Wednesday, January 2, 2019

IWSG Anthology Contest Winners and #IWSGPit

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts today are Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, and Fundy Blue!

Today’s optional question - What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

The #IWSGPit Twitter pitch is once a year now – and the next one is on January 15!.
Hundreds of agents and publishers will be checking the hashtag that day.
For rules and list of genre hashtags, visit the #IWSGPit page.
The IWSG Admins will be monitoring the feed. Get those Twitter pitches ready – you have two weeks!

The WEP Challenges for the year:
(Ignore the listing in the newsletter.)

IWSG Anthology Contest Winners

The big moment everyone has been waiting for – the announcement of the IWSG winners. Here are the stories and authors that have been selected for our fourth anthology:

Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian

The top story has the honors of being included in the title. LG Keltner’s story came out on top! The official title of our next anthology – Masquerade: Oddly Suited. Congratulations, LG. (She was also in the top spot for our first anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here.)

The IWSG Admins spent many hours reading the entries and fourteen were sent to our special judges. We certainly wish to thank them for taking time away from their own work to read the entries:

Elizabeth S. Craig, author
Kelly Van Sant, agent at Red Sofa Literary Agency
Elana Johnson, author
DL Hammons, Write Club founder
S.A. Larsen, author
Kristin Smith, author
Gwen Gardner, author and previous IWSG anthology winner

Look for Masquerade: Oddly Suited late spring!

Are you ready for #IWSGPit? What genre should we tackle next for the IWSG Anthology Contest? (We’ve had science fiction, fantasy, mystery/crime/thriller, and young adult.)


nashvillecats2 said...

Congrats to all the winners and also a big thank you to the judges.
Look forward to the Anthology.


Pat Hatt said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Anstice Brown said...

I am over the moon! Congratulations to the other winners and a huge thank you to all the judges and admins for organising this fantastic opportunity.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to the ten awesome winners!

The Cynical Sailor said...

Congrats to all of the winners! This anthology is going to be great!

Diane Burton said...

Congrats to all the winners! Can't wait to read the stories.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats to the winners!

Erika Beebe said...

Congratulations to all the winners! The titles are all so catchy :)

Toi Thomas said...

Congratulations to all the winners. I look forward to the release in spring. This is such a fun theme; I know it will be awesome.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to the winners! And thanks to the authors who helped decide who would win.

L.G. Keltner said...

I'm thrilled to be part of this anthology! Congrats to the other winners! I can't wait to read your stories!

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations to all!

Jacqui Murray said...

Hi Alex et al--I'd be happy to be a monthly moderator for you. I was thinking of March or April, which would coincide with the launch of my next book. Is that alright? If not, I'd be happy to do it any month that works best for you! I'm at askatechteacher at gmail dot com---Thanks guys!

Jemima Pett said...

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who entered!

Good luck with the Anthology - I'm looking forward to it!

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine said...

Congrats to all the winners of the anthology.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love historical fiction. Congrats to all the winners. I'm looking forward to reading the newest book.

Lisa said...

Congratulations to the winners! Can't wait to read the new anthology!

Em-Musing said...

And one more big congratulations to the winners!

Sharon said...

Congratulations to all!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winning writers! It sounds like it's gonna be another winning anthology.

Juneta Key said...

Congrats to the winners. Happy IWSG.

Deb R.H. said...

Congratulations, winners!

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Looking forward to reading their stories.

KJ Scrim, Writer said...

Congratulations to everyone and a big thanks to the judges. I can't wait to read it!

Next anthology? What about a free-for-all, open genre?

Roland Clarke said...

Historical fiction would be a challenge for the next anthology - as Susan says.

Great list of winners which means the anthology will be great.

dolorah said...

Awesome! Congrats to all the anthology winner. Love the Oddly Suited title.

Patsy said...

Well done to all the winners.

Em-Musing said...

Ten winners! Congratulations to all!

J Lenni Dorner said...

Congratulations to those who were chosen for the anthology.