Archive for May 20th, 2012

Online writing workshops expanded by Lopopolo Literary Management

20 May 2012

Online Writing Workshops Expanded by Lopopolo Literary Management

Writers fine-tune their books with this weekly live interactive workshop

 Harnessing the power of the internet to bring writing workshops to authors around the country, Lopopolo Literary Management offers fiction and nonfiction writers the ability to participate in weekly online classes, beginning in June.
“When I first opened my agency, I noticed that most of the submissions I received were not ready for prime time. I developed workshops to assist first-time fiction and nonfiction writers to master the skills they need to make their manuscripts publishable. These workshops are part of my literary management services and make use of my past experience as an executive editor at Macmillan then St Martin’s Press, to ready manuscripts for submission to publishers. With this convenient online service, I can reach writers throughout the country and they can participate from the comfort of their homes.”

When Toni relocated her company to Santa Barbara, California, she could no longer hold her ongoing fiction and nonfiction workshops for her east coast writers living close enough to attend her classes. Toni tested several services and found that the worked best, had the clearest sound and image, plus came cost free to writers.

“Toni Lopopolo transformed me from someone who writes into someone who’s a writer,” say Dr. Eydie Ellis Miller, of Philadelphia. “I’m working on a medical thriller and Toni’s workshops are the highlight of my week. The ooVoo sessions provide me with deadlines without which I’d never write a word, all in the comfort of my home. Input from Toni and the other writers in the group provide me with invaluable guidance in plot development and building suspense/tension. Also, targeted input along the way keeps me from writing too far in the wrong direction. Toni’s knowledge of and experience in the publishing world combined with her passion for developing writers make her workshops top notch. Her guidance and encouragement keep me writing.”
 Each meeting begins with a short lecture from Toni re: the mastering of skills and techniques essential to write book-length fiction and narrative nonfiction. “I focus on the killer first sentence and first chapter, plus charged dialogue,” said Lopopolo. “Editors and readers look for the story that grabs and holds their interest. We discuss concept, character, story, plot, pacing, scene, and other important skills. .”

“These workshops are consciousness-raisers,” said Susan Setteducato of Bucks County, PA. “Things they never told you about in college and conference writing classes. We look at character and character arc, voice, writing charged dialogue, constructing a plot. We also learn point-of-view, which is one of the most powerful tools to have in your belt, plus Toni’s laser sharp editing hits home every time”

Online workshops will include no more than six writers. Each writer submits ten pages four to five days in advance. Toni and the other workshop members edit and comment on the work then email to each writer. During the workshop, writers submit their revisions, then listen to Ms Lopopolo read these pages aloud. After the reading everyone comments.

“I find unpublished writers are often too attached to parts of their writing that don’t work,” said Lopopolo. “I tell writers they must learn to: Kill Your Darlings. They must let go of writing holds their story prisoner. Learning to self-edit is a key skill to a writer’s success.”

In a four-week session, writers receive up to forty redlined, i.e. edited pages from Toni as part of the workshop. The $245 fee covers four online workshops. The ooVoo software is free and easy to download.
Writers interested in joining this ongoing, online workshop should contact Toni Lopopolo at: 215-353-1151 or email her at To be accepted, writers must submit the first ten pages of the first chapter of their novel, or nonfiction book. To learn more about Lopopolo Literary Management, visit:


32 iPad Apps That Writers Just Love

20 May 2012

Today’s writers benefit from an incredible assortment of digital tools from which they can draw inspiration and productivity. Although some writers prefer to stick to old-fashioned pen and paper or even typewriters, there’s a vast population of others that are happy to take advantage of all the new tools out there. Some of the brightest of these tools can be found on the Apple iPad, and we’ve highlighted 32 of them here. Whether you’re looking for a place to scribble ideas, organize plot lines, or just find your zen before sitting down to write, these apps have got you covered.

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Call for entries: HESA inprint blog submissions theme: REFLECTION – PEILIKUVA

20 May 2012

Call for entries REFLECTION – PEILIKUVA.

