Monday, July 20, 2009

Pink Petal Books Call for Submissions

This was posted to a writers loop I belong to. Good luck! ***permission to forward granted and encouraged*** The next deadline for our Pink Petal Books Presents anthology is coming up on August 15. We seek 15,000-25,000 word novellas featuring male winter Olympic athletes. Pink Petal Books Presents: Men of Winter (Winter Olympic Athletes) Submission Deadline: August 15, decisions by Sept 1 Electronic Publication: January 2010, print May 2010 We’re looking for hot Olympic Athletes who love the snow. Think skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters, bobsled…the possibilities are endless. We welcome all orientations, so long as one of the male characters (or both!) are Winter Olympic Athletes. Stories don’t have to take place at the Olympics. For more information visit: Pink Petal Books

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

Here's a contest I ran across and thought I'd pass on. The deadline is July 31st, so hurry and get your entry in. Oh, and if you visit their website, make sure you check out the "Freebies" page and download a free creative writing guide (blurb is below). Legend Fire's Writers Guide is a short (54 pages) guide to creative writing. It was written to help all creative writers, though focuses mostly on the beginner. How To Write Creative Fiction Check it out, and good luck to those who enter! CALL FOR ENTRIES! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject or write a short story, 5 pages max., on any theme, single or double-line spacing, neatly hand printed or typed. Entry fees: Poetry Contest: $5 per poem Writing Contest: $10 per story Prizes: Writing Contest First Prize: $500, 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100 Poetry Contest First Prize: $250, 2nd: $125; 3rd: $50. Postmark deadline: July 31, 2009. Visit for details and to enter! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

Lyrical Press Call For Submissions: Steampunk

Call For Submissions: Steampunk Lyrical Press welcomes authors to submit their brilliant blending of 19th Century steam power with science-fiction/fantasy. In a word – Steampunk. What’s Steampunk? You know that movie/comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? That’s Steampunk. It’s the perfect marriage of an era when steam power was in use and science-fiction/fantasy elements. It’s goggles, gears and corsets. It’s fun, adventure and excitement. Lyrical Press is accepting all forms of Steampunk, with a focus on romance and erotica. If you’re manically mad about mechanical masterpieces set during the Victorian age we’d love to hear from you. Sensuality level: All – with a focus on romance/erotica Length: 30,000 – 80,000 words Key Characteristic: 19th Century steam power blended with elements of science-fiction/fantasy Deadline: None Please follow Lyrical Press’ guidelines found here:; when submitting. Send submissions to submissions @ lyricalpress (dot) com. Lyrical Press, Inc. is a New York based small press owned by the husband and wife team of Frank and Renee Rocco. Our goal is to provide authors with a reliable and pleasant home for their books and offer readers an eclectic mix of quality titles. LPI publishes in both electronic format and Print On Demand for select titles over 70,000 words. Lyrical Press Lyrical Press Blog Lyrical Press on Facebook

Monday, July 6, 2009

Writers Hodge Podge

I have a little bit of everything posted here today.  I hope you find something useful.

Happy Writing!

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Today, Brooke Borneman, Director of Sales and Marketing at Dorchester Publishing,  is at talking about Dorchester’s Next Best Celler contest.  Go here to check it out.

Here’s this weeks Romance University line up:

7/06 - Monday - Crafting Your Career: Brooke Borneman, Director of Sales and Marketing at Dorchester Publishing, will share the scoop on Dorchester's exciting new America's Next Best Caller contest co-sponsored with TextNovel.

7/08 - Wednesday - Anatomy of a Male Mind: Evan offers a gay man's perspective on women, sex and straight relationships.

7/10 – Friday – Chaos Theory of Writing: Author Victoria Gray guides us through the fascinating process of weaving historical facts into our fiction writing.

Dorchester Contest Guidelines and Rules

Ø Lisa Logan’s Free Book Trailer Workshop

If you’re interested in making a book trailer, Author Lisa Logan offer’s a free basic course on her website

Check it out here:

Lisa Logan Website

Ø Susan Meier’s Free Workshop

Harlequin Author Susan Meier posted a condensed version of her CAN THIS MANUSCRIPT BE SAVED WORKSHOP on her blog.

Check it out at:

Also,  see her HOW TO ANALYZE THE BOOKS YOU READ workshop on her website.

Susan Meier Website

Ø Author Survey(s)

So, you are an author or aspiring author? Where are you now? Where do you want to be? What is your wish list? What do you consider when choosing a publisher? No personal information taken. Please pass along.

To participate,  go here.

And here’s another one…

How low does the  price of ebook readers have to go  before you will make that all important purchase?

If you haven't done so already, please take this survey and pass it on to any other interested parties.

You don't have to register, nor does this survey require your email address or any other personal data. A simple response is all that's required. The survey will be available until July 11th. 

Go here to participate.

*Permission is granted to pass the survey details on to any/all interested parties.

Ø 1st Turning Point

1st Turning Point has a great article by Romance Author Rowena Cherry on eBook Piracy. There’s even a sample take down notice.

What is 1st Turning Point?

1st Turning Point is All About Promotion and is also A  Place Where Authors Teach, Share, & Learn.  We’re hoping this will be a pay-it-forward site, where those who learn today will teach tomorrow.

This is a fairly new site, and it  looks like it’s going to be a great resource.  Sign up to the newsletter for a chance to win an awesome bunch of prizes!

