantastic book chat with author Anthony Littlefield.

Literary Diva Presents; Contest For Writer's And Poets! Enter! Enter! Enter!

Here are some fabulous contest for writers and poets. Also check out a fantastic literary festival and a writer's retreat.

Iota International Poetry Competition 2009

Open to all countries.
End Date: 11/30/2009
Entry Fee: 1 Poem: $4, 2 Poems: $7, 3 Poems: $9, 4 Poems: $10
Prize: 1st: $2000, 2nd: $1000, 3rd: $500, 10 Supplementary Prizes: $50
Address: Iota Competition
P.O Box 7721
Matlock, DE4 9DD
You may send your submission by mail or by electronically.
Winners will be announced at the award event in March 2010

Donald Justice Poetry Contest

Open to all Americans regardless if published or not.
Entry Fee: $25
End Date: 11/1/2009
Prize: $1000 (2 winners)
Contact: Michael Peich
Coordinator: Jamie Smith
Tele: 610-436-3235/610-436-1000
Address: Department Of English
West Chester University
West Chester PA 19383
One winner will be designated for 2010 and one will be designated for 2011. Each will recieve their prize and give a public reading at the annual West Chester University Poetry Conference in early June 2010/2011.
(mail in submissions)

2009 Adult Poetry Contest
Ilkley literature festival popular writing competition is open to everyone
End Date: 9/1/2009
Entry Fee: $4
Prize: Poetry: $200, Short Story: $200
Address: ILF Manor House
2 Castle Hill
Ilkley LS29 9DT (United Kingdom)
Short Stories: must be 3000 words
Poems: up to 30 lines
Mail in submissions

Transcontinental Poetry Contest

Open to anyone who has not previously published a volume of poetry or prose
End Date: 8/15/2009 (make sure post marked by this date)
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $1000 and five percent of the copy press run
Address: Transcontinental Award Entry
321 Empire St
Montpelier OH 43543
Mail in submissions or electronic accepted.
Electronic submissons must be sent as pdf files or as word doc
In addition to the grand prize winner, an anonymous manuscript is chosen known as the "editors choice" manuscript. It will be published under a standard royalty contract. The decision will be made in Nov 2009

The 2010 Green Ros Prize In Poetry

Poets writing in english who have published one or more full length collections of poetry are eligible. Will consider individual volumes and collections of new and selected poems.
End Date: 9/30/2009
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $2000 plus publication
Tele: 269-387-8185
Address: The Green Rose Prize
New Issue Poetry and Prose
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5463
The winner will be announced Jan or Feb 2010. Winning manuscript will be published spring 2011. They may also publish three additional manuscripts from this competition.
(mail in submissions only)


Sixth Annual Vegas book Festival
Nov 2-3 (Fri-Sat)
Tele: 702-229-5431
Down town Las Vegas


Writer's Retreat in Provence France
Sep 27 Oct 3 2009
Contact: Georgeanne Brennan 530-795-3043
Joanne Kauffman (0) 11-33-4-94-80-70-88 (international)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Contest For Writers, Poets and Others! Enter! Enter! Enter!

Here are some great contest to enter!

First Annual Poetry Contest
Contest is open to all poets. Entries must be previously unpublished, and must not have been chosen as a winner, finalist or honorable mention in another contest
Start Date: 6/30/09
End Date: 7/18/09
Prize: Up to $3300 in cash prizes
Entry Fee: $20
Finalist will be announced by Sep 15 2009
Must submitt online at the website

American Book Review Innovative Fiction Contest

Contest is open to any writer of english who is a citizen of the U.S and who has not previously been published with fiction collection 2. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas or a novel.
Start Date: 7/18/09
End Date: 8/15/09
Prize: $1000
Address: American Book Review School Of Arts and Sciences
3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901
Tele: (361) 570-4848
Entry Fee: $25
Submitt either two copies of the manuscript, or one hard copy and one word file of the manuscript on a labeled cd.
Submissions submitted by mail

