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A Few Pieces of News

First off, I won 4th place in a writing contest! It’s super-exciting for sure!!! Check out the Contest winners here: https://danalatorre.com/2017/08/15/here-are-you-winners-dan-alatorres-word-weaver-writing-contest-oct-2017/ It’s amazing!! My winning piece will be featured on their site soon, so stay tuned for the link to be posted on the Works page and here on the blog.

I’m also announcing that I’m currently working on two major projects (aka novels) and, starting September, I may write a little about how those ones are going. One of them is a YA Fantasy novel (haha, shocker, right?) and the other is a Young Adult Coming-of-Age novel. Both are very different in a ton of ways, and that will be shared here eventually.

Last thing: Have you checked out the new magazine, Seshat? If you haven’t, click the link I’ve provided and check it out! Submissions have begun to slow down, but we’re still open to pieces in case you have something YOU want to share through our magazine! The magazine’s deadline is September 1, 2017, and the official release date is September 15, 2017. We still have some room to include your pieces!

That’s just about all I wanted to share right now. Have a great day, everyone, and enjoy these last days of summer!

Submissions Deadline for Seshat Literary Magazine

Remember to consider submitting to Seshat-a Magazine with a strong preference to those involved, or those who have been involved, in homeschooling. The deadline is September 1, 2017. Make sure you submit your pieces before then! We accept poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Click the link listed here for more details and to learn how to submit: http://seshatlitmag.wordpress.com/

Thank you all and I hope to receive your submissions there shortly!

We Are Accepting Submissions for Our Fall Issue

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Submissions are now open!

We will be open until August 31, 2017. Please review the submission guidelines before submitting your pieces to our email. All pieces will be reviewed immediately upon being received.

The inaugural issue of this journal is planned for release on September 15, 2017. Any further news regarding this new release will be updated as time passes.

Best of luck! We look forward to receiving your pieces.

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Open Call for Submissions Begins July 15, 2017

Remember to submit here soon! I am the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of this new journal.

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We will be opening our first submission portal to this literary journal within the next few days. Our submission requirements are listed in the Submissions page found above. Our inaugural issue is planned for release on September 15, 2017.

Schedule your calendars and get ready to submit to our first issue!

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My Ultimate Writing Goal

I have been struck with a wave of ideas, ideas that are popping up too quickly for me to jot down into the novel-length forms I want to write. The problems of transferring schools has made it hard for me to get myself writing, because I know I’ll be stalled once I return to school. What would’ve taken me a few months to write first drafts of one, maybe even two, novels now feels as if it will take over a year to write just one.

I don’t give up hope though, dear readers, because writing is what I intend to do for the rest of my life. Though I may continue to write for literary journals, that’s not exactly my lifelong goal. I want to write young adult books, particularly in the fantasy and science fiction sub-genres. Once I reach the goal of publication of my first novel, I have to continue jotting down every single idea that leaps into my brain and quickly put it into words others can read and enjoy.

Although it will be a long journey ahead of me, I intend to move forward. It may be years before I see any one of my books in print, but I will get there.

I just need to aim for that goal, and continue no matter what life throws my way.

Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest for July 2017 – let the games begin!

Now’s your chance to join in! This month only. 😀

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Word Weaver logi FINAL trimmed 2Announcing the July 2017

Word Weaver Writing Contest!

Enter your amazing piece of writing! We have over $400 of valuable prize packages!

YOU will have the month of July to enter an amazing piece of your own writing to our contest.

Here’s what you do:

Uh, enter a piece of your writing in the contest. I thought that was obvious.

Here’s what you GET:

1stThe FIRST PLACE Winner will receive THIS prize package:

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  • Cover Design & Publishing Package from Award Winning Moyhill Publishing (www.Moyhill.com)

    • This insanely great package includes
      • COVER DESIGN and EBOOK FORMATTING for your edited book
      • PROOFREADING and up to two electronic proofs with changes if needed
      • MARKETING COVERS (larger formats) for Amazon and Smashwords.
      • PROMOTION for the book placement on the shelves of the Moyhill virtual bookstore.
      • YOUR BOOK GETS FOUR WEEKS AS A PINNED TWEET to over 20,000 followers from Sally Cronin’sSmorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore account.

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Two Publications – The Asexual and Planted Word

I have appeared, once again, in two new literary journals! My poem, “The Thoughts That Cross My Mind When I Incorrectly Call Myself ‘Bisexual'” can be found in The Asexual‘s latest issue here, and my story, “A Pebble on the Road”, can be found in Planted Word‘s latest issue here.

I hope you enjoy these pieces!

Two Publications – Moledro and Seven by Twenty

I have recently appeared in two publications recently. Moledro has published two sets of my poetry (including a haiku collection I have written), and Seven by Twenty has published one of my poems today.

More pieces of mine will be published in the days ahead, including three stories of mine. Unfortunately I can’t post here much this week, so I will be updating the Works page as I am published. Be sure to check that page for updates throughout the week!

Have a blessed week, all! I look forward to posting more as soon as I get the time (and wish) to do so.

Word Weaver Winner’s Profiles: 5th Place Winner Maribel C. Pagan

Here’s an interview I appeared in recently.

