Author: Claire Bradshaw

Opportunities: August 2017

Indiana Review 2017 1/2 K Prize Indiana Review invites submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction under 500 words for the 1/2 K Prize. Winner receives $1000USD and publication in Indiana Review. Up to 3 pieces accepted per submission. $20 reading fee. Submissions close 1st August. PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship …

Opportunities: July 2017

Gem Street International Short Story Competition Labello Press is currently open for submissions to its next Gem Street anthology, themed 'dystopia'. Short stories up to 3500 words will be accepted. First, second and third place stories will receive €500, €200 and €100 respectively. Entry fee is €7 per story. Entries close 14th …

5 Key Questions To Ask About Character Motivations

Creating compelling characters is perhaps the most important aspect of fiction writing. Previously, we've explored the processes of crafting believable characters, writing strong character relationships, and making your characters more memorable. But what about your characters' motivations? The decisions and actions of characters drive the plot of every story. And each …

9 Handy Tips For Planning A Successful Book Launch

If you'll be releasing your self-published book sometime soon, you've probably wondered whether or not to throw a book launch. You might have been asking yourself whether it's even possible to throw a successful book launch as an indie author. After all, you're a writer, not an event planner! Well, we're …

Opportunities: June 2017

Disney | ABC Writing Program The Disney | ABC Writing Program is one of the entertainment industry's most successful writer programs. Successful applicants become employees of Disney│ABC Television Group (DATG) and will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54USD. Applications must include an original pilot script, a spec script, a resume …

8 Essential Components of a Self-Publishing Team

So you've decided to self-publish your book. Congratulations! Indie publishing is constantly growing and evolving, and indie authors now have a better-than-ever chance at pursuing a successful writing career. But if we've learned one thing when it comes to self-publishing, it's this: you can't do it alone. The word 'independent' in …