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New Flash Western Short Story contest due October 25, 2013

The new Flash Western Short Story Contest guidelines are posted.  See the page on the top menu bar. The due date is October 25th since the winning entry will be published in my anthology, A CLASS OF MUSES. The book is going to press the end of this month.  Please check out Wikipedia’s explanation of the Western Genre. I think it will be fun even if you don’t normally write Westerns.

If you have any questions, let me know.

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Poem Entries in A Class of Muses Anthology

All entries to my Poems about Children Contest have the option of being published in my anthology,  A CLASS OF MUSES. I will need written permission from each of you who decide to be in it. I will be sending the anthology to press the end of October and it will be available to purchase by January 2014.

Let me know as soon as you can.

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Contest Honorable Mentions

All the votes are in for the poem about children contest. I will be moving the poems to the Contest Archive page today if you want to read the entries.

The first place winners are Lani Longshore, author of DEATH BY CHENILLE, for her poem “Armistice” and Julie K. Royce, author of PILZ, for her poem “Questions”.

And now to announce the two Honorable Mentions: Susie Crumpler for “Untitled” and Peter Dudley, Author of SEMPER and FORSADA, for his poem, “Tipping Point”.

I have everyone’s contact info but Susie’s. Venkat, can you email it to me?  Thanks.

More important news regarding all the participants in this contest will be posted shortly. Stay tuned.

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Flash Short Story Contest Next

As soon as the poetry contest Honorable Mentions are announced, I will move the poems about children to the Archive page and announce the new contest. Since it has a due date of October 15th, I want to give your muse time to formulate an entry.

I need a submission for my anthology, tentatively called “A Class of Muses” which will be at the printers by October 31st. The anthology explores genres and I realized I had nothing in the Western category. Yes, the contest theme will be a western flash story, 500 words or less, with a character arc and a story arc as usual in a longer story.

Winning entry will be published in my anthology.

Due three weeks from today. I know you can do it.

Please do not post any entries yet. I’ll tell you when.

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Poetry Contest Judges

The judges are reading your poems now and should have a winner picked by this time next week. I don’t envy them with all the great entries. I told them a tie would be okay with me.

Those of you who want to read the poems, go to my New Contest page at the top menu bar.

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Countdown to Poetry Contest Due Midnight Today

Poetry contest entries due midnight Sunday, today PST. Four stanzas, four lines each about children. No poem writing experience needed. Go to New Contest page, scroll down to LEAVE A REPLY to enter.

If you’re new to my blog, I will need to approve it, so your poem might not appear on the site until I’m back on the computer.

Allow  a couple of weeks for judges to decide. I’m glad I’m not one of them, too hard to decide on a winner.  Check out the entries so far. Outstanding!!

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Contest Due Date Four Days Away

Countdown continues:  Four more days until September 15th, the due date for my poem contest. Go to the page titled New Contest on my menu bar. I’m requesting  four stanzas of four lines each about children.

Check out the entries there, scroll down, and cut and paste your entry into the LEAVE A REPLY box.  No poetry writing experience necessary. For people I don’t know, I will need to approve your post so it might not appear right away as I’m not always on the computer when entries arrive.

The judging will be by poets who don’t read my blog so there won’t be biased choices. Looking forward to more entries.  Tell your poet friends about it.

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Poetry Contest Countdown

Five more days until September 15th, the due date for my poem contest. Check out the page titled New Contest on my menu bar. I’m requesting  four stanzas of four lines each about children.

Check out the entries there, scroll down, and cut and paste your entry into the LEAVE A REPLY box.  No poetry writing experience necessary. For people I don’t know, I will need to approve your post so it might not appear right away as I’m not always on the computer when entries arrive.

The judging will be by poets who don’t read my blog so there won’t be biased choices. Looking forward to more entries.  Tell your poet friends about it.

Thanks and good luck!

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Poetry Contest Reminder

Remember, by September 15th, poems for my poetry contest are due. Several people said they would enter but so far, no one has. It doesn’t have to rhyme, but the theme is children. See my Contest Page at the top menu for submission details. No poetry experience needed. Judges will be poet friends of mine who don’t read my blog.

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Writer’s Digest is Great! (Why I didn’t win 5th place)

 

I woke up this morning, still thrilled that I had won 5th place in the Mainstream/Literary Category of Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Competition for my short story. But a memory that they had rules about simultaneous submissions sent me to their website.  I checked and emailed the staff to tell them that the story had been published this year in the California Writers Club Literary Review. I realized that probably disqualified my 5th place win.

 The staff, especially Cris, took a thorough look at the dates of the two submissions to see if I still could be eligible. For a while, it seemed possible. After several emails back and forth, we concluded that yes, I would have to be disqualified.

 I appreciated and was pleasantly surprised at how personable Cris is in these situations. It isn’t the first time they’ve had to disqualify people after announcing their win. I was told that they appreciated my honesty, that it was refreshing. I sensed they really wanted me to be able to keep the award. Cris encouraged me to submit again in the future.

 In my mind, I feel rewarded to know that I placed 5th out of 1000 entries even if, in the end, I couldn’t reap the awards.

 I caution you all to be better at record keeping than I am. To keep track of which stories you send where, what date, and the date of the result, whether it’s acceptance or rejection. In the end, it all comes down to dates.

I also encourage you to submit to Writer’s Digest’s competitions. My experience with them today increases my appreciation for all they do in our writing community.

(Special thanks to Cris.)

www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writersdigestannualcompetition

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