April 2015


The flesh of prose gets its shape and strength from the bones of grammar.”  Constance Hale

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MeeGenius, the number one ap for children’s books, is looking for original manuscripts for young readers ages 2-8. The MeeGenius ap for iPad, Android and other mobile devices delivers illustrated stories to children to read alone or with their parents. The editors at MeeGenius are looking for stories 15 to 20 pages in length, with 20 to 70 words per page. The stories may or may not be illustrated, but the finished book will be illustrated. Stories that include rhyming poems or stories are very popular with MeeGenius readers. They offer a “standard publishing contract” and promise to respond to your submissions within two to four weeks. To learn more about the company, their formatting and submission requirements and more, go here.

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Books To Go Now is a digital and print publisher based in Seattle. The company is especially interested in Christmas holiday romances of 10,000 to 60,000 words. All sub-genres of romance and all heat levels are welcome, but the story should center around the Christmas holiday. For more details, check here.

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The deadline to submit your story for inclusion in The Best Women’s Erotica 2016 is June 1, 2015. Editor RachelKramer Bussel will choose approximately 25 stories for the anthology and would like a variety of perspectives, from playful to soulful, featuring women of all ages, races, backgrounds and sexual persuasions. Stories should be 1,500 to 3,500 words and all characters should be 18 or older. She’s particularly interested in stories featuring women over 40, women of color, stories involving more than two people, those set in unusual settings, and any story that will “blow my mind.” She welcomes all genres of erotic fiction. Payment is $100 and 2 copies of the anthology. For more information, go here.

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The ABA Journal is sponsoring the Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction. Entries should “illuminate the role of laws and lawyers in society” and be no more than 5,000 words. First prize is $3,000 and there is no fee to enter. Both previously published and never-before-published stories are welcome. The deadline to enter is June 30, 2015. Get all the details about the contest here.

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The next installment of my popular Eureka series, set in the quirky, fictional mountain town of Eureka, Colorado, goes on sale June 30, but you can pre-order a copy now at your favorite bookstore or ebook retailer.

Welcome to Eureka, Colorado, a small town with a big heart—and a cast of characters as homespun as their community and as beloved as family…

aboveitallWith preparations for the annual Founder’s Day pageant underway, Eureka is bustling with activity when bank teller Shelly Frazier’s sister shows up with a reporter in tow. Shelly has a past no one in Eureka knows about, except her husband Charlie—and she’s not eager to share it now that she’s made a whole new life for herself as a wife, mother, and enthusiastic volunteer for the local historical society. That said, if anyone is going to tell the story of her days as a media darling, it will be Shelly herself. But she’s not the only one wrestling with questions or looking for answers…

While a private investigator is looking for clues to the whereabouts of the swindler mayor Lucille used to date, Maggie Clark is wondering if new husband Jameso is really ready for a lifetime commitment. And Cassie Wynock is all-too-willing to share her family’s history with the wider world. Soon enough, the entire town of Eureka will also have to face its past—caverns, ghosts, and all—to understand where the future is going to take them…

Pre-order Above It All on Amazon here.

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Aspiring screenwriters who want to develop shows for children can enter Nickelodian’s Script First 2015 contest. Nickelodian Animation Studios is invited writers to submit a 3 to 5 page spec script featuring an original show idea and characters in a self-contained story. If NAS likes your idea, you will be paid to write a full-length script. Your script should appeal to boys and girls ages 6 to 11 and work well with animation. Stories should also have a strong comedy theme. There is no fee to enter and each writer may enter up to three scripts. The deadline for all entries is May 15, 2015. Get the details here.

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James Bond fans, here’s your chance to pen your own James Bond inspired story for possible inclusion in the upcoming anthology, License Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, from ChiZine Publications. Editors David Nickle and Madeline Ashby are seeking stories set in the world of James Bond, featuring the character created by Ian Fleming, with a contemporary perspective. The anthology will be released in Canada, where the James Bond stories are in the public domain. Your story should be no longer than 5,000 words. Payment is 6 cents a word, CDN. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015. Find out more here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Repost, reprint, retweet — but please give me credit as the source, and include a link to this blog. If you’d like to know more about me and my books, check me out online here or here, or visit me on Facebook here or hereP[. Thanks!  Cindi

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“Dialogue is not just quotation. It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs.” Jerome Stern
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If you’ve always wanted to write for televison. CBS’ Writers Mentoring Progam could be your ticket to realizing your dream. The program pairs aspiring television writers with a senior-level writer on an existing CBS series, plus a network executive for one-on-one coaching, networking and other opportunities to make contacts and develop your craft. Each candidate for the program must submit a one-hour or half-hour spec script for an existing CBS television series, plus an original pilot script, stage play or short story. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015. For all the details, go here

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“Tales of the Grimoire” is a forthcoming anthology of erotic fiction for women. Publisher Ylva Publishing is seeking contributions of lesbian dark fiction featuring paranormal creatures such as werewolves, demons, trolls,vampires, etc. Stories may be any genre of erotic, including romance, humor and suspense and should be between 4,000 and 10,000 words. Payment is $40 per story. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2015. See the guidelines here.

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aboveitallThe next chapters in my Eureka, Colorado stories go on sale at the end of May and June. Both books are available for pre-order now. The e-book only novella, Rocky Mountain Getaway, follows the story of Danielle and Janelle’s chance at the spotlight on a national cooking show. The book includes original recipes from the Last Dollar Cafe. At the end of June, Above It All follows Maggie and Jameso’s efforts to adjust to marriage and parenthood. while another resident of Eureka reveals a secret past. You can pre-order both books now.

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Harmony Ink is sponsoring a Young Author Challenge for LGBTQ youth writers, ages 14-21. Submit your 2,000 to 10,000 word short story showing a LGBTQ character who grows and changes during the course of the story. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015. Winners will be including in a special anthology, receive payment of $25. to $55, plus a critique from a professional author. Find all the details here.

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Red Moon Romance is a boutique publisher or romance and erotic romance. Assistant Editor Laura Harvey loves paranormal romance, including time travel and fantasy romance. She likes dark and edgy heroes and strong, smart heroines.

Assistant Editor Trish Thompson craves stories with well-developed characters and unexpected plot twists. She likes stories with humor and great storytelling.

Assistant Editor Cori Vidae  likes dark and twisted stories, and kink among consenting adults. She’d love to see an erotic steampunk romance or an erotic second-world fantasy.

Editor-in-Chief Eileen Wiedbrauk favors sexy paranormal, fantasy and science fiction romance. She likes stories with Alpha males and a sense of magic. Her favorite heroines are ordinary women who rise to the occasion in extraordinary circumstances. Among her likes: “Highlanders, shifters, dragons, plus-size heroines, vampires, dark fae, and hot humanoid aliens.”

Red Moon primarily publishes electronically. They do not pay advances, but pay 40% of net royalties. They accept novellas over 20,000 words and novels 50,000 to 100,000 words. See all of their detailed submission guidelines here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others — repost, reprint, retweet. Please credit me as the source of the information and include a link to this blog. Find out more about me on my websites here and here, or on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter@CMyersTex. Thanks!  Cindi

“It is impossible to discourage the real writers — they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.” ~Sinclair Lewis

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Do you have an idea for a sweet-not-sexy lovestory from a Christian worldview that would be suitable for one of Harlequin’s Love Inspired imprints? The editors want to hear from you. They are sponsoried a “From Blurb to Book” contest. The deadline to submit your 100-word blurb and the first page of your manuscript for consideration is this Friday, April 3rd. The editors are looking for “warm and fuzzy contemporary romance” for Love Inspired, romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and historical romance for Love Inspired Historical. If your blurb interests an editor, she’ll ask for a synopsis and first three chapters. If you clear that hurdle, the next step is to submit the complete manuscript. Get all the details here.

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rockymountaingetaway_ebookThe next chapters in my Eureka, Colorado stories go on sale at the end of May and June. Both books are available for pre-order now. The e-book only novella, Rocky Mountain Getaway, follows the story of Danielle and Janelle’s chance at the spotlight on a national cooking show. The book includes original recipes from the Last Dollar Cafe. At the end of June, Above It All follows Maggie and Jameso’s efforts to adjust to marriage and parenthood. while another resident of Eureka reveals a secret past. You can pre-order both books now.

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Cicada, a literary magazine for young adults, is looking for fiction for an upcoming issue with the theme of Mutiny. Editor-in-chief Marianne Carus is interested in stories of up to 9,000 words. Payment is 25 center per word and the deadline is April 30, 2015. Find out more here.

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Fine Linen Magazine is seeking flash fiction of between 200 and 700 words , on any theme and in any genre. Editors  Dave Morehouse and Kathleen Cassen Mickelson pay five cents a word  for original, previously unpublished stories. Find out more here. 

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Level Best Books is accepting submissions for its annual crime fiction anthology. Submissions are open to writers in the New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticutt and Rhode Island. Submit your suspense, thriller, caper or mystery story of 5,000 words by the deadline of April 30, 2015. Find all the details here. 

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others — repost, reprint, retweet. Please credit me as the source of the information and include a link to this blog. Find out more about me on my websites here and here, or on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter@CMyersTex. Thanks!  Cindi