The IWSG exists to provide support for writers online. Get support, give support, meet fellow writer/bloggers. Just click on Alex's name above to sign up then post on the first Wednesday of each month. Be sure to visit others to lend your support, too!
Speaking of which, this month's co-hosts are Erika Beebe,Sandra Hoover, Lee Lowery, and Susan Gourley! Be sure to pay them a visit.
This month's optional question: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?
Honestly, everything that's happened has been a learning experience that's gotten me to where I am now. The only thing I can think of right now is to not let anything you learn or experience deter you from your writing journey. It's fine to take a break and digest things, but always come back to your art.
Before I jump into the announcements, it's time for my monthly submissions. Each month for IWSG, I post my submissions stats to keep myself accountable. In July:
11 currently on submission
We at the IWSG have a surprise for you this month. We're announcing the anthology theme a month early!
WEP posts are the third Wednesday of every second month, so the next posting is this month.
This month's theme is Change of Heart. Some suggestions for the theme are as follows:
- a commitment made when a prospect looked attractive,
- a decision on a course of action, and then regrets and reluctance to follow through,
- an engagement, a date, a diet plan, a chore someone said they’d do and didn’t follow through,
- a strip poker-game. Or maybe a gamble with super-high, panic inducing stakes,
- a break for independence that once made, gives pause for second thoughts,
- a bolt for the grass-always-greener pasture and then wanting to vault-n-turn right back,
- a broken relationship where one/both parties regret the loss
- something offered, then withdrawn.
And now for the links. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.
Splickety Publishing Group is seeking flash for Spark with the theme of Lab Coats and Love Letters. 300 to 1000 words. Pays $.02/word. Deadline August 24.
Qommunicate Publishing is seeking short fiction with the theme Geek Out. Queer meets geek. Up to 5000 words. Pays $5 per printed page. Deadline August 31.
Rogue Blades Entertainment is seeking fantastical crime noir for Crazy Town. 3000 to 7000 words. Pays $25. Deadline September 1.
Goblin Fruit is seeking fantastical poetry. Pays $15. Deadline September 1.
Blood Bound Books is seeking horror short fiction about furries (either Furries or anthropomorphic critters) for Burnt Fur. 1500 to 7000 words. Pays $.03/word. Deadline September 1.
Barnhouse is seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essays, and flash fiction. Up to 2000 words. Pays $20. Deadline September 1.
Will you be submitting to the anthology? What's your advice to new writers? Do you take part in WEP? Have you submitted anything this month? Any of these links of interest?
May you find your Muse.