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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“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

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