Subject: Enter your short story to win and attend a free webinar with an award-winning author!
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As you’ve likely heard, Writer’s Digest is once again running its annual Short Short Story Competition. Through this competition, we’ve discovered a number of terrific writers and helped shine a spotlight on their work.
Winners of the competition can receive cash prizes, a trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, coverage in Writer’s Digest magazine, free books, and more. But what’s most exciting about this year’s competition is that EVERY entrant receives a free pass to a special online webinar conducted by award-winning author Jacob Appel. Typically our expert webinars are valued at $79 to $99. Jacob’s instruction, however, is priceless. Here are the webinar details and a bit about Jacob:
Marketing Short Fiction: The Art & Science of Literary Publishing
The age of the computer and the Internet has led to an explosion of outlets for short fiction. Literally several thousand journals, both in print and on line, offer respectable venues for publication. How should an aspiring author choose among them? And what are the secrets to success in the publication game? In this session, Jacob Appel offers his “tricks of the trade” on such subjects as market selection and submission, contests, cover letters, “best of” anthologies, red flags, how to build a portfolio that will appeal to agents, and how to market a collection. In doing so, he’ll demystify the submission and selection process, ultimately leading to a more impressive acceptance to submission ratio. While writing is an art, publishing short fiction is as much a science as a creative endeavor–one that the determined and informed student can master. After devoting so much time, energy and emotion to creating short stories why should an author leave publication to chance?
Jacob M. Appel’s first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award and was published by Cargo. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. Jacob’s short fiction has appeared in more than two hundred literary journals including Agni, Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and many others. To highlight just a few of his achievements, his prose has won the Boston Review Short Fiction Competition, the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for the Short Story, the North American Review’s Kurt Vonnegut Prize, the Missouri Review’s Editor’s Prize, the New Millennium Writings Fiction Award on four occasions, an Elizabeth George Fellowship and a Sherwood Anderson Foundation Writers Grant. His stories have been short-listed for the O. Henry Award (2001), Best American Short Stories (2007, 2008, 2013), Best American Nonrequired Reading (2007, 2008), and the Pushcart Prize anthology (2005, 2006, 2011, 2014). His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Orlando Sentinel, The Providence Journal and many regional newspapers.
So if you’ve got a short story to submit – or have one in mind you’d like to write – consider entering the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. The deadline is December 15th, 2014!
Good luck – and keep writing
Publisher, Writer’s Digest
To enter visit: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/short-short-story-competition
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