5 Writing Contests for Specific Groups in 2019

Sometimes, writing contests are geared towards specific groups. These groups vary and could be anything from government employees to people of color. Although there are a lot of these contests out there, it can be difficult to find one that you are eligible for. However, here are a few writing contests for specific groups that are happening in 2019.

The Sarton Women’s Book Awards

This contest is obviously geared towards women and it encourages the pieces that are submitted for the contest to be about women. These can be anything from young adult, to historical fiction, to many more, to nonfiction and much more. What’s great about this contest is that it is open to work that has been independently published before. You’ll have to take a look at their website to find out what their prizes are and if there is a fee to enter.

African American Voices in Children’s Literature Writing Contest

This writing contest is specifically for African-American author the right children’s literature. They also want the fiction to feature contemporary African-American characters as well as a focus on the culture and at least one of the following topics: character development, self-esteem, diversity, family and getting along with others. This award is sponsored by the Minnesota children’s authors and it is open for board books and picture books. The prize is a thousand dollars and the deadline is June 30.

Young Lions Fiction Award

This one is really terrific because it offers a $10,000 prize and is open to what they call young authors. However, that doesn’t mean children and teenagers. That just means anyone under the age of 35. This is open to both novels and short stories, and your submission has to have been published sometime in the calendar year before the contest the contest runs a year after the submission deadline so the deadline for the 2019 contest was in 2018 and the deadline for the 2020 contest will be sometime in the fall of 2019.

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

If you are a vet, then you might be interested in this contest that is specifically for veterans. The Iowa review sponsors this contest and it is open to active duty and retired United States military veterans. The fiction can be about any subject and in any genre. The manuscript can be up to 20 pages and the cash price for first place is $1000. Second place where get $750 and then there are three runner-up prizes of $500 each.

New Voices Award Presented by Lee & Low Books

Another great contest is this one targeted towards people of color. It is sponsored by a well-known children’s book publisher and allows authors of copper to submit a 1500 word picture book manuscript that is not been published before. The winner of the contest gets $2000 cash as well as having their book published. The runner-up, called the honor award winner receives $1000. The deadline for the contest is August 31, 2019.


Facts you should know about Fanfiction

Facts you should know about Fanfiction

Fanfiction is real and it’s all over the internet. There are many types of fanfiction and n fact, some fanfiction works are really great and almost as well-written as the originals. We all sometimes feel the need to tell our own version of stories and voila, fanfiction is the result. To take characters we love and give them a special ending, unique scenes, or bring any fantasy we have to live is particularly exciting.

The literary world is wide and rich and fanfiction is an important creative form of today’s world. However, there are still some misconceptions about what it means and who writes it. If you’re interested in immersing yourself in the world of fanfiction, here are some things that fanfiction writers want you to know.

It’s not all men who write it…

In fact, an exhaustive search of the best-known fan sites shows that they are mostly women. For some reason fanfiction makes many assume they are nerds behind a computer, probably men, but that’s not true.

It’s not just for teenagers.

It is often thought that it is the work of teenagers or that the readers are very young. However, there are people of all ages. It’s true that there are many underage people reading fanfiction, but most faithful readers are college age or even older.

Not Bad Literature

As with regular books, there is good material and not so good material. Among the fanfiction there are examples of works that became bestsellers (Fifty Shades of Grey, for example, although perhaps not the best). In fact, many have said that the One Piece Fanfiction category on Commaful, Danger Man area of Fanfiction and the Omarion section of Wattpad are among some of the better-written sections of all fandoms. The important thing is to recognize that there are some things that are very well written and others that are not so well written, but that it is good to pay attention to them.

In fact, if we remove the known names of people and places in some of these works, they could be published as more books. Given all the self-publishing tools out there from resources on book sizing to tools for templating, it’s never been easier to put a book out there and many of these stories could become books. It’s because the stories are so different and take so many turns that they end up moving away from their source. If these authors don’t do it, it’s because their objective is different. What they want to do is create something based on their favorite characters and stay a while longer with the feeling they get from what they like so much. As for originality, nowadays it’s difficult to say what’s based on something else.

Ideas aren’t as extreme as they seem

It’s true, there are stories of characters in a romantic relationship, even if they are totally opposite in the original version or they don’t even cross each other, etc. There are erotic fanfictions, with outcomes completely out of this world. But the same thing could and does happen in the literature we see in bookstores. Simply put, one is the continuation of something we don’t get to read in the books we like the most.

It’s not pornography

It’s true there are a lot of sex scenes. There are also sex scenes in Game of Thrones and that doesn’t prevent it from being a successful product. Not everything is pornography, although it is true that there are some examples of erotic fanfiction or sexual content going around the net. Some works are about romance, others about friendship, others about family. There’s a lot of sexual content, but it’s totally normal in any medium.