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danThe winners of April’s Word Weaver Writing Contest share their thoughts on the contest, writing in general, and other stuff.

Today our 5th place winner, Maribel C Pagan, answers a few questions about our contest and other writerly things.

Maribel has appeared or is forthcoming in Blue Marble Review, Zaum, Planted Word, Persephone’s Daughters, and others. She has received the Junior Reading Giants Award, has made the President’s List in Mohawk Valley Community College, and has received 5th Place in the Word Weaver Writing Contest, among many other awards and scholarships. Additionally, she is a Prose Reader for Apprehension Magazine, and a singer and musician for The Angelic Family Choir. 

(Click HERE to read her contest entry)

  

  1. Dan: Did you write your story for the contest or was it part of a larger piece or something you had written before?

Maribel: Actually, I had originally written…

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Ten Writing Contests with NO Entry Fee

Hey all!

Have you ever begun searching for contests and found that nothing rolls up your alley because… well… you have to pay an entry fee?

Seriously, sometimes these entry fees can reach upwards of $28. I don’t know if any of you have submitted to more expensive contests, but I’m sure some are out there.

But when you’re faced with an entry fee, it can be hard to choose whether to spend that money on a contest you may not win, or if you ought to spend it on something you’re 110% certain you’ll get–such as food. Or books.

If you’re faced with this problem, then here are Ten Writing Contests with NO entry fee (listed in no particular order).

 

1. Brilliant Flash Fiction

Brilliant Flash Fiction offers a quarterly writing contest with absolutely NO entry fee. Their due dates are usually in the 15th of January, March, June, and September of each year, and the winners are posted by the end of these months.

Of course, you must submit fiction, not poetry. In addition to this, the fiction must be flash fiction. I think it’s worth it, for sure.

If you’d like to read more about these contests, click here for more details.

 

2. Helen Literary Magazine

Helen Literary Magazine holds its own quarterly prompt writing contest with (surprise!) NO entry fee. The writing you submit must be based on the images they provide. It can be any genre you choose: poetry, fiction, nonfiction. All are welcome!

Winners are announced 15 days after they have closed submissions. Deadlines are usually at the end of January, March, June, and September. You can find out more about it here.

 

3. Spirit First

Yet another writing contest worth considering the next time they host one! Spirit First hosts a poetry writing contest annually. Writers must stick with the themes of meditation or mindfulness in order to be considered for publication. First place receives $200 and publication.

Be sure to check it out and watch for the next time they hold a contest! Deadline is usually at the end of January.

 

4. Foley Poetry Award

America Magazine typically holds its own annual poetry contest called the Foley Poetry Contest. They typically accept any unpublished poetry that’s under 30 lines. The cash prize is $1000 and, I think, is definitely worth a shot! Check here for one of the last times they held a poetry contest.

 

5. Inkitt Novel Contest

This one is a bit farther up the alley, because it is a free writing contest… for novels.

Now I know that not everyone is up for writing novels, but for anyone desperate to get their novels out there–well, here’s a way to do just that! You receive 25% royalties and they have a good marketing team helping you with your book along the way. It’s worth considering, at the very least!

 

6. Starkey Flythe Jr. Poetry Prize

This writing contest, hosted by Berry Fleming Book Festival, requires that you submit 3 poems of no longer than 30 lines per. Of course there are more details that you must adhere to, listed here, but it’s definitely worth submitting to. Their deadline is by the end of July for this year. Best get to submitting now for a possible $500 prize!

 

7. Poetry Nook Weekly Poetry Contest

There are some unique places out there who host contests often, but this one has a weekly contest with possible winnings up to $150. The results are posted every Sunday and can be about anything at all. On top of that, you can submit previously published poetry! This means that you have a chance to get a winning spot every week. Of course, you’d have to be a member of the site, but I think it’s definitely worth looking at. Check here for more details!

 

8. Winter Tangerine Awards

This writing contest, hosted by Winter Tangerine Review, is open once a year. They accept poetry or prose and give a $250 award for the winner. Finalists receive $20. They also request that you include an artist statement–and that you have not published any books whatsoever. So all emerging writers are definitely welcome here! Visit their website here for more details.

 

9. L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

If you have any fantasy or science fiction pieces written (up to 17,000 words total), then this contest is right up your alley.

They host this contest quarterly (with awards of $1000, $750, and $500), and the annual grand prize is $5000. Definitely worth checking out, especially since this is hosted regularly. Their next deadline is June 30, 2017, so consider submitting!

 

10. Warner International Playwright Festival

I don’t limit writing to simply prose and poetry–we must also remember playwrights and screenwriters, who are also part of the circle of writers.

Warner holds an international playwright festival annually. They consider one-act plays that are no less than 12 pages, but no more than 30 pages. Though not exactly a competition, it is a chance to be among the selected playwrights whose play is featured. Definitely worth considering and submitting to.

 

 

So, those are all the writing contests I wanted to share with you! If you know of any more that I haven’t mentioned here, please share them here so that the list can be extended as time goes on. I hope to do more lists like these in the near future, so if we can find up to 25 writing contests with no entry fees… well, that’d be better than awesome, for sure!

Have a great day all! I’m off to see if I can submit to some writing contests myself…