Monday, February 11, 2013

Contest Circuit: February 11

Thank you all for the lovely notes last week. I didn't get a chance to hop around to any blogs, but your notes were kind and appreciated. Hope everyone is having a Happy Monday. Please feel free to let me know if I missed something!

Brenda Drake is once again hosting Pitch Madness on March 26-28. Submission window opens on March 15. Get your 35 (max) word pitch and your 1st 250 ready to pitch.

Miss Snark is hosting February's Secret Agent contest on February 18. Enter your first 250 during the submission window from noon to 5:00.

Krista Van Dolzer is giving away a query and 50 page critique to one commenter on her blog. Ends Feb 19. 

NA Alley has a contest going on right now! Head over there to pitch your NA to Sapphire Star Publishing! Only the first 25 pitches will be accepted.

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 is already up along with plenty of suggestions on how to survive it. 

I Am a Reader Not a Writer has posted her schedule of Giveaway Bloghops. Sign up to participate or just check out the bloghops she has scheduled for the year. For followers, you can win great books and prizes. For bloggers, you can attract viewers and followers to your site. I love this idea - brilliant. 

Jamie Gibbs of Mithril Wisdom and Allison at Geek Banter are hosting The Level Up! Blogfest. On February 20 talk about a game you play or used to play. Tell how it works and share your love of the game.

Dianne Salerni of In High Spirits and Marcy Hutch of Mainewords host First Impressions in the beginning of each month. Both of them critique your first pages on their sites. I've mentioned this one before, but it's such a great feature I needed to mention it again.

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.

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?

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.

Indelibles is hosting an INDIE-kissing Blogfest on Feb 14. Share a kissing scene from your WIP or talk about kissing scenes in general.

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 Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest on March 18. List your top ten favorite movies.


  1. Signed up for several of those blogfests and thanks for mentioning mine!

  2. Pitch madness is a fun one! And I love the idea of celebrating the small things.

  3. Thanks for all the great links, Kimberly. Lots of excitement coming up!

  4. Wow! Lots of stuff happening.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  5. Thanks for keeping the blog world so well organized!

  6. Thanks for the shout out! I can't wait for the top ten movie fest, myself.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

  7. I love the information. Thank you for providing it.

  8. Thanks for the shout out Kimberly!
    I've signed up for some of these blogfests...
    I must add that Celebrate The Small Things is a wonderful weekly meme...

  9. That's a lot of linkage! Thanks for keeping us informed. One stop shop efficiency. ;)

  10. Wow, thanks for this awesome post!

  11. WriteOnCon is also gearing up for their St. Patrick's day event. Their forums open Feb. 18 to post/perfect a pitch prior to the event in mid-March. Check it out at

  12. Wow! Lots of blog hops. I agree with you that the I am a Reader Not a Writer ones is a great way to attract followers.