Author Spotlight Gilda Evans

Welcome Gilda Evans!

1. When did you start writing?

I’ve written my whole life – it’s always been a very natural form of expression for me. I remember winning my first writing contest for poetry when I was nine years old.

2. What motivates you to write?

It can be any number of things. Usually the more passionate I feel about a particular subject, whether fiction or non-fiction, the more easily the writing flows. In the case of my upcoming book, S’LIFE, Slices of Life for Teens, I was motivated by the need for and dearth of this type material I perceived for my target age group of 13-17 year olds. I wanted to create a comprehensive and vetted resource for teens that addresses many of the salient issues they face every day in a way that would keep my audience engaged and inspired.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write both fiction and non-fiction. My interest in children’s relationships, particularly those between teens and their peers and parents, began years ago when I associate produced a television documentary titled, What Are We Doing to Our Children? S’LIFE, Slices of Life for Teens was created to facilitate and improve communication among teens, and between teens and their parents and educators. I believe that the no-nonsense style the book is written in appeals to teens because it was developed with teens’ involvement, instead of authoritatively isolating and alienating them.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

Whether it helps someone gain a new perspective and insight about themselves or life in general, or simply gives them a needed, enjoyable break from their daily routine, my goal is that my writing be a source of inspiration and entertainment.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Of course! Any writer who says that it never happens isn’t being honest. The most effective method I’ve found to get beyond it when it occurs is to have a change of scenery. Usually getting out into nature to clear my head is the best.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

It sounds cliché, but just keep writing! Focus on what you know or things that inspire you and create a fire inside that just won’t go out unless you get it down on paper or into a computer file!

7. Please, tell us about your work.

S’LIFE, Slices of Life for Teens is a concise, accessible and humorous book covering just about every major topic of concern in a teen’s life. It gently, yet boldly guides the reader through the various issues and scenarios in an educational and inspirational manner. It is written in a format that speaks with both the adult and teen voices to the teen and parent reader alike. This book’s appeal is universal and it teaches its audience to approach their challenges in a realistic, positive and constructive way. It is also intended to facilitate and improve communication among teens, and between teens and their parents and educators. It is unique in its format and approach, as it incorporates feedback from clinical psychologists, academicians from the field of education and the target teen audience itself. When finished, the reader will feel energized, enthusiastic and far more insightful about growing up on one hand, raising a teen on the other and life in general on both sides. Not only will they want to read and refer to this book time and again, but they will also look forward to the other books that follow in the series.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Connect with Gilda:

www.gildaevans.com
www.facebook.com/gildaevansauthor
www.twitter.com/gildaevans
www.linkedin.com/in/gildaevans

September/October 2016 Writing Contests

Once more has Rachel Poli provided us with Writing Contests through the upcoming two months, September and October 2016. Thank you for all your work!! We are truly grateful!

Rachel Poli

September/October 2016 Writing ContestsSeptember 2016

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: FanStory
Deadline: September 12, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Themed fiction
Hosted by: Creative Writing Institute
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $5

Type: Popular Fiction
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Nonfiction (Random Acts of Kindness)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Flash Fiction
Hosted by: Street Light Magazine
Deadline: September 21, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Essay
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Nonfiction (Best Mom Ever)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (The Spirit of Canada)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Supernatural Fiction
Hosted by: The Ghost Story
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Fiction and Poetry
Hosted…

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August/September 2016 Writing Contests

Rachel Poli has once more collected the latest writing contests for August and September. Thank you so much for all your efforts Rachel!

Rachel Poli

August/September 2016 Writing Contests Rachel PoliAugust 2016

Type: Nonfiction (Dreams and Synchronicities)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (The Spirit of Canada)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Very Short Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $16

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $21

September 2016

Type: Popular Fiction
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Nonfiction (Random Acts of Kindness)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Essay
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Nonfiction (Best Mom Ever)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Supernatural Fiction
Hosted by: The Ghost Story
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Entry…

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On Writing Short Stories

 

Hugo Esteban Rodriguez Castaneda is guest posting on Rachel Poli’s blog this week and provides us with an excellent article about writing Short Stories. Thank you Hugo and Rachel.

 

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Rachel Poli

Guest bloggers visit my website twice a month on Tuesday and Thursday. If you would like to be part of this, feel free to check out the Be A Guest Blogger page.

This week’s guest post is brought to you by Hugo. Thanks, Hugo!

So, you want to write short stories?

You’re in luck.

There’s been a focus on general writing and editing so far by my fellow guest bloggers, and it’s all valuable information. Read through the posts, you’re bound to learn something. So for my piece, I’d like to narrow the focus a little bit and talk about writing short stories.

