Monday, January 31, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- January 31, 2011 & EXTRAVAGANZA!

Song of the Day: Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

Hello all! Well, I've finally done it! I've passed 100 followers! I can't thank everyone enough for all your support. In honor of that, I'll be hosting an EXTRAVAGANZA! Details will follow the opportunities for today. Read on...


1. Finishing Line Press- New Women's Chapbook Contest

An annual prize of $1,000 and publication by Finish Line press is awarded for a poetry chapbook written by a woman who has not yet published a full length collection. Manuscripts may be up to 26 pages. The entry fee is $15 and the contest deadline is February 15, 2011. Visit the website for official details.

2. Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Two prizes of $5,000 each and publication by a participating press will be given annually for a poetry collection and a fiction collection. Also, two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by a participating press will be given annually to a novel and a book of creative non-fiction. The entry fee for each award is $30 ($15 for AWP members). Manuscripts must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2011. Please visit the link below for more information.

3. Pay It Forward Contest

Shelli is having a contest over at Market My Words. This contest is a great opportunity for aspiring writers! Writers can enter their pitch and she will choose a top ten. The top ten will send her their full query pitch letter. From the top ten she will choose her top three. Those three will get a query critique and get to send her the their first three chapters. She will pick one person that she will recommend to her agent, which means you will get pulled out of the slush pile. The contest starts today. Visit her blog to find out how to enter.

And now....drum roll please...Details for my EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!

Here are the prizes I will give away:

1. A $50 Gift Card to Amazon
2. A $30 Gift Card to Amazon
3. A $10 Gift Card to Amazon

And you can't celebrate without cake! I saw this cool place in Oprah Magazine that delivers cupcakes in a jar! It's called Bangerang Bake Shop. I will choose 2 followers and have a cupcake delivered to each of them to celebrate my 100 followers.

To be eligible:

1. You MUST be a follower of my blog

2. You must leave a comment on THIS post telling me what author you are most
     inspired by and why.

3. Extra points will be given to anyone who tweets, mentions the contest on a blog
    post, or adds the contest to their sidebar. If you tweet please make sure I am
    tagged to your tweet (@RacquelHenry) so that I  know that you tweeted about it.
    If you mention it anywhere on your blog please be sure to let me know in your

4. Please be sure to leave me a link so that I can contact you if you win. DO NOT
    leave me an email address with your comment. If you don't have a link then email
    me directly at with your name and email only.

5. If you have any questions feel free to ask me via email.

The contest will close at 11:59 pm on February 18, 2011!

Thanks and Good Luck!


  1. You are giving away some cool a** prizes! Wish we could've afforded to give out almost $100.00 in prizes!!! The author(s) that inspire me are Blake Nelson, Joyce Carol Oates and Laurie Halse Anderson. They all write in such simple, but beautiful ways--which is what I aspire to do. And JCO writes both adult and YA!!

    On another note, I am entering the Pay it Forward contest. The blog post is scheduled and ready for tomorrow so make sure you stop on by :) BTW-cupcakes in a jar? YUMMM!

    **Pam is putting you on our sidebar and I will tweet about your contest, too!**

  2. Yay! Congrats! Hmm, I think the authors that inspire me the most are Ellen Hopkins and Courtney Summers. I like how they show the gritty side of the teen experience without being gratuitous.

    I tweeted:!/pamharris81/status/32152313355304960

    And I put you on me and Quita's blog sidebar. :) So proud!

  3. Woo hoo! And you'll probably find that now you've hit that magic number, it seemed to climb more quickly from here.

    Most inspired by? You do ask some tough questions. I would have to say Arthur Golden because he reminds me that you can write characters so vastly different from yourself (unless of course Arthur Golden is actually a Japanese female peasent-turned-geisha).

  4. Wow this is a pretty amazing contest!
    JOhn Green is my biggest source of inspiration. Not only is he one of the best YA writers out there but he and his brother Hank have done a lot of good thanks to their vlog and nerdfighters. He created a community of people who want to make the world a much better place. There's hope and optimism in all of his books and it's hard not to read him or watch him and not smile or learn something.

    I tweeted about this contest and I will put it in my sidebar.

    You can contact me there too.

  5. Easily, as a fantasy writer, JK Rowling inspires me the most. I've taken courses to analyze the depth and detail of her plot layering.