New Esquire Fiction Writing Contest

This contest is open to all. The winning story will be published in a future issue of the magazine.
Start Date: 5/1/09
End Date: 8/1/09
Prize: $2500
Address: 300 west 57th st. 21st floor
New York, NY 10019
Entry Fee: N/A
Reg Link:
Your story cannot exceed 4000 words. You must write on these titles:
1. Twenty-ten; 2. An Insurrection; 3. Never, ever bring this up again
Must submitt electronically

International Mystery Writers Festival Contest

Dubbed the "Angie Awards" named after award winning star Angela Lansbury
Start Date: 6/24/09
End Date: 8/30/09
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $20,000 in prizes+Prestigeous Angie Award
Contact: Kimberly Johnson
Address: 101 Davies Street, Owensboro, KY 42302
Festival Dates: June 17-27 2010
Finalist will be notified Jan 2010 with national press coverage
Must mail in submission

Hackney Literary Awards

Open to writers nationwide. Presented each year by the Birmingham-Southern College.
Start Date: 6/27/09
End Date: 9/30/09
Prize: $5000 in prizes
Entry Fee: $10,$15,$25
Address: Hackney Literary Awards
Birmingham Southern College
P.O. Box 549066
Birmingham, AL 35254
Must mail in submission

Bad Kitty Contest

Open to all writers published or unpublished
Start Date: 9/1/09
End Date: 11/1/09
Entry Fee: $15
Address: The Book Ladies, 541 Main St, Suite 101, Corona, CA 92880
Final manuscript should be between 15k and 16k. All genres accepted.
Jan 2010 finalist will be notified
Feb 1 2010 Full manuscript required
Mar 1 2010 Contest winner announced
Submissions submitted by mail

17th Annunal Boston Review Short Fiction Contest

All writers eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student or close personal friend of a judge.
Start Date: 5/29/09
End Date: 10/1/09
Prize: $1500
Entry Fee: $20 US citizens
Entry Fee: $30 International submissions
Address: Short Story Contest
35 Medford St Suite 302
Somerville, MA 02143
Tele: 617-591-0505
Reg Link:
Stories must not exceed 4000 words, must be unpublished
Entrants will recieve a year subscription to the boston review begining summer 2010.
Winner will be announced May/June 2010 on the Boston Review website
Submissions submitted by mail

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The 9th Annual National Book Festival!

Literary festivals continue to happen all year long around the globe and here at home. Take time out and enjoy some of them. If you do attend, let us here at Diva's House know so we can get your first hand account of your fabulous experience.

9th Annual National Book Festival
Sep 26 2009
National Mall 7th and 14th streets (10am-5:30pm)
Press Contact: Jennifer Gavin; 202-707-1940
Public Contact: 202-707-1550

Library Of Congress (Public Affairs Office)
101 Independence Ave, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20540-1400
Voice mail: 202-707-2905
Fax: 202-707-9199

This festival will have a line up that you don't want to miss. Make it a family event and have fun.

Fabulous Literary Festivals Happening Around The World And The Country!

Here are some fabulous festivals that are happening around the world and the country. Check them out!

Beverly Literature Festival (UK)
Oct 1-11 2009
Contact: John Clark (Festival Director)
Tele: (0) 1482 392745

Cheltenham Festival OF Literature (UK)
Oct 9-18 2009
Contact: Judith Ludenbach
Tele: +44 (0) 844 576 7979

Ilkley Literature Festival (UK)
Oct 2-18 2009
Contact: Rachel Feldburg (Director)
Tele: +44 (0) 1943 601210/+44 (0) 1943 81674 (box office)

Berlin International Literary Festival
Sep 9-19 2009
More info to come

Baltimore Book Festival
Sep 25-27 2009
Mount Vernon Place
600 Block North Charles Street

Bookstock Festival (1st Annual)
July 31-1Aug
Woodstock Vermont

Burlington Book Festival (5th Annual)
Sep 25-27 2009
Burlington Vermont

Battleboro Literary Festival (8th Annual)
Oct 2-4 2009
Battleboro Vermont
Schedule not yet finalized (keep you posted)

Essex Poetry Festival (UK)
Sep 25 to 22 Oct
Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
Contact: Derek Adams
Poetry In Practice, Chelmsford
Tele: +44 (0) 1702 230596/+44 (0) 207 942 5849

Monday, July 6, 2009

Diva's House Up Coming Shows On BTR!

