Welcome to 2017

I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions.  I feel like January is this tumultuous time when everyone has unreasonable expectations about how much change they’re capable of superimposing onto their lives.  In February it’s best to sit back, take note of what you were able to accomplish and revise those goals so you might actually have a prayer of achieving some real change.

So, with that said… Whew.

Bit of a rough start, don’t you think?

Well.  Never mind all that.  Best to write it off as a free trial month and move on.

I’ve got some big things in store for this year.  Posts will be a little less frequent but hopefully a little more regular.  Last year’s schedule was a bit too tough to keep up and it led to an extended hiatus that I’d rather not repeat.  So, with that “revised expectations” theme in mind, let’s just take it slow with one post a week and see how we feel after that, how’s that sound?

Tune in next Wednesday for the premiere of a new series of short flash entitled: Miss Margaret Moneypenny’s Etiquette Guide to the Apocalypse.

I’ll see you then.

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New for May: Contests!

Thank you all to everyone for reading my blog these past two months.  I’ve done some thinking and in lieu of your usual Publisher’s Spotlight, I wanted to use our time together to announce some changes coming to the site next month: contests!

For the month of May, Publisher’s Spotlight is going to focus exclusively on FREE short fiction contests with various prizes.

I will be introducing a #MicroFictionMonday contest! 

Every Monday for the Month of May (because I love alliteration) I will be posting a new prompt for the week.  The contest runs Monday, 9:00am (EST) through 5:00pm Friday (EST).  The winning entry will be posted Tuesday of the following week.

Note: the final contest will run Monday, May 23 – Friday, May 27th so we can get the last winner in before June.  There will not be a prompt posted on Monday, May 30th.

Details:

Prompt:  This will vary from week to week.  Tune in every Monday at 9am (EST) for the new prompt.  Submissions accepted through 5pm the following Friday.

Word limit: 300.  This is Micro Fiction after all.  You’re subject to the same rules I set for myself.  (For reference, most of my posted stories are in the 100 – 150 range.)

Prize: Winners will receive publication on this blog and a biographical spotlight that links back to the site(s) of their choosing.  This contest is non-paying.

How to Enter:

Please put MFM-Submission-[This week’s PROMPT]-[Your TITLE] in your subject line.  For example: MFM-Submission-Flowers-A Rose in Winter

Attach your entry as a .pdf file, .doc, or .docx  DO NOT include your name anywhere on your submission or file name as all entries will be read blind.  DO NOT send more than one entry per week.  No explicit or graphic content please.

Please do include a brief cover letter with a short bio written as you would like it to appear on the site.  Do include links to your blog, twitter, or however else you would like to promote yourself.

Send your submissions to: LizSchriftsteller (at) gmail (dot) com.

Feel free to post any questions in the comments below and stay tuned for the first prompt posted next Monday!

 

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Oh, good!  Hello!

So, after much deliberation, I decided it was finally time to set up a cozy little corner of the internet for me and my fiction.  Twitter’s been my only online presence for some time and while I enjoy it, it was less of a home and more like squatting at a bus station terminal.

So here I am!  Welcome!

I’ve got some great things planned for the month of March!  Kicking off next week will be Micro Fiction Monday.  I’ll be posting a new story under 300 words each week so please check back for the latest bites.

Also, I plan to post new blog entries every Wednesday.  They could be anything from tips on writing, to interviews, to updates on my own works.  We’ll see how it goes.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now.  Got a suggestion for things you’d like to see in the future?  Leave it in the comments!  And as always, thanks for reading!