Tennessee Williams 5th Annual Fiction Contest

Tennessee Williams Fiction ContestThe Tennessee Williams 5th Annual Fiction Contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submit an original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words.

The deadline for online and mailed submissions is November 15th (postmark). The entry fee is $25 per entry. Unlimited entries per person are acceptable.

The Grand Prize includes $1,500, Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next New Orleans Literary Festival, VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($500 value), public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival, and publication in Louisiana Literature.

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Writing and OCD. Writing and OCD.

When I was 12 or 13, things started getting weird.  I had to do everything an even number of times. I started worrying about germs a lot. I worried about what other people were thinking about me. I worried, period. I began to over-analyze EVERYTHING. Including my tendency toward over-analysis. I did not want to touch anyone or be touched. I did not know what was going on. I was ashamed. It wasn’t until years later, reading Howard Stern’s book ‘Private Parts’, that I realized that I was not the only one who did these things and felt this way. That there was even a name for it. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Since then, things have gotten better. I don’t worry about even numbers really. Germs are still an issue. I have come to terms with the fact that I think very differently than most people. Self-medication worked from about age 17-22, but it almost killed me. I even tried medication from the doctor. That did kill me. It took away the OCD, but it also changed my personality. I didn’t realize this at the time.  In hindsight, while I might have been ‘happier’, I like being me…germphobia and all. Continue reading “Writing and OCD. Writing and OCD.”

Book Brief: Thief of Hope

Thief of Hope
by Cindy Young-Turner
Genre: Fantasy
96,000 words

Sydney, a street urchin and pickpocket in the town of Last Hope, has managed to evade the oppressive Guild for years, but there is no escaping fate when she’s sentenced to death for associating with the resistance. After she’s rescued by a wizard, Sydney is forced to accept that magic—long outlawed throughout the Kingdom of Thanumor—still exists, and the Tuatha, a powerful faery folk, are much more than ancient myth and legend. When the wizard offers a chance to fight the Guild and bring Willem, bastard prince and champion of the Tuatha, to the throne, Sydney embraces the cause as a way to find her own redemption. But Sydney’s fear of the Guild, distrust of authority, and surprising connection to the Tuatha threaten Willem’s success. Can she untangle the strange threads that entwine her life not only to the fate of the kingdom, but also to Willem himself?

This title is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Barnes and Noble. Continue reading “Book Brief: Thief of Hope”