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Romance Me Novel Writing Contest

romancenovelcurFree Entry – Be it historical or contemporary, a grand love story or the gripping tale of a torrid affair, through December 15, 2016,  submit your Romance novel for the chance to win prizes and be read by judges from Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group.

This is an open call for writers of romance novels targeted towards an adult audience or a young adult/adult crossover audience.

First prize $200, consultation, and submission to partner publishers and agents.

Second prize $100 and same.

Third prize $50 and submission to partner publishers and agents.

Deadline December 15, 2016.

Novels must be a minimum of 40,000 words (although submissions can be a 30-page sample of the full manuscript).

Contest by: Romance Me

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St. Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

smedhead-e1371623899716St. Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel.

All Manuscripts submitted must be original works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language.


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Would Mark Twain like Your Humor Writing?


$13-$23 ENTRY FEE.
Submit 7,000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing.

Submissions are not required to be in the style of Mark Twain or about Mark Twain.

We want to hear your voice. And we want you to make us laugh!

Deadline July 10, 2016.

Winners will retain ownership of their work. The Mark Twain House & Museum reserves the right to publish winning pieces in a public forum with credit to the author. PRIZES (winners in both categories):

1st Prize: $1,000 (Adult), $1,000 (Young Author)
2nd Prize: $500 (Adult), $500 (Young Author)
3rd Prize: $250 (Adult), $250 (Young Author)
Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store (Adult & Young Author).


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Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Writing Contest



Deadline May 31, 2016.

All submissions should be made to and must adhere to the setting of Elgin, Scotland, and area during the 18th and/or 19th century. The winners will be announced at the Spirit of Moray Book Festival, 13-17 September 2016.

The entry must be a short story, in English, an original work of fiction, previously unpublished, and not more than 3,000 words. The winning entry will receive £350 and the second place £150.

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Do Your Best…

ds_2012_11_24  Once again, congratulations to:

Jennifer Sullivan – First Place – “Moon Dreams”

Ramona Scarborough – Second Place – “Unsweetened Revenge”

M. P. Witwer – Third Place – “Writer’s Block”

Tammy Hawkins – Honorable Mention – “Rocky and Tibbles”

Thank you to all the judges.

And thank you to everyone who entered our contest.  We had 25 entrants and some very good stories.






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Winners of the Gracie Award Writing Contest are:



May 12, 2013 · 1:00 am

Gracie Award Writing Contest ends tonight.

If you want to enter the Gracie Award writing contest, you have until midnight tonight to get your entry in.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2, the judges will begin reading and judging.

The winners will be contacted in advance and their names will be announced on May 12, Gracie’s 2nd birthday.

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Gracie Award Writing Contest Reminder

Gracie KittenThis is to remind everyone that the Gracie Award Writing Contest deadline is April 1, 2013.  That is not too far away.

Guidelines for the contest are on our web site at:


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Today I am drinking to Charles Dickens

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of time…” is probably one of the most recognizable quotes in history.  The author of that quote was one of the greatest English novelists.

Charles John Huffman Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 at Landport, Portsmouth, England.  In December 1833, Dickens published his first original article in the Old Monthly Magazine entitled, “A Dinner at Poplar Walk” (http://42opus.com/v7n3/adinneratpoplarwalk).

In 1836 Dickens, once again, wrote about dinner.  This time, Christmas Dinner in “Sketches by Boz.”  (http://www2.hn.psu.edu/faculty/jmanis/dickens/boz.pdf) Dickens wrote, “A Christmas family-party!  We know nothing in nature more delightful!”  Christmas was Dickens’ hobby – Christmas, food and drink.

When you hear the name Charles Dickens you may immediately think of his book turned movie, The Christmas Carol.  A book and movie about Christmas, food and drink.

Dickens often had evening parties at his home in London.  Among his frequent guest were Mark Lemon, journalist, humorist and editor of Punch; William Wilkie Collins, novelist; Clarkson Stanfield, a marine painter; John Forster, author of the first important biography of Dickens; and possible every artist of the time.  At these parties, Dickens served what he called punch.

Dickens died on June 9, 1870 at the age of 58.

While this day is not part of the Christmas Holiday Season, it is a day for remembering one of the greatest English novelists.  Have a cup of “punch” to celebrate Charles Dickens!


Champagne Cup

4 lumps sugar

Thin rind of 1 lemon

½ cup boiling water

1 bottle (4/5 quart) champagne

1 ½ cups sherry wine

2 strips ( 5 – ½ inches) cucumber rind

18 ice cubes


Combine sugar, lemon rind and boiling water.  Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.  Stir in champagne, sherry, cucumber strips and ice.  Remove cucumber after 10 minutes.  Yield: about 6 cups.

This recipe should not be made more than 20 minutes before serving.



Claret Cup

6 lumps sugar

Thin rind of 1 lemon

½ boiling water

½ cup brandy

1 bottle (4/5 quart) claret wine

2 cups club soda

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

18 ice cubes


Combine sugar, lemon rind and boiling water.  Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.  Stir in brandy, claret, soda, nutmeg and ice.  Yield: about 7 cups.

This recipe should not be made more than 20 minutes before serving.

Recipes are from Dickens personal papers at New York University, The Fales Library and Special Collections.




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Upcoming Events:

February 8, 2013 – deadline at midnight to enter our Valentine Day Contest, Prize, a copy of Jojo Moyes’ book, Me Before You.

April 1, 2013 – deadline to enter our writing contest – Gracie Award – guidelines on our web site.


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Happy New Year and Thank You So Very Much!

This past year, 2012, would not have been a successful year without you: readers, bloggers, book reviewers, authors, and everyone else that visited this blog and our web site.

2013 will bring book reviews, book promotional tours, book fairs, tips on writing, editing and book marketing, book release parties, our first writing contest and much more.

bookCover-200x300cb84a39d51d40ad8986c26.L._V389482558_SX200_Coming up tomorrow is a book review of The Rock Island Line: Conversations Over Chicken and Dumplings by Michelle Dobbs.







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