The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#45

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.

Our co-hosts for September are:

Heather M. GardnerChristine RainsDolorah at Book LoverJulie Flanders and Murees Dupé.

Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

This is what you’ve been waiting for: The Official Short Story Contest Announcement

IWSG Anthology Contest

The IWSG Short Story Contest 2015

After the success of last year’s IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond, we decided to create another book. This time it’s a short story competition with the top ten stories getting published in the anthology.

Eligibility: Any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is encouraged to enter – blogging or Facebook member. The story must be previously unpublished. Entry is free.

Word count: 5000-6000

Theme: Alternate History/Parallel Universe. That’s right, we’ve decided to go the speculative route. This theme has plenty of scope and we’re open to pretty much anything along these lines, except erotica or graphic violence.

Story deadline: November 1st 2015

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted, previously unpublished story to TheIWSG at gmail dot com before the deadline passes. Make sure to include your contact details.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges:
• Laura Maisano – Senior editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian fiction
• Russell Connor – Author and owner of Dark Filament Publishing Startup
• Candace Havens – Author and Editorial Director for the Covet, Edge and Select lines at Entangled Publishing
• Dawn Frederick – Literary agent and the founder of Red Sofa Literary
• Alice Speilburg – Founder of the Speilburg Literary Agency
• Michelle Johnson – Founder of Inklings Literary Agency and Writers’ Center and Bookstore owner
• Kendare Blake – Author
• Lydia Moëd – Associate agent at The Rights Factory

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press in the IWSG anthology next year. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title. The winners will also receive an exclusive badge to display on their blog.

We’re excited to see the creativity and enthusiasm that’s such a part of this group put into action. So don your creative caps and start writing. And spread the word!

For more details click on this link:


  1. Mary Hill on September 2, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Hi, sounds like a wonderful project. I hope you had a great Blitz Day. I had to go to the doctor yesterday and did not get back online til this morning.

  2. Hilary on September 2, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Hi Michelle – you’re in line for being blitzed by DL Hammons too … so this doubles up … The anthology is a great idea and I feel some very creative stories coming on. Though I hope you’ll continue with your pier discussion and develop that …

    Warmer weather is coming for you … take care and enjoy the change .. cheers Hilary

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh on September 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

    This contest is going to be epic!

  4. L. Diane Wolfe on September 2, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    It’s going to be a lot of fun.

  5. Melissa Maygrove on September 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    This is such a neat contest. Kudos! 🙂

    IWSG #119 until Alex culls the list again

  6. Yolanda Renee on September 2, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    It’s an exciting opportunity!
    Putting my thinking cap on!

  7. Christine Rains on September 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    This contest is awesome! I’m prodding my muse to come up with a good idea. 🙂

  8. Murees on September 2, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Definitely exciting times. It sounds like a lot of fun. I hope you are entering. Thank you for always supporting me.

  9. Susan Gourley on September 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    The announcement is so exciting! I’ve already seen some people are thinking about their entries.

    Susan Says

  10. joylene on September 2, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    It is very exciting. Now that the news is out, I have no excuse. I have to come up with something! Happy IWSG Day, Michelle!

  11. Jacqui on September 2, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Exciting news! Love the idea. I have a few short stories I may brush off for this contest.

  12. Julie K Pick on September 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Congrats on being an integral force of the IWSG for four years, Michelle! The contest sounds like a fantastic idea, and you’ve lined up an impressive list of judges! Thanks for everything, Michelle!

  13. Mina B. on September 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    That contest sound fantastic! It’s going to be a total hit! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Elizabeth Seckman on September 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    How exciting!!! I’ll have to put my thinking cap on.

  15. Crystal Collier on September 2, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I’m super excited about the contest! It gives me an excuse to pull out one or two of my old shiny ideas and make something of it. =)

  16. ChemistKen on September 2, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    The IWSG just keeps getting better and better. Thanks to all those who put in all the time to set this up.

  17. Southpaw HR Sinclair on September 2, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Sounds like a fun contest.

  18. Toi Thomas on September 2, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I’m very excited about this opportunity. So glad it’s open to all members.

  19. Medeia Sharif on September 3, 2015 at 12:10 am

    This was such a nice surprise. I’m glad IWSG is hosting this.

  20. Patricia Lynne on September 3, 2015 at 12:26 am

    This is exciting!

  21. Lynda R Young on September 3, 2015 at 1:35 am

    The contest will be awesome. I’m looking forward to reading all the entries!

  22. Tyrean on September 3, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Woohoo! Love that there is a story contest!

  23. Carrie-Anne on September 3, 2015 at 3:32 am

    It sounds like an awesome contest. I shared it with my local writers’ group.

  24. Denise Covey on September 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Michelle! Great idea to have a contest. I wish all the spec fic writers out there good luck!

  25. S. Katherine Anthony on September 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I think this is an amazing project and opportunity for the IWSG members! This group ROCKS so hard!!!! 😀

  26. Sharon K Mayhew on September 4, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I think it’s going to be a great project….I hope I can come up with an entry. (nervously taps fingers)

  27. Leslie S. Rose on September 4, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Hooray hooray – I’m an uberfan of the short story!

  28. Shannon Lawrence on September 6, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Sounds like fun for sure!

  29. Sharon K Mayhew on September 9, 2015 at 2:53 am

    For sure this anthology is out of my comfort zone, but I’m going to give it a try.

  30. Carol Kilgore on September 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I love that there’s going to be an anthology – very cool 🙂

  31. C. Lee McKenzie on September 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I look forward to seeing the product. I’m sure it’s going to be great!

  32. Lori L. MacLaughlin on September 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Great project! Can’t wait to read the stories.

  33. Tyrean on September 25, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I’m excited for the contest! I’m not sure I’ll have something I love enough to enter, but I’m working on it. 🙂

  34. Cherie Reich on October 5, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I have a feeling it’s going to be very hard for the judges to pick just ten stories. (Thank you so much for reading and posting reviews of my horror collection!)

  35. TB Markinson on October 7, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Looking forward to reading it!

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