Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Contest Update

November already. The slow time for contests, but the final push time for writers. These last 60 days of 2014 are another opportunity to reach your dreams. 
Don't stop now!~
Tell us what your writing plans are for November for a 
chance to win one of these craft books (print)  
and for a reader a Seeker book of choice as available on Amazon. 
Three winners. Don't forget to let us know which book you want!

Published Author Contests

2015 RWA RITA® Contest. Opens for entries.The RITA Contest is open to 2,000 paid entries. Entry forms and fees must be received on or before 5 p.m. Central Time, November 21, 2014. 

Golden Quill Awards are now open. Deadline January 9. 2015.

National Readers Choice Awards are now open. Deadline January 15, 2015.

Unpublished Author Contests

2015 RWA Golden Heart® Contest is coming!  December 2, 2014:  2015 Golden Heart Contest opens to entries at 9 a.m. CT. January 12, 2015:  Entered works and related contest fees must be submitted to RWA's contest site. The Golden Heart contest is open to 1,200 paid entries.

The Pacific Northwest Literary Association Contest is now accepting entries. Contest closes February, 2, 2015. Cash prizes.
Categories include: 
1. mainstream
3.romance/women's fiction
6.young adult
7.middle grade
10.short story
11.children's picture/chapter book short topics (articles/essays/memoir)

Other Writing Opportunities

 November is a great month to work on your short stories for Woman's World and other magazines. If you haven't attended one of my free workshops on writing the short story, you have until Monday, November 3 to request a free handout in PDF or Word format. Email Tina Radcliffe at with WW Handout in the subject line.

WD Short Short Story Competition. Early bird deadline is November 17. Deadline is December 15.  Think you can write a winning story in less than 1,500 words? Enter the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

WOW! Women on Writing. Fall Flash Fiction Contest ends November 30th. OPEN PROMPT! That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. So, dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count of 250 minimum and maximum of 750. We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance! So, get creative, and most of all, have fun. Guest Judge: Literary Agent Rachel Brooks.

Chicken Soup Call Out. Stories about Christmas and the whole holiday season!

Everyone loves holiday stories and that's why our holiday books are so popular. In fact, we create a new edition for Christmas/Hanukah every other year. We are now collecting stories for our Holiday 2015 book and we are defining Christmas as the entire December holiday season, including Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and the New Year's festivities too.

We want to hear about your holiday memories and traditions. During that time of the year we reunite with scattered family members, watch the wonder in a child's eyes, and feel the joy of giving gifts. The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives, as we gather with family, with our communities at church, at school, and even at the mall, to share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days. Please share your special stories about the holiday season with us.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JANUARY 31, 2015. More information here.

 The podcast Selected Shorts is sponsoring the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize for 2015. Submit your short story of 750 words or less on any theme by March 15, 2015. There is a $25 fee to enter. I usually don’t include contests that charge fees in this blog, but since this is a fundraiser for Public Radio (and since Selected Shorts is one of my favorite podcasts) I’m making an exception here. The winner receives $1000, publication of their story on, a 10-week Gotham Writer’s course of their choice, and a performance of their story to be recorded and broadcast nationally on Public Radio. Find all the information you need to enter here. (via Cindi Myers Market News's Blog)

Details and Sign Up Here-we are not sold out YET!

Seekerville Congratulates our November 2015 Contest Diva, Jackie Layton!

"I'm not sure I would have entered as many contests if it wasn't for Tina at Seekerville encouraging me. I appreciate the monthly updates and words of encouragement. It took me a couple of years to get up the courage to enter contests. Then I had to learn how to gauge the feedback from the first contests. I still usually read through the feedback, let it simmer, and then read through again and determine how to apply it to my story.

Turquoise was the first story I entered in a contest with positive feedback. It was the 2013 Category 5 Contest Romance Second Place winner. One of the judges gave me great feedback with links to online articles that could help make the story stronger. I was so appreciative of the time this judge took with my entry, and I was sold on contests.

One of my goals for 2014 was to enter three contests. I'm still nervous when I enter, but now it's mixed with a sense of excitement.

In January I entered the Genesis writing contest for the first time. My story, Kentucky Deadly, was a semi-finalist in romantic suspense. It was very exciting to be in such great company.

