Homemakers and CEOs Writing Opportunity

Hey, writers!
Our very own Teresa Lusk has started a monthly newsletter for her organization, Homemakers and CEOs. Teresa invites you, members of The Christian Writers’ Group, to submit articles of 350 words or less for inclusion in future issues. See below for a list of topics.
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She is also running a “Name the Newsletter” contest. Check out her website to get a feel for the organization. Winner receives a FREE autographed copy of Teresa’ book, Good Enough to be a Homemaker and CEO.
Send article and contest submissions to homemakerceo.tlusk@sbcglobal.net.
Target audience: Working mothers ages 25-45, most with at least a high school education up to upper level college, in median income range.
Spiritual Encouragement- NOT A BIBLE STUDY
Running a Business

Opportunity for Good Exposure

Literary agent Rachelle Gardner, of WordServe Literary in Denver, Colorado, has offered an excellent opportunity for unknown writers. Here’s what she said about it in yesterday’s post: I am taking auditions for guest posts from YOU, my faithful blog readers. I need about ten guest posts from readers to provide me with one per week for the rest of this year. (I already have some lined up from clients.) So the “prize” for this challenge is getting your post on my blog. Maybe not a huge prize, but hey, I’m getting more than 10,000 page loads per week so it’s not bad exposure for you.

 So how do you go about auditioning? Put your query writing techniques to practice by posting a 100-word comment on her “A Blog Challenge for You” entry. PITCH your guest post idea. DO NOT write the whole post and do not email her the post. Auditions will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on September 4th.

IF yours is chosen, you will be asked to write an entry of 500 to 800 words with a 1-2 sentence bio that includes links to your websites/blogs and a photo of yourself. Rachelle, of course, reserves the right to edit your final post.

Good luck!


A Couple Contests & a Call for Ministry Pieces

Contest #1:

DEADLINE: August 31, 2009
OPEN TO: US residents aged 21+
GENRE: Short Stories
DETAILS: Maximum two stories per person, 2,500 words per story
PRIZE: $750, publication in Family Circle, Gift Certificate to a Mediabistro.com course, and one year Mediabistro.com AvantGuild membership. Two runners up receive $250, 1 year Mediabistro.com AvantGuild membership and possible online publication.

Click FCFictionContest for details.

Contest #2:

DEADLINE: August 31, 2009
GENRE: Short Stories, Novels, Scripts and Screenplays
DETAILS: Free contest offers large prizes for mystery writing in several genres for both adult and youth audiences. All entries should be able to be performed (read) in under an hour.
PRIZES:  $ 10,000       for     “Best New Work” (one prize across all genres) 
              $   5,000       for     “Best New Writer”
              $    2,500      for     “Outstanding Screenplayor Teleplay”
              $    1,000      for     “Best Work for Young Adults (12-18)”
              $    1,000      for     “Best Short Mystery Play” (category includes one-act plays, short screenplays, and short stories)

See details at : http://www.newmysteries.org/submission_guidelines/

[Thanks to JoAnn Wray with The Christian PEN for the contest heads-up!]

Call for Ministry Pieces:

The Ultimate Pastor: Uplifting Stories and Profound Advice about Faith and Fellowship with Rev. Todd Outcalt will feature full color photos and true stories from those who devote their lives to spreading God’s word.

From pastors and members of the Christian writing community, we are seeking stories that can be inspiring, humorous, enlightening, or motivating, and can cover anything you’ve learned about yourself or the world around you because of your pastor, your faith, or by ministering to your congregation.

From our photographers we are looking for images that capture pastors as they work and minister in traditional and non-traditional settings, that feature ceremonies, special events, or services.

Please visit www.ultimatehcibooks.com and review the synopsis and chapter topics we’ve posted for The Ultimate Pastor.

Also online are format guidelines for stories and photos, submission information and FAQs that answer most questions you may have. Just use the links on the website’s menu tree on the left of each page to browse the comprehensive information we provide, but should you have questions that aren’t addressed, feel free to drop us an email.

Please remember, photos and stories are separate submissions and will be reviewed independently of one another for publication. Please do not embed photos in a story. Our publishing format does not place photos near or with specific stories, and it not necessary to submit both a story and photo to be part of the project.

If you have friends or colleagues you feel may be interested in participating in this project, please help us network and forward this information to them, or post it online on your blog, Facebook, MySpace or Twitter page.

I look forward to seeing your work for possible publication in The Ultimate Pastor and to the opportunity of sharing your experience about living your faith with our readers.


Candace Johnson
Editor, The Ultimate Pastor

[Thanks to Kathy Ide with The Christian PEN for the publisher’s call heads-up!]

Book in a Nutshell Competition


Enter TKA’s Book In a Nutshell Competition!

Get noticed, get feedback, get an agent.

Here’s a chance to have your project reviewed by one of the agents at The Knight Agency. Submit three compelling sentences (150 words max) about your completed, unpublished manuscript to submissions @ knightagency.net (delete spaces). Write BOOK IN A NUTSHELL in the subject line or it will not be deemed elligible. One submission per project, please. Twenty of the best submissions will be chosen and requested by various agents who will then give feedback on your work…and it may even lead to possible representation. Hurry, the deadline is April 20, 2009. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2009.

Something fun & challenging!

Up to a challenge?  Try writing an entire novel in 30 days!  Visit nanowrimo.com to learn how to participate.

“National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.”

There’s no monetary reward.  However, those who actually complete 50,000 words of fiction by midnight, local time, November 30th, will be added to the “hallowed Winner’s Page”, and receive a handsome winner’s certificate and web icon. You also get the great satisfaction of writing and completing an entire novel!

There’s a corollary editing month in March at www.nanoedmo.net.  People from all over the world spend 50 hours in March editing their novels. Think you have what it takes? Then sign up and get your red pen ready because on March 1st the fun begins!


Writer’s Digest has revealed the winners of their 8th Annual Short Short Story Competition.  You can read the top 5 winning entries at writersdigest.com/contests. 

To enter the 9th Annual Short Short Story Competition, send your own short short fiction (1500 words or less) by December 1, 2008, along with $12 entry fee/story to Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition, 700 East State St. Iola, WI 54990.  See writersdigest.com for more info.

The Writer Magazine’s 2008 Short-Short Story Competition is still open.  Deadline June 30, 2008.  Theme: Mystery.