Submissions Wanted

From the May issue of The Writer's Life

First Call for Open Mic Night: The July 24th meeting of SDW/EG will continue the traditional “Open Mic Night.” Open to the first 18 members who sign up, the evening is pure entertainment–giving members a chance to hear what other members write, a chance to read their work out loud (that first time is sometimes scary), and to give/receive brief written feedback from other members. Each reader is allotted three (yes, three!) minutes to read a selection from his/her own writing, so it behooves readers to time themselves before the event. To read at Open Mic night, members may sign up at the regular meeting with your name, title, and email address, or by emailing Ruth LeyseWallace ( with “Open Mic” in the subject line.

Rick Lakin is looking for beta readers for his first novel, a YA sci-fi tale. He is about 8,000 words in, and would like to send out weekly rushes. In exchange for notes and criticism, he will provide a signed copy and include the reader’s name in the Acknowledgements section of his book. Contact Rick at to volunteer.

Warwick’s “Weekends with Locals” program is currently accepting submissions for author signings to be held at their La Jolla bookstore. To apply, authors must currently reside within San Diego County, and this should be the author’s first event in San Diego. Titles must have been published within the past year. CreateSpace titles will not be considered, and books must be available from distributors Ingram or Baker & Taylor. Does your book qualify? If so, email for consideration, or see for more information.

The annual Steve Kowit Poetry Prize opens to submissions on June 15. For more information, see

Calls for Submissions

Looking for a place to submit your writing? The Writing Career website has been helping authors connect with freelance opportunities that pay since 2013. Check out these options from that site.

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Occasionally other submission opportunities come to the Guild's attention through our e-mail account or website. Below are two recent arrivals. Please note the Guild does not endorse these opportunities. Review the information carefully and make your own decisions regarding their value to you.

  • Positive Writing Contest - March 1, 2017, deadline for an anthology of essays intended to inspire someone else with a personal story. No entry fee. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners get Amazon gift cards, autographed books by Jerry B. Jenkins or Bryan Hutchinson, and tuition to Writers Crushing Doubt online course.
  • Tales2InspireTM - March 31, 2017, deadline for an anthology of nonfiction inspirational or motivational pieces. No entry fee. Selected pieces will be posted on the Tales2InspireTM website which highlights other platform building benefits of participating in the project.