Thursday, August 21, 2008

I Love to Write... Day!

Did you know that I Love to Write Day is November 15th? Spread the word!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Science Fiction Poetry Association Contest

I find myself paying a lot of attention to contests lately, so I thought I'd start listing them here. These aren't necessarily the biggest or the richest but the ones that catch my eye. Snagged this one from Duotrope.

Science Fiction Poetry Association's 2008 Poetry Contest

Entry Fee: No
Online Entry: Yes
Top Prize: $100, publication, membership, other goods
Open dates: August 1 - August 31, 2008

Good luck!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Children's Writing Update

At first I felt skeptical about the Children's Writing Update. After all, it's got some ads. Okay, it's got a lot of ads. But they're all for writing related products and, if you're a children's writer (or want to be) the products might be right up your alley. It also has some useful tidbits about book clubs (can you say "Oprah"?) and conferences for children's writers.

That's all very nice and worth a scan-through if you're really into children's writing, but what really got my attention was this update issue's feature article. As an aspiring children's writer I read it attentively, and will be visiting future issues of the Children's Writing Update to make sure I don't miss their next feature article.

UPDATE: Thanks to Jon Bard of Children's Book Insider /, here's a link to the back issues of Children's Writing Update. Each one features an article from Laura Backes. She also wrote the current issue's article, "Have You Lost the Plot?" that caught (and held) my eye.

Friday, August 8, 2008


Are you a SpecFic writer? Defining this genre can be a real struggle, but finding markets is not thanks to the SpecFicMe market database and monthly newsletter.

I don't typically post resources that cost, but this one offers a 30-day free trial and promises that you can cancel and pay nothing. So if this is your genre, check SpecFicMe out for free -- you might decide it's worth paying for!