“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 Editors  Dave Morehouse and Kathleen Cassen Mickelson pay five cents a word  for original, previously unpublished stories.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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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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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

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

I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybody’s head.” John Updike

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If you know anything about beekeeping or have an interest in the hobby, this may be the contest for you. WicWas Press is assembling a bee-keeping themed anthology and they are looking for short stories and articles revolving around beekeeping. Submit your story of up to 1,500 words by March 1 for a chance to win the $500 first prize. There is no fee to enter. Find more details here.

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One Teen Story is acquiring literary short stories for young adults. One Teen Story publishes nine issues a year and each issue includes one short story, 2,000 to 4,500 words. From their guidelines: “stories should deal with the teen experience (issues of identity, friendship, family, coming-of-age, etc.) and should be geared primarily toward an audience of teen readers. With that in mind, gratuitous profanity, sex and drug use are best avoided. We’re open to all genres of literary fiction” They are open to submissions now through the end of April. Submit your story for readers 13 and older. They pay $500 per story. Find the guidelines here.

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Ellora’s Cave is searching for novellas for some upcoming anthology collections. Ellora’s Cave is a digital publisher known for “romantic” – erotic romance. They’re interested in the following themed submissions:

Screamers – erotic horror, 10,000 words + . Deadline, March 1, 2015 for publication in October 2015.

Women With Whips – FemDomme, 10,000 words +. Deadline August 1, 2105 for publication in March 2016.

Windswept Women – Erotic Gothic Romance, 18,000 words +. Deadline December 1, 2105 for publication in July 2016.

Find more details here.

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Romance Writers of America is assembling its second anthology to showcase work by RWA member. If you are a member, you may submit your romance short story, 5,000 to 7,000 words by March 12, 2015. The stories may be in any romance sub-genre, as long as they follow the theme of second chances. Sylvia Day will edit the collection, which will be released in the Spring of 2016. All proceeds benefit RWA programs. For more information go here.

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Rocky Mountain Getaway, a novella in my Eureka series, will be released May 26, but is available for pre-order now. This story features seven original recipes from the Last Dollar Cafe. Don’t miss it!

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Bouchercon, the annual convention for mystery writers and fans, is assembling an anthology of mystery short stories, “Murder Under the Oaks.” The only stipulation is that the story must contain a crime, not necessarily murder. Award-winning author Art Taylor will edit the collection. Stories should be between 3,500 and 5,500 words and should be made as blind submissions (instructions are in the guidelines). The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015. Profits from this anthology benefit Wake County, North Carolina libraries. Get the details here.

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Fictionvale is a quarterly publication devoted to genre fiction. Most issues feature two genres of fiction, though some are open to all genres. Currently, the editors are open to submissions for the September 2015 issue, which will be devoted to Horror and Humor. Submit your story of up to 5,000 words by March 15, 2015. (Changed from the original March 1 – see the home page for details.) Payment is 2 cents a word. Get the 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

I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”  Harper Lee

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Fiery Seas Publishing publishes a variety of fiction for adults and young adults, including romance, mystery and science fiction/fantasy. They publish both ebook and paperback editions of their titles.  Right now, the editors are particularly interested in holiday stories — Beach Reads (deadline March 1, 2015), Halloween (deadline May 1, 2015), Christmas (deadline August 1, 2015) and Valentine’s stories (deadline October 1, 2015). These stories may be romance, or any other genre Fiery Seas publishes, and should be between 15,000 and 45,000 words. Read the details for these Special Calls here, or fFind their submission guidelines here.

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Canadian romance ebook publisher Morning Rain Publishers is temporarily closed to submissions.

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Diversion Books publishes contemporary and historical romance, thrillers, mystery, young adult, new adult, science fiction/fantasy and women’s fiction in both digital and print. Their slogan is “Great reads to distract the mind.” The editors accept submissions from both agented and unagented authors. Their catalog includes both new material and previously published work. They pay quarterly royalties and do a lot of online marketing. Find out more here.

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The first volume in my Titled Texans trilogy, To Love a Lady, written under my historical pen name, Cynthia Sterling, is currently free at Amazon, B&N and most e-book retailers. Check it out, along with the two other titles in the trilogy,

Educating Abbie and The Runaway.

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Only a short time left to enter the Denver Women’s Press Club Unknown WritersContest. Previously unpublished Colorado residents 18 and older may enter a short story or nonfiction article up to 2,000 words or a poem of up to 40 lines. The deadline to enter is February 17, 2015. First prize is $125. The entry fee is $25 for fiction and nonfiction and $15 for poetry. For more info, go here.

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A heads-up for my UK readers — Author Christopher Fielden maintains a comprehensive list of short story and novel writing competitions for UK writers or all sorts. Many of these competitions are free to enter and some offer prestigious prizes. Check him out here.

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The Next Novelist hosts an online writing competition for aspiring thriller, mystery and crime novel writers. Submit your novel of between 50,000 and 150,000 words to be read and voted on by the online public in elimination rounds each week. The winner receives a publishing contract and $5000. The book will be published as an ebook and you will receive royalties. Get the details here.

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Thuglit ezine accepts original crime fiction stories between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Payment is $25 plus 50 percent of digital sales. Check out the detailed (and profane — just warning if you’re sensitive to foul language) guidelines here.

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