We have some fantastic shows coming up on btr. Check out literary festivals on 7/7. Also check out the fabulous literary Wednesday on 7/8. As well as author Anthony Littlefield on 7/15. Keep it locked right here to find out the lastest lit news that is happening in the industry. Don't forget to pick up your copy of the book "The Secret Life Of Girls And Their Sugar Daddies."

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Zimbabwean Writer Petina Gappah As Been Heralded As A Major New Literary Voice!

Read this fabulous artical on a new voice in the literary industry! You Go Girl!
With her debut collection of short stories, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah has been heralded as a major new literary voice, but she said it was a struggle to write about her homeland without being didactic.

The collection, "An Elegy for Easterly," includes 13 stories told by characters ranging from a minister's widow to a married couple contemplating divorce against the backdrop of President Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe.

"Zimbabweans are more than just victims of Robert Mugabe," Gappah, 38, said in an interview during a recent visit to New York. "We are also horrible to each other. We're not very nice to women. We don't treat our maids very well."

But she adds, "I'm not here to represent the poor, down-trodden victims of Robert Mugabe, far from it."

"I aim to tell stories... When you write with a political aim, your work can be absolutely terrible," she said.

Gappah, who practices international trade law in Geneva and writes fiction in her free time, admits that it took some practice before she could write about Zimbabwe, where she visits at least once a year and where her family lives.

"I tried to write the great Zimbabwean novel and I tried to bring in everything: the death of justice, the land invasions, the collapse of the rule of law, the poverty ... and I found that it was too much," said Gappah.

Britain's Guardian newspaper called the collection a "delight." The Financial Times called it "a moving and disturbing portrait of contemporary Zimbabwe."

Gappah credits her distance from her homeland with helping her to imagine life from multiple perspectives and to explore less sympathetic characters.

Born in 1971 when Zimbabwe was still known as Rhodesia, she was a child in 1980 when Mugabe, then a liberation hero and a champion of democracy, came to power.

Mugabe, now 85, has clung to power despite a worsening political and economic crisis that critics blame on his policies. Millions of Zimbabweans have fled to neighboring states to escape poverty and unemployment.

"I wanted to look at a society that has all the good and bad that you find in any other society, but that also has, in addition, to deal with this totalitarian regime that is taking away people's rights."

Gappah began writing seriously in 2006, drafting 22 stories that year alone. But she said she has no plans to end her legal career to write full-time.

Gappah said that she does not want the political situation in Zimbabwe to define her as a writer, but said she appreciates that some readers will be drawn to her simply because they hope to make sense of newspaper headlines about her homeland.

"I would be extremely disingenuous if I do not accept that the very fact that Zimbabwe has been so much in the news means that my book is going to have a particularly good reception because it's a country that people know about, it's a country that people talk about," said Gappah.

New York-AP

Street Lit Authors And Books!

Check out the show that's all about street lit. Yesterday on the show we talked about many authors who are on their game in this genre. Check out the show on btr. Also don't forget to pick up a fantastic street lit book this summer to get your street fix.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Literary Festivals Happening Around The Country And The World!

Start making your reservations for some fabulous literary festivals happening this year!

Georgia-11th annual literary festival
Sat Oct 17 2009

Charlotte NC-Literary festival
Sept 5-6 2009
Contact: 704-713-9676

Sri Lanka-Literary festival (taking place in historic city of Galle)
Jan. 27-31 2010
Contact: for more info

Chapel Hill, NC-Literary festival
Sept 10-13 2009
Contact: for more info

Keep checking back for great festival information.

Literary Diva