The Aeon Award is a fiction writing competition for short stories in any speculative fiction genre, i.e. fantasy, science fiction, horror or anything in-between or unclassifiable! The Aeon Award short fiction contest has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

The submission deadline for the first round is March 31st, the second round June 30th, the third round September 30th and the final round November 30th.

All stories entered in the Aeon Award short fiction contest must be accompanied by a modest entry fee of €7.50 (euro).

For more information, please visit their website.

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Branded by J.L. Murray

Author J. L. Murray

In my travels in the last year as an indie writer, I’ve learned a thing or two about selling my books. I’ve also learned what not to do. What to do and what not to do are what you always hear bloggers and writers screaming from the rooftops. It’s mostly people getting their panties in a bunch about spamming and establishing your brand. After a while, it makes your ears bleed, you hear it so many times. Spamming I get. It’s annoying. People don’t like to have their nose rubbed in your book. But branding? It just sounds painful and unnecessary to me. Like professional wrestling. Or dating Donald Trump.

No matter how many times I hear it, building a brand sounds more and more like a race car driver, plastering Pepsi and Conoco stickers all over his car and his person. This is what I think of when people talk about brands. Like writers are walking around with stickers all over their nobbly sweaters reading Paranormal Romance and Rock and Roll Horror Fiction and Zombie Erotica. Which makes me think that maybe the so-called gurus that tell us what do do may not have it right. What if these people telling you what to do are (gasp!) wrong? That would mean, of course, that I’m probably wrong, but if you’re familiar with my brand, that might not surprise you.

Maybe, just maybe, we should worry less about the brand and more about the writing. Continue reading “Branded by J.L. Murray

Video Trailer: The Piranha Assignment by Austin Camacho

This is the video trailer for Austin Camacho’s action/thriller novel, The Piranha Assignment.

The Piranha Assignment is available for purchase at

Week 16 Flash Fiction Challenge Winner: Stephanie Myers

Today we’re pleased to announce the winner of the 16th weekly Flash Fiction competition at Indies Unlimited.

The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.

A total of 75 votes were cast in the contest this week. The winner (with 56% of those votes) is Stephanie Myers.

Congratulations to Stephanie, and thanks to everyone who participated – excellent entries! Now, without further ado, (release the 99 red balloons) here’s the winning entry: Continue reading “Week 16 Flash Fiction Challenge Winner: Stephanie Myers”