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Format lengths, trimming and expanding stories as needed.

Ever wonder why all short stories are called short, when in fact some of them are medium-length and some are long? These days, many editors of literary journals, especially online literary journals, are putting increasing emphasis on short short stories—that is, short stories that don’t exceed about 3,500 words.

Word count matters to editors. If you want to slim down your short stories, we’ve got some word-fat busting exercises for you! Soon you’ll be showing off your trim short shorts all summer (and winter) long!


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November Is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month

With thousands of participants (200,000 and counting this year alone), NaNoWriMo is never dull. Most people have a book in mind that they “plan on writing one day.” That is the beauty of NaNoWriMo.

Book Pileline

The 5th Annual Book Pipeline Competition

Seeks material for film or television adaptation. Open to writers worldwide, the contest accepts any genre, fiction or non-fiction. Published or unpublished. Deadline Nov. 15th

Writing Contests

Writing Contests 2018

Discover the finest writing contests of 2018 for fiction and non-fiction authors of short stories, poetry, essays and more. Updated weekly, these contests are vetted by Reedsy to weed out the scammers and time-wasters.

Weekly Writing Contests

Weekly Writing Contests

Free Writing Contests is your source for a listing of 2018 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of writing contests - hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.


Why do books publish on Tuesdays?

“The Lesser Bohemians,” a novel by Eimear McBride, came out on Sept. 20, and Ruth Franklin’s biography of Shirley Jackson came out Sept. 27.

Tuesday, all will be published on a Tuesday. New books almost always pub on Tuesday. But why?


Crowdfunding a Book Tour

After I raised funds with Indiegogo to support the launch of my debut novel, Juventud, in 2015, I decided to do the same for my story collection, Perfect Conditions—only better. Crowdfunding is an excellent way for authors to offset the travel expenses and costs of book launches. A book release is exciting, especially for those who know how hard the author has worked. The lead-up to a new title’s release—preorders, the arrival of print copies, planning event ...

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Whether you’re just learning the writing craft, spending much of your time working on a literary project, or writing for a living, you’re a perfect fit for our group.

We are a not-for-profit writers’ group dedicated to providing networking opportunities, feedback, education, and motivational support to our members. With a few exceptions, we meet every fourth Saturday of the month. The business meetings start at 9:00 (members only) and the presentations begin around 10:15. The annual cost to members is $30, which defrays speaker fees and other expenses.

Our diverse membership includes published and not-yet-published authors of all genres. Every few months we gather for group critique sessions. We encourage people to check out a meeting and/or presentation for free before signing up to become a part of our network.

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