“The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business”  John Steinbeck

The winners of my contest are 

Jenna Bayley-Burke 

Cynthia Boris

Koko Brown  
 
You’ve each won a Platinum Membership to Auto-crit. Someone will contact you via email about this soon. If anyone else wants to check out Auto-crit, go to http://www.autocrit.com
 
Thank you so much to everyone who entered.
 
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Samhain Publishing has put out a call for Submissions for two new anthologies:
Red Hot Fairy Tales To be released in Summer 2010, this anthology focuses on “super-hot fairy tales.” Stories can be any subgenre of erotic romance, though they must have a happy ending.  Stories should be 20,000 to 25,000 words. They’ll be released individually as ebooks in August 2010 and  in print in Spring 2011. Submit the full manuscript with a 2-5 page synopsis. Submit only one manuscript per anthology. When you send your manuscript, please be sure to use the  naming convention FairyTales_Title_MS or FairyTales_Title_Synopsis.  Deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2010 and final decision will  be made by February 15th, 2010. Please send your submission to  editor@samhainpublishing.com and include Red Hot Fairy Tales Anthology
 in the subject line. Questions and queries can be addressed to Laurie
 M. Rauch (laurie@samhainpublishing.com)
 
Steampunk Romance Anthology Samhain plans to release this anthology in Fall 2010. ” Don’t know what steampunk is? Think League of Extraordinary Gentleman and The  Wild, Wild West. Even Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity have steampunk elements transported into space. For more information about  steampunk, you can check out the entry on Wikipedia.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk.”  All sub-genres of romance and all levels of sexual heat are welcome in this anthology, as long as the ending is Happily-ever-after or “Happily for now”.  25,000 to 30,000 words. The stories will be released as individual e-books in November 2010. Send the full manuscript with a 2-5 page synopsis and a letter of introduction. When you send your manuscript, please be sure to use the  naming convention Steampunk_Title_MS and Steampunk_Title_Synopsis.
 
Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2010. A final decisionwill be made by May 31. Please send your submission to  editor@samhainpublishing.com and include Steampunk Anthology in the  subject line. Questions and queries can be addressed to Sasha Knight  (sasha@samhainpublishing.com).
 
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Pill Hill Press  is holding a short story contest with the theme Love Kills: My Bloody Valentine. Winners will be published in an anthology. In addition, the following prizes will be awarded:
 1st Place – $125.00 + 1 contributor’s copy of the book
 2nd Place – $50.00 + 1 contributor’s copy of the book
3rd Place – $25.00 + 1 contributor’s copy of the book
Runners-up – 1 contributor’s copy of the book
 
The editors are looking for scary stories. “Stories should take place
 at or around Valentine’s Day. Think obsession, lust, heartache,  stalkers, etc. Serial killer stories welcome.  We prefer stories with atmospheric suspense vs. gore. Gruesome and/or  sexy scenes are acceptable as long as they are essential to plot  development.”  They prefer stories written in third person. Stories should be 2,000 to 6, 000 words, though they prefer stories in the 3,000-5,000 word range. Dealine January 15, 2010.  Stories can take place at any time (past, present, future, alternate),  and can take place anywhere (Earth, sea, outer space, other planets,  etc.) as long as they fit the theme of Love Kills: My Bloody Valentine. Find all the details about this and other upcoming Pill Hill Press anthology projects at http://www.pillhillpress.com/open-submissions.html 

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My website has been updated. Check out my upcoming projects and bookcovers at http://www.CindiMyers.com
 
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