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: http://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/index.php?main_page=page&id=61



Christina Weeks is author of www.MessyLifeFlashFiction.com—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:
· www.Facebook.com/ChristinaWeeks
· www.Twitter.com/ChristinaWeeks1
· www.Goodreads.com/Christina_Weeks





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