A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.”  Eugene Ionesco

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Library Journal is sponsoring a contest for self-published e-books. There is no fee to enter and the top prize is $1,000. Enter your self-published romance, mystery, science fiction or fantasy novel. in addition to cash prizes, the first prize winner and two honorable mentions receive reviews in Library Journal and ads in the publication. The deadline to enter is August 31, 2015. Get all the details here.

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Pockets, a Christian magazine for children ages 6 – 12, is holding a short story contest. Submit your 750-1000 words short story by the deadline of August  15 for a chance to win the $500 first prize. There is no fee to enter. Get the details here. 

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Good Housekeeping Magazine wants your stories for its “Silver Linings” story contest. “Tell us about a time when a wrong turn took you to the right place or you found unexpected happiness at the end of a long road.” Your story should be 1,500 to 2,500 words. The story should be non-fiction and will be judged on the basis of originality, adherence to the theme and writing style. The deadline to enter is September 1, 2015. There is no fee to enter. The winning entrant will receive $2,000. Find out more here.

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The fourth book in my Eureka, Colorado series, Above It All hit the shelves this week. You don’t have to have read the previous books to enjoy this one — each book is designed to stand alone. In Above It All, a woman with a secret past learns to let go and embrace the future. Check it out here.  aboveitall

Chicken Soup For the Soul is seeking submissions for two upcoming anthologies: “My Very Good, Very Bad Cat” and “My Very Good, Very Bad Dog.”  “We want your funny stories, your heartwarming stories, and your mindboggling stories about all the very good, very bad, simply amazing things that your cat [or dog] does.”   The editors appreciate humor in the stories.  Stories should be true, and up to 1,200 words. Payment is $200. Be sure to check out the book topic page here for ideas you might want to explore in your story.  The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015.

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The Writer magazine is sponsoring a Crime Fiction contest. The Crime Pays! contest runs from July 1 to July 31, 2015. Submit your 1,000 to 2,000 word short story that “explore[s] the human experience through a criminal action and a strong central character.”  Find out more here.

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We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever become a master.” Ernest Hemingway

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Ghostwood Books is a small press founded in 2010. Ghostwood aims to be an author-friendly publisher. They produce a variety of genre fiction, first as digital releases, with better-selling titles also released in print. Ghostwood is currently seeking submissions of short fiction for a Haunted Futures anthology. Submit your 3,000 to 8,000 word story on this theme (find out more about the theme in the guidelines.) Authors receive an advance plus 50% royalties. Find out more here.

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Crimson Romance, the digital romance imprint of Adams Media, is seeking romance short stories of 10,000 to 20,000 words for two upcoming holiday-themed collections. Send your Christmas romances by August 1, 2015, for publication December 2015 and Valentine’s Day themed stories by October 15, 2015, for publication February 2016. Crimson Romance publishes all sub-genres of romance – contemporary, historical, paranormal, erotic romance, romance suspense and others. Find all the details here.

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Lawman Protection, Book Two in my Ranger Brigade series for Harlequin Intrigue, goes on sale next Tuesday, June 23rd. The ebook will be available July 1. (This book received 4 1/2 stars from RT Magazine, which called the series “an Intrigue Reader’s delight.” lawmanprotection

One lawman is determined to keep his enemies close…and an innocent woman even closer…

A killer lurked in the Colorado wilderness, and now Captain Graham Ellison had some reporter sniffing around the crime scene. And not only did Emma Wade know the victim, she never dropped an investigation once she started it. But all Graham saw was an independent streak that would get the gorgeous redhead killed. As much as he didn’t like allowing a civilian access to his case, he needed to keep Emma close if he also hoped to keep her alive. And he very much did. After all, she was an innocent victim who needed his protection. Nothing more. Or so he kept telling himself.

Get your copy here. 

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Forever Yours, the Digital-First romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing, accepts manuscript submissions from both agented and unagented authors. Submit your novella (12,000 to 35,000 words) or novel-lenth (35,000 to 100,000 word) manuscript in any romance sub-genre. Forever Yours pays 25% royalties, paid quarterly. For more details, go here.

