Erica Verrillo – Calls For Submissions & Contests

on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

This August there are nearly three dozen writing contests calling for every genre and form, from poetry, to creative nonfiction, to completed novels.

Prizes range from $20,000 to publication. None charge entry fees.

Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully.

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This August there are more than six dozen calls for submissions.

All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees.

As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.

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4 New Agents Seeking Romance, Fantasy, YA, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir and more – Written By Erica Verrillo

Thank you very much for this information about agents looking for books, Erica Verrillo. We really appreciate your help!


on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

Here are four new literary agents actively seeking clients.

Mariah Nichols is interested in adult and young adult fiction with genres including thriller, upmarket, romance/rom-com, horror, family drama, science fiction/paranormal, and women’s fiction. She is also wanting to represent nonfiction in categories such as cookbooks, memoirs, self-help, lifestyle, and how-to. Stories that showcase diversity and highlight mental health or special needs is something that she would especially like to see.

Amy Giuffrida wants middle grade and YA horror, romance, fantasy and mystery as well as adult Horror, Romance/Chic Lit/Rom Com and nonfiction.

Shanna Furey is looking for Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Young Adult, Comedic, or General Fiction. Devon Halliday is interested in literary and upmarket fiction with sharp, insightful writing and vivid characters. She’s partial to speculative fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary fiction, metafiction, light psychological suspense, and romcoms. She leans toward adult fiction, but will also consider YA and cross-over projects.

On the nonfiction side Devon is on the lookout for creative and narrative nonfiction, investigative journalism, broad-perspective memoir, and popular science, psychology, medicine, and philosophy.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.

Get Full Details HERE

 

Top 5 Most Important (Yet Least Talked About) Tips for Writing Flash Fiction – Guest Post By Marie Korman

 

If you just want to know the top 7 or 10 golden rules for writing flash fiction stop reading now, open a new tab in your internet browser and Google, “Tips for writing flash fiction.” You will find dozens of articles that talk about the same rules over and over again, with only slight variation in presentation. These are all great articles, and I encourage you to read them as you won’t find that information here.

In this article, you will find the top 5 most important (yet least talked about) tips for writing flash fiction.
The tips below are the result of reading large quantities of flash fiction for years, both as a fan of flash fiction and as an editor reviewing stories for my clients.

So here is what have I gleaned from those countless stories and gallons of coffee consumed while reading them.

1. Hook

Wait you said you weren’t going to rehash the 7-10 golden rules? Hold that thought and keep reading. In Flash fiction, you must have 2 hooks (see I told you to keep reading)! The first hook has to occur in your title. Yup, that’s right, your title has to have a solid hook too! If your title isn’t enticing, thought-provoking, or the cause of an irresistible curiosity prompting the reader to venture further, then your 2nd hook won’t matter. Many readers cruise the titles to decide which flash fiction stories even to give a 10-second trial read. So unlike novels or even short stories, if the title doesn’t grab the reader relentlessly, then you have already missed the mark. Next, you need a story hook, a very strong one right in the opening sentence. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that placing the hook in the first paragraph will suffice, even if it is a decent hook. In flash fiction, you have to grab the reader right from the very first word and yank them through the story only releasing after the last word that appears in the text. Great flash fiction makes a reader feel exactly like that. Like they were grabbed by the collar and thrust into a new world, released only at the end of the ride. If a reader pauses while reading your story, it’s the kiss of death.

2. Never start at the beginning!

Flash fiction never starts at the BEGINNING of a story. Instead, it starts at the beginning of the most critical action sequence that occurs closest to the END of the story. In flash fiction, you have to start your story when something is happening and ideally at the highest point of the story arc. Just like any narrative, flash fiction needs a beginning, middle, and end with a solid plot. But you’re not going to have subplots. Focus on one plot and one main conflict. The conflict should be the most important one that happens in the broader storyline and acts as the driving force of the story. Therefore, the main conflict needs to appear almost immediately in flash fiction.

3. Tension/Tight Writing

In flash fiction, tension has to be strong and continuous. As such, tension has to present at various levels in every sentence. Every word and every sentence must move the story closer to resolution. Flash fiction by definition is typically under 1000 words. It is a unique medium, and it requires a specific storytelling skillset. Words often have to wear multiple hats, such as creating an action while also providing vivid visual details. You must be ruthless and make every word justify its place in the story and prove that it is adding essential value.

