Wednesday, January 2, 2019

#IWSG - 2019 - January Anthology Contest Winners and more!


The Insecure Writer’s
Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

January 2 optional question: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

The awesome co-hosts for the January 2 posting of the IWSG are Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, and Fundy Blue!


IWSG Anthology Contest Winners

Here it is!! The big moment everyone has been waiting for – the announcement of the IWSG winners. Here are the stories and authors that have been selected for our fourth anthology:

Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian

The top story has the honors of being included in the title. LG Keltner’s story came out on top! The official title of our next anthology – Masquerade: Oddly Suited. Congratulations, LG. (She was also in the top spot for our first anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here.)

The IWSG Admins spent many hours reading the entries and fourteen were sent to our special judges. We certainly wish to thank them for taking time away from their own work to read the entries:

Elizabeth S. Craig, author
Kelly Van Sant, agent at Red Sofa Literary Agency
Elana Johnson, author
DL Hammons, Write Club founder
S.A. Larsen,author
Kristin Smith, author
Gwen Gardner, author and previous IWSG anthology winner

Look for Masquerade: Oddly Suited late spring!


IWSG Instagram 2019 Challenges


The next #IWSGPit  will be in January 15, 2019 - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm EST

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 15, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.


  1. Looking forward to the next anthology. Happy IWSG Day!

  2. The Twitter pitch is going to be epic! So happy for all the writers that made it into the anthology.

  3. Congrats to the anthology winners! Hoping to participate in the pitch *fingers crossed*, wait, better uncross those fingers and get back to writing!

  4. So much going on! I think #IWSGPit will be epic.

  5. Congrats to all the winners in the anthology and good luck to anyone taking part in IWSGPit.

  6. Heather -- As an IWSG newbie I am still learning about the many activities going on here. I've never thought of my writing as a competition, but who knows, I may want to give it a try.

  7. So much going on with the IWSG. I love it!

    Congrats to the anthology winners!

  8. I'm thrilled to be part of this anthology, and I can't wait to read everyone else's stories! Best of luck to everyone participating in #IWSGPit!

  9. December was one exciting month. And it seems that January might be just as exciting.

  10. Best wishes moving forward to the anthology winners!

  11. Congrats to the winners. Can't wait to read the anthology.


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