Submit your work to be featured on the HESA inprint blog with a chance to be published in our monthly magazine. We are looking for creative people with a vision and voice to share their opinions, work and stories not for a pay check but for the love of creating.

This months issue theme is “REFLECTION – PEILIKUVA” if you feel like your work could be put in to this category we would love for you to submit it to HESA inprint and be in with a chance to get in to the web magazine, blog and magazine publication. 

Deadline is Midnight Finnish Time, May 30th 2012 .

IMPORTANT! Remember to include your full name, email address, titles and mediums for all work and an overall title for your submission! We also recommend adding an introduction text on the works submitted and how you see them fitting with the current theme.

TO SUBMIT your works for our publication send it to in the subject box write: “submission – reflection – Your Name – WORK TITLE”.

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2012 Anderbo Self-Published Book Award

20 May 2012

Anderbo Self-Published Book Award

For a Self-Published Book
(Fiction or Nonfiction)

One Winner will receive:

$500 cash
Announcement on the Anderbo web site
Publication of a book-excerpt on

Judged by Rick Rofihe

Rick Rofihe is the author of FATHER MUST, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and online at Epiphanyzine, Slushpilemag, and Fictionaut. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SPY, and The East Hampton Star, and on MrBellersNeighborhood. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught MFA writing at Columbia University. He currently teaches privately in New York City, and was an advisor to the Vilcek Foundation for their 2011 prizes in the field of literature. Rick is the Editor of Anderbo.

Contest Assistant: Carolyn Wilsey

Carolyn Wilsey has read fiction for Esquire and Swink, and for the OPEN CITY Magazine RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest.

–Any currently-available self-published fiction or nonfiction
  book or e-book
  is eligible
–Initial judging will be based on the first 40 pages (ONLY)
  of your self-published book, which should be printed
  out on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, with author’s name and contact
  information on a separate page, along with a one-page letter
  describing your book
–Finalists in this contest will be required to supply the entire
  book at a later date
–Entries must be postmarked by October 15, 2012
–Writer must not have been previously published on Anderbo
–Mail submissions to Anderbo Self-Published Book Contest,
  Postal-22, 75 East 4th St, New York, NY 10003
–Enclose self-addressed stamped business envelope to receive
  names of winner and honorable mentions
–All entries are non-returnable and will be recycled
–Reading fee is $20. Check or money order payable to:

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Switchback Flash Contest – May 2012

20 May 2012

Each month Switchback provides a prompt and we want you to send us
your best work inspired by that prompt. The winning entry as decided
by our editors will be featured on Switchback. Contest submissions can
be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or even art but must be 500 words or
under. Please send us only one submission per prompt and only
previously unpublished works. We accept simultaneous submissions but
please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Make sure your
name DOES NOT appear on the submission itself.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on the last day of the month.

The May prompt is: “It’s a lot easier to say when something ended
rather than when it began. Most of us can recognize the end from a
mile away, but the beginning always slips up on us, lulling us into
thinking what we’re living through is yet another moment, in yet
another day.”

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Best Article Competition bloggers, journalists, writers, students: get published, paid and popular!

20 May 2012

We would like to invite writers to take part in our Best Article Contest. 

The task in this competition is to write an article that fits in one of the following topics:






The article must be at least 500 words long, be based on good research, include photos etc. Once submitted, it will be reviewed by our staff and – if it meets our standards – published on Red Sky’s new website.

The real fight begins the moment an article goes online. The more likes, visits, shares etc. it gets, the bigger a chance of winning. And the prizes are:

First 10 Places – 150 dollars each

Next 20 places – 100 dollars each

Next 70 places – 50 dollars each

For one of the winning authors we may offer a job as a Content Manager with one of our portals.

All entries must be submitted through the on-line form by the 31st of May, 2012.

Selected participants will receive an e-mail with a web address which they need to follow in order to register and become able to add articles to their profiles. The deadline for this is the 3rd of June.

On the 6th of June all submissions will be published, and the rating process will begin and last one week.

Winners list will be announced after the 13th of June, 2012.

To take part in the contest, an author has to visi in order to sign up, and send us an article.