Writing Contests and Publication Opportunities: Deadlines and Reminders!

Entering contests can help writers stay focused and motivated because contests can serve as interim goals and mileposts for long-term writing projects, platforms, and visions.

Below are three fast-approaching deadlines (two occur on June 30, 2018) that W2I has announced before. In case you’ve put these deadlines on your “maybe” list, take today to see what you can do with these opportunities. If you participate, consider each of your entries not as “success-or-failure” but as a personal accomplishment and a learning opportunity.

  • Deadline A—June 30, 2018. Through June 30, 2018, agent Cyle Young is offering an open submission period: he’s accepting submissions for “the general and Christian markets, both nonfiction and fiction.” Send your submissions to submissions@cyleyoung.com. 
  • Deadline B—June 30, 2018. The Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon is a slightly longer variation of flash fiction. “Hackathon” is a 50-paragraph story contest in which the first and last paragraphs are already provided and each contest entrant supplies the other 48. Owl Canyon Press is the contest sponsor. The contest offers a cash award and publication. You can find more details here.
  • Deadline C—August 20, 2018. The deadline for the “Faith and Freedom” writing contest cosponsored by EA Books Publishing and Write2Ignite is coming up fast! The contest is open only to those attending W2I 2018, and it’s limited to unpublished authors. (“Unpublished” is defined as follows: the writer can have articles, blogs, or online content published, either paid or unpaid, but cannot have a traditionally published book or inclusion in another published anthology.) Benefits: there’s no extra fee to enter (conference registration and attendance qualify you), a wide range of genres is accepted, both Teen Track and adult attendees may apply, and winners will be published in an EA Books anthology. See full details here.

Writing Contest and Anthology Publication

EA Books and Write2Ignite Conference co-sponsor a writing contest

WRITING CONTEST! According to author and founder Cheri Cowell, EA Books Publishing will offer a writing contest and publication opportunity open only to those who register for and attend the September 21–22, 2018, Write2Ignite Conference. Participants who attend the conference both Friday and Saturday may submit one entry on the theme of “Faith and Freedom”—fiction, nonfiction, […]

Write2Ignite Conference Celebrates Success Stories!

Conference connections that helped launch authors' careers!

Maria Bostian: author of What Should Daisy Do? and Firefighters’ Busy Day As Write2Ignite Conference 2018 approaches, we want to highlight what we’re calling “Success Stories”: stories of past participants whose attendance at W2I led to specific contacts, published work, and even jobs! We often emphasize the benefits of attending a writing conference—benefits that include […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Mediocre of Self-Publishing

Part V in the Write2Ignite Author Interview series on Self-Publishing

Kenneth G. Winters, author of the YA novel The Lost Crown of Colonnade, served as a Navy chaplain; a few years ago, he retired from full-time ministry. After investigating several Christian self-publishing companies, he published this first novel in 2011. He shares here, in the fifth of our Write2Ignite author interviews on self-publishing, what he […]

Self-Publishing Series Part IV Author Interviews

Janice D. Green's Self-Publishing Ventures

Author and former Write2Ignite Team member Janice D. Green has a wealth of experience with self-publishing projects. Below, she shares information about the steep learning curve she experienced as she navigated different options, programs, and methods for publishing books herself. What book did you first publish using a self-publishing provider or system? I have self-published several […]

Making Sense of Publishing Options—What’s Your Measure of Success?

Cheri Cowell's webinar helps participants understand pros and cons

Author and publisher Cheri Cowell presented the first webinar sponsored by Write2Ignite on Wednesday, September 21. Cowell, owner of EABooks Publishing, shared her own journey as a writer who started out and, after several years of submitting numerous manuscripts or queries to traditional publishers, eventually succeeded in publishing a book, followed by two others. After […]

The Tale of Three Authors

by Cheri Cowell

I am an author/publisher. I began writing in 2000 with magazine articles and seven years later published my first book. Recently, I had my fourth traditionally published book release with Zondervan, but I find the most satisfaction in helping my fellow authors extend their reach through my company, EABooks Publishing. So here’s my opus, the […]