Vic Larson

Vic Larson

Ask me what I DO and I’ll tell you I’m retired. Ask me what I AM and I’ll say that I’m a writer. I’ve been writing either professionally or as a hobby since college at the University of Illinois where I wrote for the school newspaper. If I could do it all over again I’d pursue a degree in Communications or Journalism.  When I became a writer, and then manager, of a Corporate Writing Services department in the Chicago area I joked when interviewing potential employees that I wouldn’t give myself my old job back with my degree in Medical Technology. As I told my wife the day I got my writing position, “I think I just ruined a perfectly good hobby.” And indeed, writing from nine to five is a job like any other. But I fully understood how difficult it is to make a living as a freelancer or novelist.

After twenty-seven years I left that job and moved to Port Charlotte Florida.  I now write daily, developing posts for two of my own blogs. I also post frequent movie reviews to a third site. I am Webmaster for the Port Charlotte Garden Club and Outreach For World Hope, a non-profit that rescues starving Guatemalan children. I enter contests, write reviews for new or favorite local businesses, and currently have a piece being considered for a podcast at Walt Disney World Magazine. Other than that, I live on a steady diet of rejections and M&Ms. You can find my writing at https://viclarson.blogspot.com, and movie reviews at https://www.vixflixreview.com.

GCWA 2021 Writing Contest

GCWAThe GCWA Writing Contest is now open for entries.
Deadline: January 31, 2021

Writing Contest is open to GCWA members and the public — adults 18 and over, youth 11 to 17.
Enter as many times as you want in each of the four categories.

FOUR CATEGORIES
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children’s Stories

Prizes for each category:
FIRST PRIZE ($100 cash)
SECOND PRIZE ($50 cash)
THIRD PRIZE ($25 cash)

Guidelines and Entry forms are available here.

WOW flash fiction

FALL 2020 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Deadline: 11/30/2020

OVERVIEW:

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! Remember, we only allow for 300 entries, so enter early to ensure your spot. We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

OPEN PROMPT!

That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the FALL 2020 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PD

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#FlashFictionContest

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! The mission of this contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 1000
Minimum: 200

$12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: October 31, 2020

TOPIC:

OPEN TOPIC!

You can write about any subject you want to explore, as long as it’s within the word count and nonfiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those essays you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

Click to Download the CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST Terms & Conditions PDF

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest

MWA2021 St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

The competition is open to any writer aged eighteen or older who has never been the author of any published novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines on the website, and who is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Authors of self-published works may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work. Only one manuscript entry is permitted per writer. Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story. If a winner is selected, Minotaur Books will offer to enter into its standard form author’s agreement with the entrant for publication of the winning manuscript and receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. The winner will be recognized at the Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City in April 2021. Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm EST on January 1, 2021.

See complete guidelines here: https://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/

FAPA

Submissions open September 15, 2020

According to Book Awards Chairman Bruce Ballister, an “Earliest Bird” option will open on September 15th with a substantial discount to $65 per entry. On November 1st, the Early Bird special commences as usual, but the entry fee goes up to $75. This rate will continue to January 15th when we go back up to the standard fee of $95 for non-members and $75 for members. Helping on the Committee this year will be Kome Onokpise and Darryl Bollinger.
Last year’s award-winning books are available in the myFAPAstore .

Enter Today

FOR MARJORIE AT SEVENTY-NINE

(Inspired by Janis Ian)

No truth to learn at seventy-nine
Except that living on is fine.
So many friends now turned to dust,
Their camaraderie once robust.
A few, surviving faint and frail,
Now faraway as memories fail.
No unlived dream for which to yearn —
At seventy-nine not much to learn,

Except sometimes the past unwinds
And leaves a word or thought behind,
A song or phrase recalls a scene —
The world was old at seventeen
But still too young for “might have been”
Before the births and deaths begin —
Now living on is fine
At seventy-nine.

You’ve got your true love at your side
To share the times we’ve laughed and cried,
Our magic moments still alive
For love has helped them to survive.
“Together” is now a precious word,
The sweetest song we’ve ever heard
And each new day a Valentine
To share together — at seventy-nine.

No need for old age solitaire
Sheltered in places with despair,
No time to waste remembering when
“Remember was” will come again:
The present’s a wide and shining place
For past and future to embrace
And living on is just divine
At seventy-nine.

(FROM SANIBEL JOE AT NINETY)

Rebeca Seitz

Rebeca Seitz is a #1 Amazon bestselling writer and the founding President and CEO of 1C Productions, Inc. (justonec.com), a multimedia company specializing in creating thought-provoking stories. 1C’s first scripted dramatic podcast, MAKING THE CUT: The (mostly) True Life Story of a Retired Surgeon, began releasing in May 2020 and is in the top 30% of podcast shows worldwide. Seitz is also a regular contributing writer to Foundr Magazine, writing profiles of successful CEOs around the world and articles regarding the entrepreneurial life. Five novels, three novellas, and three biographies round out Rebeca’s published book-length works. In 2016, she co-wrote the screenplay The Neapolitan with Disney veteran Bob Burris, and co-produced it with Chad Gundersen on location in Naples, Florida.

Seitz is the former President and CEO of SON Studios, a Naples-based non-profit that was founded in 2012 to use stories as vehicles for positive cultural change. Under her leadership, SON helped to bring over two dozen films and books to market while educating more than 2,000 writers in the art of embedding Truth into story. Notables who spoke and taught at SON events include Brian BirdJosh NadlerChad GundersenDan MerrellMicheal FlahertyHowie KlausnerKevin SorboBrent McCorkle, Fred Thompson, and many more. In 2005, Seitz founded Glass Road Public Relations, a literary PR firm that secured coverage for novelists on The Today ShowUSA Today, Southern LivingThe 700 ClubNational Public RadioGood HousekeepingBookPageMoody Radio, and numerous newspapers and radio shows. In its nine years, Glass Road worked with TyndaleZondervanWaterbrook-MultnomahDavid C CookCharismaBarbour Books, Baker Books, Howard/Simon & SchusterHachette BooksMoody PublishingGuideposts Books, AMG Publishers, B&H PublishingNavPressWorthy Booksand others. Its writer clients populated bestseller lists from the New York Times to USA Today. In January 2014, Seitz donated Glass Road to the nonprofit SON. Rebeca began her career by serving as the first dedicated publicist for the fiction division of Thomas Nelson Publishers, one of the Top Ten Publishers in the World and now a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Rebeca has been interviewed or featured on NPR, CNN, Huffington Post Live, The Glenn Beck Show, The Blaze, The Washington Times, WorldNetDaily, FOX News, Townhall.com, and others regarding responsible use of mass media. The former University of Tennessee University Scholar holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science. More info is at rebecaseitz.com.

Mangrove Madness: Who Are You?
By J.C. Ferguson (aka Judy Loose)

who are you?An Ernestine “Ernie” Pratt Novel #2

How do you find the family of a girl raised in foster care whose early records have disappeared into a black hole?

The body of a PI found in the Everglades, a stolen car, an illegal children’s group home, kidnapping in the Miccosukee village—are they all related? Erie tries to find the birth parents of a young woman whose life traces back to a group home shut down for child trafficking.

Ernestine “Ernie” Pratt, an almost thirty, independent, computer geek turned PI lives with her mother, Jessica, on an island in Florida. She tries to connect the dots and find the answers with the help of Sherriff’s Detective Jeremy Thorpe and a cast of unruly characters.

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