Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Come Say Hi

There will be a Memory Eater update coming this weekend (I’m just finalizing all of the details), but until then, come say hi to me this Sunday (3/4/12) at the Ends of Man anthology launch party.  My second place story, along with another, are part of this collection.  There will be prizes, and conversations with the authors and discounted prices on the books, so don't miss out!  Full details below:

EVENT: Sunday March 4th

WHERE:  http://zharmaepublishing.wordpress.com/

WHAT:  Live launch for the Ends of Man anthology

WHEN: 7-9pm Eastern time

WHAT: Live chat and blogging will be with authors of the book and representatives from Zharmae

PRIZES: 2 Barnes and Noble $25 gift cards, 2 $25 Amazon gift cards, *2 $25 donations to the charity of your choice, free critique of an original work of fiction by Zharmae staff.
BONUS: Cover Design for self publishing author's original work of fiction.
*Charity must be a recognized organization

OTHER: Special launch price for print and ebook

Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Free Upcoming Contests

I've rounded up information about a few writing contests that are fast approaching.  If you love competition, like me, then the following will probably make your mind explode with ideas.

Deadline:  2/29/2012
Contest Name:  2012 Writing Contest
For:  Writers
Theme:  Anything goes
Submit:  Fiction up to 1,500 words
Prizes:  $500 for 1st and $200 for 2nd

Deadline:  2/29/2012
Contest Name:  Write While You Wait
For:  Writers
Theme:  Use these five words: hullabaloo, contest, hurry up and wait, kimchi, beer
Submit:  Fiction up to 150 words
Prizes:  $25

Deadline:  3/1/2012
Contest Name:  The East India Press Short Story Contest
For:  Writers
Theme:  Good writing/optional setting
Submit:  Fiction up to 2,500 words
Prizes:  $1,000, publication and manuscript consideration

Deadline:  3/2/2012
Contest Name:  Next Top Artist
For:  Artists and writers
Theme:  Anything goes
Submit:  Fiction/nonfiction novel excerpt up to 5,000 words or a drawing
Prizes:  $5,000 and advertisement of artwork/critique of manuscript

Deadline:  3/15/2012
Contest Name:  Annual Ultra-Short Competition
For:  Writers and poets
Theme:  Anything goes
Submit:  Fiction or poetry up to 150 words
Prizes:  $300

Deadline:  4/9/2012
Contest Name:  "If you can write…"
For:  Writers
Theme:  Ideals based on the poem "IF"
Submit:  Fiction up to 6,700 words and nonfiction up to 2,500 words
Prizes:  $500 for 1st, cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd, and publication in online magazine

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Memory Eater is Coming

I’ve been a bit slow with the blog posts lately, but this is the calm before the storm.  I’ve been meticulously preparing The Memory Eater for launch, and with over 50 contributors, there are a lot of checks to be made.  Not to mention that Word’s weapon of choice, formatting, nearly whooped me into submission.

But the near-finished product (about 95% complete) has turned out so amazingly well, thanks to the hard work of many, that I’m bursting with excitement to share it with the world.

I will be posting more updates in the coming weeks about what’s next for the anthology, specifically when and where it can be purchased.

I appreciate everyone who has followed this journey.  You’ve watched a mere idea from inside my head snowball into what’s here today.  It’s been long (like that car crawling in the passing lane you want to drive off the road), and hard, and frustrating, and there were a handful of professional authors wizards who tried to bring down this idea from the get go, but the positive support from many has kept me pushing forward.

So I just want to say thank you to all of those people who wanted to help.  Even if you said something nice in passing, it has really meant the world to me.