The Monday Five: Free-Entry Writing Opportunities (March 18)

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Weekly Writing Competition: March 24-31
from Rick Wayne at Google+ Writer’s Discussion Group
due March 31st, 2pm (PST)

Writers of the Future Quarterly Contest
from L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future
due March 31st, midnight (another quarter begins April 1st)

QAB Writing Contest
from Queen Anne Boleyn Historical Writers
due April 25th

The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize
from AndWeWereHungry
due April 30th

Camp NaNoWriMo
from the people who brought us NaNoWriMo
runs from April 1st-30th

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Monday 5: Writing Opportunities

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An Invitation to Submit to G&L
From Goggles & Lace

Script Frenzy
From the people who brought you NaNoWriMo

Short Story Writing Contest
From AdieK84’s Blog

The Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards
For Students

When a Writing Contest Has a Hidden Agenda
A word of warning about contests
From Writer Beware

Thursday 10: Writing Tips, Challenges, Exercises; Free Kindle eBooks; Social Media Tips

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Writing Process

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1. From Open CultureWriting Tips by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman & George Orwell 

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2. From Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing: WIP Writing Exercises to Recharge Your Creativity

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Writing Mechanics 

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3. Daily Writing Tips (run by a team of professional writers and editors)

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Writing Challenge

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4. Blogging from A-Z Challenge April 2012 (links to challenge home page)

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Free Kindle eBooks 

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5. Scott Nicholson Library, Volume 1 (links to Amazon)

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6. Five Free eBooks, Various Authors (Mystery, Romance, Thriller) – links to Week in Rewind

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Social Media 

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7. From Mashable: 10 Pro Tips For Writers Using Social Media

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8. From Jeff Bullas: How to Get 50% More Impressions on Your Facebook Page

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9. From Social Media Magic: 10 Powerful Tips To Stimulate Facebook Fan Interaction

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10. From Red Lemon Club:  7 Ways to Turn Your Social Media Connections Into Paying Clients

Get your WriMos here! (2012 WriYe, WriMos, and WriSeas)

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Yup, made that last one up myself. (It means Writing Seasons. Clever, huh?)

Each January brings with it a host of optimistic resolutions (or at least the pressure to come up with some for the NYE party) we would like to make reality over the coming year. Many make health-related goals – dropping the extra poundage, cutting out your evening Mountain Dew, or kicking the nasty cigarette habit – or vague, philosophical sound bytes like “be a better parent” or “make more time for ME.” For us writers, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to evaluate where we are in our writing careers, where we would like to be, and what we need to do to bridge that gap.

Many typical New Year’s resolutions are forgotten before the end of January, but with all of the WriMos below, there is no excuse for us to dip out on our writing goals. With the help of the internet, we can find motivated writers all year round. Find some writing buddies and make yourself accountable. Come 2013, you can be that much closer to your ultimate career goals – or stuck back here with the rest of us daydreamers.

Disclaimer: This is not a comprehensive list. (Check back during the months in question for boards that shut down during the off-season.) Some of these listed are also not very active. (I blame you. If you were an active poster, if you took it upon yourself to spread the news about these websites among your energetic, motivated writing friends, you could singlehandedly repopulate the boards. Think about it.)

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Year-Long

WriYe (set your own word count goal for the year)

MilWordy (million words in a year)

TweNoWriMo (50k every month of the year, for the optimistic/writing machines/clinically insane)

NaNoPubYe (year-round support for finishing, editing, and publishing your NaNoWriMo novel)

6 Months, 6 Novels

NaNoCoMo (National Novel Continuing Month)

Write 1 Sub 1 (write 1 story, sub 1 story, every week or month)

#WIP500 (500 words a day)

750words

Novel in 90

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By Season

SpringWrite

SummerWrite

AutumnWrite

The 50/90 Challenge (July–October)

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January

JanNoWriMo

NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month, January 2012 version)

HistNoWriMo (Historical Novel Writing Month)

Random Genre Month (genres are chosen in December)

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February

FebNoWriMo

February Album Writing Month (for songwriters)

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March

NaNoEdMo (National Novel Editing Month)

MarchNoWriMo

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April

Script Frenzy (for playwrights/screenwriters)

Script Frenzy, Young Writers version

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May

MayNoWriMo

NEPMo (National Epic Poetry Month)

StoryADay

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June

WriDaNoJu (Write a Damn Novel in June)

24-Hour Comics Day

Camp NaNoWriMo

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July

JulNoWriMo

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August

AugNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo

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September

SeptNoWriMo

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October

GothNoWriMo

SciFiWriMo

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November

NaNoWriMo (duh)

NaNoWriMo, Young Writers Program

NaPlWriMo (National Playwriting Month)

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December

NaNoFiMo (National Novel Finishing Month)

PlotWriMo (International Plot Writing Month)

International Story a Day Group

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**Please alert me to dead/misguided links.**

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(1/8/12 – Edited to add 750words and Novel_in_90 under the year-round heading. Thanks to Martha for those!)