    I retweeted you about this extravaganza!

    twitter @MarshaAMoore

  6. You have a new follower here thanks to Marquita's mention of you in her post. I can't believe I'd never seen this blog before!

    Honestly, all authors inspire me...every time I hear of another one getting an agent or a book deal, it fills me with hope that I'll be there one day. But to pick one, I'd have to say Stephenie Meyer, because reading Twilight is what rejuvenated my desire to become published.

    Awesome giveaway, too, by the way.
    I tweeted, and I added your giveaway to my sidebar here:

    Thanks so much for this (and sorry for the uber-long post)!

  7. Oh, how *fun!* What awesome prizes. :)

    Well, I am a follower!


  8. ..And, I posted the link on my blog's sidebar:


  9. The author that has inspired me most...Louisa May Alcott! She wrote, and wrote, and wrote..about ordinary things! :) You don't have to write fanatsy to be good. :) I love that.


  10. Hi, Racquel! Congrats on passing 100 followers - woo-hoo!!! Cupcakes in a jar, huh? Cool - I've never heard of those!

    I am MOST inspired by Cornelia Funke. She is one of the best world builders and character creators in literature. She awes me EVERY time! :-)

    I'll put your contest on my sidebar.

  11. What a cool contest!

    The author that inspires me the most is Lois McMaster Bujold. She writes the books that I want to write - fantasy and scifi with awesome characters, fantastic worlds and riveting stories. Not to mention a prose that flows like honey.

    Tweeted and linked your blog on my site at

  12. How cool! I follow you and the author that inspires me is probably C.S. Lewis or Susan Marlow.

  13. Your link is on my sidebar.

  14. I posted about it on twitter and tagged you. If I win you can contact me here:

  15. What a wonderful giveaway! The author that inspires me is Laura Ingalls Wilder. I love how see wrote about her childhood and just growing up in general.

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  16. I posted about it {expect some more enterers soon!}..;)


  17. Congrats on more than 100 followers! You're my inspiration, hope to meet that goal myself. And also congrats on NaNoWriMo. I didn't make it myself.

  18. I'm a follower!

    Hmmm....authors that inspire me...
    David in the Bible, the Psalms are wonderfully written and great poetry!

  19. I am inspired by many writers. Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen, PG Wodehouse, Thomas Hardy, Ted Dekker. The list is endless. They all inspire me because of their ability to portray characters accurately, and make the emotion come alive.

  20. Blogged your giveaway:


    You can contact me there.

  22. Follower, and T.L. Higley inspires me. :)

  23. blogged:

  24. MOST inspired by?
    Crap. I don't know.

    LOVE -
    Nick Hornby
    And then I could name a ton more whose books have kept me up many, many nights over the past year.

  25. Oooh, love it! I follow now. :)
    I'm inspired by Isabel Allende — the way she bends reality into fantasy is incredible.

  26. I follow your blog!

    Umm, inspiring authors... well, I really enjoy Melody Carlson's books. =)

    I also added you to my sidebar and blogged about the giveaway.



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  28. WOW!!! this is such a great giveaway!!
    I'm extraordinarily inspired by Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes is truly my favorite of all time. His writing style is explicit, well-structured, yet it's quite enigmatic at times.
    I'm a fan of adventurous and mysterical stories. Furthermore, his characters are all structured as unintentionally on purpose. Each roles have a significant role to build the stories.On my point of view, I really like Conan :D

  29. I'm your follower.
    I also blog, tweet and put your giveaway on my sidebar.
    I think that you offered us a great giveaway!!
    Good luck!!
    that's my blog link

  30. I forgot to leave my twitter name

  31. Congrats on 100-followers +. And great contest! LOVE, love, love the cupcakes in a jar. :)

    I sidebarred you at

    (Found you at Erinn's blog, Something Else to Distract You). Look forward to getting to know you better through your blog. :)

  32. Congrats on 100 followers--now 127!

    I don't know that I can pick one author as the most inspiring, but I will say I am inspired by Thomas Hardy's ability to describe poverty and destitution with such beautiful language without sentimentalizing or glamorizing them.

    +1 I tweeted (@FakeGradSchool)
    +1 I added the giveaway to my sidebar
    +1 I blogged