4. Don’t tell everything!

You need a solid storyline with very vivid details that can be shared in the least amount of words with all non-essential text eliminated. That said, the best flash fiction leaves some things out. It leaves clues to possible conclusions or reasons why, without stating the answer explicitly. It allows readers to draw their own conclusions, sometimes multiple conclusions about a single-story element. Good flash fiction digs its hooks deep into the reader’s brain, causing them to mull the story around in the back of their mind even when they don’t mean to think about the story. Don’t take it too far, however. Writers that leave too much of a gap or too much ambiguity just annoy readers, leaving them to feel cheated at the end like they wasted their time. Every reader wants some sort of solid resolution, so be smart in your approach.

5. Emotional Impact

All great fiction connects with readers on an emotional level. That’s what they’re looking for, and flash fiction is no exception. This is why you need to show, rather than tell, emotional attributes. Sometimes naming an emotion has its place, but showing an emotion builds a better connection with the reader. One way to create an emotional impact is to bake it into a twist ending. Many stories have a twist at the end, and it is almost an unspoken attribute of flash fiction. Readers like a story that leaves them with a punch in the gut at the end.

Now that you know how to write amazing flash fiction here are 6 paying sites where you can submit your stories!

1. Craft Literary -They pay $100 for original flash fiction. They also occasionally have contests.
2. Smokelong – They pay $25 and publish pieces under 1000 words.
3. Flash Fiction Magazine – They pay $40 for stories ranging from 300-1000 words.
4. Lamplight – They pay 3¢ per word, $150 max and 1¢ per word for reprints.
5. The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts – They pay $50 for stories up to 600 words. Submissions are open now from March 15-June 15, 2019 and the average response time is just 3 days!
6. Haunted Waters Press – They pay $3.00 for Penny Fiction, flash fiction stories told in exactly 19 words—no more, no less!


Connect with Marie Korman:

Social Media Links:

Website: https://trehpublishing.com
Wordpress: https://mariekorman.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-korman/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarieKorman
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July & August 2018 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

 

July 2018

Genre: Poetry
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Entry Fee: $10/6 poems or $15/10 poems
Prize: First – $1,000

Genre: Poetry
Website: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Entry Fee: $26
Prize: First – $1,500

To read the entire blog post, please click here:

https://rachelpoli.com/2018/07/04/july-august-2018-writing-submissions-writing-contests/

Meet the winners of the 1st Halloween-poem contest

First of all, we want to thank you! Thanks a lot to all supporters, re-bloggers, commenters, readers, and of course: POETS!!

You all did such an amazing job – and you made it very hard for us, the jury members, to decide on the three winners! We are honored and happy you provided us with these amazing poems. It was such a pleasure to have you as participants and guests!

THANK YOU!!!



 

 

The Jury of the 1st Halloween-poem contest is proud to announce the three winners:

 

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Bruce Louis Dodson

 

His poem has been published within the third collection.

Please click HERE to read it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Jennifer Hinsman

 

Her poem is one of the third collection as well.

Please click HERE to read it.

 

 

 

 


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“FloridaBorne”

 

Her poem can be found in the second collection.

To read, please click HERE.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Picture courtesy of: www.google.com
Picture courtesy of: http://www.google.com



 

(All winners were informed by email before this post was published)

 

Each winner has the chance to choose one of the following books:

 

ConfessionsofacorpslutE-book of  “Confessions of a Corporate Slut” by Jacqueline Gum

 

 

 

 

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A signed copy of  “Red White and Black Lies” by Jim P. Spencer

 

 

 

 

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E-book of either “The Hunting of Timber Manor” OR “Objects in the Rearview
Mirror” OR “Still Waters” by F. E. Feeley Jr.

 

 

 

Morning_at_the_vineyard

E-Book of “Morning at the Vineyard” written by Juliette Kings

 

 

 

 


Thank you for an amazing experience and a fantastic contest!

A.J. Alexander and the great judges: F. E. Feeley Jr., Jim Spencer, Pat Shannon and Juliette Kings

Last collection of the 1st Halloween-poem contest

We proudly present the last collection of contest submissions for the
1st Halloween-poem contest.

The Alternative All Hallows’ Eve Bash!

 (by Marje @ Kyrosmagica)

It’s all Hallow’s Eve time for the party to begin,

Witches, vampires, spooks and demons of the night,

Come and join in this annual spectacular delight,

Bring your entry ticket, a glut of gruesome grisliness.