Let’s start with the Wikipedia definition of a short story:
“A short story is a piece of prose fiction, which can be read in a single sitting. … At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named characters and focuses on a self-contained…

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July/August 2016 Writing Contests

As always Rachel Poli has taken the effort to inform us about writing contests in July and August 2016! Thanks so much for your hard work, Rachel!

Rachel Poli

July 2016

Type: Poetry Awards
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: July 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Nonfiction (College Student Stories)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: July 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Parent to Parent)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: July 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Blended Families)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: July 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Curvy and Confident)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: July 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

August 2016

Type: Nonfiction (Dreams and Synchronicities)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (The Spirit of Canada)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Very Short Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $16

Type: Fiction
Hosted…

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June/July 2016 Writing Contests

Rachel Poli once more did amazing work in providing us with a list showing the June/July 2016 writing contests. Thank you so much for all you do for us, Rachel!

Rachel Poli


June 2016

Type: Nonfiction (Theme: Blended Families)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Theme: Curvy and Confident)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Theme: Stories about Teachers and Teaching)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Short story fiction (new writers only)
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $18

Type: Short story
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

July 2016

Type: Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry (Health, wellness, etc.)
Hosted by: Bellevue Literary Review
Deadline: July 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Poetry Awards
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: July 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Nonfiction (College Student Stories)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: July 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

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May/June 2016 Writing Contests

Thanks to the effort of Author Rachel Poli do we have a new upcoming list of writing contests – May/June 2016. Thank you so much Rachel for your great work!!

Rachel Poli

may june 2016 writing contests rachel poliMay 2016

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Lorian Hemingway
Deadline: May 1 (late May 15)
Entry Fee: $15 (late $20)

Type: Fiction (inspired by artwork)
Hosted by: Words and Brushes
Deadline: May 15, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: New Letters
Deadline: May 18, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Nonfiction (The spirit of Canada)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $2

Type: Flash fiction/Short story
Hosted by: AHWA
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $5 flash fiction/$10 short story

June 2016

Type: Short story
Hosted by: American Short Fiction
Deadline: June 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Nonfiction (Theme: Blended Families)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Theme: Curvy and Confident)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline:…

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April/May 2016 Contests

Amazing Rachel Poli has done more research for us and listed the April/May 2016 Contests.
Thank you so much for all your work Rachel!

Rachel Poli

april may 2016 writing contests rachel poliApril 2016

Type: Short story
Hosted by: First Writer
Deadline: April 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Nonfiction (The Joy of Christmas)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Angels and Miracles)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Hosted by: Crab Orchard Review
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry fee: $15

Type: Supernatural fiction
Hosted by: The Ghost Story
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry fee: $20

Type: Very Short Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry fee: $16

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry fee: $21

May 2016

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Lorian Hemingway
Deadline: May 1 (late May 15)
Entry Fee: $15 (late $20)

Type: Fiction (inspired by artwork)
Hosted by: Words and Brushes
Deadline: May 15, 2016
Entry Fee: None

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March/April 2016 Writing Contests

It’s such a pleasure to be able and permitted to re-blog the March/April 2016 writing contests, provided by the hard work of Rachel Poli! Thanks so much Rachel, you’re a gem!

Rachel Poli

March April 2016 Writing ContestsMarch 2016

Type: Short story/flash fiction
Hosted by: Grammar Ghoul Press
Deadline: March 13, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Poetry about Food
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: March 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Hosted by: Bellingham Review
Deadline: March 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Nonfiction about Dreams and Synchronicities
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction about The Spirit of Canada
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Christian work
Hosted by: Oregon Christian Writers
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $35 for members, $45 for non-members

Type: Fiction and nonfiction
Hosted by: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $24

April 2016

Type: Short story
Hosted by: First Writer
Deadline: April 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Nonfiction (The Joy of Christmas)
Hosted by: Chicken…

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September/October Writing Contests

Thank you so much Rachel for sharing these September and October Contests 2015. So many of us appreciate your efforts!

Rachel Poli

September October Contests

Here is a reminder for contests in September. Below are contests due in October.

Good luck!

September 2015:

Type: Popular Fiction
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: Early bird–September 15, 2015; Final deadline–October 15, 2015
Entry Fee: Early bird–$20; Final deadline–$25

Type: “Family Matters”
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

Type: Standard fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $0

Type: Essay
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $10

October 2015:

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: October 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

Type: The Joy of Less
Hosted by: Chicken Soup
Deadline: October 30, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type:Alzheimer’s and Dementias Family Caregiving
Hosted by: Chicken Soup
Deadline: October 30, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Very Short Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: October 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

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