Wednesday, January 3, 2018

#IWSG And the 2017 IWSG Anthology winners are.....

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

January 3 optional question - What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

The awesome co-hosts for the January 3 posting of the IWSG are Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhabria!

Thank you for another great year at IWSG and welcome to the new year!
Today is the exciting announcement of the 2017 IWSG Anthology Contest winners!

Thank you to the awesome IWSG Admins for reading through all of the entries: Alex J. Cavanaugh; Lynda Young; Michelle Wallace; L. Diane Wolfe; Nick Wilford;
JL Campbell; Heather M. Gardner; Pat Hatt; Christine Rains!

A HUGE thanks to this year’s official judges:

Elizabeth S. Craig writes cozy mystery series for Penguin Random House, Midnight Ink, and independently. She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine Writers Knowledge Base.

Anne Hawkins is a partner in John Hawkins & Associates, Inc., New York. Founded in 1893 by Paul R. Reynolds, it is the oldest literary agency in the country. She works with mainstream literary and commercial fiction, including mystery, suspense, and thrillers and a wide variety of serious non-fiction, particularly history, politics, biography, science, and natural history. A number of her books have gained distinction through award nominations, book-to-film contracts, significant foreign rights sales, major book club selections, or placement on the New York Times bestseller list. Anne Hawkins is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives.

Candace Havens is the Editorial Director of Covet has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists, runs a free online writing workshop, and teaches comprehensive writing class.

Ion Newcombe is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia's longest running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. His qualifications and employment range from horticulture through electronics into literature and communications.

Patricia (Pat) Stoltey is the author of four crime fiction novels published by Five Star/Cengage including a historical mystery called Wishing Caswell Dead ( (December 2017). She lives in Northern Colorado with her husband Bill, Sassy Dog, and Katie Cat. To learn more about Patricia and her books, visit her website/blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Mason Canyon had a love of books since childhood encouraged by a mother who loved to read. A 30+year career in journalism fueled her desire to know what a story is all about. Blogging at Thoughts in Progress since 2009 and operating MC Book Tours for over a year. Loves to read and share great stories with others. MC Book Tours

The winners of the 2017 IWSG Anthology Contest: TICK TOCK

Until Release  - Jemi Fraiser

The Tide Waits – Rebecca M. Douglass

Center Lane - Christine Clemetson

One More Minute – Mary Aalgaard

Reset – Tara Tyler

Three O’Clock Execution - S.R. Betler

The Little Girl in the Bayou - J.R. Ferguson

Cypress, Like the Tree - Yolanda Renée

Gussy Saint and the Case of the Missing Coed - C.D. Gallant-King

Special Mention:
Heartless – C. Lee McKenzie

And the grand prize winner: 
A Stitch in Crime – Gwen Gardner  

Congratulations to the winners and to all who entered!

Look for the anthology, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, late spring, 2018.

Note: Our Special Mention story is for IWSG Admin, C. Lee McKenzie, who did not participate in the reading or judging of any of the entries. Her story made the top ten from the judges and we are honored to include it in the anthology.


The next #IWSGPit will be Thursday, January 18, 2018!
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time 

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 18, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.


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The Cynical Sailor said...

Congrats to all the winners of this year's anthology contest! Can't wait to read it :-)

M.J. Fifield said...

Congrats to all the anthology winners! It'll be a fantastic collection!

nashvillecats2 said...

Congrats to all the winners and a special thanks to the judges for their hard work.
Happy New Year to all readers.


Pat Hatt said...

Sure a lot going on indeed. Congrats to all the winners.

Erika Beebe said...

Congratulations, all! I can't wait to read the new anthology!

Pat Garcia said...

Congratulations to all the winners for the anthology. I am looking forward to reading it.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat G

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to the winners and it's going to be another awesome year!

Gwen Gardner said...

I'm so honored to have a place in the anthology! Thanks so much for hosting and congratulations to all the winners! I can't wait to read it.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Congratulations to all the winners. Looking forward to reading my copy. Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Jemi Fraser said...

Yay - I'm SO excited to be part of this anthology!! Congrats to the other authors as well :)

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

So excited & honored to be one of the winners, and congratulations to my fellow mystery-mongers!

One note--but it's important--my name is misspelled above. That's Rebecca M. Douglass, with 2 esses.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

There are some great stories in that anthology.

Juneta key said...

Congrats Winners! Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats to all the writers in the anthology!

L.G. Keltner said...

Congratulations to all the winners! It sounds like this one will be a great read!

klahanie said...

And very well done to the winners. Thanks for being part of "IWSG" aka "I Was Seeking Gary."


Yolanda Renée said...

I'm thrilled to have placed!
Congratulations, everyone!

Roland Clarke said...

Congratulations to all the winners - I look forward to reading your stories.

dolorah said...

Congrats to all the participants!! Happy new year.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

So much going on at IWSG. I appreciate all the hard work the leaders of IWSG do for the group.

Sandra Hoover said...

Congratulations to all winners & participants! Great job!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Heather - well done to all the judges and then congratulations to all the authors who've been selected - it will be some anthology.

All the best for the coming year ... cheers Hilary

Lux G. said...

Congrats to all the winners and thanks to the amazing judges. May this year be filled with more wonderful stories. Happy 2018!

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