I also entered Fiction First's short story contest. It was fun to test myself by writing such a short story. There was no feedback from the judges, but some of the people who read my story were gracious with their comments. I was in the top 200 which was also very exciting.

I also entered Kentucky Deadly in Utah's RWA contest. I didn't place, but I received good feedback.

In March, I got the nerve up to enter Kentucky Deadly in one more contest. The Daphne du Maurier Kiss of Death Contest. Kentucky Deadly came in second place in the inspirational category. Not only did I receive great feedback, I won prizes! Whoohoo! But really, the feedback is the reason I entered.

During this time I pitched Kentucky Deadly to a well respected agent, who very nicely suggested I move on to my next story. I'd started The Bye Way Inn last year, and pulled it out. The last few months I've finished The Bye Way Inn and pitched it at ACFW. I also entered it in the 1-2-3 Contest, the Lone Star Contest and The Rattler. I now understand even if I don't place in a contest, the feedback will help make the story stronger. And that's what I need. A stronger story to appeal to an agent, an editor, and hopefully one day a reader."


And finally, as promised....

The remainder of the Week Five winners will be announced tomorrow in the Weekend Edition!


Helen Gray said...



And WELCOME TO YEAR 8 for Seekerville.

Coffee's set to brew.

Sally Shupe said...

My writing plans for November is to work on my story in NaNoWriMo. Love to win a copy of Rock Your Writing! Thanks for the contest updates. Congratulations to Cindy and thanks, Jackie, for sharing your story!

DebH said...

oh bother... waiting for a video composite to render and hoped I could be first commenter. didn't even read the post.

Helen beat me to it.

Guess I've got time to read the post now. Or sleep.

will read post. have to check on that durn render.

Jeanne T said...

Congratulations, Cindy! So excited for you!

Jackie, you are an inspiration and an encouragement. Congratulations for being such a contest DIVA! :)

Janet Kerr said...

My plans for November is to get my plot in order for a manuscript I'm working on.
Please enter me for the draw. I have the first one so I would like to win Revision and self-editing by Bell.

Wilani Wahl said...

Congratulations, Cindy!

My goals for November is NaNoWriMo story and also finish the one I started during speedbo.

My choice of book is the Rock your writing.

thank you for the contest updates

Wilani Wahl said...

Believe it or not,it has started snowing!

Tina Radcliffe said...

That Helen is wily. You have to have a strategic plan in place to beat her.

Jennifer Smith said...

Congrats Cindy! :)

Jackie, thanks for sharing your experiences. I agree that if nothing else, entering contests provides an excellent way to get feedback on your writing.

As always, thanks for the contest info, Tina!

I'd love to be in the drawing for either writing book -- Rock Your Writing, in particular. :)

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Jackie!!!! Congrats on being the Contest Diva!!!! Here, honey, let me polish my crown and share it with you!!! Ooops.... wait.... some of the genuine gold flake is peeling off!!!! Yikes!

I love seeing these stories, these step-by-step approaches. I think writing for publishers is much harder if you haven't spent some time in the trenches paying your dues... It does NOT have to be as much time as I spent in the trenches. I'm just sayin'!!!!

Ruth Logan Herne said...


Congratulations! An iPod Mini for an iAwesome gal! Go, you!!!!!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Wilani, I'm getting my mittens out! Thanks for the warning!

My November plans are to finish my current Love Inspired, the first book of my "Wedding Blessings" series/trilogy.

AND to start the opening chapters of "Home on the Range", the second book of my Double S Ranch series for Waterbrook/Multnomah...

November daily word count average goal: 2K/day

That's a BOOK IN A MONTH!!!!

Jackie said...

Congratulations, Cindy!

Thanks, Helen, Jeanne, and Sally.

Tina, I appreciate more great contests to consider.

I was researching for a story to write for NaNoWriMo until this month of celebrating with Seekerville. Now I'm working on changing a story to pitch to LIS.

What a great month of celebrating Seekerville!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Wow, What great news.

CONGRATULATIONS CINDY for winning the ipad mini. You will love it.

JACKIE what an inspiring share. Keep hanging in there because all that exposure will pay off eventually. I'm picturing your name on the cover of a book. smile

Happy writing everyone.

Jackie said...

I was so excited, I forgot to ask to be entered in the contest. I'd love to win Rock Your Writing. Thanks!

