Sunday, April 25, 2010

Opportunities: Submission, Networking, a Critique Group, and a Contest

This is a little carousel of opportunities for writers that I've published in my Sharing with Writers newsletter in the past. Hope one of them is something you can use:

Submission Suggestion:

Naturally, I love to shout to the world about journals I'm published in so I'm hoping this one will interest some of you for either reading or as a resource for submissions. Here is the notice that Frederick Bridger, PhD, editor of Front Range sent out. Front Range is a literary journal from Montana State University sent out asking for support with both:

"The 2010 issue of Front Range (formerly MO: Writings from the River) is now out, and is bigger and better than ever! This year’s issue features the works of such talented writers and award-winners as Mark Gibbons, Robert Lee, Ellaraine Lockie, Joshua Gray, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Tom Holmes, Alan Berecka, Donna D. Vittuci, Adrian S. Potter, and many, many others!

"Copies are available for $11 each at Shakespeare and Company, Missoula, and Hastings Books in Great Falls, MO, or available delivered to your home annually for $11 plus $3 postage at

"Please check out archives and submission guidelines at"

My story that Front Range published in their spring issue is "Grandfather Rock." It is a story told to me by an American Indian woman I met when I was on a retreat for cancer survivors several years ago, a kind of magical realism piece.

Fiction Writers Platform:

This came from Jerry Lopper of Fiction Writers’ Platform:

"Along with fellow writer Brenda Layman, I've developed the Fiction Writers' Platform ( , a free platform by writers for writers. Once a writing sample is accepted, our members can publish short stories and book excerpts at absolutely no cost. They are able to incorporate links back to sites supporting and selling their work, further enhancing platform. We encourage our writers to join social networks and promote their work, further spreading their platform reach.

"Our positive and supportive editors and members provide constructive feedback and ratings, and the Editors Choice Award is granted to those meeting our highest standards for fiction.

"I hope you'll visit and add our platform to your recommendations to clients. We're truly in the business of providing a platform service to fiction writers. No catches, no surprises. We don't take ownership of posted material and we don't require exclusive publication. We simply want fiction writers to have another easy opportunity to display their talents."

Recommended Writing Contest:

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Contest is now open at Check out their other contest, too.

Free Critique Group:

The Chevy Chase Writers and Critique group meets from 6:00-8:00 pm on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Chevy Chase Library located at, 3301 East Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale, CA 91206 . This is a support group I founded a few years ago and is now lead by Christine Alexanians who many of you who have participated in the LA Times/UCLA Book Fair booth know. She is a fine poet and memoirist and has much to offer those who live in the area and can make the meeting. Christine says, “The group is for writers of all levels and genres. With the understanding that all writing is unique and valuable, criticism will be offered as opinion only.” For more information please go to or

Your Novel or Short Story a Movie?
In the spirit of great marketing, that is always give people a little more than you promised, here's something new: If you have a novel you think would make a good movie, check out this media release. This BooksforFilm exposure is a service of iFogo Village headed by Gene Cartwright. My novel This Is the Place is listed on the site, and I have my fingers crossed. (-:

Those who do not not want to miss a single "Opportunity" from my newsletter may subscribe using the auto feed in in the left column of my Web site homepage or send an e-mail with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to me at

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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