NaNoWriMo 2017 Here I Come!

November is National Novel Writing Month. Why November, which is short and has a major holiday weekend, I don't know...but I wrote the first draft of They All Died Smiling, and this year, I'm working on the sequel,

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2017 Participant Badge

The challenge is to pound out the first draft of a novel, roughly 50,000 words, during a month. This means a lot of butt in seat, a lot of planning, and a whole lot of focus. And I'm up to the challenge again.

Updates along the Way

I'll share updates on my progress write here...uh...right here...on You'll see things like:

  • Goal progress updatew
  • Character studies
  • Snippets from the book
  • Triumphs and Tribulations

If you are a writer interested in trying this, go to and sign up. It's free, and there are cool prizes if you win by completing 50,000 words.

Cheers to your #BlissfulLife!

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Writing Contest News: Nimrod Literary Awards

The 39th Nimrod Literary Awards

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction &

The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication

SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication

Contest Rules

Contest Begins: January 1, 2017

Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2017

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).

Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere.  Author's name must not appear on the manuscript.

Postal mail: Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author's name, full address, phone, & email. Manuscripts should be stapled, if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. “Contest Entry" should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Include SASE for results only.  If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s website. Manuscripts will not be returned. Send to: Nimrod Journal, Literary Contest—Fiction or Poetry, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104.

Online submissions:

Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2017 to enter the contest.

Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.

Entry/Subscription Fee: Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee.  Make checks payable to Nimrod. $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues).

Feel free to pass the information along in any way you like—be it in emails, newsletters, or on your website. For more information about Nimrod, please visit our website at

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about the Nimrod Literary Awards to the writers in your writing group. We hope to see your submissions soon!


Eilis O’Neal


Nimrod International Journal




16 Free Writing Competitions with Worthwhile Prizes

GUEST Post Written By Cathy Bryant

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You’d love to enter writing competitions, but they’re so expensive. And what are the chances of winning? It doesn’t make good financial sense. You shake your head firmly, close the window on your screen, and sigh a little.

And then, I hope, you remember that not all writing competitions charge a fee, and you have some fun entering the free ones below.

You literally have nothing to lose – not even a few dollars – and there are some excellent prizes out there, just waiting to be yours.

I’ve done pretty well by entering these myself. Who doesn’t love accolades and money for their creative work?

1. Open internationally, this contest asking for a funny poem is a firm favourite in the writing comp world. It has twelve prizes ranging from $100 to $1000, and there’s no fee to pay. Entry is simple via a form on the site. Disclosure: I won this in 2015 and it’s just glorious. I got a shirt and a certificate as well as the money. Money is useful for grown-ups, but my inner child loves a fancy certificate.

2. Again open worldwide, this comp from ThinkGeek is for techie haiku. Surely if it’s funny, as most entries are, then it’s a senryu? Either way, you could win a $50 ThinkGeek voucher. If a friend or relative does your tech support, as in my case, then giving them the voucher would be a great way to say thank you. Or, you know, you could actually pay them, though that seems a bit extreme. After all, they’re IT people and we’re writers. They have all the money already.

3. Another international competition, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has a delectable £30,000 prize and is a must-enter in your comp list. This year’s has already been won – congratulations to the winners! – but the next should be open early in 2016. Get writing short fiction now! How often do we writers see a prize that big, without having to pay a hefty entry fee?

4. The prizes for the regular themed fiction comps at On the Premises are small, but they host several comps and mini-contests per year, so it’s worth having a go. The themes make great prompts, too. The easiest way to stay informed is to sign up to their newsletter. I never win these but I find the prompts useful, and I usually place my work elsewhere eventually.

Read the FULL Article.

Thanks, Cathie!

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Enter the Hither and Thither Fantasy Writing Contest!

Do you write fantasy stories? Here's a chance to win prizes for our work!

Hither and THither Fantasy Writing Contest Details

Contest Description

Help us escape reality with your most fantastic fantasy stories yet! Submit accounts of beasts, pixie dust, and witches, or enchant us with spells and poisons. We want to read tales that are so lifelike they make us forget we aren't surrounded by kingdoms and dragons.

Submit your best original fantasy fiction stories of any length. And, as always, there is no entry fee. The top 10% based on reader votes get the chance to be picked by the Inkitt staff for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.

  • Authors will retain all rights to work submitted to the contest.


  • Submissions close on August 10th, but voting will continue for an additional week
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but each individual participant may win only one prize.
  • Physical prizes can only be shipped to the United States, Canada, countries in the EU, and Australia/New Zealand. Cash prizes can only be transferred to PayPal supported countries.
  • There is no age requirement for participation but all stories must be rated appropriately by their authors.
  • Inkitt staff are not eligible to receive prizes, or be chosen as winners.
  • Before submitting a story be sure to check our guidelines page to ensure that you comply with all of our publication rules.


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Prizes for Winners

1st Place

$25 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook, custom cover design for the Inkitt story of their choice (created by Inkitt’s designer).

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$20 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.

3rd Place

Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.

Top 10%
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NaNoWriMo 2014 WINNER Ronda Del Boccio, They All Died Smiling

WINNER NaNoWriMo 2014

UPDATE 11/27/17: I finished this book and havea publisher. It comes out in early 2018 from The Wild Rose Press!

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But a hot new self-help book changes everything. Some who read it leave on a mysterious journey only to turn up dead, even stranger, they died smiling. Kass fears the author has sinister intentions, and even worse, a demonic alliance.

Her relentless search for answers leads her down dark demonic paths. Using her gift could save countless lives, but will she risk being brought to ruin?

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I hope you won't consider it bragging when I tell you the news that I WON NaNoWriMo 2014!

How exciting to cross the 50,000 word mark, validate my count and get to the winner's page.

National Novel Writing Month is a great way to commit to writing every day all the way to finishing a first draft of a book.

WINNER NaNoWriMo 2014

THe paranormal suspense novel They All Died Smiling is not finished yet, and I am taking a day off to rest my brain, but then it's right back to the keyboard to continue to the end.

Afterward, I'll go back through and make refinements. A couple of publishers are already interested in it, which astounds me.

I'm humbled and surprised, no matter what comes of it.

Writing 200 pages in a month means producing 6-7 pages every day if you're on a 7 day calendar or an average 10 per day if you take of weekends.  It requires dedication, discipline, and willingness to say NO to things, even when something else may seem more fun at the moment.

Whatever writing goals you set yourself,stick to them and you'll reach your mark.

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