Jackie said...

Ruthy and Sandra,

Thanks for the encouragement! Have a great day.

Terri said...

Congratulations Cindy! Great prize to win.

Jackie - you rock the contest circuit.

I'm really looking forward to year 8 in Seekerville!

Ok, Ms Tina, my plans are to finish edits on my current WIP. And that's no easy task because they are major.

Glynna Kaye said...

Congratulations, CINDY! Enjoy that iPad Mini!

Congratulations to DIVA JACKET, too! It sounds as if you're REALLY on the right track! As you know, it was the contest route that helped build the skills and confidence of all the Seekers--and led us to each other as friends as well as to eventual publication! Keep up the good work--you make us proud!

Glynna Kaye said...

LOL! I can't TYPE this morning!


Janet Dean said...

WOW CINDY!! You're a winner!! We already knew that, but congrats on taking home the iPad Mini!! How exciting is that?!!


Janet Dean said...

Diva Jackie, mega congratulations on earning that title!! Wear your crown with pride! We applaud your courage and tenacity on your journey toward The Call.


Kelly Bridgewater said...

Congrats on winning the IPad mini, Cindy!
I plan to enter some different contests in the coming months while participating in NaNoWriMo this month.

Jackie Smith said...

Congrats to Jackie & Cindy...YAY!!

Thanks, Tina and all, for a great October at Seekerville.

Happy weekend to all.....

Tracey Hagwood said...

I'm happy for you CINDY on your ipad win, what a blessing!

Congratulations JACKIE on your DIVA status, enjoyed your story on contesting!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Congratulations Diva Jackie Layton and a cool congrats to Cindy!

Mary Hicks said...

Congratulations, Cindy!!! Nice win!:-)

Jackie, you inspire me—maybe this next year I'll get up my nerve to enter some contests.
Good luck on your continued journey.:-)

Marianne Barkman said...

Congratulations, Cindy. I'm proud of you, Jackie! Tina rocks! And gets results! No excuses for her!

Julie Lessman said...


You ladies ROCK, and so does this November Contest Update, Tina. Almost tempts me to enter something. Almost. :)


Mary Connealy said...

My plan for November, have a novella done by the 15th.
Either write another get it off my plate...or go back to the next full length book and get going on it.

Also I've got revisions back on a book, due mid-December. I'd better do that after the first novella.

I might need to make a list.

Rose said...

I always love the contest blog post. I've found yet another one to enter my books in and some short story contests to enter too. How exciting!

I am finishing the rough draft on a contracted novel during November so I'm participating in NANOWRIMO unofficially.


Whoop, whoop Jackie the contest diva!

kaybee said...

Congratulations to Jackie and Cindy.
I put my current WIP aside to let it gel. Will be going through it with my crit partner after Christmas. But I can't NOT write, so I'm dusting off an earlier MS and applying what I know now (GMC! DEEP POV! ALL THOSE ACRONYMS!) and updating it as a possible Love Inspired Historical. It takes place after WWI, mostly in a settlement house in New York's Hell's Kitchen. I think it's built right, but it needs deepening and strengthening. It's LIH length already, so a nice short project for a busy month.
I'm revising the story in part with feedback from the Phoenix Rattler contest, so yes, contests count.
I would love to win the Revision and Self-Editing book.
Have a nice weekend,

Rose said...


You November sounds like my October....

Christina said...

I just don't get over here every day like I want to, but when I do I am so inspired! My November plans are to reach the 50K for NaNoWriMo and submit another story to Woman's World. Good luck to everyone! Happy writing!

kaybee said...

BTB, I just got Ruthy's new book In The Mail yesterday. What a nice surprise. Happy dancing in New Hampshire...
Kathy Bailey

Myra Johnson said...

WooHoo!!!! Congratulations to CINDY!!!

And yay for JACKIE, this month's Contest Diva!!!

And yay for ME because I mailed my RITA books yesterday!!!!

Is Birthday Month really over??? :(

Have 7 whole years really gone by????? Honestly, the best 7 years of my writing life, thanks to my dear, dear Seeker Sisters and all the friends we've made right here in Seekerville!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Come on in, Mary Hicks. The water is warm and oh so addicting.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Go go go, Christina!

