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 clich├ęs.

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.