Wednesday, October 3, 2018

IWSG October: We Need Your Stories

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 for the October 3 posting are: 
Dolorah, Tanya Miranda, Chemist Ken, and Christopher D. Votey.

Optional Question this Month: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest needs your stories!

Guidelines and rules:

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How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ before the deadline passes.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. 

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.

Our previous IWSG anthologies:
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
Hero Lost: The Mysteries of Death and Life
Parallels: Felix Was Here

Gwen Gardner, Jen Chandler, and LG Keltner know what it’s like to have the winning story.

Yours could be next!

Are you on Instagram?
This month, we are prepping for NaNoWriMo (if participating) and staying motivated in our writing lives.

Do you Write, Edit, Publish with WEP?
October's WEP Challenge is:

Do you have a story for the anthology? Are you writing one? 
Write it and send it!


dolorah said...

Uh, I'm writing one. Sporadically. I'm not good at YA voice though.

Pat Hatt said...

Hopefully a bunch more come on through.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good prep for NaNo!
Now, get those entries in, people.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Submit those stories because it could be YOU.

Christine Rains said...

This is a fantastic opportunity for writers. Hope you guys get a ton of entries!

cleemckenzie said...

I'm looking forward to reading these stories!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Dolorah - just keep on writing! You never know, maybe your YA voice will come out strong.

Pat - I'm hoping so, too.

Alex - yes!

Diane - yes, it could definitely be the next story submitted that wins!

Christine - I hope so, too.

C. Lee - me, too.

Toi Thomas said...

I've already submitted my story for the anthology and for the WEP challenge. I'm so excited about both of these themes. Even if I don't make the submission cut or win the writing challenge, I'll be happy to read the stories that come out of this.

Lisa said...

I'm trying!!! Working on my story and hoping to finish in the next two weeks! Thanks for dropping by my blog...

Juneta key said...

Prepping for NaNo can definitely give you better direction once it gets here and you start writing.

Ornery Owl of Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost said...

I am wondering what rights the author has to their story if it is selected. Do we retain the rights to use it in the future, or does it become the property of the publisher? I was definitely inspired by this prompt, and have started working on a story, although it may be a bit dark for your liking. However, it is part of my greater (twisted) fictional Universe, and I would hope to retain the rights to it in order to expand on it, should I wish to do so in the future.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Toi- Yes, I'm excited to read these stories, too. Good luck on your story submission!

Lisa - Best wishes on your story writing!

Juneta - yes, it can.

Cara - The publisher has exclusive rights for at least a year, and then eventually it reverts back to you. The authors each receive a small percentage of sales money from each book sale of the anthology, too, so it may not come with an immediate cash prize, but there is even more incentive there.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tyrean - a great anthology to support and submit an entry to. Good luck to all who enter and all who administer ... cheers Hilary

Ornery Owl of Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost said...

Kind thanks for your response. It gives me a better idea of how I want to handle things, which would be mutually beneficial should my story be selected. :-)

Michelle Wallace said...

I'm not too good at writing horror but will submit to the WEP+IWSG project.

Roland Clarke said...

I'm attempting a mysterious YA entry - and prepping for NaNoWriMo.