NaNo Los Angeles 3rd Annual Anthology – SUBMISSIONS OPEN

lemur_nanolaIn the tradition begun by our Editor Emeritus and former Los Angeles Municipal Liaison Sara, I am pleased to announce our call for submissions for the third annual NaNo Los Angeles Anthology! Our first anthology,Believe Me Not, comprised 46 stories including 12 from writers ages 10-17 and can be purchased online here. Our second, It’s About Time, managed to boast more than a hundred pages morethan the first anthology and can be purchased online here. Will your story be part of our third anthology? We hope so!

All proceeds go to NaNoWriMo and its Young Writers Program and help make possible all the events that the Los Angeles region holds during National Novel Writing Month in November each year.

The third annual NaNo Los Angeles Anthology is now open for submissions, which are due March 10th. Lemur Publishing invites all Los Angeles Wrimos and Wrimos-at-large to submit short stories for the 2016 anthology. Our theme this year is “it’s the system“… Please think broadly about this idea, and in case you need a jumping-off point, we came up with several ideas. This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you have something that fits the theme that’s not included here, please feel free to write that and send it to us!

–solar system(s)
–computer matrix
–hierarchy (nobility/peasants, castes, etc.)
–systems in the human body (nervous system, etc.)
–ecology
–systems of thinking/system psychology/systems behavior
–systems of oppression
–operating system (computer, game console, etc.)
–postal service (shipping of letters/packages)
–cultural systems
–economic systems (command/planned, socialism, market economies, etc.)
–systems of government (aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, tyranny)
–”the healthcare system”

We had several requests to include a phrase the same way we did in the first anthology, so we decided that it would be interesting to see what writers can come up with when they have to include the first sentence: “Where did this come from?” And, as usual, if you can organically use NaNo Icons, you’ll get bonus points from the editors! For information on NaNo Icons, please see the descriptions on the Lemur Publishing website.

Here’s the nitty gritty details for your information!

Due date: March 10
Theme: “it’s the system”
Phrase: story must begin with “Where did this come from?” (though it doesn’t have to be in quotes)
Submit to: LemurPublishing@gmail.com (Re: Anthology 2016 submission)

GUIDELINES
–All genres welcome!
–4000 words or less. (Flash fiction is also great.)
–12-point type, Times New Roman, double spaced, paragraph indented 5 spaces.
–send as .doc (NOT .docx), .rtf, or plain-text attachment.
–Please do NOT copy/paste your entire story in the email.
–Grammar questions – Check the Chicago Manual of Style (free trial) or do a search on Grammar Girl.
–Spell check and proof your story before you submit.
–Proofread; have a friend read your story before submission.
–Each submission will be personally confirmed.

We look forward to reading your submissions and hope to present you with a brand new NaNo Los Angeles Anthology in time for NaNoWriMo 2016! Now get writing! (Also, please disseminate this call for submissions widely! Thank you.)

Anthology Submissions Request!

Lucky WritingThat’s right, this is your opportunity to be published in an exclusive Anthology collection to be published via CreateSpace as a $3.99 eBook or $18 printed book with original cover art. And no, you don’t need to live in LA.

Here’s the challenge: Write a short story, less than 4000 words, from the point of view of an UNRELIABLE NARRATOR. Now here’s the hard part, you have to use the idea of “A Cuticle in the Space Station,” as either an actual phrase, an event, a metaphor, or something loosely related.

  1. The Deadline: April 6, midnight, Pacific Time.
  2. Submit to (or Questions): smcbride@caltech.edu  (Reference: Unreliable Narrator – Your Name)
  3. The Judges: The Improv for Writers – LA Writing Group
  4. The profits will be used to sponsor NaNoWriMo Events in Los Angeles. (Like the nacho bar at Kick-off!)

2013 Writing Marathon + Donation Day!

Writing_Marathon_851x315_1Today November 9th is Writing Marathon and  Donation Day!

Join WriMos around the world virtually and in-person for an all-day NaNoWriMo Writing Marathon!

If you can’t go to any in-person events, NaNoWriMo invites you to check out their livestreaming from NaNo HQ and join #NaNoThon on Twitter for updates, challenges, and giveaways.

Even though today is Writing Marathon Day, it is also Donation Day! Each Donation Day, NaNoWriMo has a goal of raising $50,000 by the end of the day (6am – midnight PST). This $60,000 goes towards the $1.2 million fundraising goal, which will help keep NaNoWriMo possible for 300,000+ aspiring writers around the world for another year.

Donate now and join the Donation Day fun!

There will be hourly (and amazing grand) prizes announced throughout the day. So follow NaNoWriMo’s Twitter account.

Hourly prizes includes awesome stuff like:

  • Kindle Paperwhites
  • Personal pep talks from founder Chris Baty
  • An owl from Tavia’s epic owl collection
  • and More!

Please please consider donating to NaNoWriMo, because NaNoWriMo is brought to you by YOU! If it were not for the generous donations of participants, we would not have such wonderful opportunities of literary abandon each year.

Additionally, for the Los Angels Region, Donation Day is also a great opportunity for you to earn your halo and qualify for the NaNo Los Angeles Halo Raffle that will happen at the end of the month at our TGIO Party.

If you haven’t donated already, please consider donating now. Not only will your donation help NaNoWriMo, but it will give you a chance to win awesome prizes and be a part of something that changes lives.

We appreciate everyone’s support and thank you all for donating!

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