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Fall 2019 Flash Fiction Contest Winners

Q2 2020 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Fall 2019 Flash Fiction Contest Winners


Q1 2020 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Summer 2019 Flash Fiction Contest Winners

Q4 2019 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Spring 2019 Flash Fiction Contest Winners

Q3 2019 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Winter 2019 Flash Fiction Contest




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FLASH FICTION CONTEST

    SPRING FLASH FICTION CONTEST WITH GUEST JUDGE LITERARY AGENT QURESSA ROBINSON

Do you need some writing inspiration? Contests are a great way to spark your creativity, and you may even win a prize! Get your best work together and consider entering the WOW! quarterly flash fiction contest with guest judge, literary agent Quressa Robinson with the Nelson Literary Agency. Stop by the contest page, download the pdf guidelines, and read all about Kaitlyn’s preferences. The Winter Contest is open to all genres of fiction between 250 - 750 words. Only 300 stories are accepted, so enter early to ensure your spot in the contest. Over $1350 in cash prizes. Deadline: May 31, 2020. MORE >>

     

CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST

    CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! Writers have been asking us to host an essay contest for many years, and we’ve finally listened. The mission of this essay contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Word Count: 200 – 1,000 words. Only 300 stories are accepted, so enter early to ensure your spot in the contest. 1st Place: $500. Deadline: July 31, 2020. MORE >>

     

WRITING WORKSHOPS & ONLINE CLASSES

    WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING CLASSROOM

Whether you are looking to boost your income or work on your craft, we know that education is an important part of a writer’s career. That’s why WOW! handpicks qualified instructors and targeted classes that women writers will benefit from. All of the courses operate online and are taught one-on-one with the instructor and in a workshop. The flexibility of the platform allows students to complete assignments on their own time and work at their own pace in the comfort of their own home. Visit the classroom page and check out our current line up of workshops: creative nonfiction writing, personal essay, memoir, fiction writing, writing for children, screenwriting, playwriting, ghostwriting, freelance writing, blogging, author platform, independent publishing, poetry writing, copy editing, travel writing and more. MORE >>

     

FEATURED ARTICLES

  1. COLLABORATIVE WRITING: HENRY WINKLER AND LIN OLIVER

Individually, Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver both have impressive resumes. Winkler as an actor, director and producer and Oliver as the co-founder of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), a producer, television writer and author. When they combined their talents to co-author the New York Times Bestselling series, Hank Zipzer, the World's Greatest Underachiever, the results were amazing. Kerrie Flanagan chats with the dynamic duo about collaborative writing, the children’s publishing industry, their writing process, and more! MORE >>

     
  2. WHEN YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CLIENT SAYS GOODBYE

Breaking up hurts, especially when your better half is a steady writing client. You had a good thing going! Why did it have to end? Unless you made a really terrible mistake, losing a long-term client isn't usually about you. It's about them. Here's how to bounce back from a break-up and land more writing work. MORE >>

     
  3. HOW TO INCREASE YOUR WRITING PRODUCTIVITY

Spanish romance writer Corin Tellado wrote over 4,000 books, American writer Lauran Bosworth Paine—over 1,000 books of Western fiction, and English romance writer Kathleen Lindsay—over 900 books. What amazing productivity, diligence, and dedication! Can every writer do this? Probably not. We all have different talents, life circumstances, and writing goals. However, I believe that all writers could and should improve their productivity to accomplish more. Here’s how. MORE >>

     
  4. SEEKING THE SOUL OF THE STORY: HISTORICAL FICTION IN VERSE

YA historical fiction in verse seems to be on the rise. Last year, two novels in verse made it on Publisher’s Weekly Top YA list. What is it about poetry that allows it to traverse the boundaries of genre? Join Women on Writing for a conversation with Marilyn Nelson, Stephanie Hemphill, and Melanie Crowder, three YA authors who find poetry to be the perfect tool to bring history alive for YA audiences. MORE >>

