Flash Fiction Writing Contest has Closed

Our Flash Fiction Writing Contest

has Closed… Now The Fun Begins.

Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Photograph by, thecrazyfilmgirl.

I want to thank everyone who entered. I know that you took specific time out of your life to write your stories: due to the specific theme in the guidelines.

I’ve had a chance to glance through the entries, and it looks like we’ll have a tough decision ahead of us.

The judging process will begin with each story being read by myself, and two other readers. We will score each story with a rating of 1 – 10.

Then the top 3 stories will be further analyzed by all three of us and rated a second time.

Flash Fiction Writing contest

Photograph by Christine Grabig.

The top two stories will then receive a review by me, and I will make the decision as to the First Place Winner.

Good Luck!

Watch for the publication of the winner on
August 19, 2013
and the runner-up on
August 26, 2013.

I am very opinionated about the craft of writing, and life in general. But… I am well-tempered with an enthusiasm for debate. Please leave comments, even the ugly ones, I dare you.

You can follow me at

Facebook     Twitter     LinkedIn     Pinterest     Amazon

I’m also an avid reader. If you desire success in your writing career, you should be too.

I’m currently reading, “Hopscotch”, by Julio Cortazar.

All my best on a beautiful day in South Carolina.

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Flash Fiction Writing Contest – Submit

Flash Fiction Writing Contest…

Submit now!

the clock is ticking

Illustration by Clarisa Ponce de Leon

A few weeks ago we introduced the first ever flash fiction writing contest at NovelNook.com. The submission period for entry ends today at midnight. You still have time to pen that fantastic story.

Here are the official guidelines, once again

I challenge you to write a flash fiction story that incorporates these two elements: a victory at work and a defeat at home.

These are the rules

  1. It must be 1000 words or less.
  2. It must incorporate a victory at work, and a defeat at home, into the plot.
  3. It must be edited to the best of your ability.
  4. It must be submitted by Midnight, July 15th, 2013.
  5. You must submit it to, kentdufault@yahoo.com.
  6. You must submit it in the body of the email – not an attachment.
  7. You must accept the results of the contest without complaining.

These are the prizes

  1. The winning author will receive a free cover from my graphic designer wife for the writing project of their choice.
  2. The winning story will also be published on the  NovelNook.com blog on August 19, 2013.
  3. The winning story will receive a critique and an explanation as to why I chose it as the winner when it is published on the blog.
  4. The winning author will receive an Amazon Gift Card valued at $20.00 USD (for USA Amazon only)
The Fine Print
  • The cover must be redeemed by December 31, 2013.
  • This is for an electronic Ebook cover only.
  • The book cover will be produced to the cover standards as dictated by Amazon.
  • The prize includes design and illustration. If photography is requested, you will be responsible for purchasing the usage rights.
  • You will get three consultations with the graphic designer via email: An initial interview to convey your ideas, an initial proof round, a second proof round. After that, she delivers, and you take what you get.
  • All rights to your entries remain with you!! We’re asking for nothing but a good (well edited) story and first publication rights for the blog.

Second Place! Will be published on the NovelNook.com blog on August 26, 2013 and will receive a critique by me.

Here is a sample cover that my wife produced for me. I will be publishing this book on Amazon in the near future.

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Hurry! Submissions end today at Midnight.

I am very opinionated about the craft of writing, and life in general. But… I am well-tempered with an enthusiasm for debate. Please leave comments, even the ugly ones, I dare you.

You can follow me at

Facebook     Twitter     LinkedIn     Pinterest     Amazon

I’m also an avid reader. If you desire success in your writing career, you should be too.

I’m currently reading, “Hopscotch”, by Julio Cortazar.

All my best on a beautiful day in South Carolina.

 

Publishing & Social Media

Social media is necessary to successfully sell my book.

Is this TRUE or FALSE for you?

I was just going to write this for self-published authors, but this a question for ALL authors.

I am not published yet, but I read a lot. And I knew that building up my social media presence was KEY to being successful. It doesn’t mean my book will sell – but I certainly have a better chance by using it. And by doing it beforehand – with people who will follow my journey – I find people who are truly interested in what I have to say. At least, I hope so! ;)

Point is: I don’t think anyone can say this statement is false. Even if your friends and family buy your book, you still have to convince other people your book is worth buying. That they WANT to buy it, read it, share it.

Social media doesn’t necessarily mean just Twitter and Facebook, though. It’s Pinterest and Goodreads. It’s sites that will promote your book for free, for a fee, for a swap, etc. It’s writing posts on your blog or website that pertain to your book, your writing style, your publishing journey. It’s promoting your book on the places you sell it – wherever that may be.

It’s connecting, in whatever way possible, with those whom you want to attract to your book.

It’s giving those readers something to look forward to – even if it’s months in advance. It’s doing giveaways, ARC’s, beta reading, free copies once published in exchange for an honest review. It’s talking and sharing.

It’s supporting other authors – either by sharing a post, sharing their book, sharing your thoughts on their book with a review. It’s recommending their book to your friends. It’s following them on networking sites and them following you back. It’s getting YOUR work and THEIR work into the hands of those who will then pass it on.

Social media is the way. And I find that trying to keep up with it sometimes is exhausting. It’s almost a full-time job all on it’s own, on top of the writing I have to do! But I love it. I love connecting with others, making new friends, finding new reads and all around, the great community aspect I’ve discovered is THE BEST!

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Like or dislike? (Love that picture, haha)…Do you enjoy using social media? Have you met many new people? Does it take up a lot of your time? If not, how do you limit yourself and still successfully network?

I look forward to hearing all of your thoughts! :)
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