You could compile the worst book in the world entirely out of selected passages from the best books in the world.” G.K. Chesterton.

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Vestal Review wants Flash Fiction stories, up to 500 words. The magazine pays 10 cents a word for stories to 100 words, 5 cents a word for stories between 101 and 200 words, and 3 cents a word for 201 to 500 word stories. The editors would especially like to see humor pieces. They are open for submissions through May 2015. Find the guidelines here.

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Timeless Tales focuses on retellings of classic myths and fables. Editor Talia Merrill Kirk is currently looking for stories based on or inspired by the tale of Perseus and Medusa. She is open to all genres of stories. Submit your story of up to 2,000 words (1,500 words or less preferred.) by March 23. Payment is $15. Find the guidelines here.

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The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine are sponsoring the Black Orchid Novella Contest, for the best mystery novella in the tradition of Nero Wolfe. Entries should be 15,000 to 20,000 words, contain no overt sex or violence and emphasize the deductive reasoning of the sleuth. There is no fee to enter the contest and first prize is $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2015. Get more details here.

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Loving the Outlaw is my first new historical romance in years. Spinster seamstress Laura Brown has a secret. Once the spoiled, privileged daughter of a banker, her life was destroyed by scandal when she fell in love with an outlaw. Disgraced in the aftermath of her lover’s arrest, she ran away and started life over in the small town of New Spring, Texas, where she’s slowly regained the peace and respectability she craved.

But her former lover Cole Randall is out of prison now and has tracked her to New Spring. Unnerved by her lingering attraction to Cole, Laura resists his attentions. But when a bullet meant for her strikes Cole, Laura finds herself back under his spell. Will loving the outlaw destroy Laura again, or will it restore her to the only life worth living?

Find your copy at Amazon, or your favorite ebook retailer. LovingTheOutlawOTHERSITES

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Books To Go Now is actively seeking romance (all sub-genres), mystery and new adult fiction (characters from 18-24 years old, first person), from short stories to full-length novels. Length – 10,000 to 75,000 words. They are particularly interested in 10,000 to 30,000 word novellas with Valentine’s or Christmas themes for anthology collections. All work is originally published in ebook format; longer works may also be released as trade paperbacks. Books to Go Now, based in Seattle, was founded in 2010. Find more details here.

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Darkhouse Books is looking for mystery and crime short stories for an upcoming anthology “Destination: Mystery.” Stories should lean toward the cozy side and should be set in popular vacation locales. All stories should be set after the mid-nineteenth century to contemporary times. Length: 2,500 to 7,500 words, Deadline: March 31, 2105. Find more 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

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I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybody’s head.” John Updike

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If you know anything about beekeeping or have an interest in the hobby, this may be the contest for you. WicWas Press is assembling a bee-keeping themed anthology and they are looking for short stories and articles revolving around beekeeping. Submit your story of up to 1,500 words by March 1 for a chance to win the $500 first prize. There is no fee to enter. Find more details here.

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One Teen Story is acquiring literary short stories for young adults. One Teen Story publishes nine issues a year and each issue includes one short story, 2,000 to 4,500 words. From their guidelines: “stories should deal with the teen experience (issues of identity, friendship, family, coming-of-age, etc.) and should be geared primarily toward an audience of teen readers. With that in mind, gratuitous profanity, sex and drug use are best avoided. We’re open to all genres of literary fiction” They are open to submissions now through the end of April. Submit your story for readers 13 and older. They pay $500 per story. Find the guidelines here.

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Ellora’s Cave is searching for novellas for some upcoming anthology collections. Ellora’s Cave is a digital publisher known for “romantic” – erotic romance. They’re interested in the following themed submissions:

Screamers – erotic horror, 10,000 words + . Deadline, March 1, 2015 for publication in October 2015.

Women With Whips – FemDomme, 10,000 words +. Deadline August 1, 2105 for publication in March 2016.

Windswept Women – Erotic Gothic Romance, 18,000 words +. Deadline December 1, 2105 for publication in July 2016.

