Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest and A IWSG/WEP Collaboration

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 and 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: Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!
August 01 Question: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest

Word count: 3500-6000

Genre: Young Adult Romance

A Masquerade can be a false show or pretense, someone pretending to be someone they aren't. It can be a ball, a fancy dress party, it can be a mask. Open to interpretation.

Submissions accepted: September 5 - November 4, 2018

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges who will be announced September 5.

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group has entered into a new partnership with the Write...Edit...Publish Challenge (aka WEP) which is the brainchild of Denise Covey, a long-standing IWSG member, who runs this challenge with her wonderful team.
WEP is a free online writing/creative community.


  1. SUBMIT your name to the Inlinkz list that will be provided on the WEP blog. The list opens 01 August which is TODAY!
    2. CREATE your entry for the August challenge - CHANGE OF HEART
    3. EDIT your entry
    4. POST your entry on your blog/face book page on August 15 - state feedback preferences
    5. READ other entries, giving feed back
    ALL GENRES WELCOME except erotica - 1,000 words maximum.
    Visit the WEP site for more information.

The IWSG Goodreads Book Club

We're almost at 300 book club members!
Our book selection for August/September is:

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

This one is for our memoir writers and anyone who has ever thought of writing a memoir. The discussion will start September 19th and will go to the end of the month, but it will be up indefinitely, so you can hop in whenever you're able. Join Us On Goodreads.


Facebook Shake Up
The Facebook  members can look forward to some new activities. Starting in August, the line-up will be as follows:
Sunday – New Member Shout Out
First Monday – Member Services Offered
The remaining Mondays – Informational Monday
First Wednesday – IWSG Day
Second Wednesday – Ask For Help
Third Wednesday will be shared with WEP
The WEP challenge is on the third Wednesday of August, October and
December, which is every alternate month
On the non-WEP third Wednesdays – Wordsmith Tales
Fourth Wednesday – Hot Topic/Industry News
Fifth Wednesday – WOW It’s Wednesday
Friday – News & Promo

We look forward to engaging in stimulating conversation and exciting discussions/debates on a variety of topics. JOIN US ON FACEBOOK.

Which one of the above activities are you interested in? Will you be preparing a YA story based on Masquerade? Or do you prefer the theme Change Of Heart? Would a memoir discussion over at the Goodreads Book Club suit you? Or one of our Hot Topics coming up as part of the new Facebook line-up? 
There is plenty to choose from! Happy IWSG Day!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We've got a lot going on right now!

Jemi Fraser said...

Masquerade is definitely intriguing! :)

Heather M. Gardner said...

All great news!!

Jen said...

Wow! There's a whole lot going on in IWSG land :) I love it! I've never been a romance writer, but I do like a challenge. Maybe I'll give the Young Adult Romance "Masquerade" a try. WEP is a wonderful challenge. I've participated in several and Denise and her team are always ready with encouragement.

Happy IWSG Day, everyone!

Michelle Wallace said...

Alex, definitely a lot going on!
Jemi, it lends itself to all sorts of ideas...
Heather, exciting times.
Jen, please write that story!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Big thank you to IWSG for providing so many opportunities for writers. You guys are great.

Doreen McGettigan said...

I want to do it all! If only there was time. Have a wonderful August.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We are rolling now.

Fundy Blue said...

Wow! So much going on, Michelle. Thanks for pulling it all together. I'm traveling throughout much of the fall, but I've ordered my copy of "The Art of Memoir" and will be reading it during my travels. Happy IWSG Day to you!

cleemckenzie said...

We have liftoff! Not just one, but two great writing opportunities. IWSG rocks today.

Pat Hatt said...

Sure a crap ton going on indeed!

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Oh, boy! YA romance would be a stretch for me... so maybe I should try :) The WEP challenge would be good for me, too.

I'll probably pass on the memoir discussion. My life isn't that interesting :D

Leslie S. Rose said...

Lovin' the masquerade theme!

L.G. Keltner said...

I love the anthology contest theme, and I'm excited to see IWSG and WEP team up!

Natalie Aguirre said...

It's so awesome that there are so many ways that this group is helping writers. Also great to see us connect with WEP.

dolorah said...

This group is expanding and growing.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Very exciting times for all writers. Thanks, Michelle.

Juneta key said...

I may try my hand a story. Although I have not really written romance I read a heck a lot of it. Happy belated IWSG.

Sherry Ellis said...

I think you have a great topic for the next anthology. Should get a lot of good entries!

Edix said...

Ready to give it a go!