Archive for October, 2010

Editor taking pitches today!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Today on the Casablanca Authors blog, Deb Werksman, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks Casablanca is answering questions and taking pitches. Have a book to pitch? Now’s your chance!

Writing Contest: The Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women

Established and sponsored by Stephanie Dray, this literary competition is aimed at discovering, mentoring, and publishing young, aspiring female writers. In particular, we wish to foster new voices with an appreciation for women’s history. The contest is named after the inspirational Cleopatra VII of Egypt, who was, herself, an author of books about cosmetics, pharmacology and weights and measures.


  • Teen Category Grand Prize:  Either $100 USD cash or a brand new E-reader, in addition to a certificate, a feature article on Ms. Dray’s blog and in her newsletter, a one month writing mentorship with Ms. Dray, and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates.
  • Young Women Category Grand Prize: Either $100 USD cash or a brand new E-reader, in addition to a certificate, a feature article on Ms. Dray’s blog and in her newsletter, a one month writing mentorship and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates.
  • Finalists Prize:  Constructive feedback from publishing industry professionals, mentions on Ms. Dray’s blog and in her newsletter, a certificate, and a free book supplied by Ms. Dray and affiliated authors.


  • Females between the ages of 13-18 for the teen category
  • Females between the ages of 19-22 for the young women’s category
  • This is an international contest, so writers outside of the US are eligible


“Selene’s life is a lesson to us that the trajectory of women’s equality hasn’t always been a forward march. In some ways the ancients were more advanced than we are today; there have been setbacks before and may be more in the future.”

~Stephanie Dray

This year’s submissions must echo themes explored in Ms. Dray’s novel, LILY OF THE NILE, including, but not limited to:

  • The world of Cleopatra Selene
  • Women in Ancient History
  • Female Spirituality
  • Gender Roles then and Now
  • Survival vs. Honor
  • The True Meaning of Home
  • Courage & Ambition
  • Betrayal & Forgiveness
  • Secrets & Deceit

Contest Rules

  • Entrants retain all publication rights
  • No entry fee is required; no purchase required
  • Awards will be judged by published authors and publishing professionals
  1. Short stories, essays, poems and excerpts from novels and novellas are all welcome, in any genre, as long as they focus on one of the themes listed above and adhere to the rules listed below.
  2. All contest rules must be observed and all eligibility requirements met or the entry will be dismissed.
  3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarized work will not be tolerated in any form, and entries cannot have been previously published or purchased by professional media, either electronic or print. (If you previously published this piece on your website for your friends to read, that will not disqualify you unless your post has received more than 5,000 views.)
  4. Entries are limited in length to 2,000 words, but excerpts from longer works are allowable. No cover letter is necessary.
  5. Entries must be submitted electronically and include the subject header: CONTEST ENTRY
  6. Entries must include the author’s legal name, a pen name (if any), valid mailing address, telephone number, email address, a word count, and the age of the author. Failure to include any of this information will result in disqualification.
  7. Entries should be included in the body of the email; please don’t include any attachments as they can often trigger junk mail filters.
  8. All announcements regarding this contest will be made via Ms. Dray’s newsletter, so entrants must join.
  9. Entries must be received no later than 11pm EST March 1, 2011.
  10. Semi-Finalists are tentatively scheduled to be announced on May 1, 2011 and Finalists are tentatively scheduled to be announced on August 1, 2011.
  11. Only one entry per author and all entries must be the final version. No revisions will be accepted once the entry has been submitted.
  12. Entries will NOT be judged by Ms. Dray, but by industry professionals. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.
  13. Contest judges reserve right to close contest before the deadline if overwhelmed by too many entries, so get yours in early!
  14. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

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Call for Submission: Warrior Wisewoman

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010



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Warrior Wisewoman is an annual anthology series of science fiction featuring powerful and remarkable women, edited by Roby James.The first volume was published by Norilana Books in June 2008, the second volume in June 2009, and the third volume in August 2010.

The anthology was conceived as a sister volume to the classic Sword and Sorceress fantasy series originally edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, with the main difference being that the story themes will involve science fiction instead of fantasy, and they will be intended for a more mature audience, allowing a mixture of serious contemporary issues and reasonable sexual content (but no erotica) in addition to action and adventure. The stories will have a stronger focus on the interface between scientific exploration and our sense of wonder.

Editor Roby James says:

“I am looking for stories that shed light on the truth of what it means to be female, that illuminate the wisdom and the strength of a woman, but not in cliché ‘goddess’ stories. I love action and adventure, grand space opera, thrilling discovery, and intelligent protagonists. Make the story thoughtful, wise, and surprising. In addition, the stories in the anthology should appeal to genuine emotions, suspense, fear, sorrow, delight, wonder. The science can be part of the background and the characters foremost, or the science can be central to the story, as long as the characters are realistic and appealing. It is strongly recommended you read the previous volumes to get an idea of what kind of material we’re looking for.”This is science fiction, but I also welcome stories of spiritual exploration, looking at the bond between the scientific and the divine. I want to see how a woman survives tragedy and disaster, overcomes impossible odds, achieves her true potential, or goes on to thrive in a marvelous universe of so many possibilities, using what is inside her, as well as what she finds in the laboratory, the alien planet, or space itself.

“The stories should contain the question of ‘what if’ on some level. And they should have a woman answer it.”

Read the editorial Introduction to Volume One.

Guidelines for Volume #4 of the Anthology:

RIGHTS PURCHASED: First English Language Rights and non-exclusive electronic rights. The anthology will be published by Norilana Books in a trade paperback edition in June 2011, to be followed by an electronic edition to be produced later.

PAYMENT: $0.02 a word on acceptance, and a pro rata share of royalties, plus a contributor copy.

WORD LENGTH: Up to 10,000 words, with longer stories having to be exceptional.

READING PERIOD begins on September 15, 2010. Please do not submit your stories before then.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2011.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Submissions are electronic only. Please submit your story as a Word (.doc or .rtf) attachment to your e-mail. The subject line of your e-mail should say “Submission: Story Title, last name of author.” Also, include a brief cover letter. It should have your full name, address, e-mail address, title of story, number of words, and brief biographical information in case we don’t know you, with most recent publishing credits, if applicable. We are open to new writers and seasoned veterans alike.


We look forward to reading your most inspired work.