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No glowing Jack O’Lanterns are permitted here,

No pretty Halloween plump pumpkins,

Our team of half dead bouncers search for sweets,

Ejecting sickly sweet cheerfulness with ferocious frowns.

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Vampires savour red goblets of the purist human blood,

Witches devour human brains a spicy savoury delicacy,

Ghostly ghouls can’t ingest or digest. Oh what a shame!

Instead the smell of rotten candles fills their one time bellies.

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Demons sit together in a clique,

They consume a spirit that no one dares to seek,

Their poker hot glances burn into your soul,

No one dares to join them, its too Lucifer hot!

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The party’s over way too soon there is clearing up to do,

The kindly ghosts are left to pick up,

They wail boo hoo,

A ghost’s ghoulish life is over before it has begun!

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The demon’s faces’ crease in a smouldering, bittersweet, smirk,

The vampires lick their lips, breaking into a blood-curdling smile,

And the witches cackle with ripples of raucous relish,

While Beelzebub bouncers pick up the ghosts and shake ‘em for fun.

*

Next year’s party committee is set!

A year from now a Hallibaloo of a Halloween bash is on its way!

Don’t forget, don’t be late!

Creepy Cameras at the ready, Blood, Cold, Shiver, Fire, Flash!

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HALLOWEEN IS NOT FOR ATHEISTS

(by Kim Solem)

If you don’t believe in ancient behemoths beasts

Enchanted gardens, mystical forests or magic mountains

Haunted hills, ghostly worlds, or a Hell beneath

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Nor in grotesque giants, walking skeletons

Flying griffons, screaming banshees, or stinking harpies

The living dead, be they mummies or zombies

 *

In magical deer, magnificent birds and splendid unicorns

Or in evil eyed gorgons that can kill you with a glance

Nor in wizards, ghosts or witches; both good and bad

 *

If you can’t imagine a lascivious dancing satyr

Or that a donkey can talk, let alone a talking tree

Or in fire breathing dragons, multi-eyed creatures from space

Nor in leviathans and other monsters of the deep

 *

If you don’t believe in astrology, numerology, or eternity

Nor in extraterrestrial intelligence or the cosmic odyssey of infinity

As well as visions, epiphanies, auras of divinity and immortality

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Or in other, unseen things ….like Halloween

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Then my friend, you don’t believe in the Bible!”

People who don’t believe in ‘Tricks or Treats’

Such as you, are nothing more

Than atheists in denial

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SO NO CANDY FOR YOU…MAGOO!

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Halloween At The Holy Sea

(by Kim Solem)

On ‘All Hallowed Eve’
There was a prankster
Whose prank
Would change all humanity

His silly mischievous deed
On that fateful Halloween
Still affects the lives
Of you and me

This one solitary act
The first incident of a house TP’d
Brought down kingdoms
Changing all of History

Martin Luther, that smartass
Papered a door with a heretic rant
Destroying the Empire of Rome
With a single rusty tack

If only this Halloween hoodlum
Had not been a fool
We all would be going
To parochial school

And everyone would be content
Eating fish during Lent
Dressing girls in cute uniforms
While sending some to the convent

So now you hooligans
You have been versed
Your acts of chicanery
On this October 31st

Might set in motion
Things that cannot be reversed
That will eventually result
In a terrible curse

And the seeds of your children
Will suffer the folly you risked
Like me they’ll be raised Lutheran
And forced to eat the Lutefisk


Authors, Poets and Bloggers

It has been so much fun, and such an extraordinary experience to organize this contest and to get all these interesting, wonderful and fantastic poems from so many talented writers and poets!

It is Halloween’s eve after 9 pm Eastern Time, the deadline for submissions. The 1st Halloween-poem contest is closed now.

We want to thank all participants, readers and supporters for being a part of it.

Of course. it’s not over yet! – Our jury of 5 judges will carefully consider all entries and decide on the three winners.

Please give us one week to discuss. The results will be announced November 7, 2015.

Stay tuned!

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Fifth collection of contest submissions

We proudly present the fifth collection of contest submissions for the
1st Halloween-poem contest.