Contest drawing will take place July 31 at 11pm Pacific Time. All 1st Turning Point Subscribers are eligible to Win!

Learn more at the 1st Turning Point Website 


Snipped From Hope Clarks FundsforWriters Newsletter - 06/28/09 Issue

Novel Category - First 10 pages of your Novel, Book, or
Screenplay + Synopsis. Contest entries in English only.
Open to all unpublished and not under contract novelists
and screenwriters anywhere in the world. $500 first prize.

Short Story - Any Genre - $50 first place. Limit: 2,500 words.

Personal Essay - Something Personal -- your opinion on any
subject or a character study or a slice of life piece. Limit:
1,500 words. $30 first place.

Poetry - $30 first place. Three poems or six poems.

Lifetime Award Novel - Any genre - $100 first place.
Previously published novelists may enter.

ENTRY FEE $10 - $20. Deadline July 30, 2009.

Rules and guidelines at:

For more contests, writing tips and resources, sign up for Hope Clark’s FundsForWriters Newsletter.

Ø Submission Call: Working Mother Magazine

Working Mother magazine seeks freelance submissions for the following areas: You, Work and Family.  Writers can download
editorial calendar to enable them to pitch articles in advance.
See site for full guidelines.

Working Mother Magazine

Ø Stephanie Maclean, Literary Agent Looking For Submissions

PW announced that Stephanie Maclean has been promoted to Literary Agent at Trident.  She is actively seeking romance, women’s fiction and young adult.  But as with any agent, check the submission guidelines before sending.

Trident Media Group, LLC

Stephanie Maclean

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Submission Calls

Below are a few submission calls/resources I gathered this past week.  I hope you find them helpful.

Happy Writing!

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Snipped from Agent in the Middle Blog:

Sandy Lu, an associate agents at Lori Perkins Literary Agency, has announced that she is earnestly looking for romantic suspense, so send her your stuff. Tell your friends.
Sandy at lperkinsagency dot com.

White Rose Publishing Short Story Contest

What's missing from this cover?
Your Name!

Introducing a new contest from White Rose Publishing.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, we're giving you a picture plus a synopsis---and that's worth 20,000-25,000 words plus a publishing contract.

All you have to do is fill in the synopsis blanks to create your own
unique plot, and then write the story to go with it.

For Rules and Entry information, visit White Rose Publishing at:
Or if the long URL won't work, try:
Official Rules in PDF at:

New Market: Divine Destinies From EREC Blog

Canada-based all-genre imprint seeking romance:
"We accept submissions in all the sub-genres, including romance, as long as it isn't formula and preferably contains paranormal elements, and any and all combinations thereof." [Website]
"Devine Destinies is the mainstream imprint of eXtasy Books, a publishing company specializing in 'out of the box' reading." [Myspace]

Call for Submissions at Total-e-Bound

Call for submissions for the "Over the Moon Anthology".
Total-e-bound is a British publisher of erotic romance. At this time we are putting together an anthology of six stories with a paranormal element. If you are currently working on a story you think might be suitable, send your submission directly to me at . I'll be editing this anthology. If you have trouble with this email address, you can use my novelsisterhood one --

Over the Moon – paranormal anthology Guidelines:

• 15K to 20K word count per short story/novella
• Paranormal - Werewolves, MF or MFM only
• Heat Rating: Burning/Melting (see our book rating info)
The Submission deadline is June 10th 2009 for release in November 2009. Submit the full story plus a short (1 - 2 page) synopsis.

When submitting, please enter "Paranormal Submission" in the email subject line.

If you have any questions, please email me.
Janice Bennett

Snipped from Cynthia Sterling Market News Newsletter:

Anne Sowards, Senior Editor at Roc and Ace, sent a Tweet that she is looking for Steampunk science fiction and fantasy. Romantic elements are okay, but this shouldn't be a romance.  (Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy/speculative fiction that combines historical elements of a time when steam power was prevalent -- often Victorian England -- with other technological elements.)

(Thanks for Marilyn Byerly for the heads up on this.)

Also From Cindy Myers/Cynthia Sterling Market News:

Grassroots Publishing produces several special interest magazines, including I Love Cats and Quick and Easy Crochet. The editors are soliciting contributions for a new venture, New Love Stories. They're looking for romantic stories between 3000 and 5000 words in any sub-genre -- contemporary, historical, inspirational or paranormal. From their guidelines: "While we will accept any story having to do with love and romance, we are currently seeking stories with some sexuality incorporated into the plot to stimulate interest and allow the reader to live vicariously. However, stories should not be overtly graphic or pornographic in nature. Suggestive phrases should be used in the place of reference to body parts and inappropriate language. " Payment is $300 on publication. For all the details, go to

From Cynthia Sterling Market Newsletter. Anyone can sign up for the newsletter by sending a blank email to

Harlequin to Launch A YA/Teen Imprint/Line

Harlequin Teen will publish novels in several genres, including science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. The program will kick off with three urban fantasy novels: My Soul to Take, which launches in August; Gena Showalter’s Intertwined in September; and a reprint of a 2004 Harlequin Luna novel by P.C. Cast called Elphame’s Choice in October. Print runs have not yet been determined. Going forward, Wilson says she is currently planning 17 books for 2010, and 18 to 20 books for 2011.

Go here (The Quill & Quire) to read more.