Monday, March 28, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- March 28, 2011

Song of the Day: She Works Hard for Her Money by Donna Summer
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    Hello all! How was the weekend? I hope you had a productive one! I didn't blog a lot last week because I've been practicing everyday with my sorority for a stroll competition (it's pretty much dancing in a line.) It's over now and I'm back to my normal schedule. I'll take this moment to check in with you all. Have you been submitting your work? Last week I got another rejection on one of my flash pieces. Sigh. It sure is one hard, long road to becoming a writer. Though it's EXTREMELY discouraging, I remain hopeful and I won't give up. I'll submit it again to yet another literary magazine. That rejection also made it that much harder to reject manuscripts that came into Black Fox. I was reading submissions last night and as I was sending out letters regarding the unaccepted manuscripts, it made my heart hurt a little. I know what it's like to get a rejection and here I am sending them out. I felt horrible. But I have to remember that rejection is part of the writing process, and I hope that those letters I sent out will only make those writers stronger. If you're reading this and you did get one of those letters, I hope that you'll press on, edit, and re-submit. Don't give up! Take a look at the opportunities today.

Contests:

1. Shelley Watters' Epic Follower Blogfest/Contest

I came across Shelley's blog via twitter. She's over at Is It Hot In Here Or Is It This Book? She's reached 100 followers and in order to celebrate she's hosting a contest. The grand prize is a FULL MANUSCRIPT REQUEST from Suzie Townsend of Fine Print Literary Management. WOW! For more information on how to enter Shelley's contest visit her blog.

http://shelleywatters.blogspot.com/2011/03/epic-follower-blogfestcontest.html

2. Reading Vacation's Kindle Giveaway

There's an awesome giveaway over at Reading Vacation! I also found this blog via twitter. To celebrate one year, Reading Vacation will give away a Kindle e-reader! For more information on how to enter, please stop by the blog and follow! Deadline is March 31, 2011.

http://readingvacation.blogspot.com/2011/03/kindle-giveaway.html

3. Glimmer Train Fiction Contest

Glimmer Train Stories is open for submissions of fiction. Stories can be 2,000-20,000 words. First place will win $2,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second place will win $1,000 and possible publication. Third place will win $600 and possible publication. Entry fee is $18 and the contest deadline is March 31, 2011.

http://www.glimmertrain.com/reminder.html

Call for submissions:

1. Eclectica Magazine

Eclectica Magazine is now accepting submissions for the July/August 2011 issue. Any submission received between now and June 1, 2011 will be considered for that issue. The magazine accepts fiction, poetry, essays, creative non-fiction, drama, book and movie reviews, travel writing, interviews and humor/satire. For more information on how to submit, click the link below.

http://www.eclectica.org/info/guidelines.html


As always, you still have time to enter The Black Fox Fiction Contest for a chance at $100! We are also accepting flash fiction and poetry for weekly web features. Happy Writing!

6 comments:

  1. I like your insight about rejection letters. I can imagine being a writing would make sending them out so much harder.

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  2. Way to keep positive! That was my routine for when I was looking for an agent. Each rejection made me want to work harder, and it resulted it me having a more polished manuscript that I can be proud of. :)

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  3. You said it, Racquel. Yes, take rejections as opportunities to fix your stories, make them stronger, and send them out again. You might make it the second time around. ;)

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  4. I am with you on the rejections, girly! Thanks for putting such a positive spin on it :D And thanks for the opportunities--gonna check out the Suzie Townsend one right now!

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  5. I like your take on the rejections. I have to brush them off faster.

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  6. Keep up the writing and great attitude :) And thanks for sharing all the links!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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