This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that eas and that hard.” Neil Gaiman


For the second year in a row, Write A House is offering writers the opportunity to win a home in the Detroit area. The winning writer agrees to maintain the home as his or her primary place of residence, to interact with the local writing community and to live in the house at least 75 percent of the time. In return, the winner will receive a fully renovated 1,100 square foot home with a basement, front and back yard, one or two bedrooms and bathroom. Writers from any part of the United States are eligible to apply. You must be a low to moderate income writer, and you must submit a writing sample (poetry, nonfiction or fiction.) The deadline for submissions is June 5, 2015. Get all the rules and details here. 



Only a week until the release of The Guardian, which kicks off a new four-book series for Harlequin Intrigue. The Ranger Brigade series follows a multi-agency task force charge with keeping law and order on the public lands in and around Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The Guardian, in stores May 19 and available as an ebook beginning June 1, kicks off the action with a kidnapping, a murder, and a reunion between a former U.S. soldier and the medic who saved her life.


There’s still time to sign up for Harlequin’s Back to Basics Boot Camp, which kicks off May 22 as a prelude to their So You Think You Can Write competition. The free, online, interactive Boot Camp aims to help authors polish their manuscripts for the competition. Find out more here.


One Teen Story focuses on fiction for young adult readers. The magazine publishes stories by both adult writers and teen writers and pays $500 per story. The editors are looking for stories about the teen experience, between 2,000 and 4,500 words. of all genres. Find the guidelines here.


British publisher Mills & Boon, British bookseller WH Smith, and ebook retailer Kobo Books are teaming up to sponsor the Romance Writing Life competition. The competition is open to aspiring romance authors in the UK, the United States or Canada. Both self-published and never before published authors may enter the competition. Submit your synopsis of no more than 500 words and a first chapter of no more than 5,000 words by July 14, 2015. Finalists will be asked to submit a complete manuscript. Submissions may be in any romance subgenre — contemporary, historical, paranormal or new adult. The grand prize winner will receive a publishing contract with Mills and Boon. There is no fee to enter the competition. For all the details, go here.


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