University of New Orleans Press Call for Submission

The following message from Thomas Price of University of New Orleans Press arrived in the Guild's inbox recently.

The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that our fourth annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize is now open.

We love to champion new writers. The first winner of the Lab Prize, Margo Littell, published her debut novel with us, Each Vagabond By Name. Melanie McCabe’s first book of nonfiction, her memoir His Other Life: Searching for My Father, His First Wife, and Tennessee Williams, became our second winner. And this fall, UNO Press will publish, as the Lab’s most recent winner, Meghan L. Dowling’s first novel, A Catalogue of Small Pains.

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered.

Submissions are open until August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at

Photo credits: Marcus dePaula

A Traditional Publisher for Californians

Roaring Forties Press, a trade publisher in California, recently contacted the Guild to invite members with manuscripts ready to be published to contact them for consideration.

Roaring Forties Press is dedicated to the proposition that books can be both smart and stylish. Their books are designed to open readers’ eyes, literally and metaphorically.

Roaring Forties Press was founded by Deirdre Greene and Nigel Quinney, who together have more than fifty years of experience in all facets of the publishing industry, both in the United States and abroad. Together, they create books that enrich both the eye and the mind.

Currently, they are looking for nonfiction manuscripts, ideally, but not necessarily, with a Californian angle. As a small publisher, with national and international distribution, based both in Solana Beach and Berkeley, they would like to expand the number of authors based in San Diego where Nigel Quinney is now located. They've been in business for a dozen years, and tend to publish books about travel, the arts, and/or popular culture. Check out their website at for examples of works published.

If  you have a manuscript you're looking to get published, email Nigel Quinney at

Guest Post from Bob Boze: Chapter Titles


The following guest post comes from SDWEG member Bob Boze who blogs on, where he shares thoughts about his own romance writing as well as his experiences with his co-writer, Casey Fae Hewson.

Why do authors (writers) not use chapter titles?

More often than not, when I open a book I find only Chapter 1, Chapter 2 …. Etc. in the Table of Contents. Worse yet, many times I don’t even find a Table of Contents, or it’s stuffed way in the back of the book, still without titles.

When I decided to write my first book, one of the first rules I remember reading as I researched things authors should do was: “Use anything and everything you can to pull your readers in and hold their interest.” Or words to that effect.

At the top of the list were covers, followed closely by your book’s description. Then came a raft of other things. and, to be honest, I’m not sure if table of contents and chapter titles were in there or not.

But shouldn’t they be? After the cover and book description, aren’t they one of the first things a reader sees? Or should?

So why not use them?

Why not make them catchy? Have them jump out, catch the reader's eye and try to make them want to get to that chapter? To make them want to know what’s going on in “What Happens in the Stable, Stays in the Stable.” I mean, what could possibly happen in a stable that you couldn’t talk about? (You’ll just have to read Horses of Tir Na Nog, Book 1, to find out. Oh, and no skipping to Chapter 33, either!)

For me, coming up with intriguing chapter titles is almost as much fun as writing the chapter. It makes me go back through each chapter trying to find something catchy.

Something that will jump out, catch the reader's eye.

Sometimes it’s obvious.

Sometimes I pick something that doesn’t work and I have to go back and end up spending as much time hunting for a title as I did writing the chapter.

Sometimes there’s just nothing there.

When either of the latter two happen, it sends a giant red flag up. Is my chapter that bad?

If there’s nothing I can find to catch the reader's attention, what’s going to make them read that chapter? Come on, there’s got to be at least one line in there I can use. If, on the second pass, I still can’t find anything … that chapter needs to be rewritten!

The opposite works for me too. I can’t tell you how many times, while hunting for a candidate chapter title, I come across ideas to tie that chapter to the next or the next or the next. I’ve even changed the ending in one of my books because a chapter title line gave me a better idea for the ending than the one I had put in my outline.

More often though, a title leads to enhancement of a subplot or even a new subplot. Sometimes even a new chapter, new characters, and in two cases, new books in the series and their titles.

In case you missed it, the message here is that not only do chapter titles make my readers think, they make me think too.

