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Monday, August 17, 2009


Wait A Minute, I Have To Take Off My Bra Anthology

InkSpotter Publishing is looking for submissions for an anthology celebrating the most female of body parts, the breasts. From light-hearted memories of the first buds of puberty to heart wrenching accounts of breast cancer, these stories will run the gamut of experiences and emotions.

Unpublished submissions are welcome from both women and men. Maximum 3,000 words for both fiction and non-fiction. Poems are also welcome, though a limited number will be used (no specific length requirements, but please, no epics).

We are NOT looking for salacious material. Please keep your submissions tasteful. Think in terms of what you would want your young daughter (or niece) to be able to read.

Deadline: 10-31-09

Payment: Writers chosen for the anthology will be entitled to a share of profits. Part of the proceeds will be donated to a breast cancer charity in Canada.

See link for contact information.


Hint Fiction

Tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2010, W.W. Norton will publish an anthology of Hint Fiction. What is Hint Fiction? It’s a story of 25 words or less that suggests a larger, more complex story.

The thesis of the anthology is to prove that a story 25 words or less can have as much impact as a story 2,500 words or longer. The anthology will include between 100 and 150 stories. We want your best work.

It’s possible to write a complete story in 25 words or less — a beginning, middle, end — but that’s not Hint Fiction.

The very best Hint Fiction stories can be read many different ways.

We want stories we can read again and again and never tire of. Stories that don’t pull any punches. Stories that make us think, that evoke some kind of emotional response.

Take a look at the winners and honorable mentions of the Hint Fiction Contest for examples.
Payment is $25 per story for World and Audio rights.



Hot Hooks from Loose ID


• Title of your work
• Author Name
• Story Hook, in the form of a marketing blurb of 100 words or less
• First 250 words of a completed or in progress story of 30,000+ words in any genre currently accepted under Loose Id's submission guidelines.

Deadline: Before Wednesday, September 30.

Prizes: The Top Two hooks will receive a contract with Loose Id for the work and publication within the year 2010. The remaining three of the Top Five will receive a critique of their full manuscript.

You may submit as many entries as you like, but no more than two for any author can make the Top Twenty, and only one for any author can make the Top Five Five.

The Top Twenty will be selected by an in-house committee and notified by October 10.

During October 26-29, Loose Id's readers will be given the opportunity to vote on the Top Twenty to select the Top Ten.

Top Ten winners will be asked to submit the first 1000 words of their stories by November 1.

The Top Five will be announced by November 19.

The Top Five will submit their full manuscripts for judging by February 1, 2010.

The Top Two winners will be announced no later than February 15.


Computer Love from Scribophile

We'll admit it: we're huge Star Trek nerds. One of our favorite characters is Data, an android who spends much of the series lamenting his lack of human emotion. After watching Data bumbling through a few episodes last month (beer and nostalgia always make for an interesting combination), we were struck with inspiration for our next writing contest.

The theme for this contest is "Computer Love" (and we don't mean the Kraftwerk song). Write an original science fiction short story, under 3000 words, that features some kind of mechanical construct—a computer, a robot, an android, a spaceship, whatever you can imagine—and the greatest of human emotions: love. As long as you've got those two things, the rest is up to you!

Entries are due by September 30, 2009, and first prize is a $100 gift card. Get your word processors warmed up, and good luck!


Marian said...

Thanks for the heads-up on these, Maria.

I read the winning lines for the Hint Fiction Contest, and I really want to know what happens after the first- and third-place winners. Short, snappy and intriguing.

Maria Zannini said...

I really like hook contests--probably because that's how I got a novel published in the first place. :o)

And a good hook is often a deal maker when deciding what book I'll try.