Saturday, 25 November 2017

Writer's Relief WaterSedge Poetry chapbook competition

With details of the Poetry chapbook contest and more competitions, here are the latest Writer's Relief newsletters:


November 17, 2017
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This Year’s Judge:
Molly Peacock, poet, essayist, short fiction writer, and biographer
 
This is a great opportunity—exclusively for poets! Submit your entry before the holidays get hectic!
 
The winner of the WaterSedge Poetry Contest will receive:
 
$500 cash prize
Publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats
Amazon distribution for Kindle and print
25 free print copies. 
 
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Entry Fee: $20
Page Count Limit: 24-48 pages
 
Watch the video for more details!
 
 
We’re thrilled and honored to have Molly Peacock as this year’s judge!
 
Poet, essayist, short fiction writer, and biographer Molly Peacock has taught at many universities and served as the president of the Poetry Society of America, where she began the Poetry in Motion program, which places poetry placards on subway cars and buses throughout American cities. At one point she also served as Poet-in-Residence for the state of Delaware. Peacock is the author of seven books of poetry, including her latest book Analyst (2017).
 
 
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Ronnie Smith, President
Writer's Relief
18766 John J. Williams Hwy. Unit 4, Box 335
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

November 13, 2017
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At Writer’s Relief, we know how challenging it is for poets to get their poetry manuscripts published. So we’re very happy to sponsor the Second Annual WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest and support the work of a talented poet.
 
Contest Judge: Molly Peacock, poet, essayist, short fiction writer, and former president of the Poetry Society of America
 
Winner will receive: $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free print copies. 
 
Deadline: January 31, 2018
 
Enter the WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest today!
 
 
 
 
 
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Second Annual WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest
Stops Reading: 1/31/2018
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free print copies. 
Winning Entry Published? Yes
Page Count Limit: 24-48 pages
Poetry Book Type: Chapbook
 
StoryQuarterly
Stops Reading: 11/18/2017
Type: Short Stories, Novel Excerpts (6,250 words MAX)
Admin Fee? No
Reads Year-round? No
 
Atlas Poetica
Stops Reading: 11/30/2017
Theme: Science Fiction Tanka and Kyoka
Type: Poetry (10 MAX)
Admin Fee? No
Reads Year-round? No
 
Writer’s Relief, Inc.   |   www.WritersRelief.com   |   (866) 405-3003   |   info@wrelief.com
Ronnie@WritersRelief.com

Submit Write Now!
Writer's Relief
18766 John J. Williams Hwy. Unit 4, Box 335
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

 
Getting your writing circulating during this busy autumn publishing season couldn't be easier! This is THE busiest time of the publishing year.
 
Unlike our Full Service which requires Review Board approval, our A La Carte service can help you get started today, and without any prior approval. If YOU have faith in the quality of your work, give us a call. Ask to speak with Peri or Meg. Our hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 to 5:30 EASTERN time.
 
This is our most affordable level of service.
 
With our A La Carte service, we'll take care of all the time-consuming busywork of researching and targeting 25+ of the very best literary editors or agents who would be most interested in your writing. And here's our promise: NO submission spam—ever. We've been keeping that promise for over 23 years, and we have hundreds of happy, satisfied clients who love talking about their success.
 
The Writer's Relief A La Carte service is just $150 and gets your work into the right hands quickly, easily, and—most importantly—accurately.  
 
One phone call = 25+ carefully selected literary journals or agents and more acceptance opportunities.
(or CLICK HERE for more information.)
 
Call Writer's Relief toll free at (866) 405-3003.
 
Happy Autumn Publishing Season! (Regular submissions = More acceptance letters)
 
Ronnie L. Smith, President
Writer's Relief, Inc.
(866) 405-3003
 
P.S. On average, with well-targeted submissions and strong writing, it takes 100 submissions to get to one acceptance. Have you reached those numbers? We can help you cover that territory in a much shorter period of time than if you do it on your own. Call today: (866) 405-3003. Ask to speak with Meg or Peri to sign up for our A La Carte Submission Service.
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"A deadline puts you up against the wall. That's how I do all my writing. If I don't have a deadline from someone else, I make a deadline." ~Natalie Goldberg
"Make your characters live, make them real. If your readers do not empathize with your characters, your story, no matter how clever, must surely fail. Make them love your characters or hate them. Let the reader be envious of them or repelled or fascinated; but make the reader believe. There is only one way to do that: YOU must believe." ~Sidney Sheldon

 
October 30, 2017
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Real-life writer horror stories about lawsuits—read them if you dare!
 
 
 
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Poetry Collection?
 
Short Story Collection?
 
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Collections are hard to get traditionally published. It may be time to consider self-publishing.
 
We understand writers and their publishing goals and offer realistic, affordable options.
 
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Sorry! We’re in the process of preparing the submissions from the new clients who recently joined our family, so we’re not actively reading writing samples right now.
 
Visit our Submissions Guidelines for more info.
 
A Candy-Corny Halloween Quote of the Week
 
Q: What do you call a writer who has kicked the bucket?
 
A: A ghost writer.
Dorothy Loves Writing, Not Researching!
 
Dear Ronnie:
 
I can’t tell you what a “relief” it’s been to use your submission service. You’ve taken over that part of the writing process I like the least, giving me time to devote to the part I love: writing.
 
Even though I’ve had a number of poems and stories accepted for publication in the past, the submission process was still so tiresome and discouraging that it had been two years since I had sent anything out. With your help, I had three poems accepted in the first month. It feels good to be in print again!
 
Thanks and keep up the good work.
 
Yours truly,
 
Dorothy B.,
Poet and Writer
 
 
 
 
 
 
If the number one scariest thing for a writer is losing your muse—what’s the second?
 
Getting sued?
 
Don’t be afraid!
 
Just learn from these real-life horror stories of author lawsuits.
 
 
 
 
Self-publishing authors do it all: they manage every aspect of production and branding…as well as writing!
 
So it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
 
Here’s how to stay upbeat when you’re stressed, tired, or glum.
 
 
 
 
Cats and books just go together.
 
If you love both—or know someone who does—here’s a list of purrfect gift ideas!
 
 
 
 
 
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Read them here!
 
 
 
Scary-Good Articles: Because It’s That Time Of Year
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week our Writers Classifieds are filled with new publishing leads.
 
 
Here are just a few of the phenomenal opportunities you’ll find:
 
The No Chair Press Chapbook Contest
Stops Reading: 10/31/2017
Contest Judge: Allison Joseph
Entry Fee: $5
First Prize: $300
Winning Entry Published? Yes
Page Count Limit: 24-28
Poetry Book Type: Chapbook
Theme: Rhymed and metered verse, given a contemporary spin by today's women poets.
 
Causeway Lit Contest
Stops Reading: 11/1/2017
Entry Fee: $5
First Prize: $50
Winning Entry Published? Yes
Page Count Limit: 22
Title Count: 3
Categories: Essays, Poems, Short Stories
 
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Stops Reading: 12/31/2017
Contest Judge: Panel is chaired by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and includes Rita Dove, Joyce Carol Oates, Steven Pinker, and Simon Schama.
Entry Fee: $0
First Prize: $10,000
Winning Entry Published? No
Book Type: Novel, Memoir
Poetry Book Type: Full Manuscript
Theme: Books published in the previous year that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of  cultural diversity.
 
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Ronnie@WritersRelief.com

Writer's Relief, Inc.
Writer's Relief
18766 John J. Williams Hwy. Unit 4, Box 335
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
 
 

October 23, 2017
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How to know if a literary agent will treat you right.
Plus, quick and easy promo tips.
 
 
Important Links
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Poetry Collection?
 
Short Story Collection?
 
Self-Publish!
 
 
Collections are hard to get traditionally published. It may be time to consider self-publishing.
 
We understand writers and their publishing goals and offer realistic, affordable options.
 
Click HERE to schedule a free consultation.
 
And check out our book covers. See one that’s perfect for YOUR book?
 
QUESTIONS?
Live Chat OPEN weekdays
from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET
 
 
Quote Of The Week
 
Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.
—Kyle Chandler
 
Make Your Own Luck
 
Dear Ronnie:
 
I’m a first-time author and really value the practical advice I received while shaping my material for submission. The list of agents you provided was also obviously on the money, since I received two offers of representation from my very first round of submissions!
 
Best,
 
Ron F., Writer
Review Board Update
 
Our thanks to the many writers who submitted work for consideration during our Review Board call for submissions.
 
We’re hard at work reading every single submission and making tough decisions. Watch your email—responses will be sent out soon!
 
 
 
Congratulations to the 2017 Peter K. Hixson Award winners!
 
We have selected four talented writers who are now also very happy, excited writers!
 
SHORT STORY
First Place: Matthue Roth
Honorable Mention: Alexandra Rochman
 
POETRY
First Place: Patti Swartz
Wild Card Winner: Liz Bruno
 
We expect great things from—and for— our new “writers to watch”!
 
Congratulations again!
 
 
 
 
Don’t let the razzle-dazzle of a literary agent’s praise pull the wool over your eyes.
 
Make sure your potential agent hits these key benchmarks of courtesy and respect!
 
 
 
 
 
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Check out this list of spine-tingling reads from YA authors!
 
 
 
 
 
Hosting a Halloween-themed book promo contest doesn’t have to strain your budget (or your brain!).
 
Treat your readers—and build your audiences and sales—with these great ideas.
 
Start here! 
 
 
 
 
An effective author website tells the story of you and your writing.
 
We’ll give you the best tips for:
 
> A beginning that grabs visitors’ attention
> A middle that doesn’t disappoint
> And an ending that makes them want more
 
Check it out!
 
 
 
More Articles: Are You Missing Out On These Amazing Free Resources?
 
Our Publishing Toolkit pages are filled with the essential info you need to build a thriving writing career.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Does your submission strategy need a pick-me-up?
 
Send your writing to any one of the MANY markets listed in our Writers Classifieds.  Subscribe now!
 
Here are just a select few!
 
Raleigh Review
Stops Reading: 10/31/2017
Type: Poetry (5 MAX), Short Stories (7,500 words MAX)
Admin Fee? Yes
Reads Year-round? No
 
3Elements Review
Stops Reading: 10/31/2017
Submissions Link: 3Elements Review
Theme: Delusion, Blueprint, Fisherman: All 3 words must be used in your submission.
Type: Poetry (2 pages MAX) and Prose (3,500 words MAX)
Admin Fee? No
Reads Year-round? No
 
Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest
Stops Reading: 11/01/2017
Contest Judge: Sonia Sanchez
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $500
Winning Entry Published? Yes
Page Count Limit: 6
Title Count: 3
Theme: Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock.
 
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Happy Thanksgiving From Writer’s Relief
 
“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings.” — William Arthur Ward, author
 
If only every day could be filled with the sense of community and acceptance that fills Thanksgiving Day! This special day reminds us how important it is to hold our family and friends close—and to be thankful for all of YOU! Each one of you has brought something unique into our lives.
 
You are dedicated. Time and again you send out submissions, undeterred in your quest to get an acceptance. You inspire us to find the best publishing opportunities, and when you succeed, we share your excitement!
 
You think of us as your “writing family”—and we’re honored. We love hearing your good news about publishing, family matters, or your latest adventure. And we truly appreciate that you trust us to respectfully share your words with the world. We’re here to support your efforts!
 
We wish you a safe, happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for making every day a little less common and a lot more fun!
 
Best wishes from all of us at Writer’s Relief,
 
Ronnie L. Smith, President
Writer’s Relief, Inc.
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