“Chest of Gold”
It began when I opened myself
My heart was said of gold in my regular chest
Then I found jewels out of people
Attracting, shining sparkles to wedge in this nest
I saw a zipper under my Adam’s apple
That passed across and destroyed my bust
I removed the whole just behind my pectorals
To collect glitters that cut my breath
During my transplantation I didn’t expect
My body to reject these twinkles
but I finished knees on soil and palms
Containing my stopped heart among valuables
Now that I have lost everything there’s no end
I’m a simple pringle frightening
A zombie wandering on a land
Each year, reaching out to people on Halloween
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Decorations shall inherit the earth

(By Caroline Cao)

smirking Jack O’ Lanterns

smoke cigars of pinkies

puffing out scarlet smoke

as their plastic smirks would melt into grimaces

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The tissue ghost and plastic skeletons

from the trees jiggy-jigged

            from slick licorice nooses

            nibble on their “Made In Taiwan”

            dogchains from their necks

alarming breathless bystanders

who don’t even know there’re

pick-pocketed of their souls

when they delude themselves

safe in sleep

*

The mall-mannequins witches and werewolves

munched on candy corns at the exhibition

howling like football fans

            trick, trick, trick

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They’ll consume unopened candy

spit out its contents

and let the bricks of Hersheys

beads of M&Ms and Reeses

melt in the peeping sun

and produce the glucose river

with its shrill sugar-run

and mummify all the

the victims in pasty glucose

*

The perfect holiday marinating

*

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Grave Choice

(By Cynthia Morgan)

Weariness overcame me.

Darkness spiraled from the pit of my stomach,

Engulfing me,

Pulling me under,

Surrounding me.

I struggled against it, trying to Breath in the suffocating murk,

Like a Hypnotic Spell, I could not resist the tugging blackness encroaching on my thoughts.

Sleep leapt upon me with claws bared,

Sinking them into my flesh,

Penetrating deeply,

Inescapable.

*

Quiet.

Blackness.

Sinking.

Strange sensations scathed over me.

Heaviness.  Lightness.

Breaking through. Crashing in.

Calm Tranquility mixed with Ethereal Panic

Leaving me Searching the dimness Frantically,

but for what I did not know.

Light?

Breath?

Heartbeat?

*

All was Silent.  All was Dim.

*

Fear crashed in on me;

A thousand boulders tumbling from out of the dingy night

Sticking to me,

Pounding over me, yet I did not Fall.

There was no pain,

Only Fear devouring me in the darkness.

Echoes of thought Whispered from the Ebon vastness;

Voices once so Bright and Filled with Life,

Now Empty,

Hollow,

Soundless.

*

What happened to the Life that was inside me?

Where did my Vibrancy go?

I could not Breathe

And the sensation of Existing without it was terrifying.

Brackish water sloshed around my feet,

Pouring in from the edges of the darkness,

Splashing upwards in a Progression;

Slow,

Inescapable;

My feet felt nailed to the place where I stood.

Unable to run, I Searched the emptiness around me,

Horrified to watch the slogging water sucking upward around me,

Encasing me,

Icy,

Coldness.

*

Where was the Light?

Where was the Tunnel?

What happened to all the preaching and teaching and reaching from Heaven?

Shadows began to move in the deep darkness,

Slinking towards me in a haze that filled me with Dread.

Sounds like ravenous animals gnawing bones began surround me.

Screeches and cackles more horrendous than any tale from the crypt I had ever heard.

Insidious laughter,

Mocking my struggle;

Unrelenting,

Icy embalmment,

Closing around me.

*

All went Silent.

Only a Solitary Voice Spoke,

Echoing from the darkness.

I Listened,

Aghast

The Tone and Inflection Familiar.

It was my own voice.

It was Me,

Speaking out of the past,

Haunting my own soul;

And as I Listened, bitter tears slipped down my pallid cheeks,

Falling into the freezing water

Encircling my knees,

My chest,

My chin,

Sloshing upward,

Consuming me.

*

“I have everything I could ever Want.

There is nothing I Need.

I have Money;

I have Influence ;

I have Reputation,

And more friends than I can count. ……………

*

Why do I Need God?”

Grave_Choice_Cynthia_Morgan


Authors, Poets and Bloggers

Please join in the fun and continue submitting further entries. Have your Halloween poem posted, along with your photo, and if you like, link to your own blog or website.

Please provide us with a proper return email address! We need to be able to contact you!

We will be delighted to receive your submission, just email your entry to me and I’ll post them periodically:

aurorajean.alexander@aol.com

ONLY  50  MORE HOURS UNTIL DEADLINE!

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