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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“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

“It is impossible to discourage the real writers — they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.” ~Sinclair Lewis

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Do you have an idea for a sweet-not-sexy lovestory from a Christian worldview that would be suitable for one of Harlequin’s Love Inspired imprints? The editors want to hear from you. They are sponsoried a “From Blurb to Book” contest. The deadline to submit your 100-word blurb and the first page of your manuscript for consideration is this Friday, April 3rd. The editors are looking for “warm and fuzzy contemporary romance” for Love Inspired, romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and historical romance for Love Inspired Historical. If your blurb interests an editor, she’ll ask for a synopsis and first three chapters. If you clear that hurdle, the next step is to submit the complete manuscript. Get all the details here.

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rockymountaingetaway_ebookThe 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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Cicada, a literary magazine for young adults, is looking for fiction for an upcoming issue with the theme of Mutiny. Editor-in-chief Marianne Carus is interested in stories of up to 9,000 words. Payment is 25 center per word and the deadline is April 30, 2015. Find out more here.

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Fine Linen Magazine is seeking flash fiction of between 200 and 700 words , on any theme and in any genre. Editors  Dave Morehouse and Kathleen Cassen Mickelson pay five cents a word  for original, previously unpublished stories. Find out more here. 

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Level Best Books is accepting submissions for its annual crime fiction anthology. Submissions are open to writers in the New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticutt and Rhode Island. Submit your suspense, thriller, caper or mystery story of 5,000 words by the deadline of April 30, 2015. Find all the details 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

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” – C. J. Cherryh

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Legendary Women, Inc., is hosting its second annual writing contest. Submit your story featuring a female protagonist (defined as any protagonist who identifies as a woman) of between 1,000 and 3,000 words by the deadline of May 8, 2015.In your story, two women must share a scene and dialogue together, with no men present, and in the scene they must not talk about men. There is a small entry fee of $5. First prize is $125, second prize is $50, and the third place winner receives $25. For all the details go here.

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LovingTheOutlawOTHERSITESFor a limited time, my new western historical romance, Loving the Outlaw (written under my pen name, Cynthia Sterling) is on sale at Amazon for only 99 cents. Get it here. 

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HarperCollins Publishers new digital-first imprint devoted to commercial thriller and crime fiction, Killer Reads, is open until April 19 for unsolicited submissions of thrillers, detective fiction, crime dramas, legal thrillers, psychological thrillers and any other sub-genre or crime fiction. Your manuscript should be complete and be at least 70,000 words. Killer Reads debuted in late 2014 and published 1 to 2 new titles a month. Get all the details on how to submit here.

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Until April 15, Fireside Magazine is open for submissions of short stories in any genre. Stories should be up to 1000 words for flash fiction, and between 1000 and  4000 words for short stories. and may be in any genre — romance, western, science fiction, mystery, horror, etc. Fireside pays 12.5 cents a word. Find out more here. 

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RipTide Publishing, a publisher of LGBTQ fiction which had previously accepted agented only submissions, is now open to unagented authors as well. The editors are looking for completed manuscripts of between 15,000 and 115,000 words. Though open to all LGBTQ romances, right now they are particularly interested in novel length romances between two women. These stories may be any sub-genre of romance — contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, etc. Stories should be between 50,000 and 110,000 words. Get all the details 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

Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.”

—James Lee Burke

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Harlequin Teen is partnering with Seventeen Magazine to publish original novels as Seventeen Books. These books, to be available in hardcover and ebook formats, will feature ” multi-dimensional and empowered fictional female characters and explore topics and situations that authentically reflect the challenges and joys of being a teenager today.” The first titles will be released in 2016. Though no specific guidelines for the Seventeen books have been released, you can read more about Harlequin Teen here.

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Liquid Silver Books is a royalty paying ebook publisher that publishes all types of romance fiction. Liquid Silver pays royalties of 40 percent, paid quarterly. They accept manuscripts of 15,000 words and up. Currently, the editors are particularly interested in stories based on fairy tales or set in a fairy tale world. Stories may be any romance sub-genre and any heat level. The story may stand alone, or be the beginning of a series. Find Liquid Silver’s general submission guidelines here. Find more about this special call here.

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Totally Entwined is a digital first publisher of erotic romance. They release books in all formats as well as digital and pay 40% royalties on ebooks. The editors are currently searching for all types and sub-genres of erotic romance between 10,000 and 100,000 words. In addition, Editor Nicki Richards is seeking M/F and M/F/M stories 60,000 words and up with the theme of What’s Her Secret? These books feature contemporary settings and a heroine with a secret. Find more details here.

