Writers Against Covid-19

In the week beginning 17th August, Writers Against Covid-19 will be holding a Crime Week.

WAC-19 was started in March when the UK went into lockdown, as a service to all those who felt depressed and isolated.  A new short story is published every day.  The project has been a great success, with readers around the world and over 100 stories on the website.
This is an excellent way for new writers to reach a global readership while helping those who are struggling with the pandemic.
WAC-19 shall be publishing all suitable stories during Crime Week.  There is no limit on the number of stories writers can send and they can be on any genre within the crime category, up to 2,000 words.  There is more information on the Submissions page at http://www.writerscircle.net

The Venus Prophecy
by Andrew Conlyn

Victoria Campos, a young scientist found proof that when Venus was hospitable to life, it did develop life—intelligent life. Venusians developed an advanced civilization, but unwittingly created a catastrophe that ended all life on their planet. Realizing it was too late to save themselves, they prepared a coded message telling us who they were and how they doomed their planet. We have that message! Dr. Campos, realizing we on earth are doing the same thing they did on Venus, is anxious to share the message with the world, but influential people want to stop her. Narrowly escaping murder, she is abducted by forces she does not understand. After an ingenious escape, she gives up all vestiges of her scientific past to take on a life as a barmaid on an exotic island. She is safe for a while, but the message from Venus has disappeared. Victoria is caught between people who want to silence her, those who want her to help her, and a mysterious third power who has stolen the message. The message contains amazing technological information that can be used to dominate the world, but at what price?

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Sloan Jordan has published her first book, A Life Filled With Music: My accidental journey through America’s Iconic Musical Performances. Her book is available on Amazon.

A Life Flilled With Music
by Sloan Jordan

Life LessonsA Life Filled With Music: My Accidental Journey Through America’s Iconic Musical Performances

Do you remember your first concert? Most people do, especially if one of those concerts was Woodstock! A Life Filled With Music is one woman’s accidental experiences with iconic musical performances.Performances include such venues as Woodstock, Jamaican World Music Festival, Voice of the Wetlands, and many individual performances by artists such as The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Florence and the Machine, Beatles and many others.It includes memories, impressions, and insights into the history of contemporary music.And for those familiar with these artists, Sloan has included the setlists of the performances to evoke memories of your favorite songs.

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Pine Island Writers ARE holding Zoom meetings every Monday at 7 pm. If anyone would like to join us, please have them contact Chai Voris for the Zoom sign-in. We meet weekly to share our writing with each other and get feedback.

Chai Voris
Acting President and Treasurer
Pine Island Writers

Life Lessons and Tales of Little MisFit
by Susan Grunin

Life LessonsIvy Sue Klutz (Little MisFit – LMF) finds one of her first memories confusing. This is when she is three and a half years old and is at her sister Lynn’s birthday party. Their cousin, Janet, asks the partygoers to guess what Lynn’s birthday present is as the truck delivering the present is backing up to the front porch of their house. Unbeknown to LMF, Janet told the other kids not to really guess that it’s a bike. You guessed – LMF guesses that her sister is getting a bike for her 5th birthday present. But instead of everyone being happy that LMF guessed the right thing, everyone is mad at her and none more than her mother. LMF runs off to her soon-to-be baby brother’s bedroom and tries to hide behind his dresser, with her mother hot on her heels, yelling at her all the way. From this experience and many others through her 4th grade years in school, LMF learns the Life Lesson that Life Isn’t Always What It Seems.

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KaleidoscopeWomen writers, submit your true, short story for consideration of publication in a Kaleidoscope Wojo™ anthology.

Ladies get those pens and laptops ready.  We recently started our next writing contest.  Below is a brief description.  When you are ready to get started click here https://www.kaleidoscopewojo.com/submissions

Lessons from the Pandemic

Submission Deadline: 08/01/20           Announcement Date: 08/17/20

We may not be out of the woods by a long stretch, but most of us are learning to live with our current reality in new and varied ways.  What are you learning during this time?  What is this experience triggering in your coping abilities, overall outlook in general, and any other insights you may be experiencing?  We would like to read stories that cross the many reactions that people are having; the humorous to the profound and everything in between.

We will again be offering a $100 prize for the best essay and will also recognize the Runner-up and Honorable Mention entries by publishing them online via our website.

Masters List May Deadlines

They say that April showers bring May flowers, and oh boy, has the last month been a deluge! We can only hope that you may have managed to create something beautiful, and that perhaps you might share it with the world through one of these ten remaining contests. Go forth, and be well!

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