It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” – C. J. Cherryh


Legendary Women, Inc., is hosting its second annual writing contest. Submit your story featuring a female protagonist (defined as any protagonist who identifies as a woman) of between 1,000 and 3,000 words by the deadline of May 8, 2015.In your story, two women must share a scene and dialogue together, with no men present, and in the scene they must not talk about men. There is a small entry fee of $5. First prize is $125, second prize is $50, and the third place winner receives $25. For all the details go here.


LovingTheOutlawOTHERSITESFor a limited time, my new western historical romance, Loving the Outlaw (written under my pen name, Cynthia Sterling) is on sale at Amazon for only 99 cents. Get it here. 


HarperCollins Publishers new digital-first imprint devoted to commercial thriller and crime fiction, Killer Reads, is open until April 19 for unsolicited submissions of thrillers, detective fiction, crime dramas, legal thrillers, psychological thrillers and any other sub-genre or crime fiction. Your manuscript should be complete and be at least 70,000 words. Killer Reads debuted in late 2014 and published 1 to 2 new titles a month. Get all the details on how to submit here.


Until April 15, Fireside Magazine is open for submissions of short stories in any genre. Stories should be up to 1000 words for flash fiction, and between 1000 and  4000 words for short stories. and may be in any genre — romance, western, science fiction, mystery, horror, etc. Fireside pays 12.5 cents a word. Find out more here. 


RipTide Publishing, a publisher of LGBTQ fiction which had previously accepted agented only submissions, is now open to unagented authors as well. The editors are looking for completed manuscripts of between 15,000 and 115,000 words. Though open to all LGBTQ romances, right now they are particularly interested in novel length romances between two women. These stories may be any sub-genre of romance — contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, etc. Stories should be between 50,000 and 110,000 words. Get all the details here.

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