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Romance Writers of America is assembling its second anthology to showcase work by RWA member. If you are a member, you may submit your romance short story, 5,000 to 7,000 words by March 12, 2015. The stories may be in any romance sub-genre, as long as they follow the theme of second chances. Sylvia Day will edit the collection, which will be released in the Spring of 2016. All proceeds benefit RWA programs. For more information go here.

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Rocky Mountain Getaway, a novella in my Eureka series, will be released May 26, but is available for pre-order now. This story features seven original recipes from the Last Dollar Cafe. Don’t miss it!

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Bouchercon, the annual convention for mystery writers and fans, is assembling an anthology of mystery short stories, “Murder Under the Oaks.” The only stipulation is that the story must contain a crime, not necessarily murder. Award-winning author Art Taylor will edit the collection. Stories should be between 3,500 and 5,500 words and should be made as blind submissions (instructions are in the guidelines). The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015. Profits from this anthology benefit Wake County, North Carolina libraries. Get the details here.

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Fictionvale is a quarterly publication devoted to genre fiction. Most issues feature two genres of fiction, though some are open to all genres. Currently, the editors are open to submissions for the September 2015 issue, which will be devoted to Horror and Humor. Submit your story of up to 5,000 words by March 15, 2015. (Changed from the original March 1 – see the home page for details.) Payment is 2 cents a word. Get the 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

Writing is an exploration; you start from nothing and learn as you go.” E.L. Doctorow

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We Need Diverse Books is sponsoring a short story contest for middle grade stories. The winner will be published in an anthology “Stories For All of Us”, from Crown Books For Young Readers in January 2017. In addition to publication in the anthology, alongside writers such as Matt de la Pena and Grace Lin, the winner of the contest will receive $1000. Stories may be up to 5,000 words long, suitable for readers ages 8 to 12,  The story should be written by a writer from a diverse background ” including but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities currently marginalized in North America.”  Your story should include diverse characters, and must relate to the prompt “Once I began to read, I began to exist.” There is no fee to enter the contest. Entries must be received between April 27 and May 8, 2015. For all the details, go to the story page here. 

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The HerStories Project is seeking essays for a new feature, HerStories Voices. if you are a woman writer, you may submit your personal essay of up to 2000 words about an experience or moment that was transformative or that made you realize something important. Payment is $40 per essay. For more details, go here. 

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My first new historical romance in several years, written under my pseudonym Cynthia Sterling, is now available at your favorite ebook seller. Purchase Loving the Outlaw at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or your favorite ebook retailer.

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Spinster seamstress Laura Brown has a secret. Once the spoiled, privileged daughter of a banker, her life was destroyed by scandal when she fell in love with an outlaw. Disgraced in the aftermath of her lover’s arrest, she ran away and started life over in the small town of New Spring, Texas, where she’s slowly regained the peace and respectability she craved.

But her former lover Cole Randall is out of prison now and has tracked her to New Spring. Unnerved by her lingering attraction to Cole, Laura resists his attentions. But when a bullet meant for her strikes Cole, Laura finds herself back under his spell. Will loving the outlaw destroy Laura again, or will it restore her to the only life worth living?

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Mystery/Crime writers who live in Connecticutt, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Rhode Island may be interested in submitting to Level Best Book’s 2015 Short Story Anthology. The editors are interested in crime stories by writers from these states, ” mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, and horror. (No torture/killing of children or animals.)” Stories may be up to 5,000 words and may not have been previously published. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015. Payment is $25. For more details go here.
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 Canadian publisher Morning Rain is actively searching for romantic short stories between 5,000 and 10,000 words, for a Valentine’s Day anthology, to be published February 13, 2015. The deadline for submissions is January 26, 2015. The stories should be romantic and passionate, but no erotica, please. They only accept submissions from Canadian writers. For more information, go here.
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As always, feel free to share the information in this newsletter with others– reprint, repost, retweet. Please give me credit as the source, and include a link to this blog. Thank you!  Cindi

“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.”
– Terry Pratchett

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Harper Voyager Impulse is a new digital-first imprint from science fiction and fantasy publisher Harper Voyager. Executive Editor Jennifer Brehl hopes the imprint will offer more “fan-based, fast-paced, action driven ebooks.” The imprint will launch with 31 titles with a variety of types and styles of books, most acquired through an open call the publisher had last fall. Read the details in the official press release here. 