     
  5. TO SUBMIT TO LITERARY JOURNALS OR NOT TO SUBMIT?

Submitting to literary magazines still holds a great deal of prestige and is a milestone in a writer’s career and part of platform building for many fiction and creative nonfiction authors and poets. Admittedly, I am one of those writers who has struggled to justify the return of investment of time and money against low acceptance rates. At the same time, submitting to literary magazines, like so many other things in our writing careers, can be an important opportunity for authors not to miss out on. Join us as we weight the pros and cons to submitting to literary magazines. MORE >>

     
  6. AN AUTHOR’S LAZY GUIDE TO TWITTER

As a writer, how much time do you spend on social media? While it’s an essential marketing tool, social media can also drain your energy for other projects (the far more important ones). So I devote quite a bit of my social media energy and attention to Twitter as it’s an excellent place to network with writers (and readers). To save time on this social media platform, I developed my very own 5-5-5 Rule (otherwise known as my “lazy rule”) for Twitter. When I follow this rule, my engagement increases and my followers increase—all for the price of a little effort each day. MORE >>

     
  7. HOW TO PITCH THE BEST FREELANCE WRITING CLIENTS

Are you tired of working teeny, one-off writing jobs for small publications and on-horse businesses? To get the best freelance clients, you’ll have to stop wasting time on the small fry and target a whole different category of prospect. In this article, Carol Tice provides freelancers with a list of client traits to look for, where to find these types of clients (including links), industries with fast-growing companies, and a pitch template that you can fill in to contact these clients. MORE >>

     
  8. HOW TO WRITE FOR MAGAZINES THAT AREN’t IN YOUR DEMOGRAPHICS

Pitching and writing for a publication when you are among their target audience makes a writer’s job easier. We can mine our own personal and professional experiences, even when we are penning a reported piece, ideas ranging from where we worked, our relationships with family members and friends, our hobbies, romantic lives. Unfortunately, we can’t just rely on our age, gender, occupation, or interests to pay the bills. MORE >>

     
  9. HOW TO WRITE YOUR FIRST DRAFT IN 4 WEEKS

I wrote the first draft of my historical novel in sixteen days. You read that correctly—sixteen days. My experimental novel was written in about three weeks. Both were released in 2018. Though I am intensely proud of this accomplishment, I’m not telling you this to brag. I’m telling you that you can do this, too. Here’s how. MORE >>

     
  10. HUMOR WRITING FOR YOUNG READERS

Making kids laugh while they are reading creates an emotional connection to the work and makes it a memorable experience. That connection with the reader is what all writers crave. WOW interviews Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, John Erickson, author of Hank the Cowdog, Gordon McAlpine, author of The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe, Ursula Vernon, author of Dragonbreath, Lisa Doan, author of The Berenson Schemes, Debbie Dadey, author of the Adventures of the Bailey School Kids Series, and literary agent Kelly Sonnack with the Andrea Brown Agency who share their best tips. MORE >>

     
  11. HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL

A well-crafted proposal can be the difference between a yes and a no thank you. It is a strategically composed document that sells your book idea, and you as an expert to potential agents or publishers. When done effectively, they will sing your praises and offer you a contract. Here are the sections you need to include in your proposal. MORE >>

     
  12. HOW TO FINANCE YOUR SELF-PUBLISHING EFFORTS

Let’s face it: Making a decent living writing only through projects that excite you is hard. Many writers have day jobs or dabble in part-time work. Some are freelancers. Quite a few have been successfully utilizing crowdfunding to bring their works to life, which enables them to finance their projects via the help of supporters, who in turn get exclusive rewards depending on the level of their support. Fascinated by the concept, WOW talked to eight writers who have mastered Patreon, Kickstarter, and Chuffed. They touched on what drew them to each platform and shared their tips on how they create content and rewards for supporters of different financial levels and market their crowdfunding campaigns. MORE >>

