A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.”  Eugene Ionesco


Library Journal is sponsoring a contest for self-published e-books. There is no fee to enter and the top prize is $1,000. Enter your self-published romance, mystery, science fiction or fantasy novel. in addition to cash prizes, the first prize winner and two honorable mentions receive reviews in Library Journal and ads in the publication. The deadline to enter is August 31, 2015. Get all the details here.


Pockets, a Christian magazine for children ages 6 – 12, is holding a short story contest. Submit your 750-1000 words short story by the deadline of August  15 for a chance to win the $500 first prize. There is no fee to enter. Get the details here. 


Good Housekeeping Magazine wants your stories for its “Silver Linings” story contest. “Tell us about a time when a wrong turn took you to the right place or you found unexpected happiness at the end of a long road.” Your story should be 1,500 to 2,500 words. The story should be non-fiction and will be judged on the basis of originality, adherence to the theme and writing style. The deadline to enter is September 1, 2015. There is no fee to enter. The winning entrant will receive $2,000. Find out more here.


The fourth book in my Eureka, Colorado series, Above It All hit the shelves this week. You don’t have to have read the previous books to enjoy this one — each book is designed to stand alone. In Above It All, a woman with a secret past learns to let go and embrace the future. Check it out here.  aboveitall

Chicken Soup For the Soul is seeking submissions for two upcoming anthologies: “My Very Good, Very Bad Cat” and “My Very Good, Very Bad Dog.”  “We want your funny stories, your heartwarming stories, and your mindboggling stories about all the very good, very bad, simply amazing things that your cat [or dog] does.”   The editors appreciate humor in the stories.  Stories should be true, and up to 1,200 words. Payment is $200. Be sure to check out the book topic page here for ideas you might want to explore in your story.  The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015.


The Writer magazine is sponsoring a Crime Fiction contest. The Crime Pays! contest runs from July 1 to July 31, 2015. Submit your 1,000 to 2,000 word short story that “explore[s] the human experience through a criminal action and a strong central character.”  Find out more here.


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