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Bloomsbury Children’s Books is launching If Only, a new imprint to showcase young adult romance novels. Publishing Director Cindy Loh hopes to offer readers “clean, spirited and down-to-earth,  ‘new love'” stories.  Each novel in the line features a ‘what if’ scenario, includes humor, and is suitable for readers as young as 12, but should appeal to older teens as well. At this time, Bloomsbury accepts submissions only from agented authors.

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In November, Barbour Publishing will debut a new line of Christian fiction for readers ages 3-12. Shiloh Kidz will include a variety of types and styles of fiction. See their writing guidelines here.

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Lee and Low Books is sponsoring a New Voices award for children’s picture book authors of color. Submit your children’s picture book manuscript of up to 1,500 words. The winner receives $1000 and a standard publishing contract with an additional advance and royalties. An honorable mention winner receives $500. There is no fee to enter and you may enter up to two manuscripts. The deadline for entries is September 30, 2014. Find all the details here. 

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Minotaur Books and Malice Domestic are once again sponsoring a Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition.  Submit your mystery novel manuscript of over 65,000 words for a chance to win $10,000 and a standard publishing contract from Minotaur Books. The story should center around a murder/mystery/ or crime. The deadline for entries is October 15, 2014. Find all the details here. (Scroll down to the contest info.)

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There will be no market news update next Wednesday. I’ll be in San Antonio, attending the Romance Writers of America convention. If you’re there,  I hope you’ll look me up and say hello. I’m giving a workshop Thursday morning at 8:30 on “Writing Faster, Writing Better” and I’ll be participating in the Kensington authors’ signing on Friday.

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“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” William Faulkner

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This weekend — April 25-27, I’m speaking at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs. If you’re attending this terrific conference, be sure to find me and say hello. I’m giving three workshops, participating in the booksigning, and hosting a table at each meal. I’d love to meet you!

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Digital publisher Lyrical Press, now an imprint of Kensington Publishing, is actively seeking submissions. Editor Corinne DeMaagd is especially interested in stories that present a new twist on classic fairy tales — novels to novella length, sweet to erotic, any time period — she’s open to all possiblities. She’s also looking for sexy fantasy novels, 80,000 words and up. Also on her wish list — young adult and new adult novels along the lines of the movies produced by John Hughes. Get all the details here. 

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Simon451, the new science fiction imprint from Simon and Schuster, has reopened to unsolicited (unagented) submissions of science fiction and fantasy manuscripts. Simon 451 will launch this summer, publishing novel-length, commercial fiction. Send your synopsis and the first 50 pages of the manuscript. They promise to reply within two months. Get the details here.

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The View From Here and The Mountain Between Us are now available as audiobooks. Click the links to go to the books’ listings on Audible.com and listen to samples, or snag your own copy. I listen to audiobooks while driving, exercising or doing housework. It’s a great way to get in more reading.

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Level Best Books is seeking submissions for its 2014 anthology, Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave. The editors are open to mystery, thriller, suspense, caper and horror stories by writers from Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts only. Stories should be no more than 5,000 words. Find all the details here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Repost, reprint, etc — please give me credit as the source, and include a link to this blog. To learn more about me and my books, visit my websites at http://www.CindiMyers.com and http://www.CindyMyersBooks.com. Thanks!

Sometimes, when it’s going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationary. The true writer, the born writer, will scribble words on scraps of litter, the back of a bus ticket, on the wall of a cell.”   David Nicholls

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HarperCollins publishing will launch a new digital only imprint for suspense and mystery this October. Witness, will feature a variety of mystery, suspense and thriller titles by new and established authors. Editor Dan Mallory is looking for police procedurals, atmospheric thrillers, mystery series, psychological suspense, historicals and “murder, mayhem, and the macabre.” Both agented and unagented authors are welcome. Authors receive 25 percent royalties on the first 10,000 copies sold, and 50 percent royalties thereafter. Royalties are paid monthly. Find our more here.