     
  13. WINTER 2020 FLASH FICTION WINNERS

The results are in! After careful deliberation our honorable guest judge, literary agent Marlo Berliner with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, has made her final decisions. Read the winning stories of the 750 words or less Winter 2020 Flash Fiction Competition. MORE >>

     
  14. Q1 2020 CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

Check out the results of our latest essay contest! Read the winning essays of the 1,000 words or less Q1 2020 Essay Competition. MORE >>

ISSUE 93: FEATURES

  1. WHY WOMEN CRIME WRITERS ARE KILLING IT

Female-written crime has been leading us down some very dark, twisty alleyways of late. Rather than following in the vein of Agatha Christie’s Art Deco murders, women are opting for something far more ominous: the crime thriller. Rosie MacLeod chats with authors Mel McGrath, Cass Green, Sharon Bolton, and Angela Clarke about how they use the fears that drive them as fuel for their stories. MORE >>

     
  2. HOW TO WRITE FICTION THAT KEEPS READERS UP AT NIGHT

Obviously, I don’t want anyone to lose sleep—or their job—because of my work, but I do want to keep readers turning the page. I accomplish this in my genre fiction by building a dynamic plot with engaging characters in the drafting process. Then during revision, I sprinkle in the details that make my story pop on the page. Checking for these three important elements (plot, characters, and details) over the course of my writing process ensures that I keep readers’ attention. By paranormal author Camille Faye. MORE >>

     
  3. AN INTERVIEW WITH D.M. PULLEY, THRILLER NOVELIST AND MASTER STORYTELLER

The genres of crime fiction, mystery, and horror are fascinating and have become immensely popular. D. M. is the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Since then, Pulley has sold over a half million books worldwide, and her work has been translated into eight different languages. In this interview, Dorit Sasson chats with D.M. Pulley about the writing blunders when attempting to write crime fiction and horror, the key ingredients for writing tension and suspense, uncovering your fears, the differences in the genres of crime writing/horror/paranormal/thriller, her favorite writing craft books, and publishing tips. MORE >>

     
  4. TENSION & TWISTS

Tension and suspense can be described as the sensation of uncertainty and anticipation in the reader. Without them, your reader is uninterested and uninvolved in your story—cardinal sins where any work of fiction is concerned. The best part of a tension and twists are that your readers will invest themselves in it mentally, emotionally, and possibly even physically (if you can make them cry or bite their nails, you’ve got them hook, line, and sinker!). Award-winning author Karen S. Wiesner shows you how to create tension, suspense, and twists in your fiction. MORE >>

     
  5. STRADDLING TWO WORLDS OF CRIME AND MYSTERY WRITING WITH FRANKIE Y. BAILEY

Frankie Y. Bailey knows crime. She’s a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany and has written both nonfiction and fictional crime and mystery books. Her first published book was the scholarly, Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction, and her mystery novels feature Southern-born crime historian, Lizzie Stuart, in five books, beginning with Death’s Favorite Child. Frankie’s two near-future police procedurals feature Albany police detective, Hannah McCabe in The Red Queen Dies and What the Fly Saw (Minotaur Books). Christy O’Callaghan interviews Frankie about crafting her characters, writing police procedurals and whodunits, plotting and pantsing, her surprisingly easy road to publication, her work with Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and her biggest writing influences. MORE >>

     
  6. HOW TO TWIST LIKE AGATHA CHRISTIE

I love Agatha Christie and Golden Age mysteries; and since I started writing a murder mystery myself, I’ve been trying to work out how Agatha did it (or dunnit?!). I’ve had to act like a detective and look carefully at her novels to find clues. So now, I decided I’d share with you how to write a Christie-like plot twist. Learn Agatha Christie’s plot devices and why her twists are so memorable, including “Everybody Dunnit,” “Misdirection,” “Setting and Confinement,” “Stately Homes,” “Transportation,” and more. By Louise Tondeur.  MORE >>

