Some things just make your day.

Many authors have several works in progress at once, and often a few finished stories filed away. I’m certainly no exception. About two weeks ago, I entered a contest. Quite a few authors enter contests. I have toyed with the idea but never took the leap.

Swan Song

The contest came across my inbox as they do. I knew it was legit, and reading through, I realized the story was already written. The prompt was, “Tell a story in which the main character asks a question at the end.” Swan Song was gathering digital dust, so I brushed it off and tweaked it here and there. Then through the magic of having a partner, who in a previous business life, who has been a copy editor for a small newspaper in Maryland, had it polished and sent in plenty of time.

The cool part was receiving an email today announcing there was a new comment on the story. I am going to share it with you.

“Whoah, great story! There is so much richness in your writing, that the 3000 word limit really didn’t do you justice.

First of all, I loved the way you did dialogue. I could clearly hear the words Zeke spoke in my mind and was able to fabricate a fitting image of him from that. The dialogue sounded authentic, like that’s how the characters would actually talk if they were real persons.

Secondly, the relationship between Zeke and Maude was so sweet! IT really felt like they were long friends, and it showed (at least to me) that Zeke was probably a bit lonely, traveling and prospecting, so he conversed with his mule as if it were a human. Very very well done!

And thirdly, the story within the story. I don’t know if this is a true legend, or if you constructed it yourself, but it sounds like a true folk tale to me! I loved how you described it, and how it all turned out, the people being turned into swans. Brilliant!

The only thing that felt a little rushed or ended too soon was the ending itself. I liked it, but I think it would be even better with a paragraph or two more. Now, in all fairness, I think your whole story deserves to be expanded into a novella, perhaps a full-length novel even. It’s just so rich and vivid and the feel is authentic! Loved it! Hope to read more of your work! Keep writing 🙂 – H.V.”

When I read it, I wanted to jump up and do a fist pump. Not only is if very complimentary BUT SOMEONE UNDERSTOOD. This was almost as big a rush having a new book come out. Links have been placed in the document should wish to read the story.

Thank you for reading and sharing this small moment,

Ernest

CALL FOR A HERO!

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PRO SE PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES WRITERS CONTEST-CALL FOR A HERO!

A leading Publisher of Genre Fiction, Pro Se Productions is always on the lookout for new characters, those fighting the good fight against evil, maybe against good, or just to survive. Pro Se announces its CALL FOR A HERO! Contest seeking out the next character to wow readers with strong, pulpy tales!

To enter, Writers must submit an email with requested registration information and then submit a 2500-3000 (hard limits) story featuring the first appearance of a new lead character, the ‘hero’, placed in any genre.

The story must be single spaced, double spaced between paragraphs, 1 inch margins, 12 point type Times New Roman.

Each entry must include writer’s name, pen name if one is used, address, phone number, and email address. The submission must be a never before published complete story. One entry per author.

The top ten stories will be collected into an anthology to be published by June 2, 2020.
The top three stories will also receive a single book publishing contract to consider featuring the hero featured in the winning stories.

The grand prize winner will receive $50.00 AND an exclusive digital only release of the winning story in which the author collects ALL proceeds of any sales published by August 1, 2019.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES-JUNE 1, 2019
EMAIL REIGSTRATION AND SUBMISSIONS TO
submissions@prose-press.com

All rights of ownership remain with the author of any submission. Winners of the above prizes will receive contracts for rights Publisher desires to use, but will retain ownership of concepts and work.

TO PARTICIPATE, WRITERS MUST SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE SUBMITTING A STORY-
NAME, MAILING ADDRESS, EMAIL ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER- TO submissions@prose-press.com.