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:
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
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 The story must be previously unpublished.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How to enter: Send your polished, formatted, previously unpublished story to TheIWSG at gmail dot com before the deadline passes.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: http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/2015/09/iwsg-post-day-and-special-anniversary.html