Nov 102013

illusio & baqer (US) seeks middle-grade, young adult, and new adult novel-length manuscripts of any genre. Looking for stories “with strong, dynamic characters, with an immersive plot that really pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go until the last page.” Submit the first 45 pages or the first three chapters, plus a one-page query letter with a brief synopsis. Deadline: Ongoing

Apr 062013

orangesmileThis was the best thing to read on a sunny Saturday morning. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and undermotivated, just give up. Seriously, just stop. It’s a distracting waste of time. There are better ways to get the juices flowing, according to 99U. Other things we learned today:

  • Need motivation for running? Author and Canadian icon Margaret Atwood plays an apocalypse survivor in a new zombies running app. The game transforms your morning run into a “battle-scarred obstacle course dense with flesh-guzzling ghouls.”
  • Muppet-man turns author. Actor Jason Segel has penned a trilogy of young adult novels about kids facing their fears. And Hillary Clinton is writing a memoir.
  • Writing proves is proving to be an effective therapy for post-traumatic stress (PTS) sufferers.
  • And for some of us, writing causes us stress. Take a deep breath and read 10 ways to write while under stress.
  • Defined: The four stages of writing. Malcolm Cowley reveals lessons learned from the first five years of The Paris Review,
Jan 212013

Leapfrog Press2013 Leapfrog Fiction Contest. First Prize: publication contract offer with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards ($150 and manuscript critiques). Open to adult and children’s fiction (middle grade and YA) in novella- or novel-length. Minimum length: 22,000. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry fee: $30.

  • Guidelines: