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Want a Free Critique?

How good is your writing? Find out by entering this contest. Every entry gets a free critique. That alone is worth the entry fee. Most other contests require an additional fee for a critique – that is if they even offer one.

Looking for a Title

Back in November I posted about coming third in Dan Alatorre’s “Word Weaver” contest with the theme of “Relationships”. The short listed stories are going to be published in an anthology soon. But we are stuck for a title. Feel free to offer your suggestions in the comments either here or on Dan’s original blog post.

via What should the title be for an anthology about “relationships”? (And what should the cover look like?)

The “Rules” Good Writers Break

If you are a beginning writer you will have heard all of these. Where they originated is hard to know but, as Anne R. Allen points out in this post, they are nonsense. She gives examples of where great writers were not only unaware of them, but when they ‘broke’ them, the result was brilliant writing that was admired by critics and readers alike.


At the end of the post Anne very generously provides a list of places to submit your writing for publication and or contests with valuable prizes. The two together offer excellent value which I’m happy to share.

More About Coming Third

This is the writer whose story came second in Dan Alatorre’s recent Word Weaver contest. If you didn’t read her story it’s here. Continue reading to discover her many other successes and learn of her dedication to continuously improving her skill level. Now I know why I only managed third place, although doing so against such strong competition is something of which I am proud.

via Word Weaver 2nd Place Winner Susan Solomon

Two More Terrific Tales

Today I’m sharing the winner and second place stories from the November Word Weaver contest from Dan Alatorre’s website. They are both excellent and well deserve their placement on the top of the heap.

Also in Dan’s post today are first details of how you can enter the next Word Weaver contest. You get a professional critique from Dan, just for entering. And there are great opportunities to have your work noticed across Dan’s international network.

Two More Great Stories – and the Tension is Mounting.

Another announcement from Dan Alatorre, host of the Word Weaver Writing Contest. I am excited and delighted to report that I’m in the top four.

But look at the quality of the stories that were there at the finish, just nipping at my heels.

via Word Weaver Writing Contest November 2017 5th Place and 4th Place Winners

Three Great Stories

Yesterday I shared the long list for the November Word Weaver short story prize. Today Dan has published the 3 ‘honorable mentions’. They are well worth reading and demonstrate the quality of entries this contest attracts.

So I’m pleased to note that I am still there, in the top six!

via Word Weaver Writing Contest November 2017 HONORABLE MENTIONS