Thursday, August 13, 2015

Writing Opportunities

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Here are a few writing opportunities for aspiring authors:

Good Housekeeping Silver Linings Writing Contest

·       Word Count: 1,500 to 2,500 words
·       Deadline: September 1, 2015
·       Theme: non-fiction story about a time in your life when something good came from a seemingly bad situation
·       You'll be entered for a chance to win $2,000 and possible publication of the winning story in a future issue or on

Splickety Magazine

·       Word Count: 1,000 or less
·       Deadline: 9/25/15
·       Theme: Merry Everything
·       Sub-genres: Winter, Seasonal holidays, snowmen, Christmas, etc.
·       Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, and we want stories that warm the heart like hot cocoa after a snowstorm. This Christmas list is by no means complete, but here are a few of my favorite things: Silver bells, sleigh rides, snowball fights, surfer Santas, blizzards, the perfect gift, a Christmas card stamped “returned to sender.” Our wish list is for stories that makes us feel the Christmas spirit, alive and well.
·       Website:

Blue Mountain Greeting Cards
·       Poetry for Valentine’s Day Cards
·       Written from personal experience, the prose or poetry piece must be topical, based on real-life, and express genuine feelings.
·       Submission Deadline: September 12, 2015
·       Payment: $300

Christina Weeks is author of—quick reads posted on the first and fifteenth of the month. In addition, she’s published in short fiction and commercial publications. She’s also worked at Walt Disney World, flown in a stunt plane, and raced a stock car. 

Connect with Christina at:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Never Broken

Never Broken is the first book in the Irish-Scottish historical series Everlasting Faith.  Never Broken was originally published in 2006, but due to the publisher canceling their fiction line, the rest of the series wasn’t published. In 2008 I switched my focus to Amish fiction (which I enjoy writing) but I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to re-publish Never Broken with MountainBrook Ink. and finish the series.

Never Broken is a family saga set in 1840s Ireland and Scotland during the Irish famine and the Scottish clearances. While the story is pure fiction, the inspiration for the book and series came from my own ancestry. My great-great grandfather immigrated to Glasgow, Scotland, from County Cork, Ireland. In the early 20th century my grandfather immigrated to the United States. When I learned about my family history, I wanted to write a story about characters having faith in the direst of circumstances. The tragedies that led to the Irish Diaspora and the Scottish clearances shaped the rest of the 19th century and had a lasting impact on the Industrial Age. Throughout these severe trials men and women kept their faith, relying on God even when He seemed to have abandoned them.

I hope you enjoy Never Broken and the two new books in the series, Never Forsaken and Never Abandoned. Happy reading!

Kathleen Fuller is the author of over 30 books, including the Hearts of Middlefield series. She and her husband James split their time between Ohio and Arkansas. When she’s not writing Kathleen loves to spend time with her young adult kids, traveling, swimming, and reading. 

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Publishers Are Tougher Than Your Critique Group (Writing opportunities included!)

Publishers Are Tougher Than Your Critique Group
Build Your Author Resume

by Christina Weeks

So, you’ve written a short story. You’ve vetted it through your critique group—week after week, five pages at a time. You heeded their constructive criticism and incorporated their suggestions.

After final polishing, you send it in. Good news! It’s accepted!

But then your piece is returned with more red ink. What? More feedback?

Yes and better than your critique group ever provided.

Another reason to write short? Learn to edit at an advanced level. Your critique group is great and definitely needed. They helped you get the offer. Right? But working with professionals will move your skill level from amateur to advanced. See what they see. Learn how to tighten, mine for plot nuggets, and expose lazy clichés.

Here are some opportunities to gain experience:   

Writers on the Storm Writing Contest
·       Word Count: 4,000 to 6,000 words
·       Deadline: June 30, 2015
·       Submission Guidelines: Very specific. Please see website.
·       Entry Fee: $25

Unfinished Chapters Anthology
·       Word Count: 1,200 to 2,000 words
·       Deadline: July 1, 2015
·       Theme: Whether it’s through neglect, distance, misunderstandings or simply divergent interests, who among us hasn’t experienced relationships that either fell through the cracks with the passage of time or never had a chance to fully develop from the outset?

