IWSG May 6th: 2020 Contest & Anthology Release

IWSG May 6th:
Insecure Writer’s Support Group First Wednesday of the Month Post

IWSG May 6th: 2020 Contest & Anthology Release

The IWSG Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! SIGN UP AND JOIN & FIND OUT MORE HERE!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!!!

May 6 question

Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

My Answer:

I listen to rain-storm sounds, the sound of the ocean, or classical music or soundtracks without words, which can get me to the zone.

Rereading the last thing I wrote can sometimes do it. Making a list of what I have done scene wise and what I want to do for scenes as a list can help me get ready to write.

Doing a Write-In with other writers is very inspiring and productive for me. Sometimes talking the story out with a writer friend, I trust can get me writing.

IWSG May 6th: 2020 Contest & Anthology Release

May 6th Co-Hosts:

 Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!


IWSG May 6th: 2020 Contest & Anthology Release

The Third Ghost
May 5th!

Available Now

Journey into the past.
 Will the third ghost be found before fires take more lives? Can everyone be warned before Pompeii is buried again? What happens if a blizzard traps a family in East Germany?
Will the Firebird help Soviet sisters outwit evil during WWII?
And sneaking off to see the first  aeroplane – what could go wrong?
Ten authors explore the past, sending their young protagonists on harrowing adventures. Featuring the talents of Yvonne Ventresca, Katharina Gerlach, Roland Clarke, Sherry Ellis, Rebecca M. Douglass,
Bish Denham, Charles Kowalski, Louise MacBeath Barbour, Beth Anderson Schuck, and L.T. Ward.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a voyage of wonder into history. Get ready for an exciting ride!

IWSG May 6th: 2020 Contest & Anthology Release

IWSG 2020 Anthology Contest Announcement
May 6th-September 2nd.

IWSG May 6th: 2020 Contest & Anthology Release

Guidelines and rules:
Word count: 4500-6000
Genre: Science Fiction
Theme: Dark Matter
Submissions accepted: May 6 – September 2, 2020

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.

Our official judges:

Dan Koboldt, author and #SFFpit founder
Dan Koboldt is the author of the Gateways to Alissia trilogy (Harper Voyager), the editor of Putting the Science in Fiction (Writers Digest, 2018), and the creator of the sci-fi adventure serial The Triangle (Serial Box, 2019). As a genetics researcher, he has co-authored more than 80 publications in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals. He is represented by Paul Stevens of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Lynda R. Young, author
Lynda R. Young is an Aussie writing fantasy novels as Elle Cardy. Wielder’s Prize is her debut YA epic fantasy. She is also an editor, game developer, 3D artist, graphic designer, photographer, gamer, and more.

Colleen Oefelein, agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Colleen Oefelein is an author of YA, picture books, and author promotion guides, a devourer of books, and the owner of the book review site North of Normal. Formerly an associate agent and PR manager with Inklings Literary Agency, Colleen has hosted numerous “Pitch Perfect” and “Rejection Correction” workshops on Facebook and at conferences nationwide, and she’s mentored several authors one-on-one through online pitch contests such as Pitch Wars.

Damien Larkin, author
Damien Larkin is an Irish science fiction author and co-founder of the British and Irish Writing Community. His debut novel Big Red was published by Dancing Lemur Press and went on to be longlisted for the BSFA Award for Best Novel. He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland, and is working on his next novel Blood Red Sand.

Ion Newcombe, editor, and publisher
is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia’s longest-running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. His qualifications and employment range from horticulture through electronics into literature and communications.

Julie Gwinn, agent, The Seymour Agency
Julie Gwinn most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources. Recently, she was awarded Editor of the Year from the American Christian Fiction Writers and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s debut novel Words.

David Powers King, author
David’s works include Woven, The Undead Road, and Full Dark: An Anthology. He currently resides in the Mountain West with his wife and 4 children.

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Dancing Lemur Press’ imprint Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title. Please see their website for guidelines on the type of stories they accept.

We’re excited to see the creativity and enthusiasm that’s such a part of this group put into action. So, don your creative caps and start writing. And spread the word!

IWSG May 6th: 2020 Contest & Anthology Release

IWSG May 6th: 2020 Contest & Anthology Release

IWSG Goodread’s Book Club!

Writers and Readers,

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club is for writers to read/learn about the writing craft. We will swap back and forth between craft books and fiction books that demonstrate aspects of storytelling.

We will read one book every two months.

There will be polls, free gifts, and a lot of Discussion Day fun.

No promo. Just writers reading books and discussing those books with other writers.

See Book Club/Posting Details for more information about the book club.

IWSG May 6th: 2020 Contest & Anthology Release