Finding Something Friday: Hot Enough For You? (Writer’s and Poet’s Market)

Now, I realize that the heat hovering over us throughout the good ol’ US of A has drained our brains. It is nearly impossible to think, much less think straight. So I will understand if you wrap a cold towel around your head and go back to whatever you were doing to cool off. In fact, use your cold-towel wrapped time for thinking.

The Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market (2013) is still looking for articles and I bet, if you put your feet up and drink lots of ice cold tea, you can think up something brilliant! The deadline’s been extended to August 8th, so you have a couple weeks to mull over ideas.

But even more exciting, the Poet’s Market is accepting poems for the 2013 edition! You could get $50 and a copy of the 2013 Poet’s Market, not to mention the cool bragging that goes along with publication.

So go find whatever’s left of your brain and crank out some ideas. Try to remember to write something down. And when it cools off, you can worry about the details. ‘Cause honestly, it may actually be hot enough for me.

Monday Musings on Publishing and Such

Before I commence to gentle musing, I have a bit of a loud shout:

YOU ONLY HAVE TILL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO ENTER THE JANUARY BIG BANG CONTEST FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A BARNES AND NOBLE GIFT CARD.

Now, on to (quieter) publishing subjects and such.

My good friend, Donna, over at Donna’s Book Pub, interviewed Linda Fisher on the subject of publishing (Linda edited and pubbed a recent anthology, A Shaker of Margaritas: Hot Flash Mommas). Linda also gives details about a submission opportunity at Mozark Press. You’ll want to read the whole thing for inside tips to getting your work published. Then you’ll want to submit. So zip over there now.

Wait! Not now, now. After you read the next publishing subject. To wit, the very BIG, very jam-packed book I just purchased called Jeff Herman’s Guide to Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents.

I’m not kidding about the size of this book. It’s as thick as…well, let’s just say you could use it as a booster seat. I’m plowing into it this week as Book 1 on my list of writing books to read this year. I thought I’d better start in January if I have any hopes of completing it. And I’ll share interesting tidbits as I go.

So, Tidbit One: “As someone who was young and is presently less young, I will confirm that nothings beats lessons learned from direct experience, especially those instances that carve humility into our know-it-all hides.” From Jeff Herman’s introduction

Amen to that, Jeff. You and I shall get along swimmingly. And one more note here. If you’re looking to purchase Jeff’s book, please choose carefully. I almost picked up the 2010 edition rather than the 2011 edition! The publishing world changes every day and you want to get the latest news, so make certain the cover reads “2011.”

Now we all have brilliant writing to produce, or contests to win, so I’ll end my musings and get back to work. Oh, and now, you can zip over to Donna’s Book Pub!

End of Month Submission Madness


According to my calculations, you have about a week to pull yourself and your writing together and submit something, somewhere.

Now, I know it’s summer. I know it’s too hot to think up settings, or characters, or heaven forbid, a plot with a twist. And I completely understand that you can’t possibly do a thing while So You Think You Can Dance is on. But it’s time to shake off the sand, get your feet out of the kiddie pool, and fire up the grill, um, gray cells. ‘Cause if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. And by “it” I mean your mad writing skills. So, try one of these fine destinations for your sizzling stuff:

Glimmer Train has all kinds of contests, all year long. June happens to be Open Fiction. How sweet is that? Those folks must know you’re in no mood to write anything new. They’re expecting you to send in something you’ve had lying about for awhile. However, they expect it to be amazing. That’s why the entry fee is $20. (First place wins $2,000. Yes, $2,000.)

June’s Contest Challenge at Cool Stuff4Writers is titled “Chaos.” Just create chaos in your scene, in 300 to 500 words and you could win $25.00. I create chaos every day; in fact, Sally the crazy dog is a pro at creating chaos. Even the beneficent Mr. Hall creates his fair share of chaos. So, I’ve got this contest in the bag if things ever settle down enough for me to actually write about the chaos. Oh, and there’s no entry fee. Whee!

But I know that not all of you write fiction. So, I’m going to remind you about A Cup of Comfort for a Better World. Maybe you thought you missed the deadline. But the deadline was extended to July 1st. So, if you’ve got between 1,000 to 2,000 words on a story that celebrates compassion, or volunteerism, or generosity, then start writing now.

Because time, tide, and writing deadlines wait for no man (or woman).