Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize LogoHunger Mountain, the magazine of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, is now accepting original, unpublished stories under 10,000 words for the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize.

Prizes: One first place winner receives $1000 and publication. Two honorable mentions receive $100 each, and are considered for publication.

Entry fee: $20.

Deadline: June 30th, 2014.

For more information, please visit their website.

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Finding Blog Readers: Bringing More Views to Your Content

helping readers find your contentDo you get frustrated with your blog? Do you spend a ton of time crafting your blog post to find only a few views each week?

One of the best ways to bring more readers to your blog is to optimize your blog for the search engines. The old days of using simple keywords are relatively ineffective with today’s search algorithms. However, the fundamentals of visibility are still pretty much the same as in the early days.

Here are the basics to optimize your post for search engines. Continue reading “Finding Blog Readers: Bringing More Views to Your Content”

Featured Book: A Little Poison

A Little PoisonA Little Poison
by Karen Magill
Genres: horror, occult, paranormal
Available from Amazon.

Julie and Santoro are back. This time the couple find the body of one of Vancouver’s prominent citizens in Stanley Park. As they investigate the crime, they are drawn into a world where nothing is what it seems and the two discover A Little Poison goes a long way.

A Sticky Situation

checklist-310092_150Sometimes, as fellow writers, we are asked to participate in groups and events that have the potential to result in hard feelings or damaged relationships.  We authors can be a sensitive bunch, for all that we are told to develop thick skins.  I ought to know. Yet, without the feedback from our fellows how are we to know when we are missing the grade?

There are two conflicting urges we must deal with concurrently when offering our opinions on the work of others. This is especially so when we are in personal contact (as opposed to writing a review where we are not known to the author). Our first impulse is to be helpful, supportive and encouraging. But if we are to meet that goal it is imperative that we also be honest. If our honest feedback has to be less than glowing it puts us in a bind. This is even more so if the situation involves more people than yourself and the author on the hot seat. Continue reading “A Sticky Situation”