April 30, 2014

6 Literary Award Competitions

The big debate ranging right now is whether or not book awards and award contests actually do what they promise – give you added publicity and help you sell your books. The short answer is it depends. Just like anything else in the writing and publishing industry, if you’re considering submitting your book for a…

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Fifth Wednesday: Now Accepting Submissions

Fifth Wednesday is a print journal of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and black-and-white photography. It is published by Fifth Wednesday Books, Inc., a nonprofit press based in Lisle, Illinois. Their goal is to make contemporary literary and photographic arts available to the public through publications, readings, and workshops, in an effort to sustain the vibrancy of…

Endeavor Press: Open to Queries

Endeavor is an ebook publisher based out of the UK, although they accept books from authors of any nationality. They claim to be the largest ebook publisher in the UK, although it is hard to determine if that precise statement is true, it is clear by looking at their competitors that Endeavor is one of the largest…

Announcing The Winners of the Ten Word Book Review Contest

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

April 24, 2014

Writing Prompt: James Bond Attends Cooking School

James Bond is one of the most famous characters in modern fiction and cinema. He is iconic, but he is also frequently re-imagined. He went from a polished brown haired machine to a blond with a lot of baggage and a lot fewer quips. Even if you have never read one James Bond book or…

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6 Things Writers Can Learn From Elvis

To many admirers and fans, Elvis Presley was an anomaly, a one-of-a-kind show business performer and personality who touched several generations with his work and music. Isn’t this what many newer writers want to accomplish in the publishing world? Through all of his accomplishments in music, the King can be a mentor of sorts to…

The Best Original Novel Title

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

April 18, 2014

Writing Prompt: Meet Cute

A “Meet Cute” is the moment in fiction when two characters that will have a relationship meet for the first time. Most romantic comedies have a “meet cute,” as do most young adult novels. You know that moment when the women drops her books and the man picks them up? That is one of millions…

April 17, 2014

The Importance of Voice

I remember the first critique I ever received for my professional writing. In fact, I still have the email it was attached to so I can quote it here: “The issue with your writing is lack of confident voice”. Ouch, right? I had no idea what voice was let alone how to have a ‘confident’…

Bird’s Thumb: Now Accepting Submissions

Bird’s Thumb is an online journal dedicated to publishing emerging writers. As a young and evolving journal, they publish a wide array of voices. Their goal is singular: to discover and publish the best new writers. Writers can get a sense of the journal by reading its content online. Recordings of authors reading their work…

The Ten Word Poem

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

Skypony Publishing: Accepting Book Manuscripts

Skypony Publishing is a division of Skyhorse Publishing, which we reviewed recently. Skypony is the division of Skyhorse that focuses on publishing work for children, they are also open to publishing Young Adult work as long as it intersects with other areas of interest for the publisher such as ecology, farm living, wilderness living, recycling,…

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April 10, 2014

“How I became a writer.”

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

Writing A Great Synopsis: The Key to Publishing Your Book

How many of you are like me?  You’re a first-time author, you’ve finished your manuscript and polished it to the best of your ability, and you’re convinced that it has the potential to do very well. But then you are faced with the requirement to write a synopsis of your work.  All of a sudden…

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The Top Five Journals That Have Re-opened to Submissions This Month

A lot of good and interesting literary journals have re-opened to submissions this April. Here are the five journals I am most excited about seeing open to submissions again.  They are not listed in any particular order. 1. Stoneboat Stoneboat is a print journal that tries to publish a mix of established and emerging writers….

April 3, 2014

Writing Prompt: Abandoned House

There is an abandoned house in your fictional neighborhood. It has been abandoned for decades under mysterious circumstances. No one knows where the owners went. But for some reason the house was never sold again and the city has never torn it down. The rest of your fictional neighborhood is up to you, the one…

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Announcing the Winners of the Six Word Biography Contest

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

Alloy Entertainment: Accepting Manuscript Queries

Alloy Entertainment is a large company that has been responsible for a number of successful books, including The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and the Gossip Girl series. The books they publish tend to be aimed at a young female audience. They are not a traditional publisher, they are a book-packaging and a television production…

A Bad Penny Review: Now Accepting Submissions

A Bad Penny Review is a print and online magazine based in Georgia. Founded in 2011, this young journal is decidedly transgressive. Their aim is to emulate the idea of the bad penny: that which is considered unpleasant, disreputable, and unwanted. They prize experimental and conceptual work, and have a particular interest in work that…

8 Tips for Navigating Assisted Publishing

Standing before the publishing crossroads, at the completion of an edited manuscript, we are faced with two options: traditional or self publishing.  The problem is each choice then leads to more paths that only distort what we thought was a clear choice.  Suddenly small publishers, micro-publishers, printing presses, vanity presses, DIY options (bulk printing or…