Open Submissions Week on She Writes

Next week, She Writes will be having an “open submission” week for members! The theme for the week is Self-Publishing.

If you have any advice, insight, or stories to share, simply post to your She Writes blog and message Caitlyn Levin on She Writes with a link to your post! They’ll be reading through them and selecting a few to feature on the front page of She Writes each day. Happy Writing!

Yeovil Literary Prize Competition Now Open

2012 will be the Yeovil Literary Prize’s ninth year. This highly successful international writing competition has become very popular with aspiring writers and is acknowledged by agents and publishers. Writers of all genres are welcome to enter.

The Novel category, in particular, is very popular as novelists are not often catered. The Betty Bolingbroke-Kent Award for novels provides a rare opportunity for aspiring novelists.

The standard and number of entries for the Short Story and Poetry categories also continues to impress. Their first Anthology will be available next Spring.

Click here for additional information and details on how to enter.

Coffee Time Romance Santa Watch

Join Coffee Time Romance & More for fun, prizes, and to learn what authors have in store for you in the coming year December 24 as they track Santa across the sky with NORAD. Coffee Time has it all – a Kindle, LOTS of books and other prizes to give away!

Here is a sneak peek into who will be there: Tarah Scott, Melissa Alvarez, Jimmy Thomas, KyAnn Waters, Desiree Holt, Grace Burrowes, Etopia Press, T. C. Archer, Zee Fire Pages Reviews, Queentutt, Kat Martin, Natasha Blackthorne, Amy Atwell, Anju Gattani, The Wild Rose Press, Bella Andre,  and Amber Kell.

Join everyone at Coffee Time as they watch for Santa, laugh, and share in the Christmas Spirit!

The fun begins 6 am EST on the Coffee Time blog.

From Self Published to Major Deal

Think being self-published doesn’t get your work noticed? Here’s an excellent example to the contrary!

The Best Authors Lounge is pleased to present another best selling author on a powerful teleconference you will not want to miss!

Tune in November 10, 2011 at 8:00PM EST to learn how Trice Hickman went from being turned down by every agent & publisher to self publishing three bestsellers, and then landing the book deal of a lifetime with a major publisher.

Ms. Hickman is constantly asked by aspiring authors how did she do it, what advice can she give them about how to publish their own book and/or how to get a book deal with a major publisher.

She is now pleased to show other authors how it is done. Click here for additional details on the upcoming teleconference.

Countdown to NaNoWriMo 2011

Have you seen the countdown clock on NaNoWriMo lately? The 2011 noveling extravaganza begins in just 13 days!

In preparation for this wild and wordy festival of writing, has been relaunched.  Come on over to today to view all the new features, including an all-star cast of pep talkers, the 2011 batch of web badges, revamped forums, and special noveling goodies in the store.

You can also find the local chapter closest to you, and catch up on news and events there in the regional forum!

If you know any young budding writers who would enjoy this challenge, be sure to refer them to the  NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program! Director Chris Angotti has cooked up the best resources yet for our 50,000-plus young novelists around the world.

Good luck to all who participate in this year’s challenge – and may you have much success in reaching 50,000 words in 30 days!

Penguin Group USA Presents Its Second “Read Pink” Campaign

Penguin Group USA returns with its “Read Pink” campaign in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the campaign, Penguin will distribute as many romance titles as possible with a “Read Pink” seal, a familiar logo associated with breast cancer awareness.

Eight novels will bear the seal during the 2011 campaign, with participating authors Bertrice Small, Amanda Quick, Lynn Kurland, Catherine Anderson, Lauren Willig, Christina Dodd, Jillian Hunter, and Nora Roberts.

The publisher shipped 400,000 romances bearing the seal during its initial campaign in 2010, which contained information about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

In addition to shipping books with the “Read Pink” logo, Penguin will also donate $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Additional details on the “Read Pink” campaign can be found on this page.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Writers Live Presents Shannon Cain

Winner of the 2011 Drue Heinz Literary Prize, Shannon Cain will visit the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Main Branch, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, October 6. She will present her debut collection The Necessity of Certain Behaviors.

Go here to register. Free admission will be from 6:00-7:00PM.

If you are unable to attend this event, Shannon will also make an appearance October 3 at 7:00PM at Barnes & Noble Cafe on Forbes Avenue & Washington Place near Duquesne University as part of its Coffee House Reading Series.