September/October 2017 Writing Contests

Thanks to Rachel Poli’s efforts we are updated once again on the upcoming September/October 2017 writing contests. Thank you so much Rachel!

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September/October 2017 writing contest deadlinesSeptember 2017

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry
Theme: None
Website: Still: The Journal
Deadline: September 9, 2017
Entry Fee: $12
Prize: First – $200

Genre: Essay
Theme: None
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Entry Fee: $10/1 essay or $15/2 essays
Prize: First – $1,000

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: My Crazy Family
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $200

October 2017

Genre: Poetry
Theme: N/A
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: (Early bird) October 2, 2017
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: First – $1,000

Genre: Popular fiction (romance, YA, thriller, crime, horror, sci-fi)
Theme: N/A
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: (Early bird) October 16, 2017
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Fiction
Theme: Short story (new writers only)
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Christmas and Holiday
Website: Chicken Soup for the…

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“A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2017”

Alexander M Zoltai published a post leading to the Aerogramme Writers’ Studio’s “A guide to Short Story Contests in 2017”.

Thank you very much Alexander!

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Short Story Contests 2017

This would normally be a re-blog day; but, Aerogramme Writers’ Studio published A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2017.

Since some of the contests have deadlines in January, I thought it needed published here today 🙂
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New Series – Smorgasbord Short Stories – Seeing is Believing – Sally Cronin

Check this out! Thank you for this chance, Sally!

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A new series today for short story writers who would like to feature here on Smorgasbord to reach a different audience. It is also an opportunity to promote any books, anthologies you have published and also your blog.

Submission is simple.. I don’t want to be too strict on words but around the 1000 mark, but don’t worry if it goes over. Any images need to be your copyright. Please attach separately to the email. Your bio and photo.. Blog and social media links and also a main buy link for your published work such as Amazon author page or the individual Amazon link in full.

You can send to sally.cronin@moyhill.com … my readers here on the blog include some in their young teens so if you could bear that in mind that would be great.  Look forward to hearing from you.

I am going to kick off the series…

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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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Tips for Writing Short Stories

Since I’ve got trouble to write a short story I think these hints, tricks and advices are absolutely amazing and very useful. I’m sure I’m not the only one. Thank you very much Shirley McLain!

Shirley McLain

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Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction. A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book.

A short story conserves characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict, and drives towards a sudden, unexpected revelation. Go easy on the exposition and talky backstory — your reader doesn’t need to know everything that you know about your characters.

Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers

Contents

Get Started: Emergency Tips

Write a Catchy First Paragraph

Develop Your Characters

Choose a Point of View

Write Meaningful Dialogue

Use Setting and Context

Set up the Plot

Create Conflict and Tension

Build to a Crisis or a Climax

Deliver a Resolution

  1. Get Started: Emergency Tips

Do you have a short story assignment due tomorrow morning? The rest…

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