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*Freedom With Writing $1,000 Short Story Contest / Hackathon


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$1,000 Short Story Contest / Hackathon

Owl Canyon Press is currently hosting a short story contest with a twist. They provide the first and last paragraph, and the contestant writes 48 more paragraphs.

It’s a 50 paragraph short story contest.

The grand prize is $1,000.

According to the contest page:
“In 2016 a small group of writers was presented with an informal short story challenge — given an opening and closing paragraph, craft an original short story connecting the two. The challenge ultimately resulted in one of the short stories evolving into the novel Dog Logic, which was published in 2017 and is currently a finalist in the Foreword Review INDIES book of the year awards and motivated the launch of the 2018 Owl Canyon Press short story hackathon. To enter, please visit Submittable for the official entry form, rules and regulations.”

The contest is open to writers around the world.

Keep in mind that by entering, you are giving the publisher non-exclusive rights to your story. Though, that seems fair, considering the nature of the contest.

The deadline to enter is July 1st, 2018.

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* What Is Considered Previously Published Writing?

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Writer’s Relief Staff144 Comments

It is common practice for journals and literary agents to reject previously published writing, but what exactly does previously published mean? Why are most literary agents and editors unwilling to take a chance on work that has already appeared elsewhere? When is it appropriate to submit previously published work?

The answers to these questions have become increasingly hard to pin down as the Internet takes on a huge role in the writing world.

The definition of previously published:

Back when print publishing was the sole option for sharing work, previously published was a black-and-white term. If your poems, stories, or essays appeared in a book, journal, anthology, textbook, newsletter, newspaper, magazine, or any other publication, your work was considered published. If it didn’t, it wasn’t. Simple. But now, more complicated questions arise.

Previously published poems, stories, and essays:
Literary journals don’t want previously published writing because editors want to ensure that their publications are fresh, new, and unique. In other words, editors want to be first to discover your writing. Also, editors would prefer to stay away from any rights entanglements.

Is work considered previously published if I post it on a blog, Web site, large social-networking site, or online literary journal?

If you’ve posted your writing on any of the above sites, it is generally considered previously published.

Is my work considered previously published if I post it in a writing forum or Web board?

If the forum or Web board is private and intended for the purposes of encouraging feedback or community support, then most editors and literary agents will consider the work unpublished. But just in case, you may want to take it down once you’ve received feedback so it doesn’t appear online.

If the forum in question is public (that is, if nonmembers can see what you’ve written), then your work will likely be considered previously published.

What if I published my work on my blog or other Web site, but then I take it down before submitting it—is that considered previously published?
This can be tricky. Try not to publish your work online if you plan to submit it elsewhere (like print journals). If you did post online, no one can stop you from taking your work down and then submitting it, but be warned: Editors may not like this tactic.

Once your work is removed from the Internet, do a search of random lines from the work to make sure it is not appearing anywhere. (Warning: Google and other search engines will often archive old Web pages, so simply deleting something from the Web doesn’t mean it’s gone!) If an editor finds your “unpublished” work online, you might look irresponsible or, worse, devious.

If I publish an excerpt online, does that mean the whole work or part of the work is considered previously published?

Generally speaking, excerpts are okay to publish online, as long as they are on the short side (relative to the work in question).

Previously published novels and books:

The rules for determining what is previously published change when you move into the book-publishing business. Literary agents and publishers at traditional publishing houses have different expectations and goals than editors of literary magazines, so the concept of what it means to be previously published can shift.

It’s no secret that literary agents are keen marketing experts. The success of their business relies almost entirely on their ability to find and represent books that are not only well-written but also potentially lucrative. Because of this, work that is available online can sometimes be unappealing for a number of reasons. First, if the book is already being published and the writer is making money, the agent is cut out of those profits. Second, if a book is posted online as a free download, why would readers pay to read it?

The laws (and the industry jargon) are still trying to catch up to the technology. Keep in mind that the following points are general guidelines: Each literary agent or editor may have his or her own definition of what is considered previously published.

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Is a hard copy self-published book considered previously published for the purpose of finding a literary agent?
The subtext of the question above is: “Can I pitch my self-published book to literary agents?” If you’ve published a book or novel on your own or with a third-party POD publishing house, and you still retain the copyright, you can pitch it to most literary agents. That said, always be forthcoming about your book’s history.

Is a self-published book offered in electronic format considered previously published?
The majority of literary agents are willing to consider a book that has been published electronically (published in a digital, nonprint format) as long as the author holds all rights. However, you may need to remove your book from online bookstores and take your book down from the Internet.

If I publish an excerpt from my book online or in print, does that mean the work is considered previously published?

Generally speaking, it’s okay to publish excerpts online, as long as they are on the short side (relative to the work in question). Be sure you maintain the copyright if you’re going to publish a portion of your book prior to publishing the whole thing! Otherwise you could end up publishing your book, minus your previously published first chapter!

Writer’s Relief does NOT work with previously published poems, stories, or essays; however, we will work with self-published books on certain occasions.

The flip side: Publishing your work online can be beneficial

The Internet can be a wonderful resource, especially for those who don’t have critique groups or workshops available in their area. Unfortunately, very talented writers who just happened to workshop their writing online are getting caught in the cross fire between editors, agents, and the rapidly evolving question of “What is previously published writing?”

There are journal editors and literary agents who don’t really care about work published on small Web sites. Did you put a story up on a message board for critique? Have you posted a chapter of your manuscript on your blog? As long as the work isn’t plagiarized from someone else, some literary agents and editors don’t mind if the writing has appeared online.

But until the industry fully adjusts to the presence of the Internet, many literary agents and editors are going to simply reject work they consider to be previously published. At this point, the best option for writers is to play it safe until the rules become clearer.

Remember to check out our Free List of Writing Contests, Conferences, Calls for Submissions, Services, and More!

As a general rule of thumb: If you plan to submit your work to long-established literary journals and magazines or to literary agents and editors, DON’T post it publicly online first.

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Ronnie L. Smith, President of Writer’s Relief, Inc., an author’s submission service that helps creative writers get published by targeting their poems, essays, short stories, and books to the best-suited literary agents or editors of literary journals. http://www.WritersRelief.com


*American Book Fest


The 2018 American Fiction Awards sponsored by American Book Fest

The American Fiction Awards (AFA) are a specialty book awards focused on honoring excellence in fiction and are specifically designed to not only garner media coverage & book sales for the winners & finalists but to promote awarded books to the publishing and entertainment industries!

-Final Entry Deadline: May 31, 2018. Postmark your entry on or before 5-31-2018.

-Enter Your 2016-2018 Titles! Open to all books with an ISBN and published in 2018 (galley copies welcome). 2017 and 2016 titles are also eligible.

-Extensive Media & Social Media Coverage throughout the busy holiday retail season!

-$69.00 per title/per category.

-Winners and finalists will be announced August 2018.

Complete 2018 Entry Information:


“Independent, Digital & Self-Published Books are redefining the Publishing Industry. Now more than ever; readers, media, and the industry at large need quality reviews and book awards to let them know what to focus on. The 2018 American Fiction Awards are a virtual book festival that will award quality fiction published in the United States.” 
–Jeffrey Keen, President & CEO, American Book Fest

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