You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London

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Flash Fiction writers, here’s your chance to capture a national audience. National Public Radio’s All Things Considered is sponsoring its ninth Three Minute Fiction competition. Submit your story of approximately 600 words by September 23rd. Your story should revolve around a U.S. President, either fictional or real. Find all the contest rules here.

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Harper Voyager is launching a new digital publishing venture and is seeking submissions from new writers. For a limited time they are setting aside their agented -only policy and opening to submissions from unagented authors. The editors are seeking both adult and young adult works, particularly “epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural.” The open submission period is October 1 to October 14 only. They want completed, polished manuscripts of between 80,000 and 120,000 words. Find more details here.

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Harlequin, Mills & Boon is once more sponsoring their So You Think You Can Write competition. Currently, on the So You Think You Can Write website, 50 editors are participating in the Writers Boot Camp, with blogs, podcast, and chats about Harlequin’s 19 series romance lines. Between September 23 to September 30, you can submit your first chapter (up to 5,000 words) and 100-word pitch. After two rounds of public voting (plus input from Harlequin editors) one winner will receive a publishing contract. Find all the details at So You Think You Can Write.

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Entangled Publishing is looking for sexy Valentine’s Day stories for its Brazen line. Stories should feature an Alpha male in a high-powered or heroic profession, maintain strong sexual tension, and revolve around a tried-and-true romance trope such as friends-to-lovers, office romance, mistaken identity, etc. Submit your 45,000 to 65,000 word story by November 25, 2012. Winning stories will be released at the end of January 2013. Find more details here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Please give me credit as the source and include a link back to this blog. Thank you. Cindi Myers

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