Wednesday, September 5, 2018

#IWSG - September is here! Wait. What? - Anthology Contest!!!

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 September 5 posting of the IWSG are Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!

September 5 optional question
- What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?
My apologies for the late post! I won't keep you long. Nothing new to report on the writing/publishing front. -- The BOY, aka my 12 year old, starts 8th grade tomorrow! Thank the UNIVERSE! I need a break! He's awesome, but a serious handful. -- It's hot in NY! We've been under heat advisories off and on for weeks now, but the way pumpkin spice is being advertised around here you'd think we were deep into October already. Fall is my favorite season too, but we get to keep summer until almost the end of the month, people! -- That's about it! Make sure you read to the end for some funny FB memes!!

The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest
is now open for submissions!
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How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ before the deadline passes.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.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges. This year, we are honored to have seven incredible judges:
Elizabeth S. Craig, author
Elana Johnson, author
S.A. Larsen,author
DL Hammons, Write Club founder
Gwen Gardner, author and previous IWSG anthology winner
Kelly Van Sant, agent at Red Sofa Literary Agency
Kristin Smith, author

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


Are you following the IWSG on Instagram?
Here are the prompts for September: 


  1. In my hometown in Maine, they had to cancel school on the first day because of the extreme heat. My family will probably come and visit because it'll be cooler in Florida. Hope y'all get a taste of actual autumn soon. :)

    Love that teddy bear comic...and the Avengers 4/Princess Bride meme-thing is all too accurate.

  2. We're miserable here but not as bad as where you are.
    Enjoy your new freedom!
    And that one about the card is all too true...

  3. Hi Heather - great news about the anthology ... I hope lots of entries ensue. Excellent your son is on his way to the adult world of life ... but understand it's still mighty hot around your area - take care ... cheers Hilary

  4. I love the descriptions of the coffees. I love pumpkin spice, too, so I'm excited it's available now.

  5. I'm hoping our heat advisories are done for the summer over where I live. I do enjoy the summer, but not when the air is filled with smoke due to fires.

    And yay for kids in school!

  6. Better late than never.
    I love the posts. I needed a good laugh.

  7. I'm hoping the warm weather stays here in Michigan through the end of the month. I have a craft show then and last year it was like summer weather and I sold really well, so I'd like a repeat of that.

  8. I visited New York last month, and I must have spent at least a third of my food budget just on bottled water and cold sodas because it was so hot. I'm glad it's pumpkin spice latte season though; I just had one of those lattes this morning and it tasted soooo good. :) And I especially like that last picture with the "no-nonsense coffee guide".

  9. Hope you got your cool off as well this weekend!!!

  10. I'm so ready to say farewell to summer, so I'm right there with you.


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