And The Winner Is….Posted: May 31, 2021
For the 2021 WordCrafter Short Fiction Contest – You’ll have to wait and see
One of my biggest pet peeves is being fully immersed in a short story, only to have it end abruptly, like a slap in the face, leaving me scratching my head and saying, “Is that it?”. I am sure you know what I mean if you’re an avid reader, as most authors are. I think this is a problem found mostly in short fiction. Maybe the author cuts it short in order to meet a word count limit, or maybe they just aren’t sure how to wrap things up, so they jump right to ‘THE END’. No matter what the reason, the result is disappointment on the part of the reader, so it is worth the extra effort on the authors’ part, to take the time and effort to come up with the perfect ending for every story they write.
That’s why I’m postponing announcing the winner of the WordCrafter 2021 Short Fiction Contest, which I had planned to do before the end of May. I only had three entries for the contest this year. Each entry offered an excellent paranormal tale meeting the submission guidelines, but at the end of each one I found myself feeling disappointed, as if there should have been more to the story.
So, I’ve requested each author to revisit their endings and resubmit their stories before I make a decision on the winner. I’ve already received one story back with revisions and I’m waiting on the other two. When all three revised stories have been received, I’ll decide and announce the winner. These stories were all well written and I anticipate them being even better with the author revisions, so the decision won’t be easy.
Accepting Submissions: I want your ghost stories!
However, three submissions do not an anthology make, so I’m calling out for more submissions to fill the pages of Where Spirits Linger. Doesn’t every author have a ghost story hidden away somewhere? Contest guidelines asked for a paranormal tale with place being central element in the story. These new submissions won’t be eligible for the contest, so they will no entry fee attached. If you have a story that fits the theme, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, for a chance to have it included in the WordCrafter Press 2021 anthology, Where Spirits Linger.
For the WordCrafter “Poetry Treasures” Book Blog Contest – That one I can tell you.
For the Poetry Treasures Book Blog Tour, which ran May 24 – 30, we did a giveaway and three readers who followed the tour and commented will receive a free digital copy (.mobi, .epub, or .pdf) of Poetry Treasures! The three lucky winners are: Jules, Jill Weatherbolt, and Priscilla Bettis. If you are a winner, please contact me at KLBWordCrafter@gmail.com and tell me which format you prefer to receive your copy. (If you have already purchased a copy of Poetry Treasures, you may choose another WordCrafter Press book instead.)
Poetry Treasures had a great seven day tour with a guest post about the poetic inspiration behind a poem by a different contributing poet at each bIog stop. The anthology and the tour were amazing collaborative efforts among nine poet/authors and myself to create a unique and moving collection of poetry. Also many thanks to Miriam Hurdle, Ritu Bhathal and Teagan Geneviene for hosting tour stops to support the poets and the tour. Without their participation, this tour would not have been possible.
If you missed this wonderful tour or maybe only missed a few of the stops, you can visit them at the links below:
Day 1 – Writing to be Read – Guest post by Jude Kirya Italaki
Day 2 – Robbie’s Inspiration – Guest post by Victoria Zigler
Day 3 – But I smile anyway – Guest post by Goeff Le Pard
Day 4 – Teagan’s Books – Guest post by Frank Prem, plus a review by Teagan Genevienne
Day 5 – Zigler’s News – Guest post by Kevin Morris, plus a review by Victoria Zigler
Day 6 – Roberta Writes – Guest post by Annette Rochelle Aben
Day 7 – The Showers of Blessings – Guest post by Colleen M. Chesebro
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