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Prizm Books publishes mainstream and LGBTQ books for teens. The editors are particularly interested in the following:

All types of mysteries, including cozies, 10,000 to 60,000 words.

Punk fiction — steampunk, dieselpunk,  biopunk, cyberpunk, 10,000 to 60,000 words.

Gemstone themed fiction — 10,000 words and up.

Spectrum — stories themed around colors, 10,000 words and up.

In additiong to stories featuring hetero, gay and lesbian teens, Prizm is interested in stories that spotlight trans, queer, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, asexual, polyamorous relationships, etc. Stories should be between 10,000 and 60,000 words. Characters younger than 17 may have sexual encounters, but these should take place “off screen.”  Find all the details here.

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Make everyone fall out of the plane first and then explain who they were and why they were in the plane to begin with.” Nancy Ann Dibble

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Romance website Heroes and Heartbreakers welcomes submissions of 15,000 to 30,000 word short stories and 30,000 to 50,000 words novellas for publication on the website. The editors are open to all sub-genres of romance — contemporary, paranormal, historical, chick-lit, romantic suspense, women’s fiction and erotica. The work must be previously unpublished. Payment is $1000 to $2000. For details, check their guidelines here
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If you’ve written an original Jack the Ripper story, editor Maxim Jakubowski is looking for you. Jakubowski is assembling the Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Tales and needs fiction based around the story of Jack the Ripper, but with your original twist. Stories should be between 4,000 and  7,500 words. Payment is $215 and the deadline is April 1. Find out more here.

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Meerkat Press has issued a call for speculative fiction romance stories for an upcoming anthology “Love Hurts”.  Submit your 1,000 to 5,000 words story dealing with broken love — cheaters, love triangles, dating haards, etc. All speculative fiction sub-genres are welcome, from steampunk to space opera and everything in between.  Payment is up to 4 cents a word and the deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015. Find more details here. 

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East of the Web publishes suspense and crime fiction short stories, 7,000 words and up. They pay five cents a word, or you may choose a combination of advance and royalties. They accept new as well as previously published stories. To find out more, go here.

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You could compile the worst book in the world entirely out of selected passages from the best books in the world.” G.K. Chesterton.

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Vestal Review wants Flash Fiction stories, up to 500 words. The magazine pays 10 cents a word for stories to 100 words, 5 cents a word for stories between 101 and 200 words, and 3 cents a word for 201 to 500 word stories. The editors would especially like to see humor pieces. They are open for submissions through May 2015. Find the guidelines here.

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Timeless Tales focuses on retellings of classic myths and fables. Editor Talia Merrill Kirk is currently looking for stories based on or inspired by the tale of Perseus and Medusa. She is open to all genres of stories. Submit your story of up to 2,000 words (1,500 words or less preferred.) by March 23. Payment is $15. Find the guidelines here.

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The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine are sponsoring the Black Orchid Novella Contest, for the best mystery novella in the tradition of Nero Wolfe. Entries should be 15,000 to 20,000 words, contain no overt sex or violence and emphasize the deductive reasoning of the sleuth. There is no fee to enter the contest and first prize is $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2015. Get more details here.

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Loving the Outlaw is my first new historical romance in years. Spinster seamstress Laura Brown has a secret. Once the spoiled, privileged daughter of a banker, her life was destroyed by scandal when she fell in love with an outlaw. Disgraced in the aftermath of her lover’s arrest, she ran away and started life over in the small town of New Spring, Texas, where she’s slowly regained the peace and respectability she craved.

But her former lover Cole Randall is out of prison now and has tracked her to New Spring. Unnerved by her lingering attraction to Cole, Laura resists his attentions. But when a bullet meant for her strikes Cole, Laura finds herself back under his spell. Will loving the outlaw destroy Laura again, or will it restore her to the only life worth living?

Find your copy at Amazon, or your favorite ebook retailer. LovingTheOutlawOTHERSITES

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Books To Go Now is actively seeking romance (all sub-genres), mystery and new adult fiction (characters from 18-24 years old, first person), from short stories to full-length novels. Length – 10,000 to 75,000 words. They are particularly interested in 10,000 to 30,000 word novellas with Valentine’s or Christmas themes for anthology collections. All work is originally published in ebook format; longer works may also be released as trade paperbacks. Books to Go Now, based in Seattle, was founded in 2010. Find more details here.

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Darkhouse Books is looking for mystery and crime short stories for an upcoming anthology “Destination: Mystery.” Stories should lean toward the cozy side and should be set in popular vacation locales. All stories should be set after the mid-nineteenth century to contemporary times. Length: 2,500 to 7,500 words, Deadline: March 31, 2105. Find more details 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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