Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The 2020 IWSG Anthology Contest and Some Reasons Why You Should Consider Entering It. Part 2








It's hard to believe that this year's
Insecure Writers Support Group Anthology,
Voyagers:  The Third Ghost,
has been out for over a week now.

The excitement of having a story
in the anthology has not gotten old
for this author!  











This year's
IWSG Anthology Contest
is well under way.
Science Fiction is the genre,
and Dark Matter is the theme.











Last week five Voyagers authors shared some reasons why IWSG members
should consider entering the contest this year.  Today the rest are sharing their
reasons.

               
Consider These Reasons ...






Rebecca M. Douglass
"A World of Trouble"












Why You Should Enter
I think writers should be trying to get their short fiction published whenever and wherever they can! The effort to submit teaches discipline (writing on a deadline and to specific requirements) and will push you to polish your work thoroughly.


Bio
Rebecca is the author of the delightful Ninja Librarian books, as well as a picture book for outdoor families, a mystery series for the parents, and her middle-grade fantasy, Halitor the Hero.  After more than seventeen years working at the library, she has retired still without learning all the secrets of the Ninja Librarian.






Roland Clarke
"Feathered Fire"








Why You Should Enter
I hesitated over entering the 2019 IWSG Anthology contest, but thanks to the Ninja Captain, I persevered. Don’t waver. Keep writing and entering. As Ray Bradbury said, “If you write a hundred short stories and they're all bad, that doesn't mean you've failed. You fail only if you stop writing.”


Bio
After diverse careers, Roland Clarke was an equestrian journalist and green activist when chronic illness hastened retirement.  But he hasn't stopped exploring rabbit holes and writing - mainly mysteries and alternative history.










Charles Kowalski
"Simon Grey and the Yamamba"











Why You Should Enter
My story featured two characters from my novel, Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts. It was fun to spin a new adventure in Simon and Oyuki's magical version of old Japan, and the anthology seemed like a good way to get these characters in front of new eyes and hopefully whet readers' appetites for more. It certainly worked with me as I read the stories by my fellow contributors. I know at least one of them featured characters from an existing series, and joining Bubba and Squirt on their quest for pizza in Pompeii made me want to read about the other times and places they've visited with the help of their magic shovel! If you're an established writer looking to entice new readers, putting a sample of your work in an anthology like this one is a good way to go about it.

Bio
Charles Kowalski has published the full story of Simon, Oyuki and their adventures through haunted Japan in Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts.  In addition to to middle-grade fantasy, Charles' thrillers for adults, Mind Virus and The Devil’s Sonhave won prizes and nominations including the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Colorado Gold Award, the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award, and the Adventure Writers Grandmaster Award.










L.T. Ward
"Return to Cahokia"











Why You Should Enter
Why should you enter an anthology contest? The better question to ask yourself is why wouldn't you? When you enter a contest, the only risk you're taking is that your work might not be accepted into that particular anthology. This is intimidating as you sit at your computer, preparing to hit that 'Send' button. But once you do, you've taken the step to make your next submission attempt easier on yourself. Each step forward is forward. Besides, your piece might be chosen, and that win is incredible.

Bio
LT hails from the Land of Corn, otherwise known as Central Illinois, where weather inspires her literary works. When not writing speculative fiction shorts and novels, she spends her days raising a brood of plague monsters (a.k.a. her children) as well as satisfying her never-ending thirst for knowledge through reading, meeting people, and first-hand life experiences.









Louise MacBeath Barbour
"Dare Double Dare"











Why You Should Enter
If I hadn't taken the risk of entering the 2019 IWSG Anthology Contest, I would not have a story published in the United States today.  The sight of seeing my story in a book was one of the biggest thrills of my life.  It gave me such a burst of confidence and motivation, but that was just the beginning.

