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STORYSTORM and 85K Challenge

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January 1st

With a New Year comes new writing challenges and opportunities! I have to say, I love them all.

Today, I’m going to share about two opportunities I found out through friends: STORYSTORM and 85K90.

Keep reading to find out more!

STORYSTORM

What is STORYSTORM? How do you participate? It’s easy 🙂

  1. Register by January 7th.
  2. Read daily blog posts.
  3. Jot down story ideas.

By the end of January, if you have at least 30 new ideas, you can sign the STORYSTORM PLEDGE and possibly win some PRIZES! How awesome is that? Check out the first post here!

Shoutout to Jennifer Shelby for sharing this challenge on her blog ❤

85K

This challenge focuses on writing 85,000 words in 90 days. You have to commit to 1,000 words, every day, for three months. Some writers will write more in one day. The 90-day time frame gives writers time to catch up if another commitment interrupts them.

April is the first of three 30-Day editing months. This means you have a month in April to finish up your project before the editing phase that begins on May 1st.

Learn more here! Shout out to my friend, Rebecca, for sending me the link 🙂

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I hope you guys have a blast with these two challenges! I’m excited and have already written 1,000 words on a new project about a lace maker in the 1880’s 🙂 ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Happy New Year

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December 31st

Hi friends,

Short post here for now. I just wanted to say I’m thankful for everyone I’ve met this year and whose supported me with writing.

Huge shout out to #WriteMentor’s creator, Stuart White and my two mentors Amber R. Duell and M. Dalto.

Stuart, thanks so much for your generosity and heart. This program is amazing and has helped so many writers already. I can only imagine what the future holds.

Amber and MB helped me so much! They both helped me edit and bring my YA fantasy novel to another level ❤ I learned a lot about writing and storytelling from them. Big hug to you both ❤

Thanks to my writing pals at Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. I’m excited to get to know you all more this year. Also to my friends at Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada. Go Atlantic Canada, haha 🙂

I met some wonderful friends via writing websites and fan groups. Lots of love to you all. I hope 2019 is a year of inspiration, growth, and success for all of you ❤

Best wishes and Happy New Year!

Loie xo

 

 

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On the 24th Day of Writing: World Weaver Press

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December 24th

Hi dear friends, today is the last day of #24DaysofWriting. I hope you were inspired to write some wacky and fun short stories. I know I have 🙂

Check out today’s submission opportunity.

World Weaver Press

GLASS & GARDENS: SOLARPUNK WINTERS
Open for Submissions: January 1 – March 1, 2019
Publication: January 2020
Length: up to 8,000 words

Solarpunk is a type of eco-aware science fiction. It imagines a hopeful future founded on renewable energies. Solarpunk stories show how we adapted to climate change or how we overcame it.

For this anthology, World Weaver Press want stories that take place in winter. Read more here!

Happy Writing

Thanks for joining me this month! I hope you’ve written heaps and had fun brainstorming.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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On the 23rd Day of Writing: PORTALS

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December 23rd 

Hi friends! I’m currently in Nova Scotia visiting family. I love any kind of travel, even if it’s only a few hours away. I find when I drive, I’m able to think about life and the stories I’m working on.

Today’s opportunity is for PORTALS. Keep reading to learn more!

PORTALS

They seek fantasy or science fiction stories that contain a portal between two different worlds. They want stories that feature twists on typical portals and interesting settings. Try not to write a story about a door in the back of a wardrobe 😉

They also aren’t seeking stories that open a portal from one time to another. They’re interested in stone archways in the middle of the forest, cracks in reality, and wormholes. They seek both humorous and dark tones. Read more here!

Submission Guidelines

Stories shouldn’t be longer than 7,500 words and must satisfy the theme.

The deadline is December 31st, 2018. Decisions will be made by the end of February 2019. Send your submissions to: contact@zombiesneedbrains.com

Any questions you have may be directed to: contact@zombiesneedbrains.com.

Happy Writing

Hope you have fun with this prompt. Tomorrow is the last day of this blog series!

Until next time,

Loie xo

 

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On the 22nd Day of Writing: Havok Flash Fiction

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December 22nd 

Hi dear friends, there are only two more days left of this blog series. Thanks for joining me ❤ 

Today’s submission opportunity is for Havok. They are an ezine, and seek flash fiction. Keep reading to learn more 🙂 

Havok Publishing

Havok looks for memorable, and well-edited fiction between 300-1,000 words. It can be across a variety of genres. Science fiction, comedy, thriller, and fantasy. They want stories that take people away from daily troubles, bringing them into a new world. 

Recycle – February 2019 

Submissions are open now for this opportunity. This is an interesting prompt and they explain it well on their website. 

