“However great a man’s natural talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at once.” Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Harlequin Heartwarming is a line that started as a reprint program of older titles. Editors are now accepting original manuscripts for this imprint, which focuses on warm, romantic stories with no sex and no religion. The guidelines characterize these as “Stories readers can feel comfortable sharing with their daughters and granddaughters.” The books are 70,000 to 75,000 words, are contemporary, with emotional conflicts, and focus on home and family. You do not need an agent to submit to Harlequin Heartwarming. Find the guidelines here.

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Until March 10, you can download a FREE copy of the first book in my Titled Texans trilogy, Nobility Ranch, at Smashwords. Go to this link and use the code RE10o  at checkout. And, also until March 10, you can get my other historical titles for 25 % off from Smashwords by using the code RE25 at checkout.

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If you’re a fan of horror and westerns, The Edge of Sundown is a new anthology looking for short stories of 4,000 to 8,000 words that feature horror in an old-west setting. Editors Kevin Ross and Brian M. Sammons  want seriously scarcy stories set west of the Mississippi between the Civil War and the Mexican Revolution. Pay is 3 cents a word and the deadline for submissions is July 1, 2012. Find the guidelines here. And check out D.L. Snell’s interview with the editors here.

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Glimmer Train is currently sponsoring its March Fiction Open. Several times a year Glimmer Train accepts submissions of all fiction on all themes (no children’s stories.) Glimmer Train does charge a reading fee for these contests of $19 per entry. First prize is $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second place gets $1,000 and third place $600. Word count: 2,000 to 20,000 words. Deadline to enter is March 31. The winner will be announced by May 31. Find all the details here.

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As always, feel free to share the information with this newsletter from others. All I ask is that you give me credit as the source and include a link to this blog. Thank you. Cindi Myers

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