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Congratulations to Bonnie K., winner of TOO MANY COOKS by Dana Bate!

Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–Emily Ross’s HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH!

From the 2016 Debscover–large

Louise Miller is thrilled to share that the cover of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING went public! And she is over-the-moon in love with it! She just finished her baking marathon for work, and is very much looking forward to a couple of weeks of reading novels and working on book two while both the baking world and the publishing world go on holiday break.

Jennifer S. Brown is making mental book lists as she prepares to take on the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge for 2016. She’s looking to the New York Public Library’s list for book ideas, but if you have any suggestions for titles that fit the categories, she’d love to hear them!

Heather Young is reviewing her “first pass” pages, which are formatted like book pages, only on regular sized paper. Now is the time to catch all those embarrassing typos–provided she can put down the egg nog.

Abby Fabiaschi is writing.

Aya de Leon is halfway through the crappy first draft of Book #2 (working title: THE BOSS) in her NaNaoWrimo-after-the-fact for December. 25,000 words done. Another 25K to go!

For Writers

Here are some of the best things we saw on the internet this week:

* Here is some great advice on how to manage your own blog tour, by Ann Goodwin on Women Writers: The Dos and Don’ts of the Promotional Blog Tour

* During this season of overindulgence, the Chicago Tribune has this lovely piece on the best kind of hangover: Finishing a Good Book: The New Hangover

* This is a couple of years old, but it really struck a nerve with the Debs this week: Julianna Baggott, making it real in her straight-talking piece, You Sold Your Debut? Congrats, Now Come Here

Places to Submit

Boulevard’sShort Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers 2015 is open until December 31 for a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. There is an entry fee of $15, and the winner receives $1,500 and publication in Boulevard. Entries up to 8,000 words accepted.

The Tartt First Fiction Award from Livingston Press for a short story collection is for authors who have not published a story collection are eligible. The winner recieves $1,000 plus publication. This is a competitive contest, so they recommend most of your collection has been previously taken by magazines. Open to any style of fiction. Entry fee is $20. Deadline December 31.

Who can resist a contest that includes a prize of beer! The 2016 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest is open to submissions until December 31 and the winner will receive $1,500 plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer. Submit up to three stories under 500 words. Entry fee of $10 or $20 (includes a subscription to the journal).

Minerva Rising Literary Journal is seeking short stories, essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, original prints, graphic arts and photographs on the theme of Sisterhood for its next issue. They pay $50 for prose and $35 for poetry. Deadline: February 1.

Author: Louise Miller

Louise Miller is the author of THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/August 9, 2016), the story of a commitment-phobic pastry chef who discovers the meaning of belonging while competing in the cut-throat world of Vermont county fair baking contests. Find out more at