Monthly Archives: June 2015

Member signing

PackMates    Here’s a fun time we can all have together

while we support a fellow HWG member., and to prove to Barnes & Noble that their support of local authors is important and appreciated. Who knows – they may sign YOU up for your own meet and greet. There will be an After Party at 7:00PM at Bucca De Beppo 412 East Flamingo Road  – your chance to really mingle with the authors and pick their brains on how they found success!

How fast can you write?

The latest Sledgehammer Writing Contest is coming up next month. The contest begins at Noon, Saturday, July 25th, and concludes at 11:59PM on Sunday, July 26th, right at the Sledgehammer website.

What’s Sledgehammer, You Ask?

It’s a quirky writing contest that incorporates:

  • a scavenger hunt
  • four writing prompts
  • a 36-hour deadline
  • the option to write as a team or solo
  • a celebrity judge
  • more than $1,000 in CASH prizes

Kate Gray, author of Carry the Sky (Forest Avenue Press, 2014) and winner of the 2013 Sledgehammer individual category, will select the 2015 Judge’s Choice winner.

Register now for this amazingly fun competition. Link: Sledgehammer Registration

Award for self-publishers

Our North Street Book Prize Will Award Cash *and* Guidance to the Winners

Carolyn Howard-Johnson

The number of titles self-published every year in the US is nearing half a million. Getting attention for your book requires the skilled use of time and money. Our new North Street Book Prize for self-published books will award $1,500 to each of the top three winners. But just as important, publicity expert Carolyn Howard-Johnson will read each of the winning books and prepare a personalized marketing analysis, discussing it with the author in a one-hour phone consultation. Ms. Howard-Johnson is the author of The Frugal Book Promoter. Her decades of experience can open up new opportunities for your book while helping you avoid expensive promotions that lack impact.

Everyone who competes for our North Street Book Prize will receive a free copy of The Frugal Book Promoter to download, a $9.95 value. The entry fee is $50 per book, and the deadline is June 30. Submit online or by mail.

In addition to the cash award and guidance from Ms. Howard-Johnson, the top three winners will also receive a credit towards the high-quality publishing services at BookBaby and free advertising in the Winning Writers email newsletter, bonuses worth hundreds of dollars more.

This year’s contest categories include:

  •  Mainstream/Literary Fiction
•  Genre Fiction
•  Creative Nonfiction

Submit your entry here

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What constitutes a self-published book? We follow Chuck Sambuchino’s definition
  • Are you accepting short story and essay collections? Yes
  • Are you accepting the Young Adult genre? Yes
  • Are you accepting books with two authors? Yes
  • May I enter by email and pay via PayPal? Yes
  • May I enter by mail and pay with a check? Yes
  • Are you accepting poetry? Not this year
  • Are you accepting books for children? Not this year
  • Is there a restriction on year of publication? No restriction. Any publication date up to June 30, 2015 is acceptable.

Creative Writing Award 2015

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award – 2015.

Now in its eighth year, the Prize is an internationally renowned award presented by Aesthetica Magazine that enables emerging and established writers to showcase their work to new, international audiences.

Judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent and inewspapers, the prize awards £500 to each winner in Short Fiction and Poetry as well as publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing.

Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each). Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015.

Link: Aesthetica Magazine

And, don’t forget about the Master’s Review competition and request for readers. You’ll find that post here: Master’s Review