awards, Writing Workshops

Two Countdowns


53 hours to go and there is only $63 left to raise in order for the What Fates Impose” Kickstarter to be fully funded. The goals of 200 contributors has been met–woo-hoo!–and now it’s just a few more bucks to go. Interested in some really awesome reading by good writers, published by really good people? Check this out and donate today. (Yes, I’m pushing this because I really want to read it.) Oh, and if you’re interested in an publishing an ebook, check out that last contribution level. You’ll not only get a copy of this anthology, but you’ll get an awesome discount on ebook conversions from Alliteration Ink, the publisher of this anthology.


The storySouth Million Writers Award for 2013 is now accepting nominations, and donations for prizes. This award is open to any 1000+ word short story first published in 2012 in an online publication. Both editors and readers may nominate stories, so what are you waiting for? Head over to their website, read the official rules, and donate, then nominate. There are awesome things being published online, as you all are aware. So nominate your favorite today, and maybe that author will get a bonus cash prize!

COUNTDOWN THREE (’cause I’m really bad at math)

Only a few more hours until I start Mary Robinette Kowal’s Short Story Weekend Intensive class. However, she just posted another version of this class for later in the year. Check it out at her blog. Registration opens July 20, and spots tend to move fast. Be ready at the crack of noon Central Time, if you’re interested. Before then, I hope to have posted regarding the class I’m taking this weekend (starting tonight–gulp!), so I’ll get to tell you how many flavors of amazing it is. (My hint: if you don’t get a spot, sign up for the waiting list. You’ll get first crack at the next class she offers. Just don’t tell anyone I told you 😉 )

awards, Writing

Know a Writer Who Could Use a Monetary Award?

Well, duh, you probably do! So, listen up. There’s still time before the April 9th deadline to nominate your favorite qualifying story for the storySouth Million Writers Award. To qualify, a story of 1000+ words must have been first published online by a magazine (not self-published on a website) in the 2011 calendar year. Simple enough. Readers get to nominate one story, editors of magazines may nominate up to three stories. All the rules and such, along with some history of the award can be found here.

Before you ask, no, I have nothing that qualifies for this award. And yes, I did nominate a story already. So, hurry along and help out a friend, or yourself, gain some notice and perhaps to win a cash prize. Because after all, we’re in this writing game together.

Readers, writers, editors form an interdependent world. I don’t know about you, but I like to beautify my corner of the world. Supporting this prize (by nominating a writer’s story and/or donating a few bucks to the kitty) looks pretty beautiful to me.