‘Tis the Season – to get off track!

Birth of ChristOkay, maybe you’re like me and you’ve gotten bogged down in life. Happens to all of us, so take a deep breath and relax a bit. The more panicked you get, the less you’ll get accomplished. My last six weeks have included a 4-day writer’s conference, three program presentations, almost three weeks with a sinus infection and our homestead has sold, so add in finding an apartment, homes for 2/3 of our belongings, packing, etc. Some days I wrote my 1000 words, but mostly – not.

Here are some fun things you might want to do to get back on that track to publication, royalty payments, celebrity – whatever it might be! But don’t waste a lot of time deciding. These deadlines are right around the corner!

SHORT STORIES: The energy builders of writers everywhere! 

(Courtesy of Hope C. Clark FUNDSFORWRITERS.com newsletter)

HAMLIN GARLAND AWARD FOR SHORT STORY
https://www.beloit.edu/fiction-journal/hamlin-garland-award/
$20 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 10, 2019. Limit 7,000 words. Winners receive $2,000 and publication. Any theme. All entrants considered for publication.

THE SUNDAY TIMES SHORT STORY AWARD
https://www.shortstoryaward.co.uk/awards/2020/
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 13, 2019. The prize is for stories up to 6,000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must not have appeared before January 1, 2019.

SHERWOOD ANDERSON FICTION PRIZE
https://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/fallcontests/
$10 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 15, 2019. First prize $1,000 and publication. Limit 6,000 words.

This one includes publication and author copies – 

GEORGE GARRETT FICTION PRIZE
https://texasreview.submittable.com/submit/1487/the-george-garrett-fiction-prize
$28 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 31, 2019. Winner receives a $1,000 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book. Open to anyone writing in English. Manuscripts may be novels or short story collections with a total word count of between 40,000 and 120,000 words.

How about a publisher that doesn’t require an agent for that full-length work?

Schaffner Press: Open to Manuscript Queries (AuthorsPublish.com)

Written by Emily Harstone 

Schaffner is an established press with distribution through IPG. They publish literary fiction, short fiction collections, and crime fiction. They also publish a wide variety of non-fiction including memoir, autobiography, biography, journalistic expose or narrative, true crime, art, culture, pop culture, world history, current events,
science, and music.

Their website is easy to navigate and the book covers are generally excellent. The focus is on selling books. It’s easy to get a feel for what they are interested in publishing by browsing their catalog.

They consider manuscripts between 60,000 – 100,000 words.

If you are submitting you must query first via email. If they are interested they will contact you and ask you to submit the full manuscript via the post. They try to respond to submissions quickly if they are interested.

Their full submission guidelines are here.

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. Author of Murder in Black and White, Still Shot, Merciful Blessings, and numerous published short stories.
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1 Response to ‘Tis the Season – to get off track!

  1. Carolyn says:

    Thanks for all the good info and links, Nancy. Most appreciated! And good luck with the move…how stressful in the midst of this season.

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