Short Bytes…

SnappyNEW SHORT STORY CONTEST: go to for all the details!! $5.00 entry fee. First prize is $50.00, judges and critiques by award-winning published authors. Deadline 12/28 for the first contest! Write Chix – Sharon Buck and Nancy Quatrano. Plans for 2012 include a publication of top short stories and more money awards….

WRITERS DIGEST WRITING COMPETITION: go to for the guidelines, entry form or to enter online! Deadline is May 15, 2012.

PNWA Literary Contest – 12 categories and $12,ooo in prize money! Deadline Feb 17, 2012. Go to for all the contest details!

WD Self-Published Book Awards – More than $17,000 in prizes. Visit for complete guidelines and to enter online! Deadline is April 20, 2012

CRIME FICTION ACADEMY – Taking applications now for the Feb 2012 14-week writing workshop! Teachers include Lee Child, Lawrence Block, Dennis Lehane, Karin Slaughter and Laura Lippman. Visit for all the details.

Remember,  ’tis the season to hear more stories than you could possibly write in a lifetime on your own! Keep your ears open, your pen (or digital recorder) handy, and capture the legends of those around you!

Have a great week and remember: KEEP WRITING!!!



About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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