They aren’t looking at recycling in the way we usually think of it. Think outside the box. They gave a few examples on their website. Why is Jack the Ripper collecting organs, how do the fae turn baby’s laughter into magic? Whose stealing your newspaper and swapping it with paper mache swans?

Strange, eh? It’s going to be a fun opportunity. March’s theme is: Relocate. Both February and March are open for submissions.

Read about the submission guidelines here. 

Good Luck

Happy writing, friends! Tomorrow, I’m off to Nova Scotia to visit my family for Christmas. Can’t wait. 

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Flash Fiction: Santa’s Secret

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December 21st

I wrote this short story for the Weird Christmas flash fiction contest. I wanted to continue the story of my characters, Beira and the stag. You may have met them in The Winter Crone.

What happens to Beira and Alaor when they find Santa Claus? Who do they unexpectedly discover behind the fluffy beard :)?

Enjoy ❤

Santa’s Secret

The white stag hated Christmas lights.

It reminded him of the dreary Hallmark movies his mistress enjoyed so much. She wept and scratched her watering nose at every cheesy ending while he wondered when the filmmakers would hire a better writer.

His mistress begged to differ.

“What are you brooding about now, Alaor?”

Beira, the Winter Goddess, leaned towards him and draped an arm around his neck. “I can see that scowl from a mile away.”

“Why is he here?” Alaor asked. “Parading around as the jolly Santa Claus?”

Beira shrugged. “Your guess is as good as mine. I thought I got him for good. Maybe my Granny magic didn’t work.”

She sniggered to herself but Alaor shook his great head, upsetting a child carrying a tray of hot chocolates. He hardly regarded the spilled brown liquid or the tears in the boy’s eyes. Beira leaned down to help the little boy.

Alaor had greater matters on his mind.

Jolly St. Nick. The stag wanted to rush in and spear the bugger in the belly with his antlers.

If the children only knew who was really behind the mask.

Beira popped back up and flicked his ear gently. He didn’t look away from the imposter.  Her gaze softened as she regarded him a moment too long. “Stop worrying.”

“I’m not worrying,” he snapped before stalking forwards through the evergreen decorated gate.

Passersby’s exclaimed as they took in his majestic white coat and amber antlers. A little girl darted forwards, a dingy carrot in her hand.

“Beira,” he snarled, and she laughed in ringing booms before swooping down to catch the little girl’s arm.

“That’s so sweet of you but my friend doesn’t like carrots. He’s – um – allergic.”

Alaor snorted, streams of white clouds exiting his nostrils. Trying to feed him like a second-rate mule. He was the Winter Goddess’ protector.

“Hmph.”

Beira sunk her fingers into his fur and purred, “Don’t be so uptight. They think you’re pretty.”

Alaor choked and she nudged him forwards, grinning. “Come on. We need to go see Santa.”

He followed his Winter Goddess before stopping at once.

Santa sat on a scarlet velvet chair. However, behind the white beard and embarrassing red broadcloth, the Sun King glared at him and Beira.

“You tried to kill me,” he grunted.

Alaor raised an eyebrow at the Sun King and his ridiculous disguise.

“Least you managed to survive, Santa. I’ll make sure to pay a visit to the North Pole. Looks like you’re in my realm now,” Beira said sweetly.

The late Sun King gritted his teeth and Alaor stamped his hooves.

Winter reigned with fury.

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On the 21st Day of Writing: Triangulation Dark Skies

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December 21st

Triangulation is Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction annual. They’re in their 15th year. They seek science fiction, weird fiction, fantasy, and speculative horror from established and new writers.

Theme: Dark Skies

This theme celebrates the natural awe and beauty of the night sky. They seek tales that feature a sky full of stars as a meaningful part of the story. Take them to another time or world. Write about the universe and going out into the depths of space.

What would it mean to lose that ability?

They’re joining forces with the International Dark-Sky Association. This group raises awareness of the dangers of light pollution.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions opened on December 1, 2018 and close on February 28, 2019. They will consider stories that are 5,000 words long but the favored spot is 3,000. There isn’t a minimum word count.

They won’t consider stories without a speculative element. Send them your sci-fi, horror, fantasy, or a blend of all three!

The pay is semi-pro: 4 cents a word. Authors receive one print copy of the anthology and an e-book.

They don’t accept reprints, simultaneous submissions, or multiple submissions. However, if they reject one story before the end of the reading period you can send another one.

Submit your story here.

Manuscript Format

Use industry standard manuscript format.

Good Luck

Happy writing, friends! I hope you have fun with this submission opportunity.

What have you worked on this month? I’d love to hear below ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo