The New Letters Literary Awards

New Letters MagazineNew Letters Magazine is now accepting submissions for their 2012 Literary Awards.  These awards include the $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry for the best 2012 group of three to six poems; the $1,500 Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay for the 2012 best essay; and the $1,500 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction for the best 2012 short story.

Entry fees are $15 for first entry; $10 for every entry after. Entry fee includes the cost of a one-year subscription, renewal, or gift subscription to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States.  Enter by May 18, 2012.

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Author Valerie Douglas
Author Valerie Douglas

… Otherwise known as BSP or Blatant Self-Promotion and SSP, shameless self promotion. Now, I have to be honest here, I have a real problem doing any kind of self-promotion. Yeah, yeah, I know, a little hard to believe from me but there you go.  I’ve actually been told a time or two that I don’t do it enough. I want to have my books stand on their own, for some magic fairy to come out of the sky, tap them with her fairy wand and *poof* they’re on the best seller list.  (Oh… and just so you know… that doesn’t work. )

So self-promotion is a necessary evil – how else do we get our names known, get our book or books out there where people can see them? Continue reading “Spam Spam Spam”

Video Trailer: The Preston Andrews Mystery Series

This is the book video trailer for Linda Rae Blair’s Preston Andrews mystery series. There are currently seven books in the series about Virginia Beach Lead Homicide Detective, Preston Andrews.

You can find out more at Linda’s website.   Her books are available on as well as most other online retailers.[subscribe2]

The Polls Are Open: Week #3 Writing Exercise Competition

The time is once again upon us to begin voting for this week’s Writing Exercise extravaganza. On behalf of the IU staff, I want to thank all the entrants for doing such a great job with the writing prompt and the merciless constraints of the exercise.

Review the entries HERE, and vote for your fave in the poll below. Continue reading “The Polls Are Open: Week #3 Writing Exercise Competition”