Tina Radcliffe said...

You and me both, Rose, Doing the Ruthy 2K a day keeps the editor away.

Tina Radcliffe said...

What does video rendering mean anyhow??

Tina Radcliffe said...

Go, Sally, Kelly, Jackie, Wilani, Kaybee! and everyone else working hard in November!

Cindy Regnier said...

Oh THANK YOU Seekerville!!!! I am so thrilled!! I love Seekers, Seeker books, Seeker Villagers and this wonderful blog with so much help and encouragement for a writer wannabe like me!
Jackie - my dear friend whom I've never met in person - congratulations!!! As always you will find me in your cheering section wherever your writing career takes you!!!!
Thanks again Seekerville!!! I can really use an ipad mini!!!
Sorry for all the exclamation points. You really have taught me better than that!!!!!!

Jill Weatherholt said...

Yowza! Congratulations, Cindy!
I always love these monthly contest announcements. This is where I learned about the Hook Line and Sinker, which I entered yesterday...thank you!

Terri said...

Oh and I'd love to win Rock Your Writing.

Vince said...


To winners, divas & month-long celebration survivors!

Thanks for another great WE!
Thanks for another great year!

“If we all had wings our soaring metaphors would be about the joy of being free of flight. Whenever evolution has provided birds with the opportunity to become sea or land animals, those birds have given up flight.”

Nothing is as it seems and that’s why romance scenes must be about more than they are about. Listen to the silence. The argument about putting the cap back on the toothpaste is not about the toothpaste. Above all there is the subtext. Especially on Saturday mornings!

Is Myra’s class “Sold Out”

The biggest type in an ad is what the ad is about. May I suggest, “Still Time!”

‘Sorry We’re Closed’ is all many readers are going to read before they move on. (Just a little copywriter editing.)


BTW: do you know if Myra is going to cover Mary Shelley in her class on characters coming alive? 


P.S. My plans for November are (1) to read Mary’s novellas faster than she can write them. Two down, two to go – just this month. (2) Use my new Scrivener knowledge to compile my RPP book to my Kindle and use Tina’s editing advice to finish editing the darn thing. (3) Finish reading “The Soldier's Sister” which I lost at Orange Beach last year and which I found when I returned from Orange Beach this year!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Exclamation points allowed this time, Cindy!


You really need to meet Jackie in person. She's a sweetie.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Thanks, Jill and good for you!!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Vince, LOL. You cannot out read Mary!

Tina Radcliffe said...

No it is not sold out. But if you don't hurry it will be. I shall add that to the caption.

Chill N said...

CONGRATULATIONS JACKIE not only as Contest Diva but on the story placements in the contests. Wonderful that you're getting lots of usable feedback.

I must ask ... are those your sunflowers? They're gorgeous!

Nancy C

Carol Garvin said...

Huge congratulations to Cindy Regnier for winning, and to Jackie for her contest determination and perseverance. Isn't Seekerville a great place?

For November, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo, and hope to complete a first rough draft on a new novel. That means spending less time online and more time writing, which really isn't a bad habit to cultivate year 'round, is it? ;)

Chill N said...

Way to go, Cindy! Congrats on your new iPad mini!

Nancy C

Sandy Smith said...

My writing goal for November is to actually come up with a workable plan for writing. It is going to be a busy month, but I am going to make myself get going anyway. I would love to win Rock Your Writing.

Congratulations to Cindy for winning the mini-Ipad!

Sandy Smith said...

I need help again changing my profile picture from the Fairy Tale picture. I went in and uploaded a photo from my computer and saved it. When I click on my profile, it shows my new photo, but Blogger is still using the Fairy Tale one. What do I need to do?


Sandy Smith said...

OK never mind. When I posted the plea for help it was using my new picture. I guess it doesn't change the picture on old posts like Facebook does.

Thanks anyway!

Susan Anne Mason said...

Congrats to Cindy! Nice way to start the month.
We started with snow! :(
My plans for November are to do NaNoWriMo and finish Irish Meadows Book 2. I've got 40,000 words to go, so it should be very doable!
Thanks for the wonderful birthday month, Seekers!!

Lady_in_waiting said...

My writing plans for the month of november is to work on my story, while pursuing my dream of becoming a writer. Would love to get a chance to win a copy of Rock your writing. Thank you so much for being here for all of us.

