I’m back from vacation and have not one, but two brand new books out.  Get ’em while they’re hot!

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Pockets magazine is looking for Christian fiction aimed at children ages 6-12, with the theme of “laughter” for the July 2014 issue. Send your story of 600 to 1000 words that explores this theme. Payment is 10 to 14 cents a word. The deadline for submissions is December 1. For more information, go here. 

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If you write snarky, irreverent humor, The Family Farce is looking for you. This new online publication is looking for funny short stories related to the theme of family — 1,000 to 5,000 words. Payment is approximately 17 cents a word.  Find their submission guidelines here.

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Harlequin is hosting an Editor Pitch Challenge with Editor Ann Leslie Tuttle. If you’re accepted for the challenge you’ll be able to pitch directly to Ms. Tuttle for Harlequin’s contemporary, digital first imprint.  Start by attending the live chat with Ms. Tuttle on November 5th. Submit your 100-word blurb by November 14th.  You’ll be notified by November 18th if you’ve been selected for the challenge, which will take place on November 21st.  Find all the details here. 

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MacMillan Publishing Group is launging Swoon Reads, a YA romance imprint which will publish both digital and print books, based on ratings and reviews from readers.  Manuscripts that receive the most positive ratings will be in the running for a publication contract with a $15,000 advance and an option for the author’s next book.  These should be love stories for readers 16 to 19 or 19-23, with happy endings, set in any time period and any sub-genre of romance. No erotica.  Length: 50,000 to 70,000 words.  Get all the details here. 

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

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