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Boroughs Publishing Group publishes digital titles in all sub-genres of romance – historical, contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, romantic suspense, urban fantasy, multi-cultural, and young adult.  The editors accept 30,000 to 40,000 word novellas and 70,000 to 120,000 word novels. Find the submissions guidelines here.

Boroughs Publishing is also sponsoring an Outside In Romance Writing Contest. Submit your romance featuring a bad-boy/rebel hero, 45,000 to 100,000 words, by June 15, 2015. The winner will be announced at the Buroughs Publishing Group Party at the Romance Writers of America conference in July in New York City. Get all the details here.

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The Guardian (Ranger Bridage, Book One) is now available in all ebook formats. Get it while it’s hot! Amazon, Barnes and Noble. iTunes.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog post with others. Repost, reprint, reblog, retweet — all I ask is that you give me credit as the source and include a link to this blog. If you would like to know more about me, or see a complete list of my books, check me out online here or here, or on Facebook here.

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown

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Less Than Three Press is seeking stories for an upcoming LGBTQ romance anthology. Stories in “Enchanted Soles” will feature bisexual romances and involve a pair of enchanted shoes. Stories should be between 10,000 and 20,000 words. Payment for accepted stories will be $200. The deadline for submissions in August 31, 2015. Get all the details here.

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Lee and Low Books is sponsoring a New Voices contest for authors of color for a children’s picture books. First prize is $1,000 and publication of your children’s picture book. Previously unpublished writers of color may submit a picture book manuscript of no more than 1,500 words, targeted to readers ages 5 to 12. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2105. Find the details here. There is no fee to enter and each author may submit up to two manuscripts. Get the scoop here.

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I’m celebrating another new release this week! Rocky Mountain Getaway is an ebook-only novella, part of my series about the quirky inhabitants of fictional Eureka, Colorado. The book features seven original recipes from the Last Dollar Cafe and is a bargain at only $2.34. rockymountaingetaway_ebook

n Eureka, Colorado, no one is a stranger for long…

Spring is just around the corner when the residents of Eureka get the news that the Last Dollar Café will be featured on the popular TV show What’s Cookin’, USA? Soon everyone throws themselves into preparing their beloved town for the limelight—and no one more so than the show’s host, Faye Anne Reynolds. With ratings dwindling and her personal life a tangled mess of debt and regret, she needs this episode to be more than perfect, and she’s willing to do anything to make it so.

Librarian Cassie Wynock is right behind her, scripting her debut as Eureka’s star representative. Meanwhile, local Maggie Stevens is dragging her feet setting a wedding date to Jameso, and her friend, Barb, is tearing her hair out searching for the right building for her B&B. Nothing is going to according to plan, and when a freak snowstorm blankets Eureka, everyone will have to realize that micro-managing life isn’t possible—and letting good things happen takes a little faith, a lot of patience, and loyal friends.

Get your copy here.

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Avon has issued a call for submissions for their Impulse imprint. Avon Impulse publishes a variety of romance sub-genres in digital first format. Since its debut in 2011, Avon Impulse has expanded to publish 4 to 8 titles a month, with over three dozen Impulse releases hitting bestseller lists over the years. The editors are currently interested in acquiring romantic suspense, contemporary trilogies, historical romance with a strong hook, and super-sexy contemporary romance. Authors for Avon Impulse receive 25% royalties up to the first 10,000 copies sold, and 50% royalties for all sales after 10,000 copies. Avon Impulse accepts both agented and unagented submissions. Check out the guidelines here. 

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Toasted Cheese Literary Journal is sponsoring A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest. The contest is open to both short story and creative non-fiction submissions. Each entry must center around the idea of the protagonist spending a summer away from his or her usual environment. Stories between 1,000 and 5,000 words are welcome. The entry deadline is June 21, 2015. Prizes include Amazon gift cards and publication in the September issue of Toasted Cheese. There is no fee to enter. Find all the details here.