Some of the chapter titles I’ve come up with that I love (Nope, no ego here!) are:

  • My Soul is Yours
  • Fireman, Fireman, Light my Fire
  • If You Ever Want to See Your Mother Again (No, I don’t write mysteries.)
  • Your Problem is What?
  • Weasel Weenie and Turkey Butt
  • The President’s Training Wheels are Missing?
  • Eighteen Pashmina Scarves and One Assassin
  • You Live in a Fairy Tale Medieval Village and Work in a Chocolate Shop?
  • Roger … Three Down. Two ODs and a … Scrotum Sling?
  • Dreams, Fantasies, and Nightmares are no Match for Reality.
  • A Horse is a Horse. Right?
  • What do You Mean Your Hose is Bigger than Mine?
  • A Guide to the Witness Protection Program. Keep Moving!
  • Europe, Chia Pets, and Ice Cream Sunday Socials.
  • Life in the Petri Dish
  • About the Author

Yes, these are from all four of my published books. With some thought, think you can figure out what those chapters are about? I hope so. Or, I hope they totally stump you and make you want to know. Especially, that last one!

Whether or not you use chapter titles is up to you. For me though, I would no more publish a book without them then I would a book without a cover.


What’s your opinion? Chapter titles or no chapter titles? And why?

Leave your opinion on my web site,, if you’d like.

Photo credit: Ryan Graybill

From Our Mailbag: Yefe Nof Residency


The following message from Gil Soltz, Founder, the Yefe Nof Residency, landed in the Guild's inbox recently.

I'm writing to let you know that applications for the California Writing Residency in partnership with @1888Center are being accepted until February 28. For more information please go to California Writing Residency.

The story about how Yefe Nof got started and all the details about our new culture are on the site. Some distinguishing points of information to pass onto prospective applicants include:

• This residency is two weeks for one resident at a time.
• The time is for emerging authors to do final stage work.
• Work completed becomes part of interdisciplinary dialogue of ideas.
• Recipients will be considered for 1888's Cost of Paper Anthology.

Thanks in advance for passing on this information. I'm looking forward to meeting your group next time I'm in Southern California.

All the best to you and your fellow writers.

Gil Soltz
Founder, the Yefe Nof Residency

Upcoming Writer Events


Feb. 16-18 — Southern California Writers’ Conference, Crown Plaza Hanalei, San Diego. The SCWC is aimed at empowering writers by providing authoritative guidance through workshops and one-on-one evaluations. For details and registration, go to

Feb. 19-23 — Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Pt. Loma Nazarene University. A stellar line-up of guest speakers is a special feature of the conference, including Jane Smiley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Deepak Chopra. For details, go to

Las Vegas Writers’ Conference 2018


Only 13 Days left to get the Early Bird Rate for the 2018 Las Vegas Writers' Conference to be held April 19-21, 2018.

Register by Jan 31, 2018, for $425.00 ~ As of Feb 01, 2018, the cost will be $500.00

The $75.00 you save can pay for your Thursday night room at the Tuscany!

The 2018 Faculty has been booked and you can check them out at: ~ Las Vegas Writers' Conf. 2018 Faculty

Conference 2018 will be held at the beautiful Tuscany Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Check out our special group rates and if you book, be sure to use the "Group Code."

Note: You must book your room by March 31, 2018, to procure the special rate. ~ Tuscany Hotel

Thank you for considering Las Vegas Writers Conference.

The Henderson Writers’ Group and the Las Vegas Writers’ Conference are grateful for:
"The Las Vegas Review-Journal is the proud media sponsor for the 2018 Las Vegas Writer's Conference."
And the generosity of:
"This project is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency."

2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards


This opportunity comes with a heftier submission price than most we publicize on the Guild's website. We include it this year in case the submission cost ($75), a business expense, seems worth the potential reward in recognition, prizes, and exposure.

Call for Entries: 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

If you would like to receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards and exposure for your books, here is an opportunity not to miss. Enter the 2018 Book Awards here: Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Calling all indie book authors and publishers - including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2016, 2017 or 2018 or with a 2016, 2017 or 2018 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program.

It offers over 70 Categories - More than 70 Awards – with over 70 monetary prizes totaling more than $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!

