“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.
—Larry L. King


Avon Impulse, the digital-first romance imprint of Harper Collins Publishing, is sponsoring a contest for college students. Both graduate and undergraduate students who have written a romance novel are eligible to enter the contest. Avon Impluse Editors are looking for

  • New Adult romance
  • Romantic suspense
  • Super sexy contemporaries
  • Trilogies—and beyond
  • Serialized erotic romance

Lead editor Amanda Bergeron is looking for real-to-life characters, fresh voices and “fabulously sexy heroes.” The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2014. Find more details here. 


Beginning February 3, I’m teaching an online class on “Editing and Revision for Fiction Writers”. The class runs from Feb 3 – Feb 23. Every Monday and Thursday I’ll post a new lesson, and we’ll have discussions throughout the week. You participate as much or as little as you like. The class is conducted through a Yahoo group, and is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Cost is $40 for non-members and $35 for members. You can read all about it (including a course outline) here. 

As a bonus, I’ll send everyone who signs up for and completes the course a copy of my upcoming Harlequin Intrigue, Rocky Mountain Revenge, as a thank you gift.


Crossed Genres magazine is seeking short stories on the theme of Food for its May 2014 issue. Crossed Genres publishes speculative fiction and would particularly like stories from writers of color and LGBT writers. Stories between 1,000 and 6,000 words should use the theme of food with elements of fantasy or science fiction. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013. Payment is 5 cents a word. See the guidelines here. 


Colorado-based greeting card publisher Blue Mountain Arts is seeking ideas for Father’s Day cards. Submit your poetry or prose suitable for a Father’s Day card. The deadline is February 7. Payment is $50 for one-time use and $300 for exclusive use. Blue Mountain accepts both email and postal mail submissions. Find all their guidelines here. 


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