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Bridgestone Publishing is putting together an anthology of short, erotic stories for women, particularly moms. From their guidelines: “we’re looking for erotic short stories that would appeal to the average mom. Generally, this means that the characters are not eighteen-year-old Penthouse models with no children. Romantic? Good! Spicy? Great! Super steamy? Even better! Considerably off-color? Fine! Bloodshed? Um, no. ” Stories should be no more than 5,000 word. Payment is $50. Find more details here.

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I have some updates to my website. Check it out at http://www.CindiMyers.com

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Story/Houston, an online literary magazine, is seeking short genre fiction for its Fall 2013 issue. Stories should be no longer than 5,000 words. The editors particulary enjoy humor. Payment is $200. Find the details here.

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Are you a member of a book club? If your club reads The View From Here, or my upcoming book. The Mountain Between Us, I’d be happy to Skype into your meeting and visit with you. Contact me at CMyersTex at aol dot com.

As always, feel free to share the information from this blog with others. You can reprint it, repost it, etc. All I ask is that you give me credit as the source of the information. Thanks!  Cindi

“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”
—Lawrence Block

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The Printer’s Ink blog is hosting a short story competition. Submit your story of no more than 3,000 words on the theme of “Fall” by December 1, 2012. There is no fee to enter and first prize is publication and 10 bound copies of your story. The runner-up wins an Amazon gift certificate. Find all the details here.

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Prism Romance is looking for romance novellas, 10,000 to 30,000 words, for two new imprints. Diamond Facet stories feature all-subgenres of romance in deeply emotional stories with a happily-ever-after ending, while Inspired Cameosfeature uplifting, sweet Christian romance stories. Prism Books publishes digital romance, inspirational romance and inspirational fiction under its Diamond, Inspired and Illuminate imprints. For submission details go here.

As the company expands, they’ve added two new editors:

Marcy Dyerwill accept submissions in any genre but prefers those that fit within Prism’s Christian fiction Illuminate imprint: Amish, Angels, Apocalyptic/Futuristic, Comedy, Contemporary, Historical, Holiday, Suspense, Western and Women’s Fiction. If you would like to submit to Marcy, please email her at mdyer@prismbookgroup.com.

Kerri Nelson enjoys anything in the romance and/or mystery genres and is seriously drawn to stories containing a surprise ending.  She enjoys humorous heroines, heart-of-gold heroes, and books with the potential for a continuing series of interwoven storylines and characters.  Preferred sub-genres include:  Contemporary and Historical (Regency and Victorian England era or Civil War American era) Romance; coming of age Young Adult Christian fiction (where teens learn lessons in fun and unexpected ways); and Romantic Suspense or Cozy Mysteries (with a nail biting dose of danger included). In addition to full-length novels, Kerri is the self-proclaimed “Queen of Novellas” so if you have a short story between 15K and 30K, please send it her way. To submit a manuscript to Kerri, please email her at: knelson@prismbookgroup.com.

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And We Were Hungry is sponsoring the Flying Elephants Short Story Prize, open to writers who are previously unpublished in novel form or in a short story collection. The preferred length for stories is between 2,000 and 8,000 words, though shorter or longer stories that are “exceptional” will be considered. There is no fee to enter and prize money of $5,000 will be split among the top four winners. Write on the theme of “And We Were Hungry For Nature.” The deadline for entries is November 30, 2012. Find all the details here.

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Speaking of short stories, I have a new one out this week from Musa Books. Amy’s World kicks off Musa’s new “Finally Ever After” series of stories about lovers who reunite after an abscence. You can get your copy here.

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In other cool Musa Publishing news, if you have an iPhone or iPad, download the free Musa Publishing ap at the iTunes store. Download the ap and set up a new account at Musa published and you’ll get a $5.99 credit to buy a Musa Book of your choice. Free ap and a free book. Check it out here.

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The Poisoned Pencil is a new imprint from Poisoned Pen Press, focused on mysteries for young adult readers. They looking for manuscripts, 45,000 to 90,000 words, featuring a protagonist between 12 and 18. They’re open to traditional and cross-genre mysteries, but avoid serial killers, vampires or an over-emphasis on paranormal elements, excessive gore or horror.  Get all the details here.

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