Enter Now

Entry Deadline for the 2018 awards program – February 23, 2018.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest NOT-FOR-PROFIT book Awards program for independent authors and publishers and the only book awards program of its kind offering more monetary prizes, more awards, more recognition and more exposure including exposure to a leading Literary Agent for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights!

Presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) in conjunction with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the top independently published books of the year. IBPPG was formed to provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession and we encourage all independent authors and publishers to enter their books in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards so that they too can earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book!

Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

$1,500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the best Fiction Book
$1,500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the best Non-Fiction Book
$750 cash prize and trophy awarded to the second best Fiction Book
$750 cash prize and trophy awarded to the second best Non-Fiction Book
$500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the third best Fiction Book
$500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the third best Non-Fiction Book
$100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the more than 70 categories
▪ Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to four finalists in each of the more than 70 categories

Winners and Finalists will also receive:

▪ An invitation to the gala awards ceremony held at a landmark location in New Orleans in June 2018 (during the American Library Association annual conference).
Exposure for a full year at Next Generation Indie Book Awards as a Winner or Finalist.
▪ All Winners will be listed in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog, which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!
▪ The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book.
▪ Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).

PLUS, the top 70 books will be sent to be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen's co-agents for possible representation in areas that could generate even more revenue for your book (unless an entrant prefers not to have their book forwarded to the agent). Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.

"Independently-published books have become a major source for quality fiction and non-fiction, but often go unrecognized by the mainstream publishing industry," notes Marilyn Allen. "Finally, an award program has been created to recognize talented authors from this important segment of our industry. Our agency represents over 100 authors and we're always looking for new talent, so it is a great pleasure to be part of this program. We look forward to reviewing the works of the 70 best candidates and helping these authors gain the recognition they deserve."

All Finalists and Winners will be notified by late May, 2018.

ENTRY GUIDELINES AND CATEGORIES: For complete entry guidelines AND to see a list of the over 70 categories you can enter go to:

Entry Guidelines
ONLINE ENTRY FORM: To enter online now go to:

Enter Now
We wish you much success with your book!

Shelley Anderson
Awards Coordinator
Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group

Another Writers Group: California Writers Club

This message landed in the Guild's mailbox a few months ago, right after the Writers' Digest Novel Writing Conference in Pasadena last October. For those Guild members who live in North County, branches of the California Writers Club may be within reach. The closest branches are in Long Beach and Orange County.


Many of you spent three days immersed in your writing at the WD Novel Writing Conference. Now, the California Writers Club invites you to continue the dedication to your literary life by joining us.

CWA is one of the oldest organizations for writers in the nation, in continuous operation since 1909. Today, CWC has 21 branches around the state with 1800-plus members. Our locations range from Mendocino to Orange County, from the Central Coast to the Central Valley and the High Desert.

Each branch offers its own unique programs and activities, but all are centered around monthly meetings featuring expert speakers on some aspect of writing and the writing life: craft, publication, marketing and more. Many of our branches also publish anthologies, sponsor open mic nights, and offer critique groups, all in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

First-year annual dues are just $65 and offer discounts to conferences, workshops and contests sponsored by all of the branches. Plus, you'll be supporting our mission as a 501(c)3 nonprofit to educate writers in all aspects of craft and in the marketing of our work.

Membership is open to writers of all genres, interests and levels. You don't have to be published to join CWC! The actual joining process takes place at the branch level. To find a branch near you, visit our website, We're looking forward to seeing you at a meeting soon!

Glimmer Train New Writer Award

Upcoming deadline: New Writer Award: 1st place $2,500 and publication

Deadline: 2/28/18

Make a Submission
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Open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Previous online publication is fine.)

Our 2018 submission calendar

The 1st-place winner of the New Writer Award will be published in Glimmer Train and will receive $2,500 and 10 copies of that issue. Second- and third-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700. Winners and finalists will be announced in the May bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week.

Most submissions run 1,000 - 4,000 words, but stories as long as 12,000 words are fine.

Writing Guidelines

Most of my stories start with a character doing something. Sometimes that image will mark the beginning of a story and sometimes it will mark the end, so the question for the narrative becomes, either "How did he get in this situation?" or, "Where can she go from here?"

—Bret Anthony Johnston, interviewed by Margo Williams