“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”
—Lawrence Block


The Printer’s Ink blog is hosting a short story competition. Submit your story of no more than 3,000 words on the theme of “Fall” by December 1, 2012. There is no fee to enter and first prize is publication and 10 bound copies of your story. The runner-up wins an Amazon gift certificate. Find all the details here.


Prism Romance is looking for romance novellas, 10,000 to 30,000 words, for two new imprints. Diamond Facet stories feature all-subgenres of romance in deeply emotional stories with a happily-ever-after ending, while Inspired Cameosfeature uplifting, sweet Christian romance stories. Prism Books publishes digital romance, inspirational romance and inspirational fiction under its Diamond, Inspired and Illuminate imprints. For submission details go here.

As the company expands, they’ve added two new editors:

Marcy Dyerwill accept submissions in any genre but prefers those that fit within Prism’s Christian fiction Illuminate imprint: Amish, Angels, Apocalyptic/Futuristic, Comedy, Contemporary, Historical, Holiday, Suspense, Western and Women’s Fiction. If you would like to submit to Marcy, please email her at mdyer@prismbookgroup.com.

Kerri Nelson enjoys anything in the romance and/or mystery genres and is seriously drawn to stories containing a surprise ending.  She enjoys humorous heroines, heart-of-gold heroes, and books with the potential for a continuing series of interwoven storylines and characters.  Preferred sub-genres include:  Contemporary and Historical (Regency and Victorian England era or Civil War American era) Romance; coming of age Young Adult Christian fiction (where teens learn lessons in fun and unexpected ways); and Romantic Suspense or Cozy Mysteries (with a nail biting dose of danger included). In addition to full-length novels, Kerri is the self-proclaimed “Queen of Novellas” so if you have a short story between 15K and 30K, please send it her way. To submit a manuscript to Kerri, please email her at: knelson@prismbookgroup.com.


And We Were Hungry is sponsoring the Flying Elephants Short Story Prize, open to writers who are previously unpublished in novel form or in a short story collection. The preferred length for stories is between 2,000 and 8,000 words, though shorter or longer stories that are “exceptional” will be considered. There is no fee to enter and prize money of $5,000 will be split among the top four winners. Write on the theme of “And We Were Hungry For Nature.” The deadline for entries is November 30, 2012. Find all the details here.


Speaking of short stories, I have a new one out this week from Musa Books. Amy’s World kicks off Musa’s new “Finally Ever After” series of stories about lovers who reunite after an abscence. You can get your copy here.


In other cool Musa Publishing news, if you have an iPhone or iPad, download the free Musa Publishing ap at the iTunes store. Download the ap and set up a new account at Musa published and you’ll get a $5.99 credit to buy a Musa Book of your choice. Free ap and a free book. Check it out here.


The Poisoned Pencil is a new imprint from Poisoned Pen Press, focused on mysteries for young adult readers. They looking for manuscripts, 45,000 to 90,000 words, featuring a protagonist between 12 and 18. They’re open to traditional and cross-genre mysteries, but avoid serial killers, vampires or an over-emphasis on paranormal elements, excessive gore or horror.  Get all the details here.


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