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On the 23rd Day of Writing: PORTALS

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December 23rdΒ 

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 πŸ˜‰

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:Β 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 11th Day of Writing: Once Upon a Future Time, Vol 2.

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December 11th

This looks like such an amazing submission opportunity. Here’s the kicker: it’s due in a few days. Due on December 15th. Sorry for posting it late. I just came across it and thought it might interest some of you ❀

They had such a great success with their first anthology, they’re opening a new submission for a collection titled: Once Upon a Future Time, Vol 2. This is an anthology of futuristic fairy tales!

Submission Guidelines

– Stories must be original

-Age appropriate

-Less than 15,000 words

-Based on folktale or fairy tale in a science fiction setting

Send your story to submissions@brothersuber.com before the 15th of December!

Have Fun

Good luck!! I’m going to try and work on a story to submit. Not many days left but here’s to trying ❀ Find out more information here. Scroll down to the bottom.

Until next time,

Loie xo

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On the 2nd Day of Writing: Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide

December 2nd

Here is a fun place to submit! β„οΈβœ¨

Submission Tips

MC that is age 8-12.

-A diverse cast of characters.

-Fun to read and encourages love of science fiction.

-Adventures in space with robots, rockets, or alien encounters.

-Steampunk, weird west, and time travel are fine.

-Word Count should be between 3,000-6,000 words.

-Science fiction, not fantasy.

Particularly Looking For:

-Adventures!

-A MC from an underrepresented population.

-MC has agency and isn’t just along for the adventure.

Don’t Write:

-Stories about female characters who need rescuing or are a prize.

-Stories where the subplot or main plot is romantic in nature.

-Graphic violence or swearing.

Submission Deadline

-December 15, 2018, with a reading period of JanuaryΒ and FebruaryΒ 2019.

-Don’t put identifying information on your manuscript.

Have Fun

I hope you guys enjoy this submission opportunity πŸ™‚

I think I’m going to write about a robotic dog named Mag, of course inspired by my 16-year-old Jack Russell Terrier πŸ˜‰πŸ•

What will you write about? Find out more, here!

Until next time,

Loie xo

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24 Days of Writing

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Hi everyone! Here’s a fun way to maintain the writing spirit throughout December: participate in 24 Days of Writing.

Every day in December until the 25th, I’m going to post a new place to submit a flash fiction, poem, or novel excerpt.

I think this is a fab way to step back from our NaNoWriMo projects and let them sit for a while. We’ll be able to switch gears and work on something different for a change πŸ™‚

It’s exciting to work on a new story idea, particularly when it’s shorter than an entire novel πŸ˜‰ You’ll have that satisfying feeling of finishing something. If you want, you can submit your completed story or poem.

Sometimes, I’ve found story diamonds in my little flash fictions that I later expanded into longer pieces. You never know what you might discover!

Then, when January arrives, we’ll still have kept the writing muscle active. That way we can dive back into drafting or editing our current WIP.

Are you with me?!

I hope you join me! Tomorrow, I will post the first writing contest or submission opportunity and perhaps share a line from my own short story.

Let me know if you’d like to participate! I’d love to hear in the comments below ❀ Use the hashtag, #24DaysofWriting on Twitter or Instagram. I think it’s going to be a blast.

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Encouragement is life giving

March 31st, 2018 10:33 am

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Good morning, all!

How are you making out? It’s been a little while since I last blogged. There was a picture book contest on Tuesday that I participated in. Turns out, picture books are a lot of fun to write but also super hard! I wrote an article for Wow Women that is going to be published on April 6th πŸ™‚ Just found out two days ago and am so thrilled. I will post the link when it goes live.

Today I would like to talk about encouragement. Why encouraging others is so important and why receiving that encouragement is incredibly life giving, even when you have just received a rejection, slipped up, or have received terrible news.

Don’t give up.

I’m serious, please don’t let the darkness creep in and steal the light. Hold onto the promise that you will be okay, that there will be another opportunity coming your way. That even if you slipped up with whatever you are struggling with, it doesn’t mean the end for you, and it certainly does not define you. There is a new day. You will get through this.

I wanted to talk about encouragement because there have been so many contests lately and opportunities in the writing world. Some, I have managed to succeed in, and others, I was not chosen. The thing is – in writing and in life – this is going to happen all the time. What’s important is not letting this steal the joy of writing from you or knock the confidence from your core, but instead, you can learn how to gracefully accept the rejection and keep your head above the water. Allow yourself a moment to grieve or feel frustrated, but don’t stew in it.

My Mum always said, when one door closes, another will open.

Encourage others. In these moments when we feel dismay, a word of encouragement can mean the world to someone. I myself was on the receiving end of a word and it really lifted my spirits. I didn’t settle into a cloud of doubt and worry that I wasn’t good enough at writing and would never succeed.

You can do this ❀

What are you all doing this weekend? I can’t believe we are at the end of the month!

Also, just discovered a fun activity happening this April, for writers, if you would like to join, check this out:)

Until next time,

Loie xo