Thursday, 12 April 2018

Writer's Relief newsletters

Here are the latest Writer's Relief newsletters, with details of upcoming submission dates, for my followers to peruse:

NEW Calls for Submissions:
Upcoming Deadlines Included
2018
Connect With Us!
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Life can get busy—especially for a writer juggling life and work while trying to squeeze in spare moments to send submissions.

If you make your own submissions, sign up for our comprehensive, easy-to-use listings of the best calls for submissions, contests, conferences, and residencies— Subscribe Now. (See FREE sample listings below.)

The Writer's Relief Classifieds Fast Blast!

We’ve selected some of the hottest opportunities and are blasting them straight to the email inboxes of our subscribers. No waiting! When you’re crunched for time, a Classified Listings subscription offers the fastest way to find the best publishing opportunities for you and your writing.
 
Of course, you’ll also have access to the hundreds of up-to-the-minute, top-tier contests, calls for submissions, conferences, and residencies available through our complete Writer's Relief Classified Listings. And you won’t have to wade through page after page of content. With a few quick clicks, you can easily sort to find the contest or venue that suits your writing style and is open NOW—not last month or last year.

Wouldn’t you like more opportunities to get published? Without spending hours and hours sweating over broken links and outdated info?

Take a look at these FREE SAMPLES of featured listings—then click to Subscribe Now! 
Upcoming Calls for Submissions
Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry
Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry
Submissions Link: Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry
Theme: Music issue: Poetry that addresses music through meter or song lyrics.
Type: Poetry (5 MAX) and Creative Nonfiction (10,000 words MAX)
Admin Fee? No
Reads Year-round? Yes


Sinister Wisdom
Sinister Wisdom
Submissions Link: Sinister Wisdom
Theme: Only work by lesbians that reflects on the diversity of their experiences.
Type: Poetry (5 MAX), Prose (5,000 words MAX)
Admin Fee? No
Reads Year-round? Yes

Upcoming Contests

Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest
Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest
Starts Reading: 02/01/2018
Stops Reading: 04/23/2018

Submission Link: Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest
Contest Judge: Carl Phillips
Entry Fee: $18
First Prize: $1,000
Winning Entry Published? Yes
Page Count Limit: 20-40
Poetry Book Type: Chapbook
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: Yes
Eligibility Limits: Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge are ineligible.
Accepts PayPal: Yes
Prime Number Magazine Awards
Prime Number Magazine Awards
Starts Reading: 01/01/2017
Stops Reading: 04/15/2018

Submission Link: Prime Number Magazine Awards
Short Story Judge: Clint McCown
Poetry Judge: Terri Kirby Erickson
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000
Winning Entry Published? Yes
Page Count Limit: 3
Word Count Limit: 53 - 5,300

The Southeast Review Writing Contests
Stops Reading: 03/15/2018
Submission Link
: The Southeast Review Writing Contests
Entry Fee: $16
First Prize: $1,000
Winning Entry Published? Yes
Word Count Limit: 500 for short stories and 6,000 for nonfiction
Title Count: 3

North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books
North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books
Starts Reading: 02/15/2018
Stops Reading: 06/30/2018

Submission Link: North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books
Entry Fee: $60
First Prize: $1,500
Winning Entry Published? Yes
Word Count Limit: 150,000
Book Type: Novel, Memoir, Short Story Collection
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: Yes


Upcoming Conferences

Write2Ignite!
Write2Ignite!
Location: Tigerville, SC
Registration Due: 09/21/2018
Start Date: 09/21/2018
End Date: 09/22/2018
Info: Speaker: Jenny L. Cote
Contact: info.write2ignite@gmail.com
Conference Link:
Write2Ignite!

Unicorn Writers’ Conference
Unicorn Writers’ Conference
Location: Purchase, NY
Registration Due: 09/15/2018
Start Date: 09/15/2018
End Date: 09/15/2018
Contact: unicornwritersconference@gmail.com
Conference Link:
Unicorn Writers' Conference




Upcoming Residencies

Bordeneuve Residency
Bordeneuve Residency
Location: Betchat, France
Website
: Bordeneuve Residency
Stipend? No
Genre: Poetry, Poetry Chapbooks/Manuscript, Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, Novel, Memoir
Rolling Admissions? Yes

Starry Night Retreat
Starry Night Retreat
Location: Truth or Consequences, NM
Website:
Starry Night Retreat
Stipend? No
Genre: Poetry, Poetry Chapbooks/Manuscript, Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, Novel, Memoir
Rolling Admissions? Yes

Writer's Relief, Inc.   |   www.WritersRelief.com   |   (866) 405-3003   |   info@wrelief.com

ronnie@wrelief.com

Writer's Relief
18766 John J. Williams Hwy. Unit 4, Box 335
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
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If you've had questions about our services, we've got all of the answers for you in our online catalog. Click HERE for the overview of our services for creative writers. We were recently chosen as one of the 100 Best Websites for Writers.

