On the Perks of Aging, Spec Work, & Chicken Soup

“The drive to be successful while still in the first blush of youth … does not apply to the contemplative arts.” My dear fellow writers over 40, we happen to be “in the peak of condition!” as Poirot would say.

“Never work on spec.” — Bob Bly. Watch this video.

Chicken Soup for the Soul wants your stories and poems. Submit.

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On the Size of Cameras, Rhyming Photographs, & Over 50 Years Young

“Ippawards pay tribute to the stunning imagery that can be captured with even the smallest of cameras, reminding us that the person behind the lens plays a significant part in the making of a picture.” 11th Annual iPhone Photography Awards. Open to all iPhone or iPad users worldwide. Deadline 03.31.2018. Snap, and submit.

Photographs can rhyme. See for yourself.

From Poets & Writers Magazine — “a selection of five debut authors over the age of fifty whose first books came out this past year.” Find out their names, and read excerpts from their books.

On $20K for a 100 Words, the Dangers of NaNoWriMo, & Nelson Algren Literary Awards

The César Egido Serrano Foundation’s V International Flash Fiction Competition’s open for submissions until “24h (Spanish peninsular time) of the International Day of the Word as a Bond of Humankind (motto of the Foundation), on November 23rd.” Can you write a 100 word story worth $20K? Yes, it’s $20,000 (!) Note: they ask for ID/Passport info on the participation form, but this is NOT a required field. Consider leaving it blank.

Is NaNoWriMo a thing for you? Does it make you happy? Or miserable? Why? To find answers to these and other questions (ex. Who are “the canaries in life’s coal mines”?) read Anne R. Allen’s latest post.

The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Awards…a nationally recognized contest for original short fiction, named in honor of the Chicago literary great Nelson Algren” is open for submissions. No entry fee. Substantial prizes. Write, and submit.