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The Guardian (Ranger Bridage, Book One) is now available in all ebook formats. Get it while it’s hot! Amazon, Barnes and Noble. iTunes.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog post with others. Repost, reprint, reblog, retweet — all I ask is that you give me credit as the source and include a link to this blog. If you would like to know more about me, or see a complete list of my books, check me out online here or here, or on Facebook here.

This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that eas and that hard.” Neil Gaiman

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For the second year in a row, Write A House is offering writers the opportunity to win a home in the Detroit area. The winning writer agrees to maintain the home as his or her primary place of residence, to interact with the local writing community and to live in the house at least 75 percent of the time. In return, the winner will receive a fully renovated 1,100 square foot home with a basement, front and back yard, one or two bedrooms and bathroom. Writers from any part of the United States are eligible to apply. You must be a low to moderate income writer, and you must submit a writing sample (poetry, nonfiction or fiction.) The deadline for submissions is June 5, 2015. Get all the rules and details here. 

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Only a week until the release of The Guardian, which kicks off a new four-book series for Harlequin Intrigue. The Ranger Brigade series follows a multi-agency task force charge with keeping law and order on the public lands in and around Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The Guardian, in stores May 19 and available as an ebook beginning June 1, kicks off the action with a kidnapping, a murder, and a reunion between a former U.S. soldier and the medic who saved her life.

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There’s still time to sign up for Harlequin’s Back to Basics Boot Camp, which kicks off May 22 as a prelude to their So You Think You Can Write competition. The free, online, interactive Boot Camp aims to help authors polish their manuscripts for the competition. Find out more here.

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One Teen Story focuses on fiction for young adult readers. The magazine publishes stories by both adult writers and teen writers and pays $500 per story. The editors are looking for stories about the teen experience, between 2,000 and 4,500 words. of all genres. Find the guidelines here.

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British publisher Mills & Boon, British bookseller WH Smith, and ebook retailer Kobo Books are teaming up to sponsor the Romance Writing Life competition. The competition is open to aspiring romance authors in the UK, the United States or Canada. Both self-published and never before published authors may enter the competition. Submit your synopsis of no more than 500 words and a first chapter of no more than 5,000 words by July 14, 2015. Finalists will be asked to submit a complete manuscript. Submissions may be in any romance subgenre — contemporary, historical, paranormal or new adult. The grand prize winner will receive a publishing contract with Mills and Boon. There is no fee to enter the competition. For all the details, go here.

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“A well-developed and versed character will write the story for you.” A.R. Voss

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Story Magazine is accepting submissions on the theme of climate change for an upcoming issue. Send your short story of any genre exploring climate change (in this world or another.) No length limit. Payment is $20 per page, up to $200. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2015. Find more details here.

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During the month of May, Tor.com is open to unsolicited submissions of Science Fiction and Fantasy novellas. Sr. Editor Lee Harris and Asst. Editor Carl Engle-Laird will be reviewing submissions from both unpublished and previously published authors. Harris loves space opera, and classic science fiction themes and would love to see a time travel thriller. Engle-Laird is interested in technothrillers and near-future science fiction. Both editors are also open to urban fantasy and fantasy. Submissions should be 30K to 40K. Find out more here.

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The Saturday Evening Post is sponsoring the Great American Fiction Contest, Submit your previously unpublished short story of 1,500 to 5,000 words by the deadline of July 1, 2015 for a chance at the $500 top prize and publication in the January/February 2016 edition of The Saturday Evening Post. There is a $10 entry fee. Stories may  be any genre but should be focused on the Saturday Evening Post’s trademark theme of Americana, with no profanity or graphic sex. Find out all the details here.

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guardianOnly two weeks until the print release of The Guardian, the first installment of my new Ranger Brigade miniseries for Harlequin Intrigue. The ebook version will be available June 1. ”

Memories of rescuing her fueled his dreams. Seeing her again fueled his desire.

