Monthly Archives: March 2016

Sweet Life Writing Retreat

June 24 – 26 at Sunset Station Hotel and Casino

Looking for a chance to sneak away from the realities and stresses of everyday life and be able to focus on your craft? Come experience the sweet life of being creative and having twenty-four hours of dedicated writing time! Not only will there be a quiet room where people can center their attention on getting their words down, there will also be areas where creative events will be happening and where people can take a break and mingle. This event is for those just starting out and needing a jumping point into the world of publishing all the way up to the multi-published, established authors who want to inject something different into their routine. Writers of all genres and heat levels from anywhere in the world are welcome to attend.

More info and to register: Sweet Life

Artificium opens for submissions

 Writers wanted! Artificium is looking for submissions from writers for the 2016 publications.  They are looking for good, original writing in any genre.

Short fiction/non-fiction up to 10k words and poetry. Modest payment is available, and free copies or downloads for contributors. They provide editorial support and will suggest revisions to promising work.

All submissions via email. Next submissions window closes on 20th April 2016.


Offering novella writers the opportunity to see their work published in ebook/print format(s). Previously unpublished works between 15,000-50,000 words, in English. Preferred genres are: historical, drama, thriller/crime/mystery, supernatural, or literary.

Submissions open 30th April ’16.


Short fiction and poetry submissions required. Themed anthologies. No genre restrictions.Unpublished and previously-published works accepted. Next theme: TIME

Submissions open 30th April ’16.

But there’s even more…

They also have competitions: Short stories, 2,000-8,000 words, any genre. Winner £300 plus runners-up prizes ‘In brief’, any format/style between 500-1,000 wordsWinner £150 plus runners up prizes. Entry fees: £5 per entry/£9 for two

Closing date 31st July 2016


And introducing…

The Signo Novella Prize

A first prize of £350, plus publication and royalties as per our standard contract

Entry fee £5, closing date 30th November 2016

Entry for all our competitions is via our website:

For a limited period only…

In the UK? We have a small number of free copies of ARTIFICIUM Issue 1 currently available. To receive one, email your details to:

Master’s Review deadline

Third time is a charm! Don’t forget the Master’s Review Volume V. This is a great opportunity for writers whose work has not yet been published. Take advantage of this!

DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2016 The Masters Review Volume V is open to submissions, but only until March 31. Ten writers will be published nationally and become part of an exclusive mailing to editors, agents, and publishers. $5000 will be awarded. AMY HEMPEL to select stories. Fiction and nonfiction up to 7000 words is accepted.


Literary Classics Awards submissions due

I know, I know…I’ve been remiss in regular posts. Guess the conference has been using every cell of my pea-sized brain. Anyway, here’s a notice about the annual Literary Classics Awards, which one of our local weather persons received last year.

Join them in Las Vegas this fall as they recognize the 6th annual Literary Classics Book Award Recipients.  An award winning authors’ reception will be held in Las Vegas on October 15th following the annual awards presentation honoring the 2016 Literary Classics International and Top Honors book award winners.
It’s not too late to earn recognition for your title.  Final call for award entries is April 15, 2016.  Bear in mind, this is primarily for children’s through Young Adult, though there is an Adult, Special Interest category.
To learn more visit the guidelines page.

Laura McBride to speak

Don’t forget that local author and CSN faculty member Laura McBride will be our guest speaker at Community Lutheran Church on Monday, March 7. Her book, We Are Called to Rise has been a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and is a #1 Indie Next pick.

Come hear her speak about this amazing and exceptionally received debut novel, and her experience of “writing Las Vegas.”
We Are Called to Rise was published by Simon & Schuster in 2014.  The novel was a #1 IndieNext pick and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers choice in the US, and a BBC Simon Mayo Radio2 Book Club choice and a Waterstones Book Club pick in the UK.  It received positive reviews nationally and internationally, including a starred review from Library Journal and a A- review from Entertainment Weekly.  Laura McBride was a 2012 Yaddo fellow and the 2015 recipient of the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.  She is a professor in the English department at the College of Southern Nevada, and has lived in Las Vegas since 1987. For more information, see her website:

Then come to the West Side meeting at Skinny Dugan’s on Wednesday, March 9, at 6:30 for a discussion of the novel, led by HWG Board Member Amanda Skenandore.