Take Your Best Shot

And no, I am not referring to a gun, but to an old idiom. You know like: Roll up your sleeves and give the old college try. I’m talking about writing. It’s been quite a while since I have been able to pen to paper, so to speak. I won’t bore you with the details or the excuses; suffice it to say –– sometimes curling up under the covers is all you can do.

I’ve thrown off the covers for now, and I’m trying to get back to my routines, responsibilities, and to the business of figuring what the hell I’m going to do with this new reality called my life. I have a feeling it might take me a while to find my footing, but I’m ready to pull up my big girl panties, slap on some lipstick, and get on with living –– on my own terms.

I was finally able to write, and I’m submitting the essay to the Q2 WOW – Women on Writing Essay Contest. What the hell, maybe I’ll send it to more than one contest.

Perhaps you would like to start 2019 with a submission of your own –– Jump in and take your best shot.

Contests Open Now:

  1. Q2 WOW- Women on Writing Essay Contest
  2. Glimmer Train ( 2019 (and FINAL) Submission Calendar:   Jan/Feb: Very Short Fiction Contest and Fiction Open; Mar/Apr: Short Story Award for New Writers and Family Matters

Good luck and here’s to a new, different, and exciting 2019!

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My Top 5 Gift Subscriptions For Every Writer

It’s that time of year when we’re all trying to figure out the perfect gift for friends and loved ones. And, gifts for the writer in our circle is one of the hardest to find. Here are my top five recommendations to make your shopping easier. Enjoy.

51NYqYBHXsL._SY300_1. Writer’s Digest – An excellent resource for writers at all levels. Covering all genres, this magazine is your go-to-resource on writing. Available in print or digital,  a year’s subscription will cost $19.96 (8 issues).

issue_95_cover_450x6752. Glimmer Train Stories – One of the best magazines in print, this magazine loves to showcase emerging and new writer’s.  Forty percent of stories last years was from first time authors. Represented in  the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses Henry Prize StoriesNew Stories from the South, and Best American Short Stories. A year’s subscription will cost you $35.00.

Crazyhorse_88_cover-1025x10243. Crazyhorse – This College of Charleston literary magazine, located the beautiful coastal city in  South Carolina has published the works of established and  emerging writers for the last 50 years. Work from the journal’s pages has been reprinted in the Best American PoetryBest American Short StoriesBest American Nonrequired Reading and The Pushcart Prize annual anthologies. Issues and stories are available online and in print.  Offering 25% off a one year subscription – $15.00 USD, $25.50 USD; ends 12/31/2015.

Issue60ForWeb-14. American Short Fiction – Publishes work from both emerging and new writers. Stories published by American Short Fiction are anthologized in Best American Short StoriesBest American Non-Required ReadingThe O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and elsewhere. A year’s subscription will cost $25.00. Current issues and back issues available for $7.00 – $10.00.

41BSSXcYaSL5. Fifth Wednesday Journal– An independent print literary magazine published twice a year. Focusing on contemporary literary and photographic arts, this magazine accepts contributions of short fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, book reviews, and black and white photography.    A one-year-subscription will cost you $20.00 per year. Individual issues, $11.00 each.

Happy shopping!

I’d love to hear your comments. Let’s have a conversation. Talk to me. Tell me your story. And as always, you can follow me on Facebook at SheilaMGood, PinterestBloglovinTwitter@sheilagood, and Contently.