Far from the mountains of Afghanistan, Abby Stewart found solace in the wild country of western Colorado. But after finishing one war, she was caught in another. In securing the crime scene, Lieutenant Michael Dance was more surprised to see Abby than the dead body. How could he forget her face after caring for her wounds and saving her life? And yet she didn’t remember him at all. That wouldn’t stop him from embarking on a high stakes investigation leading to much worse than murder. And if it helped jog Abby’s memory and soften her toward him, he wouldn’t leave her side until she was safe once more…” Get your copy here.

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Harlequin’s 2015 So You Think You Can Write program kicks off May 21 with the Back to Basics Online Bootcamp. Sign up for this free only writers’ workshop to get your manuscript in shape for the So You Think You Can Write competition, which begins September 14. Get all the information you need here.

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The flesh of prose gets its shape and strength from the bones of grammar.”  Constance Hale

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MeeGenius, the number one ap for children’s books, is looking for original manuscripts for young readers ages 2-8. The MeeGenius ap for iPad, Android and other mobile devices delivers illustrated stories to children to read alone or with their parents. The editors at MeeGenius are looking for stories 15 to 20 pages in length, with 20 to 70 words per page. The stories may or may not be illustrated, but the finished book will be illustrated. Stories that include rhyming poems or stories are very popular with MeeGenius readers. They offer a “standard publishing contract” and promise to respond to your submissions within two to four weeks. To learn more about the company, their formatting and submission requirements and more, go here.

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Books To Go Now is a digital and print publisher based in Seattle. The company is especially interested in Christmas holiday romances of 10,000 to 60,000 words. All sub-genres of romance and all heat levels are welcome, but the story should center around the Christmas holiday. For more details, check here.

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The deadline to submit your story for inclusion in The Best Women’s Erotica 2016 is June 1, 2015. Editor RachelKramer Bussel will choose approximately 25 stories for the anthology and would like a variety of perspectives, from playful to soulful, featuring women of all ages, races, backgrounds and sexual persuasions. Stories should be 1,500 to 3,500 words and all characters should be 18 or older. She’s particularly interested in stories featuring women over 40, women of color, stories involving more than two people, those set in unusual settings, and any story that will “blow my mind.” She welcomes all genres of erotic fiction. Payment is $100 and 2 copies of the anthology. For more information, go here.

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The ABA Journal is sponsoring the Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction. Entries should “illuminate the role of laws and lawyers in society” and be no more than 5,000 words. First prize is $3,000 and there is no fee to enter. Both previously published and never-before-published stories are welcome. The deadline to enter is June 30, 2015. Get all the details about the contest here.

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The next installment of my popular Eureka series, set in the quirky, fictional mountain town of Eureka, Colorado, goes on sale June 30, but you can pre-order a copy now at your favorite bookstore or ebook retailer.

Welcome to Eureka, Colorado, a small town with a big heart—and a cast of characters as homespun as their community and as beloved as family…

aboveitallWith preparations for the annual Founder’s Day pageant underway, Eureka is bustling with activity when bank teller Shelly Frazier’s sister shows up with a reporter in tow. Shelly has a past no one in Eureka knows about, except her husband Charlie—and she’s not eager to share it now that she’s made a whole new life for herself as a wife, mother, and enthusiastic volunteer for the local historical society. That said, if anyone is going to tell the story of her days as a media darling, it will be Shelly herself. But she’s not the only one wrestling with questions or looking for answers…

While a private investigator is looking for clues to the whereabouts of the swindler mayor Lucille used to date, Maggie Clark is wondering if new husband Jameso is really ready for a lifetime commitment. And Cassie Wynock is all-too-willing to share her family’s history with the wider world. Soon enough, the entire town of Eureka will also have to face its past—caverns, ghosts, and all—to understand where the future is going to take them…

Pre-order Above It All on Amazon here.

