It’s one of the loveliest months of the year-at least in my memory! Last year we spent time out doors, reveling in the autumnal glory of western NC. This year, I’m spending much more time indoors, not just due to the weather, but also due to some pregnancy-related restrictions.
It’s not all pleasant, but one benefit? I’m ahead of schedule for this novel draft, which should be the last draft before undergoing heavy editing! So in some ways it’s easy to be thankful for the pains and limitations of this pregnancy.
Since I want to continue on this novel, I’ll be taking a break for at least the first two weeks of October, maybe even the whole month.
Those other writing projects I’ve been busy with include writing for story contests. They can be an excellent way to stretch your skills, craft that story idea you shelved a while back, and learn to follow publishing guidelines.
So I wanted to leave you with a few of these writing contests and a few pictures of last year’s splendor. Until we meet again!
The Institute for Writing Holiday Contest– do you write for children? Your story needs to be geared towards children ages 3-8. Word count is 500 max. The deadline is coming up-October 15th-so see the website (above) for more details!
Story Shares– dedicated to helping overcome illiteracy, this community’s contest has multiple genres for their 2016 contest. You’ll want to check out their information on illiteracy in America and how their publications have helped teachers, students, and readers. The deadline for submission is December 31st, 2016.
Gulf Coast Writers Association “Let’s Write“-this contest accepts poetry, fiction, and non fiction. It is open from January 15th, 2017-April 10th, 2017. Visit their website for more details.