As an author featured in Voyagers, I had the opportunity to work with an experienced editor and publisher.  In essence, I had a mentor guiding me through the publication process from my earliest edits to promoting the book. This experience was invaluable to me as a newbie author.  I had a safety net and was protected from making beginner mistakes during the process.  And I learned so much!  

When I entered the contest, I had no expectation of winning.  I had to summon the courage to hit "Send," and I beat the deadline by a mere two hours.  I was shocked when I learned that I had won and would be included in Voyagers. Sometimes you just have to take a risk and go for it!  And in doing so  you might fulfill a dream and learn a whole lot in the process.  

Bio
Born in Nova Scotia and raised throughout eastern Canada, Louise is a writer and blogger who now lives in Colorado.  She writes fiction and nonfiction with the encouragement of her supportive husband.  "Dare Double Dare" is her first middle grade story.



Take a Chance!  Go for it!  
Here are the details for the 2020 IWSG Anthology Contest:
Guidelines and rules: 

Word count: 4500-6000

Genre: Science Fiction

Theme: Dark Matter

Submissions accepted: May 6 - September 2, 2020

How to enter:
Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.

Judging:
The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges:  Dan Koboldt, Lynda R. Young, Colleen Oefelein, Damien Larkin, Ion Newcombe, Julie Gwinn, and David Powers King.

Prizes:
The winning stories will be edited and published by Dancing Lemur Press"
imprint Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will
receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will
have the honor of giving the anthology its title. Please see their website for
general guidelines on the types of stories they publish.



Coming on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 . . .
Next week five of the authors in Voyagers and IWSG founder Alex J. Cavanaugh will share writing tips for this year's contestants.





Till next time ~
Fundy Blue








Reviews of Voyagers: The Third Ghost:

1. Check out a review by author Beverly Stowe McClure at Goodreads. Beverly has just
published her latest teen novel Gabe's Guardian Angel.

2. Here's another by a teen named Julia who reviews YA books, middle grade, and adult books
at her blog Pages for Thoughts.

3. Roland Clarke's Bookshelf Review at his website Writing Wings features Voyagers:  
The Third Ghost.


Interviews with Authors:

1. Yvonne Ventresca with Stacy Horan at The Bookshop at the End of the Internet

2.  Sherry Ellis with June McCrary Jacobs at Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic 

3. Roland Clarke with Laura Wolfe at The Sustainable Writer


Blog Features:

1. Voyager Authors with Mason Canyon at Thoughts in Progress (Part 1)

2. Voyager Authors with Mason Canyon at Thoughts in Progress (Part 2)


Events:

1. May and June - Stormdance Publications https://stormdancebooks.junetakey.com/blog/

2. At various times - IWSG Instagram https://www.instagram.com/theiwsg/

3. Wednesday, June 9 and 11, 2020 . . . A great opportunity to learn about promoting your book! Diane, the publisher of our IWSG anthologies, will be hosting two webinars: June 9th: How to Promote Your Book Now Part 1 Cost: $10.00 US dollars June 11th: How to Promote Your Book Now Part 2 Cost: $10.00 US dollarsEllis
Register at:      
     https://www.eztalks.com/r/956771777 & https://www.eztalks.com/r/978993990









You can order a copy of
VOYAGERS: The Third Ghost 
at the links below.

Print 9781939844729 $13.95
EBook 9781939844736 $4.99

Juvenile Fiction - Historical / Action & Adventure /
Fantasy & Magic








Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The 2020 IWSG Anthology Contest and Some Reasons Why You Should Consider Entering It







Last Tuesday, on May 5th, this year's
Insecure Writers Support Group Anthology,
Voyagers:  The Third Ghost, was released.
















 Twenty-four hours later, the IWSG
 formally announced this year's contest.







Let's start with some reasons why IWSG members should consider entering
the contest this year.  Five of the authors selected for Voyagers:  The Third Ghost
share their reasons for your doing so.


               
Consider These Reasons ...






Beth Anderson Schuck
"The Orchard"

















Why You Should Enter 
Here’s why I enjoy entering contests. Contests have deadlines, which force you to finish up a writing project. No procrastinating allowed! You can test out your ideas in short story contests, to determine if there is enough content for an entire manuscript or is the story best told in short format. The short format allows you to work with limited number of characters to truly hone in on their most vital qualities. I urge all writers to try their luck with this particular contest, as it was a joy from start to finish!

Bio
Beth Anderson Schuck is a retired librarian who believes reading can take you anywhere.  She writes historical fiction featuring willful female characters. Being in nature whether hiking, birdwatching or gardening makes her whole.










Bish Denham
"The Blind Ship"












Why You Should Enter: 
Why enter a writing or anthology contest? Why not? I once entered a contest and never thought for one minute I'd win, but I did. It was a retold Anansi story. That experience led to me putting together my first book, Anansi and Company: Retold Jamaican Tales. You never know where things will lead you. Take the chance. If nothing else, it's great experience.

Bio
Bish Denham is from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where her family has lived for over a hundred years. The author of two middle grade novels and a collection of retold Jamaican Anansi stories, she says, “Growing up in the islands was like living inside a history book.”











Katharina Gerlach
"Winter Days"













Why You Should Enter 
Submitting is a step away from the barrier of perfectitis. It's the sign to yourself that you accept that nothing you write will ever be exactly the way you see it in your mind's eye, but that some things are good enough to be sent out. And you might get surprised--like I was--when your story is accepted for publication. Also the support of the other ISWSG-people is incredible.

Bio
Although Katharina Gerlach was born in the late sixties, she’s still a child at heart. She inherited her love of fairy tales and words from her mother, an ex-secretary and avid reader, and her love of all things nature and science from her father, an ex-forester. Memories of her rather interesting life in Germany flow back at the smallest trigger, even though she tends to merge her three brothers into one when she tells stories about their childhood adventures. And more often than not, she recalls events truthfully.

Website|Advent Calendar|Facebook|Pinterest










Sherry Ellis
"The Ghosts of Pompeii"
















Why You Should Enter 
Entering an anthology contest is a great opportunity to set a writing goal and do the work necessary to achieve it. It can even help you expand your horizons and write in a genre you might not otherwise try. And if you win — well, that's the icing on the cake!

Bio
Ellis' books include Don't Feed the Elephant; Ten Zany Birds; That Mama is a Grouch; That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN; Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China; and Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure. 

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about her work, she invites you to visit her websites at www.sherryellis.org and www.bubbaandsquirt.org.

Website|BlogFacebook| Goodreads| Twitter| Amazon










Yvonne Ventresca
"The Third Ghost"










Why You Should Enter 
Here’s The best reason to enter the anthology contest is to stretch your creative muscles. The contest provides genre, theme, wordcount, deadline, and it’s free to enter. With nothing to lose, it’s the perfect incentive to try something new.
why 

Bio
Yvonne Ventresca is the award-winning author of Black Flowers, White Lies (IPPY Gold Medal for National YA fiction) and Pandemic (SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Award).  In addition to her novels, Yvonne’s other work includes two nonfiction books and several short stories selected for anthologies, including the previous IWSG anthology, Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life.  She is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can learn more at YvonneVentresca.com, where she features resources for writers.

WebsiteFacebookTwitter| Blog| Instagram| Pinterest




The 2020 IWSG Anthology Contest ...

Guidelines and rules: 

Word count: 4500-6000

Genre: Science Fiction

Theme: Dark Matter

Submissions accepted: May 6 - September 2, 2020

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.


Our Official Awesome Judges:

Dan Koboldt is the author of the Gateways
to Alissia trilogy (Harper Voyager), the editor
of Putting the Science in Fiction (Writers Digest,
2018), and the creator of the sci-fi adventure
serial The Triangle (Serial Box, 2019). As a
genetics researcher, he has co-authored more
than 80 publications in Nature, Science, The
New England Journal of Medicine, and other
scientific journals. He is represented by Paul
Stevens of Donald Maass Literary Agency.