Through the wistful perspective of a rear-view mirror, it’s about all those names we run across in old address books, the brief encounters on airplanes that seem to hint at a future friendship, or the casual flips through high school yearbooks that cause us to wonder if our classmates voted “Most Likely To…” ever actually did.
·       Submission Guidelines: Very specific categories and guidelines. Please see website.
·       Entry Fee: $5

21 Days of Joy: Stories that Celebrate Motherhood
·       Word Count: 1,500 to 1,700 words
·       Deadline: July 1, 2015
·       Theme: Motherhood – Fictional Stories

Christina Weeks is the author of Check out her latest flash fiction on the 1st and 15th of the month. Sip. Read. Enjoy.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Beyond I Do

Enter to win a copy of "Beyond I Do", a sweet contemporary romance reviewers are calling heart-warming, thought-provoking, and a must-read.

Will seeing beyond the present unite them or tear them apart?

Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignites a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancĂ©. 

To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Short Story Contest

ACFW along with its Houston Chapter is sponsoring a short story contest for all authors. It appears an ACFW membership is not required. However, there is an entrance fee. Entries open June 1 and close June 30. The theme is dancing.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Submit Early, Submit Often by Christina Weeks

Submit Early, Submit Often
Build Your Author Resume
By Christina Weeks

I work best with a deadline. And not a self-imposed, hit-it-if-I-feel-like-it target. I need a due date. Writing contests, magazine articles, and short story anthologies give me that deadline.

Meeting deadlines on shorter works provides practice and self-discipline for the future—when you’re in the major leagues and a publisher gives you a deadline. Before accepting an assignment, we need to be confident that we can complete it on time. How long will it take to write, edit, and polish amidst a work schedule and family responsibilities? Knowing your bandwidth comes with experience.

In addition completing multiple short works simultaneously hones your juggling skills. Someday you’ll not only be completing line edits for your manuscript, but you’ll also be blogging, conducting interviews, writing a promotional short story, and handling social media. Multi-tasking is an essential skill we can learn on the way up.

So submit early and submit often. Here are some opportunities:

Westbow Press and The Parable Group – Aspiring Authors Writing Contest
Word Count: 10,000+ words
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2015
Fiction or non-fiction completed manuscripts with an inspirational, positive message.

Splickety Prime Flash Fiction
Word Count: 1,000 words or less
Deadline: July 10, 2015
Theme: Lost at Sea
The Crossover Alliance Anthology Volume 2
Word Count: 500 to 17,000 words
Deadline: July 19, 2015
Submissions should have a Christian theme and also fall within or close to the speculative fiction genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural, etc. As mentioned in our About Us page, we are interested in mysteries, historical pieces, or other pieces that speculate, are fiction, and edgy in their own right. If in doubt, submit to us and we'll let you know.

Pelican Book Group – Easter Lily stories
Word Count: 15,000 to 25,000 words
Submissions Accepted: August 1 to September 30
Christian historical or contemporary romances
Very specific requirements for the story. View guidelines:

Christina Weeks is author of—quick reads posted on the first and fifteenth of the month. In addition, she’s published in short fiction and commercial publications. She’s also worked at Walt Disney World, flown in a stunt plane, and raced a stock car. You can connect with Christina at:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Nadia's Hope Free 05/01/15 - 05/03/15

Christian Fiction by Lisa Buffaloe. Tell your friends and pass on the word to bring healing and hope to a world in need of God's healing and hope. The book is free 05/01/15 - 05/03/15 Nadia's Hope on Amazon 

About Nadia's Hope

The nightmares continue. Memories won’t heal. Nadia must make a choice.

Nadia Minsky fled Israel to escape her past, but she can’t outrun her nightmares. The throbbing scars along her hip and stomach are cruel reminders of shattered dreams. Even though surgeons mended her body, her spirit still bleeds. Friends claim only God can heal her. For Nadia, trusting a God who allowed her to suffer is inconceivable.

Can close friends, a wild roommate, and a handsome medical student help Nadia learn to trust? Or will she allow her past to forever cripple her future?

“… the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.” ~Psalm 33:18 (NIV)

Nadia’s Hope
2010 Women of Faith Writing Contest Finalist Runner-up for Women’s Fiction 
2010 American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest
Best of Conference for Adult Novel, 2007 North Texas Christian Writer’s Conference.

"This is an amazing story of finding grace, hope, and healing through God's amazing love."

"Greatly enjoyable, this book was not a "light read" in that the content was compelling, deep, and inspiring. Go on a journey with Nadia as she struggles against God's love through deep pain and anguish, then rejoice with her as she finally finds peace. Excellent book . ."

"I absolutely loved this book. It grabbed me right from the first few pages. The tender love shared between Nadia & David was beautiful...but more important the message that with Gods help we can get thru anything. Amen!"

"Lisa Buffaloe's book offers hope and healing for the wounded heart. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a healing balm for an aching soul."

Nadia's Hope