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Writing Contests: Authors First

Entering writing contests that snag you a publishing contract is a great way to kick off summer. Authors First has announced its first novel-writing competition, in which the winner could receive $5,000 and a publishing contract. The contest is asking for original works that are more than 40,000 words in length.type your way into writing contests

If novels aren’t your medium, check out their short story competition, in which up to 20 winners will receive a prize. Just submit your previously unpublished works of less than 20,000 words to the author’s first submission site.

The contests end September 30, 2014. You can find the full rules of the contests and submission details here.

Good luck!

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My Story: When It’s Enough

My story today includes a few cups of tea.My story today is a little more personal than most of my others, because the mother in the story is based on my own mother — a woman I greatly respect, admire and love.

Children retain so many memories of their parents, but only in the role of parents. So few of us get to know the person outside of the parental role — the coworker, the friend, the person they were before becoming a parent.

My Mother was still waiting. Sitting at the kitchen table with a snack for us, or to take our wet jackets and umbrellas. Sometimes even in the same spot we had left her at breakfast. In my child’s mind she was always waiting for me there – her life at a standstill when I left the room. She is waiting now. For the rain to stop and her grandson to wake from his nap. And maybe even for me.

Listen to: When It’s Enough.

That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

 

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Writing Contests: Legal fiction fun

type your way into writing contestsLegal fiction writing contests are few and far between, but this one sponsored by the ABA Journal has been a big hit. Writers interested in entering the Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Short Fiction should craft a tale of no more than 5,000 words that highlight the law or lawyers in modern society. Only one entry per author.

The winning entry will receive $3,000, but you’d better get started stating your case – contest entries are due by June 30, 2014.

Check out the ABA Journal’s website for the full contest rules and entry form.

Good luck!

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Writing Contests: The Maggie Award

Writing contests require your final draftUnpublished romance novelists have a few more weeks to wrap up their works in progress and get a chance at publication with some writing contests. The Maggie Awards for Unpublished Writers is now open through June 10, 2014. The contest is looking for works in one of the following categories: historical, contemporary, inspirational, paranormal, young adult or erotic.

For more information on the novel categories, entry fees and submission rules, you can check out the Georgia Romance Writer’s website.

Good luck!

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Writing Contests: Snag a publishing contract

Pull out your quill and enter some writing contestsMost writing contests grant the winners a wad of cash; this one grants you a publishing contract that could launch your career. Turquoise Morning Press is encouraging authors of all ranks — first time or experienced — to enter its speculative fiction contest in one of the following genres: science fiction, horror, fantasy, dystopian future, post-apocalyptic or alternative history. Works should be previously unpublished and novel length — around 65,000 to 120,000 words.You can enter up to two works, but they have to be formatted per Turquoise Morning Press’s specific guidelines (found here). Better work quickly as entries are due by May 27, 2014.Good luck!

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