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Aspiring screenwriters who want to develop shows for children can enter Nickelodian’s Script First 2015 contest. Nickelodian Animation Studios is invited writers to submit a 3 to 5 page spec script featuring an original show idea and characters in a self-contained story. If NAS likes your idea, you will be paid to write a full-length script. Your script should appeal to boys and girls ages 6 to 11 and work well with animation. Stories should also have a strong comedy theme. There is no fee to enter and each writer may enter up to three scripts. The deadline for all entries is May 15, 2015. Get the details here.

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James Bond fans, here’s your chance to pen your own James Bond inspired story for possible inclusion in the upcoming anthology, License Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, from ChiZine Publications. Editors David Nickle and Madeline Ashby are seeking stories set in the world of James Bond, featuring the character created by Ian Fleming, with a contemporary perspective. The anthology will be released in Canada, where the James Bond stories are in the public domain. Your story should be no longer than 5,000 words. Payment is 6 cents a word, CDN. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015. Find out more here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Repost, reprint, retweet — but please give me credit as the source, and include a link to this blog. If you’d like to know more about me and my books, check me out online here or here, or visit me on Facebook here or hereP[. Thanks!  Cindi

“Dialogue is not just quotation. It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs.” Jerome Stern
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If you’ve always wanted to write for televison. CBS’ Writers Mentoring Progam could be your ticket to realizing your dream. The program pairs aspiring television writers with a senior-level writer on an existing CBS series, plus a network executive for one-on-one coaching, networking and other opportunities to make contacts and develop your craft. Each candidate for the program must submit a one-hour or half-hour spec script for an existing CBS television series, plus an original pilot script, stage play or short story. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015. For all the details, go here

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“Tales of the Grimoire” is a forthcoming anthology of erotic fiction for women. Publisher Ylva Publishing is seeking contributions of lesbian dark fiction featuring paranormal creatures such as werewolves, demons, trolls,vampires, etc. Stories may be any genre of erotic, including romance, humor and suspense and should be between 4,000 and 10,000 words. Payment is $40 per story. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2015. See the guidelines here.

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aboveitallThe next chapters in my Eureka, Colorado stories go on sale at the end of May and June. Both books are available for pre-order now. The e-book only novella, Rocky Mountain Getaway, follows the story of Danielle and Janelle’s chance at the spotlight on a national cooking show. The book includes original recipes from the Last Dollar Cafe. At the end of June, Above It All follows Maggie and Jameso’s efforts to adjust to marriage and parenthood. while another resident of Eureka reveals a secret past. You can pre-order both books now.

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Harmony Ink is sponsoring a Young Author Challenge for LGBTQ youth writers, ages 14-21. Submit your 2,000 to 10,000 word short story showing a LGBTQ character who grows and changes during the course of the story. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015. Winners will be including in a special anthology, receive payment of $25. to $55, plus a critique from a professional author. Find all the details here.

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Red Moon Romance is a boutique publisher or romance and erotic romance. Assistant Editor Laura Harvey loves paranormal romance, including time travel and fantasy romance. She likes dark and edgy heroes and strong, smart heroines.

Assistant Editor Trish Thompson craves stories with well-developed characters and unexpected plot twists. She likes stories with humor and great storytelling.

Assistant Editor Cori Vidae  likes dark and twisted stories, and kink among consenting adults. She’d love to see an erotic steampunk romance or an erotic second-world fantasy.

Editor-in-Chief Eileen Wiedbrauk favors sexy paranormal, fantasy and science fiction romance. She likes stories with Alpha males and a sense of magic. Her favorite heroines are ordinary women who rise to the occasion in extraordinary circumstances. Among her likes: “Highlanders, shifters, dragons, plus-size heroines, vampires, dark fae, and hot humanoid aliens.”

Red Moon primarily publishes electronically. They do not pay advances, but pay 40% of net royalties. They accept novellas over 20,000 words and novels 50,000 to 100,000 words. See all of their detailed submission guidelines here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others — repost, reprint, retweet. Please credit me as the source of the information and include a link to this blog. Find out more about me on my websites here and here, or on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter@CMyersTex. Thanks!  Cindi

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