     
  7. ANALYZING THE TWIST ENDING OF SE7EN AND THE SIXTH SENSE

Who doesn’t love a twist ending? The fantastic ones often win awards and keep people talking for years. When writing, how do you present the twist ending, so it has the biggest payoff for your readers? To figure this out, let’s look at two very different hit movies that had brilliant twist endings: Se7en written by Andrew Kevin Walker and The Sixth Sense written by M. Night Shyamalan. Michelle Cornish shows us two very different types of twists: one that uses repetition and a pattern-style setup, and one that uses POV and an alternate perspective. MORE >>

     
  8. WE SPEAK FOR THE DEAD: THE CREATION OF A WRITING CONFERENCE ALL ABOUT CRIME

Can you imagine attending a police academy? One where you get to see and touch police equipment, examine evidence and a grave with a forensic anthropologist, learn the art of interrogation, mingle with FBI agents, and more? That’s what Renee Roberson did by going to MurderCon, a four-day conference for writers put on by the Writers’ Police Academy. If you’re a crime writer, a conference like this is gold and something you probably won’t find elsewhere! MORE >>

     
  9. THIS WRITER’S FAVORITE THRILLER TWISTS: FROM GONE GIRL TO THE PARTNER

If you’re a thriller writer stuck on your next work or can’t find an idea that excites you, studying thrillers you’re a fan of is bound to ignite the inspiration you need. I picked my favorite twists from four thrillers. I (re)read these books at lightning speed, envied the writers’ imagination and skill, and learned quite a few lessons on how to pull off even the most insane twists.  MORE >>

     
  10. MYSTERY MARKETS THAT PAY WRITERS

Mysteries and thrillers make up the second most popular genre of books after romance. The subgenres span from cozy to noir, hardboiled to police procedural, thriller to suspense, paranormal to spy, and more! If you write short form mysteries, you&rquo;re in luck. We’ve listed a number of paying markets that don’t charge submission fees. Happy submitting! MORE >>

     

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Article writing is among the fastest-growing industries in the globe. The market expansions in blogging, marketing, publishing, and media, have created an insatiable need for expertise in article writing. But the ability to write and weave stories is not a cup of tea for everyone. One must continuously hone skills that are adaptive, relevant, and innovative.  MORE >>

     
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The process of learning may not be simple at times due to the state of mind. The physical stress that a person experiences may contribute to affecting their ability to learn effectively. Regular relaxation is a technique that can play a pivotal role in improving an individual's learning ability. MORE >>

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9 Tips for When Your Freelance Writing Client Says Goodbye
Collaborative Writing: Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
How to Increase Your Writing Productivity
YA Historical Fiction in Verse
How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal
How to Fund Your Indie Publishing with Crowdfunding
The Lazy Writers’ Guide to Twitter
How to Pitch Freelance Clients
Write Your First Draft in 4 Weeks
How to Make Young Readers Laugh
How to Write Book Blurbs that Sell
Magazine Writing Outside Your Demographics
Pay to Publish Companies: Are They All Out to Get You?
To Submit to Literary Journals or Not?
Why Women Crime Writers Are Killing It
How to Write Fiction That Keeps Readers Up at Night
D.M. Pulley, Thriller Novelist and Master Storyteller
Mystery Markets that Pay Writers
How to Twist Like Agatha Christie
Frankie Y. Bailey: Straddling Two Worlds of Crime and Mystery Writing
Tension and Twists by Karen S. Wiesner
We Speak for the Dead: The Creation of a Writing Conference All About Crime
Analyzing the Twist Ending in Se7en and The Sixth Sense
This Writer’s Favorite Thriller Twists: From Gone Girl to The Partner
How to Plan a Fiction Series by Karen S. Wiesner
Jessica Bell: Peeking Behind the Curtain of Indie and Self-Publishing
From Grief and Rejection to Success with Writer/Editor Patricia A. Nugent
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