#1 Bestselling Horror Anthology!

Do you want to hear something exciting?


That’s what I thought! We all love hearing exciting things. Here’s something exciting from the anthology I have been published in, The Box Under the Bed. Remember this cover?

The Box Under the Bed Anthology Cover

Well, we reached among the top 5000 and it is officially a #1 bestseller horror anthology! Number 1–above all other published horror anthologies!!!

Now I know you need proof of this, so here’s some photographic proof:

Amazon Bestselling Horror Anthology

Top 5000 Highest!


This is huge and incredible! I’m so grateful it went this far. And it has some pretty great ratings so far.

If you’d like to purchase this book from Amazon, be sure to visit the link here. Hope you enjoy it as much as everyone else has so far!!!

Seshat Literary Magazine – Issue 1 Release

I wanted to quickly announce that the first issue of Seshat has been put up! Link is here:

Seshat Literary Magazine – Issue 1

I hope you all enjoy perusing its pages and enjoy the plentiful, beautiful works found in this first issue.

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!

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.

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…

Friday News – Literary Magazines + A New Radio Show On the Block

Hello, and welcome to my update for this Friday!

First and foremost, I will be published in a few different places within the upcoming year: Moledro in March, and The Voices Project in September. I will be posting links to their issues once several of my poems have been published there. I am also being reviewed by several other Magazines, so stay tuned for more news on that.

Also, on Twitter I am currently watching and posting with the hashtag #writingwithpassion, because I absolutely love writing with passion and sharing that passion for writing with others. It is passion that drives the world, and I would like to encourage that same passion I feel on a daily basis. I will regularly post with this hashtag, so you may keep on the lookout for that.

I am also going to be hosting my own radio show, The Maddie Show. It will be appearing every Tuesday from 10 AM to 11 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the WLMU Radio Station. You can find out more information about where to locate the radio show here:


In my radio show, I plan to feature: Positive News Story of the Week, Independent/Growing Artists, and Le Moyne’s Featured Poet of the Week. Feel free to tune in! If you would like to have one of your songs/instrumentals featured, please contact me through the contact form on this blog or via Twitter here, and I will decide if your song is eligible to be shown at my show. This process will be decided according to the criteria of the College and according to my own individual criteria. The song must be clean and free from vulgar language, must be clearly heard (make sure it’s not staticky, or at least not too staticky), that it’s not hard to hear your voice/instrument, and that it is profound/outstanding.

Unfortunately at this time I can only feature poets from the realm of the Le Moyne College campus, but I plan to extend this to others by next semester. Stay tuned.

That is all for this week’s news. Tune in this upcoming Tuesday from 10 AM to 11 AM. Mark your calendars, and have a blessed weekend!

My New Year’s Resolution

We have finally reached the last day of the year–the last day we’ll hear from each other this year before inviting the new one in through our doorstep. I have to say, it has been a rollercoaster ride for me. I am sure many of you can agree. Who expected it to go by this fast? Or be this hectic, for that matter?

With the end of a new year comes the review of past resolutions (did we accomplish them? Did we fail them in any way?), and a new list of resolutions.

I guess I did pretty well with my last New Year’s resolutions. My list went a little something like this:

  • Be a better person
  • Become a more positive person
  • Write more
  • …and so on.

I have accomplished them as well as I believe any human can. But this year, I am changing my list a little bit. This time around, I am only committing to one resolution, and I believe everything else will follow from there. My one resolution for this upcoming year of 2017 is this:

  • I will pursue making my writing a career instead of putting it off like I used to. Writing is my passion, and I want to make that passion available to the world.

Because, you see, for me writing is more than just a career. It is my passion. It is the one thing that makes me feel more alive than anything else ever does. But for years when I knew I could be starting up my writing career and living out my passion, I instead began putting it off. I kept saying, “Oh, it will soon happen.” Sure, it can happen somehow in some way, but it’s better to make it happen sooner rather than later.

This is my one intention for this year. My one resolution. I believe that everything else I would like to improve about my life will follow along from here. Because if I’m not living out my one deepest desire…

What am I living for, then?