Friday, September 7, 2012

Writing Contest & Calls for Anthologies

As promised yesterday, I'm sharing some contest information and calls for submissions. I've already mentioned some of these in the past, but want to post a reminder since deadlines are coming up. 

First: Lynn Goodwin at Writer Advice has a fascinating contest with a deadline of October 15, 2012. That's just a little over a month away! Can you believe it? The name of the contest is Scintillating Starts. Isn't that cool? If that doesn't spark your interest, I don't know what will! 

                                WRITER ADVICE ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST-EVER

Scintillating Starts
A new contest from Writer Advice


*Winners will share prize money and have their first paragraphs published on the website.*


I interviewed Lynn this past March and she shared so much information and "writerly" sites with us. Click HERE to read Part One of the interview. Part Two   can be found on the next day's post. 


Chicken Soup for the Soul has a call-out for your stories! Click on the link to find out all the details, but until you do, here's a little info:

Lemons to Lemonade - deadline February 28, 2013
Holiday Stories - deadline February 28, 2013
Devotional Stories for Wives - deadline February 28, 2013
20th Anniversary Reader's Choice - deadline January 15, 2013
Raising Kids on the Spectrum - deadline September 30, 2012


There are many call-outs from Publishing Syndicate for the NYMB (Not Your Mother's Book) anthologies! I'm highlighting FOUR of them below. One for friend Linda O'Connell, one for friend Dianna Graveman, and two for new-friend Pat Nelson!

Linda O'Connell is developing and seeking sassy, snappy, sincere and humorous submissions for, Not Your Mother's Book on Family. Deadline is October 1, 2012! So Hurry!

Dianna Graveman is seeking first-person funny and downright embarrassing submissions for Not Your Mother's Book on Being a MomDeadline is October 1, 2012! So Hurry!

Pat Nelson is looking for stories about you and your parents or you and your children for the parenting book and you and your grandparents or you and your grandchildren for the grandparenting book.

Pat is offering a free critique of your parenting or grandparenting story. If you would like to receive one, submit your stories directly to Pat: during the month of September. She will return your story to you with her suggestions. Then, make any desired changes and submit to Publishing Syndicate for parenting, and to PublishingSyndicate for grandparenting. OR you may submit them directly to, without Pat's critique. 

These two books have an Open Deadline as of now, but it's always a good idea to submit your stories early! *

*Welcome to my newest follower, Beth I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see! Thank you! *  

"I couldn't be me, without you being you, allowing me to be me." -- Becky Povich (said to The Ronald one evening when discussing my writing)


  1. Another great source is Quick Brown Fox for requests for submissions and contests.

  2. Just stopping by to wish you a wonderful weekend.

  3. Thanks for the great ideas for submissions!


  4. Thanks for the reminders. Now if you could just give me a virtual kick to the seat of my pants...

  5. Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for your comments.

    Delores, I found Quick Brown Fox and it looks like an awesome site! Thank you for telling me about it. How in the world did you find it??

  6. Guess I need to get writing!

    Critter Alley

    P.S. I wanted to let you know that based upon your recommendation, I purchased "Naked, Drunk and Writing".
    I've gotten a ton of terrific information from this book and definitely second your enthusiasm about it!

  7. Love your quote Becky. I'm grateful for the contest info. The one about grandparents may be the one I write.

    Thanks always.

  8. Thanks so much for all the great links, Becky! I hope you have a great week ahead.

  9. Lisa, Pat, Myrna and Daisy ~~ Thanks so much for stopping and commenting...and yes, get those stories written and submitted! :)

  10. Hi Becky! Aww, I love your quote here! Also love the pic of you in pigtails, too cute.

    Great catching up here and thanks for sharing all this info. :)

  11. This is a great collection. Thanks so much for sharing it, Becky.

    You can't win unless you enter. If you have a great start for a story or novel, even if your work is not complete, you can still submit to Scintillating Starts. Go to for details.


  12. Hey Julie and Lynn! Great to hear from both of you! Hope you're having a wonderful, writerly week!

  13. Oh, and Lynn....I hope you gets lots of entries! I plan on sending something!


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