Sunday, January 28, 2018

Last Call for Query Camp

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Registration ends January 29th (midnight).

Join our Query Camp on January 30th (6 p.m.) from the comfort of your couch. No matter where you are in the publishing journey, we'll help explain, critique and polish your query.

Click here to register.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

You've Got This!


If our blog challenge has you nibbling on your nails and your knees shaking, take heart. It’s not as terrifying or dare I say, challenging, as it seems. 

The beauty of blogging is there are no rules, no word counts (in fact, the shorter, the better) and tons of cheerleaders. 

The idea is to write, regardless of how simple or tedious your day might be, we want to hear it. Each blogger will be “liking” or “commenting” on a fellow bloggers. We’re all in it together.

And get this, you can even blog about not having anything to blog about. Twenty six posts in thirteen weeks, you’ve got this!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Contests & Competitions


Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize

Deadline: 
January 31, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000
E-mail address: 
diane@blacklawrencepress.com
Website: 
http://www.blacklawrence.com/submissions-and-contests/the-big-moose-prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000 pages with a $25 entry fee by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Black Lawrence Press, Big Moose Prize, 326 Bigham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211. (412) 488-8833. Diane Goettel, Executive Editor.

Red Hen, Women’s Prose
Deadline: 
February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000
E-mail address: 
editorial@redhen.org
Website: 
http://www.redhen.org

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Lidia Yuknavitch will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay collection, a novel, or a memoir of 45,000 to 80,000 words with a $25 entry fee by February 28. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Red Hen Press, Women's Prose Prize, 1335 North Lake Avenue #200, Pasadena, CA 91104. (626) 356-4760. Keaton Maddox, Associate Editor.

James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$10,000
E-mail address: 
jamesjonesfirstnovel@wilkes.edu
Website: 
http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1159.asp

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in Provincetown Arts. Runners-up will each receive $1,000. Submit the first 50 pages of a novel-in-progress and a two-page outline with a $30 entry fee ($33 for electronic submissions) by March 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
James Jones Literary Society, First Novel Fellowship, Wilkes University, Creative Writing Program, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. Bonnie Culver, Program Director.

Sarabande Books
Morton and McCarthy Prizes
Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$29
Cash Prize: 
$2,000
E-mail address: 
info@sarabandebooks.org
Website: 
http://www.sarabandebooks.org

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $29 entry fee by March 15. Ocean Vuong will judge. For the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 250 pages of stories, novellas, or a short novel with a $29 entry fee by March 15. Aimee Bender will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Sarabande Books, Morton and McCarthy Prizes, 822 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40206.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dan McGuire Blog Challenge

Dan took a detour to Smith’s Bakery every time we had a board meeting. He’d show up with Apple Fritters and a joke or two in his pocket. The last time time I went to lunch with him, we joked about how food filled his belly and his blog. 

The Tuesday after he died, I bought an Apple Fritter. I couldn’t eat it and wound up giving it to a mother with a crying toddler. The loss of Dan still catches me off guard but there’s hope in continuing his legacy. 


Dan published his (now defunct) blog, Bako Heat three times a week. There are times I still scroll through his site, mostly to hear his humor. And his voice. He was a man easy to love and hard to forget. 

In his honor, we’re hosting the Dan McGuire Blog Challenge.

From February 5th to May 6th each participant will post 26 articles on his or her blog—and comment on fellow bloggers.


Please join us in our tribute to a great man.


Participants: please email me your blog (I’ll be listing each blog to encourage participation).

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Live Webinar Kick off!

Writers, 

Thank you for your wishlist feedback. We’re kicking off 2018 with not just one live webinar, but a series. 
First up, Queries!

Join our Query Camp on January 30th from the comfort of your couch. No matter where you are in the publishing journey, we’ll help explain, critique and polish your query.


Click here to register!