Lynda R. Young, author:
Lynda R. Young is an Aussie writing fantasy
novels as Elle Cardy. Wielder’s Prize is her
debut YA epic fantasy. She is also an editor,
game developer, 3D artist, graphic designer,
photographer, gamer and more.








Colleen Oefelein, agent, The Jennifer De Chiara
Literary Agency:
Colleen Oefelein is an author of YA, picture books,
and author promotion guides, a devourer of
books, and the owner of the book review site
North of Normal. Formerly an associate agent
and PR manager with Inklings Literary Agency,
Colleen has hosted numerous Pitch Perfect and
Rejection Correction workshops on Facebook
and at conferences nationwide, and she’s
mentored several authors one-on-one through
online pitch contests such as Pitch Wars.



Damien Larkin is an Irish science fiction author and
co-founder of the British and Irish Writing
Community. His debut novel Big Red was published
by Dancing Lemur Press and went on to be
longlisted for the BSFA award for Best Novel. He
currently lives in Dublin, Ireland and is working on
his next novel Blood Red Sand.







Ion Newcombe, editor and publisher:
Newcombe is the editor and publisher of
AntipodeanSF, Australia's longest running online
speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued
since January 1998. His qualifications and
employment range from horticulture through
electronics into literature and communications.








Julie Gwinn, agent, The Seymour Agency:
Julie Gwinn most recently served as Marketing Manager
for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and
before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager
and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line
at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay
Christian Resources. Recently, she was awarded Editor
of the Year from the American Christian Fiction Writers
and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s
debut novel Words.






David Powers King, author:
David's works include Woven, The Undead Road, and
Full Dark: An Anthology. He currently resides in the
Mountain West with his wife and four children.









Prizes
The winning stories will be edited and published by Dancing Lemur Press"
imprint Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will
receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will
have the honor of giving the anthology its title. Please see their website for
general guidelines on the types of stories they publish.




Coming on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 . . .
Next week more authors in Voyagers will share their reasons
for why you should considering entering this year's anthology contest.






Till next time ~
Fundy Blue








Reviews of Voyagers: The Third Ghost:

1. Check out a review by author Beverly Stowe McClure at Goodreads. Beverly has just
published her latest teen novel Gabe's Guardian Angel.

2. Here's another by a teen named Julia who reviews YA books, middle grade, and adult books
at her blog Pages for Thoughts.

3. Roland Clarke's Bookshelf Review at his website Writing Wings features Voyagers:  
The Third Ghost.

Interviews with Authors:

1. Yvonne Ventresca with Stacy Horan at The Bookshop at the End of the Internet

2.  Sherry Ellis with June McCrary Jacobs at Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic 

3. Roland Clarke with Laura Wolfe at The Sustainable Writer

Blog Features:

1. Voyager Authors with Mason Canyon at Thoughts in Progress (Part 1)

2. Voyager Authors with Mason Canyon at Thoughts in Progress (Part 2)

Events:

1. May and June - Stormdance Publications https://stormdancebooks.junetakey.com/blog/

2. At various times - IWSG Instagram https://www.instagram.com/theiwsg/

3. Wednesday, June 9 and 11, 2020 . . . A great opportunity to learn about promoting your book! Diane, the publisher of our IWSG anthologies, will be hosting two webinars: June 9th: How to Promote Your Book Now Part 1 Cost: $10.00 US dollars June 11th: How to Promote Your Book Now Part 2 Cost: $10.00 US dollarsEllis
Register at:      
     https://www.eztalks.com/r/956771777 & https://www.eztalks.com/r/978993990



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You can order a copy of
VOYAGERS: The Third Ghost 
at the links below.

Print 9781939844729 $13.95
EBook 9781939844736 $4.99

Juvenile Fiction - Historical / Action & Adventure /
Fantasy & Magic