Thursday, February 16, 2012

Project 52 Update & Helpful Links: Contests, CAL, Submissions, Write Brain

We'll start with a quick Project 52 update:

I submitted a horror story this week! Yay! Doesn't mean it will be accepted, but I'm excited to have gotten my act together and to have submitted a work of fiction.

5. Submit at least 1 horror short story for publication

I can also cross off:

39. Contact publications about flash fiction contest.

#39 is why I'm behind on responding to comments and visiting blogs. I've spent a lot of the last two weeks, including the weekends, going through and finding contacts for the flash fiction contest. I will continue doing so, but the main drive is through, I think. Everything else is going to consist of random searches when I have a few minutes.

Can't believe I hadn't already crossed this off, but I forgot it was on my list:

48. Register for Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

Now for some links!

This sounds interesting, and there are some very cool prizes: My Gutsy Story Contest.

Here's another one that might be interesting: Essays for Hope.

I've heard about this contest the last couple years, and it has some high cash prizes: Scare the Dickens out of us Short Story Contest. It does have an entry fee, but it seems reasonable for the prize money.

This seems like a neat group/resource for Colorado authors (I am not a member, but contacted them about the Flash Fiction Contest, and they were very friendly and receptive): California Author's League (CAL).

I had not heard of these guys before, but it is something I wanted to look into a bit more (though I haven't yet): National Writers Union (NWU).

For those in or near Colorado Springs, there is a great Write Brain this month. I can't make it to this one, but it definitely sounds worth attending: Formatting eBooks 101, presented by DeAnna Knippling (you may remember her from the previous Write Brain I attended.)

Weekly Reminders:

Are you devious at heart? That's the theme for the PPB NLAPW Flash Fiction Contest. More information can be found on the Flash Fiction Contest tab at the top of my blog.

The A-to-Z Challenge is filling up fast! No worries, though, there is no limit to how many people can sign up to participate. The sooner you sign up, though, the sooner you can start getting to know your fellow A-to-Z participants. Click on the A-to-Z tab at the top of my blog or go to the official A-to-Z website for sign-up, information, helpful posts from our team and past participants, and video challenge pieces.

The Pikes Peak Writers Conference is filling up fast! The sooner you get registered, the better your chance at getting a Read & Critique appointment or Pitch appointment.

Anything to share? Anything you'd like me to be keeping an eye out for that I'm not? Let me know!

P.S. I will be posting over at the official A-to-Z Challenge Blog tomorrow about the A-to-Z Challenge and the importance of community among bloggers and writers. I'll post a reminder and link then!

May you find your Muse.


  1. I really like posts like this, because they are so community friendly. I don't live near Colorado, so some of the information doesn't apply to me. At the same time, its inspiring to see people not just talking about doing it, but actually pursuing this writing thing!

  2. *Thanks for the links to contests. I'm going to check them out today. Also, good luck with your submission. Sending stories out is such a good feeling!

  3. Going to be another awesome year for the Challenge!

  4. Yay for submitting! I always feel a little ridiculous after submitting something - almost embarrassed, thinking "oh, they're going to read this and laugh derisively...". Still, as the Lotto people say, you gotta play to win. Good luck!

  5. Ron, thank you, very kind and encouraging words!

    Dawn, thank you, it really is! It made me feel like I was actually accomplishing something, taking action.

    Alex, indeed, and I'm so excited to be a part of it!

    Li, me, too! I instantly wanted to take it back. Thank goodness I can't!

  6. There is so much happening! And blogger has started an insidious new Captcha that is really a hassle now. Time to start getting rid of word verification.

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  7. Your blogs are always filled with awesome information. Congrats on crossing some to do items off your list, and best of luck with your horror submission... when it comes to writing short stories, I always write horror:)

  8. Wow, I'm impressed with your accomplishments! Good luck on your submission, I am definitely interested in learning more about it!


  9. Lee, that reminds me that I'd intended to post about the new word captcha! Filing it away; the new one truly is terrible.

    Tania, that's always where I seem to go in short story form, too, which is funny because it always seems to be urban fantasy and dystopian in novel form. And thanks!

    Dawn, thank you!