NEWS FLASH–Valentine Edition


newsCongratulations to Rhonda, winner of Wendy Ortiz’s EXCAVATION-A MEMOIR!

Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, by Michelle Gable!

From the 2016 Debs:

Louise Miller was thrilled to see that Library Journal chose THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING as one of the Pre Pub Alert pics for the month of August!

Jennifer S. Brown is catching up on her reading (she just finished Heather’s THE LOST GIRLS and thought it was brilliant, as she wrote on Goodreads) and trying to use what she learned at the Op-Ed Project to craft a brilliant op-ed.

Heather Young worked on LOVELOCK this week, but not as much as she would have liked. She finds presidential elections very distracting.

Abby Fabiaschi is on vacation skiing and laughing and not at all concerned what her agent’s opinion is of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LUCY BISCARO? (Most of that update is true.)

Aya de Leon took her own advice this week and got out of isolation. She is behind on all her writing projects, but having a blast at the San Francisco Writers Conference, including convening, curating and moderating their first Diversity Panel #WeNeedDiverseBooks!

For Writers

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

* A so-funny-it’s-true analysis of the misery of querying literary agents made us laugh this week, by Ken Pisani at Publisher’s Weekly: Trying to Find a Literary Agent is the Worst thing Ever

* Here’s a beautiful piece about trying to find your writing voice in a city where everyone is striving for artistic success, and everyone around you seems to be finding it, by John Wray in Buzzfeed: Surrounded By Legends

Places to Submit
Have a hankering to write in Ernest Hemingway’s private study in Key West? This contest will give you a three week residency at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. Submit your finest flash fiction story, 500 words or less, between now and March 31, 2016. Visit for more details.

Prairie Schooner is open until May 1 to submissions of short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. You also have until March 15 to submit a book-length manuscript of short fiction to their Book Series competition Details at

Concis is open to submissions, and the key word here is “brevity.” “Brevity is subjective. We’ve read 8-line poems that are 7-lines too long and 30-line poems that flash and fire quicker than a haiku. 20 lines of poetry/250 words of prose or less—even significantly less—feels right, but that feeling’s not a rule. We do feel safe specifying a minimum length of one character, glyph, symbol or visual.” Concis is a paying market. For details, visit

Do you have a brilliant story under 1,000 words? If so, Brilliant Flash Fiction wants it. Details at

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