The Holiday Of Writing – Black Ink Celebrates Daily!

Hello All!

It’s been a while, and I’ve missed every one of you!

Happy Holiday to all those who celebrate – and a very Merry Christmas to those who celebrate Christmas! To quote a line from my 1st place winner’s story [read more below], Happy HOHO (Happy Household Holidays)!

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted to my blog and as I did some research for this post I realized how much I loved the thrill of investigating a topic and learning new things about writing and writers.

Today’s post is dedicated to the diversity of our large and friendly writers world. Not just the obvious racial and gender diversity, but the spiritual and belief-based diversity as well.

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I opened an Anagram Holiday contest back in early November and encouraged contestants to submit a story that focused on non-traditional holiday’s.  As writers, we are usually hungry to learn new things about our global brothers and sisters – the things that make us the same – the things that make us different.  And while I am in no way going to go in deep about religious beliefs, it cannot be ignored as one of those things that differentiate some groups.

I choose instead to celebrate Black Ink. Not only the name of my fiction contest site, but also the color of ink used to submit stories around the world.  Agents of all faiths, backgrounds, beliefs, and that wonderful mix we call the individual receive manuscripts in one color – black ink.

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Authors, too, around the globe struggle with the single most daunting feat facing every writer – getting published along with monetary rewards and recognition.

Having said that and without further ado, I would like to take this opportunity to present my winners of the 2015 Anagram Holiday Short Fiction Contest.

FIRST PLACE
A Marzipan Moon by Whitney Ricciardi
It was Christmas Eve and I could hear my Mom chanting a Hare Krishna in the kitchen. I groaned. She couldn’t just sing Deck the Halls like a normal Mother. It was the smell of gingerbread pancakes that got me out of bed. I shuffled down the hall in my flannel jams, and yawned as I sat down on the stool at the kitchen island where she was flipping the pancakes. “Morning my little Marzipan!” “Morning” I said while rubbing the sleepers out of my eyes.
Read the winning entry

SECOND PLACE
Stressed Desserts by Natalie Walker
Read the winning entry

THIRD PLACE
La Reine de l’hiver (the Queen of Winter) by Vivian Monteagudo
Read the winning entry

I want to sincerely THANK all of my wonderful contestants! Again, each story was eye candy and soothed the reader in me.

A special CONGRATULATIONS to my top three winners. Such outstanding work to all three of you!

DIVERSITY & AUTHORS
I found this online and thought I would share:  Submissions are now open for our New Voices Award for unpublished authors of color!

Lee & Low Books’ New Visions Awards — No Entry Fee Prize: $1,000.00. Entry fee: $0.00. WRITING CONTEST WEBSITE LEE & LOW BOOKS, a leading multicultural children’s book publisher, is inviting entries to its annual New Visions Awards. Under the company’s young adult and middle grade imprint called TU Books (est. 2010), the New Visions Award will be presented for the best MG or YA novel written by a writer of color. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000, along with a basic publishing contract (with an advance and royalties). One honorable-mention will receive a cash prize of $500.

Not too shabby in the way of awards money.  Good luck to any of you who enter!

Until next year…stay safe, stay healthy, and stay creative!

Connie Irons is a novelist recently begat blogger. As a double GeminiThumbnail of my Blog Picture it’s hard to tie her down to one genre, but her favorites are well written horror and snarky memoirs (hail David Sedaris). When she’s not writing she’s mindlessly spoiling her beagle/basset puppy, Tucker, and evading payment on multiple loans from her fiancé.

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