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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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