IWSG Day and Anthologies


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Happy first Wednesday of the month. As you know today’s the day where all us writers come together in a blog hop of love and support. Whether to air our dirty writing woes or share our writing joys. Thanks to creating this community and bringing us together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanuagh.

Thanks also goes to the awesome co-hosts posting today: Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia,Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

So what’s going on with me this month?

I finished story #3, “On the Mat,” from the new series of romantic shorts I’m writing in the 85K90 challenge at 24,666 words. And started uploading it on Wattpad for feedback. Here’s the cover and quote art I created using Canva.com:


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Now I’ve started writing story #1, “Love Lines,” Joseph and Layla’s story this past Monday. And I created a cover on Canva.com for it as well. 

Love Lines temp cover

Which then led me to think about anthologies. How do you get your work into an anthology? Where do you find open calls for them?

I found one for an elemental theme poetry. Poets & WritersNewpages.com and Aerogramme studio are my usual go to’s for submission calls. But would love to hear recommendations for others. Specifically fantasy and romance fiction. Even short stories. And accepts new writers.

Know of any anthology submissions I should look into, that’ll be a right fit for me?

February 7 question – What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

Can’t tell you which genre I love most writing in but I can tell you what I love about them regardless. Whether it’s poetry, romance or fantasy (and mystery/thriller in the future) I love its truthfulness. Funny isn’t it how you can find truth in a world of lies.

What’s going on with you this month? Have any news you want to shot out? What do you love about the genre you write in most often? Had your work featured in an anthology? Share your experience.

PS For romance writers for the first time ever there’s going to be a Twitter pitch party just for you. It’s called #KissPitch and this new event is on Valentine’s Day. Visit AllTheKissing to learn more. And let’s help make it a success. 


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  1. I’ve wondered the same thing about anthologies! I’ll have to remember to come back and check responses to see what if any suggestions you get on that.
    Congrats on finishing up the stories and the covers look great. I love using Canva, it can be so addictive. I’m excited about the #KissPitch next week! I’ve been working on polishing up my pitches so I can participate.

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  2. I love getting into universal truths too with characters, psyche, what really matters in life, etc. You put it so well. =)

    I’m not big into anthologies. I’ve got about 15 short stories just waiting for me to do something with them, but my publisher is interested in putting them out there as a single-author collection. Still haven’t decided what to do.

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  3. Someone else mentioned Canva, must check it out.
    Thereviewreview.net has a comprehensive set of listings, and (for what it’s worth), my writing group has a ‘useful links’ section and a competitions page that lists various sites that lists competition listings; http://www.exeterwriters.org Hope you find something helpful in there 🙂

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    • Thanks Angela.
      You really should check out Canva.com. There’s also Pic Monkey and I know people ravencl about it too. But I find Canva.com is easier to use.


  4. That’s great that you want to submit to anthologies. That’s a nice way of getting a foot in the door.
    For short stories, I submit to Glimmer Train. It is a difficult market to break into but I am going to crack that market one and enter in. Try looking at DuoTrope. They have an up to date of the entire literary market. And I also buy Writer’s Market every two years. It comes out every year, but if I don’t see any great changes in it, I buy on a two year cycle.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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