Our Review Board is now accepting novels, short stories, essays, and poetry.



Click HERE for Review Board information.

Writer's Relief, Inc.   |   www.WritersRelief.com   |   (866) 405-3003   |   info@wrelief.com

ronnie@wrelief.com

Writer's Relief
18766 John J. Williams Hwy. Unit 4, Box 335
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
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7 Biggest Mistakes Writers Make On Social Media
Whether you’re new to writing or a seasoned author, you should be developing a following on one or more social media platforms. Aspiring writers need to grow their audience and establish their online presence. Self-published authors can use social media to boost the promotion for their book launches. And nowadays even authors who’ve landed huge contracts with traditional publishers are expected to do social networking with gusto.
Yet the social media savants at Web Design Relief know that writers are not always skilled in the finer points of social networking. Here are examples of what NOT to do:
The Seven Worst Mistakes Writers Make On Social Media

Relentless Selling
Constantly screaming “Buy! Buy! Buy!” is NOT the most effective way to make a sale. The hard sell will make people tune out or unfriend you.
Social networking is all about making connections and cultivating relationships. Once rapport is established and maintained, your followers will be more likely to pay attention when you post news of your book launch.
The general rule of thumb is to minimize promotion to one out of every ten posts.
Posting Only Once In A Blue Moon
One of the most important rules of good social media management is to post regularly. If you disappear for an extended period of time, so will your followers, since less engagement means your posts will show up much less frequently in your followers’ news streams. And if anyone who visits your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., sees that the last time you posted was six months ago, they’ll assume you’ve abandoned the platform.
Try to post at least once daily. Don’t know what to post? Check out this cheat sheet.
Not Offering Value
To draw people to your social media account, you should offer them something they want. What you offer could be something concrete, such as a monthly giveaway, or something intangible, such as a behind-the-scenes glimpse into your books, your future writing plans, and even what makes you laugh, cry, and tick as a writer.
Consider:
  • Posting teasers for cut scenes from your novels
  • Hosting Q&As
  • Posting short, slice-of-life video snippets
  • Sharing workout tips, recipes, pet antics, etc.
  • Contests for a free eBook or a free signed print book
  • Polls to name a secondary character in your next book
Need help with your author website and social media?
Give us a call at (866) 405-3003
Avoiding Conversation
Here’s the bad news for introverts: Posting once a day and then fleeing to your writing garret won’t do it. You need to Like and Share posts/tweets, and perhaps even start actual conversations in the comments. Authentic interactions help develop relationships. The more connected your followers feel to you, the more likely they’ll do whatever you ask when the time comes for the big book launch.
Not Posting Images
Social media posts with images get a lot more engagement than those without. Liven up whatever you’re posting by making images of your own on a site like Canva, or by using stock pics or your own personal photos.
Forgetting To Use Hashtags
Hashtags help you reach a larger audience with a specific interest, and they’re particularly powerful on Twitter and Instagram. Adding a targeted hashtag can bring you to the attention of potential followers interested in, say, #freeBooks, #knitting, #financialtips, or #rescuedogs. While one or two hashtags are sufficient for Twitter, you can add as many as you want on Instagram.
One Caveat: With the changes made to Facebook’s algorithms, hashtags don’t help on Facebook and may even hurt—so don’t include hashtags in your Facebook posts.
Using Click Farm Tactics To Increase Followers
There are a lot of services out there that promise to increase your social media following by thousands in just a few months. But buyer beware—many of those followers may not be targeted to your particular interests, or they could just be bots. Publishers looking at social media followings focus on engagement and interaction rather than raw numbers. Organic growth is harder but more rewarding because a greater percentage of your followers will be interested in you and your work.
A social media following won’t happen overnight—but don’t be discouraged! Every platform focuses on a different audience, and it can take some time for you to effectively and efficiently find your followers. Growing a platform is a process. With time and effort, you’ll have a loyal following behind you.
Need help with your author website and social media?
Give us a call at (866) 405-3003
Writer's Relief, Inc.   |   www.WritersRelief.com   |   (866) 405-3003   |   info@wrelief.com


Ronnie@WritersRelief.com

Ronnie L. Smith, President of Writer's Relief and Web Design Relief
Writer's Relief
18766 John J. Williams Hwy. Unit 4, Box 335
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

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