Upcoming Poetry Contest Deadlines!

It’s Poetry month and as such, Poets & Writers has some poetry contest deadlines for you to check out. Have a peek here. Everything from single poems, groups of poems, short fiction, flash fiction, and even one press looking for a second book of poems by African American poets. Check it out! Grand prizes for all of these is $1000 and publication! There are entry fees ranging from $3 to $20.

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#amwriting – 480+ Small Presses to Query

Poets & Writers has updated their Small Press database with old and new Small Presses to Query – including Presses for poetry, full-length manuscripts, book-length manuscripts and much, much more! Check out their database here:

480+ Small Presses to Query

30 Children’s Book Publishers Seeking Picture Books

30 Children’s Book Publishers Seeking Picture Books

All the publishers on this list focus primarily on publishing picture books. There are a lot of myths about publishing picture books, and one of them is that you have to supply your own illustrations. This is generally not the case. Most picture book publishers will match your work with an illustrator for you, some won’t even consider written work submitted with illustrations.

The publishers on this list run the gamut from being a few years old and still establishing their reputation, to being over 75 years old. Some are large companies with good distribution and others are still finding their way.

Article by Emily Harstone

Publishing Offers for YA Authors

Are you an author of Young Adult novels? Can’t find a publisher or don’t know where to look? Check out the following link for opportunities:

28 Publishers Seeking Young Adult Manuscripts

Note: I have not personally vetted these Publishers, so proceed with caution. Be sure to read their pitches completely before sending your manuscript(s).

Sundress Publications Opens Submissions for the 2017 Chapbook Competition

Dear friends, readers, and fellow writers, I’ve just received this email from Sundress Publications. If you have a chapbook manuscript in the works, or already written, here’s your chance to win a publishing competition. Good luck!


Sundress Publications is pleased to announce its fourth annual chapbook contest.  Authors of all genres are invited to submit qualifying manuscripts during our reading period of February 1 to April 15, 2017.

Enter Now

What We’re Looking For
We are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any combination thereof. Manuscripts must be between twelve to twenty-six (12-26) pages in length, with a page break between individual pieces. Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot appear in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Both single-author and collaborative dual-author manuscripts will be considered. A unifying element is encouraged but not required. Manuscripts must be primarily in English; translations are not eligible.

Entry Fee & Prize
The entry fee is $10 per manuscript, though the fee will be waived for entrants who purchase or pre-order any Sundress title from our store.

The winner will receive a $200 prize, plus publication as a beautiful full-color PDF available exclusively online for free. Runners-up will also be considered for publication.

Our Judge
unnamed-3This year’s judge will be Darren C. Demaree. Demaree lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. He is the author of six poetry collections and the recipient of nine Pushcart nominations. Currently, he is the managing editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.

Submission Guidelines
All manuscripts should include a cover page (with only the title of the manuscript), table of contents, dedication (if applicable), and acknowledgements for previous publications. These pages will not be included in the total page count. Identifying information should not be included in any part of the manuscript. Authors with a significant relationship to the judge (friends, relatives, colleagues, past or present students, etc.) are discouraged from entering. We are dedicated to a fair judging process that emphasizes the quality of the writing, not the résumé of the author.

Simultaneous submissions to other presses is acceptable, but please notify Sundress immediately if the manuscript has been accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed, but a separate entry fee must accompany each entry. No revisions will be allowed during the contest judging period. Winners will be announced in Summer 2017.

Send your manuscript as a DOC or PDF to contest@sundresspublications.com along with a receipt number or screenshot for your payment.

Awesome Discount from Kingdoms in the Wild Publishers

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Hello, dear friends and readers. A while back, I reviewed the book, Lace Bone Beast: Poems & Other Fairytales for Wicked Girls by N.L. Shompole. As I said in my review, this was one of the best books of poetry I have read in a very long time. So unique and raw. As a result of my review, the publishers at Kingdoms in the Wild have offered a 30% off purchase price for a limited time deal for my friends and families. If you enjoyed my review and have wanted to purchase a copy of this book, now’s the time to do so at this great discounted price. (Note: This is a Kindle edition of the book – for paperback at undiscounted price shop here)

Here’s the deal:

Discount Link:
Lace Bone Beast
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MA372HV

Valid:
midnight on Feb 27th-Feb 28th 2017 at 11:00 pm PST time zone (time zones)

Please check your time zone against the Pacific Standard Time to be sure you access the Amazon site during the appropriate Discounted time limit. I hope you will take advantage of this great discount and purchase this amazing book of poetry. Please leave me a message in comments to let me know if you’ve purchased the book. If you do purchase and read, please consider leaving reviews on your blogs, Amazon, and Goodreads, and maybe leave a link on your Twitter and Facebook as well. Thank You in advance for helping other writers get noticed!

Latest Health Update

Hello dear friends and readers. I come to you all with a heavy heart and in complete frustration. I was ‘well’ for maybe three days tops. I’ve doing all of the right things – high dosages of Vitamin C, cayenne pepper, lemon tonics, ginger, garlic, echinacea, zinc, pre/probiotics, and even Beta Glucan. Pulling out all of the known stops here. Using everything that the experts say work, everything I’ve known to work in the past, and everything I’ve researched recently. And yet, I am once again sick. I am still doing all of those things and haven’t stopped doing any of them for the past 25-35 days (as I’ve added things). And I won’t stop, even though I am so frustrated and feel like I am banging my head against a brick wall.

My symptoms returned on Monday. Fevers, chills, body aches, lethargy, upset stomach (can’t keep solids down), brain fog, light and sound sensitivity, and dizziness. I don’t even know if this is still the flu or another cold that has hit me or if it is something different altogether. I am just so tired and so weak and spending about 75% of my day in bed sleeping. When I am up, all I feel like doing is lying about and reading. It even hurts my eyes and ears to watch Netflix or something else on the computer, even at low volume and a dimmed monitor. I should probably give in and just go to the doctor, but I know antibiotics won’t help whatever this is. That’s evident since I am taking so much natural antibiotics and they aren’t helping or are helping, but slowly.

I hate feeling like an invalid. I went through this for several years when I was in Oklahoma and I don’t want to feel this way anymore. Anyway, I just wanted to update you all on my health so that you know why I am not doing much these days other than book reviews. It’s about the only energy I have… to read and then write a few quick reviews. My brain isn’t functioning too creatively right now.

Keith, just wanted to let you know that I am going to try to write a part to the Zanzibar story for Sunday. It may take me until then to get it written. I know where I want it to go, just getting there may take time.

I also want to work on Andromeda Dreaming, but I am foggy on where I am going with the story and need time to sort it all out again. I know I knew where it was going at one point, but now, I am just not sure anymore.

Prayers, healing thoughts, and healing energy are all welcomed here. Much love to all of you.