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Which will you be participating in?

6 Month-Long November Writing Challenges

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In case you missed it the first five or ten times I mentioned it, November is home to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). To summarize, 50,000 words, 30 days, 1 writer (you). Sign up for a free account to receive pep talks from published authors and witty NaNo staff, not to mention unlimited access to the forums – where hundreds of thousands of NaNo participants come to cheer each other on, challenge each other to writing dares, seek information and advice from seasoned Wrimos, share horror stories of hard drives crashing, and much more. Hope to see you there!

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The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program is an alternative to NaNoWriMo for students (homeschoolers welcome) from kindergarten to 12th grade. The primary difference between the YWP and the regular version is that young writers may set a word count goal other than 50,000. Perfect for the younger writers, and for older students who have too much coursework or too many extracurricular activities in November to be able to commit to the standard 50k.

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You’ve likely heard of NaNoWriMo, which has been around for more than 10 years, but I came across a few other not-as-well-known November challenges in my Internet travels and decided to share:

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For playwrights/scriptwriters: NaPlWriMo (National Playwriting Month) – See what it’s about here. In a nutshell, NaPlWriMo is a “free web-based event whose mission is to nurture playwrights of all levels while fostering community and the creation of new theatrical works on a global level.”

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For children’s book writers: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) – “the picture book writer’s alternative to NaNoWriMo and encourages picture book writers to create one new picture book idea a day for 30 days.”

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For poets: November PAD Poetry Chapbook Challenge – “Show up each day [of November], take a look at the prompt, and poem away.” In December, poets will revise and organize their poems into 10-20 page poetry manuscripts. Deadline to submit these manuscripts will be December 31st, winner announced February 2nd.

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For non-fiction writers: WNFIN (Write NonFiction in November) – Read all about it here. In a nutshell, WNFIN is a “blog [that] challenges nonfiction writers to spend the month of November writing and completing a work of nonfiction. It also discusses nonfiction writing and publishing and provide[s] a way for nonfiction writers to comment on their writing experiences during November each year.”

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Finally, for fiction writers who really want the challenge of NaNoWriMo but for whatever reason can’t commit to the daily 1,667 words it takes to get to 50k in 30 days, Inkygirl‘s Choose-Your-Own Wordcount Challenge may be the answer you seek. This is technically a year-round challenge, but November would be an especially fortunate time to choose to take any wordcount challenge on, since you can take advantage of the energy of the NaNoWriMo forums and the excitement of its participants without being a participant yourself. The rules of this challenge are simple – decide whether you want to strive for 250, 500, or 1000 words daily, help yourself to a badge to affix to your blog or website, and then write.

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Whatever challenge, if any, you decide to take part in, with all of the creative energy building up and bubbling over in the writersphere, November is a fantastic time to be a writer.

The magic of November, coming to a summer near you!

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You may have heard the news, but if not, I’m happy to be the one to share it: NaNoWriMo is not just for cold, blustery winter months anymore.

For years, NaNoers thirsty for more WriMos raised the question, “Why just November? Why not twice or even three times a year?” And we always received the same answer, that NaNoWriMo is so special and so revered in part because it’s rare, because it’s only once a year. And of course, if we really wanted more, we could always do ScriptFrenzy in April (which just isn’t the same).

And it’s true – maybe for some crowds, NaNoWriMo might lose its allure if offered more than once a year. But damn, don’t you know us? We are NANOERS! We are writing champions! Give us a challenge, and we will rise!

And finally, the powers that be have answered our prayers.

Enter Camp NaNoWriMo. Especially convenient for students, teachers, and other writers who are busier in November with more free time in the summer (and the perfect supplement for WriMo junkies like me), Camp NaNoWriMo is a dual-session Nano in mid-summer. The first session is in July, the second in August, and for those of us who love the stress, exhaustion, and increasingly incoherent writing sessions of a 60 day challenge, this is an even bigger opportunity than NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately, the website is not set up for writers doing both months, but you can do July and August separately. You still have the advantage of the crowded NaNo forums back at the original site during the entire 60 days, and the knowledge that I, loyal Nanoer, will be here with you through the storm.

Find me at Camp and friend me at the original site. Camp Nano forum can be found here.

Will you be participating?