“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”    ―   Stephen King


Entangled Publishing will soon add historical romance to its lineup of offerings. The editors are looking for its new Scandalous imprint. These 60,000 to 70,000 word romances may be set any time between 900 and 1950, in almost any setting.  “These stories are bold, sexy, and heartfelt, and can be funny, action-packed, mysterious, or dramatic.” The stories should feature a classic romantic trope and an Alpha male hero. Stories should be historically accurate and may contain light paranormal elements, though paranormal elements are not required. Stories should be sexy and sensual, but they’re not looking for erotica. Find out all the details here.


Children’s Writer, a monthly email newsletter, is sponsoring a Middle Grade Mystery Contest.  Write a mystery short story that appeals to 9 to 12 year-olds — no longer than 900 words. First prize is $500 and publication in the newsletter, second prize is $250 and third, fourth and fifth graders will each receive $100. Subscribers to Children’s Writer may enter for free: all others pay $15. The deadline to enter is April 30. Get all the details here.



The Woman Who Loved Jesse James got another really nice review Here.


The University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance is looking for new children’s plays and musicals. To find new works, they’re sponsoring the Anna Zornio Children’s Theatre Playwrite Award.  Submit your play or musical of no more than 60 minutes in length, suitable for adults to perform for children. There is no fee to enter. First prize is $500 and production of your play. The deadline for entries is March 4, 2016, and the play will be produced during the 2018-2019 season. Find all the details here.


The Hysterectomy Association of the UK is sponsoring the Hysteria 2012 Short Story Competition. Submit your short story of up to 2,000 words, on any subject of appeal to women (stories do not have to have anything to do with hysterectomies) by August 31. First prize is 400 pounds. The top 10 stories and poems will be published in an anthology. The contest is open to women of any nationality.  Find out more information here.


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