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 .

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Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize

Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize

Entries are now invited for the Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize. Established to recognise and encourage excellence in the craft of poetry writing and to provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished poems in the English language. Entries are invited from poets of all nationalities, living anywhere in the world. Poems submitted must be on the theme of ‘Expectations’ and should not exceed 40 lines. There is no limit to entries per person.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology Magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology Magazine.

The winner will also receive a one year subscription to Anthology Magazine

Submission Deadline & Entry Fees: 
Early Bird: 30 September 2020 – €10 per poem
Deadline: 30 November 2020 – €15 per poem

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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How to Design A Book

Learn how to design a book cover and interior with the newest course available in the IngramSpark Academy! This course reveals important publishing industry standards to keep in mind for your book design, whether you work with a professional book designer or create your cover and interior yourself.

Take our FREE Book Design Course to learn more about:

The Importance of Book Formatting
The Art of Typesetting
Interior Book Design Tips
Book Cover Design Tips
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Writer's Digest Conference

Chuck Wendig as Opening Keynote and Revised Virtual Conference Schedule

Writer’s Digest is excited to re-announce the opening keynote for this year’s WD Annual Conference: New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig. His participation has been confirmed for the virtual conference and is excited to “see” everyone online!

Get the most out of your virtual experience by taking one of our workshops on Thursday, November 5. You can add them onto your conference registration or register for one as a standalone.

The Compass of Character: Creating Complex Motivations for Compelling Characters | David Corbett

Personal Essay Essentials: How to Break Into Print With First-Person Writing |Windy Lynn Harris

We’ve posted the revised schedule for November 6 & 7 and speakers, and are working on filling in the open slots in the schedule. We’re also making some final adjustments for the virtual pitch slam and are working on a SUPER exciting central keynote. Be on the lookout for more announcements soon!

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind virtual experience. Register today!

We wanted to reach out to you regarding an exciting new development at Writers Blok Online: a free membership option to our online platform!

On this free server, members can participate in hour-long online writing sprints, hosted by our team of Writing Guides, and gain access to genre-specific chat groups. Given all that’s happening in the world, we think it’s an excellent way for writers like your members to connect AND get writing done.

If you’d like to learn more about this offer, the platform, or how we can work together to support your members, please let us know! You can reply directly to this email to get the conversation started, or click below to create your own free account and explore our platform.

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