Monday, January 21, 2013

Contest Circuit: January 21

Today's Circuit post has something for everyone. With four contests and sixteen creative, funny, or touching blog hops, it's hard not to find one to participate in. Anyone signed up for one of these already? Any I didn't mention?

The ladies who brought you Pitch Wars will also be hosting a Twitter Pitch Party on Jan 25. Prepare your 140 character pitch AND include the hashtag #PitMad.

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest: Submit your MS in any one of their five categories. Send your MS of 50,000-150,000 words, an excerpt of 3,000-5,000 words, a pitch, and author bio info. Entries will be accepted between Jan 14-Jan 27.

Cupid at Cupid's Literary Connection is hosting Blind Speed Dating again this year. She still has three entry windows left on Jan 24, Jan 29, and Feb 1. Enter your query and first 250 in either of these windows to hopefully get past the "Bouncer Round." Chosen MS's will advance to the agent round. Check out her site for details. Entry is $10.

Women on Writing is hosting a flash fiction contest due Feb 28Open prompt should be 750 words or less. The contest will be judged by agent Jennifer DeChiara.

Blog Hops, Flash Fiction and Giveaways:
The A-Z Challenge will be in April. The sign-up list will begin on Jan 30. Last year, over 1700 participants joined.

Every Wednesday, YA Highway hosts Road Trip Wednesday. YA Highway posts a question for you to answer. After you post your answer, leave a note in their comments section with a link to your post. Then, you hop around and read other bloggers' answers. (Check each Wednesday for a new link of that week's and next week's questions).

VikLit of Scribblings of an Aspiring Author is hosting a weekly blog hop Celebrate the Small Things. Each Friday, post something you wish to celebrate achieving or doing that week. It can be life related, writing related, reading related - whatever you want to celebrate. I love the idea behind this. We could all use a little bit more celebration over the small stuff. 

Kazka Press puts out a monthly electronic issue full of Scifi, Fantasy and Horror short stories. They offer a theme for each month and accept submissions of stories between 713-1,000 words. They pay $10 per story. The next theme is for 713 Flash Fiction is "Spring Training." Submissions due by Feb 20 for the March 2013 issue.

To celebrate her book release, 18 Things, Jamie Ayres is hosting What Are Your 18 Things Blogfest. Blog about your bucket list.  She also has 18 prizes to give away to participants. Jan 17-24.

Sharon Bayliss is hosting The Worldbuilding Blogfest. In a series of five posts on Jan 28-Feb 1, you'll be asked to flesh out the details of your manuscripts make-believe or real life setting. Sharon will have a raffle for those who participate. She'll be giving away autographed copies of her upcoming novel, The Charge, which will come out March 2, along with a full manuscript critique, a partial critique and other fun books. 

Suze from Subliminal Coffee, Nicki Elson, and Mary Pax are hosting Back From the Future Blog Party on March 1. If you received a package one day from yourself ten years in the future, what would be in it?

Annalisa Crawford and Kyra Lennon are hosting Imaginary Friend Bloghop on Feb 1. Share your imaginary friend stories. Participants have the chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card or a three chapter critique from Kyra. 

Jolie Du Pre from Precious Monsters is hosting Vampire Bite Blog Hop. Blog about vampires on Feb 14 and hop around to read other entries.

M.L. Swift is hosting Progressive Book ClubRead the book he's chosen about writing and post your comments about it on the third Wednesday of each month. The first book selected is one of my favorites, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.

Nick Wilford of Scattergun Scribblings is hosting his first blogfest. The theme is Overcoming Adversity (for something you believe in). Post on Feb 4 or 5. Keep your entry to 500 words. The coolest part about this is that Nick will be using the entries to compile an anthology. Proceeds from this anthology will be used to help Nick's stepson, Andrew, who has cerebral palsy, attend a college that would not only meet his needs, but also help him continue to excel. What a beautiful idea, Nick.

Misha Gericke is hosting The Word Master Challenge. Each month, she'll have a new theme to write about. January's theme: How Not to Write  Novel Beginning. Keep posts to 300 words. Post anytime in Jan. The winner will be announced Feb 8 and will win a voucher to an Internet book vendor or a 10 chapter critique from Misha.

Stephen Tremp, Mark Koopmans, Elise Fallson and C.M. Brown are hosting Re-Introduce Myself Blogfest on Jan 28. Simply take a moment to say something fun about yourself. 

Michelle from Writer-in-Transit and Elise Fallson are celebrating their blogoversaries with the She Said What? Giveaway Bash. On Feb 18, they will post two comic strips on their sites. You will need to select one and fill in the dialogue for your post on Feb 20. Winners will be announced on the 22nd.

Mark Koopmans will be hosting the Who's Your Paddy? "Got Green" BlogO'hop Version 2.0. Save the date. March 15. Details to come - already sounds like fun.

Alex J Cavanaugh will also be hosting his first blog hop on March 18 with details TBA.


  1. So much happening!!!!!! Commence blog meltdown now...

  2. Lots going on! Thanks for compiling this list and for including my wee blog hop in it!

  3. Wow, lots of great bloghops! I'll have to check some of these out. :)

  4. I wish ABNA had a MG category! Thanks for the round-up as always, Kimberly!

  5. I've enjoyed reading the '18 Things' blogfest posts I've seen!

  6. That's a lot! Thanks for the the foot-work :)

  7. Thanks for including me:-) I just signed up to speak at my first middle school for 18 Things--Feb. 13th! *squeeee*

  8. The bloghops never seem to end! Actually, they seem to be increasing... and it's only January!?
    Thanks for the shout out Kimberly! I think I've signed up for about 4 of these already!!

  9. Busy month! Lots to choose from. I got into the bouncer round for Cupid's BSD. But it won't be till another week before those go up. I totally changed my query too, so we'll see what happens.