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5 Current Writing Contests

 I try to include 20 or so new listings in the monthly "Scoop", including those with deadlines that are close (in case you have something collecting dust that would be perfect to submit). It never fails, once the list is complete, and the email's been blasted, I come across one or two more. Sometimes I share them on the Facebook and Twitter pages (so like and follow, if you don't already!), but today I'll share a few with July 31 deadlines  (where is this year going?!). If you are not a subscriber, this gives you a taste of what you get every month from the Excuse Editor. Enjoy.

Deadline: July 31

  • Glimmer Train
    • Very Short Fiction Award 
      • 3000 word max
      • $15 entry fee 
      • 1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue; 2nd-place: $500;3rd-place:$300

    • Standard Submissions
      • 12,000 word max
      • NO ENTRY FEE
      • $700 payment for accepted stories (and 10 copies of that issue)

  • Journal of Experimental Fiction
    • Kenneth Patchen Award
      • Novel contest (no word max)
      • $25 entry fee
      • Prize: $1000, publication, and 20 author copies

  • Munster Literature Center
    • Short Story Competition
      • 3000 word max
      • $20 US Entry Fee
      • Prize: 1500 euros (approximately $2000 US), publication, and invitation to give a reading.

  • Narrative Magazine
    • Spring Story Contest
    • Short Story, Flash Fiction, essay, excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction
    • 15,000 word max
    • $20 Entry Fee
    • 1st Prize: $3250 and publication; 2nd: $1500

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Happy writing!



Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Experience

The popularity of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books is beyond extraordinary. What started out as a multi- rejected book idea has turned into a multi-million dollar book empire. More than 110 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books have been sold. Many of the books have been translated to 40 different languages. I'm proud that my personal essays have been included in some of these books, and I hope to continue being a Chicken Soup contributor.
My Story
I thought I would share a bit about being published in these collections. I'm very happy with my Chicken Soup experiences, and part of that may be that I went into it with little expectations at first. I started with them because I had a few stories that seemed to fit what they were looking for, and I thought I had nothing to lose. Unlike some of the other markets and contests I was looking at, submitting to Chicken Soup could be done at no cost to me, and I didn't even need to worry about a postage stamp, because they had a…

All the Right Ingredients to Writing Advice

Last time, I talked about people in our lives that are pretty sure they know how to be successful writers, because they spent much of their time reading. Sometimes their advice can be a blessing, sometimes just the opposite. It is the same with the plethora of advice available from other writers. Have you checked out almost every book about the writing process from your local library at one time or another? Are your shelves lined with your own copies of "the-perfect-writing-advice-that-will-get-me-published-once-and-for-all"? Are you a member of multiple online writing communities? Do you hold your breath just a little bit when waiting from the critique from that "certain someone" in your writing group?

Yeah. Me too. And I don't think that gaining knowledge is a bad thing. We just have to be careful.

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Why Ghostwriting? Guest Post by Kelly James-Enger

Is it Time to Disappear?  Why I Became a Ghost--and Why you Should, Too
I never intended to become a ghostwriter. After all, why would I spend months of my life toiling away on someone else’s book? No thanks. I only wanted to write my own books, and that’s what I did.
I soon found, however, that the life of a book author wasn’t quite what I’d envisioned. I was working long hours, yet making less money than I had before, when I wrote only articles. The reason was simple—the time I spent promoting my books left me less time to write articles and other books, which cut into my income.
            Fortunately for me, I was approached by a nutrition expert about coauthoring her book. I found I enjoyed collaborating with her, but the real payoff came when we finished the manuscript. As the author, she now had to start promoting it—but I was all done!
That was enough for me. I decided to pursue coauthoring and ghostwriting, and “my” next book was ghostwritten for a client. (Typically a “coau…