Jill Weatherholt said...

Sorry, I forgot to mention, Rock You Writing would be my pick as I have the self editing book.

Lyndee H said...

Jackie, Congrats on being the Contest Diva! Thanks for sharing your contesting story.

Thanks, Tina, for another great Contest roundup.

Unbelievably, I don't have either of those writing books! Amazing. I thought I owned every one out there, ha! So sign me up for that contest, Please! I'm editing in Nov. Lots to do.

Natalie Monk said...

What an inspiring testimony, Jackie!!! Congratulations on being a contest diva!!! :)

Congrats Cindy and other winners!!!

Great contest update!

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

Congratulations one and all!
What a terrific b'day celebration.

On to year 8!

Love to everypawdy,

KC & the gang

Tina Radcliffe said...

K.C and the Dogshine Gang. Woof!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Good plans, Lady in Waiting! I like them.

I like Lyndee's too!!!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

I like that profile pix, Sandy!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

I agree, Carol. It's all about balance. Writing is number one.

Tina Radcliffe said...

40 k is doable, Susan. I believe in you.

Vince said...

“You can have results or excuses
– not both.”

I don’t know about that. I often have excuses for my results.

"Sold Out?"
"Standing Room Only?"

I just signed up for “Creating Characters Who* Come Alive” and it’s just possible that I claimed the last seat! If I did, a lot of characters are just going to have stay dead until next year! Sorry about that; however, maybe, if you hurry, you could still enroll. Remember: a character is a terrible thing to leave flat. : )

BTW: I’m attending the class as an official Plotter Observer. The Plotting Institute knows that when it comes to creating characters that come alive no one does it better than an experienced pantser. But with me attending, plotters will have the information, too.


*It's already working! My characters are demanding to be referred to by the pronoun 'who'. I wonder what the Grammar Queen would say about using 'who' in this case! Does this use of 'who' make it a reflexive pronoun?

Tina Radcliffe said...

Vince, how many of your characters are taking the class with you, anyhow?

Debby Giusti said...

Congrats to Cindy and Jackie!

Thanks, Tina, for all the wonderful information today. Love all the contests that open up this time of year!

It turned cold in the twenties! Oh my goodness. Had to bring in the plants.

Stay warm, everyone!

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Congrats, Jackie!

I'd love to be in the running for "Rock your Writing" or a Seeker book. :)

My writing goals for the month are to finish editing my current WIP.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Go Anna!!!!

Tanya Agler said...

Congratulations, Jackie. Thanks for sharing your contest journey. Keep on writing.

My writing plans for November include NaNoWriMo and synopsis revisions (to start getting the synopsis ready for contests).

I have a Kindle version of Rock Your Writing (and I've read it and Rock Your Plot, both of which are excellent tools) so I'd like to enter for the other writing book.

CatMom said...

CONGRATS to Cindy!!
YAY Jackie!! Contest Diva!!

Thanks for all the contest updates!

My November writing plans include finishing a proposal and sending it IN!

Hugs, Patti Jo :)

p.s. Tina's Self-Editing class was AWESOME!!!! :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Good plan, Miz PJ.

Vince said...

Hi Tina:

Bless you. : )

You asked,

“Vince, how many of your characters are taking the class with you, anyhow?”

None of them!

My characters tell me that’s a management responcibility.

My philosopher character in “Characters in a Romance” even added that “for characters to go to a class on ‘Creating Characters Who Come Alive’ would be like me going to a class on ‘How to Become a God’ – even fictional philosophers don’t have that much hubris”.


P.S. The class starts tomorrow and ends before Thanksgiving. There's Still Time!

P.P.S. This gives me an idea! I could take NaNo this year, (which I did not think I had time to do), and write a novel about a fictional character who takes a class on “Creating Characters Who Come Alive” and goes on to become a Frankenstein of a Pinocchio wannabe and drives his pantser author to the heights of creativity. I could sync it with the class lessons. I’ve got to make it over to NaNo and see about getting started. Metafiction is my motivation.

P.P.P.S. This NaNo project would even give me a chance to use my newly acquired goal and target setting features in Scrivener. That's daily goals and total project targets nicely displayed at the bottom of the screen. And Myra is into Scrivener!