Vicki Julian has extended the deadline to February 15 for submissions to her next book, It Wasn't Funny...Then. The anthology is a collection of of first person stories relating a situation that was embarrassing or uncomfortable when it happened, but now seems funny or, at least, not quite as traumatic as when it occurred. It should be funny to others, but must meet the criteria as stated. It can be as short as a paragraph or up to 3-500 words. Anonymity will be honored if requested. As an example, the author has cited her own story which she will share upon request. Contact Vicki at email@example.com.
Vicki Julian is an active D2 member and former state Financial Secretary for Kansas Authors Club.
Do you have 81 words in you? Can you string them together? Can you string them together to make some kind of sense? Then you can contribute to what may become the anthology with the most contributing authors!!! Sadly, only one entry is permitted per author.
The goal is 1000.
To date, we have received 953 stories. We need 47 more to publish the anthology.
When 1,000 stories have been received, written by 1,000 different authors, an anthology will be published. It will attempt to set a World Record for the most contributing authors published in an anthology.
81words Writing Challenge - Rules & How To Submit
The submission criteria are nice and simple:
• stories must be EXACTLY 81 words in length
• please include a title for your story (not included in the word count)
• entry is FREE
• anyone can submit
• 1 entry per person
• no profanity please - all the writing challenges on this website are shared with children
• your 81word stories will be published on this page
• when 1,000 stories have been received, we will publish an anthology and attempt to set a World Record for the most contributing authors published in an anthology
• profits from book sales will be donated to charity
• by submitting, you accept the terms and conditions
• when the anthology is published , you will be involved in the book launch process
• submit your story using the comments form or email
• include a short biography (40 words max) for use in the published book - if you don't supply a bio, we will be unable to publish your story
• include 1 link (optional) to your website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc.
Submit at: https://www.christopherfielden.com/writing-challenges/81words.php#Stories
Complete guidelines at WinfieldArts.org
Deadline: March 15, 2021
Writers Must Live in Kansas
Copy of entry form can be found by clicking here.
We are currently seeking submissions for a new fellowship, and we have another opening on December 15. Prior publication is not a requirement for either of these opportunities.
“Humor Me” is open to poets, fiction writers, playwrights, essayists, columnists, memoirists, and screenwriters who use humor as a key element in their work. While the humor may range from wry to screwball, the work should demonstrate literary merit and the promise of publication or production.
The fellowship winner will receive a two-week residency at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We provide uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner served on weeknights, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics.
The submission deadline for “Humor Me” is midnight on Monday, February 22, 2021. The residency must be completed by March 31, 2022. Exceptions will be made if COVID-19 makes a residency inadvisable. For an application form, visit writerscolony.org/fellowships.
The “My Time” fellowship is open to writers of any literary genre who are also parents of dependent children under the age of 18. The successful applicant will demonstrate literary merit and the likelihood of publication.
The fellowship winner will receive a one-week residency. A $400 stipend is available to cover childcare and/or travel costs. We provide uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner prepared five nights a week, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics for breakfast and lunch.
The submission period for “My Time” opens on December 15, 2020, and the deadline is midnight on Monday, March 15, 2021. The residency may be completed at any time during 2021. Exceptions will be made if COVID-19 makes a residency inadvisable. For an application form, visit writerscolony.org/fellowships.
Update: Deadline for submissions to this project is March 20, 2021.
Kerry Moyer, District 2 member, sends the following invitation:
Hey friends, I am collecting submissions for a book project that I am spearheading for the William Allen White Community Partnership. I am on the board and came up with the idea of putting out a book as a fundraiser. The pandemic has created challenges in terms of tours at Red Rocks and putting on events that would generate revenue for us.
There is no monetary prize or payment. The only real rule for submission is that the piece needs to deal with the William Allen White legacy in some way. We are looking for short essays, short stories, poems, or whatever your creative writing medium is for this project. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
105: Meadowlark Reader is a new literary print journal featuring true Kansas stories written by Kansas residents (past or present).
“Beginnings” is the theme of the inaugural issue. Submissions will be accepted Nov. 1 - Dec. 31. Submission guidelines are available on the Submit page on the journal’s website.
Kansas writers are invited to submit true stories set in Kansas. The journal’s editors are looking for narratives and essays that are personal and powerful, stories that linger with a reader.
The name, 105: Meadowlark Reader, was chosen with the aim of reaching the diversity of writers and readers in all 105 counties.
Each issue will also feature a directory of resources for Kansas writers, such as writing groups, book printers, publishers, editing services, etc. Inclusion in our directory is free. Advertising space is also available.
Special subscription rates are available for those who subscribe to the journal in advance; $13 for a single issue, $25 for an annual subscription (2/year). See the website for details.
From D2 member, Vicki Julian:
We could all use a little humor right now, and I hope you might have a story to contribute to my book which will be released this Christmas season (by December 1). The title, It Wasn't Funny...Then is a collection of most embarrassing moments. My deadline for submissions is NOVEMBER 1 and can be as short as a paragraph up to 3-500 words. Because of the content, I promise discretion, and I can keep your identity anonymous to every one but me, if you wish.
To give you an idea of what I'm looking for, here are some examples that will appear in the book: one woman stood up to eulogize her father at his memorial service and had a "break wind" moment, another had Montezuma's revenge while playing video poker at the casino and left a trail of brown spots running out the door, and another couple was "discovered" at an inopportune moment by their 15 year old son.
Please consider submitting a story--the world could use a laugh and writers are the perfect ones to do it! Please submit to email@example.com.
Gretchen Eick, District 5 member, has sent the following invitation to writers--
Cora Poage and Gretchen Eick are working on a book project we thought you might want to participate in. We are preparing an anthology of short pieces on death. We think that in this time of pandemic cultures like many of those in the US are totally overwhelmed in large part because they deny death and have little to no experience with it other than in violent television shows and movies.
We want to assemble “takes” on death in a variety of genres: poetry, meditation, self-help, short stories, flash fiction, memories, and insights from personal experiences, from people who work in the death business (mortuaries, hospice, clergy (rabbis, priests, imams, pastors), and from counselors (spiritual, financial and psychological). We want a mix of races, religions, ages, subcultures represented.
Might you have something you have written you are willing for us to consider? Or is your muse prodding you to write something you might share?
Obviously, we will not be able to publish all submissions we receive. We are working with a small press, Blue Cedar Press. We envision a book of 150-200 pages. We invite you to submit your contribution by the end of June to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Death Project” in the subject line. Please send it in a Word document. Feel free to encourage others to submit, too.
There will be no profits to us, to the press, or any of the writers whose selections are included. Any profit from this project will be donated to Doctors without Borders who are working on the frontlines in regions of the globe that are about to be hit by the COVID-19 virus.
Thank you for considering this request.
Stay safe and look for the opportunities that reside in this moment.
Gretchen Eick, professor of history emerita and author, email@example.com
Cora Poage, spiritual counselor and life coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: Please submit by the end of June.
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